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BIZNOTE: Panterelli plans ‘grand opening’ starting this Friday

(Photo by Sara Raymond)

We told you back in June about Panterelli, the coffee-and-pastry shop in The Junction owned by Jacques Nawar, who ran Pizzeria Credo a block away for a decade. Today we received an announcement that Panterelli will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, after having been in “soft open” mode for four-plus months. Panterelli focuses on éclairs and choux à la crème (cream puffs, pronounced “shoe”), and will introduce new choux creations as part of the grand-opening festivities. As the announcement explains, “Panterelli is named for the chef who created the distinct pastry style for Catherine de Medici in 1540.” It also says Panterelli – at 4210 SW Alaska – will soon expand its hours, currently 9 am-3 pm Wednesdays-Sundays (closing earlier if and when they sell out).

READER REPORT: Hit-run driver leaves one clue behind

The report and photo are from Beth:

I’m hoping the WSB community can help identify a hit and run car/driver.

Last night our houseguest’s car was hit around 9 pm by a hit and run driver.

We heard the loud noise but didn’t know what it was until this morning when we looked outside.

They hit the front of the car and the rear view mirror of our guest’s car and left the casing for their own rear view mirror behind.

Please be on the lookout for a vehicle (likely an SUV or minivan) with driver’s-side damage in the front and missing the casing for the driver’s rear-view mirror.

We live in the Genesee neighborhood on a street without a lot of through traffic so I’m hoping the car is seen nearby.

Police report number pending.

Please email if seen:

CONGRATULATIONS! Two girls from West Seattle are state-champion swimmers

Congratulations to two West Seattle-residing Kennedy Catholic High School students who have just won state 4A swimming championships! The report is from Casie:

West Seattle residents Kaitlyn Vu (top left) and Lucy LaBella (bottom right) are state champions! Sophomore Kaitlyn and freshman Lucy won the 4×100 Free relay for Kennedy Catholic High School at the WIAA 4A state championship this weekend. Kaitlyn was also the 100 Breaststroke state champion. Kennedy placed third as a team.

Full results from the championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way are here.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: From sea to trees, plus a bird health note

For the first time in a while, we’re commemorating a Seahawks afternoon with a gallery of bird photos sent by WSB readers, starting with sea and shore birds:

Above, a Surf Scoter, photographed by Tom Trulin near Lincoln Park. Below, Horned Grebes, which James Tilley found near Jack Block Park:

A Surfbird off Alki, from Robin Sinner:

Susan Kemp saw this Great Blue Heron off Constellation Park:

Cindy Roberts photographed this Western Meadowlark at Don Armeni:

Continuing inland, this immature Cedar Waxwing is from Jerry Simmons:

Mark Dale photographed this Cooper’s Hawk in his Gatewood yard:

An Anna’s Hummingbird is visiting a fuschia plant in Samantha Wren‘s photo:

At Lincoln Park, Jamie Kinney found this Barred Owl:

And we’ve been receiving more photos of the roaming Guinea Fowl that some are mistaking for turkeys. Kathy Humphrey sent this one:

Huge thanks again to everyone who continues sending bird photos – – we use some in daily preview lists, too.

Meantime, a bird-health note. Krystal sent this last night:

I wanted to let you know, in case you wanted to share it on your Sunday bird report (my favorite!), that we’ve spotted conjunctivitis in the House Finches in the Sunrise Heights/Westwood neighborhood at our feeder. We quickly took our feeders down and our neighbors did the same, and we will keep ours down for the next few weeks. We always wash our feeders in-between fillings, but the recommendation from Cornell suggests leaving the feeders down for a couple weeks, and also recommends against feeders with larger ports where the birds can rub their heads on the openings, such as tube feeders. More info here.

Navy flyover for Seahawks game

We didn’t hear about today’s Seahawks flyover in advance, but a couple people mentioned it afterward. And James Tilley sent this photo:

He notes, “Just after the flyover at the game, they made another pass over Alki, presumably on their way to land at Boeing Field, as they were dropping gear as they flew over the beach.” According to the Seahawks website, these were “two EA-18 Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.”

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: A chance to see salmon during ‘open creek’ in Fauntleroy

Until 3 pm, you are invited to visit Fauntleroy Creek for a close-up chance to see salmon. As of Saturday, 34 coho spawners had made it into the creek in the span of a week, and more are expected.

So volunteers are standing by during today’s “open creek” to show you where to look along a stretch of the creek that otherwise isn’t usually open to the public. Go to the overlook where SW Director turns onto upper Fauntleroy Way SW (across the street, and up the embankment, from the ferry dock) and wait to be called down to creekside!

Fauntleroy Creek is a rarity, one of just a handful of Seattle creeks where salmon come to dpawn.

Remembering Wilhelm, 2007-2023

Almost all the obituaries we receive for publication are for people. But every once in a while, there’s one like this:

“’Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.’” – A.A. Milne

Romeo’s Simple Twist of Fate, “Wilhelm”
August 21, 2007 – October 28, 2023

When Wilhelm came to live in West Seattle from Packwood, Washington, at seven and half weeks of age, he was smaller than the two resident cats, Emily and Gryphon, at his forever home. The residing dog, a big black lab mix named Tynan, took little speckled fluff ball puppy Wilhelm under his charge and became the perfect big brother. When Tynan passed away in 2010, it was Wilhelm’s turn to big brother it up! Wilhelm soon showed off all he had learned about being an exemplary sibling from Tynan when troublemaker adventure cat, Amelia, handsome corgi, Brychwyn, and big-hearted collie, Huxley, joined the family. While big brother Wilhelm was always smaller than his siblings, what he lacked in stature he made up for with smarts and heart!

Wilhelm did not just charm fellow animals as he was also fond of and adored by many, many people. Throughout his years of long walks from Morgan Junction through the Alaska Junction to the Admiral Junction, up and down Alki and Harbor Aves and Beach Drive, Lincoln Park to Fauntleroy Creek Park, and the Longfellow Creek Trail, neighbors stopped to say hello and pet super soft and friendly Wilhelm. Although Wilhelm took his walks, as well as stops at his favorite shops very seriously, and viewed behaving on them as one of his jobs, he especially liked visits with younger neighbors – there was no such thing as getting petted for too long or by too many kids!

Perhaps Wilhelm’s enjoyment of the company of children was in part because he was always young at heart and he loved and enjoyed the great big world as a child might. On travel adventures to 19 states and 2 provinces, Wilhelm appreciated the simple things, often closing his eyes and sniffing the breeze as his ears blew back. Wilhelm and family tent camped across the country once, and flew a second time. Despite having hiked the entire south rim trail at the Grand Canyon and twice visiting wonders like Niagara Falls and the Golden Gate Bridge, local travels were likely Wilhelm’s favorite. He followed snowshoe tracks up the Glade Trail on Mount Hood multiple times, walked First Beach from jetty to cliff dozens of times, and dipped his feet in the Columbia River at multiple Washington and Oregon stops. Yet through all Wilhelm experienced, nothing compared to simply crunching through the fallen autumn leaves.

Wilhelm, also known as Wilhelm von Dachshund, Wil, Willie, Wee Willie Winky, Little Bone, Dapple-y Dan, Little D, Pup ‘n’ Stuff, Captain Puppy, Man Bone, and so many more, was preceded in death and met over the rainbow bridge by Emily, Tynan, Gryphon, and his baby brother Huxley. Wilhelm is survived by Amelia, Brychwyn, his new kitten Amari, and his resident humans. Not only did Wilhelm know all of his nicknames but he was a Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog. He held titles in Rally, won ribbons in obedience, and took agility and nose work classes. Wilhelm’s release cue upon completing a task was “all done.” For 16 years, Wilhelm gave his whole big heart and small, fluffy body to being an outstanding brother, neighbor, travel companion, and giver of smiles to all he met… “all done, Wilhelm.” Thank you.

“…Felt an emptiness inside
To which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate…”

Wilhelm’s family is grateful to the caregivers at Cascade Heights Veterinary Center, Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle Cardiology, Lap of Love, and Resting Waters. Actions in memory of Wilhelm should be to sniff the breeze, crunch in the leaves, and stop to say hello to your neighbors.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to


November 12, 2023 6:16 am
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(Aerial view of West Seattle, photographed earlier this month by Erik Smith)

From our WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are the highlights of what’s happening today/tonight:

WESTIES RUN CLUB: They’re running on Sunday mornings too – meet at 9 am at Dough Joy Donuts (4310 SW Oregon).

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is open as usual between SW Alaska and SW Oregon on California, offering fall fruit and vegetables as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from cider to kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. The market will be in its usual location on California north of Oregon, with the Halloween celebration centered in the block south.

BUY YOUR PANCAKE-BREAKFAST TICKETS! At the market’s south end, go look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth, and buy your ticket(s) for their December 2nd pancake breakfast!

‘BALANCE DUE’: Third part of Admiral Church‘s three-part community-education series about “the history of West Seattle’s colonization and its impact on the land, water, and the people.” 12:30 pm. More info in our calendar listing. (4320 SW Hill)

GO SEE SALMON! Fauntleroy Creek has seen 34 spawners in the past week and you’re invited to an “open creek” today for a chance to see salmon. 1-3 pm. Our calendar listing explains where to go.

DINE OUT FOR PRESCHOOLS: 1 pm-6 pm on Alki, drink at Future Primitive Beer Bar (2536 Alki SW), and a percentage of the proceeds go to South Seattle College Co-op Preschools, plus you can go get takeout at nearby Blue Moon Burgers and they’ll chip in too – our calendar listing explains.

SUNDAY FUNDAY BRUNCH PARTY: 1 pm-5 pm at Jet City Labs, with shopping and more. (4547 California SW).

LIVE MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: At C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor): The Go Janes, 3-5 pm.

LADIES MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm, free classical concert at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW).

LIVE AT EASY STREET: The Linda Lindas, 7 pm free in-store, all-ages show at Easy Street Records (4559 California SW).

HEALING: Sound and acupuncture combination at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), 7:30 pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

Something for our calendar – one-time or recurring? Or for our upcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide? Please email us the info – – thank you!