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CLIFF’S EDGE: We (I) can get even better at this voting stuff…

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:41

While ballots in elections locally and across the country are still being counted, there are far too many conclusions being drawn and distributed as to what the election results mean.

I can’t deny the interest so many of us, including myself, have in election results, but we also have a tendency to look immediately for what they could mean about directions in which the nation may be moving.

I don’t come to that conclusion out of political partisanship, but rather my perception that in the long run it’s not the winners’ boasts or the losers’ laments at the end of this election that really matter.

Rather, I think it’s more a matter of what we all – candidates and citizens – have learned in the course of the election about the issues our respective communities face.

If we’ve been listening in recent months to the many voices that have been speaking, I doubt that we can honestly say we don’t know what those issues are.

Homelessness. Crime. Law enforcement. Financial instability. Racism. Education. Health care…. The list goes on and in no particular order.

Recognizing them is an important first step toward dealing with them, and it’s a relatively easy step. It is much more difficult to step back from our deeply entrenched self-interests and look at these issues with open minds and a willingness to consider the changes going on around us..

That’s what those who have won in these most recent elections and all those who prevail in the waves of elections to follow in the next several months, are being expected to do for all of us.

This certainly isn’t a foolproof system, as history has proven on occasion. It’s also not an easy one for those charged with bringing it to bear on the problems of the day.

We, the electorate, can only hope that in our voting we identify and support those who have the skills, wisdom, determination and statesmanship to fulfill those obligations, whether in Virginia, New Jersey….or Burien.

It’s too soon to know that, and it’s certainly too soon to say where we are in our political evolution or where we’re headed next.

I can’t even be certain about the choices I made for Burien as I cast my ballot. Did I know all the candidates as well as I should have in order to be a knowledgeable voter?

Not really.

I knew none of them personally and had observed their professional, political or personal performances only through what others said about them, whether in political-campaign literature or media.

I found both those channels of some assistance, but they could be made more effective and those with an opportunity to improve their performance should be encouraged to work at that.

And I acknowledge that with or without their help, I could work at being a more effective voter.

The key word in this quest for achieving a consistently improved election process and, ultimately, consistently valued governance is work.

Sloganeering, campaigning, political posturing are easy compared to the task of researching societal problems, honestly crafting remedies and legislating them into existence.

And that applies to all of us, including me.

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

Welcome ‘Junkie Jane’s’ to Burien at their Grand Opening this Saturday, Nov. 11!

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:54

Please welcome new business ‘Junkie Jane’s’ to Burien by dropping by their Grand Opening celebration this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This new store specializes in Unique Finds, like Antiques – Industrial – Art – Retro – Vintage and other cool stuff.

And they’re proudly located in Olde Burien at 902 SW 152nd Street, across from the 909 in the spot that formerly housed Phoenix Tea, right next to the fantastic mural of an Osprey that was painted by French Artist Mantra Voz.

Here’s some background info on this cool new biz:

The Story behind the name JUNKIE JANE is a story about Love Birds and recycling. The original Junkie Jane was Margaret Jane Allen. Margaret was born 1923 in Flint Michigan. Here she met Al, but soon after he went to serve his country in WW2. During the war, Margaret moved to southern CA. Soon after the war Al moved to CA to marry Margaret. Their friends gave Margaret the nick name Junkie Jane because she was always collecting cans to recycle. Sometimes Al would join his wife, holding hands strolling through town, collecting cans. These two love birds also enjoyed volunteering at the local thrift store and at the end of their shift they always seemed to find a treasure or two that they had to bring home.

Margaret and Al had two daughters, Virginia and Nanci Jane. Nanci married Ken and they too seemed to give the name Junkie Jane credit. These two love birds have a knack of finding unwanted treasures and re purposing them into things of beauty like this bench, wind chimes and beautiful jewelry.

Nanci and Ken also had two daughters, Sierra and Jamaica Jane. Jamaica married Clint and these two love birds soon found that they really enjoyed going to storage and barn auctions, garage and estate sales, and where ever else they might make that special discovery of some unique item. Jamaica soon referenced this as “MY HOBBY WITH MY HUBBY”! Jamaica, Clint and their two children, Destin and Starla, moved to Burien WA in 2015 and fell in love with the area. So when a spot opened in Down Town Burien Jamaica and Clint decided to open up JUNKIE JANE’S: selling their Unique Finds of antiques, industrial, art, retro, and up- cycled items.

Junkie Janes:

902 SW 152nd Street
Burien Wa 98166

Email: clintair@ymail.com

More info here:

St. Francis of Assisi’s annual Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 18

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:51

Get your Christmas shopping done early with wonderful unique art, original handmade items, beautiful jewelry, and tasty treats (including the ever-popular Turkey Soup) at the St. Francis of Assisi School’s annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18!

“Find something for everyone on your list this year at our annual event.”

WHAT: St. Francis annual Holiday Bazaar!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi, 15216 – 21st Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166

INFO: Click here for details; contact Paula Hall at rpdnhall@aol.com for vendor information.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Highlights from Dia de los Muertos celebration in Burien

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:15

Last Friday night (Nov. 2), Burien’s annual – and beautiful – Dia de los Muertos celebration took place at the Community Center.

It was a fantastic, crowded and wonderful cultural event, full of celebration and honor for deceased relatives and ancestors, all presented in the fascinating, colorful Mexican tradition.

Scott Schaefer did a live Facebook broadcast on the blog’s FB page, and here’s an edited version with highlights, including a moving performance by ‘Seattle Danza Azteca’ at the beginning, beautiful Ofrendas (alters), as well as a live Frida Khalo art installation by Amaranta Sandy, face painting, storytelling, arts & crafts and much more:

Michael Brunk shot these photos (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

Holiday Bazaar fundraiser for youth basketball team will be Saturday, Nov. 25

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:36

Don’t miss the ‘Team Swish’ 2017 Holiday Gift Bazaar, to be held Saturday, Nov. 25 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Shop with crafters, artists and local small businesses.

Enjoy no lines and help raise funds for Team Swish Basketball.

Do your holiday shopping away from the crowds.

SHOP LOCAL!

For more information, contact Jamie Simpson at teamswish2016@gmail.com.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 S. 206th Street in Des Moines:

Vendors being sought for St. Francis’ Holiday Bazaar, coming Sat., Nov. 18

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:49

Vendors are being sought for St. Francis’ Holiday Bazaar, coming Saturday, Nov. 18.

Reserve your space now to sell at this great, annual Holiday Bazaar!

  • Beautiful jewelry
  • Unique art
  • Dazzling gems
  • Original handmade items
  • Culinary delights (including the ever-popular Turkey Soup!)

WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi 15216 21st Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166

WHEN:: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CONTACT: Paula at 206-824-4720 or rpdnhall@aol.com to reserve your space.

Over 40 Artists’ works will be sold at ‘Vision 20/20’ fundraiser Sat., Nov. 18

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:25

Burien’s biggest Art Party – Vision 20/20 – is coming to the Burien Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.!

This art auction is THE art event of the fall for Burien.

Unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art are all $40 each, together with a silent auction for larger pieces.

Good food, wine, and exuberant company as well as music and prizes complete the evening.

This is a critical fundraiser for Burien Arts’ programs.

Over 400 pieces of original art by the following 40+ regional artists will be on sale:

  • Amanda Allan
  • Siobhan Barrett
  • Dave Bloomfield
  • Audrey Brandt
  • Stasia Burrington
  • Ben Calhoun
  • Kellie Rae Cunningham
  • Robert Dean
  • Ray Fernandez
  • Natalia Fialkoff
  • Shannan Folino
  • Rich Fought
  • Duane Georges
  • Gay Hardy
  • Darnita Howard
  • Josefin Kanin
  • Tracy LeMoine
  • Anette Lusher
  • Erin MacCoy
  • Danny Mansmith
  • Brad McNeice
  • Kits Morgan
  • Alexis Ortiz
  • Devrim Ozkan
  • Sherry Palmiter
  • Rina Patel
  • Crystal Pyren
  • Mary Maki Rae
  • Helena Rogers
  • Tina Routt
  • Sean Ryon
  • Diane Saar
  • Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys
  • Christin Schaefer
  • Alida Schuh
  • Garreth Schuh
  • Serpent & Crow Arts
  • Liz Simpson
  • Angelina Villalobos

For more information, email vision2020.ba@gmail.com.

“See you there!”

More info at http://burienarts.org.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW:

SAVE THE DATE: Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale will be Saturday, Dec. 2

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:06

Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Community Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares, so be sure to mark your calendar for their annual – and very popular – Holiday Pottery Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2. 

“Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, jewelry, planters, and more!  ”

Come early for the best selection.

Cash or checks only.

WHAT: Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Moshier Art Center, 430 S. 156th Street, Burien (map below)

INFO:

Buy Local and Handmade!

Vendor registration open for Tyee Holiday Bazaar, coming Saturday, Dec. 2

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:00

Vendor registration is now open for the annual Tyee Holiday Bazaar, coming on Saturday, Dec. 2.:

WHERE: Tyee High School 4424 S 188th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

COST: $60 per space before Nov. 15. Proceeds benefits Tyee student activities.

INFO:

  • 2,500 people attend
  • Load and unload help provided

REGISTER: Contact Laverne at (206) 817-3021 or mcintyreteam@msn.com

SAVE THE DATE: Highline Christian’s Outdoor Living Nativity is Dec. 8-9

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:54

Highline Christian Church’s annual Outdoor Living Nativity will be held on Dec. 8 and 9.

This is a FREE, 20-minute narrated show featuring live actors and live animals.

Performances will be held:

  • Friday, Dec. 8: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

This is a free event, open to all.

Covered seating is available.

Complimentary hot chocolate is provided.

“Please join us this Christmas season as we present a depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ.”

Highline Christian Church
14859 1st Avenue S.
Burien, WA

For more information about this event, please call 206-243-4333.

Daughters of Norway present ‘Bit of Norway 2017’ on Saturday Nov. 11

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:57

Daughters of Norway will be presenting ‘Bit of Norway 2017’ on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. 

Guests can enjoy a taste of Norwegian heritage right here in Burien, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, located on South 168th near Ambaum Blvd. South, just one block east of First Ave (map below).

The Daughters of Norway Solveig Lodge #31 bid you ‘Velkommen’ to their bazaar, cooking demonstrations and Kaffestue (Coffee Shop). It only happens once a year so you won’t want to miss your chance to feast on homemade lefse, julekake and other Norwegian specialties.

In addition, many “daughters” dress in traditional costume and offer interesting insights to Norwegian tradition and heritage.

Be sure to mark your calendars or you’ll be saying “Uff-da!” that you missed all the fun and good food!

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is located at 158 S. 168th Street:

Celebrate All Saints Day at Highline United Methodist Church this Sunday

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:06

All are invited to celebrate All Saints Day for FREE at Highline United Methodist Church this Sunday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Individuals, Couples and Families can explore ways to remember and honor loved ones who have died through different traditions like decorating sugar skulls, making soul cakes, creating an altar and ofrenda and more.
  • We will mark this sacred time together with stories, songs and rituals.
  • And finish with a meal (provided) together.
  • Bring a picture of your loved one if possible.

Highline United Methodist is located at 13015 1st Ave South:

CLIFF’S EDGE: Halloween around our house…

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:30

Halloween comes and goes in a reasonably consistent way around our house.

A day or so before the annual evening of tricks (I recall those when I was a kid, but see little evidence of them now – with no regrets) or treats (those, too, have diminished with age), we prepare, sort of.

First, we check a final time on the weather forecast.

If it looks like it did this past Tuesday (clear, dry, chilly), we anticipate a moderately interesting evening of costumed young people at our door, hands extended.

Given that expectation, we support the candy industry by buying more bags of stuff I can’t eat than we’ve purchased in the past year.

Next, we look at the television schedule to estimate the degree of frustration we’ll experience with each interruption at the door. (Key unknown factor: Will I or my wife be answering the door?)

Then, we informally estimate how many princesses, action heroes, costumed animals, witches and ghosts will show up. (The total varies greatly from year to year as the t-or-t-traffic on the street is influenced by activities at schools, churches and other gathering places.)

We check the positions and conditions of decorations and lights at our door (we marvel each year at the imaginative displays we see as we pass through our neighborhood and others throughout Burien, but we yield to the pacesetters. ) This year only our lighted pumpkins fail us. The orange and black cloth spider above the door does us proud.)

Final report, in order of preparation:

Weather held. Visitors to the door were appropriately garbed for the most part. The parents, whether hovering close at hand or observing from the top of the driveway, seemed comfortable.

We handed out our first miniature candy bars (two to a customer) at about 6 p.m., the last about 9 and had one remaining when we knew we’d seen the last visitor.

I was rooting for Houston in Game 6 and was able to keep up with the twists and turns of yet another excellent world series game, even while tending the door. The final score was a trick in my book, but overall, this series had been a treat.

We had near 30 really delightful young people stop in, a live-action portrait of an emerging portion of our community, rich in racial and ethnic diversity, uniform in vigor and friendliness. A couple of them I recognized, or they recognized me. Thank-yous were common from the young people and their parents.

I don’t remember this from the past, but this Halloween, I had the opportunity to say “thank you” in return, to the kids for being there, to the parents for taking the time and effort to provide them that opportunity.

All in all, it was a good celebration of all about us that is weird and unusual.

Turning from the abnormal among us to our ongoing community quest for normality, be sure you have your ballot in by Nov. 7

I see tricksters among us as the election campaign winds down, but there’s ample opportunity for treats for this community — this entire community – post-election, if we’re willing to work for them.

And, finally, as one B-Town Blogger to another – I know that many of us have Cassidy Huff in our hearts and on our minds as she undergoes and recovers from more surgery this week. Best wishes, Cassidy!

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

Did you know Burien has a Script Club? Next meeting will be Thurs., Nov. 16

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:03

Did you know Burien has a script club? Burien Actors Theatre’s script club meets monthly at Merrill Gardens, with the next meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

This is an open and free meeting, which will be held in the Bistro at 5th Avenue at Merrill Gardens, located at 15020 5th Ave SW.

The script club will be discussing “The Letters” by by John W. Lowell. “The Letters” is a psychological thriller that was a hit on BAT’s stage in 2016. Here are some photos from that production:

In “The Letters,” a Ministry Director calls Anna, a bureaucrat, into his office for a meeting. It is 1931 in the Soviet Union and things are not what they seem. It is the early days of the Great Purge. The meeting becomes a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse in which being the last one to flinch may mean the difference between life and death. Based on Soviet efforts to edit composer Tchaikovsky’s letters. This thriller is a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin.

It was great on stage. Reading it will put chills down your back. And discussing it will open new insights.

BAT’s script club is much like a book club, but instead of reading books the members are reading scripts. Often the script will be for the play BAT will be performing, but the script club also reads other very interesting scripts, like “The Letters.” This is a joyous way to become theatre literate, but more importantly, to have a good time and get to know your neighbors.

BAT’s very own Faith Beady is leading the script club right now. Copies of “The Letters” are available at the main desk at Merrill Gardens. (This script is in manuscript, and you will not find it anywhere else.)

Burien has a long history steeped in live theater. This is your chance to become part of that history. It’s your chance to give BAT feedback and to be entertained with new friends.

Come join BAT’s script club at Merrill Gardens in Burien on Thursday, November 16th, at 1:30 pm. (You do not have to be a resident at Merrill Gardens to attend.)

For questions or more information, please email scriptclub@burienactorstheatre.org.

Also, feel free to check out Burien Actors Lending Library (BALL) located at Bumbershoot Books at 639 SW 152nd St, Burien. BAT has placed 250 books and scripts in BALL for you to check out!

See you Thursday the 16th at 1:30, and then at a show!

More info at http://www.burienactorstheatre.org.

REMINDER: Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration is this Friday!

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:22

REMINDER: Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration will be held at the Community Center from 6 – 9 p.m. this FRIDAY, Nov. 3.

Don’t miss this fun-filled evening to learn about the rich tradition of DAY of the DEAD.

Play Loteria (Mexican bingo), get your face painted and create crafts.

Enjoy music, bilingual storytelling around the campfire, and Mexican hot chocolate, and pan de muerto.

Beautiful altars will be on display created by Burien community groups.

This is a FREE, family-friendly event put on by Burien Parks.

NEW this year is an art installation called “Dos Fridas: a live art installation” by Amaranta Sandys, sponsored by 4 Culture. Learn more about Amaranta here: http://artmaranth.org/about/.

Plus…MARIACHI MUSIC!

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW (map below)

WHAT:

Altars/Ofrendas:

  • Face Painting hosted by Burien Arts
  • Loteria (bingo) Room

Arts & Crafts — mask making and more:

  • Come dressed at a Catrina or Frida

Traditional Music and Dance:  

  • 6:15-7:15pm Seattle Danza Azteca
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Citlali

Food for purchase from Maria’s Tamales.

Storytelling.

And much more!

More info here: www.burienwa.gov/DDLM and here

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW:

This Three Tree Point house may look happy, but some think it was haunted…

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:21

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was originally posted on Halloween, 2009. We’re re-running it again because we think it’s a pretty spooky, local tale:

By Laura Beth Peterson

The year was 1944 and five-year old Jeannette Manola was happy that the waiting was finally over. After living for a year in the little rental house on the beach, her family was moving into their own home they had just purchased right next door. Her father Joe and her mother Babe looked forward to raising their young family on Three Tree Point, then called Sunkist Beach.

For Jeannette though, she was just happy the waiting was over.

Or was it?

Built in 1933, the house was tall and strong. It braced itself against the southerly winds of Puget Sound. These were waters that Joe Manola would fish for many years, even having a fishing derby named for him for generations to come. Storms would rock the beach and pile up driftwood throughout the winters. The house stood solid, protecting its occupants.

All of them.

Every night Jeannette would climb the long staircase that led to her bedroom on the upper floor. What was it about the stairwell, she would wonder to herself but to no one else. The cold breath she felt there, and the movement. Always the movement that made her look up the stairs whenever she passed by. She had the entire upper floor to herself, as her brother Tommy had not yet been born. All by herself, Jeannette would get into bed and wait for either her mother or father to eventually come up, tuck her in and kiss her good night. Then, she lay alone to listen as the waves lapped the shore and she waited. She had become accustomed to what came next.

Lying in bed, her eyes transfixed on the wooden trap door above her bed, she knew it was there. Whoever it was, or whatever it was, was also waiting. The trap door led to the attic, or so she was told. Opening slowly and deliberately, the trap door raised up just enough for it to look down on her. It didn’t do anything but watch, and it did this almost every night for years. The opening it created was dark and Jeannette could not see what it looked like, but she wondered about it. Eventually she would find out.

One night Jeannette went to bed as usual, she was seven now. She lay with her eyes closed waiting to be tucked in. She knew that mother or father had come in the room, she could feel their breath on her. She opened her eyes and there he was, but it wasn’t her father. This man was not very big or tall, and he wore glasses. Gripped with fear, she pretended to be dead.

“If I’m dead he won’t hurt me,” she thought.

“I’m dead.”

Gradually the breath stopped. He was gone.

In Jeannette’s bedroom there was a door in the wall, this was a makeshift closet. The door led to a space behind the wall that wrapped around the upper part of the house, going very far back. She knew there was something back there and was careful to never go all the way to the end. Jeannette surmised that whoever was in the attic also lived in the closet, or there were two.

Jeannette’s brother Tommy was born and eventually it was time for him to move into her room, and she would take the other bedroom. Jeannette never told anyone what happened during those years in her bedroom, or the feeling in the stairwell. Jeannette eventually married and moved to a house at the end of the street, but she would be back. When her brother Tommy was a teenager he had back surgery. He needed to recuperate in a house without stairs, so he and Jeannette temporarily switched houses. She returned to stay in her childhood home and the memories came flooding back. This time she had to say something and she started with her mother. She asked her mother if she had ever felt anything strange about the house. With eyes wide, her mother said yes, in the stairwell. The movement and the cold breath, always. Even when the house was hot both upstairs and downstairs, there was that cold space in between. Described as a breath on your skin. She knew.

Next she asked Tommy. He didn’t want to talk about it. All he would say is that he refused to sleep on his back, only on his side. He would not look up at that trap door in ceiling. There was something up there.

When Jeannette’s daughter Kathy was old enough for sleepovers at grandma and grandpa’s house it was difficult for her. It was hard to stay in that bedroom. It was a sense of unease, she was unable to feel comfortable there. Kathy would jump from the hallway onto the bed, trying to avoid whatever it was that was waiting under the bed to grab her. Years later when the opportunity came for Kathy to buy the house from the estate she came to realize she would never feel comfortable in that house. She had to pass on the opportunity.

Julie Burr and Marco Spani had always wanted to live on Puget Sound and they finally found the house on Three Tree Point that they could afford. It was 1981 and they had only been married for two years, they were in their twenties. Besides living on the water the house came with other benefits. Kathy and her husband Todd Anderson became close friends. It seemed to Julie that everyone on Three Tree Point was somehow related. They soon became friends with more of Kathy’s relatives, including her mother Jeannette. Still, nobody spoke about their experiences in the house.

Marco traveled for work at the time, leaving Julie in the house alone. One evening, shortly after moving into the house, Julie arrived home at dusk. While parking the car she glanced up at the house and saw a terrifying image.

There was a man in the upstairs bedroom window. He was watching her.

She sat motionless, not knowing what to do. She didn’t know any of her neighbors yet. An hour passed and still she sat in her car. Finally, she braved entering the house and found it empty. She dismissed this occurrence as a figment of her imagination. Not long after when Julie was in a row boat in front of the house she looked up to see the same man, in the same window. This happened several more times. Then, one night when Marco was again out of town, Julie awoke in the night to her bed shaking! There were no freighters going by, no trucks, no explanations for the shaking. She told Marco about it the next day, she was met with some indifference. The bed shaking happened a few more times and finally it happened when Marco was home. He was astounded!

One final time, when Marco was out of town, Julie awoke for some unexplained reason. The air in the room felt heavy, there was a presence there with her and she could see his shadowy figure. This was the same bedroom where the image had always appeared in the window. Without hesitation Julie spoke out to the figure. “This is my home now, you need to move on. I will take good care of it. Please move on and don’t bother me.” She never felt the bed move, or any presence in the room again.

Some time later, around a bonfire and after a few glasses of wine, Julie shared her story with Kathy, Tom, Jeannette and others who had at some point lived in the house. Instead of the laughter that Julie expected, she was met with stunned silence. They were shaken. Many present at that bonfire had experienced similar occurrences in that house. They were not alone.

My name is Laura Beth Peterson. My husband Scott and I lived in this house for a while starting on October 31, 2000. Yes, we moved in on Halloween. It was just myself, Scott and our Labrador Ruby.

Or so we thought…

Occurrences of paranormal activity are often associated with a drop in temperature, and a feeling of cold air that envelopes the person experiencing the activity. Experts surmise that pulling heat from the environment gives this entity the energy it needs to exist.

Happy ‘Burien-O-Ween’ from a survivor of a time machine

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:11

A short story by Joe Moldovan

I really do not recall how I ended up here, perhaps it might make more sense if I start from the beginning…

It was Halloween afternoon in Burien and I had been working on a back up generator in the radio shack. It was then I noticed that the Spiricom box, a device I had picked up at a Ham Radio swap meet, which claimed to be able to talk to the departed souls, had a hum coming from the wood cabinet. I knew it wasn’t plugged in, so I was confused where the sound was coming from. Perhaps a insect was buzzing nearby?

Further investigation discovered it was the actual box humming!

How could that be I wondered?

As I traced the wires back, the Ham Radio which was on crackled to life over the squelch. The radio operator had an important announcement. After identifying his call sign he said:

“The Sun had a gamma the other day and today we are experiencing a electromagnetic storm of high intensity CME’s. I expect some radio outages in the area.”

…and then there was silence.

I had forgotten about the Spiricom box and decided that I was going to walk to the hardware store for some electrical fuses. As I walked down Ambaum Blvd. SW it seemed to be getting a little dark early I thought. My eye glasses bobbed on my nose as I walked and through the lens I could see what appeared to be some kind of green light dancing on the telephone wires and they seem to be waving from side to side, yet there was no wind.

There was that hum again, strange.

My mind must have been deep in thought about the solar burst as I do not recall crossing the street. As I walked, the darkness increased it seemed with every step. It was dark enough that I decided to take some shelter in the Denny’s Restaurant on 1st Ave South since they have a lounge. As I pulled the heavy glass door that said “PUSH” open, I experienced a slight electrical shock. Static perhaps? As I stood in the lobby waiting for someone, I noticed that they had redecorated again. That oldish funky bright orange/brown and yellow theme was back. Ha! – even the waitress was dressed like it was 1960. I sat and looked around, Hey, they put up some old posters with what seemed to be a tiger and could it be, the image looked like something very familiar, but gone. I just could not put my finger on it. When the waitress plopped the menu down is when the shock really hit me.

The Menu read “SAMBO’S RESTAURANT“!

This was no joke – everything seemed to be morphing into a 1960’s Sambo’s style restaurant. The chef had the white high hat and I knew I had to get out of there. I threw a bill on the table and headed out the door to First Ave. What I saw behind me was to my surprise and amazement – the entire building had changed back, back in time. I quickly took out my cellphone and snapped some pictures. No one would believe me without proof.

I walked down the street to the corner crosswalk and headed back to Ambaum Blvd. Soon the bright lights of the Burien Lincoln Mercury Dealer were visible with “the” shiny black ’67 TransAM winner, Mercury Cougar in the window. As I reached for a crosswalk button that did not exist, another spark flew from my finger to the pole. Dazed I looked up and saw The Countryside Cafe and the Eagles club. I was back. I had to see if the cell phone pictures were real. I have included them below.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Applications now open for 4Culture’s Arc Artist Fellowship

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:30

CALL TO ARTISTS: 4Culture’s Arc Artist Fellowship will provide $12,000 in unrestricted funding for individual artists, with a deadline of Nov. 29, 2017.

An unrestricted grant allows artists to apply funds when and where it is most needed as they develop their artistic practice. Fellowship funds may be used to offset daily expenses, including costs such as, rent, childcare, health care, transportation, space rental, legal support, equipment, and materials.

This year, eligible applicants must be artists with physical, developmental, cognitive, intellectual, and/or emotional disabilities. The Arc Eligibility Requirement of the Fellowship will change annually.

Read more through this link: https://www.4culture.org/arc-fellowship/

Applications are due Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm PDT  

For more information please contact Heather Dwyer at heather.dwyer@4culture.org or (206) 263-1597 and Melissa Newbill at melissa.newbill@4culture.org or (206) 263-1603.

Haunted Highline: Where to find ‘Real’ local Ghosts and Hauntings

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 07:30

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a rerun of a story originally posted in in 2010:

By Joanne Dyer

You know random and creepy bits of trivia about buildings you’ve never been in. You’re dying to see George the friendly ghost at the Landmark on the Sound’s Haunted Halloween. You can even explain exactly what “EVP” means.

Congratulations: you’ve been bitten by the Ghost Hunting bug!

And you have a lot of company.

Ghost hunting’s popularity has come and gone over the years, but it seems to be on the upswing, according to Des Moines resident, Author, and ghost hunting expert Joe Teeples. Joe has written two books on ghost hunting and has been chasing weirdness since 1970.

“I’m probably one of the most skeptical people you’ll find,” Joe told our sister site The Waterland Blog in a recent interview. “I’ve yet to have that moment when a huge beast with 666 on its forehead jumps out at me. But I’ve seen enough to make me wonder,” he said. His scariest moment? “It takes a lot to rattle me,” Joe admitted. But after one seemingly unremarkable investigation was completed, he was later surprised to see the videotape of a black shadow clinging to the ceiling and looking right at him. He saw and felt nothing at the time.

Joe Teeples is a leading local Writer on ghosts and the paranormal.

Many ghost hunters take a skeptical-but-interested point of view, much like Joe’s. Local groups like Puget Sound Ghost Hunters and A.G.H.O.S.T. (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma) explore paranormal activity via psychics or “sensitives,” EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), photography, video, or energy measurements.

Sometimes the findings are inconclusive or, well, kind of boring, like when the investigators and instruments detect nothing paranormal.

And the TV ghost hunters’ shrieking and wisecracking?

“It interferes with the EVP. We don’t do that,” Joe said. “Those TV shows are designed to sell coffee and aspirin,” he added.

Locally, some spirit activity is reported in Burien. Highline Hospital (now the Highline Medical Center) is said to be haunted, though Stephanie Davisson, president of Puget Sound Ghost Hunters, has not found much evidence there.

A young boy is rumored to have hanged himself at the former Lakeside Milam Recovery Center on Ambaum Blvd. SW, and reports of his ghost wandering the halls used to circulate. Since the building’s remodel, unusual activity seems to have stopped, according to Stephanie.

IS DES MOINES LANDMARK ON THE SOUND HAUNTED BY “GEORGE”?

“George” is the name of a ghost who allegedly haunts the fifth floor of Des Moines’ historic Landmark on the Sound, once a retirement home for Masons and now empty and listed for sale.

Des Moines is reported to have several ghosts, including the famous George, said to haunt the Landmark on the Sound building’s fifth floor. Freemasons— a group mysterious and secretive in its own right—built the Landmark as a retirement home in 1926 (click here for more details about this fascinating building from our sister site The Waterland Blog).

DOES A LITTLE GIRL HAUNT DES MOINES BEACH PARK EVERY JAN. 7TH?
Des Moines Beach Park is probably the most well-known hot spot for ghosts in Des Moines, enough so that we’ll be posting a separate story on that soon.

No, these aren’t real ghosts, but they’re kinda spooky looking aren’t they?

Another reported local ghost is allegedly at Salon Michelle on Marine View Drive South.

Diehard skeptics might compare paranormal reports to seeing faces in clouds–the mind imagines and projects what it wants to see and hear. Stephanie explained that she tries to rely on her senses rather than her imagination.

“I look for the logical first,” Stephanie said, explaining that she often looks to a building’s plumbing to explain thumps, for example.

What some see as spirit orbs—balls of light in photos–can be simply glare, bugs, dust, or digital blips. A sensitive once told Stephanie that she didn’t believe an investigated house held spirits, but that psychotherapy might cure the “manifestations” the family was experiencing.

Which is to say, evidence is in the proverbial eye of the beholder. But the desire to connect with deceased loved ones or with other worlds, real or imagined, seems nearly universal and timeless.

“Edison was working on a way to communicate with the dead,” Joe pointed out. And according to the Highline Historical Society, early Native Americans living in Three Tree Point believed its waters to be haunted by a mythical serpent with the front legs and antlers of a deer. The bluffs above the water were said to be haunted by great snakes that triggered avalanches.

And of course, with the darkening skies, spiders and fallen, dying leaves, it seems a lot easier to believe in ghosts this time of year.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Market Ghost Tours offers haunted tours of the Pike Place Market, and Private Eye Tours will escort you to some of Seattle’s creepiest places.

Or plan your own ghost hunts with Joe’s books as guides: Ghostology 101: A Ghost Hunters Guide and Pacific Northwest Haunts are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders.]

Please keep our Columnist Cassidy Huff in your thoughts!

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:00

South King Media Blogger (and Mt. Rainier High School student) Cassidy Huff will be undergoing her 42nd surgery this Wednesday, and we’re asking all our Readers to please send her prayers and healing thoughts!

Cassidy is scheduled to perform at a special fundraiser for Children’s Hospital at Benaroya Hall on Nov. 10, so it is necessary that Wednesday’s procedure goes well.

Aside from writing for our blogs, Cass of course is known as the City of Burien’s 2016 “Citizen of the Year,” which she earned by showing her service to special needs students while at Sylvester Middle School (Cass raised money to purchase iPads for the students – read more here).

Cassidy was born with a rare genetic condition called Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome, which affects her spine so she has scoliosis and kyphosis for which she had two VEPTR’s (titanium ribs) to help keep her spine straighter. Now she has two permanent rods and 19 screws fused into place. These were placed in May, 2016 after 6 weeks in halo traction. She has limb length issues. Her right side is shorter and she wears foot on foot prosthesis. Her vision has now been corrected in her right eye. She had a very severe cataract in that eye that has now been replaced with a lens. We call it the bionic eye! She also has some patchy alopecia (otherwise known as bald spots). Cassidy also has some hearing loss in her left ear. This has been corrected with a hearing aid that she wears most days (it even has bluetooth in it!).  She has had 40 surgeries and hopefully we are finished. If you are interested in reading our journal on our other page please feel free to do so. You can find it at; www.caringbrige.org/wa/cassidyhuff

Here’s an update from Caring Bridge that Cass’ Mom, Shannon Reynolds posted Monday night, Oct. 30:

Hi Everyone,

This is an update that I don’t want to post. Cassidy will be going to Seattle Children’s on Wednesday November 1st to have her 42nd surgery. She has another hole in her back. Yes again, Yes we know how it happened. Yes I am hoping with everything this is the last surgery she will need.

Last week Cass had a hole open in her back. Right now it is about the size of a quarter and you can see metal. After her dad and I got back from Louisiana last week I took her to the hospital to get checked out. Her surgeon says that removing hardware is necessary at this point. The good news is she is fused and he feels very confident that this will be pretty straightforward.

Cass does have a concert at Benaroya Hall on November 10th. We are hopeful that she is recovered enough to go sing. She wrote the song and is excited about being able to perform. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

She is doing well and spirits are good. We check in first thing Wednesday morning at 7am with surgery planned to start at 8:30. Should only be about an hour and a half. If people can help giving Ella rides back and forth that would be really helpful. Wednesday is taken care of but after that Thursday and Friday would be nice to see her. I will post updates as I can as always.

Thankful for an amazing surgeon that takes my emails and an incredible care team that backs him to make this all a bit easier.

Much love,
Shannon

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