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Entries from September 2013

Help with Maple Leaf tree ID?

September 10th, 2013 by Mike

John writes: “I’m wondering if any of the Maple Leaf Life writers would be able to help me identify a Maple tree in the neighborhood.

I am hoping to plant a couple of trees in my parking strip. The trees that are in front of Fairview Christian School along Northeast 79th Street (between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast) are exactly what I am looking for, but I do not know the name of the specific Japanese Maple.

I’ve emailed the school to see if they know and am waiting for a response. They appear to be a lace leaf style with red and green leaves and red ‘spinner’ seed pods. I’ll include a few pictures.

If you know of someone who is good at identifying trees who could help please feel free to pass my email along to them.

Thanks!

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Police dog Ziva tracks fugitive at Northgate after chase, crash

September 8th, 2013 by Mike

This email is from Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt:

This morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Washington State Patrol called for SPD assistance after a motorcycle they tried to stop in Lynnwood led them on a high-speed pursuit into Seattle. The motorcyclist slowed down and tried to get off at the Northgate exit, but he didn’t slow down enough and lost control.

After crashing, the suspect took off on foot and the trooper tried to keep up, but lost sight of the suspect after he ran off the freeway.

SPD K9 Ziva arrived. In less than 10 minutes, she tracked the suspect from the freeway into an apartment complex by Northgate Mall and located the suspect hiding. He was lying on an elevated walkway in the apartment complex in front of someone’s door.

The suspect was taken into custody. He was turned over to WSP and booked into King County Jail for eluding and a no-bail Department of Corrections escape from community custody warrant.

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Pot shops could come to Maple Leaf (at our fringes)

September 5th, 2013 by Mike

It’s very preliminary, but our news partner The Seattle Times has published a map showing where pot businesses might be permitted under the state’s new law allowing the sale of marijuana.

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has prepared a map of where pot businesses — stores, farms, processing plants — might be located after state officials proposed revised rules on Wednesday.

You can read some of the details in the Times story, but basically the colored areas are potential pot sites. In and around Maple Leaf, they appear restricted to the Northgate and Lake City Way areas.

The state has decided to license 334 marijuana stores, including at least 21 in Seattle. The map shows the most availability south of downtown.

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Power remains on in Maple Leaf – so far

September 5th, 2013 by Mike

Update 4 p.m. The National Weather Service Seattle office issued an alert for Pierce County:

HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF PENNIES IS LIKELY WITH THIS STORM…ALONG WITH HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUENT DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.

It also issued an alert for the entire area this afternoon and tonight:

THUNDERSTORMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE INTENSE RAINFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD ANYWHERE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. A FEW OF THE STORMS COULD ALSO PRODUCE HAIL AND STRONG WINDS IN THE CENTRAL CASCADES THROUGH THIS EVENING.

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At noon, Maple Leaf appears to have retained power through this morning’s thunderstorm.That is not the case, though, for several neighborhoods around us.

About 70 customers remain without power from incidents that include lightning strikes and fallen trees, according to Seattle City Light.

They include folks just across Lake City Way at about Northeast 80th Street, in the University District, and up toward Pinehurst and Haller Lake.

The National Weather Service continues to forecast 90 to 100 percent chance of heavy rains into Friday afternoon. The Seattle office predicts 1.71 inches here by 5 p.m. Friday. (In Maple Leaf we’ve had 0.36 inches since 7 a.m.)

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Maple Leafer seeks recipes from '40s-'70s

September 3rd, 2013 by master

To Maple Leaf resident Karen Kurt Teal, there’s more than just antiques and hidden gems at the neighborhood estate sales she attends. There is also knowledge specific to Seattle and even Maple Leaf that she is hoping to help preserve.

Recently, Teal emailed us to let us know that she’s hoping to collect recipes and more from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s from local residents with the goal of someday compiling them into a blog or perhaps even a book. She tells us:

“What I am trying to save are the memories, tips, and classic go-to recipes that people in Seattle might want to share. I just had an electrifying moment over the weekend when I visited yet another Maple Leaf estate sale on 103rd and saw the kitchen of another deceased Maple Leaf cook–and I realized that we are losing knowledge with each obit. The decedent was 96 at her passing, clearly a dedicated baker, continued on with all her marbles until the day she died, and I missed talking with her. I don’t want to let another minute slip by.”

Teal adds that this project has been “on the back burner” for about three years, but she’s ready to put it at the front before these memories are lost for good:

“I want to speak to men and women 50 years or better, who can talk to me about the local popular recipes of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. What I am trying to save are the memories, tips, and classic go-to recipes that people in Seattle might want to share. Who was the great cook in YOUR family? All you have to do is talk and together we can preserve our local wisdom in a cookbook.”

If you have a story for Teal or know somebody else who might, please get in touch with her at 206-522-9858 or kkteal@uw.edu.

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