News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

2016 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday, Oct. 30th

October 11th, 2016 by Mike

Alicia this week emails: “Maple Leaf Life, as Halloween falls on a Monday, when are most neighborhoods doing trick or treating? For most families, trick or treating on a weeknight is difficult. Would it be Saturday or Sunday night for Maple Leaf?”

Our reply:

Traditionally in Maple Leaf, trick or treating occurs on the actual All Hallows Eve, i.e., Monday. (Last year we got 232 kids, 33 adults in costume, 6 dogs.)

Also, for several years now there has been a daytime Parade of Costumes through the neighborhood on the Sunday before Halloween, often drawing over a hundred kids. From talk over at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, it looks like it’s on this year, tho we haven’t yet received anything official. -M

Now there’s a little more information on the (NEW!) Ace Hardware sign, above.

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Olympic View Elementary seeks donated books

April 29th, 2015 by Mike

Sue emails:

I am a PTA member at Olympic View and Maple Leaf resident on Northeast 84th Street, and I’m organizing the annual used book sale, to be held at OV on May 29th and 30th.

We are currently seeking used book, CD, and DVD donations from the community. Would you be able to put the call out on your blog for donations?

This year, these are our donation drop-off locations:

* MAPLE LEAF ACE HARDWARE

* SEATTLE ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHGATE – one free guest pass per donation (limit 10 per day; while supplies last)

* CLOUD CITY COFFEE – one free drip coffee for 5+ items or a free 12 oz drink of any kind for 10+ items

* OLYMPIC VIEW ELEMENTARY – yellow drop box in front of the school (504 NE 95th St)

The sale itself will be Friday, May 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E, 95th St.

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Maple Leaf's 12th Bear is on the job this Sunday

February 1st, 2015 by Mike

Elston and his bruin brothers. Editor’s note: Hard to fit all 12 bears into one frame.

Cloud City Coffee is closing at 3 p.m. And offering the Legion of Boom: “Whole milk latte with four shots and no foam. Representing the Seahawks secondary, a shot for each starter and no cushion.

“Expect to be knocked down.”

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is closing at 3 p.m. “We are having FREE Seahawk Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get all dolled up for THE GAME.”

Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park will again take the 12th Man photo at the park, noon sharp.

And Maple Leaf Life is providing the 12th Bear – one dozen of them (plus a Tigger who came along because that’s what Tiggers do).


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Maple Leaf’s 12th Bear is on the job this Sunday

February 1st, 2015 by Mike

Elston and his bruin brothers. Editor’s note: Hard to fit all 12 bears into one frame.

Cloud City Coffee is closing at 3 p.m. And offering the Legion of Boom: “Whole milk latte with four shots and no foam. Representing the Seahawks secondary, a shot for each starter and no cushion.

“Expect to be knocked down.”

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is closing at 3 p.m. “We are having FREE Seahawk Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get all dolled up for THE GAME.”

Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park will again take the 12th Man photo at the park, noon sharp.

And Maple Leaf Life is providing the 12th Bear – one dozen of them (plus a Tigger who came along because that’s what Tiggers do).


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Karen Stephenson: 1939 – 2012. Three decades here with Ace Hardware

October 23rd, 2012 by Mike

Karen Stephenson, who with her husband Tom opened and ran what is now Maple Leaf Ace Hardware here for 31 years, has died. She was 73.

Many Maple Leaf residents remember her from the store, which was Stephenson Ace Hardware until 2005, when she and Tom sold it to their daughter Kathy and her husband Mike Kelley, the current owners.

More information can be found on the store’s Facebook page, where Laurel has commented: “I was so blessed to have spent quality time with Karen. She enriched my life and no doubt countless others. One great lady.”

According to the page: 

A condolences card is available in the store for signing and donations may be made to the hospice of your choice or the American Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at  1 p.m. at the University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E.

We are all grateful to Karen for helping to build this family-run hardware store in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. She will be missed.

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Farewell to Jack Rucker – a Maple Leaf fixture for nearly 3 decades

June 21st, 2012 by Mike

Customers who walked into Maple Leaf Ace Hardware for decades were greeted  by Jack Rucker, who worked at the neighborhood fixture for 27 years.

Jack died June 10th after a battle with cancer. He only retired from the store in early May, as his disease worsened, according to the store staff. He was 84.

” Jack had a great life — he lived the way he wanted, enjoyed his family, his garden, his friends and church, and was always learning and doing,” writes Kathy Stephenson, store co-owner.

A number of people have left comments on the store’s Facebook page, one writing: “This wonderful man was the wonderful start to most of my Sunday mornings for the past 20 years or so. He was warm and welcoming always, and that sense of sincere welcome will be deeply mourned and sorely missed.”

The Facebook post also states: “He treated our most important customers- the kids and dogs- so well and always had a smile ready.”

The Seattle Times has posted his obituary here.

Jack was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, served in Korea and attended Washington State College and the University of Washington, where he received a degree in forestry in 1957.

According to the store:

He worked until the early 1960s in the Wood Products Lab at the University of Washington when he received a $1,000 Ottinger Fellowship, which he used to get his Masters. He then went to work at US Plywood for over twenty years. When they closed in 1985, Jack was hired by Tom and Karen Stephenson here at Ace. During most of this time and into the early 2000s Jack managed the Wood Collection for the University of Washington.

Until this last year he was still attending lectures and current events programs at the U.W. Jack was a handyman with many interests, including an expertise and deep knowledge of lumber. In the past, Jack had spun wooden bowls that were sold here at the store. For years, Jack was also responsible for producing the soil sifters that we offer. Jack was an exceptionally loyal crew member, but his dedication to his family and his church was stronger than his commitment to our store. Jack leaves behind his wife and two children. We wish them peace and share in their sorrow. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn; two children, Andrea and Paul; Paul’s wife Noy; and two grandchildren,  Saetia and Ashland.

His memorial service is Sunday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m. at University Congregational Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave. N.E. From the obituary: “In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UCHA, c/o UCCUCC, 4515 16th Ave. N.E, Seattle, WA 98105-4201, or P-Patch Trust, PO Box 19748, Seattle, WA 98109-6748.”

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Pink Tour tonight at Ace!

May 8th, 2012 by master

Looking for an escape with the ladies for a good cause? The “Pink Tour” returns tonight to Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 900 Roosevelt Way N.E., where the refreshments will be flowing for the after-hours ladies night from 7-9.

The “hardware event by women for women,” according to Ace’s Facebook page, includes a personalized tour of the store, a composting demonstration by clerk Heather, door prizes, free munchies and refreshments, and plenty of time for you to browse the store and ask questions.

In addition, 5 percent of all the evening’s sales will benefit Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, a volunteer group that is raising money for the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Free compost ends Sunday at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware

April 28th, 2012 by Mike

The “buy two, get one free” promotion with Cedar Grove compost ends Sunday at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

This is the last weekend of Cedar Grove’s Compost Days: Buy 2 bags of compost and get 1 free!

When you buy 4 bags then you get 2 free, PLUS a free 5-gallon paint bucket, AND we will donate $2 to the American Diabetes Association as part of our annual ADA Tour de Cure bike ride fundraiser.

Mike Kelley, co-owner of the store at 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.,  says of the 100-mile ride: “My brother, Mark, has Type 1 diabetes, so I am riding in honor of him. We raise money every year to stop diabetes and maybe one day we can stop my brother! :)”

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Snowing in Maple Leaf (for the ACE bag sale?)

February 25th, 2012 by Mike

Update 8:45 a.m.: Cliff Mass has posted on the convergence zone snow.

Snow is falling at 7:20 a.m., and the National Weather has issued a short-term forecast:

THE PUGET SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE NEAR THE KING SNOHOMISH

COUNTY LINE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST 8 A.M. THE

ZONE HAS GENERATED CONSIDERABLE SHOWER ACTIVITY INCLUDING DRIVING

THE SNOW LEVEL DOWN TO THE SURFACE ALONG A STRETCH OF INTERSTATE

405 NEAR THE CANYON PARK AREA.

The forecast is for rain most of the day, but the snow could return tonight. Little or no accumulation is expected, but note that winds gusts are forecast for up to 45 mph.

Don’t let that stop you from attending today’s spring Maple Leaf Ace Hardware bag sale – 20 percent off most everything.

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"Pink Tour" returns to Maple Leaf Ace on Tuesday

December 4th, 2011 by master

Ladies, don’t forget about the second stop by the “Pink Tour” at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 900 Roosevelt Way N.E.


The first stop by the “Pink Tour” at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware was on Nov. 8.

From 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, women are invited to cruise the aisles for this after-hours event, with 5 percent of all sales benefiting the Susan G. Koman For The Cure.

Ace is asking women to RSVP in person at Ace or Reckless Video next door, or via email to mike (at) mapleleaface.com. Attendees must be 21 and older, as there will be complimentary wine and beer, as well as cheese, crackers and, of course, bolts.

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