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Entries from November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2010 by Mike

No, that’s not a turkey. It’s a hermit thrush, basking in a heat lamp we’re using to keep the bird fountain from freezing.

Happy holiday to all, as the cold snap ends!

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Thanks to all – the food bank has T-Day turkeys

November 24th, 2010 by Mike

The community came through.  North Helpline, the food bank that serves our area, has enough turkeys to supply Thanksgiving Day.

That’s quite an accomplishment. Just a week ago it was having a tough time finding enough birds.

In 2009, our food bank provided 750 turkeys to families in need. Due to tough economic times, this year the need is much greater. But with your help, we are confident we can distribute even more.

Thanks to all who contributed. There will be another chance – when we stopped by earlier today the staff said they’re going to need another big turkey push for Christmas.

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Last Drop Bottle Shop replacing Jack Cellars

November 24th, 2010 by master

When Jack Cellars closed its doors last month, it was the end of an 11-year run of wine stores located at 8016 15th Ave. N.E. But it appears that a new store moving into the Maple Leaf storefront isn’t venturing too far from that theme.

According to a partially fallen sign in the window of the former wine store, the new store will be called Last Drop Bottle Shop, and it will feature “import and craft beer, drafts.” It’s set to open at the end of this month, however, I’m guessing from the bareness of the inside that the opening might have to be pushed back because of the weather.

Currently its advertised website, www.lastdropofbeer.com, isn’t working, but we’re hoping to get more information straight from the source soon. The Beer Advocate reports that the owner of the Last Drop is also the owner of Hudson New American Public House, which is located right next door at 8014 15th Ave. N.E.

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Snow notes from Thanksgiving eve

November 24th, 2010 by Mike

11:41 a.m., Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Blue Saucer.

Vinnie’s been found! Vinnie, the lost dog we posted about last night, is safe.

Dave writes: “Yes! Thank you very much for your assistance. Somebody saw your blog and phoned us. We will go pick him up later this morning. Thanks again.”

Note: Thanks to whoever sheltered Vinnie.

The National Weather Service has some cheerful news:

THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR THIS MORNING WITH SOME LOCATIONS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. THERE IS A CHANCE WITH THE SNOW COVER THAT THE COLDEST LOCATIONS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON COULD BE BELOW 0 THIS MORNING. SEATTLE-TACOMA AIRPORT HAS ALREADY SET A NEW RECORD LOW WITH 14 DEGREES. ICY ROADS WILL BE A PROBLEM THROUGH THANKSGIVING MORNING.

Note: It’s a balmy 20.7 degrees here at Maple Leaf Life.

The University of Washington somewhat belatedly canceled classes today. Note: read the comments.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center announced: “SDOT dispatched pedestrian response crews from both its Haller Lake and Charles Street bases of operations by 8:00 a.m., with help from its Urban Forestry unit, for a total of twelve crews dispatched citywide.”

Note: Maple Leaf Life still doesn’t know what a “pedestrian response crew” is.

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Second day storm updates

November 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Lost dog in storm! Vinnie was lost from Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast. David writes:

Please find attached a flyer with the details about Vinnie. He is a very nice old dog who has always had a sneaky penchant for escaping the house. I am particularly worried about him this time because of the weather. He has usually charmed someone into taking him in and I am hoping that is happening tonight.

“Vinnie”

Neutered male, White with wiry fur.

Sweet, old dog about 25 lbs/12” high.

No collar but does have a microchip

If found, please call (206) 985-0446

Or bring him to 9212 8th AVE NE

4:40 p.m. update: Schools closed Wednesday.

Due to weather conditions, all Seattle Public Schools and facilities will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24. This means there is no school for students or staff and all activities will be canceled. The central office at John Stanford Center will also be closed.

4:15 p.m. update: Side streets have started freezing again. Metro says buses remain on snow routes, probably through Wednesday morning.

Expect buses to be crowded and significantly delayed when on snow routes and travel is difficult. It is also likely Metro will continue to have to cancel entire routes, if road conditions do not improve.

Roads: Stay off of them, if possible, says the city. Even if they look passable, there’s a risk of black ice. Some roads are just flat-out closed, including Northeast Northgate Way from 23th Avenue Northeast to Lake City Way.

Libraries: All locations of The Seattle Public Library, including the downtown Central Library, will close at 5 p.m. tonight, due to snow. The Green Lake Branch is closed all day Tuesday due to lack of staffing. All locations will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Parks and community centers: Green Lake and Northgate community centers are open until 4 p.m. today. Jackson Park Golf Course is open for sledding and other sliding!

Garbage: No pickup today. For Wednesday, Seattle Public Utilities will make a decision whether to suspend garbage, yard waste and recycling collection once road conditions have been evaluated for safety. Customers will be allowed to put out double amounts next week.

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St. Catherine School food drive needs your help

November 23rd, 2010 by master

Although we’re reluctant to ask anybody to drive in this weather, we still want to share a request urging community members to contribute to a food drive that St. Catherine of Siena Parish School is helping organize.

The food is needed for the residents of Nickelsville, which recently moved to Lake City, and Tent City 3, which is scheduled to move to Meadowbrook’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Students at the Maple Leaf school, located at 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., already have gathered blankets for the drive, but are still in need of food items that don’t need to be heated or refrigerated, such as fruit, breakfast bars, muffins, small bottles of fruit juice and meat sticks. Other contributions could include small bottles of Purell and hand wipes, however, no money contributions can be accepted.

Drop off your donation by Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center, 12525 28th Ave. N.E., which is open today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday night, St. Catherine students and parents will assemble gift bags that students have decorated with Thanksgiving messages, then deliver them on Thursday morning.

If you can’t make it to the center by Wednesday night because of the snow or any other reason, organizer Renee Staton said she will be driving around Wednesday afternoon picking up donations if you contact her in advance at reneeastaton@gmail.com or 206-225-5739.

Don’t forget, North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., also is still in need of extra turkeys to give to families in need this Thanksgiving holiday, and Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., is offering a free drink of your choice to customers who bring in a grocery bag full of nonperishable foods for the food bank.

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More news from the morning after

November 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Many things are closed or not happening this morning. They include:

  • Schools.
  • Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup.
  • All libraries, until 1 p.m.
  • Planes – flight crews are having trouble getting to the airport. Call first!
  • Many park programs.
  • The University of Washington.
  • Many bus routes.

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Well, at least the snow is pretty

November 23rd, 2010 by master

Now that the wind has died down, it sure is purty around Maple Leaf despite the 18 degree temperature during this sunrise stroll around the neighborhood.

However, I don’t think anybody will be riding that scooter today, with the forecast calling for a high of 24 degrees before dropping to a low of 13 degrees tonight.

And even with Metro buses on snow routes, they seemed to be arriving regularly enough this morning that bus stops weren’t getting too crowded.

Even Maple Leaf’s maple trees still have some color left in them. Got more scenes from the snow that you’d like to share? Please send them our way, and be safe out there!

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Tonight’s coming winter storm

November 22nd, 2010 by Mike

Update 8:30 p.m.:

All Seattle schools and facilities closed Tuesday Nov. 23.

All Seattle Public Libraries opening Tuesday Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

King County Metro Transit is keeping buses in all areas on snow routes for Tuesday morning. Buses will be crowded and significantly delayed, perhaps even worse than Monday due to the road conditions. If those conditions severely deteriorate overnight, Metro may have to cancel entire bus routes in the morning.

The snow shovels are flying out the door at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware. So is the ice melt, sand and toe warmers. And sleds.

Ace is hoping its regular resupply truck can get over Snoqualmie Pass late this afternoon. In any case, at 4 p.m. the store still had storm-fighting supplies, and will be open until 7 p.m.

At 4 p.m., however, side streets are getting dicey again. The relatively good driving conditions early this afternoon are  starting to freeze up. Roosevelt Way Northeast, though, is being kept sanded and plowed by the city and remans in good shape as the evening commute looms.

As the aftenoon – which featured children on sleds and dogs prancing in the snow – ends, snow depth, as measured on top of the official Maple Leaf Life snow-measuring car, is nearly 3 inches.

All Metro buses remain on snow routes. The city transportation department’s 22 plows and three flusher trucks are applying anti-icing material to those routes.

There is no announced change in garbage pickup because of the weather, although there will be no pickup on Thursday, the day most Maple Leaf residents put out their garbage and recycling, because of the Thanksgiving day holiday.

The current forecast calls for snow largely ending by 7 p.m., with up to 4 inches on the ground. But it also calls for wind gusts of up to 40 mph, a low temperature here around 24 degrees AND maybe another inch or two of snow by morning.

And Tuesday? Sunny…but not above freezing. Winds drop to maybe 6 mph. But temperatures drop, too, to perhaps 18 degrees  Tuesday night.

MONDAY AFTER 5 PM...THE WIND WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE AS THE
TEMPERATURES DECREASE. ALSO...AS THE SUN SETS...WET
ROADS WILL LIKELY FREEZE OVER THIS EVENING CAUSING VERY
SLIPPERY CONDITIONS. GUSTY WINDS NEAR 40 MPH COULD RESULT
IN LOCAL POWER OUTAGES...THUS CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE ...
BUT SAFE ... SOURCES OF HEAT. OTHERWISE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE
PLENTY OF EXTRA WARM CLOTHING OR BLANKETS.

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Tonight's coming winter storm

November 22nd, 2010 by Mike

Update 8:30 p.m.:

All Seattle schools and facilities closed Tuesday Nov. 23.

All Seattle Public Libraries opening Tuesday Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

King County Metro Transit is keeping buses in all areas on snow routes for Tuesday morning. Buses will be crowded and significantly delayed, perhaps even worse than Monday due to the road conditions. If those conditions severely deteriorate overnight, Metro may have to cancel entire bus routes in the morning.

The snow shovels are flying out the door at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware. So is the ice melt, sand and toe warmers. And sleds.

Ace is hoping its regular resupply truck can get over Snoqualmie Pass late this afternoon. In any case, at 4 p.m. the store still had storm-fighting supplies, and will be open until 7 p.m.

At 4 p.m., however, side streets are getting dicey again. The relatively good driving conditions early this afternoon are  starting to freeze up. Roosevelt Way Northeast, though, is being kept sanded and plowed by the city and remans in good shape as the evening commute looms.

As the aftenoon – which featured children on sleds and dogs prancing in the snow – ends, snow depth, as measured on top of the official Maple Leaf Life snow-measuring car, is nearly 3 inches.

All Metro buses remain on snow routes. The city transportation department’s 22 plows and three flusher trucks are applying anti-icing material to those routes.

There is no announced change in garbage pickup because of the weather, although there will be no pickup on Thursday, the day most Maple Leaf residents put out their garbage and recycling, because of the Thanksgiving day holiday.

The current forecast calls for snow largely ending by 7 p.m., with up to 4 inches on the ground. But it also calls for wind gusts of up to 40 mph, a low temperature here around 24 degrees AND maybe another inch or two of snow by morning.

And Tuesday? Sunny…but not above freezing. Winds drop to maybe 6 mph. But temperatures drop, too, to perhaps 18 degrees  Tuesday night.

MONDAY AFTER 5 PM...THE WIND WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE AS THE
TEMPERATURES DECREASE. ALSO...AS THE SUN SETS...WET
ROADS WILL LIKELY FREEZE OVER THIS EVENING CAUSING VERY
SLIPPERY CONDITIONS. GUSTY WINDS NEAR 40 MPH COULD RESULT
IN LOCAL POWER OUTAGES...THUS CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE ...
BUT SAFE ... SOURCES OF HEAT. OTHERWISE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE
PLENTY OF EXTRA WARM CLOTHING OR BLANKETS.

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