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Entries from September 2014

Huge plant sale today and Saturday at N. Seattle College

September 12th, 2014 by Mike

The Northwest Horticultural Society’s fall plant sale is today and Saturday at North Seattle College.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The college is just over Northeast 92nd Street, at 9600 College Way N.

The sale is huge!

Here’s a list of participating growers.

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Motorists to expect delays during final phase of Northgate Way repaving project

September 9th, 2014 by Mike

This post is from our sister site My Ballard.

SDOT will begin the final phase of its repaving project on North Northgate Way today as construction crews repave the one-block section of Northgate Way, immediately to the west of I-5.

The stretch, between Meridian Ave N and Corliss Ave N (the street immediately adjacent to the west side of I-5), will be reduced to a single travel lane in each direction. The lane reduction will remain in place until the repaving is finished in mid-November and is likely to create traffic backups.

Motorists should be aware that heavy traffic volumes during the afternoon commute could also result in backups on both the north- and southbound I-5 off-ramps. Motorists exiting I-5 at Northgate are encouraged to consider using off-ramps to either the north or south, if possible. Doing so will help to reduce congestion on Northgate Way and the I-5 off-ramps to it, as well as shorten motorist commute times.

The travel lanes of Northgate Way between Aurora Ave N and Meridian Ave N, which are currently reduced for repaving, will be fully restored to two lanes in each direction this afternoon.

Improvements that are part of the North 105th/North Northgate Way Project include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and street trees from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North.

SDOT is also upgrading traffic signals from Greenwood Ave N to Lake City Way NE (and along Lake City Way to N 120th St), as well as installing two new dynamic message signs to provide drivers with real time travel information.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in mid-November. Click here to learn more.

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The most famous ball in Maple Leaf

September 8th, 2014 by Mike

Actually, it’s Eric who wants to get the ball back home.

He found the ball over the holiday weekend between the ball fields and the playground at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, and emailed us about it.

On Friday, KOMO TV spotted our post and wondered if they could help.

Sure.We put them in touch with Eric.

But on Saturday, while we were at Mount Rainier, Eric dropped the ball off at Maple Leaf Life South. (He was going to be hard to reach during the week.)

And this morning, KOMO stopped by.

Since then, they’ve talked with a memorabilia expert, who said the ball’s primary value is probably sentimental for the owner.

“”It looks like a game-used ball, perhaps from the Tacoma Rainiers…. It’s a good chance somebody got the ball at a game, maybe a foul ball, had some signatures put on it after the game, had some of the players sign it.”

Here’ s the KOMO piece.

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KOMO to join hunt for signed Pacific Coast League baseball?

September 5th, 2014 by Mike

Email early this morning:

Hi. My name is Luke Duecy and I’m a reporter for KOMO TV.

Saw the post about an autographed baseball … found in a park.

I like that story – and I’m wondering if we might work together to find an owner?

We’re passing his contact information on to the finder, who says the ball has many signatures from the Pacific Coast League.

For those who (like me) never heard of the Pacific Coast League, it has a typically obtuse (to non-fans) site here. “Chihuahuas, Padres extend affiliation pact.”

Fortunately, there’s Wikipedia:

The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor-league baseball league operating in the Western, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States. Along with the International League and the Mexican League, it is one of three leagues playing at the Triple-A level, which is one step below Major League Baseball. It is officially named the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc.

Locally, we have the Tacoma Rainiers, affiliated with the Mariners.

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Signed baseball lost at Maple Leaf park?

September 4th, 2014 by Mike

Eric emails: “I found a signed baseball in the bushes between the playing field and the playground at Maple Leaf Park.

The ball is an official baseball of the Pacific Coast League and has numerous signatures. Thought you might want to post it in the lost-and-found section of the blog.

The ball was found over the holiday weekend. Thanks, Eric.

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