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Entries from December 2015

Snowing in Maple Leaf

December 27th, 2015 by Mike

Noon: The rain has changed to snow. (not quite in time for a White Christmas, but still….)

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A Christmas duck for Maple Leaf

December 25th, 2015 by Mike

On Christmas Day one of the ponds in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park hosted a Mallard.

(We saw one on Easter this year, too. It’s on the park bird list.)

Earlier this fall, just at dusk, we saw a shorebird in this same pond, which we’ve listed as a Dunlin.

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A second decorated tree appears at the park

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Updates 3:30 p.m.

A second decorated tree has appeared at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It was there last year, too.

Also, all the Maple Leaf ornaments have been taken from the Dog Oasis, but there may be more about town. Jesse Card writes: “There’s three other locations where I left them! Take a Christmas walk and keep your eyes open!”

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Christmas Eve power outage along Roosevelt N.E.

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Power is back for Christmas!

Update 5 p.m.: These folks are still without power, five hours now.

Power is out (noon-thirty today) along portions of Roosevelt Way Northeast from about Northeast 102nd Street to Northeast Northgate Way.

About 70 neighbors are affected, according to Seattle City Light.

Cause: “Investigating. Equip Fail.”

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Custom Maple Leaf holiday ornaments – free!

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Jesse Card posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“I made some neighborhood ornaments and have left them around in a few popular spots in the neighborhood. Take one!”

One of those spots is the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

As of 10 a.m., there are a couple dozen ornaments at the Oasis. Come and get ’em!

And, thanks, Jesse.

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Maple Leaf, Scout trees, survive 9+ inches rain

December 23rd, 2015 by Mike

In an email Tuesday the Scouts behind the Maple Leaf tree lot (a 70-year tradition) wrote:

Boy Scout Troop 151 has finished a successful Christmas Tree sale. We earned enough to finance our program for the upcoming year.

We would like to thank all our returning customers who tracked us down, and for their ongoing support. We want to thank all our new  customers, many who told us they found about our tree lot from Maple Leaf Life.

In a separate post on their Facebook page the Scouts thanked members for “their time and commitment to the many hours everyone spent in the rain at the tree lot.”

How much rain, you ask.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South we know the answer: During the time the tree lot was open – Nov. 28th to Dec. 22nd – it rained 9.13 inches in the neighborhood.

During that time the single wettest day was Dec. 9th, at 1.36 inches.

Cliff Mass is predicting possibly the wettest December in Pacific Northwest history.

The Scouts go on to say:

We would like to thank the following Maple Leaf businesses  for their support this year:

Maple Leaf Life – for help us promote our Tree Lot and program.

Glo Cleaners – Owner Steve has been a longtime supporter.

Maple Leaf Property Management – Owner Kit MacPherson provided signs and has been a longtime customer.

Father Mark, St. Catherine’s Church and School – They have been a great partner for our Troop for many years and  when we need a space for the tree lot, they were there with open arms.

Troop 151 is a parent-sponsored Boy Scout Troop. “We offer and outstanding leadership and outdoor education program for Scouts 10-17.

We meet Mondays at St. Catherine’s at 7 p.m.. All interested families can attend.

Thanks to all our customers and supporters.

This year’s Maple Leaf Park Solstice tree came from the Scout lot, we’re told.

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Happy Solstice, Maple Leaf! (the park tree returns)

December 21st, 2015 by Mike

The Winter Solstice is this evening, and for the second year a Solstice Tree has returned to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It has lights, decorations, and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully trim the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

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A White Christmas here? (Also, trouble in the passes)

December 20th, 2015 by Mike

Monday update: The snow has officially made its way into the icons:

More good news: After the (possible) snow: Christmas Day should be partly sunny, 41 38 degrees.

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Fact: Maple Leaf is the third-highest hill in Seattle – 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Fact: The current National Weather Service forecast discussion for Seattle notes:

THE AIR MASS WILL GET COLDER WITH EACH SYSTEM PUTTING SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO 500 FEET BY THURSDAY EVENING…. THIS COULD DROP SNOW LEVELS TO SEA-LEVEL WITH SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES THURSDAY NIGHT INTO CHRISTMAS MORNING. THIS IS STILL FAR OUT IN THE FORECAST PERIOD BUT MODELS HAVE SHOWN THIS WITH JUST ABOUT EVERY RUN. ANY SNOW THAT DOES FALL WILL LIKELY BE LIGHT.

By the way, the forecast discussion also notes that due to heavy snow, travel through the Cascade passes will be “difficult or impossible” at times Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Neighborhood gifts for the holidays? Crowdsource, anyone?

December 15th, 2015 by Mike

‘Tis the Week Before Christmas, and it occurs to us that local merchants could be a good source for holiday gifts.

For starters, there’s Maya Radocz’s hot shop just off 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 89th Street.

She’s been blowing glass right here in Maple Leaf for years. Here’s our piece from 2014.

Dmitri Carter at the Northwest Puppet Center emails:

This Friday (Dec. 18th) at 8 p.m. is a special evening of slapstick comedy!

PUNCH & JUDY, by Professor Peter Allen of Parasol Puppets

Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Admission: $5 or $10 (whichever works for you).

Tim Sherman, instructor at Metropolitan Music, located at 8414 5th Ave. N.E., emailed to let us know that holiday gift cards are available for guitar or ukulele classes.

Tim has been teaching students in our community since 1987–almost 30 years of helping children, teens and adults have fun with music. Please contact Tim directly for information about gift cards or to schedule lessons in Maple Leaf. 206-547-1772 or timshermanguitar@msn.com

The Maple Leaf Boy Scout tree lot is open, a little off the beaten path at Northeast 85 Street behind the Rez Tavern. Hours through Dec. 22nd: Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who else knows of holiday treats right here in the neighborhood? Please leave them in comments, below.

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“Cozy” Maple Leaf new home/ski chalet in the news

December 11th, 2015 by Mike

Karen emails to point out the seattlepi.com has this house as the centerpiece on its home web page.

(We don’t think she’s a fan.)

There’s a raft of photos from inside the $1.4 million home on Eighth Avenue Northeast at Northeast 92nd Street.

The real estate listing is here.

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