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Entries from February 2017

Over two and a half inches of rain, more on the way, wind

February 16th, 2017 by Mike

That was a LOT of rain Wednesday and overnight.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South: 2.52 inches as of this a.m.

Sun’s out now, but here’s the forecast:

What it says: 7040  percent chance of rain today, but less than a tenth of an inch.

Where’s the rain go? According to Cliff Mass, to California.

However, winds should gusts to 40  21 mph.

Also, there’s rain in the forecast every day this week and into next.


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Wanted: A new home for Barkley

February 11th, 2017 by Mike

Liz, a Maple Leaf neighbor, posts on Facebook:

We are looking for a new home for our dog, Barkley. Anyone interested can email me at He needs to be in a home without young children. I know that excludes many of you, but if you know anyone else interested please forward to them. Thank you.

On a pet rehoming site, where you can learn more about Barkley, she adds:

Hi, My name is Barkley!I am a Black with brown markings Male Labrador/Rottweiler mix Dog. I am 11 years young and weigh 53 lbs. I live in Seattle, WA.

Here is what my owners love the most about me:

1. Loving. He always loves to be rubbed and connect with you.
2. Intelligent. He learns quickly and is very responsive.
3. Loyal. Once he finds his “person” he will follow them around and watch out for them.
4. Adorable. He has the cutest, most expressive eyebrows! Looking at him always brings a smile to my face.
5. Trusting. He will let you brush his teeth and not growl or back off!

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Now wind – and power outages

February 10th, 2017 by Mike

Noon update: High wind gust so far here 31 mph. About 100 customers are without power in Maple Leaf, out of 138 citywide, according to Seattle City Light.

The headline on Cliff Mass’ post today is:  “Hold on to your hats! Western Washington winds are about to blow!

Which about tells it.

Winds in Maple Leaf are currently (mostly) in the single digits, but gusts are already sending trash cans blowing across the street.

The forecast: The high winds arrive within the hour (around 10 a.m.), and should blow steadily between 2o-30 mph. Gusts, however, are forecast to hit 44 mph here.

Mass: “So batten down the hatches and get ready…the wind is about to blow.  City Light and the other utilities should get read…some folks are about to lose their power.”



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Lost keys found at Maple Leaf Park

February 9th, 2017 by Mike


My name is Kyle Spangenberg and I found some keys on a lanyard on the east
side of upper Maple Leaf Park at around 12:30 am on Feb. 8th (night of Feb.
7th). They were on the walking path. They are easily identifiable with many
distinct keys and unique lanyard. Get in touch with me on facebook if they
are yours.

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Maple Leaf monsoon – 3+ inches of rain and still falling

February 9th, 2017 by Mike

The overnight weather gauge here at Maple Leaf Life South reads 3.28 inches of rain, and it’s like we’re in a cloud.

The forecast calls for up to another half-inch of rain, with winds increasing to perhaps 26 mph by afternoon.

And then:

Friday – rain.

Saturday – rain.

Sunday – sun!

Oh, and watch out in the mountains:

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Garbage pickup delayed by a day this week

February 8th, 2017 by Mike

Seattle Public Utilities just texted:

Due to snow and ice all Seattle Public Utilities solid waste pickup is delayed one day this week.

More information

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Snowing more heavily (again) this morning in Maple Leaf

February 8th, 2017 by Mike


We ARE Seattle’s third highest hill.

Warm rain is coming, though.

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Two local elementary schools – Olympic View and Sacajawea – have requests

February 8th, 2017 by Mike

Kam writes: “I noticed there’s a Maple Leaf school- Sacajawea – raising money for books.

Here’s the link. There, teacher Mrs. Meir, pre-K through 2nd grade at Sacajawea Elementary School, explains why she’s asking for donations up to $599:

Our classroom has a daily book circle in which the teacher reads to the students. The students in our classroom also have free time with books in our book area during choice time. Handling books help them to develop an understanding that pictures tell a story as do the words.

Please support this very worthy project to help students from high poverty situations with special needs and some of whom are English Language Learners to benefit from wider variety of classroom literature.

For a complete list of the book titles and costs, follow the link:

Over at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., Melanie writes: 

ASK: The Olympic View PTA has generously funded the items needed to repair the lower playground rope/climbing net. Now what we need is “someone who is either by (1) a NPSI-Certified Playground Inspector (CPI), or (2) as a ‘community build’ under the direct supervision of an insured NPSI-CPI person.”

Are you that person or do you know someone who is? It would save the PTA an additional sum of money. Please contact if you can help!


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Photos from a snow day in Maple Leaf Park!

February 6th, 2017 by Mike

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UPDATE: Snow coming … morning commute predicted to be dicy

February 5th, 2017 by Mike

10:30 a.m. Monday. Back to steady snow.

Update Monday 8 a.m.: 3 inches and falling at Maple Leaf Life South.

Many things closed today, including all city libraries except downtown, which opens at noon,

On Seattle Department of Transportation map, red = plowed and salted.

Update 5:37 p.m. Snowing in Maple Leaf.

From the Winter Storm Warning for Seattle and lowlands:


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