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August 15th, 2012 by Mike

By now you may have heard of the rampaging raccoon bands attacking dogs and their walkers at North Seattle Community College. Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

At the end of July, the college posted some 30 signs that read “BEWARE OF AGGRESSIVE RACCOON PACK” and hired a pest controller to set up five animal traps, said college spokeswoman Katherine Morse.

They’re still chasing the coons at the college, across Interstate 5 just west of Maple Leaf.

To the southeast, they’re still chasing the snake. That would be the six- to seven-foot albino Burmese yellow reticulated python on the loose in Cowen Park, at Northeast 61th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

His name appears to be “Timid.” From Seattle Police: “If you see the python in your neighborhood, please call animal control at (206) 386-7387 or 911.”

Of less menace but more history, directly to the south the one-time home of Seattle author Betty MacDonald is being demolished. Paula Becker, a historian with, emailed us about it Monday.

McDonald, most famous as the author of The Egg and I, lived in the house in the 1930s. Becker wrote about the house, at 6317 15th Ave. N.E., here.

Finally, right here at home in Maple Leaf, KOMO has the story of Grandma Ada, who at age 95 is in her 20th year of volunteering at her alma mater, Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

As a young girl Ada Snyder attended Olympic View elementary in North Seattle during the 1920’s. Today at the age of 95 she just finished up her 20th year volunteering there while working with students in Pam Heindl’s kindergarten class. Her loving, positive outlook and love for kids has kept “Grandma Ada” coming back.

The story is here.

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