December 2020

Don Henry

Don Henry was born February 16, 1936.  He died peacefully, at the age of 84, at home Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in the company of his beloved wife Sandra and friends at his bedside. He enjoyed life fully even after battling Parkinson’s the last 11 years. Don loved his Scottish heritage and would wear his Scottish Kilt whenever he could. He was proud of his “McNaughton” clan.


FOGUE Gallery opens a second location in West Seattle for artists over 50

Grand opening set for Jan. 2

information from Fogue Gallery

The FOGUE GALLERY, a local art gallery displaying the art of those over the age of 50, is adding a second location in West Seattle at 4130 California Ave SW,  The gallery opening is slated for Jan. 2 from noon till late.

The original Georgetown location will remain open at 5519 Airport Way South.  Owner and West Seattle resident, Patti Curtis said "I have lived in the West Seattle community for 25 years, I raised my daughter on the very block the gallery is located, I am at home here,"


Sarah Cecil: Protect Your Finances from “Cyberthieves”

Provided by Sarah Cecil

Edward Jones Financial Advisor

You’ve no doubt heard reports of personal data being stolen and used for financial fraud – anything from online shopping on your credit cards to actual theft from your financial accounts. This problem won’t go away anytime soon – but you can take steps to defend yourself.

Here are a few suggestions:

Use multi-factor authentication or other extra security options with online accounts. Many of your online accounts offer extra security by giving you the option to prove your identity in different ways. With multi-factor authentication, you must provide at least two different factors to prove your identity when you log in to an account. This additional layer of security provides you with much greater protection.


Vashon HS math teacher honored for changing lives 


Each year the Seattle Mariners Radio Network, WSECU and ESPN join forces to recognize 24 exceptional Washington State teachers with their Teacher of the Week Award. This year, Vashon High School Math teacher, Lisa Miller, is among those outstanding educators, chosen from hundreds of nominees. The Program provides a $500 classroom grant to Miller and a $500 award to the school. 

“This is an even bigger award in 2020,” says VHS Principal Danny Rock, “because each of our teachers has had to work exceptionally hard to overcome the challenges of COVID 19.” 


LETTER: Thanks West Seattle!

To the editor:

The West Seattle Helpline annual clothing drive has once again been a big success!  This year’s donations from generous friends and neighbors allow the West Seattle Helpline to assist local citizens at a critical time of year.

The clothing drive at Dave Newman State Farm Agency happens every year in November and December.  This year 10 barrels of new and used clothing have been donated so far – THANKS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS! We are still accepting donations through the end of the year, so there is still time to make this the most successful year. The office is open 9-5 with limited hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas and New Year’s day.

For those folks who have donations but are unable to leave their homes please contact our agency at (206) 932-1878.  Dave may be able to collect a donation without compromising no-contact protocols for folks who are concerned about exposure to Covid.

SW Seattle Historical Society is sponsoring its first history writing contest for students

information from SWSHS

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is pleased to announce its first history essay contest for students in partnership with Paper Boat Booksellers. 

The theme of our competition is:  WOMEN HISTORY MAKERS OF THE DUWAMISH PENINSULA.  We encourage students to write an essay that explores the contributions of a specific woman from the Duwamish Peninsula who has made an historical impact on the community, past or present, famous or not-yet-famous. Tell us how the woman you choose to write about inspires you.

This contest is open to all students.  Winners will be selected in each grade category outlined below:

●       Grades:          3 – 5                250 words maximum

●       Grades:         6 -- 8               500 words maximum

●       Grades:          9 – 12              750 words maximum


Anything to cheer about? Not much

By Jean Godden

'Tis the end of the year and throughout the land, newspaper editors are assigning reporters to sum up a miserable year, one we're thankfully about to consign to history.

It says so much about 2020 that, rather than headlines about the year's "10 best new restaurants" and most popular movies, songs and plays, this year we're faced with the "10 best take-outs," most watched streaming and escapist novels. Who could have guessed that we'd want to read more about Winston Churchill and the inner thoughts of Abraham Lincoln?

In other words: What a strange year it has been. Back in January, we were thinking that 2020 --- the start of a new decade -- meant a great beginning. There would be new ways to make the world better, a growing optimism. We believed we could deal with climate crisis and past inequities. 


LETTER: The City of Seattle STILL needs a plan to replace the bridge


West Seattle Bridge repairs may or may not work. The Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, and Sound Transit need to plan for a replacement.

Gothenburg, Sweden is the largest port in Scandinavia. Last week the city opened its second immersed tube tunnel, the Marieholm Tunnel. Gothenburg’s first immersed tube tunnel, the Tingstad Tunnel, was built in 1968. Together these tunnels can carry a total of 180,000 vehicles/day with little impact on the river and its riverbanks.

The Marieholm Tunnel is six lanes, crosses a 1,000-foot wide river, and cost €170 million ($225 million).

Q13 comes to the rescue for family who lost home on Fourth of July to fire

After the fire she faced domestic violence threats too

The mother and son whose apartment was consumed by a fireworks triggered fire on the 4th of July found that 2020 had even more bad news for them. On December 3 she was a victim of domestic violence, and this was the third time, by her ex husband.

After the fire Floreen and Nathan Nair were without money, clothes, furniture and her car was even broken down. Westside Seattle covered her plight and publicized her GoFundMe page which, through the generosity of West Seattleites and others raised $7300.  That enabled she and her son to get back on their feet and move to a new apartment in north Seattle.

That page is still active.