In The Middle...

We are weeks away from the Nation’s Independence Day Celebration. This year the holiday falls in the middle of the week with the ALSC events occurring throughout the middle of the day and the return of fireworks to the middle of the lake. However the display will be far from "middle of the road"!


In 2018, the fireworks show will be staged from the ALSC/Private partnership barges. The launch platform will be comprised of three of the barges constructed via our highly successful collective community effort which included a fundraising campaign to generate the necessary $42,000 for materials and many volunteers coming together over several weekends to build. The use of these barges is being graciously offered at no charge to the City and their contracted fireworks vendor.
  
By launching the shells from the middle of the lake this creates the clearance necessary to allow keeping the public beach and swim areas open the entire day for community enjoyment. It will also afford better viewing for spectators watching the display from the new Angle Lake Nature Trail,  enabling an even greater opportunity for a getting a good view of the show.

You may also notice the absence of a ‘boom shack’ from the platform. Typically, pyrotechnicians operating the show will shelter behind an onboard barrier for protection. The new vendor, Halo Fireworks, is a leader in their industry in that they will be using advanced technology that enables  firing shells remotely. This allows the pyrotechnicians to remain land based while firing the water based display. This technology will result in fewer barges required, reducing support effort needed and may ultimately introduce new opportunities for display variations to continue to wow spectators well into the future.


We hope you are as excited as we are for these new features to accompany our long standing traditional events. A complete outline of events, times and locations will be posted here next week. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these activities!

Back to School Backpack Fair Needs Help

The following article was submitted by Shore Club Member Patricia Morinelli requesting community financial support and/or volunteer assistance to help serving local area school children in need. 

The Angle Lake Family Resource Center needs YOUR Help with the Back to School Resource Fair!

SeaTac is full of hard-working parents trying to make their paycheck stretch to meet all of the needs of their family. As rent and the cost of food and transportation increase, it is difficult for families to have extra money in the budget to cover school supplies. We all know these supplies are essential to their success, and we want kids in our community to be successful.

That is why we created the Back to School Resource Fair (BTSF), a one day event designed to help kids start off the school year successfully. It is attended by almost 3,000 community members, and this is the 12th year the ALFRC has put on this event.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • Over 2,100 backpacks filled with school supplies are given out to low-income students
  • Kids receive free full-dental check-ups through Kids Cavity Prevention Program
  • Children get free back-to-school haircuts provided by stylists from Gene Juarez
  • Needy families connect to community resources that will help them throughout the school year and beyond
  • Multi-generations of community members get to connect and share a meal
In the past, local organizations, agencies, and businesses have come together to leverage resources and build community support for the greater good of our families. We have never asked for individual contributions for this event, but due to our lack of response this year in terms of corporate sponsorships, we need help from the community.  Please help by providing a financial contribution to support this important event. All donations are tax deductible. (LCSNW Tax ID# 93-0386860)

Online donations can be made HERE. Please type BTSRF in the Comments section.

We also need help stuffing and distributing the backpacks to the students. Click the following link to download the current Back to School Resource Fair Volunteer Schedule.  If you have any further questions about the volunteer schedule or the event itself, please contact Patricia Morinelli, Community Member of the BTSRF Coalition, at (206) 241-4650 (home) or (206) 914-0012 (cell).

Too Early To Talk Tapas?

Frequently voted as one of the MOST fun ALSC events each year!

Dessert Station 2016
However each year we're faced with uncertainty and seem to pull it together at the last minute. So this year, event organizer Jim Todd has decided something different. We’re actively seeking volunteer stations in May instead of waiting until the end of July!  

An even numbered year means we’ll be traveling the EAST-WEST leg of the lake. We’re seeking lakeside homeowners along this route from cove to park who will commit their yard to host one of four stops or as the final dessert station destination. 

The advantage of being a host station is that you get to attend for FREE; the Club generally reimburses you for your expenses up to $600 (depending on ticket sales); and you get to meet and visit with all the participating guests. Recruit friends or family to help create and serve small appetizers and offer refreshments while you are left to mingle. This is a great opportunity for you to catch up, reacquaint or meet new neighbors. If you’re on the fence, please contact the event organizers, Jim Todd or Sandy Goulet who will happily address any questions you may have. Else, reach out to any previous station hosts to inquire about their experience.  

If you’ve enjoyed the tapas as a participant – why not discover the joys of being a host station?

Wooldridge Girls Go All In (And Then Some!) At Angle Lake Derby

Editor’s note: The following article including photographs originally appeared in Northwest Sportsman Magazine and is reposted here by permission of the content author.

By Grant Wooldridge

My four young gun girls are continuing strong in the local trout circuit! Pictured are my four daughters, named Avey (7), Anna (5), Kirsten (4) and Lily (2). The oldest three fished and won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for girls under 8 years old at the annual Angle Lake Shore Club Fishing Derby!
THE WOOLDRIDGE FAMILY FISHERS — AVEY, ANNA, KIRSTEN, MOM ANGIE AND YOUNGSTER LILY — WERE ALL IN (AND THEN SOME!) DURING THE ANNUAL ANGLE LAKE SHORE CLUB FISHING DERBY, HELD APRIL 22

We woke up before dawn on Sunday April 22nd. I cooked up some breakfast for the kids and off we headed to our boat. I had been building this up for a few weeks and the girls were excited, as Avey and Kirsten had won 1st and 2nd place last year in their first derby.
KIRSTEN AND DAD GRANT WOOLDRIDGE SHOW OFF A RAINBOW.

Before last year it had been over 30 years since I had fished this local fishing derby as a kid and now the excitement was renewed with little ones of my own. The goal today was to make fishing fun so that I had some fishing pals for the future. I figured it wasn’t raining, so we were off to a good start anyway.
BEST WAY TO LURE KIDDOS ONTO THE BOAT? CANDY! IN THIS CASE, SWEDISH FISH FOR THE LI’L ANGLERS.

We set off trolling our way to the sign-up dock with a simple split shot, swivel, leader and red Wedding Ring set-up. We had a few rigs tied up with a Ford Fender flasher as well. We used cut nightcrawlers, a little PowerBait and some pink maggots that Avey picked out.
AVEY AND ANNA HOIST A NICE PAIR OF TROUT.

This actually brought us great results as the day went on. As luck (read that as skill) would have it, Avey had the largest fish of the day (13 inches) after the first pass. She just lost out for the derby’s largest by one larger fish! Pretty good for 7 years old.
THE GIRLS POSE WITH THE DAY’S CATCH, FOUR LIMITS. NOT INCLUDED IN THE PIC IS LILY, WHO NEEDED TO BE FISHED OUT OF THE LAKE DURING A HECTIC DOUBLE HOOK-UP SANS NET. 

Now I made sure we had plenty of good eats necessary for successful fishing trips with kids including Swedish Fish, gummy worms and some sparkling sodas. This certainly magnified what was already a quality father and daughter(s) experience. These little ladies proceeded to limit out before the derby count was due!
BACK AT THE DOCK, ANNA DISPLAYS A GOOD RAINBOW. 

The girls were having a blast! I was having the girls do the netting for their sisters, which ended up losing us the net but made for good experience.
AVEY’S 13-INCHER WAS THE SECOND LONGEST CAUGHT DURING THE DERBY. 

Of course once we were without the net, we proceeded to get a double going. My beautiful wife Angie and I were helping the attempt to get two fish in the boat at the same time without a net when we heard a larger splash – there goes my 2-year-old floating past the boat! I swooped her up as fast as a lightning bolt, and most importantly we landed both fish. Good lesson in having the little ones always wear their PFDs.
WITH THEIR DAD’S SUPER-FISHY 20-FOOT ALASKAN XL IN THE BACKGROUND, THE WOOLDRIDGE GIRLS LINE THEIR CATCH UP BACK AT THE DOCK. 

Once back at the derby location, we measured our catch and were entered into the catch record for the day. The girls won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their age class and actually would have done well in any age class with their decent catch. Sure enough, we went home with prizes of kites, goodies and beach toys.
QUITE A HAUL FOR THE WOOLDRIDGE GIRLS! AVEY, ANNA AND KIRSTEN PLACED 1-2-3 IN THE UNDER-EIGHT GIRLS COMPETITION. 

What a great day on the water fishing out of the very awesome but a tad overkill Wooldridge 20’ Alaskan XL. A huge thank you to all those at the Angle Lake Shore Club who put on such a great event.

Editor’s Postscript: Visit the ALSC Photo Album to view all the other photos captured by our Club Photographer, Tani Rae and guests, Valerie Vavrik and Bruce Goulet.

A Cart Reserved For Heros

On the morning of May 10th, the Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Group volunteer builders and their supporters will gather at Angle Lake Park between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am for a ceremonial departure of the latest patriotic baggage cart destined for the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). 
Fallen Soldier Cart Departure Ceremony
Angle Lake Park
May 10th, 0700 - 0900

Guest Speakers:
Nathan Engel, Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Group
Father Jim Northrop, Saint Thomas Parish
Daniel Brosch, SFO Fallen Soldier Cart Lead, Master of Ceremonies
Michael Siefkes, SeaTac Mayor
Erin Sitterly, SeaTac Deputy Mayor
Kevin Rose, WA State Patriot Guard Riders

The cart will travel in a motorcade procession from SeaTac, WA, May 10, 2018 and arrive in Burlingame, CA, May 12, 2018 for an afternoon delivery and dedication ceremony at SFO. The public is invited and encouraged to join with other community members at Angle Lake for this free event.

Alone on the airfield, one cart is reserved for heroes.

With blue paint, red carpet and American flag curtains, a customized cart built exclusively to carry the remains of fallen service members along their journey home to their final resting place. It’s the most visible component of the Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Program, which ensures the remains of a deceased soldier are treated with respect and dignity upon arrival.

The cart’s exterior features plaques representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Inside are plaques for the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. On the top of the cart, visible to airline customers, is a large decal that says “Alaska Airlines Honoring the Fallen” along with a star and emblems for the five armed services.

Through years prior, Alaska Airlines has deployed dedicated carts in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Washington, D.C. and Dallas. This latest cart is directed to San Francisco. While the carts remain under Alaska’s care at each of these locations, they are available for any airline to use when transporting soldiers’ remains.