" You've Got Mail! "

This past week, the Shore Club had completed the task of emailing out the 2017 Fall Newsletter.  
If you are a member who is in active membership status or a recently expired member AND we have your current email address on file – you should have received a copy of the publication in your inbox already. 

If you had not received a copy any of the following apply to you, please contact Judy Williams for assistance:
  • I am a current member but have not been receiving any Shore Club E-Mailings
  • I am a current member who has changed their email address
  • I am no longer current but would like to reinstate my membership 
If you live within our Angle Lake boundaries and would like to consider becoming a member of the Shore Club, please contact our Welcoming Committee to schedule a visit to receive more information about Club Membership benefits and to receive a packet of valuable discounts available from local area businesses.

Annual Members Only Christmas Party Invitations will be sent out mid-November so please be sure your contact information is correct and your membership is active to ensure you receive your invite.

Remembering Corky

Mikey and Corky Serving Up Fun at the Tasty Tapas
If ever you had the pleasure to meet the Vennetti Twins, you've no doubt experienced the effervescent sparkle these two brought to our events and the day to day lives for those fortunate to refer to them as neighbors. Their enthusiasm and zest toward life is nothing less than infectious. 

Unfortunately, on July 12th one half of the pair was taken from us unexpectedly. Coralie (also known as Corky) incurred a severe brain hemorrhage and shortly thereafter passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. 

Her surviving sister Rosalie (also known as Mikey) would like to acknowledges the incredibly supportive group of friends here in our Angle Lake Community and to express her sincere appreciation for the continuing support and day to day visits sharing memories, laughs, a few cries, some spontaneous songs and a movie quote or two. “After every visit, my heart felt lighter than before they came. I was left with a sense of gratitude that we are loved by so many” Mikey expressed. 

Mikey also wishes to share with you the decision that the memorial service has been cancelled. The family has decided that more time is needed for the healing process to continue. Going through photos and stories of happy times seemed to be counterproductive to the direction they are taking in moving forward with this devastating loss.

On November 4th you’re requested to raise a glass to Corky and give thanks to all the joy she brought into each of our lives.

Godspeed, Corky. You will be sorely missed.

Red Light Cameras - To Keep or Not to Keep

The contract extension between the City of SeaTac and Redflex Traffic Systems is set to expire on December 31st this year. The question now is if red light cameras should continue operating in SeaTac or not. The Council is seeking opinion from the greater community to assist in reaching a decision.

The contract with Redflex was originally due to expired last summer however the council responded by agreeing to a temporary extension to give city staff time to put out a request for competitive bids. The field of prospective service providers has been reduced to three for consideration.

General consensus appeared to be leaning toward signing a contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) based on the following expected benefits:
  • Positive local history (Seattle, Des Moines, Renton, Kent, others)
  • Competitive Costing Model ($11,250 p/m ($3750 p/site)) plus $10,000 marketing allowance; compared to current $13,500 p/m ($4,500 p/site))
  • No Criminal Litigation History (challenges to legality only, none currently pending in Washington)
  • Citation processing compatible with SeaTac Court, adjustable if desired in the future.
  • Technology Capabilities (loop-less detection, traffic studies, video and photo, etc.)
  • Data Collection Options (local staff or company prepared)
  • Customer Service (complaint mitigation, staff training, option for fee processing, etc.)
  • Contract Transition Plan (next-day operational)
Of course these contractual benefits will not be realized if a decision is made to not allow red light cameras to continue operating in SeaTac. And that is where your opinion matters – 

You are being asked to offer comments on the choice of whether Red Light Cameras should continue to monitor traffic compliance at our intersections or should they be removed? You can share your comments by calling or writing any member on the council or sign up to speak at the Regular Council Meeting during public comments.

All three  cameras are operating within close proximity of our Angle Lake Neighborhoods:
  • International Boulevard Northbound at 200th Street
  • International Boulevard Southbound at 188th Street
  • Military Road Southbound at 188th Street.

The Return of Hydroplane Racing at Angle Lake

Interest in hydroplane racing may be waning in Seattle, however just up the hill from the national Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in SeaTac, excitement toward the sport of hydroplane racing is starting to take off!

Seattle Outboard Association (SOA), an organization founded in 1929, is bringing back the American Power Boat Association (APBA) hydroplanes, runabouts, and tunnel boats to Angle Lake September 9th and 10th for the second annual Frank Hansen Memorial Regatta!

Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188
Time: 11 AM to 6 PM

Just like last year, there will be two full days of boat racing excitement on the East-West leg of the lake. Spectators will again be welcome into the Race Pits** to see the boats up close and meet the racers with their crew. 

What is new for this year?  

Well for starters, besides being a Modified Western Divisional location, Angle Lake is now the fourth stop in a series of five races where drivers are awarded and accumulate points based on their wins. The driver with the most points at the completion of specified races at the five selected locations in the series is presented the coveted ‘Babcock Trophy’ which is one of the most prestigious honors a racer can receive.

Portions of the East-West leg of the lake will still be off limits for public access; however the restrictive boundary lines are expected to take up less area. There are plans this year to string together several of the new ALSC Barges to form a ‘log boom’ on the eastern straightaway allowing boats to anchor up to and spectators to assemble their tables and chairs from to watch the race action up close!

But wait that’s not all! One of the most consistently voiced comments heard after the race last year was that the announcements from the tower could not clearly be heard around the lake. We now have a solution for that. Twenty-four year resident, President of the Mark Eleven Condominium Association and longtime broadcast authority, Allan Freedman is generously donating his time, lending his subject matter expertise and equipment to enable low power FM transmission of the tower communications! Spectators and race enthusiasts from around the lake will be able to tune into FM 90.5 on Saturday and Sunday to hear all the race coverage broadcast from the tower!  Special appreciation goes to our neighbors  Allan Freedman, Bob and Chris Simmons for their contributions in helping to deliver this capability.


If you’d like to know about the boats, races and drivers, please download a courtesy copy of ‘Hydro Basics’ authored by John M. Adams. John built his first outboard hydroplane at age 16 and actively raced for over 20 years in Region 10 with the Seattle Outboard Association. He is currently a retired driver and helps as a crew member of Adams Racing.   

** Entry into the race pits is restricted to spectators who have signed a waiver and are wearing close toed footwear. 

Don't Look Directly at the Banana Sun!

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality

Angle Lake is NOT in the path of totality. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun (also referred to as the banana sun) is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Look for the ISO 12312-2 stamp that indicates the item is compliant with the international safety standard for such products.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses as the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015.

Toodaloo Tapas?

This year’s ALSC Tasty Tapas Float Around could be the last one ever. 

The event has been going on for eight consecutive years now and has always been very well attended. Locating stations however, has gotten more and more difficult. Organizer Jim Todd invests numerous hours each year reaching out to neighbors in an effort to secure host locations.  This year’s event was at risk at having to be canceled had it not been for one last neighbor and one ALSC Board Member agreeing to host at the very last minute. 

If you have not yet signed up for the Tasty Tapas Float Around, our late summer lakeside main event, you must act now to reserve a spot. Open to ALSC Members Only and their invited guests. Cost is $30 per person.

Tasty Tapas – Saturday, August 12th. 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Click the image above to download the Order Form

During years prior, Tapas had been attended by notable guests including Gilligan and his fellow castaways; Cleopatra returned from the dead to join us with her minions; a group of gondoliers gathered to give out goodies to arriving guests; and even a Tropical Island populated with Pacific Islanders floated onto the scene – one can only imagine who, or what, might attend this year!

Tasty Tapas has proven to be an evening full of fun, food, and a great opportunity to meet with neighbors and make new friends. Participants will be assigned to start at one of four dining stations set up around the lake for guests to visit only by boat. Each of the four locations will present a themed selection of appetizers and liquid libations to tickle your taste buds. Throughout the evening at set intervals, groups will receive a signal to depart for another station until all four stations have been visited. Be sure to pace yourself and save room for the grand finale fifth station where all participants will come together to enjoy a bonfire, dessert and coffee where all can mingle.

You are encouraged to take your own boat around the course (No drinking and driving please!) For those who do not have a boat, cannot find a ride or require assistance, there will be pontoon boats acting as taxis to ferry tasters from stations to station. If you require a pickup please contact Sandy Goulet at BSonthelake_at_gmail.com.

Big Changes in the Neighborhood!

Over the past few days, we’ve received notice that no less than four member families are selling their homes and relocating outside our community. 

All of these families, each in their own way, have had a significant impact on our neighborhood. I’d like to express appreciation for having had the pleasure of their presence in our community. I’m also supplying hotlinks to their property listing in hope that remaining neighbors will encourage other wonderful families to consider a move to Angle Lake and to become active members in our community.   

The Bells. During their time here, they’ve invested enormous time and energy upgrading this colonial style home both on the inside and as well as the abundant flowering beds and impeccably maintained grounds. The Bells had hosted the ALSC Christmas party previously and brought family to participate in many of the ALSC Club events.

The Minnihans. When first locating to our community, they moved into a home with spectacular ‘Twin Views’ of the Lake and of the Kent Valley feature Mount Rainier in the background! They have since converted the site to feature a wonderful customer built home with many, many unique features. The Minnihan’s had for many years hosted the ALSC 4th of July Swim and Boat Races and also hosted the Christmas Party in their recently built home.

The Becks. Once a bare piece of property, when Mrs. Beck saw Mt Rainier presiding over the lake view she immediately knew she wanted her next home here! A custom built, spacious home with rich features gives this residence a warm and comfortable environment to live in. Both have been previous members of the Angle Lake Manor HOA leadership team and have participated on the ALSC Board almost as long as they’ve lived here. They have been extremely generous in giving of their time toward the community and for bringing new event ideas to the club.

The Langs. This family is among the elite that can nearly be considered ‘pioneer members’ of the club having moved here in the 50s including serving as president of the ALSC. The Langs have the dubious honor of being recognized as the go to folks for the BIG A$$ coffee pot featured at our ALSC events! The home they are leaving has grown in synch with the growing number of Lang family members.  Sitting on a nearly ¾ acre lot there is still plenty of room to enjoy outside this spacious home.

Each of these families will be sorely missed however we wish them the absolute best in the next chapter of their lives.  We hope that you’ll consider a return visit during any of our future ALSC events.

Good Luck on your move!

Steve and Debbie Beck Leaving Town

Let's Kick Some Trash!

It's time to get tough on the litter cluttering our streets and shoreline!

Members from the Angle Lake Community will gather at the public park boat launch at 9 am to collect pickers, trash bags, gloves and instructions before setting out for the annual Angle Lake Clean Sweep Volunteer Event! 
DATE: Saturday, July 22nd
EVENT: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM

The City of SeaTac Parks and Recreation Department will be issuing garbage bags and collection tools to the group to assist in their effort to scour the public spaces on the southwest end of the lake to rid the area of the litter. If you've traveled this end of the lake you might have noticed the positive impact the team had on the area last year but an enormous job still remains to gather all the trash remaining and new trash that has accumulated in this area. However, the more hands that turn out to help the fewer burdens this will be on each of us individually.

The volunteers will be split up into groups where walkers will be assigned to concentrate on picking up litter in the streets, on shore and along the beach, while waders and snorkelers will be committed to clearing the shallow water of trash and the adventurous individuals decked out in full scuba gear will gather debris from the deep!

Volunteers who like it dry picking up trash on land or along the beach

Volunteers who prefer it a little wet!  Wade and/or snorkel in the shallow waters recovering debris

These folks do it deeper!
Fully outfitted scuba divers will comb the lake bottom for garbage of any size.

Although the bulk of organized effort will be focused mainly on the SW end of the lake, it is not our intent to discourage residents from taking their own initiative in collecting litter from their area and bringing it to the park boat ramp prior to 12:00 noon where the City will assist in disposing of it. Please contact Lynne (lynnewithagrin@gmail.com) if you are aware of or need assistance with any large items (dock materials excluded).

Immediately following the event, participants will gather at the Manor Club Private Beach where the Angle Lake Shore Club will serve up lunch as a display of appreciation for their volunteer efforts. We'll also have a Raffle drawing for prizes – must be present to win.

This is a good opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy some nice weather, teaming up with your neighbors in doing great things for the community and receiving a free lunch and possibly winning a valuable prize!

Which Event Appeals to You Most?

Having a tough time deciding which Fourth of July event to participate in? Why not choose them all!

Independence Day here at Angle Lake is tradition filled with great family oriented activities and this year is no exception. Event times are scheduled appropriate to allow you to enjoy them all if you choose.

Click on the image below to download a map of locations and event schedule.
Schedule of Events

Angle Lake Manor Club Parade
     09:30 am – preassembly and decorating
    10:00 am – Parade followed by Ice Cream Social
Bud Jones Memorial Race Around the Lake
     11:00 am – Walker Start
     11:30 am – Run Start
     12:00 pm – Trophy Presentment and Awards
Children’s Play Area and Water Spray Park
     11:00 am – Park Activities Begin
Dock / Beach Decoration Contest
     01:00 pm – Judging Begins
     02:00 pm – Cash; Beach Towel, and Ribbons awarded
Live Music Performances
     01:00 pm – Maurice the Fish Record Artist Perform On Stage
Swim Races
     03:00 pm – Different Age Groups Competing for Cash Prizes
Boat Races
     04:30 pm – Different Categories Competing for Cash Prizes
Parade of Decorated Boats
     7:30 pm – Gather with Neighbors in a Caravan Around the Lake
The 4th of July Finale
     10:00 pm – Fireworks Display in Front of Angle Lake Park

Events produced by:
  • Angle Lake Shore Club
  • Angle Lake Manor HOA
  • City of SeaTac 
And a special and sincere thank you is given to each of the volunteers who have donated their time in helping to coordinate these events.

What's Happening in the 'Hood?

Many of us on Angle Lake have our weekend calendars filled with planned activities for ON and/or IN the water. Here are a couple mid-week alternative events happening just OFF the lake for you to consider to keep the kids (and grown ups!) entertained!

The Storm is Coming our Way!
Doppler leading the Conga line
On June 14 at 6:00 PM in the Tyee Educational Complex gymnasium, the Seattle Storm Professional Women’s National Basketball team will hold an open community practice, free to the public. Their 2017 visit marks an unprecedented fourth consecutive year the team has brought this ever popular family fun event to SeaTac. It is a chance to watch the team practice, 6 - 14 year old girls and boys participate in drills with the players, and participate in some games! Parents will have an opportunity to take photos with and get autographs from some of the world's best women basketball players including Sue Bird. And you’ll not want to miss the high jinks that prevail whenever team mascot Doppler is in the house!

Instrumental Sounds at the Sound Light Rail Station
Scott Lindenmuth - Premier Guitarist
Promoted as “One of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest instrumentalists” and a recognized master of many styles, Seattle Guitarist Scott is one of the few guitarists in the world today that can easily transition from jazz to electric blues, classical to rock, funk and fusion displaying fluid technique and virtuosic ability in all genres. He’ll be entertaining crowds at The Plaza at Angle Lake Stations on Wednesday, June 14th from 5:30 until 7:00 PM, there’s no admission charge, free for all to attend!

Get Soaked at the Spray Park
The Crowd Favorite Mega Soaker
Come, if you dare, to endure a drenching from the Mega Soaker, a 55 gallon container that fills with water and spills over onto the surface and anyone underneath at regular intervals every few minutes. The spray park features numerous spray nozzles for kids to run through and play in. This is safe and fun alternative way to cool off at Angle Lake Park, suitable for all ages and all abilities. Hours of operation are from 11:00 am until 8:00 PM. Suitable for all ages and all abilities! 

Hope you get an opportunity to get away and enjoy one or more of these events.

Lake Weed Watchers

The King County Noxious Weed Control Program is extending an invitation to all Angle Lake Residents to attend a free training program to help prevent the spread of noxious weeds in our lake.

2017 Lake Weed Watcher Training
Monday, June 19, 2017 (6:30 pm – 8:30 am)
The Lodge at Beaver Lake
25201 SE 24th St Sammamish, WA 98075

The Lake Weed Watcher Program trains volunteers to survey for aquatic weeds in small lakes in King County, Washington. Volunteers are trained to identify both native and non-native aquatic plants.  The goal of the project is to watch for populations of invasive weeds that are not currently known to occur in King County or that have a very limited distribution, but have the potential to spread and cause damage.  Detecting these weeds early allows us to stop them before they get too entrenched to remove.

Attend the Free Training to learn:
  • How to identify aquatic weeds and native plants 
  • How to do a lake survey and submit data 
  • How fun it is to be a Lake Weed Watcher!

Volunteers need to provide:
  • A small boat (e.g. canoe) and a place to launch it (if you don't live on a lake you use the public boat ramp at Angle Lake)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) and any other required water safety equipment
  • Ability to attend this one training session
  • Approximately one field day in early July and one field day in late August or early September

The majority of the session be in the “classroom” however will also include time at the waterfront at the end of the training for more plant ID and equipment use training.

If interested attending, please RSVP to Ben Peterson, King County Noxious Weeds Control Specialist by sending email to ben.peterson@kingcounty.gov or phoning (206) 477-4724. The training is open to returning and new volunteers. Also, feel free to relay this invitation to anyone interested in helping keep lakes healthy.”

Got Barges?

Yes we do!  I am awestruck in what this community has accomplished. In my opinion it is a rare instance to see a neighborhood of our size venture into a project of complexity and magnitude with complete and full collaboration - let alone successfully deliver what they set out to do. It is truly amazing that this supportive community and many talented volunteers delivered a complete set of commercial quality barges as planned for the purpose of becoming the launch point for the Angle Lake Fireworks show for generations to come!

Seen here, three of the seven barges connected.
I’m happy to report that the community effort to raise all funds necessary for the purchase of materials and the small army of volunteers who labored many hours constructing the Fireworks Barges has successfully completed the job in creating assets that are estimated at having a collective commercial value of over $60,000!  

This is yet another clear indication and example of the great community in which we live in!

What’s Next:
The next phase is to design and develop an anchoring system to secure the barges into position when deployed. This is an essential element for performing a fireworks show from the center of the lake. The Club is actively seeking individual(s) from within our community who can lead and orchestrate this effort. If you have or can refer someone who has experience in this area, please contact the Shore Club at anglelakesc@gmail.com

A separate team is already forming with the goal of developing a process for routinely collecting and assembling two or more of the barges for deployment in all types of occasions. Besides using the assembled collection of barges for the 4th of July Fireworks Show, other deployments may include using them as gathering points for: ‘Socials at the ‘El’; as a log boom for the Hydroplane races; or a spectator platform for the Annual Blue Water Aquatics Swim Races.  

Just imagine, evening socials at the El like this - but bigger!
Independency Day:
While plans and procedures for mobilizing and anchoring the barges remain outstanding, we are unable to support a fireworks show being performed at the Elbow. I am pleased to report that the SeaTac Parks Department will again host the fireworks display on Angle Lake launched from the Public Docks again this year. As has occurred in prior years, this will require that the swim area, beach, hillside and boat ramp will be off limits for public access and allows producing a smaller display using shells no larger than 3” due to the confined and control space.

If the club is able to finalize mobilizing and anchoring operations there is a possibility of enacting PLAN B which includes anchoring the barge collection off the Goulet Beach on July 4th. Then a group of pontoon boats can be scheduled to travel the Northern Leg gathering residents with lawn chairs and blankets and ferry them to and from the platform for viewing the 2017 fireworks show up close. More details will be shared later in June. 

This is still only a concept at this time but we’d appreciate hearing any feedback from you on this idea!  Please submit your comments to the Blog Email at anglelakesc@gmail.com.

ALSC Derby Reels In Record Crowd

Nearly 200 residents, from infant to near centenarian, gathered along the shores of the Goulet and Kuglar beach properties to witness some of the best competitive fishing Angle Lake has seen in ages!

Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking

A total of 60 fish were reeled in for measuring with some being returned to the waters of Angle Lake while others were released to the barbecue to supplement the telling of many fish tales.

I could take this opportunity to share the details of this most successful event; however that information will be captured through the recollections of one of our hosts, Sandy Goulet and will be shared via our next upcoming Club Newsletter. Be on the lookout for the Summer Edition arriving in your email inbox by Mid-June.

As mentioned previously, this was one of the best attended Derby’s in recent memory. The draw certainly is partly due to our shared interest toward community fellowship; the beautiful natural surroundings of Angle Lake and the opportunity to spend a nice day with family and neighbors we refer to as friends, and their guests.  It also can be attributed to the restaurant quality barbecue cuisine that includes fresh King Salmon served up by our master chef and his assistants. But equally important in drawing crowds to our event is the big Raffle Drawing offering a chance to be chosen as a prize winner from the plethora of prizes provided by our generous commercial contributors!  

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and express a sincere appreciation to the following businesses for their contributions in making our ALSC Fishing Derby, Barbecue and Raffle a most successful event!
Please help express our gratitude toward these businesses by visiting them often!

And of course, to the Members of the Angle Lake Shore Club, Residents and Guests who made generous purchases for strings of Raffle Tickets. The proceeds from these sales not only help support this event and the purchase of the additional prizes but also help fund our other events throughout the year. 

Without your generosity and participation, all of this would not be possible – THANK YOU!  

2017 ALSC Fishing Derby, Raffle and Barbecue!

Shore Club Representatives will be stopping by Angle Lake Homes this week for an opportunity to purchase Raffle Ticket for the upcoming Annual Fishing Derby, Raffle and Community Barbecue!

Sunday, April 30th
BS Goulet Beach – Driveway Post 21
Fishing Contest 7:00 AM until 12 Noon. 
Lunch; Awards and Raffle Drawings 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

As has become tradition on our lake, we’ll start the morning off with coffee, muffins and donuts available on the beach at 7:00 am. At 11:30 AM the Shore Club Chefs will start grilling up salmon, hamburgers and hot dogs to be served with a plentiful spread of side dishes. Fishing competition weigh-in, measure up will cut off at precisely 12 Noon. Derby winners will be announced approximately at 1:00 PM and prizes will be awarded.  Our random Raffle Prize drawings for the numerous valuable raffle prizes will be done immediately following derby announcements. We will also be selling T-shirts and other items on the day of the Derby. 

See the Flyer for Complete Details!

To help increase your chance of winning any of the many fabulous raffle prizes, we are offering a sliding scale discount for volume ticket purchases. The price for a single raffle ticket (which includes entry into the fishing competition and barbecue lunch) is just $5. However the more you buy the better your odds of winning and the more you save!

$5   –  Purchase 1 ticket
$10 –  3 tickets (buy 2, get 1 free!)
$15 –  6 tickets (buy 3, get 3 free!)
$20 – 10 tickets (buy 4, get 6 free!)

While only one (1) raffle ticket per person is required to enter into the drawing, participate in the fishing derby with the first prize for biggest trout set at $11 plus indulging in all scrumptious food available we encourage you to buy as many tickets as possible to help support this and other Shore Club events throughout the year.

If you would like to buy tickets or volunteer to help at the derby please contact: Lonnie Goulet (206) 948-2009.

Sun is Out; Temps are Up; Flowers are Blooming, but Where are the Kids?

This Sunday, April 16th between the hours 9:00 and 11:00 AM, the Easter Bunny will visit Angle Lake, hoping from dock to dock with his basket full of Easter bags filled with treats to be handed out to any eagerly awaiting child and their families.

(To view pictures from last year, Click HERE)

However, our event coordinator, Margaret (aka: ‘Lynne with a Grin’) is having a difficult time identifying any neighbors interested hosting a stop for the Bunny Meet and Greet!

If you have small children at home and/or will have grandchildren visiting on Easter Sunday and would like to ensure a special visit from the Easter Bunny, please contact Lynn Caster no later than Friday, April 14th to request a stop. Send email to lynnewithagrin@gmail.com and provide your name, contact phone number, address (post number) and indicate of how many children are expected to be present. 

Also please note, If you have a gift basket that you wish to have personally presented to your child by the Easter Bunny, please have these baskets delivered to Lynn before the deadline of Friday, April 16th as well.

The Easter Bunny Dock Hop schedule for stops will be:
  • Mobile Home Park and Apartments 9:00am until 9:20am
  • North Shoreline of West Leg 9:30am until 9:50am
  • West and East Shoreline of North Leg 10:00am until 10:30am
  • South Shoreline of Lake 10:30 until 11:00 am
All children (and adults, too!) are welcome.

Traffic Safety Concerns - South 198th St.

Residents along South 198th street neighborhood are expressing increased concerns regarding excessive, high speed traffic flows during morning and evening commuting hours. South 198th street has been a favorite “short cut” for commuters for years however this situation has been exacerbated due to recent intersection reconfigurations at 200th Street South and Military Road. Recent reconstruction efforts have eliminated the additional free right turn lane southbound onto 200th street and has resulted in increased queuing for southbound traffic on Military Road - further incenting commuters to take 198th South as a detour to avoid having to wait to make a right angle right turn at the intersection.

Perceptions of vehicles exceeding posted speed limits (on average over 35mph) and frequently failing to observe and obey the stop sign at the intersection of 35th and 198th street, pedestrian safety concerns have increased proportionate to the increased traffic volume. There are currently no sidewalks so persons with disabilities, seniors, children and parents with strollers and everyone in between are forced to travel the surface road, increasing the likelihood of pedestrian injury or fatality. 

Safe Streets Survey
A survey has been created with the purpose of collecting input from residents living on South 198th Street regarding traffic safety concerns.  Residents along this corridor are encouraged to complete this brief survey so that their response may be included in a submission to the SeaTac Neighborhood Sidewalk Advisory Committee and the Department of Civil Engineering requesting appropriate action be taken to address safety concerns.

The survey may be accessed by clicking this LINK.

Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program
Residential streets should feel safe, comfortable, and cared for. Residents may think of the street outside their home as an extension of their home or a neighborhood commons. Improvements should focus on slowing traffic and encourage residents to take pride and ownership of the streetscape outside their front door.

The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program represents the commitment of the City of SeaTac to the safety and livability of residential neighborhoods. The program addresses neighborhood traffic safety concerns while enabling citizens and community groups to become involved with the improvement process. The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program is a three phase program with each phase containing specific techniques for addressing traffic concerns in neighborhoods.
  • PHASE I or Neighborhood Enhancement Phase concentrates on less restrictive traffic operation improvements such as signing, select pavement markings, brush trims, and passive measures such as the enforcement of traffic laws. 
  • PHASE II or Physical Devices Phase focuses on physical traffic control devices placed in the roadway to control speed, reduce traffic volumes, or reduce accidents. The devices available are speed humps, traffic circles, curb extensions/chokers, and chicanes.
  • PHASE III or Major Projects - Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), or other special funding.

Please click this LINK for further details regarding the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program.

No Captain, No Problem: Self-Driving Boats

RoBoats on Angle Lake
Imagine if everyone could get around the lake easily and safely, without tired, distracted or inebriated drivers. Time spent boating could be time spent visiting instead. With robot operated boats (aka: RoBoats) that concept is rapidly becoming a reality!

RoBoats Are No Longer Merely Fantasy

Driverless Vessels on Angle Lake?
At a recent Study Session, science guy Bill Nye asked the SeaTac City Council if it would be feasible for “autonomous” or driverless vehicles controlled by computer program and not operated by a human being to begin functioning on Angle Lake. 

This is not about a “science project,” Nye said, but about discovering the reality of such future development, “will people buy into this,” adding that “safety is very important to us” and that test vehicles will be certified and marine legal. SeaTac, said Nye, could be a “center for excellence” with such a study that eventually could get federal or other grants and open additional development possibilities.

While other ‘driverless’ studies for cars is ongoing nationally, the opportunity exists for SeaTac to become among the first in the nation for recreational pilotless seafaring vessels. Council members agreed that it would be really cool to hop onto a self driving boat from the park and go for a nice sunset cruise around the lake. 

How it works
The actual idea of a vessel without crew is not new. As far back as 1973, Rolf Schonknecht, in his book ‘Ships and Shipping of Tomorrow’, envisaged a future where a ship’s captain could performed his duties in an office building onshore, while an on-board computer navigated the ship. Nye stated “We’re building a safer boat captain that is always alert and never distracted. Our fully self-driving technology will handle all boat operations so you can go from dock to dock without ever having to take the wheel.”
Trial Participants Out For An Enjoyable Boat Ride

The vessels are equipped with radar and software that are designed to detect swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders, water fowl, other boats and more from a distance of up to two hundred yards away in all directions. Imagine if you will the following situation; our vehicle is about to drive straight across the lake surrounded by many other objects nearby, including a kayaker up ahead. The boat sensors observe that the kayaker has extended their left arm. Detecting the kayaker’s hand signal, our onboard software predicts that the kayaker will move to the left side of our path of travel. Our software then plans for our boat to slow down and make room for the kayaker to pass safely and comfortably ahead of us. Our boats sensors and software detect and predict the behavior of not only the kayaker, but of all the lake traffic and swimmers around us. 

This autonomous technology relies on over 2 million terrestrial miles of real world experience collected from driverless street vehicle testing and has taught boats to navigate safely and comfortably through everyday marine traffic. The self driving boats will operate safely through many complex scenarios in real open water situations and can adjust to unexpected changing conditions like floating debris or obstructions and respond to complex cues at docks and boat ramps. We’ve also taught our boats to drive defensively, so they try to stay out of blind spots and nudge away from larger vessels or groups of swimmers. The first autonomous vessels are set to make their debut trial run Sunday, April 16th during the ALSC Easter Bunny Dock Hop. 

During the six month trial period all residents and visitors using the lake will be required to wear a transponder jacket.  This will ensure that the self driving boat sensors can accurately detect objects in the water as an added safety precaution. Vests will be available for check out through the SeaTac Parks Department by contacting Lawrence Ellis at (206) 973-4681.
Safety Sensors Vests Must Be Worn At All Times While On The Lake

Anyone discovered on the lake without a vest will receive an initial warning and be asked to leave the area. Subsequent failures will result in a fine of up to $250.00.  “Sure the fine seems a little steep” Ellis stated, “But it’s for the public’s own safety and the funds will help cover any damages that may result during the trial”. The results of the trial period tests will be reviewed at the September Regular Council Meeting.

(Postscript:  This is an April Fools Joke)

Community Meeting for a New Waterfront Park

A new two acre waterfront park will be situated on the Hughes Property site located on the west side of Angle Lake. 
Aerial View of the Site
The City of SeaTac will host an informational meeting for the public and Angle Lake Community to learn more about the upcoming park system expansion project and an opportunity to view the planned designs. 
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00- 8:00 PM 
City Hall Council Chambers

Barker Landscape Architects, is contracted to design a new community park that will provide opportunities to walk and enjoy the beautiful shoreline setting on the south west shore of Angle Lake via an eight-foot wide trail connecting the existing Angle Lake public park to the new waterfront park location. 

Overview of New Park, Walkway, and Hotels
For more information please call Lawrence Ellis, Director of Parks, Community Programs and services at 206.973.4681

The Docktor is In!

Is your dock in need of repair or are you thinking about replacing or adding a dock? If so, you are in luck. 
Starting in April and over the course of the following few months a contractor specializing in dock construction, repair, and piling replacement will be visiting our lake. If you are in need of any dock related services please contact: Lonnie Goulet @ (206) 948-2009 for additional information.

A boat dock is a valuable part of any property and must be maintained or repaired to retain that value. Maintenance is often the more cost-effective solution and should be carried out on a regular, dependable basis.
Boat docks are constantly exposed to moisture, changes in temperature, sunlight, and inclement weather, all of which can have long-term consequences when it comes to their aesthetic appeal, safety, and functionality. Maintenance can require time and energy; repairs are considerably costlier. In either case, dock owners have many components to consider when caring for their investment.

Components that May Need Repair
Many people do not realize how many components go into dock construction beyond the obvious boards that make up the decking. Although these certainly require care, other elements, such as the rope and barrels underneath a floating dock, are less accessible and may require more technical repairs. Repairing a float, for example, costs between $170 and $190. For posts, metal pipes and other sub-structural components, repairs are generally more costly, ranging from $300 to $400, conservatively. 

Reasons for Repair
As mentioned above, docks can require repairs for a number of reasons, most of them having to do with environmental conditions. The overall average cost for repairing a permanent dock is $180 to $220. Portions of nearly all dock types are continuously exposed to water, which can be hard on wood, metal and concrete alike. Storm damage is another common, weather-related issue, especially winter storms where the water may freeze and thaw. Framing repairs generally cost around $200 to $215. Dry rot can also cause damage to wood decking and posts with repairs costing about $200. 

Maintenance to Minimize Repairs
What can be done to reduce the necessity of costly repairs?
The answer is simple: maintenance.

One important way to maintain a dock is through sealing the wood regularly. This process applies a protective coating that can significantly reduce weather-damage. However, costs are extremely variable, depending on the product used. Similarly, building a deck from treated lumber and replacing any wooden pieces with treated lumber is a good investment, although treated lumber tends to cost somewhat more. A regular pressure washing between applications of sealant can remove mildew or other harmful substances. To have a dock professionally pressure washed, the cost generally runs $1 per square-foot.

For metal parts, making a regular check of their condition is advisable in order to spot rust, corrosion, or other issues as soon as possible. Screws, nuts, and bolts, for instance, can work themselves loose and may require tightening. Sometimes hinges or other moving parts may require lubrication to last longer. Rust protection may also be an option for those who prefer bright screws and hardware. 

2017 ALSC Spring Newsletter

We’re excited to announce that the 2017 edition of the Angle Lake Shore Club Spring Newsletter has been sent to all active members.

Going to an all electronic delivery of our newsletter allows the club to keep production and distribution costs to zero while presenting to you, the member, a more media rich, visually pleasing design offering more photos and color graphics and dynamic formatting than a print edition allows. Our Spring Newsletter is packed with information regarding club activities and announcements you won’t want to miss, so check your inbox to confirm receipt of your copy.

If you have not received a copy of the newsletter already, any one or more reasons might be the cause: 
  • You have not yet renewed your membership in the ALSC.
  • The club no longer has your current or correct email address on file.
  • The email sent to you containing the newsletter may have landed in your spam folder!
If you'd like to verify your member status and/or confirm that our bookkeeper has your correct contact information – please send an email with your request to the Shore Club email box at anglelakesc@gmail.com. Else, membership renewal forms are available for download HERE.

New Season, New Volunteers, and New Dates!

The Angle Lake Shore Club Board met Wednesday, February 15th to schedule the upcoming event dates for the 2017 season and to welcome four new volunteers to the team!  
Back Row: Judy, Steve, Marge, Drew, Debbie, Lonnie, Kari, Sandy, Julie
Front Row: Fuzz, Jim, Lynne, Tani Rae
New volunteer members include:
  • Lynne Caster – Events Coordinator
  • Drew Clark – Newsletter Editor
  • Kari Fogelman – Newsletter and Promotional Advertising
  • Sandy Goulet – Welcome Committee

A full list of assignments and duties can be viewed by clicking the link on the top of the blog site page labeled ‘About Us’. Please join us in welcoming our new volunteer and returning board members for 2017!

This year we’ve made an electronic copy of the 2017 Events Calendar available to you for download. Burn off a copy and hang it on your refrigerator to ensure that you won’t miss any of the exciting events we have planned for you and your family to enjoy! A schedule is also always available to view by clicking the link on the top of the blog site page labeled ‘Annual Events’. You can also access our online photo albums to view all the pictures taken during prior events!

The 2017 date and events are as follows:
  • SUN APR 16 – Easter Bunny Dock Hop
  • SUN APR 30 – Fishing Derby, Picnic and Raffle
  • TUE JUL 04 – Independence Day
  • SAT JUL 22 – Lake Bottom Clean Sweep
  • SAT AUG 12 – Floating Tasty Tapas
  • SUN OCT 29 – BOO Cruise SpOOtacular
  • SUN NOV 26 – Santa Christmas Tree Lighting
  • SAT DEC 02 – Members Only Christmas Party
  • SAT DEC 09 – Santa’s Christmas Cruise

In addition to the list of events above, we plan to continue our “Middle of the ‘L’ Social Hours” during the summer months. Any change to events, dates and/or times will be announced through the blog and via our quarterly newsletter.

The new and improved 2017 ALSC Board and Volunteer Member Team is looking forward to delivering a slew of quality events to our members and are eager to meet with you at each of these events!

See you out on the water, soon!

Building Community While Building Barges

In the spirit of a traditional Barn Raising, where material goods are created and community bonds are strengthened through a collaborative construction event, the Angle Lake Shore Club is announcing a call to action in assembling the final three barges needed for the launch site of the upcoming Fourth of July Fireworks Display.

This is one of those once in a lifetime moments, rarely found in modern times, where neighbors have an opportunity to come together to work collectively toward delivering on a major common goal.

Please send an email indicating your interest to participate in the Barge Assembly Program to: AngleLakeSC@gmail.com. Due to space limitations, volunteer participation will be reserved on a first come, first accepted basis. A formal scheduled will be announced in the coming weeks.

When a community comes together
A barn raising is a collective action in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collaboratively by members of the community. Barn rising was particularly common in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America. A barn was a necessary structure for any farmer yet the assembly required more labor than a typical family could provide. Barn raising addressed the need by enlisting members of the community, unpaid, to assist in the building of their neighbors' barns. Because each member was entitled to recruit others for help, the favor would eventually return to each participant. The tradition of "barn raising" continues, more or less unchanged, in some Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities, particularly in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and some rural parts of Canada. The practice continues outside of these religious communities, albeit less frequently than in the 19th century.

Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed by education professionals to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations. Many team-building exercises aim to expose and address interpersonal problems within a business group. Team building is one of the foundations of organizational development that can be applied to groups such as sports teams, school classes, military units or neighborhoods. The formal definition of team-building includes:
  • aligning around goals
  • finding solutions to problems
  • building effective working relationships
Of all organizational activities, one study found team-development to have the strongest effect for improving organizational performance and could likewise deliver similar benefit to community organizations, as well.

There are proven personal benefits of community volunteerism. Surrounding oneself with new people who may be of different ethnicity, have different backgrounds and views, working together collectively not only promotes learning how to improve collaborative teamwork and build relationship skills, it reduces stereotypes, increases appreciation of other cultures, and works to allow people to discover others that they can relate to.

We urge you to consider taking advantage of this rare opportunity to join with other community members to achieve a successful common goal.

Flight Corridor Safety Program - 200th Street So.

Airports around the country periodically must remove obstructions as trees and vegetation mature. If not removed, these trees either are or soon will grow tall enough to encroach upon the airport’s airspace and pose a risk to aircraft safety and the safety of the surrounding community in the case of an aircraft emergency. To help ensure safe aircraft takeoffs and landing Sea-Tac Airport, the Port of Seattle Flight Corridor Safety Program plans to remove obstructions, primarily trees, from around the runways.

View of the Southern End of the Sea-Tac Airport

In November 2016, SeaTac area residents gathered to express concern regarding the negative environmental impact this program would have on the surrounding area. The Port of Seattle Commissioners have responded to these community concerns by introducing plans that include replacing over-height trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor with native, lower-growing trees and shrubs and creating a $1 million fund for the citizens and communities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac to invest in environmental and ecological projects and programs.

The Port of Seattle will move forward with a plan that substantially reduces the number of trees to be removed to approximately 611 that are growing on Port property and will be replaced with approximately 1463 native, lower-growing trees, shrubs and flowers. Plans also include more community engagement before determining the removal and replanting approach for Port-owned property near S 200th St and 10th Ave S, where most of the over-height conifers are adjacent to residential properties.

The Port of Seattle will host an Open House to seek public input on the removal and replanting of the southern approaches along South 200th Street and will share information about the $1 million fund to be applied to environmental projects and programs within the surrounding impacted airport communities.

Port of Seattle Open House
Wednesday, Feb 1, 6 to 8PM
SeaTac Community Center Banquet Room
13735 – 24th Ave So, SeaTac 98168
Child Care will be available

For more information, please plan to attend this public forum or visit the Port of Seattle Website.

Public Safety Training on Angle Lake

City Council will review the proposed changes to SeaTac Municipal Code being introduced through Agenda Bill 4471: An ordinance to amend Parks Code allowing permitted approval to exceed posted speed limit on Angle Lake for the purpose of public safety training.

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, the agency that now provides fire and emergency health services to the City of SeaTac, is requesting authorization to perform public safety training on Angle Lake up to twice per month or up to 26 times throughout the year.

The proposal is for the addition of a new Section (2.44.156) to existing SeaTac Municipal Code related to certain boating regulations on Angle Lake. This new amendment, if approved, will supersede the constraints established that govern Noise (SMC 8.05.360), Boat Speed limits (SMC 2.45.220), and Boat occupancy limits (SMC 2.45.260) and will waive these restrictions when annual permit is issued for  operations limited to public safety training purposes only.

On the surface, this looks like a reasonable request wanting to have emergency personnel familiar with service environments prior to any emergency need.  However, a select number of residents on the lake have frequently voiced opposition to this program sighting that the training operations create significant wake and causes concern for shoreline erosion. Noise is another concern and the opinion that residents have a proven track record that they are first responders in any emergency situation, responding far quicker that the time it would take to hook up the boat, dispatch it Angle Lake and launch. 

If approved, the Ordinance authorizes the Parks, Community Services and Programs Director to authorize a limited number (26 times) of public safety training events on Angle Lake through a special use permit, including boating speeds in excess of five (5) knots per hour.  The maximum speed of the training boats will be 20 mph with the claim being that this reduced speed will address concerns regarding wake on the water eliminating any shore erosion created from these training operations.  Training exercises will be conducted in the middle of the lake away from homes in an effort to reduce noise concerns. The Puget Sound R.F.A. currently uses Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Park in the City of Renton to conduct their training, which takes them out of our city limits. The other training option (Lake Meridian in Kent) is described as being an unfavorable travel distance from Station 45 where the rescue boat is currently housed.

If you have an opinion regarding this matter, please make your preferences known.  You will have opportunities to share your comments during public comments at the beginning of the Council Study Session on Tuesday, January 25th at 5 PM; or at the beginning of the Regular Council Session on Tuesday, February 14th at 7 PM; or by writing or calling members of the SeaTac City Council.