2015 ALSC Fishing Derby

Good Food, Great Fun, Amazing Prizes…  Oh, and Fishing!

Sunday, May 3rd is the date when our annual Fishing Derby will be held.  If you’ve attended past Angle Lake Shore Club Fishing Derby’s, you’re already aware that this event is about so more than just fishing – it’s about providing an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another in an effort to build a greater sense of community around the lake. 

A single $5 Raffle Ticket purchase is required to participate in the event. 

The ticket entitles the purchaser:
  • Entry into the Fishing Competition. Largest Trout wins $115 Cash! Other merchandise prizes awarded per predetermined age, gender and species categories. NOTE: Twisted Lake, Twisted Rules! Largest fish is based on length. Longest fish wins top prize. In the event of a tie, the next longest fish wins the prize!  Full details are available for review on the Flyer.
  • Food. A continental breakfast will be available at 7:00 AM at the host site (Goulet Beach Post 21) and a barbecue lunch consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, fixings and sides will also be provided. Plus, dine on a giant salmon flown in fresh from Alaska, donated by Roger and Lisa May!
  • Prizes. This year our grand prize will be TWO kayaks! In addition we’ll also have numerous other prizes like Bowling Tickets for 10 donated by the Highline Bowl in Burien, Event Tickets for the ever popular Tasty Tapas and the Member only exclusive Christmas Party. Cedarbrook Lodge, recipient of numerous national and international awards for excellence, has also donated several exciting prizes, too! One Certificate for dinner at the Copperleaf Restaurant and overnight stay  at the Cedarbrook Lodge; One Certificate for dinner at the Copperleaf Restaurant; and Four Certificates to the Cedarbrook Spa!
  • Fun. We will have fun activities for young family members to participate in such as a fishing pond for candy and small prizes, or other games of skill. You'll never know what our creativity genious Jim Todd will conjure up next!

All of that for Just $5! However, you can improve your chances of winning a raffle prize while also increasing your support of the community (monies collected cover event expenses; all surplus funds benefit our other programs like the Polar Plunge, Bunny Hop, Santa Cruise, etc.)  
Tickets are available for purchase as follows:
$5 = 1 Ticket
10 = 3 Tickets
15 = 5 Tickets
20 = 10 Tickets

A single Jackson increases your odds of winning 10 fold! And helps to ensure that quality events like this continue to bring our community together for socializing and fun activities.  Our board members will continue going door to door this week selling tickets. If you missed them you can call Julie Hill (206) 355-6460 for tickets.  Else, Judy will be selling tickets at the event.  

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Make A Difference

Make a Difference in your Community. Run for City Council!
Are you interested in making a difference by helping to create a community that is vibrant and welcoming? Do you have a vision that provides a greater quality of life for your fellow citizens? The 2015 City Council election is an opportunity to express that vision and we encourage you to consider running for municipal council.

That’s the message that optimists frequently deliver when attempting to encourage prospective residents to consider running for a public service position … however, for anyone considering taking on the challenge, the harsher side of reality must be taken into consideration as well!
What kind of person would run for council?
Anyone who is a resident and meets the requirements can run for council office. There are a total of four positions open this year. Candidates for these positions will be comprised of local people - business owners, employees, teachers, retired people, real estate agents, parents, grandparents – they are your neighbors, your relatives, your family; people you will see in the grocery stores, in the bowling alleys, on the golf courses, walking their dogs on local sidewalks, people who went to local schools, or go local churches, have families, shop at the mall, exercise at the Y, donate to local charities. Sometimes people get angry at council and forget that councilors are ordinary, local people, just like they are.

Democracy is best served by a wide range of ideas, experiences, skills, opinions and attitudes. Debate is crucial, so is dissent. That can be emotional and trying. Few people are raised in a work or home environment where debate, argument and intellectual challenge are common. We tend to avoid confrontation. But council is often embroiled in it and it can be acrimonious. For many people, caustic debate is a stressful and anxiety-laden time. That’s why people often choose committee and board work where cooperation is more common than controversy. That’s also why an angry or loud voice can dominate the council table, even bully other council members, because most people don’t want to fight.

Every person on council, even those I disagreed with, or whom I personally disliked, I respect for running for office and for accepting the burden this places on them. Every one of them cared passionately and deeply for the community and their causes. I didn’t have to like or agree with them to respect the challenges and stresses they share. In my opinion, they all ran for office because they cared enough to accept the responsibilities that go with it.

If you want to run for council, as long as you meet the requirements, do so. 
Here are my caveats and considerations:
  • Be prepared to have your integrity questioned, your honesty assaulted, your best efforts at being fair and open ridiculed, your wisdom and experience deprecated, your credibility and reputation eroded.
  • Be prepared for you and your decisions to be publicly insulted, ridiculed, dismissed and your sanity questioned. Be prepared to be misunderstood, to have simple mistakes or innocent comments turned into public humiliations, to have off-the-cuff remarks hung around you like an albatross. Be prepared for misinformation and disinformation to be used against you, sometimes deliberately, sometimes maliciously.
  • And you should expect to make mistakes, trust me. Humans naturally do, but when you are in politics, those mistakes will stay with you. Unlike in your personal life, you won’t be able to take your mistakes back or beg forgiveness. If you wake up the next day and realize you cast the wrong vote, too bad. Live with it. Few people will accept your apologies. The media will dredge out old comments, old quotes, old votes and remind people of your foolishness long after you had forgotten it.
  • Be prepared to be frustrated by process and procedural rules, to be disappointed that everyone else doesn’t share your enthusiasm for your ideas or initiatives, to be slowed by budgetary realities, and see even simple goals take years to achieve.
  • Be prepared to trim some of your election promises and your fondest, most fervently-held dreams in order to achieve more modest and more realistic compromises.
  • Be prepared to have your preconceptions publicly refuted, your ideas and beliefs overturned, and your core values challenged – and then reported in the media for everyone to see or hear.
  • Be prepared to swallow your pride and vote for something you don’t like, something you don’t want or agree with, because it’s simply the only viable choice. You will be vilified if you change your stance, and vilified if you don’t.
  • Be prepared to be lobbied by both individual residents and groups, sometimes relentlessly. People will call you at home, at work, in the middle of the night to talk about issues, argue, denounce and confront you. And a few will also congratulate you.
  • Sometimes you get so many emails or calls on an issue that just can’t respond to all of them.
  • To perform the job properly, you will have to work at the job – reading, learning, asking questions, digging through books, files, records, agendas and minutes. You will have to learn the byzantine rules of procedure, codes of conduct, and read dense laws and bylaws governing your every action.
  • You will have to learn to be cool, calm and restrain your anger, even when you feel yourself under attack. And you have to learn to let your failures go.
  • Everything you say or do will become public. Casual jokes, off-hand remarks, personal habits, your dress and appearance, even simply not hearing a comment properly or losing your place in the agenda will be repeated in the media and the coffee shops.
  • No matter what decision you make, someone will disagree. Someone will be angry at you for it. Someone will think you a fool. Or worse. You will be accused of being underhanded, dishonest, disingenuous, secretive and manipulative. Even if you made the best decision you could, in the most open and transparent manner, even if you believed that your decision was the absolute best for the community and its residents, it will be questioned and attacked by those you failed to please.
  • Even more frustrating, things you ran on, things you were elected for, things you believed in when you made your decisions, will be challenged, discredited and ridiculed by both the public who elected you and the media when that decision does not meet their post-election expectations.
  • It will affect your work, your family, your friendships, your recreation time. You will lose friends and customers. You may gain others, but that won’t make the loss hurt any less.

If you have a thick enough skin for that, if you think you can still rise above the tribulations and give it your best effort every meeting, then by all means, run for office!
If you don’t feel you have the character make up to run then I hope you’ll instead support those who are willing to run for election or who may currently hold a position; or in the least I hope you’ll begin to build an greater appreciation for those that do.

For those still serious about running
To become a candidate for office, a voter must complete and file a declaration of candidacy. Online filing is May 11-15 or paper forms must be returned no later than May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

At the time of filing, voters must:
  • Possess the qualifications specified by law  for the office;
  • Be properly registered to vote in the district represented by the office; and 
  • Submit the filing fee or a filing fee petition
Read the 2015 Candidate Manual for details about becoming a candidate for office.

Candidate workshops

Key dates and deadlines for 2015
All important dates and deadlines can be found in the 2015 Candidate Manual.
  • In-person candidate filing: Monday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Online candidate filing: Monday, May 11 at 9 a.m. through Friday, May 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Deadline for candidates to withdraw: Monday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Local voters’ pamphlet submission period
    • For the primary election : Monday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. through Wednesday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m.
    • For the general election: Monday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, August 7 at 4:30 p.m.
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Internet Search Reveals Early Lake Living

As a child, I would love to sit and listen to stories of the early days as told to me by my elders. This interest in history has continued into my adulthood where I am drawn in particular toward personal experiences within my community, listening to the way things were ‘back in their day’.

Not having had relatives living in this area previously, I often rely on perusing the internet to see what I can uncover regarding Angle Lake living in the early years. I've performed this type of search on several occasions over the years. With the exception of a single nugget I had uncovered back in 2013 regarding the Highline Historical Society Oral History Project, very little has ever been revealed, yet I continue my search. 

On my most recent search a couple weeks back I discovered a video titled “Angle Lake Buckman”. The nearly three minute clip features a day on the shores of Angle Lake during the late 60’s and was posted by YouTube user ‘vistawb’. 

With a little bit more searching I discovered that the Vistawb account was owned by Walter Buckman. I located his account on Facebook and messaged him inquiring about the video. Walter responded to my message explaining that his father had taken the video using a hand cranked 8mm camera. 

He went on to informed that his great grandfather, Ira Buckman had bought the Angle Lake lot (4059 S 188th St.) but was not sure of the exact year. His uncle Wayne had also lived there for a time and raised five kids of his own. Walter himself had grown up in this same house from about 1976 through 1990. 

Through further email exchanges, Walter confirmed that his parents knew the Iverson and Stevens families who still live on the lake, whereas his father Harry and Uncle Wayne have since moved to Ocean Shores. He plans to visit with his parents soon and will see about collecting additional photos of the lake, digitize them to share them with us. Walter has experience with this procedure as he has helped digitize 100 year old glass negatives for the Snohomish Historical Society. 

Other videos from the Vistawb collection:
The Shore Club is looking to create an online archive of historic photos. If you have family pictures featuring lake living and/or the early environment that you’d like to share, please email the blog team so that we may include them into our collection.

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What Is Your Opinion?

Have you ever had the desire to tell city officials what you think about living in SeaTac? Or had the want to express your opinion about how safe, or unsafe, you feel your neighborhood is. Or even had the need to inform them about particular goods or services that are unavailable to you in SeaTac. 

Here is your golden opportunity to do just that! 

The City of SeaTac invites you to provide some key input to assist ongoing efforts to make SeaTac a more livable community by participating in the 2015 Resident Satisfaction Survey. The purpose of the survey is to gauge whether our city is providing programs, services and amenities needed and desired by members of the community.

To take the survey online go to: http://svy.mk/1MNAbxX  The information gathered through this survey will help planning to enhance the City’s future. Survey results and next steps will be discussed at a community meeting to be held at the end of May. Specific date and location will be identified in an upcoming announcement.

Contact Soraya Lowry via  email at slowry@ci.seatac.wa.us, or by telephone at 206.973.4813, to answer any questions you may have or provide any additional information you may need.

The survey will remain open until Friday, April 10, 5:00 PM

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