No Trick, It's Our Treat to You!

Calling all kids in costumes! Get your trick or treating started right! Join us lake side for the community wide Angle Lake Shore Club Spooktacular BooCruise!

Halloween Day, Saturday, October 31st: 3:30-5PM

Halloween 2015 marks ALSC’s inaugural Halloween event - the ALSC Spooktacular Boo Cruise! Remember the ALSC Easter Bunny Dock Hop?! The Spooktacular Boo Cruise is of similar fashion, Halloween fashion that is! 

Between 3:30 - 5PM the BooBoat will circle Angle Lake with some Spooky treats to give trick-or-treaters this year! The Boo Boat will hand out spooky treats to those children/families/adults who are dressed in costume! 

We’ll have our club photographer onboard ready to take family photos for you or with you and our All Hallows Eve Helpers. A Disney Princess will also be making a special appearance for our Boo Cruise, so this is one you will not want to miss! 

Please email Rosalyn Rombauer - if you would like the Boo Cruise to make a visit to your dock.

High School Athlete of the Week!

During the High School Fall Sports Season, CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks honor Washington State high school student-athletes that display exemplary performance both on and off the field. This award recognizes commitment to excellence, positive attitude, respect, and service to the community.

It is with great pride and excitement to announce that the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Q13 FOX (KCPQ), and Sports Authority have selected Jaclyn Hill of Mount Rainier High School as the week six CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week.

Jaclyn, daughter of Fuzz and Julie and a senior at Mount Rainier High School, was selected to be the Athlete of the Week based on her dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, and athletic performance. Jaclyn has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while being enrolled in her school's International Baccalaureate program.  This past summer, she was accepted to the University of Washington's College of Engineering Mathematics Academy where she studied for the month of July.  Jaclyn is the President of her school's DECA program and the VP of her senior class.  She is also the leader of Shine Bright, a volunteer organization that focuses on educationally mentoring grade school students. When Jaclyn is not volunteering in her community, she is the captain of the varsity cheer team for all three high school sports seasons.

As the CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week, Jaclyn will be recognized at school in front of her family, peers and teachers. The school will be presented a $1,200 gift card supported by Sports Authority from CenturyLink and the Seahawks for the school's ASB fund, in addition to media recognition, tickets and sideline passes to the October 18th Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers game, and a customized Nike Seahawks jersey.

Please join in congratulating our young Angle Lake Shore Club member, Jaclyn Hill in receiving this prestigious recognition!

A Look Back on Angle Lake

While attending the recent Transit Oriented Development Introductory Presentation at SeaTac City Hall earlier this week, I stopped to view the Highline Historical Society Exhibit consisting of two display cases containing old photographs of Angle Lake, including a few documented memories from local residents regarding those former days. The artifacts are located in the Council Chambers/Court Lobby and can be viewed daily from 9am – 5 pm.
Angle Lake Swim Team circa 1965
In a remarkable concurrence of circumstance without apparent causal connection, just two days prior I was sifting through my archived files looking for unrelated information and happened upon a letter that was given to me several years back. The letter contained a historical recount regarding the inception of the Angle Lake Shore Club and some of the organization’s key achievements. 

Could my stumbling upon this letter at nearly the same time of discovering the Angle Lake historical display merely be coincidental?  Or could it be attributed to something more mysterious??? (It is nearly All Hallows Eve after all!)  

A Brief History of the Angle Lake Shore Club 
as recalled by Bonnie (Wheeler) Myhre
Dated: February 2007

The Angle Lake Shore Club was started in the middle 1930s by a group of people who lived around the lake. As best I can recall, they were Art and Stella Newbill; Mary and Dale Hayes; Elliot and Lotsie Fallis; Corwin and Leah Dennis; Al and Betty Windsor; and Norm and Mid Soland. They met in various homes and offered a combination of social gatherings and looking at issues for the good of the community. There were not many people living on the Lake year round, as many had summer cabins and Angle Lake was a long way from Seattle, where most people worked. At that time, Des Moines Road and Military Road were the only access to Seattle from the Angle Lake area.

About 1937 the group acquired a piece of property on the south side of 198th street, where they decided to build a clubhouse. It was done mostly with volunteer labor and I believe Corwin Dennis was somewhat in charge of directing the building, as he was an excellent carpenter and made his living building houses.

The original building consisted of a large room – probably 30 ft. by 30 ft. – with a kitchen on the south side of the building and two small bathrooms. There was a large pot-bellied stove in the main room. They had put down good flooring in the main room so they could hold dances and other activities. They regularly held dinners at the Club as well as dances. There was a large grand parking area in the back of the club house and many a father took their young children there to learn to drive.

When I was in high school, the drama class put on a one-act play once a year and I remember our class going to the Shore Club meeting and putting on a play for them during their regular meeting.

The first big project that the Club handled was the installation of a water system. Up to that time everyone pumped water out of the lake. The installation took quite a while to implement, as a few of the residents were strongly opposed to spending the money for this project – but the Club was ultimately successful. A big water tower was constructed near the intersection of 200th Street and Military Road and a couple times a year a few of the men would gather together for a cleaning party and scrub the tank. 

The women formed an Auxiliary to help benefit the club and they were a very active group. Once a year they would hold a “Silver Tea” and invite the community – it was well attended. The ladies brought their best china and silver teapots, and made lovely dainty sandwiches. They did a lot of good for the club; keeping it clean and talking the men into coming about twice a year to wash windows!

At the end of World War II, the financial picture of the community was greatly improved and they built a large addition on the west side of the building that made a lovely dining room. At that time they also installed an oil furnace, which was a grand addition.

They held a dinner-dance every month with different members appointed to be in charge of decorating the rooms, providing an orchestra and serving a midnight dinner. Many times Al Sholberg and Sandy Taylor would provide the music, as Al could make the guitar sing and Sandy was a great piano player. The New Year’s Eve dance was the highlight of the year with beautiful decorations and an elaborate midnight dinner. Everyone came back the next day to clean it up, eat the leftovers and in general talk about what a good time was had.

In 1965, the Club completed the project of installing sewers around the lake. This was accomplished largely due to the efforts of Sandy Taylor, who went door-to-door convincing people of the value of putting in sewers, and the many people who took petitions to all the residents of the lake to join the Des Moines Sewer District.

As time went on, fewer people were interested in coming to the affairs at the Club and a number of members felt it was time to sell the club house as it was falling on just a few people to keep up the grounds and the building. After selling the clubhouse (approximately the late ‘60s to early ‘70s), we held sporadic meetings but always had the Christmas party, which was a progressive affair. Many of the members opened their homes for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, after which we met at the local Lutheran church for the Christmas dinner.

The preceding was recalled by Bonnie Lou (Wheeler) Myhre who was born on August 20, 1924 to Ame and Bill Wheeler and lived in the Angle Lake area of South Seattle for 60 years. She graduated from Highline High School and attended the University of Washington. She was married to Kenneth Myhre for 63 years. Bonnie had passed away September 5, 2014 and is survived by her son, Karl and his wife, Sherilyn; her granddaughter, Misa and her husband Mike Reardon; her great-granddaughter, Imani Paige Reardon, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. 

TOD Introductory Workshop

SeaTac area residents are invited to attend an introductory presentation on how investment in transit stations influence growth within a community. The introductory event will be held this Tuesday in the SeaTac City Hall Council Chambers.

Introductory Presentation
SeaTac City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, October 6th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The City of SeaTac is hosting a meeting with representatives from Smart Growth America on October 6 and 7, 2015 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program. This workshop aims to provide the community and city officials with tools and techniques to bring about the vision for the future found in the City’s long-range plans. The workshop will focus on how shifting development patterns towards more compact, walkable, and transit-oriented development could benefit the community as it grows.

“In 2016, with the opening of the Angle Lake Station, the City will have three light rail station areas, each with its own distinct attributes, opportunities and challenges,” said Todd Cutts, SeaTac City Manager. He added: “The expert assistance from Smart Growth America will help guide the transformation of these areas and support the community in shaping them into active, interesting, and healthy places.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing training to help local leaders keep cities and towns livable, vibrant places,” said John Robert Smith, Chair of Smart Growth America’s Transportation for America program. “This workshop will provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about leveraging transit investment to realize SeaTac’s development goals.

SeaTac was just one of 14 communities nationwide selected from a pool of over 120 major cities, suburban centers, and rural towns by Smart Growth America to participate in the technical assistance program. The program is made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant to Smart Growth America from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities.

As a national leader in the field, Smart Growth America has accumulated extensive experience working with communities to help them use land strategically, make the most of existing resources and invest strategically to catalyze private development.