Friend of the blog and Advertiser Zenith Holland Gardens in Des Moines is always set to help you with all things garden and soil.

And starting next week, take advantage of Zenith’s Summer Sale. Four inch annuals will be 50% off starting at 9 .a.m on July 5. The sale runs until the inventory of 4″ annuals is all gone.

“Also beginning July 5, all hanging baskets are 30% off,” says proprietor Lyn Robinson. “Feel free to come in and ask us about composting tips and keeping soil healthy with proper practices and amendments.”

Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Gardens is the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. The gardens house eleven greenhouses on just over an acre of land on the east side of Marine View Drive South, just south of downtown Des Moines.

Remember, Zenith Holland Gardens is open daily!

Summer Hours:

  • MondayFriday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Monday, July 4th only: 9am-3:30pm

Zenith Holland Gardens
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Phone 206-878-7002


“The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” – celebrating the little-known genre of internal corporate musical propaganda – is coming to Seattle on Thursday, July 21. 

Steve Young, author/collector/historian and former “Letterman” writer, hosts this hilarious evening of startling entertainment featuring lost gems like GE’s “Silicones, Silicones” and American-Standard’s “My Bathroom.”

The one-night-only show takes place Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th Street, Seattle).

Tickets are just $12, and be ordered online here.

The show is an outgrowth of “Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals,” the book co-authored by Steve Young.  From roughly the 1950’s to the 1980’s, corporate America commissioned tremendous numbers of lavish Broadway-style shows for conventions and sales meetings, not open to the public.  This mutant showbiz genre was all but unknown until Steve began collecting the rare souvenir albums while gathering material for the “Dave’s Record Collection” segment on the Letterman show.  Twenty years and one book later, he owns hundreds of scarce records and has met and interviewed many veterans of the industrial musical scene.  And now, the next frontier: industrial musicals on film.

Among the excruciatingly rare films Steve Young will present, which can be seen nowhere else:122_img

  • A 1965 Citgo convention musical medley with a celebrity host
  • A 1967 Purina dog food song and dance stage show
  • A 1973 General Electric film using songs to promote the industrial uses of silicones
  • A 1970 Hamm’s beer sales meeting film animated by Hanna-Barbera
  • And the crown jewel: the film version of the legendary 1969 American-Standard distributor musical, “The Bathrooms Are Coming”!

Here’s a clip from Steve on Letterman:

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And a wonderful music sample that will raise your temperature:

Steve Young has presented this unique show in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities. He’s appeared several times as a guest on the Letterman show, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross (, and at theater festivals and business conventions introducing audiences to a slice of Americana that’s unexpected, weird, funny, and ultimately even inspiring.

More info here:

About the Host
Steve Young is a 25 year veteran of the “Late Night” and “Late Show with David Letterman” writing staff.  He has also written for “The Simpsons” and has most recently been writing for NBC’s “Maya & Marty.”  With Sport Murphy, he co-authored “Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals” (, published in 2013 by Blast Books.  He is part of an industrial musicals documentary now in production, with David Letterman as an executive producer.

About the Venue
The Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle’s oldest continuously running movie theater, has become a landmark of the film community and proudly presents classics, rarities, and truly independent cinema from around the world.  For more information about the Grand Illusion, visit  Tickets to “The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” are $12 and can be purchased at the door or through the Grand Illusion Cinema website.

BHHSOpenHouse958866_thumbWLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY & SUNDAY – is a collection of five spacious homes with designer finishes.

Welcome home to BIG 26 by DEP Homes, which feature roof top decks, flex space for versatile use, private patios, along with open floor plans for the living, kitchen, and dining room.

Premium stainless steel appliances, natural gas range/fireplace & tankless water heaters, all just two blocks away from the new Vulcan Development, in a very walkable/bikeable location with a score of 87.

And it’s just s 7-minute drive to Downtown Seattle!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, July 2 and SUNDAY, July 3: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 320 B 26th Ave S #320B, Seattle, 98144 (MAP; also see below)


  • List Price: $659,000
  • MLS Number: 966261
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,674

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Range/Oven

Marketing Remarks:

Welcome home to BIG 26 by DEP Homes – a collection of five spacious homes with designer finishes. One SOLD!

These homes are Four Star Built Green.

Feature roof top decks, flex space for versatile use, with private patios.

Open floor plan for living, kitchen, and dining room.

Premium stainless steel appliances, natural gas range/fireplace & tankless water htrs.

Home to the new Vulcan Development two blocks away!

Very walkable/bikeable location with a score of 87. 7 Min Drive to Downtown Seattle!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Volunteers are needed to help at Destination Des Moines’ ‘Fireworks Over Des Moines’ 4th of July celebration on Monday.

“Our volunteer board is working hard to fill the rolls needed to ensure a safe and happy celebration for everyone,” reads an announcement. “We need volunteers to help funnel people through the Pro-Staff check points, help advise people in line of what is not allowed in the park for the event, and collect donations.”

Shifts are 3-4 hours starting at 4 p.m.

Please email [email protected] to volunteer!

“Thank you!”







Photos courtesy South King Fire & Rescue

A 40-foot wooden cabin cruiser docking at the Des Moines Marina fuel dock experienced a dramatic engine fire Thursday morning, June 30.

The boat owner – who was not injured – tried to extinguish the blaze with his fire extinguisher, but it continued to grow.

South King Fire & Rescue arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze, utilizing both their marine unit and hand-lines from the dock.

There was minimal fuel spilled, which was contained within a boom which was quickly deployed.

After the fire was completely extinguished, water was pumped from the vessel and the marina boat lift was used to remove the burned boat from the water.

“The take-away was that everything worked as it should,” authorities said, “but always have a fire extinguisher, life jackets and a cell phone when out on the water.”

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a 4th of July Fireworks Watching Party on Monday, July 4, starting at 7 p.m.

This event will be held in the church’s Olympic room (main entrance).

There will be games, sacks, ice cream sundaes and more…then a live viewing of the Des Moines fireworks show (around 10:15 p.m.).

“Everyone is invited, feel free to bring a friend!”

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at


Sgt. Wing Woo – a graduate of Mt. Rainier High School who also served as Mayor of Burien from 2002-2003 – was involved in a tragic accident this week while vacationing with his family in Maui.

Reports are that Woo and his 14-year old son were bodysurfing when he was hit by a large wave. He apparently hit his head on the ocean floor, sustaining life-threatening injuries. Woo was knocked unconscious before being found by his son moments later – lifeless and unresponsive.

When pulled from the water by his son, lifesaving efforts began immediately. Woo had no pulse and had, for all intents and purposes, drowned. He went into full cardiac arrest during CPR, but after several attempts they were able to get a pulse. He was transported to Maui Memorial in a coma. Woo had ingested a considerable amount of sand and seawater, which quickly became the emergent threat to his life. Due to his extremely unstable condition, doctors were not able to perform additional necessary testing until three days after the initial accident.

Woo remained in a coma until Monday, June 27. When he was considered stable enough to breathe on his own for the duration of the 45+ minute MRI, tests were done. The MRI showed brain activity and good heart condition. However, it also showed considerable swelling on his spine. At this time, Sgt. Woo has limited mobility below the neck. The full prognosis regarding his movement is unclear at this time.

Woo is a Mount Rainier High School graduate, former Burien City Councilmember from 2000-2001, and also served as Mayor from 2002-2003.

He also served in the Burien Police Department.

Woo influenced many young people to stay off drugs and got involved with the council after concerns about fiscal responsibility, as well as enhancing and adding more parks in Burien.

After moving from Burien, Woo continued to volunteer his time with the Highline Relay for Life event for the past four years. Currently he serves as a police officer in Shoreline.

His family is devastated by this accident and are working with the Police Guild to have him airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to see a specialist within the next 24 hours. To help cover the airlift charges, an account has been set up in his name at Heritage Bank.

The cost is $50,000 to airlift him, and organizers are trying to help defer some of the costs.

We have vetted an online GoFundMe page, which you can donate directly to here:


You can also help Sgt. Wing Woo and his family and make a donation by cash or check (checks made payable to Catherine Marino FBO: Sergeant Wing Woo) at any Heritage Bank branch Attn: Sergeant Wing Woo Account or mail them to:

Heritage Bank
Attn: Sergeant Wing Woo Account
20333 Ballinger Way NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

The nearest Heritage Bank is located at 415 W James Street in Kent (253-813-8500).

Donations can also be dropped off at the Discover Burien office, located at 427 SW 152nd Street; phone: 206-433-2882.

“Thank you for your generous support for one of Burien’s dedicated citizens!”

South King County drivers should plan ahead for the first of five weekend lane reductions on southbound I-5 in SeaTac soon, as crews begin repaving a 2.7-mile section between South 188th Street and South 219th Street in Des Moines.

This work – planned to take place the weekend of July 8–11 – is weather dependent.

Southbound I-5 lane reduction details: 8 p.m. Friday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11:

  • Crews will begin closing lanes at 8 p.m. Friday (July 8), with up to three lanes closed by 10 p.m.
  • Crews may close an additional lane—leaving one lane open—from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • The southbound Interstate 405 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed. Drivers should use I-405 and state routes 99, 167 and 509 as detours.
  • The South 188th Street on-ramp and the South 200th Street on- and off-ramps will be closed. Drivers should use SR 99 and SR 516 as a detour.

Last Saturday at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was not only a sunny day but a big crowd enjoyed shopping at the season’s first Clutter 2 Cash sale. Some even asked if we couldn’t do this every week……yikes! The next sale is July 23rd.

This coming weekend is the celebration of the Fourth of July. To help celebrate, the market’s Foundation is holding the wine sale of the year. It is a full case only (12 bottles) sale. You can purchase the markets wines for $11 a bottle or $132 per case. Our normal price is $15 per bottle. This would be a good time to stock up on wine for all your summer patio parties or in some cases weddings or anniversaries.Wine Bottle

Something new and exciting on Saturday will be a young patriotic entrepreneur, Payton Adams, working his way thru college by carving out of wood the American Flag. Each flag is created carefully and handcrafted so the final product will make you feel proud as an owner. Approximately 8-10 hours is put into each flag by cutting, routering, sanding and staining. Flags are ready to hang and will make a beautiful addition to your home. He is having a Fourth of July sale of $150, normal price is $175. Stop by and say hello to a local boy doing good.

Payton Adams (3)

Payton Adams (1)

Yellow Belly HoneyWe are happy to report that after many requests from shoppers, Yellow Belly Honey will make their first appearance this Saturday. Their honey is made with pride in Rainier, Washington. They’ve made it their mission to bring you beautifully packaged premium raw honey at an affordable price. Wildflower, their signature honey is harvested from hives at Yellow Belly Farms. Their other selections: Fireweed, Blackberry, Lavender, Clover, are harvested from hives put on other local farms; or sourced from local farms using best practices, including healthy pesticide free hives.

DMFM_sunsetlogo whiteMark your calendar for the start of the Wednesday night Sunset Markets starting next Wednesday July 6th. The Sunset Market runs every Wednesday in July and August from 4 to 8pm. There will be food trucks, farms and lots of goodies. Then you can stroll over to the Beach Park for the free music in the park series brought to you by the Des Moines Art Commission.

Sponsors Renewal by Anderson where you will be able to see experts point out the advantages of quality replacement windows manufactured of vinyl, aluminum and wood. They are running a Farmers Market special this Saturday.

BECU, a not-for-profit credit union, is committed to making your financial well-being a priority. Check out their information booth whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services, they offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

Music – 10-12 PK Dwyer, 12-2 Moe Ribbs

Food Trucks – Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Galaxy Donuts, Jemil’s, Kiss My Grits, Nibbles, Sweet Bumpas, Wicked Pies

Community Groups – Mt. Rainier Pool

Don’t forget The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them from noon to 1pm in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 10:30am. A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be here every Saturday until school starts. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

Seniors don’t forget the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.

Upcoming Events

July 4 – Fireworks over Des Moines

July 6 – First Sunset Market/Concerts in the Park

July 23 – Waterland Festival Activities

July 23 – Clutter to Cash Sale at the market

August 6 – Health & Fitness Day

August 20 – Pancake Breakfast

Pitch It InWaste Zero is again our slogan for this season.

Pitch It In to do your part.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

It’s summer and lots of their regular volunteers are on vacation – so the Des Moines Food Bank is asking for help.

“Got a few hours? Why not come down and help us out? We are at the food bank each weekday morning from 8:30 until Noon,” reads an announcement on Facebook.

The Des Moines Food Bank is located at 22225 9th Ave South; (206) 878-2660.

A Free Job Fair will be held at Highline College from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

More than 60 employers are expected at this event, to be held in Building 8 on the main campus.

“Meet with more than 60 local employers from a wide variety of industries looking to fill full-time, part-time and temporary jobs.

The Highline College Summer Job Fair is free and open to the public; no advance registration is necessary.

Attendees should be prepared to speak with recruiters, dress professionally and bring extra copies of their resume.”

Free career workshops are also available to prepare for the fair. Learn more at

WHAT: Highline College Summer Job Fair

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus, Building 8.  Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA.


Participating Employers (partial list):

  • AAA of Washington
  • AANAPISI – Highline College
  • Advanced Health Care
  • Aegis Living
  • Aero Controls, Inc.
  • Aflac
  • All-Star Auto Glass
  • Apartment Advantage Staffing
  • Ashley House
  • AutoZone
  • BrightStar Care
  • Capability Homecare
  • Comcast
  • Creative Living Services
  • Emerald City Medical Staffing, Inc.
  • Environment Control
  • Farmers Insurance District Office
  • Fastenal Company
  • First Transit
  • Franciscan Health System
  • Home Care Referral Registry
  • InDemand Interpreting
  • Kent Regional Fire Authority
  • Korean Women’s Association
  • Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Madigan Army Medical Center
  • McLendon Hardware
  • New Care Concepts, Inc.
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • OfficeTeam, Robert Half International
  • Phoenix Protective Corporation
  • Port Jobs – Airport Jobs
  • Renton School District
  • ResCare Homecare
  • Ro Health
  • Seattle Goodwill
  • Security Industry Specialists, Inc.
  • Special Care Agency
  • Think Frink Home Team
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray
  • Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation
  • Volt Workforce Solutions
  • Washington Community Action Network
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Wesley Homes
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • Xerox
  • Xerox – Federal Way

For more information, Visit


Destination Des Moines’ ‘Fireworks Over Des Moines will be held on Monday, July 4, with the big pyrotechnics show starting around 10:15 p.m.

In addition to a great fireworks show shot off from the pier, this year there will also be a Beer/Wine Garden with food and entertainment (live music from the Rantin Raven Band featuring Mark Riley).

  • FIREWORKS at 10:15 p.m.
  • Gates close at 11 p.m.

This will be a family-friendly weekend of fun in celebration of the 4th of July Independence Day.

 This is a FREE event, but donations are gladly welcomed at all of the points of entry to the marina.  It takes over $40,000 in cash donations and in-kind service donations to make this event happen every year.

Monday, July 4th event schedule:

  • All Day: Fishing Pier Closed for public use.
  • Noon: Dock Street and Marina closed to traffic.
  • 4 p.m.: Barricades and Professional Staff checks at all Marina Entry Points
  • 5 p.m.: Beer/Wine Garden Opens with LIVE BANDS
  • $10 entry fee to beer garden this year, details below
  • 5 p.m.: Food Trucks are Open for business
  • 10:20 p.m.: FIREWORKS!!
  • 11 p.m.:  Beach Park closes

Keep in mind, any ADA vehicles or access vans will not be allowed to leave the marina floor until AFTER all foot traffic is cleared after the fireworks show.

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NEW in 2016:
There will be a new Beer & Wine Garden VIP area located at the west edge of the marina parking lot by the fishing pier.

This area will be availabe for a $10 entry fee and includes:

  • Best seats in the house for the Fireworks Show

  • Live music starting at 5 p.m.

  • Access to Food Trucks

  • 1 Drink Ticket

DONATIONS: accepted all year and at the entry area to the marina.  You can also help by buying tickets to the Community BBQ held on July 6th this year.  Click HERE to see more info.


  • All bags, purses, strollers, coolers, etc will be checked at all points of entry to the marina by professional staff.  
  • Please respect the following NO’s:
  • No personal Fireworks  
  • No personal BBQ’s  
  • No bicycles, skateboards, or recreational wheels with the exception of ADA medical wheels 
  • No alcohol or drugs.  It is illegal to smoke cannabis in public and therefore not allowed at the event. 
  • No pets (please leave your furry friends safely at home)

Absolutely bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, WATER, and smiling faces for a fun day in the sun!


  • John L. Scott
  • Complete Handyman Service
  • Gilbert Family Dentistry
  • Powell Homes
  • Marina Tenants Assn.
  • Seattle Southside
  • Recology/Cleanscapes
  • Mount Rainier Pool

The City of Des Moines, along with Police Department, would like to remind everyone that the possession and use of “Fireworks” within the City limits of Des Moines is prohibited:

9.42.030 Fireworks Prohibited
Except as authorized by a permit for the public display of fireworks, as defined in RCW 70.77.160, or for religious purposes as authorized by RCW 70.77.311(2), no person, firm or corporation shall manufacture, possess, sell, store, ignite, explode or discharge any fireworks or firecrackers within the city limits of the city of Des Moines. The manufacture, possession, sale, discharge or storage of five pounds or more of fireworks or firecrackers is a misdemeanor. [Ord. 1537 § 1, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 3, As provided for in the Des Moines Municipal Code, any violation of this ordinance is subject to a $513 penalty and confiscation of the illegal “fireworks.”

9.42.130 Penalties
(1) Unless otherwise noted, a violation or failure to comply with any part of this chapter is a class 1 civil infraction. Any person who violates any portion of this chapter shall be subject to having their fireworks confiscated as provided in RCW 70.77.435.

(2) A person is guilty of a separate offense for each action which violates any provision of, or any order, rule, or regulation made pursuant to, this chapter.

(3) Civil proceedings to enforce this chapter may be brought in the city of Des Moines municipal court or in the superior court for King County. [Ord. 1537 § 2, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 13, 2005.]

So…instead of risking the loss of any appendages (or tickets/fines), we encourage all to stay safe (and legal), and enjoy the FREE Fireworks Over Des Moines Celebration at the Des Moines Marina beginning around 10:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4th.

This annual all-day celebration is brought to you by Destination Des Moines:

Family Friendly Weekend of fun in celebration of the 4th of July Independence Day.

 This is FREE event, but donations are gladly welcomed at all of the points of entry to the marina.  

It takes over $40,000 in cash donations and in-kind service donations to make this event happen every year.

Monday, July 4th event schedule:

  • All Day: Fishing Pier Closed for public use.
  • Noon: Dock Street and Marina closed to traffic.
  • 4PM: Barricades and Professional Staff checks at all Marina Entry Points
  • 5PM: Beer/Wine Garden Opens with LIVE BANDS
  • $10 entry fee to beer garden this year, details below
  • 5PM: Food Trucks are Open for business
  • 10:20PM: FIREWORKS!!
  • 11PM: Beach Park closes

Keep in mind, any ADA vehicles or access vans will not be allowed to leave the marina floor until AFTER all foot traffic is cleared after the fireworks show.

NEW in 2016:
There will be a new Beer & Wine Garden VIP area located at the west edge of the marina parking lot by the fishing pier.

This area will be availabe for a $10 entry fee and includes:

  • Best seats in the house for the Fireworks Show

  • Live music starting at 5PM

  • Access to Food Trucks

  • 1 Drink Ticket

DONATIONS: accepted all year and at the entry area to the marina.  You can also help by buying tickets to the Community BBQ held on July 6th this year.  Click HERE to see more info.

All bags, purses, strollers, coolers, etc will be checked at all points of entry to the marina by professional staff.  

Please respect the following NO’s:

  • No personal Fireworks  
  • No personal BBQ’s  
  • No bicycles, skateboards, or recreational wheels 
  • with the exception of ADA medical wheels 
  • No alcohol or drugs.  It is illegal to smoke cannabis in public and therefore not allowed at the event. 
  • No pets (please leave your furry friends safely at home)

 Absolutely bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, WATER, and smiling faces for a fun day in the sun!


Des Moines/Burien native and longtime resident/activist Jeanne Moeller passed away on June 16, 2016.

She was 90 years old.

A rosary and funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (15246 21st Ave SW) this week:

  • Rosary: Wednesday, June 29: 7 p.m.
  • Funeral: Thursday, June 30: 11 a.m.

Jeanne was raised on a farm in Burien and went on to become a community activist that fought for various causes. The groups that Jeanne help found, forced The Port of Seattle to insulate homes in the area to mitigate airplane noise, help to stop a dirt conveyor system for 3rd Runway fill, and fought The Port over the 3rd Runway. She also stopped various developers in the 70’s and 80’s from building cheap multi-family apartments in downtown Des Moines and worked for Des Moines City Council reform as well as water district leadership reform. Her biggest victory came while she was taking care of her elderly mother at a local convalescent home owned by Beverly Enterprises, Beverly was the largest elderly care provider in the country. Jeanne was appalled by the sub-standard care her mother received and circled the wagons (her political friend’s – local and Olympia) and she got a law passed making it criminal for sub-standard care for the elderly. The law was adopted by various other states allowing criminal prosecution of executives of care facilities that provide poor and neglectful care for the elderly. Karma kicked in during Jeanne’s golden years, she received the best care possible at various facilities in Des Moines and Burien.

Jeanne also worked on dozens of political campaigns over the years, including George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan. Jeanne was a delegate at the 1976 Republican Convention supporting Ronald Reagan. Jeanne eventually abandoned the Republican Party and proudly voted for Obama, because she no longer agreed with the direction of The GOP.

Official Obituary:

Florence Jeanne (Boyle) Moeller
May 24th 1926 ~ June 16th 2016

F. Jeanne Moeller died peacefully surrounded by family, three weeks into her 90th year.

Jeanne was born in Seattle to George and Florence Boyle, the third of four children. She was president of her 1944 graduating class of Highline High School and went on to attend Seattle University, where she met her husband William (Bill) Moeller. Jeanne and Bill had eight children and were together until Bill’s passing in 1999. Jeanne loved baking and spending time with family and friends. Jeanne was deeply engaged in her community, always fighting for causes she believed in. Jeanne was also the extended mother to the youth of The Hi-Liners Theater Group that her husband Bill founded, as well as a mentor to various local public servants.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents George and Florence Boyle; husband Bill; and sister Francis Downing. She is survived by her sisters Patricia (Tom) Drilling, Janet Boyle; children Lin (Mark) Medicus, Joanne Meyers, Dianne (Robert) West, Kevin (Kathy) Moeller, Julie (Karen) Moeller, Tim Moeller, Terri (Terry) Pearson, Matt (Kim) Moeller; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchild.

Here’s a statement from Mayor Matt Pina and the City of Des Moines:


Des Moines has lost one of its champions – Jeanne Moeller.

Jeanne was a lifetime South King County resident committed to maintaining and enhancing our quality of life … especially in Des Moines.

In quality of housing – she single-handedly fought the building of poorly constructed apartment buildings in the 1970’s and 1980’s, particularly in downtown.

In quality care for the elderly – she was responsible for current legislation that protects our elderly residing in nursing homes, legally challenging the world’s largest care-giver to win those changes.

In quality arts – with her husband Bill, committed to the musical and theatrical arts that have enriched the lives of many … including the children of our community. Their commitment led them to be founding members and mentors of the “Hi-Liners”, a performing arts, youth group.

A little known fact is that she turned down an RCA recording contract so that she and Bill could have a family.

In quality provision of utility services – serving as a Highline Water District Commissioner, she worked to ensure an adequate supply of fresh, clean water.

And in the quality of our environment – as a founding member of the RCAA (Regional Commission on Airport Affairs), and as President of CASE (Citizens Against Sea-Tac Expansion), quickly and correctly assessing what the impacts of construction and operating a Third Runway would mean to Des Moines. She helped to lead the charge, in the fight against the Third Runway that resulted in millions of mitigation dollars coming to this region.

For all of these efforts at promoting and working to make the quality of life in Des Moines the foremost reason we all have chosen to live here, Jeanne Moeller earned the respect and admiration of our community, and became the third recipient of The Spirit of Des Moines lifetime award.

Jeanne was also a mentor and a role model for me. In the early 80’s I was in a band with her son Tim. It was at that time I got to know her the best. We would often talk for long periods about music and politics.

In the sunset of her journey I had the opportunity, to spend an afternoon with her at one of her care facilities. Again we talked about many things, but when the time came for me to leave, she said something to me that I will never forget. She asked me what the one thing was that I always needed to remember. When she saw that I was confused and trying to think up something witty. She looked at me and said “Just always remember that the Old Lady loves you”.

Thank you Jeanne. You will be missed.

Celebrate Des Moines

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Live large, win big, play hard, shop till you drop, eat great BBQ, listen to great tunes and support local underprivileged youngsters by joining the Legacy for Kids Silent Auction and Raffle on Wednesday, July 6 at Des Moines Beach Park.

Everyone in attendance will be able to participate in the silent auction and purchase $5 Raffle tickets to win 2 Alaska Airlines tickets to anywhere they fly in the US.

All proceeds help Des Moines’ underprivileged youngsters participate in summer camps, sports, arts and dance, after school and other fun and healthy activities!

Bring your friends, family, lawn chairs and open your wallet for summertime fun at the Beach Park.

Celebrate to help make Des Moines a great place to be!

Here’s episode #57 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for June 24-27, 2016: Gunshot puts local campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; new Police Chief for Normandy Park; Highline School Bond coming to Nov. ballot?; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on Sound Transit; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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by Dave Markwell

My daughter doesn’t like to write. She’s not super-fond of reading either. In fact, the entire scope of language arts is only grudgingly accepted as a necessary evil. As an avid reader and a lover of words for many years, this troubles me. I know the beauty and power of well-crafted words and I don’t want her to miss it.

Through the years, this has caused some conflict. My natural instinct is to educate (annoy) and encourage (harass) her exploration into the lovely world of literature. I’ve read to her since she was born and bought her books and ranted and raved about the joys of a good story. She doesn’t care. She’ll read when she has to or when she finds a book she REALLY likes, but she is, beyond that, grossly indifferent.

My girl has had a phone for a couple of years and, with this, the true impact of her ambivalence punches me in the face on a regular basis. Spelling errors, weird sentences, and a complete lack of care light up my text box every day. My typical response is “READ A BOOK!!!”

The other day, I sent my flower a message gilded with love and sarcasm. In my haste, I forgot a word. This was an important word and its absence completely screwed up the note. My precious sunshine responded with “Read a book.” I was shocked and shamed and proud. I don’t know why we, as parents, like it when we see ourselves in our kids. Perhaps it’s some validation that they do ACTUALLY listen to us and that we possess some nominal degree of influence, in spite of much evidence to the contrary.

This is both an inspiring and a frightening thought. I want my kids to better, much better than I am. However, since I am only armed with a rusty and busted set of parenting tools, I don’t know how to help them beyond just digging harder with my broken shovel. I think this is not an uncommon challenge. We know what we know and we carry our parents’ goodness and “other” with us, as they carried their parents’…and so on…and so on…

The waters of familial goofiness run deep and the legacies passed along are often ones that belong in a grave. But, life doesn’t work that way. We are stunted and flawed by long-dead relatives’ influence. We are also enlivened and blessed, for that which often seems to be a weakness is sometimes a strength. We get the good stuff, too.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

We cannot escape our past. Even the one we didn’t live. It lives with us. I’m not sure if this idea completely lets us off the hook for our failings, but it does soften the sometimes crushing and paralyzing flaws which can erode our self-esteem. It’s not ALL our fault and I say this not as a cop-out, just a fact. Plenty IS our fault, just not all. We can stop blaming ourselves for every single thing we DON’T possess and we can rejoice in the things we do. And while we are “haunted by waters”, we are also lucky. We got the good things, too. Now, we “haunt” our children with them…and so it goes…forever…and it’s pretty good…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

By Jack Mayne

There will be a new Highline School District bond issue on the November ballot if the school board approves a proposal from the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.

The amount of the new bond is projected at $299 million. Previous bonds that did not pass were $376.0 million (2014) and $385 million (2013). This new measure will be officially decided at a Highline School Board meeting on July 20.

Why November?
In a news release on Thursday (June 23) the district said the general election in November was chosen because the presidential election should bring higher than average voter turnout, “so the vote will more accurately reflect the community’s desires.”

The district said sharing the ballot with other measures and candidate decisions would reduce the cost of the election the district will be assessed by King County Elections.

Another reason to go to voters this year is that construction costs are rising, so “the sooner construction begins the less expensive it will be.”

What would be done?
The district says the proposed school bond “prioritizes facilities in the worst condition and adds classrooms to address overcrowding and make room for class size reduction. It also includes dollars for initial design work on future new high schools at Evergreen and Tyee campuses.”

The money would also pay for security improvements at all schools.

But a major issue is to rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.

The money would permit building a “new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines students, with room for growing enrollment” and to build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.

The bond issue would also replenish the capital fund, ‘which will be depleted in 2017-18” which “covers critical needs and emergency repairs.”

Making “required improvements to Olympic” so it can be used to house students during Highline High School construction and future school construction projects.

The Capital Advisory Committee plan is in three phases of improvements over 15 to 18 years.

“Each phase would require a voter-approved bond to fund construction,” said the district news release.

The committee was comprised of Highline residents, staff, and students who spent the past year “intensely studying the question of how to address the need for new or renovated schools.”

The Highline School Board signaled its agreement with the committee’s recommendations at a Wednesday (June 22) meeting when it introduced a resolution to put a bond measure on the November ballot, which “recognizes the many hours of study and discussion by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.

The group consists of “39 community members who met for 10 months to craft a long-range facilities plan and bond proposal.”

“On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank the committee members for their months of meetings and examining the needs of our schools. The result of their work is a bond package that truly reflects the will of the community,” said School Board President Michael Spear.

The last attempt to pass a bond issue was a February 2015 special election, which was approved by a simple majority of 57 percent – but it failed because it did not meet the required 60 percent of the vote.