What Goes, and What Stays

March 5, 2015

When you drive over the hill toward 405 and see the VMAC, do you still feel blue blue about the Seahawks? Fear not.

There was another “Boom” in Seattle before the “Legion of.” It was the “Sonic Boom,” and I signed up for for a decade of fanaticism. I’d moved to Seattle in ’72 from small-town Illinois, where basketball was king, where winters were so harsh and bleak that the best option for entertainment was to be packed into frigid cinder-block gyms in the dead of January to watch sons of farmers play the game. I transferred my basketball fan punchcard to Seattle and started listening to Bob Blackburn on the radio, and daily scanned the sports pages for stories about the SuperSonics in all three newspapers. Yes. Three.

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I was ecstatic when they began to win and make the playoffs, and I committed myself completely to the journey. In my saved box of Sonic history are newspaper clippings, a poem of mine that had been published (“Goodbye, Marvin; No Hard Feelings!”) and a front-page picture of myself and friends holding up a banner during the Denver playoff series (“We Got ‘em by the Nuggets!”). Read more

Oh, the irony…

January 2, 2015

I have, for more than 25 years, donated blood. My own blood, by the way, if that wasn’t clear. I’ve filled the plastic bag at Puget Sound Blood Centers, in school auditoriums and in my current favorite: The Bloodmobile that shows up at the Newcastle Y every eight weeks or so.

Yes, it can sometimes be a bit time-consuming, which is why I was elated when I opened the PSBC website and saw a large button that said, “Donate online!” For a nanosecond I pondered how it might be accomplished — Via USB port? Would one need broadband? — and then I realized that they had yet to find a way to siphon my blood over the ethernet, but instead were seeking monetary donations.

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The Sainted One gives plasma, and his blood type is such that it mixes with all other types, which means that his plasma is as coveted as Seahawks season tickets at the 50-yard line. When he’s due for a session we get a persistent but pleasant phone call a day from a volunteer until he books it. He gets his own TV and blanket while he donates.

Admittedly, I do get cookies and a choice of drinks when I’m done, so it’s not as if my needs are ignored. I always choose V8 because it makes me feel like I’m replenishing what I’ve lost. They have yet, however, to stock the little bottles of vodka that I keep requesting.

But something has begun to mess with my desire to donate. My iron levels are sometimes not high enough for giving. For a quarter of a century I’ve had the right stuff, and even though I’m not eating differently, and even though I love kale, spinach, seafood, a good steak and Almond Roca, my numbers have gone down. According to the folks at the PSBC, that’s not unusual, especially for women. And according to my doctor, my levels are not “low” by medical standards, so there’s nothing to treat.

So here’s where I take a moment to apologize to the white-coated PSBC technicians who prick my finger to get the blood drop for the iron test. I sit in the tiny room that feels eerily like a Catholic church confessional, and because I believe in mind over matter, I will chant in my head: “Be the iron. Be filled with lots of iron,” and then I’ll wait breathlessly for the result. And here’s why I apologize: Because when I don’t pass, I swear like an inebriated longshoreman in spite of all attempts to amicably shrug and say, “OK. Maybe next time.”

The Bloodmobile will probably be rolling around again in January. I am now taking a 65mg iron tablet a day. I’ll show them, those #!!?#?##!!!

 

You can reach Pat Detmer — who will give her signed book to anyone who donates at the Newcastle Y Bloodmobile for the first time in his or her life — at www.patdetmer.com.

Local businesses to hold Seahawks kickoff tailgate party

September 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks officially open the 2014 regular season Sept. 4, and two local businesses are ready to celebrate in style.

Newcastle’s HomeStreet Bank and B & E Meats and Seafood are throwing a community tailgate party on gameday.

The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at HomeStreet Bank, 6949 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. There will be free food, drinks and prizes, as B & E Meats and Seafood employees grill up their best creations.

The Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Learn more here.

Mack Strong hosts annual charity golf tournament

July 2, 2014

Former Seattle Seahawk, and Newcastle resident, Mack Strong will host his annual charity golf tournament and dinner auction July 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event, in its seventh year, supports Strong’s TEAM-WORKS Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Zoe to empower at-risk youths toward a better future.

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DJ’s Sportscards hosts Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

May 23, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. May 23, 2014

Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m. May 28 at DJ’s Sportscards in the Renton Highlands.

Ryan will begin his seventh season with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2014. Ryan has set many NFL punting records and his deep punts have been key in pinning opponents deep in their territory and contributing mightily to Seahawks victories.

Visitors can bring their own items for Ryan to sign, or purchase photos at the store.

Autographs are free, and only one per person, though patrons are encouraged to contribute a voluntary donation to Shepherd’s Crook. The nonprofit ministry finds adoptive homes for special needs children from across the world. Read more

Hazen senior makes the Sea Gals dance team

May 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2014

Contributed Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel is the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals.

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Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel is the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals.

Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel was selected as a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals, for the upcoming season.  Read more

A mighty wind

May 1, 2014

In September, we rented a large houseboat on Lake Roosevelt with my sister Susie and her husband. After taking possession, we cruised up the lake and found a perfect spot for the night: a protected little bay, embraced by wooded peninsulas. The Sainted One ran the boat on shore and we tied up.

That was the night the Seahawks game was delayed due to a freak windstorm, and to get to Qwest Field, it had to get across Eastern Washington — and Lake Roosevelt — first.

It was hot and still when we retired early, so I was pleased when a breeze blew through the open stateroom window until that breeze grew into something less appealing. Staggering out of our staterooms, we had to hold onto the walls to keep from hitting the deck. We turned on our phones and they began simultaneously ringing: High wind warning, the messages from the marina said. Batten down the hatches, because something wicked this way comes.

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Newcastle business shares 20th anniversary with city

March 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary along with the city, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. Mingo the poodle serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

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The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary along with the city, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. Mingo the poodle serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

The new business cards still had the warmth of a fresh printing when husband and wife Wayne and Joan Underwood decided to open a jewelry store along Coal Creek Parkway in 1994.

The cards read “Highlands East Jewelers,” but the name was shortly scrapped when the city of Newcastle was incorporated. Thus, Newcastle Jewelers was born.

“It was a new city, and we thought we’d support them with this name,” Joan said.

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Mayor touts ‘small-town feel’ of city

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle mayor made his annual visit to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and for the first time, it was newly elected Mayor Steve Buri who spoke to the audience of residents and local business leaders Feb. 12.

In an approximately 20-minute address, Buri talked about his love of Newcastle’s sense of community, and he updated citizens about improvements to Lake Boren Park, development of the Mutual Materials site and a potential new project to expand the May Creek Trail.

Buri, who assumed the mayor’s role in January, introduced himself before discussing city matters. He moved to Newcastle in 1998, he said, where he and his wife quickly fell in love with the city.

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Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

March 5, 2014

As the Seattle Seahawks paraded through city streets Feb. 5, basking in the glow of the organization’s first Super Bowl win, one image stood out among the rest.

The visual of Skittles-munching running back Marshawn Lynch sitting on the hood of a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle brought a smile to fans’ faces.

File Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

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Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

The Seahawks employed Ride the Ducks, a service that provides fun, scenic tours of Seattle, to usher the players across the parade route. It’s a company that also happens to bear a Newcastle connection.

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