DOUG.’s Voter’s Guide

tarlekDid you vote yet? Deadline’s coming up, get ‘er done.

Need some help? Much to the chagrin of the FOX News set, we offer here, as we do every election, Wallingford’s own DOUG.’s Voter’s Guide, a progressive analysis of the decisions on the ballot. Hat tip to DOUG.

Also annoying to the FOX News set will be the presence of actual facts in the guide, left unbalanced by the exclusion of facts that are not actually true. However, these facts are cushioned with opinions which I share. For example, the Second Amendment Sisters web site is an abomination.


Blow Me Down

Barb Burrill, local tree steward, sent in this shot of the aftermath of the weekend windstorm on Meridian Park:

Two Winter Banana variety apple trees at Meridian Playground were blown over during the windstorm Saturday. The trees were in good health but had a shallow root system. They were part of the original Good Shepherd Center orchard, dating from the early 1900s.

Winter Banana is a common apple variety at the Meridian Playground orchard – there are seven remaining original trees of that variety.

Uprooted trees at Meridian


Night of the Teal Pumpkin

The-Teal-Pumpkin-Project-2Halloween is this Friday! Excited?

As people get more health conscious, and as the incidence of food allergies in kids continues to skyrocket (when will we figure out why?), there’s been a growing interest in handing out something besides candy. If that’s what you’ve got boiling in the cauldron this year, you may want to put out a teal pumpkin to let people know.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was an introduced by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) as a way to help parents of kids with food allergies to identify “safe” houses to trick-or-treat at.

Here’s a list of suggestions for things you could provide:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

We’ve been handing out superballs the past few years and the kids have been excited by a toy they can play with all year. I’ll bet Archie McPhee’s would have some bits of oddness you could give away, as well.

Weather is supposed to be on-and-off rain, but nothing serious. We’ll be out reverse-trick-or-treating, as always.

Last Farmstand

europe2010-245Wallingford Farmers Market has packed up and gone away for 2014, but there’s still some time left to get some locally grown veggies: today (Saturday) is the last CityGrown Farmstand market (although they allow they might re-open one more time, weather permitting).

As always, they’ll be out front of 4108 Eastern Ave N from 10 am – 2 pm, selling vegetables grown in small plots around Wallingford and Ballard. Here’s what they say they’ve got, all fresh:

Carrots, Head lettuce – romaine, red crisp, red oakleaf, and butterhead, Salad mix, Pea shoots, Spicy greens – bunch or bag, Arugula – bunch or bag, Kale – dino, curly, and red Russian, Collard greens, Rainbow chard, Spinach, French breakfast radishes, Green onions, Cucumbers, Japanese salad turnips, Broccolini, Romanesco cauliflower, Bok choi, Kohlrabi, Multicolored sweet peppers, Jalapeño peppers, Parsley, Garlic, Tomatillos, Delicata squash, Sugar pie pumpkins, Winesap & honeycrisp apples, and Concorde pears


Ever wondered what the buildings in Wallingford were before they are what they are?

What was Nikola’s before it was Nikola’s? Well, sure, that’s easy, it was Rusty Pelican. And before that, actually, it was Nikola’s, again. But what about before that? And before that?

Robert Ketcherside has thoughtful history of the building going back to when it was built in 1927 on his blog, ba-kground.

According to RoKet, the building was completed in 1927 and leased to Eba’s grocery store chain, which occupied the spot for just two years (apparently, something bad for business happened in 1929, probably Obama’s fault).

“After Eba left in 1929 it was briefly a Frye meat market,” writes Ketcherside, and then a branch of the 9-chain Ernst hardware store before becoming a Brehm’s Grocery.

Lots of fun neighborhood tidbits and snapshots, check out the full article, Wallingford’s Eba’s Store No. 7.


(Photo from Seattle Times, 1927)


Family Works Parenting Classes

Feeling frustrated with your parent skills? FamilyWorks is offering some free classes to help you build healthier relationships with your kids:

Parenting Teens! It Can Be Done!

Ask Yourself…Are you frustrated by your teenager’s moods, but you find that your reaction pushes you further away? Are the power struggles in your home sapping the fun out of life as a family? Does it seem that whatever you say gets you in trouble with your teen? Join Alison Bower at FamilyWorks (1501 N 45th St) for this FREE series, to learn practical parenting tools for raising resilient, self-reliant, and connected children…right in your very own home. This does, after all, start with us. Come to any or all workshops. Call 206-694-6727 to register or if you have any questions.

alisonbowerWed. Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Connecting with your Teen
Science now validates what we all know: Teens experience more anxiety and fear than either adults or children. Learn real tools to begin creating connection in your home that we know helps.

Wed. Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: What is Your Style?
We will look at different styles of parenting, their merits and the research behind what we know creates the most connected, safe, and self-reliant teenagers.

Wed. Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Mistaken Goals and Taking Behaviors Personally
Teenagers do things that hurt others and themselves, because their brains are not yet developed to a point of global understanding. Learn how to identify mistaken goals and how to create more options for open dialogue in the process.

Wed. Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Enabling vs. Empowering and Joint Problem Solving
The lack of purpose and connection teenagers often perceive of in their own lives can lead to feelings of insecurity, lack of self-worth, and assumed inadequacy. Learn tools that empower teenagers to be able to manage success, failure, and everything in between.

Meridian Fall Carnival

fallcarnivalThe Meridian School is holding its Fall Carnival at Meridian Park behind the Good Shepherd Center this Saturday Oct 25th, from 1 – 4pm. There will be games, food, face-painting, balloon animals, and prizes. Recommended for kids ages 2-10.

That’s all we know.

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