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George Herbert LOVE

George Love, 92 and longtime resident of Des Moines, Washington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Friday, February 17, 2012.
He was born June 24, 1919 in Burien and lived his entire life in the South End. He owned that town. He attended Sunnydale and Highline HS. He met his wife Carol at the Burien baseball field and they married in 1963.

Mr. Love’s family includes: wife of 49 years, Carol Love; sister Betty Tollefsen; sons Eric (Amanda), Mike (Sue) and Pat Love; daughter Alyssa Love; and grandchildren Lydia and Parker Love. His extended family includes: Jeff Mill, Rhonda and Larry Nelsen, and Ralph Mill.

George owned his first gas station at the age of 16. He then owned Burien Cab and Towing, a home oil delivery service, and several grocery stores including a grocery distribution business.


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The Rotary Club of Des Moines is pleased to have acclaimed jazz singer, Stephanie Porter, perform at the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival.

Porter, a Seattle native, is a naturally-gifted vocalist, who has had a passion for music her whole life.

“It’s in my inner fabric,” said Porter. “Most of my childhood memories are associated with music in some way.”

When she was a baby, Porter’s father made her a reel-to-reel tape of “The Wizard of Oz,” which she listened to almost every night for years. Her mother, who has always loved Ella Fitzgerald, would pick Porter up and dance with her on her hip to Ella records.

“I think listening to the freedom of Ella’s voice soaring over melodies inspired me and helped open my mind at a young age,” said Porter. “We had stacks of records too. I would listen to album after album and heard so many renditions of songs. I didn’t have a favorite. I loved hearing all the expressions each artist had. I listened to them all.”

Porter was brought up in a house rich with music. Her family is filled with musicians – from vocalists to pianists to horn players.


John Feeney, a volunteer at New Start High, has been named Burien’s "Citizen of the Year” by the Burien City Council.

The council will honor Feeney at the Feb. 28 council meeting.

At the council’s Feb. 13 meeting, Councilman Gerald Robison praised Feeney for his low-profile involvement in the community and his help to neighbors.

Feeney has performed volunteer work at New Start, an alternative high school in White Center. He has worked with students in identifying and getting rid of invasive species as well as installing native plants in Salmon Creek Ravine.

Beverly Mowrer, a New Start teacher, was recently honored for her conservation work with the New Start students. Mowrer received the highest honor in the 2012 Golden Apple Awards sponsored by KCTS 9.

Feeney also helped a student build a greenhouse as part of the student’s senior project.

In addition, Feeney is a reading volunteer at several elementary schools and been active in Sustainable Burien.

In naming a single “Citizen of the Year” the City Council returned to a tradition begun when Burien was first incorporated.


Press release:

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A developing sustainable garden/farm (call 243-9366 for address)
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Rather than having our regular monthly meeting at the library on February 12th, we will be gathering at the private home of two of our members.

They have created many raised beds, planted berries and fruit trees, built a green house/chicken coop, and have been experimenting with beekeeping.

We will be learning pruning techniques with Bill Wanless of Brooke/Wanless Gardens. He will demonstrate how to prune new and old fruit trees and shrubs. We will also have a biochar stove demonstration. Come and see what you may be able to create in your own garden.

Bird Count – Feb 17-20. Some SuBu members will be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, and we invite others to join in the activity. It’s simple to do and only takes 15 minutes! Here’s a link:



The Highline Historical Society, in partnership with Burien Little Theatre, presents Chautauqua actress Joan Wolfberg in "Golda Meir: From Pogrom to Prime Minister" on January 22, 2 PM, at the Burien Little Theatre, 425 S.W. 144th St.

As a child, Golda Meir, knowing the fear of pogroms in Russia, dreamed of a homeland for her people in Palestine. Her dream became a reality in 1921.

Golda's continued commitment to her land and to her people was the paragon of human dedication. Her complete involvement, tempered with love, fired by fierce devotion, and a wonderful sense of humor, caused the world to know that she was a true mover of mountains.

Joan Wolfberg, as Golda, takes the audience from the pogroms of Russia, to Milwaukee, to Denver, to Palestine...and finally to "life in state of our own" Prime Minister.

At the end of this program, Wolfberg will stays n character and answer questions posed to her about Golda, and her life.


Sustainable Burien will hold its monthly gathering on Sunday, Jan. 8
at the Burien Library multi-purpose room, 400 S.W. 152nd St. The doors will open at
1:30 p.m. with the gathering running from 2-4 p.m.

Elizabeth Weldin, of the Toxics Cleanup Program with the Washington State Department of Ecology, will be speaking about the “Tacoma plume,” from the ASARCO plant in Tacoma.

For almost 100 years, the Asarco Company operated a copper smelter in Tacoma. Air pollution from the smelter settled on the surface soil over more than 1,000 square miles of the Puget Sound basin. Arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals are still in the soil as a result of this pollution.

Learn how this affects you. How safe are we? Who is at risk? How does this impact the sustainability of Burien? Can I grow my own food? Can my kids play outside in the dirt? What businesses might be impacted? Land value? What steps can we make to mitigate the presence of arsenic and create a healthy and resilient community?

More information is available at


November’s monthly evening for Burien youth recovering from substance abuse is Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Burien Library’s Multipurpose Room, 400 S.W. 152nd St. Activities go from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The evening will include harvest/Thanksgiving crafts, Wii games, music, food, drink, prizes and more.

Last month’s B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion event drew 30 participants.

The evening is sponsored by Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA,) which strives to eliminate the disease of substance addiction in youth.

For more information, call 206-251-9171.


Press release:

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm - 4:00pm
doors open at 1:30

THIS MONTH: Emergency Preparedness and Burien’s Walk ‘n Talk.
Nancy Barry will share her experiences in CERT training this fall and we’ll talk about getting more neighborhoods interested in Map Your Neighborhood emergency preparedness.

Also, Maureen Hoffman will talk about the fun community members have been having on the Walk ‘n Talk outings and bike events.

She’ll also talk about an effort to get bike racks placed in strategic places in Burien.

We may also be doing a short report on desired efforts to make Burien a certified Wildlife Habitat Community.

Come join us for learning, exploring and

Action expected at Nov. 14 council meeting; Nov. 7 meeting cancelled

The Burien City Council is considering allowing a small group of shoreline property owners and others to negotiate with the state Department of Ecology (DOE) on the city’s shoreline management plan.

The DOE is reportedly poised to reject certain portions of the plan passed by the Burien council and submitted to the DOE.

The council approved a 20-foot buffer for new development on marine shorelines but the DOE is insisting on a maximum 50-foot barrier with an additional 15-foot setback. A smaller buffer was approved if neighboring houses are closer than the requirement.

The DOE also is requiring removal of a ban on watercraft on Lake Burien if public access is approved.

Another issue is a possible limitation on the ability to replace a destroyed home if that home would require the continued maintenance of a shoreline-stabilizing bulkhead.

The final disputed issue involves a requirement for a shoreline variance for certain developments in critical areas.

Chamber estimates about 45 people living on White Center streets

Press release
The White Center Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission ( and WestSide Baby (, is planning a working summit of White Center service providers on Friday, Oct 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mt. View Presbyterian Church, 10806 12th Ave. SW.

The summit will bring together front line service providers who are currently serving the estimated 45 people struggling with homelessness and chronic alcoholism, who currently live on White Center streets.

The goal of this summit is to find ways to help our homeless neighbors and to establish a 10-point plan that addresses their service needs, plan a budget estimating the costs to provide these services, and discuss possible policies needed to address the challenges they create for our community.

Homeless, Chronic Alcoholic Summit planned in White Center
Photo credit: 
Photo by Patrick Robinson

A man lays on the sidewalk in White Center in the middle of the day, smelling of alcohol. A summit to address the problem of homelessness and chronic alcoholism in White Center will take place on Oct. 21.

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