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 2017 - Shorewood Sign on 28th Ave Replaced.

The iconic three pole Shorewood sign at the corner of 28th Ave SW and SW 119th St was fractured beyond repair after 46 years of unabated attack by winter storm winds. This SOTS sign was installed in 1971 as an Eagle Scout Project.



Figure 1:  Replaced Sign

1971 was a very busy year - set your way-back clock, what were you doing in 1971? Shorewood was unincorporated King County, President Richard M. Nixon was in the middle of his ill-fated presidency (1969-1974); Daniel J. Evans was Washington Governor, Wesley C. Uhlman was Seattle Mayor; Charles Manson was sentenced to death, since commuted to life, now 82 years old in Corcoran State Prison (CA); the world was still shocked by the deadliest storm in recorded history (1970) – the Bhola cyclone in Bangladesh, death toll estimated between 150,000 and 550,000 souls; Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V 16-13; All in the Family debuts on CBS; Joe Frazier defeats Mohammad Ali at Madison Square Gardens; Apollo 15 mission to the moon - David Scott and James Irwin are first to joy-ride in the lunar rover; Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, FL; D.B. Cooper hijacks a Boeing 727 (NW Flight 305) between Portland and Seattle extorting $200,000 then parachuting out at 100 knots/10,000 feet over Oregon never to be seen again; Coach Jim Owens led the Huskies to an 8-3 record for 3rd place in the Pacific-8 Conference; “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night tops the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles followed by Rod Stewart’s “Maggie Mae” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, and the Shorewood sign was installed.  What were you doing?

The crew: Craig Marocco (11905 28th Ave SW), Jack Lane (2802 SW 119th St), Jon Newton (11900 28th Ave SW), Roger Redifer (12015 Marine View Dr), Michael Boler (11914 Marine View Dr), and Guy Lawrence (11829 Marine View Dr). The “supervisors” (at various times), Laurie Marocco, Teri Newton, and Kim Redifer. Trips back to a store: 3 (standard for a Man Project). Tools: post hole digger, shovels, chainsaw, hammer drill, hole boring saws, auger bits, chisel & screwdrivers, digging bar, ropes and levers, wheelbarrows, pressure washer, hammer and sledge, welder……….and a Sharpie. No duct tape was used in this project.


Figure 2: Timberrrr! Michael Boler finishes the cut as Guy Lawrence and Craig Marocco drop the pole in a safe place.

 Thinking to myself, “How would Fred Henzi do this?”, we formulated an approach using applied mechanical advantage of levers and fulcrums, and sweat equity to remove the rotted poles.  After Guy, Craig and Jon levered out the two smaller poles, Michael sawed the main pole, while Guy and Craig pulled tension on the cut off. The pole exploded on the ground it was so rotten to the core. Michael and Jon bent steel bands around the new tall pole to strengthen against the winter winds, secured by 6 in lag bolts and welding. Everyone took turns boring a 2-3/8 in hole through the pole to receive the sign pipe. That was an exercise in meeting in the middle to make it through the pole!! We rolled the main pole up the road and pivoted the base into the hole.  Again Fred’s levers and fulcrums were applied to raise and drop the beast into place. Leveled up & temporarily anchored by three support stays. The two smaller poles went into place by “manly demonstrations” of strength, (followed by Ibuprofen in the evening!). The pole bases are on a drainage gravel bed so end rot is limited. The whole structure is anchored against Nature by four 60# bags of cement.

Craig and Laurie, who now own Fred and Joan Henzi’s house, contributed a cement seagull Fred had on his fence to adorn the top of the pole; Teri supervised the “exact placement”. Now the gull channels Fred’s spirit to watch over our replacement project and the neighborhood. Laurie will do some plantings around the area to further “beach-ify” the look.

Forty-six years after an Eagle Scout put the sign in, the replacement project included an Eagle Scout. Thanks to the work and care of these neighbors, our iconic 28th Ave SW Shorewood sign is ready to welcome a new generation to our great community. Thanks team!

- Submitted by Jon M. Newton


6/17/2016 - WHERE THE WATER


The latest Burien Magazine – Summer 2016 has a great article called "Living on the Edge".   Workshops are available for people interested in learning more about water issues where steep slopes and ravines exist.  "Burien has approximately 5 miles of marine shoreline which includes stretches of steep, eroding "feeder bluffs" that provide sand and gravel that replenishes beaches and provides fish habitat critical for maintaining the health of Puget Sound."



Begins workshops will be held on:

Saturday, June 18, at Discovery Park Visitor Center

Saturday, June 25, at Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way

(there is a SOTS resident going to the Federal Way class and would carpool if someone else wants to go)

Call Angelica Spates SOTS President for more info on carpooling 206-769-0889


All workshops are held from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm

With an optional field trip to be held until 3:30 pm


Registration and additional information available by

contacting Emily Carlson at 425-282-1930 or emailing





Message received on our website: 

"I am having a HUGE problem with the lack of respect for our public and private beaches. Many people from our communities believe it a off leash dog park. My children are chased and many times dog poops on the beach and owners just leave the mess behind. Not to mention the chasing of wildlife. Please advice in your next newsletter. If you are looking for a dog park don't come to the beach."

A continuing problem.  Take your dog to the beach, but please clean up after it and be sure your animal is not being a nuisance.  Using the beach property is a privilege.  Be thoughtful of others.

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