Illahee Community Meeting on Saturday. The Illahee Community Club’s annual meeting will be held Satuday, November 14, 2009, at the Sylvan Way Library from 1:30 – 3 pm. All Illahee residents are invited to attend. We just noticed the announcement also appears at the community website illaheecommunity.com that we hear is in the process of being re-engaged, and possibly looking for people to help keep it up.
Preserve Wood Thieves Caught. We heard that thieves were taking wood from the log pile in the Almira parking lot of the Illahee Preserve, and that last night they were cutting wood in the dark and were caught. Evidently the sheriff had them dump the wood in the parking lot and the Parks Department was notified. The wood from the log pile is supposed to be used by Kitsap Community Resources for helping those needing wood to heat their homes.
Fern Street Vandalism. We received a report on Sunday of some minor vandalism taking place in the evening among cars along Fern Street.
Furniture Dumping. As long as we are on the subject, we need to be on the alert for people dumping furniture in Illahee. Because we have areas that have less urbanization, we evidently are looked upon as a place where people can dump things without being seen or caught. Let the sheriff and us know if you see any dumping activity going on.
Illahee Preserve Demonstration Rain Garden? We understand there are efforts underway to propose a Native Plant Demonstration Rain Garden at the Almira parking lot of the Illahee Preserve. Rain gardens are a natural way of cleaning and decreasing the impact of storm water on Illahee Creek and Puget Sound. It is also the finding of a major study of the Illahee Creek watershed. Additionally, rain gardens replenish aquifers which was another finding of the report, and it is especially needed in the Illahee Creek watershed. We would support the proposal and are asking that this be an agenda item for the Illahee Community meeting on Saturday.
Seattle Aquarium Family Day. We just received the following notice and wanted to pass it on.
What a great opportunity to spend a free day at the Aquarium. Really, who wouldn’t want to see Orca poop?! Don’t know if they’ll get into the chocolate lab trained to find orca poo from the bow of a boat… maybe that’s a different story. Free lunch at the Aquarium Cafe is a score too. Just a foot ferry ride away from Kitsap. It’s this coming weekend, and RSVP is by Thursday. Cheers! JEff
Jeff Adams – firstname.lastname@example.org – (m) 360-229-9398
Washington Sea Grant – Kitsap – www.wsg.washington.edu
Please join COSEE-OLC for a fun-filled day of hands-on marine science for the whole family!
Seattle Aquarium’s Family Science Weekend
Choose to come either November 14 or 15; 9:30am-5:00pm
FREE admission tickets and lunch vouchers for the Aquarium Café provided for up to 4 people per family.
Registration by November 12 is required. Online registration at…
Experiments and displays will be set up throughout the Seattle Aquarium for a fabulous, hands-on marine science experience. Here are just a few of the many hands-on activities:
ü Be a Poopologist! Check out Orca poop and learn about Killer Whale genetics.
ü Explore the world of plankton with a microscope.
ü Find out about plastics in the marine environment. How long will it last?
ü Track storm water pollution and salmon impacts.
ü Play with polymers and learn about materials research.
ü Be a Fur Seal researcher!
Questions? Contact Janice Mathisen at (206) 386-4365 or email@example.com
Beach Nourishment Formal Appeal. This is an interesting subject that puts the community arguing with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). The previously mentioned studies that were done, appear to have had no influence on DFW, and so the Port of Illahee and the Illahee Community Club are filing a formal appeal of the Illahee Beach Nourishment project. It is sad that a community has to fight an agency like DFW that is supposed to be more in protecting fish than a community.
Bear Still in Illahee? We would like to know if the bear that was seen a few weeks ago is still in Illahee. Please let us know if you have any information.
Illahee Community Dock. The Illahee Community dock is a popular place during the winter months in the evening for area squid fisherman. Attached is a Greg Price photo of the dock in the evening.