History Section

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Des Moines/Burien native and longtime resident/activist Jeanne Moeller passed away on June 16, 2016. She was 90 years old. A rosary and funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (15246 21st Ave SW)... [Read more]

Burien’s Seafair-sanctioned 95th Independence Day Parade will be July 4!

Burien’s Seafair-sanctioned 95th Independence Day Parade will be July 4!

Photos from the 2014 parade courtesy Elston Hill Proudly in its 95th year, the City of Burien’s 4th of July Independence Day parade is the oldest and one of the best attended in King County. The... [Read more]

Celebrate Gregory Heights Teacher Mr. Janecke at retirement party on June 22

Celebrate Gregory Heights Teacher Mr. Janecke at retirement party on June 22

“Mr. J” – aka longtime Gregory Heights 4th Grade Teacher Mike Janecke – will be retiring, and an event to honor him is set for Wednesday, June 22 at the school. Janecke has taught at... [Read more]

Pulitzer Prize winning photo presented to Burien/Normandy Park Fire Dept.

Pulitzer Prize winning photo presented to Burien/Normandy Park Fire Dept.

On Tuesday, June 14, Photographer Jerry Gay presented Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department Chief Mike Marrs with 100 copies of his classic Pulitzer Prize winning photograph taken on Three Tree Point in... [Read more]

Celebrate at the Wild Strawberry Festival & Father’s Day Car Show June 18-19

Celebrate at the Wild Strawberry Festival & Father’s Day Car Show June 18-19

It’s almost that special time of the year again! The Burien Wild Strawberry Festival and Father’s Day Car Show returns to Burien Town Square June 18 and 19. Over 8,000 people attend this wonderful... [Read more]

THANKS READERS! Nearly 103,000 Uniques during May 2016 – a record!

THANKS READERS! Nearly 103,000 Uniques during May 2016 – a record!

THANKS READERS & ADVERTISERS – May 2016 was a record month for traffic on The B-Town Blog – with nearly 103,000 Unique Visits and almost 300,000 Pageviews! That’s a year-to-year growth (vs... [Read more]

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Over 1,300 help at Highline High ‘Pirate Pride Cleanup Day’

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Over 1,300 help at Highline High ‘Pirate Pride Cleanup Day’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage... [Read more]

VIDEO: Students, staff, alums & others help clean up Highline High School

VIDEO: Students, staff, alums & others help clean up Highline High School

Highline Public Schools released this video, showing students, alums, staff, and other volunteers helping to paint, weed, landscape and clean Highline High School on Friday, May 20: “The support... [Read more]

Memorial Day Observance will be at Burien’s WWI ‘Wall of Remembrance’

Memorial Day Observance will be at Burien’s WWI ‘Wall of Remembrance’

This coming Memorial Day – Monday, May 30 – at 8 a.m., the Burien American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day Service in front at the WWI memorial wall in front of Sunnydale School, located... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Hardhat tour shows progress on new Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties

PHOTOS: Hardhat tour shows progress on new Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties

Rendering shows what the completed new Pillar Properties apartment (on the left) and Merrill Gardens senior housing will look like when completed. Developers behind the new Merrill Gardens Senior Housing... [Read more]

Tickets for Highline Garden Tour – on Saturday, June 11 – are on sale now

Tickets for Highline Garden Tour – on Saturday, June 11 – are on sale now

The featured gardens in Burien, SeaTac and Normandy Park this year all demonstrate ingenious alternatives to lawns – from creeks and ponds to botanical located beneath the 3rd runway. This popular annual... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Residents get up-close tour of SR 99 tunnel construction

PHOTOS: Residents get up-close tour of SR 99 tunnel construction

Over the weekend, area residents Elston and Jackline Hiil took a tour to see the SR 99 tunnel construction in downtown Seattle. “The tours are free and fascinating,” Elston said. “We... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Highline High Class of ’96 20-year reunion will be Sat., July 9

SAVE THE DATE: Highline High Class of ’96 20-year reunion will be Sat., July 9

20 years. 20 YEARS???? How did this happen?? 1996 Highline High grads are invited to get together and share where life has taken us. What could be better then doing this with good food, in a great atmosphere... [Read more]

Open House at new Burien Fire Station set for July 16; Medic I unit coming soon

Open House at new Burien Fire Station set for July 16; Medic I unit coming soon

Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer It was a long time coming, but with the Burien/Normandy Park headquarters fire station finally operational, local residents will soon get a close-up look... [Read more]

Learn about Latinos in Highline at SeaTac City Hall

Learn about Latinos in Highline at SeaTac City Hall

The Highline Historical Society’s ‘Latinos in Highline’ exhibit opened recently at SeaTac City Hall, located at 4800 S. 188th Street. This exhibit is more than a simple re-telling... [Read more]

Sponsored Post ChoralSounds ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’ is May 14-15

ChoralSounds ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’ is May 14-15

ChoralSounds Northwest will be celebrating Americana Roots music with ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’ at a special concert at the Highline Performing Arts Center on Saturday,... [Read more]

Sponsored Post SAVE THE DATE: St. Francis of Assisi’s All-School Reunion will be Sun., May 15

SAVE THE DATE: St. Francis of Assisi’s All-School Reunion will be Sun., May 15

St. Francis of Assisi is hosting an ALL SCHOOL REUNION on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., following the 10 a.m. mass.  All alum are invited for a stroll down memory lane, refreshments,... [Read more]

Say hello to the new ‘Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’

Say hello to the new ‘Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership on Tuesday (April 26) with the intent “to better promote the regional... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Students from Burien’s Big Picture School plant trees on Arbor Day

PHOTOS: Students from Burien’s Big Picture School plant trees on Arbor Day

Students from Burien’s Highline’s Big Picture School helped plant three Vine Maple trees at Seahurst Park in honor of Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13: Photos courtesy City of Burien Big Picture... [Read more]

Yaargh all Pirates – Highline High All Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 14

Yaargh all Pirates – Highline High All Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 14

The 12th Annual Highline High School All Class Reunion – featuring the HHS Jazz Band – will be held in the Highline High School Cafeteria on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is... [Read more]

City of Burien to celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13 at Seahurst Park

City of Burien to celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13 at Seahurst Park

The City of Burien will be celebrating Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13, starting at 11 a.m. at Seahurst Park. The City will also be celebrating its 15th year as a member of ‘Tree City USA,’... [Read more]

Former Evergreen & NFL QB Jack Thompson is an April #HighlineAlum

Former Evergreen & NFL QB Jack Thompson is an April #HighlineAlum

Evergreen High alum Jack Thompson – aka the ‘Throwin’ Samoan’ – credits positive influence from teachers and coaches for his success. Thompson, who graduated in 1974, is featured... [Read more]

Stone House ‘Walk-n-Talk’ will be re-walked (& re-talked) this Sunday, April 3

Stone House ‘Walk-n-Talk’ will be re-walked (& re-talked) this Sunday, April 3

From our friends at WABI Burien: Long ago, at the north edge of Burien, there were people building some very distinctive homes with stones and pebbles. Come with us on the April Walk-n-Talk to marvel... [Read more]