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POLL: What was the Top Local News Story of 2013? Help us decide!

POLL: What was the Top Local News Story of 2013? Help us decide!

As we do at the end of each year, we do a big “let’s take a look back” post, where we tell you what WE think are the top local news stories of the year. It was a year full of tragic fires, a very... [Read more]

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Two projects focusing on the historical significance of Military Road (see map below) have received site-specific project funding from 4Culture, the cultural services agency that provides arts and heritage... [Read more]

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced Thursday (Dec. 12) that it is extending the period for public comments at the former Lora Lake Apartments for another month, accepting feedback until... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Six years ago today (Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), on a dining room table in a modest home near Three Tree Point, The B-Town Blog first came unto this planet, chock full of hopes and dreams of informing... [Read more]

Burien native Rob Ketcherside releases his first book: ‘Lost Seattle’

Burien native Rob Ketcherside releases his first book: ‘Lost Seattle’

Burien native Rob Ketcherside has released his first book – called “Lost Seattle” – and as big supporters of local Authors and Artists we thought we’d share his good news. Like Eliot... [Read more]

Normandy Christian Church’s ‘Drive-Thru Christmas’ will be Dec. 14–15

Normandy Christian Church’s ‘Drive-Thru Christmas’ will be Dec. 14–15

Normandy Christian Church’s annual Drive-Thru Christmas Story will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 – 15, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a fun, classic (especially if you appreciate American... [Read more]

GUEST POST: Remembering C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death

GUEST POST: Remembering C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death

by Tobin Wilson Pastor, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church November 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Christianity’s modern patriarch’s of the faith – C.S. Lewis. This is... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

The Highline Historical Society invites the community to take a break from holiday shopping and bring friends and family in to see its “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit in December. The exhibit is located... [Read more]

SLIDESHOWS: Air Force One lands at (and leaves) Sea-Tac Airport

SLIDESHOWS: Air Force One lands at (and leaves) Sea-Tac Airport

President Obama arrived at Sea-Tac Airport on Sunday, Nov. 24 to take part in two fundraisers, and Photographer Francis Zera was on hand to take these photos as Air Force One touched down: Click to Play... [Read more]

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

[EDITOR'S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we're re-running this story we first published on Nov. 22, 2008:] by Janet Grella It is often agreed... [Read more]

Burien Parks chooses ‘Miller Creek Trail’ as name for new trail in NERA

Burien Parks chooses ‘Miller Creek Trail’ as name for new trail in NERA

Burien Parks on Wednesday (Nov. 20) announced that they have selected “Miller Creek Trail” as the name for the City’s new trail property located in the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), a 158-acre... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society to host ‘It’s About Time’ workshops

Highline Historical Society to host ‘It’s About Time’ workshops

In conjunction with its “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit, the Highline Historical Society will be presenting a free workshop series on saving family treasures, tracing your family tree, caring for the... [Read more]

Local Boy Scouts to retire American Flag with Honors Monday

Local Boy Scouts to retire American Flag with Honors Monday

Boy Scout Troop 375 – chartered by Burien’s St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church – will be holding an American flag retirement ceremony on Monday – Veterans Day, Nov. 11 – at 4 p.m. on Alki... [Read more]

PANORAMA: ‘Hope In Hard Times’ Exhibit Now Open

PANORAMA: ‘Hope In Hard Times’ Exhibit Now Open

Have you made time to stop and visit the Highline Historical Society’s “Hope in Hard Times” pop-up museum on SW 153rd Street? Originally developed by the Washington State History Museum, the... [Read more]

Free Art Walk in Des Moines this Saturday

Free Art Walk in Des Moines this Saturday

Join fellow art-lovers this Saturday, Oct. 26, for a FREE Art Walk to enjoy the Public Art of Des Moines! Meet at the entrance to the Des Moines Library (21620 11th Avenue South), at 10 a.m. to have... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I encourage all citizens to watch the videos before voting in the election’

LETTER: ‘I encourage all citizens to watch the videos before voting in the election’

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Letter to the Editor, First off, I’d like... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Burien…started to decline when Council became obsessed with annexation’

LETTER: ‘Burien…started to decline when Council became obsessed with annexation’

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] I believe Burien’s quality of life started... [Read more]

VIDEO: The first trailer for ‘The Maury Island Incident’ has been released

VIDEO: The first trailer for ‘The Maury Island Incident’ has been released

The first trailer for the locally-produced short film “The Maury Island Incident” has been released: The film is based on the true story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents... [Read more]

New ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit pops up on SW 153rd in Burien

New ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit pops up on SW 153rd in Burien

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Hope in Hard Times” pop-up museum on SW 153rd Street, about the Great Depression era in Washington State. Originally developed... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Annexation is not dead’

LETTER: ‘Annexation is not dead’

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor, Annexation is not dead. Even though... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking public’s help in naming new trail in NERA area

City of Burien seeking public’s help in naming new trail in NERA area

The City’s Parks and Recreation advisory board is looking for suggestions and nominations to help name a new trail to be located in the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA). The trail, currently called... [Read more]

Film critic Robert Horton to speak about ‘Frankenstein’ Monday, Oct. 14

Film critic Robert Horton to speak about ‘Frankenstein’ Monday, Oct. 14

A perfect accompaniment to Burien Actors Theatre’s Young Frankenstein, film critic Robert Horton will share his insights into the original 1931 film version of Frankenstein and the 1930s film industry... [Read more]

Sponsored Post LaVonne Mahugh honored at Advertiser Wesley Homes for 45 years of service

LaVonne Mahugh honored at Advertiser Wesley Homes for 45 years of service

Staff and residents of the Wesley Homes retirement community in Des Moines, (a B-Town Blog Advertiser), recently celebrated the 45 years of service of wellness nurse LaVonne Mahugh. LaVonne, who started... [Read more]

Long dispute over Westmark’s ‘Emerald Pointe’ ends with agreement

Long dispute over Westmark’s ‘Emerald Pointe’ ends with agreement

by Jack Mayne After 23 years of battling between Neighbors of Seahurst Park and Westmark Development Corp., the two sides reached an agreement Friday, Sept. 13, that frees the developer to use its clearing... [Read more]

School year starts Sept. 18 with ‘WABI Weekday Walkers’

School year starts Sept. 18 with ‘WABI Weekday Walkers’

Come join the second walk of WABI Burien’s Weekday Walkers on the third Wednesday of the month – Sept. 18 – at 9 am., starting at Grand Central Bakery in downtown Burien. “In honor of school... [Read more]

REMINDER: Learn the history behind ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Wed. night!

REMINDER: Learn the history behind ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Wed. night!

REMINDER: Local Screenwriter/Attorney Steve Edmiston will be doing a presentation on ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ for the Des Moines Historical Society Wednesday night, Sept. 11, starting at... [Read more]