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April 14, 2010
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Bama Bound

The Ingraham High School Rocket Club departs today for the NASA rocket exhibition in Huntsville, Alabama, thanks in part to the generosity of our readers who contributed over $3,000 to support the trip.

The final contribution came from Local 751 of the International Association of Machinists, donating $751.

Another chunk came from Charlie Billow, an Ingraham grad who with himself and a single pick up truck three decades ago founded Charlie's Produce, now one of the largest produce distribution companies in the United States. Go Rams!

Just to confirm it's a small world after all, contributors included Kevin Sutherland, president of Commercial Floor Distributors in Georgetown. Kevin is the former scout master for Troop 186 whose roster includes Patrick Ma, a current Ingraham student who is the mastermind of the rocket club.

Another major boost was provided by Tina Meadows, an engineer at Ederer Crane. Tina helped the club figure out the electronics for the rocket's flight sensor package that will allow the students to evaluate the performance of the rocket's gyroscopes during the flight in Alabama.

The club earned its way into the NASA exhibition by finishing 7th in a national contest last year. It is one of 20 high school programs invited to the show. The Ingraham rocket stands 10 feet tall, weighs 14 pounds and can climb 6,000 feet straight up in less than 20 seconds. It will hopefully be returned safely to earth through a dual parachute descent system triggered electronically by a series of black powder charges.

The club is coached by Ingraham science teacher Peter Shurke, with an assist from Carl Hamilton, a Google employee who mentored the club on behalf of the National Association of Rocketry. The engine for the rocket was donated by Puget Sound Propulsions.

Seattle Industry donations will cover the club's hotel rooms in Huntsville. Any additional funds will support club activities next school year.

In alphabetical order, the other contributors are:

Warren Aakervik, Ballard Oil; Hon. Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council; Johnny Bianchi, B&G Machine; Bert Cehovet with a match from Washington Chain; Jeff Darling, Washington Liftruck; Susan Garber-Yonts, Duwamish TMA; Shaunta Hyde and Liz Warman, The Boeing Company; Mike Kelly, ASKO Processing; Matt Lyons, Nucor Steel Seattle; John Odland, MacMillan-Piper; Cody Olson, Puget Sound Energy; Vince O'Halloran, Sailors' Union of the Pacific; Pam Romine, Manufacturing Industrial Council; Linda Styrk, Port of Seattle; Kim Suelzle, CityIce; Terry Seaman, Seidelhuber Iron and Bronze Works, and Ron Taylor, Capital Industries.

Are You Part of the Recovery

The Manufacturing Industrial Council and Seattle Office of Econimic Development are co-hosting a Recovery Financial Forum to introduce small and medium sized industrial businesses to capital financing fund oppurtunities fueled by the federal American Recovery Act. Coffee and parking available.

  • April 28
    8:30-10:30 AM
    Georgetown Campus of SSCC
    6737 Corson Ave S
    Building C

Safety Training Classes in Spanish

Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community college is holding Non-credit safety training classes in Spanish in the month of April. The classes being held are:

Fall Protection April 15th, 7:00-11:00 AM, Building E, Room 122, Cost $49

Confined Space April 22nd, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM, Building A, Room 125, Cost $99 (includes lunch)

Hazard Communication: - April 29th, 7:00-11:00 AM, Building E, Room 122, Cost $49

Please see the flyer:
English version, Spanish version. Or go to the website.

Urban ArtWorks - Home Again

SODO's own prodigal Urban ArtWorks found it's way back to the area they first called home. Visit their studio and enjoy lunch complements of the SODO Business Association on Thursday, April 29 from noon-1:30 pm at 923 S Bayview, Suite C, 98134
SPACE IS LIMITED so RSVP on-line or at before April 23.

Seattle Maritime Festival 2010

Save the Date - May 6 - 8, 2010

Don't miss the boat, when the Seattle Maritime Festival, featuring the world's biggest tugboat races, brings a cargo ship full of free family fun to the Downtown Seattle Waterfront from May 6-8, 2010.

The highlight of the Festival is the annual tug races set for Saturday, May 8, during the Family Fun Day. This year, over 40 tugs and workboats are expected to participate in the 26th Annual Seattle Tugboat Race Championships

Family Fun Day features three heats of tug races, workboat parade, Chowder Cook-Off, boat building competition, survival suit races, harbor tours, kids' activities, displays and lots of other free fun.

Get complete Maritime Festival information here.

As part of the Festival the Port of Seattle invites you to:

Working Waterfront Workshop:
Environmental Leadership, Stewardship and Collaboration

You are invited to join community, business, labor and government agency leaders at an informative Workshop to explore ways to work together toward a common goal of environmental stewardship. During the Workshop, you will learn about current and planned air and water initiatives and build new relationships with individuals and organizations engaged in insuring Puget Sound's economic vitality and environmental sustainability. Register today!

  • When: 7:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2010

  • Where: Maritime Event Center, Pier 66

Plus tours of Coast Guard, Canadian Navy, Environmental and other Working Waterfront Vessels at Bell Harbor Marina/Pier 66

Workshop Format:
Keynote Address
Panel #1: Puget Sound Air Quality Initiatives
Panel #2: Stormwater Management Initiatives

Cost of Workshop: $80, including continental breakfast and coffee break
Sponsors: Seattle Propeller Club, with the Port of Seattle.

Northbound I-5 CLOSED at Night

Crews will close northbound I-5 between Boeing Access Road and Spokane Street at 11:59 p.m. on the following nights:

Friday, April 16
Friday, April 23
Saturday, April 24
Friday, April 30
Saturday, May 1

Crews will also close northbound I-5 between SR 599 and Boeing Access Road at midnight and reopen the roadway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. Drivers will be detoured to SR 599 and will return to northbound I-5 via Boeing Access Rd.

DETOUR: A signed detour will direct drivers to exit at Martin Luther King Way (exit 157) to Airport Way and back onto I-5 via Edgar Martinez Way/SR 519. Crews will reopen the roadway by 8 a.m. each morning.

Drivers should consider taking alternate routes such as I-405 or SR 99 to avoid long delays and backups during the closures.

I-5 Martin Way to 48th Street NB and SB (milepost 109 to 114) LONG TERM ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES

WSDOT is replacing 295 concrete panels and installing more than 56,000 dowel bars to support the roadway on 25.5 miles of I-5 between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma to create a smoother driving surface. Construction will require nightly lane closures and some weekend closures of I-5 in Thurston and Pierce Counties through August 13th. During construction there will be a total of nine weekend closures. Detours will be in place when possible.

April 24 to 25 - I-5 northbound CLOSED beginning 10:00 PM Saturday to 10:00 AM Sunday from exit 111 to exit 114.

April 30 to May 2 - I-5 Lakewood/Tacoma SB - Extended Triple Lane Closure (7 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday)

Weekend lane closures on I-5 between Martin Way and Mounts Road could create up to 15-mile backups.
Weekend lane closures on I-5 between Gravelly Lake and 48th Street could create up to 10-mile backups.

And it goes on until Auguat 13th!

MORE INFORMATION: For more information and a full calendar of closures and detour routes visit:

Spokane Street Viaduct

First Avenue on-ramp is permanently closing soon.

The next major milestone in the South Spokane Street Viaduct Project (the structure that links the West Seattle Bridge to I-5) is the permanent closure of the First Avenue South on-ramp to the westbound lanes of the viaduct, tentatively scheduled for May 17. The ramp closure is required to widen the Spokane Street Viaduct to the north by approximately 41 feet. The new westbound on- and off-ramp will be constructed on First Avenue.

In the year and a half during which there will be no access to the Spokane Street Viaduct from surface streets in SODO, vehicles will be detoured to the low level swing bridge to get to West Seattle. Alternative routes are noted in the detour map on the project website. SDOT will be monitoring traffic flows along the detour routes following the closure to determine whether changes in signal timing or other measures are needed to keep traffic moving.

For information and detour routes visit SDOT's website,

Lane Restrictions on Airport Way South

SDOT and its contractor are making improvements to Airport Way South. As part of this work, crews are rehabilitating segments of the street base on Airport Way South between South Massachusetts and South Royal Brougham Way this week, April 12 to April 16.

During this work, only one northbound lane will be open between South Massachusetts Street and South Royal Brougham Way.

Parking and loading zone restrictions will be in place in and around the work zone. Access to all businesses will be maintained. Police officers will be on site to keep traffic moving.

This project is funded by the "Bridging the Gap" funding package.

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