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Entries from November 2017

Metro Transit to eliminate peak and zone fares, will switch to single fare for adults

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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Bee-Thankful this Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

For More Information: Bruce Speight, (206) 533-7143,
bruce@environmentwashington.org

We don’t see many bees flying around Washington at the end of November, but we do see the fruits of their labor. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, restaurant owners and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates.

“We’re thankful for bees this Thanksgiving,” said Bruce Speight, Environment Washington Executive Director.  “Without bees, Thanksgiving dinners in Washington would look and taste different. No bees means no pumpkin pie.”

Honeybees, bumblebees, and other bees are critical both to the environment and our food supply. Bees pollinate many of the world’s most common crops, including Thanksgiving favorites such as cranberries, green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts and pie fillings from pumpkin to apple. Bees pollinate coffee, chocolate and the alfalfa eaten by dairy cows.  Even honey and fruit-sweetened beverages, like Fremont Brewing’s Pink Boots Pale Ale with honey, need bees.

“Fremont Brewing is a member of the Bee Alliance because bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem and protecting the environment is one of our core values,” said Sara Nelson, Co-Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing. “Bees pollinate many of the plants we use as ingredients in our specialty beers and infusions such as berries and lavender and, of course, they produced the 120 lbs of honey we used to make our Pink Boots Pale Ale last March. We are thankful for bees *Because Bees Matter* – not just for our beers but
for the planet!”

Unfortunately, millions of bees are dying across the U.S. every year. Beekeepers report they are losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies annually. Not only are honeybees in danger; native bees, including bumblebees, are also at risk. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the first bee in the continental U.S., the rusty patched bumblebee, to the endangered species list earlier this year.

Scientists point to several reasons why bees are dying off, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing
pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics. Sharing some of the same chemical properties as nicotine, neonics are
neurotoxins that can kill bees immediately and also can disorient bees, making it harder for them to pollinate plants and get back to their hives.Despite the fact that the science is clear on the dangers, neonic use has dramatically increased over the past decade. A recent study found that 86% of North American honey sampled contained neonics.

In February, Environment Washington joined with Environment America to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance, a national network of over 240 chefs, restaurant owners and other leaders in the food industry working to protect the bees. In Washington, 18
restaurants, chefs and local food industry leaders, are part of the Alliance, including Sara Nelson from Fremont Brewing Co.

Together, chefs and restaurant owners are educating their customers and the public about the problems facing bees and the food supply and making their voices heard to protect bees. Working with Environment Washington, chefs and restaurant owners are calling on the U.S. EPA to stop the use of bee killing pesticides.

“I’m looking forward to making my grandmother’s fresh cranberry sauce,” said Speight. “We need to take action now to protect the bees and ensure we can enjoy our favorite foods with friends and family for many Thanksgivings to come.”

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Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army team up for 15th annual “Toy ‘n’ Joy” Drive

November 13th, 2017 by Sara

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include: 

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

Vafa Mostaghim, Assistant Manager at our Jefferson Square (West Seattle) store, poses with samples of toys that can be given to needy kids during our Toy ‘N’ Joy toy donation drive, November 12 through December 9.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes vets/current service military with free car washes

November 10th, 2017 by Sara

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 24 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. Click here for a list of Brown Bear’s 24 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past three years, Brown Bear has donated more than $30,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, click here.

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BHS Dance team workshops

November 6th, 2017 by Sara

Ballard Dance team is offering a dance workshop for kids k-8 in December. Check out the dance team in action here!

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