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April 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Saturday Memo: What life was like in Steelhead Haven … Shop class makes a comeback … Sounders take on Timbers

What was the good life like in Steelhead Haven?  Reporter Nancy Bartley takes a look back at life in that little neighborhood through the memories of those whose homes are gone, but survived the mudslide because they just happened to be away that morning. From Bartley’s story: “For many years there was a weathered wooden fish along the highway, bearing the inscription “Steelhead Drive,” and pointing to a small road cut through the trees. Ron Thompson, a Steelhead Haven resident, painted it in his wood shop. But the sign that neighbor Ruth Hargrave liked best was the one that summed up the sweet life of macaroni-salad-and-salmon dinners at the fire station, Santa arriving in a sleigh, and dinners out on the deck: ‘Oso Good.'” Read more about the residents, how they lived, and what drew them there.

Voc ed making a comeback in Seattle schools: Once considered a dumping ground for students not considered college material, vocational education is getting a boost in Seattle with career-oriented programs that combine book learning with hands-on experience. Reporter John Higgins writes that Seattle has lagged behind other districts such as Tacoma, Auburn and Renton in getting students on the vocational education path, a path that can bring college credits, paid internships while in high school — and lead to a job in the trades or manufacturing. Now there’s a turnaround going on, an enthusiasm for voc ed. Read more.

Sounders play at Portland: The Sounders and Timbers resume their rivalry today, and each team has a newcomer or two on the roster who has played for the “enemy.” Read reporter Joshua Mayers’ preview. See the game at noon on NBCSN (For many, that’s Channel 34).

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