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Wine community creates temporary food pantry

  • Written by Madeline Coats
Photo courtesy of Tiffany Stetson

The local wine community has come together to create the Woodinville Wine Industry Food Pantry in support of tasting room staff, restaurant workers and musicians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

This temporary food pantry is intended for industry staff in Woodinville, Maltby and Bothell as the virus continues to breed  widespread panic across the country. This emergency food bank was created for individuals and families who are ineligible for Hopelink and traditional food assistance resources.

“A food bank is like a bank; sometimes you make a deposit, sometimes you make a withdrawal,” said Carrie Campbell, pantry organizer and co-owner of Woodinville Wine Blog. “There's nothing wrong with getting some help during this difficult time. Pay it forward later on.”

With deep roots in social work, Campbell has a long experience with food banks. She said the pantry is a no shame zone designed to preserve the dignity and privacy of food recipients. 

“This is a global problem,” she said. “There is nothing to be ashamed about.”

Chef Anne Marie donated space from her commercial catering building in the Warehouse District to store canned and non-perishable foods for the temporary pantry. A more exact location and specific pantry hours can be found on Facebook. 

Campbell said business owners and employees, including local musicians, can take a week’s worth of free items for their family, and if needed, a few more for elderly neighbors. 

Donations are being collected at Tinte Cellars and Goose Ridge in the Hollywood District. She said monetary donations will not be accepted, as well as refrigerated, frozen or perishable foods. 

Volunteers plan to close the pantry shortly after the coronavirus crisis ends. Any leftover food and pantry supplies will be donated to the Woodinville Storehouse food bank as soon as possible.

Campbell said she learned how to bargain shop for pantry food from Radonna Nelson, founder of Free Little Pantry in Rose Hill, Kirkland. Nelson donated shelving systems and other supplies for the emergency pantry.

Bothell distillery shifts production of spirits to hand sanitizer

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Wild Wood Spirits Co. owner and head distiller Erik Liedholm explains the process of making hand sanitizer to his daughters. Photo courtesy of Mari Colbourne

 

BOTHELL — The spread of COVID-19 continues to create shortages in common everyday products as frightened consumers gobble up everything in sight. Once such product that is now in high demand and is extremely difficult to come by in both the retail and commercial market is hand sanitizer.

But a local Bothell company has stepped in to try and fill the void. Wildwood Spirits has temporarily stopped producing its signature products; gin, vodka and bourbon and is now making the sanitizer to help alleviate the shortage.

Mari Colbourne, a spokesperson for Wildwood Spirts said owner and head distiller Erik Liedholm began providing complimentary bottles of his Rensa hand sanitizer last week to customers and anyone who made a donation to Big Table, a local organization serving restaurant and hospitality workers experiencing a crisis. The responses she said has, “been overwhelming — the distillery has given away hundreds of bottles.”

“Our distillery has the unique ability to produce this much-needed product and I am pleased to do it,” Liedholm said. “I see this as one time in my life that I can do something to help, and I hope it also provides people in our community with a sense of comfort and normalcy.”

When King County Metro and the Seattle Police Department, both of which were experiencing hand sanitizer supply chain issues got word of a new supplier of the product, they reached out to Liedholm who significantly ramped up production to meet the need. 

“The first bottles of ORCA Guard, the separately bottled and branded hand sanitizer for King County Metro, were delivered on Friday, March 20 and will be used by employees who provide essential transit services and do not have access to hand washing facilities throughout the day,” Colbourne said. “Bottles for the Seattle Police Department will follow shortly and production for both will continue indefinitely.”

Colbourne said the hand sanitizer is an all-natural product made with 60% pure ethanol infused with lavender from Liedholm’s backyard garden in Ballard and Seville orange from Wildwood Spirits Co. Kur gin fraction, as well as a combination of Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) approved hand cleaner ingredients.

“As Covid-19 concerns continued to escalate, we faced the real challenge of potentially running out of hand sanitizer for our front-line employees – the bus drivers, water taxi crews, rail and streetcar operators and employees who are maintaining a public transportation lifeline to essential jobs including hospitals,” said Metro’s Interim Managing Director of Safety & Security Rebecca Zelt. “By teaming up with Wildwood Spirits Co., we’re better able to protect the health of our employees and also the community by doing what we can to limit the spread of Covid-19.”

The Garden Guy: Spring sun and blooming flowers are within reach

  • Written by Bruce Bennett

 

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of March already. Yet, you can almost taste springtime in the air. Certainly, my garden tells me the sun and flowers are within reach. 

I can smell it.  You can too if I can introduce you to a few of my garden friends.  If you would like to have an early-blooming, fragrant shrub in your yards which will attract the neighborhood hummingbirds, do investigate these deciduous and evergreen additions to a northwest landscape:

The first to bloom is not for the faint of heart and not to be placed too close to your walkways.  It is a Mahonia; just not the common, native Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) you are used to seeing. 

Mahonia x intermedia ‘Charity’ and ‘Arthur Menzies’ are hybrid shrubs which will grow to an average of 10 feet x 5 feet.  Spectacular sprays of fragrant, soft yellow flowers appear atop the plant beginning in January and are magnets for our region’s Anna’s hummingbirds. They are best used as specimen shrubs or planted toward the back of the yard. 

Once established, they are very low care. If your property is plagued by deer, Arthur and Charity can hold their own against the beasties as the shrubs’ leaves have wicked points along the edges of their leaves. Hence, my caveat against planting them near a walkway. OUCH!!!

Next on my list of great looks and scents is the Winter Daphne (Daphne odora, Aureomarginata). To those of you who never took Latin in high school (yes, I am that old), Aureomarginata means ‘with a gold margin', which this shrub does have in plenty.  This 4 feet x 6 feet evergreen shrub prefers protection from the afternoon summer sun.  As we tend to have an abundance of shade and part-shade in our part of the world, sun-sensitivity shouldn’t be a problem. 

Now, some daphne’s do have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but this one has been in my yard for 15 years and the less I do to and for it, the happier it seems. This winter daphne usually starts blooming at the end of February and has a gorgeous vanilla scent.  You will notice the scent before you ever see the less-than-impressive pink and white flowers. 

If you find yourself really enjoying winter daphne’s scent, add some Sweetbox (Sarcococcoa confusa) to the mix. The glossy green leaves of this 4 feet x 3 feet evergreen make a nice foil for the variegated leaves of the daphne and enjoys the same shady conditions.

My last choice for winter color and fragrance is a deciduous small tree or large shrub, depending on your definition of such things. Witch hazels (not the one you remember your fathers and grandfathers using after their morning shave) can provide 12 feet  x 12 feet mass of colors, ranging from yellows to oranges to dark reds that can brighten a corner of the yard during our all-too-familiar dull, gray winters.   

There are four species of witch hazel; two from the east coast and two from Asia. Arguably, the most fragrant amongst them is the Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis Mollis). I have the cultivar ‘Arnold Promise’ growing outside my office window and enjoy watching the morning feeding and antics of my yard’s hummingbird residents. 

While the species varieties are good and have their supporters, I tend to have a greater appreciation for the hybrids due to the enhanced fragrance and range of colors. They are the ones with ‘intermedia’ in their botanical names. 

Take a look at Hamamelis × intermedia’ Diane,’ ‘Jelena’ and ‘Arnold Promise’ during your visits to the garden centers or during your Google plant searches.  These small trees are sure to please.

If you have questions concerning these plants or have questions about your own gardens, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’m happy to answer them. See you next month!

Plan now for an awesome-packed summer

There are tons of things to learn, play and explore at YMCA Summer Camps. Kids grow, build skills and gain confidence in a safe, values-based environment. We offer camps serving North Bend, Snoqualmie and Hobart: Outdoor Day Camp (grades 1-6), Quest Camp (grades 7-9) and Teen Outdoor Specialty Camp (grades 8-10). 

The YMCA strives to make programs available to all children and confidential assistance may be provided to the extent possible to cover a portion of your child's program registration fees. To apply, you can choose one of the methods below:

Select your child's program and register online. You can register online and pay the deposit or registration fee to reserve your child's place in a program, and then submit the application by mail or in person at the branch to request assistance on the remaining balance of your summer registration payments.

Or visit your branch. You may register in person at your local branch and apply in person for financial assistance. 

Friends of Sammamish Valley nearing goal to raise $90,000

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Friends of Sammamish Valley have raised 78 of the needed $90,000 to pursue its legal challenge of King County Ordinance 19030, otherwise known as the Adult Beverage Ordinance.

“The FoSV team would like to extend our deep gratitude to the growing number of people in our community who’ve contributed,” Serena Glover, executive director, Friends of Sammamish Valley, said. “But we still need to raise $12,000 and need your help.”

On March 4, FoSV along with 10 other co-petitioners, submitted a Petition for Review to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB), seeking a reversal of the ruling by King County Executive Dow Constantine who declined to veto the ordinance passed by the King County Council on a 5-4 vote Dec. 4, 2019. 

FoSV contends the ordinance violates the Growth Management Act by changing zoning codes that originally protected farmland and rural neighborhoods from urban development. Furthermore, the group believes the ordinance attempts to redefine the process of manufacturing by requiring wineries, breweries and distilleries conduct at least two stages of production on-site. The previous code required all stages of production be completed on the property.

As previously reported by Woodinville Weekly staff writer Madeline Coats, while remote tasting rooms are currently not allowed in rural areas, the ordinance expands alcohol sales into rural and agricultural lands by permitting 500 square feet of outdoor space for retail drinking areas. The revision to the code, Coats said, will create the need for sewer, water and storm water facilities in these areas, in addition to expanded streets and sidewalks.

FoSV is the lead petitioner to the GMHB, but also has the support of a handful of agricultural businesses and lending support, legal and otherwise. A main sympathizer of the group is Futurewise, a state organization that focuses on the proper implementation of the GMA. 

“We could have included even more — and I’m sure many of you would have liked to be named,” Glover said. “But we had to keep the list short to avoid the appearance of "piling on" petitioners.”

Futurewise, Glover said, has filed a separate Petition for Review. “We are working closely with them.”

The next step in the process, she said, will be an issuance of an initial prehearing order by the Board. 

“It (the Board) will set a date for a telephonic prehearing conference to be convened in the next couple of weeks by the three-member Board,” Glover said. “The conference will focus on matters such as simplification and or a combination of appeal issues; the date on which the County will provide to the Board and the petitioners an index to the county's record on the ordinance; due dates and page limits for the parties' legal briefs; the appeal hearing date; and whether there will be any dispositive motions in advance of the actual hearing.” 

A dispositive motion in FoSV’s favor means the Board would not entertain further testimony. 

“That would be highly unlikely,” Glover said. “The eventual appeal hearing consists of lawyers' oral arguments and Board questions without any new testimony by witnesses or the general public. The Board does not make a decision on the spot but will issue a written decision no later than 180 days from the date the original Petitions for Review were filed with the Board.” 

 For more information on the process or to lend your support to the cause, email Glover and company at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To help finance the groups attorney fees, visit GoFoSV.org.