Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes Woodinville woman

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

For the first time in its 130 years of existence, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) conducted its annual Continental Congress convention online.

Theresa Barker and Stephanie Conroy of the Susan Woodin Chapter represented Woodinville at the meeting. 

After its regular business, Baker was recognized for her first-place finish in an essay contest sponsored by the Women’s Issues Committee.

Her paper entitled “Look What You Made Me Do!” dealt with the topic of domestic violence.

 “I am honored and amazed by this recognition,” Barker said in a June 24 press release. "The main message of my essay is that domestic violence is never the victim's fault. Never." 

The prerecorded video programming for the opening night ceremony featured Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch, who was honored with the DAR History Award Medal and provided the keynote remarks.

The National Defense Night Ceremony, which aired on June 27, celebrated the nation’s military and veterans, with Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Robert Ashley providing the keynote remarks and receiving the DAR Patriot Award. 

The DAR Continental Congress is an annual gathering that has traditionally been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding in 1890. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world gather to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends. 

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was also founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit 

Where’s Sara? Tiger Mountain — A Grrrrreat Place to Explore

  • Written by Sara Graham
Photo courtesy of Sara Graham


Trying to find a hike these days where not too many people are going takes some extra time and creativity. I didn’t want to drive far but wanted to hike a ‘mountain,’ so I decided to explore a little more Tiger Mountain in Issaquah. It is the closest mountain, only a 30-minute drive from Woodinville. 

There are over 70 miles of trails with three summits waiting to explore.

I have hiked Poo Poo Point many times, and done West Tiger Summit 3 and the Chirico Trail too. Everyone should know about these popular tourist trails on Tiger Mountain. But this time, I wanted to find something new.

So, I took out my Tiger Mountain Green Trails Map (I highly recommend you buy one if you don’t have one at and felt like a pirate looking for treasure as I laid it on the kitchen table to carefully examine the trails. 

I located Tiger Summit 1, 2 and 3 and then noticed in minuscule letters "Hikers Hut" next to Tiger Summit 1. AHA, “X” marks the spot — something new waiting to be explored. I hadn’t hiked summit 1 and 2, so I planned my adventure and set out to achieve all three summits and find the elusive Hikers Hut.

I chose the next sunny day and lucked out finding a parking place in the Tiger Mountain lot located off I-90 at Exit 19 for the Highpoint Trailhead.  It can get crowded on the weekend so plan accordingly—you will need a Discover Pass.

I started down the well-trod West Summit 3 trail that everybody follows. I carefully checked my map and immediately detoured left onto the TMT trail, one I have never been on. In a half-mile, I chose to go right up the steep cable line trail to Tiger Summit 3. I only saw two people along the way. Once on top, I checked out the view then traversed over the top to Summit 2. There is only one trail leading there so you cannot get lost. 

I took a quick break and enjoyed the company of the robber jays who attempted to steal Chex mix out of the palm of my hand. I was now in new territory and was glad to have my map to help me navigate my way. 

I followed an old logging road up to Summit 1 and came to a “Y” and I veered left up a very steep but short gravel section. I was pleasantly surprised as I rounded the bend when Mount Rainier appeared out of nowhere. It was in full view! I got excited as I neared the top, and as the road leveled out, I looked up and there tucked in the trees was the Hikers Hut. It looked like a space capsule. Mission accomplished! 

Inside the hut was an array of emergency hiking gear. A safe haven in any Northwest storm. A single stone bench near the hut faces Mount Rainier; a perfect place to soak in the spectacular views.

I returned to the base parking lot via the TMT and K3 trails having hiked a total of 6.5 miles and almost 3,000 feet of elevation. There are so many ways to hike and explore on Tiger Mountain. I encourage you to check out the map and create your adventure. I guarantee it will be Grrrrreat! For more adventure ideas visit 


Sara Graham is a long-time Woodinville Weekly columnist and an outdoor enthusiast. 

Key Home Systems | What You Need To Know

  • Written by THE BLUE TEAM | Ashley Farrington and Michelle Blue Windermere Real Estate/HLC


There are key systems in your home that you should understand and maintain to optimize your home health (and yours). Simple and routine maintenance can help you avoid expensive repairs and potential liability. Not everyone has these systems, but if your home does here is some general information and tips.

Septic System. 

A septic system is a type of onsite sewage facility that is utilized when a public or community sewer system is not available. Most serve a single home, but some drain fields can be shared by multiple homes and even neighborhoods. There are multiple types of systems utilized based upon differences in soil, terrain, lot size, water table, etc. The typical system needs to be pumped every 3-5 years but that varies by system type and the number of people living in the household.  To protect your septic system, you want to carefully limit what goes into it. For example, waste that has gone through a human, toilet paper approved for septic systems, and small amounts of septic-approved liquid cleaning supplies used in your sinks, washer, or dishwasher. Don’t use powdered chemicals, don’t wash paint brushes in your sink, don’t put grease or oil down your sink, limit use of  garbage disposal, and don’t overload your system with too much daily water from showers, washer loads, at the same time, etc. 

Seller Tip: Have your septic pumped and inspected for sale by a certified septic provider before listing your home so you don’t have any surprises when you are in contract with your home buyer.


If you have a private/individual well it is recommended that you test your drinking water for contaminants (arsenic, chromium, copper, coliform, lead and nitrate). Test annually for coliform bacteria and nitrate – as these can rapidly affect a person’s health. Many certified labs can do this for you, you can even collect your samples.  In addition to water quality, you want to make sure you have sufficient water production. You can monitor this by maintaining records of static well-water levels on a seasonal basis (high demand/summer and low demand/winter). Things that can cause reduced well production include (1) Bacterial grown/mineral encrustation that plus well casing slots or screens; (2) Over-pumping or drought conditions that cause a drop in the aquifer level; (3) problems with the operation of the well pump or pump motor.

Seller Tip: Having well records organized and available for the buyer can help put them at ease if they are nervous about buying a home on a well. The well inspection for a sale, if require/desired, is paid for by the buyer.

Oil Tank.

If your home has an oil tank and it is your main heating source, you should take care to have standard annual servicing. You also want to make sure your oil tank is registered (free of charge) with PLIA (Pollution Liability Insurance Agency), because if there is a leak after it is registered then PLIA will pay up to $60,000 to clean up contamination not covered by other insurance. If you have an oil tank on the property because your system was converted to natural gas, then you need to make sure your oil tank has been decommissioned (pumped, cleaned and  filled with foam, slurry or sand) or removed.

Seller Tip: Disclosing that you had the tank decommission or removed and providing the certificate to the buyer will save the buyer from having to pay for an inspection and will eliminate a potential concern about your property.

Need to know more?  Make sure you work with a Real Estate Broker who has the expertise, informational resources and a team of service provider experts available to help you make fully informed great decisions.  If you’d like to explore your buying or selling options, contact The Blue Team at

UW Bothell appointments associate vice chancellor

  • Written by Maria Lamarca Anderson, Director of communications

W Cinnamon HillyardBOTHELL — The University of Washington Bothell has selected Cinnamon Hillyard to fill the new position of associate vice chancellor for student success. Hillyard is currently associate vice chancellor for undergraduate learning. She takes on her new role July 1.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sharon A. Jones said Hillyard will transition the First Year and Pre-Major Program, which she has been leading since 2016, to the new student success initiative.

“This allows us to center on the academic life cycle of our students, to ensure resources are aligned and that a vision for student success is consistent and aspirational, and that we continue to improve the effectiveness of our programs,” Jones said. “Cinnamon is focused on the type of data-driven decision making that will allow us to make concrete steps. She also consistently demonstrates that she is an empathetic leader with a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Hillyard said she hopes to take her experience and the collaborations she has established on campus and make real change.

“I’m excited to use those lessons to tackle our long-standing retention goals, propel our graduate programs, and ensure more students achieve their graduation and career goals,” Hillyard said. “This role will be able to rally our collective commitment, identify measurable goals and act.” 

The associate vice chancellor for student success is a member of the leadership team on academic strategy and policy and reports to Jones. Hillyard was selected from three finalists put forward by a search committee. 

Northshore School District celebrates the Class of 2020

BOTHELL — With more than 1,500 graduates from the Northshore School District this year, the district recognizes each students’ sacrifice, resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. As the Class of 2020 embarks on its next chapter post high school, we wish these leaders well and are excited to see what their futures hold. 

Woodinville High School

Graduates: 370

Valedictorians: Eliana Shaina Ariyevich - University of Washington, Seattle; Chloe Marjorie Brid - University of Washington, Seattle; Emerson Sophia Cobbley - North Park University; Avery Elizabeth Colburn - Cornell University; Sheridan Karina Douglas - George Washington University; Daphne Rebecca D'sa - University of Washington, Seattle; Sarah Katherine Epley - Chapman University; Riley William Estes - University of Washington, Seattle; Zoe Anne Friedman - University of Washington, Seattle; Zachary Raymond Hage - Boston University; Alexa Mae Hildebrand - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Camdyn James Munger - Pepperdine University; Emiry Michelle Judith Nakazato - University of Washington, Seattle; Ethan L. Wu - University of Washington, Seattle

Salutatorian: William Vincent Heins - University of Washington, Seattle

Total Scholarship Awards: $2,428,997

Bothell High School

Graduates: 297

Valedictorians: Diandre Miguel Balmes Sabale - University of Washington, Seattle; Megan Meiyen Wong - University of Washington, Seattle; Marlo Kazuye Duong - University of Washington, Seattle; Patrick James Gainey McDaniel - University of Washington Bothell; Haley Ann Jacob - University of San Diego; Sofie Marie Ferreira - Cascadia College; Melissa Barker - University of Washington, Seattle 

Salutatorians: Jane April Wang - University of California Los Angeles

Total Scholarship Awards: $1,452,779

Inglemoor High School

Graduates: 376 

Valedictorians: Conor D. Bartol - Whitman College; Sahale C. Beaudette - Hofstra University; Megan E. Best - University of Utah; Katelyn Chae - University of Washington, Seattle; Whitney C. Demetriou - University of British Columbia; Raiden Egbert - University of Washington, Seattle; Grace V. Ferrell - Western Washington University; Karen T. Haining - University of Washington, Seattle; Runa K. Indrei - University of California Los Angeles; Nikita Kansal - University of Chicago; Abigail K. Kauffman - Seattle Pacific University; Anna Z. Li - Washington University in St. Louis; Peter C. Lie - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Claire E. Longcore - University of Washington, Seattle; Connor D. Lynch - University of Washington, Seattle; Akhila Narayanan - University of Washington, Seattle; Lily R. Nordyke - University of Washington, Seattle; Olivia A. Oomen - University of Washington, Seattle; Cameron D. Schmitter - University of Utah; Sarah N. Schutt - Gonzaga University; Ethan A. Stone - Georgia Institute of Technology; Billy G. Surdyk - University of Rhode Island; Eva M. Taylor -Purdue University; Carmen E. Truffat - Western Washington; Kaarina I. Tulleau - University of Washington, Seattle; Olivia S. Wisont - George Washington University; Jenny S. Xiong - Stanford University 

Salutatorian: Daniel Ng - Carnegie Mellon University

Total Scholarship Awards: $1,684,966

North Creek High School

Graduates: 385

Valedictorians: Deepthi Chandra - Duke University; Sophia Chiesa - University of Washington, Seattle; Madeline Chriest - University of Washington, Seattle; Daniel Da - University of Pennsylvania; Kaitlin Danh - University of Washington, Seattle; Vaishnavi Dontineni - University of Washington, Seattle; Mikayla Goodkin - Western Washington University; Jeffrey Hablewitz - UCLA; Kennedi Kersavage - Brigham Young University; Montserrat Perez-Nafarrate - University of Texas at Dallas; Scotty Singh - University of Washington, Seattle; Allison Thomas - University of Washington, Seattle; Whitney Tran - University of Washington, Seattle; Allison Wilks - Seattle Pacific University; Yu-Jin Youn - Seattle Pacific University; Eva Zaro - Colorado State University

Salutatorian: Chandni Rajasekaran – University of Washington, Seattle

Total Scholarship Awards: $1,170,084

Adult Transition Program - Networks

Graduates: 17

Students Continuing to Paid Jobs: 1

Students Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: 2

Adult Transition Program - Pathways

Graduates: 8

Students Continuing to Paid Jobs: 1

Northshore Networks

Graduates: 39 

Student Speaker: Joshua Rosenbaum

Total Scholarship Awards: $37,000

Secondary Academy for Success

Graduates: 35

Student Speakers: Olive Austin, Kate Podany and Logan Geiger

Total Scholarship Awards: $40,700