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Letters to the Editor - May 26, 2014

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RETIREMENT
To the City of Woodinville, and to all our valued clients and their “fur persons.”
As they say, all good things must one day end. It is with both a sense of anticipation, and of sadness, that I am announcing my impending retirement, effective May 31, 2014.

I have served the Woodinville community for nearly 35 years. During that time I have experienced both joy and sadness in my work. I have delighted in your new puppies and kittens, along with the occasional rabbit, rat, guinea pig, ferret, and even a parakeet or two. I have delivered their offspring, repaired their broken bodies, laughed at their antics, and cried as they passed from our lives.

My wife Marilyn worked with me in the clinic for some 20 of those years, and has been a constant and unwavering support for all 35 of them. Together we wish to thank you for your loyal support through the years.

A very heartfelt thank you goes to my associate, Dr. Daniel Frey, for a dozen years of service, support, and camaraderie. I wish also to thank my staff, some of whom have been with me for many years.

A very experienced veterinarian has taken over the Woodinville Animal Hospital. Dr. K. Nicole Davis is a 1997 graduate of the veterinary school at Texas A&M, and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. A small-animal general practitioner, Dr. Davis has experience in a wide variety of veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Davis expresses particular interest in the areas of ophthalmology, soft-tissue surgery, feline medicine, and internal medicine. Her hobbies include hiking, bicycling, gardening, and running.

Dr. Davis is married to Mark Davis, DVM, ACVS, who operates his own mobile veterinary surgical practice locally. They are the proud parents of two youngsters, ages 10 and 7, and they own a home in the Woodinville area.
We ask that you greet and embrace Dr. Davis and that you give her the same wonderful support that you have given us over the years.
Alan and Marilyn Marsh

MILK MONEY
May is the fourth annual Milk Money campaign for the Northshore Schools Foundation. If you see an old-fashioned glass milk bottle with a big-eyed cow holding a Milk Money sign at local Kenmore, Woodinville, or Bothell merchant counters, please empty your change and you’ll be supporting the Northshore Schools Foundations Initiative that supports Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners in the Northshore School District. There are over 180 homeless children in our district and funds raised will be used to buy them school-related items including clothes, supplies, yearbooks and school pictures, as well as college placement test fees and high school graduation fees. When you drop your change in one of the Milk Money bottles, know that all funds raised in the campaign will be doubled by the generous commitment of the Windermere Foundation Northlake Office. It’s not hard to make a difference, just drop your spare change in a Milk Money bottle. Following is a list of participating businesses in the Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville areas. We thank them all for their support!
Sara Solum Hayashi and
Davina Williams Duerr
The Milk Money Moms

Participating businesses in Bothell/Kenmore:
1st Security Bank
Alexa’s Café
Aloha Nails
Bank of Bargains
Banner Bank Bothell
Best Friend’s Espresso
Bothell BECU
Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy
BowWow Fun Towne
Canyon Park Vision
Compass Management
Cox Printing
Cuban Café
Dawn’s Candy & Cake
Dr. Dallman
Dr. Chaison
Extreme Pita – Canyon Park
Fey and Grey
Foundation House
Gallo de Oro
JC Market
Julio’s
Lyly Hair Studio
Key Bank
The Den Coffeehouse
Michael’s Auto Body
Pizza Bank
Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House
Steve’s Café
Sun Cleaners
Sushi Zone
The Ranch
Ultra Custom Cleaners
Uncle Peteza’s Pizza
Woodlawn Optical
Yakima Fruit Market
Espresso Works
Elle Marie Salon
Golden Nails Spa
Jay’s Cafe
Jiffy Lube
Kenmore Camera
Kenmore Subway
Lakepointe Bar and Grill
Manhattan Express
44
Maser’s Pet Grooming
Micro Homebrew
Northlake Windermere
Ostroms Drug & Gift
Rocky’s Corner Store
Security Pacific
Snapdoodle Toys
St. Vincent DePaul
Teriyaki of Kenmore
The Commons
The Den Coffeehouse
The UPS Store
Town Market
Whidbey Island Bank
Woodmoor Elementary

Participating businesses in Woodinville:
ACI Clinic
Banner Bank Woodinville
Woodinville Bakery
Bill the Butcher
Cox Printing
Cuban Café
Dandy Dogs
Drunken Easel
Eastside Spine and Injury
Edward Jones
Dr. Ryan Fox
Hollywood Hill Elementary
Greek Pita
Indian Palace
Jubilee Cleaners
Knoff, Fettig & Naumann Maxillofacial
McFall Construction
Michel’s Autobody
Northwest Trophy
OntraMarketing
Play it Again Sports
Pho Hao
Menchie’s
Simon & Sons Dry Cleaners
State Farm Insurance
Sushi Connections
Thai Tanee
Thai Woodinville
Uncle Peteza’s Pizza
Uplake Grocery and Deli
Village Wines
Woodinville BECU
Woodinville Weekly
Windermere NE Office
Zip Market

ALICE
This year, the Woodinville Toddler Group’s Wobblers class has had the pleasure of getting to know a special girl named Alice. She is a 1.5-year-old toddler with a sparkle in her eye and a whole lot to say. Alice is speaking full sentences, whereas her peers are still working on mastering the use of single words. She has tremendous determination, especially considering that she is affected by a genetic disease: spinal muscular atrophy type II. Her parents received her diagnosis after she turned one year old. It was a shock that no parent wants to get. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant death. It is a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness and impairs mobility, and it affects many other bodily functions as well. Research for SMA is not as widely funded as some of the other diseases that are highly publicized. There is hope for finding a cure for SMA within the next five years, with proper funding. Alice’s friends from her toddler group are currently campaigning to raise funds that will go toward purchasing some great support and mobility devices for her. We hope that Alice will be able to enjoy more of the activities that her walking peers are able to in the near future. You will have to search high and low to find another toddler who has a smile like Alice — especially one who has as much to say! Please spread the word about spinal muscular atrophy and its profound effect on children.

For more information on SMA, see the Families of SMA website, www.fsma.org, where they accept donations to fund research and help families. If you would like to show your support for Alice, please visit this website: www.gofundme.com/TeamAlice.
Resa Roth

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