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Letters to the Editor - June 23, 2014

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CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Ann Aagaard for a much deserved Hero Award by CELP. She has been a consistent fighter for preserving the Northwest ecosystems.

Your article about her efforts was excellent, as she has been an unsung hero for trying to save important wetlands and shorelines in North Creek, the Sammamish Valley and Kenmore since the 1970’s.

She has been a sensible voice crying in the wilderness trying to get the attention of the importance of preserving our aquatic features, as well as farmlands. Her efforts have been very worthy in increasing awareness of the importance of land protection and preservation through the League of Women Voters and neighborhood campaigns.

She deserves great appreciation from all of us who live in the Northshore area for helping make sure our streams are healthy and for protecting wetlands.

Ann Aagard embodies the true meaning of “one person can make a difference.”
Wendy Walsh

MUSIC IN THE PARK
There will be no “Music in the Park at Cottage Lake” this summer.

The Upper Bear Creek Community Council provided these summer concerts for 13 years and was unable to find another person to organize them last summer.

So much of the process is in place, it’s easy, the funding is available, the King Co. Parks are good to work with, advertising is in place, the banners are ready to go, etc.

Contacting the musicians is done annually. Many groups still contact UBCC wanting to take part in the summer series!
If you or your organization is willing to take on production of the concert series for 2015, contact Nancy Stafford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Nancy Stafford

COUNCILMEMBER RESIGNS
Woodinville incorporated in 1993 to gain local control over our City’s destiny and revenues for the benefit of our citizens, and work earnestly began to fulfill our collective vision for our future city.

It was a huge undertaking and I want to publicly thank the many people who came together to give birth to our city. I would also like to recognize the personal sacrifices and publicly thank all the families who supported those of us who were spending time away from them while we worked to make this happen.

Considerable effort and long meetings several times a week in the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse were the norm while creating our city. From humble beginnings, we focused both public and private investment into making Woodinville a better place to live, work and play. This continued hard work by so many citizens and staff has produced the quality of life we enjoy today in Woodinville.

So how have we been able to accomplish this and continue to provide a high level of services for our citizens while keeping our citizens’ effective tax rate lower than in unincorporated King County and our neighboring cities? Well, we have been very successful in receiving grants. Council and staff need to continue aggressively pursuing these grant dollars. We are also benefitting from a substantial sales tax base that contributes 50 percent of our operating revenue. Continuing to partner with the business community, improving the city’s business climate and actively promoting and recruiting businesses to locate here, such as the recent RFP for the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse, are critical to providing revenue and service levels that our citizens expect and deserve. Finally, engaging our citizens early and often in city planning and decisions are crucial, for only with their input and support can we achieve our best outcomes. Our duty as elected officials is to serve the citizens of Woodinville and deliver on their needs and wants. I am humbled and grateful that they, and my family, let me be a part of this for over 18 years.
Scott Hageman
Former Woodinville Councilmember, Deputy Mayor, Mayor

WHS PRANK
To the Woodinville High School Class of 2014,

Although a congratulations is in order for your achievements in graduating I have to say I am extremely disappointed in your disrespectful actions regarding your sign posted on the school. Something like that should not come from graduating seniors at 18-19 years of age. It was childish and rude and very degrading to those who it was directed at. The principal and vice principal at your school worked very hard to give you the opportunities that you had and that is how you repay them? I am ashamed to say I know some of you, some who are probably laughing at this, but it isn’t a laughing matter. We were drilled about bullying all through school, and even after graduating, this is what happens. You all may think it was a prank, but that was crossing the line and absurd, not to mention not funny.

I really hope that apologies are given by those involved. Maybe then you can move forward as you graduate into adulthood. Shame on you.
Hannah Phillips

Letters to the Editor - May 16, 2014

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On Saturday, May 31 my 12-year-old grandson Chase and 6-year-old granddaughter Chloe were playing in Little League baseball games at the Northshore Athletic Fields. While my son-in-law watched Chase’s game I watched Chloe’s. 

What was a wonderful baseball afternoon quickly turned frantic. Word reached the field where I was that Chase had been injured in his game. I ran towards the other field and could see quite a commotion near third base. Upon my arrival I saw Chase in great pain, bleeding, down on the ground, surrounded by coaches, parents and other players. The once occupied stands stood empty.

I was quickly identified as Chase’s grandmother and told that while playing third base, Chase was struck on the face with a line drive. Several people assured me that the fire department had been called. The bleeding from Chase’s nose and face was horrifying. Complete strangers removed their shirts to assist in rendering first-aid. The fire department arrived and took charge, their presence comforting.

The Woodinville Fire Department treated Chase quite well, taking him to Evergreen Medical Center where he was diagnosed with facial fractures, later released and expected to make a full recovery!

Our experience with the Woodinville Fire Department and Evergreen Medical Center was heartwarming. Equally heart-warming were complete strangers approaching my son-in-law and me with offers of rides to the hospital and caring for my granddaughter. In the days following this event the support continued in the form of cards, phone calls and visits.
This would have been tough to go it alone and proves that when things are at their worst, people are at their best! My family and I want to thank everybody for their support both during and after this event.
Bonnie Board

Letters to the Editor - June 9, 2014

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BUSINESS LICENSE FEE
So the Woodinville City Council has proposed charging businesses in Woodinville a yearly licensing fee of $50, with $11 going to the Department of Revenue to “administer the program and help enforce it.” So if you are a business in Woodinville you will pay $50 a year and essentially get nothing in return. Wouldn’t it make more sense to let people keep their $50 a year and spend it in Woodinville? In my opinion this is just another way to nickel and dime us to death. It serves no purpose at all. Does this program make sense? How would they enforce this? Would my cleaning lady or gardener have to pay Woodinville a yearly $50 fee to clean my house or mow my lawn? Since the city has $20 million in reserves, maybe we should use some of that money to implement this program. In addition, doesn’t the DOR already have records on the businesses that reside in Woodinville as they pay a yearly B&O tax? Couldn’t we just access their records? I see no reason why this is an important issue and the City Council should stop thinking up ways to take more of our money.
Susan Milke

SUMMER OF ‘69
It was the end of July 1969 when an amazing line up lit up the first ever Seattle Pop Festival, right here in Woodinville at Gold Creek Park. Performers over the three days included Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Chicago, The Doors, the Guess Who, and Led Zeppelin. It was our own Woodstock, and it happened three weeks before Woodstock.
I would like to interview anyone who attended the festival or remembers it from living in Woodinville at the time. I bet you have interesting stories.
I want to write about the event because I found it fascinating to think of that event and it is not widely mentioned so I wanted to know more. It’s part of the area’s history. I’m a local history buff and collect vintage Northwest items (pre-1970s). I learned of the Seattle Pop Festival when I found an old souvenir button from it at an estate sale.
If you have a few memories to share, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.
Susan Stoltzfus

BEAR SAFETY
I read the Weekly and while it was a great story about the little black bear that’s being sighted (my husband saw him a couple days ago) I am concerned with what was left out. Yes, we don’t need to be concerned, but there was also no warning about trying to approach the bear or feed it. Having grown up in Alaska with black and brown bears frequently in our back yards, I know that while one might seem friendly or “safe,” especially to children, it is still a wild and potentially dangerous animal in the right circumstances. Bears are incredibly fast and one swipe of a paw could cause serious damage. For folks not familiar with bears they might think he’s cute and that it would be cool to befriend him. I just feel like there should have been some kind of cautionary statement as the story made it sound like he is completely harmless.
Corinna Quilliam

Letters to the Editor - June 2, 2014

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CANTERBURY SQUARE

My husband and I have lived in Woodinville for the past 35 years. We raised our children here and we are now retired. Our yard is getting too big for us and we have talked about moving to a small house or town home. We have been waiting to find out what development might occur in Woodinville in the next couple of years, hoping that we can stay in Woodinville.

Unfortunately, we now find out that Canterbury Square is going to have 800 to 1000 apartments, some of which are going to be town homes and will be rentals. Then a condominium is going to be built for those who want to buy in Woodinville. How about building affordable town homes for those who want to purchase and stay in Woodinville?
Cheryl Conklin

CRIME IN AVONDALE

I live in Brookside Country Club located on Avondale. We have had a few crime-related issues happening the past few weeks. Again.

A few months ago, my fiance returned home late and was sitting in his car in our driveway (keep in mind that the engine was off at this point, and windows are tinted.) Checking news updates on his phone, he didn’t realize that the passenger door was opening and a complete stranger was about to sit down. In shock, it took him a second to snap back to reality. The stranger didn’t even realize that my fiance was in the driver’s seat. The stranger took off running and he heard the “get away” car speed off in the distance. The cops were called but couldn’t do too much.

Fast forward to this week: A few of our neighbors have been returning our mail. OPENED mail. My bills and cards. We are not the only house though. This is happening behind us and across the street. We back up to the trail, and according to our behind neighbors, whoever is doing this is coming from the pipeline trail. The mail is opened, and then stashed behind random bushes, and in driveways. My packages are also vanishing. Last but not least, one of our cars (in our driveway) has been broken into this week. Everything was removed from the glove box, and spread around the car. Tools were also stolen.
Kristina Kennedy and the Haldorsen family

SCHOOL START TIMES

Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS) was created in response to the very early start times of high schools in the Northshore School District (NSD). NSD currently has the earliest high school bell time of any district in the region. The drop-off time for high school is 7 a.m. and bus pickup times can be as early as 6 a.m. Over the years research has shown that inadequate sleep for teens is associated with lower academic performance and overall deteriorating health, to name a few effects. All over the country school districts are changing their start times and studies have shown the benefits to students are instantaneous. As NSD continues to “raise the standards” for students to graduate, the pressure to succeed is even greater.

All these problems can be mitigated by a later start time for adolescents.

If you are the parent of a Northshore School District high school student, you already know the problems associated with a 7:20 a.m. start time. For parents of junior high and elementary children, this is something that you really need to think about now as change takes time and resources.

Currently, Northshore School District is on the path of restructuring programs, grade reconfiguration and moving boundaries for the building of a new high school, thanks to the approval by the community of the bond and with increased funding of the levies. Therefore, this is the best opportunity the community will ever have to affect a change to start times. If you would like to know more about this issue, Google the national campaign “start school later,” join the PALS local petition on change.org (search for “Northshore school board start high school later,”) and join the conversation on the Facebook page “Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS).”
Parent Advocates (PALS)
Annette Whelan, Karen Van Til, Sheryl Wilkins, Wendy Reynolds

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