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Homeward Pet Adoption Center Celebrates 23 years!

  • Written by Terri Inglis, Homeward Pet Adoption center executive director
Homeward Pet Adoption Center was founded in 1990 as Hooterville Pet Safehaus.  Since then, they have changed their name once, moved three times and found new homes for more than 22,000 companion animals.

Every February, we celebrate another year as one of Washington’s leading no-kill shelters.

February 2013 marks our 23rd anniversary, and with your help we are setting our sights on helping even more animals by collecting 230 donations of $23.

Donations of just $23 will help provide vaccinations, food, microchips, FeLV/FIV tests and more. Look for the thermometer on their website as they track life-saving donations all month long.

Plus, on February 23, we will hold our special anniversary adoption event.

All adoptions will be just $23, and we hope to send a record number of animals home with wonderful new families! Working together, there is so much we can do.

Visit http://www.homewardpet.org to learn more about Homeward Pet and to see the available cats and dogs.

At Homeward Pet our skilled adoption counselors are ready to give you personal, one-on-one attention to help you find the best match for you, one that will become a lifelong member of the family.

Remember, adopting a spayed or neutered animal helps reduce pet overpopulation and saves one more dog or cat from being homeless.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter serving the Greater Seattle area since 1990.

We give homeless animals a second chance and have matched over 22,000 companion animals with loving, safe, forever families.

Forty percent of the animals at Homeward Pet are surrendered by their former owners; the other 60 percent are rescued from shelters, many that are often forced to resort to euthanasia.

While the animals in our shelter wait to be adopted, over 400 volunteers make sure their basic needs are met and give them plenty of love and attention.

For some of our animals, that is more than they have ever known. More information at http://www.homewardpet.org or call (425) 488-4444, ext 405.

Letters to the Editor - January 14, 2013

  • Written by Readers

WELL DONE!

Hats off to our own Woodinville Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners for their action during the January 7,  2013, meeting.

Woodinville Fire & Rescue inherited a non-conforming commercial advertising billboard on their property.

A previous property owner had signed a long-term lease for this billboard before Woodinville became a city.

Billboard signs are NOT allowed in the city, but this sign was “grandfathered.”

The commissioners said that the small amount of rent that the sign generated was far outdistanced by the fact that the sign was non-conforming, does not fit within the design guidelines of our city and only contributes to “urban blight.”

They concluded that removing it would be in the best interests of Woodinville’s residents.

Thank you, commissioners, for doing your part in making our city a more attractive place to live and work.

You have made a positive impact here in Woodinville.

Terry Jarvis, Woodinville


PET PEEVE

While glancing through a recently-received volume of the state’s laws published in 2012, I was reminded of a pet peeve exemplified by an item I’d clipped from the Seattle Times.

The clipping quoted a state Department of Ecology planner to the effect that under shoreline management law “. . . priority is given to water-dependent businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access.”

The pet peeve arises in that as so often happens, there is an implication of public access to all waterfront. But the Shoreline Management Act specifically states “Increase public access to publicly owned areas of the shorelines.”

During a period in which it was allowed by the state, many people purchased the public beach in front of their private ownerships.

There is no required public access to those private beaches unless and until the landowner initiates a development project that warrants a local-government requirement to include public access as part of the develop­ment conditions.

So far private property rights are still respected by our state government.

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville


MEMBERSHIP OPENED

The Falcon Athletic Booster Club (FAB) at Woodinville High School has now opened membership to alumni, family, friends and community members.

All dollars raised go to support athletic teams at WHS,  and membership levels offer a variety of benefits including passes to games and tickets to the annual FAB Sip, Bite, Win! event.

In addition, each new member receives a Falcon booster window cling to show their Falcon pride.

“The Falcon Athletic Booster Club was formed in 2009 to help our student-athletes and their teams pay for additional training, travel, equipment, uniforms and facilities as needed, said FAB president Brett Bader. “We have now opened up membership to the community at large because of the tremendous support this area gives to our teams.”

Annual memberships can be purchased online at the FAB website: www.falconathleticboosters.com.

Falcon Athletic Booster Club memberships are available in four levels, White, Blue, Green and Gold.

The group also plans to award college scholarships to outstanding WHS student-athletes who do not receive athletic scholarships.

“Our goal is not just to raise funds but to also give as many of our supporters as possible the opportunity to be a Falcon booster,” Bader added. “Membership levels start at just $35, but individuals and businesses can help even more by joining at one of the higher levels as well.”

Donations to Falcon Athletic Boosters are tax deductible.

The FAB Board is made up of representatives from each of the 19 sports teams at WHS.

The organization works throughout the year to raise funds and assist Falcon athletics during the regular season as well as with special support in post-season tournaments.

Help Falcon student-athletes.

Join the Falcon Athletic Booster Club today!

Falcon Athletic Booster Club


STOP THE SLAUGHTER

When you see a young, healthy horse going to auction, do you know where they’re going?

There is a good chance that that horse will go to a slaughterhouse.

Does that horse really deserve that fate?

When horses are bought at an auction by slaughterhouse employees, the majority of them are young and healthy horses because their meat sells for more money than the meat of old or sick horses. They are then transported long distances in crowded trailers with little to no food and water.

Though the plants in the U.S. have been shut down, live horses are being shipped across the borders, to be killed somewhere else.  Pictures from the SPCA have showed the awful things that happen to the horses in these slaughterhouses. They are killed inhumanely, going through severe pain and suffering.

There are other alternatives to sending that horse to a slaughterhouse. What if the owner had privately sold their young, healthy horse so he could enjoy a happy rest of his life? What if that owner had spent the extra money to euthanize that horse and give him a happy ending?  Isn’t knowing that your loyal companion will have a painless death worth the extra money that euthanasia costs?

If we end horse slaughter, it will not increase the amount of unwanted or neglected horses.

Horse slaughter was banned in California in 1998, and as a result of that, horse theft dropped by 34 percent because there was nowhere to sell them.

You can help that horse at the auction and tens of thousands of other U.S. horses that go to slaughterhouses every year by raising money and donating it to the Humane Society of the United States which has made ending horse slaughter in the U.S. one of its priorities.

You can talk to your senators and representatives and ask them to support The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which will ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and the transportation of live horses across the border to be killed.

You can help give our horses happy lives.

We can stop this senseless slaughter.

Nora Cyra, 13, Bothell

Letters to the Editor - January 7, 2013

  • Written by Readers

NORTHSHORE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

Many thanks to the local businesses, organizations, PTAs and community members who have supported the Northshore Community Kitchen since it started in April 2012.

With this amazing help, this joint Northshore Council PTSA/Northshore YMCA program has prepared and distributed over 1570 once-a-week meals to more than 30 families in need, plus (since October) a total of 290 once-a-week snack sacks for the students who go to the Hang Time afterschool program at Kenmore Junior High.  

As our program continues into the new year, we look forward not only to maintaining but also expanding our support base, so please contact either of us for information on how your financial support, your pantry item donations, or your volunteer time can make a real difference in the lives of many Northshore families.

Sue Freeman, Social Services Chair, Northshore CouncilPTSA

(425) 844-8923  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Jacobson, Senior Director, Northshore YMCA

(425) 286-6122   | jjacobson@seattleymca org


NRA SOLUTION FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

The NRA`s solution to the recent tragic school shootings is, incredibly, armed guards at the schools. This is pure genius, why didn`t anyone think of it sooner.

More guns is the obvious solution, it`s so simple. Armed guards at all schools, and of course shopping malls.

Don`t forget theaters, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Also the local post office and all liquor stores and bars. Every IRS office, Social Security and unemployment office is an obvious target. Doctors’ and especially lawyers’ offices should be watched around the clock for disgruntled clients.

Protect every place of employment where more than three employees congregate at one time.

More guns will save us? Tell that to the four dead police officers from Lakewood!

Jim Willett, Woodinville

Guest Editorial - Office of the Education Ombudsman

  • Written by Office of the Education Ombudsman
The Office of the Education Ombudsman staff wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the families, educators and community members of Newtown, Conn., for the devastating loss they have experienced.

Many parents and students have contacted our office to share their feelings, concerns and grief. We are heartbroken but believe that this tragedy can lead to a renewed commitment to work together and find ways to ensure the safety and well-being of all children.

A frequent question we have been asked is “What can we do so that this tragedy doesn’t happen again?”  While no one can ensure anyone’s safety anywhere, we do believe that as educators, families and communities we should take all possible steps to prevent and be ready to respond if a violent incident were to happen during school time.

The most important step is to move from denial: “This will never happen here/to us” to preparation and a plan of action.

What Families Can Do

• Talk to your children about recent events of school violence and discuss their fears and grief.

• Monitor your student’s access and use of violent video games and Internet sites.

• Discuss differences between video games and reality.

• Find out which safety and emergency response procedures exist in your school and discuss them with your student. Explain what role you will play in the event of an emergency at school, what is your family’s emergency plan and who are your contacts in case you are unable to come to the school.

• Ensure that your school has your latest contact and emergency contact information.

• Help other parents and students understand and follow your school’s safety procedures.

• If you suspect that your student is struggling with mental/emotional health issues communicate with your school and find professional assistance to have your student appropriately evaluated and treated as needed.

• Help your school partner with health and social service providers to assist students and families who may need support.

What School Districts & Schools Can Do

• Review, and if necessary, improve safety procedures and emergency response systems for all school buildings and school district central offices.

• Train all school building and district personnel, including administrative staff, bus drivers, custodians, etc. on safety and response procedures.

• Communicate with all parents to ensure they have given their schools updated contact and emergency contact information.

•  Create a manual explaining safety and emergency response procedures for staff and a manual for students and parents.

• Communicate safety procedures to parents and students through student meetings, websites, parent meetings, flyers, posters, e-newsletters, texts, etc. in a language they can understand.

• Conduct frequent emergency response drills with staff, parents and students working together as a team.

• Identify community-based health and social services and supports that schools can partner with to assist students and families.


Office of the Education Ombudsman - Governor’s Office, 155 NE 100th Street, Suite 210 • Seattle, WA 98125-8012

206-729-3232 or toll-free 1-866-297-2597 • Fax 206-729-3251 • www.waparentslearn.org.

Letters to the Editor - December 10, 2012

  • Written by Readers

Thanksgiving has always been a celebration of family, friends and food where you do not eat until everyone has a place at the table.

If a friend or coworker did not have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving they were invited and another place was set at the table.

Our family has made an effort to anonymously adopt a family and provide them with a holiday meal whenever we had the means to help out.

We recently contacted one of Woodinville’s newest restaurants, Gobble, to see if we could purchase a full Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.

We were both pleased and surprised that the owner of Gobble not only would sell us a meal for a family in need, but they also requested the opportunity to share the cost with us by providing a full holiday meal for half price.

In addition to the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy and side dishes listed on the menu, the employees at Gobble also baked pies for the family, going well above and beyond our expectations.

It is said that character is defined by what you do when no one is watching.

The owner and employees of Gobble have helped to make Thanksgiving more meaningful for a local family because they were inspired to help out purely in an effort to assist a community member in need.

Our community benefits and celebrations are more meaningful when local businesses make an effort to reach out and assist our residents in need.

Many thanks to the owner and employees at Gobble!

T. Landau, Woodinville


It has been a month since the historic, inaugural election for mayor in the township of Grace, your northerly neighbor.

As campaign manager for both candidates, it is my duty to report that the results remain in question.

The Grace Election Commission is having difficulty reconciling a Grace population of 12 (see  the “welcome” sign on Highway 9) and the fact that it collected or received 434 marked ballots. The commission appears to be in a bit of a quandary.

Neither candidate has instructed me to concede on his behalf.

In the interim, please suggest to your readers that they disregard any candidate’s claim to have prevailed in an electoral landslide.

Hugo B. Jonsen, Grace