THANK YOU GOES OUT TO RIDERS, VOLUNTEERS AND KIND STRANGERS
I want to give a huge thank you to the riders, the volunteers and a handful of kind strangers who helped make the 5th annual Stinky Spoke a success on January 14.
For the first time, the weather really lived up to the event name!
For the riders, many of you repeat participants, we appreciate your participation and the funds raised for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center through your registration fees.
The volunteers make the whole day possible, this year suffering along with the riders in the driving sleet and snow.
Special thanks goes out to the folks at the Redmond Rotary who carted multiple soaked and frozen riders and bikes back from their support stop to Redhook after getting caught in the sudden weather change.
The last thanks go out to a few people that never intended to participate in the day.
They’re a few of the homeowners along the route that were kind enough to take in a few of the riders who were miserably cold and couldn’t ride on to the end.
Hopefully everyone had fun watching a football game and getting to know each other until family or friends came to retrieve them!
As always, we appreciate the willingness of the community to tolerate all the riders on the trails for a few hours each year.
This is a hugely important fundraiser for Little Bit, and it’s a unique opportunity to join together two communities of riders (bikes and horses) that can have challenges coexisting on those trails at times.
Todd Cowles, Director, Stinky Spoke, Board of Directors, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
ALL CITIZENS MUST BE PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
The governor recently announced her support of marriage equality.
For decades our country has struggled with discrimination in many forms.
I am proud that our state has a past of joining together to support equality for women, racial minorities, people with disabilities, and religions.
Now is the time to support marriage for all families with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Separate but equal is yet another form of discrimination.
For many people, I know this is a very sensitive issue. I have received many letters, emails and phone calls for and against marriage equality legislation.
An overwhelming amount of constituents have sided with my own belief, that all Washington citizens deserve the chance to be equal under the law.
We are free to believe whatever we choose, however we must take steps to ensure we live in a state and world where our laws protect human rights for all.
A main concern I have heard is the right to religious freedom.
The proposed marriage equality bill includes an important exemption for religious organizations and clergy to continue to exercise religious freedom.
In the past, I have supported civil unions, domestic partnerships and the efforts of Senator Ed Murray to stand up for equality for same sex couples.
We as legislators must be vigilant about protecting all of our citizens against discrimination.
I support marriage equality and have signed my name onto this long overdue legislation to ensure all of our children grow up in a society that truly promotes equality.
Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D — Bothell
RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR WOODINVILLE FIRE
I would like to thank Woodinville Fire & Rescue for the excellent service I received on Friday, January 20, 2012.
After sitting 24 hours in the cold in my home, I was dealing with the health impacts of the cold and knew that I needed leave the house.
I was blocked by the snow and ice and could not drive to a safer location.
I reached my safe limit and called 911.
It was the first time in my life that I have ever called 911. At first I was very frustrated in trying to get help.
But eventually I was transferred to the fire department.
That is when I got excellent assistance.
At the fire department Greg Garat kindly took my call and assured me that help would be soon on the way.
Within 20 minutes fireman Seth Merritt showed up at my door. He led me out the steep driveway to his vehicle.
He transported me to a friend’s home where I could stay and get warm and recuperate.
Without the prompt assistance by Greg and Seth, I would have been in dire straights.
I would like to express my great respect and appreciation to the Woodinville Fire Department for their assistance.
Both Greg and Seth should be commended for their great, prompt, and kind attention in helping me during this health/storm crisis.
Let’s congratulate a special event that occurred in Woodinville for the first time in 2011.
A permit was given to the owner of a food truck, and to me this is a hallmark.
Years ago, I had a vision that I would open a food truck here; never mind that I’m probably not qualified.
I’ve enjoyed following urban developments and the plentiful food trucks in our major cities, so the probability of a food truck in Woodinville was something of a joke.
But so many things have changed for us in the last 20 years.
Urban planners know that developing “street life” in cities with bad weather like Seattle is difficult.
Between Seattle and Portland, Portland has come out on top in this race.
I often want to cross paths with fellow Woodinville residents. Our beautiful new parks have given me some opportunity when the weather’s OK.
Still, I share this city with so many people I will never meet. So I’m especially interested in those new chefs following in the wake of our wine culture and tasting rooms, and putting forward the idea of a food truck street life culture.
For example, this is a great alternative to the cost of opening a restaurant.
In a new book by Heather Shouse called “Food Trucks,” various stories show how people make preparations for and open their trucks to the public.
Many buy used campers on Craigslist and outfit them according to their specifications — just a suggestion for our wonderful city and its future.
Nancy Snyder, Woodinville
VAUGHN & MARCEL
Two skinny, sick, little kittens were found on the streets and brought to Homeward Pet Shelter when they were six months old. Their completely white, long fur was dirty and matted, clearly not familiar with either a brush or petting hand. The dominant brother they named Vaughn and the silent one was called Marcel.
In the shelter, the veterinarian was unable to even examine Vaughn as his medical record said he was just too frightened.It was much easier to handle Marcel since he was quiet to the point of comatose. Traumatized to the point of possible no hope for a real home, this shelter decided to try bringing them back to health. In was a no-kill shelter anyway, but that was not these little ones problem since they were having a hard time just surviving. Regular feedings and medical care put on the pounds for Vaughn but no for little Marcel who did not gain at all but remained for a long time at his original four pounds he arrived with.
Somehow Marcel miraculously began to gain weight and by a year old, their photo was shown as the Pet of the Week feature in this newspaper.
It noted that Vaughn was partially lame and that Marcel was partially blind. Their two little faces stared out at me from the picture with a mildness and curiosity the belied their background or disabilities.
I had intended to get an older pet who would be lazy and content and had not yet decided whether this should be two old cats or an old small dog. Instead, I kept this clipping until I was totally captured by these brave toddlers who might not be able to adjust too much and stay too frightened for any contentment. They stood out prominently at the shelter, lying peacefully together in a single cage. Sparkling white, with dark eyes (actually blue but dark with huge pupils), and soft pink paw pads, nose and ears, they were exotic to me as one used to the good old American short hair or even long-haired breeds. A cat book shows them as likely being Turkish Angoras, mixed, I think, with Persian more prominent with Marcel and Siamese quite loudly by Vaughn. At first looking like identical twins, one can discern great differences. These homeless little critters with a likely fancy heritage were just sitting there in both modesty and indifference. Marcel hardly noticed his surroundings, including me, and Vaughn was always on hyper-alert and was looking me over somewhat carefully as I spoke and petted him. He purred but he still made a good swipe at me with mostly sheathed claws as if to be certain I understood he was the boss of his territory.
And home we came to my two-level condo facing trees, lake and much movement of people, dogs, birds and things only cats can see, but far below.
Although necessary to indicate household rules, kept to a minimum as my style as well, I found it necessary to be extremely soft if I wished to be firm.
A raised voice of any kind sent Vaughn into hiding after shooting a look of dismay which would break my heart. For a long time, at least for me, I played no music, so we had silence except for the gentle sounds of furnace, fireplace (Vaughn’s favorite always), wind and rain.
His music taste began with Native flutes and expanded slowly to multiple instruments but balked at Mozart as much too loud and Placido Domingo singing Christmas music sent Vaughn with his brother close on his heels straight out of the room at top speed. Marcel approved only of things checked out and Okayed by Vaughn. At some point a decision was made and I became adopted by Vaughn who exhibited such a rare thing for a cat – gratitude and a desire, albeit done with a proud style, to obey in order to please. He showed these rare traits, it seems, when he realized he was no longed needed to be tough nor to fight for what he needed, whether food or love. Now five months later, he has “regressed” to the status of typical impossible kitten. Marcel gleams with life.
If his brother inspires, he simply causes everyone to fall in love with him and makes no effort on his own behalf for this.
He “regained” much of his sight the more secure he became, although still leery of the couch he so often missed completely in his flying leap attempts.
Far from passive now, he first asserted himself by attacking all moving objects and certain favorites such as my shoes and his brother’s tail.
Personality expressions entailed some disagreements in fights which Marcel often started but never won.
After my interference and rescues which resulted often in both of them retreating somewhere against a common enemy – me – I too relax noticing nary a scratch on either of them after disputes with the desperate noises.
More and more, each of them acquires that distinct sort of dignity cats appear to require for self-respect. But they still astonish anyone who has cared for them by their gentle loving core which is still surrounded by the wild spirit that allowed them survival in dark hard times.
These little fellows turned to the light when their world was so dark with something like faith.
If not now behaving like zany kittens in the way of kittens, their blue eyes shine with the spirit within them that stayed gentle, loving, curious, brave, and mischievous – surviving somehow whatever was thrown at them before their life had really even started. It is my honor to share a home with such a pair (most of the time).
Sharon L. Robinson
DID YOU KNOW?
Are you aware that the transfer stations for dumping trash and garbage are no longer going to accept recycling at Houghton and Shoreline?
We live in rural King County between Woodinville and Duvall and have always dumped our own garbage since we’ve [moved] here in 1986. We recycle about half of each load at the transfer stations and are conscientious recyclers of everything we can.
Now our only option will be to dump all those cans, bottles and the piles of newspapers and catalogs into the dump for the landfill.
Does this sound like what we want for our Puget Sound area? I think it’s appalling.
You might say,” Well, sign up with Waste Management.” Our family finances do not permit us to add yet another large bill; like many people we are helping relatives through these difficult economic times.
Further, to use their services we would have to haul our containers down this narrow gravel lane for about 11 acres worth, to the main road for pickup. At age 69, this is not easy!
These bins at the transfer station are well used by the public and keep a great deal of trash out of landfills. The claim has been made that the county can’t afford it.
Surely a nominal flat recycle fee on the dump fees could be considered to save the environment and users’ budgets.
I have called King 5 TV and sent a message to our County Executive Dow Constantine. Please contact environmental clubs and our government if you share this concern.
Lynn Shebilske, Woodinville
Marjorie Lynch’s “Yours in Anger” January 2nd letter to the editor was of major interest to me and anyone else who is concerned by government’s taking of the use of private property.
Thirty-five feet of buffer along creeks is certainly sufficient to protect the creek from harm. It’s enough to preserve existing brush along the creek and to plant trees if needed. (And if it’s a Class 2 stream rather than a Class 1, buffer requirements are less.)
Has the Woodinville City Council produced the science to justify its increasing the required buffer from 35 to 115 feet?
I am happy to respond to the letter of Ashely Hill, an obviously courageous young woman who can articulate some of the problems for young people and the gross trend of helicopter-parenting and supervision here in Woodinville, as well as elsewhere in our country. Why should this exist?
Why should parents be breathing down the necks of their children?
I had enormous freedoms as a young person 60 years ago. I walked or biked everywhere myself without any attending parent or supervisor, because the enviornment was considered safe enough for me to do so.
But now even relatively safe communities like Woodinville infantilize their children.
Consider this: When my husband and I landed in Mumbai, India, a cadre of children between ages 8-12 assailed us for handouts as we got off our plane at 2 a.m.
They were not “accompanied by an adult” and I think part of my fascination with India was the freedom of its children to explore the many facets of human existence because their parents were not obsessed with protecting their children. Or they were incapable of it, to an extent.
That meant to me that I was able to meet wonderful young people, especially girls, through the course of my trip.
I met a charismatic young Indian girl of age 12 or so, who was reaching out to a tourist like me who could grasp what it might mean to reach out to a foreign person and establish a short relationship.
The fetters we place on young people here, to know only those like themselves could blind them to such a relationship (not that we have a huge tourist population other than wine-lovers).
Yet the endeavors of such Indian girls and their down-trodden lives would not even make it into the Woodinville Weekly in print.
The young women across the globe who seek a sense of independence from their upbringing has always given me a sense of purpose and I endorse Ashely Hill’s letter and enquiry into this problem. I stand with you young women and your grievances.
Nancy Snyder, Woodinville
IT IS INDEED TIME
Isn’t it time for our Woodinville City Council members to start behaving like grown-ups?
How many years have you been working on the “Master Plan,” changing, revising, putting off decision making?
It’s time to make decisions, stick to them and move forward.
You have been putting the lives of the homeowners of Canterbury on hold for years. We have an interested buyer waiting for you to decide what you want built on this property.
Make the decisions and get on with it.
This prattle about “Northwest woodland character” is absurd.
You are wasting taxpayers’ money and time.
Speaking of money, whatever you council members get paid, it is too much considering your inability to do the job that we, the residents of Woodinville, have elected you to do.
Ginger Buchanan, president, Canterbury Criers Association
My husband and I would like to thank the Woodinville Falcons football team for a great season!
You gave us something to look forward to every weekend, whether you were playing at home and we attended or whether you were away and we waited anxiously for the score.
You should ALL be proud of the 12-1 season that you had. What an accomplishment!
I would also like to acknowledge the Woodinville students and band members.
After the game on Saturday we witnessed some very unsportsmanlike behavior from a few Skyline students.
From what we witnessed, Woodinville students did not stoop to their level and react to that behavior.
That is a testament to Woodinville High School, Woodinville High School families and our community as a whole.
Ron and Kathy Paulsen, Woodinville
The Woodinville High School cheerleaders would like to thank everyone in the community who supported our October breast cancer awareness campaign.
The pink Woodinville T-shirts that were sold during football games and at school lunches were incredibly popular with demand being much greater than supply — not a bad problem to have.
Over $800 was raised for the UW Foundation’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research program.
THANK YOU for helping to make this a success.
Look for many more pink Woodinville T-shirts going on sale next September.
Woodinville High School cheerleaders
To the WHS football team: You heard us cheer. What you may not have heard is our pride, the talk and the smiles for months now, everywhere we went.
At the grocery store, the hair salon, the feed store, in our living rooms and yes, on facebook, everyone was talking football, talking about you boys.
We are so proud of each and every one of you — as proud as if you were our own.
We are not supposed to be a football powerhouse. We don’t have kids moving here so they can play on our team; we don’t have the huge superstar.
What we have is a bunch of boys who have grown up together and play football because they love the game.
Every week you took that field with a passion that comes from the heart, not a drive for statistics.
And that’s why our hearts are a little broken today, because you boys are our world, and when you took that field we were bursting with happiness and pride at what you have become fine young men.
This team is a great football team — the most fun team I’ve ever watched, and you accomplished much more than a 12-1 record.
When all eyes were on you, you stood up, held hands and became a group of young men with bright futures and that is priceless.
This town is a better place because it claims you, all of you, as our very own.
If you want proof look at the stands yesterday: Woodinville fans filled half the Tacoma Dome with students, moms and dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, all wearing green and literally rocking the house.
The other side had a mere handful — it was almost sad.
So be proud of yourselves, boys, we sure are and remember while these are great days, they aren’t your glory days. Those are yet to come. I am sure of it.
But for now you are Falcons and Woodinville loves you all. Thanks for the memories.
Becky Jack, Woodinville
I am writing in response to Lynn Kirkpatrick’s letter on WHS fitness runs.
All I have to say is “really?”
I graduated from Woodinville last year and the weekly fitness walks were always highly looked forward to and enjoyed.
The adult supervision, or admittedly lack thereof, is a ridiculous topic to fixate on.
These students are all at least 15 years old and should be capable of walking on a sidewalk without strict supervision.
If he is not, then that is where the parent has failed.
Woodinville is like an oasis of blissful, suburbia ignorance when it comes to “real world problems.”
If the young adult cannot handle walking two miles, then he will have a real shock when he graduates and moves out. That is entirely on the parents.
Not only is the student unprepared for real dangers, he has been babied all his life and is geared for a rude awakening once he hits 18.
That aside, the reason parent permission forms exist requires no explanation.
One does not have the right to complain about the function of a school event that you signed the permission form for! Really?
And attacking the athleticism of the course is pretty ignorant.
Does anyone really get a sufficient workout in high school gym class if they don’t want to?
Let’s be real. If they wanted to make the effort, they would.
I believe that the gym teachers Mrs. Muzzy and Mr. Mills do a great job at what they do and don’t deserve your criticism.
Ashely Hill, student, Pacific Lutheran University
COME VISIT US
To the person (or persons) who vandalized Bear Creek United Methodist Church:
Thanks for taking the time to express your point of view and opinions.
I wish that you had stopped by to talk with us in person or simply sent us an email, instead of using our building as your canvas by spray-painting graffiti all across the front.
You left no doubt as to your feelings, but they along with your insults are hardly original.
Unlike you, I feel no compulsion to destroy or deface the property of those I disagree with, or even to retaliate in kind.
Instead, I feel honored that you made us the target of your misguided anger.
And though you called us “weak,” there are none so strong as those who are unjustly struck on one side of the face, yet willingly offer the other side to be struck by their antagonist.
We are unafraid, yet you can’t face your own fears, except by lashing out at what you don’t understand.
There’s nothing mysterious or hidden about us. We’re simply a community of flawed and imperfect people who believe that light is greater than darkness and that love conquers all.
You’re welcome to visit us again, and again and again, but next time, just walk in the front door and enjoy our hospitality.
And one last thing: Matthew 5:11-12.
Bill Hoppe, Duvall
STOP BY AND SAY HELLO
Dear Woodinville voters,
Thank you so much for electing me to city council last month.
As a first time candidate, I was nervous about “doorbelling” the voters. As it turns out, that was the most enjoyable part of the campaign.
For three months I walked every street in town, and as interesting as it was to see and become familiar with the neighborhoods, meeting all of you was the best part.
I even met some of my close-by neighbors for the first time.
Everyone was friendly. Everyone cares for Woodinville. Most were concerned about the direction our fair city has taken the last few years.
My pledge to you is to work hard on council to bring back economic activity to help make Woodinville a more energized community by getting the city more involved in supporting local programs and activities and to work with everyone in an open and friendly manner.
If you come to a council meeting, please stop by to say hello.
If you don’t come to a meeting, hopefully, we will meet at some local event in the next year or two.
Again, thank you very much for your support.
Les Rubstello, Woodinville
The legislature (met last week) to address the projected $2.2 billion state revenue shortfall. While Washington state’s constitution proclaims that it is “the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children ...” and our governor’s budget proposal is guided by the principle that “our children deserve the best public education we can provide to ensure their future success and that of our state”, you can be sure that K-12 education, as well as many other important social services, will be impacted significantly over the next few months and years.
In the words of the governor, when she called back the Legislature: “While we have worked to adhere to these principles, reductions of this magnitude are impossible without harming many important programs and services. ... The alternatives we have put forward could have dire repercussions for the citizens of our state, especially those who have already been affected the most by previous cuts to state services.”
Following year after year of state funding cuts to our schools, yet another reduction in funding could be devastating.
The education of our children is key if we are to look forward to a brighter future; reducing the quality of their schooling and expecting them to be contenders in an increasingly competitive workplace is like planting dandelions and expecting to harvest roses.
What can you do to get involved?
1) In times like these, our Legislature needs to hear from each and every one of us about the real impact these cuts have on our families.
Please send a note to your legislative representative, asking that the state honor the constitution and their paramount duty to provide for the education of our children.
2) Share your time and talents.
Contact your local school or the school’s PTA to see how you can support the programs that enrich your neighborhood school.
A myriad of skills are in demand: find out how you can assist the educational experience of our students.
3) Open your wallet to support education. The Northshore Schools Foundation is the fiduciary representative of parents and community members who believe in strong schools: that is you.
While we are unsure exactly what the impact of the state’s cuts will be, you can be assured that the Foundation is committed to helping our community address the gap.
Make a Bridging the Gap donation now so that when our district is faced with difficult local funding decisions, we can be there to help.
I was surprised to notice I made the front page of the 11/5 edition of the Weekly.Unfortunately it was not in a nice way — “Suspicious strangers reported in town.”
The third report mentioned in this article is about me. I found the stray dog near Mack´s Corner, I took her in over the weekend and made every possible effort to find the owners.
You can probably still see some of the posters I made at stores around the area. I won’t bore you with the story of the dog, but it turned out she had been abandoned and we ended up taking her to the shelter.
This letter is about the behavior of some neighbors northeast of Leota Junior High when I walked the dog while trying to find the owner.
At one the houses there was someone obviously inside who did not come out.
Then at the house where the police report came from, this lady did not even come out and was somewhat rude, answering in monosyllables and suggesting I “report the dog to the police.”
I really did not expect to be the subject of one of those reports. I’ll concede I had not shaved that day and was not wearing my best Sunday clothes.
The cherry on the top occurred the next day when this lady and her husband (I presume) who were driving on 168th Avenue, stopped and snapped a picture of me.
I really hope I won’t be the first Google hit for “Woodinville Burglar.”
I feel sorry for the nice neighbors in the area –particularly the older man working on his garden and the young woman bringing in her horse, both of whom nicely tried to assist me and unfortunately had to deal with such rude neighbors.
Your Woodinville neighbor,
Alejandro López Baragaño
WATCH FOR DEER
Two weeks ago, a yearling buck deer was hit in the hind legs by a car. He managed to get as far as my backyard and then died.
The dead deer was found the next morning.
There are many deer in this part of the county and I have seen many of them crossing the road and jumping over fences.
I’m asking the county to put up “Watch for Deer” signs.
Let’s all be careful and not drive too fast up on Hollywood Hill.
Helen McMahon, Woodinville
AN OPEN LETTER TO NORTHSHORE CITIZENS:
Much has been made of the Northshore Education Association’s endorsement of me and their donation to my campaign to help me get my message out.
While the amount was unusual, it was legally given and correctly and openly disclosed to the Public Disclosure Commission.
I believe the association chose to endorse me because I view them as allies rather than adversaries in the work of educating our children.
In Washington state, unions are a reality, and I think it’s in our students’ best interest for us to work as collaborators.
The teachers’ union is peopled by those who teach our children (many are also Northshore parents) and we are so fortunate in our district to have passionate and gifted educators dedicated to that work.
I have not made promises to anyone outside the boardroom in the past 5 1/2 years and I won’t in the future should I be re-elected (ballots are still being counted).
I believe that the strength of a 5-member board lies in having 5 different voices, based on 5 different perspectives, carrying on a discussion in the boardroom and coming to a decision based upon consideration of those differing points of view.
I have built my understanding of district operations, layer upon layer, one conversation and one decision at a time, based on input from students, teachers, parents, community members and staff.
Each perspective has been important to my past decision making and will continue to be in the future.
I know that our children don’t get another shot at a quality education. Their only opportunity is now.
It’s only by working together as educators, parents and community that we can preserve and improve a system that meets our students’ needs.
There really is no other choice.
Janet Quinn, Kenmore
A HEARTFELT THANKS
Homeward Pet Adoption Center has been a member of the Bothell/Woodinville community for 21 years. While we’ve always benefitted from the generosity of this community, as of this fall our incredible supporters have helped us move into a new facility more than double the size of our previous space.
We continue to be blown away by the generosity of everyone who helped us secure, build and prepare this amazing new space — from the pet-loving property owners, to vendors and companies who donated their services and products, to hundreds of families and organizations that sponsored spaces in the building, kennels and tiles.
Your donations are saving lives. The increased space gives us the ability to rescue, shelter and adopt twice as many cats and dogs every year.
And because we’ve been able to build this shelter from the ground up (for the first time in our 21 years), our new facility will allow us to provide the best possible care for homeless dogs and cats and provide an improved adopter and volunteer experience.
You are helping us make a significant impact for those less fortunate in our community with the expansion of Homeward Pet’s Low Cost Spay & Neuter Services.
Increasing our spay and neuter capacity helps to ensure a cat or dog’s potentially unwanted offspring don’t end up abandoned or in shelters.
And opening in late fall, our Pet Food Bank, sponsored by Doggy Haven Resort, will distribute pet food and supplies to those local pet owners who love their pets dearly but are struggling to make ends meet.
Your gifts are inspiring so many more pet owners and pets alike and we truly appreciate all of the support.
We are celebrating our grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, with the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Mayor Jeff Glickman. The celebration continues all weekend, with tours during our adoption hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Join us to celebrate our grand opening, we’d love to show you the shelter you’ve helped us build.
And please accept a HUGE “Thank You” from the cats, dogs, staff and volunteers of Homeward Pet!
Terri Inglis, executive director, Homeward Pet Adoption Center