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Guest Editorial - Camp Korey

  • Written by Tim Rose, founder of Camp Korey

This month, Camp Korey is celebrating its 5th summer of camp and has doubled its capacity! It can now serve more than 3,000 campers and families. For this milestone, Camp Korey is celebrated its first Founder’s Day celebration honoring Woodinville resident Tim Rose, Saturday, June 9.  As you’re aware, Camp Korey is a non-profit dedicated to providing free, recreation programs for children with serious and life-altering medical conditions. For many children, attending Camp Korey is the only opportunity they have to interact with other kids who suffer from similar conditions. This life- changing camp experience allows campers to have the opportunity to feel “normal” whether they suffer from craniofacial differences, tumors, cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease, etc.

Below are Tim’s words on commemorating his son, Korey Rose and celebrating the accomplishments made over the last 5 years at Camp Korey. Tim Rose founded Camp Korey in 2005 with his family to honor his son. Korey was a vivacious teen who lost his battle with bone cancer at age 18.


I knew that after Korey passed away we needed to do something to honor his fun-loving spirit. After seeing a video about Paul Newman and what he was doing with  camps for critically ill children, we felt  he was doing something impactful and that we could honor Korey by providing a fun, safe oasis for kids with serious and life-altering medical conditions here in the Northwest.  For me, Camp Korey represents happiness and fun.

Over the last couple years we’ve received funding from grants, private donors and in kind donations.

This year we received in- kind donations from local contractors that helped us build a new kitchen and expand the capacity of our lodges. We also gained a full-time medical doctor on staff. All of these changes put us closer to our long-term goal of expanding the camp and operating 365 days a year.

Another big win this year is our official accreditation with Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network, previously known as Hole in the Wall Camps. This gives us access to services and funding that are part of Paul Newman’s network of camps. When Paul Newman visited Camp Korey in 2008, he called it the “Taj Mahal of camps.”

A big thanks to everyone who has touched Camp Korey in anyway, be it as a volunteer, a camper, parent, helper, anyone and everyone. It’s about people who have given their time, love and support.

We would not be celebrating our fifth year without you.

We invite everyone to visit us online and schedule a visit to see the services we offer. Go to www.campkorey.org for more information.

Tim Rose, founder of Camp Korey

Letters to the Editor - June 4, 2012

  • Written by Readers

A NATURAL COMMUNITY PARK WOULD BE PREFERABLE


I am organizing the neighborhood about the sports complex that Snohomish County wants to build on Wellington Golf Course and forest.  Our concerns are environmental impact, current wildlife being pushed out of the area (since much of the wildlife pushed out by Brightwater sewage plant has relocated to the golf course forest and the surrounding forest and lands), noise, traffic, safety, sewage and water lines being run in and leading to high density development.

The mitigation money from Brightwater was supposed to be used to improve any negative impact from the sewage plant to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The neighborhoods would like a natural community park in the residential area and one in which all community members could use.

A neighborhood is not the right location for a sports complex and the distruction of the natural land as it is now.

This sports complex would destroy Wellington Golf Course and forest which has been in the area for approximately 90 years.

We do think sports fields and organized groups do need a place but a location such as a business park or industrial area is a much better fit.

When businesses are closed in the evenings and weekends is the time a sport complex is used.  This location of a sports facility in a business area makes more sense and would not have a negative impact.

This complex will affect anyone from 195th Street NE to north of 240th Sreet  SE and east of SR522 and SR 9 to the east of 75 AVE SE/156 Avenue NE.

I think our groups working together can have a beneficial impact on the community.

The hundred-plus acres and 100s of acres surrounding this Snohomish County purchase is in jeopardy of being destroyed.

Todd Bailey, Woodinville


HOT ROD HALL OF FAME EVENT BENEFITS CHILDREN’S COUNTRY HOME


On Saturday, May 26, the Washington State Hot Rod of Fame hosted its annual Awards Dinner and Art Raffle.  Children’s Country Home was selected as the beneficiary of the art raffle and more.

During the program, the more than 500 hot rod and car aficionados in attendance generously and spontaneously donated nearly $10,000 in support of the Children’s Country Home mission of caring for medically fragile and technology-dependent children.

The board and staff of Children’s Country Home were humbled, touched and amazed by this outpouring of support.

What an honor to be selected as the beneficiary of this wonderful gift and we thank every participant of the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame event for their generosity.

Diane Kolb, Children’s Country Home Executive Director

Letters to the Editor - Thenos - May 28, 2012

  • Written by Readers

GOODBYE AND THANK YOU

A goodbye and thank you from Theno’s Dairy and the people who have been part of it for decades.

Thank you to all of our customers for your patronage, love and support.

Having the chance to serve you what we felt was the best ice cream around for all these years has been a privilege and also a lot of fun.

I have over 20 years of my adult life wrapped up in Theno’s, over 33 years including my childhood, and it is with tremendous sorrow and regret that I must say we are closing for good.

This has been a very heart wrenching decision that was not arrived at quickly.

The Thenos were like another set of grandparents to me growing up and my family could not have been prouder when they entrusted their legacy to us in 1991.

Many of you knew my mother by sight if not by name as she spent most of the last 27 years behind the worn counter at Theno’s either replenishing your milk supply or serving you an ice cream cone with a smile and some kind words.

On behalf of her and all of the many dedicated, loyal, and beloved employees we had over the years I want to say thank you once again for allowing us be part of your summer evenings, birthday parties, soccer treats, holiday celebrations or even just a Sunday drive.

Many people have asked me why we are closed and the answer is no one thing led to this — rather a combination of factors has created a situation that is now unworkable.

The seemingly constant road construction at our intersection over the past few years, the removal of our back driveway access, the stagnant economy, and the constant rising cost of doing business are some of the factors that contributed to our downfall.

Our building, which some considered part of our “hole in the wall” charm is also in very poor repair.

So much so, that we would have had difficulty ensuring the integrity of the ice cream. The costs of these repairs were way beyond my means, especially after the last couple years of bad sales, and unfortunately our landlord, Washington Cathedral, was unable to afford the repairs either.

Please do not assume that the church forced us out of business as has been rumored to be imminent for years. They have been as big an advocate of Theno’s Dairy as anyone and if not for their kindness and patience we would have been gone long ago.

Hopefully you all generated as many happy memories as I did of your experiences with Theno’s Dairy.

Keep an eye on our facebook page to see if any Theno’s related activities pop up —  perhaps a summer “barn sale” of items from the business.

For now I say goodbye, thank you for all your business and remember to go out of your way to support local businesses whenever possible.

Yours truly,

Doug Bloor

Letters to the Editor - May 28, 2012

  • Written by Readers

PLANT SALE IMPROVES LIVES OF SENIORS


We want to thank the following business people who donated plants, rocks, signs and/or time to make our Senior Center Plant Sale fundraiser a success:  Towsigns.com, Cottage Lake Gardens, Bean Valley Farm, Gamehaven Greenery, Duvall True Value, Full Circle Farm, Oxbow Organic Farm, Rock Mountain, Marenakos, West Coast Nursery, Daniel Mount, Rich Landscaping, Pine Creek Nursery, and Don Smart.

We especially want to thank Remlinger Farms for once again hosting this event.

The money from this fundraiser goes to support all the wonderful programs that improve the lives of Snoqualmie Valley Seniors.

We are so fortunate to have such a generous, supportive community.

Mary Lampson, Plant Sale Manager


POSTAL DRIVERS AND DONORS ARE THE REAL HEROES


Summertime is the hardest time of the year for food banks.

It is when we get the least amount of donated food.  The annual Postal Food Drive is always the second Saturday in May.

This food drive carries us through September and into October each year.

We want to thank the postal drivers who willingly take part in this effort each year.

We deeply appreciate the extra work you do so we can have food to feed our hungry families.

You are our heros!

To everyone who gave food on May 12, 2012, a BIG THANK YOU goes to each of you.

Thank you for your generous spirit and your willingness to help us care for our families.

Everyone involved does make a difference in many lives.

We appreciate your caring hearts and your partnership with us.

Many blessings to each of you,

Fran Walster, Maltby Food Bank director

Letters to the Editor - May 21, 2012

  • Written by Readers

NO ZIPPER IN GRACE

Serving as grand marshal of the Township of Grace, I am writing to advise the town-folk of greater Grace that we are carefully following the zip line amusement park controversy raging in Woodinville.

The mayor of Grace, members of our town council and I all agree that the hillside King County property at Gold Creek was conveyed by the original owners with the understanding that it always remain in its natural state.

Further, we want to serve notice to any developers or parks people from King County that no permit exists that would allow them to drop their zipper anywhere within the Town of Grace.

Very truly yours,

John Hughes, aka Hugo B. Jonsen


MAY IS MILK MONEY MONTH

If readers see a milk bottle in Kenmore, Woodinville, or Bothell with an adorable cow holding a milk money sign at a local merchant’s counter, please spare some extra change and you’ll be supporting the Northshore Schools Foundation’s intiative to help 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 clothes, school supplies, books, yearbooks, school pictures and pay for advanced test fees as well as caps and gowns for high schools seniors and other school-related costs.

When you drop your change in one of our 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, if you don’t mind throwing in a little spare change.

Here is a list of business which are collection sites in the Woodinville area although there are many in Bothell and Kenmore as well:

Thanks to all these businesses for their support.

Bill the Butcher

Woodinville License

Woodinville Weekly

Jubilee Cleaners

Woodinville Banner Bank

Better off Threads

Natural Path to Healing

Le Timeless Beaute

Thai Woodinville

Woodinville BECU

Pho Hao

Dawn’s Candy & Cake

Tully’s Woodinville

Sushi Connections

Tefft Cellars

Edward Jones

Twisted Café

Cottage Lake Karate

DeYoung’s

Simon & Sons

Panera - Woodinville

TJ Maxx

The Milk Money Moms

Sara, April, Davina and Debbie


INVEST IN OUR FUTURE

Last week I made a choice. My options were clear.

1) Build infrastructure that perpetuates our reliance on outdated technologies and a dwindling resource, putting the health of thousands of families here in Washington state in jeopardy.

2) Invest in our future, promote new technologies, harness limitless resources and safeguard the health and welfare of our communities.

You see, SSA Marine has proposed building a shipping terminal near Bellingham that would bring strip-mined coal from Montana and Wyoming through our state for export to China.

There it would be processed, consumed, and the unfiltered carcinogens and carbon dioxide released into our atmosphere.

China has no environmental regulations, and their rapid expansion of coal-fired power plants allows them to industrialize on the cheap, without regard to the global environmental impact.

The diesel-powered coal trains would also leave a plume of coal dust in their wake as they chug through our communities.

Author Eric Allenbaugh famously said, “Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something.”

I believe we need to move further away from dirty coal, and closer to clean, green power.

That is why I stood up this week to oppose SSA Marine’s coal terminal.

We need to invest in our future.

Instead of exporting coal to China and importing Chinese-made solar panels, we should invest in American manufacturing and build our solar panels right here in Washington. We can retrofit schools to make them more energy efficient, an investment that will pay for itself and more in energy cost savings over the coming decades.

We can harness the power of tidal forces along our coast and the wind through our valleys. We can put people back to work improving their own communities.

I hope you will stand with me and compel our leaders to invest in our future, not in China or in the technologies of the past.

Together we can build a better tomorrow.

Darshan Rauniyar, Bothell, 1st District candidate for Congress