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.”
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!
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.
Former Woodinville Councilmember, Deputy Mayor, Mayor
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.