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Winemakers, brewers, distillers go head-to-head at Woodinville triathlon

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Silliness abounds at the Woodinville Wine Country Triathlon, which brings all the area’s breweries, distilleries and wineries together — and pits them against one another in a friendly competition.

After a hiatus of a few years, the triathlon is back on, set for Aug. 19. Woodinville Wine Country has taken over organizing it. More than 20 teams have signed up to compete.

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Hillcrest Bakery celebrates 50th anniversary

  • Written by Emily Hamann

The tiny, humble building at the bottom of the hill on Main Street in Bothell is easy to miss. Squeeze inside, however, and the case with shelves full of cookies, cakes, pastries, doughnuts and other confections is hard to forget.

In one of the bakery’s booths, Leida Kaskes, along with her son Bob Kaskes, told the story of the bakery, and the family behind it. This year, the Hillcrest Bakery celebrates an anniversary. It has been run by the Kaskeses for 50 years.

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Volunteers create fun camp experience for kids with medical conditions

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Nestled in the Snoqualmie Valley at a former dairy farm is a summer camp where 400 kids with serious medical conditions have a chance to relax, have fun and fit in.

Camp Korey, located on the historic Carnation Farm, serves children with a wide variety of serious medical conditions: blood disorders, genetic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic disorders, neurological disorders, skin diseases, craniofacial differences, mitochondrial disease, solid organ transplants and skeletal dysplasia.

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Agencies scramble to uncover housing alternatives for the elderly

  • Written by Dan Aznoff

The solution for providing permanent homes for seniors on the Eastside who have been forced to survive on the streets could be sitting across the kitchen table or inside a lonely apartment.

Shelters and subsidized housing treat the symptom of being homeless for the estimated 93,000 people who live in their cars or on the streets of communities throughout King County. But temporary housing does not provide the companionship that the elderly need to lead a full and rewarding life, according to Karina O’Malley, board member of the Sophia Way shelter for women in Bellevue.

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California-style barbecue comes to Woodinville

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Places like Texas, Memphis and Kansas City are famous for their barbecue. But California? It’s probably better known for tacos. Until now.

Michael “Smit” Smith just moved to Woodinville from California, and he brought his barbecue trailer with him.

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