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Hal Larsen, parks commissioner and owner of McCorry’s, dies at 71

  • Written by Emily Hamann

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at McCorry’s in Woodinville to remember the life of Hal Larsen. Most celebrations of life aren’t held in bars — with pool balls clacking and music playing. But then again, Larsen wasn’t like most people.

Most people probably know Larsen as the man in charge of McCorry’s on the Slough, the bar and restaurant in Woodinville he owned with his wife Judy for 33 years. Or maybe you’ve seen his trike around town — it’s the one with the whiskey barrel for back seats. Or maybe you know him from the Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission, on which he served for six years.  

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Local woman judges at prestigious Westminster Dog Show

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Sandy Frei of Woodinville has been working with one breed of dog for most of her life.

“My mom got her first Afghan [hound] when I was three years old,” she said.

After Frei graduated college she got into showing dogs. That was in the early ’70s. She just got back from judging at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. As far as dog shows go, this as big as it gets.

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Women in Heritage: Susan Woodin

  • Written by Submitted by Woodinville Heritage Society

The story of indomitable Susan Woodin launches Women’s History Month in Woodinville. Four other women who played a major part in developing the community will be featured in coming weeks in conjunction with Woodinville Heritage Society’s 40th anniversary.

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Camp Korey spreads Valentine’s Day joy and prepares to host fundraising luncheon

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Youth in the inpatient unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital received a special Valentine’s Day surprise thanks to Camp Korey’s Camp to You outreach program and special funding by the Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation. Camp to You staff and volunteers spread love and cheer to over 200 children on Feb. 12 in honor of Valentine’s, delivering gifts of small stuffed cows wishing them an “Udderly Fantastic Valentine’s Day.” Each cow also came with an Amazon gift card and special crafts and a photo station were set up in the playroom. This is the third year that Camp to You was able to deliver special Valentines, generously funded by the Stuart Foundation at Seattle Children’s. In addition, Camp to You will be delivering stuffed cows and gift cards to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at a later date.

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A ‘discount diva’ used her online store to turn her life around

  • Written by Emily Hamann

In a nondescript business park on Northeast 177th Place in Woodinville, there’s a little store. The sign outside says “Discount Divas” in curly lettering and inside is a bright little shop with discount clothes. Just looking at it, you’d never know the story of the two women who believed in this business, and in each other.

Three years ago Carissa Hanberg lived in a cheap apartment in Everett with her daughter. Her old loaner car was on the verge of breaking down. Her apartment had bars on the windows. There was no heat.

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