Beat the heat on the water

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Summer is just getting started, and it’s already hot out there. Fortunately, we’re surrounded by lakes and rivers, so grab your life jacket and a swim suit, because a refreshing trip to the water is never very far away.

Swimming is always a popular choice, but there are other options. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding not only provide a good workout, but are quick, easy and fun ways to get out on the water. While just a few years ago stand up paddle boarding was relatively unknown, there’s been a recent explosion in popularity.

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YMCA summer camps are a beacon for summer fun

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Andy Sharpe has fond memories of YMCA camps in his youth. Now 32 years old, the associate executive director of the Northshore YMCA loves seeing that same excitement in the faces of today’s kids.

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Chrysalis high school teacher retires after 50 years of teaching

  • Written by David Rollins Chrysalis Alumnus, Class of 2012

Teacher J.C. Kilmer officially retired from Chrysalis School in Woodinville on June 16, closing out a 50-year career in education. Broadly put, Kilmer taught English, history and social studies. More narrowly, however, he covered the great stories of humanity and the fictitious work we use to define our lives, he diagrammed out narrative structure and even delivered grammatical technique, all while maintaining a charisma second to none. He was gracious enough to take a few moments to sit down with me (a former student) on his last day.

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