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Woodinville Wonderland creator falls from roof, friends help Christmas display come together

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Mark Zembruski’s Woodinville Wonderland is a sight to behold. The entire yard is covered in lighted trees, elves, snowmen, candy canes and a Christmas train. Music fills the air. Christmas lights cover everything.

For 11 years, it’s been his labor of love. This year the famous display was put in jeopardy when Zembruski had an accident and was injured while working on the display.

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Seahawks help inspire acts of kindness toward seniors

  • Written by Emily Hamann

On Dec. 13, former Seahawks defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo paid a visit to the Northshore Senior Center.
“He was very down to earth, humorous, very accommodating to the seniors,” said senior center volunteer Mary Evans.
Tuiasosopo, a Woodinville resident, had such a good time, Evans said he might pay another visit during one of the center’s pancake breakfasts.

He brought his Super Bowl ring and his NFL jacket, and fans young and old were eager to talk to Tuiasosopo and ask him questions.

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Wellington Elementary custodian plays in beginning orchestra

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Amidst 66 fourth graders, a 6-foot-5-inch viola player stands out in Wellington Elementary School’s beginning orchestra.

The player is Lawrence Riebs, Wellington’s custodian, who began playing in the beginning orchestra after he found an old viola in a neighbor’s garage.

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Self-service auto garage quickly finds customers

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Stewart Waliser describes his newly-opened business, Stew’s Self-Service Garage, as a full mechanics’ shop — minus the mechanics.

His auto shop in Kirkland has seven bays where anyone can bring their car to work on it. The self-service garage also offers tools that customers can use for free, plus the opportunity to learn from employees and other customers.

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73-year-old Woodinville man excels at figure skating

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Looking dapper in a top hat and cane, David Mangels glides across the ice to the sound of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by the Mills Brothers.

At age 73, the Woodinville man is the oldest student his teacher, Charlene Hasha, has ever taught. Mangels has been taking figure skating lessons twice a week for 10 years.

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