High school students design basketball-playing robots, build community

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Sonja Marcus, Daniel Shorr, Hank Melse and Sig Johnson are local high school students with an unusual hobby. They design, program and engineer robots for fun.

Through a Woodinville-based organization called Swerve Robotics, students from Woodinville, Bothell, Inglemoor and some home school groups compete in robotics competitions put on by FIRST, a nationwide program dedicated to engaging young people in science, math and technology.

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Woodinville resident will be instructing “Discovering Paths to Songwriting”

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville resident Steven Franz will be instructing “Discovering Paths to Songwriting” at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue March 18 and 25.

The two-weekend workshop is open to all musical levels and recommended for teens to adults. At the end of the workshop, local songwriters will present an intimate “Songwriters in the Round” sharing insights into their songwriting process.

Franz grew up in a musical family in Miami, Florida learning to sing and play piano at an early age. He graduated from New World High School of the Arts and attended Berklee College of Music. In 2003 and 2007 Franz self-produced two albums, which received independent music award nominations, as well as a John Lennon Songwriting Honorable Mention for his song “Out Into the Distance.” He has also sung with the Seattle Symphony Chorale since 2006.

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The show must go on: how the Youth Enrichment Project is helping keep art in schools

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Barbara Afanador knows the value of live art. As a member of the board of directors of the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation, she’s seen firsthand the impact theater can have on young students.

“I know that my son started acting in second grade and it was because he had seen live performances,” she said. “Sometimes it sparks a student.”

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Not just haircuts: how a Bothell salon is helping to spot skin cancer

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

18|8 Fine Men’s Salons in Bothell is joining the fight against cancer in an unexpected way.

Through a partnership with a nonprofit group called Eyes on Cancer, employees of 18|8 have been trained to identify possible occurrences of skin cancer on their clients.
“Most men come in to get a haircut every three to four weeks,” the salon’s owner, Ron Barbera, said. “The stylists will know their heads better than anyone.”

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 87,000 new cases of melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in 2017.
Two less serious but much more common types, basal and squamous cell skin cancers, affect about 3.3 million people each year. Those cancers often occur on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, like the head and neck.

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Woodinville once had two nationally ranked rodeos

  • Written by Woodinville Heritage Society

The little crossroads community of Woodinville was known to rodeo performers across the nation between 1941 and 1961. Two families, the Moullets and the Sanderlins, operated popular venues on opposite corners at the east end of today’s main arterial, NE 175th Street.

Robert “Follie” Moullet was one of several men who backed the first rodeo in 1943 on the southeast corner site where Bank of America and a surrounding mall stand today. Moullet and his wife Helen lived on the property. Helen’s sister, Rose Wahl, was a world-ranked trick rider, and her husband Buff Brady was a trick roper. Rose Wahl also served as the stock contractor for the annual rodeos, ensuring that animals were available for the various roping and riding events.

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