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WHS alum gets support for cancer-fighting campaign

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Tonya McQuistan Nichols has been friends with Dawn Bailey since they were teenagers at Woodinville High School.

“Dawn is, the first thing I would say is fun-loving,” Nichols said. “She sees things for exactly how they are, says things exactly how it is.”

Bailey and Nichols remained friends even after they both moved away from Woodinville, Nichols to Los Angeles and Bailey to Chehalis.

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Local entrepreneur’s drain stopper product attracts attention on national TV

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Naushad Ali’s goal was to make the iPod of drain stoppers — and after appearing on the ABC show “Shark Tank” two weeks ago, he’s closer to making that a reality.

“That experience was one of my most memorable experiences of my life,” Ali said of appearing on the show. “It was really wonderful for my family and me.”

Ali, a Woodinville resident and Redmond real estate agent, went on “Shark Tank” to pitch his product Drain Strain to the shows “sharks,” or investors. He received two offers from Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec.

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Keep your pet safe, this month and always

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Does your cat need to wear tags on a collar, even if it stays inside? Does your dog need to stay on a leash, even at the park?

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so it’s a good time to find out the answers to these and other tricky pet-related questions.

Laws differ based on what city and county you live in. Woodinville, Kenmore and unincorporated King County are subject to King County regulations, but Bothell has its own laws and pet licensing system. Snohomish County also has different rules and procedures.

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Woodinville man invents unique ukulele

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Monty Ross started playing the ukulele just four years ago. It was the first instrument he ever learned. Unless, of course, you count fourth grade band class.

“I played the clarinet, rather poorly,” he said. Many years later, the Woodinville resident would pick up the ukulele, a soprano size  —  that’s the smallest one, and usually the easiest kind to find. As his skills progressed, he felt it was time to upgrade. But instead of buying a new ukulele, he made his own.

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Leota Junior High students model the spread of flu through simulation

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Leota Junior High’s seventh grade Advanced Academic Placement class created a school-wide pandemic simulation last October in order to remind the school just how easily and rapidly colds and the flu can be spread. Jane Vincent’s class of AAP seventh graders staged the simulation by arriving to school early that day and covering just their hands in Glogerm powder (a non-toxic UV-sensitive substance designed specifically for this purpose.) The students went about their day as nonchalantly as possible spreading the powder wherever they went.

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