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Local scouts paddle 50 miles from Fall City to Everett

  • Written by Submitted by Paul George

Boy Scouts from Woodinville’s Troop 909 recently completed their “Snoqualmie-Snohomish 50 Mile Canoe Expedition,” an epic three-day canoe and kayak trip from Fall City all the way to Everett.

Nicknamed the “Sno-Sno” canoe trip for short, the falls-to-salt paddling adventure on the Snoqualmie and Snohomish rivers is an old favorite of the troop, and is always sure to test the Scouts’ canoeing know-how and paddling stamina. The challenging journey left the boys and their adult leaders thoroughly exhausted, but with a sense of satisfaction.
The 13 Scouts and adults started their journey by launching the troop’s flotilla of six canoes and two kayaks in the farm country of Fall City, then paddled through Carnation, Duvall, the outskirts of Monroe and Snohomish, before finishing off the trip in the saltwater of Puget Sound in Everett. They spent two nights camping on the riverbank.

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U.S. premiere of ‘The Actress’ to feature two local teachers

  • Written by Shannon Michael

Shortly after British playwright Peter Quilter finished writing his new play, “The Actress,” last September, he reached out to several small theatre companies, including the Woodinville Repertory Theatre, to pitch his new play. The WRT’s board accepted the play for the 2014 season, and artistic director Hjalmer Anderson was thrilled when Quilter informed him it would be the play’s U.S. premiere.

Starring veteran actress Connie Sponheim, “The Actress” tells the story of Lydia, a famous actress appearing in her farewell performance. Backstage scenes also unfold as various men from throughout her life visit her in her dressing room and engage in spirited conversations.  

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Woodinville local on Blue Angels Team at Seafair

  • Written by EMILY HAMANN SPECIAL TO THE WEEKLY

Years ago, a little boy named Ryan Clogston looked on in wonder as the roar of six bright blue F/A-18 Hornets dipping, rolling, diving and soaring above Lake Washington echoed through the Seattle summer sky. At Seafair this year, the Blue Angels returned to wow audiences with their airborne aerobatics, with Clogston now among their ranks.

Petty Officer Clogston, from Woodinville, is an aviation electronic technician for the Blue Angels. Anything on the jet that has a wire in it, it’s his job to fix, he explained. That includes the radar, navigation, communications and even the display screens on the jets.

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Garden memories blossom into published story for local author

  • Written by Randy Woods, Special to the Weekly

To most commuters on the Bothell-Everett Highway, the blossoms are a momentary splash of color amid a sea of asphalt. But to Bothell resident Barbara Crick, the patches of irises and cattails scattered around the unnamed drainage pond at 228th Avenue SE represent a tiny piece of home. They also helped make Crick a published author.

Thirty years ago, Crick was a resident of this busy intersection when it was little more than rolling hills and a nearby dairy farm. A few years later, the house she and her husband Jerry were renting was sold to developers, who eventually built the commercial buildings that make up the bustling Canyon Park Place shopping center on all four corners.

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Wild goose chase: Efforts to control goose population have proved successful

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Within a few decades, Canada geese in the Puget Sound region went from being a dwindling population to a growing problem. Now, the population has stabilized due to a management program carried out by various local governments, including the City of Woodinville.

Although the Wildlife Services Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed innovative humane techniques to get rid of geese, such as birth control and scaring them away from parks, they have also been euthanizing geese for the past 15 years, a fact that ruffles the feathers of animal rights advocates.

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