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The mason bee: One company’s solution to the pollination problem

  • Written by Emily Hamann

It’s no secret that the honey bees are dying. Last year, The New York Times reported that between 40 and 50 percent of hives used for commercial pollination died. This was due to colony collapse disorder, in which the worker bees abandon their hive and leave the queen to die.

The reasons behind the rise in bee deaths is contested, although many scientists agree that the use of pesticides most likely plays a role.

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Scare up some Halloween fun

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin spice foods and drinks are available at every restaurant and cafe. It’s fall!

The change of the seasons might have you thinking of other autumn activities — pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses come to mind. Here’s a guide to fall attractions within a short drive of Woodinville.

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Soon, Herbfarm will serve one-mile wine at 100-mile dinner

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Woodinville is famous for its wineries, but most of the grapes that go into wines from Woodinville travel over the Cascades from Eastern Washington.

For years, the exception was Hollywood Hill Vineyards, run by Steve Snyder, who has one and half acres of vineyard up on Hollywood Hill.

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High-performance manufactured home goes to needy family in Bothell

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Next month the Norahun family will be moving out of their two-bedroom apartment and into a new home — a home on the cutting edge of green technology. Habitat for Humanity King County-Seattle, the Bonneville Power Administration, Puget Sound Energy and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance have collaborated to put a family in need into a prototype manufactured home that uses less energy than the manufactured homes out there today.
Tesfaye Norahun and his wife moved to the United States from Ethiopia 10 years ago.

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Local chef turns life of travel into cooking show

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Tales of selling one’s worldly belongings, packing up a backpack and setting off to explore the world are common.
For two Woodinville High School grads, the nomadic lifestyle has become reality. They’ve backpacked the world for the past two years and are now trying to share that adventure with others through a cooking show.

The show, called AromaVentures, will include three episodes filmed in each country the travelers visit. The series is also interactive. Viewers can subscribe for $10 a month to receive a recipe and a nonperishable ingredient native to that country, and in the third episode of the month, chef Jonathan Merrill will show viewers how to cook with that ingredient.
Merrill grew up in Woodinville and had a love of travel that manifested itself even in mundane trips like getting from school in downtown Woodinville to his home in Cottage Lake.

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