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I Lost My Dog – Bothell, WA helps lost four-legged friends find home again

  • Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer

Chance HamptonChance HamptonChance Hampton is an 11-year-old boy with a passionate mission: to help reunite local pet owners with their lost pets.

The Maywood Hills Elementary sixth grader, after noticing lost dog posters around his Bothell neighborhood, came up with the idea to create the "I Lost My Dog – Bothell, WA" Facebook community page devoted to publicizing lost pets in the community.

Since starting the page in late April, 340 people have "liked" his page, and pet owners from all over the Northshore area have used his page to post photos, provide details and ask for the public’s help in finding a beloved pet that’s gone missing.

"I could not imagine losing my dog," Chance explained in an email interview, adding, "Together our community can help lost dogs find their families by sharing each other’s stories."

His family owns a 4-year-old yellow lab named Coda.

His parents, Jason and Kelly Hamtpon, made sure to get Coda properly licensed and micro-chipped so that if she’s ever lost she can hopefully be reunited quickly with their family.

"But I think I don’t have to worry about that, because she loves people so much, she doesn’t ever leave my family’s side," he said.

Chance likened his page to an amber alert page for dogs, although he has shared posts for lost cats, too.

Many of the posts on the page include happy endings when the pet’s owner makes a comment thanking the community for finding their pet.

Chance often asks for updates on missing pets so he can keep his followers informed. 

He also does a bit of research when a pet owner posts on his page.

"I try to see if it is a match to any of the dogs posted previously to my site. I also check Craigslist and PAWS (a pet shelter) to see if they are there. If so, I contact the person who posted the story and tell them I have a lead," he says.

Chance said the research is a lot of work, with so many dogs getting lost all the time, but he’s grateful when people who’ve liked his page help him out by offering leads.

Luckily, too, his parents help him out with the administration of the page by monitoring it when he is in school, spending time away from home playing sports, or after he’s gone to sleep.

"It is important that stories get out right away, so the dogs can be found as fast as possible," he said.

And, when they do post a story, the response by Facebook members can make a post go viral.

One chocolate lab named Maddy went missing near the North Creek Forest on May 10.

"Because of my Facebook page 144 people shared the story and 11,895 people were able to see that story," he said.

There are also the stories posted on the page that will pull at any pet owner’s heartstrings. Melaine Thompson’s 2-year-old yellow lab, Harley, has been missing since August 4 when her neighbor took him along with his own dog on a bike ride on the Paradise Valley Conservation trails behind their homes on Crystal Lake in Woodinville.

The dogs took off, but while the neighbor’s dog returned, Harley did not. The neighbor continued with his ride, as Harley had done this before but always found his way home.

The Thompson family has not seen him since that day.

"Since he has been gone I have put up around 250 signs around Woodinville and our reward has gone up to $1,000. I have put his picture on every social media site I can think of: Facebook, Craigslist, missing pet partnerships, etc.

"I have notified all vets about him.

"He is micro-chipped and the microchip company has sent flyers to all local vets and shelters alerting them of his disappearance," Thompson said.

The response, while it hasn’t brought their dog home, has been uplifting. The family has received calls daily with tips or sightings, all unfortunately ending in dead ends.

But they’ve also experienced the generosity of a Woodinville resident they’d never met before, who bought, made and put up 30 neon poster boards with her own teenage sons who attend WHS.

The woman has also spent hours driving around looking for Harley and knocking on doors looking for him in the hopes of reuniting the Thompsons with their beloved dog.

They’ve had complete strangers volunteer to knock on doors where sightings have occurred.

"I have spent hours each day in the car and on foot searching for him.

"In my heart, I know he is out there. Did his collar fall off? Is he living with another family? Is he lost in the woods? We don’t know but are praying for answers," Thompson said.

Her husband Chris, and their children Savannah,14, and Cody, 10, have read that dogs can travel quite a distance when lost, so they ask people living as far away as Duvall, Redmond or Bothell keep an eye out for him and call them day or night if they think they’ve spotted him.

Thompson’s cell phone number is (206) 915-5070.

Chance has received lots of positive feedback about his Facebook page.

"Most people are really appreciative of the exposure they get from letting the community know about their lost dog. The more people that see the information, the more likely the dog will be found," he said.

"People are surprised to learn that an 11-year-old can do all of this," he explained.

However, for all the pet owners who use his page to get the word out about their lost pet and for those who are lucky enough to be reunited, it’s safe to say they feel gratitude towards Chance and his effort to help heal broken hearts.

For a description of Harley, and to see other postings of pets currently missing in the Northshore area, visit www.Facebook.com/ILostMyDogBothell.

Woodinville celebrates 125 years of trains — then and now

  • Written by Terri Malinowski, Woodinville Heritage Society

Casey Jones Special ca1957Photo courtesy of Woodinville Heritage Society. This 1957 photo looking southeast from present-day Woodinville Drive shows a “Casey Jones Special” excursion train using the triangle at Woodinville to turn around on its return trip to Seattle via the Renton Belt Line. To the far right is the DeYoung Feed Mill that operated from 1946 to 1984. In the background are the Woodinville School and old white gym, the NE 175th Street bridge over the Sammamish River, and Hollywood Hill in the distance.Woodinville received its first passenger train service 125 years ago, and the Woodinville Heritage Society will honor that occasion with a community celebration Sunday, Sept. 15.

The event includes a mini-train ride for children, historical costumes, music, speeders, speakers, train presentations and other exhibits. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the railroad tracks across from the Woodinville Post Office on Woodinville -Snohomish Road. 

The Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad ran its first train Sept. 19, 1888 from Seattle to Woodinville and on to Snohomish.

The free event ties Woodinville and Snohomish together just as the rails tied them together 125 years ago. Train service put Woodinville and Snohomish on the map and made them into thriving cities. Today, the Eastside Rail Corridor still connects Woodinville and Snohomish with greater potential to come.

The current operator, Eastside Freight, will run a special VIP caboose from Woodinville to Snohomish at noon. The VIPs on the trip will include the co-chairs of the Eastside TRailway alliance, Rep. Luis Moscoso, and other government officials. 

The Pacific Railcar Operators will also be running speeders on the rail before and after the VIP Train Tour. Speeders are historical motorized vehicles which railroads formerly used to transport crews for track inspection and maintenance. Now private owners will run their speeders for entertainment.

Music performances will spotlight the start and end of the Woodinville to Snohomish trip.

Today, freight service continues under the auspices of Eastside Community Rail and their operator, Eastside Freight, from Woodinville to Snohomish. The Eastside TRailway Alliance formed in January 2013 with the Snohomish mayor and a Woodinville City Council member as co-chairs with the purpose of promoting multi-usage of the Eastside Rail Corridor.

Railroad Depot ca 1912Photo courtesy of Woodinville Heritage SocietyThe Snohomish celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Harvey Airfield and the City of Snohomish information center. A Saturday symposium of speakers such as Alfred Runte and regional historian Paul Dorpat, a musical interlude and lunch will provide a historical perspective of the corridor along with an Eastside TRailway Alliance meeting. Doors open 9 a.m. AngelArmsWorks, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish.  This is also a free event but registration is required.

The Woodinville Heritage Society and the Snohomish Historic Downtown Association are the presenting organizations.

Contact Kathy Cox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

View continuing details at: https://www.facebook.com/125yearsofTrains

Twisted Cuban Café adds more dining flavor to Woodinville

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

cuban 2850Photo by Shannon Michael. The Twisted Café becomes The Twisted Cuban Café in the evenings offering authentic Cuban cuisine Monday through Saturday. Owner Julio Ortiz, standing in front of his restaurant, is a native of Havana, Cuba. He serves up dishes he learned to make from his mother, Maria del Carmen. Northshore residents should feel lucky. Not only has the growth of the wine, brewery and distillery businesses in the area made for great day trip outings, the choices in dining are continuing to expand as restaurateurs realize people with diverse beverage palates also appreciate diverse cuisines.

The newest entry into the cuisine category is Cuban, offered by Twisted Cuban Café. The café, located at 12631 NE Woodinville Drive in Woodinville, operates as The Twisted Café, a classic deli by day until 4 p.m. that does offer Cuban sandwiches, but at 5 p.m. the menu switches to authentic Cuban food that is served until midnight Monday through Saturday.

Owner Julio Ortiz was born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  He came to the United States when he was 24 years old and started working in the restaurant industry in New York City. He has owned The Twisted Cafe since 2009. It was with the encouragement of his customers that he developed a dinner menu offering authentic Cuban food. Since opening up the deli to dinner service in early July, Ortiz said business has been steady.

"My regular customers during the day have become my customers in the evening," he said.

Cuban food has a flavorful blend of spices, but it is not spicy. Cuban recipes use spices, flavors and cooking techniques from several cultures including Spain, Africa and surrounding Caribbean Islands.

For Ortiz, each authentic Cuban dish is special because they are his mom’s recipes. Maria del Carmen gave her son the recipes and taught him how to make each dish before she passed away five years ago. Diners can enjoy Cuban favorites like tostones (fried plantains), maduros (sweet plantains), lechón asado (roast pork), Moro rice and more.

"The most popular dinner item we serve has to be the lechón asado," said Ortiz.

The menu also has vegetarian and gluten-free choices, said Ortiz. He quickly learned he needed to offer vegetarian choices when diners asked for them, even though the Cuban diet is meat-based.

"We like to work with our customers so our menu is very flexible. We want our customers to be happy," Ortiz explained.

The restaurant has an outdoor patio in front where diners can relax and enjoy a Cuban mojito, along with a full selection of spirits, wine and beer. The full menu is available on the café’s website: twistedcubancafe.com.

The café also offers catering that can include pig roasts –the traditional Cuban feast. Ortiz says he can roast the pig on-site for a customer’s event or bring it already roasted and ready to serve.

Local detailer restores Air Force One

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, Staff Writer

Detailer 81Courtesy Photo Craig MacKay, owner of Clean Planet Detailing in Woodinville, polishes the original Air Force One, the president’s plane.The original Air Force One jet plane stands outside the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Its blue and white paint is pristine.

Its aluminum gleams.

Inside the Air Force One — the plane used by the U.S. president — faux wood paneling and typewriters take visitors back to the era of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

But keeping a 60-year-old plane in good condition is no small task, especially in Seattle’s inclement weather. So a team of the top detailers in the country assemble every other year to clean and protect the $1 million airplane.

Craig MacKay, owner of Clean Planet Detailing in Woodinville, was one of the detailers selected for the task. Air Force One’s history and its size make it different from the cars and boats he normally details in his shop, he said.

"The biggest difference is just the scope, how big it is," he said. "Also, the fact that you’re dealing with a relic, an antique."

The detailers have to be especially careful since they can’t buy a replacement part if they damage something.

To surmount the challenge of the plane’s height, the detailers hover over it, suspended by harnesses, to polish and clean the top.

Too much cleaning could damage the plane, which still has its original paint and aluminum. So MacKay said he and the other detailers "take a really deft touch with our polishers" and apply protective coatings to the plane.

Renny Doyle, a master detailer who’s worked on rare automobiles and celebrities’ jets, assembled the team of 33 detailers, all of whom he’s trained at his detailing school, Attention to Details.

"We need a blend of people that are capable with their tools and capable with their minds," Doyle explained. MacKay fills both those roles, and also mentors other, younger detailers, Doyle said.

Detailer 84Courtesy Photo. A team of 33 detailers spent a week cleaning and restoring Air Force One, which was used by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.MacKay trained with Doyle after he left his 30-year career as president of Woodinville Lumber to turn his detailing hobby into a business.

"I’d always had an interest in cars and keeping cars looking nice, but never to the point of a profession," MacKay said.

This is the first time he’s worked on Air Force One  — a job that took a week of long days for the detailing team, MacKay said.

"We met at 6:30 in the morning, were on the plane by 7:00, and were done by 7:00, so it’s been 11- to 12-hour days," he said.

He admitted the work can get tedious – for example, he estimates he spent at least 60 hours polishing the aluminum on the underside of the plane.

"Your arms get so sore, literally holding the thing for hours on end," he said. "But it’s a labor of love."

The plane will continue to need touch-ups as long as it’s exposed to the elements. MacKay said the detailers’ goal is to extend its life until someday it can be stored indoors.

"It’s mostly not making it look perfect, because it’s a 60-year-old plane," he explained. "Mostly it’s about preserving it."

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Free Savvy Gardener Class — ‘Grow Your Own Food Forest’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The fall Savvy Gardener class series has begun. The next class being held at Woodinville Water District is, "Grow Your Own Food Forest." This class will be taught by Kimberly Leeper and Jaqueline Cramer, landscape professionals and permaculture designers/educators.

You will learn how to incorporate fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs and much more by mimicking a forest. This will take you beyond planting annuals to incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials that bear fruit year after year.

The class will cover key concepts, design and site preparation steps and examples of plants to create your own food forest.

The class will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Woodinville Water District’s public meeting room located in Building A at 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is necessary due to space limitations. 

You can register at www.brownpapertickets.com or call Woodinville Water District’s Public Information Office at (425) 487-4102.  This class is one of 13 being offered this fall in King County that are sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and Cascade Water Alliance.  You can see a listing of all the classes on the web at www.savingwater.org.  Click on the Fall Leaves graphic. 

If you do not have access to the Internet and would like more information, please call Debbie Rannfeldt at Woodinville Water District at (425) 487-4102. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..