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.
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.
Raindrops splashed onto the surface of the water on the Sammamish Slough. The sound of paddles hitting the water and the paddlers counting in time cut through the rain and the dark. Paddlers make each stroke in time with each other, propelling the dragon boat forward. From the front of the boat, coach Lee Bjorklund yells “stop,” and then there’s no sound but the breath of the paddlers and the rain hitting the water.
The sound of the engines drowns out all other noise. Each time a brightly painted car races past the grandstands, the roar rumbles the seats. The announcer frantically explains each change as the cars jockey for position, even though his amplified voice is inaudible over the din. Cool night air settles over the fairgrounds. It’s a race night at Evergreen Speedway.
Mike Holden grew up watching his dad race stock cars in Monroe. On Sept. 13, the Woodinville local raced against the kids of the same people his dad raced 30 years ago and walked away with the track championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.