Tolling tips for SR 520 bridge

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Tolling began on the State Route 520 bridge last Thursday, but many commuters will be saving money and avoiding the tolls by riding the bus, vanpooling or telecommuting – all of which are exempt from the new tolls.

For additional information, go to and click on the “520 tolling” image.

Plan your trip ahead of time and check for the best service between your home and destination. Use Metro’s Online Trip Planner, or call us at (206) 553-3000 for help.

Bus fare for crossing the lake during peak commute times is $3 one way.

The easiest way to pay is by using an ORCA card that you can just tap as you get on or off the bus.

Check to see if your employer offers a subsidized pass or other transportation benefits – many do.

New fire commish is seated

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Photo courtesy of WF&R

Mark Emery, second from right, who retired in 2010 after serving 29 years at Woodinville Fire & Rescue, was sworn in as fire commissioner at Station 31 headquarters last Tuesday. Joining him here are commissioners, left to right, Bob Miller, Gerry Vucci, Tim Osgood and Kevin Coughlin.

Could you be a member of Mensa?

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Interested members of the public — age 14 and older — are invited to take the American Mensa admissions test Sunday, January 22, at the Mercer Island Community Center (8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island). Parental permission required for those ages 14-17.

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. The test begins at 11:30 a.m. and takes about two hours to complete. Test takers will be required to show a photo ID. Cost is $40. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Based in Arlington, Texas,  American Mensa is an organization for anyone who scores in the top two percent of the general population on an accepted, standardized intelligence test.  For more information, call (800) 66-MENSA or visit

New marketing coordinator and board members for Woodinville Wine Country

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville Wine Country, a non-profit trade association responsible for building awareness for the quality and diversity of Woodinville wines and tasting experiences, announced Gretchen Smith has joined the organization as its new marketing coordinator last week.

Carol Munro, director, community relations for Chateau Ste. Michelle and Bill Collins, Tasting Room supervisor for Columbia Winery, are Woodinville Wine Country’s newest board members.

Both will serve 3-year terms.

Munro will assist the association with strategic planning.  Collins will serve as recording secretary.

Gretchen Scott Salon announces new owners

  • Written by Karin Hopper

New owners and team at Gretchen Scott Salon. L to R: Tori Sanchez, Guest Services; Kim Booth, Accountant; Breanne Jefferds, Guest Services; Kelsi Golka, Manager/Stylist; Lori Golka, Owner; Nolynn Tacker, Stylist; Taryn McCormack, Front Desk.
Local businesswoman and entrepreneur, Lori Golka, recently announced her purchase of Gretchen Scott Salon located in the Sammamish Valley near Woodinville. She is partnering with her daughter, Kelsi Golka. The purchase follows the retirement and departure of long-time Woodinville salon owner and manager, Gretchen Scott.

Gretchen Scott Salon is an Aveda Concept Salon.

“The company is committed to entrepreneurs and the success of their business owners,” said Lori Golka. “The Aveda education component motivates us and guides in the right direction in training our team of stylists with new techniques and trends.”

Gretchen Scott Salon is located at 14545 148th Ave. NE, Suite 221, Woodinville. Golka has launched a new, more visitor friendly and informative website.  Visit, check out the salon team on Facebook or call (425) 402-4888.