Woodinville crooner releases debut album ‘Come Fly With Me’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

George A. Santino, a resident of Woodinville recently retired from Microsoft after a 20-year career.  Rather than lounging on a golf course somewhere, Santino has taken up an encore career in music.  He has released his first single “That’s Life” that reached #1 on Amazon Jazz Swing Hot New Releases and has recorded a full-length album of Sinatra covers, which was released just this week.Learn more about George at

Successful beekeeping for backyards in Puget Sound

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Bee keepers
Instructors Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen, officers with the Northwest District Beekeepers Association prepare to install bees earlier this spring at 21 Acres.
The Sammamish Valley blooming season inspires an explosion of honey-bee activity and, with it, the activity of their beekeepers.  If you’re new to beekeeping and thinking about getting your own hive, this series will help you learn how to manage a hive before you actually own bees.  Or, if you already own colonies of honey bees, these courses can serve as a useful review.

The series of three classes, as part of the 21 Acres School,  are offered Saturdays, June 2, August 4 and September 15.  Instructors Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen, are officers and members of the Northwest District Beekeeping Association (NWDBA), and possess a wealth of knowledge and skills they are glad to share to help you get started.

• Managing Your Hives Through the Summer to Promote Honey Production, Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Weather permitting, this is an outdoor, hands-on class which begins with a short lecture about what a hive inspection is, why regular inspections are important (including basic information about IPM, or integrated pest management), and things to look for. Students will have an opportunity to inspect hives, which means that protective gear (a minimum of hat, veil, and gloves) is required before entering the 21 Acres apiary. Honey bees are defensive, rather than offensive; but bee stings can happen, and we want to maintain the safety of our students and our bees.  During inspections, hives will be adjusted accordingly and preventive maintenance conducted to reduce likelihood of disease or swarms in the future. Fee is $25.

• Harvesting Honey, Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In this combined outdoor and indoor class, students will learn how to harvest honey combs from the hives and then to extract honey from pre-harvested combs. The class wraps up with a taste of the final product — raw, natural honey. Fee is $35.

• Preparing the Hive for Winter, Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to noon. In the last class of the series, participants will learn how to prepare hives for the winter and the steps they should take during fall and winter months to provide their colonies with the greatest chance for survival. Fee is $25

For more information or to register and pay-on line, visit Registration is available for each class individually or at a discount of $65 when taking all three. Early registration is encouraged, class size is limited.

The 21 Acres apiary fulfills two important goals: 1. Provides local groups and residents with the opportunity to witness honey bees in action at their hives and to learn about the roles they play in the local environment.  The first year 21 Acres provided this resource was 2008, and several groups had the opportunity to “meet the bees” and previous beekeeper, Grant Carr.

2.  Supports sustainable beekeeping through the reduction of chemical treatments in an attempt to select for bees with increased levels of resistance to diseases and pests, such as the varroa mite. It is the hope that over time, the 21 Acres honey-bee population and the surrounding environment will become hardier and healthier because of this commitment.

Located in the new green-built Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA  98072, the 21 Acres School offers both multi-day and one-day courses and classes aligned under our focus areas: Growing, Eating, Living. Faculty possess diverse backgrounds related to sustainability and have excellent reputations of helping people learn how to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems that support sustainable agriculture.

Log on to for more information or visit 21 Acres on Facebook and Twitter @21acres.

FOUND DOG - Beautiful Choclate Lab

  • Written by Karin Hopper


FOUND a LOST beautiful chocolate lab , female- extremely playful and friendly. She is a little overweight, and has no collar- she just wondered over to us! Please call with any questions or if she is yours. 425-402-1246

Smoke signals at Woodinville Fire

  • Written by Don Mann
In its continuing effort to reduce costs as revenue streams continue to dry up, the Woodinville Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners wielded its axe last Monday at its regularly scheduled meeting to eliminate two of its own.

Deputy Fire Chief Mario Acosta and Emergency Manager Dee Totten, as of 24 hours later, were no longer employed by WF&R and had left the building.

They learned about it officially and impersonally at the public meeting as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Joan Montegary read from a prepared statement.

“We did what we had to do,” board chair Tim Osgood said. “I don’t think any of the commissioners enjoyed doing it.”

He said no one was fired. He called it “reorganization.”

Acosta, a 25-year fire service veteran, was brought in by former chief I. David Daniels two years ago to oversee the district’s Safety/Risk Management section.

His brief tenure, like Daniels’, was tumultuous, met early and often by opposition from Local 2950, the firefighters’ then-union.

Daniels, brought in to clean house after the ouster of the previous chief, was relieved of his duties in September 2011.

Mark Chubb, then one of two deputy chiefs, became interim fire chief.

Chubb has since gone on record saying he does not seek the permanent position.

Totten’s position was created by Daniels.

According to the district’s website, she had 18 years of experience in her field.

Montegary remains the sole survivor of the Daniels’ regime.

Woodinville and Bothell firefighters voted recently to create one union, now known as Local 2099.

A major change in local fire management operations appears to be on the horizon.

It’s being referred to as “regionalization.”

Old school house placed on back burner

  • Written by Don Mann
It’s back to the chalkboard for the fate of the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse.

Influenced by Woodinville Heritage Society leadership, which spoke passionately on retaining the historic landmark with maximum integrity during the public comment segment of Tuesday’s meeting, the Woodinville City Council voted unanimously (5-0, as council members Art Pregler and Les Rubstello were absent) to postpone any decision on the future of the 103-year-old edifice for three months and asked city staff to work with the Heritage Society to come up with an alternative plan for rehabilitation.

It was essentially a rejection of all three proposals put forth by consulting group Heartland LLC at the April 10 meeting and reviewed at an April 17 executive session. The first proposal called for public/private school house renovation for commercial use with a city hall plaza over an underground parking structure. The second proposal called for the same but included mixed-use development. The third called for selling the public property to a private developer for large mixed-use development, and included the demolition of the Carol Edwards Center.

The proposals would cost between an estimated $3.5 and $5.5 million — and likely in the end more than that —  money the city has repeatedly stated it does not have.

On Tuesday city staff asked council to select one of the rehabilitation options to be included in a Request for Proposals (RFP) to be circulated to the development community.

It never got that far.

Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen immediately moved to have city staff work with the Heritage Society to look at options for simply “preserving” the old school house.

“Our civic campus and public land are very important to our citizens and I’m not willing to give that up to renovate the old school house,” she said.

“I think there are other options we can explore that are not being explored … I’m excited to be able to offer that building and that property to our community. I’m not ready to go out to an RFP.”

Mayor Bernie Talmas added he was not comfortable with any of the proposals.

“They don’t really deal with the school house,” he said. “They deal with the parking and related issues.”

The city, incidentally, will pay Heartland a reported $200,000 in consulting fees.

Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders said she wanted to repeat her position on the issue: “I do not want (us) to be the developer on this. I am not comfortable spending the city’s operating or capital budget. I am very much in favor of sending it to a vote of the people or a bond issue that would be paid for by some additional kind of taxes … I would vote in favor of that myself. But I don’t think it’s appropriate to take this (issue) to the front of the line and defer all the other maintenance, transportation and safety projects that we have on our capital improvement plan.”

Among them, some of which were spoken about later in the meeting in a discussion of 2012 council work plan and priorities, include the Sammamish River Bridge replacement project, the Woodinville-Duvall Road widening project, as well as sidewalk construction and road repair among others.

City Manager Richard Leahy then said there was no “drop-dead” time frame for the staff to take action on the issue.

“We’re more than happy to sit down and talk to the Heritage Society,” he said. “As you well know, the (then) City Hall staff moved out of that building in 2001 and it’s 2012 now and nothing’s changed. So there’s no immediate time issue … It’s really up to the council.”