Skate Like a “Roller Derby” Girl

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

Faster than a speeding bullet.  More powerful than a locomotive.  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Look!  Out on the rink!  It’s a bird.  It’s a plane! It’s Ivana Hercha!

Ok that may be a bit of a stretch, but “Ivana Hercha” is actually Julie Lagace—by day a mild mannered middle school art teacher that lives with her husband in Duvall and in her 40’s is in the best shape of her life.  She credits that to her alter ego, Ivana Hercha, and to her involvement in the world of roller derby.

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Woodinville program will highlight Ship Canal 'dig'

  • Written by Woodinville Heritage Society
The back story of the Lake Washington Ship Canal 'dig' will be shared Saturday, March 17, when the Woodinville Heritage Society offers another in its series of free monthly programs. The 10 a.m. presentation takes place at Brightwater Education Center, 22505 Highway 9, just north of Costco.
The presenter will be Seattle author David B. Williams, a Burke Museum curatorial associate. Williams and his co-author, Jennifer Ott, wrote Waterway: the Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal after researching the false starts, political shenanigans and far-reaching economic and environmental impacts of the canal construction and operation. Williams will share some of the stories they uncovered during their research.
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Teaching for Six Decades and Still a Trooper

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

I am always a little cautious when I receive a voicemail message claiming to have a “great human interest story idea” with no additional details but “call me back.” That was a message I received a couple weeks ago from Dwight Crosby.

Crosby is a retired teacher from Woodinville High School and used to teach with Grace Hofrichter. He went on to say “I ran into Grace recently, and she told me she was still substitute teaching. She retired 18 years ago and is still subbing!” He added, “She is 88 years old, still as sharp as a tack and has a great attitude.”

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Did You Know ….? Susan Woodin was a pioneer ‘wonder woman’

  • Written by George Phillips | Woodinville Heritage Society

In the early years of America’s founding, The U.S. Congress encouraged individuals to relocate in unsettled parts of the country. Numerous Congressional mandates such as the 1796 Public Land Act and the 1841 Preemption Act were enacted. Two  decades  later, the well-known 1862 Homestead Act, signed by Abraham Lincoln, allowed land claims of up to 160 acres for a small filing fee and minimum residency requirements.  This act lasted for 100 years and was instrumental in the settling of the West and specifically, the greater Woodinville area. 

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Movers for Moms

  • Written by David B. Clark
Whether it be on your way to the supermarket or walking your dog through the neighborhood, you have likely caught a glimpse of the simple, yet eye-catching logo of two happy stickmen with their arms outstretched sitting in the cab of a truck. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ® is a very recognizable moving company due to their catchy name, reliable reputation, and world-class attitude concerning community involvement. The company has blossomed into a countrywide affair after its humble beginning as a way two high school brothers could make some extra money. While the company caters to local and long-distance moving for individuals and companies alike, it’s their wonderful program Movers for Moms® that has been bringing communities together every spring for over a decade. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is partnering with local businesses in Woodinville like Bob’s Heating, Expressions in Eyewear, and Brittany Park and other organizations to collect essential care items for women staying in a local domestic abuse and homeless shelter. Once donations are collected, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will pick up and deliver the items to the partnered shelter around Mother’s Day. Unbeknownst to the founding brothers Brig and Jon Sorber of Michigan in the ‘80s, their moving company would truck its way into developing such a phenomenal program that by 2017, 42 States and every franchised location would be supporting women’s shelters.
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