Woodinville Fire & Rescue welcomes three firefighters

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

 WOODINVILLE — Woodinville Fire & Rescue is adding three probationary firefighters to its crew. The new recruits must successfully undergo a 13 weeks course at Eastside Metro Training Group Fire Academy, and an additional five weeks of Emergency Medical Technician training. 

The men with then have to complete a year one probationary training period with WFR.

“New recruits are always a welcome addition to the District,” WFR Chief Greg Ahearn stated in a Sept. 12 press release. “They bring a level of enthusiasm that is contagious to everyone in the organization.”

Two additional recruits are expected to come on board for the winter academy training sessions.

Meet the new recruits:
Carson McMahon
Carson McMahon
From: Leavenworth
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, hunting, and backpacking
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I did a ride-along in Lake Stevens with a good friend who was a paramedic there. After completing the ride-along there was no doubt in my mind this is what I wanted to do with my life. I went home and immediately signed up to be a Cadet with Chelan County Fire District 3.”

Conner Shelford

Conner Shelford
From: Snohomish
Hobbies: Fishing and spending time with my family
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I thought it would be a good fit for the type of career I wanted to have. I have always wanted to help people when they needed it. I had an asthma attack when I was a kid and firefighters came out and helped me. That was my first experience with firefighters, and from then on, I knew I wanted to help people.”

Max Dale
Max Dale
From: Sammamish
Hobbies: Fly-fishing, camping, hiking, duck hunting, and spending time with my son.
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I have always wanted to serve the community. When I was in high school, I would drive past a fire station on my way to school, and even then, I knew I wanted to be a firefighter. As a former Federal Firefighter and Marine, I am looking forward to firefighting within a community and becoming part of it.”

Woodinville Fire & Rescue
Woodinville Fire & Rescue serves an area of approximately 30-square miles. WFR employs 57 uniformed career firefighters and 10 civilian administrative personnel. For more information about Fire District 36, visit

Duvall FD celebrates 60 years

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Duvall-King County Fire District 45 is celebrating its 60th anniversary. On Saturday, Sept. 21, area residents are invited to commemorate the milestone
at the headquarters station, 15600 1st Ave NE  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Events planned for the day include placing two new fire engines in service, demonstrations of vehicle extrication and CPR, tools and equipment, station tours, rides on the new fire engines, kids activities, giveaways, and refreshments. 
"We will honor the tradition of pushing in the new engine and will hold ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.," Fire Chief Dave Burke said.
On Nov. 5 voters will be asked to decide the fate of the District's Benefits Service Charge, which will replace the current Maintenance and Operations Levy. 

Local woman in rarefied company

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
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WOODINVILLE — Ruth Samuelson achieved a milestone less than 1 percent of Americans reach (US Census), having just celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 12.
“I was born in 1919 in Bayonne, New Jersey, but we lived in a small town called Garwood,” Ruth said. “I had one brother and wonderful parents who were loving people. My dad was strict — we had to tow the mark — but nonetheless was very caring.”
Ruth grew up when times were extremely tough for American families, having lived through the Great Depression and WWII.  There were no modern conveniences people take for granted these days. Television was nonexistent, as was the Internet, video games and cell phones. The microwave, Tupperware and the first bikini came along in 1946. The transistor radio was invented in 1953, the polio vaccine was discovered in 55’, the portable calculator came out in 67’ and the personal computer in 1975.
“I remember a man coming to our door to deliver the radio. We were just thrilled. It really filled the bill,” Ruth said. “I didn’t listen to rock-n-roll, but I remember listening to Amos and Andy — it was a comedy show.”
Money was tight back then Ruth recalled as both parents had to work to support the family.
“We had to watch our pennies very carefully,” Ruth said. “I’m still quite careful with my money today.”
A couple of fond memories from Ruth’s childhood were times she spent outdoors and at her grandmother's home.
“I was an outdoor kid — loved being outside. We played at a nearby park and often hiked 5 miles to a pool to go swimming. We also played in haystacks on a farm nearby. I remember the farmer yelling at us to get off his haystacks. He followed us home one time, knocked on our door and told my mom, ‘those kids need to come back and pitch that hay back into a stack.'
“I used to go to my grandmother's house when I got home from school because my parents were still at work. She was a wonderful cook and gardener. My dad gardened too. Later on in life, I was a Master Gardener.”
Ruth and her husband Vincent had four children John, Jeff, James, and Janet.  They also have eight grandkids and four great-grandchildren. James passed a couple of years ago after losing his bout with cancer. Vincent is no longer here as well.
Ruth moved to Woodinville in 2004. She has lived at the Fairwinds-Brittany Park Retirement Community ever since. 
“We (she and her son Jeff) looked at retirement places in each of my children’s town — in Jersey, Long Island, and Colorado. I came out here to Jeff’s house for Christmas one year and decided to put roots down — Woodinville is a beautiful town — I love it here and really like it living at Brittany Park. The staff has been great to me — it’s like family here.”
Ruth attributes her longevity to healthy living.
“I don’t smoke or drink. Up until a year or so ago, I walked two-to-three miles a day and also worked with a personal trainer.”
Ruth used to get out and about in her car but stopped driving about 5 years ago at the advice of her son Jeff. Actually it was more like after Jeff confiscated her vehicle.
“She told me she was going to stop driving, but after agreeing to do so, she passed me in her car on a road in downtown Woodinville,” Jeff said. “I called her afterward and said mom you just passed me in your car.”
To which Ruth replied, “it was raining and I needed to go to Haggen’s and the car was there so I did.”
Jeff came by the next day and took the car to his house.
On Sept. 15, Ruth surrounded by family and friends, celebrated her birthday at the Woodinville Community Methodist Church.
"I was obviously overwhelmed with the wonder of it all. Everyone that I love was there and I will always remember how special they made me feel.
"Words can't do it justice. If I could paint a picture it would be of joy, sunshine, and happiness. My family is such a blessing and I am so thankful for my lovely church, Woodinville community and for Brittany Park."

Teens help to bring art opportunities to their peers

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
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WOODINVILLE — Local area teens are putting on an art exhibit at the Sammamish Valley Fall Festival Sept. 28 at 21 Acres in Woodinville.
The group is part of a Teen Arts Council program conducted by the Woodinville Arts Alliance.
“This year is the first year of Teen Arts Alliance Youth Art Exhibit program and it is going strong,” said WAA Development Chair Nicole Stremlow Monahan. “For the past several months the Teen Council has been organizing a professional art exhibit to showcase art open to youth all around the Puget Sound that has been
juried in.”
The Teen Arts Council is composed of a group of 10 students who Stremlow Monahan said have been selected to be leaders in their community. Those students must then meet specific requirements in order to participate in the program.
“They must be 14 years-old to apply for 1-of-10 available spots,” Stremlow Monahan said. “Each kid is given a specific leadership role to perform that mimics Arts Alliance board members … president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, development chair, program chair, marketing executive, and tech support, and must tell us how they will perform in that role, and how they intend to give back to the community. They will then sit in on our meetings and give us updates as to what they are doing.”
Once accepted into the program, the teens are mentored by members of the WAA and local creative professionals who help the students develop creative skills, gain leadership experience, and learn of the options in creative fields. They also learn how to put on a show, about the marketing aspect of it, and about grant restrictions.
Not all 10 teens accepted into the program see it through to the end, Stremlow Monahan said.
“The last couple of months five of the kids have really stepped up to the plate … the other five kinda struggled because it was a bigger commitment than they had originally planned to fulfill on the onset. You're only as successful as what you want to put into it.”  
Members of the Woodinville Teen Arts Alliance board will be judges for the upcoming show. 
“They will be looking for creative and craftsmanship excellence in the entries. Prizes for the top three placing art pieces will be given out,” Stremlow Monahan said. “An opportunity will also be offered to the community to pick its favorite piece.” 
Plans are in the works for next year’s group of inspiring local artists to paint a mural for the city.
Teens interested in applying for the 2020 council are asked to contact Stremlow Monahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School District receives Department of Ecology Grant

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Propane 3Two propane autogas tanks were installed on eight new Northshore School District buses. Each tank has a 1,000-gallon capacity. NSD/courtesy photo.

BOTHELL — The Northshore School District has added eight propane-fueled busses to its fleet. 

The purchase was made possible through a $280,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. In return for the grant, the NSD is required to take eight diesel-fueled busses offline.

“Propane autogas is safe for children and the environment, and it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” NSD Director of Communications Lisa Youngblood Hall said in a Sept. 6 press release.

“Propane is non-toxic and non-poisonous. It poses no harm to groundwater, surface water or soil. It does not spill, pool or leave any residue when released, but instead dissipates into the air.

“Overall, the new buses are considered to be much cleaner and more reliable transportation than the buses the District is eliminating.”

The new propane-fueled busses were put into service this week. They are said to be more environmentally friendly and are considered to be a more reliable form of transportation.