Woodinville Weekly celebrates 35th anniversary with open house

  • Written by Deborah Stone
The Woodinville Weekly is turning 35 this year and to mark the occasion, the newspaper will hold an open house at its new digs on Saturday, June 18.

The publication, which was founded by Carol Edwards, a longtime Woodinville resident, covers news, local events and happenings throughout the community. Together with its sister papers, The Northlake News and The Valley View, it has a direct mail circulation of nearly 20,000, along with a countertop distribution of almost 6,000 papers.

"The paper is basically the essence of the community," comments Liz Aspen, Woodinville City Councilwoman. "It’s how we keep in touch. And it helps to bring the community together." She adds, "I’ve been reading it for the past 30 years because it lets me know what’s going on in town."

Another longtime Woodinville resident, Phyllis Keller, notes that the Woodinville Weekly is the only newspaper she reads from front to back.

She says, "This paper is important because it’s dedicated to our community. People like to read about what others are doing in their community and what’s happening around town. It’s particularly fun when you personally know who you’re reading about, whether it’s a friend or a neighbor or a neighbor’s child who’s involved in something interesting or who’s being recognized for an accomplishment."

Keller knew Edwards back in the day when she first started the paper. She admits to having doubts initially as to whether it would succeed, but she’s glad it did. "I think it’s still here today because it’s important to the people who live here," she notes. "If it weren’t, it would have been long gone."

Keller credits Edwards’ daughter, Julie Boselly, for continuing to keep the publication alive after her mother died.

"She’s done a good job," she adds.

The Weekly recently moved its offices to a space a few doors down from its previous location. Boselly decided a celebration was in order.

"It’s a combination of the paper’s 35th anniversary and our move," she explains. "It’s a great reason to celebrate and we would like to thank the community for helping us get here."

The public is invited to join the fun and there will be light snacks and refreshments, as well as giveaways, including an iPad, KISS tickets and a variety of gift certificates.

Nearby, restaurant Mi Tierra will have its Mariachi band playing and representatives from Comcast and Costco will also be on hand.

Some Woodgate businesses will have special sales. "We’re looking forward to opening our doors to the community," says Boselly, "and we encourage everyone to stop by. And while you’re in town make sure to check out the Woodinville Farmers Market. It’s up and running for the season."

Woodinville Weekly Open House/Block Party

Saturday June 18th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

13400 NE 175th Street, Ste C, in the Woodgate Shopping Center 

*Please consider bringing a food donation for Renewal Food Bank*

FREE Prize Drawings at Woodinville Weekly with Comcast & Costco

FREE coffee from Starbucks Woodinville II 3229

Mariachi Band at Mi Tierra noon-2 p.m.

Cruzin Kidz Consignment sale and kids activities

Benjamin Moore-Mallory Paint Store sale and face painting

Gift Horse Saddlery sale

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