Letters to the Editor - Sept. 23, 2013

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The Woodinville Heritage Society would like to express our sincere appreciation to the agencies and kind individuals that made "Let’er Boom: Celebrating 125 years of Railroads" a great success.

The event was of particular historic interest for the Heritage Society since the railroad’s arrival in 1888 put Woodinville on the map and has been instrumental in our development for over a century.

Woodinville Councilmember Les Rubstello and Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak co-chaired this wonderful celebration.

Ernie Wilson and Kathy Cox brought it all together in two locations: Woodinville and Snohomish. 

We would like to first express our gratitude to the Woodinville City Council for providing $2,000 from the annual Community Grant.

The Heritage Society would like to thank the Woodinville Fire District, especially Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ahearn, Lt. Greg Garat, and Community Service Officer David Weed.

The courtesy and assistance from the Explorers (Andrew de Boer, Ben Harris and Jacob Krause) was exceptional.

All of these exceptional individuals went above and beyond the call of duty to help us and make this event possible. 

While the train and speeders were the center of attention, the addition of vintage fire trucks added a whimsical flair to the event.

Our special thanks to Roger Collins, John DeYoung and Harold "Butch" Kent for bringing down their antique tire trucks.

Additional thanks to Dan Wells of Mac’s Towing for transporting the fire district’s original fire truck from Old Woodinville over to the event and Ron Nardone for bringing down his antique Bothell school bus.

And, thanks to BNSF, the younger generation was able to enjoy the kid’s train around the fire complex and antique fire trucks. 

I would be remiss if I did not recognize my fellow board members of the Woodinville Heritage Society.

My personal thanks to Lucy DeYoung, Terri Malinowski, Jim Kraft and Kevin Stadler whose patience, professionalism and dedication truly keep the "train on the track."

Finally, we would like to express our grateful appreciation to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce for letting us use their tents and Minuteman Press for always being there to help us.

Rick Chatterton, President

Woodinville Heritage Society


Now that we have a mayor who is working in behalf of all the citizens of Woodinville, I want to see the progress he has made continue.

I know him to be a man of honor and integrity.  He stands up for what he believes in ... publicly. He is well educated – Doctor of Law, Fordham Law School; BS degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University.

As an attorney, he is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, California and Washington.  His experience includes being a former Deputy District Attorney; in private law practice for 30 years; Chief, Central Accounting Office, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, as an Officer.

So he understands the nuances of legislation and what its impact and unintended consequences might be.

Clearly, he could use his time much more profitably if he so chose, but instead he has served Woodinville as one of the best mayors I have seen.

So about that "progress."  He has become a very credible spokesman, making Woodinville’s voice heard on matters important to us all. He is:

• Chair, Eastside Transportation Partnership

• Vice Chair, Public Issues Committee of the Sound Cities Association

• Member, King County Regional Policy Committee (on behalf of Sound Cities Association)

• Member, Growth Management Policy Board of Puget Sound Regional Council (on behalf of Sound Cities Association)

These regional groups make decisions/recommendations which have profound impact on Woodinville and its future.  Having a credible voice on them is very important.  And he strongly supports the current character of our neighborhoods, one of the major reasons we live in Woodinville.

This means focusing development in the downtown core, rather in the residential neighborhoods as the developers would like.

Finally, he is being endorsed by groups and individuals on both sides of the aisle:

• U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

• 45th District Democrats

• King County Republicans

• Washington Conservative Voters

• State Senator Andy Hill

• King County Executive Dow Constantine

• State Representative Larry Springer

• Northshore School District Board President Julia Lacey

• King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski

So, lets re-elect Bernie Talmas.

Steve Yabroff, Woodinville


Now I am upset!

In 1974 I was chair of the Bothell Park Board.

The Park Board put a park in the triangle property at the corner of 522/527[Baskin and Robbins] in honor of Rich Worthington’s son who was killed in the war.

The property was owned by Vern Keener of Keener Meats and donated to the City of Bothell for the Triangle Park.

The Lion’s Club put in the drinking fountain, RichWorthington of Bothell State Bank put up the flag pole and I planted the tree.

This was a very special tree with a history.

The tree was a blood red maple, grafted by Aire Osterwick and sold to Jack Leamer who owned Rhod-A-Zalea Gardens, I bought Rhod-A-Zalea Gardens and ended up with the tree.

I lent the tree to the Worlds Fair in Seattle 1963.

When I brought it home I called Ron Nardone and we planted the tree in Triangle Park.

The tree was healthy and happy, it bloomed every fall bright red.

It looked like it was on fire.

For years Tony Van Denacker took cuttings from that tree.

He loved that tree.

My question is: What is going on?

If I had only known, the tree could have been moved and been put somewhere safe. I sure hope whoever made that decision is proud of him or herself.

Now let me tell you I planted one more tree in the town and it is a weeping Alaska cedar in front of City Hall.

I don’t care if you have to build the City Hall around it. Keep your hands off it.

Jim McAuliffe

P.S. I just hope you don’t take the pictures of the old timers down on Main Street because you don’t know who they are:

Verne Keener; Keener Meats

Alex Sidie; Sidie’s Pharmacy

Bill Shannon; Shannon’s Florist

Max Logston; Logston’s Building

Bud Erickson; Mayor of Bothell

Jim McAuliffe


As many of you recall, Bothell’s Owen family endured tragedy last December on Stevens Pass when a snow-laden tree crashed onto their SUV, killing parents Tim and Cheryl.

The accident critically injured their adult children, Jessie, Jaime and son-in-law, Steven Mayer.

As the young adults endure surgeries, their blog has been most helpful informing the community as to their condition and ways to help. Please visit

[There is] another way the community can help, in particular Jessie Owen, who was paralyzed in the accident and needs life-long medical assistance. 

[My] book, "The Inventor’s Fortune Up For Grabs" written by me and John S. Pfarr takes the reader on a 6-year roller coaster ride through the courts, mediation, scuttled settlements, battles with family members, to see who will inherit my great uncle Art Hadley’s $7 million fortune.

The story is one of greed, mystery on who will inherit, and a cautionary tale on writing a clearly written will or trust.

Please visit

Investigation Discovery "The Will" found the story intriguing and aired a T.V. documentary entitled, "The Art Hadley Estate Story.

The book sells for $16 with $5 of every sale going to, a spinal cord injury organization to help Jessie Owen build her much-needed funds.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order the book.

The $16 amount includes a signed copy, shipping costs with $5 going to

Thank you to our extended Northshore and Eastside communities for all of your support of the Owen family!

Suzanne G. Beyer, Bothell


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