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Bird house builders visit Sorenson

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Doug Whipple demonstrates his band saw for (left to right) Jace Munn, Briana Putnam, Jessie Gonzales, and Justin Shelton.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.

bird house builders Doug and Lou Whipple have not spent their retirement years idly. After long careers, the two have found a new avocation that they both love: wood working and carving.
   For the brothers, a favorite part of their new hobby includes visits to classes at Sorenson to demonstrate various techniques of wood working to the delight of the children.
   Last Wednesday, they brought their band saw and 50 birdhouses to classes taught by Bonnie Madsen and Chris Meyers. Although Doug is Bonnie's uncle and Lou is her father, they are both called uncle by the four- and five-year-olds who were excited by the shapes the Whipples cut out with their saw.
   In other news from Sorenson, it was recently announced that Madsen is the recipient of a $1500 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Education Association for Early Childhood Education.
   The grant, one of 10 awarded in the state, will be used to implement program planning with parents and the building of a partnership with the school's preschool.