MARCH 17, 1997

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Out with the old, in with the new

Jeff's swan song by Jeff Switzer
The Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News has been a home for me for nearly two years now and it is with fond memories that I move on to new challenges in the Northshore community. The community and newspaper have undergone many changes in that time, as have I, and I hope those changes have been for the better.
   Full-time staff reporter was my first job out of journalism school at the University of Washington (following my local first-class education at Woodinville High). I was put on the front lines to cover many local issues in the Woodinville and Bothell communities in July 1995, attending late-night city meetings, taking early morning breakfast pictures, climbing cattle trailers in the Duvall floods to get a better angle, and informing the community on everything humanly possible. I've shared in the newspaper's vision of community news, providing a local angle and voice missing from other publications and filling the need of more than 30,000 readers each week with issues, politics, local features, police activity, prep sports, and photos.
   The debates will continue: the civic and community center, the fire district, land-use changes in the city, Cottage Lake park and water quality, growth in Bear Creek, Kenmore incorporation, Bothell's police facility, and the area's future petroleum pipeline. The delicate balancing act between rural and urban, County and City, built and natural is seen in the Northshore area.
   This time last year, I could be seen in the middle of Woodinville's main street taking pictures of the bounding Basset Brigade and All Fool's Day Parade. This year, I'll be applauding from the sidelines.
   Thanks again to the community for a challenging and exciting ride.