December 25, 2000
Looking back on the year 2000
Do you remember this time last year? It was the excitement and fear over the move into the 22nd century with Y2K. Generator sales were at an all-time high, people stocked their homes with survival food and water supplies, and a lot of people who normally would have travelled, did not fly. What happened? Nothing much occured, exceptt hat people became aware of what it might take to survive without electricity and other utilities, a good lesson for when we have power outages here during the high winds.
Our area continues to grow with more homes and apartments, more retail, service and commercial businesses locating throughout the Northshore area.
Some of the highlights that we look back on are:
* The opening of Cascadia Community College and the UW Bothell Branch Campus on the old Truly property in Bothell;
* Replacement of the Novelty Hill Bridge;
* Opening of Woodinville's first hotel;
* The purchase of the Sorenson property by the City of Woodinville and the plans for a new city hall;
* The Nordic Sporthaus scam artist who absconded with $1.2 million and thousands of dollars owed to unpaid creditors in March. He was not caught until this fall;
* The new construction, finally, on SR 522;
* The passing of Gene Mack, Alex Sidie and many other community leaders;
* Record nice weather;
* Growth of community events and volunteerism such as Celebrate Woodinville, Kenmore Days, Woodinville Wine Festival, Woodinville Garden Tour, Bothell 4th of July;
* Participation of teens throughout the community in such events as the Youth Summit for Teen Northshore.
Construction began on Woodinville's new City Hall.
Courtney Margaret McCoy was the first Northshore baby born in 2000. Here with parents Colleen and Douglas and sister Allison.
Councilmember Barbara Solberg with new artwork at Wilmot Park.
Woodinville Fire and Life Safety impressed WHS students.
Woodinville Wine Festival drew large crowds.
The new $35 tab fee caused long lines.
Councilmember Louise Miller opens the Farmers Market.
Volunteers cleaned Woodinville Cemetery.
The new Novelty Hill Bridge opened for traffic.
Peg Phillips (c.), and Brady and Cheryl Reed contributed to the success of the Woodinville Repertory Theatre.
Bassets came to Woodinville for the Basset Bash.
Community leader Gene Mack died.
Bothell honored Alex Sidie.