Northwest NEWS

June 11, 2001

Features

Bothell citizens honored for acts of kindness

The City of Bothell anounced the 2001 winners of the fourth annual Alex Sidie Random Acts of Kindness awards on May 25.
   They are: €Joanne Harkonen of Bothell for her extensive volunteer efforts, €Fred Hering of Bothell for his high community involvement, and €Clarance "Pete" Peterson of Kenmore for his everyday kindness to friends and animals.
   Citizens are nominated by community members and the Bothell Parks and Recreation Division.
   Alex Sidie, a local pharmacist in Bothell for many years, passed away in 1997.
   Sidie was known for his random acts of kindness throughout the community. He was known for filling prescriptions at any time of the day, adopting numerous stray cats and giving them homes in his pharmacy, and sending flowers or chocolates to his customers.
   In 1998, the City of Bothell dedicated May 25, Sidie's birthday, to recognize community members who have displayed acts of kindness.
   A random act of kindness is doing for others without expecting something in return. Random acts of kindness can be as simple as surprising a friend with a flower, caring for a stray animal or being a shoulder to lean on.
   "Alex Sidie Day is just one day each year that is set aside to spotlight those citizens, but the city encourages recognition throughout the year," said City Manager Jim Thompson.
   "So many great things happen everyday as a result of volunteers working in our community that it is easy to take them for granted,"