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It’s time to Celebrate Woodinville

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Clowns will provide only part of the fun at this year’s Celebrate Woodinville festivities. For more information and a complete schedule of the day’s activities, see insert in this paper or go to;; or www.


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Edition Date: March 26, 2007
From pre-K to accredited elementary in 12 years
by Irvina Russell
Contributing Writer

ImagePhoto by Irvina Russell
Standing on the steps of The Duvall Church are: Front row (L to R): Carson Sweney, Olivia DiAcetis, Aidan Rohwer, Emma Chaffin; 2nd row: Ioana Kraft, Kaitlin Walters, Hunter Rohwer; 3rd row: Donna Shively (director), Zach Williams, Tess Biscup, Lucas Wagner; back row: Pastor Chris Hill, Elizabeth Blencoe (church administrator), Jacque Sims (principal).

Duvall Christian School to hold open house April 4

Parents of preschoolers and elementary-aged children will want to get this on the calendar.

Duvall Christian School is hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30-8 p.m. Located in the heart of Duvall (Main and Stella), the school offers preschool through 5th grade classes in a private school setting. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the facility and meet the teachers and other parents.

“Our preschool offers classes for 3 and 4-year-olds,” said Donna Shively, director of the school. The full and part-day kindergarten through 5th grade curriculum includes PE, music, art and Spanish.


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Tolt River restoration project public meeting April 5
from King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

The Carnation community will have another opportunity to learn about and comment on a proposal for restoring the lower Tolt River and rebuilding an old flood-protection levee at a public meeting, set for April 5.

The meeting will run from 6:30-9 p.m. in the multi-purnose room at Carnation Elementary School, 4950 Tolt Ave. A half-hour open house will be followed by a short presentation on the project, then an hour-long question-and-answer session. King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is co-hosting the meeting.


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Vision of Eastman-Rush pool still lives
by Maura Van Ness

Long-time dream for aquatic center continues; discounted swim lessons offered for local kids

Speaking of swimming lessons for kids, whatever happened to the Eastman-Rush Foundation? People ask that all the time.

In the summer of 1972, two Carnation youths tragically drowned in the Snoqualmie River in two separate incidents.

John Eastman and Steve Rush were both athletes at Tolt High School. A local resident named Ron Oldring came forward and said, “It’s time to start a pool fund. Here is my $100 donation.”


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Katie Hill ‘epitome of a musician’
by Ryan Lewis

ImagePhoto by Leanne Christensen
Katie Hill ‘epitome of a musician’

Multi-talented student honored for efforts

She is very involved, very musical and very deserving.

Katie Hill, CHS Music Student of the Month, is the epitome of a musician. She sings in jazz choir, is a percussionist in the Wind Ensemble, is the vice president of CHS Bands and has been one of a few creators of this year’s CHS Yearbook.


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‘How bad people get good credit’
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

Mailboxes on public streets are vulnerable to vandalism, especially if they are not locking mailboxes.

“On average, we get two bundles of mail a week that someone picks up off the street and brings to the post office,” said Claudia Sherman, clerk at the Woodinville Post Office.

Oftentimes, mail tossed on the street was discarded by thieves after they’ve opened an unlocked mailbox and taken out mail with checks or personal information such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers or Social Security Numbers. Thieves use other people’s personal information to commit identity theft or to rack up charges in their names and then disappear, leaving victims to deal with creditors.


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Future of Dinner Train has two cities talking
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

Last November, Spirit of Washington Dinner Train owner Eric Temple asked the Woodinville City Council for help in relocating the train’s home base. Due to an Interstate 405 road-widening project, a portion of the rail line south of Bellevue will be severed this summer, necessitating the relocation.

The council expressed interest in making the City of Woodinville the Spirit of Washington’s headquarters. Council directed staff to put together a task force of stakeholders and some dedicated staff to identify the issues and costs to the city and then come back to council with a recommendation.

City Manager Richard Leahy said the city signed an agreement with the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce to pursue relocating the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train depot in Woodinville and determining if it was feasible.


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