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Edition Date: April 9, 2007
A flood of good will
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor

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CC Espresso barista Lynsie Hagen, shown here with longtime customer Tom Norenberg, and her co-worker Dayle Humphries brought free lattes to motorists during the recent flood that caused traffic backups on Duvall’s Main Street.

Thoughtful deed brings cheer to waiting motorists

Remember that morning a couple of weeks ago when high water closed Northeast 124th and it took almost an hour just to get through town?

Well, Lynsie Hagen and Dayle Humphries were at their jobs at CC Espresso that morning when they saw the traffic backed up along Main Street. The long line of cars, diverted from the flooded road, was just inching along.


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Ruby Wilkie a.k.a. ‘Nana’
by Leanne Christensen
Riverview School District

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Ruby Wilkie has volunteered at Cherry Valley Elementary for over a decade, helping children learn to read.

Volunteer dedicates lifetime to helping others

If you have spent any time in the halls of Cherry Valley Elementary in the past 13 years, you certainly would recognize the name Ruby Wilkie, a.k.a. Nana! Mrs. Wilkie has been a dedicated volunteer, friend and Nana to hundreds of students throughout the years, volunteering two and a half days each week, every week.

Her volunteer career began in 1994 when her granddaughter, Janelle, then a shy kindergarten student, enjoyed having her “Nana” come into her classroom and read. When Janelle’s friends asked what they should call her, Janelle simply said, “Her name is Nana”… and the rest is


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Carnation evacuation trail completed
by Irvina Russell
Contributing Writer

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Chris and Brian Davies, Joe and Tim Stout work on the railing along the Carnation evacuation trail.

Eagle Scout Service Project is largest done by Troop 411 in partnership with the city

The city of Carnation is grateful to Jason Markham.

And if there’s ever a catastrophic flood, everyone in the vicinity will be also. Jason, a junior at Cedarcrest High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 411, organized and led a work party recently to improve the evacuation trail in Carnation. More than 40 people participated, including Scouts, friends and family.


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Celebrate Earth Day at St. Edward State Park

ImageGirl Scout Troop 2380 replaces ivy with evergreen huckleberry for the St. Edward State Park landscape. This Northwest shrub is suitable for woodland shade, summer drought and eating.

Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, with Seattle Banjo Club, Skandia Folk Dancers, cookies, lemonade and easy care garden ideas.

Festivities will conclude with a ceremony celebrating the park’s recent listing to the National Register of Historic Places. The park is located at 14445 Juanita Drive NE.


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Interim director contract approved
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

The Woodinville City Council voted 6-1 to authorize a $30,000 expenditure for interim planning director services, likely to be required through mid-May.

Councilmembers Don Brocha, Gina Leonard, Mike Roskind, Mayor Cathy VonWald, Scott Hageman and Chuck Price voted in favor of the measure; Deputy Mayor Hank Stecker voted against it.

Prior to the vote, City Councilman Mike Roskind said citizens have been clear about how they feel about Cindy Baker, Interim Development Services Director. They do not think she is a good fit. They have brought forward many concerns. Past practices at the city, things done behind closed doors, for example, may have hindered her success here. She is an interim employee. Her department has a huge workload. In addition, there have been changes in administration, and it has been difficult for the city to get on an even keel.


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Regional leaders: ‘It’s time to get moving’
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

“Band-aids and quick fixes won’t cut it anymore.”

This is a line from a regional transportation report entitled “Blueprint for Progress” that sets out a mega transportation package that will go before the voters of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties this November.

King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson, a board member of the road and transit agencies responsible for the proposal, said on the March 20 KUOW radio program “The Conversation” that she had the impression the total package would cost approximately $17 billion. Apparently, because the roads and transit portions of the plan are designed to work together, the ballot measures to approve them have been linked. Voters must approve the roads measure and the transit measure, or both will fail.


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City Council, County Executive back new route for Dinner Train
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

The Woodinville City Council unanimously passed a resolution April 2 formally declaring its support of Spirit of Woodinville Dinner Train service between Woodinville and the City of Snohomish starting this year. The resolution asks the King County Executive and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway to use all their influence to ensure continued operation of the Dinner Train during 2007.

The Spirit of Washington currently runs on Burlington Northern tracks from Renton to Woodinville and makes over 400 stops per year in Woodinville, bringing between 80,000 and 100,000 passengers to the city.


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