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The Snoqualmie Falls were still flowing, of course, but in this photo taken from a helicopter Dec. 9, with the cliffs covered in snow and ice, it almost looks like the falls themseves are frozen.

Snoqualmie won’t buy parcel on ridge abandoned the purchase of the property. Snoqualmie will not be First, a stipulation by the spending $600,000 to help developer stated that if the city develop an affordable housing purchased the land at the heavproject on Snoqualmie Ridge. ily discounted rate, it must be The City Council planned used for affordable housing. to vote on the purchase of Since Imagine Housing, which the property known as “parcel had planned to build the projS-20” Dec. 9 to use as affordect, would have been unable to able housing purchase the “We’re not affordable by partnering land at this with the nonit would housing developers, we’re time, profit Imagine have fallen to not developers, period.” Housing. the city to fulfill However, the the commit— Matt Larson ment of affordcouncil decided Mayor able housing on to remove the vote from the land. the schedule “We’re not because support for purchasing affordable housing developers, the land had evaporated. we’re not developers, period,” In an interview after the Larson said. “It would put us meeting, Mayor Matt Larson in an untenable position to be described the deal as “a little regulating and developing that too much, too fast.” There sort of thing.” were three main reasons why The second reason the council the council changed tracks and changed their mind was another

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North Bend man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

The council bid farewell to council member Maria Henriksen. She has been on the council for

A 19-year-old man admits he was texting and speeding when he hit a woman with his pickup near North Bend on Jan. 1 and then fled, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Cody J. Eads pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to vehicular homicide (disregard for the safety of others) in connection with the death of a Lucinda Pieczatkowski, 57, of North Bend. Eads faces a sentence range of 15 to 20 months in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17. Pieczatkowski was walking along Stone Quarry Road around 2 a.m. New Year’s morning when she was hit by a truck and killed. Parts found at the scene indicated the vehicle that struck her was either a Ford F-150 pickup or a Ford Bronco.

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stipulation that they pay for an expensive capital investment in the form of sewer infrastructure for the property. The third reason the council dropped the deal was that the significant changes to the original development plans did not have adequate public input, according to Larson. For these reasons, the council decided not to vote to purchase the land for affordable housing, as was the original intent. “I still highly value that need in the community, but we felt it made more sense to wait and make sure to get a quality project there,” Larson said. “It was better to be more patient.” Other business


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Snoqualmie Valley girls appear in 30th PNB ‘Nutcracker’ By Sam Barbee UW Newslab Clara Soltys and Naomi Bray, fifth-graders from North Bend and Fall City, have tough jobs learning the choreography for “The Nutcracker.” There’s little room for error in the professional holiday blockbuster at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet annual show that features a full orchestra and a Christmas tree that literally grows on stage. PNB’s “Nutcracker” is so strenuous on dancers that there are multiple casts – each includes about 80 dancers of all ages. Clara and Naomi, who are both soldiers in the ballet’s infantry, aren’t alone in their dedication. Their mothers, Amy Soltys and Elizabeth Bray, have just as hard a job. Because the families live so far from the performance hall at Seattle Center, it’s like another job for them to drive their daughters to the city for rehearsals. Amy Soltys rightly calls it “dedication,” and Elizabeth Bray agrees, saying she tries to leave an hour to make the 45-minute drive. But the families are supportive because they know how important this chance is. “They have a lot of students and not a lot of parts,” Naomi’s mother said, “so it’s always an

Follow these holiday safety tips from the State Fire Marshal Keep your family safe during the holiday season by remembering these tips from the state fire marshal. If you enjoy a natural Christmas tree in your home, keep it well watered. Improper care of a live or an artificial tree can lead to a fire. “It takes only seconds for a tree to ignite and the

honor.” Clara’s mother, Amy Soltys, who was not a dancer, calls herself “supportive” and describes her family as “more outdoorsy, hiking … it’s not an episode of the dance moms over here, let me put it that way.” Soltys Naomi Bray says Clara has been dancing since she was young, taking lessons at the Si View Community Center in North Bend. Soltys says she was avoiding allowing Clara to audition at PNB because of the reluctance of being a “dance mom.” But last year, Soltys relented and Clara was enrolled at PNB. The fifth-grader at Opstad Elementary had been to a single class at PNB before she was cast as a small servant in last year’s “Nutcracker.” Clara also takes instruction three times a week at the PNB School in Bellevue in addition to “Nutcracker” rehearsals and performances in Seattle. “She breathes ballet,” Soltys said. “And, so you know, as a parent, I couldn’t imagine her not dancing. So you support her with that. Even though it might

entire room to become engulfed in flames,” said Washington State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy. He issued the following tips to prevent holiday fires: q Select the freshest tree possible. Needles on freshly cut trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. Needles should not break. If in doubt, bounce the tree trunk on the ground. If a lot of needles fall off, the tree has dried out, and is a fire hazard.

not be my thing, it’s certainly her thing. She needs dance like she needs air.” Sara Werner taught Clara for more than seven years at Si View before taking a job at PNB this year. She says Clara is very talented and is “one to watch.” “We at the Si View Dance Program work very hard to give our students the love for dance,” Werner said in an email. “Clara is a strong, young lady with supportive and encouraging parents. She is on track to continue to get great parts and excel quickly in the ballet world.” Unlike Clara, Naomi Bray grew up dancing. Naomi’s mother teaches ballet in Fall City and says Naomi has been around the studio since she was a baby. The North Bend elementary fifth grader has been in three “Nutcrackers” prior to this. For her first, when she was 8, she was a baby mouse; the next two years she was a party girl and this year she’s in the infantry. “The Nutcracker” is an old tale. The original story was dark and intended for adults. It was a novella called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” written in 1816 by Prussian romantic E.T.A. Hoffmann. Alexandre Dumas, author of the classic “The Three Musketeers,” rewrote it to make it happier and brighter so it

q When you take the tree home, cut the base at 45-degree angle. Keep the tree stand filled with water. Check it daily. q Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources. Fireplaces and heat vents, radiators, and space heaters will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. q Maintain your holiday lights. Use only lighting that has been listed

might appeal to children. Later choreographers Marius Pepita and Lev Ivanov created “The Nutcracker” and the now-famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the score. The ballet, first staged in December of 1892, Clara Soltys premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a double-bill with an opera by Tchaikovsky. In the beginning it was not a success. So Tchaikovsky carved out a 20-minute suite, and in Russia it ran until 1934, when the ballet made its way to England. Ten years later, William Christensen choreographed the first American production of “The Nutcracker” in San Francisco and by the 1960’s, “The Nutcracker” was a household name. PNB has been staging “The Nutcracker” since 1983. The PNB show is choreographed by Kent Stowell. He has been producing “The Nutcracker” for all 30 years. Artist and author Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, designed the PNB sets and costumes that are still a high-

by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). q Inspect your holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Never connect more than three strands of lights sets together. q Do not overload electrical outlets. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch. q Use only nonflammable or flame retardant

light of the show. Otto Neubert, a ballet master for PNB, said performing in “The Nutcracker” is a wonderful opportunity for their students. “But we ask a lot of the children and their families, especially when there is a long commute to Seattle involved,” Neubert said. “I really enjoy working with students like Clara and Naomi who, together with their parents, make this commitment each year.” Elizabeth Bray has volunteered backstage in previous years but she’s not this season. Instead she brings along Naomi’s younger sister, who is in third grade and is an iceskater. To kill time, Elizabeth says they “go to the ice-skating rink, go to the movies, go shopping, do homework, things like that.” But the drive ultimately gives her quality time with both daughters. “The Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 29. There are both matinees and evening shows at Marion Oliver McGraw Hall at Seattle Center. Get ticket information at www.pnb.org/ Season/13-14/Nutcracker. Sam Barbee is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. He can be reached at barbee43@gmail.com.

decorations. q If using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

Book-It presents ‘Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher’ Actors from Book-It Repertory Theatre will bring photographer Edward Curtis’ adventures to life in a presentation at 7 p.m. Dec.12 at the North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend. The show is based on Timothy Egan’s award-winning book, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.” Curtis traveled around the United States in the early 20th century, docu-

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Snoqualmie police officers and the King County Sheriff’s SWAT team arrested six suspects on suspicion of drug activity at 6 a.m. Dec. 6 during a planned drug raid in Snoqualmie. The Snoqualmie Police Department has been conducting an ongoing investigation of possible drug activity at a residence in the 38000 block of Southeast Northern Street. Six adults were arrested on various drug charges and outstanding warrants. They were all booked into the King County Jail.

Two bands join to perform holiday favorites The North Bend elementary school fifth grade band will be performing a concert at 7:30

Guilty From Page 1 The Eads’ family attorney contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office the next day and informed them that the pickup involved in the crash, an F-150, was at the Eads’ residence. Detectives impounded the pickup, which had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian, the sheriff’s office said.

p.m. Dec., 12 in the Mount Si High School auditorium. They will be joined by Brass Band Northwest. The students will show off what they have learned in the last 12 weeks and that performance will be followed by holiday favorites performed by Brass Band Northwest for the students and their families. The event is organized by the elementary band director, Lorraine Thurston, who also plays the tuba for Brass Band Northwest. The evening will also feature snowman artwork made by Mrs. Wagner’s second grade class. The night will end with the Brass Band and the students playing together. The concert is free.

Snoqualmie Valley Moms group about goal-setting at 9:30 am. Dec. 17 at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City. The moms support and information group, which started earlier this year under the auspices of

Encompass, meets monthly. It welcomes all mothers of all ages, whether they work inside the home or hold down an outside the home job. Myers will help moms explore what it means to be happy. She will lead the group in a hands-on goal-

setting workshop. Joel Aune, Superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, will make a brief presentation about the school levy process and upcoming ballot measure. On-site childcare available for $5 per child;

pre-registration required at http://www.encompassnw.org/subcontent. aspx?SecID=151. It is not necessary to register for moms unless you intend to utilize on-site childcare. To get more information call 425-888-2777 or visit www.encompassnw.org.

Moms group offers goal-setting workshop Life coach Denise Myers will teach the

It took detectives several months to collect enough evidence to determine who was behind the wheel, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told KINGTV. Eads was charged in August. “I’ve got to tell you, we did not have a whole lot of cooperation on this case. There were a lot of people who supposedly knew who the driver was and what happened, but they were reluctant to come forward and tell us,” said West.

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A group of children came to the Snoqualmie City Council meeting to share some tips about flood control with the City Council.

Council From Page 1 10 years and this was her last meeting as a member. The city thanked Henriksen for her service and her name was placed on a plaque that is hanging in the council chambers. She is the first council member to leave since the current building had been put in

place as the first dedicated City Hall. The council unanimously approved a 3 percent raise for management and professionals employed by the city in 2014. Five children came to the meeting and gave the council some suggestions about flood control. In addition, the group of fourth and fifth graders from Snoqualmie

by-one to describe their team. They use Legos to make robots that compete in simple tasks, such as navigating through space. Sam Kenyon can be reached at skenyon@snovalleystar.com.

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Editorial

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Remember to drive differently in winter

Guest column By Maria Henriksen

Because of the elevation here in Snoqualmie and North Bend, we often get snow and ice when it is raining at lower elevations. This means we drivers need to be cognizant of how to drive safely in multiple kinds of road conditions. And like our neighbors in the lowlands, we often forget between seasons how to handle the different road conditions. First and foremost, we need to pay attention to the road, the traffic around us and what the weather is throwing at us. That means putting away the cellphone. It also means women need to spend a few extra minutes at home putting on their make-up, instead of applying mascara and eyeliner at stoplights, and men need to leave their razors behind. If breakfast includes a run through a fast food drivethru lane, pull into the restaurant parking lot to eat. Juggling coffee and a breakfast sandwich is never recommended, but when visibility is limited and streets are slick, it is more important than ever to keep both hands on the steering wheel. Running late? Take a deep breath and promise you’ll leave earlier tomorrow, but in snow and heavy rain, you should be driving slower than usual. AAA pointed out this week that no matter how quickly you can brake, it takes all vehicles longer to stop on wet or snow-covered pavement. These driving experts suggest leaving extra space between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Car manufacturers as well as law enforcement agencies advise against using cruise control during storms and inclement weather. You did remember to turn on your headlights, right? In storms, on gray mornings or in the late afternoon, we all need illumination. Not only will you see better with your lights on, but other drivers will be able to spot you coming. Of course you are wearing your seat belt and you made sure your passengers are buckled up, too, didn’t you? If you’re just going on a short errand, make certain you have warm, dry and weatherproof clothes with you. Car trouble can be annoying anytime, but during a rain or snow storm, having warm clothes can mean the difference between surviving and not. Remember: Drive carefully and be safe. Your loved ones and your community depend on you. Deborah Berto Joe Heslet

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As I bring my time on the Snoqualmie City Council to a close, I want to thank the citizens for your trust and the opportunity to serve you over the past 10 years. The choice to step down was not easy, but I am pleased with what we have accomplished together. When I began we were a city of 4,000 residents. Snoqualmie was poised for explosive growth, yet we suffered from a budget reliant on one-time revenues to cover regular expenses. Our downtown infrastructure was crumbling, we were challenged with flooding and there was concern among long-time residents about what an influx of new people would mean to their lifestyle. Citizens had been promised a community center, yet it had no funding, and we had been assured neighborhood retail and schools to support our population, but there had been little progress on either front. In the past 10 years, we have successfully addressed those

areas and more. The Council and Administration have stabilized the City budget, weaned operations off of one-time revenues and improved our credit rating. We have addressed numerous infrastructure issues and made investments in revitalizing downtown, which is now ripe for private investment. We have provided flood mitigation and maintained our own police and fire departments to insure the best possible service for our citizens. We have fostered retail and business development during trying economic times, and have worked to support the School District as they built two new schools and endeavor to build more. In addition, with the support of my colleagues, I had the opportunity to serve in a leadership role to fulfill the promise of a Community Center and form a unique partnership with the YMCA in order to run it. I also led the establishment of the Economic Development, Branding and Marketing Plan and led the creation of a way finding system which was even-

tually adopted throughout the Valley. Most recently, I headed the effort to secure the future of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication of the Council and the support of the community. It has been my pleasure to work with the Administration, the skilled staff and the generous volunteers on our Commissions and Boards. The Council could not do our work without your thoughtful guidance. It has been my particular pleasure to work alongside my talented and dedicated colleagues on the City Council. You have my utmost respect and thanks for your tireless efforts on behalf of our City. I also want to thank my husband, Peter, and my three boys, Christian, Jonathan and Daniel. Having a Council member in the family requires a commitment from the whole family, and they have supported me every step of the way. Lastly, I want to thank you, the now 11,500+ citizens of Snoqualmie, for allowing me to represent you for the past 10 years in shaping this wonderful City we all call home.

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Santa’s gift registry could make wishes There is a secret selfish longing we all share this time of year. It is traditional to give gifts at Christmas, of course, but there’s always the chance that those who adore us for our sterling qualities won’t give us what we really want or unquestioningly deserve. Therefore … we are allowed to have Christmas present dreams. Just take Doc. He knows he’ll be getting neckties from the grandkids and socks and underwear from Mrs. Doc. His daughters? Well, they’re the wild cards. They work hard each year to get Doc something different and special. But for Doc, when he sits quietly and dreams, there’s just that nine-foot Sage fly rod. Oh yes. With that, he’ll be able to feel the fish breathe down in Lewis Creek. Anita Campbell knows Dud will give her clothes that look really good to him but are either the wrong size or the wrong color, or they are a style she wouldn’t wear to the grand opening of a septic tank. But she always wears them for one day, anyway, and it’s a day when Dud is home and she knows she doesn’t have to go anywhere. Her secret Christmas dream

has a lot to do with warm, sandy beaches, a tall, fruity adult beverage with an umbrella in it, and surfing lessons. She’s willing to compromise, Slim Randles of course, Columnist because of the expense. It doesn’t have to have an umbrella. Steve, like many cowboys, has been gratifying his secret Christmas dreams in the wellworn pages of catalogs. His compadres in the bunkhouse will shower

him with snoose, of course, as that is his drug of choice, but for him, there’s that pair of Tony Lama boots. Oh yes, the ones with the filigree-looking tops. He knows he’ll just naturally ride Ol’ Snort better if he’s wearing them. You know, every bride has this registry thingy she uses so Aunt Mims won’t get her a butter dish that doesn’t match the sugar bowl, so why doesn’t someone come up with a Christmas dream registry? You’re welcome. No charge. Grandma thought he said “you’re the crest,” ‘til she took her free hearing test. Beltone. 1-866-867-8700.

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By Sam Kenyon

By Sam Kenyon

The bar at Snoqualmie Brewery is packed with trivia buffs during a Geeks Who Drink event.

One of the teams, The Mayors of Mahogany, (clockwise from bottom left), Mark Bland, Adam Myers, Angela Lynch, David McMenomy, Kim Edwards, Melissa Morrisset down some pints and answer some questions.

Geeks Who Drink bring trivia fun to Snoqualmie Brewery By Sam Kenyon On Wednesday nights the upstairs of the Snoqualmie Brewery becomes one of hundreds of quiz nights that are mirrored all over the country. Geeks Who Drink is a nationwide organization that organizes pub trivia. They produce more than 400 pub quiz events in 29 states. For the last six months, Geeks Who Drink has hosted trivia nights at the Snoqualmie Brewery, where teams of up to six people play for gift cards, bragging rights, and fun. “The goal is just to get people in here, have a good time, and see if we can get it rocking in here,” said Ken Brill, the host of the event. Brill has worked for Geeks Who Drink for one and a half years as a host and writer. Each event gets their trivia questions in various ways such as crowd sourcing and content writers, like Brill. The organization is based out of Denver. There the main editor, Christopher Short, makes sure all the questions are accurate and of a high quality. Short is a six-time “Jeopardy” champion. “On every Wednesday night, no matter where you are in the country, you get the same quiz, but you’ll never see those questions again,” said Brill. “We’ve got a whole

stable of writers helping us keep our content up to date and fresh.” In addition to being a host and writer, Brill also oversees hiring and training of new hosts in the Seattle area. “It’s a pretty big organization,” he said. The brewery has been happy to have them. Stacy Simpson is the floor manager and has worked at the brewery for over four years. “It’s been really good for business,” she said. “It definitely increased revenue.” Some people who had

never been to the brewery came because of the trivia night. They keep coming for the selection of beers, all brewed in house. “We’ve actually gotten some new regulars from it,” she said. The atmosphere is light and loud, and Brill makes sure the teams are having fun. The questions are varied and humorous, and often make use of multimedia with audio clips or illustrations. The event is free to play and open for all ages, although young people should definitely be accompanied by a parent.

“They get a little bit rowdy up there, it can be PG-13,” said Simpson. Brill hosts the show, but he also writes content and sometimes the questions he reads are his own. Some of his favorite types of questions are word play answers where two answers each share a syllable to make one answer. For example: “A movie where Michael J. Fox plays a hairy teenager, and a famous CNN news anchor?” The answer: “Teen Wolf Blitzer.” “My goal is to entertain you for two hours,” said

Brill. “Even if you think you’re no good at it, I give a prize for second to last place. If you can beat one of the other teams in here and you stay the whole night, you’ll walk out with ten bucks. I really want to

reward people for coming. “Some of my favorite players don’t win, and they come every week, and they have the most fun. And I think See GEEKS, Page 7

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Obituary Pete Montson Pete Montson joined this world on Sept. 1, 1953, in Sun Valley, Calif. He departed this world from Palm Springs, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was stricken down at age 60 by a stroke, while caring Pete Montson for his parents. He leaves behind parents John and Mary Montson, and a sister Marilyn, all at 41972 Humber Drive, Temecula, CA 92591, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins in Southern California, Oklahoma and British Columbia, and a multitude of friends. Pete was a longtime resident of North Bend. He graduated from Poly High School in Sun Valley, Calif., achieved a Bachelor of Science in natural resource management in 1977, and a master’s in teaching in 1978 at Cal Poly State U in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He taught at Santa Rosa High (1979-82),

Rogers High in Puyallup (1983-90) and Mount Si High (1990-2011). Ever curious, he had numerous side gigs along the way — pizza maker, waiter, park ranger, missionary in Germany, naturalist, cruise director, llama herdsman, tour guide, Seattle Underground Guide, Space Needle elevator operator, landscaper, stadium host at CenturyLink Field, ski instructor, trails and rails ranger on Amtrak, extra in commercials and wedding officiant. Pete was always filled with wonder as he passed through God’s creation and helped show it to others. He loved the outdoors and all activities associated with it. He was at home in a pub or in a pulpit. His friends came from all walks of life. Pete was a man of faith who loved serving others. A celebration of his life will be held at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City, WA 98024, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. All are welcome. Information and updates are available at www.weeknightwanderers. com.

Police and fire reports North Bend police Phone walks away Police responded to The Swirl on 426 Main Avenue South at 4:07 p.m. on Nov. 30 to reports of larceny. An unknown suspect is believed to have stolen a cell phone from an unattended table. No one witnessed the theft, but the suspect left quickly soon after phone was noticed missing.

Sabotage? Police responded to the 200 block of Ballarat Avenue North on Nov. 30 at 6:22 p.m. to a report that the victim’s fuel tank had been tampered with. The driver noticed his fuel was draining faster than normal and he smelled gasoline when he discovered the leak.

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Police responded to Bartell Drugs on 248 Bendigo Boulevard South at 10:08 a.m. on Dec. 4 to reports of theft. An unknown white male in

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his twenties with medium length hair drove into the parking lot at 3:15 a.m. and used bolt cutters to break into the Blue Rhino propane unit. The suspect took nine canisters of propane.

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a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a cooking fire that was confined to the cooking container.

Chimney sweep Seven engines were dispatched to the 42000 block of Southeast 108 Street at 3:45 p.m. to reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a chimney or flue fire that was confined to the chimney or flue.

Winne-flameo Fire fighters responded to I-90 along with Eastside Fire units on Dec. 1 to a motor home fire. Crews prevented fuel from entering the storm drain and suppressed the fire. No injuries were reported.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

One engine was dispatched to the 1500 block of Boalch Avenue Northwest at 11:44 a.m. Nov. 22 for a report of unauthorized burning.

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Fire fighters responded to 396 Drive Southeast on December 4 to a chimney fire. The homeowner extinguished the fire and crews assisted with smoke removal.

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Five engines were dispatched to the 8500 block of 381st Place Southeast at 11:38 p.m. Nov. 22 for an emergency medical service call.

Fire fighters responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge on Nov. 21 to a malfunctioning fire hydrant spurting water into the street. The hydrant was turned off and the public works department was notified so de-icer could be laid down.

Fire fighters responded to the Salish Lodge on Dec. 4 to reports of smoke filling up the second floor. Investigation revealed a guest did not open a damper while using the fireplace. Two gas powered fans were used to blow the smoke out of the building.

Phantom odors

In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to 27 medical aid calls which brings the total annual call number to 1094.

Accident Trauma Three engines were dispatched to the 40900 block of Southeast 131 Street at 9:17 p.m. Nov. 24 to respond to an accident involving trauma.

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Fire fighters responded to Isley Street on Nov. 30 to reports from a homeowner who smelled natural gas inside their residence. Fire crews investigated but could not detect the smell or its source. Puget Sound Energy was alerted for further inspection.

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New library program Twin Falls Elementary School gets medieval allows residents to discuss hot topics So far, most people who have posted comExpress your upbeat ments believe there is a comments, deepest worlarge drug problem in ries and inner thoughts the Valley. One writer, at all hours of the day or who recently moved to night through the King the area because she/or/ County Library’s Convey. he thought it was a safe This online system works place, now worries about like a corner coffee shop choosing the right place or town to raise hall forum. “We are providing children. The You the forum so people Library don’t have can say what they suggests a to register topic and to use the want..” you get to site; you join the — Elisa Steele can just conversaKing County Libraries read what tion. your neighIn the bors are Snoqualmie Valley, the saying. topic until the end of “You can just lurk,” the year is public safety, said Elisa Steele, special illegal drug use and projects manager for the crime in the Snoqualmie KCLS. “Lurking is just Valley. The Library fine.” and Snoqualmie Valley She points out that the Community Network library makes no judgpartnered in this project. ment about postings. At the end of the “The library is a neumonth, written comtral organization,” Steele ments will be provided said. “We are providing anonymously and unedthe forum so people can ited to the Network, say what they want. We the cities of Duvall and just provide the means North Bend, the Fall City for the conversation.” community, the police Convey was used in and sheriff departments, Kirkland at one point to school districts and social See CONVEY, Page 9 service agencies.

By Sherry Grindeland

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By Kyle Wallace

Sixth graders at Twin Falls Middle School pose with their catapults. The students were given a week to design and build the contraptions as part of their science curriculum. Teacher Kyle Wallace said that in the four years he’s been teaching this lesson, he is always amazed at the variety of designs. One small one was a plastic spoon strapped to two soda bottles and there was a large one powered by garage door springs. Another was a pair of skis fastened to board planks. Students demonstrated their catapults Nov. 26 and Wallace recorded distance and hang time of the material launched.

if you don’t win, you’re still going to walk out thinking, ‘that was fun.’” One six member team in particular has a track record of dominating at the Brewery. Their team name is The Mayors of Mahogany Ridge. They’re so good they were invited to a regional challenge by Geeks Who Drink. The 25 best teams from the

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YOUR WEEK

DECEMBER 12, 2013

SCHEDULE THIS: Start the day off with a special Breakfast with Santa, from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the Mount Si Golf Course Restaurant, 9010 Boalch Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. There will be a special, kid-friendly holiday menu. Stay for a picture with Santa Claus. Reservations are recommended but are not required. To learn more or to make reservations, call 888-2150.

Send your news Send items for Your Week to newsclerk@ isspress.com by noon Friday.

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q Young Toddler Story Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 6-24 months with adult

q Rich Cole and John Hansen, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307

q Kid Play Indoor Playground, 9-11 a.m., Church on the Ridge, 35131 S.E. English St., Snoqualmie, families with children ages 0-5, free q Kids Night Out!, 6-10 p.m., Si View Social Room, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend, games, $25 q Kid Free Fridays at the Y, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, ages 3-12, $10, register at www.seattleymca.org q Teen Late Night at the Y, 7-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, ages 11-16, free, 256-3115 q Ham Carson Quartet, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q John Hoover and The Quinns, 7:30 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8313647 q Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas, 8 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, ages 21 and older, $14-47

q Santa Train, hourly departures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Northwest Railway Museum North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan St., $20/person, $18/ museum members, www.tickets.trainmuseum.org q Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. to noon, Mount Si Golf Course Restaurant, 9010 Boalch Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 888-2150 q Come See Santa, breakfast at 9 a.m., Santa arrives at 10 a.m., North Bend Moose Lodge, 108 N. Sidney St. q Town of Snoqualmie Falls Video and Discussion, 10 a.m. to noon, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend, free, 831-1900 q Salish Holiday Tea, Salish Lodge, 2-4 p.m., 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, $35/adults, $15/ ages 6-12, call 1-800-2-SALISH q Parents Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, $15/ ages 2-10, 888-2777 q Baby Gramps, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831-3647

q Santa Train, hourly departures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Northwest Railway Museum North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan St., $20/person, $18/ museum members, includes 3.5 mile train ride into Snoqualmie, visit with Santa Claus and homemade cookies, view schedule and purchase tickets at www.tickets.trainmuseum.org

q Deep-water aerobics class, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, Si View Pool, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend, a low-impact water exercise class, $5 or $4 for seniors q MSHS Vocal Jazz Clinic, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307

q Reilly and Maloney, 2 p.m., Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 831-5667 q Salish Holiday Tea, Salish Lodge, 2-4 p.m., 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, everyone is welcome, $35/adults, $15/ ages 6-12, call 1-800-2-SALISH for reservations q Craig Ferguson: Hot and Grumpy, 7 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, ages 21 and older, $73-121, tickets available through Ticketmaster q Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307

q Moms Group: Introducing the Life Wheel: A Personal GoalSetting Plan to Move Forward in Life, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City

q Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307 q Daniel McCafferty Duo, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307 q Movie night, 9 p.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie, free popcorn!

q All Snoqualmie city meetings have been cancelled. q Community & Economic Development Committee, 3:30-5 p.m., at the Community & Economic Development Department

q Preschool Story Time, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 3-6 with adult q Anime and Manga Club, 3-5 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.

q North Bend City Council meeting, 7-9 p.m., Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. South, North Bend

q Laura Meyer, 7:30 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8313647

q Teen Skate Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., every Wednesday, free to community teens q Future Jazz Heads, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307

q Snoqualmie City Council meeting cancelled.

q Pajamarama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.

q Jazz Heads, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307

q Comedy night: Geoff Young and Bob Baily III, 8 p.m., Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., $5


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Food Bank needs hams

The Mt. Si Food Bank is feeling the pinch. The number of families needing food assistance has climbed from the low 300s to more than 400 in recent weeks said Marilyn Erlitz who helps run the food bank. “We need help from the community to provide holiday hams for our patrons,” she said in an email. The need, Erlitz said, is great for all kinds of donations, but the food bank tries to make everyone’s holidays special. Giving hams to food bank patrons provides them with something special for Christmas dinner plus it can usually be stretched into multiple meals. The Mt. Si Food Bank will be open for donations 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 16 and 17 and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. It is located at 122 E. Third St., North Bend. For more information call 888-0096 or go to http://mtsifoodbank.org/.

Cascade dancers perform holiday show More than 70 local dance students will be participating in the Cascade Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker Sweets and Holidays on Broadway” show Dec. 15. Two shows will be presented at 1 and 3:30 p.m. at Twin Falls Middle School, 46910 S.E. Middle Fork Road, North Bend. All of act two of “The

Convey From Page 7 engage the community in conversation about trails and the possible conversion of an old railroad line into hiking and biking paths. The subjects, Steele

Nutcracker” will be performed in addition to festive tap, jazz and musical theater numbers. Tickets are $6 per person and will be available at the door.

Register now for Winter Break camps

There are several options in the Snoqualmie Valley to keep children happy and active while school is out this holiday season. A variety of programs for all ages are available through the Snoqualmie YMCA and Si View Metro Parks. “The children are excited to be able to get out and do some activities with their friends on a daily basis,” said David Mayer, the executive director of the Snoqualmie YMCA. “They have a great time.”

pizza party Dec. 30 - Tubing at Summit at Snoqualmie Pass Jan. 2 – Gameworks in Seattle Jan. 3 – Paintball at Forest Fire. Parents can send their kids to one or all of the day’s events. Preregistration is available but not necessary. For more information call 425-2563115 or visit snovalleyymca.org. Si View

Kindergarten - 5th grade All day programs are available for this age group at YMCA Winter Break Days. Parents can drop their child off for the entire day Dec. 23, 27, 30, 31 and Jan. 2, 3. The kids will enjoy arts and craft as well as games in the YMCA gymnasium. 10 - 16 year-olds Slightly older youth have the option of daily field trips. This group will meet at the YMCA in the morning and then travel in the Y’s van to an interesting destination. Dec. 23 – Service project followed by swimming Dec. 27 – Bowling and

Kindergarten - 5th grade Winter Break Day Camp at Meadowbrook Farm: An all-day activity program with arts and crafts and games on Dec. 23, 27, 30, Jan 2, and Jan. 3. Doors open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; camp activities 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $60 per day. Holiday Hoops A basketball camp for various age groups from kindergarten through 8th grade will be held Dec. 26-27. These popular camps run vary in time depending upon age group. Youth will work on their skills and drills and play games. This camp is hugely popular, especially since it is basketball season. Camps will be held at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City or the Freshman Campus in Snoqualmie. Costs range from $35-$45. Holiday Pros A baseball camp for ages 9 – 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 26-27 at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City. Skills and drills

said, depend upon what the community wants and needs. Conversation threads are easy to follow. For instance, one writer suggested installing cameras again at the North Bend Library. “The actions of the KCLS to remove the cameras from outside

the library to ensure free access to the library has increased the risk to the community,” wrote one participant. “I know many mothers that no longer go to the N.B. library due to safety concerns.” That was followed by another writer suggesting area businesses also install

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in anticipation of the spring season. $50. “The children always end up having a ton of fun, no matter which program they choose,” said Minna Rudd, the recreation supervisor at Si View. “It’s a great break for mom and dad.” Space is limited for all activities so pre-registration are required. Visit www.siviewpark.org or call 425-831-1900.

Snow is forecast: Are you prepared to drive? AAA recommends that all drivers be prepared for snow this winter no matter what the forecast. Here are 10 essential items that should be in your car when you drive in inclement weather. Cell phone and charger for making emergency calls. Warning devices (flares, triangles or other visual alerts). First aid kit. Flashlight with new batteries. Non-perishable food and water. Blankets and warm clothing including hat and gloves. Jumper cables. Abrasive material (sand or cat litter) or traction mats and a small shovel. Ice/snow scraper for clearing car and windows. Tire chains.

ing in winter conditions to drive distraction-free. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash.  AAA recommends if you are with a passenger, enlist the passenger’s help to carry out activities that would otherwise distract you from driving safely. Do Not Use Cruise Control and Avoid Tailgating: Normal following distances of three to four seconds for dry pavement should be increased to eight to 10 seconds when driving on icy, slippery surfaces. This extra time will allow for extra braking distance should a sudden stop become necessary. If driving on a four-lane highway, stay in the clearest lane; avoid changing lanes and driving over built-up snow. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery (wet, ice, snow, sand) surface; not using cruise control will allow you to respond instantly when you lift your foot off the accelerator. Know When to Brake and When to Steer: Some driving situations require abrupt action to avoid a crash or collision and in winter conditions the decision to steer or brake can have very different outcomes. When travelling over 25 MPH, AAA recommends steering over brak-

ing to avoid a collision in wintery conditions, as less distance is required to steer around an object than to brake to a stop.  In slick conditions, sudden braking can lead to loss of vehicle control. However, sometimes steering is not an option. Braking on slippery surfaces requires you to look further head and increased following and stopping distances. Plan stopping distances as early as possible and always look 20-30 seconds ahead of your vehicle to ensure you have time and space to stop safely. Shaded spots, bridges, overpasses and intersections are areas where ice is likely to form first and will be the most slippery. It is important to adjust your braking habits as road conditions change. Stay in Control through a Skid: Even careful drivers can experience skids. When a vehicle begins to skid, it’s important to not panic and follow these basic steps: Continue to look and steer in the direction the car needs to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to control. For more information on driving during winter weather, download the AAA’s free How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure at http://www.aaawa.com/ trafficsafety/documents/ HowtoGoonIceandSnow.pdf

Remember the following tips: Drive Distraction Free: It is important when driv-

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Sports

DECEMBER 12, 2013

Mount Si girls basketball has pair of tough losses By Calder productions

Forward Madi Bevens, No. 3 (right), drives through the Skyline squad in an effort to score in the Dec. 4 game. In the other picture, sophpmore guard Makayla Turpin, No. 32, tries to break away from the competition. The Mount Si High School girls team lost to Skyline, 79-49. The Wildcats were defeated Dec. 7 by Bellevue, 79-23. “We’ve had two really tough games against some top teams,” said coach Megan Botulinksi.

Lindsey Carr ends high school volleyball, moves to next level By Maria Erickson Lindsey Carr, the outside hitter on the Mount Si High School’s volleyball team, was a force to be reckoned with this season. The six-feet, two-inch senior led the team to a 21-11 overall finish and an 11-3 league record. Mount Si placed second in the KingCo 3A volleyball standings, and won the KingCo 3A League Tournament. The Wildcats ended up sixth in SeaKing District playoffs. Bonnie Foote, the volleyball coach, said Carr has worked hard at Mount Si. “Lindsey had a great career here,” Foote said. “In her three years at Mount Si, she developed into a nice player and achieved her goal of becoming a division 1 athlete.” Carr has been breaking records since she started playing volleyball in eighth grade. Coach Foote added that Carr worked hard in the weight room, getting stronger and improving her jump as well as in the gym working on funda-

mentals. As a player, Carr is both committed to the team and passionate for the sport. Unfortunately, passion Lindsey Carr and commitment weren’t enough. Mount Si’s volleyball team did make the state championships. However, in typical Carr leadership style, she encouraged other Wildcats players to go to the championships to show support for the other teams. She was “glad that a King County team won it all.” When asked why she plays and loves volleyball, Carr said, “I’ve met some of my best friends through playing school and club volleyball, and I’ve realized how fun it is!” She describes the relationships between players as “super close.”

It would make sense that the girls on the team are close because they spent many hours a day together. For just the Mount Si team, they practiced an average of two and a half hours per day, doing both specific tutoring and scrimmage type drills. Carr also plays with the Sudden Impact Volleyball Club of Bellevue. That season is just beginning. Carr has been in love with the sport since she began playing it and does everything she can to encourage younger players to join volleyball teams. “My advice for younger players is there is a place for all types of athletes on a volleyball team, whether you’re a small, fast, defensive-orientated type of a player or a tall, strong offensive player,” Carr said. “There is an equal place for everyone. The key is no matter what role you play, you just have to learn to outwork the next person because talent can only get you so far. “Hustle wins every time.” As much as Carr loves to see

the younger athletes start playing, she also looks towards the future where older athletes will keep playing after high school. Too many youth play sports throughout high school and then stop when they reach college. That’s not the case for Carr. Being a senior, Carr had to decide whether or not to continue playing volleyball post high school, and if she did continue, where she would go to play it. The decision was easy for Carr. She wanted to continue to play the sport she loves. On Nov. 13, Carr signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She will be attending Loyola on a volleyball scholarship. She is pleased with this opportunity. Carr describes Loyola as a “perfect fit” for her. She can’t imagine going anywhere else. Carr has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for the majority of her life. During elementary school

years, she attended both Snoqualmie Elementary School and Cascade View Elementary School, and then was at Chief Kanim Middle School and Snoqualmie Middle School, before coming to Mount Si High School. It is bittersweet to leave a high school team for a college one, but Carr said the Mount Si volleyball team will still be striving after she graduates. “We have a lot of talented, hard working players,” Carr said. “We all want the same thing, and that’s to compete! I’m really excited for the team.” Carr looks back on her years of middle school and high school volleyball with a sense of satisfaction, and she looks forwards towards her years of college volleyball, ready to embrace what’s coming. “She came up key in some big matches for us in the three years as a Wildcat,” said Coach Foote. “We will miss her! Maria Erickson is a junior at Mount Si High School. She can be contacted at maria@ericksonhome.com.


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Nikki Stanton makes all-region team Nikki Stanton was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region First Team. Stanton plays midfield for Fairfield University women’s soccer team. Stanton, from North Bend, graduated from Mount Si High School in 2009. “I am pleased that my coaching peers in our region recognized the impact that Nikki Stanton has had on our program over the course of her career,” said Jim O’Brien, Fairfield University coach, in a statement. “She has been an integral part of our success, and we will miss her greatly, not only on the field, but as a person and as a part of our program on a daily basis. This is a tremendous accolade for her and I congratulate her on the honor.” Stanton was a four-year starter for the Stags, after missing her first season due to an injury she suffered in high school. She became only the seventh player in program history to earn First-Team All-MAAC Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference accolades, after finishing the season as the Stags leader

Humane Society offers winter tips to keep pets safe, healthy With snow and freezing temperatures here, it’s time to prepare pets for the winter weather. Seattle Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe when the temperature dips:   Keep pets indoors Pets can get frostbite, too. Never leave pets outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. On freezing cold days, keep their walks and snow-romps short. Never let dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become easily lost. Always make sure pets are microchipped and wear ID tags.

in assists, with seven. Stanton tallied 11 points this season while leading Fairfield to the championship game of the 2013 MAAC Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors. Stanton started 77 of the 79 games in which she played in her four seasons, which leaves her fifth on the all-time starts list in program history. She tallied 15 assists for her career, leaving her just outside the program’s top-10 and graduates with 27 total career points. She excelled in the classroom as well, earning four MAAC All-Academic Team selections and three MAAC AllAcademic Honor Roll nods.

Boeing Classic earns award

For the second consecutive year the Boeing Classic has received the 2013 Champions Tour Tournament Business Affairs Award at the Tour’s annual year-end conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The TBA team rates and grades every tournament in several different categories that determine what makes a successful event. This was the ninth year in a row that the Boeing Classic earned the highest overall score among all 27

Dress appropriately A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside. Increase food supply Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing their food supply, particularly protein, will keep them in tip-top shape. Beware of seasonal poisons Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal to dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped off when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. Make sure to use dog booties to prevent pets from getting chemicals and street salt on the pads of their feet, which can lead to burns

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Champions Tour events. In 2007 the tournament earned the Outstanding Achievement Award, in 2010 it received the prestigious Presidents Awards and in 2011 was awarded the Players Award and to go along with last year’s first TBA Award. The tournament held its first event in 2005 and in just nine years has raised nearly $5 million for Greater Seattle charities.  “The Tournament Business Affairs Award specifically acknowledges our efforts to engage and encourage the involvement of the community we are proud to be a part of, which includes sponsors, partners, volunteers and more,” said Boeing Classic Tournament Director Michelle DeLancy.  “Being recognized is a testament to all who have supported the Boeing Classic over the past nine years and we look forward to celebrating our 10th Anniversary and continuing to solidify our position as the best event on the Champions Tour.” The Boeing Classic, one of the PGA Champions tours, features legends of golf who are 50 years or older. The 10th annual classic will be held Aug. 18-24, 2014, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

and poisoning if they lick their feet. Offer warm sleeping spots Pets belong inside with the rest of the family. Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months.  Save a life by tapping the car hood Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate. If you suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, contact the local animal control agency. For a list of agencies, go to at seattlehumane.org.

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DECEMBER 12, 2013

LEO now benefitting from vehicle donations

End of year festival

By Mary Martin

Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir performs during the North Bend Holiday Festival Dec. 7. Hundreds came to enjoy entertainment and fun with friends and neighbors.

Holiday donations urged to prevent blood shortage The Puget Sound Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to take just one hour between now and Jan. 5 to give blood.

The number of people visiting donation centers and mobile drives goes down by 30 percent or more during the holiday season — with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with vacations, family gatherings and social events.

The blood center needs to collect about 900 donations every weekday to ensure a stable supply of blood components for the 75 hospitals and clinics it serves in the region. The demand for blood components is continuous: Patients in hospitals are still undergoing surgeries,

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ERs are treating traumatic injuries, people are receiving treatments for cancer and surgeons are performing organ transplants — all depend on the blood supply to be there. There is a specific need for O-negative blood donors, universal donors whose blood can be given to patients with any other blood type. People can go to one of 11 donor centers in Western Washington. Appointments can be made online at schedule.psbc.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888 toll free.

Life Enrichment Options is now able to benefit from donations of a used car, van, truck, boat with a trailer or recreational vehicle. LEO, an Issaquah-based nonprofit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, has partnered with the Melwood Charity Car Donation Center to manage and operate a vehicle donation program. The nonprofit Melwood has provided job training and employment for more than 2,000 individuals with disabilities since 1963. All vehicles are accepted regardless of age and condition. Free towing is offered whether the vehicle is running or not, and the donation qualifies as an IRS tax deduction. Arrange for a vehicle donation by calling 1-855-KAR-CCDC (1-855527-2232) toll free with the year, make and model of the vehicle, the general condition, the vehicle identification number, and owner’s title and lien information. Learn more about LEO at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

Think green this holiday season

Holiday waste reduction has never been easier, and King County’s Green Holidays program is here to help. The program offers fun, festive new resources for the 2013 holiday season. 
Here are a few examples, from King County residents who are also experts on making the holidays greener, featured

on the newly-revamped Green Holidays website.
 Green giving: Use your skills — If you’re an accomplished photographer, for example, take pictures of families as a gift. Or give a digital copy of your favorite recipes, especially if the gift recipient has ever asked for your recipes. Green decorating: If you love them, why not keep using the same decorations you’ve used for 20 years? They have history. Spruce up your decorations by using branches from the yard. Green wrapping: Get creative using salvaged materials for wrapping, from a used plastic bottle to your kid’s old artwork. Pull an old scarf out of the closet and turn it into fabric gift wrap. Green eating: To reduce food waste, plan your holiday meals around what you know your family and friends like to eat. A leftovers party the day after can also help cut down on food waste. Always try to use locally grown, inseason ingredients, which these days means you have a lot of choices. Get more fun, practical ideas at KCgreenholidays. com.

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