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Fire Station 22 is hot topic of potential Bothell annexation By Andy Nystrom

Fire District 1 Commissioner Richard Schrock knows full well that the city of Bothell has the right to put annexation back on the ballot, and thousands of unincorporated Snohomish County residents have the right to vote on it in the April 17 special election. However, Schrock and fellow commissioners David Chan and Bob Meador voiced their disapproval of an estimated 22,000 people potentially being

annexed into Bothell at a meeting held Monday night at the fire district’s Everett headquarters. If annexation passes — which it failed to do so in last November’s election — the trio feels Bothell can’t fully staff and maintain Fire Station 22, which would become part of the city. With about 30 people — both for and against annexation — on hand at the meeting, the commissioners voted to reject Bothell’s interlocal agreement to [ more annex page 10 ]

Kenmore, developer terminate agreement for Village project By Andy Nystrom

One of Nancy Ousley’s first duties in her new job as assistant city manager in 2007 was to attend a council meeting. That evening, Kenmore and Urban Partners signed a development agreement for the Kenmore Village by the Lake Project. Two weeks ago, Ousley was on hand to witness the termination of that agreement with the developer, also known as RECP/UP Kenmore, LP. “The economy had a big


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Accepting Rachel’s Challenge Bothell students’ emotions flow during presentation By Andy Nystrom

Toward the end of the March 2 Rachel’s Challenge assembly at Skyview Junior High, presenter Jonathan Oliver asked students to close their eyes, bow their heads and focus for a minute on their lives. The throng of students from Skyview and Canyon Creek, Fernwood and Crystal Springs elementaries sat quiet in the darkened gym and took Oliver’s advice to heart. They had just experienced the story of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first person of 13 killed at the Columbine High tragedy on April 20, 1999. She was 17. Through heart-wrenching and inspirational video interviews and words from Oliver, the students learned of Scott’s wish to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which she wrote about in a school essay. Oliver asked people if they lost a family member or friend, and noted that being a Rachel’s Challenge presenter has “truly impacted my life to make me a better person.” During the assembly, Oliver offered the students five challenges: look for the best in others, treat others the way you want to be treated, choose positive influences, speak words of kindness and not cruelty and forgive yourself and to forgive others. Skyview Principal Dawn Mark said that part of Rachel’s Challenge is to change a school culture, to get at the heart of ha-

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that drew the attention of his fellow students. “I just thought that getting After her car took a hit, James down was a (good) spun across the highway and deed, but I think other flipped onto people took its roof, all it very seriTina Fischer ously and I could think felt honored about were that other her two people cared young boys, about what Will and I did,” Will James. Will, left, and James Fischer said. (I’m) When the glad James car settled, was safe, but Tina at first I was pretty happy I got an couldn’t hear the boys in the award, too.” back seat, but Will, 9, was “Will was very upset, but already in action: he calmly very brave and very conreached over and unbuckled cerned about his brother and James’ seat belt and put the me,” Tina said, noting that 5-year-old in a safe position. the family stuck together and Tina’s hearing soon kicked back into gear and she then knew that everyone was safe after their early evening accident on Interstate 405 in Bothell last Dec. 7. “I remember that we were upside down, I looked over and I could tell (James) had the air knocked out of him because he was upside down and just screaming,” Will said in his family’s Bothell home last week. “First, I thought it was too loud for me and I wanted to get him down so it wouldn’t be as loud. Then I thought that if James wasn’t having a good • Title Transfer • time, then I wasn’t going to • License Renewal • have a good time, so I just • Boat Registration • wanted to get him down and • Notary • make sure he was safe and • Pet License • not harmed.” Bothell Fire and EMS and Woodinville Fire and Rescue WORTHINGTON members were so impressed LICENSING with Will’s actions while they were on the scene of the 10035 N.E. 183rd St. accident that they honored Bothell, WA 98011 (Across From City Hall) him with an award on Feb. 29 at his school, Wellington Mon-Fri: 8:30-5:30 Elementary in Woodinville. Sat: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Will’s family members and Phone: classmates were in atten425-481-1644 dance, as was a fire truck By Andy Nystrom


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kept cool. James called his brother a “hero” as he glanced at him across the room. As she recalled the accident, Tina noted that four cars were involved, including one driver who knocked another car into the Fischers’ white Lexus SUV. Their vehicle was totaled and they’ve since purchased another one — this time in red, because they felt white was an unlucky color since the SUV was rear-ended about a month before the I-405 wreck. No one was seriously injured that day, and Tina praised the firefighters and rescue workers for their stellar work in tending to those involved in the crash. Bothell firefighter Kelly Cross was first on the scene and organized the award presenta-

tion. One driver also came to their aid by pulling open the SUV door and getting the family out. “They really made this horrible experience so much nicer in the sense that they knew what to do and they looked after us,” said Tina, noting that the Fischers were transported to Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland to get checked out. (Will, James and Tina suffered minor scrapes and bruises.) “For me, it’s one of those reminders that one second, something can just totally alter the course of events in your life and you have no real control sometimes on that. We were so lucky,” Tina concluded.

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“Will was very upset, but very brave and very concerned about his brother and me.” — Tina Fischer on her son’s heroic actions following their car accident


People should know what’s going on with their government Citizens should be aware of — and opposed to — House Bill 2801 and the provisions that would allow local governments to cease publishing public notices in their local newspapers. The presumed cost savings to local government is in fact false economy — there is a hidden and very dangerous cost. In trying to save money, local governments would curtail access to the legislative process, and ensure that fewer – rather than more – citizens know what their representatives are up to. The publishing of public notices in newspapers of record dates to 1789, when the first Congress required publication of its bills, orders, resolutions and votes in at least three generally available newspapers. The founders recognized that government should not be the gatekeepers of its own information. So their purpose was to require government to report its actions to citizens in a medium independent of government influence or control: the newspaper. It was good policy then, and it remains good policy today. Publishing legal notices in a newspaper of record ensures that decisions related to public debt, ordinances and laws, zoning, taxation and quality of life — all matters of compelling and perpetual public interest — are made with transparency. Legal notices empower the public to get involved in the process. And they contribute to a reservoir of archived material in a form that cannot be altered, changed, hacked, hidden or manipulated after the fact. This would simply not be true of notices published exclusively online. In publishing public notices in newspapers of record,

local government acknowledges that government itself carries the burden of keeping citizens informed, and that it will not shift that burden to the citizens themselves to go hunting for information. To that end, the local, general-interest newspaper remains the vehicle with the widest reach to the widest cross-section of the community. And we can prove it. Sound Publishing, the owner of this newspaper, alone reaches 700,000 Washington households through our print publications. Our colleagues from newspaper organizations around the state maintain commensurately broad distribution within their own communities. This is not “theoretical” reach, a “potential” audience that may or may not find its way to notices posted on a government website. This is actual reach, to readers who are active and interested and engaged in the community around them – and most certainly in local government affairs. Not all citizens have computers, or smartphones, and not all have access to the web. Indeed, there are cost barriers to entry into, and participation in, today’s world of digital communication.

But anyone — everyone — can at any time go down to the public library or the coffee shop, pick up the community newspaper and find out through the public notices what their government is up to. Affordable, egalitarian and very popular, general interest newspapers provide precisely what government needs most — a direct and demonstrable conduit to its citizens. This issue really comes down to a philosophical question: Should government take its information to the people, or should government make the people come looking for that information, through a maze of agency and departmental websites? We believe — and we are confident Washington citizens agree — that government at ALL levels has an affirmative obligation to take its information to the people — to make that extra effort, to ensure that public notices are not just “available,” but also widely seen and widely read. House Bill 2801 flouts that obligation, and it should be rejected. The Legislature had the wisdom to dismiss similar legislation last session, and should demonstrate that same wisdom today.

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Addressing education in our state

The article by Rosemary McAuliffe and letter by Camille Brady in the March 2 Bothell-Kenmore Reporter deserve a response. I suggest Rosemary and the legislature watch the documentary movie “Waiting for Superman” to understand the union’s opposition to charter schools and know how superior they can be and stop the rhetoric. Let parents choose. Our system is broken and Rosemary and other legislatures will not acknowledge the elephant in the room, the teachers union, protecting by seniority and tenure poor teachers and bad teachers who are retired on the job. How many Northshore teachers have been fired in the last five years? Zero? One? Two? Parents of junior-high students can give you a list of 12 or more that should be gone, probably more than 100 in the district. Nowhere in the article has Rosemary addressed this major problem, which should be a No. 1 priority, but is ignored due to the powerful Washington Education Association. In Washington state, education is politics and the kids are in the middle suffering. It is not about enough money like the politicians state, but about union domination of Washington’s education system. They hold

it hostage with the legislature’s support. It is time to change representatives if they do not fix this problem NOW. It is why we sent them to Olympia. In the Northshore district in the last school board election, the union contributed more than $5,000 each to B-Z Davis and Janet Quinn to get them on the board to maintain a pro union status. Davis indicated she would spend $10,000 on her campaign, for a nopay job! • Camille challenges Richard Pelto to get the facts. I would ask her how many of the teachers earning “$65,469 per year” (180 days of teaching or $363 per day) with advanced degrees have them in the discipline they are teaching. Studies indicate having master or doctor degrees do not make better teachers. It is a ruse to get higher salaries and retirements perpetuated by the union. Northshore has the second highest average teachers’ salaries and first staff salaries in the state. With benefits, Northshore teachers average $78,400 per year ($435 per day) not $65,469, Camille. Spending more money per student also does not improve performance; it is caring, committed, superior teachers that make the difference. Utah is a right-to-work state, which has much lower teacher salaries. Salt Lake City has higher student performance results and a more efficient education system. Why? They do not keep poor teachers and

strive for excellence and do not accept mediocre performance; teachers are challenged to maintain performance and compete to keep their jobs. I think Camille needs to get the facts and know who the good teachers are and not defend the poor ones. All teachers are not equal. Superior teachers need to be identified and paid more and the poor teachers need to be replaced. Teachers should not receive more money if their advanced degrees are not in their field of teaching and the money used to reward superior teachers. Students/ parents need to evaluate their teachers and teachers their principals for merit pay so the district can know how to evaluate the effectiveness of each teacher. Parents need to be a part of the evaluation process. It is time to challenge the union (that is not for kids, but teachers) — they are the problem and our legislature lets them do it because they buy their support through political donations to electing them. They need to cut the department of education in Olympia by half and use the money for incentives for the best teachers. We need excellent teachers, less staff and more bang for the buck (results). It is past time to get tough with the legislature to fix our broken education system or replace them, our kids’ future is too important.

Bob Terry, Bothell

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Band on the rise: Group with Inglemoor High ties releases ‘Love Songs’ By Carrie Wood

Sometimes, love stings. Love can send you singing, falling and even apologizing. Inglemoor High alum Peter McMurray is no stranger to these feelings, and that’s why he wrote some songs about love for his pop rock band, Rising Union. The band’s debut album, “Love Songs,” was released on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. McMurray, who is the lead songwriter and singer for the band, wrote many of the album’s songs when he attended Inglemoor. An early version of the group won the school’s 2008 Battle of the Bands. “When you’re in high school, your biggest life concerns are things like relationships,” said McMurray, who is now 20 and currently studying Music Industry at Northwest University. The album, which is signed with Tate Music Group, offers several perspectives about love: breaking up, loving somebody who doesn’t love you back and apologizing. One song, “King of Awareness Day,” says that valentines are nothing more than glue and construction paper. “Every time Valentine’s Day comes around, there are

Kenmore-based band Rising Union features Peter McMurray, Beth Ross, Kira Johnson, Doug Stewart, Andrew Wilde, Garrett Congdon and Colin Walter Votteler. The band released “Love Songs” on Valentine’s Day. Courtesy photo certain people who get really upset and touchy,” said McMurray about the song. “So with that song, we try to reach out to people like that. You shouldn’t let Valentine’s Day tell you what it means to love. You don’t have to be in a relationship or love someone to understand what love means. You don’t need another person — you can take pride in just being alone.” And sometimes just as messy as finding the right love is creating a band, McMurray has learned. He started out messing around

with the idea of forming a band when he was at Finn Hill Junior High. “My friends and I decided it would be really cool to start a band. We played electric guitars and electric drums. We didn’t even have a real drum set,” said McMurray. “We wanted to be a punk rock band, like Blink 182. But that eventually changed.” After many of his friends left the band for other endeavors over the years, McMurray finally got serious when he was a senior. The seven-member Ris-

ing Union now consists of McMurray, Beth Ross (violin, pitch percussion), Kira Johnson (lead female vocals), Doug Stewart (keyboard — Inglemoor alum and current University of Washington, Bothell, student), Andrew Wilde (bass — current Inglemoor student), Garrett Congdon (lead guitar — UW-Bothell student) and Colin Walter Votteler (drums, percussion and harmonica — Inglemoor alum). “It’s pretty serious now,” said McMurray. “Most of the band wants to do something musical for a career, so we all have some investment on wanting to make this actually succeed.” The band’s biggest challenge so far is just getting heard, and McMurray hopes that’s where his business background will help out. Rising Union has played at the Lyons’ Den in Bothell, several churches and most recently for a human-trafficking awareness concert at Northwest University. McMurray says the band’s genre is hard to define. “We try and be versatile. Most people compare us to Death Cab for Cutie (indie pop-rock) and Gungor (Christian folk-rock).”

But what really sets Rising Union apart is that each song sounds completely different. “So we have one song that’s like tango, another that’s 1930s swing, so we have people get up and swing dance during the concert,” said McMurray. “We have a waltz and folk hoedown-type style with people stomping their feet. We try and mix it up so it’s interesting and it’s not the same thing over and over again.” Most importantly, he says, he writes lyrics with meaning. “I think music can be a very powerful and effective form of communication. I think you can express things clearer through music than you can express otherwise.” He said the band chose the name Rising Union primarily for the meaning behind “union” as a symbol of joining together. “People can feel so alone and broken up and separated,” he said. “So when people listen to our music, I want them to think, ‘Man, this person gets me.’ It’s good to know that you’re not alone in these kinds of situations.” For more information about Rising Union, visit

City of Kenmore, Washington News City Council Appoints Robert G. Karlinsey as City Manager

Community Invited to Town Hall Meeting on March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

The Kenmore City Council has appointed Robert G. Karlinsey to the position of City Manager, following a nationwide recruitment process. Karlinsey succeeds Frederick Stouder, who is retiring after serving as the City Manager since 2008. “We are very pleased to take this important step as a City. Mr. Karlinsey is well prepared to lead the implementation of the City Council’s priorities,” said Mayor David Baker. There were over 50 applicants for the position. The interview Karlinsey process included members of the community and department directors, in addition to the City Council. “The City Council and I want to express our deep appreciation for the tireless dedication of our City Manager, Fred Stouder, and all of our department heads and staff during the transition,” added Mayor Baker. Karlinsey is currently the City Administrator of Gig Harbor, Washington, where he has served since January 2007. He has over 17 years of local government experience. Karlinsey is a Western Washington native and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Karlinsey will assume the duties on April 23, and will earn an annual salary of $141,500.

The Kenmore City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE. The Town Hall Meeting discussion will focus on downtown development. The City Council Regular Meeting will follow the Town Hall Meeting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the City’s website at

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Bothell mom diagnosed with aneurysm inspires community By Sue Carroll Special to the Reporter

Jenny and Travis Counsell of Bothell were expecting their first child in June 2009. In her ninth month of pregnancy, Jenny was diagnosed with a small brain aneurysm. After her daughter, Taya, was born by C section two days later, additional tests revealed a 3-by-5-millimeter weak spot in the artery behind her right eye. At 31, and in good health, it was decided to take a wait-and monitorapproach. In December 2011, Jenny began feeling light-headed. After symptoms did not subside, she went to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where it was decided with advice from neurosurgeon Laligam Sekhar to do a procedure to clip off the aneurysm. Dr. Sekhar has 34 years of medical expertise, is a University of Washington professor and president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons. The eight-hour procedure by Dr. Sekhar and his team was successfully completed on Jan. 13. Jenny spent two days in intensive care and seven days total on Harborview’s third west floor. “Life is so precious now and I appreciate family time at the park, reading my daughter her bedtime story and date nights with my

Jenny and Travis Counsell of Bothell enjoy a day at the park with daughter, Taya. Courtesy photo husband,” said Jenny, who visited her doctor recently and had a CT scan, which determined that all is well inside her brain. She will be able to return to work soon. “I’m so blessed to have known about this aneurysm in order to take action and be able to start a new chapter in my life. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Sekhar and his amazing team.” The story could end here, but it is about much more than a successful brain surgery. On the day Jenny went in for surgery, people from coast to coast and even out of the country were saying prayers for her. Her pastor at Eastlake Community

Church and the congregation sent prayers up for a successful outcome. Jenny organized a two-page schedule for close friends and family who were going to care for her daughter and their two dogs. The schedule included medical information, release forms and phone numbers for all six people involved. In addition, she taped a bedtime story in her “mommy voice” for Taya since they would likely be apart for many days. She wrote personal cards and letters to her husband, parents and close friends that were given to them on surgery day. Jenny learned of an or-

ganization called CaringBridge: an online resource to connect families going through a serious health event. Prior to surgery, she set up the site with her story, photos and a place for guests to leave comments. In the first week, there were more than 1,000 hits. As Jeff in California put it, “Lisa, I, and my mom are glued to this site everyday looking for news about you.” Each evening, a family member read the special words left that day for Jenny by friends and family. Laura Slater, Jenny’s younger sister, flew out from Milwaukee, Wis., and spent five days and four nights by her side. When asked to describe her sister in three words, Laura replied, “Courageous, strong and brave.” Jenny’s well-planned schedule went out the window on the second day of her hospital stay. Several factors, including the snow storm and a very sick little Taya, prevented Jenny’s parents from helping with Taya’s care. Joyce Olsen, Travis’ mom, took care of the sick little 2 ½-year-old for a week. Joyce, who lives in Edmonds, drove to a Lynnwood pharmacy in eight inches of snow for a prescription. Her priceless reward from her granddaughter were the words, “Grandma, you are the best Grandma in the whole wide

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Even though the state basketball tournament didn’t go the way the Bothell High boys’ team had planned – going two-and-out after their 83-74 loss to Mount Rainier on March 2 – the memories of finally making it to the “Big Dance” will last forever. It had been 15 long, arduous years since the Cougars’ program had last made it to state – back at the old Kingdome – and head coach Ron Bollinger, along with his players, relished the opportunity to finally play at the Tacoma Dome. “It was a great experience for them, it’s one they can talk about the rest of their life – ‘I played in the state tournament,’” Bollinger said. “We were able to get everybody in over the two days. We didn’t finish like we wanted, and right now it hurts, but when they look back on it, they’ll be talking about it for years to come.”


After getting blown out 79-45 by No. 1-ranked A.C. Davis from Yakima during Thursday’s state opener, the Cougars brought their game for Friday’s do-or-die contest against the Rams.

Bothell guard Perrion Callandret goes after a loose ball during the Cougars’ 83-74 loss to Mount Rainier earlier this month at the Tacoma Dome. Making the program’s first basketball state tournament appearance in 15 years, the Cougars lost two hard-fought games to get eliminated before the trophy round. Tim Watanabe, Bothell Reporter With the Rams playing a tough zone defense that made it a challenge for guards Zach LaVine and Perrion Callandret to drive to the basket, the Cougars had no choice but to rely on their perimeter shooting – and one young sharpshooter stepped up in a big way. Sophomore Kellen

Webster couldn’t miss from downtown in the second quarter, firing up four 3-pointers that all found the net as Bothell was able to hang tough with Mount Rainier’s fast-paced offense to the tune of a 35-35 tie at halftime. The third-quarter was all Rams, however, as they

shot 9 of 17 in the period, including 12 points alone from junior guard Caden Rowland. Despite finishing with 26 points in the fourth quarter, which included a run of seven straight field goals without a miss, the Cougars could not keep pace with the Rams, who converted key


Head coach Ron Bollinger had five departing seniors on his team this year, and took a moment to remember each of them and their contributions to the program. Riley Wick: “He had a great end of the season, he was one of our captains and a leader on the team. He hit some big shots for us down the stretch.” Derek Pinder: “Our spark plug on defense... He always gives us energy.” Caleb Nealy: “The big kid. Had some really good minutes, especially against Skyline. He was a big factor in the two games where we beat Roosevelt.” Matt Henry: “Always a positive guy in practice, when we got him in the game, it was fun.” Prince Lacey: “Had his season cut short with a broken foot... (we) missed that three-ball that he could bring to us.”

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here, but you kinda want to win one or two to make it fulfilling.” After the game, Rowland spoke about his team’s plan to limit the impact of the Cougars’ two D-I caliber guards. “We knew (LaVine) is a great player and he’s fast, we had to stop his penetration just like Perrion,” Rowland explained. “We executed and we got the job done.” For the game, Webster led the Cougars with a careerhigh 28 points, converting

eight of his 11 3-point attempts. LaVine added 17 and Callandret 12. “He was one away from the tournament record (of nine),” remarked Bollinger on Webster’s amazing display of perimeter shooting. “He played huge for us today and kept us in the game.”


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Bothell’s Sarah Stavig, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Skyview Junior High, doesn’t pick on girls her own age. She has been competing in the 60-meter dash at collegiate indoor meets held at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Center, where she practices with Seattle Speed, her track club. Last Saturday, Stavig qualified for the finals and finished fourth with a time of 7.92 seconds in the 60 meters, a time which currently ranks her third in the nation as a freshman. Stavig also competed at the Simplot Games at Idaho State University, finishing 20th out of 103 of the top high school runners from around the country. Her time of 8.00 was the best among all participating freshman.

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The Eagles of Cedar Park Christian School celebrated the first official game on the campus’ new ‘Field of Dreams’ last Friday, a boys soccer matchup against Life Christian. The Eagles, who placed fourth at the 1A state tournament last year, won 6-0. Tim Watanabe, Bothell Reporter

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Elizabeth Ann Boughten, age 90, a resident of Bothell, Washington for more than 60 years, passed away on February 21, 2012. Elizabeth was born in Conception Junction, Missouri to Ahi Francis and Elizabeth Rosalia Hyde on September 18, 1921. She was raised on a farm near Minot, North Dakota and was educated in a one room country schoolhouse. Elizabeth graduated from Saint Leo’s High School in Minot in 1939 and then attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1943 and becoming a registered nurse. She moved to Seattle in 1945 and worked at Swedish Hospital while living at the Sorrento Hotel with her sister Helen and best friend Margaret (Dawley) Mosley. There she met William Boughten who became her husband of 66 years.They were married on January 28, 1946 in Fairbanks, Alaska. After relocating back to Seattle, they moved to Bothell in 1950. The family home and farm of nearly 50 years is now the Cedar Grove Park in Bothell. Elizabeth is predeceased by her sister Virginia Coughlin, and is survived by her sister Helen Myler, husband William Boughten, children Barbara Premo, William (Amy) Boughten Jr., Bryan Boughten, Sheila Boughten, grandchildren John (Victoria) Premo, James (Patricia) Premo, Jeff Premo, William Boughten III, Anthony Boughten, Kerri Boughten, and great grandchildren Nicholas Premo, Presley Boughten, Jacob Premo and Chloe Draper-Boughten. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Saint Brendan Catholic Church, Bothell, Washington. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Please sign the online guestbook at 597191

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and MacDonald adding two goals of his own in the rout. Daniel Christianson recorded the shutout for the Eagles in goal. The Eagle boys squad, which graduated 14 seniors last year, placed fourth in the state at the 1A level in 2011. The team played again Monday and beat Cascade Christian, 4-1, and play Overlake at home tonight at 4:30 p.m.

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The long-awaited “Field of Dreams” at Cedar Park Christian School (CPCS) in Bothell celebrated a fine grand opening last Friday afternoon, as the Eagles’ boys soccer team shut out Life Christian, 6-0, in a nonleague game. The multi-use athletic field, a $1.5 million-dollar project for CPCS, enables

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