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August 10, 11 & 12, 2012 Back to our original name from over 100 years ago!*
City’s ‘missing link’ to open BY ROBERT WHALE email@example.com
When the new, 1.47-milelong connector tying together A and B streets northwest opens to traffic Aug. 24, a driver starting from the Au-
burn Transit Station will be able to tool all the way north to South 277th Street on a single road. Along the way that driver will negotiate a new threeand four-lane road, with
sidewalks between 3rd Street Northwest, immediately west of the Auburn Post Office, and 14th Street Northwest. Basically, it will be a threelane road from 3rd Street to [ more CONNECTOR page 3 ]
Kukors comes up short in quest for Olympic medal "A glimpse of the past, brought to the present, to build for the future."
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*Auburn Days began over 100 years ago. Along the way the festival became known by Good Ol’ Days and then Auburn Good Ol’ Days. This year we are going back to the original name of Auburn Days. It is the same committee as always with some new faces. We have an enhanced partnership with the City of Auburn that will support the entertainment stages with our usual excellent entertainment plus an international twist - 2012 promises to be another amazing year!
China’s Ye Shiwen took the gold in an Olympic-record 2:07.57, Australian Auburn’s Ariana Kukors came up Alicia Coutts settled for silver (2:08.15) short in her bid for an Olympic medal and American Caitlin Leverenz Tuesday. grabbed the bronze (2:08.95). Kukors, the world record “I’m thrilled for Caitlin,” Kuholder in the 200-meter kors said. “I saw the look on her individual medley, finished face once we touched the wall. fifth in the final at the London I’m so happy for her. It’s well Games. deserved. I really feel like we’ve Kukors, competing in done that race together so many her first Olympics, touched times we really feel like teamthe wall in 2 minutes, 9.83 mates, rather than competitors.” seconds. Kukors qualified fourth in the Kukors final field of eight swimmers. “I felt really good. I was nerKukors, an Auburn Mounvous going in, but not anywhere tainview graduate and former Pac-10 near as nervous as I’ve ever been,” Kukors champion at the University of Washsaid. “I’m really pleased with my first 100. ington, set the world record of 2:06.15 On my flip (turn), I saw that I was with in Rome in 2009. everyone, so that was encouraging.” Reporter staff
Display of discontent: Recall Cy Sun demonstrators occupy the front of Pacific Hall last week. SHAWN SKAGer, Auburn Reporter
Turmoil agitates Pacific Flight to safety A Snohomish Sheriff Department helicopter transports several first responders with the Airborne Tactical Extraction Platform (AirTEP) at the Government Services Administration complex in Auburn on Monday. The exercise was part of the Seattle Urban Areas Security Initiative preparation for large-scale disaster drill slated for multiple sites in South King County on Aug. 29. The AirTEP is a 115-pound device that rescue choppers use to insert and extract up to 10 people. The Valley Regional Fire Authority, King County Fire and Rescue, and the Maple Valley, Enumclaw, Kent and Tukwila fire departments participated in the drills. SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter
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Citizens unhappy about Pacific Mayor Cy Sun’s attempt to fire four police officers picketed in front of City Hall last Friday. “You can’t fire half our police force and think that people won’t be upset and say so,” said Tracey Apata, an organizer with the Committee to Recall Cy Sun. Toting signs urging residents to “Take Back Pacific Recall Cy Sun,” protesters said they also were there to sup-
port the four officers involved in Sun’s July 19 arrest. The officers arrested the mayor for trying to enter the sealed city clerk’s office at City Hall. “It’s asinine, totally asinine,” Pacific resident Don Thomson said. “It’s retaliation for the arrest, which was a total setup on his part. He has no reason to fire them for that.” Meanwhile, in his office, Sun said he was unperturbed by the protestors as he prepared to meet with Lt. Edwin Massey, Sgt. Michel Bos, and Officers Jeremiah Schliesman and Josh Hong. [ more Pacific page 8 ]
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A Strong Leader During his career as a 25-year veteran police ofﬁcer and commander of a 15-city Homicide/Violent Crimes Task Force, Chris saw a disheartening amount of crime that resulted from not solving the problems with our education system. Chris believes that wise investments in education are the best insurance against kids becoming involved in drugs, gangs and crime. As Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, he passed tough laws to keep sex and violent offenders locked up. Rated “Outstanding” by the non-partisan Municipal League in 2010.
A Loyalty to Local Businesses His wife of 34 years, April, is a small business owner. She owns April’s Pet Salon on Cole Street in Enumclaw, where she grooms cats and dogs. Chris understands small businesses, and when Workers Comp and Unemployment Insurance rates were about to rise last year, he overhauled these programs in Olympia to avoid rate increases which would have killed jobs in our local communities. Chris and April know ﬁrsthand that small businesses are the economic foundations of our local communities. Chris also improved our Buy Washington statutes that will give businesses in our state a competitive advantage, and because he believed it was important to share in the sacriﬁce in these tough economic times, he cut his own legislative pay. Rated “Highly Qualiﬁed” by the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and Endorsed by the AWB.
A Commitment to Returning Veterans Andrew Hurst, their son, is still in the Army, but is back home after serving three tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the 173rd Airborne Infantry, where 69 soldiers from his unit were killed in action. Their nephew was also killed in Iraq, so you can understand why veteran’s issues are important to the Hurst family, and are ever-present in their minds. Chris passed important laws in Olympia to help our returning vets.
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[ connector from page 1 ] 10th, and then from 10th to 14th it will widen out into a four-lane road. The only traffic signal going in will be at the intersection of 3rd and A Street. Groundbreaking for the $9.7 million road construction project was July 18, 2011. The A-B Street corridor connector is a byproduct of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad’s 1994 Stampede Pass Rail Impact Study, one of four projects in Auburn designed to mitigate the opening of the rail line. The other three were the 3rd Street grade and 277th
grade separation projects and the M Street grade separation. The Stampede Pass line is a secondary BNSF line that starts in downtown Auburn and climbs over the Cascade Mountains. “You’ve got extremely slow trains using that line,” Traffic Engineer Ingrid Gaub told the Reporter recently. “The BNSF in 1993 reopened the line with the intention of eventually improving the tunnel over the mountains so it can take doublestacked trains through. When they do that, we will see more use of the line. When we did an analysis of all the at-grade crossings and of all the slow moving trains making
the turn and getting onto the pass line, we ended up with about eight minutes of blockage through the downtown.” City officials say the connector will improve access to the Post Office and facilitate the efficient movement of freight and goods. “The A-B connector provides a parallel corridor to the BNSF mainline railroad on the east side, so you can connect from the downtown all the way to 15th Street Northwest, and from there all the way up to 277th,” Gaub said. “That means you can connect from the 3rd Street grade separation to the grade separation at 15th Northwest
to the grade separation at 277th and never have to stop for trains. Right now, B Street ends at 14th Street near Taco Time, and to get into the downtown, you have to cut over and get onto A Street or 15th or onto Auburn Way.” The federal government has contributed $6.5 million to the $9.7 million project. In-kind developer contributions total $1.3 million. That includes AMPAC Packaging and Mohawk Northern Plastics, which built a portion of the connector. more story online… auburn-reporter.com
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Unhappy with the barrels of refuse bulking up as the garbage strike entered its third week, Auburn officials waved the City’s contract with Waste Management Northwest for recycling and garbage services in the hauler’s face and let it know the City would start to assess fines Wednesday. Waste Management listened and resumed solid waste collec-
Auburn celebrates ArtRageous ArtRageous Art Festival – a community celebration – unfolds 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Auburn. The family-fun festival invites the public to join professional artists and create art. A beer and wine garden will be in the Plaza Park across the street from the Main Stage that will bring the music of Mr. Pink, and Whiskey River, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band. A juried art show will be on display in the City Hall Plaza gallery. Artists will be in businesses throughout the downtown core as part of the Art Walk. People can discover interactive temporary sculptures as they make their way through the blocks of the festival. Throughout the day
tions for residential customers. “Basically, we feel they should pick up the garbage,” Dana Hinman, communications director for the City of Auburn, said Tuesday evening. “They are going to start pickup tomorrow.” Waste Management has informed the City that for the time being, there will be no curbside recycling or yard-waste compostable collections because of the limited number of substitute drivers it has available.
the public can locate, and then play a tune, on the four Pianos on Parade. The pianos have been given a new exterior via artist modification and will be out for three weeks for anyone to stop by and play anything from “Chopsticks” to Chopin. The public also can find a sculptural installation that has 72 corked and empty wine bottles sandblasted with “happiness” and a list of creative ingredients. A temporary installation titled “Pixilation” by artist Nicole Kistler will be a striking circular fabric artwork on display throughout the City Hall Plaza, interpreting what “bouncing light looks like.” ArtRageous is presented by the City of Auburn and made possible with the generous support of 4Culture and 4Culture Site Specific. For additional information, visit www.auburnwa. gov/arts or contact Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec at 253-931-3043.
Residential customers should place their garbage cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on the collection day. Customers missed previously can put out double loads at no additional charge. Commercial customers’ garbage will be collected as soon as conditions allow, with priority given to critical customers such as hospitals, nursing homes, and grocery stores. Teamsters Local 117, which represents recycle and yard waste drivers, remained on strike as of
rate of speed in reverse and crashing into a ditch. Medics later transported the guy to Harborview for treatment of injuries.
Purse theft: 9:10 p.m., 1320 Supermall Way SW. While a female, no approximate age given, was shopping at the Auburn SuperMall, her purse disappeared. When she got the purse back, it was missing $590 in cash.
Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between July 24 and July 30:
July 24 Theft: 5:52 a.m., 32200 block of 110th Ave SE. Somebody stole a plastic toolbox from a vehicle. Cops helping cops: 8:03 a.m., 1312 30th St. SE. Police arrested a woman on outstanding arrest warrants.
Burglary: 10:25 p.m., 3502 Auburn Way S. Persons unknown broke a window on a portable building at Chinook Elementary, burglarized the building and fired a mortar shell firework into it. The shell did minimal damage and the bad guys got away.
Vandalism: 11:54 a.m., 1600 block of 4th Street Northeast. A man watching his mother’s house while she was in the hospital reported that somebody had damaged a window. There was no break-in.
Theft: 3:15 a.m., 1400 block of 23rd Street Southeast. Thieves swiped a boat motor and gas tank. No value was given.
Shoplifting: 3:34 p.m., 101 Auburn Way S. Trying to swipe two bottles of Vodka from Safeway got a woman arrested.
Driving under the influence: 9:35 p.m., 3240 B St. NW. Police arrested a man for DUI after an officer spotted him leaving a parking lot at a high
Fire & Rescue Blotter Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 193 calls for service between July 23 and July 29, among them the following:
July 23 Lift assist: 9:05 p.m., (Lakeland Hills). On the way to help a man get up, firefighters turned around upon learning that a neighbor had already come to the man’s aid.
Arson inhabited. 6:27 p.m., 1902 A St. SE. Somebody pushed a piece of paper partially under
(Auburn). After a car had struck a house, severing the gas meter and causing a leak, firefighters secured the car, evacuated nearby homes and called Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to come out and shut off the gas line, which it did.
July 25 Aid call: 10:33 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters helped a boy with a cut above the eye and his mother transported him to Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.
Car into home: 6:31 p.m.,
Residential fire: 9:44 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters from Valley Regional Fire Authority and Kent Fire
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Theft: 3 p.m., 1015 24th St. NE. Somebody stole an iPod Touch from a student attending summer camp at Cascade Middle School. Theft: Overnight, 900 block of 9th Street Northeast. A trail of stolen plants led police on a fruitful vegetative chase to a nearby residence. Controlled substance: 6:35 p.m., 101 Auburn Way S. Police arrested a male for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a social contact in the Safeway parking lot. Controlled substance: 1:10 a.m., 800 C St. SW. Police contacted a female for failure to wear a helmet or use a light on her bicycle. During the contact police found drug paraphernalia in her bag. Subsequent to her arrest, police found methamphetamine and schedule prescription pills on her person. Police booked her into jail.
July 30 Assault with a knife: 5:49 p.m., 2326 I St. NE. Two young adults got into a physical fight over their young child. The man tried to stab the woman with a knife and fled the area on foot.
responded to a mobile home fire in the 3600 block of I Street Northeast and found smoke and flames licking a double-wide mobile home. Once firefighters confirmed that all occupants were out, they quickly extinguished the fire. Although the home sustained extensive fire and smoke damage, nobody was hurt. Investigators from the South King Fire Investigation Task Force investigated the fire’s cause and origin.
July 28 Aid Call: 4:19 p.m., (South Auburn). As firefighters were evaluating a man suffering from anxieties, they realized that his problem did not require emergency attention. After advising him to contact his doctor and make an appointment, firefighters left him in stable condition with family members.
July 27 Lock out: 12:21 p.m., (Pacific). Firefighters used a ladder to gain access to a second floor apartment and help a woman whose 2-year-old had locked her out of her apartment.
Aid call: 10:30 a.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters splinted a woman’s wrist, broken when her dog knocked her over. A neighbor took the woman to a MultiCare facility.
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an apartment door and lit the paper on fire. The fire fizzled before it could do any damage.
Theft: 3:30 p.m., 2400 block of 17th Street Southeast. Somebody broke into a woman’s filing cabinet and walked away with a laptop, a camera and $20 in cash.
Vandalism: 2:21 p.m., 116 Lakeland Hills Way SE. Somebody, or several somebodies, shot a BB through one of Family Life Center’s windows.
To best measure performance or the lack thereof, the City is setting up a telephone hotline and a website address to which residents of the City can communicate complaints about WM service deficiencies. Residents should report missed pickups either via the City hotline at 253-931-3060, or via a form available on the City website, www. auburnwa.gov/missedpickup. Residents must list their name, address, date of regularly scheduled pickup, and type of service, i.e. garbage, recycling, composting.
Shoplifting: 10:50 p.m., 101 Auburn Way S. After buying a loaf of bread, an unemployed and hungry man stole some tuna fish. Safeway asked police to arrest the man for theft.
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Wednesday. Teamsters 174, which represents garbage truck drivers, continued to honor the picket lines affecting garbage, yard waste and recycling pick up in Auburn and throughout King County. Teamsters Local 174 has a working contract in place with Waste Management and City officials insisted that as one of the City’s contracted waste haulers, it should honor that contract. Because the City’s contract with Waste Management carries consequences for failing to provide obligated garbage and recycling services, the City pursued legal enforcement action.
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Support our firefighters, back Prop 1 Six years ago, nearly 70 percent of Pacific, Algona and Auburn voters approved creation of the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA). Included was a modest nominal fee that provides almost one-half of the total funding necessary for support of this essential service. In the ensuing five years, the VRFA has matured into an effective, capable agency providing quality fire protection and emergency support to all three communities. We citizens are asked to support Proposition 1, which will provide necessary quality staff and essential equipment. As a concerned citizen who cares a great deal about our community and people, I strongly urge your support in passage of this critical proposition. Since 2007, FBC funding has allowed our local fire stations to train new personnel, purchase up-to-date equipment and technologies, and improve response times and service levels. Failing to renew this funding system will result in layoffs – meaning fewer firefighters, reductions of response capabilities, slower response times, and elimination of training programs. These are difficult economic times. Proposition 1 is not a new tax – it is a vote to
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The Auburn Police Officers Association provided Regal Cinemas employee Curtis Mace with a new set of wheels and tires for his wheelchair last Saturday. Mace, a Regal employee for several years, has been wheeling around the Regal property with flat tires and worn out wheels for several months. Recognizing the urgency, the APOA contacted Bellevue Healthcare, which provided the items at cost to the APOA. COURTESY PHOTO
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Say no to Prop 1 I will be voting no on Prop 1 and all other requests for money from the City of Auburn, Valley Regional Fire Authority, King County Library System, Auburn School District, etc. First of all, the City keeps spinning off its financial responsibilities to other or entirely new taxing entities. Back in the ’90s it was the library, then six years ago it was the fire department. What is next? Our police department? And every taxing entity wants as much money as possible from the taxpayers, whether they need it or not. It has been a constant barrage of requests for more and more money from the taxpayers. The VRFA did not say specifically what it needs the money for. They just say they need it to maintain the current level of service. That is a catchall phrase that avoids telling us just what they have been doing with our money. Where is the accountability? Everybody always wants as much money as they can possibly get, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they need it. Because our property values have gone down so much and because so many people don’t actually see their property tax bill, they don’t realize just how much our taxes have gone up in Auburn since the recession started. In 2008, our assessed value on our home was $295,000. In 2012, it was assessed at $220,000. Our home has lost $75,000 in value and yet our
Letters policy The Auburn Reporter welcomes letters to the editor on any subject. Letters must include a name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for length. Letters should be no more than 250 words in length. Submissions may be printed both in the paper and electronically. Deadline for letters to be considered for publication is 2 p.m. Tuesday. taxes have only gone down about $30 a year. Watch out, Auburn residents because when home values increase as they are beginning to in other areas, your house payment, rent, property taxes are going to skyrocket. Our mayor is very fond of telling us that only 14 percent of our taxes go to the City. My question to him is, “Why so much?” First of all, it is actually 14.35 percent, and secondly Federal Way is only 9.55 percent, Des Moines is 11.67 and Kent is 11.42. Why are we so much higher than our neighboring cities? What do we have that they don’t have? Perhaps it is our downtown business area which, under the current leadership, has turned into the poster child for urban blight, opposed to Kent’s vital, thriving downtown area. Just what does the City do with our money these days?
They no longer fund the library, the fire department, and apparently they don’t do roads either. We have seen the City’s retaliation and bully tactics when we stood up to them and said no on the road bond. They lowered the speed limits under the guise of preserving the roads. But it is really the City setting the stage to bring this issue back. I have heard nothing from the mayor or any other taxing entities related to the City about what they are doing to cut costs and save the taxpayers money. The only thing they seem to know how to do is stretch out their collective hand, palm up, to the taxpayer. – Richan Jenson
Vote yes on Prop 1 In response to the Auburn Reporter letter to the editor (July 27) regarding the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s Proposition 1, there seems to be some confusion regarding the issues. First, it is not a new fee or a fee increase – simply permission to continue with the same funding formula for another six years. The VRFA has used this formula for years and could have raised it much higher, but did not. This maintains a responsible level below the maximum allowed by law – hardly a blank check, and which requires approval from elected officials from the three cities that create their board. [ more LETTERS page 6 ]
 August 3, 2012 [ letters from page 5 ] Secondly, there has not been a huge increase as stated by the writer. Over five years, the average residential customer has seen a $5.57 per year increase (a .01-percent change) – with the result being quicker response times, more highly trained firefighter/emergency medical technicians, and better equipment in more stations. The fire benefit charge approval in Proposition 1 does not pay for construction of stations, as asserted by the writer. The necessary construction of an additional station and expansion of others were needed and paid for by dedicated bond monies. The fire benefit charge authorized by Proposition 1 pays for the operating budget – the men and women with the boots on the ground who respond to emergencies. The ladder truck was a critical addition to our community, lending additional firefighting capabilities equipped specifically for the community needs. Maintenance is performed in Kent; no one flies in from anywhere. There have been several community meetings held at each of the fire stations during July to inform
www.auburn-reporter.com our citizens, hardly a secret – as claimed by the writer. Additionally, there is much information available at www.vrfa. org regarding the ballot measure. Be an informed voter. Vote yes on Proposition 1 before Aug. 7 to continue the increasingly excellent service we have been provided over the past five years. It may save a life. – Donna Foxley
Homeless in Auburn We have a great city here. Tons of parks, beautiful downtown, all kinds of human services with DSHS and WorkSource, Valley Cities and Sound Mental Health offices in north Auburn, and lots of Section 8 housing. We even have free and reduced rate medical/ dental clinics. But what we don’t have are shelters for the homeless, whether families or single folks. And if you think we don’t have homeless here in Auburn, you would be wrong. We should not expect that all the shelters be in Seattle. We should be providing something for folks for the short term and possibly the long term. Many
of these homeless folks live out of their cars, vans, or RVs. You can see them around sometimes, behind Lowe’s, in the Park & Ride, up at the rest stop on I-5, near Highway 18. Why can’t Auburn provide a safe place for these folks to park their rigs, tents or whatever, that may have Sani-cans or showers and maybe even electricity and water? This way, folks in their RVs can use their refrigerators and bathrooms/ showers, so when they go to the food bank they can keep the perishable goods a little longer. Yes, this would cost Auburn money that is probably not in our tax base now. But how can we justify all the money used for beautifying Auburn, maintaining all the parks, etc., when we are not willing to fund a place for all the homeless to go? Every city in King County should be doing its fair share, instead of expecting Seattle to take care of all the needs. – Paula Eronson
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Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, recently was recognized as an “Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities” by The ARC of King County’s Parent Coalition for his work and support in the Legislature. Above, Joe Fain joins a group from Puget Sound Personnel, a Bellevuebased supported employment agency, in his Olympia office. “I’m proud to be able to advocate for developmentally-disabled individuals that aspire to be involved in the community and have a strong desire to be employed,” Fain said. During the 2012 session, Fain co-sponsored a bill that strengthens the state’s commitment to helping individuals with developmental disabilities find and retain jobs. The measure was signed into law by the governor and went into effect June 7. COURTESY PHOTO.
eral of my neighbors and the mayor a few years ago regarding the traffic speeding through our neighborhood on K Street Southeast. The mayor was meeting with us to check on the improvements the City had recently made by installing a traffic circle and speed bumps on our street. Although those improvements were appreciated, they were not quite enough. I had requested that they place stop signs, in addition to the other deterrents, on each corner. That is when Mayor Lewis made that comment, and I knew there was no hope of having anything further done to protect us. You see, we are the forgotten thoroughfare. When traffic has been backed up on M Street Southeast from East Main Street southbound, many people choose to try to circumvent the bottleneck by coming down K Street Southeast, which parallels M Street, racing to the intersection at K and 4th Street Southeast, then back up to the light at M and 4th. So, when the City announced the beginning of the M Street shutdown, I knew we were going to see a significant increase in our traffic and, more than likely more speeding, as people, frustrated by their commute, would come barreling down our street. I am so sorry to say, I was right. And, as the council and mayor worried about the impact on A Street Southeast and Auburn Way, they gave no thought to us whatsoever. While the Mayor earmarked millions of dollars to
lay down brick paved streets around empty lots downtown, he couldn’t be bothered to spend a few hundred dollars to ensure the safety of myself or my neighbors. He has created a great legacy for himself in that downtown core, but his legacy to me will be something quite different altogether. You see, that oversight came with a cost to my family last Saturday as someone came racing down my street and struck my family pet, killing her. They didn’t slow down, they didn’t stop. They couldn’t be bothered to let anyone know what they had done. It was only when another motorist passing by noticed her and contacted my neighbor, who recognized my cat and came to tell me, did I know anything was wrong. So, as I said, the mayor’s legacy to me is this: it is the look on my boyfriend’s face as he bent over the lifeless body of our beloved pet. It is the grief in his face as he picked her up and saw what had been done to her. It is the blood on both of our hands and clothes as we held her, crying. It was the sound of my boyfriend sobbing as he dug her grave. It is the hole in our hearts right now as we wonder why the safety and sanctity of our quiet neighborhood street wasn’t important enough to our elected officials. You are right Mayor Lewis, you can’t fix stupid. But I don’t have to vote it back into office again either. Maybe that should be your next campaign slogan. – Deborah Barrett
Private solution to fix median woes In response to Robert Whale’s story, “Messy medians steam city” (July 27, Auburn Reporter): I understand the difficulties facing the City of Auburn regarding maintaining the traffic islands and road medians because of budget cuts due to the economic downturn. But the downturn began in 2008 and this problem of the “homely median” preceded the downturn. Councilman Peloza tried to save taxpayer money by offering to spruce the median up himself, but he is met with “… you just have to be a little more patient” and “we’ll call a special meeting, and we’ll get on it.” Yes, let’s just kick the can down the road into the median. The City of Point Loma, San Diego County, facing its own budget problems, had a median project that had been on the table for years, but lacked city support to complete it. It was the Point Loma Association (PLA) (www.plaweb. org), an organization of residents and businesses created in 1961, that stepped up to the plate and completed the project. Maybe the City of Auburn can follow the example of Point Loma, by looking to the private sector for help in completing the median project, thus saving the taxpayer money during this economic downturn. – Michael Sepal
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EMBRACING O-BON Community celebrates the joy of Bon Odori By ROBERT WHALE email@example.com
Okinawa Kenjin Club’s big drums beat out a steady “boom boom boom, whack! boom boom, boom boom, whack!” powerful enough to brush back the hair and lift one slightly off the toes. A woman tied a blue sash around her daughter’s kimono and ushered the eager tot toward the dancing grounds where a throng of kimono-clad men and women and children circled to the music. People gathered in the temple to chant sutras, children marched in a lantern procession. On the grass, in folding chairs and under paper lanterns, more than 1,000 people took in Bon Odori, the midsummer celebration of color and song Saturday, welcoming back the departed with dancing, drumming and feasting at the White River Buddhist Temple on Auburn Way North.
Beautify Pacific Volunteers are needed for Clean Up Pacific, a community wide weed and feed, beautification of the City Hall campus and park grounds. Activities begin at 8 a.m., Aug. 4 at Pacific City Hall, Centennial Park, 100 3rd Ave. SE. A potluck lunch is planned. Adults for ‘Lil Sprouts is sponsoring the event. Friends of the Lower White River endorses it. For more information, contact MIndy O’Hara, president, AFLS, 253-653-3760.
Among them, Greg Watson, chairman of the Auburn Arts Commission. “It’s just a beautiful and fun thing to do and one of the most important cultural events that happens in Auburn every year,” Watson said. “I am a great admirer of Japanese and JapaneseAmerican culture and the role its played in Auburn history and its ongoing strength. I’m glad because we’ve gone through times when the Japanese part of the strength of our community has been worked against. “This one of the things that gives me hope that we’ll see more presence by Japanese families and businesses and that the Buddhist Temple will continue in strength. Plus, I love the music. The songs and the dances are beautiful,” Watson said. Concurrently, the temple holds a service for everybody who has passed since the last O-Bon, a party, if you will, for the people who have left. A week earlier,
[ BOOTH from page 5 ] maintain current funding. By joining me in voting to approve Proposition 1 on Aug. 7, you will guarantee six more years of reliable and efficient service by our Valley Regional firefighters. Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance, Algona City Council, Auburn City Council, Pacific City Council, Valley Professional Fire Fighters, Auburn Area
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members of the congregation, or sangha, held a service and visited loved ones graves, to clean them up and to leave flowers. “It’s how I grew up in the valley here,” said Auburn City Councilman John Holman. “And Bon Odori, of course, is a celebration of ancestors.” Everything from spiced beef bowls, teriyaki chicken, bento lunches and somen – cold noodles in broth – to flavored shaved ice, hot dogs, hamburgers, desserts and cold beverages drew the hungry to more than a dozen booths. Kaki Kesterson explained why the mid-summer festival matters so much. “It’s called the dance of joy, the dance of happiness,” Kesterson said. “Life can be very stressful; we can get caught up in the tension it takes to get through each day. But in the moment there’s also joy, so come back to that. Just dance, just be in the moment and celebrate who you are. It’s a very happy thing.”
Chamber of Commerce, 31st District Rep. Chris Hurst, 47th District Sen. Joe Fain, and 47th District Rep. candidate Bud Sizemore all support Proposition 1. Democrats, Republicans and independents agree: we need six more years of efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. Join us on Aug. 7 in voting to approve Proposition 1. Chuck Booth is a former mayor of Auburn and a concerned citizen.
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The Okinawa Kenjin Club’s Taiko Drum group, top, performs. Bonney Lake’s Victoria Long, left, sports a colorful kimono. Above, an ornamental dragon head is part of the festivelydressed crowd celebrating the tradition of the Bon Odori event. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
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Trying to connect a community By SHAWN SKAGER firstname.lastname@example.org
Community matters to Rachel Kringle. It’s the reason she moved her family to Pacific more than four years ago. It’s also the reason she started her blog – Taking Back Pacific (at http:// takingbackpacific.weebly.com/blog. html) – to restore the community’s shattered sense of togetherness and explore ways to get past the recent rise of hostility in the town that has pitted council versus mayor, coworker versus coworker and neighbor versus neighbor. Kringle moved to Pacific for one simple reason. “I wanted community,” Kringle, 34, said. “I lived in Federal Way and it was in a pretty tough situation where we had a shooting outside our bedroom window. I wanted something different for my family and I liked the idea of a small town.” So Kringle, with her husband and two children, moved to Pacific seeking a place where neighbors watched out for each other and cared about the people they lived next to. She said she found that immediately. “From day one they’ve been great,” Kringle said. “When we were moving in we got our van stuck in the mud in the backyard. We didn’t
[ pacific from page 1 ] The four will remain on duty despite receiving letters of pretermination from Sun. “It doesn’t make me feel any different,” Sun said. “They’re Americans. They’re protected by their rights,
Rachel Kringle wants to bring a fractured Pacific community together through her blog and the collaborative efforts of others. SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter realize, living in the valley, that the ground was always wet. So here comes (neighbor Jack French) with his floor jack to get us unstuck. “ Over the next couple of years that bond continued to strengthen. When her husband got sick, contracting swine flu that morphed into an aspergillus fungal infection in his brain that almost killed him, Kringle said her neighbors stepped up to help. “When my husband got sick my neighbors were amazing,” she said. Thinking she had finally found
which we fought for and veterans gave their lives for.” The meetings between Sun and the officers were contentious and unproductive. Michelle Woodrow, Teamsters Local 117 Department of Corrections and Law Enforcement coordinator,
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her sense of place, Kringle said she was alarmed at her first taste of small town politics during the city’s contentious mayoral race a year ago – a race that pitted incumbent Rich Hildreth against write-in candidate Cy Sun. “Politics have never been my deal,” Kringle said. “I was content to be kind of blind and just appreciate what the city had to offer, with wonderful people. That’s what mattered to me.” Kringle admits that she allowed Hildreth and Sun to put campaign
said the mayor first tried to deny her the right to represent the officers in the hearings, despite assurances in the pre-termination letters that they would be allowed to have legal counsel or a union representative present. “The mayor attempted to violate my members’ rights and told him that he couldn’t have union representation at the meeting, and that if I was going to be present, the meeting was over,” Woodrow said. “And that’s how (the first meeting) ended. He does not understand what the Loudermill process is and asserted that the member had to speak
signs in her yard during the race, although, she added, that she didn’t vote for either of them. When Sun won the election, she said she was shocked, but hoped he would do a good job. “That’s a big deal to win a write-in election,” she said. “I expected that he was kind of a no-B.S. kind of guy, like he was going to do what he said he was going to do. I thought he was the kind of guy who wouldn’t take any guff off anyone.” Kringle said it soon became apparent to her that Sun’s brusque manner and the reluctance of the council to accept him had a divisive effect on Pacific’s residents. “I felt it, it’s the weirdest thing,” she said. “This town is normally a happy place, with busy people going around all day long. You see them coming in and out of City hall and going to the post office. You’d see neighbors talking and things like that. Then the feeling became different. You didn’t see people out like they used to be. Even the senior center was different. It was normally so busy, then it became desolate and sad. I felt sad and that people where suffering and that’s what made me decide to do something to help.” Appalled by the political infighting that developed after Sun assumed his mayoral post, Kringle said her first inclination was to use
to him alone. And we are not going to do that.” Although Sun met with each officer – with Woodrow present – the mayor made no final decision about their future employment. “The meeting, quite frankly, did not go anywhere,” Woodrow said. “I wouldn’t try and guess what he may do next,” she added. “It’s anyone’s guess at this point. We’ve instructed the four of them to continue to work.” On the whole, Woodrow said, the process was “frustrating.” “… I can’t imagine the
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her blog – Taking Back Pacific – to weigh in on the politics in Pacific. She soon found out, however, that it wasn’t a good fit for her. “When this blog first began, I had little education about the history of the town I call home,” Kringle recently posted. “I must say that in the past few weeks, that has significantly changed. I have grown as a person, and the lessons I have learned in this very short period of time are ones I won’t quickly forget. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people. I was reminded why politics isn’t my calling. Most importantly, I was able to figure out where my efforts will be most effective. I believe we all play important roles, but if your role is one you can put your heart into, the possibilities are endless, and the work seems almost effortless.” Now Taking Back Pacific has a new focus – building community, and restoring a sense of togetherness that Kringle feels has been lost in the glare of the city government’s well publicized woes. “I just want to see community,” she said. “My main focus in all this is for the people, the citizens and the community. This is where I need to focus my attention. I’m taking a new role in building community.” In the end, Kringle said she hopes her blog will help to reunite a divided community and restore what attracted her to Pacific in the first place. “Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to get things done,” Kringle said. “Maybe we needed a catastrophe to pull us together.”
emotional impact this is having on the city as a whole,” Woodrow said. “The citizens of the city of Pacific should be concerned when they have a mayor who is trying to terminate half of their police force. It’s just ridiculous.” Sun sent out letters of pretermination earlier this week, accusing the officers of gross insubordination; unlawful harassment and discrimination; discourteous and prejudicial conduct; and willful and intentional violation of lawful orders. The letters also accuse the officers of “unlawful anarchy and mutiny against the City of Pacific.” The officers arrested Sun for trying to enter the locked and taped-off city clerk’s office. Sun was not charged and later released. Bos said the whole experience has been disheartening.
“I’m not a happy camper. This is draining on the department, department members, families,” he said. “It’s devastating that this is happening to us, to the city.” As for Apata, Thomson and other protestors, the only way to stop the devastation is to recall Sun. “We need to educate people about what is going on in the city,” Apata said. “We’d like them to help us recall the mayor. A recall simply puts it in the hands of voters. It doesn’t remove him from office, it just puts it back in the hands of the voters. Then they can decide if they want to keep him here or do they want him gone.” More information on the recall efforts can found at www.facebook.com/CommitteeToRecallCySun or www. recallcy.blogspot.com/
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August 10, 11 & 12, 2012 Back to our original name from over 100 years ago!*
"A glimpse of the past, brought to the present, to build for the future."
Goodtime All School Reunion and Community BBQ 5K Fun Run, Walk, Stroll or Roll
Adult and Youth Art Exhibition Grand Parade – ‘59 & older vehicles Street Dance with “The Fabulous Murphtones” Model Boat and Shipbuilders Demonstrations and children can pilot Adventures in Literature – Authors & Essays
Good Ol’ Show & Shine Classic Car Show (’79 & older) Adventures in Literature – Poets on Parade Contest
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*Auburn Days began over 100 years ago. Along the way the festival became known by Good Ol’ Days and then Auburn Good Ol’ Days. This year we are going back to the original name of Auburn Days. It is the same committee as always with some new faces. We have an enhanced partnership with the City of Auburn that will support the entertainment stages with our usual excellent entertainment plus an international twist - 2012 promises to be another amazing year! 650363
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Auburn Days began over 100 years ago… along the way the festival became known by Good Ol’ Days and then Auburn Good Ol’ Days. This year we are going back to the original name of Auburn Days. It is the same committee as always with
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some new faces. We have an enhanced partnership with the City of Auburn that will support the entertainment stages with our usual excellent entertainment plus an international twist. 2012 promises to be another amazing year.
2012 Contributors, Sponsors & Supporters OVERALL SPONSOR VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER 4Culture Adventure Books of Seattle Auburn Arts Commission Auburn Avenue Theater Auburn International Farmer’s Market Auburn Valley Creative Arts Valley Professional Firefighters Local #1352 Auburn’s Main Street Market Auburn Free Masons King Solomon Lodge #60 Auburn MultiCare Clinic Auburn Noon Lions Club Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Auburn Performing Arts Center Auburn Police Department Auburn Police Explorers Auburn Reporter
Auburn School District Auburn Senior Activity Center Auburn Street Department Cascade Regional Bloodmobile Charles A. & Leila Booth Circle of Service of Auburn City of Auburn Coffee News Commencement Bay Modelers Crystal Springs Water Co. Dwayne’s Photography Emerald Downs Event Headquarters, Inc Frank Nelson Racing Enterprises Green River Music Imagemasters Jim and Ruth Fletcher Keybank - Downtown Kiwanis Club of the Valley, Auburn Neely Mansion Northwest Event Services
Optimist Club of Auburn Order of DeMolay, Edward James Chapter & Sorority Poe Construction, Inc Rotary International of Auburn Scarff Ford - Isuzu Seafair Ham Operators Seafair Parade Marshals Small and Sons Soroptimist International of Auburn String Town Striped Water Poets of Auburn Sunbreak Cafe & Bakery The Boeing Company Top Foods. Toysmith, Inc. Valley Regional Fire Authority Washington Poets Waste Management White River Historical Museum Yami Yogurt
Auburn Days Steering Committee List Donnie Berry Robert Blevins Julie Brewer Dick Brugger Leila Brugger Dan Canaan Ron Canaan Bob Carney Tom Crawford JD Drollinger Len Elliott Teresa Espinosa Jim Fletcher Ruth Fletcher Loren Franz Don Gardner Judy Gardner Dwayne Goodrow Heidi Harris Martin Harris Karen Hassen Mike Hassen Connie Henke Norm Henke Dana Hinman Michael Hursh David Johanns
Rosie Johanns Diana Johnson Jim Kleinbeck Sharon Lavigne Gene Lemon Virginia Lloyd Radine Lozier Brendan McBreen Gerald McBreen Maija McKnight Joanne McNab Lois Mills Mike Palko-Dean Gladys Paulus Lilith Rambur Donna Reiss Dick Richards Eric Robertson Marjorie Rommel Jan Smay Ann Stoker Gary Strand Jim Taylor Cathy Thordarson Cindy Whitman FUN RUN PERSON
Circle Of Service Represents Auburn’s Finest Citizens What is the Circle of Service of Auburn and when do they meet?
This group of Auburn service clubs and organizations are committed to supporting this community and this celebration. Join them in living a happier, healthier and longer life! Any questions? Please log on to their festival webpage for more information and links to find out more about their specific organization! Auburn Noon Lions Tuesday - Noon at Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec Center 910 – 9th St SE www.AuburnNoonWa.LionWap.org/
Auburn Optimist Club Wednesday – Noon at the Auburn Elks Lodge 2402 Auburn Way N. www.optimist.org/
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Rotary International of Auburn Wednesday –Noon at Auburn Golf Course 29630 Green River Rd SE www.AuburnRotary.org/
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GRAND MARSHAL TOMMY SWANLUND
• Tommy has worked and volunteered in the Auburn Community for over 45 years. • He is well known within the community for is effervescent personality and willingness to help. • Tommy’s smile and laughter is infectious. It is a pleasure to be a part of his life. • Tommy worked at the Auburn Skate Center having fun with the kids and rolling the dice. • He has also been a spectacular member of the City of Auburn staff. • We can all learn something from Tommy and his positive attitude and honest way of looking at life. • Tommy is Auburn through and through and it is an honor to award him the position of Grand Marshal.
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AUBURN DAYS PIONEER QUEEN SHIRLEY MARCH
• Born in Bemidji, Minnesota, Shirley March has had a fascinating life. • Shirley was ten when her father was killed in a typhoon in South Pacific. • Shirley remembers going with her mom to get help for the eight children. • Her mother became ill and an aunt that already had nine children took her in. • Shirley came out west and married at seventeen. She raised all six of her children in Carmichael near Sacramento, California. • Shirley was the founder of a special needs Cub Scout group when her oldest son that had cerebral palsy was eight. • She and another scoutmaster formed one den of physically challenged children and one den for children with emotional and mental challenges. • She also was a leader for Campfire Girls, Brownies and Girl Scouts. • After a time of being single, Shirley remarried and inherited 3 more children. She raised five teenage boys at the same time. • She is the president of the Activity Club at Leisure Manor. • She ushers at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and Auburn Ave Theater. • She does security and interviews for the Miss Auburn Scholarship Pageant. • Auburn Days Pioneer Queen March collects eye glasses as part of her Auburn Noon Lions Club duties. • Her dream is be able to go to the foreign countries to see the end result of the work of the club. Just to be able to meet the mother that gets to see her baby for the first time would be a lifelong fulfillment. • She likes to travel, read and sew wedding and bridesmaid dresses for her family. • She recently had her 19th great grandchild and has 18 grand kids. When asked about her reign, she says she is having fun, couldn’t believe she won and that her son couldn’t believe she was speechless… What a great lady! Swims at the YMCA.
PIONEER SPIRIT RICHARD BRUGGER
• Richard Brugger was born in Pipersville, Pennsylvania in 1929. • Dick graduated from Penn State University • As a Franciscan priest for 20 years, he oversaw a skid road church and was Port Chaplin in Vancouver, BC. Dick made a difference wherever he lived. • He married his wife, Leila and did his good work in a new capacity. • Auburn Youth Resources was looking for a director and hired him on the spot. This decision changed so many young lives for good. Thank you Leila! • A short time later, when Dick was 47, Josh was born. Jessie came along when Dick was 50. • As director of AYR he was the driving source creating several shelters and programs to assist “at risk” youth. • AYR is still on F St and was joined with a neighboring property. It is now called The Brugger Building. • Dick is a member and past officer of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn. • January 1, 2012, as the first City of Auburn Poet Laureate. Dick hopes that this three year honor will encourage the love and understanding of poetry in Auburn citizens. • Our “Hometown Hero” is an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn. • “What you choose to do in life shapes who you are and at 83 you can’t look too far ahead.”
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Friday night, Aug. 10 B Street Northeast and Main Street Sponsored by 4 Culture Main Street Friday Night kick-off 5:30 – 6:00 Auburn Dance Center 6:00 – 7:00 Voices 4 7:00 – 10:00 Off the Hook
Saturday, Aug. 11 NONSTOP ENTERTAINMENT 10:00 – 11:00 Gary Olinger’s Sonny Bono Tribute 11:00 – 12:00 South Sound Square Dancers Exhibition
HIGH NOON GRAND PARADE
“Rip Roarin’ Whoop Dee Do! National Anthem played by Don Gardner on Trombone Honoring Grand Marshal Tommy Swanlund Sponsored by Emerald Downs 2:00 – 2:30 Children’s Dance Theater 2:30 – 3:00 Auburn Dance Academy
Pioneer Queen Shirley March Pioneer Spirit Richard Brugger 3:00 – 4:30 Otis & The Raw Dawgs 5:00 – 6:30 The Castaways
A ROMPIN’ & STOMPIN’ STREET DANCE
6:30 – 10:00 Featuring The Fabulous Murphtones
Sunday, Aug. 12 MORE NON-STOP ENTERTAINMENT 10:00 – 11:00 Heel Klickin’ Cloggers 11:00 – 12:00 Uncle Dan’s Original Recipe Gospel Hour 12:00 – 2:00 TFM Rock N Roll Review 2:00 – 4:00 $5 Fine 4:00 – 6:00 Hairmageddon
AUBURN DAYS GRAND PARADE 12:30 Folklore Mexicano (Traditional Dance of Mexico) 1:00 William Hines African Rhythm Performance and Drum Circle* 1:45 Marina Shats (Russian Pianist and Composer) 2:00 Island Bound (Hawaiian Reggae Band) 2:30 Samoa for All (Traditional Dance of Samoa) 2:45 YMCA Zumba* 3:40 Joyas Mestizas (Traditional Dance of Mexico) 4:10 Abdoulaye Sylla African Dance and Drum* 5:15 Surprise Musical Guest 6:30 Cultural Music (DJ) and farewell *Indicates interactive performance
Sunday, Aug. 12
11:00 – 1:00 Global Heat 1:00 – 3:00 Illusions of Elvis 3:00 – 4:30 The Diamond Experience 4:30 - 5:00 Good Ol’ Days Car Show Awards Sponsored by Small & Sons 5:00 – 5:30 The Diamond Experience
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• Goodtime All School Reunion and Community BBQ • 5K Fun Run, Walk, Stroll or Roll SATURDAY • Grand Parade – ‘69 & older vehicles • Honey Bucket Brigade Outhouse Building Contest • Street Dance with “The Fabulous Murphtones” • Model Boat and Shipbuilders Demo and boat races • International Festival of Entertainment and Food
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Auburn Days Official Program AUBURN COMMUNITY BBQ SATURDAY & SUNDAY “Meet, greet & eat in the street!” Friday night 6 pm Main Street at B St NE $7.50 No RSVP needed Sponsored by Top Foods Hosted by Auburn Noon Lions
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HONEY BUCKET BRIGADE Outhouse Building Contest Parade of Privies & post parade display Call to enter your bucket, honey! Sponsored by Event Headquarters, Inc
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Vintage replica remote vessels & FUN FOR KIDS! Remote control tug boats And Remote Boat Races Sponsored by Commencement Bay Modelers
Pony Rides Cascade Regional Bloodmobile Crafts and Games at Young ‘Uns Square Last Resort Fire Dept. Trucks Masonic Temple Rest Stop Sat 10-5 Main & Aub Way White River Valley Museum 12- 4
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Auburn International Farmers Market 9am – 2pm
Location: Auburn City Hall Main & Division 9:00am - 6:00pm City of Auburn Arts Commission
Auburn Sound Transit Plaza 23 A Street SW
AUBURN DAYS Collection of Reflections Essay and Poetry ALL AGES
AUBURN AREA YOUTH ART EXHIBIT
Auburn Avenue Theater 9:00am – 5:30pm Sponsored by Jim and Ruth Fletcher Hosted by Auburn Valley Creative Arts
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Auburn Days began over 100 years ago... along the way the festival became known as Good Ol’ Days and then Auburn Good Ol’ Days. This year we are going back to the original name of Auburn Days. It is the same committee as always with some new faces. We have an enhanced partnership with the City of Auburn that will support the entertainment stages with our usual excellent entertainment plus an international twist. 2012 promises to be another amazing year of culture, community spirit, literary endeavors, fine arts, youth experiences, athletic events, fresh produce, arts and crafts, classic cars and phenomenal musical entertainment. Our paychecks are your smiles! Connie Henke, Festival Director Auburn Days
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Brandon Kinney (Reg), left, jokes with Brooks Farr (Tom) as Justin Hopkins (Norman) looks on during a scene from Alan Ayckbourn’s “Round and Round the Garden”, a hilarious yet poignant British farce set for six nights at the Auburn Mountainview Theater. MARK KLAAS,
The Auburn Noon Lions Club recently installed its new officers for the coming year at the Truitt Building in Auburn. Jim Kleinbeck of Auburn, the theater operation coordinator at the Auburn Avenue Theater, was installed as the 2012-2013 president; Ron Bohlman, 1st vice-president; Joshua Hosford, 2nd vicepresident; Martin Harris, 3rd vice-president; Tom Burrill, treasurer; Jessie Clark and Bob Johnson, co-secretary; one-year directors Eric Robertson, Randall Smith and Dr. Vicki Wickham; two-year directors Linda Butler, Shirley March and Gloria Taylor; and Heidi Harris, immediate past president.
Cast from the past presents an Ayckbourn British comedy BY MARK KLAAS email@example.com
It’s unmistakably British, uproarious and different, which is perfectly fine with Paul Fouhy and his seasoned cast from the past. The Fouhy-directed Summer Alumni Theater Company is at it again, this time with a twist. The six-member lineup presents Alan Ayckbourn’s “Round and Round the Garden” – part of the British playwright’s explosively hilarious trilogy, “The Norman Conquests.” The premiere is Aug. 9, one of six evening performances at the Auburn Mountainview Theater. SATC is comprised of actors, actresses and artists who graduated from Auburn-area high schools. The diverse cast, under Fouhy, assembles each summer to perform a benefit show. This marks SATC’s fifth production. Proceeds from ticket sales support the school’s drama students scholarship fund. Fouhy has always enjoyed Ayckbourn’s work, and wanted to put on a small, intimate comedy for the audience. This play supports a three-quarter thrust stage, allowing the audience a front-row view of the garden. Fouhy, Auburn Mountainview High School’s arts, literature and drama instructor, got involved in Ayckbourn’s plays in the early ’80s when he was pursuing his master’s degree at Boston University. Later, as he worked at Auburn High, Fouhy frequently took a contingent of students to London for two weeks, which often included taking in an Ayck-
Showtime • Production: “Round and Round the Garden”, a British comedy, presented by the Summer Alumni Theater Company. • Performances: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18. • Stage: Auburn Mountainview Theater, 28900 124th Ave. SE • Cast: Brooks Farr (Tom); Jacklyn Kellogg (Ruth); Justin Hopkins (Norman); Shannon McMahan (Annie); Brandon Kinney (Reg); Jeanette Helms (Sarah) • Support: Rachel Forbes, stage manager; Leilani Saper, assistant director • Admission: $8 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the high school drama students scholarship fund.
bourn play. “I’ve always loved his plays,” Fouhy said. “They are very clever, but they also deal with relationships, time sequences and all kinds of other deeper stuff. “It’s very British … amusing, a different style of humor,” Fouhy added. “It’s more character-motivated humor, more so than American situational comedy.” In essence, “Round and Round the Garden” explores couples and how those characters interact. As in the other Ayckbourn’s two shows, “Table Manners” and “Living Together,” the audience watches in horror and hysterics as Norman, an assistant librarian, tosses one emotional bomb after another into his wife’s family. Norman is wooing his wife’s sister, Annie, and her brother’s wife, Sarah, simultaneously. He simply
doesn’t understand why anyone should have a problem with people being happy, and he firmly believes his happiness should be the first order of business. “Garden” shows what is happening outside the family’s country house, even as the other plays take place in the home’s living and dining rooms. As Fouhy describes, Ayckbourn’s plays are well timed, well constructed, with intricate plots, splendid rising action and a few surprises. Ayckbourn is best known for finding humor and true emotion in the unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and, at times, desperation of his recognizable middle-class British characters. Such is a challenge for Brooks Farr, a seasoned actor who plays the role of Tom, Annie’s next-doorneighbor. “He’s someone detached, but he’s there,” Farr said. “It’s just the words don’t come to him as conveniently as he wants them to.” The comedy brings Justin Hopkins back to the stage. Hopkins, a 1996 Auburn High graduate, was part of “glorified scenery” in a production with the Seattle Opera a couple of years ago. But the appearance got his juices flowing for more work on the stage. “I really like this summer (production) that Paul does because it’s a nice way to reconnect with the people you went to high school with,” said Hopkins, a producer for KOMO-4 News. “It’s also a real cool way to give something back to the kids who are in school now.”
Other officers are Allen Geiszler, Bud Dyer, Yolanda Trout, Ed and Linda Butler, Patrick Taylor and Joe Bartkowski. Robertson was presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, named after the Lions Club International founder. The award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of the Lions. Harris presented the Lion of the Year Award to Geiszler, who was recognition for his significant contributions to the club. John Partridge was awarded the President’s Choice Award for his years of service and development of the club’s main mission – helping the blind and sight impaired.
OPEN HOUSE You’re invited … Williams Northwest Pipeline is hosting open houses from 6-8 p.m. at the following five locations to provide information about our proposed Washington Expansion project. The project is being proposed in order to meet a request by Oregon LNG to transport an incremental 750 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to an interconnect with the proposed Oregon Pipeline near Woodland, Washington. The proposed project consists of installing approximately 136 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe in ten different segments in or near Northwest’s existing right of way in the I-5 corridor between Sumas and Woodland. These segments vary in length from five miles to over 42 miles. The project includes upgrades to Northwest’s existing Sumas, Mt. Vernon, Snohomish, Sumner and Chehalis compressor stations. Representatives from the project team will be available during the hours listed above to discuss the proposed project. The open houses will include a project presentation at approximately 6:30 p.m. and a panel question-and-answer session thereafter. In addition, at the open houses you’ll be able to: • Visit information stations and receive project materials • Meet and discuss your questions with project staff Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will attend the open houses to answer questions about the FERC prefiling process. We look forward to seeing you! Open houses are from 6-8 p.m. SKAGIT AND WHATCOM COUNTY Mon., Aug. 13, 2012 Three Rivers Inn 210 Ball Street Sedro Woolley, Wash. 98284
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Events Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the website: www. auburntourism.com. Auburn International Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, through Sept. 23, Auburn Sound Transit Plaza, 23 A St. SW. Opening its fourth season. Market features more than 40 vendors offering a variety of fresh locally grown farm-based foods, hand-crafted items, and a concession stand that is restaurant-based but features a home-cooked taste. The market includes free performances, guest chef demonstrations with farm-fresh ingredients, children’s activities and classes on health, nutrition, and gardening. For more information, visit www.auburnfarmersmarket.org.
Auburn’s Hattie Gustafson celebrated her 104th birthday on July 24 with family and friends. Gustafson, a resident at A Serenity Adult Family Home, is a longtime Western Washington resident. A daughter of German immigrants, Gustafson and her family moved to the United States when she was 18 months old. The family eventually moved to Washington, where her father worked on a farm. Gustafson married and raised a family of her own in the rural area. “I am doing fine,” she said. “I didn’t figure to be this old. … I’ve just tried to live an active, good life.” MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter
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In the Superior Court of Washington in and for the County of King In Re the Estate of: CAROLYN E. ERICKSON, Decedent. NO. 12-4-04266-4 KNT NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having claim against the decedent (SSN:*****-6415: DOB: 09/02/ 1939) must, before the time the claim would be barred by an otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing of
the original of the claim with the court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. The bar is effective as to claims against the decedent’s probate assets and non-probate assets. Date of filing copy of Notice to Creditors: July 24, 2012. Date of First Publication: August 3, 2012. THOMAS J. O’NEIL, Personal Representative Douglas Sulkosky Attorney at Law 1105 Tacoma Avenue South Tacoma, WA 98402 Published in Auburn Reporter on August 3, 2012, August 10, 2012 and August 17, 2012. #655213..
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Auburn’s National Night Out: Aug. 7, throughout Auburn. Unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Residents in neighborhoods throughout the city of Auburn and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police on Aug. 7. To register your neighborhood or to inquire about further details, contact Diana Johnson at 253-876-1965 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If desired, a City representative can make an appearance at your event to talk to attendees about fighting crime in their area. To register your event, visit www.auburnwa.gov. Auburn Days: Aug. 10-11-12, downtown Auburn. Diverse community festival featuring musicians, authors, poets, artists, athletes and future leaders and supporting nonprofit organizations, hobbyists, candidates, vendors, volunteers, the public and families. Highlights: Friday, community barbecue; 6 p.m., 5K Fun Run, 7 p.m. Saturday, grand parade, noon; street dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, classic car, truck and cycle show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.auburndays.com. Second annual Auburn International Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 11, City Hall Plaza and Plaza Park, 25 West Main St. The City of Auburn’s Community Services division presents a festival to celebrate the
Auburn Wine & Music Festival: Noon7 p.m., Aug. 25; noon-5 p.m., Aug. 26, downtown Auburn at the plaza across from City Hall. Live music on Saturday from The Paul Marcus Band, Gray Sky Falling, Rae Soloman Band and On the Level. Sunday’s entertainment is from the Dave Hoskins Jazz Quartet and James King & the Southside Blues. The Auburn Kiwanis Club host “Happy Hour Trivia” on Saturday from 4-4:30 p.m. in the Wine Garden. Pre-sale tickets are $20 and available at Rottles, Auburn Downtown Association Office, Trotters (The Wine Loft) and Auburn Wine & Caviar. Tickets at the event are $25. Tickets include wine/ beer tastings and food samples plus a wine glass, bag and entries for prizes. For more information, go to: www.auburndt.org. Local craft vendors wanted: Aug. 25-26 Auburn Wine & Music Festival, downtown Auburn. For more information, call 253-347-0585.
Benefits Charity Boot Camp: 10 a.m., Aug. 4, Vision Quest, 1101 Supermall Way. Proceeds to benefit Communities In Schools of Auburn. A donation of $20 or a new backpack or pair of shoes is requested for participation. All Saints Lutheran Church fund raisers for local schools: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 11 (donation car wash, yard sale); 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 17 (bake sale, car wash), 27225 Military Road S. Information and yard sale tables reservations ($20) available at 253-852-4884. Mad Dog Boot Camp Fitness: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 11, Chinook Elementary playground, 3502 Auburn Way S. Free fitness boot camp to support the Auburn Food Bank. Your only requirement to attend is to donate at least one canned or boxed food, baby products, or hygiene/personal care products for the cause. Organic products welcome. Free camp offered every other Saturday: Aug. 25. Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 23, 24, 25, St. Matthew/Mateo Episcopal Church, 23 L St. NE, Auburn. Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. CISA drive: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 24, Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road, west parking lot; Aug. 25, Fugate Administration Building, 915 4th St. NE, front parking lot. Monetary and supply donations will be accepted at the driveup event to support Communities in School of
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ArtRageous: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 4, downtown Auburn. Free to the public. See and meet local artists. Hands-on activities, art making for all ages. Artists from throughout the region selling their quality handmade goods. Juried art show on display. A beer and wine garden will be in Plaza Park across the street from the Main Stage that will bring the music of Mr. Pink, and Whiskey River’s Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band. For more information, call 253-931-3043.
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Health Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 3, Gordon Trucking/Valley Freightliner, 151 Stewart Road SW, Pacific; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 4, Albertsons, 4010 A St. SE, Auburn; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 11-12, Auburn Days, I St. NE and B Street; 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 15, Parametrix, 1002 15th St. SW, Suite 220, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home. Puget Sound Blood Center drives: Noon-3 p.m., Aug. 3, Boeing, 700 15th St. SW, (17-44 cafeteria); 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 8, Social Security, 1901 C St. SW, Auburn; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 10, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Plaza 1, 202 N. Division St.; 12:30-3:30 p.m., Aug. 16, GISA, 400 15th St. SW; 8:30-11 a.m., Aug. 16, Aero Controls Inc., 1610 20th St. NW; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Aug. 16, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org. First annual Aging Expo, “Aging Successfully in Auburn and Beyond”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 11, Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. Expo tailored toward baby boomers, older adults, their families and caregivers. Looking for exhibitors that have products or services that benefit these individuals to make the most out of life and look forward to a happy, healthy and financially secure future. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Pegi Moll at the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce at 253-833-0700 or email@example.com.
Faith 2nd Annual Each 1 Reach 1 Outreach: 1-6 p.m., Aug. 18, Pacific Park, 600 3rd Ave. SE. Presented by Valiant Living Christian Center. Public invited. Day of ministering to the local community through song, dance and poetry. Entertainment, sack lunches. Monetary or food donations greatly appreciated. Please RSVP with your level of participation or questions to our outreach coordinator, Aileen Miles, at 253-670-2262. For more information, visit www.valiantliving.org.
Entertainment Jazz series: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, Auburn Wine and Caviar Co., 2402 A St. SE. Mark Lewis, a Northwest saxophonist and flute virtuoso joins Auburn Wine and Caviar in presenting a weekly jazz series. Featured guest musicians: • Aug. 4: Steve Nowak, guitar; • Aug. 11: John Stowell, guitar; • Aug. 25: Paul Sawyer, guitar. For more information, call 253-887-8530. Soundbites, Auburn’s newest concert series: Noon-1:30 p.m. every Friday, City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St., Auburn. Free to the public. Presented by Auburn Regional Medical Center. Lineup: • Aug. 3: Wally and
Outdoor Movie Nights: Summer nights, beginning at dusk. Matchett Park, 402 Warde St., Algona. Presented by the City of Algona. Lineup: “Big Miracle”, Aug. 4. Refreshments will be provided by South Valley Police Explorers. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 253-833-2897 for more information. Kids SummerStage outdoor concert series: Noon, every Wednesday, Les Gove Park, 910 9th St. SE, Auburn. Free. Lineup: • • Aug. 8: Caspar Babypants; • Aug. 15: Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside Parks Building at Les Gove Park. For more information, call the Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation at 253-931-3043. “Seussical The Musical”: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 3-4, 10-11; 2 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, The Little Theatre at Thomas Jefferson High School, S. 288th St., Auburn. Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory presentation. Tickets are $10. Information: www.rosebudctc.org. “Round and Round the Garden”, a British comedy: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, Theatre at Auburn Mountainview Theater, 28900 124th Ave. SE. Presented by the Summer Alumni Theater Company. The six-member cast presents Alan Ayckbourn’s comedic play. Admission: $8 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the high school drama students scholarship fund. Summer Sounds & Cinema: 7 p.m., Fridays, various Auburn parks. Free. Lineup: • Aug. 3, Sunset Park, 1306 69th St. SE, concert: No Rules; movie: “Tangled” (PG); • Aug. 10, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE, concert: One Eyed Jack; movie: “Toy Story” (G); • Aug. 17, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE, concert: Funaddicts; Movie: “Despicable Me” (PG). For more information, call Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation at 253-931-3043. Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Mondays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Monday, Aug. 6 program: Featuring Pacific Poet Laureate Gerald A. McBreen and fivetime Pushcart nominee Sharmagne LelandSt. John. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Event is free. Open to poets of every age and skill level. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions Auburn Community Players’ “Willy Wonka”: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Aug. 7, Children’s Dance Theater, 122 W. Main St., Auburn (entrance in back). Bring a head shot/ picture, resume and a prepared musical theater song, two minutes max, no a cappella. Bring sheet music in correct key; accompanist will be provided. For more details, please contact Jim Kleinbeck at 253804-5057 or jkleinbeck@auburnwa. Auburn Community Players is on Facebook.com.
Reunions Auburn High School Class of 1960: 4 p.m., Aug. 10, The Station Bistro, 110 2nd St. SW, Suite 125, by the Auburn Transit Station. Grads and family are invited for the celebration that includes a buffet dinner. Cost is $28 per person. For more information, call Patricia Sage, reunion organizer, at 253-833-4400.
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Villwock looks to KEEP points lead at Seafair H1 Unlimited Hydroplane driver Dave Villwock and the U1 Spirit of Qatar 96 hydro look to hold off challengers in the drivers point standings during this weekend’s Albert Lee Cup race at Seafair. Racing gets under way at 8 a.m. Friday on Lake Washington. Villwock finished first in the first two races this season and was third in Tri-Cities last weekend.
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Al Rossi has clear memories of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. “It doesn’t go away,” said the 81-year-old Auburn man. “Here we are 60 years later, and you’re asking me about the Olympics. It lingers.” And if the memories ever begin to get hazy for Rossi, all he has to do is turn to the pictures and mementos lining the walls of his basement. Especially the frame containing the bronze medal he won as a coxswain on the U.S. fourman rowing team.
Rossi’s family moved to Auburn from Michigan when he was in the sixth grade. “There was 5,000 people when I moved here, now there is 80,000,” he said. “I was here when we only had two stoplights.” He attended Auburn High School, where he was active as a team manager and cheerleader. “I was too small for
Al Rossi stands in front of a display containing his Olympic bronze medal. Rossi – along with teammates Carl Lovsted, Al Ulbrickson, Richard Wahlstrom and Matt Leanderson (all pictured behind him) – was the coxswain for the third-place U.S. team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Shawn Skager, Auburn Reporter sports,” Rossi said. “At the time I was 5 feet, 2 inches and about 105 pounds.” After graduating in 1949, Rossi enrolled at the University of Washington as a business education major. It’s where he found his role on the Husky rowing team. “You have to be small to be coxswain,” he said. “And
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I was. “The main job of a coxswain is to steer the boat,” Rossi explained. “You sit back in the stern and you have tiller ropes. You steer every once awhile, just making little corrections to have the straightest line to the finish. Because every time you have to move that tiller it’s like putting the
the water. You help with technical stuff, like somebody’s oar is in the water a split second later and you tell them ‘bow, you’re late.’” Then, as now, the Husky rowing teams were national powerhouses, winning several Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships under coach Al Ulbrickson. In 1952, Rossi – then a junior – was a member of the school’s junior varsity team coming into the IRA national championships and Olympic trials. Just a couple of weeks before the event, Rossi said, Coach Ulbrickson was dissatisfied with the performance of his varsity four-man, plus coxswain team and shuffled the deck, putting Rossi in the stern with a mix of varsity and junior varsity rowers. The combination of Carl Lovsted, Al Ulbrickson (the coach’s son), Richard Wahlstrom, Matt Leanderson and Rossi proved to be the right recipe. “We just kind of clicked,” he said.
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www.auburn-reporter.com [ nhra from page 14] (The Wally is a trophy awarded to winners of an NHRA national event.) Yet having overcome that and the other obstacles it takes to assemble a race team, Torrence has come screaming out of the gate this season. He’s already gone to four finals, taken two event wins and comes into the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in fourth place in the Top Fuel class. “We started 2012 just with the hopes of being somewhat competitive,” Torrence said. “I don’t think we could’ve plotted it out any better than that.” All this after racing just three full seasons from his 2006 start in Top Fuel. His father, Billy, began racing sportsman when Torrence was 6 years old. Before the younger Torrence got behind the wheel of a super comp car at the age of 15, he had already raced motorcycles, although he bypassed the more typical entry into drag racing, the Junior Dragster series. In 2004, Torrence went to Frank Hawley’s driving school to earn his alcohol dragster license, But in April 2005 tragedy hit. “Shelly Howard was killed in an accident,” Torrence said. “I was called by her husband and crew chief to see if I wanted her seat. I went in and fit in well with the team. We started
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The team captured the national championship, qualifying for a spot in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. On July 19 Rossi, his crew and the rest of Team USA walked into the Helsinki Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies. “It’s nothing like they do now,” Rossi said. “They spent $40 million for opening ceremonies (in London). They probably spent a couple thousand bucks (at Helsinki). They had a couple speakers who welcomed everybody. But the substance was the same, we were all lined up in a stadium, with our flags and our uniforms. And then they had an Olympic toast and we went on from there.” Rossi and his crew qualified for the finals, where they placed third, finishing with a time of 7 minutes, 37 seconds. “We barely missed out on
racing in June, and I had never driven anything other than what I had gotten my license in.” Torrence drove in 13 races in the alcohol dragster previously driven by Howard. He made it to 11 finals and won nine of them en route to the NHRA Top Alcohol crown. “If you don’t believe in God, that season would at least make you believe in miracles,” Torrence said. In 2006 Torrence got the chance to move into the pro ranks when he drove Dexter Tuttle’s Top Fuel dragster. “It was a pretty big transition, but not really as great as going from sportsman to alcohol,” Torrence said. “The quickest and fastest I had ever run in an alcohol car was when I went 5.20 at 227 mph. It’s a pretty drastic jump, to say the least. When these things take off, you thought you were going
pretty fast in an alcohol car, it keeps going as hard as you left, if not harder.” Not a surprise given that a Top Fuel dragster can top out at faster than 300 mph by the time it reaches the finish line 1,000 feet down track while generating close to 8,000 horsepower. And the long, skinny cars can — when the conditions are right — make it down the drag strip in less than four seconds, thanks to the nitromethane-gasoline fuel mixture used in them and the Funny Cars. What he’s accomplished this season is amazing, too, given the fact Torrence put his team together in 3 1/2 months. “We raced the last three races of 2006,” Torrence said. “That’s when the demise of Torco Fuels began. I didn’t race in 2007, sporadically in 2008. I raced the full season in 2010. Capco was still on the car, Capco
is our family business. Last year we started the season and about halfway through we decided to start our own family Top Fuel team. We ran the last few races of last year just to get our feet wet.” With crew chief Richard Hogan on board, Torrence has put together quite a run so far, and he hopes to keep it going. “It maintains a level of professionalism and the expectations of what we’re trying to achieve over here,” he said. “We haven’t really changed our goals, we’ve just reached them a lot sooner than we expected. Now we’re at a point where we try to maintain consistency and solidify ourselves as a championship contending team.” Heading into the Northwest Nationals, the final stop on the three-race Western Swing, Torrence said he is confident that Hogan can tune the car for whatever the weather conditions are, be they 100-degree temperatures or 75 and cloudy. “I feel like right now we’re in a pretty safe position — knock on wood — and unless something catastrophic happens, we’ll still be in fourth (after the swing),” Torrence said. “We have some opportunities to gain some ground and move into third. We’re capable of running in these conditions as well as 100-degree conditions. As for me, I just keep doing my job, practice on the tree and continue to be the machine and flawless.”
the silver medal,” Rossi said. Switzerland edged the U.S. with a 7:36.5 finish. Czechoslovakia won the gold with a time of 7:33.4. Rossi said the Olympic experience wasn’t really about the competition. “Meeting all the other people was the substance. It was about the harmony,” he said. “We keep track of who wins what, of all the gold medals, but that’s not it. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the sportsmanship and integrity and honesty. It’s about sharing togetherness. You get to know your neighbors, whoever they may be. “It’s really a platform to show the world how we can all get together. It’s just on the field of play,” he said. “Nobody wins the Olympics. Individuals are just honored for their efforts.”
teacher and administrator with the Seattle School District. In 1959, he married Sharimae Rossi. After retiring from the school district in 1982, he worked full-time at the Longacres Thoroughbred racetrack as the director of programs and printing until 1995. Now he keeps himself busy puttering around the house, managing his rentals, and in the winter, working for the Pac-12 evaluating basketball officials at Husky games. Sixty years and 15 Olym-
piads later, Rossi said he would jump at the chance to do it all again. “Then I’d know more about the significance and emotion,” Rossi said. “When you’re 20 years old, you leave Auburn and all of sudden you’re in the stadium at the Olympics. It isn’t until you wake up when you’re home that you understand what it’s all about. “It was a wonderful experience … just to be over there and part of that whole scene. You don’t realize how important it is until you’re out of it.”
Steve Torrence and the Capco Top Fuel dragster launch off the starting line. Torrence races at this weekends O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. courtesy Photo
After the games Rossi returned to the UW, where he graduated in 1953. He embarked on a career as a
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