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Bothell High class of ‘61 is ready to roll at this weekend’s 50th reunion| Northshore Citizen

This is my annual “dog days of summer” column, although I am not quite sure when summer will actually arrive weather-wise. I have been collecting notes about “my three sons,” about perhaps the best scholarship to be received this year and news of what’s in store for the Bothell High class of 1961 at its 50th reunion. Here goes: Touring Nardoland Ron Nardone, the self-appointed mayor of unincorporated Maltby, has invited his Bothell High classmates of 1961 to “Nardoland” to celebrate their 50th class reunion. They will gather Aug. 19 on the first day of a three-day celebration presented by the Bothell High Alumni Association. Alumni weekend will culminate with a picnic and car show for all alums from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Bothell’s Blyth Park.


Jeanne Edwards: the ‘ultimate civic volunteer’ | Northshore Citizen

When asked to highlight the life of the late Jeanne Edwards, the description of “ultimate civic volunteer” was my first and lasting thought. I recall a life that spanned Campfire leadership all the way through a remarkable public life that included a number of years representing her community in the state Legislature. She was a champion for children, her community and her family.


Stellar students, principal ‘Make a Difference’/Northshore Citizen

The Northshore Scholarship Foundation will award 79 scholarships this month with two of them at the record-breaking value of $7,500. The recipients are Heidi Schauble and Mea Pen, both students at University of Washington, Bothell next fall, and who are graduates of the Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) and Woodinville High, respectively. Eric Greenwood, foundation vice president, noted that the scholarships are renewable and are named “Make a Difference” grants intended to help students enter or continue in college whose financial circumstances might otherwise have precluded their pursuing higher education. Eric is also the chair for Literacy, Education and Scholarships for Woodinville Rotary Club, which funds both grants from proceeds of the club’s annual fall community auction.


Upcoming ‘FUN-raiser’ in Woodinville will be a TEAM effort/ Northshore Citizen

State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell is at it again — throwing open historic Hollywood Schoolhouse for a worthy “FUNraiser” — this time for the nonprofit locally based TEAM Center of Washington. The event is part of a series of “Women, Wine and Business” projects to be held from 5- 9 p.m. April 28 at the schoolhouse. It has a theme of “Spring into the Arts” and costs $20 per person.

Students define dictionaries as ‘awesome’/ Northshore Citizen

“Awesome,” “marvelous,” “spectacular,” “wonderful,” “super duper” and “cool” are favorite expressions third-graders at Canyon Creek Elementary used in describing the brand new American Heritage dictionaries… Continue reading

Woodinville twins’ phone calls are on the money / Northshore Citizen

My friend Annie’s two junior-high-age daughters were truly in the holiday spirit in early December. They are twins, by the way. In her career in public policy, Annie spends considerable car-bound time en route to and from meetings.

Sen. McAuliffe promotes women in business, arts/ Northshore Citizen

State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe and her husband, Jim, have been longtime supporters of public life in Bothell. As chair of the Washington State Senate’s education… Continue reading

Anderson, Choi and Eastwood: unique career paths/ Northshore Citizen

The career paths of Sasha Anderson, Jae Choi and Randy Eastwood are certainly unique, but still representative of the 1,369 recipients of Northshore Scholarship Foundation… Continue reading

Rev. Floyd Cronkite: service beyond his pulpit/ Northshore Citizen

The Rev. Floyd Cronkite, credited with founding the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bothell nearly 50 years ago, died earlier this month following a long battle… Continue reading

Police detective Conley of Bothell is there to help in times of crisis/ Northshore Citizen

City of Snohomish police detective Kendra Conley is one of those individuals who consistently perform their duties beyond the call. I credit this to her… Continue reading

Bothell’s Anderson School is a matchmaker/ Northshore Citizen

The McMenamin brothers of Oregon were in town earlier this month to much fanfare. They plan to open a destination establishment in the W.A. Anderson… Continue reading

Bothell High ’63: a stellar class / Northshore Citizen

This is graduation month for Northshore high schools and the only safe prediction about the Class of 2010 at Bothell, Inglemoor, Woodinville and Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) is that they are going to get an overload of advice this month.

SAS: a job well done / Northshore Citizen

The sound of music echoes through the halls of the Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) in Bothell. In fact, since the arrival three years ago of the performance jazz project, it has reverberated to a point where a measurable change of student attitudes and enthusiasm has risen to exceptional new heights.

Challenges await new Northshore Senior Center director / Northshore Citizen

WELCOME…to Gary Kingsbury, the newly appointed director of the Northshore Senior Center. He has the not so enviable assignment of steering the center and its… Continue reading

Ron Green was humorous, devoted to Bothell/ Northshore Citizen

Bantering about the March 20 services for long-time Bothell resident Ron Green, my collaborator Smitty describes it as “the third state funeral in Bothell in the last 23 months.”

Devine TEAMS up with special-needs children / Northshore Citizen

John Devine of Bothell is thoroughly convinced that tried-and-true techniques of “coaching” can help special-needs children develop sufficient technology skills that could earn them a future role in the workplace. Seven years of one-on-one volunteer mentoring of early elementary-age school children, including his grandson, have shaped this concept.

Concerned about care for mentally ill/ Northshore Citizen

The sudden and as yet unexplained death of our daughter, Betsey Hughes, has given new focus to our family’s concern over the future of care… Continue reading

For SAS students, singing accomplishes success / Northshore Citizen

Like so many at this holiday time, I look for inspiration to carry me into the new decade. This year, that inspiration comes from the incomparable Bernadette Bascom and the effect her talent and verve have had on her 150 or so “kids” of the music project at our school district’s Secondary Academy for Success (SAS).

Northshore Citizen / Forget Facebook, here’s some of my friends

It is intriguing to have such friends as Smitty, Yary. Rorry and Gracy. Smitty just completed a distinguished career as a metropolitan daily newspaper sportswriter, Yary has completed an internship as a sous chef in a small hotel in Spain, Rorry is on his way to Peru on a medical mission and Gracy continues her efforts to keep the wellness program on track at the Northshore Senior Center.