In November 2008, we submitted an article to the Kenmore Reporter titled “Delving into the excessive costs of a new Kenmore city hall.” The article examined the building process and its funding. Since then, circumstances have changed in the building industry with an impact on the Kenmore city-hall project. The ensuing delay allowed the City Council to place the project into an open bidding process, even though it is in conflict with the existing contract. The escalating economic crisis provided a highly competitive environment resulting in about $5 million cost reduction. This came about due to a deteriorating economy and not by any individual or group decision. The result is a positive benefit for the citizens of Kenmore.
As I rounded second base heading toward third, all I could see in front of me were the arms of my baseball coach hurriedly waving me toward him. Spotting the center fielder out of the corner of my eye toss the ball like a catapult to the third baseman, I felt there was no way I could ever beat the throw. Why was my coach sending me when I would for sure be thrown out? I felt like I was running in water. Nevertheless, I gave it all I had, and with an extra heave, stuck my foot out to hit the base, just in time. “He’s safe!” the umpire yelled to my relief.
We are living in unprecedented times where financial crisis is felt all around us. There are very few families who are not feeling the pain of economic change or the fear of pending devastation. Perhaps the only calm we know for certain is found in knowing we are journeying together in uncertainty — and the knowledge that this season shall pass and lead us into another era.
Dick Truly, Lowell Haynes and Jack Crawford exemplify a legacy of true character and greatness in their service to our Northshore community and touched forever those who personally knew them.
As they ponder committing Bothell residents and businesses to a $21 million purchase of school-district property in downtown Bothell for commercial development, our city mothers and fathers might consider the value of preserving an important greenbelt on the western slopes of the North Creek Valley, west of Interstate 405.
Despite how much it pains me to admit this, I have a confession to make: I have let myself become victimized by a chronic illness. You guessed it; senioritis is in the air, and has struck me with a particularly bad case that shows no signs of leaving.
Recently I indulged in a fabulous play about a love affair with chocolate. A friend and I returned to Bothell High’s campus, our former stomping ground, to see “Chocolate Confessions” at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. In this charming and whimsical one-woman show, Joan Freed sings the plight of characterized women seeking to satisfy their insatiable desire for chocolate.
Each morning when I head out to the driveway to pick up the morning newspapers, I can’t help but wonder how much longer they will continue to arrive. The P-I is up for sale with no buyer in sight. The Times continues to lay off employees and may be terminal, as well.
Thanks for a wonderful tribute to Lowell Haynes and to our Bothell community (Jan. 14 Reporter). Thank you for the historical perspective as to how our city government has been able to work through controversial issues with respectfulness for differing opinions and without rancor. Especially appreciated the credit to Lowell, who was responsible for the Park at Bothell Landing.