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Win some, lose some

  • Written by Gary Bamesberger
Falcons drop game to Eastlake 9 to 3 on March 15
 
The Eastlake Wolves started the season ranked #2 in the state, giving up the one spot to their next-door neighbors, Skyline. Sitting at #3 in the pre-season rankings, Woodinville was right behind. If you throw in the 3A Kingco teams including Mercer Island and Bellevue, the Kingco conference is the powerhouse in Washington State Lacrosse. So the first meeting of the year between division rivals was going to be a rough one and full of importance for playoff spots later in the year.
 
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Local Students Given Opportunity to Study Abroad

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

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Harvey’s devastation reminder of the  importance of flood insurance

  • Written by News Release from the Kings County Flood Control District

The damage left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is an urgent reminder for all of us, especially those living in a floodplain, for the need for flood insurance to help  in the recovery after the waters recede.

“Hurricane Harvey in Houston is a sobering reminder of the importance of protecting residents, homes and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding,” said King County Flood Control District Chair Reagan Dunn. “We must always be prepared.”

A 2013 study reported there are 32,000 residents living within a floodplain in King County. The same study showed there are only 7,200 flood insurance policies in ALL of King County—this includes both cities and unincorporated communities.

In comparison, in Harris County, Texas—which includes the city of Houston—there are 251,920 policies in force, with 119,000 of them in Houston alone.

It might surprise people to know that, standard insurance policies will not cover flood damage.

To find out about obtain-ing flood insurance, contact your insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Dunn and Flood Control District Vice Chair Dave Upthegrove are also calling for legislation from the King County Flood Control District to review and assess gaps in existing emergency action plans associated with levees in King County. In addition, evacuation and sheltering plans in place must be updated to serve populations that would be affected by the breech of levees similar to the events occurring in Houston.

“Developing emergency plans can be a matter of life and death,” said Upthegrove. “The District and the County should create robust strategies to streamline our response, and better take care for those impacted in the case of natural disaster.”

The proposed legislation will be similar to the resolution adopted by the District after the hole in the spillway of the Oroville Dam last February, when communities downriver from the dam were threatened. It will call on the Flood District and the County Executive, working with our local and federal partners, to review the existing emergency action plans associated with the major levees in King County. It will also prioritize actions necessary to update or create plans for evacuation and shelter for those affected by failures or conditions that cause the levees to be breeched.

Note:  The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and  policy  oversight  for  flood   protection  projects  and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.

Editor’s Note:    Why doesn’t standard homeowners insurance cover flood damage?

Insurance Companies are in the business to make money, and floods are generally a money-losing policy for them.

Floods occur over a fairly large area, and usually damage every home in the area. So the insurance company is paying out many, many claims at once. Fires, lightning strikes, etc. are basically random, and only a few houses will have claims at one time. Even when a tornado goes through a neighborhood only a few houses are hit, leaving others right next door undamaged.

Floods occur in certain areas. So it's quite possible that this same area will flood again. That means the insurance companies might have to pay repeated claims on this property.
Floods very seldom occur in other areas defeating the basic premise of insurance…spreading the risk over a lot of people when only a few will actually have a claim.

Holiday Trees for Salmon - A Different Gift Idea!

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

If you are looking for an entirely different gift idea, consider a tree! The Adopt A Stream Foundation is selling "Live & Wild" Holiday Trees for Salmon at the Northwest Stream Center Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Wednesday December 6 through December 24.  The Northwest Stream Center is located in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 - 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  During December, you can also enjoy free admission to the beautiful 20-acre forest and wetland complex at the Northwest Stream Center enjoying a 1/2-mile stroll past a Trout Stream Exhibit onto an Elevated Nature Trail that is just shy of 3-feet above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands...it's a beautiful place to be and universally accessible.

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Applause 07/31/17

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Graduates

Gabrielle Hall, a recipient of the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, recently graduated from Howard University with highest distinction and was also inducted into the nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.

Hall was a member of the Woodinville High School Class of 2013. In recognition of her academic achievements, Howard designated Hall a Summa Cum Laude graduate during commencement ceremonies. “I really worked and prayed a lot to graduate with highest honors,” said Hall. “I realized freshman year that WHS prepared me well for college when a professor wrote me a note saying my work was at the level of a PhD candidate.”

In addition to class, Hall made time to intern in the office of Sen. Patty Murray, conduct research in Ghana, take advanced Spanish in Cuba and Barcelona, and perform at the White House for President Barack Obama as a member of the Howard Gospel Choir.

In the Fall, Hall will teach AP History in Virginia and plans to eventually pursue a doctorate in education.

Victoria Ili of Woodinville graduated from UW-Madison (Wisc.) in the College of Letters and Science, Bachelor of Arts, Social Welfare.

The following local residents have graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York):
Aliaksei Dzianisau of Bothell, who graduated with an MS in Networking and Systems Administration.
Derek Gutheil of Bothell, who graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering.

Matthew Spencer of Woodinville has earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism & Mass Comm from Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.).  He graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Meg Dillard of Bothell has graduated from Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York) earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering .

Dean's List

Kelsey Brobeck of Bothell was named to the Spokane Falls Community College (Spokane, Wash.) honor roll.

Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. announced the following Woodinville students to the spring honor roll: Courtney Ho, Matthew Meyer, Kelly Wucherer

The University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) announced the following Woodinville students to the spring honor roll:  Katherine Englander-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Laura Loyet-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) has named student-athlete Kayla Roberson of Woodinville to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Academic All-Conference Team.


Scholarships

The BECU Foundation awarded 80 BECU student members with $3,000 scholarships each towards their college education. The scholarships recognize and promote a student’s service in their school or community, leadership potential and academic achievement. Since the foundation’s inception in 1995, BECU has given more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 900 student members.

More than 1,000 students applied for the BECU Foundation scholarships and 80 were chosen based on grade point averages and community service work. Volunteer activities included science interpretation for the Pacific Science Center, mentoring students on a robotics team, teaching and mentoring elementary-aged children and providing food for teens and homeless youth.

The following local students received scholarships:
Emma Ledsham, Inglemoor High School
Megan Seibert, Bothell High School

 

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