Ste. Michelle voted most respected brand

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s founding winery, was voted the most respected brand in Washington state in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s first Battle of the Brands poll.

Seattle branding and PR firm GreenRubino and the Puget Sound Business Journal asked readers to vote on the most respected company in various industry categories.

The winners of that poll were staged to compete in an online voting bracket tournament which began on July 29.

In addition to Chateau Ste. Michelle, distinguished Washington organizations like Starbucks, Microsoft, Nordstrom and law firm Perkins Coie competed in the poll.

More than 20,000 people voted in the final round with Chateau Ste. Michelle earning 60 percent of the vote.

"We are honored to be included among the leading brands in the state and we appreciate that so many fans took the time to cast their vote for Chateau Ste. Michelle," said Jan Barnes, vice president of marketing.

During the four week tournament, nearly 60,000 votes were cast online.

Volunteers needed for Everest Creek restoration Sept. 10

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Community members, neighborhood, school, faith-based organizations and businesses are encouraged to help restore Everest Creek in Everest Park by volunteering time to remove invasive plants.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Park, located at 500 8th Street South.

Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers should dress for weather and may want to bring gloves.

To register as a volunteer, contact Betsy Adams, Kirkland Public Works, at (425) 587-3858 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For other park restoration volunteer events, visit

All shapes and sizes at Bothell’s Riverfest

  • Written by Don Mann
There was something for everybody Sunday at Bothell’s annual Riverfest event. The celebration of Bothell’s heritage included, left to right, Bob the Iguana and his owner Rex Downs, an inflatable slide and a pie eating contest as well as a concert featuring Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, a vintage car show, a Hobby & Volunteer Expo, a craft and merchants’ market, other inflatable amusements and food galore. Photos by Don Mann.

Pie eaters  Slide  Iguana

It’s time to clean house — fall recycling event set for Sept. 10

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The City of Woodinville will host its annual recycling event at the Woodinville Park & Ride (NE 179th Street and 140th Avenue NE) on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees apply for the collection of some materials. For details, call (425) 877-2274. Cash only is accepted for fees.

• STATION 1 - TIRES: Bias ply, steel belted, and studded tires accepted. $1.00 charge for each passenger tire(19.5" and smaller); $2.50 charge for each tire on a rim; $5.25 charge for each large truck tire and $10 charge for each truck tire on a rim.

•STATION 2 - BATTERIES:Lead Acid: car, truck, marine, and motorcycle batteries accepted. Household Alkaline: AAAA, AAA, AA, A, C, D and 9 volt batteries.

• STATION 3 - MOTOR OIL, FILTERS AND ANTIFREEZE: Motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, transmission fluid, 2-cycle oil, crankcase oil, kerosene and home heating fuel. Do not mix with antifreeze, solvents, gasoline or other substances.

•STATION 4 - REFRIGERATORS, FREEZERS AND AIR CONDITIONERS: $25 charge* for each refrigerator and freezer; $35 charge* for each window air conditioner. Household units only.

*Fees cover the safe, proper removal and disposal of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC coolants) in the units.

• STATION 5 - HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND CLOTHING: Gently used clothing and textiles, and small furniture items in good condition only. Mattresses and items in need of repair will not be accepted. Computers, moniters, laptops and televisions are not being accepted. Please note that computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice and printers will be accepted at the City Recycling Collection Event.

•STATION 6 - APPLIANCES AND SCRAP METAL: Any metal, auto parts, broken bikes, metal lawn furniture, mowers (drain all fluids), stoves, microwaves, barbecues, washers/dryers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper and other ferrous and nonferrous metal.No butane, propane, freon, or helium tanks or cans that contain chemicals. Metals that are insulated, rubber or oil coated, previously or currently contain chemicals, paint, or hazardous materials will not be accepted.

•STATION 7 - CARDBOARD: Please flatten. No wax coated cardboard.

• STATION 8 - CLEAN WOOD: Includes clean wood, plywood, pallets, and other untreated and unpainted wood — no peg, particle, or press board.

• STATION 9 - BULKY WOOD: Includes large tree branches (6-inch diameter and larger) firewood and logs. No leaves, grass clippings, small branches, sod or brush. For easy removal, please lay tarp under material.

•STATION 10 - PORCELAIN SINKS AND TOILETS: Toilets and sinks will be accepted for a $10 (cash only) fee for each. Please remove wooden or plastic toilet seats, hardware and base wax rings at the bottom. Metal sinks and metal toilet parts are accepted as Scrap Metal at Station 6

Here’s what will NOT be accepted:

NO paint, pesticides, solvents and thinners, household chemicals, cleaning products, computers, televisions, window glass, garbage, painted wood, plastic toys and plastic hoses, fluorescent lights, light fixture ballasts, sealed drums, and mattresses.

Paint, pesticides, solvents, thinners, household chemicals and cleaning products, and propane tanks can be disposed of through the King County Hazardous Wastemobile.

More details:

No flat beds or dump trucks allowed.

We reserve the right to refuse oversized, commercial, contaminated, excessive or unacceptable loads.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT IS NO LONGER COLLECTED at our events. Visit for information on the new E-Waste Law and permanent collection sites in your area. For more information, call the Woodinville Public Works Department at (425) 877-2274


Woodinville Lumber closes shop, apparently for good

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville Lumber
For over 38 years Woodinville Lumber has been providing building related materials for the Puget Sound area. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville Lumber,Inc., and subsidiary Woodinville Construction Services, LLC laid off 114 combined employees Friday, apparently going out of business for good.

"As of the end of the day tomorrow we’re ceasing operations," Woodinville Lumber General Manager Spencer Wutherich told a reporter on Thursday.

But that was all he would say, referring further questions to a Paul Omodt of the public relations firm Padilla, Speer and Beardsley of Minnesota.

Mr. Omodt did not return phone calls or email from the Woodinville Weekly.

For over 38 years Woodinville Lumber has provided professional builders in the Puget Sound region with lumber, trusses and building related materials, according to its Web site.

Its mission statement reads as follows: "We are committed to being the best, to create profit for our customers and ourselves and to have fun doing it. Our promise is to remain on the leading edge of our ever changing industry, to provide strong leadership and to continually earn the confidence of our customers and associates."

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act requires companies with 100 or more employees to notify affected workers 60 days prior to closures and layoffs. A stack of informational fliers was left at the front desk near the doors of Woodinville Lumber offices Thursday, titled "What happens to my benefits after my employment ends?" and included information on how to file an unemployment claim in Washington state.

At the bottom of the page it said the following: "Your group medical plan coverage will continue until the end of the month in which your termination occurred, unless you elect and pay for COBRA continuation coverage. Your group dental plan coverage will end on your last day of employment, unless you elect and pay for COBRA continuation coverage."