Puppets make a splash at Woodinville Library

  • Written by Deborah Stone
There’s always something interesting to look at in the exhibit case at the Woodinville Library, from scientific and historical displays to unique artwork and crafts.

This month, a colorful exhibit on puppetry is sure to catch your eye. There are puppets of varying types and styles, from the far reaches of the globe. All are from the collection of longtime Woodinville area resident Cheryl Hadley.

The local woman, who once worked at the Woodinville Library as a children’s librarian (and still subs there on occasion), has been enamored with puppets for many years. She started making them for a traveling puppet show when she lived in California and then later got involved with a regional guild of the Puppeteers of America, an organization dedicated to the art of puppetry.

Hadley has several hundred puppets in her collection. "I’ve never actually counted them, so I don’t know the exact number," she says. "I’ve been collecting them for a long time. I pick them up at fairs and festivals, or at different stores and also when I’m traveling. I’m always on the lookout for them."

Hadley particularly enjoys bringing puppets back with her from the many exotic locales she visits.

"I think they’re such great representatives of a culture," she adds.

Highlights from the display at the library include shadow puppets from Turkey and Indonesia, a two-faced puppet from Nepal, a demon puppet from Sri Lanka, animal finger puppets from Peru and a beautifully articulated marionette from Burma.

There are hand puppets from China, Sicilian marionettes decked out in armor, a rod puppet from Mali, pop-up puppets from the Czech Republic and two Inuit puppets from Canada, complete with fur-trimmed parkas.

The exhibit fits in well with the "One World, Many Stories" theme that King County Libraries has for its summer reading program.

"Puppets help bring stories to life," comments Hadley. "They animate the story. And since the use of puppetry is nearly universal, you can find the art form in most every country."

Hadley notes that puppetry goes back thousands of years and has its roots in Asia.

The local woman enjoys introducing kids to puppetry through workshops she holds at the various libraries in the area.

She shares some of her own puppets and then encourages children to make their own.

This summer, she will be at libraries in Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland and Shoreline.

"I’m going to teach kids to make sock puppets but they’re not just your standard sock puppets," explains Hadley. "They’re super sock puppets. And I have all sorts of materials like feathers, felt, fake fur and more that the children can use to provide texture, color and detail to their puppets."

She adds, "When they’re done, they leave with their own creations, which they can use to tell their own stories."

In explaining the allure of the art form, Hadley says, "Puppetry is like a miniature theater. It’s portable and accessible to all.

"Anything can be a puppet – a spoon, sock, spatula … And anybody can participate. You don’t need lots of people either. One person can do it all."

Regionalization is the right thing for the taxpayer and for public safety

  • Written by Chief Deputy Strachan, Woodinville Police Dept.
The United States has a very different law enforcement system from almost any other country in the world.

While most other countries have a central or national police force, we have more than a whopping 17,000 separate local police departments.

People from other countries think this is inefficient and outmoded. But, the reason we have so many departments is for one simple reason—local control.

The founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, felt strongly that law enforcement services should be answerable to local leaders, and they are. Each city’s police chief answers to their mayor and city council.

The local sheriff answers directly to the voters. This concept has become so inculcated in our society that it has become our expectation. Globally, however, it is unusual.

And, while we have made local control a seemingly indispensable part of our system, it comes at a price.

Specialized units, administrative overhead and all the police department functions that support officers on the street are expensive. Underscoring this is the fact that public safety is often one of the largest expenditures for local governments and, therefore, the taxpayers.

In 25 years of law enforcement experience, I have never seen the environment quite like it is right now.

Although I never thought I would see police officers being laid off, it is currently happening in countless agencies across the country. Camden, N.J., recently laid off almost half of their officers; Oakland, Calif., plans to let go of 80 more.

When asked how residents should feel upon hearing this news, the San Jose Mercury-News quoted an Oakland officer suggesting: "Fear — they know the wolves are going to come out."

It has become a cliché to say that the economic ground has shifted, that we have a "new normal."

The reality of the shift has certainly hit all of us in the public sector very hard.

Elected officials and voters are looking closer than ever at the value and efficiencies of the services we provide in the public sector.

Parks and streets departments, maintenance crews, arts commissions, libraries, higher education institutions, even police departments — once thought untouchable — are being very closely analyzed.

So, how do we balance our desire for local control with the need to achieve greater efficiency? Are these two mutually exclusive? The answer is clearly no.

At the King County Sheriff’s Office, we are actively moving ahead to do our part in finding that balance by taking a more regional approach to service delivery. In fact, municipal police departments all across King County are finding more ways to work together to get the job done with the same or fewer resources, and the King County Sheriff’s Office aims to be a trusted partner in these regional initiatives.

Regional SWAT teams, civil disturbance teams, records systems and dispatch centers are already in place, and discussions are underway to regionalize further.

As we regionalize to respect the taxpayer and do the job better, how do we also ensure local control?

• First, through governance models that ensure each city and the county are represented

• Second, through our county’s unique partnership model for providing police services

Many people are not aware that 12 of the 39 cities within King County partner with the sheriff’s office to provide their own unique police departments. The same is true for Metro and Sound Transit Police, as well as the Muckleshoot Police.

The officers serving these partner agencies are sheriff’s office deputies who work full-time assignments for our partners, proudly wear the uniform of their unique agencies and also drive police cars marked with the unique identification designed by each agency. Still, they are King County Deputies.

The operational, administrative and overhead costs are shared across all agencies in the partnership, including the sheriff’s organization, making costs for each police "unit" less for everyone, thereby creating and benefitting from an "economy of scale."

Better yet, this regional cost efficiency is balanced with local control, as each partner agency selects its own police chief from among qualified King County Sheriff’s Office managers, and that chief reports directly to the city manager, the mayor and the city council.

Additionally, each partner agency establishes its own level of staffing and law enforcement priorities.

This balance of regional cost efficiency with local control is exactly what government should be doing.

Municipal departments already work well together, and we are working to overcome a past history of difficult relationships between the county and cities.

We believe partnerships are good public policy. The King County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to finding further regional efficiencies — not only by continuing to provide quality services to our existing partner agencies, but also working closely with our excellent autonomous municipal police departments to discover new partnership opportunities. Together, we can regionalize where we can and maintain local control where we should.

The financial environment of public safety is changing. Rather than complain about it, we should see it as a tremendous opportunity. Our area police departments and the King County Sheriff’s Office are working together because it is the right thing to do for the taxpayer and for public safety.

Patrols will be checking King County roads for speeders July 15-Aug. 7

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Between July 15 and August 7, law enforcement officers throughout King County will be part of a statewide effort in search of speeding drivers.

Driving faster than posted speed limits may not seem like a big deal, but more than 40 percent of fatal crashes in Washington involve a speeding driver.

That’s why the King County Target Zero Task Force is coordinating extra speed patrols throughout local communities.

In addition to being dangerous, speeding is expensive.

The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as your speed increases, so does the fine.

In fact, a speeding ticket in Washington could easily cost more than $411. (Source: WTSC based on the AOC Bail Schedule)

How much do you know about the dangers of speeding?

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission urges all Washingtonians to take this quiz and learn more about traffic safety and speeding dangers at

Results will be tabulated on the accuracy of Washington drivers’ answers and available in August.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit

Woodinville Garden Club to donate sculpture to city’s art collection

  • Written by Ann Parrish, Woodinville Garden Club member

WGC reserve committee members preview art donation with artist Georgia Gerber. (L-R:) Dawn Rubstello, Virginia Caunt, Chris Bigham, Ann Neel, artist Georgia Gerber. Courtesy photo.
Woodinville Garden Club contributes the proceeds of its fundraisers to the Woodinville community in a number of ways.

Their current focus is on the commission of a Georgia Gerber sculpture to be placed near the sports fields in downtown Woodinville.

Accomplishing the mission of civic beautification, the sculpture will be the second sculpture donated to the city.

"The Gardener," a Gerber sculpture of a gardener and her basset hound, is located in DeYoung Park across from Molbak’s.

The new sculpture will be interactive and has a sports theme.

Expected completion date is fall 2011.

Members of the club were invited to Georgia Gerber’s studio and foundry on Whidbey Island for a tour and view of the sculpture in process.

Gerber and her husband explained the entire process, from initial clay model, through the many steps of creating forms, the pouring of the molten bronze, and the subsequent welding, tooling and finishing to create the glowing final product.

The sculptress has been creating bronze artwork since 1983, as a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Washington MFA program.

Her work is on display throughout Washington, Oregon, the Midwest and East Coast.

One of her earliest and most well-known public pieces is Rachel, the resident pig at Pike Place Market. More recently, she created the black bear mother and cubs in Redmond Town Center.

Additional information about the innovative casting process and her complete works is available at

The Woodinville Garden Club’s Annual Tour of Gardens is on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 10 a.m. This self-guided tour of six private gardens offers viewers serenity to grandeur and everything in between. You’ll find meandering paths and streams, secret gardens and tranquil ponds with koi. Lush ornamentals, robust veggies and stunning specimen trees showcase our region’s diverse planting palette. Come get inspired by entertainment spaces that make the most of outdoor living. Tickets are $20, available at Molbak’s in Woodinville, Ravenna Gardens in Kirkland and University Village and Classic Nursery in Redmond, including the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit civic beautification, scholarships, garden therapy and youth education.

Join us for a reception after the tour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Molbak’s, our tour sponsor for the last 12 years. Your ticket brochure will gain you entry to the event’s area where Woodinville’s Columbia Winery will host a wine tasting. At 4:30 p.m., we will draw the winning names for these five great raffle prizes:

• Original signed artwork by Susan Summit Cyr used for our tour poster

• Four yards of mulch (your choice of variety) from deJong Sawdust and Shavings

• One hour landscape consultation from Lorrie Cain Landscape Design

• $100 Molbak’s gift card

• One night accommodation for two at the acclaimed Willows Lodge in Woodinville

Raffle tickets will be sold in all the gardens and at the reception. Winners need not be present.

Please join us this Saturday for a spectacular day of garden visits and wine tasting. Knowing that your contribution will benefit the Woodinville community. You will go away with ideas and inspiration for your gardens from serenity to grandeur. Information about the tour, the club and membership, is available at

Applicants needed for Woodinville Fire & Rescue commissioner vacancy

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Woodinville Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position on the Board.

The applicant would be appointed by the Board and complete a term to end December 31, 2013.

Interested persons who are registered voters living within the boundaries of Woodinville Fire & Rescue should submit a letter of interest and résumé to:

Margene Michael, Board Secretary

District Headquarters

17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE

Woodinville, WA 98072

Deadline for submittal is July 29 at noon. The applications will be screened, and up to five finalists will be interviewed during the regular Board meeting on August 1 at District Headquarters located at 17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE.