Farmers that went against the grain add a taste of history to the family legacy

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick | Editor
This article first ran in The Sun Tribune May 3, 2018
ROYAL CITY — Woodinville area residents no doubt have come to appreciate the quality organic vegetables grown on the Tonnemaker Valley Farm in the Sammamish Valley just south of town, and the Tonnemaker organic fruit sold at the Woodinville Farmers Market.
But chances are most are unaware of the Tonnemaker rich family history and the historical findings unearthed on their farm in Royal City.
Kole and Sonia Tonnemaker own and operate Tonnemaker Hill Farm on the North Slope of Frenchman Hills. Kole is a third generation farmer. By the sweat of their brow, the Tonnemaker family turned a barren parcel of land into a flourishing farm that is well known across the state for its organic fruits and vegetables.
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Stehekin: A Secret Mountain Getaway for the Whole Family

  • Written by Sara Graham
Stehekin is a small community, surrounded by mountains, in the North Cascades. It is located at the north end of Lake Chelan. It is also a perfect place to escape the everyday busyness of life.
There are no roads to get there – you must travel by boat, plane or foot.  The most common way to get there is aboard the ‘Lady Express’ passenger ferry ( which leaves the town of Chelan daily at 8:30 a.m.. 
It’s a very scenic two hour boat ride (cost is $61 Round Trip and reservations are recommended) to Stehekin.
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Eric Lund, Professional Gamer

  • Written by David B. Clark

Even if you’ve never held a joystick you’re probably are familiar with Super Mario. The red cap wearing plumber in blue overalls has been at the heart, orbiting the center of video games for decades. Super Smash Bros., a crossover fighting video game, has had numerous iterations since its initial drop on Nintendo 64 back in 1999. The game pits characters from all over the Nintendo world against one another: Pikachu against Yoshi, Donkey Kong versus Link from The Legend of Zelda. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018 and professional gaming saw a whole new arena.

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Sleep is Essential for Health

  • Written by Dr. Apfelbaum

Good quality sleep is one of the most essential ingredients for well-being.  It occurs more often than you would think that patients come in with a main concern of not being able to sleep.  I am going to discuss reasons for an interrupted sleep pattern beyond poor sleep hygiene and taking melatonin.

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Woodinville Repertory Theatre Needs a New Home

  • Written by David B. Clark

Woodinville is positioned in the perfect center of an intersection where seemingly opposite ideas cross over one another: one rushing to the woods and the other towards the synthetic glow of tomorrow. Whereas Bellevue and Seattle have begotten tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, Woodinville has managed to foster the culture that’s rooted to the ground while actively adopting the swift transition into a highly digital world.

Robotics classes rally students to create and compete under roofs of high schools that have acres of agricultural and mountainous backdrop. The same high schools offer some of the top theatre programs in the country with a dedication and knack for producing some of the youngest and most dynamic performance artists. In an era where everyone’s attention seems super-adhered to their personal devices, there is the steady pull back into the present and real world. While Woodinville’s collective education towards the arts is essentially endless, space is finite. This leaves little opportunity for performance artists, so to speak, outside the classroom.

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