Nancy and Jerry Marshall of Fall City had their eyes opened Saturday, March 1, at the fourth annual Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange. It was their first visit to the annual swapping of seeds and information and Nancy, a Master Gardener, was a bit overwhelmed at the number and variety of seeds available.
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2. Daylight Saving Time is the practice of advancing our clocls during the lighter months so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less (per Wikipedia). The United States started it in 1918.
• Twin Peaks is the first new town to be established in the Snoqualmie Valley. But it looks like there’s a bit more depredation and intrigue going on there than we’re used to. Filming for “Northwest Passage,” a new murder mystery for ABC-TV, began February 21 at the Mar-T Cafe, and will include various locations in the Valley. The fictional town of Twin Peaks is a composite of Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and Carnation. Dozens of locals will be immortalized as extras. The kids in Debbie Navarre’s high school drama class are all agog at the opportunity to act alongside Michael Ontkean, Kyle MacLachlin and Piper Laurie. Some business owners, however, aren’t happy with how the filming is being handled.
Saturday, Feb. 29, will be Mrs. Elizabeth Parmelee’s 18th birthday, although she will be 76 years old. She was born on a leap year. This would be her 19th birthday, except one time she had to wait eight years for a birthday instead of four.
Land in Snoqualmie that is scheduled for clearing and development can still provide benefits to habitat elsewhere in King County – but only with volunteer help. Join with other volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1, digging up native trees and shrubs from land that is scheduled to be cleared for a school and housing development. Volunteers who dig for King County in the morning can dig plants for themselves from noon to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 1964: A 61-year-old widow, Mrs. Agnes M. Norman, was found bludgeoned to death in her trailer on the Ames Lake Cutoff Road Tuesday morning. Her nearly nude body was discovered by her sister, Mrs. Kenneth Sikes, of Carnation, lying against a blood-spattered bathtub. Sheriff’s investigators found a large rock on the floor and red-stained footprints on the living room carpet. Sikes last saw her sister alive Monday when she visited her home.
Missy Anderson, Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, gives a free talk on these native pollinators, 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Fall City Masonic Hall. You may already have some in the shingles of your roof or holes in your fence.
Visitors stopped, took in the relaxing scene, and left inspired, often asking Adam Gorski how it's done. Gorski and his team spent several days creating the south-of-the-border-themed display, “Leisurely Morning in Mexico City,” one of the award-winning show gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle.
Gardeners and small farmers will find more than seeds this year at the Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange and Garden Fair. This fourth annual exchange will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. The all-volunteer event is part of a movement to preserve small-scale, regionally adapted, heirloom and open pollinated seeds.
A class on an important local farm and preserve, Meadowbrook 101, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Avenue Led by local historian Dave Battey, this free presentation covers the colorful history and possible future options for this unique 460 acres of open space.
Photographer and Bellevue College teacher Ray Pfortner gives a presentation to the Mount Si Artist Guild, noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. The event is free to all MSAG members, or a $5 donation for non-members.
1989: Only weeks before 60 local workers will be idled by closure of Weyerhaeuser’s sawmill, 130 more have been left without jobs by the destruction by fire of the company’s plywood mill on Sunday. The tall orange glow of the great fire could be seen from all over the area. Because the plant’s sprinkler system never activated, and because the three closest fire hydrants were frozen by a recent deep freeze, there was little firefighters could do as the 120,000 square foot mill was engulfed in flames.
City of Snoqualmie Arborist Phil Bennett presents a workshop on pruning trees in winter to promote strong growth, withstand damage, and bring out the trees’ natural beauty. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at North Bend Library.
Members of the Emery Maupin family narrowly escaped with their lives and lost all their belongings when fire raced through their rented home on the North Fork Road Wednesday evening, Jan. 22. Maupin, who works nights at Weyerhauser, was home to lunch when the fire broke out in the utility room.
The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives:
With the holidays past and families diving into activities to stay healthy this winter, Si View Community Center and Pool is buzzing with activity for all ages as the winter schedule begins. Northwest winters can be grey and cool, but it’s always warm at the Si View Pool. This may not the time that most of us are thinking of swim lessons, but it’s actually a good time to start, as classes at the pool have better availability now than they do in the summer time. Swim lessons are offered for all ages, infants to adults, as group or private lessons, twice weekly or Saturdays only.
The sunshine vitamin has been receiving a lot of media attention in the last several years. Are people getting enough vitamin D? Since we live in a place where exposure to sunlight is limited, we are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.
• The city of Snoqualmie must abolish its angled parking. The state Department of Transportation says it’s illegal for cars to back out onto a highway. Deadline for the city to pull parking on the south side of Railroad Avenue is Feb. 1, 1989.
• Steve Barnhart, 12, helped his three sisters escape from a blazing house near Duvall. Their parents were out, the mother having car trouble on her way to pick up their father, a cab driver. A faulty oil heater caused the blaze, at around 2 a.m. Steve escaped out the back door, then instructed 11-year-old Karen to help 10-year-old Lydia and six-year-old Debra out of their bedroom window, then jump herself.
The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives: • The winner of Mount Si Village’s recent beard- growing contest is Gary Furulie of Snoqualmie. He and his wife, Kathy, won a night’s stay at the Salidh Lodge, plus dinner and breakfast. The couple will use the occasion to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in early February.