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Valley master gardeners: Start planning your summer vegetable garden
Apr 01 2013, 9:50 AM
Here in the Snoqualmie Valley area, the latitude is 47 degrees, 54 minutes north, which means we have few daylight hours during the winter months until we reach the spring or vernal equinox on March 20, when day and night are equal. Generally speaking, we get more rain, colder spring and summer night temperatures, and less heat to fully ripen vegetables like corn and tomatoes. It’s at this time of year that we all look forward to spring’s arrival with longer daylight hours, warmer weather and increased soil temperatures.
Does this slightly warmer spring weather indicate that it is time to rush right out and start planting our vegetable gardens outdoors? Well, not really. Unfortunately, our area’s spring climate is unpredictable and we can experience a frosty night right up to mid-April or later on throughout the Valley. For most seeds to germinate, the soil temperature has to be at 40 to 70 degrees, colder for greens, warmer for squash. Investing in a soil thermometer will take the guesswork out—they aren’t expensive.
This park is the tops: Once again, North Bend readers vote EJ Roberts their favorite
Apr 01 2013, 9:55 AM
EJ Roberts Park is the perennial favorite park of Record readers.
There must be something about the park’s quiet atmosphere, and the number of features packed into its four acres.
Located on the north side of North Bend in the Silver Creek neighborhood, at Sixth Street and Thrasher Avenue, the park has a big grassy center area with picnic tables, a play area for children, an artfully decorated public restroom with murals painted by artist Peter Teekamp, plus two full-size tennis courts and a small basketball court. Visitors can stroll along a trail that winds through the oaks. There’s something for everyone.
Rewarding school: Snoqualmie Elementary dubbed 'High Progress'
Apr 01 2013, 9:52 AM
Snoqualmie Elementary School (SES) was recently recognized a Reward (high-progress) School by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). It is one of 69 highest-performing and/or highest-progress Title I schools in Washington state to be designated a Reward School for 2013-14, based on the school’s performance over three years.
Civic planner: Voted 'Best city employee', Gina Estep talks about growing, improving North Bend
Apr 01 2013, 10:07 AM
Named Best City Employee for a second year in a row, North Bend’s Gina Estep has always had a desire to plan communities and develop economies for cities.
Estep, who is Planning and Economic Development Director for the city of North Bend, went to college and got a degree in urban and regional planning. She worked for the city of Snoqualmie from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that, she worked for the cities of LaConner and Lake Stevens.
Estep spent eight years in the Snoqualmie planning office. It was a wonderful experience, she says, but she was ready for some additional responsibilities. The North Bend job offered the economic development angle, which Estep finds very engaging.
Volunteer drivers needed for Senior Services's transport program
Apr 01 2013, 9:46 AM
Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation provides vital rides for Snoqualmie and other King County seniors. Now, it needs volunteers to stay successful
Using their own vehicles, volunteer drivers help older adults maintain their independence by taking them to necessary medical appointments.
Sno-Valley Senior Center seeks goodie donations for volunteers
Apr 01 2013, 9:55 AM
The Sno Valley Senior Center in Carnation runs off the energy and enthusiasm of its volunteers. Hosting its annual volunteer luncheon in April, the center is seeking coupon and gift certificate donations from Valley businesses as a reward to appreciate its volunteers.
The reward idea, using goodie-stuffed mugs, was tried last year, and was a hit.
Explorer Helen Thayer shares African journeys at Women in Business luncheon
Apr 01 2013, 9:57 AM
Helen Thayer inspires the Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business every time she visits. Thayer gives her "Walking Africa" talk, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Women in Business lunch, held at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 S.E. Ridge St. Cost is $30.
Helen and her husband Bill have walked over 12,000 miles in Africa, studying centuries-old indigenous cultures. They lived with the Masaai, Berbers, Dakoda and Bushmen. In their time with the various tribes they experienced up-close encounters with African wildlife.
Public hearing set, comments sought on North Bend's New Sky hotel project
Apr 02 2013, 1:56 PM
The city of North Bend holds a public hearing next week on the planned hotel and conference center, proposed for the corner of Bendigo Boulevard and South Fork Avenue.
The New Sky Hotels project would build two multi-story buildings for a hotel, restaurant, conference center facility, and associated parking.
To do so, it needs variances for shoreline and critical areas regulations.
Dy-No-Mite! Relay for Life team's BBQ dinner is all set for Saturday
Apr 02 2013, 2:50 PM
The Dy-no-Mites Relay for Life team holds a barbecue dinner and silent auction, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Snoqualmie Eagles Lodge, 8200 Railroad Ave.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Guests and members are welcome. Tickets are available at Another Hair Place or at the door.
Start planning for plants; Seniors holding spring sale in Carnation
Apr 02 2013, 2:51 PM
The Sno-Valley Senior Center is preparing for its annual plant sale and First Picks garden party in May, and taking orders for hanging baskets. Order your Hanging Baskets by April 26 at SnoValleySenior.org.
Be sure to save the dates, Thursday, May 2, for the garden party, and May 3 and 4 for the sale, at Remlinger Farms in Carnation.