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    • Redmond History: 2011-2012

      2011 1/7 A fire in one of the eight buildings at Sammamish Ridge Apartments, 14820 Redmond Way, causes David Thompson, 32, and his four sons, Tristan, 12, David, Jr., 6, Leviticus, 4, and Wyatt, 2, to die of smoke inhalation RReporter 1/13 Two Level II charging stations for electric vehicles are dedicated at City Hall RReporter 1/15 The cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah jointly fund the winter homeless shelter at 1/19 Debra Cobain, owner of Marbella Day Spa and Boutique, located at 16122 NE 87th Street was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Champion of the Year for 2010 for her commitment to the community and the Chamber RReporter 1/31 Fire Chief Tim Fuller ends his six-year stint as Redmond’s fire chief. His firefighting career spanned 40-years RReporter 2/9 Lake Washington School District voters approve the Capital Projects Levy that provides expansion for the district’s growing student population RReporter 2/15 Bob Lovett, Fire Marshal, retires ending a 35-year career. He spent the last 32 years in Redmond as fire marshal whose primary function is fire prevention and includes review of the alarm and sprinkler systems in building plans RReporter 2/19 Zack Alleva breaststrokes his way to the Class 4A state breaststroke swimming championship RReporter 2/20 Redmond Community Center. Through donations from local families and businesses, shelter guests receive a hot meal, sack lunch, and blankets. City elementary students hold a sock drive and donatethe socks to the shelter guests RReporter 2/25 City of Redmond Neighborhood Network provides city officials with continuous knowledge of each of Redmond’s ten neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will meet annually for information updates, a forum for residential issues, and steward selection RReporter Jillian Roels, Redmond High School junior, opens “Girl Talk”, a mentoring program for middle schoolgirls, that assists the girls in dealing with age related issues. A non profit, the program originated in Atlanta, Georgia in 2002 by the then 15 year-old Hayley Kirkpatrick RReporter Of the ten schools in the Lake Washington School District recognized for overall excellence in 2010, three are in Redmond: Rockwell Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Redmond High School. Rosa Parks Elementary was also honored for achievement in science RReporter 3/4 Since 2000, the city’s minority population has increased by 25.3% RReporter Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938, the Picnic Shelter in Anderson Park renovation includes replacement of the roof and rotted logs, and a refurbished stone chimney. Restoration to the 1930’s period was funded by the Rotary Club, City of Redmond Landmark and Heritage Grant, and City of Redmond Parks Department RReporter Strong institutional policies practiced by the City of Redmond allow the city to retain its “AAA”bond rating by Standard & Poor RReporter 3/5 City of Redmond partners with Cascade Land Conservancy to remove invasive non-native plants at Hartman Park and replace with native trees and shrubs in order to reduce carbon in the atmosphere RReporter 3/21 Evergreen Hospital opens healthcare multi-service facility in Bella Bottega Shopping Center RReporter 4/21 Citizen’s Academy offers Redmond residents the opportunity to learn and understand city government departments; policies; city goals and vision for the future; and methods of creating policies to meet goals and vision RReporter 4/23 St. Jude’s hosts Tent City 4 that will be allowed to remain at St. Jude’s for up to 110 days RReporter Kevin Donnelly is sworn in as Redmond Fire Chief. Chief Donnelly came to Redmond from Lodi, California, a city of 65,000. He began his firefighting career in Felton, California in 1986 RReporter 5/17 A black bear meanders through Redmond, is captured in Bothell, and then transported to the wild in Snohomish County RReporter 5/18 Friends of Youth celebrates its 60th anniversary of service to community youth ages 15-24 RReporter 5/21 Whiskers, Wings, and Wagging Tails Pet Fair held at Redmond Senior Center features a doggy fashion parade, dog demonstrations in agility and flyball racing, vendor booths, pet services, and candidates for adoption RReporter First ever Ironheart Classic 4-mile/8-mile Race and Health/Fitness Festival is held at Marymoor to promote healthy lifestyle habits RReporter 5/25 Bear Creek School boy’s golf team members, Gannon McCahill, Will Stansell, Connor Morgan, Jake Imam, and Ricky Olson, win the state 1B/2B title RReporter 5/27 Microsoft acquires Skype RReporter 6/2 Post 2995 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will ship the 10,000th troop support box. Each month 200 boxes are sent to individual personnel on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program was co-founded by World War II veteran, John Kenney RReporter 6/3 Old Fire House Teen Center hosts “Laugh On” comedy night RReporter 6/16 A transformer fire at the Puget Sound Energy substation in Redmond causes a major Eastsidepower outage to 25,000 customers RReporter 6/17 PV (Sundar) Balakrishnan receives the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Washington (UW). Balakrishnan is Professor of Marketing on the faculty of the UW Bothell Business Program RReporter 6/24 Lake Washington School District plans to offset major state budget reductions in teacher and certificated personnel salary and operations by using staff attrition and district levy funds RReporter New electric vehicle charging station opens at Red 160 apartments at 16015 Cleveland Street. The station is open to residents and the public at the east end of the building RReporter 7/1 Kerwin Higashi is named “Hero for Everyday Life” by the Sodexo Foundation for his work in founding Vertically Integrated Partnership, a coalition of farmers, food processors, food distributors, and other food service companies that gather surplus food and repackage it. The repackaged food is distributed to food banks and other hunger relief organizations in a program that prevents food waste and feeds the hungry RReporter 7/8 Lake Washington School District saves $1.5 million with the establishment of a energy conservation and efficiency program RReporter 7/29 Karen Springs of Redmond partnered with church groups to organize Window to Hope that brought13 Ukrainian orphans to the Puget Sound area. The orphans were paired with families to experience everyday family activities, and special events planned during their 3-week visit RReporter A capacity crowd attended the 6th Grand Prix at Marymoor Velodrome that attracted 175 racers and a prize pool of $17,500. Seven of the top ten placers from Nationals raced including local favorites Jennie Reed of Kirkland and Tela Crane of Sammamish RReporter 8/5 More than 2,000 people attended 46 different block parties held in the city at the National Night-Out Against Crime. he block parties encourage community building through meal sharing RReporter 8/19 King County Council approves a $20 car tab fee in order to avoid drastic reductions in King CountyMetro bus service RReporter 8/22 Pat Schiermeyer is inducted into the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Famefor his dependable, reliable, and unselfish work ethic in managing a $30 million budget RReporter 9/9 The Urban Search and Rescue Task Force members of Redmond Firefighters, Rudy Alvarado, Tom Langton, Stacey Baker, Mike Curtis, and Lafond Baker relive their experiences as rescuers at 9/11 Ground Zero. Alvarado reports that it was an emotional roller coaster with 16 acres of utter destruction. He says, “I really saw what America was about...the red, white, and blue came out strong.” RReporter 9/11 Venues for Artists in the Local Area (VALA) established by Jessica Lambert showcases the works of local artists in a variety of Eastside venues RReporter 9/23 Grand opening of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) at 17550 NE 67th Court is held. The center plans to not only provide a gathering place for members, but the surrounding community also by providing services, interfaith activities and will eventually offer health and fitness programs RReporter 9/29 A 91 year-old man hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, and drove his Cadillac through Sun Shine foot spa. The business is closed until reconstruction of the facility is complete RReporter 10/7 HCL Technologies locates at 14980 NE 31st Street, and will provide 400 jobs in the advancement of of collaborative engineering with emphasis on engineering capabilities and solutions development in such emerging technologies as cloud, mobility, and smart products RReporter 10/21 A talk given at the Hopelink fundraising luncheon by Tom Coliccio, best known for his appearance on “Top Chef”, outlined three main issues to end hunger in America: 1) education on farming and vegetable growing; 2) improvement in the knowledge of what to eat; 3) spread the message about healthy and nutritious foods RReporter 11/8 Milo Wilkes, Redmond High School senior, will play sousaphone in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City RReporter 12/23 Richard Cole retires after serving 24 years as a city council member. He applied financial expertise developed as a CPA at Boeing to city fiscal issues RReporter 12/26 Variable tolling begins on State Route 520 floating bridge RReporter 12/30 John Fleming is selected as artist for the Redmond Central Connector RReporter 2012 1/1 The 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge held at Idylwood Park attracts 86 participants and raises$11,000 for Special Olympics Washington. The event was sponsored by the Redmond Police Department RReporter 1/3 Pat Vaché is selected President of the City Council, and Hank Margeson is designated Vice President RReporter City residents implore the City Council to reconsider their decision that approved developer plans to remove all of the 1,100 trees at the site of the former Group Health Hospital at Overlake Village RReporter 1/6 Tennis Outreach Program, a nonprofit founded by Redmond High School tennis coach, Marceil Whitney, will soon open a facility at 10832 – 117th Place NE in the Totem Lake area. The facility offers play time opportunities for all ages and skill levels and on 6- full sized indoor courts and 6-36 foot courts that can accommodate 150-200 youngsters per day. The Eastside has been under-served with only 16 available indoor courts RReporter 1/18-19 Snow closes schools and businesses RReporter 1/20 The Redmond Steelheads, Sammamish Baseball Academy’s select 16-U baseball team, won the championship in the 3-day Martin Luther King Tournament held in Phoenix, Arizona RReporter “Fleet Foxes”, a band, whose first performance as “Pineapple” was at the Old Fire House Teen Center,receives a Grammy nomination for their second studio album, “Helplessness Blues.” Current band members are Robin Pecknow, Skyler Skjelset, Morgan Henderson, Casey Westcott, and Christian Wargo RReporter 1/23 Citizens Academy is held to instruct citizens about the daily functions of municipal government. The academy helps to foster civic leadership and volunteerism RReporter 3/2 Dr. Traci Pierce becomes Lake Washington School District Superintendent. Previously she was Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services. She began her career as a teacher at Inglewood Junior High School in 1994 RReporter Katie Walsh founds A Step Up, a nonprofit to assist low income families achieve self-sufficiency. A Step Up is designed to help parents who make enough money to become ineligible for state programs, but still struggle to support their family RReporter 3/5 Saturday Market opens for the 37th year at Leary Way NE and Bear Creek Parkway with 125 vendors selling produce, plants, flowers, photography, food, jewelry, wine, arts, crafts, and more RReporter 3/30 Evergreen Junior High School students in Kathie Mays’ language arts and social studies classes collect toys, basic school supplies, and personal items for distribution by Helping and Loving Orphans (HALO), a Seattle nonprofit, who works with orphanages in Vietnam, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Mexico RReporter 4/11 Arbor Day is celebrated under the auspices of the Park and Recreation Department at Farrell-McWhirterPark. Arbor Day is a demonstration of the continuing commitment to preserve, protect, and enrich the community by caring for the local forest RReporter 4/20 Corry Lee receives third place in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest for her short story,“Shutdown”, written in the military science fiction genre RReporter As the final project for his Eagle Scout award, Logan John, worked to permanently relocate the Clise Bell to the southwest corner of Walter L Seabloom field on the Redmond High School campus. The bell will ring each time the high school football team scores a touchdown RReporter 4/27 Several hundred native trees and shrubs are planted on a one acre site downtown as a part of a Northwest Adopt A Stream Foundation project to shade Bear Creek and keep the water cool for salmon. The plants hold the soil in place, leaves and twigs in the creek become food formicro-organisms then insects, and then the fish RReporter Bill Campbell, Director of Public Works, retires after 22 years of service that included projects such as traffic lights and the 36th Street bridge RReporter Benjamin Keller receives a National Merit Boeing Scholarship. This scholarship is supported by Boeing for children of employees RReporter 5/4 Redmond’s Intergenerational Committee composed of seniors from Redmond Senior Center and teens from the Old Fire House Teen Center establish a vegetable garden. When the produce matures, it will be donated to Redmond’s Hopelink Food Bank RReporter Redmond Police Department’s Victim Assistance Team (VAT) provides community outreach when crimes of property or fraud are committed. The volunteer VAT team assists victims with the aftermath of the traumatic event by helping victims to navigate the judicial system, meet insurance company requirements, and gives referrals to other local services RReporter A partial list of community indicators show that Redmond citizens conserve water resources by lowering water consumption for a single family home from 66 pounds in 2006 to 55 in 2011. The number of licensed businesses expanded by 26% in seven years to 5,533 in 2011, and 148,000 citizens participated in Park and Recreation Department programs in 2011 RReporter Seven Redmond students earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. Redmond High School students obtaining a National Merit Scholarship are Maya Balakrishnan, Tala Balakrishnan, and JihoonLee. Redmond residents attending other schools who were also winners are Kaustubh Deo, Kolya Malkin, Katelyn Petrin, and Emily Thacher RReporter 5/10 Mike Town, Redmond High School science teacher, is awarded a Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education and Reform (LASER) grant to be donated to a not-for-profit public education entity. The grant program is co-ed by Pacific Science Center and Battelle,and recognizes five individuals or project teams who have promoted innovation in science education. Town donated his $5,000 grant to the Lake Washington School District ScienceTechnology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) school RReporter Trevor Guyton, Redmond High School (RHS) 2008 graduate, was selected in the 7th round of the National Football League draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Guyton played defensive end and defensive tackle for the RHS football team, and at University of California, Berkeley, where he was named to the second team All Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC)-12. He graduates from from the University of California, Berkeley, on May 12 RReporter 5/11 Alexei Girsh celebrates his 20th season as Conductor of the Eastside Symphony Orchestra that rehearsesand performs at Redmond High School. Currently Girsh is also Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony, Conductor of the Boeing Band, and Artistic and Music Director of the Concert Opera of Seattle, which he founded. Girsh settled in Redmond after immigrating from St. Petersburg, Russia, 21-years ago. In Russia Girsh first studied cello and eventually received a BA from Novosibirsk State Conservatoire and an MA from Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire RReporter 5/18 Jeri Rowe-Curtis is hired by the City of Redmond as the new Communications and Marketing DirectorEight hundred attend Whiskers, Wings, and Wagging Tails at the Redmond Senior Center. Amongactivities available were pet services information and samples, mini-classes in obedience and trick training, and a reading of Wendy Wahlman’s new book, A Cat Like That. Pet adoptions were particularly popular RReporter 5/25 Mark Riley is named Acoustic Blues Guitarist of the Year for 2012 by Washington Blues Society’s Best of the Blues. Riley is a guitarist, instructor, and songwriter, and teaches locally at Pacific Music Redmond Wild, founded last year by Rianne BeCraft, 2006 Redmond High School graduate, works to protect local wildlife and their natural habitats. The group focuses on encouraging Redmond residents to provide 5 essentials for wildlife—food, water, shelter, nursery for young, anduse of sustainable practices. If the 5 requirements are met, the location can become a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) RReporter 6/1 Theno’s Dairy, an Eastside institution located at the southeast corner of 124th Street and Redmond- Woodinville Road, closes permanently after 70-years of business RReporter Overlake School boy’s soccer team wins class 1A state soccer championship RReporter Maddie Magee, Bear Creek School senior, wins 3rd straight class 2B state high jump championship“A Legacy for Learning” fund raising luncheon held by Lake Washington School District Foundation obtains more than $180,000 in donations RReporter 6/22 Mike Town, Redmond High School science teacher, receives a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators given by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes and supports urban and rural educators who use experiential environmental opportunities to develop a sense of civic responsibility and stewardship in ecosystems RReporter 6/26 A special re-opening of Spiritbrook Park is held following improvements and renovation by the city Public Works Department and the Park and Recreation Department. Improvements include wetland identification and path installation, installation of a new play structure, and drainage installation to provide a dry playfield RReporter 6/29 Sustainable Redmond settles with Group Health Cooperative when Group Health agrees to pay theCity of Redmond $20,000 to move existing trees or buy replacement trees to plant in the Overlake Village site RReporter Madelyn Magee, Bear Creek School senior, selected as Female Athlete of the Year for her performances in volleyball, basketball, and track and field RReporter Sheila Croft wins the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon for the 2nd straight year with a time of 2 hours 41 minutes 7/13 The 71-year old Derby Days Criterium has been won two straight times by David Richter of Seattle 7/20 Among the winners at the Grand Prix racing event held at the Marymoor Velodrome were Tela Crane of 21 Sammamish, who won the Elite Women Bike Central Sprint, and Pennsylvania Olympian,Giddeon Massie, who won the men’s Keirin Final RReporter 7/28 The Post Office moves to 7241 – 185th Ave NE which is also the distribution center for Eastside mail 8/1 Recycling garbage truck drivers reach an agreement with Waste Management to avert a strike RReporter 8/3 Festival of Joy (Festival Anandamela) takes place at the City Hall Campus, and features dance performances, a cooking contest, and children’s games RReporter Ben Rush Elementary School and Rose Hill/Stella Schola Middle School are two of the four Lake Washington School District schools receiving $14 million in state funds earmarked for building modernization RReporter Grab a quick bite of lunch from a food truck located at the Food Truck Corral in the parking lot of Redmond Auto Detail at 15904 Bear Creek Parkway or at the Daytona Laguna Food Truck Corral located off of 148th Ave NE and NE 31st Street RReporter 8/6 Students and parents protest the overcrowding at Rosa Parks Elementary School during a Lake Washington School District Board meeting. The school was built for 483 students, but now has 764 students enrolled RReporter 8/10 Tim Fuller, former Fire Chief, becomes City of Redmond Public Works Director RReporter 9/14 Dudley Carter Park is dedicated at 7447 – 159th Place NE RReporter 10/5 Jeanine Hall Gailey becomes Redmond Poet Laureate. Gailey’s goal is to pair the tech world together with poetry as she says, “poetry for geeks—geeks for poetry” RReporter 10/12 Friends of Youth opens The Landing, a daytime drop-in center for homeless youth and young adults 15-24 at 16225 NE 87th Street. The facility also serves ages 18-24 as a nighttime shelter RReporter 11/23 Bear Creek School girl’s soccer team wins state class 1B/1A girl’s soccer championship for the 2nd straight year RReporter 11/30 Redmond High School Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Paula C Ferguson prepares to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 31, 2013. Expenses are being defrayed by tonight’s benefit concert RReporter Under the auspices of the City of Redmond and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Division, the Conservation Corp will remove invasive plant species and replace the plants with native vegetation in the heron rookery as part of the 20-year forest management plan developed as part of the Green Redmond Partnership. The project will enhance management of storm water, and improve forest health and tree function RReporter 12/1 Redmond Lights, an event celebrating the diversity within Redmond, holds afternoon entertainment,children’s activities, and dining at City Hall Campus. The after-5 pm festivities continue at Town Center RReporter 12/16 Wreaths to honor fallen veteran’s are laid on grave sites at Cedar Lawn by the Daughters of the Revolution David Douglas Chapter and Wreaths’ Across America RReporter 12/21 Redmond Fireballs, boy’s under-13 District 2 soccer team wins state recreational playoffs RReporter Redmond Thunder, girl’s under-13 District 2 soccer team wins D-2 Recreational Cup Championship 12/30 Centennial Community Bonfire is held at City Hall Campus that commemorates city incorporation as a 4th class town on December 31, 1912 subsequent to voter’s approval and birth of the 300th town resident, Alexander Adams RReporter Compiled by Alexa Munoz from The Redmond Reporter. Redmond Washington: Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond, Washington 98052.

    • Redmond History: 2001-2010

      2001 The League of American Bicyclists designates Redmond a Bicycle-Friendly Community, 52nd city to receive the honor (Hardy Timeline II 13) 5/29 Redmond High School senior Kat Misenar and her family pull off a prank that will long be remembered. They open a 1985 Mazda and maneuver it sideways so that the school flag-pole is in the middle of the vehicle and looks as if it is impaled by the flag pole. (Hardy Timeline II 13) 9/ “Redmond Reporter” publishes its first newspaper issue (Hardy Timeline II 13) 2002 4/ Redmond’s first affordable housing opens. Built by King County and a private developer, the 300-unit apartment complex is located atop the Overlake Metro Park ‘n Ride (Hardy Timeline II 13) 7/ The annual Heritage Festival at Marymoor in July is cancelled by King County because of budget problems (Hardy Timeline II 13) 7/1 Juel Community Park on NE 116th Street opens to the public. Dr. Glenn and Betty Juel sold the $2 million property in 1999 to the City of Redmond for just $400,000 on the condition that the land be preserved for recreational use and the trees Dr. Juel planted would be maintained (Hardy Timeline II 13) 8/ Record attendance of 150,000 is set at when the Puget Sound Festival is held at a two-day event sponsored by the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association (Hardy Timeline II 13) 10/6 The Edgar Doolittle Art Garden, located on the north side of the Redmond Library is ceremonially dedicated (Hardy Timeline II 13) 12/ King County closes the Marymoor Museum because of a lack of funding (Hardy Timeline II 13) 2003 3/11 Citizens vote to retain a strong mayor form of city government. Out of a 30.9% turnout of eligible voters, votes in favor the proposition to change to a city manager form were 2207, and those opposed were 5175 (Hardy Timeline II 13) 4/ A ceremony to dedicate the beach in honor of Chandler Pickering and mark the completion of the Idylwood Stream Rehabilitation Project is held at Idylwood Beach Park. Pickering moved to Redmond in 1951, and was active in the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, and served on the city’s Park Board (Hardy Timeline II 13) 5/18 The old Redmond High School is demolished after a reunion, “The Last Roundup”, is held for all those associated with the school (Hardy Timeline II 13) 5/31 Founded in 1956, the Kiwanis club of Redmond disbands (Hardy Timeline II 13) 6/ Redmond Manor trailer park is demolished (Hardy Timeline II 13) 7/ The first unmarked police vehicle, used to target aggressive drivers, patrols Redmond’s (Hardy Timeline II 13) 7/1 The City Council approves the first heritage grant for the Community-Odd Fellows Hall at 7979 Leary Way built in 1903 (Hardy Timeline II 14) 7/23 Macy’s Department store opens in Town Center (Hardy Timeline II 14) 9/ The newly constructed Redmond High School opens in the same location (RHS) 10/22 The Wellhead Protection ordinance, unanimously passed by the City Council, is meant to identify threats to city well water, prevent contamination, and provide a plan for responding to accidents (Hardy Timeline II 14) 11/25 Gail Marsh, 23 year veteran Police Commander and Redmond’s first female officer, is fired from the Redmond Police Department after she reports several questionable incidents (Hardy Timeline II 14) 2004 1/ The City commissions two public art projects for its new City Hall and parking garage that is under construction. A glass sculpture will be created for the City Hall entrance by Ed Carpenter of Portland, and a large textured relief for the east facade of the four-level parking garage will be done by Blue McRight and Warren Wagner of Los Angeles (Hardy Timeline II 14) 2/17 City Council approves funds for building a new City Hall that will include City Council chambers. The present City Hall and old Library, which the City has used as a technology center, are slated for demolition (Hardy Timeline II 14) 3/8 Founder of the “Sammamish Valley News”, Robert M Bailie, dies of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hardy Timeline II 14) 4/1 Firemen’s Plaza on the corner of NE 85th Street and l61st Avenue NE is dedicated with a ceremony. The focus of the plaza is a bronze sculpture by artist Judy Phipps, who used Bert Eymberts, a deceased Redmond fireman who died of Huntington’s disease, as a model for the sculpture (Hardy Timeline II 14) 4/9 Financially troubled computer maker, Gateway Inc., closes all of its 188 stores including the Bear Creek store (Hardy Timeline II 14) 4/15 King County completes demolition of Dudley Carter’s Slough House which an arsonist burned days earlier. There was no damage to Haida House or the outdoor sculptures (Hardy Timeline II 14) 5/19 Perrigo Springs is dedicated in a formal ceremony. The Daughters of American colonists provide a bronze plaque and plant a Willow tree near the spring’s dam on Education Hill (Hardy Timeline II 14) 6/12 The Marriott Hotel opens its doors at Redmond Town Center with Jeff Hart as the hotel’s manager (Hardy Timeline II 14) 8/ Redmond North All-Star Little League team wins the Northwest regional play-offs, and heads for the national world series. The only Washington state team to win a LittleLeague World Series was the Kirkland National All-Stars team in 1982 (Hardy Timeline II 14) 8/13 After a fundraiser at a Yarrow Point home, President George W Bush spends the night at Redmond’s new Marriott Hotel in Town Center (Hardy Timeline II 14) 9/13 Microsoft Corporation closes on its court approved purchase of three buildings from bankrupt retailer Eddie Bauer for $38 million or approximately $163 per square-foot (Hardy Timeline II 15) 2005 2/ The King County Department of Transportation plans to construct a new $7 million state-of-the-art Redmond Transit Center on NE 83rd Street. The transit center—which will be designed and built by King County Metro Transit—will include on-street bus loading and bus layover facilities. Financing to construct the transit center has been secured from Sound Transit and federal grants. The county currently owns the 4.8-acre Redmond Park ‘n Ride lot adjacent to the new transit center site (Hardy Timeline II 15) 3/7 A debut demonstration is held at Town Center for the fire Department’s new $830,000 Pierce Dash platform truck that will help firefighters rescue people in tall buildings such as the Marriott hotel (Hardy Timeline II 15) 4/ Eastlake High School student, Brian Byersdorf, becomes Washington State Apply’s “Youth the Year” after winning the Boys and Girls club contest (Hardy Timeline II 15) 4/6 Safeco announces it will close its suburban Redmond offices and expand its Seattle headquarters (Hardy Timeline II 15) 5/9 King County obtains final shoreline permit for grading the East Lake Sammamish Trail, ending one of the most litigious and controversial processes for creating a trail in the history of the US (Hardy Timeline II 15) 5/18 The City Council approves Microsoft expansion that allows the company to add nearly 2 million square feet to its Redmond campus, and increases their workforce by 12,000 employees (Hardy Timeline II 15) 6/ Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Phan Van Khai, visits Redmond, meets with Bill Gates, and announces his country and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer computer training to more than 50,000 teachers in Vietnam (Hardy Timeline II 15) 6/1 Argent Chemical Laboratories, a Redmond company, has agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and take other actions to stop violating pesticide regulations in a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency. The owners of Argent Chemical, Eliot Lieberman and Bertriz Shanahann, were the subjects of a 304-count EPA complaint in May 2004 that alleged the company illegally produced, sold, imported, and exported a variety of potentially dangerous pesticides. In the settlement Argent agreed to cease the illegal activities, and submit to EPA inspections to ensure compliance (Hardy Timeline II 16) 6/26 Former Redmond Councilman and citizen activist, Fred Meitzer, is honored posthumously in a ceremony (Hardy Timeline II 16) 7/ Mayor Ives is selected as one of seven new members of the United States Conference of Mayors Advisory Committee (Hardy Timeline II 16) 7/ Carr America Realty Corporation leases 177,000 square-feet of office space at two properties in Redmond—a sign that the Eastside office market outside Bellevue is improving (Hardy Timeline II 16) 7/22 Legacy Roofing, a 16 year-old roofing installation company servicing Seattle and Eastside homeowners, breaks ground for their new Redmond office located near Overlake the company’s new 21,000 square-foot office building and work yard (Hardy Timeline II 16) 8/5 King County re-establishes free movie nights at the park with a $10,000 sponsorship from Portland based First Tech Credit Union (Hardy Timeline II 16) 8/15 Edgar Martinez, former Seattle Mariner and owner of Caribbean Embroidery located in Redmond, is the celebrity guest of the Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament held at the Bear Creek Country Club (Hardy Timeline II 16) 9/ Animals abandoned during Hurricane Katrina are brought by chartered plane from New Orleans to the Redmond Veterinary Hospital on Union Hill Road. Further plane loads of animals are to follow in an operation spearheaded by Pasado’s Safe Haven, the  animal rescue organization (Hardy Timeline II 16) 9/29 Lake Washington Technical College’s new Redmond Campus Corporate Learning Center officially opens. The $7 million, 20,000 square-foot education and training facility includes classrooms, conference rooms, computer labs, an auditorium, and a two-story atrium facing the park. While general education classes will be offered starting this month, the focus is on business training with courses such as accounting and business law (Hardy Timeline II 16) 10/ The Marymoor Park Pet Garden opens with the county’s hope the 1.25-acre site will make a profit to help support all county parks. Pet owners can memorialize pets with their ashes in urns for $800 (Hardy Timeline II 17) 10/31 Redmond’s 89th traffic signal begins working on NE 83rd Street at 161st Avenue NE. Redmond General Insurance owner, Keith Brewer, and his son, Nick, are the advocates who promoted the light’s installation (Hardy Timeline II 17) 11/ Tony Roma’s restaurant adjacent to Wendy’s on Redmond Way closes its doors (Hardy Timeline II 17) 11/15  King County signs over ownership of Slough House Park to the City of Redmond. Dudley Carter’s Haida House is still located in the one-acre park, but Carter’s carvings from the site are in storage pending resolution of ownership (Hardy Timeline II 17) 2006 Grand opening of the new City Hall showcases artwork, gracious City Council Chambers, and general spaciousness (Hardy Timeline II 17) 1/ City Public Works Department proposes to build a water treatment facility in Anderson Park for the two wells located there. The proposal is met with some public disapproval because it is inappropriate for this historic site (Hardy Timeline II 17) 1/ Craig Larsen becomes the new Parks and Recreation Director replacing Danny Hopkins, who left the post at the end of 2005 to return to Florida (Hardy Timeline II 17) 2/15 Puget Sound Publishing Company launches a monthly newspaper to cover local business news on the Eastside. “The Business Report”, with an initial circulation of 16,000, is mailed to every business address in Bellevue, mercer Island, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Newcastle. Denis Law is Puget Sound Publishing’s President (Hardy Timeline II 17) 4/ Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Bill Gates at Microsoft headquarters, and announces Chinese PC makers will pay $1.6 billion for Windows software (Hardy Timeline II 17) 4/ Fire Station 15 will close because of anticipated longer response times for the area just off Redmond-Fall City Road on 228th Avenue NE. When the older station closes, the three firefighters who staff Station 15 will move to the new Redmond Ridge station (Hardy Timeline II 17) 4/18 During discussion in executive session, the City Council members come to a consensus to locate the proposed well water treatment facility outside of Anderson Park (Hardy Timeline II 17) 5/ Representatives of Kiwanis International begin to organize a Kiwanis Club in Redmond, and seek 25 committed members as a requirement for official recognition (Hardy Timeline II 17) 5/4 Cirque du Soleil presents “Varelai” at Marymoor Park for the first time necessitating 4-acres of paving for the production (Hardy Timeline II 17) 5/15 The Lake Washington School District approve “Rosa Parks” as the name for the new Redmond Ridge elementary school to open in September at 22845 NE Cedar Park Crescent (Hardy Timeline II 18) 6/5 The city of Redmond is notified that it has received the “Preserve America” designation, a national recognition for heritage activities (Hardy Timeline II 18) 6/8 Sherry Grindeland reports that “Money” magazine and CNN/Money in their ranking of cities around the country ranked Redmond #27 as one of the best places to raise families and “celebrate life’s milestones”. Only two other towns in Washington made the top 100—Bainbridge Island was #2 and Vancouver #91 (Hardy Timeline II 18) 6/19 Mayor Rosemarie Ives proclaims June 19-25, 2006, to be Amateur Radio Week in order to honor radio operators who have partnered with the city to provide backup communication in the event of a disaster (Hardy Timeline II 18) 8/ Owner of Smoker’s Choice Plus in Redmond, Hrant “Mike” Aslanyan, is accused of being part of a criminal organization stealing customer’s credit card information, and is arrested with bail set at $1 million (Hardy Timeline II 18) 8/ Whole Foods Market opens at Redmond Way and 180th Avenue NE (Hardy Timeline II 18) 2007 2/14 Tent City, housing 40 to 50 otherwise homeless residents, sets up at St. Jude’s (RReporter) 3/3 Orson A. Wiley’s home better known as the Stone House, built about 1916 on Cleveland Street near Leary Way, is granted King Count historic status (RReporter) 3/17 Mothers Against Sexual Predators campaign to toughen laws against stalking and flashing children younger than 14 (RReporter) 4/20 First annual Rock-a-thon is held at Old Fire House Teen Center (RReporter) 5/12 Housing prices increase 20% over last year’s prices. The median value of a Redmond home is $719,975 (RReporter) 7/8 Cleo Hartman, who with her husband Opie organized and ran the bicycle races at Derby Days from the mid 1950’s to the 1970’s, dies. She was a Girl Scout leader, President of the Business and Professional Women, United Services Organization member, and Sammamish Valley News Woman of the Year (RReporter) 8/4 Brian Falkenborg, a 1996 graduate of Redmond High School, pitches for the St. Louis Cardinals (RReporter) 9/8 Hank Myers, commercial transportation economist, is appointed to fill John Resha’s unexpired City Council term (RReporter) 9/12 A game wall is dedicated at Horace Mann Elementary School. Students raised the funds for construction of the wall that is used to play games on during recess (RReporter) 10/10 A new computer laboratory opens at the Old Fire House Teen Center funded by a program that provides technology skills to under-served youth (RReporter) 10/18 The Matador opens in the Bill Brown Building with seating up to 115 guests (RReporter) 12/1 John Marchione wins the election for mayor (RReporter) 2008 Mayor Rosemarie Ives retires after 16 years as Mayor (RReporter) 1/5 Digipen Institute of Technology awards Mayor Ives a MS in Computer Science (RReporter) 1/9 Five employees at two local massage establishments are arrested for prostitution. Only one of the five masseuse’s was licensed (RReporter) 1/12 City of Redmond begins a new budget strategy “Budgeting for Outcomes” which sets six to ten budget priorities proposed by the Council or citizens (RReporter) 1/19 A beaver chews one-half of the trunk of a 30-year old cedar tree on the property of Championship Motors at Avondale Road and Union Hill Road(RReporter) 1/23 Hopelink’s Avondale Park transition housing receives $945,000 over 10 years to provide comprehensive case management and employment support for 342 homeless families (RReporter) 2/2 City buys Redmond Shopping Square for $10,585,000 to extend 161st Ave NE from Leary Way and Bear Creek Parkway (RReporter) 2/9 Redmond Transit Center opens at 16160 NE 83rd Street, and offers spacious boarding, passenger shelters, and enhanced lighting. Improvements funded by King County Metro, Sound Transit, and City of Redmond (RReporter) 3/15 Students at the DigiPen Insitute of Technology win first place in the video game contest at the Student Showcase of Independent Games Festival in San Francisco (RReporter) 5/9 Rain Dogs win the Classic Rock-a-thon at the Old Fire House Teen Center (RReporter) 6/28 Crystal Marshall (17) and Keren Stewart (16) are awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for youth service in the age group 14-23. The award is given for achievement and meeting goals in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration (RReporter) 7/26 Grass Lawn Park is upgraded with an all season picnic pavilion and a children’s play area complete with a splash pool (RReporter) 8/2 Redmond High School graduates Jennifer Arter (clarinet), Tom Glanz (clarinet), and Dan Reisinger (trumpet) perform with the 2008 Olympic Orchestra in Beijing, China (RReporter) 8/20 Bear Creek Parkway expansion to 159th Place NE is underway (RReporter) 8/23 City of Redmond’s bond rating is upgraded to AAA by Standard and Poor (RReporter) 9/10 Safety improvements on Novelty Hill Road from 243rd to West Snoqualmie Valley Road will be made with a Rural Safety Innovation Program grant (RReporter) 9/13 City of Redmond transfers 2.36 acres of land on east Lake Sammamish to the City of Sammamish to form Sammamish Landing Park (RReporter) 10/1 Bear Creek will be re-routed to a more northerly stream bed along State Route 520 in order to improve salmon habitat (RReporter) 11/5 Nancy Chang, Teen Program Coordinator for the City of Redmond, receives Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for outstanding commitment to community achievement for her work for Skate Like a Girl. The Mission of Skate Like a Girl is to empower girls and women of all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes through skateboard programs ( RReporter) 2009 1/3  Alka Basdshak co-chairs Asian Indian women’s group who desire to leave a legacy. The group works to raise funds for 2,000-seat performing arts center in Bellevue (RReporter) 1/7 Store closures include Barcelino clothing in Town Center and Underhill’s Furniture on Redmond Way in Bill Brown’s Garage (RReporter) 1/28 Anderson Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park has also been called Redmond City Park or Town Park (RReporter) 1/ Dartmoor School opens to teach learning disabled and professional children who need flexible schedules (RReporter) 1/31 Cindy Courtmanch is named the Chamber of Commerce “Champion of the Year” for exemplifying encouragement of businesses to do business with each other. She is active on committees and is an event supporter (RReporter) 2/4 Volunteers count 158 homeless people in Redmond, Bellevue, and Kirkland (RReporter) 2/7 Tree House consignment shop has been doing business in Redmond for 30 years, and credits their success to the stocking of specialty items (RReporter) 2/25 The city begins rewriting Redmond Community Development Guide. The last time the guide was revised was in 1978 (RReporter) 2/28 Sammamish Sew Whats make 60 or more quilts per month in order to give one to each injured soldier returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to Madigan Army Hospital near  Fort Lewis(RReporter) 3/14 Police Chief, Steve Harris, retires after 28 years of police service to the citizens of Redmond. He is the third longest serving chief in the state, and has a career total of 42 years in law enforcement (RReporter) 5/14 Marymoor Connector Trail is completed, and connects Marymoor Park to the north end of Lake Sammamish (RReporter) 5/ The first Redmond school bell made for the school built in Anderson Park in 1892 is rededicated at its new location behind the Public Safety Building facing the lawn of the Municipal Campus (RReporter) 5/ Alex Zylstra, 2005 graduate of The Overlake School, receives a Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of Energy. Zylstra is pursuing a doctorate in high-energy-density physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (RReporter) 5/29 Ford Motor Company CEO, Alan Mullaly, personally delivers a 2010 Fusion Hybrid Ford to Microsoft Corporation CEO, Steve Ballmer, the son of a 30-year Ford employee (RReporter) 7/24 Aerojet derives formulas to construct propulsion systems used by NASA in a variety of space exploration vehicles including the current Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.Aerojet employs 400 in Redmond (RReporter) 7/30 The Bear Creek Extension opens that provides connections to Leary Way and Redmond Way (RReporter) 8/4 Smarter Cities Website sponsored by the National Resources Defense Council  ranks Redmond 10th in the nation in its smaller cities category (50,000 to 99,999 population). Cities are ranked by Yale researchers in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies according to data indicators of availability of clean air and water, efficient transportation, green buildings, and livability (RReporter) 9/25 Happy Valley Grange founded on October 1, 1909 celebrates 100 years of community service, and is one of the oldest organizations on the Eastside. The local grange was formed by local farmers and rural dwellers who wanted to protect their rights. The goal of the grange is equality for all and pursuit of good legislation (RReporter) 10/4 More than 170 people of all faiths unite in a choir to perform “An Ecumenical Musical Gathering, One Voice in Song and Praise” ceremony hosted by St. Jude’s Catholic Church. The ceremony was in appreciation to the community for hosting Tent City 4 at St. Jude’s (RReporter) 10/9 Trader Joe’s opens in Redmond Center (RReporter) 11/5 The city Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with partners, Port of Seattle, KingCounty, Sound Transit, Puget Sound Energy, and Cascade Water Alliance, to preserve the Eastside Rail Corridor and place it in public ownership (RReporter) 11/27 Tom Anderson races the U-5 hydroplane sponsored by Precision Performance Engineering at the Oryx World Cup in Doha, Qatar, but a flip-up causes him to be out of contention in the race (RReporter) 12/4 Nancy McCormick, a City Council member since 1986, retires, but retains her appointment to the Development Guide Rewrite Commission (RReporter) 2010 US Census indicates Redmond population is 54,144

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    • Become a Business Member | Redmond Historical

      Become a Business Member Our Business Members are recognized in the community as valuable partners of the Redmond Historical Society. Business Members are highlighted in our newsletters, at events, and on our website. We value your partnership and appreciate your willingness to support our mission. We are happy to include a 250 word description of your business, as well as your logo. ​ The fee for a Business Membership is $250, annually. Become a Business Member of the Redmond Historical Society by completing the form below. We also have a PDF version of our membership form, if you prefer. Business Members will be listed on our website, written up with an optional photo in our newsletter, and receive mention in news releases. Business Members will also receive a framed certificate for display in public areas. Include information about your company and its history in Redmond to be used in the website, newsletter and news releases (maximum 250 words.) Upload Your Logo Upload your logo Upload supported file (Max 15MB) Go to Checkout Thank you for supporting the Society by signing up for a Business Membership. Prefer a print version? Download this PDF Business Membership form. Printable Business Membership Form Our Business Members Cedar Lawns Memorial Park and Funeral Home is a member of the national network of Dignity Memorial® funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. The only cemetery in Redmond, we are proud to serve the needs of our community. Thomas W. is the amazing man behind the scenes and on the front line of Palmers East. He has owned Palmers for the past 15 years and any regular of Palmers will tell you that he is one of the most friendly and hands-on business owners around. He is greatly loved by his customers, employees, and fellow business owners in and around the Redmond area. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting him, go on down today, it is likely that he will be there! Urban Dakota Creative is a graphic designer and production artist with a marketing background. Design to make eye appealing and engaging while keeping feasibility of both design, printing and production costs while working from initial concept, proofing to completion of final product within determined deadline. Cory de Jong II and his ten-year-old son started Cory de Jong & Son, Inc in 1950 with one delivery truck that delivered sawdust and shavings to local farms. Sixty-Eight years later Cory de Jong III, his daughter Shannon (The Girl) de Jong and great grandson Cornelius de Jong IV continue Cory Sr's legacy that we all know today as de Jong Sawdust & Shavings and de Jong's Avondale Bark & Topsoil. Now with multiple locations (Redmond and Lake Stevens) we're still supplying local farms with animal bedding and quality landscape products for satisfied customers all over the Puget Sound area. Positioned in the heart the trailblazing tech community of Redmond, this Hilton hotel will offer guests state of the art amenities with real world viability. Seamlessly marrying modern features and design with the stunning natural beauty found in the pacific northwest. On-site restaurant, Fork & Spoke features locally sourced creative plates, along with a private dining room perfect for intimate gatherings. Our robust and flexible meeting space, along with stunning roof top patio, are ideal for both corporate and social events. HyGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is an independent wholesaler of prescription and specialty pharmaceuticals located in Redmond, Washington. HyGen is operating as a professional business with an impeccable reputation within customers and suppliers by helping patients across the nation ensured by the safety and the security of our supply chain. Our advisory board guides our decisions as we deploy the compliance, technology, and services to serve our customers. HyGen utilizes modern technology. Our customers and suppliers appreciate working with our fast and accurate access to real-time data. We rely on many years of our customers and supplier's trust to provide a safe and transparent environment to create a win for all parties.

    • Meet Our Board & Staff | Redmond Historical

      Meet the Redmond Historical Society Board & Staff Society Officers for 2019-2020 John Oftebro President John's Bio Margy Rockenbeck Executive VP Margy's Bio Indira Krishnaswami Vice-President, Finance/Treasurer Indira's Bio Rachel Davis Vice-President, Collections Management Rachel's Bio Deborah Oftebro Secretary Deborah's Bio Directors at Large Judith Simpson Judith's Bio Ed O'Brien Facilities Ed's Bio Paige Norman Membership Paige's Bio ChuNi Kao IT ChuNi's Bio Sue-Lynn Walsh Sue-Lynn's Bio John Watson John Watson's Bio Jo Ann Potter Volunteer Coordinator Jo Ann's Bio Staff and Support Halee Turner Manager, Administration and Collections Laura Lee Bennett Newsletter Editor Laura Lee's Bio Teresa Potter Graphic Designer Charles Diesen Attorney Jill Morrison Redmond Library Liaison ChuNi Kao Webmaster Advisory Council Chris Himes Chuck Diesen Michael Nelson Diana Morelli Panfilo Morelli Joe Townsend Biographies John Oftebro, Board President John is a Washington native and Redmond resident since 1974. After graduating with a pharmacy degree from WSU, John practiced in the Seattle area until joining Kelley-Ross Pharmacy in downtown Seattle. During his ownership over the next 34 years, John grew the business to six locations with a diversity of services including compounding, hospice, and long-term care, and was an early adopter of numerous practice advancements and technology applications. He also devoted time to mentor interns, externs, establish a community residency program at Kelley-Ross and currently teaches an entrepreneurial class at WSU. ​ John’s early involvement in pharmacy associations led to co-founding and past presidency of the North King County and Eastside local associations, board member and past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association. He is a past president of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), and held memberships in APhA, NCPA and other pharmacy organizations as well as holding leadership positions in his church and various community organizations. ​ Since retiring in 2008, John remains active in volunteer work and has been the president of the Washington State Pharmacy Foundation since 1988. He also serves as a WSU Foundation Trustee and is a member of the WSU Dean’s Advisory Committee at the College of Pharmacy. ​ John has served the Society as Vice President Finance for the two-year term, 2017-2018. Margy Rockenbeck, Executive Vice President Margy grew up in Pennsylvania, in a historic house near State College that her family still owns. That upbringing helped her develop lifelong interests in genealogy and historic preservation, and history in general. For her undergraduate education she attended her hometown school, Penn State, and got a bachelor’s degree in German. All of her graduate work was done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a master’s in rehabilitation counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. ​ Most of Margy’s professional career was spent as a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Reno, Nevada. Her background led her to focus on disability issues as they relate to families; She worked with families dealing with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. ​ Being in private practice allowed her to indulge several other serious interests-- real estate development (she did her own contract management and financial negotiations for three projects) and working pro bono for a number of causes she supported. ​ She served on the board of the Nevada Opera and became Vice-president for Fundraising and helped the opera to transition away from depending on things like luck, divine intervention and fruitcake sales to raise funds, and toward learning how to ask big givers for some serious money. During that period she was a registered lobbyist with the Nevada State legislature. Margy learned a lot from her Nevada Opera experience, including the universal struggles that organizations have with "founder’s syndrome." ​ She consulted with the ACLU of Nevada on fundraising, and served on its board, and also served on the boards of the Nevada Recycling Coalition, and of Regina Hall, a facility for troubled teen girls. ​ Finally, at various times she served as office manager for northern Nevada (everything but Clark County/Las Vegas) for a U. S. Congressional re-election campaign, assistant campaign manager for a U. S. Senate campaign, and campaign manager for a Nevada State Senate Campaign. ​ All of these experiences allowed Margy to learn to deal with a wide variety of people, including those with significant financial resources, in doing fundraising. She was also lucky enough to be sent for specific training in fundraising by the national Democratic Party. ​ Margy’s husband Dave and she retired early, in 1999, to relocate to Redmond at the invitation of our son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Laurie Rockenbeck. They had purchased the old Dincov place at the corner of 195th Ave NE and 95th St, and were building a house there; they now live on the property in a three-generation, two-house set-up. ​ Margy has served the Redmond Historical Society as a Board Member at Large in 2000-2003 then again in 2014-2015. ​ Indira Krishnaswami, Vice President Finance/Treasurer After graduating with a Bachelor's of Commerce degree in India, Indira moved to Vancouver, Canada at the age of twenty. She studied programming at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and took advanced accounting classes at the University of British Columbia. ​ In Vancouver, she worked for a number of years as a Bookkeeper for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the International Union of Operating Engineers. She moved to Bellevue, Washington in 2013, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She loves traveling, gardening, reading, and spending time with her daughter, Suchita, who is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington. In addition to volunteering at the Redmond Historical Society, she works as a bookkeeper at a local Dental practice and volunteers at the United Way as a Tax Preparer. ​ Indira has volunteered for the Redmond Historical Society for the past three years. She started volunteering as a Bookkeeper in September 2015 and was appointed Director at Large and Assistant Treasurer in February 2016. ​ Rachel Davis, Vice President of Collections Management Rachel has been the Vice President of Collections at the Redmond Historical Society since April 2019. Originally from Edmonds, Washington, Rachel graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. She eventually moved back to Seattle and got her Certificate in Museums Studies through the University of Washington. Museums and historical artifacts are two of her passions and she hopes to get her Masters degree in Museum Studies. Some of her other interests are Swing Dancing, reading, and traveling! ​ Deborah Oftebro, Secretary Deborah was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, specifically Arlington Heights. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in Nursing. Worked at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital complex in Chicago before moving to Seattle in 1976, where she worked at Valley Medical Center and Harborview in Psychiatry. In 1981 became a Hospital Risk Management consultant for the WA Hospital Liability Insurance Fund traveling the state to 76 member hospitals for 9 years. For 5 years she worked as Overlake Hospital’s inhouse Risk Mgr. Next she joined the family Kelley-Ross Pharmacy group as a licensed Pharmacy Technician for 10 years! With her nursing background she was able to administer flu shots when pharmacies began their vaccination programs. Deborah enjoys playing competitive tennis and captains her local SACT Team & one of her USTA Teams. She also enjoys her 4 grandchildren, gardening & traveling. She has been a Hopelink volunteer for about 14 years at their Bellevue location. ​ Judith Simpson Judith joined the Board in 2013. She has lived in Redmond since 1974, raising her three sons on Education Hill close to schools and the Little League fields. While her sons were growing up, she was involved with their activities — Scouts, PTA, etc. and continued to be involved in the community serving on various boards and commissions. Currently Judith is a member of Evergreen Healthcare Community Advisors, Friends of Emerald Heights and a volunteer with the Redmond Police Department. In 1986 she and her husband purchased an acre that was part of the 75 acre Sanders Farm on the Redmond-Woodinville Road and had a home built there where Judith continues to reside. Paige Norman Paige Norman joined the board as Director at Large, Membership in May of 2018 and has been a member of Redmond Historical Society since 2016. Paige has been involved in the Redmond community since moving here in 1987; including Cub and Boy Scouts, her sons’ sports teams, and auction chair for Faith Lutheran School. She became a business member of the Redmond Historical Society in 2016 when she was running her own Personal Chef and catering business. Paige is a nanny for several school-age children, volunteers for church youth group and is secretary for First Baptist Church of Redmond. With co-chair, John Oftebro, she organized the 2018 and 2019 Auction and Dinner; loves the Saturday Speaker Series program and is looking forward to helping the Society grow in membership! ​ ChuNi Kao ChuNi Kao joined the Redmond Historical Society (RHS) Board as a Director At Large in June 2018. ChuNi moved to Redmond in 1985 and raised her daughter and son here during that time. ChuNi was originally born and raised in Taiwan, Republic of China. She came to the United States to get her Master’s degree in Mathematics at Penn State. Afterwards, she moved to Seattle with her husband, who was getting his PhD at the UW’s Aeronautics and Astronautics program. ChuNi started her career as a Software Engineer and later advanced to tackling engineering management challenges. In 2017, after 17 years at Philips Healthcare, ChuNi retired from being a Director of Software and Services Innovation to focus on her other loves: gardening, history, travel, and the outdoors. ChuNi also loves to volunteer. She found and managed the Washington Chinese School for over 10 years, teaching children to speak Mandarin. ChuNi also volunteers at the Seattle Chinese Culture and Art Association, and the Seattle King County Clinic. Given ChuNi’s interests and many years in Redmond, serving on the RHS Board as IT Chair seemed like a perfect fit. ChuNi hopes to help RHS modernize its IT operations to enable RHS to attract the next generation of historians. ​ Ed O'Brien Military -- U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer, 1963 - 1966, Attained rank of Lieutenant Business -- Auditor, Arthur Andersen & Co., 1962 - 1963 and 1966 - 1971, Certified Public Accountant Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Lincoln Property Company, 1971 - 1991 Sr. Vice Pres. & Chief Financial Officer, Vail Resorts Development Company, 1993 - 1999 Exec. Vice President--Real Estate Development, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 1999 - 2001 Community Service-- Trustee, Washington State University Foundation, 1982 - 1998 Director, Delta Dental Plan of California, 1991 - 1997 Director, Colorado Ski Museum and Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, 1993 - 1998 Director, Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, 1997 - 2002 Director, Chairman and Interim CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center, 1998 - 2009 Director and Chairman, Eagle River Fire Protection District, 2003 - 2012 Recreational Enjoyments-- Skiing and Water Skiing Travel and Photography Education— Graduate of Washington State University with a BA in Business Administration-- emphasis in Accounting, 1962 ​ JoAnn Potter Jo Ann Potter is a native of Upstate New York and graduated from the State University of New York/Oswego with a B.S. in elementary education. Boise, Idaho, was her first teaching position. When her husband, Dale, entered the University of Idaho as a junior, she completed a Master of Education degree. Upon graduation she taught in the Moscow, Idaho, School District. Dale then enrolled in the graduate School of Forestry at the University of Washington. During that time a daughter was born. In 1970, they moved to Redmond, first to Education Hill, where a son was born, and then to Rose Hill. Jo Ann returned to school at Seattle University for one year and got a fifth year certification in Montessori Education teaching in a Montessori school while her children were in preschool. For eight years she taught third and fifth grades in the Overlake Christian Church Day School. Returning to public education, she taught in the Lake Washington School District at Horace Mann on Education Hill and Lakeview in Kirkland. After 20 years of teaching, she was offered the position of Office Manager /Executive Assistant in the operations department of Overlake Christian Church. After two years, her husband’s employment involved traveling all over the country; she resigned to join him. Overlake then asked her to return temporarily during an administration transition. It was during this time that the Potters joined the newly organized Redmond Historical Society. In the beginning, Naomi Hardy, our founder, led very informal meetings. We met in the cabin at Anderson Park; about 20 people sat around tables, many of whom were the children or grandchildren of the pioneers, and told wonderful first person narratives of Redmond in the “old days.” The Society grew quickly and soon moved to the Old Schoolhouse. Jo Ann became hospitality/membership person. In those days, everyone did everything! When she was blessed with four grandchildren in five years, two of whom lived in Florida, she decided to “retire.” She and her husband were snowbirds for 14 years in Florida and attended meetings when home. In 2019 they decided to stay in Redmond year round. “Our first event when we came home was the Speak Easy Dinner. What a great way to become involved in the Redmond Historical Society again!” ​ Sue-Lynn joined the Redmond Historical Society as a Board Member at Large in 2020. She is a passionate, long time Redmond resident and lifelong Washington resident. Sue-Lynn graduated from the University of Washington and works in commercial real estate management. In her free time she enjoys travelling, crossword puzzles and knitting. Sue-Lynn Walsh ​ John Watson John Watson joined the Board as a Board Member at Large in August of 2020. John has been a resident of Redmond since 1996 and his first exposure to the existence of RHS was through the walking tour of the history of Redmond. As time progressed, he became a regular attendee of the Saturday Speaker Series. As he has always had a fascination with history in general, he is ecstatic to be afforded a chance to play a role in learning about, preserving, collecting, and disseminating the history of the city he considers his home. John is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a graduate from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He began his career at Moss Adams LLP, transitioning into the private sector with an initial focus on satellite and mobile telecommunications. John worked for a Seattle based non-profit, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for ten years, where over time, became the VP of Finance and the primary financial liaison to the Board of Trustees, and it’s sub-committees (Finance/Audit/Investment). John returned to private industry in 2019 and played a crucial role in the acquisition of a domestic commercial aerospace part manufacturing concern by a foreign manufacturing conglomerate. ​ Laura Lee Bennett Laura Lee grew up in Ohio, but moved “out West” in 1979. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. In 1983 she moved from Eugene to the Bay Area to write. Determined to become the first female Raymond Carver, she published a short story or two, but work was scarce and she pined for the Pacific Northwest. In 1984 she moved to Seattle and married her college sweetheart. The ceremony was held on the 1930s-era Skansonia ferry that was docked in Lake Union. After stints as a proofreader and copy editor at and local trade papers, she was hired as a production editor at Microsoft. Meanwhile, she continued to feed her writing habit by attending open mics at Red Sky Poetry Theater. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, she also became involved in the local arts scene, writing reviews for , a visual arts rag that covered art and happenings in Seattle, Portland, and Boise. Seattle Weekly Reflex ​ After five years at Microsoft, Laura Lee moved to Portland for a change of scene. However, despite her love of Oregon and the arts there, Seattle drew her back. This time, she landed in Redmond as a freelance technical editor, and began volunteering for local arts and professional organizations. She joined the board of directors of Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, she organized the annual literary arts festival, Write Out Loud!, including an open mic poetry competition at the Old Fire House Teen Center. She continues to be involved with RASP as a member of its Advisory Council, and since 2014, she has coordinated volunteers for Redmond’s annual Poets in the Park festival. In addition to arts organizations, she also served as Programs Manager for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, procuring speakers and venues for its monthly chapter meetings. ​ In 2015, she became involved with Venues for Artists in the Local Area (VALA), and served as a steward at the gallery space in Redmond Town Center for two years. In 2018 and 2019, she directed the Redmond Arts Festival, an annual arts and crafts fair during the same July weekend as Derby Days. She currently serves on the VALA board as Events Coordinator. ​ Since 2016, Laura Lee has volunteered for Redmond Historical Society, and briefly worked in the office as Administrative Manager. Since 2017, she has edited the Society newsletter, , and serves on the Membership and Programs committees. The Redmond Recorder ​ Through all of these experiences, she has found great satisfaction through community engagement. She has also discovered the joys of performance, whether introducing a speaker or reading a poem. She believes in the galvanizing power of storytelling to keep history alive.

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      Every town has a history. Discover ours! The Redmond Historical Society serves our community through collecting, preserving and sharing Redmond’s unique heritage. We are recognized as a primary source for everything historical in our city. Through our staff, volunteers and programs we serve the diverse community – families and schools, business and civic organizations, and government – as we celebrate the unique heritage of the greater Redmond region. Learn more about RHS Join us at our next Event Online - Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists Nov 14, 10:30 AM Virtual Speaker Series Registration Required Though our office is currently closed, our manager is still working M-W, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM! ​ Our online resources are available for you to explore Redmond's unique history from home, and we are currently collecting personal statements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the Redmond Community. Please consider sharing your experiences! Online Resources Share Your Story Contact Us Join us at our Events From our treasured Speaker Series, to historical Walking Tours, to fun social events, join us as we delve into the lively history of Redmond and our region. Our Speaker Series brings local and national experts to explore a wide variety of local history topics. 14 Sat Nov Online - Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists Register Read the Latest from our Blog LeRoy Olson Celebrates 100th Birthday History and the Redmond Pioneer Cemetery Tour the City of Redmond Landmarks Research Resources Explore our collections to learn more about the vibrant history that our Society works so hard to preserve. View our Collections Check out our App Take a self-guided tour of Downtown Redmond with our free Historical Redmond Walking Tour app. Download the App Thank you to our Major Sponsors & Business Members redmondlogo-150x150 4culture_color-200x200 Humanities WA BellevueCollection-350x350 Grange-325x325 microsoft-550x550 nelsonfinallogo1_5in300dpi-500x500 NABE-RGB-nowhite-2-500x500 Palmers CedarLawns-500x500 DeJong Logo sothebys-international-realty-logo-vecto HGI2019-500x500 RED_RedmondReporter_RGB-500x500 redmondlogo-150x150 4culture_color-200x200 Humanities WA BellevueCollection-350x350 Grange-325x325 microsoft-550x550 nelsonfinallogo1_5in300dpi-500x500 NABE-RGB-nowhite-2-500x500 Palmers CedarLawns-500x500 DeJong Logo sothebys-international-realty-logo-vecto HGI2019-500x500 RED_RedmondReporter_RGB-500x500 Learn about our Sponsors Bill Brown Building The Bill Brown Building, now the home of Matador Restaurant. On the corner of Leary Way and Cleveland Way. Skjarstad's Boot & Shoe Repair "Ole Skjarstad" came to Redmond from Colorado in the spring of 1904, and was the town's first cobbler. Bill Brown's Garage The original location of Bill Brown's garage, on the corner of 164th Ave NE and Redmond Way. 1/7

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