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Neighborhood Plan Meeting Feb 24 at 7:00pm

You are invited to attend the third workshop for the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan on February 24th at 7:00 pm.  Light dinner will be provided. Please join your neighbors in this exciting workshop to envision Finn Hill’s long term future. Participants will hear about the ideas suggested at the last November 14, 2015 workshop and will be asked to convey their priorities to inform the direction for the neighborhood plan. UW Green Futures Lab students and faculty will facilitate the process. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:00 pm · Finn Hill Middle School Commons 8040 NE 132nd Street · Kirkland WA 98034 More information:...

Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan Meeting Video

Finn Hill Neighborhood Planning Process is Underway The video below is from the November 14th community meeting. This is the first Neighborhood Plan for Finn Hill since the area was annexed to the City of Kirkland in 2011. The development of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan is expected to be completed in December 2016. Thanks to Barbara Travers for preparing this video! For more information on the neighborhood planning process and to access the Finn Hill Neighborhood Planning page on the City of Kirkland website visit the Finn Hill Neighborhood Planning page visit City of Kirkland’s website – Finn Hill Planning...

Citizens Climate Meeting 7PM Feb 28

The Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) continues to meet monthly.  We are preparing for our upcoming meeting with Representative DelBene to ask for her support of a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend.  On the state level we are writing to encourage our legislature to pass I-732.  On a local level we were very pleased to have City Council members, Dave Asher and Shelly Kloba stop by our January meeting and discuss local measures to improve transportation and reduce carbon emissions in our region.  Our next meeting is Sunday February 28 at 7 pm.  Please contact Susan Vossler vosslerm1@comcast.net if you are interested in joining...

Friday Jan 1 St Ed Park FREE Day Join Family Oriented Walk & Talk

On Jan 01, 2016 there will be a Free Day at St Edward State park and the First Hike. The Family hike is sponsored by Friends of St Edward State Park. Ranger Scotti, Bob and Janice Gerrish are volunteering to lead a family oriented walk in the State Park. Time:  10 am to noon. Dogs on leashes welcome. Dress for the weather. We will have maps of the park. Where we walk and what we talk about will be weather dependent, the abilities of the group and trail conditions. We will start in front of the...

Input Needed on School Walk Routes

LWSD has recently updated the school walk route maps for elementary schools, and we need your help in reviewing them to ensure that they are accurate. If your child attends Sandburg, Thoreau, or Juanita Elementary School, please take a moment to look at the map for your child’s school and send an email to Amy Falcone (amyef81@yahoo.com) with your feedback, including any parts of your child’s walk route that aren’t already included on the map and any areas of your route that are a particular safety concern, with a description of the safety issue. Amy will share the neighborhood’s consolidated feedback with the school district for consideration in map revisions. It’s important to have this map reflect your child’s walk route so that any needed improvements can be eligible and prioritized for future funding opportunities. Thank you!...

Three Daughters of First Generation on Finn Hill

It was a rainy day in February 2012 that several us sat down for coffee with three special ladies who talked about the early, very early Finn Hill years.  Loita Hawkinson of the Kirkland Historical Society was there taking several pictures. She took notes and received copies of several historical papers that will become part of the Finn Hill archives. The three ladies are Mrs. Doris Raine Snow who lives on Finn Hill, Sandy Haug, who works with the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard and Kay Lindquist-Leary lives in Kenmore but lived for a very long time on Finn Hill. A Presentation on Finn Hill written by Doris Snow was given at the FinnFest, Univ of Wash. in 1999. This is a wonderful story starting in December 1903 when her paternal grandparents set sail from Helsinki for America. Her family bought 10 acres on Finn Hill for $300. They were the first family to build on what is now Finn Hill.  She says, “There were approximately 50 Finnish households located on the main section of the hill, a few Estonians and only one family who we called “the English people.”  The Finns had 5 or 10 acres of land. They raised turkeys, chickens, sold eggs and strawberries, blackcaps, grapes and had fruit trees.  She said, “everyone had a cow or two….”   Do you know stories or have pictures on early pioneering...

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