Life

Bernice Hoggard retired as director of the Renton Senior Center in 1986.

RENTON THEN AND NOW, BERNICE HOGGARD: For senior center director ‘people always came first,’ says her successor

Bernice Hoggard was “born to be a senior center director,” says Shawn Daly, who worked for her for five years before he took over her job at the Renton Senior Center.

Bernice Hoggard retired as director of the Renton Senior Center in 1986.
Rev. Kirby Unti

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Kirby Unti: God discovered in lives of Renton’s people

With 100 congregation members, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church was on life support in 1980. That’s when Kirby Unti, now 56, became pastor. Twenty-eight years later, the Highlands church on Edmonds Avenue has more than 1,000 members. Programs have expanded from Sunday services and the occasional mid-week activity to seven days a week.

  • Sep 27, 2008
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Rev. Kirby Unti
Phillip Levine stands next to his sculpture

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Phillip Levine: Pedestrians the inspiration for ‘Interface’

It was a day in the 1960s and Phillip Levine was sitting in his car in downtown Seattle waiting for the light to change. Pedestrians crossed in front of his car from both sides of the street, gliding in that smooth walking style people have.

  • Sep 27, 2008
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Phillip Levine stands next to his sculpture
Today’s modern motorcycle officer

RENTON THEN AND NOW: Ernie the ‘talking’ motorcycle gave safety tips; what hasn’t changed are the drivers’ excuses

Much has changed since Mike Weisz joined Renton Police Department in 1989. Speeding excuses aren’t among those changes.

  • Sep 27, 2008
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Today’s modern motorcycle officer
June St. Clair

Fairwood Library workshop helps women share their life stories

You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner or a reformed mass murderer to write an autobiography. You can be an ordinary Renton resident who wants to share her life with family.

  • Sep 26, 2008
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June St. Clair

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 27

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  • Sep 26, 2008
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David  Nelson  has a volunteer position as public information officer for Fire District 20 and a dispatcher job with a private ambulance company.

RENTON THEN AND NOW, David Nelson: Lessons learned at Hazen still pay off

Growing up, David Nelson could see Hazen High School from his neighborhood. So, why, he wondered back in the mid-1990s, would he go across town to school, at Renton High.

David  Nelson  has a volunteer position as public information officer for Fire District 20 and a dispatcher job with a private ambulance company.
Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman stands in front of VMC’s new main entrance

RENTON THEN AND NOW, Rich Roodman: Valley Medical has put up some big numbers

Valley Medical Center was less than 400,000 square feet when Rich Roodman became CEO on Jan. 1, 1983. The non-profit public hospital on South 43rd Street will grow to 1.6 million square feet when the new emergency department tower opens in late 2009 or early 2010.

  • Sep 26, 2008
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Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman stands in front of VMC’s new main entrance
Attorney Mark Prothero
Attorney Mark Prothero
Louis Fote Jr. at Jones Park

RENTON THEN AND NOW: Louis Fote Jr.: Thanks for Jones Park equipment

In 1985, Louis Fote Jr. was a sixth grader at Lakeridge Elementary School and had nowhere to play. Playgrounds were too far from his north Renton home. His overprotective parents didn’t help. So he collected more than 100 student signatures, pleaded his case at a year’s worth of City Council and Parks Board meetings, (fighting ornery adults along the way) and got his playground built, at downtown Renton’s Jones Park, between the Cedar River and Wells and Main avenues.

  • Sep 26, 2008
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Louis Fote Jr. at Jones Park
“Greenfresh Market Renton Red” wine

‘Renton Red’ grows in popularity

Greenfresh Market co-owner and wine steward David L. Allen was looking for a local, signature wine for under $10. He came up with a blend called “Greenfresh Market Renton Red.”

  • Sep 24, 2008
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“Greenfresh Market Renton Red” wine
Volunteer Arlene Fowler of Seattle holds volunteer Roberta Koller of Renton

MS Association of King County: Hydrotherapy helps sufferers of prevalent MS

Washington state has the one of highest occurrences of multiple sclerosis, or MS, in the nation. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people are affected by MS in King County, according to Merrill Ringold, executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County.

  • Sep 23, 2008
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Volunteer Arlene Fowler of Seattle holds volunteer Roberta Koller of Renton

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 24

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  • Sep 23, 2008
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David L. Allen

SIX COURSES, THE WINE for DESSERTS: Three wines for the three desserts

Today’s challenge is to find a wine that suits a three-part dessert consisting of a Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, a Petite Chocolate Pot of Crème… Continue reading

David L. Allen
Rick Shinnick

State, Seattle to collect sockeye in Renton for Landsburg hatchery broodstock

Thousands of sockeye will end their journey up the Cedar River to spawn this fall almost under the bridge that carries Interstate 405 over the river.

Rick Shinnick
The dessert for the six-course meal features three desserts.

THE SIX COURSES: The dessert

The Renton Reporter today concludes its presentation of a six-course meal prepared by student chefs at Renton Technical College for their annual spring banquet. Today,… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2008
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The dessert for the six-course meal features three desserts.
Nicolas Ganea

SIX COURSES: The dessert chef, Nicolas Ganea

I was born in Brisbane, Australia. Since I was 10 years old, I have been interested in becoming a chef. I came to the United… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2008
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Nicolas Ganea

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 20

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  • Sep 19, 2008
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An osprey nest atop a cell-phone tower near Northeast Fourth Street and Union Avenue Northeast.

Osprey build home near busy Renton intersection

Look up, Robert Bouchard often tells passersby on Northeast Fourth Street. Look up at the osprey nest. Some do. Some look at Bouchard instead.

  • Sep 16, 2008
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An osprey nest atop a cell-phone tower near Northeast Fourth Street and Union Avenue Northeast.

Out & About in Renton | Sept. 17

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  • Sep 16, 2008
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