Did you know? When shingle-mill owner John McMaster decided in 1901 to name his company's town after his home of Kenmore, Ontario, and its...

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When shingle-mill owner John McMaster decided in 1901 to name his company’s town after his home of Kenmore, Ontario, and its namesake, Kenmore, Scotland, it turned out to be apropos.

The Eastside’s Kenmore and the Scottish village about 190 miles north of Edinburgh bear several similarities.

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Each is at the northern end of a long, skinny lake at the mouth of a river. Here, the Sammamish River flows into Lake Washington. There, the River Tay feeds into Loch Tay. Salmon swim upstream through both towns. And, the Scottish Kenmore is home to Taymouth Castle Golf Course, which is reportedly on a par with the Inglewood Golf Club course here.


Old Farmer speaks


In days of yore, last night’s full moon would have been referred to as the Full Wolf Moon. The name referred to the fact that by the midwinter month of January, prey was scarce even for the wolves, whose howls would be heard perilously close to homes and villages.


Fast fact


Renton municipal offices and facilities handle more than 723,000 parcels of outbound mail every year — nearly 14,000 per week.

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or east@seattletimes.com.

Eastside Almanac appears on Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include: “Kenmore on the Lake” by the Kenmore Heritage Society, www.farmersalmanac.com, 2005 Renton Community Calendar.