Howard Finck may dish it out, but he won't be taking any licks today. Finck will be scooping free Ben & Jerry's ice cream at today's...

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Howard Finck may dish it out, but he won’t be taking any licks today. Finck will be scooping free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at today’s grand opening of the Friends of Youth PartnerShop at 2038 N.W. Market St. in Ballard.

The PartnerShop “social enterprise” program was featured March 7 in a Seattle Times story. Youth get paid training and experience by working in a Tully’s coffee shop or a Ben & Jerry’s, both franchises operated by Redmond-based Friends of Youth.

Finck, an Eastsider, will share scooping duties from noon to 2 p.m. with Jerry Greenfield. He’s the Jerry behind the ice-cream name. Finck, president emeritus of Friends of Youth and the man in charge of the social-enterprise operations, no longer eats gourmet ice cream. After a health scare a few years ago, he sticks to a strict low-fat diet.

Living history

Norm Blye‘s historical talk, Ferry Tales, grows each time he tells it.

His aren’t tall tales. Blye gives a program about ferries and boats that plied Lake Washington before floating bridges connected the Eastside to Seattle. Each time the Renton resident shares the program he gets more anecdotes from audience members who remember the ferries.

Blye speaks at the Redmond Historical Society meeting at 10:30 a.m. today in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (16600 N.E. 80th St.).

One guest expected to attend is Bernadette Horiuchi, a former Issaquah resident. Horiuchi was a small girl when her father’s car lost its brakes and went into the water at the Leschi ferry dock. Only Horiuchi and one brother survived the accident that killed her parents and five siblings.

Athletic dining

Seattle Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck ate lunch yesterday at Redmond Town Center’s Piccolino Deli. The quarterback has a healthy appetite. He ate a cup of Italian wedding soup, lasagna and a slab of devil’s food cake.

Cookie drop

Still tempted by the Girl Scout cookies on the pantry shelf? Give ’em back.

Girl Scouts will be canvassing Eastside neighborhoods for food during the Fight Hunger Drive that runs through April 16. Donations will benefit Northwest Harvest. If a Girl Scout doesn’t hit your street, drop off your donation at any Bartell Drug Store.

Last year local troops collected more than 23,000 pounds of food.

And about those Girl Scout cookies — you can give them back only if you haven’t opened the box.


Coordinating calendars to dine with friends can be challenging. But former Kirkland City Councilman Sants Contreras, his wife, Sue, and community activist Chuck Morgan have taken socializing to a new level.

They do it out of state.

Thursday morning, Morgan and Sants Contreras both breakfasted — in different booths — at George’s Place in Kirkland. They agreed to meet for dinner in Arizona in a couple weeks.

The Contreras divide their time between their Kirkland home and an Arizona home. Morgan will be vacationing there later this month.

Name change

Addison “Addy” Lalier of Issaquah got short shrift in Tuesday’s column.

I accidentally renamed the Endeavour Elementary School third-grader in the story about two girls having a bake sale. They raised $13.10 to help preserve wild fish habitats.

Lalier and her friend, Courtney Vu, have seen their money grow, thanks to a posting on a fishing Web site. People have added more than $1,500 to the girls’ donation that will be given to Washington Trout, a fish-habitat conservation group.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or