Linda Hussey of Redmond repeatedly has retraced the route she took Thursday, but to no avail. Her Day-Timer is still missing. When Hussey left the...

Share story

Linda Hussey of Redmond repeatedly has retraced the route she took Thursday, but to no avail. Her Day-Timer is still missing.

When Hussey left the Emerald Heights retirement community near Redmond High School on Education Hill, she forgot that she had placed on the roof of her car the binder that contained her calendar filled with appointments, notes to herself, three gift certificates and names and addresses of friends. About five minutes after she turned north on Avondale Road Northeast, headed home, she realized her error.

“I immediately turned around and backtracked, thinking for sure I would find it,” she said. No luck. And the gone-missing disease struck Hussey’s family big time.

Since the Day-Timer was lost, her son lost Hussey’s cellphone, and her sister’s laptop was stolen. In the laptop was the sister’s thesis — a yearlong project. And no, the sister had not made a backup copy.

Most Read Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks

Hussey recognizes that in the grand scheme of life, there are many worse things than the irritation of reconstructing her schedule.

“Now I don’t have a clue what is going on in my life and where I’m supposed to be,” Hussey said.

She figures that if she orders a new Day-Timer, the old one will show up. “I would be ever so grateful and would promise to give up chocolate for life,” she said.

Now that’s a desperate woman!

New job

Now that the state Legislature has ended its session, expect to see Judy Clibborn back at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce in her new role.

She’ll be volunteering.

Clibborn has done double duty since 2002, serving as a representative in the Legislature and as the director of the Mercer Island Chamber.

She resigned from the chamber earlier this month.

“As I got more involved in leadership, interim projects and task forces, it was harder to come back and give my undivided attention to the chamber,” Clibborn said. “Olympia has a way of taking up all your time.”

Terry Moreman, who had been working at the chamber, replaced Clibborn as executive director.

Scour power

Kirkland and Issaquah look cleaner today, thanks to Saturday’s work parties.

Kirkland Downtown on the Lake and the city were behind Kirkland’s Clean Sweep. Nearly 100 volunteers swept away winter dust and gunk. The crew included Metropolitan King County Councilwoman Jane Hague, City Councilmen Dave Asher and Jim Lauinger and Mayor Mary-Alyce Burleigh, who brought six Tent City 4 residents.

About 20 volunteers from the Downtown Issaquah Association cleaned out building gutters, swept sidewalks and weeded and barked the flower beds along Front Street. The annual spring cleanup included high-school students performing community service, students from the Kung Fu Club of Issaquah and Realtors working outside the Re/Max Integrity building.

“It would have been nice to have a bigger crew and do more,” said Michael Johnson, president of the association and owner of a massage-therapy center. “But we beautified what we could.”

After the dirty work, the volunteers got to have fun. An art station was set up, and participants decorated kites.

Better break

Last week, I wrote about the U-17 Eastside Soccer Team being rained out of its car wash April 16. The team did better with Saturday’s garage sale at the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club in Bellevue.

The team made more than $3,000 for a summer soccer tour of Italy and France.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or