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Tip of the week

Dig out your antihistamines and stock up on tissues. Eastside pollen counts are expected to move well into the “high” range, which will affect most individuals sensitive to cedar, alder and birch. Cedars are among the significant allergens in our area, but allergy sufferers can be glad that mountain cedar (Juniperis asheii) doesn’t grow around here. Researchers have determined that mountain-cedar pollen is of a similar toxicity to ragweed, one of the most allergenic pollen types known.

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Last week, 2004 gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s office released a list of 1,135 individuals who allegedly voted in the governor’s race but whose civil rights may not have yet been restored after serving time for a felony conviction. Of those, 912 were residents of King County, including 195 from the Eastside. Eastsiders also make up one-third of 45 “ghost” voters listed — those who appear to have died before Election Day.

Odd moments in Eastside history

During the 1965 earthquake, Kirkland shook for about 30 seconds, and the experience turned a local goldfish on its head — literally. Howard Pepple, a Juanita Beach Park caretaker, kept the pet in a glass bowl atop a nearly 5-foot-tall bookcase. When Pepple was able to return to check on his residence above the park’s concession stand, he noticed the fishbowl lying upside down on the floor. Apparently unharmed, the fish still swam in its upturned home. It was assumed that during the quake the fishbowl slipped off of the bookcase, landing with its rim flush against the uncarpeted floor. Surface tension sealed the water in until the fish could be rescued several hours later.

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or

Eastside Almanac appears on Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include: Dino Rossi campaign office, and