Al DeYoung voted against it. But the other commissioners on the Evergreen Hospital Medical Center board conspired against the chairman. They voted to give the...

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Al DeYoung voted against it.

But the other commissioners on the Evergreen Hospital Medical Center board conspired against the chairman. They voted to give the annual Evergreen Healthcare Community Service Award to DeYoung and his family.

The DeYoungs’ community service began when John and Ellen DeYoung moved to Woodinville in 1925. John and Ellen ran a local store and were involved in the community. Ellen founded a Children’s Hospital Guild and volunteered at church, PTA and the Sammamish Valley Grange.

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Their sons, Al and Lowell, continued the tradition. Lowell helped found the local fire and water districts. Among other volunteer work, Al has served on the Northshore School District and Woodinville Chamber of Commerce boards. They’ve both been longtime supporters of Evergreen Hospital.

Their children — Dennis DeYoung, John DeYoung, Linda Cooper and Lucy DeYoung — followed the family example, serving on many commissions and boards. Lucy was the first mayor of Woodinville.

The family was honored at the Evergreen Hospital board meeting Tuesday evening, along with Kirkland dentist Steve Knoff.

Knoff has donated $100,000 worth of dental services to nonprofit groups — accepting patients who can’t afford dental work. He traveled with dental missions to a number of third-world countries.

Sad note

Hamlet, probably the best-fed pig on the Eastside, died recently.

He was the mascot at The Herbfarm in Woodinville. Co-owner Carrie Van Dyck always introduced him as the recycling pig on pre-dinner tours at the restaurant. Hamlet was so personable that diners would bring him snacks from their multicourse gourmet dinners.

Hamlet had been a member of The Herbfarm crew since 1997. He started out with the restaurant at its original location in Fall City.

“Hamlet passed on to pig heaven after a short illness,” Van Dyck said.

Although Hamlet can’t be replaced in the hearts of the Herbfarm staff, Van Dyck said another piglet will soon move to the farm. His name? Prosciutto.


Lee Maxwell of Bellevue, a staunch protector of landmarks and a board member of the Eastside Heritage Center, received an antique as a Valentine’s present.

Her husband, Sam, gave her a 1685 shilling. Someone drilled a hole in the silver coin, which is about the size of a quarter, so it could be worn on a ribbon as a necklace. The coin had been engraved in 1797 with the date and the initial A on one side. The verse on the other side reads: “Wherever I go I’ll think of you. One sweet kifs & then adieu.”

(That’s not a typo — back then an “f” stood in for one of two consecutive “s’s,” said Maxwell.)Maxwell was thrilled with the gift and described it as the greatest love token.

All in the family

My apologies to the Conrad family. The item in Tuesday’s column about the Overlake Cancer Center Auxiliary Tree of Hope ceremony had a mistake. It was Dennis and Jan Conrad who helped plant the memorial tulip tree and start the auxiliary after their daughter died of cancer in 1996. Bob Conrad — whose name was in the column — is their son.

Confusing the issue was Bob’s involvement. Because Dennis and Jan were out of town when the memorial tree needed to be transplanted, Bob helped the Overlake Hospital Medical Center staff pick the new site. Until recently Bob was a professional golfer. He’s now a commercial real-estate broker.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or