The Kenmore City Council has appointed Bert Hubka to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Councilwoman Marcia Schwendiman on Sept. 9.

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The Kenmore City Council has appointed Bert Hubka to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Councilwoman Marcia Schwendiman on Sept. 9.

Hubka, whose full first name is Bertabelle, has been active in politics for more than 40 years and has lived in Kenmore for 27 years.

She’ll serve in Position 6 until the Nov. 8 election is certified, which is expected to be Dec. 1. Two candidates, Allan L. Van Ness and Clyde Merriwether, are on the Nov. 8 ballot for the position.


Marymoor getting asphalt play area

King County is converting two grass soccer fields at Marymoor Park into a 200,000-square-foot asphalt recreation area that will accommodate activities from basketball and ice skating to community and cultural events, competitions and shows.

County officials say the space could enable the park near Redmond to accommodate events such as Cirque du Soleil performances, regional festivals and athletic competitions, and bring in revenue to help maintain parks throughout the region.

The county expects to complete the $1.6 million project in 2006 and will convert four sand fields into synthetic-turf soccer fields to ensure that soccer players are not displaced.


Workshop planned on St. Edward Park

A workshop to discuss the future of St. Edward State Park will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at the park.

The workshop will be conducted by state-parks staffers as part of developing a comprehensive plan for the park, which fronts on Lake Washington.

One of the proposals includes having a Portland-based brewery turn a historic seminary building at the park into a pub and conference center.

It’s expected to take up to a year to develop the plan, which will consider visitor experiences, natural resources, use of park buildings, ballfields and trails. A final recommendation will be made to the State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Today’s workshop, at 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., is to identify general issues of concern. Tours of the park’s buildings and grounds will be given before the workshops.

Two other workshops, as yet unscheduled, will identify options and prepare preliminary recommendations.

More information about the proposals is available from the parks commission by writing to Nata Hurst at the commission, Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, or by calling 360-902-8638.

A community group has been formed to oppose the privatization proposal. The group calls itself Citizens for St. Edward State Park. Information about the group is available online at


Years later, veteran getting his medals

A Lake Forest Park man is to be awarded several long-delayed medals Saturday in a ceremony honoring his service in Vietnam.

The awards will go to Richard Valentine, who served in the Army from 1969 to 1972. He was first an armorer, then a helicopter door gunner with the 121st Assault Helicopter Company.

Valentine later had a career as a letter carrier with the Postal Service and now drives a bus for the Shoreline School District. Because of procedural problems, he never received the appropriate medals for his overseas service.

Valentine is to receive a Purple Heart; the Air Medal with letter “V” device with the numeral 4; the Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak-leaf clusters; the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal with one silver service star; the Expert Badge with Rifle Bar; and the Aviation Badge.

The awards will be presented by U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, at a Northshore community coffee from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Northshore School District Administrative Center, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau