Charlie Gorman of Redmond hopes the weather will be good for the next few weeks. Gorman is one of 50 Seattle-area folks who will pick up...

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Charlie Gorman of Redmond hopes the weather will be good for the next few weeks.

Gorman is one of 50 Seattle-area folks who will pick up a new set of wheels Monday at Gas Works Park, thanks to Bicycling magazine’s Bike to Work contest. Because the competition celebrates National Bike to Work Month, Gorman and the other winners of the essay contest on commuting to work are expected to use the new bikes to commute throughout May.

He enjoys biking to work but needed the new wheels.

“My last bike, a hybrid mountain bike, was stolen out of my side yard,” he said. “My fenced side yard.”

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Gorman’s commute won’t take him out of Redmond — he works at City Hall as a lieutenant with the Redmond Police Department.

Yes, he said, even police officers can be crime victims. And about that good weather?

“I’m a fair-weather biker,” Gorman said.

Banking on experience

Phyllis Easterlin didn’t realize when she gathered historical information for First Mutual Bank’s annual meeting Thursday that it would get personal. Easterlin, a corporate secretary, assumed that a request from CEO John Valaas was to celebrate the bank hitting the billion-dollar mark in assets.

Instead, her research was part of a show honoring Easterlin’s retirement. The Kirkland woman started at First Mutual in 1961 and had to pin up her hair to appear older than her 17 years in order to land the job as a teller.

Then, the bank had six employees in one office and $6 million in assets. Today it has 12 banking centers and 220 employees. Since 1961, the bank and Easterlin have gone through a world’s fair, two earthquakes, the eruption of Mount St. Helens and men walking on the moon.

“Even after 44 years, Phyllis still looks a lot like she did in those original high-school shots,” Valaas said. “It’s clear the bank has changed a lot more than Phyllis.”

Spring cleaning

If you’re overwhelmed by whipping your house or apartment into shape, try intensive cleaning when the place hasn’t been spruced up for nearly 30 years.

More than 250 volunteers from Burnstead Construction will be at the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club today. They’re working through Building Together Eastside (formerly known as Christmas in April) to remodel bathrooms, locker rooms and the laundry room, repair the roof and redo the landscaping of the well-used facility near Bellevue Square.

Volunteers from Ikea will bring new furniture and paint the 100-year-old building that houses the nearby Teen Center, also operated by the Boys & Girls Club.

Kathy Haggart, executive director, said the main clubhouse is 53 years old.

“It was remodeled in the late 1970s, but not much has been done to it since,” she said. “It’s looking pretty tired.”

Mixed message

Ellen Gatton teaches Latin at Veladare, a small private school in Bellevue for seventh- and eighth-graders. Her students sent a congratulatory note to the new pope, Benedict XVI.

“We are not affiliated with the [Catholic] Church, but my kids like it that the pope is having a World Youth Day and that he likes Latin,” Gatton said. “They thought it would be cool to send him a Latin message.”

They wished him peace, commented on his use of Latin and added one of Benedict’s favorite lines, “Noli timere!” (Do not be afraid.)

So how did the students send this message in the ancient language of Latin?

Via e-mail, of course.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633