Gail Neubert and her daughter, Ally Barrera, said they were splashing through the rain in the parking lot at Marymoor Park when they saw...

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Gail Neubert and her daughter, Ally Barrera, said they were splashing through the rain in the parking lot at Marymoor Park when they saw the damage to their Honda Accord.

Barrera, who plays for the Woodinville Reign 16U Select Softball team, had been participating in a tournament. But the sudden rain and lightning halted the games.

Another driver had backed into the car, bashing the front left fender. Although a note was stuck under Neubert’s windshield wiper, the rain had washed away everything except “… sorry, I didn’t see your car.” The name and contact information were unreadable.

When they got home, Neubert posted a message on the softball Web site, hoping the person who hit her car read the message board.

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“I got a number of responses saying tough luck about the car, but chances are the person left fake information and I’d never hear from them,” Neubert said.

After a week without a response from anyone except the naysayers, Neubert decided they were right. She called her insurance company to set up a repair.

Just as she hung up, the people who hit her car called.

Turns out they had left Marymoor Park long before the rain started. So they had no idea their contact information had melted in the downpour.

“They had been trying to find me,” Neubert said. “They finally looked on the softball message board and saw my posting.”

She picked up her repaired car Wednesday.

“It really restores your faith in people,” Neubert said. “They could have walked away twice, but didn’t.”

Baking test

Marcy McCorriston, a science teacher at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, comes up with creative ways to teach chemistry.

Her students do one, sometimes two lab sessions a week. One popular experiment involves baking brownies. McCorriston gives them incorrect recipes.

“Then we discuss why using the wrong amounts of materials would ruin the brownies,” she said. “Then I link that to the idea of chemical reactions.”

Her methods work. McCorriston was recently named the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.

Flipping out

This Hank Williams won’t sing, but he will be flipping pancakes from 8:30 to 11 a.m. today at the Sonja Potter Senior Care Auxiliary breakfast and silent auction.

Williams and his fellow cooks, Bruce Smith, Daniel Raskind and Arti Tayade, are all doctors in the Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s Senior Health Center.

Breakfast, $5 per person, will be served at the North Bellevue Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E.

Gag me rumors

As of late yesterday afternoon, folks at Columbia Winery wouldn’t confirm the names, but a media frenzy seemed to have descended on Woodinville.

As it turned out, a former school teacher and the student she raped were being married there last night. The clues yesterday included tents on the lawn and sound-and-light crews, plus plain-clothes security people on patrol.

At least one known fact was that “Entertainment Tonight” paid an undisclosed sum for the exclusive rights.

I’m appalled that a TV show would underwrite such a circus. Would the producers do the same if the teacher had been a man?

Sure, the victim is now an adult. But no amount of money will ever give him back his childhood innocence.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or