Wetherill Nature Preserve

The Wetherill nature preserve is a little slice of heaven that I really enjoy visiting. I go there regularly together with my wife and kids. The kids always have a good time looking for bugs, watching birds and picking blackberries. This is a part of Yarrow Point that I look forward making sure is preserved and properly funded by both Hunts Point and Yarrow Point.

The path down across the south meadow from the 33rd street entrance to the point loops trail exit is probably known to most town residents. What might be is less known is the north path that leads you across a large meadow and into a deeper forest.  This path will eventually take you down to the lower level of the preserve and out to the benches with a view over Cozy Cove. If you ever explore this path you will find that there are both Apple and Plum trees there.

David who lives here in Yarrow Point has taken upon himself to be the caretaker of the preserve. I enjoy meeting him in the forest. We always stop and talk to him about the preserve, its history and what the plans are. My family spent an afternoon in the spring helping him out a little by clearing out some non-native bushes. David is working long and hard to make the preserve enjoyable and you can really tell the difference. The preserve would be an overgrown mess with no pathways without him.

If elected to the town council I will really enjoy being part of this wonderful preserve and its future.

Library or no library?

The town of Yarrow Point has voted NO several times when asked if we should join the King County Library system. As residents of Yarrow Point we are therefore not allowed to obtain a King County Library Card.  I sometimes wish that I had access to the library. My two sons aged 4 and 5 are very curious and their interest and shift from Dinosaurs, Trains, Trucks, Airplanes, Geography, Sharks to Whales on a daily basis. It would be great if I could pick up a new pile of books every so often. I can also understand how families with teenagers, entrepreneurs and other residents could benefit from a library. However, the cost of joining the library system is just not reasonable. So, what are our options?

I think there is an opportunity to put this question back on the Yarrow Point agenda. Having access to a library does not necessary mean the same thing as it did 10 or 25 years ago. I would like to understand what exactly our residents want in terms of library services? Then we can look at options and determine how the town can provide that service to a reasonable cost. There are many options today online to get access to books and other material. The main question becomes how we can keep the cost down by allowing residents to self-serve. What is needed is that we think outside of the box. I look forward to better understand our resident’s library need and try to come up with a reasonable solution.

Stephan Lagerholm, Town of Yarrow Point, Council Position 1

Stephan Lagerholm

Education: Master of Computer Science, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1999)

Occupation: Manager Network Architecture, T-Mobile USA

Campaign information: www.lagerholm.net

 

Statement:

The town of Yarrow Point is a wonderful community. I’m very blessed to have been a part of it since my family and I moved here 3 years ago. I’m at a place in my life where I would like to contribute more to the success of our community. I’m ready to become a council member in the town.

I want to minimize the effect our lives have on the lake. We should improve and preserve the beauty of our parks and recreational areas, including the 520 lid.  We should support our local police department and make sure they have everything they need to keep our town’s low crime rate.

I’m a father, husband, son, brother, friend, boss, Internet geek, world explorer, go getter, hockey fan, BBQ and wine lover. Hopelessly optimistic and hopeful to get your vote.