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Fall City Food Pantry (Food Bank)

November 14, 2007


Today I stopped in at the Fall City Food Pantry, to see if I could help, while they were open today.  They had a good variety of food and were very organized.  The Fall City Food Pantry is located at the Fall City United Methodist Church at 4326 337th Place SE Fall City.  They are open one day a month, usually the third Wednesday of the month.  This month they moved the day up one week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  They have hours in the middle of the day 12:00 to 1:30 and in the evening 6:30 to 7:30 PM.    The next day that they are open will be December 19th.  Please help get the word out  to everyone, that there is a new resource in town to help get food to those who need it.  You can also keep the Food Pantry in mind if you are interested in donating food.

Photo from the Fall City United Methodist Church web site.


Library Construction Has Started

November 14, 2007

The construction on the Fall City Library, a King County Library has started.  It is nice that after all these months to see some walls going up.

Geocaching in the Northwest

October 7, 2007

We have been geocaching again after taking a few years off.  What is it?  It is an international treasure hunt using Global Positioning Satellites (GPS).  Members hide caches or stashes of trading items and post the Latitude and Longitude at When a member finds it they log in at the physical site, and trade items if they want to, and then log in on the web.   The web keeps track of their finds, and the ones they did not find.  I have a geocache in Fall City called If Fish Could Walk.  It is an example of a geocache that will take you to a spot that could be easily overlooked.  A lot of the caches are at pocket parks, or scenic spots that most people don’t know about or never take the time to stop at.  If it sounds interesting to you take a minute to check it out.

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Does Fall City Really Need an Unincorporated Area Council?

October 4, 2007

David Read has been on a campaign to create an Unincorporated Area Council for Fall City for several months.  You can view his pro UAC web site and see what he wrote about it.  Unfortunately on that site you will not see any dissenting opinion because the comment link and the opinion link to do not allow the reader to post either.   So I thought I would post some of the questions and concerns that I have here.

I get the impression form the piece that David wrote that he thinks there is a vacuum in Fall City that needs to be filled.  I disagree with that.  I would have a hard time telling all the people that are active in community organizations and are contributing to Fall City that they are not, and have not been effective.  I am proud of the community and the organizations that over the years have influenced and shaped the community through their actions over the years.  Years ago I under estimated the level of community involvement because I didn’t know all the organizations that are active in Fall City.  My experience is that they quietly go about their business and when there is a pressing issue, like a park transfer, they get organized and make their opinions known.

Here are just a few of the active effect organizations that are part of our community.  Many of the organizations are reachable by the links on the side of my blog.

Fall City Community Association, FCCA

Raging River Riders

Fall City Neighbors Newsletter

Patterson Creek Advisory Committee

Fall City Elementary School PTSA

Chief Kanim PTSA

Fall City Food Pantry, (Food Bank)

Local Churches

Fall City Cub Scouts

Fall City Girl Scouts

Fall City Boy Scouts

Fall City Soccer Association

Fall City Little League

Fall City Historical Society

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

Mountain To Sound Greenway

Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation

Lake Alice Community Association

Snoqualmie Tribe

Washington Trout

Eastside Steelheaders

Fall City Hop Shed Foundation

And many more….

Each of these groups has an influence on the issues that they care about.  Power vacuum? I think not.  One example was the community response to the proposed park Transfer to the Snoqualmie Tribe.  Several groups got together and were able to express there concerns to Kathy Lambert who organized a very well attended community meeting. 

One other point that I have heard discussed is that it will increase community involvement.  When I went to the web sites of the “active” UAC’s it does not look like they are increasing the turnout. 

For example: Bear Creeks April 24th meeting, the most current meeting with minutes posted, had 4 board members attending, four county staffers and 6 community members. Maple Valley had 13 members and 2 guests at their August meeting.

I think that we have a larger turn out at FCCA meetings that they are getting at these UAC meetings for areas that have larger population than Fall City.  In my years as a Fall City Community Association member and past President.  The organization has refocused its attention based on the desires of the active membership.   There have been times when they were very focused on County issues, transportation, arts, human services etc.  It is really a reflection of the memberships wants and needs.  Perhaps the FCCA should reconsider the meeting times and increase the number of meetings a month to allow more time for discussion of the issues in the community.

My concern is that if the UAC gets approved there will be low participation, and the few that do attend will present their own wishes to the county as “the community’s wants.  One of the other thing that I have noticed that happens with the county meetings is that the county tends to direct the discussion in the way they want it to go trying to lead the discussion so that at the end of a process they are able to say that the out come was what the community wanted.  When the outcome really what the community was willing to accept from what what was offered or available. 

What do you think?  Do we need another layer of Government? Do we need more meetings?  Do you feel like you do not have access to the people in charge at the county?  What message do you want to deliver to King County?