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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - Page updated at 12:30 A.M.

Eastside Almanac
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Spotlight: Back to school

In the waning days of August, students and parents are likely counting the days left of summer vacation. With Labor Day not until Sept. 6 this year, two Eastside school districts will start next week instead of the traditional Tuesday after the holiday. Lake Washington has the earliest start on Monday, with Northshore two days later, Sept. 1.

Some Lake Washington students may think this is a double dose of vacation injustice. Their 2003-04 school year was extended two days to make up for snow days last winter, giving them the shortest vacation on the Eastside.

Three districts, Bellevue, Mercer Island and Riverview, will start on the traditional day after Labor Day, Sept. 7. Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley districts go back to school the day after.

Odd moments in Eastside history

Eastside teacher Homer Turner became legendary in the 1890s for his brilliance as the first Bothell teacher to present high-school-level material. (Back then teachers rarely went to college, and parents couldn't count on frontier teachers even knowing their multiplication tables.)

A taskmaster who brooked no disruptions, Turner would flick pencils at distracted students to bring their attention back to the lessons. Apparently he was a dead shot from anywhere in the large schoolroom.

Quick quiz

Quick! On what date did the Albert D. Rosellini Memorial Bridge open?

Give up? OK, we admit this is sort of a trick question. The floating bridge that carries Highway 520 across Lake Washington was originally called the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. It opened to traffic on Aug. 28, 1963. It was officially renamed in 1988 in honor of Albert D. Rosellini, governor of Washington from 1956-60, who was instrumental in getting a second bridge across the lake built.

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or

Eastside Almanac appears Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week's sources include: and "A Hidden Past: An Exploration of Eastside History."

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