The publishers of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine are interested in the history of Kirkland, which is great to see. Loita Hawkinson, President of Kirkland Heritage Society, and I have been writing short articles on popular historical topics. My first one was published in the March 2019 issue and was a bit broader than Kirkland. Lake Washington Cleanup recounted how communities bordering Lake Washington historically used it as both a primary water source and sewage outlet, until cleanup and sewage treatment efforts began in 1943, with Kirkland leading the way. When we enjoy the lake today, it’s hard to imagine it was barely fit for use just a few decades ago!