Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

March 5, 2014

As the Seattle Seahawks paraded through city streets Feb. 5, basking in the glow of the organization’s first Super Bowl win, one image stood out among the rest.

The visual of Skittles-munching running back Marshawn Lynch sitting on the hood of a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle brought a smile to fans’ faces.

File Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

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Mikie Coffman, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, was instrumental in helping to transport the Seahawks through Seattle during their celebratory Super Bowl parade.

The Seahawks employed Ride the Ducks, a service that provides fun, scenic tours of Seattle, to usher the players across the parade route. It’s a company that also happens to bear a Newcastle connection.

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At last

March 5, 2014

I don’t consider myself to be unlucky, but I also don’t think of myself as someone who wins a lot. In fact the only thing that I can remember winning was in grade school: an Easter bunny cake that the nuns raffled off to benefit poor people in China. I was thrilled when my name was chosen, but less thrilled when I realized what a month on display in the sunshine atop the radiator does to a bunny cake. The coconut fur was the consistency of steel wool, and you needed a circular saw to carve yourself a piece.

In time I became familiar with defeat, and always attempted to be gracious and magnanimous, so I feel especially comfortable in Seattle, the bridesmaid but never the bride, close but no cigar, loud but no Lombardi. The Sonics left, the Mariners disappoint and the Seahawks … well, the Seahawks …

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In the spotlight

March 5, 2014

Chamber of Commerce hosts local sports reporter

Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio host Bill Swartz will be the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s featured speaker at its March 12 luncheon.

Swartz will talk about all things Seattle sports, from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win to an early outlook on the Mariners’ chances in 2014.

File Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Bill Swartz, Newcastle resident and award-winning sports radio personality, seen here covering the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club, will speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s March 12 luncheon.

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Wife attends Super Bowl to honor late husband

February 6, 2014

‘This one’s for you, Denny’

By Greg Farrar Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

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Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.

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Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

February 4, 2014

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Feb. 4, 2014

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to line the Seattle streets to watch the Super Bowl champion Seahawks parade through the city Feb. 5. Read more