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April 20, 1983     The Issaquah Press
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Page 6 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, April 20, 1983 Little recourse available for cracl<ed windshields by Rhoda Donkin It was 11:30 p.m. and Kir- sten Koukal was driving home along East Lake Sam- mamish Parkway. She wasn't thinking much about the familiar caravan of gravel trucks she confronted on her way, until there was a dis- turbing crack on her wind- shield. A rock flying off a trailer truck, she claims, nicked the glass on her new yellow Volkswagon. She was mad. She pulled over and pro- mptly marched into the of- fice at Lakeside Sand and Gravel. She was asked to fill out a report and was told that she would receive a call the next day. When the call never came, Koukol threatened to take the company to small claims court if they didn't pay for her windshield. Lakeside manager Norm Anderson says the company gets an average of two calls a month on damaged wind- shields. "It's really a touchy , subject," says Anderson. "We almost never pay for that sort of damage." The reason is simple. Le- gally the driver has to prove the rock came off the truck and not from the road or out of a bystander's hand. An- derson says his company is blamed all the time for damage they couldn't have done. "People claim our trucks are responsible when we don't even travel within ten miles of where the incident happened. There are a lot of people with cracked wind- shields who love to pull in be- hind dump trucks and claim it's our fault." Jim Reid, of Reid Sand and Gravel, says he has cracked down on windshield complaints. "Ninety-nine percent of the time they are just extortion attempts," says Reid. "I find it difficult to believe it when they say rocks come off a dump truck because we don't go around overloaded." The night Koukal got a damaged windshield, she didn't notice exactly what the truck looked like. That was her mistake. Anderson says in order to Vickie Dobbins helps at Arooret plant sale prove the truck was responsi- ble, drivers must have the li- cense number, the truck number, the name of the truck, where and when it happened. "Then we can trace where that truck should have been at the time and possibly if we were responsible," says An- derson. Collecting from either company could mean a day in small claims court. Ander- son says the windshields his company has paid for were the result of a court decision. But Reid says he doesn't go very often. "I'm not in the business of providing new windshields to everyone in town," says Reid. Koukal says she was tempted to go to court about her windshield but decided not to after she simmered down. Getting married? If you plan to be married in the next few months, let Press readers know about it. Engagements and wedding forms are available at the Press during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vickie Dobbins expects to see old friends galore -- both people and plants -- as she sells salal, huckleberries, rare trilliums and wild ginger at the Arboretum Foundation Unit Council plant sale May 4 and 5. Proceeds of the 36th an- nual all-volunteer event, now one of the largest in the northwest, go to maintain the University of Washington Arboretum. Sale hours in Washington Park are 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs- day, the 5th. Dobbins has helped at many plant sales, in the 20 years since she joined Arbor- etum Unit "Pi-Sam-Be," named for Pine, Sammamish and Beaver lakes, on whose shores members lived. As the Eastside grew, that unit dis- banded, and formed into several. She now belongs to Pat Ballard Unit 74, the member's memorial tribute to an outstanding gardener and friend. natural garden and pasture was like an extension of the acreage around them. "We have a lot more neighbors now," she said, "but we still enjoy country living. Nothing showy, a cou- ple of horses, even a goat." She likes to watch for spring blooms, early hummingbirds sipping nectar from wild red currant flowers and song- birds coming to the feeders. For the buyers of indoor and outdoor sale plants, Dobbins and the other volun- teer workers give practical tips on growing. To increase sale profits, plant donations come from area gardeners and are the primary source for more than 20 sale-listed northwest native plants. From the volunteers' Ar- boretum greenhouse, rooted cuttings of shrubs, "baby" bonsai and exotic indoor plants are added to 20 sec- tions of thousands of plants from specialist wholesale growers nationwide. 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