Community Extra: Applause
Gale Fiege / The Herald
Secretary of the Stillaguamish Tribe Tara Duff (left) and John Miller, executive director of the tribe, present a ceremonial $100,000 check to Arlington councilwoman Marilyn Oertle and Mayor Margaret Larson.
Kamiak High School senior T.J. Mack recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.
Eagle Scout T.J. Mack created a video with travel writer Rick Steves on how to prepare an emergency kit.
Stanwood High School student Savanna Woods represented Washington at the national convention of the FFA.
Stanwood girl sings at FFA convention
Stanwood High School student Savanna Woods represented Washington when she performed in Indianapolis at the national convention of the FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.
Savanna, a member of the Stanwood FFA chapter, is an instrumentalist and singer who was among 50 young people from around the country performing at the event.
She was chosen to sing out of hundreds of recorded auditions.
More than 50,000 FFA members took part in the 84th annual National FFA Convention, which focuses on the science, business and technology of agriculture.
Edmonds Scout earns Eagle rank
Kamiak High School senior T.J. Mack, 17, had an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church last week.
T.J. is the son of Art Mack of Edmonds. He has been an active member of Troop 189 since 2005.
For the past three summers, he has served as a shooting sports instructor at Camp Black Mountain, his father said.
He has earned 53 merit badges and five Eagle Palms.
While serving as a senior patrol leader for his troop, T.J. made a video with travel writer Rick Steves on how to make an emergency kit. He also led his troop to help at an emergency preparedness fair in Mukilteo.
T.J.'s Eagle Project involved installing five custom benches in front of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Edmonds. Using his engineering skills, he designed the benches himself and supervised the manufacturing, assembly and installation process. The benches are made from recycled materials and made to last with little maintenance required, Art Mack said.
Three longtime 4-H volunteers honored
Three Snohomish County volunteers were inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame in Ellensburg earlier this month.
Don Ballard of Everett has been involved with the rabbit program for more than 18 years and served in many leadership positions, said 4-H spokeswoman Betsy Fradd.
Jan Bond of Snohomish has served, among her other roles, as the leader in the county's performing arts and cat programs. She also was Evergreen State Fair cat superintendent.
Nancy Franke of Snohomish has worked in arts and crafts, photography and rabbits. She also judged presentations and taught photography.
More than 170 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.
Edmonds woman earns poetry prize
Bethany Reid of Edmonds received the 10th annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize from CALYX Journal in Corvallis, Ore.
She was honored for her poem "The Apple Orchard," due to be published in the journal this winter.
CALYX is a nonprofit press dedicated to women in the arts.
Lake Stevens teachers recognized
Lake Stevens School District announced the Apple Award recipients for the month of September.
The award honors employees for exceptional effort, dedication and performance. Winners are nominated and selected by their peers.
The following employees received the awards in September: Andrew Fritz, teacher at Glenwood Elementary; Kathleen Gortner, teacher at Early Learning Center; Dawn Hanson, teacher, Nancy Balke, para-educator, Mandy Denton, behavior manager, and Jennifer Donnell, para-educator, all at Lake Stevens High School.
Tribes' grant helps Arlington project
The Stillaguamish Tribe recently contributed $100,000 to Arlington's Stillaguamish Avenue road improvement project.
The street runs between Cascade Valley Hospital and the tribe's health clinic. Tribal officials wrote the request for a grant from the Federal Highway Administration's road fund for American Indian tribal governments.
Last year, the tribe and the city formed a partnership to cover the cost of repairs to a portion of Smokey Point Boulevard near the tribe's offices.
Girl Scouts collect donations at camp
North Snohomish County Girls Scouts camped earlier this month at Camp Lyle McLeod with Harry Potter-style fun.
Seven troops from Service Unit 215, covering Arlington, Darrington and Lakewood, participated in the annual "Fall Encamporee."
The camp included a clothing drive, and each participant was asked to bring a garment to donate. Organizers were hoping for about 100 pieces of clothing. Instead, they collected more than 1,550, said spokeswoman Kimberly Stevenson.
Members of one troop brought an average of 58 garments per person and received patches for collecting the most clothes.
Activities at the camp included learning to make potions (lip balm and pudding), planting mandrakes and writing with ink quills.
Quidditch matches also took place.
Grant to provide beds for children
St. Vincent de Paul, North Sound Council, has received $1,000 from The Wells Fargo Foundation.
This money will be pay for a twin mattress, bed box and frame for a Snohomish County child who sleeps on the floor.
The organization provided beds to 450 children last year thanks to contributions like this one, said Daria Roche of St. Vincent de Paul.
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