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Published: Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Camano Island puts heart into Veterans Day

Veterans Day is coming up Nov. 11. At Utsalady Elementary School on Camano Island, they are honoring veterans, police officers and firefighters.
Principal Colleen Keller said the veterans assembly at Utsalady is always incredible.
"We have hundreds of veterans and community members who attend every year," she said. "It's a day of celebration, remembrances and true pride in being an American."
The assembly is planned for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 608 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island.
"Diane Wood, a second-grade teacher, has put together the Veterans Day assembly for the last 10 years. She works with Julie Dowhanuik, our music teacher, to come up with songs, student writing, a community speaker, gifts for all our honorees and much more."
This year Wood made arrangements for one of the World Trade Center girders to be on display at the school Thursday. They are noting the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Fifth-graders, who were either unborn or just babies at the time of 9/11, are doing their own research and will be presenting their writings for the crowd," Keller said.
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, shared good news via her newsletter.
"We received wonderful news this week in the form of a $17.9 million federal grant that will enable Island Transit to replace its aging facility with an up-to-date base of operations. The project will include a maintenance facility, bus washing and fueling facilities, and an administration and operations facility, all in Coupeville."
Haugen said good folks at Island Transit have been providing great service for years, but they've been doing it with ingenuity, tenacity and baling wire.
"This will give them the quality of facilities and support our riders deserve," Haugen said. "This project will serve Island County riders for many years to come."
Here's a satisfying way to express patriotic sentiments on Veterans Day. Join the Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters who make quilts for wounded soldiers.
They plan to get together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Arlington Heights Community Club, 12221 Arlington Heights Road in Arlington.
All quilts are distributed through American Hero Quilts; go to
Sharon Szekely said the group started meeting in January 2007, and has made 645 quilts for wounded soldiers. They will share thank-you letters from soldiers and their families at Sew Day.
Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451;
Story tags » ArlingtonCamano IslandStanwoodWhidbey IslandVeterans Day

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