Community Extra: Applause
Arlington Girl Scouts Aimee Zimmerman (left), Daya Heaton and Mary McRoberts tutored students during recess.
Veteran Mike Krenik visits with Isabella and Ava Hagen during an Everett Elks program for veterans.
Ruth Cantley is Marysville's volunteer for February.
Grants to Village Community Services resulted in building improvements, including an automatic door. Vocational services participant Janell Rollins and career planning and placement center manager Phyllis Mead try out the doors at the renamed Royal Pacific Building.
Kiwanis Gold K president Ozie Green presents a $500 check to Mary Wahl, director of Dawson House, a child advocacy community service agency in Everett.
Girl Scouts earn award for volunteer service
Arlington Girl Scout Troop 42168 junior Scouts Aimee Zimmerman, Daya Heaton and Mary McRoberts spent two months volunteering at their schools to earn the Bronze Award, the highest honor available to junior Girl Scouts.
After plotting their service with school administration officials, the girls spent their lunch recesses in the Pioneer Elementary and Presidents elementary school libraries helping third-grade students with math and reading. The Scouts worked with an average of four students in each 30-minute session.
The Scouts are to receive their Bronze Awards at a ceremony in April.
For more information about Girl Scouts, go to www.gsww.com.
Everett Elks sponsor program for veterans
Everett Elks Club 479 hosts events throughout the year as part of its charitable work.
A dinner for veterans was held in November.
Volunteering to entertain were Ava Hagen, 10, a student at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School in Lake Stevens, and her sister, Isabella, 6.
Marysville names February's top volunteer
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently honored Ruth Cantley as the community's February volunteer.
She was recognized for her more than 30 years of volunteering at food banks, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, hospitals and nursing homes.
Cantley is a longtime member of Catholic Community Services' Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She has logged more than 6,000 volunteer hours over the past three decades. To put those numbers in perspective, Nehring said her volunteer hours are equal to almost three years of 40-hour work weeks.
Cantley was been honored previously as the state Volunteer of the Year and with the federal Volunteer Lifetime Service Award.
Dream Award winner announced
Angela Pascoal, a recent graduate of Everest College in Everett, has been selected as the school's 2011 Dream Award winner.
Pascoal earned a certificate after completing the pharmacy technician program at Everest College. The annual award recognizes graduates who have improved their lives through education. As a Dream Award winner, Pascoal receives a $2,500 scholarship to pursue an advanced program.
A young mother of four, Pascoal initially trained to be a chef. When her salary wasn't as she had hoped, she decided to change careers and go back to school to become a certified pharmacy technician. Pascoal volunteers in a variety of organizations, including youth programs, Girl Scouts and a gleaning association.
Village Community Services improvements
Village Community Services, a non-profit organization that provides vocational and residential support to people with disabilities, has completed a $170,000 improvement project at its Royal Pacific Building in Arlington.
Grants from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, the Nysether Family Foundation, Norcliffe Foundation and a community development block grant administered through Snohomish County have funded the replacement of the building's heating, ventilation and cooling system, a new roof, automatic doors, accessible bathrooms, repairs to the entry sidewalk and improvements to the building's elevator.
The building is used by people who have disabilities who live and work primarily in Stanwood, Arlington, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Everett and Tulalip.
The building has been named for the late Royal Penewell, who served as a volunteer and Village Community Services board member for more than 20 years.
Conservation District honors award winners
Snohomish Conservation District hosted its annual awards reception March 22 in Everett.
The reception honored the district's partners, volunteers, merit farms and a local educator.
Two volunteers were recognized for their many hours of service. Terry West, a WSU master gardener, has supported the district's annual plant sale for two decades. Geoffry Busby is a volunteer tree planter at the Briarwood Park restoration project.
The Pate/Denmark farm and the David and Melissa Gladstone Foundation farm were named the wildlife farms of the year. The dairy farm of the year award went to SDI Farms, and the small farm of the year to Dorothy and Earl Aalseth. The commercial farm of the year was presented to Half-Trak Farms, owned by the Luciana family. The first-time sustainable agriculture award went to Jon and Elaine Stevens, of The Open Gate Farm on Camano Island.
Partners of the Year included the cities of Everett and Brier, Cindy Flint from Snohomish County surface water management, Zsofia Pasztor from Innovative Land Technologies and Bill Blake from the city of Arlington.
Educator of the year went to Holly Thompson.
Three merit farm awards were presented to Eric and Tamara Leung, Jeremy Visser of Natural Milk Dairy, and Janet Timmerman from Camano Island.
Employee of the year was awarded to Megan O'Brian, a farm planner.
For more information on Snohomish Conservation District, go to www.snohomishcd.org.
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