Noah Andersen, a 6-year-old kindergartner from Stillaguamish Valley School in the Arlington School District, donated $331 to Operation School Bell, a program of the Assistance League of Everett.
Noah raised the money by selling bird-seed Christmas ornaments at a salon owned by his parents, Amanda and Tyler Andersen. He also played Christmas songs on his ukulele for customers.
The Andersen family had heard about Operation School Bell through an Assistance League of Everett member, Sam Camp, who has her hair done at the salon. Noah decided that he wanted to help other kids and was excited to learn that his money would help clothe four students with a new wardrobe.
Noah's last project was to earn money to give to the animal shelter in Arlington.
New Camano auxiliary off to a good start
The fledgling Camano Island Local 4033 Firefighters Auxiliary raised enough money over its first year to help a family displaced by fire and to give others a happier holiday season.
Spouses of professional firefighters formed the group a year ago as a way to give back to the community, said Keri Tedrow, auxiliary president.
Most recently, a single mother with two children lost everything in a fire. The auxiliary and firefighters donated money to help furnish the family's new residence.
Earlier, proceeds from a car wash went to support Christmas House, through the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank.
"This is more than a job for us," said Ryan White, president of the Camano Island Professional Firefighters. "We don't stop thinking about the people we help just because an emergency is over."
The auxiliary meets quarterly and encourages people to join. For more information, go to its Facebook page or call Keri Tedrow at 425-239-7062.
Sheriff's Office honors 2012 award recipients
The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office recently honored more than 50 deputies, officers, volunteers and citizens at its 2012 Awards Ceremony.
"I'm proud to tell people I work with heroes, and these award recipients are true heroes who exemplify the values of this office with integrity, dignity, commitment and pride," said Sheriff John Lovick.
Awardees included those who helped crack the "Obituary Burglaries" case and others who rescued a 13-year-old trapped above a 246-foot waterfall.
Letters of Commendation: Sgt. Clint Moll, Sgt. Norm Link, Detectives Kendra Conley and David Fontenot, Corrections Deputy James Norris, Corrections Deputy Tonilyn Shrout, Deputy Matt Boice, Cadet Kristi Irwin, LET Patricia Bornheimer.
Certificates of Merit: Region 1 SWAT, Corrections Deputy Christopher Bennett, Deputy Eddie Smith, Deputy Raulie Robertson, Deputy Larry Cole, Detective Margaret Ludwig, Jennifer Brady, Dawson Place, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Sgt. Andrew Cervarich.
Citizen Medal of Valor: Search and Rescue Volunteer Josh Warren; Staff Sgt. Keith Johnson and Sgt. Aaron Ahearn of the Washington Army National Guard.
Meritorious Service Medal: Corrections Deputy Merrilea Mount
Distinguished Service Medal: Sgt. Rob Martin; Deputies Dan Eakin, Scott Roberton, Ed Covington and Sean Gillespie; Deputy Dan Scott.
Life Saving Medal: Deputy Bud McCurry; Deputy Charlie Frati, Donald Blystone and Kimberly Anderson; Deputy Randall Hiller; Kellie L. May, Patrick May, Tim Sparling, Joey Sparling and Steven Sparling; Nick Ulowetz; Deputies Josh Hostetter and Ryan Phillips and Marshal Crystal Dalton.
Volunteer of the Year: Alice Mitchell.
Explorer of the Year: Alec Dyngen.
Civilian Employee of the Year: mental health professional Edward DaPra.
Reserve Deputy of the Year: Reserve Deputy Clarence Robertson.
Corrections Deputy of the Year: Corrections Deputy Emerson Yabut.
Deputy of the Year: Deputy Tom Dittoe.
Detective of the Year: Detective Danny Pitocco.
Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Scot Fenter.
16 recruits graduate at EvCC Fire Academy
Sixteen Everett Community College Fire Academy recruits earned International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Firefighter I and II and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certificates in December after completing 15 weeks of training.
"Through this intensive training, these recruits have become confident in the skills required to be a firefighter and are ready to provide that service to any fire department," EvCC Fire Science program director Russell Colmore said.
Graduates include Tyler Beahan, Gabe Getty, Aleksandr Gorbunov, Sam Johnston, Cassandra Kaczka, Joshua Knight, Tyler Loring, Jacob McConkey, Lucas Montgomery, Blair Niemcziek, Chris Peterson, Jesse Phelps, David Pick, Sara Shaw, Justin Woodhouse and Edin Zecevic.
The drillmaster for the group was Dave Neyens, a retired battalion chief with the Everett Fire Department.
EvCC offers firefighter academies each year in the fall and spring. For more information and a list of upcoming information sessions, contact Colmore at email@example.com or 425-388-9161.
Edmonds Eagle Scout looks out for dogs
Thomas Tangen was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Eagle Scout certificate by VFW Post 1040 at a ceremony Jan. 13.
For his Eagle Scout project, Tangen, of Troop 312, built a fenced area inside the popular Off-Leash Area Edmonds to provide a space for small dogs to have protection from larger or more rough dogs. The park is located at 498 Admiral Way.
Arlington raffle aids families in need
The Old Bags of Arlington, a nonprofit philanthropy club that focuses on children and families in need, held its annual meat raffle Dec. 7.
The winner of the fundraising raffle was Bonnie Siegert, of Arlington. Siegert bought many tickets, hoping to win the prize: a $150 gift card to Silvana Meats.
Firefighters send aid equipment to Guatemala
The Arlington Fire Department recently donated 29 cervical collars to Volunteer Fire Company 8 in Antigua, Guatemala, thanks to the efforts of Arlington resident Tana Gwordske.
Gwordske had contacted her local fire department to see if it had any unused fire or emergency medical equipment that could be sent to the Central American country, which has more limited resources.
The individual-sized, relatively new c-collars were taking up space and had been replaced by newer, adjustable collars, used to immobilize patients with potential spinal injuries. The total value of the donated collars, if new, is less than $200.
Church ministry receives grant
Annie's Community Kitchen, a service of Edmonds Lutheran Church, recently received a $5,000 Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation to support the free weekly community meals it has offered since 1994.
On a related note, for every $1 Annie's Kitchen raises by March 31, the Foundation will provide an additional 50-cent match, up to $5,000. Contributions can be mailed to Annie's Community Kitchen, Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds, WA 98026.
Peace essay, art winners honored at King event
Snohomish County's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration was held Jan. 16 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett. The annual Diversity Partnering Reception honored winners of the 2013 Prodigies for Peace essay, video and art contest.
Art contest winners, K-2:
First place, Maddie Holt, Cascade View Elementary, Snohomish.
Second place, Lauran Pedley, Cascade View Elementary, Snohomish.
Third place, Anika Sievers-Bailey. Whittier Elementary School, Everett.
Honorable mentions, Stewart Morgan, Aislyn Goss and Ayla Grant , all of Cascade View.
Art contest winners, grades 3-5:
First place, Ben Ojala, Cascade View Elementary, Snohomish.
Second place, Cade Younger, Presidents Elementary School, Arlington.
Third place, Cassidy Williams, Presidents Elementary School, Arlington.
Honorable mentions, Tianah Liberatore, Jaquarious Eason, Hunter Diemert, Willow Beane, Cannon Taylor and Ian Cote, all of Cascade View.
Art contest winners, high school:
First place, Chanha Kim, Jackson, Mill Creek.
Essay contest winners, high school:
First place, Camille Nguyen, Kamiak, Mukilteo.
Second place, Fatima Sallah, Mariner, south Everett.
Essay contest winners, middle school:
First place, Reiden Alexander Chea, Hilltop Elementary, Lynnwood.
Second place, Madaline Kapetanov, Eisenhower, Everett.
Third place, Kennedy Patterson, Eisenhower, Everett.
Essay contest winners, elementary:
First place, Angelina Karki, Discovery, Mukilteo.
Second place, Caleb, Presidents, Arlington.
Third place (tie), Lauren Stephens, Whittier, Everett.
Third place (tie), Cassidy Williams, Presidents, Arlington.
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