Community Extra: Applause
Firefighters with North County Regional Fire Authority donned teal and white T-shirts for the month of January to raise awareness of cervical cancer in honor of Jen Bell-Burgess, a Stanwood woman who lost her battle with the disease last summer. Among those posing for a group photo are Battalion Chief Scott Johnston (far left), whose wife, Janet, organized the effort, and, next to him, Matt Burgess, Bell-Burgess' husband, holding his son, Ryker, 3.
Kevin Coble, 18, recently was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. The Lynnwood High School senior is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 300 in Edmonds.
Wally Walsh (second from left) was recently honored with the "Above and Beyond" Community Service Award by the Kiwanis Club's Pacific Northwest Division 22. Pictured with Walsh (from left) are Jim Garcia, division lieutenant governor; Mike Cruver, president of the Monroe Kiwanis Club; and Greg Holland, division governor.
Marlene Likkel (left) and Bonnie Stevens (right), of Soroptimist International of Marysville, present a $1,500 check to Lynn Brittingham from Kloz 4 Kidz. Kloz 4 Kidz provides free clothing to school-age children in need in the Marysville area. Donations of new or gently used clothing are always appreciated. For information go to www.kloz4kidz.org.
The Everett Elks Lodge No. 429 delivered 125 baskets of food to Everett families for Christmas. Basket chairman Ed Tanner and many volunteers helped to gather and distribute the donations. The Everett Elks Christmas baskets are a tradition of more than 30 years.
Jen Bell-Burgess, of Stanwood, lost her battle with cervical cancer last year. A friend who survived the same kind of cancer has taken up a mission to spread awareness of the disease.
Janet Johnston started with her husband Scott's fire department, where he is battalion chief.
North County Regional Fire Authority firefighters recently bought about 60 teal and white T-shirts, for themselves and others, and wore them through the month of January to help raise awareness.
The Johnstons thanked the members of North County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4118 and the North County part-time firefighter's association, as well as Eagle's Nest in Stanwood, which found the American-made work shirts.
Snohomish man goes 'Above and Beyond'
Wally Walsh of Snohomish was the first recipient of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Division 22 "Above and Beyond" Community Service Award at the Kiwanis Club of Monroe.
Walsh and his wife, Donna, founded The Delta Rehabilitation Center, also known as the Snohomish Chalet, in 1975. The Snohomish Chalet is home to about 150 people who struggle to overcome traumatic brain injuries.
Walsh has been a part of Kiwanis for more than 40 years. Kiwanis International is a global volunteer organization.
Lynnwood Boy Scout achieves Eagle rank
Kevin Coble, a senior at Lynnwood High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 20. Coble, son of Rachelle Nerger and Brian Coble, is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 300 in Edmonds. A ceremony is planned March 16.
For his Eagle Scout project, Coble enhanced the Edmonds Underwater Park by submerging 12 stone "Chinese coins" that he made over three weeks. Coble had earlier earned his diving certificate while obtaining his diving merit badge.
Coble thanked Bruce Higgins, the city of Edmonds' volunteer coordinator for the underwater park; Underwater Sports and Edmonds Dive shop for providing discounts on dive gear; and Home Depot for providing material to make the coins.
The Scout has earned 31 badges, the World Conservation award, participated in a 50-mile hike and completed National Youth Leadership Training. Coble plans to study biochemistry at Seattle University with the goal of becoming a forensic scientist.
Bethany gets Everett Clinic Foundation grant
Bethany of the Northwest Foundation has been awarded a $13,000 grant from the Everett Clinic Foundation.
The money will be used to remodel the kitchen and dining room areas at Bethany's Silver Crest Assisted Living Facility in the Silver Lake area of Everett.
Food bank wins in college competition
A friendly month-long competition between Edmonds Community College and Everett Community College brought in more than 2,500 pounds of food for the Volunteers of America food bank.
Students, faculty and staff gave non-perishable food, filling up bins at both colleges throughout October. A recent count showed EvCC brought in 1,790 pounds to EdCC's 800 pounds.
The colleges also collaborated in January to collect warm clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and coats for the homeless.
Senior living residents designate donations
Local Bonaventure Senior Living complexes recently donated to several area nonprofits on behalf of new residents.
The incentive program allowed residents who moved in by Dec. 31 to pick a charity. Bonaventure then made a $1,000 donation in the new residents' names to the charities of their choice. Residents who referred new residents were able to donate $500 to a charity. Residents of the retirement communities as a group also selected charities to receive $250 donations.
Donations made by North Creek residents went to Samaritan's Purse (chosen by Rikki Kapes), Christadelphian Church (chosen by Lauvan Klenner), Evergreen Hospice, Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, Seattle Visiting Nurses Association and Senior Services of Snohomish County.
Donations made by Olympic Place residents went to Kid's Kloset (chosen by Gloria Nichol and Forrest Rengen), Meals on Wheels (chosen by Dick Thorsen), Regional Baptist Church Association, Stillaguamish Senior Trust and the Veteran's Support Center.
Conrad Ryer selected for Stanwood library board
Conrad Ryer was recently appointed to the Stanwood Board of Library Trustees, filling the position held by Elizabeth Newland, whose volunteer service ended Dec. 31.
Ryer was selected because of his longtime interest, qualifications and enthusiasm in the continuing development of the Stanwood City Library, Stanwood Mayor Dianne White said.
Two added to Edmonds Library Board
Wendy Kendall and Tim E. Healy have been appointed to the Edmonds Library Board.
Mayor Dave Earling described them as highly qualified. "I am delighted to appoint both of them to the library board,'' he said.
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