J.T. Scott, 14, is among the top fundraisers for the annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis, set this year for May 19 in Seattle. He's also a youth ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation benefit.
J.T., an eighth-grader who lives in Lake Stevens, has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. "Even though some days are worse than others, I still play football and work out with my brother," he said. He receives treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital and also goes to physical therapy near his home.
Psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States and is the most prevalent autoimmune disease, according to the foundation.
To help J.T.'s efforts, go to his fundraising page at tinyurl.com/JTsCrew.
Marysville park goes to the (small) dogs
Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) with the help of the 4-H group Little Rascals are nearly done building a small dog area inside Marysville's off-leash dog park, "Strawberry Fields for Rover."
Located at 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville, at the back of the soccer fields, the small dog area is for canines 25 pounds or less. For more information, go to www.m-dog.org.
Kiwanis, Key clubs pull ivy; you can, too
On April 6, members of the Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood teamed with students from the Key Club at Lynnwood High School to participate in the annual Kiwanis One Day service project.
The 20 Lynnwood volunteers worked at Meadowdale Beach County Park to remove invasive English ivy. The ivy grows rapidly and chokes out native plants and can negatively impact Lund's Gulch Creek, a salmon spawning stream that runs through the park. The group filled 17 large trash bags with ivy.
Want to help? The Friends of Meadowdale Beach Park also has an Ivy Out work party event scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 at the park, 6026 156th St. SW, Edmonds.
Navy Jr. ROTC visits patriotic group
Seven students with the Navy Junior ROTC in the Marysville School District, along with their naval science instructor, Yeoman Chief Kathleen Wilde, provided the educational program for the March meeting of the Pilchuck Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists, held in south Everett.
The local Navy Jr. ROTC program draws students from district high schools, a private school and home schools. Nearly 160 students take part. Wilde, who spent 22 years in the Navy, is the first woman to hold a position in the Navy Jr. ROTC program since it began in 1995.
The group's Armed Drill, Color Guard and award-winning Unarmed Drill teams each competed at the state level. Unarmed Drill Team Commander Cadet Lt. Junior Grade Terrance Lacson was named the state Unarmed Team Commander Champion.
Daughters of the American Colonists is a national group with membership open to those who can trace their lineage to the time prior to the American Revolution. For more information, call Maralyn Ricketts at 425-743-5030.
9 county cities honored for their tree programs
Arbor Day was officially celebrated April 10 in Washington.
Several local cities were named 2012 Tree City USA award-winners, an honor that goes to municipalities that have designated staff to care for trees, have a citizen tree board and tree ordinance, and spend at least $2 per capita on tree care. Many have been on the list multiple years.
Area Tree City USA cities and towns for 2012: Arlington (10 years), Bothell (12 years), Edmonds (first time), Everett (19 years), Lynnwood (13 years), Marysville (three years), Oak Harbor (nine years), Woodinville (16 years) and Woodway (six years).
Community groups donate AEDs to schools
The American Legion Post 96 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 921 recently donated two automated external defibrillator (AED) units to the Snohomish School District. These valuable life-saving devices will be used to replace aging units at the district's Central Primary Center and Emerson Elementary.
County deputy awarded for off-duty bravery
An off-duty Snohomish County sheriff's deputy, along with a Metro bus driver and a bystander, worked together to stop a man from jumping from a Shoreline overpass onto northbound I-5.
Julie Jensen was honored April 8 with a King County Sheriff's Office Meritorious Service Award for her life-saving work in the Feb. 13 incident.
Together with a bystander and a bus driver who also pulled over, Jensen was able to subdue the man until police arrived a short time later.
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