Arlington firefighter and emergency medical technician Steven Daggett recently attended a U.S. Department of Homeland Security subgroup meeting in Washington, D.C. that aimed to bolster efforts at improving the personal protective gear of first responders.
Daggett is considered a local expert in this field and is responsible for purchasing all of the Arlington Fire Department's gear.
"He has not only gained the respect of me and the other chief officers, but is highly respected by local fire agencies and the vendors that sell the equipment," Arlington Fire Chief Bruce Stedman said.
Daggett was invited to the June 26-27 meeting of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Support to the Homeland Security Enterprise and First Responders Group.
Before the trip, Stedman reached out to the members of the Arlington Rotary Club and asked if any would be interested in donating airline miles to get Daggett to the meeting. Within one hour, Dr. John Dykstra and his wife, Kelly, donated airline miles and $100, Stedman said.
Stedman and his wife, Susan, contributed another $100 for food expenses.
Other command staff, including Deputy Chief Tom Cooper, Division Chief Doug Schmidt, and Administrative Specialist Deana Dean, joined Stedman to chip in $168 for one night of Daggett's hotel stay.
Daggett was responsible for his time and the other two nights.
Stedman said Daggett has since been asked to be a sitting member of the working group, which will fund his expenses in the future.
Care facility awarded grant to produce video
Josephine Sunset Home of Stanwood was recently awarded a $30,000 grant to create videos that will train nursing home staff on the best use of body mechanics and proper techniques to transfer, lift, reposition and move a resident. These videos will be used to train current nursing staff, newly hired staff and will be incorporated into NAC training classes.
The grant is one of 13 awarded by the Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investments Project as part of its permanent program within the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
"Sprains, strains and tears make up the largest proportion of workplace injuries among nursing staff," said Becky Bunke, project manager for Josephine.
Duck Dash raises $170K toward new playground
The Rotary Club of Arlington raised more than $170,000 on July 4 at its annual Great Stilly Duck Dash. Proceeds will help build a new playground at Haller Park as well as support other Rotary charity efforts, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Kids Kloset and Cocoon House.
The club will continue to accept donations to the Friends of the Park fund through the end of the summer to add a water park feature at the playground. For more information, contact Linda Byrnes at 360-631-1411.
Scout honored for work on installing swing set
The Mountlake Terrace City Council recognized Eagle Scout Nathan Morgan at its July 1 meeting.
Nathan completed his Eagle Scout project at Firefighters Memorial Park, 3900 228th St. SW. His project included meeting with the Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee and installing a new swing set. He met with staff to plan the installation, secured donations of concrete and spread 50 yards of soft surface under the swings. Nathan completed the installation June 18 and the swing set is now open to the public.
Lions Club members spruce up Terrace Park
A few Arlington Lions Club members gathered June 26 at their adopted Terrace Park for clean-up. They spent approximately three hours weeding and cleaning up the flower beds as well as picking up trash and big limbs that had come down in the recent rain storms.
Volunteers included Jim Knight, Ruth Munizza, Karen Tendering, Randy Tendering and Maxine Jenft.
Windermere cleans up Centennial Park
Staff at Windermere Arlington adopted Centennial Park, the closest park to their office. Once a year the real estate agents bring out their rakes, shovels, clippers and garden gloves to dedicate a whole day away from business to clean up, weed, prune and rake at the park. This year two dump trucks of bark were spread over the groomed grounds after a long day of filling over 60 garbage bags with weeds and leaves.
Marysville mayor honors billing team
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently named the Utility Billing team as the city's employees of the month for June.
The team in City Hall, composed of Financial Operations Manager John Nield, Sherry Buell, Shauna Crane, Bet Galde, Teri McCann and Roberta Schneider, was praised for its outstanding customer service and ideas that are reducing the number of shutoffs due to unpaid utility bills.
Rotary names officers
Maddy Metzger-Utt was sworn in July 9 as president of the Rotary Club of Everett in ceremonies at the Everett Golf and Country Club. She will serve through June 2014.
A Rotary member since 2006, Metzger-Utt will lead the club's 150 members as they provide community and international service. She is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and president of the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
Also inducted were: Vice President Shelley Hutcheson-Smith, Petershagen Insurance; President-elect Dr. Mark Valentine; Past President Andy Hall, Botesch Nash & Hall, architects; Treasurer Rich Toyer, Toyer Financial Corp.; Historian Larry O'Donnell, retired; and Secretary Bill Dobler, retired.
New to the board of directors are Paul Dennis, P.A.L. Enterprises; Tara Eckstrom, BEIT Consulting; John Olson, Everett Community College; and Kathy Webber, Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office.
Continuing on the board are Dr. Jason Chang, Live Well Dental Center; Sonya Kraski, Snohomish County Clerk; Steve Uberti, Shipman Uberti, P.S.; and Shelley Hutcheson-Smith.
Former club president Mark Nesse was named the club's Rotarian of the Year.
Snohomish consultant hired by Foundation
The Greater Everett Community Foundation has hired Elena Pullen-Venema as vice president of development to oversee fundraising and endowment building.
Pullen-Venema has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has a master of business administration in finance from Temple University. She has worked as an executive director and for the past five years as a nonprofit consultant. She lives in Snohomish with her husband and two children.
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