Square dance raises $4,700 for Alzheimer’s

An annual square dance to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research brought in more than $4,700 for programs at the University of Washington and Rush University, said Joe Bahr, who started the dance seven years ago to honor his brother, Marty Bahr, who had early onset Alzheimer’s. Marty Bahr died in 2008.

All proceeds from the dance, organized with support from the Sky Valley Whirlwinds Square Dance Club, went directly to the universities’ Alzheimer’s research programs.

About 20 squares of eight dancers — about 160 attendees in all — filled Edmonds Masonic Hall for the Feb. 23 event.

“It was absolutely incredible,” Bahr said.

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Cub Scouts honored for Scouting Spirit

Two Cub Scouts from Pack 331 were awarded the Scouting Spirit award by the Pack sponsor, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040, at the Blue N Gold banquet and ceremony held Feb. 22 at Meadowdale High School.

The award is given to Cub Scouts who demonstrate strong leadership skills and an enthusiastic Scouting spirit. This year the award was given to Scouts Josef Oscarsson and Baylor Denkinger.

Part-time firefighters join Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens Fire recently welcomed 11 part-time firefighter members: Chris Burnette, Brian Donaldson, Danielle DeVos, Ryan Clancy, Therese Weaver, Matthew Myers, Eben Endriss-Dygert, Austin West, Brandon Lengkeek, Jerem Rhoades and Chris McAuslan.

Part-time firefighters are required to be Firefighter 1 certified, EMT certified, and must pass both physical capacity and knowledge tests. They supplement the career staff in all phases of department operations, working approximately six 12-hour shifts per month.

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