Chelsea Douglas, Sonia Craig and Kelly Knoop, students at Emerson Elementary School in Snohomish, and Madeline Church, a student at Glenwood Elementary in the Lake Stevens School District, formed a summer community service group they called the Floppy Ear Club.
The 10-year-old girls met weekly throughout the summer. During their first meeting, the Floppy Ear Club decided it would find ways to make money to donate to the Everett Animal Shelter and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society.
During the summer, the girls earned $100 by baby-sitting, taking care of pets, and selling lemonade and chocolate lollipops.
Their final meeting of the Floppy Ear Club on Aug. 29 was a field trip to the animal shelter and PAWS to offer their donations in person.
Arlington Scout helps in Costa Rica
Sarah Cain, a senior Girl Scout from Arlington, recently returned from a service mission to Costa Rica.
During the first week she was there, Sarah planted trees as part of a reforestation project, worked in a Costa Rican school and helped restore a soccer field at the center of a village.
The trip was funded through cookie sales, as well as the sale of homemade soaps and jams.
Before they left for the trip, Sarah and 14 other Scouts studied Spanish, learned to work together as a team and collected school supplies to distribute to students.
During the second week of the trip, the scouts enjoyed outdoor activities.
Everett police raise funds for officer, dog
Everett police officers, family, friends and others from the regional law enforcement community gathered recently for a silent auction and fundraiser for Everett police officer Suzanne Eviston and her police dog partner, Axle.
The event was intended to help Eviston pay her medical bills. She and Axle were injured in a car collision in July. An Everett man has been charged with vehicular assault.
Officers gathered donated auction items, including a week at a villa in Jamaica, a Hawaiian luau party from Bobby’s Hawaiian restaurant in Everett, and tickets to Seattle Mariners games.
A catered dinner was provided by Marsha Joy from the Crazy Moose Casino, with drinks coming from Scuttlebutt’s and The Flying Pig of Everett. Food Services of America also provided food for the event, which was held at the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus donated use of its hall.
Entertainment for the event was provided by Station House Blues, a band made up of officers of the Everett police department and members of the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office.
Along with several monetary donations made at the event, about $9,000 was raised for Eviston.
Firefighters build new IOOF recycle bin
The International Order of Odd Fellows collects scrap aluminum cans on Camano Island for recycling, and sales of the cans are donated to charitable organizations.
After age and wind destroyed the IOOF collection bin at the Country Club fire station, two firefighters from Camano Island Fire and Rescue, Robert Shelley and Will Webb, volunteered to build a new and improved recycle bin.
IOOF member Harlan Grant said he is happy to be able to easily empty the bin, which he does at least once a week.
Materials for the shed were purchased with a portion of a recent donation by the IOOF to the fire district.
Marysville firefighters fill boots for charity
Marysville Fire District firefighters worked the corners of State Avenue and Grove Street on a recent weekend with boots in hand in an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Firefighters stood at corners and walked the traffic lanes with open boots collecting cash. Community donations totaling nearly $17,000 will go for treatment, care, diagnosis and equipment to help people with neuromuscular diseases, fire district spokeswoman Stephanie Price said.
Everett Boy Scout builds park kiosk
Douglas Kerrigan recently completed his Eagle Scout project, a new information kiosk at Everett’s Rotary Park and Boat Launch.
A senior at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Douglas is a swim team member who plans to study horticulture in college. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 114 in Everett, he earned 23 merit badges.
His parents are Kevin and Patty Kerrigan of Everett. His older brother, Steve, also is an Eagle Scout.
Cascade Lumber on Camano Island donated the lumber for the project and Fred Meyer in Everett donated food for Douglas’ crew of project workers.
Dairy superintendent honored by fair
Longtime dairy cattle superintendent Ellene Kearney was honored recently by the members of the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board with a special award.
Kearney has served the Evergreen State Fair as dairy superintendent for the past 27 years.
The Dairy Division also received the prestigious Black and White Award from the Washington State Fair Commission, as well as a special award for educational displays.
Red Cross sends local volunteers
The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross has sent volunteers to help victims of storms in the Midwest.
They include Judy Pearson of Everett, Andi Anzelmo of Mukilteo, Bob Leighton of Edmonds, Hunter MacKay of Bothell, Jack Robinson of Everett, Bill Westlake of Mountlake Terrace, Karen French of Marysville and Bill Thayer of Everett.
Garden volunteers help food bank
Volunteers at the Julia V. Morris Centennial Garden in Monroe continue to provide fresh food for the Sky Valley Food Bank.
This season, more than 2,000 pounds of produce has been donated.
Volunteer Theda Houck has worked especially hard in the garden, food bank staff said.
To contact the food bank, go to www.svfoodbank.org or call 360-794-7959.
Snohomish student wins logo contest
Bayleigh Perry, a senior at Snohomish High School, designed the winning artwork for United Way’s 2007 Days of Caring logo.
Bayleigh’s winning design, selected to convey the spirit of volunteering, will be featured on 1,700 T-shirts and used in promotional materials for United Way’s Days of Caring, the county’s largest two-day volunteer effort.
Bayleigh will be presented with a $100 gift certificate for art supplies at the Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast on Sept. 12.
On Sept. 28 and 29, more than 1,000 volunteers plan to roll up their sleeves and get to work on 70 projects around the county.
More groups of volunteers are needed for Days of Caring. To find out how to get involved, go to www.uwsc.org or contact the United Way Volunteer Center at 425-374-5534 by Friday.
Two young readers win backpacks
Emily Onderbeke, 11, and Daniel Schmiesing, 4, are the winners of the Friends of the Granite Falls Library “Back To School Backpack Giveaway.”
Emily and Daniel were participants in the summer reading program at the Granite Falls Library.
More than 130 children participated in the reading program and entered the drawing for the backpacks, which contained school supplies.