Applause: Lake Stevens church digs spuds for food banks

Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens held its annual potato harvest on Aug. 31 to benefit area food banks and agencies.

Some of the numbers:

•70,000-plus pounds harvested;

65 volunteers, who were treated to a barbecue lunch halfway through the day;

1,100 burlap bags used;

9 hours to harvest the fields;

Some of the individual potatoes weighed more than 3 pounds each;

Three tractors and one horse-drawn wagon were used;

Their potato digger is a 1932 model;

This is the fifth year the church has done the harvest.

Everett stadium gets new scoreboards

New score boards were erected recently at Everett Memorial Stadium thanks to help from the community.

Everett School District Athletics, Health, Fitness and Activities Director Robert Polk thanked Trinity Lutheran College, Everett Community College, Everett Bone and Joint, and the National Guard for helping to defray the costs.

“So nice to be able to see the numbers from anywhere in the stands,” Polk said.

Snohomish food bank turns focus to holidays

The Snohomish Community Food Bank celebrated a successful summer.

Some of the numbers:

•20,783 meals served through the Kids Cafe (an increase of 24 percent from 2012);

278 backpacks given to students attending kindergarten through eighth grade;

3,283 families (9,199 individuals) served from June through August;

about 135 volunteers worked 5,761 hours from June through August.

The food bank now looks forward to its Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday pledge drives. To learn more or volunteer, call 360-568-7993.

Miller Foundation, tribe fund beds for kids

St. Vincent de Paul North Sound Council recently announced a $3,000 donation from the Hazel Miller Foundation, and a $2,000 donation from the Stillaguamish Tribe, for its Beds for Children Program. All of the funds will purchase beds for children who are often sleeping on the floor.

Cascade grad promoted to sergeant for L.A.P.D.

Jeffrey Lovick, 1991 Cascade High School graduate, was recently promoted to sergeant by the Los Angeles Police Department. Jeffrey Lovick is the son of County Executive John Lovick.

Sgt. Lovick has been with the Los Angeles department since 2001.

Lynnwood diaper drive helps women’s program

Participants at Lynnwood’s 2013 National Night Out event on Aug. 6 donated plenty of diapers during a special drive for Step By Step, an area nonprofit that serves at-risk pregnant women.

Learn more about Step By Step at www.stepbystepnews.org or call 888-996-0903.

Monroe provides ‘Supplies 4 Success’

Thanks to generous support from the community and the dedicated efforts of volunteers, the Sky Valley Food Bank’s “Supplies 4 Success” program sent 542 students back to school with new backpacks and supplies.

Backpacks filled with paper, pens, pencils, notebooks, binders and the various other items on the Monroe School District’s supply list were provided for students from kindergarten through high school.

“We know how difficult it can be for parents who are struggling financially to purchase everything on that list. We are glad to be able to give students a much needed ‘leg up’ as they begin a new school year by providing these basic tools,” said Neil Watkins, executive director of the food bank.

Fire captain completes leadership training

Everett Fire Capt. David DeMarco has joined a select group of firefighters nationwide who have completed the rigorous “Executive Fire Officer” program through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. The four-year program is designed to prepare senior firefighters to be effective leaders.

Chief Murray Gordon presented DeMarco’s Certificate of Completion at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting. “The department and the city are already benefitting from his research and the enhanced analytical skills he gained through his studies,” Gordon said.

DeMarco has been with the Everett Fire Department for more than 18 years and currently serves as a captain and acting battalion chief.

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