Community Extra: Applause

VFW honors Lynnwood police officer

Lynnwood Police Officer Ryan Hoirup has been chosen as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040’s Officer of the Year.

Hoirup has been with the Lynnwood Police Department for five years, including work as a SWAT officer and crime scene technician in addition to regular patrol duties.

On Aug. 26, 2012, Hoirup was seriously injured while attempting to arrest a fleeing felony warrant suspect. The suspect fought back, and both men fell down an 18-foot embankment. Hoirup suffered a broken hip and other injuries and was taken to a Seattle trauma center.

A long hospital stay and physical therapy followed. He returned to full duty this year.

Bothell judge named best in county

Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen has been selected as the Snohomish County Bar Association’s 2012 Judge of the Year.

Candidates are nominated by their peers in the judicial community for recent and significant work that furthers the legal profession and enhances the public good. Judge Gehlsen was selected by the association at its March 21 board meeting and will be honored at a ceremony May 4.

Judge Gehlsen was selected for her efforts last year to establish the Bothell Youth Court.

She also has served as a judge for YMCA Mock Trial programs and recently started teaching a “Street Law” class at Bothell High School.

Volunteers clean up park for Earth Day

About 75 volunteers turned out April 20 in honor of Earth Day to help clear 300 yards of debris including brush and blackberry bushes and 20 yards of garbage off of the shoreline in Mountlake Terrace’s Ballinger Park, a former golf course.

Groups that came out to participate included Creekside Church, Fiji Community Association of Washington, the Alderwood Terrace Rotary, the Eco Club of Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace Garden Club, Mountlake Terrace Recreation Park Advisory Commission and Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee. Additionally, Waste Management Northwest arranged a drop-off site for unwanted electronics for recycling.

Stormwater Program Manager Mike Shaw continues to recruit volunteers to remove invasive plants from city parks and open spaces on a monthly schedule. For more information, contact Shaw at 425-670-8264 ext. 5105 or

EvCC Foundation breakfast raises $72,500

The Everett Community College Foundation’s April 23 community breakfast raised $72,500 to support student scholarships and college programs.

More than 400 people attended the breakfast, which featured Washington State University President Elson Floyd as the keynote speaker.

Concert aids Stanwood housing programs

The 17th annual Voice of Hope choral concert, held April 21 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Stanwood, raised $7,321 to benefit Housing Hope projects in Stanwood.

Housing Hope is a nonprofit that provides housing and services to homeless and low-income families in Snohomish County and Camano Island, including at Lervick Family Village and Lincoln Hill Village in Stanwood.

The concert featured eight choral groups from various churches, schools and organizations mostly in the Stanwood area. There also was a bake sale.

Local sponsors were Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, John and Carol Lervick, Roger and Linda Lervick, Cascade Coffee, Law Office of Cole &Gilday, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, S&H Development’s Viking Village Shopping Center, Thomas &Associates, Warm Beach Christian Camps and Amigo Mexican Restaurant.

Volunteers drove family Easter event

The Farm Youth Outreach in Snohomish credits its volunteers and the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church who helped make its “Some Bunny Loves You” Easter event a success. In all, 400 children and their parents attended the event.

Parks and recreation spotlighted at trade show

Programs in the city of Edmonds brought home three awards from this year’s Washington Recreation and Park Association conference and trade show, held April 17 in Vancouver.

The Floretum Garden Club was honored for contributing significantly to the fields of parks and recreation.

The city and Barker Landscape Architects were honored for the design and development of Hazel Miller Plaza.

And a Program Spotlight award went to the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace for their collaboration on a third-grade swim lesson program.

VOA volunteers honored with services awards

The President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service, is being awarded this week to 90 volunteers who have served with Volunteers of America. Western Washington, including 50 from Snohomish County.

Gold-level awards: Arlyn McArthur, Debbie Bivens, Debbie Ingersoll and Jason Johnson

Silver-level awards: Christine Masnica, Geoffrey Carlson, Glenna Bush, Irene Wood, Michael Feskens, Nadiia Matviichuk, Patricia Behlen and Ryan Warrington

Other honorees: Adrian Patayan, Amelia-Irene Violante, Bobby Stover, Brendon Cloyd, Brittany Cloyd, Carolyn Cary, Christian Hoffman, Christine Evans, Chuck Trosuig, Colleen Holman, Dean Drake, Dean McMurray, Don Guilliams, Doug Lawrence, Earl Woodson, Gini Ann Davis, Grace Bertran, Jacob Moriarty, Jaye Koropp, Jess Ausborn, Jim Losvar, John Hennessy, Kate Youtsey, Kelly Calabrese, Linda Ostrander, Mark Gleave, Maya Ghorbany, Paul Ferrari, Robert Preece, Ron Millikan, Sean Westerfeld, Susan Simon, Terry White, Tony Ellersick, Travis McPherron, Vernon White, Viki Hennessy and Wes Fahlstrom

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