Community Extra: Applause

Everett: Clubs place flags in cemeteries

Everett Elks Lodge 479 orchestrated the placement of hundreds of flags at two Everett cemeteries for Memorial Day.

Among those who worked were Exalted Ruler Mark Douglas, veterans committee chairman Carl Frisk and other members of the Everett Elks.

Also helping were Everett Emblem Club 523 President Marge Wendt and members her club, along with Boy Scout Troop 1 and Cub Scout Pack 36 members and leaders.

Everett: Foundation’s spring grants total $73K

The Greater Everett Community Foundation awarded 28 grants for more than $73,000 to Snohomish County nonprofit organizations and school districts.

The grants focused on human services, education and programs for adults with developmental disabilities and will support programs across the county. These include a guitar-building class in Arlington, a new pilot program for emergency foster care, and food banks in Darrington, Sultan and Monroe.

Grants were awarded from four of the foundation’s funds: Jeannie &David Brenner, and the Coastal Community Bank Employee Giving, Education and the Human Services Endowment in honor of Bob Drewel, former Snohomish County executive.

In 1999, the foundation had 25 funds and $275,000 in assets. Today the foundation has 86 funds and $10 million in assets.

More information about how to apply for grants is available by contacting Karri Matau at 425-212-4056 or

Arlington: New volunteers welcomed

The city of Arlington has announced the appointment of seven new volunteer commissioners.

Mike Hopson and Ruth Gonzales were appointed to the Airport Commission, Ken Levesque to the Planning Commission, Leilani Lucresia to the Cemetery Board, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Jesica Stickles to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and Brittany Kleinman and Kaitlin Valenti were appointed to the Park, Arts and Recreation Commission.

These volunteers will play a key role in making decisions that affect city policies and future planning, city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

Police volunteer earns presidential award

A volunteer with the Arlington Police Department has received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Karen Morse is one of only 13 such recipients in Snohomish County area. The award is given for 4,000 hours or more of volunteer work.

Morse has served with the Arlington Police Department for more than two years and has put in more than 500 volunteer hours. She does a variety of work, including greeting customers, finger printing, neighborhood canvassing for criminal investigations, organizing of police officer support functions and participating in public events throughout the Arlington community. Her husband, Bill Morse, also is a volunteer for the police department. They were honored at a volunteer recognition program May 23 by Mayor Barbara Tolbert and Police Chief Nelson Beazley.

Stanwood-Camano: Rotarians at work

Stanwood-Camano Rotary Club members and volunteers spent April 28 sprucing up the Rotary Adventure Playground.

They pulled weeds, touched up paint, tightened nuts and bolts, sanded tabletops and power-washed the gazebo deck. Barry Van Sickle built new garbage receptacles. Kris Voelckers provided his front loader to add 100 yards of wood chips. Rotarians Greg Gilday and Nancy Voelckers organized the maintenance day.

Lynnwood: Emergency responders honored

Lynnwood Police Officer Chris Breault and Lynnwood Fire Department Paramedic Kristy Forbes have been chosen as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040’s Officer and Paramedic of the Year.

Forbes, a registered nurse, has been a member of the fire department since 1998. An Air Force Reserves major, she also serves as a flight nurse in the reserves. Forbes has been deployed four times while employed with Lynnwood.

In 2008, Forbes started a morale-boosting program called Firebucks for deployed firefighters and paramedics. The Firebucks program, which provides coffee and fine chocolates, needs donations. For more information or to provide addresses for those deployed, email

Breault has been with the police department since 2007. In 2011, he was honored by the Snohomish County DUI Task Force for his work.

Camano: Firefighting cadets learn skills

Camano Island Fire and Rescue firefighter Bobbi Guadamuz’s team of 19 cadets meet each week to learn about being a firefighter.

The students arrive at the training through a cadet program operated by the Stanwood-Camano School District and the fire department.

The students — 18 boys and one girl — get help from firefighters. Many have taken on training roles when they’re off duty, giving the students an appreciation for the firefighters and the work they do.

Terrace: Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Edmonds City Councilwoman Adrienne Fraley-Monillas spoke at a Girl Scout “bridging” ceremony in May at Meadowdale High School. The event was hosted by the 14 members of Girl Scout Troop 42215 of Mountlake Terrace. More than 100 girls moved to the next level of scouting during the ceremony.

The troop planned and executed the ceremony to earn their Bronze Award, the third highest award in Girl Scouting. The event also celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting.

To submit news for the Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;

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