Community Extra: Applause


Girl Scouts plant trees in Snohomish

Girl Scouts from Snohomish Service Unit 223 joined Snohomish City Parks in celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting 50 trees in two city parks.

Cedar and pine trees were donated by Snohomish accountant Bill Fulton to help reforest the banks of the Pilchuck River at Pilchuck Park. Trees also were planted at Ferguson Park.

Flooding and wind storms had caused damage in the local parks and the Scouts were able to help restore them. The Scout troops involved included 42423, 40392 and 41874.

Marysville honors April volunteer

Mayor Jon Nehring has honored Linda Jackman as Marysville’s April volunteer.

Jackman has volunteered an hour a day in Liberty Elementary Teacher Betsy Guerra’s first-grade class for the past three years.

“Linda shares her love of literature by reading with her young students, and the children love her,” said the mayor at the May 14 City Council meeting where Jackman was honored. She has built a rapport with many children such that she is now following one of Guerra’s students to second grade, where she continues to work with him.

Jackman also donates school supplies to the classroom and has bought Highlight Magazine subscriptions for all first, second and third-grade classes at Liberty.

Fund donates to Beds for Children

St. Vincent de Paul’s North Sound Council has announced the donation of $2,000 from the Greater Everett Community Foundation, Human Services Endowment Fund in honor of Bob Drewel, for the St. Vincent de Paul Beds for Children Program.

The money will be used to buy beds for children who need them.

Help out Big Brothers Big Sisters

Stephen Myers met his Big Brother Rich Olson in 1994 when Myers was 10 years old. The boy’s mother was a single parent working many jobs while she attended school when she decided to enroll her son in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. From the start, the match was successful and Olson quickly became a mentor to Myers.

Recognizing the impact Olson had on his life, Myers recently pitched a fundraising idea to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Myers was ordered by his doctor to lose weight to aid his recovery for an upcoming ankle surgery. He started the campaign “Give Back Big” and is now losing weight so other kids can have a big brother or big sister.

Myers’ weight-loss goal is 50 pounds by July 31. Even if he only raises $5,000, that’s enough to fund four child-adult matches for a year.

To donate, call 425-252-2227 or email

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County is a prevention-focused youth mentoring organization that creates safe, nurturing relationships between caring adult volunteers and children.

The programs offered combine informal friendship and mentoring, backed by professional supervision. Most children involved live below the federal poverty level and most live in a single parent household.

People honored for help on aid calls

The Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners presented five people with certificates of commendation for exceptional assistance provided during emergency medical aid calls.

The citizens were recognized as part of Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26.

Les Schwab manager Mike Fischer and bookkeeper Christina Juarez came to the aid of a customer March 5 at the Les Schwab Tire Center, 1415 112th St. SE, Everett.

The customer wasn’t feeling well and she was offered a ride home. Juarez and Fischer became increasingly concerned about the woman’s condition and called 911. They told dispatchers they didn’t want to leave the customer alone at her home. The woman’s medical condition was serious and required advanced lifesaving care from paramedics. Firefighters praised Fischer and Juarez for their actions.

Molly Cimball and her 12-year-old son, Sam, came to the aid of their 69-year-old neighbor when he suffered a stroke March 8. They went to check on their neighbor because he wasn’t answering his telephone. Looking through the window, Sam could see the man on the floor. Sam kicked in door and discovered his neighbor was alive, but unable to speak or move. Molly Cimball called 911 while Sam moved furniture out of the way so the medics would have a place to work. When his mom couldn’t remember the address, Sam grabbed the phone and ran to the front door to get the house number for dispatchers. Firefighters quickly took the man to a hospital. Thanks to the Cimballs’ quick action, their neighbor is alive and continuing his recovery.

Waste Management driver James Koch performed CPR on a man who had a heart attack April 13. Koch was working his route in the Highlands neighborhood northeast of Mill Creek when he heard the man’s adult son asking if someone could help his father, who was unconscious inside their home. Koch followed the son inside the house and began CPR on the father, who had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. Koch, a former volunteer firefighter in Maple Valley, performed CPR until firefighters had their equipment in place. When the aid crew took over, the patient had a pulse. He is continuing to recover at home.

“The actions taken by each of these individuals truly made a difference,” said Fire Chief Ed Widdis.

Make a Wish helps Jake Crawford

Jake Crawford’s wish wasn’t elaborate. He wanted a fancy ride to go to breakfast and a present for his mom.

On May 12, the Make a Wish Foundation gave Jake, a 17-year-old Arlington High School student who has cancer, his mother, Teresa, and best friend, Jordan McGlothlen, a ride to IHOP at Smokey Point in a limousine.

Breakfast was followed by a shopping trip to the Alderwood mall.

At the restaurant, the staff rolled out a red carpet and seated Jake and his mother at a special table. At Alderwood, Jake had his mother pick out a Mother’s Day gift for herself.

The Smokey Point IHOP has donated this past year to Seattle Children’s Hospital and area food banks, and has hosted Make a Wish events.

To learn more about the Make a Wish program, contact Marcie Rohwer at 425-244-1197.

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation volunteer

Amy Zuvela is the newest volunteer member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

An avid reader and Lake Stevens resident, Zuvela brings her youth and enthusiasm to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Zuvela has worked for Costco Wholesale in Everett for eight years. She graduated from Everett High School in 2004 and earned her associate degree from Everett Community College in 2005. The list of community organizations where Zuvela has volunteered includes Leadership Snohomish County, Costco Volunteer Tutoring Program, Project Homeless Connect and Freedom Fest Northwest.

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

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