Community Extra: Applause


Forest volunteers build parking lot

Visitors to the Trillium Community Forest this week can park their vehicles on a new parking lot.

The new 14-vehicle lot replaces a four-vehicle parking area and will be available for public use during daylight hours.

The parking area is located at Pacific Dogwood Lane and State Highway 525 on the northeastern corner of the 654-acre Trillium Community Forest. Pat Powell, land trust executive director, said the access road leading to the new lot was designed to fit into the existing landscape as well as limit tree removal. Due to highway safety concerns, the new parking area will not be open to horse trailers or vehicles more than 22 feet in length.

The Trillium Community Forest, the largest remaining contiguously owned forest on Whidbey Island, was acquired by the Land Trust in late 2010 after a community fundraising effort. It is open during daylight hours for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Dogs must be kept on leash.

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Students benefit Pennies for Patients

Arlington’s Post Middle School completed a Pennies for Patients fundraiser with a splat.

After a week of raising funds for the Leukemia &Lymphoma society, students at Post were given “golden tickets.”

These tickets were redeemable for a whipped cream pie that students could use on an student body officer or one of many volunteer teachers. The messy, but fun, activity that raised more than $550.

Concert aids Stanwood families

The 16th annual Voices of Hope choral concert on April 22 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Stanwood raised $7,318 to benefit Housing Hope, a non-profit agency providing housing and services for homeless and low-income families in Snohomish County and Camano Island.

The concert featured nine choral groups from churches, schools and organizations, primarily in the Stanwood area. Following the concert, a bake sale featured homemade goods from people from Stanwood and Camano Island.

Event sponsors included Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, John Lervick, Roger and Linda Lervick, Cascade Coffee, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Women, Thomas &Associates, Warm Beach Christian Camps and Amigo Mexican Restaurant.

Voices of Hope is organized by Housing Hope’s Stanwood Ambassadors, a long-standing committee of volunteers supporting Lervick Family Village and Lincoln Hill Village in Stanwood.

Bank employees raise $190,000

During the last 10 years, the Coastal Community Bank employee fund has awarded more than $190,000 in grants to Snohomish County nonprofit organizations. Employees contribute to a charitable fund, which is supervised by the Greater Everett Community Foundation, and take turns serving on the grant committee.

The committee recently approved 12 grants. Funding was awarded to Assistance League of Everett, Bridgeways, Cocoon House, Stanwood Community Resources Foundation – Davis Place Teen Center, Darrington Food Bank, Hand in Hand, Housing Hope, Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington, Senior Services of Snohomish County, Sky Valley Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul of Snohomish County and Sultan Food Bank.

Terrace volunteers clear brush, debris

About 100 volunteers turned out to help clear 120 yards of debris, brush and blackberry bushes in Terrace Ridge Park in honor of Earth Day.

The Mountlake Terrace Garden Club pitched in by planting more than 30 shrubs at the Ballinger Lake Golf Course parking lot. Additionally, Waste Management Northwest was on hand to pick up a Dumpster load of unwanted electronics for recycling.

The volunteers also helped spread 15 yards of bark, plant five dogwood trees, clean and scrub play equipment and paint all of the park’s picnic tables and benches.

Groups that came out to participate included the Calvary Chapel Lynnwood, Creekside Church, Fiji Community Association of Washington, Mountlake Terrace Ward of the LDS Church, Mountlake Terrace Garden Club, Mountlake Terrace Recreation Park Advisory Commission and Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee.

Displays and information on what people can do to help make their community more sustainable were set up in the Mountlake Terrace Library. The Mountlake Terrace City Council served the volunteers lunch to thank them for their service.

For more information about volunteer clean-up events or Adopt-a-Park, call Ken Courtmanch at 425-776-1811 or go to

Snohomish Scouts work for Earth Day

Members of Snohomish Boy Scout Troop 137 and Snohomish Girl Scout Troop 42423 and their friends assisted the Moss Bay Dive Club of Kirkland to clean up Juanita Beach Park on April 7 in celebration of Earth Day.

Several wheelbarrows full were hauled out of the water, with items including beer cans, fire extinguishers, cell phones, cameras, fishing poles, a DVD player, hiking boots, sun glasses, baby bottles, rebar, plates and a sleeping bag.

Arlington Masonic Lodge awards

At the Masonic Lodge No. 129 Junior Achievement Scholarship Awards event April 19, Arlington High School students Sierra DeCota and Collier Bereton received junior achievement awards.

Other juniors recognized during the evening were Brendon Brereton, Lynsey Amundson, Marissa Swegle, Lindsay Brown, Jollee Pullig, Kendra Ferrier, Allie Jones, Shelby Carr and Esra Alameedi.

Students applying for the scholarship are considered based on their participation in service, leadership, citizen appreciation, academic standing, educational achievements and future goals. One girl and one boy are selected from the junior class of Arlington and Darrington schools each year.

Teacher Jim Bassett was honored with the Grand Lodge “Educator of the Year” award for his contribution to the Robotics Club, teaching of Robotics at Weston High School and providing technical support in areas such as creating the Basmati software for teachers to use in grading students.


Eagle Scout project helps animal shelter

Anthony “AJ” Latlip, a senior at Marysville Arts &Technology High School, is now an Eagle Scout.

To earn the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America, Latlip led a project that expanded the amount outdoor kennel space at the Everett Animal Shelter, complete with concrete pads.

He is a member of Marysville Boy Scouts of America Troop 84 under the leadership of scoutmaster Karl Willem.

Latlip joined up as a Cub Scout in 2000 as a first grade student.

His parents are Bret and Paulet Latlip of Marysville.

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

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