Community Extra: Applause

  • Mon Feb 20th, 2012 9:49pm
  • News


Everett residents receive medals of merit

The Lions International Medal of Merit was awarded Feb. 9 to Larry O’Donnell and Jack O’Donnell for their community service.

Linda Beecher, president of Everett Central Lions Club, said the brothers represent the spirit of the Medal of Merit.

“They have raised their families and managed their careers with moral integrity, and, vitally important, they have given back unselfishly to the community,” Beecher said.

The two Everett residents have been involved with the Snohomish County Museum, Everett Historical Commission, Everett Public Library, historic preservation, support of local education, neighborhood associations, service groups, scouting, promotion and fundraising for local causes and groups.

Proceeds from the evening, held at the Everett Conference Center at Comcast Arena, are being donated in honor of the O’Donnells to benefit Historic Everett and the Everett Historical Museum, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Malaria Net Program, and Everett Central Lions Club’s local free sight and hearing projects.

Terrace fire captain recognized for service

The city of Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County Fire District 1 on Feb. 6 recognized Capt. Don Navarre for his dedication to and leadership in the fire profession. He is the winner of the 2011 Inspiration Award from the city.

Navarre began his work as a firefighter more than 30 years ago.

He served as a volunteer in the Kirkland Fire Department from 1982 to 1990 and was hired as a firefighter by the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department in July 1990. In 2002, he was promoted to captain by Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Navarre is dedicated and committed to his profession, the fire district and the people of Mountlake Terrace, City Manager John Caulfield said.


Soroptimists donate to two nonprofits

Soroptimist International of Marysville recently donated to two organizations.

The group donated $1,000 to Autumn Leaf House, a service of Catholic Community Services located in Marysville that provides transitional housing for chemically dependent women and their children.

It also recently donated $1,500 and a box of new clothing to Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

Nursing home residents donate teddy bears

Residents of Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Edmonds recently collected more than 100 teddy bears and stuffed animals for Snohomish County Fire District 1 crews to give to children in emergency situations.

Firefighters from Edmonds Fire Station 16 visited the facility Feb. 14 to thank residents and accept their donations on behalf of Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical service in Edmonds.

Volunteer receives kindness award

Kelly Clifton has won the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce Random Acts of Kindness Award.

She was nominated by Ray Colmen and Elizabeth Emmons.

Clifton has been a dedicated volunteer for the Sultan Food Bank for many years. She also organizes numerous food drives and each year creates a beautiful gift basket to be raffled during the holiday season.

She is an advocate for low-income children in Gold Bar, Emmons said. Each Christmas she stuffs and delivers more than 50 backpacks with presents for kids. During the school year, she organizes sack lunches and after-school activities. She has helped with the Dave Wood Giving Tree Program, the Stuff a Truck event and now is working to sponsor a local food program called Sky Valley Fresh, a local cooperative offering fresh produce.

Clifton’s family often helps with her volunteer endeavors.

Marysville woman receives service dog

The nonprofit Oregon-based organization Dogs for the Deaf has donated a hearing dog named Ruben to Sharon Krogen of Marysville.

It was difficult for Krogen to rely on other people to alert her to sounds, organization officials said. She wanted a dog for companionship and to make her aware of those sounds she can’t hear.

A nonprofit organization, Dogs for the Deaf depends upon outside donors. All hearing dogs are placed in homes free of charge. The Sammamish Good Sam Club provided the sponsorship for Ruben. For more information, go to