Community Extra: Applause

  • Wed Feb 1st, 2012 6:34pm
  • News


Students participate in state government

Dallas Duplessis, a Marysville Getchell High School student from Tulalip, and Rebeccah Gaebel, an eighth-grade home-school student from Everett, participated in the House and Senate Page Programs at the Washington State Legislature earlier this month during the first week of the 2012 legislative session.

Duplessis was sponsored by Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip. Gaebel was sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.

The program gives students ages 14 to 17 an opportunity to spend a week working in the Legislature. Pages are responsible for delivering mail, running errands, presenting the flag and learning parliamentary procedures first-hand. Students also try their hand at drafting a bill and engage in a mock session.

Marysville woman gets diversity award

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently presented Marvetta Toler, a city planning commissioner and local real estate agent, with the first Leader in Diversity Award for her role in forming the Mayor’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Nehring said that during a conversation in 2010, he and Toler talked about the need to do more to promote diversity in Marysville, and that led to forming the 22-member committee.

The city’s new Leader in Diversity Award recognizes a community member, business or organization that displays long standing, continuing and exceptional leadership in fostering diversity in the community and society.

Toler is also a member of the Snohomish County Citizens for Human Rights Coalition and a member of Everett Community College’s Community Diversity Advisory Committee.

Fire marshal celebrates 20 years

Lake Stevens Fire Marshal Robert Marshall has been honored for his 20 years of service to the fire department.

Marshall started with the Lake Stevens Fire Department on Dec. 2, 1991. Since then he has been a part-time firefighter, a firefighter/EMT, the fire prevention specialist and now serves as the fire marshal.

Fire Chief Dave Lingenfelter thanked Marshall for his “tireless efforts (and) lasting impact on our community.”

Marysville honors trail volunteer

The Iron Goat Trail is a rail-to-trial conversion along the old Great Northern Railway grade in the Stevens Pass Historic District.

Since 1990, volunteers have transformed this abandoned railway bed into a 10-mile hiking trail used by about 10,000 people a year. Workers with Volunteers for Outdoor Washington and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest have amassed about 150,000 volunteer hours with almost 60 work parties and 100 individual volunteers every year since the project started.

From the beginning, Dennis Evans, of Marysville, has led the effort as chief crew leader, trail coordinator and liaison with the Forest Service. In December he accepted the Forest Service Pacific Northwest regional Trails Volunteer of the Year award for his work. During the trail season he drives twice a week up to Stevens Pass to work on the trail. In the winter he works on budgets, planning and getting volunteers involved.

To learn more about volunteering in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, go to


Arlington Rotary Club busy in 2011

The Rotary Cub of Arlington annually raises about $50,000 from its Great Stilly Duck Dash on Independence Day. Proceeds from the event support organizations and activities in Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington. In 2011, the club donated more than $77,000 to 25 organizations.

Arlington Rotary members planted fruit trees in the city’s Country Charm Conservation Area, supported the Arlington’s first National Night Out for safety, organized a book drive for a sister-Rotary group in Romania and participated in Arlington’s Relay for Life as a sponsor and a team.

The club also donated to a group that installs water systems in rural villages in Panama and sent member Wally Thomas to help out. More than $20,000 was donated to the Arlington Community Food Bank and members helped food bank volunteers move to a temporary facility. Each month, outstanding students in the Darrington, Lakewood and Arlington schools receive a $50 voucher from Rotary to “pay forward” to a charity or organization of their choosing.

Lynnwood Rotary honors partners

Recognized as one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country, the Lynnwood Rotary House Project gives students in the Edmonds School District Carpentry Program hands-on experience building a new house each school year. Throughout its 38-year history, the program has engaged more than 4,000 students.

The Rotary Club of Lynnwood, along with school officials, recently thanked the business owners who supported the building of House 37 with materials, labor and cash donations of about $49,000. The Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation assumes responsibility for the financial success of the program by purchasing lots, acquiring house designs, permits and appliances, and putting the sales proceeds back into the program.

Partners in the program include Dan McDougal, Deckman LLC; Jim Bichler, Scott Remlinger and Matt Webber, Boise Cascade; Adrienne Boswell, Haven Design; Alisa Landreth, Diana Young and Rick Landreth, Sisters Interior Redesign; Christine Lenfant and Amy Moore, Summit Interiors Inc; King Parker, King and Bunny’s Appliances; Connie Finley and Ian Hill, Windermere Real Estate in Edmonds; Jesse Vodegel, Legendary Flooring; Alex Nesterenko, E&A Tile; Kevin Langlie, Langlie Masonry Inc.; Pat Shields, Hazel Miller Foundation; Sue Hart and Cathy Feole, Master Builders Career Connection.