The officers for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2100 Everett for 2005-2006 have been named.

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They are Ronald Haley, commander; Richard Richter, senior vice commander; James Eastbury, junior vice commander; Donald Robbers, quartermaster; Steve Kerber, judge advocate; Richard Clark, surgeon; and Chris Lemke, Martin Bednar and Carl Forsberg, trustees.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2100 Everett officers are Ruth Herren, president; Nora Paramenter, senior vice president; Jean Wicks, junior vice president; Darilee Bednar, chaplain; Ellen Kotila, treasurer; Kelli Harding, secretary; Louwella Jones, conductress; Shelly Herren, guard; and Lynn Richter, Treasa Serrano and Michelle Foster, trustees.

The Cruzin’ to Colby Barbecue Championship was held Memorial Day weekend in downtown Everett. Grub Rustlers of Idaho was the grand champion; Ono BBQ of Renton and Smoke a Fat One of Snohomish tied as reserve champions.

Here are the rest of the results:

“Anything Butt”

1. Ranch House BBQ

2. Taste of Heaven

3. Smoke a Fat One


1. Raven’s Fyre

2. Cider House BBQ

3. Olalla Smokers


1. Ono BBQ

2. Grub Rustlers

3. West Coast BBQ

4. Cider House BBQ

5. Father Son &Holy Smoke

6. Doc’s Pit


1. Father Son &Holy Smoke

2. Grub Rustlers

3. Ono BBQ

4. Doc’s Pit

5. Ranch House BBQ

6. Raven’s Fyre


1. Smoke a Fat One

2. Grub Rustlers

3. Sillie Bears

4. Ranch House BBQ

5. Pigasus BBQ

6. Teddy Bear BBQ


1. Raven’s Fyre

2. Ranch House BBQ

3. Smoke a Fat One

4. Taste of Heaven

5. Carolina Smoke

6. Rockin M BBQ

J.R. Nakken of Marysville recently was awarded an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s 12th annual self-published book contest.

“Three-Point Shot” is about a teenage Native American boy who leaves the reservation for the first time to start high school and play basketball in an Eastern Washington suburb.

The Skykomish High School Class of 1975 recently held its 35-year reunion, the first reunion it has ever held.

Ten of the original 14 graduates – one of the largest classes in the school’s history – turned out for the special event. (See photo at right.)

The group toured the school and ate at the only restaurant left in Skykomish.

None of the graduates live in Skykomish, where the population has dwindled to about 200. Reunion organizer and alumni Paul Williams of Seattle said there used to be a grocery store, three restaurants, two bars and three hotels in the town.

Now there’s a hotel open part of the year and the Whistling Post tavern. “It’s just dead, like a ghost town,” he said.

Other alumni now live in Bellingham, Bow, Camano Island, Colville, Ellensburg, Stanwood, Kelso, Lynden and Yelm. One lives in California. The high school hasn’t changed, said Larry Boffey of Camano Island. “The old chalkboards, the wood floors – it brought back a lot of memories,” he said.

Kathy Slack of Stanwood recalls that she was on the school’s first girl’s basketball team, the Rockets. There was a lot of play time. “There are so few people there that everybody knows everybody,” she said. “You don’t really even have enough people to make cliques.” It was great to watch people sink back into old conversations, she said. “We had lots of fun.”

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