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Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Snohomish County collected nearly 1,400 pounds of peanut butter during a recent drive coordinated by the Snohomish County Central Labor Council and Snohomish County United Way.

The Machinists were the top contributors of peanut butter to the Snohomish County effort, collecting more than a quarter of all the peanut butter gathered by unions countywide. It has all been donated to Volunteers of America’s Everett food bank.

Among the contributors were IAM 751 Union Steward Paul Richards and his second-shift co-workers on Boeing’s 777 program in Everett, who contributed more than 500 individual jars of peanut butter.

Intern works her way up to job at consignment store

ReNewWorks Home and Decor Store has hired Kim Culley, an intern who completed a 13-week internship at the consignment store, as a part-time permanent employee.

ReNewWorks was created by HopeWorks Social Enterprises, a Housing Hope affiliate. HopeWorks helps low-income Snohomish County residents who have maintained stable housing achieve self-sufficiency through social enterprises that provide training and pathways to living wage jobs. ReNewWorks trains hard-working individuals in customer service, retail and online marketing and soft skills such as team work, time management and attention to detail. Culley is the fourth intern to graduate from the ReNewWorks training program.

“There was no hesitation in considering her for a position when we got an opening,” store manager Eric Huenefeld said.

A previous graduate now works at Staples, where she was recently named Employee of the Month.

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Rotary awards $10K

The Rotary Club of Arlington donated $10,000 in college scholarships to three graduating seniors from Arlington, Darrington and Lakewood high schools. Students selected demonstrate excellence in academics, as well as community service.

Tayler Hoftell is the graduating valedictorian from Darrington High School. She plans to study biochemistry at the University of Washington. She was awarded $5,000.

Jared Huff is graduating from Arlington High School. He plans to study business at Seattle Pacific University. He received $2,500.

Summer Ahrns, a full-time Running Start student graduating from Lakewood High School, plans to study early childhood education at Western Washington University. She received $2,500.

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New police officers in Arlington

Arlington Police swore in its newest police officers on June 1.

Officer Justin Olson graduated the week prior from the Criminal Justice Training Center Academy, where he was chosen as one of the squad leaders for his class. He is now field training with experienced Arlington officers. Olson, from Portland, previously served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.

Arlington’s newest narcotics detective also was “sworn in”: Canine partner Oso, a 2-year-old German shepherd. Officer Seth Kinney and Oso underwent a 200-hour training and certification process in March.

Local volunteers honored by governor

The annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards were given out April 21, Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day, at the executive mansion in Olympia. The volunteers were nominated by AmeriCorps and Senior Corps national service programs, and Citizen Corps and volunteer centers from across the state. Three Everett residents were among the 2015 recipients: Jarrod Dibble, Anne Peterson and Jacklyn “Jackie” Rae.

Zonta elects officers

The Zonta Club of Everett recently installed its new officers and board of directors for the 2015-16 year: Dr. Suzanne Poppema, president; Linda Lepak, vice president and president-elect; Carol Janowicz, secretary; Karen Fugate, treasurer; and directors Carrie Blair, Jeanne Judd, Luanne Kunz and Judy Gish.

The Zonta Club of Everett is a group of professionals focused on empowering women through service and advocacy. For more information visit

Credit Union awards scholarships

NW Plus Credit Union offers scholarships to members who are pursuing a higher education regardless of age or need. Recipients of its 2015 scholarships include:

$2,000 to Dana Arenz of Marysville (medicine)

$2,000 to Sarah Kaye of Lake Stevens (aerospace engineering)

$1,000 to Jeriah Bankson of Stanwood (astrophysics)

$750 to Danielle Fortin of Stanwood (molecular biology)

$500 to Caitlin Lingrey of Camano Island (forensic science)

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