EdCC alumna among show’s design winners

A team that included Edmonds Community College horticulture alumna Lisa Bauer was awarded the Founders Cup (best in show) and a gold medal for its display garden at the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

The display garden, “Over the Moon,” boasted large conifers and white birches framing a classic Scandinavian garden pavilion. The plant palette was white with accents of yellow, apricot, orange and maroon, with blue and dark green foliage. Plants and built structures were shaped like the moon.

The winning team also included Susie Thompson of Susie Landscape Designs and Katie Weber of Katie Weber Landscape Design. All three women are members of the Association of Professional Landscape and Designers, Washington chapter.

“This was my second year in the show. I knew what we wanted to achieve this year,” Bauer said. Bauer has been owner of Chartreuse Landscape and Design since 2009.

“Playing with color is such an important part of my world,” Bauer said. “It is the anecdote to the seasonal climate environment.”

‘Trash mob’ cleans up EvCC neighborhood

A group of Everett Community College students in a communications class decided to organize a “trash mob” to clean up the neighborhood around the campus as part of a community service project. The six students — Chantele Machado, Kain Jungquist, Larry Rosario, Morgan Lajoie, Taylor Pesce and Preston Merkel — dubbed themselves the “Trashbashers” and got to work.

On Feb. 26, 25 volunteers put on gloves, grabbed garbage bags, broke into groups and picked up litter in an area of roughly eight blocks by five blocks.

The EvCC campus adjoins the residential Northwest Neighborhood of Everett. “There had been some complaints about how students park there and a lot of garbage can get built up,” Machado wrote. Some residents came out to thank the students, she said.

Veteran police sergeant to retire

Sgt. Mark Marsh is retiring from the Edmonds Police Department after 37 years in law enforcement, 34 of them spent at Edmonds. Marsh most recently served as the force’s public information officer. He also served as a patrol officer, motorcycle officer and detective before being promoted to sergeant in 1992. Marsh was an original member of the SWAT team and headed the Street Crimes team. Among his many honors is the department’s Medal of Valor.

Marsh’s last day is March 15.

Starbucks and Safeway contributed snacks to the volunteers.

Volunteer added to hospital’s Wall of Fame

Cascade Valley Hospital awarded longtime employee and volunteer Connie DiGregorio a spot on its Wall of Fame. DiGregorio was recognized for her volunteer work on multiple bond campaigns. She served as campaign coordinator from 1981 to 1984, promoting a bond measure that paid for the patient care building that opened in 1987. She also headed the 2007 campaign to build an emergency room expansion. The $45 million measure won nearly 72 percent of the vote.

DiGregorio shares the Wall of Fame with influential local doctors and hospital commissioners.

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