Big Easy and Flight Time trot into Everett

Avid reality TV watchers were excited about the start of a new season of “Amazing Race” Sunday night on CBS.

Those who watched last season probably enjoyed the antics of Harlem Globetrotter players Flight Time Lang and Big Easy Lofton who teamed up, but didn’t win, the $1 million prize.

Both will visit Everett on Saturday with the Globetrotters 2010 “Magical Memories” World Tour.

Both played college basketball in Louisiana and have been close friends for more than five years.

Whether or not reality fans will want to see stars of “Amazing Race” up close, there is extra excitement for the Sunday night program.

Star of last season’s “Big Brother 11,” dating couple Jordan Lloyd, a 22-year-old receptionist from North Carolina, and Jeff Schroeder, a 31-year-old advertising salesman from Illinois, are competing in “Amazing Race.”

Lloyd won $500,000 on “Big Brother.”

You have to watch all the shows, and be good with names, to keep up.

How nice that a church in Snohomish cares about the hard-of-hearing.

There is no reason to skip the Sunday service, just because folks can’t hear the preacher.

First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish offers real-time captioning at 10:30 a.m. the last Sunday of each month through May.

They church is located at 1306 Lake View Ave.

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Church secretary Liz Hanlon says they have a nimble-fingered typist who captures what is being said as it’s being said.

It’s just like closed-captioning on a TV screen.

“We have a member in the congregation who is hearing impaired who got it started,” Hanlon says. “We’re getting very positive feedback from our seniors who sometimes find it hard to hear all that is being said.”

We’ve heard of so many wonderful fundraisers for earthquake victims in Haiti.

One seemed particularly successful, and heartfelt.

Matt Kamps, principal of Everett Christian School, says seventh- and eighth-graders sold candy to the rest of the school to raise money for a class trip.

“Upon hearing of the earthquake and its devastation in Haiti, they decided to give all their earnings of one day of sales to Haiti relief work,” Kamps says. “I am so proud to announce that they made $975 on that day.”

The school only serves 76 students.

“Not only were the seventh- and eighth-graders creative in their generosity, the rest of the school gave what they could to help the people of Haiti. Our theme this year is, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ We encouraged the kids to put their treasure to use by giving to those in need, and they responded.”

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