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Getchell grad honored for volunteer work

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently honored Marysville Getchell High School graduate Brendon Krall as the city’s June Volunteer of the Month for Krall’s hours of community service to numerous local organizations.

“Brendon is that rare young adult who has a strong sense of direction to succeed in life personally, but to do it in a way that also helps those most in need in our society,” Nehring said.

Granite Falls museum receives high honors

The Granite Falls Historical Museum is one of two museums in Washington state to receive a 2013 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (the other museum is the well-known Museum of History and Industry in Seattle).

The museum was honored for its innovative use of technology, including digital mapping that allows users to overlay various maps, cybertours on mobile devices and more. The museum’s work was replicated by other local museums.

The “technology journey” was made possible in part by grants from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, along with countless hours of skilled labor from students of Granite Falls High School.

The museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment at 109 E. Union St. Learn more at

Terrace man honored for rescue of kayaker

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson presented a Life Saving Award to Jon Pulling, who rescued a kayaker from Lake Ballinger on May 17. The presentation was made at City Council’s July 1 meeting.

Pulling was out on the lake after a day of fishing with friends when he saw a kayaker in trouble, the chief said. Pulling helped the man keep his head above water until firefighters arrived and took the man ashore. Snohomish County Fire District 1 paramedics transported the kayaker to a hospital.

The Life Saving Award is given for immediate actions that save a human life under unusual or extraordinary circumstances.

Everett Transit donates retired para vans

Everett Transit has selected two recipients for Vantastic!, a vehicle donation program. The program allows for vehicles that are being retired from Everett Transit to be donated to local nonprofit organizations that will use them to serve the community.

Faith Lutheran Church and Sunrise Services will each receive a retired Everett Para Transit van, equipped with a lift, two wheelchair stations and seating for up to 11 adults. An application process was used to select the two agencies.

Bothell pastor steps down from ministry

Dr. Darrell Countryman recently stepped down from his position as pastor of Canyon Hills Community Church’s “Young at Heart” senior group in Bothell. Under his leadership, the senior group grew from just a few people to around 100 members.

Countryman moved to Lynnwood with his family in 1969 and started Faith Baptist Church, where he served until moving into counseling and opening Lynnwood Counseling Center in 1979, where he worked until retiring in 1992.

Last year, he published his first book of poems, “Warm Fires.” Countryman, who turns 85 this year, celebrates 50 years in the ministry. He and Marion, his wife of 61 years, have two children, Sharene and Dana, who live in the area along with their families.

Clinic Foundation donation provides beds

St. Vincent de Paul, North Sound Council, recently received a donation of $5,000 from The Everett Clinic Foundation for its Beds for Children Program. These funds will purchase beds for children who are otherwise sleeping on the floor in their homes.

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