Free turkey dinner in Sultan honors vets

Folks in Sultan care about veterans, and the needy.

A Veterans Day dinner is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sky Valley Eagles, 1112 E. Main St., Sultan.

Eat free turkey until the food is gone.

And neighbors in Sultan are pitching in to offer a Sultan harvest Thanksgiving dinner. A private donor gave 14 turkeys, 150 pounds of potatoes and all the carrots they need.

“We’re off to a good start,” said Dave Wood, director of Sky Valley Services, Volunteers of America Western Washington. “We still need four hams, fill-ins and desserts.”

They also need cash, hats, coats, blankets and gloves.

Drop off spots in Sultan for goods and money are at the Sky Valley Community Resource Center, 701 First St., or at the Visitor Information Center, 302 Main St. Dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving at Camp Volasuca, 617 First St., Sultan.

They still might need more turkeys, Wood says.

“My guess is there will be a larger need this year.”

If you happen to deliver too many foodstuffs, extras will go to the Sultan Food Bank and needy families at the Sultan Boys &Girls Club.

When folks eat as many Norwegian pancakes as they like in Lake Stevens, they’re helping a neighbor.

Breakfast is planned for 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE. All-you-can-eat Norwegian pancakes with strawberries, maple syrup, sliced ham and beverages cost $5. Children 3 and younger eat for free.

Money raised at the monthly breakfasts benefits the church youth group, worldwide catastrophes and folks close to home.

In September and October, they raised $5,200 to benefit Gary Cease and Kyle Bigham, who both have medical expenses.

Freshman Steven Statham had several reasons to be proud Monday at a Veterans Day assembly at Cascade High School in Everett.

He read his essay to the student body about the impact of the military on his life.

The youngest of five children, he had two grandfathers who retired from the U.S. Air Force as lieutenant colonels.

Steven’s brother, Kyle Gochnour, a 2001 graduate at Cascade, and his sister, Kristen Statham Foraker, a 2006 graduate of Cascade, are serving in the Army.

Kyle Gochnour just completed a one-year tour in Korea and is preparing for a tour in Iraq. Kristen Statham Foraker and her husband, Sgt. John Foraker, are serving in Baghdad.

Steven had the honor of introducing his brother at the assembly.

Fun fact: Pam Murray and Sherry Peterson organized a fundraiser Saturday at The Fireplace to raise money and collect goods for animal shelters.

There were fun activities and the main event was won by tavern customer Jennifer Case.

Did she play pool, beat everyone at darts or win at shuffleboard?


She won the coloring contest.

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