Local Girls on the Run leader joins committee on inclusion

Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, will serve on the organizations national IDEA Commission. (Girls on the Run of Snohomish County)

Nonprofit executive appointed to national equity commission

The executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, Megan Wolfe, was selected to serve on the organization’s IDEA Commission in support of inclusion, diversity, equity and access across the national nonprofit.

Girls on the Run is an international group strengthening the social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills of third- to eighth-grade girls to aid in successfully navigating life experiences.

Wolfe formed Snohomish County’s Girls on the Run chapter in 2015. The group has served 1,700 girls since its formation through programs at local schools.

Marysville, Arlington announces winners in Amazon Catalyst contest

Two cities were awarded for innovation in their communities as part of the Amazon Catalyst competition, an initiative encouraging people to invent solutions to real-world problems.

Justin Garcia and John Huenfeld are the top finishers in Marysville’s contest. They were recognized for their proposals for streamlining manufacturing, the theme of Marysville’s event.

Garcia’s winning idea was a mobile concrete 3D printer that uniformly adds liquefied matter on top of solids, while Huenfeld envisioned silent, low-wind urban windmills. The contestants will receive a cash prize from Amazon to further develop their ideas.

Marysville Mayor John Nehring also recognized Kayla Brunner, a Marysville resident who submitted a winning idea for Healthcare in Everett’s Amazon Catalyst competition.

“It seems to me that the timing for this competition — asking for innovative ideas about how to streamline manufacturing and improve business processes — could not have been better,” Nehring said.

Arlington’s theme of clean technology drew winning designs from Baha Abulnaga for a plastic and metal thermal recycling unit. Bothell resident Scott Greeley placed second with his plan for gravity-pressurized distillation and Laura Denovan was third with her idea for an app listing the to-go packaging used by local restaurants.

“As we experience economic growth, we recognize the importance of preserving our rich natural environment,” said Barb Tolbert, mayor of Arlington. “We encourage the incorporation of new technologies which will both protect our environment and build in cost efficiencies for the businesses.”

Tulalip Resort Casino wins award for accommodations

Based on a year of reviews on Tripadvisor, the Tulalip Resort Casino was recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for its amenities.

Winners consistently received positive travel feedback and are in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the world.

“We are proud to be recognized by our guests as a leader in the industry with the 2020 Travelers’ Choice award,” said Troy Longwith, vice president of hotel operations. “Tulalip Resort Casino always strives to give guests an exceptional dining, gaming, entertainment, and hospitality experience, and this award is a testament to our team’s hard work in achieving that goal.”

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