‘Monster’ cabbage serves many at Gospel Mission

There was coleslaw galore at the Everett Gospel Mission after Kaitlyn Hauser recently delivered her harvest.

The fourth-grader at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett received a cabbage start before school ended in June.

Her grandfather, Ron Collins, says he asked if she wanted to plant it in his Everett garden.

She did.

“We never realized what would happen,” Collins said. “She dug the hole, put in some fertilizer and put the plant into the ground.”

Stand back.

Collins needed to make more room for other plants as it grew. Its leaves spread 4 to 5 feet wide and blocked eggplant and tomato plants.

“What she got was a cabbage of 11 pounds and a circumference of 31 inches,” he says. “Truly a monster.”

He was very proud when Kaitlyn delivered the cabbage to the mission.

“I hope others will learn from this generosity and also help.”

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Workers at Mike’s Roofing knew the nice feeling of helping a neighbor. A year ago, employees of the Snohomish company built a roof for a gentleman with cancer.

When they heard that folks who lived in Lebam, between Chehalis and Raymond, were building a community church with volunteer labor, they loaded ladders and drove south.

“We jumped at the opportunity to help,” said project manager Pat Coaker. “We like to give when we can.”

The town, with less than 200 residents, used to be named Half Moon Creek.

Later, someone renamed the town after their daughter, Mabel.

Lebam — that’s Mabel spelled backward.

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Buy a ticket and drive off in style.

Someone will win a fully restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air that will be on view at the Evergreen State Fair Aug. 27 through Sept. 7 in Monroe.

It’s a raffle by Everett Port Gardner Rotary Club.

“The car will be at the fair every day,” says Scott Eastham with the Rotary club.

They purchased the classic at a car show in Puyallup.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to scholarships, international projects, homeless shelters and others in need.

Start planning your outfits to match a red and white two-door hardtop.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, oharran@heraldnet.com.

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