Need more snow? Ski cross country with Mountaineers

Does the snow in these parts make you want to see more snow?

If you are that sort of a looney bird, here is an idea that might sound appealing: Everett Mountaineers are gearing up for January classes and outings.

For more information, visit or call 360-387-4605.

Member Phyllis Nelson grew up in California. She learned to downhill ski at age 12 and she says she still loves to rip down hills.

“I know that I’ve been thinking snow for a number of weeks,” Nelson says. “Snow has always been magical for me. Learning to cross-country ski with the Everett Mountaineers 14 years ago opened up a whole new world to me. I love the closeness with nature and the quietness of it. It’s also a darn good workout.”

She says this snow is getting folks in the mood for some snow fun.

I don’t believe a word of it.

Cascade Federal Credit Union in Everett won’t charge customers certain fees this month.

Such a deal.

Wanting to do something positive in these challenging economic times, says Julie McCallister, vice president of operations, the credit union won’t charge members for nonsufficient funds (NSF) checks and overdraft items.

“December is financially the most difficult month for tight household budgets, and December historically sees the highest volume of NSF checks,” she says.

In the first week of January, Cascade will send a letter to members about how much money they saved.

“If the check is covered through overdraft protection, it would have most likely been covered to begin with,” says McCallister. “Our ‘no fee holiday’ saves them the fee that would have been charged on the credit union end.”

But if a check is returned, customers still face the wrath of merchants.

“We don’t believe people will go hog wild,” she says.

Icy weather was “frightful” says Joyce Altaras, president of Lake Stickney Conservancy, but they had a great idea for sales in their south Everett neighborhood.

They recently offered a bake sale to raise money to preserve the environment and habitat of the lake and its surrounding wetlands.

Few folks were able to get to the event, so they implemented Plan B.

“At 11:30 a.m. we sent a hail Mary pass to get customers,” she said. “And it worked to drum up business.”

They sent out an e-mail, announcing they were taking phone orders, and delivering the goodies.

“You’ve got to be creative in this environment,” Altaras says. “We almost sold out. It was remarkable. We made $750, which was 25 percent less than last year, but we marked our stuff a little less expensive this year.”

She says the best cookie was “Russian tea cakes with walnuts” made by Jill Hamilton.

“They melted in your mouth,” Altaras says. “They tasted better than any I’ve ever had at any wedding.”

Second place, in her mouth, was double-dipped fudge by Kathleen Coake.

On Nov. 24, I wrote about treasures found by Johnny Wickerling in a house in Everett. In a garage hidey-hole, he found old family pictures, jewelry, coins and scrapbooks.

He found a certificate for Paula Meyer, from 1932, which was the clue that solved the mystery, when folks read my column.

Members of the Meyer family were united with Wickerling and they are receiving their family mementoes, he says.

Wickerling says he is thrilled the goods are going home.

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