Rotary club helps kids shop for gifts

The South Everett Mukilteo Rotary Club helped 51 children from Housing Hope do their Christmas shopping on Dec. 6 at Kmart in Everett.

Each child received a $40 gift card in the project called Kmart for Kids. With the help of the Rotary members, the children chose gifts for parents, siblings and other family members. The children and volunteers wrapped the gifts and the children met Santa and received a gift.

“This was the largest group of children and Rotarians we’ve had for Kmart for Kids and it makes us proud to be able to help so many during this tough economy,” said Gigi Burke, Rotary coordinator said.

Glenwood students donate to food bank

Glenwood Elementary School students collected more than 2,000 food items for the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank during their annual food drive.

Mary Tait’s fourth-grade class donated the most food at 505 items and won a pizza party.

Pam Damon’s third-grade class collected 294 items, Rebekah Fox’s kindergarten class collected 151 items, Holly Hare’s second-grade class collected 101 items, Mary Beth Kurtenbach’s fifth-grade class collected 136 items and Reiko Tarver’s first-grade class collected 196 items.

These classes brought in the most food for their grade levels.


Marysville JROTC performs drills

Candy Thoreson, vice regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution and prospective member Megan Kerr attended the Marysville-Pilchuck High School JROTC pass-in-review on Dec. 1 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

During the event, commanding officer of Tomahawk Co. Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Deal led the cadets in their drills.

Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander of the NW Navy Region, Everett, was in charge of the inspection and spoke to everyone about the enthusiasm, integrity and training of the cadets.

Capt. Daniel Wenceslao, JROTC Area 13 manager, also spoke and the ROTC band performed the national anthem.

Foundation gives scholarships

The Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation recently awarded scholarships to middle and high school musicians and to adults returning to their studies.

Students Madeline Henry, Daniel Reber, and Bailey Collins received scholarships in memory of Jon L. Metzger. Abigael Addis received the Laurie Z. Memorial Scholarship and Bryce Atilano was awarded the Bruce Kollmar Memorial Scholarship.

Adult scholarships were awarded to Sue Morrison who received the Hallie Price Visual Arts Scholarship; Patricia Resseguie who received the Renee Marquette Memorial Scholarship; Erin Walrath and Ganelle Hansen who received Gladys Heintz Memorial Scholarships; Sherri Day who received the Delores Jones and Stanwood Democrats scholarship and Derek Sudweeks and Ashleigh Milton who received Kathy Peebler Caregiver scholarships.

The Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation is entering its 50th year of awarding scholarships and community grants.

Marysville worker honored by builders

Marysville community development director Gloria Hirashima was recently a Public Employee of the Year award by the the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and the Puget Sound Section, Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The joint award program was created to honor public employees who best exemplify the spirit of seeking meaningful solutions to the challenges presented by growth while maintaining responsible environmental stewardship.

Hirashima was named a Public Employee of the Year for her leadership during a period of significant growth for the city of Marysville. She oversaw the annexation that saw Marysville grow from 37,000 to 57,000 residents.

Donna Dierck honored for service

Past Great Pocahontas Donna Dierck was recently honored for 50 years of membership with the Tulalip Council 11 Degree of Pocahontas.

Dierck received her 50-year pin and certificate at a meeting on Nov. 12 from the Great Pocahontas for the Reservation of Washington, Rosemary Stallings.

County honored for preserving heritage

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced Snohomish County as one of six counties receiving the organization’s fifth annual Landmark Deeds Award for Public Service on Dec. 8.

The awards are presented annually to public figures demonstrating leadership on issues related to preserving and retaining Washington’s built heritage.

This year, the Washington Trust veered away from the tradition of honoring individuals by honoring county governments across the state that are actively supporting historic preservation and programming through direct grants.

The county council established a competitive grant process to distribute funds for historical programming. In its inaugural round, Snohomish County provided $40,000 to seven projects, including historic district walking tours, collections storage, archival labs, and the mapping projects.

“Historic preservation has always been a top priority for me,” said Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan. “Now, we are one step closer to saving the many historic and cultural resources worthy of preservation in Snohomish County.”

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