Dave and Dar New, who have a 165-acre tree farm near Arlington, are in the running to win a national award.
They have been named the western Regional Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System.
The News are now up against three other finalists to become nationally recognized for the same title.
The family are third-generation owners of the Nourse Tree Farm. It’s been in the family for 76 years.
Back in 2004, Dar New’s uncle who had owned the property passed away and left it to 10 people. Dar and one other are the only two who wanted to keep it, so it was put up for sale.
A developer purchased the land, but that deal fell through during the great recession. In 2010, the News purchased the land, joined clubs and started to learn about forestry.
EdCC students to receive more than $345,000 in scholarships
Edmonds Community College students are expected to receive $345,800 in scholarships before the end of the 2019-20 school year.
The money comes from the Edmonds Community College Foundation.
Ethan Chan and Violet Velazquez are two of 222 students who have been awarded grants so far.
Chan began to work as a waiter after high school to help support his family. He decided there wasn’t enough room for growth in that position, and chose to enroll at the college. He’s studying business with an interest in management.
“As a person coming from a family of immigrants, I am in awe of how publicly funded institutions are willing to support and strengthen their community through scholarships,” he said.
Velazquez had been accepted to multiple universities by the time she graduated high school. She couldn’t afford tuition even with scholarships, and joined the Navy reserves to supplement the cost.
It still wasn’t enough. She took on two more jobs.
“I couldn’t keep up with that pace for very long,” she said.
Velazquez stopped going to school for a while, but has since returned. She’s now pursuing an associate degree in biology and plans to transfer next year to the University of Washington to study environmental science.
Up to 300 students will win scholarships through the end of the school year. Grants range from $500 to $4,500.
Mukilteo Historical Society names Pioneer of the Year
Dan Hammer has been named the Mukilteo Historical Society Pioneer of the Year. His family has been in the area for 113 years.
Back in 1906, his great grandparents settled in Mukilteo with their children. About 20 years later, his mother, Jane Saponaro was born. She eventually married Ray Hammer.
Dan Hammer was born in 1947. During the 1950s, his father built their family home at Tenth Street and Loveland Avenue.
Dan Hammer went to Fairmount and Rosehill elementary schools, Olympic View Junior High and then Cascade High School, graduating in 1966. He and his wife Mary Ann Kingsolver were married four years later and raised two sons.
Dan Hammer served on the Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District Board of Directors for more than four decades.
The historical society honored him during its Thursday night meeting.