Camano Island community made Soap Box Derby track possible

These past weeks, I have been repeatedly reminded of why my wife, Marla, and I chose to make the Stanwood-Camano community our home. During our recent efforts to raise funds and construct the new Soap Box Derby Headquarters and Track at our Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, we were greeted time and again with support, encouragement, and excitement. Due to this, we were able to complete the track on budget and on time for last month’s annual Windermere Soap Box Derby event with great success and fanfare.

More than 70 kids from across the state of Washington came out to race in this year’s derby, two of which get to advance to the World Championships in Akron, Ohio, later this summer. Our hope with this event is to provide a positive atmosphere for molding childhood memories. Further, we’re putting our stamp on the map as a community that revolves around its people; a place where businesses and families can thrive with mutual support.

I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has and continues to contribute to this great event. The participating families, volunteers, donors, and spectators all helped make this year’s derby the greatest yet. Hats off to you all!

Randy Heagle

Camano Island

Talk to us

More in Opinion

August 14, 2022: Closing In
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Aug. 13

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Melinda Parke sits inside her Days Inn motel room as her son, Elijah, sleeps on his chair behind her Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Editorial: Purchase of hotel as shelter can be effective tool

The county’s investment of federal aid will serve those who need shelter and supportive services.

Forum: Must expressing ‘freedoms’ infringe on those of others?

Loudmouth louts with louder music spoiled a family camping weekend. A polite request made it worse.

Fern Calderwood (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Forum: Job shadow of Herald staff helped confirm career choice

I’ve always enjoyed writing, especially gathering facts. A summer internship provided clarity.

Harrop: ‘Liberal’ media keeps dropping its big ‘but’ in good news

Reporting good news on gas prices or jobs? Be sure to spoil the party with contradictory claims.

Comment: Climate deal significant, but it won’t hit 2030 target

Reducing carbon emissions by half of their 2005 levels will require more expensive solutions.

Comment: What it took for Democrats to pass the climate bill

With much stacked against it, it took leadership and some short-term rewards for long-term goals.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Aug. 12

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Schwab: Dare we compare recent news on Trump, Biden?

Biden counts successive successes in Congress and elsewhere. So what did the week hold for Trump & Co.?

Most Read