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Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Missy Maxon and her student Lennon Locking and his dad, Travis, look over the handmade gift cards he drew for Frank Wagner Elementary’s first art walk held Friday. Sept. 29.
Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Missy Maxon and her student Lennon Locking and his dad, Travis, look over the handmade gift cards he drew for Frank Wagner Elementary’s first art walk held Friday. Sept. 29.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 2:00 AM
The first — and likely not the last — Frank Wagner Art Walk was hosted in Monroe’s historic downtown corridor Friday evening. Almost every one of the students made a piece that was on display and for sale.
  • Sky Valley Community Watch Dogs aims to curb criminal activity by assisting law enforcement

    A group of Gold Bar residents have banded together to address crime they believe needs more management.
    Former Gold Bar City Councilmember Chris Wright is leading the newly formed Sky Valley Community Watch Dogs coalition. The first meeting was held at the tail end of December, and was in part a response to the search for registered sex offender Brett Card, who is linked to at least one of many recent burglaries that have been reported around town since November.

  • Sky Valley senior food delivery service ramping up

    The Sky Valley Volunteers of America and a handful of community partners are starting up a food delivery program for seniors and others in need.
    The local center’s director Calei Vaughn said essentially anyone who could benefit from the services will be fed. The first drop off is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15, but only a few people have signed up.

  • Startup Gym nears finish line
    Nearly a thousand volunteer hours went into restoring the rotted yet sturdy walls of the gym in 2017 alone, the unmistakable white building visible from U.S. Highway 2. The Sky Valley Arts Council has been leading the renovations that began nearly three years ago.
  • Getting better with age
    The East County Senior Center is retiring its old moniker as it approaches its 50th year of service in the Sky Valley. From now on, visitors will have to ask for directions to the Monroe Community Senior Center.
  • Filling space under the tree

    More than 100 children who may not have otherwise had presents to open Christmas morning were guaranteed to find gifts under their tree only an hour into this year’s Sky Valley Food Bank toy drive.

  • Boys and Girls Club gym open for play
    Nearly seven years to the day the original building was leveled, Sultan celebrated the completion of the community’s new gym at the Boys and Girls Club last Wednesday. Despite its rural address, the replacement project received support and attention from federal officials.
  • Festival at the Fields
    Sky Valley community members met in near-winter weather to support local nonprofits and a struggling friend at a rain-soaked family farm on Friday.
  • Boeing gives Sky Valley Food Bank a lift

    Kevin Hanford stood outside the doors of the Sky Valley Food Bank on Thursday.
    This time he wasn’t in line.

  • Santa gets Christmas back up

    Sky Valley parents received an unexpected phone call from the Monroe Police Department earlier this month.
    They were asked to report to Walmart with their child and team up with local law enforcement officers, who needed to positively identify up to $150 in gifts for families to take home for the holidays. 

  • Years of service come to end
    A cluster of Fire District 7 commissioners said their goodbyes earlier this month.
  • Sultan Block Watch coming back

    Sultan’s block watch is expected to be up and running again in the near future.
    The Sultan Police Department and the City of Sultan are collaborating to revive the local program.

  • Sweet returns

    Despite her reservations, Kathryne Paz’s friends are aiding the habitual helper in her own time of need.
    They are asking the community for donations to ensure the doors to Galaxy Chocolates stay open and the chocolatier can keep at her passion

  • Monroe Police ID holiday tradition

    The Monroe Police Department added many new names to its gift list this season.
    Nearly half a dozen off-duty officers in their full uniforms, and with some family in tow, trucked boxes full of presents and a check for $1,000 to the Seattle Children’s Hospital on Friday. The officers were assisted by their spouses; Officer Devin Tucker and his wife Sarah headed the efforts.

  • Dictionaries giving students right words
    Thousands of students have received the thick paperbacks since the Words for Thirds program was established locally 13 years ago. Volunteers visited five elementary schools and passed out dictionaries last week.
  • The life of Murray Gudmundson

    If you knew Murray Gudmundson, you knew his smile, and many, many people knew Murray.
    Friday’s celebration of life for the Monroe man drew close to 900 friends and family from throughout the country to the Cascade Community Church. The sanctuary aisles were filled and doorways brimming with onlookers.

  • Light Up Monroe shines again
    Downtown Monroe was lit up with the beams from thousands of tiny, vibrant bulbs, the sounds of carolers and holiday cheers shortly after sunset Sunday.
  • Sultan Harvest fills up with community

    Dorothy Morris has long sat back to let someone else do the holiday cooking.
    This year, the 93-year-old lifelong Sultan resident was one of hundreds who gathered to feast at Sultan High School on Thanksgiving. Volunteers spent the day, and day before, preparing huge hams, tremendous turkeys, bunches of green beans, piles of potatoes and more for the community members who came to give thanks at Sultan Harvest.

  • Police and Fire Week a community response
    Monroe Family YMCA executive director and City Councilmember Patsy Cudaback told herself she wouldn’t cry when it was her time to thank the community’s first responders during the annual Monroe Police and Fire Week luncheon at St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church on Friday.
  • Veterans make film debut
    Park Place Middle School students took a creative approach to honor the community’s veterans this year.
  • Veterans Day banner hangs high
    Main Street in Monroe will have a new fixture put up each year to thank those who served in the military.
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