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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.
  • Monroe Montessori entrepreneurs donate pizza profits to Make-a-Wish

    Monroe Montessori School third-graders in Ann Kisela and Candi Reeves’ classrooms voted to donate their pizza business profits to the Washington/Alaska chapter of Make-a-Wish at the end of the school year.

  • Big leap for Take the Next Step

    Take the Next Step held its first major fundraiser since its founding more than a decade ago.

  • Sky Valley Food Bank gardeners look for next crop of volunteers

    The Sky Valley Food Bank garden's dozen core volunteers return each spring to grow 2,000 pounds of produce that end up in hundreds of local homes. Opening day was held mid-April this year, and harvesting will continue well into September. Volunteers provide nearly a half-year of hard labor.

  • Monroe grows annual Arbor Day celebration
    Monroe’s observance of Arbor Day this year signified new beginnings and recognition of the city’s deeply rooted history.
  • Walking on Index’s birthday
    Index residents came out for a walking tour to celebrate the town's 125th birthday on April 25. 
  • Thanks for opening help at garden
    Julia V. Morris Food Bank Garden administrator Jeannette Susor is thanking volunteers who came out for opening day on Saturday, April 14.
  • Healthy Kids Day growing up

    “It’s Healthy Kids Day no matter what city you are in,” said YMCA senior program director and Healthy Kids Day organizer Jamie Williams.
    Healthy Kids Day is a national event that connects families with services and builds relationships in the community, Williams said. It is free and open to anyone — not just members, she said.

  • Monroe High senior plans Run For M.S.
    Monroe High School senior Savannah Hastings is honoring those struggling with multiple sclerosis with a 5K benefit run next month.
  • School celebrating student diversity

    Delicate vibrant banners dipped where they hung from the ceiling, ushering hungry Gold Bar community members into the elementary school’s lunch room on Friday morning.

  • Monroe High sophomore raising funds to help Syrians
    Monroe High sophomore Aubrey Springer has been touched by the crisis in Syria, and since late 2016 she’s been raising funds to support the people impacted by violence and displacement.
  • Getting ready to play
    Dozens of Monroe Boys and Girls Clubs kids helped Mayor Geoffrey Thomas break ground at the site of the future Skykomish River Park playground. Behind them, soaked from the day’s steady rain, was the 25-year-old equipment that will be leveled and replaced by early summer.
  • Meeting veterans where they are

    Jerry Gadek brought the Snohomish County’s Veterans Assistance Program outreach program back to Monroe three months ago. For years it was held at the local WorkSource. It shut down a year and a half ago, after six months without a visitor, Gadek said.
    Then he got a welcomed invitation. 

  • Hopping into action for food bank
    A coalition of high school seniors is working to build a cache for the Sky Valley Food Bank during the slower season, with friendly competition as one motivating factor.
  • Organizations rallying opposition to annual aerial spraying of pesticides in the Sky Valley region
    Nearly two dozen residents from Gold Bar to Skagit County turned out last Tuesday to discuss concerns over the pesticide treatment of tree farms around communities along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor. Many said they were disheartened to hear how likely it is they have been unknowingly exposed to harmful chemicals.
  • Skykomish man reaches high station
    Kevin Weiderstrom is unshakable in his commitments. He believes in keeping history alive. He regularly pays for strangers’ dinners at restaurants anonymously.
  • YMCA, City of Monroe team up for free passes
    Monroe and Sky Valley Family YMCA doors are opening a little wider for Monroe residents who struggle to afford memberships.
  • An education in kindness
    Frank Wagner kindergartner Julisa Andrea Fraga Alcantar says she feels good when she is acting in a kind way. She was learning last week how being proactive about caring behaviors is so important, like getting to know others and doing nice things for friends.
  • Goodbye, Sister Barbara
    Known as Sister B, the longtime Monroe Police and Fire District 7 chaplain died on Sunday, Feb. 4. She was surrounded by friends and St. Mary of the Catholic Church parishioners — members of the flock she found among and outside her congregation in the more than four decades she called Monroe home.
  • VOA considering bringing Big Brothers Big Sisters program to Sky Valley
    Snohomish County branch executive director Pam Shields will be at the Crosswater Church in Sultan at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, for a meet-and-greet with the community, according to VOA executive director Calei Vaughn, who is coordinating with the nonprofit.
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