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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:11 AM
As the weather gets colder, it can be harder to motivate kids to step away from their computers and devices and get off the couch.
  • Sky Valley in miniature

    Bonnie Hollingsworth’s historical replicas are scattered throughout the Sky Valley. Myriad hours and personal sentiments were poured into each model.
    The current Camano Island resident and Skykomish Historical Society charter member first tackled the craft in 2009. She started out with a reproduction of Skykomish’s original 1902 schoolhouse that was demolished in 1936. 

  • Coast Guard cadets ready to serve
    Two Monroe-area cadets are moving up through the ranks at the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.
  • Making the cut

    Butchering a rabbit or pig reared from birth is not for the faint-hearted. Some admit the aversion never wears off.
    Many say giving the animal a relatively stress-free life, knowing what your meal ate and that the creature died with dignity is worth braving the gore. They employ a range of methods for the care and keeping of their main or supplemental protein source.

  • Finding bliss in helping many
    Since 2000, John Worthy has been an active contributor to life in Sky Valley. For many folks he needs no introduction. In John’s early career, he taught special needs students in Seattle before launching his business as a contractor. Even then, he took his two daughters along to sing with him at nursing homes. Singing, cooking and giving are his passions.
  • Seattle Brain Cancer Walk hits 10-year mark
    Seattle Brain Cancer Walk cofounder Kim Hogle wanted the money to stay in Seattle. The Monroe resident felt the thousands of patients who live in the region could use the dollars raised through an annual community event. Perhaps more importantly, they needed the aid of a broader support network.
  • Colors of a happy heart
    When you think of colored pencils, what comes to mind? Whatever you imagine, your perception will most likely change once you have seen the fabulous colored pencil art by Rhonda Dicksion. Fortunately, many of her paintings are on gallery display until the end of April at the Sky River Bakery, 117 1/2 W. Main St. in Monroe.
  • Family, friends remember man lost in Gold Bar fire

    Richard Olson’s family and friends believed his cause of death would have been from the colon cancer he was diagnosed with nearly four years ago.
    The call Paul Olson, 44, received was that his father died in a house fire. Richard Olson, 68, was likely too weak to walk out. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office found no signs of suspicious activity.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Kool
    Meet Ken and Lora Perrine of Kool Change Printing in Monroe. Since opening their doors in 1992, just about every organization in town has benefited from their expertise and generosity.
  • Snohomohish High sophomore serves as WA Senate page

    Snohomish High School sophomore SusAnna Kerns spent the first week in March helping 39th District Sen. Kirk Pearson keep things in order in Olympia.

     
  • Best kept secret in the Sky Valley
    Since taking the post of Sno-Isle Libraries Monroe branch managing librarian nearly three years ago, Phil Spirito’s mission has been to change that situation.
  • Village Voices ages skill, not spirit

    On a slightly cloudy Wednesday morning last week, East County Senior Center visitors were met with the rolling melodies sung by an unseen live choir.
    Members of the Village Voices, many of whom have been singing together for nearly 15 years, were in the corner of the cafeteria, moving through tunes during their weekly practice session.

  • Homesteading social media

    Women throughout the Sky Valley have found a new social forum where they can share their experiences with homesteading and help each other grow.
    Six months ago, Shirel Smith decided to create the Homesteading Women of Monroe, Washington Facebook group. Around 120 members have since joined, sharing frustrations, experiences, and resources, and asking questions in a safe space.

  • Wise woman of Sky Valley
    Do you have peppermint, sage, parsley or catnip growing in your garden or a pot on the porch? Is there an aloe plant on your windowsill? Are there raspberries, nettles, dandelions in your yard? Besides spicing up a stew or salad, have you wondered about the medicinal benefits these plants have to offer?
  • Couple growing farm share plans

    Chelsea and Cody Johansen want to find out how to feed their family and the Sky Valley local, healthy food.
    Together with their three children they raise chickens, goats and turkeys, and grow a variety of produce, which they sold last year at a farmers market and through Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. This year, they are tinkering with their system.

  • Law & performer
    “Theater is life, movies are art, TV is furniture,” says Terry Simon, musician, singer, composer, and playwright. “Experiencing entertainment live is so much more rewarding than from any other source.”
  • Ban lifts, fishing back on
    By Friday morning anglers were already on the banks of the Wallace River at one of two hotspots closed since Dec. 30 to hatchery winter steelhead fishing.
  • Low steelhead returns cause fishing closures

    Adult winter steelhead returns have dipped too low, forcing fishing closures at two hotspots on the Wallace and Skykomish rivers.
    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued the rule change for Dec. 30 through Feb. 15 to include all species, according to a WDFW news release. 

  • Director always checking up on community
    Connie Wittren loves helping people to do good things, and health care is her passion. As the director of the EvergreenHealth Monroe Foundation, she is in a position to do both.
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