I saw Susie Hollenbeck the other night. She is still fighting the fight. These particular sessions are extra tough. We hope that everyone is still fighting the fight with her. We have to see her through!
We attended the Annual Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration last weekend. It was really nice! No one spoke too long and the video, developed by Elizabeth Emmons, was spectacular as usual. All of those who were honored for all of their volunteer hours dedicated to serving this community really did deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Congratulations to all! Thank you to Dave and Jennifer Moon for the technical support. We could easily get spoiled by them.
Sutlan’s city administrator, Ken Walker, has been instrumental in designing and obtaining our new community and business promotion sign. It will be located on U.S. 2. If you are interested in reserving a spot featuring your business it will cost $100 a year. If you do want to reserve a spot on the sign or need further information, you can call 360-793-2241, which is City Hall, then ask for Ken Walker.
If you haven’t seen a rendition of the sign, I believe that you would be very pleasantly surprised. Actually, there will be two signs, one for each end of town. They will be 14 feet high and will have 12 spaces on each sign on which you can feature your business; those spaces will measure 2×5 feet each. There will also be a space for community affairs; this will measure 3×10 feet and will change with each event. It was purchased with a $10,500 grant from the Snohomish County Department of Tourism and Economic Development. Hooray for Ken Walker and Donna Murphy for getting the grant and sign!
Bob Martin, who is Sultan Director of Community Development, very proudly presented the new zoning code directory to the City Council for review and approval at the last City Council meeting. The Council will be busy with that one; it’s big! The Planning Board is responsible for developing it.
There are only five members on the Planning Board. I can’t even imagine the dedication and hard tedious work it took to do this job, line by line, word by word. Thank you to all of them, and to Bob Martin.
Sometime when you are up at City Hall, ask someone if they will show Bob Martin’s office to you. You will see shelf after shelf of ledgers, all having to do with federal, state, county and city rules and regulations dealing with every little thing concerning the day-to-day operation of this city. It is up to Bob and the Planning Board to keep up with all of the revisions, updates and changes that come along, and record them all in an orderly fashion, subject to inspection by everyone from the council to the staff, the county, state regulators and federal auditors.
Arlene Gibson from Horses Healing Heroes needs your help moving some small cabins from the Volunteers of America property to her property where she is operating her non-profit organization dedicated to helping out military personnel who have come home wounded in one way or another. She has been given until March 15 to get those cabins moved or else be charged a penalty.
If you have anything from a hammer to a chainsaw, a crowbar to a truck, as well as a little time, she needs your help. Please call 425-346-7322 and please leave a message. If she is out working at the time, she will call you back.
Don’t forget the pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 1. It is all of the pancakes you can eat, plus eggs, sausage or ham, French toast and biscuits and gravy, along with great company. They wash the dishes, all for only $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers. The breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Juice and coffee are also included.
Well, we did it again! We were able to talk to one of the nicest people ever! His name is Greg Hovander, RPH, NMT, and he is a Clinical Medicine Therapist. He owns and operates the Sultan Pharmacy, which is located on U.S. 2 by the Sky Valley Family Medicine Clinic.
Greg spent his younger days in Seattle and was active in the Boy Scouts, which influenced his life greatly. It was during the camping trips that the Scouts are known for that his scout leader started introducing the troop to the many healthy herbs and edible plants that grow naturally in Washington. Greg obviously took to this like a fish to water, and feels very comfortable picking dandelion blossoms and violets for his salads. He is well known for his tours and lessons on gathering wild mushrooms. I hear tell that he ends his tour by cooking up a whole bunch of his delicious mushrooms for everyone to sample.
Greg went to the U.W. for his degree in Pharmacy. During his time there, he was able to conduct experiments on mushrooms to find out how they converted nutrients into toxins through radioactive ingredients. He found this to be very exciting because the side effects of some mushrooms was just becoming known during the great L.S.D. and other hallucinogen movement. Greg and the professors at the U.W. all were able to learn a great deal about the nature of mushrooms with those experiments.
After graduation, Greg volunteered one year with V.I.S.T.A. It was during the training that Greg met his wife-to-be, Barbara. After his year with V.I.S.T.A., Greg went to work in the Yakima Valley, and then in 1981, moved to Monroe where he was able to design and build a new pharmacy in the new medical clinic. He named it Valley View Clinical Pharmacists Pharmacy.
It was in September in 1995 that Greg opened the Sultan Pharmacy. His son, Curtis, now works there as a pharmacist tech. His daughter, Elisa, on the other hand, lives in Washington, D.C. and works not far from the U.S. Capitol. After earning her Ph.D. she now is a Professor in Economics at George Washington University.
Greg’s goals are to continue to be of service to the people of the valley and to finish his book, “Wild in Washington: The Palatable and Not So Palatable Plants One Can Eat More Than Once.” He does not have it in print yet.
Congratulations to Mickael Green, grandson of Tom and Dolly Green. At the age of 14 years, has earned his Eagle in Scouting. He will be honored March 16. Can you spell “proud grandparents?”