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File photo: Gold Bar firefights making the rounds on Christmas Eve 2016, delivering toys to good boys and girls.
File photo: Gold Bar firefights making the rounds on Christmas Eve 2016, delivering toys to good boys and girls.
Monday, December 11, 2017 1:40 PM
Families in Gold Bar can make sure they get a moment with Santa when he stops by their house this year. No staying up late or hiding to sneak a peek.
  • 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.
  • Residents helping woman get shelter
    Most nights Kelly Herb parks her blue 1994 Cadillac somewhere and piles in the back seat with her dog. During the day Herb can be found at the Wiggly Field Dog Park or in the East County Senior Center library, where she is the volunteer librarian.
  • Cornerstone feeds the need

    Students at Cornerstone Academy gathered together Thursday morning so children facing extreme hunger in Haiti could break bread.
    By early afternoon, 10,000 meals were bagged, sealed and packed into a container bound for the Caribbean country. It took just less than three months to raise enough funds to buy the supplies.

  • Sky Valley Halloween haunts
    On Saturday morning, as a thick fog lifted, racers were seen speeding through downtown Monroe in costume. Not long after the last competitor crossed the finish line, families owned by pugs — as the Seattle Pug Rescue saying goes — gathered to show off their dressed-up dogs at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.
  • Blue Jeans and Boots goes further
    The community helped raise more than $190,000 for EvergreenHealth Monroe’s new trauma room, which is scheduled to open by the end of 2017.
  • Girl Scouts of the corn
    The nearly 200 Girl Scout troop members and their families who arrived at the Food Bank Farm in Maltby on Oct. 8 were expecting to harvest bulbous, bulky squash.
  • Cold weather shelter opening next month

    The Monroe Cold Weather Shelter is scheduled to open for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

    Services will be set up in the New Hope Fellowship church on West Main Street. Doors are unlocked from 8-10 p.m., and visitors can stay until 8 a.m. on nights temperatures are expected to fall below freezing. If anyone leaves after 10 p.m., they are not allowed to re-enter.

  • A new leash on life
    Beck's Place clients talked up the nonprofit and the help it provides clients in crisis who don't want to lose their four-legged family members during the organization's second annual Evening at Adam's fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 9. 
  • Victory on Heybrook Ridge
    Almost exactly 11 years after the first notice of proposed logging was posted at the Index General Store, the proponents of Heybrook Ridge can finally celebrate its preservation.
  • Hurricane canines to the rescue

    Five pets have found their way from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters to Monroe.
    The dogs traveled nearly 2,300 miles from where they were displaced during the natural disaster that killed dozens of people and forced thousands to leave their homes. Many of those people now have nothing and are struggling to survive, said Pasado’s Safe Haven executive director Laura Henderson.

  • YMCA Fun Run haunting downtown in October
    The Monroe Family YMCA development and corporate relations director said they are among the hundreds of racers that traditionally turn out to complete the routes. The 1 mile, 5K and 10K Fun Run fundraiser has coupled grit with creativity for the past eight years, and is set to do it again on Saturday, Oct. 28.
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