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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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Battle at home meeting veteran mental health needs

    How war impacts human beings hasn’t changed, but the proliferation of symptoms has exploded.
    That was Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Traumatic Brain Injury Program specialist Dan Overton’s message at a Monroe Public Library panel on veterans and mental health. The VA and communities are determining how best to respond, he said.

  • Keeping a memory alive

    The Sky Valley’s support of Jayme Biendl remains just as strong more than half a decade after she was killed while on duty at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Hundreds of racers turned out to the annual memorial run Sunday morning — the day before the seventh anniversary of her death. 

  • Operation Full Bellies on the go

    Often the volunteers executing Operation Full Bellies either know, have or are a child who is fed through the program.
    Sultan resident Pam Steadman’s children are a few who receive the six meals and four snacks allotted to each recipient every week. She has worked with director Kelly Clifton for nearly four years, so she can give back to the people who have helped her through so much.

  • 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.

  • Animated Education

    Riverview Elementary School fourth-grader Roslyn “Roz” Marks talked earnestly while demonstrating how with coding she could make a pocket-sized robot move around and blink the colors of a traffic light.

     
  • 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.

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