“Did you know you’re awesome?” asked a parent to one of the instructors at a recent DMW Martial Arts class. Now, no doubt, they do. In October, two of the instructors at Snoqualmie Ridge-based DMW, Chris Buyagawan and Jake Hart, were awarded the “Teacher of the Month” award by the Macaroni Kid website, published by two moms that are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in the local community.
Is your family prepared for an emergency? During the next Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Lunch & Learn, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe will discuss ways to prepare your family and home for potential disasters and other emergencies. Monthly Lunch & Learn classes are held the first Thursday of the month at Snoqualmie Fire Station.
Bring the magical sounds of the holidays to your door or holiday celebration, performed by the Valley Carolers, a select group of girls from the Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir. They are available for caroling at the door to welcome your guests, strolling through a reception or cocktail party to create a holiday atmosphere, or strolling table-to-table during or after dinner or dessert.
Eastside Psychological Associates, PLLC, recently opened a new office at Snoqualmie Ridge. With 35 psychologists, one licensed clinical social worker, and three licensed mental health counselors, Eastside Psychological Associates clinicians assist children, teens, adults, couples, and families. EPA currently has two other offices, in Woodinville and Issaquah. The Snoqualmie location is at 8226 Bracken Pl. S.E. Suite 200.
Chairman and CEO George D. Bartell celebrated the opening of the Washington drugstore chain’s 60th full store before a crowd on Wednesday, Nov. 20. On a bright, cold, “picture-postcard day,” he joined Terry Clinch, pharmacist at the newly opened North Bend Bartell Drugs store, with manager Charlotte Grondahl, and a guest, North Bend mayor Ken Hearing, as they sliced a red ribbon with an enormous pair of scissors. Then, he welcomed visitors inside the new store, there to partake of popcorn or slices of commemorate cake, or, as a voice from the crowd suggested, shop.
Growing Things Farm, located in the Snoqualmie Agricultural Production District near Carnation, is the winner of King County’s 2013 Rural Small Business of the Year award. The farm was the only Valley finalist in the third-annual countywide Small Business Awards. Nominations were made from May through July. More than 100 nominees were narrowed down to three finalists in each of seven award categories.
Carnation Farmers Market’s second Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Market is 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the American Legion post on Bird Street in downtown Carnation (adjacent to their summer market site). Shop for fresh produce to grace your Thanksgiving table, stock up on local products for the winter, and food to eat hot that evening.
Starting next month, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital will be adding a new layer to patient safety measures. In order to help combat hospital acquired infections, the hospital will be bringing in a disinfection system called Xenex. Snoqualmie is the first hospital in Washington to implement the Xenex disinfection device. “By using this device, we can assure potential patients that we have adopted the latest technology available in order to protect them from getting hospital acquired infections,” said Tom Parker, chief operations officer for the hospital.
Wreaths from the Snoqualmie Valley are being sold as part of a fundraiser for the Business and Professional Women's Chapter of Bellevue, of which Valley resident Karen Granger is president. The 22-inch wreaths are made from Noble Fir boughs. It's a limited sale. Orders need to be placed by noon Sunday, Nov. 24.
Patrick Linder, a resident of Snoqualmie, published a novel, “Ghost Music,” this October. Linder’s novel was awarded third place for unpublished fiction at this summer’s Public Safety Writers Association conference. According to his publishing house, Oak Tree Press, Linder is pushing the mystery genre in a more literary direction.
After 40 years in the Valley and 14 years in business, Cascade Office Supply owner Stephanie Huber has sold her business and is saying goodbye. She turns the keys over to a local who proved herself behind the counter and has big plans for the office and art supply store.
Family-owned Bartell Drugs opens its “next generation” store in North Bend this Friday, Nov. 15, at Borgen Plaza. A grand opening with a big line-up of festivities follows, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. The Seattle-based chain’s 62nd store is located at 248 Bendigo Boulevard South, at the northeast corner of Bendigo Boulevard and Park Avenue. Store hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
What’s being touted as a casual, productive luncheon for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Along with networking, the day includes a first look at the Chamber’s new website. The new site offers local businesses new ways to reach their markets, with a mobile-optimized version as well as a mobile app.
Natalie Kryger of Mount Si Homebrew Supply is the newest member of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Amy Quilizapa is the new owner of Mount Si Pet Salon, located at 330 Main Ave. S., Suite 1, in North Bend. Quilizapa is a certified master groomer with 20 years of experience and holds a ‘Golden Scissor’ award.
Effective Thursday, Oct. 31, the Falls Compounding Pharmacy’s branch at the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA will close it doors. The grocery store is not affected. The Falls Compounding Pharmacy’s main location on Railroad Avenue in downtown Snoqualmie will continue to provide medications. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Snoqualmie Valley Record, 100 years old in 2013, took on new energy in 1996, when a local family, Jim and Karen McKiernan, purchased the paper from long-time publishers Bob Scott and the Buchman family. Here, Jim McKiernan looks back on his 12 years at the helm of the paper, through some of the biggest changes this Valley ever saw.
With forecasters predicting a hard winter, homeowners should consider flood insurance coverage in the event of a disaster. But insurance alone isn’t enough. Proper planning is also vital to avoid major headaches, extra expense or tragic losses during flood. Agents with Valley-based Hauglie Insurance advise residents to make a flood plan, which includes making sure family members know how to get out of the house and neighborhood, where to meet up and how to contact each other.
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe on Friday, Oct. 18, announced Jerry Lamb as the Tribe’s new General Manager. Lamb was hired in October 2012 as the economic development director and was later appointed as the interim tribal administrator in 2013. He is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe in Montana and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Montana.
Putting a human touch on the news—that is how the writers at the Snoqualmie Valley Record earned state recognition. The Record picked up seven honors in the annual Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association Better Newspaper Contest, which judges papers of similar size and readership.