This Memorial Day, there will be honor guards snapping to attention as flags ripple in the breeze. Amidst the green lawn and bright flowers of cemeteries throughout the state, lone buglers and mournful pipers will evoke a heartfelt tear.
The official Memorial Day holiday is arriving a little late in my family. For us, at least for those of us back home in Minnesota, it happened about a month ago, when my father’s cousin was returned home.
Candidate filing week, on now, always sparks some deep conversations at my house. My husband and I speculate on who is going to run for various positions, and why. We speculate on how much one person with an agenda, community minded or self-serving, can really do in the representative forms of government we have. We sarcastically encourage each other to run for office, since we know so much.
Heart of the Valley, the community image event, starts at noon Sunday, May 17, at Snoqualmie’s Centennial Field. Now in its fourth year, the event has goal of filling the heart on the field, and the hearts of one and all.
During the course of our lifetimes, most of us had a teacher who shaped our lives in a big way. It may have been a teacher who challenged us beyond our own expectations, encouraged us to pursue a passion, or gave us the confidence to take a risk and think big.
I recently visited with a group of gardeners who were discussing their spring planting plans and as the visiting progressed it became evident that some of us were leaning toward mixing more edibles into our ornamental garden beds.
Earth Day has enormous impact on our daily lives. April Fools Day came and went without my indulging, even a little, in a newspaper headline prank, so I think I’ve earned a little leeway in writing about another working holiday this month, Earth Day.
Few words on a newspaper page get the same amount of attention as the word “correction.”
Since I am usually the person asking questions when I talk with people, I was a little surprised at a question I got last week. It was from a woman who used to work at the Valley Record — the second ex-staffer to visit us that day — and it got me thinking about the fascinating people I get to meet, and the sometimes- crazy things I get to do.
Small-town life comes with responsibilities, too.
An on-going photo essay from new staff-reporter/photographer Allyce Andrew.
The things I learned this weekend at the North Bend Jazz Walk were not terribly important — some of them weren’t, anyway — but most of them could be filed under some sort of positive heading, like “funny” or “good to know,” or “looking forward to that.” Even the sad news, that one of my favorite authors died just a few days earlier, came with a great conversation about his and other books. He’d been sick for years, so the news was not a shock, and it was less sad because we could talk about him.
Here we go again. It’s a thought that pops into my mind every year about this time, as special projects get kicked off, seasonal groups begin to start up again and conversations have already turned to proms, graduations and other start-of-summer events.
The National FFA Organization, previously known as Future Farmers of America, celebrated National FFA Week, Feb. 21 to 28. Established in 1947, it’s no longer a program that focuses on just corn, cows and combines.
Last week, results of the February bond proposition were certified by King County Elections. It is now official: Local voters have approved the bond measure by a strong margin. To our constituents, I want to thank you for supporting our schools and commend you for continuing to invest in this community.
Voting is now open for the Valley Record’s annual reader survey on the best of everything from service businesses to places to take the family.
Crazy Charlie, a disoriented bird that flew at my friend’s house windows every year, used to be the definitive sign of spring for her.
This week, we welcome our new reporter, Allyce Andrew, to the Valley Record. She is a freelance photographer, and graduated in 2013 with a journalism degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and she has already begun my re-education.
This past Fourth of July, many Snoqualmie Ridge residents witnessed the risks associated with fireworks, when a home on Fairway Avenue burned, threatened the neighboring house, and injured one firefighter.
However you may feel about fireworks, love them, or hate them, well, I completely agree with you.