Thank you, Snoqualmie! Throughout my campaign, I talked extensively with neighbors and area leaders about the community we love and call home. My goal was to be accessible and responsive to residents, while also working hard on specific priorities. During recent community events, including Snoqualmie Railroad Days, Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie Ridge ROA Annual Picnic, and Snoqualmie Valley Block Party, I listened to hundreds of residents. While going door-to-door, I handed out hundreds of flyers and learned through our neighbors that there is much to be proud of and celebrate in Snoqualmie, but there are also opportunities and challenges to address.
The Mount Si Fish and Game Club’s 2013 College Scholarships were awarded to Andrew Stringfellow and Jessica Graves, both from North Bend and graduates of Mount Si High School. The two students were selected after submitting an application and an essay on their accomplishments and interests.
Life Enrichment Options (LEO) would like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our recent fundraising luncheon, “It’s About the Journey,” and to those who sent donations to support our work of providing a quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. Your support creates true inspiration for us in working toward making dreams come true for these unique and special people who play such a vital role in the fabric of our community.
For the last three years, close to Halloween, several volunteers come together to produce a fundraiser which benefits the Mount Si Food Bank. It is a walking play with several scenes staged along a dark trail through the wilderness area behind the police station on Snoqualmie Ridge. It stays true to the Halloween theme with mummies, creatures of the night, zombies, et cetera. We batch groups of ten or twelve, spacing them so each group will come on each scene after the preceding group has gone on down the trail.
As our summer family Art-Together-Time season comes to a close, and we launch our holiday family art programs, the artEAST Art Center would like to pause and shout a huge “thank you” to the Snoqualmie Tribe Foundation and our generous member artists who live in the Snoqualmie Valley. The Snoqualmie Tribe Foundation has made possible a series of teen art programs, including our summer ceramic camp as well as free, family Art-Together Time events that take place throughout the year.
Mr. Olah’s letter last week is a well stated, albeit, a wandering opinion. It’s also not entirely correct. After reading about kings, majority rule, temper tantrums, extremists, parenting (“one doesn’t always get his or her way”) and the entertaining dig, the “Know Nothing Party”, I finally came to the conclusion that he is upset with the continued battle over Obamacare.
Four years ago, when I approached Stacy Caiarelli Brown, events manager for Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association, and Heidi Dukich, executive director for the Mount Si Food Bank about doing Night on a Dark Trail as Snoqualmie Valley community event, we hoped to have an annual, fun Halloween event that would involve the Valley as performers and audience, give back to the community as entertainment, and support families in need. At the end of our third year of production, due to the active support of so many wonderful people, the journey continues and gets better.
It is most interesting that a small group of extremists cannot accept that the majority of our country’s citizens do not share their point of view. Our President was elected twice by popular vote. If he was the product of a monarchy, he would have been born a prince, and his father or mother a king or queen. Demonizing him at every turn does not further your cause.
On behalf of the membership of the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley, I want to extend our thanks to those who participated in the candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Freshman Campus. Rotary exists to promote the ideal of “service above self.” So, we see great value in an event like this, where voters have the opportunity to talk face to face with those who will represent them in their government. Dick Ryon’s effort in organizing made this event possible, and he was able to do so on very short notice. He did an excellent job.
It is always a pleasure to work with Kevin Hauglie. He is responsive and cares deeply about his community and the people he serves. He is deeply rooted in this community and serves in roles as a businessman, family man, and responsible commissioner.
The school year is well underway, and our staff and students have settled into a productive and focused routine of teaching and learning. As a school system, we are striving to provide for our students the best educational experience possible. We are working to build upon past successes to make our schools even better. Our top priorities this year center on a number of major initiatives that will further improve our schools:
As a retired math/science teacher from Mount Si High School, I appreciate Heather Munden championing many educational issues during her campaign for the open seat on the Snoqualmie City Council. Snoqualmie is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and has the most children per capita of any King County city or town.
The Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretary Association endorses Marci Busby for Snoqualmie Valley School District school board. As a group, we have worked for many years in the front offices of our district, elementary, middle and high schools. Serving our communities’ children has been both a joy and a privilege. We are dedicated to their safety, well-being and academic achievement, and take pride in the quality of education our schools provide them.
In a conversation last week, I asked the question, “Who doesn’t want much better education for our kids?” One response: “I know people who are satisfied with the way it is now, or whose kids are graduated and don’t care anymore, or who don’t expect a return on district investment with the present administration and school board.”
In next week’s election, the citizens of the Snoqualmie Valley have the chance to elect Dariel Norris, a highly qualified long-time local resident to position 2 on the board of commissioners of the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.
As a former Hospital employee, I can affirm firsthand the Snoqualmie Valley has greatly benefited from Hospital District Commissioner Kevin Hauglie and President Dick Jones’ brilliant —I would call it courageous—leadership these past six years. They have helped transform the then-struggling hospital into a thriving 21st century healthcare institution, well suited to the personality of the Valley and able to meet its growing needs well into the future.
I have known incumbent hospital commissioner Kevin Hauglie for over 15 years and he is an intelligent, knowledgeable, honorable and moral man. He is known to put the interests of his constituents ahead of his personal needs and desires.
I’m an 80-year-old senior who volunteers at the Mount Si Senior Center’s thrift store. The store is an important part of the center that helps keep the doors open. There are many seniors that enjoy all the things the center has to offer each day. It is like a home away from home for them.
On a recent Friday night, Sept. 27, my family attended the Mount Si football game like many of our friends and neighbors. We were also looking forward to halftime when the Wildcat Sparkles would be cheering. Wait—Wildcat Sparkles, you ask? Let me explain.
In just a few days, 29 of your neighbors, including myself, will graduate from the Snoqualmie Citizens Academy, a free six-week-long course offered annually to give residents a first-hand look at how our local government works. We had the opportunity to view up close the quality and scale of our parks, our water works, our waste treatment and our maintenance facilities.