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A friend and mentor passes: Remembering 'Tall Bill' Blakely

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 4:24PM

In late December, the Snoqualmie Valley lost an iconic personality and community leader. I first met Tall Bill Blakely while filming the amazing theatrical performances at Fall City Elementary during the Tina Worthington era. Epic events like these take a huge amount of community support, and Tall Bill was a vital piece.

Fall City archery craftsman Jay St. Charles builds bows, and archers | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jan 18, 2014 at 4:35PM

Part of Jay St. Charles’ job is to find the longbows growing within trees. Another part is to help people discover their inner archers. The best part, though, is probably when the two are combined, in day-long archery workshops hosted at his Fall City studio. St. Charles is officially a bow maker, selling high-end customized longbows and recurve bows to online customers throughout the world.

CHS grad Molly Hamontree on Baylor Dean’s List

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:02PM

Cedarcrest graduate Molly Hammontree was named to the Baylor University Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2014 spring semester. The honor requires a grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Two Valley students get firefighter college scholarships

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:05PM

Jordan Koellen, a senior at Mount Si High School, and Colton Green, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, each received a scholarship from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2878 at a June 3 recognition ceremony.

Meeting at senior center looks at tax deferrals, valuations

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:12PM

The King County Department of Assessments will host a community presentation, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Mount Si Senior Center, to discuss valuations, taxes and property tax deferral/exemption programs for qualified low-income senior and disabled residents.

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater starts 49th season with ‘Fiddler’

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:13PM

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater launches its 49th season with the tradition-infused “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be performed in an open-air amphitheater, surrounded by woods, meadows and streams. Barbecue dinners are available by reservation on performance days. Performances run July 19 through Aug. 24, with shows on Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Learn how to live better at Umpqua bank event, Healthy Living

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:13PM

Learn how to live a better, more sustainable life at “Healthy Living, Healthy Community,” a conservation event with a local twist, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Umpquah Bank (formerly Sterling Savings) in North Bend. Green companies and local organizations will be represented. Visitors can sign up for a free home energy audit, purchase energy-efficient light bulbs and shower heads, recycle light bulbs and check out community resources including Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank and Mount Si Senior Center.

Have an arts bash: Arty Party Place opens in downtown North Bend

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:14PM

Birches Habitat owner Nancy Wray has opened a new business, Arty Party Place, adjacent to her retail shop. Arty Party Place offers a space for art group classes, private parties and gatherings. “We provide your canvas, supplies and paint and easy to follow lessons,” Wray told the Record. “All we need is you, your enthusiasm and some wine for a really fun night out with your gal pals, neighbors and friends.”

Survivors and caregivers walk, smile, cry and find hope at Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life cancer benefit | Photo Gallery

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:39PM

Everybody had a reason to be there. For cancer survivor Dave Sharpy, those reasons have names, starting with his friends Sharon Larson and Tall Bill Blakely, who he lost in the last year to cancer. “Yesterday, my stepdaughter started her chemotherapy,” said Sharpy, among the survivors and supporters who shared their experience at the 2014 Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life. “She’s going to be going through that struggle. Once again, I have a new reason to Relay.”

When it's hot, cool off at Snoqualmie Y, local library shelters

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 11:14AM

Temperatures in the Upper Valley are set to jump close to the 90s today. During hot weather, locals who need to escape the heat can find cooling shelters locally, at no cost.

Painting project will close Carnation Farm Road bridge for 2 months

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

King County's Roads division has announced plans to repaint the landmark Stossel Bridge on Carnation Farm Road this summer.

Win it in a minute: Umpqua’s goofy games

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:03PM

Children and teens can get their silly on during Umpqua Bank’s Minute to Win It games.

No official cause yet for fatal Fall City plane crash

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:04PM

Sammamish resident John Ciliberti was killed early Tuesday morning when his small plane crashed at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Class of '94 reunion is Friday

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:07PM

The Mount Si High School Class of 1994 reunion is 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Snoqualmie Valley Eagles Lodge, downtown Snoqualmie.

No DNA match yet for Baby Kimball

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:09PM

King County Sheriff’s deputies now have DNA profiles that could connect an abandoned infant, found February 12 in North Bend, with the people who left her.

George's Legacy: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of George’s Bakery at the Block Party

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:13PM

George Macris loved his city. There is no doubt that if George were alive today, he’d be all over the North Bend Block Party, selling cookies and bread, or mingling with the crowd. Probably both.

Hippie style: Make tie-dye shirts at Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet.

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:00AM

Children are invited to make their own tie-dyed shirts at a special Block Party booth run by staff from Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last.

The future of jazz: Student musicians join pros for special performance

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:00AM

For years, North Bend's Boxley's Place has helped young musicians hone their skills in front of a live audience. Boxley's manager Danny Kolke is bringing that Future Jazz Heads program to the streets, with a set of the Valley's best up-and-coming young jazz musicians playing alongside local pros and legends during the North Bend Block Party.

Soothing sounds of Snoqualmie Strings

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:03AM

The Snoqualmie Strings youth orchestra plays at noon, Saturday, at the community stage. Student musicians will be performing their summer song selection.

Find the way: Learn about geocaching, way-finding at Block Party

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:09AM

Meet up with North Bend resident Berry Rogers during the North Bend Block Party, and learn a new way to explore your town, and the great outdoors.

Pasado's spay clinic stops in Carnation Saturday

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:13AM

Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic will be at Carnation Elementary School, 4950 Tolt Ave., starting at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19.

Letter | Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank celebrates new 
federal nonprofit status

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:17AM

It is with great joy that the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank (SVFB) would like to share that we have achieved 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS.

Letter | Community comes through to help Terry fight cancer

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Jul 17, 2014 at 10:18AM

In January, I was diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma, and have been unable to work since then.

Twinkie tough, cake-eating contest comes to Block Party: ‘Let ‘em go ‘til they quit’

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 10:21AM

Every Block Party, Twede’s Cafe hosts an eating competition. Winners earn… well, bragging rights mainly, and a small shining piggy trophy. For competitors at this year’s event, the golden prize is actually in the eating itself.

Mamma Mia sing-along for Mount Si High School choir is Monday

  • Jan 18, 2014 at 4:31PM

The Mount Si High School Choir hosts a “Mama Mia Sing-A-Long Movie” fundraiser, 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at North Bend Theatre. A $15 admission ticket gets you entry to the event, as well as popcorn and a soda.

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