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- Feb 14, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:26AM
What is it about marriage that captivates us? Why is it that a show about finding the perfect wedding dress can run for 11 seasons on TLC? Why is it that the most liked pictures on Facebook are wedding and engagement shots? There is something inside of all of us that wants to believe in true love. But on an even deeper level, I think we all know that marriage isn’t just about romance; it’s about generations of people and the communities that are formed around them.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:04PM
A pet pig escaped its enclosure on Southeast Delta Street in Snoqualmie and had a small adventure on Sunday, Jan. 26. With the help of the Snoqualmie Police Department, though, the animal was returned home, safe and sound, in the early afternoon. “I don’t know how they did it — it’s a big pig!” Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley. “It might be tame enough that it just comes along, but after a while, you learn to come prepared. I usually carry a leash.”
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:12PM
Package pickup: On Sunday, Feb. 2, a business in the 500 block of Northeast Sixth Street in North Bend reported online that two packages left outside for UPS to pick up were stolen. UPS reported the packages were not available for pickup. The packages were identical, and one was found near a dumpster in the city.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:04PM
A class on an important local farm and preserve, Meadowbrook 101, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Avenue Led by local historian Dave Battey, this free presentation covers the colorful history and possible future options for this unique 460 acres of open space.
Secrets of a happy marriage: Valley couples in for the long haul share what drew, keeps them together
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:08PM
Even in an age in which the longevity of marriage isn’t certain, many will agree that there is something almost magical about a lifelong love. Valley couples Harley and Kathy Brumbaugh, Jack and Bonnie Barker, and Lynn and Larry Anderson have all been married more than 50 years, and that’s something to celebrate.
- Feb 18, 2014 at 3:39PM
As a concerned brother in the Lord and a lifelong resident of our Valley, I am disheartened by recent events pertaining to our local food bank. I do not know all that went into North Bend Community Church asking Mount Si Food Bank to leave, and regardless of whether or not it was just, it happened.
Boxley's legacy: Danny and Robyn Kolke turn to foundation to preserve North Bend jazz club's music, education
- Feb 18, 2014 at 3:45PM
An up-and-comer in the world of jazz drumming, Walker Byford learns as he plays. Byford is just 10 years old. By rights, he should prefer the newest pop music. But there’s something about jazz. “You’re able to play whatever you want,” says Byford, who listens as his teacher, local jazz drummer Brian Gmerek, improvises riffs to the sounds of Chris Clark’s bass. The two adult musicians are jamming on the stage at Boxley’s, the jazz club and restaurant in downtown North Bend, as middle-school and high-school age jazz musicians arrive for their Wednesday night show.
- Feb 18, 2014 at 3:39PM
North Bend resident Mary Brunstad Jones died on Sunday, Feb. 9. Mary was born on November 29, 1920, and grew up in Port Orchard, Wash. Although she spoke no English until she started school, she skipped two grades and became valedictorian of her graduating class at South Kitsap High.
- Feb 18, 2014 at 3:36PM
Gardeners and small farmers will find more than seeds this year at the Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange and Garden Fair. This fourth annual exchange will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. The all-volunteer event is part of a movement to preserve small-scale, regionally adapted, heirloom and open pollinated seeds.
- Feb 18, 2014 at 3:36PM
Forty-five German students from Mount Si High School are going to an international concert. One of Germany’s most popular young indie pop bands, Tonbandgerät (‘Tape Recorder’), make the first stop on a four-week tour through the United States, Sunday, March 4, at Everett’s Civic Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is required.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 9:48AM
Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz and Sen. Mark Mullet invite Fifth District residents to attend an upcoming town hall meeting in Snoqualmie on Saturday, February 22. Citizens who attend will receive an update on the 2014 legislative session. The legislators are encouraging citizens to bring their questions, comments or concerns about legislation, state government and issues affecting the district.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 11:05AM
Seven Valley movers and shakers, seven pro golfers, and two sister cities—those are the recipients of the existing keys to the city of Snoqualmie. Mayor Matt Larson and City Clerk Jodi Warren designed an official key to the City, after seeing a key engraved with "City of Snoqualmie," and designed as a bottle opener, exchanged with the city of North Bend in a softball challenge between the two cities.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 10:18AM
Sample local wines, cheeses and chocolates at the Sno-Valley Senior Center's second wine-tasting event, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. The wines featured will come from Belmonte Cellars and Pleasant Hill Cellars, both in Carnation, and Wm. Grassie Wines, Fall City.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 10:23AM
A celebration of life for Beverly B. Sams of Fall City is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Raging River Community Church, 31104 S.E. 86th St., Preston. Beverly, 81, died Monday, Feb. 10. Born April 3, 1932, to Lydia and Chris Septin Walla Walla, Wash., Beverly was the oldest of three children.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 10:43AM
A Contra Dance and waltz lesson is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. The band will be the very talented "Creekside", with Lindsey Dono as the caller. The evening will start with a delicious soup, brimming with fresh vegetables and accompanied by hearty, rustic bread, which will be available at 6:30 p.m. The musicians will play waltzes in between the Contra Dance. Don’t know how to waltz? Dance Leader, Tim Noonan, will be giving Waltz lessons between 7 and 8 p.m.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 10:30AM
Visitors stopped, took in the relaxing scene, and left inspired, often asking Adam Gorski how it's done. Gorski and his team spent several days creating the south-of-the-border-themed display, “Leisurely Morning in Mexico City,” one of the award-winning show gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle.
- Feb 19, 2014 at 11:07AM
Gloria McNeely is five years shy of a century. She plans to make it, too, and 2020 isn’t that much of a stretch. McNelly was born on Feb. 12, 1919. She’s not only seen a lot, she’s done a lot, and made enough friends to warrant a 95th birthday celebration, held last Monday at Snoqualmie City Hall, put together by her local friends. The Snoqualmie resident is humble about all the attention, but takes it all with good grace, and a few tears.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 21, 2014 at 2:37PM
Mount Si High School's Jazz Band achieved a long-held goal this week, when it was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 1:07PM
Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend hosts its “Dining in Good Company” winter fundraiser dinner, 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22. The menu includes a choice of beef medallions and Dexler potatoes or seafood medley, with all the trimmings, for $25. Only 75 tickets will be sold.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 1:43PM
Every story is a little different, but everyone inside this theater has got one. There’s Nell Engel of North Bend, a walker on Team Dy-No-Mites, who does Relay to make sure her two cute grandsons, Sawyer and Walker, can one day live without fear of cancer. Or Joe Dockery, behind the video camera a few rows back, who swapped stories of his video buddy, the late Bill Blakely, with me.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 1:07PM
Missy Anderson, Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, gives a free talk on these native pollinators, 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Fall City Masonic Hall. You may already have some in the shingles of your roof or holes in your fence.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 1:19PM
Mount Si gymnasts took the podium as district champions in competition last weekend in their home gym. The squad now advances to the state championships this weekend in Tacoma. Hosting the SeaKing district qualifiers, the Wildcats dominated on all events, with junior Jenn Rogers claiming the top all-around score.
- Feb 20, 2014 at 1:17PM
It’s not how the Cedarcrest Red Wolves girls basketball team wanted to end their season. Coming into districts as the number-one seed, they faced a sure-handed Bellingham team in a rousing home game. But Cedarcrest’s energy fired up too late Friday. Coupled with another loss Monday to Lake Washington, their season has ended. On Friday, Feb. 14, the girls struggled to come back from behind after Bellingham pushed to a lead, 38-25 at the half. A concerted charge against the Red Raiders had the home crowd on its feet, but the clock gave out, with the Red Wolves down by two, losing 65-63.
- Feb 21, 2014 at 10:12AM
Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be cleaning the State Route 202 bridge along Railroad Avenue Southeast between Snoqualmie Parkway and Mill Pond Road. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the bridge will have one lane open with a traffic control flagger on each side of the bridge.
Out of the past: Grisly scene of fatal bludgeoning at Ames Lake; Eight fly to view North Bend outlet mall’s future
- Feb 21, 2014 at 11:39AM
Thursday, Feb. 20, 1964: A 61-year-old widow, Mrs. Agnes M. Norman, was found bludgeoned to death in her trailer on the Ames Lake Cutoff Road Tuesday morning. Her nearly nude body was discovered by her sister, Mrs. Kenneth Sikes, of Carnation, lying against a blood-spattered bathtub. Sheriff’s investigators found a large rock on the floor and red-stained footprints on the living room carpet. Sikes last saw her sister alive Monday when she visited her home.