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Valley AIDS Quilt, new park at Tolt; Wearin' of the green once again for Leo Kelley | Out of the Past
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:25PM
• Mother and daughter Margaret and Stephanie McDonald of Carnation have made a panel for the National AIDS Quilt for their late ex-husband and father Bob McDonald, who died of AIDS. He died the previous September, but the women have had a hard time grieving openly, because most people aren’t comfortable talking about AIDS.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:23PM
The Wildflowers garden club hosts Barbara the Bat Lady, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Mount Si Senior Center. The club will introduce Barbara Ogaard and several of her bats, in hopes of boosting local understanding of the beneficial animals.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:30PM
Snoqualmie’s Theatre Black Dog presents “The Laramie Project,” a play about the reaction to the 1998 beating and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The play’s authors conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town of Laramie, in the aftermath of Shepard’s death. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which people are capable.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:36PM
Members of the Snoqualmie Emergency Communications and Support Team, also known as SECAST, are helping in rescue and recovery operations at the Oso mudslide disaster near Darrington. Volunteers from the Valley are helping with communication support, from the city's Department of Emergency Management communications van. SECAST is part of the large multi-jurisdictional rescue and recovering operation in Snohomish County.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:31PM
The poignant comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” opens Thursday, March 27, at Valley Center Stage, and runs through April 12. Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both set of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. But he’s just been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for as a marketing executive would take him to Seatttle and away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well with them. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 10:41AM
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is looking for two kinds of volunteers. Grocery rescue drivers use their own vehicles to collect food from local grocery stores and bring donations back to the food bank. Distribution volunteers help distribute food to clients on Wednesdays.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:24AM
This year’s top-rated police officer is a repeat offender, former North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner. Earlier this month, North Bend transitioned to a Snoqualmie Police contract, and Sgt. Toner was reassigned to a patrol area. He’s been in law enforcement for 29 years, the last four and a half in North Bend, and he shared his thoughts on community policing from a vacation beach spot last week:
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:22AM
“I’m just shocked,” Sally Rankin-Gabel said when she learned that she has won both Best Preschool again, as well as Best Teacher in the Valley, beating out teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools. Rankin-Gabel takes a moment to ponder where all this devotion from her families at North Bend Montessori, where she’s taught for 17 years, comes from.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:20AM
Fans of the North Bend Bar & Grill, (and there are many) have once again put the restaurant at or near the top of the list in several categories in the Valley Record's Best of the Valley reader survey. This year, the NBBG was chosen Best Bar, and was a finalist for Best Restaurant and Best Brunch. We asked Liz Vollbrecht, a 10-year employee and general manager for the past five years, about what makes the place stand out for customers.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:03AM
Si View Park and Community Center was our readers’ choice for the Best Park in the Valley. The 75 year-old facility is a hub for many community events, including this year’s Best Festival, the Festival at Mount Si, or Alpine Days, if you prefer, so we asked Si View’s Minna Rudd, and Festival organizer Jill Masssengill about what makes them special.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:10AM
Eastside Catholic High School student and Snoqualmie resident Maddie Racine signed her national letter of intent in February to play soccer at Seattle University. Racine played and started all four years at Eastside Catholic, as a defender, midfielder and forward.
Harassed on the road; Man gets angry and loud at North Bend Library | Snoqualmie Valley police calls
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:27AM
On Saturday, March 15, a caller reported to Snoqualmie Police that she was being harassed by a man in a car. She said she’d pulled off the road in the 46000 block of Southeast North Bend Way, North Bend, to rest and eat, when a beat-up white two-door car pulled up behind her and the driver began honking his horn, and yelling at the woman, calling her a tweaker.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28AM
The secret to making a good burger, according to Scott’s Dairy Freeze owner Ken Hearing, sounds a lot like advice to elected officials. “Paying attention,” Hearing says, is how a worker can get a consistently cooked, reliably juicy hamburger into a customer’s hands, and it seems to be his approach to running a city, too. Now in his third term as North Bend Mayor, Hearing won the Best of the Valley reader poll for both Best Elected Official, and for Best Burger. He’s got a little more experience in the burger category, since he’s owned Scott’s since 1990, and only been the mayor “10 years, two months, and 21 days,” but he also got a crash course in civic involvement, way back then.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:08AM
For Cedarcrest High School senior Chris Cole, 14 years of hard work and a passion for soccer paid off in the most gratifying way Feb. 5, National Letter of Intent day. Cole has committed to play men’s soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne University, an NCAA Division II school in Hickory, N.C. He joins the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, along with players from all over the United States and Europe.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:06AM
It’s there in the numbers. Since the first of the year, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce has added 45 new members, bringing the total membership to 305. Readers in the Valley Record’s Best of the Valley poll knew it already, choosing the Chamber as the Best Organization to Join. And everyone can join the chamber. We have non-profit, for-profit and individual members,” said Nate Perea, Chamber Executive Director. “Usually when we have individuals join, they’re very community-minded people. They want to be a part of contributing to the community,” he added.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 1:37PM
King County is hosting a public workshop, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Preston Community Center to inform and invite comments on the progress of its collaborative watershed planning efforts.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 1:36PM
The next Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District Lunch and Learn, at noon Thursday, April 3, will focus on ways to “Lighten the Emotional Load.”
- Apr 1, 2014 at 1:30PM
The Sno-Valley Senior Center offers a free caregiver support group on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting date is April 10. If you are caring for someone with memory loss, you can learn, share and gain emotional support at this group.
What makes a business ‘the best’? Go behind the votes in the annual ‘Best of the Valley’ competition
- Apr 1, 2014 at 2:18PM
It’s that time again, when I break out the pen and sign dozens of ‘Best of the Valley’ prize certificates. It’s great how people take our annual contest so seriously, and interesting to see how the results change, year to year.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 1:36PM
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has recently made another round of donations in support of Snoqualmie Valley organizations. Among donations, $12,500 went to the Mount Si High School Boosters Clubs, shared among the softball, PTSA, sheer squad, girls soccer, and football clubs. To date, the Mount Si High School Boosters Clubs have received over $74,000 in charitable donations from the Tribe.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 2:21PM
Valley police and their family members, including, from left, Megan McCulley, Peyton McCulley, Lynn McCulley, Chief McCulley, Officer James Sherwood, and his wife Rebecca Sherwood take part in the Washington Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake Sammamish, Saturday, March 15, at Idylwood Park in Redmond.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 2:53PM
The Mount Si High School girls golf team got a taste of competition last week, competing in early-season jamborees. Mount Si won on Thursday, March 27, in a four-team round robin at Mount Si Golf Course. The Wildcats led on points, 240 to Interlake’s 265, Liberty’s 259 and Mercer Island’s 278. Sophomore Caitlin Maralack tied with senior Tabitha Dorn for a score of 43 on the par-36 nine holes. Bianca Backman shot a 47, Kara Murray shot a 48, Ashley Miller shot 59 and Rachel Warnke shot for 71.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 2:39PM
Child fundraisers and adult volunteers in the Valley are trying to help victims of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County. At least 27 have died and 22 people are still believed missing following the slide, which happened at 10:37 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. A hillside above a neighborhood about four miles east of the town gave way, burying 50 properties over a square mile in earth and debris.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 2:22PM
Dan Marcinko, Snoqualmie’s friendly, enthusiastic Public Works Director, was named Best City Employee in the 2014 Best of the Valley poll. The ex-Midwesterner joined the city team in March of 2009, and has overseen the ongoing transformation of the historic downtown, among many projects and duties. Below, he shares his approach and philosophy.
- Apr 1, 2014 at 4:14PM
A fundraiser event helps send 20 Mount Si Jazz Band students to New York City for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Boxley’s Place in North Bend.
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