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Community center plan breaks down

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Ownership of the land was sticking point with Village Concepts proposal

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“Annie” staged in Carbonado

The classic production “Annie” was brought to life Thursday by students in Carbonado. All students took part in the production, which was staged twice to a full house. Above, Kayla Carlson as Lily St Regis, Ben Montoya as Rooster and Ellie Hickle as Miss Hannigan polish off a musical number. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Ambitious plans for a senior housing project in downtown Enumclaw, in conjunction new community center, have fallen through. That decision was confirmed by City Administrator Chris Searcy at the conclusion of the Dec. 9 City Council meeting. The deal-breaker was the developer’s position that ownership of land would have to be transferred from city’s hands. Searcy said that was never the city’s intent and that a lease arrangement was always planned. It was nearly a year ago that the city issued

Recipes for inspiration and hope Author promises proceeds from new book to benefit cancer research By Theresa De Lay

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arol Reed, 67, engaged in the fight of her life with ovarian cancer. She was blessed to win, she said, and from that journey stemmed a project. “Friends in the Kitchen” is a unique cookbook, inspired by her

journey and the friends lucky for getting cancer, she met along the way. it would be me. It was Carol Reed has lived all stage one and a huge blessover the country. From ing that I had so many Virginia to Alaska, her options,” Reed said. “Of husband’s job in the U.S. course it wasn’t easy but I Forestry Service brought really didn’t have time to her face-to-face with the be scared.” Carol Reed nation’s wonders. But the At one point, she susReeds have called the tained life-threatening Plateau home for 20 years now. side effects from chemotherapy It was three years ago, during an and was forced to stop treatment. MRI for unrelated back pain, that “Chemo was supposed to be my a tumor on her ovary was acciden- fail safe, but it turns out my body tally discovered. couldn’t take it. The decision to “If anyone can be considered stop was a terrifying one. I prayed

See Center, Page 5 and that next morning, I received a gift in the mail. It was an angel and I took it as a sign that everything would be OK,” she said. The angel remains on her sundrenched windowsill three years later as a reminder she didn’t fight that demon on her own. As a tribute to her triumph over cancer, Reed decided to write a cookbook of sorts. During the course of her treatment, friends from across the country started coming out of the woodworks, she said. “It was nice to reconnect with all these people and know they were supporting me from afar,” said Reed. The rekindled friendships

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Enumclaw Courier-Herald, December 25, 2013