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Santa House’s new location stirs merchants ted two blocks west to the downtown plaza opposite Auburn City Hall, house in tow. For Barry and downtown merchants, the relocation of old St. Nick’s House to West Main and South Division came as a complete surprise. Actually, an unpleasant shock to many business folk who had always welcomed the overflow business traffic from the Santa House – and never more so than in these hard times.

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David Vacknitz, founder of the Auburn Paranormal Activities Research Team, takes readings at the White River Valley Museum with an electromagnetic field (EMF) detector. According to Vacknitz, ghosts and other paranormal activity can sometimes trigger abnormal EMF readings. CHARLES CORTES, Auburn Reporter

CHASING GHOSTS, SPIRITS Local team continues pursuit of the paranormal BY SHAWN SKAGER sskager@auburn-reporter.com

It’s after hours at the White River Valley Museum and a ghost hunt is in progress. For years, rumors of a resident ghost, perhaps a spirit attached to

one of many artifacts lining the shelves in the museum’s storerooms, have persisted. Hilary Pittenger, a curator at the museum for six years, said she believes she’s seen the ghost. “My first experience was before I’d heard anything about her,” Pittenger says. “I was in the back room just doing some cleaning. I saw something walk past that was white and had a

textile feel to it, like it was fabric.” When Pittenger informed coworkers of her experience, they told her of similar encounters. “Every time after that it’s just been walking into a room and getting that feeling that you’ve walked in on someone that wasn’t expecting you,” Pittenger says. “There was nothing [ more APART page 6 ]

Colleen Barry was headed to her restaurant, The Kitsch-en, one recent morning when she passed by the B Street Plaza, home for many Christmas seasons to Santa and his little house. And there Barry’s eyes beheld an astonishing sight — Santa and his tiny domicile had vanished. The jolly old elf, it seems, had slipped into his nifty flame-red pants, rolled up his sleeves, pulled on his shiny black boots and trot-

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Auburn is the scene of short Western BY MARK KLAAS mklaas@auburn-reporter.com

Auburn is in the spotlight, the backdrop for a short film. Crews – in full Hollywood production mode – will be on location this weekend to film scenes at historic Neely Mansion and along bucolic Green Valley Road for the short film, “The Shootout”, an

old West story about hope, faith and choices, including legendary outlaw Jesse James and pursuing U.S. Marshals. Filming spans four days, Friday to Monday, according to Marco B. Nunez, executive producer of Bellevue-based Ides of M Productions. The project involves a large production [ more FILM page 5 ]

City sues FDIC for funds to finish project BY ROBERT WHALE rwhale@auburn-reporter.com

The City of Auburn is seeking funds from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to complete infrastructure for a residential development project that it inherited from King County upon the 2008 annexation of Lea Hill. According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 11, and now in the U.S. District Court for the Western Dis-

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trict of Washington, the City claims the federal bank regulator owes Auburn $413,612 because of infrastructure for the unfinished Marchini Meadows at Lea Hill, and hasn’t made the promised payments. “Due to the lack of funds, the City has been unable to complete the Marchini Meadows project,” Auburn attorneys wrote in court documents.

Molly and Lucy Markham tell St. Nick what they want for Christmas during Breakfast with Santa at the Auburn Senior Activity Center last Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI,

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3 Black Diamond councilmembers approve development agreements the development agreement ordinances for Kirklandbased YarrowBay’s The Villages and Lawson Hills. The approval of the agreements comes after seven days of public testimony in July before Phil Olbrechts, the City of Black Diamond hearing examiner, who recommended

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Another step has been taken along the path inside the master planned development labyrinth in Black Diamond. City Councilmembers Bill Boston, Leih Mulvihill and Kristine Hanson on Monday voted to approve

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approval with conditions. The ordinances for the two master planned developments, allowing the move into the development agreement stage, were approved unanimously by five members of the City Council in September 2010. The development agreements are documents outlining the rules governing the two projects, that provide more ground-level detail than the supporting documentation entered during the hearings. City Council members began quasi-judicial deliberations on the agreements in September, ending with the approval of the ordinances this week. The MPD ordinances were appealed in October 2010 by Toward Responsible Development, which is a group comprised of residents. The appeal is working through the superior court system. Toward Responsible Development asked the Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board to review the process used to approve the MPD ordinances. The group also filed a LUPA or Land

Use Petition Act appeal in state superior court. The board remanded the ordinances back to the City, stating a legislative process should have been used, rather than quasi-judicial, allowing more public participation. The board did not invalidate the ordinances, which is why the process advanced to the development agreement stage. The board decision was argued before the state Court of Appeals in November on direct appeal. A ruling is expected in 2012. The two developments are projected to add about 6,000 residential units with retail, office, light industrial, open space and recreational space. The projects are planned for about a 15-year build out with a five-year extension. Black Diamond has a population of about 4,100, and the projects would increase it to more than 20,000. The population increase and the strain on the infrastructure, including roads, has created a rising wave of opposition. The projects have been gaining momentum for two decades, but reached a critical mass when the draft environmental impact statements were released in 2009.

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An Auburn woman recently convicted of solicitation to commit murder will be sentenced at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in Room W-829 at the Seattle King County Superior Courthouse. Elizabeth Ann Beimer faces between 15 to 20 years in prison. Beimer asked a friend in 2008 to find a “hit man” who would be willing to accept $500 to beat to death the father of her 6-year-old daughter, his wife and his parents with a piece of rebar. Instead, the “hit man” alerted the intended victims, and they alerted the Auburn Police Department. Prosecutors said anger over a protracted custody battle with the father of her daughter was the motive. The two were never married. A jury convicted the 32-year-old Auburn woman in November of first-degree solicitation to commit murder. According to court records, between Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, 2008, Beimer repeatedly asked a male acquaintance to help kill Robert Davis, his wife, Ruby, and his parents, David and Lorraine Davis.

According to court records, the man told detectives that because of his associations with the Hells Angels, Beimer believed it should have been easy for him to find someone to commit the crime. When he realized that he couldn’t talk her out of the scheme, he called her intended victims, and all five contacted police. A King County Sheriff ’s detective agreed to play a probationary member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to murder the potential victims. Over the phone, the detective and Beimer arranged to meet at the White River Inn in Auburn. Police had obtained a court order to record the meeting on audio and video surveillance without her knowledge. Beimer handed the “hit man” a rough floor plan of the couple’s home, photos of her intended victims, and agreed to pay him. Beimer mentioned a piece of rebar in her car that he could use to kill her victims. She fetched the bar and gave it to the detective. Beimer then left the motel room, and police arrested her soon afterward without incident. According to court records, she confessed during a subsequent interview.


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Police Blotter Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13:

Dec. 8 Theft: 4240 Auburn Way N. Somebody stole an undisclosed quantity of electrical wire from parking lot lights at Sound Mental Health. Police did not disclose a value for the missing wire.

Dec. 9 Theft: 8 a.m., 715 30th St. NE. An industrial machining business reported the theft of 300 to 500 pounds of aluminum metal. Somebody saw a suspect in the theft fleeing the scene in a U-Haul rental pickup.

Dec. 10 Shoplifting: 12:10 a.m., 1320 Supermall Way SW. A male and female tried to shoplift two

pairs of $150 pants from the Nordstrom Rack. After a short but spirited struggle, the suspects got away, but the pants stayed. Vandalism: 4:36 p.m., 900 M St. SE. A boy shot a BB gun at a window and broke it. Another youth saw what had happened and identified the shooter. The damage to the window was estimated at $100. Police could not find the shooter, but malicious mischief charges are pending through Juvenile Court.

Dec. 11 Theft: Overnight, 1900 block of Riverview Drive Northeast. Somebody snatched a lighted, decorative snowman from somebody’s front yard. Police did not disclose a value for the felched Frosty.

Dec. 12 Robbery: 9:25 p.m., 3600 West Valley Highway North. A woman who had just been assaulted by her boyfriend and dragged from the vehicle they had been traveling in was walking home to Kent when two men in an unknown vehicle stopped, asked her if she needed help then robbed her at gun point,

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Theft: 6:24 a.m., 9 114th St. NW. Somebody stole two laptops from a vehicle parked at the Guesthouse Inn. Police did not disclose a value for the missing computers. Burglary: 8 a.m., 800 4th St. NE. Four LCD projectors and two projector screens are missing and presumed stolen from Auburn High School. Police did not disclose a value for the missing projectors.

Dec. 13 Trespassing: 11:10 a.m., 1302 8th St. NE. Staff at 7-Eleven found a woman such an egregious pain in the neck that they booted her out and told her not to come back. Controlled substance: 1:51 a.m., 1300 block of 17th Street Southeast. A man known to police as “Billy Bob” and wanted for 13 counts of trespassing took to his heels when police came a-calling to arrest him. During the excitement, ol’ Bill allegedly tried to rid his running self of stolen tools. Police caught up with him, allegedly finding in his possession drug paraphernalia, methamphetamines and Oxycontin.

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Fire & Rescue Blotter The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 163 calls for service between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11, among them the following:

Dec. 5 Non threat fire: 11:02 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a report of a possible small fire in a garage found a coffee pot melted by an electrical short. Firefighters ventilated the structure and left.

Dec. 6 Aid call: 10:53 a.m., (Pacific). Firefighters responded to the 700 block of 4th Avenue Northeast in Pacific to help a woman complaining of neck pain. Firefighters treated the woman at the scene, and a private ambulance whisked her off in stable condition to Auburn Regional Medical Center.

Dec. 7 Stereo fire: 7:30 p.m., (Lea Hill). Valley Com dispatched firefighters to reports of a stereo receiver fire inside a house. The fire was out when firefighters arrived, but firefighters removed smoke from the house.

Aid call: 5:23 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a woman complaining of chest pain. Firefighters evaluated the woman, and King County Medics transported her to ARMC.

Dec. 9 Bathroom fire: 10:35 p.m., (Auburn). Valley Com dispatched firefighters to a South Auburn area home for the report of black smoke in a bathroom. Arriving crews found a small fire in the master bathroom, which they quickly snuffed out. Nobody was hurt, and the occupants returned to their home. The South King Fire Investigation Task Force determined that the fire was accidental.

Dec. 10 Fire alarm: 7:51 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters responded to a fire alarm in an apartment complex and finding no fire determined that food on the stove had tripped the alarm. Firefighters reset the alarm.

Dec. 11 Accident 2:30 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a two-car accident arrived to find two cars that had collided but with all occupants proclaiming they were uninjured.

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www.auburn-reporter.com [ FILM from page 1 ] effort of 30-40 people, including the cast. “The basis of the film is in Missouri, so we were looking at locations to resemble that,” said Nunez, a Green River Community College and University of Washington graduate. “Auburn and Snohomish County were contenders. But having gone to school at Green River, I remembered that Neely Mansion was just down the street. “We scouted locations,

Some downtown merchants are upset that the Santa House was moved to a more isolated location down Main Street. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

“I stopped and I looked, and I felt like a knife stabbed me in the heart,” Barry said. “I did, it was really sad. Because that’s where it’s always been. And I’m sitting here going, ‘It feels like they’re taking more away from us.’” “Us” being the business owners who’ve heard plenty of talk over the years about “reinvigorating the downtown” and “bringing business” to hard-pressed merchants. “They say, ‘let’s keep ‘em busy.’ Then, this,” said Barry. There are concerns about the new locale of the Santa House, cheek to jowl with unfinished South Division Street, and plunked down on the rather spartan Downtown Plaza. What merchants want to know is this: who told Santa, “go west, fat man?” And why didn’t they say a word about the move to The Auburn Downtown Association (TADA) and the businesses?

“One thing was the lack of communication,” said Kathleen Keator, director of TADA. “I’ve had to answer to some of the downtown businesses on why it was moved. Well, I didn’t know it was going to be moved. From what I understand, the Optimists asked the City, and the City approved. “… Hindsight being 20/20, I would probably have talked to my board about having something going on in the B Street Plaza during this period, whether it be carolers or another form of entertainment,” Keator said. Jim Fletcher, a member of the Optimists, who run the Santa House, said the prompting came from Auburn City Hall. “The City does the moving and they suggested that we set up there, and we went along with that,” Fletcher said. “Because as the years went by, being beside a tavern was a problem.” Mayor Pete Lewis said it was the Optimists’ idea,

[ LAWSUIT from page 1 ] The case begins in 2004 when a construction company, JPS Holdings, LLC, informed King County that it had deposited money into Seattle-based Washington First International Bank as a financial guarantee that it would finish projects in the Marchini Meadows neighborhood of Lea Hill. In 2008 the City annexed Lea Hill, inheriting the Marchini Meadows project. In 2009, the state dissolved JPS Holdings.

Clarification A story that appeared in last week's Auburn reporter on the levy and bond package that will be presented to voters in February contained several errors. Auburn High School was built as a new brick high school and opened in 1910 near the current location of West Auburn. It served as AHS until 1927 when a new AHS was built on East Main and G Street Northeast. The original 1910-built AHS served as a junior high from

concerned, as Fletcher said, about the proximity of the tavern to the House and its legions of boys and girls with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. “What really happened was the Optimists asked for the move,” Lewis said. “It wasn’t something the City did. The Optimists got tired of being situated next to the smokers and the people drinking, and they didn’t think it was a good place for it to be around kids.” The owner of the adjacent Home Plate Pub, Henry DeHoog, holds fundraisers every year and donates money raised to the Optimists for local kids. “I really don’t know why they moved, no one approached us,” DeHoog said. A call to nearby Rottles Clothing and Shoes was not returned. Has the move affected traffic at the Santa House? Fletcher said the Optimists haven’t had a meeting since the Santa House opened Dec. 3 and won’t know until next Wednesday.

According to the suit, the agreement had been that if the projects should fail to reach completion, the money JPS had deposited would be released from the account. According to the suit, the City tried in 2010 to collect the money JPS said it had deposited at WFIB, but the FDIC seized and sold the bank. The City subsequently heard from the successor to WFIB that JPS had never actually deposited money into the account, so the bank didn’t believe it owed Auburn that money.

1927 until 1949. The junior High (original AHS) was damaged by the 1949 earthquake, forcing junior high and high school students to double shift while the new AHS was being built in 1949 on 4th Street Northeast where the football field used to stand. Later, a small addition was added to the original Auburn High that was salvageable, an annex portion of the school not damaged by the earthquake for a West Auburn Elementary School that eventually became an off-campus alternative

school until the new West Auburn opened. The 1927-built AHS was used to house junior high and an adult learning center – a precursor to GRCC – from 1950 until 1957, when Olympic Junior High opened. The 1927 -1949 AHS was razed in 1980 to make a parking lot for the remodeled Auburn High and the building of the PAC. Also, the combined costs of maintaining Auburn High School is $250,000 more a year than the other schools combined.

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[ APART from page 1 ] scary, just a vague irritation or surprise.” Without the distractions of patrons, David Vacknitz and Stephen Johnston of the Auburn Paranormal Activities Research Team roam the museum’s displays and storerooms, collecting evidence they hope will prove that a spirit from the other side inhabits the museum. Johnston, 26, holds a video camera with a digital voice recorder mounted on it, looking for proof of electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). Johnston explains that sometimes the recordings capture voices, or other noises that are possibly spirits trying to communicate with the living. Meanwhile, Vacknitz works his way through the museum’s main display rooms, measuring electromagnetic fields for anomalies. “We always break out the EMF detector first,” he says. In addition to measuring the electrical energy that might be put out by a spirit or ghost, Vacknitz explains, high levels of electromagnetic energy, such as that given off by old electrical wiring, often can have an effect on human perception. “The human body has reactions to high EMFs and people susceptible to high levels,” Vacknitz says. “They can cause headaches or nausea or even hallucinations.” For Vacknitz and Johnston, it’s all part of their normal investigation process, which they’ve been doing since APART formed in 2005. Vacknitz, 37, has long been interested in the paranormal. “As a kid I watched all the shows about ghosts or hauntings,” Vacknitz says. “I’ve seen all the movies and all that type of stuff. PACIFIC’S WORK ‘N WEB JOB CENTER: The City of Pacific has set up a new program putting its computer lab and community resources to work to help job seekers. Shawn Cosby, the Algona-Pacific librarian, offers workshops on how to use

David Vacknitz, left, and Stephen Johnston of the Auburn Paranormal Activities Research Team roam the White River Valley Museum’s displays and storerooms, collecting evidence they hope will prove whether a spirit from the other side inhabits the museum. CHARLES CORTES, Auburn Reporter I’ve had occurrences where I’ve had things talk to me, or I’ve felt things or seen things.” His experience with the paranormal pales next to Johnston’s, however. “We don’t use the term sensitive, everybody is sensitive to a point,” Vacknitz explains. “But Stephen is autistic, so he has a tendency to be a lot more open without meaning to be.” The sensitivity has earned him the nickname “Scooby Doo” with the group. “That’s because every once in awhile something will spook me and I’ll run in place for five seconds and then bolt,” Johnston says. “I have been scared, sometimes at nothing, and sometimes for reasons. I’ve been choked and scratched. I’ve had physical things happen to me. I don’t know what it is, but they like me.” Unlike many organizations that thrive on the adrenaline rush

involved in investigating spooky places, Vacknitz and Johnston contend that APART is different, seeking to help people deal with the unexplained. “We just want to help people,” Vacknitz says. “It can be draining and tiring, but who else is out there to try and help people with these things? I figure if I can help one or two people, that’s good, that’s what I set out to do. We don’t want to be one of those groups that go in, investigate and give them tapes and say this is what we’ve found, goodbye. You’re not helping anyone then, so what’s the point to doing it?” That’s why APART is at the museum.

Team at work The investigation begins like all APART investigations. “We go to where the incident is, get their story and take a walkthrough,” Vacknitz says. “Just get

a feel for how things are laid out and see if we can find anything that might be causing what they’re experiencing. “We always to try to rule things out before we make a determination.” After interviewing Pittenger and museum director Patricia Cosgrove, who hasn’t had any experiences with the presence but is eager to find out what’s behind them, the APART crew gets to work. Pointing out a life-size cardboard cutout of a woman in period dress, part of the museum’s displays, Cosgrove tells APART, “sometimes we find that moved around.” In the storeroom, Vacknitz claims to feel something brush by him, despite being alone in the area. He also claims to smell flowery perfume or cologne. For Johnston, it’s footsteps without feet around to make them. The investigation goes on with Johnston breaking out his iPhone and setting up the video camera on a tripod. He begins to ask direct questions, trying to coax the spirit into communicating. “We use anything and everything that will get us some proof,” Vacknitz explains. On the phone, a program called Ghost Radar looks for anomalies in the EMF, using the many sensors on the phone to search for peaks and assigning an algorithm to them that produces a word. “Sometimes we get really interesting results, sometimes it’s gibberish,” Johnston says. Tonight the phone spits out several words – football, tea, David, pattern, cave, Thomas – seemingly gibberish. An hour into the investigation, APART is wrapping up when they

come across the cardboard cutout again. A quick glance at the wall behind the figure reveals a poster advertising a football game. In the window of the replica storefront by the cutout, boxes of tea fill a display. Although Vacknitz says they typically spend much more time investigating, he and Johnston are satisfied with the night’s work. Now the real work begins for the duo, analyzing the data they’ve recorded. Regardless of how the investigation turns out, Vacknitz is satisfied with the handful of instances he and Johnston experienced. As to whether the museum definitely houses a spirit, the jury is still out. Johnston says the recordings captured nothing out of the ordinary, no EVP or voices from the other side. There are the Ghost Radar words and personal experiences, however. “While (Vacknitz) and I believe there is something there, we cannot say for sure it’s a woman or man, or maybe even residual energy attached to an object,” Johnston says. He adds that APART hopes to take a little more time to investigate the museum further. “I’m not here to make anyone believe anything,” Vacknitz says. “If you believe, great, if not, fine. Unless you’ve experienced something yourself, I can’t sit here and show you a picture and say, ‘it’s right here’ and make you believe. There are lots of people who think it’s BS, and I can’t change their minds. But there are also people who’ve come out with us for a time and started to believe. It really depends on what they’re open to.”

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Equipped with paint supplies strapped to the back of her bicycle, “Graffiti Peggy” is on a mission to rid Auburn of unwanted and illicit markings. The pedal-powered woman frequently patrols her beat during the week, an exercise undaunted by the uncomfortable chill of autumn and winter outings. It is a determined, year-round effort by one of the community’s most active volunteers. “The inspiration?” Peggy Van Geystel was asked. “I was out walking three years ago and noticed a lot of graffiti, even down my own alley. I just thought, ‘I’m tired of this.’ ” Van Geystel soon became van Gogh, removing what gang members, vandals and taggers left behind on telephone poles, walls, signs, garage doors, fences and electrical boxes. Needing the exercise and a focused project, she decided to make a difference. Recognizing this, City graffiti abatement program officials chipped in, supplying Van Geystel with paint and graffiti removal products. “We realize her dedication is something special. It’s something nobody else was doing,” said Kirsten Reynolds of the City’s Community Services Division who has worked closely with Van Geystel. “She’s doing something for the community, not just for herself, which is just amazing. “She is someone special. … I wish more people can be like that.” Mayor Pete Lewis added: “What a wonderful place we live in that has people like Peggy who care so much.” What began close to her downtown-area home soon expanded to her neighborhood and beyond, one alley, one street at a time. Today, Van Geystel continues to remove graffiti in her coverage zone, including a threemile radius and a section of the Interurban Trail. She also works collaboratively with the Kent Police Department to treat the city’s six-milelong section of the trail. [ more KLAAS page 8 ]

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Irresponsibility, weeds persist I agree with City Councilmember Sue Singer’s lament on the weedy condition of Auburn’s traffic medians (“Singer’s familiar tune: Weed control needed in medians,” Auburn Reporter, Dec. 2). Weeds produce seeds, which then produce even more weeds. Auburn wasted a lot of our taxpayer dollars on the less than desirable “artistic” dragonflies along Main Street, but refuses to think that weed removal is of any importance. The metal dragonflies have done absolutely nothing to enhance the attractiveness of Auburn. And it supplies yet another outlet for graffiti. However, there is something else we see on a daily basis, and for some of us, on an hourly basis, and that is the pollution of

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dandelions in residential areas. I am a single, older woman who constantly labors to keep my property weed free. But I struggle with the desire to throw in the towel and give up on being a considerate and responsible resident. My neighbors, regretfully and unforgivably, refuse to tend to their properties. Look anywhere during the growing

season and you will find an overabundance of yards that are a solid blanket of dandelions, as well as other weeds. Their weeds turn to seeds, which in turn blow into neighboring yards, even far down the street from the eyesores, causing untold angst. No wonder Auburn has become an extremely low-class town. The mayor and City Council have gone out of their way to encourage irresponsibility, turning Auburn into an embarrassment. – M. Graece

Haugen will be missed Virginia Haugen, only you would be classy enough to go out gracefully. Auburn lost a real advocate for our community. [ more LETTERS page 8 ]

Subsidized school lunches save children from malnutrition, hunger The number of schoolchildren receiving free or subsidized meals is skyrocketing. Many come from families that until recently counted themselves as solidly middleclass. As the economy continues to sputter, the youngest members of society often suffer the greatest hardships.

The latest data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show an increase of students qualifying for free or low-cost school lunches to 21 million (up from 18 million in 2007), a 17-percent rise. In some states, it is closer to 25 percent. The USDA, which administers

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the national school lunch program, reported that not since 1972 have so many children become eligible in such a short time. Since its inception in 1946, the school lunch program has steadily expanded and has now a $10.8 billion annual budget, providing 32 million meals every day, 21 million of which are free or subsidized. Children from families of four with

annual incomes of under $30K qualify for free meals, while subsidies are available to those from households with less than $42K. Because of the increasing need, some school districts have added free breakfast- and even supper programs to prevent children from going hungry. But in most places [ more GUSTAFSON page 8 ]


[8] December 16, 2011 Now we are back to the good ol’ boys operation, with everyone going along with the program, never questioning and never really going out into the community to find out what is really going on and what the citizens really want. No confrontation, no messy arguing and reality checks. This is an easier job under those circumstances, but far from being in the best interest of the community and a democratic way of using political power. You are already missed, and people like you are becoming extinct, much to the detriment of an already compromised way of doing anything and everything political. You practiced politics in a human way and for that, we thank you.

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[ KLAAS from page 7 ] The trail, once riddled with graffiti from Algona to Renton, is more appealing today, thanks to Van Geystel and friends. Supporters have grown to know and help Van Geystel along the way. “I have Jerry, who regularly rides the Interurban Trail out there helping me,” she said.

and belief of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that youth should not use tobacco products. That applies to all tobacco products, including Camel dissolvables – sticks, strips and orbs – which are made for and marketed to adult tobacco consumers. And while tobacco products are available in thousands of retail outlets, they are kept behind the sales counter, requiring a clerk’s assistance to access them. In addition, their sale is agerestricted, requiring proof of age before purchase, and Camel dissolvables are clearly labeled as “Dissolvable Tobacco.” Those who keep referring to dissolvable tobacco products as “candy” or “mints” risk tainting the public discourse about these products with information that is demonstrably false. – Richard Smith, manager, communications, Reynolds American Services Company

Shop local Start a year-round tradition. Support your hometown, the small business owner so they can keep their doors open. “He is my ‘eyes.’ ” Van Geystel treats residential and commercial properties. Some business owners often are unaware they have been hit by graffiti, Van Geystel said, so she makes it her business to help out, applying a fresh coat of matching paint. Most of the graffiti attacks are the work of vandals, she says.

Where do you buy gas? Where do you eat out? Whose community are you supporting? Shopping locally means supporting Auburn’s family-owned businesses, many of which can be found downtown. There are specialty, retail items downtown you won’t find elsewhere. Buy gift certificates from your downtown hair salon or barber. Join a Pilates or a karate class. Eat out at downtown restaurants. Leave your server a nice tip and buy gift certificates while you are there. Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? She would love the services of a local, cleaning person for a day, to have a manicure or pedicure or get a much-needed massage. Computer need a tuneup? Some young person is struggling to get their repair business up and running. Buy a bag of groceries for a special meal. How about tickets to see a play or ballet at the Auburn Avenue Theater? Support a new American shopping tradition in the heart of Auburn, your downtown.

– Kathleen Keator, director, Auburn Downtown Association For the most part, cooperative homeowners and merchants appreciate the assist. “If they are not there, I touch it up,” Van Geystel said. “Most of the time, people say, ‘thank you’ or ‘yes, please do.’ ” Van Geystel, 65, is a retired assistant manager for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. She is single,

[ gustafson from page 7 ] funds are too limited to meet the demand. These statistics reflect nothing less than a rapidly growing national crisis. The fact that millions and millions of children are dependent on government aid for food is a grave matter. The notoriously poor nutritional quality of many school lunches is lamentable enough. But what happens when children are not in school during vacation times with no access to regular meals? What happens to children who are continuously malnourished, missing out on key nutrients essential for their healthy growth and development? Young children are most vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. During growth spurts they need large amounts of calories, protein, fat, vitamins and other nutrients. The optimal development of the brain, the nervous system, musculature, bones and inner organs all depend on a healthy, balanced diet. Children also are more and has her share of friends. Her partner, Kate Johnson, occasionally rides with her in the fight against graffiti. Most of the time, she works alone, poised to do her job. “They know I’m out there alone,” she said. “It’s not difficult work, but it does take time.” By doing her part, she has made Auburn better. “When I first started the

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first year, (graffiti) was persistent, and now, in my area, it is basically gone,” she said. Van Geystel and City leaders hope more volunteers come aboard and respond to graffiti in their neighborhoods. “I feel wonderful by doing it,” Van Geystel said. “I

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United Way free tax campaign needs volunteers The United Way free tax campaign helps lowand medium-income residents of King County access tax credits they are eligible for and save money on tax preparation fees. Volunteer positions are open at its Auburn

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Elsewhere • MainVue Homes, a new Seattle homebuilder, has opened a collection of homes at the Bridges master planned community in Auburn. The center, on the corner of SE 304th Street and 124th Ave. SE, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FridayTuesday. Schools of Auburn Board of Directors. “We intend to use these much-needed dollars for tutoring programs and to help students in need at Terminal Park and Gildo Rey elementary schools. We know that surrounding students with caring adult support helps them stay in school and achieve in life.” Since the inception of the foundation’s education initiative in 2009, more than $2 million has been donated to programs in local communities across the Northwest that expand academic opportunities and highlight the path to further education for lowincome and limited-English proficient students. City Hall tax site, 25 W. Main St., at these time slots – 5-9 p.m., Mondays (January-February only), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No experience necessary. Volunteers receive tax preparation training and are certified by the IRS. To learn more, visit: www.uwkc.org/taxvolunteer or contact EITC @uwkc.org.

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Is your partner keeping you awake at night? daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, lead to poor memory and concentration, as well as weight gain and sexual dysfunction. The solution for snoring is not always easy. What works for one individual might not work for another. The first step starts with lifestyle changes. If you are heavy, lose weight; 70 percent of people who are obese have sleep apnea. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Sleep on your side. Since a person naturally moves during sleep, help keep yourself on your side, and therefore diminish snoring, by taping a tennis ball to the back of a snug T-shirt. Over-the-counter, non-medication sleep aids can be helpful. Examples include nasal strips and various mouth pieces. If you suffer from nasal or sinus congestion, treat the symptoms with overthe-counter decongestant medications. If the condition does not resolve, be sure to see your doctor. Consider singing. A study showed that people who spend 20 minutes a day singing can decrease their snoring. Dr. Linda Petter

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Does your partner snore? Do you routinely tell him or her to “roll over?” Are you sleep deprived because of the loud snoring? Has the situation gotten so bad that you have resorted to sleeping in separate bedrooms? Snoring can be a significant issue in a relationship. Approximately 90 percent of adults will snore at some point in their lifetime. Snoring is more common in men than women, and it certainly can become worse with age. Snoring is caused by relaxation of the throat muscles, soft pallet and tongue as you fall asleep. This relaxation can cause a partial obstruction of the upper airway, resulting in vibrating noises when a person breathes. The major concern when a person snores is whether he or she might have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is characterized by gaps between breaths lasting about 10 seconds, and 30 or more episodes a night. OSA can increase your lifetime risk of developing high-blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. OSA can cause extreme

Last, if your sleeping partner says you snore, then you do. Make an appointment to see your doctor to be screened for OSA if: you experience excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue; easily fall asleep while watching TV, driving or at work; if you have been told you stop breathing or choke while sleeping. Overnight sleep studies now can be done in your home and in the comfort of your own bed. Many companies provide services for in-home testing. In addition, there is a significant cost savings to you and your insurance company. “Home sleep” studies cost 50-75 percent less compared to those done in a hospital setting. Dr. Linda Petter of Auburn is a weekly feature on KOMO TV/News Radio in Seattle (1000 AM and 97.7 FM) every Saturday and Sunday at 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and Thursdays during the evening commute. Dr. Petter is chief of the Department of Family Practice at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. She is a consumer healthcare advocate, and her books, “Healthcare On a Budget” and “Common Medical Sense”, are available on Amazon.com. Visit her website, www.DocForAll.com, or call her office at 253-568-0841.

... HEALTHY LIVING Woman to share successful lifestyle turnaround at Health and Fitness Expo Puyallup’s Rose Cowan – a life coach and motivational speaker who gained national attention for losing 150 pounds – is the keynote speaker at the Jan. 6-8 Northwest Health and Fitness Expo at the Showplex at the Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Cowan shares her story about how she lost and kept the weight Cowan off. She appeared on “Dr. Oz”, “Oprah”, “The Today Show” and KING 5’s “New Day Northwest” to discuss her weight-loss secrets. Cowan will appear at the expo at 11 a.m. Jan. 7. Cowan was miserable. She weighed 310 pounds. After a visit to the hospital, doctors told her she was a ticking time bomb. Cowan realized her life was in serious danger. She realized she had to

dramatically change her life if she wanted to see her seven children grow up. Cowan lost 150 pounds over time with hard work and developed healthy habits. Her passion is to help others escape from the bondage of food addiction. In addition to Cowan, local triathlete Heidi Hubler presents triathlon training at noon, Jan. 8. Hubler is a world-class triathlete who competed in the 2011 Half Ironman Worlds in September. She has countless podium finishes in triathlons and running events. In 2009 she received the title of All-American Triathlete for placing in the top percentages in her races. Hubler, an elementary teacher in the Dieringer School District, has nearly 30 marathons (including the prestigious Boston)

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RUN/ WALK FOR AUBURN’S SEE YA LATER FOUNDATION: Tahoma High School DECA students host a 5K run/walk and silent auction at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school, 18200 SE 240th St., Covington. The event benefits the Auburn-based foundation, a nonprofit organization that inspires youth and supports struggling families. Fee: $10 to participate, $15 with an event shirt. Free coffee and hot chocolate in the Commons afterward. For more information, visit www.seeyalater.org.

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After more than 20 years of service to the community, we’re proud that we’ll be offering much-needed emergency care next spring at the new MultiCare Covington Emergency Department. Learn more at covingtonmedicalcenter.org or call 253.372-7274 today.


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Replacement Levy Facts

AHS Modernization and Bond Facts

Proposition 1

Approval of the replacement levy will maintain current educational programs and services for local Proposition 2 children. It is not a new tax. It replaces the expiring 2008 levy and is required to maintain current Approval of the $110 million modernization instructional programs and services. and reconstruction bond will fund critical improvements at Auburn High School while keeping school taxes level.

How Is a Replacement Levy Dollar Spent?

Reconstruct Aging School The aging building is in disrepair and is no longer cost-effective to operate and maintain. Jeff Gering

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Regular education, career and technical education; gifted, honors and Advanced Placement programs; English Language Learners; teacher training; curriculum adoptions; summer school; textbooks; classroom equipment; school supplies; library books.

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Individualized Education Programs; specially designed instruction and curriculum; small class size; additional staffing and instructional support; health services; special transportation; occupational, physical and speech/language therapies; specialized equipment.

Coaches and activity advisors; drama, orchestra, band; athletic equipment; musical instruments; transportation for activities and sports— all athletics and activities are supported by levy funds.

The needed repairs include: 

leaking roofs

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outdated classrooms and labs

83 entrances into Auburn High

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Performing Arts Center Maintenance and Custodial Services Heating and cooling maintenance; grounds care; building maintenance; custodial services; utilities; printing.


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d Reconstruction Broken heating and cooling systems

Combined School Taxes Will Stay Level

The combined passage of Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 will result in level school taxes for the average homeowner in Auburn. Combined School Taxes Stay Level 2008-2013

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Proposition 1 requires a simple majority (50%) and Proposition 2 requires a super majority (60%) for passage.

the School Board and administration have planned both measures so homeowners will have level school taxes

the district has refinanced previous bonds saving $2 million to taxpayers

Auburn School District bond debt for schools is at an all-time low

The modernized and reconstructed Auburn High School will:

project is eligible for $25 million state matching funds

be built at its current location in phases so students can safely remain on campus during the project

new facility will save $250,000 annually in energy

delay of the project will cost $3 million more annually

project will create jobs within our community

Modernize Community Facilities

improve heating, cooling and ventilation

be under one roof with two points of entry

have off-street bus loading areas and 300 more on-site parking stalls

provide new classrooms and building technology

The PAC will be modernized, not replaced. The improvements include: 

new front entry, lobby and drop-off area with improved access for the disabled

seismic upgrades

new theater seats and improved lighting and sound systems

large parking lot adjacent to PAC, pool and main gym directly across from Auburn Memorial Stadium

Is there a special exemption for senior citizens or those who are 100% disabled from work? Special exemption: Anyone 61 years of age or older or those who are 100% disabled from work may be exempt from voted levies and bonds. King and Pierce Counties conduct all elections through mail-in ballots only. For voter registration information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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Turkey Roulade

Submitted by Barbara Desveaux 1 stick butter 12 oz. chocolate chips 10-1/2 oz. colored miniature marshmallows 1 cup chopped walnuts flaked coconut

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Cool. Put marshmallows and nuts in large bowl, pour chocolate over and stir until well mixed. Cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper and sprinkle it with coconut. Divide mixture into two parts. Put in one long narrow mound lengthwise on waxed paper and roll like a jelly roll. Repeat with other half. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Slice to serve. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. Will keep in refrigerator up to two weeks. I color the coconut red or green for the holidays.

Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Submitted by Brittany A. Hermansen 1 whole (2 halves) turkey breast boned and butterflied 4 Tbs. melted butter/margarine 6-8 fresh large sage leaves 1/2 cup dried cranberries 2 cups Sausage Apple Cornbread Stuffing (add 1/2 cup chicken/turkey stock to keep moist) Salt & Pepper Kitchen twine

14 oz. packaged cornbread mix 2 small Granny Smith apples, diced 2 small yellow onions, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 14 oz. ground sausage 1 cup chicken/turkey stock 2 tsp. rubbed sage Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare cornbread according to manufacturer’s directions, cool and crumble or cut into tiny cubes. In a medium skillet, cook sausage thoroughly and save the drippings. Remove sausage and pat to dry. Cook apples, onion and celery in sausage drippings on medium heat until translucent. Add salt & pepper to taste. Add cooked celery, onion, apple and sage to crumbled/cubed cornbread. Mix well, adding stock gradually to coat. Add more chicken stock if you prefer a moister stuffing. Butter or pan-spray a baking dish, add stuffing and bake for 15 minutes.

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One tag on the Giving Tree at the Auburn Walmart says simply “Mario DS Game,” “age 6” and “female” For that unnamed little girl, and all the others, young and not so young, who’ll unwrap the designated gifts, the tags might as well contain all the lights of Christmas. This local charity has a big heart, and one of the best things about it is that anyone can do their bit to make a better Christmas for people in need.

Gathered before the Giving Tree at Walmart are, left to right, front row, store manager Janet Faulkner and Giving Tree founder Diane Rupert. Back row, from left to right, are Daryl Faber, director of Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation; Julie Brewer, recreation special programs and marketing manager for Auburn Parks, Arts and Rec; Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis; Rotarian Bob Klontz; Marc Pelham, market manager for Walmart; and JB Rupert.

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CALENDAR Events Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the website: www. auburntourism.com. Fourth annual Small Works, Big Presents exhibit and sale: Through Dec. 18, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Show celebrates the diversity and creativity in the regional arts scene. Sale of the artwork is available throughout the exhibition, with 25 percent of the proceeds benefitting the museum. Presented by the museum and the City of Auburn Arts Commission. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission: $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-2887433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.org for event information. Rainier Audubon Society: 7 p.m., Dec. 19, Federal Way United Methodist Church, 51st Avenue and South 296th Street. Regular meeting. A presentation by Dan Streiffert on “The Best of Malheur” Wildlife Refuge follows a social half-hour with general announcements. Monthly meetings occur on the third Monday, same time and place. It is free admission. Cascade Water Alliance open house workshop: 6-8 p.m., Jan. 12, North Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th St. E, Lake Tapps. CWA is developing a formal policy regarding the use of its property by third parties around the reservoir. Residents will be able to ask questions of staff as well as get information regarding applicable jurisdictional permits. Info: www.cascadewater.org.

Holiday events Auburn Optimist Club Santa House: Now open through Dec. 22. New location, Plaza Park, across from City Hall, 25 W. Main St. Hours: 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 3; noon-6 p.m., Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23; 3-6 p.m., Dec. 12-16; 3-7 p.m., Dec. 19-22. For more information, please call 253-315-3025.

Ilalko Holiday Lights Recycling: Through Jan. 20. Proceeds support school programs. The public is encouraged to bring broken, unwanted, working and nonworking Christmas lights and extension cords Ilalko’s way. Just drop off any collected lights at one of 17 conveniently located collection boxes. • Rottles Clothing & Shoes, 226 E. Main, Auburn, 253-833-2750; • Top Food & Drug, 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E, Auburn, 253-876-1700; • Auburn Valley Y, 1620 Perimeter Road SW, Auburn, 253-8332770; • Auburn Park, Arts and Rec, 800 9th SE St., Auburn, 253-931-3043; • Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 9th St. SE, Auburn, 253-931-3016; • Avise Chiropractic, 4111 A St. SE, No. 104, Auburn, 253-3938144; • Chase Bank, 6950 Lake Tapps Parkway SE, Auburn; • Children’s Dance Theater, 122 W. Main St., Auburn, 253-8878937; • City of Auburn Customer Service, second floor, 25 W. Main St., 253-931-3047; • Lakeland Home Owners Association, 5801 Lakeland Hills Way, Auburn, 253-735-1144; • Lakeland Family Chiropractic, 4220 A St. SE, No. 103, Auburn, 253-833-4800; • Roach Gymnastics, 1627 45th St. E, Sumner, 253826-5999; Five elementary schools: • Arthur Jacobsen, 29205 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn, 253-630-2441; • Hazelwood, 11815 SE 304th St., Auburn, 253-931-4740; • Ilalko, 301 Oravetz Place SE, Auburn, 253-9314748; • Lakeland Hills, 1020 Evergreen Way SE, Auburn, 253-876-7711; • Terminal Park, 1101 D St. SE, Auburn, 253-931-4978.

Got an event? submissions@auburn-reporter.com St., and Salon Edwards, 29100 Pacific S. Highway, Suite 6, Federal Way. For more information, call the Auburn Valley Barber Shop at 253-939-7262 or Salon Edwards at 253-941-8845. “See Ya Later” Foundation fundraiser: 10 a.m., Dec. 17, Tahoma High School, 18200 SE 240th St., Covington. 5K run/walk and silent auction benefits the Auburnbased foundation, a nonprofit organization that inspires youth and supports struggling families. Hosted by the school’s DECA students. Fee: $10 to participate, $15 with an event shirt. Registered runners/walkers qualify for the silent auction. Free coffee and hot chocolate in the commons afterward. For more information, visit www. seeyalater.org.

Health Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 17, Albertsons, 4010 A St. SE, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www.crbs.net/home.

“Adopting a senior” for the holidays: The Auburn Business Coalition asking businesses to donate items to fulfill the wishes of 26 recipients from the Adult Guardianship Services, Inc. For more information call 253-709-0000 or go to The Auburn Business Page on Facebook.

Puget Sound Blood Center drives: 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Dec. 29, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Conference Rooms 1 and 2 (3rd Floor), Plaza I, 202 N. Division St. 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Dec. 29, Auburn City Hall, Council Chambers, 25 W. Main St. 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Jan. 2, Messiah Lutheran Auburn, New Gathering Hall, 410 H St. NE, Auburn; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., Jan. 7, SuperMall, 1101 Supermall Way, bus by Burlington Coat Factory; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Jan. 9, LDS, 625 M St. NE, Auburn; 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 11, West Auburn High School, gym, 401 W. Main St.; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Jan. 11, Zones, Inc., 1102 15th St. SW, mobile in parking lot. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit www.psbc.org.

Barbers Against Hunger coat drive: Through Dec. 18. Acceptation new and used coat donations at two locations – Auburn Valley Barber Shop, 316 E. Main

Northwest Health and Fitness Expo: Jan. 6-8, Showplex at the Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday

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Classes Work ‘n Web Job Resource Workshops: Available every Monday, from 2-3 p.m., East Room, Pacific Community Center and Gym, 305 Milwaukee Blvd., Pacific. Do you need help and resources to find work? Let the computer lab and community resources work to help you. Shawn Cosby, Algona-Pacific librarian, offers workshops on how to use library resources, including career guidance and planning tools, resume builder, test and education center and typing instructor Web. Joel McKinney, of the Career Path Employment Team, offers workshops on resume and cover letter writing, job application process, job search strategies, interview preparation, career interest testing and work place behavior. For more information, contact Linda Morris, community services director, at 253-929-1150.

Holiday Journey Bronn and Katherine Journey and friends will present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Celebrate the holiday season with the Journeys through harp, humor and song. The couple play a friendly and folksy style, a program that includes many genres – Broadway, folk, classical and sacred, highlighted by the beauty of traditional Christmas classics. Tickets range $16-$24. To order, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets also are at the door. COURTESY PHOTO at 11:30, Main meal is served at noon. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and over, $5.75 for those younger than 60.

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• Movie Screenings: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 50 cent suggested donation for refreshments.

Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” Networking Breakfast: 8-9 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $5, includes continental breakfast. Auburn Area Chamber Board Room, 108 S. Division, Suite B. 253-8330700.

• Monday Supper Club: 4:45-6 p.m. One Monday a month. Call 253-931-3016 for date and menu. Cost: $6 for all ages. • Meals on Wheels: Senior services’ program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. For more information, call the center at 253-931-3016.

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, Emerald Downs, Emerald Room (fourth floor), 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Register online through the chamber.

Entertainment “Seussical, the Musical:” Dec. 16-18, Green River Community College Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16, 17, with 3 o’clock matinees slated for Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 17-18. Heavier Than Air Family Theatre presents holiday classic, based on the works of the beloved children’s’s author Theodore Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 253-833-9111, extension 2400, during normal business hours. All tickets are $10. Seating is festival. Doors open one-half hour before scheduled performance times. Visit www.heavierthanair.com for further information.

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You made our Open House a big success. Thanks to these Charter Members we are on our way to meeting our goal. Green River Veterinary Hospital Auburn Veterinary Hospital Nancy Jorgensen Maureen Bdoc Partridge Full(n)er Family John & Shirlee Partridge David & Robin Ornsbey Fred & Carol Gorski Donald & Christine Campbell Patricia Mullens Sharon E. LaVigne Mary Ann & Don Kurle Creekside Critter Care Sharon Naon

and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Puyallup’s Rose Cowan – a life coach and motivational speaker who gained national attention for losing 150 pounds – is the keynote speaker (11 a.m. Jan. 7). Local triathlete Heidi Hubler presents triathlon training (noon, Jan. 8). Consumer-related health and fitness products. General admission: $7 adults; $6 seniors 62 and over and military personnel with ID; free for children 17 and younger. Two-dollar discount coupons off the general price are available at www.nwhealthandfitnessexpo.net. Parking is free at designated lots. For directions, visit www.thefair.com.

Dianne Snell Spooner Family for the love of Berner Dorothy Daniels Valley Animal Hospital of Auburn Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital Tom & Linda Flynn Chelsea Bailey Auburn Valley Animal Clinic Primo Petcare Jon & Brenda Heineman Patricia Bailey Danielle & Zachary Hebert Capri & Sienna Dyckman Family for Paige & D.O.G. In memory of David E. Parker Pamela Johnson The Millard Family Fire Fighters Local #1352 Linda White Eddie & Lorna Melrose Carl I. Johnson III Auburn Crafters in honor of Eileen Illsley Fred & Rita Poe Rachel Hamm Mac & Scooter Hauptmann & Family Jim & Leah Barfoot & Family

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• New Year Celebration with lunch and special entertainment: 11:30 a.m. , Dec. 30. Help the center ring in the New Year early with lunch and special entertainment from Ryan Coleman, a local entertainer who does a one-man tribute act as the legendary Buddy Holly. He plays guitar and sings (along with accompaniment tracks). Please call the center to register. There is a $3 suggested donation for lunch for people 60 and over, $5.75 for those under 60. • Pool players: The center is looking for ladies 50 or older to play pool on the second fourth Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. The center also is looking for pool players who are 70 or older on first and third Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Please call Rocky Kirwin at the center for more information. • Senior Coffee Hours with the Mayor and Councilmembers: 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. • Lunch: Monday-Friday, Salad bar begins

“The Gift”: 7 p.m., Dec. 16, Maple Valley Presbyterian Church, 22659 Sweeney Road SE, Maple Valley. The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert. Proceeds benefit the Maple Valley Rotary’s Music For Kids program, which provides instruments, lessons and tuition assistance for children. The concert features MVYSO’s debut philharmonic and symphony orchestras as well as ensemble groups. The audience will be treated to holiday favorites, including Vivaldi’s “Winter” with violin solo by Haley Kovach, MVYSO’s concert mistress. Santa Claus makes a special visit. A $5 suggested donation is welcomed at the door. For more information, call 425-358-1640 or visit www.mvyso.org.

“A Very Beatles Christmas!”: 8 p.m., Dec. 16, Auburn Avenue Theatre,10 Auburn Ave. Creme Tangerine performs favorite Beatles songs, Christmas tunes and the entire Abbey Road album in a very intimate setting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a “meet and greet” social atmosphere. Beer, Wine, and snacks will be available to buy. This event is “festival” seating, or, first come, first served. Tickets: $18 general, $15 students and seniors. For tickets, call Paulyester Productions at 253-223-0803 or go online at Brown Paper Tickets. Molly’s Revenge: 7 p.m., Jan. 7, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. With their dynamic and often fast-paced Irish Celtic sounds, Molly’s Revenge has amazed the audiences at international Celtic and other festivals for more than 10 years. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit www. brownpapertickets.com. Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 13, Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tickets: $17, $15. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 8 a.m.-noon Friday, or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Rhythmic Circus, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Rapid-fire, high spirited humor, rhythm masters. Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm backed by a full band. Tickets: $20, $18. Call 253-931-3043, or go online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Galleries Auburn City Hall: Exhibit: Dec. 7Jan. 30. Auburn Student Art Show. 25 W. Main St. Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov.

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District cooks up healthy choices Auburn schools continue to provide a healthier taste. The school district, which serves 8,000 lunches and 4,000 to students each school day, already is working to make school meal changes to meet specific USDA dietary requirements. Those include: increasing the variety and amounts of fruits and vegetables offered, many from local farms; increasing whole grains and reducing sodium levels; making free water available during school meals; and providing only milk that is low-fat (1 percent), non-fat white or flavored. It is all part of a district’s plan to get kids to eat smarter and healthier. “If you give kids a chance at school to see and have access to healthy foods, they are going to go home and tell their moms, ‘Hey, I tried jicama on the salad bar, and I liked it,’” said Margaret Dam, Auburn Nutrition Services supervisor for the school district. “We’re trying to offer things that maybe their parents don’t have time to prepare or knowledge on how to prepare.” The school district has used a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant in the kitchen. A CPPW-funded project has school district staff exploring whole foods cooking. The training – in coordination with Dam – has brought new ideas to staff. “It actually inspired our cooks to want to start

[ GIVING TREE from page 15 ] Youth Resources, Canterbury House, Latino Friendship Center and Meals on Wheels will nominate the families. In addition to the Giving Tree at Walmart, Rupert maintains her own Giving Tree at home, which is where the story began in 2006. “We bought our house and people started bringing us bottles of wine and hostess gifts to our holiday parties,” Diane Rupert said. “So I said instead of doing that, let’s put something toward a needy cause – a giving tree.”

Chinook honored Chinook Elementary School is one of only two Puget Sound schools to be awarded the John D. Warner Award for Educational Excellence sponsored The Boeing Company. The Auburn school was recognized as runner-up for: • Significantly raising student achievement. • Involving parents and community members in improving student achievement. • Providing excellent leadership for teachers and staff. Boeing Co. representatives organized a surprise visit to Chinook to present the award. The award includes a $25,000 grant for five teachers to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., in July.

student-led Commit to Fit marketing campaign to change the culture at school. More than 4,000 students and staff have signed up to participate. Commitments include, for example, 60 minutes of daily activity for one week, walking to school or making healthy food choices. Activities generate points on an online tracking system with the points redeemable for rewards. Many of the rewards are donated by local businesses. For more information, visit: www.committofit.org. To learn more about the school district program, visit www.auburn.wednet. edu/ and click on “School Meals.”

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testing recipes and making more things from scratch,” Dam said. The eight-hour certified training – developed by Cynthia Lair of Cooking Interruptus – was taught by nutritionists at 17 locations throughout King County. Auburn’s cafeteria staff have attended the training to learn cooking techniques and pick up information about the nutritional differences between processed and whole foods. The district’s cafeteria staff is enthusiastic about implementing the whole foods cooking recipes into their school menus. The CPPW also is supporting students in the school district’s DECA

Auburn’s Devanni Partridge made the dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, Iowa). To be eligible, a student must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Partridge, the 2007 Miss Auburn and 2009 Miss Washington, is in her fourth trimester in the doctor of chiropractic program at the college. … Jamestown (ND) College student Erin Delo of Auburn recently performed in the orchestra for the Jamestown College Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Titanic”. Delo played the cello. Established in 1883, Jamestown College is a private, liberal arts four-year college. … The following Evergreen Heights Elementary School students were awarded for displaying the trait of the month, compassion: Cesar Javier-Lopez; Josiah Cournoyer; Lailanee Wise-Granados; Yvonne Tukana; Lorenzo Saavedra Jr.; Kaycee Valdez;

That night the Rupert’s collected $3,800 in donations and a new charity was launched. In 2009, Rupert partnered with the Auburn Rotary Club and Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Department to serve more children. This year she expects the donations to top $20,000. “We buy every child a coat, we buy every child clothing, we buy every child toys. We buy them everything that they ask for on their gift tag, and there’s nothing that we’ve ever left out, shoes, clothes everything. We take care of senior citizens, buy them Meals on Wheels. We don’t

discriminate, we take care of them all if they need help,” Rupert said. Janet Faulkner, store manager at the Auburn Walmart, explained how the superstore got into the act. “Diane and I talked a couple weeks ago and we were talking about what she was doing, and she said, ‘Why don’t you do a giving tree here?’ From there it sort of grew. What’s so exciting to me is that there’s all genders on it. A lot of people forget the special needs children and the seniors in their homes, and this is great because it touches every single age,” Faulkner said.

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Top trio Ilalko Elementary School’s Chloe Vinson, left, Jared Cloud, middle, and Ariana Stephens recently were honored as the top fundraising students from the school PTA’s walk-a-thon. The school recognized the trio at an assembly. The PTA walk-a-thon raised more than $14,000 to support school programs, according to Danette Wate, PTA fundraising chairperson. COURTESY PHOTO Deniss Alvarado; Tianna Long; Scarlett Stelzer; Yiakos Everson; Citlalli Sanchez; Lacey Braden; Tyson Burtis and Selai “Dee” Tukana. …

Auburn Mountainview students are earning Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. In fact, the school has the No. 1 pass rate in the state, and has 20 industry certifications so

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far this year. A number of students have scored in the high 900s, and one student has scored a perfect 1,000. With some of the best scores in the country, these students may be invited to represent the United States in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in Las Vegas next July. … Imani Clark, a senior at Auburn Riverside, was third in the Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) District 11 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Clark recently accepted the award during a VFW special event for essay winners in Redmond. … The Auburn Mountainview FIRST Robotics Team 2907 was awarded a $1,500 grant by the Center of Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound. The funds will support the team while competing in the FIRST Washington Robotics competitions beginning with a six-week “build session” on Jan. 7.

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construction and gift giving we seek moments of happiness, contentment and laughter. And maybe, if we are lucky, in the midst of our family gatherings, candle light services and Christmas prayers, we find a moment of transcendent beauty and love. It’s hard to build a magic kingdom Christmas. In fact, it’s downright impossible. It’s just too difficult to hem in the magic and construct the necessary boundaries to preserve the beauty of the season. There’s just too much sadness, anger and dysfunction; too much fear, loneliness and lethargy; too much sickness, poverty and desperation. No matter how hard we try, we can’t erect strong enough boundaries to keep the magic killers out. I love going to Disneyland. I love abiding Doug Bursch

right amount of food to keep us from paying for multiples of six Disneyland meals. Even so, our pilgrimage has unavoidable costs. There is an unavoidable cost to abiding within the magical boundaries. Yet we pay the price because we want the magic. Preparing for Christmas can become a magic kingdom pursuit. We take our best desires, aspirations, dreams and expectations and try to turn them into a magical Christmas. With twinkling lights, evergreen trees and sparkling tinsel we attempt to facilitate an environment conducive to joy, hope and happiness. Through eggnog consumption, gingerbread house

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I enjoy Disneyland. Disneyland is square footage within a well fortified boundary. Within the boundary is magic; outside the boundary is Southern California. Southern California is less magical. My family and I regularly travel to Southern California for the purpose of abiding within the fortified boundaries, within the magic. There are six in our family, so the journey is costly. Multiples of six define our experience. Six on a plane, six in a hotel room, six each with a five-day park hopper ticket in hand. Each of the six requiring meals, beverages, snacks and souvenirs. We have become skilled in the way we travel. We buy the right discount plane tickets, stay in the right discount hotel and pack the

within the Magic Kingdom boundaries. But every once in awhile, the outside sadness ruins the picture. The distraction comes in many forms: a mother yelling at her over tired toddler in the que for It’s a Small World; a sullen looking father staring into the distance while waiting for a parade he does not want to see; and an angry teenager just being intentionally angry … obviously angry … angry for all the world to see. These moments draw stark contrast to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” The Christmas season is full of the same contrasts. Joy to the World and petty fights with the in-laws, Silent Night and continual back seat bickering in the mini-van, Jingle Bells and “Go to Hell” as the door slams. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year blaring on and on and on to remind you that you are still unwed, without kids, and very much sleeping

...obituaries Alan P. Gurneau Sr. Alan P. Gurneau Sr. was born November 9, 1967 in Chicago, IL; died December 10, 2011 in Auburn, WA. Alan is survived by his wife, Autumn Gurneau; son, Alan P. Gurneau Jr and daughter, Gianni L. Gurneau. Funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011, Auburn City SDA Church, 402 - 29th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002. (253) 833-2560 562227

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alone tonight. It is very difficult to construct a magical Christmas. Yet we try, and there are moments when we appear to succeed. Christmas magic is far more fickle, fleeting and elusive than our Christmas movies and television specials would have us believe.

Genuine tale Thankfully, we have the first Christmas story. We have the virgin birth, the sacred star and the blessed Savior born. We have the frightened young couple seeking refuge in the hard hearted city of Bethlehem. We have the impoverished birth of a promised Savior; a feeding trough for his crib, a shepherd’s welcome for his arrival. We have glory among the rubble, beauty among the fear, hope among the desperation. We have Christmas in all its transcendent glory. Don’t give up. Christmas

magic is not a place, experience or ritual. Christmas magic is Immanuel, Christ with us, the hope of glory. Christmas is Jesus Christ with us, inside and outside the boundaries of our magic kingdom expectations. Jesus Christ with us no matter how we feel, no matter how we fail, no matter how great the need. Immanuel, Christ is with us. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He is the light that overpowers darkness and the hope that overcomes despair. Jesus Christ is the life that rescues us from death and darkness. He abides with us, and He will be with us this Christmas season whether or not anything goes as planned. Merry Christmas and peace on Earth to all humankind. … Especially to you. “Live from Seattle with Doug Bursch” can be heard 4-6 p.m. weekdays on KGNW 820 AM. Doug Bursch also pastors Evergreen Foursquare Church. Evergreen meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at 2407 M St. SE next to Pioneer Elementary School. He can be reached at www. fairlyspiritual.org or doug@ fairlyspiritual.org.

APOA sponsors Shop with a Cop The Auburn Police Officers Association is sponsoring the inaugural Shop with a Cop event Saturday at Walmart, next to the Auburn SuperMall. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon. A child from each of the Auburn School District’s 14 elementary schools was chosen by their schools to participate in the event.

Each child is given $100 to spend on their families while they shop with an Auburn police officer. The child then has lunch with the officer at Subway and also receives a $25 gift card from Target. The APOA, a nonprofit organization, would like to thank Walmart, Subway and Target for supporting the event.

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MORA-MONTELONGO/GAMEZ Ana and Humberto, boy, Dec. 2 OWEN Tracy and Mark, boy, Dec. 1 PARKER Kaitlin and Christopher, girl, Dec. 4 STROTHERS Tiffany, boy, Dec. 5 VOSS Rebecca and Matthew, girl, Dec. 1 WADE MARSHALL/TALL Melissa and Doug, girl, Dec. 2 ZIEGLER/APARIS Torie and Dillon, boy, Nov. 27

Auburn Regional Medical Center ALEMAN ANAYA Antonia, girl, Dec. 6 DEHARO-SANCHEZ/HERNANDEZ Gloria and Juan Luis, boy, Dec. 2 HAMILTON Michael Ann and James, girl, Nov. 28 LANKTREE Sarah and Trevor, boy, Dec. 1

Deaths Obituary list, Public Health – Seattle and King County vital statistics AUBURN AREA Alessandra, Rose M., 98, Nov. 20 Bowen, Donald P., 60, Nov. 27 Breckenridge, Frary H., 78, Nov. 27 Brooks, Delores L., 81, Dec. 2 Burnett, Larry G., 69, Nov. 26 Canfield, Lois F., 76, Nov. 27 Dessen, Martin V., 61, Dec. 3 Gutmann, Francis J., 96, Nov. 22

Juergens, Marion J., 90, Dec. 3 Jungbauer, Arthur F., 46, Dec. 1 Kim, Pong S., 65, Nov. 14 Liston, Eleanor C., 97, Dec. 4 Mahoney, Gladys L., 88, Dec. 7 Meyer, Charles L., 72, Dec. 3 Myers, Paul V., 100, Nov. 26 Nelson, Michael D., 37, Nov. 26 Stevens, Rolland E., 78, Nov. 30 Wagner, Renee L., 63, Nov. 29 White, Harold E., 82, Nov. 24 Wilder, Paul, 78, Nov. 27 Wilmot, James L., 56, Nov. 23 Wilson, Geraldine L., 93, Nov. 26


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New weight classes include: 106, formerly 103; 113, formerly 112; 120, formerly 119; 126, formerly 125; 132, formerly 130; 138, formerly 135 and 140; 145; 152; 160; 170, formerly 171; 182, new class; 195, formerly 189; 220, formerly 215; and 285. Girls classes remain unchanged for 2011-2012.

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Auburn Riverside graduate Stephanie Egwautu was omitted from the list of former Riverside Youth Basketball players now playing Division I basketball in the Dec. 9 issue. Egwautu is a senior at Portland State University Contact and submissions: Shawn Skager sskager@auburn-reporter.com or 253.833.0218 ext. 5054

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Dennis Herren sits in the Auburn High School wrestling room, surrounded by tradition. Banners on the walls bear testament to the past success of the Trojan wresting program. Although all of them are special to Herren, 36, who graduated from Auburn in 1994, one is more meaningful. It’s a team championship banner from the 1994 Mat Classic IX, a state crown that he helped win with his 178-pound title. Now, as the new coach of the Trojans’ wrestling program, Herren is eager to guide his squad to more success and give it a chance to share in that tradition of excellence. “In practice they get stories of the great tradition of Auburn wrestling,” Herren said. “And in the telling of that tradition, I make them part of that and I invite them to join that tradition.” Herren grew up as a witness to Auburn wrestling tradition. His father, Kip Herren – now the Auburn School District superintendent – was the program’s coach from 1979 to 1992 and is a member

AUBURN AT A GLANCE COACH: Dennis Herren, first year LAST SEASON: 6-1 in South Puget Sound League North 4A dual matches. Second at SPSL North 4A sub-regional tournament. Finished 11th at Mat Classic XXIII. BOYS VARSITY ROSTER: Balteer Rana, freshman, 106 pounds; Brian Alonzo, senior, 113; Cameron Hiller, sophomore, 120; Tyson Galliac, sophomore, 126; Bailey Minnar, freshman, 132; Patrick Shine, senior, 138; Christian Loomis, freshman, 145; Tilden Sansom, senior, 152; Josh Tate, junior, 160; Seth Mizoguchi, junior, 170; Stephen Heinz, 185; Adam Garcia, senior, 185; James West, junior 195; Michael Ridge, 220; and Tavis Greenwood, senior, 285.

Dennis Herren, standing, takes over as head coach of the Trojan wrestling squad. Herren is a 1994 graduate of Auburn High School. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter of the Washington State Wrestling Hall of Fame. “It was always a part of our life,” Dennis Herren said. “I just liked that I got to go out for breakfast with dad during tournaments.”

By the time he began elementary school, Herren was on the mat competing, but contends that he never felt any pressure from his [ more HERREN page 23 ]

Auburn’s Cory English chooses UW Auburn offensive lineman Cory English has verbally committed to the University of Washington. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior is being recruited to play center for the Huskies. English also fielded offers from Washington State, Oregon State and Idaho. English made an official visit to Oregon State.

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“It was just the perfect place for me,” English said. “My visit went really well, and it’s a winning program, and I want to win.” English – who is rated as a three-star football recruit by Rivals.com, received two stars from Scout.com and is the Evergreen [ more ENGLISH page 23 ]

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OUTLOOK: The Trojans return two state placers from Mat Classic in Alonzo, fifth at 103, and Sansom, seventh at 145. “It’s a hard working team with good senior leaders and ambitious underclassmen,” Herren said. “Wins won’t be handed to the team as it doesn’t have the returning state champions we have seen on Trojan teams of the past. This team will need to put their hearts into every practice, dual and tournament on the schedule with the hopes of bettering themselves each day if they want to enjoy the Trojan tradition of success in wrestling.” KEY MATCHES: The Trojans get a test this weekend at the Tri-State Tournament at North Idaho Community College. Auburn hosts the all-SPSL Tournament Dec. 29-30. Auburn hosts powerhouse Tahoma in its final regular-season dual at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW AT A GLANCE COACH: Adam France, seventh year LAST SEASON: Finished 20th at the Mat Classic 3A championships.

Cory English has verbally committed to play center for the UW next season. FILE PHOTO

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www.auburn-reporter.com [ Herren from page 22] ren returned to the Puget father to excel at the sport. “I never knew it mattered if I won or lost,” he said. “He never really put any outcome pressure on me to perform, so it was always my own fire and ambition. And I think that’s what allowed me to continue wrestling in college after high school.” In college at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Herren continued to shine on the mat. He was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American and in 1999, won the NAIA national championship at 174 pounds, the first American to win a national title for a Canadian university. In addition to providing an outlet for his passion for wrestling, Herren said his time at Simon Fraser gave him in opportunity to explore his passion for the arts. “I studied arts and culture,” he said. “It was a mix of dance, theater, film, visual art and poetry. At the time I fancied myself, and my friends as well, as warrior bards. That’s how we perceived ourselves.” After graduation Her-

Sound, content to follow in the tradition of the writers he admired, including Ken Kesey and John Irving. “I thought I would just write short stories,” he said. “But Randy Connelly, who had always been a legend in my eyes, asked me to help coach at Auburn Riverside.” In 1999 Herren became an assistant coach at Auburn Riverside, where he helped establish a winning tradition for the Ravens. “We had a good first year. We had Riverside’s first state wrestling champion in Franco Santiago (171 pounds),” he said. “And we made the top 10 in the state (in 2000), which was a big deal for Riverside.” Around the same time, Herren realized he had a calling to help people away from the mat as well. “I started to realize that my plan was to write poems and short stories, but God’s plan was for me to help people with disabilities,” he said. Although he was working as a salesman, Herren decided to start his own company, American Ability, which helps disabled people find jobs.

“I took that sales skill set and mixed it with caring and believing in people with disabilities, and that’s how I formed American Ability,” he said. “It’s meaningful work. I’m just using the gifts I have and whatever I’m talented at to help people.” Earlier this year, Herren found out about Auburn’s wrestling coach opening from one his best friend since the second grade, Tony Vacca, now an assistant with Auburn. He jumped at the chance. “I really thought it was an unlikely thing that I’d get this,” Herren said. After getting the nod, Herren said the passion for wrestling took over. “The fire and ambition to be a great team and to build a great team was instantly ignited,” he said. Now, just a couple matches into his first season, it’s all about helping this generation of wrestlers get the same out of the sport that he did. “I want to create a deeply meaningful experience for young women and men of all levels that they’ll carry with them their entire adult life,” he said.

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[wrestling from page 22] BOYS VARSITY ROSTER: Matt Howard, freshman, 106 pounds; Giovanni Hermeyer, sophomore, 120; Brandon Perry, senior, 126; David Boone, freshman, 132; Jordan Slavik, senior, 138; Nick Helms, junior, 145; Allen Sura, senior, 152; Erik English, senior, 152; Josh Walker, junior, 160; Marcus Cosby, junior, 170; Ray Azevedo, junior, 195; Alex Harris, junior, 195; and Dakota Weir, sophomore, 285. OUTLOOK: The Lions return Perry, a senior who competed at last season’s Mat Classic. Also back are Slavik, Wier and English, all with regional tourney experience. Beyond that, the Lions look to gain experience quickly on the mat. Unfortunately, the SPSL 3A is not the kindest league to gain experience, with perennial powerhouse Enumclaw, first in the 3A ranks last season, and Bonney Lake, eighth at state last year. “We have some hard working and

[ English from page 22] State’s No. 13-rated prospect – said he was won over during his visit to the school, which was hosted by former Trojan and UW freshman Danny Shelton. “It was really good,” he said. “Everybody kept making fun of us because we didn’t leave each other’s side the whole time. Danny was

Alyssa Aguilar, left, and Brandon Perry are returning state qualifiers for Auburn Mountainview. Charles Cortes, Auburn Reporter talented athletes, but we’re young,” France said. “We are working to build our base of young wrestlers while helping our experienced wrestlers move on to the next level.”

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The Auburn area remains a hotbed of talent. At Auburn, returning state champion and senior Katrynia Todd looks to repeat and teammate Siao Wilson, third in the heavyweight class also will return. The Trojans were ninth as a team at Mat Classic XXIII. Auburn Mountainview returns a state placer in senior Alyssa Aquilar, who was seventh at 103 pounds.

a good host, and it’s going to be good to be able to play with him, even though we’ll be going at it on different sides of the ball.” This season English, who switched to center for the first time in his prep career, was named the South Puget Sound League North 4A co-Offensive Lineman of the Year. “Cory is one of the best

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KEY MATCHES: The Lions will test their mettle at defending state 3A champion Enumclaw on Jan. 12 and travel to Bonney Lake on Jan. 19.

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