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Si View connections deepen for Festival at Mount Si, despite changes, construction By Seth Truscott
Special section: Parade, pets and messy eats at Si View, North Bend Pages 7-13 Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Gardeners growing good things for others, Pastor Mark Griffith, with his one-year-old daughter Sadie, and Mount Si Lutheran Church members Beth Luna and Jane Benson exercise their green thumbs for a community garden. The Mount Si Food Bank receives their produce.
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Index Back to School 2 4 Opinion 15 Obituaries 16 Calendar On the Scanner 17 Classifieds 17-18
Vol. 99, No. 11
Community gardens bring a harvest to fight local hunger By Seth Truscott Editor
The warm dirt feels good in the hands of Beth Luna. She and fellow Mount Si Lutheran Church member Jane Benson were dipping tiny seeds into a row of planters in the church’s community
Key Leaders Summit What: Snoqualmie Valley Community Network hosts a discussion aimed at helping Valley youth succeed When and where: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug. 13, at the Riverview Learning Center in Carnation.
garden. It’s a hot day, but their task is more recreation than work. They’re surrounded by growing things. “It’s amazing that you can put a seed in the ground, and this happens,” says Luna. These seeds will become the next crop of veggies this fall, but the bounty isn’t just for the two women. The community garden’s main purpose is providing fresh produce for the needy. And it’s hardly unique.
Mount Si Lutheran’s garden is one of several plots in the Valley, run by organizations or individuals, that grow produce for local food banks and pantries. While community gardens do not meet Mount Si Food Bank’s entire produce needs, volunteer contributions make up an increasing part of the selection there. See GARDENS, 6
The Festival at Mount Si and Si View Parks have been inseparable since the party’s latest incarnation began five years ago. But 2012’s party will see some big changes, thanks to Si View’s major playfield makeover that gets underway just as the festival arrives. Parking, vendors and the festival layout will change. But the core identiJill Massengill Festival at Mount Si ty, as a way for a town Committee president to come together and celebrate the best of North Bend, stays the same. A construction fence went up last week for Si View’s field renovation Without the field to park in, the layout has transformed. “We have to adapt the festival,” said committee president Jill Massengill. See FESTIVAL, 5
Searching for mental scars Community Network’s annual Summit explores childhood trauma By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
Kids are resilient, they bounce back from traumatic events and go
on, often unaffected. So the popular wisdom says, but a growing number of people, among them researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic, and concerned citizens in the Snoqualmie Valley, strongly disagree.
“We’ve got the neurology that says no, that’s not true,” said Ryan Lewis, spokesperson for the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (snoqualmievalleycommunitynetwork. org). See SUMMIT, 5
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