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Trafton celebrates Fall Festival BY KIRK BOXLEITNER firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAFTON — At the end of September, the Trafton Community Co-Op commemorated its first anniversary and the centennial of the former Trafton School that serves as its facilities. At the start of November, barely a month later, the former Trafton School was packed with families again, as the Trafton Community Co-Op staged its second annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3. “We’ve had about 75 kids so far, running in and out and around,” said Pastor Gary Ray of the Oso Community Chapel, who coordinates the Trafton Community Co-Op with his daughter Randi. “We just wanted to offer something fun for the whole family
for not a lot of expense. It’s small and simple, but there’s a lot of variety here.” Indeed, the four-hour festival took up space on both floors of the former Trafton School. On the ground floor, Allen Sheran practiced his golf putting while Kylie Barton did her best to keep her hula hoop circling her waist and not falling on the floor. On the upper floor, Kael Baker practiced his pitching with a velcro ball toss while Ryan Ray, son of Gary and brother of Randi, did his best to pass on his recently acquired juggling skills. “I just started doing this over the summer,” Ryan Ray said, and he demonstrated his moves to Triston Moss and Orion Webb, with varying degrees of success. “I SEE TRAFTON, PAGE 2
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Ryan Ray’s contribution to the Trafton Community Co-Op’s Fall Festival on Nov. 3. was passing on the juggling skills he learned this summer.
North Trailhead of Centennial Trail opens BY KIRK BOXLEITNER email@example.com
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From left, Tom Teigen, Tyler Andrews, Mark Crandall, Rich Patton, Connie Reckord, Richard Meshlep, Mike Remle and Joe Adams cut the ribbon for the North Trailhead of the Centennial Trail on Saturday, Nov. 3.
ARLINGTON — The northernmost end of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County was officially opened nearly 30 years after the Pathfinders Task Force first met to turn an abandoned railroad line into a community trail system that now spans 30 miles. John Wynne resided in Lake Stevens when he joined the efforts to pave the trail, which were picked up by the Snohomish-Arlington Trail Coalition. Although he now lives in Alaska, he came down from Juneau to take part in the dedication ceremony for the Nakashima Heritage Barn and North Trailhead of the Centennial Trail on Saturday, Nov. 3.
“The Pathfinders Task Force was only able to go so far, because the Snohomish County Council at the time wasn’t listening,” Wynne said. “That’s why we formed the SnohomishArlington Trail Coalition.” Wynne credited many individuals and agencies with helping carry on the work on the Centennial Trail, and noted that both he and Arlington resident Bea Randall are former chairs of the Trail Coalition, but Randall simply said of her role that “this was a marathon run and I was privileged to carry it in the middle.” Snohomish County Parks Director Tom Teigen served as the emcee for the morning’s program, introducing not only Wynne but also Beth Hill, SEE TRAIL, PAGE 2
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