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Is. Co. draft budget cuts $2 million By JEREMIAH O’HAGAN Staff Reporter When Island County’s 2011 draft budget appears before the public at the Oct. 4 hearing, it will be $2 million slimmer than this year. In order to meet budget goals, departments have been asked to cut between 5 and 40 percent in expenditures. Public health will be among the hardest hit departments, facing a 40 percent reduction from the county’s current expense fund, in addition to decreased state funding and fee collections. All told, the department will receive $544,260 less this year than last. To compensate, the department will cut the Children’s Commission, Maternal Support Services Program and Welcome New Baby entirely, as well as reducing other programs. Eliminating these programs means the department is no longer eligible for certain state and federal grants. Senior services is also being cut by 40 percent, and Washington State University’s extension program will drop 4-H and Master Gardeners. Although these programs are non-mandated, cutting them entirely means the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, Commissioner John Dean said. At some point, more money is lost than saved, and the county is trying to keep that balance in their favor, he added. The parks department budget will be reduced to $137,000 this year, down from $355,000 in 2008. The department will likely decrease maintenance even further, as noted in its budget proposal, which stated that “drastic reductions in services” will include reduced hours for staff, no seasonal help, removal of trash cans and port-a-potties, no watering and no external lighting. In addition to the cuts mentioned above, the assessor, auditor and treasurer and emergency management offices are facing 5 percent cuts. The clerk, coroner, prosecutor, district and superior courts, and the sheriff’s de■ SEE DRAFT, PAGE A11

Island County sheriff loses six deputies By JEREMIAH O’HAGAN Staff Reporter

Cutting the necessary 10 percent from the Island County Sheriff’s Office will be “problematic,” said Sheriff Mark Brown. Most of the cuts — $514,943 — will come from the office’s criminal division, which Brown calls his “boots on the ground personnel.” Brown will have to eliminate six positions in order to balance his budget. One of those positions, a sergeant on Whidbey Island, retired, and his vacated position won’t be filled. Two Camano Island deputies have accepted positions with other departments, and a third Camano deputy did a voluntary layoff, Brown said. That leaves him with two more positions to eliminate. In abidance with civil service rules, those cuts will be decided by seniority. ■ SEE DEPUTIES, PAGE A11



New The neighbor next door traffic signal Sex offender meeting draws questions

By JEREMIAH O’HAGAN Staff Reporter


Joe Beard, a detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, answers questions from concerned Warm Beach area residents. By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter


etective Joe Beard of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) briefed residents last Tuesday regarding four registered sex offenders living at the same residence in the 8300 block of 184th Street NW in the Warm Beach area. It is Detective Beard’s role to inform the public concerning level II and level III offenders as per state and federal law. Local agencies complete a risk level assessment of sex offenders to determine a moderate or high risk to re-offend. Level I offenders are determined least likely to re-offend, level II are a moderate risk, while level III sex offenders show the highest risk of recidivism. “Our goal is to empower the community through education,” said Beard. “We have to take con-

trol by understanding who are neighbors are.” Of the four men living at the residence, known as the Mack House, a faith-based transitional housing facility owned and operated by John Mack of Arlington, one of the tenants is classified at level III. The individual, a Caucasian man, Larry Amondson, 56, stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 295 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. In 1977 he was convicted in Lewis County Superior Court on one count of second-degree rape. His victim was an unknown 15year-old girl. Amondson was introduced to the victim when she was spending the night with a friend. He was sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison. In 1986, Amondson was convicted in Snohomish County Superior Court on one count of indecent liberties after he formed a relationship for six months with a single

mother, only to sexually assault the woman’s 4-year-old daughter three days after moving in with the family. Again, he was sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison. In 1992, Amondson was convicted again in Snohomish County for two counts of first degree child molestation. In this case, he befriended a family by helping with household chores. During this time, Amondson sexually assaulted an 11-yearold girl and her 9-year-old friend. He was sentenced to 188 months in prison. In addition to these crimes, Amondson has admitted to sexual assaults against numerous female child victims since he was 12 years old and has attended sex offender treatment during his incarceration. Most recently, in July of 2005 Detective Beard arrested Amondson for violations of his conditions while on supervision. ■ SEE OFFENDER, PAGE A3

South African vaulters find home in Warm Beach By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter

Ten-year-olds Hannah Newman and Mel Harquort-Cooke are fliers. True to the name — arms and legs extended — the young girls reach, bend and hold composed acrobatic positions high above the ground. The sport is equestrian vaulting. Fliers soar with the support of their teammates, pillars of strength known as bases. Bases lock themselves into stabilizing positions, protecting the fliers while creating a living sculpture, all performed on the back of a moving horse. “It requires complete commitment,” said Barbie Gertenbach, coach of the South African National Vaulting Team currently practicing at Warm Beach Camp. “Teammates need to have absolute trust in each other.” They also need to earn the respect of Nick, a draft horse, or as he’s known in the competitive vaulting world, Prize, a key member of the Warm Beach Vaulters team under the guidance of Patti Skipton, 2009 American Vaulting Association (AVA) Trainer of the Year. The South African team is familiarizing themselves with Nick and Skipton prior to competing in the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky, Sept. 25 – Oct. 10. The team formed 10 years ago and began competing internationally in 2004, typically traveling once a year to a major event. Due to logistics and costs of transporting animals, Gertenbach’s team must adapt their training while on the road. ■ SEE AFRICAN, PAGE A11

As part of the improvements to intersection at Pioneer Highway and SR 532, near the fire station, an automated traffic light has been synced to the fire alarm. Deputy Chief Darin Reid explained that when the fire alarm goes off, the traffic light automatically gives priority to northbound traffic on Pioneer Highway, which is the direction the fire trucks will be coming from. The light is set to give the trucks a two-minute window to clear the intersection; then, it resets to a normal cycle. In addition to the new traffic light, a “no parking” zone has been painted on the street in front of the station’s entrance/exit, so traffic doesn’t block emergency responders. Reid said both these features are new, and asked that drivers be aware of them so congestion can be avoided in case of emergency. At the old bridge, demolition continues on schedule. Crews have been cutting and removing the old girders in sections. In downtown Stanwood, crews are finishing up the drainage, curbing, driveways and electrical work between Camano Street and 104th Avenue NW. This section of road will be paved near the end of the month, and then crews will move west, doing the same improvements between 104th Avenue NW and the Camano Gateway bridge. Access of Olympic View Place from Pioneer Highway officially closed on Friday. Olympic View Place can now be reached via the new access road from 81st Drive.

Visit Northwest/Snohomish/Construction for specific lane closure information, or for general project information.

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What are the best fruits? An apple a day just doesn’t cut it anymore, and too many apples could make you fat. “Remember that fruits are very similar to breads, pastas, rice, and other high carbohydrate-rich foods,” said Iva Young, author of ”Healthy Mom.” “That is one reason why we should only consume a certain amount, and choose the fruits that are lower in sugar. If you pick the right fruits and eat the proper portions, then you will give your body what it needs and it will benefit greatly from your efforts.” So, which fruits offer the biggest health boost? Young named the following fruits, all of which are comparatively low in sugar, as her top five: • Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber, offering 30 percent of recommended daily value, 8 grams per serving. Raspberries are also a rich source of vitamin C, with about 50 percent of our daily value. In addition, they are a rich source of manganese, delivering 60 percent daily requirements. • Blackberries are notable for their high

nutritional contents of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, and manganese. Blackberries are well-ranked for having strong antioxidant levels, and they also contain copious amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. • Kiwi is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K, which is a natural blood thinner. It’s also a good source of potassium, just slightly less than that of a banana. Potassium is one of those nutrients that’s essential for heart health, yet many people don’t get nearly enough. Kiwi also delivers a mild laxative effect, possibly because of the high level of dietary fiber. • Strawberries are low in calories compared to many other fruits, and are a good source of fiber. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids that promote lots of antioxidant activity in the body. • Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin A and C, along with powerful antioxidants. Oranges also provide a good source of fiber when the pulp is consumed. The white pith of the orange also contains flavonoids, and some doctors are even using extracts from the pith to help fight cer-

tain types of cancer. “Sugar is also something that you should keep your eye on, because it affects the health of your teeth and the functioning of your hormones, specifically leptin,” she added. “Leptin is the important hormone responsible for telling the body that you should stop eating. With excess amounts of sugar in your body, the amount of leptin is diminished, which causes you to overeat. Excess sugar also has been known to cause intestinal issues increasing the chances of bloating, which causes your stomach to stick out. That’s how consuming too many sugar-rich fruits can actually make you look fat, and make you feel less healthy than if you didn’t eat any fruits at all.”

Canada, when she was 2 years old. Her parents grew up in Croatia, so she grew up eating traditional high-fat Croatian and German meals. That upbringing helped spark her passion for nutrition and natural health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion from CaliforIva Young was born in Munich, Ger- nia Polytechnic University. For more, see many, and her family moved to Toronto,

Slow, the new plenty: rediscover your roots


“I believe that he who sows utopia will reap reality.” said Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Nation. What is this idea of “slow” that is being tossed around? Some may think it is asking us to calm our pace or do less. As Americans we are pretty much hard wired to find ways to get more done and faster. We need to deliver the plenty in this land to become better and stronger. To this ideology if speed equates to being smarter or more nimble, then slow sounds like being languid or sluggish. Is this fast pace necessary for success? In the classic tale of the “Tortoise and the Hare” a rabbit challenges a turtle to a race. Since it would seem that the much faster rabbit would get the jump on the slower turtle the race appears over before it begins. Although the stronger odds go to the hare it is the more consistent, steady nature of the tortoise that wins. In this classic tale we see a slower, methodical, poignant approach triumph over the easier, quicker, more obvious, shallow, short-sighted path. In America, fast rules the day. To stay on top we need to be efficient with our time even if it means taking shortcuts. To succeed saving time is the urgency while scheduling those power lunches, multi-tasking events, or be sure you text while you go through that drive-thru grabbing that triple latte. We also feel that more must be better and that dream of getting what you want when you want is the priority. Next time, take a minute and ask yourself what you’re getting more of. In our daily grind is that match between desire and getting truly been met. Is this pursuit of more delivering the benefits you expect? Today faced with irreversible high prices of goods and dwindling resources these pursuits of excess are truly finding their limits. These limits are not only depleting our planet’s resources, but our own wellness. Coining this lifestyle transformation and new use of the word “slow” originated in Rome, Italy, in 1989. The movement was led by Carlo Petrini and a group of Italian restaurateurs who were against the introduction of fast food franchises in Rome. This “slow food” movement sought to preserve and

create more awareness in humanity’s great traditions of food production, preparation and enjoyment. “Slow” recognizes how food sustains, comforts and connects us to our heritage and the natural world. It wasn’t a turtle, however, but a snail that was adopted as the symbol for the slow food movement. Not only because it was something that moved slow but because it was symbolic of something natural and conjured up imagery of a gourmet culture. Since its’ inception “slow food” has grown to include over 83,000 members in more than 50 countries in every time zone around the world. In our own region, “slow” is beginning to unite a variety of individuals interested in getting back to important priorities. These individuals have seen or felt the ramifications and limits of fast. No more are we ready to accept that what we are given as food and life choices are OK if there is a sense that they are taking away from the quality of our health and welfare. The idea of “slow” has expanded to encompass not only food but living,

travel and design. “Slow” does not discriminate or favor amongst different races, origins, social political, economic or religious groups. Slow food’s goal is to create access and support for nutritious, quality foods that are prepared in a manner that honors local traditions, customs and strong positive human, pleasurable experi-

ences in all cultures. In the way that it links us to our universal need to nurture ourselves through the consumption of food, slow also finds a commonality among all of us, whether by region or nation. “Slow” seeks to educate us and connect us to a simpler time discovering customs and experiences that

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Plenty of flu shots available By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter

No more lines, no more waiting lists, no more checking high-risk factors and only one shot — what a difference a year makes. Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) are urging everyone six months and older, without an allergy to eggs, to receive a flu vaccination. Unlike last year’s scramble, when swine flu infections spiked before enough vaccine could be produced, this season, health officials expect more than enough doses to go around. And, adults only have to receive one shot to cover the seasonal flu and H1N1 strains, said Rita Mell, immunization program manager with the Snohomish Health District. Children under 9 years old getting their first-ever flu vaccine require two, a month apart, to prime their immune system. The vaccination also Children under 9 years old getting their first-ever protects against a different flu vaccine require two, a month apart, to prime strain of the influenza-A their immune system. family and a type-B strain.

“The important thing to remember,” said Mell, “even if you received a seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccination last year, you still need to get this year’s mix.” Although vaccines are already available for adults, doses for children 6 months old to 3 years old are in the process of being distributed to pediatric physicians by Washington state’s Department of Health. “We don’t expect any problems with the number of flu doses,” said Mell. According to the CDC, manufacturers have produced 50 million more doses than last year’s 120 million nationwide. Vaccines are already available by appointment through local physicians and pharmacies. Stanwood’s QFC, Haggen and Rite Aid pharmacies have the flu shot in stock. Rite Aid is accepting drop-ins, QFC requires an appointment and Haggen is offering a clinic on Oct. 1 from 3-8 p.m. and Oct. 15, 3-7 p.m. The Snohomish Health District is currently scheduling vaccination clinics at its Everett location, 3020

Rucker Ave., for the end of September and continuing through October. The health district is also coordinating efforts to help employers offer vaccinations in the workplace for employees. The Camano Island Healthcare Clinic will be sponsoring an open clinic for adults only on Oct. 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camano Community and Senior Center. Once the public clinic closes, vaccinations will be available at the health care clinic location, 127 NE Camano Drive, by appointment only, said Janet McWatt, public health nurse. Depending on the location, the vaccine is available through a traditional shot or nasal spray. Only healthy individuals ages 2 to 49 years old are eligible for the flu mist, said Mell. Pregnant women should stick with the shot, as should seniors and those with medical conditions. Because a person’s immune system weakens over time, manufacturers have created a new high-dose vaccine specifically for seniors.

Consult a physician for advice and availability. The CDC reported 12,000 flu-related deaths in the U.S. last year. More than 60 million illnesses and 265,000 hospitalizations were recorded. Annual CDC flu strain mortality statistics vary widely, from 3,000 deaths in a mild year to nearly 50,000 in a bad one. Last year was a realization that the flu virus is indiscriminate, not just targeting the weak, elderly and very young. Waves of illness can also strike multiple times throughout the season, which typically begins in November. The best way to avoid the flu? “Get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Mell.

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SRC adds cardiologist, expands to Arlington Skagit Regional Clinics (formerly Skagit Valley Medical Center) announced the addition of cardiologist Dr. Yelena Rosenberg to its staff last week. Yelena Rosenberg MD, who recently completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, will provide general cardiology to patients at Skagit Regional Clinic’s Mount Vernon office as well as expand SRC’s cardiology services to the Smokey Point community of Arlington area, at 16410 suite 2, Smokey Point Blvd. Dr. Rosenberg has a special interest in

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Thursday morning classes. See the Web site at camanochapel. org or call Heidi Delich at 387Camano Island Fire and Res- 7202 for information on the cue’s next ďŹ re commissioner’s upcoming studies and other meeting is scheduled Mon, women’s ministry events. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Country Club Fire Station, 1326 S. Shoes for kids Elger Bay Road, Camano IsVouchers for shoes are availland. This will also be the ďŹ rst reading of the proposed 2011 able for families in need, 9 a.m. to noon on the ďŹ rst and third budget. Any questions, call the of- Friday of each month at Saint Cecilia Church. The vouchers ďŹ ce, 387-1512. are from the Marlece Duncan Memorial Shoe Fund, estabFOCIP work lished in 1987. Children 5 to 18 years old who attend school in party at parks the Stan-wood/Camano School Friends of Camano Island District are eligible. ParticiParks volunteers will be hosting pating stores that accept the a work party at Camano Island vouchers are K-mart in Marysstate parks next week. Meet at ville and Burlington only. The 9:30 a.m. Tues, Sept. 28, at the vouchers are returned to the Camano Island State Park rang- church for payment. The shoe er station. Bring lunch; beverage fund is administered through and dessert provided. Newcom- The Women’s Guild. Donations ers are welcome to join FOCIP are always welcome. in work party efforts to improve Send checks marked Marlece Camano Island parks. Shoe Fund to St. Cecilia CathFor more information about olic Church, P.O. Box 1002, Friends of Camano Island Stanwood. For information, eParks, call Carol Triplett, 387- mail 0889, or Tom Eisenberg, 3874000, or write FOCIP, P.O. Box EYP for middle 1385, Stanwood, WA 98292.

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South Camano Grange is hosting a pancake breakfast Sat, Sept. 25, 8 to 11 a.m. All the pancakes you can eat, or French toast, along with scrambled eggs, ham and sausage, coffee and orange juice. For membership information and directions, call Pat, 629-3276.

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AWANA Club meets at Camano Chapel, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Jr. High and high school meet 5:30-6:15 p.m. There is a fee per child or less, per family. For more info, contact 3877202. To leave a message, use extension #333.

Camano Chapel Junior High Ministries offers Experience Youth Project (EYP) midweek fun with games, snacks and talk, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Shuttle from town leaves Dollar Store at 5:40 p.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Information at www.eyp7. org.

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CIFR heads over cliff after dog Camano Island Fire and Rescue (CIFR) crewmembers John Olsen (with dog) and Bill Bothel recently headed over a cliff, using their rope skills to rescue a dog. Assistant Chief Levon Yengoyan called the rescue “timely,� as it followed on the heels of rope rescue training. “People wonder why we would go over a cliff to rescue a dog,� Yengoyan said. “The answer is that if we don’t, then the dog’s owner goes over the cliff and we end up rescuing a person.� Yengoyan said when the crew arrived on scene, the owner was indeed preparing for an attempt to rescue the dog himself.

Stories, songs and crafts for children and families are offered weekly, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12 at Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. For information call 387- week at the Camano Senior and Community Center, with 5150. Intro to MS word 2007 starting Sept. 23. Call for inforWomen’s Bible study Coming events at mation, 387-0222. Women’s Bible study at Ca- the senior center • Registrations are being mano Chapel offers childcare • Computer classes start this accepted for the holiday craft for Wednesday evening and



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displays on a regular basis to remain current on techniques for helping students by attending regular WSSO seminars and North County chapter meetings hosted by local resource ofďŹ cers. “She gives tirelessly of her time and energy to her position,â€? wrote Gruver in her nomination. “She is truly deserving of this honor.â€? Adams said she appreciates the opportunity to get to know students during activities and sporting events after regular school hours. She also volunteers at trafďŹ c safety and DUI awareness events on campus. As far as the rumor that she teleports around campus quicker than the fastest student can run, she denied the ability. Anyway, she said, “I know everybody’s name. I don’t have to chase them.â€? Adams credits the administration and staff at the high school for supporting her efforts on a daily basis. She also said her partnership with Deputy Shane Jensen, resource ofďŹ cer at the school, provides the students with a safe place to learn. “OfďŹ cer Jensen won the WSSO Resource OfďŹ cer of the Year award last summer,â€? she said. “We complement each other and work well together.â€? Adams takes pride in her work, even if some of the students shy away from her company, something she shrugs off. “Every once and a while you know you’ve made a difference,â€? she said. “That makes it worthwhile.â€?

70, Shirlee Erickson 72, Liz Fagan, Cindy Nickels 73, Angie Hwang and Pat McGlashan 75. Second ight: Linda Ejde 69, Linda DufďŹ eld 76, Rita Wilson 78, Dottie Bergam, Lynette Lawson and Donna Walamaki 81. Camaloch Ladies announced that Meg LoDolce was the winner of the Club Championship for the month of August with a score of 256.

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Kay Adams is starting her seventh year as Stanwood High School’s security ofďŹ cer with a new decoration adorning her ofďŹ ce, even if it’s tucked out of sight behind her computer. A plaque from the Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO) hangs on the wall, naming Adams the 2009-10 Security OfďŹ cer of the Year. She received the statewide award over the summer from a nomination by Principal Christine Gruver. The humble security ofďŹ cer was overwhelmed when her name was called at a WSSO training session in August. “Fellow ofďŹ cers sitting at my table during the ceremony told me, ‘You actually have to get up and accept it,’â€? said Adams. Although she doesn’t relish the spotlight, Adams said the award is “quite an honor,â€? and it gives her an added boost heading into another school year. Adams has worked in the Stanwood-Camano School District for 25 years, in positions at all three grade levels. She enjoys her current role because she gets to deal with the entire student body at the high school. “The students are exciting,â€? she said. “I thrive on their enthusiasm.â€? But, due to the nature of her position, she doesn’t always take pleasure in some of the work. Especially, writing parking tickets, she said. However, when she gets a “momentâ€? with a student — one who may be experiencing trouble with drugs or alcohol, or is experiencing harassment at school, or abuse in the home — Adams steps in with an open mind. “Students want to talk about their problems,â€? she said. “I’m able to draw on my training and experience to let them tell their stories.â€? Principal Gruver noted the commitment Adams

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Camaloch Lassies Golf Club Aug. 24 Camaloch Lassies Golf Club had a game of Low Net Aug. 24 with the following results: First division, Jackie Girard 34, Linda Dunn 40; Second division, Barb Armstrong 36, Jo Knott 38; Third division, Vicki Nygard 32, Bernice Hodgen 36; Fourth division, Lois Senter 38, Jo Anderson 39; Chip in Polly Westlund 3, Low putts, Luci Morgan 16, Janey Siebenforcher 16.

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prior to the station’s dedication Saturday. (Left) The artists’ stained glass panels flank the entrance to Camano Island Fire and Rescue’s Station 4 (Madrona Fire Station).

‘Fully Involved’ installed at ďŹ re department headquarters Jack Archibald and Marc Boutte donated glasswork for an art installation at the new Madrona Fire Station 4. The art was installed by the two artists and Bob Ansell, who donated installation time. “We put two panels in the entryway and one in the public meeting room,â€? Archibald said. Titled “Fully

Involved,� the installation features Boutte’s rondels, surrounded by some iridescent dichroic glass, “to give the headquarters some snap and pop.� Victor Loverro’s black and white photographs of local firefighters will inaugurate a rotating art collection in the station’s public meeting room, a

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Still exchanging quips after 72 years By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter Warm Beach Senior Community’s newest centenarian, Edna Bell, celebrated the milestone with 23 members of her family last Saturday, including her husband, Stanley. “She’s still at it,� he said with a smile. The two have been married for 72 years. “That’s a long time to be with one man,� Edna shot back in jest. Edna was born and raised in Indiana, only to leave home after high school for a brief stint in Chicago before heading to San Francisco for nursing school. She became a registered nurse and worked for nearly 30 years in a tuberculosis ward for the state. One night, said Edna, a supervisor explained she was getting a “helper� for the shift.

Edna recalls thinking, “He better be good; the ward’s full tonight.� It ends up, “he didn’t know beans,� she said, “but he asked me out for a date.� Stanley and Edna married shortly thereafter. Even if he didn’t know beans, “he’s a fast worker,� said Edna. Stanley and Edna raised three children, Stan Jr., Carol and Roger. They have four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Edna said her best advice for parenting is “just get tough on your kids.� That doesn’t mean having a heavy hand, though, Carol said her parents were forever caring. “I always knew I was loved,� she said. Carol and her mom enjoy sharing memories of spending time clamming in Seattle and Vashon Island, places the family called home before moving to the Warm Beach

area. “Do you remember making clam strips,â€? Carol asked her mother. “I can still taste them,â€? she said. Talk about Edna’s famous wild blackberry pie also brought up recollections of working in the garden and picking berries. Among the many joys in life, Edna especially loved to travel. “Mom always had an itchy foot,â€? said Carol. Edna “just wanted to see what the world was like,â€? and that she did, romping through Europe, visiting India and Africa, living in England, and hopping about stateside. But, Edna said the PaciďŹ c Northwest felt like home. Stanley, a full-time teacher and part-time adventurer, was never too far behind. “She gets a hold of you and you can’t get loose,â€? he said. Edna’s wisdom and Stan-


Edna and Stanley Bell have shared a lifetime of love and laughter together. ley’s wit often follow each other the same way in conversation, accenting a deep connection of marriage and camaraderie. “We’ve always been able to talk over a problem,� said Edna. “Yeah,� said Stanley,

“who did all the talking?� “We’ve had a good life together, an interesting life,� responded Edna. “I’m thankful we’re still together.� On the heels of Edna’s 100th birthday, Stanley is looking forward to celebrating 96 years next month.

A cat who cares for grandmother The stress of caring for an aging parent can sometimes be unbearable. And it’s even tougher when the parent is experiencing dementia. A new book by Anita Sutherland Millmann, of Gig Harbor, shares a personal story about how one yellow cat brings joy and stability to a grandmother in “My Yellow Dog: An Unlikely Caregiver,â€? published by AuthorHouse. Grandmother’s health is quickly going down hill. It has become nearly impossible for her to live on her own. She can no longer drive or remember her address and phone number. Out of options, her family decides to place her with a caregiver. Grandmother is in low spirits when she must give up the home she loves and her dog. Once with the caregiver, grandmother develops a close friendship with a beautiful yellow cat, despite her lifelong dislike of cats. Ironically, grandmother calls the cat her â€œďŹ‚ufy yellow dog.â€? It’s not long before grandmother and the cat are inseparable friends. Grandmother’s family begins to notice that the cat takes care of grandmother. He stays by her side when she is sick; he keeps her warm at night and massages her feet.

When grandmother goes out, the cat waits in her chair. And when grandmother returns, the ďŹ rst things she looks for is her â€œďŹ‚ufy yellow dog.â€? The cat helps grandmother feel happiness again and brings peace of mind to her worried family. “Flufy, My Yellow Dogâ€? is a great read for anyone who is dealing with an aging relative. The â€œďŹ‚ufy yellow dogâ€? teaches grandmother’s family to be loving and compassionate towards her even though sometimes she can’t remember their names. For a family who is facing tough decisions regarding their older relative, Millmann’s

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By KELLY RUHOFF Editor He has more energy, almost perfect vision and gets more done than people half his age. At 91 years old, Father William Treacy, one of the founding members of Camp Brotherhood near Lake McMurray north of Stanwood, lives out his faith each day. Though he retired as pastor of Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Stanwood 21 years ago, he has yet to slow down and continues to unite people of all faiths. Just last week, he presided over five funerals. On the day the NEWS caught up with him at Camp Brotherhood he was on his way to say mass before heading to Seattle for another engagement. “It’s just a gift,” said Treacy in his Irish brogue. “I cannot account for it.” In 1960, Treacy, a chancery assistant for Seattle Archdiocese, was appointed by the archbishop to be a panelist alongside wellknown Rabbi Raphael Levine and protestant minister Dr. Martin Goslin on a 30-minute weekly TV program, called “Challenge.” The premise of the show was to build a better understanding of different religions. “Challenge” discussed issues of the day and although opinions varied greatly, the goal was to respect the views of each other through an interfaith dialogue. The show began during the time John F. Kennedy was running as the first Roman Catholic candidate for U.S. president, explained Fr. Treacy. Public outcry revolved around concern that the Pope would be running the country if Kennedy were elected. “Rabbi Levine was outraged” the public did not respect or believe in the separation of church and state, said Treacy. Levine approached Fisher Broadcasting in Seattle and they offered a half hour primetime slot on a Sunday evening to discuss religious issues between a Protestant, Catholic and Jew. The show ran for 14 years and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Seattle on Oct. 2 (see page A5 for more information). To broaden the ecumenical spirit the show was gaining, Fr. Treacy and Rabbi Levine founded a 300-acre parcel near the Cascade foothills in 1968 to begin a religious retreat center to welcome people of all faiths. Together, the men financed the $85,000 purchase. Fisher Broadcasting donated the cost of the first building, named the Fisher Lodge, to the project. Today, Camp Brotherhood, a former dairy farm, remains a hobby farm, complete with vegetable gardens, sheep, pigs, horses and cows. Over the years numerous lodges, accommodations, a dining hall, outdoors pool, soccer and football fields and chapel have been built. The pastoral setting offers an open mind and a door to people of all or no faith, said Treacy. The center is 80 percent supported by




its programs, and 20 percent from donations that includes an annual auction. Recently, the center hosted groups of students from various Muslim countries, including 200 teens from Bagdad, PHOTO BY KELLY RUHOFF | STANWOOD/CAMANO NEWS Iraq, “to see how we deal with different religions,” The Irish-born Rev. William Treacy lives adjacent to the library at Camp Brotherhood near explained Treacy. Stanwood in the Tara House. The 10 full-time employees who work at Camp Brotherhood, which will be renamed Cascadia Institute at Camp Brotherhood on Jan. 1, have to agree with the center’s interfaith philosophy. “We live ‘it’ out here,” said Fr. Treacy. “I think I am the only Catholic.” William Treacy was born the oldest of four siblings of a farming family tucked away in a hamlet in Laoighis County, Ireland, in 1919. He recalls how the church was like a cog in the town’s center. “I admired what the church did. If you were not there you were checked on,” recalled Treacy. “The mass was an important event.” He went on to semi- On the set of KOMO TV’s “Challenge” program in the fall of 1974, shortly before the show nary after high school ended, (L to R) show director Ken Ritchey, Rabbi Raphael Levine and Fr. Treacy. and shortly thereafter volunteered to come to America in March 1945 on a five-year program to help the church during World War II. He recalls the trip from Ireland to the U.S. by ship as a harrowing one as the war raged on. “It was quite a journey,” he said. Although he visits his homeland every few years, he never returned full time. On reflection of his faith, he said the Catholic Church should open up the dialogue within its own system of government. He feels somewhat stifled from talking about important issues. “We should be free to discuss celibacy and women being ordained, “ said Fr. Treacy. “There should be greater discussion in promoting interfaith unity.” There is pain in growth, he said. “Our church has a great need to grow in wisdom, age and grace,” said Treacy. Fueled by his faith, Fr. Treacy will undoubtedly touch as many lives as possible each day, say mass, extend an ecumenical hand to all – and do more than most.


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Quilting for a cause ‘It really does take a community to make a quilt’ By JEREMIAH O’HAGAN Staff Reporter Five fun facts about quilts: • One person doesn’t have to make the entire thing; • “Making the pretty is called top-making;” • No orangutans are employed in long-arm quilting — the name refers to the style of sewing machine used; • “Quilting” refers to attaching the back, batting and top with intricate patterns of stitches to hold the layers together; • Finally, it’s possible to do this dozens of times in one week. Susan Palmer, of Stanwood, proved it. Why? Because she was feeling guilty. Of course, there’s more to the story, which began six years ago. In 2004, Sue Nebeker, from Vashon Island, read a Seattle P.I. article about the depression of Ken Dennis, a 22-year-old marine who had recently returned from Iraq. She decided the returning wounded should be welcomed home with a patterned fabric hug. Sortly thereafter, Nebeker and her friends quilted a marathon 85 quilts — and wrapped up 15 more over the next few days. One hundred is impressive, but unfortunately not enough. Not a problem, because American Hero Quilts was a movement waiting to happen. Sharon Szekely, of Camano Island, ran into the hero quilters at a long-arm quilting conference in Tacoma. Szekely’s husband had served active duty in the Middle East, and she “knew what it was like to want to do something.” She brought the idea home with her, and, in January 2007, enlisted a few friends from the Camano Quilt Guild to quilt for soldiers. They’ve since advanced to the Stanwood-Camano

Hero Quilters and, by the end of the year, will have delivered more than 500 quilts for American Hero Quilts, to be distributed at Fort Lewis’ Madigan Army Medical Center, in Tacoma. Mostly, the group makes “the pretty,” patching together tops and cutting out backs. Then, Szekely distributes them to a network of quilters in Sedro-Woolley, Everett and Stanwood, who sandwich batting between them and stitch everything together. “Once the word spread, people felt like they wanted to get involved,” Szekely said. This is where Susan Palmer and her sense of guilt re-enter the story. Palmer has been making tops for 25 years, quilting for three-and-a-half. She is a long-arm quilter, after the style of machine she uses to stitch her masterpieces. “A lot of people out there say it’s not really a quilt unless it’s hand quilted,” Palmer said. “I used to be one of them. I hand quilted my first three, and then decided I wanted to make more quilts than that in my life.” Palmer’s machine, made by Gamill, in Missouri, fills an upstairs room in her house. The term long-arm refers to the machine’s extended reach, which allows large amounts of fabric to be passed through without bunching. Imagine, Palmer said, trying to stitch a huge quilt on a little Singer sewing machine — there’s nowhere for all that fabric to go. A long-arm’s genius doesn’t stop there, though. The machine itself — motor, arm, bobbins, needle and foot — slides on a multidirectional track while the quilt stays put, stretched in a frame. Any combination of forward, backward and sideways movement is possible. Even diagonals and circles.


Once reference points are set, the Statler Stitcher takes over. Controlled by a computer and thrumming along at 12 stitches per inch, it reproduces the desired patter with speed and accuracy. Since long-arms are ideal for large quilts, it’s natural Palmer got involved with Szekely and the Hero Quilters. Usually, Palmer gets three tops at a time. After quilting them between breaks in her other work, she returns them to Szekely and picks up three more. No deadlines or quota, just a sense of doing what she can. However, Palmer said, the last three took her a year to complete. “I was feeling guilty that I hadn’t done more,” she said. “I wanted to go big.” Palmer decided to see how many she could quilt in a week. And, she had a trick up her sleeve. Palmer’s Gamill long-arm is a Statler Stitcher. The Statler Stitcher links the Gamill’s possibility to a computer, which, once a pattern is input, controls the machine within tolerances of .0004 inch. Palmer manually sets reference points for the computer, ensuring it stitches within the required boundaries, presses “go” and steps back. In whirs and hums and tiny pops of needle puncturing fabric, twelve times per inch, a pattern emerges — in

Susan Palmer has been making quilt tops for 25 years, and quilting (stitching the top, batting and back together) for three-and-a-half. Recently, she quilted 64 quilts in one week for American Hero Quilts. this example, a floral swirl of teardrop petals. With that vague goal of “going big,” Palmer and her Statler set to work. One dozen, two dozen, three dozen and counting. Turns out, they could stitch 64, or about nine each day. In addition to her time,

Palmer donated all the thread she used — nine spools worth, each wound with 2,000 yards. Other people, she said, donate fabric and batting. Once Palmer finished her job, the quilts went to someone else, who bound the edges. “It really does take a community to make a quilt,” Palmer said. “We all have busy lives and you just have to find time to help out where you can.” Palmer said she will continue quilting for heroes, but for now she’ll go back to three at a time. “It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture,” she said. “I get involved because it brings political parties together. (Our policy is) Keep your politics at the door.” This effort is for the soldiers: the men and ever-increasing number of women wounded overseas. When a soldier is admitted to Madigan, they choose a quilt they like. A hug. If they aren’t in a condition to choose, one is given them. Recently, a shipment of quilts found its way to Afghanistan.

“Dear American Hero Quilters,” Elise LaCroix, with the Army Nurse Corps, wrote back, “On request for additional blankets … we were beyond surprised and touched when a box of your quilts arrived! “Although I know your quilts were not directly intended to arrive at our doorstep, they are going to some of the most deserving wounded warriors in the world right now ... I just wanted you to know how far and wide your beautiful works of art are reaching, even to the mountains of Afghanistan.” For Nebeker, Szekely, Palmer and all the other quilters, that’s what it’s all about. A pretty top, a bit of batting, a back and a binding all stitched into a moment when a soldier gets a warm hug. In those moments, Palmer said, “We are all human. There are no good or bad people.”

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Brown said he has already moved two detectives to patrol, and he may have to do that again. That leaves the detective department hurting, though, he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ ne balance Brown must strike between budget cuts and ofďŹ cer safety, and in Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind ofďŹ cer safety and public safety are directly linked. Added fatigue, larger patrol areas, reduced chances for vacation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; these all drain deputiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health and morale. In addition, Brown said, budget cuts may mean fewer chances for training and an inability to offer 24hour law enforcement coverage in all precincts. For the public, he said, the bottom line is that higher proďŹ le crimes will receive priority, while others will get limited attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seriously looking at deďŹ ning certain types of crimes,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, property crimes. Do we respond to vandalized mailboxes?â&#x20AC;? Currently, deputies do. In the future, they may have to set a value threshold â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $750 for an arbitrary example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between property crimes they do or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also look at solvability,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. In other words, what are the chances that responding to a crime will result in an arrest and/or conviction? These kinds of decisions will have to be made. In addition to cuts in the criminal division, an additional $196, 655 will be



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Patti Skipton, Warm Beach Vaulters coach, nuzzles draft horse Nick after a round of training. Skipton will accompany the South African National Vaulting Team as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;longueurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, horse handler, for the World Equestrian Games.


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make sure the team is comfortable, entertained and well fed, said Gertenbach. Highlights away from the stable include watching a football game and rodeo, visiting Seattle and Vancouver Island, as well as hiking in the Cascades. But, the team has remained focused by ramping up practices to twice a day, said Jasyn Gertenbach, 20, the oldest member and strongest base for the team. Nick is much larger than the horses the team usually works with, said Bongani Mabandla, 19, a leader in the group. And, the vaulters are making due without their usual equipment, which was delayed en route to Washington state. Regardless, the team is adjusting through hard work and patience, said Mabandla, whose ďŹ rst name translates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be thankful.â&#x20AC;?

While the compulsory category is a set of standard positions, the South Africans, including Kayla Gertenbach, 18, Zahne Pienaar, 15, and Chelsey Gertenbach, 15, pull from a rich cultural heritage to create a choreographed routine set to music from their homeland for the freestyle event. Their passion and determination mirrors Skiptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive to promote the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very creative with nice ďŹ&#x201A;iers,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We even had to raise the lights in the training area because the kids were getting too close.â&#x20AC;? In addition to helping with the visiting team, Skipton will accompany nine Warm Beach vaulters to the games as part of an AVA exhibition team.

the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. However, she noted, that would mean further decreasing resources in other areas, as the county is working with a ďŹ nite amount of money. One option, which Marlow said the commissioners are â&#x20AC;&#x153;looking at very closely,â&#x20AC;? is eliminating dog control, which the county currently spends $111,000 annually, between Whidbey and Camano. If this were to happen, Marlow added, leash law violations wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be pursued, and the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce would handle more egregious violations. But the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce is burdened with its own struggle to cut $514,943 from its criminal budget and $196,655 from its jail budget (see separate article, A1). District courts must cut 147,000, and plans do so primarily by having its employees work fewer hours and leaving a vacated position unďŹ lled. Superior courts, which encompasses superior and juvenile courts, and the juvenile detention center, is planning to cut one full position in juvenile court and reduce the maintenance and operations budget for the juvenile detention center. Marlow said the juvenile detention center is supposed to be funded by a dedicated sales tax, onetenth of 1 percent, but low

sales tax revenues have made this impossible. The juvenile detention center costs $1.2 million to operate, while forecasted sales tax revenue for 2010 is only $725,000. The difference, about $451,000, must be made up from the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current expense fund. The shortage is no reďŹ&#x201A;ection on the management abilities of Mike Merringer, the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator, who runs the facility extremely efďŹ ciently, Marlow said. The issue is that since 2008, sales tax revenues have plummeted by 20 percent, she said. The county and its ofďŹ cials have no control over this. Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks has seen his staff of attornies go from ďŹ ve-and-a-half positions, in 1999, to seven in 2007, and back down to ďŹ ve in 2010, despite the fact that caseloads continue to increase. Banks outlined several scenarios for cutting his department, but the bottom line is that certain misdemeanor cases would cease to be prosecuted, due to an inadequate level of stafďŹ ng. Marlow said the draft budget would be ready for its ďŹ rst public hearing on Oct. 4.

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Although their freestyle and compulsory routines are honed before competition, the team is forced to tweak nuances in timing and cadence speciďŹ c to the horse and handler, called the longueur. Gertenbach received the invitation to Warm Beach Camp from Skipton through a mutual friend and fellow vaulting coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The facility is fantastic,â&#x20AC;? said Gertenbach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is friendly and helpful.â&#x20AC;? During their stay, members of the squad from Johannesburg and Pretoria are living with host families. The hosts have gone â&#x20AC;&#x153;above and beyondâ&#x20AC;? to


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partments must reduce their budgets by 10 percent. Elaine Marlow, budget director, said the commissioners looked at the possibility of allocating more resources to public health, the prosecuting attorney and cut from the jail personnel budget. This will result in the loss of three positions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Island County Jail is constantly at or near maximum capacity,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. In order to provide adequate coverage, the jail has a standard of keeping one person in the control room and two patrolling the facilities. Overtime becomes a big concern in preserving this standard, Brown said, because the additional pay can quickly eat up the revenue saved by eliminating positions. Again, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delicate balance. Brown said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking at restructuring shifts. The jail personnel might have to require patrol deputies to remain at the jail to assist booking the suspect they transported. Coupeville Police Department might have to assist with jail emergencies and other incidents. Finally, the cuts will inhibit jail personnelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to provide courtroom security and transportation details. Brown said the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce would continue to make public safety its paramount concern, but will have to exercise discretion in regards to which actions go the furthest in reaching that goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problematic,â&#x20AC;? he said. Staff Reporter Jeremiah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hagan: 629-8066 ext. 125 or ohagan@scnews. com.

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Passport to art walk META auditions The final of three Passport to Art walks is 5 to 8 p.m. Fri, Sept. 24, in the historic east end of Stanwood, where 21 local artists will show their work at 16 businesses, sponsored by the merchants and Design Stanwood.

Koster fundraiser

META Performing Arts will hold auditions for its upcoming production, “Number the Stars” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon, Sept. 27, at the Conway Muse, on the west end of Main Street in Conway. Prepare a monologue up to three minutes and plan for some scene-work with the directors. Based in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943, the play examines a difficult historical period through the eyes of two young school girls, one of them Jewish. The show will run March 4-13, at the historic Lincoln The Stanwood Community and Senior Center ofTheatre, Mount Vernon.

John Koster, candidate for U.S. Congress, has announced a fundraising dinner Thurs, Sept. 30, with special guest Rob McKenna, Washington state attorney general,will be at Everett Golf and County Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a reception Preschool openings and dinner will be served at 7 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Prep.m. RSVP by Sept. 23 to 360- school has openings for 3, 4 and 926-2235 or info@Kosterfor- 5 year olds as well as the covery class on Tuesdays. Call 629-3767 for information.


fers its annual Oktoberfest celebration Fri, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m., where Hugo’s Accordion Band will be entertaining while patrons dine on Bavarian favorites (brats, German potato salad, green beans, sweet and sour cabbage, dessert and Missionary speaks variety of beverages). Tickets can be purchased Harvest breakfast to Methodists at Snow Goose Bookstore, at the center and at A pancake breakfast, car and Janice McClain, a missionary with the United Method- craft show will be held at the the door. For information, call 629-7403. Stanwood Community and Seist Board of Global Ministries who most recently served in the Congo, will be speaking at Stanwood United Methodist Church, Thurs, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. She will talk about her life as a missionary in the Central African country suffering extreme poverty with few resources. The local church has supported the construction and operation of orphanages for boys and girls in Lubumbashi, Congo. Prior to the Congo, McClain served in Kenya, Liberia and South Africa. Refreshments will be served at 27128 102nd Drive.

Cheer clinic for kids

Stanwood High School cheerleaders will offer a cheer clinic 4:15-6:30 p.m. Fri, Sept. 24. Participants will learn a dance and cheer which they will perform during half time at the Stanwood vs Monroe game that evening. The fee includes a T-shirt, poms, and dinner before the game. Pick up registration forms at the offices of any elementary school, print one off the district Web site, or call Carol Lawrence, 425-232-6025.

Cyclists meet

Morning Star Riders local chapter meets Thurs, Sept. 23 for a 6 p.m. dinner at Denny’s, 100 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Ice cream rides are onMonday nights through September; all motorcyclists welcome, no need to pre-register. Staging starts 6:15 p.m. at Texaco/Skagit Red Barn, I5/Conway exit; roll out at 6:30 p.m. Contact Steve Pitts, pres., 360-420-1987 or slpitts@acm. org for chapter information, for organization overview or for rides in Washington state.

nior Center Sat, Sept. 25, starting 8 a.m. For information call 629-7403.

Rummage sale for charity

A rummage/barn sale benefit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Sept. 25 raises money for the non-profit horse rescue organization, People Helping Horses, at 24717 43 Ave. NE, in Arlington. Tour the barn at the open house and check out sale items. You decide what to pay for all items. Proceeds will benefit. Free parking. For information call 360-435-9393.

School board meets

The Stanwood-Camano School District Board of Directors will meet Sept 21, 6:30 p.m., in the district’s administrative offices.

Fundraiser for USO

Avon’s “USO comforts of home” fundraiser will be held Sat, Sept 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tamara Sperry Insurance, 26231 72nd Ave. NW, in Stanwood. Ten dollars donated towards a care package will deliver it to troops abroad, plus Avon will donate $4 to the USO. The care package includes five full-sized toiletry products. Donors will be allowed to put a personal message with each package. For information, call 1-866-629-6665.

Square dance lessons set

The Stanwood Sashayers, a new local square dance club, will offer lessons Mon, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102 Ave. NW. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a free spaghetti dinner. St. Cecilia For information call Goen Shaw or Tami Sperry-Shaw, Women’s Guild 387-5055, or 629-6665, or eSt. Cecilia Women’s Guild mail, or will have a potluck luncheon- starting at noon Thur, Sept. 23, at 26900 78th Ave. NW. Aviation BBQ The executive director of Safe Anyone interested in aviation Harbor Free Clinic, Julie Vess is invited to a barbecue at Out of will present a program about the Blue Aviation at Arlington services at the clinic. For infor- Airport Sat Sept. 25, noon to 2 mation, contact Joanne Burns, p.m. Air entertainments begins 629-2094 or e-mail to ggburn- at 1 p.m., and light sport aircraft demonstration flights are offered all day. Call 360-474-1060 to schedule a demo flight. Vendors needed See www.outoftheblueaviaCalling all crafters, bakers, for more information. jelly makers and more, to Merrill Gardens annual Holiday Ba- Candidates invited zaar, Sat, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 The American Association p.m. Call 629-3445 to reserve of University Women (AAUW) your space. Stanwood Camano branch and


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the Stanwood Camano NEWS invites the public to an all-candidate forum for north Snohomish County and Camano Island, Wed., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria at Port Susan Middle School, 7506 267th St. NW. Candidates are asked to RSVP as soon as possible so their attendance can be announced.

Realtors food drive

This year’s Association of Realtors food drive takes place throughout the month of September to accommodate the needs of local food banks and shelters. The goal is to collect 50 tons of food. A $1 donation will purchase six pounds of food.

Watch DOGS kick off Sept. 23

Cedarhome Elementary School will be hosting its second annual “Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students)” Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Dads, uncles, grandpas or family friends of Cedarhome students are invited. There will be pizza served and testimonies from last year’s participants. For information call Jeff Lofgren, Karen Hushagen or Renee Barrie, 629-1280.

Speaker at Freeborn Lutheran

Michelle Brekhus, a Stanwood High School graduate, will tell about her experiences building a school for 500 children in Thailand, starting 10 a.m. Sun, Sept. 26 at Freeborn Lutheran Church, 2304 300th St. NW. Michelle taught fifth grade in Stanwood for 12 years before graduating from Regent University in Virginia with a masters degree in counseling. She felt called to join ZOE International Ministries in Thailand, where some children are in danger of being sold into human trafficking. The church is located just east of I-5 at exit 215. Michelle will also speak at Peace Lutheran Church in Silvana Oct. 10 at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Candles for sale

Quiet Light Candles open house sale is Sat, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sample local honey and learn about beekeeping. Pour your own candle and learn about the great benefits of beeswax, and enjoy fresh baked cookies at 29206 64th Ave. NW, Stanwood. For information call 6290285 or visit

Volunteers needed

A free information session

to review the volunteer opportunities at Providence Hospice & Home Care is scheduled for Wed, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. in downtown Everett. To register and for information, call 425-261-4815 by Oct. 13.

County job fair

Employers from a variety of companies will be looking for new employees at the fall Snohomish County Job Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in the multipurpose room of Parks Student Union at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. The free job fair is the largest general employee recruiting event north of Seattle and is open to the public. Job seekers can park for free on EvCC’s campus. For a parking map, visit For a list of companies attending, visit For information call 425-388-9229.

Fall containers

Annie Reiss from Skagit Gardens be updating containers Sat, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. at Christianson’s Nursery with a new look for fall. Reserve space at 360-466-3821.

Old Time Fiddlers jam on Fridays

The Old Time Fiddlers gather on Friday evenings, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and 22 at the Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Celtic jam starts at 5 p.m., workshop at 6 p.m., circle jam at 7 p.m. Small stage show if anyone is up for it. Coffee, tea, juice, and snacks throughout the evening. Listeners and acoustic musicians of all ages and their instruments are welcome. For information contact Noel Lareau, or 360-691-5907.

Music and fun

• Every Thursday night Steve Raible hosts jam night from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Stanwood Hotel and Saloon, 26926 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. For information see www. or call 6292888. • Leatherheads Pub & Eatery welcomes popular Seattle blues band, Brian Lee & the Orbiters Sat, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., no cover. X-Treme League Trivia starts at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at 10209 270th St NW For information see www. or call 629-5555.

FATHER WILLIAM TREACY AND THE KOMO “CHALLENGE” PROGRAM are celebrating the program’s 50th anniversary 6-9 p.m. Oct 2 in the Campion Ballroom, Seattle University. The award winning KOMO-TV program features co-hosts Father Treacy and Rabbi Raphael Levine and Dr. Martin Goslin who positively influenced the entire Puget Sound Region in an interfaith dialogue, and in 1968 founded Camp Brotherhood at Lake McMurray. Tickets are $100. For information and to register, go to or contact John Hale at THE STANWOOD-CAMANO FIRE DEPARTMENT will offer a community emergency Response Team, “CERT” class at the Vista-Madrona Fire Station, 273 NW Camano Drive, Camano Island: Oct. 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Oct. 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Oct 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; and Oct 16, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendance at all four classes is required to complete the training. The 20 hours of instruction and practical exercise cover nine modules of self-help and emergency preparedness training. The goal is to train CERT members who will be able to help themselves and their neighbors during a local emergency. To preview the CERT training, visit Sign-up for the CERT class at the Stanwood-Camano Fire Department administration office, 811 N. Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, e-mail Mike Simmons at, or call 387-1512. 50% OFF NURSERY STOCK! CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS. Wild Song Nursery past customers: All Sun. & Mon. in Sept. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Public included for Farm Tour 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. Sept. 25th. 21313 36th Ave NW Stanwood. Map at or follow signs from Silvana 360-652-5708 MADISON’S JEWELRY is featuring three new jewelry lines for show only on Friday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. during the final Passport to Art walk this year. Also, a Jewelry appraisal clinic brings Randy Caverly and 35 years of experience identifying and valuing all types of jewelry Sept 21 - 25, at 8701 271st St. NW, Stanwood. 629-0577. SAVE THE DATE: 4TH ANNUAL POKER & PUMPKINS, Saturday, Oct. 23. A benefit for the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center. A fun night of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and a unique Pumpkin Auction. For information call 629-5257 or STANWOOD EAGLES #3041 will be serving a Swiss steak dinner, Sat, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m., at 6419 Pioneer Highway. For members and guests only. Proceeds going to Child Abuse.

quired. Family story times start 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 11. Craft activities are NW United FIRE U-14 Girls funded by Stanwood/Camano Soccer team, coached by Chris Friends of the Library. Greathouse, is selling Entertainment 2011 coupon books. Divorce care at The team has been invited to play in the Donosti cup in Spain Warm Beach in July 2011 and is raising monA non-denominational group ey for the trip. The books will Divorce Care uses Biblical be sold through Dec. 1 and the teaching for those who are coupons are good through No- separated or divorced, with vidvember 2011. Books cost $25, eos featuring personal stories with a portion of the proceeds and experts on divorce related supporting the team. topics, 6:30 – 8 p.m. ThursTo place an order, contact days through Dec. 16 at Warm Kris Holm at 387-4467 or visit Beach Free Methodist Church, 20815 Marine Drive. Childcare port and enter account number provided for kids up to age 10. 971218, when prompted. There is a charge for materials. Questions? Call 652-6555.

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Sing for healing and soothing

Two singers in Stanwood are traveling to Bellingham to join the Threshold Choir and sing for healing and soothing with Kate Munger, the founder of the choir, which is one of more than 100 similar choirs around the country and beyond. They are singing on Tuesdays at Jerns Funeral Chapel, 800 E. Sunset Drive, in Bellingham. The hope is to start such a choir in Stanwood. Women who are interested are asked to call Judy Mieger at 360- 939-0240 or Darlene Dubay, 360-939-2616.

Storytimes at library

Stanwood Library offers story times for preschool ages, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 10. Baby story times are for ages 3 to 24 months 9:30 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 11. Caregiver re-

Grief Share starts

A special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, GriefShare runs 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 18, at Warm Beach Free Methodist Church, 20815 Marine Drive, Stanwood. RSVP at 652-6555. There’s a charge for materials.

Pathways to work

Women who need to re-enter the workforce because of divorce, separation, death or disability or loss of welfare coverage will find assistance in a workshop presented by YWCA. The next Pathways to Work workshop will be offered in Lynnwood Oct. 6-19 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information call 425-258-2766 ext. 226 or e-mail bpatrykus@ywcaworks. org,




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Class of 1948 reunion Front from left, Bonnie Wagness Pedersen, Mary Ann Wick Hendren, Barbara Ebel Gstohl, Mary Wagness Sundberg, Irene Vatne Mann, Sharon Anderson Ehlers, Delora Klett Strand, and back row from left, Dick Davidson, Ole Smistad, Jerry Arentzen, Dick Pedersen, Bob Olsen, Jack Pryor, Chuck Brown, Don Wilson are all members and friends of the class of 1948 Union Twin City High School who gathered for a reunion recently.

Graduates Shane Dawson, left, Brad Neunzig, right and Brad’s son, Sam Neunzig, 12, earned the small sailboat crew certification at Camano Island State Park. In addition to now being qualified to sail the Laser 2 and the Olympic-class Laser, these skippers and crew learned from Camano Sail and Power how to properly dress and survive cold-water capsizes and still be able to continue sailing.

100 YEARS AGO (1910) Mr. Ireland of Utsaladdy had wood cut on what was known as the town site to supply the demand of three boats. A play was presented in the Kenny Hotel at Warm Beach. The Steamer Gleaner carried 73 passengers from Mount Vernon while the Great Northern train was out of commission; the Stanwood Lecture Course speaker couldn’t get here because of washouts on the railroad.

Kindergarden opened registrations to insure establishment of the preschool. The Seventh-day Adventist elementary parochial school at Cedarhome opened with 40 students. A new lifetime milk production record for the United States was set by a purebred Ayrshire cow on an East Stanwood farm.

40 YEARS AGO (1970) Steve Jay took over as head football coach from Ray Cresap. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Reynolds of Cama90 YEARS AGO (1920) no toured the vast expanse The hay crop was good of Russia last month. on Camano Island for this year. 30 YEARS AGO (1980) The Onamac drainfield 80 YEARS AGO (1930) plan on Camano was axed. Forest fires along the Mary Ford was the new Lake Goodwin highway principal at Stanwood Priwere spreading with alarm- mary, as Dick Reim moved ing rapidity, jumping from on to Church Creek Elthe north side of the high- ementary. Jackie Fox won way to the south, game the Round Robin and Top was seen fleeing to safer Showman trophies at Eversections and people had green State Fair. to drive slowly with headlights on. 20 YEARS AGO (1990) Stanwood voters went 70 YEARS AGO (1940) to the poll for a criminal What was said to be the justice tax. Stanwood Midmost violent electric storm dle School was remodeled to ever visit this area, struck and opened, as well as the one night here shortly after new Twin City Elementary 9 p.m. School. There were three barn fires on Camano. 60 YEARS AGO (1950) Camano Island was 10 YEARS AGO (2000) soon to have a new grocery Elger Bay Elementary store and service station if and Utsalady Elementary plans of the Huntingtons schools opened on Camano. were fulfilled. Edward D. Lindstrom Development Jones opened a law office was to pave a trail around in Stanwood opposite the the perimeters of the StanMasonic Hall on Market wood Camano Village. Street. Twin City Market & Deli opened in the former Viking 50 YEARS AGO (1960) Village Grocery and later Twin City Christian Bob’s Red Apple Market.

Camano Canine Resort opens under Cole leadership Camano Canine Resort (CCR) opened last week by partners Sue Cole and Susan Cole at the former Cloud’s Canine facility. Both Coles are lifetime dog lovers and owners of dogs and multiple other pets. When the opportunity arrived to take over the Camano property, they couldn’t resist. Sue Cole is a resident of Camano Island with her husband Doug, who is Susan’s son, and their two dogs. Susan Cole is a longtime Stanwood resident, married to Bob Cole, and is well known for her involvement with soccer. She has bred and raised rat terriers. Both Sue and Susan have been training and competing in dog agility for several years. CCR offers a long list of amenities: A one-acre fenced park, five deluxe boarding suites, nine standard suites, four large fenced exercise paddocks, walking trails, and a large grass walking area. MOBILE AUTO REPAIR 29 Years Of Local Service

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The same groomer, Melissa continues to offer her full service grooming to boarders, day care pets, and to others by appointment. Camano Canine Resort will provide pet transportation from Stanwood Viking Village in the mornings, overnight boarding, and day care from two hours to all day. “Your pet will receive safe supervision and ample play time with our dedicated staff and other dogs to keep them happy in your absence,” said the Coles.

Property management

Kelly & David Crumpley of Camano Island have announced their new business, Crumpley Property Management. As property managers of their own local properties, they have experience in the local market, two of the three most important things they believe a person should consider when selecting a property management service. They describe themselves as good, honest people with common sense and they promise to treat your investments like you would treat your own. They offer online reporting for out-of-state clients and competitive rates. Kelly said she couldn’t find anyone that she trusted to manage her properties so she has always done it herself. “That’s why I thought it would be a good business for me.” Contact the Crumpleys at 387-5159 or visit for more information.

What about Bob? American Legion Post 92 celebrated its 26 members with the name “Bob,” with “What about Bob Day?” Fri, Sept. 10, featuring free lunch and happy hour all day. Pictured are Bob Anderson, Bob Westphal, Bob Nielson, Bob Partrick, Bob Kroger, Bob Tarman and Bob Winicky.

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Psalm 139: 1-2, 23-24

“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar… Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Socrates, the Greek philosopher is still known for his enduring wisdom and for making people think. As I’ve read some of his dialogue with his student Plato, I’ve found myself questioning motives, beliefs, actions as well social agendas, governmental structure and conventional wisdom. Other times I have found my eyes reading while my mind goes blank. When my mind meets back up with my eyes I realize that I am thinking, “Huh?” Nonetheless, Socrates makes me think. One of his famous quotes has stayed in my mind for many years, “The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.” Socrates believed this with his whole being. He ended up dying for this belief. As a philosopher/teacher, Socrates made people question. He made them question their thinking. He made them question their way of doing things. He made them question their purpose. He didn’t do this to lead them to confusion; he did this to lead them to clarity. He desired that people live lives of meaning and purpose instead of mediocrity and apathy. Eventually Socrates was put on trial for disrupting the peace of the city by causing them to question the conventions of society. He was charged with heresy and was given a choice: Be exiled away from Athens, where he exercised his examinations, or die. In this setting Socrates is known for the famous quote. Socrates chose death. I assume that Socrates

felt that in exile he wouldn’t have the ability to dialogue with people in such a way as to learn the answers to his many questions. He felt that he would have to give up his examination of the soul. How serious do you take the examination of your soul? When was the last time you took a walk to work through the winding alleys of your mind? When was the last time you sat down and worked through your doubts, your fears, your questions and your concerns? Take a moment and Google (or bing) Socrates’ quote. You will find the saying in Wikiquotes, you will find the history in Wikipedia and you will find commentary in endless blogs. It seems that many people have chosen to act out Socrates’ words. It appears that many amateur authors are working through their questions. It looks like examination is a common practice. Read on. Many more are mere surface thoughts presented for the world to see their wit. Such blogs are mindlessly presented to gain popularity from a population who would rather read surface thoughts of another then delve into the depth of their own psyche. Entertainment. Which are you? Do you examine your soul? Or simply amuse yourself? There is a time for entertainment, but don’t let it consume you. Life must be more than mere amusement. Make time to consider your actions, thoughts and feelings. Create time to examine the state of your soul. Are you aware of God’s presence in your life? Have you given thought to how you stand with your friends and family? Are you bottling up feelings and emotions? Have you invited God into your interior? – Mike Aker New View Church

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Home birth: Lincoln James Fiedler was born Sept. 12, 2010 at home to his Stanwood parents, Kristin and Neil Fiedler.

NW United FIRE U-14 Girls Soccer team, coached by Chris Greathouse, is selling the popular “Entertainment 2011” coupon books. They have been invited to play in the Donosti cup in Spain, July 2011, and are now raising money for trip expenses. The books will be sold through Dec. 1, and coupons are good from now until Nov. 2011. To place an order, contact Kris Holm, 387-4467, or visit and enter account number 971218, when prompted.

Providence Everett Medical Center, Everett: Holly Thompson and Eric Small of Stanwood, a boy, Aug. 3, 2010. Shelby French of Stanwood, a girl, June 22, 2010.

Community Focus Western Washington University student, JAMIE JOHNSON daughter of Allen Johnson and Teresa Perry, received the 20102011 Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship for Women in Sciences. The scholarship supports female students who are parents and pursuing a degree in biology, chemistry, physics or math. Johnson, a senior, has 3.4 GPA and is pursuing a degree in general science education. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and an Autism support group leader. She plans to graduate June 2011. CAITLIN PRATT of Stanwood, a graduate of the University of Washington in 2010, is among the 15 UW alumni and students who have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. Her Major was Near Eastern languages and civilizations. She joins the more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 201011 academic year through the Fulbright Student Program. The program is the


flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of 155 other countries. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Caitlin first became interested in studying Arabic and Middle Eastern cultures when she visited Morocco in 2005 during a trip to Spain. Later, after beginning her study of Arabic at UW, she decided to take Persian and Japanese to further broaden her ability to connect with people from other cultures. Because of her focus on lan-

guages, she began volunteering with the UW’s English Language Program, helping facilitate in-class discussions for students learning English. As a Fulbright Fellow in Morocco, Pratt will serve as an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher and study the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. She will continue working as an English teacher, in addition to considering careers in translation and international relations as her fluency in Arabic increases. She feels that the work of cultural ambassadors is extremely valuable to future relationships between the United States and the rest of the world.

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The following students made the recent academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University: CHRISTINAJA K. LANCASTER, a nursing major from Stanwood, and LUKE J. LAURES, also a nursing major, from Camano Island. APU is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to God first and

BRYAN D. GEUBELLE of Stanwood, was named to Columbia College’s Dean’s List for the March-July award period. To be named to the dean’s list a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period with a GPA of 3.5. A private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, the college educates more than 28,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For information, visit

Junior members of the Angus Association won showmanship honors at the 2010 Washington Angus Association Heifer Steer Futurity Junior Angus Show, July 30-31 in Moses Lake, Wash. ZACH WILSON of Stanwood was awarded reserve champion.

Worship Directory 92ND STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST 4226 92nd N.E. Marysville, WA 98270 Dennis E. Niva, Minister Bible Classes, Adults & Children • 9:30 a.m. Worship and Communion • 10:30 a.m. *Children’s Bible Hour * Attended Nursery Sunday Evening Service • 6:00 p.m. (Last Sunday evening of the month Hymn Singing Night) Life Group Home Bible Studies FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 360-653-2578 “Non-denominational Preaching The Truth In A Positive Format!” ANCHOR OF HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH (A Church of the Lutheran Brethren) Meeting at the Stanwood Sons of Norway Hall next to Wells Fargo Bank 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Prayer Time 10:30 a.m. Worship Service PO Box 764, Stanwood • Bob Hosmer, Pastor 360-722-9200 BAHA’I FAITH An Independent World Religion, working toward the unity of mankind. All are welcome to attend Worship Services at Spirit Ridge Inn Library, 146 Spirit Ridge Lane, Camano Island. Informal discussions and educational programs are also offered for those interested in knowing more about the Baha’i Faith. For a schedule of activities or general information about the Baha’i Faith, call 425-319-8870 or visit e-mail: BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH Meeting at Stillaguamish Grange Hall 6521 Pioneer Hwy. Steven Casteel Pastor • 360-629-2252 SUNDAY SCHOOL • 10 a.m. MORNING SERVICE • 11 a.m. SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE • 6 p.m. WED. BIBLE STUDY • 7 p.m. CAMANO CHAPEL A Non-Denomination Community Church 867 S. West Camano Drive Pastor Kris Kramer • 360-387-7202 Steve Redfern, Associate Pastor Mich Michl, Associate Pastor Matt Lee, Associate Pastor SERVICES: 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL (for all ages Sept - May) • 9:45 a.m. MOPS (Mothers Pre-Schoolers) • TUES 9:30 a.m. NIGHT MOPS • 2nd & 4th Monday 6 p.m. High School “Capstone”: 1st, 3rd, 5th • TUES 7:30 pm Junior High “EYP” • TUES 6 p.m. AWANA • WED 6:30 p.m. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY • WED 6:30 p.m. THURS 9 a.m., FRI 9:15 a.m. MEN’S BREAKFAST • SAT 7:30 a.m.

CAMANO LUTHERAN Pastor Scott Brents 360-629-4592 Church • 360-629-2253 Child Care Highway 532 at Heichel Rd. WORSHIP SERVICES WORSHIP SERVICE • 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL • 9:45 AM Nursery available at both services CEDARHOME BAPTIST CHURCH 29000-68th Ave. N.W. Stanwood WA 98292 Mitch Klein, Senior Pastor Jason Chollar, Worship Pastor Dan Hallock, Youth Pastor SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 a.m. YOUTH GROUP: Thursdays 6:30 p.m. AWANA for K-5th: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. 360-629-9771 Celebrate Recovery Group Fridays • 7-9 p.m. A Christ Centered Recovery Program for those hurts, habits, and hang-ups 18 years & up CEDARHOME SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 28505 68th Ave. NW 360-629-2441 Sabbath School, Sat. • 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sat. • 10:45 a.m. Cedarhome Christian School • 360-629-5340 Amanda Kobberstad, Teacher CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY CHURCH NEW LOCATION: President’s Elementary School 505 E. 3rd, St. Arlington SUNDAYS • 10 a.m. For small groups in Stanwood-Camano • 360-939-0659 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 725 North Sixth St., Mount Vernon SERVICES • SUNDAY 10 a.m. WEDNESDAY EVE • 7:30 p.m. Sunday School & Childcare available Reading Room: 321 Kincaid St., Mount Vernon 360-336-2382 Open Tues., Thurs., Fri. 12 - 3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OPEN TO ALL FREEBORN LUTHERAN, E.L.C.A. Pastor Donald Brekhus 2304 300th N.W., East of I-5, Exit 215 360-629-3149 WORSHIP SERVICE • 10 a.m. Childcare provided COMMUNION 1st & 3rd Sun. of Month ISLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (Calvary Chapel Affiliate) 66 N.E. Camano Dr. • 360-387-2299 Senior Pastor Michael Evers Women’s Ministry Lorie Evers SUNDAY WORSHIP • 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. TUESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY • 10 a.m. WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY • 7 p.m. THURSDAY PRAYER/BIBLE STUDY • 7 p.m. FRIDAY EXILED YOUTH CHURCH • 7:33 p.m.

ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH 147 N. Woodland Dr. Camano Island Pastor Rick Mitchell • 360-387-6171 SUNDAY SCHOOL • 9:15 a.m. MORNING WORSHIP • 10:30 a.m. (Nursery Care Provided) MENS GROUP, SAT. 8 a.m. WOMENS BIBLE STUDY TUE. • 9:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. (Childcare Provided) YOUTH GROUP, WED. • 6 p.m. CHOIR PRACTICE, WED. • 7 p.m. MABANA CHAPEL 3871 South Camano Drive • 360-387-6431 Greg Summers & Tony Garland, Pastors SUNDAY SCHOOL • 9:45 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICE • 11 a.m. WED. PRAYER • 7 p.m. MON. BIBLE STUDY • 7 p.m. NEW VIEW CHURCH Sunday Morning Gathering • 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. & 6 p.m. Camano Gathering 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Youth Gathering • 7:00-8:30 p.m. 8028 272nd St. NW Stanwood • 629-2600 OUR SAVIOUR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 27201-99th Ave. NW, P.O. Box 370 Stanwood, WA 98292 Mark A. Bankson, Pastor Alex Eby, Worship and Music Lauren Jespersen, Youth Director Erik Ronning, Senior Choir CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP – 8:45 am TRADITIONAL WORSHIP – 10:45 am FELLOWSHIP/COFFEE HOUR – 9:45 am SUNDAY SCHOOL (ages 3-adult) – 9:50 am Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 360-629-3767 or 360-629-3772 RIVER OF LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Brad Hering For more information 360-387-2600 Meets at Camano Community & Senior Center 606 Arrowhead Road WORSHIP SERVICE • 10 a.m. Nursery and Children’s Sunday School Youth & Home groups, call for time & location ST. AIDAN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1813 EAST SR 532, Camano Island The Reverend Dr. Robert Dietel, Vicar 360-629-3969 SUNDAYS • 8 a.m. 1st, 3rd & 5th • Holy Eucharist 2nd and 4th • Morning Prayer 10 a.m • Church School & Nursery 10 a.m • Choral Eucharist WEDNESDAY • 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Healing Service TUESDAY: 7 p.m • Bible Study “We invite all to join with us in celebrating the presence of Christ”

ST. CECILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Laurence Poncini, O.C.D. • 360-629-3737 26900-78th N.W. • P.O. Box 1002 Stanwood SATURDAY EVE. MASS • 5 p.m. SUNDAY MASS • 9 a.m. & 11a.m. HOLY DAY MASS • 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. Faith Formation Programs • Office - 360-629-4425 Religious Ed, Pre-school - 6th • Wed. 4 - 5:30 p.m. 7th - 12th Youth Group following Sunday 11 a.m. Mass STANWOOD FOURSQUARE CHURCH Meets in the Center of the City 27007-90th Ave. N.W. (in Viking Village) 3 Services • Sundays @ 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.. Complete Nursery & Children’s Ministry provided at all regular services Midweek Growth Groups-call for times & locations FUSION (7th - 12th grade) • Wednesdays • 6:30 p.m. Senior Pastors • Tim & Anna Poetzl Associate Pastor • Doug Greenman Youth Director • Kyle Veach Administrative Pastor - Eileen Fehlen Children’s Pastor • Alison Livengood Worship Team Leader • Jason Tokarchuk Early Childhood Coordinator • Kristen Bothel Church Office Hours — Tues. Wed. & Thurs. • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 360-629-9258 Fax: 360-629-3769 E-mail - STANWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Open Hearts Open Minds Open Doors A Progressive Church for Thinking People Pastor Daniel Sailer 8:30 a.m. • Contemporary Worship w/Continental Breakfast 10:00 a.m. • Traditional Worship Service Child Care provided at all services Handicapped Accessible Call the Church Office for Other Programs 27128 102nd Dr. NW, Stanwood • 360-629-9555 WARM BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH Affiliated with the Assemblies of God Matt Morgan, Lead Pastor Jon Rich, Creative Arts Pastor Jeremy Frisinger, Youth Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Childrens Ministries available at both services “Ignite” Student Ministry - Wed. at 7 p.m. 9620-188th ST. NW • 360-652-8787 WARM BEACH FREE METHODIST 20815 Marine DR. NW • 360-652-6555 Patrick Vance, Lead Pastor Brent Johnson, Associate Pastor Eric Barnes, Youth Pastor Abby Nelson, Children’s Pastor Samuel Scharr, Associate Pastor Heritage Service 8:15 a.m. Seekers Community Service 9:30 a.m. Mosaic Service 11:10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:45-10:50 a.m. WEDNESDAY • 6:30 p.m. – Groups for all ages MOPS Grief Share, Divorce Care





Freshman runner demonstrates integrity at South Whidbey Invite


Most of us believe that sportsmanship and positive attributes like honesty are goals worthy of achievement, especially in athletics. Stanwood High freshman Joe McFall’s integrity was put to the test last Saturday during the South Whidbey Invitational Cross Country meet. McFall, new to high school cross country and the course at Langley, became lost in the woods and failed to run the entire course. “Upon finishing, he decided on his own to not give his tag number to the judges (which is required in order to earn a spot in the race) because he knew his time wasn’t real,” explained a very proud coach Jordan Sneva over the weekend. “It was so cool to see a young kid make a moral choice that exemplified his true character. He got the Golden Shoe (a cherished mo-

tivational award) for that meet.” In the invitational, the team, without leading runner Wade Weinert, who was out with a foot injury, placed 16th out of the assembled 19 teams. Earlier in the week, on Thursday Stanwood’s Weinert, Cody Howard and Tanner Nieman paced the Spartans (33 points) to a second-place finish behind Snohomish’s Glacier Peak (22) on the Sparts’ home course. Lynnwood took third with 84 points. The junior grabbed third overall with a time of 17:00 over the 5,000 meter course. Howard was fifth in 17 minutes, 21 seconds and Nieman, a sophomore, placed sixth in 17:36. Meanwhile Aaron Sandquist (18:28), Cody Hoskins (18:32), C.J. Alumbaugh (18:32) and Cole Farnsworth (18:51) finished ninth through twelfth, respectively. Other SHS runners included Austin Biehl (18:57), Adam Knott (19:03), Nick Donohue (19:13),

Kevin Sandquist (19:14), Micah Losee (19:16), Michael Krantz (19:57), Charlie Heckman (20:17), Bo Luce (20:25), Rainie Ratcliff (20:52), Jacob Land (21:02), Kyle Janssen (21:18), Lance DeRosier (21:32), Brock Aschnbrenner (21:36), Chris Facey (21:42), Winston Preston (22:18), AbdulKahad Saibu (23:15), Blake Kuhlman (23:39), Justin Jones (24:05), Matthew Evoy (24:28) and Joe McFall (26:56). At the South Whidbey meet, Howard (51st, 17:51), Nieman (55th, 17:53), Aaron Sandquist (73rd, 18:17), Alumbaugh (111th, 19:12), Farnsworth (113th, 19:16) and Hoskins (115th, 19:21) represented the varsity. Second-team varsity runners included Biehl (33rd, 19:18), Donohue (50th, 19:43), Krantz (53rd, 19:46), Kevin Sandquist (66th, 19:58), Losee (70th, 20:03), Heckman (94th, 21:08) and Luce (98th, 21:15). Participating in the junior var-



Tanner Nieman, Cody Hoskins, Wade Weinert and Cody Howard (Spartan runners from left to right) begin their 3.1mile race on the local cross country course last week. Weinert, a junior who also wrestles, paced the local harriers with a third place after completing the course in 17 minutes flat. sity race were Ryker Grotte (91st, 20:37), Preston (150th, 21:52), Ratcliff (164th, 22:10), Janssen (191st, 22:46), Saibu (200th, 22:54), DeRosier (201st, 22:55),

Facey (207th, 23:05), Kuhlman (214th, 23:30), Kevin Downs (223rd, 24:01), Aschnbrenner (229th, 24:34), Evoy (236th, 25:24) and Jones (237th, 25:29).

Hushagen/Lund sole victors in 5-1 tennis loss to Snohomish By JOHN GALBREATH Special Editor

Kurtis Hushagen and Jack Lund teamed up to defeat Snohomish’s No. 3 doubles pair - Cody Feaster and Derek Shields

- for the only Stanwood (4-1 overall) victory of the day as the Panthers (4-1) whipped the local low netters 5-1 in Western Conference 4A North action last week. The Spartan duo

scored a 6-2, 7-6 straight set win over their opponents. No other details about matches with MarysvillePilchuck and Everett were made available to the NEWS.

Gridiron eleven lose to Mariner 39-17 By JOHN GALBREATH Sports Editor

Senior running back Devin Wooldridge rushed 169 yards in 20 carries (8.5 yards/carry) and scored twice last Friday night, but he and his fellow Spartan football players lost a 3917 non-league encounter to the Mariner Marauders.


High netters triumph In their only match of the week, the Spartan volleyball club, behind the 20 kills of junior Kaci Jones, outplayed the Cascade Bruins 3-1 to even their season dual meet record to 1-1.The Spartan high netters had set scores of 25-15, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-11 to secure the victory. Libero (defensive specialist) Sarah Titus had 16 digs as well.

Wooldridge’s first touchdown following a 15-stripe run gave the Sparts a brief 7-6 lead. A second TD by Mariner was followed by another failed extra-point attempt and it stood 12-7 after the first period of play. An excellently kicked 25-yard field goal by senior Sam Harris narrowed the lead to two points before the

Marauders’ KeiVarae Russell, who rambled for 225 on 23 hefts, tallied for the third time before the half, making it 19-10. Once again Stanwood leaped back into the fray with Wooldridge’s next score just after halftime, but 19-17 was as close as the local gridders were able to get to Mariner the rest of the night.


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Lady Spartan soccer club dominate Arlington Girls’ By JOHN GALBREATH Sports Editor Beginning the week with a 2-0 shutout over Arlington that was made possible by the steady goaltending of Stanwood’s Haley Haugstad, the Lady Spartan booters (13 in league, 1-4 overall) had high hopes for a better ending to the week. It was not to be, however, as the Sparts lost 4-2 to Snohomish before being shut out 3-0 by the Bearcats from Monroe in a Saturday afternoon contest. In the early-week victory, Katelyn Weaver tallied following senior teammate Brandi Doggett’s cross in the 65th minute and then, just five minutes later, Jenny Maley assisted Lauren Allison on another goal against the visiting Eagles. “On the first goal Brandi flicked the ball into Katelyn for a left-footed volley into the lower right corner,” explained first-year head coach Kyle Veach. “The second score resulted from Jenny’s throw-in on the right wing. Lauren chested the ball up at the corner

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of the six-yard box and then volleyed it into the top right corner.” Haugstad recorded her first shutout of the 2010 season. Stanwood thoroughly dominated play with a don’tlet-them-have-the-ball attitude that permeated the field of play. “That allowed us a lot of opportunities,” agreed Veach. Indeed it did, as the Sparts outshot the visiting Eagles 24-14. An even more telling statistic was the 14-1 margin for shots-on-goal. “Our center midfielders – Kalina Eveland, Corinne Teichgrab and Katelyn Weaver – were dominant in the midfield. They executed our game plan perfectly.” Against the Panthers, freshman forward Ashley Hughes buried a shot in the 60th minute (Lauren Allison assist) and Adesn Vanderpool scored 20 minutes later for the Spartans’ two goals.



Junior forward Katelyn Weaver (right) played well from her midfielder’s position in last week’s 2-0 win over Arlington. Weaver tallied a goal in the 65th minute to put the Sparts ahead 1-0.

Aquanauts lose first two swim meets By JOHN GALBREATH Sports Editor

The Lady Spartan swim team opened against two well-established clubs and lost to both. First they succumbed to WesCo 4A North leaguemates Marysville-Pilchuck 106-74 before Shorecrest edged the local aquanauts 94.5-88.5 two days later. Zanetta Uy, Alisa Stang and Maddie Divelbiss were the only Stanwood swimmers to capture events against the Tomahawks.

Uy posted best times in the 50 freestyle (26.7) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16) while Stang won the 100 butterfly (1:02) and Divelbiss took the 100 free (1:03). Seconds were earned by Whitney Weinert in the 200 individual medley (2:26) and the 100 backstroke (1:07), Joya Major in the 50 free (29.4) and the 100 free (1:05), the 200 free relay squad of Katie Taylor, Kelsie Anderson, Hannah Iverson and Divelbiss (2:06), the 200 medley foursome of Uy, Divelbiss, Stang and Weinert

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Two girls’ cross country squads with high expectations met on the Stanwood High School home course last Thursday and it was as exciting as an early-season meet can be. Glacier Peak, one of the favorites to win the Washington State 3A Girls’ Cross Country meet in November after finishing as runners-up last year, came to town to race against the Lady Spartans, a 4A team that took third in the state championships in their division at Pasco last season. Despite the absence of state champion Amy Eloise Neale, the Grizzlies edged the Lady Spartans 22-35 in the first regular-season meet of 2010. Lynnwood took third with 82 points. Both Glacier Peak and Stanwood knew not to run all-out so early in the campaign, since what is important is a gradual build-up to the state meet, but still it was an interesting dual between two superb groups of runners. Glacier’s Katie Bianchini, a fine harrier in her own right, finished first with the Sparts’ Minna Fields, who placed second in the 4A division in Pasco last fall, following close behind. Fields ran the 3.1-mile course (5,000 meters) in 19 minutes, 18 seconds. Jade Borseth, who suffered a near season-long injury last fall, took fifth Thursday in a time of 20:20. Maddi Davis (7th, 20:39), Trish Jeans (10th, 21:15), Jordin Stephenson (11th, 21:19), Rachel Swartz (13th, 21:28) and Alexandra Yerigan (14th, 21:32) filled the next five spots for the Lady Spartans. Others who represented Stanwood were Megan Wyles (21:34), Brynna Bodle (21:38), Kelsey Haller (21:44), Helen Reinecke (22:29), Sofia Sobotta (22:57), Rachel Andelin (26:25), Lindsey Martin (28:10), Silvana Emnott (30:02) and Brianna Bowles (30:45). Then at Saturday’s first invitational – at South Whidbey High School – Stanwood’s girls grabbed fourth (142 accumulated points) out of the 16 teams. Glacier Peak took first with 69 points while Eisenhower (Yakima) had 82 and Lakewood’s 123 points put them into third overall. Once again Fields paced the local contingent with a ninth-place time of 19:33. Stephenson took 27th (20:33), Borseth was 29th (20:38) while Davis (36th, 20:57), Jeans (63rd, 22:05), Swartz (67th, 22:20) and Yerigan (91st, 22:56) followed. The junior varsity members who ran for Stanwood were Rachel Andelin (60th, 26:13), Lindsey Martin (94th, 29:57), Melkam Hozack (95th, 30:18) and Silvana Emnott (99th, 30:58). “We’re not too worried about what appears to be a slow start,” noted head coach Jordan Sneva. “We’re preparing for November’s state meet over the long haul. Our girls are running well. You have to remember that both our girls’ and boys’ teams have a number of two- and three-sport athletes. We have basketball and wrestlers on our rosters, whereas teams like Glacier Peak don’t – their girls are just runners. We love our multi-sport athletes; they bring a competitive element to our team we wouldn’t necessarily have otherwise. We’re planning on pulling off something special at the end of the season,” Sneva said.



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Roaming Back-to-school Artists had a project big success great turnout Dear Editor: On behalf of the Stanwood Lions Club and the Readiness to Learn Foundation, we would like to thank the Stanwood-Camano community for helping us make the back-to-school project a big success. We collected backpacks and school supplies to support more than 170 children and have supplies on hand as new needs arise. We especially want to thank the merchants, companies and churches that participated as collection sites. Our red boxes were placed in Haggen, Stanwood Hardware, Starbuck’s, Twin City Foods and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanwood, and Windermere Real Estate/Coastal Community Bank on Camano Island. We would also like to thank our fellow Lions for their generous monetary donations. The generosity is appreciated and proves again that Stanwood-Camano Island is a great place to live! Val Durham and Bob Parks Stanwood Lions Club

Water How to pay for protection of our water

Dear Editor: In Island County 75 percent of the tested watersheds have excessive levels of fecal coli-form. Drilled wells are going dry in several communities and salt water intrusion threatens residents who depend upon island aquifers for this most fundamental resource. Stormwater management needs across our county far exceed resources as beachfront communities struggle to manage runoff, created by development uphill. Septic inspection fees are unpopular but the state-mandated program must be supported at the local level. On Sept. 13, the board of county commissioners took a preliminary step in a public process to address these needs in our community. Specifically the board took action to seek legal counsel on forming a clean water utility district, which could provide an integrated program at a lower cost than the $62 fee currently collected for just the septic program. The long term health and economic stability of our county depends upon us finding ways to address these vital needs. Many surrounding counties and each of the county’s incorporated jurisdictions already have such a program in place. This board is strongly committed to public outreach and civic engagement on important matters such as these. That will happen once our staff has prepared a recommendation for the public and the board to consider. Legal counsel is prudent at this point to ensure compliance and efficiency in our processes. About two dozen citizens spoke at today’s meeting, many encouraged more public information and discussion of the need for this utility before it is implemented. We agree completely. Our citizens deserve the opportunity to review the data and possible strategies before action is considered. Please watch for outreach efforts on this topic in the coming months. Helen Price Johnson Chair, Island County Commissioners



Dear Editor: On behalf of the Roaming Artists, thank you once again for the great articles about our art show. We had great attendance and surprisingly the sales were reasonable in spite of the lousy economy. The continued interest and support of the Stanwood/Camano News is really appreciated. Norman Kearsley Camano Island


Thanks to sponsors of car show

Dear Editor: The Twin City Idlers would like to thank everybody who attended our “Show and Shine” car show in June. We hope that you enjoyed what you saw and had a good time. We had in the neighborhood of 450 cars, some models of which you will not see any finer anywhere in the country. We especially want to say thank you to the local businesses and people who helped sponsor the 2010 show. Without them we could not do what we do. Thank you to: American Car Care Center, Amigo’s, Angel of the Winds Casino, Camano Island Licensing, Car Quest/Stanwood Auto Parts, Coastal Community Bank, Forest Land Services, Gallery by the Bay, Gerry Andals Restaurant, Jimmy’s Pizza & Pasta, Josephine care facility, Kompact Kar Corner, LaHacienda, Let’s Frame It, Pat Rimmer Les Schwab Tire, Madison Jewelry, Magnuson Hair Design, Merrill Gardens, Napa Twin City Automotive, NW Plus Credit Union, Nordsky Septic Service, Pat & Carrie Richardson, Rite Aide/Bill Sanford, Sarah Larmore, Stanwood-Camano NEWS, Stanwood Chamber of Commerce, Stanwood Senior Center, State Farm Ins./Leslie Tripp, Terry Greer CPA, Thomas & Associates Ins., Twin City Collision, Viking Village Plaza, Whatcom County Cruising Assn. and Whidbey Island Bank. The money that we make at our show is mostly donated back to local charities. The Idlers give to the Stanwood area Food Bank, Stanwood Senior Center, Camano Island Senior Center, and we typically try to find a local family in need and try to help make their holidays better. We hope that the entire community enjoys our show, and please let the local businesses know that their help with the Idlers to put on this show is appreciated. Jimmy Kounkel Twin City Idlers

Madrona Station

Thanks for honoring dad at dedication

Dear Editor: For those of you who were involved in honoring my dad, Joel “Bud” Lynn, at the September 11, opening of the Madrona Fire Station, thank you for your thoughtfulness. The opening of the new fire hall was done very tastefully and the entire ceremony meant a lot to my dad. This new facility provides the community with wonderful additional community services. The fire department has come a long ways from the “old” volunteer fire department. And the

old “volunteers” are very proud of this new building. Mike Lynn Camano Island

Book sale

Library friends thank patrons

Dear Editor: I would like to express a most heartfelt thank you to all Stanwood residents who help make the ongoing book sale at the Stanwood Library such a success. Our patrons donate wonderful books in great condition for the library’s resale area. In these days when our dollar is stretched so thin, it is encouraging to know that a good book can still be purchased for just a dollar, and a paperback sells for just 50 cents at your local library. I see consistent numbers of patrons browsing our resale area for a great find. These browsers purchase hundreds of books each month from off our shelves. The Friends of the Library then turn around and use the money earned to support programs for children and adult throughout the year. The Stanwood/Camano Friends of the Library is grateful for the continued support of the community. We encourage everyone who enters our library to check out the resale area. Thank you for supporting your library so generously. Bonnie Thielke, Friends of the Library

John Dean

Responsive to islanders needs

mist will tell you that raising taxes during a recession is one of the worst things to do to the economy. Over the last several years, Island County has wasted millions of tax dollars by cutting the roadside grass with gasoline-powered mowers. This very expensive mowing operation not only causes traffic safety hazards, it also creates a large carbon foot print which, according to Democrats, results in global warming. A far more cost-effective and safer method of controlling roadside plant growth is to use herbicides, a method currently employed by other public agencies and previously used by Island County. Another example of an outrageous waste of tax dollars is the Island County Transit with its free bus fares. Empty transit buses are constantly being driven around Island County leaving another huge carbon footprint. In these difficult economic times, we cannot afford to elect socialistic “tax and spend” public officials such as Haugen and Dean. These types of liberal Democrats are currently leading our country into bankruptcy. We need to elect a new Island County commissioner who will reduce spending and not raise our taxes. The principled and independent Kelley Emerson has the appropriate spending priorities. She will stand up to the unions and will not put the public’s safety in jeopardy. Keith Welker Camano Island Editors note: Island Transit is a private transit agency.

Dear Editor: Our county commissioner, John Dean, is a man of integrity, high standards and honesty. A dedicated man committed to a better future for our two beautiful islands, Whidbey and Camano. John has lived and worked in our community for more than 30 years, serving as editor at the Stanwood/Camano NEWS before retiring in 2006. Since that time, John has served as our Island County commissioner, where he has made economic development, balanced budgets and government responsiveness his priorities. We are supporting John Dean for re-election because we believe he is the steady leader that our community needs during these difficult economic times. John is a prince of a man. We are fortunate he wants to continue to serve Island County. Let’s re-elect Commissioner John Dean for another four years. Bob and Marian Turner Camano Island

Wasteful spending

Liberal Democrats should be replaced

Dear Editor: Senator Mary “More Taxes” Haugen and her Democrat colleagues in Olympia passed the recent sales tax increase on our food and beverages. Then her protégé, Island County Commissioner John Dean, tried to pass a property tax increase (Proposition No. 1), to cover the county’s budget shortfall. Any responsible econo-


Day of Service at Camano parks

Dear Editor: President Obama called for a Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, and the Camano Island Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints answered. The day started off with a moment of silence to remember the lives lost nines years ago, and then the 51 volunteers jumped quickly into the “service” portion of the day. Working alongside Camano Island State Park staff, they pulled scotch broom, picked up litter, painted park buildings, removed ivy from trees, re-trenched a drainage ditch, and restored vegetation in campsites trampled by the summer’s campers. When the noise of the work party threatened to interfere with a wedding taking place at the park, the volunteers’ acts of “service” changed from one of labor, to one of neighborliness, as the crews packed up and cleared out of north beach in time for the ceremony (Congratulations and best wishes to the Cartwrights). Special thanks to Cyndy Thompson who set up the event, Jim and Andrea Woolbert for pre-planning and project leadership, and to Orchard’s Nursery, who donated plants to the re-vegetation effort. Camano Island State Park was built by volunteers and we continue to rely on volunteers to help keep the park maintained. I never cease to be impressed by the willingness of

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Animal shelter tied for 3rd

Dear Editor: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wishes to publicly acknowledge Northwest Organization for Animal Help of Stanwood (NOAH) for breaking their own life-saving records, and earning a place in the top 10 of the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge. As a participant in the $100K Challenge, NOAH is engaged in a three-month competition among shelters nationwide to increase the number of lives saved at their shelter. The shelter with the most substantial increase in lives saved compared to figures from the same months last year will be awarded a $100,000 prize. In August, NOAH saved 335 cats and dogs! A major achievement in and of itself, this number also represents an increase of 142 lives saved over August of last year, placing NOAH in the No. 3 position so far in this national competition. August, September and October are typically challenging months for any animal shelter. The fact that NOAH not only entered the $100K Challenge but increased the number of lives it saved in August so substantially is a testament to the organization’s leadership, as well as the dedication and determination of the staff and volunteers in finding homes for at-risk pets. On behalf of all of the cats and dogs who went home last month - and their new families - we thank the NOAH board, staff, volunteers and supporting community members. Alison M. Zaccone ASPCA


Honors Earth was a success

Dear Editor: C.A.R.E. would like to extend its thanks to all who attended Camano Honors Earth Sept. 11. The weather was great, there was great spirit and enthusiasm, great music, and inspiring words shared by the poets and speakers. We would like to extend a special thanks to all the participants and volunteers for helping the day get off without a hitch, to Karla Matzke for hosting the event on her beautiful grounds, to Commissioner John Dean, artist Susan Cohen Thomson, and poet Kimberly Wayne, who set the tone for the day with excellent insights. We would also like to recognize the special efforts of Courteney Bomgardner, who produced the Camano Honors Earth video, and Jack Gunter and Mike Moffett for their steel sculpture map of Camano Island.

I believe many of us were moved by one or more things we saw or heard that day. Pictures of the event are available at It is wonderful to be a part of this community of fine artists, poets and engaged citizens. Allison Warner and Joan Schrammeck C.A.R.E.

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Retain Dave Mattens

Dear Editor: In my view, whether you’re an R or D, liberal, conservative, left, right, Independent, Tea party, Libertarian or Naderite, it’s in your best interest to retain Dave Mattens as our county assessor. Despite state law for the election of county officials, the assessor position is not a political one. He assesses the value of your real estate, period. This value is then used by the treasurer to quantify your real estate tax, based on a budget that is determined elsewhere. So why retain Dave? For starters, he’s the most potent force to end that time honored game of pass the spreadsheet that has dominated information exchange at the county. Dave has pushed (and succeeded) in adopting an efficient central database scheme where departments deposit their information to use and share. When fully implemented, there will be no more error prone passing around of various paper forms as building permits are granted, land divided, houses completed and tax obligations changed. Secondly, a more fair, honest and competent individual is pretty hard to find. The county has to do more with less these days and this dichotomy can only be addressed if the proper tools are used. Information technology has been around for 20 years now, and it works. Dave has the background, the enthusiasm and the track record to increase the efficiency not just in the assessor’s office, but throughout our county government. Let’s keep that guy who loves to go to work, doing just that. Dean Enell Langley


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Commissioner Dean is a unifier, the right choice

Dear Editor: “All politics are local” is an oft-quoted statement. Here’s our chance to participate in democracy by voicing our opinion, informing ourselves of issues and then, voting in the Nov. 2 election. We have the responsibility as citizens to be well informed about the candidates and issues. Consideration of each candidate’s history, his or her in-depth knowledge of the constituency to be served and opinions on issues should be most relevant. Recently I Googled “county commissioner responsibilities” and what came up on my computer screen was astounding! The description of duties seems endless and begs the question of who would even want such an overwhelming job! The breadth of responsibilities mandated by Washington state is mind-boggling!

Every county is required to fund, services that most of us take entirely for granted. Thus, in the recent Island County primary election, the proposition that would allow a slight property tax increase was voted down. Of course, with so many mandated budget expenditures for the county and with the economy of Island County, like all other 38 counties in dire fiscal condition right now, our coffers are running very low. And who is being blamed for the financial position we’re in right now? No surprise, it’s our commissioners! The county commissioners will be deciding how to cut another $2 million from the budget. But keeping islanders safe, prosecuting crimes, keeping a jail open, providing public defense attorneys, keeping courts open, running elections, protecting public funds and fiscal accountability, assessing property, processing building permits, keeping a human resources office open, keeping courthouse computers up and running, providing medical insurance to employees, providing round-the-clock coroner services, saving a


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probation department and responding to citizen complaints cannot all be accomplished any longer. Some people want the commissioners to fund law enforcement and throw out the “lesser” services. But, which of the above should go? Sounds like an overwhelming responsibility to me. Only someone with a background in public service and deep knowledge of the community, which he serves should be entrusted to make such important decisions on our behalf. Someone who has lived on Camano Island for 25 years and was editor of the Stanwood/Camano News for many years before being elected Island County Commissioner in 2006. Someone who is a good listener, an effective diplomat, a patient and wise man. Someone who has created new mental health programs, expanded economic development and emergency management preparation for Island County. The person with all of this vast experience and savvy about how to help lead us through these tough times is “our own” John Dean. Remember my hypothetical question, wondering who would want such a punishing job? John Dean is the person we can count on to do what is best for all of us. Please vote on November 2 to reelect John Dean, Island County commissioner! Mary Kay Branch Camano Island

state’s Department of Transportation! What I don’t understand is how they know when the road needs a patch. As I drive the streets and roads and highway of our island, it is hard to find a hole they don’t know is there. In front of our place is one that a neighbor’s big truck loosens up occasionally. About the time I remember to call our friends at the road department, they are on site, fixing it again. Good job, you folks! And a big thank you for keeping our roads smooth and safe! Jon Stevens Camano Island

Peace Use of force should not be deadly

Dear Editor: Last week was certainly a very deadly week in our area. We had six violent encounters involving police in six days. It seems that stun guns and deadly weapons are being used indiscriminately resulting in injury and death that is not appropriate coming from our “officers of peace.” These people are supposed to be professional and should have had training in methods of arrest that are not deadly. The use of force may be necessary in many cases but isn’t death too much force? Laws and rules are created to stop people from doing things that harm othThank you ers and interfere with their rights. This must apply to those in authority as well as County road those who are being arrested or detained. crew stays on They do not cease to be human beings no matter how top of potholes serious the crime of which Dear Editor: they are being accused. Here on Camano Island Lou Krewson is a group of very smooth Stanwood heroes. We should daily thank those good folks who take Response care of our roads. No one ever thinks of them here on Taxes doubled the island because the road department is only thought once home of when we hit a pothole or bumpy pavement. was built Since we don’t seem to Dear Editor: have those problems in our In response to Island roads here, these folks go County Commissioner unnoticed. But when I drive John Dean’s letter to the into other counties, I sure editor, yes I bought vacant think of them! land and built a house — I wish our team of talented workers would give to save money. I constructed parts lessons on how to smooth transitions from pavement of the house myself and to bridges, especially to the was the general contrac-


Larsen is the better choice for the 2nd Congressional District

Both incumbent U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (D) and Snohomish County Councilman John Koster (R) have grown up in the 2nd Congressional District and seem to care about important issues that affect residents from here to the Canadian border. Larsen has served in the U.S. Congress representing the 2nd District for 10 years and Koster was a three-term state representative before his loss to Larsen in 2000. Koster quickly rebounded after his loss and won a seat on the Snohomish County Council. Now Koster is asking constituents for another chance to represent this district in Congress. While Koster has gained significant experience in the past 10 years as a councilman and made several contributions to the county, Editorial his voting record has shown a disregard for his constituents in north Snohomish County, particularly in Stanwood. Koster was in full support of a mini city in the Lake Goodwin area, despite repeated protests by area residents. He voted in favor of an oversized expansion of Warm Beach Senior Community and was behind developing 110 acres of agricultural land at Island Crossing. Koster’s pro-development, pro-developer attitude is contrary to the representation needed in the other Washington. We believe that Larsen will help accomplish the goals proposed by President Barack Obama to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and shore up the economy. His steady and persistent leadership has been good for this district. Larsen wrote legislation in 2008 that ultimately created Wild Sky Wilderness, which preserved 106,000 acres of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. He continues to work on protecting Ebey’s Landing, a historical reserve that includes farmland and access to a shoreline trail system, on Whidbey Island. Larsen was also instrumental in extending Small Business Administration loan programs last year. From last fall until the end of the first quarter this year, 95 small business loans worth more than $32 million and 21 other loans worth $10.5 million, were awarded to small businesses in the 2nd Congressional District. Though we were unhappy with Larsen’s choice to have his opponent trailed by a videographer earlier in the campaign, only to release out-of-context clips of Koster, we think Larsen is the better choice for the 2nd Congressional District. tor. Upon completion, the house was appraised by the county at considerably more than I spent building it. Then along came John Dean and my taxable valuation went to over $700,000 with a tax bill of $5,400 — more than double the tax for the completed house. Maybe that is why the county budget is a disaster — they don’t have their math right. If you go from the vacant land tax, the current tax is more than four times the original property tax. Along with the $200 septic and $300 well inspection that could be accomplished by a 3 year old for the price of a lollypop, I am being taxed out of my home. Although I have had no children in public school, I have paid property taxes for them for many years. Now I, like many other islanders, am retiring — not to Camano Island but to an affordable location in Arizona. For those who can afford to stay, you might consider replacing the current Island County Commissioners with those who are more fiscally responsible. Dale R. Smith Camano Island

Assessor Mattens for management

Dear Editor: With Island County’s current financial situation, what we need most of all is very astute proven management in county government.

In the assessor’s race, Dave Mattens has far and away the most management experience to bring to that office. Dave has more than 20 years of management experience, first as a commissioned officer serving our country, and most recently as our current county assessor. He has been recognized for his leadership abilities in challenging situations. In his current term as assessor he has proven his management ability by applying cutting edge technology, using team management, and instituting changes in procedures and processes. By using his extensive management abilities Dave has absorbed the mandatory layoffs and cuts in working hours, which dropped the office to its lowest staffing level in history, while significantly improving the responsiveness and performance of the office. By improving the efficiency of personnel and using technology, he has been able to catch up on property segregations that had fallen as much as six years behind, so that they are now practically real time. Dave has also put the assessor’s office back on the state’s prescribed deadlines, streamlined mailing of “Change of Value” notices, and secured a grant to complete an integrated digital map of all properties in Island County. Several members of Dave’s staff have said, “Dave is the best manager we have ever worked for.” Isn’t that what we need in county government? Let’s vote for Dave Mattens for Island County Assessor. Martin (Marty) Matthews Langley


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Amondson was put under surveillance at Kayak Point County Park interacting with minors on the fishing pier. According to Beard, Amondson obtained the name, address and phone number of a 14-year-old boy and made repeated contact with the individual. The situation “mirrored what he had done before,” said Beard. Amondson was “grooming a victim” by contacting the family. He was arrested and referred for special treatment, known as civil commitment, at McNeil Island Correctional Center, but was found not to meet the criteria and was released from jail in November of 2005. Amondson is no longer on supervision. His only requirement is to register as a sex offender, said Beard. Beard said a “red flag” was raised by officials when Amondson decided to live at the Mack House because it is located near the park where he was arrested. Beard worked with park rangers in the county to have Amondson banned from parks in the region. Amondson, an avid fisherman, is not allowed on the premises at Kayak Point County Park, Wenberg State Park, Lake Goodwin Community Park, or any park grounds in the city of Stanwood. Beard said if any park visitors suspect Amondson of visiting one of these sites,


they should notify the authorities immediately. “You folks are our eyes and ears,” he said. However, Beard instructed residents to remain calm and to not harass any sex offender that may be in the community. “We don’t want them to re-offend and we can’t keep them in jail,” said Beard. “They need to stabilize on the outside.” Three more level II sex offenders are also living at the Mack House with Amondson. Alan Megard is a 48year-old Caucasian man with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 162 pounds. Megard was found guilty by jury trial in 1995 in Snohomish County Court of two counts of rape of a child in the first degree. He was sentenced to 216 months in prison. Megard sexually assaulted a known female victim from age 4 until she was 7 years old. Ten years prior, Megard pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court to one count of third degree statutory rape. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison for sexually assaulting a known 14-year-old girl. He has not participated in any sex offender treatment while in custody. He is on active supervision with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), Marysville Filed Unit for a period of 36 months with conditions. Eugene Stewart, a 55year-old African American with black hair and brown

eyes is also living at the Mack House. He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Stewart, also a level II sex offender, pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court to one count of attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes in 2002. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 215 days credit for time served. Stewart was incarcerated for attempting to sexually assault a known 14-year-old girl. He was intoxicated and sleeping in his car in front of the victim’s house. The rest of the family left the residence and told Stewart to stay in his car. The victim invited Stewart into the house where he tried to assault her. In 1994, Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion. Again, he was sentenced in Snohomish County Superior Court to 41 months in prison for assaulting a 17-year-old girl. The victim accepted a ride home from Stewart. He drove the victim to his house, forced her into his bedroom and attacked her. After a struggle, the victim was able to escape. Most recently, Stewart was convicted for failure to register as a sex offender. He is on active supervision with Washington state’s DOC for a period of 36 months with conditions. The third level II sex offender living at the Mack House is 78-year-old Elijah Thompson. He is Caucasian, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds and has gray hair



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and hazel eyes. He pleaded guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court in 2001 to one count of seconddegree statutory rape and two counts of child molestation in the first degree. Thompson was originally convicted in 1994 but appealed and was later resentenced to 240 months in prison for sexually assaulting both known and related female victims ages 3 to 18. Some of the assaults continued over a period of at least 15 years. Thompson was identified as being physically and verbally abusive and even went as far as killing one of the victim’s pets as punishment for not pleasing him sexually. During incarceration, Thompson quit sex offender treatment prior to completing the program. He is on active supervision with Washington state’s DOC for a period of 24 months with conditions. Beard reported that a fifth resident and level III sex offender, Donald Blystone has left the Mack House because one of his victims regularly visits a relative nearby. As part of Blystone’s conditions, he was required to move. Beard did not say where Blystone was moving to. Many people in atten-

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dance at the informational meeting questioned if it was safe, or even legal, for groups of sex offenders to live together. Beard said the reality is not always easy to swallow and is often frustrating. Up to six sex offenders are allowed to live together under the law. However, he said in his experience, offenders who live together are likely to snitch on each other should a problem arise. John Mack was in attendance to describe his purpose for offering the housing. He owns seven Mack House locations throughout the county, including Marysville, Arlington and Everett. “I do my best to find reasonable housing for these men away from high-density neighborhoods,” said Mack. “I encourage the men to put their life back in order.” Mack said his faith-based program prohibits residents from having pornographic materials, drugs or alcohol in the house. Mack also prohibits minors and women from visiting the homes, which are standard probation conditions handed down by the DOC. Beard said that state law requires sex offenders to live in the county in which they

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were convicted in. “If we, as a community, don’t find them housing and jobs,” said Mack, “they would most likely re-offend.” According to the SCSO, there are 1,521 sex offenders in the county. Of those, 921 live in city limits while 578 live in unincorporated areas. The majority are level I offenders. There are 195 level II offenders and 112 level III offenders in the county. Current law does not require community meetings on level I offenders. “Sex offenders will always be around,” said Beard. Education and communication lay the foundation for protecting the community, he said. Mack said he visits the transitional homes frequently and is quick to call DOC in the event any of his tenants are violating their probation conditions or exhibiting negative behavior.

Community information packets, as well as online resources regarding registered sex offenders, are available by contacting the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at 425-388-3324 or sheriff. To contact the Marysville DOC office, call 360-658-2150.

SHS swimmers practice, compete on the road By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter

changes are affecting the cus on the future.” call home for practice, all students. Although the Stanwood meets are scheduled at the The switch to a differ- swimmers have a place to home pool of the opposing Showing a commitment ent pool appears to be going to keep the Spartan swim just fine. teams churning the waters “We haven’t heard any in the WesCo 4 A North complaints from the kids,” league this season, the Stan- said Wilfong. wood-Camano School DisBoth he and Brennan trict found a practice facil- are concerned about added ity for the fish-out-of-water stress on the swimmers to Submitted by Dr. Chris Rafoth group. get homework done due to For Stanwood/Camano News Currently, the Lady the extended travel time. Sparts are practicing out of Typically, the kids are Having some degree the Marysville Y from 3 to back to Stanwood around of nervousness about 4:30 p.m. during the week 5 p.m., he said. Everyone going to the dentist is due to the closure of their is determined to make the completely normal and usual home turf last spring. situation work right now, he understandable. But Prior to the Labor Day added. when a person does weekend, the team worked Wilfong also noted that not seek the dental out at the Marysville-Pil- the change is putting a difcare that they need chuck High School pool to ferent responsibility on the and want because get in enough practices to coaches, who are handling nervousness has escalated to anxiety, a more qualify for the season, said it in stride. relaxing approach is available for the patient Gary Platt, executive direcFinancially, the district — conscious sedation (or relaxation dentistry). tor of business and opera- was able to shake enough What Is Conscious Sedation? tions. money from last year’s leftConscious sedation is a method of administering “The Marysville School over travel allocations to oral medication to achieve complete relaxation. District saved the day,” bus both the girls and the Basically, you are just napping throughout the he said. “Everyone, from boys teams to the practice treatment, but you are not unconscious (or put coaches and staff to admin- pool during their respective “under”). You are breathing on your own and can istration, jumped in to help seasons. respond to the doctor’s words as needed. After a out by making calls.” “Superintendent Shusedation appointment, patients can expect to return Platt said there is a mate realized we couldn’t to their normal activities the following day without strong demand for compe- cut off the kids,” said Wilany side effects. tition-length pool access in fong. “She pulled through Who Should Consider Conscious Sedation? the area making it difficult with the funds.” • Patients who feel extremely fearful. to secure a spot. An added $16,000 has • Patients who want to do significant dental Tom Wilfong, athletic been set aside for the swim treatment in one visit. director and assistant prin- teams to make the 40-mile • Patients who have difficulty getting cipal of Stanwood High round trip; however, that numb. School, said the staff at the will only last for the year. • Patients with a gag reflex or chronic Marysville pool has been The reality is, said Wiljaw problems. extremely accommodating fong, the teams need a pool • Patients who experience a sense of and helpful. in Stanwood. claustrophobia during dental treatment. The team had to wait for “Our coaches have Is Conscious Sedation Safe? repairs to be completed be- brought this program a Yes. The following is done with every patient. fore using the facility. long way,” he said. There • Interview, education and examination He has been in close is a strong combination of to determine proper sedation. contact with coach Rita veteran and beginner swim• The doctor tailors a specific level of Brennan to monitor how the mers, “now, we need to fosedation for each patient. • A specifically trained team assists each patient. • The patient is continually monitored with stateNo Matter How Big or How Small of-the-art equipment. • The patient is escorted to and from the Before and After Hours Appointments sedation appointment. Transportation • Discounts • Lowest Prices Is Sedation Dentistry Expensive? Of all the choices for sedation care, oral Call For Details On conscious sedation is the least expensive. FREE GROOMING! Patients have discovered tremendous value in being able to accomplish dentistry without the fear and without exhaustion.


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No suspect in playground fire By ADAM STEWART Staff Reporter


Five new families at Copper Station Housing Hope’s fastest build group gets keys

Five families received keys to their Copper Station homes on Friday, as participants in Housing Hope’s sweat equity home ownership program. This group, the organization’s 28th, included the 200th family to be assisted by Housing Hope, and built their homes in record time — nine months and one week, putting in 9,000 hours total. Speaking on behalf of Housing Hope, Executive Director Ed Petersen said, “We are pleased to facilitate the kind of results that have been achieved today.” Housing Hope has 13 homes left to build in Copper Station — eight are underway, and the last five are waiting for a group to form.

You can’t vote unless you’re registered If you’re not registered to vote in the general election Nov. 2, you should register soon, says Secretary of State Sam Reed. “It’s easier, faster and more convenient than ever. If your voting information is outdated, you have plenty of time to correct it with your county elections office so you can vote in this key election,” Reed said. The election includes contests between incumbent Patty Murray and challenger Dino Rossi, all nine congressional seats, all 98 state house seats, 25 state senate seats and many local races, as well as six statewide initiatives and three other ballot propositions. “There are too many important races and ballot measures this year to choose not to vote,” Reed said. “But

you can’t vote unless you’re registered.” The National Association of Secretaries of State has declared September as National Voter Registration Month. Reed is a past president of NASS. People who are eligible to vote have two options to register before the November election: Until Oct. 4 citizens can register online or via mail, or they can transfer or update their voter registration status at wei. Washington is one of eight states that allow voter registration and registration updates via the Internet. For new Washington registrations, Oct. 25 is the inperson registration deadline. Voters need to fill in a voter registration form and turn it

into their county elections office. For information about registration and the elections, visit elections. To be able to register to vote residents must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington state; and at least 18 years old by Election Day. Those who have been convicted of a felony are not eligible to vote until their voting rights have been restored. Also those who have been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent are ineligible to vote. As of the latest count, 3,581,961 Washington residents are registered to vote. About 41 percent of them voted in the recent Top 2 Primary. Statistics compiled by

Counterfeit bills found around town Stanwood Police report curred in the 8100 block of the following action last SR 532 Sept. 9. One driver week. was cited for the infraction of following too close. • A counterfeit $20 bill • Two Stanwood men in was reported to police Sept. the 27000 block of 99th Av10 in the 7000 block of 265th enue NW were referred Sept. Street NW, and on Sept. 13, a 9 on harassment charges. counterfeit $100 bill was re• On Sept. 10, subject ported by its recipient in the reported her credit card sto8800 block of 271st Street len from the 26900 block of NW. Secret Service was in- 92nd Avenue NW. She called formed. to cancel and was informed • A 20-year old Camano that purchases had already Island woman driving in the been made. 28000 block of 70th Avenue • A wedding band set was NW was referred Sept. 8 for reported missing Sept. 10. driving with a suspended li• Drug paraphernalia cense. found in the 26000 block of • A two-car collision oc- 72nd Avenue NW was turned

in for destruction Sept. 10. • On Sept. 10, a 44-year -old Stanwood man was arrested in the 7700 block of Pioneer Highway after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a fire hydrant. He was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicants. • On Sept. 11, during contact between ex-spouses in the 9400 block of 269th Place NW, one of the spouses was shoved and threatened. • A 16-year-old Stanwood male in the 8700 block of 271st Street NW was arrested Sept. 13 on a warrant.

the state Office of Financial Management show that Washington’s voting age population in 2009 was 5,086,705. “This means roughly 30 percent of the people who are old enough to vote in Washington haven’t registered,” Reed said. “When you consider how our elections impact all of our lives, you’d think that more residents here would want to register so they can help decide who runs our government.” According to U.S. Census figures for 2008, 14 percent of nonvoters said they did not vote because they missed their state’s voter registration deadline. Overall, 60 million eligible voters throughout America did not register that year.

Investigators with the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office are looking to make contact with a “person of interest” who may have information concerning the Lake Goodwin Community Park fire on July 26, said Gary Bontrager, deputy fire marshal. Bontrager said investigators are hoping to track down a male teenager, who may live near the park, for questioning. Reports that the person is a suspect “were blown out of proportion,” said Bontrager. Investigators simply believe the person may have pertinent information regarding the arson, which destroyed playground equipment and caused $100,000 in damage. “Nothing ties this person to the cause of the fire,” he said. Anyone with information can contact the fire marshal’s office at 425-388-3557.

For more information about Rebuilding the Fun, visit www.zumbawithpaige. Staff Reporter Adam Stewart: 629-8066 ext. 115 or

On-line survey for YMCA The announcement for the Stanwood-Camano YMCA Survey has resulted in many calls to the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation from people wanting to participate but who have not yet received one of the random phone survey calls, said Theresa Metzger, executive director of the foundation. Those who can’t wait for the random calls may go to

Stevens, not Edwards In a Sept. 7 story, “Farming Nature’s Way,” the NEWS incorrectly identified the owners of Open Gate Farm as Jon and Elaine Edwards. Their last name is Stevens. The NEWS apologizes for the confusion.

Lutherans vote to join LCMC Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Stanwood has announced that 88 percent of its voting members voted Sunday, Sept. 19 to sever the congregation’s membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and to join the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). This is the second of two required votes; the first was in June of this year. This decision was reached after nearly a year of research and study into

Although temporary play structures have been placed on the site, community groups and businesses continue to host fundraising events to help the county parks department permanently replace the pirate ship structure burned in the fire. One such event called Rebuilding the Fun will take place at the Lake Goodwin Community Club on Sept. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. Organizer Michelle Torstenson said many activities are planned, including a raffle and Zumba classes led by instructor Paige Funston. In addition to raising some money for the project, “we want to show the community a great time,” said Torstenson. Food will also be provided.

changes that have taken place in the ELCA in recent years. The vote represents the desire of the majority of the members of the congregation to return to the authority of scripture and traditional Lutheran teachings. The congregation of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Stanwood is the first church in the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA to make this decision. Any one with questions is encouraged to call the church at 629-3767.

the Web at http://triangle2research.stanwood-camano. The online survey will be active Sept. 20 - 29, with a limit of one survey per computer. Survey results will be shared with the community in November.

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