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Photo by Chris Hendrickson: Firefighters Andy Lauer and Noah Redfield from District 26 in Gold Bar escorted Santa to deliver this new bike to Natalie Carpenter during the 2014 Ho Ho Run.
Photo by Chris Hendrickson: Firefighters Andy Lauer and Noah Redfield from District 26 in Gold Bar escorted Santa to deliver this new bike to Natalie Carpenter during the 2014 Ho Ho Run.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:24 PM
The Gold Bar Firefighters Association is making its list and checking it twice, so to speak, as it seeks families interested in participating in this year’s Ho Ho Run.
  • Monroe Monitor welcomes new reporter Kelly Sullivan
    The Monroe Monitor & Valley News is excited to introduce full-time reporter Kelly Sullivan to our Sky Valley readers.
  • Downtown swifts
    Sultan and Monroe community members came together over the weekend to celebrate the “Wagner Swifts,” a new public art display featured in the heart of Monroe’s downtown core.
  • Maltby Girl Scout aiming for silver with blood drive
    Maltby resident Margaret Seaney is heading into 2017 with her eyes on the prize, as the 14-year-old works to coordinate a blood drive in hopes of earning her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor achievable for a Girl Scout at her level.
  • Getting back on the road
    As Monroe residents Shelby and Isaac Loehr recently learned, sometimes the greatest inconveniences can result in the most amazing blessings.
  • Gold Bar Santas burn up the streets on Christmas Eve run
    There is nothing like seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes as they come face to face with Santa Claus — just ask the firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 26 in Gold Bar that volunteered their time for this year’s Ho Ho Run.
  • Former Monroe mayor taught many lessons
    With the passing of former Monroe Mayor Donnetta Walser, the community is mourning the loss of an icon. During her time as an educator and elected official, Walser took risks, celebrated victories and weathered storms with grace. She was a mother, wife, role model and a tireless public servant. 
  • Fitness center flexes charity
    The Thrive Community Fitness Help the Homeless event did more than provide food and clothing to Monroe residents in need. It offered dignity and hope, as helpers and recipients merged into a single community that cast aside differences and celebrated similarities. 
  • Congresswoman lends a hand
    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spent an hour volunteering at the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe recently, passing out food during its Wednesday morning distribution service.
  • Shop with a Cop III: Payback
    It is not unusual for the Monroe Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event to generate impromptu donations from random passersby, but this year one man took it to a whole new level when he dropped off $10,000 at the police station the next day. 
  • Giving the gift of giving all year

    “I so appreciate having grown up on a farm and learning how to work,” says Monroe native Bonnie Drake.
    Bonnie’s grandparents homesteaded on Ben Howard Road in the 1890s. Her father and uncle farmed the land and each raised families of 4 children. Bonnie warmly remembers her early years with siblings and cousins in the house, most of which remain in the area and continue to be a strong part of her life. Her brother, Bud, still lives on the farm, and she is proud that it has been kept in the family.

  • Nonprofits helping Storys with happy ending

    What happened to Travis and Tricia Story could happen to anyone.
    One day they were living comfortably in a house in Wisconsin on eight acres. The next thing they knew, they were scrambling to secure a spot for themselves and their kids in a homeless shelter.

  • Expanding Galaxy
    A new partnership between Sultan’s Galaxy Chocolates and Monroe’s Scottish Thistle Farm will take the popular farm-to-table concept to a new level, merging key elements of each business and dousing them in chocolate.
  • Moving on
    Back before the police and fire departments were built, there was a large grassy field behind Monroe City Hall. City Administrator Gene Brazel recalls spending his lunch breaks out there, using the field as a putting green.
  • At CrossFit Monroe, even the fundraising efforts have strength and endurance.As the gym winds down its November giving campaign supporting the Wounded Warriors Project, it is simultaneously gaining momentum with its Christmas toy and gift drive supporting Treehouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of kids in foster care.

  • Monroe’s Big Box Outlet saving product from landfill for shelves
    As the level of consumerism rises in the United States, the level of consumer waste rises right along with it. One Monroe store is seeking to reduce that waste by offering new merchandise recovered from a variety of major department stores, saving it from ending up in a landfill.
  • Sultan council supports veterans project
    With her American flag project now complete, Sultan resident Christina Sivewright has set her sights on establishing Sultan as an official stop on the Freedom Rock Tour, a new patriotic endeavor that will honor veterans from around the United States “one painting at a time.”
  • Sultan puts spotlight on Mountainview Christian Fellowship
    Mountainview Christian Fellowship was honored as the Volunteer Spotlight during last week’s Sultan City Council meeting, in recognition of its established volunteerism and long-term service to the community.
  • Chambers loaded with holiday activities
    The holiday season has officially arrived, and the Monroe and Sky Valley chambers of commerce invite the community to attend their annual holiday festivities.
  • Montessori School serving students food for thought
    At Monroe Montessori School, students are learning more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. They are also learning how to serve their community.
  • Monroe fitness center giving homeless a helping spot
    For a person experiencing homelessness, seemingly normal daily activities like eating and showering are challenging to accomplish. Inspired to help, Thrive Community Fitness co-owner and manager Shane Johnson is planning a community outreach event that welcomes anyone in need.
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