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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.
  • Sky Valley Community Awards

    Residents up and down the Sky Valley spend many hours each year giving back to the community without expecting a return.
    Ever year, Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce staff ensure their work is recognized at the annual Community Awards Celebration Potluck. Business owners, high school students and volunteer firefighters were only a few of the many acknowledged as exemplary residents from Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish during the 19th annual celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11.

  • Skykomish Hotel a community effort
    When Skykomish resident Todd Brunner first saw the Skykomish Hotel interior, two to three inches of moss coated the floorboards in spots, and ferns grew from the grime.
  • Learning a religion
    Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Seattle’s director of public affairs Alam Ali said since President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, attendance has spiked at regional Coffee, Cake and Islam educational gatherings.
  • Cool beans
    By the end of the Monroe ChiliBowl benefit, members of the Julia V. Morris Community Garden had nabbed themselves the trophy for most original dish. Their prize: a tin can brimming with brown spotted beans.
  • Addressing chief concerns

    A group of Sultan neighbors are discussing what it would take to preserve one of the city’s historic relics.
    The 12-foot-high Chief Sultan statue was erected around 1985 at the junction of the Sultan and Skykomish rivers off of Main Street. It was officially dedicated in 1996. The creator and resident Jerry Carter has since passed away.

  • 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.
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