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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.
  • Coffee with a cop
    The Monroe Police Department has joined the international Coffee With a Cop program, which aims to build bridges between officers and their communities. 
  • SVEC Fast Pitch player raising funds to get to All American Games
    Sky Valley Education Center student Adrianna Draper has proven she possesses the skills and drive to get to the USA Elite Select Futures 2017 All American Games in Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Complex next month.
  • Taking the next step

    After serving the Monroe and Sky Valley community for 12 years, Take the Next Step has the funds to hire on a full-time executive director.
    The search is on.

  • Sprucing up Sultan’s core

    The next generation of Project Main Street volunteers made their debut at the annual event focused on tidying up downtown Sultan.
    Volunteers of America Youth Coalition coordinator Ruth Shapovalov and around a dozen of her kids came out to help clean the corridor right off U.S. Highway 2.

  • TTNS after-school Kidz Club wraps up another year
    Best friends Kiana Kendall and Viviana Morales met at Take the Next Step’s Kidz Club. The tenth-graders don’t go to the same high school. They have managed to form a special bond after hours. 
  • Startup Gym work out
    Opening day moves ever closer as residents continue to pump time and donations into the Startup Gym.
    At the most recent event — the Startup Gym paint party held on Saturday, May 20 — people between the ages of 6 and 60 turned out to plaster some paint on the stage and high walls.
  • Gold Bar Farmer’s Market is back
    The Gold Bar Farmer's Market is open for business and has more than doubled in vendors since its first round last year.
  • Monroe business mural made from nostalgia

    Chuck Whitfield said the mural now on display at his family's Monroe business is the product of a bout of nostalgia.
    The 17-foot-long, roughly 7-foot-high painting covers the wall from floor to ceiling behind the counter at Whitfield's Auto Licensing.

  • Mock DUI assembly encourages Monroe High students to make safe choices
    Monroe High School sophomore and DECA member Maddy Vigus helped to coordinate the mock DUI assembly on Thursday, May 18.
  • Making a score at Seattle Auto Swap Meet
    The 2017 Seattle Auto Swap Meet was held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, May 20. Photographer Jim Scolman caught these shots during the event.
  • NW Signs spreading the message

    NW Signs owner Brian Stoddard is donating a sign worth up to $10,000 to a downtown Monroe business.
    The company previously operated in Duvall, and moved into the city last December.

  • Another successful Operation Full Bellies for Sultan High

    Sherry Knox’s American Sign Language students made space for more than 13,000 prepared food items in the classroom this spring at Sultan High School.
    The stockpile grew as peers vied to collect the most donations for the Operation Full Bellies annual food drive May 5-18. Volunteers gathered the cache for the U.S. National Guard on Friday, May 19.

  • Summertime safety
    Among medical professionals, the season is associated with a notable rise in trauma cases, said Snohomish County Safe Kids Coalition coordinator Shawneri Guzman. Each spring, she works with local partners to educate families on the importance of using protection while on bikes, scooters and skateboards, and how to travel safely on foot.
  • Generational learning
    Teacher Kathy Rowe arranged the meetings between her class and a group of residents with Brookdale’s activities director Sue Kieffer. The two seized the chance for a collaboration that would bring the community’s youth and seniors into the same room.
  • Taekwondo school continues fundraiser

    NW Sport Taekwondo staff in Monroe are halfway to their goal of raising $1,000 for the Zaatari Taekwondo Academy at the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.


  • Working for healthy youth
    The Sky Valley Drug Free Communities Coalition has been revived after a nearly four-year hiatus.
  • Friend offers gift of self
    Carol Trammell jokes she saw her new liver for the first time more than 16 years ago. The 64-year-old Monroe woman was at a bible study group she started shortly after moving to the city, and saw her fated longtime friend get up and walk across the room.
  • PHOTOS: Run for the Bunny
    Housing Hope’s Monroe Family Village was hopping on Sunday, April 9, when 140 hogs came riding through for the 24th annual Bunny Run.
  • Fighting chance for refugees
    The 50-student strong NW Sport Taekwondo school in Monroe is the first in the U.S. to extend a hand to 1,000 displaced peers who live thousands of miles and an ocean away.
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