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Published: Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

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People
Snohomish Conservation District Board of Supervisors chairman Mark Craven has won the Wayne Reid Young Tiger Award from the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. He was also recognized as the Northwest Area Supervisor of the Year for 2012. Craven, a specialty crop farmer from Snohomish, co-owns Craven Farms, runs a special event enterprise, and serves on the Snohomish County Agricultural Advisory Board.
Tina Blanton has joined the accounting and business consulting firm of Friends and Harvey Associates in Lynnwood as a senior associate. The Western Washington resident has more than 20 years of tax, financial and business experience and is an Enrolled Agent with a federal license to practice before the IRS.
Kudos
Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington has been honored with an A-rating Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. Hospital Safety Scores can be viewed at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Western Washington University has made Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 100 Best Values in Public Colleges list again. Western has appeared on the list multiple times. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. In the February 2013 issue, the magazine ranks Western at No. 74.
Good deeds
The South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club invited 45 homeless children from Housing Hope and Tomorrow's Hope Childcare Center to Kmart to shop for Christmas presents for their families. The club provided each child with a $40 gift certificate to spend. After paying for the items, Rotary members and Kamiak High School volunteers helped the children wrap the gifts with wrapping paper donated by Kmart.
Symmetry Chiropractic of Smokey Point, a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, completely filled its donation box and raised $650 with the help of patients and neighboring businesses. Local toy collection campaigns, such as that run by Symmetry Chiropractic, began in October and lasted through late December.
Bethany of the Northwest Foundation has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Nysether Family Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase rehabilitation equipment for senior and disabled residents at Bethany. Bethany's Development Director Jim Stephanson voiced appreciation for the Nysether Family Foundation's gift and their consistent past support.
As part of its 12 Days of Giving campaign, Wal-Mart awarded a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country. Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood received $5,000 from Walmart during the campaign.
Events
Citizens, business owners and others from the community are invited to join Mountlake Terrace city officials for Coffee With the City and hear first-hand what's happening in the city. This casual event will be 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Recreation Pavilion Jungle Room, 5303 228th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace. For more information on Coffee with the City, go to www.cityofmlt.com.
WorkSource Snohomish County hosts a Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at WorkSource Everett, 3201 Smith Ave. The resource fair will provide information and referrals for job search, veteran services, housing, child care, food assistance, senior programs, health care, utility assistance, financial survival and services for people with disabilities.
Also, job candidates seeking employment in health care can bring resumes to the Medical Job Fair hosted by WorkSource from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at WorkSource Everett. Recruiters from retirement homes, clinics, private practices and hospitals will be on hand. For more information, call 425-299-1822.
AAA Travel will host top industry cruise lines for a travel expo at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites on Jan. 19. The Lynnwood AAA Cruise Go Show is one in a series of events this winter that features industry experts. There is no cost to attend and free parking is available. Complete details and RSVP information can be found at www.aaawa.com/goshows.
Announcements
Global Spectrum, management firm for the Comcast Arena at Everett, celebrated the grand reopening of the Arena Grill restaurant on Dec. 29. New construction has increased the restaurant's capacity from 75 seats to nearly 100. The Arena Grill is open to all ticketholders for events and features a full service kitchen offering daily specials made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse across from the ferry terminal to Whidbey Island will be closed from Jan. 7 through about the end of February for renovations. The expansion will add family-friendly dining as well as coffee and ice cream service. Diamond Knot owns and operates three restaurants and two breweries.
More rigorous enforcement of the state's call-before-you-dig law begins Jan. 1. The new law, passed last year, affects all utilities and anyone excavating, including homeowners. Excavators and utilities must report to the UTC any damage to underground facilities within 45 days. The changes are intended to ultimately decrease damage to underground utilities and pipelines.
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