Community Extra: Applause
Retired school teacher Dallas Smith, a resident at Grandview Village Retirement and Assisted Living in Marysville, poses with Girl Scouts Chloe Starkenburg, Shannon Davidson and Karlyn Amoniego after donating $100 to their troop. Smith donated the money after learning the girls lost $100 worth of Girl Scouts cookies in a break-in, which had hampered their fundraising efforts.
Eagle Scout Theron Samp with his Certificate of Appreciation and his father Rick Samp after being recognized by the Mountlake Terrace City Council on March 4.
Jan Dee (center) was recognized as the 2013 Top Hat award-winner by the regional Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the organization's top honor. Congratulating her (from left) are Art Freed, board chairman; Fran Link, 2012 Top Hat co-recipient; Tom Link, 2012 Top Hat co-recipient; and Jim Kehoe, CEO.
Jan Dee, of Monroe, is the 2013 recipient of the "Top Hat" award, the highest honor bestowed by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Dee has worked tirelessly with the North Sound District of St. Vincent de Paul over the past decade and has dedicated her time to helping her neighbors in need. She has been the leader of her St. Vincent de Paul group at St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church in Monroe for the past three years.
Mountlake Terrace honors Eagle Scout
The Mountlake Terrace City Council recognized Eagle Scout Theron Samp at its March 4 meeting.
Theron completed his Eagle Scout project at Terrace Creek Park and Firefighters Memorial Park. His project included installing new kiosks and reader boards in both parks. Theron met with city staff and made a presentation to the Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission. He also acquired donations for the concrete.
"We really appreciate what you did for our community," Mayor Jerry Smith said.
Edmonds puts attention on brain injuries
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling on March 5 declared March 2013 to be Brain Injury Awareness Month, highlighting the work of the local Edmonds Brain Injury Group.
The support group's theme this year is "For Us, By Us."
Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Edmonds support group meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month on the second floor of Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center, 21601 76th Ave. W. For more information, contact Lou Nash at 425-776-7264.
Providence group aids children's causes
Providence General Children's Association recently pledged a total of $500,000 to local organizations for the benefit of children in the community.
A $250,000 grant will be given to Dawson Place and another $250,000 is going to Providence General Foundation for the new tower. Dawson Place is a child advocacy center serving Snohomish County children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Providence General Children's Association is a volunteer-driven nonprofit. Grant funds are profits from the volunteer-operated gift shops at the Colby and Pacific campuses and other guild events.
Marysville retiree gives Girl Scouts a big lift
Girl Scout Troop 42047 paid a recent visit to Grandview Village Retirement and Assisted Living in Marysville, a familiar spot where the Scouts and residents hold "speed socials" and other activities.
On this cookie-selling and mingling trip, the troop shared news of a recent break-in when $100 worth of Girl Scout cookies were stolen from a local garage.
Residents voiced their sympathy, and then resident Dallas Smith, a retired local teacher, pulled out a crisp $100 bill to donate to the troop.
"The room erupted into cheers for Dallas' generosity," Grandview program director Barbara Lester said in a press release.
"It was Dallas' birthday and he was the one giving the gift," resident Judy Carlson said.
The partnership will continue May 11 when the Scouts plan a fundraising car wash at the retirement center.
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