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Published: Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Community Extra: Applause

  • The Whidbey Island Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Oct. 12 lit a celebratory bonfire to burn the mortgage on its Freeland property, which is...

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    The Whidbey Island Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Oct. 12 lit a celebratory bonfire to burn the mortgage on its Freeland property, which is now paid off.

  • Pat Cordova, of Mountlake Terrace, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The ...

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    Pat Cordova, of Mountlake Terrace, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award was presented by David Crouch, president and CEO of Foss Home and Village.

  • Lois Lingren, of Stanwood, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award wa...

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    Lois Lingren, of Stanwood, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award was presented by David Crouch, president and CEO of Foss Home and Village.

  • Marilyn Cooley, of Bothell, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award w...

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    Marilyn Cooley, of Bothell, was among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award was presented by David Crouch, president and CEO of Foss Home and Village.

The Whidbey Island Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles celebrated Oktoberfest on Oct. 12 with dinner, music and a mortgage burning. The sky was illuminated by a large bonfire as members threw their copies of the note into the fire.
The aerie was first occupied in 1995 and has become an important gathering place in the community for weddings, memorials, community meetings and fundraisers. Each year, the Eagles give tens of thousands of dollars to charities on Whidbey Island. This year, with the mortgage on its Freeland property paid off, it should be even more.
Members gave special thanks to Coastal Community Bank for working with them.
The aerie also donates its kitchen and club area to Eating 4 Charity. Joan Smith cooks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; the proceeds (from $500 to $600 each month) go to a different local charity each month. The public is welcome to attend the meals.
Mukilteo animal control officer aids dog
The Mukilteo Police Department recently gave a Lifesaving Award to Animal Control Officer Shanita Duke, who on Sept. 1 saved a dying pit bull.
Duke was called from home on that weekend evening to assist patrol officers who had arrested a felon in a traffic stop. The suspect's vehicle contained two large pit bulls. As Duke moved one of the dogs to the animal control truck, the other dog became entangled in a snare operated by another officer and stopped breathing.
Duke, who also has training as a veterinary technician, immediately started CPR using breaths through the muzzle and chest compressions to restart the dog's heart. She then transported the dog to an emergency veterinarian where it received necessary fluids and care, making a full recovery and eventual return to its family.
"I don't know of anyone else on the staff that could have performed this task as calmly or expertly as Officer Duke," Chief Rex Caldwell said.
Seattle group honors county seniors
Three women with ties to the county were among seven seniors honored with Golden Heart Inspired Living Awards at an appreciation reception Oct. 11. The award, from the nonprofit Foss Home and Village, coincided with Senior Appreciation Week in Seattle.
The program aims to recognize active seniors, to encourage other seniors to remain active, to build admiration for community seniors and to foster public advocacy for their needs.
Among those honored:
Lois Lingren of Stanwood has logged 5,000 volunteer hours at the Warm Beach Senior Community in a variety of capacities. She values hospitality. "The fact that one lives longer gives one the opportunity to know more people and experience more things," she said.
Pat Cordova, a former Mountlake Terrace mayor and city councilwoman, was honored for decades of service, including the establishment eight years ago of the Community Homework Center. The mother of 10 also values family. "If we open ourselves up, we can learn something from every person we meet," she said.
Also honored was Marilyn Cooley of Bothell a former Herald librarian.
The honorees were selected from nominations by senior centers, senior living communities, churches and individuals.
Railway Foundation buys beds for kids
St. Vincent de Paul North Sound Council recently announced a $3,000 donation from the BNSF Railway Foundation for the Beds for Children Program.
All of the funds will go to purchase beds for children who are often sleeping on the floor.
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