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Here it is 17 months until the 2016 election, and we are deluged with mail from candidates and organizations wanting money. I think what is happening is that someone is selling our name and address to everyone who asks for it — without our permission — from a previous donation.
It was surprising to read in the Skagit Valley Herald last week that, according to Community Action, there are about 100 homeless school-age children in our valley. I am part of a group called Family Promise of Skagit Valley that is gearing up to begin a local program to help those children. We have given numerous presentations to churches and other organizations and have told audiences that the number of homeless children in our schools is over 500.
Bel Canto, a 16-voice women's ensemble from Mount Vernon High School placed first in the Women's Large Ensemble division at the State Competition held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg over the weekend.
The Friends of Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center (FPFC) is having a Spring Cleaning/Garage Sale on Saturday, May 2, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the balcony of the pool, 1603 22nd Street, Anacortes. This year Friends will be raising funds to help with the purchase of new water fountains & bottle refill stations for the pool and fitness center areas. We also hope to purchase new mirrors and ballet bars for the upstairs group fitness area.
Carl Young, executive director of college advancement at Skagit Valley College, was one of five people and one organization honored May 14 with a 2015 Washington State Association of College Trustees award during a convention in Spokane.