Washington Newspaper Publishers Association honored Stanwood Camano News employees for some of their finer work at the 2013 Washington Better Newspaper awards ceremony held in Olympia last weekend.

Miya McLaughlin, second from left, celebrates on June 22 earning a first-degree black belt in karate at Northwest School of Martial Arts.

EARLY HISTORY Knute Mjoen, born in Opdahl, Norway came to Stanwood and was a painter and contractor around Stanwood for 53 years. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

North County Regional Fire Authority completed a successful year of fire safety education at Stanwood Elementary, Twin City Elementary and Cedarhome Elementary schools.

Now that good weather has finally arrived, be prepared to enjoy it safely. Snohomish Health District and the Snohomish County Sheriff

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rsquo;s Office offer these tips: For water safety, wear a life jacket at all times and insist the children wear them.

As I write this letter I am sitting in my hotel room in Santa Barbara, Honduras.

This is the fourth in a multi-part series about the trades. In an

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ldquo;information age,

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rdquo; the trades and the blue-collar people who work them have been relegated to second rate, it seems. Something a person can

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ldquo;always fall back on

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rdquo; if a

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ldquo;real job

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rdquo; doesn

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rsquo;t work out. There are few jobs more real than the trades.

Kelly Jo Weaver and Michael R. Wells, of Stanwood, have announced the birth of a baby girl on June 12.

EARLY HISTORY Albert Alseth was born in Stanwood June 26, 1903. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

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In my experience as a minister, I meet many people who feel comfortable enough to actually tell me why they have made their decision to be disconnected to organized religion. Surely, the range of reasons shared is varied

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mdash;but by far, the number one reason shared with me is that people in the church are

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ldquo;hypocrites.

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rdquo;

Samuel Toshner of Camano Island received a Master of Science (MS) degree in chemistry from University of Oregon June 17. A 2005 graduate of Stanwood High School, Toshner interned with Crossbar, Inc.

Louie is a quiet dog looking for a family to love him and build his confidence at NOAH. He would be the perfect dog to come home to after a day at work. He

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rsquo;s affectionate, but not demanding.

Max is a great 5-year-young Beagle. He is potty trained and seems to do great with other dogs. He has been around cats and does OK. Max is a playful and loving.

What happens when musical folklore and personal heritage collide with Russian Impressionism?

Stanwood High School teacher KATHY REDFERN was selected again this year to participate in the college board

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rsquo;s annual AP reading training, according to SHS Principal Christine Gruver. AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of AP exams.

Ingrid Kearsley, Irene Simonseth, Pamela Maring, Debbie Fleischer, Pam Lindahl, Martha White and Diane Sleasman display quilts and blankets (some handmade by members ) recently donated to military wi

In his book,

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ldquo;30 Days to Understanding the Bible,

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rdquo; Max Anders writes:

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Snohomish County

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rsquo;s Focus on Farming Conference offers a glimpse of agriculture

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rsquo;s future across Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. The seventh annual conference is set for Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Tulalip Resort

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Conference Center.

Rick Forrest has announced the grand opening celebration of Gerber Collision

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amp; Glass, 8530 Cedarhome Drive, at 11 a.m., Friday, June 28.

EARLY HISTORY Arvilla Howick of Stanwood graduated from nursing school, married Peter Folden and was a charter member of the Stanwood Area Historical Society. Joe Graf, born in 1883, was later instrumental in development of Camano Island State Park. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

EARLY HISTORY Christian Christensen came to America in 1883 from Denmark and married Dorthea Nelson in 1886. They later came to Stanwood and he endeared himself to the populace by becoming a fixture in the Hall Service Station, gluing himself to the radio for sports games and reporting scores and stats.

Joy Shepard Baldridge, a mezzo soprano singer who lives in Stanwood, will be singing with friends in a Lenten community concert 3 p.m., March 17, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave.

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Artists Mark Lowe (above) and Mark Eikeland participated in the 18th annual

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ldquo;Afternoon of Art

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rdquo; at Utsalady Elementery, teaching every student an art.

EARLY HISTORY Alfred Kent, born in England, bought a ranch at Warm Beach; he had been in the British Army, serving in Egypt and India. Ralph Brown came to Stanwood from Wisconsin where he was born in 1876, and became a barber for 33 years. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

There

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rsquo;s an old vaudeville act that I don

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rsquo;t see done much anymore, but I recently found a great example of it on Youtube. It

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rsquo;s the plate-spinning act. Do you remember that? You have one person who starts out with the not-so-easy task of spinning a plate on the top of a long stick or cue.

Left, Scott Johnston with North County Regional Fire Authority was pinned to battalion chief and (right) Alex Johnson to captain (right) by First Lady of Washington, Trudy Inslee.

These days, everyone is searching for ways to save money and stretch budgets. Consumer experts advise people to sniff out deeper discounts, saving opportunities and additional ways to cut costs. For pet owners, it can feel challenging to cut costs without compromising on care. Being vigilant is key, according to pet expert, Charlotte Reed.

Chestnut is an 8-year-old male kitty. He is a handsome older gentleman who was originally found as a stray but has adapted well at NOAH. He gets along with other cats, too. Chestnut can be a little shy at first, but if you give him time and patience he will show you how friendly he can be.

Bubba and Sioux are bonded siblings. They came together to NOAH from a shelter over in Eastern Washington earlier this month.

Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe, visits with fourth graders at Stanwood Elementary School Feb. 22.

During the presidency of Andrew Jackson, George Wilson, a postal clerk, robbed a federal payroll from a train and in the process, killed a guard. The court convicted him and sentenced him to hang.

EARLY HISTORY In 1843, August

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ldquo;Gus

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rdquo; Peterson was born on a ship in San Francisco Bay and later came to Stanwood where he lived in a shack at

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ldquo;Fishtown

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rdquo; near Milltown.

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ldquo;Growling Gus

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rdquo; had many friends and lived to be over 100. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

Diamond Kitapitayangkul is a foreign exchange student at Highland Christian High School in the

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ldquo;Voice of Confidence

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rdquo; program by the Stanwood Toastmaster Club. Mrs.

Sen. Barbara Bailey stands with appointed trustees from Skagit Valley College, Lindsay Fiker (left) and Christon Skinner (right).

Army Spec. TREVOR D. DRINGMAN has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of Laura Rasar of Stanwood, and a 2010 graduate of Stanwood High School. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

EARLY HISTORY Carl Satra married Caroline Gedstad Feb. 15, and a week later, settled on the Florence flats where he became one of the leading agriculturists of the district. Terry Rolfson was born in 1903 at Milltown. 100 YEARS AGO (1913)

Once, on a whim, I decided to go hiking up Broken Top Mountain in the Central Oregon Cascades. On that beautiful, hot August day, I took my trusty German Shepherd with me, and nothing else. I was 17 and I thought I was invincible. I parked two miles from the base of the mountain and took off cross-country.

Air Force Airman Matthew F. Peiffle, son of Steven Peiffle of Stanwood, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Sahara Suval will climb Mount Baker this summer, but not just for the heck of it. She plans to summit the mountain with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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rsquo;s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer for her mother, and all the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Students from Stanwood Middle School, Utsalady Elementary School and Stanwood Elementary School, were honored Feb. 13 by the Stanwood-Camano Rotary Club.

John I. (Jody) Foules and Robbin Hill Foules of Stanwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Brittany Foules, to David Joseph Sutton, son of Dennis R.

LANKFORD ASSOCIATES, Landscape Architects of Stanwood, has been awarded

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ldquo;Best Of Houzz

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rdquo; 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.

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After receiving a flyer in the mail about a seminar on the Book of Revelation I thought I would briefly address its growing interest and

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ldquo;The Rapture.

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rdquo; Since I was out of town when that local seminar was held in Stanwood, I will not speak about the seminar itself. What I would like to do is to raise some cautions.

Don and Barbara met as freshmen in high school and it was love at first sight. He was a farm boy, she a city girl. He was tall and dark, she was petite and blonde. He had brown eyes, she had green eyes, and they danced to

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ldquo;Young Love

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rdquo; at their senior prom. Then off to college, where their paths began to go down different roads.

Frank and Joan Pang are Family of the Year at Camano Island Yacht Club. Frank has been brunch coordinator for two years, both helped out. Frank is serving a second year on the Board of Trustees.

Author Joy DeGruy will speak about the history of slavery in America and its impacts on modern society at two Black History Month lectures Feb. 20 at Everett Community College. Joy, author of

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ldquo;Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,

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rdquo; will speak 11:30 a m. to 1 p.m., and at 6 p.m. in Henry M. Jackson Center

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rsquo;s Wilderness Auditorium.

Ashaya and Will Smith are making their first home in Eastern Washington, following their Jan. 12 wedding in Leavenworth at Mountain Springs Lodge.

Dorothy Gove celebrated her 104th birthday Feb. 5. She was born in 1909 in Kansas City, Kan., where her father worked for the railroad.

Courtney Opel and Matthew Palumbo, both of Camano, are engaged to be married Sept. 8 at Cama Beach State Park. Her parents are Lynne and Mark Pollock of Camano and Greg Opel of Bothell.

Kailtyn Bostrom and Kinsey DeFolo of the Stanwood area, both placed first for their respective solos in the recent Starpower dance competition in Seattle.