Dud lucks out with a perfect Christmas present

December 18, 2014

When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat ol’ Dud.

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Make 2015 merry for the Valley with 2014 donations

December 18, 2014

Time is running out to make significant donations to local nonprofits and qualify for a tax break for 2014. Your checks this month will help make the work easier for these groups in 2015.

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Senior center deserves a round of applaus

December 11, 2014

Congratulations to the Mt. Si Senior Center in North Bend.

Things there are looking up.

From the story on page one by Sam Kenyon about the center, it is apparent the center needed help. The thrift shop, the center’s main money maker, had become a haven for druggies and thieves who helped themselves to merchandise while leaving drug paraphernalia behind.

Shopping there was anything but fun because things were piled high and displays were overcrowded. Boxes lined the aisles and shelves were dusty.

The once-dingy thrift shop has been cleaned up, reorganized and energized.

The center itself has been a fixture in the Snoqualmie Valley for decades. It has been there so long that seniors questioned earlier this week couldn’t remember when it first opened.

For the record, the center received its original nonprofit status in 1979.

The senior center has had its ups and downs over the years.

One of the most notable was the November 1990 flood.

Ruth Tolmasoff had been the director for just one month before the flood caused significant damage to the building. She had served as activity director and had been at the center since 1988. Like other directors over the years, Tolmasoff left her mark on the center.

She was able to secure funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to elevate the building and bring the center back after extensive water damage from the flood.

The center has always been a social hub with a lot of activities.

But it has also fought for services for seniors — most notably the hot meals program and the transportation program.

The program, helped by the Snoqualmie Tribe, grew into Snoqualmie Valley Transportation and serves both the upper and lower Valley.

Activities within the center have kept up with the times. Nintendo Wii bowling wasn’t on anyone’s radar when these seniors were children but it is part of their vocabulary now because they line up to compete.

The center helps keep the patrons healthy with routine blood pressure checks, foot care services, dental care and other medical programs.

Congratulations to the staff and the volunteers for keeping a good thing going and improving on it.

 

Believe in the power of good deeds

December 11, 2014

For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

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Letters

December 4, 2014

Write to PSE, city councils to say no to smart meters

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Wrap up holidays for our neighbors

December 4, 2014

It’s the time of year when people really think about giving: buying presents for various holidays and making charitable contributions before the end of the year so they can count them on their taxes.

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Now is the season for hope and dreams

December 4, 2014

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

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Shop locally – support neighboring merchants

November 27, 2014

Black Friday may be just the ticket for sales but oh, those crowds.

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Doc leads the way to independent thinking

November 27, 2014

“Hey Doc,” said Herb, reading the latest copy of the Valley Weekly Miracle, “Did you see all these specials they’re having in the city? Just for the Friday after Thanksgiving, too. You know, a guy could get a lot of Christmas shopping done then and save some money.”

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

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Shop big with small businesses Nov. 29

November 27, 2014

Small businesses are here for all of us, Nov 29th be there for them.

When you spend your money locally, your money stays in your community, supporting local owned businesses and services. Local business owners invest in our community now and in the community’s future.

We have wonderful small businesses here in the Snoqualmie Valley, so please shop at our local stores on Nov. 29th.

Paula Lodahl

North Bend

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