Singer Jessica Lynne and her crew rocked McCormick Park Aug. 5 to celebrate Duvall’s first National Night Out. (Photos by Lisa Allen)What’s a celebration without Duvall’s unofficial “mascot?”
This couple brought all they needed to enjoy a wonderful evening of music in the park, including their best friend.
A warm summer evening, coupled with the Duvall Police Department’s first annual National Night Out, brought scores of local residents to McCormick Park August 5th to enjoy live country music by Jessica Lynne, laser tag, free hot dogs provided by the fire department, bike safety checks, bouncy houses galore, a giant slide and face painting. Police, fire and public works vehicles, along with plenty of educational materials from the Duvall Public Works Department, were available for the public to check out up at the parking lot.
I have written hundreds of articles over the years. This is by far the hardest article I have ever written.
How do you convey the heartache and anguish a parent feels when their child is murdered? As a mom, it is difficult to comprehend and my heart literally breaks for Vicky and Bill Neil whose 17-year-old daughter was murdered in Redmond last month. I am honored that they have allowed me to write about this painful ordeal and it is my hope that through doing this article, others will be helped through their loss. I also hope that they will gain additional support from the public by sharing their story.
Duvall resident Josh Bolton is currently preparing to embark on a journey of a lifetime.
In mid-August the 19-year-old is set to begin volunteer work with the IVHQ Tanzania Medical volunteer program. IVHQ is an international volunteer organization working in over 25 countries that sends thousands of volunteers abroad annually. Established in 2007, the group works with hundreds of different projects through Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to William Rowland, program coordinator at International Volunteer HQ.
Cherry Valley Dairy, an artisanal, farmstead dairy located in Duvall, was awarded first and third place ribbons at the annual American Cheese Society (ACS) gathering in Sacramento, Calif.
The farm’s Dairy Reserve, an aged Jersey cow milk cheese, took first place in the Rubbed Rind Cheese category, while its Cultured Buttermilk won a third place ribbon. The judging panel consisted of renowned cheese experts from North America and around the world, including authors, cheesemongers, culinary professors and dairy scientists. In 2013, ACS awarded the dairy a second-place prize for its Carrot Nasturtium Reserve.
Head Cheesemaker Blain Hages traveled to Sacramento to participate in ACS 2014 and receive the awards. “It’s the best kind of honor to be recognized by your peers and fellow cheesemakers,” said Hages. “These people have all worked so hard to promote new American cheeses and our role as small farmstead producers, and the dairy is really proud to be a part of that. The local and cheese community’s response to our product has been incredible.”