The Wonder of Wood

  • Written by Connie Berg

Andy Chapman is an artist who loves wood.

For most of us, when we look at wood, we see, well … wood. When Andy looks at wood, he sees the natural beauty and individual characteristics of the wood. For him, the more knots a piece of wood has, the more beauty and character it has.

Every single item he makes is unique as every piece of wood he works with is unique. To watch Andy describe his wood inventory is like watching a kid in a candy store.  He truly loves all types of wood and collects it from all over, including his own property near Duvall, and from friends and family.  

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FFA shines at Evergreen State Fair

  • Written by Meg Knox

The Cedarcrest FFA committed to actively participating in the 107th Evergreen State Fair this year.

Several days before the fair began, many members designed and worked to create a landscape based off the theme “Picture the Fun.” The landscape’s focus was three frames hung from supporting beams with hanging baskets hung from the center of each frame. A variety of plants and flowers were planted within the landscape to complement these and contribute to the theme.

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Macaroni Kid Act of Kindness Day

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Twice Blessed Consignment hosting a supply drive for Acres of Diamonds, Sept. 26

During the month of September, more than 50 Macaroni Kid publishers are coming together to make a difference in their communities and included in this amazing national day will be a supply drive to benefit Acres of Diamonds, hosted by Macaroni Kid Cherry Valley and Twice Blessed Consignment.

On Saturday, September 26, Macaroni Kid Cherry Valley will be gathering paper goods and supplies to benefit Acres of Diamonds, a local organization helping women and moms transition from homelessness back into the community. Twice Blessed Consignment (15726 NE Main St. in Duvall), recently under new ownership by Julie Lemery, is hosting this special community event from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

“I’m thrilled to be doing something to make a difference in the local community while still being part of the larger national movement,” says Erin Chamberlain, Macaroni Kid publisher for Cherry Valley, which covers kid and family events in Carnation, Duvall, Redmond Ridge, Cottage Lake, Monroe and Sultan.

For each item donated, people will earn a raffle ticket towards prizes donated by local businesses. To make the day even more fun, princesses will be visiting Twice Blessed between 1 and 2 p.m. for a special meet and greet. For more information on this event and the suggested donation list, please visit

We are proud to be a part of this 2nd annual nationwide celebration.  Last year Macaroni Kid Publishers came together to raise over $20,000 for local charities, 35,000 diapers were donated, hundreds of kids signed anti-bullying pledges and the list goes on. We are honored to use our reach in over 600 communities nationwide, include the community and show acts of kindness in so many ways. 

Green your Halloween – it’s the 2nd annual Cherry Valley Macaroni Kid Costume Swap

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Macaroni Kid brings Costume Swap Day to Monroe on October 10.

Halloween comes just once a year. As a result Halloween costumes, well, they get worn one time … maybe twice if there’s a younger sibling willing to wear it another year. Chances are your costumes are still in good enough shape to pass them along to another child.  From that simple idea, every kid’s favorite holiday just got more parent- and planet-friendly, thanks to Costume Swap Day.  

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Grant funding for state’s Heritage Barns available in 2015-17 biennium

  • Written by Valley View Staff

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has announced that applications to request funding through the Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Grant Program are available. Part of the state’s Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative established in 2007, the grant program assists with rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated Heritage Barns across the state.

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