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Record crowds boost awareness at annual Autism Day WA festivities

  • Written by Valley View Staff

CARNATION—Warm temperatures and a day filled with free activities combined to attract more than 600 families to the annual Autism Day WA celebration at Jubilee Farms in Carnation recently.

Founder Lynne Banki of Sammamish estimated that 1,500 people took part in the fun-filled event for families that have been touched by autism. The gathering of caregivers and vendors was designed to bring families together to relax in the peaceful surroundings of an actual working farm.

Non-profit specialist GFS Fund Development of Sammamish coordinated both the sponsorships and donations from dozens of local businesses to cover expenses for 11th annual event. The number of sponsors jumped by 25 percent this year, with vendors providing food, water and raffle items for the first time.

“Attendance this year was up by at least 50 percent over last year,” said Banki. “The great weather gave our kids the opportunity to experience more of the activities at each vendor booth. The most popular activity—once again—was the Slip ‘n Slide. The parents probably enjoyed watching as much as the kids loved sliding down the hill.”

Banki said all 600 Autism Day WA t-shirts were given away less than an hour after the event officially began at 11 a.m. There were 88 vendor booths set up on the pasture near the barn.

Sara Gardner, who coordinates the Autism Spectrum Navigators program at Bellevue College, said she was able to reach more families in just four hours at Jubilee Farms than she can usually connect with over an ordinary month.  The AS Navigators program provides support and peer mentoring for students at the college.

Banki said the continued success of the Autism Day WA will allow her to stage similar gatherings in other areas of Washington, and eventually in other states as well.

Additional photos from the 2012 Autism Day WA event and information about the sponsoring organizations is available at www.autismdaywa.org.

Citizen Corps - 11 years later – are you prepared?

  • Written by Valley View Staff

CARNATION/DUVALL – Hard to believe that 9/11 was 11 years ago.

Following those terrorist attacks, concerned Americans called for ways to make their communities safer, stronger and better prepared.

To capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities, in January 2002 the President of the United States answered that call by launching Citizen Corps.

Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteers who provide opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of natural and manmade disasters, crime, terrorism and emergencies of all kinds.

Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council was started in 2002. And, just as then, whatever your interest or background, our Council has a program to help you cope with the next disaster or preparedness need.

Community Emergency Response Team – We have trained over 400 of your neighbors in CERT skills including disaster awareness, small fire suppression, light search and rescue, triage, disaster medical response and disaster psychology.  The next CERT class starts September 17, 2012.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps – 90 of your neighbors are on the CDMRC roster.  Medical and non-medical volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies and to assist first responders during and after disaster.

If you want to make sure your retired or active medical experience is put to use when the roads are impassable and you can’t get to work, we want you; if you have no medical experience, but you want to help those that do, we want you, too.

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Fire Corps – Concerned with protecting the community from wildfire? We work with www.Firewise.org.  Firewise has been adopted by two local neighborhoods.  They have become Firewise Communities. Check your neighbors for interest.  We will help you start your group.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Map Your Neighborhood – MYN (http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/index.shtml) is our adjunct to Neighborhood Watch.  It is a proven way to network with your neighbors to share skills and resources in preparation for the next emergency. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club – SnoVARC covers the Snoqualmie Valley with repeaters enabling Hams to communicate with first responders and each other during an emergency.  Good radios are relatively inexpensive.  It is easy to get a license. Join the club.  Go to www.snovalleyarc.org.

Preparing yourself and your home – go to www.ready.gov for tips on what to set aside for that “dark and stormy night;” it might last a few days or more.  Start now.  Make a plan; make a kit; be informed.  Be prepared.

Can you financially support this worthy effort?  We are an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID 90-0068642).

Donations to us are tax-deductible, and we count on them to continue serving our communities. Make your donation payable to CDCCC, and send it to Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council, P.O. Box 644, Carnation, WA  98014.

Check us out on the web at www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org.

Annual SnoValley Tilth Farm Tour and the SnoValley Tilth Farm Faire and Silent Auction Sept. 22

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Visit a variety of many local small farms on the SnoValley Tilth Farm Tour, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pet some alpacas or miniature donkeys, learn about produce storage techniques, view the role of native plants and animals in agriculture and see sustainable farming in action!

Participating farms include Baxter Barn, Jubilee, Dancing Crow, Dog Mountain and Alpacas at Legacy Ranch, all in Carnation/Fall City area.

For more information about Farm Tour participants, locations and activities, please see the farm tour tab of the event website at svtfarmfaire.wordpress.com. The tour is free to the public, though a donation of $10 per family benefitting the Tilth is greatly appreciated and can be made at any participating farm.

Then join SnoValley Tilth at the Farm Faire and Silent Auction, 3-7 p.m., at Jubilee Farm. Play some fun farm games and kids’ activities, including the greased-pole contest, bobbing for apples, bouncy house and farm scavenger hunt.

Enjoy a country picnic dinner (pig roast and all the trimmings), sip a glass of wine or a cold beer (at the no-host bar), take a tractor-pulled wagon ride around the farm, and finally try your hand at the silent country auction.

For more information on the menu, schedule, auction items and music, see the event webpage at svtfarmfaire.wordpress.com.

Keep in mind that you can also buy tickets at the door – so bring all the friends you can rustle-up! The party is on, rain or shine!

Faire tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, at the Carnation Farmers Market information booth (Tuesdays 3-7 p.m.), or at Miller’s Community and Arts Center, also in Carnation. $30 adults, $15 kids (2-16). No tickets are required for the Tour alone.

The Farm Faire and Silent Auction will be held at Jubilee Farm, 229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE, Carnation, WA 98014.

SnoValley Tilth is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports local, organic agriculture.

Please see www.snovalleytilth.org for more information about where the money from this fundraiser is going.

Contact Claire Foster (event coordinator and SnoValley Tilth Board member) with questions of any sort at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cedarcrest cross country results

  • Written by Bruce McDowell
Thursday was the first meet of the season for the CXC squad. We competed at a meet called the Conference Preview.  All seven teams in the conference were there and it was run over the last part over the District course.

The girls finished in first place. Diana Carr (2nd), Amelia Andeson (3rd), Megan Brimley (11th) and Molly Hammontree (12th) were the top finishers for the team.  The boys also finished in first place.  Logan Orndorf (2nd), Cody Wanichek (3rd), Dominic Dams (5th) and Quinn Radbourne (6th) were the top finishers for the team.

The athletes of the meet were Daniel Gutmann, Lars Candland and Noelle Viger.

From top to bottom, it was a very good meet for us. Full meet results are at the following link http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=57172#394.

School year academic achievements bring awards and summertime travels for Cedarcrest student Anjani Patel

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Retired CHS science teacher Bruce Murdock and Anjani Patel
Many high school students spend their summer vacations applying for jobs, enjoying family vacations and spending time with their friends, enjoying a much deserved break from their studies.

However, Cedarcrest senior Anjani Patel, who last year was honored with the Outstanding Junior Award, spent her summer attending the International Genius Olympiad competition in New York, and traveled to Boston to compete at the national level for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize as the representative from the state of Washington.

Anjani is accustomed to success, as is evident from one glance at her academic and extracurricular resume; however, she admits that her accomplishments do not come without hard work, hours of study and preparation, the guidance of passionate teachers, and a family who genuinely supports her and her dreams.

Whether her efforts are directed at her studies, her passion in ballet class, musicals at Cedarcrest, FBLA or DECA events, teaching clarinet or participating in community plays, she says, “I am so very fortunate to have parents who do not push, but lovingly guide and support my efforts, and inspiring teachers such as Mr.  Murdock who lead by example and tell students where to look, but not what to see, in turn, letting them create their own dreams and ideas.”

She continues, “In honors physical science and honors physics, Mr. Murdock taught us to think about physics, not just in class, but in our everyday lives as well, reinforcing the knowledge that physics shows up almost everywhere and fostering our appreciation for the Mechanical Universe... his patience and attention to detail when teaching chemistry and physics classes is truly a gift to Cedarcrest students. It was in his class as a ninth grade student that I gained an appreciation for science for the very first time.”

During her sophomore year, while studying environmental science in Ms. Halverson’s class, Anjani became deeply interested in the causes and effects of oil spills. Her interest led her to the study of oil remediation, the process of using microbes to clean up the oil spills, also known as bioremediation.

The process, she explains, is very “green,” and can be implemented without the use of harmful chemicals. Then, during her junior year, she continued her work with this project on a grander scale, including some adaptations from the previous year.  Then, using methods of statistical analysis from her AP statistics class, she further analyzed her data to make statistically sound conclusions.

Through her years of independent research and her Science Fair achievements, a “snapshot” of Anjani’s academic resume includes the following:

2009/10 - 2nd place at CHS Science/Engineering Fair and 2nd place at the Washington State Science/Engineering Fair (WSSEF).

2010/11 - 1st place awards at the CHSSEF (Cedarcrest Science and Engineering Fair) and the WSSEF (Washington State Science and Engineering Fair), NOAA’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award at the CSRSEF (Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair) and BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) Award at WSSEF.

2011/12 - 2nd place at the CHSSEF; AWG (Association for Women Geoscientists) Award, NOAA’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award, BPA Award, Marine Sciences Award (from the WSSEF Founders), Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Award at the regional level with an invitation to apply for the SJWP State Award, GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues - U.S.) Olympiad’s Exceptional Genius Award with an invitation to compete in New York, 1st place award in category at state, SJWP Award at the state level (which included an all-expense paid trip to Boston for two where she competed against 52 participants), 2nd place award at the GENIUS Olympiad Competition.

Anjani has been invited by the Washington State Academy of Sciences to present her original oil spill research and speak to teachers and other professionals regarding the importance of independent research programs in public schools, at its annual symposium: Water: Washington and the World. She has also been invited by the Pacific NW Clean Water Association to present original research to their board of directors and all members of the association at their annual training conference in Boise, Idaho.

In addition to all of the above, Anjani is in the process of helping to create an elementary and middle school science fair curriculum with the goal of implementation for the 2012-13 school year.  She has also recently started an Internet-based business that springs from her love of art and accessories.

Anjani is grateful for the support of her family, and would like to thank her parents Daksha and Prakash, and her brother Vivek, for being “her personal fan club and safety net.” Their guidance and unending encouragement inspires her “to leap even higher.”

When asked about having Anjani as a student, Bruce Murdock shares, “I loved working with Anjani! Even as a freshman, she had a maturity and a groundedness that was far beyond her years. I have wonderful memories of Anjani spending hours after school in my laboratory, preparing petri dishes for her science research – with her mother in tow. In addition to her strong academic ability, Anjani had a work ethic that was beyond measure – and a loving family that supported her in her research endeavors –every inch of the way.

“In today’s vernacular, the term ‘awesome’ has become overused and trite; however, to use ‘awesome’ to describe Anjani Patel would be to use the word according to its dictionary definition. Anjani is indeed a truly awesome young lady in every sense. I expect to be reading about her in scientific journals in the years to come.”