Grant funding for state’s Heritage Barns available

  • Written by Valley View Staff

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. All nomination/application materials can be downloaded from DAHP’s website at

Barn owners with questions about the program are encouraged to contact Chris Moore at (206) 624-9449 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walk/run to support homeless & battered women

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The Duvall Civic Club invites residents to participate in the Snoqualmie Valley Walk/Run 4 Women, Saturday, October 15.

Registration fee for the walk or run to support homeless and battered women is $30.*

Registration is at 9:15 a.m.; the event begins at 10 a.m. at the Duvall McCormick Park Depot.

Walk/run one mile or the half marathon (13.1 miles). It begins and ends in McCormick Park along the scenic Snoqualmie Valley Trail on level ground. All ages and genders welcome.

*Participants can also pre-register (by Oct. 11) at a discounted rate.

Please visit the Duvall Civic Club Facebook page or . For complete details, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (425) 788-5769.

Cedarcrest FFA students shine at Evergreen State Fair

  • Written by Katie Walsh, FFA Reporter
Upper row: Sarah Davidson, Megan Russell, Katie Walsh, Nicole Pearson. Bottom row: Annie Joy Schutte, Connor Clancy, Sophia Marchetti. Photo by Donna Bielstein
While many high school students were still enjoying summer vacation, students with Cedarcrest FFA were hard at work at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

This year the Cedarcrest FFA chapter had one of its best years ever. Not only did they receive first place in the poultry contest, but they also placed first in Natural Resources.

In addition, they received Horticulture Best in Show, which is a combination of several horticulture events including Floral and Landscaping Design.

The theme of the fair was "Hungry for Fun." The officers and other dedicated chapter members created a landscape entitled "Cedarcrest Farmers Market."

The landscape charmed the crowds enough to earn the chapter second place in Landscape Design. Student members also did a tremendous job placing first in individual events as well.

Nicole Pearson earned Reserve Champion in Horse Showing and Sophia Marchetti earned Grand Champion with her rabbits.

Annie Joy Schutte was top individual for Natural Resources, Sarah Davidson earned top individual for Apple Grading, and Katie Birum earned top individual for Potato Judging. Two of our members received the Outstanding Exhibitor Award for their entry category: Sophia Marchetti for Rabbits and Megan Russell for Horticulture.

Overall this was an amazing year for the Cedarcrest FFA Chapter at the fair and a great start for the school year.

Students hope that all the knowledge and experience gained from the Evergreen State Fair will help them receive high marks at the Puyallup State Fair later in September.

Congratulations to the advisors, Sarah Thomas and Les Collins, for all of their hard work and dedication to FFA and the Cedarcrest Agriculture Education Program.

CHS grad Chelsea Judd Seafair Scholarship for Women finalist

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Chelsea Judd wears a sash representing the Duvall community. Photo by Leanne Christensen
Although her summer vacation had just begun, Cedarcrest 2011 graduate, Bellevue College graduate and University of Washington, Foster Business School student Chelsea Judd had already participated in some very impressive events; one of which is experiencing one of Seattle’s most time-honored traditions ... the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women.

This remarkable program was created to allow young women the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our region and enhance their young lives through education and community involvement.

With the support of guidance and career counselors at Cedarcrest High School, Chelsea applied for the scholarship program during the spring of her senior year, and was notified in June of her placement.

To become Miss Seafair, participants are judged on academics, public speaking, interview skills and creative expression. Seafair awarded a record $20,000 in scholarships throughout the scholarship process.

Chelsea and other participants visited nearly 20 community events and festivals throughout the summer as well as hospitals and retirement facilities, bringing the events and excitement of Seafair to those who would not be able to experience it otherwise.

As part of the scholarship process, Chelsea enjoyed delivering her Creative Expression/Community Service presentation at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Her platform surrounds her involvement and management of the Teen SummerStage event held annually in Duvall.

Chelsea says, "This teen- focused event helps to create a safe, fun and healthy social outlet for all teens in the valley each year, while also supporting the Duvall arts community."

She expressed her appreciation to local businesses: Match Coffee/Wine, The Red Pepper Pasta, and the Duvall Civic Club for their sponsorship of this very successful event.

In addition to the Creative Expression event she also participated in the Royalty Tribute Luncheon, and other local speaking presentations.

Chelsea grew up in Duvall, and is the daughter of Kathy and Chuck Judd. She attended schools in the Riverview School District from kindergarten through her senior year. She is a dedicated student, an avid volunteer/mentor and an accomplished dancer.

She is especially thankful for the experience she received through her participation in the FBLA program at Cedarcrest under the passionate direction of her FBLA advisor, Donna Bielstein. This multi-faceted leadership program allowed Chelsea to grow as an individual both personally and academically giving her "real world" tools for success both in and out of the classroom.

The Seafair Commitment to the Scholarship Program participants is to:

a.. Recognize academic achievement with scholarship awards for college tuition

b.. Facilitate professional mentorship connections with area business women

c.. Celebrate the dynamic culture of our neighborhood communities

d.. Promote community service involvement and philanthropy

e.. Foster public speaking skills, creative expression and confidence

The coronation of Miss Seafair was held on July 30th, and, although Chelsea was not named Miss Seafair, she and all the other participants took part in the annual Torchlight Parade.

Miss Seafair was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and will go on to become a goodwill ambassador for Seattle, and a mentor for future scholarship program participants.

Remembering Rose ...

  • Written by Lisa Allen
From the inside of the Duvall Library, the stained-glass rose window on the front door frames the Duvall Coffeehouse. The artwork was placed there in memory of longtime Duvall librarian Rose Norenberg. Lisa Allen/Staff Photo
DUVALL–Long before video recorders, Story Times and the Internet, there was Rose Norenberg.

The longtime Duvall librarian was the "go-to" person for information on books or just about anything you could ask for in those pre-computer days. If she didn’t know the answer, she knew where to look for it.

Library patrons could always count on Rose to offer them a cheery welcome as they came in the door. On a first-name basis with the small town regulars, she was always ready with advice on good books for both adults and their children.

Local historian Tove Burhen says Rose is remembered as a ‘‘favorite librarian ... in those days the library doubled as a meeting place and the coffee was always on."

Rose also wanted to do something extra, just for children. So about once a week, she and her dear friend Verle Bowe would put on a free movie for the local kids who were happy to have an afternoon diversion.

The library was tiny then, and bursting at the seams. Except for one addition, it had been in the same building since 1935. But Rose somehow made room for everything, a testament to her love of literature developed during her childhood, which, according to her son, Tom, could have read like a depression-era novel.

Rose Jean Nelson was born in rural Wichita, Kansas in 1912. Her family (parents and five siblings) lost their farm in the Dust Bowl calamity and moved to Union Hill near Redmond in 1919. After losing both parents the children were separated and placed in foster care. It was during that time that Rose developed her great love for books and reading.

The future librarian met and married Howard Norenberg in 1934 and in 1945 they moved to the Cherry Gardens area near Duvall.

According to Tom, she became assistant librarian in the late 1940s under Mrs. Bradenberg. She became head librarian in 1957 when Mrs. Bradenberg retired.

Rose remained librarian until 1977 when she retired. She passed away in October of 1984.

In April of 1993 following the completion of an addition and remodeling of the library, the Civic Club dedicated the rose stained-glass window in the front door in her memory and also the Rose Room downstairs, where there is a photo of her and a plaque.

The Rose Room was used for City Council and other meetings for years, but now that a new library is being built, it is doubtful the Rose Room will survive. The building, owned by the city, will probably be up for rent, says Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof.

But hopes remain that the rose stained-glass window will find a permanent home in the new library.

"We would like to see it preserved," Library Board Chair Paige Denison said, adding there has been some discussion about it (at board meetings) but no decision has been made.

"I would like to see something done with the stained glass," said Tom. "My personal choice would be to see it framed and mounted on a wall with a plaque reminding people of what it represents. I think my mother would be pleased that the city is having a new, modern library."