Plenty of family pictures were taken with Holly, the adorable Holiday Heifer. Photographer Robin Woelz does the honors at the booth every year, which is sponsored by Duvall Rotary. (Photo by Lisa Allen)
Visitors to Friday evening's Duvall Tree Lighting event were warmed by free hot chocolate and cookies as they enjoyed Christmas carols sung by a fabulous choir. (Photo by Lisa Allen)
Santa waves at passers-by from his sleigh in front of Country Collections on Duvall's Main Street. The store was offering free photos with Santa during its holiday open house on Dec. 1. (Photo by Lisa Allen)
(l – R): Nicole Rohwer, treasurer of REF, Kim Piira, and Amy Jacobson, join President Sue Davenport in presenting the school board with a check for more than $29,000. (photo by Mike Ward)
At the Riverview School Board meeting on November 27, 2018, the Riverview Education Foundation (REF) presented a check, in the amount of $29,092.09, to fund 23 classroom and school enrichment grant applications. REF classroom and school enrichment grants support a broad range of projects and materials that enhance the district’s curriculum and actively engage students in learning. Teachers, staff, parents, and students may apply. Individual classroom grants are awarded up to $1,000; grade-level, department-wide or school-wide programs serving fewer than 300 students are awarded up to $3,000; while school-wide programs serving more than 300 students are awarded up to $5,000. After presentation of the check, the School Board thanked REF for their generous donation and for continuing to enhance the learning opportunities of all Riverview School District students.
It has been nearly a year since King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the establishment of a new Department of Local Services to better serve residents of unincorporated King County, and on January 1, 2019 the new department and its cabinet-level head, officially open shop.
Nevertheless, new Director John Taylor, currently the Assistant Director of the Water and Land Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources, is already making the rounds of meetings and sessions to outline his and the County’s vision of what the new department will be doing
Duvall Poetry Open Mic meets at 7 p.m. on first Wednesdays at the Duvall Library. Every month we have a featured reader (or two) plus an open mic reading. Next up Carolyne Wright on January 2.
Carolyne Wright’s latest book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her co-edited anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. She is author of nine previous books and chapbooks of poetry, a book of essays, and five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, the latest of which isMap Traces, Blood Traces / Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre (Mayapple Press, 2017), a bilingual sequence of poems by Seattle-based Chilean poet, Eugenia Toledo (featured at Duvall in September 2017). Wright teaches for Richard Hugo House and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, she lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende.
The Rotary Club of Duvall and Mayor Amy Ockerlander will be unveiled Duvall’s Peace Pole on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM, at the Duvall Police Station. Rotary President Cory Johnson lead the dedication and the community joined in just prior to the Annual Tree Lighting event. The first 60 groups present for the dedication received free flashlights.
Duvall’s Peace Pole displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages to promote fellowship and instill a sense of community among all residents of the Snoqualmie Valley. The pole carries the message in English, Hindi, Spanish and Hmong. The Peace Pole Project began in Japan in the 1970’s and in 1986 was established in the United States. There are more than 200,000 Peace Poles that have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth with Peace Poles installed at private and public locations including schools, parks, community and civic buildings. In Western Washington, Peace Poles have already been planted at Seattle Center, in Bellevue, Sammamish, and more. The City of Duvall and Duvall Police Department support the project. Rotary International is one of many organizations which, along with individuals, participate in the Peace Pole Project to promote peace, which is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.