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City of Sumner is included in a list of my favorite things

All right, I admit it. I’m a fan of old movies, especially musicals. As 2008 draws to a close and I reflect back on the great things that happened this year in Sumner, Julie Andrews and “The Sound of Music” come to mind. So I thought I’d make a list of “my” 2008 favorite things to share.

‘Clinch Knot’ aims to reel in mystery fans

“The Clinch Knot” by John Galligan, c.2008, Bleak House Books, $14.95 paperback, $24.95 hardcover, 328 pages.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Bead art will be featured as part of city’s Gallery 2009

“The Magic of Beads,” a jewelry exhibit by local artist Sylvia Hillberg, opens the Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2009 Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 3.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Enumclaw student wins homeschoolers’ regional spelling bee

It was a bittersweet victory for Elise Dunning at the Highline Homeschool Center 2008-09 Spelling Bee in Burien Dec. 11.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Lake Tapps Elementary library becomes haven for young book lovers

Enter Whispering Woods and you’ll find everything to please nature lovers: from moose, rabbits and squirrels to foxes, boats and bears. Take a step closer inside. You’ll discover huskies, racoons and wolves hiding between its trees – all 25 of them. That’s just for starters; other inhabitants include skiing moose, birds that sing their authentic Audobon Society songs and friendly snowmen. And that doesn’t even include the books.

White River School Board adds five more board certified teachers to list

White River School Board members recognized five teachers who were recently honored as National Board Certified by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at its Dec. 10 regular meeting.

  • Dec 23, 2008

A bit of Bedford Falls brightens the holidays

Until last year, Bobbie Matthews had quite a conundrum on her hands. She had moved to a smaller home and no longer had room to display her impressive collection of miniature homes, people, lights and scenery.

  • Dec 23, 2008

There are plenty of alternatives for the holiday poinsettia

The last week of December is time to consider your holiday gift plants. Poinsettias are the most popular potted plant to give and one of the easiest to keep alive.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Enumclaw hosts its annual alumni lunch

All middle school and high school students and their families are invited to a pizza luncheon featuring former Enumclaw High School graduates from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Enumclaw High library.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Ten Enumclaw teachers earn national board certification

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced that 10 teachers in the Enumclaw School District earned National Board Certification.

  • Dec 23, 2008

EMS students earn all-state honors

Five Enumclaw Middle School eighth-grade band and orchestra students were recently named to the all-state band and orchestra.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Enumclaw schools benefit from award

4Culture’s Arts Education Funding Program recently announced a $30,000 award to ArtsEd Washington. The support builds on a four-year partnership with the nonprofit organization for its award-winning Principals’ Arts Leadership program (PAL). This program helps principal-led elementary school teams create annual ongoing plans for arts education.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Wickersham School of Discovery students piece together work of art

Wickersham School of Discovery fifth-grade students were thrilled to discover the bear in the middle of a glass mosaic that will become a permanent fixture in the school was the creation of a fellow classmate.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Obituaries

Helen M. Farrar died Dec. 14, 2008, at the age of 81.

‘Clinch Knot’ will reel in mystery fans

“The Clinch Knot” by John Galligan, c.2008, Bleak House Books, $14.95 paperback, $24.95 hardcover, 328 pages.

Poinsettias are best plant to give and easiest for care

The last week of December is time to consider your holiday gift plants. Poinsettias are the most popular potted plant to give and one of the easiest to keep alive.

Open house covers topics like waivers, transportation

The Sumner School District will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Maple Lawn Elementary in Sumner. The focus of the meeting is to present revised transportation, attendance plans and waiver options. For more information, visit the district’s Web site at www.sumner.wednet.edu.

Sumner High band earns excellence award for parade

The Sumner marching band, under the direction of Joe Carl, made school history in November when it received the Musical Excellence Award for its performance in the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Seattle. The prize included a check for $500.

Ten teachers earn National Board Certification

The Sumner School Board hosted a reception Dec. 10 to honor its new national board-certified teachers. Honored were Cheryl Roper, Jennifer Fruehauf, Nancy Nybo and Jason Vander Hoek of Bonney Lake High; Chris Clayton, Kim Franett-Fergus and Jen Peters from Sumner High; Scott Sousa and Pam Noble of Crestwood Elementary; and Jeanne Ossman, Maple Lawn Elementary. This brings the number of district teachers certified in 2008 to 10.