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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.

White River sets make-up days for cancelled classes

White River School District students and teachers received an early season gift – three days without school – as nasty, winter weather shut down classrooms. Those three days stretched right into winter break, which began Monday and continues through Jan. 2.

School toy drives give the Grinch the boot

Signs of a struggling economy weren’t on the Grinch’s list this holiday season, evident by the generosity displayed among Dieringer School District’s three schools.

Financial scams hit senior citizens in South King County

In this troubled economy the promise of quick and easy money is highly appealing, said Suzanne Thompson, an elder law attorney and registered nurse. She is an advocate for senior citizens, working to protect people who find themselves the victims of fraud. After working as a registered nurse, she spent two years with the Department of Social and Health Services as an adviser for the organization and as a litigator against people who abuse adults. “After doing that I realized I could take it to the community,” she said.

Cold-weather tips can prevent disasters | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

The following are tips from East Pierce Fire and Rescue to help prepare for cold weather emergencies and possible power outages.

  • Dec 16, 2008

‘Retail survivors’ tales comprise ‘The Customer is Always Wrong’ | Book Review

You knew it was a bad time of year to go to that store, but you went in anyhow and wished you hadn’t. The lines were long and filled with grumps and kids, both way past nap time. You couldn’t find anything because the place was a mess. The sound system was broken and the same Christmas song was playing over and over and over until you thought you’d scream. You couldn’t wait to get out of there. Too bad you were the person behind the cash register.

  • Dec 16, 2008

Let’s Go Back Together

Let’s go back together

Holiday poem remains popular after all these years

After writing this column for more than 25 years, this is still the most requested reprint, so as a gift each year I repeat this tradition and offer the column so it can be sent copyright-free from my Web site, www.binettigarden.com. Just go to the very bottom of the opening Web page.

Sometimes the customer might be wrong

“The Customer is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles,” edited by Jeff Martin, c. 2008, Soft Skull Press, $12.95, 171 pages.

Retired nurse turns in snowbird dreams to help feed the hungry

Until June, Betty Filsmire had planned to become a snowbird upon her retirement. Then the former nurse and Boise resident, along with her husband, Clifford, a retired food service industry employee, discovered the Bonney Lake area.

Performer is king of the road in gift of pink car

Danny Vernon is a lifelong Elvis fan who makes a living impersonating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – and has the pink Cadillac to prove it.

Service given with many smiles

Gail Poole knows her mission in life. And she makes it part of her job.

Take this time to help someone else and yourself

This is the season of twinkling lights, hot cocoa, trips to our local stores to buy gifts, carols and poinsettias. Instead of enjoying them, we rush around trying to get everything done we think we need to do while trying to buy the “perfect” gift for everyone on our list.

Holiday poem remains popular through the years

After writing this column for more than 25 years, this is still the most requested reprint, so as a gift each year I repeat this tradition and offer the column so it can be sent copywrite free from my Web site, www.binettigarden.com. Just go to the very bottom of the opening Web page.

  • Dec 16, 2008

It’s possible to get too much of a good thing, even the holiday season

We have entered the Advent season. Have you noticed?

  • Dec 9, 2008

New novel is warm offering for the holiday

“’Tis the Season!” by Lorna Landvik, c. 2008, Ballantine Books, $22, 226 pages.

  • Dec 9, 2008

The season calls for more dirt-cheap decorating ideas

During the second week of December we continue with some dirt-cheap ideas for holiday decorating gone green.

  • Dec 9, 2008

Enumclaw Curves one of the best

Enumclaw Curves owners Sonna and Ken Greer, the staff at their fitness and weight management business and the roughly 300 women who work out there are grinning from ear to ear.

  • Dec 9, 2008