Once again the 23st Annual Dickens Fair was a wonderful Lake Stevens Community event that was a huge success! The fair raised just over $400 in cash at the door and collected 1,400 pounds of food donations for the Lake Stevens Food Bank. The food and cash has been delivered to the Lake Stevens Food Bank and they are most appreciative. Thanks go to the Lake Stevens Fire Department members who volunteered their valuable time throughout the day to assist with the collections for the food bank and to direct traffic and parking. Many PTAs and civic organizations and non-profits were successful in raising money for scholarships and community and school activities. Proceeds from the rental of vendor space go to benefit the Lake Stevens School District’s Volunteer Recognition Evening in the spring. The fair had 115 vendors participating with 99 percent reporting that it was a financially successful and fun-filled day. Thanks goes out to the Lake Stevens School District’s school bands and choirs who performed throughout the day. It’s estimated that over 2,000 people attended the fair. Again, it’s gratifying to be a part of a community that takes pride in community events and works to make our corner of the world a better place for all. We look forward to our 24th Annual Dickens Fair in 2010!
Arlene Hulten Director of Community Services and Communications Lake Stevens School District Customer service and holiday spirit – where are they? Dear Editor,
It started out like any other “normal” Monday morning, until I got about half way to work (25 mile commute) and realized that I had forgotten my cell phone at home. Under “normal” circumstances, this would not really be the end of the world, but it was 17 degrees outside and I had made prior arrangements with my stay-at-home mom neighbor, to assist with the care of my dogs today. But because she lives next door, I rarely call her, so I don’t know her number by memory, nor will she be able to reach me if needed. And I knew that my husband did not have her number in his phone. I could go on and on about the multiple events that transpired from this one forgetful action of mine, but there is only really one point that I feel needs to be addressed. I stopped at two different convenience stores, neither of which had a pay phone, to ask to use their phone and make one local call. Both businesses told me “no”, only in the event of an emergency are they allowed to let customers use the phone. Really? Seriously now, what happened to customer service? Do I look as though I have an ulterior motive? Perhaps I am lying about forgetting my cell phone at home, and I really don’t own one at all! Honestly now, everyone has a cell phone these days, so how often do you think that people actually ask to use the business phone of a convenience store? What is the big deal? In any case, it has directly affected my opinion of these stores, the first being a place I will not shop at again, but the second place I will. This clerk finally did dial the number for me to make the one call, after some serious begging on my part. Come on folks, especially the small town businesses, if not for the sake of customer service, what about holiday spirit? I will remember these events in the years to come, and it will influence where I stop and shop.
Debbie Calloway Granite Falls Fish plantings can continue with public support
In the past few years many of your readers have been valuable contributors to the planting of trophy triploid rainbow trout in Lake Stevens. Without them we would not be able to continue offering this valuable resource for our outdoor family fishery. Not only individuals but some Lake Stevens businesses have also contributed. The first planting was over four years ago and saw nearly 10,000 nine to twelve inch rainbow trout planted and those fish should now be three pounds or larger. With the help of CTEP (Cooperative Trout Enhancement Program) we were able to do yet another planting that first November (there were 500 four-plus pound trophy fish planted.) Those fish should now be well over six pounds. In the past year we have done additional plantings with many fish of various size and some fish were well over ten pounds. What a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy a quality fishery in this year-around lake. Planting was done this past spring and another is scheduled for this winter. In the interest of keeping this family fishery program going on indefinitely, we are already looking forward to plants for the upcoming spring and fall of 2010 and hoping for even more and larger fish to be planted, but we need your readers support. For this program to continue we are gladly accepting donations now and on the plus side for your readers, any contributions made this year are still 2009 tax deductible. Checks can be made out to CTEP (Cooperative Trout Enhancement Program) and then mailed to Jim Goerg, 621 SR 9 NE, #A-16, Lake Stevens, Wash. 98258.
Jim Goerg Lake Stevens
Watch out for government spending
Our elected leaders have a grand solution to our economic woes––spend more of our money. If you have not seen through the smoke and mirrors these people are trying to pull over on you, you really should just sign over your paycheck now. They change the language to make it sound logical and attractive yet bet that your ignorance and a completely complicit media will play into their scheme. Worse of it all, its working. Health care is going to be the largest shift of power in U.S. history and it will form the biggest dependence on Government since the Depression. Social Security never was to be the means for people to use as their primary retirement but it has incrementally replaced many people’s portfolios – building the dependence on Government. Do not be deceived by the new focus on jobs, it is a focus on temporary and permanent government jobs. These types of jobs do not increase productivity nor add anything to the economy of this country. Does your input matter? Not at all, if it did why would they be pushing it through regardless of your opinion? This alone should tell you that its about power and control, nothing else. The President waves a carrot in front of you by telling you he wants to cut capital gains for small businesses––really? What about the thing that small businesses really care about? How about cutting income taxes? Capital gains is the furthest from most small business owners’ mind ––saving here will do nothing to promote job growth. Bet you didn’t hear that on the news. Cheer up, wait till they “tackle” global warming or climate change. 2010 can’t come fast enough for me.