Lake Stevens loses a friend
On Thursday, August 19, 2010 and unbeknownst to many, Lake Stevens lost one of its most treasured possessions.
Dave Balbirona was a loving husband, devoted father, and good friend. He pursued life and enjoyed its fruits while maintaining that ever difficult balance between all that we do in our busy lives.
We can only be thankful that Dave’s rowing partner that day escaped without serious physical injury.
The tragic circumstances and causes leading to Dave’s death are best left to the professional scrutiny of law enforcement.
I encourage all to show restraint and respect toward all parties involved and let the truth be determined without emotional influence. Conjecture, accusations and recrimination serve only to hinder our search for the truth and the subsequent healing.
On behalf of Lake Stevens Rowing Club and its members, I’d also like to publicly thank the men and women of the Lake Stevens Police Department, Snohomish County Fire Department District No. 8, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department Marine Services Unit and Dive Teams, Seattle Police Department, and Stanwood Police Department.
The speed with which they responded and the professionalism they displayed in their search and recovery operations is to be commended.
And perhaps more importantly the compassionate manner in which they handled this tragedy speaks to their humanity and understanding for the sense of shock and loss that everyone feels, particularly Dave’s families: his own and his rowing family.
Lake Stevens is a beautiful body of water that we are all fortunate to be able to enjoy, as there are many people in this world that don’t have such a wonderful opportunity. So we must share this lake.
No one group should seek or be able to claim it as its own. Indeed, the variety of activities on the lake makes Lake Stevens just what it is: a fun place to live and raise our families. Through its respectful use we can all benefit.
I can only conclude that Lake Stevens Rowing Club will continue on but we will never be the same without David Balbirona in our midst. Rest in peace good friend.
Jon Brady, President
Lake Stevens Rowing Club
Ace Hardware isn’t going anywhere
I am writing this today to try to clear up some confusion that has arisen from an ad placed in the Lake Stevens Journal.
Some of our wonderful customers have jumped to the wrong conclusion that we are going out of business and a gym is going in at our location.
This is definitely incorrect.
Ace Hardware located in the Albertsons and Rite-Aid parking lot, is staying where it is, but the hardware store in downtown Lake Stevens is vacating their location.
Please do not confuse the separately owned and operated hardware stores.
Ace Hardware has been in business, in Lake Stevens, approaching 45 years and plans to stay in business, in Lake Stevens, for another 45 years. In fact, our store is currently expanding the paint department to add Benjamin Moore paint, creating a go-to destination place for all of your electronic battery needs including cell phones, camcorders, ATV, motorcycle and hard to locate batteries, and of course preparing for the upcoming Christmas lighting and decorating season.
We are continually looking for ways to better meet our customer needs and exceed their expectations.
Without our customers shopping locally and supporting their locally owned Ace Hardware store for the past 45 years we know we wouldn’t be able to serve their needs and keep them returning year after year.
We have seen children coming in with their parents over the years and now we see those same children all grown up and shopping with their children.
We’d like to thank our customers for their loyalty over the years, and we look forward to helping them for many years to come.
Greg and Christine Egelstad
Ace Hardware owners, Lake Stevens
Born Learning Trail – a collaborative effort
A big thank you to the Lake Stevens community for their enthusiastic response to the opening of the newest Born Learning Trail and the second Anniversary celebration of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at the Lake Stevens Community Park, last week.
This was a truly collaborative effort. Thank you to the volunteers who helped install the trail signs and to those who made the celebration a success, Tom Surridge, Ron McEntire, Lake Stevens Rotary, Lake Stevens Library, Lake Stevens Lions, United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish County Parks Dept., Lake Stevens Kiwanis, Tom Thorleifson and Karen Morea, American Legion, Lake Stevens Journal, and the Lake Stevens Education Foundation.