Christmas tree fundraisers huge success due to community support
Lake Stevens Boy Scout Troop 43 would like to thank the community for its support of the scouts’ annual Christmas tree sale and subsequent tree pick-up project. This year’s tree sale was a tremendous success, thanks to the many citizens of Lake Stevens who came to our project in the Albertson’s parking lot.
Due to the community’s support, we were able to sell all of our Christmas trees five days before the sale was scheduled to end. This is the troop’s major fundraiser.
The profits primarily go into each scout’s individual account within the troop, which the boys then use to pay for such things as summer camp and to buy scout related clothing and equipment like backpacks, tents, hiking boots, etc.
Our annual tree sale also could not have been successful without the support of several businesses in the area.
We thank Albertson’s for continuing to permit us to use part of its parking lot and Hertz Rental Center in Marysville for providing a generator.
The following businesses helped to sponsor our tree sale by providing financial support, which we greatly appreciated; Adams Plumbing, Bickford Espresso, D. & D. Elite Builders, Direct Carpet Service, Dr. Darlene Castle, Fleet Service, N.W. Glass, and Peaceful Glen Christian School.
The scouts would also like to express their gratitude to the troop’s charter organization, the Lake Stevens Lions Club. The Lions Club provided financial assistance in helping to fund the tree sale, and many individual Lions bought their Christmas trees from us.
For the first time, Troop 43 also participated in a Christmas tree pick-up service on January 8.
The project removed trees from various neighborhoods, took them to the Cavelero Dog Park, where they were converted into wood chips to be used in local parks and thus reduce the volume of trees going into landfills.
We appreciated the donations from many of the homeowners for whom we removed trees. We also would like to express our appreciation to Sarah at the Starbuck’s location in Frontier Village for donating a large volume of coffee and other supplies to help keep the scouts and parents warm that cold January morning.
Troop 43 gratefully acknowledges the support of the many kind-hearted citizens of Lake Stevens and the businesses which allowed our troop to be successful during this past holiday season.
We look forward to serving you again later this year.
Elliott T. Cheap
State deficit will continue to grow
Lawmakers are using smoke-and-mirrors to make it appear they are eliminating the state’s deficit. They are using $208 million of one-time federal funds that were meant for education and another $51 million from dedicated accounts for the State’s General Fund.
The Governor and lawmakers cry wolf over the amount of money coming into the state’s coffers but fail to mention their raising of spending by $4.2 billion over the last two-economic downturn years.
The state budgets every two years and our next biennium has a projected deficit of up to $5.3 billion, mainly due to accepting federal stimulus funds to create programs that are guess what … no longer funded.
What ploy or tactic will they use when they have to move funds around and cut core functions of government to fill that deficit?