Riverview School District opens new Carnation campus

  • Written by Lisa Allen
During the RLC open house, Riverview Superintendent Conrad Robertson demonstrates what is called a “teaching wall” with sliding panels and storage. Lisa Allen/Staff Photo
CARNATION–On a beautiful, summer evening, the Riverview School District celebrated the completion of its first new learning facility since Cedarcrest High School opened 18 years ago.

Located directly east of the Riverview District offices in Carnation, the new Riverview Learning Center (RLC) provides a teaching and learning environment for the district’s alternative learning experience programs.

"This is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility," Superintendent Conrad Robertson told the audience at the Aug. 29 open house. "When we first started planning it, there were so many needs in the district, but we had to wait for the right time. Timing is everything in passing a bond issue. Our timing was impeccable – we timed it so there would be no increase in the tax rate after all the old bonds were paid off. It was a lot of work, but it passed with 68 percent the first time out."

Robertson said that in planning the new building the district wanted energy efficiency and that it would be attractive, functional and built to last.

"Students (in the PARADE and CLIP programs) will have a wonderful opportunity; it will meet their needs and we hope they will take advantage of it," he said. "It is so much better than the old portables."

The principal of the new school, Dr. Anthony Smith, told the audience he had never before worked in a place (school district) where teachers never let go of their kids.

"This district has a 1.2 percent drop-out rate," he said. "Our test scores are high – this is a reflection of the community wanting to help students regardless of their learning style. We have 83 percent placement of seniors into four-year colleges."

The Riverview Learning Center consists of approximately 14,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, science labs, computer labs, kitchen, parent library, conference rooms, multi-purpose room, offices and restrooms. An estimated 200 students will be attending the three alternative programs: PARADE, CLIP and CHOICE.

Visitors head inside the new Riverview Learning Center for the open house. Lisa Allen/Staff photo.
PARADE Program Manager Paul Censullo oversees the K-12 program which was created to support families who want to home-educate their children in collaboration with the school district. The 10-12th grade CLIP Program is to provide an educational opportunity for students who are seeking an alternative way to earn a high school diploma.

The CHOICE Program provides 9th and 10th grade students with an educational alternative that is focused on real-life, hands-on, career-based learning within a small classroom setting.

The Riverview Learning Center is one of nine construction and remodeling projects for all of the Riverview schools, funded by the passage of the $56,600,000 February 2007 bond issue.

Currently, the projects that are finishing include the final phase of the Cherry Valley Elementary addition and remodel; the final portion of the Carnation Elementary School remodel; the Cedarcrest High School fields/parking/stadium project; and the paving and parking project at Tolt Middle School and Transportation/Maintenance.

Logo competition for Duvall’s 100th birthday

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The Duvall Centennial Committee is kicking off the Duvall Centennial Celebration and is in search of a logo that can be used by the community to commemorate events throughout the year 2013.

The area that became known as Duvall, Washington was historically the home of the Snoqualmie Native American tribe.

Duvall was incorporated as a city on January 6, 1913, by rugged pioneers. The center of the present-day town was located on a hillside homesteaded by Francis and James Duvall, loggers who arrived in 1871.

Logging and farming were driving economic forces in Duvall utilizing the Snoqualmie River and railroad for transportation.

Since the late 20th century, the city’s pastoral appeal has been drawing residents who commute to jobs in aeronautics and technology in nearby communities.

Duvall’s historic corridor has helped to define an artistic movement that has been evolving since the 1970s. The City of Duvall, community organizations and businesses will be celebrating all aspects of Duvall’s history and future throughout the year 2013. Duvall’s Centennial Celebration will kick off at the city’s tree lighting in December of 2012.


• Designs can be in color but must be clearly reproducible in black and white.

• Logo will be reproduced in many forms of media, large and small.

• Entries can be submitted in any format, but digital is preferred in a jpg or pdf file in addition to EPS (if available).

• Entries must be submitted on CD or print to Duvall City Hall, 15535 Main St. NE or mail to Centennial Logo, City of Duvall, PO Box 1300, Duvall, WA 98019

The deadline for submission is October 15th, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced October 28th, 2011.

Awards: First place – $100; second place – $50; third place – $25.

Submissions may be used wholly or in part to create a final logo in the appropriate media needed for reproduction. The Duvall Centennial Committee and City of Duvall maintain the right to reproduce in any form all artwork submitted.

Submission information

Please include the following information with your design: artist name, age, address, phone, email, artist’s connection to Duvall, inspiration for design.

For more information, contact Kass Holdeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (206) 715-6693.

Duvall Heritage Festival Sept. 24 at historic Dougherty Farmhouse

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Celebrate the "good old days" by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning and reminiscing at the Duvall Heritage Festival on Sat., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Dougherty House and Farmstead at 26520 NE Cherry Valley Road in Duvall.

Learn how the pioneers lived and worked. Watch a blacksmith at work and a field being plowed the old-fashioned way with mules. Look at antique tractors. Shell some corn, make cider, braid rope, churn butter and wash clothes the old-fashioned way.

Antique quilts will be on display in the Dougherty House, a well- preserved example of a late 19th century farmhouse. It was built one year prior to Washington’s statehood and once served as a territorial post office. Guided tours include the farmhouse, a restored logging bunk house, milk house and old tool display. A pioneer cemetery is also located on this site.

Kick up your heels and dance to the music of Tinker’s Dram, a contra and square dance fiddling group or rest your feet, relax, and listen to Snoqualmie Valley folk music by the Big Rock Candy Mountain Band and folk music and stories by Bob Antone.

Booths will provide information about Mountains to Sound, 4-H, the Grange and other community groups.

There is fun for all ages and free admission. Free parking is available at Holy Innocents Catholic Church just east of the Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road. Handicapped parking is available on site.

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‘A Festival of Color’ quilt show celebrates 10th anniversary

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Annual outdoor show set for Sept. 24

The 10th annual "A Festival of Color" outdoor quilt show will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Duvall’s Main Street.

The show is sponsored by the Quilter’s Garden quilt shop on Main Street. Several quilts will be raffled off for $1 a ticket (sponsored by nonprofit agencies). Highlights will be new and historic quilt displays (historic quilts are displayed indoors), demonstrations and live music (two different musical groups). Registration began Sept. 6.

Sponsors expect this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever. Two featured quilters include JaNita Clairmont who has created a beautiful collection of crazy quilts and Laurie Shifrin who will be showing some of her work, as well as signing books and patterns.

Both women are from the Seattle area.

Lace-maker Helen Bell will demonstrate her art as well.

Quilts are still being accepted for the show. Anyone can enter their quilt by bringing it into the Quilter’s Garden. The event is a viewer’s choice show – people vote for their favorites to determine who will win.

There is a special category for kids who are encouraged to enter their work. Entry fee is $7 per quilt.

The quilt show is an annual event which is held on the last Saturday in September.

Volunteers are also needed for the "quilt patrol." It’s a fun job, spending the day watching the quilts and handing out programs. Those interested should call Diane at the Quilter’s Garden at (425) 844-1621. There will be a volunteer orientation meeting held on Monday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. and repeated on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

‘Saving the Soil — The New American Farmer’

  • Written by Courtesy of Jerry Mader
vvSavingtheSoil"This is a book about farmers. It is also a book about food. Specifically, it is a book about the people who grow your food, my food — our food. And, though it seems absurdly self-evident, it is a book about the fact that people, human beings like you and me, grow food for you and me and our communities. It is also about the equally absurd reminder that food is indeed "grown;" it comes from somewhere other than the supermarket and is the product of personal effort and commitment by people who choose to be farmers in a world where they could choose to be almost anything else."

So begins a unique documentary narrative, "Saving the Soil—The New American Farmer" by Jerry Mader (Tolt River Press). Unlike Michael Pollan’s search for a meal in "The Omnivore’s Dilemma," this book offers an intimate look into the lives of organic farmers who are a vital part of the current agricultural renaissance in America; specifically, in the Snoqualmie Valley of Western Washington.

This inspiring book is a welcome change from all the "food-crisis" books devoted to everything we’re doing wrong and the impending environmental collapse. Instead, we get an account of Pacific Northwest writer/photographer Jerry Mader’s quest to find the farmers who became, in the end, the people he proudly calls "My Farmers."

The result is a collection of life stories from people who choose to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week at mostly hand labor to grow fresh healthy food for their community. For most of them (seventeen in all), farming is not part of their history; most came to farming from other careers and most have master’s degrees in unrelated fields. Each tells a story of "self-discovery," a journey into the unknown with all the risks that accompany any radical departure from the norm — especially the one offered by corporate agri-business and the large- scale factory farm. Although diverse in background, these "new farmers" share a common vision; to revitalize the earth through sustainable food production and local economics, and, revive the sense of community once common in pre-urban America.

In addition, there are stories from eight workers on the farms plus nine interviews from citizens in the greater Seattle area who are connected to food production, distribution and environmental preservation.

"Saving the Soil" is a beautiful coffee table book (81/2" X 11") with 272 B & W fine art photographs and portraits by Jerry Mader. At 350 pages, it offers a rich kaleidoscopic view of an amazing and diverse group of people.

Available from Tolt River Press, September 6, 2011; $39.95.