The Best of Duvall award winners were announced on Feb. 5 at the Duvall Chamber of Commerce General Monthly meeting at Duvall Visitor Center. In front of a packed house of cohort local business community members, the following local businesses were awarded Best of Duvall! The winners were excited and humbled to be honored by their peers and members of the community.
Russell Wilson’s father isn’t the only parent to plant the phrase “why not you” in his child’s mind. And he isn’t the only person who believes in opportunity and success for others.
In Monroe, a 17-year-old high school senior, Kailee Billerbeck, published her first book last June. “Your Jar of Wisdom” was written while this busy teenager, who is also a black belt in martial arts, was debilitated from an injury. She found herself unable to run her business, L.A.F.S. (Learning About Friends, Family, Future and School), which helps teenagers process normal, difficult emotions and situations in life. She did not allow her down time to interfere with continuing to help others. She began to do what she’s always done — write.
Each month the Eagle Rock Random Acts of Kindness Club meets to talk about kindness and how to continue to spread kindness throughout our community. For the February meeting, the students made Valentines for the residents of Acres of Diamonds. In the past, heartfelt cards have been made for numerous community members including a local mom who had lost her home and was going through a very difficult divorce. The students made cards for a local business owner who faced her first Christmas without her daughter, who had recently died. They also made cards for Kevin, who purchased the beautiful clock that adorns downtown Duvall, as a gift to the community and for Helen, the amazing local woman who is lovingly known as the Trash Lady of Duvall, who has spent over a thousand hours cleaning up trash in and around Duvall, including the treacherous Novelty Hill Road. The RAK students also made cards for members of the military via Operation Gratitude.
Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in an adult international traveler who was in King County during the contagious period. The traveler, who was unimmunized, was most likely exposed in the individual’s home country.