Groundbreaking set for new Duvall Library

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Duvall Library is set for Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. The new library will be located next to the Duvall Church on Main Street and NE Stephens Street. Designer is Johnston Architects. The ceremony will include music and refreshments.

The Duvall Library is a branch of the King County Library System, which, on June 7, won the prestigious Gale/Library Journal 2011 Library of the Year award. After hearing the news last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed June 7 to be King County Library System Day.

Duvall’s ‘Garden Celebration’ is July 9

  • Written by Aaron Keating, Duvall Chamber of Commerce president
The Duvall Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the City of Duvall and one of its outstanding members, Kirsten Lints of Gardens Alive Design, to offer the community a new event celebrating all aspects of gardening within the Snoqualmie Valley. Whether your passion for gardening includes vegetable gardening, home gardens or containers; this July 9 event has something for everyone.

The day starts at True Value in Duvall to learn from local professional container designer Karen Chapman of Le Jardinet. Celebrate summer as Karen shares tips and tricks to make your container gardens sizzle. Karen will demonstrate the planting of two unique designs as she teaches how to put plants together to create drama and impact as well as demonstrating the best methods for container drip irrigation to keep your pots looking fabulous even when you’re on vacation. The basics will be covered for those new to container gardening and more seasoned gardeners will gain inspiration for new combinations. You can also follow her on her blog at

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CHS senior Josh Denison receives Prevention and Youth Legacy Awards

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
L to R: Dr. Anthony Smith, RSD asst. superintendent; Josh Denison and Laura Smith, SVCN. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Josh Denison, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, has been the recipient of numerous awards this month; not only for his high academic and sports related successes, but also for his dedication and involvement regarding the prevention of substance abuse among youth in our community.

The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recognized Josh with their "Prevention Award" at the CHS Senior Awards Night celebration for his years of participation in the Riverview Youth Council, and his continued volunteer efforts regarding the awareness and prevention of substance abuse among youth.

The Network also recognized Josh at their 15th annual "Rise and Shine Volunteer Awards Breakfast" on June 2nd by presenting him with the 2011 Youth Legacy Award for his many years of involvement in providing community education, raising awareness and providing and supporting healthy youth activities and opportunities throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.

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Cedarcrest class leaders thank families, teachers

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Cedarcrest salutatorian Haley Knox, valedictorian Erica Debrecht and salutatorian Cara Strodel. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Three young women are the top scholars of this year’s Cedarcrest graduating class – valedictorian Erica Debrecht and salutatorians Haley Knox and Cara Strodel.

 Besides earning top grades, all have involved themselves in challenging educational, volunteer and athletic activities, earning numerous awards along the way.

During her years at CHS, valedictorian Erica Debrecht has taken advantage of the many academic and extracurricular activities available to her and has also been the recipient of countless awards.

Erica has been a National Honor Society member and on the Honor Roll since 2007, captain of CHS Color Guard, captain of Girls Soccer, a member of DECA, Random Acts of Kindness, was the recipient of the Wellesley College Book Award, the Masonic Remarkable Student Award and was chosen for the Rotary Youth Exchange to Germany in 2010. Amazingly, she has been able to accomplish all of this, not to mention challenging courses such as AP calculus and AP English; all the while achieving a GPA of 4.0.

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Cedarcrest junior awarded at State PTA Reflections ceremony

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Melissa Collinwood receives her Reflections award.
Cedarcrest junior Melissa Collinwood has received the "Outstanding Interpretation Award" from the Washington State PTA for her entry into the 2010/2011 Reflections Contest "Together We Can."

Melissa was awarded first place in the State Reflections Photography Category for her photo entry entitled "Friendship," at the Washington State PTSA Convention.

Her work was forwarded to the panel of judges at the national competition. The national winners were announced at the end of May.

When asked about the inspiration for her award- winning photo, Melissa stated, "I had the opportunity to do an outdoor photo shoot with two of my best friends. This photo captures how I feel about our friendship and how Together We Can accomplish our goals in life." She continued, "Strong friendship gives us the confidence to reach for our dreams. The rock represents strength and stability. The clasped hands represent caring and unity. The red bracelet is the focal point to represent the courage it takes to stick together during hard times. The tie of true friendship helps each become a better person through supporting each other and working together. With true friends, Together We Can make our dreams become reality."