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v.51 N.38 LS. Historical Society PO. Box 874 Lake Stevens, WA 98258 , Your hometown media source Wednesda t IRL Se tember 21, 2011 V Lake Stevens Fire and Police face off in the Guns and Hoses Softball Challenge. Page 3. Making a mark on the LS. community Church members spruce up local landmarks Photo by Pam Stevens Lake Stevens residents caring for gravesites at Machias Cemetery for National Day of Service. BY PAM STEVENS I MANAGING EDITOR VVlth shovels, rakes and paint- brushes in tow, hundreds of mem— bers of the Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lake Stevens and surrounding communities, gathered on Saturday, September 17, in an effort to give back to the community they live in and love. The Church’s annual Northwest Day Service took place in com- munities all over Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and British . Columbia. The year 2011 is anew milestone for the Day of Service: it will be a global event. In April, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter—Day Saints called on all members Worldwide to participate in a dedicated day of service, to commemorate the 75th anniversary ofthe Church’s welfare program. ' “All people are happier and feel more self-respect when they can provide for themselves and their family and then reach out to take care of others,” Henry B. Eyring, a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ, whose members are also broadly known as Mormons and latter- Day Saints. In Lake Stevens church and community members worked together to pressure wash and stain the much loved Kid’s Oasis playground at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School. "Kid’s Oasis is an important playground in the community, a landmark really,” Jennifer Barnes and local event coordinator said. “The school district doesn’t have a lot of money and we really wanted to be able to help them out. It comes down to having pride in your community.” Residents of all ages were able to contributeintheir ownway. Raking , rocks, applying stain and sweeping off walkways are just some of the tasks that needed to be done to complete the vast amount of work SEE SERVICE 0N PAGE8 Lake Stevens has their own Children’s Librarian BY PAM STEVENS I MANAGING EDITOR Leaves have started falling from the trees and the temperatures have already started dropping. With kids in school and high school football a hot topic in Lake Stevens, it can only mean one thing—autumn hasofficially begun. With Fall comes the Lake Ste- vens Library’s Fall Storytime for kids newborn to five years old and their caregivers. This year Lake Stevens Library has a new addition to their al- ready entertaining and educa— tional children’s activities and that is new Children's Librarian Monica Jackson. Jackson will work alongside long-time children’s liaison Mela- nie Liu to bring more events to even more kids within Lake Stevens. Jackson received her Master of Library andlnformation Sci- ence degree from the University of Washington and worked for Seattle Public Library for many years as a Teen and Children’s Services Librarian. “I love being a librarian, ” Jack— son said. “It Can make a huge difference in a child’s life.” Jackson found her passion when she was in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She saw how books were kept behind closed doors and that it was almost impossible for anyone to get their hands on these books. It was then that she realized what a treasure a library system is and the importance of ensuring that children have ac- cess to books. “It was while I was there (in M0- rocco) thatI decided to become a librarian," she said. “Libraries are the cornerstone of democracy." Library systems around the country have seen a rise in use over the past few years and Lake Stevens, is no exception. Almost 600 kids signed up for the library’s summer reading program. Two hundred of them have already claimed their free book. Jackson and the rest of the staff at Lake Stevens library has plenty to offer kids of all ages including the following: 0 Baby storytime for newborn to eight months old on Mondays at 11:15 am. This will be held in the Community Center next to City Hall. ‘ - Toddler storytime (18 months to three years) on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. - Preschool storytime (3-5 years) on Thursdays at 10: 15 am. As always, caregivers must be present the entire time. Casper Babypants will perform “Every Child Prepared to Read and Boo on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 am. Lake Stevens Librarywill also be offering more teen programming in the future. Game Stop, next to . Jay's Market, will be holding a teen game event on Thursday, October 20 at 4 pm. Check with the library for more fun crafts and activities. Opinion ................... .......2-3 Church ............................. ..4 -1; ms ake Stevens Hawkin's House for Seniors in Lake Stevens is installing signs that Will help residents keep their rte we a m Imr i runs recording studio Joachim Nordensson of Lake Stevens is releasing an EP and running a recording studio in .1 Lake Stevens Children's Librarian Monica Jackson. to Oktoberfest 1.3. During Oktoberfest kids and teens will have the chance to race around Lake Stevens looking for t r :. agents!“ a . .é, Photo By Michelle Templeton ' kicks off season Fall means Volleyball time at LSHS and theVarsityVikings have been working hard to kick off the or a g “. v ‘