Did you know that kindness has side effects? Research has shown that kindness makes us happier, gives us healthier hearts, slows aging, makes for better relationships, and that kindness is contagious. Read “5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness,” by David Hamilton with the Huffington Post for the full story. We have provided you with a Random Acts of Kindness Toolkit to help spread kindness here at Snohomish County as well as our home and community.
Touring Washington by Electric Car
Check out the article and slideshow that recently ran in the Bend Bulletin, featuring the Cascade Loop!
Operation Turkey Drop
The Sky Valley Eagles is currently accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food items, coats, hats, gloves, and blankets! All items to benefit Sultan Harvest and a FREE community Thanksigiving dinner.
Drop off donations: Sky Valley Eagles, 1112 East Main Street (behind Wagley Creek Auto), 2-7 p.m., seven days a week; and Visitor Information Center, 320 Main Street, 10-4 M-F, 10-1 Sat.
Sultan Harvest 2014 – Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
New Location: Sultan High School Commons, November 27, Thanksgiving Day, 12-4 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals of all abilities. Please contact Sky Valley Volunteers of America at (360) 793-2400 if you are interested in volunteering!
October 31, 2014
The Sky Valley Chamber had a great year and 2015 is looking even better for our area. We have a lot to be grateful for! The economy is picking up according to our 171 members. We didn’t suffer any floods, landslides, wildfires or bridge collapses like some of our neighbors. The weather was the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in the 28 years I’ve lived here. And the numbers of walk in visitors at the Center proved it! We outpaced much bigger visitor centers including Edmonds!
We sold $13,838.30 in Hunting, Fishing and Parking Passes to recreational guests so far this year. That represents over 400 customers. All of these customers had access to member and special event information.
The Event Guide Magazine was a big success! It was placed at businesses and VIC’s all around the Puget Sound and the Cascade Loop.
Tourism, especially outdoor recreation and special events are really showing signs of growth. The partnerships all around Snohomish County and the Cascade Loop have gotten stronger which really helps promote our assets.
Just a few of the assets we’re working to promote and/or build out:
- Wallace Falls is one of the top most popular State Parks in Washington.
- The Index Wall—People come from all over the world to climb here.
- Heybrook Ridge County Park—Major improvements are coming with the new trailhead.
- Osprey & Reece Park—Trail system maps
- New Equestrian Trailhead near Reiter in Gold Bar
- Steelhead County Park—a new campground that’s scheduled to be built in Sultan.
- New trails at the Reiter Foothills Off Road Area.
- Sultan Sportsmen’s Shooting Sports Park.
The Sky Valley Parade Float
a Labor of Love
The Sky Valley Parade Float has been a labor of love. The whole thing began after Shindig 2013 when Stephanie MacDonald and Ken Walker wondered why we didn’t have a community float. The Gold Dust Days Royalty represent the community all around the Northwest and could use something better than a pick up so we decided that Stephanie & Ken were right. Some very colorful discussions followed with a very diverse group of folks. In the end we decided on a simply design that highlights outdoor recreation and the natural beauty of the area with seats on either side for our royalty to ride on.
We are grateful to Pat & Pat Toman, Dick King, Jay Prueher, Al White, Joe Beavers, Ken Walker, Stephanie MacDonald for designing and building the float. Steve Boek for manufacturing the banners, Al Wirta for creating the metal frame work, Patty & Katelyn Baller for their royalty expertise and for driving the float in parades, the City of Sultan for storage.
Thanks for financial support from: Monroe Parts House/NAPA, Sultan Veterinary Clinic, Joe Beavers, Pat & Pat Toman, Jay Prueher, Dorothy Croshaw, GlenRose Williams and the Sky Valley Chamber. Ray Coleman took the following photo’s showing the process and the finished product complete with royalty!
Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration
The 16th Annual Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration was held on February 15th at Sultan High School.
Once a year all the civic groups get together to celebrate the people in their organizations who have made a big difference to them and to the community. The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors this inspirational event every year with the help of volunteers from each group.
Check out the video of this year’s event!