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 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    October 22, 2014 

Dog Park Crush

I have a crush.  His name is Whelan. He's got a satiny, chocolate brown coat, soulful eyes that sparkle when he plays and irresistible droopy ears that hang practically to his knees. When he's...

 
 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    October 15, 2014

Puppy Pointers for visiting the dog park

Isabelle has a little sister! Of sorts. My good friend Scott added Carla to his household last week. Carla and Isabelle have the same parents but are a year apart. The girls have yet to meet. Carla needs a few more shots before she can mingle safely...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    October 15, 2014

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them? -Cautious Senior

Dear Cautious, Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there’s a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too. Flu Shots Options Just as...

 
 By Rebeca Hoch    Columns    October 8, 2014

Grooming Tips from a pro

Isabelle and I go to the dog park early on Wednesday's. It's always a crap shoot: will there be other dogs there or not? Happily, we've been running into Dizzy. Dizzy is a short-haired mix of a dog...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    October 1, 2014

Karen Alessi Community Leader Memorial October 1st

Karen L Alessi, nee Johnson, was born in Seattle on February 20, 1939 and died in Everett, WA from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on September 24, 2014. She is survived by Art, her husband of 50 years, Allison, their daughter, her brother,...

 
 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    September 24, 2014

Dog Day Dairy - Ode To The Bulldog

You are short, you are squat and inherently stunted. Your poor nose smashed in, your jowls fleshy bunting. Your torso a triangle: wide chest, narrow flanks. Your gait slightly buoyant, bowed legs act...

 
 By Rebecca Hoch - Contributing Writer- Columnist    Columns    September 17, 2014

"Dog Day Diary" Spotlight Kato & Kona

They burst into the park, two black and white ping pong balls of fur, tails curled, ice blue eyes sparkling, bounding effortlessly over the ground delighting in the act of running. Siberian huskies....

 
 Columns    September 10, 2014

FAMILY SEEK PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING WASHINGTON MAN

Pierce County Sheriff Department, We Help the Missing, and the family of Chris Virdell is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing person, Chris Virdell. Chris was 18 years old at the time he went missing and was last seen on February 9,...

 
 Columns    September 10, 2014

Earl Clare Gates

1941- 2014 Passed away July 16th 2014, 3:15 pm at home in Klickitat Washington. Earl was born in Concrete Washington, as a kid the family moved to Lake Stevens where he met his wife Carol Gates of 40...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    September 3, 2014

Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this under utilized...

 
 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    September 3, 2014

The Scoop About Poop

Poop scooping is a frequent topic of dog park conversation. We're standing in an open field. Why are we scooping? It's biodegradable, right? Why are we tip-toeing through the grass hunting for poop...

 
 By Desiree Cahoon    Columns    August 27, 2014

omething about Mary.....Kester, that is

ke Mary Kester. She comes from a different generation where people stay with an employer for thirty plus years. A generation when getting married meant staying married. And so it is Mary Kester has...

 
 Columns    August 27, 2014

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor, Bourne Orthodontics would like to thank the community for coming out to join us for our 2nd annual Movie in the Park.  Along with the Arts Commission and all the wonderful people that work for the City of Lake Stevens it was a...

 
 By Rebecca Hoch-Cotributing Writer    Columns    August 27, 2014

Dog Park Diary

Technically, everyday at the dog park is good. Why? Because your dog is outside, off-leash, happily sniffing and peeing everywhere. However, there are factors that enhance the experience. For instance...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    July 30, 2014

Dog Agility Training at Rover's Day Ranch

Dog agility what is that? Winnie Simon gets that question a lot. The best way to describe dog agility is: An activity where a handler (the human) and a dog successfully navigate an obstacle course. So why would anyone want to do that? First and...

 
 By Kathleen Friend    Columns    June 11, 2014

Family Matters...

Kinship caregiving is the full-time nurturing and protection provided for children who must be separated from their parents.  Kinship caregivers (also referred to as “Grandparents as Parents”, “Grand-families” or “Relatives as Parents”)...

 
 By Dr. James L. Snyder    Columns    June 11, 2014

Why did God give us coffee ?

This week I came face-to-face with a genuine dilemma. I had several meetings across town and for some reason I miscalculated and ended up with a 2-1/2 hour gap between meetings. I hate to waste time, but if I drove back to my office, I would simply...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    May 28, 2014

Savvy Senior

What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers? My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel, but love to save money too. -Almost Retired Dear Almost, There is actually wide variety of travel discounts available to...

 
 By Monika Kristofferson    Columns    April 30, 2014

Organize Your Home "Office Day" the Easy Way

As a professional organizer and business owner, I do a lot of work from my home: writing classes, blogs, twitter, client notes… I even have writing a book on my list of dreams & goals! It’s a luxury to work at home, but it can also be a double...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    April 24, 2014

Upcoming Miss Aquafest workshops

The 2014 Miss Aquafest Pageant workshops will be held on May 4, May 18 and May 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Community Center (next to City Hall).  The Miss Aquafest Pageant workshops are focused on building interview skills, stage...

 
 By Monika Kristofferson    Columns    April 9, 2014

Ten guidelines to help teens get organized

Is it your house or is it their room? Ahhh, the lovely push, pull and balance of living with teens and their stuff. How do you keep peace and harmony under one roof when it comes to organization, your preferences and your teen’s preferences? As a...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    April 9, 2014

How Reverse Mortgages Work in 2014

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get. Ready to Reverse Dear Ready, That’s correct. Tighter rules on reverse mortgages that have recently gone...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Columns    April 2, 2014

Sewer District News: How to prevent sewer back-ups

We often think of our drains and toilets as an efficient means to get rid of household waste when in fact it is the worst thing to do. Recently there was a sewer back-up into a home and fortunately...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    April 2, 2014

City Corner: Vandalism

Each year the City has thousands of dollars of public property damaged or destroyed as a result of vandalism.   This wanton action results in wasted public resources, is a criminal offense, and sometimes can cause injury or worse.   An example is...

 
 By Donata Thomas    Columns    March 26, 2014

Food for Thought: The Family dinner table

I have always revered the picture by Norman Rockwell titled “Freedom of Want”. This idyllic experience of dining together epitomized what a family dinner should look like to me. Our family hasn’t made it to the dinner table every night, but we...

 

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