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 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...

 
 Columns    February 19, 2014

What to do when a street sign is down or missing?

It is estimated that there are over 4,000 street signs in Lake Stevens. These include stop, speed limit, warnings, pedestrian, street name, and regulatory signs.  On an average, it is estimated that the City has installed about 100 more signs each...

 
 Columns    February 12, 2014

Obituary for Dylan Michael Youngblood: June 30, 1991 ~ January 21, 2014

Dylan Michael Youngblood passed away on January 21, 2014. Dylan's parents, Lee and Helene and his siblings Dakota, Desteny and Dalton would like to invite you to join them in a Celebration of Life...

 
 Columns    January 15, 2014

What You Should Know About Your Parents Affairs?

Dear Savvy Senior, My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What’s the best way to handle this and what all do I...

 
 By City of Lake Stevens Staff    Columns    January 1, 2014

Private signs on public roads

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of signs on the road?  Road signs are there to protect and inform the public of speed limits, upcoming intersection, where to stop, and where pedestrians may be crossing.  These are placed following a...

 
 Columns    December 25, 2013

Age-Friendly Telephones Help Seniors Stay In Touch

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory isn't so g...

 
 Columns    December 4, 2013

Simple Changes for Making a Home Senior-Friendly

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or products can you recommend to help make a home safer and more convenient for aging in place? My husband and I are in our 70's and don't have the money for any big renov...

 
 Columns    November 20, 2013

New Access Ramps

This summer the City had removed existing sidewalk access ramps and installed new ramps.  This has raised some questions to why this was performed.    This is part of a federal American with Disability Act (ADA) requirement when certain types of...

 
 Columns    November 13, 2013

Winter Vehicle Preparedness

While winter in western Washington is typically pretty mild, it is likely that you will face some type of severe winter weather at some time.  Rains and wind are the common conditions for our area and snow and extreme cold weather less...

 
 By Dr. James L. Snyder    Columns    October 15, 2013

OUT TO PASTOR | The Parsonage Kitchen Shutdown Threat

A certain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse. It started a few months ago when I came home, walked into the house and was...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    October 8, 2013

Fan the flame

Even a one hour weather delay couldn’t stop Seattle Seahawk fans from breaking the Guinness World record for loudest stadium. As our team played victoriously against the San Francisco 49ers on September 15 cheers reached a decibel reading of...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    October 8, 2013

Boy Scouts of America celebrate ‘A Century of Honor’

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends an invitation to all The Marysville and Snohomish Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints extend an invitation to all members of local LDS and non-LDS scouting units,...

 
 By Monika Kristofferson    Columns    October 8, 2013

Efficient Organization | Top 3 Home Organizational Tools

Use these three home organizational tools to organize your home and your life today! For any home to run smoothly, efficiently and well-organized, there are a few tools you need to make it happen! Home Organizational Tool # 1: A day planner. I would...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    October 1, 2013

KEEPING THE FAITH | LAYER UPON LAYER

Years ago my sister traveled to the Ukraine on a mission trip. She worked among the indigenous Christians on a number of worthy projects, and when her time ran up, she returned home with a heart full of joy, a head full of memories, and bags full of...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    September 24, 2013

KEEPING THE FAITH | AT THE BRINK

You may not be aware of this, but our planet and its people should be bursting with relieved celebration, because 30 years ago this week, life as we have known it, came perilously close to the end. It was September 1983, and the Cold War was...

 

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