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10 Years Ago 1997

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10 Years Ago 1997

Just three months after an initial meeting to decide what Marysville could do to help homeless families, a group of pastors and citizens has found a site, a plan and a name for their program. Its not a half-baked idea, said Ed Petersen, Housing Hope Executive director. Its at least three-quarters baked. The Beachwood, a transitional housing apartment complex for very low-income families and homeless families, may soon be under construction on Beach Avenue and Tenth Street, across from Tenth Street School. Housing Hope, a nonprofit housing development corporation in Snohomish County, has helped other communities, including Stanwood and Arlington, build homes and shelters for their homeless populations. In January, they started meeting with a group in Marysville to determine what could help the homeless population of Marysville. Housing Hope has site control on the Beach and Tenth Street site, but the sale close is waiting on funding sources. Marysville pastors, service group organizations and citizens formed an action committee and are committed to raising at least $100,000 for the project, estimated at over $2 million. The rest will come from a bank loan and grants Housing Hope applied for, said Rod Reed, project manager with Housing Hope. Reed has applied for two state grants and one county grant totaling $1.7 million. He hopes to know by June how his grants ranked among others submitted, he said. The Beachwood would consist of 25 apartments, split between two and three bedrooms. Five apartments will serve as transitional housing for homeless families with children. A single-family home on the site will be for the apartment manager. An existing shop on the property would be the community meeting room. Housing Hope will provide supportive services to the apartment residents including case management for self-sufficiency, job training and, possibly, childcare, Petersen said. With welfare reform, child care is critical to the success of getting these families back into the work force, he added. According to Housing Hope, over 9,000 homeless individuals and families with children were turned away from shelter agencies throughout Snohomish County in 1996. The statistics, from Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Assistance Program, indicate 3,628 homeless men, women and children were served by shelter agencies. In nine years, Housing Hope has completed nine projects in Snohomish County targeted for homeless or low-income families, not counting the sweat-equity program, in which low-income families help build their own homes.

25 Years Ago 1982

Three Marysville-Pilchuck High School seniors were honored with Youth Citizenship Awards by the Soroptimist Foundation. Scott Hansen won first-place honors of $200. Second-place award went to Patty Dupler and third place to Kelley Price. Dupler received $100 and Price $50. The annual Youth Citizenship Awards are awards of merit and not scholarships. They may be used at the recipients discretion to further his or her aims. Each applicant must fill out a six-page form and is judged in four areas service, dependability, leadership and clear sense of purpose. Hansen, a national Honor Society member, will compete in the region, if he is chosen for the region, he will receive $1,000 and will be sent to the Federation to compete against other regional winners for $1,500. Hansen was Novembers Boy of the Month, a contest sponsored by the Soroptimist of Marysville and the Kiwanis. He was outstanding sophomore Boy of the Year and Outstanding Junior Boy of the Year. He is a member of the French Club, jazz choir and Phlogiston Society and is employed at K-Mart. Hansen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hansen. Dupler, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dupler, is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of choir, jazz choir and band, where she was chosen as most inspirational member, and a member of the Phlogiston Club. She was Sophomore Class president and now serves as senior senator. She shared honors with Hansen as Novembers Girl of the Month. Also a National Honor Society member, Price has been a member of the Hi-Q Team for three years. She was chosen Sophomore and Junior Girl of the Year and Girl of the Month for January this year. During her junior year, she was Girls State Delegate. Involvement includes the French, Drama, Spanish and German clubs and Future Homemakers of America. Price was a state finalist in the Miss Washington National Teenager pageant. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Price.

50 Years Ago 1957

Ray Harmon received word from the University of Washington that he has been selected as one of 50 high school and college instructors throughout the Pacific Northwest to participate in the National Science Foundations summer institute commencing June 24 and continuing to Aug. 23. Among the criteria entering into Harmons selection were his college scholastic record, recommendations of superiors and friends and time elapsed since his most recent formal training. This science program is motivated largely by the fact it is of vital importance to the progress and security of the nation to maintain scientific and technical leadership. It is a recognition of the key role played by high school and college teachers in developing the scientific manpower potential. It is hoped the program will serve to increase the teachers own technical competence in this field, help him become more up-to-date in physics and enable him to better motivate students to consider careers in science. The program awards a substantial stipend to each teacher attending, plus dependent allowances and travel costs to and from the university. Tuition is also paid by the National Science Foundation. Harmon is a teacher of physic and chemistry in Marysville High School and director of the audiovisual aids program for Marysville School District. His is married and has a family of three sons.

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