Police Blotter: Theft, Drunk Parents, Bad Driving, etc…

police_barney.1From YOUR Stanwood Police Department:

On 4-3-14, money was stolen from a business in the 10200 block of SR 532. The business owner knew who had taken it and decided to handle it internally.

On 4-3-14, school personnel in the 26100 block of 72nd Av NW were concerned a parent there to pick up a child was intoxicated and intending on driving away. The parent was contacted and agreed to let another person drive. Police contacted the parent at her residence.

On 4-3-14, a domestic altercation occurred in the 6800 block of 278th St NW; the victim refused to provide any further information.

On 4-4-14, a vehicle was located in a ditch on Marine Drive / SR 532, abandoned. It was impounded.

On 4-4-14, teens in the 7700 block of Cecelia Way reported an unknown person ran by their bedroom window the previous night.  They suspected another student.

Joan Husby: Not Your Usual Tulip Tour

by Joan Husby

I’m not suggesting one would ever get tired of the rainbow of tulips in Washington’s northwest corner this time of year, but locals know Skagit County holds many attractions besides the beauteous bulbs. While following our curiosity along a new-to-us back road recently, we came across an ancient schoolhouse. It brought back memories of one that stood around the bend from my family’s home when I was growing up. A faded, hand-crafted sign on front announced that this was the Pleasant Ridge School, No. 14. A little online sleuthing helped me pull together an interesting side trip for anyone who wants to broaden an outing to include more than just tulips.

Following Interstate 5 from either north or south, take the Conway exit and follow Fir Island Road west. It turns north, past the Snow Goose Produce stand and its monster ice cream cones, and crosses a high bridge over the Skagit River. It then becomes Best Road.

Ginger Kauffman: Color Restored

by Ginger Kauffman

Last week my sister-in-law Carol had cataract surgery on her left eye. Her lens was replaced with one that will improve her vision for distance, so things that had been fuzzy before are sharp now. But that’s not what has overwhelmed her. It is the colors that are vivid and bold, and the brightness of light.

The surgery lasted only a few minutes, she told me, and when she was ushered into the recovery room she was startled by the intensity of the light that shone on her. She assumed she was in the presence of a special lamp to help her in recovery, but there was no such lamp. It was just the normal fluorescent lighting that was used throughout the facility!

Carol has always dressed with a flair. She loves bright colors and wears them with style. But lately her clothes have all been looking faded to her. So have the window coverings in her house. She had decided it was time to replace the kitchen curtains with something that looked bright and fresh, but now that she’s had the surgery, the curtains are just fine!

She can hardly comprehend the difference. In the distant past, had I been able to see these amazingly vibrant colors? she said with wonder.

via Three Minutes to Nine: Color Restored.

Mary E. Trimble Book Review: Matterhorn

by Mary E. Trimble

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes is a gripping, gritty account of life as a Marine in Vietnam.

We were torn as a nation over Vietnam. As the war between U.S. backed South Vietnam and U.S.S.R. backed North Vietnam raged, so did the U.S. citizens at home. As far as U.S. Marines were concerned, they had a job to do, a job for which they had been rigorously trained.

Lieutenant Waino Mellas, a young Marine on his first mission, together with his comrades in Bravo Company are dropped into the mountainous jungle of Vietnam with orders to take Matterhorn, a mountain renamed by Americans after the Swiss Alps. The North Vietnamese Army (NVA) isn’t their only enemy. The Marines, most of whom are boys in their late teens and early twenties, fight their way through thick, nearly impenetrable jungle, monsoon rain and mud, blood-sucking leeches, jungle rot that seriously infects their skin, immersion foot which can result in amputation, malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhea, and even killed or maimed by tigers. When the company is nearly overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of a highly trained enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw terror of mortal combat.

via Book Review: Matterhorn | Mary E. Trimble.

Today’s Photo: Relax

From Camano Islander Suzanne Wilson: Her cat has the right idea.  I think I’ll go back to bed.