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Loyal members raise funds in Loyal Heights
A sweet little community hall hides in the woods behind the Bryant Store and a group of hardworking seniors is committed to preserving it. To that end they have announced the annual Loyal Heights Community Club’s annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18.
In recent years they raised enough to paint and install a new roof on the building and now they’re turning their efforts to the interior.
“We really need to upgrade the bathrooms,” said one of the loyal members of the Loyal Heights Community Club and a co-chair with two other women for the fundraiser. “You’ve been there, you know,” Barbara Woods laughed.
The big picture goal is to improve the functionality of the building so that they can rent it out enough to cover the operating expenses, according to the three cochairs of the bazaar, Betty Williams, Korene Thomas and Barbara Wood.
“We hope eventually to not have to have these bazaars,” they said in a letter to the community.
Rentals need to cover the property taxes, insurance and maintenance costs. They do not produce enough income for major improvements, the letter continues. In the meantime, they have many people helping out.
A long-time resident of the area who grew up on Kackman Road, Alice Nordby Spane made a wreathe that will be raffled off along with the annual quilt made by Evelyn Lane. Along with the raffles, they are accepting donations of hand-crafted items, baked goods, and second-hand stuff for the bazaar as well as cash gifts and memorial contributions.
The women are happy to announce they received money last year and are hoping for more again this year from the Stillaguamish Tribe in its distribution of funds from proceeds at the Angel of the Winds Casino.
“Thanks to the efforts of Sharon Krogen, we may get another grant this year,” Wood said. That money will be used to upgrade the restrooms. “We also want to upgrade the heating system.”
Accomplishments this year include a new handicap ramp built by Don Wright, Maurice Thomas and James Wood.
The hall is located at 28015 35th Ave., just a block north of the Bryant-Stanwood Road and west of SR 9, north of Arlington. It’s a wonderful place for all kinds of private parties, weddings, anniversaries, New Year’s Eve parties and it has great wood floors for dancing.
For information about renting the Loyal Heights Community Hall, call Betty Williams at 360-435-3406 or Barbara Wood at 360-435-2998.