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When all was said and done I ended up with 4 large boxes measuring 6 feet across and 14 feet long. The boxes are made from treated lumber, 2 by 10's to be specific and are filled with a good quality top soil that is rich in organic matter. The boxes were filled last fall and have been settling and mellowing out over the winter and are now ready to plant. If only the weather would improve I could be harvesting radishes by now.
Raised beds are a great way to grow vegetables (or flowers for that matter). You can build them from new materials like treated lumber or concrete blocks or recycled products like railroad ties or broken concrete sidewalk pieces. If you are concerned about using ties or treated lumber that contain chemicals then you can always line the inside of the boards with plastic so the soil does not come in contact with the wood. Whatever you end up using, make them at least 10-12 inches high or higher if you can afford it.Grants for graduating artists
Applicants must submit at least five photographs of their work, identifying the medium and year completed. In addition to examples of work, graduating high school seniors accepted into a recognized art program must submit a letter stating grade point average and describing art training, experience and goals; a letter of acceptance from an art school or college; and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.CENTERS
Our sense of place can be discomfited even by the small act of someone sitting in our accustomed seat at school or church or work. Most of us have gone back to a place that once was home and found things radically changed. We may be confused by the lack of visual landmarks or by rampant growth. Businesses and buildings are gone. The fabric of the community has changed. The house we lived in has been remodeled or replaced. Natural areas are covered by cookie cutter apartment complexes, even though many stand empty. It is growth for growth's sake. Even the pace of life has changed. We've lost our sense of connectedness our sense of place to our past home.A new library for Arlington?
A lot has changed in the last 27 years.
Since first opening, the current Arlington Library has seen a steady increase in the demand for library service. For example, since 2000 library check-outs have increased by 33 percent; last year, there were nearly 139,000 visits to the Arlington library; more than 27,000 incorporated and unincorporated Arlington area residents have library cards.Have your say in making our community newspapers better
We are now to the point where we want to begin a redesign of the newspapers and we want your input to ensure that we produce the community newspapers you want.The Globe and The Times working to keep our communities informed of local news and litter free
In the 13 years Wayne Robertson has run the Lakewood schools, the district has undergone tremendous growth. Now it's his turn. The Lakewood superintendent announced this week that he will be the newest assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District. "This will take me in a different direction and offer me some experience with a large organization," Robertson said, understating the change. He goes from a district with 2,300 students to one with more than 21,000. As assistant superintendent, Robertson will run a part of the Edmonds School District that is nearly three times the size of Lakewood. Robertson feels a more important distinction in his new job is a chance to work with educators who are recognized around the state and even the country for their innovation in education. "They are recognized leaders in educational reform," he said. Edmonds schools have used performance-based education standards for 10 years. Robertson said it's a direction many area school districts are taking now. Lakewood is one of those. And Robertson is himself a leader in school reform. He brought a new style of decision-making to the district. "He is known for his work in site-based decision making," noted Lakewood High School Principal Kris McDuffy. His resignation comes on the heels of a successful, if drawn out, campaign to pass a maintenance and operations levy. The levy request was endorsed by 66 percent of Lakewood voters after failing with only 50 percent in February. More importantly, he leaves behind schools now known for their focus on learning. "We have basically enhanced programs that were lost by the early levy failures or that never existed," he said. "I never really expected the real depth, caring and commitment that I found in Lakewood," said McDuffy, who was hired by Robertson nine years ago.