Children of the Valley after-school program comes to Sedro-Woolley

Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley BY: VINCE RICHARDSON PHOTOS BY: OLIVER HAMLIN   SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Children of the Valley has brought its after-school program to Sedro-Woolley.   Through a partnership with the Sedro-Woolley School District, Mount Vernon-based Children of the Valley now offers after-school services at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.…

Donations Help Local Child Care Center Expand

Donations Help Local Child Care Center Expand BY: KERA WANIELISTA  PHOTOS BY: OLIVER HAMLIN MOUNT VERNON — When schools first shut their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, local child care providers knew demand for their services would increase.   What they didn’t know was how they’d pull it off. Nearly a year…

Flora Perez-Lucatero

Flora Perez-Lucatero BY: TINA L. KIES PHOTO BY: KELLY CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY Those who choose a life of service share distinct characteristics: perseverance, a drive to create change, and an inner strength of mind.   Raised in a family of farmworkers, Flora Perez-Lucatero learned through observation and the guidance of her hard-working parents that life does not play favorites. Rather,…