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Saluting the Troops and the Seattle Humane Society Max Mobile at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – Saturday August 18thAugust 12th, 2012 at Sun, 12th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by Larry Baumgart
Maple Valley Farmers’ Market will be celebrating its 4th Annual MVFM Veteran & Troop Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 18, during normal Market hours from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School. Headlining the festivities, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will be the Master of Ceremonies for this special ceremony–retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Chuck Hardaway, locally renowned for his career as a military pilot. Hardaway flew 104 combat missions in Vietnam and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired in 1977 after 22 years of military service, and then volunteered for seven years on the Area Council, ten years on the Maple Valley School Board, and two years on the Maple Valley City Council; he also served as chairman of the Seattle-King County Private Industry Council. Additionally, for the past fourteen years Hardaway has written a popular weekly editorial column for the Voice of the Valley entitled “One Man’s Opinion.” On Saturday Hardaway will introduce the veterans and will speak about “The Cost of War.” In addition to conducting the opening ceremonies and flag ceremony, Maple Valley/Black Diamond VFW Post 50502 will host an information booth.
Christian Friends of Troops, a mission of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, will again host their weekly collection box for cell phones for soldiers. The group was founded in 2003 by Mrs. T.A. (Louise) Brown, who wanted to help military personnel in Iraq. Starting with the names of five military police, she sent prayers, care packages, and postcards, and held annual “Welcome Home, Hero” celebrations for military personnel who served in war zones. At the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market entrance each Saturday, Christian Friends of Troops collect unwanted cell phones, which are exchanged for pre-paid calling cards for the troops through “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquest from Norwell, Mass. This organization sends the collected phones to ReCellular, which pays for each phone received – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. The Christian Friends of troops will also host a booth at this Saturday’s Market.
For the first time at our Market, Seattle Humane Society Max Mobile will make an appearance. The MaxMobile is a bright yellow, 38-foot, custom-built mobile adoption bus that visits local stores, shopping malls, schools, festivals, and farmers’ markets each week filled with dogs, cats, and other critters ready for on-the-spot-adoption! More information can be found at http://www.seattlehumane.org/adopt/visit/maxmobile. And, the Light of Life Preschool will also host a booth this week.
The Farmers’ Market season is well over halfway complete on this tenth Saturday of the season, so Maple Valley residents will certainly want to visit the 40+ booths and stock up on fresh, local produce; cheese; honey; baked goods; meat; fresh flower bouquets; beautiful hand-crafted artisan creations; and delicious prepared foods.
One popular booth, now in its second year, is A Taste of Eden, operated by Lee Ellis of Issaquah, specializes in specialty extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar blends. All of the products are 100% natural and gluten-free, and contain no soy, MSG, or added salt. These oils and vinegars can also be purchased online at http://www.atasteofeden.com/aboutus.asp.
The always-popular weekly entertainment will be Banjo Tom and Alabama Dan. Tom and Dan play American Old Time and Bluegrass music on banjos and guitar. Banjo Tom will be playing and demonstrating six different types of banjos from America’s past when, according to Banjo Tom, “it was the banjo, versus the guitar, that captured America’s hearts and imaginations—long, long before there was rock and roll and the folk movement.”
More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK,” and to remember that the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is the “Saturday morning place to be.” NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.