Cowboy BBQ Ropes $3,800 For SkillsUSA Team

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The SkillsUSA team from Aberdeen High School collected just over $3,800 at their annual Cowboy BBQ fundraiser this week, State SkillsUSA Advisor of the year Chuck Velloni tells us the kids are working to raise $10,000 to send six students and two advisors to the national conference “We’ve got people competing in residential wiring, audio production, and HVAC. We also have our state president, Erica Nelson, and Karmen Ayres who’s the nation vice president.”
Velloni said donations can still be made to help the students get to Kansas City in June, to the following address. 

Aberdeen High School
Attention SkillsUSA
410 North I Street 
Aberdeen WA 98520
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  • Aberdeen High School Scores Big at SkillsUSA

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen High Schools Skills USA Team, returns from the state conference this past weekend with eight state medals including three state champions and over $4000 dollars in scholarships and prizes. Skills USA Advisor Chuck Veloni tells us the state champions qualify to compete at the national conference in Kansas City Missouri this June, as well as Aberdeen’s third place Radio Broadcasting team.

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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Peggy’s Stew Recipe Edition

    Brrrrrrr.  When I see the weather that all points east of Washington State are getting, I instinctively reach for a down vest.  Our normal winter weather looks like mid-summer in stark contrast!  It reminds me of my favorite line from the PBS documentary ‘Alone in the Wilderness’ , when Mr. Proenneke brags about his Alaskan cabin being ‘a toasty forty degrees’.  Ouch!  
    Here we have the very first early Rhododendrons in bloom, tiny Jonquils and Snowdrops uncurling their petals, and Pussy Willows ready to pop into a vase.   My idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet!

    The promise of Spring has me envisioning balmy days, when the reality is that I still have to bundle up in all of my cold weather gear in order to be comfortable spending several hours outside.  Once again I must remind myself to embrace the moment and not to wish away the chilly weather.  So last week I made Stew.  
    I love this basic old-fashioned meal.  Served with home-baked rolls, winter food doesn’t get any better than Stew.

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  • Aberdeen Places High at SkillsUSA National Skills Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen High School Senior Katie Grimnes was elected as a National Officer at the SkillsUSA National Skills Leadership Conference this past week (June 21st through 25th) in Kansas City, MO. Katie has served as chapter president for Aberdeen High School the past two years and has also served as the State Sergeant-of-Arms her Sophomore year and the State Treasurer this past year. Katie also placed second at state in Residential Wiring held this past April in Yakima, WA. Katie Grimnes becomes Aberdeen High School’s first ever National Officer. Katie will attend officer training July 22nd through the 30th in Virginia.

    Other students receiving outstanding recognition were Jacob Benner who placed sixth in the nation in the Residential Wiring Competition. Jacob also received Skill Point Certification which is an industry recognized employment standard based off of their Industry Standards Written Test. Tyler Shelton and Samantha Tomlin placed tenth in the nation in Audio Production and both also received Skill Point Certification.

    Karmen Ayres placed twelfth in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking. Karmen also competed in the SkillsUSA Alumni 5K Run where she placed ninth out of 300 competitors. Also competing was Zack Smith in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration.

    The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA would like to thank all of those who helped these students achieve their goal of demonstrating excellence at a national level.

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Rhubarb Recipe Edition

    The sun is shining, and Spring is hovering, stepping on Winter’s heels.  Pretty soon Winter will get discouraged and realize that the game is up and it’s time to fade away completely.  So bring on the seed catalogues! 
    I love looking at those bright glossy photos of perfect flowers and vegetables.  My heart yearns for a garden that is so voluptuous, so enticing that spending hours shoveling compost and manure becomes an act of passion.  Yes, gardening is a sexy hobby!
    According to those who track this sort of thing, there were 29% more home gardeners in 2009 than in the previous year.  That’s a huge increase!  Perhaps we are turning away from the excess of consumer spending and finally discovering the joys that come with harvesting your first handful of carrots, or of having such an abundance of lettuce that you can offer your friends leafy greens in addition to your love!  
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  • Aberdeen High school SkillsUSA Team Wins big

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA competed in the Olympic Region  conference this past weekend (Saturday, March 5th) and came home with 11 medals including six regional champions. The top three placers in each contest qualify for the state competition to be held in Yakima later in April.


    AHS’ freshmen lead the way with a total of three regional champions between them. Aberdeen’s freshmen champions include; Tommy Ryan (HVAC/Refrigeration), Kayla Shelton (Job Demo) and Sydney Henderson (Job Interview). Other champions include; AHS Senior Mike Vanairsdale (Residential Wiring), AHS Junior Karmen Ayres (Prepared Speech) and Junior Robbie Kenagy (tying Kayla Shelton as Job Demo Champion).


    Aberdeen High silver medalists include; Mike Vaniarsdale (HVAC/Refrigeration) and Dakota Madtson (Residential Wiring).


    Bronze medalists for Aberdeen include; Karmen Ayres (Residential Wiring), Dakota Madtson (HVAC/Refrigeration) and the team of Jenna Prater and Sierra Fenn (Radio /Audio Production).


    Also qualifying is Aberdeen’s Quiz Bowl team of Jenna Prater, Sierra Fenn, Selena Alvarado, Nicole Tanselli and Karmen Ayres, by placing fifth.

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  • Newly Elected National SkillsUSA President is From Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen High School Senior Katie Grimnes has been elected as National President of SkillsUSA. Earlier this year, she became Aberdeen High’s first ever National Officer when she was elected at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.

    Grimnes was elected during the National Officer Training Conference in Virginia this week. She has been chapter president for Aberdeen High School the past two years and has also served in other leadership positions.

    SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA. This is the first time in the organization’s 45-year history that a National President has been elected from Washington State.

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  • Aberdeen High School Takes 15 Medals From SkillsUSA State Conference

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA competed in the state conference this past weekend (April 15th through 17th) and came home with 15 state medals including five state champions and over $12,000 in scholarships and prizes. Jacob Benner lead the way with his second state title in as many years. Aberdeen High School’s state champions have qualified to compete at the national conference to be held in Kansas City, MO this June.

    Aberdeen High Sophomore Karmen Ayres was re-elected as a state SkillsUSA officer for the 2010-2011 school year. Karmen served this past year as the Olympic Region Representative and is Aberdeen High School’s chapter Vice-President.

    Also, Katie Grimnes was nominated as a National Officer Candidate and will attend the National Convention in Kansas City.

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  • Parties recommend approval of CenturyTel-Embarq merger with provisions to protect consumers

    SEATTLE – Today, the Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Attorney General's Office joined a multi-party settlement agreement in the proposed merger of CenturyTel and Embarq. The settlement recommends that the state Utilities and Transportation Commission approve the merger subject to a set of conditions to protect consumers served by the phone companies.

    "The proposed settlement includes conditions sought by Public Counsel and UTC staff that help address our concerns about how this merger may negatively impact CenturyTel and Embarq customers," Assistant Attorney General Sarah Shifley said.

    Public Counsel represents residential and small-business customers before the UTC, which is considering the merger request. UTC's staff recommendation is not binding on the commission. 

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