Cassidy Huff: 2016 BURIEN CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Middle Schooler Goes Above and Beyond to Help Fellow Burien Students

BURIEN, WASH. - As a twelve year-old, Cassidy Huff began tutoring special education students at Sylvester Middle School when she realized that many of the communications challenges faced by the students there could be overcome with technology like iPads and voice recognition apps. The School had no money for iPads, though. So Huff had an idea: why not raise the funds herself?

Huff had a lot on her plate at the time: she was still recovering from her 33rd spinal surgery. Born with a rare genetic condition called Conradi Hunermann, she is no stranger to surgeries. She is blind in her right eye, deaf in her left ear, and the right side of her body is about three and a half inches shorter than her left.

But Huff doesn't appear to let these challenges slow her down, nor does she draw inward. Instead, she seeks ways to help others. By mid-January 2015, less than two months after she began to fundraise, Huff had raised enough money to purchase iPads, protective cases, and communication apps for the entire special education class at Sylvester - seven students in all.

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Application deadline nearing for free food waste prevention and curbside composting outreach program

Learn which materials are accepted in curbside composting and recycling, and how to keep edible food from going to waste, with the King County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteer training in Kent.
 
Now in its 27th year, the 2016 training includes three mandatory classroom sessions on Saturdays – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 26, April 2, and 9, with an optional field trip April 30 to a composting facility.
 
“While most King County residents recycle, still more than 78 percent of what ends up in the county’s landfill could have been recycled or composted,” said Karen May, Master Recycler Composter program manager. “This training gives participants the tools to help people prevent waste and compost more.”
 
Program participants will:
 
• Learn what materials can be recycled or composted at curbside.
• Discover food waste prevention tactics, such as smart shopping, storage and preparation.
• Learn about the impacts solid waste has on climate change.
• Practice effective public outreach and education skills that can be used in a variety of settings.
 

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WDFW approves razor clam digs at Mocrocks, Copalis beaches  

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for a three-day dig beginning March 18, state shellfish managers said today.
 
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening at Mocrocks and Copalis after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
 
The dig, which is on evening tides, will coincide with the annual Ocean Shores razor clam festival, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
 
The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following beaches, dates and low tides:
 
• March 18, Friday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
• March 19, Saturday, 5:07 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
• March 20, Sunday, 5:50 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
 
Last month, state shellfish managers approved a razor clam dig that runs through March 31 at Long Beach. Although Long Beach is open daily, optimal digging conditions occur when the low tide is one foot or lower, Ayres said.
 
Ayres advises diggers at Long Beach to check WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html for a list of low tides in March.
 

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