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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1994

By Heather Larson

Left to right: Jennifer Simmons, Danny Simmons, and Ashley Petersen prepare to enter the parade route in their horse-drawn wagon representing Four Corners Safeway.

Black Diamond celebrated Labor Day weekend with a fever this year. After having last year’s event cancelled for lack of volunteers, no holds were barred. Something for everyone was offered during the 4 days from a fish dinner on Friday night to a bed race on Sunday and a parade down the Maple Valley Highway on Monday.

On Saturday amid torrential downpours the Black Diamond Police challenged the Black Diamond Fire Department to a softball game. Since the police, who chose to be called the DARE Devils, didn’t have the manpower to field a team, other police officers who live in Black Diamond were asked to help out. So King County, Bellevue, and Seattle Police Departments were also represented on the team.

According to Black Diamond officer Glenn Dickson, the highlight of the game was the 8-foot mud pit behind first base.

It was really wet and muddy, but a good time was had by all, said Dickson.

The DARE Devils beat the Hosers 13 to 9 at the first annual baseball game. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 13, 1989

Maple Valley Day’s Cedar River offers a mecca for summer fun as these youngsters have discovered. — VOICE photo by Teresa Hensley. This young Sonics fan had a prominent spot in the recent Maple Valley Day Parade.

The judges had a difficult task in trying to decide winners among the many excellent entries in the June 2 Maple Valley Day Parade. Their final category decisions are listed below.

DRILL TEAMS, Section 1: 1st, Renaissance “A” Team; 2nd, Drill-A-Rines; 3rd, Ballard Eagles Jr. Drill Team.

DRILL TEAMS, Section 2: 1st, Burien Eagles Drill Team; 2nd, Renaissance “B” Team.

JEEP UNITS: 1st, Green River Valley Jeepers; 2nd, Powerline Pounders. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 14, 1976

By D’Ann Pedee

Bicentennial quilt: Thirty Maple Valley women are now putting the finishing touches on a handcrafted quilt as part of their Bicentennial year activities. The thirty patches, some of which are shown above, will depict this area historically, spotlighting some of its past and present. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

How do you place a value on a handcrafted quilt?

Perhaps by the amount of money it can be sold for or by averaging the time and services spent in completing it.

When finished, the Maple Valley Arts Committee could possibly have a three-thousand-dollar product on its hands. That’s the amount of money it is hoped will raised by raffling be of the Bicentennial quilt that thirty local women are in the process of completing. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 22, 1988

From Johnson’s Corner up river. First position boat, Oh My Back V; second, Foss’ Grocery; third, M.V. Tile; fourth, Frank’s Meat II.

From Johnson’s Corner up river. First position boat, Oh My Back V; second, Foss’ Grocery; third, M.V. Tile; fourth, Frank’s Meat II.

Records tumbled like swift water through the “boulder yard” on the Cedar River June 11 as the seventh annual running of the Dinghy Derby Boat Race provided plenty of excitement for the throngs of race fans who turned out this beautiful Saturday afternoon.

The race, which is limited to dinghies under 12 feet with a paddler in front and a rower behind, was this year dedicated to “Big” Mike Williams.

Veteran starter Jim Holder, along with long-time officials Larry Johnson and Harry Honnold sent ten dinghy and eight rafts down the 4.6 mile course (from the Maple Valley Bridge to the Lions Club Park) at 30 second intervals. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 7, 1978

By D’Ann Pedee

Clutching blue and silver trophies, the Petchnick brothers appeared tired but happy after repeating as winners in the Cedar River Men’s Boat Race last Saturday. Their craft was sponsored by the Good Earth Works. On the left is Dan Petchnick alongside Rudy Petchnick. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

Clutching blue and silver trophies, the Petchnick brothers appeared tired but happy after repeating as winners in the Cedar River Men’s Boat Race last Saturday. Their craft was sponsored by the Good Earth Works. On the left is Dan Petchnick alongside Rudy Petchnick. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

They poured it on and then they poured it in.

The team with champagne tastes, the Petchnick brothers, with 86-degree sun sapping their strength, poured on power to win the 1978 Cedar River Boat Race last Saturday, June 3.

At award time, they downed champagne while clutching blue and silver trophies for fastest time of one hour, five minutes and 53 seconds in the endurance contest which began at Landsburg and ended at Cedar Grove.

Their craft, Screamin’ Eagle, which was sponsored by Good Earth Works, also took trophies for best-looking boat of the 18 entries in men’s and women’s boats. The boat was painted baby blue with an eagle on the side. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 1988

By Rick Fardig

The first Cedar River Boat Race was held in the early 1940s as an endurance race. The racers traveled down river from Maple Valley to Renton. In 1962 the Cedar River Boat Race Association altered the course to begin at Landsburg and finish at the Cedar Grove Bridge. This change in the course was done so that the Maple Valley community could enjoy the race from start to finish. The course also presented a greater challenge for the racers. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 31, 1978

Maple Valley Day 1978 will unfold this coming Saturday, June 3, and all indications point to another big fun and family day for valleyites and visitors.

Grand Marshal for the parade will be Don Testerman, running back of the Seattle Seahawks. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 10, 1978

By Dianne Wilson

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Talented. Creative. Artistic. Professional. These adjectives only begin to describe the many abilities of Frank and Irene Shay of Shay’s Photography and Printing. The Shays live and work in Morganville in cluttered simplicity with their two “dumped” dogs and their 13-year-old cat, Sydney.

Frank and Irene have an impressive record as photographers and printers as well as an international reputation for restoring old pictures. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 9, 1979

Part of the crowd who gathered at the Lower Dorre Don railroad trestle (“Ziegner’s Bridge”) for the Cedar River Boat Sprint Race on May 5.

Part of the crowd who gathered at the Lower Dorre Don railroad trestle (“Ziegner’s Bridge”) for the Cedar River Boat Sprint Race on May 5.

The racers were wet before they hit the water in Saturday’s Sprint Race, a one-and-a-half mile river course. In an off again-on again downpour with hailstones, the Good Earth Works boat powered by the Petchnick brothers, Dan and Rudy, came in first after four elimination races which started with 16 boats.

In second place were teenagers Jeff Werlinger and Gary Hall from Tahoma High School. They built their boat, “Pride of West Valley,” in Construction Exploration class. Hagen Electric with Jim Hagen and Jim Thompson took third.

Full details of the race will be printed next week. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 7, 1961

One of the highlights at big festival: Queen Darlene Jones and Princess Sandy Di Martino in pony carts. (Post-Intelligencer photos by Phil H. Webber.)

One of the highlights at big festival: Queen Darlene Jones and Princess Sandy Di Martino in pony carts. (Post-Intelligencer photos by Phil H. Webber.)

Maple Valley paraded its progress yesterday along trails cut by cows in the days when the guests of honor were young pioneers there.

In the reviewing stand were some who remember those pioneer days and others who are descended from founders of the community, first settled in 1879. (more…)

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