Beautify Bonney Lake officially non-profit

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By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

Beautify Bonney Lake officially became a non-profit organization Jan 17 when board members signed a charter at Columbia Bank.

The organization has been gaining steam the last two years with city-wide clean up events. The most recent Beautify Bonney Lake gathering took place September 2005 when more than 350 residents pitched in to plant shrubs, trees, haul beauty bark and scrub up the city.

The first event was in 2004 and about 200 people participated.

Board member Andrew Lear, who is also the founder of the organization, said the 2006 event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16 and will focus on state Route 410 and South Prairie Road and the intersection of SR 410 and 214th Avenue East.

The board hopes to attract more local business sponsors and add to the volunteer base. The group also intends to expand into providing assistance to senior citizens who need help caring for their property.

Lear said he expects volunteer organizations and churches will help the group determine the areas of greatest need.

For information call Lynn Rattenbury, owner of Priced Right Print and Sign at 253-863-8101, Gary Leaf, assistant public works director, at 253-447-4334 or Carol Wells-Reed, branch manager of Columbia Bank at 253-299-6534.

Dennis Box can be reached at

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