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Brand-new track, permanent Camano home for Soap Box Derby

June 18, 2018

Races involving 73 cars are on Saturday at a converted ranch where striped pavement belongs to kids. CAMANO ISLAND — The cars sat in rows inside a big red barn, recently renovated. It was quiet at the ranch-turned-racetrack last week. It won’t be on derby day. The cars were built by drivers ages 7 to […]


On your mark, get set … roll!

June 11, 2018

The need for speed hits this weekend. More than 70 young speedsters square off Saturday during the 11th annual Windermere Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby, taking place for the first time on the new track at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island. Defending champion Braddock Johnson — the 8-year-old son of Megan and Scott Johnson of Camano […]

New program will offer all area 3rd graders free swim lessons

May 15, 2018

Every third-grader can get free swim lessons next school year. Local Windermere agents, owners and the Windermere Foundation raised $10,000 to pay for Make a Splash, a new initiative started by the USA Swimming Foundation which aims to save children’s lives through swimming lessons. The program, already adopted by several YMCAs in Washington state, will […]


Soap Box derby rolls onto Camano

April 11, 2018

After 10 years on a Stanwood street, race gets new track The Stanwood Camano Island Soap Box Derby is on the move. After 10 years racing down 800 feet of 276th Street NW in Stanwood, kids will now cruise down a nearly 1,000-foot new track at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island. “We’ve been watching this […]