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Contest for the best pie you can bake

So you think you make good pie?

Signups have begun for Maple Valley’s annual pie baking contest, part of the the Independence Day Family Picnic and organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Contest rules are available at

Prizes fwill be provided by the contest’s sponsors – Marble Slab Creamery, Gloria’s Restaurant and Johnson’s Do It Best.

Convicted horse owner must make monthly reports

An Enumclaw horse owner who was convicted last month for the neglect and suffering of two horses must begin submitting monthly reports on the care of his four remaining horses before the end of June, officials said.

After testimony from two King County animal-control officers about allegations of abuse on Darryl Lindsey’s Enumclaw property, Superior Court Judge Deborah Fleck convicted him on two counts of second-degree animal cruelty and sentenced him to two years of probation and a six-month suspended sentence. The judge also ordered him to pay full restitution.

Julie Kline, a deputy prosecutor for the county, said Lindsey will be allowed to keep his four horses as long as he provides the court and animal-control authorities with access to them as part of the monitoring of their health and welfare, plus written reports on their monthly veterinary exams.

Rodne picked for program in Kentucky

State Rep. Jay Rodne, whose 5th District constituency includes Maple Valley, is one of 40 leaders nationwide selected for a Henry Toll Fellowship.

The annual, week-long program, which focuses on leadership development, is sponsored by the Council of State Governments and will run Sept. 27-Oct. 2 in Lexington, Ky.

Rodne was selected by a committee of state elected and appointed officials.

An attorney, he has been a legislator since 2004. He’s running for re-election this fall.

He also is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He’s in the Army after ranking high in ROTC

Thomas Lorenson, the son of Stan and Barb Lorenson of Maple Valley, was commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant June 6 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg where he graduated with a degree in political science.

Lorenseon completed leadership training at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, ranking in the top 4 percent of the nation’s Army ROTC. He’ll receive more training at Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned to duty in Germany.

He’s a 2004 graduate of Tahoma High School.