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 THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013  WWW.ARLINGTONTIMES.COM  75¢ Back2School Rally helps families GET OUR FREE MOBILE APP Scan this code and start receiving local news on your mobile device BY KIRK BOXLEITNER today! SEE SUPPLIES, PAGE 2 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo From left, Back2School Rally volunteers Sam Schweizer, Kirsha Kreiter and Charlotte Burnham are all smiles as they hand out backpacks filled with school supplies at Presidents Elementary on Aug. 18. Mayor Tolbert delivers State of the City at Pioneer Picnic SPORTS: 3-on-3 X-travaganza draws thousands. Page 8 INDEX BY KIRK BOXLEITNER CLASSIFIED ADS 12-14 LEGAL NOTICES 7 OPINION 4 SPORTS 8 WORSHIP 11 Vol. 124, No. 04 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert delivers her second State of the City address to the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association during its 101st annual ‘Pioneer Picnic’ on Aug. 18. ARLINGTON — The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association’s 101st annual “Pioneer Picnic” on Sunday, Aug. 18, recapped the city of Arlington’s past year while offering promises of what its citizens could look forward to in the year that lies ahead. Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert delivered her second State of the City address to the Pioneer Association, summarizing the city’s progress on transportation, business, the economy and quality of life, starting with the recently half-completed 67th Avenue project right outside the Pioneer Hall’s doors. “At five to six months in, we’re 50 percent done, so you can start to see what those improvements will look like,” said Tolbert, who forecast that repaving of 172nd Street between 43rd and 67th avenues would occur next. “It’ll be a bit of a rough ride, and there will be detours and noise at night, but the good news is that will only be a 30-day project.” With voters passing the Transportation Benefit District by 66 percent, Tolbert explained construction will begin this summer on fixing the 126 failing and near-fail- ing segments of Arlington’s 255 roads, funded by a new sales tax of 20 cents per every $100 spent in the city. She also touted the SEE CITY, PAGE 2 839172 SPORTS: Olympic shooter Gabby Franco offers class in Arlington. Page 8 ARLINGTON — Hundreds of families again descended upon Presidents Elementary to receive free backpacks filled with school supplies in time for the start of the new school year during the fourth annual Back2School Rally for Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington K-12 students on Sunday, Aug. 18. “Today is all about the needs of the community, and about caring people coming together to meet those needs,” said Arlington School District Superintendent Dr. Kris McDuffy, who was joined by several teachers and staff members of Presidents Elementary and other Arlington schools. “Arlington is second to none in meeting the community’s needs.” Event coordinator Brianna Johnson, the children’s pastor at the Arlington Assembly of God Church, thanked the school staff members who were present by introducing Karen Knickerbocker, outreach coordinator for the Sylvan Learning

Arlington Times, August 21, 2013

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