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GLOBE THE MARYSVILLE SPORTS: “U Mad Bro?” Richard Sherman is known for being great cornerback, big talker. Page 14 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013  WWW.MARYSVILLEGLOBE.COM  75¢ Local ‘Internet star’ donates to Purrfect Pals Animal shelter to receive 100,000 cans of food thanks to ‘Oskar the Blind Cat’ BY KIRK BOXLEITNER SPORTS: Marysville, Lakewood bowlers hit the lanes. Page 12 Marysville woman needs kidney transplant. Page 3 INDEX BY KIRK BOXLEITNER CLASSIFIED ADS 19-22 11 OPINION 4 SPORTS 12 WORSHIP 17 Vol. 120, No. 26 932115 SEE OSKAR, PAGE 13 Tribes partner with others to restore salmon habitat COMMUNITY: LEGAL NOTICES ARLINGTON — A local cat shelter recently received a big boost from the Internet fame of an area cat, whose owners teamed up with Friskies to provide free cat food to the shelter. “Oskar the Blind Cat” is owned by Mick Szydlowski and his wife Bethany, who moved to Seattle from Omaha, Neb., about a year ago. They acquired Oskar in July of 2011, when he was only eight and a half weeks old, and they began posting Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo videos of him on YouTube From left, Purrfect Pals veterinary assistant Fran Ellison greets Internet pet celebrity ‘Oscar the “just for silly fun.” Oskar’s distinctive Blind Cat,’ whose owner Mick Szydlowski came to visit the shelter for which he was able to generappearance, which owes to ate a donation of 100,000 cans of cat food from Friskies. the microphthalmia that’s left him blind since birth, earned him lots of fans on the Internet, and before the Szydlowskis knew it, their kitten had become online peers with Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat, all of whom were chosen by Friskies to costar in their holiday music video this year. That same online music promotion generated 100,000 cans of cat food from Friskies for Purrfect Pals of Arlington, which was chosen by Mick Szydlowski to be Oskar’s pet charity. “We were relatively new to the area, so I started STANWOOD — The coastal stream at 18510 Soundview Drive NW in Stanwood began as a “degraded straight ditch,” according to Brett Shattuck, forest and fish biologist for the Tulalip Tribes, but the gulch came to reclaim its old name of Greenwood Creek in the wake of its restoration as a salmon habitat this fall. “We spent years studying all the coastal streams in the Whidbey basin, looking for which ones were used the most by juvenile chinook salmon, and we found the highest number of them here,” said Shattuck, who reported that Tulalip Tribal Natural Resources staff counted 280 chinook, out of a total of 600 juvenile salmon that also included coho and other species, during a single day’s electrofishing survey. “Even though SEE TRIBES, PAGE 2 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo Brett Shattuck, forest and fish biologist for the Tulalip Tribes, stands beside the wood debris that was installed during this fall’s restoration of Greenwood Creek to make it a better salmon habitat.

Marysville Globe, December 28, 2013

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