THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 WWW.ARLINGTONTIMES.COM 75¢ Students learn about life on the farm BY KIRK BOXLEITNER firstname.lastname@example.org SPRING FORWARD Daylight Savings Begins March 9th Also be sure to replace your smoke detector batteries! ARLINGTON — Two years after Arlington farmer John Connolly served as the inspiration for the writing of third-grade students from the Soundview School of Lynnwood, Connolly hosted another group from Soundview, this time made up of kindergarten, junior kindergarten and preschool students, as they learned about life in the country. Connolly’s “On the Lamb Farm,” just east of Arlington, managed to be lively in spite of the dreary weather on Tuesday, March 4, as kids from the city and suburbs adjusted to the terrain and smells of a rural homestead, whose operations Connolly was only too happy to explain. “The sheep aren’t able to help themselves, so that’s why I have three Maremma Sheepdogs, to help herd them and chase off coyotes,” Connolly said, before eliciting expressions of awe from the children, and even a few of the adults, when he introduced them to the enormous snowy white dogs. “They weigh at least 100 pounds each, and they’re hard to breed.” Of Connolly’s herd of 50 lambs, three were being bottle-fed at a friend’s farm. SEE FARM, PAGE 2 SPORTS: Lady Eagles head to Hardwood Classic. Page 10 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo From left, Arlington farmer John Connolly’s 4-month-old lamb is subjected to enthusiastic petting from Soundview School students Calvin, James, Sadie, Jordan and Shaiya on March 4. Council approves fire, EMS interlocal agreements BY KIRK BOXLEITNER email@example.com INDEX CLASSIFIED ADS 14-17 LEGAL NOTICES 9 OPINION 4 SPORTS 10 WORSHIP Vol. 124, No. 33 3 ARLINGTON — The Arlington City Council unanimously approved two interlocal agreements between the Arlington Fire Department and county fire and emergency services on Monday, March 3. Arlington Fire Chief Bruce Stedman explained to Council members that the interlocal agreement with Snohomish County Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo for fire investigation serArlington City Council member Dick Butner asks a question vices was a relatively stanabout the SNOPAC managed laptop program on March 3. dard renewal of the con- tract that’s been in place between the two agencies since 2009. By contrast, he believes the new interlocal agreement with SNOPAC for its managed laptop program should help make the city’s fire and emergency services more efficient. When Council member Chris Raezer inquired as to the possibility of using the city of Everett’s Fire Marshal, Stedman noted that this would be costprohibitive, much like the other options of either hiring a fire investigator or training a current staff member. “You also have the issue that the Everett Fire Marshal will only investigate the origins of a given fire, without also covering the criminal and law enforcement side of things,” Stedman said. “It’s worth noting that most cities in the county are doing the same as us, except for Everett,” Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert said. SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 20 $20,000 * 953114 WEEKLY DRAWINGS: 2 - 7:30 PM MGAT-ST MARCH 13 & 20 GRAND PRIZE AT 8 PM BAG YOUR TICKETS NOW - MARCH 20 Owned by Upper Skagit Indian Tribe On I-5 at Exit 236 theskagit.com • 877-275-2448 *Must be a Rewards Club Member – Membership is FREE! See Rewards Club Center for complete details. Must be present to win. Casino opens at 9 am daily. Must be 21 or older with valid ID.