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Marysville celebrates Halloween BY KIRK BOXLEITNER firstname.lastname@example.org
MARYSVILLE — The day’s rain did little to dampen the community’s enthusiasm for trick-or-treating on Third Street this Halloween, while the Marysville Care Center’s annual Halloween celebration saw an uptick in attendance this year. Mary Kirkland, owner of Hilton Pharmacy at the corner of Third Street and State Avenue, estimated that as many as 250 kids toured through the “old town” Marysville merchants’ shops and surrounding blocks from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with increased foot traffic after 4:30 p.m. making up for the relatively sparse crowds prior to the drizzle clearing off slightly. “We’ve gotten anywhere
between 100-500 kids on Halloween, but a lot of that depends on which day of the week Halloween is that year,” Kirkland said. “On the weekends, especially Saturdays, we’ve seen more, but this was a moderately busy Halloween for us.” Kirkland speculated that future trick-or-treating sessions on Third Street might be scheduled for the Saturdays prior to Halloween, so that other Halloween-themed activities could be scheduled concurrently with them to make for full days of festive events for all ages, similar to Third Street’s pre-Easter Saturday festivities. “We’re just in the talking stage, though,” said Kirkland, who continues to appreciate the turnout that SEE FUN , PAGE 2
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From left, Jordan and Harrison Dimick snag some candy from Dana Wren, of Wrenhaven Vintage Market on Third Street, on Oct. 31.
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Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring explains how increased coal train traffic through the city could worsen its automobile traffic congestion, during an Oct. 30 public workshop meeting.
MARYSVILLE — The possible coming of coal trains drew not only Marysville citizens, but also those of Tulalip, Lake Stevens, Mukilteo and Bellingham, as well as a pair of politicians, to the cafeteria of Totem Middle School on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 30. Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring led off the public workshop meeting’s remarks by asserting that “few other communities would be as affected as us” by the extra train traffic generated by coal cars, given the city’s 11 at-grade railroad crossings. “If we’re getting 18 trains going back and forth in a day, then that
impacts small businesses and residents looking to get to work and go about their daily lives,” Nehring said, noting that automobile traffic is already impacted in the city due to the number of roads that cross the railroad line. “It also affects public safety, for fire trucks or emergency aid of any kind, where a few minutes can make the difference between life and death.” Nehring expressed pride in joining surrounding municipalities to lobby state elected officials for an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 54-million-tons-per-year coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Wash., and urged the citizens
themselves to speak out on this issue, since “your comments as individuals carry so much weight with your representatives in government. We’ll do our part, but don’t underestimate the role that you play.” Robin Everett of the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club underscored Nehring’s message by explaining that the process by which agencies will decide to include certain impacts in the EIS will be affected by public input, especially during the early stages. “This initial period is our first, best opportunity to include our SEE COAL, PAGE 2