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Finding pieces of Arlington’s history

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City of Arlington Storm Water Technician Ken Clark, left, and Storm Water Manager Bill Blake heft two of the century-old saw blades that were uncovered near the Old Town Wetland Park.

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ARLINGTON — When city of Arlington Storm Water Technician Ken Clark went out to perform a routine outfall check near the Old Town Wetland Park, he wasn’t expecting to discover a piece of local history dating back at least a century. “I saw this big rusty piece of metal that turned out to be a saw blade,” Clark said. “I was worried, if I started pulling, how much more would come out, so I had a talk with my supervisor first.” Clark and his fellow Arlington Public Works employee Mike Wolanek removed two shingle mill saw blades — each weighing between 25-30 pounds, with a diameter of roughly 36 inches — from the site a few months ago, but the

Firefighters train in Arlington BY KIRK BOXLEITNER kboxleitner@marysvilleglobe.com

ARLINGTON — Four Arlington firefighters were among the more than 50 firefighters who recently spent four days training at two sites in Arlington as part of a continuing education class on confined space rescues. From Feb. 26 through March 1, firefighters practiced removing victims from confined spaces that included a large confined tank provided by Pacific Tank & Energy, located in the Arlington Advanced Manufacturing Park, and a

dry well provided by the city of Arlington Public Works Department, located on 59th Avenue south of 172nd Street. Arlington Fire Deputy Chief Tom Cooper noted that this team of highly trained firefighters draws its members from the fire agencies of Arlington, Everett, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Clearview, Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, and added that the team responds to confined space, trench collapse, structural collapse, and high and low rope rescue emergencies in SEE TRAINING, PAGE 2

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Firefighters don their gear for a simulated confined space rescue at a dry well provided by the city of Arlington Public Works Department.

outfall recently revealed the presence of six more such blades. “We figure this was just a dump site for spent blades,” said city of Arlington Storm Water Manager Bill Blake, after the other blades were spotted sticking out from the soil on March 5. “We made the decision to remove the first two blades because they’d washed out far enough that it wouldn’t cause any erosion of the bank to take them out. With the rest, though, they’re still part of that bank, so we probably won’t do anything with it until we replace that outfall altogether, and by then we’ll be doing all our permits to make sure we’re preserving and protecting everything that needs it.” Blake noted that the round cement foundation of SEE HISTORY, PAGE 2

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Arlington Times, March 13, 2013