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Arlington celebrates ‘Pioneer Days’ BY KIRK BOXLEITNER

ARLINGTON — The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Hall and Museum welcomed visitors to celebrate the return of their annual “Pioneer Days” on Saturday, Sept. 21. While the hands-on activities and artifacts drew attendees of all ages, what amused many parents and grandparents was how quickly their kids and grandkids took part in interactive demonstrations that the older folks had performed as chores when they were children themselves. “I was born and raised in North Dakota, so I wanted my grandkids to see the kinds of things I grew up with,” said Adrian Doll, who was joined by his wife Kay and their two grandchildren, Shaelyn and Gregory. “These displays are really authentic. I’d like to see this knowledge kept alive for

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Council discusses speed limits, turnoffs on 172nd St. NE BY KIRK BOXLEITNER









Vol. 124, No. 09

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Larena Sodam instructs Easton Shaw on the proper use of a 19th-century treadle sewing machine, while his cousin Ty Kolling looks on, at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Hall and Museum’s ‘Pioneer Days’ on Sept. 21.

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City of Arlington Public Works Director Jim Kelly reports the findings of the Washington State Department of Transportation study of motorists’ speeds, as well as traffic and accident volumes, along 172nd Street NE to the Arlington City Council on Sept. 23.

ARLINGTON — Traffic conditions on 172nd Street NE made up much of the focus of the Arlington City Council’s workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, as Council members considered proposed ordinances to lower the speed limit on 172nd Street NE and to publicly advertise for construction of the 173rd Street Utility Improvement Project. City of Arlington Public Works Director Jim Kelly presented both ordinances to the Council that evening, starting with the proposal to lower the speed limit to a consistent 35

miles per hour on 172nd Street NE between Interstate 5 and State Route 9, which he prefaced by noting that the speed limit on 172nd Street NE is currently 50 miles per hour between 67th and 43rd avenues, and 35 miles per hour along the rest of its length between I-5 and SR 9. “After a lot of prodding and cajoling, WSDOT finally measured motorists’ speeds on 172nd,” Kelly said, referring to the Washington State Department of Transportation study which also analyzed traffic and accident volumes along 172nd Street NE. “They found that, at 3 p.m. on weekdays, motorists were going between

5-10 miles per hour on 172nd.” “And that’s on a good day,” Council member Steve Baker laughed. “So rather than going from 35 to 50 back to 35 miles per hour, they agreed that it should be 35 miles per hour all the way through,” Kelly said. “Could we see about making the speed limit more consistent on SR 9 too, then?” Council member Randy Tendering asked. “Little steps,” Kelly said. “This took us about a year, almost a year and a half to get pushed through.” “The city was denied by the SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 2


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generations down the road. It’s part of our cultural heritage. I’m Russian-German, so I’ve met with a few folks here who share my heritage, but our grandkids are AfricanAmerican, so it’s neat to show them what we came from. It’s all a big melting pot.” “The curling irons were really cool,” said Shaelyn Doll, 13, as she and grandma Kay watched Bette Van Ausdal demonstrate how to use a leather-punch. “I’d never seen curling irons like those before. I think it’d take a long time to do your hair.” “All the kids are really surprised at everything kids had to do in the old days, and glad they don’t have to do it themselves,” laughed Renee Miller, who’s accompanied her daughter, Jennifer Richards, in guiding children through

Arlington Times, September 25, 2013  
Arlington Times, September 25, 2013  

September 25, 2013 edition of the Arlington Times