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The Year In Review

A look back at some of the stories of 2013

ARLINGTON — Residents of Arlington will remember 2013 for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the stories that appeared on the pages of The Arlington Times in 2013.






With the beginning of the new year, the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Arlington Business Association swore in their respective boards of directors for 2013 on Tuesday, Jan. 8, after a year that incoming DABA Board President Marilyn Bullock acknowledged had already seen some significant changes. The Chamber’s new Board for the new year includes President Kristen Granroth, Vice President Julie Morse, Secretary Debbie Whitis, Treasurer Kathy McCone, Past President Heather Logan, and Board members Carrie Byrum, Scott Derr, Sid Logan, Nola Smith, Jason Busch, Michelle Foster, Fritz Fittinger and Jean Simpson. In addition to Bullock as president, DABA’s Executive Board includes Vice President Tami Sauter and Whitis as secretary/treasurer. Also in January, Arlington utility customers learned that they will pay less than what their monthly sewer rates were projected to be by January of 2013. City Public Works Director Jim Kelly reported to the City Council on Jan. 14 that the $5 increase that had been slated for the start of the year could be reduced to a $2 increase instead. “Our plan was to raise the rates over a three-year period,” Kelly said. “Rather than increasing it by $15 all at once in 2011, we opted to increase it $5 each year, with 2013 being the final year.”






In early February, The ArlingtonStillaguamish Eagle Festival for 2013 added not only a second day, but also a host of new activities which the city of Arlington’s Bill Blake and Sarah Lopez deemed successful. “The paddle rafting on the Stillaguamish River Friday morning [Feb. 1] got 12

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Arlington High School students, from left, Erin Delaney, Madison Taylor and Delaney Scott, donned very purple outfits during Arlington’s “Paint the Town Purple” on Saturday, March 23, 2013, supporting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. signups, which is great for a debut,” Blake said on Saturday, Feb. 2. “The ‘Predators of the Heart’ wild animal show Friday night drew about 800 people, which shows how much people care about wildlife in Arlington. The Port Susan Preserve saw 150 people this year for its nature conservancy guided tour — its biggest crowd ever — and they saw eagles and snowy owls.” The attendees numbered roughly around a dozen, but the fallen veterans who were honored at the Arlington Cemetery on Feb. 17 numbered more than 100, and one living veteran was able to see proper tribute paid to his departed father’s military service. Members of the Washington Army National Guard Honor Guard and Arlington American Legion Post 76 conducted a group memorial for

veterans of Snohomish County who had passed on without receiving the full military honors to which they were entitled. Veterans weren’t the only ones to be honored in February. The city of Arlington proclaimed Feb. 23, 2013, as “Rotary Day” during the City Council’s Feb. 19 meeting, in recognition of its numerous community service projects within the state of Washington, across the nation and around the world, as Rotary Club of Arlington members touted an upcoming event to benefit one of the Rotary’s most notable causes. “I’ve hosted exchange students through Rotary and I still get postcards from them, even though some of them attended the old Arlington High School,” said City Council member Marilyn Oertle, serving as mayor

pro tem in Mayor Barbara Tolbert’s absence that evening.


In spite of competing with the Hardwood Classic in Tacoma, the Arlington High School Drama production of “Legally Blonde” nonetheless sold out on its opening night March 1, filling about 400 seats in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center with a fast-paced and fluid musical which featured multiple set changes during each song. City of Arlington officials and construction contractors partnered with public outreach specialists to answer questions from the residents and businesses that will be affected by the final phase of the 67th Avenue SEE 2013, PAGE 2

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