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Mero encourages kindness in M'ville

By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Firefighters put out two barrel fires that are part of a recent FAA drill at the Arlington Airport on Oct. 9.


Drill tests emergency response By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington Municipal Airport held a mock crash of two airplanes to run a drill of emergency response abilities on Oct. 9. “We’re doing an emergency exercise at Arlington Municipal Airport. What it is designed to do is test our emergency response should we have an incident here at the airport,” said

Kristin Banfield, communications manager for the city of Arlington. During the drill emergency personnel, airport staff and other agencies came out onto the Arlington Airport field where the ‘crash’ happened and performed as they would during an actual emergency. “The only way you can test it is to simulate it as realistically as possible. We’ve given limited information to

our first responders,” said Banfield. Banfield added it’s vital that the agencies are ready to work together if a real event were to happen. “The really important part of this is that from time to time we do have emergencies at the airport. They don’t happen very often, but that’s why we need to practice, to make sure we See DRILL on page 2

Inspirational speaker and former professional wrestler Marc Mero came to Marysville for the second year in a row to speak to students thanks to a local donation. From Oct. 8 to Oct. 10 Mero gave a number of talks to Marysville and Lakewood schools. “Seven schools, seven presentations, two different schools districts in three days. That’s 6,400 kids who listened to this presentation,” said Marysville Police Commander Mark Thomas. He thanked Mero for returning to give his presentation to local students. “It’s an emotional, inspirational


Marc Mero spoke at the Marysville Community Night on Oct. 10.

roller coaster ride you’re going to see here,” he said. The speaker was able to return to Marysville thanks to local funds. “We have a thing called the Marysville Recovery

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Arlington candidates discuss local issues By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Candidates for Arlington Mayor and City Council races talked about issues affecting the town at a recent candidates forum on Oct. 8. The forum was hosted by the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce. The candidates will be on the Nov. 5 ballot that is scheduled to be mailed out soon. Arlington Mayor Incumbent Barbara Tolbert is being challenged by Don Vanney Jr. in the Arlington mayoral race. Tolbert has served as the city’s mayor since 2012. She said the biggest thing the city has to plan for is the projected increasing population. “We now live in one of the fastest grow-

ing areas in the U.S. and that will be the biggest challenge going forward. How do we protect the parts of our town that we love and covet?” she said. The amount of people dealing with opioid addiction also needs continued support, said Tolbert. “We’ll continue battling and moving people out of opioid addiction and into a more meaningful life to become a productive member of society,” said Tolbert. The city is putting together a 20-year plan for transportation infrastructure, said Tolbert. Arlington is bound by state highways on all sides so it’s especially important to work with the legislature, she said. “If we’re not pressuring state entities to See FORUM on page 15


Local Arlington candidates for the Nov. 5 ballot speak at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center on Oct. 8. From left, mayoral candidate Barbara Tolbert and City Council candidates Michele Blythe and Mike Hopson.

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know what we know and figure out what we don’t know,” she said. The ‘victims’ of the crash were played by Arlington High School drama students, who laid out on the airport runway next to a fuselage donated by a local airport for the drill and by a small plane. “My character had a broken nose and her fiancé was badly injured and was unconscious and unresponsive,” said local student Mattie Birdsong. “It was really interesting to become the character and get in the mindset,” she said. She said she wanted to come out to help the drill by making it a more realistic drill. “I thought it would be good to help the medical team and safety team by helping to make it a more immersive experience,” she said. Actors help responders practice keeping their cool while dealing with people who are in an emotional state. “It tests our ability to


Oso Fire Department employee and Arlington Fire Department chaplain Joel Johnson, center, carries a blanket for actors playing crash survivors at a recent FAA drill at the Arlington Airport on Oct. 9. The survivors are played by Arlington High School drama students Erin Hester, left, and Maggie Mirante. respond in a calm manner,” said Banfield, "to make sure that they can tactfully handle a situation and make sure everyone stays safe.” There were multiple fire agencies at the drill, as well

as Cascade Valley Hospital personnel, Arlington police, staff from other local airports and the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office. “The medical examiners

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don’t get to practice very often in what they do, in terms of a larger scale incident, so we like to make sure to include them,” said Banfield. If an emergency event were to happen at Arlington it would likely involve emergency response from around the area. “It would definitely be a multi-agency response. We would have potential to even pull from Everett,” said Banfield. She said Darrington, Oso and Silvana fire departments would all likely be called to help. Part of the purpose of the drill is to see how the agencies would respond together as well. “It’s great to be able to practice these kinds of incidents because it’s not just going to be Arlington Fire and Arlington Police,” said Banfield. “We need to make sure we’re talking the same language and that people know how we’re going to act and respond." Banfield said that the FAA recommends that the airport runs a drill once every three years. “We try and work with the other airports in the area, such as Skagit and Renton, and help with their exercises, so our staff works with these exercises every year,” she said.

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Work begins on additional parking for Arlington Library By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Work began last week near the Arlington Library to put in an additional parking lot on city-owned property next to the library. The Arlington Library at 135 N. Washington Ave. has its own parking lot, however it has limited space. As Snohomish County and Arlington continue to grow there may be more usage for the library coming. “We are just looking ahead to what the library will need for the future,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington. City crews began working on the new parking lot adjacent to the library on Oct. 9 and Lopez said the work is expected to take about a week. Workers will need to put some gravel into the lot area, add parking bumpers and have a fence installed at the site before work is done. Lopez said that the city does not have any plans for the property besides being a parking lot for the library right now. “We don’t have any other plans for the property for the time being,” she said. The project is funded by the city. “When we sold the property across the street [the former Arlington Community Garden site], the City Council also approved some funding to be set aside for this,” said Lopez. Those funds are now being used to create the additional parking for the library. City workers do not plan on removing all of the green space that is currently part of the property. “We left a little grass space at the property that can be used for library programming,” said Lopez. There are also other organizations that plan to add more to the location. “The Friends of the Arlington Library are also


Construction equipment and workers near the Arlington Library prepare to start a new parking lot adjacent to the library. working to put up a bench near the new parking lot as well,” said Lopez. People have responded positively to the addition to the library so far, said Lopez. “We’ve gotten good feedback so far from the people responding on Facebook,”

Lopez said. Many people in the community use the library for a variety of purposes, she said. “I went to the library yesterday, actually, and the parking lot was full then,” said Lopez. “The library here is used

enough to warrant additional parking spots.” The new parking lot will also provide some additional ADA parking spots to make the library more accessible, said Lopez. “We’re happy to continue to make improvements to the city,” she said.

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Grace Academy defeats Hurricanes 3-2 By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Grace Academy boys soccer team faced the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes for the second time this season on Oct. 8. The Eagles travelled to the Hurricanes home field to open the season this year

and lost by a score of 4-1. This time around Grace Academy was determined to outwork Mount Vernon Christian and change the outcome in their favor. Each possession of the first half was highly contested as neither team was able to break through the oppos-


The Eagles’ senior mid Tien Nguyen intercepts the pass against the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex on Oct. 8.

ing defense and get a clean shot. Grace Academy managed to put together some strong drives in close but fell inches short on two different shots. The Hurricanes took a few shots from deep but all of them sailed over the crossbar. The Eagles put together one last run before the end of the first half and scored in close to go up 1-0 heading into halftime. The Eagles continued to take advantage of their opportunities as they scored once again on a breakaway to open up the second half, extending their lead to 2-0. Mount Vernon Christian began to play harder and kept the ball in Grace Academy territory for the next few minutes. After a few failed shots on goal, the Hurricanes closed the gap with a goal across the middle, 2-1. The Eagles took the momentum right back as they scored in the next couple of minutes on another breakaway to go up 3-1. Mount Vernon Christian played quicker as they were desperate for a goal to inch their way back into the match. They managed to score very late in the match, closing the lead to only one goal. However, it was too late as time expired and Grace Academy walked


Nicholas Lenhardt, Grace Academy’s sophomore forward, splits the Mount Vernon Christian defenders late in the first half at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex on Oct. 8. away with the 3-2 victory. “We had a lot more excitement and energy today and that was great to see as we start the second half of the season. We’re starting to put it all together and it feels really good to get a win against them,” said Grace Academy Head Coach Mark Ruhlman. Grace Academy was led by their two captains Quinn Kazen and Dallas Mathews, as well as their young for-

ward Nicholas Lenhardt. Kazen, senior mid, scored the first goal of the match in the last minute of the first half. Mathews, senior mid, had the ball most of the night as he was the main facilitator for the Eagles as well as scoring the team’s second goal. Lenhardt, sophomore forward, scored the final goal for Grace Academy, which ultimately secured the win. “We have a few more

matches we have to win, because right now we’re still on the outside of the playoffs looking in. This keeps us motivated and keeps us looking at a chance to play some tough competition in the postseason,” said Coach Ruhlman. If you want to come out and support the Eagles their last home match of the season will be against the Lopez Lobos on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

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Shorecrest defeats Getchell on the pitch 3-1 By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville Getchell girls soccer team battled against the Shorecrest Scots for the fourth-place spot in the 3A WESCO standings on Oct. 8. Shorecrest got off to a hot start as they started pressing the Chargers' defense early and created back-to-back scoring opportunities. After missing a few shots from in close, the Scots were able to go up 1-0 after a corner kick created a quick score in the ninth minute. Shorecrest continued to keep

Marysville Getchell on their heels as they came back and scored once again off a deep penalty kick in the 18th minute, 2-0. After going down 2-0, the Chargers began to find a spark as they started to make a few runs in Scots' territory. In the 29th minute Marysville Getchell was able to get behind the Shorecrest defense and got on the scoreboard with a goal from in close, 2-1. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the Scots bounced right back and scored on a shot from deep to send them into halftime up 3-1. In the second half Marys-


Marysville Getchell’s junior forward Sydney Huestis battles the Shorecrest defender for possession along the sideline early in the first half at Marysville Getchell High School on Oct. 8.

ville Getchell came out as a different team as they were flying around on defense and shutting down Shorecrest’s runs. Throughout the half the Chargers created more scoring opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. With a strong defense they kept the Scots to their three goals, but still took the defeat 3-1. “Sometimes it’s good to have a loss if you take it as a learning opportunity and start having those conversations about how you can improve moving forward. As long as we are playing at our absolute best, then that is all I can ask of them. If we can continue to stay healthy and play at the level they are capable of then we should have a great second half to the season,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Sarah Hereth. Marysville Getchell’s only contributor on the scoreboard was their young freshman forward Kirsten Crane on a breakaway goal. Alongside her, their senior mids Sofia Trujillo and Madison Hagglund were the main distributors controlling the Charger offense. On the defensive end they were led by Faith Sherman and Gi Faria-Hernandez. Sherman, senior center back, played a key role organizing


Chargers’ senior mid Madison Hagglund dribbles up the middle of the field as she fights through touch coverage from the Shorecrest Scots at Marysville Getchell High School on Oct. 8. the defense and breaking up possessions that the Scots took deep into Charger territory. Faria-Hernandez, sophomore defender, played physical and fast on the outside sparking runs downfield on multiple occasions. Your next chance to watch the Chargers at home will be on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., where they will be taking on their crosstown rival Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks.

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The Lakewood volleyball team entered the day as a winless team as they hosted the Sehome Mariners on Oct. 10. The Cougars opened the first set strong as they created a quick 2-0 lead over the Mariners. After the start, Sehome battled back and found their rhythm, going on an 11-2 run before Lakewood called their first time out. After breaking the momentum, the Cougars created a 10-5 run of their own, closing the gap to 16-14 with the Mariners calling a time out. After Sehome’s stoppage they closed out the rest of the set with a score of 25-16. Lakewood started the second set the same way they started the first as they developed a small lead over the Mariners, 6-4. Over the next few possessions both teams found themselves battling for a lead as they tied at 7-7, 9-9 and 11-11. Sehome took off, after the last tie, with a huge 14-4 run to take the set by a score of 25-15. In the third set the Mariners took over the lead from the start and kept it as they slowly started to pull away. Lakewood called their first time out, down 11-6, as they talked about how to work through their chemistry issues following an injury to their libero in the second set. Through the rest of the set Sehome continued to pull away as they ended the match with a 25-13 set victory, and a set score of 3-0.

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Kalei Greenman, Cougars’ sophomore libero, gets low to save the possession after Sehome sends a strong serve in the third set at Lakewood High School on Oct. 10.

“I think that we can really grow from playing this team because they had some really strong hitters and team defense. Playing tough competition will only make us better and help us take steps forward throughout the year,” said Lakewood’s new Head Coach Alyssa Lear. Lakewood was led by Natalie Krueger, Natasha Lowery and McKenna Slusher. Krueger, sophomore outside hitter, led the team with a total of four kills on the day. Lowery, senior middle blocker, was right behind her with three kills, as well as a teamhigh two blocks and an ace. Slusher, sophomore setter, was all over the

court as she had team-highs in assists, 13, and aces, two, along with tallying a dig. “The dynamics of coaching in high school are very different than the club teams that I have coached in the past. We’re all developing together and learning as we go to figure out the best way to help each of them succeed,” said Coach Lear. The Cougars next home match will be on Thursday Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. where they’ll be taking on the Mount Baker Mountaineers. On the same night Lakewood will be putting on their Coaches vs. Cancer festivities to raise money for a good cause.

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Arlington Police wear pink badges By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington Police Department has put on pink badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the last few years, but this year plans to do more to raise funds and awareness. For many years the department has brought out pink badges which they wear to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “I thought that was a great awareness program,” said Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura. “We get more commu-

nity interaction from the pink badges, people who just want to talk,” he said. He said this year is going good so far. “It’s optional, because the police officers have to buy the pink badges themselves,” said Ventura. Some people are under the impression that tax dollars are used for the program, but they are not, he said. Police officers purchase the badges if they want to and a portion of the proceeds goes toward cancer research organizations. “It helps to bring aware-

ness to breast cancer and the importance of early screenings,” said Ventura. The department hopes to raise more funds this year though. “This year we’re trying to do more than just awareness,” said Ventura. “The union decided that this year they wanted to run a campaign for a few months,” he said. The department approved four months, starting in September, where officers can grow their beard out, something usually not permitted. If they decide to grow their bear they have to pay $40 each month and the union matches those funds. “The first two months funds will go toward a local person or family affected directly by cancer,” said Ventura. The funds raised in the second two months will be donated to a local cause that is still to be determined, he said. Ventura said it would probably go toward a health organization or cause and something that is local.


Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura interacts with kids at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club on Oct. 2 while wearing his pink badge for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fundraising is new this year as part of the Arlington Police Department’s efforts. “This is something that we were able to start this year,” he said, “It started in California around 2014ish.” He said that it has gone well so far and has provided

an internal morale boost for the department. The pink badges have typically brought community involvement but the department hoped to do more this year. Ventura said he hopes to do more because of a recent cancer diagnosis in his family.

“It’s personal to me because my sister was just diagnosed with cancer. It’s not breast cancer, it’s colon cancer, but it’s stage four,” he said. He was glad that the department was able to start a bigger fundraiser this year to support locals with cancer.

Making Strides raises funds for cancer By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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The annual Making Strides walk of Snohomish County will bring together breast cancer survivors and allies again to support cancer research and local services. The walk is put on by the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 26, with checkin beginning at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. It will begin at the Snohomish County Plaza at 3010 Oakes Ave., Everett. “The event is taking place in downtown Everett again at the county plaza,” said Hannah Sladek, American Cancer Society senior community development manager and one of the main organizers for this year’s walk. Before the walk there will be activities for participants to take part in. “Guests can come up and take a photo in our giant pink chair,” said Sladek. “The local YMCA is doing our Zumba warmups." The walk will go to Providence Hospital and then back to the Snohomish County plaza. Sladek some many of the businesses along the walk plan to have their pink decorations out as well.


Participants take part in Snohomish County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 14, 2017. “Some of the local businesses will be supporting us as part of the Paint Colby Pink competition,” she said. The walk is meant to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, said Sladek, but it also allows breast cancer survivors, caretakers and friends to get together. “I think everyone’s favorite part of the event is the sense of community,” she said. “Whether you are a breast cancer survivor or you’re out there supporting someone or walking to

remember someone, everyone is out there together for a shared cause,” she said. The event is dog-friendly again. There will be an award for best dressed dog as well as best dressed team, said Sladek. Last year was the biggest breast cancer walk ever in Snohomish County, said Sladek, and they raised $117,000 with about 1,200 people participating. “We hope to bring back that many people again this year,” she said. They hope to have 1,200 people again and their goal

is to raise $125,000 this year. “Those funds mainly go to the ACS where we provide services to breast cancer patients locally,” said Sladek. Those services include paying for volunteer rides to treatment, cancer hotlines and other support programs that the American Cancer Society helps to run and organize. “The funds also go to research, specifically for breast cancer,” said Sladek. To donate or for more information about the event go to makingstrideswalk. org/everettwa.


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Marysville Getchell High School seniors Madeline Grandbois and Nicholas Faber were recognized for their volunteer efforts as Marysville’s October Students of the Month. The award is given out each month by the Marysville Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs to students who work hard at school and in their community. Nicholas Faber gives a lot of his time to help his community and was recognized for his efforts. At the Marysville Community Food Bank he has helped people pick up their groceries, carried out food to cars, stocked shelves and helped keep the building clean. He built a fence at Eagle Ridge Community Garden and helps to socialize and play with the dogs at the Everett Animal Shelter. In the past he has volunteered for the city of Lynnwood’s city fair as well. Nicholas helps his community a lot with athletic activities. At the Marysville YMCA he served as a youth soccer coach. He helped set up and was a scorekeeper/referee for a bocce ball tournament at the local Special Olympics and at Marysville Getchell High School he has helped with campus clean ups and is part of the National Honor Society. Nicholas also supported the Twilight Cross Country Meet at the school. Marysville youth sports also receives a lot of help from Nicholas, who has worked concessions for youth football, supported tryouts for youth basketball and has been a scorekeeper. Since 2018 Nicholas has been a running start student at Everett Community College where he has a 4.0 GPA and a Marysville Getchell High School student where he has a 3.924 GPA. Madeline Grandbois was recognized for her athletic achievements and the many hours she puts into volunteer service as well. Last year she participated in her school’s swim team and she has also been a part of track and field teams for the last five years. Madeline has been first team in the 4x100 and 4x200 competitions and was recognized all-league in the Shotput competition. Since sixth grade she has been playing basketball with her schools' teams and was first team all-league in

her junior year. Soccer has also been a constant for Madeline and she has played since sixth grade as well. Some of her volunteer work goes into school athletic events, including being a track meet worker for the last three years, being the manager of the track team in her sophomore year and donating her time to support the Marysville Getchell Basketball Camp. She has been a part of the National Honor Society at her school for the last three years.

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Committee and they raised some significant money for us,” said Thomas, who thanked community members Gayle Spillman and Daryn Bundy for providing the funds to the police department to reduce bullying. “They gave us a significant financial grant from that fund and it’s because of that we’re able to bring this presentation here,” he said. The eighth and final presentation from Mero

was given at a Community Night on Oct. 10. “I can’t thank the Marysville Police Department enough for what they have done,” said Mero. Mero said he grew up poor with a mother who was often struggling to get by. “She worked these two jobs that didn’t pay much money,” he said. After a while he began to live the partying life and drank and used drugs frequently. “I started hanging out with the wrong kids, and

those so-called friends were going to parties drinking, getting high and doing drugs. It always starts out so innocent,” he said. “We become who we surround ourselves with,” he said. At the age of 31 Mero began to turn his life around when he decided to become a professional wrestler. He would go on to wrestle in both the WWE and the WWF and had a successful career. That’s when he said the “alcohol and drugs come


back with a vengeance.” “The only difference in my life? I have all the money to buy anything I want,” said Mero, which allowed him to purchase any of the pills or drugs he desired. Many of his fellow wrestlers would die due to overdose throughout the years. Slowly he began to lose many of his family members as well, beginning with his little sister. “She used to do something I could not stand. She would say ‘I’m sitting next to Marc, I called it,’” said Mero.

However, after college she got a job at General Electric and a routine health screening revealed cancer. “She never lost her will to live. I went to the hospital and she was worried about me,” said Mero. Years later while on a tour in Japan, Mero received a call that his mother had died. “I flew home for her funeral, but I couldn’t walk up to her casket,” he said. Just a couple of weeks later, Mero’s younger brother passed away after

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and you should see signs of new growth. If you can add a heating mat underneath them it will help to heat up the soil, which will move them along a little faster. Put them outside in late April, after all danger of frost. Bolivian begonias that have been over wintered can get 3 to 4 times as large as they did the first season. I have one that I have kept going for over 10 years and the tubers are now the size of a small cow pie. Over the years I have taken cuttings of coleus, attempted to save Mandevillas, Abutilons and other

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Darin Reid was appointed to the position of Community Resource Paramedic in February 2019 by North County Fire & EMS. Paramedic.


Fire departments launch Community Resource Paramedic Program

The city of Arlington Fire Department and North County Fire & EMS have announced a partnership to launch a Community Resource Paramedic program. The Community Resource Paramedic program will be bridging a gap between the patients firefighters see regularly and the community services that already exist to help meet their needs. Through a contract with the city of Arlington, North County Fire & EMS will be providing the service to the area both agencies serve. Firefighters from Arlington and North County Fire can use the Community Resource Paramedic service to keep paramedic units available for higher risk emergency responses and promote emergency department diversion. The program is designed to work with people released from hospitals to keep them from needing a return trip, connect residents with the more than 50 social service agencies that can provide medical and non-medical assistance, remove barriers to health care services, and assist the law enforcement embedded social worker

teams. Community Resource Paramedic programs are typically less costly and more effective in meeting the true needs of patients that make multiple calls to 911 for services or multiple trips to the emergency room for non-emergency health care needs. Darin Reid was appointed to the position of Community Resource Paramedic in February 2019 by North County Fire & EMS. Paramedic Reid has 33 years of experience in the fire service, primarily in Clark, Island and Snohomish counties. His last position before joining North County Fire & EMS was as a shift Battalion Chief for North Tucson’s Mountain Vista Fire District. There he assisted in transitioning a private fire department into a county fire district. He previously served as a Federal Contractor in Afghanistan for the U.S. State Department and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as a clinical and tactical paramedic and a Chief Fire Officer for the Stanwood-Camano Fire Departments, where he designed and implemented their Medic One Program. Reid also served on the

Snohomish County EMS Council and on the Executive Board for the North Regions EMS Trauma and Casualty Care Council. Paramedic Reid has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Eastern Oregon University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program with an Outstanding Achievement award. He is accredited as a Chief Fire Office and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He was formally sworn in at the Feb. 13, 2019, North County Fire & EMS Board of Commissioners Meeting. North County Fire and EMS Chief John Cermak stated, “We are excited to bring this new service to the residents of North County and Arlington that has proven to improve patient care and connect patients to the services they truly need.” Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski said, “The Community Paramedic program has reduced emergency service costs for taxpayers in other nearby communities. We are optimistic that the program will have the same results here.”

Marysville spokesperson now a Master Public Information Officer The city of Marysville’s Communications Administrator, Connie Mennie, has joined a select group of only 65 people nationwide recognized as Master Public Information Officers. Established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2017, the MPIO program is a year-long professional development program that prepares senior level public information officers for an expanded role in delivering public information and warning using a strategic, whole community approach. It is the Department of Homeland Security’s highest level of training and credentialing for public information professionals. “The Master PIO Course is the pinnacle of our training for emergency public information professionals,” said FEMA Emergency Management Institute Deputy Superintendent Michael J. Sharon. “It solidifies the skills they learned in our Basic and

Advanced PIO courses to build seasoned communicators who are ready in times of crisis.” Participants contribute to the body of knowledge for emergency management through evaluation of leadership, group dynamics and functional best practices of joint information centers (JICs) and by conducting peer-reviewed research resulting in a paper published by the National Emergency Training Center Library at the U.S. Fire Administration. The Public Information Officer’s role in emergencies is to deliver important information to the public so they can make informed decisions. Today the city’s Emergency Management team conducted an Emergency Operations Center exercise in conjunction with Snohomish County and other regional entities. Gov. Jay Inslee has declared October as Disaster Preparedness Month.


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Toxic politics are assaulting our health The “P” in EPA stands for Protection, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect our water and our health. Instead, EPA plans to allow more known toxic cancercausing chemicals to enter our water supply. EPA decided to roll back our existing Human Health Criteria without consulting the tribes or the state. Only after an outcry from the Washington Democratic congressional delegation did EPA agree to a single hearing Sept. 25 in Seattle. Treaty tribes are co-managers of the natural resources of this state. EPA’s process violates the federal government’s trust responsibility to the tribes. A public hearing is an inadequate forum for government-to-government consultation. The hearing seemed more like a formality and public venting of frustration than anything else. “We’re here to listen,” EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Lee Forsgren told a packed hearing room of a few hundred tribal members, representatives from environmental groups and citizens opposed to the rollback, along with a handful of industry representatives who support the move. Many doubted the sincerity of Forsgren, a political appointee who joined EPA in 2017 after serving as an industry lobbyist and is now in charge of protecting water quality. Nearly 200 people spoke out against EPA’s proposed rule with only four in support. If approved, the changes mean that every bite of seafood we consume will contain higher levels of toxic chemicals and carcinogens. EPA plans to roll back the protections against these carcinogens to the equivalent of decades-old standards – or worse – based on incorrect science.

Lorraine Loomis Oil producers, pulp and paper manufacturers, and a few other industrial polluters oppose water quality protections in our state because they say it increases their cost of doing business or is simply not possible. They ignore the economic value of clean water, the cost to public health, and tribes’ treaty-reserved rights to harvest fish that are safe to eat. “This is scary for me because of the amount of fish my people eat. Exercising those treaty rights should not put our communities at a disproportionate risk of cancer,” said Patrick DePoe, a Makah Tribal Council member. “When did it become okay to value industry over human life?” “If you see this little 2-yearold girl in here and you think it’s OK for that child to eat so many cancer-causing chemicals, this is wrong,” Suquamish tribal member Lydia Sigo testified. “Any parent knows this is wrong.” “Our river is the second most toxic river in Washington state,” said Nancy Shippentower, a Puyallup tribal member. “You as the EPA need to do something about this mess, not only for our children and grandchildren, but for humanity.” EPA’s move is also bad for salmon and orcas. Puget Sound salmon have higher concentrations of contaminants, such as PCBs, than salmon from other parts of the Northwest. Studies

show that some juvenile salmon accumulate significant amounts of toxic contaminants before they even migrate out of Pacific Northwest rivers. PCBs become more concentrated as they move up the food chain. Orcas are at the top of the food chain, so they accumulate more of these harmful chemicals than other animals, which can lead to reproductive disorders, compromised immune systems and cancer. Nursing orca mothers transfer PCBs to their offspring, affecting their growth rates, future fertility and ultimately their survival. We agree with Maia Bellon, the director of the state Department of Ecology, who testified that “. . . our lakes and salmon deserve better, our children and future generations deserve better. It is time EPA steps aside and lets us protect our waters the Washington way.” You can help protect your health and our natural resources from EPA’s misguided move. It’s shaping up to be a long fight, but we will do everything in our power to stop industry and EPA from compromising our health, economies and natural resources. Get a copy of the proposed rule and comments could be for the record at nwtt.co/epawithdrawal until Oct. 7. After that date you can show support by contacting your federal legislators at usa.gov/elected-officials. Being Frank is a monthly column written by the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chair, the column represents the natural resources management interests and concerns of the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington.

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Our Favorite Quotes "If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you're okay, who watches out for you and wants the very best for you, don't let them go. Keep them close and don't take them for granted. People like that are hard to find." Author ­— Unknown Submitted by North County Outlook editor Scott Frank.



RAVE: Thank you to Marc Mero and everyone responsible for bringing him here to speak in Marysville and Lakewood, His presentation was emotional, inspirational and motivating. RAVE: I wanted to say thank you to Jim Ballew, the former director of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department. He spent nearly three decades serving

the community. He significantly increased the number of parks in the city, as well as greatly expanding the recreational and community events that we enjoy today. And congratulations to Tara Mizell for being named as the new director of the Parks, Culture and Recreation Department. She has some big shoes to fill, but with her long experience with the department, I'm confident that she will do a great job.


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Win It Wednesday: Middle and high school students: You're out of school early today. Come to the library to play a fun card game and win snackish rewards just for playing. Choose from Unstable Unicorns or Superfight. Held Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning at noon, at the Arlington Library,

135 N. Washington Ave. Preschool Storytime: Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. For ages 3-5. Caregiver required. Held on Wednesdays, Oct. 16-30, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

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Teen Maker Day - Frankentoys: Just in time for Halloween, come channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein and construct your own monstrous creation by disassembling old toys and using their parts to make your own horrifying masterpiece. For grades 6 and up. Held Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at 3 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Sew Thoughtful: On Oct. 18 the Clothing and Textile Advisorswill be sewing totes for children who are being temporarily cared for at Safe Place in Everett. Bring your sewing machine,

regular sewing equipment and a few basic colors of construction thread. Kits and instructions will be provided.  Bring your brown bag lunch, beverage and enjoy sewing fun.  Meeting is at the Cedar Valley Grange,  Lynnwood  from 10-2. For more information contact Arlene Harrison 425-743-0118. Viking Hall Open House: Viking Hall inn Silvana need volunteer and financial support. They will be having an open house of Oct. 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m. with a dessert social with all homemade desserts. Raffles and gift baskets will be available. Viking Hall is located at 1331 Pioneer Hw. in Stanwood, Spooky Science: the amazing oozing pumpkin trick, make balloons scream and create a spooky edible "dirt" dessert. For ages 6 and up. Held Saturday, Oct. 19 beginning at 2 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Toddler Storytime: Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. For ages 19 months to

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www.northcountyoutlook.com 3 years. Caregiver required. Held on Mondays, Oct. 21 and 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Baby and Me Storytime: Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes and activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime follows. For newborns through 18 months. Caregiver required. Held Tuesdays, Oct. 22-29, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

COMING EVENTS Waggin’ Tales: Read a tale or two with Arlington's favorite registered therapy pets. For children and families. Held Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Pine Needle Basketry with Vicky Nickelson: Coiled baskets are as old as the history of man. Come and learn the technique of coiling with pine needles with Northwest artist Vicky Nickelson. Materials are limited; registration is required. Held Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 145 N. Washington Ave. Family Chicken Dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center will be having it Family Chicken Dinner on Nov. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Stillagumaish Senior Center. The dinner includes roaster chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, rool, vegetables and dessert. Cost for the dinner is $8 for seniors, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. There will be live entertainment by local musicians. Please bring canned goods for the food bank. The Stillaguamish Senior

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Binky Patrol: Binky Patrol, which meets at a private home in Marysville, provides quilts and afghans to Snohomish County infants and children who need comfort.Volunteer knitters, quilters and crocheters are needed, as well as donations of fabric, batting, thread or money to buy sewing supplies. In particular, the group is looking for volunteers interested in helping make quilts. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information: call Ernalee Munday at 360-659-7198.

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work on these highways, it’s going to dilute the effects of what we do in Arlington,” said Tolbert. Vanney said he was not able to attend the forum for personal reasons, but provided comments to us. He saw many of the same challenges for the city. “Growth is something that all of us will have to deal with. I’m all for this growth as long as we plan for the growth properly,” said Vanney. The growth areas need to be identified early in the process, he said. “Start the discussion with those communities early and involve them with the planning of the growth that will affect them,” he said. Infrastructure is necessary to support the growing town, he said. “There needs to be more

accountability for planning for growth to avoid the traffic issues we experience today,” said Vanney. Opioids and homelessness also need to be addressed. “I am encouraged by the results that we are seeing with the Embedded Social Worker with our Law Enforcement and would like to see this program fully funded for its continued success,” he said. Arlington City Council Pos. 4 The Pos. 4 race is between Michele Blythe and incumbent Sue Weiss. Blythe has lived in Arlington for about 15 years and has 30 years experience in banking and finance. She said one of the biggest challenges for the city will be homelessness. “Chief Ventura has done a great job with his program of how can we help versus just giving out money,” she said. One of the other large

challenges will be the growth coming to the city, and it she said it concerns her as she moved to Arlington to be in a small town. “The other side of that is would you rather live in a town where nobody wants to live?” she said. She hopes to improve the city’s communications for a more transparent government. “I know it’s a two-way street and that people need to want to be involved, but I think we could do a much better job of getting our messages out,” said Blythe. Weiss was not able to attend the forum but gave us comments about what she hopes to work on in the city if re-elected. She said infrastructure improvements continue to be a need for the city. “With all the development coming in, we need to catch up on infrastructure in all areas. This not only includes repair and maintenance of existing

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roads, but additional roads, traffic improvements, sidewalks, etc,” she said. Public safety is another area that requires more attention. “I hear the concern in the citizens' voices when they speak to me about their fears of increased crime and traffic with all the new development,” she said. Finally she wants to bring more living wage jobs to Arlington. “If we are to expect citi-

zens to work and live in Arlington, we need more companies to come into Arlington that will pay our citizens living wage jobs,” said Weiss. Arlington City Council Pos. 6 Mike Hopson is running unopposed for the Pos. 6 seat but said he still wanted the public to know what he stood for. At the forum he said one of his biggest issues was housing. “The fact is many


household incomes don’t keep up with the cost of market-rate housing, and this is forcing many toward homelessness,” he said. He hopes to encourage different types of housing in the community and is proposing a tax-exemption program for housing with units of affordable housing. “We need a variety, not just large complexes of 300 units, but it needs to be integrated into the community so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb,” he said.

Our Best Friends Ella & Loki

News Briefs Come have coffee with Mayor Nehring Marysville residents and business people are invited to come have coffee with Mayor Jon Nehring to talk informally about city programs and services. Stop by Monday, Oct. 28, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Marysville City Hall, 1049 State Ave. A City Council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided for the Coffee Klatch. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Oct. 25 to Leah Tocco, Executive Service Coordinator, at 360-3638091 or ltocco@marysvillewa.gov. Mayor Nehring holds informal Coffee Klatch sessions several times a year to meet with residents and hear their concerns. City staff are also on hand to answer your questions.

Family escapes mobile home fire A family’s escape from a destructive mobile home fire in Marysville Oct. 3 serves as a reminder for all residents to have working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan. Two adults and two children escaped

from the home in the 5500 block of 6th Ave. NE just before 4 a.m., after one of the adults woke up and saw smoke. The family exited safely through a window and went to a neighbor’s home to call 911. Marysville firefighters arrived minutes later to find the home fully engulfed with flames. More than a dozen firefighters from Marysville, Everett, Tulalip Bay and Getchell Fire spent close to one hour extinguishing the fire. One dog died in the fire. No one else was hurt. The home did not have working smoke alarms. It is critical to have smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom of your home. Most home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or without working smoke alarms. We also urge families to practice a home fire escape plan. Ensure windows used as escape routes are not blocked by furniture or other items. This fire remains under investigation by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office. Damage is expected to be around $100,000. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

This is Ella & Loki (Cavapoos) who are Best Friends of Rob & Anastasia.

Send us photos of you and your pet The North County Outlook has a weekly feature titled Our Best Friends. Community members can send us photos of them with their pets and we will elect one to run in that week’s issue. To submit a photo, please send it to editor@ northcountyoutlook.com. Please include the names of the people and pets in the photo.

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Crafts • Holiday Items White Elephants Loyal Heights Community Club Hall 4305 - 269th Pl. NE Arlington Bazaar Contact: 360-435-2998

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Lakewood schools look toward future ____ By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Lakewood School District officials and local community members gathered on Oct. 9 to talk about the future of Lakewood schools. Recently appointed Lakewood schools Superintendent Scott Peacock talked with parents and community members and encouraged them to talk about where they would want to see local schools do at the ‘Lakewood Community Cafe’ event. Peacock started at the district this summer after spending 26 years with the Snohomish School District. Being new to the area he hopes to listen to the community and build a plan for the future from their input. “I don’t have a vision for Lakewood. And the reason why is that who am I to come in here and have a vision for all of you. Lakewood doesn’t need to be fixed,” said Peacock. “You all have some things you’ve been doing that are awesome and you all also have things that you want to do,” he said.

Peacock said he wants to work with the community to bring together a vision for the future. “I hope that we get a lot of thinking about what it is people want to do and create here in Lakewood,” he said. “I want people, when they’re talking about their ideas here, that they can go out and do some of those things as well … we can get direction from the community about what they want and at the same we can say ‘you can do some of this stuff yourself and we’ll support and help you,’” Peacock said. Since starting at the Lakewood School District Peacock said he has been meeting with the community. “I’ve been meeting people in a lot of different forums,” he said, including local groups, PTA meetings and staff. “Tonight, what I wanted to do is to provide an opportunity for us to come together as a community,” he said. “This is not about just


Tulalip resident Malana Richwine was recently named the 2019 National American Miss Washington.

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pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Pageants each year award $1.5 mill in cash and prizes in for girls vying in four age divisions between 4 and 18. National American Miss Pageants are based on inner beauty, poise, presentation and offers an "All American Spirit" of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on gaining self confidence, learning new skills, develop good attitudes about competition and achieving personal goals. For more information, go to www.namiss.com.

I hope that we get a lot of thinking about what it is people want to do and create here in Lakewood.


Scott Peacock

going through the motions, I really want to know what you’re feeling and thinking,” said Peacock. He wants to continue seeking input for community connection and input after the Lakewood Community Cafe event, including with more personal neighborhood coffee events. “I’m inviting people to make some neighborhood coffee events where I can come in and listen to a little bit more of the individual

stories, and talk a little bit more about what they see priorities for their neighborhoods and their children,” Peacock said he hopes to continue to hear from parents about what they want from schools. “I just think that Lakewood is a remarkable community and have felt that they love to be together and has deep relationships, and I just hope this contributes to that,” he said.


Lakewood School District superintendent Scott Peacock talks with parents and community members at a “Lakewood Community Cafe” event on Oct. 9.

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October 16, 2019 North County Outlook  

October 16, 2019 North County Outlook