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Rotary helps put finishing touches on new splash pad at Haller Park By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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Local musician Marvin Edwards performs at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show auditions on May 8.

Performers shine at talent show auditions By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Auditions for the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show were held on May 8 and 10 with many performers returning to take part in the show for another year. The talent show has been

a staple of the festival for many decades now. “I enjoy it dearly and I like watching these kids grow up and get better and better every year,” said Marcy Giesler, who has helped organized the show for See TALENT on page 2

After years of supporting fundraising for a Haller Park splash pad the Arlington Rotary helped put in some of the final work for the project before its opening. The splash pad grand opening is scheduled for May 23. Rotary members came out on May 11 to help put in sod at Haller Park around the splash pad. The park's irrigation system and concrete structure has been put in place and most of the work for the splash pad is done. "They worked out all the bugs yesterday, and they got all of them out except for one small thing," which wouldn't interfere with the See SPLASH PAD on page 2

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Arlington Rotary member Paul Ellis moves some sod in a wheelbarrow while helping some of the final work needing to be done at the Haller Park splash pad on May 23.

Service clubs promote volunteerism ____ “ By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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Marysville Soroptimists member Renae James, right, and husband and Marysville City Council member Mark James spread bark chips over the Strawberry Fields Dog Park on May 11.

Service clubs from around Marysville came together to improve Strawberry Fields Dog Park and encourage families to come out and volunteer on May 11. Local service clubs like the Marysville Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists and others have begun to meet once a month with the Marysville YMCA with the goal of helping to promote volunteerism. "Our goal is specifically to get more families in the city of Marysville and Tulalip Tribes to really volunteer in their communities and strengthen their communities," said JJ Frank, executive director of the Marysville YMCA. On May 11 members of those groups

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grand opening, said Jim Kelly, Rotary member and the city of Arlington's Public Works director. The remaining work that needs to be done is more sod, pedestrian lights that need to be installed, landscaping, and some aesthetic staining of the concrete at the splash pad, said Kelly. "The concrete is going to replicate the Stillaguamish River, with different colors of blues and aqua blues," said Kelly. "I really like the design they have going on here with raccoons and designs that are representing Arlington," said Arlington Rotary member Steffen Emard, who helped volunteer lay sod. "I think it's going to be awesome." The Arlington Rotary has worked to raise funds for the past few years for the splash pad through community organizations and

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more than two decades. “Some of them are really into it and progress with every show,” she said. The event allows local performers to get up on the stage and perform. “I was here two years ago but then I got sick for the actual show,” said Raya Jakobsen, who hopes to sing at this year’s talent show.

through their annual Duck Dash fundraiser. Kelly said that many community organizations came together to provide a splash pad and he wanted to thank those organizations. The Stillaguamish Tribe was the largest donor with $550,000 and a Washington state grant also covered a large amount of the project that came in over $1 million. "The Rotary has been involved with Haller Park for a very long time and a lot of that time was spent fundraising," said Kelly. "I think it's very due that we get to help with some of the last finishing touches here before they open it up to the citizens," he said. For the Rotary, Haller Park has been a focus for a while now. "I'm excited. My kids can't wait to get out here. They love the park we added here a while ago and to add this splash pad is going to be another big addiShe said she wanted to be part of this year’s show because she loves singing. “I have a passion for singing and I thought it would be fun,” she said. “I like performing because I feel connected to the crowd and it’s fun to sing to them and entertain them." Musician Marvin Edwards said he has been taking part in the show since 1999. “I sing in my car and I come here, so that’s two

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Rotary member Steffen Emard, right, and daughter Evelyn Emard help to lay out some sod near the Haller Park splash pad on May 23. tion," said Jessica Ronhaar, a member of the Arlington Rotary. The splash pad was an idea to further improve the park to provide a safe place to play in water during the summer heat. "I think we were looking for a different outlet for people with water besides the river, where accidents can happen," she said. She also expects that a splash pad will make Haller

Park much more popular in the region as a whole. "As we're trying to make Arlington a destination location, this will become a destination to come to and help the businesses downtown as well," said Ronhaar. "This park is going to be a fantastic community asset, but not just for the Arlington community, for the entire region and anybody can come down here," said Kelly.

places where I’m allowed to sing,” he joked. He started when he was a child and his father encouraged him. “One day he knocked on my bedroom door hearing me singing and told me he knew a place up in Marysville I should sing,” said Edwards. Edwards said he enjoys coming back each year to the talent show. “Every year I see some bright shining future star

here or just someone who has a lot of talent that inspires me,” said Edwards. “I just have a good feeling when I come here.” Giesler said providing the show helps build local performers confidence. “I think it helps their inner self come out,” said Giesler. “It’s amazing that they just improve and improve and improve." She also enjoys how sharp the show’s production is each year. “I asked my cousin to judge one year and he thought ‘oh, it’s just like a school talent show’ and when he got here he told me he didn’t realize it was such a big event,” said Giesler. She is expecting 25 to 30 acts this year, including a number of new acts because of some local performers that are no longer able to make it because they went off to college. The Talent Show will be June 13 at the MarysvillePilchuck High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Winners from each category and age bracket can receive trophies, ribbons and/ or prizes. For about the past 25 years Gielser has been putting on the show and hopes to continue. The annual talent show is part of the Strawberry Festival which returns in June this year. Festivities start on June 8 with Kids Day at Asbery Field which includes some shows from kids performer Alex Zerbe. The Funtastic Carnival returns on June 13, weather permitting. The Strawberry Festivals Grand Parade happens on June 15 this year at 7:45 p.m. A full schedule of events is available at maryfest.org.


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Walk raises awareness for missing, murdered women ____ “ The Tulalip Tribes hosted Washington state activists for their second annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Walk on May 10. Jade Carela, member of the Tulalip Tribes, director of the Legacy of Healing Children’s Advocacy Center and one of the organizers of the walk, said that the high rate of missing and murdered women on reservations has been going on in the country for many years. “It’s been something prevalent in Indian country but it’s never gotten attention,” she said. “It’s happened within our own community and it happens with every reservation.” However, Carela said that the issue doesn’t get the attention it deserves. “We do have missing and murdered indigenous women that people just never cared about, it was just brushed under the rug like it was another day,” she said. She hopes that events like the walk can help others see some of the issues that need fixing. “Personally, as a Native American woman, we need to bring more awareness to issues we face on reservations and as Indian people,” she said. “By being able to hold an event like this, that’s ex-

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 Tuesday, May 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 May 24 to Leah Tocco, Executive Service Coordinator, at 360363-8091 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. Sure, you love our paper... but don’t forget to

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actly what it’s doing,” she said. To help raise awareness Tulalip hosted a group of regional Native American activists for the second year. “There’s a group of women that have a coalition and reach out to all the tribes about their walk from Olympia all the way to Blaine,” said Carela. One of those women is Earth-Feather Sovereign, of the Colville Confederated Tribes, who talked at the event. “We are here today in honor of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and all missing and murdered people, including our two-spirits,” said Sovereign. “I know that everybody has been touched in one or another by someone who has gone missing or ended up murdered,” she said at the walk. Sovereign led a group of Tulalip Tribal members and community members through one of the local

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neighborhoods during the walk. “We will be dropping some tobacco and praying along the way,” she said. Carela said that Sovereign and the others wanted to walk through some of the local neighborhoods as part of the walk. “One of the reasons why some of our people are being murdered or missing is because of domestic violence,” said Sovereign. Carela was happy with the turnout this year. “Last year it was really little,” she

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Arlington baseball heads to State By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington baseball team took on the EdmondsWoodway Warriors at the Everett Memorial Stadium for the final round of the 3A District Tournament on May 11. Arlington opened the game by putting up three runs in the top of the first inning while the Warriors

responded with two of their own in the bottom of the same inning. Neither team was able to score in the second, but the Eagles managed to extend their lead in the third as they doubled their run total to lead 6-2. Over the fourth and fifth innings, Arlington scored six and two runs, respectively, while shutting down Edmonds-Woodway. After

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Arlington’s sophomore pitcher Jacob Burkett throws a strikeout in the top of the first inning against Edmonds-Woodway at Everett Memorial Stadium on May 11.

creating a huge lead of 14-2 the Eagles were able to end the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning. After the victory, Arlington took the third-place finish in the 3A District Tournament. “It feels good to be able to ride a game like this one into the Regional Tournament and I’m definitely pumped for it. The main thing is that we need to focus on ourselves because if we do our job, then I like our chances against anyone,” said Eagles’ senior left fielder Andrew Smith. Arlington’s Andrew Smith and Paul Chung had incredible performances fielding and at the plate all game long. Smith was perfect at the plate as he went 4-4 with two singles and two RBIs as well as notching game-highs with two doubles and three runs. Chung, senior shortstop, was also flawless at the plate with three hits, one walk, two singles, one double, one run and a game-high four RBIs.

“It was fun to see the guys go out there, hit the ball hard and make some plays when they had to. We’ve been making a few errors in the field, which is unlike us, so I think we can clean that up. If we keep competing the way we have been, I think we have a deep run in us,” said Arlington Head Coach Scott Striegel. The Eagles also had big plays all over the field from Cole Cramer, Jacob Burkett, Jack Sheward and Cameron Smith. Cramer, sophomore second baseman, put together three hits, two singles, one double, two runs and two RBIs. Burkett, sophomore pitcher, was on the mound through all five innings throwing four strikeouts and only allowing three hits. He also tallied one single, two RBIs and one run at the plate. Sheward, senior catcher, finished the day with three singles, one run, two RBIs and a game-high three stolen bases. Smith, senior first baseman, found success

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Paul Chung, Arlington’s senior shortstop, takes the grounder and throws off-balance to record the out at first against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on May 11. on the base paths as he went 2-3 with two singles and two runs. If you want to cheer on Arlington, their next game will be against the O’Dea

Fighting Irish for the first round of the 3A State Tournament. The game will be held at Sherman Anderson Field on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

Cougars move on to District Tournament By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Lakewood softball team hosted the Ferndale Golden Eagles to close out the regular season on May 8. The Cougars got off to a quick

start as they shut down the Golden Eagles in the top of the first inning while scoring a run in the bottom of the same inning. They continued to extend their lead as they kept the shutout over the next two innings while putting up three more runs on the scoreboard.

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Lakewood’s sophomore designated hitter Addison Wagner gets caught at first base against the Ferndale Golden Eagles at Lakewood High School on May 8.

Lakewood entered the fourth inning up 4-0. In the fourth inning the Cougars exploded in a dominant performance, as they kept the shutout and scored 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. With an enormous 15-0 lead, Lakewood was able to end the game early while recording the win. With the victory over Ferndale, the Cougars capped off a 14-game win streak and set the school’s new regular season record of 17 wins. “We’re a defensive team, we rely on shutting teams down and we’ll take the clutch hits when we can get them. Throughout the season and moving forward we think we can compete with anyone that we go against. Districts will be an exciting tournament and we’re hoping to be one of the three to make it to State,” said Lakewood Head Coach Travis Boortz. Lakewood’s two pitchers RileyMae Swanson and Olivia Poulton had huge games from the mound and at the plate. Swanson, sophomore pitcher, finished with three innings pitched with seven strike-

outs. She also went perfect at the plate going 4-4, two singles, two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Poulton, senior shortstop and pitcher, came in to pitch two innings with two strikeouts, as well as earning two singles, two runs and two stolen bases. The Cougars also had big contributions from Ashtyn Falor, Abby Freeman, Natalie Krueger and Riley Molloy. Falor, sophomore catcher, had two hits, one single, one double, two runs and one RBI. Freeman, sophomore center fielder, went perfect at the plate going 2-2 with a walk, single, triple and two RBIs. Krueger, freshman second baseman, tallied one single, a walk, two runs, one RBI and a stolen base. Molloy, senior left fielder, also finished with one hit as she had one single, a walk, one run and two RBIs. If you want to support the Cougars their next game will be against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves in the first round of the 2A District Tournament. The game will be held on May 15, at 4 p.m., and played at the Janicki Fields.

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Olivia Poulton, Lakewood’s senior shortstop and pitcher, looks to the outfield as her outfielder records the out against the Ferndale Golden Eagles at Lakewood High School on May 8.

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M-P defeats Scots, falls to Mavericks Pet By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys soccer team travelled to Shoreline Stadium to take on the Shorecrest Scots in the second round of the 3A Boys Soccer Tournament on May 7. The Tomahawks made a statement to start off the match as they put up their first goal in the fourth minute. Shorecrest put pressure on Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense as they started to get aggressive after falling behind early 1-0. The Scots were unable to find the back of the net throughout the first half while the Tomahawks scored two quick goals before halftime, in the 35th and 38th minute. Marysville-Pilchuck

entered halftime with a commanding 3-0 lead. In the beginning of the second half the Tomahawks stayed strong on the defensive end as they kept Shorecrest from getting deep into their territory. The Scots made their first impact on the scoreboard in the 55th minute as they worked a possession slowly downfield and took multiple shots in order to convert one. Through the rest of the match MarysvillePilchuck relied on their strong defense and kept Shorecrest to their single goal as they advanced to the District Finals with a final score of 3-1. “We prepared mentally, we have one of the best defenses in the league and we believed that if we

got ahead early then we could stay in front. The main thing was just worrying about this one before looking forward to the rest of the postseason,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley. Marysville-Pilchuck’s biggest contributors on the offensive end were Randy Galvan, Alden Dufour and Victor Aguilar. Galvan, senior forward, has been one of the biggest weapons for the Tomahawks throughout the season and stepped up once again by putting in the first goal of the match. Dufour, senior mid, scored the team’s second goal as he converted on a penalty kick. Aguilar, junior mid, put in the final goal in the first half off of a cross-goal assist from senior mid Carlos Macias. “Games like this get my adrenaline pumping and

when I see the ball, I want to be aggressive and just attack it right away. It means the world to me that we secured our spot in State. We’ve all worked so hard for this and it’s an amazing opportunity,” said Tomahawks goal keeper Eric Ibanez. Ibanez, senior goalkeeper, was a huge part of the Tomahawks win. He controlled the match from between the posts as he put together multiple big-time saves and kept the Scots to one goal. The Tomahawks went on to lose in the District Tournament finals on May 10 against the Meadowdale Mavericks. After losing to the Mavericks by a score of 3-1, Marysville-Pilchuck secured second-place at the District Tournament and move on to the 3A State Tournament.

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Q: Dear Dr. P: I’ve heard that Ephedra (Ma Huang) can help with allergies, is this true, and is it safe? Bill A: Bill, Ephedra sinica or “Ma Huang” like many plant medicines has been used for centuries. It was historically used for the treatment of colds, asthma, hayfever, bronchitis, edema, arthritis, fever, low blood pressure, and hives. In 1927 its alkaloid ephedrine was synthesized, and since that time drugs such containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine have been widely used in over-thecounter cold and decongestant preparations. Ephedra, is sympathomimetic and positively inotropic, which means it increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and pumping force of the heart, as well as dilates the breathing passages (hence it’s use in asthma and allergies). It’s contraindicated in persons with anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, thyroid disease, prostate enlargement. Like over-the-counter decongestants, Ephedra can have side effects like headache, insomnia, increased heart rate, and at high doses even life-threatening heart arrhythmias. Because of potential interactions and side effects, Ephedra is not my 1st choice when treating allergy or asthma. Many other options with fewer side effects are available and just as effective. Have a great month.

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LWSD planning facility improvements By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Lakewood School District plans to build a new middle school STEM lab, a new Cougar Creek Elementary roof and a new district office with leftover funds from their bond. After the completion of the new Lakewood High School and other projects that were part of the bond the district received $11.5 million in Washington state matching funds. After other projects such as portables and new ball fields for the district were completed, about $7 million of that $11.5 million remains. Lakewood school officials talked with locals at a May 6 meeting about what they planned to build with the remaining funds. Those projects include a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab at Lakewood Middle School, a new stadium roof at Lakewood High School, merging the transportation and facilities into one building, a new district office and a roof at Cougar Creek Elementary. The Cougar Creek Elementary roof is costing a lot in maintenance, said Dale Leach, director of learning support and operations at the district. “The roof has exceeded its warranty and life expectancy,” he said. “With all the snow in February we started to have to do some patching … water was getting into the infrastructure." A roofing consultant said the roof could have a year

or less of life left in it, said Leach, and a more permanent solution is needed for the building. The Lakewood High School stadium has seen a lot of improvements in the last couple of years. “We just spent a lot of money on a new surface for the track, lights at the stadium, and LED lights in the bathroom,” said Leach. The next step is a new roof. “There are a lot of birds that roost in the space between the iron works and the ceiling,” said Leach. This causes bird droppings on the seats that have to be scrubbed down before every game. The district used to pressure wash, however they learned they don’t have the water drainage capacity to do that too often. “So now we only pressure wash for the really big events like graduation,” said Leach. Lakewood Middle School will receive a new STEM lab with 3D printers and CNC machines. “We’ve been looking at how we can promote those kinds of technical skills that we do at the high school,” said Leach. “We have lots of kids that need that hands on experience,” he said. The lab is something the district has been looking at for a while and is meant to provide exposure to technical skills at an earlier level for Lakewood students. The lab would be in the middle school’s old shop room, which currently hosts the district’s facility depart-

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ment. Because of that, the facilities department would move to the transportation facility which would be expanded. “We’re already permitted because we planned to expand our existing transportation facility,” said Leach. The new facility would bring together a lot of the district’s departments which are scattered throughout multiple campuses right now. The technology department and food service department are both located elsewhere, but would be closer to administration with a new merged building. Finally, a new district office would be built. “I’ve been a part of many school districts and building a new district office has always been a hard sell,” said Leach. “What I haven’t seen be-

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because of the old “crumbling” foundation, said Leach. The district has spent a lot of funds in the last couple of years on maintenance to the building, such as for a

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Get rid of your documents at Shred-A-Thon By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Marysville locals will be able to get rid of their personal documents, old electronics and plastic foam (such as Styrofoam) at the annual Shred-A-Thon on May 18. The yearly event will return to Marysville City Hall at 1049 State Ave., Marysville from 9 a.m. to noon. The event provides a free location to get rid of personal documents and residents can bring up to six standard-size file boxes for shredding. Two shred trucks will be at the event to dispose of the paper and recycle it. “This is a great thing we do for the community members here,” said Leah Tocco, Marysville’s executive services coordinator

and one of the organizers of the event. “Identity theft is definitely a concern for a lot of our residents,” said Tocco. She said that people appreciate the security of being able to get rid of their documents with the professional shredding trucks. “I think people like the event because it is a good time to clean out all of your personal documents you don’t need anymore,” she said. The event happens right after tax season as well, to provide a time when people might want to clean out some of their personal papers. “This is a safe and secure place to dispose of your documents,” said Tocco. The event is a partnership between the city of

Arlington schools seek public input By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington School District is seeking the public’s input and feedback in their 2019 Family and Communities Survey. The survey is available for community members at www.asd.wednet.edu/communications/surveys/2019_ family_and_community_ survey. The district plans to continue collecting responses until June 4. “We’re required by state law to send out an annual survey for families and communities members,” said Gary Sabol, director of communications at the district. The district also wants to know what people think about the schools, as well, said Sabol. “The purpose of the survey for the district is to get feedback from the community about how we’re doing,” he said. Last year’s results are posted on the district’s website. This year’s questions were largely chosen to mirror last year’s. “What we want to do this year is to match the questions closely from last year so that we have an applesto-apples comparison of the answers,” said Sabol. “So, hopefully, we’ll see what we have improved on and what we need to work on more,” he said. This year’s results will also be posted to the district’s website once they are collected. The primary topic of the

survey is about school performance in general. “We want to hear how we can improve our schools and our communications to our community members,” said Sabol. The survey has questions such as how parents would prefer the district communicate with them, and how well local principals and teachers are performing. In addition there are some new questions, such as about the “positive growth mindset” that teachers have been trying to instill in students. The ‘mindset’ is about emphasizing that becoming good at a skill is more about work than talent. “Dr. Sweeting and the district have put an emphasis on positive growth mindset,” said Sabol. There is also another new question about the district’s buses. “We want to make sure that they’re safe and clean,” he said. Sabol said the district’s plan is to keep the survey up for about a month. “That seems to be long enough to get the amount of feedback that we want,” he said. The district ran it for about two months last year but they didn’t really receive many additional responses from keeping it open that long, he said. Sabol hopes parents and community members take the time to give their opinions. “We would love any person’s feedback about the district and how we’re doing,” he said.

Marysville, HomeStreet Bank, the Marysville Sunrise and Noon Rotary clubs and the Marysville School District. Marysville Rotary clubs will help get rid of plastic foam products (such as Styrofoam) to be recycled. “You can’t just put those in your recycling like you can with other products,” said Tocco, so it’s good to have a convenient place to drop them off. Marysville Mountain View Arts and Technology High School also accepts donations of old computers or electronic devices, such as computer towers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, cell phones, digital cameras and gaming consoles. They cannot accept printers, broken flat-screen monitors and CRT moni-

tors. Donated electronic items go to the school’s Technology Repair lab which recycles and repairs various electronic items and donates them to groups around the country and around the world. The event is free, although donations are accepted for the Marysville Community Food Bank. Tocco said that many people come to the event each year. “This is a very popular event with Marysville residents and we start getting calls for it at the beginning of the year,” she said. She recommends that people not come early and avoid getting there right at the start time as well, as that is typically the busiest time for the event.

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More hatchery fish needed Each April for the past 35 years I’ve said the same thing: This was the most challenging North of Falcon process we’ve ever had. Every year that’s true as the tribal and state salmon comanagers’ job of sharing and rebuilding a steadily shrinking resource becomes more difficult. Since 1984 the state and treaty tribal salmon comanagers have gathered each spring for the North of Falcon process to develop fishing seasons that meet the conservation needs of ESAlisted salmon runs while providing limited fishing opportunities. As usual, it’s a mixed bag of returns for 2019. More coho are expected to return, but poor returns of Stillaguamish, Nooksack and mid-Hood Canal chinook will limit fisheries in some areas. Low returns of naturally spawning chum and pink salmon also are forecast. North of Falcon is named for the cape on the Oregon coast that marks the southern boundary of the management area for Washington salmon stocks, which extends to the Canadian border. While the process for setting salmon seasons through NOF can be highly complex, the rules for getting there are simple: Be polite and try to meet each other’s needs while protecting weak stocks and ensuring that enough adult salmon escape harvest to sustain the next generation. Our biggest challenge has always been developing fisheries in the face of ongo-

Lorraine Loomis ing salmon habitat loss and damage. We’re still losing habitat faster than we can restore it. But that main cause for the decline of salmon populations throughout the region is now being complicated by climate change, southern resident orcas, and an explosion of seal and sea lion populations. Whether spawned naturally or in a hatchery, salmon need plenty of cold water. Climate change led to a blob of warm water that persisted along the Washington coast for several years and resulted in record low salmon returns. Drought conditions caused by climate change in recent years left many Washington streams running low with high temperatures that can be lethal to salmon. The needs of southern resident orcas must also factor into salmon season decision-making by the co-managers. Like the chinook salmon they depend on, their population continues to steadily decline. The tribes and state agree that increased hatchery production is needed to help them survive. Meanwhile, California sea lion and harbor seal populations in western

Washington have exploded in recent years. It’s gotten to the point that they are eating more than six times more salmon than are harvested by Indian and non-Indian fishermen. The co-managers agree that we must gather data on the populations, diets and ecological impacts of seals and sea lions in the region to ensure that their management supports recovery efforts for salmon and southern resident killer whales. The job of managing salmon isn’t going to get easier soon. That means every management decision that the tribes and state take as co-managers requires increasingly careful consideration and closer coordination. A strong step in that direction came with the recent appointment of Kelly Susewind as director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Although new to the world of salmon management, he provided strong leadership during the North of Falcon process to help the tribes and state meet our shared conservation challenges. That kind of cooperation between the tribes and state always has been and always will be the key to healthy salmon population 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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Middle and high School students: you're out of school early today - comelearn to play the game Unstable Unicorns. Held Wednesday, May 15, beginning at noon, at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Apologetics Forum: Meeting on Friday, May 15 at 7:00 PM at the Calvary Chapel

Church at 9428 4th St. SE, Lake Stevens, WA. Chris Ashcraft, Science teacher at Cedar Park School, speaks on Fossils and Evolution. Details at ApologeticsForum.org. Refreshments plus resources at meeting.

Business Pros - Branding for Business Growth - Four Steps to Define Your Brand and Map Your Growth: To improve your business, invest in your brand. Learn what your brand is and is not. Understand how transforming your business into a brand helps it stand out. This library class will be hosted offsite at the Stilly Valley Collective, co-working space: 103 E 3rd Street, Arlington. Held Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave. Apologetics Forum: Meeting on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE, Arlington, WA. Kyle Justice, Founder of Awesome Science Media, speaks on The Heavens Declare. Details at ApologeticsForum.org.

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The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: May 15, 2019 Personal Representative: Joanne L. Wheeler Attorney for Personal Representative: Steven J. Peiffle, WSBA #14704 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON AMENDING ARLINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 14 RELATING TO THE CITY’S AIRPORT REGULATIONS.”

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LEGAL NOTICE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SNOHOMISH COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: CHERYL ANN CHASTAIN, Deceased, NO. 19-4-00797-31, PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS, RCW 11.40.030 The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: May 8, 2019 Personal Representative: Chris Chastain Attorney for Personal Representative: Steven J. Peiffle, WSBA #14704 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Snohomish County Superior Court, Cause No. 19-4-00797-31.


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Arlington Playspace offers daycare ___ “ By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Arlington Playspace opened in downtown Arlington in March to offer a flexible daycare option for local work-from-home parents. It is located at the Stilly Valley Collective at 103 E. 3rd St. in Arlington. Owner Mary Andersen is a mother and also runs her own bookkeeping business, which inspired her to create a childcare option that fit more into an everchanging schedule. “It kind of all started because I was trying to find a solution out of traditional daycare,” she said. “Most days I don’t need all-day, and with most daycares it’s all-or-nothing,” she said. That kind of model makes sense for a tradition-

al daycare business, she said, but an alternative childcare option would be useful for her and other parents. “It’s not designed to be an all-day or everyday type of solution,” said Andersen. The business is located in the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce’s co-working space, the Stilly Valley Collective. “Right now I’m only allowing people to use the service if they are remaining in the building, just until I get clarification if I can do something like a true drop-in,” said Andersen. “I’d like to be able to do that, but first I want to get this to make sense for the business,” she said. Parents that work-athome or who are starting their own business can drop off a child and then do work at the Stilly Valley Collective.

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group selected. "We felt this would be a good collaborative project to start out with," said Frank. The service clubs will continue to meet every month and Frank said that the goal is to have more projects in the future that commu-

“Typically we would have parents in here that are working toward starting a business, or they're working on a project for their business, or maybe they’re a student,” said Andersen. Parents also have the opportunity to drop off their child if they want to attend the classes offered at the building or partake in services from businesses, such as the massage therapists in the building. “Moms who want to have a massage but don’t have someone at home to look after their kids, we can look after those kids,” said Andersen. Clients should book 24 hours ahead of time. “That’s mostly so I can staff it correctly,” said Andersen. Those who plan to frequently use the childcare service can also buy monthly packages that offer a cer-

nity members can come out to. "We're trying to engage, inspire and motivate other families to come out, so we'll be having at least quarterly volunteer projects that people can be involved with," said Frank. Members of groups at the event said they were happy to participate in the service project and be a part of the program.

It kind of all started because I was trying to find a solution out of traditional daycare.

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tain number of drop-offs per month. Andersen said that the daycare is generally open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but they also stay open until 6:30 p.m. once a week as well. More information about the local childcare business is available at arlingtonplayspace.com or by calling 425-754-7900. Online booking is also available at their website.

"Soroptimists is about their community so we want to do anything we can to help our community. We love the partnership with all the other service clubs and organizations, and so we're excited to be a part of that," said Renae James, a member of the Marysville Soroptimists. Marysville Mayor and Rotary member Jon Nehring said it was

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Mary Andersen at the entrance of her new Arlington childcare service, Arlington Playspace, at the Stilly Valley Collective on May 7.

good to see a lot of the service clubs working together on something. "We want this to be about all the clubs coming together," he said. "From Rotary's standpoint we don't want it to always be about Rotary projects, we want to support projects that other people are organizing as well," he said.

Frank hopes to encourage more volunteers to come out and improve their community. "It's a blessing on both sides. It's a blessing to the giver and receiver. When you give back to your communities, that's when you have stronger communities," he said. "I think you can only get stronger by building those connections," he said.

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Untangling the mystery of wisteria vour your yard Out of all the before your very different types of eyes. Worst of vines that I have all, often it won’t sold over the even bloom. years, wisteria is However, when by far the queen properly mainof them all. It is By Steve Smith tained, a wisteria the personification of what people think vine can be simply gloriof as a vine and when gar- ous. The question then bedeners want a plant that comes: “How do I “properly will travel and cover some maintain” my wisteria” so it space, I always recommend won’t eat my house and will wisteria. But, it’s not a plant bloom every year”, here is for the faint of heart. If left some guidance. unattended, it can rip the One of the most frevery shingles off your roof, quently asked questions tear down your gutters, or that we receive here at the topple over your fence. In nursery is: “Why doesn’t just a few short years it can my wisteria bloom?” and climb to the top of an 80- there are a couple of reafoot tree. The stems can be- sons. First of all, when you come so large that they will purchase a wisteria, ask eventually crumble the very for a plant that has been boards that were designed grafted. Seedling plants can to support them. It can de- take 10 to 15 years to come

into bloom, but a plant that has been grafted will usually bloom the first year you plant it. Be sure you understand where the graft is located, because any growth that develops from below the graft will need to be continually removed. Wisterias will grow just about anywhere, but perform best in at least a half-day of sun and well-drained soil. In addition to starting out with a grafted plant, the secret to getting wisteria to keep blooming is in the pruning. Once it is established, you will need to do a summer pruning followed by a winter pruning or else all you will have is a huge tangle of vine and only some scattered blooms. Here’s how you do it. Somewhere around the

4th of July, you need to cut back all the twiggy growth to within 12 inches of the main stems. This will keep the vine within bounds and start the process of setting buds for spring. It is always okay to do “light” pruning anytime, but this summer pruning must be done if you expect to have lots of flowers the following spring — it may take two seasons before you start reaping the rewards of this regime. For the rest of the summer you can let your wisteria grow. In the winter, preferably late February or early March, you should again go in and shorten all the twiggy growth — this time you need to cut it back to within 6 to 9 inches of the main stems — those 6 to 9 inch stubs that you have left are

Wisteria can be well worth the time and effort. where the flowers will develop for spring. This is an aggressive pruning program that may seem extreme if you don’t understand the value of it. It has the potential for creating huge spousal conflicts, but trust me, it works. Your wisteria vine will be tidy and full of blooms instead of a rat’s nest of twigs and few-to-no blooms.

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If you follow this regime you should have a very wellmannered vine with lots of fragrant blooms around this time of year, which will make all that pruning feel well worth the time and effort.

Steve Smith is the owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, WA & can be reached at info@sunnysidenursery.net.

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