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MARYSVILLE • ARLINGTON • SMOKEY POINT • LAKEWOOD • TULALIP • QUIL CEDA VILLAGE

FEMA camp helps teens learn emergency preparedness By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Kids from around the region learned how to suppress fire and move debris to be better prepared for disaster as part of a summer camp from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency, with help from Marysville officials, put on the first summer camp of it’s kind at Camp Killoqua in the Lake Goodwin region. From Aug. 18 to 23 kids from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho all participated in the very first preparedness emergency camp that FEMA has put on. “This is the first time we’re doing a youth camp like this on scale and scope,” See FEMA on page 3

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Kari Killinger, left, and Bella Killinger consider adopting a guinea pig that Kari is holding during an animal adoption event on Aug. 24.

Small animals featured in local adoption event By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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Elliot Anderson, left, learns the technique of cribbing meant to remove large debris from an injured person at a emergency preparedness summer camp run by FEMA on Aug. 20.

Small local animal rescues gathered for an adoption event for the third consecutive year in Smokey Point on Aug. 24. Food, vendors and a few

of the smaller animal rescue organizations came out to display their animals at Arlington Tractor Supply. Locals could see a variety of animals from horses to cats to hamsters and gerbils.

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Concert raises funds for art, children Strutz Party in the Park raises money for Arlington Arts Council and the Mike Turner Memorial Foundation By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Popular local rock and roll bands performed in downtown Arlington to help raise funds for public art and children's organizations at the Strutz Party in the Park on Aug. 24. The event was organized to benefit the Arlington Arts Council and the Mike Turner Memorial Foundation. Toby Strotz runs the foundation and is part of the Strutz Band which had done StrutzFest for a number of years in Darrington. "They haven't done the StrutzFest for a

few years so we thought people would want to come see the band," said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager. "It's a good opportunity to bring him [Strotz] downtown," she said. Strotz said he was happy to participate in the local project. "I wasn't doing StrutzFest this year and she asked if I would come in and play and I said 'sure,'" he said. "It would be a great opportunity to have some local people see a couple good bands and raise some money for the Arts Council and my foundation also," he said. The local Mike Turner Memorial Foundation has been active for about a decade and provides donations to various groups to See CONCERT on page 2

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The Michelle Taylor Band plays at the Strutz Party in the Park at Arlington's Legion Park on Aug. 24. From left, Robert Morrill on drums, Michelle Taylor singing and Rob Baker on bass.

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Evergreen State Fair August 22 – September 2 Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe

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Anacortes Open Streets August 25, 11am – 3pm Anacortes

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Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market

September 7, 9am – 2pm September 14, 9am – 2pm September 21, 9am – 2pm Riverwalk Park

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Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show September 7, 8am – 4pm Arlington Airport

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Lake Stevens Triathlon September 7, 8am Downtown Lake Stevens

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Snohomish County Career Fair September 10, 10am – 2pm Tulalip Resort Casino

Art in Legion Park September 14, 10am – 6pm September 15, 10am – 4pm Arlington, Legion Park

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help local children. "Yearly we sponsor north county Special Olympics, youth sports and also Children's Hospital," said Strotz. "For five years we did StrutzFest to raise money for those," but without that income he thought they would participate in something new this year. The Arlington Arts Council also hoped to raise funds for public art around town.

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“I think it is pretty cool. I like how they have so many different types of animals to look at and potentially adopt,” said local Joslyn Henderson. The event is an opportunity for the smaller organizations to gather. “This year my regular Red Waggin’ has come down and the newest rescue is the Heart String for Horses as well,” said Paul Lewis, who runs the Tulalip animal shelter Forgotten Kingdom and organizes the event each year. Heart Strings for Horses in Granite Falls is one of the few small rescues in the region that works with horses. “We take in any orphan foals, train them and teach them to drink from a bucket

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"We were looking at other fundraisers besides the auction to raise money," said Sarah Arney, president of the Arlington Arts Council. Volunteers helped to run a beer and wine garden at the event. "We had a beer garden in Art in the Park one year but this is the first time we've had one with a rock and roll concert. And Toby is a pretty well-known local musician. We thought he would draw a crowd and that he should have the opportunity to play on the stage," she said.

and so that you can handle them and then we find adoptive parents,” said Beverly Boshart, executive officer of the organization. The event supports small, volunteer-run rescues that help animals. “There are quite a few small organizations around, we’re one of the few horse ones. We’re very small so we rely on donations and volunteers,” said Boshart. “I do this in my spare time as I work full time as well." Lewis said that all the animal organizations have to work together to continue providing services. “We’re the ones who take the case load off the other ones,” he said. “Like the Everett Animal Shelter, they get overloaded and with us they don’t have as much of a case load." It can be difficult out

Supporting a concert is also in-line with supporting art in Arlington as well, said Arney. "We believe in all kinds of art, and music is art also," she said. "We want to support the musicians in the community as well as fundraise." The money raised is meant specifically for public art that the Arlington Arts Council helps fund. "It's made Arlington a much more interesting place, in my opinion, with sculptures along the trail and murals around town," said Arney.

there for the organizations that are more local. “We need funding from the people. Almost everyone in the world has a pet so they know how hard it is to take care of them,” said Monica Lynn, vice president of Forgotten Kingdom. Lewis said there is often a high closure rate. “This year I was shocked at just how many had closed,” he said. “Every year I've got to make phone calls to get everyone invited [to this event] and for a lot of them I was getting disconnected numbers or messages that they’re not operating anymore." The animal adoption event serves as a way to connect to the community. “We’re out here to get the awareness out for adoption and some of the other groups that are local and

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doing really great things,” said Boshart. “We’ll definitely come back." “I like that everyone showed up and we got together. It was a good turnout,” said Lynn. “This is the only time in the year that I can get all these rescues together at one time,” said Lewis. “I like meeting the different rescues and getting new ones in.”


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North County RFA sends levy to voters By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The North County Regional Fire Authority plans to put a proposal on the November to ask for levy funding meant for additional staff and equipment. The local Regional Fire Authority covers areas northeast of Arlington city limits and around Stanwood. If approved the measure would increase their levy collection rate from the current $1.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That increase would mean about $49 per year for a home that is valued at $350,000. The last time the RFA re-

quested a levy was in 2008. “The way it works in this state is that you can only increase your levy collection 1 percent each year,� said John Cermak, fire chief for the RFA. “With 2.4 percent or more in inflation each year you can see how it doesn’t add up." That means the overall property tax rate slowly falls if voters don’t approve a new levy measure. Fire districts in the state must periodically go back to the voters to ask for a levy increase because of the way the state law works, which was put in place by a voter initiative. Cermak said that the RFA is going back to the voters now because they have to begin responding to an increasing population.

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said Scott Zaffram, federal preparedness coordinator for FEMA Region 10 (which includes the Pacific Northwest and Alaska). Although FEMA has done teen training programs before, nothing had been done in a traditional summer camp setting or this lengthy, he said. “Across the country we’re trying to build a culture of preparedness, and we want to find out how we can better engage youth,� he said. Teenagers learned some of the best skills for disaster response such as fire suppression, basic first aid skills and cribbing, a method of moving heavy debris in the event of a house collapse. “I think I’m going to take away a lot of the medical skills,� said Cassidy Miller, a 16-yearold from Stanwood who attend-

“We recently completed a community-based strategic plan about how we respond to increased call volume,� he said. “We have to grow with the area here.� The RFA hopes to begin putting together staffing and equipment to fully man a new station as part of that process. Across the RFA’s jurisdiction there are currently five stations. “We currently have Station 96,� however that station is only staffed by two part-timers, said Cermak. “They only provide basic life support response.� Fully staffing the station is one of the goals of the RFA’s plan. “That would be more fully staffed with these funds,� said Cermak. “That

ed the camp. “I like how we’ve really mixed up our groups and we’ve gotten to work with a lot of different people." Those abilities are important in the event of a disaster, said Diana Rose, emergency management manager for the city of Marysville. “They should know how to take care of themselves, how to take care of their families, how to look out for their neighbors and how to provide light medical treatments,� she said. Zaffram said that the kids will be able to have that knowledge of what to do now. “It could be as simple as ‘this is how you go door-to-door and look for people that may need help,’� he said. “We don’t want them going in and doing something that requires 20 years of experience. But if they’re right there and it’s a life-and-death situation we want them to be able to pull blocks or leverage wood to get someone out to safety,� he said.

is where the biggest growth in our area is happening as well,� he said. Since 2013 the North County RFA has received a call volume increase of about 37 percent, said Cermak. “These funds are important essentially to meet our call demands and prepare for the growth around the county,� he said. Population estimates continue to show the areas around north Snohomish County growing as more people push north of Seattle and King County. “We need to grow with the community,�Cermak said. The RFA is examining other options for funding in addition to their levy proposal.

Having that training is important in the event of a major disaster as emergency response may be tied up with the amount of calls they receive. “In a big event the likelihood that our first responders are going to get to our citizens as soon as the earth stops shaking is very slim,� said Rose. “It’s important for them to understand that they can call 911, but there’s a high likelihood they won’t be able to come,� she said. While Washington state residents don’t have to worry about some disasters like hurricanes there are still threats that can do major damage to neighborhoods. “In Washington state we live in one of the most disaster-prone parts of the country and we see things every year, whether that is floods or fires or earthquakes,� said Robert Ezelle, director of the Washington state Emergency Management Division. “So it is important for people to be

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Station 96 of the North County RFA which the organization hopes to more fully staff in the future. “We’re also looking for grants such as a SAFER [a federally-based Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response] grant which helps organizations like ours grow,� said Cermak. “In the event we get both we could have up to

prepared if something does happen to their community." Marysville officials said that they were excited about the opportunity to work with kids from around the region and with FEMA officials. “Marysville has been investing in our emergency management program and we work closely with our fire district. This is an opportunity to work with our partners at a state and national level,� said Connie Mennie, communications administrator with the city of Marysville. FEMA helps with the CERT program which provides similar training at the city-level, but Rose said it’s good to see that training getting more federal push. “I’m excited that FEMA is taking such an interest in this and pushing this program. We’ve been pushing it at the local level so it’s nice to see it coming from the federal level,� she said.

six more staff members,� he said. People who want to learn more about the RFA or about the levy proposal can talk with the chief, who said his e-mail and phone number are available at the RFA’s website at northcountyfireems.com.

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Chargers return to the gridiron By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

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Lakewood’s junior cornerback Shae Dixon, left, bats down the ball while junior receiver Ethan Guisti, right, reaches out for the reception at Lakewood High School on Aug. 22.

Lakewood readies for upcoming season By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

After a playoff battle to end last season, the Lakewood football team is looking to make a deep run this year. The Cougars had a disappointing year in their division as they went 0-4, but still finished .500 with an overall record of 5-5. They ended their season with a loss in the second round of the District playoffs to the Burlington-Edison Tigers, 29-12. During the offseason they lost 13 seniors from their varsity roster including linebacker Spencer Neiffer, wide receiver/cornerback Michai Harris and center/linebacker Gavin Wright. “We had a good offseason, but it’s not real until we get out here for fall, so we’re excited to get rolling now. We are significantly improved in our offensive and defensive lines, and we are bringing back a lot of experience from last year. I think we are going to be an improved team and we’ll prove it out on the field,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter. Lakewood will come into this season with 18 seniors from last year’s varsity roster and expect to make a huge leap. Their senior class is led by Jared Taylor, Jackson Schultz and Morgan Stacey. Taylor, First Team All-League quarterback, finished last

season with 30 total touchdowns and a combined 2,462 yards on the ground and through the air. Schultz, safety, will be flying all over the field as he had 73 tackles, one tackle for loss and two forced fumbles last year. Stacey, receiver/ outside linebacker, will be a two-way starter as he racked up 205 receiving yards, three touchdowns, 76 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal. The offensive and defensive lines look to be stronger units this year as well, with two starters coming back from an early injury last season in senior tackle Mason Anderson and junior guard Keegan Bach. Two other linemen are making huge jumps this offseason in sophomores Jakobus Seth and Jayden Riley. In their freshman seasons Seth put up 37 tackles and two sacks with Riley adding on 13 tackles. “It’s one thing to have talent and skills, but if you haven’t been out there and done it, you don’t know what it’s like. We have guys who have played significant time on varsity and they can play at a faster speed. We’re expecting big things from them,” said Coach Teeter. If you want to come out and support the Cougars their first home game of the season will be against the Kings Knights on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

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Jackson Schultz, Cougars’ senior wide receiver/safety, runs the ball to the outside during defensive pursuit drills at Lakewood High School on Aug. 22.

Fall sports are beginning to kick in and the Marysville Getchell football team held their first practice on Aug. 21, as they are looking to continue where they left off last year. The Chargers finished last season with an overall record of 5-5 and a division record of 2-4. Heading into the final three weeks of the season, Marysville Getchell only had two wins on the year but went on a huge 3-0 run to finish .500. Their final three games were against the Shorewood Thunderbirds, 28-27, Everett Seagulls, 35-14, and Cascade Bruins, 43-40. During the offseason the Chargers lost a total of 19 seniors off their varsity roster including five allleague players. A few of the notable graduates were First Team All-League outside linebacker Mejinta Adams, Second Team All-League wide receiver Ryan King and four-year starting quarterback Caleb Koellmer. “We had one of the best

off-season’s that we’ve had in years. They put in a lot of hard work in the weight room and did really well in our camps. We’re really excited to get them out on the field and see what they can do,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Davis Lura. Marysville Getchell comes into this season with 11 seniors from last year’s varsity roster, four of which ended last year as honorable mentions for All-League teams. The four leaders in the senior class will be Austin Byron at linebacker, Garrett Devereux at wide receiver, Caleb Blonk at defensive back and Max White at linebacker. The junior class will be looked at to carry a huge role on the team at a few key positions. Reid Kugler will be looked at as a leader on the offensive and defensive lines as he finished as an honorable mention in his sophomore season. Josiah Koellmer will come in as the third Koellmer brother to start at the quarterback position. Landyn Olson is expected to step up as the primary target after finishing his sopho-

Josiah Koellmer, Chargers’ junior quarterback, throws down field during drills at Marysville Getchell High School on Aug. 21.

more season as a Second Team All-League receiver. Finally, Cheron Smith will be playing a lot of snaps on both sides of the ball as he will be the primary ball carrier, as well as a starting linebacker. Smith ended his sophomore season as a Second Team All-League inside linebacker. “Right now we’re working on building our culture

and building off of last year. Early on we’re getting them back into shape and just finalizing what type of team we are going to be as we get into the season,” said Coach Lura. If you’re interested in seeing the Chargers in their first action of the season, they will be taking on the Shorecrest Scots on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

M-PHS football prepares for another successful season

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The Marysville-Pilchuck football team held their first practice on Aug. 21, as they start to get prepared for a successful season. The Tomahawks had a strong year last season as they went 7-3 overall and had a 3-3 division record. They closed out their schedule with two high scoring performances with victories over EdmondsWoodway, 59-47, and Lakeside, 56-34. Over the offseason they lost 16 seniors including two of their anchors on the offensive line, and their stable of running-backs including Trenton Hurst and Bryan Sanders. “I thought we had a really good offseason and today we were able to pick up where we left off. We had a good group of guys put in a lot of time in the weight room this summer and made an effort to get better every day. A lot of them have been battle-tested on Friday nights, so we’re able to throw a lot at them early on,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson. This season, MarysvillePilchuck is coming in with

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Tomahawks’ senior wide receiver Dillon Kuk takes the kick return and brings it upfield during special teams drills at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Aug. 21.

a lot of experience as they have 24 seniors returning from last year’s varsity roster. They will have talent all over the field and it starts with their big men up front in multi-year starters Lukas Ramos and Justin Albee. Ramos finished last season as a Second Team AllLeague offensive lineman. A couple of defensive leaders who will be huge for the Tomahawks will be Jordan Justice and Dillon

Kuk. Justice, senior running-back/linebacker, is coming off of a huge season where he finished as a First Team All-League outside linebacker. Kuk, senior receiver/cornerback, joined Justice on the First Team as a defensive back. Mar ysville-Pilchuck had one last member of an all-league team return this season as their kicker Edgar Martinez, senior, made the Second Team.

“Right now, it’s all about repetitions and making sure we’re doing the little things right. It’s all about skill development and fundamentals for these early practices,” said Coach Carson. If you want to come out and support the Tomahawks their first home game of the season will be against the Oak Harbor Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.


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Marysville Opera House hosts Outdoor Adventure Speaker Series By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Speakers who will talk about their outdoors experiences will return to the Marysville Opera House this September as part of the Outdoor Adventure Speaker Series. This is the third year of the program which brings a speaker on the second Tuesday of the month to the local opera house at 1225 Third St., Marysville. “We’re excited to be coming back after having the summer off,” said Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor for the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department. The program isn’t held during the summer months because most people interested in the outdoors don’t want to be inside during June, July or August, she said. The speaker series will begin Sept. 10. “We’re able to bring really fascinating and fun outdoor enthusiasts to talk about their passions and what they have done,” said Woodmansee. “It’s an amazing series. We have been able to procure some really interesting speakers,” she said. The city has brought in people who have summited the seven tallest mountains of the world and experts in birding or long-distance bicycling. “It’s been an incredibly diverse group of speakers,” said Woodmansee.

The Sept. 10 speaker will be Sue Cottrell who will be talking about the winter raptors of northwest Washington. “She is an absolutely great person who is based out of Bellingham,” said Woodmansee. “She has over 30 years of experience in sporting and the outdoors, including skiing, and used to own an outdoors shop up in Bellingham,” she said. Cottrell is an expert on birds and volunteers for the Falcon Research Group, as well as helping local rescue organizations. “Her real passion is birds and, in particular, some of the raptors of the northwest,” said Woodmansee. “She’ll be talking about the American Kestrel and the red-tailed hawk,” she said. Those birds don’t get as much attention as some of the other large birds like eagles. “She likes to look at some of the birds that are not as widely publicized,” said Woodmansee. Woodmansee also said that Cottrell is a great photographer who will be showing some of her photographs as part of the presentation. “Her presentation is super knowledgable, but also very light-hearted,” she said. On Oct. 8 the next speaker for the

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Sue Cottrell, an expert on birds and will be the September speaker for Marysville’s Outdoor Adventure Speaker Series. series will be Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson, who is National Geographic’s 2019 Adventurer of the Year and author of “Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home,” a novel about long-distance hiking. Photographer Paul Souders and author of “Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay the Quest of the Perfect Bear” is scheduled to be the November speaker on Nov. 12. Roy Robinson Subaru is the main sponsor for the series. Entry to the series is $5 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event is generally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Donations help make Arlington High School stagecraft storage shed a reality The finishing touches are being put on a new stagecraft storage shed behind the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School. AHS received a $20,000 donation from the Braaten family and Boeing to help build the shed this summer. The new shed allows the drama department to expand the scale and scope of scene construction for their productions. The stagecraft program was formerly based in the woodshop, metal shop, room B117 and a small storage area outside the metal shop. “The Braatens generosity and gifts of their immense talents and time have benefitted this community more than anyone could imagine,”

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Registration open for Fall Pickleball League Calling all pickleball players for league play. The Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department is offering a Fall Pickleball League. Divisions available for women's singles, men's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles. Matches consist of three games to 11 and are played on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 12. The top four teams

in each division play in a single-elimination tournament on Oct. 19. Matches take place at the Cedarcrest Middle School Pickleball courts between 9 a.m. and noon. Cost is $30 for singles and $60 for doubles. For registration, information and more details, go to http://apm.activecommunities.com/marysvillewa or call 360-363-8400.

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The stagecraft storage shed at Arlington High School said AHS Drama Director, Scott Moberly. “While many have been witness to the incredible work we create, the Braatens were always there in the trenches, helping out, speaking up and rolling up their sleeves.”

The Braaten family presented the donation to the Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors at their May 29 meeting. The Braatens explained what a positive impact the drama program has had on their

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children. “We wanted to show our appreciation to the Arlington drama program with this donation,” said Darrin Braaten. “The program has meant a lot to our family over the past 20 years.”

Arlington Police arrest man in domestic violence incident At about 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, Arlington Police and Fire Departments responded to a home in the 3700 block of 176th Place NE after a 43-yearold woman called 911 to report her husband was threatening to harm her, their three children, and three other occupants of the home. The wife reported the husband held a knife to her and threatened to harm her and take their children. The wife

and two of the children in the home were able to flee the home, leaving three other children and another woman inside. The man was reportedly preventing the remaining occupants in the home from leaving. After two hours, the man exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. The Snohomish County Sheriff ’s Office, Marysville Police Department, Everett Police

Department, Lake Stevens Police Department, Region 1 SWAT team, and Snohomish County Fire District 22 (Getchell) assisted Arlington Police in the peaceful resolution of this incident. The 34-year-old man was booked into Snohomish County Jail on one count of Assault 2 (Domestic Violence), one count of felony harassment, and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

Sun, Moon and Tides in Snohomish County

Wednesday, August 28, through Tuesday, September 3 Wednesday, August 28 Sunrise 6:21 am • Sunset 7:57 pm

Sunday, September 1

Thursday, August 29 Sunrise 6:22 am • Sunset 7:56 pm

Monday, September 2 Sunrise 6:27 am • Sunset 7:48 pm

Friday, August 30 New Moon Sunrise 6:23 am • Sunset 7:54 pm

Tuesday, September 3 Sunrise 6:29 am • Sunset 7:46 pm

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Live music, food trucks and a fall farmers market will be available at the second annual Harvest Fest in Arlington on Sept. 7. The event from the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce is put on at Legion Park in downtown Arlington. It begins at 5 p.m. with the band the Shameless Hussy beginning around 7 p.m., although opening acts are planned before that as well. “We’re going to have live music from Shameless Hussy in the park, have an evening farmers market with the same type of vendors, and we’ll have a scavenger hunt that will start next Friday,” said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce. Last year was the first time the chamber had put on the event. “It was great. We had over 1,500 people that came through,” said Egger. “The stage is a really great asset to the community, so it’s fun to be able to use it in ways like this,” she said. The response to the event was pretty good, said Egger. “We kept hearing that it looks like a Hallmark movie because we strung up all the lights and because of

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the farmers market,” she said. This year’s event will have the same type of feel, she said. This year’s band will be the Shameless Hussy. “They describe themselves as good time blues, rock, R&B and soul,” said Egger. People are encouraged to come to the park to hear the band and bring chairs. “It’s just a lot of fun. We are encouraging everyone to bring their lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and umbrellas if the weather looks like it’s going to be bad,” said Egger. There will be beer and wine served at the event again this year, although Egger said the event will

still be family friendly. “We’ll have the beer and wine garden again, with cider from Elemental Cider who recently moved to Arlington,” she said. Food trucks and a farmers market will also provide more opportunities for food and shopping at the Harvest Fest. New this year will be a high-tech scavenger hunt that will begin before the Harvest Fest and will be announced on the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. “It’s an app that you will download on your phone,” said Egger. “You will search for different things in Stilly Valley and there will be different

businesses to check in to and different pieces of art,” she said. The hunt will range from Oso to Silvana to downtown Arlington, she said. A winner will be announced at the Harvest Fest with a $500 prize. Egger said the event began last year as a way to end the summer season. “It’s kind of a great way to end the summer. After September, your weather gets a little questionable so this is a fun way to bring the community together,” she said. More information about the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce is available at stillyvalleychamber.com.


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ASD will provide school supplies to students By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com For the fourth year the Arlington School District Board of Directors approved providing basic school supplies for all students. “The first year was for the 201617 school year, so this will be the fourth year that we’ve provided school supplies,” said Gary Sabol, director of communications with the Arlington School District. That decision was made after a commission looked at ways to reduce burdens on Arlington families. “In 2014 a fees commission reviewed the cost of the school supplies we request and how those have impacted our families,” said Sabol. “They identified that school supplies can be a real cost for some,” he said. After discussion the school board made the decision that school supplies should be provided by the schools. “The board authorized the district to pay for the school supplies

for all students,” said Sabol. So far the reaction to the program has been very good through its first three years. “The reaction has been very positive,” said Sabol. “And some of that we’ve heard in person and some from comments on social media. They’re very appreciative and say that it has been helpful.” Providing school supplies is one way that the Arlington school board tries to make sure the district remains equitable between low-income families and other families. “Everything the board does is through a lens of equity,” said Sabol. “The cost of school supplies is an impact for some families, certainly not all, but some families may need the help,” he said. The program also allows parents to have less stress as summer break comes to a close. “It is just one less thing that they have to worry about as they are sending their kids back to start the new school year,” said Sabol. For this year the school supply

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Presidents Elementary fifth grader, Payten Bisson, helps to delivery school supplies to classrooms at the school. budget was increased at all levels. For elementary school students the budget increased to $22 per student. Middle schools saw an increase of $1,000 per school and high schools saw an increase of $2,000. Sabol said that the board of directors continues to try to make

the school district as equitable as possible. “Every year the fee schedule is reviewed, and we look for ways to get rid of fees that are burdensome in the district,” he said. Athletic participation fees were eliminated this year for secondary school for the same reason.

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First Street Marysville. All members and anybody interested in joining the board or becoming a member is invited to attend. Friends of the Arlington Library Book and Bake Sale: Great books and baked goods available at bargain prices. Something for everyone. Proceeds support the Arlington Library. Held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

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Freezing, Drying & Root Cellaring: Time to preserve your harvest with the WSU Extension. Learn about food storage and preservation methods including freezing, dehydration, and using root cellars or miSubmit your events via email to: croclimate storage in your home. Instructor Jennifer Bryan-Goforth has lived Submit your events online at: with a root cellar for 20 years and can offer practiGrant Writing Workshops: cal advice and information. Arlington Book Discus- Grant Writing Workshops No experience necessary. August 28 - September 3 COMING EVENTS sion Group: Come share will be held at the Marys- Registration is encouraged. your thoughts on "Pome- ville library Thursdays, Held Thursday, Sept. 12, Apologetics Forum: Meet- Paper Picado - Mexican granate Soup" by Mar- Sept. 12 & 19, 2-3:30 p.m. beginning at 6 p.m., at the ing on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 Papercutting: Try your sha Mehran. We meet the This two-part grant writing Arlington Library, 135 N. p.m. at the Atonement Free hand at this traditional second Tuesday of each workshop helps you perfect Washington Ave. Lutheran Church, 6905 Mexican art form to make month and new members your ability to craft propos- Bluegrass Boogie Fund172nd St. NE, Arlington, your fall more festive. Inare always welcome. Books als that effectively and suc- raising Event: The StillWA. Ron Payne, Creation vent your own designs or for discussion are chosen cessfully deliver your orga- aguamish Senior Center is Speaker and Tour leader, try some provided patterns throughout the year. Held nization’s message to poten- hosting a Bluegrass Boogie speaks on Lake Missoula to create colorful flags and Tuesday, Sept. 10, begin- tial funders. Session One: Fundraising Event on SatFlood, a Message of Catas- banners. For ages 6 and ning at 6:30 p.m., at the Crafting Proposals That urday, Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., trophe. Details at Apolo- up. Held Saturday, Sept. 7, Arlington Library, 135 N. Pack a Punch (Sept. 12). gesturing the Cliff Perry geticsForum.org. Refresh- beginning at 2 p.m., at the Session Two: From Budgets Washington Ave. ments plus resources at Arlington Library, 135 N. to Attachments, Character Band. Doors open at 5:30 meeting. Washington Ave. Strawberry Festival Board Counts, and Balancing Stats p.m.. Tickers are $30 or $25 of Directors Election: with Stories (Sept. 19). Pre- if a member of the center. A Marysville Strawberry Fes- sented by Debra Jensen, a chuckwagon dinner will be tival will be holding their Seattle area nonprofit con- served and there will be a Annual Board of Directors sultant and freelance grant no host winds and beer bar. PROMOTE YOUR REGIONAL EVENT statewide with a Election, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. writer. Please preregister as Raffle ticks will be sold for $325 classified listing or $1,575 for a display ad. Call this at the Festival office 1412 space is limited. The Marys- more than 30 items. Must newspaper or 360-344-2938 for details. have Tickets to attend. Tickets available at the center. The Stillaguamish Senior Center is at 18308 Smokey HOUSECLEANING: Disabled veteran seeking families Point Blvd. A PLACE FOR MOM has helped over a million families in need of housecleaning. Reliable, trustworthy service. find senior living. Our trusted, local advisors help find soluPlease call Ray at 206-751-0939. Learn to Square Dance: tions to your unique needs at no cost to you. Call 855-415Come learn to Square 4148. Dance, beginning Monday, Sept. 30, from 7-9 p.m. at ATTENTION: OXYGEN USERS. Gain freedom with a the Totem Middle School Portable Oxygen Concentrator! No more heavy tanks and Cafeteria, 1605 7th St. NE, refills! Guaranteed lowest prices. Call the Oxygen ConcenMarysville. Get healthy and trator store: 844-495-7230. make new friends dancing to modern upbeat music! DONATE YOUR CAR TO CHARITY. Receive maximum No experience or partner value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All condiis necessary. Experienced tions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details, 855-635-4229. dancers will be there to partner and assist in class. STILL PAYING TOO much for your MEDICATION? Save Dress is casual and the first up to 90% on RX refill! Order today and receive free shiplesson is free. For more information, call Eric or Cinping on 1st order - prescription required. Call 866-685dy at 425-334-4374 or email 6901.

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Volunteers help at libraries ____ “ Steve Glaze found his calling as a volunteer for Sno-Isle Libraries and active member of the Friends of the Arlington Library. He’s one of the many volunteers who help keep Sno-Isle Libraries operating smoothly day to day. The Los Angeles native said he’s always had a passion for books, thanks to his father, and he appreciated the dedication his mother gave to volunteer causes. Glaze, 61, and his wife, Linda, moved to Arlington six years ago. He retired after working 30 years for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as a billing analyst. He had free time in a new community. “I knew I wanted a part-time job,” he said. Glaze volunteered with the Arlington Community Food Bank and Cascade Valley Hospital. One day in early 2017, he visited the Arlington Library during a Friends of the Arlington Library book sale. He remembered his passion for books and his mom’s passion for volunteering. So he signed up to volunteer for Sno-Isle Libraries and joined the Friends of the Arlington Library. He roughly paraphrased famed bank robber Willie Sutton and said, “Where’s the place with all the books?” As a Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer,

Glaze wheels a cart through the rows of books, CDs and DVDs at the Arlington Library with a list of titles to fill customer requests (also known as “holds”). For the Friends of the Arlington Library, he helps stock the ongoing book sale at the library and helps at the Friends’ monthly book sales and bake sales. Funds from those sales support programming and other library needs. “Friends” groups are separate from the library, but dedicated to support it. Glaze’s dedication earned him recognition from the city of Arlington. Mayor Barbara Tolbert presented him with the Mayor’s Volunteer Award on July 15. Through July, Glaze has volunteered 187 hours for Sno-Isle Libraries and 225 hours for the Friends of the Arlington Library. He encourages people to get involved in their community by helping however they can. “Volunteer for something you have an inkling for,” Glaze said. “There are lots of volunteer opportunities. Check the internet. Lots of places need help. Volunteer for something you like to do.” Sno-Isle Libraries has nearly 700 volunteers offering their service in 23 community libraries and the district service center, said Christine Stansfield, Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer and

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Arlington Drag Strip Reunion will be at Arlington Airport on Sept. 7 By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Dragsters and other racing cars will be displayed and rev their engines at the annual Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 7. This year’s show is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arlington Airport field. The parking entrance for the event is on 188th Street. Kids enter for $1 and spectators enter for $3. The Arlington Airport field used to host races in the 1950s and 1960s, which is why the event is held there. “There’s a lot of history with this race track,” said Bill Kinney, one of the main organizers of the event. “It was quite a busy race track in its day,” he said, adding about 11 world records were set on the track. The car show typically hosts a lot of specialty race vehicles each year. “There’s not many places that you get to see this many race cars,” said Kinney. Many of the racers will also start the engines of their cars at the event as well. “People get to see vintage cars firing up their engines, you can smell the nitro,” said Kinney. “That’s the big part of the show that you don’t see elsewhere that often,” he said. Racers come out to the event to meet with spectators as well. “People from the racing world show up and you can often get some signatures,” said Kinney. Part of this year’s event will be to honor one of the racers who had come many times to the event. “This year one of our big attendees, Jim Green, passed away,” said Kinney. “He’s been involved with us since day one and usu-

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said Kinney, who said the event has put more than $100,000 back into the club since the car show began. The event has also helped other nonprofit organizations as well, like the local Arlington Community Food Bank and the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auto shop. The Port Gardner Vintage Auto Club also helps organize the event and donates some of their proceeds from raffles to local charities.

Kinney hopes that this year will be another good car show. “We’re excited and hoping to have some good weather for this year,” he said. “One of the shows that we used to compete against changed their date so we’re expecting a little bit more turnout to this year’s show as well,” he said. More information about the annual event is available at arlingtondragstripreunion.com.

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Ornamental grasses can be used in any landscape Ornamental groundcover. grasses are an Grasses can interesting class be divided into of perennials. two basic groups, They have some based on their unique qualigrowth cycles: ties that make C ool-Season By Steve Smith them an essenGrasses — These tial part of my borders, as begin their growth in early they should yours. Unfor- spring, reaching their full tunately, many gardeners size before summer heat still see them as weeds that hits. They are usually low either need to be sprayed to medium sized plants and with Roundup or trimmed most are evergreen. Some with the Weed-Eater. This may actually brown out in column will hopefully find hot summer weather. Clipping or mowing in July right some converts. Ornamental grasses can after their bloom cycle enbe used in many ways in the courages lush re-growth for landscape: from bold speci- fall. Warm-Season Grasses men subjects (like Pampas grass) to large massed plant- — These begin growing in ings waving in the breeze, or late spring, flower, and set as low groundcover, edging seed in late summer or fall, or even in containers. Some and often provide great grasses are grown for their fall color. They should be colorful foliage in green, pruned back in late Februgold, red, cream or white ary or early March. — sometimes even striped The single most imporor banded. Others may be tant maintenance rule for valued more for their showy growing healthy, attractive flower plumes, spikes or grasses — with few excepseed heads. Several kinds tions — is to cut the foliage provide dramatic and last- back at least once a year. Cut ing interest throughout the back grasses just as the new winter months. Before you growth begins to appear. start stressing about these For most grasses this is early grasses spreading all over spring. Warm season grassyour garden, let me put your es are generally cut to within mind to ease. Almost all or- a few inches of the ground. namental grasses sold today Cool season grasses are usudo not run. Rather, they are ally trimmed down to twoclumping varieties that are thirds of their full size. very well behaved. Ornamental grasses can The selection of grasses fill difficult garden niches. has never been better than Many species are drought it is today, with an astound- tolerant and will thrive on ing range of height, spread, neglect, once established. color, and flowering habit. Conversely, there are several There should be room in varieties that do quite well in every garden for at least one damp or boggy soils — some variety of ornamental grass, types even thrive in standing as they can fill a variety of water situations. There are functions. Tall, upright- grasses for full sun or dense growing types create visual shade, clay or sandy condiinterest, especially when tions, and acid or alkaline used toward the back of the soils. You name the situation border. Their fine textures and there is probably a varicontrast nicely against the ety of grass available to do coarser foliage of broad leaf the job shrubs or perennials and If you have yet to garden they can remain attractive with ornamental grasses, well into the winter. Medi- hopefully you will reconsidum-sized grasses are effec- er and give them a try this tive when massed together, summer and fall. At least particularly in gardens with come down to the nursery a low-maintenance empha- and give us a shot at convertsis. Spring flowering bulbs ing you — at last count I saw combine well with these for over three dozen varieties to early season interest. Low- choose from. growing grasses are ideal for edging around shrubs Steve Smith is the owner or combining with spread- of Sunnyside Nursery in ing evergreens. When mass Marysville, WA and can be planted, they will form an reached at info@sunnysideattractive low maintenance nursery.net.

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