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Communities commemorate 9/11 Marysville ceremony honors 9/11 victims, Lt. Jeff Thornton

By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, Marysville community members gathered to remember the event and those who were killed. Local pastor Dan Hazen said community members continue to keep the event in their memory to give the event it’s proper weight and legacy. “We recognize that to remember is hard work. To remember often brings pain. But to remember often brings value to what we remember,” he said. Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring thanked everyone for coming to the ceremony to honor the fallen as part of


Silas Cano gets in the driver's seat of a Waste Management garbage truck at the city of Marysville's Touch a Truck on Sept. 14 PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON

Marysville firefighters salute as part of the local event to commemorate 9/11. the city of Marysville's annual event to commemorate the day. “It’s so heartening to see so many people come out from the Marysville community and stand with us to say that we will never forget,” said Nehring. Nehring said the day was

shocking to much of the country. “Most of us here will remember the horror and helplessness we all felt while watching the devastating news reports on 9/11 and the weeks that followed,” he said. “In less than two hours,

what had started as a normal day ended with nearly 3,000 people from 93 countries dead,” he said. He wanted to recognize the work of first responders on that day who helped many people get out of the See MARYSVILLE on page 2

Arlington remembers 9/11 By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Arlington officials gathered to commemorate 9/11 and remember the events of that day from 18 years ago. For many of the people who lived through that day it’s something that is still fresh in their memory, said Dave Kraski, Fire Chief of the Arlington Fire Department. “There are things that happen in our lives and we’ll just never forget where we were,” he said. Kraski said that he remembers watching the news with his daughter on that day. “I think I just stood there and held her for a couple of hours,” he said. Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura said the city continues to remember the day in part to keep talking about Sept. 11 so that children will know the significance.

“We’re at a turning point in the process of remembrance. Most of our entire school population was not alive on 9/11,” he said. “I think it’s important that the students continue to be educated and learn,” he said. The Arlington Fire Department welcomes kids from Post Middle School each Sept. 11 to their downtown Fire Station 46. That is where the department keeps their own piece of the day: one of the steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center debris that was sent to Arlington. “We explain to them the memorial, have a slideshow we show them and give them a tour of the station,” said Kraski. “It brings back a lot of memories of that day,” he said. Kraski said they talk See ARLINGTON on page 2

Families enjoy Touch a Truck By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Children got to get into the driver's seat of fire engines, school buses and public works vehicles at Marysville's Touch a Truck. The annual event was held on Sept. 14 this year and brought a number of difference vehicles to Asbery Field. "It is going amazingly well. We have a huge turn-

out and are excited everyone could come out today, and the weather is cooperating," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the city of Marysville. The city of Marysville helps organize various big rigs and trucks to come down to the field for the day for kids.. "It's a great opportunity for everybody to see the See TRUCK on page 3

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World Trade Center. “Eighteen-thousand people were working in the World Trade Center complex. Most were evacuated safely thanks to the first responders and rescue personnel on site,” said Nehring. “Survivors were able to walk down 88 flights of stairs with glass everywhere, water gushing down. It took an hour to make this walk for many of them." Nehring said that many families were left without fathers and mothers that day. “I was watching a bit this morning as they read the names [of the vic-


tims] in New York. One of the ladies was reading the names and one of the names was her father,” he said. “It makes you think about all the empty seats at dinner tables and empty bedsides that were a result of this tragic event,” he said. For Marysville, Sept. 11, 2001, also has another significance as beloved firefighter Jeff Thornton also passed away that day due to cancer. “Here in Marysville we also take a little bit of time to remember one of our own,” said Nehring. “On the same day of the terrorist attacks we lost Jeff Thornton, an 18year veteran with Marysville Fire. Jeff will always be remembered as a favorite son of the Marysville family," Nehring said.

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Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura speaks at this year’s Sept. 11 event in Arlington.


Marysville Fire District Capt. Matt Campbell strikes the bell to honor the fallen at Marysville’s event to commemorate 9/11.

about how much things have changed because of 9/11. “If you’re 25 years old you probably remember going through the airport without all the security,” he said. The memorial helps provide a connection to the East Coast and a piece of history in the town. “We have an officer from New York and he thinks it's pretty special we have this,

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too. It’s a connection to New York for many of us who have never been there, but for this officer who spent many years there it’s a connection for him as well,” said Ventura. The events of 9/11 affected many, not just those who died, but also those who continue to suffer illness or did work to help the recovery, said Ventura. Ventura’s brother was a military reservist who was unexpectedly pulled in to help. “They said ‘we have to cross-train you in something, we’re just going to make you a mortician assistant. Don’t worry, we never use them, we just need you to run the gym,’” he said. “Unfortunately, after 9/11 nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. Ventura said his brother helped with efforts at both the Pentagon and ground zero of the World Trade Center. Officials hoped that by continuing to remember the event the legacy of the day would live on. “By sharing the stories we remind the young people that it requires kindness and service to one another to continue growing in a community like Arlington,” said Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert. “It’s through these stories we can put into practice what being a community is all about,” she said.

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Artists display their work at Arlington's Art in Legion Park By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Arlington artists set up in Legion Park to display their paintings, sculptures, woodwork and hand-made jewelry at Arlington's annual Art in Legion Park. The Arlington Arts Council puts on the annual event to support local artists. It was held on Sept. 14 & 15 this year. "It's a chance to display your work," said Arlington Arts Council president Sarah Arney. "Part of our mission at the Arlington Arts Council is to provide opportunities for artists to show their work," she said. Monica Bretherton, vice-president of the council, said the event was going well this year. "We are thrilled to be here and it's

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trucks up close that they normally see," said Kingsford. Kids get a hands-on experience with a lot of the trucks at the event. "The kids love honking the horns, climbing in the driver's seat and turning the steering wheel," said Kingsford. Parents appreciate getting children involved in the day. "I think Marysville did a fantastic job," said local parent James Cano. "I like just seeing all the different fleets of trucks we have here and the kids like the hands-on aspect." It is one of the few opportunities for kids to see the trucks up close. "Kids like just being allowed the touch the trucks.

not actually raining on us and we have lovely music. People are coming and hanging out and we are delighted," she said. Local artist and member of the Arlington Arts Council Katherine Critchfield is one of the artists who displayed their work this year. She said she has been to the event many times. "I've talked to people every time who enjoy art," she said. "A lot of people want to talk about your art and how you're doing it." Critchfield said she enjoys the laidback nature of the event and that all of the artists know and get along with each other. "It's just nice. A lot of the artists belong to this guild or the Stanwood Camano guild and everyone knows each other and takes care of each other. 'Oh, if you're looking for wood why don't

So often we have to tell them 'oh, you can't do that,' but this is their time," said Kingsford. This year's event included trucks from the Marysville School District, Marysville Fire District, Marysville Public Works and the local Army Reserve Center. "It's awesome. It's really cool for the kids to see all the trucks that they get to see all the time. They always look at them and are excited to see them and now they get to climb in them," said local parent Matt Williams. Officials and drivers from various organizations were also at the event to talk about what they do with the vehicles. "The kids and parents can climb up on the vehicles and experience what we do on a daily basis," said

you go over to that booth,' and that sort of thing. It's very collaborative and friendly," she said. Bretherton said that making art is usually a solitary pursuit so it's good to provide an opportunity for local artists to get together for a change. "This is our equivalent of powwow. Usually we are in our studios alone and here we are all together for a change and talking to people in the community about what we do," she said. For many of the people on the Arlington Arts Council it's also a good chance to network and get to know other artists in the region. "We're connecting because there are a lot of artists who may not know about the Arlington Arts Council," said Bretherton. More information on the Arlington Arts Council and their events is available at arlingtonartscouncil.net.

Brigadier General Vincent Buggs with the local Army Reserve Center. Families get to learn about what the vehicles are for by talking with the drivers and other workers. "I think the families learn a lot about the trucks," said Kingsford. "I just heard a family as they were getting into a truck and they were talking about what they wanted to ask the driver," she said. Kingsford wanted to thank all the workers who come out to the event to meet with local families. "It's so amazing that they come out here on a Saturday to be with the community and share what they do," she said. "And thank you to all the organizations who are giving up a Saturday to be here with their community," she said.


Tim Huckeba, left, talks with local artist Katherine Critchfield, who owns Pastels by Katherine, at Art in Legion Park on Sept. 14.


It is going amazingly well. We have a huge turnout and are excited everyone could come out today, and the weather is cooperating.


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She also appreciates the families who come down to the event each year. "Thank you to the community because they come out every year," she said.

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Arlington pummels Squalicum 33-7 By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington football team entered league play against last year's WESCO North 3A Champion Squalicum Storm on Sept. 13. The first couple of possessions for both teams ended with each of them stalling out and being forced to punt. After punting their first possession, the Eagles put together a quick drive through the air that put

them up on the board, 6-0, near the end of the first quarter. The Storm tried to tie it up as they marched down the field but ended up turning the ball over near the Eagles’ goal line. In the second quarter the Arlington offense began to stall as their only score came on a pick-six. With time winding down, the Eagles led 12-0 but Squalicum managed to get on the board with a few seconds left to go into half-


Arlington’s junior cornerback Cole Cramer takes the interception and turns upfield as he scores on a pick-six against the Squalicum Storm at Arlington High School on Sept. 13.

time down 12-7. In the second half Arlington found their stride as they shut down the Storm with strong defensive stands including another pick-six near the end of the third quarter. The Eagles also began to find the balance with their running game as they scored two touchdowns on the ground. With an incredible performance in the half, Arlington walked away with the 33-7 victory and a 1-0 record in the Division. “We had a lot of chances to learn and grow throughout this game and still managed to come out with the win. Last year Squalicum was WESCO Champs and we want to be WESCO Champs this year, so it all started with beating them,” said Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer. On the offensive end, Arlington was led by their sophomores Jacob Kramer, Trent Nobach and Gage Price. Kramer, running back, finished the game with 78 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and over 50 return yards. Nobach, quarterback, had a few rough drives


Arlington’s sophomore running back Jacob Kramer takes a run to the outside against the Squalicum Storm at Arlington High School on Sept. 13. in the first half but ended the game with 129 yards and a passing touchdown. Price, receiver, had the only receiving touchdown and 47 receiving yards. The defensive unit had playmakers all over the field including Cade Younger, Cole Cramer, Andrew Brotherton, Hunter Eastman and Quintin Yon-Wagner. Younger, senior cornerback, finished the game with three tackles and a 95-yard inter-

ception returned for a touchdown. Cramer, junior cornerback and kicker, put up three PATs, 5 tackles and a 15-yard pick six. Brotherton, junior cornerback, grabbed the final interception for the Eagles and also added on six tackles. Sophomores Eastman and Yon-Wagner combined for a total of 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass deflections. “It was really nice to see us play so disciplined tonight

and be able to eliminate those turnovers in the second half. After two big wins to start the year we have a lot of confidence, but I think it’ll be my job to make sure that we stay humble and keep working hard,” said Coach Dailer. The Eagles will be on the road for the next two weeks, and their next home game will be against the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

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Chargers battle Red Raiders to a draw By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville Getchell girls soccer team opened their season against the Bellingham Red Raiders on Sept. 10. The Chargers started out the match with a few strong runs deep into Red Raiders’ territory as they racked up a few shots-ongoal early on. Bellingham stayed strong in their back

line and kept Marysville Getchell out of the net. With a lot of physical play from both sides, neither team managed to get on the scoreboard in the first half. The second half was more of the same as both teams fought back and forth for each possession with neither of them being able to find the back of the net. After a strong showing from both squads, the

match ended in a tie at 0-0. This was the first match under the Chargers’ new Head Coach Sarah Hereth as she took the position after serving as the junior varsity coach last season. “We have great communication and a lot of chemistry with our senior-heavy roster. This first one was about getting our nerves out and working toward how we’re going to be look-


Chargers’ senior defender Maddy Grandbois beats the Bellingham forward to the ball at Marysville Getchell High School on Sept. 10.

ing the rest of the season. It was good to see what sets will work for us moving forward and how I can put my team in the best position for success,” said Coach Hereth. Marysville Getchell was led by their strong experienced defense and their young first-year starting goalkeeper. On the backline the Chargers stayed strong with seniors Maddy Grandbois and Faith Sherman, and sophomore Gi Farias-Hernandez. The group managed to keep the area clear throughout the match and provided space for sophomore goalkeeper Kassidy Short to earn her first shutout performance. “It is a huge advantage to have this core group of seniors in my first year as the head coach. They have already set the tone for the team and I know that I can rely on them to know what to do in every situation,” said Coach Hereth. Your next opportunity to watch the Chargers at home will be against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tomahawks fall to Royals By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville-Pilchuck volleyball team kicked off their season against the Lynnwood Royals on Sept. 12. The Royals got off to a strong start as they opened up the first set on a 6-1 run. After the fast start, the Tomahawks battled back and had a 9-2 run of their own as they established a 10-8 lead. For the rest of the set both teams battled back and forth with Lynnwood closing it out 25-22.

The second set was completely different as Marysville-Pilchuck came out with a huge run of 15-7 over the Royals. After creating a huge lead, they never looked back as they only allowed Lynnwood to score 5 more points before taking the set 25-12. After a strong performance in the second set, the Tomahawks couldn’t repeat their dominance as Lynnwood took control of the next two sets. Over the final two sets the Royals won by 25-13 and 25-12,

respectively, and walked away with the 3-1 win over Marysville-Pilchuck. “This is a growing year, with how many seniors we graduated last season. They just have to develop that chemistry out on the court, and we have to get better with our passing. I’m starting to see everything come together and we’ll clean it up with more time out there,” said MarysvillePilchuck Head Coach Nate McLellan. The Tomahawks were led by their players in the middle, Ayanna Sabbas and Emmalia Napeahi. Sabbas, senior setter, set up her hitters as she had 18 assists

throughout the four sets. Napeahi, sophomore libero, stepped up on the defensive end as she led the team with 27 digs. On the front-line Caylee Carter and Madyson Baxter took control near the net. Carter, junior middle blocker, used her height and athleticism with a team high six kills and two blocks. Baxter, junior outside hitter, played opposite of Carter as she earned five kills of her own. If you want to come out and cheer on the Tomahawks their next home match will be against the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.


Mickayla Goshorn, Marysville Getchell’s junior mid, fights for possession against the Red Raiders’ forward at Marysville Getchell High School on Sept. 10.


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Arlington teen recovers after being hit by a truck By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington community welcomed back 13-yearold Post Middle School student Colby Legendre after he recovered for many days at

Harborview Medical Center after a truck collision. On Sept. 5 Colby was involved in a collision as he was riding his bicycle home and was struck by a truck. He was coming home after practice for his youth

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football team and was only a few blocks away from his home at the time, close enough that his mother came out to the scene. "It was horrifying. To see your child lying in the middle of the street is devastating, but at the same time you have to be strong because you know he's in a lot of pain," said Colby's mother Rita Mangum. After initially being treated at Cascade Valley Hospital Colby was moved to Harborview Medical Center. "Did I think it was as bad as it was? No, not until we got to Harborview and had to start talking about brain surgery," said Mangum. After brain surgery Colby spent four days in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Colby was wearing his football helmet and pads while riding home during the accident and doctors said that without those it could have been a lot worse for the Arlington teenager. Teammates and community members were saddened when they learned of the news. "It was really sad. We were all kind of like 'is he okay?' We wanted to go visit him at the hospital but we

didn't want it to get crazy in there," said Beau Graf, a teammate and classmate of Colby's. He said that efforts have begun at Post Middle School to support Colby. "It was right after practice and we were eating dinner. I literally dropped my phone and my jaw. My fiancĂŠ was instantly like 'oh my god' because you can't help but to think of your own children," said Blayne Banks, assistant coach for Colby's youth football team. "Instantly we thought about what we could do for Colby," he said. Colby was in the hospital until Sept. 10 and was welcomed back at a community gathering soon after on Sept. 14. "I thought he was going to be in the hospital for a few more days, I guess he's really recovering fast," said Graf. "The recovery was slow in the beginning because he was really tired, but he is determined and strong and doing everything he can to get up on his feet again," said Mangum. Colby is still in the process of recovery, which could go on for several more months. "We're probably looking


Arlington Post Middle School student Colby Legendre, center, with parents, sisters and step-parents at an event on Sept. 14 welcoming him back to the town after recovery from a truck collision. From left, Steve Baker, left above, Rita Mangum, left center, Kayla Legendre, left bottom, Mariah Harvey, Robert Legendre, right above, and Savannah Harvey. forward to at least a year. We're not sure what the activity level will look like, but we will certainly encourage him to do what he can to be active and be part of the community," said Mangum. Community members

were happy to have Colby back in Arlington. "He's a great offensive lineman and always determined to work, always trying to get better. A very big part of our offensive lineman," said Banks. "He's been a real good friend and I have a couple of classes with him at school. He's just really determined and always trying to get better," said Graf. Lacey Johnston, 'team mom' and organizer of many of the support efforts, said that a lot of the team is like family. "Colby needed the boys as much as the boys needed Colby. I think it's a lot for any family to experience and these boys not only have their family at home, but on the field as well," she said. Arlington Velo Sport Bicycle Shop has provided a bicycle to replace the bicycle that got destroyed in the collision. Many other local businesses have also offered support, including the Stilly Diner, Arlington Copy Mail & More, the Bluebird CafĂŠ, Jimmy John's, Jersey Mike's Subs, McDonald's and Safeway. Johnston is also running a crowdfunding campaign at gofundme.com in support of the family. "There's already bills coming in and there's going to be more. We've already made several appointments with specialists to make sure he recovers to the best of his ability," said Magnum. "These funds will be strictly for that recovery," she said. That campaign can be found by searching for 'Colby Legendre' at gofundme. com.


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Oxford House opens in Marysville By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com A recently opened home in Marysville will be the 300th Oxford House in the state which provides selfrun addiction recovery support. The houses are not the large facilities some may think of when it comes to drug recovery, but instead are small units within neighborhoods that provide people with drug abuse problems a chance to come together and help each other. “I have a strong passion for Oxford House because it really shattered the thought that I wasn’t worth it, that I couldn’t do it,” said Ricky Mogel, outreach services representative with Oxford House. Mogel lived in an Oxford House more than a decade ago and now works for the organization. “I thought I was going to end up in prison or die, but they proved me wrong,” he said. Officials celebrated the 300th house in the state on Sept. 12 at the new Marysville location. “Washington state has

been a huge supporter of Oxford House from the get go,” said Mogel. “We’re pretty excited. It was a long process to crack that 300 mark,” said Todd Flanagan, Snohomish County Outreach Coordinator. He said the organization provides safe and stable housing for individuals who are trying to put their lives back together. “They must continue their recovery process to live in the home. We’re just doing what we can to help to solve the opioid epidemic and homelessness problem,” said Flanagan. Oxford Houses are typically funded through federal loans and the residents themselves, who are responsible for providing financial support. “It helps us feel more like a part of society because we’re self-supporting,” said Amy Spicer, a current resident of the new Marysville house. In addition, the houses and chapter of houses are self-run and organized by the residents. “I feel like the difference between Oxford and other places is that it’s more like

a family,” said Spicer, who said that feeling was helpful in the recovery process. “I’m lucky enough that my family is still here, but a lot of people don't have that,” she said. The residents in the house and other nearby houses support each other, she said. “I know if we need help we can call other houses in the chapter,” she said. Mogel also said there is a strong sense of community at the houses. In the house he stayed at they took frequent family photos. “I look and there are pictures all over the house, and it’s people I’m seeing at 12step meetings. I’m like ‘that guy came through here? He’s like a bazillion years clean,’” he said. “You can still find that first photo on the wall from 14 years ago. You can literally watch my recovery progress,” he said. The program also tries to integrate its Oxford Houses into middle-income neighborhoods. “We try and put houses in upscale neighborhoods so that people aren’t going back to the same neighborhood that they came from,”

said Flanagan. “It gives them goals and aspirations and shows them what you can accomplish,” he said. Spicer said she appreciated being able to live in the Marysville neighborhood she does. “It’s really nice to see such a beautiful house be an Oxford House. I think that there can be a stigma around these houses and it’s nice to live in a neighborhood and community like this,” she said. The Oxford House model is one of the only evidence-based methods for recovery, said Flanagan. “We’re study-based. People who live in an Oxford House for 18 months have an 87 percent success rate of never using or drinking again,” he said. The organization helps many experiencing homelessness begin to turn their life around, said Spicer. “I think it saved my life. It’s helped me feel like I’m transitioning into everyday life,” she said. For Mogel the experience was a big change as well. “It had been a long time since I had slept in a bed I


Oxford House residents and staff in front of the Marysville home that is the 300th Oxford House in the state on Sept. 12. could call my own. I showed up and I didn’t even have a pillow. My roommate asked me if I had a pillow and he said ‘I got you’ and walked over the closet and pulled one out for me,” said Mogel. “I pretty much thought

it was inconceivable to stay clean in my county,” he said. In just a few months Mogel said he’ll be 15 years clean. More information about the international organization is available at oxfordhouse.org.

APS receives grant to safeguard student records Arlington Public Schools has been awarded a digital imaging grant from the Washington State Archives to digitize its permanent student records. Permanent student records – which include a student’s middle and high school transcripts, elementary enrollment history and grade progression, legacy records, and any changes to the file – need to be kept for 100 years. The $46,742 grant will be used to scan the more than 100,000 files, index them and create a backup for safekeeping. “We receive hundreds of requests for transcripts throughout the year,” said Arlington High School Registrar, Marie Nelson. “By having the records indexed into a database, this saves me from having to look through stacks of records and allows me to have a much quicker response time to transcript requests.” “The Washington State Legislature realizes it can be challenging working on records management,” said Janette Gomes, Washington State Archives Northwest Branch Archivist. “The Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program was created to improve records management and increase response times to records requests.” In addition to faster re-

sponses to records requests, the digital imaging will protect the records from any fire or water damage and allow secure access to the records in the event the school building is not acces-

sible. The digital images will be converted to microfilm for permanent backup storage. “We’d like to thank the Washington State Archives for this grant award,” said Arlington Public Schools

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Village Community Services' Friendship Walk 5K and Car Wash provides a run and community event that will help fund support for local individuals with disabilities.

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Participants in last year’s Friendship Walk begin their onemile walk around Legion Park on Sept. 22, 2018. From left, Florence Rider, Jeremy Carter, Joan Flescher and Allison Rider. runners to the event last year, said Dietz. “We went from having three or four racers to having a little more than 50 last year,” she said. “Having a timed race is what the running community is looking for it seems like.” There will be prizes for some of the top finishers and the times will be posted online as part of the event. “We will have many of our sponsors there and

some will be providing beverages,” said Dietz. Those include beverage sponsors Glory Bucha Kombucha, IRG Physical & Hand Therapy and Arlington Health & Rehabilitation Center. The title sponsor of the event is HUB International. For more information about Village Community Services go to their website at villagecommunitysvcs. org.

Auction raises funds for Salvation Army By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville/Tulalip branch of the Salvation Army will be raising funds at a live auction on Sept. 19 to help prevent local homelessness and provide services. The event is at the Grove Church at 4705 Grove St., in Marysville. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction and dinner are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost for the event is $35 per ticket. This is the fifth annual auction fundraiser the local Salvation Army branch has put on. “This is one of the biggest fundraisers for us each year,” said Jenny Roodzant, social services coordinator at the local branch. “For us, this and the kettle bells is what we depend on to help us keep going,” she said. She said that locals enjoy stopping by to learn about the services that the local Salvation Army branch provides. “People like just coming out to it and finding out what the Salvation Army does,” she said.

The money raised at the live auction goes toward programs and services for the Marysville area, like the Salvation Army’s homeless prevention initiatives. “There are a lot of people, like local moms, who can’t afford their rent right now,” said Roodzant. “We’re able to help keep them in their homes,” she said. Preventing the homelessness in the first place is important because it’s a downward spiral that is much tougher to bring people back from once they are homeless, she said. There are also services such as meals provided weekly and a upcoming new classes that help people with things like budgeting or writing a cover letter. The Marysville location already provides help with resumes but this is the first time that sort of program would be in a class, said Roodzant. “We help people here in the community,” she said. This August the Marysville/Tulalip branch also opened a new location that is more visible and closer to bus lines than before. The location is at 1108

State Avenue, in Marysville. “Our numbers have been huge. We have a lot more people in need,” said Roodzant. “Our meals have more than doubled,." Roodzant is hopeful for a successful auction so that they can continue with those services or potentially expand them. “We’re trying to keep up with helping everyone,” she said. Roodzant encourages people to come down to the auction and she hopes to connect with locals. “We would love for people to come and get to know who we are,” she said. “I want to reach out to the community and meet them as well.” Preregistration is not required but helpful to those organizing the event, said Roodzant. “It’s helpful to preregister just so we know how many people are coming, but they are welcome to come and pay at the door as well,” she said. More information about the event or preregistration can be found by calling the local Salvation Army branch at 360-926-2228.

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RAVE RAVE: A big thank you to the city of Marysville and all the city staff for putting on the Touch a Truck event again this year. My kids really enjoy seeing all of the different vehicles, being able to sit in them and meeting the drivers. We are looking forward to attending again next year. RAVE: Thank you to the city of Marysville, the Marysville Police Department and

the Marysville Fire Department for holding a ceremony to remember 9/11, as well as Lt. Jeff Thornton.

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Understanding the health risks associated with e-cigarettes In the past month, nearly 400 people have been hospitalized and 6 people have died from a severe lung disease linked to the use of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those hospitalized experienced respiratory symptoms which included a dry, non-productive cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Some of these people also reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and fatigue that preceded the development of respiratory symptoms. Their symptoms began within a few days to several weeks after using electronic cigarette devices to vape nicotine- and marijuana-containing liquids. Electronic cigarettes differ from traditional cigarettes in that they do not contain tobacco. They draw and heat liquid (e-liquid or vape juice ) over a batterypowered metal coil which is aerosolized into fine particles. This aerosol is inhaled and deposited deep into the lungs where nicotine and chemical by-products can be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported to

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ed States reported regular use of electronic cigarettes. That number is further analyzed to the statistics of 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students. Some makers of these devices seem to targeting kids with their products. They have designed discrete devices that fit into the palm of your hand, some of which resemble a USB flash drive. The liquids or “juices” for these devices are available in various sweet flavors and some of the packaging is made to resemble candy packaging. Juul, one of the best selling electronic cigarettes, is under investigation by the FDA and Federal Trade Commission for its marketing practices directed at youth. Their devices contain pods that hold as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Juul has also

gained notoriety for creating a product known as a nicotine salt in which benzoic acid is used to make higher concentrations of nicotine consumable without causing throat irritation, this in turn increases the addictive potential nicotine. Liquids used in e-cigarettes commonly contain propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and various chemical additives used as flavoring agents. There are close to 8,000 e-liquid flavors available on the market. Many flavoring agents used in e-cigarette juice fall into the category of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA’s) generally regarded as safe (GRAS) substances when used in food. However, there is no data to support these same agents to be GRAS when heated and

inhaled into the lungs. A March 2018 study employed high-throughput screening to assess and validate the toxicity of multiple e-liquids. The findings revealed the greater number of chemicals the e-liquid contained the greater the toxicity potential. The presence of vanillin — vanilla flavoring — and cinnamaldehyde — cinnamon flavoring — were associated with increased toxicity rates. The research has generated a searchable public database of e-cigarette ingredients at www.eliquidinfo.org. While the amount of data thus far is limited, this database is a start to offer research that can help determine the health effects of e-liquids and their toxicity potential from transition to cancer causing chemicals and cell damaging ability when

heated and inhaled. Until more is known about the origins of the severe lung disease, the CDC recommends refraining from the use of electronic cigarette devices. It is becoming clear that vaping is a multi-system chemical assault on the body, and not a safer alternative to cigarettes. Research has shown the chemical by-products produced by vaping to have negative effects on circulation, lung health and brain health.

Dr. Stacie Wells, ND, FAAEM is a Naturopathic Doctor & Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She practices at the Northwest Center for Optimal  Health  in Marysville, WA. Contact her at  360-651-9355  or  info@ ncoh.net.


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Creating winter interest in your containers I recently ing that there are fewer and fewer read an article on designing with blooming plants foliage in the to choose from. garden by a local Here are some author, Christhoughts on cretina Salwitz. She By Steve Smith ating interesting has written two container plantbooks: “Fine Foliage” from ings for the winter. St. Lynn’s Press and “GarFirst and foremost, ditch dening with Foliage First” the earth tone pots and refrom Timber Press — I place them with vibrant highly recommend reading colors. There is enough grey both of them. Her main in the sky without reinforcpoint is that while flowers ing it with similar colored are ephemeral, foliage can pots. Lime green, blood red, last all season and therefore dark blues and even orange should be the first consider- will all “pop” in your garation in any garden design den during the dark days — be it in the landscape of winter. As a bonus, you or simply in our contain- can often find pots on sale ers. As we move into the in September so the money fall and winter season, her you save can be put into intalking points become even teresting plants. more relevant considerOnce you’ve commit-

ted to a new and exciting color, start looking for the center piece of your new arrangement. Evergreen ornamental grasses, such as the many forms of sedges, will look fabulous all winter long. Upright growing evergreens, like Sky Pencil Japanese Holly, Irish Juniper or Lemon Cypress, will work as well. For larger pots try a Camellia, Fatsia, or some clumping bamboo. For some filler I prefer hardy evergreen perennials and broadleaf evergreen shrubs, such as Bergenia, Euphorbia, Heuchera, Leucothoe, Wintergreen, Skimmia, Sarcococca, or ferns. Short grasses, like black Mondo or yellow Japanese Sweet flag, make good fillers too. Garden centers bring in

“starter” shrubs in 4 inch pots that are the perfect size for containers. A few hardy evergreen groundcovers will provide the “trailing” component of your container planting, so try some nonaggressive ornamental ivies, trailing Euonymus, wire vine or creeping Jenny. One of the beautiful things about winter containers is that we don’t have to worry about sun or shade, so we can combine sun-loving and shade-loving plants into the same container and they will be just fine. In the spring when we dissemble the arrangement, we simply put the plants into the appropriate areas of our garden. Another little trick is to take twigs of contorted

willow or red twig dogwood (without roots) and just shove them into the soil as accents. Often by the time spring arrives they will have rooted and will be ready for transplanting somewhere else. Of course, additional pieces of art or garden ornamentation make for nice accents too. While your focus should be on foliage, don’t be afraid to use some seasonal color, like mums, asters, pansies, or violas. You can always replace them later in the fall once they have faded. As far as maintenance is concerned, as long as you use some fresh potting soil and apply a little fertilizer the first month you should be good to go for the whole winter.

To make your life easier, most garden centers have already collected and brought together all of these wonderful winter interest plants into one location for your shopping pleasure and even created several sample plantings to show you how they all work together. It’s totally painless. So go ahead, rip out those tired summer annuals and surprise yourself this fall with a long-lasting winter interest planter. You will be glad you did and quite possibly become the envy of your neighborhood.

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

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