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Night of Hope raises funds for charity By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington High School Flight choir worked with alumni of the school to put on a ‘Night of Hope’ charity concert on Oct. 19. This is the sixth annual Night of Hope, which raises funds for the Stanwood nonprofit organization Hope Unlimited. Usually the organization brings in professionals though. “This year we thought we would try something a little different and get some more local talent,” said Joel Johnson, executive director of Hope Unlimited. “We reached out to see if they would put together a show for us,” said Johnson. Jazzmine, an alumni group of Arlington High School’s jazz choir, helped put together a show with Flight, Arlington High School’s jazz choir. Working with former members of Arlington High School’s choir programs was a new experience for a lot of the current students. “When they asked for us to join in the alumni concert, I was excited,” said Heidi Forslund, Arlington High School’s choir director. “It’s been a really fun experience watching students work with those who have been See HOPE on page 2


Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz, left foreground, and managing broker for Marysville Windermere, Dan Peterson, right foreground, take a picture with some of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football players on Oct. 18.

Marysville Windermere office begins food drive, brings Blitz to M-PHS By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com


Arlington High School students Emily Colombo, left, and Alec Villa sing during a dress rehearsal for the charity concert Night of Hope on Oct. 18.

Marysville’s Windermere office has begun their annual food drive and also brought the Seattle Seahawks' mascot Blitz to Marysville-Pilchuck High School this October. On Oct. 18 Blitz came

out to one of the school’s pep assemblies as part of a partnership between Windermere and the Seahawks. “For the past four years Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have teamed up to tackle homelessness,”

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MSD considers sending $120 million levy to voters By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com A $120 million levy proposal to build new Liberty and Cascade elementary schools was scheduled to go to the Marysville School District board of directors on Oct. 21. If the board approves the proposal it will go before local voters, likely on the February 2020 ballot. (The Oct. 21 vote was slated to be taken after the North County Outlook went to press). The $120 million would be collected over six years which would mean an increase of $1.92 per $1,000 assessed property value in the local tax rate. The levy proposal is the work of a facility committee made up of mostly parents and community members who began drafting a recommendation last spring, said Jodi Ru-

nyon, director of engagement and outreach at the district. The two replacement elementary schools are the signature project for the levy. “With the escalation of prices over time we think they’ll cost $126 million to $127 million,” said Mike Sullivan, director of finance and operations at the district. They’ll also receive a little more than $13 million in state matching funds for the two projects. “We picked these two schools because the buildings had the greatest need,” said Sullivan. “We want all of our kids to have access and opportunity to what all our kids are getting,” said Runyon, who said that Grove Elementary, which was built in 2008, is a See LEVY on page 10


Liberty Elementary is one of the two schools that would be replaced under a levy proposal currently being considered by the Marysville School District.

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through this program and are involved in this community. I think it’s been really good for them,” she said. Former students worked with current students on the concert. “It’s been really cool working with people from past choirs,” said current Arlington High School student Maggie Mirante, who added she enjoyed “working with other people and being able to talk about what they did in the past.” Student Emily Colombo agreed that it was a fun experience. “It’s great to see and hear what past jazz members have had to say,” she said. The show was a “cabaret-style night”

with a lot of songs, said Forslund. For many people in the program, it was the first time they had participated in a charity concert. “They’re really excited about it. We’ve talked about the cause and who it’s supporting. It’s a humbling experience for us to be involved in something like this,” she said. “I think that’s it’s great we’re going to do a charity event,” said Colombo. Although she said that wasn’t her initial reaction. “When Forslund told us that we were doing another concert, I was really like ‘oh, a concert great,’” she said. “But then she told us what it was for and I was like, oh, it is actually great.” Hope Unlimited is a group that provides chaplain and first response


services for the county and area and also works to raise anti-human trafficking awareness. “Unfortunately it is a problem in our area,” said Johnson. “We do outreach to teach our young people about how to make good choices,” he said. Students said they’ve learned about the cause while working on the concert and that it is an issue that needs more awareness. “Hope Unlimited raises awareness for human trafficking, and I think that is something that not a lot of people talk about and that it needs more attention,” said Colombo. “People don’t really talk about it that much, it’s really hush-hush, but I think it needs to be talked about more,” said Mirante.

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Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center (SVLC) students brought their learning to life on Oct. 9 by seeing some animals they’ve been learning about as part of their science curriculum. Staff from the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center brought a peregrine falcon, turkey vulture, and great horned owl to the school for the students to observe. “We have developed an enriching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) unit around owls to teach the students about adaptation and adaptability,” said Cheryl Anderton, K-5 SVLC instructor who coordinated the visit. “This hands-on learning helps reinforce the lessons the students have been studying.” The Sarvey staff showed the animals to the students and explained their characteristics. Owls have wings with serrated edges that makes them silent flyers and immovable eyes which take up about 70 percent of their skull space to give them extraordinary vision at night. These adaptations have helped owls survive in their environment. Sarvey staff also talked about conservation with the students and how it impacts the animals. “One of the animals was hit by a vehicle when trash on the side of the road attracted rodents, which in turn attracted the animal,” said Elise Koszarek, Sarvey Raptor Program Coordinator. “We explained to the students how important it is not to litter and pick up trash so wildlife isn’t impacted.”


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Local breast cancer services range from screenings to emotional support By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are a variety of services for women to be screened for breast cancer and support them if they’ve been diagnosed. Kaiser Permanente locations and Cascade Valley Hospital provide mammogram screenings. For the month of October, there are special evening hours available on Wednesdays as well. “Evening mammograms will be offered every Wednesday in October with the last appointment at 6:30 p.m. To schedule a visit, call 360-435-0515,” according to Kari Ranten, director of marketing and communications at Skagit Regional Health. Skagit Regional Health’s Smokey Point clinic also has a cancer center with a number of comprehensive services. Detecting breast cancer early is an important part of giving yourself better recovery odds. “Since cancer has a better prognosis when detected earlier, we wish we had proven methods to detect all types of cancers at an early stage, but unfortunately for the majority we currently do not,” said Joshua Wilfong, a doctor of oncology at Kaiser Permanente Everett Medical Center. “Mammography is one of the few cancer screening techniques that has been shown to decrease mortality in those screened. In addition, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, occurring in 12% of women, making early detection that much more important,” he said. For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, the American Cancer Society provides a number of programs to support women. “We provided about 6,000 services to people

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in this county last year,” said Jerri Wood, American Cancer Society’s program manager for western and eastern Washington. The ACS hotline at 1-800-ACS-2345 is one of the best ways to get connected to basic help and services. “If a lady is going through breast cancer, the hotline is available for them to call on a Saturday or at 3 a.m. in the morning, or whenever they need help,” said Wood. They also provide a lot of informational support. “We help people understand what they are entitled to through their insurance,” said Wood. The hotline is also available to provide support for family members and caretakers. “That’s just an important number for anyone if they know someone who is going through breast cancer,” said Wood. “As a daughter of a breast cancer patient I used it when I had a question and I didn’t want to scare my mom with the ques-

tion,” she said. For additional emotional support the ACS also helps breast cancer survivors connect with newly diagnosed patients. “They help talk to them on the phone or meet them for coffee, whatever the person is comfortable with,” said Wood. The ACS also provides some help with some more direct help and resources, like their Road to Recovery program. “People volunteer to be drivers and drive people to their cancer treatments,” said Wood. “We had over 1,000 rides provided last year in this county." There is also support for ferry transportation. “If they live on the peninsula and need help to get to Seattle for treatment,” said Wood. Free wigs, head scarves and turbans are available for women if needed as they go through chemotherapy. “We have a closet for them at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership,” said Wood.

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Tomahawks remain undefeated By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville-Pilchuck football team looked to keep their undefeated record as they matched up with the 3-1 Ferndale Golden Eagles on Oct. 18. The Tomahawks scored their fastest touchdown of the season, as they forced a fumble on the kickoff and ran it in to go up 7-0 in the first six seconds of the game. After stumbling at the beginning, the Golden Eagles put together a run-heavy drive

as they worked slowly down the field and tied up the game, 7-7, with 5:29 left in the quarter. Marysville-Pilchuck continued their dominance on the offensive end as they took the kick return back into Ferndale territory. After establishing great field position, they put together a quick drive and scored again on the ground, extending their lead to 14-7. In the second quarter, Ferndale continued to battle back as they forced an early turnover and broke out for a huge 29-yard touchdown


Tomahawks’ senior running back Jordan Justice finds a hole in the defense and scores on a 47-yard run against the Ferndale Golden Eagles at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 18.

run to tie it up once again at 14-14. Shortly after, Marysville-Pilchuck answered back with a huge 47-yard touchdown run of their own as they took the lead back 21-14. Through the rest of the half both teams had a few miscues and neither of them were able to score again as the Tomahawks entered the half up 21-14. The second half was a different story for the Tomahawks as their defense began to dominate and their offense had a long list of explosive plays. Through the final two quarters, Marysville-Pilchuck forced three turnovers on downs and forced a fumble, while scoring three rushing touchdowns. Ferndale was never able to find the end zone after the first half and the Tomahawks secured the blowout victory, 42-14. “It feels great to put up those numbers, but I know it wouldn’t be possible without that offensive line in front of me and Jordan to play off of. Even though I’ll get credit on the scoresheet, I give all the credit to them because they make it a lot easier,” said Tomahawks’ sophomore running back Dylan Carson. The offense was led by senior running back Jordan Justice and Player-of-theGame sophomore running back Dylan Carson. Justice had nine carries for 80 yards and two rushing touch-


Michael McPherson, Tomahawks’ senior defensive end, wraps up the Ferndale running back to limit him to a short gain at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 18. downs. Carson racked up 19 carries for a monstrous 278 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Dylan’s performance was highlighted by two huge runs, one going for 66 and the other going for 80 yards. “We played really hard and it really was a team win tonight executing in each aspect of the game,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson. When asked about his son’s performance he said, “I’m really proud of him, he had one heck of a game tonight, and he’s had a great season so far. He has a lot of games in front of him and I’m just

glad he runs like his mom.” Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense made a lot of big plays as their seniors stepped up and performed. Their leading tacklers at linebacker, Terren Pablo and Kyle Nyblod, combined for 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass deflection. The other two key linebackers were Mauro Bejar, eight tackles and a tackle for loss, and Zion Botelho, seven tackles and a fumble recovery. On the defensive line the Tomahawks were led by Lincoln Davis, six tackles, Austin Diaz, two tackles and a forced fumble, and Michael McPherson who had six

tackles and a forced fumble. In the defensive backfield senior defensive back and wide receiver Dillon Kuk had three tackles, a fumble recovery and 33-yard catch on the offensive end. Alongside the dominant play from the seniors, junior receiver Sergio Macias-Rossiter also stepped up with the first touchdown of the game off a fumble recovery. If you want to come out for the Tomahawks' last game of the regular season, they will be taking on the Arlington Eagles on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at AHS, as they battle for the Wesco North 3A Championship.

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M-P, Arlington battle on the pitch By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville-Pilchuck girls soccer team battled with the Arlington Eagles in a hard-fought match from start to finish on Oct. 17. The first half opened in a huge rainstorm as both teams tried to find their footing in the downpour. Controlling the ball was a difficult task as the Eagles and Tomahawks failed to make significant runs in their first few possessions. Lack of control mixed with strong defensive pressure resulted few accurate shots on goal for either team. In the second half the storm began to pass and play became more precise. Only one minute into the half, Marysville-Pilchuck found themselves on the scoreboard from a shot in close as they went up 1-0. After the first goal was scored both

teams began to put more pressure on their forwards to make plays down the field. In the 62nd minute Arlington was able to tie the match at 1-1 after putting in a shot off a defender tip. A couple of minutes later, in the 64th minute, the Eagles struck again with a shot across the middle which put them up 2-1. Through the rest of the match the Tomahawks would come close on a few shots but couldn’t manage to find the back of the net. Arlington walked away with the 2-1 victory and have now won five of their last six matches. “I can’t fault the effort because it was great. We are thin on bodies and it makes it difficult when you have to cycle in players that aren’t ready to compete at that level. We should be getting people back soon and I’m excited to do some damage in Districts,” said Marysville-

Pilchuck Head Coach Paul Bartley. The Tomahawks were led by their senior mid Mackensie Connelly and their senior goalkeeper Vanessa Perez. Connelly scored the only goal of the night for her team and was the main facilitator on the offensive end. Perez played great between the posts as Arlington had 25 shots on goal and she tallied an impressive 12 saves. “Every time we come here, we know it’s going to be hard to win because they are so prepared and patient. I think the difference in that second half was that we started feeling some confidence and that helps you push the pace. Right now, it’s all about health and trying to keep everyone out there,” said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.


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The Eagles were led by Hailey Hiatt, Jordan Bartlow and Lexi Miller-Wood. Hiatt, junior defender, scored the first goal of the match for Arlington and was a primary facilitator along the sideline. Bartlow, junior mid, scored the match-clinching goal a few moments later with a deep shot across the middle. Miller-Wood, sophomore goalkeeper, organized the defense and secured a total of four saves while only allowing one goal. If you want to come out and support the Tomahawks their final home match of the regular season will be against the Stanwood Spartans on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles will be hosting their final home match the same night and time as they take on the Marysville Getchell Chargers.

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Arlington’s junior defender Hailey Hiatt beats the defense to the outside as Tomahawks’ sophomore defender Briana Ruiz trails at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 17.

Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior forward Mackensie Connelly beats the defense as she looks to strike, with Arlington’s senior defender Sarah French shadowing her, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 17.

M-P, MG swim teams take on Lake Stevens Vikings By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell swim teams hosted a meet against the Lake Stevens Vikings on Oct. 17. The Vikings entered and left the day with their undefeated record intact as they beat the Tomahawks 136-45 and the Chargers 146-31. Both MarysvillePilchuck and Marysville Getchell had impressive days of their own as a long list of personal records and milestones were set. “We had a lot of big-time drops which was really cool to see at this point in the season. We have a few swimmers that are really close to their District times, so right now it’s about keeping that frustration low and realizing there is still time to get there,” said Marysville Head Coach Meredith Jenks. Marysville-Pilchuck’s leading swimmers were the members of their 200yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams including Katelyn Leary, Alexis Bennett, Maddy Sulya and Cas-

sidy O’Neal. They finished in second place in the medley relay with a time of 2:12.84 and third-place in the 200yard freestyle relay, 2:01.07. Leary had two other big performances in her solo events, placing second in the 200-yard individual medley, 2:33.91, and taking first-place in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.56. Bennett racked up two fourthplace finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, 29.51 seconds, and 100-yard freestyle, 1:05.74. Sulya took sixth place in the 100-yard freestyle, 1:08.45, and finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:27.10. O’Neal rounded out the top seven in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 31.23 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, 1:08.21. The Tomahawks led all competitors in the one-meter dive as their top two divers Kelsey Harris and Devon Keator took first and second place, respectively. Harris finished with a score of 161.10 and Keator was close behind with 155.80. “Going into this next week it’s all about making sure we are as mentally prepared as we can be. The most

important thing is trying to keep that positive vibe even though you are getting tired at the end of the season,” said Coach Jenks. Marysville Getchell’s top two performers were Isabella Bennett and Lorelei Pringle. Bennett and Pringle both competed on the fourth-place 200-yard medley relay, 2:20.83, and fourth-place 400-yard freestyle relay teams, 4:56.18. Bennett also finished in the top three in her two individual events including a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.33 seconds and second in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.33. Pringle took eighth in the 50-yard freestyle, 31.43 seconds, and placed into the top four of the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:17.07. The Chargers leading diver was Sophie Alt as she placed fourth in the onemeter dive with a final score of 135.85. Your next chance to come out and support both the Chargers and Tomahawks will be against the Stanwood Spartans in their final home meet of the regular season. The meet will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3:15 p.m.

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Marysville has variety of Halloween events By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Marysville groups are putting together multiple spooky Halloween events in the coming weeks for both kids and adults. The downtown merchants will provide trick-ortreating again, the Marysville History Museum will have a ghost hunt fundraiser and the city of Marysville returns with their third annual adult-focused Monster Mash Halloween Ball. Downtown Marysville Trick-or-Treating Families are invited to Third Street in downtown Marysville on Oct. 31, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., to get some candy from local business owners. The event is put on by the Downtown Marysville

Merchants Association. “We’re doing the usual trick-or-treating with downtown businesses,” said Lorene Wren, owner of Wrenhaven Vintage Market and a member of the merchants association. “We love our community and that’s why we put this on every year,” said Wren. Many of the business owners there enjoy putting on a Halloween costume and providing some candy to local children. “We love giving out all the candy to the kids,” said Wren. “We adore all he smiling faces and the kids, and we love seeing all the costumes." The event also provides a good environment for families to come down and enjoy Halloween. “We like giving the com-

munity a safe place to come out and trick-or-treat,” said Wren. Museum Ghost Hunt Hear from some professional ghost hunters and other paranormal researchers at this Marysville Historical Society Halloween fundraiser. The event will be held on Oct. 26 at the Marysville Museum at 6805 Armar Road, beginning at 7 p.m. It is an ages 13 and older event and costs $30 per person. Funds raised go toward the museum run by the Historical Society. “We’re all volunteers here,” said Raven Corvus, a member of the Marysville Historical Society. “We do fundraisers so we can keep the doors open." This is the second year

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Sweden Kingsford, left, and Isla Nelson, center receive candy from Jennifer Morgan, owner of downtown Marysville business Old Soul, during the downtown’s annual trick-or-treating during last year’s Halloween. the museum has hosted a Halloween ghost hunt event. “We did pretty well with the first fundraiser last year,” said Corvus. Corvus is the owner of White Noise Paranormal, a company that films various historical locations around the state in search of the paranormal. “We will have a few guest speakers,” talking about ghost hunting and ghost filming at the event, said Corvus.

Monster Mash Halloween Ball The city of Marysville’s Monster Mash returns for a third year at the Marysville Opera House. The event is a 21-andover Halloween event on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. “We will have a costume contest,” said Joanna Martin, Marysville’s community center manager. “And there will be different activities available throughout the night,” she

said. The Afterparty will provide music for the event, who are “one of Seattle’s top party bands,” said Martin. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase at the event. “From what I’ve heard it is a lot of fun for everyone,” said Martin. It is sponsored by the Fahlman Property Group. “They help offset the cost of the event so we’re able to bring in a good band to play,” said Martin.

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Digital Bookmobile comes to Marysville By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile stopped during on its route around the nation at the Marysville Library on Oct. 17 to talk about digital books. “We educate people on using the library’s digital collections. Not a lot of library users know that their library has a pretty massive collection of e-books that you can borrow for free,” said Dan Lasco who travels with the Digital Bookmobile. The bus has an interior with a number of screens and a few workstations to show how people can borrow digital books. “They’re shocked by the inside of the bus in general. You can’t tell from the outside what’s going on in here,” said Lasco. He said people are surprised by how much more user friendly the newer ebook readers have become. “A lot of people have tried using e-books and audiobooks in the past and kind of gave up because there was a lot of steps involved. But it’s gotten a lot easier,” he said. Libraries across the country have adopted more collections of digital books

for e-readers. “Especially here in SnoIsle, they have one of the larger collections in the area,” said Lasco. The SnoIsle Libraries system has around 160,000 e-books and 67,000 audiobooks available. Julie Thompson is a selector in the collections services department of the Sno-Isle Libraries who is one of the people responsible for building that collection. “We work with Overdrive to provide e-books and audiobooks so folks are able to access them using their library card,” said Thompson. The digital books are available for many different devices, not just e-readers, she said. “We’ve offered this collection over the last several years and it keeps growing each year. We have more and more people accessing it all the time,” she said. The Digital Bookmobile was meant to bring some more awareness to the opportunities for digital book reading for library users. “Today’s event was just to draw more attention to this collection and help new and continuing users,” said Thompson.


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The Digital Bookmobile that travels around the country to promote libraries and their digital collections at the Marysville Library on Oct. 17. Lasco said it was a good way to give more advertising to the service. “You go to the library and you can see all the books they have available but there’s no tangible way to represent the library’s digital collection,” he said.

The Digital Bookmobile stopped at many SnoIsle Libraries locations in October and will continue around the U.S. “We travel around the country,” said Lasoc. “We tend to travel with the weather.”

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Halloween events in Arlington By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Arlington’s community Halloween events return this month with family activities in the downtown area on Oct. 26 and at the Arlington Assembly church on Oct. 31. Hometown Halloween Local Arlington groups will come together again to put together a family day of fun activities on Oct. 26. “This is pretty much the same as last year,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager with the city of Arlington. “We will start with the pumpkin roll down Third Street,” she said. Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics puts this event on in which kids can race their pumpkins down the Third Street hill. “They’ve been doing it for several years,” said Lopez, “It’s a really fun event.” From there kids can walk along Olympic Avenue to pick up some candy. “There will be trick-ortreating with participating businesses,” said Lopez. The Downtown Arling-

ton Business Association will also be giving out an award for the best Halloween window display and best costume from a business. The Stilly Valley Collective will open their doors for some kids activities during the event. “They will be opening their building with some face painting and treats,” said Lopez. Arlington Hardware will again host a pumpkin decorating contest in which residents can participate. “They want them delivered either Friday or Saturday up until noon,” said Lopez. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. The Arlington School of Dance will give a performance at 12:45 p.m. at the Legion Park stage. “Right after, at around 1 p.m., we’ll do a costume contest with the Arlington Arts Council,” said Lopez. The Arlington Arts Council will provide various prizes for different age groups and costume categories during the annual event.

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RAVE RAVE: Congratulations to the Marysville-Pilchuck football team which is currently in first place in the Wesco 3A North with an undefeated league record of 5-0. On Friday they travel to Arlington to take on the second-place Eagles who have a record of 4-1. It should be a great game. RAVE: A big thank you to the Arlington High School choir members, past and present, who worked together to put on the

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Apologetics Forum: Meeting on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE, Arlington. J.D. Mitchell, President of Creation Engineering Concepts, speaks on The "Best Evidence" For Evolution. Details at ApologeticsForum.org. Refreshments plus resources at meeting.

Waggin’ Tales: Read a tale or two with Arlington's favorite registered therapy pets. For children and families. Held Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

Pine Needle Basketry with Vicky Nickelson: Coiled baskets are as old as the history of man. Come and learn the technique of coiling with pine needles with Northwest artist Vicky Nickelson. Materials are limited; registration is required. Held Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m., at the Arlington Library, 145 N. Washington Ave.

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

Toddler Storytime: Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. For ages 19 months to 3 years. Caregiver required. Held Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave.

Family Chikcen Dinner: The Stillaguamish Senior Center will be having it Family Chicken Dinner on Nov. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Stillagumaish Senior Center. The dinner includes roaster chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, vegetables and dessert. Cost for the dinner is $8 for seniors, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. There will be

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modern facility and all students should have access to those types of amenities. Both Liberty and Cascade were built in the 1950s according to Runyon. This means they weren’t built with modern needs in mind. “Seventy years ago we would have never dreamed that all our students would have computers,” said Sullivan. Building codes have also changed since that time, sometimes drastically. Sullivan said that there are no sprinkler systems or smoke alarms at Liberty and they are unable to retrofit them in. Seismic codes have also raised the standards of buildings, said Sullivan. Liberty was built for a different time when security was not as much of a concern for schools. “They don’t have doors on the classrooms. They are more open and that was part of the concept of a remodel for the school a while ago,” said Sullivan. In many areas they are simply running out of space as well. “You do pullout sessions with kids and give them remedial help with reading and math. Typically you have a classroom for those lessons, but at Liberty they’re in the hallways in little workspaces,” said Sullivan. In addition, the heating equipment is outdated, sometimes to the point where it is difficult to find replacement parts. “They’re not energy efficient at all, because that wasn’t necessarily thought of at the time when you built those schools,” said Sullivan. “We save money in energy costs over time,” with newer heating systems, said Runyon. If the levy passes the district also wants to make more security improvements to other schools around the district. “We plan to set aside about a million dollars for safety and security across the district,” said Sullivan. The district currently has a list of changes they’re making one year at a time, however “there is a lot more need than I have money available right now,” said Sullivan. Committee officials decided to go with a capital levy instead of a bond for the proposal. Part of the reasoning is that while bonds require 60 percent approval to pass, levies only require 50 percent plus one. “We believe the major-


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ity of our taxpayers want to build these schools, we just don’t think we have a supermajority,” said Sullivan. Bonds are similar to borrowed money that the district would receive upfront and pay off over time, usually over 20 years, said Sullivan. Meanwhile levies are measures that allow the district to collect more funds in taxes. Because of this the district wouldn’t be able to start building the schools right away. “There is a little bit of delayed gratification there. You’ll vote for it in February 2020. In 2021 we start collecting the money. In 2022 we’ll do the bid opening and hopefully in 2023 we’ll open the school,” said Sullivan. The district plans to replace Liberty Elementary first. The levy would be finished after six years, however Sullivan said that the district will likely consider another levy proposal once this one expires. “Our reality is that in our school district we have a lot of schools that really need to be replaced,” said Sullivan. “I don’t want to make it sound like this is just six years and then it goes away, because we need to continue this if we’re going to replace our outdated, obsolete schools,” he said. “Looking to the future, we would like to get into a cycle of continuous improvement. That’s the most traditional method, but in Marysville we haven’t passed a bond since 2006,” said Runyon. The school board was scheduled to vote on the decision on Oct. 21. “The board seemed very receptive so I have high hopes they will approve the resolution on Monday,” said Sullivan. “If not, I hope they give us some feedback on what they’d like to see instead, because I think we’re looking at our best chance at starting to replace some schools out there.”


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shelter to homeless women with children and homeless pregnant women, so we decided to give $50 for every touchdown that Pilchuck scored this year to Maud’s House and $50 for every touchdown that Getchell scored,” he said. M-PHS principal Christine Bromley said she appreciated the opportunity. “I thought it was amazing. Part of our goal is to really tie our leadership with service learning, and I think our football players are leaders as well,” she said. “What an amazing chance to rally around ser-

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said Dan Peterson, managing broker for the Marysville Windermere. For every tackle at a Seahawks' home game the company pledged to donate to local charities. “This year, the Seahawks decided they wanted to expand on that idea. They wanted the local offices to team up with local high schools,” said Peterson. “There is a place in Marysville called Maud’s House and they provide

vice.” The partnership with local schools was also made into a competition, said Peterson. “You guys beat out all the other schools involved in this competition, and that included schools like Bellevue High School and Mercer Island,” he said. “Which is why the Seattle Seahawks sent Blitz up here to celebrate with you guys.” The Seahawks mascot came out and took some photographs with M-PHS football players. “What’s not to love about

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having Blitz here, it was a great partnership with the Seattle Seahawks,” said Bromley. Earlier in the month, on Oct. 9, the local Windermere also began contributing to the community in another way: by beginning their annual food drive. “We do it in association with our Realtor, which is SCAAR, the Snohomish County and Camano Island Association of Realtors,” said Aimee Patton, a realtor at the office. “This is our pet project, it is the thing that we usually spend the most time on do-

ing,” she said. The Windermere office is usually one of the biggest donators to the food bank. “We are usually the first or second donator to the Marysville Community Food Bank each year,” said Patton. Patton said that the office was happy to help the local organization. “The food bank is a significant contributor to our community. They have a very large impact. For every dollar people don’t have to spend on food, they can spend money on other things they need,” she said.


She also said that the office enjoys helping out their community. Each week they organize a lunch that is done by volunteers and raises funds for the food bank, and they also have an annual auction. The office also accepts donations as part of their drive. “We would love for any community members interested in helping the Marysville food bank to stop by,” said Patton. The office is at 801 State Ave, Marysville and anyone can bring checks or food to drop off.

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October 23, 2019 - October 29, 2019 NORTH COUNTY OUTLOOK




Have fun with 'bud-blooming' heathers First off, I sus— they are also easy to grow, propect you would vided they have like an explanagood drainage. tion of what the Bud-blooming heck is a “budheathers are used blooming” heaththroughout Euer. It’s a fair quesBy Steve Smith rope to decorate tion so here is my answer: A bud-blooming grave sites in the fall (over heather is a type of Calluna 90 million are sold annu(a commonly planted sum- ally in Germany alone). Up mer-blooming heather that until recently, the varieties is in many of our gardens) that were available were not whose buds never fully open winter hardy and would turn but still manage to show col- brown after the first hard or - often for many months frost. German plant breeder during the fall and into the Kurt Kramer saw the need to early winter. These types develop hardy varieties that of heathers will look fresh could both serve as gravesite for months and fill a gap as decorations and also as harsummer-blooming heath- dy garden plants for permaers fade and before winter nent landscapes. He started heathers start to show color. to bring to the market new They make great additions to crosses that displayed the container plantings or incor- long blooming color of the porated into our landscapes bud-blooming varieties with

the addition of colorful foliage, and of course hardiness. These new varieties will easily withstand any minimum temperatures that our northwest winters might usher in, so there is no need to worry about them failing in our gardens due to freezes. Most of these budbloomers are compact and only grow 12 to 16 inches tall and a bit wider as they mature. Like all heathers, a good shearing in the spring (after they bloom) will keep them tidier and produce a more uniform looking plant. Flower colors range from white to shades of pink and probably the most alluring feature, in my opinion, is the incredible variations in foliage — from blackish-green to shades of yellow, orange, or red and even silver. The

colors grow richer as the winter temperatures drop. Of all the new varieties that Mr. Kramer has developed, I think the most enjoyable are the ones he calls “The Garden Girls”. Names like Zeta, Zalina, Zulu, Zilly, Golden Angie, Claire, and Amethyst are all varieties with fabulously colorful foliage. (I should mention that Mr. Kramer isn’t the only breeder to jump on the band wagon with bud-blooming heathers. You can also find collections under the names of ‘Beauty Ladies’ and ‘Sea Star’ that contain many of the same attributes as the ‘Garden Girls’.) While these new heathers will help fill a gap in the transitional time between summer and winter, I think the single most creative ap-

Heather is a great addition to a fall container. plication of these plants is when they are used in containers in combination with other hardy perennials, such as Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ or any of the sedges like the newer ‘Ribbon Falls’ or ‘Fountain Falls’ or even the old standard ‘Orange Sedge’. For the ultimate in simplicity, you can even find multiple varieties like ‘Zulu’, ‘Zeta’, and ‘Zilly’ all planted in the same four inch pot where all you need to do is plop it into an attractive ceramic pot for


a perfect front porch accent. There is a fairly short window of opportunity to find these new gems in the garden center, so don’t miss this chance to have some fun with these hardy, long blooming, and colorfully foliaged plants. I guarantee they will put a smile on your face all winter long.

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

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October 23, 2019 North County Outlook  

October 23, 2019 North County Outlook

October 23, 2019 North County Outlook  

October 23, 2019 North County Outlook