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Arlington celebrates Veterans Day By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

assembly to recognize the sacrifice and of military members. The school held their assembly on Nov. 9. “Today is a real special

Veterans and community members marched down Olympic Avenue as part of the annual Veterans Day parade from Arlington’s American Legion Post. The Nov. 11 parade recognizes those who have served in the military. “It’s a parade to honor veterans and their service. Unlike Memorial Day we’re not honoring the fallen, we’re recognizing those who have served in uniform, whether that is for three years, 20 years, combat or non-combat,” said post commander David Delancy. Many community members said they know veterans and that’s why they came out to support the event. “It honors my father, my uncle, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, they’re

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Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC members carry the flags into Cascade Elementary’s Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 9.

Cascade Elementary honors veterans By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Marysville’s Cascade Elementary School invited veteran parents and grandparents to their gym for their annual Veterans Day

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Veterans march down Olympic Avenue as part of Arlington’s American Legion Post’s annual Veterans Day parade.

Results in for Nov. 5 General Election By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

City council and mayoral races in Arlington and Marysville were decided in this year’s Nov. 5 General Election, as well as county races and state initiatives. All results are from the most recent ballot count released by Snohomish County as of press time. Marysville Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring will retain his seat with 76.94 percent of voters supporting him. Nehring was initially appointed to Marysville’s mayoral seat in 2010 and has now been elected three times. “I was really happy and humbled to have the confidence of the voters. I was

especially humbled by the margin,” said Nehring. “I’m really appreciative of the citizens and I am looking forward to another term,” he said. For the next four years he hopes to “continue the work dealing with the drug and homelessness epidemic” by offering help to those in need to address the root of the problem. “But if you don’t accept help we will deal with them firmly and legally,” said Nehring. He also hopes to provide more access to housing and treatment facilities. There are a number of transportation improvement projects Nehring hopes to continue, including the First Street bypass, the interchange at SR-

529 and I-5 and the widening of State Avenue after 100th Street. “We will also continue ensuring we retain our small town feel,” said Nehring. “We want to create a cultural core in the downtown.” In the City Council races, Rob Toyer’s empty seat is looking to be filled by Kelly Richards, who currently has 51.69 percent of the vote against Jeff Seibert. Stephen Muller has likely retained his seat with 68.42 percent of the voter against Katherine Iverson. Incumbent Kamille Norton returns for another term and ran unopposed. Marysville School District The Marysville School District See RESULTS on page 8

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all veterans and I have a lot of friends who are veterans,” said Delancy. Robert Morlock, with Arlington Cub Scout Pack 29, said he knew many veterans involved in the local Boy Scouts. “As a veteran myself, we have a lot of veterans in the Pack,” he said. Morlock’s Scout Pack was one of the community groups that came out to support the parade. “Pack 29, we have a long history of honoring our veterans. On Memorial Day we help at the cemetery,” he said. Other groups like the Arlington High School AFJRTOC also took part in the parade. “Right now we’re going to march in the parade to honor the veterans of our community and to show our dedication to helping the community out,” said Emma Szondy, a student with the local AFJROTC. She said they are out there to honor all veterans. “We like being able to represent the veterans of the past, but also for the future, those that will serve,” said

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and we’re here to honor some very special people,” said Cascade Elementary assistant principal Lisa Kleven.

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Veterans ride the red truck down Olympic Avenue as part of the Veterans Day parade. Szondy. Morlock said his Scout Pack learns a lot through participating in the parade. “It’s a great resource to teach our kids. This year we made cards that we’ll be handing out during the parade to veterans,” he said. They also see how the community comes out to recognize those who serve. “It’s always great because we’re usually right behind the red truck that all

“Veterans Day is our time to pay our respects to those who have served,” she said. The federal holiday began as a celebration of the end of hostilities of World War I. “This holiday started as a

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the elderly veterans are on. We like watching the crowds stand up for them and I like being able to show the boys that and say ‘hey, the whole community supports veterans,’” said Morlock. There is usually a good crowd for the event each year, especially around Legion Park, who come out to show respect to those who served. “Usually the community does come out. It’s kind of nice. You’ll see more people down that way [toward Legion Park],” said Delancy.

day to reflect on those that have died in service and was originally called Armistice Day,” said Kleven. “The day fell on Nov. 11 because that was the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, the agreement that ended World War I,” she said. During Cascade’s assembly the staff and students welcome parents or grandparents who have served in the military. “About a month before we send out a little invite that we’re having this and we’d love to have you come,” said Kleven. They also welcome those veterans to a gathering after the assembly. “There’s a reception in the library right now for them to have treats with their children or grandchildren,” said Kleven.

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Kleven said it’s good to recognize those who have served. “A lot of our students have parents and grandparents that were in the military so it’s special just to honor them for the sacrifices that they make,” she said. “It’s personal for me too because my husband was in the Navy for 10 years before I knew him, so I understand the sacrifices they make because of his personal story,” she said. The assembly also featured many songs from the school’s choir. “Our kids have been learning lots about the armed forces,” said Cascade Elementary music teacher Karen Rentko. “One of the things they learned is that when veterans deploy, wherever they go, they leave their families,” she said. The school’s choir led all of the students in singing some songs to honor the returning of veterans from war. Students at Cascade also helped carry military flags to represent the different branches. “This is the first year we have brought out the military branch flags that I’ve been here,” said Kleven. “So that was a really nice addition.” Kleven said overall this year’s assembly went pretty well. “We had a few glitches, but most assemblies do, so I think this assembly went well,” she said. Sure, you love our paper... but don’t forget to

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Tulalip Tribes leader Stan Jones passes By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Longtime Tulalip leader Stan Jones passed away on Nov. 5 after a lifetime of fighting for treaty rights and providing service to his community. Jones served on the Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors for 44 years. He began in 1966 and served until 2010, including 26 years as chairman of the board. “I was probably 10 years old at the time when he started on the council,” said vice chairman of the current board, Glen Gobin. “He’s always been an elder in this tribe to me,” he said. Many appreciated Jones' leadership throughout the years. “I think the greatest thing about Stan is that he was always willing to sit down and listen,” said current Tulalip Tribal board member Mel Sheldon Jr. “That’s why he was our leader for so many years, because he always had time for tribal members,” said Sheldon. Community members

said that Jones was a tireless advocate for Tulalip and Native Americans. “He was a hard fighter for the tribe,” said Tulalip Tribal member and longtime former board member Don Hatch. “He was there to make sure the tribe got what was owed to them and maintain what we have,” said Hatch. Jones was one of the advocates who helped lead the charge during the Puget Sound ‘Fish Wars.’ “On the fishing issue he always fought hard,” said Hatch. During the Fish Wars, state law prohibited Native fisherman from fishing on rivers that were not on reservation land. Treaties with local tribes often included provisions that tribes would be able to continue fishing as they always had though, leading to the Boldt Decision which said local tribes would have joint authority in state fishery management and were entitled to half of the state’s salmon catch. Jones continued to advocate for tribes after the Boldt Decision as well.

“He had a continuing fight for sovereignty,” said Sheldon. “Stan went to D.C. to testify, and he was there not only on behalf of Tulalip but for all Indian people,” he said. Over the years Jones has spoken at the United Nations on treaties and environmental issues, and has met with President Bill Clinton to discuss Native American affairs. “There were a lot of different fights he was involved in. He was a fighter for the people,” said Hatch. He was also an advocate for economic growth for the tribes. “I’ve seen his leadership and how he fought to protect the treaty rights of the tribe, while still developing the economy here, oftentimes with little to no resources,” said Gobin. Jones helped draft a bill and testified in support of Native American gaming that would help pave the way for the Tulalip Resort Casino. “Stan was there at many critical, impactful times, including the introduction of

gaming,” said Sheldon. In 1966 when Jones started on the Tulalip Tribal board the tribes had three employees. Today they have more than 3,800. “His leadership always represented the people with a vision for the future, and he followed that vision with plan and purpose,” said Gobin. In addition to the casino, Tulalip’s economy grew with the Quil Ceda Village and other ventures such as the Tulalip Gas Station while Jones was on the board. Hatch said that Jones was always working on serving the community. “He was a hard worker and dedicated,” said Hatch. “I used to kid around with him about fishing and going to so many meetings, even after he retired." Jones also took a lot of time to help those in need. “He was dedicated to the community and making sure the kids had what they needed. Whether it was clothes, shoes or anything else he would make it happen,” said Hatch. Community members said that Jones loved to fish.

Stan Jones and his wife JoAnn. Gobin said that he remembers going to fish with him many times. “He was one of the top fisherman we have and was always willing to help people who were not on his level,” said Sheldon. Hatch said that Jones was always ready to help other fishermen. “I remember whenever a boat went down he’d be right there to rescue the people,” he said. Jones was also part of the community and helped

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keep much of the tribe's culture alive. “There are so many cultural traditions that he passed down, not just to me, but many of our tribal members,” said Gobin. He said that Jones was a longtime leader of the tribes and that he will be remembered. “Stan has often been referred to as a chief here, and he was our chief for many years. That’s the way we are going to honor him at the funeral,” said Gobin.

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Undefeated Tomahawks head to State By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com

The Marysville-Pilchuck football team hosted the Ballard Beavers in a battle of undefeated teams for the first round of the 3A Playoffs on Nov. 8. The Tomahawks made a statement in their first drive as they pounded the Ballard defense on the ground for a quick seven-play touchdown to go up 7-0. The Beavers would not be down for long as they used their speed on the following possession to work the ball downfield. While grinding away most of the first quarter, Ballard managed to score on a 26-yard touchdown run and tied it up 7-7 heading into the second. In the second quarter Marys-

ville-Pilchuck continued to be explosive on offense as they ran a few plays to score early and retake the lead. The Tomahawks' defense began to make huge plays on the other side of the ball with tackles in the backfield and pass deflections. Ballard managed to inch their way down to the Pilchuck 20-yard line on their second possession but failed to hit long field goal. The Tomahawks closed out the quarter with another rushing touchdown and topped off the half with a tough stop on defense, to go into halftime up 21-7. To open the half both teams began to have trouble on offense as the Beavers were forced to punt on their opening drive and the Tomahawks were forced to turnover on

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Austin Diaz, Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior defensive tackle, chases down the quarterback for the sack at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 8.

downs on the Ballard 28-yard line. Ballard managed to salvage the quarter as they marched down the field late to score. Marysville-Pilchuck made sure to make a statement after the touchdown, blocking the PAT to stay up 21-13. After Ballard closed the gap, the Tomahawks were determined to secure the game as they took up most of the fourth quarter and scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 5:32 left. On the Beavers' next offensive possession, they turned the ball over on their own 28-yard line. Marysville-Pilchuck was unable to capitalize on the field possession and turned the ball over on the Beavers' 24-yard line with three minutes left. Over the next few minutes Ballard went on a tear, scoring a passing touchdown, recovering an onside kick and finally running in a touchdown as time expired. Even with the late offensive performance, the Tomahawks were too far ahead as they took the victory 28-25. “We came in knowing this was going to be a hard-fought victory, so it feels amazing to get this one. We try to wear down our opponents until they can’t bring us down anymore, and it’s great that we can play so physical,” said Tomahawks’ senior running back Jordan Justice. Marysville-Pilchuck’s offense was led by Jordan Justice, Dylan Carson and Dillon Kuk. Justice had

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Jordan Justice, Tomahawks’ senior running back, runs upfield against the Ballard Beavers at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 8. 11 carries for 89 yards, two rushing touchdowns and three tackles from the safety position. Carson, sophomore running back, was dominate on the ground with 19 carries for 116 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Kuk, senior receiver and safety, made the most of his touches with six carries for 76 yards, one reception for 28 yards, as well as one tackle and three pass deflections on defense. “Our guys run really hard and our line gets a great push to lead the way. Everyone stepped up and in the end we get into the final 16. It feels awesome and I’m really excited for our guys because they deserve this,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.

The Tomahawk defense took control with huge play from Mauro Bejar, Terren Pablo, Austin Diaz and Irell Meafua. Bejar, senior linebacker, earned double digit tackles with 10, one sack and a blocked PAT. Pablo, senior linebacker, had six tackles and added on another sack to the team total. Diaz, senior defensive tackle, led the team in tackles with 11, one tackle for loss and two sacks. Meafua, junior defensive end, led the team in tackles for loss with three, as well as adding on seven tackles and one sack. If you want to cheer on the Tomahawks, they will be playing in the first round of the 3A State Tournament at home against the Prairie Falcons this week.

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By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The undefeated Arlington volleyball team took on the Meadowdale Mavericks in their final home match of the regular season. The Eagles came out in control as they opened the first set on a 14-5 run before the Mavericks were forced to take their first timeout. Following the break, Arlington continued to dominate with an 8-3 run putting them up 22-8. Over the final few rallies the Mavericks managed to fight back but were too far behind as they dropped the first set 25-14. In the second set, Meadowdale came out as a different team and found themselves tied at 8-8 early on. The Eagles began to find their groove and pulled ahead on a 6-1 run that set the score at 14-9. After a few miscues on Arlington’s side, the Mavericks began to battle back once again and went on an 8-6 run. With a tight score, the Eagles locked in and put away the set on a score of 25-20.

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The Mavericks looked to be the team in control in the third set as they opened on a 2-0 run and later forced the Eagles to take a timeout down 10-7. Meadowdale continued to hold the lead over the next few runs as they sat at 18-16 moments later. Arlington refused to let go of the set as they found their stride, secured the lead at 20-19 and pushed the Mavericks into a timeout. Both teams played at a high level through the rest See EAGLES on page 5

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Chargers defeat Ferndale to earn 3A District 1 Championship By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville Getchell girls soccer team faced off with the Ferndale Golden Eagles for the 3A District 1 Championship on Nov. 9. The Chargers put the pressure on from their first possession as it seemed like the ball never went deep into their own territory. With a strong backline sending the ball downfield whenever possible, Marysville Getchell was able to use their athleticism and chemistry to work possessions in close. The Golden Eagles' defense made a few key saves in order to keep the Chargers off the board. Late in the half Ferndale was able to make a few runs, but in the end both teams entered halftime tied at 0-0.

In the second half, the Golden Eagles seemed to come out with a more aggressive offense as they managed to get in close and take a few shots early on. Marysville Getchell’s defense managed to shutdown those early shots and kickstart their offense, pushing the ball upfield. In the 57th minute, the Chargers managed to take control of the match as they scored on a shot from about 10 yards out. After going up 1-0, Ferndale began to play more aggressive on their attack but failed as the Getchell defense seemed to stop all chances of getting a clean shot. The Chargers played hard to the last minute as they scored once again in the 78th minute to take the victory 2-0. With this win the Chargers took the 3A District 1

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Gi Farias-Hernandez, Chargers’ sophomore mid, splits the Golden Eagles’ defenders and races upfield late in the second half at Shoreline Stadium on Nov. 9.

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of the set, but the Eagles came out on top by a score of 28-26. Arlington took the victory with a score of 3-0. They finished the regular season only losing four sets and achieved an undefeated 14-0 record. “We’re going to see a lot of great teams as we head into Districts so it’s good to see us being able to stay in it and execute. We set out to be undefeated, and as the year got underway, we thought it could be possible so it’s huge to achieve that and earn that first seed for the District Tournament,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams. Arlington has a deep rotation in their front line as they had huge performances from Arianna Bilby, Emily Mekelburg, Julia Parra and Teagan Sutherland. Bilby, senior outside hitter, had a game-high 15 kills and 15 digs. Mekelburg, sophomore outside hitter, had 11 kills of her own and tied for the team-high in aces with two. Parra, senior middle blocker, forced the Mavericks to alter a lot of shots and put up 13 kills on the stat sheet. Sutherland, junior middle blocker, only had four kills on the match but led the team

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Marysville Getchell’s senior defender Kortney Crane takes a huge shot downfield against the Ferndale Golden Eagles at Shoreline Stadium on Nov. 9. Championship. Throughout the District Tournament they went 3-0, scoring eight goals and not allowing a single goal to any opponent. Marysville Getchell has not allowed a goal since Thursday, Oct. 17. “At this point we are on a roller coaster that just keeps going up. It’s been incredible to watch them keep each other accountable and also have this incredible chemistry on and off the field. Every game is a new opportunity and we come into every one knowing that we have to earn it,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Sarah Hereth. The Chargers' offense was led by Kirsten Crane, Jadin Thompson-Sheldon and Madison Hagglund. Crane, freshman forward, scored the first goal of the night as she caught a tip off a Fern-

with two blocks. Taylor Pederson, sophomore setter, was huge in orchestrating the Eagles' offensive as she had a game-high 35 assists as well as two aces. “At this point it’s all about preventing burnout and refining the little things as we head into next week. It’ll

dale defender and took the shot. Thompson-Sheldon, senior forward, was the main threat for Getchell throughout the night and earned the second goal. Hagglund, senior mid, was huge in controlling the middle of the field and added an assist to the stat sheet on the final goal of the match. Marysville Getchell’s senior goalkeeper Maddy Grandbois earned another shutout victory on the season. Her backline defenders, seniors Faith Sherman and Kortney Crane, played a key role in shutting down the majority of Ferndale possessions and sending the ball to their forwards. If you want to root on the Chargers in their run for a State Championship, the 3A State Tournament will be held through Nov. 23 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

be mellow during practice and when it’s game time we’ll turn it on,” said Coach Williams. If you want to come out and support the Eagles, they will be competing in the 3A District Tournament held at Marysville-Pilchuck High School through Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Marysville's MAP Court has first graduate By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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Marysville Municipal Court judge Lorrie Towers, left, hands MAP Court graduate Cecilio Smith documents to confirm he has passed the program and will have his charges dropped during a ceremony on Nov. 5.

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Marysville’s MAP Court offers an alternative path of treatment and support instead of incarceration for those dealing with mental health issues. The Mental Health Alternatives Program (MAP) had it’s first graduate on Nov. 5. “For the most part I would like to thank everyone for encouraging me, for holding me accountable, for empowering me to be the man I’ve always wanted to be,” said Cecilio Smith, who had his drug charges dropped after a successful year in the program, during the ceremony. Those who worked with Smith were happy to see him graduate. “You had so much courage to come in and say ‘I’m going to turn my life around. This is not the path I want to be on anymore,’” said Marysville prosecutor Jennifer Millet. The MAP Court is supported by local nonprofit Bridgeways, which provides liaisons that help individuals through the program.

Liaison Cathy Wheatcroft said that Smith was great to have in the program. “We could joke around and Cecilio knew when I was joking with him. You were always a great person in my peer support group in Everett. I always appreciated that you were always someone who had great insight,” she said. Defense attorney Tammy McElyen praised Smith’s ability to stick with the program. “For you to get through this entire year and complete this achievement, you obviously had a lot of belief in yourself and in this program,” she said. Marysville Municipal Court judge Lorrie Towers said that the MAP Court process is often harder than other paths. “It’s a rigorous process and the person has to be committed and accountable,” she said. “It’s actually a lot more work and it would be easier to plead out like most people do and do probation,” she said. Smith’s kids came to the

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graduation ceremony to encourage him. “The reason why I chose this is because family is like my rock and is all the reason I chose to travel down this journey,” he said. “As you see my kids are so happy and I’m so happy to be involved with them. I’m looking forward to the endless amount of memories.” Towers said the program is meant to help people get back on their feet with support, instead of using jails or punishment which often simply result in individuals returning to the criminal justice system later. “We can’t continue to charge or incarcerate them without dealing with the root issues,” she said. “We want to make an impact for people to make a life change.” The program, which helps those with mental health problems and often substance abuse disorders as well, began about a year and half ago in Marysville. Bridgeways already supported a similar program in Everett, but they wanted to expand to Marysville, according to Towers, which was the impetus to bring the MAP Court to Marysville. “We thought that there was a population here who would benefit from some of those services,” she said. “So we formulated a group to work together.” The MAP Court program at that time wasn’t going to be paid for by the city, but through Bridgeways and Medicaid funding. “There was no downside to giving it a shot,” said Towers. The Marysville program has had about eight participants usually. “I think it is going fantastic. Yesterday, after we had our first graduation, we had another person enter the program,” she said. Unfortunately, due to Medicaid funding changes the Bridgeways liaison position could be eliminated soon. The nonprofit organization and locals are hopeful to find alternative ways to fund the position though. “We’re going to find a way to keep the program going,” said Towers. “There’s a larger population here that we are concerned about and want to allow into the program,” she said. More information about the Everett nonprofit is available at bridgeways. org.


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Marysville Rotary honors Elise Sumsion By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Marysville Getchell High School student Elise Sumsion was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the October Rotary Community Service Recognition Award. The Marysville Rotary recognizes a student each month of the school year for their work in the community. “We’d like to give you a Community Service Recognition Award for all that you have done in the community,” said Daryn Bundy, a member of the Marysville Rotary. “We really want to promote volunteering and really appreciate you kids who go above and beyond,”

he said. The award also comes with a $100 check for students. “Over the last five years we not only give a certificate, but this is sponsored by Les Schwab Tires so we want to give you a check for $100,” said Bundy. Sumsion was recognized for her variety of volunteer efforts. “I’m currently in National Honor Society and with that we do a lot of community work. Last year we put on a carnival for the community elementary schools and that was a lot of fun,” she said. She has also helped volunteer using her dance skills a number of times. “I feel like I’ve learned

how to help others while doing things I love myself,” she said. Last spring she was the choreographer for the Marysville-Pilchuck High School production of Beauty and the Beast. “Another volunteer event I do every year is through my dance studio,” she said, “We put on a show and sell tickets and all the proceeds go to a chosen charity.” Each year since 2016 she has participated in an annual charity performance for the Charity Dance Project. The project has raised funds for a number of charities, including organizations that support suicide awareness, service dogs

Buell named Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville Kiwanis Club recently recognized Doug Buell as their Volunteer of the Year for his work on the club’s new fundraising event ‘Crabtoberfest.’ The event was held on Sept. 26 to raise funds for the Marysville service club, which largely focuses on projects that help local kids and families. The Marysville Kiwanis Club recognizes one of its members each year who takes on volunteering and organizing. “Just like with any club, we all do a lot of good work,” said Kiwanis Club president Steve Powell. “But we still want to give an award to someone who rose above each year." “I encouraged the club to do a major fundraiser, because, frankly, we weren’t giving out as much in scholarships compared to some of the other clubs in the area,” said Powell, who was also the one who nominated Buell. Powell said he didn’t have time to run a fundraiser himself but Buell volunteered to organize the event. “Doug stepped up and he did so many things,” said Powell. “He really took the lead on the event and made it very successful." The event was designed to be a place to eat some good food and hold an auction, but Buell helped to bring in a raffle, entertainment and other fun to help make Crabtoberfest successful, said Powell. “There was a lot more at the event than I expected,” he said. Buell put in a lot of work to raise funds through the event. “He was a real pusher of going full bore to help,” said

“For our club, Powell. that’s a really good “He also did some beautiful artamount,” said Powell. work for our promotional materials. It Buell also helps with other Kiwanis helped it look really COURTESY PHOTO events through the professional,” said Doug Buell Powell. year as well, not just with the new CrabCrabtoberfest brought in about $8,000 in toberfest fundraiser. Powell said the Kiwanis revenue, with about half of that going toward expenses help with many small events throughout the year to imfor the event. “Prior to this we usually prove the family offerings gave around $2,500 in schol- around the city. Buell helped out a lot of arships each year,” said Powell. With the new funds he those events as well. “It wasn’t just the one thinks the club we’ll likely be able to give out much more event. There were a lot of this year, possibly around things where we he was there to help,” said Powell. $5,000 or more.

and help foster kids. With Marysville Youth Cheer she has met a lot of local children. “My favorite part about doing the volunteer work is getting to know my community more,” she said. With her cheer group she helps at local elementary schools on the first and last days of the year. “We say ‘welcome back to school’ or ‘have a good summer’ and I get a chance to talk to the grade schoolers,” she said. “That’s really fun to reach out to the community." Sumsion participates in various community events as well. “I’ve helped at some of the smaller community events around town like

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Marysville Rotary member Daryn Bundy presents Marysville Getchell High School student Elise Sumsion with the October Rotary Community Service Recognition Award on Nov. 5.

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board of directors had three seats up for grabs. Paul Galovin looks to overtake incumbent Mariana Maksimos with 53.35 percent of voters. Incumbent Tom Albright will likely keep his seat with 63.72 percent approval against challenger Halleh Stickels. Incumbent Pete Lundberg ran unopposed for his seat. Arlington In a tight mayoral race incumbent Barbara Tolbert leads with a 78 vote margin and 50.93 percent of voters. For the Arlington City Council, Michele Blythe looks to have the lead on incumbent Sue Weiss as Blythe has 55.95 percent approval. Incumbents Marilyn Oertle and Mike Hopson had no opponents and will

return for another term. The City Council’s fireworks advisory vote currently has 51.73 percent in favor of banning fireworks in the city. The City Council approved the advisory vote to get a better understand about what city residents wanted. “They wanted to get a sense of what the community wanted in terms of fireworks,” said Kristin Banfield, the city’s communication manager. “The next steps will be for the City Council to review these results and decided what they want to do." The date to review the numbers and plan the next steps hasn’t been scheduled yet, but Banfield expects it to be sometime in the next couple of months. Per state law, changes in fireworks law cannot take effect until a year after the law is passed.

Communities “So any changes that are enacted this year or even into January or February won’t take affect until after the 2020 Fourth of July,” said Banfield. Arlington School District The Arlington School District had three of its five seats up for election. Incumbent Jim Weiss will likely hold on to his seat with 51.27 percent of the vote against Sheri Kelly. New board members Michael Ray and Mary Levesque ran unopposed and will start their first terms soon. State Initiatives Initiative 976 will limit car tab fees to $30 and looks to have passed with 53.32 percent of voters in favor of the measure. The reduction in car tab funds will likely cause a budget shortfall for statefunded transportation projects and public transit

which will have to be reconciled. There are some city funds that are unaffected. “When we adopted a Transportation Benefit District to ask for 0.1 percent sales tax we went to the voters,” said Arlington’s communication manager Kristin Banfield. Those collections are not affected by the initiative. Marysville has a similar Transportation Benefit District sales tax (of 0.2 percent) that is also safe from changes. “Obviously there will be a significant impact to the state budget,” said Banfield. “They provide a lot of grant funds which create transportation projects here,” she said. State funds often provide a significant amount money to help fund construction projects to local cities. “Looking at the bigger picture, Marysville part-

www.northcountyoutlook.com ners with and relies on the state for many larger projects, such as the I-5/SR-529 interchange scheduled to break ground next year,” wrote Marysville’s communication administrator Connie Mennie in a statement in conjunction with the city’s finance director Sandy Langdon and public works director Kevin Nielsen. “We have heard from WSDOT [the Washington State Department of Transportation] that they are starting to review the potential impacts of I-976 passage,” they wrote. “It is too early to know which programs or projects in our area may be affected. Ultimately, it is up to the Governor and State Legislature how to address this state funding challenge.” North County Regional Fire Authority The North County Regional Fire Authority put a fire levy proposition on the ballot that would increase the property tax rate to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. With 2,672 votes for and 2,673 votes against, the measure is currently failing by the thinnest of margins. Normally, because of state law, fire districts can only raise their tax collections 1 percent per year, which typically does not

keep up with inflation. This causes the tax rate to drop slowly and districts must go back to the voters every couple of years to restore their rates, which this levy was meant to do. Incumbent Greg Oakes looks to have retained his seat with 67.41 percent of the vote against Jeff Sinker. Lakewood School District There are three seats up for the Lakewood School District board of directors. Steven Larson looks to overtake incumbent Jeremy Toponce with 63.86 percent of the vote. Incumbents Leaha Boser and Lawrence Bean ran unopposed and will return for another term. Snohomish County County Council District 2 covers much of Tulalip, north Everett and Mukilteo. Democrat Megan Dunn appears to have secured the seat with 56.29 percent of the vote against Republican Anna Rohrbough. In the county sheriff race Adam Fortney received 55.61 percent of the vote against incumbent Ty Trenary. In the treasurer race Brian Sullivan has a margin of 32 votes over Rob Toyer for the seat. For a complete listing of results, go to http://bit. ly/2Q0wUlQ.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SNOHOMISH COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DONNA M. JEFFERY, Deceased, NO. 19-4-01938-31, PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS, RCW 11.40.030

THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE NAMED BELOW has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: October 30, 2019 Personal Representative: Shamria D. Kirk Attorney for Personal Representative: Bradley E. Neunzig, WSBA #22365 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223

The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: November 13, 2019 Personal Representative: Pamela L. Freemon Attorney for Personal Representative: Bradley E. Neunzig, WSBA #22365 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223

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County Council considering Executive's 2020 budget

Each fall, the Snohomish County Council adopts the County budget for the following year. By County Charter, the County Executive proposes a budget to the Council. Right now, we are considering Executive Somers’ proposed budget for 2020. The 2020 budget will be the first $1 billion budget for Snohomish County. The budget is broken down into the General Fund (25% of the 2020 budget), Special Revenue Funds (including Roads, 40%), Internal Service Funds (Central Operations, 14%), Enterprise Funds (Airport, Solid

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Waste, Surface Water, 14%), Capital Projects Funds (4%), and Debt Service Funds (3%). As always, Public Safety is the number one priority in this year’s budget. In the proposed budget, the total

Law and Justice budget makes up just over 75% of the General Fund. Executive Somers has proposed a study of the Law and Justice system to create a more cohesive and comprehensive strategy moving forward to address homelessness, associated mental health and addiction issues, and property crimes. Another major component of the annual budget process is setting the taxes and fees which fund County operations. These taxes and fees include the general property tax levy, See NEHRING on page 10

Public input needed for Downtown Corridor Sustainability Plan The City of Arlington enjoys a vibrant downtown business core, with a widevariety of merchandise and services available to our residents, the greater Stillaguamish Valley, and visitors. The City of Arlington has worked hard over the last several years on initiatives to revitalize the downtown corridor. In partnership with the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) and the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce, we have organized, hosted, and supported dozens of events that draw both residents and visitors

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to our charming downtown. We have installed art work, seasonal banners and flowers, repaved the Cityowned merchants parking lot, installed restrooms at Legion Park, installed lighting on street trees, and

are working to develop restrooms and a pocket park in connection with the Innovation Center. Our partnerships with the DABA, the Stilly Valley Chamber, and the Northwest Innovation Center (NWIRC) have provided free training opportunities for all of our business owners that have focused on growing small businesses and marketing. Downtown anchor stores such as Action Sports, Flowers by George, The Blue Bird Cafe, The Stilly Diner, Bistro San Martin, Arlington HardSee TOLBERT on page 10

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roads fund levy, conservation futures levy, licenses and permit fees, Surface Water Management Fee, and a separate assessment for the Conservation District. Since joining the Council in 2017, I have fought to limit tax and rate increases in order to provide some relief to the tax burden that Snohomish County residents face from a combination of local, state, and federal taxes. The Council has been successful in adopting balanced budgets without increasing the general property tax levy in the past two budgets. I believe that it is important to live within our means and spend your hard earned tax dollars in the most efficient way possible. That is why I have committed to finding efficiencies and cutting waste before supporting any increases in taxes. The Surface Water Management (SWM) fee funds projects related to storm water runoff and fish habitat. There is currently a proposal on the table which would increase the SWM fee in rural areas from the current $90 per year (per dwelling unit) to

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ware, and Arlington Pharmacy, continue to be the commercial hub of our downtown core. These and other anchor businesses, along with the public investments, have encouraged the growth of existing businesses such as the Garden Center at Arlington Co-Op, and have spurred the opening of new businesses such as Centennial Bar & Grill, Hometown Candle Co., Moe’s on Olympic, Moe’s Lounge, Ava Rose, Nostalgia, and Stilly Valley Collective (coworking space) in existing storefronts. In early October this year, there were just three vacant storefronts on Olympic Avenue and no vacancies in storefronts on West Avenue. Our new and existing businesses have grown because of the support local residents have of their hometown merchants through their purchases. Your display of

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$122 which amounts to a 35% increase. I have opposed increases to the SWM fee for rural residents in the past and I will continue to do so in this budget. The Snohomish Conservation District is also requesting a rate increase. Currently, they collect $7 per parcel and $0.07 per acre resulting in a total collection of $1.7 million per year. The Conservation District has proposed a 3 year rate increase resulting in a total collection of $2.5 million per year by 2022. This proposal would amount to a 44% increase over three years. I also plan on opposing this increase. In a time when many other governmental agencies are increasing taxes and fees on residents, I am proud to be fighting to limit that burden from Snohomish County. I will continue that work as we move forward in the budget writing process. Nate Nehring is a member of the Snohomish County Council and represents District 1 which includes Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood, and unincorporated north county. He can be reached by email at Nate.Nehring@ snoco.org or by phone at (425) 388-3494.

those purchases in your homes and businesses, and on social media, have made Arlington a destination for visitors to also invest in our downtown. Still, we desire to develop a strategic long-term plan that achieves retaining the character of the downtown, identifying improvements, capitalizing on the Centennial Trail, expanding the physical main street area, utilizing the main street programs, and identifying smart growth initiatives. The City of Arlington is contracting with Western Washington University Sustainable Communities program to develop a plan for the future of our treasured downtown. We invite you to join us and share your ideas for downtown Arlington. Imagine the Arlington downtown of the future, one that continues to provide opportunities as a civic and economic center - what does this look like for you? A workshop has

been scheduled to gather input from the community at large. Community Workshop Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Haller Middle School Commons 600 E. First Street, Arlington If you cannot make the workshop to share your ideas, we encourage you to share these on the City’s webpage on the Downtown Corridor Sustainability Plan at www.arlingtonwa. gov/downtownplan. Ideas contributed through the website will be combined with the input received at the business workshop held in October and the community workshop in November. Additional opportunities for comments will be provided throughout the development of the plan. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Sarah Lopez, Community Revitalization Project Manager, at 360-403-3448 or slopez@ arlingtonwa.gov.

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Arlington Public Schools is seeking applications from community members who live within the boundaries of the district and are interested in being appointed to a committee to write the pro/con statements for the Snohomish County Local Voters’ Pamphlet. This is related to the district’s upcoming levies and bond measures to be

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Shop Local event benefits Arlington Food Bank ____ “ By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Three Arlington businesses hosted local small businesses for a vendor event to benefit the Arlington Community Food Bank on Nov. 9. “We’re hosting what’s called ‘Shop Local.’ It’s an event where myself, Trio Salon and Steins Taphouse and Minigolf are teaming up to promote local small businesses in Arlington and to help the community food bank,” said Jessica Johnston, owner of Arlington gym Rain City Fitness. The three businesses, located in central Arlington near 204th Street, wanted to hold a vendor fair to promote small businesses and Arlington food bank officials thought it would be a good way to cross-promote. “The food bank wanted to get more information about their needs out there and thought it was the per-

fect opportunity to just join up local forces,” said Johnston. Johnston said she learned a lot about the local food bank after sitting down with them. “They have 800 kids that they serve with their Christmas program, ‘A Christmas Wish,’ and close to 300 kids that don’t have a set home to go to at night,” she said. She hopes the event supports them in their goal. “As a business owner in Arlington and a mom of four children I think it is important to support the community and an organization that is doing the best they can,” she said. As part of the event Johnston said the vendor fee was a donation to the food bank. “Each vendor that is participating donated $25 to the food bank to do so and myself and Steins also donated $100 on top of that,” she said.

“Admission to get in for attendees is recommended three cans of nonperishable goods to donate to the food bank,” said Johnston. She said that the event is going “amazing” and that they were able to attract a lot of participants. “The 25 vendors are all women, often working moms,” said Johnston. “I personally wanted to do some kind of vendor event because a lot of my clients have some sort of small business,” she said. The idea got started by Trio Salon, she said. “The owner of Trio Salon made a post one day saying she wanted to do an event like that one day, so we decided to team up,” said Johnston. The ‘Shop Local’ event was also meant to draw attention to small businesses in central Arlington. “I don’t mean this in a negative way, but I think a lot of attention gets put

As a business owner in Arlington and a mom of four children I think it is important to support the community and an organization that is doing the best they can.

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down on Olympic Avenue and the businesses that are there. Often it kind of draws attention from surrounding businesses,” said Johnston. “Trio Salon has been here three years and Steins and I have been here for about a year, and we still get people coming down asking ‘how long have you been here,’” she said. Johnston said she hopes that events like her ‘Shop Local’ vendor fair can highlight different areas of the city as well.

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The fall To-Do List for gardeners It’s been a while buttercup and clover) would be a waste of since I have given you time in November, but a concise, all-in-onea product called Weed place list of chores for Beater Ultra by Bonide the month, so I thought will actually work in it would be timely to temperatures as low as do just that. There is By Steve Smith 45 degrees — keep that always something to do in the garden, even if it is just in mind if you are overrun with walking around and observing these nasty interlopers. With any what Mother Nature is up to. As kind of herbicide, always “target stewards of the green spaces we the pest and save the rest”. In othcall our gardens, here are some er words, spot spray where needthings to consider doing as we ed and avoid “weed and feed” products that broadcast herbimove into winter. LAWNS: While it’s too late to cides over the entire landscape. do any hardcore overhauling, it’s FRUIT TREES: Don’t do any an ideal time to apply lime and pruning yet, but rather practice a slow release organic fertilizer. sanitation by raking all the leaves Our lawns greened up early this underneath your fruit trees and fall with the September rains, but applying a dormant spray to conin order to keep them looking trol insects and diseases. Copper good through the winter, fertil- combined with horticultural oil is izing now is critical. Normally, easy to use and is relatively nontrying to control weeds (like toxic. An application this month,

and again in February, can work wonders. VEGETABLES: Last chance to plant garlic. Some gardeners like to plant a “cover crop” this time of year and then plow it under come spring, but I prefer to broadcast some lime and then cover the soil with an inch of fresh compost. This will keep the weeds down and improve the soil by spring. BERRIES: For raspberries and blackberries, it is most important to remove the canes that produced fruit this year (except for everbearing varieties). The remaining canes can be shortened up a bit and secured to a wire/trellis system. Blueberries only need a light pruning to remove any dead wood and to shape them. If you had issues with “mummy berry” this last season, it is absolutely essential that you clean underneath your plants and apply some fresh

compost. ROSES: Remember to prune “Hip high in the fall, knee high in the spring”. Climbing roses need to be secured to their trellis and the long canes shortened up just a little bit. After pruning and thoroughly cleaning around the base of the rose, apply some lime and then pile up some mulch about 10 to 12 inches high to protect the graft union from a really ugly winter. PERENNIALS: Tidying up the perennial border is a process for me. It’s always best to let plants die back naturally and at their own pace, but I will often cut back my Hostas before they become a slimy mess. I generally leave the rest of my perennials (and ornamental grasses) to their own demise and tackle them in February when I do my major cleanup. Just make sure all the ground is covered with ei-

ther leaves or mulch, or you will have a major weed problem. CONTAINERS: Container gardening can be so much more than a collection of summer blooming annuals. While I will admit that I empty out and put away a whole bunch of pots for the winter, I always make sure I have a half dozen or so of attractive plantings to lift my spirits during these dark days of winter. Cluster them near your entrance where you will see them every day. The above list should give you plenty of reasons to get out of the easy chair and get your heart rate up. Take this month and next to finish up these tasks and you will be richly rewarded come spring.

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

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