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Community turns out to celebrate Hometown Holidays By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Santa Claus took a wagon trip down Olympic Avenue as part of the annual Hometown Holidays Santa Parade on Dec. 7. The Saturday event is part of a yearly tradition of holiday activities for the city which includes Santa Claus and other festivities. "We have a great choir from Kent Prairie that's going to sing in a few moments, there's free hot chocolate across the street, pictures with Santa, it's Super Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. we have the original 'Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'The Grinch' on the big screen," said Chad Blood, pastor from Arlington Lifeway Foursquare Church and one of the organizers of the event. See HOLIDAYS on page 11


Hailey Cobb receives a candy cane from Santa during the Arlington Santa Run on Dec. 6.

Santa Run collects for Arlington food bank By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com


Josslyn Basham meets with Santa Claus during Arlington's Hometown Holidays on Dec. 7.

Arlington firefighters and other volunteers from the city have helped Santa begin his travel’s through local neighborhoods during the 2019 Arlington Santa Run. The event, in its 30th year now, collects food for the Arlington Community Food Bank and brings Santa Claus and a holiday decorated fire engine around

to many residential areas throughout the town. Last year the fire department volunteers received 11,684 pounds of food and $1,950 in monetary donations. “We do this to acquire food and monetary donations for the Arlington food bank,” said Nich Sacha, a firefighter/EMT and one of the organizers for the event. This holiday season the

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Holiday cheer comes to downtown Marysville Community members enjoy the Merrysville for the Holidays festivities and Electric Lights Parade By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Merrysville for the Holidays helped kick off the holiday season for locals who gathered in Comeford Park for festivities on Dec. 7. The annual event features the nighttime Electric Lights Parade as well as community groups and locals getting together in downtown Marysville. "We had a wonderful turnout. The parade was fantastic and it was just a great way to kickoff the holiday season," said Tara Mizell, director of the city's Parks, Culture

and Recreation Department. Many locals said they appreciated the opportunity to celebrate the season. "It's been great. This is our first time, actually, because we recently moved up here from Lynnwood," said local parent Matthew Alkire. "It's very pretty and all the lights and trees are very well done, and having Santa for the kids is a nice little touch," he said. This year a Christmas tree was lit up in the center of the park instead of lighting the water tower, as crews could no longer get up to the tower. A corroded walkway and other problems have prevented staff from being able to

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check the holiday lights on the tower. "It was unsafe to be able to do that. We were excited to have an alternative and try something new this year," said Mizell. The Electric Lights Parade took place near the beginning of the event with many groups walking down State Avenue. "We had a really great turnout of community members and a lot of walking groups, some of them really big," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the city and one of the organizers of the parade. Both Marysville Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck bands combined this year and marched together for the parade. "Which was incredible, it was a huge group and so much fun," said Kingsford. Public works trucks from the city and other community vehicles, such as a Marysville School District bus, also put on a variety of holiday lights to participate in the parade. "We had some really decked out big rigs this year with lots of lights," said Kingsford. Kingsford said the parade is truly a local community parade. "I think one of the things people really like is that they see people in the parade that they know," she said. After the parade, Comeford Park

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Holiday Tour of Lights December 11-14, 18-21 & 23 5:30pm – 9:30pm Cedarcrest Golf Course www.cedarcrestgc.com

12 December 12, 10am – 5pm Gingerbread House Day

Imagine Children’s Museum www.imaginecm.org

12 December 12-15, 18-23, 26-29

Warm Beach Lights of Christmas 5:00pm – 10:00pm www.thelightsofchristmas.com

13 December 13, 7:30pm

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Free Santa Pics on a Harley December 14, 11am – 3pm Sound Harley Davidson www.soundharley.com


Arlington Airport Open House December 13, 11am – 2pm Arlington Municipal Airport Office www.arlingtonwa.gov


event began Dec. 6 and will continue to Dec. 15. To see the routes scheduled for each day of the event, go to arlingtonwa. gov/santarun. “I think it’s really cool how the department is able to go out into the community and help the food bank,” said firefighter Rick Neumann, who is participating in the Santa Run for the first


Michael Alkire meets Santa Claus at Merrysville for the Holidays on Dec. 7. was full of vendors and a bonfire from the Tulalip Lions Club. "In the park we have lots of different types of vendors. Nonprofits doing fund raisers and for-sale vendors," said Joanna Martin, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center and one of the organizers for the event. "We kicked it off with some music at the beginning," she said. She said that people enjoy the event for a variety of reasons. "It's a night event while a lot of

time this year. It is also the fire department's big event each year. “This is kind of our community event we get to do for everyone. It’s how the community can see us outside of the working environment,” said Sacha. Many people in the community said they like seeing it each year. “We love it. I just love the small town feeling,” said local parent Shane Bradford. He said his son enjoys

holiday events are during the day, which gives the opportunity for a lot of lights," she said. "It's also a free event so you can come and enjoy the event without having to pay for anything," Martin said. Merrysville for the Holidays has long been part of the holiday season for locals as well. "This is a long-standing tradition. It's our 31st year and it's a great way to kick off the holiday season," said Kingsford.

the event and seeing Santa come by, too. “Every year he loves it and looks forward to it.” Firefighters said they also enjoyed connecting with the local children. “Obviously we do it for the food donations but there’s something to be said for passing out candy canes to the kids and seeing the community come together for a good cause,” said Sacha. “It’s always fun to get out

and see the community, let them see the fire engine and hand out the candy canes,” said Neumann. The firefighters are also able to get together for the holidays as part of the Santa Run as well. “I like the fact that we can get all of the fire department together, especially the families,” said fire department captain Phil Knebber, who has been participating in the Santa Run for 25 years now. He said the event has gotten bigger as the town has grown, but the department likes to keep the tradition alive. “We have people that participated when they were kids and now their kids are doing it,” he said. “It’s a great community event for us.” Although originally a fire department event, Arlington has become big enough that they typically need help each year. “It got so big that just the fire department couldn’t do it, so we reached out to the city and the hospital foundation, so it truly is a community event,” said Knebber. Arlington firefighters said they look forward to continuing the Santa Run. “We’re excited about this like we’re excited about every single year that we do it. We hope to continue this tradition,” said Sacha. “Arlington has obviously gotten bigger but it still resembles a small town atmosphere. You’re not going to get this in Seattle or Bellevue. If we merge or get bigger I don’t think this will ever stop for us,” said Knebber.

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Bell-ringing begins for Salvation Army By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Marysville officials came out to support the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army’s kettle bell-ringing kickoff on Dec. 3. The day is meant to begin the bell-ringing outside of local stores that brings in funds for the Salvation Army. “The funds help us teach our classes, run our programs and keep the cold weather shelter running during freezing nights. That is light and heat that we have to pay for,” said Jenny Roodzant, social services coordinator at the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army branch. The branch provides meals and help to the homeless, as well as providing help to those who are struggling because of emergencies. “We help people with their PUD [Snohomish Public Utility District] or PSE [Puget Sound Energy] bills,” said Roodzant. “These funds go to help us keep running throughout the year as well," City officials including Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and City Council member Mark James came to do some bell-ringing for the kickoff. “This is really important to raise money for Salvation Army,” said Nehring.

“Particularly in Marysville, they’ve opened up their facility for our cold weather shelter this winter. For myself and Council member James that’s a big deal. That filled a big hole in the community,” Nehring said. James said he appreciated how easy it was to donate or become involved with the organization. “This is great that it happens on ‘Giving Tuesday,’” he said. “It’s local and easy. You can help in different areas of the city and it’s easy to get involved and help out,” said James. The local Salvation Army is still looking for people to help out with bell ringing this holiday season. “The more people who can come out to volunteer the better,” said Roodzant. They need volunteers specifically for local Haggen stores. “They require that solicitors at their locations not be paid employees, so for those locations we absolutely need volunteers,” she said. Bell-ringing is something the family can come down to do together for the holiday season, said Roodzant. “When I was a kid we used to go out caroling, but there’s not so much of that kind of thing anymore,” she said. “You can come down

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Salvation Army and Marysville officials gather for the local kettle kickoff event to start holiday bell-ringing on Dec. 3. From left, Salvation Army Lieutenant Colonel and Marysville volunteer Harold Brodin, board member Virlee Garmon, board member Bruce Larson, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, board member Lynn McCoy, Marysville City Council member Mark James and Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army social services coordinator Jenny Roodzant. to create good memories." Businesses, organizations or other groups can also get together to help with bell-ringing. “If you are from a busi-

ness or an organization you can have your sign under our Salvation Army sign as well,” said Roodzant. She said they typically try to schedule volunteers

in two-hour increments, although they also take onehour shifts. In addition to Marysville, there are locations in Arlington, Smokey Point

and Stanwood that need volunteers, said Roodzant. Those who want to volunteer can call the Salvation Army office at 360-9262228, said Roodzant.



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Arlington defeats Sehome 68-58 By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Arlington boys basketball team welcomed the Sehome Mariners to their home floor for their first game of the season on Dec. 4. Both teams came out playing with high energy as they pushed the pace and played physical on the defensive end. The Eagles and the Mariners traded baskets on their way to a 19-19 score at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was more of the same as both teams started to settle down on defense but still found holes to keep it close. With a buzzer-beating threepointer to end the half, Arlington took


Joseph Schmidt, Eagles’ senior wing, goes up between the Sehome defenders at Arlington High School on Dec. 4.

the slight 33-31 lead at halftime. In the second half the Eagles hit a different gear as they came out on a 9-2 run and didn’t slow down. Arlington’s defense stepped up to hold the Mariners to only 10 points in the third quarter while putting together their highest scoring output of 22 points. The Eagles entered the fourth quarter with a lead of 55-41 as they looked to play smart and limit their turnovers. In the final quarter, Sehome managed to outscore Arlington 17-13 but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles took the win 68-58. “We've got a lot to work on. We had some guys who played well, but we've got to do a better job than that moving forward. The team responded well to adjustments we made at halftime, so it was good to see them be able to execute that. Right now, I’m just trying to see who I can count on and who’s going to be making plays,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown. The Eagles were led in the scoring column by Ethan Martin, Joseph Schmidt and Ryan Brown. Martin, sophomore guard, had the game-high in points with 20, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He also had three three-pointers made, including two buzzer beaters to end the first half and third quarter. Schmidt, senior forward, put up 14 points, one three-pointer, three rebounds and two assists. Brown, senior forward, led all shooters wit four three-pointers made, 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Lakewood quarterback, coach earn awards By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com


Arlington’s sophomore point guard Ethan Martin brings the ball up the court against the Sehome Mariners. A few key contributors behind the leading trio were Quintin Yon-Wagner, Luke Brown and Nick Lewis. YonWagner, sophomore center, scored eight points on four-for-four shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Brown, sophomore guard, came off the bench to score four points, one rebound, three assists and one steal. Lewis, senior forward, only scored one point off the bench but grabbed one rebound, one steal and tallied the only block for the Eagles. Your next chance to come out and root for the Eagles will be at home against the Monroe Bearcats on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:15 p.m.

With the high school football season ending, the Lakewood program is already making its mark in the offseason, winning several awards given in the Northwest Conference (NWC). After finishing the season with a record of 9-2 and as one of the top-eight 2A teams in the state, the Cougars are taking home Head Coach of the Year and CoMost Valuable Player honors. “It’s a huge honor, especially when it comes from your peers. I get the name on the award, but all the credit goes to my coaching staff and my players that make it all possible. I think the thing that makes our program special is that we really care about the kids and make sure we emphasize that we are a family,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter. Coach Teeter will be taking home his fourth Coach of the Year award of his career, following his two Cascade Conference Coach of the Year trophies in 2010 and 2011, as well as his previous


Cougars’ Head Coach Dan Teeter has been named Head Coach of the Year in the Northwest Conference.

NWC Coach of the Year from 2017. Teeter was also honored as the Seahawks High School Coach of the Week this season, which is his fourth time receiving the award. The Cougars had an incredible year as they finished third in total team yards for their school history with 2,772 rushing yards and 1,360 passing yards for a total of 4,132 yards. They also finished as the fourth best scoring offense in Lakewood history with 358 total points. “Last year I had my exit interview with Coach Teeter, and he told me my goal for the next season was to

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High School Winter Sports Marysville Getchell Chargers BOYS SWIM

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Archbishop Murphy Lake Stevens

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Cascade Lynnwood

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Cascade Meridian


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Jackson Mercer Island

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Kings Meridian

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Anacortes Cedarcrest

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M-P falls to Lakewood 22-20 By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball team hosted the Lakewood Cougars to open up the season on Dec. 3. Both teams started off slow as they were able to work the ball inside but couldn’t convert the close shots. After a quarter of misses and multiple turnovers the Tomahawks led 4-1 over the Cougars, with all points being scored off free throws. In the second quarter, Lakewood started to heat up as they hit three shots from beyond the arc on their way to an 11-4 scoring output. The Cougars entered halftime up 12-8. Marysville-Pilchuck came out strong in the second half dominating on the defensive end and grabbing every possible rebound. They still struggled on the offensive end, only scoring three points in the third quarter, but kept the Cougars scoreless as they closed the gap 12-11. In the fourth quarter both teams went back and forth battling for the win. With less than a minute left, Lakewood held the lead at 20-18. The Tomahawks battled their way into the paint to draw the shooting foul and tied it up at the line, 20-20, with 30 seconds left. With one more possession in them, the Cougars worked together to create an open look and scored to take the victory by a score of 22-20. “We've got kids trying to figure out their roles, knowing who can score and figuring out our placement on defense. We have a young team so there will be a lot of learning and a lot of teaching. We need to develop our confidence and realize that even if we miss, we have to keep shooting,” said Marysville-Pil-

chuck Head Coach Taylor Stevens. The Tomahawks battled on the inside behind Kelsey Edge, Alissa Edge and Madyson Baxter. Kelsey, senior forward, tied for the team-high in points with six, one assist, game-high 13 rebounds and two steals. Alissa, senior forward, only had one point but added on nine rebounds. Baxter, junior forward, scored five points of her own with 11 rebounds, one steal and one block. Marysville-Pilchuck’s backcourt was led by Lauren Lewis and Emily Hamre. Lewis, senior guard, finished with six points, six rebounds and a team-high three steals. Hamre, sophomore guard, had two points and contributed on second chance opportunities with six rebounds. “A win is a win, but we have a lot of stuff to work on. A lot of these early games we’re just focusing on teaching and the fundamentals. I think we had some pretty good defense up front but then we allowed them to get secondchance opportunities with their rebounds. Making sure we box out will be a focus for our next game,” said Lakewood Head Coach Chris Walster. The Cougars' sophomore backcourt led the team in scoring behind Jasmine Graham, Mandy Harrison and Kacie Smith. Graham had the game-high in points with eight and filled the stat sheet with four assists, two rebounds and four steals. Harrison put up four points and led the team with eight rebounds. Smith was second on the team in points with five, four rebounds and one steal. In the post, Lakewood relied on the play from Jadeyn Graham, Katie Carl-


Lakewood’s sophomore guard Jasmine Graham runs down the court on the fastbreak as Tomahawks’ sophomore guard Emily Hamre trails at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Dec. 3. son and Ava Tedford. Graham, senior center, tallied three points, grabbed five rebounds and earned two steals. Carlson, senior center, wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard but contributed with seven rebounds. Tedford, sophomore forward, put up two points and three rebounds off the bench. If you want to come out and support the Tomahawks, their next home game will be on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:15 p.m. against the Cascade Bruins. The Cougars' first home game of the season will be against the Meridian Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:15 p.m.

Chargers battle for win over Lakewood By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Lakewood boys basketball team took on the Marysville Getchell Chargers for their first home matchup of the season on Dec. 6. The Chargers and Cougars set a tone early on as they began to play physical on both ends of the court. Lakewood set the pace on their home court, pushing the ball up the court with speed and attacking with space. Each team went back and forth as the first quarter ended with Marysville Getchell leading 16-15. The rest of the first half was more of the same as both teams played tough and refused to let a big lead develop. The Cougars managed to outscore the Chargers 16-14 to secure the 31-30 lead going into halftime. Coming out in the second half, Lakewood continued to hold off Marysville Getchell as they stayed strong on defense to only allow 12 points in the third quarter. The Cougars managed to stay on pace on the offensive end as they extended their lead with 17 points in the quarter, 48-42. Lakewood continued to hold off the Chargers until there was 2:26 left in the game, where Marysville Getchell hit a three to claim

a 61-60 lead. With a minute left in the game the Cougars tied it up at 61-61, but the Chargers pulled away over the last minute with a 5-0 run to secure the 66-61 victory. “I think we came out and played fairly well, but Marysville was ready to match our intensity from the beginning. The goal for me was to put us in tough games early on in the season so we are ready when we get into league play. I just want to be prepared for league and then be able to play tough in the postseason,” said Lakewood Head Coach Anthony Wiederkehr II. The Cougars seniors Alex Jensen, Morgan Stacey and Jared Taylor stepped up in the matchup. Jensen, guard, led the team with 21 points, two three-pointers, two assists, four rebounds and one steal. Stacey, forward, play inside and out with 13 points, two three-pointers, three assists, 12 rebounds and one block. Taylor, guard, put up six points with four rebounds and one steal. Alongside the seniors, junior guard Shae Dixon and sophomore center Andrew Molloy contributed heavily. Dixon put up 10 points, four rebounds and one steal while Molloy had seven points and six rebounds. “What a battle. It was a re-


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get MVP of the league. We didn’t talk about it much this year, but in the back of my mind I knew I wanted it and we were able to get it. I’ve been here my whole life, everyone cares about each other and I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else,” said Cougars’ quarterback Jared Taylor. Taylor will be taking home Co-MVP honors as he finishes a historic season and career for the Cougars. This season he finished with 156 rushing attempts for 1,333 yards and 18 touchdowns, as well as attacking through the air with 94 completions for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns. His total of 2,495 yards and 33 touchdowns places him in second for total yards in a season in school history, one spot above his 2018 season. His rushing numbers also put him at second for rushing touchdowns in a season and fourth for rushing yards. Jared finishes his career at Lakewood as one of the best offensive players in



Cougars’ quarterback Jared Taylor Has been named the Northwest Conference's CoMVP.

school history as he finishes in third for total career yards with 5,790 total yards and 71 touchdowns. His total splits up as 326 carries for 2,214 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground, two receptions for 34 receiving yards, and 300 completions for 3,542 passing yards and 43 touchdowns through the air. His explosive offensive play puts him as the Cougars’ third all-time rushing yards and passing yards leader. He also finishes in third place for completions, passing touchdowns and completion percentage with 56.39%.

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Marysville Getchell’s junior point guard Josiah Koellmer, middle, drives into the paint as Cougars’ post players Andrew Molloy, left, and Morgan Stacey, right, defend at Lakewood High School on Dec. 6. ally good physical game and it felt like a playoff style basketball game which is a good way to start the year. It could have gone either way, so I’m proud of our guys for stepping up and making plays to close it out,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh. Marysville Getchell’s duo of junior guards Malakhi Knight and Josiah Koellmer dominated their matchups from start to finish. Knight put up a game-high 29 points and filled the stat sheet with two three-pointers, two assists, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block. Koellmer got on the scoreboard for his fair share of points with 20 along with two three-pointers, three assists, three rebounds and one steal.

Alongside the high-scoring duo Alex Owens, Will Dunn and Cole Norton put in their own work. Owens, junior guard, was the next highest scorer with seven points, one assist, four rebounds, two steals and a block. Dunn, senior forward, scored six points with five rebounds, one steal and a block. Norton, junior guard, only tallied two points but also added on an assist and four rebounds. The Cougars next home game of the season will be against the Kings Knights on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:15 p.m. If you want to check out the Chargers, their next home game will be on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:15 p.m. against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves.

Sun, Moon and Tides in Snohomish County

Wednesday, December 11, through Tuesday, December 17 Wednesday, December 11 Full Moon Sunrise 7:48 am • Sunset 4:15 pm 5:19 am 10:47 am 3:24 pm 10:48 am

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Thursday, December 12 Sunrise 7:42 am • Sunset 4:16 pm 5:57 am 11:31 am 3:58 pm 11:26 am

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Friday, December 13 Sunrise 7:50 am • Sunset 4:15 pm 6:35 am 12:15 pm 4:35 pm

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Saturday, December 14 Sunrise 7:52 am • Sunset 4:15 pm 12:50 am 7:58 am 1:55 pm 6:07 pm

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New pet store EarthWise opens in Marysville By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com New pet store EarthWise Pet Wellness & Spa in Marysville focuses on food and services for nutrition and health of your cats or dogs. The store at 3701 88th St. NE, Marysville, had a soft opening on Oct. 18 but held their grand opening on Dec. 7. Dan Crisologo, one of the store's owners, said that they are focused on pet wellness. "We are first and foremost a nutrition center," he said. "Our entire staff goes through 300 hours of training in nutrition and are certified in specialties like raw food." What separates EarthWise from some of the more well-known pet store franchises is a focus on lesser-known food manufacturers that are often more nutritious, said Crisologo. "The stuff that you see

here you can't buy at big box stores. A lot of our manufacturers actually won't sell to those stores because as soon as you do that the ingredients get compromised and that's when recalls begin happening," he said. EarthWise only works with food manufacturers that they check through first, said Crisologo. "Every company is thoroughly vetted. Where the protein comes from, how it's manufactured, the controls that are in place and no recalls," he said. The store will also offer grooming services seven days a week, as well as a variety of classes. "Once the grand opening is over we'll have classes in topics like raw food," said Crisologo. He added the store is a big proponent of raw food diets for dogs as they say it is the healthiest choice. Crisologo said so far the community feedback has


EarthWise Pet Wellness & Spa staff and owners, as well as local elected officials, cut the ribbon at the new Marysville EarthWise store on Dec. 7. From left, Brianna Cottreu, Dan Crisologo, Ray Crisologo, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, 38th Legislative District State Senator John McCoy, Katie Bishop and Amy Brenberger. been very positive. "I think it's going well. We're getting great feedback online and on social media," he said. Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring welcomed the business with a ribbon cut-

ting during their grand opening. "I just got through running for re-election so I was doorbelling a lot of doors, and one thing I can tell you is that we have a lot of pets," Nehring said. "We love our pets here in Marysville and it's honor to come down and help celebrate with you this morning," he said. EarthWise Pet Well-

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Have your healthiest holiday Gaining weight does not have to be synonymous with the holidays. Neither does feeling run down from too much sugar, junk food, or alcohol. You can still enjoy and indulge this season if you follow some of these healthy tips. Sweet and savory swaps: You don’t have to be the health nut bringing a salad to all of your holiday events this season to keep your health in check. There are many great recipes you can make that contain less sugar, saturated fat, and of course, the dreaded carbs. For sweets and baking try making swaps from sugar with monk fruit or stevia. Keep in mind natural and organic sugars are still sugars. For savory swaps, try using more vegetables in lieu of rice for filling. The more you bulk up on veggies, the less room there will be for extras. Not everything has to be made from cauliflower either, try some zucchini noodles for the lasagna or spaghetti squash as pasta. Fill up with the good stuff: Some items may be a traditional holiday recipe passed down from generations, and you just can’t beat the real deal. It’s okay to indulge during the holidays, the trick is to manage how much and how often. Start by making an intentional plan of what that indulgence will be. Once you have a plan, you’ll have to stick to it. Fill up on the good stuff like veggies, water, and lean proteins so there isn’t as much room for the rest. Commit to small changes: Staying healthy this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to forgo all sweets and treats, avoid holiday parties and exercise daily. But committing to small changes now and ramping it up in January when the world is on board for a health kick can make a big difference. If you maintain your weight or fitness level this holiday, you aren’t starting the new year in a deficit and you will be so proud of yourself for sticking to it. Gamify it: Turn staying healthy this holiday season into a game either with yourself, your family,

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Nativity Festival returns Dec. 13-15 By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Hundreds of nativity scenes will again fill the Smokey Point Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as part of the Arlington Nativity Festival this month. All community members are invited to attend the free festival on Dec. 13, 14 and 15, held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Locals are free to drop in during any time during those days. The event is held at 17222 43rd Ave. NE, Arlington. The Arlington Nativity Festival is something the local church has put on many times in the past. “They have organized this a number of times, although they didn’t have one last year,” said Mary Levesque, a member of the church and one of the organizers for the event. This year the event is back though, she said. “The members of our church love to share their faith,” with others from the Arlington community, said Levesque.

During the event the church is filled with hundreds of nativity scenes that range in size and construction. “The adults like to see all the nativities that come from all around the world,” said Levesque. There is also a live nativity scene that is held as part of the festival. Fun for the kids will also be available as part of the event. “The kids like all the children’s activities and the games,” said Levesque. “There will be a lot of Christmas activities and games." Some of those activities and games typically include things like coloring and constructing puzzles, said Levesque. She said she enjoys bringing her family down to the event each year. “My favorite part of the event is just showing my kids that Christmas is fun,” she said. The church is also filled with melodies as part of the Nativity Festival. “I like listening to the music, it just gives me a peaceful feeling,” said Levesque. There is a choir concert during the


From left, Lennon Spayth, Dexter Spayth and Sala Sommerfeldt look at some of the nativity scenes at the Arlington Nativity Festival on Dec. 8, 2017.

final day of the event on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., as well. The church invites all community members to come down for the event. “It helps bring good feelings to the community,” said Levesque. “We are super grateful that our community has been so welcoming,” she said, adding that church members look forward to providing this Nativity Festival again for Arlington locals.

Cedarcrest shines with Tour of Lights By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Train rides through a Cedarcrest Golf Course lit up with holiday lights will again be provided this year as Marysville’s Tour of Lights returns this December. “We’re running for nine nights this winter,” said Dave Hall, assistant director of Parks, Culture and Recreation at the city of Marysville. The event will be held

from Dec. 11 to 14, 18 to 21 and on the 23. The train rides start at 5:30 p.m., while ticket sales begin at 5 p.m. “Tickets are by donation, and the suggested amount is $5 for an adult, $3 for a child or $20 for a family,” said Hall. The Tour of Lights is mainly known for it’s train ride. “The big thing is the train ride through the golf course,” said Hall. The city puts up many

displays of holiday lights throughout the golf course landscape for the event. “We’re working with some sponsors to add some new displays as well,” said Hall, who added those will be unveiled at the event. There are also some new additions for light displays and some improvements on some of the older light displays. “We’ve been doing it eight or nine years now and some of the inflatables needed a little sprucing up.

Inflatables just don’t last forever,” said Hall. The train ride also stops in the middle so that Santa Claus can come greet kids. “For a lot of families, including my own, it’s become tradition and it’s something that we do every year,” said Hall. “It’s enjoyable to see people get into the holiday spirit,” he said. When families return after the ride they can hang out at the deck at Bleacher’s Bar and Grill. “We do a bonfire and there’s hot cocoa,” said Hall. The event averages 500 people a night, which can make for long lines, especially at the beginning of the night. Hall encourages families to come early to get their ticket and come back later. “People can get their tickets and leave if they want, go have dinner, and come back an hour, an hour and a half later. They won’t get to skip the line but at least they’ll be accounted for,” he said. Often after 500 people the staff will begin to have to turn families away as they can’t continue running the event too late into the night. “If it’s nice weather and warm we’re good, but we’ve had to cut it short sometimes too. Sometimes there’s a freezing rainstorm and it’s just not safe to have the trains continue,” said Hall. More information about city of Marysville events is available at marysvillewa. gov.

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County Council adopts first $1 billion budget

On November 12th, the Snohomish County Council adopted its first $1 billion budget. In this month’s column, I will highlight how that money is appropriated and where the revenue comes from. The General Fund is where most of the attention is paid during the budget process. The General Fund is home to many of the critical functions of county government including public safety, courts, human services, planning, parks and recreation, assessor, auditor, finance, human resources, and the treasurer. This year, the general fund will spend just over $268 million with more than 75% of that amount being spent on law and justice. For the third year in a row, we were able to balance the general fund without increasing the general property tax levy. I am proud of the work we have done for the past three years to balance the general fund without raising the general property tax levy on residents who are already feeling a significant tax burden. The adopted 2020 budget includes funding for Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell’s “Innovative Justice Initiative.” Under this program, Cornell will reverse the “2-gram policy” which refused prosecution of individuals in possession of less than 2 grams of illicit drugs.

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The budget allocates $1.6 million into the County’s revenue stabilization fund (rainy day fund). This fund will help the County maintain our levels of service when revenues might dip based on the economy. The Council has shown fiscal responsibility by putting money away while the economy is good and revenues are at a surplus. Over the past three budgets, Council has put nearly $4.4 million into the revenue stabilization fund. I am proud that we have shown fiscal restraint and taken these steps. The budget also includes the County Roads Fund which funds the projects our public works department does on the over 200 bridges and 1,650 miles of roads that make up our county roads network. The county plans its transportation projects in a 6-year plan called the Transportation Improvement Plan. In the 2020-2025 plan, there are major investments in North Snohomish County including: n $4.9 million for major intersection im-

provements at 67th Ave. NE/152nd St. NE. n $1.5 million for capacity and safety improvements on 88th St. NE (in partnership with the City of Marysville). n $1.3 million for drainage improvements on Sauk Prairie Road. n $710,000 for safety improvements at 84th St. NE/115th Ave. NE. In addition to roads projects, the budget includes significant investments in North County Parks. Many of these projects are funded by grants and our Parks Department does a great job at leveraging local dollars to fund these projects. The 20202025 Capital Improvement Program includes: n $1 million for Whitehorse Trail Improvements. n $1 million for Whitehorse Park Improvements. n $1 million for the SR 530 Memorial. n $16.5 million for Kayak Point Park. I am proud of this budget and thank the County Executive and rest of Council for their work on making it a success. 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.

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RAVE RAVE: Thank you to the city of Arlington and everyone else who helped put on Arlington's Hometown Holidays. It was a fun day for my family and a great way to kick off the holiday season. RAVE: Thank you to the members of the Arlington Fire Department for bringing Santa to our neighborhood as part of their annual Santa Run. My kids had a great time seeing Santa while he was out collecting food for the Arlington food bank.

RAVE: Merrysville for the Holidays was fantastic again this year. Thank you to the city for putting this on each year. My kids really enjoyed the Electric Lights Parade, so thank you to everyone who participated and made this such a great community event.

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Families hunt for elves in downtown Marysville By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Nine elves were hiding among the businesses of downtown Marysville as Third Street merchants held their third annual Elf on the Shelf event. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 kids, families and adults could search through nine participating stores and find the elves to win prizes. “Elf on the Shelf is going fantastic. We’ve had tons and tons of families come in, people of all ages searching for the elves in all the stores,” said Lorene Wren, owner of Wrenhaven Vintage Market. Lots of community members have fun coming down to find the elves as part of the event. “I love the look of wonder on the kids' faces when they come in. They have the brochure in their hand and they’re all looking in places where people wouldn’t normally look,” said Wren. People of all ages get into looking for the elves as well. “I think what I love about it is that not just the kids come in and have fun with it, but a lot of the adults as well,” said Vicki Miniken, owner of The Vintage Violets. “There is one person who comes in every year and takes a picture with the elf. It’s like her thing, and then she posts it on her Instagram,” she said. The event typically brings people into many of the downtown stores.

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Wrenhaven Vintage Market owner Lorene Wren, right, and seasonal staff member Kathy Kuna Dewitt on Dec. 5 with the elf they have hidden at the store during this year’s Elf on the Shelf event. “We like that it brings business in. Just the ‘shop local’ aspect is so important,” said Kathy Kuna Dewitt, a seasonal staff member at Wrenhaven Vintage Market. “There’s so many cool businesses here that people don’t even know about because they go to the mall or shop online,” she said. It’s more exciting to bring the family down when the kids have an activity as well. “Parents that want to come down shopping, it makes it easier for them to bring the kids along,” said Wren. She said she likes that it adds to the sense of community in the downtown. “I think that it adds to

the holiday spirit and it adds to tradition,” she said. “It brings people together, especially us business owners. We’re all going to dress up as elves and be in the [Dec. 7 Electric Lights] parade,” she said. Kuna Dewitt agreed that it does bring people closer for the holidays. “It creates so much more of a sense of community and a sense of participation,” she said. In addition to marching in the parade, downtown business owners announced the winners of Elf on the Shelf at the Merrysville for the Holidays event. Those who found all nine elves had the chance to win gift certificates and other prizes.





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Santa Claus, along with numerous local organizations and groups, travels down Olympic Avenue as part of the Santa Parade. Afterward, families can take pictures with Santa Claus at Legion Park. The traditional Festive Sweater Contest provides both kids and adults a moment to celebrate their sweaters with the most holiday spirit. Free wagon rides sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Business Association provide a trip around the downtown area during the day, and will also be available from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 21 as well. Many families and kids said they enjoyed the events. Local father Dana Basham said his family has been coming down for more than five years now. "It's a family tradition. We come out here every year. We like seeing the tree, Santa, and the parade. My daughter is in the choir as well," he said. Merritt Johanssen said

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ness, I think to have something that comes together like this with community, with festive cheer, there's nothing that beats it," he said. Hometown Holidays also brings families of the community down for a nice, safe event. "I really enjoy meeting new people and that the people can come collectively down here. It's a safe environment and we don't have a lot of places like this where people can bring their families down," said

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December 11, 2019 - December 17, 2019 NORTH COUNTY OUTLOOK




Hellebores are back and ready for planting If you are the type once again arriving on that visits a garden cenour benches and ready ter on a regular basis, for planting. then you have probably If you don’t have a noticed that plants have clue what a Hellebore their seasons. Primis, perhaps the terms roses, for example, are of Christmas Rose or By Steve Smith typically only available Lenten Rose might for a short time in late winter and sound more familiar. The Christvery early spring. Most bloom- mas Rose and all of the new hying plants will be featured front brids, start blooming as early as and center during the time of November and continue into the year when they are the showiest new year. The flowers are mostly and the rest of the season either white, but newer hybrids are moved to the back or simply be- showing some shades of pink to come “out of stock”. It’s no differ- almost red. Some also have marent than seasonal candy, like red bled foliage, which will provide and green M and M’s for Christ- additional winter interest since mas or yellow and pink Peeps for Hellebores are evergreen. Lenten Easter. Hellebores are a classic Roses start blooming around the example of a seasonal perennial first of the year and continue into that is readily available through- spring, with both single and douout the winter and then missing ble flowers in an array of colors during the summer months. I am - all the way from white to black excited to tell you that they are and everything in between, ex-

cept maybe blue. They can be picotee or frilled or freckled or just solid colors. For winter interest in the garden or containers, they are unsurpassed for long lasting blooms and ease of care. A once a year removal of last year’s foliage just before bloom is all that is required, along with of course cutting off the spent flowers once they have finished. Hellebores thrive in shady locations and don’t mind a little drought. They are slow growing and rarely need dividing, so once planted you almost never need to thin them out. They make great companions to ferns, ornamental grasses and just about any shade loving plant. If you are short on space in the garden, try planting them in containers with other evergreen, winter hardy perennials or even dwarf conifers. Throw in a colorful pansy now or a prim-

rose in February for an added spark of color. There are so many new hybrids on the market that it can be overwhelming, but here are a few I spotted that are well worth trying. ‘Mahogany Snow’ — This hybrid sports large, creamy flowers with light pink reverse and reddish stems. Blooms as early as November on through February. ‘Dana’s Dulcet’ — This Lenten rose starts blooming in February with upright reddish-pink blooms and year around attractive marbled foliage. According to the literature, it took 12 years to develop a red blooming hellebore with marbled foliage and from the photos, it’s a stunner. ‘Anna’s Red’ — Introduced in 2013, this one really caught my eye last year. The foliage emerges in spring a bronzy green color with electric pink veining,

eventually maturing to cream and remaining attractive all year long. Dark purple buds on red stems open to saturated purplered flowers, which can last 2 to 3 months. ‘Ice N Roses Picotee’ — Something a bit more snazzy, this one has bicolor rose pink and white, upward-facing flowers on a very sturdy plant. There are several variations in the ‘Ice N Roses’ series, so you might find a couple you just can’t live without. As we move through winter more varieties of hellebores will become available, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to add some winter interest to your garden.

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

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