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Communities help spread holiday cheer

Marysville's annual Toy Store provides Arlington's A Christmas Wish helps holiday gifts to families in the community local families have a merry Christmas


Gabby Arjon looks at some of the toys available on Dec. 12 at this year’s Toy Store event.

By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

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The Marysville Toy Store provided gifts to local families last week to ensure every child wakes up on Christmas with support from their community. The annual Toy Store opened up on Dec. 11 and 12 this year for families in need of presents for the holiday season. More than 1,300 children were registered as needing toys this year. “That’s well over what we had last year which was closer to 1,100,” said Christie Veley, one of the main organizers of this year’s event and the Marysville Fire District’s public information and edu-

Arlington and Darrington families in need received holiday gifts on Dec. 14 from the annual A Christmas Wish program. Local volunteers put on the annual event to provide toys for local children during the holiday season. For each child, parents receive one large and one small toy, stocking stuffers, coats and blankets as part of the program. They can also get their presents wrapped by volunteers at the event as well. “It’s going great so far,” said Tina Davis, one of the organizers for the event. Last year they had more

See TOY STORE on page 22

See WISH on page 2


Volunteer Kim Deischer-Allen, left, helps local parent Rosa Angela Morales Marta look for a gift for the holiday season at Arlington's annual A Christmas Wish program on Dec. 14.

Cedarcrest dazzles with Tour of Lights By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Tour of Lights brought local families to a Cedarcrest Golf Course decorated with holiday lights and displays as the annual event returns to Marysville. Dec. 11 was the first night open for the Tour of Lights. It will continue Dec. 18 to 21 and Dec. 23. The event is free with suggested donations of $5 per adult, $3 per youth and $20 for the family. Tickets are given out until they are sold out at the golf course at 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. The Tour of Lights provides some holiday fun for the family. “The Tour of Lights runs here at Cedarcrest Golf Course in conjunction with the

city of Marysville,” said Chris Taylor, the cultural arts supervisor for Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department. “The whole 18-hole course is decorated with a combination of lights and displays. We load people on the trains and drive them around the golf course,” City staff spend a couple of weeks getting the numerous display put up at the golf course. Local families enjoy having a holiday event to go to. “We give them a chance to experience, just like it sounds, a tour of lights and spectacles to celebrate the holiday season,” said Taylor. The train ride also stops momentarily See LIGHTS on page 23


The Greene family arrives back in the station after their Tour of Lights ride on opening night on Dec. 11. From left, Jack Greene,, Lydia Greene, Kristine Greene and Eli Greene.

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than 800 children served, and they are expecting around 600 to 700 children this year. Families sign up through the Arlington Boys & Girls Club or through other local organizations. “Of course, if schools or DSHS need help they know to contact us as well,” said Davis. The families are grateful for the help. “A lot of people are very pleased and some people cried because that’s all they’re going to have for their kids,” said Davis. “There’s so many people that are so thankful and give you hugs. I think it makes an impact on our kids’ Christmas day, and that’s why we do it,” said Vanessa Pawley, one of the organizers of the event. Local parent Rosa Ange-

la Morales Marta wanted to thank the program for the service they provide. “It’s my first time,” she said. “I really like it because it helps me a lot. My husband is not working right now.” Pawley said that the program always tries to be fair with it’s donations. “It’s fun to do shopping and we all strategize to see what we need to do better from last year. In the past we have run really low on teen gifts,” she said. “We’re really trying to be thoughtful about what the kids wants, so that their parents can shop for them and get them something they want to open on Christmas day,” she said. Volunteers also try to make sure all the more expensive gifts aren’t concentrated during any part of the day. “We try to keep an eye


A lot of people are very pleased and some people cried because that's all they're going to have for their kids.


Tina Davis

on things to make sure all the gifts are spread across the day, so it’s not a firstcome, first-serve situation,” said Davis. Organizers begin working on the event with an annual toy drive. “I think it went fabulous this year. Every year it gets bigger and the gifts are really nice gifts,” said Davis. “There are a lot of businesses that had toy drives this year. I like just seeing what they do and the way they pull together,” she said. The Stillaguamish Tribe provided $25,000 this year

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and the Rotary Club of Arlington donated $10,000. Davis said they are typically big supporters each year for the event. “There’s lot of other donations that came in from smaller organizations,” said Davis, including the Arlington Runners Club and Eagle Family Dental. “The community is so generous. Even today we still had toys pouring in,” said Pawley. The event is run entirely by volunteers. “There’s a lot of hours spent organizing, putting all the toys in age order and making it as easy as possible for people to pick something out for their children,” said Davis. “We started out with so many volunteers today, and we try to provide all our volunteers with ‘Christmas Wish’ aprons … but we ran out of aprons, and that’s a good problem to have,” said Pawley. There are a number of young people who also get involved. “We have kids that come and volunteer, 16-years-old and so on, and this is such a wonderful place for them to come and learn how to give back to the community,” said Davis. She wanted to recognize everyone who helps the event. “I want to thank this great community that we belong to because those are the people who really made it happen,” she said.

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Christmas Powwow brings community together By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Families came down for a powwow and holiday gifts as part of the Christmas Powwow put on by Tulalip Youth Services and the Marysville School District on Dec. 14. This is the sixth annual holiday powwow. "The vision of our committee was to uplift our community and really encourage our kids to be a part of our native ways," said Terrance Sabbas, Native liaison and one of the committee members who helped organize the event. He said the event helps kids go into the winter break with a positive attitude. "When it gets to the holiday season, sometimes it can be tough for those kids who like the consistency of going to school and seeing friends," he said. "We want them to have a good energy as they go into the winter break," he said. The event hosts a powwow with Native American dancers from all around the region. "It's more of a traditional powwow, so there's no contests," said Sabbas. Local parent Jon Stevens said he enjoys the event. "It's great. We're not members of the Tulalip Tribes. We live here, but our tribe is from Oklahoma. It's nice to be able to come over here and enjoy the powwow," he said. This was Stevens second time at the Christmas Powwow. "Our first time was last year. We have a lot of family back in Oklahoma and it's kind of just us up here, so

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Stella Stevens looks at some of the toys available at the Tulalip Tribes' and Marysville School District's Christmas Powwow on Dec. 14. it's nice to bring the young ones to show them the lifestyle and everything about being Native American," he said. There's also cake walks, free dinners and toys for kids at the event. "We feed everybody, we give away toys to the kids," said Sabbas. Toys for Tots donated 1,000 toys this year for attendees. "We always want to give Toys for Tots a shout out for always supporting our powwow through the years," said Sabbas. Sabbas said he hopes families like the community of the event. "Hopefully they like a little bit of everything. Coming down here, sharing a little bit of food, getting to socialize and making some new friends and hopefully seeing some old friends, for the kids getting some toys and getting on the dance floor," he said. He said that he enjoys seeing everybody who


Dancers perform at the Tulalip Tribes' and Marysville School District's Christmas Powwow on Dec. 14.

comes down to take part in the Christmas powwow. "I just love having everyone here. The turnout is always really nice and everybody wants to be here. There's lots of smiling faces here," said Sabbas. The event is a partnership of Tulalip and Marysville School District employees each year. "I love collaborating for Tulalip Youth Services and Marysville Indigenous Education," said Sabbas.




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Arlington pins Kamiak 51-30 By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com


Chargers’ freshman guard Ellie Jackson looks to pass out from the baseline late in the game against the Sehome Mariners at Marysville Getchell High School on Dec. 12.

Chargers battle for 48-40 win over Sehome Mariners By Andrew Hines sports@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville Getchell girls basketball team hosted the Sehome Mariners for a back-and-forth battle on Dec. 12. The Chargers came out in a full-court press from the very beginning, as they forced Sehome into multiple turnovers and gave themselves more opportunities to score. In the first

half of the opening quarter Marysville Getchell got out to a 10-5 lead. However, over the last three minutes of the first quarter the Mariners took control as they went on a 6-0 run and took the lead 11-10. Over the rest of the first half both teams battled back-and-forth as they tied 10-10 in the third quarter, as Sehome entered halftime up 21-20. See CHARGERS on page 5

The Arlington boys wrestling team hosted their first match of the season as they took on the Kamiak Knights on Dec. 10. It was an exciting night of wrestling as 13 of the 14 matches ended in a pin. The Eagles got off to a strong start as they won the first three matches by pin and established an 18-0 lead over the Knights. After the early run, Kamiak came back and earned their own pin in the fourth match, trailing 18-6. Arlington wouldn’t let the Knights come back so easily as they won the next three matches, two by pin and one by an 8-7 decision, as they extended their lead to 33-6. Kamiak started out the second half of matches in dominate fashion as they took back-to-back victories by pin and continued to close the gap, 33-18. Over the last five matches, the Eagles took two and the Knights took three of the them. Unfortunately for Kamiak, the late run was too little as Arlington secured the match victory by a commanding score of 51-30. “Our underclassmen really rose to the occasion tonight. We talked about wanting to get pins, our upperclassmen led the way and our young guys followed. Right now, we’re just looking to get better, working on conditioning and making sure we stay on our technique,” said Arlington Assistant Coach Kenny Sanders. The Eagles were led by the dominate performances from Casten Tollenaar, David Forslof, Trevor Latta, Ry-


Eagles’ junior 120 weight class wrestler Dorian Tollenaar looks for an opening to get the pin in the third round against the Kamiak Knights at Arlington High School on Dec. 10.

lenaar, Dimitri Shaffer, Gabe Price and AJ Dorchak. Tollenaar, junior 120-pounds, was the first match of the night as he ended it with a pin 12 seconds into the third round. Shaffer, junior 152-pounds, ended his match by pin early in the second round, 32 seconds into the round. Price, sophomore 160-pounds, was the only match of the night not decided by pin as he secured the 8-7 decision. Dorchak, freshman 106-pounds, earned the first victory of high school career on a pin in the second round with 39 seconds left. If you want to come out and support the Eagles, their next home match will be against the Ferndale Golden Eagles on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

lan Polkinghorn and Hunter Strande. Tollenaar, sophomore 126-pounds, was the second match of the night as he set a tone on a pin 1:37 into the first round. Forslof, sophomore 132-pounds, showed up the very next match as he also had a first-round pin with 1:20 left on the clock. Latta, sophomore 145-pounds, had the shortest match of the night as he pinned his opponent 38 seconds into the first round. Polkinghorn, junior 195-pounds, and Strande, sophomore 285-pounds, also finished their matches in the first round with 25 seconds and 40 seconds left on the clock, respectively. The other Arlington wrestlers to win their matches were Dorian Tol-

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M-P kicks off season with victory over Jackson By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team opened up their season on their home court as they matched up with the Jackson Timber-

wolves on Dec. 11. The Timberwolves came out and controlled the game early as they played tough defense and kept the Tomahawks outside of the paint. Marysville-Pilchuck trailed throughout the first half


Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior guard Luke Dobler gets past the Jackson defender early in the first half at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Dec. 11.


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Marysville Getchell came out in the second half on fire as they went on a 10-5 run to go up 30-26 with two minutes left in the third quarter. With a strong defensive performance, as well as hitting their shots from beyond the arc, the Chargers went on another run, 8-0, to close out the quarter up 38-26. Sehome refused to let the game slip away as they went on an impressive 11-2 run over the first four minutes of the final quarter, closing the gap to 4037. Fortunately for the Chargers, they made some big plays late in the game to keep the Mariners at bay, including a three with under a minute left, to secure the 48-40 victory. “We worked really hard in practice, made a few adjustments and it feels

of the quarter but started to find their groove late as they started to come back in the final few possessions. With under a minute left the Tomahawks trailed 1813, but hit a buzzer beating shot from beyond the arc to enter the second quarter 18-16. Jackson started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to extend their lead, 22-16, as the Tomahawks were forced to call their first time out of the game. Following the time out, MarysvillePilchuck got red hot as they went on a 9-4 run to establish a 25-22 lead with 3:36 remaining. Through the rest of the half both teams played physical defense and earned their shots at the line, as the Tomahawks led 32-30 at half. In the third quarter both teams had their runs as Marysville-Pilchuck opened up on a 10-7 run and the Timberwolves responded with a 7-5 run to end the quarter. Entering

really good to get that first win of the season. The third quarter was huge for us tonight and I think after we hit a few shots they were able to get some confidence. Once they started to roll I think that just carried over to creating that lead,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Shannon Grandbois. Marysville Getchell was led by their three primary scorers Ellie Jackson, Maddy Grandbois and Madison Hagglund. Jackson, freshman guard, was the youngest player on the floor and surprised everyone as the leading scorer with 16 points, four threepointers, two assists, four rebounds and one steal. Grandbois, senior forward and captain, filled the stat sheet with 13 points, three three-pointers, three assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Hagglund, senior guard, was the final double-digit scorer as she put

the fourth quarter, the Tomahawks held a 47-44 lead, but quickly widened the gap with an 8-1 run to lead 55-45 with 4:24 remaining in the game. Over the last few minutes Marysville-Pilchuck was able to hold off the Timberwolves as they went bucket for bucket and started their season with a 67-58 victory. “Jackson is a really good team and it’s fun to beat good teams. We made some adjustments at halftime and credit goes to our guys on executing the counters in the second half. A huge part of our success is going to come from our balance because we have so many guys that can come out and lead the team on any given night,” said MarysvillePilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould. Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior forwards led the way behind Cameron Stordahl, Aaron Kalab and Ethan Jackson. Stordahl led all players with 28 points and

up 10 points, three three-pointers, one assist, two rebounds and one steal. Beyond scoring, the Chargers made their mark down in the paint behind Jayda Pittman, Brionna Palm, Alexus Atkins and Faith Sherman. Pittman, sophomore forward, put up four points off the bench and grabbed four rebounds. Palm, senior forward, also came off the bench as she tallied three points, three assists and six rebounds. Atkins, senior center, scored two points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and used her height to alter shots in close. Sherman, senior forward, finished with zero points but contributed with one assist, two rebounds and three steals. The Chargers next home game will be in the new year as they take on the Meadowdale Mavericks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7:15 p.m.

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Chamber names King Volunteer of the Year By Nathan Whalen nathan@northcountyoutlook.com

On a recent Friday morning, Tom King was volunteering for the Marysville Community Food

Bank picking up items from a local supermarket. He's spent five years helping the food bank. That, along with volunteering for the Strawberry Festival, the local Kiwanis

Club and serving as a member of the Marysville City Council, earned King an important award. He was named Volunteer of the Year in December during the recent Marysville

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Tulalip Chamber of Commerce benefit auction. "It's nice to be recognized every once in a while. It kind of recharges your batteries," King said. He volunteers around 30 hours a week, although the hours increase during Strawberry Festival week. For the Strawberry Festival, he helps build the float each year and drives it during various festivals that take place throughout the region.  "It had a lot to do with longevity," said Jesica Stickles, president and CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his decades with Strawberry Festival, King has volunteered for the Kiwanis Club for the past 25 years. Born and raised in Marysville, King is finishing his second year on the City Council.  "I was thrilled to see Tom King get the Chamber's Volunteer of the Year award," Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said in an email. "There is nobody more deserving. Tom consistently devotes a great

deal his of time to charitable and community causes serving in so many ways that help to make Marysville the wonderful place that it is." King was one of three nominees for Volunteer of the Year. Lynn Reid and Tina Hudson were also nominated. Todd Fahlman, co-owner of Realty One Group ORCA, was named the chamber's Businessperson of the Year. He has been in the real estate industry since 1996. He's also a motivational speaker, book author, a chamber emissary and a Sunrise Rotarian, according to information from the chamber. He's spent 17 years as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Stickles said Fahlman jumped into committee roles at the chamber.  The chamber doled out three other awards during its Home for the Holidays Dinner and Auction that took place Dec. 5 at the Tulalip Resort Casino.  Marysville Soroptimist Club earned Nonprofit of the Year, Marysville Toyota


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earned New Business of the Year and Four-Day Fireplace earned New Business of the Year. The Home for the Holidays Dinner and Auction raised $50,000. Around 130 people attended last year and more than 200 people attended the event this year. “The community came out in full force,” said Jesica Stickles. For more information about the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, go to  www.marysvilletulalipchamber.com.

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Arlington's Nativity Festival features hundreds of nativities

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About 500 nativity scenes from all around the community were brought to one local church for the Arlington Nativity Festival held from Dec. 13 to 15 this year. The event from the Smokey Point Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been held a number of times in the past. “We didn’t do it last year, we just put on a concert,” said Jay Schilaty, one of the organizers and second councilor in the Arlington State Presidency for the church. This year they held a concert again, in addition to the festival. The concert on Dec. 15 also featured Aerie, one of the Arlington High School choirs. The main feature of the festival though was the many, many nativities on display. “It’s amazing how many nativities some people have,” said Schilaty. Local Mike Wray said he enjoyed coming to the Nativity Festival for the first time. “I’ve never been here before but I’ve heard about it from friends,” he said. “I thought I’d check it out this year. So far it’s really cool. I have a couple of my own sets at home but it’s really cool seeing the variety,” he said. There are a number of different nativities that range in size and scope. “A kid made a Lego nativity over there which I thought was awesome,” said Schilaty. Although Schilaty said his favorites often have a story behind them, like


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one donated nativity from a couple that lives in Darrington and served a mission in Africa. “This nativity was made from the shells of rifle rounds from a revolutionary war. A man took the tools of destruction, melted them down and made them into a nativity. It’s not the most impressive one to look at, but when you realize what it means and where it came from it’s very cool,” he said. The display room also had live performances for the festival. “We have live music playing the whole time,” said Schilaty. One room featured paintings from local artists and artists around the world that featured Jesus Christ’s life in roughly chronology order. “One of the best parts about the festival is what we call the ‘Life of Christ’ room,” said Schilaty. Another feature was a

kids room with activities and outfits for the children to take a picture with. The children were also able to participate in a scavenger hunt. “There’s different nativities on the scavenger hunt and they can run around and find them,” said Schilaty. Winners get a candy cane for their participation. Schilaty said the event has typically been busy on the weekend and that people like the time to slow down and take in the atmosphere. “For a lot of people it’s a calming place to be. If you really take the time to look around at all the pictures, then you walk away feeling good about it,” he said. As a Latter-Day Saints church, Schilaty also said they want to emphasize what they believe. “One of the main reasons we do this is that it’s important for people to know we believe in Jesus,” he said.

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Sumsion, Crosby named Students of the Month The Marysville Getchell High School students were recognized for their contributions to their school, community By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com

Elise Sumsion and Ian Crosby were recently honored for their work in volunteering and in their school organizations with the December Students of the Month award. The Marysville Sorop-

timist and Kiwanis clubs give the award out each month of the school year to one boy and one girl who contribute to their schools and community. Ian Crosby is a Getchell senior who has been involved in volunteering at both his school and outside of the classroom. As an active member of the Marysville NJROTC Ian has been a leader who has helped the organization a lot. In 2016 he was Cadet of the Year. He also received

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rangers with maintenance projects at Kayak Point Park. Ian has also been involved in other clubs and teams, including the Snohomish County Rotaract, where he helped plan monthly service projects, the Marysville Getchell High School tennis team and the Cascade/Arlington Lacrosse Club, where he has served as team captain since 2018. Elise Sumsion is also a frequent volunteer in her community and is involved in many extra-curricular activities. She is a varsity cheer captain where she creates and choreographs performances for the cheerleader team, and helped fellow teammates learn the cheers and dances. At the National Cheerleaders Association Leadership camp she was an All-American Nominee in 2019 and was given the Superior Award for the last two years. As part of a Marysville Youth Cheer Camp in 2019 she volunteered and taught

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Marysville gives green light to Civic Campus project About two years from now, plan to attend a grand opening for Marysville’s new Civic Campus. The City Council on Dec. 9 approved the award of a $47.6 million construction contract to Lydig Construction, Inc., of Bellevue, to build a new consolidated facility housing Police, Jail, Municipal Court, City Council chambers, City Hall, Community Development and Public Works Engineering offices. The Civic Campus will be located on a six-acre site along Delta Avenue between 5th and 8th streets west of Comeford Park. Construction

will begin in January and is expected to take approximately two years. “We’re excited to move forward with this vision that has been discussed at the city for decades,” Mayor Jon Nehring said. “The Civic Campus will offer residents and visitors a onestop shop for city customer service functions and an attractive new public space in Marysville’s redeveloping downtown core.” The Criminal Justice Tax that Marysville voters approved in 2018 is helping to fund the public safety portion of the project. Another large chunk of funding will

Are you a Marysville resident who wants to serve your community? The city is accepting applications to fill an opening on the Civil Service Commission. This appointment will complete an unexpired term ending in March 2020. To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume by Dec. 31 to Teri Lester, Human Resources Manager, City of Marysville, 1049 State Ave., Marysville WA 98270, or by email to tlester@marysvillewa.gov. The Civil Service Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the regulation of personnel administration within the Marys-

ville Police Department. It oversees the recruitment and selection processes including a competitive testing program to determine the qualifications of persons interested in such employment. The Commission meets monthly, at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, at Marysville City Hall. By state law, Civil Service Commissioners must be U.S. citizens, have lived within Marysville city limits for at least three years, and are qualified to vote in Snohomish County. The Commission has three members who are appointed by the Mayor and serve six-year terms.

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Arlington City Council's newest member Michele Blythe will begin term soon By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Michele Blythe will be the newest Arlington City Council member who will begin serving next year. Blythe unseated incumbent Sue Weiss and is scheduled to be officially sworn in on Dec. 23. Since 2004 she has been a resident of Arlington and has served on a number of boards and commissions, mostly local chamber boards and city commissions, she said. “Getting into politics is something I always wanted to do, I just wasn’t sure when I wanted to do it,” said Blythe. After serving with the chamber and the city’s civil service commission over the last year she decided now was the time she wanted to get involved. Blythe hopes to represent all community members. “How exciting to be someplace where you can be a voice for the people,” she said. She said she doesn’t plan to be a passive voice on the City Council. “I didn’t just sit back and

let others make decisions,” said Blythe. After decades of leadership in the banking industry, Blythe said she knows how to be forward with her ideas. “I come to this position with about 30 years of experience in the banking industry,” said Blythe, who worked for a variety of banks and credit unions throughout the years in several different positions. “That includes several leadership positions,” the largest one with about 120 staff under her in many branches, said Blythe. She said that experience helps give her some specialize knowledge around risk management, audits and budgeting that will help in her service to Arlington. “I’ve also cultivated many partnerships with nonprofits,” she said. On the council Blythe said she will be an advocate for the police department. “I am a huge supporter of public safety and of our police officers,” she said. “It’s important to make sure they can excel. Their jobs have evolved so much into something that they didn’t used to be,” and they often have

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to take on the role of social workers, said Blythe. Many of her family members, including her husband and some sons, have served or currently serve in the military or in police service, so she said she understands service. Blythe hopes the community will be able to learn about what is happening in Arlington. “I think it’s important to be transparent and be available,” she said. “I knocked on so many doors when I was campaigning, and there were a lot of people who wanted to know what was going on,” said Blythe. She said those people didn’t always have time to come to meetings, but it’s important they still know what’s happening in their town. Finally, Blythe said she hopes to build partnerships between the council, city staff and the mayor to help improve the town. She said she is excited and humbled to be a part of the Arlington City Council. “I’m very honored to be able to serve our community of Arlington,” said Blythe.

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Silvana Santa Run collects donations for food bank By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Silvana Fire District Station 95 was filled with holiday cheer while Santa Claus greeted local kids at the fire district's Santa Open House on Dec. 14. The open house is the final day of Silvana Fire District's Santa Run, which collects food for the Arlington Community Food Bank while bringing Santa Claus to various neighborhoods. "Everybody needs food. Even when you take the food up there, they have so much because the Arlington Fire Department does their own Santa Run, but it goes fast and they need all the food they can get," said Kathi Otter, firefighter/ EMT and administrative assistant at the Silvana Fire District. Last year the district collected 1,588 pounds of food and $700 in cash. "We're down a little bit. I'll send it in on Monday, but it's still been a good year collecting food," said Otter. A fire engine decorated with holiday lights traveled

with Santa to visit some of the Silvana neighborhoods on Dec. 6, 7 and 13. Firefighters enjoyed interacting with local families. "It's just getting out into the community and meeting the people," said Otter. Many of the people look forward to the event each year, said Otter. "We had some people talking about last year and how it was pouring down rain then," she said. "We were in downtown Silvana and we had people who just drove by and stopped, handing over cash," she said. Chris Meshke, a retired firefighter who plays Santa during the event, said he enjoys coming out to help. "Ever since I joined they let me come as Santa because I had my own suit and they continue to let me even though I'm retired," he said. "I like seeing the kids' reactions and how happy they get. I like just making their day," he said. A lot of the adults in the region also enjoy seeing the Silvana Santa Run come around. "Half the times it's adults.

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Angell is Airport Person of the Year By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Long-time airport volunteer Bruce Angell was recognized for his work at the Arlington Municipal Airport with the Airport Person of the Year award for 2019. For many years Angell has been a volunteer for the Arlington Fly-In and other activities at the airport, said David Ryan, airport director. “Bruce has been around this airport for about 21 years,” Ryan said. “When we do our Open House, Bruce does all of the set up for that." Ryan said Angell has a long history of showing up to help make events happen. “Same for a lot of the events that happen on the west side of

the airport, whether that is the 3-on-3 basketball tournament or the Drag Strip Reunion car show,” he said. Angell received the award on Dec. 13. “I was stunned. I’ve come to these awards for other people and respect their contributions,” he said. “What’s shocking to me is that these are my peers that are making this judgement, and for them to decide my contributions mean something just blew me away.” The annual award has been given out for four years with selections made up of airport community members. “There is a selection committee that I’m not a part of,” said Ryan. “The committee is filled with Bruce’s peers and they have a

list of candidates they go through and I couldn’t be more excited that they selected Bruce." Angell said he has been happy to be part of the Arlington Airport community. “I’ve always known since I got here some years ago that this was a special airport, although I didn’t recognize how special until I got involved in things,” he said. “I talked to people who flew to other places in the country, and there may not be another one like it,” he said. He appreciates the people in the community. “What I figured after I had been here a while, when I started volunteering for the Fly-In, is what makes this place unique is the people here,” said Angell. Runways are not as common

as they used to be and Angell said having one locally in Arlington is a great gift. “There was a time when we were losing one every two weeks, so they’re sacred,” he said. The staff and community are also responsive to resolving conflict in ways where everyone is heard, said Angell. “What this airport has is a history of when we have differences of opinion, we’ve been able to resolve them internally,” he said. Ryan said that the Arlington Municipal Airport is well-liked by many pilots in the region. “This is the fourth airport I’ve managed and it’s not like any other airport,” he said. “Part of the reasons we are a gem of airports, in my opinion, is because of people like Bruce."


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ASD Board maintains level tax rate for 2020 At its Nov. 25 meeting, the Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors voted to maintain the current Educational Programs and Operations Levy tax rate at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2020. The board is required to certify the tax amount to Snohomish County each year in No-

vember. This is the last year of the four-year EP&O Levy approved by Arlington voters in 2016, which authorized amounts of $3.56 per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2018 and 2019, state law capped school district local operating levies at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. A new law passed in

2019 allowed school boards to levy up to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for operating levies. The Board chose to keep the rate at the $1.50 amount. “This is the taxpayer’s money and we don’t want to collect more than we absolutely need to fund our daily operations to sup-

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operations of the district,” said Executive Director of Financial Services, Gina Zeutenhorst. “This is why local tax money is still critical. We need these funds to cover the difference.” Voter-approved local taxes support 9% of Arlington Public Schools’ annual operating budget.

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Mayor Jon Nehring is seeking individuals interested in filling a vacancy on the Marysville Planning Commission. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 31. “People who volunteer on committees like the Planning Commission become involved in the decisionmaking process that helps improve quality of life and plans for the future of our city,” Mayor Nehring said. The new Planning Commissioner will fill the seat currently held by Kelly Richards that becomes vacant on Dec. 31 because of Richards’ election to the Marysville City Council starting Jan. 1, 2020. The person appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council will serve the remainder of Richards’ term ending Aug. 2, 2024. Applicants must reside within Marysville city limits. The seven-member The commission meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday each month at City Hall, 1049 State Ave. To apply, send a brief letter of interest and resume to the City Clerk’s Office, Marysville City Hall, 1049 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270. Application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 31.


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Lakewood School District puts levies on February ballot By Christopher Andersson christopher@northcountyoutlook.com Two replacement levies will be on the ballot this February for the Lakewood School District that would help fund extra-curricular activities and educational programs, technology improvements and facilities maintenance. The Educational Programs and Operations levy is set to expire at the end of 2020 and the district is asking for a new four-year levy that would begin a rate of $2.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Likewise, a Technology and Capital Improvements levy is set to expire at the same time and the district is seeking to renew it as well at a rate of $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The two levies will appear on the Feb. 11 ballot. The Educational Programs and Operations is a four-year levy that funds a variety of programs that the state does not provide funding for or only provides minimal funding. “It funds extra-curricular and co-curricular programs like athletics, band,

clubs and music programs of all sorts,” said Scott Peacock, Lakewood superintendent. Mental health and social/emotional supports are also an important part of that local funding. “It’s used for resources for our special education program that aren’t funded by the state,” said Peacock. “Anything that the state doesn’t support under their prototypical funding model." Most school districts in the state go out every four years to renew similar levies like Lakewood is doing now. “It’s comparable to the old Maintenance and Operations levies, which is what they used to be called,” he said. The last time this levy passed in 2016 the rate was around $2.81 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Because of the McCleary decision, a state Supreme Court decision that mandated the legislature to fully fund education, the state legislature began providing more funding but capped local levy collections at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

This meant that in 2019 the rate was greatly reduced, but the state legislature has walked that reduction back a little this year. “When they adjusted the rate down to $1.50 they adjusted it too much and left us with a funding gap, so we have to close part of that gap by increasing our levy back up,” said Peacock. School districts can now collect $2,500 per full-time student or $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, whichever is less. For Lakewood, that means the cap is $2.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value, less than what was passed in 2016 but more than what was collected in 2019. “One of the things that’s important to note is that we still have work to do with state funding. Even though taxes are increasing in Lakewood, like they are in many jurisdictions this year, that’s still moving the responsibility back on to local taxpayers which goes against what McCleary was meant to do,” said Peacock. The second levy will focus on technology and capital improvements. When it

was passed four years ago the district wanted to improve their computer access for students and about 80 percent of those funds were spent on technology and 20 percent for buildings. “Under the new levy we’re proposing that it’s going to be about 50/50,” said Peacock. The capital improvements will mainly focus on bigger maintenance projects that the district needs, he said. “We made a big down payment and took a lot of steps in terms of technology to begin to get caught up. Now we feel we’re at a place where we have to shift some of that focus onto facilities, such as roof replacements, HVAC systems, sidewalk improvements and curbs that help improve safety,” he said. The technology half of the funding will go toward keeping up access of computers for local students. “That will continue to support upgrades for our mobile computing in the classrooms, Chromebooks that help make more computers available for kids, and upgrading our video

projection systems to Box Lights [an interactive LED display panel],” said Peacock. Some of that money will also go toward security features, such as video cameras and key card access for some buildings. “That will help enhance the safety here in the district,” said Peacock. Four years ago the district wanted to provide more technology to students with the funds. “I feel like it’s gone really well. We’ve been able to get a substantial number of computer carts in every school, so teachers and kids are able to access technology,” said Peacock. “We still have more work to do so we feel we do need to enhance that,” he said. “Especially for students who may not have access to that technology outside of the school.” Technology continues to be important as the future will increasingly be one in which students have careers that rely on their skills on computers. “We want more dynamic classrooms that show kids how to access information that is more consistent with


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how they access information in their lives,” said Peacock. “We have a responsibility in our district and schools to really help our students build the capacity to navigate complex information systems in the world,” he said. Peacock said he is open to hearing comments or concerns for Lakewood School District residents at his e-mail at speacock@ lwsd.wednet.edu or at the district phone number at 360-652-4500. “I’m happy to talk to people,” he said. There will also be a community forum on the two levies on Jan. 22 at Cougar Creek Elementary at 6 p.m.


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Mary Levesque and Mike Ray were sworn in as new board members during the Dec. 9 Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors meeting. Levesque represents district area 4 which includes parts of downtown Arlington and Gleneagle. Ray represents district area 1 which includes Arlington Heights and Oso. Levesque replaces Kay Duskin and Ray replaces Jeff Huleatt. Leveque is a former Washington State PTA board member and currently serves on the Arlington PTA Council, Kent Prairie Elementary PTA, Post Middle School PTSA, the Advisory Council for Education, Arlington Education Foundation, and Crown Ridge Estates HOA. She has three children who attend school in Arlington and three who have graduated from the district. Ray graduated from Central Washington Uni-


Mike Ray, left, and Mary Levesque were sworn in as new board members during the Dec. 9 Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors meeting. versity with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He has served on the Advisory Council for Education and currently serves on the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee. He has two children who attend school in Arlington. “We are excited to welcome Mary and Mike to the Arlington School Board,” said Arlington Public Schools Superintendent, Dr.

Chrys Sweeting. “Through their years of experience serving on the Advisory Council for Education, they have a good understanding of how the district operates. Their passion for student success will make them great advocates for each student in Arlington.” Director Jim Weiss was also sworn in for another four-year term and was elected as president.

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New community health assessment report for Snohomish County While not a surprise to most, new data confirms that suicide, opioid misuse and youth mental health are among the top health issues in Snohomish County. On a more positive note, the County’s rates of homicide, cigarette smoking, melanoma deaths, lung cancer deaths, youth driving impaired, deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, and children living under the federal poverty level are faring better when compared to state and national rates. These topics and more are included in the Snohomish Health District’s newest Community Health Assessment (CHA) released today, and available online at www.snohd.org/ CHA2018. Starting in 2018, District staff and community partners analyzed more than 150 health indicators for the report. These include disease rates, leading causes of death, health risk behaviors, and social determinants of health such as housing and access to health care. A data task force made up of the Public Health Advisory Council and other subject matter experts provided input over the course of about eight months in 2018. They looked at how the indicators were trending over time, how countywide data compares to state and national data, and how Snohomish County compares to benchmarks. Population-based health data is the best quantitative data to use in a community health assessment. This data is accessible at the county and state level, and all data sets have been deemed statistically reliable and valid. Benchmarks were also considered, like the Healthy People 2020 goals set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When feasible, demographic data such as race, ethnicity, gender, or age were examined at the sub-population level to identify disparities. Of those 150 indicators, the task force identified eight priority topics for further evaluation: n Suicide

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n Youth mental health n Opioid misuse n Children’s oral health n Housing n Access to primary care n Youth obesity n Disparities specific to the American Indian/Alaska Native population Community feedback was gathered during three public events in fall 2018. Participants identified youth mental health, suicide, and opioid misuse as their top three areas of concern. Since 2009, the District has done a community health assessment every five years. The last community health assessment was completed in 2013, with a midcycle update in 2016. These assessments inform planning efforts and in-depth analyses needed to develop a community health improvement plan (CHIP) to address those issues. The 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan focused on obesity, suicide and youth physical abuse. With this 2018 Community Health Assessment report complete, District staff will begin convening civic leaders, community members, and non-profit organizations in a process to develop a new CHIP centered on

suicide prevention in Snohomish County. It is anticipated that strategies to improve youth mental health will be incorporated within that process as well. When it comes to opioid misuse, District staff and the task force acknowledged that a separate CHIP was not needed. The Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group in Snohomish County is already focusing on this as a top issue, in addition to the increasing prevalence of fentanyl. Additional data sources were updated mid-2019 and reviewed by the data task force, but the top issues remained relatively unchanged. However, recent concerns about vaping and e-cigarettes and an alarming increase in youth using vapor devices were noted. The data task force has deemed vaping an emerging issue to be monitored, and possibly explored further in a more detailed briefing in 2020. The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.

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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: December 18, 2019 Personal Representative: Michael Melyan Attorney for Personal Representative: Bradley E. Neunzig, WSBA #44519 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Snohomish County Superior Court, Cause No. 19-4-02119-31


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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: December 18, 2019. Personal Representative: Steven M. Cox Attorney for Personal Representative: Steven J. Peiffle, WSBA #14704 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Snohomish County Superior Court, Cause No. 19-4-02141-31

SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION TO: THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND TO: THE HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF SANDRA J. LAZARWICH, Deceased; SHERYL SPRUIELL; KARLYNN PATTERSON; THE HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF GARY W. MASTERJOHN, Deceased; and JOHN MASTERJOHN YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of the first publication of this Summons; to wit, within sixty (60) days after the 4th day of December, 2019; and defend the aboveentitled action in the above-entitled court; and answer the Complaint of the plaintiff, Alvin Joseph Abrahamson, III; and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorneys for plaintiff at their office below stated; and in case of your failure to do so, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the Complaint which has been filed with the clerk of said court. The lawsuit is to quiet title in certain real estate to the plaintiff. DATED: November 26, 2019 BAILEY, DUSKIN & PEIFFLE, P.S. Attorneys for Petitioner: Steven J. Peiffle, WSBA #14704, 103 North Street, P. O. Box 188, Arlington, WA 98223


The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of these estates. Any person having a claim against the decedents 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 decedents’ probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: December 18, 2019. Personal Representative: Shawn M. McMillian Attorney for Personal Representative: Steven J. Peiffle, WSBA #14704 Address for Mailing or Service: P.O. Box 188, 103 North Street, Arlington, WA 98223 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Snohomish County Superior Court, Cause No. 19-4-02142-31


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bish technology and put it back to work in Think your local police are heroes? You the community and across the world. Locan be one, too, by rolling up your sleeve for cally, the program supplies Housing Hope, the blood drive hosted by Marysville Police along with, low-income families and veteron Monday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon ans with free technology. On a global level, the computers they and 1 to 4 p.m. Bloodworks NW will have their mobile bus parked outside the Public have built support schools, libraries, hospitals, and orphanages internationally in Safety Building, 1635 Grove St. Donating blood takes about an hour of Haiti, Guatemala, Jordan, Tanzania, Ghana, your time and one donation can help up Liberia, and across the United States. to three people. Every two seconds in the If you need help transferring files to your United States, someone needs blood. It new computer prior to donating it, students takes 800 donors a day to sustain a \supply are happy to help you with the process. for patients in the Puget Sound community.  Rest assured that any device that comes to To make an appointment, visit blood- us, with any form of data, gets completed worksnw.org, email schedule@bloodwork- wiped clean using industry-standard tools snw.org or call 1-800-398-7888. for data destruction. If you want to donate a computer but You can donate your old computer Are you planning to get or receive a new want to keep your hard drive, we can recomputer,  laptop, tablet, phone, camera, move from the device for you. Please send or bring any donations game console this holiday season? Please consider sharing your old piece of technol- to: Legacy High School, ATTN: Paul LaGrange, 7204 27th Ave, NE, Marysville, ogy with someone in need. At Legacy High School, students refur- WA 98271.


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The Season of Giving During this holiday season, I reflect on the things I am most thankful for. Primarily among them is our dedicated, involved community. Arlington, at its heart, is a community of engaged residents that take time out of their busy lives to make this community thrive. We are so blessed to have each and every one of you that give your time and financial support to the dozens of organizations in our community. While the holidays can be a great time of joy for many of us, there are those in our community who are struggling. As we enter into this season of giving, I ask you to remember those in our community who could use a hand up. Arlington has many generous people who want to help others. One of the most effective ways is to help strengthen the resources of the agencies in Arlington who do this work every day, including around holidays. If you are inclined to give with your time or with financial support, I encourage you to donate directly to programs that provide services to those in need in our community: Arlington Community Resource Center, Arlington Kids Kloset, Arlington Community Food Bank, the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Village Community Services, and the Social Services Flex Fund. The Arlington Community Resource Center (ACRC), a program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, offers resources and referrals to those facing instability and crisis. ACRC stands ready to help low-income families and individuals meet life’s basic needs. From January through August 2019, ACRC has provided services, resources and referrals to 1,094

Mayor Barb Tolbert families. The have assisted in securing housing for 47 families, ensuring 60 adults and 60 children have secure, stable housing. ACRC has also provided mental health services to 241 participants. You can support the ACRC by visiting www.lcsnw.ejoinme.org. Arlington Kids Kloset (AKK) is a volunteer operated nonprofit organization that provides new and quality used clothing, shoes, and hygiene products, free of charge, to children ages preschool through grade 12 in the Arlington, Darrington, and Lakewood School Districts. Since opening their doors in May 2005, AKK has served thousands of children in our community. Donations of new and gently used clothing are accepted all year round, along with laundry detergent, and financial support. www.arlingtonkidskloset.com Arlington Community Food Bank’s mission is to help end hunger in our community. One in eight people face hunger in Western Washington; one in five of them are kids. With the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals, the Arlington Community Food Bank is able to offer relief and help end hunger in our neighborhoods. Visit https:// www.arlingtonfoodbank.org/ to

learn how you can help. The Stillaguamish Senior Center provides services to north Snohomish County seniors to enhance their quality of life, limit isolation, provide housing, and prevent a need for institutionalization. More information on the services the Stillaguamish Senior Center provides is available at www.stillycenter.org. Village Community Services is a local organization committed to making a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities, through programs such as residential support and vocational services. For more information about the many programs VCS offers, visit www. villagecommunitysvcs.org. The Social Services Flex Fund was established to allow the Arlington Police and Fire departments to provide for immediate basic needs to individuals who are ready to seek treatment for their addiction to opiates. Use of the fund is specifically designed to fill the gap of time, typically two to three days, between when the individual makes the decision to stop the addiction to when the individual can be connected to treatment. Donations to this fund are limited to specific uses set by the Arlington City Council. To donate, visit www.arlingtonwa. gov/499/Social-Services-FlexFund. It has been an honor working with our residents and businesses to help keep Arlington the special and caring community it is today. I look forward to continuing our work together to find and implement solutions to some of our community's toughest challenges. May the blessings of health, peace, and happiness be yours throughout the holiday season.


Our Favorite Quotes "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." Author ­— Calvin Coolidge Submitted by North County Outlook editor Scott Frank.


RAVE RAVE: Thank you to the organizers, volunteers and everyone who donated for making the Marysville Toy Store such a great success again this year. More than 1,000 local children were given a happier holiday thanks to the generosity of the community's residents and businesses. RAVE: Arlington's A Christmas Wish once again demon-

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Employment Navigation with Carnegie Resource Center: Employment Navigators from the Carnegie Resource Center will be available at the Lakewood/ Smokey Point Library on Dec. 18, 1-4:30 p.m., to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the Opioid Crisis in Snohomish County. Drop by to ask questions and get support while you look for work, go to work, or get the training you need to succeed. Employment Navigators will be there to offer individualized services, including: training, education, and certification; access to transitional jobs; resume building and cover letters; interview skills and practice; technology assistance; employment and life skills workshops. The Lakewood/Smokey Point Library is at 3411169th Place NE in Smokey Point. Winter Break Family Pajama Jam: The Winter Break Family Pajama Jam will be held at the Arlington Library on Monday, Dec. 23,

2-3 p.m. Bring the family in your pajamas for a cozy winter storytime, complete with fun activities and tasty warm beverages. This storytime is all about being cozy. Intended for families with kids ages 10 and younger. The Arlington Library is at 135 N. Washington Ave.  Blood Drive: The Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship Blood Drive will Be Dec. 28,, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Give the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood. The Bloodworks Northwest van will be in the City Hall Parking Lot. Make an appointment by emailing Katie Phillips at katphil00@ comcast.net. Information on Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship Blood Drives is available on the https:// www.bloodworksnw.org/ donate/host-blood-drive/ scholarship-drives. Christmas Tree Recycling: Boy Scout Troop 29 will collect live Christmas trees in Arlington neighborhoods on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.  Please place your tree near the curb in front of your home by 9 a.m. Trees

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cation specialist. “People were lined up when I got in here this morning at 11:30 a.m.,” she said. Parents register through the Marysville Community Food Bank or from a local school counselor and come to the Grove Church to pick out a variety of items for their kids. Each child receives a coat, a stuffed animal, one or two toys, two stocking stuffers, two used books and two new books. Every family also got a role of wrapping paper this year thanks to the Liberty Elementary PTA. “It’s important for us to have enough gifts so that every parent can pick what they want,” said Veley. “So we’re not just giving them something and saying ‘this is what you're going to

get,’ but that they can choose it,” she said. Clients at the Marysville Toy Store said they were happy the service was available. “I think the Toy Store is very helpful this time of year and it just really brings the community together,” said local parent Aushanique Coleman. “It’s awesome, I love it. I have four kids and my husband works so it just gets hard this time of year and this is just so helpful and they have a lot of great presents,” said local parent Gabby Arjon. The volunteers helping the Toy Store begin collecting donations of toys in conjunction with the All-City Marysville Food Drive. “We had a lot of support from the community again this year,” said Veley. Although, toy donations were slow at first, she said. “There was a point where I said donations were down a

Communities couple weeks ago and some organizations really came through.” Marysville Goodwill and the local Keller Williams real estate office helped with a toy drive and monetary donations, said Veley. “We were able to give a lot of skateboards, which was a lot of fun because teens are always a group that we don’t get a lot of donations for, I’m guessing because teens are just harder to shop for,” said Veley. The Toy Store often has to provide gift cards for teenagers because they are the trickiest to find gifts for, she said. The event is run entirely by volunteers, and Veley said it is a fulfilling event to help with. “It’s such a happy event and I think everyone leaves with a big smile on their face because it’s all about giving,” she said. Many of the volunteers are out to make sure that lo-

cal kids have a good holiday season. “Yesterday, we were watching a couple of kids in the lobby while their parent shopped because the parent couldn’t get childcare,” said Veley. “I was just asking them what they want for Christmas, and she said ‘a skateboard’ and he said ‘Legos’ and we were able to work some magic and make sure they got sent home with what they wanted. It’s stuff like that which makes you feel like, 'this is why we’re here,'” she said. She hopes that every child is able to feel like they are supported for Christmas. “We’re just happy we can provide some extra joy around Christmas time. We want to make sure that every kid in the community knows someone is thinking about them this Christmas,” Veley said. Volunteers begin planning for the Marysville Toy



Marysville Toy Store client Aushanique Coleman, left, looks at one of the toys available being held up by volunteer Monica Gibson on Dec. 12 at this year’s Toy Store event. Store about halfway through the year as they serve a large amount of families. “I think that it’s clear that there is such a huge need in our community,” said Veley. “When I got here this morning there was a line all the way down to the sidewalk in pouring rain. If families are willing to stand in the rain to get toys for their kids then I would say there is

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for a visit with Santa Claus, where he will greet kids on the train. Local families said they enjoyed the festive spirit of the event. “It’s so fun. It’s a wonderful Christmas memory,” said local parent Kristine Greene. “I like that it was something we can do as a family and you see the magic in their eyes looking at all the lights,” she said. Local parent Dmitry Golovatyuk said he was grateful the city put on the Tour of Lights. “I think that it’s really great that

they do this for people,” he said. “I like that my son really enjoyed it. Instead of staying home we went out and did something special and it wasn’t hard for us. Everything is really well planned out and every detail is special. It makes you feel like you’re enjoying Christmas,” he said. This year there were a couple of new light displays as part of the event. In addition, the trains were given a fresh coat of paint from Marysville staff. The trains were formerly owned by the Marysville Rotary Club but have been donated to the city so that they can provide more maintenance and upkeep to them.

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There’s also a new standing area at the event and city staff plans to put up a sponsor board at the tour soon. Marysville puts on the annual event to provide free holiday fun for children and parents. “I think it’s a great opportunity to do a tradition, but safely,” said Taylor. “I think a lot of families enjoy, a couple of weeks before Christmas, driving through communities and looking at lights. They like to drive through other areas and look at lights, but this provides a safe opportunity where everybody can experience it." More information about the Tour of Lights is at marysvillewa.gov.



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Growing citrus in the Pacific Northwest I have menright microclitioned many mate and taking a times over the few extra steps to years that I befoil the weather. lieve that we live Citrus are perfect in a horticultural examples of what paradise. There is we can pull off, if very little we can’t we just persevere. By Steve Smith grow successfully While the term in our Pacific Northwest “citrus” can include many of climate and lord knows I the familiar crops we find in have tried it all at one time the market — such as grapeor another. Paw Paws were fruit, tangerine, lemon, oronce on my list, but no lon- ange, and kumquat - in pracger. Persimmons are another tical terms, limes and lemon that while they will actually are the best choices for the grow quite well, rarely pro- adventurous gardener who duce much in the way of wants to push the envelope. edible fruit. Apricots are yet Both of these trees come in another that struggle to be dwarf versions, which lend productive due to their early themselves to being grown blooming nature and subse- in containers. The value quent susceptibility to late of container-grown trees is frosts. Even figs need to be twofold. First off, containlocated in just the right heat ers are portable and can retentive area to yield a reli- be moved in and out of the able harvest. For all of these house (or garage) when the plants, success or failure of- mercury drops. Second, pots ten boils down to finding the can also be moved around

the garden or patio to maximize the sun exposure which has the added benefit of warming the soil as well as the foliage, all of which improve the growth of the plant. If you are interested in growing limes and lemons here in the PNW, it needs to be noted that they will become house plants for 5 to 6 months out of the year (unless you have a heated greenhouse). Limes and lemons can actually make attractive house plants and are another great way to liven up your house by bringing the outdoors in. The key to success with citrus, is to locate them where they will receive the maximum amount of light possible — this means a south to southwest facing window (the larger the better). Citrus plants, as a whole, prefer a higher humidity level than that nor-

mally found in homes, so you will also need to mist the foliage and/or place the container in a shallow tray filled with rocks that can be filled with water. A diluted acid-loving fertilizer will keep them looking green, along with the removal of any bugs. Be sure to check for insects in the fall before you bring your babies into the house for the winter and then scout weekly for any unwanted visitors. Once the weather starts to moderate in the spring (usually some time in late April or early May), you can gradually reintroduce your tree back into the landscape or patio and increase the fertilizer. Don’t put it out into the bright sun immediately or it could sunburn, acclimate it over a period of a week or two. You can prune your tree almost any time just to keep it looking shapely, it

won’t affect the fruit production. If the light is sufficient, the plants should produce flowers (which are about the sweetest smelling flowers in the world!) and subsequent fruit (you may have to take an artist’s brush to spread the pollen around), which will take several months to ripen — don’t expect huge harvests. This whole exercise focuses more on the enjoyment of plant-keeping rather than vast fruit production. As for varieties, the best lemon to grow is one call ‘Improved Meyer’, which is actually a cross between a lemon and an orange. The flesh is juicer and sweeter than a standard lemon and the skin is actually sweet enough to eat. It will take a year or two to come into fruit production, but once started you should have fruit on the tree all year long. Just pick a few when you need

some and leave the rest for future use.When it comes to limes, ‘Bearss’ is probably the most popular (you may also find it sold as ‘Persian’ or ‘Tahitian’ lime). Limes will grow pretty much the same as lemons and should be harvested when you see a little yellow in the skin. Remember, this is not California, Texas, or Florida. If you want to make a lemon pie or some ceviche, go to the store and buy some lemons or limes. If you want to have some fun and grow something unique, try growing some citrus. If nothing else, you will have an attractive (house) plant with some delicious smelling flowers and hopefully a few delicious fruits as well!

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

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