Briefs (July 28)

Brush fires; Viking fest back in Arlington; coffee with Marysville cops

Tips to avoid brush fires

MARYSVILLE – Since July 16, Marysville firefighters have responded to at least four brush fires.

With temperatures in the upper 80s and persistent dry conditions, residents in the Marysville Fire District are urged to use caution to prevent wildfires.

Snohomish County and the city of Marysville are under a Stage 1 Outdoor Burning Ban, which prohibits all burning except recreational fires like campfires. “We haven’t received significant rainfall in at least one month, which means our grass and other fuels are extremely dry,” Fire Marshal Tom Maloney said. Precautions include:

•Never throw cigarette butts from car windows.

•Keep your car maintained and avoid driving through dry grass. Hot exhaust pipes can catch grass on fire.

•Keep your lawn mowed to reduce the amount of fuel that could burn. Mow early in the morning and dispose of cuttings.

•Keep mulch or beauty bark thoroughly watered and avoid placing mulch against combustible materials, including decks and siding.

The district also reminds everyone to take personal precautions including drinking fluids, checking on elderly neighbors and avoiding strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. And don’t leave children, disabled people or pets in hot cars even for a few minutes.

Viking Festival back in Arlington

ARLINGTON – The Arlington Viking Festival is history, but the Northwest Viking Fest is not, planning its first event for Sept. 15-16 at Twin Rivers Park.

The fest runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday and closes at 4 p.m. that Sunday. Admission is free.

Participants can step back in time with historically accurate demonstrations, sword fighting, weaving and other Viking skills. Try your hand at ax and spear throwing, archery, foam swords and the interactive shield wall. Don’t forget to stop by and see the sheep and Icelandic horses.

Vendors and demonstrators can complete the registration form at form.jotform.com.

Get free tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/northwest-viking-fest-tickets and bring them to the Norse by Northwest booth for a chance to win a Northwest Viking Fest t-shirt. T-shirts must be pre-ordered as they will not be available at the festival.

Meet Monday with Marysville cops

MARYSVILLE – The Marysville Police Department invites community members to their first Coffee with a Cop gathering July 30 from 10-11 a.m. at The Creamery, 1206 State Ave. in the Safeway Plaza. This is an opportunity to engage with officers with no agenda or speeches – just a chance to ask questions and get to know the officers.

Local tech repairer merges with industry leader

SMOKEY POINT – Local technology-repair provider iDoctor Cell Phone Repair has partnered with industry leader uBreakiFix to rebrand its Smokey Point location.

uBreakiFix services anything with a power button, including smartphones, game consoles, tablets, computers, drones, hoverboards, and everything in between. While common fixes include cracked screens, software issues, and camera issues, the brand offers support for most technical problems on any electronic device, regardless of make or model. uBreakiFix Smokey Point is locally owned and operated by Glenn McLoughlin and sons Justuce French and Sebastian Gonzalez. McLoughlin, a retired law enforcement officer, founded iDoctor Cell Phone Repair in 2011

uBreakiFix Smokey Point is located at 3411 169th Place NE, Arlington and can be reached at 425-818-8887.

Wolfe new Heritage manager

MARYSVILLE – Elaine Wolfe is the new community banking manager at Heritage Bank at 1031 State Ave.

Wolfe will mainly be responsible for directing and executing sales and business development activities as well as building Heritage’s presence within the

community.

Wolfe has over 30 years of banking experience. With over 25 years in the Marysville community, Wolfe serves on the Governance Committee and the Fund

Development Committee for Victim Support Services; is involved with the Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce; Marysville Rotary; and volunteers with Special Olympics.

Phone 360-657-3138 or email at Elaine.Wolfe@HeritageBankNW.com.

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