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10 Years Ago 1997

Students from ten Snohomish County schools converged on Lakewood High School for an Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Everett YMCA Teen Services. Approximately 150 teens learned about the environment in the morning then proceeded out to Portage Creek to plant 3,000 trees. Ten students participated from Lakewoods Environmental Club. They were Darrell Smith, Iris Roetcisoender, Brandi Waters, Elide Carter, Candy Bouquet, Brandi Johnson, Crystal Valiant, Josh Kron, Jacob Gillmore and Mark Robson.

25 Years Ago 1982

In conjunction with Be Kind to Animals Week, the Arlington/Marysville Animal Shelter will sponsor a poster contest. The contest is to promote humane education and to get school-aged children actively involved in the animal shelter and humane education. Arlington school children can enter 18-inch by 24-inch individual posters concerning animals in art during class contests, then the top six posters from each class will be judged by employees at the Arlington/Marysville Animal Shelter. Prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded in the first week of May. Ten Arlington businesses are supplying the prizes: Mode ODay, $10 gift certificate; Arlington Appliance, a record; The Gift Gallery, two books; Arlington Stationers, pens; A and B Sound, calculator; Electronics Unlimited, a record; The Right Step, Blue Jean gift certificate; Arlington Pharmacy, a watch; Western Auto, Mork doll; Arlington Hardware and Lumber, a Boy Scout knife. For over 100 years, Americans have been working for the humane treatment of all living creatures. May 2 8, 1982, marks the 68th annual observance of Be Kind to Animals Week, the oldest celebrated week in the nation. Sponsored by the American Humane Association and over 2,000 local humane agencies throughout the country, the Marysville-Arlington Animal Shelter urges the citizens of Washington to sit up and take notice. Each year people buy wild or exotic animals for pets, neither of which are suitable as pets. One of the greatest injustices and acts of unkindness is directed towards dogs and cats who are allowed to breed millions of offspring each year that must be destroyed. Hundreds of animals are bought each year before the owner considers the full responsibly, time and expense involved in pet ownership and thousands of animals are mistreated, but through be Kind To Animals Week, the Marysville-Arlington Animal Shelter and the American Humane Association are dedicated to bringing about a change in these practices through education. Celebrating this week is one way those in the humane community can remind pet owners that kindness toward animals involves love, respect and responsibility. Responsible pet ownership and kindness result when owners are willing to provide the routine health checks, vaccines and proper diet needed by their animals. Even more importantly, kindness means providing pets with the love and concern that makes animal companionship worthwhile. This week, and all weeks, pet owners and potential owners are urged to consider the basic health needs of their animals. Pet ownership is a responsibility but it is full of love.

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