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10 Years Ago 1997

We felt trapped with nowhere to run, is how Sharon Bickford described her and her husbands Easter Sunday afternoon experience at their home on E. Fifth Street, Arlington. The approximately 100-foot cedar located near their rented residence was blown down by the strong winds that hit the area about 1:30 in the afternoon. Dave Bickford was working outside in a shed when several large branches hit the roof. The trees were swaying and branches were cracking, said Dave. His wife was in the house and came outside to see what was going on. That was when they decided to move their vehicle away from the cedar tree. No sooner had they moved it and were thinking about moving their boat when the tree started to come down around them. Things became a blur as Sharon and Dave were trying to get out of the way of the falling trees and wires. The tree almost hit us on the head, said Sharon. I could feel the branches brushing my back. And we were also dodging live wires. Harry Yost was picking up papers that had blown out of the garbage at Presidents Elementary when he heard a cracking sound. I looked up in time to see that big cedar falling. Ruth Yost said that she had the whole family coming over for Easter Sunday dinner at 6 p.m. and was wondering aloud what she would do if the power didnt come back on. The tree knocked out power to several blocks until well into the night. Phone service and cable TV service was also disrupted. A fence across the street from 604 E. Fifth Street was severely damaged. PUD public information officer Andy Muntz reported Monday that 50,000 residents county-wide lost power to wind Sunday. At Monday noon, approximately 5,000 customers were still without power, Reports are that wind reached 50-60 miles per hour in the mid-Puget Sound area beginning mid-day and continuing until late evening.

After spending the month of April using up his vacation time Sergeant Dick Butner will officially retire from the Arlington Police Department May 1, 1997. Butner has been with the department since June 25, 1975. He began as an officer and was promoted to sergeant May 7, 1979. Butner has seen quiet a few changes in Arlington in the past 22 years. He remembers when the city limits on the south were at the wig wag or the intersection of 67th and 66th, where 67th jogs across the railroad tracks. At that time, the population of Arlington was 2,400. At over 6,000 now, the police department has increased from four officers in 1975 to 11. Although, with my retirement and with Jody Latimer leaving, the department is back down to nine, said Butner. Butners position as sergeant is being filled with the promotion of Ed Erlandson. A new officer, Mike Wilson, will begin sometime around May 5, Butner said. Butner recalls other changes in law enforcement. We used to go to the ground once or twice a week, he said. Indeed, his colleague Roger Moen remembered at the retirement party Saturday, that Butner was always the last one it give up, Dick would never let go, said Moen. Butner acknowledged increased training alternatives to human contact as the reason for this change in law enforcement practice. Another change, said Butner, is that we sued to conclude that anyone with long hair and a beard was a bad guy. Weve come to realize that isnt really true, he said. Butner also noted changes in the enforcement of domestic violence. In those days, it was called family disturbance and all we did was tell the husband or wife to go somewhere until they cooled down, said Butner. Butner believes the system has made great strides working against domestic violence. It is now not acceptable to beat your wife or husband, he said. Butner also remembers organizing town meetings on drugs and drinking and holding logic talks at the high school. We had 250 people show up at one town meeting, he said. He had invited a convict from Indian Ridge. Butner had the sense that kids in the audience were pretty impressed with the toughness of this guy. But the man pointed out to the audience that they were all free to leave and if he took a notion to leave, a number of people present would object. That made an impact on those kids, said Butner. While remembering the years gone by, Butner repeatedly mentioned the sense of espirit de corps while working for the department. We always knew that we were all there for each other, he explained. Butner was awestruck with the number of people that attended his retirement party. I was so amazed that I forgot everything I planned to say, he said. He was also amazed that the beauty of the plaque that was presented to him. Even the chief (Arlingtons Police Chief Steve Robinson) said that he had never seen a plaque so pretty. On Butners retirement, Chief Robinson said, We will never be able to say enough about Dicks contributions to the community, the city and our police department. He was always willing to take on any project you gave him, and not only complete it but do an extraordinary job on it. His commitment to community policing began long before community policing became a model in law enforcement. It has been a my pleasure to be Dicks friend and coworker.

25 Years Ago 1982

Arlington city supervisor David Crow submitted his resignation to acting Mayor Jim Senff last week. Crow, 39, is leaving Arlington to become assistant city manager of Normandy Park, located west of Sea-Tac Airport between Burien and Des Moines. He takes over the city manager position Dec. 1, 1982, after the retirement of the current manager, Margaret C. Lane. The Normandy Park City Council selected Crow out of 87 applicants. Crows resignation is effective May 1, two years and three months since assuming the job of city supervisor/airport manager in February of 1979. Crow dropped his Arlington Airport Manager role April 1, when Don Meier became the new airport manager. Its a step up for me, Crow said, because the new position shoulders more responsibility, Normandy Park has a council-manager form of government, making Crow, as manager, in charge of hiring and firing for the city. He reports to the council. The mayor of Normandy Park is the chairman of the council and the role is more ceremonial. Theyve got interesting problems and challenges, Crow said about Normandy Park. Annexations are pending that could double the size of the town of 4,200. Normandy Park is mainly a residential community with a few commercial areas. The pending annexation would bring more commercial tax base into the city, Crow said. As long as my performance is satisfactory I hope to say a long time, Crow said about his future plans. Crow and his wife, Mary, like the Seattle area and hope to find a permanent home in Normandy Park. Mary is a nurse, on leave, to care for the Crows one-year-old daughter, Jennifer. Leaving here is a tough thing to do, but I think its the right decision because its a step up professionally, Crow said. Crow and his wife like Arlington and enjoyed living here, he added. Crow grew up in Urban, Ill., and earned a B.A. degree in English and Liberal Arts at Milliken University, Decatur, Ill. He received his Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Washington and the University of Kansas. He came to Arlington from Fruita, Colo., where he was town administrator for almost three years. Prior to the position in Fruita, Crow was town administrator in Glenrock, Wyo., and assistant administrator Laramie, Wyo. He also has experience as a planning director. The process to fill the city supervisor poison begins after Mayor John Larson returns from a two-week vacation.

50 Years Ago 1957

Mrs. Emma McGladrey, R. 1, Arlington, was the winner of a prize from Arlington Feed and Farm Supply in last weeks Mystery Farm contest, her name being drawn from the 33 correct entries. The farm was the Robert Carlson farm, located in the Shoultes district, R. 2, Marysville. Our pilots camera revealed a neatly kept, medium sized dairy, where a young family of third-generation dairymen are building their heard which now numbers 17 milkers. In addition to dairy chores, Mr. Carlson drives a milk truck part time for Darigold, while Mrs. Carlson is a part-time employee in the office of a local feed dealer. Keeping up with their jobs, plus dairy chores, leaves little time for other activities, Mrs. Carlson said. Then there is the fourth generation dairyman, Rickie Carlson, 4, who commands attention. The young Carlsons have been running the farm for the past three years. It was previously owned by his father, Harold Carlson, who is back on the original home farm now. Like many young farmers in the area, the Carlsons have been building and improving their dairy. Last June, a new milk house was built and a milk storage tank installed. The routine of the farm is being upset temporarily while survey crews are busy plotting the right-of-way for a crude oil pipe-line which is to pass through their land just back of the barn, enroute to the new oil refinery at Kayak Point. The oil company purchased a sixty-foot right-of-way, but once the pipe is buried, the land may again be used by the farmers for planting crops. The only restriction is against construction of buildings on the right-of-way, Mrs. Carlson said.

Washington State College coeds took over the campus Thursday, March 28, 1957, for the annual Womens Day program at the State College. The days activities included a style show and dinner exchanges and in the evening a convocation. Guest speaker at the convocation was Dorothy Rochon Powers, special feature writer and assistant city editor of the Spokesman Review. The convocation included the taping of new members for honoraries and the presentation of scholarship and award winners. Mortar Board, senior womens scholastic honorary, presented tassels to new members and to freshmen girls who stand high in scholarship. Among those tapped by Pi Lambda Theta, education honorary, was Joanne Knutson, Arlington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Knutson of R. 4, Arlington.

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