Retreat set for April 18

Arlington City Council will get together for a mini-retreat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Arlington River Rock Inn, 15425 133rd Ave NE, off Burn Road, southeast of Arlington. No action will be taken at the retreat, according to city spokesperson Kristin Banfield.

Planning Commission continues sign code to April 21

The Arlington Planning Commission is doing a review of some aspects of the city’s sign code and has continued a public hearing to April 21. The volunteer board started the process April 7 with a look at all the sign regulations and the impact of proposed changes.

“We started with a Power Point presentation of some examples of good signs and some bad examples,” said the city’s community development director, David Kuhl.

“We are examining portions of the sign code a bit at a time,” he said. The planning commission is reviewing city codes on temporary and permanent signs and nonconforming signs, Kuhl added.

Olympic Security hosts Business After Hours

Olympic Security is hosting Business After Hours, 5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 21 for the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce. The chamber newsletter for April is now on-line at Other chamber news includes a last call for advertising in the 2009-2010 Telephone Director due to go to print soon.

Old Bags get Caring Community Award

The Old Bags of Arlington, established in 1986 by a fun-loving group of women from Arlington, Stanwood, Marysville, Everett and Lake Stevens, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Caring Community Award from the Snohomish County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

These awards are presented to members of the community whose selfless donations of time and service have made a significant difference in the lives of young children.

The award will be presented at the “Celebrate the Successes” awards dinner on April 23 at the Everett Station.

The Old Bags are sending President Etta “Babe” Melhart and Past President Sherry Cox to represent the group and receive the award.

“We are proud of our contribution to the local community and will continue to serve in this capacity,” said Judi Martin.

Ladies who want to make a difference while sharing good times should call Babe at 360-435-3279 or Sherry at 360-435-6996.

Grant to help fight knotweed

The Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force was awarded a grant of $230,000 from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to be used for several projects.

The Task Force will work with landowners to control knotweed along the Stillaguamish River. Knotweed is an invasive, non-native plant that degrades streamside habitat that salmon and other fish need. Stillaguamish River Chinook salmon are highly threatened. Lack of tree cover and the spread of knotweed have contributed to high water temperatures, excessive sediment, reduced food supply and loss of in-stream cover. To restore salmon habitat, knotweed must be controlled and replaced with native vegetation.

Project partners include the Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Noxious Weed Control Board and community volunteers. The Task Force will contribute $42,400 from state and federal grants and in donations of equipment, labor and materials.

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