Briefs (Aug. 11)

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Maryfest gets $10K back

MARYSVILLE – Maryfest, the all-volunteer organization that puts on the Marysville Strawberry Festival every year, is $10,000 richer.

The State Attorney General’s Office ruled that the Holiday Treasure Chest Charity Foundation must return that amount to Maryfest.

The reason: Maryfest donated that amount to the charity because of a settlement agreement made with former vice president Mark Jensen that has been deemed null in void in court. The Maryfest board at the time of the agreement on Feb. 21, 2017 did not have the lawful authority to make that pact, a court summary judgment says.

AG Bob Ferguson said: “The previous agreement was outrageous, self-serving and illegal. As a result of our work, the court has invalidated that agreement and entered a judgment ordering Mr. Jensen’s nonprofit to pay back Maryfest, removing the limitations that have put this storied local festival in jeopardy. I will not allow individuals to take advantage of charities for their own gain.”

Pratt Pest Management sold

MARYSVILLE – Rentokil Steritech has finalized a deal to acquire Marysville-based Pratt Pest Management. Dana Pratt established the business in 1991 and was president for 27 years, “In the booming Seattle market, there is a need for expert pest control services for both business and residential customers,” said John Myers, president and CEO of Rentokil North America. “Dana and the entire Pratt Pest Management team are a terrific addition to our growing family of pest control experts, as they share our commitment to world-class pest control services and customer experience.”

Pratt said, “The decision to retire and sell a business you spent thirty years nurturing is unquestionably tough.”

Pratt said Rentokil has been focused on enhancing opportunities for employees and expanding services for customers.

Free park day Aug. 25

OLYMPIA – To celebrate the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the state Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass.

Marysville YMCA now air-conditioned

MARYSVILLE – For the first time since the Marysville YMCA opened 23 years ago, the gym is now air-conditioned.

Director JJ Frank said Tuesday the YMCA spent $240,000 on a unit so members can use the facility on even really hot days.

Teens in fatal crash identified

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the examination and confirmed the identification of the 17-year-old who was involved in a motor vehicle collision on Mountain Loop Highway near Clear Creek Road in Darrington Monday.

The decedent is Dylan M. Brown, of Darrington. Also identified was the 19-year-old driver Devon T. F. Brearty of Elma

The cause of the deaths is multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of the deaths is classified as accident.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday a vehicle crashed into a large piece of construction equipment parked on the side of the road.

The Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit was investigating. Speed may have been a factor, a sheriff’s news release says.

Marysville road projects start Monday

MARYSVILLE – Summer roadwork projects are scheduled to begin next week and end in late September. Motorists can expect intermittent closures during work hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Sunnyside Boulevard (40th Street NE to Soper Hill Road): Aug. 13-late September – Replace curb ramps to comply with ADA standards, repair pavement, full-width grind and pavement overlay, new pavement markings

•52nd Street NE (Sunnyside Blvd to 75th Ave. NE): Aug. 14-late September – Repair pavement, full-width grind and pavement overly, new pavement markings

•84th Street NE (67th Ave. NE to 74th Drive NE): same as previous

•136th Street NE (Smokey Point Blvd to railroad tracks): same as previous

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