Community briefs

Oct. 4

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:18pm
  • Life

Grease is the word

MARYSVILLE – The first-ever Grease Sing-Along and Sock Hop will take place at the Marysville Opera House Oct. 13 from 7-10 p.m. On the 40th anniversary of the legendary movie, participants are invited to dress in costume, dance and sing with Sandy, Danny, the T-Birds and Pink Ladies. There will be costume contest winners and dancing to the Jimmy Wright Band. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. Entry cost is $10. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door. For details go to or call the parks office at 360-363-8400.

It’s a graveyard smash

MARYSVILLE – A Monster Mash Halloween Ball will take place at the Marysville Opera House Oct. 27 from 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by The Mix, one of Seattle’s top party bands. There will be a costume contest and more. Light refreshments are included. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Cost is $15. For details go to or call the parks office at 360-363-8400.

Become a better speaker

MARYSVILLE – Would you like to become a more confident, credible and compelling speaker? If so plan to take the free class Business Pros: Powerful Presentations 101 Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Register by calling 360-658-5000.

Learn how to:

•Organize thoughts quickly

•Speak clearly, concisely and confidently

•Identify and ditch distracting mannerisms

•Minimize dependence upon notes, technology and memorization

•Create original and exciting material

•Maximize interaction and your impact on your audience

Marysville business helps out Arlington family

MARYSVILLE – An Arlington family of four, including a daughter with a rare disease, is receiving a free Daikin Ductless Heat Pump installed at their home from Barron Heating & Air Conditioning.

Dana and Jill Ford and their 4-year-old daughter with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome were nominated by multiple people during Barron Heating’s Christmas in July giving event. Ductless heat pumps provide energy-efficient heating and cooling, dramatically cutting energy costs. The value of the heat pumps and furnaces with installation is estimated at more than $25,000. “People told us how much the Ford family could use a ductless heat pump,” said John Barron, owner of Barron Heating. “The child with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, which affects approximately 500 people in the world, is greatly affected by temperature fluctuations, so we’re happy we can make their lives healthier and more comfortable.”

Meanwhile, Barron Heating & Air Conditioning, seeking qualified candidates in a tight job market to fill positions at its three Northwest Washington locations including Marysville, recently launched Barron Technician School.

Job candidates accepted are paid for their classroom, lab and on-the-job training. Entry-level apprentice HVAC wages begin around $16 per hour. Journey-level wages can reach $45 per hour.

The Marysville location is at 1062 State Ave. For details, go to

Red Curtain volunteer honored by Marysville mayor

MARYSVILLE – Kim Shumway is Mayor Jon Nehring’s Volunteer of the Month for September.

Shumway is the concessions manager for the Red Curtain Arts Center, where she volunteers up to 50 hours per month managing concessions inventory, staffing events and pouring wine and beer. Revenue from concessions is critical to Red Curtain’s nonprofit operations.

“Your contributions and dedication to the Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts promote accessibility and appreciation of the visual and performing arts in our community,” Nehring said in presenting the award at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Shumway was nominated by Beckeye and Scott Randall, Red Curtain’s business manager and founder/artistic director.

Shumway also is a leader with the local Girl Scouts where she has a lead role in managing regional cookie sales.

Marysville Fire District supports ballot measure

MARYSVILLE – The Marysville Fire District Board of Directors has approved a resolution supporting a ballot measure to fund replacement of Snohomish County’s aging 9-1-1 radio system.

Proposition 1 will be on the ballot for county voters in the Nov. 6 general election. The measure seeks a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase to replace the nearly 20-year-old emergency radio system used by police, fire and EMS operations. Many parts for the system are no longer available and several manufacturers will stop offering technical support in 2020.

“Our first responders depend on a reliable radio system to provide life-saving services to our community,” Fire Chief Martin McFalls said. “It is imperative that this system is funded in order to fulfill that mission.”

For details go to

Lakewood school board member resigns

LAKEWOOD – Oscar Escalante planned to resign Wednesday as a Lakewood School Board member after 17 years.

Behavorial hospital gets new CEO

MARYSVILLE – Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital has named Sally Anne Schneider the new chief executive officer.

Schneider was most recently CEO at LifeCare Behavioral Health Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Schneider previously was Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, AK. She has additional experience in rural outreach and a history of community involvement.

She received an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and also holds a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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