Community briefs

2 meetings set on RFA; open houses. too

MARYSVILLE –Two community conversations about the Regional Fire Authority will take place this month.

The one March 19 will be in Lake Goodwin at Fire Station 65. The one March 26 will be at Fire Station 62 at Shoultes.

Both will be from 4-6 p.m. The RFA talk is at 5 p.m. The rest of the time is for an Open House at the stations. There will be tours of the stations, fire trucks and ambulances, along with meeting firefighters, getting balloons and refreshments.

Community members will vote on the RFA April 23.

Fundraiser for Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics

ARLINGTON – A fund-raising dinner, auction and dessert dash for Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics will take place March 16.

It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Arlington Free Methodist Church, 730 E Highland Drive.

Dinner will be provided by the Arlington High School Culinary Department with live music from Brian Lake.

Funds raised will help students in Arlington, Lakewood, Oso and Darrington go on adventure-based trips. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight; purchase online at CHARITYAUCTION.BID/THEJOURNEYSTILLYVALLEY

Childcare is provide. For details on sponsoring the event, donating an auction item or dessert contact Jessica Ronhaar at

Lower your utility bills  

MARYSVILLE – The City Council recently lowered the income threshold for residents with disabilities to receive a 30 percent discount on their utility bills. The new criteria specify that people whose incomes do not exceed the “very low income” level set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the greater Seattle/Bellevue region and who meet disability requirements are now eligible for lower utility bills.

For a single person with disabilities that annual income limit is $37,450; for a family of four, it is $53,500. The city also offers a 30 percent utility bill discount to seniors who are at least age 62 and whose total household annual income is $40,000 or less. The city has offered reduced utility rates to low-income residents since 2004 in accordance with state law. For details call 360-363-8001.

Spring forward, change batteries

MARYSVILLE – As you spring forward to begin daylight saving time March 10 the Marysville Fire District encourages residents to change the batteries in your smoke alarms too.

Three out of every five home fire deaths occur when there is no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area on each level of your home.

If your alarm chirps that means the battery needs to be replaced.

At a minimum, all smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

Student community service winners

MARYSVILLE – Seniors Justina Thompson and Raechel Gilyeat of Mountain View Arts and Tech High School have been named Marysville Rotary Community Service award winners.

Justina has been volunteering each week at Marysville Middle School throughout high school. This year she started volunteering at the NOAH no-kill animal shelter.

Raechel has been volunteering with SeaFair for the past seven years. She’s also involved with Jobe’s Daughters, which does a variety of community service work.

Each receives a $100 certificate from Les Schwab.

Arlington police designate MeetUp Spot

ARLINGTON – The Arlington Police Department has designated the parking area in front of the police station, 110 E. Third Street, as a Community MeetUp Spot. The designation is done in partnership with OfferUp to create brightly lit areas to meet up with someone to inspect items and complete online sales. The area has surveillance cameras to increase safety.

Empowering Parents set for April 30

ARLINGTON – The “Empowering Parents” forum to give parents tips and tools to fight drug abuse has been been rescheduled to 6 p.m. April 30 in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School, 18825 Crown Ridge Blvd.

The Snohomish Health District will share an overview of issues including new information about opioid misuse in Snohomish County. Arlington police officer Stephanie Ambrose will engage with parents about social media and describe what parents should be doing to monitor online interactions. Ambrose will also answer questions about what rights parents have and how “snoopy” they should be. Public safety, health and intervention experts will serve on a panel to answer question, and a Healthy Options Resource Fair kicks off the evening at 5:30 p.m.

American Legion celebrates with Centennial Open House

MARYSVILLE – American Legion Post 178 in Marysville will host a Centennial Open House March 16 to celebrate the national organization’s 100th birthday.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legion Hall at 119 Cedar Ave.

Visitors will be able to learn about the American Legion, talk to its members, pick up informative brochures and enjoy refreshments.

Chamber luncheon March 14

MARYSVILLE – The quarterly Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will take place at 11:30 March 14 at the Opera House.

Guest speaker Dean Van Dyke will talk about, “Lead Generation Techniques; and how to start implementing them today.”

Cost is $5 if registered online by noon March 8; $10 after that or at the door. Price includes lunch.

NJROTC off to regionals, hosts public show March 21 

MARYSVILLE – Five Navy Junior ROTC teams from Marysville will compete in the Regionals March 16 at Oregon City.

To celebrate the season, there also will be a public performance at Marysville-Pilchuck High School to celebrate the season March 21 from 6-7:15 p.m.

Kathleen Wilde of the NJROTC said Monday that the five teams going to Oregon finished in the top of their divisions. They include: Armed, Unarmed, Color Guard, Physical Strength and Armed Duels. They will compete against 32 other schools for the Regional titles.

Learn how to write grants

MARYSVILLE – Grant Writing Workshops will take place March 14 and 28 at the Marysville Library at 2 p.m.

The free workshops help you perfect your ability to craft proposals that successfully deliver your organization’s message to potential funders.

Session One: Crafting Proposals That Pack a Punch.

Session Two: From Budgets to Attachments, Character Counts, and Balancing Stats with Stories.

Presented by Debra Jensen, a Seattle area nonprofit consultant and freelance grant writer.

Please preregister as space is limited at

$11K raised for Housing Hope

MARYSVILLE – The Bonefish Grill in Marysville partnered with Housing Hope on An Evening in North County.

More than 40 guests attended, and over $11,000 was raised for Housing Hope’s work in North Snohomish County.

Guests heard from Joan Daves, a Housing Hope family support coach, who shared her experience working with homeless families. “Housing Hope provides so many opportunities for families that go way beyond shelter,” Daves said. “For the families living at Housing Hope, not that long ago, they were living in shelters or their cars. Today, they are a community.”

Death notices


Margaret “Marie” Baker, 71, Feb. 22

Paul Chiarvalle, 68, Feb. 23

Matthew Colson, 24, Feb. 17

Donald Crow, 91, Feb. 20

Leon Maxwell, 61, Feb. 18

Imogene Memory, 96, Feb. 18

James Sparks Jr., 41, Feb. 23


Lucy Calegar, 74, Feb. 24

Deborah Huggins, 59, Feb. 15

Carol McCarty, 82, Feb. 16

Diana Meier, 65, Feb. 4

Ruth Pfeiffer, 93, Feb. 22

Ian Prideaux, 76, Feb. 17

Agnes Sholes, 84, Feb. 24

Marilynn Wehr, 89, Feb. 19


Harold Geil, 79, Feb. 22

Edward Walton, 76, Feb. 24

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