Community briefs

Eagle Neobots team competes at district

ARLINGTON – The Arlington High School Neobots Robotics Team competed in the Mount Vernon District Tournament March 1-3.

Thirty-two teams from Washington state participated. The Eagles Neobots team made it to the quarterfinals with their robot nicknamed “Berg.” The team finished the competition with a record of 4-10.

“The students have been working hard on Berg, and the robot performed well during the competition,” said Mark Ehrhardt, team advisor. “The students will now evaluate what worked well and what needs more work.”

Thirty-five students participate on the team. They will compete again at the West Valley District Tournament in Spokane March 21-23.

MG Hi-Q moves into 2nd place, host playoff Thursday

MARYSVILLE – Marysville Getchell scored 49 points – the most of any team all season – to win the final regular-season Hi-Q contest Thursday.

The Chargers beat Monroe with 28 points and Jackson with 13.

As a result, MG moved all the way up to second place for the year with 110 points, behind Stanwood’s 117.

So, MG will host a playoff match against Jackson and Monroe, which tied for sixth with 73 points, Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in the Bio-Med lobby.

The winner will advance to the finals at Stanwood the week of March 18.

Marysville-Pilchuck is out of the running, finishing eighth with 65 points.

In the last matchup, MG led by just one at halftime. In the second half the Chargers left no doubt of their preparedness, answering every one of their own questions and gaining four bonus points.

Arlington students take national assessment

ARLINGTON – Sixty Post Middle School students participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress March 5. Students from Presidents Elementary participated last month. Schools with the most-diverse demographic are selected, and students are chosen at random. Students can be tested in fourth, eighth, or 12th grade in either English or math. “Our students were excited to be chosen,” Post principal Voni Walker said. The testing was anonymous and does not affect the student’s grades. “It was cool to represent our school on a nationwide test,” eighth-grader Ashleigh Bergstrom said. “It’s nice to know people are taking an interest in our education.”

3 renamed to parks board 

MARYSVILLE – Three members of the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Board have been reappointed.

Brooke Hougan is a longtime resident and former teacher. Sharon Kanehan is a retired elementary school teacher and part-time substitute teacher. Tom King, the City Council representative, is retired and involved with the Marysville Strawberry Festival and a long-time member of Kiwanis. These appointments to three-year terms ending Feb. 28, 2022, were recommended by Mayor Jon Nehring and confirmed by the City Council March 4. The board is an advisory body to the City Council and Parks, Culture and Recreation director. It meets every other month at Jennings Park Barn.

Free Parks day March 19

Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 106th birthday on March 19 by enjoying a state park for free that day. March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks free day in 2019, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day-use visits.

The remaining free days are: April 20 and 22; June 1, 8-9; Aug. 25, Sept. 28 and Nov. 11 and 29.

The Discover Pass costs $30 annually or $10 for one day.

Learn about renewable energy generation

ARLINGTON – Would you like to learn about local renewable energy generation? Construction of Snohomish County PUD’s Community Solar site in Arlington begins this month, and they are preparing to open solar unit sales in April.

Learn more at an open house March 21 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library, 3411 169th Place NE, Suite A, Arlington.

Short presentations will be at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.

Finalists set for chef competition

MARYSVILLE – The 10 finalists for the 2019 Future Chef Competition have been chosen.

The elementary school students will compete March 21 from 2-6 p.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Finalists are: Zane Z., Cascade, quesarito; Israel A., Cascade, Mexican pork; Jenna M., Kellogg Marsh, tortilla soup; Jayden N., Cascade, fajitas; Kalina P., Pinewood, pineapple poblano beef tacos; Joshua E., Grove, pollo asada torta; Cale B., Liberty, Southwest salad w/ creamy cilantro-lime dressing; Lillie H., Sunnyside, baked chicken chimichangas; Pierce B., Kellogg Marsh, Baja fish tacos w/ cilantro-lime slaw; and Cash H., Sunnyside, nacho fries.

Live at the OH! returns to Opera House

MARYSVILLE – After taking some time off this winter, the Live at the OH! concert series resumes March 21.

The group is the Ranger and The Re-Arrangers Trio. Cost is $5 for the 5:30-7:30 p.m. concert at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St.

The trio combines high-energy swing and snappy rhythms with their Innovative Gypsy Jazz. Snacks, beer and wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. For details go to or call 360-363-8400.

Final family concert March 24

MARYSVILLE – The finale of the Family Entertainment Series at the Marysville Opera House will take place March 24 with the Not Its!

Tickets are only $6 per person; calling 360-363-8400. Tickets may be available at the door if not already sold out.

Doors open at 1:15, show starts at 2 p.m.. Marysville Opera House is located at 1225 Third Street.