The Giving Gift Tree at Arlington United Church, at Fourth Street and McLeod Avenue, is filled with gift tags for suggested gift items for the benefit of Kid's Kloset in Arlington.
Children and adults from Darrington, Arlington and Lakewood school districts benefit from donated items at Kid's Kloset. Gift items should be returned to the church before Dec. 25.
More info: 360-435-3259.
Camano Island: Book still helps vets
Dan Koffman's picture book "Life in The US MILITARY" for military veterans with memory loss is now being promoted nationwide by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Koffman plans to address the state VFW convention in Yakima on Jan. 21, he said.
More info: www.LifeInTheUS MILITARY.com.
Lake Stevens: City receives clean audit
The city of Lake Stevens received its 11th consecutive clean audit.
A letter to the city from the State Auditor's Office dated Nov. 23 recognized the accomplishment.
Fewer students absent at Sunnycrest
The number of absent students at Sunnycrest Elementary School has dropped since Monday.
A total of 78 students on Tuesday were reported absent. On Monday, 96 of the 687 students at the school were absent. Schools are required to notify the Snohomish Health District on days when 10 percent of their student body is absent. The school on both days reported the absentee totals to the Snohomish Health District.
There are no confirmed flu cases at the school, said Suzanne Pate, a spokeswoman for the health district.
Marysville: Council extends moratorium
The Marysville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to extend a moritorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens. The council ordinance extends the moritorium set to expire in January for six months. The city plans to use the time to work on zoning laws for collective gardens for medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are not allowed under state law but cities can license, zone and impose health and safety requirements on the gardens.
High schools to lose resource officers
The school resource officer program is expected to be phased out in Marysville.
The program is slated to end with 2011, but there may be plans in place to keep officers in schools through February, officials said. They first must wait to see how the state budget could affect the program's funding.
During the school year, the police department and the school district split the program costs in half, including officer salaries.
Marysville now has two school resource officers, one each at Marysville Getchell and Marysville Pilchuck high schools.
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