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Front Porch: Marysville workshop on coal trains

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A group opposed to coal exports off the West Coast plans to host "Coal Trains: A Coming Coal Export Workshop" on Tuesday at Totem Middle School in Marysville.
The coalition called Power Past Coal includes groups such as the Sierra Club and Climate Solutions. The event is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. in the school's cafeteria and is to help people become involved in discussions of a proposed coal-export terminal at Cherry Point, near Bellingham.
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring is expected to speak at the workshop. The school is located at 1605 Seventh St.
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Clothing drive: Goldwing Touring Association Chapter C, a motorcycle group based in Everett, is sponsoring a toy and clothing drive to benefit Christmas House, which serves low-income families in Snohomish County during the holidays.
The drive runs through Dec. 10. Donations can be dropped off at Everett Powersports, 215 SW Everett Mall Way, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Or contact Kathy Leon at or 206-362-4250 for assistance.
Clothing should be new and in original packaging; stuffed toys should be new or like-new.
Christmas House specifically requests stuffed animals and toys, teen boys socks and large boys socks, size 5T boys winter coats, sizes 10-14 girls winter coats, and new, small gifts for pre-teen boys ages 9 and 10.

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