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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Our Towns: Around Snohomish County

  • Ron Simmons recently became fire chief in Snohomish.
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    Photo courtesy Snohomish County Fire District 4

    Ron Simmons recently became fire chief in Snohomish. For OTbriefs21

Arlington: Paint the town purple
Arlington's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society plans its annual fundraiser "Paint the Town Purple" on Saturday. From 1 to 4 p.m. in Legion Park, 114 Olympic Ave., people can visit craft and activity booths. The 2nd annual Relay for Life Lighted Parade is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. down Olympic Avenue.
A flashlight egg hunt at Haller Stadium, 601 E. First St., is planned for 8:30 p.m. for young children and at 9 p.m. for kids older than 5. Donation is $5.
More info: main.acsevents.org.
Edmonds: Student rep sought for board
A student representative is being sought for the city of Edmonds Library Board. Applicants should be Edmonds residents, 16 to 25 and enrolled in high school or college-level classes during the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Responsibilities include attending the bi-monthly Library Board meeting. High school juniors or seniors could use their position on the board to satisfy requirements for their Edmonds' Senior Project, and/or community service hours.
Applications are available at Edmonds City Hall at: 121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds.
Teachers sought for sister city program
The Edmonds Sister City Commission is accepting applications for an assistant English teacher in Hekinan, Japan for a two-year term starting in August. Applications are being accepted through April 8. Edmonds has had a 25-year relationship with its sister city Hekinan, and the teacher program is a centerpiece of the effort.
More info: www.edmondswa.gov/government/mayor/sister-city.html.
Snohomish: New fire chief for District 4
Ron Simmons is the new fire chief at Snohomish County Fire District 4 in Snohomish.
Simmons has been with the fire district since 1985. He has served as a firefighter, captain, fire marshal and deputy chief.
Longtime former chief Mark Collins retired last year. Simmons has been serving as interim chief.
Simmons and his wife, Marti, have lived in the area since the early 1990s.
County: Bonds OK'd for new projects
The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday approved $120 million in bonds to pay for a new justice buildings, parks and roads.
The bonds will generate $75 million to rebuild the county courthouse and related facilities in downtown Everett. The plan also calls for a new $3 million sheriff's office south precinct off Cathcart Way to replace an existing facility in Mill Creek.
County Executive Aaron Reardon has recommended using $5 million for 30 road and drainage projects, many designed to improve safety near schools. Another $3.6 million is earmarked for 15 parks projects, including work on the Centennial Trail, Big Gulch Trail, Kayak Point Golf Course and Twin Rivers Park.
About $25 million would be set aside for projects to be selected by the county's Conservation Futures Board and the County Council.

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