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Front Porch: Stanwood workshop teaches shoreline stewardship

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Stewardship workshop
A free workshop Saturday aims to teach shoreline property owners how to be good environmental stewards.
It's scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stillaguamish Grange Hall, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood.
Topics include slope stability, habitat and shoreline permitting. Jim Johannessen, a coastal geologist, is the featured speaker and plans to lead an educational beach walk.
Attendees also can learn about arranging a free site visit from a private shoreline management professional, who can provide advice on protecting property.
The event is being hosted by the Northwest Straits Foundation and the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee along with the Island County Shore Stewards.
To register, call 360-756-5024, email or go to For more information, call Kathleen Herrmann of the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee at 425-388-6414.

Marysville property awards: The Pride of Marysville Neighborhood Improvement Award program is accepting nominations for 2013. The awards recognize neighbors and businesses who take pride in their property in ways that enhance the appearance of the community.
Award categories include Best Home/Pride of the Neighborhood, Best Block/Neighborhood, Best Business, and Mayor's Choice.
Nominations can be made online at Brochures also are available at City Hall, 1049 State Ave.; the Public Works lobby, 80 Columbia Ave.; Parks and Recreation, 6915 Armar Road; and the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. July 1.

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