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Lakewood: New superintendentThe Lakewood School District has hired Michael Mack as superintendent. Mack has been the districtís director of student services and career and technical education, as well as assistant principal of Lakewood Middle School, since 2008. He has been serving as interim superintendent since April 18, when former superintendent Dennis Haddock retired.
Mack has also held administrative positions in the Stanwood and Lake Washington school districts and prior to joining Lakewood was the superintendent of the International School of Latvia.
Mack was chosen from a pool of five candidates. The district board of directors selected Mack from three finalists at its May 14 meeting. Mackís new contract starts July 1.
Mill Creek: Artists soughtArtists are needed for the Mill Creek Town Centerís Thursday art walks this summer.
The 2014 art walks are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14.
Artists interested in exhibiting and selling their work are encouraged to apply. For an application, send an email to mcartwalk@gmail.com.
Snohomish: Roundabout work The city of Snohomish has started construction on the 15th Street and Avenue D roundabout.
Interwest Construction Inc. began work earlier this month. The project is expected to take about three months.
Construction of a bypass road is scheduled for the first phase of the project to allow two-way traffic through the work zone.
Stanwood: Algae treatment of lakeContractors were to begin treating Lake Ketchum for algae today, and as a result the public boat launch on the lake will be closed through Friday. The workers will be spraying 20,400 gallons of alum and 11,300 gallons of sodium aluminate to lower the lakeís levels of phosphorus, which can lead to algae blooms in the summer. The lake has had several toxic blooms in past years, and the treatment will reduce both the frequency and toxicity of blooms.
The chemicals in the lake will initially form a cloud before sinking to the bottom, leaving the lake much clearer. There are no other restrictions on the use of the lake while the alum treatment is underway.
Snohomish Countyís plan for the lake calls for annual treatments for several years which will cost approximately $450,000. The treatment is being paid for with a combination of grants from the state Department of Ecology and the Stillaguamish Clean Water District, plus county funds and homeowner contributions.

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