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Everett: Comment on park-conversion plan

The public has until July 26 to comment on the potential impacts of converting 1.6 acres of land near Silver Lake from park use to a municipal fire station. The land was supposed to remain part of Thornton A. Sullivan Park, but the city built a fire station there in 1996. Now the city has to atone by creating more park land at nearby site.

The action the city wants comment on is transferring the park use from the land under the fire station to the new park parcel a quarter-mile away at 1020 109th Street SE, also know as Bruskrud Road.

Send comments to Paul Kaftanski, Parks and Recreation, City of Everett, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, 98203 or email

More info: Everett Planning Department, 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 8-A, Everett.

Freeland: Firefighters plan free breakfasts

Crews at South Whidbey Fire and EMS plan two free pancake breakfasts to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The first breakfast is planned from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Freeland fire station, 5535 Cameron Road. The second is planned from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Maxwelton station, 3405 E. French Road.

People also will be able to tour the station and learn about volunteering opportunities with the fire district.

More info: Call 360-331-1533.

Lake Stevens: Host families needed

Compass USA is looking for families in Lake Stevens to host girls from Tokyo Joshi High School from July 23 until Aug. 20.

The girls are busy during the day taking classes and doing activities. They are free to spend time with their host families in the evenings and on weekends.

Host families must speak English and have two or more members. They receive a small stipend to help with meal expenses. The children of all host families also qualify for American International Learning Institute scholarships to visit other countries.

More info: Amy at 425-879-7880,

Snohomish: Design Review Board vacancy

The city is looking for applicants to the Design Review Board. People interested to fill the unpaid position need to submit their application to the city clerk by 4 p.m. July 13 at City Hall, 116 Union Ave.

The applications are available at City Hall or can be downloaded from the city’s website at

People who are living, working or owning a property in the city are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is set to be appointed by the City Council to the four-year position on Aug. 15.

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