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Camano: Cook-off set for Saturday

The 17th annual Camano Island Chamber of Commerce Chili and Chowder Cook-off is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road.

Admission is $10 for 10 tastes of chili or chowder.

The fundraiser includes a live auction, a raffle and entertainment. Edmonds: Library board member sought

The Edmonds Library Board is seeking a new member. Board meetings are held at the Edmonds Library Conference Room the third Monday of every other month at 6 p.m. Terms are for five years with a two-term limit.

Interested applicants may access the application online at www.edmondswa.gov. People also can pick-up an application at City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N., or at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street.

Marysville: School to celebrate 35 years

When classes ended in June, Grace Academy completed its first 35 years.

The school plans to mark the milestone at its Heritage Celebration at 7 p.m. today in the school’s activity center, 8251 67th Ave. NE. To reserve a seat, call 360-659-8517.

Enrollment at the school has grown from 85 students the first year to its current 290. The K-12 program received full accreditation in 2002.

Roesiger: Timber, recreation additions

The state Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday approved the purchase of 80 acres next to a large tract of forestland that the state bought last year from a private developer.

The price was $448,000: $394,000 for the timber and $54,000 for the land.

The plan is to use the acreage for growing timber, but also to let people use the area for recreation. Snohomish County is working with the state to develop campsites, trails and other future park amenities.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the county last year bought nearly 3,000 acres from the developer for nearly $8 million. The lion’s share of the land is owned by the state as a timber trust to generate money for K-12 school construction projects.

Lynnwood: County adds to park

Snohomish County’s Lake Stickney Community Park is set to grow to 25 acres following land purchases scheduled to close by the end of the year.

The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday voted 4-0 to approve two real estate deals involving more than eight acres. The county has arranged to buy 7.8 acres for its 2012 assessed value of $113,000 plus closing costs as well as .4 acres for $200,000 plus closing costs.

The money is coming from conservation futures, property-tax money that can only be used to buy land for preservation.

The Lake Stickney park is being kept largely undeveloped for the foreseeable future. The natural area on the western side of the lake has been tended to by neighborhood volunteers, who have organized cleanup parties to remove trash and invasive plants.

Mill Creek: Talk about city tax plan

The City Council has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed 3.1 percent hike in the city’s general property-tax levy for 2013.

The hearing, scheduled for 5 p.m. in City Council chambers, gives people the chance to testify and ask questions. The address is 15728 Main St.

The tax hike would generate another $175,000 for Mill Creek’s 2013 budget, city finance director Landy Manuel said. That would cost the owner of a home with the city’s average assessed value of $322,000 a little more than $20 per year in additional property taxes.

The rise would offset money the city stands to lose next year from its EMS levy, which has reached voter-authorized limits, Manuel said.

At the meeting, the City Council also plans to consider amending its fire contract and to interview candidates for a City Council appointment.

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