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  • Tue May 8th, 2012 9:10pm
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Whidbey Island: Learn about fire levy

The South Whidbey fire department, Island County Fire District No. 3, plans three meetings this month for the community to discuss a possible levy lid increase.

The fire district now draws 61 cents per $1,000 of property value. District officials may ask voters in November to approve a new levy of up to 76 cents per $1,000. Scheduled meetings are:

Thursday: 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station 31, 5535 Cameron Road, Freeland;

May 24: 7 p.m. at Bayview Community Hall, 5642 Bayview Road, Langley;

May 30: 7 p.m. at Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton.

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Arlington: School district staff changes

Arlington Public Schools has announced changes in staffing for next school year.

Kari Henderson-Burke is the new Eagle Creek Elementary School principal. She returns to Eagle Creek, where she first worked as a sixth grade teacher, after serving as a principal in Granite Falls.

Dave McKellar moves from his position as Post Middle School principal to principal of Presidents Elementary School. Voni Walker, an assistant principal at Arlington High, is the new principal at Post.

Denise Putnam and Terri Bookey in the administration building will handle special education program responsibilities.

Healthy employees help city budget

The city of Arlington has earned its 13th consecutive WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities. The award is based on employee health standards.

Arlington is the only city in the state to have earned the award 13 years in a row. The city continues to provide a wellness program built and run by employees. The program encourages employees to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle choices.

Award recipients get a discount on their medical coverage, which helps the city balance its budget, Arlington officials said.

City Council rejects sales tax proposal

At its meeting Monday, the Arlington City Council decided against placing a sales tax increase on the ballot this year.

The extra revenue would have been slated for police and fire protection. City staff has been charged with finding the money in a different manner.

Mukilteo: Northwest historian to speak

Northwest historian Charles Lewarne is scheduled to discuss his book, “Utopias on Puget Sound,” at a meeting of the Mukilteo Historical Society on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. in the Fowler Room at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Stanwood: Book sale at library on Saturday

Expand your personal library and raise funds for library programs at the annual Friends of the Library books sale set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW.

More info: 360-629-3132.

Sultan: Surplus property auction

Sultan is selling equipment it no longer uses at a silent auction from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sultan Community Center, 319 Main St.

The items include telephones, file cabinets and a 1994 Ford Aerostar minivan, among other things.

People can see the items before they offer their bids from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the same location.

All sealed bids must be submitted by noon the day of the auction. The bids are set to be open Monday morning. All items will be sold with no warranty and must be picked up by 4 p.m., May 21 at City Hall, 319 Main St. People need to pay either by cash, check or credit card at the time of pick-up. Items not picked up by the deadline will be offered to the next highest bidder.

More info: Rosemary Murphy at 360-793-2231 or