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Everett: Mariner High band is Battle finalist

Mariner High School’s band program is a finalist in a Battle of the Bands competition.

The program produced a video of their members performing “Jungle Boogie” by Kool &the Gang.

View vidoes online until Dec. 2 at

This year the winning school’s band program will be awarded $10,000, second place will receive $3,500, third place will receive $1,000 and four runners up will each receive a pizza party. Three divisional winners also will be awarded $1,000 each for receiving the most text votes within their division, determined by school size.

The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza &Spirits is the main sponsor behind the contest.

The 4-month-long Battle of the Bands competition invites local high school band programs from across the state and the Portland, Ore., area to participate in an online and on-air contest to see which school’s performance receives the most votes.

Other local bands in the running are from Lynnwood High School, Lake Stevens High School and Granite Falls High School.

Marine resource volunteers needed

The Snohomish County Marine Resources Advisory Committee is seeking three members to serve on a board that advises the county’s elected leaders on marine issues.

The committee is part of the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. It has four main focus areas: education and outreach, stewardship, marine water quality and nearshore habitat restoration. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The position requires committing 15 hours per month.

Applicants must live in Snohomish County or represent organizations that are based there.

The application deadline is Dec. 2, 2011, or until filled.

More info: or contact Kathleen Herrmann at 425-388-6414 or

Pharmacy owner named to EvCC board

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Snohomish pharmacy owner Janet Kusler to Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Kusler, who owns Kusler’s Pharmacy in Snohomish, has more than 15 years of business leadership experience. She also is a longtime education supporter, serving as board member for the Snohomish Education Foundation and is the group’s vice president of fund development.

Kusler replaces trustee Thomas Gaffney, who completed his term in October 2011 after serving on the board since 2002.

Kusler’s term is from October 2011 through September 2016.

Kusler, who graduated from Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy in 1980, is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and is a member and past board member of the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for WSU’s College of Pharmacy and teaches a WSU class in pharmacy ownership.

Snohomish: Concert for stabbing victims

A benefit concert is planned for Dec. 10 to help two Snohomish High School students who were attacked at school last month.

April Lutz and Bekah Staudacher were assaulted in a school restroom. April was stabbed multiple times and suffered life-threatening injuries. Bekah, who attempted to stop the attack, also was stabbed.

The concert will feature two rap bands, Knomads and 21Twelve.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Snohomish, Glacier Peak, Jackson and Archbishop Murphy high schools. They also are available online at iTickets.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. SE, Mill Creek.

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