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Arlington: Free movie Wednesday

The city of Arlington recreation department and the Olympic Theatre offer a free showing of the movie, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the theater, 107 N. Olympic Ave.

Seating is limited. The movie is rated PG.

Contractor picked to replace Hwy. 9 bridge

Bids to replace the one-lane, 96-year-old Pilchuck Creek bridge on Highway 9 north of Arlington came in below construction estimates. There were 12 bids.

The state Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Granite Construction, the lowest bidder, for $8.9 million to build the wider bridge.

The state had estimated that a new two-lane bridge would cost about $12.2 million.

Today, yield signs let drivers take turns crossing the 17-foot-wide bridge. Construction is scheduled to begin after the fish migration period in 2013. The 36-foot-wide replacement bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2014.

Lake Stevens: Free smoke alarms

Snohomish County Fire District 8 in Lake Stevens recently was awarded a grant to fund home-safety surveys and install smoke alarms in the community.

The “Vision 20/20” grant will cover the installation of 200 smoke alarms and 20 hearing-impared smoke alarms, department public educator Jennye Cooper said.

The safety surveys will include testing smoke alarms already in the home, identifying potential fire hazards and helping families make escape plans.

More info: 425-334-3034.

Stanwood: School board president named

Ken Christoferson, a 1968 graduate of Stanwood High School, is the new president of the Stanwood-Camano School Board.

The board of directors elected Christoferson as president and re-elected Julie Dean as vice president at the Dec. 5 annual board organization meeting.

Roger Myers, past president, nominated Christoferson for the position. Myers served as the board president for 10 years.

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