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Volunteer needed to fill AmeriCorps position

Village Community Services has been awarded a full-time AmeriCorps position with the nonprofit agency’s vocational services team.

The AmeriCorps volunteer will help market the skills and abilities of people who have disabilities to local employers, Village spokeswoman Michelle Dietz-Date said.

The AmeriCorps service term is 40 hours a week for about 10 months starting Nov. 1 or Nov. 16. The volunteer must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and able to pass a state background check.

The position is ideal for a recent college graduate looking for a career experience or internship, Dietz-Date said. AmeriCorps volunteer benefits include a $950 monthly living allowance, a $4,725 educational award upon completion of service, health insurance, child care assistance and student loan help.

For information on the AmeriCorps program go to

More info: 360-653-7752, ext. 14.

Sewer main installation closes downtown street

West Avenue between Lebanon and Third streets is closed for the sewer line construction.

The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 8 or 9, public works department officials said. The sidewalk on the west side of West Avenue is open and business access is available during construction. Detours are posted.

More info: 360-403-3500.


Renovated, expanded public library open again

The Darrington Library, at 1005 Cascade St., reopened Thursday after being closed four months for a $450,000 expansion and remodel project.

The 1,300-foot expansion includes a multipurpose room for the community, restrooms and additional work space, Sno-Isle Libraries spokeswoman Mary Kelly said.

The library collection had been in storage for more than a month. During the summer, the library was housed at Darrington Middle School, where it kept regular hours. When the students returned in September, the public library’s books and computers moved out.

The town owns the library building, which is part of town hall, and Sno-Isle Libraries runs the library. The expansion project was funded by the town, Sno-Isle Libraries, a Snoho­mish County community block grant and timber-tax reserve funds from the rural Darrington Library District.

A party to celebrate the reopening of the library is planned, but not yet scheduled, Kelly said.

In addition, the town is looking for someone who lives within the Darrington School District to serve a five-year term on the Darrington Library Board. The board meets in January, April and August. Applications can be submitted to librarian Linda McPherson.

More info: 360-436-1600.


Council comes out for flights at Paine Field

The Marysville City Council approved a resolution Monday supporting air passenger service at Paine Field.

The council voted 7-0 to approve the resolution.

Passenger service at the Snohomish County-run airport would save time and travel costs for Marysville residents and businesses, and could help create new jobs in the high-tech, hospitality and tourism sectors of the economy, according to the resolution.

The city becomes the second in the county, after Everett, to approve a resolution in favor of passenger service at Paine Field.

Six cities have approved resolutions opposing commercial flights at the airport: Mukilteo, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and Woodway.

Allegiant Air of Las Vegas and Horizon Air of Seattle have expressed interest in operating regular flights from Paine Field.

Teens invited to Halloween egg hunt

Teenagers from age 11 to 15 are invited to a Teen Halloween Haunted Egg Hunt “in the dark of night” on Thursday.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road. The cost is $3.

“This isn’t your little sister’s egg hunt,” says a park department announcement for the event.

The hunt is sponsored by the city of Marysville and Kung Fu 4 Kids.

To register or for more info: 360-363-8400, course #3925.


State seeks comments on rail crossing closure

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled a community meeting to take public comment on a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to close the Logen Road railroad crossing north of Stanwood city limits.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Stanwood-Camano School District board room, 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. Representatives from the railroad, Snohomish County, the city of Stanwood, the state Department of Transportation, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission plan to be available to share information and answer questions.

An Amtrak platform is scheduled to be built in Stanwood. To eliminate traffic congestion on the railway there, the railroad wants to build a side track that trains will use to allow for others to pass. The extension of the siding rail would require the closure of the Logen Road crossing. State law prohibits freight trains from blocking public road crossings for more than 10 minutes and use of the new side track would likely block Logen Road for much longer than 10 minutes, railroad officials said.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting can e-mail comments to; submit a comment online at or mail comments to UTC, P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504-7250.

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North County Fire/EMS offers treats and tips

In an effort to promote safe Halloween activities, North County Fire and EMS plans to offer stops on north Snohomish County trick-or-treat routes on Friday.

Firefighters plan to hand out stickers and candy at the Warm Beach, Bryant and Freeborn fire stations. In addition, fire engines will be pulled out for viewing by little goblins and ghouls.

North County Fire Capt. Christian Davis encourages parents to accompany their children as they go trick-or-treating, make sure they are wearing safe costumes and accept treats only in manufacturer wrappings.

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