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Arlington: Senior center needs drivers

Substitute volunteer drivers are needed by the Stillaguamish Senior Center food room on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Volunteer day-trip drivers are needed for a variety of days and a volunteer driver for the Stilly Singers is needed once a week beginning in September.

People younger than age 70 with time and a good driving record are encouraged to help.

More info: 360-653-4551 or stop by at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd.

Edmonds: New sign donated for park

The Hazel Miller Plaza welcomes visitors with a new sign, thanks to a local business.

Clayton Moss of FORMA, an environmental graphic design firm based in Edmonds, designed and donated a unique entry sign to the city’s new park.

The sign features a cluster of local bird images cut through the metal.

Everett: PUD sends crews to stricken area

The Snohomish County Public Utility District has sent a six-person crew to Ferry County to help with restoration after the area was hit hard by summer storms last week.

Wind, heavy rain and lightning brought power outages to northeastern Washington last week. Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday proclaimed a state of emergency for 16 counties, mostly in the eastern half of the state, hit by the storms.

This is the first time that Snohomish County PUD has sent crews that far east, spokesman Neil Neroutsos said. The restoration effort could last another week or more. In the winter, crews from Eastern Washington often come west to help following heavy rains and flooding, Neroutsos said.

Utility crews from around the state are expected to work 16- to 18-hour shifts in Ferry County until customers’ electricity is restored, he said.

Lynnwood: EdCC has new mission statement

Edmonds Community College has a new mission statement: “Edmonds Community College strengthens our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning.”

The new statement replaces the mission the college has had for the past 15 years. Employees across the college contributed to the adoption of the mission, which was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees at its June meeting.

As part of the new mission, the college also refined its goals to focus on diversity, creating educational and career opportunities, supporting student success and encouraging “innovation, service and lifelong learning.”

As a next step, in 2013, the college will seek community input on a five-year vision plan.

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