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Brier: Police Chief Don Lane retires

Brier Police Chief Don Lane retired April 30 after serving the city for nine and a half years. He notified the mayor of his plans to retire in late March.

Brier police officer Mike Catlett is serving as interim chief. He has been with the department about a year.

Permanent plans for the chief’s position are still being worked out, according to city officials.

Clearview: Free blood-pressure checks

Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 7 in Clearview plan to offer free blood-pressure checks at two public events this month.

The free checks are part of Stroke Awareness Month and Emergency Medical Services Week.

They are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearview Albertsons, 17520 Highway 9, Snohomish, and 5 to 7 p.m. May 22 at the Mill Creek QFC, 926 164th St. SE.

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Edmonds: New school board member

The Edmonds School Board swore in and welcomed the newest director during a regular meeting Tuesday. April Nowak is an Edmonds resident with four children, three of whom attend both Meadowdale High School and workshops at Edmonds Heights K-12.

Nowak has served on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. “I now want to serve the students, families and staff of the district in a meaningful and thoughtful manner,” she said.

Nowak, a former program manager at Boeing, serves on a nonprofit board and home-schools two of her children. She was appointed to fill the seat left open by Susan Phillips’ resignation.

Lake Stevens: Annual health fair set for June 14

The annual Lake Stevens Health and Safety Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 in the Albertsons parking lot.

At least 40 booths are planned at the free event.

The fair is hosted by local police and firefighters, among others.

Call 425-334-3034 or 425-334-9537 to learn more.

Mill Creek: Food drive scheduled for Saturday

McKesson Drug Co. has scheduled its food drive at Albertsons on 132nd Street SE in Mill Creek from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is intended to benefit the Volunteers of America Food Bank. Organizers expect to collect a truckload of nonperishable food items.

Conditional use permit for Buffalo Park approved

The Mill Creek Hearing Examiner has approved the conditional use permit for Buffalo Park.

The neighborhood park is part of the East Gateway development.

The city’s design review board is scheduled to review the park’s landscape plan at 5:15 p.m. today.

Construction of the park is expected to be completed this summer.

Snohomish: Project makes trail safer

The city of Snohomish has completed construction on the Second Street and Lincoln Avenue traffic signal project. People on Centennial Trail can now the use signal to cross Second Street more safely.

The city was awarded two grants that covered more than 90 percent of the project. It received a federal grant through the Puget Sound Regional Council and another through the Washington State Pedestrian and Bicycle Program.

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