North County Update

Arlington: School board seat changes hands

Carolyn Erickson, who served 16 years on the Arlington School Board in the position 3 seat, has attended her last official meeting on the board.

Erickson recently was honored for her many years of service.

Ursula Ghirardo was elected in November to take over Erickson’s seat.

Camano Island artist donates work for new airport offices

A painting by Camano Island artist Jack Gunther is set to be hung in the new offices at Arlington Municipal Airport.

The Arlington Arts Council donated the painting Monday during the Arlington City Council meeting.

The humorous painting depicts an aerial traffic jam over Snohomish County.

Marysville: Sherri Crenshaw to lead school board

The Marysville School Board has appointed Sherri Crenshaw to serve as its president for the 2010 year.

The vote was taken Monday night.

The board also voted for Cindy Erickson as vice president and Chris Nation as the legislative representative.

All votes were unanimous.

Builders group honors city planning director

Gloria Hirashima, planning director for the city of Marysville, has received an award from two local associations.

Hirashima was named a Public Employee of the Year by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and the Puget Sound section, Washington chapter of the American Planning Association.

The joint award program, now in its third year, was created to honor public employees who best exemplify the spirit of seeking meaningful solutions to challenges presented by growth while maintaining responsible environmental stewardship, according to the groups.

Burien’s community development director Scott Greenberg also received the award.

Stanwood: Reception for retiring councilwoman is set

A reception for longtime Stanwood City Councilwoman Shelley Klasse, who is stepping down from her council seat, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom of the Stanwood-Camano School District administration building, 26920 Pioneer Highway.

Klasse’s last City Council meeting follows at 7 p.m.

More info: 360-629-2181.

Oak Harbor: Republican women plan potluck

Central Whidbey Republican Women will hold a potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the home of Debbie Cunningham.

Guest speaker is Sheilah Crider, Island County auditor.

More info: Call 360-678-5678 or go to

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