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Meet finalists for the next chief of South County Fire

People will have an opportunity Thursday night to meet three finalists vying to be the next chief of South County Fire.

The candidates are: Bryan Brice, Mount Vernon fire chief; Christopher Riley, a retired fire chief most recently at Colorado Springs; and Brian Schaeffer, the Spokane city fire chief.

The public is invited to meet them at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at South County Fire headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S. in Everett.

Fire commissioners will interview the finalists, with the goal of selecting a chief by the end of November.

The new chief will take over the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County. The fire authority employs 278 uniformed firefighters who serve more than 250,000 residents in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated communities.

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Shape Arlington’s downtown

Imagine the Arlington downtown of the future, one that continues to provide opportunities as a civic and economic center. What does this look like for you?

A workshop Thursday night seeks to gather input from the community to develop a plan for the future of the city’s historic downtown corridor.

The workshop is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Haller Middle School Commons, 600 E. First St.

The city’s website provides more details and a chance for people to share their thoughts about the future of Arlington’s downtown.

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Pub talk

“How the Lady Lex Lit Up Tacoma” is the topic of the next UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.

After a drought left little water behind two dams for Tacoma Power in 1929, the USS Lexington supplied electricity to help keep the lights on in the city. William Lokey tells a story of good intentions, bureaucracy, city rivalry, politics and improvisational problem solving.

Pub Night Talks is a free monthly lecture cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins, featuring university and community experts. Topics have ranged from butterflies to black holes.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Seating is first come. The talk is followed by a Q&A.

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Holiday tour

The Holiday Home Tour of north Everett homes decorated for the holidays is held from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Hosted by the Assistance League of Everett, the tour has tastings from local chefs, raffle baskets and a gift boutique. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 on tour day. Tickets may be purchased at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett, and other stores.

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