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No chief selected for South County Fire

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners interviewed three finalists last week, but declined to select one as the agency’s next chief.

The finalists were Mount Vernon Fire Chief Bryan Brice, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer and Chris Riley, who recently retired as fire chief of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“All of the fire chiefs were experienced and knowledgeable, but the board did not find the right fit for South County Fire. The board thanks the fire chiefs for their participation and wishes them well in the future,” said board chairman Jim Kenny.

Three newly elected fire commissioners join the board in January. At that point, Kenny said, the commission will likely conduct a second national search, which could last months.

South County Fire is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, serving more than 250,000 residents in unincorporated communities and the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Dough Dahl will continue his position as acting fire chief.


Free Thanksgiving dinner for kids

Young people and their families are invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Boys & Girls Club, 1010 Beach Ave. The dinner is hosted by Love D.on’t J.udge, a group that has been opening the club on Saturday nights so teens have a place to go.

All are welcome. To donate food, call Kendra at 425-647-0683.

More info: Search for “Love D.on’t J.udge” on Facebook

YMCA ribbon cutting

Join the Everett YMCA for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new location, 4730 Colby Ave.

After the outdoor ceremony, visitors are invited to explore the new building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with exercise class demonstrations, a basketball clinic and gift giveaways. Staff will be there to answer questions.

The former Everett YMCA, on the corner of California Street and Rockefeller Avenue, closed its doors Nov. 16. The new building opens Dec. 1.

Holiday bazaar

The Camano Center’s annual Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Buy handmade gifts and grab lunch at the Holiday Café.

More info: 360-387-0222

Holiday Market in Edmonds

The Holiday Market in Edmonds, with more than 50 vendors, will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

After Saturday, the market will be open Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

More info:


Stuff a Bus

Help the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program stuff buses this weekend by donating money and merchandise for young people in Snohomish County. Last year the program supported 52,182 kids.

The 10th annual Stuff a Bus will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Walmart, 8924 Quil Ceda Blvd., Marysville.

More info: Mary Butler,

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