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Neighborhood Night at Maplewood Fire Station

Maplewood Fire Station 16 will be open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Neighbors can meet their local firefighters, learn about emergency services and programs and learn fire and injury prevention tips. There’ll also be fire engine and medic unit tours, a first aid skills lesson and a “Safe and Healthy Aging” session.

The station is at 8429 196th St. SW, Edmonds

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Hi-Q high school season kicks off

Washington’s Hi-Q high school competition for the year begins this week at Stanwood High School, last year’s defending champion.

Jackson and Meadowdale high schools are scheduled to visit Stanwood for the first bout at 9:45 a.m. Friday at 7400 272nd St NW, Stanwood.

Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high schools rejoined the program, which also includes Archbishop Murphy, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville Getchell, Marysville Pilchuck and Monroe.

The academic contest occurs during the school day in front of a student audience and has been around since the 1950s. Teams compete in three contests, where students answer questions in 13 categories, and score points through a season to determine seeding for a playoff in March.

Marysville Civic Center groundbreaking

Marysville is set to mark construction of its Civic Center with a ceremony Monday at the project site.

The $50 million city campus is planned to house city services, along with a new jail, police station and municipal court. The plan is to build a 80,369-square-foot space for courts, the police department and a four-story City Hall, that would be connected to a 20,848-square-foot jail.

During the groundbreaking celebration, attendees can join an open house at the Ken Baxter Community Center to learn more about the project and speak with contractors and staff.

Construction is expected to last a couple of years.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Fifth Street and Delta Avenue.

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Trestle lane, off-ramp closures

Westbound U.S. 2 commuters and travelers will face late-night closures of a single lane next week.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has scheduled work to repair a safety barrier from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13 to Friday, Jan. 17. It requires a lane to close between Highway 204 and the I-5 interchanges.

During those days, the off-ramp from westbound U.S. 2 to 20th Street SE will close 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

If the contractor completes the repairs early, the remaining nightly closures will be canceled.

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