North County Update


Volunteers needed for Taste of Decadence

Volunteers are needed for Village Community Service’s Taste of Decadence fundraising event, scheduled for June 26, 2009, at the Smokey Point Community Church, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

Especially needed are volunteers to serve on the nonprofit agency’s planning committee.

Village Community Services provides residential and vocational support services, helping people with developmental and other disabilities secure employment, improve their self-sufficiency skills and participate in community life.

The fundraiser features appetizers, desserts and a musical performance by the agency’s Voices of the Village.

More info: 360-653-7752, ext. 14.

Practice burns scheduled to train area firefighters

Arlington Fire Department, along with neighboring fire districts in Silvana, Arlington Heights and Oso, plan to participate in practice burns on a house located at 21117 59th Ave. NE and Highway 530.

The training is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and the morning of Dec. 7.

This burn is a required annual event for firefighters, and it also provides search, ventilation and mutual-aid training, Fire Chief Jim Rankin said.

“It is a rare opportunity to get this type of live-fire training in a controlled atmosphere,” he said. “In emergency situations we do not have time to do on-the-job training.”

While motorists on the highway should not be at risk, wind conditions could send smoke across the road and create a slowdown of traffic as drivers view the scene, fire department spokeswoman Chris Badger said.

Firefighters plan to alert the neighborhood with flyers.

More info: 360-403-3600.

Camano Island

Fire district wants survey respondents

Camano Fire and Rescue is seeking public opinion regarding several aspects of the fire district’s operations.

An online survey, conducted by Western Washington University students, is available at until Dec. 17.

All Camano Island residents are invited to participate.

More info: Camano Fire and Rescue, 360-629-3008.

Granite Falls

Annual craft program coming next week

A traditional winter craft program is planned for Wednesday at the Granite Falls Library.

The annual event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 815 E. Galena St.

Adults and children are both welcome to the free event. Cookies and cider are planned.

Registration is required.

More info: 360-691-6087 or


Fire district hires new fire marshal

Marysville Fire District has hired Thomas Maloney as its fire marshal.

Maloney will manage fire investigations, oversee the department’s fire prevention division and provide technical assistance, according to district spokeswoman Kristen Thorstensen.

Maloney previously served as the fire marshal for Snohomish County, where his duties included overseeing fire investigations and inspections, public education and code enforcement.

Prior to joining Snohomish County, he was the fire chief and fire marshal for the city of Polson. Mont. He also has served as the education coordinator for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

Marysville Fire District provides fire and emergency medical services to approximately 61,000 residents in Marysville, the Seven Lakes area and Quil Ceda Village.

Adopt-a-Street program features new signs

The city of Marysville is drawing attention to its Adopt-a-Street beautification program with new, colorful signs.

The blue, green and white signs replace some of the 40 signs around Marysville that are old and outdated, city officials said.

Officials also hope to recruit more people willing to pledge to clean up a designated portion of a city street.

In the program, groups or individuals commit to remove litter from assigned sections of streets (at least six street blocks) at least four times a year over a two-year period.

In all, 20 businesses, groups and individuals already participate in the Adopt-a-Street program.

More info: Doug Buell at 360-363-8086 or e-mail dbuell@­

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