Around Town

  • Sue Waldburger<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:57am

Christmas tree may be ‘gone with the wind’

The Sitka spruce tree that serves as the city of Edmonds’ Christmas tree is pointing a tad too much northward after being pummeled by last month’s raucous winds, reported Rich Lindsay of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Lindsay said attempts will be made to save the tree looming over the civic plaza between City Hall and the Public Safety Complex. But if it can’t be righted and preserved in a healthy and safe manner, it might have to go.

Decorations were not removed as planned on the approximately 20-year-old spruce, which was donated to the city by the Floreteum Garden Club, because high winds made use of the truck-mounted “cherry-picker” dangerous, Lindsay noted.

Decembers to remember

December was the month of dubious anniversaries in Edmonds.

The month not only marked the 10th anniversary of the multi-million-dollar damage incurred by the Port of Edmonds after rain-soaked snow collapsed marina roofs on moored boats, but also the torching of The Gregory condominium in downtown Edmonds one year ago.

The Port damage occurred on Dec. 29, 1996, and the condo arson fire on Dec. 17, 2005. It took the Port 14 months to get the first of the boats back in covered moorage; developer Bob Gregg looks for The Gregory to rise from the ashes this spring.

The right moove

If getting back to basics is one of your new year’s resolutions, does the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension have a class for you.

Livestock 101: Livestock Advisor Training is designed for “new, non-traditional farmers” who balance a day job with farm living, according to the extension service. Modeled after the Master Gardener program, the volunteer course is designed for those with a hankering to raise healthy animals, build fences and manage pasture land.

A new round of training begins Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Everett. For information and registration, contact WSU Snohomish County Extension at 425-338-2400, ext. 5502, or visit

TOPs in keeping kids warm

TOP Food &Drug in Edmonds and Shoreline are among the collection sites for the chain’s 11th annual Warm Coats for Kids campaign which runs through Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Edmonds store is located at 21900 Hwy. 99 and the Shoreline store is at 1201 N. 175th St.

New or gently used coats, hats, scarves and mittens are needed for distribution through social-service agencies to children in western Washington. Between 5,000 and 6,000 coats are donated by TOP customers every year, according to a store spokesman.

This year’s drive is presented by KIRO 7, WARM 106.9 FM and Millennium Digital Media.

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