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Parks and rec department plans annual Easter Egg hunt
MARYSVILLE The city Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m., March 22 at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Rd.
Park officials say thousands of candy filed eggs will be distributed for youths age eight and under. Each participant will be able to collect up to six eggs from the area designated for their age group.
The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a canned food donation for the Marysville Food Bank. Additional parking for Jennings will be available in the Marysville Middle School parking lot.
The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Marysville Noon Rotary Club. For more information, call the parks department at 360-363-8400.

Community Coalition plans
Connections Festival
MARYSVILLE The Marysville Community Coalition has dubbed the event Marysville 411 Community Connections Festival.
The idea behind the event is, according to the coalitions Marjorie Serge, to let city residents know what community services and opportunities are available in the area.
According to Serge, booths and presentations are planned by numerous groups, from the YMCA and the city police and fire departments to the Everett Clinic.
Food and games, including video games, will be available.
Former Seattle Seahawk Mac Strong is scheduled to be a keynote speaker. Another speaker is Dr. Rick Pribbernow of the Everett Clinic, who will talk on parenting issues and stick around to answer questions.
Other entertainment is planned as well, including break dancers and a marimba band.
The event is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 29, at Totem Middle School, 1605 Seventh St. NE. Strong is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. Pribbernow will talk at 10:15 a.m.
For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, call Serge at 360-659-2049.

Marysville Fire District unveils new ladder truck
MARYSVILLE Local firefighters will roll out their newest piece of equipment with what officials have dubbed a Roll-In Ceremony 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 22, at the Shoultes Fire Station 62, 10701 Shoultes Rd.
According to district Public Information Officer Stephanie Price, the departments new ladder truck is equipped with some state-of-the-art features.
For example, the truck can pump up to 1,750 gallons of water per minute. An aerial platform can reach 95 feet. The truck features what Price called single core technology rescue tools. It will be staffed by firefighters from both Marysville and Arlington.
Light refreshments, including cookies, will be available.

Games and computers featured for Tech Month at library
MARYSVILLE The Sno-Isle Library system has dubbed March Teen Tech month, with numerous events planned at library branches throughout the area.
In Marysville, show off your Rock Band and karaoke skills, 3-5 p.m., March 15. Elsewhere, discover how to have a career in the video game industry. Learn digital film making or how to set up a Web page. Events and presentations are planned at libraries from Arlington to Lynnwood.
For full information, call the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center at 360-651-1936 or go to www.sno-isle.org.

Two arrested in Burger King fire; damage estimated at $700,000
MARYSVILLE Police arrested two men, 19 and 22, both of Marysville, in connection with a fire that shut down the Burger King restaurant on Fourth Street.
The incident happened about 3 a.m. on Feb. 25.
According to Detective Sgt. Deryck McCloud of the Marysville Police Department, the younger suspect used to work for the restaurant.
They decided they would break into the Burger King and see what they could get, McCloud said.
Basing their case partly on specially enhanced video from inside and outside the restaurant, McCloud said police believe the younger man crawled into the building after smashing out the restaurants drive-through window, The older man allegedly stayed outside as a lookout.
Whoever was inside the building, ransacked the Burger King office, according to McCloud. Following the incident, a computer and some other related equipment were reported missing from the restaurant office and found by police outside the building.
McCloud said officials believe a patrolling cruiser may have scared off the would-be thieves, which is why the computer parts were left behind. Firefighters, not police, actually were the first to arrive at the scene, responding to calls about smoke coming from the building.
We dont know how the fire happened, McCloud said. Were assuming at this point, it was arson.
The older suspect was arrested and released on Feb. 27, charged with burglary. The younger man is charged with burglary and arson and was still in jail March 3 awaiting bond.
Local Burger King management could not be reached for comment. Crews were working on cleaning up the restaurant last week, but the business was closed and it is not known when it might reopen.
McCloud said newly purchased media imaging equipment helped considerably in identifying the suspects. He said surveillance camera footage is often grainy and tough to make out. In this case, officials were able to enhance those images and get what McCloud described as worthwhile pictures of the alleged perpetrators. Police also looked at video from outside the restaurant and are awaiting more.

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