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UPDATE | Whidbey Island Bank purchases North County Bank

ARLINGTON — North County Bank customers may have noticed a new name on their financial institution. The bank, which has locations in Smokey Point, Marysville, Lake Stevens and Everett, reopened as branches of Whidbey Island Bank on Monday, Sept. 27, after the Washington Department of Financial Institutions closed North County on Friday, Sept. 24. The federal agency, citing that North County had inadequate capital and severe loan losses, also announced that Whidbey Island Bank, headquartered in Oak Harbor, would assume the majority of the bank’s deposits and assets.


Breakdancing event draws hundreds in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — Hundreds of break dancers converged on Totem Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 25 for the ninth annual 360 Break Battle. The event, hosted by the Marysville YMCA, drew breakers from across the Northwest to the school gymnasium, where they took part in 10-versus-10 crew battles in hopes of taking home top honors. Benji Travis, organizer of the event, said that this year's competition was the best he had ever seen. "We had the best crews in Washington," Travis said. "There was a lot of energy and the competition was crazy. It seemed like everybody had been practicing."


Retired Tulalip chef receives prestigious award

TULALIP — Unlike the Beatles, Jim Douglas did not receive a riotous welcome when he arrived in the United States in 1964. But that hasn’t stopped the Liverpool, England, native from making a mark in his own area of expertise — cooking.


Volunteers clean up Jennings Nature Park in Marysville during National Day of Service and Remembrance

MARYSVILLE — Wearing pink and yellow work gloves, Madelyn Teerlink, 8, prodded the grass at Jennings Nature Park in search of weeds. The Marysville girl found one, lifting it out and tossed it aside. "They're having a good time," said her aunt, Lake Stevens resident Kami Valderrama about Madelyn, who was working with a group of girls to remove weeds near the park's playground. "We heard about this through the church and decided to come and help out." Madelyn was one of about 250 volunteers to help spruce up the Marysville park during National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday, Sept. 11. "We had a lot more people turn out than we thought," said Mike Robinson, park maintenance manager for the city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Department. "It was a little hard to organize at first. But that's a good problem to have."

Law enforcement, firefighters pay tribute during 9/11 ceremony in Marysville

Community members, law enforcement and first responders gathered at the Police and Firefighters Memorial at the Marysville Library on Sept. 11 to remember not only those who lost their lives nine years ago, but a fallen firefighter of their own.

Thousands attend Marysville’s ‘Touch a Truck’

MARYSVILLE — Two-year-old Aiden Zacky grabbed the set of police motorcycle handlebars just like he would a tricycle. Unfortunately, he couldn’t see over the front visor.

Marysville resident helps extinguish wildfires during the summer

Brad Goldman took a chance when his wife insisted that he purchase his first airplane — a 1963 Cessna 205 with only 1,800 hours on it. At the time, he didn't know that that investment would eventually lead him to spend his summers battling Northwest wildfires as an air attack specialist contracting with the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies.

Lakewood Cougars striving for state

Members of the Lakewood volleyball team weren’t the only ones working up a sweat during a recent practice. Coach Tasha Kryger, leading a drill that required her to toss a volleyball to players on one side of the court, then quickly duck under the net and repeat the process to girls on the other side, laughed as she forgot which side she was supposed to throw a ball to.

Larsen, Koster will face off in general election

It appears that voters will see a rematch in Congressional District 2 this November. Initial results on Tuesday, Aug. 17, show that incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen and challenger John Koster – both from Arlington – hold the top two spots in the Washington state primary election.

Crowns for Hope fights domestic violence

When in doubt, smile. That was the motto of many of the youngsters who strutted their stuff on the runway during the first Crowns for Hope youth pageant and luncheon.

Haugen addresses issues during Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber luncheon

A question posed to Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen about privatizing liquor sales led to discussion on Colton Harris-Moore — the “Barefoot Bandit” — during a recent Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Meeting.

‘Great Strides’ in battle against cystic fibrosis

Marysville mom Brandi Krug still gets a tear in her eye when talks about how the Tulalip Great Strides fundraising walk came to be. Last year, she was sitting with her daughter, Brenna, when the 6-year-old made her mother make a promise.

Style shines at Fashion Show

Ray Cancio’s runway walk optimized fashion and fun. Standing among the crowd, the recent Marysville-Pilchuck graduate froze, leaned back and offered his audience a signature pose — the double point.

Horse rescue organization in Marysville seeking donations

Dale Brookes had a plan last month. But so did Mother Nature. In the end, it was the rain that curtailed Brookes' fundraiser for the Equine Rescue Alliance. "We wanted to let people know that we need funds, and wood for our crosstie areas," said Brookes, who helped found and re-name the Marysville-based nonprofit, formerly known as the Equine Rescue Association, on May 29.

Marysville Strawberry Festival promises ‘Summertime Fun’ June 12-20

The Marysville Strawberry Festival promises to provide nine days of local "Summertime Fun," hopefully in some summer sun, from June 12-20.

Marysville students weigh career options during fair

Sonja Olson has a career goal in mind, but that doesn’t mean she can’t learn more about other jobs while she finishes up high school.

Hundreds try to land the big one at Marysville Fishing Derby

The only way Trina Davis would have been soggier was if she had fallen in the drink. But that didn’t matter. What mattered was she caught a fish. The 8-year-old Marysville girl, whose pigtails were dripping with rain water, beamed as Barry Martin of the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club held up her catch — a nearly 4-pound trout.

Waste Management ready for possibility of second strike

While Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 have agreed to meet and bargain throughout next week, Waste Management remains on high alert, according to a release issued Friday, April 23.

Garbage haulers end strike, returning to work Friday

Striking garbage haulers who serve Arlington and parts of Marysville are coming back to their jobs.

UPDATE | Garbage haulers strike, service in Marysville and Arlington uncertain

Garbage haulers in Marysville and Arlington have officially gone on strike.