Kirk Boxleitner

Paul Rodriguez prepares to depart from Marysville Dec. 11.

Bicyclist for brain cancer awareness stops in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — Bicyclist Paul Rodriguez arrived in Marysville during a typical bout of Pacific Northwest weather, but in his five years of pedaling across the country to raise awareness for brain cancer, it was hardly the worst storm that the Jacksonville, Fla., native has weathered.

Paul Rodriguez prepares to depart from Marysville Dec. 11.
Members of Service Employees International Union Local 925 picket outside Totem Middle School on the morning of Dec. 14.

Union workers picket outside Totem Middle School

MARYSVILLE — The negotiations between the Marysville School District and the Service Employees International Union Local 925 escalated when about 30 employees braved the cold, wet weather Dec. 14 to picket outside Totem Middle School. That came after close to 50 picketed the district's service center Dec. 11.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 925 picket outside Totem Middle School on the morning of Dec. 14.
Cyrus Fryberg

Native Bazaar showcases traditional crafts (slide show)

TULALIP — The annual Native Bazaar wrapped its second and final weekend Dec. 5-6, with 32 Tulalip Tribal artists and crafters joined by four others from non-Tulalip tribes at the Don Hatch Jr. Youth Center.

Cyrus Fryberg
Tom Miller

Tulalip Beef Jerky Outlet offers flavors for every taste

TULALIP — Walk into the Tulalip Beef Jerky Outlet, and there's a good chance that owner Tom Miller will try to give you a guided tour.

Tom Miller
City of Marysville maintenance workers Desi Szechenyi

Marysville battles the weather to bring back the Holiday Tour of Lights

MARYSVILLE — While most people still associate the winter holidays more with snowfall, city of Marysville maintenance workers have been battling strong winds and heavy rains to get the Cedarcrest Golf Course ready for the fifth annual Holiday Tour of Lights.

City of Marysville maintenance workers Desi Szechenyi
Santa braves the rain to greet the attendees of the Merrysville for the Holidays Electric Lights Parade Dec. 5.

Merrysville for the Holidays celebrates the season in spite of the weather (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — Comeford Park was drenched but festive through the afternoon and evening of Dec. 5, as the 27th annual Merrysville for the Holidays marked the start of the season.

Santa braves the rain to greet the attendees of the Merrysville for the Holidays Electric Lights Parade Dec. 5.
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Marysville parents visit military kids for Thanksgiving

MARYSVILLE — With a son in the Navy and a daughter in the Coast Guard, Marysville's Katherine and David Girard have grown accustomed to holidays without their kids.

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Joel French

Let’s talk turkey, and pizza, too

MARYSVILLE — “There’s nothing like pizza for Thanksgiving,” Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling laughed, as his crew of 45 volunteers handed out frozen Pizza Hut pizzas, along with more than 220 frozen turkeys, to the food bank’s Thanksgiving basket recipients Nov. 20.

Joel French
Akemi Curtis of Marysville gets Juice Plus from Wendy Kitchell of Lakewood Nov. 14.

‘Small but sweet show’ successful

MARYSVILLE — Pam Braegelmann pored over Sheryl Becker's assortment of pastel-hued pepper sprays, stun-guns and automobile emergency supplies.

Akemi Curtis of Marysville gets Juice Plus from Wendy Kitchell of Lakewood Nov. 14.
Marilyn Sheldon and Lisa Severn watch Mel Sheldon Jr. address the audience at the Taste of Tulalip Nov. 13.

Taste of Tulalip raises money for vets

TULALIP — It was a night for festive song, flavorful cuisine and terrible impressions of Marlon Brando in The Godfather, but it was also a moment to honor those who had sacrificed on behalf of others.

Marilyn Sheldon and Lisa Severn watch Mel Sheldon Jr. address the audience at the Taste of Tulalip Nov. 13.
Addie Mattern learns about Tulalip Police K-9 Cooper at the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club's Health & Safety Fair.

Kids learn life-saving skills at fair

TULALIP — ''So if it looks like someone needs CPR, first we ask ourselves, is it safe?'' Jessie Chen, a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Snohomish County, told the kids at the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club on Nov. 13. ''Then we ask them, 'Are you okay?' Then, if they don't respond, we tell someone, 'You, call 911!'''

Addie Mattern learns about Tulalip Police K-9 Cooper at the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club's Health & Safety Fair.
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State legislators meet with MSEPTSA

MARYSVILLE — Representatives of the Marysville Special Education PTSA have made frequent trips to Olympia to lobby state legislators, but Nov. 10 marked the first time that was reciprocated.

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Food bank on verge of record-setting all-city drive

MARYSVILLE — Those looking to support the Marysville Community Food Bank through the annual All-City Food Drive still have a chance to break the event's records for food and money donations on Saturday, Nov. 14, when the Marysville Walmart sets out its big red barrels.

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Students help collect food.

M’ville closes in on record for food donations for holidays

MARYSVILLE - Those looking to support the Marysville Community Food Bank through the annual All-City Food Drive still have a chance to break the event's records for food and money donations on Saturday, Nov. 14, when the Marysville Walmart sets out its big red barrels.

Students help collect food.

Toyer comments on victory

MARYSVILLE — In the only contested race in Marysville, for Position 5 on the City Council, first-term incumbent Rob Toyer received 60.5 percent, or 2,452 votes, while challenger Clarence Shaw received 38.81 percent, or 1,573 votes.

Trick-or-treater Mickey Wolff receives some candy from kindly pirates Dana and Lorene Wren

Third Street, YMCA celebrate Halloween (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — Among all the comic book superheroes, Disney princesses, action figures, video game characters and horror movie villains to descend on Third Street Oct. 31, there was only one Jake from State Farm.

Trick-or-treater Mickey Wolff receives some candy from kindly pirates Dana and Lorene Wren
Nate Hatch

UPDATE: Community copes with trauma of school shooting one year later (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — The one-year anniversary of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting was marked with a walk on the stadium's track Oct. 24, with participants including survivor Nate Hatch.

Nate Hatch
Ashley Purdom of Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Students reflect on journey toward becoming ‘M-P Stronger’

MARYSVILLE – The home field stands at Marysville-Pilchuck's Quil Ceda stadium were packed to the rafters with students, parents, school district staff, government officials and community members Oct. 24. They came together to observe the one-year anniversary of the high school shooting by proclaiming "M-P Stronger" after having time to heal.

Ashley Purdom of Marysville-Pilchuck High School
Deanna Sheldon and Doug Wilson hold up their wristbands for 'Leah's Dream Foundation.'

MSEPTSA Fun Fair connects families with resources

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Special Education PTSA's annual Fun Fair is not only its primary fundraiser, but also helps connect families with special-needs students to community organizations that can assist them.

Deanna Sheldon and Doug Wilson hold up their wristbands for 'Leah's Dream Foundation.'
Marysville's James Monaco celebrates his 90 years by scuba diving in the Caribbean.

90-year-old Marysville man still scuba diving

MARYSVILLE — James Monaco gave himself the 90th birthday present of going scuba diving in the Caribbean.

Marysville's James Monaco celebrates his 90 years by scuba diving in the Caribbean.