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Marysville’s Jacques Drapeau offers his artistic take on dinosaurs

Arts Coalition showcases local artists as Red Curtain faces uncertain future

MARYSVILLE — Dinosaurs and trains might not seem like subjects that go together, but they somehow coexist quite nicely in the paintings of Marysville artist Jacques Drapeau.

Marysville’s Jacques Drapeau offers his artistic take on dinosaurs
The traditional Flamenco dancers of Herencias Mexicanas in Marysville and Lake Stevens perform at the ninth annual Cinco De Mayo celebration at Totem Middle School May 1.

Cinco De Mayo celebrates families’ heritage

MARYSVILLE — The ninth annual Cinco De Mayo celebration at Totem Middle School May 1 served authentic Hispanic cuisine to hundreds of attendees, and treated them to Latin-themed entertainment and activities for all ages.

The traditional Flamenco dancers of Herencias Mexicanas in Marysville and Lake Stevens perform at the ninth annual Cinco De Mayo celebration at Totem Middle School May 1.

Marysville teachers take to streets to protest

MARYSVILLE — After Arlington and Lakewood teachers staged their day of protests April 22, Marysville teachers followed suit May 1, voicing concerns about class sizes, funding for education, excessive testing, health care bargaining rights and cost of living adjustments.

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual free kids fishing derby at the stocked pond at Jennings Memorial Park in Marysville.

Hundreds turn out for fishing derby in M’ville (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — "Keep your line tight," Shannon Karzmar told her 9-year-old grandson, Dylon Richard. "It's harder to tell if you've got a tug on the line if it's loose."

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual free kids fishing derby at the stocked pond at Jennings Memorial Park in Marysville.
Emma Jorgenson teaches martial arts to youngsters.

Healthy Kids Day finds unique ways to keep kids active

MARYSVILLE — Marysville YMCA staff agreed, when it rains in Western Washington, you have to have a "Plan B."

Emma Jorgenson teaches martial arts to youngsters.
Garnett Dixson works on the garden beds at M-PHS.

Comcast helps clean up M-PHS

MARYSVILLE — If there's any lesson that Garnett Dixson and her son Kyle learned from the April 25 cleanup at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School campus, it's to dispose of gum properly.

Garnett Dixson works on the garden beds at M-PHS.
Nearly 90 volunteers observed Earth Day April 25 by planting of 50 cedar and 50 spruce trees at Jennings Park with the help of the city of Marysville and the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation.

Marysville, Adopt-A-Stream observe Earth Day with tree-planting

MARYSVILLE — Nearly 90 volunteers were more than willing to get wet April 25. The city of Marysville observed Earth Day by coordinating the planting of 50 cedar and 50 spruce trees at Jennings Park with the help of the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation.

Nearly 90 volunteers observed Earth Day April 25 by planting of 50 cedar and 50 spruce trees at Jennings Park with the help of the city of Marysville and the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School students Jason Maki and Rachel Heichel stir up the beauty bark at the playground at the Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville April 17.

Student cleanup saves M’ville money

MARYSVILLE — The more that the community can help keep its parks and other resources clean, the more city staff can expand the scope of its work.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School students Jason Maki and Rachel Heichel stir up the beauty bark at the playground at the Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville April 17.
Tyler Holland of Marysville Getchell High School and Charles Wilson of the American Data Group shred documents April 18.

Shred-a-thon cleans house with donations

MARYSVILLE — The city's annual Shred-A-Thon again marked the culminating of its spring "Clean Sweep," even as the community prepared for Earth Day the following weekend.

Tyler Holland of Marysville Getchell High School and Charles Wilson of the American Data Group shred documents April 18.
Dave Mitchell of Arlington sculpted this award-winning piece in the intermediate category of the Quil Cedar Carvers' 'Artistry in Wood' event.

Participants carve out time to make art out of wood

MARYSVILLE — Four years of honing his craft finally paid off for Arlington's Dave Mitchell. On April 18, he earned a first-place ribbon from the Quil Cedar Carvers during their 30th annual "Artistry in Wood" event at the Red Curtain Arts Center.

Dave Mitchell of Arlington sculpted this award-winning piece in the intermediate category of the Quil Cedar Carvers' 'Artistry in Wood' event.

Marysville Tulalip Chamber honors volunteers

TULALIP — Jesica Stickles knows the good work that her volunteers are doing through the feedback they get.

Sandy Albright shows off the current facilities for the San Juan Salsa Co. in Arlington.

San Juan Salsa Co. expands in Arlington

ARLINGTON — As much as the San Juan Salsa Co. remains committed to serving nothing but handcrafted salsas, they've nonetheless outgrown their facilities and will be expanding into a new building by the end of the year.

Sandy Albright shows off the current facilities for the San Juan Salsa Co. in Arlington.
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MicroGreen employees reflect on company they believed in, wonder where they go from here

ARLINGTON — Justin Brackett found out he no longer had a job when he woke up and checked Facebook on his phone.

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Marysville Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen and Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Hirashima speak with Nancy Nolf.

Lakewood locals dissatisfied with city plans

LAKEWOOD — Residents of the still-rural Lakewood community or not too crazy about the city of Marysville's plans for their future.

Marysville Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen and Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Hirashima speak with Nancy Nolf.
John Feltner trims the ends of live stakes that have been sitting in water and are ready to take root along the sides of Allen Creek.

Stream volunteers plant trees on private land

MARYSVILLE — While stream restoration projects are a common sight on city and county lands, Adopt-A-Stream planted trees and shrubs along the sides of streams running through private property in Marysville.

John Feltner trims the ends of live stakes that have been sitting in water and are ready to take root along the sides of Allen Creek.
Fire Chief Greg Corn says it’s time to retire.

M’ville fire chief retires after 42 years with agency

MARYSVILLE — Despite 42 years in the fire service, and 21 years as the fire chief of Marysville, Greg Corn has no real reason for retiring, other than just feeling like it's time for a change.

Fire Chief Greg Corn says it’s time to retire.
Ellen Gable of Camano Island fills out forms so her child can go to kindergarten in Lakewood

New Lakewood High reminds some of Everett

LAKEWOOD — "It reminds me of Everett High School," Elda Mercado said, as she looked at the plans for the new Lakewood High School. "There's lots of daylight."

Ellen Gable of Camano Island fills out forms so her child can go to kindergarten in Lakewood
Strawberry Festival Queen Savannah Perkins

M’ville Strawberry Festival crowns queen, princesses (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Strawberry Festival crowned Senior Royalty princesses Marina Ciferri and Cassie Coate, before crowning Savannah Perkins as queen at the April Friesner Memorial Royalty Scholarship Pageant March 14.

Strawberry Festival Queen Savannah Perkins
Richard White

Chamber hears Boeing exec

SMOKEY POINT — "We're the largest exporter by value," Richard White, manager of state and local government relations for Boeing, told the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce March 10.

Richard White
Quinton Morris is cheered on by Marysville YMCA members as he carries 25 pounds of weights behind him for his 'Draggin' Dumbbells for Disabilities' fundraiser March 11.

Wheelchair-bound Morris drags weights to raise funds for disability programs

MARYSVILLE — "It only looks like a torture device," Scott Ballenger laughed, as he chained the large wooden box to Quinton Morris' wheelchair. "But it's really training technology."

Quinton Morris is cheered on by Marysville YMCA members as he carries 25 pounds of weights behind him for his 'Draggin' Dumbbells for Disabilities' fundraiser March 11.