Arlington woman gets 10 1/2 years for Marysville woman’s death
EVERETT — Lorri Arnett of Arlington was sentenced Monday to 10 1/2 years in prison for vehicular homicide in the death of Barbara Moell of Marysville on July 4, 2017.
Moell, 87, suffered 19 fractures, including her neck. At the hospital, she was on a breathing tube, and communicated with family by blinking until she died four days later.
Testing about 2½ hours after the fatal crash showed Arnett’s blood-alcohol level at 0.21, more than double the legal limit to drive. In addition, the marijuana in her system was three times over the legal limit.
“I am eternally sorry,” Arnett wrote in a letter to the judge before sentencing. “If I could trade places with Ms. Moell, I willingly and surely would!”
Judge Janice Ellis followed the recommendations made by prosecutors and the defense as part of a plea agreement in July. Arnett also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $8,100 for medical bills accumulated by Moell’s son-in-law, who was injured in the collision on U.S. 2 in Monroe.
Merrysville for the Holiday and Electric Light Parade Dec. 1
MARYSVILLE – The 30th Annual Merrysville for the Holidays and Electric Lights Parade will take place downtown Dec. 1.
Activities start at 5 p.m. with a Winter Wonderland of family activities at Comeford Park. Various displays will be set up for photo opportunities.
Soulevard will perform live music for attendees at the Rotary Pavilion stage starting at 5:30.
At 6:30, the parade starts, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end as always.
Following that, the water tower will light up, and there will be a bonfire to keep folks warm.
The Marysville Kiwanis Club will be selling food, and there will be other vendors and a craft show there, too.
Donations of non-perishable food and new unwrapped gifts will be accepted for the food bank to give out to those in need.
Entries to the parade also are being accepted. Cost is $20.
The parade travels from Marysville Municipal Court to Comeford Park on State Avenue. Parade awards are given for the Best Use of Lights, Most Creative, Best Big Rig and Mayor’s Choice.
Deadline to enter is Nov. 19. Applications can be found at marysvillewa.gov or by contacting Marysville parks at 360-363-8400.
Public hearings set for Marysville’s biennial budget
MARYSVILLE – The City Council will have public hearings on the city’s proposed biennial budget for 2019-2020 on Nov. 13 and Nov. 26, both at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1049 State Ave. Residents are encouraged to attend and share their priorities for city projects and services.
Mayor Jon Nehring’s proposed $352 million two-year budget continues to deliver on long-term investments the city launched in recent years. These include major infrastructure projects like building the First Street Bypass in anticipation of the new I-5/Highway 529 freeway interchange and widening State Avenue north of 100th Street NE, extending the Ebey Waterfront Trail and connecting Bayview Trail to the Centennial Trail. It also proposes adding two new police officers in each 2019 and 2020.
The preliminary budget is available online at www.marysvillewa.gov/124/City-Budget. The City Council will adopt the final budget by the end of the year.
Veterans Day parade Sunday in Arlington
ARLINGTON – Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Join the city as it honors all veterans with a parade on Olympic Avenue Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. A ceremony will be held at Legion Park at the conclusion of the parade.
As a reminder, most city offices will be closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
Drop off shoebox full of gifts in Arlington
ARLINGTON – This month, Arlington will be among 5,000 drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
Marysville and Arlington families, churches and groups are transforming shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.
This year, Marysville- and Arlington-area residents hope to collect more than 8,050 gifts to contribute.
The site in Arlington is the Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE. It will be open Nov. 12-17 and Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Nov. 18, its hours will be 1-4 p.m.
Chamber’s holiday dinner-auction set for Nov. 29
MARYSVILLE – The 4th Annual Home for the Holidays chamber dinner and auction will take place at the Tulalip Resort Casino Nov. 29.
It will be in the Orca Ballroom, which will be decorated with Festival of the Trees regalia.
The event is a fundraiser for the Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public, not just chamber members.
It features a hosted reception, gourmet dinner and a dessert dash, along with dozens of live and silent auction items. Santa will be there to take your Christmas wishes, and there will be a surprise special entertainment. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. at 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. in Tulalip. Cost is $55 per person.
Free session on tips for writers coming up
MARYSVILLE – A free session on Tricks and Tips for Writers will take place at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Called, “Write Now: Be a Fiction Magician!” Deb Lund will teach participants card “tricks” that help will you amp up the emotional impact, suspense and conflict in your stories. Keep your cool with “tips” that help you reduce those same elements in your writing life. Bring a manuscript, an idea, or nothing but a paper and a pen, and watch the magic happen. Registration is required. Call 360-658-5000.
Arlington Re/Max part of food drive for food bank
ARLINGTON – Re/Max is having a Holiday Food Drive for the Arlington Food Bank.
The drive will run through Dec. 20. Donate money or food at 426 N. Olympic Ave. workdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For details call 360-658-8111.
Fund-raiser for Post Middle School in Arlington
ARLINGTON – Post Middle School PTSA is having a Believe! Dream! Inspire! Silent and Live Auction from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Immaculate Conception Church, 2200 E. 5th St.
Cost is $15 per person, or $25 a couple. Price includes a meal of pasta, breadsticks and salad from Olive Garden.
Arlington mayor wins award for helping to start ACRC
ARLINGTON – Mayor Barb Tolbert was presented with the Ruben and Olive Spannaus Award from Lutheran Community Services Northwest as a driving force in the creation of the Arlington Community Resource Center.
The award is named in honor of the first director of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Ruben Spannaus, and his wife, Olive. The couple played key roles in many civic and social movements and were lifelong civil rights advocates.
ACRC wins honor for all of the work it does
ARLINGTON – The Arlington Community Resource Center recently received the Community Organization ChangeMaker award at the Snohomish County Health Summit.
The award goes to an organization doing amazing things with limited resources and visibility. Prior to the Oso landslide, Arlington did not have any central social services support or resource agency. Growing awareness after the mudslide of the effects of poverty, lack of access to health care and transportation, led 50 local leaders to establish a family resource center. Opened just two years ago, the center, with a small staff and small army of volunteers, is consistently addressing the needs of the community, including housing and health access services, opioid addiction, mental health, jobs and workforce training. So far this year, ACRC has assisted 3,500 clients.
Legion Park monument honors local military veterans
ARLINGTON – American Legion Post 76 and Arlington VFW 1561 dedicated a monument at Legion Park in 2005 to memorialize local military veterans who have answered the call to protect their country and our freedom.
There are 46 remaining pavers at the memorial available for purchase to celebrate the service of those in the Armed Forces of the United States: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. The city is accepting applications to fill the remaining pavers. Forms are available by calling Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.