MARYSVILLE – Marysville Fire District’s first career woman firefighter will retire Friday after 24 years.

Krista Longspaugh began her career part-time in 1996. She served as a drive/operator and was also a member of the IAFF Local 3219.

“I’m honored to serve this community,” she said. “We really are a family here, and the friendships I’ve made are something I’ll always cherish.”

Firefighters held a breakfast in honor of Longspaugh’s service Thursday. She’ll be honored with a traditional flag ceremony at the end of her final shift Friday morning.

Remains I.D.’d

TULALIP — Human remains found in Tulalip were those of Jacob Hilkin, an Everett man who went missing in 2018, authorities confirmed last Thursday.

A resident building a motorcycle track discovered the bones Feb. 9 in the 7900 block of 31st Avenue NE.

Hilkin, 24, hadn’t been seen since January 2018, when he went to the Quil Ceda Creek Casino with friends. The next morning a Tulalip police officer encountered Hilkin at a homeless camp off 27th Avenue NE. He told the officer he’d catch a bus to his mother’s house, and he was last seen walking south toward a bus stop.

For almost two years, nobody found any trace of Hilkin, in spite of organized searches through the surrounding Tulalip woods. A forensic dentist examined teeth and confirmed they matched Hilkin’s dental records. The cause and manner of death have not been determined.

ADA input

MARYSVILLE – Have an idea about how to make the city’s public right-of-way more accessible to people with limited mobility, vision, hearing or cognitive disabilities?

The city wants to hear from you.

The city is developing an Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan to: •identify physical and communicative barriers that limit individuals with disabilities;

•describe methods used to make public right-of-way accessible;

•provide a schedule for making modifications to provide better access and achieve compliance;

•and identify public officials responsible for implementation of the plan.

The city is asking people to complete a 10-question online survey that takes about five minutes to complete. Go to The survey closes March 8.

There also will be a public workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Marysville Public Library, 6120 Grove. St.

City events

MARYSVILLE – Internationally acclaimed Pearl Django will perform at the Opera House March 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The five-piece band performs traditional jazz classics, original compositions and swing.

Cost is $15.

Meanwhile, the Mom-Son Superhero Dance will be at Cedarcrest Middle School from 5-6:30 and 7-8:30 March 14.

Cost is $25 a couple.

Also, a St. Patrick’s Day event will take place March 15 at the Opera House from 2-4 p.m. Cost is $10. Irish dance is the feature with “An Evening on Grafton Street.”

Finally, Illusion of Elvis will be at the Opera House March 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Danny Vernon will perform songs by “The King.”

Brewfest tickets

MARYSVILLE – The Brew & Cider Fest will take place April 18 from 4-9 p.m. at the Opera House.

The event will include live entertainment and snacks. Food trucks will be available. Participants receive a 4-ounce souvenir glass and five drink tokens. Extra drink tickets are three for $5. Choice of beverages include beer, cider and wine. Tickets are $25 through February, $30 after that and $35 at the door. Designated drivers get in for $10, good for water and snacks. Also Gold and Community sponsors are sought, along with for mugs, wristbands and lanyards.

The event is a fundraiser for the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, which helps local businesses be successful.

For tickets go to

Impact fees

ARLINGTON – Through November 2019, builders paid $160,000 in school impact fees to Arlington Public Schools to support new school construction.

In 2018, the school board requested that Snohomish County and the city start collecting impact fees in 2019.

Previously, the district used such fees to add four new portables at Kent Prairie Elementary School.

Public schools in the state can ask counties and cities to impose fees on new residential construction. Schools then use the fees to build new classrooms needed due to growth caused by new construction.

Schools continue to rely primarily on voter-approved bonds or capital projects levies for the majority of the cost of school construction.

K registration

ARLINGTON – Kindergarten registration for Arlington Public Schools opens Feb. 24 for the 2020-21 school year. To be eligible a child must be at least 5 by Aug. 31, 2020. Required documents for children include: Immunization records, proof of residency and birth certificate. Registration forms can be picked up from elementary school offices or from the district website:

For details contact Terri Bookey at 360-618-6210.

Each school will hold a kindergarten orientation May 13 at 6 p.m.

Saturday math

ARLINGTON – This month, Arlington Public Schools kicked off the “Super Saturday Math” program for elementary students. The students engaged in hands-on games to explore math concepts. The program is staffed by Arlington educators and runs on the first Saturday of each month.

“We often hear comments from students such as ‘I’m not good at math’ or ‘Math is too hard for me,’” said Terri Bookey, director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs. “The goal of Super Saturday Math is to assist students in shifting this thinking to a growth mindset, and help them build

confidence in their mathematical abilities.”

Activities allow all students to participate and be successful. Many of the games being taught require minimal materials such as playing cards and dice so families can also play at home.

Funding comes from a federal grant. The city provides the Depot Building at Legion Park at no cost. The next Super Saturday Math program will be March 7 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Poetry slam

MARYSVILLE – Join other teen writers and poetry lovers from the Marysville area to share new ideas, explore artistic potential, and listen to fresh, vibrant perspectives at the Marysville Teen Poetry Slam.

Connect with your inner muse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Write poems and even perform your work at this free, after-hours poetry slam. Snacks will be served.

The slam is open to all teens, no matter where they attend school, in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18). No advanced sign-up is required. Friends and families are welcome.