10 Years Ago 1997
Several skateboarders and a grandmother presented a plan for a skateboard park here to the Snohomish County Parks Board. Skaters Matt Toth, Shawn Toth and Will Borg, all from the Lakewood area, told the parks board that donated land is all thats needed. The group presented graphics of what a skate park would look like, brining in photographs of a Moses Lake public skate park. Impressing the park board, their main question of liability was also answered: if you dont charge admission, then liability is less than the amount of the standard community pool. The need is simply for some county land donated, probably less than one acre. In Moses Lake the entire park is located within boundaries 140 feet square. The rest would be built with donated effort or funds the group pledged would be raised by volunteers. Phyllis McKenzie, grandmother of skater Trevor Huber, said the park board was friendly toward the proposal. There was one member who was a county employee who was cool to the idea, but every body else seemed positive, she said. Matt Toth, 14, thinks it is possible to build something this year. It would be nice to get some rails, maybe a half-pipe and a couple of quarter pipes, he said. Some of the ramps and jumps could be built in a metal shop class that skater Will Borg attends during the school year. McKenzie said this effort is in stark contrast to efforts in the past to build a skate park, In Marysville, the little monsters destroyed a bunch of stuff and they werent willing to earn any money or help, she said. The city refused to do anything unless they get some pledges to help, she said. Shaw Toth, 16, said that it was Trevor Hubers persistence that got everybody interested. He missed the parks meeting because he was at a wrestling camp in Idaho. I didnt think it was really possible, but the parks people seemed really open to it, Toth said. The next step is up to the parks board. The skaters are hoping the board can find some small tract of land to donate. For now, they run the daily risk of getting booted from the local store parking lots. Shawn said, Sometimes they get mad and swear at us and call the police and sometimes they treat us nice. But either way, it is the same answer: dont skate here. They really dont understand how much we love skating, Matt said. The skaters insist they are just like teens who play baseball and football who, without fields, would probably be playing behind stores, too.
25 Years Ago 1982
There will be plenty of Marysville artistic talent carrying the good name of the community beyond its borders this week. The Everett Symphony Orchestra including Carol Lee Emory and Andy Richards, both of Marysville, will present highlights from Rogers and Hammersteins South Pacific Thursday, July 15, 1982, at the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. The program commences at 8 p.m. Featured will be soloists Carol Lee Emory and Jeannine Lish of Lakewood, both sopranos, and Richards, a baritone. The Tahitian dancers Debbie Ofoia, Mike and Aloha Mia and drummers Curtis Kauhiokanlani and Kurt Arrants from the Kuahi Dance Studio of Marysville will add some more outstanding local flavor to the program. Also included on the summer pops program will be Handels Water Music, the Russian sailors dance by Gliere, the Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, Bob Barbeys Bless the Whales and Tropical by Morton Gould. Barbey, a composer, is more of that Marysville talent to be enjoyed this summer. The concert will be held in the barrel room at the winery. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling symphony manager Carol Harkins, (some more of that local talent). Richards, of Marysville-Pillchuck High School, has won several scholarships, including the Larry Hagman Memorial. He also has received scholarships from Wagner Bros. Jewelers, the Everett Opera Guild and the Everett Youth Symphony. Richards placed third in voice in the state solo contest earlier this year and he placed second in trombone in the 1981 competition. Hes a very special man of whom Maryville can be proud, Harkins said.
50 Years Ago 1957
The Ministerial Association of Marysville is sponsoring Fire on the Heather, the gripping story of Scotlands heroic struggle for freedom. Fire on the Heather, filmed in full color and shown on a wide, panoramic screen, will be presented Aug. 2, 1957, at Bethlehem Lutheran Chapel. An all Scottish cast recreates the historic days of Roman conquest; Columba bringing the gospel to the Picts; and the turbulent friendship of John Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots, which shaped the destiny of Christianity in the western world. Included is the execution of John Brown of priesthill in the era of the Covenanters. Then, as Climax, a Billy Graham Crusade in Glasgow with a message from the evangelist himself.
Hubcap branding starts here. Art Unruh shows Police Chief Herman Broeker and State Patrol Officer Sgt. Jay Harvey a new method of hubcap identification that is featured at the Super-Save Service Station located at the corner of Tenth and State. The cars serial number is etched on the rim of the hubcap. On the inside, the location of the service station where the work was done is etched to give a double check. Unruh, with Bob Berlin of an Everett station, is offering this service free of charge to motorists. The law enforcement officials said this method has resulted in a substantial decrease in theft of hubcaps in areas where it is used. If motorists find serial numbers on hubcaps purchased, they should insist on receiving a bill of sale, so a check could be made to insure that the seller was the actual owner of the hubcap. This method would make it difficult for persons stealing hubcaps to dispose of them to junk dealers, service station owners and other car owners. Super-Save stations throughout the area are co-operating in the free numbering program.
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