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· Lowell Days coming August 8-9
· Emerald City RC club looks to fly again
· Festival of the River Aug. 8-9

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Posted by Snohomish County Tribune on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pianos dotting downtown Everett for August

Doug Ramsay photo,

Elizabeth Person of Everett (left) puts a coat of protective sealer over the piano that she painted, while Holly Stafford of Marysville does final touch ups on her piano as the pianos are set to be unveiled on the streets of Everett this month. The two were working on the pianos Friday, July 31 at the Grow Washington store on Colby Avenue in Everett. Person’s piano, painted in a produce theme, will be out in front of the Sno-Isle Co-Op on Grand Avenue; Stafford’s will be in front of Renee’s clothing shop on Colby.

EVERETT – You put pianos out in public and you’re almost asking for good times. The city of Everett is counting on it, when its annual Everett Street Tunes program kicks off this week.
Pianos will be placed out for the public across the city
from Aug. 5 through 25.
The effort is the result of a citywide collaboration of local artists, public resources and private donors, who attained, repaired, painted, tuned and delivered the pianos.  More...

Kids are vendors for annual day at farmers market
SNOHOMISH — It was Kid Vendor Day at the
Snohomish Farmers Market last Thursday, with eager youngsters happy to sell their wares to shoppers.
The wind kept the hot day a little cooler than normal while the kids made and sold crafts such as origami papers, lip balm, scented sachets, blankets and doll clothes, to name a few.
This is the third year the market held a Kid Vendor Day. More...

Year-round market still lies in flux
EVERETT — The wide-open 8,500-square-foot future year-round farmers market in Everett is bare but for a few model produce racks and a smattering of construction leavings.
But ask Alicia Moreno, the project’s general manager, for a tour and the gray place becomes vibrant as her voice echoes through the building, filling it with a unique vision of a year-round, fresh, local food emporium.
The delayed fall opening is one of many departures from the original plans for the project. More...

Roving paramedic makes house calls
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A roving paramedic serving Monroe, Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and the Clearview region will be making house calls to non-emergency patients to help keep people from needing to go to the emergency room.
The effort is called a Community Resource Paramedic (CRP) program and it went live this week for residents in the fire districts nos. 7 (Mill Creek/Clearview), 8 (Lake Stevens) and 3 (Monroe). More...

Council balks over courthouse parking; Somers seeks ‘Plan B’
EVERETT — The county’s parking plan for its new courthouse raised numerous concerns, most intensely over the loss of public parking spaces, at last week’s City Council meeting.
Meanwhile, County Council Chair Dave Somers made a call for action Thursday, July 30 to have county staffers immediately begin preparing alternative sites for the project if the need for a backup plan arises. More...

Festival of the River Aug. 8-9

The 25th Annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow is a free fun-filled family event, honoring the environment and cultures of the Pacific Northwest. More...

Lowell Days coming soon
Lowell Days TEVERETT — Everett’s Lowell neighborhood is bringing back its festival, Lowell Days, for the first time since 2013.
This year’s festival, titled “Strut your Stuff,” will be held Aug. 8 and 9. More...
New heroin statistics for county shared with public
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — An updated report released by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office last month details the impacts of heroin on crime trends and how nuisance properties play a key role in the struggle. More....
Freeing a little “Qi” from senior center acupuncture patientsacupuncture TSNOHOMISH — Every Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, a room is set aside for the Chinese practice of acupuncture. More...

Emerald City RC club looks to fly again
SNOHOMISH — A radio-control airplane hobbyist group that was grounded a year ago from using its airfield off of the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road may get an answer soon on whether it can get flying again after being grounded for a year.
The Emerald City RC Club became dogged by permitting regulations levied by Snohomish County last year; arguably the regulations came after the duck hunting club next door raised a barrage of complaints. The issue was chronicled in the Feb. 11 Tribune.
A land-use hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 and Snohomish County is accepting comments on the permit More...

HIKE OF THE MONTH: Relax the soul at Lake Valhalla
In Norse Mythology, Valhalla was the heaven of the Vikings; a great hall in Asgard where slain warriors chosen by Odin himself ascended to. Lake Valhalla. In the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness is a place where tired and weary souls can choose to ascend to. And upon arriving to the shores of this large backcountry lake, wayward pilgrims will quickly realize, it is indeed a heavenly place. More...

Tribune wins journalism award

Tribune reporter Melanie Russell took honors in the five-state Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards earlier this month.
Russell’s Aug. 27, 2014 profile of a woman whose daughter’s heroin addiction deeply impacted her family, which showed how there are secondary victims of drug abuse, won third place for crime and justice reporting in the weeklies category for 2014.
The story’s title was “Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User.”
The annual Society of Professional Journalists awards honor the best print, broadcast and online news reports in a region spanning from Alaska to Montana.
This is the second year in a row the Tribune has won in the contest.

                                        ELECTIONS 2015

Elections in Everett:
Everett School Board elections attract two challengers
Everett City Council primary features two 3-way races

Elections in Snohomish:
* Mayor Karen Guzak will face old foe Larry Countryman
* Upstart Suprenant challenging longtime Councilwoman Schilaty
* Freshman Councilman Kaftanski has challenger in Zach Wilde

Elections in Monroe:
* City Council race between Kamp and Bradley

* Field of five vying to win County Executive election

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