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Staying fit for life

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SNOHOMISH — Karin Jones, 74, has been grooving in her 9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday “Retro Cardio” class at the Snohomish Fitness Center since February 1986, and she has no plans to stop. More...

Is it over? Council may kill East Monroe rezone application

MONROE — A state board threw out the East Monroe rezone on Friday, April 1, sending the proposed rezone back to the city asking for new studies that defend the land use change from farmland to commercial zoning by this fall.
The City Council this week is poised to vote instead to kill the private application seeking the rezone once and for all. The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at 806 W. Main Street to vote.
The proponents, Heritage Baptist Fellowship Church,meanwhile are planning to file an appeal of the board's decision in Snohomish County Superior Court.

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Volunteer effort is keeping care of Interurban Trail, once a drug haven

SNOHOMISH — A clean up March 19 along the Interurban Trail put a spotlight on the troubled area. Now, a group is making regular rounds to keep it tidy.
On March 19, more than one ton of trash was hauled out. Midnight Cry Church of Snohomish helped spearhead the cleanup effort.

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Port of Everett progressing on waterfront development

EVERETT — The Port of Everett will have plenty of moving and shaking planned for this summer.
The port is seeking bids for a waterfront business-class hotel, and is readying to build a new park, among other things.

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Monroe council nixes city fireworks ban idea

MONROE — The City Council last week weighed creating a citywide fireworks ban, but most council members said they do not support one. Meanwhile, there was solid consensus among council members to restrict the sale dates for fireworks to July 1 through 4.

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Snohomish looking for help naming parks

SNOHOMISH — The City Council decided last week to put out applications for the city’s new Park Naming Committee since Snohomish is planning to develop many recently acquired properties. 
The volunteer ad hoc extension of the city will meet every two weeks this summer.

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Kasch Park to get replacement fields

EVERETT — The city will proceed with replacing two fields at Kasch Park in south Everett with crumb rubber, a material that has been contested by some as having a high cancer risk.

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The life he wants to save is his own: Firefighter battling insurers

SNOHOMISH — He's saved countless others, but Snohomish Fire Distrct 4 firefighter-paramedic Dave Alberts, 57, is now perhaps in the largest fight of his life yet as he is trying new tested therapies to zap his cancer that his insurer currently won't pay for.

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Everett Transit plans to add "bus bulbs" along Broadway

EVERETT — The city plans to add extended bus stop areas along the sidewalks of the Broadway corridor in the coming year.
Next spring, a contractor will start installing the new “bus bulbs” on Broadway from 41st Street northward to Seventh Street, a project timeline shows. The bulbs jut out of the sidewalk to keep buses from having to come out of and later re-enter traffic lanes.

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A well-deserved retirement

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Mike and Carol Bauer were treated to a well attended retirement party on Thursday, March 31. Mike and his wife Carol took over the Bauer Funeral Chapel in 1978 upon his father Gerry’s retirement. The couple sold the business in 1997 but continued operating it for the new ownership. Bauer Funeral Chapel dates back to late 1880’s when C.H. Bakeman started the operation, he later sold the business to A.C. White, who in turn sold the business to the Bauer family in 1954. The business also included an ambulance service that both Mike and his father ran from 1958 to 1975.
Mike and Carol have contributed immensely to the community over the years through civic and service oriented projects. Mike served on the Snohomish Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 25 years and was a member of the Snohomish Lions for over 30 years. Upon retirement the couple plan to move east of the Cascades to the Yakima area in the near future.


Monroe High gets its first new ballfield

Photo by Catherine Martin of Monroe Public Schools

Monroe School Board President Katy Woods introduces those gathered to cut the ribbon to officially open Monroe High Schools first ball field on Monday, March 14 below stormclouds prior to the Fastpitch Softball team’s 2016 season opener against Seattle Prep (the Bearcats won 19-0). Numerous leaders attended.
Constructing the $1.39 million field was made possible by harvesting timber off school district-owned land, receiving generous grants from the county Tourism Promotion Area Advisory Board and the City of Monroe, then adding in local school reserve dollars. The next phase of the ballfield complex begins in May with building an all-weather surface baseball field and a utility field. This phase is funded by the bond approved by local voters in April 2015.


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