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News Bites for February 14, 2018

Henry Groeneveld memorial
SNOHOMISH — A celebration of life for Henry Groeneveld, the mailman who died in December, is scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at Snohomish Community Church, 13622 Dubuque Road.
People are placing ribbons on their mailboxes and giving thank-you notes to their mail carriers in the wake of his death. Groeneveld was the rural postal carrier for the Roosevelt and Trombley areas for 15 years.
Groeneveld was found dead in late January near Dagmar’s Landing in Everett downriver from Snohomish. He left home Dec. 11.

Hal Moe Pool demolition plan
SNOHOMISH — The City of Snohomish is seeking bids from qualified contractors to demolish and remove the Hal Moe Pool facility at Third Street and Pine Avenue. Bids are due by Feb. 22. The project will cost between $500,000 and $700,000.
Filling in the old pool basin is specified in the job contract, and the project will include asbestos removal. 
Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007 because of structural concerns. The city plans to turn the site into a park; it ultimately settled on a park because of budget constraints. Some previous ideas that were kicked around included turning the space into a multi-purpose room or an amphitheater.

Movie deal for SHS grad author
SNOHOMISH — Kristin Hannah, a 1978 Snohomish High School graduate, will see her bestselling novel “The Nightingale” debut on the big screen in late summer or fall this year.
Now, trade magazine Variety reports that Hannah has sold the movie rights to her sequel book “The Great Alone” to Sony TriStar Pictures. “The Great Alone” is a newly released book about a former Prisoner of War shattered by the Vietnam War, and is set in 1970s Alaska.

Civic leader McCord dies
EVERETT — Civic leader Frank McCord, who spent 12 years presiding over locally owned Cascade Bank, died in Providence Hospital on Feb. 3. He was 87.
McCord helped organize major public concerts in the city, including the Christmas Spectacular and the Navy Band’s performance in 2013, and he was a member on the Everett Performing Arts Center’s board.
He also spent time as president of the Evergreen Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, a campaign chairman of United Way of Snohomish County and director for the Everett Rotary club.

Snohomish P.E.O. scholarship
SNOHOMISH — Christina Jordan of Stanwood recently received the Program for Continuing Education Grant from P.E.O. Chapter FQ, in Snohomish. The group reports that Jordan has three generations of familial ties to P.E.O.
Jordan plans to graduate next May from Washington State University with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
P.E.O. is a 150-year-old philanthropic organization focused on women’s education and advancement.

Monroe surplus action
MONROE — The city authorized putting out city surplus for bids last week. Among what’s being disposed are a
former police cruiser, a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, a 1999 Honda Accord, a dump truck, and a slew of old laptops. Bidders can find these at The sale proceeds go back into the city coffers.

Hotel/Motel grant deadline
EVERETT — The city has extended the deadline to apply for Hotel/Motel Tax Fund grants to Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. All public and nonprofit agencies working on projects that assist in tourism development and promotion are encouraged to apply. More details are in the application. Applications are available at City Hall or online at


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