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November 7, 2018 News Bites

Sauerkraut’s Gil Schwarzmiller dies
Gil Schwarzmiller, whose brother recruited him to join the new “Schwartzmiller’s Sour-Kraut Society,” died Oct. 26 at age 92. Gil never took the ‘T’ in Schwartzmiller.
The Snohomish Sauerkraut Band’s antics became a hometown spectacle. He was one of the last surviving members from its 1968 debut at Kla Ha Ya Days. He was also a lifetime member of Snohomish VFW Post 921.
The post announced that funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Zion Lutheran Church, 329 Ave. A. Schwarzmiller will be buried in the G.A.R. Cemetery.
Schwarzmiller was the 2018 Kla Ha Ya Days parade grand marshal to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.

Focus on Farming conference is Nov. 8
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The county’s agriculture division’s 15th annual Focus on Farming conference features speakers and 24 workshops about agriculture’s pressing topics. Most workshops focus on business; one is a talk specifically on where Latino farm owners can get help.
The lunchtime keynote speaker will take an in-depth look at the way agriculture will be changing in the next 20 years, including technology’s role.
Tickets are at or call 425-388-7170. A Focus on Forestry sub-event focusing on timber lands will also take place during the conference.

ST Express bus stop to relocate
EVERETT — Sound Transit’s draft 2019 plan removes the Route 513 bus stop at Evergreen Way and 79th Place SE. Instead, the bus would stop at the future bus terminal near Paine Field. The 513 bus is an express bus to downtown Seattle. Sound Transit figures show about 40 people on average hop on the 513 bus from the Evergreen Way bus stop.
The change would occur in March under the draft plan. People can comment to
The 510 and 512 buses from Everett Station and downtown Everett to Seattle are the heavier hitters. About 600 people hop on the 510 and another 500 people hop on the 512 at Everett Station daily to go southward; about 1,000 people a day riding the same buses on their northbound trips hop off at Everett Station, from Sound Transit figures.

Port gets big bucks for rail
EVERETT — The Port of Everett recently received a $5.95 million loan from the Rail Rehabilitation Improvement Financing (RRIF) Loan Program under the U.S. Department of Transportation Build America Bureau. The money is for two key infrastructure projects: One, to add about 3,000 lineal feet of track at the port’s terminal and, two, to provide nearly 40,000 square feet of covered warehouse space for rail loading. The port uses rail as part of its freight transportation.
The Port of Everett points out in a news release that it is the first port to make it through the complex loan process.

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