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Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Around Snohomish County

Arlington: Firms finish inspections
The Arlington Fire Department is reminding businesses at low-risk for fires that qualify for its Self-Inspection Program to complete their annual inspections. This year the form is online, located at Annual inspections are mandatory under the city's municipal code, and are conducted to prevent losses to life and property from fires. Businesses that are unsure if they qualify for the self-inspection program should contact the fire department's business line at at 360-403-3600 or at Businesses that do not qualify for the program will be visited by the department.
Clearview: Fire commissioner honored
After 18 years as a fire commissioner, Gregg Knapp has left the board at Snohomish County Fire District 7 in Clearview. A ceremony was held at his last board meeting Dec. 26.
Knapp dedicated "countless hours" in his role, said Fire Chief Gary Meek.
The new commissioner, Guy Palumbo, starts his job this month.
Edmonds: Ed groups merge
The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation merged this month with the Edmonds School District Alumni Association. The new group is now named the Edmonds Public Schools and Alumni Foundation, and expects the details of the full merger to be worked out over the next six to 10 months.
The alumni group was founded in 1996 and annually awards scholarships for post-secondary education to graduating seniors from the Edmonds School District. The former group's all-volunteer board will now serve as the scholarship and alumni committee of The Foundation.
The schools foundation was founded in 1984 and has supported schools with classroom grants. Deborah Anderson will continue to serve as executive director of The Foundation, which is located at the Edmonds School District offices at 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood.
"This partnership makes economic sense," Anderson said. "We both serve our students in the Edmonds School District. Combined, we can be a stronger foundation for our district, our teachers and our students."
Lake Stevens: Ski helmets for $25
Snohomish County Fire District 8 in Lake Stevens is selling discount winter-sports safety helmets for $25. The price includes a custom fitting. Sizes are available for children and most adults.
More info: 425-334-3034
Stanwood: Survey of drainage problems
Residents and businesses in Stanwood that have experienced stormwater drainage concerns are invited to call attention to the problem via an online survey. The city is conducting the survey as part of its Stormwater Comprehensive Plan and will use the information collected in drawing up its work project list. The survey is found at and will remain online until Jan. 20. For further information or questions, contact Kevin Hushagen, Interim Public Works Director at 360-629-9782 or
Sultan: Business workshops
Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick has scheduled four free business workshops.
The first workshop on entrepreneurial planning will take place at the Sultan Visitors Center, located at 320 Main St., from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 17.
Eslick founded GROW Washington, a nonprofit created to help entrepreneurs in the state become sustainable business owners.
To reserve space in the workshop contact the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce at 360-793-0983 or

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