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May 20, 2009 Vol. 120. No. 43 + 75 THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY Arlington girls track places third at league meet. Page B1 Crawford is.lB district champ, leads group of three locals to state. Page B1 DISPLAY AD COPY: Wed, May 20 at 4 p.m. CLASSIFIEDS: Wed, May 20 at 5 p.m. -- Direct0des Thurs. May 21 at neon Liners LEGALS: Thurs. May 21 at 3 p.m. N0n-0rdinance Fn. May 22 at 9:00 a.m. -- Times Ordinances LETTERS/EDITORIAL: Fti. May 22 at 3 p.m. 6 a.mi~ In-sfall Avenue :of Flags at ~;Arlington - Cemetery. : -: 9:30 a.ni--'Parade line- up at FrontierBank park- _ ing lot..- " ~ . 10 a.m. -- Memoriat Day Parade begins. ,~ :. 11 a.m -- Avenue 0f Flags ceremony at Arl ngton Cemetery. : "Y .-< : NoOn -- DedicatiOn of new flag pole and sign at Pioneer Cemetery, on Gifford Street, off East Fifth Street - .; 1 p.m; Ceremony at Dar- rington Cemetery. .May 22at 9 a.m, The Arlington Times is now on Twitter. For news updates fol- low http://twitter.com/ stfrank and for sports updates follow http:// twitter, com/dan- iellesports. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009 2008 GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER www.arlingtontimes.com SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times From left, Barb Lee, Judy Felton, Angela Nelson and Terrie Scarscella are members of the women's auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 selling patriotic wares at the May Hunt Saturday, May 16. They are joined by Isaiah Garcia, front. They were raising funds for veterans in need as well as for cancer research. May t by Sarah Arney Cecelia Smith. The Arlington Times Friends of 50 years, Terri Jen- nings, of Arlington, brought Joann ARLINGTON -- It was a warm Tobler from Snohomish to sell sunny day for the May Hunt Satur- their hand-knitted dish cloths, day, when 37 vendors gathered in homemade aprons and other useful the city parking lot to sell a great items. variety of goods. Some had second-hand items, From baked goods by the Old others sold plants, and some pro- Bags of Arlington, to red, white and moted their own businesses, to blue patriotic items for sale by the widen the selection of items avail- women's auxiliary of the Veterans of able at this twice annual event pre- Foreign Wars Post 1561, the event sented by the Downtown Arlington also included Mom's Club offering a Business Association. finger printing service for children. "The vendors are down, but the and two young women, Victoria sun is shining," said organizer Tau- Beecher and Samantha Turner, who nya Sanchez. were raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research for the 3-Day Walk Contact Sarah Arney at 360-659-1300 or sarney@arlingtontimes.com. good ti in September. "Sales of the patriotic goods, including poppy lapel pins, ben- efit veterans in need, and proceeds from the baked goods and other stuff benefit cancer research," said Terrie Scarscella. Arlington Fire Department Cap- tain Dave Kraski and firefighter Jason Abrahamson gave the kids something to do. with a city fire truck on display. They let kids climb up into the driver seat and see the view of the crew from the back seat. One mother brought six kids over to check it out from the Mom's Club booth, which was offering finger printing through the King County Sheriff's Department, said by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times ARLINGTON Even the principal was home sick at Eagle Creek Ele- mentary School Thurs- day, May 14.. when 218 students were absent. AsofMon- day, May 18, absences were back to normal. While school dis- trict officials can't say exactly how .many of the absent stu- dents were sick, they do know the absences were up on Thursday, from 99 the day before. called the Snohomish Health District after about 25 students were sent home from school with stomach flu symp- toms on May 13. Health officials said "Keep sick kids home for the symp- toms of vom- iting and diarrhea are consis- tent with a an extra day Norovirus, after they seem a rapidly healthy, and feed them lots of water, and wash hands often." Suzanne Pate Snohomish Health District spreading illness, and not H1N1. "-They emphasized that this gastrointes- tinal infec- tion is not the 'swine flu,'", Gil- man said. Snohom- ish Health District's public informa- "We are required tion officer, Suzanne Pate by law to report to the said this illness could be health district if more easily contained by fol- than 10 percent of the lowing normal precau- school population is out tions. sick," said Misti Gilman, "Keep sick kids home the district's public infor- for an extra day after marion officer, they seem healthy, and Eagle Creek has 529 feed them lots of water, students, and wash hands often," The school nurse, Christina Bassford, NOROVIRUS pageA3 Pioneer Cemetery gets new flag pole, sign to be dedicated by Sarah Arney burial ground. The Arlington Times An historian on the PARC. Frank Barden said that PARC ARLINGTON -- As part of Chair Virginia Hatch asked him Arlington's Memorial Day Cele- if he could document the history bration, a new flag pole and sign of the cemetery. at the town's original cemetery "I found it very interesting," will be dedicated to Harry Yost Barden said. and Bill Senica. With help from Lora Penning- The two World War II veter- ton, cultural resources officer ans have passed since last year's for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Memorial Day. Indians, the city's public works They both worked together department, and from Jim Bar- through the years taking care of ron, of the American Legion Post the town's first cemetery, which 76, Barden assembled a complete is located at the edge of the bluff, history of the cemetery which down the dead-end Gifford Street will be distributed at the dedica- where Harry lived, tion event at noon Monday, May The city took ownership of the 25. cemetery at the end of last year "The cemetery appears to and since then members of the have been utilized originally by city's Parks, Arts and Recreation local Native American Indians Commission, with permission from the cemetery board, have made an effort to honor that PIONEER page A2 Unruh represents WW H vets at Memorial Day event by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- One of Arlington's last remaining World War II vets, Art Unruh, 86, is los- ing a lot of his old friends, but he remains in contact with the two remaining members of his air crew, tail gunner Bill Jamison. of Atlanta, and navigator Jack Santamore, of Tennessee. "We talk on the phone about monthly," said Unruh, who has dedicated his life to sharing the stories about the old airplanes. "They say that 1,200 World War II vets are dying every day," Unruh said last week from his home near the Arlington Air- port. Unruh Will be one of three panelists sharing stories about the old airplanes and veterans of World War II at a special Memo- Art Unruh rial Day event at Paul G. Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field Monday, May 25. Starting at 11 a.m., all veterans will be admitted free. Formerly located at the UNRUH page A2 BIRTHS B3 CLASSIHED ADS B4-B7 CROSSWORD B3 HOROSCOPES A5 LEGAL NOTICES A5 OPINION A4 SPORTS B 1 -B3, B8 SUDOKU B2 ARTS & LEISURE A6-A7 bySarah Arney the district sent notices to 24 teachers Two high level administrators The Arlington Times that day. The cuts are widely distributed are retiring this year and will not be across the district, with seven from the replaced, making the 3.5 cuts in admin- ARLINGTON "- Superintendent Dr. high school including three counselors, istration slightly more palatable. Assis- Kris McDuffy had the most difficult five from Eagle Creek Elementary, four tant Superintendent Warren Hopkins eight months of her career this year, and from Presidents, three from Trafton, two and Arlington High School< assistant it's not getting any easier, from Kent Prairie, two from Post Middle principal Rob Patterman will retire in She is putting herself on the lineSchool and one from Pioneer Elemen- June, McDuffy said. this week, with three public forums for tary School. "Our numbers are comparable to dis- Arlington School District staff, parents "We hope to be able to rehire some of tricts our size. The enrollment numbers and community to ask questions about them in fall, but that depends on enroll- in March guided our decisions," she proposed cuts in staff and other budget ment figures," McDuffy told The Arling- added. issues, ton Times May 15. More cuts will be announced when The first two sessions were MondayThe forums will include a budget the classified staffrecommendationsare evening and Tuesday morning this week. update by McDuffy followed by an open delivered to the board of directors June The third and final forum is 1 p.m. Fri- Q&A session with the audience, said 8. The goal is to cut another $750,000 day, May 22 at Haller Middle School Misti Gilman, the district's public infor- through classified employees, which Library. mation coordinator, includes maintenance, school bus driv- May 15 was the state mandated dead- It's not only teachers being rifled, ers and other non-educational staff. line for notifying teachers to be cut and however. More decisions about programs will wait until July. "I am ordering a study on Trafton and Weston schools," McDuffy said. Athletics and extra curricular pro- gram directors have been asked to come up with 20 percent cuts. The school district's budget is 85 per- cent staff. "We've cut back on paper and pencils as much as possible," McDuffy said, add- ing that the district has been overstaffed on average and the cuts will make rela- tively little impact to class size. "It's hard to say anything about next year," she said. "No one predicted the bottom falling out." Contact Sarah Arney at 360-659-1300 or sarney@arlingtontimes.com.