State of the City; Gary Fowler; Valentine's Day | City Briefs

Jan 28, 2018
Gary Fowler, who recently died, was featured in the Edmonds Beacon.

State of the City address includes E-W’s David Quinn

Mayor Dave Earling will deliver his sixth annual State of the City address Thursday, Feb. 22.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Theater, the event will include opening remarks by Jenny Murphy from Sound Styles and Edmonds-Woodway High School teacher David Quinn.

No reservations are required for this free event.

For more information, email

Gary Fowler dies; was profiled in Beacon

Gary Michael Fowler of Edmonds, who was profiled in the Beacon in September 2016 as he fought a crippling form of multiple sclerosis, died Jan. 16. He was 65.

The Beacon wrote about Fowler when learning his son, Brandon, had also been diagnosed with MS, and his father was raising money for a potentially life-saving operation. Brandon is still alive.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Edmonds LDS Church at 7950 228th St. SW, Edmonds.

There will be a viewing that morning at 10, followed by a funeral service at 11.

Mayor re-elected to Community Transit board

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling has been re-elected to a new two-year term on the Community Transit board of directors, which includes Arlington Councilmember Jan Schuette, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, Mill Creek Councilmember Mike Todd and Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley.

Lake Stevens City Council member Kim Daughtry and Sultan City Council member Joe Neigel were selected to join the Community Transit board for the next two years.

The Community Transit board is chosen every two years at a special meeting of elected representatives from Community Transit’s member cities and the Snohomish County Council.

The board is comprised of nine elected officials from Snohomish County and the cities within the transit agency’s service district, as well as a labor representative selected by the agency’s bargaining units.

Everett has its own transit agency and is not within Community Transit’s district.

Board alternates were chosen as well: Granite Falls City Council member Bruce Straughn, Lynnwood City Council member George Hurst, Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.

The new board will elect officers at its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1.

2018 picnic shelter reservations available Feb. 5

Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will begin taking reservations for picnic shelters for the 2018 season 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in person at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., or 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, by phone at 425-771-0230.

Shelters can be rented April 1 through Sept. 30.

City Park has three shelters and a gazebo, and Hickman Park has one shelter that can be reserved. The cost per shelter Monday through Thursdays is $125, while the Friday through Sundays cost is $150 at Hickman Park or $175 at City Park.

The City Park gazebo is $60 per reservation. City Park ballfield reservations are $12 (for residents) or $14 (for non-residents) per hour, with a three-hour maximum.

Call 425-771-0230 for more information, or you can check availability at

Merchants create gift baskets for Valentine’s Day

Participating downtown Edmonds merchants will hold a silent auction of wrapped-and-ready  Valentine’s Day gift baskets beginning Feb. 1. Proceeds will benefit Washington Kids in Transition, a nonprofit organization that serves kids in Edmonds.

Merchants will display and auction Valentine’s Day baskets in their shops as long as they last, between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14.

The following Downtown Edmonds Merchants Associations members will create baskets: Anchor Chic Consignment; Cline Jewelers; Art Spot; Spangler Books; Wooden Spoon; Pelindaba; C’est La Vie; Walnut Street Coffee; Edmonds Bookshop; Gallery North; The Savvy Traveler; Rogue; AWE, Art Walk Edmonds; J. Rankin Jewelers; Zinc Art & Object; HouseWares; Garden Gear; Driftwood Modern; Edmonds Frame and Design; Ombu Salon.








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