United Way of Snohomish County has given a $5,000 grant to Operation Shortfall, a program that provides food and emergency utility assistance. The Puget Sound Labor Agency, which...

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United Way of Snohomish County has given a $5,000 grant to Operation Shortfall, a program that provides food and emergency utility assistance.

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The Puget Sound Labor Agency, which administers Operation Shortfall, already has provided more than $6,000 to help Snohomish County families through the coldest part of the year.

Suzanne Moreau, the Puget Sound Labor Agency’s director, said funds were low because of an increase in emergency requests and energy costs.


PUD programs make it possible to cut power bills

The Snohomish County Public Utility District is offering programs to help customers with their electric bills as power costs rise over winter.

PUD Senior & Low Income Assistance gives 20, 40 and 60 percent discounts based on income levels. Seniors who are 62 or older with a combined household income of $21,000 a year or less qualify for the program. Other residents with a household income under 125 percent of the established federal poverty level also qualify.

Energy Assistance directs staff members to refer residents to other county or local-agency programs that help customers pay their bills.

Equalized Payment Plan averages electric bills over the year, so that residents pay roughly the same amount each month. Customers can begin any time of the year, no matter how long they have lived at their current residence. But customers who have just moved into a home may wish to track their usage levels before signing up so that PUD can calculate a more accurate monthly payment.

Conservation programs, meanwhile, help residents reduce their use of energy. The PUD offers zero-interest conservation loans for homes heated with electricity; rebates on certain energy- efficient appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes washers, discounts on fluorescent lights; and other programs.

Information: www.snopud.com; PUD customer service, 425-783-1000; PUD energy hotline and conservation programs, 425-783-1700.


Multifaith choir to give free concert next month

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Choir, a multifaith group, will give a free special performance at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at First United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett.

Information: 425-355-1360.

Edmonds School District

Candidates sought for vacant board seat

The Edmonds School District is seeking applicants to fill a School Board position vacated this month when Mimi Terwilliger resigned.

Terwilliger was completing the third year of her second four-year term.

The School Board is required by law to appoint a replacement for the remaining year of the term within 90 days. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of District 2, which covers an area similar to the enrollment area for Mountlake Terrace High School.

Interested residents may send a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to the attention of JoAnn Kerns, Edmonds School District, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036, or call 425-670-7003.

Lynnwood, Edmonds

Boy Scouts to collect junked holiday trees

Local Boy Scout troops plan free Christmas-tree pickups along neighborhood curbs and at community drop-off sites. Donations will be requested.

All tinsel, decorations, tree stands and nails must be removed. Flocked trees will not be accepted.

In Edmonds, Troop 367 will hang notices on doorknobs in neighborhoods eligible for curbside collection. Pickups will be made Jan. 8 in neighborhoods south of 224th Street Southwest from Lake Ballinger to Woodway and along Edmonds Way in the southern downtown area.

Trees must be placed on curbs by 8 a.m. with the notices attached by rubber bands.

In Lynnwood, Troop 304 will deliver notice envelopes to most houses. Pickups will be made Jan. 2, 8 and 9. Trees must be placed on curbs by 8 a.m. on collection days.

Drop-off sites and schedules:

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2, QFC parking lot, 196th Street Southwest and 76th Avenue West, Edmonds.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2, Westgate Albertsons parking lot, Edmonds Way and 100th Avenue West, Edmonds.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2, 8 and 9, west of Wilcox Park, on 56th Avenue West one block north of 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood.

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Place W., Edmonds.

Information: 425-771-0235.

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau