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"Putting the garden to bed," from the Whistling Gardener

Some specific tasks to be done to prepare for winter.
The Whistling Gardener shares his list of things to do this time of year. Photo courtesy of the Whistling Gardener.

First off let me say that I don’t like this expression because it sounds so final. The fact is that there are still plants out there that are wide awake and believe it or not, there are some plants that react to winter with renewed energy. But there are some specific tasks that we can do to prepare for the winter.

Forever home kittens of the week - Chloe, Camille, Piper and Simon

Forever home kittens of the week, Chloe, Camille, Piper and Simon are very sweet kittens that have lots of energy.
Chloe, Camille, Piper and Simon are very sweet kittens that have lots of energy. Photos courtesy of the Community Cat Coalition.

Forever home kittens of the week, Chloe, Camille, Piper and Simon are very sweet kittens that have lots of energy. Their fur is mainly white with some tabby patches on the head, side and tail. They are about 16 weeks old.

City of Mill Creek holds 2014 Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Special recognition was given to Brian Davern of Mill Creek’s Parks and Recreation Department who was selected as the 2014 Employee of the Year.
Brian Davern of Mill Creek’s Parks and Recreation Department was selected as the 2014 Employee of the Year. Photo courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

Employees are the heart and soul of every organization and the City of Mill Creek is no different. In an effort to recognize the important role played by city employees and volunteers, Mill Creek held their annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, October 8th.

New online crime reporting tool available to much of Snohomish County

The Everett Police Department and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office are using a new online crime reporting tool.
The Everett Police Department and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office are using a new online crime reporting tool. Images courtesy of Everett Police Department and Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Type and click. That’s how easy it is to submit an online crime report thanks to a new tool being used by two of Snohomish County’s largest law enforcement agencies.

Mill Creek Garden Club is searching for gardens for a public tour!

Mill Creek Garden Club is looking for notable gardens in Mill Creek and surrounding communities for a public Garden Tour in June 2015.
Mill Creek Garden Club is looking for notable gardens in Mill Creek and surrounding communities for a public Garden Tour in June 2015. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

Mill Creek Garden Club is searching for gardens for a public tour. Whether it’s on your iPhone, iPad or that paper calendar you flip a page each month, put an “X” on Saturday, June 27, 2015, for the Mill Creek Garden Tour!

Snohomish County seeks input on updates to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

Residents interested in learning more about updates to Snohomish County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan are invited to attend one of three public meetings set for this fall.
The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) provides emergency management service to unincorporated county residents and some municipalities. Image courtesy of Snohomish County.

Snohomish County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan provides information about hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanoes and severe storms, and allows the county and local governments to apply for federal programs that can help implement activities to reduce the risk from hazards before and after disasters occur.

Northwest Reads from University Book Store: “Temple Grove,” by Scott Elliott

"Temple Grove” gets the Northwest ambiance exactly right.  From the clean, slicing cold of mountain air to the experience of watching ferries bump their way into docks to unload passengers, Elliott captures what it’s like to live in a place of such constant contradiction.
“Temple Grove” by Scott Elliott, from UW Press. Image courtesy of University Book Store.

"Temple Grove” gets the Northwest ambiance exactly right. From the clean, slicing cold of mountain air to the experience of watching ferries bump their way into docks to unload passengers, Elliott captures what it’s like to live in a place of such constant contradiction.