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"Blooming shrubs for summer color," by the Whistling Gardener

Besides the obvious choices of annuals, perennials and bulbs there is a surprisingly large pallet of shrubs that will give us a thrill throughout the summer months.
Steve Smith shares some of his favorite summer blooming shrubs. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside nursery.

Here we are in the last week of May and for the most part the glory of spring has faded away. If we want to keep a continuous display of color in our gardens then we need plants that will bloom in the summer rather than the spring.

Everett School District honors 2015 class of National Board Certified Teachers at May 19th reception

Back row left to right. Addie Smith, Kristie Rickert, Steven Perry, Kelly LeRoy, Hillary Felix, Kari Eggink, Terry Coleman, Kelly Dack. Front row left to right. Cerra Sand, Susan Wilson, Gail Walters, Dan Hansen not pictured. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Back row left to right. Addie Smith, Kristie Rickert, Steven Perry, Kelly LeRoy, Hillary Felix, Kari Eggink, Terry Coleman, Kelly Dack. Front row left to right. Cerra Sand, Susan Wilson, Gail Walters, Dan Hansen not pictured. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

On May 19th an Everett Public Schools reception recognized the latest group of teachers to earn the rigorous professional designation of National Board Certification.

Help needed to ID suspect in May 12th coffee shop armed robbery just west of Mill Creek

The crime was recorded on surveillance video at a coffee shop at the 600 block of 164th St SW just west of Mill Creek at around 5 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 425-388-3845. Photos courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The crime was recorded on surveillance video at a coffee shop at the 600 block of 164th St SW just west of Mill Creek at around 5 pm on Tuesday, May 12th.

Mill Creek seeking Design Review Board volunteer

The City of Mill Creek is seeking one volunteer to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2017. Applications are due no later than 5 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2015.
The Board Members shall be from the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, urban (design) planner or similar disciplines and need not be residents of the City. Image courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking one volunteer to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2017. Applications are due no later than 5 pm on Thursday, June 4th.

Jackson High ninth-grader Harshu Musunuri is best of the best at science fair “Super Bowl”

Harshu Musunuri distinguished herself as one of the best of the best, winning the Best in Category in physical energy
Harshu Musunuri distinguished herself as one of the best of the best, winning the Best in Category in physical energy. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Sriharshita ‘Harshu’ Musunuri won her category at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair the week of May 10, 2015.

This year 1,700 students from more than 75 countries and nearly 500 affiliated science fairs competed in the Super Bowl of science fairs.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives seek armed robbery suspects

Major Crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are asking for assistance from the public in identifying two suspects caught on surveillance video robbing a store on 164th Street SW at gunpoint early on the morning of Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Anyone with information about the incident or suspects is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 425-388-3845. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Major Crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are asking for assistance from the public in identifying two suspects caught on surveillance video robbing a store on 164th Street SW at gunpoint early on the morning of Thursday, May 7th.

Combined Mill Creek, Edmonds, and Mukilteo Relay for Life coming up

Looking to build upon the momentum Mill Creek, Edmonds, and Mukilteo Relay for Life events have gained the past five years; team recruiting is underway to fundraise for 2015.
Looking to build upon the momentum Mill Creek, Edmonds, and Mukilteo Relay for Life events have gained the past five years; team recruiting is underway to fundraise for 2015. Image courtesy of Relay for Life.

Did you know that since the early 1990s, cancer death rates have declined by 20 percent? That's nearly 1.2 million lives saved from the disease in that time! That progress in the fight is thanks in part to the millions of supporters who participate in a Relay For Life event every year.

Join us at the 2015 Relay for Life on Saturday, May 30th, to help the American Cancer Society finish the fight!

Local candidates in Mill Creek and beyond file for 2015 Elections

The 2015 candidate-filing week closed at 4 pm on Friday, May 15th. Some elected positions only attracted single candidates, who can now breathe sighs of relief since they won’t have to campaign.
The top two vote getters in the Primary Election will advance to the General Election regardless of party. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Elections.

This year’s local candidates have tossed their hats into the ring and are getting ready to ask for your vote in the Primary Election on August 4th and then in the General Election on November 3rd.

The 2015 candidate-filing week closed at 4 pm on Friday, May 15th. Some elected positions only attracted single candidates, who can now breathe sighs of relief since they won’t have to campaign.

Leading the Way into their 32nd Year, from Mill Creek Garden Club

Mill Creek Garden Club Officers for 2015-16. Left to right in order:  Karen Brandon, Sally Dagna, Lyndal Kennedy, Gloria Buchanan, and Michael Crawford.
Mill Creek Garden Club Officers for 2015-16. Left to right in order: Karen Brandon, Sally Dagna, Lyndal Kennedy, Gloria Buchanan, and Michael Crawford. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

Mill Creek Garden Club celebrated good times and great memories at their recent May meeting. The theme was “picnic,” which was evident with the red/white checked table runners, red/white geranium centerpieces and the fabulous buffet lunch which included fried chicken, corn-on-the-cob, green and potato salads, watermelon and cookies.

YMCA set to buy Everett School District’s former educational service center

ix entities submitted letters of interest for school district property at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett.
YMCA of Snohomish County plans to build a new facility with community rooms, pool, gym, child watch, fitness studios, and teen programs. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

After months of analyzing the six development proposals they received, Everett School District staff decided the YMCA of Snohomish County’s $3,325,000 bid for the school district’s old educational service center on Colby Avenue was the best.

Everett teachers union members vote for a one-day walkout

Everett Education Association members voted today to participate in the region-wide rolling teachers walkout on Friday, May 22nd, to protest legislative inaction. This teachers’ union represents over 1,000 teachers in the Everett School District.
The last day of school will now be June 17th instead of June 16th. Image courtesy of Everett Education Association.

Everett Education Association members voted to participate in the region-wide rolling teachers walkout on Friday, May 22nd, to protest legislative inaction. This teachers union represents over 1,000 teachers in the Everett School District.