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Elevated Nature Trail Spring Walk at the Northwest Stream Center

Northwest Stream Center vegetation: Skunk Cabbage Flower (also referred to as a “forest lantern”).  Photo credit: Tom Murdoch.
Northwest Stream Center vegetation: Skunk Cabbage Flower (also referred to as a “forest lantern”). Photo credit: Tom Murdoch.

On Saturday, April 11th, between 10 am and noon, Zoologist Tom Noland, Naturalist Lori Powlas, and Stream Ecologist Tom Murdoch will be hosting the first public walk on the new Elevated Nature Trail at the Northwest Stream Center.

Small fire causes smoke damage at Mill Creek YMCA

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire in a maintenance room at the Mill Creek YMCA Friday morning, March 27, 2015.
Since the Silver Firs Fire Station is right across the street, firefighters were able to quickly respond to the emergency call. Image courtesy of Fire District 1.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire in a maintenance room at the Mill Creek YMCA Friday morning, March 27, 2015.

No one was injured, but about half a dozen people who were working out in the cardio-fitness room where the fire started had to be evacuated.

Three Mill Creek City Council seats up for election this year

Mill Creek residents who are interested in running for one of the open city council seats this year must file with Snohomish County Elections during the week of May 11th to 15th.
Mill Creek residents interested in running for the city council must file the week of May 11th. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Elections.

Mill Creek City Council elections are staggered every two years so that the entire city council doesn’t change all at once. Brian Holtzclaw, Sean Kelly, Donna Michelson, and Pam Pruitt were elected to the city council in 2013.

The three city council seats up for election in 2015 are as follows:

  • Position #5 (short plus 4 year term): Incumbent Vince Cavaleri,
  • Position #6 (4 year term): Incumbent Mike Todd, and
  • Position #7 (4 year term): Incumbent Mark Bond.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Things to be thankful for – East Coast/West Coast

Mike Gold at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.
Mike Gold is a retired entrepreneur providing his views on various subjects. Photo credit: Bart Gold.

We’ve lived on the “Left Coast” now for almost nine years. Prior to that we lived on the Gold Coast of Florida for six. Most of our lives, however, were spent in New England. If you are a “glass half full” type of person, there are some great things in all three regions. If you are a “glass half empty” person, there are a number of things to complain about as well.

Grand opening of Mill Creek’s Buffalo Park set

According to City Councilmember Sean Kelly the grand opening of Mill Creek's newest park is tentatively scheduled for April 24th.
Buffalo Park's play equipment with Polygon Northwest's apartments in the background. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.

March 23, 2015, update.

The City of Mill Creek has set the date and time for the official grand opening of Buffalo Park to be Friday, April 24th, at 3 pm.

Mill Creek's newest park is nearing completion. The remaining work includes final construction of the restroom/picnic shelter building, final landscaping, and installation of picnic tables, benches, BBQs and the water fountain.

Representative Mark Harmsworth to discuss legislative priorities with Mill Creek City Council

State Representative Mark Harmsworth requested that he be given time at the March 24, 2015, Mill Creek City Council meeting to discuss “legislative agenda topics of concern.”
Representative Mark Harmsworth is a former Mill Creek City Councilmember. Photo courtesy of Washington State Republicans.

According to Interim City Manager Landy Manuel, State Representative Mark Harmsworth requested that he be given time at the March 24th, Mill Creek City Council meeting to discuss “legislative agenda topics of concern.”

The Washington State Legislature is just past the mid-point of this year’s session and there are many pieces of pending legislation that concern Mill Creek.

State legislators like Representative Harmsworth are visiting their communities in order to better understand what their priorities should be.

"Overnight Oats Recipe," from Kate Towell

Overnight oats are quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to breakfast treats. I have played around with lots of different flavor combinations: blueberry and almond butter, mango and coconut, dates and apples.
Overnight oats make an easy, affordable and healthy breakfast. Photo courtesy of Kate Towell.

Overnight oats are quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to breakfast treats. I am not one of those people who can skip breakfast. This Pitta girl wakes up hungry! With my busy schedule overnight oats make an easy, affordable, healthy breakfast that pack a lot of energy boosting nutrients to start my day.