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Mill Creek’s WEST Coast Aquatics swim team 2015 Swim-A-Thon

WEST Coast Aquatics will hold their official 2015 swim-a-thon on April 10th and 11th.
WEST Copast Aquatics hopes to raise $60,000 this year. Image courtesy of WEST Coast Aquatics.

On Friday, April 10th, and Saturday, April 11th, WEST Coast Aquatics swim team will be holding its official 2015 Swim-A-Thon™ where competitive swimmers—ranging in age from 7 to 18—swim for two hours or up to 200 lengths of the pool to raise money to fund programs and improve its facility.

"My March To Do List," from the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith, The Whistling Gardener, is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville.
Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Just in case you forgot, the first week of every month The Whistling Gardener will give you a list of chores for the month. Be forewarned. He expects you to get out and accomplish these things. Trust me, in the end you will be glad you did. Here we go…………

Left Coast/Right Coast: The Academy Awards – life as filmmakers believe it is.

Mike Gold watches a lot of pirated movies.
Mike Gold is a retired entrepreneur providing his views on various subjects. Photo credit: Bart Gold.

We watched the movie "Boyhood" a few days before the recent Academy Awards. The film was made over a 12-year period, filming what was supposed to be the life of a boy (Mason) from about 6 years old until about 18 – and his graduation from high school.

Fatal automobile collision west of Snohomish

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an automobile collision where one person was killed at the intersection of 61st Ave SE and 64th St SE in unincorporated Snohomish County at about 12:21 pm on Sunday March 1, 2015.
A woman was killed and a man was taken to Providence Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an automobile collision where one person was killed at the intersection of 61st Ave SE and 64th St SE in unincorporated Snohomish County at about 12:21 pm on Sunday March 1st.

Bobcat sighted just south of Willis Tucker Park

Bobcats are seldom seen because they are elusive in nature and cautious around humans. So imagine our surprise when this little guy (or gal) was spotted just south of the entrance to Willis Tucker Park on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Bobcats are not considered a threat to human safety except in rare cases when they have rabies or are extremely aggressive. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County.

Bobcats are seldom seen because they are elusive in nature and cautious around humans. So imagine our surprise when this little guy (or gal) was spotted just south of the entrance to Willis Tucker Park on Sunday, February 15th.

Target out, but Mill Creek continues to promote East Gateway Urban Village development

The East Gateway Urban Village could include approximately 350,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a combination of 394 town homes and apartments.
2008 Mill Creek East Gateway Urban Village master plan drawing. Image courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

City of Mill Creek officials have pretty much given up hope that a big box store will come to town in the foreseeable future. As disclosed in recent public discussions, the amount of remaining land in Mill Creek not under development or contract is probably too small to support such a large store.

New Haggen Northwest Fresh grocery stores looking for local partners

Haggen’s company leaders are inviting local community members that are interested in partnering with the brand to meet at an informal public meeting at The Zahn Event Center at The Manor from 5 to 6 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Two local grocery stores are transitioning over to become Haggen’s Northwest Fresh stores in the very near future. Haggen’s company leaders are inviting local community members that are interested in partnering with the brand to an informal public meeting at The Zahn Event Center at The Manor on Thursday, March 12th.

"All About Bears" presentation at the Northwest Stream Center

Karelian Bear Dog Colter in the snow. The "All About Bears" presentation will be at the Northwest Stream Foundation in McCollum Park.
Karelian Bear Dog Colter in the snow. Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“All about Bears” will be the feature Streamkeeper Academy event at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park (600 –128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208) on Saturday, March 7th, at 1:00 pm.