Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5k road race sponsored by Columbia Funding Mortgage was a success by every measure. There were over 1,400 runners at this year’s race through the Mill Creek Town Center, and over $25,000 was raised for charity. The blue skies and warm temperatures brought out a large crowd of spectators on Saturday, July 7th.

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald reports that Conner Martin, a 2009 Jackson High School graduate, competed in and finished the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon after recovering from his 2011 brain surgery.

The 2012 Ironman Couer d'Alene had over 2,500 competitors. Martin's time was 14 hours, 13 minutes, and 58 seconds which placed him 33rd in the male 18-24 division. There were 12 athletes in this division that didn't finish the race.

McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Twenty-one local drugstores have joined the fight to knock down the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District supplies the pharmacies with free vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur AmeriCares patient assistance program for uninsured, low-income adults.

Since the beginning of June, the stores so far have administered nearly 450 doses of whooping cough vaccine to low-income or uninsured adults. Pharmacies charge $10 to $15 to give the shot – the vaccine itself is no cost to the client.

Six Mill Creek USTA teams in local playoffs

six Mill Creek Tennis Club United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams advance to local playoffs

The Mill Creek Tennis Club has six out of eleven adult United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams heading to local playoffs this weekend. Roger and Byron Mark took over operation of the Mill Creek Tennis Club in 2009, and the club’s USTA program has improved ever since.

Roger Mark has coached many adult USTA teams and has sent multiple teams to the national tournament that ends each season. Each year Mark coaches up to ten USTA teams, seeing over 150 players. In 2008, his teams captured national titles at the Men's 4.0 and Women's 3.0 levels. In 2011 his teams continued their national success, winning the 4.0 Men's Championship, the 8.0 Mixed Doubles Championship, and placing third in the 7.0 Mixed Doubles Championship tournament.

Making Peace with Coffee

Making peace with coffee by Kate Towell

The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Lately I have been contemplating my relationship with coffee. I live in a coffee culture. Here in Seattle the coffee flows as freely as the rain.  Dates are made, meet-ups organized, books read and ipad apps enjoyed over coffee. As a yogini I am continually evaluating areas of my life where I create conflict. After all, yoga and Ayurveda are all about creating union in mind and body rather than conflict. When we evaluate conflict in our life it doesn’t have to be big items like relationships, job satisfaction or long-standing destructive patterns. Actually resolving conflict around smaller areas of our lives can help to transform the bigger areas too.  Recently, I realized I have created a tremendous amount of conflict around coffee. As a passionate explorer of Ayurveda I know that balance, joy and freedom are found along  the median path. I asked myself is my love affair with coffee an extreme?

Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.