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Play Local – Plan a Staycation

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’.

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation is a key piece of jargon these days. As you probably guessed, it’s a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation.' According to the Urban Dictionary a staycation is “a vacation, which involves staying where you are, or staying close to home, usually within a 100 mile radius.”

When you stage a small-scale local adventure you save money, support your local economy and eliminate the hassle and stress of long-distance travel. From hiking, kayaking or paddle-boarding at nearby parks to indulging in week long wellness experiences, a staycation — like any getaway — can be as active or leisurely as you desire. It just takes a little planning, an open-minded attitude and a sense of adventure.

Mill Creek garbage pickup affected by labor dispute

Waste Management Northwest hasn’t picked up Mill Creek’s garbage, recycling, and yard waste since Tuesday, July 24th because of a strike by Teamsters Local 117.

Waste Management Northwest hasn’t picked up Mill Creek’s garbage, recycling, and yard waste since Tuesday, July 24th because of a strike by Teamsters Local 117 whose members drive the recycling and yard waste trucks. Members of Teamsters Local 174, who drive the garbage trucks, won’t cross the Teamsters Local 117’s picket lines.

According to Waste Management Northwest, residential customers won’t have their garbage, recycling, or yard waste picked up for an indefinite period of time, “Due to a work stoppage that began on Wednesday, July 25th, we have been unable to provide regularly scheduled service. Waste Management does not know how long the work stoppage will be.”

The Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

Summer is finally here and the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker has a full complement of vendors. After a colder and wetter than normal June, Friday the 6th will be perfect for getting outside. The market is open from 3 PM to 7 PM.

The mission of Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is to create a gathering place where members of the local community can support and learn from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans. In order to provide customers with a full and varied market experience, the market managers are carefully selecting vendors based on quality, customer service, quantity, and uniqueness.

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.

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi master featured in documentary

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi Master featured in The Highest Pass documentary

Mill Creek's Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master, Eric Braff, is a motorcycle rider in the documentary The Highest Pass premiering in Seattle June 15th. The movie had a brilliant run in Los Angeles recently. It was number one at the Santa Monica Laemmle two weekends in a row.

The Highest Pass is a motorcycle journey through India's Himalayas over the highest motorable road in the world. The film crew followed a dare devil yogi leading seven Americans to make decisions about life and death while traversing steep, icy cliffs and the chaos of India's "road killer" traffic. Carrying a prophecy of death in his late twenties, their Yogi leader Anand Mehrotra inspires them to question what it means to truly live and pushes the riders to the limits of the teachings: "Only the one who dies, truly lives."

The film documents Master teacher Anand Mehrotra's journey of transformation with seven motorcycle riders including the Mill Creek Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master Eric Braff.

Trip leader and master teacher Anand Mehrotra; filmmaker, producer and rider Adam Schomer; and Mill Creek Tai Chi master, Eric Braff will be on hand for Q&A after the film on the evenings of June 15th and 16th.

Snohomish County home prices increase over 7% in May

Michelle Dunlop of the Everett Herald reported that Snohomish Country home prices increased for the second month in a row. Dunlop said, "The median single-family home sold for $259,933 last month, up 7.3 percent from a year ago, based on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service report. That follows a nearly 10 percent jump in prices of single-family homes sold in the county in April compared to the previous year."

New Mill Creek Town Center frozen-yogurt/coffee shop now open

World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and ABS Coffee Company now open in the Mill Creek Town Center

“A brain freeze and then you melt it,” is how Shelli Chan describes her new business in the Mill Creek Town Center.  Chan’s patrons can get frozen yogurt, specialty coffee, juice, and specialty snacks such as Macaron Pastries in a clean, high-tech environment.

The World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and The ABS Coffee Company opened across the street from Boston’s Pizza in March.

The brightly-lit high-tech interior is very inviting. There are six flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. Two of the booths allow patrons to connect their iPods, iPhones, or other music players to sound dome speakers for individualized entertainment.

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