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Host families needed this summer to welcome 17 international students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 14th to August 2th host families in our area will welcome 17 Chinese EHP students, ages 10 to 14 all eager to visit and experience the American way of life.

Keeping Mother’s Day in Mill Creek

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday the 12th, here are a few local ideas for making mom feel special while supporting local Mill Creek businesses.

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday the 12th, here are a few local ideas for making mom feel special while supporting local Mill Creek businesses.

Moms always love brunch, so why not take her to Mill Creek's newest cafe, The Rusty Pelican, where owner Marilyn Limberopoulus is planning a special Mother's Day menu along with the regular menu. Everything at the Rusty Pelican is homemade from scratch and every mom will be given a complimentary chocolate covered strawberry. The menu includes cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and muffins. There's a special poached Bosc pear appetizer and entrees that include homemade quiche, soufflé and French toast topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pecans. Add a specialty mimosa and mom will be happy!

Rusty Pelican Cafe now open

The Rusty Pelican is now open.

May 3rd update: The Rusty Pelican Cafe is now open.

After much anticipation, the Rusty Pelican Cafe is opening in Mill Creek on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. It is located in Maple Leaf Square, close to Azteca in the former Patty's Eggnest space.

The Rusty Pelican Cafe is a family owned business with two other restaurants, one in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and the other in Edmonds. American cuisine is their speciality with classic home-style dishes, and dessert.

Is the Mill Creek Country Club for sale?

The Mill Creek Country Club announced to its members this week that their financial difficulties might force a sale of the club to another golf group.

May 29, 2013 update

We have been informed by Paul Clampitt, President of the Mill Creek Country Club’s Board of Directors, that the country club’s financial problems have eased.

Clampitt said via email, “The members overwhelmingly rejected the idea of selling the club and since then we have been able to restructure our debt in such a way as to give us at least 5 more years to build membership.”

More informaton on the Mill Creek Country Club's situation can be found in this May 20th, 2013 article.

Original May 2, 2013 article

The Mill Creek Country Club announced to its members this week that their financial difficulties might force a sale of the club to another golf group.

In an April 30, 2013 email to the club’s equity members Paul Clampett, Mill Creek Country Club Board of Trustees President, announced a May 13th Special Town Hall Meeting, “to review the financial status of our club. We will present options for dealing with our 
upcoming debt situation. These options include the 
possibility of selling the club to another golf group.”

In the same email Clampett said there have already been discussions with potential buyers, “As part of our work over the last year, the Board of Trustees
has been researching a number of options, one of which would be to sell the club. We have hired a consultant to 
assist us in the process. As a result, we have had
 discussions with potential buyers.”

Lynn Sordel files to run for his Mill Creek City Council seat

On April 30, 2013 Lynn Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat

Lynn Sordel was appointed to the Mill Creek City Council on November 13, 2012. A six-year Mill Creek resident who had served on the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Board, Sordel was deemed to be the best choice by a majority of the City Council out of the seven candidates who submitted letters of interest.

Sordel’s appointment is until November 2013 when his seat comes up for election. The winner of this election will serve a four year term.

On April 30, 2013 Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat.

Musings Artist Inspired closing their business

Musings Artist Inspired closing

We are sorry to announce that, due to unexpected circumstances beyond their control, our friends at Musings Artist Inspired in the Mill Creek Town Center will be closing their doors in early June.

Fellow artists and friends Marcia Beck and Leigh Anne Weller opened Musings in 2007 and provided a location for local and regional artists to showcase and sell their artwork. They  offered a unique shopping experience for their loyal customers.

All local artist work will be available for sale at Musings until the last week of May.

Starting Thursday, May 2nd, select merchandise will be on sale and all sales will be final.

Proclamation of Loyalty Day in Mill Creek

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek.

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek. The City Council voted unanimously to have Mayor Mike Todd sign the proclamation at their April 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The idea for this proclamation came from Fred Apgar, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 Commander.

In his April 23rd presentation to the City Council Apgar urged everyone to reflect on the privileges of democracy and liberty that have been afforded us by our nation’s institutions.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner promoted to Sergeant

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013. He will be a 22-year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department in May and has served in many capacities in his service for the City.

Mill Creek Police Chief Bob Crannell made the following presentation before administering Sergeant Conner’s oath of office:

Good Evening Mayor Todd and Council:

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Mill Creek Police Department’s newest Sergeant Sean Conner.

Sergeant Conner is a twenty-one year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department.

Sean was born in Seattle and grew-up in Lynnwood where he attended Meadowdale High School and Edmonds Community College before attending to the University of Washington and joining the Navy ROTC.

Mill Creek City Council authorizes two new park signs

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks.

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks. Concrete foundations for these signs have already been installed, but will need retrofitting to accommodate the new monuments.

Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, told the City Council that the new monuments will be slightly larger than existing park signs, but will match them very well.

Mill Creek City Council funds additional staff time to handle workload

At their regular April 23rd, 2013 meeting the City Council voted to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position and the Building Permit Coordinator’s to handle workload.

Ken Armstrong began working as Mill Creek City Manager on January 1, 2013. As he settled into his new job it became apparent to him that previous decisions to defund the Human Resources Manager position and to reduce the Building Permit Coordinator’s hours were counter productive.

At their April 23rd, 2013 regular meeting the City Council agreed with Armstrong and voted 6-1 to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position from zero to 0.75 of full-time. They voted unanimously to increase the funding of the Building Permit Coordinator position from 0.80 of full-time to full-time.

Michelson to seek re-election to Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council, “I am honored to have been part of the council serving the residents of Mill Creek.  If re-elected, I will continue to listen and address the concerns and issues of the citizenry and our businesses.  I believe experience and history will be critical given the challenges of competing needs during this economic environment.”

Michelson has been a councilmember since 1999, serving 2 years as Mayor and 4 years as Mayor Pro-Tem.

University Book Store announces the passing of CEO Bryan Pearce

University Book Store Chief Executive Officer and Mill Creek resident, Bryan Pearce, who had been with the store since 1990 and was named CEO in 2002, succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

University Book Store Chief Executive Officer and Mill Creek resident, Bryan Pearce, who had been with the store since 1990 and was named CEO in 2002, succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

His successor Louise Little, previously the store's director of Human Resources since 1989, said, "Bryan lived this last year with an incredible amount of focus and determination, not to mention courage. He was a teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague who inspired those of us who worked with him to be the best that we could be. To say he will be missed does not come close to describing the extreme sense of loss we are feeling."

Four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election

There are four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013. The filing period for these positions is May 13-17, 2013.

The following four Mill Creek City Council seats are up for election in 2013:

  • Position #1 – Short & Four year term
  • Position #2 – Four year term
  • Position #3 – Four year term
  • Position #4 – Four year term

The filing period for these positions is May 13-17, 2013.  The filing fee is $60.00.   Any Mill Creek citizen interested in running for a seat on the Mill Creek City Council may call the Snohomish County Auditors Office at 425-388-3444 for more information on filing.  For information related to the duties of the position, please contact Kelly Chelin, Mill Creek City Clerk, at 425-745-1891.

Mill Creek delivers services for less cost than most neighboring cities

Altogether, Mill Creek spends relatively little to provide services when compared to other local Puget Sound cities.

The Mill Creek City Council heard that the City delivers its services for less cost than most neighboring cities of comparable size, population, and/or residents’ demographics at their April 6, 2013 all-day retreat.

As with other Puget Sound cities, Mill Creek provides a variety of services to its citizens. Mill Creek polices the community; plans and guides development; improves and maintains roads, sidewalks, and storm drainage; provides parks and recreation for city residents; and manages outsourcing of other services such as fire protection and garbage collection.

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