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Sheriff’s Office to officially launch School Services Unit

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will officially launch the newly formed School Services Unit Friday, March 15, 2013, at Woodside Elementary School in unincorporated Snohomish County.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will officially launch the newly formed School Services Unit Friday, March 15, 2013, at Woodside Elementary School in unincorporated Snohomish County near Mill Creek.

After the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Sheriff John Lovick proposed the School Services Unit to address his vision that the Sheriff’s Office be a school safety resource to our county’s unincorporated schools.

“As far as we know the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office School Services Unit approach to school safety is the first of its kind in the state of Washington, possibly even the nation,” said Sheriff Lovick. “It builds on establishing and maintaining relationships between law enforcement and school districts, school leadership, teachers, staff, students and their families.”

Everett Public Schools welcomes next year’s kindergarten students.

Although this school year is not yet finished, and there are seven more months before the next school year begins, it is time to think about kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year.

Although this school year is not yet finished, and there are seven more months before the next school year begins, it is time to think about kindergarten registration for next year.

Registration starts on Monday, March 11th and ends on Friday, March 15th.

Children who will be 5 years old by August 31, 2013, are eligible to begin kindergarten in September.

Artists wanted for Mill Creek's 2013 Second Thursday Art Walks

The Mill Creek Art and Beautification Board and the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association are seeking artists who want to participate in the 2013 Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walks.

The Mill Creek Art and Beautification Board and the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association are seeking artists who want to participate in the 2013 Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walks.

At the February 12th City Council meeting, the City Council allocated $900 to fund this year's Second Thursday Art Walks.

The goal of the Art Walk is to enhance the atmosphere of Mill Creek Town Center while providing artists with a venue in which to showcase their work. An attempt is made to match the style of the artist’s work with the host merchant’s preferences. Artists will not be charged fees or commissions.

Representative Hans Dunshee to hold Mill Creek town hall meeting

Washington State Representative Hans Dunshee will host two town hall meetings in his 44th District on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The first will be in Mill Creek from 10 AM to 12 noon.

Washington State Representative Hans Dunshee will host two town hall meetings in his 44th District on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The first will be in Mill Creek from 10 AM to 12 noon. The second will be in Lake Stevens from 1 PM to 3 PM.

This is an opportunity for Mill Creek residents to comment on current legislative issues and to voice their priorities.

The House of Representatives is in the middle of the legislative session, which started in January.

Daylight savings time begins March 10th - Check your smoke alarms

It’s time to spring ahead again at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

It’s time to spring ahead again at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Putting your clocks forward means you will lose an hour, but for many of us the later sunset means more daylight while we are awake.

As the time change approaches, Snohomish County Fire District 7 encourages citizens to make another change that could save their lives – checking the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters to participate in annual Scott Stair Climb

On March 10, 2013, two firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 7 will race up 69 floors of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

On March 10, 2013, two firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 7 will race up 69 floors of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

The annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb features firefighters from all over the world as they climb 1,311 steps in full bunker gear.

Bill Ekse and Jeremy Karapostoles will be representing Fire District 7 in the climb this year.

Gary Meek appointed Snohomish County Fire District 7 Fire Chief

Gary Meek was appointed Fire District 7 Fire Chief at the February 28, 2013 Fire Board meeting. He has served as interim Fire Chief since 2011 when the previous chief retired.

Gary Meek was appointed Fire District 7 Fire Chief at the February 28, 2013 Fire Board meeting. He has served as interim Fire Chief since 2011 when the previous Fire Chief retired.

“Chief Meek has done an outstanding job while serving in the interim chief position,” said Board Chair Neil Doherty. “The Board has great confidence in his ability as fire chief and we know he will continue to serve our community with great dedication and professionalism.”

Smoke alarms alert Mill Creek residents to apartment fire

Snohomish County Fire District 7 was dispatched to an apartment fire in the 1200 block of Mill Creek Boulevard just after 2 a.m. on February 28, 2013.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 was dispatched to an apartment fire in the 1200 block of Mill Creek Boulevard just after 2 a.m. on February 28, 2013. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the three-story apartment building.

Residents in the first-floor apartment where the fire started were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and evacuated the building. A neighbor quickly pulled the fire alarm alerting the rest of the building to the fire.

Train to become a Snohomish County Beach Watcher!

Train to become a Snohomish County Beach Watcher. Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually.

The deadline to apply for training to become a Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher is March 12, 2013.

Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually.

Training runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2-26 and Oct. 1-29, at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. There is a $35 materials fee; fee waivers are available.

Mill Creek to get new K-9 dog thanks to local businessman

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, announced that Mill Creek’s new K-9 program suffered a setback when the City’s K-9 team was pulled out of training.

February 25, 2013 update.

According to Ken Armstrong there is a happy beginning to Mongo’s next chapter, “Mongo did find a new home (on a farm in Oregon) and by all accounts is one happy camper!”

Officer Ian Durkee said that he and Axel are getting to know one another and will begin a new training course soon, “I am really impressed with Axel so far and am eager to get into training with him. We are working on getting into a K-9 academy being hosted by Redmond PD, but there is no set start date for that yet.”

February 19, 2013 article

At the February 12, 2013 City Council meeting Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, announced that Mill Creek’s new K-9 program suffered a setback when the City’s K-9 team was pulled out of training.

Dingmon appointed as Fire District 1 commissioner

Karen Dingmon was appointed to the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners.

Karen Dingmon was appointed to the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners. She was sworn in and took office at the board’s February 19, 2013 meeting.

Commissioners selected Dingmon from a field of 11 candidates to fill a vacancy created at the end of 2012 when Millie Judge resigned from the board to take office as a Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. Dingmon will have to run for election in the fall if she wants to serve the two years remaining in Judge’s six-year term.

“I would like to help my community in achieving the best quality of service for firefighting, prevention and emergency medical services,” Dingmon said. “These vital services require informed, well thought-out plans involving both the public and the fire department to carry out the laws meant to protect all citizens.”

2013 Mill Creek Library surveys show mixed results

A representative from Sno-Isle Libraries presented the results of the 2013 Mill Creek Library surveys at the February 6th Mill Creek Library Board meeting.

Sno-Isles Libraries conducted an on-line survey and a phone survey from January 18-28, 2013 to help them figure out whether or not to ask voters for money to replace the existing Mill Creek Library with a larger one.

The answers are not conclusive.

The on-line survey introduction explained that Sno-Isles Libraries is looking for “ways to better meet community needs at the Mill Creek Library, including parking, a meeting room for library programs and community groups and more space for books, CDs and other library materials.”

“Sno-Isle Libraries is considering relocating the library to a larger area along 132nd Avenue Southeast near Seattle Hill Road. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey about a potential larger library in a new Mill Creek location.”

A representative from Sno-Isle Libraries presented the results of the 2013 Mill Creek Library surveys at the February 6th Mill Creek Library Board meeting.

East Gateway Urban Village Update – February 2013

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.

Economic development of underutilized areas of Mill Creek has been the City’s focus since the adoption of Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan on April 10, 2012.

Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan both highlight the East Gateway Urban Village as a main source of increased revenue for the City.

Puget Sound Energy working with Mill Creek to improve road patches

A Puget Sound Energy paving contractor is in the process of replacing the temporary cold-patch on Village Green Drive and 148th Street SE with a more permanent hot-patch that will be much smoother and more drivable. Part of the patched roadway will be completely refinished with an overlay this summer.

A Puget Sound Energy paving contractor is in the process of replacing the temporary cold-patch on Village Green Drive and 148th Street SE with a more permanent hot-patch that will be much smoother and more drivable.

Part of the patched roadway will be completely refinished with an overlay this summer as described in the following article:

Mill Creek’s ageing roads to get a new lease on life

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