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 By Beth Bond    News    October 18, 2019 

Long-term care insurance; Do you need it? Can you get it?

Long-term care insurance. What is it really? Do I need it? Can I still get it? It is a fact of modern times that we need insurance to protect our home, car and possessions from fire, flood and theft....


ECA celebrates 5th anniversary of arts programming for people with memory loss

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) announced the 5th season of its Dementia-Inclusive Series – a lineup of creative and social enrichment programs designed to engage people living with memory loss... Full story


Nature as Medicine

In the Northwest, some patients are receiving a novel prescription from their doctor: a walk in the park. Physicians in Seattle are weaving nature therapy into clinical practice. There's plenty of...


Personal experience shapes calming care at All Smiles Family Dentistry

In August, Dr. Ilona Furman opened her second office, All Smiles Family Dentistry, in Mill Creek Town Center where she offers the kind of caring, calming, and affordable care that she received as a... Full story

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

Lions, Tigers, and Bears--OH MY! 

Snohomish Elementary school students and their families gathered at the Thoren Family Farm Oct. 12 for the first annual "Wizard of Oz" pumpkin carving festival.  The 45 students carved images of...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

City discusses updates to Transportation Improvement Plan

The City of Mill Creek is required to update its Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) annually. The City Council conducted a study session Oct. 8 to discuss potential projects in Mill Creek. Director of Public Works and Development Services Gina...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

Flood risks, preparedness, and recovery

The fall and winter months have arrived, and so has the likelihood of significant flooding. Snohomish County has developed numerous resources to be accessed before, during, and after a flood event.  Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM),...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

Two members of the Women's Club compete in the upcoming election

Carmen Fisher and April Berg have two big things in common: their names are both on the November ballot and they are members of the Mill Creek Women's Club.  Fisher is vying for pos. 5 on the City Co...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

Snohomish County housing and community development projects are seeking applicants

Snohomish County is encouraging nonprofit organizations and government agencies to review the Notices of Fund Availability (NOFAs) and submit applications for housing, public facility, infrastructure, services, and tenant-based rental assistance. Pro... Full story

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

Somers launched Climate Action Advisory Committee Oct. 9

A newly formed Climate Action Advisory Committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to protect public health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address climate change, and preserve the natural environment in Snohomish County.... Full story


Bus drivers reach 1 & 2-million-mile status with no accidents

Two Community Transit drivers were awarded the agency's Million Mile Award this week for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. The drivers qualified for the distinction by m...


Board of Health passes emergency ban on flavored vapor products

The Washington State Board of Health passed an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products or any products that will be used to create a flavored vapor product.  The rule took effect Oct. 10 and lasts for 120 days. The Board of...

 By Marge Rhodes    News    October 18, 2019 

Is the Mill Creek Senior Center "out of sight, out of mind?"

Does anyone remember when the Mill Creek Senior Center was located in the building now known as "City Hall North?" Does anyone remember when it was displaced for use as City offices, then...

 By Lila Johnson    News    October 18, 2019 

Garden Club's October trickery

Sorceress Lyndal, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With moss and slime, and poisonous vine and skunk cabbages all in a row! A little Halloween sorcery crept into Shawn O'Donnell's Pub at...


Police Blotter | Oct. 4 - 15

10/4 - ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AND ASSAULT Officers responded to a disturbance in the 15400 block of Main St. It was later discovered that an unknown male assaulted and attempted to take a wallet out of a Lynnwood male’s pocket. The unknown suspect also...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 18, 2019 

HopeWorks Station crosses finish line Oct. 11

HopeWorks Station and Station Place, a workforce facility and 65-unit housing development that includes housing for vulnerable youth, veterans, and families seeking pathways out of poverty, officially opened Oct. 11.  Staff, residents, graduates,...

 By Paul Archipley    News    October 18, 2019 

Beacon journalists feted at annual newspaper association confab

Two members of the Beacon Publishing newsroom were honored with a handful of awards last week at the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Olympia. Sports editor David Pan won five awards, including 2nd place for 2019...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Somers shares proposed 2020 budget for Snohomish County

CORRECTION: The location of the severe weather shelter is not yet decided. The basement of the Carnegie Building in Everett is being considered for the shelter, but no final decision has been made....

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Update on Swift Orange Line

Bus Rapid Transit gave an update on the Swift Orange Line at a city council meeting on Sept. 24. Swift Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is frequent; every 10 minutes on weekdays, every 20 minutes on evenings and weekends. Officials says it has proven to be... Full story


Town Center addresses recent closure of University Book Store

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association (MCTCBA) released a statement Oct. 1 after some expressed confusion about the recent closure announcement of the University Book Store.  The association said it is not responsible for property leasing... Full story

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Department of Health launches new app for people who vape

The Washington State Department of Health and 2Morrow Inc. are working to launch a new smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping.  The self-guided program includes 10 short lessons, advanced messaging protocols, and customized tips....

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Rotary Club supports survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution

Peoria Home staff, board of directors, and residents held an official ribbon cutting reception to celebrate their newly renovated property Sept. 24. Peoria Home is a nonprofit organization dedicated...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Acceptance of grant funding for Mill Creek's historical timeline panels 

The City Council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Michael Ciaravino to accept Snohomish County’s Historic Preservation Grant funding of $7,806 at a meeting Sept. 10.  On July 25, the communications and marketing department received conf...

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Council considers affordable housing sales tax credit

The City of Mill Creek is considering a local revenue sharing program by providing up to 0.0146 percent local sales and use tax credited against the state sales tax for housing investments. This tax is available in increments of 0.0073 percent....

 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Third annual count tracks 27 opioid overdoses in seven days in Snohomish County

During one week in July, 27 people in Snohomish County overdosed because of opioids, causing two fatalities.  This information comes from the third annual 7-day point-in-time count by the Snohomish Health District in partnership with the Snohomish...


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