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Welcome to the 2013 Mill Creek Festival

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th.

The Mill Creek Business Association has proudly produced the Mill Creek Festival for the past 12 years. The festival committee, formed entirely of volunteers from local businesses, devotes countless hours and resources to create an enjoyable event for our patrons and an opportunity for local companies to showcase their services.

The Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Once again, Dan and Sue McNeely of North Creek Roofing are the title sponsors of the event. Please stop by their booth in the middle of Mill Creek Blvd and 161st, as well the booths of all our sponsors for that matter, and thank them for their support. In years that we are able to cover all the festival’s expenses, proceeds are invested back into the community. For example, just this year the Mill Creek Business Association has supported the Mill Creek Santa Parade, the Mill Creek Police Guild, the South Snohomish Honor Guard, the YMCA’s Invest in Youth Campaign, the Mill Creek Food Bank, Jackson High Football and the Mill Creek Forum Summer Concert Series.

World musician Scott Cossu to perform at 2013 Mill Creek Festival

Pianist Scott Cossu will play with drummer Steve Banks and multi instrumentalist (flute, bass flute, saxophone and harmonica) John Croarkin on the Main Stage at this year’s Mill Creek Festival.

Pianist Scott Cossu will play with drummer Steve Banks and multi instrumentalist (flute, bass flute, saxophone and harmonica) John Croarkin on the Main Stage at this year’s Mill Creek Festival.

The trio will play original compositions from Cossu’s latest album “Jazz & Blues,” which was recorded about a year ago. The music is energetic, according to Cossu, and if you haven’t ever heard the bass flute, he promises some nice selections that feature it. “I was pigeon-holed as a New Age musician, but this really kicks,” Cossu said. Given the scope of his nearly 40-year career as a composer, teacher and performer, it would be unfortunate for those who appreciate an array of musical styles to pigeon-hole Cossu.

Improve your health for free at the Mill Creek Festival

Attendees of the Mill Creek Festival have the opportunity to do something good for themselves at the Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus, which will be open during the festival on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Do you ever have a sneaky feeling that you should get your cholesterol checked, or maybe have your glucose level measured, but you just don’t want to take the time to do it?

A visitor to Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus in Yuba City, California, was too busy to worry about preventative health. He didn’t have insurance to cover it, either. But he took the time to come to the bus to get free health screening tests, and he’s really glad he did.

He didn’t know what his levels were and didn’t have insurance to go to the doctor, so he was surprised to find that his cholesterol was over 300,” said Karen Mulch, a technician with the health bus. “We like those numbers to be under 200, so we gave him tips on how to decrease it, and literature on how important diet and exercise is. We didn’t expect him to come back, but three days later we had another event and he came back and asked to get checked again. He had changed his diet, so we checked his cholesterol and it was 50 points lower than just three days before! It just shows how changing your diet and doing a bit of exercise can change your levels rather quickly.”

Best New Band nominees "Michelle Taylor and the Blues Junkies" to play at 2013 Mill Creek Festival

Best New Band nominees "Michelle Taylor and the Blues Junkies" to play at the 2013 Mill Creek Festival.

July 13, 2013 Update

Michelle Talor and the Blues Junkies will perform on the Main Stage of the Mill Creek Festival on Sunday, July 14th at 1:30 pm.

Michelle Taylor is known by many in the Pacific Northwest because of her six-year gig with the Top-40 cover band, Expertease. As lead singer for the band, she quickly gathered a loyal fan base due to her outgoing personality, energetic stage presence, and loyalty to fans.

In six years, she rarely missed a performance, even singing through the final months of her pregnancy. Soon after giving birth to her son, Taylor began to look for new ground with her music. “I wanted to do something different vocally, to express myself more than I could when singing traditional top 40 tunes,” she said. “My voice has more of a blues sound, so I wanted to explore that.”

Mill Creek’s Waste Management Northwest contract extension provides benefits to the City and residents

The City of Mill Creek extended their existing solid waste contract with Waste Management Northwest for two more years rather than going through an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process.

The City of Mill Creek extended their existing solid waste contract with Waste Management Northwest for two more years rather than going through an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process.

At their June 25th, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to extend Waste Management Northwest’s contract to June 30, 2015.

Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek Public Works Director, recommended the contract extension to give the City time to consider its options, “Several other cities in the region are in the RFP and evaluation process at this time, which provides the opportunity of reviewing the latest solid waste contract provisions and rates prior to finalizing our next long-term contract.”

Mill Creek seeking volunteers to fill two Design Review Board vacancies

The City of Mill Creek is seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2016.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2016.

Because of the technical qualifications required by this position, it can be difficult to find qualified volunteers. It is not necessary for the volunteer to live in Mill Creek.

A letter of interest is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Design Review Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 PM.

The Design Review Board was created to review and make urban design decisions that will promote visual quality throughout the City. The Design Review Board reviews all site plans, building elevations, landscaping and monument signs for attached single-family residential, multifamily residential, industrial, and commercial developments.

Left coast/right coast – The people you meet

East Coast Rule 1: Never trust anyone. When you grow up in New York City, you take certain platitudes for granted. First among those is, “Never trust anyone as you never know who they really are.”

As this column is named left coast/right coast, I thought it might be interesting to compare people and my impressions from both coasts:

East Coast Rule 1: Never trust anyone. When you grow up in New York City, you take certain platitudes for granted. First among those is, “Never trust anyone as you never know who they really are.”

Just think of Son of Sam. A mere postal worker who had a habit of sneaking up on parked cars and blowing the occupants away with a .44 caliber gun. To say Son of Sam had a personality disorder is sort of like saying it rains in Seattle. Really? What gave you the first clue?

Here is a sample of a letter Son of Sam wrote to famous New York Daily News Columnist Jimmy Breslin, “Hello from the Gutters of NYC which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine and blood.”

Now isn’t this just the kind of person you want to invite home for dinner? What personality disorder? Just a typical misunderstood New Yorker going about their daily business.

Announcing the July 11th Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the July 11th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the July 11th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

“The Board members have been working extremely hard to make this very successful and have tried to match up artists with appropriate businesses.”

“We learned what worked and what needed to be addressed for this year's upcoming Art Walk. It was well-received last year and we had many positive comments. This is just another way to bring Mill Creek to the spotlight as a destination city.”

Be prepared for delays along Village Green Drive beginning July 8th

Broken sidewalks and curbs were removed in June and the sidewalk sections were temporarily filled with crushed rock as a safety measure.

Be prepared for some construction delays along Village Green Drive beginning July 8th, 2013 as workers pour concrete to repair sidewalks and curbs. Additional projects will begin later in the month.

Broken sidewalks and curbs were removed in June and the sidewalk sections were temporarily filled with crushed rock as a safety measure.

Approximately 100 Mill Creek sites are scheduled for various repairs this summer and fall, including a significant reconstruction of the sidewalk near the Mill Creek Country Club golf course at the intersection of Village Green Drive and County Club Drive.

Tambark Creek Park finally dedicated after 17 years

It took 17 years before Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was able to dedicate Tambark Creek Park, our new south county playground and sports park. He and other Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials officially opened Tambark Creek Park on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

It took 17 years before Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was able to dedicate Tambark Creek Park, our new south county playground and sports park. He and other Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials officially opened Tambark Creek Park on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

During the 1996 embryonic stages of this park then Mill Creek City Councilmember Lovick, along with Councilmember Kathy Nielsen (current Mill Creek Mayor Pro Tem) began to visualize what this 40 acres might look like.

So when Executive Lovick dedicated Tambark Creek Park he was uniquely involved with both the visualization phase and the reality phase of this south Snohomish County (35th Ave. S.E.) park and sports field.

Left Coast/Right Coast - So many complaints, so little time

The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

Highway 99 Encore: The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

See, this is another example of bureaucracy run amok. The poor schmuck doesn’t stand a chance. The lights are timed so if you are dumb enough to attempt to run the light, the yellow signal is timed to be so short that unless you’re traveling at Mach 1 – you cannot make it through before red. Then that ticket shows up with your dumb face looking directly up at the camera – with your license plate displayed below (ask me how I know this).

If you are traveling at Mach 1 or above, you also get a camera ticket for speeding (again, ask me how I know this).

The only good thing here is that a camera ticket is not classified as a moving violation, so it does not go on your insurance and doesn’t increase your premium about 20% for three years (again, ask me how I know this).

New multi-use Tambark Creek Park opened

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County developed the park with part of the $70 million in mitigation funds received from King County for the construction of the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant. According to Lukas Velush of the Everett Herald in an October, 2005 article; approximately $8 million was earmarked to develop Tambark Creek Park.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek plan to share future maintenance costs for Tambark Creek Park although a final agreement has not yet been reached.

Tambark Creek Park is located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Avenue SE just north of 180th Street SE.

There are two entrances to the park. The park’s west entrance is off 35th Avenue SE and the east entrance is off Sunset Road & 176th Street SE.

Bill Iffrig to be honorary starter for the Run of the Mill 5k in support of Boston marathon victims

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter.

The Run of the Mill 5K is Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

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