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Like it or not, fireworks are now being sold

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm.

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm. The sale of fireworks is banned in Mill Creek. A full list of Washington Counties and Cities which ban or restrict firework sales can be found on the Washington State Patrol website.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, “In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.  Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as Craig’s List.  Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.”

McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

Jack Follis kicks off campaign at Mill Creek Tennis Club

Jack Follis is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Mill Creek attorney, Jack Follis, is running for the Snohomish County Superior Court position now held by retiring Judge Lary McKeeman. Follis, a 4.5 rated United States Tennis Association champion, held his campaign kickoff party at the Mill Creek Tennis Club on Wednesday, June 6th.

Mill Creek Tennis Club owner, Roger Mark, strongly endorses Follis, “Understand that this election is non-partisan and whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent Jack will bring fairness and leadership to this position.”

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."

County vigil honors girl slain in racial attack

Snohomish County vigil for Brisenia Flores

From a Snohomish County Media Advisory.

Snohomish County's Executive Office and Human Rights Commission invite the public to join them during a May 30 vigil honoring the death of Brisenia Flores.

Flores, of Latino descent, was tragically murdered three years ago at the hands of an anti-immigrant group organized in Snohomish County. Shawna Forde, an Everett resident, is currently on death row in Arizona for masterminding the events that led to Flores' death as well as the death of Flores' father.

"Because this militia-style group came out of our community, the Human Rights Commission wishes to stand together with Latino advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, community organizers, legislative representatives and Snohomish County residents against this type of hate-based activity," said Meg Winch, chair of the county's Human Rights Commission.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Harmsworth announces his run for Washington State House of Representatives

Mark Harmsworth announces his run for 44th District representative

Mark Harmsworth announced his intention to run for the State House of Representatives on Thursday. Hans Dunshee currently holds the 44th Legislative District seat that Harmsworth is seeking.

Harmsworth has been a member of the Mill Creek City Council since 2008. He was unopposed when elected to his second Mill Creek City Council term last year.

In his announcement Harmsworth said, "Our State is facing some of the toughest challenges in its history. Every day we hear stories of friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet."

Snohomish County Tomorrow selects Mill Creek’s Terry Ryan as co-chairman

Mill Creek City Council member Terry Ryan

The Everett Herald reported that Snohomish County Tomorrow, a group that coordinates planning efforts among the county, its cities and the Tulalip Tribes, has selected new officers for the year.

Mill Creek Councilman Terry Ryan and County Council Chairman Brian Sullivan have been chosen as co-chairman for the group. Chosen as vice chairpersons are Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and County Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

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