2011 Great Garden Awards

Members of the City of Mill Creek Art and Beautification Board announced their choices for the 2011 Great Garden Award. Fourteen residents of Mill Creek, representing 10 different divisions, were awarded for all the time and hard work they’ve put into their landscaping to create beauty on their property for all of us to behold.

Each winner was honored with a yard sign placed in their yard, and it will remain through the month of August. The City Council will then recognize these winners at the regular council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th 2011.

The following is a list of the winning gardeners:

  • Darby Hackett – 1522 142nd Place SE – Douglas Fir
  • Joe Dasilva – 15808 25th Drive SE – Heatherstone
  • Teresa Adams – 2304 141st Place SE – Vine Maple
  • Alfredo Arreola – 15920 33rd Avenue SE – The Parks
  • Larry Powell – 1524 164th Place SE – Winslow
  • Timothy & Michelle Davenport – 14515 38th Drive SE – Webster’s Pond
  • Jim & Yvonne Cupp – 14613 12th Avenue SE – The Vineyards
  • Steve Farvo – 1725 164th Street SE – Winslow
  • Steven & Kristi Zevenbergen – 2628 143rd Place SE – Huckleberry
  • Robert Gay – 1721 Sunrose Place – Sunrose
  • Allen & Bundie Olsen – 16304 21st Drive SE – Wildflower
  • Terence & Rosario Carroll – 14610 32nd Drive SE – Brighton
  • Michael & Mary Senko – 1501 151st Place SE – Juniper
  • Russ Francisco – 15019 32nd Drive SE – Red Cedar

I had the chance to talk to Darby Hackett, the winning gardener from Douglas Fir, about her garden and the award. She said she was very surprised. “I didn’t think I would win anything like that. I am out there just about everyday. I do it for myself; I love working in the garden.” I asked if there was any particular inspiration or goal for her garden. Darby said, “If I am in the [garden] store and I just see something I like, that’s what I’ll add. I have a lot of geraniums and lobelia. If there’s some space available, I’ll plant something there. It is just what I see and what I like.” “I’m out in the garden every day weeding, fighting off the moles and a certain little rabbit that likes to nibble on the flowers. If I try to shoo him off he just looks at me, like what are YOU doing here?” Any other comments? “I was just so honored. There were only 14 people out of all the people in Mill Creek! It is a real honor.”

Darby, congratulations to you and all the other Mill Creek resident gardeners who were honored in this way. So many of us truly appreciate all the time and the tremendous amount of effort you put in to make your gardens beautiful and our city such a great place to call home.



Get organized! Shred Event

ClutterOnce again, Mayor Pro Tem Donna Michelson, along with the City Of Mill Creek, is pleased to bring Free Document Shredding Day to the community of Mill Creek! This is the perfect time to go through all those files, piles of paper on your desk or countertop, and boxes of old documents and clean out all the stuff you just don’t need to keep around. The great thing is that you won’t worry about your identity and private information going to who knows where, because Shred-it will shred it all, right on the spot. Do tell.

This event will take place on Saturday September 17, 2011 between 10am and 2pm at the Mill Creek City Hall located at 15728 Main Street in Mill Creek. This is a community event. You do not have to be a resident of Mill Creek. Everyone is welcome.

Not sure what to keep and what to shred? One great website I found is from Consumer Reports website. They have a pretty concise list of guidelines:  http://tinyurl.com/2djk45h  They use the term “toss”, but anything with sensitive/personal information should be be “shredded” to help prevent identity theft.

Also, while this is a free event, non-perishable food items will be collected at the same time and place. This is completely voluntary, but please consider bringing a contribution to help those in our community.

For more info visit: www.cityofmillcreek.com

Kids’ Fun Run

Just saw this information about a great activity for kids from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. This Saturday August 13th the City of Mill Creek, along with generous local sponsors, will host a Kids’ Fun Run at Heatherwood Middle School Track & Field.

And it’s not just all fun, but will raise funds to support The American Red Cross. How cool is that? Registration begins at 9AM with the 1/2 mile run/walk starting at 10AM. The 5K run/walk will go off at 10:45 AM. Do tell.

Community sponsors include: Run26, Waste Management, Columbia Funding Mortgage, Pacific Medical Centers, Mill Creek Top Pot Doughnuts, American Family Insurance, Granola’s, Town Center Eye Center, Aqua Sox, Organic Valley, Gregg’s Cycle, Evergreen Autoworks, Mill Creek Hot Yoga, & Pellegrini Orthodontics. Be sure to patronize these local businesses.

For more information and to download registration and medical waiver forms go to: www.cityofmillcreek.com

or call/email Kristen Snyder at 425-921-5779 kristens@cityofmillcreek.com


National Night Out-America’s Night Out Against Crime

The 28th Annual National Night Out is tonight! — Tuesday, August 2nd and the Snohomish County County Executive Office, in partnership with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, is hosting a county-wide event at McCollum Pioneer Park from 5 to 8PM. Citizens are encouraged to turn on porch lights, lock their doors and come out to meet police, fire-fighters, civic leaders, non-profit groups and other community groups. There will be food, music by Trainwreck [a country band from Stanwood] booths and giveaways. McCollum Pioneer Park is located at 600 128th St. SE  Everett, WA

“This annual event is an excellent opportunity for families and individuals to learn how they can make our community a little safer,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “It’s also a great chance to meet the women and men who work and serve in public safety.”

National Night Out is sponsored by National Association of Town Watch. It’s designed to heighten crime & drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit & police-community partnerships & send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized & fighting back. It grew out of a need to strengthen & build neighborhood “Block Watch” programs. Do tell.

Originally, National Night Out was observed by putting the lights on and keeping vigil on the front porch, but over the years neighborhoods, cities, whole communities have opted to observe the “night” by holding block parties, BBQs, inviting local police and sheriff departments to visit, hosting parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests and entertainment.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2010. —  www.nationalnightout.org/nno

Additional info obtained from media release — Office of the Snohomish County Executive.