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The Hunter Challenge: Backpack Drive


Backpack 5 - Dan, Sue Hunter & TruckSusan & Dan McNeely, owners of North Creek Roofing got involved in a Backpack Drive headed up by the Liberty Road Foundation in 2013, but they soon realized that all of the backpacks were being taken to schools in the Tacoma area. Do tell.

So, in 2014 they still wanted to be involved in the backpack drive, but they also wanted to contribute to the local schools. They proceeded to team up with Heatherwood Middle School & this started the North End Backpack Drive. Sue says: “I was proud to head up & present to our local businesses, through the Mill Creek Business Association, and to commit to 85 backpacks. We were able to meet that goal, and actually beat it by 25 backpacks, raising enough to provide 110 backpacks! AND, this is where the story really begins.”

At the end of the backpack drive she received an email that said:

“Hi Sue,

“Our 10 year old son Hunter, has a “share” savings account where he uses as he chooses for people or drives that are of interest of him in helping or sharing with others. We picked up your flyer from the YMCA , he has chosen your drive to use his “share” money. He has currently $211.25 but I told him we’d help him and pay the difference to get 10 backpacks for kids/families in need.”

Backpack 7 - Hunter & Backpacks

This started the Backpack Drive for 2015 called the “Hunter Challenge” —   “Meet or beat Hunter’s 10!”. Hunter lives with his parents in Mill Creek, and they were able to help us deliver the backpacks last year.

You can go through North Creek Roofing or straight to Liberty Road Foundation. Every $25 will purchase 1 backpack filled with school supplies. There will be an opportunity to donate at the Mill Creek Festival at the North Creek Roofing booth.  A large corner of the booth will be dedicated to Hunter’s Challenge with the goal, where it stands and filled in each day with new numbers. Be sure to check out the “Hunter Challenge” video on the Liberty Road Foundation Website. Click on this link:  Liberty Road Events: Hunter’s Challenge  to view it, get more details & make a direct donation. Meet or beat Hunter’s 10! Backpacks purchased with funds raised will go to Heatherwood Middle School as that is the designated local school.

Click this link to download/print the flyer/form Backpack Drive Flyer-Mill Creek



Remember to Vote – Now.

Vote2If you are still procrastinating there is still time to vote in the November 2013 election. Time is running short however.

Ballots must be postmarked by 8PM November 5, 2013, so if you plan to mail your ballot put it in outgoing mail today, Monday or early Tuesday at the very latest. Another good option is to deposit your ballot — no stamp required —in the Ballot Drop Box located at McCollum Park —  600 128th ST SE — open 24/7 up until 8PM on Tuesday the 5th.

If you are still undecided about the Mill Creek City Council Postitions, Do Tell Mill Creek recommends retaining

  • Lynn Sordel for Position 1
  • Donna Michelson Position 2
  • Kathy Nielsen Position 3
  • Bart (Tim) Masterson Position 4

All of these candidates have the experience & a passion for the future of the Mill Creek. Donna & Kathy have lived in Mill Creek for 34+ years, Bart for 14 years &  Lynn for 7 years. They know what it takes to keep Mill Creek on the path of fiscal responsibility, while they have made public safety, growing current businesses in Mill Creek, attracting new businesses — i.e. development of East Gateway Urban Village, Parks & Recreation &  infrastructure their priorities.

Donna has brought us wonderful free services such as:  Document/Paper Shredding Events, Household Hazardous Roundup, Electronic Recycling & Micro-Chipping of pets.

As they say, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Do tell.

MC Town Center Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall

forumPicwebOur very own, Mill Creek Town Center will be featured in a television segment filmed locally, as the Official Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall in Washington for 2013.

The feature will be shown on FOX Seattle & on The Discovery Channel nationally in October 2013 & placed on the national travel site

Look for the segment on:

Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00 am E/P on The Discovery Channel

Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 pm on KCPQ FOX channel 13 in Seattle

Mill Creek Town Center is an amazing lifestyle center located in the scenic city of Mill Creek, Washington. Nestled among nature trails & creeks, the outdoor mall has a park-like setting. With over 80 retail stores, boutiques, restaurants & services, you’ll always find friendly service & something unique. Open 7 days a week, the Mill Creek Town Center is located 1/2 mile north of SW 164th Street on Bothell-Everett Hwy in Mill Creek WA. Do Tell.

The Official Best Of originated in January 2007 as a travel TV show & website covering only a few states. Today Official Best Of covers 28 states with the remaining states plus other countries being covered in 2013.

One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn’t accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones. As with each TV show production, the website offers a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within Washington as well as folks all across the country.

Document Shredding Day 9/7/2013

shredHeadAre you buried under piles of personal documents you no longer need? Have you attempted to shred them yourself & actually made the matter worse. You say you are now up to your armpits in shredded bits?

Saturday, September 7th 2013 is your lucky day! Mill Creek Councilmember, Donna Michelson & The City of Mill Creek are, once again, bringing in Shred-It a professional document shredding company to shred all your personal & sensitive documents on site at Mill Creek City Hall located at 15728 Main Street in Mill Creek.

From 10Am to 2PM you may bring up to 4 boxes of documents. You do not have to be a resident of Mill Creek – all are welcome. You do not have to remove staples, paper clips, fasteners, etc. This is your chance to finally clean out those file cabinets, drawers, that desk top, closet & dispose of accumulated, no longer needed, paper stuff. Do tell.

This event is FREE, but volunteers from the Mill Creek Food Bank want you to know they will be on site, as well, to collect non-perishible food items. This completely voluntary, but please consider bringing an item or a few or cash to help your community.


Speaking of Hazardous Waste . . .

Have you been wringing your hands over what to do with all that leftover paint thinner, pool chemicals, rechargeable batteries & little Mikey’s chemistry set that you’ve let gather dust, all the while fretting it will spontaneously combust? As easy as it sounds,  YOU KNOW you can’t toss it in the garbage or pour it down the drain! Do tell.

There is a good solution to this problem.  Snohomish County Public Works has Free disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station just for these & other leftover toxic products. This is for households only, not businesses. Some exceptions, for small quantities, may apply for businesses by appointment/prior arrangement only & fees will apply.

Where: 3434 McDougall Avenue,  Everett, WA

When: Wednesday-Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

More questions: 425-388-3425

For a full list of what is accepted & what is not please visit:  & search for hazardous waste in the Search box, or to make it a little easier just click on this link:

I will share one important tip from the website – “For the safety of you and your family, transport these products in sealed, non-leaking containers. Household hazardous waste can be dangerous if spilled or combined. Do not mix liquids or other chemicals.”

City’s New Website has Launched

The City of Mill Creek has completed an extreme makeover of its website. Besides the fresh modern look, there are several new tools to engage visitors. Right at the top you will notice the +myconnections link. Here it is easy to set up an account where you will be able to personalize your experience with the website. Interested in Parks & Recreation or City Council meetings? Want to get the latest news from the Police department? How about emergency alerts? You can have it all set up via widgets you choose for your personalized dashboard.

Notify Me” is the go-to page to subscribe to receive notifications, via email or text message, of whatever interests you most: updates on development of the East Gateway Urban Village, Marijuana regulation in Mill Creek, City of Mill Creek job openings, upcoming special meetings, request agendas from upcoming public meetings & much, much more.

I love the HowDo I . . . ? page where you will find information – including who to contact- to report that street light that’s out, the stop sign that has toppled, report a code violation or possible hazardous waste spill. Not to mention, How do I  . . .  pay, apply, find, register, rent or reserve? You name it; it’s probably here.  Do tell.

Plan to visit  soon & spend some time exploring the new site. There is a ton of information & interactive ways to request more information. If you have ideas of something that can make the City or even the site better the City of Mill Creek wants to know & you will find a link for that, too.

First Art Walk of the Summer This Thursday

The first Second Thursday Art Walk presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & the City of Mill Creek takes place this week on June 13th 5-8 PM. Keeping an eye on the weather report for Thursday. Would prefer it to be clear, sunny & 65° or so. As of this writing it is looking a little cool & possibly damp. But no matter. If we Northwesterners waited for it to be perfect all the time we wouldn’t do anything, right? And this is just too much fun. Do tell.

23 merchants in the Mill Creek Town Center will be hosting artists in their businesses. It is a wonderful chance to get to know the local merchants as well as meet a variety of artists & view their work. See map & list of participating merchants & artists below. And you don’t have to memorize it! Maps are/will be available at Mill Creek Town Center merchants & the information booth.

As you can see there will be photography, painting in a variety of media, jewelry & recycled denim framed wall art. But wait! Did I mention there will be Music? @ Spotted Cow – Shannon Nalani & Friends with “soulful acoustic indie jazzie pop mix” @De Vine Wines – The Brad Buck Duo enjoy “Jazz guitar- jazz & Brazilian standards”  @Boston’s Restaurant – Theo Obrastoff  listen to “songs that express faith in God & love for family” @ Blazing Onion – Jerry Wirkkala & Friends swing & sway to “Nuevo Flamenco/World Beat with a hint of Blues”.  See you there!


Art & Beautification Advisory Board has Two Vacancies

winningGardenThe City of Mill Creek Art & Beautification Advisory Board had two vacancies to fill. These are:

  • 2 mid-term vacancies expiring October 31, 2013
  • Member-at-Large Positions
  • Meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m.
  • Must be a resident of Mill Creek

 Duties and Responsibilities:

The Art/Beautification Advisory Board shall serve as an advisory board to the City Council on matters that may be referred to the board by the City Council or the City Manager from time to time, including but not limited to:

1.    Special events and projects to enhance the aesthetics and beauty within the residential and business areas of the City;

2.   Utilization of the municipal art fund;

3.   Selection, acquisition and placement of artwork for the City.

To the extent feasible, the board should be consulted during preliminary design and construction phases of municipal projects receiving municipal arts funding.  The board shall develop a work program and associated budget for any projects involving or expected to involve the board every two years.

If interested in volunteering for this board, please send a letter of interest by May 21, 2013 to:

Kelly Chelin

City of Mill Creek

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, WA 98012


For questions, please call 425-921-5732.

Got Drugs?

GotDrugslogoThe National Take Back Initiative of the U.S Department of Justice,  Drug Enforcement Administration is holding their 6th National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday April 27th. The best drop off location for Mill Creek is the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office – South Precinct from 9Am – 1PM. That’s at 15928 Mill Creek Blvd. in Mill Creek, WA 98012.  Yay!

This is a great opportunity to clean out that medicine cabinet, nightstand or kitchen cabinet & dispose of expired & unused medicines. This is also the safest way to dispose of old medicines. They should never be thrown in the garbage or flushed down the toilet because the chemicals may harm the environment as they enter the sewer, septic systems & land fills. Do tell.

Beside the potential impact on the environment unused, expired, or unwanted meds contribute to the risk of accidental poisoning. Unwanted or no longer needed drugs that are just sitting on the shelf could get into the hands of people they were not intended for, children & teens, perhaps.

Most pharmacies & police departments in Snohomish County collect unwanted drugs all year around. However, only police departments may accept controlled substances or narcotics, for example: Oxycontin.

So, take this great opportunity to do a little spring cleaning & get rid of those unwanted meds, responsibly, this Saturday morning.

New Kiwanis Club Being Organized in Mill Creek

PNWGroupLogo3Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International, working in concert with citizens of Snohomish County, is forming a Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek. The aim of the new club is to serve the needs of children in Mill Creek & Snohomish County as well as to meet other needs in the community, develop youth leaders, & provide opportunities for leadership, business & social fellowship.

The first pre-organizational meeting will be held in on April 23, 2013, Tuesday, at Volunteers of America, 16300 Motor Place, Lynnwood, WA 98037. The meeting is expected to be held from 7-8PM. Citizens, 18 years or over, interested in improving the community & helping meet the needs of children are welcome to attend the meeting & to become Charter Members of the new Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek. The club is expected to be chartered in May. For all the the latest information on the club & for persons 18 years or over to sign up for Charter Membership online, go to:   You may also contact Jim Garcia, Kiwanis Lt. Governor, by email Contact Jim Garcia

mc_kiwanisAs a member of Mill Creek Kiwanis, Snohomish County citizens will join over 290,000 Kiwanians in more than 80 nations dedicated to serving children & others in need. The Kiwanis theme is Serving the Children of the World, starting with our own communities.

Some 300,000 young people are working in concert with the over 8500 Kiwanis clubs through K-Kids in elementary school, Builders Club in middle school, Key Club in high school & Circle K in colleges and universities.

The Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project, with UNICEF joined forces to eliminate maternal & neonatal tetanus (MNT) from the face of the Earth. Kiwanis & UNICEF in the past tackled iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. The ELIMINATE project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers & babies with additional lifesaving health care. The Pacific Northwest District project is to have a world free of childhood cancer through research and care.

If you believe our children are the future, take pride in your community, want to reach out to those in need & you enjoy meeting new people, Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek is for you.