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News from Terry Ryan

June 2018

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Alaska Airlines

Terry with Russell Wilson

I was honored to attend a Private Regional Update with Alaska Airlines on May 23. 

We are excited about the upcoming passenger service from Paine Field.  This fall, Alaska will begin serving 8 cities and have 13 daily flights from Paine Field to these destinations:  Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix.  Commercial service from Paine Field will save more than 80 minutes commute time for our residents.

Thank you Alaska Airlines for investing in our Community!

Mill Creek Senior Center Grand Opening

The Mill Creek Senior Center had its Grand Opening on Thursday, May 10.  It’s located in the new Vintage Housing center on 132nd St. in Mill Creek.  The idea of locating the new facility in the affordable housing center was the brainchild of City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto.  She worked with builder/developer Ryan Patterson who contributed $200,000 of his own money to the project.

Back when I was on the Mill Creek City Council, we realized building a standalone facility was simply not financially feasible.  I worked with State Senator Steve Hobbs to secure a $30,000 grant to remodel part of the City Hall North Building for the seniors.  That worked for many years as a temporary site.  Even better, they now have a new permanent location. 

Congratulations to the Northshore Senior Center which oversees the Mill Creek branch and provides programming as well as to City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto for her creativity and to the Mill Creek City Council for making the project a reality!

Mill Creek Farmer's Market Grand Opening

farmer market
Terry with daughter Lindsey

The City of Mill Creek has a new Farmer’s Market that will be open Fridays from noon to 5 pm through August 31.  There will be nearly 30 vendors with more promised as the growing season progresses.  Agriculture is an important business in the Snohomish County economy.  Food produced locally tends to be fresher.  I hope everyone will support our local farmers at markets throughout Snohomish County this season.

Memorial Day Parade

Congratulations to Mill Creek for its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at its Veterans Monument and parade. Members of the community lined the parade route to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the defense of our country. Mill Creek is committed to honoring its veterans and those who have fallen. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your celebration.

I wanted to share pictures of some of this year’s participants.

high school
Glacier Peak High School Marching Band
Boy Scouts

Brier Check

Councilmembers: Martin Krienke, Dale Kaemink, Bob Thorpe, John Joplin, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Nick, Kerin Steele, Terry, Mayor Bob Colinas

I was honored to present this ceremonial check at a Brier City Council meeting for sidewalks and ADA ramps which will enhance citizen safety. 

Thank you to Mayor Bob Colinas and his City Council for all the hard work they do for their residents.

Run of the Mill

Run of the Mill


Come on out on June 30th for The Run of the Mill – a 5k (3.1 mile) race in Mill Creek. It is the longest standing annual event in Mill Creek. Since 2006, the race has been a fundraising event to benefit those fighting cancer. The ROTM is a very fun event – not only because the race itself has become a very respected and competitive 5k, but also because its a community event with booths, prize give-aways, music, cash awards and great community spirit.

The Run of the Mill raises money for Providence Hospital’s Linda Baltzell Cancer Patients Assistance Fund which provides for basic life needs expenses for cancer patients. A secondary focus is providing financial support for underfunded, non-cut high school track, cross country and swim programs.

For more information or to register for this event organized by Columbia Funding Mortgage, go to  

Edmonds Center of the Arts

Terry with Joe McIalwain, Executive Director of Edmonds Center for the Arts

I support using tourism tax dollars for improvements to the Edmonds Center for the Arts. It makes economic sense to reinvest in some of our greatest assets and sources of cultural pride.

These capital grants will help to ensure the continued success of these facilities. We are well positioned to support them while maintaining a healthy budget balance in these funds.

I also want to commend the Snohomish County Lodging Tax Committee (LTAC). We have four members Shawn Walker, Rachel Blake, Debbie Copple and Adrienne Hall. All four of these members volunteer considerable time, expertise and energy to get the small fund and large fund grants awarded. I chair the meetings.  Amy Spain, Director of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau also serves as an ex-officio member.

More Savings

The County Council continues to look for savings as we move into a very difficult budget process.  The Council recently cut our own operating expenses by $11,000 by eliminating unused computer equipment.  That action reduced our service and licensing fees.  No savings is too small for action.  Fiscal responsibility is one of my core values.

Children’s Commission Needs Volunteers

Would you like to serve on the Snohomish County Children's Commission?  

SSC 2.410 created the Children's Commission, "which shall serve as advisors on issues of health, safety and social services for infants, young children and youth in the community." The Commission advises the Executive and Human Services department staff on matters related the administration and enhancement of children's programs.  The Commission is made up of 25 members, at least 2 of whom are youth under the age of 18.  Three members shall be appointed from each council district, with the remaining 10 at-large appointments from anywhere in the county.  Commissioners serve 4-year terms, except for youth commissioners, who serve 1-year terms. 

My County Council District has three openings on the Children’s Commission.  For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities, please visit the county web site at:  We need volunteers to help make Snohomish County better for all of us.



Country Village Farmers Market  
Fridays from 12 – 6 pm through September
23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy

Park Ridge Community Market 
Wednesdays from 4 – 8 pm through September
3805 Maltby Rd.

Low-income senior discount program.
You're invited to find out more about the program.
Tuesdays, June 5 and June 12; 1 – 3 pm
Northshore Senior Center   
10201 E. Riverside Dr.
City staff will be available with applications and information.

Bothell City Hall Gallery Exhibition
The City of Bothell Arts Commission invites you to explore the visual arts in the lobby of City Hall during regular business hours.

Next up is Jeff Olson's boldly colored canvas works offering a unique vision of landscape and its physicality. 

Also featured:

  • 3-D woven basket design by Dorothy McGuinness; 
  • video featuring Allison Robert's A Gift, and 
  • Anthony Buchen/Jeralyn Goodwin's Capo di Muru and K'UN. 

Come meet artist Jeff Olson, a Seattle-based artist at a free reception held on Tuesday, June 5 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm at City Hall located at 18415 101st Ave NE Bothell. His paintings offer a unique vision of the landscape and the inspirational forces of nature that shape it. Light refreshments will be served.


Brier Pizza to host fundraiser benefiting Holly House June 5 – courtesy of

Brier Pizza, located at 23631 Brier Rd., will host a fundraiser benefiting local nonprofit Holly House on Tuesday, June 5. Holly House provides holiday gifts and support to over 2,000 low-income children from within the Edmonds School District. Click here for more information.  The fundraiser on June 5 will run from 11 am to 9 pm. Brier Pizza will donate 25 percent of all sales to Holly House. Proceeds from a raffle will also benefit the organization. Holly House will also be collecting donations of new socks and underwear for children served by the organization.  Special appearances by Moana, Belle and a minion will take place from 4:30 pm to  8:30 pm.


Mill Creek Farmers Market
Fridays from 12 – 5 PM through August 31
15720 Main St.

Japanese Flower Arranging Exhibition & Show
June 3 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This free event showcases more than 25 traditional Ikebana fresh flower arrangements, and is the perfect outing for as summer flowers start to appear.
Mill Creek City Hall
North Large Community Room
15720 Main St.

Mill Creek Summer Art Walk
June 14  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The City of Mill Creek's Art & Beautification Board partners with Mill Creek Town Center to present the annual Summer Art Walks. These free events are tons of fun for the whole family. Attendees can walk through Town Center and visit local artists and local businesses. Each art walk runs from 5 pm to 8 pm.  For more information:

Free Salsa Dance Night
June 23   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join world traveling dance teacher Matt Lopez with an informal and personalized introductory class on Salsa dance. Learn more:
800 164th Street SE

Mill Creek Garden Tour
June 23   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Gardeners have their own unique personality, as do their gardens. The Mill Creek Garden Club invites you to visit six beautiful gardens and meet the people who tend to them on June 23 from 11 am to 4 pm. The tour is presented by Mill Creek Garden Club, and will benefit their “Giving through Gardening” program, civic projects and club operations. For more information, visit:


Thomas Nunn Photography Exhibit
June 1 – June 30
Thomas Nunn produces some color images but prefers black and white photography. He enjoys how the elements in a monochrome image combine to form a composition, tell a story or express an idea. 

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