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News from Terry Ryan

MAY 2019

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

Mother's Day

One of my favorite quotes about mothers is from President Abraham Lincoln, “I remember my mother's prayers, and they have followed me; they have clung to me all my life. All that I am and hope to be I owe to my angel mother."

Although my mom has passed away, I smile every time I think of her. She was so kind, and always available to listen, offer advice, and encourage us to follow our dreams.

Thank you to our moms for bringing love, joy and happiness to our lives. Thank you also for showing us what is important:

  • Teaching us the difference between right and wrong.
  • Teaching us to treat people the way you would like to be treated.
  • The importance of overcoming adversity.
  • Keep moving forward no matter how hard life can be.
  • How to be kind, especially to those who are less fortunate than us.
  • To stand up for what is right!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

New CT Swift Green Line

Swift Logo


Using transit to get to work, shopping, and our new passenger airport at Paine Field just got a lot easier.  Community Transit’s new Swift Green Line began service on Sunday, March 24.

This is a significant investment bringing new, quick (Swift), reliable transit service to/from and through our district.  Our new Swift Green Line is already carrying about 1,600 passengers each day.

This new Swift Green Line runs from the Park & Ride at Canyon Park, up the Bothell-Everett Hwy. through Mill Creek, turns west on 132nd St., continues along 128th St., up Airport Road, past the entrance to Paine Field Airport and ends at the Seaway Transit Center across the street from Boeing in Everett.

Swift is unique in that it has fewer stops than a normal bus line, faster stops thanks to off-board fare payment, and operates every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and every 20 minutes early morning, nights and on the weekends.

There are 18 Swift stations along the 12.5 mile Swift Green Line corridor.  The Swift stations are spaced about a mile apart along Canyon Park to Seaway Transit center in Everett. In Mill Creek, the stations are at 164th St., 153rd St. and Dumas Road.

I am honored to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Community Transit Board of Directors. We have many great local leaders serving on our CT Board of Directors. Our intention is to help Community Transit provide great bus service to our customers!

Earth Day

The Snohomish County Council passed a resolution declaring April 22, 2019 as Earth Day in Snohomish County. The Council encouraged residents to engage in civic-minded environmental events, and to commit to living mindfully, making small changes that will make large impacts for future generations.

Chair Ryan speaking at Earth Day Event

Chair Ryan speaking at Earth Day event.


The Snohomish County had many Earth Day events scheduled including an Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 23rd from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM on the Snohomish County Plaza. There were educational booths, electric vehicle demonstrations, giveaways, prize drawings, electronics recycling, food trucks and signups for volunteer opportunities. The celebration was an opportunity to “Take the Plastic Pledge” by committing to reduce consumption of commonly used single-use items.

Image of councilmembers and executive with shovels

Councilmember Wright, Chair Ryan, Executive Somers, Vice-Chair Nehring, Councilmember Low


Snohomish County Councilmembers participated in a ceremonial tree planting at Lake Stickney.

Chair Ryan planting a tree


Our Earth is precious and we need to protect our environment.  I hope everyone takes this opportunity to appreciate our environment and engage in volunteer activities to help improve the health of our planet.

Snohomish County Council Recognizes Naval Station Everett’s 25th Anniversary

Photograph of Navy Officials with County Council

Vice-Chair Nehring, Councilmember Low, Executive Officer Commander R. D. Burley, Chair Ryan, Captain Michael Davis, Councilmember Sullivan, Councilmember Wright


Naval Station Everett is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Naval Station Everett has received awards for its conservation achievements including 2017 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Industrial Sustainability and the 2017 Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award.

The Council invited Commanding Officer, Captain Michael Davis and Executive Officer Commander R. D. Burley to our council meeting when we passed our resolution recognizing the 25th Anniversary.  We are extremely proud that Naval Station Everett calls Snohomish County home.

We deeply appreciate Naval Station Everett and all the men and women serving in our Navy and Coast Guard as they defend our country and nation.  Naval Station Everett is a perfect fit for our county and surrounding cities.

My father was a WWII Navy veteran.  He always said, “It’s good to come home.”  Everett will always be home for the United States Navy.

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

Date:  Monday, May 27
Time:  9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Veterans Monument, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek (at Library Park)

The ceremony includes remarks from the mayor, a prayer from the Mill Creek police chaplain, a laying of a wreath, singing of the National Anthem by the Mill Creek Chorale, and a flag raising ceremony. Community members will have an opportunity to pay their respects by laying carnations at the monument to honor those who have given their life in the service of our country.

Image of Bald Eagle and American Flag


Memorial Day Parade

Date:  Monday, May 27
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Main Street in Mill Creek (Between LA Fitness, 15024 Main St., and City Hall North, 15720 Main St.)

Join the Mill Creek community in honoring those who have died in active service to the United States at the largest Memorial Day parade north of Seattle.  The emcee will be located by University Bookstore (15311 Main St / corner of 153rd Street SE.). Programs listing parade participants also will be available at public thoroughfares to the street. The programs also include coupons for local businesses.

World War II veteran Brigadier General William G. Hathaway will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. Key parade entrants include an FV433 British Abbot Tank, a 1942 Ford Jeep with 82nd Airborne markings, a 1952 Dodge Radio Command Truck, a 1945 Studebaker US6, a Korean Conflict Jeep, and a flyover by a B-25D Mitchell Bomber from Historic Flight, among others.

Display tents will be placed along Main Street and will feature historical memorabilia from World War I, II, the Korean War and Vietnam War from the NW Veterans Museum, as well as static displays of antique military vehicles.

Officials Break Ground on Mountlake Terrace Main Street Project

Mountlake Terrace Ground Breaking Photo

Groundbreaking event on Main Street.


Officials, contractors, staff and guests celebrated the start of the Main Street Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday afternoon, April 20.

The event featured remarks by Congressman Rick Larsen, Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and City Manager Scott Hugill.  Also in attendance were State Representative Cindy Ryu, Snohomish County Councilmembers Terry Ryan and Stephanie Wright, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Pro Tem Doug McCardle, and Councilmembers Laura Sonmore, Rick Ryan, Bryan Wahl, Seaun Richards, and Steve Woodard. About 40 guests attended the event.

For more information on the Main Street project, please contact City Manager Scott Hugill at (425) 744-6208 or

Health District Awards

Jackson High School - Suicide Prevention Champions

Recipients of Health District Award and plaques

Bothell Councilmember Liam Olson, Chair Ryan, Alyssa Campbell, Lyn Lauzon, Wendy Burchill (Healthy Communities Specialist with the Snohomish Health District)


Alyssa Campbell is a family support advocate at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. She worked with our Healthy Communities Specialist Wendy Burchill to provide suicide prevention training and resources to the LGTBQ students at the high school.

Lyn Lauzon is an intervention specialist at Jackson High School. She set up suicide prevention training for the high school’s parent night, and arranged another training for the entire high school staff. It’s the largest crowd Wendy has seen so far at any of her suicide prevention trainings across the county.

Reaching three important populations at the same school – through the staff, parents and students – is a huge step in suicide prevention.

Thank you Alyssa and Lyn for your efforts and dedication to the well-being of everyone at Henry M. Jackson High School.  We are pleased to recognize you as Suicide Prevention Champions!

Imperial Wok - Safety Excellence Award, Bothell

Health District award - Imperial Wok recipients

Bothell Councilmember Liam Olson, Chair Ryan, Jennie Wang (Owner's Daughter), Kyler Smith and Layne Harper (Environmental Health Specialist with the Snohomish Health District)


The owner and operator of Imperial Wok is extremely conscientious and food safety is of the utmost importance to him. Our inspector noted that this establishment is well organized and meticulously clean. The owner has a complicated menu but handles the details of his operation well. His inspections over the last year turned up zero violations.

Congratulations to the Imperial Wok in Bothell on this Food Safety Excellence Award!

Three Open Positions on the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board - Representatives needed for Council Districts 2, 3 & 4

Applications and nominations are needed for immediate openings to the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board from Council District 2 (Everett/Mukilteo/Tulalip), Council District 3 (Lynnwood/Edmonds) and Council District 4 (Mill Creek/Bothell/Mountlake Terrace/Brier).  Applications can be found at

“Every August, Snohomish County throws a 12-day party for more than 350,000 friends and neighbors,” said Interim Fair Manager, Jeremy Husby. “Advisory board members are critical to the success of the 110-year old fair and the role it plays in connecting communities together.”

Board members meet monthly and more frequently during the Fair. For more information about joining the advisory board, contact: Jeremy Husby at 360-805-6601 or

Snohomish County Human Services Department Announces Survey on Aging

Snohomish County Human Service Department announced the launch of a public opinion survey which is now available online. The Human Services Division of Long Term Care and Aging is seeking ideas and concerns from residents regarding long term care and aging programs and services within Snohomish County.  The public survey will close on May 15, 2019.

You can access the survey through this link:

District Events


Bothell Block Party & Brew Fest

Date: May 18
Time: 3 PM - 8 PM
Location: Bothell's Main Street

Bothell Block Party and Brewfest Logo


Seattle's hottest bands, the best local breweries, and award winning food trucks make this an event you won't want to miss!

A partnership between the Bothell Kenmore Chamber and UW Bothell, the 5th annual Bothell Block Party and BrewFest will host over 3,500 beer and music lovers on Saturday, May 18th.

Anyone 21 or older is welcome!

Anyone who likes music, beer, food and fun is welcome at this event. You don't have to be a UW Bothell alum to join in on the fun!

Mill Creek

King Trivia

Mill Creek Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria

Date:  Every Tuesday ending on May 22, 2019
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: 5121 Main St., Mill Creek

Semi-Annual Mill Creek Garage Sale

Date:  May 4
Time:  8 AM – 5 PM

Come find a new-to-you treasure at the semi-annual Mill Creek garage sale! It happens throughout the City on the first Saturday in May and the first Saturday in October!

Electronics Recycling Event

Mill Creek Electronics Recycling Event Poster


Date:  Sunday, May 5
Time: 10 AM -– 1 PM
Location: City Hall north parking lot, 15720 Main St.

The City of Mill Creek, in partnership with the Mill Creek Kiwanis Club, will host an electronics recycling event.

Items accepted include:

  • Computers and accessories such as CPUs, monitors, peripherals and keyboards;
  • Office equipment, such as photocopiers, printers and fax machines;
  • Consumer electronics, such as televisions, VCRs, stereos, and home/office phones;
  • Cell phones; and small appliances such as microwaves.

No large appliances.

The Mill Creek Kiwanis Club requests donations that will support their various programs, payable via cash or check, for taking electronics. Donations are strictly voluntary.

Hora de leer cuentos en español (Spanish Storytime)

Date:  Saturday, May 4, each Saturday ending on June 15
Time:  2 – 3 PM
Location:  Mill Creek Library

Join us and our special guest storyteller Mirella to hear stories, learn fingerplays and sing songs, all in Spanish! Children and caregivers of all ages and languages are welcome.

Ikebana Exhibition: Japanese Flower Show

Date:  Sunday, May 12
Time:  11 AM – 4:30 PM; 2 – 3 PM Demonstration
Location:  City Hall North – Large Community Room, 15720 Main Street, Suite 130

Join this free Ikebana Flower Show by Ikenobo School in Mill Creek Washington State Chapter, Japanese Flower Arrangements presented by Yoshi Erickson. 

Friends of the Mill Creek Library Book Sale

Date:  Saturdays in May
Time:  10 AM – 3 PM
Location:  Heatherwood Middle School Cafeteria
1419 Trillium Blvd. SE

Day of Hope 2019

Image of volunteers cleaning up


Dates:  May 18th and 19th

Over a thousand volunteers are planning to go out into the Snohomish County community with one mission: serve others. On May 18th and 19th, Hope Creek Charitable Foundation (HCCF) is hosting its 6th Annual Day(s) of Hope, an event that deploys volunteers around the community to complete projects – large and small.

The main goal of Day of Hope is to make a difference around the community. Day of Hope matches volunteers from area businesses, churches, faith centers, and youth groups with projects around the county that enhance neighborhoods or make someone’s life a little better. 

To volunteer yourself or register a team of volunteers from your church, business, school, or other group, please go to our website and click Day of Hope.

Inaugural Fire 7 Foundation Golf Tournament

Date:  Monday, May 20
Time:  1 PM – 8 PM
Location: Echo Falls Golf Club

The Fire 7 Foundation is putting on the Inaugural Fire 7 Foundation Golf Tournament at Echo Falls Golf Club.

The Fire 7 Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the local community. This Golf Tournament is a fundraiser to get support for our organization.

This event is open to the public and the registration deadline is May 13th.

If you have any questions please email Tyler Compton.

Free Salsa Dance Lessons @ Newsroom Coffee

Date:  Friday, May 24; repeats every month on the 4th Friday
Time:  9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: Newsroom Gelato & Coffee, 800 164th St., SE, 

Join world traveling dance teacher Matt Lopez with an informal and personalized introductory class on Salsa dance including: Salsa, Bachata and Merengue

Mountake Terrace

Debra K. Bollen Watercolor Exhibit

Painting of trees and grass


Date: May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Time:  All Day
Location: Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W
Cost: FREE

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