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Mill Creek: Author nationally recognized

An author from Mill Creek was recently recognized with national honors from two literary organizations.

Mary Kay Voss, of Mill Creek, and Robin LaDue, a Seattle native, wrote “Totems of September,” a historical novel about Sept. 11, 2001, and the lives of three families touched by the terrorist attacks. It uses Native American storytelling traditions and loops in spirituality.

The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition named “Totems of September” a finalist in the historical fiction category of its 2015 electronic book competition.

Another literary group, IndieFab, honored the book as a finalist in multicultural fiction during its annual book of the year awards.

Voss previously served on the Mill Creek City Council.

Mill Creek: Swim team to hold fundraiser

The WEST Coast Aquatics swim team is holding its 2015 swim-a-thon on Friday and Saturday.

Competitive swimmers ages 7 to 18 swim for two hours to raise money to pay programs and building improvements. The team hopes to raise $60,000 this year.

WEST Coast Aquatics is a nonprofit organization. People of all ages, including swim teams from Henry M. Jackson and Archbishop Murphy high schools, use its pool.

For more information or to donate to the swim-a-thon, go to

Monroe: Public can comment on 20-year plan

The city of Monroe is taking public comment on a 20-year draft comprehensive plan and environmental impact statement until 5 p.m. on June 2.

People can mail written comments to the Monroe Community Development Department, 806 West Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272. Comments can also be emailed to

The plan documents are available at Copies can also be found at City Hall or the Monroe Library.

Mukilteo: Bond refund will save about $2.8M

The Mukilteo School Board passed a resolution during its March 24 meeting that will save taxpayers about $2.8 million. The resolution authorizes the sale of general obligation bonds that will refund bonds issued in 2005. The savings will result because of favorable market conditions and lower interest rates.

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