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Enjoy a pancake breakfast to support veterans

Monroe VFW Post 7511 and its Auxiliary invite the east Snohomish County community to celebrate the new year with pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rock Church in Monroe.

Veterans eat for free at this event, which raises funds to support the VFW’s mission of helping veterans and serving the community.

The menu features buttermilk pancakes, pork link-style sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The suggested donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 and younger.

Since it was re-established in 2017, the pancake breakfast has been an integral part of Post 7511’s enrollment boost. In the past three years, the post’s effective outreach strategy has welcomed a surge of veterans with service in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that has dramatically increased the post’s membership base.

This influx of new post members has energized the post and facilitated the reformation of the Post 7511 Auxiliary.

The Rock Church is at 16891 146th St. SE.

Have coffee with a U.S. representative on Saturday

Speak with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen over coffee Saturday in Mountlake Terrace.

The community coffees give people an opportunity to talk about issues with him and hear a preview of the upcoming year in Congress.

Last year, Larsen held almost 20 community forums in his district.

The gathering will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday at Mountlake Terrace City Hall, 6100 219th St. SW., Suite 200.


Mountlake Terrace installs new council members

Four new Mountlake Terrace City Council members were sworn in Monday.

Erin Murray, Laura Sonmore, Bryan Wahl and Steve Woodard took the oath of office at the first meeting of the year.

The City Council also voted Kyoko Matsumoto Wright to serve as mayor through 2021.

Tax filing season is nigh

Individual tax return filers can begin Jan. 27 sending in 2019 forms to the Internal Revenue Service.

The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any owed taxes is April 15.

Returns can be prepared through the IRS Free File program or software companies and tax professionals before the start date. But processing of those returns will begin after IRS systems open later this month.

Free help preparing and filing taxes is available online through IRS Free File or from trained volunteers at community sites. The IRS has a directory of federal tax return preparers to help select a reputable professional. Go to

The federal agency recommends electronic filing and direct deposit as the best ways to get a refund quickly.

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