Terrace senior center’s mile of quarters falls short

The mile of quarters didn’t quite stretch.

They aimed to place a mile-long line of quarters along a road in Mountlake Terrace Saturday, but came up short. I wrote about the effort, “Mountlake Terrace seniors collecting a mile of quarters” Aug. 2.

The quarters stretched about a third of

a mile.

Even so, they raised about $4,500, said Seaun Richards with Red Onion Burgers, and are continuing the drive to raise $15,000 for the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center.

The Everett Silvertips are looking for host families. Pat Jones, host family coordinator, says families should live within 10 miles of the Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., in Everett.

By the way, they refer to hosts as billet families. Billet was a term used in the military for housing, Jones says, and the hockey world uses that term for hosting hockey players.

High-school-age players go to Everett High School.

“We are always looking for local homes to open their doors and give these young players a home away from home during the season,” Jones says. “Without host families, the hockey club would be hard pressed to succeed.”

Billet families, Jones says, spend time ensuring the players are able to live comfortably and are able to compete each night.

Silvertips players range in age from 16 to 20.

“The billet families act as surrogate parents for the young men during hockey season while the players are away from home. Many families who have billeted in the past usually look back at their experience with fond memories. In fact, many families still keep in contact with their players as they move through the ranks of college and professional hockey.”

Read a Herald story about one Everett woman’s experience at tinyurl.com/HeraldTipsBillet.

Families are matched to players.

To qualify, families are required to provide a player with his own room from the start of training camp through the end of the season, and provide the player with his meals. In exchange, the families receive a stipend to help pay for groceries, discounted tickets to home games and invitations to team events.

For more information, email Pat Jones at pjones_silvertips@comcast.net.

Olympic Day, sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee, was celebrated by Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks summer camp kids and council members. Kylee Berger, a national roller figure skating championship, talked about her achievements, travels and experiences as a U.S. Olympian.

Councilmen Rick Ryan and John Zambrano presented a proclamation to commemorate the day as Olympic Day in the city. The event included opening and closing ceremonies for the kids.

Mary Butler says the Nubian Jam in Everett caught a day of sunny weather. The Jam is an annual festival celebrating African-American heritage.

“The Jam was amazing this year,” Butler says. “We had more community participation in terms of how many people came out and the artists that performed.”

She estimated there were more than 2,700 guests.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, oharran@heraldnet.com.

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