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Happy November North Bend and welcome to the new installment of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date with happenings and news around town. If you would like this newsletter delivered to your inbox, visit the City website homepage, click the Notify Me tab and sign up for ‘news releases.’ Remember to click linked headlines below (where applicable) to read full news releases. Have a wonderful weekend.
November 2021 has been proclaimed Flood Awareness Month in North Bend. Due to the City's close proximity to the Snoqualmie River, which has resulted in past flood events - from minor to major - Mayor Rob encourages all residents, especially those residing in flood prone areas, to learn preventative steps and preparedness techniques to preserve and protect their homes and loved ones. The City has compiled an in-depth flood preparation resource list for residents – just click the linked headline to view.
Beginning the week of November 1st, it is anticipated that a small section of 436th Ave SE - between SE Cedar Falls Way and SE North Bend Way – will close for several weeks as crews continue work on a privately-funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th.This work is weather dependent and subject to change. Detour routes will be clearly marked along North Bend Way and Cedar Falls Way in the project area. Local access for residents of 436th Ave SE will be provided.
In support of Empower Youth Network's #BeKindSV campaign, Mayor Rob McFarland has declared November 2021 Kindness Month in North Bend. Compassion, empathy, humility and respect are essential ways to foster a strong community. Kindness has the power to send out a positive ripple throughout North Bend and the entire Snoqualmie Valley. As such, Mayor Rob calls upon North Bend citizens to observe this month with appropriate acts of caring, compassion and kindness. Read the full Kindness Month Proclamation by clicking the linked headline.
As the leaves fall, our Public Works Team asks for residents’ help – please do not blow or rake leaves into the streets. This has occurred in past years and those piles of leaves left in streets near sidewalks and storm drains can 1) block those drains and 2) clog and damage the City’s street sweeper. Please deposit those leaves into yard waste containers for proper disposal and composting.
In preparation for the 2021-22 winter season, the City has updated its Snowplow Route Map, which includes new neighborhoods and streets. The map identifies Priority 1, 2, and 3 snowplow routes throughout the City limits, as well as priority access point locations. During snow events, Public Works crews focus first on Priority 1 roads. When treatment of those roads is complete, crews then move to Priority 2 roads and follow the same protocol before moving to priority 3 roads.
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, you can visit the City website Media Center to watch the meeting recording. Click the linked headline to watch now.
Community members will notice construction near the historic Tollgate Farmhouse as Si View Metropolitan Park District (MPD) continues working on its Tollgate Farm Park Improvements Project. Work is expected to begin soon that will construct a new barn on the property along SR 202. The barn will support future agricultural programming and will be built near the historic yellow farmhouse.
The holiday season is approaching and we’re planning for the return of Holly Days to downtown North Bend on December 4th from 5 to 8PM. See your neighbors, roast some smores, enjoy live performances and watch the Community Tree light up at 6:30PM. We are currently accepting 10 nonprofit vendor applications on a first-come, first-served basis for Holly Day booths. In lieu of booth fees this year, we ask that nonprofit organizations offer a holiday craft or activity for children. Please submit an application by Monday, November 15, and note the craft/activity you plan to offer as noted in the application.
Our small mountain town was featured in the October 425 Business issue. The article highlights some future economic development projects, city businesses and the impact of outdoor tourism. Click the linked headline to read the full article.
This Saturday and Sunday: Nov. 6 – 7, step back in time as you ride the rails aboard the Northwest Railway Museum’s steam train powered by steam locomotive Northern Pacific 924. Enjoy a steam train ride through the scenic upper Snoqualmie Valley. For more information, click linked headline.
On Saturday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6PM the largest touring comedy festival in America will be at the North Bend Theatre. SICC attracts hundreds of qualified comedians from around the world, with 32 selected for the Competition. Click the linked headline for additional info.
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This week we’re traveling back through time via North Bend Way – to February 1993. This photo is courtesy of the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum. Learn more about the museum and its historical archiving efforts HERE.