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Posted on: May 20, 2022

North Bend Weekly Recap: Remembering Fritz Ribary, Meet up with the Mayor, Trailhead Direct and More

Weekly Recap 05.20.22

Happy Friday, North Bend. Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap! Enjoy the read and remember to click linked headlines for articles and posts.

Fritz Ribary, A Life Dedicated to Family and Public Service in Snoqualmie Valley: The City of North Bend Council, Mayor and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of former Mayor Fritz Ribary. Fritz was a dedicated public servant, having served as Mayor of North Bend from 1988 to 1992. Throughout his life, Fritz also served North Bend as a local fire fighter and volunteer EMT, a City Planning Commissioner, and a City Councilmember.

Learn about Fritz’ commitment to volunteerism, public service and more by reading the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum’s reflection of Frederick “Fritz” Joseph Ribary’s life, HERE. There will be a memorial on June 4th, location and further details will be announced later.

The City Welcomes Christina Rustik to the North Bend Economic Development Commission: City Council introduced a new commissioner to the North Bend Economic Development Commission at the May 17th City Council meeting. Welcome, Christina Rustik! Want to learn more about getting involved in city government by joining a commission? Click HERE to learn more.

This Week, We Honor Public WorksPolice and EMSThe City of North Bend is grateful for the many teams that work together to make life healthy, safe and highly livable. This week, we recognize three groups in particular:

  • North Bend Public Works: Public Works helps build and nurture local infrastructure here in North Bend. Water, streets and stormwater, sewer and wastewater treatment, parks and grounds, public building maintenance and more - they do it all.
  • Snoqualmie-North Bend Police: Our police force helps keep our valley safe, and National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
  • Eastside Fire and Rescue: ESF-R is vital to emergency medicine and saving lives here in North Bend and many other communities on the eastside. National EMS Week gives recognition to the essential needs our front line medical responders provide.  

More Opportunities to Meet up with the Mayor: On Wednesday, May 18th, residents stopped by Arete Coffee Bar for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation with Mayor McFarland. If you missed this week’s meet up, mark your calendar for the following future opportunities:

  • Wednesday, June 29th, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 10th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet up with the Mayor is hosted at various locations throughout town. June and August locations will be released closer to each event. 

Your Next North Bend Yard Waste Recycling Event is May 21st: The City of North Bend’s next 2022 North Bend Yard Waste Recycling program is set for Saturday, May 21st. This annual recycling program is open to North Bend residents and property owners on select Saturdays through October, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the North Bend Public Works building, located at 1155 E. North Bend Way. NOTE: Please enter through City Hall, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.

Trailhead Direct Returns to North Bend on Memorial Day Weekend: Trailhead Direct is returning to North Bend, beginning Saturday, May 28th, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Service will run Saturdays and Sundays through September 11th, with additional service on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley Announces Community Grant Awards: This month, the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley selected 13 community organizations to receive $14,000 in grants ranging from $500 to $2,000. North Bend non-profits organizations recipients include Helping Hands Ministry, Mama’s Hands, Mt. Si Senior Center, North Bend Community Theatre, Si View Community Foundation, and Trail Youth.

Do You Live in the Unincorporated Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County Area? King County Local Services Wants to Hear from You: If you live or work in the unincorporated Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County area, King County Local Services - Roads, Permitting, Community Service Areas invites you to join them Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom for their Subarea Plan Engagement Kickoff Event. This is your opportunity to help shape the development of your area for the next 20 years. Login instructions and more can be found HERE.

Events Around Town This Weekend: Keep up with local events, rain or shine, for people of all ages. Visit the community event calendar for easy reference.

Keep up with the City on Social Media: One of the easiest ways to keep up with City happenings and breaking news is to follow us on social media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor HERE.

Picture of the Week

“Pink blooming rhododendrons with Mount Si in the background on a May spring day in North Bend,” writes Don Detrick of his colorful valley photo.

Rhodi and Mt. Si, Photo of the Week, Photo Credit Donald Detrick

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