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Councilmember John Koster 

June 18, 2012



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 John Koster

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Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide

Stop Whooping Cough

In an effort to slow the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District has launched a campaign to increase adult vaccinations. Only one in ten adults has had the booster shot needed to prevent the spread of disease. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly harmful to infants, who have no immunity. Last year, a Lake Stevens baby died after getting pertussis from her mother. Snohomish Health District urges all adults - especially those who have contact with infants- to get vaccinated. Everyone age 11 and older needs a booster shot to maintain their immunity. To learn more about whooping cough, contact the Snohomish Health District at


Free whooping cough vaccinations for adults who are uninsured and low income are scheduled (5:30 - 8 pm) for June 26 (Valley General Hospital- Monroe). Pharmacies that have partnered with the Snohomish Health District to offer low cost vaccinations are:


  • Arlington Pharmacy (downtown Arlington location only)
  • Bartell Drugs in Stanwood, Lake Stevens, Everett, Snohomish, Lynnwood & Bothell
  • Kusler's Pharmacy in Snohomish
  • Tulalip Clinic Pharmacy in Quilceda Village
  • QFC pharmacies in Stanwood, Everett, Mill Creek & Edmonds

Children's Art Poster Winners

The 2012 Annual Children's Art Contest with the theme "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families" had

two winners from Council District 1. Both the 1st grade winner and the 2nd grade winner are from Shoultes Elementary School in Marysville. The 1st grade winner is Athea Mercado, whose art was chosen from 112 entries. Her teacher is Mrs. Langlee. The 2nd grade winner is Noelleia Burt, whose art was chosen from 87 entries. Her teacher is Mrs. White. Congratulations to these winners and to Shoultes Elementary School, whose principal is Christine Sampley. The winners receive Admission for 2 to the Evergreen State Fair and a bag full of goodies supplied by this years' sponsors: Snohomish County Parks, the YMCA, the Stealth LaCrosse Team and the Raptors Indoor Professional Football Team. The winners also receive a framed copy of their artwork. Congratulations to Althea and Noelleia!

Art Winners


Koster Receives NAACP Award

Councilman John Koster was the proud recipient of this years' NAACP "County Merit Award for Service to Veterans" which was presented to him at the National Day of Honor observance on May 25th. The United States Congress passed the resolution on May 25, 2000 for the National Day of Honor for African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander and Native American WW II veterans. President Bill Clinton signed the Day of Honor Proclamation and asked all Americans to pause and pay due respect and honor to the brave men and women who have fought to preserve freedom and justice. Annually, on this day, our community acknowledges the extraordinary service of this group of heroes who have been virtually unmentioned in media and education in America society.


Snohomish County Council Congratulates Zamir Kanji

The National Association of Counties and Nationwide Retirement Services annually offer four scholarships each year to eligible graduating high school seniors across the country. Zamir Kanji, a graduating senior at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo was one of the four nationwide recipients of this scholarship this year. He plans to pursue a four year degree in Management Information Services at Washington State University this fall. His application included an essay on the importance of public sector employees starting early to save for retirement. The Snohomish County Council recognized Zamir at a public hearing in the council chambers where he was presented with Resolution 12-011 and they wished him continued success in his educational and career pursuits.


Scholarship Winner


Retired and Senior Volunteer Awards

Councilman John Koster was recently honored to speak at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition event on May 23rd. Only 13 Presidential Volunteer Service awards were given in Snohomish County. Recipients of the award are volunteers who give 4,000 hours or more in volunteer work. Councilman Koster says that the active volunteers who served in 90 different non-profit or civic agencies in the last year have contributed about 3 million dollars to the community, based on the value of a volunteer hour.   He is very excited to be identified with this organization.

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John Koster
Snohomish County Council