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Articles from the May 3, 2017 edition

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Our orchestra abroad

As high school seniors whose international travel has only consisted of a few trips to Whistler, B.C. in Canada, the thought of traveling across the globe to Europe was completely... — Updated 5/3/2017


Scouts reel in food donations

This year's Scouting for Food Drive conducted by the Mukilteo Cub Scout Pack 189 collected 1,975 pounds of food for the Mukilteo Food Bank. As membership in Pack 189, which is... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


Edmonds artist to share her ‘Joyful Connections’

May’s featured artist at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds is award-winning Edmonds artist Kathleen A. Johnson. Her show, titled "Joyful Connections,” will feature her... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


Rotary recognizes ACES student Thalib

The South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club has named ACES High School senior Faisal Thalib its Student of the Month for April 2017. Thalib, 19, was born in Saudi Arabia before coming... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Biking to work picks up speed among city employees

A group of city employees are getting into gear this month by biking to work as often as possible in recognition of National Bike Month. National Bike-to-Work Week is set for May... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

City’s youth committee aims to fill vacancies

As some half dozen of its seniors prepare to graduate, the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is looking to fill its ranks for next year. Peter Kim, who is finishing his... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Help restore city parks as a steward

The Mukilteo Park Steward Program is looking to expand its ranks by registering more people who want to help the health of the area’s natural, wooded areas. The program, which is... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Mukilteo hosts bargain hunters during 30th Garage Sale

The 30th annual Great Mukilteo Garage Sale on Saturday, April 19, attracted bargain hunters near and far to neighborhoods throughout Mukilteo. About 80 garage sales were listed in... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Mukilteo loses longtime resident who served selflessly

Longtime Mukilteo resident Jeanie James spent her life serving selflessly, giving generously and enjoying every moment. “She was not only a pillar of this community, she was the... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Sales tax measure pushed to November

After three public hearings and hours spent scouring the budget, members of the city’s Transportation Benefit District board decided in a 3-2 vote May 1 to push a potential sales... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


As Easter people, we embrace audacity of Jesus’ love | Worship

On Easter Sunday, and every Sunday until Pentecost 50 days later, we begin our worship with “Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!” I love that our Easter words stand in stark contrast to the words we s... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


For your family’s sake, get your affairs in order | Insightful Investing

If something were to happen to you, would your family know where to find your important documents? Before anything horrible happens to you, there are some 25 document files that should be put together for easy reference. For exampl... — Updated 5/3/2017


Letter: Failure to bag poop makes Old Town a minefield

I thank and invite Mr. Lewis to take a walk in Old Town Mukilteo (“Bags of dog poop left on pathways perplexing,” April 19). No pink and blue bags here. People who bring their dogs here just let them squat in the street. You wi... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


Letter: Letter defending liberty not meant to offend

I thank the Mukilteo Beacon for their courage in publishing all sides of an issue. I also acknowledge the courage of Jafar Siddiqui for his “serious exception to [my] seemingly objective letter.” However, Mr. Siddiqui’s... — Updated 5/3/2017


Letter: Gospel choir motivated me to live fully

I’d like to thank the Total Experience Gospel Choir for a most needed, uplifting and heartwarming community affect they had on myself and others at the Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church on April 22. It has propelled me to live... — Updated 5/3/2017


Fresh ginger both cost effective and full of flavor | Chef Dez

A few weeks ago, I went to the supermarket to pick up some fresh ginger root for a cooking class I was teaching. I only needed a couple of tablespoons, so I broke off a small knob and proceeded to the cashier. She rang up my... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The sun also rises, you know | Chuck's World

Nicéphore Niépce isn’t a household name, and frankly, his parents didn’t do him any favors in that department. Just typing his name is exhausting. But he was a brilliant... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

1890 census sized up our state, cities for first time | Taking Stock

The Census of 1890 was the first for Washington after gaining statehood. Washington had been admitted to the Union less than seven months before as the 42nd state. Washington was... — Updated 5/3/2017


2 exhibits feature Mexican, Chicano artists

This spring, the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett is showcasing the work of local Mexican and Chicano/a artists in two new exhibits through June 3. An exhibit called “Convergence: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the Pacific... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


How does climate change affect our lives? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, What exactly is climate change? How does it affect the way we live? Pranav, 10, Melbourne, Florida Dear Pranav, If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you'll do in the morning is check the weat... — Updated 5/3/2017


Students from Mukilteo make college deans’ lists

College students from Mukilteo have recently been named to their respective deans’ lists. Caitlynn Lark, a 2012 Kamiak graduate, was included on the President’s List for Fall Quarter at Western Washington University. She... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


More county students making smarter, healthier choices

Drinking among teens in Snohomish County has fallen by nearly 40 percent since 2006, according to the first set of data released from the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey. The statewide survey conducted by the state Department of Social... — Updated 5/3/2017


Harbour Pointe Middle School names April students of the month

Harbour Pointe Middle School teachers selected the students they believe best exemplify April’s attribute of courage. Characteristics of courageous students include persevering in the face of fear or adversity, learning from... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


Police beat (April 22-27)

April 22 Death Officers responded to an unattended death in the 9600 block of Harbour Place and found nothing suspicious. The medical examiner responded and the body was released to a funeral home. Theft A male reported that his... — Updated 5/3/2017

 By Nicholas Johnson    News

Garden Club accepting scholarship applications

The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is accepting applications for its $1,000 scholarship for horticulture classes at Edmonds Community College next school year. The deadline to apply is May 31. Applications are available at — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story


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