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Old column revived with new hire | OK Boomer Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion

Waterfront could use some budget-friendly improvements | Reality Check

The city has begun the 2021 budget discussions. Considering the obvious impact the coronavirus will have on the budget, this month I thought I’d take a crack at suggesting some... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion

Masks, social distancing in short supply on the waterfront | Reality Check

The coronavirus is still very much with us and impacting Mukilteo’s waterfront and those of us who live here in many ways. This month we’ll touch on the current status of... — Updated 8/26/2020


Letters to the Editor: It's political season!

I support Gregerson Our mayor, Jennifer Gregerson, is running for the Snohomish County Council seat District 2, vacated by Brian Sullivan, who was another of this City’s best mayors. In the past few months, she has held her head... — Updated 7/31/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

This is how you go home again l Chuck's World

It’s an unremarkable place, even by the standards of nondescript architecture. A low-slung building with what appears to be a tin roof, a tourist stop just an hour away from the... — Updated 7/31/2019

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Volunteering l Off Kilter

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, building... — Updated 7/31/2019


Of dikes, ballgames, and clambakes

Today’s Lighthouse Park parking area was once the home ballfield for the Mukilteo baseball team. Besides competing against visiting teams here, the Mukilteo team had to battle... — Updated 7/31/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Sexagenarian is not just a funny word l Chuck's World

Yearbooks have lost most of their power now. What used to shock me on the rare occasions when I ran across them, the stray moments preserved in handwriting, the DNA pressed between... — Updated 7/24/2019


Waterfront parking lot update l Council Corner

As part of its article on Mukilteo City Council candidates (July 17, 2019), The Beacon asked a question about a proposed waterfront parking lot being discussed by the Tulalip Tribes and the Port of South Whidbey (POSW) on property... — Updated 7/24/2019

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

About stuff l Off Kilter

There is a TV show called “Hoarders.” It is about people who have a mental disorder that does not allow them to get rid of anything. You will see someone (usually the Real Estat... — Updated 7/24/2019

 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion

Let's get started l Guest View

Welcome to the introduction edition of an ambitious project to make sense out of everything Mukilteo and specifically Mukilteo’s waterfront area, what’s happening, why, what... — Updated 7/24/2019


Letters to the Editor

Schmalz throws support behind Melnichenko Hey Mukilteo voters! The primary is only a few days away, and I am voting for Kristina Melnichenko for Mukilteo City Council (Position 7) and I am asking you to do the same. Kristina is... — Updated 7/24/2019


Don't waste your time! l Worship

Billy Graham, who died at the ripe old age of 99, was once asked in his later years what surprised him the most about life: “To me,”# he said, #“the greatest surprise is just how short life really is." Life really is... — Updated 7/24/2019


Nearly wed, need advice

Dear SharonAnn, Getting married is certainly complicated. We are in our 60’s. We’ve talked about many important issues during our dating time—family, hobbies, health, money, beliefs about God, lifestyle, even politics. Did we... — Updated 7/19/2019

 By John McAlpine    Opinion

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bo... — Updated 7/19/2019


Where to get help paying your Medicare costs

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Need Some... — Updated 7/19/2019


Botanicals for stress support

Every day, we navigate the countless stressors hurled our way. We all have our strategies to adapt and stay balanced. Maybe we go for a walk, spend time with loved ones, stream that new Netflix special, take a bath, or simply... — Updated 7/19/2019


The Rick Roll of a lifetime l Chuck's World

A few years ago, while visiting family in Texas, I was watching the local PBS station when I noticed a familiar face. They were having a pledge drive. I don’t know why I feel the need to note that, as if it were a special... — Updated 7/17/2019


Tips for those who need help, part 2 l Insightful Investing

Last month, I started a two-part series on how to catch up if you have found yourself behind where you envisioned. Hitting roadblocks and speed bumps is part of living. The only constant I have seen in life is everybody faces... — Updated 7/17/2019


The wonder of flight l Travel Sketcher

We have three museums featuring the world of flight in our area. The Historic Flight Foundation is often overshadowed by Boeing’s Future of Flight or Paul Allen's Flying... — Updated 7/17/2019


Over the moon l Worship

I’ll never forget that night. We had been invited over to the neighbor’s house because they had a bigger TV. My brother, sister and parents all sprawled in their living room watching a gritty grey soup of pixels in black and wh... — Updated 7/17/2019

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Animal trapping l Off Kilter

We’re in the process of building a new home. It’s located on a now empty lot down on the water in Edmonds. Turns out we have colonies of mountain beaver living underground on... — Updated 7/17/2019


Neighborhood Watch Program awareness l Council Corner

The City Council set as a priority this year to bring awareness to the Neighborhood Watch Program so that we can help build upon it’s successes. One of these successes is a reduction in crime, something we all desire. On... — Updated 7/17/2019


Letters to the Editor: Election season

Change Mukilteo’s government Thank you for publishing the candidate statements regarding positions on our city's form of government. I was interested to see the opinions of former Mayor Joe Marine, Councilmember Richard... — Updated 7/17/2019


Larger than the lunar landing

Fifty years ago this month, humankind set foot on the moon for the first time. It was one of the few times when calling an event historic was an understatement. Yet the Apollo 11 flight wasn’t the most important event in my life... — Updated 7/10/2019


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