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 By John McAlpine    General    July 19, 2019

“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 Bombeck Here are some ways to help others: Peer to Peer Counselor - To... Full story


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 close our eyes and...

 By Michael Gold    General    April 19, 2019

Off Kilter

Michael Gold, a self-described “gadfly” who lived on the East Coast before moving to Mill Creek, then the Picnic Point area, is a serial entrepreneur who combines his East Coast/Left Coast... Full story


Empowering Women

SharonAnn Hamilton, MBA, CFP®, MSFS is founder of Freedom Quest Academy, working with clients who seek financial freedom and joyful living. She blogs about Families, Business, Money, Retirement,... Full story


Prime Living | Empowering Women

SharonAnn Hamilton, MBA, CFP®, MSFS is a fiduciary, consultant, coach, and author. She facilitates The Council for Women, a faith-based group of women professionals whose mission is education for... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 6, 2018

Places in the heart | Chuck's World

I wanted to go home again. I’ve been told that I can’t. I decided to test that theory. I’m not alone. Nostalgia has been a big business for a long time, and I’m an easy mark. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by moments, understanding that... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 30, 2018

The silent survivors | Chuck's World

If you’ve ever erred and written “continental” in a publication when you really meant “contiguous,” you would be like me, I guess. It’s an easy mistake to make, searching for a term and grabbing the first one that seems reasonable. I’m... Full story

 By Judy Weiser    General    May 4, 2017

An important lesson on immigration from a foreign land

My adult daughter and I recently traveled to The Azores, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about two hours by air from Portugal and four and half hours from Boston. Reading travel books and...


Doctor's Rx

Regular exercise can be so much more than just a way to control your weight. The truth is that everyone will benefit from regular exercise. Maybe you are fortunate enough to have an active day job and will get most of your weekly exercise there. But... Full story

 By Frank Workman    General    June 4, 2016

The biggest sports event ever

The weathered old photo above was taken back in March of 1971, when I was but a mere lad going to school at the late great George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois. The photo itself is...

 By Greg Elwin    General    March 16, 2016

Chief's Message

Gregory Elwin is the police chief for the city of Mill Creek....


Arts & Appetite

Maria Montalvo is an Edmonds foodie and arts connoisseur who also writes the Moment's Notice column for the Beacon. Send ideas for food and arts news, including for advance stories and reviews,...

 By Bill McElroy    General    July 18, 2014

Outside Looking In

The Beacon is pleased to introduce Bill McElroy to our readers. He will write a regular column, “Outside Looking In.” Your comments and corrections are always encouraged and can be emailed at:...

 By Jim Miller    General    April 12, 2014

Savvy Senior

Jim Miller is the creator of "Savvy Senior" (, a syndicated information column for boomers and seniors that is published in more than 400 newspapers and magazines n... Full story

 By Chef Dez    General    April 12, 2014

Chef Dez

Gordon Desormeaux aka Chef Dez is a newspaper food columnist published in over 50 communities across Canada and Washington state. He is the author of three cookbooks, a culinary travel host, and a... Full story


Taking Stock

I began charting stocks 50 years ago in April 1962. Computers came along and made charting and calculations much easier. I was a stock broker for seven years. I am glad that I was; I am glad that I am no longer. For 16 years I maintained the Abarim...


Chuck's World

Chuck Sigars has been writing his weekly column for Beacon newspapers, “Chuck’s World,” since 2001. You would think he’d be better at it by now. Born in southern California, Chuck grew up mostly in Phoenix, Ariz. before moving to the Pacific... Full story


Mukilteo Schools

Superintendent Marci Larsen discusses Mukilteo School District issues....


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