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 By Marge Rhodes    Opinion

Book club in Mill Creek Zooms | Book Club Corner

When the Mill Creek Women's Club announced an opportunity for the formation of a new book club within its ranks, it became the impetus for forming The Page Turners Book Club in Nove... — Updated 10/3/2020

 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Editor's Corner: Getting the Band Back Together

Hello, Mill Creek readers – I am, once again, your editor. I was last an editor for Mill Creek readers in 2002. I was at the Enterprise, a community newspaper then owned by the... — Updated 8/25/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Home tools and appliances | Off Kilter

This column will firmly establish me as a curmudgeon. Why? Because I’m going to complain about all the labor saving devices we have in and around our homes. Let’s start with... — Updated 8/23/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What I did on my summer vacation | Chuck's World

We would have stayed home this summer, pandemic or not. It’s what we do in the summers, and we have reasons. And the biggest one is that, after nearly 40 years of living in... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Pandemic doesn't stop our community spirit | Darn Wright

As we walk or jog around Mill Creek, one often goes by a bequeathed memorial bench, remembrances plaque, memorial tree, art piece, picnic table, or flagpole. This community... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Going postal: Good noise pollution

In 1989, the U.S. military went into Panama to extract an installed dictator, Manuel Noriega. There is much to this story that every American should know, but that is another story. Because Noriega was able to get himself to the... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Golf again! Hooray! | Off Kilter

May 6 was the second day of the re-opening of our Washington state golf courses. So of course, two of us ventured out to play 18 holes. First mistake, if you are going out for the... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | Uproot what is being sowed

I am willing to guess when we ask our citizens what form of government we have, the majority would say a democracy. But this is not what we pledge allegiance to our flag by saying,... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    Opinion

Editor's goodbye

I took a look at the Nov. 15, 2019 issue of the Beacon before I began writing this. Why? It was my first issue as the editor and reporter of the Beacon, so I was wondering what I had written to introduce myself to all of you. Back... — Updated 8/7/2020


Our Schools | Fall 2020

I want to thank the community for the input we have received as we planned for how school will look this September. There have been many factors to consider, some which change week to week. We need a plan that is adaptable as... — Updated 8/7/2020


Our Schools | Schools are the heart of our community

It is hard to imagine a year ago this month, I became Superintendent of Everett Public Schools. At that time, I knew there were challenges with overcrowding and equitable access to learning spaces in our schools. I was ready for... — Updated 7/13/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Thoughts on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 6/25/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer | An editorial debut

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen); she is a... — Updated 6/25/2020 Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The smoker in the store

I have a funny story about Father's Day and this newspaper column, although it's possible I've told it before. It's also possible it's not funny. I'm pretty sure about the holiday.... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter: Insanity

The number of columns I have written is not really so interesting, but the things I’ve seen and heard while I’ve been writing newspaper columns really have, on occasion, brought me up short. Albert Einstein used to say,... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Mayor's Corner: The virus is a disaster

As we wait for Phase 3, this virus is a medical and financial disaster.   Graduates Parade Thank you to City Manager Michael Ciaravino, his staff, and the many parents who helped put together the car parade to celebrate the 2020... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright: Why are there no graduation cards?

Let us visualize together a highly frustrated male wandering around several local community shops, and then doing so throughout most of the “all service” stores. As he does, he... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | What the children know

I can revisit my childhood anytime I wish, dropping in at a moment’s notice, connecting with my earliest memories on a whim. I lived on Google Street, just two clicks from you.... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | Stir Crazy

Okay, so how are we all managing with this coronavirus lock-down? For this family, rather well. My wife returned from Fred Meyer the other day with (wait for it!) toilet paper! I, on the same day, had a conversation with a... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | With his eyes wide-open

What would all the finger-chattering be by Twitter, if a successful community high school soccer coach was hired to be our Olympics swim team’s head coach? Now be realistic. What... — Updated 6/5/2020


Our Schools | To 2020 graduates

Congratulations to an amazing class of seniors. You have dedicated 13 years of education to get to this point. Persistence and determination brought you this far and will continue to guide you into the future. You truly are a... — Updated 6/5/2020 Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The long walk, and the sounds of silence

My shorts were right where I left them last fall, rolled up on a bottom shelf. The warm weather had sent me off on a scavenger hunt for comfortable clothes that didn't resemble... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright: Please do not leave me behind

As an Army medic veteran, oftentimes with great sadness, and now maybe more so with Memorial Day in focus, I am obsessed by a whispering, begging voice: “I was lost on the water,... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Moving forward despite a vicious virus

My personal appreciation goes to those of you who are practicing social distancing and wearing face covers. Not only are you protecting yourself, but you are also helping to keep the rest of us healthy. If we stick to it, the... — Updated 5/15/2020


Our Schools | Support for each other in uncertain times

In last month’s column, I stated in these challenging times we stand with you, and we will get through this together. I still believe that. But as this crisis continues to disrupt what we all thought of as our normal life, I... — Updated 5/1/2020


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