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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Tip: Watch the fireworks from a Washington State Ferry | History Files

On July 4th I didn't do the usual ritual of going to Civic Park to watch the fireworks show, but I did get a chance to enjoy it in another way. And I wondered how the first July... — Updated 7/16/2021

 

Mill Creek Women's Club announces new officers for 2021-22

The Mill Creek Women's Club has elected new officers for the 2021-22 season. They are Luanne Kunz, president, Jeannette Bliss, vice president, Carol Ellis, secretary, and treasurer... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

2020 was empathy training | Editor's Note

It is almost 2021. A new year. A shift in the calendar will at first seem inconsequential. Most of us will live the same life we were living before the new year: obsessive... — Updated 1/4/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Peace of mind

My father was a practical man. When I was young and full of myself, one of the first cars I bought was a 1960 Triumph TR3 roadster. Very impractical. It had removable side curtains... — Updated 1/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Mimicking the open door policy | Editor's Note

Transparency is definable, even though it is achieved differently by various agencies. In fact, Ballotpedia has a 10-point checklist on transparency. That list includes something... — Updated 12/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

We need to talk | Editor's Note

Secrecy and privacy are different things, but sometimes they get muddled. We apply that precise understanding in the news business: an eye on that particular distinction. We are... — Updated 12/11/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Annus horribilis hope from a good doctor | Chuck's World

"I have good news and bad news," the young woman said, and I had to smile at that alone. I think I've found the perfect 2020 line. I don't know if there's an original source for... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

It's officially Christmas movie time

'Tis the season of "Joy to the World." Sitting down with friends and loved ones exemplifies the time-honored truism: that the togetherness of watching those oldies-but-goodies... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Pulling punches

Pull up a chair. Or don't. You are free to make your own decisions. Media. Information. Democracy. Freedom. It's all on the line right now, and surely you all see that, right?... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

This is us, Thanksgiving edition | Chuck's World

After a long, chatty call with my daughter the other night, she mentioned that it was time for her nightly routine. She and my son-in-law apparently do the New York Times crossword... — Updated 11/27/2020

 
 By Mike Hoffman    Opinion

School sports, activities needed more than ever

Ever since I was lucky enough to become the executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, I've told our staff and membership that we are in the memory-making business. Those memories can be made in... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Science, skills and tenacity are our friends | Darn Wright

HED Science, skills and tenacity are our friends W/PHOTO Courtesy of Chuck Wright Packs of playing cards were handed within jails and prisons to help jog memories of inmates, who... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

It takes a village, and maybe power tools | Chuck's World

The first noise was the worst, although I was asleep. This raises a sort of empirical question: If a horrific, tearing, crashing sound occurs outside your window and you’re uncons... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Finding chicken Zen

I was visiting Mill Creek last night in a downpour, and I met a chicken. Her name is Hazel. She seemed to be on tour and having a lovely time seeing what work looked like, for the p... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

The punk rock choice of 'home for the holidays' | Editor's Note

I am a storyteller since childhood – my first writer’s conference was in fourth grade. I remember going to Seattle and looking upwards at a brick building covered in ivy that... — Updated 11/13/2020 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

'Schitt's Creek,' Following the crowd, finding some light | Chuck's World

I have unremarkable taste in everything, which should come as a surprise to no one. And when it comes to culture, I only pretend to march to a different drummer. It’s usually the... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Consider the lilies of the pond | Chuck's World

To be completely clear, I am uninterested in most things. I don't have passionate feelings one way or the other. I don't often talk or write about these things. This is because you... — Updated 11/6/2020 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Editor's Note | Freedom's meaning

We are in an odd era where the lines are being redrawn, and we are tasked with asking a question once asked in 1954, in Rev. George Doherty’s sermon near the White House, that... — Updated 11/6/2020

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

From detained to bloodstained | Darn Wright

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and, with this in mind, let’s go back in time and remember those soldiers who were labeled possible enemy agents, but yet still marched forward and... — Updated 11/6/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Halloween is here -- let's be careful out there

W/PHOTO on website: pumpkin baby or a mask pic Happy Halloween, from your Mill Creek Beacon editor! I want everyone happy, but this is a weird Halloween. Masks used to be preserved... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 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 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... — Updated 8/21/2020

 

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