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By Jana Hill 

Hey, what's new? | Editor's Note


Last updated 1/22/2021 at 12:02am

The past six months have been a blur as I reach out remotely, most days, and on others get to know Mill Creek at street-level, walking Town Center as well as the other pedestrian friendly sidewalks of the City, to see what is going on.

A standout this week was a tipped streetlight. In some cities that would not cause much of a stir. Eyesores happen. Projects get pushed. Mill Creek holds the pressure of its lengthy reputation as a city that cares if the streetside walls are embossed, its signage minimally distracting to the aesthetics of the landscape.

I imagine residents appreciate that level of care, so readers will learn what happened, as we cover the process of that streetlight from its partial toppling experience to its repair, and the disruption of traffic that will follow.

Other stories are to come, and that’s where we need interaction, from readers. As I walk the roadways of Mill Creek, there just aren’t that many people out and about.

Everything is an alchemy, from woodworking to baking, and once the people in Mill Creek connect with us, it’s a gift to hear those stories and pass them onto readers.

For this edition, I was lucky enough to have a Mays Pond resident contact me, because he saw a hawk in his backyard. He sent photos. Another hawk visited him, days later, and I got to hear about that too. Because one reader engaged with us, more will know about hawks, near their hometown, and some people will “meet” their neighbor through a feature article.

Earlier in my tenure at the Beacon, I saw a post on social media that led to a story about service projects in Mill Creek: people needed help with yardwork and relocation in Mill Creek, and two missionaries – Adri Lewis and Abbie Folkman– were willing to talk about it.

The Communications department at Everett Public Schools was gracious enough to request interviews on my behalf, and followed up with tidbits about what they were doing. I found out Superintendent of Everett Public Schools Ian Saltzman would read a story about a snowman, in a venue available online. The purpose was to be of service and share “joy,” all within the bounds of COVID-19 restrictions. In that, readers could see servant style leadership, playing out.

One family shared that they not only were enduring a remote school experience, but the student in their home was thriving as a result.

A local photographer shared his path to a hobby business, as a photographer.

Another resident informed us that we needed to write more about storm water, a bit of feedback we always appreciate. Coverage is in process, now. If you wonder what is happening in Mill Creek, we’ll refocus on what you need.

The newspaper exists because readers take part, reaching out to enter the public dialogue and tell the stories that shape their days. Inquiry can be a way to show regard. Interest. And we want to show that regard to Mill Creek residents.

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