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Chords on the beach

Lewis Abrahms plays his guitar as people take in yet another glorious summer day at the Edmonds waterfront. "Are we lucky or what?" asks photographer Bob Sears.     The …

Catching speeders: For safety or for revenue?

This is the second of a two-part series on the possible impacts of red-light cameras approved by a majority of councilmembers. Information was gathered from council meetings, Beacon archives, and …
Edmonds City Cleark Scott Passey

Clarifying campaign sign rules in Edmonds

I wanted to outline the City code requirements for all candidates posting campaign signs in the City of Edmonds. Please see Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC) 20.60.060 below for regulations …

Local Democrats react to President Biden’s decision to step down

Local state Democratic leaders voiced support on Sunday for President Joe Biden, who decided to exit the presidential race. They also gave their support to Vice President Kamala Harris, who Biden …

UPDATED: Edmonds Historical Museum names Polly Yorioka curator

Last week, the Beacon reported that the Edmonds Historical Museum had let go longtime director Katie Kelly and would focus on part-time workers and volunteers. The museum is making moves …
(Photo by Brian Soergel/Edmonds Beacon)

History returns to life at the Edmonds Cemetery

The annual Edmonds Cemetery's annual Walk Back in Time  attracted history aficionados  Thursday, July 18. Cemetery board members portrayed the following historical figures: After …
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Kylie Sammons as Little Sally. (Photo courtesy Gabriel Corey)

Ballyhoo Theatre presents ‘Urinetown: The Musical’

Ballyhoo Theatre of Edmonds will stage “Urinetown” July 19-28 at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College in Lynnwood. “Urinetown,” a musical-comedy satire by Mark …
From 2023: There are always plenty of creative sculptures at the annual contest. (Photo courtesy Kelsey Hopkins)

Sand sculpting contest returns to Waterfront Center

Registration for a sand-sculpting contest begins at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Contestants should meet at the wedding circle. Sand sculptors will build their …
Eleanor Doughty, who drew Sketcer Fest’s official posters, said she took inspiration from the Edmonds marina, a fitting location visible from Sunday’s Sketchbook Fair and Art Market. (Photo courtesy Tracy Felix)

Sketcher Fest returns to Edmonds

Artists of all types and abilities will flock to Edmonds July 19-21 for Sketcher Fest Edmonds, filling the downtown and waterfront with hundreds of sketchers. The event caters to artists and …
Adopt-A-Stream presents wildness survival event
The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation hosts a wildness survival essentials program on July 20 at 1 p.m. in the Northwest Stream Center’s Chinook room. The program features Jason Knight, author of …
(Illustration courtesy Bear Carpenter)
Reflecting at Goodhope Pond 
How I have enjoyed living in Edmonds, exploring city limits and bustling streets for new subjects to paint. But I often seek a different vibe. Sometimes I look for quieter spaces that happen before …
Adopt-A-Stream hosts forest bathing event
The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation hosts a take a forest bathing break July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Stream Center (600 128th St. SE, Everett). Forest Bathing is rooted in the …
Letters to the editor
I am an Edmonds resident of almost 18 years and spent approximately 15 years as a full-time volunteer and advocate for animal rescue and welfare. I fully support a backyard breeding ban in Edmonds …
Remembering columnist Peter Kelley Thanks for running Peter Kelley’s final column ( “A final word from a Beacon columnist,” July 11). I, too, worked with Peter as a copy …
Where are we safe? I've got some questions for you. Where are we and our families truly safe these days and nights? Inside our home offices or places of worship? By a grocery store on …
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Opinion
“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” - James Baldwin I am tired. I am tired of the anger, tired of the mistrust, tired of the cynicism. The week …
This is the second of a three-part series on my recent adventure to Zimbabwe with family: son Dane, his bride Sindi, and Dane’s mother, Elaine. So what springs to mind when you hear the …
After binge-watching the first four episodes of the fabulous Hulu series “The Bear,” it is clear that the show is a bit of a love letter to restaurants. Love with all of its messy, …
Around the world, agricultural areas are getting too much heat, too much rainfall, or both. These factors are fueling inflation, creating scarcity, and increasing costs of production. Flooding …
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Hermona Girmay reacts as she wins the title of Miss Washington. (Photo courtesy Miss Washington)

E-W graduate Hermona Girmay named Miss Washington

Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Hermona Girmay was recently crowned Miss Washington. This came after she was crowned Miss Seattle in February. Hermona, a first-generation Eritrean …
From left: Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, AMSC Executive Director Larry Cluphf, Boeing Director of Manufacturing and Safety Cameron Myers, Edmonds College President Amit B. Singh, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett), and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 2 celebrating the opening of a new fuselage training lab at Paine Field.

‘Gray Ghost’ fuselage training lab debuts at Paine Field

Edmonds College’s new “Innovation Lab” at the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center (AMSC) at Paine Field opened July 2. The aerospace training lab is the only one of …
The LASH Quartet features Amy Lin (violin), Elizabeth Josiah (violin) Hailey Nappen (viola), and Lenna Nguyen (cello). (Photo courtesy Edmonds Landing)

Hail, thunderstorms can’t stop E-W’s LASH Quartet from performance

Edmonds-Woodway High School’s LASH Quartet recently played for the senior citizens of Edmonds Landing Saturday night. Gillian Malacari, orchestra director of the senior strings group, …
From left: Joshua Henderson, Macyn Kautz, Matthew Thorp, Naomi Limb, Richardo Gurango. (Courtesy Edmonds School District)

District spotlights outstanding graduates

As the school year closes, the Edmonds School District has put the spotlight on several outstanding graduates from the Class of 2024. Congratulations to all the graduates as they embark on their …
Graduates celebrate 2024 commencement at Edmonds College. (Photo courtesy Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Graduates celebrate 2024 commencement at Edmonds College

Edmonds College celebrated commencement on June 14 at Seaview Gym in front of family, friends, college staff, and guests. It marked the college’s 57th commencement. The ceremony was open …
Ryan P. Lewis received to bachelor’s degrees at Washington State University. (Photo courtesy John Lewis)
E-W grad named distinguished scholar at WSU
Ryan P. Lewis of Edmonds graduated from Washington State University  with bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Chinese. He studied abroad in Taiwan and Beijing this past year as …
Amida Diallo
Rotary Club of Edmonds 2024 scholarship winners
The Rotary Club of Edmonds has announced the recipients of its annual scholarships for local students attending college in the fall. These winners, with the exception of Amida Diallo, each received …
(Courtesy Washington State Department of Social and Health Services)
New SUN Bucks program supports summer food access
More than 500,000 Washington children will receive funds this summer to help buy food through a new Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program called SUN Bucks. In December 2022, the …
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Obituaries
Richard "Dick" Barnes: 1943-2024
Richard "Dick" Tremayne Barnes was born February 14, 1943, in Glendale, CA and passed July 10, 2024, in Olympia, WA. He is preceded in death by siblings Margaret P. Barnes (2024, of Shoreline, WA), …
Margaret Poe Barnes: 1948-2024
Margaret was born July 21, 1948 in Hillsboro, Oregon. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Hartford and Esther Barnes, and brother, Robert P. Barnes, MD. Margaret passed May 20, 2024, in …
Carol Hardan: 1932-2024
Carol Hardan (“Bonnie” and/or “Kit” to many of her family, friends, and former coworkers) died peacefully on Tuesday morning July 2, 2024, in the care of her youngest …
Glen Velman Rice: 1932-2024
Glen Velman Rice (June 7, 1932–June 27, 2024), a resident of Edmonds for over 50 years, passed away peacefully after a short illness. He was 92. Glen was born in Logan, UT, to V.T. and …
Raymond Clyde Ferguson: 1931-2024
Raymond Clyde Ferguson 11/19/1931 - 06/24/2024 Raymond Clyde Ferguson, known affectionately as Ray, peacefully passed away on June 24, 2024, at the age of 92. Born on November 19, 1931, in Bell, …
Sports
E-W graduate Ben Somoza will join the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.

E-W’s Ben Somoza gets call for Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame

Edmonds-Woodway High School soccer Ben Somoza is among five athletes to be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame The 2024 induction class is the 14th  for the local Hall of …
Robert Brown (Photo courtesy Facebook)

E-W boys basketball coach steps down after 12 years

After 12 years with the Edmonds-Woodway High School boys basketball program, head coach Robert Brown has informed players and families of his decision to step down. After three years as an …
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Standout college athletes competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics
BestColleges highlights several of the standout student-athletes who qualified to compete for Team USA at this year's Summer Olympics in Paris.
Marine Toys for Tots' Christmas in July Campaign Delivers Hope to Children in Need
Marine Toys for Tots' Christmas in July Campaign Delivers Hope to Children in Need
(NewsUSA) - Marine Toys for Tots, best known as the Nation's premier children's Christmastime charity, doesn't wait until the holiday season to support children in need. Toys for Tots has evolved …
The 5 most popular international summer travel destinations in 2024
Airalo compiled a ranking of the five most popular international summer travel destinations using information from Google Flights.
Give Your Grilling Game a Flavor Boost: 3 tips to make summer meals deliciously memorable
(Family Features) Make sure your grill game is on fire this summer. The right prepping, seasoning and grilling techniques can help you serve your favorite foods.
Netflix cancels cheapest plan as subscribers have to choose
Giant Freakin Robot reports that Netflix is phasing out its cheapest ad-free subscription tier for existing subscribers and asking them to choose a new plan to stay tuned into the world's largest streamer.