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Where to get help paying your Medicare costs

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Need Some... — Updated 7/19/2019 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... — Updated 7/19/2019 Full story


Cowardly package; candidates respond; Taste disappointment | Letters to the Editor

Anonymous package a cowardly move How cowardly of the unknown person who sent an anonymous package to the Beacon containing personal financial information regarding Mike Nelson. I wonder how "Anonymous" even got that... — Updated 7/19/2019 Full story


The Rick Roll of a lifetime l Chuck's World

A few years ago, while visiting family in Texas, I was watching the local PBS station when I noticed a familiar face. They were having a pledge drive. I don’t know why I feel the need to note that, as if it were a special... — Updated 7/17/2019 Full story

 By Dan Mullene    Opinion

Why I joined the Edmonds American Legion, and why I’m glad I did | Guest View

Life teaches us many lessons, and sometimes we even pay attention to them. One such lesson I have learned is that while it may take a while to make the right decision, it’s never... — Updated 7/14/2019


Courtesy in Edmonds; questioning Tibbott and Nelson | Letters to the Editor

Who enforces fireworks ban? So much for the fireworks ban. In addition to loud explosions throughout the night of the 4th, neighbors were startled by extra loud explosive reports in the area of Ninth and Cedar. I thought for sure t... — Updated 7/14/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

Oh yes, the budget | Mayor's Corner

Here we are in the middle of July, working on the 2020 budget that won’t be presented to the council until the first part of October. So why are we starting so early? Well... — Updated 7/14/2019


Create your own red cedar art at Cascadia | Moment's Notice

Cascadia Art Museum is holding one of its free family workshops this weekend, and it promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for all – children, parents, grandparents, and... — Updated 7/12/2019 Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Looking at the big picture through older lenses

We entertained a couple of friends from out of town a few weeks ago, although I’m not sure how entertaining we were. We didn’t tap dance or anything. It wasn’t unusual. A... — Updated 7/10/2019


Helpful library staff; connector solution? | Letters to the Editor

Grateful to library staff Kudos to all the staff at the Edmonds Library for their patience and excellent help during the changeover to new computer and printing processes. They seem to embody the attitude that "no question is... — Updated 7/5/2019 Full story


Lessons from a silent mountain | Moment's Notice

Nearly eight years ago, this column featured the story of three women from Edmonds (Michelle Clyborne, Ruth Arista, and I) climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier, Washington’s... — Updated 7/3/2019

 By Bill Phipps    Opinion

Open letter to council: Increase tree canopy | Guest View

We must face the reality of our diminishing urban forest canopy. We know we are losing hundreds of large conifers due to development. This is not a unique problem. The speed of... — Updated 7/3/2019 Full story


Marsh, beach needed to maintain biodiversity | Guest View

The recent discussions over the Sunset connector and the Edmonds Marsh, along with the rather worrying news relating to climate change, extinction, forest fires, and refugees, have... — Updated 7/3/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A modern life in airplane mode

A quarter of my life has passed without my father being around to hear about it. I used to enjoy calling him on Saturday nights, catching him up and just chatting about whatever,... — Updated 7/3/2019


Delightful sights along the beach | Home Again

The first day of summer I walked along the beach at Brackett’s Landing, just north of the ferry dock. It was not warm that early afternoon, but people who love the beach choose to hang out at the water’s edge even when it’s... — Updated 7/1/2019


The connector, train noise | Letters to the Editor

Unnamed beach just fine the way it is I would like to respond to your editorial of June 20. I question your use of the term "sparsely used beach" when referring to the "Save our Beach" unnamed beach. I think you... — Updated 7/1/2019 Full story

 By Jenny Murphy    Opinion

Customer service 101 | Off the Cuff

Recently, a customer came in donning an outfit she had purchased from us several days earlier. She was excited to introduce her friend to our store and tell us how much she liked he... — Updated 7/1/2019 Full story


Happy trails ... until we meet again | Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following is a letter from Edmonds City Coucilmember Diane Buckshnis to Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite, who recently announced that she accepted a job offer as parks director for... — Updated 6/28/2019

 By Nathan Monroe    Opinion

Edmonds still has a problem that it needs to solve | Guest View

The people have spoken. The Sunset connector is dead. We have wisely decided not to waste further money studying a concept that would never have been accepted by the Edmonds... — Updated 6/27/2019 Full story

 By Aseem Prakash    Opinion

The Sunset connector and the disconnected City Hall | Guest View

Editor's note: At the author's request, the Beacon has allowed the author to revise his Guest View initially submitted and published in the June 27 paper. It also includes comments regarding Mayor Dave Earling's... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

Reflecting on the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector | Mayor's Corner

Notwithstanding last week's City Council vote to discontinue work on the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector, a flurry of public speculation and/or misinformation continues,... — Updated 6/27/2019

 By Emory Cole    Opinion

Leadership has ruined the waterfront

We have reviewed the challenges put forth by Mick Matheson, PE, Public Works Director, in regard to the waterfront redevelopment traffic challenges and, in particular, how they relate to Mukilteo Lane. To begin, it is hard to compr... — Updated 6/26/2019 Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Taking the first step

I heard two ugly travel stories last week, not very soothing as summer season takes off. Both involved planes that were supposed to be flying, and were not. Both of these people... — Updated 6/26/2019 Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Railroads: What might have been

Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic... — Updated 6/26/2019

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Edmonds' bridge to nowhere | Editor's Note

Last week’s lead story on the defeat of the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector began this way: “In a victory for those who want to keep a sparsely used beach in Edmonds just the way it is – it doesn’t even have an official... — Updated 6/26/2019


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