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Last updated 1/29/2019 at Noon

Clarification on Salish Crossing sale

I just want to make it clear that Waterfront Antique Mall was not sold to Nick Echelbarger by Valerie Kern and Donald Udhus, as was printed in the Edmonds Beacon Dec. 27 (“For sale: Salish Crossing”).

If we did own it, we would never have sold it.

I remember on June 3, 2014, we got the eviction notice in the mail to vacate in 30 days. As word got out, there were a lot of hugs, tears and anger. We just couldn’t believe that Waterfront was being forced to shut down after almost 30 years.

So I say to Nick Echelbarger: Waterfront was not a distressed “hunk of junk.” We were a hard-working small-business icon that was loved by many. No, we’re not proud of you creating something you’re proud of. You replaced something that was already beautiful and unique and a real icon in every way into something boring and sad.

Yes, if you really want to do something exciting at this time of life at 37 years old, you’d give us back Waterfront instead of a “major regional transit mode of a hunk of junk.”

Life shouldn’t only be about collecting your dividends.

Valerie Kern Lake Forest Park

Editor’s note: The Beacon regrets the misunderstanding. We reported, correctly, that Echelbarger purchased the entire property at 190 Sunset Ave. S in 2012, not just the Waterfront Antique Mall. But Kern and Udhus only owned the Waterfront Antique Mall business, not the property.

According to the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office, the property known as Salish Crossing was sold in 2012 to Salish Crossing LLC for $4.5 million by Al Dykes and Edmonds Shopping Center Associates.

According to filed documents, at the time of the sale more than $193,000 in property taxes was past due. Two auctions had been scheduled – with the highest bidder taking the entire property – but were subsequently canceled.

Thanks for Prime Living column

Regarding the Prime Living column “Here’s to Your Health”:

I was so glad to see such important information being shared with readers of the Edmonds Beacon (“Menopause support with lifestyle, nutrition, and herbal medicine,” Jan. 17).

I am personally beyond menopause now, but suffered mood swings, sleep difficulties, hot flashes and near-debilitating brain fog when experiencing menopause.

Hormone replacement therapy was prescribed by my doctor, which I know many women take.

For me, the pharmacologic therapy caused headaches, dizziness, nausea and a return to menstruation, even when the dosage was halved, then quartered. I eventually just quit and toughed it out with menopausal symptoms, which were less damaging than the side effects of the meds prescribed.

I wish I had had the information reported in your paper back then! It makes sense physiologically, and offers women more information and control when battling the negative effects menopause can have.

Along with my primary doctor, I see a naturopathic doctor; they have complementary areas of expertise I believe. My naturopathic doctor has helped me get my increasing blood pressure back into goal range with diet and natural supplementation.

At some point I may need antihypertensive medication, but I am staving that off for now. I feel healthy and am so grateful to have knowledgeable practitioners. Just wish I would’ve had the recent “Here’s to Your Health” information a decade or so ago!

Here’s to more complementary health care going forward, with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and utilizing the approach that is most individualized, gentle, and disrupts our own natural tendency toward healing least, before using pharmacologic meds that frequently have negative side effects.

Joyce Whitson, RN, MSN Woodway

Unsafe at any age

My name is Justin. I am a Boy Scout who is working on a merit badge on communication.

I have lived in both Edmonds and Lynnwood for all my life. I have seen it on the news and on the Beacon – teenagers speeding down Olympic View Drive and Olympic Avenue.

I feel frustrated that my peers feel that they can speed down the road past midnight. As someone who goes to school with these people, it scares me. I know that you cannot stop them, but I believe that students’ parents should be educated on the dangers and the innocent lives lost due to this hazard.

I feel that the Beacon could write more stories about speeding in our towns.

Justin Reed Lynnwood


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