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June 2006 - Mukflteo Beacon - 5 ~:~ AI, HOOPER ~e Beacon Acouple of years ago my neighbor brought over some of our mail that had inadvertently gotten mixed up with his. He seemed a little bewildered when he talked to my wife. "It's some weird magazine," he said. She laughed. "That's just Mother Jones." "Oh," he said, so she added, helpfully, "You know. It's one of those liberal rags." "Oh," he said again, and that was it, al- though Lord knows what kind of subver- sives he thinks we are now. She could have explained, if she'd cared to, that we were getting this sinister leftwing periodical because it was free, although I don't know if that made a difference. We still read it, or at least she did. I thought it was kind of dry and serious, with long articles on the environment etc. Not that I don't care about the environment; it's just that sometimes I like lighter reading material. We get a lot of free magazines, actually, some lighter than others. These are premiums I get for paying 25 or 30 bucks every year to read an online publication I like without having to see the ads. It's worth it, and then there's the free stuff. So every week or so we get these magazines. They've changed over the years. For a while National Geographic seemed to be around. Now, we receive a high-tech magazine, a sort of news summary thing, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. r Rolling Stone is an interesting one to have around. Since it's ostensibly a contemporary music magazine - and since I don't pay any attention to contemporary music - I rarely even glance at it. But the other day I picked it up and was surprised to find some good articles. One was a piece by Bobby Kennedy Jr who made a pretty convincing case that there were some serious discrepancies in the vote-counting in the 2004 Presidential election, partic- ularly in Ohio. I've heard all this before, of course, as well as rebuttals to his article and rebuttals to the rebuttals. There are no answers here, at least for me, but still some interesting questions. Then there was a feature on Merv Griffin, who some of us remember from his talk show days but who now, at 80, is a mogul with his fingers in lots of pies, including real estate, casinos and horse racing, and who's probably most famous for being the creator of two of the most popular and profit- able TV game shows of all time, Wheel of Fortune and Jeop- ~E SIGARS, PAGE 19 CITY OF MUKILTEO Special Meeting and Open House Town Meeting Date: June 29, 2006 Time: 7:00 P.M. Location: 4480 Chcnnault Beach Road Agenda Items: City Hall Alternatives CITY OF " MUKILTEO INFORMAL CHIME-IN Date: Tim~ Location: Featured Topic: Attendees (tentative): COMMUNITY MEETING June 26, 2006 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. 4480 Chennault Beach Road Community Center I Park Recreation Councilmcmbcr Stoltz UEST VIEW DouG ~teo Lighthouse Festival Association 't's said that the only constant in life is .change itself. After living and being around Mukilteo for over 50 years, I can honestly say that in addition to population growth of the town, the largest change is the annual Light- house Festival held every year. The first highly "organized" event was a juried art show set in and around the boats stored at Losvar's Mukflteo Boat House, (the current location of the Losvar Condominium on our town's waterfront). At that time, about 1965, the population was around 1,900 people and now is over 19,000. There was no budget for the festival It just happened and got paid for by individuals, which brings me to the point of this letter to the Beacon. FLASH FORWARD 40 YEARS TO 2006. THE TOWN'S CITIZENS NOW STAGE AN EVENT THAT LASTS FOR THREE DAYS, NOT JUST THREE HOURS, AND EVERY ACTIVITY IMAGINABLE HAPPENS THAT WEEKEND: A fabulous juried art show, juried craft vendors, fishing derby, and myriad wonderful events and activities for children. The festival also offers a quilt show, skateboard demos, professional kite exhibitors, a children's pa- rade, a grand parade, fund-raisers by civic organizations offering food and drink, live music to enjoy and dance to, tours and a cel- ebration of "100 Years Of Light" provided by the Mukilteo Historical Society at the Mukilteo Lighthouse. These are a few of the events happening the weekend of September 8, 9 and 10. This is not your grandmother's crochet sMe!!! This is a destination event currently being organized by over 100 volunteers who started in Janu- ary to plan and raise money to pay for this ex- travaganza for you, the citizens of Mukilteo and communities beyond. Not so long ago, the city took full responsi- bility for the production of the festival. That came to an end in 2004 when a group of vol- unteers formed the nonprofit Mukilteo Light- house Festival Association and took up the torch. While the city helps the festival in many ways, including financial support and servic- es, so too do other public entities like the Port of Everett and Paine Field. Additionally, the Festival Association relies upon the generosity of private businesses and the public, our citizens, for help. OUR CURRENT FINANCIAL STATUS ABOUT 90 DAYS FROM THE FESTIVAL IT- SELF: The Festival Association has received ap- proximately just one-third of our expected budget. That being said, I would like to address the current financial need of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association: The frosting on the cake of the Light House Festival for the past five years has been the Fireworks Display. Truly, next to shows in Se- attle, Mukilteo's has been one of the finest and longest in the Northwest. THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL and this year WE NEED HELP TO ASSURE IT HAPPENS. The fire- works are budgeted at about $17,000 alone. The Festival Association volunteers are asking that 150 families donate $100 each. We are asking individuals to donate $25, and if your family can afford $50, please help us make sure this magical event happens to cul- minate this wonderful annual event. In today's economy $100 will buy dinner at a nice restaurant for a family of five forget the movie and popcorn. As I said in the beginning, the only con- stant is change. I for one am proud of the cali- ber of this event and what it has become over the last 40 years. Please help us in continuing to change it and improve it each and every year. The community is counting on you to step up to the plate. Won't you reach for that check- book and send a generous donation today? Thanks so much for your help, Send checks made out to: Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association or MLFA 304 Lincoln Ave Suite 200 Mukilteo, WA 98275-1568 Application for festival membership can be found on page 9. 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