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July 22, 1992

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The Mukilteo Bulk Rate I U.S. Postage I PAID I RESCON I P.O. Box 229 Mukilteo, WA 98275 )L :Index Hearth & Home ........ 6 Ideas ........................ 4 Life in the Slow Lane. "*'-,..., ..... ,.., .... ,,,, .... ,,,2 Suburban Gardener ... ,,,.=,..,..,,,,,,,,.I.,.....,6 Pastor's Counsel ...... 9 Worship .................... 9 Your Community i Weekly Newspaper Volume 1, Number 1 July 22, 1992 City urges two sewer districts to keep talking by Paul Archipley Despite warnings that a pro- posed merger of Mukilteo's sewer districts was all-but dead, the City Council on Monday voted to push for continued negotiations. Councilmembers urged representatives from the Olympus Terrace Sewer District and the Mukilteo Water District to submit to outside arbitration in an effort to clear the dead- lock. BilX %/iXson, rcpresentiag OTSD, said he and other com- missioners were concerned about properly representing rate payers in their district under pro- visions in the merger proposal that called for leaving vacant OTSD seats unfilled until after the merger. OTSD representatives prey[ See SEWER TALKS, page 12 Beacon is city's first weekly paper Today's issue marks the inaugural publication of the Mukilteo Beacon, a community newspaper whose coverage will focus on the news, people and activities of the greater Mukilteo area. Coverage will include "Old Mukilteo" and Harbour Pointe, as well as near- The Bottom Line by unincorporated areas like Picnic Point and Woodside. The Beacon was founded by co-publishers Paul and Catherine Archipley who, with their daughter Caitlin, make their home in Mukilteo. Newcomers to Mukilteo, they found it to be -- like the popular slogan reads -- "Paradise Found." But there seemed to be an important, missing element that every town needs -- a weekly, community- oriented newspaper. To be sure, there is a popu- lar monthly paper published by the Rosehill Community Center, a second monthly arrived on the scene earlier this year, and the Mukilteo beat reporters from the major metro dailies are top quality writers. But a great deal of commu- nity news is never published -- in the monthlies because they See BEACON, page 10 :hurch lures baby boomers back By Paul Archipley When Pastor Mark Smith arrived at the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church nine years i ago, he found an aging congregation, few [children, just four people in the choir. i Today, Pastor Smith seems to be baptizing babies almost every week, children abound i and the choir loft -- and pews -- are nearly full. In 1985, Pastor Richard Wendt had no church at all. Upon arriving in Mukilteo he 'began knocking on some 8,000 doors, invit- ing people to services in temporary quarters ,at Mukilteo Elementary School. Today, his church -- the Harbour Pointe Evangelical Lutheran -- is filled not only for Sunday services, but throughout the week when var- ious church and community groups meet there. Similar stories are occurring at other churches in the Mukilteo area. Is it a tribute to the leaders of those congregations? Yes, in part. But they'd be among the first to admit there's a resurgence in the traditional Christian faiths here thanks in large part to the return of that flock whose every move has been documented and analyzed since the end of World War II -- the Baby Boomers. Brought up attending church and Sunday school in the 1950s and 60s, they had deserted in droves by the 70s and 80s. Baby boomers were still on spiritual search- es, but they had turned to gurus, psychics, shamans, cultists -- and drugs -- for answers. Many failed to find the inner peace they longed for. Now they're returning to familiar ground. But, as they've done since declaring their independence decades ago, baby boomers are coming back on their own terms. "They really shop," said Dr. Brock Hoyer, pastor of Safe Harbor Community Church., a Free Methodist church in Mukilteo. Many were raised in small, right- See BOOMERS, page 9