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December 14, 2005

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! ' W,4 SmallTownPapers D '0 8' 5026 California Ave. S.W. r Seattle WA 98136 oo 5 S eeet : %iume VNumger2 .M,k t.eo WA 9.8275 De mb.er 2o.o Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour in Mukilteo lifts For the story, see page 8. i off Saturday when it opens to the public. i~iiiii~ CHRIS TRVJmLO !ii eBe co . Alead-testing project in tt Mukilteo School District recent: showed that the drinking water J the school system meets safety guid lines. The Office of Superintendent ( Education and the Health Departmel implemented a program to partiaI reimburse public elementary schoo for the cost of initial testing for in the school's drinking water. "It is not a requirement that v test for lead," said district spokesm Andy Muntz. "But there was a lot of controve sy about lead in the Seattle schools so that has heig]: wanted t,o be sure that we u dertook this testing program." Testing began last spring and w; conducted by school personnel follo ing federal and state guidelines. A total of 417 water samples we: taken from 21 buildings. All but fol of the samples tested within the fe eral guidelines. According district constructk and planning representative Nm Redmond, samples containing ', ~E,PAGE13 WA r.E Project Hope ensures joy of Christmas CHRIS TRUJILLO The Parent Teacher Association at Odyssey Elementary School, in cooperation with hundreds of giving community members, will provide more than 700 needy children and 219 families with Christmas presents this holiday season. Over the weekend, the annual Giv- ing Wishes/Project Hope turned out 150 volunteers for the annual gift- wrapping session at Odyssey. "Wow!" Odyssey dean of students Ann Jordan said. "It was an amazing turnout. "My gosh, there were so many high school kids there. We had a ton of peo- ple, so many in fact that they had to use the hallways to wrap presents." Giving Wishes/Project Hope Holi- day started roughly 16 years ago when a couple of teachers at Lake Stickney Elementary heard about a family in the school district that was struggling to make ends meet. One day, the little boy from the family was overheard saying that he hoped that someday his family could have Christmas like other kids. Since then, the project's participa- tion has grown each year. - Needy children, mostly within the Mukilteo School Distr'ict, are referred to the program by school nurses, school staff and social service agen- MukUteo in 200 " Lighthouses here. Lighthouses there. Lighthouses lighthouses everywhere? Chicago had its pigs. Portland had ducks. Gig Harbor, salmon. And currently on the streets of Seattle, you'll see Nutcrackers. Artists in those communities, creative juices flowing, transformed each pig, duck, salmon or Nutcrack- er from the familiar to the fanciful. Tourists and locals alike have mar- veled at the imaginative creations. Why not lighthouses in Mukilteo? Why not celebrate the centennial of our city's icon in 2006 with an ar- tistic array of lighthouses distribut- ed throughout our community? 100 Years of Light art project thi autumn. "We think next year's centennia offers an exciting opportunity fo] our entire community to come togeth er - businesses, organizations, insti tutions, and individuals - around project that will increase interest h Mukilteo, project an enlightened im age of our town, and build commu nity spirit," said committee membe John Collier at a recent Chamber Commerce meeting. According to another member ot An informal committee of Mukilteo citizens banded together, asked the question and launched the i .L/.GHT.H.O.USES PA6 4 4;4; i f Future o Flight takes 8 can t depend on your eyes when your. Pg " natio] is out of focus." : " -- -- -- --. :- -- ' --Mark Twain : Are you ready for el saster?Yg,2 : u can't depend on your judgment: . -% your ImaginationISout of focus " 1 h m da s left H It " Only 0 s opp g y . o "day Cheer, i::pgs 10-11 -- John E.Kennedy : . ' ' :