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I December 2005 - Mukilteo Beacon - 3 8mad Co~ Your Great Harvest has all your favorites to help make your holidays & special occasions extra specMl! 425.290.8189 www.greatharces 'eceref-t.com Mayor Don Doran, standing on chair, right, regales listeners Monday at a reception hon- oring outgoing elected officials. Doran and councilmembers Cathy Reese, John Sullivan and Paul Rand are stepping down at the end of 2005. made me look terrific, and community center: "What PAUL ARCHIPLEY they don't get the accolades you have done in Old Town set ! :i eB2aeon they deserve." the stage for the community. ]]'ayor Don Doran and Thanking the council, Without what you did, there Doran singled out Councilwould be no downtown." J. &three outgoing council-President Cathy Reese. TheTo Vrabek, who oversaw members were feted Monday pair were often praised - and the development of Harbour at a reception at City Hall. criticized - for their close Pointe: "Thank you for deliv- Morethan 100people joined working relationship. ering every project you said the "love fest" as the elected "I don't know of another ou would. You've put your officials thanked their sup- individual .in this city who fingerprints on this commu- water," mity." trials of small town political life. Among the many he thanked, Mayor Doran sin- gled out his wife, Candi. "The person who has had to shoulder the lion's share is my wife. She's really toler- ated a lot," Doran said. "I don't come home from council meetings that nice of a guy sometimes until I 'de- pressurize.'" Doran praised the staff, too, noting more than once he had come across an employee working in the wee hours of the morning as he was on his way out of town to catch an early morning business flight. He said three staffers stayed late last Christmas Eve to ensure the newly built Presbyterian Church could hold services that night. "That's the remarkable sort of individuals we attract here," Doran said. "They Doran said. "I know she has been a lightning rod at times. But she is selfless, honest, and a truly remarkable individual. "The hole she will leave will be gargantuan." Reese returned the compli- ments, praising Doran for his optimistic outlook even on the darkest days. "Your positive attitude is unreal," Reese told him. "The glass half full philosophy has served you well." "It was a glass of wine," Doran joked. Reese also thanked the residents and businesspeople who did their part to make Mukilteo a better city, prais- ing in particular developers Mike Daffron and Dennis Vrabek. To Daffron, whose diverse projects included Lincoln Courtyard as well as a green thumb bent with numerous tree plantings around the She also thanked her hus- band, Norm, who had given her the freedom to jump in from the day they moved to town. "I'm a lucky person," Reese said. Councilmember John Sul- livan noted it was Reese and Doran who urged him to ap- ply for an open seat. "I haven't figured out how " to get even with them yet, but I will," Sullivan smiled. On a more serious note, he said, "It's been a pleasure and an honor to serve the commu- nity" Outgoing Councilmember Paul Rand was unable to at- tend the reception due to a scheduling conflict. The event marked the fi- nal "meeting" for the current mayor and council. The new mayor and coun- cil begin 2006 with a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at City Hall. ~!]SASTER, FROM PAGE 2 ii~:~:5. chemical disasters, toys for children should be included in all disaster kits, Good said. Blankets, sturdy shoes, a tent and basic tools should be in a set evacuation area of the home as well as a fire extinguisher and garden hose for putting out fires or stghoning. One of the few bright lights to come from the Gulf Coast disasters is the Red Cross's change of its pet poli- cy From both a practical and a compassionate standpoint, rescuers now understand the importance of including our furry friends in our rescue plans. Not only is it devastating to be separated from them during possibly the worst days of your life, the refusal to abandon those who would never leave us behind actu- ally impaired the evacuation efforts during the hurricanes and floods. To that end, the Red Cross will have pet and no-pet shel- ters in future relief efforts, although relief workers rec- , I ~* e*~oeooeoeeeoe J t e Io ommend planning ahead for evacuation situations. The bottom line, according to Colbath and Good, is that preparation could save your life at best, and drastically improve your post-disaster quality of life at least. For more information and complete disaster prepa- ration recommendations, please visit www.escal.com, or contact emergency servic- es coordinators Lyn Gross or Dan Good, (425) 776-3772. Certified Gemologist I ,Registered JewelerI COMST LERS Edmonds [ ,425-778-4666 [ The Best Idea for Sunday Moming ARNIE' S CHAMPAGNE The three course Brunch begins with: 1. An assortment of seasonal fruits and your choice of orange juice, Mimosa or champagne, followed by: 2. Warm, homemade sticky buns and 3. A delicious entree, selected from our Specialties menu. Make your reservations for Sunday Brunch now and look forward to a relaxing Arnies Champagne Brunch! 425-355-2181 I