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4 - Mukilteo Beacon - December 14, 2005 ii 4 J~ iiiiiiiiii!iiiii!i!iiiiili!il VIEW iii! ear Community Members, As 2005 comes to a close, I ask that you remem- ber those in your family, neighborhood and commu- nity that live with a mental illness. Mental illness is a disease, like any other, it is treat- able, manageable and people do recover. Thanks to the Legislature and Governor's Office, the public mental health system fared better than forecasted in the past year. With thoughtful decision-making in Olympia, we have kept from having to make major cuts in public mental health services in the North Sound Region. However, we have a lot of work to do in the New Year. With concerns regarding stable and sustained federal and state mental health funding and increased state and federal mandates, the North Sound Mental Health Administration will be working even harder with our stakeholders to ensure persons with mental illness receive the services they medically need and deserve. Even though our system is not perfect, our provid- ers and clinicians are continuing to provide services that enable persons with mental illness to recover and live meaningful lives. Additionally, we could not continue,gur work with- out the help of people with mental ess, their fam- ily members and advocates for their continued persis- tence in creating a public mental health system that is accountable to the people it serves. As you reflect upon 2005, and look forward to the New Year, remember those that have encountered the trauma of being displaced from their home, the ef- fects of war, the loss of a loved one and the stress of our busier and busier lives. Those of us at the North Sound Mental Health Ad- ministration believe in and work toward a Vision of Hope-Path(s) to Recovery for persons with mental ill- ness. During this holiday season we ask that you keep your vision of hope and remember those on the path(s) to recovery. God Bless, North Sound Mental Charles R. Benjamin Executive Director Health Administration POLICY The Beacon welcomes right to edit letters as nec- Letters to the Editor and essary for brevity;, gram- will print them as prompt- mar and taste. ly as possible as space al- Published letters will lows. include the author's name However, letters must and city of residence. include a signature, print- Send letters to: The ed name, address and day- Mukilteo Beacon, 806 5th time phone number for Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275 verification purposes, or by e-mail: e d i t o r @ We also reserve the mukilteobeacon.com qm~ OO6 WELL SOMEONE'S BEEN :I:N MY SAV:I:N S ACCOUNT AND . T'S AAAAAAAAAAAAAALL ONE! I~ it I~ 0 I~ I~ II i I~ i i i ! I~ Q t ! ! i ! ! I ! gourmet cooking. If you need Why me? TO THE EDITOR Usually, I ask "Why me?" when everything seems to be going wrong. How often do I ask "Why me?" when something hap- pens that is extraordinary? One recent warm summer evening I was outside mea- suring a garage door panel re- quiring some maintenance. Suddenly a man's voice said, "Let me do that for you." As I turned around I saw a young couple had entered my driveway, obviously drawn by a need to help. I admit I am edging to- ward 90, but do not resemble a feeble, gray-haired senior depending on others to do simple tasks. So accepting the offer, I asked why he decided to help. He said, "We are supposed to be nice to others. We were out for a walk and noticed you working." But "Why me?" crossed my mind as I looked at his kind face. The icing on the cake ar- rived the next day when he returned with four individu- al pasta casseroles, each with a different sauce, plus fresh lemon cookies simply wait- Lug for me to enjoy. He added, "You can have as much as you want. I teach anything at all, we'll help you out." The following day he re- turned with his teenage son, some tools, drop cloth and paint to complete the job on the garage door. But why me? Just when the world's gone crazy, and no one cares, a miracle happens. Could this new neighbor be a messenger to remind us to serve one another? He remains the same, al- ways helping, and I will never forget his goodness and kind- ness. Rose Fierke Mukilteo P.S. Ms. Fierke said her Good Samaritan neighbor is Chris Starkenburg. - Ed. ~ ~GHTHOUSES, FROM PAGE 1 ~i~{<; the group, realtor Elizabeth of our lighthouse." Erickson, local artists will be There will be a plaque at asked to decorate the 15 to 20 the base featuring the art lighthouses in imaginative piece's title, the artist, and ways to reflect the spirit and the sponsor or sponsors. traditions of Mukilteo. Some details remain to be "We plan to produce a worked out, but initial in- colorful brochure on the terest in the project is very 'Lighthouses of Mukilteo' positive, Collier said. so that tourists and others Because there will be a can drive around to see all limited number of light- the creativity and spirit house towers, sponsorship that we have here," Erick- opportunities are expected son said. to close quickly, Only the tower will be fea- Interested parties should tured. According to commit- call John or Ann Collier tee member and local arch - (425-315-0823), Elizabeth Er- tect Fred Baxter, it will be ickson (425-508-1405) or Paul "about 6 feet tall and shaped Archipley (425-347-5634) for to capture the historic form more information. A 5th Street, Mukilteo, WA. 98275 (425) 347-5634 .i~l Fax (425) 347-6077 ) site: www.mukilteobeacon.com Circulation: (425) 347-7734 Subscription: $40/yr. (Mailcheck to: ; 8065th Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275) by Beacon Publishing, Inc. 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