Sister to sister: Beacon routes kept in the family
As many do, Heidi Edmonds has passed her Mukilteo Beacon carrier bag on to her younger sister.
After four years of delivering her hometown newspaper every Wednesday, Heidi has said goodbye to The Beacon. Her sister, Kristi Edmonds, took over her routes in June.
Heidi started delivering The Beacon when she was 13 years old. She first had a route that covered 46th Place, 45th Place and part of 81st Place, and then took a second route that covered the rest of 81st Place.
“I wanted to earn money as a teen, and most jobs don’t hire until you turn 16,” Heidi said. “When I saw an ad in The Beacon for delivering, I jumped on it.”
Heidi, 17, is now a senior at Kamiak High School. Last year, she got another job at the tween girls clothing store Justice at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.
After working both jobs for awhile, Heidi decided it was time to pass her routes on to her sister.
It was hard for Heidi to deliver newspapers when she also had to work at the store on Wednesdays, and Kristi had wanted to take over the job, anyway.
Kristi, 13, is an eighth grader at Olympic View Middle School. She is in the school orchestra, runs cross country and plays soccer.
"I wanted to take over Heidi's paper route, because I already knew the routes and wanted a way to earn money,” Kristi said. “I used to help Heidi on her routes sometimes, so I already knew what to do."
Heidi loved being a Beacon carrier, but she also realized that she’s growing up. She’s looking into colleges now.
“I loved everything about delivering the paper route, and can’t choose a favorite memory,” Heidi said. “All I know is there were no bad memories.”
When it was time to collect, Heidi looked forward to chatting with her customers – and their kids.
She said she’ll never forget how little girls would race to the door whenever Heidi rang the bell and then excitedly tell her about princesses or their day at school.
“They were so outgoing and energetic, that they had no problem holding a conversation with me,” Heidi said.
As a Beacon carrier, the biggest tip she ever received was $40. Of the tips she collected, she saved half for college. The other half went toward buying her own car and going shopping.
Heidi said the Beacon routes taught her how to talk to customers and manage money. She said it was a good first job.
“I remember keeping a file folder organized with different tabs to save money in,” she said. “I would have a tab for college, spending money, magazine subscriptions, etc. I also learned social skills.
“I was really shy before my paper route, but it taught me how to hold a conversation.”
Heidi said she misses her Beacon routes, especially the kind customers and their kids.
As for advice for her sister, Heidi had this to say: “Make it fun and always put the papers in the plastic bags if it looks like it might rain.”
If your child is interested in becoming a Beacon carrier, email Circulation Manager Carolyn Hart-Mylie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Carriers must be at least 10 years old.