Letters for the week of March 14

Mar 14, 2012

Paine Field Y to close

Dear Editor,

In a week, the Paine Field YMCA will no longer be available for the children and young adults of Mukilteo to enjoy.

The YMCA didn’t renew their lease of the building and Paine Field has allowed Boeing to turn the baseball fields and biddy soccer field around the Y into a parking lot. Even the tennis courts are now used for parking.

I haven’t heard a thing from anyone in power about the loss of a gym and its surrounding fields that have been well used and well loved by many.

I now count two gyms in Mukilteo open to kids, and both require memberships. If you have attempted to use the gym at the Mukilteo Y, you will notice that there is limited space and time available.

There are also just two parks that have play areas in our city. There is no space for kids to play pick-up games and no one in power seems to care. Plastic bags are more important. Really?!

While it’s easy for those in city government to say that they are “interested” in today’s youth, the lack of any real effort on the part of the electeds is sad and incredibly shortsighted. Rosehill was built without a gym due to cost.

Choices are being made daily to put kids last. I’m not begrudging the dog park or the open spaces proposed by Japanese Gulch, they are great projects that impact our city in a positive way.

However, no one seems to bemoan the fact that our kids are losing the fields and gym that have been enjoyed by kids in the community for years.

I do hold the city responsible for not making families a priority. I also have a beef with Boeing. Our community is full of Boeing workers, yet they seem to think that parking lots are more important than play fields. To them, maybe.

With the money that they have (don’t we brag about all their orders and cheer all their victories?!), why can’t they help our community by building parking structures? Why can’t they leave our green spaces alone? I would like something more from Boeing than a Dreamlifter rattling my windows at 11:30 at night.

The Paine Field Y is old, the airport hasn’t maintained the upkeep, the ceiling leaks and the floor is starting to warp. Before its too late, you should come and see the games on Saturday morning, the families, the kids having fun, the crazy cheering fans, the sense of community and coming together.

It will be over soon, and who knows what will happen to the kids next. Hey, maybe Mukilteo will spring for free Wi-Fi so they can have video basketball games. Won’t Boeing love THOSE future workers?


Camille Fitzpatrick,


Thanks for feeding our furry friends

Dear Editor,

This letter is long over due. I want to thank the many individuals and businesses who have donated and continue to donate dog and cat food to the Mukilteo Food Bank.

The food bank supplies some pet food but they have little room for storage and the food doesn’t go very far. Our clients consider their pets as members of their families and care for them as such, often helping others with their pet needs.

With the help of so many Mukilteo residence and businesses, I have a good supply to share with all in need of food. The individual donations are too many to list but I would like to acknowledge the businesses who have always come through with pet food: Celtic Coffee, Lynette Gardiner: Psychotherapist, Soundview Tax Service, Viewpoint Physical Therapy, Pet Pros, Muddy Paws Pet Store, J & J Bookkeeping, Mukilteo Community Garden bed owners.

Donation of dog and cat food is always needed. If you would like to help out our furry friends, please drop off your donation at the Mukilteo Food Bank.

The food bank is located at the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. S.W. in Mukilteo. You can also leave donation in the church office during business hours. The food bank is open the 2nd and 4th Monday and Tuesday of each month.

Thanks again to all of you who help with this on going project.

Bobbie Bassett,

Food Bank Volunteer

What do you love about your state?

Dear Editor,

Hi, my name is Matthew Corcoran-Latham and my class is doing a project in school that will help us learn about our country. I chose to learn about the state of Washington because I have been to Oregon and California, but I have not been to Washington. I was thinking, why not learn about Washington?

Additionally, my class is reading the book “A Walk Across America.” The author is Peter Jenkins. The book is about Peter Jenkins and his dog, Cooper, walking across America and learning about good stuff about this country.

I am hoping you will print my letter so that your readers could send me information about what they love about their state.

I can be contacted by phone at 574-440-4585, by email at damodar2008@yahoo.com or by mail at 1923 CouchMans Trail, South Bend, IN, 46637.


Matthew Corcoran-Latham,

South Bend, Ind.

Kudos for wood donation

Dear Editor,

A big thanks to our local business Midway Plywood and the Japanese Gulch Group for the great donation of wood for Max Short's Eagle Scout project that will happen in May. Max will be building stairs in the gulch.

I encourage you to support this local business. They really helped out!

Liza Patchen-Short,


Pancake breakfast a community effort

Dear Editor,

Thank you to all who attended and supported the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo’s seventh annual Pancake Breakfast in helping to raise funds for scholarships and community services.

We could not have put on this event without the help of our Kiwanis volunteers, and the generosity of so many individuals and businesses in our community.

Our sponsors include: Bank of Washington; Jamie Jensen/Attorney At Law; Evan Johnson/Windermere Real Estate; Mimi Landsberg/CPA; T & E International, Inc.

Other donations received from: Rod Amburgy; Arnie’s; Azteca; Bite of New York; Blue Ribbon Pet Salon; Barbara’s Floral; Chevron; Dairy Queen; Dwayne Lanes; Emerald City Smoothies; Henry’s Donuts; Jersey Mike’s Subs; Lynette Gardiner; Japanese Gulch Group; Mukilteo Thai; Mukilteo Pizza Hut; Tony McNulty/Papa Murphy’s Pizza; Mongolian Grill; Mukilteo Lodge; Mukilteo Chocolate; Nails by Cheryl; Matt Martin/State Farm Insurance; Marriott Towne Suites; Sabor-A-Mexico; Serenity Nail Spa; Spiro's Restaurant; Staybridge Suites; Sunray Tanning; Tropical Tan; Traxx in Door Raceway; Weller’s Speedway Café; Wine 101; Whidbey Bank; Whidbey Coffee Company; Woodland Zoo; and the Y.

Special thanks to: Jim Brown, our sound pro; Whidbey Coffee for donating all the coffee; our wonderful performers – the students from Explorer Bluegrass Club (Director Robin Enders); Elementary Band and Orchestra (Director Rosanna Lampano); Kamiak Men’s and Women’s Barbershop Groups (Directors Nancy Duck-Jefferson/Conor Garside/Diana Bachowski); Olympic View Concert Choir (Director Ken Caldwell); Olympic View Band (Director Jeff Ray); Mariner Show Choir (Director Patty L. Schmidt); Voyager 7th & 8th Grade Jazz Band (Director Michael Clark); Explorer Middle School Jazz Ensemble (Director Anita Valdez).

It was great to partner with our Harbour Pointe Builders Club and the Kamiak Key Club, who exemplified community service through their hands-on volunteering during the breakfast.

Again, thank you all for helping and attending in bringing the community together for a wonderful event.

We all look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


Darlene Conklé & Annie Johnson

Co-Chairs, Pancake Breakfast

Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo

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