My very last Beacon column | Editor's Note

By Sara Bruestle | Nov 23, 2016

I’ll be thinking of you on Thanksgiving Day. All 21,000 of you.

After seven years with The Beacon, I have accepted a position as the new features editor of The Herald.

Today is my last day at the paper.

As your newspaper editor for the last six years, I have a lot to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for loyal Mukilteo Beacon readers who faithfully read their hometown newspaper each week. You made my job worthwhile.

Kudos are awarded to Readers of the Year Deirdre Campbell (2015) and Rob Coe (2016).

I’m thankful to those who sent me letters to the editor, press releases and photos, as well as notes telling me when I had done a good job or when I needed to step up my game.

Keep it up. You’re what a community newspaper is all about.

I’m thankful for all of the news tips and story ideas I received. I never ran out of Mukilteo news to share.

I’m thankful to the Beacon columnists, including Don Saul, Aziz Junejo, Cynthia Espeseth and Marci Larsen.

You helped me put out a paper that featured a variety of voices and bylines.

I’m thankful to my newsroom co-workers over the years, some of whom no longer work for The Beacon but who I’ll never forget, including Pat Ratliff, Megan Managan, Laura Daniali, Brian Soergel and David Pan.

Soergel and Pan – I’ll miss our witty and not-so-witty banter. You work hard and you write well. I leave you in charge.

I’m thankful to the city and school employees, past and present, who picked up the phone and replied to my emails whenever I needed them to answer a question or two – or 10.

Shout-outs go to Jennifer Gregerson, Joe Marine, Rex Caldwell, Cheol Kang, Myron Travis, Brian McMahan, Andy Muntz, Glen Pickus, Doug Volesky and Marko Liias.

Kudos are awarded to Caldwell, Kang, Travis and McMahan – you saw me as more than a reporter with a deadline, but also as a person worthy of your trust, respect and friendship.

I’m thankful to Terry Preshaw and Sam Freeman, who were my go-to photographers when I couldn’t be in two places at once, or when my camera just wouldn’t do.

I’ll never forget your willingness to share pictures with The Beacon, even when I had nothing but a photo credit to give you in return.

I’m thankful to John and Ann Collier, who dug into Mukilteo Historical Society archives for me whenever I was looking for interesting tidbits of Mukilteo history. I learned a lot because of you.

I’m thankful to my intern reporters who helped me cover the community, but especially LaVendrick Smith. I am proud of the journalist you have become.

I’m thankful for Chuck Sigars for seeing my potential and encouraging me to reach it. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.

Last but not least, I’m thankful to Paul Archipley, my boss for the last seven years.

You gave me a newspaper job when no one else would. Instead of focusing on my lack of experience, you focused on my passion for journalism.

You not only hired me as a reporter for the Mukilteo and Edmonds papers, you promoted me a year later to take charge of the first Beacon – your baby.

It has been an honor to serve the community as the editor of the Mukilteo Beacon.

To my readers: Don’t think of this as a goodbye forever, because I’m not leaving. I won’t cover Mukilteo all day, every day as a Herald employee, but I will still be around, sharing your stories.

But if you want to read a newspaper that covers your community, and only your community, as it has for nearly 25 years, then turn to The Beacon.

Now I’m one of those loyal readers, too.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them and we help them in return.” – Stephen Schwartz

EMAIL OF THE WEEK: From Paul Archipley, publisher and owner of Beacon Publishing: “We were reminded by the elections that the only thing constant in life is change. That’s true here at Beacon Publishing, too. Please join me in wishing Sara well as she moves on to a new job as the features editor at The Herald. Just as she grew into a solid journalist here over seven years, I know she will meet and exceed her new challenges. She will be missed.”

CALL OF THE WEEK: From Chuck Sigars, a Beacon columnist: “I guess I’ll have to get a Herald subscription. I’m glad they picked up on your ability to tell stories. You have to be a good storyteller, or you’re not going to have a good time in this profession. Don’t disappoint me. I’ll be watching you.”

POLICE LOG OF THE WEEK: While on patrol, an officer was flagged down by an employee of Synrad Inc. who reported that a suspicious subject was seen hanging around company headquarters in the 4600 block of Campus Place. The officer found three vehicles that had their gas tanks drilled. The case is under investigation.

FIRE LOG OF THE WEEK: A small fire at Patty's Eggnest last week started when an oven’s heat ignited some oily rags. A caller reported smoke and the smell of gas at the American diner in the 8200 block of the Mukilteo Speedway. Firefighters found smoldering rags stored next to an oven set at 650 degrees, and extinguished them. There was minimal property damage.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Don Saul | Nov 23, 2016 17:02

Thanks, Sara, for everything! You're the hardest working person I've ever met. I don't know HOW you packed it all in!

Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Nov 24, 2016 17:37

Damn, this hurts Sara in a big way.  Sara, you were/are an anchor of Mukilteo.  Right now sure wish I got a Bachelor's in Journalism so I could fill in.  Yeoch, this hurts.


Worst thing is, I just unsubscribed from the Everett Herald thinking I'd save a few bucks on something I don't read often enough.  Guess I'll have to pick them back up next month.

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