From the Publisher’s Desk: A chilly challenge, thanks to volunteers, Little League recognition

Getting dunked, from left,   Laura Daniali from The Beacon, Larry Vogel and me.

Getting dunked, from left, Laura Daniali from The Beacon, Larry Vogel and me.(Photo by Janice Carr)

On Sunday, My Edmonds News writer/photographer Larry Vogel and I were treated to a brisk bucket of ice water over our heads — all for a good cause. We were part of a group of local media gathered in City Park to answer the Ice Bucket Challenge, which Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis issued to all of us Saturday. (I also received a separate challenge from Steve Willits, who serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Sound Live Sports Network — which will be live streaming Edmonds School District high school football games from Edmonds Stadium again this fall.)

In November 2009 — shortly after I founded My Edmonds News  — Edmonds City Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson died following her battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I remember Councilmember Olson’s courageous efforts to attend council meetings in the latter stages of the disease, even though she was in a wheelchair and verbal communication was difficult. Even if you don’t take the challenge, you can donate here.

Olson’s commitment to public service is a good reminder to thank all of those who tirelessly serve as volunteers on the city’s boards and commissions, and that was the goal of the Sunday afternoon picnic prior to our dunking. Edmonds is filled with civically-minded folks — our voter turnout is consistently one of the highest in the state — and those who spend hours each month in public meetings without pay, for the good of the community, deserve our sincere appreciation.

The Pacific Little League team prior to Little League World Series play in Williamsport, Penn.

The Pacific Little League team prior to World Series play in Williamsport, Penn.

And here’s another group of volunteers that deserve our thanks — those parents who coach youth sports teams. One group of coaches saw particular success this year as they guided a group of our community’s 12- and 13-year-old boys to the Little League World Series. You can help the Pacific Little League team players, coaches and parents celebrate their team’s first-ever World Series appearance during a community celebration this Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Lynndale Playfield.

The players welcome and a brief ceremony will start shortly after 6 p.m. The public is invited to meet the players and coaches, who are from both Edmonds and Lynnwood. Bring a chair or blanket to sit in the outfield. Food will be available.

Lynndale Playfield is located at 18927 72nd Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

A few reminders about events coming up this week:

– The Edmonds City Council will meet Tuesday night, with more discussion about the Westgate development plan. We’ll have more background information on the council agenda in a story Monday.

– If you want to learn more about rooftop solar for your home, there will be two open houses in Edmonds – this Wednesday and Sunday.

– The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with local author and business consultant Carol Sanford this Thursday. More information here. I have heard Carol speak before and she is dynamic and inspiring. Don’t miss it.

Have a great week!

Teresa Wippel, Publisher

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