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Christmas memories of Rome

Christmas memories of Rome

This time of year, I often pause to remember the many Christmases in Rome my husband and I enjoyed. Our favorite sight was the delightful Christmas market filling the spacious Piazza Navona with toys, candy and figures of a wizened old granny, la befana, who flies through the air astride a broomstick to bring treats to children if they are good, and coal if they’re not. She arrives on the night of... »

Edmonds woman gets up close and personal with Oprah

Edmonds woman gets up close and personal with Oprah

Not too many Edmonds residents can say that they have shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey, but that’s exactly what happened to local therapist and life coach Peggy Farah in November. The occasion was Winfrey’s visit to Seattle in early November. Farah had won a sweepstakes for premium seats at Oprah’s Life You Want weekend Nov. 7-8. She was one of two women selected out of a crowd of 10,... »

Local dancing duo wins gold at ballrooom world championships

Local dancing duo wins gold at ballrooom world championships

Congratulations to Rickie Taylor, 13, of Edmonds and her 14-year-old dance partner Erik Linder, of Lake Stevens, who won the gold medal at the ballroom world championships in Paris Friday, according to this report in The Herald of Everett Friday night. You can read our earlier story on Rickie and Erik here. »

Artfully Edmonds profile: Marni Muir uses art to shine light on plight of salmon

Artfully Edmonds profile: Marni Muir uses art to shine light on plight of salmon

Edmonds artist Marni Muir has completed a unique public installation of Fabric Art focusing on the plight of salmon that once called Miller and Shellabarger creeks and the Edmonds Marsh home. From the sea to the creek – her installation is a superficial representation of a blocked pathway. Muir explains her motivations for the public installation: “I’ve lived in Edmonds my whole life and am deeply... »

Edmonds native earning instant success with USA bobsled team

Edmonds native earning instant success with USA bobsled team

It’s not often that an athlete moves from first timer to a sports’ highest level in just a few short months of training. But Edmonds native Alex Harrison has done just that and will represent the United States bobsled team at the FIBT World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton Tour in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Dec. 12 and 13. On Nov. 21 and 22, he competed at the International Cup in Lillehammer, Norway. “It was s... »

Yes, Edmonds, there is a Santa Claus — and this year he has a new helper

Yes, Edmonds, there is a Santa Claus — and this year he has a new helper

Throughout modern history, children have been sending letters to Santa. Letters telling about how good they’ve been all year, how they’ve always eaten their Brussels sprouts, and of course, listing what they want to find waiting under the tree on the big morning. The letters are sent off to the North Pole, and then the waiting and wondering begin. Did Santa get it? Will he bring what I... »

Darlene Stern resigns from Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

Darlene Stern resigns from Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board member Darlene Stern, who has chaired the chamber’s Fourth of July celebration the past two years, has resigned from the chamber, she announced Monday. Stern has spent the past six years on the chamber board, and has also served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. She became chairman of her favorite chamber event, the 4th of July after being tutored by the pr... »

Looking Back: My father Walter Deebach and WWI

Looking Back: My father Walter Deebach and WWI

While attending the very impressive Veterans Day ceremony held by Lynnwood Post 1040, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Nov. 11, I could not help but remember my father and how much his service in the military during WWI had impacted his life. Within a few months of our move to Alderwood Manor in 1933, my father, Walter A. Deebach Sr., became the commander of Alderwood Manor Post 90 of the American Leg... »

Edmonds memorial service set Friday for former P-I sports editor John Owen

Edmonds memorial service set Friday for former P-I sports editor John Owen

A memorial service for Edmonds resident and former Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports editor/columnist John Owen has been scheduled for  2 p.m. Friday at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St. S.W., reports Art Thiel at SportsPressNorthwest.com. Owen died of heart failure Oct. 3, at the age of 85. According to Nov. 18 post by Thiel: Owen chronicled with wit and insight Seattle’s ... »

Backpacking through Asia: Ao Nang, a place chockful of contradictions and confusion

Backpacking through Asia: Ao Nang, a place chockful of contradictions and confusion

Editor’s note:  2010 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Karisa Gurtiza received her business administration-marketing degree in June from Western Washington University. Before entering  the job market, she is taking time off for a six-month backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia, accompanied by her boyfriend Matt. We will post her occasional reports of their adventures here. Leaving the isla... »

Edmonds Chamber members, volunteers reeling after departure of beloved membership director

Edmonds Chamber members, volunteers reeling after departure of beloved membership director

Many Edmonds Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers were shocked Oct. 27 by the news that the chamber’s tireless membership and events director, Valerie Claypool, was leaving the organization. After all, Claypool had just returned Oct. 20 from a 10-day trip leading a delegation of 30 business owners and community members to China, and during that time had spoken enthusiastically about the cham... »

Looking back in Edmonds: What happened to Edmonds’ former Veterans Memorial?

Looking back in Edmonds: What happened to Edmonds’ former Veterans Memorial?

A short time before he died last year, my brother Tom Deebach, a former Eagle Scout with Edmonds Boy Scout Troop 339, asked me if I knew what had happened to the flagpole and the veterans’ memorial plaque which the Boy Scouts had given to the City of Edmonds. His query brought back the memory of that gift to the city in 1948. Up until that time, the Edmonds seemed to have had no memorial to honor ... »

Edmonds’ own Bob Ernst builds legacy rowing program at UW

Edmonds’ own Bob Ernst builds legacy rowing program at UW

  Bob Ernst knew it was a rare opportunity 40 years ago: A chance to coach in one of the country’s most prestigious rowing programs. After joining the University of Washington rowing program as an assistant coach in 1974, Ernst six years later became only the second non-UW alum head coach in program history, and has continued to leave his own mark on the UW rowing legacy, winning eight ... »

My Edmonds News TV Ghost Story: ‘The Woman in White’

My Edmonds News TV Ghost Story: ‘The Woman in White’

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Backpacking through Asia: Diving into Thailand

Backpacking through Asia: Diving into Thailand

Editor’s note:  2010 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Karisa Gurtiza received her business administration-marketing degree in June from Western Washington University. Before entering  the job market, she is taking time off for a six-month backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia, accompanied by her boyfriend Matt.  We will post her occasional reports of their adventures here. Although ... »

Edmonds’ Frog Lady featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Edmonds’ Frog Lady featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Edmonds’ own Thayer Cueter (aka The Frog Lady) is featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!,” the annual book that delivers what it describes as “the strangest, weirdest, most amazing stories from around the world.” The book notes that Cueter, featured on page 176, “has built up a collection of over 10,000 items of frog-related memorabilia, i... »

Edmonds Fashion: Usher in fall with neutral colors

Edmonds Fashion: Usher in fall with neutral colors

My Edmonds News is pleased to welcome our new Edmonds Fashion columnist, Joy Rai. At this time of year summer unofficially comes to an end, kids go back to school and as we transition, so should our wardrobe. Neutrals seem to be one of the fashion trends this fall, but knowing how to wear them can be a little tricky. Many of us still follow that old rule of “no white” after Labor Day; throw that o... »

Edmonds brain cancer survivor to participate in Saturday fundraising walk

Edmonds brain cancer survivor to participate in Saturday fundraising walk

An Edmonds resident who has survived two bouts with brain cancer will be participating in her fourth Seattle Brain Cancer Walk this Saturday, Sept. 20, in Seattle. Monica Ledgett was diagnosed four years ago while her husband was out of state training for the Army National Guard and her daughter was 3 months old. She is now in remission. This is the seventh anniversary of the walk, defined as R... »

Edmonds-Woodway, Edmonds CC grad also competing for Miss Washington USA title

Edmonds-Woodway, Edmonds CC grad also competing for Miss Washington USA title

We ran a story recently about Melanie Herring, who is representing Edmonds in the Miss Washington USA pageant in October.  Another local woman competing in that pageant is 23-year-old Jane Stone, a 2009 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate who received her degree in business administration from Edmonds Community College. She began her career as an employee in the banking industry, and now serves a... »

In memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Freeman, Edmonds environmental advocate

In memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Freeman, Edmonds environmental advocate

Robert “Bob” Freeman, an environmental advocate who worked tirelessly to promote sustainability issues in Edmonds, died Monday at the age of 78, following a long illness. In recent years, Mr. Freeman and his wife Janice were best known for their work to establish the all-volunteer citizen group Sustainable Edmonds. Mr. Freeman served as president of the group from its inception in 2008 until short... »

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