Looking back at 2013: Our writers’ favorite stories

As we prepare to usher in a new year, My Edmonds News asked its regular contributors to pick their favorite stories of 2013. Here they are, for your reading pleasure:

DSC_8423_cropMine’s gotta be the “Pilots for a day” article. It was so cool going up to Paine Field and meeting this diverse assemblage of folks (kids to senior citizens) who share a love of flying and vintage aircraft. Grannies in leather bomber jackets to middle school kids with Snoopy-style pilot hats. For each of them this was a truly peak experience…something they’ll remember all their lives…and their excitement and joy was infectious. So glad I had a chance to be part of it. While I was invited to go up with them in the vintage DC3, I chose to stay on the ground. I did venture into the aircraft while it was on the ground…impressive.

— Larry Vogel:

brian soergelI’ve loved gathering information and sharing the restaurant news with readers for My Edmonds Restaurant News, but I particularly enjoyed interviewing young Mackenzie O’Brien back in January. She’s the Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate who was injured in a hit-and-run accident up in Bellingham while attending Western Washington University. She was an inspiring young lady who had a great attitude and tremendous support from her amazing family. I love these types of stories!

— Brian Soergel

imageWhile it’s hard to pick a favorite, I especially enjoyed writing about the “Sparkles” cheer team at EWHS. It was such a treat watching the squad in action at the pep rally and I loved learning about the national organization. Everyone involved was so passionate and enthusiastic and it was my sincere honor to share their story.

— Marika Price

Lily JaquithMy favorite article was about the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sunset Bay. It was so interesting learning about all the plans Annie, the director, had for the camp. She was clearly very passionate about learning in water environments and making sure the kids had a fun, but educational time. Not to mention, the camp is at a beautiful location.

— Lily Jaquith

Henry "Quint" Turner

My favorite story of 2013 was about the Perrinville Rivalry between Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale in the first baseball game of the season. While my Mavs did not come out on top, the exciting match up came down to a couple of bad – or lucky – breaks (depending on your view) in the seventh.

— Quint Turner

I absolutely love end of the year “Best Of” lists! I will be clicking on any and every link I see in the next week that says, “This year’s best/favorite/most/worst/biggest.” You name it, I love it. I am so thrilled to be a part of “My Edmonds News” as a regular contributor this year, of course after my first offering in 2009. However, it was harder to pick my favorite “Edmonds Kind of Play” from 2013 than I expected. I settled on a column I wrote about Life Hacks. It stood out to me for a few reasons, I love getting tricks of the trade for anywhere I can and I get a lot of great “hacks” from the Moms I wrote about in the story. Mainly, it stood out because it’s an example to me that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Little tricks of the trade passed on by the Grandma’s or the “Have you tried’s?” of the Mom’s you see at school pick up can be lifesavers. I hope “Edmonds Kind of Play” is a place to get fun ideas of places to go, things to try, or locals stories that remind you we’re all in the same boat (a very loud boat with wrappers, crumbs, stickers all over the place.) Happy New Year!

— Jen Marx

Harry Gatjens talks about financial crisis facing cities on ‘Public Exposure’My choice: Revisiting the story of Paula, and the children she left behind – It is the climax to a series of stories that showed me that what I write can lead to real good things happening, rather than just reporting things that have already happened.

— Harry Gatjens

Janette red shirt best 1213It is rare to have a story change a reporter’s life, but one did for me. This year, I interviewed Rick Steves about Trinity Place, a transitional housing project for homeless women and their families. During the interview, I asked if he thought I could do anything to help Trinity Place residents. He encouraged me to ask YWCA management, and soon I found myself leading a writing group for residents and applying through EPIC for a Hazel Miller grant to put the women’s stories into a book. The rest of what happens will – I hope – be in my favorite story for next year.

— Janette Turner

david grossMy favorite Travels with Charlize column was this one about naming vehicles.

– Dr. David Gross

Kelsey_1I think my favorite article for year end is my guide to football. Should still come in handy for a lot of people as the playoffs approach!

— Kelsey Foster

What was your favorite story of 2013?

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