From the Publisher’s Desk: Our place in history

Teresa Wippel
Teresa Wippel

As you’ve probably heard by now, Edmonds is celebrating its 125th anniversary next Tuesday, Aug. 11 — complete with an afternoon of live entertainment, a time capsule dedication ceremony, cake and an evening street dance.

My Edmonds News will be there to capture the day with video and photography, and we’re pleased to report that the song that will be performed by Maplewood K-8 school soon-to-be fourth graders — appropriately called “It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day” — was originally written just for us!

The back story is this: A year ago, we were developing a pilot for an Edmonds video magazine show and we asked local singer/songwriter/author Nick Baker to compose a song that captured the essence of our seaside town. Last spring, Nick’s mom and manager Kathy Passage arranged for Nick to sing the song with Maplewood School’s then-3rd graders, and it was videotaped for 125th anniversary celebration committee to review.

The rest, as they say, is history. You can see a video performance of the song below, but you can watch the Maplewood kids performing it live just prior to the time capsule dedication ceremony in front of the Edmonds Museum on Fifth Avenue North on Aug. 11.

It’s mind-boggling to think that while our city is celebrating 125 years, My Edmonds News will commemorate its sixth anniversary in October. I wonder what history will say about us in another 25 years, when the city is likely to throw a 150th-anniversary party (that I plan to be around for).

There has been much speculation recently about what the future holds for news organizations. Will everyone become a reporter, simply Tweeting or Facebooking or Instagramming the latest happenings as they see them? Will public agencies/organizations/businesses become their own distributors of news? (This is already happening to an extent as the pool of news reporters continues to shrink, and out-of-work/dissatisfied/underpaid journalists enter the more lucrative world of public relations.)

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I can say one thing for certain: When it comes to the news business — to quote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus — the only constant is change.

In recent months, I have been asking readers to support the work we do to cover our community and provide a place for discussion and debate, by signing up for a voluntary subscription or one-time donation. I am sincerely grateful for the financial contributions, but even more gratifying are the letters of support that often accompany the checks. I’m sharing a portion of one of them below, because I think it helps answer the question about our place in Edmonds’ history –even after six short years.

“As I write this, I think back to the days when word of mouth, The Beacon and Enterprise were the primary sources of news and information for Edmonds citizens. The high level of reporting and information provided by M.E.N. is an incredible improvement in communications. I don’t know how we got along without you.”

Thanks again to all of you who have supported us — as readers, as advertisers, as the spotters of typos and the submitters of beautiful sunset photographs. Words are not adequate to describe what it means to me.

Finally, have you subscribed yet?

Until next time,

Teresa Wippel,

P.S. You can see the complete schedule of 125th anniversary activities here.

  1. What’s missing with the loss of the “Older Beacon” and the Enterprise is the presence of any writers to hold our politicians’ “feet to the fire”.

  2. And let’s please not forget mention of Missouri Hanna, possibly one of Edmonds greatest female citizens. Only recently have I heard anything of her, and only when I was doing research on the street “Hanna” up the street from me. Evidently used to be a park named after her, but appears property sold for developing according to some neighbors in the area and in one of the properties developed.

    A female journalist EXTRAORDINAIRE/citizen, progressive, etc. right here in Edmonds

    And yes, hold our politicians “feet to the fire”. I agree Mr. Wambolt

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