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New Decade, New Look

January 7, 2010

Hope you like what our new editor and webmaster Glynnis Vaughan has come up with: new logo, new printer, color, more photos—with the emphasis on Alki folks and goings-on past and present. In another way we’ll be returning to our roots: our meeting place will be at the Alki UCC Church, where we used to meet at the end of the last century. On the down side, the slow economy has forced us to cut the Beacon from six issues a year to four. We’re hoping that the new look will attract enough new readers to return to printing six or even ten issues a year.

First, a mighty sweep of the Beacon to former editor and webmaster Cami MacNamara, whose departure marks the end of an era. A thoroughbred and a workhorse, she did it all for over six years. After joining the ACC in 2003, she not only took over and revamped the website; she was a fixture at every ACC general meeting and board meeting, gradually becoming our expert on zoning and building permits affecting Alki. She wrote for the Beacon and launched an Alki Yahoo discussion group, serving as the town crier for news and gossip. She routinely pitched in to drive around to over 40 volunteer Beacon carriers the 4,000 copies that went to every Alki household until 2007. Never tiring, she also hand-delivered 65 copies to her neighbors on 57th Avenue.

She took over as editor of the Beacon in July of 2007, when Chris L’Ecluse moved to Mexico after eight years as editor. In September of 2007 she learned Adobe Indesign to modernize the Beacon layout and speed up delivery to the publisher. In 2009 she converted the website to WordPress, making it possible for board members to post directly on the website.

Cami now devotes full time to her web design business and to husband Brad, son Buick, and dog Odis. She now has time to exercise regularly with recent ACC president and early’90’s Beacon editor Jackie Ramels. Both are looking marvelous after walking the Seattle Half Marathon on November 29. We hope to see both Jackie and Cami at ACC meetings in 2010.

Our sympathy goes out to Tony Fragada, who lost his father Remigio a week before Christmas. A profile of Tony, ACC’s longest serving board member, was planned for this issue, but in light of the very close bond between the two, we decided to postpone interviewing Tony until next issue. 

Written by ACC Board member, Larry Carpenter.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 4:01 pm

    I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  2. January 12, 2010 5:04 pm

    Larry, thank you so much for your kindness and friendship. I’m so excited to read the new Beacon and I absolutely LOVE the new logo. The ACC has really lucked out in finding Glynnis! And they are so lucky to have retained you! Nice job on your first blog post and I hope to read many more!

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