Getting the news to you

By Pat Ratliff | Jul 25, 2013
Samuel Schlatter

If you’re one of the lucky people in Edmonds, you get your Beacon delivered right to your door.

A select group of local teens deliver the newspaper to residents, asking only for a small donation for their services.

It’s a good gig if you can get it, and once most of the carriers get the job, they are reluctant to let it go.

A good example is Samuel Schlatter. He’s 18 years old and has been delivering the Beacon for about four years.

“My allowance wasn’t enough,” Samuel said. “I needed more money, so I was looking for a job. Now I have spending money, but also deposit some each month.”

Samuel got a route near his home “just a few blocks either way from here,” he said.

It takes him about a 90-minute walk each Thursday to deliver the papers.

“I tried using a bike, but it was awkward,” Samuel said. “Your legs kick the bag.”

Samuel is just one of the carriers Beacon Circulation Manager Carolyn Hart-Mylie loves to talk about.

“Samuel is a real go-getter,” she said. “He’s a great kid. When I give the papers out, he’s gone instantly, already heading out for his route.”

Samuel’s mother, Tracey, notes he is very popular on his route.

“He’s even got what we call his fan club,” she said. “Every October, he offers his ‘Halloween candy disposal services.’ He really makes a haul.”

Another advantage of the job – Samuel has a girlfriend right on his route.

“She’s a black lab named Princess,” Tracey said. “She’s right down the street and waits and gives Samuel licks every time he delivers the paper.”

The job is good enough that Samuel’s brother Joseph recently got a route as well.

For now, Samuel is holding onto his paper route, but he’s also thinking ahead.

“I’m at a point where I’m thinking about other jobs,” he said. “Maybe automotive technician.”

Whatever that job is, Samuel will be certain to take his great work ethic with him and make his employer very happy.

If you’re a teen looking for a great job, contact Carolyn Hart-Miley at

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