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Hyper creative:
Pro graffiti artists coming to Everett to show and share their talent over four days

Jacob Kerst photo

Everett Rise is a mural created by graffiti artists Hyper, Faust and Spawk at the last Paint Jam event in Everett. The mural is painted 100% by spray paint and was a collaboration, made in stages by the three artists. It was a commission piece for the business that the wall belongs to, Screen Printing Northwest at 2526 Colby Ave.

EVERETT — On Aug. 4-7, an all-day Paint Jam event is coming to Everett, bringing with it the creation of 30 new murals throughout the city. Going All City NW 2022 has events taking place from 8 a.m. until sunset each day.
The unconventional art requires skill. Event details in story.

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All back together for Kla Ha Ya Days


Doug Ramsay photo

After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the annual Kla Ha Ya Days parade returned in Snohomish this past weekend, bringing thousands of people to First Street. The parade featured local high school bands, colorfully decorated vehicles, drill teams and the ever popular Ixtapa dancing horses and West Coast Country Heat dance team. Above, young dancers from Pacific West Performing Arts entertain the crowd.


A new place to play


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Nine-year-old Phoebe Li of Everett (right) plays with her family’s 10-month-old dalmatian Lucy as the family attends the grand opening of the off-leash dog area at the Lowell Riverfront Park in Everett on Thursday, June 30. The nearly one-acre, fenced-in land is now the largest off-leash area in the Everett Parks system. A cement pad from the former Simpson Paper Co. mill was unearthed during construction of the park was reused as a park bench.


Hundreds pile into Everett 3-on-3


Jim Scolman photo

Hundreds came to Everett for its inaugural 3-on-3 amateur basketball tournament held July 9 and 10 on downtown’s pavement.
The Seattle Smoke, in black jerseys, play the K&K Team from Tulalip in the “Youth, 10-11, Female” bracket July 9. The Smoke ultimately won their bracket, with 20-4 over the Storm.
The Everett 3-on-3 was built by two ex-organizers of Spokane Hoopfest, a huge shindig. Everett hopes to grow it to the same magnitude.


Space science camp


Jim Scolman photo

Eric, 9, and Kylerlynn, age 10, right make glow-in-the-dark snow from household chemicals Thursday, July 7 as part of the “Spacecation “ module of Camp Invention, a one-week STEM summer camp, at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe. The camp is run under the
National Inventors Hall of Fame, which says this is the “only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.”
The hands-on program is for children ages kindergarten to sixth grade. Each grade level handles differing mini-projects geared toward engineering applications, geometry and the science behind the chemical properties of matter and molecules.


Splish-splash


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Alex Ratcliffe, center with the beach ball, age 3 1/2 from Lynnwood enjoys the Willis Tucker Park Splash Pad on a warm day, at last, with the many other kids and adults.
Splash pads are at Willis Tucker Park, 6706 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, and at Forest Park, 802 W. Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett.


Pickleball exhibited


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Snohomish Senior Center member Karen Gahm of Snohomish sends the ball across the net as she was playing a game of pickleball at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club in Snohomish on Saturday, June 25. The senior center, along with the Snohomish Pickleball Club, presented an exhibition of the sport during a day of fun activities. Pickleball, invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, is Washington State’s official sport.

Farmers Markets give plenty to see


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Tori MacMullin of Lake Stevens and her three-year-old daughter Luna, check out the green frog and yellow flower cookies at Darlene Ulsh’s fresh baked goods booth at the Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursday, June 16. After people got soaked during the two prior market days in Snohomish, the weather was much more cooperative last week. The Snohomish market runs on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. at Cedar and Pearl streets. It moved back to this spot earlier this month.
Monroe’s market is Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. in the Galaxy Movie Theaters parking lot. Everett’s market is held Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown in the vicinity of Wetmore and Wall streets a block off of Hewitt.



Everyone plays the game


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Isaiah Kobernik, 7, of Monroe, has a little assistance from coach Gerad Kobernik as they participate in a Miracle League game at Rotary Field in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. Miracle League baseball allows children facing physical and mental disabilities a way to play baseball. In Miracle League games, every player gets to hit, get on base and score every inning, with the help of a volunteer buddy. Operated by the Monroe YMCA, the league is open to kids of all ages and with any type of physical or mental disability from anywhere in the Puget Sound area. This year’s season concludes June 18. League organizers said that volunteer groups and organizations are encouraged to help. For more information to play or volunteer next season, contact the Monroe Y, 360-805-1879.

Locals march against gun violence


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Naomi Dietrich (with megaphone) of the group SnoCo Indivisible leads Snohomish County’s March For Our Lives Rally held Saturday, June 13 in Everett. Prior to the march, people listened to speakers at the County Campus in downtown Everett.
Hundreds attended, including at least one anti-protestor who was led away by police officers.
Similar marches were held across America that day in response to recent gun violence events such as the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas late last month.
Organizers hope Congress makes current gun laws stricter.
Last week, the U.S. House approved a national “red flag” bill that temporary takes away guns from people authorities deem as dangerous or unstable. At press time it faces the Senate.


Spinning for a good time


Doug Ramsay photo

Sari Peterson of Portland, Oregon demonstrates how yarn is made while using an 1800s-era spinning wheel from the former Czechoslovakia region at the 10th annual Fiber Fusion Northwest event at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. The event focuses on natural fibers such as fleece and wool, from animal to product. All aspects of natural fiber were on display, from sheep and llamas to spinning wheels, looms and all kinds of yarns and knitting material.

Crowds delighted at motorcycle show


Doug Ramsay photo

Even in the rain, the show must go on, which the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team did as part of the 25th annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show in Snohomish on Sunday, May 15. For the past 84 years, the drill team has performed throughout the Northwest. The rain did not dampen the spirits of many motorcycle enthusiasts who turned out for this year’s bike display show.

Honoring those who served


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Veterans stand during the opening ceremonies of the VFW Flags For Our Fallen 5K held at Lake Tye Park in Monroe Saturday, May 21.

Kids reel out at fishing derby


Doug Ramsay photo

Three-year-old Gia Pena of Snohomish checks her pole as she participates in this year’s Snohomish Sportsman’s Club kids fishing derby at Blackman Lake on Saturday, May 7. The fish were elusive this year as just a few were caught during the derby before the rain came and shortened the event.

Beautifying downtown Everett


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Colleen Temple of Everett fills a sidewalk planter with flowers in front of her employer Coastal Community Bank’s office on Colby Avenue on Saturday, April 30. Volunteers from throughout the county participated in the annual organized planting of flowers in downtown Everett. The weather cooperated as the rain ended and the sun began to poke out just as the event began.


Crowds return for Easter Parade


Jared M. Burns photo

The Snohomish Easter Parade sprang back to life after a two years’ absence with high turnout on a sunny Saturday, April 16. Above, the Snohomish High School Panther band brought school spirit. They were one of the more than 50 entries to walk down First Street for the parade, which included club organizations, dance teams, schools and scouting troops participating.

Kid meets kid


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Four-year-old Aubrey Swanson of Lake Stevens gently holds a three-month old goat at the SnoTown Brewery on Saturday, April 9. Several baby goats and their mothers from the Crazy B Homestead of Lake Stevens were guests for the afternoon. SnoTown Brewery, on Snohomish’s Second Street, plans to make young goat visits a fairly regular event.

Cherry blossoms bloom


Doug Ramsay photo

A man takes his dog for a stroll through Grand Avenue Park in the north end of Everett late last week as the cherry trees that line the park are in full bloom.

Plenty to choose from


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A guest looks over several of the many pieces of art on display at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Sunday, March 6. All of the art exhibited at the center will be part of this year’s H’arts Benefit Auction.
The Schack is holding a “meet the artist” event Thursday, March 10 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The 40th annual auction currently has two separate silent auctions going that are taking bids through March 11 and March 13, and there will be a live auction that starts Thursday, March 10 at noon. A catalog of the pieces being auctioned off is at www.schack.org



Who’s up for a game?


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Stuart Blondin, 9, of Snohomish quickly weaves his way through the cones as he participated in an Emerald City floorball practice at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Sunday, Feb. 27. Floorball, a sport which uses balls and hockey sticks prominent on the East Coast, is played internationally, with a number of semi-professional and professional leagues, including in the U.S. For more on floorball for the Puget Sound area, check out Emerald City Floorball on Facebook or at www.snohomishsportsdome.com.


Gipson Center back in the swing of things


Doug Ramsay photo

Alfred Gengnagel of Mukilteo returns the ball while playing table tennis at the Carl Gipson Center in Everett on Saturday, Feb. 12. Nearly 30 people came to play for the day’s activities. The Carl Gipson Center reopened Jan. 3 under the banner of Volunteers of America Western Washington, which manages the center and leases the building at 3025 Lombard Ave. from the city. The city dissolved its senior center program in spring 2020 as one of the numerous budget cuts it made in response to the pandemic.

Riding the waves


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Brayden Gonzalez, 12, of Snohomish tries his best at staying on his feet as he surfs the wake on the Snohomish Aquatic Center’s
FlowRider simulator Sunday, Jan. 30. Being the only indoor surf-simulator in the Seattle area, it crosses wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding for an exciting and challenging experience. The center’s recreational pool is available for open swim Sundays from noon to 5:45 p.m. The Snohomish School District opened the center at 516 Maple Ave. in January 2014.


Going with purpose


Jim Scolman photo

Led by the Highway 2 Freedom Runner, a good-sized crowd of runners and walkers participated in the 10th anniversary Jayme Biendl Memorial 5k Walk/Run the morning of Jan. 23 in Sky River Park in Monroe. Biendl was a corrections officer in the Monroe prison who was murdered inside by a sneak attack by an inmate Jan. 29, 2011.

Making new friends

Doug Ramsay photo

Three-year-old Henry Schaefer of Snohomish watches as Sarah Seigneuret, aka “Somebuddy the Clown,” draws teeth and eyes on a balloon dinosaur that she made for him at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 15. Seigneuret performed a magic show followed by making balloon art for museum visitors.


Pups prove their speed

Doug Ramsay photo

Noodle, a mixed-breed terrier owned by Geoffrey Reuther of Everett, charges down the aisle during the first qualifying race of Sam’s Cats and Dogs’ Great Small Dog Race series held inside their Everett store on Jan 5.
The fastest dogs in the qualifiers go on to run as a sideshow for the Everett Silvertips hockey games on the ice inside Angel of the Winds Arena. The top dogs from last week’s qualifier race are scheduled to run at the Jan. 21 Silvertips game against Kelowna. A pack of dachshunds are scheduled to run at the Feb. 19 game against Victoria. Lovable corgis are scheduled to have their race March 19 at the game against Vancouver.
The dachshunds had their qualifier race Tuesday, Jan. 11. The corgi qualifier race is anticipated for Tuesday, Feb. 8.


Bring out your sled


Jim Scolman photo

10-year-old Emmalyn Varra takes a turn on the informal “Miracle Field sledding hill” in Monroe on Dec. 27. Emmalyn, her 4-year-old brother Simon and 9-year-old sister Clair were on the hill the Monday afternoon after the big snow came. Monroe saw six inches of snowfall Dec. 26, according to the National Weather Service. The overall county saw similar snowfall accumulation.


Candlelit walk welcomes winter

Doug Ramsay photo

As part of celebrating the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21, volunteers line Snohomish’s Riverfront Trail with candle-lit luminaries, a tradition that dates for more than a decade now. Due to the dry weather, and the trail’s popularity, plenty of people took advantage to take a nice stroll.


Santa brightens the day

Doug Ramsay photo

Four-year-old Matilda Etgeton of Marysville gets a kick out of seeing Santa Claus as most of his face was covered by his beard and a required face mask during sensory-friendly time at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Sunday, Dec. 19. Santa was able to stop in this year to visit during a monthly period at the museum formatted for especially for children with stimulus processing sensitivities and their families. The museum’s sensory-friendly time is on the third Sunday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. (pre-registration required.)


Caroling for the community


Jim Scolman photo

SNOHOMISH — Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish warm up on the church steps before heading out into the neighborhood to sing traditional Christmas carols Sunday, Dec. 19.


Snohomish Carnegie gets spruced up

Michael Whitney photo

SNOHOMISH — On Thursday, Dec. 2, members of the Carnegie Foundation and a city crew planted some 70 shrubs, ferns and small cedars around the perimeter of Snohomish’s Carnegie Building. Above, Renée Deierling prepares to plant ornamental fountain grass as Melody Clemans digs. About 20 volunteers participated in total.
Carnegie Foundation members are excited a cherry tree is coming back for the corner of Cedar Avenue and First Street. A small tree sourced from Harnden’s Nursery will be planted in January. It could grow to 25 feet tall, Clemans said. Until 1968, a magnificent cherry tree stood at the corner. It was removed when an annex building was grafted onto the original Carnegie. A magnolia was planted to replace it. Today, it’s just grass.


Ice royalty greet young fans

Doug Ramsay photo

EVERETT — The Ice Princess (left) and Ice Queen meet a young girl who was with her family at the Port of Everett’s annual “Holiday on the Bay”
event Saturday, Dec. 4 at the port’s Pacific Rim Plaza. Visitors could also touch and climb into an Everett Fire Department fire engine at
the event. The event concluded with the lighting of the port’s Holiday tree (in the background) and the arrival of Santa by boat.


Santa comes to visit

Doug Ramsay photo

SNOHOMISH — Lucy Campbell-Estes, 3, of Maltby smiles and waves at Santa Claus as the jolly old man made his yearly visit to downtown Snohomish on Saturday, Nov. 27. While heavy rain was forecasted for much of the day, it didn’t keep Santa’s young fans and their parents from coming to town to greet him. In fact, the rain subsided just before Old St. Nick arrived on a Fire District 4 fire engine, and held off for a while as all the young ones that came to see him were able tell him their wishlists.


Help volunteer to build children's bikes

Doug Ramsay 2013 file photo

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks volunteers who can come help fix bicycles for Christmas House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through December at the shop. People are asked to pre-register their time to volunteer at www.sharingwheels.org
The shop entrance is in the back alley of 2531 Broadway in Everett, and the bicycles benefit Christmas House, an annual free gift giveaway in Everett for low-income families during December. In this file photo, Ed Phares of Everett attaches a pedal to a children’s bike at the shop.


Deer rescue


Doug Ramsay photo

Firefighters and others rescued a deer that fell into a detention pond in Snohomish on Sunday, Oct. 17. The deer was hoisted out and then released to run away free.



Panther Pride takes to the streets


Doug Ramsay photo

Snohomish High School students and staff swarm down Fifth Street during the annual Homecoming Serpentine through Snohomish on Friday, Oct 8, led by the royal court and followed by the Panther fall sports teams and the school’s marching band.
The traditional Serpentine began generations ago.



Classics line First Street once more


Doug Ramsay photo

Chester, a two-year-old beagle, sits back and watches as Steve Martin of Brier wipes off a little road dust as he readies to show off his
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle at the 38th annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display in Snohomish on Sunday, Sept. 26. Despite the threat of rain throughout the day, several hundred cars were on display along First Street.



A day of rumble and polished chrome


Doug Ramsay photo

A group of motorcyclists pass by a few of the early arrival bikes as they ride up First Street in Snohomish heading in for the 24th Annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show that was held Sunday, Sept. 12. While the weather saw drizzles in the morning, it took until midday for the event to get into full swing.



Farmers Markets for all ages


Jim Scolman photo

The Buss family, Fispher, age 8, his sister Autumn, 6, mom Julie and little dog Naya, all of Monroe, enjoy the sights and variety of the late summer afternoon at the Monroe Farmers Market Wednesday, Sept. 1. Fispher insisted on trying the kettle corn.
Weekly farmers markets are nearing the end of their seasons. Monroe’s market finished Sept. 1, but will hold a harvest market Wednesday, Sept. 29. Snohomish’s Thursday market concludes Sept. 30. Everett’s Sunday market at Hewitt and Wetmore avenues concludes Oct. 31.




Public concerts Thursday nights in Everett


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Six-year-old Raya Kay Gentry, of Everett (left) along with her mother Marry J Gentry and her one-year-old brother Zander dance to the music of Seattle performer Lady A at this year’s season-opening performance of Music at the Marina at the Port of Everett’s south marina on Thursday, Aug. 5. This one-month outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings concludes Aug. 26.
Upcoming shows are:
Aug. 19: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends (rock and soul); and
Aug. 26: Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme (funk).
The venue is open from 5 to 9 p.m. and shows start at 6:30 p.m. Shows are free. On-site parking costs $5. There are no public buses running within one mile of the Port of Everett area on Thursday evenings.


Blueberry season in full swing


Doug Ramsay photo


Four-year-olds Hugo Bremer (left) and Adair Smith, both of Seattle, team up to pick blueberries at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm in Snohomish on Sunday, July 25. Many of the u-pick farms throughout the Snohomish Valley are presently in full swing pf operations.



Great day for Show and Shine


Doug Ramsay photo


A gentleman checks out the interior of Stan Pauley’s fully restored 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air decked out with 1950s memorabilia on display at the Kla-Ha-Ya Days Show and Shine car show in Snohomish on Sunday, July 18. Pauley, who lives in Woodinville, and his wife Pam have been become regulars at area car shows over the years, including participating in all of the various Snohomish shows. This year’s Show and Shine attracted hundreds of vehicles of all types and ages filling First Street as well as several of the side streets in downtown Snohomish.


Free Friday music series at Lake Tye starts


Jim Scolman photo


Bailey and her mom Amy Brooks of Monroe dance to the country music of Megs McLean and her band Friday, July 9 at Lake Tye Park for the first of four city concerts called Music in the Park. A large crowd was brought out by the great weather. Bailey is age 5½ and said she has been dancing for a long time. Coming up, rock band BroHamm will play Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and ‘80s tribute band The Spazmatics plays July 30 at 7 p.m. The Stacy jones Band played July 16.


Paddleboarding on Silver Lake


Doug Ramsay photo


Ximena Cruz, 15 of Mill Creek (left) and Mariely Salazar, 15 of Shoreline paddle across Silver Lake in south Everett late last month. The two girls were taking a lesson taught by instructor Keely Maroney (not pictured) of Hydrology Stand Up Paddle, which rents paddleboards on the lake and also holds classes. Paddleboarding lessons are available for children age 6 and up from the company.


Keeping cool in the heat


Jim Scolman photo


Aiden, age 4, is not real sure about the falling water from the splash pads at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr. in Snohomish, on a visit June 20. The spray pads at Willis Tucker Park will operate through the summer into September from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There are spray pads at Forest Park in Everett, too, that is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


Markets have all, from apricots to zucchini


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Troy Fisk of Bill’s Fruits bags up a small bunch of apricots for a customer Sunday, June 20 at the weekly Everett Farmers Market in downtown Everett. The stand is one of over 80 vendors at the market. While cherries and apricots from the east side of the state are presently in season, other varieties of fruit and vegetables start becoming available in the next several weeks.


Learn to be safe while boating


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Having launched their boats at the Port of Everett’s 10th Street boat launch, boaters prepare for a day out on the Sound on Saturday, June 12.
Boating class: There was a free boating safety class on Thursday, June 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to review an introduction to boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, and other important topics. The class was led by Martin Mooney, an instructor with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The auxiliary and the Everett Public Library are co-sponsoring this class.
You can also sign up for a Washington State Boating Safety Course online at www.boat-ed.com


Explore sea life at low tide


Jim Scolman photo


Megan Dishneau, dog Miley and son Cole, age 4, all from Snohomish, enjoy the negative-3.7 low tide at Everett's Edgewater Park on Friday, May 28. ”This is the first trip to the beach for Miley and we are really enjoying this low tide,” Dishneau said.
The lowest tides of the season will occur June 24 and 25 with a negative-3.9 and negative-4.0, respectively. For a full list of low tide dates, click on the Outdoor Adventure Guide in the right-hand column.



Got any carrots there, mister?


Stephanie Kramer photo


Jayce Flickinger, 5, of Granite Falls gets a curious sniff from a miniature donkey at a parcel of land in the Snohomish River Valley a few weeks ago on a private visit. The donkeys are owned by Debi Steltz of Lords Hill Miniature Donkey Rescue. If you want to see them, she asks that you do not just go on the property but to call her at 425-367-1007.



Reeling for relaxation


Jim Scolman photo


Taylor Rooney, an avid fisher new to Monroe, enjoys an evening of fishing on the West bank of Lake Tye. He said:”I came out at noon and got two and now I came back to see if I could get my limit.” Rooney added, “I’m new to Monroe but I fish everywhere I go.”



Public gets first glimpse inside Carnegie


Doug Ramsay photo


Carnegie Foundation member Terry Lippincott points out prominent historical features that were restored on the front facade of Snohomish’s Carnegie building during public tours on Thursday, May 6 of the recently restored building. Tours went inside the building, too. The city plans to use the Carnegie for private event rentals and small public meetings.



Growing for the food bank


Jim Scolman photo


The Julia V. Morris Centennial Garden, next to the Sky Valley Food Bank at 233 Sky River Parkway in Monroe, helps grow fresh fruit and vegetables for the food bank. Above, garden volunteer Lori Heffner plants cabbage starts from her home greenhouse last month. Julia Morris founded the food bank 45 years ago. The garden was planted in 1999 and named in Morris’ memory. Volunteers tend the garden as a community effort. To connect with them on Facebook, find the group “Friends of JVM Food Bank Garden.”



Scrambling toward the endzone


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Isaac Palmer, 12, of Marysville, (right) spins and dodges a defender to keep from having one of his flags pulled as he carries the football down field while playing in a Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club flag football league game at Snohomish High School on Saturday, April 24. The “Chiefs” from the Snohomish club went on to beat the “Cowboys” team from the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club. Flag football is one of a number of team sports organized by Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club, with games played at Snohomish High School, Park Place Middle School in Monroe and in Lake Stevens.



Fire Explorers shows teens how pros work


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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Kortney Crane of Marysville uses the proper technique of holding a fire hose as Fire District 4 firefighter-paramedic Claire Woofenden (left) gives instructions during a weekly practice session by Explorer Post 444 at the district’s training center in Snohomish on Wednesday, March 24. The explorer program educates people ages 14 to 20 in fire and emergency medical operations as well as community leadership and volunteer values. Numerous explorers from this post have become career firefighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers. While there are no openings for new members at the moment, the post’s adviser said they are taking applications from Snohomish County teens interested in pursuing a fire service career.
To sign up, visit www.snohomishfire.org or call 360-568-2143.



All ages get behind the wheel


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Young drivers feed a need for speed as they drive gas-powered go-karts at Traxx Indoor Raceway, off of Chennault Beach Road in Mukilteo, on Saturday, March 20. Traxx opens its building side doors during warm, sunny days to expand into an indoor/outdoor track. Drop-in races last for approximately 10 minutes, usually yielding about 15 laps of fury. The business also takes reservations to avoid waiting in line.



Enjoying signs of spring


Doug Ramsay photo


The cherry trees are beginning to blossom as a couple enjoy a warm, sunny day and takes a stroll along the Port of Everett’s south marina last Saturday, March 13. Outdoor walks and hikes have become popular as other activities and venues continue to be closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. While we have enjoyed a stretch of enjoyable weather this past few weeks, the rain is predicted to return for the last half of this week.



High-flying adventure

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Summer Rous, 7, of Bainbridge Island carefully steps as she crosses one of the many off the ground obstacles in the High Trek Adventures rope course located at the Paine Field Community Park in south Everett on Saturday, March 6. The rope course has elements that are from 15 feet to 50 feet off the ground. The adventure site also has zip lines, outdoor laser tag, mini golf and axe throwing.
The park’s website at hightrekeverett.com has more details, including COVID procedures that are being enforced.



What do you want at Averill Field?

Doug Ramsay photo

A child nicknamed “Hay Hay,” along with her father Jim Wojnarowski, both of Everett, go for a spin while playing at the Tillicum Kiwanis Playground at Averill Field in Snohomish on Saturday, Feb 27. The young girl and her parents were exploring Snohomish for the afternoon when she spotted the playground and the family stopped for a little playtime. The Tillicum Kiwanis Playground is in the footprint of the Averill Field redevelopment plan, and the play equipment will be “retired” when a new park space replaces it later this decade.


SNOHOMISH — The green space at Third Street and Pine Avenue is destined to become a city park, and the next step is to identify what people want to be in it. This is your chance.



Getting some grind

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George Dubuque of Seattle (left) grinds one of the rails at the skate park in Monroe’s Lake Tye Park during the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 20. While much of the rest of the country remains in the deep freeze of winter, the Pacific Northwest will enjoy relatively warmer temperatures and have the chance to venture out during those rare rainless times to parks and trails, where proper social distancing can be achieved. While the rain came back again this week, a dry weekend is forecasted for our area.



"The Big Snow"

Jim Scolman photo

Lisaeth, Anyelhn, Eric, Noe, Iker and Mariel (in no particular order), all of Monroe, enjoy sledding on the slope just below Miracle Field in Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 13. Snow rolled into the region Friday evening and blanketed the area with between six to 11 inches of snow depending where you live. Power outages were reported in numerous areas, including the Woods Creek area of Monroe and parts of Sultan near Mann Road. An overnight low of 26 degrees for Saturday, Feb. 13 measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport broke a record for temperature. The Washington State Patrol reported it handled 196 collisions in Snohomish County over the weekend.



Gyms, restaurants reopen
to limited service

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LaRae McCurry (left) and Lacey Ramon, of the Snohomish Fitness Center, wipe down and sanitize the workout equipment at the gym in downtown Snohomish last Friday. As of Monday, in seven counties including Snohomish County, restaurants could allow indoor dining again and gyms can allow people to come in at limited capacities. The region has met the ability to move up in the state’s new regional approach for restrictions. Things stay open unless infections increase again.



Ever tried glassblowing?


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From left to right, glass artist Julie Conway and team member Dan Friday work to shape a piece of glass art while Ben Ostrom and Manolo Aguilera (far right) work to slowly spin the glass globe at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 16. The glass globe is embedded with silver leaf and will be part of a multi-piece chandelier Conway has designed.
The Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett, has classes in working with hot glass, kilns and flamework. The private studios also can be reserved for hot glass and kiln work. To find out more, visit www.schack.org and click on “Classes” to navigate the schedule, or call 425-259-5050. Visitors can watch glassblowing live; learn more on that at the website by using the drop-down menu titled “Visit.”



Getting time outdoors


Doug Ramsay photo

With a day-long break in the rain, Snohomish area residents got out to enjoy the dry but cold weather last Saturday on the River Trail through Snohomish. While the rain continued to hold off through the better part of Sunday. it has returned for much of the present work week. This upcoming weekend however is predicted to be dry and possibly sunny again.


The purposeful lives of old Christmas trees


Doug Ramsay photo

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Recycling Christmas trees, often collected by Boy Scout troops, has become more than simply grinding them down to use as bark for flower beds or wood chips for parks and trails.



Ice skating... in Snohomish?


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Adelyn Burtner, 8, of Bothell (left) holds on to her three-year-old brother Emerson’s hand as the two attempted to stay on their feet while skating on the synthetic ice-skating rink at the Snohomish Valley Golf Center south of Snohomish on Dec. 6.
The synthetic plastic surface is warm to the touch and does not melt, but acts just like ice when used by ice skates. The skating rink is located in a heated tent and is open daily for 50-minute sessions at the center, with rental skates available. The golf center plans to operate the skating rink through the end of January.



Bikes for all is Scout’s big project


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Henry Amend of Snohomish wheels out a new bicycle to be given a final safety check and then handed to a young recipient at the Sharing Wheels nonprofit in Everett on Saturday, Dec. 12.

SNOHOMISH — A 16-year-old mountain biker and future Eagle Scout from Snohomish raised more than $3,000 to help provide 27 bikes for children of low-income families just in time for Christmas.



Homegrown Santa


Photo by Lucas Wuolle, age 10

Steven Schroeder has been making visits in the Echo Lake and Lost Lake neighborhoods to excite kids. For many years, Schroeder participated with a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse.
He tries to ride and wave to people as much as possible.
“The response from kids and adults alike is truly incredible,” he said.



Santa always finds a way...


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Being 1,749 years old, Ol’ Saint Nicholas has to take as many precautions as necessary to avoid the coronavirus. However, to keep the tradition of visiting with the children during his annual visit to Snohomish this past weekend, the jolly old gent sat himself behind glass in the storefront window of Randolph Cellars on First Street and used walkie-talkies to hear from children who came to see him. Avery Heath, 6, of Snohomish, tells Santa her wish list over a pink radio while Santa listened on Saturday, Nov. 28.



After turkey, time to think about trees


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Aryna, 9, of Everett, brings up the rear as she helps her father Cody carry the family’s freshly cut Christmas tree back to their vehicle at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Saturday, Nov. 21. While the annual U-cut Christmas tree season normally starts on the day after Thanksgiving, a few of the area farms opened for limited cutting this past weekend. All of the area farms will be open starting this Friday.



Up goes the tree


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Crews from the City of Everett give Santa a hand with the seasonal decorations in downtown Everett on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 21, including the traditional tree hoisted above the intersection of Hewitt and Colby avenues.



Snohomish’s Carnegie building is practically complete


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Snohomish city project manager Brennan Collins (yellow coat) talks with a member of the construction crew in front of the Carnegie building at First Street and Cedar Avenue while work continues during one of the few dry days last week.

SNOHOMISH —
The Carnegie building in the historic Snohomish Downtown is almost fully restored. The City Council plans to discuss the Carnegie operations plan at the council meeting on Dec. 1. City administrator Steve Schuller said no dates or official plans have been set but the city has been thinking about holding a “rotating” open house.

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Market offered great gifts


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Mia Baus, 3, of Snohomish, points out a glass holiday orn-ament that she thinks would be a great gift for a relative as she and her mother and grandmother were shopping at the Flore garden and gift booth at the second annual Snohomish Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 14.


Youth games test firefighter skills


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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Tyler McCleod, 16, of Snohomish quickly removes the cap to a hydrant so as to connect the hose to it while competing in an annual Fire Explorer Muster at the Fire District 4’s training facility on Saturday, Nov. 7. Typically, fire explorers throughout the state meet in late spring for a friendly competition, however with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the annual “Muster” moved to November, with several smaller events held at the same time. Each event was connected via a live-stream feed. Saturday’s event in Snohomish had explorers from the Snohomish Fire Dist. 4 post and the Camano Island Fire post. Fire explorer posts are sponsored by fire departments and open to males and females ages 14 to 21. Monroe has one, too.



Riders working out their horses


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Violet Semritc, 3, of Monroe, (right) is watched by Cailyn Espinosa, of Snohomish as the two ride in a warm-up area at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Sunday, Nov. 1. Semritc had finished a competing run in the Snohomish County Western Games Association’s monthly competition, while Espinosa was warming up for her run. The games association does pattern racing competitions during the winter, and the riders range in age from 1-year-old on up to over 70.



Trunk or Treat brings out little ones


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Left to right, in costume, Audrey, Zoe and Aero of Everett enjoy the First Baptist Church Kids Community Trunk or Treat event Saturday, Oct. 24 in Everett. Aged 6, 3, and 2, they gathered Halloween goodies from about 13 “trunks”, enjoyed the other costumes and the beautiful fall day, together with mom Talia and dad Wayne.



Snohomish River Run


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Pictured above are the first of the racers to cross the finish line on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Snohomish River Run 5K and 10k. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, start times were staggered into five minute intervals with a max of 10 runners each start.



Snohomish farms offer variety of U-picks


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Two-year-old Jakey, of Snohomish, reaches for a low hanging apple that was just within his reach as he and his family were picking at the Bailey Family Farm’s apple orchard on Wednesday, Oct. 7. While the annual Festival of Pumpkins in in full swing in the Snohomish Valley, other delectable fruits and vegetables are also available for harvesting at this time. Although apples are beginning to be picked out for the season, they as well as sweet corn and a variety of vegetables are available for u-picking at a number of valley farms through October.



Pumpkin-pickin’ season in full swing


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Corbin Littleton, 4, of Lake Stevens finds it a lot easier to just roll his chosen pumpkin back to the wagon rather than carrying it as he and his parents were on a pumpkin hunting venture at Stocker Farm this past Sunday. The Snohomish River Valley has become the place to be to search out that perfect jack-o-lantern or decorative pumpkin again this year during the annual Festival of Pumpkins.



Local farms opening steadily for guests


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The hay ride heads out from the corn maze with a load of guests at Craven Farm on Sunday, Sept. 27. The wagon has dividers inside as a social distancing safety measure.

SNOHOMISH —
Much like everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic put the fall agritourism season in jeopardy. But with some elbow grease, local farmers worked with the state Legislature to open up many of the usual activities and are ready to welcome guests safely this season. More on this story...



Light-hearted fun in vintage wear


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David Chamness (left), Brenda Chamness (center), both of Shoreline, wear vintage tweed clothing, while Marc McDaniel sports a vintage police uniform, as they head down the Centennial Trail to Snohomish. The three were participating in the annual Snohomish Tweed Ride from Machias to Snohomish on Saturday, Sept. 19, in which riders dress in attire appropriate to 1899. It is sponsored by the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association. While usually participants ride as a group, this year due to COVID-19, participants rode in smaller groups or individually.


Smoothly skimming the river


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The balloon “Olympic,” piloted by Jay Woodward of Balloon Depot, glides over the Snohomish River. The photographer writes: “I know I am just one of many Snohomish area residents who are thrilled to watch these flights over our beautiful area again. They seem to have a calming influence in a stormy time.”


Locals sign-wave to “save the post office”


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A group demonstrating in support of the U.S. Postal Service, and protesting the cutbacks to the agency, try to get the attention of motorists on Avenue D in Snohomish in front of the shoppng center that includes the post office on Saturday, Aug. 29.

SNOHOMISH —
People demonstrated outside the Snohomish Post Office with signs to express support in response to recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service. More on this story...



Class of ‘21 opens their year


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Breanne Barrow, hands balloons to students of Monroe High School’s senior class Wednesday Sept. 9. In an annual tradition, the senior class gather at sunrise on the first day of the school year at Lake Tye Park where they release balloons and take a class photo. Several parents along with the senior class ASB student council organized this year’s event.


Smoke present over the area


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Wildfire smoke and haze from the West Coast fires somewhat obscures the familiar red barn of Stocker Farm at state Route 9 and Marsh Road, as seen during the noon hour on Sunday, Sept. 14. Outdoor air quality remained at unhealthy levels in Snohomish County during the early part of this week.


In awe of butterflies


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Georgia Sauvage, 12, of Snohomish holds open a box as she releases Pink Lady butterflies at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm’s “Berries and Blooms” event Saturday, Aug. 22. In the background, Keith Stocker talks into a microphone while giving the audience a little talk about butterfly varieties. The berry farm on E. Lowell-Larimer Road south of Snohomish and two other Snohomish-area farms are celebrating the late summer season with sunflower fields that are open to the public. Thomas Family Farm at state Route 9 and Marsh Road is holding its “Sunflowers in Snohomish” event while Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm on Elliot Road east of Clearview is holding its “Sunflower Experience.” The events continue through this weekend. Check each farm’s website for dates and times as each are different.



Farmers markets still going strong


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Radicle Roots Farm owner James Berntson restacks bunches of radishes during brisk sales at the Snohomish Farmers Market on
Thursday, July 30. Berntson’s farm is in Snohomish. With restoration construction at Snohomish’s Carnegie Building on-going, the market which is usually held outside the Carnegie has temporarily moved this summer to Stocker Farm on Marsh Road off of state Route 9. The market is following health district rules pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the market’s website at snohomishfarmers
market.org for information on the rules. The market is open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 7 p.m., with special risk and senior shopping from 2:30 to 3 p.m.



Pools available for lap swim


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Swimmers participate in an afternoon lap swim session at the Everett YMCA on Thursday, July 2.
While open swimming is still restricted, the YMCA pool facilities in Everett and Monroe, along with the Snohomish Aquatic Center have reopened for lap swimming.
Reservations are required for lap swims at the Everett Y. Call 425-258-9211 or members can use the “YMCA Snohomish County” mobile app to reserve a time. Day pass fees apply. But Everett residents do not need a Y membership. For lap swims at the Monroe Y, call 360-805-1879 or use the “YMCA Snohomish County” mobile app.
The Snohomish Aquatic Center recommends preregistration to swim. Call 360-568-8030 during its business hours or email swim@snohomishaquatic.com to make a reservation request. Only registered swimmers will be able to enter the Snohomish facility.


Monroe farmers market open weekly


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Reagan, age 2½, and mom Ashley from Monroe buy raspberries from the Lopez Bros. Farms stall at the Monroe Farmers Market, on Wednesday, June 24, in the parking lot of Galaxy Theatre. The market featured fruit, veggies, face shields and barbecued food. Other vendors offered metal and craft items for sale. The market opens every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., June through August.

Food bank garden continues growing


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Mary Sutton, of Snohomish, straightens up young tomato plants as she worked with a number of other volunteers at the community garden on the Bailey farm south of Snohomish earlier this month. The garden provides fresh produce and herbs to area food banks, in particular the Snohomish and Maltby food banks, the Snohomish Community Kitchen and the Snohomish Senior Center. Last year, the garden provided more than 3,500 pounds of food, from broccoli to peas, tomatoes and lettuce. Over 30 different vegetables and herbs are grown each year and harvested from spring to late fall. The group is encouraging the public to come out and volunteer, and welcomes all ages to join in. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. with weeding being the main activity at this time, however harvesting for some of the crops will start in several weeks. Bailey’s is at 12711 Springhetti Road.

Flocking to the river

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Sunshine was in abundance this past weekend with temperatures reaching into the 80s throughout the Puget Sound area. Some families headed to the water, as those did here along the Pilchuck River near the Dubuque Road on Saturday afternoon. The state’s social distancing rules are still in effect, meaning households should stay six feet away from each other.



Farming season back in action

The old saying goes that April showers bring May flowers. Well, April also brings the start of farming season in the Northwest. Farmers in the county have begun plowing their fields these past two weeks to prepare them for planting corn, pumpkins and other crops. Above, Brian Brager uses a disk plow to turn up the soil in one of the fields at Stocker Farms in the Snohomish River Valley last week.




Out while the sun lasted

With just the top of Whidbey Island visible over a low blanket of fog hovering over Port Gardner Bay on Friday, March 20, a photographer and several others went out to take in the sunny weather that we all enjoyed last week at Everett’s Grand Avenue Park. The photographer is shooting at a bust of Sen. Henry M. Jackson’s head installed a few years ago. While we enjoyed a week’s worth of spring-like weather last week, the rain has returned and is forecasted to stick through the first part of next week. Everett’s Mayor Cassie Franklin set a directive telling residents to stay home except for errands for health and safety, and for essential business, allows outdoor activity as long as you stay at least six feet away from other people under the principle of social distancing.

Bang those drums

Harmonee Adams, 3 (right) and Stella Dixon, 7, both of Everett, beat on Djembe drums while participating in the “Playing with Music” class conducted by Marco Cortes at the Imagine Children’s Museum on Sunday, March 8. The COVID-19 virus has caused closures to some facilities and postponed or canceled events in the area. The museum is remaining open with its normal hours, but asks that before visiting to make sure everyone in your family or group is feeling well and does not have a cough or fever.

Chinese lions give a show

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Nancy Fletcher of Monroe and her giggling daughter River, 2, get an up-close visit by one of three lions as they were enjoying a performance of the LQ Lion Dance Troupe at the Imagine Children’s Museum on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Seattle-based Chinese lion dance troupe, consisting of members from ages six to 18, were one of a number of performances and events as the museum celebrated the Chinese New Year.

Clanging armor at the medieval faire

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John Paul of Vancouver B.C. (left) and Matt Reinker of McMinnville, Oregon battle it out in Armored Combat at the annual Ursulmas Medieval Faire at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe on Sunday, Jan. 26. The weekend-long event features combat and archery competitions, a medieval village of living history along with artisans and crafters demonstrating skills from the fifth to fifteenth centuries Europe. The popular event is hosted by the Kingdom of An Tir-SCA. It has been a fixture at the Fairgrounds for over 30 years and attracts participants from as far away as Florida and Saskatchewan, Canada, being that it is one of the few of its kind held during winter.

Snow blanketed region last week

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Lisseth Montiel, 10, leads her brother Yael, 13 down a short sledding hill, below Miracle Field at Monroe’s Skykomish River Park, on Monday afternoon, Jan. 13. Heavy snowfall that came down in two different periods last week gave the region slippery conditions and interrupted schools and some offices. Downed trees caused U.S. 2 to close east of Skykomish for a few days, leaving residents and travelers stuck. The snow began to subside on Thursday.

Imitating cleaning an oil spill

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Hermione, 8, and her brother Randy of Snohomish scrub vegetable oil off of a feather using dish soap during an experiment in how oil spills affect the environment and wildlife as part of the Snohomish Library’s monthly Curiosity Academy on Friday, Jan. 11. Along with oil spills, the academy lesson focused on other pollutants within the world’s oceans such as plastics and other types of waste.

Up close with Santa

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Emerson Louthan, 2, of Lynnwood visits with Santa Claus while he and his family were visiting the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett during the museum’s sensory-friendly time. The monthly event allows children with processing sensitivities and their families a period when they can play at the museum when it is quieter and less busy.

‘His heart grew three sizes that day’

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The poor Grinch just can not get a break as he was chased out of town again this year by a posse of Santa’s helpers in the form of runners during the sixth annual “Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish 5K and 10K fun run” on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hundreds of runners of all ages dressed for the festive occasion ran along the Centennial Trail.

Firefighters offer feast for Thanksgiving

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Everett Fire Department firefighter Mark Farrar serves a meal during the Everett Firefighters Association’s 20th annual Free Holiday Dinner for seniors at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on Sunday. Nearly 400 meals were served during the event as fire department personnel along with their families and friends helped prepare and serve the meals.

Giant blocks let you build anything

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Baylynn Fox, 7, of Everett slides a couple of foam blocks through the doorway of a castle that she and her sister Calla, 3, along with her 10-year-old friend Kylie Thoman were building inside the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Nov. 16. The museum recently introduced Imagination Playground Blocks in its Build Zone.

Kids give “spooky slime” a try

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Kyleen, age 7, left and her pal Leilani, 8 enjoy making “Spooky Slime” in an event for kids at the Mariner branch of Sno-Isle Libraries in South Everett on Saturday, Oct. 26. Several groups of kids enjoyed making the sparkle goo. They could add colors, sparkles and googie-eyes.


“Pumpkins in the pool” perfect for fall

Jim Scolman photo

On Saturday, Oct. 19, there were 20 to 30 families that took part in the “Pumpkins in the Pool”, a family event at the Monroe/Sky Valley Y in Monroe. Pumpkins floated all over in part of one of the Y’s pools. There was pumpkin decorating, too. The pumpkins were donated by Craven Farms of Snohomish.


A mainstay on Main Street looks to retire

MONROE — The owners of the Sky River Bakery, a joyful morning stop for hundreds, are planning a well-deserved break after starting shop here 32 years ago.   More on this story... Published October 9, 2019


Park newly named for Pilchuck Julia blessed with honor

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Tulalip Tribal Chairwoman Teri Gobin (left) and tribal member Patti Gobin (center) perform along with Tulalip Tribe drummers and singers to open the Pilchuck Julia Landing ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
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Former Seattle-Snohomish Mill burns

No firefighters injured, building likely a total loss

A firefighter keeps an eye for any spreading fire as flames race through the former Seattle-Snohomish lumber mill in Snohomish. Fire crews worked to fight the fire early Wednesday, Aug. 28. In the top right, a Fire District 7 ladder truck sprays water down onto the roof.

SNOHOMISH — A two-alarm fire tore through the former
Seattle-Snohomish Mill across the river from First Street on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Now investigators are working on any clues.
  More on this story... Published September 4, 2019


These pianos are not going to play themselves

Sophia Mendez (right) and Nadya Mendez (left) of Everett sit down together on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett to play a piece during the city’s annual Street Tunes experiment. This piano is one of 19 located around the city as part of an interactive art project to bring visual and musical enjoyment to the community. The pianos will be out until Aug. 27 when they’re put away for the year. Each piano can be played during daylight hours.

U-pick season is open

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Brooklyn Parsons, 5, of Lake Stevens, picks blueberries along with her family at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm south of Snohomish on Thursday, July 25. Blueberry season is in full swing as numerous U-pick farms including several in the Snohomish and Monroe areas are open. Along with blueberries, U-pick farms of other varieties of produce are opening for summer picking throughout Snohomish County and the broader region.

Summertime splash pads
open in public parks

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Peyton, 7, Olivia, 9, and a friend enjoy the spray pad at Willis Tucker Park on the Fourth of July. The girls and their families enjoyed a picnic and the park. The large family group is from the Snohomish area. The splash pads at Willis Tucker Park, 6706 Puget Park Dr. in Snohomish, and Forest Park in Everett, 802 W. Mukilteo Boulevard, have opened for the season.


Everett Station summer market opens


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Twins Ellie and Olivia, age 5 from Everett, look over the selection of soaps and lotions at a booth in the Wednesday farmers market at Everett Station, which opened Wednesday, June 5. Together with mom Laura Hernandez, they enjoyed the honey, the kettle corn and considered the rings each received from a vendor at the market as their favorite. The Everett Station farmers market will run Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 29. It is run by the Everett Farmers Market, which operates its larger Sunday market at the Port of Everett marina.


Assembled meals benefit thousands


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SNOHOMISH —A line of students, faculty and community volunteers packed meals Monday, May 20 as part of the SHS Fights Hunger effort. Thousands of meals were put together. Over 900 students from Snohomish and AIM high schools assembled packets that will provide more than 100,000 meals that will be distributed both locally and worldwide. Each packet containing rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin packet provides six meals when boiled in water. The campaign is a partnership between the Dream Dinners Foundation and the Snohomish High School DECA program.


Motorcycle show has plenty of shine


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SNOHOMISH —Desiree Lagazo decorates her 1999 Yamaha at the 23rd annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show on Sunday, May 19 on Snohomish’s First Street. Hundreds of motorcycles of all vintages lined the streets. ”I love it, love all of it. It’s all fresh, there is no ‘judging,’ it’s like the Girl Scouts” for an age group Lagazo includes herself in called “50-Teenagers.” The pink circle under the front tire is an old Christmas tree skirt.


Monroe fishing derby action


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Not everyone used a rod and reel at the “Trouts Unlimited Kids Fishing Day” on Sunday, April 28 at Lake Tye, in Monroe, as a participant wades into the lake with a big net. The weekend weather was sunny almost all weekend, lending to a good amount of sunshine. The event later included an adult derby.
In Snohomish, the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and Tillicum Kiwanis are hosting a kids’ derby May 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. on Blackman Lake; meet at Hill Park, 1600 Park Ave.



Another wonderful Easter Parade


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Having her Easter bonnet tied on by her mother Meghan, four-year-old Maya Ingebrigtson of Snohomish waits for judging during the
39th annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet contest in Snohomish on Saturday, April 20. Being the only Easter parade in the state, the parade has become a tradition as thousands line First street to watch. While it may have not been sunny as in past years, the event did remain rain-free. More photos are in this week's paper.



Tough mudders tackle Spartan race


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Competitors slip and slither under the barb wire grid during the Seattle Spartan Super and Sprint races on Saturday, April 13 outside of Monroe. The two-day competition drew thousands of challengers who took on obstacles such as sliding down a mud bank and diving under a floating fence to stagger up the other side. The fastest competitors tackling the longer, 8-mile course took about one hour to finish it. The short course was three miles.



All ages help rebuild bikes


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Sharing Wheels volunteer Carter Wall, of Everett, gets a little help from his three-year-old nephew Quincy Wall in pumping air into a bicycle tire tube during a weekend work session last Sunday. Help fix donated bikes at a work party Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sharing Wheels provides pizza and guidance. Work party is at the Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop at 2531 Broadway in Everett.


Traditional cultures on display


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Western Washington University students, Samara Almonte (left) Riley Rieber (center) and Ray Valle (right) along with Amanda Jackson and Lily Saldana (both not pictured) perform a traditional Latin dance at this year’s Everett High School Culture Night on Wednesday, March 13. Along with displays of countries from around the world, the evening included dance and musical performances from students from Mariner High, Western Washington University and several community groups.


A new era for Paine Field


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The first commercial flight at Paine Field in more than 75 years launched Monday, March 4. Here, photographed Saturday, March 2, technicians perform last-minute checks of the check-in kiosks in the arrivals area in anticipation of opening day.
The first trip Monday, March 4 was a ceremonial flight to Portland at 10 a.m., and the airport’s first formal commercial passenger flight of the 21st century left at 10:30 a.m. heading to Las Vegas with Alaska Airlines.


Tooth-A-Palooza ensures free checkups

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Alden Reldan, 4, of Oak Harbor, practices the proper way of brushing his teeth during the annual Tooth- A-Palooza event at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Friday, Feb.15. The event, which was in conjunction with the museum’s monthly free admission night, featured free low-level dental exams by area dentists, along with hands-on exhibits and lessons in proper dental care. It is timed to celebrate “National Children’s Dental Health Month.”


Snow days

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Snowfall across the region caused early closures and interruptions to everyday life. Two separate snow dumpings at the start and end of the week had plow crews working overtime to get roads clear. More snowfall is expected this week. Here, 6-year-old twins Caroline and Ethan Bryan of Monroe sled on the modest hill near Miracle Field and the Monroe Community Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 9.


Snohomish Slew says more wet coming


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Snohomish’s famous amphibian frognosticator, Snohomish Slew, looks out at the crowd of his admirers as is presented by caretaker
Thayer Cueter for the 14th annual GroundFrog Day celebration in downtown Snohomish on Saturday, Feb. 2. Well over several hundred Slew’s fans gathered to see if he would let out a croak to signal a quick arrival of spring. However, he held his silence, indicating his forecast of six more weeks of “soggy and wet,” and even added with a chance of snow flurries to this year’s prediction.


Body found after fire in
Everett bar’s building




A male was found dead on Sunday, Jan. 20 after a fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. in the second-floor apartments above Harvey’s Pub and Grill on Broadway, which was once the former home of Buzz Inn. The two-alarm fire at 3615 Broadway destroyed the upper story, and the bar below has extensive water damage.
The cause and origin of the fire were still under investigation by a joint police and fire team as of late Friday, Jan. 25.

The man who died in the Jan. 20 fire at 3615 Broadway was identified as Stephen Andvik, 58. The county medical examiner’s office identified that he died of smoke inhalation and the manner of death was identified as an
accident. Andvik was the only fatality. KIRO-TV reported from talking with people who knew Andvik that he did not reside in the apartments but was there visiting a friend. The Tribune was unable to independently confirm by press time.
The two-alarm fire broke out in the second-floor apartments above Harvey’s Pub and Grill. It destroyed the upper story, and the bar below has extensive water damage.
The building was equipped with fire alarms that alerted people inside the bar and the apartments upstairs to evacuate the building. There were no fire sprinklers in the building. It was built in 1951.


Carl Gipson, a remarkable man, turns 95




Surrounded by family members from his sons to grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Carl Gipson listens as 150 guests sing “Happy Birthday” to him at the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. The barrier-breaking Everett City Councilman was born Jan. 11, 1924. He is the first black resident to serve on the council, and did so for 24 years. The center was named for Gipson in 2009 for his longtime civic involvement. One of his sons, Ron Gipson, who also spent a long time on Everett City Council, holds a microphone in the upper left.


Bringing life anew from holiday waste




Bobby Mangrum trims limbs from one of the many Christmas trees that Everett Community College has received since the end of the holiday season to prepare them to size to be put into a shredder for mulch.
A cost-free disposal of Christmas trees gives the college valuable wood chips that is used as mulch around flower gardens and other vegetation throughout the campus. Trees can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Trees must be free of all decorations, tinsel and any other non-biodegradable materials. For more information on EvCC's program, call 425-388-9512. The City of Monroe is
also taking trees for free, story here.


“A Christmas Story” comes to life

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Practicing the scene in which Flick, played by 10-year-old Kalum Cruze (left) sticks his tongue to a frozen flag pole, schoolmates from left, Elianna Emmons, 11, Emmaleijh Hanhn, 13 and Andrew Tjaardra, 10, who plays Ralphie, watch in amazement during dress rehearsal on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Performances of “A Christmas Story” will be held at the Wagner Performing Arts Center located at 639 W. Main Street, in Monroe. Dates and times: Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Raffle tickets for the leg lamp will be sold at all shows and the winner will be announced
at the closing performance. Tickets for adults are $14.50, $12.50 for students, seniors and active military, and children 5 and under are free.
Further information is at www.skyperformingarts.com

Calls for peace after synagogue shooting

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Lafti Al-Ali (right) and Bentalha Al-Ali, both of Everett hold candles as they listen to Rabbi Rachel Kort of the Temple Beth Or in Everett sing during the Interfaith candlelight vigil at the Snohomish County Courthouse campus on Thursday, Nov. 1. Several hundred people of all faiths gathered for the event to honor the 11 people killed in a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27.

Festival of Bands

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Cascade High School junior Hannah Darby performs with the Cascade Sound Marching Band during the 31st annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands at Everett Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27. This year’s festival featured 14 high school bands from Washington plus Astoria High School from Oregon. Along with Cascade, other local schools to participate this year were Stanwood and Oak Harbor. The Chiawana High School band from Pasco took first place with a stunning performance that featured an arrangement of “Ballet Suite No. 4” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd that was underscored by audio of defining moments in modern American history such as President Ronald Reagan’s iconic entreaty: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

65th annual Serpentine a sea of red



Reusing food past its prime


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Chef Lesa Sullivan demonstrates how fruits and vegetables that are past their sell-by date yet still edible can be repurposed into simple recipes, such as a sauteed fruit juice called a “shrub,” at the Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 27.
In another example, a cheese grater can shred tomatoes to be turned into a topping garnish. Sullivan also served ratatouille, where the cook throws multiple vegetables into a pot to create a meal sort of like a stew. Officials from Lake Stevens taste-tested the results.
The show was for Waste Management’s “Scrap Happy Kitchen” effort against food waste to show how food can be thoroughly used before resorting to discarding it in the compost bin. The company has a guide on prolonging food storage and reusing food scraps available at www.tinyurl.com/foodscraps1

 

Brick by brick


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Steve Jensen shows the scale of his Lego block structure of the wardrobe from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” book that opens the Narnia series of adventures. Last week inside his Monroe store he was placing Lego trees on the wintry ground and other touches.

MONROE — There isn't anything quite like the wardrobe from Narnia that was built, brick by brick, with Legos. More on this story...

Fire destroys Judd & Black flagship store


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Ladder trucks from Everett (left) and Marysville fire departments attempt to douse the flames as fire raced through the Judd & Black appliance store building at 3001 Hewitt Ave. approaching the U.S. 2 trestle on Friday night. A wall also collapsed. The Fire Department as of press time was still working to identify the fire’s origin, but early reports it began in a dumpster have been refuted. Police also are investigating. No one was injured in the three-alarm fire that began around 7:30 p.m. and took a couple of hours to bring under control.

 

Free Zumba classes


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Carl Gipson Senior Center members (from left, Dianne Campbell of Lake Stevens, Joanne Drebaum of Snohomish, Jan Brown of Everett and Pam Kepford of Everett) work out during a Zumba session at the center on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Zumba class meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. A budget proposal the mayor presented last week would introduce a membership fee to use the Carl Gipson Senior Center. Right now, the center is free to everyone over the age of 50.

School is starting



Children returned to school this week, meaning yellow school buses are making stops along their routes. Here, Snohomish School District vehicle mechanic Myles Glance tightens up a screw as he finishes repairs to one of the district’s buses Thursday, Aug. 30 as mechanics readied fleets countywide. Safety is important as children load in and out of school buses. Do not pass a school bus when it signals a stop; it’s not the same as a city bus. On a two-lane road, cars in both directions stop unless there’s a dividing median. Not stopping for the bus can cost you a $430 fine by state law, and some districts have videocameras built into their buses for enforcement purposes.

Sealed ‘til Everett’s 175th


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Edison Dippery, 2, has his hand traced onto a postcard by his mother Mary Fosse, while dad Mike Dippery helps during the City of Everett’s 125th anniversary time capsule sealing at the library main branch on Sunday, Aug 19. Well over 100 postcards that held messages of the thoughts of Everett today and predictions for the future were placed in the capsule, not to be opened until 2068. Some cards also had photos attached by the writers of themselves or places they enjoy. The capsule also holds copies of the Sunday edition of the Everett Herald, last week’s Tribune and several other items from present-day Everett.

Nubian Jam


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Erie Wheeler and her daughter Jaqyrie, 7, both of Everett, react to the soul music of the Everett-based BroHamM band during the 26th annual Nubian Jam at Everett’s Forest Park on Saturday, July 28. The daylong event celebrates Everett’s diversity: African-American culture was displayed through music, food, inspirational speakers, dance and varied live performances.

A rainbow of flavor at
area farmers markets


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Co-owner Taylor Barker of Waxwing Farm near Mount Vernon restocks the carrots in the organic farm’s stand at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Everett Farmers Market has two different locations. One is at 2333 32nd Street from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays thru Sept. 26. The other is at Boxcar Park on 1200 Millwright Loop W. on Sundays thru Oct. 14. The Snohomish Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 27 at the Carnegie Building off of First Street in Snohomish. On Aug. 15, the Monroe Farmers Market will have their last event of the season from 3 to 7 p.m., at Monroe Plaza in the old Albertson’s parking lot.


Wakeboarding 101

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Austin Schram of Neenah, Wisconsin performs a flip while competing in the Junior Men’s division semi finals on opening day of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championship event at Monroe’s Lake Tye on Wednesday, July 25.

MONROE — Wakeboarders convened for national championships last week at Lake Tye. One local competitor explained the joys and challenges of riding the waves to victory.

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Kla Ha Ya Days delights yet again




Keeping her eye on the competition, a young participant in the watermelon eating event glances at a competitor. The watermelon event was just one of the many events competition at this year’s Kla Ha Ya Days celebration in Snohomish on Saturday, July 21. The annual event which attracts visitors from all over the state, and featured the traditional parade, eating competitions and an appearance from the Dino Crew Northwest’s dinosaurs, along with a carnival and circus.

Soccer academy has kids
finding new goals


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Caylee Krestel (left) and Ryan Cho, both 8, participate in the annual Casino Road Soccer Camp on Thursday, June 28 at Walter E. Hall Park in Everett. The annual week-long camp hosted by the Everett Police Department is in its 11th year and helps build positive relations
between the police and at-risk children. Now-retired Everett Police Sgt. Manny Garcia, who once played professional soccer in Mexico, created the academy to teach soccer skills as well as promote positive life skills to the city’s youth.


Rain pauses Showdown race


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After being rained out on Saturday night, the main event for the annual Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway was postponed to Sunday, July 1, as crews were able to dry out the asphalt. The big-money Showdown attracts national Super Late Model circle track racers to Monroe. Above, in turn four, Chris Davidson of Pearland, Texas (No. 14) is ahead of Wyatt Gardner of Lake Stevens (No. 3) and John Lathrop Jr. of Puyallup (orange car, left) during the early laps of the race. National racer Preston Peltier won the 200-lap race for the second year in a row. Davidson was second and Robb Touchette of Lake Stevens was third.

Goodbye school, hello summer


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Weston Gile, 5, from Snohomish runs through three aqua jumper fountains during a sunny day at the Willis Tucker Spray Pad on Friday, June 15. The Spray Pad is open until the warm weather ends in September at Willis D. Tucker Community Park.

Lunchtime concert series season opens


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EVERETT — The Music on the Plaza concert series started with a bit of rain as the Seattle based band New Age Flamenco performed for a sparse audience due to the weather on Wednesday, June 13. Above, band members Ernesto Pediangco, left and Vidas Svagzdys perform one of the band’s signature style Latin and Caribbean songs. The concert series continues Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through July 25 at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza Amphitheater in Everett, at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street. No concert July 4.

The voice of the AquaSox


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Tall Tom Lafferty begins his 35th season in the booth
First game of the season is Friday, June 15

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Show and tell at police open house

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SNOHOMISH — Camden Smith, 5, from Snohomish gets to sit in the driver’s seat of the Snohomish County Search and Rescue’s “Kid Copter” with guidance from Deputy Bill Quistorf during the Snohomish Police Department’s open house on Friday Jun. 15.

 

A garden with plenty


SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High students built a pollinator garden on campus that was the site of a meet and greet for Cascade View Elementary students and pen pals from the senior English classes at Snohomish High on Friday, June 8. The second graders and high school
seniors released butterflies in the pollinator garden to see them fly.
The pen pal exchanges discussed how birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators live.
In the photo, Cascade View second grader C.J. Cressey, 8, marvels at the sight of one of the released butterflies sitting on his hand. Sixty second graders from Cascade View were teamed up with 55 high school students to release the approximately 60 butterflies.

 

Family’s service with guide dogs featured in film


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Rebecca Minelga kneels by new trainee Ogden, a Labrador, at the Snohomish Library last week with her sons Sebastian, 1, in her arms, and Oliver, 5.

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She won’t stop running

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MONROE — Carla Stewart, who plans to run 55 miles during the Monroe Relay for Life on June 2 and 3, stands in the garden at the Sky Valley Food Bank on Thursday, May 24. She is a cancer survivor and the 55 miles are to honor 55 people. She also raised more than $3,800 for the American Cancer Society for the walk and memorial event.

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Hal Moe Pool demolished

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Backhoes took to work and demolished Hal Moe Pool Monday, May 14. The site at Third Street and Pine Avenue is turning into a green space park. The lettering and a few other elements of the building were removed for preservation before demolition. Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007. Hal Moe Pool broke ground July 25, 1970 and a community fundraiser paid to open it. It received a roof in 1988.

Mothers with heart


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Francisca Allard sits in the yard of the family’s home near Snohomish, along with her three children, left to right, Taylor, 20; Raegan, 3; and Mason, 7.

SNOHOMISH — One mother gave a priceless gift in a moment, the other over the course of 30 years. More on this story...

For Henry


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Sisters Christina Morehouse (far left), Liz Dickson (pink coat behind Morehouse) and Kathleen Capetillo (behind the table) talk to a gentleman who lives on the route that their father Henry Groeneveld worked as the postman at a little postal worker appreciation event the sisters put together for Saturday, April 28 outside the Snohomish Post Office on Avenue D. The event was for Groeneveld, whose birthday would have been April 29. He died in December after presumably going into the Snohomish River. There was a large community search effort.

Following in the footsteps



Nick and “Skip” Hammons in the dugout together at a game last year. Skip retired last year after 25 years as head coach, but still can be found at the games as Nick coaches. An event honoring Skip’s career will be April 27 at 4 p.m. at the baseball field at Snohomish High.

SNOHOMISH — The Panthers’ new head coach Nick Hammons has his dad Skip rooting for him. More on this story...

Learning the art of firefighting



Snohomish Fire recruit Doug Higbee prepares to access the inside fire scenario at a fire training program on Monday, April 16 at the Ray Brown Training Center in Machias. The purpose was to evaluate the inside and outside conditions of a mock hallway caught on fire, simulating what recruits might see in the field later on.

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire's sole recruit going through training right now explains the intensity and camaraderie that goes into it. More on this story...




 

 

  

 

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