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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 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 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

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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

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


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.

No boo-boos for these bears

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EVERETT — Four-year-old Jason Smith of Everett has his teddy bear examined by Kaiser Permanente physician Lindsey Pepper during the Imagine Children’s Museum’s annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, June 23. Young visitors to the museum were given a free bear by Kaiser Permanente where they then had their bear examined by medical staff prior to taking them home.

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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A beautiful day of chrome and rumble

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With a light drizzle much of the morning, attendance at the 22nd annual ABATE Sky Valley Motorcycle Show was light, but by mid-day the sun came out and downtown Snohomish began to fill up with motorcycles and riders of all types.

Hal Moe Pool demolished

HAL MOE POOL DEMOLISHEDMichael Whitney photo
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...

Train fans statewide convene

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Robbie Winter, 11, of Mill Creek runs a small freight train along the Pacific Northwest On30 Modular group’s display during the 27th annual Model Train Show and Market Place at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 24. The two-day weekend event has become a tradition for train fans young and old every year. The event sponsored by the United Northwest Model Railroad Club attracts model railroad clubs and vendors from throughout the Northwest with proceeds from the show benefiting the Snohomish County 4-H club.

Keeping parks fresh

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Tim Gray and his daughter Carley Gray from Everett volunteer as part of Navy Strike Group 11 to help spread mulch along the stream in Hannabrook Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. Although there was wind and rain, the volunteers cut blackberry bushes and spread mulch with gusto. Future cleanups are planned citywide. For more information, visit

Slew says spring is coming

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Spring is just around the corner, the frognosticating Snohomish Slew indicated by giving a croak at Snohomish’s 13th annual GroundFrog Day Saturday, Jan. 27. Children lined up for a kiss on the nose from the bullfrog, such as the child above.




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