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An egg-citing Easter Parade

Myckel Johnson, 4, of Burlington (left) and Hailey Carlin, 4, of Kirkland converse as they wait for judging during the Easter Bonnet contest that presided the 37th annual Snohomish Easter Parade on Saturday, April 15. Thousands lined the street for the traditional event as the sun kept peeking in and out of the clouds all day.

Out for a spring walk

Several people wander past the flowering trees that are in full bloom in Everett’s Grand Avenue Park on Saturday, April 1. After a record-setting month of rain through March, much of Snohomish County was able to experience a brief break from the wet weather as the sun came out for a part of the afternoon and evening on Saturday.

Seeing the baby birds

Penny Denning, 6, gently pets a week-old gosling at the Snohomish Co-op on Friday, April 7. Denning was part of a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club that ventured across the street to check out the baby chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys that are part of the Co-op’s annual spring sale.


Kids will be kids

Harper Carden, 5, of Marysville holds on to her pygmy goat and waits her turn, while her grandmother Julie Davis of Arlington walks her goat past the judges during the annual Evergreen Pygmy Goat Association show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, March 25. Over 70 goats from all over the Northwest participated in the judging this year, with the youngest being just three-months-old.

Wine Festival is popular event

John Olsen, owner of Alia winery in Snohomish pours a glass of wine for Warner Blake (center) and Karen Guzak, both of Snohomish, at the eighth annual Snohomish Wine Festival on Saturday, March 4. Twenty wineries from around the Pacific Northwest participated in the event sponsored by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. The event also featured beverages from a Wenatchee-based pear cider maker along with craft beer from SnoTown Brewery and coffee from Vista Clara Coffee, both of which are based in Snohomish.

Tons of debris removed

From center left, Sarah Lunstrum of Monroe, Melanie Modrell of Duvall and Jill Brumbaugh of Monroe pick up debris while cleaning up a homeless encampment on the south bank of the Skykomish River outside of Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 25. More than 80 volunteers, some from as far away as Oregon and Wenatchee, spent the morning clearing out the encampment near the Lewis Street Bridge. The cleanup was able to get done in less than two hours; it was organized by the nonprofit group RiverJunky, which cleans up waterways and campsites around the state.


Northwest rodeo action

Bull rider Bryan Perry of Kimberly, Idaho hits the ground after being tossed by the bull during the bullriding competition at the Buzz Inn Hell on Hooves rough stock rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 18. The annual event at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe highlights some of the best bull, bareback and saddle bronc riders from the Northwest. The rodeo also featured barrel racing and let young children from the audience try out riding on the back of a sheep for “mutton bustin’.”

National curling championship in Everett

Katie Dubberstein of Portage, Wisconsin watches as the rock that she just let go of is strategically directed by the sweeping of the ice by team mates Sherri Schummer of St. Paul, Minnesota. Left, and Emily Anderson of Broomall, Pennsylvania during the first draw of women’s play at the USA Curling Championships on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Everett’s Xfinity Arena. The three are part of Team Clark which is led by Lynnwood’s Cristin Clark (not pictured). Team Clark lost the draw 8-6 to Team Bear of Minnesota. The week-long event concludes with finals on Saturday.

The GroundFrog says spring is coming

SNOHOMISH — For good luck, Snohomish Slew gets a kiss from Princess Amphibiana, Jenny Hatch, prior to his Frognostication at the 12th annual GroundFrog Day celebration in Snohomish on Saturday, Jan. 28. Slew’s keeper Thayer Cueter is holding up the American Bullfrog. As the tradition goes, if Slew croaks, its sunny skies for spring in the Pacific Northwest, if he does not, then expect more wet weather. While it was faint and barely heard, Slew did make a sound predicting sunny days ahead, which excited the crowd of over 100 of Slew’s fans in attendance.

Related: “The Frog Lady” Thayer Cueter got her nickname by no coincidence


Food trucks invading Everett weekly

Diners line up during a chilly lunch hour on Friday, Jan. 6 to buy meals from food trucks lining the Wetmore Avenue Plaza in Everett. While the main portion of the plaza is fenced off for maintenance work on the fountain, it and the frigid temperature didn’t stop people from dining at the trucks. The food trucks convene at the plaza as part of an effort called “Food Truck Fridays” put on by the Washington Food Truck Association. The organization plans to open a second food truck space soon in the Silver Lake area with a grand opening Monday, Jan. 16. That food truck lot will run weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. a block south of Costco at 1831 Silver Lake Road. The food truck association launched in 2015.

Exploring roller coaster science

With a successful attempt of getting the marble into the cup on their model roller coaster, Jaden Wells, 10 (left), Myron Robinson, 9 (center) and Carl Watson, 9 (right) all of Lake Stevens, celebrate as they participate in the Imagine Children’s Museum’s “Rockin’ Rollercoaster” class at the Snohomish Library on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The hands-on event taught children about gravity, potential and kinetic energy along with friction and rotation by having them engineer their own roller coasters with loops and humps using foam rubber tracks.

Candlelit river walk marks solstice

With more than 500 candlelit paper bags lining it, the Snohomish Riverfront Trail became a popular place for a sunset stroll on Wednesday, Dec. 21 during the 11th annual Winter Solstice walk. Unlike past years when the weather was a little wet, this year’s walk was rain-free, which may have contributed to the large number of people walking the trail.
The event has become popular over the years as people carry decorative lanterns
and holiday songs can be heard by the groups of carolers that participate. The four-hour annual event begins just before sunset as volunteers begin setting out the candles several hours prior.

180+ families fed through Cascade drive

EVERETT —Over 73,900 cans and packages of food were collected, more than 800 gifts were wrapped and more than $20,000 was raised for the 55th annual Cascade High School food drive this year for the goal of helping families in need throughout the Everett area. Senior Sara Thomas, one of the several students who coordinated the event, said that food and gifts were headed for 179 families. In addition, several food banks in Everett and Mill Creek as well as
the Everett Gospel Mission would be receiving food donations, Thomas said.
The event kicks off right after Thanksgiving as all the school’s 63 first period classes compete to see who can bring in the most donations. Students also worked with food stores in Everett, Mill Creek and Mukilteo to set up and staff donation tables.
The event culminates in the school’s gym resembling a giant grocery store as the food is stacked on rows of tables. After school on Tuesday, Dec. 13, nearly 300 students gathered for “shopping day” where they snaked their way through the aisles filling borrowed shopping carts to fill boxes that were stacked for delivery on Dec. 14. While there’s no set rule as to what is put into the boxes, senior Mariana Cardona, who also helped to coordinate the event, said the group was told to fill the boxes with what they felt a family of six to eight would need.
In the photo, alumni and students participate in “shopping day.”

Night of Christmas Jingles

Darcy Cummings, 5, of Snohomish, shyly tells Santa what she wants for Christmas while attending the 14th annual “A Night of Christmas Jingles” on Sunday, Dec. 11. The old-fashioned community event at Hidden Meadows Farm south of Snohomish has become a popular tradition during the holiday season with nearly 400 people attending this year. Along with musical entertainment by area children, the event also collects toys and food for area charities and food banks. The event is hosted by April VanAssche and the Snohomish Kiwanis and brings back the time when the farmers and community people came together to forget the stresses of everyday life and celebrated the holiday season in a festive way.

Chasing the Grinch out of town

Having been caught stealing Christmas presents in Snohomish, the Grinch was chased out of town last weekend. Actually, it was the third annual Chase the Grinch out of Snohomish 5K run on Sunday, Dec. 4. Approximately 800 runners participated in the run from Snohomish to Machias and back on the Centennial Trail. The run was preceded by a children’s run which 100 kids participated in this year. The proceeds from the run benefited the nonprofit Historic Downtown Snohomish organization.

Picking the perfect tree

Ben Trask of Snohomish has a little help from his son Ruxin, 3, in carrying out the family Christmas tree while his wife Mellena follows behind with the family dog Tank. The Trasks along with daughters Keira, 7, and Abigail, 5 (not pictured) were one of many that went hunting for the perfect tree at the Reade Christmas Tree Ranch east of Snohomish this past weekend.

USO Dance continues to be memorable

Army Veteran Todd MacDougall of Tulalip and Bette Beyer of Edmonds (left) sing and dance to the 1940s era big-band music of the swing band Route 66 during the 11th annual Veteran’s Day USO dance at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on Friday, Nov. 11. More than 300 military veterans and guests attended this year’s event, as a few wore their former military uniforms or period clothing from the 1940s. In preparation for the dance, a knitting club at the senior center knitted 50 lap blankets that were given to the first vets in the door. The club members wanted to do something special.


Waving signs

Centennial Middle School students Rachel Palmer (left) and Wyatt Watkins were among many students who held up signs as part of a school event to inspire kindness on Friday, Nov. 4 at the corner of Second Street and Avenue D. More students held signs outside Centennial on South Machias Road. The leadership class at Centennial felt compelled to share positive messages in today’s torn-apart election season. Plenty of drivers honked their horns in support of the students.

Trunk or treat for little ones

Dressed as a character from the children’s TV show “Paw Patrol,” Ethan Granados, 1½ from Monroe, was so excited to be receiving candy from Katie Kelly that he started dancing. Ethan and hundreds of other children along with their parents celebrated Halloween by participating in the first annual Trunk or Treat at the Hope Church in Snohomish on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Along with the traditional giveaway of candy, the event also featured a chance to check out a Snohomish Fire District 4 fire engine and a Washington State Patrol car.


Pressing apples into cider

Gillian Jelenek, 8, of Monroe uses muscle power to turn a cider press at the Western Heritage Center in Monroe on Saturday, Oct. 15. Jelenek was one of many center visitors who lent a hand to assist the center’s volunteers in demonstrating the art of cider making during the second annual Apple Cider Pressing Day. Volunteers spent the day slicing, grinding and crushing apples and pears donated by Zanol Orchards in Orondo to make the cider. The event is a fundraiser for the museum located on the east end of the Evergreen Fairgrounds and open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays.

Showing Panther Pride

Decked out in the school’s colors of red, white and black, students and staff at Snohomish High School participate in the annual Homecoming Serpentine through Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 7. The event has been a tradition for several generations as the students parade through downtown Snohomish on Friday of homecoming week, while SHS alumni and young potential future Panthers line the streets to cheer them on.

Operation Christmas Child in full swing

Snohomish High School senior Elena Bahr admires a teddy bear prior to placing it into a shoebox to be sent to a young child during the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift packing party at Christ the King Community Church in Snohomish on Saturday, Oct. 1. More than 30 volunteers, including church members and Snohomish High School students, filled boxes filled with toys, school supplies, clothing, toiletry items and candy.
Christ the King is one of the numerous churches packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

A luau to celebrate senior center's reopening

Jackie Rivers (right) performs along with other members of the Carl Gipson Senior Center’s Hawaiian dance group during a celebration of the re-opening of the senior center in Everett on Monday, Aug. 29. The senior center closed in July for remodeling work on its restrooms, causing the displacement of some of its programs for two months. The $270,000 project makes the center more ADA-accessible.


Dashing through the foam

Doug Ramsay photo,

Several runners emerged from a mountain of foam bubbles during the fourth annual Bubble Run through north Everett on Saturday, Aug. 27. Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the 5K event up Colby Avenue and through parts of downtown Everett where they encountered a number of mounds of colored bubbles that they had to run through.

Plenty of people to meet at the Fair

Doug Ramsay photo,

A young fair visitor has to jump to give stilt walker Eric Haines a high-five on Friday, Aug 26. Haines, a Seattle-based comedian and musician, is one of a number of roving entertainers at the Evergreen State Fair. The 108th annual fair in Monroe is in full swing this week, and runs through Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5.

Monroe's improved skate park opens

Doug Ramsay photo,

A skateboarder gets some air at the now-open bigger and better skate park at Lake Tye Park that had its grand opening celebration last week. The city has named it the Board and Blade Skate Park, and it is said to be the largest municipal skate park in Snohomish County. Grindline Skateparks did the design work.

A time to celebrate

Doug Ramsay photo,

Shannie Edwards and J.R., 4, of Everett clap to the music being performed on the stage during the 24th annual Nubian Jam at Everett’s Forest Park on Saturday, July 30. The community festival featured entertainment along with a variety of food and other vendors.
A Nubian Jam is a full day of fun and music to honor the black community, encourage community connections, and enjoy cultural diversity through song and delicious ethnic foods. Nubian Jams are held across the nation, usually in the summer months.

Garden tour gives plenty to see

Doug Ramsay photo,

Natalie Legrand, 9, (left) and Asia Kajla, 10, look at a cell phone as they wait to serve glasses of water to guest of Legrand’s grandparent’s garden during the annual Snohomish Garden Tour on Sunday, July 31. Gina and Jon Sanchez’s garden in the back of their Pine Avenue home was one of eight on this year’s tour. The apple on the head of the stone cat mysteriously appeared during a work party with friends the day before, Jon Sanchez said, so he left it there for the tour.

Kla Ha Ya Days brilliantly fun

kla ha dancersDoug Ramsay photo,

Traditional Mexican dancers were among the many entries that paraded up First Street in the grand parade that was part of the 103rd annual Kla-Ha-Ya Days festival in Snohomish on Saturday, July 16. Along with the two-hour long parade, the festival featured eating competitions, live music, a salmon barbecue, as well as other events. Noticeably absent this year was the ever-popular frog jumping contest due to the lack of acquiring frogs in time.


One big move

Doug Ramsay photo,

The Port of Everett’s Historic Weyerhaeuser building slowly makes its way up West Marine View Drive in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 14. Even with a midnight departure from its old site, the move of the old structure brought out many of spectators who watched the event along West Marine View Drive as well as from Grand Avenue Park on the hill above.
The historic Weyerhaeuser building was originally located at Weyerhaeuser’s Mill “A” plant, about one mile south of the port’s new Waterfront Place development. In 1938, after Mill A was converted to a pulp mill, the building was moved to Mill B located on the Snohomish River on the east side of Everett. It served as office space until that mill closed in 1979.
In 1983, the structure was donated to the Port of Everett and barged back down the river to its current home on the waterfront. The building’s two voyages made it a point of public interest and affection. In 2016, the building will be on the move again to the Central Pier of Waterfront Place to serve as the centerpiece of the new Boxcar Park.
Architect Carl Gould was commissioned by the Weyerhaeuser Company to design the 6,000 square foot, one-and-a-half story building that would showcase local wood species such as fir, cedar and hemlock.
The Weyerhaeuser Office Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The contract for the move cost nearly $1.1 million to Everett-based company Nickel Brothers.

Wakeboarders wrestle Lake Tye

Doug Ramsay photo,

Noah Flegel, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, does a move while competing in the Pro Wakeboard Tour on Lake Tye in Monroe on Saturday, July 9. The tour made its annual stop in Monroe as 15 professional wakeboard riders from North America and Australia competed. While the weather was not ideal for the tour on Saturday, the tour drew in many wakeboarding fans from throughout the Seattle area who lined the shore to watch. The tour moves on to Edmonton, Alberta then to Indiana before wrapping up later this summer.

Learning life skills

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McKenna Boonsripisal, 8 (center) is chased by Ashlyn Hammons, 8, as Boonsripisal takes the ball down field. The two were participating in this year’s annual Casino Road Fútbol Academy camp on Thursday, June 30 at Walter E. Hall Park in Everett. The week-long camp hosted by the Everett Police Department is in its ninth year as 300 kids and more than 50 volunteers participated this year. Besides soccer skills, the campers are also taught how to make the right choices in life and to help in their community through interactive lessons taught by Everett Police officers.

Goats of all kinds come play

Doug Ramsay photo,

Nalia Cox, 5, of Kirkland prepares to pick up and hold Romeo, a six-month-old pygmy goat that she was showing at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, on Sunday, June 26. The barnyard activities continue Saturday, July 9 at the fairgrounds with the annual Goatalympics. The family-friendly event features foot races, obstacle courses and other fun events with pet goats. The Goatalympics will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the judging arena on the east side of the fairgrounds.

It's farmers market season

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Roslyn McNicholl of Mount Vernon-based Rabbit Fields Farm, restocks the produce in the farm’s stand at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, June 19. Now at Box Car Park on the Everett waterfront, the market has expanded this year, with nearly 100 vendors. Farmers Markets across the county are all active right now. Monroe’s weekly Wednesday farmers market at Lake Tye Park opens today from 3 to 8 p.m. and will run Wednesdays through Sept. 7. The Snohomish Sunday market near Second Street and Lincoln Avenue opened its season earlier this month, and a Friday afternoon market at the Everett Mall opened its season last week. The Snohomish Thursday market and Everett Sunday market opened their seasons in May.


Historic wheel press headed to rail museum

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Northwest Railway Museum curator of collections Stathi Pappas (left) and museum volunteer Dave Thon load a 1920s-era wheel press onto the back of Thon’s semi-truck at the Snohomish Iron Works on Friday, May 20. Originally used to press steam locomotive and rail car wheels onto axles of local logging railroad equipment, the press has sat idle at the iron works for many years. The rail museum in Snoqualmie purchased the 5-ton press to use in its shop where they are currently restoring an 1899 steam locomotive used by the Northern Pacific Railroad.


Beautifying Everett

Doug Ramsay photo,

Grace Castle, 88, of Everett carefully plants flowers into a planter at the corner of Colby and Hewitt Avenues on Friday, May 13. More than 20 volunteers spent the morning helping Everett Parks and Recreation staff in the annual “Viva Color Planting” along the streets of downtown Everett. A second “Viva Color Planting” event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 with volunteers needed to plant flowers along Mukilteo Boulevard at Forest Park. A free shuttle from View Ridge Plaza at Olympic and Mukilteo Boulevards will be provided for the event.


Panthers pack meals for Africa

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Snohomish High School PE instructor Ken Roberts (far left) holds the bag up to the funnel as junior Gabrielle Sieloff (second from left) adds ingredients to the mix while juniors Kaliegh Phillips (second from right) and Haylee Himes (far right) watch at the school on Thursday, May 5. The four were part of more than 1,000 volunteers, mostly from Snohomish High School, who packaged 75,816 nutritious, nonperishable meals that will be sent to families in need in Tanzania. The students also raised $22,000 for the program. Hosted by the Snohomish High School DECA and Dream Dinners, a Snohomish-based meal assembly business, the event gathered the volunteers who filled, sealed and packaged the meals all in one day. Each package contained rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin packet, and when boiled in water provides a meal for six people. In addition to filling the meals for Africa, the students and staff at the high school also conducted a fundraiser and food drive for the Snohomish Food Bank. The students had a goal of raising $22,000. Dream Dinners in 2015 partnered with other nonprofits and the Tanzanian government to get food to support programs through its nonprofit arm, The Living the Dream Foundation. At a food packing event last September, volunteers packed about 150,000 meals, of which 50,000 meals stayed in town for local hunger efforts.


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