His two pair is good enough for a Harley

Two pair was a good enough poker hand to seal the deal for Jeff Cole, a captain with the Marysville Fire Department.

He won a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a poker benefit Saturday in Smokey Point.

“It was a terrific event,” says Jen Gillick, district director for Muscular Dystrophy Association Northsound in Everett. “We had 230 players at the event and it raised $32,000.”

Cole was in shock when he won, but gladly accepted the wheels, donated by Scott Smernis, owner of Sound Harley-Davidson. Cole says he hones poker skills at home games and isn’t on any pro circuit.

“It was a great night,” Cole, 38, says. “I haven’t had a bike for quite a few years, sold the last one when my kids were real young, so it will be nice to be out riding again.’

Cole held a 9 and a 7 in his hand, which blended with a King, King and 9 on the flop to form the wonderful winner.

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Two cats were lucky at the last adoption event for Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter and Sanctuary in Arlington. Jake, 30 pounds, and his sister, Liba, 20 pounds — they’re both big-boned — went to live with Jason Milsom of Granite Falls.

His father, Michael Milsom, owner of Black Cat Antiques in Snohomish, took home a cat he named Marina in honor of his aunt in England.

“Auntie Marina is pretty convinced she was a cat in a previous life,” Milsom says. “Marina and Rosie, a Scottie, are getting on great.”

Adopting pairs that need to be together is the idea for “A Pair of Hearts” adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ash Way Pet Supply, 16108 Ash Way, Suite 104, in Lynnwood.

It’s the first time Purrfect Pals has planned an event for cats that can’t be separated.

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Fun Fact: Bea Randall is ready to tell a secret.

Randall, who lives in Arlington, was one of the more memorable characters in costume at the 2003 Arlington Centennial Celebration.

“I played the character of a 113-year-old lady of the night, Millie Mills,” reveals Randall, 63. “Not even my own grandchildren recognized me in that outfit and makeup.”

Columnist Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, oharran@heraldnet.com.

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