Julie Muhlstein

Community Transit bus driver Paolo Stracqualursi, who plays Santa every night until Christmas in Everett’s Fir Grove neighborhood, arrives on a golf cart-sleigh to pass out candy canes and collect canned food and cash donations for Volunteers of America. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Fir Grove strings up Christmas cheer to replenish food bank

Neighbors use thousands of holiday lights to raise thousands of dollars for the hungry.

 

Snohomish political gadfly John Patric, pictured with his typewriter and a bag that carried his self-published newsletter, is the subject of a five-part Everett Public Library podcast. It focuses on a 1958 Snohomish County Superior Court case in which Patric defended his sanity. (Courtesy: Everett Public Library)

In a podcast, the tale of a true Snohomish eccentric

The Everett Public Library revisits John Patric’s successful fight in 1958 to prove he wasn’t insane.

 

For modern women, 98-year-old rejection letters still sting

In a stark new video, female Boeing engineers break the silence about past inopportunity.

 

Heather Lopez (third from left), received bad news about new brain tumors, and was advised to do what she wants and what matters—now. Lopez and her fiance, Jimmy Absher (second from left), have changed their wedding date from April to Dec. 17. Here, the couple and their family, Heather’s son, Landon Tarpenian, 10, (left), her mom Marsha Lopez (middle), her sister’s son, Gavin Goodman, 8, sister’s husband Brooke Goodman and her sister Jennifer Goodman gather on Mukilteo beach so photographer-friend Tessa Burrus can take family pictures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Doctor’s orders: ‘You need to do what matters’

Heather Lopez, diagnosed with cancer, and her fiance move up their wedding date.

Heather Lopez (third from left), received bad news about new brain tumors, and was advised to do what she wants and what matters—now. Lopez and her fiance, Jimmy Absher (second from left), have changed their wedding date from April to Dec. 17. Here, the couple and their family, Heather’s son, Landon Tarpenian, 10, (left), her mom Marsha Lopez (middle), her sister’s son, Gavin Goodman, 8, sister’s husband Brooke Goodman and her sister Jennifer Goodman gather on Mukilteo beach so photographer-friend Tessa Burrus can take family pictures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ann Phelps, a United Way Day of Caring volunteer in 2015, repairs fences at the All Breed Equine Rez-Q. The land, located along 116th St. NE in Marysville, has been a haven for abused and unwanted horses, but the lease is not being renewed. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Rescued horses in Marysville need to find greener pastures

The land occupied by All Breed Equine Rez-Q is owned by the school district, which plans to sell it.

Ann Phelps, a United Way Day of Caring volunteer in 2015, repairs fences at the All Breed Equine Rez-Q. The land, located along 116th St. NE in Marysville, has been a haven for abused and unwanted horses, but the lease is not being renewed. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At a gathering Thursday at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Vicki Moore was visibly moved by those who spoke of her son Parker Lang’s thoughtfulness, including having made the decision on his own, just months before he was killed, to become an organ donor. Parker died March 11, 2016, after being struck by a vehicle in Mill Creek. His organs have saved a number of lives. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

A young man’s gift of life is honored

Organ donor Parker Lang, who died in March 2016, will have his image on a Rose Parade float.

At a gathering Thursday at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Vicki Moore was visibly moved by those who spoke of her son Parker Lang’s thoughtfulness, including having made the decision on his own, just months before he was killed, to become an organ donor. Parker died March 11, 2016, after being struck by a vehicle in Mill Creek. His organs have saved a number of lives. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Port of Everett’s Holiday on the Bay celebration is this weekend

It includes a holiday farmers market, a lighted boat parade, Santa visits and more.

Someone in his neighborhood sent an anonymous, critical postcard to Patrick Hall, a north Everett homeowner who is tearing out his lawn to create a rain garden. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

From his ‘place of caring’ blooms a rain garden

Patrick Hall is turning his front yard into environmentally friendly spot with the city’s blessing.

Someone in his neighborhood sent an anonymous, critical postcard to Patrick Hall, a north Everett homeowner who is tearing out his lawn to create a rain garden. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Two brothers, two wives and countless hours of service

Harv and Jan Jubie, and Larry and Linda Jubie, are to be honored at the Festival of Trees.

The Lake Washington view from the “Greatest Setting in College Football” is behind the sign that says it is so. The setting is lost in the blackness, so folks visiting from Salt Lake City to support their Utes last Saturday night had to take our word for it. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Victims of their own success, the Huskies play in the dark

They’re favorites on nighttime national TV, which means “broadcasting from an empty stadium.”

The Lake Washington view from the “Greatest Setting in College Football” is behind the sign that says it is so. The setting is lost in the blackness, so folks visiting from Salt Lake City to support their Utes last Saturday night had to take our word for it. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Five-month-old Felix Shope lies in his stroller ready to go home from the Snohomish County Courthouse with his new mom and dad, Alicia and Josh Shope of Edmonds. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

16 youngsters get the gift of home on National Adoption Day

A joyful day at county courthouse tempered with the great need for stable, loving homes.

Five-month-old Felix Shope lies in his stroller ready to go home from the Snohomish County Courthouse with his new mom and dad, Alicia and Josh Shope of Edmonds. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In Everett, we mourn the demise of 747 passenger service

By year’s end, no U.S. carrier will fly passengers on the iconic Boeing jet, the first jumbo.

In Everett Monday, Display & Costume co-owner Dallas Carleton is joined on the store’s big fabric-cutting table by his niece and manager of the Evertt store, Angie Durham (left) and his daughter Margaret McGowan (right). McGowan is the corporate manager of all the Display & Costume stores. The company is closing its Everett store. They will continue operation of their large store near Northgate in Seattle as well as their Issaquah store. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett’s place for costumes is hanging it up after 25 years

The costume and party-supply store on Evergreen Way will close for good on Nov. 30.

In Everett Monday, Display & Costume co-owner Dallas Carleton is joined on the store’s big fabric-cutting table by his niece and manager of the Evertt store, Angie Durham (left) and his daughter Margaret McGowan (right). McGowan is the corporate manager of all the Display & Costume stores. The company is closing its Everett store. They will continue operation of their large store near Northgate in Seattle as well as their Issaquah store. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Fred Fillbrook, who served with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, saw Veterans Day as an “almost forgotten holiday” before he helped establish Mill Creek’s Veterans Day parade several years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Mill Creek honors veterans with parade, flag-raising ceremony

Army paratrooper Fred Fillbrook, 80, was instrumental in its return to the city.

Fred Fillbrook, who served with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, saw Veterans Day as an “almost forgotten holiday” before he helped establish Mill Creek’s Veterans Day parade several years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Surviving abuse: ‘It’s not what happens to us that defines us’

Teen kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart brings a message of hope to Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center.

🙁 The end of DST marks the start of SAD

It’s possible to fight seasonal affective disorder, but it takes effort.

Nina White, 48, on the job caring for furniture at ReNewWorks Home and Decor, a shop run by HopeWorks in Everett. White has an internship with HopeWorks Social Enterprises, an organization that helps people gain job skills. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

$1.5 million Gates Foundation grant is funding futures

Everett-based Housing Hope is using the money to help pay for construction of HopeWorks Station II.

Nina White, 48, on the job caring for furniture at ReNewWorks Home and Decor, a shop run by HopeWorks in Everett. White has an internship with HopeWorks Social Enterprises, an organization that helps people gain job skills. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At Lynnwood Library, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby (left) and Maria Casey create a Day of the Dead display in the children’s area Tuesday. The women created a larger adult version as well. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Tradition comes to life during Day of the Dead holidays

Through its rituals, death is seen as a natural part of life, and the dearly departed are celebrated.

At Lynnwood Library, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby (left) and Maria Casey create a Day of the Dead display in the children’s area Tuesday. The women created a larger adult version as well. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Elizabeth Ruth Wallace, who was raised in Snohomish County but lived in California, died Dec. 4. The Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, established in her memory, is the donor behind a pledge of $3 million to the Everett Museum of History. The museum had hoped to acquire Everett’s old Longfellow School building.

Everett History Museum ends bid for the Longfellow building

However, a donor is sticking with a pledge to help the nonprofit buy another location.

Elizabeth Ruth Wallace, who was raised in Snohomish County but lived in California, died Dec. 4. The Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, established in her memory, is the donor behind a pledge of $3 million to the Everett Museum of History. The museum had hoped to acquire Everett’s old Longfellow School building.
Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein (left) and Elizabeth Reed, of Snohomish, share something humorous during an interview at Reed’s Snohomish High School Class of 1942 reunion in September 2016. Muhlstein is marking 20 years as a columnist, with about 3,000 of them published in The Herald. Counting her early days as a reporter and editor, she has been with The Herald for 36 years. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

3,000 stories in 20 years: Here are some of my favorites

As a Daily Herald columnist, I’ve met remarkable people and learned much since 1997.

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein (left) and Elizabeth Reed, of Snohomish, share something humorous during an interview at Reed’s Snohomish High School Class of 1942 reunion in September 2016. Muhlstein is marking 20 years as a columnist, with about 3,000 of them published in The Herald. Counting her early days as a reporter and editor, she has been with The Herald for 36 years. (Dan Bates / Herald file)