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Gil Schwarzmiller, 91, for many years played in the Sauerkraut Band started by his brother 50 years ago. He is the grand marshal of Saturday’s Kla Ha Ya Days parade. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sauerkraut Band: Music, fun and fermented cabbage since 1968

Celebrating 50 years of making people laugh, the Snohomish band continues to be life of any party.

 

Firefighter Travis Smith gets ready to slide down the fire pole at Everett Fire Department Station 1. The pole is the only one remaining at an Everett firehouse. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Stairs are safer but not as cool as Everett’s last fire pole

Video: In the days of horses, poles became common at fire houses. Then along came risk managers.

 

One of the last video stores in Everett has 15,000 titles

Silver Lake Video has kept its doors open since 1985, but don’t expect to find any VHS tapes.

 

H’Bion Buonto of Marysville will be one of about 500 people participating in the U.S. naturalization ceremony at the Seattle Center on July 4 after recently passing the U.S. citizenship test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

She’s becoming a US citizen on Independence Day

After 24 years here, plus hours of studying and a test, H’Bion Buonto is an American.

H’Bion Buonto of Marysville will be one of about 500 people participating in the U.S. naturalization ceremony at the Seattle Center on July 4 after recently passing the U.S. citizenship test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Becca Selin and her son, Brody, share a laugh with Erik Marty during Taco Tuesday at Sol Food Bar and Grill in Everett. Marty put out a question looking for a dining companion on a Facebook dining page. Within 90 minutes, Selin answered and brought along Brody, 7. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Holy guacamole! He found a Taco Tuesday date on Facebook

Not wanting to eat tacos alone, he turned to a social media group dedicated to restaurant reviews.

Becca Selin and her son, Brody, share a laugh with Erik Marty during Taco Tuesday at Sol Food Bar and Grill in Everett. Marty put out a question looking for a dining companion on a Facebook dining page. Within 90 minutes, Selin answered and brought along Brody, 7. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Up to $5 a pop: Signature gatherers cash in on petitions

Three measures are headed to the state for possible certification for the November ballot.

Today’s Pub Night Talk at McMenamins will be all about crows

Like humans attracted to beer and pizza, thousands of black birds descend on Bothell every night.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Eat, drink and be merry with gourmet grub on the ferry

Washington State Ferries are a floating food court of favorites from all over the state.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Kolleen Lothian, 31, a seventh grade teacher at Totem Middle School did a project with students called Genius Hour where they develop a research and action project to raise money for causes. With students Mckinley Galde, Sydney Sumsion and Molly Wright. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Google’s ‘Genius Hour’ inspired Marysville students to raise $3K

A teacher tasked some of her students to find causes to research and support. The project took off.

Kolleen Lothian, 31, a seventh grade teacher at Totem Middle School did a project with students called Genius Hour where they develop a research and action project to raise money for causes. With students Mckinley Galde, Sydney Sumsion and Molly Wright. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mukilteo teachers authorize strike and pack another meeting

They brought their contract beef to school district headquarters for a third time.

Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

$1.36 million for a doctor’s visit to The Everett Clinic?

Some patients got sticker shock when they opened their May bills. Another was for $3.6 million.

Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Mysa Tran, 29, bought Riverview Market & Cafe in 2016 and added a menu with American and Asian cuisine to expand the customer base. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Med school’s got nothing on this tiny market in Lowell

Tucked into a cozy enclave of Everett, the Riverview offers customers their “own little paradise.”

Mysa Tran, 29, bought Riverview Market & Cafe in 2016 and added a menu with American and Asian cuisine to expand the customer base. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marilyn Ogden (left) and Kal Leichtman await the judge Wednesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

They’re done shacking up: ‘I decided maybe it would work’

At 88 and 92, Marilyn Ogden and Kal Leichtman finally tied the knot.

Marilyn Ogden (left) and Kal Leichtman await the judge Wednesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When cracks get in the way of your smartphone addiction …

… toothpaste is likely not the answer. But we know this repair guy who makes house calls …

Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Mariner High School senior Joshua Thompson on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Exceptional grad: Joshua Thompson loves beauty and song

He looks forward to a career in a salon, but music will always be a part of his life.

Mariner High School senior Joshua Thompson on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
a 21-gun salute is fired at the end of the Memorial Day dedication of the Stanwood Area Historical Society Community Veterans Memorial at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center on Monday, May 28, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Stanwood veterans return their community’s thanks

200 people attended the dedication of the Community Veterans Memorial.

a 21-gun salute is fired at the end of the Memorial Day dedication of the Stanwood Area Historical Society Community Veterans Memorial at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center on Monday, May 28, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

There’s plenty of hoopla to go around

… and around, and around. Just ask Gold Bar hula hoop creator Shannon Dey Zuanich.

Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Ferry riders, hope for the best, prepare for the worst

There’s a backup plan, but not a backup boat. It’s already in service.

Mariner High School students April Hernandez-Diaz and Brian Pham work through a translation of a card by their pen pals from Japan. Mariner joined the pen pal project 10 years ago with Itoshima High School in Fukuoka, Japan. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

These pen pals use real pens — and paper — to reach out to Japan

Going old-school, Mariner High students are writing and reading about culture and commonalities.

Mariner High School students April Hernandez-Diaz and Brian Pham work through a translation of a card by their pen pals from Japan. Mariner joined the pen pal project 10 years ago with Itoshima High School in Fukuoka, Japan. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett couple posts a declaration of their love for hockey

They are taking NHL fandom to new heights with a carved replica of the Stanley Cup.

Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)