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Graham Kerr, 90, leans down and kisses his new wife, Nancy, during Senior Expo on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Hotel Indigo in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Graham Kerr, 90, leans down and kisses his new wife, Nancy, during Senior Expo on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Hotel Indigo in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
FILE - In this April 17, 2014 photo, Ryan Peterson prepares french fries at a Dick’s Drive-In restaurant in Seattle. The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for April on Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Dick’s Drive-In on track to open in Everett in summer 2025

Can’t wait? A Dick’s food truck will be in Everett on Wednesday and Arlington on Thursday.

FILE - In this April 17, 2014 photo, Ryan Peterson prepares french fries at a Dick’s Drive-In restaurant in Seattle. The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for April on Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Jimmer DeGroot stands along the line of weber grills in his front yard on Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Grotto, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Why are there 24 Weber grills lined up on the highway to Stevens Pass?

Just ask Jimmer De Groot. He expresses his love of grills through his art. And it’s now a bit of an obsession.

Jimmer DeGroot stands along the line of weber grills in his front yard on Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Grotto, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Glen Olin, 83, in front of the last home he will ever build on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Everett, Washington. Olin retired “sort of” after more than 60 years of building homes. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 61 years building homes, Glen Olin is retiring, again

Olin, 83, built homes for regular people and those with gobs of money. His first house in Everett sold for $12,000 in 1963.

Glen Olin, 83, in front of the last home he will ever build on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Everett, Washington. Olin retired “sort of” after more than 60 years of building homes. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People wander around and photograph fields of tulips, daffodils and other flowers during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at RoozenGaarde in Mount Vernon, Washington, on Friday April 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Color your day at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The farms are in bloom this weekend. The festival, in its 41st year, runs through the month of April.

People wander around and photograph fields of tulips, daffodils and other flowers during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at RoozenGaarde in Mount Vernon, Washington, on Friday April 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lily the hippo in Woodland Park Zoo's hippo habitat. (Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo)

Woodland Park Zoo’s ‘longtime favorite gal’ Lily the hippo has cancer

The 45-year-old hippo is in palliative care due to an inoperable malignant tumor in her mouth.

Lily the hippo in Woodland Park Zoo's hippo habitat. (Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo)
Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Lottery lists hot spots to buy tickets in Snohomish County

But it won’t increase your odds of winning Friday’s $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
FILE - A man sits on a nearly empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Tourists are traveling to Hawaii in larger numbers than officials anticipated, and many are wandering around Waikiki without masks, despite a statewide mandate to wear them in public. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, file)

6 hours to Paradise: Jet-away on a direct flight from Everett to Honolulu

The flight from Paine Field makes for a relaxed departure and avoids the torture of traveling to SeaTac.

FILE - A man sits on a nearly empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Tourists are traveling to Hawaii in larger numbers than officials anticipated, and many are wandering around Waikiki without masks, despite a statewide mandate to wear them in public. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, file)
Outside of the Four Corners housing complex along Evergreen Way on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Four Corners opens first building in 430-unit complex in Everett

An indoor pool, hot tub and 24-hour gym are among the perks. So is being 25 steps from a large order of fries.

Outside of the Four Corners housing complex along Evergreen Way on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lily Gladstone and Josh Ryder in 2004 Mountlake Terrace High School yearbook photo as "Most Likely to Win an Oscar." (Submitted photo)

Despite no Oscar, Mountlake Terrace still plans Lily Gladstone tribute

Voted “Most Likely to Win an Oscar” as a duo in high school, both Lily Gladstone and Josh Ryder are still without a statue. But “she’s not done.”

Lily Gladstone and Josh Ryder in 2004 Mountlake Terrace High School yearbook photo as "Most Likely to Win an Oscar." (Submitted photo)
Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel, juniors at Mariner High School, stand in the entrance hallway at Mariner on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The two have won the Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Second District for the second year in a row, this time for the creation of HopeHorizon. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mariner High teens crack congressional coding contest — again

This is the second year in a row that an app by Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel won in the state’s Second District.

Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel, juniors at Mariner High School, stand in the entrance hallway at Mariner on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The two have won the Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Second District for the second year in a row, this time for the creation of HopeHorizon. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lily Gladstone arrives at the 96th Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gladstone is a 2004 Mountlake Terrace graduate. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Mountlake Terrace pulling for hometown star Lily Gladstone to win Oscar

Her Terrace high school classmates voted her “Most Likely to Win an Oscar” in 2004. A “Lily Gladstone Day” is in the works.

Lily Gladstone arrives at the 96th Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gladstone is a 2004 Mountlake Terrace graduate. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Publicity photo of Benson Boone. (Provided photo)

Millions swoon over singer Benson Boone, Monroe High graduate

Boone, 21, will stop in Seattle in May on his world tour. His new song “Beautiful Things” hit No. 15 on the Hot 100.

Publicity photo of Benson Boone. (Provided photo)
A table setting inside the Grouchy Chef on Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington.(Annie Barker / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s one-of-a-kind Grouchy Chef is hanging up his apron

Takayuki Masumoto, “who absolutely brooks no nonsense from his patrons,” is looking for a buyer. Name not included.

A table setting inside the Grouchy Chef on Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington.(Annie Barker / The Herald)
Cousins Penny Leslie and Sidney Baker work together on a mural inside a jail cell at the Mukilteo Police Department on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

No more staring at blank canvas in Mukilteo police holding cells

Bright murals now adorn the walls. The artwork is intended to calm and relax detainees.

Cousins Penny Leslie and Sidney Baker work together on a mural inside a jail cell at the Mukilteo Police Department on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A heart shaped hand tossed pepperoni pizza, left, and eight-corner Detroit style veggie pizza, right, from Jet’s Pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at the Everett Herald newsroom in Everett. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Detroit-original Jet’s Pizza lands in WA with thick-crust pies and more

The national chain’s Lynnwood joint is the first in the state. The pizza is tasty — hot or cold. And it makes good date food.

A heart shaped hand tossed pepperoni pizza, left, and eight-corner Detroit style veggie pizza, right, from Jet’s Pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at the Everett Herald newsroom in Everett. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lynnwood

Lynnwood woman who forgot about Hit 5 ticket ends up winning $135K

She tucked the ticket away for months. With the winnings, the master electrician paid off her debt.

Lynnwood
Shirley Prouty (Submitted photo)

Shirley Prouty, Arlington historian and grandma to all, dies at 92

Prouty chronicled “100 Years of Arlington” in a series of books. “She’d turn over any rock,” a former mayor said.

Shirley Prouty (Submitted photo)
A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Banya, spa with 200-degree sauna in Everett, stress just melts away

A banya in Russian refers to a hot room or sauna. You can also plunge in the cold pool. Or play chess and eat piroshki.

A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

What’s honkin’ on this Everett thoroughfare? Have a gander

Henrietta and Betty, a goose duet, entertain passersby in the yard between Colby Avenue and Evergreen Way.

Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)