Andrea Brown

Riaz Khan speaks at the groundbreaking at the site of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo that he helped spearhead over the last seven years on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

All faiths invited to Saturday meeting for Mukilteo mosque

Construction is to begin in April. Pledges of $800,000 are needed to complete the project.

Riaz Khan speaks at the groundbreaking at the site of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo that he helped spearhead over the last seven years on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)

He’s 13, and famous for photos making toy cars look real

Anthony Schmidt, who is on the autism spectrum, has gallery exhibits, 2,500 model cars and a real 1957 Ford named Betty.

Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)
A banner outside the door of Goodies in Mountlake Terrace says, “$795,000 Hit 5 ticket sold here.” (Andrea Brown / The Herald) 20211201

Who has the $795,000 Hit 5 ticket sold in Mountlake Terrace?

The winner has until Dec. 8 to claim the prize from a lottery ticket sold June 11 at Goodies Food.

A banner outside the door of Goodies in Mountlake Terrace says, “$795,000 Hit 5 ticket sold here.” (Andrea Brown / The Herald) 20211201
Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dude, you’re knitting some bodacious ‘Big Lebowski’ sweaters

Jacob Akers, 29, a Costco shelf stocker, knits cardigans made famous by the 1998 cult classic guy flick.

Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Lynnwood blue’ eyeshadow, ’80s glam shots adorn new landmark

A signal box by Alderwood mall is a throwback to an era of big hair, lampooned on local sketch show “Almost Live.”

Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dylan Blaney, 3, talks with Santa about what she wants for Christmas at the Santa Magic experience at Alderwood Mall on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Vaxxed and sanitized, Santa is no longer behind plexiglass

Local malls say he’s ready for a normal holiday, with kids on his knee. Want to stay ho-ho-home? Long-distance options remain.

Dylan Blaney, 3, talks with Santa about what she wants for Christmas at the Santa Magic experience at Alderwood Mall on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations for all the cat rooms. It helps the cats from feeling lonely and acts as a window of sorts for them to watch birds and squirrels. (Lynn Jefferson / PAWS)

Kitty TV: Shelter cats get a digital window to outside world

PAWS in Lynnwood seeks TV donations to keep all 30 of its cats happy and entertained.

A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations for all the cat rooms. It helps the cats from feeling lonely and acts as a window of sorts for them to watch birds and squirrels. (Lynn Jefferson / PAWS)
Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Merry Creepsmas! Oddmall event is back, with Krampus

Over 100 vendors will be at the Monroe fairgrounds this weekend at the free bazaar of the bizarre.

Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3 miles by ferry, but these days a round trip can take 5 hours

Reporter Andrea Brown commuted on the “20-minute” sailing between Mukilteo and Clinton. Service is taking a toll.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Demon: Gene Simmons imitator hosts a free Kiss concert

Everett firefighter and paramedic Jack Murrin will return to the stage for a Halloween show at his home.

Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jennifer Gregerson (left) and Joe Marine.

Mukilteo’s mayor and ex-mayor battle for a third term

With both candidates, voters know what they’re getting with Jennifer Gregerson or Joe Marine.

Jennifer Gregerson (left) and Joe Marine.
Top (L-R): Judy Schwab, Peter Swardstrom. Bottom (L-R): Jayme Lee Vail, Charles Hauck.

Masks? Sex ed? Where do Mukilteo school board candidates stand?

Three newcomers are in races for two seats. In each case, there’s a candidate calling for a “back to basics” approach.

Top (L-R): Judy Schwab, Peter Swardstrom. Bottom (L-R): Jayme Lee Vail, Charles Hauck.
A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Oh my! An Instagram wonderland of loveseats, rhinos and bears

Everett Consignment in the former Bramble building has 60,000 square feet of new and vintage items.

A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Top (L-R): Louis Harris, Peter Zieve, Kevin Stoltz. Bottom (L-R): Tom Jordal, Steve Schmalz, Alex Crocco.

Race for Mukilteo City Council is a mix of old and new names

Housing, waterfront and public safety top the list of concerns for candidates.

Top (L-R): Louis Harris, Peter Zieve, Kevin Stoltz. Bottom (L-R): Tom Jordal, Steve Schmalz, Alex Crocco.
The Kitsap prepares to make a crossing from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Ferry-geddon: Sailings from Mukilteo, Edmonds cut in half

The state blames route cuts on COVID factors and not enough staff. The vaccine mandate is a factor.

The Kitsap prepares to make a crossing from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Home sweet castle: $2.3M buys a medieval marvel near Monroe

Swords, armor and collectibles are included. The 19-acre property has a gun range and 9-foot dragon.

Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)

Lone white Costco cart formerly known as Blanco is celebrity

The only non-gray cart at a Woodinville Costco got a name change but kept its job — and its magical powers.

A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)
The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

That jerk who cuts in the ferry line can be fined $139

Meanwhile, the state has ended the 877-764-HERO program, whereby the public could report violators.

The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

BBQ whiz kid: At 15, he’s getting a dish on Famous Dave’s menu

Evan Wiederspohn of Arlington won a competition and $250 for his bacon-cheese-burnt ends bites.

Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)