Andrea Brown

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey’s Georgia Gerber creates iconic shapes in bronze

She turns abstract forms into some of the region’s most beloved public art, including the Pike Place Market pig.

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Don’t cry, don’t pout, mask up: Santa is still coming to town

The malls plan to have him in person and socially distanced. “We need holiday cheer,” says a mall manager.

George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
James Abbott, a 1978 Mariner High School graduate, spearheaded a donation of $82,500 in appreciation of Mariner. (Submitted photo)

42 years later, he gives back to school that ‘saved my life’

James Abbott was a shy foster kid at Mariner High School. He went on to a successful career at Microsoft.

James Abbott, a 1978 Mariner High School graduate, spearheaded a donation of $82,500 in appreciation of Mariner. (Submitted photo)

Lengthy power outage hits Whidbey Island and other areas

Friday the 13th winds knocked out power on Whidbey, Fidalgo and Camano islands.

A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Another toilet paper shortage? No, but hoarding has resumed

As COVID cases spike, so does demand for TP. Stores usually have a supply, but take only what you need.

A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
A voter fills out a ballot outside of the County Public Meeting Room on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Last-minute votes roll in on a tense election day

Many in Snohomish County had more than just the presidential race in mind on Tuesday.

A voter fills out a ballot outside of the County Public Meeting Room on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Doris Callaghan, 100, at her assisted living home on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Centenarian helps pick the prez: ‘If I can’t vote, who am I?’

Doris Callaghan, 100, and her avid roomies will stay up past their 7 p.m. bedtime on election night.

Doris Callaghan, 100, at her assisted living home on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
TikToker Brett Kelly, 24, whose Pumpkin man character TikTok video will be aired on the CBS show The Greatest #AtHome Videos on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The TikTok ‘Pumpkin Man’ of Lake Stevens dances to TV fame

After his pandemic layoff from Macy’s, Brett Kelly, 24, has been adding to his 1.4 million followers.

TikToker Brett Kelly, 24, whose Pumpkin man character TikTok video will be aired on the CBS show The Greatest #AtHome Videos on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Two Snohomish County Auditor's Office workers removed the filled blue plastic tubs inside a drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Election Day 2018 and placed empty tubs inside to catch the next round of ballots. (Andrea Brown / Herald file)
Two Snohomish County Auditor's Office workers removed the filled blue plastic tubs inside a drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Election Day 2018 and placed empty tubs inside to catch the next round of ballots. (Andrea Brown / Herald file)
Biden supporter Jessica Figueroa (left) and Trump supporter Jesse Bowers. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Time to pick a president: Here’s why I vote the way I do

Red, blue and other voters share their reasons for who should lead the nation the next four years.

Biden supporter Jessica Figueroa (left) and Trump supporter Jesse Bowers. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Puddum the guinea pig in a Halloween costume. (Jessi Loerch)

Get your guinea pig costumed for trick-or-treat — if you can

Dressing up pets is no longer just for cats and dogs. Rodents can be mermaids and superheroes, too.

Puddum the guinea pig in a Halloween costume. (Jessi Loerch)
The M/V Puyallup docks at the Edmonds waterfront on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. The ferry along with the passenger loading walkway were struck by lightning last week. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lightning bolt gives Edmonds ferry worker shock of her life

The boat was protected in Saturday’s strike by a “Faraday cage” invented by a scientist in 1836.

The M/V Puyallup docks at the Edmonds waterfront on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. The ferry along with the passenger loading walkway were struck by lightning last week. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Blue Lagoon is a popular Iceland destination. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

I went to Iceland for the Costco and my husband got a hotdog

On the island of 364,260, there 350 churches, 269 glaciers, many eye-popping wonders — and one Costco.

The Blue Lagoon is a popular Iceland destination. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Stevens Pass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20201011

Hold on tight as the wacky October weather continues

A ferry was struck by lighting, a tornado touched down and now high winds and snow are in the forecast.

Stevens Pass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20201011
Everett Comics owner Charlie Knoedler and his wife Tracy talk with Everett Police Officers as they drop by to talk about the recent theft of a 4-foot tall Funko Batman Statue on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  The statue was stolen in a “smash and grab” early Sunday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Holy smithereens! Funko Batman heisted at Everett comic shop

Thieves shattered the window of Everett Comics in a smash and grab Sunday. Owner wants Batman back.

Everett Comics owner Charlie Knoedler and his wife Tracy talk with Everett Police Officers as they drop by to talk about the recent theft of a 4-foot tall Funko Batman Statue on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  The statue was stolen in a “smash and grab” early Sunday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Bruce and Marie Ferguson sit on a rail car set atop train tracks in their yard at home on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Snohomish, Washington.  The Ferguson's built in their home in 2007 to mimic a Northern Pacific train depot. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Home, sweet, depot: Train station pad yours for $1.2 million

The Snohomish house comes complete with tracks, speeder car and people looking in the window.

Bruce and Marie Ferguson sit on a rail car set atop train tracks in their yard at home on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Snohomish, Washington.  The Ferguson's built in their home in 2007 to mimic a Northern Pacific train depot. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sunrise resident, 82, happily on house arrest, COVID-style

Quarantine began after he went on a fishing trip. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Sun Ho, owner of the Happy Tummy Grill near Boeing, talks about the loss of business after Boeing announced the future closing of the 787 line, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington. “If Boeing shuts down, I’m shut down too,” Ho said. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

For those who feed Boeing, it’s gone from bad to worse

First a pandemic, now the departure of the Dreamliner. Many Everett restaurants are struggling to survive.

Sun Ho, owner of the Happy Tummy Grill near Boeing, talks about the loss of business after Boeing announced the future closing of the 787 line, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington. “If Boeing shuts down, I’m shut down too,” Ho said. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Travis Gilbert hugs his 15-year-old dog Abe on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Abe, deaf, nearly blind and old, went  missing and was found barely alive 12 days later at the bottom of a deep hole in the woods by PUD linemen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The tale of old Abe, 15, a blind, deaf dog missing 12 days

The dog’s odyssey landed him at the bottom of a “Silence of The Lambs” pit. A PUD crew saves the day.

Travis Gilbert hugs his 15-year-old dog Abe on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Abe, deaf, nearly blind and old, went  missing and was found barely alive 12 days later at the bottom of a deep hole in the woods by PUD linemen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Blisters and bonding: A father and son hoof it for 40 miles

Blisters and bonding: A father and son hoof it for 40 miles

Fred Sirianni of Marysville and his son, Jake, walked 19 hours from New York City to Connecticut.

Blisters and bonding: A father and son hoof it for 40 miles