Four questions to consider before you go solar

Does your home have good sun exposure? Does a solar array make financial sense? Where to go to get answers.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • Snohomish County PUD
Gentiana asclepiadea, commonly called willowleaf gentian, and the image credit goes to Great Plant Picks.

Great Plant Pick: Willowleaf gentian

This handsome perennial is especially effective planted on a slope to create a cascading effect.

  • Aug 26, 2022
Gentiana asclepiadea, commonly called willowleaf gentian, and the image credit goes to Great Plant Picks.

Step into sustainability for back-to-school season

It’s a good time to start new routines that make real and lasting change in our community and the world.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • By Karissa Miller Waste Management
Photo Caption: Munyon's Homeopathic Cures may not have been effective medicine, but the cabinets are desirable collectibles. This one sold at auction for more than $1,000.

Worthless as medicine — but valuable as an antique

Turn-of-the-century quackery makes for amusing collecting. But be careful — there may be poison in those “medicine” bottles.

Photo Caption: Munyon's Homeopathic Cures may not have been effective medicine, but the cabinets are desirable collectibles. This one sold at auction for more than $1,000.
Grandstand concert performers at the Evergreen State Fair are (clockwise from top left) Gary LeVox, Scotty McCreery and Bethel Music. (Associated Press photos)

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe welcomes grandstand performers Gary LeVox, Scotty McCreery and Bethel Music.

Grandstand concert performers at the Evergreen State Fair are (clockwise from top left) Gary LeVox, Scotty McCreery and Bethel Music. (Associated Press photos)

Gastroparesis — what is it?

Gastroparesis Awareness Month is a good time to learn a bit about this condition.

  • Aug 24, 2022
People line up outside of the Clyde for the premier showing of Elvis on Friday, July 8, 2022 in Langley, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s showtime! Get in line for a seat at The Clyde Theater in Whidbey

The Langley movie house has served up butterless popcorn, iceless drinks and priceless memories since 1937.

People line up outside of the Clyde for the premier showing of Elvis on Friday, July 8, 2022 in Langley, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The TrailSport’s unique grille distinguishes it from other 2022 Honda Passport models. (Honda)

TrailSport model gives 2022 Honda Passport an extra edge

The SUV’s design is more rugged this year, and this new model cranks up the ruggedness aura.

The TrailSport’s unique grille distinguishes it from other 2022 Honda Passport models. (Honda)
“Disrupt Yourself,” by Katie Malachuk.

Author shows us how to open our inner landscapes

“Disrupt Yourself,” by Katie Malachuk, presents ways to notice what’s causing us anxiety instead of reaching for balms like alcohol or our cell phones.

“Disrupt Yourself,” by Katie Malachuk.
The Eagle’s Nest: Hitler’s 50th birthday present.

Berchtesgaden: A lair of evil in a breathtaking Alpine setting

Hitler’s mountaintop retreat is a place to take in the scenery — and contemplate the place’s monstrous legacy.

The Eagle’s Nest: Hitler’s 50th birthday present.
“The Moon is Following Us,” a new book co-authored by Everett resident Patrick Foley and illustrated by Monroe resident Julia Chamness, has been published.

Books Briefly: Everett author, Monroe illustrator collaborate on kids’ book

Also, noted Northwest author Mary Lou Sanelli will discuss her latest book at the Edmonds Bookshop.

  • Aug 21, 2022
“The Moon is Following Us,” a new book co-authored by Everett resident Patrick Foley and illustrated by Monroe resident Julia Chamness, has been published.

Expedia promised a refund last October, but where is it?

When KLM cancels Eric Aird’s flight, Expedia promises him a refund. But, months later, there’s no sign of his $427. And no one can help him find it. Is the money gone?

  • Aug 21, 2022
  • By Wire Service
Caption: Bring patience with you the next time you visit your local post office. (Jennifer Bardsley)

The longest line in Washington is at your local post office

America has allowed its postal service to deteriorate. We should demand our leaders do better — and we should treat post office workers with kindness and respect.

Caption: Bring patience with you the next time you visit your local post office. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Pacific Crest Trail hikers pose in front of the Oregon Welcomes You sign after crossing into Oregon from California. (The Oregonian)

These PCT thru-hikers are footsore but undeterred

Oregon has been welcoming Pacific Coast Trail hikers for decades. Despite fire closures, they came again again this summer.

  • Aug 21, 2022
  • By Janet Eastman The Oregonian
Pacific Crest Trail hikers pose in front of the Oregon Welcomes You sign after crossing into Oregon from California. (The Oregonian)
Tavier Wasser officiated the wedding ceremony of Julie and Peter Williams. (Photo by Bare Bones Co.)

Whidbey’s love enforcement officer offers the right to say, ‘I do’

When he’s not out stopping crime, Tavier Wasser is helping couples get hitched. He’s a certified wedding officiant.

Tavier Wasser officiated the wedding ceremony of Julie and Peter Williams. (Photo by Bare Bones Co.)
Performers show off their mop talents during Up Up Up Crane Circus’ evening performance Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in the empty lot at Hewitt and Oakes in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Up Up Up’s circus truck troupe rolls into downtown Everett

A truck breakdown on Whidbey didn’t stop the show from going on — grand piano, aerial feats and all.

Performers show off their mop talents during Up Up Up Crane Circus’ evening performance Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in the empty lot at Hewitt and Oakes in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jennifer Bardsley's daughter told her mom to use the panorama function on her smartphone camera to get this stretched visual effect. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Back-to-school shopping with budget-conscious teens

Jennifer Bardsley’s son, daughter and nieces taught her these tricks for saving a lot of money on new school wardrobes.

Jennifer Bardsley's daughter told her mom to use the panorama function on her smartphone camera to get this stretched visual effect. (Jennifer Bardsley)
A performer with Up Up Up, a touring circus on a flatbed truck with a crane for aerial acts. (Submitted photo)

Double fun in Everett with a big truck circus, big screen movie

Up Up Up circus returns to Hewitt at 6 p.m. “Encanto” at the Sail-in Cinema at the waterfront is at 8:25 p.m.

A performer with Up Up Up, a touring circus on a flatbed truck with a crane for aerial acts. (Submitted photo)
Woman shopping pink petunia flower at market. Customer choosing flowers at garden center

Four great reasons to visit the garden center in August

If the dog days of summer are getting you down, hightail it down to your local nursery for some inspiration and therapy.

Woman shopping pink petunia flower at market. Customer choosing flowers at garden center
Vaccinium ovatum, or evergreen huckleberry, is an iconic native plant of the Pacific Northwest. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Evergreen huckleberry

This iconic Pacific Northwest native plant is versatile, easy to grow and defines our landscape.

  • Aug 19, 2022
Vaccinium ovatum, or evergreen huckleberry, is an iconic native plant of the Pacific Northwest. (Richie Steffen)