Paige is now a happy mother of 17 — piglets

If you saw Paige, a very pregnant pig at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, here’s an update: She had her piglets. A whole bunch of them.

The popular sow, ready to give birth any day during the fair, delivered 17 live piglets Sept. 16.

Owner Ed Miller sat next to the pen of his favori

te animal during the fair, encouraging visitors to rub her tummy. There was always a crowd around the pen.

Miller says the babies are dandy and Mom is great.

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There are a bunch of Happy Strikers at the Edmonds Senior Center. They do Wii bowling, a video game version of the sport.

Alan Rose, a member of the senior center, says Happy Strikers have a good time, cheer each other on and compete with other groups.

There are 11 team members, Rose says.

“The members are divided into foursomes,” he says. “All have their own styles, but agree arm strength is the key to success. While high scores are the ultimate goal, having fun and cementing friendships is a top priority.”

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Volunteers are needed in Brier.

The Snohomish Conservation District and city of Brier hope folks will help plant trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 along Brierwood Park.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather including sturdy shoes or waterproof boots and gloves.

They need to know how many folks are pitching in so email or call 425-335-5634, ext. 116.

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Joe Trieu, president of Evergreen Beauty College in Everett and Bellevue, says they will gear up for next year’s back to school event.

This year, they were swamped.

They offered free haircuts for all ages going back to school and free mini manicures and eye treatments for all ages. The event included entertainment and gifts.

Trieu, Edmonds-Woodway High School head wrestling coach, says he works with families that are on tight budgets and still want their kids looking good in school.

“We had over 1,100 people come to the event and had a line that wrapped around the building before the event began,” Trieu says. “Who knew it would be such a big hit?”

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