Julie Muhlstein

Frances McDormand in "Nomadland." (Searchlight Pictures) 20210304

Masked in a nearly empty theater, a movie outing at last

Just four of us were in the audience for a matinee showing of “Nomadland” at Stanwood Cinemas.

 

Amy Perusse, who has worked as the Everett School District's Kids in Transition coordinator for seven years, has been recognized by Education Week as one of 11 "Leaders to Learn From." (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Quite an honor’ for district’s champion of homeless students

Once a teen mom, Everett’s Kids in Transition coordinator wins national recognition by Education Week.

 

Jeanette Ho Shin Weddell, 96, died of COVID-19 on Dec. 29, 2020. (Contributed photo)

Marysville grandmother, 96, was one in half a million lost

In a week when the president took time to mourn COVID deaths, local families were grieving, too.

 

A driver waits at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site Feb. 9 at the Arlington Municipal Airport. (Julie Muhlstein / The Herald)

Getting Dad, 98, the shot was more than he could do alone

Helped by technology, I managed to get a shot in Arlington. For many, online scheduling is a barrier.

A driver waits at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site Feb. 9 at the Arlington Municipal Airport. (Julie Muhlstein / The Herald)
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" is the selection for the One Everett One Book initiative, which will include an online program with the authors on Monday. (Everett Public Library)

One Everett One Book: ‘Stamped’ a historical look at racism

A discussion will draw hundreds as Everett’s library, EvCC, WSU and the school district join in reading.

"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" is the selection for the One Everett One Book initiative, which will include an online program with the authors on Monday. (Everett Public Library)
Aaron Perkins, who was trained in the HopeWorks program, is now a maintenance technician for Housing Hope. Here, he waves at one of the children in the Tomorrow's Hope day care while replacing outdoor light fixtures on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As HopeWorks turns 10, a worker shares his success story

Once homeless, Aaron Perkins found housing, skills and a way out of poverty through the agency’s training.

Aaron Perkins, who was trained in the HopeWorks program, is now a maintenance technician for Housing Hope. Here, he waves at one of the children in the Tomorrow's Hope day care while replacing outdoor light fixtures on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Principal Blythe Young, whose school will start a dual-language program this fall, at Emerson Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Emerson kindergartners will start on path to being bilingual

An optional dual-language Spanish immersion program will be a first in the Everett School District.

Principal Blythe Young, whose school will start a dual-language program this fall, at Emerson Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett's Marisol and Hector Flores were blessed with twin daughters, Hadassah (left) and Tabitha, during the pandemic year. (Courtesy Marisol Flores)

Faith overcame fear for these grateful new parents of twins

After 12 years of marriage, pregnancy was a surprise. Friends and family have helped in the midst of the pandemic.

Everett's Marisol and Hector Flores were blessed with twin daughters, Hadassah (left) and Tabitha, during the pandemic year. (Courtesy Marisol Flores)
Carol Rochnowski, of Lake Stevens, enjoyed a socially distanced dinner with her neighbors, Andy and April Taylor, before the weather changed their weekly meals. The neighbors, along with Rochnowski's housemate Bernie Terry, have supported 24 restaurants during the pandemic. (Courtesy Carol Rochnowski)

With weekly take-out, neighbors feeding their friendships

These Lake Stevens families have made it a point to order takeout from an array of restaurants weathering the pandemic.

Carol Rochnowski, of Lake Stevens, enjoyed a socially distanced dinner with her neighbors, Andy and April Taylor, before the weather changed their weekly meals. The neighbors, along with Rochnowski's housemate Bernie Terry, have supported 24 restaurants during the pandemic. (Courtesy Carol Rochnowski)
Idamae Schack died Jan. 7 at age 102. She and her husband John Schack gave millions of dollars to support local arts and cultural organizations. The Schack Art Center is named in their honor. (Michael O'Leary/Herald file photo)

Idamae Schack, an angel of the arts in Everett, dies at 102

She and her husband John Schack donated millions of dollars to support cultural causes in Everett.

Idamae Schack died Jan. 7 at age 102. She and her husband John Schack gave millions of dollars to support local arts and cultural organizations. The Schack Art Center is named in their honor. (Michael O'Leary/Herald file photo)
A Mob City jammer, "CMonster," skates in a holiday scrimmage at the Everett Skate Deck on Dec. 9, 2018. An online fundraising effort has been started to help support the skating venue during the pandemic. (Anthony Floyd photo)

Skate Deck hopes to open for customers, not take donations

A roller skating coach has launched an online fundraiser, wants to help the place he fears may close.

A Mob City jammer, "CMonster," skates in a holiday scrimmage at the Everett Skate Deck on Dec. 9, 2018. An online fundraising effort has been started to help support the skating venue during the pandemic. (Anthony Floyd photo)
The Everett Music Initiative team, (from left) Ryan Crowther, Nate Feaster and Michael Hannon. (Everett Music Initiative)

A step toward keeping music alive in the pandemic, beyond

With Snohomish County Music Project as fiscal sponsor, Fisherman’s festival group can get donations.

The Everett Music Initiative team, (from left) Ryan Crowther, Nate Feaster and Michael Hannon. (Everett Music Initiative)
Julie Muhlstein and her dog, Oscar, out for a walk last week at the Everett waterfront. (Contributed photo)

If the pandemic profoundly changed your life, tell us how

With the COVID-19 toll still rising, the day-to-day world of last January seems a distant memory.

Julie Muhlstein and her dog, Oscar, out for a walk last week at the Everett waterfront. (Contributed photo)
Patrick Crosby next to his tree with photographs of fallen military members, dedicated to Gold Star Mothers and Families, on his property Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tree is a tribute to those who served and gave their lives

Lynnwood’s Patrick Crosby wasn’t in the military, but he felt it was time to “give something back.”

Patrick Crosby next to his tree with photographs of fallen military members, dedicated to Gold Star Mothers and Families, on his property Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ed Bremer, KSER radio's longtime public affairs director and host of the "Sound Living" program, died last week at 68. (Photo courtesy KSER.)

A truth seeker, KSER’s Ed Bremer leaves public radio legacy

People who worked with him and those who were his subjects recall his fairness, honesty and work ethic.

Ed Bremer, KSER radio's longtime public affairs director and host of the "Sound Living" program, died last week at 68. (Photo courtesy KSER.)
Chelsie Assink and her daughter Paisley, of Bellingham, walk through lights at the front entrance to look at the Wintertide Lights at Evergreen Arboretum in Legion Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Washington. For the first time, the Evergreen Arboretum is lit up for the holidays. The Wintertide Lights will be up through New Year's Eve and open from dusk to 8 p.m.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Gardens of holiday lights bring cheer at Evergreen Arboretum

The display is up through New Year’s Eve as volunteers look ahead to Wintertide Lights for 2021.

Chelsie Assink and her daughter Paisley, of Bellingham, walk through lights at the front entrance to look at the Wintertide Lights at Evergreen Arboretum in Legion Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Washington. For the first time, the Evergreen Arboretum is lit up for the holidays. The Wintertide Lights will be up through New Year's Eve and open from dusk to 8 p.m.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
An ICE Detention Center sign hangs on the chainlink fence surrounding the nativity scene in front of the Edmonds Luther Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Nativity in a cage tells ‘overlooked part of Christmas story’

Edmonds Lutheran Church’s display came about after a group’s immersion trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

An ICE Detention Center sign hangs on the chainlink fence surrounding the nativity scene in front of the Edmonds Luther Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas is retiring after 16 years on the bench. The former Mariner High School student was its first ASB president, went to Harvard Law School, and as an undergrad majored in creative writing. Photographed at Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Judge Lucas leaving the bench, but not his healing mission

He brought racial diversity to Superior Court. In retirement, he’ll focus on therapeutic justice.

Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas is retiring after 16 years on the bench. The former Mariner High School student was its first ASB president, went to Harvard Law School, and as an undergrad majored in creative writing. Photographed at Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Tonja Jones unloads bags of coat donations outside of the Everett Gospel Mission on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

She lost a loved one to violence but manages, yearly, to give

For the 11th year, Tonja Jones donated coats in memory of a nephew who was fatally stabbed.

Tonja Jones unloads bags of coat donations outside of the Everett Gospel Mission on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Myli Maytrichith, 12, with little brother Tyson, 4, outside of their home that is currently being rebuilt after catching fire last March on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

4 near-tragedies that were averted by these Red Cross Heroes

In addition, a prolific pandemic mask maker and a disaster site volunteer were honored Dec. 10.

Myli Maytrichith, 12, with little brother Tyson, 4, outside of their home that is currently being rebuilt after catching fire last March on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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