Julie Muhlstein

Marysville’s Phil Jubie holds a book of poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier that once belonged to his great-uncle, Edwin Ritchie. Jubie would love to know the story behind the book’s inscription, from someone named Lulu. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Who was Lulu? 114 years later, a Valentine’s gift won’t tell

A sweet message in a vintage book of poetry has a Marysville man pondering the life of his great-uncle.

Marysville’s Phil Jubie holds a book of poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier that once belonged to his great-uncle, Edwin Ritchie. Jubie would love to know the story behind the book’s inscription, from someone named Lulu. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
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                                At Tuesday’s grand opening of the ChildStrive offices in Everett are (from left) Everett City Council President Judy Tuohy, ChildStrive CEO Jim Welsh, administrative operations director Leann Denini, Rebecca Mauldin, development and communications director, and other staff and visitors.

With new digs, ChildStrive sticks to mission of helping kids

The agency that was once Little Red School House still has programs on Casino Road and in Lynnwood.

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                                At Tuesday’s grand opening of the ChildStrive offices in Everett are (from left) Everett City Council President Judy Tuohy, ChildStrive CEO Jim Welsh, administrative operations director Leann Denini, Rebecca Mauldin, development and communications director, and other staff and visitors.

Everett Reads! pick ‘An American Marriage’ explores injustice

Author Tayari Jones, a favorite of Barack Obama and Bill Gates, will speak in Everett on Feb. 15.

Snohomish High School students Ethan Martez, 16 (from left), Deanna Westerinen, 16, and ASB President Riley Yeoman, 18, meet Wednesday to talk about Sage, their Spanish teacher’s therapy dog. The much-loved 5-year-old golden retriever has been banned from class after attending for years. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Teachers’ dogs kicked out of classes at Snohomish High School

Students launch a petition drive to keep canine pals, including one therapy pup with a staff ID tag.

Snohomish High School students Ethan Martez, 16 (from left), Deanna Westerinen, 16, and ASB President Riley Yeoman, 18, meet Wednesday to talk about Sage, their Spanish teacher’s therapy dog. The much-loved 5-year-old golden retriever has been banned from class after attending for years. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Rico Baumgardt, a 21-year-old au pair from Germany, plays with year-old Owen Hertl as Owen’s sister, Bianca, 4, creates artwork at a kid-size table in the Hertl family’s Edmonds home Monday. Next month, Baumgardt will return home after a year with the family. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In Edmonds home, German au pair became as close as family

“We really are forever changed,” says mother of two whose baby son needs tube feeding and extra care.

Rico Baumgardt, a 21-year-old au pair from Germany, plays with year-old Owen Hertl as Owen’s sister, Bianca, 4, creates artwork at a kid-size table in the Hertl family’s Edmonds home Monday. Next month, Baumgardt will return home after a year with the family. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Tyler Wheaton, 41, spent about a month in the Everett Gospel Mission’s accute respite care recovery center. Now staying at the mission and part of its Passport program, he hopes to leave behind homelessness and other struggles. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Healing and help at Everett Gospel Mission’s new respite care

Providence partners with shelter to provide medical aid in a safe place for people who are homeless.

Tyler Wheaton, 41, spent about a month in the Everett Gospel Mission’s accute respite care recovery center. Now staying at the mission and part of its Passport program, he hopes to leave behind homelessness and other struggles. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Emanuel Popa owns two adjacent 1903 houses on South Ann Street. The original Monroe homes of the family that ran Buck’s Shingle Mill, they may be demolished to make way for apartments. Popa is willing to give them away to anyone who wants to pay to move them. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Old and free: Monroe mill operators’ 1903 houses up for grabs

Current owner plans apartment complex on property, but pair of dwellings could be moved to new site.

Emanuel Popa owns two adjacent 1903 houses on South Ann Street. The original Monroe homes of the family that ran Buck’s Shingle Mill, they may be demolished to make way for apartments. Popa is willing to give them away to anyone who wants to pay to move them. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

A remembrance etched in stone: Everett teacher loved nature

An arboretum group raised money for a sculpture installed in Andy Sudkamp’s honor. It’s now a gift to city.

Larry Jubie’s near perfect 1967 Mecury Caliente, shown here at his Everett home, is one of only four made. He sold the car Thursday at an auction in Arizona and is donating the proceeds to the Providence General Foundation.

Everett man sold rare ’67 race car to aid Providence hospital

Larry Jubie’s more than $80,000 gift will help Providence General Foundation support construction.

Larry Jubie’s near perfect 1967 Mecury Caliente, shown here at his Everett home, is one of only four made. He sold the car Thursday at an auction in Arizona and is donating the proceeds to the Providence General Foundation.
In her Mill Creek area home, Joni Earl, former Sound Transit CEO, and author Bob Wodnik talk about the transit agency’s decades-long effort to bring light rail to the region. Wodnik, a former Herald writer, has written “Back on Track,” a new book about the battles for light rail. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Light rail’s tenacious supporter: Joni Earl at center of book

In his new history of Sound Transit, former Herald writer Bob Wodnik delves into complex battles.

In her Mill Creek area home, Joni Earl, former Sound Transit CEO, and author Bob Wodnik talk about the transit agency’s decades-long effort to bring light rail to the region. Wodnik, a former Herald writer, has written “Back on Track,” a new book about the battles for light rail. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Everett’s Jerry Garner is president of the Northwest Packer Backers, a fan group that supports the NFL team from his home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The group has been a generous supporter of Christmas House. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Packer fans show generous spirit with Christmas House gifts

Everett’s Jerry Garner, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is president of Northwest Packer Backers.

Everett’s Jerry Garner is president of the Northwest Packer Backers, a fan group that supports the NFL team from his home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The group has been a generous supporter of Christmas House. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Shellie and Brian Starr unfold a big American flag at their Snohomish home Thursday. It was flown over the USS Theodore Roosevelt on April 20, in honor of their son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Starr, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Gold Star parents’ hearts are with those who are serving now

For family of Snohomish Marine, new troubles tied to Iraq and Iran stir memories of son’s sacrifice.

Shellie and Brian Starr unfold a big American flag at their Snohomish home Thursday. It was flown over the USS Theodore Roosevelt on April 20, in honor of their son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Starr, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Children in a kindergarten class at Everett’s Madison Elementary School practice counting — at least one did so without using her fingers. The district is launching a new Transitional Kindergarten program this month. (Samuel Wilson / The Herald)

Transitional Kindergarten to give Everett kids a jump start

District’s new program aimed at children, age 5 by Aug. 31, who aren’t now enrolled in early learning.

Children in a kindergarten class at Everett’s Madison Elementary School practice counting — at least one did so without using her fingers. The district is launching a new Transitional Kindergarten program this month. (Samuel Wilson / The Herald)
Everett’s Rob Schwertley, 40, performs all The King’s hits as Elvis tribute artist Robbie Dee, but his favorites are Presley songs from the 1970s. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Inspired by The King to sing, they’re Elvis tribute artists

Still beloved by many, Presley, born Jan. 8, 1935, would be celebrating 85th birthday had he lived.

Everett’s Rob Schwertley, 40, performs all The King’s hits as Elvis tribute artist Robbie Dee, but his favorites are Presley songs from the 1970s. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Everett, Inga Paige shows a wide range of merchandise, bargain furniture to clothing and holiday decor. The store sees an increase in donations of used goods after the holidays. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Too much stuff? Yours can help others through thrift shops

After the December holidays, nonprofits that operate retail outlets see big increases in donations.

At the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Everett, Inga Paige shows a wide range of merchandise, bargain furniture to clothing and holiday decor. The store sees an increase in donations of used goods after the holidays. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Teresa Schmierer, a 100-year-old Navy nursing veteran, aboard a plane during her trip last September with Puget Sound Honor Flight. The nonprofit group provides free trips to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s memorials. (Puget Sound Honor Flight)

At 100, Navy nursing veteran honored with trip of a lifetime

A friend who goes to water aerobics with the centenarian was along for the Honor Flight.

Teresa Schmierer, a 100-year-old Navy nursing veteran, aboard a plane during her trip last September with Puget Sound Honor Flight. The nonprofit group provides free trips to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s memorials. (Puget Sound Honor Flight)

20 years ago, we were all set for a Y2K disaster that wasn’t

Some stockpiled food as Herald readers learned about efforts to avoid being bitten by a computer bug.

In 2012, Everett’s Debbie Schmitz visited a local park with LuLu, a Central Asian shepard that her daughter, an Army officer, sent home from Afghanistan. Since then, an Arlington couple who read about the dog has reconnected with a nephew, who is married to Schmitz’s daughter. (Dan Bates / The Herald 2012)

Dog of war helps connect Arlington couple with their nephew

After reading 2012 column in The Herald, they were able to find a sister’s son who serves in the Army.

In 2012, Everett’s Debbie Schmitz visited a local park with LuLu, a Central Asian shepard that her daughter, an Army officer, sent home from Afghanistan. Since then, an Arlington couple who read about the dog has reconnected with a nephew, who is married to Schmitz’s daughter. (Dan Bates / The Herald 2012)
Odin Frye, 2, plays near his sister Emma, 4, and his mom, Saeko Frye, in the recreation pool at the new Everett Family YMCA. Odin found a colorful octopus in the shallows of the children’s pool, which has a zero-entry “beach.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)

With new Y open, Everett swimmers have two options for a dip

No YMCA membership required for city residents to use pools on Colby, but Forest Park remains open.

Odin Frye, 2, plays near his sister Emma, 4, and his mom, Saeko Frye, in the recreation pool at the new Everett Family YMCA. Odin found a colorful octopus in the shallows of the children’s pool, which has a zero-entry “beach.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)
The Rucker Renewal project, which is nearing completion after months of work, means southbound drivers on Rucker Avenue will no longer be able to enter the Everett Public Library parking garage on the north-south street because of a median strip. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Change in habit: Rucker Avenue project alters library access

With new median strip included in streetscape work, some drivers need a different route to parking.

The Rucker Renewal project, which is nearing completion after months of work, means southbound drivers on Rucker Avenue will no longer be able to enter the Everett Public Library parking garage on the north-south street because of a median strip. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
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