Julie Muhlstein

Following a training session Tuesday, Rachael Doniger, the Everett Fire Department’s public education coordinator, snaps a photo of firefighters and onlookers, including John Estie and William Vincent (second and third from left) with interest in the old Scout Shack, former home of Everett’s Troop 1. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘Scout Shack’ serves firefighters after Troop 1’s demise

Born in 1914, the Everett Boy Scout troop, founded by the Elks, didn’t have enough members.

Following a training session Tuesday, Rachael Doniger, the Everett Fire Department’s public education coordinator, snaps a photo of firefighters and onlookers, including John Estie and William Vincent (second and third from left) with interest in the old Scout Shack, former home of Everett’s Troop 1. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

All the way home: Burial in Everett for Pearl Harbor sailor

Daniel Guisinger Jr., identified by DNA, was serving on USS Oklahoma when he died in the 1941 attack.

As Mary Elaine Burgess, an Assistance League volunteer for 50 years, walks to receive the group’s Circle of Honor Award, Thursday, everyone in the Everett Golf and Country Club stands and applauds. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Assistance League member has 50-year history of helping kids

The nonprofit also honored a fire agency for helping students get clothes through Operation School Bell.

As Mary Elaine Burgess, an Assistance League volunteer for 50 years, walks to receive the group’s Circle of Honor Award, Thursday, everyone in the Everett Golf and Country Club stands and applauds. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
In the north Everett home where she and her sister Margaret “Mugsy” Duryee grew up, Maureen Duryee sorts through photographs of their mother Mary Duryee. This portrait was Mary’s Everett High School 1935 graduation portrait. She died April 22 at age 100. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett loses one of its ‘great ladies,’ Mary Duryee, at 100

She kept the D.A. Duryee real estate business going while her husband served during World War II.

In the north Everett home where she and her sister Margaret “Mugsy” Duryee grew up, Maureen Duryee sorts through photographs of their mother Mary Duryee. This portrait was Mary’s Everett High School 1935 graduation portrait. She died April 22 at age 100. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Crystal Nelson is a UW Bothell grad who’ll soon attend Seattle University School of Law. A recovering addict, she dropped out of school after eighth grade and spent 17 years on the streets. (Photo by Dan Bates / The Herald)

From the streets to law school, now she’s on the Husky 100

The UW Bothell grad’s goals grew from her struggle with substance abuse and losing her children.

Crystal Nelson is a UW Bothell grad who’ll soon attend Seattle University School of Law. A recovering addict, she dropped out of school after eighth grade and spent 17 years on the streets. (Photo by Dan Bates / The Herald)
Vicci Hilty (left), executive director of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, at the nonprofit’s new South County Advocacy Center with Debra Bordsen, deputy director of the agency. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Abuse victims have a new place to find help in south county

It’s not a shelter, but the Domestic Violence Services site in Lynnwood can point the way to safety.

Vicci Hilty (left), executive director of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, at the nonprofit’s new South County Advocacy Center with Debra Bordsen, deputy director of the agency. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
With the help of family, Daniel Fletcher is raising 4-year-old Harrison. And it appears he has the right stuff. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘We honor her memory,’ says widowed father raising little boy

Emily Fletcher lived with cerebral palsy and battled brain cancer. Her husband’s focus is their son.

With the help of family, Daniel Fletcher is raising 4-year-old Harrison. And it appears he has the right stuff. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Jessica Pavish at the Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this month. The Everett woman and her husband, Jim Arrabito, have visited Paris many times. Pavish said the cathedral, which burned Monday, has weathered many disasters. (Photo Jim Arrabito)

Notre Dame’s remaining foundation signals hope for the church

Snohomish County people who visited the Paris cathedral remember what was lost in Monday’s fire.

Jessica Pavish at the Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this month. The Everett woman and her husband, Jim Arrabito, have visited Paris many times. Pavish said the cathedral, which burned Monday, has weathered many disasters. (Photo Jim Arrabito)
Dozens of relatives and friends gathered Monday to wish LaVerne Bunney a happy 110th birthday at Brookdale Arbor Place in Everett. Her grandson, Doug Ware, watches Gideon Oravetz, 7, and Oden Roehl, 3, help blow out candles. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘Pretty amazing’ LaVerne Bunney parties on her 110th birthday

She was born in North Dakota in 1909. Surrounded by family on her special day, she keeps on smiling.

Dozens of relatives and friends gathered Monday to wish LaVerne Bunney a happy 110th birthday at Brookdale Arbor Place in Everett. Her grandson, Doug Ware, watches Gideon Oravetz, 7, and Oden Roehl, 3, help blow out candles. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett’s museum salutes book club celebrating 125 years

Event will honor women’s group that founded the library while raising money to open downtown museum.

Everett’s museum salutes book club celebrating 125 years

Event will honor women’s group that founded the library while raising money to open downtown museum.

Lakewood School District Superintendent Michael Mack is leaving to head the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Lakewood schools leader tells why he’s going to Saudi Arabia

His focus is kids, not politics. “I view my role as kind of a statesman,” says the superintendent.

Lakewood School District Superintendent Michael Mack is leaving to head the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni will be the keynote speaker at Snohomish County’s YWCA Inspire Luncheon April 18 in the conference center at Angel of the Winds Arena. (Photo HarperCollins Publishers)

‘We’re all sisters,’ says poet and YWCA speaker Nikki Giovanni

She teaches at Virginia Tech and knew what to say after the nation’s deadliest school shooting there.

Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni will be the keynote speaker at Snohomish County’s YWCA Inspire Luncheon April 18 in the conference center at Angel of the Winds Arena. (Photo HarperCollins Publishers)
Louis Harris, long involved with the local NAACP was recently honored as the Everett Elks Lodge’s Citizen of the Year. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Elks Lodge’s award is one more step away from segregated past

Louis Harris, longtime member of the local NAACP branch, is the Everett group’s Citizen of the Year.

Louis Harris, long involved with the local NAACP was recently honored as the Everett Elks Lodge’s Citizen of the Year. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cathie Ong-Herrera is the sister of Betty Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first airliner to crash into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. She spoke Wednesday at a Victim Support Services fundraising lunch in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Her sister, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, was a hero too

A nonprofit’s lunch featured a talk about that awful day, plus an award for a county victim advocate.

Cathie Ong-Herrera is the sister of Betty Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first airliner to crash into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. She spoke Wednesday at a Victim Support Services fundraising lunch in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Holding a broom, Graham Kerr explains Monday how he saved a bird that had become trapped in his greenhouse. He plans to tell the story at the YMCA prayer breakfast April 19. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Former TV chef Graham Kerr has a different message now

As the “Galloping Gourmet,” he made rich recipes and sly jokes. Life and faith prompted a turnaround.

Holding a broom, Graham Kerr explains Monday how he saved a bird that had become trapped in his greenhouse. He plans to tell the story at the YMCA prayer breakfast April 19. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill March 24, 1989, blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, devasting wildlife and altering lives in fishing communities for generations. (John Gaps III / Associated Press)

30 years after oil spill, he will never forget or forgive

A longtime Snohomish resident has written a book about her fisherman husband’s experience in Alaska.

The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill March 24, 1989, blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, devasting wildlife and altering lives in fishing communities for generations. (John Gaps III / Associated Press)
At his home in Edmonds in 2008, Chris Wedes, 80, had transformed himself into the popular clown Julius Pierpont “J.P.” Patches. Wedes was battling cancer, which took his life four years later on July 22, 2012. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘Funny dudes’ J.P. and Gertrude may soon be seen in traffic

Patches Pals will get a chance to display their favorite clown on license plates if bill’s approved.

At his home in Edmonds in 2008, Chris Wedes, 80, had transformed himself into the popular clown Julius Pierpont “J.P.” Patches. Wedes was battling cancer, which took his life four years later on July 22, 2012. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Pet poop and plastic-bag bans: What’s the right way to toss?

Even biodegradable bags may not break down in a landfill, but it’s still the best place for dog doo.

Senior Damilka Ortega runs past flag-waving students flanking the entryway to Cascade High School for Wednesday’s first-ever Culture Night. She modeled a dress that she is carrying from Puerto Rico and recited her own poetry at the event. (Dan Bates / The Herald

Cascade honors its own whole world at first Culture Night

Parents, families join in a celebration of the many nations represented by the school’s student body.

Senior Damilka Ortega runs past flag-waving students flanking the entryway to Cascade High School for Wednesday’s first-ever Culture Night. She modeled a dress that she is carrying from Puerto Rico and recited her own poetry at the event. (Dan Bates / The Herald