Julie Muhlstein

Dr. Olav and Anne Sola, in their younger and later years. In the early 1960s, they were the driving force behind the founding of Stevens Hospital, now Swedish Edmonds. Dr. Sola died in 2007 and Anne Sola died this year at 95. (Family photos)

‘Mrs. Stevens Hospital’ helped bring health care to Edmonds

What’s now Swedish Edmonds began with Dr. Olav Sola and others seeing need in south Snohomish County.

Dr. Olav and Anne Sola, in their younger and later years. In the early 1960s, they were the driving force behind the founding of Stevens Hospital, now Swedish Edmonds. Dr. Sola died in 2007 and Anne Sola died this year at 95. (Family photos)
Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin gives a pair of sunglasses to an 11-year-old girl named Deborah during a National Night Out gathering at Norton playfield in the Port Gardner Neighborhood. Looking on Tuesday is Andrea Tucker, leader of the Port Gardner Neighborhood Association. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

On a Night Out to talk it over, neighbors air their concerns

Police, firefighters and political leaders joined events where issues included homelessness.

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin gives a pair of sunglasses to an 11-year-old girl named Deborah during a National Night Out gathering at Norton playfield in the Port Gardner Neighborhood. Looking on Tuesday is Andrea Tucker, leader of the Port Gardner Neighborhood Association. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reads “It’s Only Stanley” by Jon Mgee to youngsters while visiting Sno-Isle’s Marysville Library last week with Congressman Rick Larsen. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Hayden is the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘Top librarian in the world’ is story-time star in Marysville

Library of Congress leader Carla Hayden visits Sno-Isle staff and sees a former colleague in Everett.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reads “It’s Only Stanley” by Jon Mgee to youngsters while visiting Sno-Isle’s Marysville Library last week with Congressman Rick Larsen. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Hayden is the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ian Davis-Leonard was the Herald’s news intern this summer. He was a 3-year-old when columnist Julie Muhlstein featured his family in a column. Ian’s two moms shared their story in 2002. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Intern’s surprise: He was part of a story, now he writes them

Ian Davis-Leonard, now at Gonzaga, was 3 when his two moms welcomed our columnist into their Everett home.

Ian Davis-Leonard was the Herald’s news intern this summer. He was a 3-year-old when columnist Julie Muhlstein featured his family in a column. Ian’s two moms shared their story in 2002. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
After arriving at Camp Prov in Forest Park on Wednesday, volunteer Bre Baylon sits down on the dry grass and enjoys the sights around her. She’s a former camper in the program for children with special needs. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Once a camper, now a helper for children with special needs

Camp Prov welcomes kids to Forest Park for summer fun, and includes volunteers who have “aged out.”

After arriving at Camp Prov in Forest Park on Wednesday, volunteer Bre Baylon sits down on the dry grass and enjoys the sights around her. She’s a former camper in the program for children with special needs. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Behind a yard sign in his yard on Rucker Avenue, Bill Loesche takes a break from organizing movies, toys and micro machines he plans to sell Saturday at the Mother of All Garage Sales. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Antiques to tamales, up for grabs at mother of all sales

Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood is ready for 10th annual outdoor marketplace and multi-block party.

Behind a yard sign in his yard on Rucker Avenue, Bill Loesche takes a break from organizing movies, toys and micro machines he plans to sell Saturday at the Mother of All Garage Sales. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Barber’s flowers and nautical kitsch add to Colby streetscape

Shop owner’s decor is whimsical, but her aim’s serious. She hopes to help area where crime has occurred.

On the backside of the Edmonds statue created by artist Howard Duell is an image of the Saturn V rocket that carried three astronauts aloft on their way to the moon in 1969. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Still a wonder, 1969 moon mission left more than footprints

“For a brief moment all people were truly one,” says an Edmonds statue commemorating Neil Armstrong.

On the backside of the Edmonds statue created by artist Howard Duell is an image of the Saturn V rocket that carried three astronauts aloft on their way to the moon in 1969. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Jay Priebe, who grew up in foster care, is chief executive officer of Hand in Hand. The nonprofit operates Safe Place, an Everett facility that houses children removed from homes by law enforcement or social workers. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Hand in Hand’s new Safe Place a better shelter for children

The Everett nonprofit’s leader grew up in foster care. The agency serves kids removed from their homes.

Jay Priebe, who grew up in foster care, is chief executive officer of Hand in Hand. The nonprofit operates Safe Place, an Everett facility that houses children removed from homes by law enforcement or social workers. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Coffee’s free, so is the banter at retired dairymen’s hangout

Every morning except Sunday, the Craven brothers invite Snohomish Valley farm friends to join them.

Everett’s Jason Webley and other performers in the Flotsam River Circus plan to float this hand-built craft from Corvallis, Oregon, to Portland. It’s pictured here on the Snohomish River. Webley is standing on the rooftop. (Photo by Lou Daprille)

Artistry afloat: Jason Webley takes to the river in Oregon

On a hand-built boat, Everett troubadour and his troupe will perform free shows on the Willamette.

Everett’s Jason Webley and other performers in the Flotsam River Circus plan to float this hand-built craft from Corvallis, Oregon, to Portland. It’s pictured here on the Snohomish River. Webley is standing on the rooftop. (Photo by Lou Daprille)
Everett’s Patrick Hall was among people who put up signs in March to save the Longfellow School building. He is now part of an advisory task force looking at options for the building, which the Everett School District had planned to tear down. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett’s old Longfellow building beats wrecking ball for now

A task force is weighing options for the old school, where plans were made to put up a parking lot.

Everett’s Patrick Hall was among people who put up signs in March to save the Longfellow School building. He is now part of an advisory task force looking at options for the building, which the Everett School District had planned to tear down. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Andrew Abt is back and forth, from the kitchen to the sales counter, at Monroe’s Sky River Bakery Tuesday. He and his wife Mary Thorgerson have all they can handle and would like to sell the bakery and retire. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘The Hub of Main Street,’ Monroe bakery may soon change hands

After 32 years, Sky River bake shop’s owners are hoping to retire. “This is how your grandmother baked.”

Andrew Abt is back and forth, from the kitchen to the sales counter, at Monroe’s Sky River Bakery Tuesday. He and his wife Mary Thorgerson have all they can handle and would like to sell the bakery and retire. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Lynnwood’s Jin So, who came from South Korea in the 1970s, talks about President Donald Trump’s step across the DMZ into North Korea last weekend. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

They see hope for homeland in Trump’s visit to North Korea

He lives in Lynnwood now, but Jin So’s eyes were on the Korean Peninsula during presidential meeting.

Lynnwood’s Jin So, who came from South Korea in the 1970s, talks about President Donald Trump’s step across the DMZ into North Korea last weekend. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Kaboom! Marysville’s Fourth fireworks show a first in decades

Fire agency reports fewer incidents since city’s ban on personal pyrotechnics took effect in 2017.

For her 100th birthday party, Teresa Schmierer celebrated at Everett’s 24 Hour Fitness with her water aerobics class. She’s been going to water aerobics since she turned 76. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

At 100, Navy nurse who served in WW II still making a splash

“She has that inner joy,” Teresa Schmierer’s daughter says. Her mom wows friends at water aerobics.

For her 100th birthday party, Teresa Schmierer celebrated at Everett’s 24 Hour Fitness with her water aerobics class. She’s been going to water aerobics since she turned 76. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the end of a rousing performance of the song “You Are Holy,” Faith Fitch (left) and Angelina Nesterenko end with a high-five. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Adults with special needs are All Aboard talent show’s stars

A larger meeting place is on the wish list for agency that offers activities and builds friendships.

At the end of a rousing performance of the song “You Are Holy,” Faith Fitch (left) and Angelina Nesterenko end with a high-five. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Tiffany Teasdale, co-owner of Lynnwood Gun & Ammunition, talks about new requirements that take effect Monday, due to voters’ approval of Initiative 1639. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Gun-storage provisions and the rest of I-1639 kick in Monday

New laws don’t require that firearms be kept in a safe, but owners should know the rules and risks.

Tiffany Teasdale, co-owner of Lynnwood Gun & Ammunition, talks about new requirements that take effect Monday, due to voters’ approval of Initiative 1639. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Staff who’ll be overseeing kids at Camp Killoqua this summer sing a song Thursday thanking donors to a capital campaign that raised almost $2.2 million for local Camp Fire programs. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘A jewel,’ Camp Killoqua spruced up by $2.1 million in gifts

Donors visit lodge to celebrate end of a capital campaign that will help more kids enjoy Camp Fire.

Staff who’ll be overseeing kids at Camp Killoqua this summer sing a song Thursday thanking donors to a capital campaign that raised almost $2.2 million for local Camp Fire programs. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

On last day with kids, special ed teacher says they’re a gift

Monroe High School’s Susan Dow spent more than four decades helping her students find their niche.

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