Julie Muhlstein

Library page Joanna Thomas (left) visits with Wai Ng, 59, while Ng gets started on a coloring project Wednesday night at the Everett Public Library’s Coloring and Conversation. The program, which has become quite popular, was started by Thomas. It is free and takes place the first Wednesday of each month. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Coloring ‘really makes you happy,’ even when you’re not a child

With colored pencils and pens in hand, group gathers for creativity and conversation at the library.

Library page Joanna Thomas (left) visits with Wai Ng, 59, while Ng gets started on a coloring project Wednesday night at the Everett Public Library’s Coloring and Conversation. The program, which has become quite popular, was started by Thomas. It is free and takes place the first Wednesday of each month. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Workers continue to put finishing touches on the new Paine Field passenger terminal at the Snohomish County Airport Thursday. Commercial flights will start next month from the terminal, which is owned by Propeller Airports. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Paine, why no flights to Spokane?

Passenger flights out of Everett start Feb. 11, but Eastern Washington is not a destination.

Workers continue to put finishing touches on the new Paine Field passenger terminal at the Snohomish County Airport Thursday. Commercial flights will start next month from the terminal, which is owned by Propeller Airports. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
The partygoers line up to watch the glass ball lower to the floor during Monday afternoon’s countdown to New Years…in Russia. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In the new year, older adults make meaningful resolutions

New Year’s Eve party at the Everett senior center was a gift, a bequest from a man who died in 2018.

The partygoers line up to watch the glass ball lower to the floor during Monday afternoon’s countdown to New Years…in Russia. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Local community theater actor Justin Tinsley with his mother, Joan Tinsley, late last summer after a conversation about his cancer battle. Justin Tinsley, 47, died Dec. 21. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Theater was his life; he’ll be in a play once more on screen

There’s grief but also gratitude as the stories of three people profiled in 2018 columns are updated.

Local community theater actor Justin Tinsley with his mother, Joan Tinsley, late last summer after a conversation about his cancer battle. Justin Tinsley, 47, died Dec. 21. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Everett’s Albert Kreitz, who recently retired as a paradmedic in Oregon, has written a novel based on his early years working as an EMT in Los Angeles. (Courtesy Albert Kreitz)

Retired paramedic turned on-the-job experiences into fiction

Some memories still haunt this former EMT, whose “Partners For Life” borrows from ambulance work.

Everett’s Albert Kreitz, who recently retired as a paradmedic in Oregon, has written a novel based on his early years working as an EMT in Los Angeles. (Courtesy Albert Kreitz)

Storybook romance: True-life love led to wedding at library

Their first date took them to the main branch’s coffee shop. They now share a home and a name.

‘It’s about generosity,’ says Community Foundation’s next leader

Karri Matau, chosen to head charitable organization, will come full circle with her new role.

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein received this card, by mail at her Everett home, from the Texas-based neo-Nazi organization Patriot Front. The mail came in June, a month after Muhlstein wrote about the group’s fliers being posted at Everett Community College and in her neighborhood. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Hate’s in the mail, and it’s up to us all to speak against it

Close to home, an African-American DJ was attacked and a Monroe man wrote online about killing Jews.

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein received this card, by mail at her Everett home, from the Texas-based neo-Nazi organization Patriot Front. The mail came in June, a month after Muhlstein wrote about the group’s fliers being posted at Everett Community College and in her neighborhood. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Olympus Hall at Everett Community College Is a textbook example of the International Style on several levels including its lack of ornamentation. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Historic Everett’s calendar shows a modern, mid-century look

A year after featuring 125th anniversary, preservation group features post-World War II buildings.

Olympus Hall at Everett Community College Is a textbook example of the International Style on several levels including its lack of ornamentation. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
The Seahawks’ NFL Hall of Fame Fan, Patti Hammond, as “Mama Blue” (left), joins up with Suzanne Perkins Newman, who founded 12 Days of Goodness. The program brings former Seahawk players together with elders at senior centers and retirement communities. (Contributed Photo)

Superfans, seniors and former Seahawks to party in Mukilteo

12 Days of Goodness is a program bringing together local elders with Hawks players from the past.

The Seahawks’ NFL Hall of Fame Fan, Patti Hammond, as “Mama Blue” (left), joins up with Suzanne Perkins Newman, who founded 12 Days of Goodness. The program brings former Seahawk players together with elders at senior centers and retirement communities. (Contributed Photo)
Ralph Lower, a World War II and Air Force veteran, died Nov. 24 at age 99. The longtime Everett man was already in flight training in California on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He flew 52 bombing missions in a B-25, largely in North Africa.

With his future shaped by Pearl Harbor, he flew 52 missions

Longtime Everett man Ralph Lower, who died at 99, was a proud World War II veteran and avid boater.

Ralph Lower, a World War II and Air Force veteran, died Nov. 24 at age 99. The longtime Everett man was already in flight training in California on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He flew 52 bombing missions in a B-25, largely in North Africa.
Mary Elmore has owned Christmas Gifts on Broadway in Everett for 40 years. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Artist’s Santas and snowmen support Everett High scholarship

Elizabeth Webber died in 2015, but her legacy is helping new generation through holiday card sales.

Mary Elmore has owned Christmas Gifts on Broadway in Everett for 40 years. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Susan Ringstad Emery, an Everett-based artist of Alaska Native descent, spent several days in November at the Anchorage Museum studying artifacts from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Descended from Inupiaq and Scandinavian people, she uses imagery from her ancestry in her art. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Artist finds her Native Alaskan ancestry, spirit at museum

Everett’s Susan Ringstad Emery worked with Smithsonian artifacts at Polar Lab program in Anchorage.

Susan Ringstad Emery, an Everett-based artist of Alaska Native descent, spent several days in November at the Anchorage Museum studying artifacts from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Descended from Inupiaq and Scandinavian people, she uses imagery from her ancestry in her art. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Trombone player Patrick Stanton with the Husky Marching Band in 2015. Now a UW senior, the Lake Stevens High School graduate and his sister, Elizabeth Stanton, will play with the band in Santa Clara, California, Friday. (Ian Terry / Herald File)

Silenced by bus crash, Husky Band is now ready to sound off

UW siblings from Lake Stevens part of the group that will play at the Pac-12 Championship in California.

Trombone player Patrick Stanton with the Husky Marching Band in 2015. Now a UW senior, the Lake Stevens High School graduate and his sister, Elizabeth Stanton, will play with the band in Santa Clara, California, Friday. (Ian Terry / Herald File)

A medal, a thanks: His radio broadcasts confused the Nazis

At 96, Peter Bellecy was recognized in Lynnwood by the French Legion of Honor.

Married five years, Jeff Hebrank (left) and Chris Sullivan adopted 2-month-old Paige during National Adoption Day Friday. Their son Reed, a year and a half, has an affectionate moment with courthouse dog Lucy while awaiting the proceedings. “This is a special family,” Judge David Kurtz told those gathered in his courtroom. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Families created with stroke of a pen and strike of a gavel

“Now we know he’ll be with us forever,” says one mom celebrating parenthood on National Adoption Day.

Married five years, Jeff Hebrank (left) and Chris Sullivan adopted 2-month-old Paige during National Adoption Day Friday. Their son Reed, a year and a half, has an affectionate moment with courthouse dog Lucy while awaiting the proceedings. “This is a special family,” Judge David Kurtz told those gathered in his courtroom. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Fun for all, Festival of Trees focuses on children’s needs

With the theme “Angels Among Us,” Providence General Foundation event will honor Tulalip Tribes.

He had Hansen’s Towing, big work ethic and love of community

A procession of tow trucks is planned for Saturday’s funeral honoring Everett business owner Ron Hansen.

Army veteran Jason Biermann, now director of Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, was once part of the Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The sterling silver badge is worn down from the constant polishing Biermann did to make sure it shined brightly on his uniform. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

County leader served at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Jason Biermann describes duty with the Honor Guard, at sacred site where the standard is perfection.

Army veteran Jason Biermann, now director of Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, was once part of the Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The sterling silver badge is worn down from the constant polishing Biermann did to make sure it shined brightly on his uniform. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Alright already, we voted, so take the campaign signs down

Everett’s rules give candidates some slack. City code says to remove placards within 15 days.