Julie Muhlstein

From left, friends from Everett High’s class of 1955, Jack Holl, Victor Hirakawa, Jerry Solie, Wally Hall, and Larry O’Donnell have lunch at Arnies’ in Edmonds Sept. 19, 2007. Victor Hirakawa died Oct. 7.

The remarkable journey of Everett High’s 1955 class president

Victor Hirakawa, who died this month, came by himself from Japan at 15 and won classmates’ hearts.

From left, friends from Everett High’s class of 1955, Jack Holl, Victor Hirakawa, Jerry Solie, Wally Hall, and Larry O’Donnell have lunch at Arnies’ in Edmonds Sept. 19, 2007. Victor Hirakawa died Oct. 7.
While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County’s Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Be civil, panel says, but don’t avoid the hard conversations

A League of Women Voters event brings together a diverse group to talk civility and political discourse.

While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County’s Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Anna Marie Laurence holds up an outfit that belonged to her mother, Helen Jackson, whose favorite color was yellow. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Jackson home stays in family, but many treasures to be sold

Items ordinary to extraordinary will be found at an estate sale organized by the Assistance League.

Anna Marie Laurence holds up an outfit that belonged to her mother, Helen Jackson, whose favorite color was yellow. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year showed pictures and delivered her message of inclusion at a public event Monday at South Whidbey High School. Manning teaches at the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School in Spokane. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Wherever they’re from, kids come first for national teacher

Mandy Manning, who teaches at Herald columnist’s alma mater, spoke Monday at Sno-Isle program on Whidbey.

Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year showed pictures and delivered her message of inclusion at a public event Monday at South Whidbey High School. Manning teaches at the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School in Spokane. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Postal workers and other supportive union members take part in an informational picket in downtown Everett Monday. They oppose possible privatization of the U.S. Postal Service, which is being explored by the Trump administration. (Photo Bob James)

Postal workers rally, raise concerns about privatizing mail

In downtown Everett and across the nation, letter carriers make their case as White House pushes change.

Postal workers and other supportive union members take part in an informational picket in downtown Everett Monday. They oppose possible privatization of the U.S. Postal Service, which is being explored by the Trump administration. (Photo Bob James)
“A Deadly Wind,” John Dodge’s new book about the Columbus Day Storm, has on its cover a photo of the collapse of the Campbell Hall bell tower at the Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, in Monmouth, Oregon, north of Corvallis. (Oregon State University Press)

Columbus Day Storm revisited in new book, ‘A Deadly Wind’

Author and people here remember Oct. 12, 1962, when a big blow born of a typhoon claimed 46 lives.

“A Deadly Wind,” John Dodge’s new book about the Columbus Day Storm, has on its cover a photo of the collapse of the Campbell Hall bell tower at the Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, in Monmouth, Oregon, north of Corvallis. (Oregon State University Press)
Patti Soper-Roodzant, a longtime employee at Everett’s Safeway on Broadway, died Sept. 12 in a car accident. (Family photo)

I knew her only as ‘Patti,’ the always-smiling grocery checker

Patti Soper-Roodzant, who died in a crash last month, was a tireless bright light at a Safeway in Everett.

Patti Soper-Roodzant, a longtime employee at Everett’s Safeway on Broadway, died Sept. 12 in a car accident. (Family photo)
Everett writer Richard Porter has a new book, “Smokestackers!” The short book is about what he calls the “common folklore” of Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett’s tenacity celebrated in new book of real-life tales

Blogger Richard Porter looks to the past, finds stories of characters who exemplify city’s grit.

Everett writer Richard Porter has a new book, “Smokestackers!” The short book is about what he calls the “common folklore” of Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Photographer who spent hours with Ted Bundy awaits TV show

“I was just photographing a person named Ted,” says the Pulitzer Prize-winner, who lives in Everett.

A teen’s anti-bullying message: ‘Weigh it before you say it’

Cruelty in sixth grade stuck with her, but a student from Lake Stevens turned it into a positive.

The Taisey family steps out of their “little house on the water” (left) to walk down the Everett Marina pier to nearby Boxcar Park. From left, they are Joy, 11, Arianna, 10, Caleb, 4, Jacy, Felicity, 7, Ryan and Trusty the dog. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Life’s cozy for family of six in ‘little house on the water’

Now moored at the Everett Marina, they hope to trade their Cruise-A-Home for sailing the world.

The Taisey family steps out of their “little house on the water” (left) to walk down the Everett Marina pier to nearby Boxcar Park. From left, they are Joy, 11, Arianna, 10, Caleb, 4, Jacy, Felicity, 7, Ryan and Trusty the dog. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ivy Jacobsen, now a Bothell police officer, spoke about being a survivor of sexual abuse at her graduation from Lake Stevens High School in 2014. (Photo by Ian Terry / Herald File)

This Lake Stevens High grad was believed; her abuser is in prison

Vocal victims are brave, but rare. ‘We’re not in a changed world yet.’

Ivy Jacobsen, now a Bothell police officer, spoke about being a survivor of sexual abuse at her graduation from Lake Stevens High School in 2014. (Photo by Ian Terry / Herald File)
Preston Dwoskin, 26, is a former student in the Marysville School District’s 18-21 program, part of special education. He now is employed by the transition program, guiding other students toward work opportunities. Born with profound hearing loss, he has been an advocate for people with disabilities. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Once in special education, now on the job in 18-21 program

Marysville’s Preston Dwoskin works for a transition program that aims to foster job opportunities.

Preston Dwoskin, 26, is a former student in the Marysville School District’s 18-21 program, part of special education. He now is employed by the transition program, guiding other students toward work opportunities. Born with profound hearing loss, he has been an advocate for people with disabilities. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Donna Leifer, 88, (left) and her daughter Melody-Leifer Fitzmaurice, 50, glance up past one of the three chandeliers hanging beneath white fabric canopies that have covered countless weddings over the last 27 years at Marysville’s Leifer Manor. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Leifer Manor, where hundreds married, now Marysville history

It’s retirement time for Donna Leifer, 88. who is closing the outdoor wedding venue.

Donna Leifer, 88, (left) and her daughter Melody-Leifer Fitzmaurice, 50, glance up past one of the three chandeliers hanging beneath white fabric canopies that have covered countless weddings over the last 27 years at Marysville’s Leifer Manor. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
United Way’s Reeves/Sievers founders’ Award was presented to the Rodland family Thursday. Buzz and Carol Rodland also received the award in 2010. (United Way photo)

At United Way breakfast, focus is on helping whole families

The agency hosted a conversation about poverty at its annual awards event.

United Way’s Reeves/Sievers founders’ Award was presented to the Rodland family Thursday. Buzz and Carol Rodland also received the award in 2010. (United Way photo)
Neil Hill, 80, enjoys his daily trek along the Interurban Trail in Lynnwood Monday. A missing link of the trail will open next week. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Link’s no longer missing along Interurban Trail in Lynnwood

With work near South Lynnwood Park complete, public invited to take a stroll or ride on new section.

Neil Hill, 80, enjoys his daily trek along the Interurban Trail in Lynnwood Monday. A missing link of the trail will open next week. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Devin Boyd at Forester Pass in Sequoia National Park. At 13,200 feet it is the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Photo Devin Boyd)

On Pacific Crest Trail, some days golden, other times down

Before his 21st birthday, he left his Granite Falls home to “get out there” and hike 1,200 miles.

Devin Boyd at Forester Pass in Sequoia National Park. At 13,200 feet it is the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Photo Devin Boyd)
Ken Gaydos, a longtime police and fire department chaplain in south Snohomish County, leads a procession during the 2006 funeral for Charles “Chuck” Cain, a member of the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation. Gaydos died Monday. He was 79. (Herald file)

In people’s very worst moments, chaplain Ken Gaydos was there

The Edmonds man started Support 7 and aided police, firefighters and those affected by crises in south county.

Ken Gaydos, a longtime police and fire department chaplain in south Snohomish County, leads a procession during the 2006 funeral for Charles “Chuck” Cain, a member of the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation. Gaydos died Monday. He was 79. (Herald file)
As they stroll past trophy cases, down hallways connecting Snohomish High School’s athletic facilities, a small group of 1942 graduates appear more than a little impressed Tuesday with the quality and quantity of honors Snohomish High students have accumulated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

76 years after Snohomish graduation, they’re back in school

Old friends enjoy a tour and lunch at their alma mater, a campus that looks mostly new to them.

As they stroll past trophy cases, down hallways connecting Snohomish High School’s athletic facilities, a small group of 1942 graduates appear more than a little impressed Tuesday with the quality and quantity of honors Snohomish High students have accumulated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Justin Tinsley’s eyes are filled with the hope of a man whose dream is to act in 100 plays, and the tough reality of battling cancer. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Stage is a passion for local actor fighting real-life foe

Theaters in Edmonds and Everett give their applause to Justin Tinsley, who’s hoping to beat cancer.

Justin Tinsley’s eyes are filled with the hope of a man whose dream is to act in 100 plays, and the tough reality of battling cancer. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
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