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Biscuit and Bean offers buttermilk and cheddar onion biscuits along with a handful of spreads including bacon jam (left), Mama’s Lil’ Pepper aioli (center) and apple butter. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fall essential: Make Biscuit & Bean’s apple butter at home

The Lake Stevens shop’s Ben Libay likes to slather the cinnamon-y spread on a cheddar onion biscuit.

 

Members of the Marysville resue team, Matt Campbell (left) and Tobin McGowan string lights on the Marysville water towner Friday November 20, 2020. Holiday lights have been a tradition for decades, but last year the city skipped it because the tower needed repairs. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After dark year, Marysville tower lights up for the holidays

Last year the water tower was not illuminated, breaking a nearly quarter century-long tradition.

 

The AFK Tavern is closing up shop on Nov. 28 after 10 years due to their lease being up and the impact of COVID on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin ClAFK / The Herald)

Game over: After 10 years, last call at Everett’s AFK Tavern

The closing is due to COVID and the end of a lease. The owner hopes to reopen elsewhere in 2022.

 

Volunteers of America and Farmer Frog load food stuffs during a drive-thru distribution at Everett Mall Friday November 20, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Drive-through food pantry packs Everett Mall parking lot

“The need is just overwhelming,” VOA volunteer said as hundreds of cars lined up for groceries.

Volunteers of America and Farmer Frog load food stuffs during a drive-thru distribution at Everett Mall Friday November 20, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Don’t cry, don’t pout, mask up: Santa is still coming to town

The malls plan to have him in person and socially distanced. “We need holiday cheer,” says a mall manager.

George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sky Valley Education Center teacher Jeanna Stroble, who has been a teacher for 34 years, waves a sign in support while wearing a T-Rex costume as the We Teach Monroe parade and rally drives by on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Back to remote learning for Monroe district’s first-graders

The switch comes after some in-person classes, and a warning that teachers could be fired for not showing up.

Sky Valley Education Center teacher Jeanna Stroble, who has been a teacher for 34 years, waves a sign in support while wearing a T-Rex costume as the We Teach Monroe parade and rally drives by on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Alicia Crank, chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission, at Paine Field on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The Snohomish County-owned airfield is due to update the Airport Master Plan, considered a blue-print for long term development, anticipated land use and a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Time to update the airport’s master plan, and you can help

The new chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission wants everyone to get acquainted with Paine Field.

Alicia Crank, chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission, at Paine Field on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The Snohomish County-owned airfield is due to update the Airport Master Plan, considered a blue-print for long term development, anticipated land use and a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A broad-breasted white turkey at Flying Fortress Farm. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This ‘beyond organic’ farm raises turkeys, chickens and more

In the shadow of Mount Pilchuck, the Ballinger family treats animals with respect from their first days on the farm to their last.

A broad-breasted white turkey at Flying Fortress Farm. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State halts indoor service at bars, restaurants, home guests

Amid soaring new coronavirus cases and an overburdened health care system, the state’s clamping down.

Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Anah Christenson (right) checks the temperature of an enlisted sailor Friday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Challenging year for Naval Station Everett as COVID spreads

In an annual update, the commanding officer also explained Everett’s lack of an aircraft carrier.

Anah Christenson (right) checks the temperature of an enlisted sailor Friday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Southbound I-5 at Mountlake Terrace to close for rail work

Crews will work overnight, on a weekend, where Sound Transit’s rail line will cross the freeway.

Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Workers from Konnerup Construction dig to a junction box as construction of RV campsites, and the first equestrian campsites in the county, are being built in Whitehorse County Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Horses will be welcome at this Darrington campground in 2021

Whitehorse Community Park will have the first equestrian campsites in the county, accommodating tents or RVs.

Workers from Konnerup Construction dig to a junction box as construction of RV campsites, and the first equestrian campsites in the county, are being built in Whitehorse County Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dr. Kale Eckland, along with his two brothers are local dentists. He and his two brothers developed a private dental plan while their offices were shut due to COVID-19 this spring.  Dr. Eckland's plan is also for people who've lost their jobs or are retired and still want to make sure they're teeth are taken care. Adult plans run about $70 per month. At his Everett office on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lost your job and dental insurance? Here’s an alternative

An Everett dentist and his two dentist brothers have created their own in-house dental plan.

Dr. Kale Eckland, along with his two brothers are local dentists. He and his two brothers developed a private dental plan while their offices were shut due to COVID-19 this spring.  Dr. Eckland's plan is also for people who've lost their jobs or are retired and still want to make sure they're teeth are taken care. Adult plans run about $70 per month. At his Everett office on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Art Unruh, World War II veteran, celebrates a couple days before his 98th birthday with a parade and vintage warplane flyover Sunday afternoon at the Arlington Airport on November 8, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A high-flying thanks and happy 98th birthday to a war hero

As a gunner in B-17 “Flying Fortress,” Arlington’s Art Unruh flew 50 missions to fight Nazis in Europe.

Art Unruh, World War II veteran, celebrates a couple days before his 98th birthday with a parade and vintage warplane flyover Sunday afternoon at the Arlington Airport on November 8, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ashlie Belt and her year-old son, Kaiden Hoffman, were among clients who were helped by Pacific Treatment Alternatives' housing program for women overcoming addiction, ESTEEM, which is losing a basic needs grant from United Way. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Stepping stone after drug treatment, home may have to close

With loss of a grant from United Way, Pacific Treatment Alternatives ESTEEM housing program at risk.

Ashlie Belt and her year-old son, Kaiden Hoffman, were among clients who were helped by Pacific Treatment Alternatives' housing program for women overcoming addiction, ESTEEM, which is losing a basic needs grant from United Way. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The gravestone of suffragist Bessie Kline covered in "I VOTED" stickers at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Here Lies a Suffragist’: Election Day thanks to the pioneers

A Lake Stevens woman spearheaded the placement of signs to honor those who fought for the right to vote.

The gravestone of suffragist Bessie Kline covered in "I VOTED" stickers at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington State Representative candidate April Berg, right, and daughters Simone Nowak, 16, center, and Camille Nowak, 14, right, react to election results putting her ahead of Mark James on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Democrats take narrow leads in swing-district state seats

But most of the Legislature’s Snohomish County incumbents were sailing to re-election.

Washington State Representative candidate April Berg, right, and daughters Simone Nowak, 16, center, and Camille Nowak, 14, right, react to election results putting her ahead of Mark James on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A voter fills out a ballot outside of the County Public Meeting Room on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Last-minute votes roll in on a tense election day

Many in Snohomish County had more than just the presidential race in mind on Tuesday.

A voter fills out a ballot outside of the County Public Meeting Room on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Molly McKinney, stands near her Eagle Scout project, one of many informational posts along the Allen Creek Interpretive Trail, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Marysville, Washington. The Marysville-Getchell senior is the first female to earn the the Eagle Scout badge in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Marysville girl one of country’s first to earn Eagle Scout

Molly McKinney, 18, has blazed a trail, and it wasn’t always easy. She’s a senior at Marysville Getchell.

Molly McKinney, stands near her Eagle Scout project, one of many informational posts along the Allen Creek Interpretive Trail, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Marysville, Washington. The Marysville-Getchell senior is the first female to earn the the Eagle Scout badge in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community Transit likely keeping similar bus service next year

The Snohomish County transit agency has concurrent plans for slow and fast economic recovery.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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