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Marina and Mike Stiranka at their home with their dog Gus on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Victims of the same lie’: War frays Edmonds couple’s family ties

Marina is from Russia. Mike is from Ukraine. Both rebuke Russian propaganda, but some loved ones back home believe it.

Marina and Mike Stiranka at their home with their dog Gus on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Camano Island artist’s stained glass murals brighten Stanwood High

Jack Archibald got “totally hooked” on glass art at the high school in the 1970s. Now, four of his pieces hang there.

Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lambing season: ‘Quite the adventure’ for Snohomish County farms

Farmers spend long hours in the barn to watch over their animals as new lives begin.

Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Centenarians Maizie and Roy Mays have been married for more than 77 years. Photo taken in Lynnwood, Washington on March 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood couple, both 100, share secret of a 77-year marriage

They met when Maizie was a USO girl and Roy was a Marine. Their stories now span a century.

Centenarians Maizie and Roy Mays have been married for more than 77 years. Photo taken in Lynnwood, Washington on March 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens trucker ‘Stogie’ chronicles long-haul life on TikTok

Shawn Dirksen traded the cigar industry for driving a big rig with his pit bull, Bonnie. They keep three eyes on the road.

FIELD co-owner Liz Morgan processes flowers at their shop in Edmonds on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Great Resignation’: Many career shifts in Snohomish County

“I was angry, and in hindsight, I’m sure that was stress,” said Mary Goetz, who retired from her job as a nurse.

FIELD co-owner Liz Morgan processes flowers at their shop in Edmonds on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Photography: the extracurricular shots

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

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Tina Taylor calls out to the birds Saturday morning at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

They’re the humble bird women of Snohomish County

Meet three locals who are passionate about our avian friends — but insist they’re not ‘true birders.’

Tina Taylor calls out to the birds Saturday morning at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A quality control specialist at The Group14 Technologies in Woodinville, Washington on March 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A quality control specialist at The Group14 Technologies in Woodinville, Washington on March 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
An aerial view of the proposed site for the Faith Family Village Project pallet homes for families on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

South Everett church seeks to host families in small shelters

Faith Lutheran Church and its associated food bank want to host a 90-day temporary shelter program.

An aerial view of the proposed site for the Faith Family Village Project pallet homes for families on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Erika Rabura, teacher, talks to Isabella Bauta, right, with Pilar Garcia Monday morning at College Place Elementary School in Lynnwood, Washington on March 7, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Dual-language program gives Edmonds kids a bilingual education

Students like Alex Toro, 6, learn both Spanish and English, starting in kindergarten, at two Edmonds elementary schools.

Erika Rabura, teacher, talks to Isabella Bauta, right, with Pilar Garcia Monday morning at College Place Elementary School in Lynnwood, Washington on March 7, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lee Oskar plays on one of his custom harmonicas in his recording studio in his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar debuts somber album ‘Never Forget’

The Danish musician of the funk band War and “Low Rider” fame makes art and music from his Everett home.

Lee Oskar plays on one of his custom harmonicas in his recording studio in his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Katie-Jo Page sits in her living room with a photo of Mykyta on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘He’s scared’: War halts Snohomish family’s Ukrainian adoption

Mykyta, 11, spent the winter here and returned to his Ukrainian orphanage to await the formalities. Then Russia invaded.

Katie-Jo Page sits in her living room with a photo of Mykyta on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prison was art school for this Lake Stevens man

While incarcerated in Monroe for 10 years, Gabriel Herrera used a ballpoint pen to stick out.

Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Courtney Simons, right, helps her daughter Whitaker, 5, get her skates on before heading out to the rink at Everett Skate Deck on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett Skate Deck, a place of youth and romance, will close

The business has been in the same family for four generations. Now it’s fated to become townhomes.

Courtney Simons, right, helps her daughter Whitaker, 5, get her skates on before heading out to the rink at Everett Skate Deck on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Photography: the extracurricular shots

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

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Mike Thomas (6) owner of the Everett Royals, shares a laugh after practice at Archbishop Murphy High School on February 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Semi-pro football team pushes players to succeed off the field

The Everett Royals “do everything it takes to make sure that players are not struggling.”

Mike Thomas (6) owner of the Everett Royals, shares a laugh after practice at Archbishop Murphy High School on February 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Mukfest Pirates outside of their 1945 “DUKW“ vehicle soon to be “pirate ship” on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo pirates seize their flagship: A ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat

Meet the town’s new ambassadors, the Mukfest Pirates. They’re a laidback krewe of part-time buccaneers.

The Mukfest Pirates outside of their 1945 “DUKW“ vehicle soon to be “pirate ship” on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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A ‘three-month handshake’ led to 23 years as Sultan fire chief

Longtime Fire District 5 Chief Merlin Halverson has retired. One of his last achievements was a brand new station.

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A person walks along a path past the Weyerhaeuser Building on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Port OKs historic Weyerhaeuser building lease with restaurateur

The 10-year deal with China City owner Jack Ng includes up to $1 million in renovation by the port.

A person walks along a path past the Weyerhaeuser Building on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)