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Cathi Lee holds a photo of her son, Corey, at the Lee family home Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Lee has been involved in organizing local events for Overdose Awareness Day in the years since Corey’s death in 2015. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

They lost their sons to overdoses. Now, a yearly vigil honors their memory.

Cathi Lee and Debbie Warfield draw on their experiences of losing a son to help others. Their stories mirror many others in Snohomish County.

Cathi Lee holds a photo of her son, Corey, at the Lee family home Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Lee has been involved in organizing local events for Overdose Awareness Day in the years since Corey’s death in 2015. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Tanner Mock begins unwrapping new furniture that has been delivered on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Everett, new look, new name for mainstay Behar’s Furniture

Conlin’s Furniture, based in South Dakota, bought the huge store and celebrates with a grand opening this week.

Tanner Mock begins unwrapping new furniture that has been delivered on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Avryn Flores performs a solo during dress rehearsal on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Lake Stevens theater group, everyone passes the audition

The group for teens and preteens operates on a shoestring budget. “It’s not about making money,” director Bill Walles said.

Avryn Flores performs a solo during dress rehearsal on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Evan Wiederspohn smiles with family and friends during a watch party for the airing of the Food Network show BBQ USA featuring Wiederspohn and his father on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Arlington BBQ whiz kid featured on Food Network’s ‘BBQ USA’

Evan Wiederspohn, 17, outsmoked his competition with a salmon-adobo macaron earlier this year in Puyallup.

Evan Wiederspohn smiles with family and friends during a watch party for the airing of the Food Network show BBQ USA featuring Wiederspohn and his father on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The All-Star Stunt Dog Show puts on a display before a large and enthusiastic crowd during opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, August 24, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At Evergreen State Fair, try the deep-fried Oreos

Rides include ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirls. Vendors are selling deep fried oreos, Korean BBQ, shaved ice and other popular fairground treats.

The All-Star Stunt Dog Show puts on a display before a large and enthusiastic crowd during opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, August 24, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Robin Sparks, who currently has non-hodgkins lymphoma, founded a nonprofit C-Suite Center for Hope HQ to help other patients navigate the system. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville woman had to fight for cancer care; now she helps others

Robin Sparks founded The C-Suite Center for Hope in Marysville last year. The organization supports cancer patients through treatment and beyond.

Robin Sparks, who currently has non-hodgkins lymphoma, founded a nonprofit C-Suite Center for Hope HQ to help other patients navigate the system. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lyla Anderson holds up a welcome sign for future families during a groundbreaking ceremony for Faith Family Village at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett’s second Pallet shelter village nears open date

Eight shelter units at Faith Lutheran Church will house up to 32 people. All units are reserved for families with children.

Lyla Anderson holds up a welcome sign for future families during a groundbreaking ceremony for Faith Family Village at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A kayaker launches from the Maple Grove Boat Launch into the contaminated water on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 in Camano Island, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

On Camano shore contaminated by feces, locals blame lack of oversight

Years of frustration led some Camano Island residents to build their own sewage system. It’s set to start pumping this month.

A kayaker launches from the Maple Grove Boat Launch into the contaminated water on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 in Camano Island, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kenzie Norton, 10, plays a part of the song "Baby Bumblebee" on piano painted by Amber Forrest in front of the Imagine Children’s Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pianos return to sidewalks of downtown Everett for Street Tunes

The city’s interactive art project is back from a pandemic break. Plink away until Sept. 14.

Kenzie Norton, 10, plays a part of the song "Baby Bumblebee" on piano painted by Amber Forrest in front of the Imagine Children’s Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, second from right, and Rep. Rick Larsen, right, cut a ribbon during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 196th ST SW Improvement Project near the 196th and 44th Ave West intersection in Lynnwood, Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lynnwood celebrates nearly $50 million project on 196th Street

Officials hope improvements will help turn the area into a hub for housing and businesses and solve traffic problems.

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, second from right, and Rep. Rick Larsen, right, cut a ribbon during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 196th ST SW Improvement Project near the 196th and 44th Ave West intersection in Lynnwood, Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Michael Durkee, 15, left, holds a tape measure for Jeff Forbes, 60, right, at the Wayside Chapel along U.S. 2 in Monroe, Washington on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Michael Durkee, 15, is leading the effort for his Eagle Scout project. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Tiny Wayside Chapel near Sultan gets a super Scout makeover

The 7-by-11 foot chapel built in 1962 is open all hours for weddings, piety and curiosity, thanks in part to a pair of Eagle Scouts.

Michael Durkee, 15, left, holds a tape measure for Jeff Forbes, 60, right, at the Wayside Chapel along U.S. 2 in Monroe, Washington on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Michael Durkee, 15, is leading the effort for his Eagle Scout project. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People gather outside of the new Big Chicken during the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Career 53% free-throw shooter opens Big Chicken shack in Mukilteo

Turnout was big at Thursday’s grand opening of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal’s restaurant.

People gather outside of the new Big Chicken during the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Performers joust during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Sky Meadows Park in Snohomish, Washington, on Sunday, Aug. 06, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Near Monroe, colorful crowds at Renaissance faire’s first weekend

Folks got medieval at the Midsummer Renaissance Faire outside Monroe, where “I think the adults enjoy it more than the kids.”

Performers joust during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Sky Meadows Park in Snohomish, Washington, on Sunday, Aug. 06, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Port of Everett commissioner Glen Bachman speaks at the Millwright Loop groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Housing, new roads coming to Everett waterfront’s Millwright District

The Port of Everett plans to complete the Millwright Loop roads by the end of 2024. Tenants could move into housing by 2026.

Port of Everett commissioner Glen Bachman speaks at the Millwright Loop groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sarah Ricci, left, and Bob Ricci, right pose for a photo at Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Fifth-generation corn, pumpkin farm near Maltby preserved through trust

Bob and Sarah Ricci created a corn maze and pumpkin patch agritourism destination. Now the farmland can’t be sold to a developer.

Sarah Ricci, left, and Bob Ricci, right pose for a photo at Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marc Boucher, left, helps Maverick Boucher, 4, put on his shoes as Amanda Boucher, right, stands by to assist at the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington located at 2520 Cedar Street in Everett, Washington on Sunday, July 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

5 kids, 2 parents, 1 van: Everett family stares down homelessness

On Wednesday, the Bouchers will have nowhere to go. An Everett shelter has already extended stay twice past the 90-day deadline.

Marc Boucher, left, helps Maverick Boucher, 4, put on his shoes as Amanda Boucher, right, stands by to assist at the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington located at 2520 Cedar Street in Everett, Washington on Sunday, July 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Ginger McCormick of the Tlingit and Haida tribes, left, and Austin Didrickson, 23, of the Tlingit tribe, right, paddle during the 2023 Washington Tribes Canoe Journey in Bellingham, Washington on Sunday, July 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Canoe journey, symbol of ‘carrying our traditions on,’ departs Tulalip

Tribes as far as Alaska gathered for the paddle, with about 112 canoes making the voyage from Lummi to Muckleshoot.

Ginger McCormick of the Tlingit and Haida tribes, left, and Austin Didrickson, 23, of the Tlingit tribe, right, paddle during the 2023 Washington Tribes Canoe Journey in Bellingham, Washington on Sunday, July 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Kate Lunceford and Clara Clebe hold signs on the 7th Street I-5 overpass to protest for forest protection on Monday, June 26, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

To speak for trees, Snohomish County activists arm themselves with data

A climate-driven campaign seeks County Council support for conservation, despite diminished timber industry and tax loss concerns.

Kate Lunceford and Clara Clebe hold signs on the 7th Street I-5 overpass to protest for forest protection on Monday, June 26, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Angelo and Jona Sarmiento, along with 7-week-old Carlisle, stand in front of the Costco where Jona went into labor with the couple's first child in late May on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Oh, baby! Mom’s labor started at Lake Stevens Costco

Jona Sarmiento often returns with baby Carlisle, now 2 months, for milestone photos from the watershed event.

Angelo and Jona Sarmiento, along with 7-week-old Carlisle, stand in front of the Costco where Jona went into labor with the couple's first child in late May on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A child blows bubbles during the second annual Arlington Pride at Legion memorial Park in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, July 22, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Arlington Pride event draws hundreds, protesters also show

Organizer Caera Gramore hopes to bring Pride back next year, despite a myriad of conflicts with the city and some community members.

A child blows bubbles during the second annual Arlington Pride at Legion memorial Park in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, July 22, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)