Julie Muhlstein

Snohomish County’s parks operations supervisor, Rich Patton, has loved parks almost since he was born. When he was a boy, his dad was caretaker here at Picnic Point Park. Once, Rich helped him build a picnic table from logs. It sat near this grassy spot by the beach. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Snohomish County parks ranger and dad share legacy of service

The father and son have more in common than great memories of hiking, fishing and camping.

 

Offers to buy homes “as-is” for cash are being mailed and dropped off at houses around the region. (Dan Bates / Herald Photo)

‘Stop sending me letters to buy my house — it’s not for sale’

You can thank the hot real-estate market for all those offers in your mailbox. But be wary.

 

In Historic Everett Theatre manager Curt Shriner’s world, the question of saving or selling the old playhouse largely owned by his brother is a question of finding more partners. The theater is for sale for $1.9 million. Curt Shriner, shown here in the mirrored lobby, plans to stay on as an owner and manager. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Historic Everett Theatre holds an audition for new investors

Says a prospective new owner, who is a local actress: “Culture strengthens the community.”

 

Kassi Blanchard will graduate from EvCC Friday and head to Western Washington University with a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship of up to $22,500. With serious health conditions, it has been no easy task. But the 34-year-old plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Through all the hardships, she turns toward healing others

Relentless work and unshakable faith has propelled this EvCC grad to achieve the nearly impossible.

Kassi Blanchard will graduate from EvCC Friday and head to Western Washington University with a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship of up to $22,500. With serious health conditions, it has been no easy task. But the 34-year-old plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ensign Daniel Stitt, president of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2018, presents President Donald Trump with a gift — a stein with the Naval Academy seal and Class of 2018 seal — at the academy’s May 25 graduation ceremony. Stitt is a 2011 graduate of Snohomish High School. (Glen A. Miller Photography)

Local Naval Academy grads reflect on meeting the president

“From one president to another,” said class president Daniel Stitt, who presented Trump with a gift.

Ensign Daniel Stitt, president of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2018, presents President Donald Trump with a gift — a stein with the Naval Academy seal and Class of 2018 seal — at the academy’s May 25 graduation ceremony. Stitt is a 2011 graduate of Snohomish High School. (Glen A. Miller Photography)
Judy Schneider-Wallace lost her first husband to suicide by gun. She is part of the Mukilteo/Lynnwood Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group that will fly a large orange flag in Mukilteo through June 11, and who demonstrated Friday at an I-5 overpass and the Mukilteo Speedway in support of the “Wear Orange” movement to bring awareness to gun violence. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

For gun reform advocates, orange is the color of action

If you’re seeing orange this weekend, that’s the doing of Moms Demand Action.

Judy Schneider-Wallace lost her first husband to suicide by gun. She is part of the Mukilteo/Lynnwood Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group that will fly a large orange flag in Mukilteo through June 11, and who demonstrated Friday at an I-5 overpass and the Mukilteo Speedway in support of the “Wear Orange” movement to bring awareness to gun violence. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
In the gym at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, dance teacher Emmy Fansler (left) and director Alison Herron of Arts With A Purpose prepare for detainees who have been learning hip-hop dance technique. At the Denney Talent Showcase, young people will demonstrate what they have learned, including reciting poetry written by fellow detainees. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Youthful offenders express themselves through dance, poetry

Kids at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center performed at the fifth Denney Talent Showcase.

In the gym at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, dance teacher Emmy Fansler (left) and director Alison Herron of Arts With A Purpose prepare for detainees who have been learning hip-hop dance technique. At the Denney Talent Showcase, young people will demonstrate what they have learned, including reciting poetry written by fellow detainees. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
A large sawmill operation on the bank of the Snohomish River in northeast Everett

Everett and its waterfront were built by the working class

A local historian will share a photo presentation about the history of the city’s working waterfront.

A large sawmill operation on the bank of the Snohomish River in northeast Everett

A couple of names worth memorializing at Everett’s new park

David Dilgard and Helen Jackson were devoted to the city and worked to enliven it.

In her Snohomish-area home, Jean Bochan pages through the book she wrote and compiled chronicling the saga of her late husband. Paul Bochan, a native of Poland, was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, liberated from Dachau by American soldiers and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They were married 54 years before he died seven years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Concentration camp survivor found a home in Snohomish County

The late Paul Bochan was an immigrant who loved America. His wife has written a book about him.

In her Snohomish-area home, Jean Bochan pages through the book she wrote and compiled chronicling the saga of her late husband. Paul Bochan, a native of Poland, was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, liberated from Dachau by American soldiers and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They were married 54 years before he died seven years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In Everett, hateful signs of the times

People are distributing fliers, some pasted on yard signs, promoting a neo-Nazi group.

Bryan and April Fugate hang out in Brian’s parents’ great yard in Marysville with their Italian greyhound, Daisy. Bryan was diagnosed with schizophrenia before the two were married a few years ago. He takes medication and follows a healthy routine to counter his mental illness. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Pair undaunted by ‘terrifying’ diagnosis

Bryan Fugate and his wife, April, are living with — and talking about — his schizophrenia

Bryan and April Fugate hang out in Brian’s parents’ great yard in Marysville with their Italian greyhound, Daisy. Bryan was diagnosed with schizophrenia before the two were married a few years ago. He takes medication and follows a healthy routine to counter his mental illness. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the conclusion of his talk, 95-year-old Dick Nelms, who flew 35 missions in B-17 bombers in World War II, tips his cap to appreciative fellow military pilots at the Stanwood Eagles Thursday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Step into ‘a wonderful comradeship’ of military fliers

The Stanwood gathering recently hosted Dick Nelms, 95, who flew 35 missions into Germany during WWII.

At the conclusion of his talk, 95-year-old Dick Nelms, who flew 35 missions in B-17 bombers in World War II, tips his cap to appreciative fellow military pilots at the Stanwood Eagles Thursday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Standing on the marked ground where a new church will be built, Rev. Jay DeFolco of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens and Granite Falls talks about the parish, which will break ground here on Sunday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Holy Cross Catholic plans groundbreaking on much larger church

For its multiple Masses every weekend, it fills to capacity and beyond.

Standing on the marked ground where a new church will be built, Rev. Jay DeFolco of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens and Granite Falls talks about the parish, which will break ground here on Sunday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Janette Huskie, who worked two years as a Buckingham Palace housemaid and met the future Princess Diana, gets out her scrapbook of memories and talks about Saturday’s royal wedding. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Janette Huskie, who worked two years as a Buckingham Palace housemaid and met the future Princess Diana, gets out her scrapbook of memories and talks about Saturday’s royal wedding. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Julie Muhlstein looks at cards and pictures with her 96-year-old mother recently in her mom’s room at a Spokane retirement community. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Find those precious moments with your mom in her golden years

When signs of memory loss appear, slow the conversation down, make eye contact, let some things go.

Julie Muhlstein looks at cards and pictures with her 96-year-old mother recently in her mom’s room at a Spokane retirement community. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Volunteer Pat Reeve, 78, gets a sweet response when she surprises Samuel Williford, 63, of Everett, with something to eat Wednesday at the Everett Food Bank. Reeve has volunteered there 10 years. “It’s addictive in a way,” she said. “It’s my family.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)

You can play a role in fighting hunger without leaving home

The annual letter carriers food drive is this Saturday.

Volunteer Pat Reeve, 78, gets a sweet response when she surprises Samuel Williford, 63, of Everett, with something to eat Wednesday at the Everett Food Bank. Reeve has volunteered there 10 years. “It’s addictive in a way,” she said. “It’s my family.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Andee Vaughan, 36, who loves old houses and rents this one, enjoys the play of sunlight Monday in the Swalwell Cottage. Said to be Everett’s oldest standing house, it was completed in 1892, a year before the city was incorporated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

City of Everett to celebrate 125th birthday with big party

The June 2 event will include music, scavenger hunts, tours and a time capsule to be opened in 2068.

Andee Vaughan, 36, who loves old houses and rents this one, enjoys the play of sunlight Monday in the Swalwell Cottage. Said to be Everett’s oldest standing house, it was completed in 1892, a year before the city was incorporated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
With graduation approaching quickly at Cascade High School, senior triplets (from left) Amanda, Brooke and Courtney Alcayaga take time to talk about their brother Michael, who died of leukemia in 2014, and about their futures. The triplets have been active in Cascade sports, and the school continues to honor Michael with an annual baseball game. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

A bittersweet graduation for Everett triplets

Amanda, Brooke and Courtney Alcayaga will be remembering their older brother, lost to leukemia.

With graduation approaching quickly at Cascade High School, senior triplets (from left) Amanda, Brooke and Courtney Alcayaga take time to talk about their brother Michael, who died of leukemia in 2014, and about their futures. The triplets have been active in Cascade sports, and the school continues to honor Michael with an annual baseball game. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Isaac Petersen, 30, holds a 6-foot long forest cobra that has been devenomized for handling safety. Petersen, who bought the Reptile Zoo from his dad, Reptile Man Scott Petersen, will be showing animals at the Youth & Family Wellness Fair Saturday at Evergreen Middle School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Annual Youth & Family Wellness Fair set for Saturday

Enjoy a free lunch, entertainment, services and attend a workshop or two.

Isaac Petersen, 30, holds a 6-foot long forest cobra that has been devenomized for handling safety. Petersen, who bought the Reptile Zoo from his dad, Reptile Man Scott Petersen, will be showing animals at the Youth & Family Wellness Fair Saturday at Evergreen Middle School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)