Julie Muhlstein

A remembrance etched in stone: Everett teacher loved nature

An arboretum group raised money for a sculpture installed in Andy Sudkamp’s honor. It’s now a gift to city.

Larry Jubie’s near perfect 1967 Mecury Caliente, shown here at his Everett home, is one of only four made. He sold the car Thursday at an auction in Arizona and is donating the proceeds to the Providence General Foundation.

Everett man sold rare ’67 race car to aid Providence hospital

Larry Jubie’s more than $80,000 gift will help Providence General Foundation support construction.

Larry Jubie’s near perfect 1967 Mecury Caliente, shown here at his Everett home, is one of only four made. He sold the car Thursday at an auction in Arizona and is donating the proceeds to the Providence General Foundation.
In her Mill Creek area home, Joni Earl, former Sound Transit CEO, and author Bob Wodnik talk about the transit agency’s decades-long effort to bring light rail to the region. Wodnik, a former Herald writer, has written “Back on Track,” a new book about the battles for light rail. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Light rail’s tenacious supporter: Joni Earl at center of book

In his new history of Sound Transit, former Herald writer Bob Wodnik delves into complex battles.

In her Mill Creek area home, Joni Earl, former Sound Transit CEO, and author Bob Wodnik talk about the transit agency’s decades-long effort to bring light rail to the region. Wodnik, a former Herald writer, has written “Back on Track,” a new book about the battles for light rail. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Everett’s Jerry Garner is president of the Northwest Packer Backers, a fan group that supports the NFL team from his home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The group has been a generous supporter of Christmas House. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Packer fans show generous spirit with Christmas House gifts

Everett’s Jerry Garner, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is president of Northwest Packer Backers.

Everett’s Jerry Garner is president of the Northwest Packer Backers, a fan group that supports the NFL team from his home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The group has been a generous supporter of Christmas House. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Shellie and Brian Starr unfold a big American flag at their Snohomish home Thursday. It was flown over the USS Theodore Roosevelt on April 20, in honor of their son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Starr, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Gold Star parents’ hearts are with those who are serving now

For family of Snohomish Marine, new troubles tied to Iraq and Iran stir memories of son’s sacrifice.

Shellie and Brian Starr unfold a big American flag at their Snohomish home Thursday. It was flown over the USS Theodore Roosevelt on April 20, in honor of their son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Starr, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Children in a kindergarten class at Everett’s Madison Elementary School practice counting — at least one did so without using her fingers. The district is launching a new Transitional Kindergarten program this month. (Samuel Wilson / The Herald)

Transitional Kindergarten to give Everett kids a jump start

District’s new program aimed at children, age 5 by Aug. 31, who aren’t now enrolled in early learning.

Children in a kindergarten class at Everett’s Madison Elementary School practice counting — at least one did so without using her fingers. The district is launching a new Transitional Kindergarten program this month. (Samuel Wilson / The Herald)
Everett’s Rob Schwertley, 40, performs all The King’s hits as Elvis tribute artist Robbie Dee, but his favorites are Presley songs from the 1970s. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Inspired by The King to sing, they’re Elvis tribute artists

Still beloved by many, Presley, born Jan. 8, 1935, would be celebrating 85th birthday had he lived.

Everett’s Rob Schwertley, 40, performs all The King’s hits as Elvis tribute artist Robbie Dee, but his favorites are Presley songs from the 1970s. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Everett, Inga Paige shows a wide range of merchandise, bargain furniture to clothing and holiday decor. The store sees an increase in donations of used goods after the holidays. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Too much stuff? Yours can help others through thrift shops

After the December holidays, nonprofits that operate retail outlets see big increases in donations.

At the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Everett, Inga Paige shows a wide range of merchandise, bargain furniture to clothing and holiday decor. The store sees an increase in donations of used goods after the holidays. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Teresa Schmierer, a 100-year-old Navy nursing veteran, aboard a plane during her trip last September with Puget Sound Honor Flight. The nonprofit group provides free trips to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s memorials. (Puget Sound Honor Flight)

At 100, Navy nursing veteran honored with trip of a lifetime

A friend who goes to water aerobics with the centenarian was along for the Honor Flight.

Teresa Schmierer, a 100-year-old Navy nursing veteran, aboard a plane during her trip last September with Puget Sound Honor Flight. The nonprofit group provides free trips to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s memorials. (Puget Sound Honor Flight)

20 years ago, we were all set for a Y2K disaster that wasn’t

Some stockpiled food as Herald readers learned about efforts to avoid being bitten by a computer bug.

In 2012, Everett’s Debbie Schmitz visited a local park with LuLu, a Central Asian shepard that her daughter, an Army officer, sent home from Afghanistan. Since then, an Arlington couple who read about the dog has reconnected with a nephew, who is married to Schmitz’s daughter. (Dan Bates / The Herald 2012)

Dog of war helps connect Arlington couple with their nephew

After reading 2012 column in The Herald, they were able to find a sister’s son who serves in the Army.

In 2012, Everett’s Debbie Schmitz visited a local park with LuLu, a Central Asian shepard that her daughter, an Army officer, sent home from Afghanistan. Since then, an Arlington couple who read about the dog has reconnected with a nephew, who is married to Schmitz’s daughter. (Dan Bates / The Herald 2012)
Odin Frye, 2, plays near his sister Emma, 4, and his mom, Saeko Frye, in the recreation pool at the new Everett Family YMCA. Odin found a colorful octopus in the shallows of the children’s pool, which has a zero-entry “beach.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)

With new Y open, Everett swimmers have two options for a dip

No YMCA membership required for city residents to use pools on Colby, but Forest Park remains open.

Odin Frye, 2, plays near his sister Emma, 4, and his mom, Saeko Frye, in the recreation pool at the new Everett Family YMCA. Odin found a colorful octopus in the shallows of the children’s pool, which has a zero-entry “beach.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)
The Rucker Renewal project, which is nearing completion after months of work, means southbound drivers on Rucker Avenue will no longer be able to enter the Everett Public Library parking garage on the north-south street because of a median strip. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Change in habit: Rucker Avenue project alters library access

With new median strip included in streetscape work, some drivers need a different route to parking.

The Rucker Renewal project, which is nearing completion after months of work, means southbound drivers on Rucker Avenue will no longer be able to enter the Everett Public Library parking garage on the north-south street because of a median strip. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Art students at Cavelero Mid High School, Ivonne Salazar, 15 (left) and Maryam Hasan, 14 (center) join teachers Karen Towey (back right) and Kylen Fountain to talk about creating ornaments for the National Christmas Tree project. An image of the tree, located near the White House, is displayed on a screen in the classroom. (Dan Bates) / The Herald)

Lake Stevens students add to National Christmas Tree display

“It’s a happy story about Washington,” says Cavelero Mid High School art teacher who headed project.

Art students at Cavelero Mid High School, Ivonne Salazar, 15 (left) and Maryam Hasan, 14 (center) join teachers Karen Towey (back right) and Kylen Fountain to talk about creating ornaments for the National Christmas Tree project. An image of the tree, located near the White House, is displayed on a screen in the classroom. (Dan Bates) / The Herald)
With the warm atmosphere, freshly made food and a big sign, customers should find their way to Kindred Kitchen, part of HopeWorks Station on Broadway in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Kindred Kitchen: A welcome and welcoming change on Broadway

The new cafe in HopeWorks Station, site of 65 apartments, will provide job training for young people.

With the warm atmosphere, freshly made food and a big sign, customers should find their way to Kindred Kitchen, part of HopeWorks Station on Broadway in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Like Santa with his sack of toys, Mary Butler brings a bag of gifts and a joyful smile to a family being served by Toys for Tots on Thursday. Volunteer Sharon Argle, who helped with toy selection, is behind her.

Baby gifts to Buzz Lightyear, Toys for Tots brings kids joy

Mary Butler, who has helped for 13 years, says the local chapter serves some 52,000 children a year.

Like Santa with his sack of toys, Mary Butler brings a bag of gifts and a joyful smile to a family being served by Toys for Tots on Thursday. Volunteer Sharon Argle, who helped with toy selection, is behind her.
The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library is open and ready for blast off. Dillon Works, of Mukilteo, designed this eye-catching sculpture that greets people along Evergreen Way. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

It’s a launch for Everett library’s renovated Evergreen Branch

With a rocket ship out front and new spaces to meet, read and learn, the updated facility is now open.

The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library is open and ready for blast off. Dillon Works, of Mukilteo, designed this eye-catching sculpture that greets people along Evergreen Way. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Robert Jared Dickson was a sailor aboard the USS Curtiss at Pearl Harbor during the 1941 attack. Here, he shared that experience during a 2016 interview at his Arlington home. He died Oct. 22 at age 98. (Photo Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He survived Pearl Harbor’s hell, and lived to raise a family

Robert Jared Dickson of Arlington, who picked up the dead in open boat, returned on 75th anniversary.

Robert Jared Dickson was a sailor aboard the USS Curtiss at Pearl Harbor during the 1941 attack. Here, he shared that experience during a 2016 interview at his Arlington home. He died Oct. 22 at age 98. (Photo Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sixth-grader Jacob Chanthavong sorts canned food and places it in boxes Wednesday at North Middle School in Lake Stevens. His Social Skills class helped with delivery to the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Special teacher’s class making changes, helping the hungry

At North Lake Middle School, kids learn social skills while serving others with food bank project.

Sixth-grader Jacob Chanthavong sorts canned food and places it in boxes Wednesday at North Middle School in Lake Stevens. His Social Skills class helped with delivery to the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Hilton Pharmacy & Gifts owner Mary Kirkland takes a call at the front counter of her drugstore Monday. Her great-grandfather bought the store 100 years ago this month. Kirkland, a pharmacist, has owned the business since 1984. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

At 100, Hilton Pharmacy is festive and still in the family

Marysville drugstore was purchased in December 1919 by a farmer, former coal miner and father of 11.

Hilton Pharmacy & Gifts owner Mary Kirkland takes a call at the front counter of her drugstore Monday. Her great-grandfather bought the store 100 years ago this month. Kirkland, a pharmacist, has owned the business since 1984. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
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