The Chat

He’s been keeping the official score at AquaSox games for 20 years

Patrick Castro graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1969 and retired in 2005 as the choir teacher at Snohomish High School. He leads community… Continue reading

Everett author hopes to inspire others with disabilities

Adrian Patayon doesn’t want you to pity him. He was born with cerebral palsy. He walks with a limp, has slurred speech and his hands… Continue reading

Cascade High grad Dave Peterson a craftsman in jazz guitar

Dave Peterson, like this writer a 1973 graduate of Cascade High, went on to earn a degree in music composition at Western Washington University and… Continue reading

Teacher at Lynnwood school gets ‘Today’ show makeover

Lynnwood third-grade teacher Jill Walzer got ambushed when she and two friends were in New York City over spring break. It happened when she was… Continue reading

Arlington man podcasts about his mountain wanderings

Rudy Giecek practices what he podcasts. And podcasts what he practices. The avid hiker has done more than 50 episodes since creating the Cascade Hiker… Continue reading

Mill Creek author writes stories for the zombie obsessed

At most bookstores, the authors are inside book jackets. At Barnes &Noble Alderwood, Michelle Kilmer is there in the flesh. Which might be a weird… Continue reading

Our social media guy explains Facebook’s Snapchat-type tool

Ben Watanabe is The Herald’s social media news producer. Know what a producer is? Many people don’t. They associate the term producer with broadcast news,… Continue reading

460 hungry kids? This Everett lunch lady has it in the bag

Lisa Gaines, 52, is a lunch lady. She’s also a breakfast lady. She arrives at 6:30 a.m. at Challenger Elementary School in Everett to get… Continue reading

Club adviser illustrates Japanese culture for EvCC campus

Heather Jean Uhl Heather Jean Uhl, 34, is a faculty librarian at Everett Community College and adviser to the Japanese Club, which provides cultural activities… Continue reading

Couple’s Broadway shop opens window to stained glass

Colleen and Stan Price bring glass to the masses. They have spent decades sharing their passion for stained glass at Covenant Art Glass, where they… Continue reading

Your sports car is no match for this Bothell biker’s wheels

When Dave Bain goes to Costco, he never has any trouble finding a parking space. He goes by bicycle. An electric bike with pedal assist… Continue reading

Tiny busker from Camano Island promotes animal welfare, veganism

Recognize this girl? She’s a pint-sized violinist busker. She plays her violin on sidewalks around the area, collecting money for animal causes. Jovee Holmes made… Continue reading

Oddmall lives up to its name

David Hopp, 45, is co-founder of Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, a free event that’s happening in Everett this weekend. Oddmall is part art fair,… Continue reading

Get in the ring with Mill Creek fashion blogger

Clothes are never truly one-size-fits-all, but this fashion blog is. Anne Dofelmier covers everything from a nod to grunge and DIY choker necklaces to sexy-sensible… Continue reading

New Yorkers gather at Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria in Everett

When Vicki Evola, co-owner of Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria, heard about a former Long Islander missing New York pizza, she threw a party. She invited the… Continue reading

KXA host Stitch Mitchell serves up country music with your coffee

If you like your country with your coffee, then Stitch Mitchell is your man. Mitchell, 56, is morning show host at KKXA 1520 AM, which… Continue reading

Mill Creek man wants to be your worst nightmare

Jody Bossert is project manager of Haunted Nightmare at the Nile golf course in Mountlake Terrace. The nightmare begins Oct. 7. The 43-year-old leads a… Continue reading

Titanium plate and 14 screws doesn’t thwart her Zumba shaking

A titanium plate and about 14 screws in her leg doesn’t keep Gail McClary from shaking her stuff to “Rompe” by Daddy Yankee. She’s a… Continue reading

Snohomish 14-year-old is a book-reviewing video sensation

Taylor Stanley, 14, is a self-proclaimed book addict. She takes the solitary activity of reading to the next level. She reviews books on the YouTube… Continue reading

Mukilteo performance painter Bill Ball is a real ‘Fireball’

Bill Ball, 49, is an electrician by trade. In 2013, he became an artist in a big way. He started doing live abstract and mural… Continue reading