What's Up With That?

Keith Moser holds one of the many old newspaper found in the walls to insulate his home after construction crews tore down drywall in his Everett home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Back when fake insulation was real news

Keith Moser had hoped for money, but found wads of newspaper behind the drywall in a home remodel.

 

It’s game on at the clink of a quarter at this Langley arcade

“Frogger” … “Zombie Raid” and more: It’s games galore at The Machine Shop on Whidbey

 

Journey into space from a lawn chair at the mall

View the heavens and more inside the Planetarium 360 near Santa at Everett Mall.

 

Ron Gordon sells the CBD balm that he makes at the Snohomish Senior Center. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

CBD, not THC: Ron’s Balms soothe but won’t give you a buzz

The retired Snohomish carpenter cooked up cannabidiol creams for his aches. Now he sells online.

Ron Gordon sells the CBD balm that he makes at the Snohomish Senior Center. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Hey, Mr. Bus Driver, are you Larry or Garry?

These twins have been behind the wheel of Everett Transit buses since the early 1980s.

The buffalo is back at ‘The Buff’ — but you can’t ride it

After a theft gone awry, the iconic statue of an Evergreen Way saloon now stares down from the roof.

Kevin Grigsby, 61, has about 100,000 record albums. He buys, sells and trades out of the garage of his Lynnwood home. He calls it The Vinyl Garage. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Groovy! The dude has a vinyl stash of, like, 97,000 records

Kevin Grigsby, vinyl purist and Deadhead, is reliving and reselling the ’60s in his Lynnwood garage.

Kevin Grigsby, 61, has about 100,000 record albums. He buys, sells and trades out of the garage of his Lynnwood home. He calls it The Vinyl Garage. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
After buying velcro flags, uniforms and insignia pins, longtime customer David Edwards (right) shakes hands Wednesday with Shawn Winters, grandson of owners Jerry and Donna Winters, at Ed’s Surplus & Marine in Lynnwood. Ed’s is closing Oct. 31 after 50 years in business. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ed’s Surplus closing: ‘This is like losing a dear ol’ friend’

The 50-year Lynnwood landmark, which sells bait, gear and military items, is going to online sales only.

After buying velcro flags, uniforms and insignia pins, longtime customer David Edwards (right) shakes hands Wednesday with Shawn Winters, grandson of owners Jerry and Donna Winters, at Ed’s Surplus & Marine in Lynnwood. Ed’s is closing Oct. 31 after 50 years in business. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Kelly Hatley, 63, proudly displays characters from “King of the Hill” in Freeland on Whidbey Island. An artist friend, Linda Frasier, painted the cutouts that are copied from the cartoon series. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why are there ‘King of the Hill’ figures in the front yard?

Freeland resident Kelly Hatley tries to explain the tribute to Hank Hill and cartoon sidekicks.

Kelly Hatley, 63, proudly displays characters from “King of the Hill” in Freeland on Whidbey Island. An artist friend, Linda Frasier, painted the cutouts that are copied from the cartoon series. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Chemistry professor causing a stink on campus — for good

Lori Robins leads a research project at UW Bothell to improve sanitation in developing countries.

Captain Walmart isn’t make-believe, he’s a real superhero

Worker Isaiah Owens wears a cape as he saves the day for shoppers in the checkout universe.

The 1,000-pound great pumpkin of Everett could squash you

Gary Baldwin bought special seeds on the internet to supersize his pumpkin-patch produce.

Sisters Allyea Hernandez, 8, (left) and Amaya, 10, make slime at their home in Marysville. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This craze has stuck: Sisters in slime make it all the time

Allyea, 8, and Amaya, 10, whip up batches of the gooey gunk that kids love. Teachers, not so much.

Sisters Allyea Hernandez, 8, (left) and Amaya, 10, make slime at their home in Marysville. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Meet the man behind the junk mail statue at the post office

Woodpalooza on Whidbey Island is an annual Labor Day event where artists come out of the woodwork.

Lindsey T.H. Jackson, right, and her children, Cohen, 6, left, and Taylor, 4, center, pose for pictures in front of the butterfly wing art installation in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mural whodunit: Langley mayor points the finger at fairies

Butterfly wing art that mysteriously appeared is a social media magnet in a busy tourist town.

Lindsey T.H. Jackson, right, and her children, Cohen, 6, left, and Taylor, 4, center, pose for pictures in front of the butterfly wing art installation in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After his Class of 1972 Snohomish High School reunion, Mike Carver had 18 speakers built into his truck and drives it around town and in parades, blasting music and trailing bubbles. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

He drives that cool music-blaring, bubble-blowing old truck

Mike Carver loudly cruises Snohomish streets in a ’67 Ford — a rolling tribute to his class of 1972.

After his Class of 1972 Snohomish High School reunion, Mike Carver had 18 speakers built into his truck and drives it around town and in parades, blasting music and trailing bubbles. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Professional sign painter Mack Benek puts the finishing touches on the windows of an Edmonds building undergoing a transformation. The owner wanted the building to look good while it was empty. Benek, 72, has hand-lettered many signs on windows and businesses in Edmonds and Seattle. (Bob Sears)

Lost art or just old school? A sign-painting star in Edmonds

Whether it’s boat names or frolicking pancakes, artist Mack Benek has done it all in 50 years.

Professional sign painter Mack Benek puts the finishing touches on the windows of an Edmonds building undergoing a transformation. The owner wanted the building to look good while it was empty. Benek, 72, has hand-lettered many signs on windows and businesses in Edmonds and Seattle. (Bob Sears)
After being connected through home DNA tests through a relative, Lorna Fischer, 54, of Redmond and Bob Monize, 76, of Camano Island, went to Any Lab Test Now in Everett for a DNA paternity test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

54 years later, DNA test gave answer to ‘Who’s your daddy?’

A Camano Island man and Redmond woman’s mother didn’t recollect being together that summer of 1963.

After being connected through home DNA tests through a relative, Lorna Fischer, 54, of Redmond and Bob Monize, 76, of Camano Island, went to Any Lab Test Now in Everett for a DNA paternity test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Pucker up! Kiss your mate or dog or date

A chalkboard tally makes sure every smoocheroo counts on the streets of Langley.

Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Firefighter Travis Smith gets ready to slide down the fire pole at Everett Fire Department Station 1. The pole is the only one remaining at an Everett firehouse. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Stairs are safer but not as cool as Everett’s last fire pole

Video: In the days of horses, poles became common at fire houses. Then along came risk managers.

Firefighter Travis Smith gets ready to slide down the fire pole at Everett Fire Department Station 1. The pole is the only one remaining at an Everett firehouse. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)