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Louise Grevstad, 79, with her free ice cream outside of Safeway on Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Edmonds woman screamed — and got her free Safeway ice cream

Louise Grevstad, 79, was shut out from deals because she doesn’t have a smartphone. She didn’t think it was fair. So she went to the media.

 

Left to right, Angelo Sarmiento, Jona Sarmiento, and Carlisle Sarmiento prepare to cut the cake during a first birthday party at Costco in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, May 31, 2024. Jona’s water broke in the store a year ago (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens ‘Costco baby’ celebrates first Costco-themed birthday

Jona Sarmiento was walking by the rotisserie chickens when her water broke. Now her baby is six times the weight of a roasted bird.

 

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road in Mukilteo. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mukilteo Speedway name change is off to a bumpy start

The city’s initial crack at renaming the main drag got over 1,500 responses. Most want to keep the name.

 

Mukilteo Police Chief Andy Illyn and the graphic he created. He is currently attending the 10-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. (Photo provided by Andy Illyn)

Help wanted: Unicorns for ‘pure magic’ career with Mukilteo police

“There’s a whole population who would be amazing police officers” but never considered it, the police chief said.

Mukilteo Police Chief Andy Illyn and the graphic he created. He is currently attending the 10-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. (Photo provided by Andy Illyn)
A giant Bigfoot creation made by Terry Carrigan, 60, at his home-based Skywater Studios on Sunday, April 14, 2024 in Monroe, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The 1,500-pound Sasquatch: Bigfoot comes to life in woods near Monroe

A possibly larger-than-life sculpture, created by Terry Carrigan of Skywater Studios, will be featured at this weekend’s “Oddmall” expo.

A giant Bigfoot creation made by Terry Carrigan, 60, at his home-based Skywater Studios on Sunday, April 14, 2024 in Monroe, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Graham Kerr, 90, leans down and kisses his new wife, Nancy, during Senior Expo on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Hotel Indigo in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘Galloping Gourmet’ celebrity chef Graham Kerr is a Stanwood newlywed

The 90-year-old shared his love of Nancy, God and Costco at the Everett senior expo last month.

Graham Kerr, 90, leans down and kisses his new wife, Nancy, during Senior Expo on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Hotel Indigo in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jimmer DeGroot stands along the line of weber grills in his front yard on Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Grotto, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Why are there 24 Weber grills lined up on the highway to Stevens Pass?

Just ask Jimmer De Groot. He expresses his love of grills through his art. And it’s now a bit of an obsession.

Jimmer DeGroot stands along the line of weber grills in his front yard on Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Grotto, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Glen Olin, 83, in front of the last home he will ever build on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Everett, Washington. Olin retired “sort of” after more than 60 years of building homes. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 61 years building homes, Glen Olin is retiring, again

Olin, 83, built homes for regular people and those with gobs of money. His first house in Everett sold for $12,000 in 1963.

Glen Olin, 83, in front of the last home he will ever build on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Everett, Washington. Olin retired “sort of” after more than 60 years of building homes. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel, juniors at Mariner High School, stand in the entrance hallway at Mariner on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The two have won the Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Second District for the second year in a row, this time for the creation of HopeHorizon. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mariner High teens crack congressional coding contest — again

This is the second year in a row that an app by Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel won in the state’s Second District.

Sydney Vo and Azul Rangel, juniors at Mariner High School, stand in the entrance hallway at Mariner on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The two have won the Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Second District for the second year in a row, this time for the creation of HopeHorizon. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A table setting inside the Grouchy Chef on Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington.(Annie Barker / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s one-of-a-kind Grouchy Chef is hanging up his apron

Takayuki Masumoto, “who absolutely brooks no nonsense from his patrons,” is looking for a buyer. Name not included.

A table setting inside the Grouchy Chef on Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington.(Annie Barker / The Herald)
Cousins Penny Leslie and Sidney Baker work together on a mural inside a jail cell at the Mukilteo Police Department on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

No more staring at blank canvas in Mukilteo police holding cells

Bright murals now adorn the walls. The artwork is intended to calm and relax detainees.

Cousins Penny Leslie and Sidney Baker work together on a mural inside a jail cell at the Mukilteo Police Department on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

What’s honkin’ on this Everett thoroughfare? Have a gander

Henrietta and Betty, a goose duet, entertain passersby in the yard between Colby Avenue and Evergreen Way.

Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Banya, spa with 200-degree sauna in Everett, stress just melts away

A banya in Russian refers to a hot room or sauna. You can also plunge in the cold pool. Or play chess and eat piroshki.

A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A figure known as the Lake Stevens Bigfoot sits among trees and along a stream on Lundeen Parkway in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Sasquatch of Lake Stevens is legendary as hometown hero Chris Pratt

Two mossy and mysterious figures in the woods of Lundeen Parkway turn heads and lighten up a gloomy day.

A figure known as the Lake Stevens Bigfoot sits among trees and along a stream on Lundeen Parkway in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Cecilia Garcia, 26, poses with a portion of her water bottle collection at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Water cup fever: $250 for a Starbucks Stanley tumbler is a big gulp

Cecilia Garcia, a Lake Stevens collector of 200 tumblers, was among those who lined up for the shiny red Starbucks holiday cup.

Cecilia Garcia, 26, poses with a portion of her water bottle collection at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Jake Hitchner, left, and Caitlin Hitchner, right, pose for a photo with their son Boston, eight-days-old, at their home in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Edmonds mom: ‘That’s the story of how I gave birth in the car at 12:56 am.’

The couple’s fourth son was born en route to the hospital, in the front seat. “You can’t stop a baby who wants to come out.”

Jake Hitchner, left, and Caitlin Hitchner, right, pose for a photo with their son Boston, eight-days-old, at their home in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Ivar’s Mystery Painting seen through porthole window on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

What’s a fish tale worth? Ivar’s for a year

A mystery painting is on display at the Mukilteo Ivar’s. The deadline to solve it, or at least take a good guess, is Jan. 15.

Ivar’s Mystery Painting seen through porthole window on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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A look back at ‘What’s Up’ in 2023: Robots, Costco, secret crushes

A romance on Rucker heated up without help from The Love Zone — and other tall tales from the past year.

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Matt Folmsbee, right, helps a customer at The Kushery on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Ganja Claus: Gifts for the grandparents from the pot shop?

The use of cannabis by seniors is booming, but the benefits and dangers are not an exact science.

Matt Folmsbee, right, helps a customer at The Kushery on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Britana Uppinghouse, who owns Cole’s Tavern with her husband Cole, chats with a couple newcomers at the bar on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At Cole’s Tavern in Mukilteo, grab a beer after midnight (or at noon)

The new Mukilteo Speedway pub with food, games and soon pull-tabs, is open 365 days, including holidays or snow days.

Britana Uppinghouse, who owns Cole’s Tavern with her husband Cole, chats with a couple newcomers at the bar on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)