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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.

 

One of the last video stores in Everett has 15,000 titles

Silver Lake Video has kept its doors open since 1985, but don’t expect to find any VHS tapes.

 

Becca Selin and her son, Brody, share a laugh with Erik Marty during Taco Tuesday at Sol Food Bar and Grill in Everett. Marty put out a question looking for a dining companion on a Facebook dining page. Within 90 minutes, Selin answered and brought along Brody, 7. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Holy guacamole! He found a Taco Tuesday date on Facebook

Not wanting to eat tacos alone, he turned to a social media group dedicated to restaurant reviews.

 

Today’s Pub Night Talk at McMenamins will be all about crows

Like humans attracted to beer and pizza, thousands of black birds descend on Bothell every night.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Eat, drink and be merry with gourmet grub on the ferry

Washington State Ferries are a floating food court of favorites from all over the state.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

$1.36 million for a doctor’s visit to The Everett Clinic?

Some patients got sticker shock when they opened their May bills. Another was for $3.6 million.

Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When cracks get in the way of your smartphone addiction …

… toothpaste is likely not the answer. But we know this repair guy who makes house calls …

Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

There’s plenty of hoopla to go around

… and around, and around. Just ask Gold Bar hula hoop creator Shannon Dey Zuanich.

Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett couple posts a declaration of their love for hockey

They are taking NHL fandom to new heights with a carved replica of the Stanley Cup.

Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Retired house painter Rod Shafer cruises through a north Everett neighborhood on his chopper-style bicycle with his closest companion, Sally, 27, sitting on the handlebars enjoying the sights. Yep, she’s a parrot and they’re best friends. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

This guy takes his parrot everywhere he goes in Everett

Rod Shafer has had Sally, a macaw, on his shoulder for years, even while bicycling around town. (Video)

Retired house painter Rod Shafer cruises through a north Everett neighborhood on his chopper-style bicycle with his closest companion, Sally, 27, sitting on the handlebars enjoying the sights. Yep, she’s a parrot and they’re best friends. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

The UFOiTeam meets weekly for out-of-this-world conversation

These “abductees,” “experiencers” and “contactees” are otherwise unremarkable humans dining at Denny’s. (Video)

You, too, can dress your Chihuahua in a tutu

Even German shepherds wear tutus, thanks to a business that makes clothes and bling for pets.

Mermaid’s sculptor is still at work — in the California desert

Kay Henkel left Edmonds nearly 40 years ago. She is still creating art — in Palm Springs.

People fill up various water jug and containers at the artesian well on 164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

It’s the water: Artesian well draws fans from miles around

True believers have been flocking for decades to the last well flowing in the Alderwood district.

People fill up various water jug and containers at the artesian well on 164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

These young pageant princesses try to keep it real — fun

For two Lake Stevens sisters, the notorious world of beauty pageants is all about being yourself.

An Everett ‘potcast’ explains what all the buzz is about

“In the Weeds” covers the marijuana industry’s retail trends and the art of smoking “flower.”

With Alexa in every room, no one in the house flips a switch

This family has seven Echo devices. Life’s a little easier, but “Alexa creeps me out,” says one boy

Lacie Marsh-Carroll stirs wax before pouring candles in her garage at her home in Lake Stevens on March 17. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This Lake Stevens candlemaker waxes profane

Her products are dripping sarcasm. “Have a friend going through a divorce? I have a candle for that.”

Lacie Marsh-Carroll stirs wax before pouring candles in her garage at her home in Lake Stevens on March 17. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Former TV journalist opens coffee, gelato and wine business

The Newsroom in Mill Creek also features events such as dancing and board game sessions.

Bibbity the goat rides of the back of Star the cow on the farm of Randy De Jong, his little piece of Iowa in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Daily Herald)

Impromptu livestock-on-livestock rodeo is a thing at Snohomish farm

At the De Jong place, miniature goats often hop on the backs of cows — and hang on for the ride.

Bibbity the goat rides of the back of Star the cow on the farm of Randy De Jong, his little piece of Iowa in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Daily Herald)