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Olushola Bolonduro recently started a goth social group called Dark Side of Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Calling all goths: Dark Side of Everett might be for you

A hospital tech has started a group for self-described misfits and outcasts who are into creepy things.

 

Bev’s auto tabs: 45 years, 400 square feet, 3 windows, no a/c

Bev’s granddaughter is moving into the 21st century and a bigger space. But it’ll always be Bev’s place.

 

$200,000 scratch ticket softens the blow of family hardship

It will cover medical bills and buy a first vacation for an Everett family that was homeless six months.

 

Viva Las Langley! Lighting up Whidbey town like it’s Vegas

Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs bring a pop of color to laid-back village by the sea.

Cliff Edwards, 65, the sexton at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery & Columbarium, picks up and carries memorial flowers on his mower as he cuts the grass around headstones on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

GRAVDGR: Edmonds cemetery sexton has deadpan sense of humor

Cliff Edwards has spent 46 years taking care of the final resting places of our loved ones.

Cliff Edwards, 65, the sexton at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery & Columbarium, picks up and carries memorial flowers on his mower as he cuts the grass around headstones on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jake Sharpe, owner North Cascades Nursery, has been collecting used skis for his highly visible fence since 2007. (KevinClark / The Herald)

Is that a snow fence? No, a picket fence — of 1,450 skis

These used boards, 200 yards’ worth, have been dropped off over the years at a garden store in Sultan.

Jake Sharpe, owner North Cascades Nursery, has been collecting used skis for his highly visible fence since 2007. (KevinClark / The Herald)

Mom-and-pop shop hits the jackpot for selling a $12M ticket

When a player wins Lotto, the retailer also wins — in this case $122,000 for the little Brier Grocery.

Eve Dietrich, 82, of Bothell, was one of 480,000 households selected to answer the mandatory 2019 Census Test. Half of those surveyed were asked the U.S. citizenship question, including Dietrich, who was born in London but has lived in the U.S. since her 20s. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Are you a U.S. citizen? Census asked a select few 240,000

The 2020 question was blocked, but a Bothell woman was among those required by law to answer it.

Eve Dietrich, 82, of Bothell, was one of 480,000 households selected to answer the mandatory 2019 Census Test. Half of those surveyed were asked the U.S. citizenship question, including Dietrich, who was born in London but has lived in the U.S. since her 20s. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Holy steeple! Tiny chapel on U.S. 2 a sacred stop since 1962

Respite, weddings, un-immaculate conceptions are part of the legacy of the miniature Wayside Chapel.

Can the little guy survive the Lake Stevens Costco?

Turners Grocery has loyal customers, but the owner knows the general store’s days could be numbered.

His toaster opens a portal to other dimensions

Tim Ellis, 39, does weekly episodes of the improv comedy sci-fi that’s out of this world.

Am I muscular or just fat? Find out in the back of a truck

Get tanked in the fat-mobile. Fork over $49, dip in warm water, hold your nose, blow like a fish.

Welcome to Ellerie’s: A bed & (make your own damn) breakfast

River cottages near Darrington offer a peaceful retreat and a lively innkeeper.

Requiem for pay phones: Bring $100 bills, not dimes

Man caves, outdoor showers or outhouses are just 3 possible uses for the retro booths in Sultan.

Bob Ade, 84, kaleidoscope artist. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Bob the kaleidoscope master spins reality thousands of times

The Lynnwood artist, 84, is known worldwide for the scopes he makes at his home. Some go for $2,000.

Bob Ade, 84, kaleidoscope artist. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Mark Sargent of Whidbey Island is on the screen with Texas YouTuber Patricia Steere as she broadcasts “The Flat Earth and Other Hot Potatoes” from her Houston home. The two also share cameo roles (and some sexual tension) in the documentary “Behind the Curve” which was picked up by Netflix. (Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle)

An update on a Flat Earther, a woodchopper and drummers

The characters in this space stumbled into love, a Netflix movie deal, potato chips and a drumming debut.

Mark Sargent of Whidbey Island is on the screen with Texas YouTuber Patricia Steere as she broadcasts “The Flat Earth and Other Hot Potatoes” from her Houston home. The two also share cameo roles (and some sexual tension) in the documentary “Behind the Curve” which was picked up by Netflix. (Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle)
This photo illustration is a mockup of what the traffic signal box might look like for Lynnwood’s “Big Hair and Blue Eye Shadow” photo contest to art up a box near the Alderwood mall. That’s Shannon Sessions, Lynnwood city councilwoman, in her 1988 Meadowdale High School graduation photo.
                                (City of Lynnwood)

Yikes! Big hair and blue eye shadow is stylin’ in Lynnwood

Dude, beer can earrings are like, totally, a bonus in “Almost Live!” contest to art up a signal box.

This photo illustration is a mockup of what the traffic signal box might look like for Lynnwood’s “Big Hair and Blue Eye Shadow” photo contest to art up a box near the Alderwood mall. That’s Shannon Sessions, Lynnwood city councilwoman, in her 1988 Meadowdale High School graduation photo.
                                (City of Lynnwood)

Oh, crab! There’s something fishy about this place

That mysterious eyesore by the sea will be replaced by a new research center. “It’s all going to go.”

Betty Davis, left, holds on to her mother Leia, who holds onto daughter Alana,7, as they watch books fall from shelves inside The Big Shaker as it shakes like a magnitude 8 earthquake on April 19 in Everett. The Big Shaker is an earthquake simulator in a 24-foot trailer that replicates a typical living room of sofas and shelves with books and plastic dishes that fall during the demonstration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Big Shaker: This rockin’ trailer simulates an 8.0 earthquake

The real thing would be seismically serious, but getting a feel for what’s to come can be fun.

Betty Davis, left, holds on to her mother Leia, who holds onto daughter Alana,7, as they watch books fall from shelves inside The Big Shaker as it shakes like a magnitude 8 earthquake on April 19 in Everett. The Big Shaker is an earthquake simulator in a 24-foot trailer that replicates a typical living room of sofas and shelves with books and plastic dishes that fall during the demonstration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A visitor looks at a sculpture on the Cloudstone outdoor gallery in Freeland. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Walk the Whidbey wonderland of 400 sculptures by Hank Nelson

Cloudstone opens to the public for a rare glimpse at pieces “small as a chair and as large as a truck.”

A visitor looks at a sculpture on the Cloudstone outdoor gallery in Freeland. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)