Sno-Isle Libraries launches year-long book reading challenge

Sno-Isle Libraries has invited the public to read along with staff this year in a program called Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16. Every 20 days, a new thematic reading challenge will be posted to the BiblioFiles blog. The first two challenges are to read a local author and a graphic novel. Readers can earn points…

More seniors, disabled citizens qualify for property tax relief

Some seniors and disabled citizens will have an easier time qualifying for property tax relief starting with their 2016 tax bill, according to an announcement Friday from the Washington State Department of Revenue. The counties administer property taxes on behalf of the state. Interested homeowners should contact the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office to apply. Recently…

Merrill Gardens throws party for 100-year-old who strives to ‘think happy’

“It’s the Whitney genes,” Dorine Overton’s son Steve declared emphatically in response to that time-honored question, “to what does she owe her long and happy life?” On Thursday, more than 60 celebrants gathered at Merrill Gardens to party with Dorine Whitney Overton and two of her three sons on the eve of the Mountlake Terrace…

Reminder: Learn about Bike2Health Project at open house Thursday

The cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace are hosting an Open House on the Bike2Health Project on Nov. 5 at College Place Elementary School. The Open House will be from 5-8 p.m. Bike2Health is an effort to increase bicycling connectivity, make bicycling safer, and improve access to health and wellness choices. Learn about the preliminary plans…

November classes and programs at Verdant Community Wellness Center

The Verdant Health Commission is sponsoring the following classes and programs in November at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. All of the events listed are free, but advanced registration is required. Learn more or register at verdanthealth.org/events or call 425-582-8600. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What Foods Turn Off Inflammation? Do…

Clothes for Kids looking for support through holiday clothing drives

A clothing drive is a great way to give back this holiday season, and Clothes For Kids, which provides school wardrobes to local kids in need, is encouraging local businesses to help them restock the shelves of their Lynnwood shop. The non-profit organization has already outfitted more than 1,900 students this school year, and is…

National Weather Service issues wind, flood advisories

The National Weather Service’s Seattle office has issued wind and flood advisories for the region. The wind advisory is from 9 p.m., Friday through noon Saturday. A strong warm front is moving north across the region and strong winds, up to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph, will produce windy conditions. Impacts could include downed…

Small businesses collecting Coins For Kids to benefit Clothes For Kids

Clothes For Kids is partnering with a number of local businesses to raise funds through a Coins for Kids drive. Through this kind of community support, Clothes For Kids is able to provide thousands of low-income students with school wardrobes each school year. “This fall, small businesses are stepping up to help Clothes For Kids empower…

Mountlake Terrace gunshot victims identified; deaths ruled homicide, suicide

The man and woman found dead from gunshot wounds Wednesday in the parking lot at Terrace Creek Park in Mountlake Terrace have been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rosalea K. Flint, a 73-year-old woman from Mountlake Terrace, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. She was killed by Russell M. Flint, a…

Happening nearby: Police looking for Banner Bank robbery suspect

Edmonds police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who allegedly robbed the Banner Bank on 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds around 11:15 Thursday morning. According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley, police units are in the area of the bank, located at 7009 212th St. S.W., looking for the suspect,…

Three Heirarchs Church to open this weekend

After years of planning, fundraising and building, Puget Sound’s Romanian Orthodox community will have a new home to gather and worship as the Three Heirarchs Church in Mountlake Terrace opens this weekend. The 18,104 square-foot church and cultural center, located at 6402 226th Street SW, will hold its first service — an Evensong service of…

Edmonds Community College Healthcare program receives $15 million grant

Edmonds Community College’s Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH), recently received a five-year $15 million healthcare training grant in partnership with Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College. Through CATCH, students can gain in-demand health care skills along with computer and information literacy, study, critical thinking, problem solving, financial literacy, and communications…

Washington State Patrol to conduct Move Over Law Emphasis Patrol starting Tuesday

Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste announced Monday that the Washington State Patrol will conduct an emphasis patrol statewide Oct. 27-29 to bring increased awareness to the Move Over Law. Between 2007 and 2014, 212 Washington State Patrol vehicles have been struck while conducting traffic stops or providing motorist assistance. Three troopers and multiple citizens have been…

Mountlake Terrace High School theater students spearheading food drive

Students from the Mountlake Terrace High School theater department will be collecting donated food Oct. 28 — Nov. 6 as part of “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat,” a national community service program of The International Thespian Society (ITS). Donated non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Mountlake Terrace High School during regular school hours;…

Carrie Miller Painting exhibit opens Nov. 1 at Mountlake Terrace Library

The Carrie Miller Exhibit opens Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Miller has had a lifelong love of art, with a particular love of portraiture and figurative art. She previously studied with Ted Pankowski and now studies with Liana Bennett. Miller works in the engineering field and pursues many creative passions in her off…

Happening nearby: Improv memory loss workshops offered by Taproot Theatre

The Edmonds Center for the Arts is partnering with Taproot Theatre to offer improvisational theatre workshops to people with memory loss, their family members and care partners. Called “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play,” the workshops are presented as part of ECA’s new Dementia-Inclusive Series, a line-up of creative and social enrichment programs with the…

Commentary: Reasons to vote no on Proposition 1

Proposition 1, the last item on many of our ballots this November, will ask Snohomish County voters to increase the Retail Sales and Use Tax by .3 percent to benefit Community Transit. According to the state Department of Transportation, Community Transit is one of the most expensive transit agencies in the state for it’s size….

Police still seeking public’s help to locate missing Lynnwood man

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the public’s help in finding a missing Lynnwood man. Jose P. Sanchez Diaz, 20, was last seen on August 28, 2015. He drives a red 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Washington plate No. AUH2654. Diaz works in North Seattle and lives in Lynnwood. “We’ve had no good leads in the…