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The Northwest’s iconic crustacean, the Dungeness crab, is the focus of some important research into ocean acidification.
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contents IN THIS ISSUE 10 CHEERS Wondering what to pair with those wagyu beef sliders? Sips from a Sommalier has just the right wine.
12 A MAZING They are already busy on Carleton Farms, getting ready for October and families in search of corn mazes, perfect pumpkins and maybe a little zombie paintball.
40 TOP: U.S. 2 offers plenty of pleasant turnouts, such as this one at Deception Falls near Skykomish. Ian Terry / Washington North Coast Magazine
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16 NORTHWEST MUSE Washington landscapes inspired painter Paul Morgan Gustin, and an exhibit of his work at Cascadia Art Museum is sure to inspire you.
18 ROAD TRIP Did you know U.S. 2 is full of delights and surprises? This fall, take your time (on purpose) and discover this great day trip in your own back yard.
30 SIGNATURE DISH Whipping up a great peanut butter pie with chef James Abbott of Buck’s American Cafe in Everett.
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38 SECOND VERSE Steve Bertrand is a teacher by day and a poet 24/7.
45 WATER COLORS Everett Sketcher Elizabeth Person’s lovely view from a park bench.
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Dungeness crab is king in Puget Sound. In fact, it is the only commercially important crab in Washington state. Dungeness crab fisheries — state and tribal — landed a total of 10.6 million pounds worth more than $80 million in 2016. Except Dungeness crab is one of the species expected to be hit by the rising ocean acidity from fossil-fuel combustion. The NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Mukilteo is researching the effects of declining pH on Dungeness crab. Fisheries scientists there anticipate that ocean acidification in Puget Sound could put the fishery at risk. That’s right. This important science is happening right here in Snohomish County. I visited the Mukilteo field station recently to talk to the scientists at the forefront of NOAA’s efforts to understand and minimize the impacts of ocean acidification. The station at 802 Front St. is a former military barrack that was built during World War II. NOAA turned the barracks into a research lab in 1972. The aging building has been good to the scientists who have done breakthrough research there. After 45 years, NOAA has plans to replace the aging station with a state-of-the-art research center by 2020. The $33 million station will include upgraded labs not only for the study of ocean acidification, but also ocean toxicology and restoration of marine species and ecosystems. It will have increased access to seawater to improve research, as well as exhibits for outreach and education.
My visit reminded me that Washington North Coast Magazine is all about what’s happening in Snohomish and Island counties. Take a 90-minute tour around Edmonds on a Segway. Edmonds Segway Tours at the marina rents, sells and repairs the futuristic scooters. It’s run by an 18-year-old who was inspired as a child by the inventor of Segways to provide a new way of getting around. Taste the best brews Whidbey Island has to offer. Our beer aficionado has pinpointed five island breweries worth a visit. Chat with the owners about their latest creations and toast with some of their die-hard fans. Check out Cascadia Art Museum, also in Edmonds, where the current exhibit features the paintings and etchings of Paul Morgan Gustin (1886-1974). The artist became nationally known for his depictions of Pacific Northwest landscapes. Or go to Carleton Farms to find your way through a corn maze and defeat a horde of zombies in October. The Lake Stevens family has been hosting an impressive list of Halloween festivities at their farm for the last 30 years. It started with a pumpkin patch and grew from there. As you read this magazine, I hope you have some of your own breakthroughs.
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Sara Bruestle at the old NOAA station in Mukilteo.
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Happier Hour Pick the perfect wine for your happy hour food favorites STORY BY OWEN BARGREEN PHOTOS BY ANDY BRONSON
Hawaiian ahi nachos pair beautifully with a glass of 2015 Chateau St. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc at Anthony’s Homeport.
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Wagyu beef sliders with the 2013 Northstar merlot at Emory’s on Silver Lake in Everett.
Snohomish County: Sips from a Sommelier EMORY’S ON SILVER LAKE
With one of the best happy hours in Snohomish County, Emory’s Lakeside Bistro & Bar not only has one of the greatest water views and outside dining areas in Everett, but also boasts some to-die-for food items, like its spicy buffalo strips. The spice in the dish pairs wonderfully with a glass of the crisp 2015 Hogue Chardonnay ($7.50) or the slightly sweet 2015 Chateau St. Michelle Riesling ($7.50). These wines also have the bright acidity to cut through the delicious artichoke and crab dip.
I have enjoyed Anthony’s happy hour for more than a decade. Check out the Hawaiian ahi nachos, which pair beautifully with a glass of the 2015 Chateau St. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc ($5.50), as the salinity of the wine matches the ahi.
Over the years, I have found that the acid and dark fruits of Washington merlot pairs awesomely with burgers. Another fantastic pairing here is the delectable wagyu beef sliders with the simply gorgeous 2013 Northstar Merlot ($14/glass) or the voluptuous 2014 Chateau St. Michelle “Indian Wells Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.50/glass).
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The restaurant’s crab dip also pairs beautifully with the 2015 Gordon Estates Chardonnay ($8/glass), as this warm vintage chardonnay has a wonderful weight and a creamy finish that matches the richness of the crab dip.
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The Blackfish trip, which includes one pork belly, one crab cake and one piece of smoked salmon, pairs with a 2014 Sparkman Cellars ‘Enlightenment’ Chardonnay.
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Beyond the maze Carleton Farms has been working toward October for months, all for your pumpkin-pickin,’ scare-lovin’ zombie-fightin’ pleasure Darren Carleton works on this year’s corn maze layout at Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens. At left: An aerial view of last year’s elaborate maze, in its early growth stage.
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umpkin patches and apple cider are the furthest things from most people’s minds during the summer heat.
At Carleton Farms, Darren Carleton has already started thinking about October — and what he calls the “30-day show” at his parents’ farm. Starting in late September, the farm overlooking the Snohomish River will turn into a fall wonderland with a corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin cannon, zombie paintball and more. The festivities first started 30 years ago, when Darren’s parents, Reid and Mary Carleton, opened a pumpkin patch on the front lawn of their house. “People stopped to buy pumpkins; I couldn’t believe it,” Reid Carleton said. “Then we had a drive-thru pumpkin patch and people would get their cars stuck.” Hayrides followed the pumpkin patches, and the first corn maze was designed
in the shape of a John Deere tractor in 1992, Darren Carleton said. His older brother, Shawn, has come up with all of the designs except for this year’s. Over the years, the mazes have been designed in the shape of everything from an ear of corn, to a pig in a barn, to a cow jumping over a pumpkin. “We don’t do a labyrinth-style maze. We have curves, ovals, circles and different kinds of shapes,” Carleton said. “Ours are more animated.” Around the first part of July, Carleton plants 4 to 5 acres of corn. The final maze design is drawn on graph paper; each row on the grid represents a row of corn. Using that grid for reference, the design is outlined on the field in white paint or lime chalk. Two to three weeks later, when the corn is about 8 inches tall, he takes a small tractor with a tiller and cuts out the design.
Pumpkinland at Carleton Farms 630 Sunnyside Blvd. SE, Lake Stevens Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Pick a pumpkin and go through the corn maze. On Saturday and Sunday, other fall festivities include a pumpkin cannon, bucket train, zip lines and wagon rides. Pumpkins are priced by size. Farm Frights start Oct. 1. Attractions include zombie paintball, a haunted swamp, zombie farm and a dark maze. Shows run Fridays and Saturdays, plus Halloween weekend. Free parking. Pets are not allowed. More information: 425-334-2297 or www.carletonfarm.com
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We have a whole backstory about the zombies. A boatload of zombies floating down Ebey Slough landed at Carleton Farms and invaded all of our fields and killed all our workers.
“I’ve done it for so many years, I know how my brother designs — it’s never a circle, it’s always an oval.” Carleton said they try to stick to an agricultural theme each year, but sometimes sports — especially the Seahawks — or other themes are featured. “We look for things that would be of interest to people,” Carleton said. The whole design takes about three days to cut out, although more complex designs can take longer. A recent maze that featured Seahawks helmets with numbers was extremely difficult to cut out, Carleton said. Carleton waits until July to plant the corn — which is all animal feed — so it won’t grow beyond 10 feet tall and won’t develop ears of corn that kids can turn into projectiles. A 5-acre maze takes a family about 45 minutes to go through, Carleton said. The farm hands out an aerial photo of the maze to use as a guide, although extra trails pop up toward the end of October as people make their own shortcuts through the corn.
Three years ago, Carleton added a trivia component to the maze to keep it interactive for families. Stations are posted throughout the maze with questions relating to that year’s theme; each correct answer is used to spell out a phrase. Some bigger farms with larger mazes hire services to design and cut out their mazes, but Carleton believes in keeping it family-oriented. Before he came back to the farm full time five years ago, he would help his parents cut out the corn maze each summer. “It’s still a family thing,” Carleton said. “This is a family farm.” This will be the first year in the past 25 that Shawn didn’t design the maze. He has another job now, so a family friend stepped in. Carleton Farm’s fall festivities have grown beyond their humble origins in the Carletons’ front yard. There is now a kids’ play area with a barn and corral, fire pits, a 150-foot zip line, a powerful pumpkin cannon that can shoot the orange squash a half-mile, and food stands offering burgers, kettle corn and pumpkin spice donuts.
Darren Carleton marks the layout of this year’s corn maze.
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without a horde of zombies to defeat. “We have a whole backstory about the zombies,” Carleton said. “A boatload of zombies floating down Ebey Slough landed at Carleton Farms and invaded all of our fields and killed all our workers.” Visitors can climb on a wagon ride and shoot paintball guns at the zombies, who are typically teenagers in body armor — although Carleton has been known to take a turn in costume. Wagon riders can also choose to be dropped off in a dark corner of the farm and make their way back to the barn down a dark trail — while being chased through the field by relentless zombies. Carleton said his staff, many of them teenagers working their first job, do a phenomenal job each year. After about four months of work, he said the event pretty much runs itself. He and his family love it when people visit their farm. “It’s a huge honor to have people come,” Carleton said. “It allows them to have a connection to farming still and see how important it really is.” ◆
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Northwest TREASURE Painter Paul Morgan Gustin studied all over the world, but the landscapes of home most inspired him
ne of the wonderful things about the current exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum is that the show reveals that many regional landscapes painted 100 years ago remain to be enjoyed.
“I grew up in New York and I can imagine being wowed by his mountain paintings,” Martin said. “At the time, people just had not seen anything like Mount Rainier. Gustin was an ambassador for the Northwest.”
Northwest Impressions: The Paintings & Etchings of Paul Morgan Gustin includes images of windswept trees in hills below the Tatoosh Range near Mount Rainier, Whidbey Island scenes and the ocean side of Vancouver Island.
Gustin showed six paintings in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International exhibition in San Francisco, where he was honored by serving on the exhibition jury. The artist had many successful regional shows with the Seattle Fine Arts Society, predecessor to the Seattle Art Museum, and later was included in solo and group exhibitions at SAM.
Gustin adopted a style of European impressionism and it worked well, Cascadia Art Museum curator David Martin said.
IF YOU GO Northwest Impressions: The Paintings & Etchings of Paul Morgan Gustin Cascadia Art Museum: 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds, through Sept. 24 Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday Free on Third Thursday evenings Tour of the exhibit with curator David Martin at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. $15 for non-members. 425-336-4809 www.cascadiaartmuseum.org
He became nationally known for his depictions of Mount Rainier and the mountains, meadows and forests of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Range, Martin said. Born at Fort Vancouver, Washington, in 1886, Gustin was reared in Denver, Colorado, where he studied art with Jean Manheim. The painter returned to the Northwest in 1906, moving to Seattle where he was inspired by the majestic beauty of the landscape and its everchanging atmospheric weather conditions. Gustin first exhibited nationally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1910 and later with the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
From 1923-1926, Gustin traveled throughout Europe where he studied at the Academie Colarossi, Academie Ranson and Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. In 1925, he exhibited in the Paris Spring Salon. One can see his commissioned murals at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington State University and in the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library. His work is in the permanent collections of Seattle Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery. “He really was one of the region’s finest painters,” Martin said. Gustin’s friend and rival Roi Partridge, an etcher married to famed Seattle photographer Imogen Cunningham, goodnaturedly tried to discourage the painter from trying etching. ➤
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Three of the paintings and etchings of Paul Gustin exhibited at the Cascadia Art Museum through Sept. 24. Clockwise, from far left: Second Avenue, Seattle, 1912; Summer Morning on the Island (Whidbey Island) 1917; Untitled Northwest landscape, 1909.
It’s a story Martin likes to tell. “Don’t ever try etching, Gustin,” Partridge wrote to his friend. “Why? Well firstly, you would cause me to fade into insignificance; secondly, because you would at once buy a ($150) press, and if you are a true artist, I know you cannot afford it; thirdly because you would stop painting and that would be quite damnable.” One room in the current exhibit is dedicated to Gustin’s etchings and it includes an example of Partridge’s work as well. The cityscapes are dark, and especially appealing are the depictions of Pioneer Square and the Seattle waterfront. “He was a guarded and serious fellow,” Martin said. “In all the photos I could find, he is never smiling.”
The artist died in 1974. Later, Martin formed a friendship with Gustin’s widow (who had been the artist’s housekeeper) and at one point helped her uncover a stash of Gustin’s etchings.
be seen by the public,” Martin said. “And the landscapes are still recognizable.”
The Frye Art Museum in Seattle accepted the donation of the art and asked Martin to write the catalog for the 2004 Frye exhibit, “From Lake Union to the Louvre: The Etchings of Paul Morgan Gustin.”
Included in a display case of letters from Gustin to Pratt is a sketch of Pratt’s young son Robert, who later became a close friend to Gustin. Robert Pratt eventually married his housekeeper, too, and their son, Ron Hanson of Whidbey Island, now owns the Pratt collection of Gustin’s paintings.
Many of the etchings displayed were framed and loaned to Cascadia for the current exhibition.
Though many of his paintings are of scenes in our state, Gustin also liked to travel.
Another room of the exhibit features work that Gustin did for millionaire attorney Frank Pratt Jr., who owned property on what is now Nature Conservancy land in the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville.
Noteworthy in the exhibit is a painting of the Golden Gate at the mouth of San Francisco Bay before the bridge was built, an etching of a cathedral in France and paintings of First Nations people paddling their dugout canoes through the waters off western Vancouver Island. ◆
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Day tripping U.S. 2 Fall is upon us but thereâ€™s still lots of great exploring weather left STORY BY GALE FIEGE | PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY
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ummer Summer is on the wane, fall is almost here. But time remains to get children into the great outdoors. Head for the woods. In our state, mountain weather is actually summerlike into October. For a fun day trip (or two), drive U.S. 2 up to Stevens Pass and work your way back down. Most places mentioned here can be visited without a Forest Pass or a state Discover Pass, but if you have them, bring ‘em. Stevens Pass during the late summer has a different vibe than it does in the winter when snowboarders and skiers are everywhere. On weekends through some time in October, one is likely to see mountain bikers heading up on chair lifts and then flying down the mountain on trails with names such as Golden Spike, Rock Crusher and Slingshot Wookie. Mountain bikes have been plying the ski area during the summer for about six years. The Stevens Pass bike park was the first in the state to offer lift access to mountain bikers. For $12, you can ride the Stevens Pass Resort lifts in the summer just for the intimate view of Cowboy Mountain and spectacular views of the North Cascades. Children ages 6 and younger ride free. While there, be sure to read the interpretive display about the pass placed by the Tulalip Tribes. The display panels recount tribal history in the mountains. Along with the panels is a large cedar carving by tribal member Jason Gobin that features two mountain goats and the sun above them. The pass was a summer gathering place, and treaty rights enable the Tulalip people to hunt and gather in the mountain areas. Stevens Pass in the summer also is a place where you might run into people hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, most of these hikers make a stop at Stevens and are happy to tell their tales. Ask where the trail is and take a short walk. (In the winter, the Forest Service offers a guided snowshoe walk along the trail.) You’ll be able to say you’ve been on the pathway that stretches from Canada to Mexico.
As you travel back down the highway and continue through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, stop at the Iron Goat Trail information station and trailhead. Climb on the 1920s caboose, read about the Wellington Disaster, the worst avalanche train accident in U.S. history, and learn about the tall trestle bridges workers built to get the train through the mountains. Part of the trail is wheelchair (and stroller) accessible, so take a walk on the old path of the Great Northern Railway. Just a few more miles back down the highway, stop at Deception Falls. This beautiful Forest Service picnic area and trail is easy on kids and older folks, but exciting for all. It’s amazing how much water is still coming off the mountains so late in the year. The next stop should be Skykomish. Cross the bridge from the highway and take a walk around town. Many hikers take a break at the historic Cascadia Inn. If you go on a weekend, be sure to ride free on the Great Northern & Cascade Railroad’s little (7.5-inch gauge) steam locomotives stationed at the original Skykomish railroad depot at 101 N. Fifth St. Operated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by volunteers, the railway and museum offer a glimpse into the time when Skykomish was a railroad hub. At the town’s historical museum, see Robert Norton’s bottle collection, glass that he surely pulled from the pits below old outhouses. Traveling west again on U.S. 2, consider a stop in Baring for a walk along the Barclay Creek Trail, located across from the general store. It’s easy and the views of the north face of Baring Mountain are good. In Index, with its view of Mount Index, you can visit the Mt. Index Brewery and Distillery, right off the highway, or drive a short distance into this pretty, historic mining town. Settled in the 1890s along the beautiful north fork of the Skykomish, the town has a nice museum and a huge saw blade displayed in Doolittle Park. ➤
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A traveler visits the Wayside Chapel along U.S. 2 west of Sultan.
Mt. Index Brewery and Distillery manager Charles Tucker oversees operations at the roadside tasting room near Index.
Jeremy Jones and his son explore a 1920s caboose along the highway near Stevens Pass.
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Check out the Bush House Inn near the base of the Upper Town Wall, where Blair and Kathy Corson are restoring this circa-1899 hotel. Index also is a hub for outdoor recreation, including rafting and kayaking with the Outdoor Adventure Center, across from the park. A group of 500-foot granite cliffs, in an old granite rock quarry called the Index Wall, are located there. Ask about the conditions if you are a rock climber, or just get directions to watch other people, some of whom travel from around the world to climb these steep rock faces. Lower Skykomish River Valley is even more beautiful as we settle into fall. The drive home on U.S. 2 can include stops in Gold Bar, Startup and Sultan. You might want to set aside another day for hiking to the top of Wallace Falls and exploring the rest of Wallace Falls State Park. To visit Wallace Falls, you’ll need a Discover Pass for parking. You can buy a day pass for $10 at the pay station at the trailhead. Wallace Falls is a jewel in the state parks system. The park includes three lakes, 12 miles of hiking trails that cross streams as well as the main fork and the north fork of the Wallace River, 5 miles of biking trails on old logging roads and 13 waterfalls. The largest of these waterfalls is called Middle Falls, with a spectacular 265foot drop. The pretty Lower Falls is less than a 4-mile round-trip hike from the trailhead and is a medium sort of walk on the difficulty scale. Honestly, though, if you make it to the Lower
Falls, you might as well go on up to the Middle Falls, still a pretty easy hike. And, of course, if you make it to the Middle Falls, you probably have the energy to go the distance up the final, steep half-mile or so to the Upper Falls.
its former glory.
It’s about a 6-mile round trip and you’ll need to bring water and a snack, but it’s well worth it. Along the way, you are likely to see all sorts of wildlife such as deer, beaver and a variety of birds. In addition, you probably can find a few edible berries clinging to their bushes or vines.
In Sultan, there are other antique and gift shops to explore. Check out the Flat Iron Gallery, the Grow Washington shop and Galaxy Chocolates store, all on Main Street. Walk around the downtown area and enjoy the city’s murals. Eat at the Sultan Bakery. It’s all good.
In Gold Bar, stop at the park along the railroad tracks. Construction of the Great Northern Railroad played a big part in the formation of the town, as did the prospectors looking for gold and the loggers harvesting trees in the surrounding forests. To schedule a visit to the Gold Bar Depot Museum, 110 Croft Ave. E., call 360-793-2479 or 360-793-2548.
On Aug. 25 and 26, enjoy two days of music at the Lauritzen Family Farm on the Skykomish River near Sultan. The event is a fundraiser for next year’s 50th anniversary of the legendary 1968 Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair. The lineup includes Randy Hansen, The Folsoms, The Staxx Brothers and more. Ticket information is available at www. skyriverrockfestival.com/tickets.
Plenty of quirky slices of Americana exist on U.S. 2. West of Gold Bar, look for the North Cascades Nursery, a retail plant store with an amazing fence made of skis, snowboards, boots and poles. If you have some to donate, leave them in the pile by the gate. East of Startup, make a stop at the state fish hatchery, just off the highway on 383rd Avenue SE, where kids can learn about the salmon life cycle, the spawning process and the salmon diet. In Startup, the Sky Valley Arts Council is restoring the historic Startup Gym as an events center. Built in 1937 with the help of sawmill owner George Startup, who donated the wood, and community volunteers, the gym is to be repaired to
Another fun place to visit is the Haystack Co. Cabin and Garden Art store. To find it, just look for the 1940 Dodge pickup truck out front along the highway. It’s a landmark in Startup.
It’s a great time of year to watch people catching humpies in the local rivers. Sultan celebrates the return of the salmon with a festival Sept. 23 at Osprey Park, 801 First St. The event includes a Kids’ Field Dash, a 5K run and a 1-mile walk along the Sultan River, which has a great view of the fish swimming upstream. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. Afterward, enjoy food and cultural performances from local tribal members. People still talk about the humpy return in 2007, when an estimated 20,000 pink salmon fought to get up the river to spawn. Get outside. The nice weather continues. ◆
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OUT & ABOUT AUGUST
Gale Johansen: Schack Art Centerâ€™s Artist of the Year has a solo show, My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities, through Sept. 9; 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050; www. schack.org. Whimsical and wild paintings and sculptures. Free.
Vintage Aircraft Weekend: Sept. 1-3 at Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; 425-348-3200; www. vintageaircraftweekend.org. Visiting pilots, historic aircraft, big band dance and more.
Evergreen State Fair: Aug. 24-Sept. 4, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe; www. evergreenfair.org. Arts and crafts, animal barns, carnival, concerts by Josh Turner, Joan Jett, Kenny Loggins (sold separately). Cost is $8 to $12, kids 5 and younger free. Oneday parking is $10.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival: Sept. 8-10, Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo; 425-353-5516; www. mukilteolighthousefestival. com. Live entertainment, food, childrenâ€™s activities, parade, fireworks, fishing derby and more.
Monroe Fair Days Parade: 11 a.m. Aug. 26 on Main Street in downtown Monroe; 360794-5488; www.evergreenfair. org. Cheerleaders, equestrian teams, Evergreen Speedway race cars, Seattle Seafair Pirates, Smokey the Bear, Ronald McDonald and more. Free. Moonlight Beach Adventure: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Marina Beach, 470 Admiral Way S., Edmonds; www. edmondswa.gov. Interpretive program. See and touch live creatures brought to shore by volunteer scuba divers. Free. Arlington Airport Appreciation Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26, 18204 59th Ave. NE, Arlington; www.arlingtonwa. gov. Airplane rides, face painting, helicopter tours, flight simulators, inflatables, tractor rides, ice cream, fly overs, food and more. Free.
Wheels on the Waterfront Classic Car Show: Sept. 9 at Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett; www. portofeverett.com. Benefits the Providence General Foundation Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Parking fee is $2. Art in Legion Park: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Legion Park, 114 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; www. arlingtonartscouncil.net. Art, live music, beer and wine. Arlington Drag Strip Reunion Car Show: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Arlington Airport, 18204 59th Drive NE; 360-652-6910;
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www.arlingtondragstripreunion. com. Benefits local charities. Edmonds Car Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in downtown Edmonds; 425-670-1496; www.edmondswa.com. More than 300 classic cars. Awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Puget Sound Bird Fest: Sept. 15-17, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; 425-771-0227; www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org. Guided field trips to other sites. Free general admission. Opening reception Friday at Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St. Arlington Pioneer Days: 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16, Stillaguamish Pioneer Museum, 20722 67th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-4357289; www.stillymuseum.org. Try old-fashioned water pump, toys, butter churner and woolspinning. Edmonds Art Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16-17; www.edmondsartstudiotour. com. Self-guided tour of 18 artist studios. Meet the artists, see their work in progress and newly finished works.
Edmonds Driftwood Players: “Baskerville — A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig; Sept. 8-24, Wade James Theater, 950 Main St.; 425-774-9600; http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers. org. Tickets are $28 or $25 for seniors, juniors and military. Schack-toberfest: Glass pumpkin patch and harvest art, Sept. 1424, Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050; www.schack.org. Arts of the Terrace: Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 23-Oct. 8, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.; 425-771-7068. Enjoy paintings, prints, calligraphy, drawings, miniatures, photography, 3-dimensional and artisanal works by top local and regional artists. Return of the Salmon Celebration: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Osprey Park, 801 First St., Sultan; 360-7930983; www.skyvalleychamber. com. Activities and 5K salmon run at 9 a.m. Snohomish Hot Rod and Classic Car Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 in downtown Snohomish; bit.ly/1rbuPDC. More than 600 cars and trucks.
Everett Sausage Fest: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 2619 Cedar St.; www. everettsausagefest. com. A familyfriendly Octoberfest-style event with live music, carnival rides, beer garden, children’s games, food and more.
OCTOBER Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: 3 p.m. Oct. 1, First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave.; pacificachamberorchestra.org; 425-743-0255; Tickets are $20 or $15 for students and seniors. Everett Philharmonic Orchestra: 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave.; 206-270-9729; www.everettphil. org. Stage-side chat at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $25, kids 12 and younger free. Himba Portrait Series: Schack Art Center features glass artists Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050; www.schack.org. This exhibit highlights the indigenous nomadic culture in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola. Free. Cascadia Art Museum: Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State 1920-1960, Oct. 5-Jan. 7, 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds; 425336-4809;
www.cascadiaartmuseum.org. The exhibition is a study of color printmaking in Washington state from 1920-1960. Rocktoberfest Gem and Mineral Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7-8; 1605 Seventh St. NE, Marysville; 425-3469313; www.marysvillerockclub. com. Shop for jewelry, beads, fossils, rocks, gems and books. Demonstrations, displays, kids activities, auctions, raffles, food. Cascade Symphony Orchestra: Oct. 23, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N.; 425-275-4485; www. cascadesymphony.org. Tickets are $5 to $15. Village Theatre’s “Into the Woods”: Oct. 27-Nov. 19, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.; 425-2578600. The Sondheim musical is full of storybook characters. Tickets are $14 or $12 for seniors and youth.
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SEA SICK CO2 is hurting the oceans as well as the atmosphere, and a Mukilteo scientist is trying to understand how S TORY BY S A R A BRUE S T L E | P H OTO S BY DA N B AT E S
Scientists have been studying the effects of carbon dioxide on climate for decades. More recently, however, it was discovered that the oceans have absorbed about a third of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide alters ocean chemistry, making seawater more acidic. The scientific term for this phenomenon is “ocean acidification.” Acidification threatens not only the ecological health of the oceans, but also the economic well-being of the communities and industries that depend on a productive marine environment. It’s a powerful motivation for scientists, including Shallin Busch. ➤ 24 | FALL 2017 | WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE
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ungeness crabs are her lab rats.
Shallin Busch is a Mukilteo-based ecologist whose research is linking ocean acidification to the deteriorating health of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Busch, 40, has been a fisheries biologist and researcher for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center at Mukilteo for nearly 10 years. She is at the forefront of NOAA’s efforts to understand the effects of ocean acidification. “I have just been driven by this question. How does our physiology change with our environment? I stumbled on that in
college and I’ve been following it ever since,” she said. “Climate change and ocean acidification is really a huge threat to the Earth as we know it.” After earning a doctorate in zoology at the University of Washington, Busch was hired to do fisheries research for NOAA. Though she was stationed in Maryland for a year, the Mukilteo field station is her research home. Since 2014 she has worked for the Ocean Acidification Program, dedicating herself to understanding and predicting the threat acidification has on the West Coast’s food web and fishery management. She
co-leads experiments at the research lab, which are carried out by a team of scientists. “Ocean acidification is not part of climate change,” Busch said, but both problems are caused by carbon dioxide. “As we burn fossil fuels, more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere and dissolves into the ocean. It’s a chemical change that results in a drop in pH and an increase in acidity.” The Mukilteo team has looked at or is looking at ocean acidification effects on krill, salmon, Dungeness crab, black cod and pteropod (marine snails). So far it ➤
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A 0.3 drop in pH may not seem like a lot, but it’s actually huge. That’s because the pH scale is logarithmic: A difference of one pH unit is equivalent to a tenfold difference in hydrogen concentration. A .3 percent decrease in pH is about a 150 percent change in acidity.
has found that higher pH levels lead to lower survival and slower development rates, as well as changes in behavior. Now it’s back to studying Dungeness crab. “I’m not aware of anyone else looking at potential effects to Dungeness crab,” said Paul McElhany, chief of the Mukilteo station. “It’s interesting, because it’s such a valuable species. It is one of Puget Sound’s top three fisheries. It’s economically very important, and it’s also ecologically very important.” ◆◆◆ Two experiments on ocean acidification and Dungeness crab are running at the station. One experiment looks at the crab’s response to different pH levels throughout the life cycle. Dungeness crab have five life stages: egg, zoea, megalopae, juvenile and adult. Scientists are studying how acidity effects them between each stage. A system nicknamed the Ocean Time Machine controls CO2, oxygen and temperature to mimic oceans of the past, present and future. The lab has 13 Mobile Ocean Acidification Treatment Systems, each with their own seawater treatment conditions. Each system maintains up to 28 jars. Each jar keeps a crab larva. Computers track pH, oxygen and temperature conditions because all three are linked to the effects of carbon dioxide.
On a recent day, researchers were examining crab metabolism as they morphed from megalopae into juveniles. A mature female Dungeness crab.
LEARN MORE http://oceanacidification.noaa.gov www.nwfsc.noaa.gov “Oceans aren’t turning acidic. They are acidifying or they are becoming more acidic, but they will never be acidic,” Busch said. “The pH levels are decreasing, and we expect that maybe they’ll get to 7.8 or 7.6, but they’ll never going to cross that threshold into the acidic realm. “An analogy is the North Pole. It is fundamentally a cold place, but we still say it’s warming. But we don’t call it warm.” A pH less than 7 is acidic and a pH greater than 7 is basic. Right now the mean pH of the ocean is 8.1 on a scale of 0 to 14.
“We’re looking at a broader range of response metrics this time, including respiration and molecular changes,” Busch said. “It’s a window into what’s going on with the physiology, meaning how hard is it for you to maintain your body’s functions like breathing and digesting under changing environments?” It’s a tricky thing to do because it’s essentially an experiment on a gas. “You need to build the system, have the system working properly, measure the system to make sure it’s working properly, get the animals, keep the animals alive and take the data on them,” she said. “It’s very much a team approach.” In addition to raising crabs in the MOATS, the scientists also raise them in well plates stored in an incubator. That’s preparation for experiment No. 2. The second experiment — still very new ➤
At the NOAA station in Mukilteo, Shallin Busch is doing research on ocean acidification effects on marine species.
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Cindy Kekeh, a 20-year-old NOAA intern from Virginia, labels water quality samples used in studying the impact of ocean acidification on the Dungeness crab.
to the lab — takes a multi-generational look at acidification impacts. Researchers will expose a family of crabs to different pH levels throughout their life cycles. It will take three years to examine one generation. “We’ll be working on those for a while,” said McElhany, 54, also a research ecologist. “It’s risky to do these long generational studies, but the species is so important that it seemed like a good idea.” The team recently mated about 50 males and females. It will be a year before the eggs hatch. It will take another two years before the first generation of lab-raised crabs are able to reproduce themselves. As they grow, the crabs will be incubated in refrigerators that are modified so that a computer can control the atmosphere inside. Stacks of well plates holding crab larvae will fill each fridge. “Since this is a brand new project, we’re just trying to keep them alive,” Busch said. They’ll invest in the equipment needed to do the experiment when they work
out their methods. “Imagine keeping thousands and thousands of pets under controlled environments with gases, temperature and water.”
the summer to train as a researcher while working for a government lab. She cared for the crabs, checked water samples and analyzed data.
Busch and McElhany also make computer models of ecosystems based on ocean acidification data from around the world. Most recently, they built a model of the California Current based on the findings of 400 papers detailing carbon dioxide’s effects on more than 250 species.
“I’ve definitely learned more about what research actually is and what it takes to answer a question of interest,” Kekeh said. “Sometimes a research topic seems so simple; however, developing a method to research that topic is not so simple. That’s why teamwork is so important to share ideas and brainstorm together.”
“She’s good to work with,” McElhany said of Busch, with whom he’s worked for 10 years. “She’s a thoughtful, creative and careful scientist. She’s good at seeing where the holes are in our understanding of these important environmental processes and how we might try to address them.” An intern is helping Mukilteo’s team of scientists study Dungeness crab. Cindy Kekeh, 20, is majoring in biology at Norfolk State University in Virginia. A fellow through NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program, she interned over
Busch and McElhany have seen acidification effects in Dungeness crab in past experiments. While those kept pH levels constant, these current experiments expose crabs to varying CO2 conditions — just like you would find in the oceans. With more refined data, they hope to improve their understanding. “Ecosystems are really complex collections of thousands of species, and the species we interact with regularly, like Dungeness crab, can give us windows into change,” Busch said. “I hope ➤
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understanding of the implications of carbon dioxide comes from this research. Through understanding, hopefully it will lead to protection.â€? â—†â—†â—† Busch has been interested in science and environmental issues since childhood. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, near Long Island Sound, surrounded by 250 acres of forest and just a mile away from the Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary. In 1998, she earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University. It was at Princeton that Busch settled on her line of scientific questioning: How do human changes to the environment effect the physiology of other species? Then at UW in 2006 she earned her doctorate in zoology â€” the study of animals â€” so she would never be limited in her research.
Interns Caitlin Oâ€™Brien, 27 (foreground), and Shelly Trigg, 30, of San Diego, a PhD. student and intern, are raising crab larvae.
While working on her undergraduate and doctoral theses, Busch studied the white crowned sparrow in Washington and California, the song wren in Panama and the rufous-collared sparrow in Costa Rica and Ecuador and their response to
environmental stressors, including climate change. â€œI was always interested in this interplay between people and nature,â€? she said. â€œMy line of work lets me study that in
a variety of different ways. I made a deliberate decision to work on species that have clear conservation questions.â€? In addition to her work as a research ecologist, Busch staffs an interagency âž¤
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ocean’s chemistry caused by carbon dioxide. NOAA chairs the group. Don’t ask her if she has a favorite species to research. That’s like asking which of her children is her favorite. “The Dungeness crab is somewhat reminiscent of the wrens,” Busch said. “They’re fiesty, epecially when they’re really small. They’ve got a lot of spunk.” ◆
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t’s a slice of pure peanut butter bliss. And a whopper at that, weighing in at three-quarters of a pound. Peanut butter pie has been fulfilling diners’ dreams for 31 years at Buck’s American Cafe in Everett.
The confection is handmade, two pies at a time, and poured into pre-made chocolate crusts. “I can rock it out in 15 minutes,” Buck’s owner and head chef James Abbott said. “Whipping the whipped cream is actually the longest part of it,” Abbott said. “We found the 40 percent-and-up heavy whipped cream works much better than even a 38 percent. You get so much more lift to it.” Abbott, 44, started making the pies in 1997 when he was hired as a chef at Buck’s, where his mom worked as a server. The cafe is inside the historic Swalwell building that originally housed one of the city’s first banks and later a haberdashery, speakeasy and Pines Tavern. The interior has a long wooden bar and brick walls with big mounted animal heads with antlers. The taxidermied bucks came with the place, as did the pie recipe, when Abbott and his wife, Anne, took over ownership in 2014. Despite the name, Buck’s is more than a cafe. It’s a full-service restaurant with dinner choices such as prime rib, roast duck, oysters and salmon. He’s learned a few pie tricks: “Whip it up to stiff peaks. If it’s a little limp it’s not going to stick up and set as nice. One of the keys is keeping it cold and doing it quick.” ◆
2 9-inch chocolate pie shells 5 cups heavy whipping cream 1½ cups sugar 1 pound cream cheese 3 cups peanut butter 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups chopped peanuts Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over whip. Keep in cool place until needed. Cream the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add peanut butter, vanilla and butter; mix until incorporated. Fold the whipped cream into mixture. Divide between 2 pie shells. Cover with chopped nuts. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. Serve slices topped with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
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Daniel Thomis started Double Bluff Brewing Co. in downtown Langley in October 2015 after moving there from the East Coast with his wife, Marissa.
to forget about Whidbey Island. Sitting silently on the other side of Possession Sound, it hulks on the horizon like a giant green sea creature
emerging from the water.
It can be difficult to get there from the mainland, especially in the summer. There’s a ferry, which can have nightmarish lines that leave even the most teetotaling among us longing for a cold pilsner. Or you could drive all the way around to the bridge over Deception Pass, which, while scenic, can be a slog. So Pacific Northwest craft beer fans can be forgiven if they have no idea what’s brewing on Whidbey Island. We sip on IPAs on this side of the Sound and turn our backs on some amazing beers brewing on the island. That’s a mistake. There aren’t very many breweries on Whidbey Island, but those that call it home make quality beer and have some of the most die-hard fans around. A number of local watering holes also proudly serve Whidbey Island beer. That said, if you’re going to take this trip, be mindful. I’m going to point out five great places to stop, which, if all visited, could leave anyone a little too tipsy to drive. So designate a driver, take a few breaks and remember to eat. My advice? Grab a sandwich and pie to go at Greenbank’s Whidbey Pies & Cafe and go for a hike at South Whidbey State Park or Fort Ebey State Park. Or stop in Coupeville, shop downtown and dive into some oysters at The Oystercatcher. There’s plenty to do on Whidbey Island besides drink great beer. ➤
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What’s brewing on Whidbey OGRES BREWING
from Boston in 2014 and soon realized the tiny town needed a brewery. He and his wife, Marissa, opened the brewery tucked away down an alley off Anthes Avenue less than two years later.
As you head north off the MukilteoClinton ferry, take a quick detour on Campbell Road, and then head south on Cultus Bay Road, until nearly running out of island. From there, keep an eye out for the burgundy home with a two-car garage. Grab a parking spot and step into one of the smallest tasting rooms in the state. Ogres co-owners and head brewers Adam Jackson and Royce Baker recently opened the island’s smallest brewery — if you bring friends, it’ll be standing room only — and they’re not shy about their love for beer. The two use local artesian well water and ingredients to make their beer, which range from dark ales to blondes. The one downside is Ogres Brewing is only open 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. If you visit early in the day or on a day they’re not open, head 100 feet down the road and pay a visit to Bailey’s Corner Store. The iconic South Whidbey tourist spot carries a number of Ogres beers and other quality craft beer offerings.
Tap handles are plane propellors at Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor.
GETTING THERE: 7693 Cultus Bay Road, Clinton; 425-418-9005; 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; www.facebook.com/ogresbrewing
DOUBLE BLUFF BREWING For the next stop, head north toward Langley, a cozy little tourist town on the east side of Whidbey Island. Among all of the antique and gift shops is Daniel Thomis’ brewery, Double Bluff Brewing. It’s a small brewery with big ambition. Fed up with the corporate life, the Swissborn Thomis moved to Whidbey Island
Thomis is no stranger to the brew game, having been a home brewer for nearly two decades. The small operation pumps out an absurd amount of beer for the five-gallon system behind the bar. On a recent visit, Thomis was offering seven beers on tap, including a Belgian-style ale brewed with bergamot, a sticke altbier and white IPA. He was especially proud of his next creation: a version of the Belgian ale with orange zest. The brewery is an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, with plenty of room to kick back with a large group and enjoy a few pints in the sun (or shade). The brewery is kid- and dog-friendly, so the crew is welcome. The fire pits are a crowd favorite after the sun goes down. GETTING THERE: 112 Anthes Ave., Langley; 360-333-9113; 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday; www.dblfbrewing.com ➤
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Flyers Restaurant and Brewery’s dining area is decorated with model planes and features a glass wall that looks through to brewing equipment.
What’s brewing on Whidbey TAPROOM @ BAYVIEW CORNER Leaving Langley and heading up Bayview Road back to Highway 525, don’t skip this fun spot. It’ll be hard to miss. Taproom @ Bayview Corner is at the apex of the corner created by Bayview, Marshview Avenue and 525, and the front door greets drivers as they make their way up Bayview from Langley. The homey taproom is the creation of husband and wife duo Damien and Tiffany Cortez. The two Whidbey Island natives opened the taproom three years ago with a focus on local craft beers, ciders and wine. The aim of the aesthetic was comfort, and the taproom takes full advantage of the building that once housed the Bayview Cash Store. There’s plenty of exposed wood, including a giant wood bar and iconic tap handles atop an inside wall. Like any taproom worth its salt, Taproom @ Bayview Corner has a solid selection of Northwest beers on draft and in the
bottle. Grab a pint and head outside to the small deck near the entrance. You’ll be able to wave to all the unfortunate folks who don’t have time to sit and sip a cold one. GETTING THERE: 5603 Bayview Road, Langley; 360-222-2643; 2 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday; www.facebook.com/ TaproomAtBayviewCorner
PENN COVE BREWING CO. After a short pit stop, hop back on Highway 525 and head north. Skip all the wine hot spots in Freeland and Greenbank and make your way to Coupeville, where brothers Marc and Mitch Aparicio have opened a spot to have a local beer. It’s not quite a brewery yet, but it does have aspiration to become one. With the goal of opening a fully functioning brewery in a few years, the
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Aparicio brothers have staked out their spot just off Highway 20 in Coupeville by opening a taproom that serves what Mitch refers to as “super local” beers. On a recent visit, all of the beers on tap were from breweries on Whidbey Island, in Bellingham or Skagit Valley. One of the must-try beers is Penn Cove’s first official beer: Madrona Way IPA. The Aparicio brothers gypsy-brewed the collaboration beer at the Bastion Brewing facility in Anacortes with Bastion Brewing’s head brewer, Evan Barnett. Penn Cove’s taproom is a bit small, but if the weather is nice, order up a Madrona Way IPA, grab a seat outside and enjoy the saltwater air as it wafts in off Penn Cove. GETTING THERE: 103 S. Main St., Coupeville; 360-682-5747; 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; www. penncovebrewing.com ➤
Friends (from left) Carla Corin, Joe Hillers, Jim Somers and Lenny Corin enjoy a beer at Penn Cove Brewing Co. in Coupeville.
FLYERS RESTAURANT AND BREWERY
Flyers’ sister taproom in Burlington last year.
This next drive is the longest of the day. Once you wind past Penn Cove and over the hills of north Whidbey Island, you’ll happen upon the largest city on the island: Oak Harbor. Flyers is just off the main drag in a nondescript building that could be a Denny’s. It’s not.
The original Flyers location has more of a restaurant feel than taproom. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a tasting flight. There are too many good choices to settle on just one. Two can’t-miss beers are the multi-award winning Pacemaker Porter and Barnstormer Brown, which won a silver at the 2008 World Beer Cup.
The elder statesman of Whidbey Island brewing, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery has been making award-winning beers since it opened in 2005. Tony Savoy, head brewer at Flyers, is an instructor at Skagit Valley College’s Craft Brewing Academy and oversaw the opening of
Sit back and toast the day. You’ve made it nearly the length of Whidbey Island and you’ve tasted the best brews the island has to offer. Now, how to get home? ◆
GETTING THERE: 32295 U.S. 20, Oak Harbor; 360-675-5858; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; www.eatatflyers. com ◆
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SYLLABLES from LIFE The poetry comes naturally to Steve K. Bertrand
BY ANDREA BROWN
Steve K. Bertrand is a teacher and track coach by day. He’s a writer 24/7. Words fill his head when he is running, gardening, eating, driving and dreaming. “Some people knit, some play guitar. I like to play around with words,” he said. “I write a little bit every day. It adds up. It’s like pulling weeds in the yard.” Bertrand, 62, has written 18 books on everything from history to haiku. Nine books of poems were self-published this year, wrangled from scraps of paper stored in boxes in his attic. His wife, Donna Marie, provided the encouragement that the poems should be seen by more than moths and mice. “My wife said, ‘You wouldn’t bake a cake and not eat it,’ ” Bertrand said. Good point.
Autumn sky — wild geese hurrying to catch up with their honking —STE V E K . BERTR AND
From “A Thousand Miles”
“In December, I went up into the attic and started mission impossible,” he said. “I started pulling everything out and bundling it into piles of likeness around various themes.” Now he has his cake and he can eat it, too — and so can you. His books are on Amazon for $20 and have 1,000 poems. The way he sees it: “If it were doughnuts, getting 1,000 for 20 bucks is a pretty good deal.” He scores either way.
“A Thousand Miles” is a haiku collection about everything from midnight snacks and Buddha to traffic jams and his wife (it’s dedicated to her). “Into the Cavern” explores themes about the sea, sky, mountain and forest in the Pacific Northwest. Most of his haiku poems do not follow the traditional format of 17 syllables in three lines metered in a 5-7-5 count. He keeps it to three lines, but doesn’t count syllables. However, he adhered to Japanese form when he entered Arlington’s Eagle Festival Haiku Contest. His haiku won first place in the 2017 adult division:
Overhead eagle with three crows harassing him I’ve had days like that “Writing is good for the soul,” said Bertrand, a special ed, music and physical education teacher at Cascade High School in Everett, where he has coached track and cross-country for more than 4o years. “I’m never short of things to write about. I like writing about the places where I’ve lived,” he said. His writing tools have changed over time. “In the old days it was on a bar coaster and slips of paper at the gas station and receipts at the grocery store — whatever you find so you don’t lose the moment,” he said.
“If I make enough from a reading and a signing for my wife and I to go to dinner and movie, it’s been a good night. I didn’t get into it to be Ernest Hemingway, or for fame and fortune. It’s a way to preserve an experience and make sense of it.”
Sometimes, while running, he’d stop in businesses to borrow a pen to jot down his jolt of brilliance.
His books reflect observations of everyday life, nature and nurture.
“My record is 63 haiku while driving from Everett to Lake Chelan.” ◆
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“Now I carry my cellphone and type the poem into my phone. I did that yesterday with three poems,” he said.
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STORY BY ANDREA BROWN | PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY
STORIES BY ANDREA BROWN | PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY
regg Jantz Jr. was 11 when he saw a Segway on vacation in Hawaii and talked his parents into letting him ride.
“I thought, ‘Why aren’t these everywhere?’” he said. “I had the same visions as the inventor Dean Kamen as this as a new way of getting around.” He thought like that at age 11? “It was very futuristic. I was pretty obsessed with it and the technology behind it,” he said. “I wrote a letter to the CEO and he invited us to the factory (in New Hampshire).”
Off they went. Gregg started Edmonds Segway Tours with his dad when he was 12 and took over running it while in high school. He recently graduated and starts in the fall at Seattle Pacific University. He turned 18 on Aug. 12. The company has five seasonal employees and is a full-service dealership that rents, sells and repairs Segways. It occupies a waterfront spot by Arnies Restaurant. Gregg comes from a family of entrepreneurs. His dad, a psychologist,
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started The Center, A Place of HOPE, a treatment facility in Edmonds, and has written 37 self-help books (Gregg cowrote one book with him). His mom runs Red Twig Bakery and Cafe. The family took ownership of the popular downtown Edmonds bistro a year ago. That’s where you’ll find Gregg’s 14-year-old brother, Benjamin, too. Family members also pitch in at the Segway shop. Segways are used on police beats, in airports, ballparks, universities, on corporate campuses and city tours. Seattle’s Segway tour goes along the ➤
Way to go: Guided Segway tours
Gregg Jantz Jr. leads Segway riders at Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds.
Elliott Bay piers to the Space Needle and through Pike Place Market. Gregg’s customers get a guided tour around Edmonds to learn about the history and happenings of this quaint town. People can also rent a Segway to tool around on their own. He’s not only giving people a ride on unique technology, he’s promoting tourism. Visitors from all over are lured to Edmonds to ride a Segway. About 500 tours were sold during a recent Groupon ad alone. Hundreds more have been sold over the years. Cheryl Morgan, visiting Seattle from North Carolina, had been on two previous Segway tours on the East Coast.
“It’s a neat way to see the local area. You can see a lot more on a Segway,” she said. Why Edmonds? “It’s away from the big city,” she said. Highlights for her included the beaches and downtown architecture. She brought her mom, Lucille Morgan, a retiree from Mississippi. It was Mom’s first time on a Segway, but not her last.
IF YOU GO Edmonds Segway Tours 300 Admiral Way, Suite 104, Edmonds; 206-947-5439; info@ edmondssegwaytours.com; www.edmondssegwaytours.com Riders must be at least 14. The 90-minute historic and sunset tours are $75. Rentals, self-guided, are $25 for an hour.
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Gregg Jantz Jr. goes over a few basics with Segway riders before they head out to explore.
y sister and her 21-yearold twin sons were visiting from San Diego. They did the Seattle tourist stuff and hiked around Whidbey Island. I wanted them to see something Snohomish County special. So we went on an Edmonds Segway Tour. The 90-minute tour begins with a crash course on Segway basics: The vehicle stays balanced by responding to body movements. Go forward or backward by shifting your weight. To turn, shift yourself and the steering grip left or right. Push down with your heels to stop. Yep, it’s that simple. Way easier than learning how to ride a bike, even for uncoordinated sorts like me. The Segway shop owned and operated by Gregg Jantz Jr. occupies a sleek and spacious space by the marina. You’d never imagine the person who owns and operates the company is barely 18. Gregg was away that day doing a summer internship at a cybersecurity company. Our tour guide was new hire named Kyol — “It’s Kyle but I like to spell it ‘OL’ as
part of my artistic facade,” he explained. This was Kyol’s summer job on break from his first year of art school. We were his sixth tour group. He was still working on his spiel, which he said was curated from Wikipedia. Worked for us. After all, the main lure of taking a Segway tour is to take a spin. There aren’t many chances to ride a Segway unless you’re a mall cop, street cop or airport worker. Segways cost about $6,000. Most people would rather put that toward a car or motorcycle than a futuristic hand-cart that tops out at 12 mph. Kyol let us do figure 8s in the parking lot for practice before we went along the marina and populated areas. My nephews are hockey players, so they felt at home with wheels under their feet. The twins were tame compared to their mom. My sister, a no-nonsense lawyer by day, went zooming around the lot like she was a mall cop chasing a shoplifter. Kyol led the way through the flux of people enjoying a sunny afternoon at the waterfront. Our funny-looking motorized
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devices turned a few heads, but for the most part, we didn’t stand out among the cast of characters in Edmonds. As we rode, Kyol sprinkled historical tidbits and alternative facts into his narrative. He explained the waterfront area is called Brackett’s Landing after Edmond’s timber tycoon and founding father George Brackett. That is true. Kyol said there were two people too few to incorporate a village, so Brackett added the name of his two dogs and listed them as his cousins. Or maybe it was a bull and a dog. Or so legend has it. By the Sound Transit station, Kyol pointed out the totem-like statue “Standing Wave” and said Edmonds gave its sister city in Japan 10,000 pounds of salmon for it. That sounded a bit like a fish tale. (Fact: It was made by Seattle artist Gerard Tsutakawa, who also created the bronze “Mitt” sculpture outside Safeco Field.) At Olympic Beach, Kyol noted the giant boulder that recognizes Olympic athletes. He said it used to honor ice skater Rosalynn Sumners, who grew up in Edmonds and won a silver medal ➤
in 1984. The way he told it, after she started saying Kirkland was her hometown, the folks of Edmonds took her name off the rock. Fact or fiction? We didn’t care. We stopped at the “Seeing Whales” sculpture by Richard Beyer that depicts a family spanning several generations watching whales, complete with sculpted birds perched on their heads. Kyol spoke earnestly, not only about the whales that hang out around the bay, but also the sixgill shark. I almost expected the shark to pop up on cue and everybody to run screaming from the beach. The 90 minutes went by fast. We liked the casualness of the tour with the humorous “what could have been” narrative by Kyol. He also talked about highlights such as Cascadia Art Museum and Edmonds Underwater Park for scuba divers. It was scholarly enough for us. Compared to big-city Segway tours, it is low-key with fewer pedestrians to navigate around. “It was ridiculously fun and easy to get the hang of,” my nephew Brett said. My sister Lisa liked the freedom to charge around like a mall cop. ◆
Q&A WITH GREGG JANTZ JR.
What do you want people to know about Segways? Henry Ford claimed that if he gave people what they were asking him for, he would have given them a faster horse. Little did they know the invention of the car would replace horse transportation altogether. Segway provides the same philosophy. What people have asked for in the personal commuting field are better bikes, better mopeds and even electric scooters. Segway takes a whole new approach to this problem: It provides easier controls than all three combined, 24 miles of range per charge and state-of-the-art safety features. Because the Segway uses top-class lithium-ion batteries, not only are you not paying for gas, but it provides a zero carbon emissions footprint.
What are some misconceptions? Riding a Segway is as easy as standing on your own two feet. If you don’t believe me, come down to our store and I will personally give you a free in-store demo. It’s impossible to lean too far forward or too far backward to the point that the Segway will fall over. Trust me, I’ve tried. Contrary to popular belief, the inventor of the Segway was not the one who drove off a cliff on a Segway — it was the man who purchased the company from the inventor. The inventor of the Segway’s name is Dean Kamen, and he is alive and well, hosting robotics competitions and continuing to create more useful inventions for people around the world.
What’s in store for your next 18 years? I’ve lived an exciting life so far and am very thankful for every opportunity presented me, seized or not. I am believing for an even more exciting future of helping change the world for the better by doing the things I love to do.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why? Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Mark Batterson or Beniah from the Bible. They have all been incredibly influential in my life.
Finish this sentence: People would be shocked to know… I started flying planes before I started driving cars.
What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment either flying for the first time or the day Edmonds Segway Tours officially opened.
Gary Blackford and Debbie Saile cruise along the Edmonds waterfront.
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What would your 8-year-old self say to you today? Keep making the most of every minute. What are three things in your fridge? Puget Sound Kombucha, sriracha and bagels.
What is your pet peeve? Not being able to drive in the carpool lane without another person.
What is your guilty pleasure? Kombucha and black licorice. Not particularly at the same time.
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Twilight over the Port “Why do we love the sea?” asked American painter Robert Henri. “It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” I spent about a year exclusively drawing the sunset over the sea from my favorite Everett park. It became a bi-weekly meditation. I would see familiar faces every time I went down to “my bench” at Grand Avenue Park. It became a gathering place for friends, as well as thoughts. Few things say “I’m home” like watching the sun move across the Sound and drift behind the Olympic Mountains. All the man-made structures merge into one dark shape as the sky dominates in colors from which no one can look away.
Most locals are aware of the out-ofcontrol views from certain places in Everett, especially those who live within a stone’s toss of the sea. But if you don’t know what I’m talking about, find a park adjacent to the sea like Legion Memorial, Grand Avenue, Jetty Island, Bayside, Rucker Hill, Howarth or Harborview. Claim a bench around sunset and think those beautiful thoughts.
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“Reflecting Snohomish.” Looking east from Lowell Riverfront Trail.
“Toward Twilight” Sunset at Kayak Point.
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“Postcards from Yesteryear.” Street scene in Mount Vernon.
A timeless sense of place
have a sanguine personality, which defines how I approach life, let alone photography. I feel that you can find beauty in the everyday. So, I go about my days looking for it.” WHO: Todd Reynolds, 43, a Herald multimedia sales consultant, lives in Arlington with his wife, Andrea, and sons Kyler, 19, and Kaden, 11. WHAT: I find myself photographing flowers, landscapes, nature, old buildings, old cars and, on occasion, people. I feel in today’s modern era of high-quality cellphones and good point-and-shoot cameras, most people can pull off a “technically” good image. I like to go beyond the norm and push my images to bring out a surreal feel. My go-to camera is a $650 Sony Alpha a6000 with a 55210 mm lens and a 16-50 mm lens. WHEN: I started doing photography my senior year in high school in
1991. At that point, I had taken every art elective that I could and photography was last on my list. I fell in love with it. This was way before the digital market emerged. It was all black-and-white film, developed by myself and then printed in the darkroom. Sometimes I miss the smell of those chemicals.
PHOTOS BY TODD REYNOLDS
WHERE: I take pictures while I am out and about. I always carry my camera with me. Since I spend most of my time between Snohomish and Skagit counties, that is where the majority of my work comes from. I have learned that there are many fleeting moments that go unseen by the general population, and I want to capture them. WHY: I graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle back in ‘96, and I thought that I was going to be some great artist. Alas, life has a way of moving you in different directions. ➤ WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | FALL 2017 | 47
“Beauty in Ruin.” Old barn near Conway.
I got married, had a couple of kids, found myself in sales and completely unsatisfied. While out to lunch with a friend in late 2012, I expressed my general lack of excitement in my life. To which he asked why I was not, at least at a hobby level, doing photography. It was a simple but very profound question. I took it on myself to kick off 2013 with a goal of making a photographic effort every day. So began my growth back into an old love. I still make that effort daily. HOW: It’s more than the light, the angles and the lines. It’s putting the pieces together to make a great composition. It’s not just about taking the picture, it’s more about taking the image where you want it to go after it has been taken. When it’s right, you feel it.
“Ocean Fury.” That perfect moment of catching a storm rolling into the Everett Marina.
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FAVORITE PHOTO: One that continues to stand out is my “Burning Wishes” picture. I lit dandelions on fire and captured the flame in that brief moment before the flower was consumed. Another is of the old tugboat out in the slough between Everett and Marysville.
— Andrea Brown
“Stink Eye.” Pigeon on the Everett waterfront.
ABOVE: “You Can Check in Whenever You Like.” Old Hillside Motel sign in south Skagit County. LEFT: “St. Anne.” Spot color of stained glass at St Anne’s Church, Tulalip.
“Watercolors.” Moxy tugboat on Ebey Slough.
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Don Thomas of R&D Handyman Service installs a ceiling fan at a home in southeast Everett.
Photo by Andy Bronson
An extra hand around the house STORY BY CHRISTINA HICKMAN
Who couldn’t use one? Especially as those winter chores loom
It’s time to get ready for the rain. If you’re a property owner, you need to prepare your home. Luckily, Washington North Coast Magazine caught up with three handyman businesses — each of them licensed, bonded and insured — that can help you finish what needs to be done to the house before the rainy season starts. Read on to learn more about each company’s history and available handyman services. ➤
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R & D HANDYMAN SERVICE The R is for Rod Preusch, the D for Don Thomas, Rod’s son-inlaw. Perhaps the ampersand stands for Rod’s daughter and Don’s wife, Alison Preusch. Before moving to Washington, the Preusches lived in Las Vegas. After obtaining his painting license, Rod painted for major Vegas strip hotels like The Dunes. When he was laid off from that job, he started a painting and paper hanging company. The family relocated to Orcas Island 40 years ago, where Rod found work with several building contractors. He stayed on Orcas for 15 years before moving to Everett to be closer to his three daughters and grandchildren. Rod continued to work on the island, but when the commute became too much, he became a general contractor in the Everett area. He did this for another 15 years. Rod’s father taught him how to build at a young age, so it was natural for him to go from painting to remodeling. Alison recalled that her family never lived in the same home for more than five years. Rod constantly remodeled the houses, and when the projects ran out, it was time to move on. “He’s of the generation that he can’t just sit still,” she said.
HOMEOWNERS’ FALL TO-DO LIST Here’s what local handymen recommend for fall home maintenance:
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Clean out the gutters. Most property owners forget to clean their gutters. “Out of sight, out of mind,” Dernbach said. Sitting dirt and leaves cause them to rust and then leak. Maintaining gutters is easier and less expensive than replacing them. Winterize outdoor faucets. Prepare these faucets for freezing temperatures so that your pipes don’t burst, Thomas said. Shut off valves to each faucet, drain any water left in them, and then cover each faucet with an insulation sleeve. Check wood piles for mice and bugs. You don’t want insects or animals burrowing into or eating your firewood, Thomas said.
Seal windows and doors. Check and re-seal caulking around exterior windows and doors. This avoids winter drafts that can lead to bigger heating bills, Thomas said. It can also prevent rot and black mold from forming inside siding, Dernbach said. Check around skylights, as well, to keep water out, Edwards said.
Clean moss off the roof. Treat moss found growing on roofs, especially before the rain arrives, Dernbach said. Moss tends to grow under shingles, so it’s not always easy to see. The longer it is left unmaintained, the bigger of a detriment it becomes to the structural integrity of the roof.
Add insulation. Many homes don’t have adequate insulation — or any at all — especially in the attic, Dernbach said. Heating a house in the winter without insulation can result in huge heating bills. Check fireplaces. Be sure to check fireplaces to ensure they are safe and ready to operate for winter, Edwards said. Also check the chimney flashings (the sheet metal between the chimney and roof that keeps it watertight).
Over the years, Rod acquired multiple licenses as a painter and general contractor. But the more painting or wallpaper jobs he did, the more he realized how customers would also ask him to do other projects around the house. An idea began to take shape. With his son-in-law Donald, who is an electrician, Rod formed R&D. The men each have a work van, and while each takes on their own projects, most of the time the two work together. Rod handles the plumbing, painting and building; Don, the electrical work. A true family affair, Alison does the scheduling and ➤
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Thomas has a little bit of everything in his truck. You never know what you might need.
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bookkeeping. Now 79, Rod is taking on less of the work, while Don is picking up more. The range of projects Rod and Don take on is wide. If there’s something you need to have done, chances are they can do it. No project is too small. Alison said her father and husband pride themselves on giving truthful advice as to whether a customer actually needs a certain service. Beyond years of experience, the R&D crew is known to be extremely courteous and reliable. If either of them is running late, they’ll let you know. Rod went out to fix a client’s leaky faucet on the Fourth of July. “I couldn’t leave him hanging,” he told Alison. “Once he starts working for you, he thinks of you as his friend,” Alison said. “He’s a big-hearted sweetie, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his daughter.” R&D Handyman Service serves the greater Everett area. Call 425-773-5906 for an appointment.
ISLAND HANDYMAN As the Island Handyman, Brian Dernbach has been named Best Handyman four years in a row by the Best of Whidbey Readers Choice Awards. But he wasn’t always a handyman. Born and raised on the island, Dernbach served in the military and then worked as an electrician for Boeing. After he was laid off, he picked up handyman work for a local company. It didn’t take him long to decide it made more sense to start his own business. His first major business investment in 2000? His work van, which he still owns 17 years later. Dernbach slowly built up his tool library, acquiring items as needed for projects. Though it was a struggle at first, a combination of hard work and pride of craftsmanship eventually paid off. “No matter how small or simple the job is, we want everything to be just right, to be perfect,” he said. Dernbach has two employees. His wife, Joanna, does all of the administrative work and even handles some estimates. You name it, Island Handyman can do it: hanging blinds, putting in locks, repairing drywall, roof repairs, building decks, remodeling kitchens.
“Any of the things no one wants to do,” Dernbach joked. Everything comes with Dernbach’s quality guarantee: He doesn’t charge for anything up front, just the cost of materials. “There is no payment until the customer is 100 percent satisfied and happy,” he said. Island Handyman services Whidbey Island. Call 360-240-0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART OF PERFECTION HEATING & HANDYMAN SERVICES For Milo Edwards, president and owner, the gears started turning back when he worked for the Opportunity Council, helping low-income families make their homes more energy-efficient. Eventually, he earned his business license and reached out to area contractors to start getting jobs. He regularly assisted with fireplace service for Hearth & Home, a 31-year-old business in Oak Harbor. Edwards started his own company back in 2006, working with local property managers and realtors and building his client base. He now averages 100 to 120 clients per month (or five to eight a day). He has been runner-up for the last two years for Best Handyman in the Best of Whidbey Readers Choice Awards. He has an idea why. “I’m upfront and honest,” Edwards said. “I don’t beat around the bush; I tell it like it is.” Edwards is a one-man show. He’s had employees before, but found himself having to go back and finish their jobs. They weren’t meeting the quality of work he expected. He installs fireplaces and home appliances (dryers, ovens, etc.) in addition to the usual handyman tasks. His projects have involved heat pumps, conversions, gas piping, exhausts, dryer vents and roofs. He is careful to make sure whatever he is working on has been permitted and inspected. If a customer isn’t entirely sure what is needed, that’s OK, too. “I consult with people and give them all of their options, and they appreciate that,” Edwards said.
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Edwards prides himself on being a family man. He works Monday through Friday, reserving weekends to spend as much time as he can with his wife and three young children, ages 1, 3, and 7. Art of Perfection serves Whidbey Island, as well as Anacortes and La Conner. Call 360-672-5772 or email email@example.com to make an appointment. ◆
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Brian Dernbach adjusts a mailbox in Oak Harbor. The former Boeing electrician started his own handyman business after he was laid off, and now has two employees.
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Why I love it here:
TRAVIS HOTS Travis Hots is the fire chief of Snohomish County Fire District No. 22 in Getchell. He serves as a volunteer rescue helicopter pilot with Snohomish County Search & Rescue. Travis lives in the Marysville area with his wife, Aimee, and their two children, Lydia, 13, and Caden, 10.
’m from the fifth generation of the Hots family that was born and raised in Marysville. When I was growing up, it was still a small town with a population of less than 5,000. Cruising around town with friends on bicycles, playing baseball, fishing off the bulkhead on Ebey Slough and an occasional visit to the Thunderbird Drive Inn or the Marysville Skate Inn were all the recreational activities we had back then.
Times were simple growing up in Marysville in the 1980s. Everyone knew everybody and we had an enormous amount of pride in our community. You couldn’t walk into the B&M Grocery Store for a gallon of milk without talking to people for an hour. Locals looked out for each other, and that included kids on bicycles. I knew at a young age that I would someday raise Hots generation No. 6 in Marysville. I wanted my kids to experience the Mayberry setting that I had come to love: The Strawberry Festival, the fire siren wailing to signal noon, the freshly cut smell of cedar at the Welco Mill, Santa visiting all the neighborhoods via fire engine at
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Christmas, fishing for trout at Jennings Park and swimming for golf balls in the ponds at Cedarcrest Golf Course to earn money. I was certain that my kids would someday experience all of this. However, as our town grew into a city, it became glaringly obvious that the next generation wouldn’t enjoy the same small-town life that I had. Things would be very different going forward. The lumber mills, dairy farms, old downtown core, and even the many strawberry fields that had once made Marysville famous, would all give way to progress and development.
many aviation activities this area has to offer, including the Boeing Co., aviation museums and air shows held throughout the year. I also enjoy taking friends and family up for a thrilling scenic bird’s-eye view of our beautiful community. Even though the Mayberry feel of Marysville has faded away, now there are new things to do and see that make our community special. The Tulalip Tribes offer a beautiful destination resort where shopping and entertainment abounds, as well as opportunities to experience Coast Salish culture at the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve.
Today our family enjoys a spacious backyard garden where we grow lots of vegetables and, of course, strawberries. I also keep honey bees and a small flock of laying hens. We don’t sell our farm-raised products, we only trade them. I have found that you establish better relationships with those you trade with, than if you were to just sell the product for cash. It’s an oldschool way that my kids are learning to appreciate.
Marysville has done a wonderful job of expanding city parks and creating recreational opportunities. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the new Ebey Slough Waterfront Park, where my kids might someday fish from a modern bulkhead.
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