Looking Back: 102 years ago – 1918 and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

In October of 1918, the world was still fighting WWI, and although the end of the hostilities was near, censorship of the news still remained.  Therefore, it was left to the non-combatant country of Spain to report that civilians in many places were becoming ill and dying at an alarming rate.  These circumstances gave rise…

Fitness Corner: Walk your way through the pandemic

Walking, it seems, is now a “thing.” If there was a form of movement that most of us can do, made for a stay-mostly-at-home-avoid-crowds-crisis, it is definitely walking. And with this pandemic apparently here for the foreseeable future, as well as summer upon us, there is never a better time to make walking a part…

Day Trip Discoveries: Go around the world at Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo has always provided a wonderful excursion for families — kids and grandkids love seeing and learning about animals from around the world. Now reopened, the zoo provides a safe outdoor experience to enjoy during summer weather. The biggest news is the zoo’s new Malayan baby tapir, born June 10 to first-time…

Edmonds Art Beat: Young artist makes a big impact in community

You have probably seen this image recently in local news, an image of artwork in our community that was unfortunately vandalized earlier this week after being installed as part of the city’s On the Fence temporary artwork program. (Learn more here.) Thankfully, the community came together to restore the work done by a local artist…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun family hikes that allow for distancing

A popular subject amongst the group text we have going for our hockey friends is where to hike/walk with the kids. (We also talk a bit about how the kids talk to each other mid-video game as it seems to be its own language.) At our house, we’re looking for a mix of trying to…

EPIC Group Travel Writers: North Sea beach towns

Everyone loves a beach town in summer. Each town has a different personality, although all specialize in food, fun, sand, and sunburn. Last summer we enjoyed two beach towns, both on the North Sea, but completely different from Edmonds and from each other. The first town was Skagen, strategically placed on the sandy tip of…

Edmonds Art Beat: BINGO! Find the outdoor art around town

With warmer weather and the opportunity to walk around town (assuming generous distance from others and masks as needed), now is a great time to test your knowledge of the various outdoor art installations around town. Erin Zackey, teacher at Edmonds Heights and an engaged citizen, created a do-it-yourself BINGO scorecard for the outdoor art…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great summer reads for kids

Good news! Edmonds Bookshop is open. We are excited to have you back in the store. For the time being we will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. [Check our Facebook page, and our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We will keep you updated as we attempt to go with…

Between Assignments: Supporting local arts during the pandemic

Being in and around “the neighborhood” for decades, it has been marvelous for me to see the evolution of Snohomish County and in particular, South Snohomish County. One of the chief delights has been the growth, quality and maturity of the arts movement across South County — centering, I suppose, from my background as a…

Bird Lore: Common Nighthawk

The Common Nighthawk was a fairly common summer sight in Western Washington decades ago. It is now spotted irregularly in Puget Trough cities during migration, which is from late May into June. It probably passes over Edmonds each year in spring and fall migration, but does so in such small numbers that it is not…

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From the Publisher’s Desk: Revisiting how we engage with Facebook

For years, I have shared with readers my love-hate relationship with Facebook. Actually, let’s flip that: It’s a hate-love relationship. To explain, everything we post to our news websites is also posted to Facebook and Twitter. I used to do this posting individually, by hand, and with three community news websites it was fairly time…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Virtual and in-person summer camp options for families

After picking up my second set of books from the Edmonds library since they opened for socially distanced hold pickups and returns (still a thrill), I saw campers and staff at the Edmonds Boys are Girls Club in their camp t-shirts hanging out on the basketball court next to the building. The club has been…

Edmonds Art Beat: Graffiti artist Emily Gussin happy to call Edmonds home

Recently, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across some colorful images that caught my eye. A post in a local group from an artist, reaching out to the community offering her services to paint a Black Lives mural on any blank walls or boarded-up windows. She asked that in lieu of…