Edmonds Korean War Purple Heart vet still in there pitching

Korean War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and 20-year Edmonds resident Phil Sacks had the honor of throwing out the first pitch on Monday night as the Seattle Mariners took on the Baltimore Orioles. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sacks grew up in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. With the outbreak of the Korean War…

How I ended up meeting Taylor Swift

My story of meeting Taylor Swift begin seven years ago when I fell in love with her first album. But I’ll save you all the relationships, heartbreaks and life-changing songs and skip forward to November 2014. I was one of 33 lucky Taylor Swift fans who were sent holiday presents, picked out specifically to complement…

Local musician puts his heart into his music

Two heart attacks haven’t slowed down local musician Vern Percival. Despite past health challenges, the 69-year-old has not lost his smile or his positive attitude, and he also sings with popular local band the Huckabillys. Twelve years ago, the outlook for Percival was not so upbeat. He experienced a massive heart attack when he was…

Scene in Edmonds: Roberto the Magnificent works his magic

Roberto the Magnificent performed at Hazel Miller Plaza Tuesday to an enthusiastic crowd, part of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission’s summer concert series. Roberto has been juggling and entertaining professionally for 35 years, starting in 1980 when he was 11 years old. “It’s the only job I’ve ever had!” he exclaimed proudly. He’s performed…

Son’s autism diagnosis inspires mom to launch gluten-free bakery

Edmonds mom Elizabeth Rayborn was happy with her job as a professional baker and didn’t have plans to start her own bakery – let alone a gluten-free one. Then her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. After son Killian’s diagnosis, Rayborn and her husband began researching different remedies for his condition. Surprisingly for them, they…

Scene in Edmonds: Another amazing ECA auction dinner fulfilled

For the second year in a row, Arnie’s Restaurant Chef Bill Pennington and his staff, Carlos Vasquez and Charles Manley, delighted the lucky winners who bid on a private hosted dinner benefiting the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Even the weather was perfect (if not a bit too warm) Saturday night for the beach-themed deck…

Edmonds ex-Marine will run 160 miles to honor her fallen sister soldiers

Wearing a shirt that says “Valor Knows No Gender,” Edmonds resident and retired Marine Major Bridget Guerrero is in the final stages of preparing for a solo 160-mile run through the Puget Sound area, one mile for each of the 160 service women who have lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. The…

Meadowdale grad pitching for Tampa Bay minor league team

Meadowdale graduate Sam Triece is glad to be back on the mound. Triece, who recently graduated from Washington State, is even happier that he is on the road to a professional baseball career. Triece was selected in the 10th round by Tampa Bay in the Major League Baseball amateur draft in June and flew down…

Edmonds resident receives Tourism Bureau Lifetime Service Award

Edmonds resident Linda McCullough has been awarded the President’s “Call to Service” Lifetime Service Award from the Snohomish Couny Tourism Bureau. McCullough was recognized for “always working to promote tourism in her home town of Edmonds and all of Snohomish County,” wrote Volunteer Services Manager Jennifer Bravo of the Tourism Bureau. The award noted her…

Senior Center serves up a celebration for members in their 90s

For the fourth year, the Edmonds Senior Center celebrated those members who are 90 or older with a light lunch, a decadent dessert, harp music and a lighthearted speech about “the good old days.” A total of 140 senior center members over the age of 90 were invited to the birthday party Monday, and nearly…

Local students entertaining jazz lovers this summer

Although they come from different graduating classes of two different schools, Ryan Leppich, Luis Ross and Emma Howelier hope to spend lots of time together this summer entertaining jazz lovers throughout the Puget Sound area. The three South Snohomish County young adults played their first summer gig together as the Ryan Leppich Trio Wednesday night…

Edmonds CC Foundation honors community contributors

The Edmonds Community College Foundation celebrated the achievements and distinctive contributions from college supporters at Fanfare last month on campus. “The college makes it a priority to recognize businesses, organizations, and alumni that contribute to and support our community,” said Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez. The college’s highest awards — Mission, Vision, Cornerstone, Distinguished…

Edmonds resident Ken Peirce honored as Lynnwood Rotary’s Rotarian of the Year

Edmonds resident Ken Peirce was recently awarded the Lynnwood Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year in recognition of his two years serving as chairman of the Rotary Club’s House Project. The project provides hands-on educational home-building experience for Edmonds School District high school students. A retired surgeon, Peirce was born and raised in Detroit, Mich….

Film directed by Edmonds woman explores conversations about dying

In an age inundated with information about how to live one’s life to the fullest, dying has been considered a taboo subject best left alone. But a group of filmmakers is trying to change that mentality with their latest cinematic creation. By featuring interviews with a wide range of Seattleites in a 30-minute documentary, “Speaking…

Scriber student authors read excerpts from personal memoirs at Cafe Louvre

It was an emotional and uplifting evening at Edmonds’ Cafe Louvre as a very special group of Scriber Lake High School students officially launched their collection of personal memoirs, “We Hope You Rise Up.” The event was marked by students taking the microphone to read excerpts from their stories, many telling of personal tragedy, drug…

Scene in Edmonds: Fond farewell to Salon 512’s Gail Sarvis

Clients, friends and family gathered at Chroma Salon Sunday afternoon to offer their best wishes to long-time Edmonds business owner and hair stylist Gail Sarvis. Chroma is the new name of the former Salon 512 owned by Sarvis, who sold her business after 18 years in Edmonds and 45 years in the hair business. Sarvis…

Eagle Scout project highlights Perrinville history

Lynnwood Troop 304 Scout David Laush is one step closer to achieving Eagle rank with the completion and installation of his Eagle Scout project, a new historical marker in Perrinville. “I got the idea for this more than a year ago,” said Laush, “but really got working on it earlier this spring.” Under the guidance…

Oh joy: Stolen lilac plants found, and now back in their beds

We are happy to share this wonderful update from Jessica Oldwyn regarding her stolen lilac plants: First of all, thank you for sharing the story. We felt very fortunate to be able to join the Edmonds community, and now you all have completely stolen our hearts with the outpouring of love and kindness. It’s been…