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October 1  |  By Katya Yefimova
You can take steps against hunger.

That's what dozens of people will be doing in downtown Everett Sunday afternoon during the annual CROP Hunger Walk.

“CROP” stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The fundraiser is sponsored by Church World Service.

Many different faith communities in the Everett area have participated in the walk since it started here in 1984.

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September 21  |  By Katya Yefimova
Ashlie Jensen's sister, Karlie, was only two when she was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder called ITP.

I've never heard of this condition and had to look it up: If you have ITP, it means that your body's immune system is attacking the platelets in your blood — the tiny cell fragments that help the blood to clot.

Karlie is 12 now, and the disease challenges her everyday.

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September 19  |  By Katya Yefimova
Remember Scooter, the blind pony living at GrayStone stables in Snohomish?

His story appeared in The Herald in July, when people who ride and board horses at the stable were trying to raise money to pay for Scooter's cataract surgery.

They raised the $4,000 required to cover the medical expenses, and Scooter had the operation early in September at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.

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September 16  |  By Katya Yefimova
Have you noticed this colorful mural in the back of the YWCA building in Everett?

I can see it peeking out from behind the trees as I drive to work every morning. It brightens my day.

The mural was painted earlier this summer by teenagers from Cocoon House, a nonprofit organization in Everett serving homeless and at-risk youth.

It gives me hope to see that their worlds are so full of bright colors.

If you want to see the mural, the YWCA is at 3301 Broadway.

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September 15  |  
A Herald reader took this photo of the first Sounder of the day arriving in Mukilteo.

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September 14  |  Herald staff
Thomas Dockins of Edmonds shot this gorgeous photo from the Edmonds beach, about 200 yards south of the ferry terminal.

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August 30  |  By Katya Yefimova
The Evergreen State Fair may be rooted in 100-year-old traditions, but modern-day technology is helping bring those traditions to more people.

The 4-H Technology Barn and the Swine Barn are hosting a video conference this week so people can watch Paige the pig give birth to her piglets, said Lloyd Spencer, who works with Snohomish County 4-H.

Paige's piglets can come any minute now. Here's how to make your virtual visit to the pig barn:

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August 30  |  Herald staff
The animals, the scones and sometimes the sun are out in force at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Check out our Herald staff photographers' images from the fair.

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August 29  |  By Katya Yefimova
I don't need to tell you once again that the Evergreen State Fair is here.

If you are going, send your snapshots of fair fun to be included in an online photo gallery on www.heraldnet.com.

Steve Lawrence of Mukilteo shared a photo of Harry and Donna Schultz, who were visiting from Montana, looking at the old farming equipment displayed at the fairgrounds.

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August 19  |  By Katya Yefimova
If your puppy needs a bath, stop by the Camano Animal Shelter Association dog wash fundraiser on Saturday.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot near the animal shelter at 198 Can Ku Road. The cost is $8 to $10; microchipping and manicures are available for an extra fee. Each freshly-washed pooch will get a bandana.

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August 17  |  By Katya Yefimova
Mentoring Children of Promise, a community-based program for children with incarcerated parents, is losing a federal grant that makes up most of its budget.

The $200,000 annual grant is just one of many cuts made to social and human services programs across the country this year. The funding stops Sept. 30.

But Mentoring Children of Promise is not going away, said Wendi MacLeod, community liaison and volunteer coordinator for the program.

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August 4  |  By Katya Yefimova
It's been a month since I met Scooter the pony and his friends at GrayStone Stable and Equestrian Center in Snohomish.

Scooter can't see because of cataracts, and the GrayStone community was planning an auction to raise the $4,000 needed for the pony's surgery.

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