Looking back: Carl Eisen – Fire Engines and Automobiles

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today When Carl Eisen died in January of 1993 at the age of 91, those who knew and remembered him mourned a man whose career as a fire fighter and automotive garage owner/mechanic spanned decades. For those who remember, Eisen’s Corner and Eisen’s Garage at Seattle Heights, his is a…

Bird Lore: Ring-necked duck

The drake (male) ring-necked duck has a violet band around his neck. (Photos by LeRoy VanHee) As with most ducks, the ring-necked duck drake (male) and hen (female) look distinctive because of different feather colors and patterns. The question that troubles many viewers is the name of this duck. Where is the ring around its…

Looking back: Summertime at Hall’s Lake

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Hall’s Lake is a pretty little lake along 212th Street Southwest in Lynnwood, about a mile east of Highway 99. Long ago a resort on its eastern shore was one of the special places for people to gather and enjoy the days of summer. For some of our older…

Looking back: Eyesore or history?

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Relegated to the status of an eyesore, an old building sits empty near the busy intersection at 196th Street and 36th Avenue West in Lynnwood. Visible in the background of a recent photo, the Lynnwood Convention Center provides a sharp contrast between the old and new.  Many who pass…

Looking Back – Changes and Memories

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today This is a different column than the one I had originally prepared. That one can wait until next month. You can blame Super Bowl Sunday and shopping at Alderwood mall on Sundays for the change in plans. Birthdays and growing older seem to trigger memories. For me, another birthday…

Looking back at Lynnwood: Side by side – the Old and the New

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Before his early death in 1992, Australian song-writer and entertainer Peter Allen wrote some great lyrics. Fitting for this article are those words he wrote for the timeless song, Everything Old is New Again: “Don’t throw the past away—You might need it some rainy day—Dreams can come true again—When…

Looking Back at Lynnwood: Heritage, history and small-town newspapers

Have you ever noticed that Lynnwood is a city of parks? There are large parks, small parks, neighborhood parks and still others which honor our history. One park that does honor this history is Lynnwood’s Heritage Park on Poplar Way. A visit to Heritage Park presents an opportunity to look back at Lynnwood’s development from…

Recommended Reads: 'Prayer of the Dragon' a murder mystery set in Tibet

Prayer of the Dragon, by Eliot Pattison This book will transport you and immerse you into the geography and culture of Tibet, and it will give you a mystery to solve. There have been two men murdered at a remote mountain shrine, and their hands cut off and taken. Shan Tao Yun was an investigator…

Arts Around Lynnwood: It’s almost time for Shakespeare in the Park

Get out your picnic baskets. Shakespeare in the Park starts July 17! It’s family fun at its best – a little culture, a picnic dinner, maybe a slice of pie… and a relaxing evening in the park with the kids. Each play begins at 7 p.m.,  rain or shine. That’s right – so prepare thyselves!…

Arts Around Lynnwood: It's almost time for Shakespeare in the Park

Get out your picnic baskets. Shakespeare in the Park starts July 17! It’s family fun at its best – a little culture, a picnic dinner, maybe a slice of pie… and a relaxing evening in the park with the kids. Each play begins at 7 p.m.,  rain or shine. That’s right – so prepare thyselves!…