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C2 o: The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe The Weekender Wednesday, 0 KISSING 0 TRAINS back in the days when loggers used springboards and non-mech- continued from page C 1 continued from page C 1 anized crosscut saws dubbed "misery whips." Before hydraulic the other side. chase that business after having towers, gravel roads and logging The lamps were never lighted difficulty finding quality parts and trucks, railroads were the vital while going through the tunnel, pieces for the craftsman-level transporting link for hauling those and the echoes of the puffs of the models he was a fan of. logs once the fallers and chokers engine and the noise of the train Rygmyr rekindled his love for had performed their dangerous drowned the loud resounding trains innocently enough, looking jobs. smacks which would otherwise for a hobby to offset the high-"A lot of important history is have shocked elderly ladies and stress job he had once had. sort of being ignored," Rygmyr newspaper men. "Then I discovered logging rail- said. "And in light of environmen- When the tunnel was passed, roads in 1994," Rygmyr said. "The tal concerns nowadays, we tend to the train again came out in the bug bit hard." shun it even more. It's offensive to sunlight, girls would be seen The tall, friendly 42-year-old me to write this [history] off. Log- arranging their hair, wives would Rygmyr has logging in his blood, ging back then was a dangerous be blushing pleasantly and old His Norwegian grandfather worked way of life. Still is." maids sitting in their seats with as a failer for the English Logging Rygmyr said he decided to use gentlemen would be noticed to be Company in Skagit and Snohomishhis experience in publishing to wearing a joyous smile, counties, pursue his newfound fascination. The things had long attracted History, logging and railroads Fortunately for the business the attention of a naturally obser- all collided into a new career direc- end of things, Rygmyr has appar- rant reporter, but as he was of a tion for Rygmyr as he tried to ently found that others share his timid and retiring nature, and retrace his grandfather's foot-fascination. never presumed to sit next to a steps. Along the way, he started to "We sell our books worldwide," lady while passing through the learn more about the Herculean he said. "We have a big customer tunnel, the true state of affairs efforts men of that day put forth base in Japan, Australia, New remained a mystery ..." ~ to cut timber and get it to theZealand and England." mills. Old-time logging in this part of His grandfather was a faller the world holds a lofty status rela- live to other places, he said. "It's just a fascination with Pacific Northwest logging," he said. "The trees were so big and the terrain so difficult. Maybe we take this for granted compared to, say, the Midwest. They just didn't have to traverse this kind of ter- rain and the trees weren't as big." Add steam donkeys, geared locomotives and the sheer manual labor involved with laying and pulling tracks on 15 percent grades, and many train buffs become hooked logging historians, and vice versa. "The steam logging represents a pinnacle of that era ... because special equipment had to be built to log [the huge trees] around here," Rygmyr said. Rygmyr spoke enthusiastically about all sorts of equipmeni that can be found regularly in Oso Pub- lishing's works, things such as the Lidgerwood Power Skidder, "prob- ably the biggest single piece of steam logging equipment ever ~ manufactured," or the Willamette locomotive, which outshined the popular Shay loco (produced in Lima, Ohio) so well that Shay pro- duced a "clone" Pacific Coast ver- sion of the Willamette competitor. Rygmyr said having passed the dreaded five-year mark that most small businesses never reach was a nice milestone, and now projects come to the company more than the other way around. One future project involves a collaboration with the Stil- laguamish Historical Society to design a model railroad layout of the Northern Pacific Arlington-to- Darrington line circa 1925 that can be used to educate people about all the different railroad towns and stops that are now merely names on a map. "Most people think of Hazel as a fishing hole," he said. The main concern for the future is the constant race to con- tact the older generation before many of them pass away. "Some of the best stuff we get comes from people's private col- lections," Rygmyr said. The company has a website for those interested in more informa- tion: PLAN AHEAD . . . DARRINGTON -- Table space is $10 at the Christmas Bazaar at the Darrington Grade School cafeteria 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Santa will be there for pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 360.436.1182 Country Crafts BELLEVUE -- Folk art, home furnishings, gourmet foods, clothing and accessories fill the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue at the Christmas Country Craft Show Dec. 1 and 2. For information cell 425.888.1798 or go to the web at CONTINUING . . . THIS WEEK... EVERE'I-I" -- Pilchuck Audubon Society's annu- al awards dinner and celebration of accomplish- ments features entertainment by The Raging Grannies, an auction, and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Flying Pig Restaurant in Everett Dec. 3. For information call Bobbi Cross at 425.640.6044. le Bell Run/Walk SEATTLE --The 16th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is Sunday, Dec. 10. Registra- tion starts at 7 a.m. and the short, lk children's Run for the Elves starts at 8:40 a.m. and the 5k Jingle Bell Run/Walk leaves at 9:10 a.m. The entry fee is $10 for the kid's walk and $20 for adults in advance, $25 at the event, including a long sleeve t-shirt and bells for your shoes. The run/walk departs from Westlake Center and proceeds south on 5th Ave., entering the I-5 Express Lanes at Columbia Street for a return north to Mercer St, and a u-turn south to Pike Street and back down Pine to finish at 6th Ave. To register call 206.547.2707 Lavender Hills Farm MARYSVlLLE --- Lavender Hills Farm is holding its first annual holiday bazaar Friday through Sun- day on Thanksgiving weekend and on Saturdays and Sundays of the first three weekends in Decem- ber,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7508 108th St. NE, in Marysville. Call Mike and Carol at 360.651.2086. Seattle Marathon SEATTLE --- Registration is underway for the Seattle Marathon, one of the top 20 running events in the country, and a fundraiser for the American Lung Association, held on the Sunday after Thanks- giving, Nov. 26. The event includes the 26.2 mile race, a 26.2 mile walk, a half marathon race and a half marathon walk, and the Immunex kids staged marathon, where participants accumulate 25 miles before the day of the race then completed the final 1.2 miles. Reflister online at or call 208.729.3660. Volunteers are also needed. No qualifications are required. To volunteer call 208.729.3660. design randerings, advertising art and illustrations for science fiction publications. Artists include Alexander Leydenfrost, Chesley Bonestell and industrial designers Richard Arbib and Frank R. Paul, imagine the American future, depict the world to come. "Out of Time" foretells a future of underwater communities encased in glass domes, streamlined cities, bubble-top cars with back-seat cooking facili- ties, inflatable space stations and colonies on Mars. The Washington State History Museum, flagship of the Washington State Historical Society, is locat- ed at 1911 Pacific ,&.venue in Tacoma. ium nff I-~ For information call 888.BE.THERE or visit the website at Pots and EVERETT -- "Art f, features pots ton Potter Association temporary quilters, Arts Council of Everett Center Cristo, at 1507 Wall St., 30 through Jan. 4, 2001, The exhit artist reception from 5 day, Nov. 30. Newland will Wendt Award Everett tributions t( Hours at the Center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. day and 11 a.m. to For informationi 425.257.8380. Eden Desi ARLINGTON- Ede~ her home studio, Eden Division St. in ping from 11 a.m. to 51 ber's Super Saturda~ will be selling her jewelry Bookstore, 434 N. third Saturdays of the Call Eden Out of Time King Arthur TACOMA -- A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, "Out of Time: Designs for the 20th Century Future" BELLINGHAM - An exhibit featuring paintings, features 60 futuristic visions dating from 1889 to illuminated manuscripts, woodcuts and drawings 1961, at the Washington State Historical Society in that illustrate the Arthurian legend, "The Many Tacoma. Realms of King Arthur," continues at Western SEATTLE -- Student The works in the exhibit explore the hypothetical Washington University's Wilson Library rotunda will be for sale at the future of American architecture, transportation, through Dec. 6. Free parking is available on cam- Center's Holiday Art space exploration and robotics, in illustrations by pus in lots 17 and 31G off East College Way start- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at artists whowere largely responsible for illustrating ing at 5 p.m. and the snack bar in Arntzen Haft, Admission to the the future from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, adjacent to lot 17G, is open on Wednesday day, Dec. 1, from 6 to Art of the future appeared wherever the future was evenings until 8 p.m. for the convenience of Pratt envisioned, in architectural drawings, industdal Wednesdays at Western participants .......... sion. , " ........ 17, everything wili be. 25%. Ca, AN Festival presents a wint#~ casing 75 in glass, wood, music, painting, wearables Port and Commercial, Dec. 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. The will exhibit tovs from 1 vide a toy-making the show. Santa will photos and musical tinues all wagon will provide rides U more food and shopping. 360.293.6211 or email to~ PLAN AHEAD . . . Seattle Men's Chorus concert SEATTLE --- Seattle Men's Chorus presents its annual holiday concert in the Everett Civic Auditorium on December 2 and then the show moves to Seattle's Banaroya Hall for seven performances on December 6, 10, 11, and 16 to 19. Artistic Director Dennis Coleman has programmed such familiar holiday fare as "We Three Kings," "Chdstmas Comes Anew," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle- men." As always, the chorus will incorpo- rate fun-filled production numbers into the show, including a new setting for "Night Before Christmas" in the mythical Miss Twinkleton's School for Sensitive Boys and a shocking tabloid-style musi- cal exposd of the exploits of Suzy Snowflake. Tickets for the Everett perfor- mance are available at 425.257.8600 or from Ticketmaster at 206.292.ARTS. Songs of Dance EVERETT -- The annual holiday concert of the hundred-voice Everett Chorale features Celtic songs and carols including "Sleep My Baby," "Riversong," the "Wexford Carol," and "Celtic Gloda" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore, in Everett. Ten members of Ballet Bellevue will join the chorale for "A Day for Dancing," a medley of nine eady carols from many lands, arranged by the noted choral composer Lloyd Pfautsch. A number of Shaker songs, including "Lord of the Dance" and "Simple Gifts," open the second half of the program which features Gary Hatle at the piano. Finally a choral rendition of five pieces from "The Nutcracker Suite" was arranged for Fred Waring and his Penn- sylvanians by Harry Simeone. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students, at EPAC box office, or call 425.257.8600. after the concert. ~ Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 To reserve tickets call for children and seniors at Scott's Book- 360.658.1129. store in Mount Vernon and Snow Goose Bookstore in Stanwood. THIS WEEK . . Chamber music Heralding Christmas An Old-Fashioned MOUNT VERNON ~ Skagit Valley EVERETT -- The Everett Chorale Chorale heralds Christmas with concerts Chamber Singers, under direction of Lee at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 EVERETT -- An evening of heatt- Matthews and accompanied by Gary p.m. Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church warming Christmas stories and festive Hatle, will present a special holiday con- in Mount Vemon on Hoag and LaVen- holiday music from around the world is cert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, in the Port Gard- lure in Mount Vernon. presented by The Trail Band Saturday, ner Bay Chamber Music Society series The chorale will perform favorite sea- Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the in the elegantly restored Hartley Man- sonal tunes and traditional sing-alongs Everett Performing Arts Center. Present- sion, 2320 Rucker, in Everett. under the direction of Jim Mathews. The ed by Pied Piper Presents the Trail Band The program includes A Medley of second half of the concert features Mid- is an 8-piece ensemble that specializes Alfred Burt Carols, a Celtic Christmas, night Mass for Christmas by Marcin the music of 19th century America, Appalachian Carols and Songs, A Winter Antoine Charpentier which includes the with energetic blends of brass and string Medley and Traditional Holiday Compo- chorale, six solo voices, flutes, strings sitions, and organ. Christmas Cantata by Daniel and rich vocal harmonies. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for Pinkham will be performed by a double Tickets are $15 and $11 at the EPAC students including a dessert reception brass quartet, box office, 425:257.8600. Fraily Mr. ARLINGTON - ing her annual Holiday Frailey Mt. Clay WorkS, with a sneak 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be sneak preview, but tional signs wood on Dec. 2 and 3. 9525 Cedarvale Road four miles east of ~J~ For information~ 360.435.5152. The Kiss EVERETT -- An fiber artists inter on exhibit at the lege Northlight in the Parks the EvCC cam in north Everett. .1 PARTICIPATING RETAILERS: ARLINGTON FRONTIER VILLAGE MONROE - Arlington Hardware & Lumber Village Ace Hardware - Del's Farm Supply 215 N. Olympic Avenue 9327 Fourth Street NE320 N. Lewis - Oso Lumber & Hardware GRANITE FALLS - Energy Innovations 21015 SR 9 NE Oso Lumber & Hardware214 N. Lewis CAMANO ISLAND 301 West Stanley MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Camano Plaza l~'ueValue LAKE STEVENS Market Place Hardware Lake Stevens True Value 23120 - 56th Avenue West 370N East Camano Drive Hardware MUKILTEO CLEARVIEW 1904 - 125th Street NE Olson's Food Emporium Clearview True Value Hardware LYNNWOOD 13619 Mukilteo Speedway 16510 State Route 9 SE - Dunn Lumber Company SNOHOMISH EDMONDS 16920 Highway 99 McDaniels De-lt Center - Boo Han Market - Food Source Direct 510 Second Street 22618 Highway 99 19926 Highway 99 STANWOOD - Edmonds True Value Hardware MARTHA LAKE ]E. Hamilton & Sons 228 Fifth Avenue South Martha Lake Foods 9718 - 271st Street NW - Petosa's Family Grocer526 - 164th Street SW SULTAN 550 Fifth Avenue South MARYSVILLE Ed's True Value Hardware EVERETT - Carrs Ace Hardware 501 Main Street - Dunn Lumber Company 1514 Third Street 425 E. Casino Road - Dunn Lumber Company - Martin Lumber & Hardware 1410 Grove Street 2730 Broadway DID YOU KNOW that compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs use about one-fourth the energy that incandescent light bulbs do? By using less energy, you can save a lot on your electric bill. And that's important in the winter when we all use more electricity. Besides providing the same amount of light for much less energy, CFLs last 10 times longer than incandescents, so you aren't changing bulbs as often. They're perfect for porch lights! Try one today! 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