The year began with the Snohomish River on the shores of Kla Ha Ya Park, then the COVID lockdown featured weeks of March sunshine, but not before the infamous “library addition” was destroyed (following a 15-year community discussion). In early May, my corrected 20/20 vision spotted construction on the roof of the historic Brown Theater from the River Front Trail. Soon to learn, the new owner was replacing the fly loft — without a permit. It triggered my imagination. In October, we marked the 96th anniversary of Brown Theater with a video of the first movie screened on October 9, 1924! We closed this crazy year with two feel-good stories: Picture the Pilchuck River Running Free and the opening of a grand new brewery and taproom in a beautifully restored brick building on First Street — across the street from the potential jewel of the Carnegie Library building restoration (pictured above).
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