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Published: Friday, February 15, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

His two pair is good enough for a Harley

  • Can anyone identify this heron?

    Can anyone identify this heron?

Two pair was a good enough poker hand to seal the deal for Jeff Cole, a captain with the Marysville Fire Department.
He won a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a poker benefit Saturday in Smokey Point.
"It was a terrific event," says Jen Gillick, district director for Muscular Dystrophy Association Northsound in Everett. "We had 230 players at the event and it raised $32,000."
Cole was in shock when he won, but gladly accepted the wheels, donated by Scott Smernis, owner of Sound Harley-Davidson. Cole says he hones poker skills at home games and isn't on any pro circuit.
"It was a great night," Cole, 38, says. "I haven't had a bike for quite a few years, sold the last one when my kids were real young, so it will be nice to be out riding again.'
Cole held a 9 and a 7 in his hand, which blended with a King, King and 9 on the flop to form the wonderful winner.
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Two cats were lucky at the last adoption event for Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter and Sanctuary in Arlington. Jake, 30 pounds, and his sister, Liba, 20 pounds -- they're both big-boned -- went to live with Jason Milsom of Granite Falls.
His father, Michael Milsom, owner of Black Cat Antiques in Snohomish, took home a cat he named Marina in honor of his aunt in England.
"Auntie Marina is pretty convinced she was a cat in a previous life," Milsom says. "Marina and Rosie, a Scottie, are getting on great."
Adopting pairs that need to be together is the idea for "A Pair of Hearts" adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ash Way Pet Supply, 16108 Ash Way, Suite 104, in Lynnwood.
It's the first time Purrfect Pals has planned an event for cats that can't be separated.
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Fun Fact: Bea Randall is ready to tell a secret.
Randall, who lives in Arlington, was one of the more memorable characters in costume at the 2003 Arlington Centennial Celebration.
"I played the character of a 113-year-old lady of the night, Millie Mills," reveals Randall, 63. "Not even my own grandchildren recognized me in that outfit and makeup."

Columnist Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451,

Mystery heron

An Abraham Lincoln heron?

The Willie Nelson heron?

James "Dick" Carroll of Whidbey Island would like some help.

"I took this picture at Freeland Park and can't find out any information on a 'bearded heron,'" Carroll said. "I take my walking exercise there."

Ever seen such a bird?

Call and clue me in.

Story tags » TheaterArlingtonGranite FallsSmokey PointSnohomishCharity

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