Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) will be conducting its opening ceremony on Monday to begin a week-long celebration in recognition of its historical lineage dating back to WWII. The Menton week celebration is so named in recognition of the deactivation of the 1st Special Service Force (aka The Devil’s Brigade) in Menton, France in December, 1944. The 1st Special Service Force was a joint U.S.-Canadian commando unit and all modern Special Forces Groups can trace their lineage to this organization. The opening ceremony will consist of the unveiling of names on a marble memorial wall of the most recent Soldiers killed in action, a wreath laying ceremony, and building memorialization. Key note speaker will be Col. Robert McDowell, Commander of the 1st SFG(A) and a representative of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.
The Lakewood City Council will hold a Study Session on Monday, December 9 (7 pm) in the City of Lakewood Council Chambers (6000 Main St. SW., Lakewood). Download the Study Session Agenda here.
By David Anderson
Caution: the following has been judged inappropriate for children.
It always seemed ironical, if not comical, that the sign warning of water ahead was placed near the water’s edge not to mention at the bottom of a steep hill. In other words by the time you read it probably it was too late.
By Nancy Covert
Skylar, a 4th grade student from Saltar’s Point Elementary, did the honors on Dec. 6, turning the switch to illuminate the Town’s Christmas Tree. Town Hall was packed with folks who came to listen to the holiday music–courtesy of Steilacoom High School choir, and visit with Santa. The sleigh arrived shortly after the tree was lighted–even Frosty, the Snowman was there (see more photos below).
By Laura Stewart
Harpist, Patricia McNulty-Wooster will perform and give a talk titled “The Harp – from Hunter’s Bow to Concert Hall” on Tuesday, December 10 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) at Pacific Lutheran University campus (Parking Pass required). Walk in registration welcome- $10. This class is offered by Learning Is ForEver, which is affiliated with PLU, and Elderhostel/Road Scholar program. www.plu.edu/lifeelderhostel.
By Celeste Johnston, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Two very dedicated and hardworking Steilacoom Historical School Board Directors will be recognized at the December 11, 2013, regularly scheduled school board meeting to be held at Pioneer Middle School. Mr. Mike Winkler, who has served as a board member for eight years and Mr. Kevin Callanan, serving for four years, chose not to run for another term. Both directors have assisted in the oversight of major construction projects and the advancement of teaching and learning in all District schools.
LAKEWOOD, WA – Starting Monday, December 9, Pierce Transit will introduce two new Express Custom Bus routes as a six-month demonstration project. The Express Custom Bus Demonstration Project is the Agency’s second major demonstration project since the Board’s strategic focus for the Agency shifted to innovative and tailored community solutions. The success of the first project, the Get-Around-Gig Harbor Trolley, led to Board approval to continue the seasonal Trolley service from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, beginning in 2014.
By Lynn Geyer
Leapin’ lizards! Annie is almost 90-years-old! But she sure stands the test of time! If you don’t believe it, drop in to Tacoma Musical Playhouse and catch the theatre’s delightful production of “Annie.”
This story, based on the Harold Gray comic strip which started in 1924, was brought to the stage by Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book and Charles Strouse, who did the music with Martin Charnin’s lyrics.
The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill two (2) vacancies on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
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Tacoma – Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. This is a change from the regularly scheduled meeting time of 3:30 – 6 p.m. The Board of Trustees meets at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma.
Doug Stoeckicht, Associate Director of Families Unlimited Network, will talk about how families in need are getting help this Christmas, at the Tuesday, December 10 (7 am) Tacoma Narrows Rotary meeting.
The Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows meets weekly at the Fircrest Golf Club for fellowship, breakfast, and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker.
By John J. Caulfield
Annual Tree Lighting Festival: Tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the City of Lakewood will be hosting its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Lakewood City Hall. This is a fun, FREE, family event with refreshments, crafts and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas himself. Kids will be able to follow him to City Hall in the Kiddies parade immediately following the official lighting of the tree. This year a family from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade will have the honors of lighting the tree.
Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff as per President Obama’s proclamation on Friday, December 6, 2013, in memory of Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Monday, December 9, or first thing Tuesday morning, December 10. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
CAMP MURRAY, WA – Citizen-Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 111th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) will be honored at a redeployment ceremony this Saturday, December 7th at 2pm inside French Theatre on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Approximately 25 airmen from the 111th ASOS will receive recognition and be honored for their combat duty to Kabul, Afghanistan from February 2013 to September 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit had returned home at the end of September but was unable to celebrate their return until now.