By Nancy Covert
Outgoing Steilacoom Town Council member Lowell Bier received an early holiday gift on Dec. 3. The long-time Steilacoom resident and four-year councilman was honored at the December meeting for his service to the community.
“I’ve had a great time (serving) Steilacoom,” said Bier as he accepted an engraved plaque from Mayor Ron Lucas. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
LAKEWOOD – Sure, you could take a chance and buy items, sight unseen, off some website this holiday shopping season.
Sure, you could risk compromising your personal information and having someone steal delivery boxes off your front porch or mailbox.
Come and enjoy the City of University Place Christmas Tree Lighting celebration taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Market Square, 3609 Bridgeport Way West. With fun for the whole family, you’ll want to join in the tradition.
Santa Paws pet photos kick off the day in the Civic Building Atrium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by “Duck the Halls” from 1 to 3 p.m. in Market Square. Local school caroling takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and the event culminates with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Market Square at 6 p.m.
DUPONT – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns about common holiday scams and frauds:
1) Malware E-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in fraudulent holiday email cards. Don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited emails.
2) Stranded Grandkids: It’s the classic grandparent scam—verify identities before wiring money out of the country.
Washington State artists practicing in Music, Media, Literary and Craft Arts are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Artist Trust Fellowships. These $7,500 awards will recognize 14 practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, acknowledging an artist’s creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline.
Capital Recovery Center (CRC), winner of the 2013 Governor’s Employer Award for Small Non-Profits is opening its doors to the general public on Friday, December 6 from 1pm to 4pm. Along with Heck, Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela, and Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum are also slated to attend.
By Cara Cross
On Saturday, January 11th, rain, hail, sleet, or snow, the 5K No Sun Fun Run will take place no matter what weather our South Sound winter provides! The Nathan Chapman Trail provides a flat, paved, stroller friendly route. The run is non-competitive and is recreationally timed. All ages and abilities are welcome. The $20 pre-registration by December 27 includes a tee shirt. A special 1 mile course is available for $5 (no shirt). A $20 day of event registration is available at the start/finish of the run at Heritage Recreation Center, 9010 128th St E in South Hill with check in starting at 7:30am & the run at 10:00am. For more information call 253-798-4177 or on-line registrationwww.piercecountywa.org/parks.
Story & Photo – Joseph Boyle
This past September I rented a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and drove up and down the East Coast between Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts. In the eastern United States they have lots of toll roads managed by a governmental agency commonly called the Toll Authority. Some goofy politician or administrator decided to start charging a new toll in the amount of 10 cents.
While it seems to me a new toll for 10 cents violates common sense, as a West Coast guy, I am willing to go with the flow and pay the dime.
Steilacoom Garden Club members worked Wednesday morning, transforming greens and ribbons into holiday decorations that now have been hung on Steilacoom business door fronts. The swag-making is a traditional December project for the club members–another Town tradition.
We invite you to visit the DuPont Museum/Visitor Center and Historic Village during the Holidays to see the Advent Wreaths adorning the street lamp posts, the Dynamite Train decked out in Christmas lights and the museum’s new curb appeal.
Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) has signed on to a bill that would index the federal minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index, just like Washington state’s minimum wage law. The bill, H.R. 1010, would also initially increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over two years before indexed increases begin.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — JBLM officials will conduct a Force Protection exercise Thursday, December 5 as part of an annual Installation Management Command (IMCOM) requirement to ensure JBLM’s leadership and first responders are prepared to respond to a variety of security threats and able to protect personnel, resources, and property.
TACOMA – A classic dramatic tale will enthrall music and theater lovers during free opera previews at two Pierce County Libraries in December and January.
Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will share an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Friends of the Libraries sponsor these free events.