By Nancy Covert
Steamy clouds of mist drifted up from the cup of hot cider I’d just poured myself one morning—the wintry scene on the mug transported me ala Maryjane and Sniffles-style back to my childhood days in the North side burg neighborhood where I’d spent about two decades—folks just didn’t move around much in those days.
The snowy scene showed the local business district: pharmacy, bakery, bank, grocery store, movie theater, variety store, gas station, church, high school…and the long, sloping hillside that went up to the “highest spot” in the city where we lived.
TACOMA, Wash. – How do you get people to break the “habit” of enjoying a lifestyle that slowly sabotages the planet we live on? Such as drinking from plastic bottles? Or driving a gas-guzzler? This crucial question is asked not only by environmentalists—but by corporate marketers, who would happily supply all the green goods and services we can consume, if we would only promise to buy them.
Local chapter of Jobs Daughters will take over the Puyallup Buffalo Wild Wings to support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, H.I.K.E. Job’s Daughters is a premier organization for young women that provide a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world.
At its December meeting, the Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will discuss the proposed 2014 budget, First 5 FUNdamentals: The Pierce County Early Learning Coalition, Microsoft IT Academy, and other issues. The board will meet from 2:30 to 5 p.m. – a change from the usual meeting time of 3:30 p.m. – on Dec. 11 at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma. Download the agenda.
Pierce County News Release
Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff’s Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible for rules and regulations governing examinations, appointments, appeals and other general personnel issues.
By Edie Jeffers, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
TACOMA, Wash. – Want insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014? Then come to “Super Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 13 organizations throughout the county. The event is just in time for the Dec. 15 deadline.
In-Person Assisters will answer questions and help you enroll at these locations:
By Edie Jeffers, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
TACOMA, Wash. – Do you suffer from asthma or know someone who does? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department can help.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that causes swelling and narrowing of the airways; it produces mucus and obstructs airflow to the lungs.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord — WWE will be at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to film its 11th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops holiday celebration in front of thousands of military personnel and their families. WWE Tribute to the Troops will air as a one-hour television special on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 8/7c.
Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will hold a public hearing and Town Hall Meeting on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington, 12-13 December, 2013.
The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Unformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.
By Kris G. Kauffman, President, Lakewood United
The Lakewood United group meets at 7 AM every Thursday at Burs Restaurant, which is located at 6151 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. The events for the next four weeks are as follows:
- December 12, 2013 – The new Lakewood City Manager: John Caulfield – (Steve Smith – MC) (also Diane Formosa – Caring For Kids )
- December 19, 2013 – A new Western State Hospital CEO: Ron Adler looks ahead – (Herb Stumpf - MC)
- December 26, 2013 – No meeting – Compliments of the Season
- January 2, 2014 - No meeting – Compliments of the Season
Story & Photo – Joseph Boyle, Raconteur
A little over a dozen years ago, Wally Baade struck up a conversation with Hank Brown at the Starbucks on 100th street in Lakewood. The two men sat down together with their hot tasty beverages and continued conversing. The rest is history as this two person conversation blossomed into what I call the Koffee Klatch. When the group, which soon expanded to 12 individuals, started on 100th street, it was like the bar on the TV show Cheers, “Where everybody knows your name.”
The Lakewood City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., at Lakewood City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington. The purpose of the Retreat is to review the 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities and any other such business that may come before the Council.
By David Anderson
The Nativity in a fireplace but not on an Air Force Base.
CBN News is reporting this morning about an Indiana couple who were stocking up on firewood and in one of the logs “found what they say appears to be images of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus in the wood.”
“The images in the wood will be on display at a police department in Danville, Ind.”
By Diane Formoso
Methodist Church Fish Food Bank will be the focus of this month’s takeover at Carrs’ Restaurant. Please come, have fun and enjoy a great meal between 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 17, to support this hardworking organization. The monthly takeovers involve four other organizations, including LASA, Clover Park Kiwanis, Caring for Kids and the Lakewood First Lions Club. So mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month to support these organizations. They are all making a big difference in our Lakewood community.