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.
By Edie Jeffers, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facing another funding reduction that will impact services to some of Pierce County’s most vulnerable residents.
Because of changes to a state contract, the Health Department will experience a $626,000 funding cut to its Family Support Center program in 2014. The change will reduce the service level provided through Family Support Centers and will likely close some centers.
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.