Orr Home Christmas

A Child’s Vision of Christmas…

“…turn backward, oh Time in your flight
Make me a child again, just for tonight…”

What does a child want for Christmas? Most likely the list for 21st century kids includes electronics, computers, Mutant Ninja turtles, Transformers, maybe even dolls…you know. Just not new clothes! But, back “in the day” kids asked the “jolly saint” for dolls and doll carriages, followed by hobbyhorses, trains, sleds, skates, jacks, balls, and checkers.

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Around the Sound: Idlewild teacher surprised

How would you react if a group of media types knocked at your door, bearing boxes, bags and other items?

Likely you’d respond the same way as Carmelina Luna! She was pleasantly surprised when Connie McKenzie, the Afternoon Show Host from STAR 101.5, along with the 2014 Washington Dairy Farmers Ambassador and others arrived at her First Grade classroom on Nov. 6, at Idlewild Elementary School. They’d come to honor Mrs. Luna as The Elementary Teacher of the Week. This recognition, the latest of yearly honors to be awarded by the Seattle Radio Station, has been presented around the region for the past 20 years, according to a STAR 101.5 spokesperson.

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Around the Sound: Scouting for food

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Scout Master Andy Estep of Steilacoom’s Boy Scout Troop 71 and his assistant scout masters oversaw the 2014 annual Scouting for Food project in the Town. Estep and local scouts distributed 1,800 bags on Oct. 25 and on Nov. 1 collected local donations from nine areas around the community. The Steilacoom Food Pantry, with Sharon Cornett as coordinator, is housed in the basement of Oberlin Church on Rainier Street. Folks in need of food should contact the Community Center at 581-1076 for details.

‘Make a Difference Day’ in Steilacoom

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By 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, a crew of about 28 men and women from the 42nd MP Brigade at JBLM arrived at Farrell’s Marsh, ready to gravel and mulch the Marsh’s meandering pathway. The project is part of the on-going partnership with Steilacoom’s Community Connectors who’ve done numerous community-spirited jobs around town, such as shrub removal, painting, even creating a labyrinth at Cherrydale Primary School, for more than a decade. [Read more…]