He played in our community college’s annual production of Oliver that year—Nimoy starred as Fagin—and the production, that drew actors from around town, wheat and potato fields, the school district and college, was the highlight of Big Bend Community College’s cultural contributions to the region. [Read more…]
Almost a century ago, there was an amusement park at JBLM.
The three-story Swiss-style, white structure, just off the I-5 Freeway, known today as the Lewis Army Museum, is the only building that remains of an amusement park that once occupied a 100-acre site.
The construction of and eventual destruction of the place known as Greene Park is just one of the many exhibits included in the military museum that encompasses exhibits of regional military history and the role of JBLM/Ft. Lewis. [Read more…]
Remember that cool mid-50s Mickey Mouse Club song that the Mousketeers used to sing on the Wednesday shows? “Today is the day that is filled with surprises—nobody knows what’s going to happen!” That’s for darn sure! Could never have anticipated this one! [Read more…]
The main entrance to Madrona Park has long been an eye-catching bright spot for pedestrians and motorists driving past on Steilacoom Boulevard. The local beautification spot was begun about 30 years ago. Madrona resident Peggy Hemphill, is pleased.
She’s long been the woman behind the colorful, welcoming green spot whose vegetation changed with the seasons. Now she has “passed the spade on,” and others have taken it up. Peggy, along with several garden-minded women in this edge-of-the-hillside neighborhood, such as Rosa Kreger, are relieved, too, that others have taken on the upkeep challenge.
Neighbors Connie Kirkpatrick and Mary La Tourelle are the newest ones to take on the project. According to Kirkpatrick, this past summer many of the 200 Madrona-area residents contributed funds for the project.
This past December the original wood entrance sign was replaced with a sturdier, fresher one. Mondo grass and colorful heathers will soon be planted. Father Nature Landscaping of Tacoma built the pillars, while Valley Signs of Orting crafted the sandblasted sign that reads, “Madrona Park.” (Valley Signs, Kirkpatrick added, also designs Starbuck’s signs.)
The sight of this off-the-road beauty spot, like several others around town, underscores a friendly “welcome to our community.”
Between Cormorant Passage and Saltar’s Point Elementary, there’s a primitive, bark-filled trail that’s been waiting for a facelift. The woodland route, where small purple flowers—Vinca Minor—and bright yellow daffodils are blooming, offers a pleasant access through this area. It’s designed for safe and easy access for school children moving between school and home. [Read more…]
“What’s your favorite valentine, Grandma?”
The question was posed by my 19-soon-to-be-20-year-old granddaughter in a recent, rare e-mail. She’s currently a sophomore at Washington State University studying to work in a field that’s fairly new: Marketing Information Systems, and usually way too busy to write. I understand. Ah, yes…technology! Amazing, when I think how fast the time has past. She was born a few years after I settled in the Town on the Sound and immersed myself in the culture of this place, The Place of Firsts, as it’s known. [Read more…]
On a drizzly Wednesday morning—great weather for ducks—and also for the newest Duck.
Steilacoom High School Senior Fotu Leiato celebrated this typical Northwest rain day by inking his letter of intent on Feb. 4 to officially become a Duck at the University of Oregon this fall. Leiato received a four-year, full-ride scholarship to the Oregon school where the 17-year-old plans to major in Psychology and play football, of course. [Read more…]
Remember the good old days at the drive-in movies?
That was the place where you could watch larger-than-life actors such as The Duke on the big screen while relaxing in the comfort of the front seat of the old Chevrolet. In the Lakewood area that place was the Star-Lite Drive-In. How often did you go there to watch movies? [Read more…]
A small, but enthusiastic, group of Steilacoom residents met on Jan. 24 at the Steilacoom Deli to discuss ways to save the Steilacoom Train Depot. [Read more…]
Good news/not so good news:
Steilacoom residents eager to cross the new Saltar’s Point Pedestrian Overpass Bridge will have to wait a bit longer…at least until spring, says Mark Burlingame, Steilacoom’s Public Works Director. [Read more…]