Around the Sound: Another roadside attraction

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There’s lots of interesting yard art to be seen around Lakewood: from fine statuary at Lakewold Garden and St. John Bosco’s Meditation Garden, to Swan’s Candles on Gravelly Lake Drive, or the antique reproductions collection of famous statues in the yard just off Ardmore. There’s a different kind of roadside attraction, though, along Old Military Road. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: LASA dedicates Prairie Oaks

With blessings by Pastor Les Wesley and Elder Irene Fruzetti, along with congratulatory remarks from various national, state and local representatives, Jann Hutchins, Prairie Oaks/LASA coordinator, formally welcomed the large crowd of guests to the afternoon celebration. Living Access Support Assistance’s (LASA) Prairie Oaks was officially opened on July 20. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: News stories from the past

History aficionados, who enjoy perusing old papers, can get a taste of news stories from the 19th and 20th centuries as they travel back in time during the August 15 “How the West Was Fun” tour.

Here’s a sampling of what they might read when they peruse these excerpts from papers dating back to Joseph Heath of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company: [Read more…]

Around the Sound: Steilacoom’s July 17 power outage

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At precisely 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, Steilacoom’s power went off.

This planned outage, designed to enable electrical lineman enough time to take care of electrical maintenance matters at the town’s substation on Lexington and Division streets, went smoothly. By approximately 1:24 p.m. the Union Feeder Re-closure that had failed on Thanksgiving Day 2014 had been replaced. Planned power outages are conducted every few years, according to one town staff person. “They used to take place every year, but not as often nowadays.” [Read more…]