The ornate lavender-colored blossom tree growing, adjacent to the grocery store at the intersection of Vernon and Veteran’s Drive in Lake City is known as “Paulownia Tomentosa” otherwise known as an “Empress Tree” Other names for this ornamental include “princess,” “Foxglove” and “Kiri.”
There’s a new research library in the Lakewood region. This one specializes in Pacific Northwest Military History and content between 1848-1871. Historic Ft. Steilacoom’s Research Library was officially opened on April 16. Lakewood’s Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen joined fort dignitaries this past Saturday for the official “ribbon cutting”.
A visit to Lakewold should be on everyone’s “To Do” list–especially in the spring.
Beginning in September, there will be a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Steilacoom High School. Steilacoom’s Town Council voted unanimously at its April 5 meeting to approve the Steilacoom Historical School District (SHSD)/Steilacoom Interlocal agreement. The SRO, who will be selected from Steilacoom’s Public Safety Department, will begin work in September.
The fields at Ft. Steilacoom Park, across from Western State Hospital have a purple glow to them now—with ajuga—a perennial plant, believed by some to be a noxious weed, by others to have medicinal benefit. From a distance the blooms resemble heather. Fields once were maintained as apple orchards on the hospital farm grounds.
A group of about 50 Third Grade “sidewalk superintendents” walked from Cherrydale Primary school this past Thursday to check on the progress of the Cherrydale Kids’ Park now being installed at the park’s corner.
Steilacoom Kiwanis’ annual Egg Hunt at Cherrydale is expected to enjoy good weather on Saturday. Kristin Haskins said she’s spent about 20 hours total, filling colorful plastic eggs–about 2,700–for the morning (11 am) event held at the Primary School.
What do you know about Lakewood? Its origins, its communities? What are some highlights from its history that began before the 1850s? Did you know that Lakewood once was considered an extension of Tacoma?
Some people just couldn’t wait! Half an hour before the official 5:30 p.m. start of the 5th annual Chili Cook-off at Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, folks were lined up outside the dining hall halfway down Steilacoom’s Main Street on March 19.
Are Steilacoom School students safe? That concern prompted a study and assessment about the topic that culminated on March 7, with a town hall forum.