Evergreen Bass Club’s 2014 Sixth annual maneuvers on American Lake began promptly at 0700 hours. Prospective fishermen, their spouses and offspring showed up at the Russell Landing picnic grove for a hearty pancake/sausage/coffee breakfast before heading for the lake to chase the elusive bass for four hours. [Read more...]
Ernest Punkweiler must be proud!
Who’s Ernest Punkweiler?
Never mind that Wednesday’s temperatures were above the norm. A group of Lakewood historians were standing in the shade when they dedicated two more historical markers in the City.
LHS President Becky Huber, joined by Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caufield, LHS board members and others, gathered in a shady spot at Lakewold Gardens, to dedicate the latest of a pair of a dozen bronze markers.
“Taking the Waters” is a luxurious tradition that reaches back to the days of early Rome. Roman. The “spa” concept originated with a place known as “Aquae Spadanae,” in Belgium.
According to “Spa” lore, its benefits were said to derive from drinking the iron-rich waters.
As soon as I finished my latest book project—yes! another history book—I planned to celebrate with champagne. After all, Lake City promoter Allen C. Mason had used champagne to launch the steamboat, “Lake City” on American Lake that carried prospective landowners on the day that city was established. [Read more...]
How did Lakewood’s Summerfest—known years earlier as “Lakes Summer Festival” originate? The answer to that question sent this writer in search of old news stories on microfilm at the Lakewood History Museum, and to meetings with folks who “remembered.”
Monday morning at 11:45 I was at the Steilacoom Library. The parking lot was full because there was a kid’s program underway– a loud, exciting juggler. Well about 10 minutes later, lights started flashing, and librarian Jennifer told us we’d have to leave. Apparently the grand finale of the show involved steam, but the steam set off the smoke alarm. [Read more...]
No question about it, but Steilacoom’s traditional afternoon on the Fourth was a big success—“even though it was smaller than usual,” commented Veva Maddox, parade coordinator.
“Because the holiday was on Friday, we were down from the usual 100 or more units to only 68 this year,” she said. [Read more...]
From the Lakewood Library, to the Tacoma Speedway; from the Colonial Center, to the Lakewood Playhouse—it seems as though there’s always some Milestone event being celebrated.
Well, here’s one more to add to the list—Lakes High School marks its 50th anniversary in 2014, and one of LHS’s board members has a special connection to that event. [Read more...]
Annette Zweig-Donham talked about her 6,000-item handkerchief exhibit and how she got started collecting them. A second hanky exhibit, with more of Annette’s favorites, will be shown at the Steilacoom museum later this summer. [Read more...]