A study of the Pierce County Ferry System is currently underway to evaluate potential alternatives for the system, such as changes to the schedule and improvements to existing facilities. [Read more…]
Anderson Island Elementary School was nominated to participate in the Shoes That Fit program, a program that pairs sponsoring community groups with schools that have children in need. The sponsor determines the number of students they can help and works directly with school staff, who measures the student’s feet for proper size and fit. Anderson Island Elementary, a school in the Steilacoom Historical School District, serves families with students grades Kindergarten through grade 5 that live on the island. [Read more…]
The humble potato harvester, developed in the 1950s, primarily for scooping potatoes from the fields and into waiting trucks, is a versatile device: it’s not just for potatoes.
A few decades ago, one Northern Idaho community, finding itself strapped for cash to purchase fancy, state-of-the-art snow removal equipment, instead rounded up a couple of potato harvesters. By the time the snow fell that year, a city crew and the revamped harvester went to work handily removing accumulated snow from downtown streets.
Non-peak season fare rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $21.65, to the non-peak season rate of $17.30, while motorcyclists will see a decrease from $11.65 to $9.30. The five-trip value pass for vehicles 21 feet in length or less remains at $69.15, while the five-trip value pass for motorcycle commuters remains at $37.20. [Read more…]
Lucy Stephenson of Anderson Island provided the following update about the injured eagle that was rescued about a week ago: [Read more…]
Several Pierce County ferry runs will be canceled while construction crews make improvements to the Steilacoom ferry landing. On Sunday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 18, Sunday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 25, the runs departing Steilacoom at 8:40 p.m., Anderson Island at 9:10 p.m., and Ketron Island at 9:30 p.m. will be canceled. These runs are the last runs of the night on Sundays and Thursdays. On those dates, the last runs of the night will depart Steilacoom at 7:30 p.m. and Anderson Island at 8 p.m. A run departing Ketron Island at 8:20 p.m. has also been added on those dates. [Read more…]
As told to Nancy Covert
This past Friday night Anderson Islander, Jeanne McGoldrick, phoned some neighbors to report that her young grandson, Andrew, spotted an injured eagle on the beach (the kids love to swing on the Stephensons’ swing down there). The eagle could not fly, and seemed hungry. Dave McGoldrick brought down some salmon for the eagle, who I will call “him”, but it could be a “her.” [Read more…]
Anderson Island Quilters are renowned for their many needlework projects; particularly the Labor Day quilt awarded each year to some lucky recipient during the fall festivities held at the Community Clubhouse.
Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.“This two-step increase is needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator.
By Nancy Covert
Anderson Island’s traditional Cider Press at the Johnson Farm is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Catch the ferry early on Union Avenue and enjoy a day at this historic farm in the center of the island. Be sure to watch for “Big Red” the historical society’s dragon press. It’s really unique.