On Dec. 10, during Historic Ft. Steilacoom’s annual “Christmas at the Fort” one of the re-enactors gifted me with a roll of historic candy–here’s the rest of the story: In 1847, a young English immigrant, Oliver Chase, invented the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. After initial success selling his new candy, he and […]
What a delightful surprise this past Sunday (Dec. 4) to listen to a Lakewood resident on NPR (National Public Radio–KNKX) correctly solve the questions. Lakewood writer Val Dumond, author of many books, including a Lakewood history, was the winner of the previous week’s puzzle. NY Times Puzzle master Will Shortz challenged Val to unscramble names […]
Submitted by Peter Franklin Special Ed. math teacher James Fohrman submitted a grant request to purchase special writing tablets for his math students. “Individual whiteboards are a great way to allow the teacher to determine who is understanding the math and who needs extra help.”
Submitted by Peter Franklin Steilacoom Kiwanis Club presented a check for $150 to Pre-K teacher Briana Cope. The specifically themed, pre-kindergarten books will be added to the elementary school’s library.
Hand-crafted red felt “recorders”, created by Third Grade students from Steilacoom’s Cherrydale Primary School, will be among the 400 ornaments hung in December on the Tree at the Washington State Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.
By Peter Franklin The Steilacoom Kiwanis gave a $100 check to Cherrydale Elementary to fund the school’s “Treasure Box” program. The Office Treasure Box allows staff to give a “Caught Doing Good” coin to students who demonstrate exceptional behavior.
Steilacoom’s historic 1857 Orr Home is ready for the holiday season. Garlands of ribbon and greenery will be hung throughout the home at 1811 Rainier Street for the season. The home is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20. A pre-opening “Members Only” night […]
Whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, remember that Friday, Nov. 11 also is the anniversary of Washington Statehood. The Evergreen State, although settled in the 1850s, did not officially gain statehood until 1889. It’s 127 years old this year.
By Peter Franklin Fred Crumley of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club presented a check for $200 to Principal Alex Clauson and school Counselor Coley Fannin to purchase painting supplies for a school mural.
By Peter Franklin It may have rained outside, but spirits were high at the Steilacoom Kiwanis Breakfast held at Topside, Saturday, 15 October. Many thanks for Topside Bar and Grill owners John and Nicky O’Reilly for hosting the event and their wonderful crew for all of their help.