Around the Sound: Anderson Island Historical Society begins long-awaited Archive Building

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In a way, it was like a scene from Gulliver’s Travels this past weekend on Anderson Island.

A detailed, miniature replica of a soon-to-be-built “H-shaped” structure was the center of attraction during the May 9 groundbreaking. Surrounded by lots of really tall people, the building will take shape on a field adjacent to Anderson Island Historical Society’s (AIHS) Johnson Farm community garden, When finished later this year, it will measure 5,000 square feet. [Read more…]

West Pierce Fire & Rescue responds to Anderson Island house fire

Steilacoom, Wash. – On February 4, 2015, West Pierce Fire & Rescue assisted Anderson Island Fire Department in a mutual aid call for a house fire. An engine and medic unit boarded the ferry in Steilacoom and went to Anderson Island to assist fire crews at scene. The home was fully involved upon arrival.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital by West Pierce paramedics with minor injuries. There were no other injuries reported during this incident.

Happy, Warm Feet at Anderson Island Elementary

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…]

Around the Sound: Island Dragon produces great cider

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.

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Non-peak season ferry rates in effect Oct. 1

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…]

Several Pierce County ferry runs to be canceled for construction

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…]