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…]

Around the Sound: Islanders rally to save ill eagle

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…]

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase 3 percent

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.

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