Around the Sound: Madrona Park spruce up

The main entrance to Madrona Park has long been an eye-catching bright spot for pedestrians and motorists driving past on Steilacoom Boulevard. The local beautification spot was begun about 30 years ago. Madrona resident Peggy Hemphill, is pleased.

She’s long been the woman behind the colorful, welcoming green spot whose vegetation changed with the seasons. Now she has “passed the spade on,” and others have taken it up. Peggy, along with several garden-minded women in this edge-of-the-hillside neighborhood, such as Rosa Kreger, are relieved, too, that others have taken on the upkeep challenge.

Neighbors Connie Kirkpatrick and Mary La Tourelle are the newest ones to take on the project. According to Kirkpatrick, this past summer many of the 200 Madrona-area residents contributed funds for the project.

This past December the original wood entrance sign was replaced with a sturdier, fresher one. Mondo grass and colorful heathers will soon be planted. Father Nature Landscaping of Tacoma built the pillars, while Valley Signs of Orting crafted the sandblasted sign that reads, “Madrona Park.” (Valley Signs, Kirkpatrick added, also designs Starbuck’s signs.)

The sight of this off-the-road beauty spot, like several others around town, underscores a friendly “welcome to our community.”

Davit named Student of the Month

Davit (right) with Lakewood Rotarian Bob Petersen.

Lakewood Rotary recognized Katy Davit as the February student of the month from Steilacoom High School. Katy is finishing up her senior year at Steilacoom. Being from a military family Katy has moved around through many schools in her career. She became a Steilacoom Sentinel as a Junior and transitioned into the school quickly. Katy participates in cross country, golf and track all while maintaining a course load full of Advanced Placement classes. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: A new trail through Cormorant Passage


Between Cormorant Passage and Saltar’s Point Elementary, there’s a primitive, bark-filled trail that’s been waiting for a facelift. The woodland route, where small purple flowers—Vinca Minor—and bright yellow daffodils are blooming, offers a pleasant access through this area. It’s designed for safe and easy access for school children moving between school and home. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: A Steilacoom Valentine


“What’s your favorite valentine, Grandma?”

The question was posed by my 19-soon-to-be-20-year-old granddaughter in a recent, rare e-mail. She’s currently a sophomore at Washington State University studying to work in a field that’s fairly new: Marketing Information Systems, and usually way too busy to write. I understand. Ah, yes…technology! Amazing, when I think how fast the time has past. She was born a few years after I settled in the Town on the Sound and immersed myself in the culture of this place, The Place of Firsts, as it’s known. [Read more…]

Steilacoom Town Administrator’s weekly update, Feb. 6

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Council Meeting – February 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
  • Preservation and Review Board – February 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
  • Civil Service – March 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Community Center
  • Planning Commission – February 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
  • Parks and Trails Task Force – February 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Town Hall.

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