Steilacoom Garden Club presentation on heathers

By Mary La Tourelle

The Steilacoom Garden Club invites the broader community to join them for an educational presentation on heaths and heathers. Karla Lortz, owner of the Heath and Heathers Nursery near Shelton and President of the North America Heather Society, will share information on the many varieties available and will also talk about how to care for and properly prune these plants. We’ll also have time for Q&A. Her nursery sells more varieties than anyone else in the US and they have one of the largest collections in the world. They also have over 2,000 plants in their display garden which is well worth visiting.
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WA Wrestling Coaches Association inducts three into Hall of Fame

The Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association will be honoring three coaches as they are inducted into the WSWCA Hall of Fame on November 1, 2014. The ceremony will be held as part of the annual Northwest Wrestling Coaches Clinic in Vancouver, WA at the Hilton Hotel, and will celebrate the 31st class of inductees.

Scott Bliss (Auburn HS and Mead HS), Craig Foster (Blaine HS), and Chris Wolfe (Steilacoom HS and Pacific Lutheran University) have been elected to the Hall of Fame as the Class of 2012. With the induction of these three coaches, the WSWCA Hall of Fame will have 127 members.

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TNT: Steilacoom woman sought answers on child abuse — from a child predator

“Sylvia Peterson wasn’t thinking about a book when she began visiting the most dangerous female sex predator in the state. She was hoping to resolve her own personal horror.

“‘I thought it might be possible to get information that would help explain my grandfather, who abused me when I was 7 years old,’ Peterson said.” Read the rest of Larry Larue’s story in The News Tribune.

SHEF seeking alumnus award nominees

Each year the Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation (SHEF) seeks nominations from Steilacoom High School alumni for the SHEF Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is given to a graduate of Steilacoom High School who is recognized by members of our community for his/her accomplishments and service to others. Our goal is to honor those that have given back to the community or achieved something extra ordinary and to give our present students a role model. The application (download here) is due December 1, 2014.

Around the Sound: Goodman’s Garden sparkles


STEILACOOM – Ann Goodman’s garden on Stevens Street is decorated for the season–pumpkins, ghosts, and other goodies–including a rare bouquet of blue glass bottles. Ann says they’re her tribute to Dale Chihuly–Tacoma’s renowned glass artist (see photo gallery below). A retired elementary teacher, Ann moved to town six years ago and set about taming the patch of blackberries that grew on the site. [Read more...]

Steilacoom Historical Museum hosts Pumpkin Walk, Oct. 31

The Steilacoom Historical Museum is hosting their annual Pumpkin Walk on Halloween night from 5:30-7:00 at the museum. We want you to carve a pumpkin and enter it in our contest. There are prizes for scariest, most creative, cutest and funniest. Enter your pumpkin by bringing it to the museum between 1 and 4 on Halloween. Come back in your costume to vote for your favorite, do the “pumpkin walk” in the orchard and enjoy cider and doughnuts. The Museum is located on the corner of Rainier and Main Streets in Steilacoom.