Story & Photo – Joseph Boyle
“Clang, clang, clang” went the trolley as it rumbled down the track from Tacoma’s Freight House Square to “the end of the line” on Commerce Street in the city’s Theatre District, where, on a recent Saturday afternoon, I belatedly spotted a new tea shop in Tacoma.
On December 25, 2012, we published a story titled Pierce Transit Fights Obesity.
Being community minded and wanting to be a part of the solution to American obesity, Pierce Transit experimented with installing exercise bikes at their bus stop test sights.
It turns out that most bus riders do not like exercise and are actually quite slothful.
Do you know how American Lake got its name? (Hint: there are three versions of that story).
What do you know about Silcox Island or how Lake City and Tillicum were named? How about the true story about Ft. Lewis’ development?
Hey, I miss you guys. My last article appeared in the June 17, 2014, Suburban Times. We have not shared one single Westside Story since.
I know some of you have been searching the obituaries for my name. Others thought I might be doing some hard prison time. There was even talk of putting my photo on milk cartons. My most loyal reader thought putting my photo on beer cans might be more effective. [Read more...]
Two weekends ago my granddaughter and her parents loaded their vehicles and left very early Friday morning for the annual pilgrimage to the other side of the state where granddaughter was to begin her sophomore year at WSU. This morning I received a set of jpgs (see, I’m using the lingo) showing how her suite and bedroom were are arranged. Once she settled in, she helped arriving freshmen familiarize themselves with the campus. [Read more...]
Wait! Not St. Louis…that was held to mark the 1904 centennial of Lewis and Clark. Besides, it was a musical that featured Judy Garland who sang the title song… “Meet me in St. Louis, Louis…”
Headliner entertainment aside, it’s always the artistic arrangements of fruits, veggies and flowers that are the perennial attention-getters at these agricultural events. These intricate displays have long symbolized the fair’s primary purpose: showcasing Mother Nature’s bounty.
There are four early burial sites in the Lakewood region: Mountain View Cemetery, just off Steilacoom Boulevard, that marks its centennial in 2015, the pioneer cemetery on the grounds of Western State Hospital—a small area where early pioneers, such as Steilacoom’s first mayor (and Idaho’s Territorial Governor) William Wallace and his wife, Lucena, are buried; Grave Concerns, the Ft. Steilacoom park graveyard for patients from the hospital, and the Masonic Cemetery, located in a cul de sac off Washington Blvd.
Ernest Punkweiler must be proud!
Who’s Ernest Punkweiler?
Never mind that Wednesday’s temperatures were above the norm. A group of Lakewood historians were standing in the shade when they dedicated two more historical markers in the City.
LHS President Becky Huber, joined by Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caufield, LHS board members and others, gathered in a shady spot at Lakewold Gardens, to dedicate the latest of a pair of a dozen bronze markers.