Westside Story – Pierce Transit Tests EZ Boy Recliners at Bus Stops

EZ Boy Recliner at Pierce Transit Bus Stop Test Site 8500 Bridgeport Way SW.

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.

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Westside Story – Missing Person

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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...]

Around the Sound: Wild carrots and weedy “sweet” peas

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...]

Around the Sound: Meet me in St. Louis…or Puyallup

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.

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Around the Sound: Old Settler Cemetery is setting for recent Eagle Scout project

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.

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Around the Sound: Lakewood Historical Society dedicates historical markers

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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.

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Around the Sound: Writer concludes book-writing project with Steilacoom spa session

As soon as I finished my latest book project—yes! another history book—I planned to celebrate with champagne. After all, Lake City promoter Allen C. Mason had used champagne to launch the steamboat, “Lake City” on American Lake that carried prospective landowners on the day that city was established. [Read more...]

Around the Sound: Hurlow remembers school days at Little Red Schoolhouse and a late 60s Lakes Summer Festival

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How did Lakewood’s Summerfest—known years earlier as “Lakes Summer Festival” originate? The answer to that question sent this writer in search of old news stories on microfilm at the Lakewood History Museum, and to meetings with folks who “remembered.”

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