What a Career!

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Jim Sharp, Fire Chief, West Pierce Fire & Rescue

When Colleen Adler started out as a 9-1-1 dispatcher at Fire Comm I doubt she had any idea where her career would take her.  She has actually made a couple of careers for herself at West Pierce Fire & Rescue.  Sadly for us it is coming to a close on April 30th.   Fortunately for Colleen this means more time with her family, especially her grandbabies.

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Pierce College honors former students in Distinguished Alumni event


LAKEWOOD – In honor of their personal and professional achievements, four Pierce College alumni will be recognized April 17 during the annual Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support or personal triumph over adversity. This year’s honorees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College has had on its students as well as the greater community.

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Master Sergeant Nelson named Chamber’s Citizen-Airman of the Year

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

TACOMA – It is the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s honor to present the 2014 Howard O. Scott Citizen-Airman of the Year Award to 446th Airlift Wing Master Sergeant Lance Nelson.

Master Sergeant Lance Nelson is a long-time loadmaster in the 729th Airlift Squadron, 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis McChord-McChord Field. He is a flight leader in the squadron and manages training for his flight. He also is an employee of West Pierce Fire and Rescue as a firefighter and EMT.

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Before The Fall


By Dorothy Wilhelm

UNIVERSITY PLACE – I had just taken this picture (see below) of the “Love Locks” a day or so before the cable broke or was broken at Chambers Bay in University Place. I was curious about what they could possibly mean, and my kids naturally – kids are so smart – were able to tell me that in “locking their love” and throwing away the key, it was a symbol that love would last forever.

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Westside Story – ‘No Wife, No Horse, No Mustache, No Cell Phone’

Kelli Pritchard (Keila's mother, left), Keila Pritchard - West Point, Dave Pritchard (Keila's father, right)

One of the fun things about being a writer, who no longer writes police reports, is I can be creative in my writing.  When you write police reports, being creative is not acceptable.  It is all about, “Just the facts.”

Some of you may have heard the classic admonition, “No Wife, No Horse, No Mustache,” which originated with the U.S.Military Academy at West Point, commonly referred to as simply, West Point.  West Point is located in West Point, New York.

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