West Pierce Fire & Rescue Personnel Deployed to Oso Return Home

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West Pierce Fire & Rescue had several personnel deployed to the Oso incident. Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger and Training Captain Gary McVay were deployed as part of the Incident Management Team.  Both were deployed for over a week and assisted with the coordination efforts at the command post.

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2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

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A University Place citizen has been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer of National Service Programs in Washington State.  This award recognizes the outstanding efforts made by volunteers in addressing the needs of their communities.

Rachel DeForrest was nominated by West Pierce Fire & Rescue for her enthusiasm and dedication to the Community Emergency Response Team or (CERT) Program.  She is the CERT team leader for the University Place North Team.  Her team is very organized, she attends all meetings and reaches out to her community to inform them about CERT.

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Jazz guitarist Michael Powers to help Bates fundraiser

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TACOMA –Acclaimed Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers will perform once again at Bates Technical College Foundation’s signature fundraiser, Bates Sizzles, Thursday, April 24, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway Street, in Tacoma.

The event features a silent auction with items from the Northwest Float Center, Olive Branch Café, a catered dinner for eight from the college’s Culinary Arts program, and more. You can also pre-bid on a selection of items at www.bates.ctc.edu/Sizzles, including a package to be a Seattle Mariners Groundskeeper for a Day, which includes assisting with setting up batting practice and pre-game preparation, dragging the infield between 3rd and 6th innings, taking the bases in after the game, and box-seat tickets for you and two friends.

Attendees will enjoy an international menu of hors d’oeuvres created and served by students in our culinary program.

Scholarships play a key role in our students’ higher education endeavors, and the annual Bates Sizzles helps raise funds for student scholarships.  Students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific scholarships. Scholarship recipients in various career education programs may use their awards, which range from $150-$3,500 per student, to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and child care expenses at the college.

Tickets to Bates Sizzles are $50. Call 253.680.7160 or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Sizzles to reserve your tickets, pre-bid on certain items, and learn more about the event.

Pierce County Library welcomes new managing staff

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Pierce County Library System hired two new directors. Chereé Green is the library’s new staff experience (HR) director. She was most recently the human resources director at Franciscan Medical Group/Franciscan Health System in Tacoma. Linda Farmer, APR, is the library’s new marketing and community relations director. Previously, she was the communications director for the Association of Washington School Principals in Olympia.

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National Congressional Art Competition Seeks Entries from South Sound Students

The office of Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is looking for the 10thDistrict’s most promising young artists to submit entries for the U.S. House of Representatives’ annual Congressional Art Competition. The winning entry from a member of the 10th District will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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Lakewood author launches his book on Kickstarter.com


Pulling together his photography, writing, illustration and design experiences, Ed Kane, retired army media content producer of Lakewood, has put the final touches on a retirement book project decades in the making.

Kane’s book, Roads to Ruins, is a pictorial essay and history of the castles and other primarily defensive structures of Germany’s Middle Ages. Producing the material for his “retirement” project took six trips to Germany over 30 years. He has produced the entire book – photography, design illustrations and writing – himself as his legacy project. Now ready for printing, he has opted to raise the funding for the printing phase by appealing to the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.com.

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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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