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Lakewood’s Promise and Kids at Hope offer you a unique opportunity to attend an upcoming empowerment training experience entitled “The Building of a Hope Square Community” taking place on the evening of February 28 at Oakwood Elementary School @ 5:30-8pm. If indeed it takes a village to raise our children than do you think it is important to: identify the village; identify the villagers; identify what the expectations are of the villagers and what they should accomplish? Besides believing in the Five Promises, would you like a clearer understanding of how to put them into practice? If so, please plan on attending this event. Please make sure you sign up if you plan on attending with firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at 253-502-4659.
Marlee Hopkins, a 10th grader at Harrison Preparatory International Baccalaureate School, was named Student of the Month for January by the Rotary Club of Lakewood at their January 18 meeting. Rotarian Robert Peterson presented Marlee with a plaque commemorating the award, while presenting her numerous qualifications. The school’s principal, LIsa Boyd, noted that not only is Marlee a 4.0 student, but she is “a leader in so many areas, from planning school-wide events to working diligently to give back to our community at large.” Her science teacher, Mr. Carter, said Marlee’s science fair project was “the best I’ve seen in four years of doing this.” Math teacher Mr. Chute noted she can be described with one word: “superb!”.
By Andrew Neiditz, City Manager, City of Lakewood
- Martin Luther King Celebration on January 19th: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 19th at the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College from 10 am to noon. It will feature a diverse range of performances highlighted by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Prairie Bells, trumpeter Morris Northcutt and the Clover Park High School Choir. Other featured performers include the Life Christian Chamber Choir and the Grace Chapel Choir. Featured speakers include Sam Mitsui, a World War II member of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Al Knight, COL., USA (Ret) representing the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Joining COL Knight will be former Tuskegee Airman Ed Drummond. The theme for this year’s celebration is “WW II, Discrimination at Home, Patriotism Abroad”. For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at 253-584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at 253-589-2489. Admission and parking are free.
In early January 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. For purposes of charitable donations, the Act has two important provisions.
If you receive an IRA distribution in December 2012, you have until February 1, 2013 to donate any or all of it to an eligible charity. It can be counted as a 2012 charitable contribution.
By David Anderson, Tillicum
As our Washington State legislators look at options for curbing violence, if – or rather since – we are indeed to address this issue of violence “in a comprehensive manner,” as Sen. Mike Padden suggests, then far from being left out of the discussion as to solutions – but rather at the very top of the list – is what kids need most to prevent such Newtown atrocities from happening in the first place: a mentor.
Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.
People will help support library services as they find great bargains on used books and other materials during upcoming sales. Friends of the Libraries will host the events at three Pierce County Library System locations in February and March.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 16, in Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His unit is assigned to Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division when at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
John Robert Loihl Age 67, died at his home on January 15, 2013. During his final bout with melanoma, he was cared for by his beloved wife of 26 years, Susan Schreurs, and his children. John was immensely proud of his family, and is survived by his son, Bob (Brandy), granddaughters Abigail and Charlotte, his daughter Angela, and his sisters Joyce Murphey and Judy Lemburg. John was born along the Mississippi River, in Davenport, Iowa on December 29, 1945 to Robert and Mary Loihl. Blessed with height and natural athletic abilities, he was a basketball star in high school and went on to play at St. Ambrose College, until his love of ice cream malts exceeded his athletic abilities. After obtaining a masters degree in industrial relations, he worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago. Tapped at the age of 28 by the governor of Iowa to become a board member of the newly created Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, John helped to implement and shape the development of the Iowa public employment collective bargaining law. An excellent writer, he crafted hundreds of decisions impacting thousands of Iowa’s public employees and their employers. Although born a Midwesterner, John loved mountains. Summer vacations always involved family camping trips in the mountains. In 1983 he moved to Tacoma to be close to mountains and began a career representing employers in labor relations. He joined Washington Employers in 1986, retiring as Director of Labor Relations in 2008. He formed lasting friendships with many with whom he worked and provided a sterling example of how to resolve labor conflicts with dignity, integrity and fairness. He will be remembered for his wry sense of humor, intelligence, and kindness. John was a Renaissance man: a skilled clock maker, stained glass artist, craftsman, baker, political analyst and avid hiker and climber. He and his wife built a beautiful mountain cabin near Roslyn, Washington, complete with a world-class picnic shelter, where they spent as much time as possible with family and many friends. In recent years, John and Susan travelled widely to remote mountainous places, including Peru, Chile, Bhutan, and Tibet. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held on January 23, 2013 at 11 A.M. at the Aspen Chapel, Celebration of Life Center, Mountain View Funeral Home, in Lakewood, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in John’s name to his favorite charities, Habitat for Humanity or Tacoma Community House. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
The Steilacoom High School Booster Club is hosting the 14th annual Red Ribbon Holiday Bazaar on December 1st from 9 am to 4 pm. The event will feature handmade arts and crafts as well as other items great for holiday gift giving and enjoyment. Steilacoom Historical Museum calendars and cards will be available as well as Steilacoom Boy Scout troop wreaths. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by students from Steilacoom and Dupont Schools. SHS Key club will provide crafts for children as well as pictures with Santa for a small fee. Vendors interested in renting a space should contact Bettye Craft @ firstname.lastname@example.org or at 582-7260
The tradition continues — the annual fall BAZAAR at Oberlin Church will be held Saturday November 3rd, from 9AM to 3PM. Come visit the many vendors selling arts and crafts, books, jewelry, decorator items, and more and the silent auction tables. Visit Grandma’s Attic and The Bake Shop. Stay for a soup and sandwich lunch, featuring several choices of homemade soups and sandwiches. The Church is located at the corner of Rainier and Pacific Streets and parking is available in both lots. Come shop, eat and enjoy the annual BAZAAR, which has been a big part of Steilacoom’s history for decades.
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association will sponsor a Ghost Walk on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, starting at 7 PM. The walk will begin at the Wagon Shop (1811 Rainier Street) with walks to spots noted for their history and mysterious events. The event is open to families and adults. Contact Joan Curtis at 584-8623, to obtain additional information and make reservations. Space limited to 30. Please bring a flashlight.