DUPONT – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Steilacoom-DuPont gives everyone in the community a chance to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how important each and every birthday is. As the Society celebrated it’s 100th birthday on May 22nd, we invite the Steilacoom and DuPont communities to join us as we embark on our most ambitious undertaking yet. With your help, we want to finish the fight on cancer. Register your team today by visiting RelayForLife.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
By Harriett Triquart
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.
By Chelsea Lindquist, Communications Specialist, Bates Technical College
TACOMA – Apprentices from Ironworkers Local 86, located at Bates Technical College, have incorporated something historic into their education. They have carefully created an upright monument out of two twisted steel beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center 9/11 attack. The beams will be placed at the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton.
By Diane Formoso
Caring for Kids spent the last year collecting formals, dress shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, purses and jewelry to share with the students at Clover Park High School for the spring formal season. Some of the formal wear was even new. So we are again preparing for next year. You can drop off your donations at the Clover Park main administration building in the Caring for Kids school house. Caring for Kids continues to make a difference in our community.
By Diane Formoso
Caring for Kids, last August, helped 2,801 kids in need in our community get a great start with school by providing school supplies, hygiene products and a host of other amenities. We are taking over Carr’s Restaurant on Tuesday May 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. to raise the funds to again support these three Ready to Learn Fair events. The events are held at Lochburn Middle School, Springbrook Park in collaboration with Lakewood First Lions and Tillicum Community Center. In Clover Park School District 58% of the kids are on free lunch and 13% of the kids are on reduced lunch with 8 schools over 90%.
By Paul Candler, Public Relations Chair, Kiwanis Club of Clover Park
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park began planting a variety of vegetable starts, and the food bank raised garden plots at the Lakewood Community Garden. Last year 1,100 pounds of fresh vegetables raised at the food bank plots were donated to the Lakewood FISH Food Bank. The goal for this year is to increase the amount donated to 1,500 pounds. To help achieve this goal, one raised garden has been planted with potatoes. Other vegetables planted include tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, broccoli, kale, and the always popular zucchini.
By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom’s original Oberlin Congregational Church on Lafayette Street shows signs of long-awaited historic preservation, as the current Steilacoom Tribal Museum and Cultural Center moves ahead with its plans to restore the 1800s structure. A new set of stairs leading to the building’s main entrance has been placed. Watch for further improvements to the museum site.
By Jeff Brewster
LAKEWOOD – The City of Lakewood is supporting efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for single soldiers re-deploying from Afghanistan. Lakewood’s adopted brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is now six months into a nine-month deployment. While the “Raider Brigade” will fully return to JBLM by August, a number of troops have already started to return.
The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill two (2) vacancies on the Public Safety Advisory Committee.
DESCRIPTION: The role of the Public Safety Advisory Committee is to provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The Committee will report to the Council and will also assist the Council in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with City and department policies.
By Nancy Covert
Seat tight? Air in tires? Helmet properly fitted? Check, check and check!
About thirty youngsters took part in the fourth annual kids’ Bike Rodeo event on a sunny, blue-sky Saturday morning at Saltar’s Point Elementary School. Steilacoom Kiwanians and Key Club members assisted with the event that included a bike inspection, a session with Steilacoom PSO Larry Whelan to inspect the bike helmets, and participating in a six-station bike course. Each child received a “certificate” of completion.
By Mary Dodsworth, Director
The City of Lakewood is looking for a Lakewood resident to represent us on the Conservation Futures Citizens’ Advisory Board. This Board reviews and rates project proposals and provides recommendations to the PierceCounty council. The position is a four year term and is appointed by Mayor. Typically the Board meets during the months of May – September so reply by May 15. If you are interested in preservation and conservation please send a short email or letter of interest to Alice Bush.
By Dave O’Keeffe, Communities In Schools of Lakewood, Executive Director
LAKEWOOD – The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) has announced that Communities In Schools of Lakewood (CISL) has been awarded a $7,000 grant as a part of the Vibrant Community Grants Program. Funds will be used to support CISL programs at Tyee Park, Tillicum, Southgate and Oakwood Elementary Schools, and Lochburn Middle school.
LAKEWOOD – Perhaps sometime as you traveled Lakewood you’ve noticed occasional litter or clutter in the right of way and thought to yourself, “I wish someone would pick that up.” or maybe “Who is ever going to clean-up this mess?”.