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Archives: June 2009

June
30th

Key Peninsula gets Blue Star Memorial

Earlier this month, the Key Peninsula got its first Blue Star Memorial Marker.

It was first unveiled at the Bay Shore Garden Club’s 60th anniversary celebration, in which the group dedicated a memorial garden at the Longbranch Fire Department.

Here is an e-mail Cheryl Ozbirn sent to The News Tribune on June 15 (She also sent us this picture of the memorial to the right):

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June
30th

Murray to speak in Gig Harbor about nursing shortage

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will stop in Gig Harbor tomorrow to discuss the national shortage of nurses.

Her office sent out a press release if you want to attend:

Sen. Murray will hold a news conference at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor to bring further attention to the local and national shortage of nurses and other critical health care workers.

She will also discuss her efforts to include federal funding in national health care reform legislation that will address workforce issues of tomorrow. As access to health care is broadened through national health care reform, even more nurses and other health care workers will be needed locally and across the nation in the future.

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June
30th

Funeral set for Steilacoom soldier killed in Afghanistan

The body of Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, who died June 18 in in Kheyl, Afghanistan, will come home Wednesday to Fort Lewis.

Paul Bradshaw said his son will be flown to Gray Army Air Field from Dover Air Force Base. His parents flew to the air base to be there when their son was returned to the United States.

A funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St. SW, in Lakewood. There will be a reception at the church and burial will follow later in the

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June
29th

Off-leash area in University Place opens Thursday

Good news, dog owners who’ve wanted an off-leash area in University Place. Your wait is over.


On Thursday, Pierce County will set aside a temporary, one-acre area next to Chambers Bay Golf Course for canines to roam free.


The grand opening is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at the Central Meadow area along the Soundview Trail. The area will be fenced off, and owners will be required to pick up after their animals.


But the park is only temporary, and won’t be around come 2015, based on a contract between the county and University

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June
29th

Flags to be lowered for soldier killed in Afghanistan

Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in memory of U. S. Army First Lieutenant Brian N. Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, who died on June 25, in Kheyl, Afghanistan.

He died from injuries sustained from the detonation of an improvised explosive device.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition, according to the Governor’s Office.


June
26th

Quilters on the move this weekend

For Lenny Shearer, Orting’s Wild Rose Quilt Shop was the 22nd quilt shop she’d visited in two days.

She and her husband stopped there Thursday as part of a four-day "Quilt Shop Hop," which is taking place at 57 shops in Western Washington through Sunday.

Upon entering the Orting city limits, Shearer and other quilters were greeted by a sign saying, "Welcome Shop Hoppers."

Shearer, who lives in Lynnwood, said the event is a great way for quilters to find new materials and see different shops.

"That’s what makes it exciting, when you see the different designs at each shop," said Shearer, 59.

About 2,500 quilters participate in the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop every year, said Stephanie Pratt, who is coordinating the event throughout the region.

Local businesses get a boost from extra visitors, Pratt said, while quilters get to visit new shops and see different fabric offerings. Each shop gives away special fabrics produced especially for the event, along with kits to create a unique quilt block.

"It’s just an event to build interest and get people out to see what new fabrics are out there," Pratt said. "It’s kind of this huge hidden industry you don’t think about."

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June
26th

Jarvis rejects raise

(The following entry is also posted on TNT’s Political Buzz blog).

Tacoma schools Superintendent Art Jarvis didn’t give the Tacoma School Board a chance to offer him a raise Thursday night.

Just days after board members gave him a positive performance evaluation, Jarvis made it clear he wasn’t interested in a salary increase.

The one-year superintendent, who previously served a year as interim Tacoma school chief, is one of several public officials who have turned down raises during the economic recession.

Jarvis noted at the start of this week’s school board meeting that Tacoma principals had forgone salary increases earlier in the year out of concern for the district’s tight budget. He said he’d like to do the same.

"It would be in all fairness to the other employees that have agreed to help us out," Jarvis said. "I would not like to violate that."

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June
25th

Brick City: Old Town never looked so old

Old Town in Tacoma is a lot older than it looks. The original location of the city before New Tacoma was formed by the railroad, it has some of the oldest houses in town and several key commercial buildings along N. 30th Street.


But the neighborhood doesn’t really appear that old, at least it didn’t until work crews scrapped off the pavement as part of a repaving project last week. Underneath was a beautiful brick roadway from curb to curb. Not many people saw it before it was covered again with a new surface.


Our Jonathan Nesvig –

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