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Archives: Feb. 2011


West Pierce Fire & Rescue begins operations Tuesday

A new era of fire and emergency medical response begins Tuesday for Lakewood and University Place residents.

West Pierce Fire and Rescue begins operation as the Lakewood Fire District 2 dissolves and folds into the University Place Fire Department following voter approval of the merger earlier this month.

Officials from the cities and Pierce County will commemorate the merger during a celebration that begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the West Pierce fire headquarters, 3631 Drexler Drive West in University Place.

“It’s been a long process, but the nice thing is it’s been very smooth,” said Capt. Jenny Sharp,

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Daffodil Festival offers weekend deals for South Hill Mall shoppers

This year’s Daffodil Festival princesses have promenaded and read to kids.

Now they’re going shopping.

Members of the royal court will be at South Hill Mall in Puyallup on Saturday and Sunday to mingle with shoppers, pose for pictures and help promote a special weekend deal. Mall-goers who buy yellow bracelets supporting the festival will be eligible for discounts from some mall stores, according to a festival news release.

The Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade is April 9.


Free dental care for children Saturday in Lakewood

Dental Health Associates of Lakewood will be offering free dental care Saturday to children 18 years old and younger who currently do not have private dental insurance or state dental insurance.

The free care will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the dental office located at 6001 100th ST SW.

Services being offered are sealants, oral hygiene consults, fluoride varnishes, fillings and extractions. No appointment is necessary; all patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Dental Health Associates, which opened in Lakewood in 1972, is four dentists who said

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Bonney Lake council considers at-large system

The Bonney Lake City Council could decide as early as next week whether to move from a ward to an at-large system for council elections.

The council Tuesday night  tabled an ordinance that would have done just that, but the item will be back on the agenda next week.

Under the existing system, most council members are elected from within designated geographic boundaries, or wards. An at-large system would mean all council members would be elected in citywide votes.

Mayor Neil Johnson said it’s an important issue, and the council “wants to make sure citizens get involved” before making a

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Wharf’s open, boaters welcome – again – at Longbranch Marina

If you sail or power your boat up to the Longbranch Marina these days, you can actually get off of it and walk to land.

Use the portable toilets. Take a stroll. Check out the Longbranch Improvement Club.

Some 40 people gathered Monday for a ribbon cutting at the new wharf, which replaces an aging structure condemned and fenced off by Pierce County in September.

The wharf was the only way boaters using the Longbranch Improvement Club’s Marina at Filucy Bay could get from their craft to shore – without taking a swim, club president Geoff Baillie said.


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‘Read with a Princess’ program starts Saturday

Pierce County libraries will get the royal treatment Saturday.

Members of the Daffodil Festival’s royal court will read to kids and pose for pictures at 17 county library branches, plus the City of Puyallup’s library.

They’ll be at the Gig Harbor, Bonney Lake, Tillicum, University Place, Parkland, Sumner, Puyallup, South Hill and Graham libraries at 11 a.m., and at the Key Center, Buckley, Dupont, Eatonville, Steilacoom, Lakewood, Orting, Summit and Edgewood libraries at 2 p.m.

They’ll be back for more stories and photos March 19, April 16; the program may extend into the summer. The Daffodil Festival Grand Floral

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Crime writer Rule to make Gig Harbor appearance

Best-selling crime author Ann Rule will sign copies of her book that chronicles a Lewis County case at Borders Books in Gig Harbor from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Separately, Rule, who lives in Renton, is participating in the Gig Harbor Summit, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 2. The conference is open to the public, and the registration fee is $175.

Rule’s new book, “In the Still of the Night,” is about the death of Toledo resident Ronda Reynolds and the effort by her mother, Barbara Thompson, to find the truth.

The body of Reynolds, a

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