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Archives: March 2012


And the Most Magnificent Mutt is….

Cute reigned despite the rain in Graham today.

More than 40 dogs – and 100 people – braved the wet and cold today at Frontier Park for the annual dog show judged by Daffodil Festival princesses.

The grand prize went to Jake, a golden retriever and playmate of Emily Bodhaine, 7, of Orting.

But Jake and Emily didn’t have the corner on prize-winning acts. Seen here is another award winner, Sam Smithson, and her Chihuahua, Lilly, who took home Best Smile.

The rest of the winners are listed below.

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College students pitch in for Habitat for Humanity

Student volunteers from Linfield College in Oregon and other schools across the nation are in Tacoma this month to build Habitat for Humanity houses. Many gave up their spring break for the opportunity to haul lumber, cut boards and hammer nails for local families in need of a home.

Student groups have traveled from California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Utah to participate in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Recent Linfield graduate Lauren Ross spent every spring break in college building homes with Habitat, led projects in Tacoma for two years, and liked it so much she signed on as

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Pierce County looking to fill spots on land-use panels

Pierce County is looking for volunteers to serve on land-use advisory commissions for eight areas of the county.

The commissions meet monthly, or as needed, to review development applications, proposed changes to the county’s comprehensive plan and community plans, and changes to regulations for their communities.

Applicants are needed for advisory commissions representing: Frederickson, Gig Harbor, Graham, Midland, South Hill, Spanaway, Summit View and Summit Waller communities.

Applications and more information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/pals or by contacting the Planning and Land Services Department at 253-798-7037 or 253-798-2630.

Here’s the news release:


March 30, 2012

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Eatonville School Board appoints new member

Jeff Lucas has been appointed to fill an at-large position on the Eatonville School Board. His appointment lasts until the November election, when he plans to run for the seat.

Lucas, who lives near Northwest Trek, was one of six candidates who applied for the board vacancy. He is married and has two children, a daughter in kindergarten and a son who is not yet in school. He is a fire fighter and paramedic with East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

He said having his oldest child start school has been “a tremendously eye-opening experience all the way around.” He said

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Magnificent Mutt show set for Saturday in Graham

Pierce County Fair’s annual Most Magnificent Mutt Show is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Frontier Park, 21718 Meridian, Graham.

There’s no fee to enter. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Children ages 2-14 may enter their pups in the show.

The dogs must be on a leash, and the kid-canine teams must be accompanied by an adult. Categories include shortest dog, softest ears and “Grooviest dog and owners costume team.”

The 2012 Daffodil Festival Royal Court will do the judging.

More details on are the fair’s website, www.piercecountyfair.com.



New school construction to start this summer at JBLM

Here’s a construction update from the Clover Park School District in Lakewood:

The district, in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is building two new elementary schools on base: Carter Lake and Hillside. The schools will be built at their current locations. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by fall 2013.

Funding comes from the Department of Defense and Washington state school construction funds. The DOD funding is the result of a national study of schools on military bases around the country. Carter Lake, located on the McChord section of the base, and Hillside, on Fort Lewis,

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Open season on junk in Tacoma

Cleanup season in Tacoma opens April 7, putting the expiration dates on alley mattresses, television carcasses and piles of tires that have lost their get-up and roll.

Through the spring and summer, 18 neighborhood groups will partner with Tacoma’s Community Based Services to bring in enough dumpsters and recycling trucks to flush unsightly trash right out of the area.

This being Tacoma, organizers have a history of turning it into a party. They scout their alleys and yards for dumped stuff. They offer to haul junk out for people who can’t do it themselves, and finish

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Bethel School Board adds one new member

The Bethel School Board has appointed Stanley Chapin to represent the school district’s Director District No. 3, which covers the Elk Plain-Spanaway area. He will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of board member Marianne Lincoln.

Chapin is expected to be sworn in at the board’s April 10 meeting. He is married and has been a resident of the Bethel School District for 17 years. He works as a manager for Metro Parks Tacoma.

The board is also trying to fill a vacancy in Director District No. 4, which covers the Graham area. That board seat opened after Joy Cook

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