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Category: Steilacoom


Low tides could affect Pierce Count ferry runs for large vehicles

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles should plan ahead for low tides from Tuesday through July 11.

Load restrictions will be in place on some ferry runs, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

The restrictions affect large vehicles, such as RV’s, commercial trucks or a vehicle towing a trailer, according to the Pierce County Ferry System.

It provides service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Ticket agents and ferry crews will be checking large vehicles and those towing trailers for sailings affected by low tides.

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Low tides could affect Pierce County ferry service

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles are being urged to plan ahead for low tides, which could affect service and result in load limits.

Restrictions could be put in place at various times from Wednesday to May 29.

Here’s the county’s news release:

May 20, 2013

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles – such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place

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Peak-season changes for Pierce County ferries to start Wednesday

The peak-season schedule and fares for Pierce County ferries will go into effect Wednesday.

A variety of fares will increase. And there will be several schedule changes. The county’s ferry system operates service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Here’s Pierce County’s news release:

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule start May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates and the schedule. Peak season runs May 1 to September 30.

Fare rates

Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a

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Steilacoom School District alters board meeting schedule

The Steilacoom Historical School District Board voted to revise its meeting schedule for the months of February, March and April 2013. The action was taken at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting in response to a recent Pierce County Ferry schedule change.

The ferry added a later Thursday evening run to Anderson Island during the non-peak season. This change will allow  Anderson Island residents – who are part of the Steilacoom district – the opportunity to attend one school board meeting a month and be able to return home that evening.

School board meetings are usually held on the second and

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Steilacoom group seeks extension for park donation

A group of Steilacoom residents is asking town leaders for more time to purchase land that they in turn would donate to the town for use as a small park.

The Town Council passed a resolution in 2011 stating the town’s intent to accept the donation of the property near the corner of Galloway and Lexington streets from the Harlock Place Park Stewardship Committee.

The resolution expired last week with the committee still short of its fundraising goal. The committee is requesting the town council approve a new resolution extending the deadline until Dec. 31. The council will consider the

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Pierce County making changes to ferry schedule

A number of changes to Pierce County’s ferry schedule will take effect Jan. 1 for service between Steilacoom and Ketron Island and Anderson Island.

Here’s the news release:

Dec. 19, 2012

Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times, canceled runs, and changes to Ketron Island service.

“We made these changes to meet the needs

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State and local school officials planning for natural disasters

Four Pierce County school districts are part of a statewide project designed to help identify risks and develop a statewide plan for dealing with schools affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcano eruptions.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with 35 school districts across the state, received a two-year, $1.1 million grant in March from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pierce County school districts participating as partners include Carbonado, Puyallup, Steilacoom and Sumner.

Recent work includes the launch of a brief online survey for parents, teachers, school boards, state organizations, superintendents and the

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Light up your holidays with these tree-lighting events

Here’s the rundown of tree-lighting ceremonies for west Pierce County communities:

n DuPont, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Ross Plaza

The festivities begin when Candy Cane Lane opens at 4:30 p.m.  Participating businesses on Wilmington Drive will open their doors to kids for a candy cane or other holiday treats.  The lobby of the Community 1st Credit Union will open at 5 p.m. so holiday revelers can purchase menu selections from local DuPont restaurants for $5 per plate.  There will be caroling and ornament making. DuPont Forza will host pictures with Santa for a fee.

n Fircrest, 7 p.m. Sunday,

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