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Senior Center is hidden gem in Milton

Anybody who wants to feel great simply needs to find a sign to give to the Milton Senior Center. According to the Center’s President Sandy Parr, they need one so folks can more easily find their establishment, which serves senior citizens and works in support of many local charities.
The unmarked Senior Center is located inside the Milton Activity Center,1000 Laurel St., but except for word-of-mouth communications, Parr says, nobody really knows it’s there. “There’s no sign that says ‘The Senior Center,’ so when people call, I have to say we’re at the police station.”
In addition to keeping a closet full of walkers for seniors who might suddenly need one, Parr said the Senior Center has never lagged about hosting fundraisers for local charity groups and it has always offered daily activities for participating… Read Full Story

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Satisfaction from benefaction: NW Furniture

Like a triangle, there are three components to NW Furniture Bank, with 14 employees who help collect and distribute surplus furniture to people in need. Directly on top of the charity is Hope Furnishings, 117 Puyallup Ave., a for-profit business that sells new, gently used and vintage furniture to support the NW Furniture Bank charity below. With these two is a mattress recycling effort, located directly behind NW Furniture Bank, that also generates funds to help the low-income recipients sleep better at night thanks to donated furniture.
The stitching that holds this triangle together is CEO Bill Lemke who is now celebrating NW Furniture… Read Full Story

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Armed robbery and home burglary down in Pierce County

In the first six months of 2017, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies say an analysis of the crime statistics shows armed robberies and home burglaries are down. Detectives say one reason may be that more people have surveillance and security systems in their homes, which makes for harder targets for crooks. The department’s Property Crime Unit is also seeing success.
“We’re able to go out and actively work these people, hold them responsible, put them in jail and we see our crime numbers dropping,” said Det. Ed Troyer.
However,… Read Full Story

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Children of the river
Matt Nagle

Dr. Verna Bartlett has established a program to help Indian people who are now, or have been, victims of trauma brought on by sexual abuse, be they children or elders. With many years of child advocacy behind her, including 25 years working for Puyallup Tribe’s Children’s Services, this 81-year-old…

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SR 167 PUYALLUP RIVER BRIDGE COULD BE YOURS After more than eight decades of service, the State Route 167 (Meridian Street) Bridge over the Puyallup River has been retired, and now the Washington State Department of Transportation is launching an effort to find a new home for the bridge. Originally…

Fire and rescue news

East Pierce Fire and Rescue (EPFR) just received word that we have been awarded a FEMA SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) Grant for a value of $1,699,898. This grant will allow EPFR to add another nine (9) Firefighters for the purpose of improving staffing on three engine…

Be Well - Inside & out: Theresa likes to wear a bit of color in her hair
Tami Jackson

Cosmetologist Theresa Tong, of TT Hair Salon & Supplies, can do it all. She cuts and tints all kinds of hair for a wide variety of styles, provides face-waxing services, plucks eyebrows and offers a paraffin dip for pampering hands. She provides all these services for the elderly, for adults,…

Neverland Theater Company summer camp ready to stage
Matt Nagle

The sets have been built, costumes fitted and dance numbers all choreographed for opening night of “The Sword in the Stone,” Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. at Columbia Junior High’s Performing Arts Center. The culminating event of The Neverland Theater Company’s summer camp experience, “The Sword…

Hotrods 4 Hearts returns to Griot’s Garage

An annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association takes place again this year at Griot’s Garage on Saturday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hotrods 4 Hearts car show and festival is always a fun time for everyone in the family, with door prizes, raffle prizes including a 55-inch Sony smart…

I-5 changes reach milestone
Steve Dunkelberger

Anyone who drives the local strip of Interstate 5 are experiencing changes to the lanes and exits, and planning accordingly may save drivers a lot of headaches. Southbound Interstate 5 through Fife toward Tacoma has been reconfigured into two distinct roadways separated by barrier at Portland Avenue.…

Neverland Theater Company summer camp ready to stage
Matt Nagle

The sets have been built, costumes fitted and dance numbers all choreographed for opening night of “The Sword in the Stone,” Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. at Columbia Junior High’s Performing Arts Center. The culminating event of The Neverland Theater Company’s summer camp experience, “The Sword…

Fire and Rescue News: Warm Weather Water Fun!

To help prevent unintentional drownings and increase life jacket use, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, sponsored by East Pierce Professional Firefighters, offer life jackets at a discounted price of $14 in sizes infant through adult. Stop by our Headquarters Station anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.…

Fife FBLA take home national honors

Fife High School’s Future Business Leaders of America has returned from the National Leadership Conference, held June 29 to July 2 in Anaheim, California and drew more than 13,000 students from around the nation. Fife’s team included 17 students to compete in the conference. “My heart is bursting…

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