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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

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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Puyallup Tribe grants $275,000 to UWT
Matt Nagle

Continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting higher education, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has made its largest grant to date to the University of Washington-Tacoma – $275,000 that will go toward enhancing Native American education and research at the University. “The Puyallup Tribe chose…

Puyallup Tribe feeds and clothes the homeless
Matt Nagle

The Puyallup Tribe and a team of community volunteers started off this season of giving with a free giveaway to our area’s homeless on Nov. 22. Setting up shop near the Tacoma Dome on that rainy, cold and windy morning, the line-up of people seeking help remained constant into the afternoon. The…

Edgewood author writes adventure novel
Derek Shuck

Edgewood is quickly becoming a hot bed for up-and-coming authors. While last month, the Milton-Edgewood Signal highlighted Leo Taylor, a historical fiction writer and resident of Edgewood, another author also calls the city his home; Robert Hager recently published his first book, Magic in the Bay…

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FIFE LIONS CLUB HOLDS ANNUAL HAM DINNER Mark your calendars now for the Fife Lions Club annual ham dinner on Jan. 25 at the Fife High School cafeteria, noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $12 per adult and $6 per child 6-12 years old, and children under six eat free. KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO HONOR VETS The…

Connector bus service set to hit end of the line
Steve Dunkelberger

Bus service to Fife, Milton and Edgewood on Route 503 and 504 will end in February. The two routes were developed this year to test demand for service in these communities. The routes were started a year ago at a cost of $784,000 as a compromise effort to provide the cities with transit services at…

Fife superintendent search moves forward
Matt Nagle

The Fife Schools community got a chance to hear from the three finalists for the district’s open superintendent position on Dec. 3 in the Performing Arts Center at Columbia Junior High. A good-sized audience attended the forum, which was hosted by the district’s retired deputy superintendent Jeff…

Puyallup police search for armed robber
David Rose

Puyallup Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect who robbed a clerk at gunpoint in the Pioneer Grocery store in Puyallup. “This was a broad daylight robbery at a location that is well traveled with vehicles. Also, very brazen and very bold to pull a weapon out and shoot…

Milton welcomes in the holidays with tree lighting
Derek Shuck

The holiday season went into full swing Dec. 6, when the annual Milton tree lighting took place at City Hall. The tree lighting was presented by Santa Claus himself, arriving with full fanfare on a sleigh pulled by a fire truck. After the lighting, Santa took the time to appease a near endless line…

Signal Searchlight
Derek Shuck

Milton residents of the Heather Hills Homeowners group made their annual donation to the Milton Police Reserve Officer fund at their Nov. 11 meeting. The $500 check was accepted by officers Shawn Huecker and Sergeant Russ Hume. “Heather Hills has been an active supporter of not only our career officers…

Edgewood business owner becomes self-published author
Julie Watts

In the digital age, the traditional way of doing things has gone out the window, particularly in the publishing world. Previously authors were at the whim of publishers’ needs, and today writers need only an Internet connection to get their ideas into the hands of readers. Just look at Leo Taylor,…

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