Shady Acres reaches 60 years

By Marianne Lincoln On April 19, 1962, Harold LeMay, Jack Brown and William “Bill” Black filed the Shady Acres Corporation at the State of Washington Secretary of State’s Office. It started as a piece of property on 208th Street. George Brown Road (46th Ave.) ran through the middle of it diagonally. The three subdivided the…

Elk Plain Grange fire and restoration

By Marianne Lincoln ELK PLAIN — Recently a friend contacted me concern because he saw a yellow sign in front of the Elk Plain Grange. Because the Grange is a historic building to those of us who are Elk Plain old timers, he was very concerned about it. I looked up the parcel and the…

Godzilla is on the horizon or is that Baby Huey?

For those of you who love your quiet, safe, inexpensive little enclave of Spanaway, or Frederickson, or Parkland, guess what? Godzilla has reared her head again. $200,000 of state money has once again been placed in the Washington State budget by Rep. Melanie Morgan of the 29th District, for the purpose of an incorporation study…

To be a Brave or not?

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL, SPANAWAY, WA — Due to a legislative bill passed this year in Washington State, the Bethel School District has been forced to review its mascot for Bethel High School due to its Indian connotations. Last Spring, the School Board chose members for a committee to review the mascot and come up…

Festive and Fun! Our holiday lights

Christmas lights are a cheerful product of the season. While Earthlings in the Northern Hemisphere are going through the shortest days of the year, the bright and cheerful lights help brighten both the darkness and our moods. The Frederickson area has a very special computer software engineer whose delight turned to programming Christmas lights at…

Final Environmental Impact Statement released

From Pierce County: The draft updates have progressed through public open houses, land use advisory commission meetings and the Planning Commission’s final recommendations to the County Council. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the council’s consideration process has been postponed. Final Environmental Impact Statement released Part of the update process…

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE AT 10 BETHEL SCHOOLS

Este mensaje en español From BETHEL SCHOOLS — Starting Tuesday, March 17, free meals will be available to ANYONE ages 1-18 through the end of the statewide school closure. These “grab and go” meals will include both lunch and breakfast for the following morning. We’ll be utilizing “curbside pick-up” to maintain social distancing, so you…

Planning Commission makes final recommendations on updates to four community plans

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission made its final recommendations on updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans March 10 and 12. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the community, and…

Property taxes and growing pains

Opinion: Marianne Lincoln, Editor Growing pains? Prosperity attracts people. People create need for more housing. More housing creates a need for more roads, buses, fire protection, policing, parks, libraries, sewer extensions, and more. The people that say, “If you build they will come,” are completely missing the boat. Frederickson was barely a few houses surrounded…

Planning Commission reviews C&C

The Pierce County Planning Commission, a body of appointed citizens, is reviewing the Centers and Corridors Comprehensive Plan Changes the County Planning and Land Services has been proposing for the area from 112th Street to 176th Street and Meridian to Pacific Avenue. This is one of several steps through to approval or denial by the…

WRITE to your County Council

3 p.m. in the afternoon on Tuesdays is the regular meeting time of the Pierce County Council. Most of us at working at that time of day or are stuck in traffic and cannot be in downtown Tacoma a the Council Office even when we seriously want to complain about an action they are taking….

50% Growth in 25 years – PSM Plan

[Editor Note: Contrast this with the County information about Frederickson, you can clearly see their bias toward growing Frederickson. Frederickson tripled (300%) P-S-M is noted to have grown 50% in that same timeframe. The Census of 2020 will tell us more soon.] From the Pierce County Planning page for the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Plan PIERCE COUNTY —…