Tear gas 25 years ago – it hasn’t happened again

25 years ago, September 24, 1997, a U.S. Army training unit released tear gas in the middle of the night during dense fog. A large area west of Pacific Avenue needed to be evacuated. Residents were taken to a couple of gymnasiums at Camas Prairie and Spanaway Elementary schools a few were taken to local…

Parkland Spanaway Kiwanis – Join a Gem

In South Pierce County, there is a hidden gem that meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center, 12505 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444. The club, part of Kiwanis International, raises money and provides more than $12,000 of college scholarships annually in the Franklin Pierce and Bethel school…

August 27 – 44th Annual LeMay Car Show

At the house on C Street and at the Marymount Campus, there are multitudes of vintage and antique cars and memorabilia to see this Saturday at the 44th Annual LeMay Car Show This is a Parkland- Spanaway Tradition. Dozens of local auto enthusiasts spend weeks dusting and polishing cars for display. It’s a local labor…

July 16, watch out for bicycles

After a two-year hiatus, the Seattle to Portland bicycle event in on for this year. July 16, the riders will be passing through Summit and Spanaway. Spanaway Middle School is a lunch stop and very busy between 10 am and 2pm on Saturday. The Cascade Bicycle Club is the organizer and the route map can…

Balallan, Scotland gave Spanaway its start

By Marianne Lincoln, with notes from Steve Anderson Balallan, a small community on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides islands of Scotland was the birth place of John Montgomery in 1819. His family were farmers. He grew up among sheep, cattle and crops with plenty of room to play, but no education to make…

Parkland School – Letter to the Editor

I was in attendance at the June 6th gathering at James Sales Elementary School.  I saw/heard a number of very passionate and some very logical statements by people of the Community of Parkland.   I am also a Graduate of Parkland School and as such have many memories of my time there.  However I don’t feel…

Former Parkland Resident shades PLU tactics

Letter to the Editor: Linda Carlson The June 6 meeting with council officials regarding Parkland School confirmed what Parkland School alumni and supporters feared: what Pacific Lutheran University wants, it gets. Does what the community want matter? No way, no how. We learn that for at least two years PLU has been quietly—let’s be honest…

June 11, Parkland Spanaway Rotary Auction

The Parkland-Spanaway Rotary is priming up for its Booty Bash, fundraiser on June 11, 2022, at the Marymount Event Center at 325 152nd STE, Tacoma WA 98445, 5:30 p.m. Our Rotary club had been holding auction events for over 20 years and has raised over $900,000 that has benefited our local charities, organizations, and scholarships….

ABC Day is Back! Bethel High, Oct. 1

ABC Day is Back! We’re incredibly excited to announce that All Bethel Community Day is back! Like past ABC Days, this year’s event will feature live music, fun and educational vendors, professional wrestling, a superhero parade, a petting zoo, great food, and a number of military vehicles! Mark your calendars: ABC Day will take place…

Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day Service at Fir Lane

Fir Lane Memorial Park will hold a Memorial Day Program on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA 98387. The public is invited. An Honor Guard from JBLM will be present to pay tribute to those who served and gave their all.

Spanaway historic cemetery cleanup, May 24 & 25

First, the Kiwanis on May 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. will do some preliminary work on the cemetery. Then, on May 25, the youth and their leaders from 4 congregations of the Latter Day Saints Church will be mowing, weed eating, and doing general cleanup at the Spanaway Cemetery from 4:15 to 6 p.m….

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…