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…

2022: April 30th & May 1st , LeMay Wine, Spirits & Chocolate Event

April 30th & May 1stLeMay Wine, Spirits & Chocolate Event Saturday 3pm- 9pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm Enjoy locally crafted wine, artisan spirits, chocolate, & more! This two-day premier event will feature live music and carefully selected wineries, distilleries, chocolate, decadent sweets and specialty gift vendors from around Washington. It is an annual tradition in the South…

Would Mackenzie Scott help us?

Spanaway is just a little place really. It is an unincorporated community with very little in the way of amenities compared to other areas of the county. We have no voice on the Pierce County Regional Council because we are not a city. We share a fraction of a County Council person with other communities,…

When money is tight, does it pay to think only of yourself?

Opinion by Marianne Lincoln At the kitchen table and over the backyard fence, we all have opinions about what schools should be doing, not doing, spending, not spending, who should be disciplined and who should get a chance to excel. Public school districts have an enormous number of laws and regulations to follow. State Auditors…

Katherine G. Johnson Elementary Opens

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics and trajectories as a NASA employee were critical to the success of early U.S. crewed spaceflights. Highlights of Ms. Johnson’s career:In 2015, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.In 2016, presented with the Silver Snoopy Award and a NASA Group Achievement Award.In 2016,…

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…

Dire warnings on our watershed – dialogue

Several members of the Chambers Clover Watershed Council have been exchanging some very concerning emails recently. Based on their experience, credentials, and length of service in the stewardship capacity, these are worth your interest. (Cindy Beckett, Don Russell and Kurt Reidinger) Starting with a reply to Ms. Beckett’s email in the previous article, “Destruction of…

Destruction of this creek has always been illegal

A message from Cindy Beckett, EPA Watershed Manager, WSU Master Watershed Steward: I really do wish that everyone would finally understand this….. no elected “official” on the county or executive level, nor anyone on Pierce County staff, has any authority whatsoever over this creek system.  I really mean this! Authority falls onto both the State…

Friends of Spanaway Lake Annual Meeting Feb. 24

The Friends of Spanaway Lake is holding their annual meeting on February 24, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center and virtually over Zoom. They have posted the event on Facebook if you are looking for the connection link. This past year, the property owners with front footage on the lake voted to create…

A disaster called Clover Creek

Since 1853, when Washington became a Territory, Clover Creek has been diverted, dammed, dug up, relocated, culverted, drilled back into the ground and had vast amounts of pollutants dumped into it. The creek was named by Christopher Mahon who settled a Donation Land Claim there, where the Brookdale Golf Course was later sited. Their home…