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…

1846 list of local indigneous working for Fort Nisqually

The Puget Sound Agricultual Company extended across much of Pierce County’s prairie lands. Until 1846, it was considered British Land and was embattled in court through 1869, when it finally was paid and officially transferred. This is why so many 1850 Donation Land Claims were not surveyed until 1871 in the area. From Steve Anderson,…

Fife, Orting, Roy, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place

[From the County Council] If you live in one of these cities, use the online tool to report illegal firework use Residents in Fife, Orting, Roy, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place can report the illegal discharge of fireworks online at FireworksReport.com between 6 p.m. Friday, July 1 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.  July 4 is the single…

Going bald temporarily

By Marianne Lincoln While attending a recent Parkland Spanaway Kiwanis meeting at the Paradise Lanes, I inquired whether I should tell my story to my readers. The answer was a resounding yes. It is difficult to think of yourself as a fixture in the community, but anymore, I am recognized at most meetings I attend….

Graham-Kapowsin Community Council Senior Center opens June 28

From Council District #3 news: The Graham-Kapowsin Community Council Senior Center is holding an opening ceremony Tuesday (June 28) at 10:15 a.m. Join the opening in Room B at the Frontier Park Lodge, 21718 Meridian Ave. E. in Graham. If you plan to have lunch at the center, please RSVP: 253-921-2914. The center will be open…

PLU responds about the Parkland School

Pacific Lutheran University has added an article to their website about the Parkland School, also referred to was East Campus. This is copied from their web comments on 6-25-22. East Campus / Parkland School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Pacific Lutheran University is committed to the long-term health and vitality of Parkland, Washington. We’re proud of…

Parkland rallies to save their historic Parkland School

Saturday, June 11,2022, from 1 to 3 p.m., citizens of Parkland, Washington are waving signs and banners on Pacific Avenue at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 121st Street in protest of Pacific Luther University’s plans to un-list it as a state historic site and sell it to a developer who plans to demolish if…

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…