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Born in 1931, Phyllis Henry was one of six children raised on the family farm in rural Iowa. Her education began in a one-room schoolhouse. She had one friend, Edna. They walked to school or took the … more
When Rear Admiral Henry Thomas Mayo (1856-1937) announced his retirement from the U.S. Navy Dec. 10, 1920, after 47 years of service, the news made the papers from his native Burlington, Vermont, to … more
Bryce Hoover craves competition. The 13-year-old incoming eighth-grader at Key Peninsula Middle School likes being on the baseball and football fields. He’ll even try to out-sing everyone … more
It is a joy to come across a wasp like this. In the matted thick grass where my pasture will flood in winter, it dances along the stalks, wings flashing, blue-black body orienting this way and that. … more
Once you become the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone under your own power — 41,196 miles of rowing solo across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, … more
I love my garden, but sometimes it makes me feel like I’m a contestant on one of those cooking shows where amateur chefs are given a basket of incompatible ingredients and have to make a … more
It’s August, and the blackberries are ripe. That pie in the oven is distracting you from the monthly newspaper. Gardens are ascending to the peak of their harvest season, and there are fresh … more
If you’ve visited any parks around the Key Peninsula lately, you may have noticed the appearance of uniquely painted garden gnomes. The first community-wide Summer Solstice Gnome Hunt began … more
As someone who teaches college-level literature classes for a living, once or twice a year I find myself giving my students some version of this speech: It’s no surprise to me that I only … more
Gretchen Shepherd was getting ready to head to church camp at Camp Ghormley near Yakima. It was summer in the 1960s, and to capture the special moments between all the worship and fellowship, her … more
A memorial service honoring the life of Hugh McMillan of Home was held June 18 at the Peninsula High School gymnasium. Family, friends and dignitaries including US Rep. Derek Kilmer eulogized the … more
The Key Peninsula community lost two family members when Ted Ralston and Joanna Gormly were murdered in May 2020. It was the beginning of the pandemic, and we hardly knew how to react, what to do … more
Two Peninsula School District students received awards for their artwork in the 27th annual Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest presented by the Pierce County Library System May 20. … more
If you see Mary McGriff shopping at Key Center Food Market and ask what happened to her hands, she’ll tell you more than you probably wanted to know. more
For many middle schoolers, hopping on a bike during the summer months means goofing around with friends or riding around the neighborhood streets. more
This spring I fell in love with worms. Red wiggler worms to be exact.   Why do I love them? Let me count the ways. They have five hearts! They eat half their body weight each day! They … more
Dolly Parton and I go way back.   In the earlier 1970s, my siblings and cousins and I got ferried around a lot by one of our slightly older cousins in a sky blue Plymouth Valiant, the one … more
Last October, for the first time in recent memory, a bear paid a visit to Herron Island. By the time word got out and folks went looking, it was nowhere to be found, swum back to the mainland. … more
One day last month I was standing in line at my neighborhood gas station with a six-pack in one hand and a three-day-old corndog in the other when a tall, younger (than me) Black man with a … more
The last two of four defendants accused of murdering Vaughn couple Ted Ralston, 71, and Joanna Gormly, 73, in their Vaughn home in 2020 were found guilty at trial in Pierce County Superior Court June … more
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