June 2022 issue


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In this issue

  • Move With Minter Fundraiser Earns All-Around Success

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    A simple idea garnered big rewards for students and families at Minter Creek Elementary School in May. The Minter Creek PTA fundraiser, spearheaded by Jessica Gamble, raised almost $10,000 in two …

  • Tom Bates: In His Own Words

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    This is World War III. There is no doubt. What happens in Ukraine will have an effect on the rest of the world for generations to come. I feel it is a defining moment for the human race.

  • Around the Hidden Lagoon

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    The muddy easement passes two just-built houses and a fifth-wheel before plunging into the woods. Then the roadbed itself plunges down a ravine. A landslide has scooped away the hillside below, …

  • George Orwell: ‘Facing Unpleasant Facts’

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    One of the better memories I have from my 1970s high school years are the hours I stole for myself by ditching an English class I despised. I hid out in the stacks of the library, sneaking along the …

  • Spring into Summer

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    It may be a while before your tomato plants flower and set fruit to grow and ripen for harvest. Until then, satisfy your craving for food that tastes clean, fresh and bright with this Greek-inspired …

  • Evergreen Elementary Girls on the Run

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    The nationwide program Girls on the Run returned this spring to Evergreen Elementary School for a 12-week season. Eighteen girls from third through fifth grade met after school twice a week for …

  • The Longbranch Foundation Rewards Students, Teachers and Schools

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    The Longbranch Foundation was just one of 18 Key Peninsula donors to the Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund in 2022, but it’s also one of the biggest institutional supporters of KP …

  • New Longbranch Pumpout Station Delayed Indefinitely

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Plans to build a pumpout station at the Longbranch Marina, designed to give boaters a way to empty their sewage tanks, was halted by an unexpected permitting roadblock because of a shared well that …

  • Tiedeman Road Name Corrected

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    If you live on or drive by Tiedman Road, you may have noticed that the spelling on the road signs was recently changed to Tiedeman. Pierce County updated the signs the week of April 18 to reflect the …

  • Evergreen Elementary’s Bette McCord Retires

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Bette (“Betty”) McCord has been one of the first faces students, parents, community providers, volunteers and visitors have seen when they enter Evergreen Elementary School for over three …

  • Hawks Scholarship Awards Record Amount to PHS Seniors

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    One hundred and thirty-four graduating Peninsula High School seniors received $366,800 in scholarships at the Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund award ceremony May 18. Fifty scholarship winners were …

  • Dr. Roes Celebrated and Honored in Bronze

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Community leaders, colleagues, former staff, friends and family gathered at the Key Peninsula Civic Center April 23 in gratitude for the humble, kind-hearted country doctor who practiced medicine as …

  • I See London

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    The summer when I was 6 years old, I spent hours hanging from the big oak tree behind the garage. Between me and the oak branch were two ropes, each tied to a suspended 16-inch ring. If I hung onto …

  • Stewardship

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Not much of a churchgoer, but I have embraced some of the aspirational ideas I’ve heard there. In one church many years ago, I heard a sermon about stewardship that stuck with me. In my very …

  • Climate Change Comes Home

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    On a hot day last August, the Whitmarsh family took a trip to Seattle to visit the Space Needle. Standing in the viewing area, we were shocked to see a large plume of smoke rising to the west. We …

  • Regarding Choice

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    I was a university sophomore in New York City in the fall of 1982. There was a girl in my art history class who stood out as particularly smart, attractive and friendly in the way people are who have …

  • The Rona Year

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    The first “back to normal” school year since the COVID-19 pandemic began is slowly wrapping up. Yearbooks are on sale, the senior Nerf wars are ending, and all the annual …

  • From a Fellow Traveller

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    I just read the latest Joseph Pentheroudakis column, (On the Wing, “1968,” May 2022), which brought back many memories of that time. Two years before him, in the summer of ’66, I …

  • And Yet Another Fellow Traveller

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Coincidences always grab my attention and are easy to understand as hints that there is a pattern to life. Imagine my thrilled surprise on reading the words “M/S Aurelia” in another great …

  • Making Connections

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Crossing over the Purdy Bridge and driving over the spit on the way home is something of a spiritual experience no matter how often we do it. The smell of saltwater, the expansive view of Henderson …

  • Lulu Smith

    Tuesday, May 31, 2022

    Born Lillian Marie Ryan in Kansas City, Missouri, March 26, 1946, Lulu Smith died at home in Lakebay surrounded by family April 22. She was 76. She was blessed with four children who continued to …

  • Out & About June 2022

    Sunday, May 29, 2022

  • Emissaries

    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Graphic notes on local life