Speaking of Music...

                                                                                                (photo by Bob Walter)

     Jackie McTee and her daughter Cindy in Eatonville New Year's Eve 2004. Jackie, Cindy and Cindy's sister, Christy, all were valedictorians in their Eatonville High School graduating classes. Cindy is a Regents Professor of Music Composition at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas, but managed to come home for the Christmas holidays to spend time with her family. 
     And speaking of parks, at age 12 Cindy entered a town contest to name the "new" park being developed near the cemetery. Cindy's entry, "Glacier View Park," was the winner. (That park land was also donated to the town by T. C. Van Eaton.)

Works Performed at Carnegie Hall 

     by Dixie A. Walter
     March 13, 2005

     The world debut of Dr. Cindy McTee's "Einstein's Dream" will be performed from March 31 through April 2 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Cindy recently gave an interview to LeAnn Binford from the Juilliard School's Playbill Arts publication. To read Cindy's insights, and humorous thoughts, about the world's most famous genius please see PlaybillArts: Features: A Dream of Music and Technology
   Dr. Cindy McTee's works have been performed at dozens of prestigious symphony halls and centers, among them, two invitations, in 2002 and 2003, from the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. A few of the other performances of Cindy's compositions are the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. (2002), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, (2003), Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2001), and Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (2003). Her compositions have been performed by orchestras, bands and chamber ensembles in America, Japan, South America and Europe. For a complete list of Cindy's past performances please see Cindy McTee Past Performances
     Cindy's mom, Jackie, who taught first grade in Eatonville her entire teaching career, describes her daughter as being creative in many areas, and said she could have been an excellent artist too. And, although Jackie denies any creativity of her own, this is belied by her own musical abilities. Both Cindy's parents, Jackie and Chuck McTee, were musicians when Cindy was growing up. Chuck was a trumpet player and Jackie played both clarinet and tenor sax. Not wanting to leave their child with baby sitters, the McTees took her along as their small band rehearsed. Cindy grew up hearing the music from the 40's and 50's. 
     When asked at what age she started hearing music in her mind, Cindy remembered hearing a whole symphony in her head at age six. It was also at that age she started piano lessons with a teacher who encouraged improvisation. A few years later Cindy began studying the saxophone with her Mom.
     During the mid-1970's as a junior at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) Cindy met celebrated Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. She accepted his invitation to study with him in Poland in exchange for teaching his children English. Cindy spent a year in Poland with his family. She took the opportunity in Poland to study with Marek Stachowski and Krystyna Moszumanska-Nazar.
     She also studied with David Robbins and Thomas Clark at PLU, Bruce MacCombie and Jacob Druckman at the Yale School of Music, and with Richard Hervig at the University of Iowa.
     Cindy taught for three years at PLU and joined the University of North Texas College of Music Faculty in 1984, was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and to Regents Professor in 2000. She is presently an elected member of the Board of the American Music Center in New York City, a position she has held since 2003.
     The Eatonville High graduate who made her mark in the world of music has received too many awards to list here. Among the more notable are two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002 and 1992; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001; a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990; and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994.
     For a complete list of Cindy's awards please see Cindy McTee Awards
    To hear snippets of Cindy's wonderful music please go to Cindy McTee Music


A Day of Music Celebrated  Andy Parker's Life...

                                                                                              (photo by Bob Walter)

     Becki Sue and her Big Rockin' Daddies were one of five bands who practically blew the roof off the Eatonville Eagles Hall Sunday, March 6. This band was rated "the Best Blues Band" in Washington State by the Washington Blues Society, and also named the Best Blues Band in Seattle by Seattle Weekly. The hall was packed with Andy supporters as they danced the day away in a happy celebration of Andy's life, and courage fighting Stage IV brain cancer. He was diagnosed in mid-December 2004. The Randy Oxford Band, Six Pack of Blues, Lynch Creek and Louis Isom bands all entertained the crowd. Lynch Creek donated the use of their sound system. A donation of $10 was suggested. There was a lot of fun and a lot of love all around.
     Andy's attitude is wonderful. He says the chemo therapy will be over soon and he feels great. Andy is also back at work. Obviously deeply touched by the five-band day, Andy said, "I've been to benefits for others and never thought there would be one for me. You just never know what life is going to bring." He added firmly,"I'm a fighter, I've done Karate for years. I'm going to fight this and beat it." 
     Andy has always enjoyed excellent health and taken good care of himself. For more about Andy and his family please visit his Web site 
Welcome toCureAndy.com
     According to local businessman Tim Patterson, the day of music for Andy came about when, "I saw Randy Oxford in Puerto Vallarta one evening and mentioned Andy's situation to him. I asked if he would put on a benefit concert. Randy organized the bands and coordinated the advertisement flyers which were donated by Graphics by Guardino. The Eagles graciously donated the hall. Tammi Bratholm and my wife, Yvonne Patterson, coordinated the raffle items which were generously donated by local businesses and individuals. John Bratholm handled the mike and together we raised $4867.01. Cure Andy!!!!"

Town Meetings Canceled

                                                                         (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

      by Dixie A. Walter
      March 4, 2004

     Both the Eatonville Planning Commission and Eatonville Town Council meetings have been canceled according to the town's reader board. The planning commission meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 7 and the council meeting date was Monday, March 14.
     Evidently the town has no business to discuss ten days from now. How can a community ignore the facts that there is always business needing to be addressed? Especially when there is a hot button issue - sale of Van Eaton Park - perhaps to a developer, in the works.
     Or, as many citizens have suggested to ENN, is the council meeting canceled because town government doesn't
want another show of display of  Democracy like the one which happened four days ago, when approximately 100 people attended the council meeting to observe, dissent, agree and ask for some intelligent recommendations from the town's council. 

Mount St. Helens Burps and the World Takes Notice...

     March 8, 2005

     While many Eatonville area residents focused on the local view of Mount Rainier, her sister, Mount St. Helens, captured international attention again, about 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, when the 8,364-foot volcano sent a soaring plume of ash skyward. The plume was estimated to reach 36,000 feet as it grabbed headlines and made for great photo ops. Mount St. Helens has been relatively calm since last fall.
     There are about 500 active volcanoes on Earth. Although scientists say this latest activity from St. Helens doesn't mean another major eruption like 1980, they also say a "more explosive" eruption can happen at any time. 
     Most experts view Mount Rainier as one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet and certainly the most dangerous in the Cascade Range.
     Mount Rainier is considered a young volcano, being about ten million years younger than the mountains surrounding it. Rainier also has the distinction, one out of sixteen, of being named a "Decade Volcano." Decade volcanoes are part of a United Nations program intended to take better advantage of science and emergency management to lessen the severity of natural disasters. Which is one reason we see volcano evacuation signs in Eatonville and environs.

Cottage Merchants Project Will Entice Tourists
And Promote Local Businesses...

                                                                           (photo by Bob Walter)

     February 28, 2005: The Cottage Merchants, under the guidance of Nancy Iams, put together a beautiful book featuring local businesses of interest to tourists. Thirty-four of the books were scheduled to be placed in all rooms of the Mill Village Motel as well as the lobby. The books cover, above, was created by Nancy Iams who is an artist in her own right. 

A Peek Inside the Book...

                                                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

     The eighteen to twenty loose leaf book is full of beautiful photographs taken by Cindy Holshouser. Nancy Iams said it took three months to organize and build the book. Nancy said she and her best friend, Phyllis, travel frequently and use similar books which they find in motels. This is what inspired Nancy to begin the project. 

Developer vs. Developer
Nobody Wins...
Lawsuit Claims and Counterclaims Involve "Dangerous Condition"

                                                                                                                   (photo by Bob Walter)

      The shear face of this cliff was manmade according to court documents in the case of Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc., vs. Randles Family LLC (Limited Liability Company). The cliff is located at Hamner Springs/Rath Addition where a large development is being built on a mapped hazardous landslide area. 

     by Dixie A. Walter
     February 10, 2005

     Pierce County Superior Court Judge Linda Lee "dismissed with prejudice" (meaning the action can't be started again) a breach of contract lawsuit filed against Randles Family LLC by Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc. November 12, 2004. 
     A court document dated March 22, 2003 states in part, "...that Randles Family LLC will buy out Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc. of the purchase and sale agreement dated 3-5-03 between Bruce and Patty Rath as sellers and Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc., as purchaser. Property description as follows: Rath addition lots 1-24, 27-98, excluding lots 25 and 26 which will remain with Bruce and Patty Rath, resulting in 96 lots to Randles Family LLC, buyer.
     "In exchange for the purchase and sale agreement, Randles Family LLC will pay Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc. a sum of $100,000.00 cash, to be paid at the time of signing of this agreement. Also, Randles Family LLC agrees to hire Jerry Nybo Construction, Inc. to develop all the said lots for the sum of $13,375.00 per lot, totaling $1,284 million to be paid in monthly progress payments." The document goes on to say, "This price excludes any import/export of materials, secondary power, power engineering, staking, surveying, bonds or permits or any offsite work. This offer will expire on April 4, 2003 at 12 p.m. if not completed." The paper bears the signature of Amy B. Randles.
     The lawsuit stems from a dispute about an agreement in April 2004 in which Nybo claimed Randles Family hired a different contractor to develop Phase II of Hamner Springs/Rath Addition. Nybo maintained he had been hurt financially. Nybo Construction worked on Phase I of the project.
      Randles Family LLC, in their counterclaim, admits to, and denies, some of the charges brought about by Nybo. Randles Family LLC admits "...defendant refused to allow plaintiff to complete Phase II of the work to be performed after plaintiff [Nybo Construction, Inc.] repudiated the contract by demanding modifications of the contract price and refusing to perform the contract according to its terms. Defendant admits that it hired another contractor to complete the project and allowed this new contractor to begin work at the subject site."
      The counterclaim also states, "5. Plaintiff breached the contract with the defendant [Randles Family LLC] as follows:
A. In performing the contract, plaintiff cut into a hillside creating a shear cliff adjoining several lots. The County determined that this action created a dangerous condition that did not conform with the existing plans which were approved by the County and which were incorporated into the contract between the parties. The County required substantial repair and reinforcement of the hillside before approval of the final plat. 
B. In the process of cutting, filling and grading the lots and roadways, plaintiff buried installed power
B. In the process of cutting, filling and grading the lots and roadways, plaintiff buried installed power requiring additional excavation and repair."
       In the plaintiff's answer to defendant's counterclaim, Nybo Construction denies fault regarding these claims. On January 27, 2005 the case was dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorney's fees.


Detail of the Cliff in Question...

                                                                           (photo by Bob Walter)

      February 10, 2005 - My View - by Dixie Walter: What used to be a "hillside" is now a  shear cliff. A cliff which is which is a constant cause of concern among informed citizens. This huge block of earth is largely composed of clay, and leaks water even during the driest months of summer.
      The above photograph was taken February 5, as was the photograph leading into the Nybo/Randles lawsuit report. There have already been small, but significant slumps on the cliff. Neither photo shows signs of  "substantial repair and reinforcement" required by the "County" before Hamner Springs/Rath Addition was given "approval of the final plat," as is stated in court documents. If repairs and reinforcements were done they certainly have been hidden well. The naked eye sure can't pick them out.
      Approval of the final plat did not come from the "County." The "final plat" approval for this large housing development, close to 100 houses, was given a thumbs up by the Eatonville Town Council soon after Bruce Rath was appointed mayor by the council March 8, 2004. The final plat had previously been denied due to numerous problems which needed to be addressed. (For more information please see the January 12, 2004 memo
Rath Plat )
      During the final plat public hearing, which was video and audio taped, no one, elected or civilian, brought up the issue of "repair or reinforcement" about the above dangerous area. The public hearing took place with a "new appointed" mayor, Bruce Rath, in the driver's seat. This means the mayor was overseeing discussions, and votes, on the final plat of a project he had been involved with for many years.
     Rath's disclaimer at the time of the final plat vote was that he had no interest in the development,  not even a "single nut or bolt." Which appears he meant that (allegedly) millions of dollars spent wouldn't  benefit him or his family. Did the "new" mayor have anything to gain financially by the speedy approval of the final plat?  Will anyone else on the council benefit financially from their decisions?
     Jerry Nybo denies his construction caused the "dangerous conditions" mentioned in court papers relating to turning the hillside into shear and dangerous cliff.
     Some locals, who asked to remain anonymous, allegedly saw Bruce Rath, and/or his equipment, working on the hillside in question. 
      Could the stereotype of small towns
really be true? Could the good ol' boys get themselves into positions of influence, then influence the community and elected officials so they benefit financially? Nah. Not in our little town. We aren't stupid. Are we?

Bobbi Allison Appointed to County Commission...            

     Press release
      February 7, 2005

      Pierce County Law & Justice Commission
      930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 946
      Tacoma, WA 98402

      The Pierce County Cities and Towns Association at their rescheduled regular meeting held February 3, 2005 approved the appointment of Bobbi Allison, Eatonville Town Council Member, to be the Association’s representative to the Pierce County Law & Justice Commission.
   Mayor Barbara Skinner announced her request for a replacement at the previous meeting of the Association.

Old Water Line Breaks...

                                                                                                              (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

      February 9, 2005: An old water line began leaking late Wednesday morning at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lynch Street. Water had to be shut off to several businesses and homes in the area. The town is supposed to notify people when they will be without water. This they didn't do to the businesses which lost water.
      Above Town Administrator Gary Armstrong, in white, looks over the situation, while Water Superintendent Mike Tiller points out where the damage was done. Water was turned back on after about two hours. According to one town staffer water is like "gold" in Eatonville and we can't afford to lose it. Much of Eatonville's water infrastructure is outdated and in need of replacement. 
      Another water leak at 213 Pennsylvania Avenue, took four hours to repair January 26.

Descendent of First Settler Honored on 90th Birthday

                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

     December 19, 2004:L Looking splendid, Evelyn Guske accepted congratulations and well-wishes from many friends and family members Sunday, Dec. 19, at her ninetieth birthday celebration, held in the Eatonville Methodist Church basement. Her daughter, Sharon Aguilar, joins her for a birthday photo. Evelyn and Sharon are descendents of the first white settler in this part of Pierce County. 
     Robert Fiander filed a homestead claim at Swan Lake in 1874, fifteen years before Thomas Cobb Van Eaton came to what is now Eatonville. In 1871 Fiander came to America from Dorcetshire, England and lived for two years with a brother, Richard, who came to Washington in 1851 working for the legendary Hudson Bay Company. 
     After graduating from Eatonville High School in 1934  Evelyn married the late Fred, "Fritz," Guske, on  December 12  of the same year. They farmed the 160 acres of land where Evelyn still makes her home. The couple have three children; Sharon, Jack and Tom. Sharon, pictured above, teaches Spanish at Eatonville High School.
    Evelyn has always been an active, and involved, citizen. She is a member of the United Methodist Church, a member of the Ohop Grange for over 50 years, Mountain Star, Dog Wood Garden Club, Loggerettes Bowling Team. Silver Lake Club and the South Pierce County Historical Society. 
     She was the principal leader of Silver Lake 4-H for about 30 years. In that capacity Evelyn and her "kids" were instrumental in taking care of the Indian cemetery on the Mashell Prairie. Among their activities at the Shaker Cemetery where "Indian Henry," Soo-Too-Lick, is buried was the building of a rock monument. Evelyn put a stone from the Pyramid of the Moon in Mexico City in the monument.  
     Evelyn was a "mainstay" in helping to put together A History of Pierce County Washington - 1990," a beautiful history book published by the Heritage League of Pierce County in 1990. 

Childhood Dream 
Comes True...

                                                                                             (photo by Diana Carew)

     December 12, 2004: Pictured is 1957 Eatonville High graduate, and Valedictorian, Gary Carew on the Great China Wall. He attended all twelve grades in Eatonville schools. His late  parents, Mark and Ruby, were Eatonville residents for 52 years.
     According to Gary, "This trip was a second grade dream." An avid student of Ancient Egypt he added, "Now on to the Pyramids someday."  Gary and and his wife, Diana, spent two weeks in Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai during last summer.

Eatonville Post Office
 Fouled by Feces...

                                                                (photo by Denny Kolb)

      Someone rubbed what appeared to be human excrement into the post office carpeting. The carpet was cleaned and sanitized upon discovery of the filthy vandalism. 

     by Dixie A. Walter
     December 28, 2004

     The post office in Eatonville was the target of a disgusting  incident which was discovered Monday morning. The perpetrator, or perpetrators, smeared feces inside the lobby which is left open for the convenience of  box holders. According to Postmaster Denny Kolb, the professional cleaners he called believe the excrement was human. Kolb said he closed the lobby upon discovering the repugnant vandalism. Kolb called in the professionals who cleaned the carpet as well as the feces soiling the windows and stamp machine and disinfected the area for health purposes.
    Whoever did the repulsive act did some of it in the area of the post office where the glass doors face the town hall across the street. One box holder who went to the post office to buy stamps was unable to do so because the stamp machine was fouled by the feces too. He said the stench was awful. The culprit(s) weren't able to get into the back of the building where mail is sorted.
     If you have any information about this revolting defacement of federal property please contact the post office 360.832.6613 or contact the Eatonville police, 360.832.6111.

Feces Smeared on Stamp Machine 

                                                                                (photo by Denny Kolb)

The post office vandal(s) rubbed excrement on the coin slot of the stamp machine.


Three Seats Vacant on 
    Planning Commission...

      November 20, 2004

      Richard Ames, James King and Barbara Samora have served their terms on the Eatonville Planning Commission. Their commission seats expire December 31, 2004 leaving three empty seats on the board. Planning commissioners are appointed and meet twice monthly. 
      The commission is a nine-person panel and the usual term is for six years, unless a person is appointed to fill the remainder of a term. The remaining commissioners and their terms expiration date are: Philip Beach, December 31, 2008, Christ Bertram, December 31, 2007, Steve Lind, December 31, 2006, Tom Smallwood, December 31, 2005, Mike Williams, December 31, 2005 and Grins Pierce, December 31, 2006.
       Eatonville's Municipal Code states the duties of commissioners as follows...

      To read RCW 35.63 defining planning commissioners and their duties please see Chapter 35.63 RCW - The Washington State Legislature

       If you are interested in serving on the Eatonville Planning Commission there is a simple form which can be obtained at town hall. During the last council meeting the mayor said there was one volunteer so far. Town Hall phone number - 360-832-3361.


Clash of the Titans?

          December 10, 2004

       The Business Examiner newspaper reported, December 6, that a civil case, "Jerry Nybo Construction Inc. vs Randles Family LLC" has been filed in Pierce County Superior Court. The quarrel stems from an agreement in April 2004 which said Randles Family LLC would "buy out" Nybo Construction's "ownership rights to 96 residential building lots in Rath Addition Phase II for $1.284 million," according to the newspaper. The Rath Addition/Hamner Springs development has long been a subject of controversy in Eatonville for several reasons, including the fact that the large development is being built on a mapped hazardous landslide area.
          Nybo claims Randles Family has hired a different contractor to develop the land in preparation for building houses, and as a result he's been damaged financially. The case is in Pierce County Superior Court with the estimated two-day trial set for May 12, 2005, with judge Linda CJ Lee presiding. For more information about this case please see
Pierce County Superior Civil Criminal Case 04-2-13557-1

Busy Weekend in this
Little Town...

The Essence of Love...

                                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

     December 6, 2004: Susie Robinson gives Jamie Hill a warm hug of thanks, on a cold day, for her tireless efforts organizing the sidewalk sale and other benefits for the Robinson family during Susie's cancer ordeal. Despite the cold weather customers remained steady all day thanks to the efforts of Butch and Betty White and others who made sure there was a tent, and awnings, covering the sale items. Jamie, 20,  was the first employee hired at the Robinson's popular Mountain Take Out Restaurant.
A spaghetti dinner and auction, also benefiting Susie Robinson, will be held at the Eatonville Eagles Hall   January 15. The Eagles have graciously donated the use of their hall for the event. The evening will begin with a silent auction from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7. John Bratholm of John & Tammi's Pizza Place will be the auctioneer.  Always exceedingly generous, the Bratholms are donating the dinner.

Sidewalk Sale for Susie...

     At Saturday's sidewalk sale benefiting local cancer patient and Mountain Take Out co-owner Susie Robinson, there were books, clothing, housewares, pies, furniture and custom-made cedar planters and bird houses, among the items offered. A spaghetti dinner and auction, also benefiting Susie Robinson, will be held at the Eatonville Eagles Hall on January 15. The evening will begin with a silent auction from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7. John Bratholm of John & Tammi's Pizza Place will be the auctioneer.  The generous Bratholms will also provide the dinner.

Red Hatter Knows Quality...

     At Saturday's benefit sidewalk sale for Susie Robinson, local Red Hatter Linda Hoeglund picks out a custom, cedar bird house that will grace her yard. 

Historical Society and Boy Scout Working Together...

     Mrs. Santa accepts payment from Ryan for a holiday basket, while Zach Ingalls arranges mugs of Snowman Soup at the Historical Society's annual Holiday Basket Sale, held each December to raise funds for the Society's planned Stage Stop Museum. 

Mrs. Ingalls and Mrs. Santa...

     "Mrs. Santa" Audrey Roley prompts a laugh from Monica Ingalls at the South Pierce County Historical Society's annual Holiday Basket Sale at the Plaza Market on Saturday, December 4. Monica's son, Zach, was also present, selling mugs of "Snowman Soup" to raise money for his Eagle Scout Project. Zach will restore Indian Henry's gravesite at the Shaker Church Indian Cemetery on Mashell Prairie Road west of Eatonville.

Jenny Baker Named to High School All-American Team

                                                                                                  (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

      Jenny Baker moves the ball through the White Salmon defense on her way to scoring four goals and leading the Cruisers to a 7-0 victory in 2A tournament play. The Cruisers went on to place 6th in State.

Only One of Six Chosen in the Nation

       by Rolle Arthur
       December 5, 2004

      Jenny Baker has been selected to the NSCAA/Adidas HS Girls’ All-America soccer team. Jenny is one of six juniors selected for this honor in the entire country and only the second Eatonville student to named an All-American since Brandon Jumper in 1987. Seventy-five girls were chosen to the All-American team nation-wide. Baker was Eatonville High School’s leading scorer this past season with 35 goals and 13 assists and helped lead the Cruisers to a 6th place finish in the state playoffs. Jenny has a total of 98 career goals and 49 assists, which leads all Eatonville soccer players. She is also a member of the FC Royals soccer club, who has won five state championships. Jenny is the only girl in Washington state to be awarded this honor this year.

Hamner Springs-Rath Plat Begins Phase Two...

                                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

     November 10, 2004: Phase Two of the Hamner Springs-Rath Plat started early this month. Numerous more houses are to built on the hill above the initial building site. These homes are being built on a mapped, hazardous landslide area, and there have been several small slides in the past few months. Note the lenticular clouds over Mount Rainier.


Skateboard Park Keeps Plugging Along...

                                                                                              (photo by Bob Walter)

     November 21, 2004: The perpetually controversial skateboard facility being built at the Alder Street Park has been slow going. On August 30 the town held a small groundbreaking ceremony attended mostly by town staff. At that time Councilmember Ray Harper, chair of the skateboard park committee, stated that it will take "five weeks" to complete the skate court and kids should be able to be using the facility in "six weeks." That didn't prove accurate.
     According to Harper, speaking at the October 25 council meeting, the park was about half finished. The ever-changing completion date is now projected to be December 1, about nineteen weeks after the start of the facility. The bowl is finished now. The park is funded, in part, by a grant from Pierce County with matching funds from the town.

During the council meeting of November 8 Mayor Bruce Rath said the Lions Club would be storing their equipment in town buildings and the Lions building behind the skateboard facility would be removed. 

Skateboard Bowl as Art...

(photo by Bob Walter)

Veterans Day 2004

                                                                (photo by Bob Walter)

     Eatonville always represents the veterans of World War I in the annual Fourth of July Parade. Veteran's Day began as Armistice Day to honor America's "Doughboys" after the end of WW I on November 11, 1918. World War I was labeled "The Great War" because no one believed any future war would be as terrible until December 7, 1941 and World War II split the world. 
    On June 1, 1954 Congress, prompted by veterans groups, changed the word "armistice" to "veterans" in order to include the men and women who served during WW II. Schools and government offices are closed on November 11 to honor those veterans who have fallen in war and those who survived the fight  for basic human freedoms. 


ENN Readers Say "No" to Government Change...

     October 15, 2004

       ENN readers have said they do not favor a change in town government, 60 percent to 30 percent. To see poll results and reader's comments please see Voting Booth  

Orthopedic Christmas Bazaar Busy Success...

                                                                                                            (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Marlayne Elliff sparkles for the camera during the Dr. A.W. Bridge Orthopedic Country Bazaar last weekend. Linda Schier and Diana Jumper are co-presidents of the guild which raises money for the children's hospital in Tacoma. Dr. A. W. Bridge came to Eatonville on a bicycle in 1909. In 1915 he built what is now Kirk's Pharmacy at 104 Mashell Avenue North. The upstairs was a hospital for many, many years. At one time the hospital had ambulance service and was staffed by three nurses. 
     The women of the guild have an especially close feeling toward the children's hospital because of Dr. Bridge's role in the history of the community. Their bazaar is beautifully presented each year and is a great fundraiser. Diana Jumper said there wasn't really a bazaar coordinator  since "...everyone knows what needs to be done and does it." She also noted, "We were busy all day." Her daughters, Shelby, 11, and Riley, 9, have worked the bazaar for years. These girls really know the "business" of the bazaar and are a huge help to members of the Orthopedic. 


Mountain Fitness Now Open

                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter)

       by Bob Walter
       October 27, 2004

      Mountain Fitness opened its doors to customers this week. The bright, new building blends well with others in Eatonville’s business core on Mashell Avenue, having the look and architectural style that harkens back to the early years. Out back is a newly paved parking lot, making club member access more convenient. Upstairs, construction of two, three-bedroom apartments is nearly finished. Each is 1,250 square feet, featuring spectacular views of Mount Rainier.
     But downstairs is where the action is. The main exercise room is ringed with both upper and lower body exercise machines, personally selected and positioned by Mettler for an effective, user-friendly workout, interspersed with recovery boards, which can be used to moderate heart rate in between 30-to 60-second workouts at the machines. Nancy has interspersed the lower and upper body machines, to give users a more complete workout without overworking one end or the other. 
      Mettler is quick to point out that it’s not just about weight loss. She explained that some women want only to lose weight, then find that after exercising for a time their weight has not changed significantly. The proof is in the muscle. The inches will begin to come off, and fat in the body will begin to be replaced by muscle, which is denser, so even though weight may not be dropping , the body is becoming healthier, and the muscles more toned. She offers special rates for mother/daughter teams. 



State Senator Rasmussen Recognized by Yelm Chamber

                                                                       (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     October 28, 2004

     State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen (D) was given the National Federation of Independent Business Outstanding Legislator of the Year award by the Yelm Chamber of Commerce two weeks ago. The award is only given every two years. The trophy is a Colonial "Minuteman," a symbol of protecting small business. 
     The award is presented to a legislator who has consistently supported interests in small businesses; workman's compensation, quality and affordable employee insurance, tort reform and other issues which keep small business viable in Washington State. "I am very pleased and honored to receive this award," Rasmussen said.
     Senator Rasmussen in the the 2nd Legislative District and represents of Pierce and Thurston counties, including all or parts of Ashford, Carbonado, Eatonville, Elbe, Fort Lewis, Frederickson, Graham, Lacey, Nisqually Reservation, Olympia, Orting, Puyallup, Rainier, Roy, Wilkeson, Yelm and Mount Rainier. She is running for re-election against Republican Deryl McCarty.
     Rasmussen is pictured above with  at her campaign kick-off last July, the babe in arms is her 19th grandchild, Kaden, the son of Mary (Rasmussen) and Russ Miller. With them is Barbara Gelman a member of the Pierce County Council. 

A Timely Message... 

      October 22, 2004

     (Publisher's Note: Below is a letter to the Daily Olympian written by Teal Green Shore. Teal is 17 years old, not yet old enough to vote, and is a senior at Capitol High School in Olympia. The letter was an assignment by teacher Brian Vandiver in his Current World Problems class. Teal spent his ten years in Eatonville attending Eatonville schools. Teal is my grandson and, "Yes," I'm very proud of him. He's a fine young man with definite opinions which I happen to agree with wholeheartedly. Dixie A. Walter)

    Dear Editor: 
    In a world scarred by tyranny, please remember that Democracy is a privilege and responsibility guaranteed
by our rights as Americans. So, why do countless citizens reject their privilege to vote?  Perhaps they think the presidential nominees fall short.  But, doesn't that demean the purpose of registering to vote?  We must vote for the candidate we believe will be the best choice under the circumstances.  No circumstance is perfect, because no human being is perfect.
    Some people find the prospect of "making a choice" hard, especially when that choice determines the future of this country. However that doesn't justify ignoring one of the most important elections in the history of our country and rejecting the one thing that distinguishes us as Americans: our freedom to vote. If you think you don't like either candidate, stop looking at the shallow side of the campaign spectrum.  Research the good things they've done for America and their stand on issues important to you and your family.  Do the work to be informed.
    Choose the candidate you believe will bring the “most,” to the office. Of all the choices you can make concerning the election, the choice not to vote is the only choice that will hurt you, your family and your country. 
    I'll close with some words from a man who understood the importance of making choices, John F.  Kennedy, "The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."


   Teal Shore
   Olympia, Washington

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Roasted Joan DeLaurenti...

                                                                                                           (photo by Bob Walter)

      by Bob Walter
      October 18, 2004

     Joan DeLaurenti, a woman known for here tireless work, contributing voluntarily to so many community efforts, was honored in grand fashion last weekend at the Eatonville Eagles Hall. Like the delicious roast beef dinner, prepared and served to the attendees by volunteers, her "roast" was well-planned and "well-seasoned." 
     Her family and friends spiced it up with humor and creativity. Postcards, "sent" to Joan by some of her favorite celebrities - the Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, John Travolta, even President Clinton - were read for the crowd. Her son Donny had the audience in stitches, with his memories of accompanying his mother to dances in Elbe and other events - before he was born, while still in her womb! Joan's granddaughters stood up and did a cheer for Eatonville High School. 
     She was also given a plaque, honoring her for all of her volunteer work cooking, cleaning, decorating, sewing, and working right up to the last detail in so many events. Pictured here with Joan at the roast are her granddaughter, Denise, daughter, Diane, and grandson, Jeremy. Diane belongs to the Debutante Dames Red Hat Society, which pitched in to help with the dinner and roast.

Masons' Appreciation Dinner for Town Staff Missed
all Town Staff...Why?

                                                                                                              (photo by Bob Walter)

     October 10, 2004: For the past several years Masons have held an appreciation dinner for the Town of Eatonville employees. This year, on Saturday, October 10, not one town employee attended the Masons' appreciation dinner. The invitations from the Masons to all town staff included an RSVP. About eight people responded saying they would attend, but they didn't. The Eatonville Police Department did extend their apologies, via RSVP, because none of them could be there.
      Eatonville Town Councilmember Bobbi Allison, her mom, Betty Allison,  Dale Cronkite, Carolyn Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Saunders were among the people who helped with the appreciation dinner. The Allisons were involved because of Bob Allison, dad and husband..
      Bob Allison was the town pharmacist for many decades and was an active Mason being past Mastor Mason of Terrestrial Lodge 228 in Eatonville. There are two scholarships given to EHS seniors each year, the Robert E. Allison Masonic Scholarship and Louis Daniel Masonic Scholarship. 
      Bobbi Allison made the following comments during the last town council meeting: 

      "On Saturday evening the Masonic Lodge hosted a dinner to honor and thank the town employees.  The invitation was sent in plenty of time to respond to the requested RSVP.  
     Eight responded that they would attend – The Police Department graciously declined due to work scheduling and other commitments.
    A dinner was prepared as well as table gifts.  Miss Jobs Daughters of Washington was in attendance as was a representative of the Masonic Grand Lodge.  To the Lodge this was an important event. Not one town employee attended.

   The Masonic Lodge has been a part of this community since 1920 and has done more civic good works than any other organization, since no other organization has been in existence in this community as long.  To blatantly snub this gracious invitation was rude and showed extremely bad manners by the town staff and more so for those employees who originally stated they would attend.
   An apology from all the town staff that did not send their regrets is in order and should be sent in writing to the Master of the Lodge. 
  I am very disappointed by the rude conduct of the town staff. "

    Savory Cornish Game Hens Left Uneaten

                                                                                                         (photo by Bob Walter)

    Rock Cornish game hens were to be the main course at the Masons' appreciation dinner. The 60 carefully prepared meals, for town staff and families, also included a green salad, string beans with bacon, rice pilaf and dinner rolls, with punch and coffee. Dessert consisted of banana nut cake with filling. There were gift-wrapped door prizes for each table. 


Daffodil Princess Candidates

                                                                                          (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Left to right: Valerie Cromwell, Kimberly Blue, Shelby Simianer, Brandy Rinkel, Karly McKee

     by Dixie A. Walter
     October 11, 2004

     One of these happy young women will become Eatonville's Daffodil Princess October 20 during the Princess selection at the Eatonville High School auditorium. The program begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. The Daffodil Festival theme is "Dreams Come Alive in 2005," and the EHS seniors pictured above say they pretty much have their speeches for the program finished and their dresses chosen. The girls will be escorted by senior boys.
     EHS Daffodil Princess Coordinator, and school nurse, Linda Moffitt is excited about this year's candidates. Moffitt has been coordinating Eatonville's Daffodil Princesses for six years. Prior to coming to Eatonville she also coordinated Princesses for seven years when she worked at Franklin Pierce. A former Princess herself, from Lincoln High School, Moffitt said, "The program gives Eatonville's best and brightest a chance to shine." And added that every year Eatonville's representatives are given Kudos by the Daffodil committee members. Moffitt noted the reason for this is because, "We just have really good kids here." 
   Candidates must be seniors in high school and maintain a 3.2 grade average. They must also be prepared for "a huge time commitment" Moffitt explained, "with the busiest time being March and April." The parade schedules alone consume a massive amount of time. And the Daffodil Festival's Royalty Program offers each Princess a generous scholarship. 
    When Eatonville's Princess is chosen next week she will compete with 20 other Pierce County Daffodil Princesses for the title of the 72nd Daffodil Queen.


Mountain Fitness to
 Open Soon...

     October 7, 2004: Nancy Mettler, proprietor of Mountain Fitness says, "Hopefully we will open early next week. I will be out on the Saturday, October 9 to hand out information/sign-up packets. Unfortunately I cannot invite people in, but I can answer questions which should make the eventual registration process smoother."
     Mountain Fitness was formerly called "Sweet Physique."  In a serendipitous twist the fitness center is located right next door to the Curves center which opened this week. Nancy Mettler's enterprise is not a franchise and Mettler is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer. For more information please see 
Mountain Fitness 

This Moment of Beauty from Dawn's Floral...

                                                                                                       (photo by Bob Walter)

    October 3, 2004: Dawn Newkirk has the magic touch with flora. This beautiful petunia barrel is one of many outside her floral and gift shop, Dawn's Floral, on the corner of Center and Washington Streets. Enjoy them now during our lovely "Indian Summer," the first freeze will take them.

Curves Grand Opening...

                                                                                                         (photo by Bob Walter)

     October 7, 2004: The new Curves fitness franchise is celebrating its grand opening on Mashell Avenue South in Eatonville this week.  Laurie, from the Curves corporate office, has been here all week to help get the franchise off to a good start. As part of its opening, the exercise center is offering a membership special. The first 100 members to sign up will each receive a 33 percent discount on the one-time membership fee. The hours at Curves are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those hours may be expanded later to include weekends.

Michelle, who also happens to be an EMT, is employed at the franchise, as is Mindy Murdock, daughter of the new franchise's owner, Linda Coad of Mineral. All Curves employees get training from the corporate office.


                                                                                 (photo by Bob Walter)

     Employee Mindy Murdock demonstrates one of the exercise machines at the new Curves franchise.

The main exercise room has several stations, and the workouts are fast-moving. A recorded voice can be heard every 30 seconds, saying: "Time to change stations," at which time the exercisers leave their latest station and move along to the next. In between these exercise stations are recovery stations, where those completing a workout can bounce for awhile to keep their heart rate up, and allow their muscles to recover.  A person might be using an upper body machine, then bounce on the recovery station for 90 seconds, then go on to a lower body machine. The recovery station is that flat, square board with a soft, gray, rubber insert visible on the floor to Mindy's right.


Doin' the Puyallup...

                                                        (photo by Bob Walter)

      Annie Carson of TLC Forge in Eatonville making hand forged hooks. Women are making some of the finest iron work in this country today. A visiting Italian blacksmith, Angelo Bartolucci, said two years ago that he wished some of the Italian women would work in the Italian forges. The Puyallup Fair ends Sunday, September 26.

     by Louise Carson
     September 21, 2004

     For over twenty years, blacksmiths have pounded out their art at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup. Darryl Nelson of Fire Mountain Forge outside Eatonville organized the group of blacksmiths for most of that time and Terry Carson of TLC Forge took over last year. In 2004, five shops are represented at the Blacksmith Co-op next to the fire station just south of the Blue Gate on Meridian. 
    Part of the agreement with the Western Washington Fair, now the sixth largest fair in the country, is continuous demonstrating of the traditional art, called the "King of the Crafts" because other craftspeople relied on the tools made by blacksmiths. Many of today's blacksmiths have other jobs, or other irons in their professional fire, and could not do seventeen days of continuous iron work at the Fair so they work out a schedule, often hiring other smiths to cover their time at the forge. 
    They work with natural gas as their energy source while they often use propane in their home forges. Coal forges are used at some traditional demonstrations but quality coal for forging is very difficult to find and it's a sooty fire. With all its disadvantages, some smiths insist on its use for the finest detail work of forging.
    In the last quarter century, prices have gone up on almost every item we buy but the price of quality iron work has not risen by much. People who purchase the pot racks, fireplace tools, kitchen items, plant hangers and the multitude of other hand forged items, can thank the use of power hammers. These allow the smiths to "extend" their strength by putting the iron under the power hammer during early stages of the work. The finishing work is done by hand. This in no way diminishes the traditional use of joining the pieces together using heavy rivets and collars around the pieces. Welding is seldom done in traditional work.
    Often called a "dying art," blacksmithing has enjoyed a certain growth because of the greater emphasis on quality in today's home and garden decor. Something different, custom created for a space, something lasting for generations is what people can find at the Fair, along with spun blue cotton candy and crusty pups.  
    For more photos please see
TLC Forge


Your Senator at Work...

                                                                            (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

      September 16, 2004

    State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen enjoys a chat with Boy Scout Owen Banks during the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce evening meeting September 16 at the Eatonville Library meeting room. Owen is working toward a merit badge for Citizenship in the Community. He's "almost sixteen" and a sophomore at Eatonville High School. 
      Senator Rasmussen joined chamber members, and other citizens, to discuss the "Vision Plan
and develop a plan for reenergizing the vision project which was adopted in January 2001. It was decided to form a sub-committee to study the plan and eventually present ideas to the town council and implement ideas.
      A member of the Eatonville School Board from 1980 to 1987 Rasmussen, a Democrat, served in the State House of Representatives for six years before being elected senator in 1992.  Her  Republican opponent for the 2nd Legislative District seat is Deryl McCarty  

Meet Gary Armstrong
New Interim Town Administrator...

                                                                        (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

      by Dixie A. Walter
      September 13, 2004

      Gary Armstrong, is the second interim town administrator in Eatonville since May 24. The new administrator (not *"town manager," as reported elsewhere), calls Cle Elum home and has a two-hour commute. Armstrong will work in town four days per week with Fridays off. He is currently building a home in Cle Elum where he owns 26 acres and four thoroughbred Arabian horses. Armstrong said he is building the home "personally" and is about 90 percent finished.
     Armstrong, who is currently single, is the father of three: Eric, 26, who lives in Arlington, Washington, Shari, 29, living in North Carolina and Evie, 32, residing in Tennessee. Between them Armstrong has been blessed with 11 grandchildren. He is a native Washingtonian who was born on Whidbey Island.
     According to Armstrong he found his way to Eatonville through the Prothman Company which specializes in placing people in temporary, and permanent, "management level positions in cities and counties." Although Armstrong has worked as a public works director for six years in Stanwood, two and a half years in the same position in Othello, and as city administrator for the City of Snoqualmie for five years, Eatonville is the first "town" he has worked for. Armstrong explained that he has an "open ended contract" with the town.
    The new interim town administrator took a year's hiatus after leaving Snoqualmie, during that time he worked on his house. Armstrong has a love of horses, his four Arabians are: High Mountain Storm, Matesse and Dakota, all geldings, and Silky, a mare. He and his horses are involved in competitive trail riding, "...endurance racing through 50 miles of mountain trails at a trot." Armstrong said the competitions take about four hours and the horses are examined very scrupulously for injuries, even minor scratches, after the competition. 
    Armstrong is looking forward to his time in Eatonville and said he will have an "open door policy" as interim town administrator.

    *In part, city/town administrators serve under the mayor and assist with the mayor's administrative and policy-related responsibilities. Managers provide policy advice, direct the daily operations of the government, handle personnel functions (including the power to appoint and remove employees) and are responsible for preparation of budgets.

Connie Hellyer to Celebrate 90th Birthday...

    September 9, 2004

     To the Editor:

      She gave her land, her personal resources, and even her home for all of us.  She is about to celebrate her 90th birthday.  This gracious Lady is Connie Hellyer, one of the Founders of Northwest Trek.
      They give their time, their resources, and “Service above Self” is the motto they live by.  They are Rotary International and they are about to celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
      They were forever linked together in history when the Puyallup Rotary Club, under the leadership of president Mike McQuilkin and the Rotary Board, chose to build a new deck at the Hellyer Natural History Center as their Centennial Community Project.
      The Center was the former home of Doc and Connie Hellyer, which they donated to become a research facility for students from local universities.
      Local builder Chuck McKasson volunteered his crew, was the overseer for the project, and worked side by side with the Puyallup Rotary Club volunteers.
     Supplies for the deck were donated by Gray Lumber, TREX, Tacoma Screw Products, Inc., Arrow Lumber and Jennings Equipment.
     Heidi Smith, Puyallup Rotary Centennial Chair and Membership Director of the East Pierce County Chamber contributed heavily to the success of the project.
     Eatonville merchants, Plaza Market, John & Tammi’s Italian Cuisine, Noodles on the Move,  Malcom’s Milltown Grocery and the Gypsy Wagon generously fed the volunteers.  
  Dr. David and Connie Hellyer and the Northwest Trek Foundation Board offer their sincerest gratitude to the Puyallup Rotary Club and everyone who supported this worthy project.  Photographs are available at www.nwtrekfoundation.com.

    Cami Wallin
    Northwest Trek Foundation

Groundbreaking for
 Skate Court...

                                                                                    (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Left to Right: Eatonville Mayor Bruce Rath, skateboarder Ben Gronka, 14, Ian Harper, 14, and Councilmember Ray Harper, who is also Chair of the Skateboard Park Committee, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the skateboard facility at the Alder Street Family Park.

     by Dixie A. Walter
     August 30, 2004

    In a low-key ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, August 30, ground was broken to begin building the skateboard part of the Alder Street Family Park. The ceremony was attended mostly by town staff and local media. In the Cat, above, is Tom Sahli, ready to begin scooping up the earth. Sahli, whose low bid was $168,168 plus tax, has built 19 skateboard parks in the past. 
   A temporary fence has been placed around the construction area and parts of Alder Street and Madison will be closed temporarily according to Ray Harper. Harper also said he had contacted "about 40 skateboarders" to participate in the ceremony, only Ben Gronka (above) attended.
   Harper stated that it will take "five weeks" to complete the skate court and kids should be able to being using the facility in "six weeks." The park is funded, in part, by a grant from Pierce County. 

Town Administrator Leaving Position Early...

                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

     by  Dixie A. Walter
     August 26, 2004

    Interim Town Administrator Jim Mercer has cut his time in Eatonville short and will leave in two weeks according to what he said Tuesday, August 24.  He was hired during the May 24 town council meeting. Initially Mercer was slated to stay in the town administrator's position until the end of September. Then he was going to remain in town until the end of November and assist with the town budget.
    According to Mercer the sudden move was initiated by the speedy sale of his Federal Way home. Mercer and his wife, Patti, are scheduled to move to property they own in Utah to be closer to their new grandchild. 

One More Sign of Communication Between Town Government and Citizens?

                                                                                                                (photo by Dixie Walter)

     This attractive, sign adorned by a profile of Mount Rainier, was set in place Friday, August 13. First came the scoop shovel ripping out the flowers around the flagpole and voila, in a short time, this sign took the place of the yellow lilies. The sign reads: "Planning Commission Meeting Aug. 16, 7 p.m. - Town Council Meeting Aug. 23, 7 p.m. - Please Conserve Water." 
     During the last town council meeting ENN asked the council if there had been any effort to alert Eatonville citizens to conserve water. ENN received no concrete answer. The next day, August 10, John Ryding, Regional Engineer for the Department of Health, asked the mayor and town staff, "...did you put a conservation notice out to the whole town?" The answer was "No," except Mayor Bruce Rath did mention there was a notice on the "bills."
     In an earlier discussion, several weeks ago, Rath said the sign would also be used to post the various (at last count nine) citizen advisory meetings which have confused citizens because they never know when those public meetings will be held.
     A couple of months ago Rath indicated that Eatonville had an ordinance against "backlit" signs. He told one of the committees he would use the backlit sign without lights until such time as the ordinance was changed. No, the police car is not speeding, in fact, vehicles must slow down to read the sign and some have said it would be easier to read if it was closer to the road. 

Art Festival ~ Great Fun and
Great Success...

                                                                    (photo by Bob Walter)

     Despite a very soggy beginning the 33rd Annual Lions Club Art Festival was a roaring success. Above, internationally famous western artist Fred Oldfield works on the canvas.
    The festival was a huge success. According to Festival Chairman John Bratholm the Lions made "between $18,000 and $19,000 profit," topping last year which was the record holder.
    More photos please see
Art Fest

                                                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

Water Seemed to Fly off the Shelves...

                                                                                                                        (photo by Bob Walter)

     August 2, 2004

     Bottled water almost flew off the shelves at Plaza Market last weekend when the store had a special on the  stuff. Bottled water from stores and home delivery make up a large part of Eatonville's potable water. From the looks of the empty shelves people were stocking up on H2O. Does  anybody drink town water anymore?

Grave Hole Filled In  

                                                     (photo by Bob Walter)

     August 4, 2004

    Sometime last week the deeply dug hole in the grave of Clarence Montgomery was filled. However, the work was done in a sloppy, disrespectful manner. It would seem the person doing the "repair" doesn't have a loved one buried in the local cemetery or the job would have been done in a more deferential manner. The main hole is covered with random footprints and dirt was dropped and dribbled across the grave site. But the hole is covered.



Why is There a Hole in this Grave?

                                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

    July 27, 2004

   Former Councilmember Bob Schaub spoke before the Eatonville Town Council Monday, July 26, regarding a deep hole dug into one of the graves at the Eatonville Cemetery. The hole measures 18 by 20 inches across and 29 inches at the deepest end. In the left corner of the photograph note the beginning of yet another hole. 
   Schaub told the council he reported this vandalism to the "town hall" and the "police department" after
he was made aware of the hole(s), but nothing had been done. The photo above was taken about 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 27. Schaub said the town told him they would take care of the situation Tuesday morning.
   "Human feces and toilet paper" were also seen near the gravesite according to Schaub and another
witness. ENN found no evidence of this. The theory being that animals may have "cleaned" up the feces.

The Flag He Fought For...

                                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

     The tombstone reads: Clarence J. Montgomery - Washington - Mess Sgt. 5 M. G. B. N. - World War I - December 8, 1885 - December 24, 1940, he was just 55. Sgt. Montgomery's final resting place is between the two large firs on the right. From his desecrated grave you can look at the flag he, and thousands, fought for. Also facing Clarence Montgomery's grave is a stone engraved with the Ten Commandments. Perhaps there should be an eleventh commandment added, "Thou shalt not defile any grave."
     The hole dug in the grave of this veteran of a foreign war is puzzling. Even more puzzling is the fact that none of the dirt from the hole is anywhere to be found. Except for some garbage found in the hole (see below) there is no dirt in it either. Where did the grave dirt go? There are odd groups who believe that earth from a cemetery, especially a grave, has some kind of power. However, it's odd enough to dig a deep hole over a grave because the rational person can't imagine something so disrespectful and ghoulish.
     Bob Schaub, who has been very concerned about the cemetery for a a very long time, said he would like to start a Friends of the Cemetery group somewhat like Friends of  the Library. Most of the citizens of Eatonville have loved ones and friends buried here. It appears a "watchdog" group is needed. The hole dug in the grave of Sgt. Montgomery is just one of many problems that have beset the cemetery in the past. Right now there are piles of debris dotting the grounds. Not only are they unsightly, they are also brittle dry and could cause a fire hazard.
     In the past it was supposed to be the policy of the town  to lock the cemetery gates at night. Although this was rarely, if ever, done, it's obvious this small task would help protect the graves of our loved ones. Will the town do this? It remains to be seen.

Grave Used as a Garbage Container...

                                                                                         (photo by Bob Walter)

     Inside the grave of Sgt. Montgomery is a hard case Camel cigarettes package, an empty sack of some type of chewy candy and bits and pieces of artificial flowers.

Class of 1959 Reunion...

Innocent, with the world their oyster, the Kindergarten class of Eatonville Grade  
 School were captured for posterity circa 1946.

      July 23, 2004

     The class of 1959 will be celebrating their 45th reunion on Saturday, August 7 from 1 p. m. until whenever on the grounds of  Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church near the art festival location in Eatonville.  Look for signs at the festival.
    We are inviting classmates from earlier and later classes so please join us.  Snacks will be provided with food and drinks available at the festival. If you have any questions please contact alumni listed below.
    Kathy Hackman Mettler 360.832.4922, Pat Van Eaton 360.832.3251.

Eatonville graduating class of 1959 growing up.

Blacksmiths Meet at Hellyer Center...

     Summer board of directors meeting of Northwest Blacksmith Association held at the Hellyer Natural History Center on July 24. Left to right: Jerry Zygmuntowicz (Corvallis, Oregon), guest Jorgen Harle (hidden), Alan Flashing (Oakland, Oregon), David Lisch (Seattle), Terry Carson (Eatonville), Ken Williams (Sedro-Woolley), Gary Chapman (Keyport, Washington). Back to camera, Ina Culberson (Allyn, Washington). Photo by Jerry Kagele (Spokane).

   by Louise Carson
August 1, 2004
The board of directors usually meet at convenient motel conference centers or at their two annual blacksmithing conferences. Having the beauty of the Hellyer Natural History Center was a welcome change especially when the mercury soared. Among the discussions of the board is the preparation for the ABANA (Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America) conference to be held at Sandpoint Naval Base in Seattle, July of 2006. 
    ABANA has several thousand members and the northwest affiliate has about 500. Traditional blacksmithing, called the "king of the crafts" because other crafts relied on the tools made by blacksmiths, nearly died out but has found a strong revival in the last thirty years. Many smiths started out as horseshoers, called farriers, and moved to the equally taxing but more expressive craft of blacksmithing.
    President of the NWBA, Terry Carson, said the peaceful setting was conducive to good and creative decisions. Others affiliated with the group took the tour at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, enjoying the relative coolness of forests and shaded places. Despite the heat of the day, they saw many of the animals including the elusive moose. The first animal seen from the tram was a bison resting by the shore of Horseshoe Lake. The second was Terry Carson, taking a break from the meeting, and looking out over the lake (within a fence by the Hellyer Center).

Wheels on Fire, Drivin' Down the Road...

                                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

     by Bob Walter
     July 24, 2004

     Friday, July 23, evening the driver of a pickup truck towing a trailer full of loose hay created some real havoc in the neighborhood of 296th Street East and Highway 7. According to one local resident, the truck was traveling at up to 40 mph. The tires on the trailer's right side were gone, those on the left side damaged. The wheel rims left marks along the road. 
    Somehow, perhaps from the heat generated or from sparks thrown by the rims, the hay had caught fire. As the driver sped along the county roads, he left a trail of burning hay, on a hot, dry day (97 degrees) with a county-wide burn ban in effect. Residents were out hosing down and putting out the fires along the roads. The fire department responded and extinguished the smoldering mass remaining on the trailer. A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene to interview the driver. ENN will have more on this bizarre and dangerous incident as it unfolds.

The Rest of the Story...

    A phone call was placed to the Pierce County Fire District 21 headquarters station on Wednesday, July 28, to gather more information about this incident. We were instructed to stop by the station and fill out a form requesting the information. The form was submitted during a visit on Thursday morning, but yielded only the routine report stating the hay fire, and a brush fire, were extinguished.
     In a phone interview with Lt. Espinosa of Pierce County Fire District 21 Friday, July 30, who said, "The information is based on theory and circumstantial evidence," ENN learned that the trailer, piled high with bales of hay, apparently hit a residential distribution power line, causing the hay to ignite, and knocking burning hay off the trailer as well. 
     This hay started a brush fire near the corner of 296th and 47th Avenue East. The fire department responded to a call reporting the brush fire, and when they arrived, they spotted  the pickup truck, pulling the burning trailer which by this time was fully engulfed in flames, shooting up 10 to 15 feet, heading south on 52nd Avenue East. The fire crew split up to fight the burning trailer and the brush fire, which by the time it was contained, had grown to 30 ft. by 100ft.
    The tires on the trailer had apparently burned off due to the radiant heat emitted from the burning hay above.


Sweet Physique Set to 
Open in September

                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

      by Dixie A. Walter
      July 23, 2004

      Nancy Mettler, proprietor of the new business "Sweet Physique," reports, "We expect to open Sweet Physique in September." And adds she will take a trip to Texas to "make the final equipment purchase."  The building going up quickly on Mashell Avenue North will have two stories. According to Mettler, "Each floor is 2,000 square feet. Half of the first floor is dedicated to the ladies only fitness center - 'Sweet Physique.' It will be entirely enclosed so our clients can be assured of privacy.
     "The other half of the first floor will be used for fitness in another capacity, the scope of which is not set in stone," Mettler explained. "What I hope is to provide a comprehensive co-ed workout facility including free weights, treadmills, bikes, etc." She wants you to understand, "This will be a separated facility and will not compromise the 'ladies only' premise. This side will open a month or so after the ladies side."
      Mettler,  a certified personal trainer, received her American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification in February of this year and is currently studying flexibility-training "to learn how to enhance and prolong our mobility." 
       Explaining her enterprise further Mettler states, "I think this structure will allow us to serve a more diverse population and offers several advantages:

  • Some women may prefer the more traditional fitness equipment
  • Husbands may elect to work out or walk the treadmills while their wives are in the ladies only area
  • Families may join
  • We may offer personal training for athletes and others interested in a structured program
  • Women from Sweet Physique may supplement their workout with additional weight training or cardio exercise
     "The second floor will be divided into two nice apartments of approx. 1200 sq ft each. The apartments are three bedroom,  two bath, with a small deck area and view of Mount Rainier. I have tried to develop a concept that would be good for the community while maintaining good business sense."
      Nancy Mettler has lived in the Eatonville area for 23 years after marrying her husband, Dave. They live at Alder Lake with their three sons.
For more information about Mettler's exercise facility please see Sweet Physique

State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen 
Fundraiser a Happy Success...

                                                                  (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Politicians and babies, what could be more cliche? However, in this case the babe in the arms of Senator Marilyn Rasmussen is used to being kissed by a politician. He is the two-month-old grandson of the Senator, actually her 19th grandchild. Kaden is the son of Mary (Rasmussen) and Russ Miller. Marilyn Rasmussen has seven children, six girls and one boy. Mary was the fifth girl and sixth child of the Senator.
     Helping with Kaden is Pierce County Councilmember Barbara Gelman who, along with a sizable crowd, attended Rasmussen's campaign kick-off Wednesday, July 21 held at the Ohop Grange. Gelman represents most of south Tacoma; a portion of east Tacoma; Parkland; a part of Midland; and Spanaway. Gelman has also served as Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer. Gelman is the only woman on the Pierce County Council at this time.

     by Dixie A. Walter
     July 23, 2004

     State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen has been an elected public servant since 1980 when she began her first term as a member of the Eatonville School Board. From there she served from 1986 to 1992 as a member of the State House of Representatives, and in 1992 was elected to the Washington State Senate. Rasmussen has lived in the Eatonville area since she was a child. 
     Billing herself as "Grown in Washington" the Rasmussen campaign kick-off was a great success and no one went away hungry. Those attending feasted on exquisite, shucked on the spot by Bill Dewey, Kumamotos oysters, steamed clams, smoked oysters, grilled chicken and a variety of fresh berries. The shellfish were donated by Taylor Shellfish Farms.
      Senator Rasmussen represents the 2nd Legislative District  which includes
portions of Pierce and Thurston counties, including all or parts of Ashford, Carbonado, Eatonville, Elbe, Fort Lewis, Frederickson, Graham, Lacey, Nisqually Reservation, Olympia, Orting, Puyallup, Rainier, Roy, Wilkeson, Yelm and Mount Rainier. She is a ranking member of the State Agriculture Committee, and is a member of the Rules, Ways and Means committee. Rasmussen also belongs to the following special committees: Veterans and Military Affairs, Co-Chair; Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation; National Conference of State Legislatures (Agriculture & International Trade). 
      Rasmussen said the campaign kick-off did not take the place of her famous corn feed, traditionally held in August at the Rasmussen farm. However, last year the corn feed took place at Wilcox Farms near Hart's Lake. This year, once again, the corn feed will be held at Wilcox Farms. The date is Saturday, August 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
For more about Senator Rasmussen please see WA State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen
      Shellfish aficionados will want to visit www.taylorshellfish.com

Meet Tim Petersen EHS Leader...

     July 9, 2004

     Tim Petersen of Eatonville High School was chosen to attend the 68th annual NASC (National Association of Student Councils) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tim spent five days and nights in Las Vegas attending leadership workshops, diversity training, and doing a community service project. He worked weekends at the Chevron in Morton to pay for his trip. At NASC each state in the Nation brings delegates to this event as well as Australia and Puerto Rico. 
      This opportunity came about because Tim was elected to represent Nisqually League in 2003 as a representative for the Washington Association of Student Councils. He will hold this board seat for two years. He has had to maintain a high grade point average, attend state board of education workshops’ and to continue be a good role model to hold this seat. As a member of the WASC board he was able to submit a packet to attend Nationals.
      As well as the Las Vegas trip he attended a pre-trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon with the 51 other delegates from Washington state. Tim was overwhelmed with the comradery, and insight, learned through these experiences and hopes to pass it on through his role as next year's Student Body President at Eatonville High School.
     Tim would like to mention a thanks to Tira Hancock, Eatonville High School ASB advisor, for encouraging him to grow in his leadership role, and to always work towards his potential.
     Tim is the son of Dave and Annette Collins of Eatonville and SGM Pete & Sap Petersen of Bangkok, Thailand. He is also active in student government, journalism, video production, and on the State Board of Education 2008 WASL committee and their video production team. 

"Give Peace a Chance"

                                                                                (photo by Bob Walter)

     by Dixie A. Walter
     My View
     July 9, 2004

     While traveling in Italy recently, Terry and Louise Carson saw the rainbow "Pace" flags just about everywhere. Pace means "Peace" in Italian and is also the name of their beautiful, year and half old blue heeler. Nothing would do but Louise had to find one of the flags for sale. The Carsons finally found this flag and brought it home, to rural "Eatonville," where it flies next to Old Glory.
      Louise explains, "We found the flag in Siena, in the huge plaza, after looking everywhere, and being told the flags would be in 'next week.' We finally suspect that finding them in Sienna was just a wonderful coincidence, but I had been looking for them since I got to Italy."
     Terry and Louise were traveling in Italy shortly after hostage Fabrizio Quattrocchi, an Italian
security guard, was murdered in Iraq in mid-April. Quattrocchi, 36, a former baker who went to Iraq to work as a security guard for a contracting firm, was taken hostage with three of his countrymen by al-Katibat al-Khadra, the Green Battalion. At that time there were 3,000 Italian troops in Iraq, the third-largest contingent after the United States and Britain. Two-thirds of Italians opposed the Iraqi war, and were critical of their government's support of American policy.

     Today the death toll of coalition troops went over the 1,000 mark with 1,002 soldiers killed since the war began. Eight-hundred and eighty-two of those killed were Americans. Also today the American Senate Intelligence Report tells us what many Americans already believed - the war with Iraq was not justified. The reasons given for sending Americans into harm's way were false and the majority of Americans are appalled by the barrage of news exposing the CIA, and other "intelligence" gathering agencies. 
     As time goes by United States citizens will learn more and more about the futility of the Iraqi war. Several weeks ago the cost of the war, as reported by CNN, could have funded cancer research for 40 years. Once more the country is in a war quagmire. More Americans will continue to die, and too soon American deaths will reach the terrible number of 1,000, then more. This war will haunt us, and innocent Iraqis, for generations.   
     Which is the reason Louise Carson says she will never fly the American flag again without flying
the Peace flag next to it. Unfortunately for Americans in Iraq, it is too late to "Give Peace a Chance."  

Man of the Year...

                                                                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

      by Bob Walter
      July 5, 2004

     Sergeant Richard Haltunen, who supervises the Mountain Detachment of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, was awarded the honor of Officer of the Year for 2003 by American Legion Post 148 of Eatonville, in a ceremony Sunday afternoon. The award was presented by Jody Johnson, Commander of the post. For Sergeant Haltunen's history of service please see Man of the Year

Dead Man Falls...

                                                                                              (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     This beautiful waterfall has been a deadly spot through the years. Several people have taken fatal plunges from the tempting, deceptively peaceful site. Note the cross on the rock in the lower right hand corner which marks the spot where another young man died about six years ago.

      by Dixie A. Walter
      July 3, 2004

    The lower falls on the Little Mashell River was the scene of a dramatic and complicated rescue Wednesday, June 30 when a 26-year-old man fell over 40 feet and survived. The young man was alone when he fell and suffered at the base of the waterfall for several hours before hikers discovered him. He had two broken legs and head injuries. It took 65 rescuers, 12 agencies and over three hours to bring up the victim to an ambulance where he was taken to Swanson Field airport in Eatonville and flown to Harborview Hospital by Airlift Northwest. South Pierce County Fire and Rescue District 15 and Tacoma Mountain Rescue aided in the man's rescue.
     There have been several deaths and serious injuries at the site called "Murphy Falls" by locals. During the 1970 Fourth of July Buffalo Party Rock Festival a young man fell to his death at the falls. He was not identified for decades and was buried in Orting. Soon after the festival another young man, curious to see where the unidentified man died, also fell to his demise. 
      According to Tony Sirgedas, who was at the scene, "Eatonville acted in a support role in town and at Swanson Field for the airlift." Among the other agencies assisting were:
Pierce County Sheriff's; Graham Fire; Central Pierce Fire; Puyallup Fire; Lakewood Fire; University Place Fire; Gig Harbor Fire; Tacoma Police and Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.

Cross Marks a Fatal Spot...

                                                            (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

View more of Tony's photographs at  www.picturetrail.com/rainierphoto 

Blue Moon Fire...

                                                                                             (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

Tom Baublits operates the pump on the fire engine in a light haze of smoke.

      July 3, 2004
     Tony Sirgedas reports, "The Blue Moon Tavern was hit by a fire that escaped the deep fat fryer this afternoon [June 2] with damage that caused an early closure for the day. Firefighters from Eatonville and South Pierce Fire Rescue responded and had it under control quickly."

                                                         (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

Two firefighters check to make sure the fire did not travel into the walls or roof area.

Mountain Take Out Moves "Downtown"

                                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

     Susie Robinson, proprietor along with husband, Mike, of Mountain Take Out, discusses one of the beautiful floral arrangements sent  by well-wishers for the opening  the new eatery.

     by Dixie A. Walter
     July 5, 2004

     Mike and Susie Robinson haven't had a chance to relax for weeks and weeks. While preparing to move their restaurant to 106 Washington Avenue South, the Robinson's also participated in the Relay For Life last weekend. They have been serving delicious food to locals and travelers for three years at the old location near the Eatonville Eagles Hall. 
     Susie explained that "kids" worked, "...eight, nine, ten hours a day to get stuff done here..." and "Mike was up till midnight getting the new establishment ready for the Department of Health inspection. The new location is in an historic home built by Dr. A. W. Bridge who was responsible for building the famed Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma. Dr. Bridge was one of the first doctors in Eatonville coming to town, in 1909, on a bike with "all of his earthly possessions." He built the drugstore which is now Kirk's Pharmacy and a hospital which was above the pharmacy.
     Mountain Take Out's new home is spacious, inviting and welcoming. With a beautiful new kitchen to help serve you. They have a great menu with everything from burgers, egg rolls, kid's servings, soft drinks, shakes, floats, sundaes, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, fish, chicken, hot dogs and eight different salads. 

                                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

Guests of Mountain Take Out are greeted by this charming foyer. More art will be decorating the walls soon.

Dawn's Floral Reopens at New Location

                                                                                                  (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

Dawn Newkirk rings up the sale of a single pink rose at her new shop in Eatonville  The "new" shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.

       by Dixie A. Walter
       June 28, 2004

      After five years in business at the Holly Hut, Dawn's Floral recently relocated at the corner of Washington Avenue and Center Street in the former Rainier Group garage. For weeks Dawn and her family worked hard to transform a utilitarian building into an inviting, cozy gift and floral shop filled with beautiful, reasonably priced products. Want flowers for a wedding? Want a gift for a wedding? Dawn's floral is one-stop shopping.
      Dawn has been a business woman for almost ten years. For two years she worked from her home. Then she had a shop on the Mountain Highway for two years before moving into Eatonville and joining forces with Nancy Iams at the Holly Hut.
      Dawn graduated from Eatonville High School in 1979 and was Daffodil Princess that year. For the past six years Dawn has organized and spent enormous amounts of energy coordinating Eatonville's Daffodil Parade float. If the town did not have a float we wouldn't have a princess. Dawn is grateful for her experience as princess, which is why she devotes so much time toward the Daffodil event. She reminds us that the young women who are selected as Daffodil Princesses undergo positive life-changing experiences. Dawn said when she was princess one man encouraged her to explore her creative side by going to floral school. 
     Along with her many other contributions to the community Dawn is going on her third year as coordinator of the town's Christmas Parade. She is also a dedicated mom and wife. Dawn and her husband, Phil, have three kids, Jill, 22, Eric, 20 and Chelsey, 15. Phil works for Puget Sound Energy and is a volunteer lieutenant at Fire District 15.
     If Dawn's family isn't busy enough, they will be even busier August 1 when Jill's new women and children's clothing consignment store opens on the corner of Center Street and Mashell Avenue occupied for decades by the old post office. Jillian's will be accepting consignment clothing beginning in July. Forms can be obtained at Dawn's Floral. Dawn explained that if people don't want the consignment percentage the money will be donated to the food bank or Dollars for Scholars. 

A Garage has Been Transformed...

                                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

Dawn's Floral is a welcome addition to the busiest intersection in Eatonville.

The Sun Sets on a Perfect Day in Eatonville...

                                                                                                                      (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

      Awesome photographer, Tony Sirgedas, captured the sunset Saturday, June 26, a busy, beautiful day in this small town. A day when hundreds walked to fight cancer during the Relay For Life, where beautiful cars and trucks were admired at the RodKnockers car show and The Historical Society celebrated the birthday of town founder T. C. Van Eaton at the first Founder's Day. This photograph was taken "looking out towards the Olympics from the top of Dow Ridge."

Small Earthquake Felt by Some...

  June 25, 2004

     A minor earthquake occurred at 2:48:31 PM (PDT) on Friday, June 25, 2004. The magnitude 3.9 event occurred 27 km (17 miles) SSW of Mount Rainier . The hypocentral depth is 0.4 km (0.2 miles). For more information please see http://www.pnsn.org/recenteqs/Quakes/uw06252148.htm

CROWD Landfill Appeal...

        CROWD press release
        June 23, 2004

        CROWD’s appeal of the lower court decision that SSB 5729 did not prohibit LRI’s 304th Street landfill in Graham will be heard in the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Two on Friday, June 25th, at 10:00 am,  950 Broadway, Suite 300, Tacoma, Washington  (two blocks up the hill from Pacific Ave, between 9th and 11th Streets, parking one block further up the hill)
      The hearing will last one hour.  Silence and respect for the court is a must.
      CROWD’s argument is that the clear intent of the State Legislature was to prohibit construction of LRI’s 304th Street Landfill.  CROWD contends that Substitute Senate Bill 5729, which is now part the Revised Code of Washington, RCW 70.95.060 [see for yourself:  http://www.leg.wa.gov/rcw/index.cfm  click on Title 70], was signed by Governor Locke on April 27, 1999 before construction had begun on LRI’s landfill.  LRI contends that work in the wetland mitigation area and the installation of monitoring wells (since decommissioned) precluded the applicability of the statute.
     Come to the hearing and witness the process!   
    Quarterly monitoring reports submitted to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department indicate that LRI’s landfill has been leaking volatile organic compounds, including highly toxic vinyl chloride, for about two years.  The landfill sits atop the large aquifer that is the only drinking water source for 400,000 Pierce County citizens.

     Concerned Residents On Waste Disposal
     P.O. Box 1350
     Graham, WA 98338

What Is It?

                                                                              (photo by Bob Walter)

      by Dixie A. Walter
      June 19, 2004

The black substance is hydrocarbon from vehicle exhaust pipes.  Although Eatonville is nestled in foothills and forests and the air appears to be pure, it isn't. This shows approximately five months of accumulated invisible particles in our air. As more traffic comes to, and through, Eatonville, the air will become more polluted. This is a forerunner of what is yet to come. 
    What appears to be a pristine area is not.  It isn't the duty of local government to tighten air pollution laws, the problem needs to be addressed at the state level. We are in an election year, perhaps now is the time to question candidates about the quality of the air we breathe. Areas like Eatonville can still be helped by stricter pollution laws. 
     In the meantime unpolluted  filters such as these are available to help clean the air in your home. The filters pictured above are WEB Vent Filters for Electrostatic Register Filtration. They help trap dirt, dust, smoke and pollen sized particles that pass through heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. The filters also keep dirt and objects from falling into the ducts. They can be trimmed to fit standard size vents 4"x12" and under. They are supposed to be changed every 90 days. The filter above was kept in place about two months longer. These filters were purchased at Home Depot.

Wolf Now King Lion

                                                                                                                           (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     June 5, 2004

     Ernie Wolf was recently installed as the Eatonville Lions Club's 66 president. New Councilmember Waylan Jumper is First Vice-President. The club was formed in 1938. The late Kelly Hagen, of Eatonville State Bank, was the first president. Wolf and his wife, Lucie, are the proprietors of The Country Mouse Quilt and Yarn Shop located at 755 Eatonville Highway West. 
     The Eatonville Lions are very active in the community. Among their many events are: fireworks sales, the Kid's Pond Fishing Derby, Luck O' the Irish Casino Night, Halloween Party, Eatonville's Christmas Decorations, Senior Citizens Dinner, High School Senior Breakfast, Easter Breakfast and the hugely popular Art Festival, which is August 6, 7 and 8 this year.  For more Lions Club information please see eatonvillelions.org

Sign of the Past...

                                                                                                                                 (photo by Bob Walter)

     The South Pierce County Historical Society will soon be erecting a new museum sign in front of the Van Eaton Cabin, thanks to Society member Joe Sander of Alder. Sander volunteered his time and his extensive woodworking talents to build the sign in his shop. It is comprised of four 2"-by-10," fir planks, with a likeness of Mount Rainier at the top, and the future museum's name - Stage Stop Museum - routed into the face below the mountain.

They're Baaack...

                                                                                              (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     by Dixie A. Walter
April 19, 2004

      In Eatonville pink flamingoes have become an icon of the Relay For Life. Today the plastic birds made their 2004 debut as a fund raiser for Team Flamingo at my house. This the the second year for the Relay in our town, and already there are twenty teams as opposed to twelve last year. The paper hanging from the neck of one bird says, "You are a victim of Team Flamingo!" There are two flocks of four flamingoes "running" around town.
     The message explains, "As a fund raiser this flock of flamingoes was placed in your yard at the request of someone you know. Don't worry, with your help this flock will make it around the Town of Eatonville. As the proud recipient...you get to pick the next landing spot (in Eatonville) for a donation of $10 or more to the American Cancer Society.
     To transfer the flock team members will pick up the birds and move them to address you request. The notice is also an invitation, "Please feel free to come support our team and many other local teams participating in the walk at the Eatonville High School Track June 26 at 1 p.m. - June 27 at 1 p.m. The Relay is a 24 hour walk. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Breast Cancer Site Needs Your Hits...

     Making the rounds via email is the following plea, "Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman .
     "It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on 'donating a mammogram' for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.
     "Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know."

(Publisher's Note: This is not one of those "hoaxes" which float through the Internet. This is true.) 

Town Hall Gets Spacious Remodel...

                                                                                   (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Gaille Finley, who is usually found working in the Eatonville Police Department, sits for a moment at the desk of Kathy Linnemeyer, utility clerk. Behind Gaille is part of the expansion taking place at the Eatonville Town Hall. The  electrical "post" to her right will help reduce the tangle of cords which used to lie on the office floor. 

    by Dixie A. Walter
    May 9, 2004

    Eatonville's Town Hall has been undergoing dramatic changes during the past few weeks as the McKasson brothers, Chuck and Earl, along with Richard Pease, have worked at a much needed remodeling job. This photograph shows the extra space gained by the remodel. The open space behind Gaille was once part of the defunct district court. 
    Mayor Bruce Rath said the remodel cost around $12,000 and the McKasson brothers were chosen from the town's small works roster. Mayor Rath has chosen not to accept the budgeted mayor's salary. The mayor says, "I don't need the money, I'm just here to help." And he pointed out that mayor's wages, "$15,000 left in the budget at the end of the year" may be used for any number of things including "overtime." Rath, who owns a business, Rath Company, also stated the town was "putting money in the bank." He noted he had purchased some new weed eaters and received a "good deal" on them. 
    New carpeting was installed in the town hall over the weekend and it's hoped that by Monday the remodel
will be completed.

Making it Happen...


     Earl McKasson sweeps, and jokes,  as he, his brother, Chuck, and Richard Pease worked on the extensive remodel of Eatonville's town hall a couple of weeks ago. The remodel is now to the point that the town clerks and other staff can begin to enjoy their "new" work space. (photos by Dixie A. Walter)

Charles Matheny "Tweaks" Sculpture 

                                                                     (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Charles Matheny visited Eatonville again recently to "tweak" his three-ton sculpture featuring the antique mill whistle, and other remnants, from the long gone Eatonville Lumber Company.  The "cloud" above the whistle is actually a puff of steam engineered by Matheny to replicate the original steam powered whistle.  

     by Dixie A. Walter
     May 2, 2004

     The antique whistle, in perfect working condition, sits atop the Matheny sculpt which Matheny describes as “representational.” The imposing piece symbolizes the long defunct Eatonville Lumber Company and the inescapable march of time.
      Varying sizes of three steel beams appear to have “fallen down” around the base of the sculpt. These beams represent abandonment. Continuing the “time” theme, one “fallen” beam is also a sundial. As Matheny reminds us, “Mother Nature will prevail. The metal plants signify nature taking over as she does with all abandoned things. That’s what happened to the mill.”
       Matheny is not only a natural born artist; he’s also a natural born engineer. Despite the daunting work it took to build the sculpt, he also engineered it in myriad ways. He built the piece so the whistle can be programmed to blow at a certain time - noon, most likely.
       It’s been over eight years since Charles Matheny was inspired to create the sculpt which supports the whistle. And several years since he donated his art to Eatonville. For too long the piece languished, hidden from view, at the old mill site.
      The huge sculpt was set up temporarily in September 2002.  The commanding piece can be seen along the west side of Mashell Ave. South (Highway 161), across the road from the Van Eaton Cabin and the old mill property - it is behind one of the town's maintenance buildings - not an ideal setting.
      Matheny may live in California, but, as a descendant of pioneers, his heart remains in Eatonville.  His grandfather, Fred Matheny, was the area’s first rural mail carrier. Fred started the job April 1, 1909. His route was 27 miles long, and the mail arrived at homes via horse and buggy, or occasionally by bike. Fred had his route for 26 years until he was required by state law to retire in 1935.
      Matheny the younger came back to town in order to do some detail work on the enormous sculpt and to scout the area for a permanent home for the art work where it won't be almost hidden from view. He attended the last Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting to ask for community help in securing a final location for the piece. The final location will be approved by both the town and the artist.

Charles Matheny at the Base
 of His Art Piece

                                                                                                  (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Artist Charles Matheny rests for a moment while putting some finishing touches on his massive art work. All of Matheny's work isn't giant-sized. He has also created the cattails shown in the photo and the plants which twine around the base and main column of the piece.

    School Board Vacancy 

      Press Release
      April 20, 2004

      Eatonville School Board Director of Director District 4, Mr. Michael D. Powell, has submitted his resignation effective April 12, 2004. Mr. Powell resigned due to moving his residence outside the boundaries of the School District. 
     The School Board accepted his resignation at the April 14, 2004, regularly scheduled meeting and
declared the position vacant. The Board directed the superintendent to open an application period for a replacement. 
     By Washington State law and School Board policy, the Board will interview and appoint a director to fill
the position until the next regularly scheduled school board election, which is November 2005.
    The School Board will consider all letters of application submitted to the School District Office, 208
Lynch Street, Eatonville, Washington 98328, by 4 p.m. May 14, 2004. Mailed applications should be sent to Eatonville
School District, Post Office Box 698, Eatonville, Washington 98328.
     Applicants will be interviewed at the May 26, 2004, School Board meeting
     For additional information, please contact the District office at 360.879.1000. Point of Contact: Raymond
F. Arment Secretary to the  Eatonville School Board of Directors.

Intrepid Photographer Tony Shares More Wildlife and Not Quite Wildlife Photos...

   May 2, 2003
A few pictures from Tony Sirgedas, "From the Ohop Valley between lakes Ohop and Kapowsin this morning, [April 30]."

A Mallard Drake Comes in for a Landing...


A Great Blue Heron Seems to Dance on Water...


A Hereford Finds the Greenest Grass...


Floating Through the Internet...

     This magnificent photo was taken during the tragic Columbia mission. The photo, taken from space, is making its way through cyberspace via email. The following story describes the image. The photograph was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, on a cloudless day. The picture is of Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are the cities lights. The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert.
     Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that's it's still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Madrid. The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness.
     In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde islands. Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during Daytime and night time. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.
This photograph is a hoax, sort of...please see:
2003 March 24 - A Digital Sunset Over Europe and Africa 
and  Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photo Gallery (Sunset from Space)
Thanks to intrepid photographer Tony Sirgedas for his sleuthing to get the truth about this photo

A Rainbow from Tony...

                                                               (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     Eatonville's spring rainbow was captured by brilliant photographer Tony Sirgedas April 17. Tony says, "Got this shot coming home Saturday evening just before sunsest. Looking back up Center Street a spectacular rainbow over Eatonville replaced the usual view of Mount Rainier. I sure hope someone found the pot of gold at the end of that one."

Gone Fishin' and Caught a Few...

                                                                                             (photo by Bob Walter)

      April 25, 2004

     Jenell Baxter proudly displays her catch on opening day of fishing season Saturday, April 24 at the Kids' Pond at Smallwood Park. Water from the nearby Mashell River was used to bring the Kid's Pond's water level higher. However, efforts to remove the green slime seen in the photo were not 100 percent successful. The scum almost covered the pond two weeks ago, and the water looked stagnant. The popular pond still appears unhealthy.

Young Anglers Never Give Up...

                                                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

Later on opening day there were still hopeful fisherkids looking for one of those big ones, stocked, along with hundreds and hundreds of smaller trout,  in the Kids' Pond by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Town Hall Encourages Recycling...

                                                                                 (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     April 20, 2004

      Christina Dargan, part-time office assistant at the Eatonville Town Hall, put together this educational display in the lobby. Christina spent many hours, much of it on her own time, making the recycling boxes, gathering material and researching the importance of recycling. 
      Some of her thought provoking facts include, "The average house uses one entire acre of trees to build, Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet, paper products make up about 40 percent of our trash, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours and if all of our newspaper was recycled we could save about 250,000 trees each year."

Apples Grow on Windows in Eatonville...

                                                                                                               (photo by Bob Walter)

     These apples "grew" on the windows of Christensen's Department Store in the early morning, Saturday, April 17. They were planted by the Headlees and each bears the name of students, past and present, along with the length of time the students attended Eatonville schools. The apples are a reminder to vote for the school replacement levy.
    Eatonville School District 404 needs your "Yes" vote on the Levy. Levy money is used in different areas than Bond money. Bond money goes toward capital improvements. Levy dollars go toward maintaining every day operations in the district. Levy money is also spent replacing old books, furniture, equipment and enhancing technology. Eatonville could lose the school nurse as well as other crucial staff. 
     Other uses of your money include sports and other activities, student transportation and
maintenance upkeep, disability modifications, safety and security and grounds maintenance such as the campus lawns, athletic fields, etc. The schools need your support. Please Don't forget to vote!

Town Hall Remodel...

                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter)

     April 14, 2004
     Eatonville's town hall is getting some remodeling. Two walls behind the clerk's office are being torn down to make better use of the space that became available when the district court was moved to Tacoma, and the offices rented by the court staff were vacated. The construction is being done by local builder Chuck McKasson.

Working to Bring You a Great 
Fireworks Show...

                                                                                    (photo by Bob Walter)

     April 13, 2004

      Georgeann Crouchet, Karen Woodcock and Audrey Thompson sell raffle tickets at the Plaza Market to raise funds for this year's July 3rd Fireworks show, to be held again at the Eatonville Elementary schoolgrounds, and the 4th of July Parade in Eatonville. Raffle prizes include 10 yards of gravel from Lynch Creek Quarry, a "Basket of Beauty" from Jan's Salon, and an 18-20 pound ham provided by Thompson Licensing. The women sold over 300 tickets that day, April 10.

Happy Children Hunt Easter Eggs on a Beautiful Spring Day...

                                                                                                                    (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     by Tony Sirgedas
      April 11, 2004

    Egg-A-Palooza,  on Saturday, April 10th,  a first year event for the Eatonville Community, went off under gorgeous sunny skies.  The event was put on by the Eatonville Living Word Assembly of God and held at Glacier View Park in  Eatonville. It featured the Youth music group performing songs, Clowns Tag, and Promise, doing balloons, and face painting, followed by a short Easter program for the kids.  Then it was line up and off to the candy and egg races shortly after 1:15 PM.
     I counted over 200 children who participated and it sure looked like they each went home with something in their baskets.
     For lots more of Tony's Egg-A-Palooza photos please see www.picturetrail.com/rainierimaging 


Welcome to Eatonville from the Chamber

                                                                                             (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Bob Fincham, who owns Coenosium Gardens along with his wife Dianne, and Michael Wood, co-owner of Eatonville's Roxy Theater, put the finishing touches on the landscaping project to beautify the Eatonville chamber sign on the Mountain Highway. Coenosium is an ancient Greek word meaning "plant community."

Plant Community Grows at Triangle...

     by Dixie A. Walter
     March 28,2004

     Hard work and plenty of donations turned the ho-hum triangle into an inviting garden spot for travelers. Randles Lynch Creek Quarry donated twenty yards of topsoil and three tons of landscape rock. Although the moss covered boulder in the foreground of the above photo has made that area home for decades. Ohop Mutual donated thirteen used utility poles which are used as ornamental as well as protective barriers. Twelve yards of beauty bark was purchased by the chamber.

     Coenosium Gardens donated a small forest: two golden Scots pines,  two dwarf Bosnian pines, two weeping Norway Spruce, one dwarf balsam fir, one dwarf Japanese black pine, five variegated weeping boxwoods, one variegated tulip poplar, one columnar English oak, one silver Korean fir, as well as four other assorted conifers.
      About caring for the young trees and shrubs, Dianne explained, "Watering will be done one day a week by the flower basket watering crew for this summer. Then the plants can survive on their own, with perhaps one watering a month during the second summer"
    Finchams figured about "fifteen hours" were put into the beautification project. "Dean Waddle, the other Roxy co-owner, helped the other two days we worked, [twelve hours]."
    According to Bob Fincham, "Dianne volunteered to coordinate the landscape project. The original idea was to do minimal landscaping and position objects to protect the sign. Dianne's idea was to create an inviting entrance to the community that would be special, and unique, as well as to protect the sign."

                                                                                               (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

All finished and greeting locals and tourists alike...


Kaitlin is a Winner!

                                                            (Art by Kaitlin Coleman)

     by Dixie A. Walter
    December 5, 2003

   Kaitlin Coleman is an eleven-year-old 6th grader at Eatonville Middle School. She is a wonderful artist as you can see by her watercolor snowman with happy children above. Kaitlin's Mom, Beverly Coleman, works for the Russell Investment Group in Tacoma. Beverly explains one of her talented daughter's recent accomplishments, "Each year Russell sponsors a contest in which children (twelve years and under) compete to have their drawings reprinted on our annual corporate holiday card.  More than 14,000 cards are sent to clients, vendors and other friends of Russell around the world during the holiday season.  I’m delighted the artwork of my daughter was selected for 2003. Kaitlin’s snowman watercolor was one of 50 entries from three different countries"
.    Kaitlin's Mom added, "Russell...has nine primary offices around the world with headquarters in Tacoma." The company also has offices in New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore and Auckland. So Kaitlin's art will be seen around the world. 

Young Artist Kaitlin Coleman 

   "This is not Kaitlin's first brush with artistic success," her Mom, Beverly, said, "For the past two consecutive years at Eatonville Elementary School her artwork was selected as covers for the school yearbook . Needless to say, our family is very proud of Kaitlin."

Kaitlin Coleman's Story Read by 
Millions in Japan...

                                                                          (art by Kaitlin Coleman)

Kaitlin's "Peaceful Affection"
                                              ~Asahi Daily

      Dixie A. Walter
     January 5, 2004

     Kaitlin Coleman is an eleven-year-old 6th grader at Eatonville Middle School. She is a wonderful artist as you can see by her watercolor snowman with happy children above. Kaitlin's Mom, Beverly Coleman, works for the Russell Investment Group in Tacoma. Beverly explains one of her talented daughter's recent accomplishments, "Each year Russell sponsors a contest in which children (twelve years and under) compete to have their drawings reprinted on our annual corporate holiday card."  And, so far, this is what's happened...

   Kaitlin's proud Mom just sent the following correspondence to EatonvilleNews (ENN) Monday afternoon:

     Hello Dixie, Thought I would forward this message I received on to you.  As you will gather, I do not
know Mayumi yet she located your article on Kaitlin. Internet search engines helped connect our international associates to ENN!

     Happy New Year!  Beverly

     "Subject:    Good news to your daughter!


     I am Mayumi Ohata in Marketing & Communications at Russell Tokyo.  I today have good news to
your daughter Kaitlin. Hope you will let her  know of this. Kaitlin and our holiday card story was introduced on the "Asahi Newspaper" on December 26th. "Asahi Newspaper" is the second largest Japanese daily newspaper with 8.3 million issues and the article was shown in its "Kabuto" section where the reporters write the variety of topics relating to the Tokyo stock exchange press club "Kabuto."
    I here attach the translation of the article. We are all delighted to see this nice article on this big publication.
    Please give my best regards to Kaitlin. I saw her photo on the eatonvillenews site. She is very cute and also talented!!!  We will also send you a copy of the newspaper through interoffice mail.  Please give it to Kaitlin.

     Best regards,
     Mayumi Ohata
     Marketing & Communications Manager - Japan"

     Article translation of Asahi Daily Newspaper (evening issue) - dated December 26, 2003


     Holiday Card


     In a front page of “Holiday Card,” which Russell, an investment management company, sends to its clients for year-end greetings, you will see two children playing happily around a snowman in falling snow. A name of an artist is “Kaitlin Coleman, 11-year-old.” Every year, Russell selects only one art design from the fine art works painted by the children of Russell associates. This year’s theme is “Russell Cares.” The girl living in Washington, U.S., gives her peaceful affection to snowman as well as to investors all over the world.
For more of Kaitlin's story and her photo please see below...

Lions Rake in the Dough for Charity...

                                                                                                 (photo by Bob Walter)

Local citizens supported the Lions Fifth Annual Casino night and had tons of fun doing so.

    Luck O' the Irish Lions Casino Night

     March 30, 2004

     Saturday, March 20 was the Eatonville Lions Fifth Annual "Luck O'the Irish" Casino night. Included in the admission price was a delicious roast beef dinner served by local Boy Scouts, and $1000 "Casino Bucks" to be used at Blackjack, Roulette and Crap tables.
     At the end of the evening casino winnings were used to bid on a large, varied selection of valuable items, John Bratholm, Pizza Place proprietor, was the hilarious auctioneer. There was a "no host bar" and Teresa Neol entertained with her great singing throughout most of the evening. The Eatonville Lions raised about $2000 which will go toward Lions sight and hearing programs.


New Chamber Coordinator

                                                 (photo by Becky Hixson)

Chamber Coordinator Louise Reulbach

     by Dixie A. Walter
March 24, 2004

     After a lengthy search and interview process the Greater Eatonville Chamber of Commerce recently hired Louise Reulbach as part time Chamber Coordinator. Reulback is part of a military family. Her husband Joe is a Chief Master Sgt E-9 at  McChord AFB and has a Bachelor's degree from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). Reulback explains, "Joe can retire now but will stay in until the military says it's time to move again. Looks like he'll get another two to five years in at this point.

    "We have only lived in two countries: U.S. and Japan. Prior to living in Japan I lived in Las Vegas for about eight years. Originally I am from Rhode Island and as an adult have lived in seven different states. However, Washington is now home." 
      The Reulbach's have two daughters ages twelve and six years old. The girls attend Eatonville schools. The older goes to the middle school and the younger goes to Weyerhaeuser. 
      A busy woman, Ruelback's hobbies include working as the"...volunteer editor for the Western Washington US Pony Club region newsletter with about 800 readers per month." She adds," Right now my biggest hobby is my horses and ponies: local huntseat and Dressage shows. But, I have also been know to run competitively (10K's) and I am the 1996 Nevada State Champion for American Mountain Bike Association: nothing I am in any shape to do now !"
     Asked what interested her in the Chamber Ruelbach answered, "I am drawn to the Chamber position to help promote and follow through on several projects. There are two brochures I am currently helping to create. One is a basic overview of the Chamber and the other is more of a look-nice promotion brochure. Also, if all goes well, the Greater Eatonville Chamber Web site will be up in a month or two."

Thompson Motors Not Closing...

                                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter)

ENN was contacted by Jerry Thompson, proprietor of Thompson Motors, Saturday March 20, to clarify a misconception about his business closing. In a brief phone interview Thompson made it clear his business is not closing, nor is the business moving.  More details coming soon...


Think Spring!!!

The Last Sunset of Winter....

                                                                                                (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

Photographer par excellence Tony Sirgedas captured the last sunset of the winter of 2004 March 19.  Tony speaks for us all when he says, "Yay, spring is here!"


     Band Fundraiser Thanks    

     from Gloria Shultz
    March 11, 2004

     The dance was so fun!!!!!!  The kids were happy and about 50 or 60, not sure, turned out and had fun and some personally thanked me.  I am very thankful to the Eagles for letting us use their hall and to DJ Leon Crawfor, for the good music and to the friends that helped chaperone so the kids would be safe and supervised.       Some of the Eagles ladies even donated prizes for the raffle!  And the Schaffer Gallery donated a wonderful gift bag and Eatonville Rentals and repairs donated a free oil change that some lucky teenager won. There were CDs and things too. The people in the community helped and I feel really good about that. 
     Oh yes, the volunteer soda bartender, Craig, one of the Eagles Trustees.... worked for tips only but he had fun.  (He's not going to retire on that.) My friend Trish and her boyfriend Kevin came early and helped decorate and stayed and chaperoned the whole night too, then helped clean up.  My friend , Gloria W. , also an Eagle, brought her boyfriend and they also helped all night.  
     Anyway, we are so excited still, and it was so fun to have a good group of teens just having fun. We raised almost $250 for the band, but next year it should be more!  Thank you ENN for helping us advertise.--Gloria Schultz

County Council Member Kevin Wimsett, "Military Families Need Our Support"

    by Kevin Wimsett
March 5, 2004 

    In recent months, we have seen many of our finest young men and women called to serve their country.  We have also seen the largest call up of reservists and members of our National Guard since World War II.  They have been activated and many sent to serve in Iraq.  In fact, all of us probably have a friend or family member who is serving in the Middle East or elsewhere.  We are proud of them and our prayers and thoughts are with them daily. 
Whether they are full-time military personnel, reservists, or members of the National Guard, they have left behind a family who miss them dearly.  Many spouses have unexpectedly become single parents, and many children are now without a mother or father.  Having been raised in a military family, I know that family members must also sacrifice when their loved ones are called to duty.  That is why I believe that all of us, individually and collectively, must do all that we can to support our military families.
     I want to applaud many of the local churches and civic groups who have been working hard to assist military spouses and children.  It has been heart-warming to see and hear the stories of individuals reaching out to help those who have a loved one serving elsewhere.  Whether it’s providing day care, or simply helping with household chores, these actions show our military community that they are loved and respected.
     In addition to our individual contributions, I believe that county government can also do its part to help military families.  Pierce County has had its share of employees be activated and deployed.  They proudly put their careers on hold and answer the call of duty.  Right now, Pierce County, at the direction of County Executive John Ladenburg, has stepped up to the plate by providing full benefit coverage for those activated and deployed employees and, subsequently, their families. 
However, many of these employees take a severe pay cut to serve their country on active duty.  Because their military compensation is less than their normal pay from the county, they and their families are oftentimes put in a difficult financial situation—having to make due with way less in pay.  I believe that county government should do all that it can to correct this situation.  Our County Employees/Military families should not be penalized for honoring their country with their service and sacrifice.  That’s why I am introducing legislation to resolve this situation and make up the difference between employees’ military pay and what they would normally earn through the county.  
     By doing this, county government would be sending a loud, clear message to our county employees who have been called to duty:  We value your service and we honor your sacrifice.  During these difficult times, I believe it is the least that we can do to honor those who wear the uniform.

    Kevin Wimsett is a member of the Pierce County Council and represents the 3rd Council District, which includes the communities of Ashford, Eatonville, Elbe, Elk Plain, Frederickson, Graham, South Hill, and Spanaway.

Special Olympic Athletes 

                                                                  (photo courtesy of Eatonville School District)

     February 26, 2004

    The Eatonville School District Special Olympics Basketball Team and coaches were recognized for their achievements by the Eatonville School Board of Directors at the February 25, 2004 meeting.

Bull Moose Dies February 3 at Northwest Trek...Death announced February 15...

                                                                   (photo and caption by Tony Sirgedas)
                                                                                          February 15, 2004

     Northwest Trek lost a little of its character earlier this month when its oldest moose was found ill on February 3rd and died after not responding to medical treatments .  The moose was known for his antics during the rut season by attacking the tour trams and keeper trucks with his massive antlers.  Here he is seen last June in the alders having a snack.

The Deceased Moose in Velvet Last Spring

                                                                                        (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     Tony Sirgedas is an amazing contributing photographer and writer for ENN. He takes wonderful wildlife shots, often of the animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park about six miles north of Eatonville. Tony's affection and respect for the animals is evident in his beautiful photos. These photos are his memorial to an animal he admired.
     Moose are the largest members of the deer family and have been a constant favorite at the park.  The males are notoriously on edge and dangerous during the mating season or rut.  In 1975 when Trek opened a bull moose named "Chocolate" was a main attraction. He died later that year and the cause of death was never determined. Questions have arisen as to why the death of the huge animal was not made public until 12 days after his untimely passing.

      For more animal photos by Tony Sirgedas please see Wild Animals


Mayor Parnell in Hospital Once Again

      by Bob Walter
      February 22, 2004

     Outgoing Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 17, after experiencing sudden, profuse bleeding from the mouth. Eatonville Fire Department responded shortly after noon, and Parnell was transported to the hospital by ambulance dispatched from Fire District 21 in Graham. Parnell received two units of blood that day, and his condition stabilized. His wife, Jackie, said on Wednesday that he he was conscious, alert and eating.
     Jackie Parnell wished to express her great appreciation for the Eatonville Fire Department. "They went to work immediately treating Harold. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful crew, who are always there to help. They deserve to be thanked."
    Doctors initially suspected a tear in the lining of his esophagus as the cause, but tests are continuing. Parnell was scheduled to be released and sent home Saturday; however, another episode of significant bleeding, requiring two additional transfusions, prompted the doctors to keep him in the hospital. During a phone interview Sunday afternoon, Parnell's son, Rick, speaking from his father's hospital room, said his dad was doing well and was not in pain.   
    Mayor Parnell suffered a severe stroke in early September of last year which left him paralyzed on his left side.. Since early January, he has been home, continuing a heavy duty regimen of physical therapy. Parnell's health forced him to resign the mayor's position. He is technically Eatonville mayor until March 1.

Tony Takes a Tour...

     "Here's a scary thought...... me at the controls of the aircraft carrier Stennis." Tony Sirgedas

     February 9, 2004

     Famous ENN photographer Tony Sirgedas at the wheel of  the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) aircraft carrier during a tour last week.  Tony's son, Tom Austin, an Eatonville High graduate in 1997, is the " head mechanic who works and signs off on the engines before they get put back in the F-14s." Tony said Tom is, "One of those gems of a kid" and the young Lt. who gave Tony the special tour calls Tom, "The 110 guru and would like him with them permanently." Tom is currently stationed at Oceanna in Virginia Beach. For more about USS Stennis please see USS JOHN C. STENNIS CVN 74

F-14 Engine and Tony


     "Me in front of the engine from an F-14, this is the engine that my son Tom Austin is responsible for."

Tony on the Flight Deck

"Me on the flight deck with the bridge behind me..."

     Tony explained that he got a special tour and got to see the "rooms with all the super gee whiz electronics." Rooms that most civilians don't get to visit. The USS Stennis has a much bigger population than Eatonville, "It's massive..." Tony said.  When Tony was on the ship there were 3,000 people and when the ship is deployed the population goes to 5,000"

More USS Stennis Miscellaneous Facts...

  • Crew size: 5,000 (including air wing)

  • Meals served daily: 16,600

  • Number of compartments: 2,700

  • Number of anchors: 2 (From USS FORRESTAL (CV-59))

  • Weight of anchors: 30 tons each

  • A/C plant capacity: 2,900 tons (enough to service 950 homes)

  • Distillation plant capacity: 400,000 gals (enough to serve 2000 homes)

  • Number of telephones: 2,000

  • Number of light fixtures: more than 30,000

  • Bed mattresses: If lined up end-to-end, they would stretch more than nine miles.

  • Sheets: 28,000

  • Pillow Cases: 14,000

Ruth Carson at 94 Years...

                                                            (photo by Bob Walter)

     February 10, 2004
     by Louise Carson

    Ruth's celebrating her 94th birthday at Arnold's in Yelm with sons Randy and Terry and Terry's wife, Louise. She's looking forward to using the thesaurus she received for writing projects. A naturalist and retired teacher, Ruth has been published in Oregon Coast Magazine, Northwest Parks and Wildlife, Alaska Magazine and TV Guide for which she wrote an article about birds calls in the background of television programs that did not fit the area of the program. She knows the Latin names of much of the flora and fauna.
Until recently she lived by herself at the Nisqually Pines in Yelm but has recently moved into the new wing at Easthaven Villa in the same community. She invites all to try for their 94th birthday.

League Wrestling Champion

Crue Woodard

     Press Release
     January 25, 2003

    Fourteen-year-old Crue Woodard, former Eatonville Middle School student and last season's Nisqually League Wrestling Champion, brought home another from Seamount League/Foothills Division Varsity Championship Saturday, 17. This year's finals were hosted by Mount Si High School at Snoqualmie, Washington.
      Crue now attends Maywood Middle School, located in the Issaquah School District. He began his wrestling career in kindergarten with the local Eatonville Jr. Wrestling program. The young champion has wrestled varsity position since the fourth grade, placing in Jr. League Championship Tournaments. During Crue's last year as a Jr. wrestler in sixth grade he won the Washington State Championship held in Everett, Washington.
      Crue credits his love of the sport to his past coaches. He noted, "Coach Kerry Cyrus and Coach Dan Hoffman allowed me to practice with them at the high school. I think this moved my skills to a higher level, being with the older wrestlers."
      Champion Crue wrestled the 2003 season's Nisqually  League Championship just two days after a devastating family loss. His grandfather, 20-year Eatonville resident, Lee Leiter, who helped raise him, died suddenly. His grandfather's death was very heart felt by Crue. He nearly dropped out the day of the tournament. "But," he explained, "My mom said that grandpa would never want me to quit because of him. That grandpa would want me to go and give my best and that he would be there with me. So go win this for grandpa." Which is exactly what the brave youth did.
      His parents are Donna and Dan Woodard, who, until recently, were longtime residents of Eatonville. Crue's mom refuses to let her handsome, strapping son drop weight to wrestle in a lower weight class. The 165 pound athlete wrestled other kids who were in the 220-230 pound class and still won another league championship. 

Mayor Harold Parnell Looks to the Future...

                                                                                       (photo by Bob Walter)

     January 11, 2004

   Joking about a photo shoot, Mayor Harold Parnell teased, "I could put on T.C.'s [Van Eaton] old top hat!" Parnell, recovering at home from a stoke, is still going through rigorous rehab. He feels like he's not quite ready for the Monday, January 12 council meeting, but says he will be ready for the January 26 meeting. 

"Person of the Year"

     From left to right: Maj. Bruce Willett, Lt. Col. Greg Parsons, Lt. Col. Don Fitzgerald, Lt. Col. Mark Burns, Maj. Dan Whannell, Maj. Ron Burgess, and Maj. Keith Peloquin.

      by Dixie A. Walter
       January 3, 2004

       This Christmas card was sent to Edwinna and Pat Van Eaton from their friends Bob and Sally Whannell parents of son Major  Dan Whannell. The families became friends many years ago when the both lived in Morton. The major's parents now live in Portland, Oregon. The decorated "tree" proves the "American Soldier" named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine will find a way to have some fun and celebrate Christmas even while in harm's way. 
       Air Force Captain Monica M.  Bland, public affairs officer at Balad Air Base in Iraq, sent ENN
the following information about the men and their "tree."  
The individuals are deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Balad Air Base, Iraq, which is located about 50 km south of Baghdad.  Their deployed unit is Detachment 1 of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. 
   "Most of the personnel are here on temporary duty for 120 days.  Lt. Col. Burns is the only one on a one year rotation. Most of the officers featured in the picture arrived here in mid to late November and will depart some time in March, and live in the same tent in Silver City (the name of our Air Force tent city/village). 
     "Our primary mission here at Balad AB is to build up the air field in order to better assist the Army with the transport of cargo and personnel.  Every aircraft that comes in and out of Balad keeps Army convoy trucks and associated personnel off of the dangerous driving routes between Kuwait and Balad.
     "One final note:  the "tree" was constructed using a drop tank  found on base.  Aircraft drop tanks are used to store the aircraft's fuel.  The "tree" came about as part of the Air Force contingent's tree decorating contest celebrating Christmas." No word on who won the contest.
      Major Dan's mom, Sally, explained a bit more about drop tanks and her son. "The drop tank allows a fighter to carry more gas for longer missions, then he jettisons it on his way home.  I didn't know that.  Anyway, the picture was taken at the airbase in Balad, Iraq, where Dan is stationed. Dan is a Major in the Air Force, he is an intel officer, his home base is  Dover Delaware. He was a ROTC graduate out of the University of Portland."
      Remember to say a prayer for the safety of these men and all of our men and women in uniform. 

New Year Begins With the White Stuff...

                                                                                                                                                  (photo by Bob Walter)

     January 1, 2004

    Snow fell gently in Eatonville most of New Year's Day, providing great sledding conditions for a man and two children in the open field between the Van Eaton Cabin - Eatonville's first home - and the old Eatonville Lumber Company mill burner. The cabin's walls have weathered 114 winters. The burner has been sitting idle for the last 50, the mill having closed forever  in 1954. 
    The two structures bracket property scheduled for development into the town's next park, primarily through a matching $150,000 skateboard park grant from Pierce County. The cabin has been weatherized by local restoration expert John Carney, and will soon receive further improvements, including painting the window frames, through a $10,000 community block grant.

A Snow Miss Visited the Van Eaton Cabin...

                                                                                                   (photo by Bob Walter)

     January 5, 2004

     A saucy Snow Miss was having a bad hair day at the Van Eaton Cabin Saturday, January 3. Built by fun loving locals Miss Snow's mysterious smile seemed reminiscent of the enigmatic Mona Lisa. But we suspect she finds her crowning locks as humorous as her admirers did.  

Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. DeMille...

                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

     The creators of the the Snow Miss adorned her with the finest Douglas fir boughs plucked from Christmas trees that had their place of honor for a few weeks, then were brought to the old log cabin to be recycled.

Mayor Parnell Back Home and "Doing Great..."

      by Dixie A. Walter
     January 3, 2004

     Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell returned  home Friday, January 2, after several months spent recuperating from a September 2003 stroke. The mayor, who has always maintained he would not quit the position, is beyond happy to be home. In a telephone interview, Jackie, his wife of over 60 years, bubbled with happiness to have her husband home again and said he was "doing great!" Mayor Parnell is using a wheelchair but is able to walk "to his destination" with assistance. He also wears a leg supporter from his foot to his calf on the left side where he was paralyzed by the stroke. 
     The mayor's long-anticipated  homecoming, from Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, happened at the beginning of a two-day, semi-heavy snowfall. Parnells live on the hilltop overlooking the town. Jackie said, "It is so beautiful looking out over the town covered with snow. Everything looks so peaceful and pure." However, she did note that most people couldn't go up or down the steep hill leading to their house. Jackie explained, "We have enough food and wonderful neighbors..." so she wasn't worried about being stranded on the hill, at least for a short time.
     The mayor and his wife are anticipating his next step. His return to the mayor's seat and holding the town's gavel. To this end, and to enhance his recovery, physical therapists will visit the family home three times a week to continue the healing process. 

Mayor Parnell to Return Home January 2, 2004

     by Dixie A. Walter
     December 30, 2003

     According to his wife, Jackie, Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell will be "released" from Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup Friday, January 2, 2004 after completing weeks of  intensive physical therapy.  The mayor, who will be 82 in February, suffered a stroke in early September, paralyzing his left side. He was sent to Good Sam initially, then transferred to Rainier Vista, a convalescent facility in Puyallup. 
     After many, many weeks at Rainier Vista the mayor returned to Good Sam and concluded another phase of  physical therapy. Mayor Parnell has had several  health related problems during his two years as mayor, none life threatening, nor affecting his cognitive brain function.
    The mayor came home to Eatonville during Christmas,  but returned to the hospital at night. Jackie explained that her husband of over 60 years will be returning to Eatonville and living at home. Physical therapists will come to the Parnell residence and work with the mayor several times a week. 
     In order to begin living at home again Harold Parnell had to fight many battles, up to, and including, boredom, before doctors would allow him to come back to town. Wife Jackie sums up their philosophy of life, "You can't quit, ever, and crawl into a hole - life is out there to be lived." 

Mayor Harold Parnell Health Update

     by Dixie A. Walter
     December 17, 2003

     Mayor Parnell was moved from Rainier Vista, a convalescent facility in Puyallup, to Good Samaritan Hospital Friday, December 12, a week earlier than planned. He is in undergoing intensive rehabilitation for the next few weeks. Mayor Parnell is working hard in preparation for his return home and to work. 
     The mayor was paralyzed on the left side of his body when he suffered a stroke September 5. His progress since then has been "amazing" according to a Rainier Vista nurse. Today he is able to walk a good distance without the use of a leg brace, but with the use of a cane. Each day marks another "milestone" in the mayor's recovery. 
     Mayor Parnell maintains he plans to be back at the council table in January and does not intend to give up the mayor's position. He teases everyone, jokes and doesn't get "down" as he plugs along in often painful rehab. However, the mayor admits to being bored and is very, very eager to get home. 

Santa Claus Came to Town...

     by Bob Walter
     December 20, 2003


     This little girl was on her way to another                      Christopher was actually one of 
engagement when Santa climbed down from                the first children to get Santa's ear.   
the fire truck. She had time for a welcoming         
handshake before leaving

     Santa Claus got yet another helping hand from Eatonville Fire Department Saturday, Dec. 20. as he was making his pre-Christmas stop in town to chat with local children about the past year and the Big Day coming up. A long line of children, and their parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, converged on the fire station after hearing the sirens, and following them. Some parents, who were not in on the deal, were startled by the flashing lights and sirens - the engines and aid vehicles nearly stopped in front of their homes. Soon the PA system relayed the news that Santa was aboard.

     The children each received a Christmas stocking filled with goodies, a healthful tangerine and a Polaroid photograph of their visit with Santa, in the annual event sponsored by the Eatonville Fire Department. (photos by Bob Walter)


Jasmine and Gage were able to gain both of Santa's               This baby girl nearly gets lost in Santa's beard.

Lions Senior Appreciation Dinner

                                                                                                                                    (photo by Bob Walter)

     December 14, 2003

     The Eatonville Lions Club served up its annual holiday dinner for senior citizens Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Eatonville Middle School. Over 150 people enjoyed turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans and pumpkin pie. 
       Lions Club members waited tables, and made sure everyone got plenty to eat. Preparations begin days in advance; Eatonville Middle School cook Terry High, along with Debbie Cloran, began cooking about mid-week for the festive event. Dave Tullis again handled the dishwashing chores.

Busy Weekend at Cox Christmas Tree Farm...


     December 10, 2003

      Workers at Cox’s Christmas Tree Farm, on Hwy 161 at Barney’s Corner, move so quickly they are a blur. Here they rush to reach the baler with this freshly-cut, nearly ten-foot tall, noble fir. Seconds later, the crew pushed the butt of the tree into the baler. This monster of a tree was so big, the crew had to rock it up and down by throwing themselves onto it, to get it to go through the machine. Once through the baler, the tree is bound and ready for the trip home. Advising the buyer on how to remove the netting, one said, half jokingly, to “Cut the string and stand back!” (photos by Bob Walter)

Andy McGrath is a Winner!

       December 5, 2003
    Ray Arment, Superintendent of Eatonville Schools, is pleased to announce that Eatonville Middle School Principal, Andy McGrath, has been selected as the Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year by the East Pierce County Region of the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals.
      In this position, Mr. McGrath, will also be nominated and competing for State and National honors.

Wind Storm Costs Town...

   December 6, 2003

        The Town of Eatonville was hard hit by wind storms late last week. Town officials declared a state of emergency Thursday, December 4 as winds ripped off  parts of about 40  roofs,  felled trees and threatened electric lines. Some parts of town lost electricity but most homes were not affected by power loss. Eatonville Police Chief Jim Lewis, who is the emergency/disaster official, said the town was applying for $250,000 in damage relief funds from the state, to help pay for repair of structural damage and emergency work crew wages.  

Jan's Salon Celebrating Ten Years in Business

                                                                                                          (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     November 6, 2003

     Local business woman Jan Burgess, proprietor of Jan's Salon, is celebrating ten years in the same location, 201 Carter St. E.  Jan and her "new" partner, Karen Woodcock, are giving away a "basket of products" as part of the observation of her ten year anniversary. The lucky winner will be picked Wednesday, November 26. The busy salon welcomes "walk ins." Those amazing scissors, the icon of the salon, were carved by Wayne Kuttig out of yew wood. Jan, her husband Jeff, and their kids Jay and Jeri live in Eatonville.

Council Packet November 24...

       Included in the town council packet were the following memos from Interim Public Works Director Greg Wilder: "Fees and Charges," Fees  "Board of Adjustment," Board  "Comprehensive Water System (Agreed Order Requirement)" Water Comp
      The packet also contained a letter from Chamber of Commerce President Tanya Dow to the mayor pro tem and council stating, "In harmony with our newly established goals, the Greater Eatonville Chamber of Commerce endorses the hiring of a professional administrator to support the town in becoming a more efficient operation." The chamber goals were included with the letter see
There were also three sample job descriptions for "city supervisor" from Pullman, Issaquah and Mercer Island along with a comparison of twelve "town administrator" wages ranging from $90,000 to $60,000 with "Eatonville proposed 60,000 + benefits 15,000 = 75,000." Additionally the packets contained Bonneville Base Rates for "FY 2004-2006," Rural Health Collaborative Business Meeting November 20 minutes and a groundwater update memo concerning well sites dated November 19 from Michael Klisch of Golder Associates Inc. Groundwater Update

Johnson ~ Payne Nuptials 

     On October 18, Jill Johnson and Corey Payne exchanged wedding vows at the Lawrence Lake Lodge. The bride is the daughter of Jim Johnson of Eatonville, the groom is the son of Tom and Sandy Payne of Eatonville.  The happy couple resides in Fife, Washington with their son Payton.

Bobbi Allison Thanks Voters...

   November 14, 2003

      A Letter of Thanks to the Voters of Eatonville .

      I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for expressing your confidence in me at the polls on November 4th.
     It is very important to me that you remember that I am here for you. Please reach out to me at any time with concerns for our Town or to share your dreams of what you want Eatonville to be.  Eatonville matters to me very much and it is my goal to serve you equally.
     At this time I would like to thank my campaign crew: Jennifer Keesey, Campaign Manager; Betty Allison, Political Sign Chairperson; Marlayne Elliff, Mailings Coordinator; and Deborah Johnson, my wordsmith guru.  A special thanks to my ‘extra set of parents’ Cliff and Hazel McCarty for their unfailing loyalty and support.  There are many more of you out there and I truly couldn’t have done it without each one of you. Thank You!  
     With my campaign crew’s help we ran a clean and honest campaign to be proud of and I continue to be committed to that course.  While I am on the Town Council I will no doubt disagree with some of you.  During those times, it is important that we “agree to disagree” and move forward in the best interest of Eatonville: not in the best interest of a special few. I will do my homework and educate myself on all issues before the Council. I will draw conclusions and make decisions based on fact and not from the undue influence of those seeking personal gain.  I welcome open discussion with each of you. 

Respectfully yours,
Bobbi Allison
Town Council Elect – Position #4

     November 14, 2003

My thanks to all who supported me

in the recent general election.

Congratulations to Mike Gallagher.

Bob Walter

Letter of Appreciation to Greg Wilder

     (Publisher's Note: This letter by a citizen, expressing his opinion, produced extreme anger, and attacks, from other citizens who disagree with Jeffrey Bowles. It appears there is an element of the population in this community who cannot abide any difference of opinion. Rather than having a dialogue in a mature manner they attack and threaten. Is that the proper response to the Bowles letter?  It's extremely doubtful that you would ever see the letter in its entirety.  What you have been told is vague and rather confusing. ENN is publishing the letter because this is likely the only way you can judge for yourself.)

Meet Dr. Bergam New Vet at Four Winds Clinic 

                                             (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     by Dixie A. Walter
     November 6, 2003

    Colette Bergam is already very busy since taking over Four Winds Veterinary Clinic.  When popular vet Dr. Lee Herzig decided to move back to Maine in order to be closer to his family, his patients feared the clinic would close. However, Dr. Bergam came to the rescue and may decide to stay in town. Dr. Bergam met Dr. Herzig when they were both studying acupuncture for animals. Dr. Bergam is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) as well being a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is a graduate of Washington State University ( WSU), nationally recognized for its superior vet school. 
     Dr. Bergam has also studied, for three years, courses in Chinese herbal medicines in Boulder, Colorado.  For several years she has worked in Yakima as a relief vet helping with low cost or free spay and neuter for feral cats and had her own clinic for years in Spokane. The doctor has also worked as a state vet for the Washington Horseracing Commission for seven years, "mostly in eastern Washington."
    Dr. Bergam, like Dr. Herzig before her, combines conventional medicine with the holistic approach. Her father recently suffered a stroke and Dr. Bergam travels back to Spokane on weekends to help care for him. Her father's health is a factor in making the decision whether to stay in Eatonville. Dr. Bergam is not married and has "one backyard pig, one paint gelding, three cows, five cats and one dog." She has been busy spaying and neutering in town. The cat in the above picture was still a bit woozy from being neutered early Tuesday.  

Popular Mexican Restaurant Re-opens

                                                                                                            (photo by Bob Walter)

     November 9:  Eatonville’s Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, "The Port,"  closed four months ago due to a fire, re-opened Friday, November 7, with several new improvements for its customers. Julio, who gave us a quick tour Sunday afternoon, pointed out the additional booths, brighter colors, beautiful ceramic tiles alongside many of the tables, a new look in the lounge as well, a taco bar out front, a new, larger and more efficient kitchen, and brand spanking new restroom treatments. 
     The June 29 fire that put the restaurant  out of  business for a little over four months started due to a faulty hot water heater on the second floor above the kitchen. After the fire was put out Eatonville Fire Chief Bob Holt said, "There was a lot of damage to the second floor and kitchen area." The Pierce County Fire Marshall estimated the damages at $40,000. There were no injuries.
     For a mini-tour of the refurbished inside please see 

Planning Commission Chair Applies for License

     by Dixie A. Walter
     November 3, 2003

     Steve Lind, Eatonville Planning Commission Chair,  applied for a business license today. State records indicate Lind has been operating a business in his home since 1992. Town records indicate no prior application for the license since 1992. It wasn't until recently this omission was brought to his attention. Please see story below and  Letters 

  Does He or Doesn't He?

     by Dixie A. Walter
      October 27, 2003

    *Things have become more than a little confused during this time of the water problems. And it seems we all have focused on the water and sort of ignored some other issues. I stopped thinking about water for a little while a few weeks ago and obtained a public records printout of the businesses who have purchased licenses in the town. The printout measures over six feet four inches, it's huge.
       One business name which I couldn't find was that of Planning Commission Chairman Steve Lind. When I asked him about this at the planning commission meeting, a public forum, he declined to answer any questions about his business. Saying, "I’m not going to get into that subject at the moment."
Now my question is, "Why, won't the chair of our planning commission answer my question?" It seems like an innocuous question, devoid of controversy. To date I still have no answer from Steve Lind about whether or not he does, indeed, have a home business. And, if so, is that business licensed with the town?

       *For near-verbatim transcript please see Business License

 Read Letters to Lind from Public Works Please See Letters

       November 3, 2003: At  publishing time the business license in question had not yet been purchased. ENN will keep you informed when/if the planning commission chair purchases his license, or states he does not operate a business from his home, in which case he would not require a license.

Generous Ladies of the Guild

                                                                                              (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Seven members of Dr. A. W. Bridge Orthopedic Guild are still smiling even after two days of work setting up their annual Baazar then taking care of shoppers. The Lions Club/American Legion Hall (Rainier Building) was full of beautiful, original, handmade items during the annual Baazar Saturday, November 1. 
    There really was something for everyone. The sale went very, very well and all the members are very, very pleased by their endeavors. Hard work and a lot laughs, all to help the children. From left to right: Karen Swanson, Donna Rahier, Bobbi Allison (president), Marlayne Elliff, Carol Miller, Uta Schier and Sandy Walsh.

by Bobbi Allison
     November 2, 2003

      In years past we have consistently donated  $1,000 to $1,200 dollars to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.  The Guild only keeps 20 percent.  Our vendors just love our bazaar - it is a huge money maker for them. We have been doing this for 36 years and we are the Original Country Christmas Bazaar. We love it!

     Ok, here is how it goes:

     Friday - Marlayne (Elliff) and I went to the Lions/American Legion Hall to set up and take loads of items in before everyone else showed up at 12:30 p.m. At 12:30 most of the guild showed up and the transformation of the hall to Boutique started to take shape.  By 5:30 p.m. the Bazaar was fully set up and ready to go. It only takes our very talented Guild 4.5 hours to make our Bazaar shine like no other. 
      Our Guild has 14 members - and we get over 30 artists/crafters to participate in our Bazaar and they come back each year.  Plus, we have artists/crafters calling us asking to participate. This year we picked up a talented pottery maker from Clear Lake because they called us. 
     Our Guild typically does two main fund raisers each year - the Bazaar and then either the Spring Ladies Luncheon (around Mother's Day), or the Spring Plant Sale/Rummage Sale (during the Rod Knocker's Show in June).
From last June we donated $500 from our plant/rummage sale to the hospital.
     We love the Lions Club/American Legion Hall for our Bazaar. The Lions Club makes great partners in our philanthropic endeavors. We will be back there next year on the first Saturday in November!  You can count on it!

Some of the Great Gifts at Orthopedic Bazaar

(photo by Dixie A. Walter)

Mason's Annual Dinner for Town Staff

                                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter)

     Gene Stevens, secretary of Eatonville Masonic Lodge – Terrestrial Lodge 228 – explains how one of its many charitable service projects began. In October 2002, one year after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, local lodge members felt that not only do the fireman put their lives on the line daily in their line of duty, but the police, the electrical division employees and all the other town workers also deserve recognition and appreciation for protecting their community.
       So the Masons have made this an annual dinner for employees of the Town of Eatonville and their families. The dinner was delicious: barbecued ribs and chicken, cornbread, rice and beans, potato salad, punch, coffee and lemon cake with whipped cream for dessert. Lodge member Dale Garcia’s daughters volunteered to wait tables for the approximately 50 people in attendance. After finishing his speech and having some great food himself, Stevens went back into the kitchen, to finish washing the dishes.

Diane Williams Promoted at Ft. Lewis
      Diane Williams, a Lt. Col. in the National Guard stationed at Ft. Lewis, has been temporarily promoted to Human Resources Officer. As such Lt. Col. Williams says, "I am responsible for the pay, medical benefits, retirement benefits, promotions, etc. of all the full-time Washington National Guard soldiers, airmen and civilian employees. I don't do this alone - I have 16 civilian employees, soldiers and airmen who work for me - I'm just in charge." Diane is the daughter of Dave and JoAnne Williams (see above "Dave Williams 80th Birthday Celebration), an Eatonville High School grad, single mom and helicopter pilot.

Greg Wilder's Resignation Memo...

     Interim Public Works Direct Greg Wilder's resignation memo effective "the last regular work day in January, 2004." Wilder states he will he will continue to "focus" on the water programs and projects. In addition he will work on "include establishing fees, charges, and applicable exaction's based upon the reality of the Town's needs..." Read More

Letter to Three Editors...

   October 20, 2003

      Hello, out there!  I am between a rock and a hard place or between Scylla and  Charybdis, for those of my former students who remember their mythology. I am also between Eatonville city boundaries and "out in the country." Yet, I do try to keep in touch with events both citywide and country wide. What shall I read to get the information?  I DO read the Dispatch, faithfully, completely, as I have always done.  In addition, I read the Eatonvillenews.net, and also the Grins paper.  My, what a difference in reporting!  
     Who is the liar and who is not?  Who is motivated by what-money, progress (whatever that is) or the desire to keep the community about the size that it is? Where shall I get these very important answers?  At least I can address myself to Mr. Slightham, who maintained that Dr. Tom could pay off his suit and that Dixie was making a veritable mole mountain.  What are his sources of information?  I looked him up in the telephone book since I was going to call and ask, but he is perhaps unlisted. I shall send this letter to the editor to all three and see what response I  get. I hope I have a way of letting you know!

     Margit Thorvaldson

     (Publishers Note: The above is in response to a letter signed "Hank Slightham, Eatonville land owner" which was published on a local PAC (political action committee) Website, eatonvillecitizen.com. A search of Pierce County tax records shows no person with the name H. Slightham as a property owner in the county. Likewise a search of the name through the Department of  Motor Vehicles (DMV) shows no one by the name with a driver's license in this state. A national telephone Web search also didn't turn up the name. Perhaps Slightman lives and drives in another state, pays his property taxes under a different name and has an unlisted phone. What a mystery man he seems to be.)   

The Continuing Quest for Water

                                                      (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     October 21, 2003

     Last week Tacoma Pump & Drilling Company Inc. drilled three test wells near the existing wellhead and the Mashell River. Mark Wiese, hard drilling specialist, said they did find some water. Interim Public Works Director, Greg Wilder, explained, "Two wells will likely be productive...but until the other infrastructure (reservoir and treatment/filtration) is complete it will not provide for rapid expansion/growth." Wilder added that there will be a report at the "pre-council workshop" (study session) Monday, October 27. "The well restoration project will add additional supply," Wilder pointed out. He also said the water  "audit" from the Department of Health is scheduled to begin Friday, October 24 and that it shouldn't take more than a few days.

Town Searching for New and Creative Engineers and Planners

     October 10, 2003

      The following advertisement has been sent to Daily Journal of Commerce as the town continues to review its options for engineering firms and planners. Recently the town hired RH2 Engineering to prepare the town's  comprehensive water plan and also design the new filtration and treatment facility. Interim Public Works Director Greg Wilder explained that the town "continues to search for new and creative engineers and planners to move the town forward and implement the vision plan."

     "The Town of Eatonville is soliciting Requests of Qualifications (RFQ’s) for General (non-project specific) Planning and Engineering services. The Town may select from among Qualifications submitted or may additionally require a supplemental proposal at its discretion. The Town may select one or more consultants. The services solicited include acting as the Town Engineer and/or Planner together with other planning, engineering, and management duties/projects as may be assigned from time-to-time.
     Interested parties should submit their SOQ no later than 5 PM, November 3, 2003 to F. Gregory Wilder, Interim Director of Public Works, Eatonville Town Hall, PO Box 309, Eatonville, WA 98328. (360) 832-3361 fgwilderpw1@mashell.com. All proposals should be clearly so marked on the outside of the envelope."

EHS Grad on Cover of Huskies Magazine

     In a profile of Tyler Krambrink, Mason Kelley quotes the football star as stating, "Football became my sport in eighth grade when I moved to Eatonville...Football is really big and there is a lot of tradition there. I had a good year in eighth grade and it continued every year after that. I really hadn't thought too much about playing in college until my junior year in high school."
     According to Kelley's profile in Huskies Gameday Magazine, "Krambrink's parents, John and Janet, make the drive from Eatonville to come to all of his games, as does his brother, Forrest." Needless to say they are an extremely proud family.

Putnam's Open House

                                                                       (photo by Lola Putnam)

      September 30, 2003

      Frank Putnam puts the finishing touches on Putnam & Company's sign. Frank, and his wife, Lola, had a standing room only open house today. Good conversation and delicious finger foods provided by Louise Carson made the open house a festive occasion. Putnam & Company has been located at 201 East Carter, Suite 3 in Eatonville. The company incorporated in March 1997.  

EatonvilleNews Fan in Texas

     September 23, 2003

     Love  the newspaper. I feel like I am living in Eatonville again.  You cover a wide range of happenings there, all very interesting and informative.  Keep up the good work.  I check the web site every morning when I get to work to see if there is any new news.  Sometimes I know things that happen in Eatonville before my sister  does and she lives there.  Just wanted to let you know you have a happy reader in Texas.
     Mitzi Wingrove

     (Publisher's Note: No, I don't know Mitzi. However, we at ENN thank her, and we are glad to help her enjoy a little bit of our town.)


Mayor Harold Parnell's Health Continues to Improve Daily...

     by Dixie A. Walter
     September 30, 2003

     According to his wife, Jackie, Mayor Parnell improves daily. He is able to feed himself and has been able to move his left leg. The mayor was hit be a stroke September 4 which caused paralysis to his left side. Jackie said her husband of over 60 years is doing very well and "wants to come home." This won't happen for awhile yet as the mayor is undergoing occupational and physical therapy twice a day which tires him out.
     Jackie is by his side everyday as he works toward his goal of returning home and to his mayor's chair. Their only child, Rick, and his wife, Lynn, are staying with Jackie and helping give Harold the support he needs. His mind was never affected by the stroke Jackie said. Dr. Tom Van Eaton also made it very clear that the mayor's mental facilities were never impaired. Harold can sign his name and remains very interested in the workings of the town. Jackie also pointed out that her husband's mental attitude is very good. The mayor is still at Rainier Vista convalescent facility in Puyallup.

Mayor Parnell Health Update
Says He Plans to Come Back to Work

      by Dixie A. Walter
     September 21, 2003

      My husband, Bob Walter, and I visited Mayor Harold Parnell yesterday at Rainier Vista, a convalescent facility in Puyallup. When we found Harold he was on his own in a wheelchair navigating the hallway, albeit slowly. He is paralyzed on his left side and frustrated about it. Harold lifted his left arm with his right hand and said it felt like it belonged to another person; he would "like to throw it away."
      The mayor has started rehabilitation therapy and showed us some of the exercises he is doing. Although he is in a wheelchair and facing a physical contest with his body, Harold was feisty and interested in what's happening in town. We discussed the primary election and the candidates forum. He was very interested in the pipe bomb discovered and detonated at Barney's Corner yesterday (more details later).
      A young man who lives in Eatonville is on staff at Rainier Vista, and has been one of Harold's caregivers. Teasing me, Harold told him, "Be careful what you say around her, she's the newspaper woman." Both the young man and a young woman caregiver said Harold has been making very good progress, and in the past three days has improved significantly.
      At one point we were talking about pet therapy, since one woman at the facility always brings her dog to work. Harold piped up and joked, "Maybe Jamieson [Van Eaton] should bring Rotter because Rotter talks all the time." Rotter is Van Eaton's Weimaraner, a truly magnificent dog. He does talk all the time, too. Rotter puts his face right next to yours and "verbalizes" non-stop.
      Harold made sure we were introduced to his roommate and told two people ENN's eddress.  Bob and I were glad to see Harold improved to the point that he was able to be alone in the hall, and still had his sense of humor. Although the mayor and I have strongly disagreed about some of his political stands, he's still been a friend for decades. We visited our friend, not our mayor. It was our friend who teased me, but it was the mayor who said he planned to come back to his seat at the council table.

Pipe Bomb Found in Car at 
"Barney's Corner"

     Barney's Corner Mini-Mart was the scene of an hour-long police blockade Saturday, Sept. 20, while the bomb squad prepared to detonate a pipe bomb found in a car at the gas pumps.
    A man driving a red Ford Escort had stopped at the Mini-Mart, apparently to buy some gas. An alert sheriff's deputy noticed the car had expired tabs. But before he could be questioned, the man ran from the store, northward, into the woods. Closer inspection of the car revealed a pipe bomb inside. Deputies quickly blocked the store's driveways for safety purposes, and waited for the bomb squad to arrive. Upon arrival, the bomb squad surmised the situation and decided to detonate the bomb in the grassy triangle near the intersection. 
      Before this took place, several of the deputies moved out to block all three approaching highways. Residents of the nearby apartments were advised to stay inside. The espresso stand - Barney's Grinder - just north of the store in the same complex, had closed by then.
     Within a few minutes, a loud "pop" could be heard from as far as the Mount Rainier viewpoint, a quarter mile south of the store. The traffic was allowed to resume shortly thereafter, while officers surveyed the remains of the detonated bomb. No one was hurt during the incident. 

Kerri Murphy - "New"Face in Public Works

                                    (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

  September13, 2003
      Kerri Murphy will return to her former position assisting the public works director.  Murphy was a familiar face at the Eatonville Town Hall for several years, where she was also deputy town clerk at one time. When her husband, Cliff, was elected mayor, Kerri applied for and took a position in the public works department. She worked with former public works director Russ Blount as well as recuperating public works director Jamieson Van Eaton.
      During a telephone interview Murphy said she left the public works position in April 2002 about a week after her mother's death. She then went to work for her brother. The rather sudden departure of ex-public works secretary Ramona Shepperd last week, means Murphy will begin her duties as "Administrative Secretary / Planning Support Technician" Monday, September 15. 
      Kerry Murphy pointed out that she is "an interim employee." The position will run until January 2004 when Interim Public Works Director Greg Wilder is scheduled to retire. Murphy's husband, Cliff, is currently a candidate for Eatonville Town Council position number 4.

Popular Veterinarian Leaving Town

                                                                             (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     September 13, 2003

     Dr. Lee Herzig, the man who talks to the animals, will be leaving his practice and moving back to Maine. Dr. Herzig said the clinic has been for sale about two years. He is leaving because both of his grown, married daughters live in Portland, Maine. Lee explained that he and his wife, Leslie, want to be near their family. There will be grandchildren coming one day and the couple want to be close to them.
     A veterinarian from Texas may purchase the clinic. If that happens Dr. Herzig said he would stay on "a couple of months" to help with the transition.  If not the Herzigs will leave the area the first part of October. 
    Four Winds Clinic is an extremely busy place. Above Lee visits with English Mastiff Champion Timeless Red's Sailor Sam. The 178 pound, five-year-old behemoth is a CDE Companion Dog and a registered Therapy Dog. Sailor traveled 55 miles from Seattle to Eatonville with his owners Barbara and Bill Peck. Also along was 19-month-old Skamamia's Red The Divine Miss M, Molly, also an English Mastiff.
    Dr. Herzig is not retiring from practicing veterinary medicine, saying he wants to focus on alternative medicine. The Herzigs will make their new home in Belfast, Maine.

A Funny Thing Happened at the Forum

Who Wrote the Candidates' Questions?

       by Dixie A. Walter
       September 10, 2003

      In my opinion something odd took place during a candidates' " forum" sponsored by the Dispatch and the Roxy theater September 3. The "forum" was held at the theater. When I arrived I took my tape recorder to the front of the theater, set it on the candidates table and took a second row aisle seat. No one else was seated in that row. Directly in front of me was the "forum" moderator. She was seated a couple of seats in from the aisle and there were empty seats on either side of her. In fact, for the most part, she was the only one occupying that particular row.
     Prior to the candidate's discussions people attending the "forum" filled out question cards from which the moderator/sponsors could "edit or cull." Everyone watched as several trips were made by the sponsors collecting the cards and bringing  them to the front of the theater.
Read More and See Photos

Yes, There is a Name Behind a New Political Committee - Ron "Grins" Pierce

     by Dixie A. Walter
    September 10, 2003

     Eatonvillenews.net (ENN) has received numerous calls and emails questioning the identity of the people calling themselves "Citizens for a Responsible Town Government." Citizens contacting ENN have been troubled by the fact there is no name on "Paid Advertisement" in the local traditional newspaper or on the committee's Website. Eatonville citizens ask why a group would not publish a contact person's name. Instead there have only been two eddresses. According to citizens they felt "uneasy" about contacting anyone whose identity was in the shadows.
      This is no longer the case. ENN brings the group out of the shadows. The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) records local realtor, and planning commissioner, Ron "Grins" Pierce as the "Campaign Manager" for the group. The phone number given for Pierce is 360.832.2133. The number for the group is 360.832.8000 - fax - 360.832.2150 and email - contact@eatonvillecitizens.com. See document below.


Mayor Harold Parnell Health Update

     Prognosis Very Good...

      by Dixie A. Walter
     September 6, 2003

     Dr. Tom Van Eaton says, "There is every indication Harold can continue to be mayor if he chooses. It will be his decision, not the doctor's. Parnell had a stroke September 4 and is in intensive care at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Dr. Van Eaton, who visited the mayor Saturday afternoon, explained that Parnell will need intensive treatment because of paralysis to his left side.  According to Dr. Van Eaton, Parnell is getting better and is going to recover.
     The doctor notes that the stroke didn't affect Parnell's ability to read, speak, write or make decisions and he will even be able to drive after rehabilitation. His heart and lungs are "fine." There is a possibility Parnell will be well enough to attend an October council meeting if he chooses. 
    Louise Ann, Dr. Van Eaton's wife, reminded her husband about Parnell' s request for a "good joke." So the doctor told a joke and gave the mayor some "laugh therapy." The doctor added, "Harold is not in pain. This was a painless event."
    While Mayor Parnell is recuperating, council member Chelan Jarrett fills the mayor's position.  Jarrett is a daughter of Tom and Louise Van Eaton. She is also related to Mayor Parnell by marriage.     

Mayor Harold Parnell Expected to Make Full Recovery After "Stroke..."

  Chelan Jarrett Acting Mayor

      by Dixie A. Walter
     September 5, 2003

    Doctors attending Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell say he should make a full recovery from what is currently being termed a "stroke." He is undergoing more tests to determine what caused this medical emergency. Parnell, 81, has experienced other health problems during his term, which expires in January 2006. He has, however, bounced back from those problems and continued at a relentless pace. Not only as mayor, but also as a member of the  Methodist Church, the  historical society, and at community events such as the recent Relay For Life.
    One visitor to Parnell's hospital room said he looked and sounded "strong," and was conversing with his visitors. Parnell felt good enough to  tease acting town clerk, Chrystal McGlone, when she visited him. The latest update on  Parnell's condition was very optimistic. If  the mayor continues to improve he will likely come home within a week. According to his attending nurse Mike, Parnell will need perhaps a month of rehabilitative physical therapy.
    The only woman on the Eatonville town council, Chelan Jarrett,  is "mayor pro tem."  For the time being Jarrett is the acting mayor of Eatonville.

And All That Food...

                                                                            (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Left to Right - Donna Raysbrook Rahier, LaNorma Borden Predmore, Joella Oldfield Stettinius and Edwinna Curtis Van Eaton from the class of 1963. These alumni of Eatonville High School, and classmates from '62 and '64, relived memories and caught up on each other's lives at a combined reunion held at the home of Edwinna and Pat (EHS 1940) Van Eaton August 16. The class of '63 celebrated their 40th reunion. 
    Joella suggested the alumni bring food and they sure did. The total weight of food donated by the EHS graduates was 243 pounds. The groceries were delivered to the Family Agency at the Eatonville Community Center last week. This food will be distributed to families in need who live within the Eatonville school district. 
    Joella,  art director of the Eatonville Art Festival, and coordinator of numerous other art shows featuring her famous dad, Fred Oldfield, says, "...I started having parties and realizing people always felt they should bring something. So with every invitation I said, 'Please, no gifts. But food for the Food Bank would be greatly appreciated!' We do this for all occasions - birthdays, anniversaries, art shows, graduations, house warmings, Christmas parties and, of course, reunions..."
     This busy woman added, "You would be amazed at how much food and money is always collected. The need for food does not stop after the holidays and no one should ever go to bed hungry!" In the name of Oldfield "tons of food" has been collected over the years. Joella hopes others "will get the drift that it's easy and the right thing to do" and participate whenever they gather for occasions.
    The Family Agency is located at the Community Center, 305 Center St. W in Eatonville. To donate please call 360.832.3351.

Photo Op...

                                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter)

     August 24, 2003

     State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen, Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell and State Attorney General Christine Gregoire enjoy each other's company at Rasmussen's annual corn feed fundraiser. This year's corn feed was held at Wilcox Farms instead of the Rasmussen family farm. Rasmussen represents all, or parts of, Ashford, Carbonado, Eatonville, Elbe, Fort Lewis, Graham, Lacey, Nisqually Reservation, Olympia, Orting, Puyallup, Rainier, Roy, Yelm and Mount Rainier National Park. She has served eight years as senator, six years in the House of Representatives and seven years on the Eatonville school board. Rasmussen's term expires Jan. 2005.
     History was made when Gregoire was elected the first woman attorney general in the state. She is the 16th attorney general and is serving her third term.
     Parnell has just successfully completed a standard three times weekly, 12 week physical therapy regime  following a mild heart attack. He has been given a clean bill of health by his doctors and says he's "feeling great!"

Building Slowdown Tabled, Park Passes

      by Dixie A. Walter
      August 18, 2003

     In a town council meeting lasting over three hours, little business was conducted August 11. However, there was plenty of  polite arguing, much of it over semantics concerning **Resolution 2003-LL.  Does "...setting minimum compliance standards for water availability certifications" really mean the "M" word? Although "moratorium" was mentioned dozens of times by builders and council members, it appeared most of our elected officials didn't understand Public Works Director Greg Wilder's patient, repetitive explanations regarding the Resolution.
      This Resolution did not recommend a moratorium on building. It suggested a slowing down of  permit issuance until the town has cleared the "choke point" in Eatonville's water problems. The "choke point," according to John Ryding, Regional Engineer with the Department of Health, is the town's desperate need of an additional reservoir. Wilder has stated, more than once, that the reservoir should have been done last year. Until the tank is designed and built, Eatonville remains in a choke hold where potable water is concerned.
      Citizens Rosemarie Van Cleve and Edwinna Van Eaton presented the council with a handful of petitions requesting a temporary new building moratorium while waiting for the water crisis to be solved. Van Cleve noted that the two women represented some of the oldest families in town. She then read a brief statement:

      "We are here representing over one hundred citizens who have signed a petition requesting a temporary new building moratorium in Eatonville. This is requested because of the water situation which many of us have watched grow worse, and worse, over three or four years.
     We are not here to point fingers. We are here to ask that you please give the citizens who signed the petition the courtesy of paying attention to their real concerns.
     These are not all of the petitions which are circulating in our community. Others will be turned into the town hall as they are received. Thank you."

     Mayor Harold Parnell accepted  the petitions. Councilman Pat Hamilton made a motion to table Resolution 2003-LL for one month. The motion carried and the status quo was maintained until the first council meeting in September. Approximately nine skateboarders spoke on behalf of the "Alder Street Family/Park/Skate Board Facility" and a couple of people who live in the area spoke against it. Councilman Pat Hamilton, an outspoken foe of the park, also spoke against it, although more quietly than his tirade against the park during a council meeting in July. Resolution 2003-JJ, to approve the park and accept $150,000 in Pierce County grant monies, passed with council members Chelan Jarrett, Ray Harper and a seemingly reluctant Bob Shaub voting for the park, Mike Gallagher and Pat Hamilton voting against. 
     Two other resolutions were passed. Resolution 2003-KK repealed Resolution 2003-D and allows for establishing new fees and charges for miscellaneous services. The council also said "Yes" to Resolution 2003-MM authorizing the "purchase of emergency generating equipment." Over fifty-five citizens attended the lengthy meeting.  

**To read the proposed Resolution please see Resolution 2003-LL

Council Candidate Back in Race

   August 21, 2003
      by Dixie A. Walter

     Aren't politics interesting? Yesterday (see below) Vern Fisher was not a candidate for town council position number 3 and today he is a candidate once more. In a telephone interview Fisher said he thought his name would be removed from the ballot because he didn't return his candidate's public disclosure forms to  the county auditor's office. He added that the reason he didn't turn in the forms was not because he didn't want to disclose finances, rather because he thought the process "silly" for a small town. "It's not like I'm running for president or the senate. I'm running for a seat on the town council of a small town."
     Fisher told ENN he "rethought" his decision to "rebel" against the bureaucracy, deciding it wasn't the right choice in the long run and saying he was "troubled" by it,  which is why he chose to keep his hat in the ring. About his decision to return to the race,  Fisher said, "I felt things were going the wrong way in town. And it bothered me a lot [that he thought he had dropped out of the race], especially after I read the News Tribune's article about Eatonville. Fisher said about the piece (August 21 Tribune), "I disagree with the misinformation printed in that article." The candidate added, "You can quote me on that."


Council Candidate Withdraws From Race

  August 20, 2003

     Vern Fisher, a candidate for Eatonville Town Council Position Number 3, has withdrawn his name from the ballot. With Fisher out of the race, Bruce Rath and incumbent Pat Hamilton will not be in the primary election September 16, 2003. This leaves Eatonville with only one primary race, that of Bobbi Allison, former mayor Cliff Murphy and incumbent Bob Schaub in position number 4. Incumbent Mike Gallagher and Bob Walter are running for position number 5.

Colorful Chamber Sign Erected at Triangle

                                                                                (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     by Tanya Dow, Chamber President
     August 11, 2003

     Doesn't the sign  look great!!!  I can't wait until the weather gets a bit wetter so that we can start the landscaping. Alex Schafer was instrumental in putting up the sign. He dug the hole, cemented in the posts, and supervised the hanging of the sign it was his work that got this completed. On Thursday, Frank Putnam and his son Isaac, my husband Dale, and Mike Jeffries helped move, lift and hang the sign! The lumber was sold to us at a discounted price by Arrow Lumber and Lynch Creek Quarry said that they would donate landscaping rocks when we are ready for them. The rocks that are now were already place from the previous sign. The two sided sign is designed, by painter John Urbas, to be read by motorists traveling 50 mph.


Temporary Building Moratorium Petition

Circulating Again in Eatonville

      August 1, 2003


    A petition from concerned citizens calling for a temporary moratorium on "new home building" started circulating in Eatonville last week.  The petition published on ENN may be copied. Please return to Rosemarie Van Cleve, 106 Pennsylvania Ave. S.  before the town council study session meeting Monday *August 11, or bring your copy to the meeting. 
     Van Cleve,  who regularly attends council meetings,  explained,  " I just believe everybody should be alerted to the water problems we are facing. Everyone I've talked to wants to sign the petition and others took copies for their friends to sign.  We can do without a lot, we can do without electricity, but we can't do without water. We just asking for a temporary moratorium."
    She said, "We want to present the signed petitions to the town council at the July 14th meeting.  I hope people will come to that meeting and bring their signed copy [of the petition]. Some important decisions about the water problems will be made at that meeting."  Please see
Petition if you are interested in signing. More details to follow...


*Editor's Note: The Eatonville Town Council study session of August 11 is a two hour meeting. The only item on the agenda to date is discussion of a "Development Moratorium," see above. 

Bethel School & Rainier Group Link Up

     by Karleen Neziri
     August 13, 2003

     Bethel School District 403 has developed a partnership with The Rainier Group, a local telecommunications company.  Beginning  August 11 The Rainier Group  became the service provider for the district’s local and long distance telephone services.
     After years of working with another telephone provider, the district has decided to switch to the local company for a number of reasons, with the biggest advantage being a new fiber optic system that will connect the district’s various sites.
     J.B. Fitzpatrick, Director of Information Services, Bethel School District states,  “With the ever-growing demands placed on school districts to incorporate advanced technologies and save money, Bethel had to be creative and resourceful. The district saw a very unique opportunity partnering with The Rainier Group. New technologies require high-speed voice, video and data networks that are reliable, robust and secure. 
     "As a local company, Rainier has proven they can deliver all of that through their fiber optic network. It is wonderful working with a company that takes the time to understand our needs and deliver what they promise. Now, Bethel's vision for technology can now move from our dreams to reality benefiting our staff, students and the community in the most cost effective manner.”     
Doing business with a local company facilitates community involvement and support. The Eatonville based firm’s fiber optic network will enable an increase of bandwidth available to the district from 1.5 million bits per second to 1 billion bits per second at each site - an increase of over 600 times the bandwidth.  Even with this increase in bandwidth, the system will save Bethel Schools approximately 25 percent over the next five years.  
“We are confident this partnership will exceed both of our expectations. Already, Bethel School District’s knowledgeable staff has made the transition seamless.  They are very progressive with their use of technology and we can’t wait to see where this relationship will take us in the future,” according to Tanya Dow, Account Executive at The Rainier Group.
      New software applications and other high-consuming data applications used by the district at the various sites will now flow unimpeded.  Working with The Rainier Group will also allow for a direct relationship between those using the system and those who keep it up and running.  The Rainier Group will have a dedicated Account Executive or technician available on call or on site to address the situation faster than the competition.
     One initial drawback for parents and staff of the Bethel School district will be that every staff member and administrator in the district will have a new telephone number.  Even though the number changes may initially test callers to the district, the new system will allow all of the district’s numbers to have the same prefix – 683.  The numbers will not be listed in local directories until 2004, but callers to the old number will be notified of the changes and directed to the correct number.  

Class of '63 to Celebrate 40th Anniversary


     Top Row L-R  Edwinna Curtis. Marilyn Grooms, Donna Raysbrook, Carol Tunks, Margaret Taylor, MaryAnn Novelli, Suzanne Dawkins, Joanne Melvin, Harry Van Buskirk.
     Middle Row Gary Hicker, Forest Covington, Tony Novelli, Diana Norman, Richard McKim, John Boyles, Denny Hightower, Jim Whiteside, Sid Dow.
      Front Row Bill Noe, Bob Tone, Sandy Urich, Punk Ward, Larry Christian, Kathy Treadwell, Don Meyer, John Colyer, Karen Beckman.

EHS Classes of 1962, 1963 & 1964 to Hold Joint Reunion

      Eatonville High School alumni from the classes of 1962, 1963 and 1964 will be gathering for a reunion Saturday, August 16, at the home of Pat and Edwinna Van Eaton in Eatonville. This will be the 40th anniversary for the Class of 1963, and they are inviting members from the Class of ‘62’ and ‘64’ to join them in celebrating. 
If you were a member of one of these classes and have not received any information, please contact, Bill Noe 360-832-6678, Donna (Raysbrook) Rahier 253-677-4005, Lanorma (Borden) & David Predmore 360-832-3441 (lanorma@mashell.com), Edwinna (Curtis) Van Eaton 360-832-3521, (PVE1940@aol.com) Joella Oldfield 253-752-9616 (oldfield@harbornet.com) or Joanne (Inwards) Cramer 253-845-5675 (jkcramer@attbi.com).  Classmates we are still attempting to locate are:  Rod Swanson, Eugene Sifford, Herm Hardtke, Vickie Jacobson, Peggy Jones, Mike Bright, Joanne Melvin, Valgene King, Bob Fisher,  and Jeannie Cole.

January to July Water Usage by Council Members and Council Candidates 

     by Dixie A. Walter
     August 7, 2003

     During the June 9 Eatonville Town Council study session  the subject of conserving water was discussed. Councilman Bob Schaub explained it was time to bring water conservation to the attention of citizens. Schaub also explained that Kathy Linnemeyer, town utility clerk, was appointed to help educate the public about the need to conserve. Schaub praised Linnemeyer's enthusiasm and dedication to the subject.  
    Going further the councilman said Linnemeyer had gathered material from other communities, put information together for local media and is planning to work with the elementary school to add something about water conservation to the curriculum. Schaub noted the town had funds to send her to workshops where she can learn more. He added that she was doing an "outstanding job."
     Fast forward to the regular council meeting July 14 where councilman Schaub indicated he used state-of-the-art technology when building his new house and irrigation system..
(Please see Bob Schaub &  Green Lawns) In a letter to the council, and mayor, Schaub asks about conserving water, "Are we doing all we can do soon enough? What else is being done?..."
     Take a look at the water usage statistics below. How would you answer councilman Schaub's questions?

     Monthly water consumption for current council members and those running for council from January 2003 until July 2003 as requested by Dixie Walter. Incumbents are listed in red - challengers in blue - two ** indicate those seats which are open. 

Pat Hamilton **  **                                             Mike Gallagher   **

Jan          1,178 gallons                                                    Jan                4,800 gallons
Feb         1,141 gallons                                                    Feb                5,700 gallons
Mar         916 gallons                                                      Mar                4,600 gallons
April       1,029 gallons                                                   April              5,200 gallons
May        1080 gallons                                                    May               5,800 gallons
June        1,019 gallons                                                   June               8,400 gallons
July         1,178 gallons                                                   July                8,900 gallons

Chelan Jarrett                                                 Bob Walter

Jan          4,240 gallons                                                   Jan                 2,600 gallons
Feb         5,060 gallons                                                   Feb                 3,800 gallons
Mar         3,470 gallons                                                   March           2,900 gallons
April       2,470 gallons                                                   April              3,100 gallons
May        2,620 gallons                                                   May              3,300 gallons
June        3,920 gallons                                                   June              3,300 gallons
July         5,410 gallons                                                   July               3,200 gallons

Robert Schaub **                                        Vern Fisher

Jan           3,550 gallons                                                  Jan                   3,690 gallons
Feb          3,570 gallons                                                  Feb                   3,500 gallons
Mar         3,140 gallons                                                   Mar                  3,320 gallons
Apr         3,140 gallons                                                   April                 3,650 gallons
May        5,300 gallons                                                   May                 3,840 gallons
June        33,050 gallons                                                 June                 3,670 gallons
July         74,390 gallons                                                 July                  3,720 gallons  

Ray Harper                                                      Cliff Murphy  

Jan          8,200 gallons                                                     Jan              4,800 gallons
Feb         11,300 gallons                                                   Feb              5,500 gallons
Mar         9,300 gallons                                                    Mar              7,300 gallons
April       9,000 gallons                                                    April             7,400 gallons
May        9,800 gallons                                                    May             7,300 gallons
June        12,300 gallons                                                  June             10,300 gallons
July         12,700 gallons                                                  July              14,400 gallons

Bobbi Allison                                               Melode Akervick                                             

Jan          4,600 gallons                                                     Jan             5,600 gallons
Feb         3,800 gallons                                                     Feb             7,000 gallons
Mar         4,100 gallons                                                    Mar            4,500 gallons      
April       4,200 gallons                                                    April           5,400 gallons
May        4,300 gallons                                                    May           5,100 gallons
June        4,800 gallons                                                    June           9,100 gallons
July         21,400 gallons                                                  July            8,600 gallons

(Allison had a broken water pipe for 
seven days in July. The line is now

Harold Parnell                               Bruce Rath     

Jan           6,170 gallons                                                    (Rath does not have water service with the town.)
Feb          5,190
 gallons                                                    The above is incorrect. Bruce Rath does have town water.
Mar         4,520 gallons                                                    Jan.               5,100 gallons  
April        7,780 gallons                                                   Feb.               5,600 gallons 
May        4,930 gallons                                                    March          4,700 gallons
June        7,310 gallons                                                  April             4,600 gallons 
July         7,980 gallons                                                    May              3.,700 gallons
                                                                                           June              13,700 gallons
                                                                                           July               23,300 gallons
(Parnell's usage reflects both his home
and a rental apartment which share a meter.)

Moratorium to be Discussed at Town   Council Meeting August 11

5 p.m. Council "Study Session"                           August 11, 2003

7 p.m. Regular Council Meeting                          August 11, 2003

1. Call To Order

2. Council Discussion/Agenda Review/Set Time Restrictions 

3. Study Session Topics

     A. Development Moratorium

Council Member Comments

4. Adjournment

Council meetings are held at the Eatonville Community Center, 305 Center Street West.

Second Power Outage "Event"
Third Outage Scheduled for August 23    

     by Dixie A. Walter
     August 5, 2003

     A week ago Eatonville suffered a second major power outage in about three weeks. At roughly 7 p.m. the town went dead and stayed that way for approximately seven hours. According to Mayor Harold Parnell the Bonneville substation right outside of town feeds Eatonville and Ohop Mutual. The feeds are metered and, by chance, the "main meter" for our town exploded Parnell said. Interim Public Works Director Greg Wilder explained, "The outage was caused by the failure of metering components in the Bonneville Lynch Creek Power Substation."
     This "event" could only be repaired by Bonneville and Eatonville had to wait until a Bonneville employee, from "above Seattle" came to this area. Eatonville is currently on a "temporary fix" and Bonneville is waiting for the new meter before the fix is permanent.
     A "planned outage" is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 23 which should last about eight hours.  Wilder said, "We are working with Bonneville and  Ohop Mutual...we are strategizing our operations to insure water availability and waste water pumping." Wilder added that the planned outage will begin at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.
     Around three weeks ago and unplanned power outage, lasting at least seven hours, created a frightening situation in town. As everyone knows we are experiencing abnormally dry weather and a major fire is of major concern. During that power failure town staff, fire department volunteers and Councilwoman Chelan Jarrett spread the word that sprinklers had to be turned off and water conserved. For more information please see "It's the Water Stupid!"
The Water Front
    The town was racing toward an extremely dangerous condition concerning fire flow - enough water to fight a large fire. Had such a fire occurred, for example one of the schools or the motel, Eatonville would not have had enough water to battle it. A faulty generator for pumping water was one factor in that crisis. People watering their lawns was another.
     This time the town had a working generator at the ready in case of a duplicate circumstance. Eatonville's water situation is immediately evident - there are very few green lawns. People attending the art festival over the last weekend commented about the "dead" lawns around town and the "dead" lawn at Glacier View Park where the festival is held. Grass crunches beneath feet and fire is a constant in the minds of many.
     Losing power last week was doubly dangerous as the outage lasted well into the night and candles were used in most homes. More than one person described how "nervous" they were lying in the dark trying to sleep, but listening, in real fear, for the sound of the fire alarm. Thankfully, the town was spared a fire...this time.

Candidate Filing Week Ends 

     August 1, 2003

     Town Council Candidates:

    Council Position # 3 -  Vern Fisher
                                               Pat Hamilton (Incumbent)
                                               Bruce Rath

     Council Position # 4 -   Bobbi Allison
                                               Cliff Murphy
                                               Bob Schaub (Incumbent)

      Council Position # 5 -  Mike Gallagher (Incumbent)
                                               Bob Walter 

      Town Treasurer        -  Melode Akervick

      Eatonville School District 404 Board of Directors Candidates:

        District 1 - Ralph Bell

        District 2 (Unexpired Two Year Term) - Darold Holden (Incumbent)

        District 3 - Mel Cox
                             Kirk Heinz

        District 4 - Bob Dyke
                             Michael Powell    

Five Vehicle Accident Closes Highway 7 for Several Hours Tuesday Night

                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

     by Bob Walter
     June 23, 2003

     According to investigating officer Detective Dan Hall this is what happened at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. A five-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 7 at 332nd St. E.. A northbound motorist noticed some debris on the road, stopped on the right shoulder, and stepped out into the northbound lane. Another vehicle traveling in the same direction swerved to miss the person, moving into the path of, and clipping, a southbound semi-tractor-trailer with a double load of plywood veneer. 
     The driver of the semi, attempting to avoid a head-on collision, jack-knifed and rolled onto its right side before coming to a halt, spilling its load in the process. Part of the semi trailer's load landed on another vehicle. In all, five vehicles were involved. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. The tractor ended up in a pasture belonging to Don and State Senator (D) Marilyn Rasmussen. The road was completely blocked for several hours while the Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff Dept., Department of Transportation Incident Response Team and crews from Gene's Towing worked to remove the wreckage.



 New Rainier Group Website

     Press Release
     July 18, 2003

     The Rainier Group’s website has a brand new look and more information that ever before. Websites are an essential part of most businesses today.  A site that is easy to use, informative, and kept current are some of the features important to most web surfers.
     The Rainier Group is confident that our business customers will find the new design of our website extremely beneficial.  This design allows customers to find the information they need quickly, saving valuable time and effort.  Customers won’t find a lot of unnecessary text or graphics that take additional time to download.  What they will discover is a sleek, comprehensive site with all the information they are looking for.
     With the launch of our new website, the company is also giving our Internet customers the opportunity to subscribe to our online Internet newsletter.  The newsletter is a free service and informs subscribers about the latest Internet email hoaxes, computer viruses and provides answers to the most frequently asked Internet related questions.
     The launch of our new website and online newsletter, demonstrates the Rainier Group’s commitment to giving their customers the latest in quality communications and technology.
     We invite you to come try our new site at www.rainierconnect.com or link directly to our business page


   Eatonville Burn Ban... 

    Eatonville's Burn Ban went into effect at 8 a.m. yesterday, July 10. The regulations are the same as the county, see below. However, Eatonville has no "designated campgrounds" according to Assistant Fire Chief Sheila Wicks.


County Burn Ban Also in Effect Now

      To make matters even more critical a burn ban was called by Pierce County Fire Marshall Wayne Wienholz. The ban took effect at 8 a.m. today, July 11, in unincorporated Pierce County. Outdoor burning, except in recreational campfires built in metal or concrete-line fire pits in designated campgrounds are permitted. Person with approved DNR burn certificates should call 1.800.323.BURN for information related to their permits.
      According to a press release the ban was in response to forecasts calling for warm, dry weather that aids forest fires. Burn bans usually last until fall.

Sgt. Van Eaton Home After Heart Surgery

   July 14, 2003

        Public Works Director and Army Sgt. Jamieson Van Eaton has been released from the hospital and allowed to go home. Doctors thought Van Eaton was a candidate for a type of pacemaker but tests performed Monday convinced the doctors he didn't need the added surgery to insert the equipment. According to Mayor Harold Parnell Van Eaton will be on 90 days medical leave from the Army and then a decision will be made to keep him in service or release him. But, said Parnell, with the military "you never know, things could change."

Superintendent's Contract Continued, Maybe

      July 14, 2003
      by Penny Chambers

     Superintendent of School District 404 Ray Arment's  contract was extended for an additional year expiring in December 2005. However, the extension is contingent upon a favorable evaluation in December 2003, four months from now. The school board of directors took over five hours during two board meetings to reach the decision. The board also awarded Arment a one percent bonus.

July 4 Parade a Huge Success

                                                   (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

        July 5, 2003
        by Dixie A. Walter

     "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile! While you´ve got a lucifer to light your fag Smile, boys, that´s the style!  What´s the use worrying? It never was worth while So, pack u p your troubles in your old kit bag and smile boys that's the style...!" Music by Felix Powell; lyrics by George Asaf - published in 1915. Lucifer was a match and fag was a cigarette. This song was  a favorite of American troops during the Great War. Another favorite was the song about yearning for the homeland by British soldiers, "It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way from home..." At one time parades in Eatonville included veterans  who served in World War I. 
      Those veterans are gone now, but the "Dough Boys" are always represented and remembered in out town's Four of July parade.  In 1918 "The war effort engaged the attention of Eatonville...as it did everywhere in the United States. The people contributed generously to the sales of Liberty Bonds and to the Red Cross drives.
     "The Eatonville Auxiliary of the Red Cross held an auction sale at Redman's Hall in February at which George Martin acted as auctioneer assisted by C. A. Nettleton, raising $250.00. A wrestling match with local businessmen as contestants raised $108.70. Many other meetings, entertainments, dances and suppers were given to swell the fund," according to Jeannette (Larin) Hlavin and Pearl Engle in "History of Tacoma Eastern Area." 
       Also recorded in the town history book, "The town gave a 'Welcome Home' for returned service men September 12th 1919. Thirty-three of them fell into line at the upper end of Mashell Ave on the command of J. H.  Cosper, formerly First Lieutenant in the 7th Infantry, and with the Stars and Stripes in the lead paraded to Groe Street and thence to Red Men's Hall. A welcome home address was given by T. C. Van Eaton after and introduction by Mayor Bridge."
       During the 2003 parade a young woman parade watcher thought the five men above represented World War II. Where have all the teachers gone?

Chief Lewis Named Officer of the Year

American Legion Post 148 Commander, Jody Johnson,  presents the Officer of the Year award to Chief Lewis on the 4th of July.  



Jamieson Van Eaton Recovering from  

Open Heart Surgery in Seattle



      July 8, 2003
      by Dixie A. Walter


     Public Works Director Jamieson Van Eaton returned home from Iraq last week. Van Eaton was experiencing medical complications  from an operation he had about four or five years ago, in which a pig valve was used to replace a valve in Van Eaton's heart, according to Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell, Van Eaton's uncle by marriage. Van Eaton was allowed to leave Madigan Hospital at Ft. Lewis for a very short time. Mayor Parnell said Van Eaton fell while at home, bruising his face, and was taken back to Madigan.  Van Eaton's military doctors suspected the pig valve was leaking, and sent him to the University of Washington Medical Center, where he underwent open heart surgery Monday afternoon, July 7. The doctors replaced the leaking valve with a new pig valve.
     By Tuesday, Van Eaton was talking to his wife, Lorraine, by phone a number of times, sounding stronger each time. He may return home as early as this weekend, according to Parnell'
s wife, Jackie.
     Mayor Parnell has no idea when Van Eaton will return to his position of public works director.  When he does return the mayor explained that the town would retain acting public works director Greg Wilder to focus on the critical water issues threatening the community. According to Mayor Parnell there is some money in a water grant fund which could pay Wilder's wage until his retirement in January.



     by Dixie A. Walter
     June 7, 2003

     We carry on our daily lives under a splendid pile of rock, ice, and snow considered by many experts to be the most dangerous volcano in North America. One of the reasons:?  Mount Rainier is so steep, 14,410 feet above sea level, has huge amounts of ice and snow and has a large human population living in lowlands.Not to mention the large number of humans who have lost their lives in pursuit  According to geologists the mountain erupted the first time about half a million years ago. There is also a record of Rainier erupting in 1840.
    Eatonville Police Chief Jim Lewis has been coordinating the town's emergency/disaster plan and working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) the agency responsible for placing the evacuation signs. The signs start at the mountain and continue through Eatonville. They are meant to funnel people from up-the-line to the Eatonville Middle School. Experts say Eatonville is relatively safe place to be if Rainier erupts. They say the place to avoid is Orting and Sumner as mudflows (lahars) would obliterate those areas.
     DOT will be erecting 21 signs with seven in the Eatonville area.  The signs pictured above are posted on Washington Ave. N. The photograph on the right is posted on the corner of Washington Ave. N. and  Carter St. E. with the arrow pointing toward EMS. The basket of petunias is one among the famous hanging baskets the Chamber of Commerce donates to the town each year. The iron work holder was made by Terry Carson of TLC Forge and Farm. 

Ohop Grange Gives Dictionaries to Local  Third Graders

     Press Release    

     The Ohop Grange’s Dictionary Project is designed to provide every third grade student in the community with their own personal dictionary.  According to Grange Overseer Ed Wright,  “The dictionary is for the children to keep, so they can take it with them into the fourth grade and use it throughout their school career.”  Secretary Mary Neilson said, “The Ohop Grange wishes to support community education by aiding third grade teachers in their goal to see all their students leave at the end of the year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers.”
     Activities Coordinator Linda Arment stated, “A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful 
reference tool a child should own.”  Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists.  It is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities.  
    Cleora Poorman Grange Treasurer, added, “Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim “look it up.”  Teachers benefit by knowing  their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in class explorations. Evelyn Guske, Past Chaplain said, “The project is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for all the third graders to actually own a dictionary.”
    The Ohop Grange feels a child cannot do his or her best work without a dictionary.  Children deserve the best teachers and resources.  According to Master Ruth Nelson, “If we set our sights on anything less, we will be disappointed with the results.” Cleora Poorman adds children's names to personalize dictionaries.

          Searching for Columbia    

by Tony Sirgedas
March 9, 2003

     Thought I’d write a bit about the opportunity I had to go to Texas, to assist with the recovery effort for the Space Shuttle Columbia. I’m part of Washington Task Force One, a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, which is one of the first 12 teams in the nation, established in 1991, to respond to disasters involving collapsed buildings. We respond with a team of 62 people with specialties ranging from doctors, technical search specialists, structural engineers, K-9, haz-mat (hazardous materials) and rescue specialists. Along with us goes an equipment cache of nearly 60,000 pounds, ready to fly within six hours of notification.
     On February 3, part of our team was deployed to provide dogs to assist in recovering the personnel of the Shuttle. We sent two canine teams and two search managers for this mission. They were there until around February 14, and did a tremendous job helping NASA to bring home their members. 
     On February 10,  four members from our team, including myself, were asked to fly to Texas to train and assist
 the Forest Service to do searches for the Shuttle. We arrived in Nacogdoches, Texas February 12 and immediately went to work developing a plan, to establish a standard and train 20-person crews, do the training, and then do quality control in the field to ensure the standards set were maintained during the searching. Until this point the searches done beforehand had not been held to a standard of detecting nearly 95% of all material in any area searched. This meant starting out with members spaced ten feet apart and moving at a pace that only traveled one mile in three hours, but it also meant that in any one square mile searched, there would be no one spot any farther than five feet from where one of the searchers had looked.
    We were fortunate to work with an excellent Incident Management Team from the South East portion of the country. They were willing to go into the field and do a practice search with us to see just what it would take to set up and accomplish the mission assigned. Doing this allowed them to plan realistic goals and to pass on the word that what we were doing really worked as it was similar to what they already do when mopping up after a forest fire, but much more controlled, thorough, and slower than anything they had done before.
    In the days that followed we started training crews as they arrived, got them into the field searching, and ensured the searches were conducted to the high standard that was set. It was a wonderful experience to be able to work with an organization that can come in and set up a camp to provide for over 1,000 people, maintain a chain of command, and provide excellent workers with amazing attitudes.
    After one week, we had trained what was supposed to be only ten 20-person crews, but turned out to be 37 crews. The only problem we encountered was the weather; Mother Nature was not very cooperative in that we had to stop early one day due to severe lightning. Another day we received 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, which put many of the areas we were to search under water, which meant they had to wait to be searched until it dried out.
    On our ninth day we moved about 130 miles to the northwest to Corsicana, about 52 miles southeast of Dallas, where another camp was being set up. This time we received 43 crews in three days, the first crews out searching on day two. It was still raining, but we were able to search areas that remained dry.  Then the weather started to turn on us again, the temperatures dropping to no higher than freezing, with 25-mph winds. Even with the harsh weather conditions, the Forest Service crews did an amazing job of maintaining their focus on the work before them.  The next morning the crews stayed in camp, as the temperature had dropped to 23 degrees, and overnight rain that froze coated everything with one inch of ice, making driving and just walking hazardous.  
This was Feb. 25, our day to leave, and it took us over 1 ½ hours just to drive the first 12 miles of the 130-mile trip back to Nacogdoches.  We left with a good feeling knowing that we had set up two camps, trained over 1,600 people with the different crews rotating in and out, and that more material had been recovered with these efforts than had been done in any of the previous searching to date. As of the day we left, more members from Washington had been sent down to maintain the work we started, at the request of the Forest Service, and are still there carrying on the search. Getting home on the 26th was a huge relief, and it was good to see “my mountain” again, as there are no hills in Texas.
    If you see me on the street or in the stores, stop and chat; there are lots of stories to tell from this adventure - one in which it was a privilege and an honor to participate.

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February 24, 2003

Local Matriarch Receives Award

by Bob Walter

      The Pierce County Conservation District recently bestowed local resident Elsie Van Eaton with the Conservation Practice Implementation Award. The award was presented to Mrs. Van Eaton for her willingness and cooperation in efforts aimed at the recovery of Chinook, coho and chum salmon runs along the Mashell River, which borders the south end of the Van Eaton family property.
     Van Eaton entered into an agreement with the district advancing its Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), which establishes forested, riparian buffers along rivers and streams. As stipulated in the agreement, the district hired workers to clear out areas of non-native Scotch broom and blackberries, and reestablish native vegetation, including native trees.
     The agreement also allows for maintenance of the riparian habitat, and lists land use restrictions within the forested buffer zone, prohibiting grazing, logging or any livestock. The riparian forest buffer not only improves water quality through prevention of erosion, but also helps maintain cool stream temperatures, which the fish need to survive.

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