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STROLL DOWNTOWN TACOMA THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

This year, Downtown On the Go is supporting the City of Tacoma in promoting downtown businesses during the holiday season. We are doing this in two ways; the Stroll Downtown Tacoma website and the activation of Tollefson Plaza.

The website StrollDowntowtownTacoma.com will feature local restaurants, retailers, and festive events happening throughout downtown. Find information about live music, New Year’s Eve parties, and the best shopping and dining on this site – that is being updated all the time!

Tollefson Plaza will host trees, lights, artwork, and an event on Dec 21st to celebrate the season and to activate our downtown core. Feedback is being collected on the Stroll Downtown Tacoma website as well. We have spruced up Tollefson Plaza to grow conversation around this underutilized space.

Tollefson Plaza was built in 2006 as a gathering place for the downtown community. Over the last decade, people have held events there and made efforts to turn it into a vibrant part of Tacoma. There are many ways to improve public space – like trees and art – but the number one way to do it is with people! Help the City of Tacoma create a better Tollefson Plaza.

Please reach out to Hally Bert with any questions, comments, or concerns at Hallyb@downtownonthego.org or by calling (253) 285-5238. Find out more at StrollDowntownTacoma.com.

 

ADOPTIONS AVAILABLE AT CURRAN APPLE ORCHARD PART

Applications for the 2019 Adopt An Apple Tree program at the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place are now available. Tree adoptions are a great gift as well as giving people a wonderful way to support a community park and a chance to enjoy delicious apples in the fall.

People who are interested in adopting an apple tree have two options: a.)Pruning Adoption (available from December through April) or b.) Orchard Supporter Adoption which is available all year.

Pruning Adoptions are available for $45 and are reserved for people who commit to prune, thin, harvest and clean up windfalls from their tree according to orchard guidelines.

Free pruning classes and trained volunteers are available to help and provide guidance.

Orchard Supporter Adoptions are available for $70 and are perfect for people who want to support the orchard and enjoy the harvest but are unable to participate in tree care.

Trained volunteers will take care of the trees for people choosing this option.

All tree adopters are entitled to the harvest from their trees in the fall. Adopter names will appear on their trees. While people who adopted trees in 2018 have first priority for the 2019 season, there are usually ample trees to choose from with the majority of trees being Gravenstein, Golden Delicious and MacIntosh.

The Curran Apple Orchard Park is a 7-acre working apple orchard with more than 250 apple tree located at 3920 Grandview Dr. in University Place. CORE (Curran Orchard Volunteer Enthusiasts) is a volunteer group that sponsors the Adopt A Tree program, pruning parties, summer concerts and the annual Cider Squeeze.

Everyone is welcome to attend CORE meetings, which occur on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the UP City Hall Complex, 3715 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place.

For more information and to download a Tree Adoption application, visit www.curranappleorchard.com.

 

SOUND CREDIT UNION BRANCH MANAGER RECEIVES PATRIOT AWARD

Sound Credit Union’s Pacific Avenue Branch Manager, Wendi Plain, was recently awarded the Patriot Award by the United States Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This award recognizes supervisors and managers for their direct support of Guardsmen or Reservists. Plain was nominated by United States Army Reserve (USAR) Spc. Shannon Seipp, who says, “Wendi made my career a priority, allowing me to grow and advance even with having to work around my drill schedule.”

Wendi Plain started her credit union career six years ago as a teller and was promoted to branch supervisor before becoming branch manager over four years ago. Having started on the teller line herself, Plain appreciates the added strengths and insight Seipp brings to the workplace as a USAR reservist.

“Shannon is an important part of our team. We appreciate her service to our country and our members. I’m proud to work with her,” Plain says.

The award was presented to Plain by ESGR Area Chair Wayne Hilton in Tacoma with members of Sound Credit Union’s management team present to celebrate and support both Plain and Seipp.

“It’s wonderful that Shannon recognizes the support and flexibility she has received while working at Sound. It’s fantastic that Shannon took the time to nominate Wendi for this award. It was an honor to witness Wendi being recognized by Mr. Hilton,” said Senior VP/Chief Retail Officer Charlene Henson.

Sound Credit Union was founded in 1940 and today is one of Washington State’s largest credit unions. With 24 full-service branch locations throughout the Puget Sound area, Sound provides their nearly 120,000 members with authentic and trusted financial support and services. Sound is driven by the purpose of standing with members, employees and the community through all waves of life.

 

BE AWARE OF SPACE HEATERS THIS WINTER

Electric space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and kerosene heaters can be additional sources of heat during the cold, winter months. But carelessness, neglect or improper use can cause fires and even death if safety isn’t a priority.

According to The National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment accounted for an estimated 54,030 home structure fires and $1.1 billion in direct property damage between 2011 and 2015. And nearly half of all home-heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

The NFPA also reports that the leading factor in fatal home heating fires is placing space heaters and other portable or stationary heating equipment too close to items that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, bedding and clothing.

Another hazard to avoid is carbon monoxide poisoning and indoor air pollution due to improper venting or incomplete combustion that can result from improper use of fuel-burning heaters, such as kerosene heaters.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover fire damage or loss caused by wood stoves or space heaters, but each company may have unique features in its policies. Check with your agent or insurance company to learn more about your coverage.

“Fire is a peril that all homeowners policies cover, and if you’re a renter, coverage is available to help replace the possessions inside your rental unit,” said NW Insurance Council President Kenton Brine. “But some experts have estimated that many homes are underinsured in the event of the complete loss of their home.”

NW Insurance Council also encourages people who use space heaters or who burn wood or kerosene as a source of heat to first follow some helpful tips.

For fuel-burning heat sources (like wood or kerosene):

  • Notify your insurance company or agent before you purchase a wood-burning appliance or begin to install it. Be sure to ask about any special requirements.
  • Install wood-burning appliances correctly, or have a professional install it. Obtain a building permit, follow the building code and manufacturer’s recommendations and conform to any special requirements of your insurance company.
  • Use wood-burning appliances safely. Burn proper fuels – no milk cartons, other trash or Christmas trees. These materials can lead to dangerous soot buildup that can cause chimney fires.
  • Maintain wood-burning appliances on a regular basis. Inspect the appliance and chimney for cracks or corrosion. Sweep the chimney and check your fire extinguisher at least once a year – before the burning season.
  • When using a kerosene heater, maintain a constant source of fresh air. Make sure rooms are adequately ventilated before using heaters. Kerosene heaters consume oxygen as they burn. If they are operated in a small room or in an inadequate ventilated place, oxygen levels could be reduced to dangerous levels. Keeping doors to other rooms open will help provide more fresh air.
  • Make sure your fireplace fire is cold before you go to bed. Never close the damper with hot ashes in the fireplace, because this can cause the fire to heat up again and spread toxic carbon monoxide throughout the house.

For electric heat sources (like space heaters):

  • Never use your kitchen’s electric or gas oven to heat your home.
  • Place space heaters near the center of rooms away from furniture, drapes and other combustibles. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Children and pets should be kept a safe distance from heaters.
  • Be sure to follow the manufacturers’ instructions while using a kerosene heater.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

For more information about insurance and fuel-burning heaters, contact NW Insurance Council at (800) 664-4942 or visit www.nwinsurance.org. Also, visit the Insurance Information Institute’s website at www.iii.org.

 

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 28th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation. This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2019. The ceremony will take place on Thursday afternoon, May 30, 2019, in the State Reception Room of the Legislative Building.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:

  • WA Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Award
  • Career Achievement Award
  • Historic Cemetery Preservation Achievement Education Award
  • Preservation Education Award
  • Historic Preservation Stewardship Award
  • Historic Preservation in the Media Award
  • Preservation Planning Award
  • Special Achievement Award
  • Valerie Sivinski Award for Historic Rehabilitation projects

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. Nomination forms, instructions, award category descriptions, and other information about the awards may be obtained by visiting https://dahp.wa.gov/news-events/historic-preservation-month.

 

CHARTER COLLEGE IN FIFE NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Dr. Lana Lee has been named president of the Charter College campus in Fife, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the campus including admissions, financial aid, academics, student success, career services and community outreach. The Fife campus, located at 3700 Pacific Hwy. E., provides career programs in health care, developed specifically to address the hiring needs of Washington employers.
“I have been operating campuses for more than 20 years and love what I do, which is to give individuals the opportunity to enhance their lives and the lives of their families,” Lee said. “Here at Charter College, the majority of our students want to start their careers as soon as possible and we give them the tools to do that quickly, sometimes in under a year. What better way to help change someone’s life than to help them get an education and start a new career?”
Lee has worked in education since 1996, most recently serving as the senior director of military and community college relations for City University (CityU) of Seattle. She also has extensive experience in campus operations and enrollment; and has served as an adjunct faculty member for Central Texas College and Drury University.
She earned her Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ; her Master of Education in Human Services and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drury University in Springfield, MO.
Lee is currently a board member for Redefining You Foundation and is a member of the Fife Milton and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce. She formerly served as the vice president (2016-2017) and president (2017-18) for the Council of Military Educators of Washington State. Lee was also a member of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Education Advisory, Graduation and Director’s committees; WA Serves, USO Education Advisory Board and the Washington State Military Transition Council. She is the founder and former chair of CityU Military Advisory Board and CityU SALUTE Military National Honor Society.
She is a lifetime member of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society. She also volunteers for the Salvation Army, MDA Lock-Up, Warm Ministry, Backpack Kids, Toys for Tots, Hope for Kids and Redefining Your Future Symposiums.
Details on Charter College’s programs are available at www.chartercollege.edu/locations/fife or by calling 1 (888) 200-9942.

DISTRICT RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT TO EXPAND STEM PROGRAMS

Clover Park School District was recently awarded a five-year grant for $1 million by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to build and expand the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
Grant funds will provide training and support for the implementation of engaging, hands-on activities that align with the Next Generation Science Standards district-wide and additional extended day science for students.
“This grant helps provide great opportunity for our students,” said Superintendent Doug Kernutt. “More than 30 percent of our students are connected to the military. These funds will strengthen our efforts to expand and support STEM offerings in the district.”
The DoDEA awarded $29 million across 36 grants as part of its 2018 cohort. These grants will serve more than 166,000 students across 20 states, 66,000 of whom are military-connected.
This is the seventh DoDEA grant the district has received.

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