Telling the tales of T-town


Telling the tales of T-town

Bill Baarsma calls himself a Tacoma guy and a history buff.
The former University of Puget Sound professor and two-term former mayor of Tacoma has served as president of the Tacoma Historical Society for the last four years. He was just re-elected for another term.
The historical society began 25 years ago and “was formed primarily because people thought that the Tacoma story was being told by the Washington State Historical Society,” said Baarsma. “We felt there needed to be an organization that would tell the Tacoma story and retain and archive treasures from Tacoma’s past.”

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Spring Fair back for 26th year

The 26th annual Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup April 16-19 will feature animals, food, vendor exhibits and free entertainment. The event, a scaled-down version of the State Fair in September, will be open from 2 to 10 p.m. the first day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the second and third days, and 10 a.m.

Pinwheels represent kids who need volunteer help

Silver and blue pinwheels that will begin appearing soon around Pierce County are part of an effort to call attention to child abuse and a county program that supports victims. For the second year, the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is planting pinwheels during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels

New retirement community proposed for Puyallup New retirement community proposed for Puyallup

Wesley Homes, which operates two retirement communities in King County, is in the midst of a fund-raising drive as part of the planned construction of a new community in Pierce County. The not-for-profit organization has purchased land in Puyallup near South Hill Mall that would be the site of the 62-resident Wesley Homes Bradley Park.

Conversations for family caregivers

With caregiving considered the new normal in families, four public meetings in University Place, Tacoma and Puyallup have been scheduled for informal discussions on resources and help for long-term family caregivers. The discussions, sponsored by Pierce County’s Community Connections and Aging and Disability Resource Center, will explore ways families share responsibilities, how to handle caregiver


Public can help map Point Defiance Park’s future Public can help map Point Defiance Park’s future

Metro Parks Tacoma is inviting the public to participate in the master plan process for Point Defiance Park. The agency has begun refining the Park Board-approved Concept Plan of 2008 into a master plan for future development and uses of the park. The plan will be presented to the public April 23 before going to

Senior Eats

Authentic Mexican food at Taqueria el Antojo

We decided to find some authentic Mexican food, and the Taqueria el Antojo was mentioned as a place where the food was very good, at reasonable prices, and we tried it. Located in a little strip mall at 56th and Orchard in University Place, the Taqueria takes up the entire west end of the strip.

Senior Adventures

April showers bring La Conner tulips

In March we took a trek across the border to Fraser Downs and the Harness Races. The track is always beautiful and with the weather the way it has been even the ride up and back was great. It is always fun to decide who might be the winner even if you don’t actually place


The earlier the better for fighting diabetes The earlier the better for fighting diabetes

Nearly one third of people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. That’s a statistic that Madigan Army Medical Center’s Diabetes Care Center hopes to lower, according to Sean Smith, the center’s program coordinator. The program has been working with Madigan clinics, primarily Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, to put more emphasis on detection

Product/Business Showcase

Adult family home added in Auburn

Cherished Acres Estates is celebrating the opening of a newly licensed adult family home. Hopeful House joins Cherished Acres’ three other adult family facilities (Faithful House, Grace House and Wisdom House) on the 24-acre campus in the south Auburn area. Information and referrals are available at 253-740-0341. Cherished Acres Estates also has an adult daycare