Fertile ground for gardeners and empty stomachs

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Fertile ground for gardeners and empty stomachs

Another spring has sprung, which means a community at the southern end of Federal Way is entering its ninth year of giving its age 55-plus residents a place to grow vegetables and flowers to their collective hearts’ desire. Over the years, Kloshe Illahee’s community garden has grown in popularity and production. Last year, it was teeming with tomato, zucchini, yellow squash, lettuce and basil plants. One tomato plant spawned more than 100 tomatoes by itself. Some of the excess is donated to local food banks.

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News

Local measles case reported

A Pierce County man in his 40s has been diagnosed with measles. His illness was reported by authorities on May 12, one day after he developed a rash common among measles patients. While it was unclear where the man was exposed to the measles virus, it reportedly occurred between April 19 and May 1. Exposures
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Support for students rooted in garden tour Support for students rooted in garden tour

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Puyallup Valley branch is busy gearing up for its second annual Garden Tour to take place on June 22. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and can be purchased after May 1 online at Brown Paper Tickets and after May 20 at Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup
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King County helps senior center buy a dishwasher

Sixty grants totaling $90,000, with some of the money earmarked for seniors’ programs, has been awarded by King County for community-oriented projects and events in unincorporated parts of the county. Community Engagement grants, administered by the county’s Department of Local Services, support programs and projects such as emergency-preparedness training, movie nights, native pond habitat restoration,
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Poll: Health costs biggest concern in retirement

Sixty-five percent of Americans are confident they have saved enough — or will save enough — to retire comfortably, yet this confidence is tempered by worries over healthcare costs. In fact, the high cost of care is the top reason many aren’t saving as much as they would like to now, and it tops the
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Lifestyles

PEOPLE: Oldest in Washington? PEOPLE: Oldest in Washington?

Ruth Hofto’s 109th birthday was on May 12. And, in what’s become a custom in recent years, it was celebrated with a small party at Community Connection Place, the local senior and community center in University Place, where she lives. Hofto is believed to be the oldest person in Washington and one of the oldest
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Senior Eats

Harvesting herbs for meals now and later Harvesting herbs for meals now and later

Enjoy herbs all year for garden-fresh meals, and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for Rosemary, which has an equally strong flavor fresh or dried. Continue
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Senior Adventures

Metro Transit routes getting hikers out there Metro Transit routes getting hikers out there

Trailhead Direct – the weekend and holiday transit-to-trails service of King County Metro and King County Parks – returned April 20 with more routes connecting hikers to more backcountry trails. For the second full season of the service, more pickup sites have been added – including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station – with trips to
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Health & Fitness

The impact of stress on the heart

Stress can have a substantial effect on your health, especially if it’s chronic or severe. Unfortunately, it’s an unavoidable part of life. When your job is a struggle, you have a family to take care of, and you encounter various challenges on a day-to-day basis, it’s inevitable to start feeling stretched too thin. Excessive stress
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Business/Personal Finance/Products

Plans and goals can ease financial worries Plans and goals can ease financial worries

Many Americans started 2019 with specific goals or resolutions in mind. While resolutions are often broken where your finances are concerned, they don’t have to be. Use these tips to tackle 2019 with greater financial confidence: • Setting goals for the year may actually boost your confidence about achieving them. In fact, those who set
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