Meet an award-winning volunteer


Meet an award-winning volunteer

Janice Olmsted, whose volunteerism with multiple community and charitable organizations has been felt in three counties, is the latest recipient of Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Helen Norris Award for outstanding community service.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW), a non-profit human services agency, presents the award annually to a volunteer in the name of a dedicated woman who was, by her own description, a “professional volunteer.”
Olmsted’s list of volunteerism includes chairwoman of the advisory Board of Directors for Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) in Kitsap County.

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Metro Transit bus fares dropping

Metro Transit bus service in King County will become more affordable next March for tens of thousands of riders, including seniors, with the start of a reduced fare for people with low incomes. Riders who qualify for the fare will pay $1.50 for travel at any time of the day, in one or both zones.

A senior center for Saturdays A senior center for Saturdays

Most senior centers in Pierce County aren’t open on Saturday. Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center is an exception. Starting in October, the center has been open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s on a trial basis for now, but if things go the way Kate Quebe expects, the weekend availability may become permanent.

Ballot dropboxes gain national attention

Pierce County’s ballot dropbox program for elections has received acclaim on a national level for its effectiveness in providing a secure way for voters to cast their ballots. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson and two county elections workers were in San Francisco, Calif. in August to accept the Guardian Award from the National Association of

Pierce Transit has free rides as farebox test

Pierce Transit is inviting the public to try its new fare boxes on buses by taking free rides in December. The fareboxes will “go live” on Dece. 8, bringing an end to paper transfers and introducing a new all-day pass, officials said. Customers who currently pay their fare with cash or a One Ride ticket,


There’s always something new to carve There’s always something new to carve

Darrell Dugan, 91, is a master woodcarver and has been sharing his love of the craft with others since 1942. At that time, Dugan was living in India, where he admired the skill and work of woodcarvers there creating beautiful objects with the most primitive of tools. He began to learn from these people, and

Senior Eats

Indulge your sweet tooth Indulge your sweet tooth

Grassi’s took over the building previously operated by Affairs Chocolates in April of 2014, and operate a floral store as well as Grassi’s Ristorante. The decor is upscale country, with a full menu of classical Italian delights, ranging in price from Italian Wedding Soup at $5 for a cup at lunch to Italian short ribs

Senior Adventures

New year, new destinations New year, new destinations

Where did the time go? It can’t possibly be a new year already. There is still so much that needs to be done in 2014. I guess we will have to make up for it in 2015. Blessings to everyone and best wishes for an adventurous new year. We have several things on the books


Health officials urge flu vaccinations

In an effort to help protect the public from influenza, health officials in Pierce and King counties are issuing reminders that that flu vaccinations – some of them free or low-cost – are widely available as a primary defense. Flu can cause fever, coughing, sore throats and body aches for several days, and can be

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Action plan addresses end-of-life issues

Early and frequent discussions of aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to