For the love of teaching


For the love of teaching

Some school teachers retire the day they become eligible, having tracked that important date for years. However, there are teachers still working in the Puyallup School District well past the age of retirement with no plans of hanging it up in the near future.
At Woodland Elementary School, Marcia Madsen, 70, is still teaching kindergarten.
When asked what she liked about it, Madsen’s sense of humor shined through when she replied, “What is not to like about 5-year-olds? The only reason I’m the teacher is because I’m the tallest.”

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Opportunity to support Lutheran Community Services

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) is seeking sponsors, table hosts and volunteers for its South Puget Sound fund-raising brunch March 15 at Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma. Called “Power of Partnership,” the annual brunch is LCSNW’s largest fund-raiser for the Tacoma area. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization’s programs, including Home Care, Senior Companion, Senior Media

Sidewalks getting ADA scrutiny

Do sidewalks in Pierce County meet handicap-accessible requirements? That’s the question county officials are answering with the public’s help. The community was invited to public meetings in November in Spanaway, Puyallup and Tacoma that county officials hosted as part of an effort to bring pedestrian facilities located in public right-of-way in unincorporated areas of the

Tuesdays with health insurance

There’s a place to go each Tuesday night in January for help finding affordable health insurance. State-certified, in-person assisters will provide information and enrollment help with Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Parkland-Spanaway branch of Pierce County Library System.

Policies for aging population facing Legislature

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Toastmasters talk it up and listen up Toastmasters talk it up and listen up

Laughter, applause and a real sense of accomplishment is what every member of the new group of story tellers feels when they share their history. Every Tuesday afternoon at Franke Tobey Jones in Tacoma, they learn so much from and about each other that it has become a group of friends. “In this group, I

Senior Eats

Dine on the train without leaving the station Dine on the train without leaving the station

Do something different in the winter. Drive up toward Mount Rainier on Mountain Highway until you come to the brightly colored cabooses, old-fashioned dining cars and steam engines on rails alongside the highway at the Mount Rainier Railroad Dining Company. The cabooses are motel rooms, the dining car is the restaurant, another car is a

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


Campaign has healthy brains in mind

The Eldercare Locator, a program established and funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), has launched a nationwide campaign to help educate the public about the risks to brain health for older adults and simple strategies to help mitigate those risks. ACL

Product/Business Showcase

Cholesterol screenings at Bartell’s

Bartell Drugs is spotlighting American Heart Month in February with a special promotion for heart-health screenings at its 63 stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. With a $25 purchase or more between Feb.1 and Feb. 7 at any Bartell Drugs location, customers will receive a voucher for a complimentary cholesterol screening during the month