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The neighbors are watching

May 24th, 2018 | By
The neighbors are watching

Have you seen increasing graffiti in your neighborhood? Perhaps you’ve heard of an uptick in car thefts on your block, or maybe a child’s bicycle was stolen off a porch. Incidents like this can cause anxiety and frustration among a community’s residents, and may lead you to consider forming a Neighborhood Watch program. The U.S. Department of Justice defines a Neighborhood Watch as “a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life.”



Fun and games: Dust off those athletic skills

Apr 30th, 2018 | By
Fun and games: Dust off those athletic skills

You never know when you’ll see a hundred-year-old man throw the shot put. Or a 90-year-old woman earn several gold medals swimming all one day. From all over the Pacific Northwest, men and women age 50 or more go to Olympia each summer to test their strength, endurance and skills at the Washington State Senior Games. Organizers are putting out the call for participants to start getting ready. Attracting nearly 2,000 athletes, the Games have created an annual ritual of “fierce but friendly competition.”



Want something good for the soul and your health? Take a walk

Apr 12th, 2018 | By
Want something good for the soul and your health? Take a walk

Experts hail the benefits of walking and the fact that it is so much better for muscles, joints, back and knees than running. The health benefits of walking are obvious. Lowering cholesterol and thus heading off heart disease, keeping joints moving and even helping to avoid cancer and diabetes are just some of the benefits. Some walkers report being able to toss their medication after undertaking walking on a regular basis.



Step by Step and its volunteers share motherly instincts

Mar 21st, 2018 | By
Step by Step and its volunteers share motherly instincts

Krista Linden, founder and executive director of Step by Step (located on the former Van Lierop bulb farm property between Puyallup and Sumner), said their mission is to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women so they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting and establish a safe home. At-risk women come through referrals, and Step by Step works with 1,200 women at a time, according to Linden. In order to provide the services these women need, Step by Step relies heavily on volunteers, and a large number of them are seniors.