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Banjo club hits all the right notes

Jan 2nd, 2018 | By
Banjo club hits all the right notes

Tacoma Banjo Club president Gary Hauenstein says “there isn’t one time we go somewhere and play that we don’t see folks tapping their feet, eyes closed, smiling or crying, because it brings back memories. We all have memories of a song, and to the majority of people, everything is related to music. They remember what they were doing and where they were as a kid.” Joyce Fischlin, a pianist for the club, puts it this way: “It warms my heart see the reaction of our audiences. It’s such a hoot.”



Peace on Earth

Dec 5th, 2017 | By
Peace on Earth

During the Iraqi war of the George W. Bush presidency, a brave mother took a stand and created a movement of peaceful protest to the war by setting up a camp outside the president’s Crawford, Texas home.
Her name was Cindy Sheehan, and her son was killed in the war in Iraq. Her message spread and was heard and supported in faraway Eatonville with a candlelight vigil on a street corner in 2005. Attending that vigil was Michael Hill, a dedicated peace advocate. Since then, he has become a weekly community fixture at the same corner.



‘We thank you, United States; pray for Korea’

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
‘We thank you, United States; pray for Korea’

Guests pouring in to the Puyallup Activity Center on a recent Friday had to arrive early to snag a seat for the performance of the Korean Children’s Choir. Every one of the 75 seats was filled a half-hour before the choir took the stage.
The Far East Broadcasting Company – Korean’s Children’s Choir use their singing ability to witness Christ and express their appreciation for American missionaries and soldiers who died for the Korean people, according to Joy Kang, executive assistant to the chairman of Far East.
“The primary theme of the choir’s performance is Christian gospel and hymns, as well as local folk songs and patriotic songs to make people aware of the privilege of living in their wonderful country,” she said.



Health officials urge flu shots, especially for seniors

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Health officials urge flu shots, especially for seniors

Health authorities in Pierce and King counties are trying to help their residents – especially elderly ones – avoid the deadly fate that befell 133 people during the 2016-17 flu season.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported 49 flu-related deaths during the peak last influenza period of October 2016 to April this year. It was the deadliest flu season of the previous three flu seasons combined in Pierce County, and it was particularly bad for older adults and put added pressure on hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
In King County, the 2016-17 flu season was the worst in five years. It resulted in 83 deaths, 93 percent of them among people over the age of 65.