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Still standing, but for how long?

Aug 4th, 2022 | By
Still standing, but for how long?

After 96 years as a landmark overlooking Puget Sound, the Masonic Home of Washington in Des Moines is facing an uncertain future–maybe a wrecking ball. Once a retirement home for Masons before it was sold, the current owner has applied to tear down the stately building. As of this summer, city officials hadn’t taken final action on the plans for demolition and redevelopment. A historic-preservation organization is fighting to save the iconic landmark.



Trailblazing filmmaker is getting her closeup

Jul 20th, 2022 | By
Trailblazing filmmaker is getting her closeup

Jean Walkinshaw’s long career making film documentaries in the Northwest is being recognized by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, an initiative of the Library of Congress and Boston’s public television station WGBH to “preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media.” .The Tacoma native, now 95 and living in Seattle, produced dozens of films beginning in the early 1960s, 44 of them preserved by the American Archive. Many of them deal with social issues. “I’m a person of causes,” Walkinshaw said.



Head on out to the county fair

Jul 13th, 2022 | By
Head on out to the county fair

The county fair with one of the longest histories of any in the United States returns this month in King County, followed by the Pierce County Fair in August. Both will have four-day runs (July 14-17 for King County, Aug. 11-14 for Pierce) and will feature attractions ranging from animal exhibits and competitions, concerts and other entertainment, carnival rides, and fair food. It’s the kind of event that is steeped in Americana and is still standing the test of time.



Rising wages, inflation create a well-seasoned workforce

Jun 29th, 2022 | By
Rising wages, inflation create a well-seasoned workforce

Many older adults chose to retire during economic downturns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. But some of them are returning to work, as the unemployment rate has plummeted and job openings have risen far past pre-pandemic highs. There’s more competition among businesses for workers, leading to sign-on bonuses, better benefits, and more choices for job-seekers. Among states with the largest jump in older adults in the workforce since the pandemic began, Washington ranks 13th.