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They got their hands dirty in a labor of love

They got their hands dirty in a labor of love

Strong hands grasped yellow-handled post-hole diggers, forcefully gouging a slowly deepening gash in the earth. Shovels flew in and out of trenches, digging drainage runs. It was difficult, muscle-straining work,…

Fire damages house near Clear Lake

A fire that started with creosote from the chimney damaged a Clear Lake-area home in the pre-dawn last Saturday morning. The blaze in the 3600 block of Clear Lake West…

Ashford part of Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day will be observed April 26 in Pierce County with organized work parties for volunteers at 50 locations, including Ashford County Park. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon,…

Visitor spending felt here

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding area shared in $419 million spent by visitors to national parks in Washington in 2012. That’s part of…

Northwest Trek projects face voters

Voters in Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks District are deciding a $191 million bond measure that would include funding for new facilities at Northwest Trek near Eatonville. The vote-by-mail election will end…

Lent: Fasting, giving and extra prayer

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Many Christians in south Pierce County are joining with millions nationwide who are preparing for Easter by observing Lent, which a Graham church leader describes…

Survey: Pierce unhealthy compared to other counties

The overall health of Pierce County ranks in the bottom third among all counties statewide, according to a national health survey. Pierce County’s position for 2014 —25th out of 39…

Easter events for community

Here’s some of what’s happening in the Eatonville area for Easter: • An all-ages community Easter egg hunt, hosted by Living Word Assembly of God, will be held April 19…

Legislators plan telephone town hall meeting

State Reps. J.T. Wilcox and Graham Hunt, whose Second District constituency includes the south Pierce County area, will hold an hour-long telephone town hall for the public on April 23…

Floats catch judges’ eye

Floats catch judges’ eye

Two of the top awards for floats in the 2014 Daffodil Festival’s Grand Floral Parade were won by the Eatonville community and Bethel School District entries. For the second time…