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Approximately 95 persons attended a standing-room-only meeting of the Pierce County Firearms Advisory Commission in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center July 18.

Saturday, 30 July 2016 13:25

How Key Center Got Its Name

Key Center, now with over 30 businesses, professional services and organizations, began with the ideas of two men—Alden Visell and Elmer Olson—more than 85 years ago.

"If you’ve never come to our lavender festival, this is the year to come," said Tracy Ketts, owner of Blue Willow Lavender Farm on Wright-Bliss Road in Vaughn.

"If you’ve never come to our lavender festival, this is the year to come," said Tracy Ketts, owner of Blue Willow Lavender Farm on Wright-Bliss Road in Vaughn.

This is the eighth and final year of the festival July 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival includes food by Ribtickler, lavender craft classes, music by local groups—including the popular Bluegrass Minstrels—U-pick lavender bouquets, and many lavender products in the country store.

"And lavender ice cream!" said Ketts.

The lavender season ends on Aug. 27, and although she plans to host the Key Peninsula Farm Tour on Oct. 1, she’ll be moving out and moving on with her life soon after, including getting married and making her home in California.

Ketts and her late husband, Bill, came to Washington to start a "house church" in friend Mike Walsh’s home in 2008. It took them four years of prayer, study and consideration to make the leap to become church organizers and lavender farm growers.

Ketts wanted to name the farm Blue Willow, but Bill said she needed to find and grow such a plant if they were to use that name. She did, and planted the farm's sign near the roadside lavender beds.

"You never know what the tide will bring in," said Ketts about this new chapter of her life. Bill died two years ago after an unexpected diagnosis of leukemia. An apparently strong healthy man succumbed to the rare disease in a few short months.

Ketts knew she didn’t want to spend the rest of her days as a single woman, but felt she was trying to work a puzzle with a missing piece. She prayed, she said, but had no clue what her future held. Meanwhile, she took care of her lavender business.

She visited family in California last January and took another trip down in April. Before Ketts arrived that time, her sister called with the news their mom had died. The trip was extended to take care of a funeral and other business.

Ketts always borrowed a car to use there from longtime friend Wayne Biller. In what seemed a brief time, friendship turned to love, and they became engaged.

"I’ve learned, but have to keep relearning, to not calculate without pushing the God button," she said, meaning she shouldn’t make plans without "checking with God."

Ketts will sell individual lavender plants on a "you dig" basis for $2 each beginning June 15. She is willing to sell the business, but not the name of Blue Willow. The property belongs to Walsh.

Pictures of lavender fields, products and crafts may be seen at bluewillowlavenderfarm.com

The church organized by Bill Ketts, Grace Church of Key Peninsula, now meets in Wauna. For more information, call 225-9030.

"If you’ve never come to our lavender festival, this is the year to come," said Tracy Ketts, owner of Blue Willow Lavender Farm on Wright-Bliss Road in Vaughn.

This is the eighth and final year of the festival July 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival includes food by Ribtickler, lavender craft classes, music by local groups—including the popular Bluegrass Minstrels—U-pick lavender bouquets, and many lavender products in the country store.

"And lavender ice cream!" said Ketts.

The lavender season ends on Aug. 27, and although she plans to host the Key Peninsula Farm Tour on Oct. 1, she’ll be moving out and moving on with her life soon after, including getting married and making her home in California.

Ketts and her late husband, Bill, came to Washington to start a "house church" in friend Mike Walsh’s home in 2008. It took them four years of prayer, study and consideration to make the leap to become church organizers and lavender farm growers.

Ketts wanted to name the farm Blue Willow, but Bill said she needed to find and grow such a plant if they were to use that name. She did, and planted the farm's sign near the roadside lavender beds.

"You never know what the tide will bring in," said Ketts about this new chapter of her life. Bill died two years ago after an unexpected diagnosis of leukemia. An apparently strong healthy man succumbed to the rare disease in a few short months.

Ketts knew she didn’t want to spend the rest of her days as a single woman, but felt she was trying to work a puzzle with a missing piece. She prayed, she said, but had no clue what her future held. Meanwhile, she took care of her lavender business.

She visited family in California last January and took another trip down in April. Before Ketts arrived that time, her sister called with the news their mom had died. The trip was extended to take care of a funeral and other business.

Ketts always borrowed a car to use there from longtime friend Wayne Biller. In what seemed a brief time, friendship turned to love, and they became engaged.

"I’ve learned, but have to keep relearning, to not calculate without pushing the God button," she said, meaning she shouldn’t make plans without "checking with God."

Ketts will sell individual lavender plants on a "you dig" basis for $2 each beginning June 15. She is willing to sell the business, but not the name of Blue Willow. The property belongs to Walsh.

Pictures of lavender fields, products and crafts may be seen at bluewillowlavenderfarm.com

The church organized by Bill Ketts, Grace Church of Key Peninsula, now meets in Wauna. For more information, call 225-9030.

The original Vaughn High School, constructed in stages beginning in 1906, had come to the end of its serviceable life by 1955. At least, that's what the Peninsula School District thought when it was put up for sale.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 17:20

New Options at Livable Community Fair

The Key Peninsula Civic Center will host its 15th annual Livable Community Fair Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 17010 S. Vaughn Road KPN in Vaughn. This annual

The Key Peninsula Civic Center Association turns 60 years old this year in a building that mostly turned 80 while parts of it turned 100. The association was founded in 1956, but the buildings have another 40 years of history behind them.

Sunday, 01 May 2016 07:00

Fuchsias and More at 21st Annual Sale

The Lakebay Fuchsia Society, established in 1995, holds its 21st annual sale May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Key Peninsula Civic Center. A wide variety of fuchsias plus some annuals, perennials and vegetable starts will be available.

Saturday, 02 April 2016 00:23

Former Vaughn Union/PHS teacher turns 105

"I’ve lived all over the place," said Dorothy Lusby several years ago. She loved to travel and made many trips across the globe.

Born in Biggsville, Illinois, in 1911, Lusby graduated from Monmouth College and her first teaching job was near her home in Fulton.

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