The Pacific Coast Shellfish Grower’s Association held its annual spring beach cleanup on March 27.
With daylight low tides just beginning and not yet in full swing, the water height allowed the shoreline to be visible, with access remaining for boats to load and remove the collected debris.
Ten companies with more than 60 crew, including those from Seattle Shellfish and Taylor Shellfish, both of which have farms on Key Peninsula, divvied up shorelines from Burley Lagoon down to South Key Peninsula, through Totten Inlet and up Hood Canal, worked to clean up over 49 cubic yards of garbage.
Organizers said the garbage, from large styrofoam chunks and filled tires off old docks or bulkheads, to boat pieces, residential garbage, derelict fishing gear and aquaculture debris, was all removed from the shoreline and disposed of at the local landfill or pulled out for recycling.
For information about the spring and fall beach cleanups, visit pcsga.org.
The KPCCA hosts the 14th annual Key Peninsula Livable Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9, with the theme of “Living Well on the Key Peninsula.”
The event provides the community with a unique opportunity to learn about 40 nonprofits and resources on the Key Peninsula in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, thanks to volunteers, sponsors, local organizations and youth.
Two Waters Arts Alliance will host a kids’ craft table, and schoolchildren and musicians will entertain attendees. Emergency preparedness remains a focal point with both vendors and workshops.
According to organizers, the civic center association has partnered with CHI Franciscan Health’s Peninsula Violence Prevention Coalition, will host a “Healthy Choices Expo” in conjunction with the fair. The expo will offer additional activities and workshops for youth and families.
The Key Peninsula “Summer Camp” fair also will return with information from regional recreational organizations.
The Lakebay Fuchsia Society will host its 20th annual plant sale outside. The Washington State University Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant questions. Concessions will serve breakfast and lunch items all day.
The “Community Spotlight” also will return to showcase a local business or organization, artist and/or person of special merit to the Key Peninsula.
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District’s (Key Pen Parks) Board of Commissioners will have two open positions up for election in November 2015: seats 2 and 4.
Citizens interested in running for either open seat need to file with the Pierce County auditor’s office during the week of May 11-15. To be eligible to run for a position on Key Pen Parks’ Board of Commissioners, interested parties must be a Key Peninsula resident and a registered voter.
The board of commissioners sets the vision and policy that guides Key Pen Parks’ services and is elected to staggered six-year terms. Commissioners attend a regularly scheduled meeting once a month and are encouraged to attend other park district events when their schedules allow.
Filing can be done during the filing week of May 11-15 only at the Pierce County auditor’s office, 2401 S. 35th St., Room 200, Tacoma, or online at the Pierce County auditor’s office elections web page, co.pierce.wa.us.
The Food Backpacks 4 Kids program startsramping up for its Summer Lunch Program.
According to organizer Diba Wickline, this will be the second year in a row the Boy Scouts of America, Pacific Council, will be bringing the Boy Scout experience through its Scoutreach Program.
“Come join us for a free lunch and for a free Scoutreach experience,” Wickline said.
The popular program will be held from June 22 through Aug. 2, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Key Peninsula Civic Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It is a free program for girls and boys. For information, call (253) 720-4453.
Stafford Suites, in Port Orchard, will be hosting a vintage fashion show on April 23, at 2 p.m.
Covering more than 100 years of fashion, organizers say the event will be geared to make every seat feel like a front row seat. The professional production, authentic apparel and historic narrative will make this a memorable event, they said.
“Fashion Through the Decades”is presented by the Historic Clothing Group of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The show will be held at 1761 Pottery Avenue, Port Orchard. For information, call (360) 874-1212.
The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula announced its receipt of the first of two expected distributions from the estate of Lois C. Crandall.
Founded in 2006, The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to aging in place on the Key Peninsula, by providing a variety of services and programs to meet the needs of community elders.
Crandall’s initial legacy gift of $250,000 was presented to The Mustard Seed Project by her daughters, Roberta Skiles and Judith Lawson at a reception on March 20, at the home of Sara Thompson, board president of The Mustard Seed Project.
“This very generous gift will benefit the elders of the Key Peninsula, through the programs and services we provide to support healthy aging, and will also help in the development of affordable senior housing in this community,” said Thompson in a press release.
According to Edie Morgan, founder and executive director of The Mustard Seed Project, an earlier gift from Crandall funded the Key Peninsula Affordable Senior Housing Feasibility Study, completed in November 2014.
Morgan said Crandall believed, as does The Mustard Seed Project, that seniors should be able to stay in their own homes as long as they are able to safely do so. She, herself, “‘aged in place’at her home in Longbranch, with winters in Arizona, into her 94th year. She passed away in August 2014.”
“Crandall’s financial generosity to The Mustard Seed Project was exceeded only by her strong personal support for our vision and work over the years,”Morgan said.
Morgan said that “significant additional gifts and grants will be needed to meet the approximate $3 million capital campaign goal for the much-needed and long-awaited Key Peninsula senior housing campus.”
Source: The Mustard Seed Project
Key Peninsula Bischoff Food Bank, located in Home, has partnered with several local organizations to set up drop-off locations for either food or monetary donations.
Serenity Salon will accept food donations during hours they are open at 11818 State Route 302. Contact them at serenitysalonkp.com.
Key Peninsula Middle School will accept food donations for the Backpacks4Kids program on Wednesdays only between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the school located at 5510 Key Peninsula Highway KPN. Check in with the office for instructions. Contact them at peninsulacommunityfoundation.com.
Sound Credit Union will accept financial donations at any branch office during normal business hours. The Key Center branch is located at 8920 Key Peninsula Hwy. Contact them at soundcu.com.
The Key Peninsula Fire Department recently completed an audit conducted by the Washington State Auditor’s office.
According to Chief Guy Allen, fire districts are audited every two years to verify appropriate processing of vouchers, financial reports, and to assure that procedures are followed appropriately.
“I am proud to report, for the eighth straight audit over the past 16 years, the Key Peninsula Fire Department received a clean audit report with no findings or administrative letters,”Allen said in a recent press release.
He said the department’s staff, and in particular Christina Bosch, administrative manager, should be recognized for their outstanding attention to detail.
“Our citizens can be assured that every effort is taken to spend their tax dollars appropriately,”Allen said.
The 26th Legislative District Democrats organized a meeting in February to encourage grassroots organization on the Key Peninsula.
“Our goal is to provide a place for Democrats on the Key Peninsula to gather together and discuss politics and issues that are important to them,”said George Robison, chair of the group. “We hope to provide a voice for those who aren’t working in the party or for candidates.”
Some 30 people, including County Councilman Derek Kilmer and former State Representative Larry Seaquist, gathered to discuss issues important to them and how to move forward.
The group decided that they will meet monthly and that schools would be the first topic to address.
The first formal meeting, held on March 16, included the Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto, other school district staff, Communities in Schools Executive Director Colleen Speer and Laura Condon, program director of the Red Barn. Speakers and attendees explored “Common Core”standards, student testing, school finance, student activities and programs, and other issues of importance to taxpayers and parents.
While Robison organized the March meeting, ultimately the group will select a Key Peninsula lead.
The next meeting will be held April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Home fire station. Organizers say they will address schools on the Key Peninisula. Superintendent Cuzzetto will attend, school board members and parents and students will also be invited to participate.
Updates and more information are available at 26d.org.
Yesterday, Feb. 23, Key Peninsula firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle on fire that rolled into a house in the 2100 block of Lake Drive, near Palmer Lake
According to a press release from Chief Guy Allen, when firefighters arrived they found the vehicle well involved with flames impinging on the house.
Two occupants of a later-model Jeep said the vehicle caught fire while they were driving along Lake Drive.
Allen said they went off the road when flames came from under the dash, then, the vehicle bumped into the house.
“The male driver, in his 30s suffered critical burns over 70 percent of his body after not being able to get his seatbelt to unlatch with flames on the interior,”Allen said.
He eventually got it unlatched and exited the vehicle before firefighters arrived.
The victim was treated by medics and transported to Tacoma Narrows Airport to meet the Airlift Northwest helicopter for rapid transport to a Seattle burn center.
Allen said the other occupant reported having problems with the fuel pump prior to the fire.
The home suffered some damage from the fire. It had a broken window and some heat and smoke damage to the interior. The lone male occupant of the residence was not injured, but will not be able to stay in his home until repairs can be made, Allen said.
Source: Key Peninsula Fire Department