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Five Years Ago

February 18, 2004

When Janel Keating took the job as principal at Mountain Meadow Elementary School in Buckley six years ago, she had a vision of turning the school into the perfect place for her then 9-month-old daughter and future classmates to learn. She longed for a school where every conversation begins with, “How can I help you?” But on the evening of Feb. 11, the theme turned into “How can I thank you?” for Keating, as students, staff and parents kept filling her arms with flowers. The scene was the White River School District board of directors meeting, where Keating was honored as the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington’s Distinguished Principal of the Year for the Pierce region.

White River High School’s wrestling seniors are taking a liking to the number four. Saturday night the Hornets racked up their fourth straight Region 2 wrestling title. The trophy will sit right next to the one they picked up earlier for their fourth consecutive Seamount League title and another collected for claiming their fourth district title.

Ten Years Ago

February 17, 1999

The possible abandonment of the White River Hydroelectric Project by Puget Sound Energy could prove beneficial to Buckley and Enumclaw as they grapple with their ongoing wastewater problems. A shutdown of the project would eliminate millions of gallons of water being diverted from the White River into the Buckley Flume, meaning more water would be running through the actual river, diluting discharges by the cities.

A compromise was struck last week when U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled that the new Enumclaw Plateau Trail could be only as wide as 100 feet.

Twenty-five Years Ago

February 16, 1984

An era will soon be coming to an end at the Camp Sheppard Boy Scout Camp. Historically, it was not a long period of time – only 19 years. But it was important to the growth of many young men, who came to understand and respect the vast resources of the Cascade Mountains. The era will be know simply as the Max Eckenburg years, when as camp director, he along with a handful of others built Camp Sheppard into a challenging and innovative wilderness program. The camp, located just east of Greenwater on Highway 410, provided many scouts with their first exposure to high adventure.

Four White River Hornets will travel to state wrestling competition in Moses Lake this week to take on top grapplers from all over Washington. In regional competition in Blaine last Saturday, three Hornets qualified for state and one as an alternate.

Fifty Years Ago

February 19, 1959

Jim Arnett, manager of Enumclaw Food Center bowled a 268 game recently at the Enumclaw Bowl. He got a double, two spares, and struck out for his high score. Jim, quite properly, wondered why his effort wasn’t mentioned in the paper last week. We don’t know, Jim, But here it is this week, just like we said!

Carolyn Ann Donati, Enumclaw High School, will soon be wearing a specially designed pin honoring her as a newly appointed representative to McCall’s Patterns’ Teen Fashion Board for the 1958-59 school year.

Seventy-five Years Ago

February 23, 1934

The Fashion Show and Quilt display being sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary on March 15 is progressing rapidly.

Preceding the Tolo Dance Wednesday evening in the gymnasium, several couples enjoyed a no-host dinner at the Belmont Cafe. Covers were laid for Misses Delona Callahan, Elsie Hansen, Helen Brenton, Mildred Johnson, Florence Christiansen, Marian Merritt and Audrey Naylor, and for Messieurs Frederick Crimp, Pat Bruhn, Barney Lind, Roy Stratton, Ernest Dahl, Charles Taylor and George Goodmanson.

Miss Millie Linerud, daughter of Mrs. Matilda Linerud, and Mr. Elmer K. Sletterdahl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sletterdahl, were married February 10 by Rev. Walter Pedersen of Trinity Lutheran Church.

With but two more contests remaining on the program for each basketball team. Les Hall is virtually “in” as the city League’s individual scoring champ for 1934.