Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 22 – 26

Toxic algae in Lake Tapps, senior center transportation services, rescued dogs from a Lake Tapps fire and "The Lovely Bones" book review. Check out what you may have missed this week in the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing!

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Toxic algae found in Lake Tapps; Health department cautions swimmers, but waters clear of toxins

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported that 14 people got sick after swimming in Lake Tapps. The suspected cause was toxic blue-green algae, the first time toxic algae has been seen growing in the lake. Water tests confirmed that toxins were not in the water, but the department continues to caution swimmers about the algae. Read more about Lake Tapps and the toxic algae here.

Council questions Senior Center transportation services; center readies for 25th anniversary with remodel plans

The Bonney Lake Senior Center sends out a bus to pick up not only Bonney Lake seniors to attend senior center activities, but seniors outside the city limits as well. The Bonney Lake City Council has questioned whether the center should continue to do so without receiving reimbursement of a kind from other cities or counties, since the city finances the center. Read more about the Senior Center’s transportation services and other center updates here.

East Pierce rescues dog from Lake Tapps fire | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

One girl and two dogs already made it out of the burning house when firefighters arrived, but one dog was still missing. Unfortunately, the two firefighters that arrived could not enter the house. Federal regulations require at least four firefighters before a rescue operation can start – two to enter the burning building and two to remain outside in order to affect a rescue. After backup arrived, firefighters were able to go into the house and rescued the dog. Read more about the fire here.

Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Reporter Ana Karen Perez-Guzman, in the latest installment of the Point of Review book column, takes a look at “The Lovely Bones,” novel and movie adaption. The movie, she writes, adds more magic to the already magical, yet tragic, book. Read more about “The Lovely Bones,” here.

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