Life

Violinist promises electric performance

Seattle violinist Geoffrey Castle fearlessly brings the violin back to the center stage with performances on acoustic and six-string electric violins for the city of Enumclaw’s Evenings on the Plateau series.

One author’s novel approach to publishing

My latest literary achievement has proved quite rewarding, considering the time involved, the hours of research, a few hissy fits of frustration, possibly 50 cups of black coffee and then it came together rather admirably.

Heading out on the water isn’t always smooth sailing

My job on Swell Rider, a 34-foot “weekender” type sailboat more suitable for island cruising than offshore ocean crossing, was delivery captain. Captain Hank Schmitt, owner of the crewing network business, Offshore Passage Opportunities, had organized three such sailboats, a 34-footer, a 37-footer and a 43-footer, for delivery to a charter business in the British Virgin Islands.

Buckley, employees still negotiating

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Shabro returns to elective office

Jan Shabro has returned to action in Pierce County as the auditor.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Digital mammography available

Enumclaw Regional Hospital now uses state-of-the-art digital technology to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms, which ensures our patients more convenience and greater peace of mind about their test results.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Health Summit narrows focus for 2009

The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation expanded its mission in 2006 to support a wider base of health initiatives on the Plateau area, beyond the hospital. As a part of the expanded mission, the ERHF initially sponsored a health survey to identify the health care needs of our community through interviews, focus groups and community surveys. From this information, the first Health Summit was sponsored in September 2007, to bring together organizations, government officials and community members who were interested in improving the health of the Plateau community.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Digital mammography available

Enumclaw Regional Hospital now uses state-of-the-art digital technology to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms, which ensures our patients more convenience and greater peace of mind about their test results.

Health Summit narrows focus for 2009

The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation expanded its mission in 2006 to support a wider base of health initiatives on the Plateau area, beyond the hospital. As a part of the expanded mission, the ERHF initially sponsored a health survey to identify the health care needs of our community through interviews, focus groups and community surveys. From this information, the first Health Summit was sponsored in September 2007, to bring together organizations, government officials and community members who were interested in improving the health of the Plateau community.

Heading out on the water isn’t always smooth sailing

My job on Swell Rider, a 34-foot “weekender” type sailboat more suitable for island cruising than offshore ocean crossing, was delivery captain. Captain Hank Schmitt, owner of the crewing network business, Offshore Passage Opportunities, had organized three such sailboats, a 34-footer, a 37-footer and a 43-footer, for delivery to a charter business in the British Virgin Islands.

  • Jan 19, 2009

Most trees will bear brunt of storm | Column

My credentials include being a Certified Arborist, having conducted hundreds of hazard tree assessments and discussing tree problems and questions in “The Arborist” column for more than five years in The News Tribune. Fortunately, the recent storms have not resulted in massive tree failures as in the past few years. Extreme ice and snow events such as the 1995 winter adventure are rare. However, conditions created by heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds are much more common. Unfortunately, severe storms often result in concerned homeowners removing more trees than necessary.

Spray trees, roses now to prevent summer insects

The second week of January is a good time to spray fruit trees and roses for summer insects and disease. Organic gardeners can get a jump on pests by using a horticultural oil spray that is safe and effective. The oil coats the overwintering insect eggs and disease spores for a fresh start in the spring. The good news about the freezing weather we experienced this winter is that many garden pests were eliminated – but the good as well as the bad insects will be missing this spring. If you decide to use a dormant oil spray in your garden, keep these tips in mind:

  • Jan 13, 2009

Spray trees, roses now to prevent summer insects

The second week of January is a good time to spray fruit trees and roses for summer insects and disease. Organic gardeners can get a jump on pests by using a horticultural oil spray that is safe and effective. The oil coats the overwintering insect eggs and disease spores for a fresh start in the spring. The good news about the freezing weather we experienced this winter is that many garden pests were eliminated – but the good as well as the bad insects will be missing this spring. If you decide to use a dormant oil spray in your garden, keep these tips in mind:

Bistro offers intimate dining

There’s a new bistro in Sumner, nestled next to a cascading waterfall, garden gazebo and a giant windmill that’s lit up with thousands of holiday lights. It’s Windmill Bistro, and it’s serving up a variety of breakfast and lunch entrees for a growing group of breakfast and lunch connoisseurs.

Bargains line shelves at Dollars R Us store

Customers who step inside Dollars R Us, Bonney Lake’s only dollar store, are reaping more than bargains from their shopping lists. They’re also getting service that’s friendly and personal, said co-owners Ramon Sanchez and Miguel Marquez.

“Rich Like Them” provides wealth of motivation

“Rich Like Them” by Ryan D’Agostino, c.2008, Little, Brown, $25.99, 256 pages.

  • Jan 13, 2009

Plenty of ways to save money and the planet can be found in a home’s kitchen

We all need to eat – so why not start in the kitchen?

  • Jan 13, 2009

The weather it is a-changin’ and it may be part of global warming

As my spine begged for mercy after another day recently spent shoveling snow, I asked myself a simple question you may have asked, too. If the climate is changing, why do I need a snow shovel to dig out my driveway? The answer may surprise you.

  • Jan 13, 2009

“Buffalo” a treat for those hunting down a good read

“American Buffalo” by Steven Rinella, c.2008, Spiegel & Grau, $24.95, 278 pages, includes notes.

  • Jan 6, 2009

Respiratory illness can begin with a cold | Column

Cold and flu season is here and some of our most vulnerable are at risk of contracting respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Dr. Fadi Aljabi, with MultiCare’s Mary Bridge Pediatric Care at Good Samaritan, helps parents understand this infection and how they can help their little one feel better.