Life

The answer to many of the new year’s resolutions can be found in gardening

Marianne Binetti will speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 10 a.m. Feb. 21 on “New Plants for Old Gardens” and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 on “Garden Thunder from Down Under.” The show is at the Washington State Convention Center at Seventh and Pike in downtown Seattle. For more information go to www.gardenshow.com.

  • Feb 9, 2009
Josh Hulburt installed a wind turbine on his Enumclaw acreage. An 8-mph breeze can generate power for his home.

Windmill provides power for Plateau home

Josh Hulburt, the owner of a 20-acre parcel on Warner Avenue just east off state Route 410 in Enumclaw, has successfully installed a 35-foot tall Skystream 3.7 wind turbine. He has been interested in renewal energy for many years and he saw the wind turbine as great opportunity to utilize Enumclaw wind. Although the turbine has only been operational for a few weeks, the output looks very promising and profitable.

Josh Hulburt installed a wind turbine on his Enumclaw acreage. An 8-mph breeze can generate power for his home.

Stock up the pantry for every day and emergency

Do you have enough food at home to feed your family if a storm came in or for a short-term layoff from work? Have you gone to the store and seen how fast it is cleaned out during a storm warning or when the major highways are closed due to weather? Having some extra food in your home can bring peace of mind and security during stressful situations. It is like having insurance – the kind you can really use. Going to the store can be your option, if you have your pantry full. The option of going to the store saves me time and money every month.

Pruning fruit trees now helps with summer production

Hopefully, we can put the sandbags and snow shovels away and turn our attention to other tasks around the house – such as our landscapes. Yes, pruning season is upon us. So it is time to break out the pruners, saws and first aid kits.

Dietary changes and behavior modifications can help children with constipation

Constipation in children is a tough topic to tackle

Constipation in children can be frustrating and concerning for parents and kids. The Pediatric Gastroenterology Program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center offers some helpful information for parents to better understand what causes it and what can be done to treat the condition.

Dietary changes and behavior modifications can help children with constipation
Pierce Beigh

Enumclaw High School students perform with PLU Honors Band

Pierce Beigh, Naomi Eide and Gregory Rufener performed in the Pacific Lutheran University’s Northwest High School Honors Band.

  • Feb 3, 2009
Pierce Beigh

Chocolate easy to grow, better to eat

Marianne Binetti will be speaking at the first “Wine and Chocolate Festival” at Enumclaw Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1p.m. and 4 p.m. Wine and chocolate tasting, free child care, vendors and music. Go to www.enumclawchocolatefestival.com for more information.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Developing relationships good for soul

There is something wrong with Christianity today. We Christians seem to spend a lot of time acting like we’ve got it all together. We are busy, so we try to be more efficient, but at the cost of being unable to give our time to others. Often, we believe that because we are so busy, we can be compassionate simply by writing a check to a charity. Don’t get me wrong; giving monetarily is a big part of following Christ. But we cannot stop there.

  • Feb 3, 2009

It takes a village to make tutoring program a success

We have built it, and the students have come.

  • Feb 3, 2009

Planning is key in caring for aging relatives

No one looks forward to requiring the services of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing home costs run upward from $45,000 per year. Better quality facilities, the kind that I would prefer for my family, generally cost upward of $60,000 per year. High end facilities cost $100,000 per year.

  • Feb 3, 2009
Dietary changes and behavior modifications can help children with constipation

Constipation touchy topic for children and parents

Constipation in children can be frustrating and concerning for parents and kids. The Pediatric Gastroenterology Program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center offers some helpful information for parents to better understand what causes it and what can be done to treat the condition.

  • Feb 3, 2009
Dietary changes and behavior modifications can help children with constipation

Bring chocolate’s colors and scents into you landscape

• Marianne Binetti will be speaking at the first “Wine and Chocolate Festival” at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Enumclaw Expo Center. Wine and chocolate tasting, free child care, vendors and music. Go to www.enumclawchocolatefestival.com for more information.

Local center supports families in need with a variety of services

The White River Family Support Center offers a variety of services designed to strengthen families. Some of our services include linking families with community resources, providing free parenting classes and offering free in-home parenting support. We also have a Financial Service Specialist from the Department of Social and Health Services available to answer your questions regarding state assistance and staff that can help Pierce County residents apply for energy assistance.

Bedtime stories help children wind down and sleep

Recent studies have revealed that we are fast on our way to becoming a nation of sleep-deprived adults. I’m sure this is no surprise to most of us. I can say without hesitation that I am one of those sleep deprived adults. Just worrying about getting enough sleep is enough to keep you tossing and turning, but what really keeps me up at night is the fact that our children are becoming every bit as sleep deprived as we are. Busy schedules with too many activities are responsible in part, but a conversation I had with a first-grader the other day leads me to believe that there may be some other issues contributing to the problem.

Planning is key in caring for aging relatives

No one looks forward to requiring the services of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing home costs run upward from $45,000 per year. Better quality facilities, the kind that I would prefer for my family, generally cost upward of $60,000 per year. High end facilities cost $100,000 per year.

Experience the inspirational story of love
Experience the inspirational story of love
Kevin Benedict entertains the crowd at the Bonney Lake Chamber’s annual banquet. Katrina Minton holds the lyric sheet.

Bonney Lake Chamber presents annual banquet

The Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce put on its annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Swiss Sportsman’s Club.

Kevin Benedict entertains the crowd at the Bonney Lake Chamber’s annual banquet. Katrina Minton holds the lyric sheet.

Austrian farmer will present shows

The natural farmer of the Alps, Sepp Holzer, will offer a public lecture and two workshops in Pierce County in February. In preparation for these events, there will be numerous free movie showings about his property, the Krameterhof, at local coffee shops and libraries.

The Sunset

We here in the northwest

Survivors share incredible stories

“The Survivors Club” by Ben Sherwood, c.2009, Grand Central Publishing, $25.99, 384 pages.