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About the cover Cover photo was taken by Yelm resident Nicole Kiourkas. The image of Mount Rainier was taken in the fall 2010 when the mountain was bare of most its snow. Kiourkas snapped the image while flying over the majestic mountain. Kiourkas is the production manager for the Nisqually Valley News s and has lived in Yelm for more than eight years.
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Rainier offers pristine views, recreation At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington state. Established as a National Park in 1899, millions of visitors travel to Mount Rainier to enjoy this mountain’s pristine 235,625 acres each year. There are five developed areas at Mount Rainier including Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise and Carbon/Mowich. Heading east on U.S. Highway 12 from Interstate 5, it takes two hours to arrive at the Nisqually Entrance at the southwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. An additional 30-minute drive will take you to the Paradise entrance and the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center. You can access Mount Rainier year-
round via the Nisqually entrance, except in extreme weather conditions. Always check road conditions before your trip online at www.nps.gov/mora/ planyourvisit/road-status.htm Visiting Mount Rainier gives you a chance to explore glacier activity up close and personal. Snacks, dining and a gift shop are available at the visitor center, as well as information on climbing and wildlife. There are displays on animals and the volcano, and a theater plays a movie about the park and its history. ■ For times and dates when visiting centers, climbing centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, and food and lodging facilities are open, call the park at 360-569-2211.
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Children enjoy the carnival rides at the Davis Carnival every year during Prairie Days at Yelm City Park.
Yelm’s Prairie Days a longtime tradition One of Yelm’s oldest celebrations, Prairie Days, is also one of its biggest. The event, which combines a community parade, carnival, vendors booths and games, keeps a tradition of more than 60 years alive. This year’s Yelm Prairie Days is Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 at Yelm City Park. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a parade, presented by the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday. Following the parade, the fun moves to Yelm City Park with food, games and entertainment. Prairie Days is hosted by the Yelm Lions Club and is the club’s main fundraiser for the year.
The event is targeted for more family- and communityoriented entertainment, including local vocal groups, school choirs and bands. Last year, local bands were invited to perform and a beer garden was incorporated for the second year in a row. During Prairie Days, residents can browse vendors and information booths, or enjoy the thrills and excitement of the Davis Carnival. The family-run Davis Amusement Cascadia brings exciting, state-of-the-art rides and concessions that are sure to please young and old. Organizers call it a firstclass, safe carnival with a family orientation. It stays in operation through See PRAIRIE, page 6
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PRAIRIE: Event participation increases Sunday, after the rest of Prairie Days is over. Prairie Days started in the 1940s as a one-day party. The event has deep, agricultural roots. Yelm historians say during the first half of the century, Yelm farmers would get together in the late summer to hold a town party celebrating the berry harvest, which usually evolved in the evening into a street dance. In 1938, when the Lions Club was formed, members thought they’d create a carnival during the festivities to raise club funds.
At first, the carnival was near the town water tower, but moved to the park in the 1950s. Whichever version you believe, Prairie Days has always been in or near today’s Yelm City Park. Over the years, buildings were added to Yelm City Park to support the festival, including a stage, hamburger stand and picnic shelters. Events started multiplying as well. A pet parade, dog show, water fights by local firemen and a royalty contest have all been held. A children’s costume contest is a tradition brought back a few years ago to boost commu-
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nity involvement in the parade, especially by children. The Prairie Days parade began as a parade of pets and kids. Longtime residents remember that the old, original celebration had games of chance and contests of all kinds. Proceeds from Prairie Days will be used by the Lions for various community projects, which include Yelm Community Schools’ scholarship drive,
Yelm top 10 students’ benefit dinner, the Northwest Sight and Hearing Foundation and the Salvation Army. The Yelm Lions Club also gives dictionaries annually to every fourth-grader in Yelm schools and provides eye glasses and hearing aides for those in need. In addition, the Yelm Lions sponsor a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop and Adventuring Crew.
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Cochrane Park offers peaceful refuge Ponds offer more than just a place for fish, water fowl Cochrane Memorial Park in Yelm is a multi-acre expanse of ponds, waterfalls and shady, tree-lined paths, which also serves a purpose beyond beauty. The park, located on Mill Road just a few blocks from busy State Highway 507, is actually part of a functioning water treatment system. Water polishing ponds are used as reflecting pools, fountains and a meandering stream. This makes up the final stages of the system, which was completed in 1999. The water reclamation process is state-of-the-art, and turns sewage into clean water good for everything from irrigation to washing cars. The smaller rear pond, which sometimes appears dry, polishes incoming, just-recycled water.
The water then filters into the main pond, which adds nutrients, bugs and plant life. The nutrient-rich water then goes into the large fish pond, which is stocked with mature rainbow trout ready for catchand-release fishing. The last two ponds polish the water clean again and release it into the ground to recharge the local aquifer. City reclaimed water can be used for more than just a park. On sunny days, you can find residents strolling through the trails, children fishing off a small dock and blackbirds warbling among the reeds. It is a great park to come visit for a lunchtime picnic or barbecue. Picnic areas are placed throughout the park and some include a grill for cooking. The park was named after
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Visitors can enjoy Cochrane Park and see an assortment of wildlife. Many people feed the ducks or fish in the pond.
the late Louis and Mae Cochrane. Louis was a president of the Lions Club and songster. Mae donated the land in his memory in 1983. Yelm was once a great agricultural area, growing berries and fruits before World War I. Water was brought to the area by wooden flumes from the Nisqually River Dam, and ran all through the prairie. Where roadways intersected
the flumes, huge concrete siphons sucked the water under roads. Yelm Historical Society located an existing siphon under Mill Road, and the Yelm Public Works unearthed it. Now, the historic concrete siphon holds a place of honor at the park gate. â– Cochrane Park is located on Mill Road near State Highway 507.
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First Saturday in Dec. is always eventful Each year, Yelm residents look forward to the first Saturday in December as a way to ring in the holiday season as a community. On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 residents of Yelm will celebrate a community Christmas in a way that’s uniquely Yelm. Residents continue a traditional kids’ parade, which includes marching students from area schools, entries by local police and fire departments, offerings from businesses, political candidates, the Yelm High School Marching Band and more. With luck, winter rain clouds behave long enough for
hundreds to take part in the parade, which runs through downtown Yelm. And, if they’re lucky, the community may have big snowflakes fall as an omen to the coming winter. After the parade, the community gathers at Yelm City Park for a one-day social event. Civic and business leaders introduce the city’s Youths of the Year and Youth Good Citizenship award winners. Yelm youth are also recognized for their essay writing skills during a contest that usually centers around their Christmas memories and family traditions.
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The bonfire at Yelm City Park attracts visitors who wish to warm up during Christmas in the Park.
Local school choirs and bands take the stage to offer their Christmas wishes through music and song. In the weeks leading up to Christmas in the Park, the best-decorated businesses and residences in town compete for awards for holiday spirit. Christmas in the Park features day-long amusements, including a free photo with Santa, booths, games and entertainment. There are no costs associated with Christmas in the Park; everything’s free. “The program is a gift from local organizations, the chamber and city to its community,” said Cecelia Jenkins, executive director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is the one event in the year where everything is free.”
“There is absolutely no fundraising.” Treats including hot dogs, cocoa and cider are distributed throughout the day, while supplies last. As children play in the park, make crafts, or wrap a free book for a friend at the Friends of the Yelm Library booth, the park becomes a candy lane with entries in the gingerbread house contest, which is open to all ages. Construction can be tasty, as kids generally help themselves to the building materials. The day is topped off with an evening tree-lighting blessing from a local pastor. A bonfire is kept lit throughout the day, which is the prime location for everyone to sing carols.
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Recreational park is a hidden gem When sports enthusiasts come to Yelm, they may not know the city has a little gem on its outskirts. Longmire Park is a recreational facility that offers multiple ball fields perfect for outdoor recreation. Longmire Park offers three baseball fields, a soccer/football field, volleyball court and several walking trails. Baseball fields may be reserved by calling 360-4583244. Playground equipment includes swings, a bridge connecting to two roofed hideouts and a staircase. The facility was built primarily through the acquisition of multiple grants. Last year, the city opened new facilities at the park, a concession stand and bathroom facilities. Tournaments throughout the season bring thousands of ball players and their families. When teams sign up to use the park, the use of concessions will also be included in
the rental. This summer the Yelm Lions Club plans on hosting the first-ever Yelm Lions Club Fastpitch Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 13-14. Fastpitch teams from throughout the state are invited to sign up and check out the beautiful facility. Longmire Park is located at 16820 Canal Road S.E. between Grove Road and Railway Avenue. It is open to the public 8 a.m. to dusk yearround. Sundays are intended for drop-in use only. With all of Longmire’s positive aspects, the city has mandated rules to ensure safety and the quality of the park. To read the complete list visit www.ci.yelm.wa.us/publicworks/longmire.htm and click on “Park Rules.” Aside from the recreational aspects and park rules, Longmire offers a beautiful view. When the skies are clear and the sun is shining, everyone’s in for a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier.
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Rainier rounds up residents for festival Nineteen years ago three Rainier men got an idea to gather musicians for a fun bluegrass jam session. The annual event has now turned into a weekend of pickin’ and grinnin’ at Wilkowski Park in Rainier, sponsored by the Rainier Lions Club. The Bluegrass Pickin’ Party officially runs Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28. But campers show up days in advance to take over the park. They tend to hold informal jam sessions throughout most of the weekend. “It’s a campout for bluegrass people, or anybody who thinks they’d be interested or who just wants to come out and see
a bunch of people play,” said co-organizer Char Runyan, whose husband Art was one of the three men to first bring the event to Rainier. Friday is the open mic jam session that begins in the afternoon and typically runs until about dinner time. There are shows throughout the day Saturday. The Bluegrass Pickin’ Party also coincides with Rainier Round-up Days, the main day of which is Saturday with a parade in the morning along State Highway 507. Food and craft vendors line the pathways leading to Wilkowski Park. The parade typically lasts
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Rainier Round-up Days includes a parade along State Route 507 and a bluegrass pickin’ party in the park.
30-45 minutes with entrants consisting of youth groups, community sports teams, local businesses, some political campaigners and representatives from local law enforcement. There is plenty of candy tossed into the crowd for kids to enjoy. Near the vendors are activities like coin tosses and the dunk tank. Bluegrass tunes continue to echo through the park Sunday morning when almost everyone gathers under the big tent for an informal gospel jam session. “A lot of people dive in for that because it’s just everybody taking turns and playing and singing together,” Runyan said. “A lot of the usual suspects” should be at the park throughout the week, Runyan added. Every year there are groups who visit and perform as well. Runyan said one challenge is the fact that the festival is all volunteer with no paid gigs,
so the party sometimes gets a brand new band that ends up doing extremely well and books numerous shows, so they’re unable to return for an encore the following year. All the shows are free, but donations are appreciated and benefit the Rainier Lions Club, which regularly gives back to the community through various projects, donations and scholarships. Runyan said the Lions will cook daily starting Friday, with a variety of food available. Dinner is served Friday and Saturday. There are nightly corn feeds Thursday through Saturday around 8 p.m. “Walk around, find a good jam, open up a chair and sit down and listen awhile,” Runyan said. “There are usually some really good jams going on. That really is the whole point of the thing. That’s why we planned it this way.”
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Tenino honors history with Trail Days huge draw every year. “They really make it Oregon Trail Days,” Chambers said. In recent years, Oregon Trail Days switched from having a few live musical performances to bringing in a DJ who plays music throughout the weekend. Locations for the activities stay the same year to year, since the festival is a bit of a fixture in the community. Most of the activities occur at Tenino City Park. Friday’s car show, the Rock and Gem Show and the parade are located on separate sites. The parade travels along Sussex Avenue, the main street downtown. The Classic Car Show is at Scotty B’s 50s Diner at Old Highway 99 and State Highway 507. The Rock and Gem Show is at Tenino Elementary School across the street from the park. Prior to the main events, the Tenino Chamber of Commerce hosts an outdoor movie in the park Thursday, July 21. The movie starts at Tenino City Park at dusk, but people can arrive early to enjoy hot
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There are plenty of vendors and booths to stop at during Oregon Trail Days each year. Some give a taste of the community’s history.
dogs and snacks. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie with family, friends and neighbors. The Oregon Trail Days traditions were started in Tenino by the local Lions Club 105 years ago. Now a group of about 20 volunteers helps organize the festival each year.
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Oregon Trail Days is something to look forward to in Tenino each year. This year, the festivities are Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24. The weekend lures locals to the heart of Tenino and attracts out-of-town guests. “It’s basically a parade, lots of homemade crafts vendors and great food with lots of entertainment for the kids,” said Oregon Trail Days Chairwoman Maria Chambers. Hundreds will line Sussex Avenue midday Saturday to watch the parade, which showcases businesses, organizations, political candidates, animals and children. Other attractions include the wine and music festival, Scotty B’s Classic Car Show, food vendors, craft stations, black powder shooters, the sandstone quarry swimming pool and the Rock and Gem Show. “It’s the consistency of it,” Chambers said of what draws people to the festival. She said Trader’s Row, with the black powder shooters, is a
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Wooden money a unique Tenino feature In today’s world, everybody knows money consists of paper bills, coins and plastic cards. But, during the Great Depression, the City of Tenino produced wooden money to meet the currency shortage. In a November 1931 editorial, the local newspaper said scrip should be used to meet the currency shortage, wrote Don Major, of the Thurston County Independent, in 1965. Then, when a man came over from Buckley to act as a liquidator, it tied up “the accounts of the depositors while the affairs of the defunct (Citizens Bank of Tenino) were being adjusted,” Although the United States
has been in an economic recession for years, it may be hard to imagine having to rely on such drastic measures. In order to meet the emergency head on, the Tenino Chamber of Commerce stepped up to the plate. They agreed to “issue scrip to permit the depositors to assign 25 percent of their bank accounts to the Chamber,” Major wrote. “The impression I have, because my ancestors were here during that time, is that they didn’t have money. The bank didn’t work,” said Mary Evans, treasurer and board member of the South Thurston County Historical Society. “So they basically came up with an idea so
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Mary Evans, left, treasurer and board member of the South Thurston County Historical Society, describes how wooden money was printed.
that it would work. They could take a certain percentage out of the bank in wooden money and it worked in all the different stores.” “That allowed the stores to stay in business and allowed people to get food and everything they needed so they could survive during that time.” The printing of $1, $5 and $10 denomination scrip was done on engraved pieces the size of paper money then in use, Major said, and 25 cent denominations were yellow bond paper without a border. The scrip, which was first printed in December 1931, totaled $3,255 with $1,279 being circulated, and the Chamber redeemed $1,079.75 of it. The initial wooden money pieces were flimsy 1/80th of an inch thick sheets, he said, yet the 25 on hand put Tenino in the wooden money business.
The Tenino Depot Museum has many artifacts from the city’s history.
By February 1932, word of Tenino’s wooden money circulated. The Seattle Starr reported the story early that month, which was piggybacked by the Seattle P-I, I Tacoma News-Tribune and Oregonian, just to name a few. By March 1932, the Halls of Congress heard of Tenino’s unique method of meeting the money shortage and featured it in the Congressional Record, See MONEY, page 13
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MONEY: Depot offers glimpse into Teninoâ€™s history Continued from page 12 Major said. This led to worldwide recognition in newspapers and magazines and, according to Major, â€œorders from collectors and souvenir hunters came in increasing demand.â€? He said eight issues â€” mostly in 25 cent denominations, as well as 50 cent and $1 â€” were printed throughout 1933. Overall, $10,308 worth of wooden money was issued, and the Chamber of Commerce redeemed about $40. And the city still prints wooden money several times a year, such as for the annual Oregon Trail Days. â€œItâ€™s made the same way they were made back then,â€? Evans said. â€œIt goes through pretty quickly once they have the plate and everything is inked. It takes up to 20 minutes to ink it correctly, but once itâ€™s inked, it can be printed pretty fast.â€? The original printing machine â€” along with railroad memorabilia, a 1920s doctorâ€™s office display, items from the logging industry and more â€” is housed in the Tenino Depot Museum at 399 Park Ave. W. The train depot, purchased by the city for $1 after it was decommissioned in the 1960s, is made of Tenino sandstone
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Tenino Depot Museum moved to its current location in 1975 and opened as a museum in 1979.
and was built in 1914. With the help of a federal grant, it was moved 10 city blocks and converted into a museum, which is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed during winter. The museum is housed in the last railroad depot building that served Tenino. It was moved to its current location in 1975 and opened in 1979. Whether itâ€™s wooden money, artifacts from Washingtonâ€™s first territorial prison or exhibits on Tenino sandstone, the museum is loaded with history. â€œI think that everyone in Tenino should come and see the museum because it is our history,â€? Evans said. â€œEven if you are only here for four or five years, itâ€™s what has happened in the Tenino area.â€?
Eileen Blake, of Tenino, looks at an assortment of wooden money scrips at the Tenino Depot Museum. The city still prints wooden money several times a year.
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Chase Ammann, 11, jumps off the Tenino Quarry Pool high dive on Thursday. Water depth below the diving board is 28 feet and swimmer must complete a test before entering the deep water of the quarry pool.
Many cities have ways for people to cool off in the summer. But only a select few offer a natural rock quarry swimming pool that is fed by natural spring water. The City of Tenino offers just that. The pool opens by July 4 and closes to the public after school resumes. Due to Washington’s notoriously “pleasant” weather, it is only open for a couple months when temperatures are hot enough to warm the water. The rock quarry is located near the Tenino Depot Museum, 399 Park Ave. W. Because the city and chamber pay for maintenance, ad-
mission to the pool varies depending on where one lives. And yes, although it’s an appealing perk to swim in natural spring water, a chlorinated pool is available nearby for wading and youth swimmers. Another fascinating aspect to the quarry swimming pool is its historical background. The pool is located at the abandoned Tenino Stone Company quarry where miners once harvested sandstone, a sedimentary rock that consists of sand or quartz grains cemented together. While there, swimmers will be surrounded by vibrant green trees and shrubs with a miniature waterfall flowing in the background.
Swimming areas, including the Tenino Quarry Pool, are active, busy places during summer months.
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Path to Rainier features fishing variety Fishing season is underway as trout, bass and other species are ready to take your bait. Washington state is full of prime fishing locations, and the Nisqually Valley area has a variety of spots to wet your beak. Offut Lake Offut is considered fair for 9- to 11-inch rainbows with a few large carryovers. It also gets good later in the season for largemouth bass and perch. It has state access with a small boat launch, two toilets and limited parking. Offut is about three miles north of Tenino. Fish species include largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead catfish and planted rainbow trout. Silver Lake Silver Lake is one of the best largemouth bass lakes in Western Washington. It also has crappie, bluegill, trout, catfish and edible carp. Fishing is open year-round. Silver Lake is located off of Mountain Highway 7, east of Eatonville. Mineral Lake Although Mineral Lake is
home to 10-pound trout, nearby streams and rivers offer an abundance of salmon, steelhead and brook trout. Mineral Lake is about 18 miles south of Eatonville. Other freshwater fishing spots include Harts Lake, located in Roy; Lawrence Lake, located southeast of Yelm; McIntosh Lake, located off State Highway 507 between Rainier and Tenino; and the Nisqually River. Remember: anglers need a current Washington freshwater fishing license, valid through March 31, 2012. Licenses can be purchased online at www.ishhunt.dfw. wa.gov, by phone at 1-866-2469453, or at hundreds of license dealers. Freshwater fishing licenses cost $26 for ages 16 to 69. Fifteen-year-olds and people with disabilities cost $11, seniors 70 and older are $8, and kids 14 and younger do not need a fishing license.
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Roy Pioneer Rodeo brings in the crowds For the 52nd time, cowboys, cowgirls and thousands of fans will hog tie the City of Roy at its annual Roy Pioneer Rodeo. The event is set up in two parts: the first pro rodeo is June 4-5 and the second is Sept. 3-4. Gates open at noon and the rodeo is 1:30-4 p.m. Seating is first-come, firstserved. Parking is free and admission prices vary. Adult admission is $10, seniors are $6, ages 6-12 run $4 and children 5 and younger are free. Concession stands will be open before and during the rodeo. Aside from soda and beer, food such as hamburgers, hot dogs and nachos are sold, as well as items at a souvenir booth. The rodeo features 10 events: bareback riding, barrel
racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, businessman’s wild cow milking, calf roping, military bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. Each event will have about 10 competitors. Hundreds of riders compete annually from the likes of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. A cash award awaits those who place. Roy’s first rodeo was June 19, 1960, said Norma Erb, treasurer of the Roy Pioneer Rodeo committee. It netted $500. The event now makes about $125,000 annually. It costs between $35,000 to $40,000 to host the event, Erb said. All other proceeds go to the riders and improving the grounds. The rodeo is held at 28300 86th Ave. S., Roy.
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Lavender Festival planned for 2nd year children to make some lavender items,” Hulscher said. Hulscher plans to hold a “meet the farmer” presentation where she will talk about culinary lavender and offer ideas for cooking with lavender. She will also answer any questions about lavender and the farm. To go along with the culinary aspect, there will be an assortment of foods and refreshments, many made with lavender. Hulscher plans to have lavender lemonade, lavender iced tea, lavender ice cream, and some lavender pastries such as scones and cookSee LAVENDER, page 18
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Lois Romer, left, and Nancy Schmauder, of University Place, were among the 1,500 visitors to Mountain Meadow Lavender’s first-ever lavender festival.
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Just in time to kick-off the lavender season, Mountain Meadow Lavender will host its second-ever Lavender Festival. Owner Barbara Hulscher is eagerly anticipating this summer’s event at her home and business, located in Roy on the corner of 8th Avenue South and 304th Street. The festival is a two-day festival July 9-10 and is filled with activities for adults and children alike. “We would like to share our love of lavender with a community event that is family friendly,” Hulscher said. An estimated 1,500 people attended the first event in 2010. Hulscher hopes that number continues to grow. Hulscher’s lavender farm started in 2001 after she took a trip to Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula and purchased 60 plants for a “test garden,” she said. Before she knew it, the house was loaded with lavender picked from the garden. She planted the main field in October 2006, had a small shop built in 2007, “and it just took off from there.” Now the 10-acre farm consists of nearly 1,000 plants of several varieties. Those varieties, along with some others from Sequim, will be for sale at the festival. Hulscher’s gift shop will also be open with lavender products such as goat-milkbased soaps, body mist, sachets, laundry bags, lipgloss and body creams. “There will be crafts for
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LAVENDER: Farmer wants to share Continued from page 17 ies. Victor Gonzalez, a wellknown lavender expert from Sequim, will return this year to talk about gardening with lavender in the landscape, propagation and planting. Jesse Mooney from Cedarbrook Lavender Farm in Sequim will be giving oil distillation demonstrations again. Hulscher said there will also be musical entertainment at the festival, including fingerstyle guitarist Murray Flint. The bluegrass band, Convergence Zone, is another who will take the stage.
A representative from Dancing Bee Apiary in Eatonville plans to sell honey and â€œgive some talked to educate people about the bees,â€? Hulscher said. There will also be a cruisein of antique cars on both days at the Mountain Meadow Lavender property. Plus, the lavender field will be open for participants to enjoy and pick their own lavender. Something new this year, is that there will be a culinary lavender garden surrounding a gazebo. The 2011 festival will be bigger than last yearâ€™s, Hulscher added.
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Soldiers Home offers a comforting history light-nursing and domiciliary resident care. The Soldiers Home, which is normally at 95 to 100 percent full capacity, Audette said, gives tours to potential residents. Aside from the Soldiers Home providing several types of care, the facility offers several amenities. “Other highlights at the facility for residents include a fishing pond on campus, which is stocked every year so they can fish,” Audette said. “Our campus has a baseball field, and a little league group that uses the ball field as well.” Gina M. Ryan, facility superintendent, said she is extremely impressed with the Soldiers
Home. The Soldiers Home also offers an auditorium where community groups put on annual events for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. “I think for residents in need of long-term care, the veterans home … is great,” Audette said. “It is surrounded by people with similar background stories, and that is very important.” One of the Home’s most well-known patrons is retired Master Sgt. Llewellyn Chilson. Chilson was decorated by President Harry Truman on Dec. 6, 1946, with the most awards ever made to a soldier at one time. Chilson didn’t live
at the Soldiers Home, but lived a few miles from it and donated his memorial sculpture and poet George Skypeck’s poem “Soldier” in front of the Home’s Chilson Hall auditorium. “I have cried, pained and hoped … but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten,” Skypeck wrote. “At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was … a soldier.” Visiting Mount Rainier is a beautiful sight. But when one travels to do so, just remember that experience may have not been possible without the sacrifices of residents from the Soldiers Home. It is the home of the brave.
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Along the scenic drive to Mount Rainier is something just as beautiful but for an entirely different reason. Located on 181 acres in Puyallup Valley near the City of Orting, the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony serves up to 183 residents needing skilled-nursing and assistedliving care. Established in 1891, the Soldiers Home is the first of three homes built for Washington state veterans who were honorably discharged and are in need of some type of care. Heidi Audette, communications director of the Soldiers Home, said it offers three levels of care facilities: long-term,
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Northwest Trek offers wildlife experience “Spend the day in awe” is Northwest Trek’s slogan, and it speaks the truth. If one wants to be awed by animals, nature and wildlife in general, check out Northwest Trek Wildlife Park located at 11610 Trek Drive E. in Eatonville, which is 55 miles south of Seattle on the way to Mount Rainier National Park. Northwest Trek offers 723 acres of almost anything an outdoor lover could want: lakes, meadows, five miles of nature trails and more than 200 North American animals. The wide variety of animals includes bears, canines, birds, cats and reptiles. “It is an incredible opportunity for the entire family to spend the day up close with animals that are native to the Pacific Northwest,” said Whitney DalBalcon, Northwest Trek marketing and public relations manager. “They can look for moose, elk, caribou, mountain goats and more from natural guided trams in our free roaming area.” To fully experience the park, several options are available. One of the more popular attractions, as DalBalcon mentioned, is a 55-minute tour that allows up to 80 guests to board a tram and view 435 acres of habitat. The tram allows people an upclose view to a variety of animals in their natural habitats behaving how they would in the wild, and a naturalist guides the tour while sharing insights on animals and the surroundings. DalBalcon said tram tours are the park’s most popular draw, as well as her own personal favorite. “That is what’s special and makes us unique from other zoos in the Northwest,” she said. “We have native Pacific Northwest animals roaming freely, and the tram takes you out into that free-roaming area for an up-close experience in their native habitat.” “We are one of only a few similar destinations in the entire country (to offer that).”
Above, a tram passes a buffalo. Tram rides are a 55-minute, up-close tour. Below, a family looks at a skunk up close.
One could also walk a forested pathway to view brown bears, coyotes, wolverines, grizzlies, cougars, otters and owls. Moose are a favorite for people walking through the free-roaming area, DalBalcon said. In the walk through, it’s the brown and grizzly bears. Throughout the day listen to one of many keeper talks regarding various animals. Children may be interested in visiting the Cheney Family Discovery Center, which has things to discover regarding nature and wildlife. In the center, kids can use puppets to imitate animal behavior or touch fur pelt of Pacific Northwest animals. In addition, several of the park’s smaller animals live in the center. Another great feature is Northwest Trek can be visited year-round, and each season showcases a different atmosphere. The park is quiet come winter as animals
wear thick coats. Spring offers a rebirth of green vegetation, summer showcases spotted elk calves and tiny fawns, and fall presents trees and leaves changing color as the bull elk bugle and spar. Off the beating path, Northwest Trek offers a picnic area, café and gift shop. But in order to have fun, safety precautions must be followed. For example, don’t See TREK, page 21
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Eatonville a little town with big personality Around 50 booths, along with food stands, beer garden and stages filled up Glacier View Park over the weekend. Artists display artwork for sale including photography, oil and watercolor painting, woodcarving and sculpture. Many of the artists spend their day practicing their craft as a way of showing onlookers how they do it. Walking down the rows of booths, onlookers can watch someone paint a watercolor of an orchid or carve a wooden duck. Nearby, a mile away to the west, Nisqually Mashel State Park offers expansive views of Mount Rainier and the Nisqually River Gorge. The park also features fishing, rafting, hiking, bird watching, picnicking and mountain biking.
TREK: Wildlife park brings people to wild Continued from page 20 feed animals or bring pets, and remain on the marked trails. Hours vary depending on the season. Until June 9, Northwest Trek is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, with hourly tram rides starting 10 a.m.
Admission fees vary by age. Ages 13-64 cost $17, 65 and older are $15.50, 5-12 is $12, 34 cost $9 and 2 and younger get in free. Pierce County residents and military get a $1 to $2 discount depending age. ■ For more information including schedules, visit www.nwtrek.org
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Welcome to Eatonville Visiting Mount Rainier? Going to explore the wildlife of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park? Why not stop in Eatonville for a bite to eat, some small-town shopping, or just to see the beautiful view of the mountain? The Greater Eatonville Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses in Eatonville and the surrounding areas: Elbe, Ashford, Mount Rainier, and more. There’s plenty to do here, so stop by and explore!
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Pioneer Farm gives hands-on experience Most museums offer indoor viewings of historical pieces. At Pioneer Farm in Eatonville, visitors can enjoy a living museum dating back to the late 19th century. Journey back to the 1880s via a hands-on tour through a pioneer homestead. Then, cross the street and move season to season through the forest at the Ohop Indian Village. Educator Meryl Pruitt and her family created the living history museum near Eatonville in 1975. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed learning the history, culture and environment of pioneers and Native Americans.
The family-oriented museum is open to all. The homestead tour includes exploring two cabins, where people can learn about the families who built and lived in the buildings in the 1880s. Pioneer Farm, a popular field trip destination for schools throughout Washington, teaches visitors about what happened in schoolhouses back then. People learn about schoolhouse etiquette where girls sit on one side and boys sit on the other, and how girls played in the front yard and boys played in the back. Tour guides explain that any child caught disobeying the rules would receive lashings.
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FARM: Museum shows pioneer ways school for dirty hands, they would go home and mom would likely give more lashings for shaming the family name, tour guide Jessica Thompson said. When dad got in from the fields, he might give even more lashings to remind the child that they got in trouble in the first place. “If a teacher thought you needed four lashings for dirty hands, you ended up with 12 by the end of the day,” Thompson said. During the tour, there is a chance to put on costumes resembling the pioneer days while enjoying activities inside an enlarged cabin much like a pioneer home. The houses are lit by candlelight and kerosene lamps since pioneers didn’t have electricity. Activities include learning how to knead dough, churn milk, do laundry by hand, grind cinnamon, chop vegetables with dated cookware and play with wooden toys. Tour guides help girls curl their hair using an iron heated by kerosene lamp, and boys may “shave” one another’s faces. Visitors learn how to milk a cow and can ride in a horsedrawn wagon. Across the street at the Ohop Indian Village, visitors learn about Native Americans and what they did during each season.
Every step of the way, visitors are engaged. For instance, the station representing fall shows people how to play games such as throwing sticks through rope loops. Similar rope loops were used in a game that is much like horseshoes. Plus, visitors are able to make their own arrowheads using soft stones. The tour guide explains how Native Americans would prepare for the winter by smoking fish, clams and oysters. Visitors also learn about different kinds of canoes and what it takes to build one. The spring and summer villages give visitors a chance to try target shooting with a bow and arrow, use a bow drill, play a match-animals game and more. The winter home offers a chance to dress up in nativestyle clothes, try Salish loom weaving, play Indian basketball and make a bracelet to take home. All seasons explore how the Coast Salish people would encourage children to play games that teach kids how to learn about, listen to and respect the environment. There is also a nature trail guided tour where visitors can hike through a forested path in the Ohop Valley. Pioneer Farm Museum and the Ohop Indian Village are located at 7716 Ohop Valley Road E. in Eatonville. There are public tour times,
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Students may don pioneer clothes and practice washing laundry by hand at the Eatonville museum.
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Elbe offering more ‘subdued’ Hobo Days Hobo Days is a popular three-day Fourth of July celebration in the City of Elbe. After about 25 years of holding the event, however, it will be subdued this July, said Elisa Fruzzetti, owner of the Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company. Normally, Hobo Days offered fun for every age with a fireworks display, street dance, vendors, parade and live music. The event was often July 35 at the Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company, Side Track Room and Hobo Inn in Elbe. Because of noise complaints from new residents and
the roughly $6,000 Fruzzetti pays out of pocket, she decided to drastically scale back. This year, because July 4 is on a Monday, Fruzzetti said Hobo Days will be July 2-5 with only vendors and outside music. Fruzzetti said she hopes the current state of Hobo Days will draw in further financial support of the event. “We have had a heck of a time with fireworks,” she said, “and at this point I believe we won’t do fireworks this year.” “Normally, I have always paid for funding of the event, but it’s just been getting tougher and tougher every year to do
that.” Fruzzetti said Hobo Days is always a huge event for the community, but difficulties in funding and getting a permit on the lake to have professionals put on the firework display has become more overwhelming. “It’s supposed to be fun for the community,” Fruzzetti said. “There’s so much politics it’s not really fun anymore, which is too bad.” Fruzzetti hopes to host Hobo Days next year with all of the fixings it has had for more than two decades. The parade and live music will be missed by the commu-
nity, she said, but the biggest heartbreak will probably involve the absence of a firework show, which had been voted seventh-best in the state, she said. “I know we are going to have lots of people disappointed, and maybe that will help be an eye-opener for them too,” Fruzzetti said. If all goes well, the full effect of Hobo Days will be missed, which will lead to added support so it can return next year. Fruzzetti just wants Hobo Days to be fun. She hopes everyone else does too.
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Olympia residents Satoko Gill, left, and Bobbie Johnson compete to see who can stomp the most juice from grapes in one minute at a winery in Centralia.
Last stop to Rainier offers sampling of local wineries way 706 in Ashford. The biggest attraction would be the natural beauty of Mount Rainier. Visitors can come for day hikes through the park, go on contracted climbing expeditions or spend a relaxing day at one of the area’s multiple spas. Equestrians can bring their horses and take guided tours of the area and even camp out. For a creative experience, visitors can stop at an iron sculpture park located on Highway 706 near the west enterance to the park. Ex-Nihilo is a must-see for kids with its dinosaurs, sea creatures and animals crafted from materials found in recycling bins, abandoned farms and junkyards. ■ For more information about Ashford and neighboring areas go to www.mt-rainier.com/
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Your quest to Mount Rainier will take you through a quaint town called Ashford. The town is located just minutes from the year-round Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. It offers a variety of accommodations for a relaxing stop as well as many rental options for weddings, family reunions and retreats. Washington state is the second largest wine producer in the United States and Ashford highlights that fact with the “On the Road to Paradise” wine tasting. The tasting is offered spring and fall and gives visitors a chance to sample artisanal wines from small producers. The spring tasting was held May 14, but another one is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5. It is located at Whittaker Basecamp, 30027 State High-
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Sculpture park open year-round Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park is an 80-acre facility in the foothills of Mount Rainier. The artist-designed park is located at 8431 Waldrick Road S.E., between Old Highway 99 and Military Road in Olympia, just outside Tenino. The park and art center features artwork from local, state, national and international artists. The facility includes a oneacre hedge maze in the shape of a butterfly, along with the bird and butterfly garden, fantasy garden, Japanese garden, sound garden with sculptural musical instruments, and a na-
ture walk. Thirteen sculptures are in the permanent collection by artists such as Beverly Penn, Georg Schmerholz, Myrna Orsini, Vladas Kanciauskas, Elizabeth Juan, Tomas Olivia, Madeline Wiener, Dennis Peacock, Ivan Bulavitsky, Gualitero Mocenni and Vasily Fedorouk. Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park has an ongoing call for artists to exhibit work on the grounds for a two-year period. Artwork must withstand Pacific Northwest weather. The park’s mission is to foster the creation and pre-
sentation of sculpture by the emerging and the professional sculptor, according to the facility’s website. Personal growth, experimentation and exploration are encouraged. The park offers summer visiting artists workshops, art retreats, symposia, conferences, annual exhibits in the indoor gallery, special family events and guided tours. Every other year, there is Art in the Park, which began as an annual event in 1998 that drew artists from around the west coast. Now the event is held on even-numbered years and attracts anywhere from 300 to 1,500 people, Director
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Myrna Orsini said. “We have hands-on activities for children and adults, and just a wide variety of creative works by local artists.” Art exhibits on the grounds are open dawn to dusk year round. The indoor gallery is open by appointment only. Entrance is free, but donations are accepted to help fund the facility. The park and its facilities are available for special occasions like weddings, receptions, parties or group picnics. ■ For more information, go to www.monarchcenter.org or call 360-264-2408.
Let us be your guide at Mt. Rainier Visitor Association and Visitor Center. We are staffed year-round and take pride in providing knowledgeable and personal customer service and information. We can help with lodging, dining, shopping, outdoor adventure and rejuvenation. Let us be your guide to all the Upper Nisqually Valley has to offer on the “Road to Paradise” in each and every season. Find us on the web at www.mt-rainier.com or call us at 877-617-9950 Located at “Mountain Haus” Whittaker Mountaineering Basecamp 30027 SR 706E • Ashford, WA
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Wilderness makes for hiking mecca There are plenty of fun hiking opportunities in and around Lewis County, giving visitors a chance to check out the local flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to stretch your legs. The triple peaks and forest lands of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens are visible and accessible from Lewis County. Hiking options range from short hikes to longer treks: one can even jump onto the Pacific Crest Trail at its junction in Lewis County, at White Pass on U.S. Highway 12. Head to Packwood to access most of the hikes mentioned here.
Pacific Crest Trail Head to White Pass off U.S. Highway 12 for access to the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Among the best known hikes accessible from Lewis County, the Pacific Crest Trail passes through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The trail spans 2,650 miles through pristine glacier country to the desert, from Mexico to Canada, and 500 miles of this National Scenic Trail ambles through Washington, including Lewis County, also passing through the Goat Rocks Wilderness area. The trail crosses U.S. Highway 12 at White Pass, making access to this hiking opportunity very easy. Hikers can plan a long camping trip, or any number of short day trips. A variety of scenic lakes can be accessed from Lewis County via the Pacific Crest Trail.
Visit the 42-acre Packwood Lake via an easy 4-mile hike along the Goat Rocks Wilderness area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. One can continue further along this trail for a 9.6-mile hike. The trail head is located on Forest Road 1260. Contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at Randle 360-497-1100 for advice on trails in the area.
From Randle, one of many accessible day hikes includes the 1.5 mile Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife loop trail No. 247 and 247A. To get to the trail, head south on Forest Service Road 23/35. This well-maintained trail features gravel footing, interpretive markers and plenty of wildlife. The trail features wetlands, forest and meadowland. A variety of day hikes and longer hikes are available at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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Visitors take in the spectatcular view from the fire lookout at High Rock in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest recently. The view of Mount Rainier requires a steep hike through the woods for more than a mile.
Packwood Lake Trail in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
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Calvary Baptist Church 9010 320th St S • Roy 253-843-2792
Yelm Historical Museum 207 Third St SE • Yelm 360-970-8036 Prairie Hotel Yelm Ave at 103rd • Yelm 360-458-8300
Crossroads Community Covenant Church 11520 Bald Hill Rd SE• Yelm 360-400-7877 14 Stewardship Partners www.nisquallyriver.org 360-438-8715
Stewart’s Meat Market 17821 SR 507 • Yelm 360-458-2091 Back Cover
Bunkhouse BBQ 35611 SR 507 • McKenna 360-458-9298
Faith, Fiber & Friends Yarn Shop 14315 Solberg Rd SE • Yelm 253-229-2082 11
Roy Pioneer Rodeo Hwy 507 to Roy Rodeo Arena • Roy 253-843-2242 Roy Pub & Eatery 106 North McNaught • Roy 253-843-2680
America’s Diner 20420 Mountain Hwy E Spanaway • 253-875-4900
Kirks Pharmacy 104 Mashell Ave. N • Eatonville 360-832-3121 22 Mill Village Motel 210 Center St • Eatonville 360-832-3200 800-832-3248
Stringtown Farms 39610 Eatonville Cutoff Rd Eatonville • 360-832-4743
Eatonville Chamber of Commerce Eatonville
Bruno’s Family Restaurant & Bar 204 Center St E • Eatonville 360-83-BRUNO (2-7866) Front Inside Cover & 22
Whittaker Mountaineering 30027 SR 706 E • Ashford 800-238-5756
Mt. Rainier Visitor Association 30027 SR 706 E • Ashford 28 877-617-9950 Cabins In The Woods Ashford • 253-848-0598
15 Eatonville Outdoor Corner of Mashell & Center St Eatonville • 360-832-2434 22 Founding Family Antiques 41918 Lynch Creek Rd E Eatonville • 360-832-4611
The Pour House 119 Mashell Ave • Eatonville 360-832-Grub 22 & 26
Wild Rose Quilt Shop & Retreat 125 Van Scoyoc Ave SW • Orting 360-893-0202 19
Dawn’s Floral & Gifts 100 Washington Ave N Eatonville 360-832-2900
Mountain Meadow Lavender 18 919 304th St S • Roy 9
Easthaven Villa 311 Cullens Rd NW • Yelm 360-458-2800
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Historic Mt Rainier Railroad Dining Co 54106 Mt Hwy E • Elbe 360-569-2505 888-RR-Diner 26 Seasons Motel Corner of Hwy 12 • Morton 360-496-6835 877-496-6835 27
17 Holly Hut 129 Washington • Eatonville 360-832-1747 22 17
Crest Trail Lodge US Hwy 12 • West of Packwood 360-494-4944 800-477-5339 27
“Meat Is Our Business”
FAMOUS BEEF JERKY AND PEPPERONI Natural Grain Fed Beef Pork • Lamb • Veal Homemade Smoked Sausages & Hams, Freezer Packs, Locker Beef Fresh Service Meat Counter Luau Pigs, Grass Fed Beef Raised on our farm Exotic Game & Buffalo Meats Try Our Famous Pork BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Beef Ribs and Chicken
$5 OFF w/ purchase of $30 or more
Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Expires: 10/31/11
17821 SR 507 • Yelm, WA 360.458.2091 ǤǤ
STEWART’S MEAT MARKET Photo by Nicole Kiourkas