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Giant sunflower grows at Edgewood farm

Sunflowers are normally thought of as a pretty plant that also happens to produce delicious seeds, but if you stop by the Audett/ Lorenz Edgewood farm, you may be a bit surprised at their garden’s centerpiece – a giant 12-foot sunflower grown by 4-year old Charleigh Lorenz.
Charleigh brought the sunflower home from Joy Christian Pre-school at the start of summer. She began growing it in mid-May and it developed into a 6-inch small fry before making its way to the farm. Her grandmother, Sue Audett, helped nurse it in the garden at her home and it began to grow. Today it dwarfs everything else in the garden.
“I believe it to be an excellent example of the wonderful community in which we all enjoy – a place where children learn responsibility, how to grow the food they so love to eat, to love and care for animals, and… Read Full Story

It’s just business

When big companies fail, we always seem to hear about or read an analysis of why from an outside observer – “business experts” and the like – but never really from someone inside the company laying out exactly why the business had to close. It could be that people just don’t want to face their failures. After closing my Tacoma Fresh natural foods convenience store last month, I want to shed some light on the subject for entrepreneurs who may be facing the same crossroads: when to hold ‘em, or when to fold ‘em.

In the beginning months, Tacoma Fresh was doing great. The grand opening was a lot of fun and many friends came… Read Full Story

Local Restuarants

Since opening in 2015 at 1948 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, Senergo has been serving delicious and nutritious smoothies and wraps to locals throughout the area. Owner and founder Joseph Nguyen, originally from Vancouver, BC founded Senergo in the hopes of bringing popularized Canadian health conscious delicacies of fresh pressed juices, 100 percent fruit smoothies and toasty grilled wraps to clientele in the Pacific Northwest.
Senergo’s mission is to provide a modern, smart and healthy diet for busy lives by using no sorbet, no puree… Read Full Story

More News
Managing crisis and debunking the popular narrative
Paul Pastor Pierce County Sheriff

The popular narrative about police conduct is that police need to revise their handling of crisis situations. More training is almost always cited as a corrective. Often, the popular narrative portrays police as muddled, violent or inappropriate in their response. In too many news stories and interviews…

Milton Craft Bazaar to take place on Oct. 8-9.
Derek Shuck

While Milton Days has become ubiquitous with the city, when the weather cools citizens have another event that has been a part of Milton for more than two decades, the Milton Craft and Gift Bazaar. The annual bazaar has emerged as a must-attend event for the city, filling city hall with vendors and…

Fife Harvest Festival celebrates city’s farming community roots
Derek Shuck

As summer fades away, many people view the arrival of serene autumn evenings as a chance to reflect. And there’s no better family-friendly opportunity for that than the 11th annual Fife Harvest Festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event has steadily grown over…

Safety information of PSE planned gas plant could come this fall
Steve Dunkelberger

A Washington State Court of Appeals commissioner has merged two appeals of a lower court decision on the disclosure of fire and emergency response information involving the proposed 8 million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility Puget Sound Energy wants to build on the tideflats. Port watchdog…

Homecoming, Drive 4UR School, reunions and more at Fife High

Fife High School’s first home football game is scheduled for Friday, Sept.  16. Prior to kickoff, the stadium’s new LED lighting that was put in over the summer will be unveiled. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and just prior to this the groups that donated money to the lighting project will be acknowledged…

The Lions Den

Membership is a three-part program. The second part, which is the topic of this article is RETENTION, or keeping Lions in the organization. This has become a major problem in North America since 1982. In our district our membership has dropped in all years except 2008, 2014 and 2015.   …

Fire & Rescue News - TO BURN OR NOT TO BURN?

In Washington State, it is... Illegal to burn in a BURN BARREL. Illegal to burn prohibited materials including: Garbage or refuse Cardboard and paper Building materials including paints, vinyl flooring, roofing and scrap lumber Rubber products, including tires Plastics or petroleum products Material…

Fife High School athletes to play under same lights as Mariners
Gary Chittum Special to Fife Free Press

Players, coaches and fans are in for a big surprise when they attend the next night game at the Fife High School Stadium field. Over the summer, workers replaced the stadium’s failing high-pressure sodium lights with new, state-of-art LED sports lights. Through a generous grant from the Ben B. Cheney…

Calling all grads of Fife High School class of ‘71

The Fife High School Graduating Class of 1971 will be having their 45th Class Reunion On Sept. 17 at the Right Spot Tavern in Fife. The reunion begins at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Bryan Dorwin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/*

Lakewood Police hope new DNA profile will identify suspect in Seeley Park murder
David Rose

Visiting her son’s gravesite hasn’t gotten easier for Vicky Jordan. It’s been one year since her son, Danny Guerin, was found stabbed to death near his pickup truck in the parking lot of Seeley Lake Park in Lakewood. “You’ll never have closure when you have your child is murdered in such…