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Published March 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
You could call Tacoma native Pete Henriot father, because since 1970 he has been a Jesuit priest. You could call him doctor, because he has a doctorate and three master's degrees. You certainly could call him driven, because at age 78 he spends more time looking ahead than behind.
Published March 10th, 2014 - 12:05AM
They had Tae McKenzie just after “hello.” She was an 8-year-old who’d just moved, from Tacoma’s East Side to the Hilltop. She attended Stanley Elementary School. And right next door was the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club chapter.
Published March 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Faith has long played a prominent role in Julie Westbrook’s life, even before she and Eric met at church. They were both 19 — she, a Catholic dealing with the recent loss of her father; he, the son of the Rev. Thomas L. Westbrook, the well-known Tacoma pastor, bishop and founder of the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ.
Published March 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
As fish stories go, Lloyd Livernash has a great one, lacking only a fish. “My dad and uncle worked the sawmill in Buckley, and once or twice a year we’d drive down to Point Defiance, rent a rowboat and go fishing,” Livernash said. “The year I turned 11, we all went fishing around Washington’s birthday.” This was in 1939 — 75 years ago.
Published March 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Alina Prots was a baby when she met neighbor Tom Bungert, and said his wheelchair scared her at first. "I got used to it," Alina said. What blossomed was a relationship both treasure, one that grew so close that Alina’s family and Tom and Bev Bungert might as well be one group. One large group.
Published March 1st, 2014 - 12:05AM
When Irving Farber opened LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma in 1941, he offered customers more than diamonds and gold. He had toasters, too. And baseball bats.
Published February 24th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Jerry White believes each of us has a moment in life from which we begin to view things as before and after, and the longer we live, the more such moments we accumulate.
Published February 22nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
As a child of the ’50s in Seward, Neb., Evonne Agnello knew she wanted to write a book — but had no clear idea what it might be about. Most of her life, she wrote. For small newspapers, like the two her father owned; then a Minnesota paper she and her husband ran; then journals she kept going through good times and bad. The bad was cripplingly painful.
Published February 19th, 2014 - 12:05AM
After 40 years in the newspaper business, the last 24 as the outdoor writer for The News Tribune, Bob Mottram retired in 2003.
Published February 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When the snow fell this month, Bill Evans watched the kids playing in it near his Proctor District shop — and one in particular caught his attention.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 8:41PM
At a small kitchen table in a home filled with clocks, Shayne Buchanan has no problem sliding back in time. A sip of coffee, a hit on his cigarette, and the 67-year-old is back in 1965.
Published February 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When he went to Afghanistan last year, Lt. Daniel T. Jones was driven by duty — his Washington National Guard unit was deployed with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Published February 10th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Twenty years old with a 15-month-old daughter, Danielle Wills has no job — something she plans on changing.
Published February 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Barney did not become a wonder dog just by being the best-looking male Australian cattle dog in the United States. It started with his conception.
Published February 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Even in a family of 10 siblings, Bryan Boisvert stood out as a character. Living with his mother, Bryan stopped speaking at 14. Ask him a question, he’d write the answer. Not long after that, his mother drowned in a fishing accident, and Bryan returned to live with his father in Puyallup.
Published January 29th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Between 1975 and 1979, it’s estimated the Khmer Rouge executed as many as 2.5 million people in Cambodia, a nation of 8 million.
Published January 27th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It was the 1960s, and all three of Elnora and Ken Medley’s sons were attending Clover Park Technical College, one after another.
Published January 25th, 2014 - 12:05AM
What led Jasmine Davis from her job as a nurse’s assistant toward a career in occupational therapy was her son, Stephon.
Published January 22nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
It was the summer of 1997, and Faith Eversull was weeks from starting her senior year at Curtis High School, fueled by the immortality of being 17.
Published January 20th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A year ago, Bev Williams made a decision with all of Pierce County in mind. She stopped driving.
Published January 19th, 2014 - 11:47PM
Seven years of riding a tricycle ended last month for Bev Williams when it was stolen. No problem: Her neighbor's generous employer bought her a new one.
Published January 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
As she was turning 48, Julie Kaas found herself floundering in a new lifestyle, one so foreign she decided to Google it. “Newly divorced and separated,” she typed. That seemed, last August, to be her identity. There was, and is, far more to her.
Published January 15th, 2014 - 12:05AM
An artist with thrifty tastes, Gerry Sperry was wandering through a Goodwill store in Puyallup on the last day of 2013 when he came upon a lacquered wooden box in the hardware section.
Published January 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Carl Lane was a heck of a paperboy in 1950, and when he died 47 years later, his younger sister worried that his grandchildren might never know what he’d been like in his younger years.
Published January 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The new house that Dianna Sullivan and her family will move into next week was built thanks to thousands of dollars and hundreds of hands.
Published January 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
She was 17 years old and weeks away from her senior year at Auburn Riverside High School when Michelle Sams learned her father had died. A truck driver, Wayne Sams was killed Aug. 13, 1999, in a pileup on Interstate 405. For Michelle, the oldest of his three children, it seemed there was no one she could turn to.
Published December 16th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Katherine Brewer is a doctor specializing in allergies and asthma, which means she’s as much a detective as a physician.
Published December 14th, 2013 - 12:05AM
’Tis the season for holiday parties and pageants, and Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Puyallup has put an extra dash of the Christmas spirit into its effort.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Raymond Cool was the fat kid in his senior class at Spanaway Lake High School, a likeable fellow with an appetite for life and food that seemed irrepressible. It almost destroyed him.
Published December 9th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Mary Pat Lancefield was with her two young daughters at a Gig Harbor soccer game two years ago when the news arrived with one of their teammates.
Published December 7th, 2013 - 12:05AM
The first planes flew over his family’s home just before 8 a.m., as Tadashi Fujioka was eating breakfast before church. He was 16, a Japanese-American boy in Hawaii. When he ran outside, he saw low-flying planes overhead, the Japanese flag on the underside of their wings. They were headed toward Pearl Harbor, less than two miles away.
Published December 4th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Diane Hansen was born an artist, then spent much of her life waiting for her talent to show itself. She tried singing on tape for her grandmother and created a sound a grandparent could love. From a woman in her Anacortes neighborhood, Hansen was introduced to drawing with pencils, charcoal, then watercolors.
Published December 2nd, 2013 - 12:05AM
Ryan Conway grew up across the street from the Indian Willard Cemetery in Puyallup, visiting ancestral graves and living in what was then called the “Blue House.”
Published November 30th, 2013 - 12:05AM
You survived Black Friday. You’re trying hard to figure out what Cyber Monday means. Maybe it’s time to join a worldwide effort called #givingtuesday — and coat your spirit in good will born of helping others.
Published November 27th, 2013 - 2:56AM
At 76, Ed Kane had walked, hiked and backpacked all his life until back problems limited him for a few months this year.
Published October 28th, 2013 - 6:58AM
On some streets, one house — or one man — can become the identity for an entire neighborhood. For 60 years in Tacoma, that man was Ron Thaut. And his home, for each of those 60 years, was mint green.
Published October 23rd, 2013 - 8:22AM
Kathleen Casper leaves no vapor trail as she passes, though that might be because there isn’t enough time for one to form.
Published October 21st, 2013 - 7:05AM
Sebrena Chambers has risen through the ranks of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for 17 years. Last week, the 54-year-old Chambers was named head of the Strengthening Families Division of the department.
Published October 11th, 2013 - 10:21PM
For years, the Pacific Crest Trail was an adventure that lay ahead of Elena and Gus Wimberger, a once-in-a-lifetime trek they’d dreamed of and planned.
Published August 26th, 2013 - 7:18AM
If you have an extra good thought on your hands, or an unused prayer, Ellie Walton could use it. The 7-month-old has bright eyes, a big smile and one of those laughs that make adults go soft. And for the second time in her young life, she's had a brain tumor removed.
Published August 18th, 2013 - 9:47PM
Joe Lawson will auction an almost complete 1915 Cracker Jack set of baseball cards Sept. 3 in Tacoma. The rare find is the holy grail of the hobby.
Published August 13th, 2013 - 6:27PM
The wedding dress of a Kent bride-to-be was stolen the day of the ceremony from her car Sunday. The 911 dispatcher she called ended up saving the day by lending the woman her own.
Published August 6th, 2013 - 7:13PM
On Aug. 29, 2012, Doug McArthur was playing a round at the nine-hole Highlands Golf Course, near his Tacoma home. After teeing off on the first hole, he was lining up a putt on the green. And dropped dead.
Published August 4th, 2013 - 11:12PM
All summer, the Orting Valley Farmers Market has been open each Friday from 3-7 p.m. and now has some 40 vendors. It was precisely the type of project the Spark Grants were created to fund.
Published July 30th, 2013 - 8:24PM
The early-morning fire that tore through the kitchen did more than close the Ale House Sports Pub & Eatery for at least two months. It put 17 employees out of work, including general manager Craig Dickens. On July 12, Dickens got a visitor from across the parking lot: Narrows Plaza Bowl manager Mary Ann Greenfield.
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