Bill Fay will climb Mount Rainier on Sept. 1 and 2 to raise money for Orphans Africa, a Tacoma-based nonprofit organization that works in Tanzania. The money Fay plans to raise will be used in one of the organization’s three schools.
Students in Kelly Bolender’s Building Communities class at Kopachuck Middle School combine shop skills and business skills to complete projects that benefit the community. A two-year project to construct a sign for Voyager Elementary was recently completed.
Paul Dunlap, who has been a barber for 18 years — 12 of them in Gig Harbor — took over the former Gentleman Jim’s barbershop in October 2015 and completely transformed the layout, making it his own. He says his business has increased by 50 percent since that time, mostly due to word of mouth.
The inaugural Fly In Drive In movie night is set for Saturday (Aug. 27) as a fundraiser for Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport and the Gig Harbor Film Festival. Vintage airplanes, automobiles and Disney’s “Planes” movie will be shown, along with food from community businesses at this family-friendly event.
Peninsula High School 2013 graduate Cody Olson has had a pretty successful collegiate lacrosse career at Grand Canyon University. In 2015, Olson won a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division-I National Championship with the Lopes. Last season, the team made it all the way to the MCLA semifinals before being eliminated.
Our recent family reunion was a scorcher as far as some of us native Washingtonians are concerned, but others loved it, especially those from California. We had at least 60 this year, with the inclusion of relatives who’ve never been to one or hadn’t been for many years.
Regina and Darius Aldrige, co-owners of Waypoint CrossFit in Gig Harbor, have seen a sharp uptick in people over 40 who want to participate in CrossFit classes. So they started a Silver Nanos program in response to the demand.
Some 20 Gig Harbor leaders from the seven congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently gathered to train and inspire 44 young men who are preparing to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world as missionaries.
Roy Peratrovich Jr.’s children’s book, “Little Whale,” was recently published by the University of Alaska. Peratrovich Jr., a Gig Harbor resident, is of Tlingit descent. The Tlingit are an indigenous people of the southeastern part of Alaska.
After Alan Anderson, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team coach and founder, retried earlier this year, Holm Schmidt took over the program. The program hasn’t missed a beat, capturing its fifth straight national title — Schmidt’s first has head coach — earlier this month.
There is a beautiful, enormous tree in PenMet Parks’ Sehmel Park at which, more than once, I’ve taken photos of Boy Scouts engaged in projects near. The latest of these was to catch the final act of Boy Scout Troop 212’s Eagle Scout project by Anders Carlson, who’d decided the tree needed protection and chose as his Eagle project creation of a guardian split rail fence.
Home is where the heart is, and this is especially true for Claude and Claudia Gahard — owners and operators of Trillium Creek Winery — who have been pouring their hearts into their home and their wine for the past 16 years. But the couple is now looking to sell the winery.
The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound have announced a strategic partnership which will include joint use of the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center facility on Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor.