At the end of July, IKEA renovated an unused office room into a kid’s play room at Helping Hand House. All of the furniture, toys and decorations were also donated by IKEA. The renovated space gives the children, who might not have a room of their own, a place to have fun.
Downtown Bike, Puyallup’s only bike service and repair shop, moved to a larger location in late July. The new space’s front exposure and extra room helped improve the shop’s business by 23 percent, according to owner Aaron Todd.
Terry Lee, 71, is one of about 33 citizen volunteers in the Puyallup Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, which started in 2005 and is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Lee was named the department’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year last month.
The Olympic glory that the U.S. women’s team enjoyed this summer was one built over decades, by knocking down stereotypes and shooing away the naysayers. The passage of Title IX many years ago has a lot to do with it.
Planning for the Puyallup Activity Center, which opened in 2006, began back in 2002. The public is invited to help the center celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 26). Refreshments will be served.
The Sumner Historical Society and Sumner VFW are partnering to create the Military Memories Campaign. The campaign is currently collecting military and other armed forces items to display at the Sumner Ryan House. The campaign was created so that objects that are passed down through families don’t lose their histories.
The Puyallup Food Bank received more than $15,000 in a matching donation from CenturyLink, reaching its $50,000 goal during CenturyLink’s annual Backpack Buddies Food Drive. The food bank also received $2,500 from the Demonos Car Club in Tacoma. Monetary donations go toward food and supplies for families, but also supports staff and building operations.
Bill Heath, 93, helped to construct the Daffodil Valley Sports Complex in 1989. The Sumner Rotary Club decided to rename the park the “Bill Heath Sports Complex” in his honor. Local businesses, foundations and individuals that helped donate made appearances at an Aug. 16 ceremony.
Restaurant Week is scheduled for Sept. 4 to 30 during the Washington State Fair. There will be a themed menu for every one of the four weeks of the campaign. Twenty restaurants are expected to participate.
The Little Gym in Puyallup will host its second open house fundraiser on Saturday (Aug. 27). Proceeds raised at the open house will go toward SeriousFun Children’s Network and Camp Korey in Mount Vernon. There will be music and gym activities for kids.
Last season, Bonney Lake High coach Jason Silbaugh had arguably his best offensive-line group during his tenure, where linemen mauled opponents, helping a trio of running backs rush for a combined 3,053 yards. The Panthers’ line was great one year ago. This year, it might be even better.
“American Pickers,” a documentary television series that airs on the History Channel, is coming to film in Washington next month. Hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the two “pickers” of the show, are asking people with private collections of antiques to contact them. The show reveals the stories and values behind all types of antiques.
Ten-year-old Marjorie “JoJo” McDaniel attended three national and international competitions for judo this summer. She medaled at the World Junior Olympics and took first place at Judo Junior Nationals. She practices judo with her coach and father at the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner.
Back in the beginning of March, California State University, Bakersfield women’s soccer coach Gary Curneen had a surprise need in his defensive backfield after one of his 2016 recruits dropped their commitment, leaving the Roadrunners empty-handed. So when Curneen was left needing a talented fullback to plug into the empty spot on his back line, the fourth-year Roadrunner coach found his answer with former Sumner High fullback Kinsey Saiz.
Puyallup High grad and former University of Washington Husky Stevie Mussie was named the head women’s volleyball coach at Arizona State University in February, becoming the seventh head coach in the program’s history.