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Slater: Vaughn Bay Cemetery honors deceased veterans for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated Sunday (May 29) as 340 casket flags fly at Vaughn Bay Cemetery.

The 22nd annual program begins at 1 p.m. with retired U.S. Navy Capt. Larry Seaquist as guest speaker.

The names of 370 deceased veterans will be recited, most whom lived on the Key Peninsula. Boy scouts will help set up the flags by 7 a.m. and take them down at 6 p.m.

The cemetery board sets a small U.S. flag at each veteran’s grave. Touted as the largest veteran’s honor aisle west of the Mississippi, it’s an impressive site, and on occasion an eagle is sited overhead. Shuttle service from Vaughn Elementary School is available, and early arrivals are encouraged.

Both Saturday and Monday, a rummage sale will be held at Lakebay Community Church, 11 Cornwall Rd., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, with proceeds going to the Mothers of Preschoolers program (MOPS).

Evergreen Elementary PTA will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 with the school’s 2016-17 Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math program the recipient of proceeds. Donations of toys and gently used clothing will be accepted in front of the school between 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 20, 22 and 24.

Also June 25, the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church (Lackey Road and Key Peninsula Highway) holds its annual Giant Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The various Gig Harbor summer markets open soon.

The Waterfront Market, 3207 Harborview Dr., runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning June 2.

June 4 is the opening date of the Saturday Farmers Market, 5503 Wollochet Dr., which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Uptown Farmers Market, 4701 Pt. Fosdick Dr., opens on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting June 5.

El Sombrero Restaurant in Key Center holds a fundraiser for the Key Peninsula Civic Center at 5 p.m. until closing June 13. The de la Cruz family donates a percentage of the dinner proceeds during those hours. Members of the KPCCA Board will be on hand to meet guests and provide information on their facility and upcoming activities.

Paradise Theatre, in its new home on Judson Street, presents a favorite story: “The Little Mermaid” June 17 to 19 and 24 to 26. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are 3 p.m. For more information, call 253-954-PLAY.

High gardening season has begun. Picking our own lettuce is the beginning, but other vegetables are coming along well.

A plethora of blooms decorate our home. Currently, rhododendrons, azaleas, iris. One of the best things about gardening, for me, is sharing. Some I have few of, like campanulas, don’t get picked, and Tropicana roses and day lilies don’t last long enough to share.

However, with the plusses are also minuses — slugs, of course, but a small green worm — about a 3/8-inch one that is specific to deciduous azaleas has invaded. Azalea sawfly. A preference for organic treatment means hand-picking them. They’re known to hide in soil or other plants at night, but I’ve found them at all times of the day, so do them on a regular basis. This is the second year. If it happens again, I will resort to something more effective next year.

Our New Zealand spinach, a fast-growing delicious green crop, never had problems before, but something — whether bird or insect — nipped off the first leaves of several plants.

Gardening is an experiment — we learn and make mistakes, but the enjoyment of the results are mostly positive.

Enjoy the season, and tell our veterans “Thank you!”