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Saturday, April 19, 2014 -- 4:29 pm
King County continues ongoing dialogue with landfill neighbors at April 23 meeting
Covington Reporter - King County King County has been meeting with the neighbors of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill since the mid-1980s in order to keep them up to date with landfill activities, provide citizens with an opportunity to offer feedback, and to share ideas for improving operations. Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 8:34 pm
Wash. police investigate alleged abduction
Bellingham Herald - KOMO-TV reports the woman told investigators she was abducted Tuesday and escaped Thursday morning, when her alleged abductor went to a McDonald's in Milton and she got out of the car and ran to safety. Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 11:15 am
Another community meeting set on Cedar Hills landfill
Renton Reporter - King County has been meeting with the neighbors of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill since the mid-1980s in order to keep them up to date with landfill activities, provide citizens with an opportunity to offer feedback, and to share ideas for improving operations. Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 10:01 am
TROJAN TRACK AND FIELD OFF AND RUNNING
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - It's still early in the season and Fife's track and field athletes are hoping the cold weather and rain are now in the rear-view mirror. With the warm-up underway look for Fife times, heights and distances to improve as the season progresses. There is still plenty of time to get out to a track meet to support Fife's athletes with seven events remaining on the schedule including Sub-Districts. Remaining 2014 Schedule APRIL 19 PASCO INVITATIONAL APRIL 24 WHITE RIVER @ FIFE APRIL 26 BILL HARRIS INVITATIONAL MAY 1 CLOVER PARK @ FIFE MAY 3 BCS INVITATIONAL MAY 8 FIFE @ ORTING MAY 16/17 2A SPSL/SEA SUB-DISTRICTS MAY 23/24 2A WCD III CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 29-31 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 FIFE TRACK & FIELD NOTABLES 100m Jonah Mathews - 10.94 Brittany Pringle - 13.20 200m Jonah Mathews - 22.84 Brittany Pringle - 28.54 400m Jonah Mathews - 54.02 800m Joshua Terre - 2:11.50 110m Hurdles Jonathan Moore - 16.38 300m Hurdles Jonathan Moore - 44.95 4X100 Relay Boys 45.01 Girls - 52.27 Javelin Tyler Paulino - 122-2 Jonathan Moore - 118-5 Savannah Barber - 107-8 Shot Put Monike Sarte - 47-0 Savannah Barber - 36-7 Discus Tyresse Lucero - 126-1 Savannah Barber - 100-4 Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 9:04 am
Be Well: Find your place of peace at City of Destiny Float & Massage
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - It's no secret what negative effects sensory overload can have on our daily lives. With kids, jobs, schedules, noise, traffic and so much more to contend with, not only do our mind and spirit suffer but our physical body as well can grow sore and painful from shouldering the demands of the day. It only stands to logic, then, that at the other end of the spectrum there is relief - the deliberate reduction of stimuli, sometimes technically referred to as "sensory deprivation," to induce a calm, peaceful and healing meditative state that can carry into your daily routine. In Tacoma, City of Destiny Float & Massage is the go-to place for those seeking respite from the constant bombardment and stress from the outside world. Step into one of their 7-foot by 5 -foot float basins and you'll come away feeling renewed and refreshed like never before. The secret is in the 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt that is dissolved into 10 inches of water, creating a unique solution three times denser than the Dead Sea. As you lie on your back and float effortlessly at the surface in a sound and light reduced environment, the skin-temperature water allows for weightlessness in blissful peace and quiet. Without visual or audio stimulation, your body will more fully relax. Your ears stay just below the water, so noise won't be able to reach you. There is no clock, so nothing pulls for your attention. You can let go of scheduling, the phone, interruptions, etc...which is why floating is really about everything you won't be doing. Marca Ouida and her son, Luis, own City of Destiny Float & Massage located at 406 E. 26th St. "I started floating in March of 2013 and from my first float I fell in love with it," Marca said. "I became super-efficient and very energetic. I started floating regularly - twice a week and for double sessions." She discovered that one-hour to 90 minutes of floating makes for a complete experience, so she offers these timed sessions at City of Destiny Float & Massage. "Some people don't know how stiff and sore they are until they float and it's taken away. From this experience, people come away feeling really good and really healthy." Marca noted that the effects of floating are a purely individual experience. Some say colors are brighter, the air seems fresher, their mood is lifted, a sense of inner peace takes hold, food tastes better, creative ideas come to mind...the list goes on. "When we let our brains have no stimulus, it gets to take its own journey and that journey will include the subconscious - like meditation on steroids," as Marca described it. Some of the common benefits of floating: De-stress and relax Unlock the creative centers in your brain Increase athletic performance Relieve inflammation in joints Eliminate the pressure of gravity Improve sleep patterns Achieve effortless visualization Relieve pain from injuries and ailments Strengthen immune system ...and most of all, it's fun! In addition to her background in physical the Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 8:54 am
DAFFODIL PARADE
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Overcast skies and slight showers were met with a steady stream of sunny yellow on Saturday, April 5, as the 81st Annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade wound its way through the four Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. Despite the cloudy weather and predictions of rain, the residents of Pierce County still lined the streets in all four cities, ready to take part in the annual celebration of community. "The weather didn't scare us!" says Princess Lydia Mangan, from Henry Foss High School. "We kept our energy high." Princess Ji Larson, from Lincoln High School, concurs. "It was a little chilly, but dancing around and smiling with all of my other Princesses cured that. It was wet here and there, but I am sure none of us would have minded, even if it was showering... there still would've been many people out to enjoy the parade!" The Parade marks the high point of the journey of the Daffodil Princesses, one that starts at school selections in October and November, sees their official crowning in February, and involves several high-energy months of Boys and Girls Clubs and Pierce County Libraries visits, interactions with community leaders and children alike. So you'll excuse them for being a little preoccupied. "I didn't really think about the rain," says Princess Stephanie Jackson-Buena, from Chief Leschi High School, "All I really thought of was how I couldn't believe the time had already arrived!" The morning of the parade also marked the beginning of a new event for the festival, the Daffodil 5K Challenge, which traveled through those same four cities as the parade, all in one day, utilizing each of the parade routes in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting as means of conducting four individual 5K races. The Challenge itself was in completing all four. "It was inspiring to see how many people came to run," said Princess Kayla McElligott, from Fife High School. "I was also one of the princesses who got to hand out the medals to the runners who finished all four 5Ks... we handed out 138 medals!" When the big moment came and the princesses arrived to get on their float for the first time, it was a very poignant moment for the Royalty, something some of them had been building up to since they dreamed about it as children. Princess Sarah Schroeder, from Wilson High School, found herself getting a little more emotional than she had anticipated. "You can ask the other girls - I just couldn't hold the tears back! I couldn't help but cry, and I don't mean misty-eyed! It was so, so special, and I know I'll remember that moment forever." "It was a little bit surreal," agrees Princess Lydia. "I felt like I needed to step back and wait a little bit. After all, we were going to be just like those princesses we looked up to when we were little, but on to the float we went! It was all kind of a 'go, go, go!' attitude from there!" The 2014 Daffodil Parade also marked the second year of the Daffodil Festival Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 8:45 am
Fife Community Calendar - April 2014
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Fife Community Calendar - April 2014 Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 8:34 am
Washington's Most Wanted captures 500th fugitive
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - A convicted sex offender and accused Tacoma rapist is the 500th Washington's Most Wanted fugitive captured thanks to Crime Stoppers tips from viewers since the show started airing in November, 2008. The milestone was recognized by Governor Jay Inslee, who declared April 17, 2014 as "Washington's Most Wanted" Day. "If you're a criminal trying to hide in Washington state, you're going to have a tough time," said Inslee. "We have six and a half million people working together to keep our communities safe. Thanks to the hard work of the men and women serving in law enforcement agencies throughout the state, and the vigilant viewers of Washington's Most Wanted, there are 500 violent offenders off our streets and behind bars." King County detectives and the U.S. Marshal's Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force arrested Harvey Johnson in SeaTac less than a week after he was featured as the top fugitive. Johnson had a $100,000 warrant for failing to register in King County. He was designated a level 3 sex offender after being convicted in 1997 for grabbing a 14-year-old girl off her bike and raping her. Johnson was also wanted by Tacoma police after detectives say he dragged a woman from a bus stop last summer and raped her in the woods. "Mr. Johnson is a violent offender who deserves to be locked up and off the streets for the rest of his life. And that is what we intend to do," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Numerous tips from viewers started coming in to the Crime Stoppers hotline after Johnson was featured on March 1. He was spotted riding the Route 8 bus on Rainier Avenue South several times. King County Det. Derrick McCauley, who works on the Marshal's Task Force, followed up on every lead. Five days after Johnson's case first aired on Washington's Most Wanted, a viewer made an urgent call to the Crime Stoppers hotline. "He was spotted near a bus stop on International Boulevard. Detectives saw him get on the bus." said King County Sgt. Cindi West. "They stopped the bus. When they initially contacted him, he lied about his name, and then once they said, 'look, we know who you are,' he started crying like a baby all the way to jail." Hours later, detectives say, Johnson had a seizure and fell off the top bunk in jail fracturing his neck. He underwent major surgery and is still in the hospital. When he recovers, Johnson faces a new rape charge in Tacoma. Prosecutors say on Aug. 1, 2013 he grabbed a woman from behind at a bus stop at South 74th and Cedar Street, pulled her into the woods and raped her. Public Information Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police says Johnson's arrest proves the relationship between the media, police and public is an invaluable tool. "Thank you Washington's Most Wanted for providing this avenue that allows the citizens to get involved with no fear of repercussions from the criminals." Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 8:33 am
Students learn Native culture at Fife schools
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Fife Schools Indian Education Coordinator Martha Sherman has started bringing Native Circles to the various schools in the district to teach students about Native culture. At Hedden Elementary School and Endeavour Intermediate School she teaches students cultural lessons about canoes, canoe etiquette and the canoe journey as lessons in how teamwork and communication are important in just about all aspects of life, on and off the water. She also showed them how to make beaded necklaces. On an April 4 visit to Hedden, as Sherman read from Nan McNutt's book "Uncle Jerry's Canoe" the young students sandpapered their own little wooden paddle to add to their necklace, which tied in with Sherman's lesson. "Working with elementary students is always a learning process (for me)," Sherman said. "These little minds are like a sponge, eager to learn, but when it is their culture area they know the answers to the questions and are happy to give you the answer." At Fife High School she's teaching the students how to make pine needle baskets, and at Surprise Lake Middle School Sherman holds an after school Native Circle Art Club. Sherman expressed gratitude to the Puyallup Tribe for their help in bringing Native Circles to the children. "If it were not for the Puyallup Tribal Charity Fund we would not have had the opportunity to make the necklaces. We would not have had the supplies to do the project," Sherman said. "Thank you." Read more...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- 9:42 pm
Project at sewage treatment plant forges ahead near Chambers Bay
The News Tribune - Four tower cranes up to 175 feet tall soar above a maze of concrete and rebar at Pierce County's sewage treatment facility, where a $353 million expansion is in full swing. Read more...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- 1:23 pm
Board approves project to resolve flood problems in a section of Midland
The News Tribune - Midland-area residents will be the first to benefit from the portion of the flood control tax set aside for local projects. Read more...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- 10:12 am
Auditor Julie Anderson announces re-election bid
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Julie Anderson will run for a second term as Pierce County Auditor. She kicks off her campaign on Thursday April 10 at 1625 Historic Tacoma (1625 South Tacoma Way). Barleywine Revue provides live music, starting at 5 p.m. The program begins at 5:45. Festivities will end at 7 p.m. The Auditor's Office is responsible for overseeing elections for as well as business licensing, public document recording, vehicle licensing, animal control, marriage licensing, and passports. More than 250,000 people visit the Auditor's Office every year. Annual transactions exceed two million. During her first term, Julie Anderson made it her top priority to de-politicize the office, focusing on professionalization and improved customer service. "My goal has been to restore faith in the efficiency and integrity of local government," says Anderson. "I'm committed to putting people before politics." Since her election in a 2009 special election, Anderson has managed the transition to Vote-By-Mail elections, instituted the state's most-expansive ballot drop program, implemented same-sex marriage, and made more transactions available to citizens online. Announcing her 2014 kick-off, Anderson noted her policy of not accepting contributions from elected officials, candidates, employees, or the labor union that represents her employees. "It's harder to run for re-election without taking these contributions. However, I don't want my re-election colored by any perception of favoritism. The Auditor's Office, more than any other, should be free from back-scratching. The outstanding employees who work in the Auditor's Office operate on merit, not favoritism." For more information, visit www.JulieAnderson.org or contact the campaign at (253) 761-3602 or Julie@JulieAnderson.org. Read more...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- 10:39 am
Fife High School spring sports update
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - FASTPITCH: Coach Michelle Nixon's club is already looking in midseason form. The Trojans have taken over sole possession of first place in the 2A SPSL with a 5-1 overall record (2-0 in league). With victories over three 4A schools, Puyallup, Kentlake and Thomas Jefferson, Fife appears to be a serious contender for a State 2A title. Their lone loss of the season is against undefeated 3A Enumclaw. SOCCER: Prior to the start of the season, coach Tony Crudo thought he might have some rebuilding to do this season with a relatively young squad. Instead, the Trojans have jumped out to a 5-0 record (3-0 in 2A SPSL) and have outscored their opponents by a combined 19-2. Junior Mack Smith is having a stellar season so far with eight goals and four assists. Senior Edgar "Pee Wee" Garcia has added three goals and six assists in this young season. Goalkeeper Ulises Zepeda has recorded three shutouts. BASEBALL: After losing 11 players to graduation in 2013, the Trojans have had an up-and-down start to the season. Fife has losses to 3A schools Decatur and Enumclaw and 2A SPSL White River. Their victories over lesser squads in Vashon, Franklin Pierce and Clover Park leave the 4-3 club (3-1 in league) with question marks as to how much more they're going to need to improve if they want to repeat again as league champions. Read more...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- 10:17 am
The Vision
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Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- 10:10 am
City Manager Special Report: 54th Ave. Railroad Crossing
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - There has been a lot of discussion throughout the community, including in this publication, about the 54th Ave. Railroad Crossing. The comments and questions that come to mind depend on one's perspective, with some of those being: Open the road! Keep it closed! Why was the road closed? And why not reopen it now? I thought we already did this and decided to close it; is the City going to go back on its word? Is the School District putting up roadblocks? How does leaving it closed hurt us? How does opening it hurt us? What are the advantages to connecting North and South Fife on 54th? What are the impacts of an opening? The issue is much more complex than a binary "yes or no" as to the question of whether the gates should reopen or remain closed. As is the case when discussing significant and complex matters of public importance, a solid foundation of fact-based knowledge helps to keep the debate objective and focused on evaluating and deliberating alternatives that could lead to a solution that best serves the whole. This article is the first of a series aimed at getting us all up to speed on the history behind the closure of 54th Ave at the crossing by providing some key facts, updating the reader as to the current status of the crossing, and providing a discussion of the alternatives going forward. As background, the current agreements regarding the crossing are more than 15 years old and involve multiple parties; City of Fife, Puyallup Tribe, Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR), Fife School District and the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Committee (UTC). Aside from what 15 years can do to our ability to recall an event and the rationale behind it, there has been considerable growth and changes in conditions in our community. These realities leave us a situation where what may have been clearly understood about the crossing by a large majority of the population then, have over the years been clouded to where only a few accurately remember the "whys" behind those earlier decisions. Our first step then is to disseminate to all the key documents that may affect future decisions related to 54th Ave at the crossing. The documents listed below are online at cityoffife.org/54th, as well as other pertinent documents: Indian Land Claims Settlement between the Puyallup Tribe and multiple jurisdictions UTC Order regarding the 54th Ave Railroad Crossing 1999 Interlocal Agreement between the City and Fife School District Letter from Fife Public Schools dated November 20, 2001, to Joe Rozenski and Mike Caldwell Resolution No. 811-03, adopted by the City Council on August 26, 2003, approving the final settlement agreement with agreement with the Fife School District No. 417 2005 Addendum to the Interlocal Agreement between the City and Fife School District Railroad Crossing Feasibility Study prepared in 2004 by David Evans and Associates for the City Several more recent events with respect to the crossing have occurred within th Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 9:37 am
It takes a village to conquer cancer
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Cancer pros want you to bring two things to every important appointment: A notebook and an advocate. No problem, my husband and I thought. We are reporters. We ask lots of questions. We carry notebooks the way trees carry leaves. The notebook buddy plan worked all through the scary introduction, through the lumpectomy, through the installation of the power port for chemotherapy drugs. We had no idea that all that was the easy part. MultiCare did. The cancer treatment team knew we were about to hit a tornado of info. Cytoxan, adriamycin, neulasta, and taxol, ondansetron and dexamethasone were about to bust into our vocabulary, along with their trade names - because remembering one name per drug would just be too easy. The lingering regret about not mastering the metric system would become acute. There would be appointments beyond appointments. And don't even start on the clinical trial options. Our treatment team knew we'd need help - that everybody needs help with this, and assigned us a nurse navigator. Calm, considerate, resourceful, non-judgmental, Robin manages to anticipate my mistakes, and steer me from rash to reasoned actions. What to do about a temperature? Robin knows. Where to find a good wig? Robin has the list. When to call Robin? Any time. Any time at all. Before I met Robin, before I knew enough to fear the tornado, I'd done my prep reading. I'd studied the coverage through Medicare and my Medicare Advantage plan insurance, and submitted to utter gratitude that I got this diagnosis a week after I went on Medicare. I got a binder to save every bill, prescription, report, info packet and schedule. Two months into this, the second binder is half full. My PET scan technician, the one who pinpointed the nest of invader cells behind my breastbone, gave me two LIVESTRONG workbooks. "Lance Armstrong? Really?" I thought after I thanked her kindly. The last time I'd run into a reference to the lying, cheating cyclist was in a bike shop on Kauai, where they had his poster at floor level, for convenient kicking. I could not imagine his cancer foundation had anything to say that I needed to read. Wrong, as usual. On a low day after surgery, I pulled the books out and read about the broader experience of cancer - about research, about cancers with improved odds because of it, and cancers with not much change for the better. The books told of young people facing infertility, and resources for families facing ruinous bills. They listed support services and gave contact info. They provided work sheets on everything from side effects to expenses. They explained how to make a will, and what to consider in a living will. It was good reading, and a decent invitation to admit that there's a dark layer under all the confidence, technology and support that are carrying me through this. It's okay, the book said, to falter once in a while. What a relief, because that's about the time I lost it for a day. I'm lucky enough to have a cancer w Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 9:36 am
No deaths or injuries in Fife Heights fire
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - A fire erupted on the morning of March 31 in a side-attached garage of a two-story house in the 5900 block of 13th St. Court NE in Fife Heights. According to Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb, there were no injuries reported. Heavy flames and smoke were seen pouring from the side of the house when close to 30 Tacoma firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 8:45 a.m. Webb said the cause has been identified as an accidental electrical fire with damages estimated to be at $65,000. Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 9:35 am
Murder Mystery: Who killed Tacoma father of five in 1994?
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Tacoma Cold Case Detective Gene Miller is determined to find out who killed a father of five in south Tacoma 20 years ago. He's processing evidence in the murder of 53-year-old Bonny Brooks. Brooks was shot and stabbed in his home on Sept. 12, 1994. Detective Miller told Washington's Most Wanted's Cold Case Correspondent Parella Lewis that there was no sign of forced entry, but money and possibly a firearm were stolen. "My hope is that the person or persons responsible for this, based upon the injuries sustained by the victim, would quite likely have had not only the person's property but potentially the person's blood on their person," Miller said. He also believes there are people who know who killed Brooks who haven't come forward. "The victim was last seen alive by his wife and two step children when they left around 5:30 in the morning." Brooks was scheduled to see a doctor at 8 a.m. for a back injury but never left his home. His oldest daughter Isabelle Hommel remembers her father as an avid outdoorsman. "We used to go camping every single weekend - winter, spring, summer, fall," said Hommel. She said her father taught her how to fish and was involved with all of the kids. "He coached basketball, my brother's soccer, and my sister's - they were doing gymnastics," Hommel said. Brooks' family believes it will probably take someone coming forward with information to give answers they've been seeking for almost two decades. "If anyone could think back on that time, if they lived in that area and remember, maybe they heard someone talking about something and has any information. We would greatly appreciate it so that we can move on with the story that it's solved," Hommel said. If you know anything about this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County anonymously at 1-800-222-tips. Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 9:34 am
54th Avenue crossing to gain automatic opener for emergencies
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - City officials are moving forward with plans to install an electric gate opening system at the locked gate that blocks the crossing of railroad tracks on 54th Avenue as a way to provide faster response times to neighborhoods on the other side. A city-funded study of the issue last fall had concluded that response times to emergency calls to Radiance and Saddle Creek timed in at five minutes if crews had to detour around the locked gate. Crews have keys to the lock and are now forced to get out of their response vehicles to open the gate. An electrical system being installed will automate the process in much the same way as an electrical garage door opener swings a gate open with a quick click of a button. Emergency records show that 93 dispatched incidents occurred in the area south of the crossing in 2012, and 94 police and fire incidents occurred in 2013. The installation of an automatic gate is meant to lower response times to those residential areas, a key battle cry for people who want the gate to remain open to traffic. The railroad crossing was blocked with a gate more than 10 years ago in an agreement between the city and Fife Schools, which was building Columbia Junior High School near the crossing. Many residents and the Puyallup Tribe, which owns property in the area that it wants to develop into a residential and commercial hub, want the gate removed and the crossing cleared for vehicle traffic. School officials fear opening the crossing would endanger students who would use the crossing to walk to and from school. Union Pacific officials worry that opening the crossing would hamper their plans of adding a second track nearby to stage freight cars since the stacking of rail cars would mean the crossing would be blocked throughout the day. The City of Fife is now set to conduct a train study to determine how many trains run along the tracks at the location and how long the crossing is blocked by rail cars. City officials are also drafting an agreement to open the crossing in the short term, while still researching options for an underpass for walkers and vehicles at 54th Avenue. Estimates for that run around $18 million. Union Pacific Railroad is also moving forward with plans for the second track, plans that were pondered some 30 years ago but were mothballed during the recession. The railroad now hopes to build the tracks in 2015. Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 9:32 am
Daffodil Parade makes its way through four cities this weekend
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - As April begins and daffodils are seen growing in abundance, Pierce County is reminded that it is once again time to celebrate its unique agricultural heritage with the 81st Annual Daffodil Grand Floral Parade taking place this coming Saturday, April 5. More than 150 participating organization and their floats, cars, motorcycles and more will wind their way through the four Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting, just as they have been for over the past 80 years. And, similar to years past, it seems like no one is quite as excited for Parade Day as the 25 young women serving their year as 2014 Daffodil Festival Princesses. When asked what she is most excited for about Parade Day, Princess Lydia Mangan, from Henry Foss High School, responded, "Everything!" What in particular has her so enthusiastic? "Seeing everyone who came to watch... Not everyone likes to sit out in the cold... but a crowd that does so, and is happy about it, will definitely make my day!" Princess Delaney Fry, from Stadium High School, is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces along the parade routes, as well. "On parade day, I'm most excited to see my family out in the crowds. They've been so supportive of me throughout this entire process, and having them out there, cheering me on as I'm on top of the world, is just going to be the icing on the cake." Same goes for Princess Nina Thach, from Mt. Tahoma High School, who knows how invested her community is the parade, regardless of the inclement weather with which the spring event sometimes coincides. "This parade is going to be big! A lot of my friends and family, and supporters from Mount Tahoma, will be coming whether it's rain or shine." In fact, the often-unpredictable weather seems to be a recurring theme in what the princesses are least worried about. It's the crowds - those fans of the festival that can be found throughout Pierce County - that matter the most. "I am so excited to see all the smiling children with their parents, sitting out there through rain and sunshine, to come and enjoy the festival with us princesses," says Princess Ji Larson of Lincoln High School. The Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade is a tradition for Pierce County, born from the beauty of the daffodil fields that grew abundantly in the fields of Puyallup and Sumner, after a dearth of hops harvest left farmers looking for something new to grow. While over the many decades, a celebration that was once dedicated to the flowers and fields has now turned to local schools, organizations, philanthropic service and a focus on arts and education in our communities. What truly remains is the spirit of fostering the continuation of the great things growing in Pierce County, and the people who have helped the festival itself blossom throughout these many years. Despite the festival's historic cultural significance to the area, it almost seems like everyone has their own Daffodil Festival history to c Read more...

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