"Our best reunion
by Dave Hill
Reunion Committee Chair
That phrase was quoted from numerous attendees of this year's reunion.
The theme was "Do the Reunion: Remembering the Puyallup Fair when we were
in school." It focused on the Fairs between
1940 and 1955. There were arcade games to play (balloon/dart toss
and a bean bag toss), display boards with pictures and information on Fair
subjects including: fair History, the Fairway,
the Fairgrounds, Agriculture exhibits, general Livestock, Fair Food,
Rodeos, and Grandstand Shows. There was even an mini agricultural
exhibit that won a blue ribbon.
Upon arrival, at the
registration table, the attendees received a token for a free Fair Scone
made fresh from the original scone recipe that included raisins (made with
Fisher flour of course). Calyope music from a band organ played
while a slide show of the Fair's historic 1917 portable carousel
displayed. Pictures of young fairgoers riding the carousel horses
offered fun viewing. Periodically, in the background, was the sound
of screaming coaster thrill riders as a train raced pass. The image
of the roller coaster was displayed high on the wall of the hall.
reunion committee chose as it's guest speaker Kenneth Scholz, a McMillin
graduate and long time Fair Board member. Ken
spoke of his background with the Fair and provided some interesting Fair
history. But he did not stop there, bringing us up to date on what
is happening now and some hints of what to expect in the future from the
Washington State Fair. His presentation concluded with fun
question and answer period.
annual slide show presentation included photos from the different venues
of the Fair. Most of the photos were taken during the years the
class members were in school. Many years they attended the Fair on
their designated school district day, when classes were actually canceled
so they could go.
was a fun event and our reunion committee members were rewarded for their
long hours of work by those precious words:
"Our best reunion ever!" Thanks to those who came and we hope to see
even more class members and guests next year.
Remember, this is an annual event and it is always held on the third
Saturday in June (easy to mark on your new calendar in January). It
is always held at the same place, the McMillin School (Grange) and it is
always held from noon until 3pm. Very easy to remember and even
harder to forget.
We can only continue doing this if you classmates attend, because as a
non-profit, we depend upon our ticket sales and donations from this
reunion to pay for the next reunion. Come join the fun and bring a
friend(s), relative(s), or care giver with you. Thanks for your
support, see you next year.
Registration forms are mailed to classmates each year, but if you do not
receive one or know of anyone who did not, a registration form will be
available for you to print on this website. It will be posted as
soon as our committee determines a new reunion theme.
You can even email us at
PRESERVES VALLEY FARMLAND
PIERCE COUNTY, the PCC FARMLAND TRUST AND
OTHER FARM ADVOCATES SAVE 120 ACRES OF REISE FARM THROUGH PURCHASE OF
DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS. THESE ACRES WILL FOREVER REMAIN FARMLAND. THANKS PC.
HISTORIC PUYALLUP VALLEY BRIDGE THREATENED
WSDOT WANTS TO REPLACE NARROW BUT
HISTORICAL BRIDGE ON
SR162 BETWEEN McMILLIN AND ORTING - MOVEMENT TO SAVE STARTED
THIS BRIDGE IS A ONE OF KIND DESIGN - THE
LONGEST CONCRETE TRUSS BRIDGE IN THE COUNTRY AND IT IS NEARING 80 YEARS OF
IT IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORICAL PLACES.
(PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)
CURRENTLY BUILDING AND SELLING HOMES
NO ACTIVITY TO DATE ON CONTROVERSIAL PLATEAU-TO-VALLEY
BACKGROUND - PRIOR HEADLINES / ARTICLES
Foreclosed "Cascadia" Development Sells
Seattle's HomeStreet Bank
announced on March 24, 2011 its sale of the 4218 acre tract to Newland Real
Estate Group out of San Diego CA. The new buyer is one of the nation's
largest planned community developers. New home construction could begin as
early as this fall. It sounds like new owners will closely follow the
master plan developed by Patrick Kuo the original owner of Cascadia.
We wish them the best of luck and
encourage them to pressure Pierce County to reconsider rerouting the proposed
new Rhodes Lake Road from your development down to the Puyallup Valley.
Please consider our alternate proposal of a south plateau option.
It would provide easier access to and from plateau residents, services and commercial
traffic. Link the plateau to an east/west transportation corridor to
Frederickson and I-5, not to a two-lane farming highway up the valley which
becomes an extension of the SR410 and SR167 interchange (currently at
Anyway, welcome Newland.
Here's hoping you can help us preserve the rural character of the Puyallup
Valley. We hope that you care enough to help us in our endeavor. You
can reach us through the County Planning and Land Use Services office - they
know us well.
ALSO SEE HISTORICAL EFFORTS BY PVPG FURTHER
DOWN THIS PAGE
2012 ALDERTON/MCMILLIN REUNION
GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS ENJOY ANOTHER
CELEBRATING THE ALDERTON STORE CENTENNIAL
HERE TO GO TO 2012 REUNION PAGE
ORTON JUNCTION APPEAL UPHELD
STATE BOARD DISALLOWS REDEFINING SUMNER URBAN GROWTH
AREA THAT WOULD ALLOW ORTON JUNCTION TO PROCEED - ORTON FARMS AND CITY OF SUMNER
HAVE APPEALED IN THURSTON CTY SUPERIOR COURT
BACKGROUND - PRIOR HEADLINES / ARTICLES
DECISION CHALLENGED BY APPEAL
An appeal has been filed with Washington State
Growth Management Hearing Board by Futurewise, Friends of Pierce County,
American Farmland Trust, PCC Farmland Trust, and Tahoma Audubon.
PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL
ONCE AGAIN IGNORES COUNTY RESIDENTS
ON SUMNER COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
All 7 Council Members Ignore Urban Sprawl Into
In the Name of Saving Selective Farmland from Future Development
RESULT: NET LOSS OF FARMLAND
The Pierce County Council, after hearing public
testimony that presented valid arguments for postponing their decision until
more questions could be answered, took the vote on the issue anyway. If
you viewed the Council Meeting, especially over the Internet, you may have
noticed that all council members referred to pre-prepared notes to make their
statements in favor of granting the amendment. It appeared to some of us
that public testimony is a matter of record and has little, if any, influence in
the decisions made by this Council
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CARE
Use this opportunity to learn more about the
struggles of preserving this rural valley so when the next threat arises, you
can be there in its defense. Strength through understanding, Read
articles below about: challenges to the Orton Junction claims, impacts of Orton
Junction on the Puyallup Valley, the misleading "saving farmland" claim, legal
issues, ethical issues, and reaction to the County Council decision to allow
MADE FOR THE ORTON JUNCTION DEVELOPMENT:
by MAXINE HERBERT-HILL
Here are the
claims for this development: Links to Maxine's comments
To capture the shoppers who go to King county and keep that money in Sumner and
To provide a “community center” through a YMCA that will serve our youth.
To provide jobs.
To provide businesses that Sumner otherwise cannot accommodate in its current
To provide residential development that cannot be built in Sumner’s current
To offer a Farmers Market to support the agriculture and farming of the valley.
Impacts On the Puyallup Valley
by Maxine Herbert-Hill
LAHAR ESCAPE ROUTE
The Misleading "Saving Farmland" Claim
by Maxine Herbert-Hill
LINK TO ARTICLE
The Only Farmland Currently Threatened by Development
recommendations of County Staff and the Planning Commission, the County Council
unanimously approved the amendment to the Sumner Comprehensive Plan that will
develop approximately 200 acres of prime farmland along the south side of SR410.
last minute maneuver by the developer to show good faith (or provide a Council
with an out) the revised proposal mandates that for every acre of Agriculture
Resource Land (ARL) to be developed, four acres of ARL must be preserved in the
Alderton / McMillin Community Plan (AMCP) area. Sounds good, but what it
does is splinter the farmland throughout the valley, because there is no
provision for protecting land adjacent to one another. What do you think
the developer will do ......CLICK
HERE TO CONTINUE READING.
PVPG: Fought To Block New Roadway
Valley Preservation Group was originally formed to inform the residents of the
valley, County, and State of the impacts to the Puyallup Valley culture and
environment from urban development. In particular, the effort was made to inform
this and surrounding communities of the Pierce County’s plan to ......
here to continue)
Economic Revival Vision
Lets talk about creating a
"Farm Fresh Corridor"
Transportation In the Puyallup Valley
Developers Push For New Roads Into Center of Valley
Community Plan Stresses Rural
Character - not urban traffic
Community Says "NO"
Pierce County Planning Commission Also Says
PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL says "Yes"
County Council Votes Unanimously to Proceed with Valley
Citizens, Farming Protection Groups, Valley Community
Issues, and False Assumptions Ignored by Council
Hopes for Puyallup Valley Farm Market Corridor Buried in
Farm Fresh Corridor Not Possible
With New Cascadia Road to Valley
What Is the Rhodes Lake Road Corridor Project?
Project Background & Update
Puyallup Valley - Not a Regional Transportation Corridor
More Effective Transportation
Rhodes Lake Road Corridor South Plateau Connection
Part of a Real Transportation Network
Orting Benefits From PVPG Proposed South Plateau Connection
Controls Valley Traffic Problem Too