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2014 Alderton/McMillin REUNION
“Looking back”

JUNE 14, 2014
at the old McMillin School
12615 SR162 - ORTING HWY - McMILLIN GRANGE

Unfortunately the turnout for this year's reunion was much less than we were hoping for, but for the committee and those who attended, it was a very fun time.  Our guests cozied up to the stage as we presented our version of the classic television game show "What's My Line."  We think that this was our best performance in that we were all relaxed and enjoyed doing it.  Our small audience was very responsive and also commented on how fun it was. 

There was an abundance of promoting next year's reunion which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Alderton School.  The committee hopes to present a unique and meaningful centennial celebration.  This year's attendees were ask to contribute by contacting school mates who do not regularly attend to encourage them to come. 

The date of next year's reunion returns to the third week in June.  Mark it down on next year's computer calendar or on the last page of this years calendar.  We are planning on sending out a reminder late winter or early spring to be sure you keep us in your June plans. 

Next year will also be the last reunion for our current President and her husband, committee Chair.  They have been serving in their roles for the last 10 years.  They are stepping down but not stepping out and plan to continue their support of the Alderton/McMillin reunions.  Classmates are encouraged to help recruit their replacements and email their nominees to the reunion committee prior to next year's reunion.  The larger production reunions may be over, but everyone still looks forward to getting together.  How many elementary schools even have reunions and the Alderton/McMillin schools have had them now for over 80 years.

2014 reunion pictures are available on link at the bottom of the 2014 reunion page (see link below).  You can visit prior reunion pages with pictures from those reunions by selecting the "School Reunion Page" on the sidebar of this page.

 

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You can contact us at amreunion@hotmail.com.

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PIERCE COUNTY TO THE RESCUE

County Makes Effort to Protect Valley Farming

As reported by Steve Maynard in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune on May 13, 2014, Pierce County has secured the funding to preserving 154 acres of rich valley farmland located in the Alderton-McMillin area of the Puyallup Valley. This was accomplished by purchasing the land development rights from the owners of the land, Dave and Ivan Matlock.  As reported on this website, years earlier, the Matlocks had applied to subdivide the land for development, but have had a change of heart and hope that young farming enthusiasts will be attracted to the opportunity to own a portion of the best farmland in the U.S.

We want to offer our appreciation to Pat McCarthy, County Executive for the action taken by the County to preserve farmland.  McCarthy was quoted in the article saying; "Protecting this property is good for farmers, fish and Pierce County's rural character."  That mirrors how we have felt since the beginning and it shows a change of direction for Pierce County government.  Action does speak louder than words and we commend the action taken by the County to preserve the Puyallup Valley's rural character.

 

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