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Nice Weather Means Boater Safety

It’s getting closer to summer, and that means folks are thinking about breaking out their personal boats and watercraft.

The City of Lakewood would like to advise all boat owners to take the time now to service their boats before heading onto the water. The Lakewood Marine Service Unit gets an increased number of recreational boaters who need assistance because their crafts haven’t been serviced properly, condensation from fuel and water, and other mechanical and electrical issues.

Please take the opportunity to inspect all of the required boating safety equipment. All of the equipment must be onboard, serviceable and readily available for use.

Anyone 59 years old or younger must have a boater’s education card to operate a boat with a motor greater than 15 hp. You must have the card in your possession when operating the boat. Those who need a boater’s education card can complete an online course or attend a class.  A list of area classes can be found by checking out the Washington State Parks website here .

Fairy Garden Tea Party on April 12

On April 12, the City of Lakewood will hold its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party!

The festivities start with a fairy transformation, followed by tea, snacks, a beautiful craft and a special visitor. Each little girl will get her wings at this fun-filled fairy event.

The tea party runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.

Last day to register is Friday, April 11 (There are only 44 spaces left!) To register online, click here .

Lakewood Mayor Part of 62nd Airlift Wing Fly-Away Tour

Tracy Peacock (left), American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter executive, and Mayor Don Anderson (right), City of Lakewood, Wash., find out first-hand how fast personal floatation devices inflate March 28, 2014, at the aircrew flight equipment demonstration during the 2014 Fly-Away Civic Leader tour at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. This year’s tour stopped by the 62nd AFE shop to learn about parachutes, night vision goggles and water survival prior to heading to Travis Air Force Base, Calif On March 28, Mayor Don Anderson was one of 24 civic leaders who were invited to participate in the McChord Civic Leaders Fly-away tour, courtesy of 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro.

As part of the 62nd Airlift Wing's tour, the Mayor and other civic leaders got to fly with a C-17 crew to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California for the day. Along the way, they learned about the airlift wing and got an up-close look at how it conducts its mission.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson.

Check out the 62nd Airlift Wing's coverage of the Fly-away tour here: http://goo.gl/JJ1JhU

Parks Appreciation Day is April 26

Park Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Lakewood for 13 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season..

The 2014 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 26, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park — the major project is pulling scotch broom! This is not particularly fun or exciting project, but it is really crucial this year to prepare for the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament and we need more volunteers than ever before to help us remove this invasive plant.
  • Also at the FSP site, a group of volunteers will be tasked to help with restoration of historic cemetery grave markers and cemetery clean –up. The playground is receiving repairs and will need volunteers to help wrap up the project on Saturday.
  • American Lake Park – the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up the swimming area, and volunteers will help remove the underwater materials collected by the crew.
  • General clean up of the American Lake Park beachfront sand will coordinate with the water clean-up.
  • Wards Lake Park – trail maintenance and sign installation.

If a community/church group is interested in a specific park site and can provide the numbers of volunteers adequate to take on a project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate with them directly to develop site specific projects to spread chips under playground equipment. The City will provide the chips and some gardening tools for these groups. Firm commitment by volunteers would be necessary for these individual group projects.

Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9:00 am. To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi at 253‐983‐7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

Christine Badger Joins Oso Mudslide Recovery Effort

West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger, has been deployed to the Oso/SR 530 mudslide in Snohomish County to assist in the recovery effort.

Christine has worked for West Pierce Fire & Rescue since 2011, as part of a cooperative emergency management program between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood. This position is primarily grant-funded, and the costs are shared between the City and the Fire District. Prior to her arrival at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Christine had many years of experience in Snohomish County, working for both the County and the City of Arlington. She was specifically asked to help with this event because she was the incident commander for the 2006 slide in the same area. For this incident, she is initially attached to Fire Chief Travis Hotts as his assistant.

This joint emergency management program has been highly successful, improving the ability of West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood to prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters such as the Oso Mudslide. Christine has coordinated several drills in Lakewood that have given members of many different community organizations the opportunity to work with each other prior to an incident occurring. She has also worked to identify resources in Lakewood which can be utilized in response and recovery efforts should such as disaster occur in our community.

Shortly after the incident command center was established, a request was made for Christine to assist in the emergency management operations. She is expected to be on site throughout the recovery efforts.

According to Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield, “We feel fortunate to have Christine’s expertise here in our community, and we are very glad she is able to provide assistance to the recovery efforts in Oso.”