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Business Showcase-Lakewood Hardware & Paint

On Monday night, Dec. 15, the Lakewood City Council recognized longtime Lakewood institution Lakewood Hardware and Paint as its Business Showcase for December 2014. Owner Donn Tyler received the award for his store, and announced his recent engagement.

Lakewood Hardware and Paint has been part of Lakewood for more than 65 years, ever since Russell Fry opened the first store on Gravelly Lake Drive. The building the community frequents today is actually the store’s third incarnation.

The father of the current owner, Donn Tyler, bought Lakewood Hardware and Paint from Fry in the 1950s and later moved to a building more than twice its size on 105th Street and Bridgeport Way. In 1983, five years after purchasing his father’s share of the company, Tyler moved to its existing 12,000-square-foot spot on Lakewood Drive.

Over the years, Lakewood Hardware and Paint has continued to expand and grow. The original store sold hardware, paint and a few plumbing tools. These days, Lakewood Hardware and Paint’s selection includes home appliances, STIHL power tools, home and garden, plumbing, electricity and lumber. It even sells doors. And if customers can’t find what they need, the store will order whatever they request—and keep a stock of it in the future.

Tyler says the relationship between customers and employees is the secret to the store’s success. The interview process for a new employee, for example, is intensive. The store incorporates the whole team to make sure every potential hire fits. Tyler looks for experience and knowledge. In addition to knowing the products inside and out, employees have to be able to talk with customers, answer their questions, find out what they need and help them solve problems.

“For all we’ve added and done, it’s no good without people to support it,” said Tyler, who proudly referred to his current team as “the best staff we’ve had to date.”

Helping the customers is Tyler’s favorite part of the job, something that has turned many customers into longtime friends. That’s one of the reasons he loves doing business in Lakewood.

“You come to work, you like seeing the customers, you like seeing the other employees,” he said. That spirit of friendship and community is why Lakewood Hardware and Paint has succeeded for decades no matter the competition. Tyler grew up, attended school and has worked in Lakewood almost his entire life.

The store gives back to the community through countless partners and donations. Lakewood Hardware and Paint supports local churches, the Chamber of Commerce, veterans organizations, the Lakewood Area Shelter Associates, the Kiwanis Club and the Boy Scouts.

The future of the store is stable. In the coming years, Skip Tyler, Donn’s son, will slowly take over from his father. They know what they do and how to do it well. “We do the best job we can without worrying about what other people are doing,” Donn Tyler said. 

Lakewood Hardware and Paint is located on 9020 Lakewood Drive SW. You can learn more about them on their Facebook/Lakewood Hardware, or shop online through their website at . You can also call at (253) 581-1010.

Check out photos of the Business Showcase here:

Interlaaken Bridge Closed Friday for Modifications

The Interlaaken Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 for storm drainage modifications. The bridge drain on the west end of the bridge will be removed and upgraded with a drain to improve water quality. The storm drainage outfall on the east end of the bridge will be retrofitted with a stormwater treatment structure. Electron reader boards noting the closure are up and presently operating on both sides of the bridge at key locations.

The work is part of the Outfall Water Quality program conducted to retrofit 15 storm water outfalls that presently discharge into Clover Creek, Steilacoom and Chambers Creek.  The performance of the work is subject to weather condition. 


Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration

The eyes of the international cyclocross community turned to Lakewood this past weekend for the second race of the Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration.

The two-day event was sanctioned by the International Cycling Union and gave racers an opportunity to earn crucial points in order to qualify for the national championships on Jan. 7 through the 11 in Austin, Texas. 

The first race began Dec. 6 at Pacific Lutheran University. The second race, on Dec. 7, started at Fort Steilacoom Park.

According to Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who attended the event, the announcers remarked several times how ideal of a setting Fort Steilacoom Park provided for the competition. Its trails, Lake Waughop and open space are just a few of the natural amenities that created a challenging yet picturesque course for cyclocross.

Cyclocross, a form of bike racing that has become especially popular in the Northwest, is a blend of traditional road and mountain biking. Cyclocross courses can feature sand, asphalt, grass, trails, steep hills and other obstacles. At some points in a race riders can expect to dismount and carry their bikes, such as in this photo, courtesy of Councilmember Simpson.

The race was hosted by Low Pressure Promotions and Waves for Water, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water to communities in need around the world. Each race day focused on bringing attention and financial support to one of two Waves for Water projects. The race through Fort Steilacoom Park helped raise money for a plan to bring clean drinking water to 10,000 people in the country of Nepal.

To learn more about Waves for Water, check out their website at  .

Storm, Potential Outages Thursday

The weather is turning fierce this week. Tonight and into Wednesday, expect blustery winds with possible gusts to 20 miles per hour and 1-2.5 inches of rain.  There is even a possibility of urban and stream flooding along coastal areas in Pierce County. Currently there is a flood watch out for the Puyallup River at Orting.

The biggest storm of the week is coming in on Thursday. The storm has some embedded subtropical moisture from former Typhoon Hagupit. Currently, it shows it will hit Oregon and move up the coast toward Canada. This storm has the potential for significant winds that could cause power outages and down trees due to significant saturated soils. The weather service will continue to give us frequent updates for Thursday’s storm potential. Right now, this storm looks very similar to the early Dec. 2007 storm which knocked out the power to some areas for over a week.

With the increasing saturated soils there is also a higher potential for landslides and sloughing. The good news is that Friday will bring cooler temperatures, lighter winds with decreasing showers. Saturday should be dryer, the temperate in the 40s.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Recognizes Citizens for Heroic Actions

At the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd, five individuals were recognized for their heroic actions during an emergency medical response on American Lake on July 29, 2014.  Dave, Joni, and Abigail Dupille, Jamie Ross, and Kate Owens were all recognized for helping a man in need of medical assistance, as well as a woman who was with him during the incident.

The man and woman were on a jet ski in American Lake when the man went into what appeared to be cardiac arrest.  The woman was heard screaming for help and both were in the water next to the jet ski.  A boat containing the five recognized heard the cries and went to help from their own boat.

Dave Dupille is a former University Place Fire Marshal, who retired in 2011.  He was also a Paramedic from 1984-1996 for the University Place Fire Department.  Between himself, his family, and friends, they all assisted in giving the man CPR, helping the woman to safety, and calling 911. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue arrived within three minutes of being dispatched to the Harry Todd Park swimming area to assist in the rescue.  Unfortunately, the man did not live through the incident, but the life-saving efforts of those involved should not go unrecognized.  Without those willing to react in such a heroic manner, the outcome could have been much more devastating.