Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Fraychineaud owns the Park Way Taverns near Tacoma General Hospital and the Corner Bar near 6th and K Streets, along with about 30 other apartments. His philosophy is to build and maintain nice units with better tenants.
The new owner has met with the town planner and mayor, who appear eager to see the building developed. Fraychineaud has a successful record both as a businessman and good neighbor. He is hopeful for continued support from both town officials and the community. With the on-going upgrade of the adjacent building, things are looking up for our most visible corner!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
It was quite a show yesterday, a regular party in the neighborhood. We spotted a bag of marshmallows, but no one had roasting sticks long enough to make use of the huge fire. The heat could be felt from across the street. My husband caught the roof collapse on video...
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
DETAILS: Parking will be restricted along Shirley Street. Folks with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay indoors during the exercise. Public viewing will be available at the Ruston School parking lot AT 5219 N. Shirley Street. There is hope to take video from inside the burning structure and post it on the Town's web site eventually.
Bates Technical College Fire Training is running the show in partnership with Ruston Fire. Crews have been practicing and training all week on the building. This offers invaluable training to our great volunteers. Thanks to the owner and builder for giving our guys (and gals) this great opportunity!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Kathleen Merryman at The News Tribune has a nice column today describing Phil and his contributions to our community. You can read her words here... Phil is pictured above at one of the early Asarco planning meetings in 1993 with Congressman Norm Dicks. He is the bearded fellow in suspenders. To see Phil's note and donation for the trees see my previous post here...
It's a fitting tribute to a good man. I hope many of you will join us to honor Phil, hug his kids and enjoy this peaceful setting to remember a life gone much too soon.
Monday, February 14, 2011
The former home of one of Ruston's fire chiefs is set to be burned to the ground as part of a training exercises for the same department he once led. The burn is scheduled for this Saturday, February 19th.
Gerald Tritt and his wife Carol once lived in this house on N. Shirley Street across from Ruston School. Gerald helped rebuild the department in the 1980's after the department was disbanded briefly. His wife Carol formed the Firefighter Auxiliary to support department efforts, such as raising the funds to purchase a much needed medical aid van. Gerald died a few years ago, but his legacy lives on in a well-trained, committed volunteer fire department.
One of the best ways to train is with live fire. Ruston Fire Chief Don Torbet reports his fire fighters are "pumped up" and ready. Bates Technical College fire training school is the lead agency on this effort. As you will recall, some Bates fire fighters live in the bunk house next to town hall to help provide 24 hour coverage for Ruston - and valuable training for the Bates students.
This burn has been in the planning for months. North Shirley Street will be closed all day from 52nd to 53rd. You can view the fire from the parking lot at the Ruston School building at 5219 N. Shirley. It will be a busy day in the neighborhood, but immensely valuable to our fire department, helpful to the family who will rebuild a new home here and exciting to watch. I think Gerald would be proud to know his work continues to benefit his department.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The tree is a Japanese Maple with a 800 pound root ball. Council Member Bradley Huson supervised the installation. The family will be supplying a memorial plaque soon so future generations will know of Phil's contributions to Ruston.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Point Ruston team provided the Ruston council with an update last month on the overall project (below). Two more homes on Stack Hill are scheduled to start construction by the end of March. Lots 6 and 7 were recently purchased by a single buyer for a larger house, now in design.
The sewers have been installed across the lower site and the rest of the utility work is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, which will include some tunnel closure time. More remediation work is planned off-shore this spring and summer.
Despite the economy, lots of good things happening in town...