Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Safety Reminder

This reminder from our Ruston Police:

***SAFETY REMINDER*** Do not let anyone you do not know into your house and always follow universal safety precautions.

We have had a couple of reports of a female asking residents to see things in their yard (decorations, yard art, etc.) and then asking to go in the house to use the restroom. The person then leaves and says she forgot something inside and asks to go back in. No one that we know of so far has allowed her back in the second time and nothing has been stolen or reported missing so far but we think its important to always ask questions and never let someone in your home that you do not know and trust.

Some of the criminal element uses a ruse similar to this to case your homes and to see if there is anything inside that they want to come back and steal. We want to ensure everyone has a happy holidays and do not want to see any one become a victim.



As we gather around the turkey tomorrow with grateful hearts, it's a good time reflect on what a wonderful community Ruston is. One poignant reminder of our blessings and this generous town was the Second Helping Bowl Sale held last Sunday.

The event has raised almost $3,200 so far to help feed the hungry in Pierce County. Bowls were made and donated by local potters, primarily from Ruston. The event supplements the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Emergency Food Network and is traditionally held the day after the larger event.

There are a few bowls left, so contact Ginger Kryger at (253) 752-3041 if you want a perfect holiday gift.

Enjoy the feast tomorrow neighbors, knowing that many local families will be feasting with you thanks to your generosity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Even Better Zoolights

Zoolights promises new and improved displays this year (News Tribune article here). Doors open Friday at 5pm. Discount tickets available here. It's a great way to ring in the holiday season - walk down and enjoy!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Local Shop on Evening Magazine

Ruston's own Secondhand Hound was featured on KING 5's Evening Magazine last night in their Thrifting Thursday segment. The story highlighted the store's low cost, friendly service and support that owners give to pet rescue and adoption. Way to go Angie and Joel! Check out the story here... And be sure to stop by their store on N. 51st Street.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Latest Election Numbers

Below are the election results as of Tuesday, November 19th. These numbers are not likely to change before the election is certified later this month.

  • 209 - Bruce Hopkins (93.3%)
  • 15 - Write In (6.7%)
Position 1
  • 196 - Lyle Hardin (95.61%)
  • 9 - Write In (4.39%)
Position 2
  • 95 - Holland Cohen (37.25%)
  • 158 - Deb Kristovich (61.96%)
  • 2 - Write In (.78%)
Position 4
  • 179 - Jane Krock Hunt (93.33%)
  • 13 - Write In (6.77%)
Position 5
  • 175 - Bruce Judd (94.59%)
  • 10 - Write In (5.41%)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Catch Up

In case you have been wondering what our elected officials have been doing, here are the meeting minutes from the last few council meetings:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Council Meeting Tonight

On tap for tonight is continued discussion on next year's budget, purchase of street lights for both Baltimore and Pearl Streets and final adoption of a new sign code. There is debate between the mayor and the attorney about the need to enter into a full contract to purchase the street lights. The meeting starts at 7pm in the Joyce Community Center (5219 N. Shirley Street). The background material for the meeting is available here...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Beautiful Hand Crafted Bowls Help Feed The Hungry

Ruston’s Second Helping Bowl Sale To Benefit Emergency Food Network
Hand-crafted Bowls To Feed The Hungry

Sunday, November 24th
12pm to 4pm
Mary Joyce Community Center
5219 N. Shirley Street, Ruston, WA

Ruston artists are once again hosting a “second helping” the day after the local Empty Bowls event to help feed the hungry here in Pierce County.  The fundraiser is now in its 8th year, which features handmade bowls by Ruston artists and friends. The event will be held at the Mary Joyce Community Center in Ruston this year.

These beautiful creations will be available on Sunday, November 24th from Noon until 4pm. Each bowl sells for only $10 – with a few larger bowls available at $30 to $50. Each $10 bowl sold provides $120 worth of food. Proceeds go directly to the Emergency Food Network.

Every year, thousands of Pierce County residents face hunger. Emergency Food Network supports almost 70 feeding programs that serve over 15 million meals annually. The public can help meet this great need on November 24th in Ruston and take home gorgeous pottery at the same time – a double win!

Ginger Kryger                                                                                                                 
(253) 752-3041                                                                                                                     

Judy Grams
(253) 759-3544

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Election Results

The first round of votes are in. Ruston's one contested race for council Position 2 shows these results:
  • 45 : Holland Cohen
  • 87 : Deb Kristovich

In the uncontested races, results so far:
  • 102 : Mayor, Bruce Hopkins
  • 95 : Council Position 1, Lyle Hardin
  • 86 : Council Position 4, Jane Krock Hunt
  • 86 : Council Position 5, Bruce Judd

Election Day & Council Meeting

Today is election day in Ruston with five of six elected seats up for grabs, but only one contested race. So we can expect things to continue on their current course with no major change in direction. Only council seat #2 offers any choice with newcomer Holland Cohen challenging incumbent Deb Kristovich.

The council meeting tonight (background materials here) includes the public hearing setting property tax rates for the new year, zoning code changes, lifting the moratorium on marijuana sales (which are not allowed in town due to other restrictions) and the first reading for the 2014 budget among other issues. It's a fairly eventful day in what is otherwise a sleepy Ruston political scene.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Waterwalk Fully Open

No more dead ends - as of about noon today, fences that blocked the path along the shoreline of Point Ruston are gone. The final panels are down and walkers, bikers and joggers can follow the road at the end of the Waterwalk back up to Ruston Way or take the new trail along the bluff to reach Pearl Street near the ferry toll booth. Feel free to loop around the Point Ruston site as many times as you want...
Last roadblock removed
First visitors
Ruston Way connection open to people now (not cars)

First bicycle on the new trail

Just because its pretty