2014 Santa Parade
The holiday season officially started in Puyallup with the annual Lighted Santa Parade and Community Tree Lighting on December 5th. Included in the day-long festivities are the Holiday Market in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, the lighting of the Children’s Tree in the Park, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Little Chief Grayson Gochanour participated in the parade and was on hand to flip the switch at the tree lighting ceremony with the help of Mayor Knutsen and the Puyallup City Council. The Puyallup Police Department’s “Chief for a Day” Program celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The intent is to provide these children with fun experiences they will never forget.This wonderful community tradition, organized by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, is always a great way to kick off the holiday season! Read more
Veteran’s Day Event 2014
Music, speakers, and celebration were on the docket on November 9th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion for the City of Puyallup’s Veterans Day program. This annual event commemorates all veterans. This year, Vietnam veterans were specifically honored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The Puyallup Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2224 (which organizes the event each year) asked Vietnam veteran and Puyallup City Councilman Steve Vermillion to speak at the event. The VFW selected Councilmember Vermillion, as the keynote speaker, based on his military record. Vermillion joined the Army in 1967 and spent 26 years as master army aviator, armor/air cavalry commander, and senior staff officer. Vermillion was inducted into the Dustoff Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contributions, including 1,450 combat missions and the evacuation of more than 2,200 patients. Dustoff pilots flew air ambulance helicopters that came into combat zones to pick up wounded soldiers. Councilmember Vermillion was also awarded a Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, which recognizes valor.The renowned U.S. Army I Corps Band, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), was also in attendance playing traditional, patriotic music. Puyallup’s Annual Veterans Day program is free and open to the public. Read more
Spooktacular Fun in Downtown Puyallup!
Superheroes, ghosts, pixies, wizards, and witches took to the streets of downtown Puyallup on October 31st for the “Boo-allup in Puyallup” event. Along with many of our local businesses, City Hall employees passed out candy to little trick-or-treaters from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. This community event, sponsored by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, helps spread a little Halloween happiness to tiny tots in a safe and secure environment.
After trick-or-treating the downtown area, families were invited to the 2nd Annual Cobweb Carnival at the Pioneer Park Pavilion from 3:30-7:30 pm. This event - proudly sponsored by the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department and Puyallup Foursquare Church - offered carnival games, a photo booth, and bounce houses for FREE! Participating families were assured of a safe and fun-filled Halloween evening.Read more
2014 Veterans Day – 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
A program of music, celebration, and a salute to our military veterans is on tap for Puyallup’s annual Veterans Day program in Pioneer Park Pavilion on Sunday, November 9th, at 1:00 pm. There is no charge to attend this event and there is ample free parking and indoor seating.
Headlining the program is a concert of patriotic and traditional music by the renowned U.S. Army I Corps Band (Joint Base Lewis McChord), whose members are selected from the most talented musicians in the Army.This year’s program, the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, pays special recognition to the service of our Vietnam War veterans. 2014 is the first of a five-year national commemoration program conducted by the Secretary of Defense and the armed forces. Read more
Puyallup’s Green Power Challenge!
The City of Puyallup entered the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Green Power Challenge program earlier this year. The goal is to increase the number of Puyallup PSE customers (residential and commercial) who choose green power alternatives as part of their monthly utility bill. If the city reaches our 1,075 goal then it will earn $20,000 for solar power projects in the city. As of August 31st, the city is making great progress towards our goal of earning $20,000 from Puget Sound Energy. This can be used in a variety of ways; to enhance our existing solar power array at the Pavilion and/or initiate other solar-related projects in the City. Visit the City’s Green Power Challenge page to learn more about Puyallup’s progress in meeting its challenge goals. You can also read more about green energy and sign up for PSE’s Green Power Program online.Also, a big thanks to the city’s own Green Power Heroes … Chris Beale and Joy Rodriguez for their help and great promotional photos! Read more
Day of Service at Woodbine CemeteryOn September 13th, 253 volunteers from 6 local Wards of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, converged on Woodbine Cemetery to offer 3 hours of manual labor as their Annual Day of Service project. All ages participated and provided unbelievable and unselfish service to beautify and improve the Cemetery’s appearance. Team leaders from the Fruitland, Manorwood, Pioneer Valley, Ridgecrest, Silver Creek, and South Hill Wards provided leadership and direction as church members trimmed sod from overgrown grave markers, used weed eaters to trim around headstones, hauled brush, trimmed hedges, disposed of debris, and performed general landscape cleanup tasks. Highlights of this well-orchestrated volunteer effort was the complete renovation of the Baby Land monument and the entrance gate located on 7th Street SW. Another success was their work on the “Find a Grave” project. Due to the pictures taken by the volunteers, all the graves in the cemetery have now been photographed, and the Find a Grave project for Woodbine Cemetery is now complete. The group’s efforts also resulted in the removal of 18 yards of sod trimmings, 15 yards of brush removal, and beautification of approximately 2,500 headstones and grave markers. Read more
Puyallup Council’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The Puyallup City Council and staff members have stepped up to personally raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. On September 4th they participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and have nominated the following City Councils to support this good cause: City of Sumner, City of Milton, City of Buckley, City of Fife, City of Bonney Lake, City of Lakewood, City of Algona, and City of Orting. Councilmember Heather Shadko, who organized the effort said, “ALS is a terrible disease and I'm really happy the Ice Bucket challenge has raised much-needed funds for research for a cure. Challenging the other cities was a fun way for our community to interact with our neighbors and I hope they send us photos when they take the challenge!” Check out the video of Puyallup’s Council and staff taking the challenge on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PuyallupCity.
To find out more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, visit the ALS Association site at: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html.Read more
A special thanks to the Puyallup Police Association, the Washington State Fair, Olympic Eagle Distributing, and all of the City of Puyallup employees who participated in the fundraising BBQ for being generous partners in this event. Records Supervisor Nichole McNiven coordinated this year’s event and made sure everything went off without a hitch.Read more
Captain Engle Represents PPD at Carlton Complex Fire
Captain Scott Engle represented the Puyallup Police Department in his role as an Incident Commander for the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management’s Type III Incident Command Team in Okanagan, to support the efforts battling the Carlton Complex Fire. Captain Engle’s team assisted in the operation of the Emergency Operations Center. After their six-day deployment, they effectively turned the event back over to the local jurisdiction. Captain Engle’s team received great reviews for organizing the efforts to manage the myriad of issues surrounding the fire, as well as the impacts on the local communities.Read more
Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp
Puyallup’s Summer Day Camp is well under way. This year’s camp theme is “Let’s Get Moving!” Campers learn songs, participate in arts and crafts, make new friends, and go on weekly field trips. Each week highlights a different theme, with something offered for everyone! Camp participation numbers are up considerably this year with up to 100 kids registered and a waiting list for several popular trip weeks. Trips this summer include a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game, swimming at the Puyallup High School pool, and Wild Waves Water Park.
During last week’s “Let’s Get Famous” theme, campers were taken to the Old Country Buffet Restaurant “celebrity-style” - transported in a stretch limousine. Campers also practiced their skills for the annual Camp Talent Show. The talent show and a BBQ lunch, to which the camper’s parents were invited, ended this awesome week on a high note!Read more