Summer 2014 newsletter

C ommunity C onnection

Summer Fun Issue

I ssue 79 C ity of S umner N ewsletter S ummer 2014

Sumner Cemetery Celebrates 150Years of Memories It’s a quiet “celebration,” but one that’s important. In 1864, E.M. Sherman and George names like Kincaid, Bowman, Meade, Kelley, and Bonney. Through the past 150 years, the cemetery has contin-

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sickles and scythes to clear off their loved ones’ plots before Decoration Day (now Memo- rial Day). In 1902 the “town section” was added and Bill Woolery, son of Isaac, acted as sexton for the pioneer section until the two were united and Sumner took over the man- agement in 1925 under Mayor Lewis Ryan. In the 1960s Ms. Ryan explored the pioneer cemetery herself, recording

After millions in grants, lots of persistence and a plan developed 20 years ago, Sumner has a completed trail system. This summer, please enjoy this new trail and get a new view of Sumner. The map below helps you access amenities. Maps are also available on the City’s website.

Whitesell both passed away at age three and Alice Woolery at age four. Isaac and Mary Woolery offered two acres of their land for a burial place and began what we now know as the Sumner City Cemetery. In her book, The Sumner Story , Amy Ryan wrote that in the early days, families used

ued to hold more and more stories and memories of the people who have gone before us. There are veterans who served in the Civil War, the Iraq War and every conflict and war in between. There are names you recognize, and names that, except for the cemetery marker, would be forgotten in Sumner’s his- tory. There are ornate, artistic markers and smaller niches in the mausoleum. There are statues and art and beautiful gardens now in full bloom. If you’ve never stopped by the Cemetery, pull in one day this summer. This anniversary celebration will include no cake, no music and no party. But, perhaps the best way to “celebrate” is for everyone to visit the memory of those laid

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to rest there. Sumner City Cemetery’s beautiful tribute to those laid to rest and those stopping by to remember.

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Ride Easy for Summer Fun While cars and summer seem to go together, there are some times transit works better. Maybe you’re too young to drive; maybe you’re just avoiding the summer-

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time traffic. Either way, check out these options: Beyond the Borders : this free shuttle running throughout the weekday is available for seniors, low- income and youths ages 12-17. The Shuttle recently adjusted the route to best serve the Sumner Senior Center. Courtesy of Pierce County. Learn more at http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=1269. SoundTransitTrains: Ride SoundTransit trains from Sumner to Seattle,Tacoma, theWash- ington State Fair, and certain Mariners and Sounders home games. SoundTransit 578 Bus: Ride to Seattle or Puyallup every half hour, seven days a week. The only time these buses do not run is the middle of the night and when trains are running. This also makes a great option in September to visit theWashington State Fair without parking hassles. Learn more about train and bus options at www.soundtransit.org.

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“cock-eyed optimist.” But, maybe in this rather cynical age, it’s Sumner’s positive outlook that makes us special and extraordinary to so many people. This summer, please take a moment from your hard work to really enjoy the fruits of

your labors. Play at one of the parks, enjoy the outdoor music, celebrate with food, including rhubarb pie, at one of the many events. After all, you deserve this!

Award in recognition of our further efforts, such as our Parks Department compost- ing our clippings. The list goes on, even outside the City government. The Sumner Downtown As- sociation received National Accreditation, many Sumner businesses receive “Best of” recognition by the media, national-award-winning baristas use Dillanos Coffee from Sumner...you get the idea. Why does it seem like we almost embarrassingly get more recognition that oth- ers? I attribute it to all your hard work. The recognition is not bestowed: it is earned. It comes from the hard work of our city employees, our

During the television cov- erage of the Daffodil Parade, one of the reporters (who, I believe, is from Puyal- lup) lamented that “Sumner ALWAYS wins!” when the stellar Sumner marching band went by. Could this be true? Possibly. This spring, the Foothills Rail to Trail program award- ed Sumner their first Trail- builder Award, with $5,000. They wanted to recognize our extraordinary dedication to building the trail system. Later in the spring, the Ar- bor Day Foundation notified us that not only did we earn our 20th year as a Tree City USA, but we also received their prestigious Growth

elected officials, our busi- nesses, and all of you who give up your own precious time and energy to make Sumner the best. I almost hesitated to point this out since my last column was pretty positive too, and I don’t want appear to be a

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The Foothills Trail group with Mayor Enslow, Engineer Ted Hill and a large (check) award.

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