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Issue 87 Summer 2016

Sumner City Cemetery Offers New Heritage Farm etery improvements including a brand new entrance, a new fence and paving, updated

When is the last time you visited the Sumner City Cemetery? It’s a good time to drop by and rediscover this often overlooked gem. Don’t worry, stopping by does not have to equate with a funeral. Rather, the Cemetery is a great place to remember the past, discover familiar names and catch a few mo- ments of peace during your hectic day. Cemetery Manager Scott deCarteret is improving the cemetery’s role of holding and telling the community’s memories as well as personal ones. A new section called The Heritage Farm opened this past spring for visitors. The Farm centers formal gar- dens around a Farmall tractor donated by Frank Shigio,

whose family farmed this area with a variety of crops, in- cluding rhubarb. The garden’s plantings tell of Sumner’s agricultural roots, featuring orchard trees, berries, rhu- barb and hops. A shelter for ceremonies was built using barn-style boards and will be decorated with more antique farming equipment. It’s a beautiful place to visit, and The Heritage Farm also serves as a cremation garden, offering a more cost-effective option for those not wanting a traditional plot or mauso- leum. The family of one home-brewer who recently passed away is already making plans to honor his memory in the hops area. This new area joins an extensive list of other cem-

landscaping and a remodel of the office. For over 150 years, this cemetery has been telling the story of Sumner’s past. These new improvements set a firm foundation to continue that role even stronger into the future. It’s now a place for everyone to stop in and remember Sumner’s people, culture and heritage. Be Part of History Do you have old pieces of farm equipment no longer being used? Contact Scott at to see if you have equipment that could help decorate The Heritage Farm and remember our agricultural history.

Please help us welcome Andrew Gushevataya, Sumner PD’s 2016 Chief for a Day. A student at Daffodil Valley Elementary,Andrew is battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He enjoys basketball and is a big Richard Sherman fan. The official Chief for a Day celebration is August 18, but Andrew already helped out Chief Moericke and Deputy Chief Engel at the Daffodil Parade, shown above, and will be at summer events too.

Thompson Improvements Ahead

This summer, the City of Sumner will be chip-sealing Thompson Street from Cherry to

Sumner Avenue, and Silver Street from Sumner to Wood Avenue. In addition, the City is talking with Sound Transit about trying to move the buses to enter the Sumner Station off Traffic Avenue and Maple Street as originally intended. (There’s an electrical box that creates a sight-line issue for drivers that we’re trying to work out.) Togeth- er, these will create a much smoother ride into Sumner. Please be patient while repair work is underway. Con- struction updates will be online at www. sumnerwa. gov.

Opening dedication of the Heritage Farm at Sumner City Cemetery

Station Improvements Progress Sound Transit is still moving forward on improving access to the Sumner Station. In May, the Sound Transit Board ap- proved Sumner’s list of priorities: 1. Funding to help fix the Traffic Avenue overpass at SR 410 2. Parking garage on the existing site to add a net increase of parking for 505 vehicles 3. Neighborhood improvements to sidewalks and lighting 4. Community improvements, which may be wayside horns, and use of the garage for community event parking on non-commute days 5. Pedestrian access bridge over the tracks at the station. This gives Sound Transit staff direction to start designing these improvements and planning for construction. Their environmental impact process also identified the need for traf- fic improvements along Thompson and Station Lane and the need for all improvements to include careful consideration of aesthetics for the surrounding neighborhoods. These im- provements are already funded under ST2 and are not contin- gent on the passing of the ST3 package.

Mayor’s Column

A few weeks ago, we launched a zip line and other new play equipment in Loyalty Park. On July 4, a couple is getting married “flash mob- style” in Heritage Park. And, this summer, the Sports Complex becomes the Heath Sports Complex, named after Bill Heath, the community leader who really made that area happen. It’s great to see how en- twined our parks are with your lives. In some cities, parks become rather empty and forgotten corners of the com- munity. In Sumner, these are the centers of our community. They’re where we celebrate birthdays, reunions, gradu- ations and even weddings. They’re where we learn to throw a frisbee or kick a soccer ball. They’re where we gather for music, for family, for sports and for community. And, they grow and change with us. In the 1920s, Sumner

the center of our lives. Now, we’re working on signage so that we all remember bet- ter who their names honor. Bill Heath is a World War II veteran, longtime Sumner-ite and Rotarian who pushed through that Sports Complex nearly 20 years ago. It will be exciting over the years to see how more leaders like Bill continue to shape our parks and through them, our lives in Sumner.

had an outdoor dance pavil- ion. On some summer nights, depending on the band, we have that again at Heritage Park. Who ever imagined a zip line 10 years ago, let alone over 100 years ago when the land was set aside for Loyalty? Who remembers that Loyalty was called City Park until the 1970s? (On a side note, we really have to get more creative on our names...City Park, Bridge Street Bridge, Traffic Avenue.) Parks may grow and change, but thankfully, they remain

Mayor Dave Enslow

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