Bask in the mask

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Bask in the mask

Doing your part to curb COVID is socially responsible. It can also be comfortable and help the hard-of-hearing, too. So wear the mask. Please. For everyone’s sake. Governor Jay Inslee and state Secretary of Health John Wiesman made that clear when they announced a mandatory face covering order for Washington. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses. Inslee said. “As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative to protect all of us.”

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News

King County offers payment plan for overdue property taxes

More financial aid is coming to King County property taxpayers affected by COVID-19. In June, the Metropolitan King County Council approved a new form of property tax relief that gives the county treasurer the task of designing and implementing a payment plan for 2020 property taxes. Once it’s in place, the treasurer will offer a
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Goal: A dementia-friendly Pierce County Goal: A dementia-friendly Pierce County

With an aging population in Pierce County, the number of people living with dementia will increase. Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSN) is getting ready by working to create a dementia-friendly county. The social services agency South Puget Sound region, based in Tacoma, received a nearly $1 million, three-year federal grant last year to improve dementia
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State fair canceled as pandemic continues State fair canceled as pandemic continues

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Washington State Fair this fall. The fair’s board of directors announced in July that the annual extravaganza in Puyallup will be canceled because of health concerns over the pandemic. The event had been scheduled for Sept. 4-27, but social distancing and other required
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Ex-Army medical leader heads Pierce County pandemic recovery

Ken Farmer, who has been a high-ranking physician in the Army and a leader of senior living communities, is the new head of Pierce County’s disaster recovery office. In his six-month role, Farmer will help guide the county’s efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating with county government and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
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Lifestyles

The transition to assisted living: What, when and how

As our loved ones grow older, it’s often the time when we recognize that they need extra support. You may have found that your mom or dad was no longer able to keep up with daily household tasks or suddenly required more hands-on assistance due to physical or even cognitive limitations. You could feel concerned
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Food

Preserving garden produce now will set up wintertime meals Preserving garden produce now will set up wintertime meals

All your hard work in the vegetable garden is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter with some tried-and-true or updated variation of food preservation techniques. Hanging bundles of herbs to
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Adventures

Escape, anxiety merge for campers and hikers during pandemic Escape, anxiety merge for campers and hikers during pandemic

For people in the Puget Sound region, persevering through dark winter months often means clinging to the idea that summer will be full of outdoor adventure. But this year, as the coronavirus pandemic became increasingly lethal, trails closed and activities like hiking, climbing and camping — which sometimes require months or years of planning — disappeared from people’s schedules
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Health & Fitness

Non-surgical heart valve replacement gives ‘a new lease on life’ Non-surgical heart valve replacement gives ‘a new lease on life’

When walking up the stairs and playing golf started to become difficult even on a good day, retired Navy captain Allen Brady attributed the change to aging. Having spent six years as a prisoner of war, Brady was no stranger to living with a challenge. But when he couldn’t finish a round of golf without
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Personal Finance/Business/Products

Free workshops address wills, power of attorney, advance directive

The saying goes, “Lack of preparation on your part does not require a crisis on my part.” Yet many Americans fail to prepare the most essential legal documents – will, power of attorney, and advance directives for finances and healthcare. Spouses and families are often left to make decisions without the expressed wishes of their
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