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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  December 2014
Welcome Councilmember Eileen Swarthout

The Tumwater City Council appointed Eileen Swarthout to Council Position No. 4 on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The position was vacated by M. John Way, who relocated to Seattle.


Eileen and her children, Christopher, Conner, and Katherine, have called Tumwater home since 1989. Over the years, she has been an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Ballet Northwest, The Washington Performing Arts Center and the Capitol Campus Visitor Center. As a runner, Eileen is concerned about providing safe roads, trails, and sidewalks for residents to exercise and enjoy the beauty of the Tumwater community.

Councilmember Swarthout will serve on the City's General Government Committee and the Public Safety Committee. She will also represent Tumwater on the Thurston County Emergency Medical Services Council, Thurston Regional Law and Justice, and Tumwater United for Families (TUFF).

Councilmember Swarthout's appointment is effective through the general election in November 2015.

Make a child smile this holiday season - donate a gift by December 12

The Holiday Assistance Program provides gifts to needy families in Tumwater. The program began over 20 years ago by City staff as a community service project. Now, the Tumwater Lions Club operates the program in cooperation with the City and Tumwater School District. Qualified children in the Tumwater School District can be gifted with toys, shoes, coats and/or food for the holidays.
To adopt a family, making a donation or to volunteer, visit www.tumwaterlions.org. Gift request tags are available at Tumwater City Hall as well.The Holiday Assistance Program is one of many great programs available in the community to help families around the holidays and throughout the year.

Email TumwaterHoliday@comcast.net or call (360) 786-6979 for more information or for other ways to donate.


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There are so many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle during the holidays...

recyclingFrom Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. This adds 1 million tons of extra food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons to our landfills each week during the holiday season.

  • An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Send recycled content greeting cards to reduce the amount of virgin paper used during the holidays. Remember to recycle any paper cards you receive. Electronic greeting cards are a convenient, no-cost, waste-free alternative.
  • If we each sent one less card, we'd save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
  • If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or funny papers. Also remember to save or recycle used wrapping paper. Give gifts that don't require much packaging, such as concert tickets or gift certificates.
  • Approximately 33 million Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. To help prevent waste from cutting down and disposing of trees, buy a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.
  • About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run. Give a gift to the planet this holiday season by cutting the amount of waste you and your family generate. 

Find reduction, reuse, and recycling resources at Waste-free Holidays on the Thurston County Solid Waste website.

Courtesy of Thurston County Solid Waste 


Where can you recycle holiday lights? 

Go to Thurston County Solid Waste website for a list of businesses and locations that accept working and non-working strings of lights.




Where can you recycle your holiday tree?

Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) will accept trees at "NO CHARGE" until January 11, 2015. Visit the WARC website for hours and location.


Tumwater Residents

As a courtesy service, Tumwater residents can place their trees at the nearest public intersection before 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015City crew will pick up trees and recycle them at no cost. 


For more information, call City of Tumwater Public Works Operations at (360) 754-4150. Note: Please do not block the visibility of any signs or oncoming vehicles. 



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Tumwater Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 13
festivalOn December 13, the Tumwater Downtown Association and Tumwater Parks & Recreation are happy to present the Tumwater Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. This free family event includes cookie-decorating, ornament-making, prize giveaways, senior and school choir performances, and of course, the lighting of Tumwater's own Christmas tree. 

And what Christmas event would be complete without a visit from the old man from the North Pole? Thanks to the Tumwater Fire Department, Santa will arrive on an antique fire truck after the ceremonial tree lighting to share his joyful laugh and some holiday cheer.

Tree Lighting 2011
Join us at this special event; you and your family are sure to have a festive time!

Tumwater Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
Saturday, December 13, 2014 
2:00 - 5:00pm
Tumwater City Hall & Fire Station

For more details and a complete choir line-up, please call (360) 754-4160 or visit www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/treelighting.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855