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Councilmember Neil McClanahan on Emergency Preparedness

Councilmember Neil McClanahan has seen plenty of emergencies over the years. Before retiring in 2007, he served as the Thurston County Undersheriff for more than 20 years with two distinguished service awards for bravery in the line of duty and five Life Saving awards. After a career in public safety, when Neil thinks of emergency preparedness, he is reminded of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Using this model, he ensures immediate physical needs of the human body (and pets!) are met, like supplies of food and water. Neil keeps an emergency supply of food and water large enough to sustain his family and sweet labradoodle, Cy.

As an Undersheriff, Neil saw first-hand how important it was to have a plan during an emergency. The McClanahan family practices drills together for different kinds of crises and natural disasters so everyone will know what to do and where to meet if they become separated before help arrives.

Since Councilmember McClanahan's retirement from the law enforcement, he has served the community on the boards of charitable organizations such as Catholic Community Services, Thurston County Housing Task Force, Thurston Council for Children and Youth Leadership, and Tumwater United for Families. As a City Councilmember for over 10 years, Neil most enjoys interacting with citizens, representing the City, and doing "good works" to build a stronger sense of community.

To find help coming up with your own emergency plan, visit the City website.

Community Partner Spotlight! Olympia Tumwater Foundation
The Olympia Tumwater Foundation was founded in 1950 by Peter G. Schmidt, Sr., son of Olympia Brewing Company's founder, Leopold Schmidt, for the purpose of general regional philanthropy. The Olympia Tumwater Foundation, governed by a board of community leaders, now provides scholarships and grants to high school students and adults seeking higher education, supports early childhood programs, and preserves local history. The Foundation is probably best known for maintaining Tumwater Falls Park and the historic Schmidt House. They deliver Tumwater's Public History Program too.

Head to the Schmidt House, located at 330 Schmidt Place SW, on Thursday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m. to hear the last history talk of the season. Local historian, Shanna Stevenson, will present a free, illustrated talk about the impact of Interstate 5 on Tumwater landmarks. If you can't make it, catch a free guided river walking tour July through September. Get lost in Tumwater's pioneer past with local historian, Don Trosper's captivating cadence, explore wild salmon migration, and learn the history of the Olympia Brewing Company on the banks of the water that started it all. 

Check out the Olympia Tumwater Foundation's Talking Over Old Times series of short videos on Tumwater's history on the City's YouTube channel.
Independence Day Parade
This year marks the City of Tumwater's 29th Annual Independence Day Parade. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4. This year's theme is "Make a Difference" and salutes everyone who makes a positive impact on our community. Retired Tumwater High School teacher (and long-time Tumwater basketball tournament organizer) Dave Vernon will serve as parade Grand Marshal. Pre-parade activities begin at 10:45 a.m. The parade itself begins at 11:00 a.m. from the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street and moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road. The route then turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending up at Linderson Way / Israel Road intersection.

It's not too late to participate in the parade! 

Contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160 to request a parade entry packet or download the packet from City website. The deadline to apply is June 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Festival and Fireworks in the Valley!

The Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show is the biggest and best fireworks festival in the County - and it happens in Tumwater! On the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range, you'll find music, food, games and a lot more waiting for you. Pets, alcohol, and personal fireworks are prohibited at the family festival. Event gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at 10:15 p.m. Festival entry is FREE! Parking for the event is $10/car. A special thanks to Tumwater Downtown Association, Hanson Motors, and all of our generous event sponsors.

Please Note: For safety and maintenance reasons, Pioneer Park will be closed all day on July 4.
Personal Fireworks in Tumwater

Be a good neighbor this Independence Day. Celebrate in a safe and enjoyable manner that is within the law. 

This holiday season, please remember:
  • Ignition or discharge of legal fireworks are allowed within the City of Tumwater on July 3 and 4, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.
  • Patrol officers will enforce these regulations during the holiday season. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.
  • If you choose to use personal fireworks, please use extra precautions to prevent fires. Call Tumwater Fire Department at (360) 754-4170 or visit the City website for fireworks safety information. Alternatively, consider attending a public fireworks event this year.
Legal personal fireworks are permitted in Tumwater city limits on July 3 and July 4, from 3-11 p.m. only.
Buy local at the Tumwater Farmers Market

The Tumwater Farmers Market is bustling on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through September. Listen to live music, grab lunch, or browse the fresh produce on the southwest corner of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road, behind the City's maintenance and facilities building. 

The Tumwater Farmers Market strives to educate Tumwater residents about the benefits of preserving local agriculture and making healthy food choices. Want some kale that was grown down the road? This is the place to find it! Stop by and support the local farmers, artisans, and gourmet food vendors that fill the open air market.

Have fun and stay safe at Pioneer Park

You can't beat walking the trails or throwing a Frisbee at Pioneer Park for summer fun. Many park-goers bring their dogs in on the fun too. 

Park visitors are reminded to have fun while abiding by the rules:
  • Keep dogs on leashes; 
  • Leave the alcohol and marijuana at home; and 
  • Use the trash cans provided to keep our park clean. 
Please Note: For safety and maintenance reasons, Pioneer Park will be closed all day on July 4.
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