May 13, 2015- Vol 7, Issue 20
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In This Issue
Keep Car Washes Clean
Puget Sound & the Mariners
Tree Planting Record Attempt
SR 410/SR 167 Ramp Closure
Memorial Day Weekend
Public Notices

Thank you to the crew from Dept. of Natural Resources for spending the last four weeks clearing blackberries and other invasive weeds away from various locations along the Sumner Link Trail. 
Mayor's Update: Police Week
Sgt. Backus helps a student learn proper hand signals, just one of many ways that Sumner Police serve the community.
Every time I see a police officer in Sumner, I'm reminded of what an amazing job they do for each of us in keeping our community safe.  Last year, they responded to 14,800 calls for service, arrested 664 suspects, made 2700 traffic stops and removed 53 impaired drivers from our roadways. They recovered millions of dollars of stolen goods, and participate in regional groups to fight car prowls, child abductions and SWAT responses.  In addition to the tough stuff, they also encourage our kids to wear helmets and avoid drugs, they make parades and events in the streets possible, and they work with citizens of all ages to help them be safe.  I think our officers serve us all very well.

This  week is Police Week and Peace Officer Memorial Day.  It's a great reminder to us about how challenging a job they have as well as an opportunity to let our officers know how much you appreciate their work.  In many ways they have a thankless job and are oftentimes put in positions none of us would want to be in, putting their own lives and well-being at risk to serve you and me.  I think they have a hard job that's becoming increasingly more difficult, and I am so appreciative that despite that, they come to work each day to make our community what it is.

If you have a chance this week, thank an officer for their service or write them a note of appreciation.  But it really is something we should do more than one week a year.  If you want to send any messages, I'll be happy to pass them alongSumner is truly blessed with great police officers and I know they will appreciate hearing from you. 


Mayor Dave Enslow

Keep Car Washes Clean

With this warm, sunny spring, charity car washes are popping up along with spring blossoms.  After last week's information about using fertilizer correctly, Nick quite rightly reminded us to wash cars on lawns too.  What about charity car washes?  The City has a free Car Wash Kit that helps you raise money, clean cars, and protect our rivers and salmon all at the same time.  Click here for more information.   

Puget Sound the Mariners

This Saturday, it's Puget Sound Starts Here Night as the Seattle Mariners take on the Boston Red Sox. Receive a free Seattle Mariners Puget Sound Starts Here T-shirt when purchasing through this special online offer!  Redeem your t-shirt (while supplies last) at the game by bringing your ticket to Section 112 before the end of the 4th inning.  Tickets are $16 View Level, $31 Main Level.  To purchase, visit and enter the promo code: Salmon

Tree Planting Record Attempt

The City of Sumner and Sumner Parks and Forestry Commission is joining the Sustainable Forestry Initiative in a world record tree planting event.  On May 20 at 10 am, Sumner will join over 40 other locations across North America to break the world record for most trees planted in one hour simultaneously in multiple locations by groups of 25-100. (How's that for a very specific record?)   


Sumner will be out planting trees in the new park area off the Sumner Link Trail off 142nd by the White River Bridge.  If you or your employees want to help, please let us know so we have an accurate number count.  Otherwise, we'll report how it went in the E-Community Connection!   


Sumner has long been dedicated to trees and recently celebrated its 21st year as a Tree City USA!   

SR 410/SR 167 Ramp Closure
Sunday, May 17 6:30 am - 2 pm

WSDOT announced that they will be closing the Traffic Avenue on-ramp to westbound State Route 410 and the westbound SR 410 on-ramp to northbound State Route 167 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. During those hours, drivers will follow a signed detour.  

The closures are needed so crews can safely remove potential hazard trees adjacent to the on-ramps. This work is not allowed during night hours due to safety concerns.



Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day is coming up, and the weekend offers a deeper experience than just picnics and barbecues.  Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and stated after the Civil War to commemorate soldiers who died in both sides of that conflict.  Later, it was extended to include all Americans who died during military service.

The Sumner City Cemetery continues that celebration each Memorial Day with the help of the Sumner VFW, the Rainbow Girls, and our partners in active duty at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  They will hold again a ceremony at the cemetery on Memorial Day, May 25, at 10 am.  You can join in that solemn celebration and help get ready by coming to help place flags on the veterans' graves on Thursday, May 21 starting at 4 pm. Sumner's cemetery has the honor of being the resting place for veterans who have served in all of America's wars back to the Civil War. 

Sumner City Cemetery staff will be on hand Saturday, May 23 9 am - 3 pm and Monday-Memorial Day. 9 am - 3 pm.  It's a great time to visit this important piece of Sumner's history, whether you've visited often before or never before.  Staff will have refreshments and be available to answer your questions about the cemetery itself and perhaps its ability to serve future needs for you or your family.
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