Salmon Creek — Bill Allman and the other founding members of the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group were honored on Aug. 28 during a ceremony in Olympia. Allman, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and now lives in Salmon Creek, works as the veterans program manager for the Washington State Health Care Authority. He was instrumental in setting up the special group, which works to match veterans with government jobs and help them climb the employment ladder. "We want to show them that a lot of what they do can be translated into a position in state government," Allman said in an article in Governing Magazine. He added that the veterans' unemployment rate is more than double the general unemployment rate.
Ongoing construction work at the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in Salmon Creek next week will relocate a major freeway onramp, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Salmon Creek — Staff and volunteers of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center celebrated the hospital's eighth anniversary Aug. 22 with a special picnic on the roof of their parking garage. Since it first opened in 2005, the hospital has seen significant growth, including a $7 million renovation to prepare for the Oct. 1 start of its contract with Kaiser Permanente. Legacy Salmon Creek is hiring nearly 175 new employees and bringing on board about 170 Permanente Medical Group physicians. Because of the new contract, the theme of the anniversary lunch was "Welcome Aboard," said hospital spokesman Brian Willoughby.
Salmon Creek -- Aug. 22 was Kids Day at the Salmon Creek Farmers Market, with 12 young "guest vendors" selling everything from produce to sweets to crafts -- like homemade dog toys, hair accessories and even a sweet marshmallow shooter. Entertainment was provided by rockin' fifth-graders Curly and the Knuckleheads, who offered up an acoustic set and collected $62 in donations for Produce Pals. That's a program offering $2 tokens to kids so they can buy their own produce at the market. Market organizer Ann Foster said there are more than 500 kids enrolled in Produce Pals. "We were thrilled" at how well the day went, Foster said.
North Salmon Creek -- Norinne Kendall recently published her manuscript "My Chance to Dance," the story of fulfilling her lifelong dream to become a dance teacher, through OnDemandBooks.com. Kendall has gone from her childhood front porch "stage" to stints with the Roxyettes, a touring cast of "Oklahoma!" and the world-famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She is a longtime resident of the Indian Springs neighborhood just north of Salmon Creek. The book is available from any print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine. Or email NorinneKendall@aol.com.