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Saturday, September 05, 2015 This Week's Paper

The Puyallup Washington Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained a new stake presidency on Feb. 17.

Michael S. Nelson of Lake Tapps, was called as the stake president, replacing Larry D. Steveson of Sumner in the leadership position.

The stake presidency consists of the president and two counselors. The new first counselor is Robert Scheidt of Milton and the new second counselor is J.R. Jacobsen of Sumner, replacing Ken Matthews of Puyallup and Rod Widing of Edgewood.

The stake president serves for approximately nine years and presides over seven wards. Wards are local congregations within a geographical boundary. The Puyallup Washington Stake has three wards in Bonney Lake, two in Puyallup, one in Sumner and another in Edgewood/Milton, totaling some 3,600 members.

Like all Mormon church callings, the stake president serves voluntarily without monetary pay from the church. However, it does require time and dedication—translating to about 25-30 hours per week, mostly evenings and weekends. This is in addition to his day job. Those hours are spent serving and ministering to the members of the church.

Nelson plans to continue the involvement in the community as in the past, while preparing to celebrate some milestones in the coming years. The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of when the Puyallup Stake was organized. The celebration is set for spring 2014.

The Puyallup Stake also plans to remodel and expand the community Family History Center currently located at the Puyallup Stake Center in Sumner. The Family History Center is open to the public and provides access to Family Search and other historical records. Trained family history consultants staff the center to help people with their personal genealogy.

Prairie Line Trail Presentation set for Next Week

The City of Tacoma is developing a conceptual design for the conversion of the former Prairie Line rail corridor into a pedestrian/bicycle corridor and linear park through the heart of Downtown Tacoma and down to the Foss.

A presentation about the project is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 14th at Tacoma Art Museum.

2013 Earth Day Art Contest now accepting art

The 2013 Earth Day Art Contest is open to Tacoma students, from kindergarten through 8th grade now through March 29. This is their chance to create a poster illustrating the environmentally-responsible actions they've learned from the City of Tacoma’s EnviroChallenger educators and how they practice these actions at home, at the park or while playing or watching sports.

Prizes include passes to the Tacoma Rainiers and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. All entries must be postmarked by March 29. Art Contest entry form and guidelines are available online at the city's website.

EnviroKids is a service of the City of Tacoma and the EnviroChallenger program.

Police and medical crews responded to reports of a man jumping from the Narrows Bridge around noon today.

The man, later identified as a 62-year-old man from University Place, reportedly parked along the eastbound shoulder of the bridge and jumped over the rail into the water below.

His body was later recovered by rescue crews.

Send us your pet pix

As everyone already knows, March 3 has been declared national “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.” So that seems as good a reason as any to have a pet-themed photo contest.

The rules are simple. Just send in a photo of you and your pet, or one just of your pet, with a caption of what you think the pet is thinking and what it would likely do if it had thumbs. Only submit one photo of your pet, although you can submit multiple photos if you have more than one animal in your care.

The deadline to send in your photo(s) is March 8. The photos will then be posted online and on Facebook. The photo with the most votes, either through “likes” or comments, by March 15 will be the winner. The winners will be announced March 18. The top winner will receive four tickets to the Andre Rieu concert at KeyArena on March 19. The second and third place winners will receive two tickets. Admission is regularly $72 each.

Rieu, one of the best-selling live acts in the world, is a master of the violin and his international "And The Waltz Goes On Tour" is an ode to the waltz and named after his successful album for which he collaborated with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Send images to Steve Dunkelberger at . The Tacoma Weekly will be the final judge on all submissions.

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