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If you haven’t noticed before, I’ll point it out now. I rarely bother repeating negative news in this blog. Why not? Because the commercial media revels in reporting it and they waste no time. “Home sales are down again”, “The jobless rate is up for the ninth consecutive…” Why bother? They frame their newscasts and headlines around it. So, it IS nice to read a headline like the one in the May 31st Business Examiner. “Jobless rate falls”.
Back in 2002 housing in this country was fully one quarter of the gross domestic product. THAT was the red flag so many ignored. You can’t sustain that! And we did not. Housing fell, the banks fell, employment fell and conditions are still not conducive to a full-scale recovery. As has been the case in the past, housing led us down the path and housing will lead us back up. History has shown that time and again and our recovery from this e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d slump should be no different. Recent upturns in home sales have and continue to be encouraging and it’s all part of a slow, sober recovery but when you get a good shot in the arm like the April employment numbers, that adds clearly to the overall picture.
The state “…unemployment rate fell for the first time in more than three years.” The Business Examiner just reported.
When we read percentage rates of unemployment in our state we see numbers like 9.5% but what does that translate to in jobs? Well, the recent increase took unemployment in Washington from 9.5% in March to 9.2% in April but what that translates to is 5,800 additional jobs and that’s a damned good thing! Bring it on! I know too many good folks right here in University Place scrambling for income. This is the first significant and positive change to the state’s unemployment rates in 36 months! I’ll take 3/10ths of a percent as an increase. Oh, hell yes! Onward!
And this is all a vital part of the recovery. Declining unemployment, favorable interest rates, shrinking housing inventory…it all adds up to economic recovery and it IS a damned good thing. It’s coming slowly, every-so slowly but it’s coming and I for one continue to be encouraged.
Now, for the nay sayers who like to write me and want to tear the good news down and say “No
Way, there’s no recovery in sight”. Save your time. I won’t print you. Write the News Tribune. They love ya.

Meanwhile, back home…
University Place: What’s UP? DUCK DAZE! That’s what’s up. The unofficial kick off to summer in U.P. happens this weekend. So I hope you have your yellow rain slicker and your duck-billed cap ready.

Saturday … THIS Saturday, the 5th, 10am, the Duck Daze parade begins at 27th and Bridgeport and heads all the way up to Town Center.  It’s fun to gather along the parade route and view the get ups and antics of our neighbors but they tell me it’s even MORE fun to get out there and join in!

If you want to march in the parade, they need you at 27th and Bridgeport by 9:00 a.m. and you should call Dixie Harris first at 564-6373.  Following the parade, they all head for the Treasures in the Park Antique Show and  Flea Market and then most everyone heads over to the Public Safety building for the Fire Department and Police Department open house.  Treasures in the Park is scheduled for 10am to 4pm and they feature fun for the kids, too.  If you might be interested in a last-minute vendor opportunity, call Councilman Ken Grassi at 278-1946.  The Fire Dept and Police Dept open their doors from 10am to 2pm at the Public Safety building and that is all an open house with the firefighters and cops SHOULD be plus if you need a life jacket, bike helmet or a multi-sport helmet, they’ll be on sale there and the pros will properly fit you, which is even more important.  Good prices, too.  Life jacket $14, bike helmet $7, multi-sport helmet $10.   And there’s more fun down there for the kids with temporary tattoos, face painting, refreshments, etc.

Did you know that the UP Town Cruisin’ Association will also be out in force on Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Call Charlie Maxwell to find out more at 405-9014.  And the United for UP Coalition will be in the Town Hall Courtyard with informational booths from local businesses and nonprofit organizations and they, along with some of the other functions that day will all be collecting non-perishable food donations. 

You’ll encounter all sorts of entertainment throughout the day, even over and above the entertainment value of just seeing your friends and neighbors dressed up like DUCKS!   Tell me you don’t want to see Councilman Eric Choiniere in yellow feathers!   I would PAY to see that!

Karaoke, storytelling, a band, a performing pianist, in fact, a lot of music and more!   Duck Daze is always fun and you know what?  One of these days each of us need to grab  Dixie Harris by the arm, look her in the eyes and tell her sincerely THANK YOU for making University Place a better place to live and raise a family! Among her other community endeavours, she has been behind the parade and Duck Daze itself since it’s inception, as I understand it.  And this is the 11th annual event! She would immediately point out all of the other folks who have contributed, too but they would all turn and point back at Dixie.  Credit finds its way where it belongs.  We all owe much to that sweet lady, hard worker, leader and really great neighbor!  ( Don’t you really think we should start calling her DIXIE DUCK? )

Oh, and finally…take a cue from Dixie and Dress Like A DUCK !!!

 29 years! That’s a heck of a lot to give to the people of Pierce County but it’s what U.P. Chief of Police Jim Andrews has done.  Since April of 1981 he has served us throughout the county and as our own chief for the past five years.  The announcement was just made by City Manager Steve Sugg and Pierce County sheriff Paul Pastor that Lt. Rusty Wilder will succeed Chief Andrews effective July 2nd.

And while Chief Andrews will certainly be missed on the softball field…  Oh, we’ll save that for later!

Hey, it’s good to be back.

In our next installment of the blog, we’ll get back into the University Place Real Estate Sale of the Day. (I WISH there were that many!)  There are plenty and we’ll start profiling them again for you.  So, you can keep tabs on what YOUR marketplace is doing and how it will affect your home value.

Do set a side some time this Saturday to watch the parade up Bridgeport and/or come walk through the activities in the park and around the area to include the open house at the Fire and Police Departments.  After all it’s DUCK DAZE and it only happens in UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON!

And that’s What’s Up!

PAT MADDOCK     

Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS      3560 Bridgeport Way     University Place, WA  98466      patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and the 2009 Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran. ( And he ain’t runnin’ for nuttin’! )

You can find Pat at the Bridgeport office of Coldwell Banker Bain.  If you want to know most anything about University Place real estate, talk with someone who knows it, understands it and can explain it !

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Didja miss me? Ha!
I was just burned out after election week. The most tumultuous election week in U.P. since… Well, ever! It’s behind us and I, for one, am glad for that.  We talk about how sick and tired we are of mudslinging, name calling and otherwise “low road” politicians at the national level but when they come home to roost right here in University Place…how terribly disappointing.

I should take a Thanksgiving minute and send my thanks to all of you who have gone out of your way to stop me when I’m at the store, in community meetings or elsewhere, to tell me how much you enjoy reading this blog. Sincerely, thank you. It does take a fair amount of time and effort and I am more than open to your input but again, I just want to stop and thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation.

Didja know that our Pierce County Library System “celebrated” Amnesty week last month and welcomed people back to the Library without affecting the Library’s bottom line budget, which includes projected revenues from fines and fees of $520,000.

Wait a minute, did they say over half a million dollars primarily in late fines?  A half million dollars?!?!   Holy Crap!

You may recall, that when the Amnesty week was announced I went on record as clearly leaning toward arresting the flagrant offenders, not offering them Amnesty.  That is to say, those jamokes who just take ’em after taxpayers dollars pay for ’em.  It’s called T-H-E-F-T!! 

But a half million dollars!?  I’m in shock.  I’ll keep my nose out of second guessing the librarians.  They seem to know what the heck they are doing.  Maybe the whole amnesty idea has more than just a sparkle of brilliance to it.  Wow!  I’m knocked out.

OK, sometimes it doesn’t take that much.  Actually, I really ought to be learning for them.  I’ve got it…”Hey Mike, remember my roto-tiller you borrowed last summer, I need to collect $250.00 in late fees!”  “Jim, is my wood chipper still in your garage?  Ah, that’ll be $335.00.”  “Oh, Bob, that toilet plunger you borrowed…on second thought, uh, never mind.  You can keep that.”

Librarians.  What a group of enterprising people! (And world class whisperers.)

Well I would be remiss if I did not offer you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, 1620, Indians, Corn, Mayflower…parts of it are  even true.   Any excuse to take a moment and say thank you sincerely to those who support us…that makes it worthwhile and sausage and apple stuffing and some giblet gravy doesn’t hurt any, either!  There actually was a time, after my heart surgery that I blamed my health crisis singlehandedly on Giblet Gravy! But, oh baby what a way to go.

Saturday Dec 5th from 3-6pm in Windmill Village it’s a free event as we light our CHRISTMAS Tree.  No, it’s not a holiday bush.  It’s a Christmas Tree.  The next time someone says to you that they think it’s wrong for a public entity like a city to display a Christmas Tree because it’s a Christian tradition, fill ’em in.  The Christmas tree actually goes back to Roman pagan festivals, then the Druids latched onto it in old Britain as they marked winter solstice. Hey if you want pagan traditions, go for the yule log and the hanging of mistletoe.  But the tree really is an old German tradition as is, of course Santa Claus.  Now, speaking of old holiday traditions, somebody has to explain to me the significance of the Yule Goat!  No. I’m not kidding.  Anyway, Saturday afternoon there will be Santa pictures, kids can ride the train, there will be local musical performers, food and drink and, of course, the lighting of the CHRISTMAS Tree!  Come enjoy!  (When last I checked they were still seeking volunteers to help out.)  Call 223-0039 to get involved or shoot Julie an email at jkerrigan@upvolunteers.org

First Aid and CPR class is coming up again, Saturday, Dec 19th from 9am to 5pm.  This course meets the L&I requirements as well as the Health Services Standards.  The good folks at the University Place Fire Department are the instructors. Your CPR certification is good for two years.  Payment must be made in advance, along with registration. For more information, call 564-1623 but don’t put it off.  At least four pre-registrations are required or the class will be cancelled.

Lions Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Dec 12, 9 to 11 at Univ Place Primary School.  $5 for adults, $3 for the kids and $5 for photos with the jolly old Lion himself.

Speaking of that fine group of volunteers, the Lions, we recently lost one of the very best.  Without fanfare, quietly, respectfully, just the way he lived, Ralph Harrison of University Place passed away just a couple of weeks back.  Now, there was a fair chance that the average UP resident didn’t know Ralph but if you have any past association with Boys Scouting around here, you couldn’t have missed him.  Ralph was the Scoutmaster of the St Charles Parish Boy Scout troop for decades putting an endless supply of young men up into the mountains, deep into the Olympics, cresting the Cascades and what they eventually all realized was that in any one of Ralph’s boy-led units, you just couldn’t help but learn while you were enjoying those adventures.  Ralph believed in the program. He believed in allowing young men to rise to challenges and he believed in letting them fail.  In turn, Ralph knew how to get them to learn.  He liked to say, “Oh, he won’t do that again.”  And from my experience with Mr Harrison, he was right.  Some scout units flounder year in and year out while everything at the leadership end of things is done by the adults.  The boys might make rank, IF they chose to stick with it and they might even learn a little bit but if you want to see wonderful young men who know, understand and live by things like the Scout Law and the Oath, watch any of the young men, now Dads and patrons of our communities, who spent time scouting with Ralph Harrison. Ralph was honored by the Boy Scouts with darned near every honor they have all the way up to and including the Silver Beaver.  But as far as Ralph was concerned, the highest honor he wore was one he earned as a young scout. His highest honor was his Eagle Scout award.  And some of the most memorable moments in Ralph’s career centered around his scouts working toward and achieving their own Eagle.   Without fanfare, quietly, respectfully…that’s the way Ralph Harrison lived his life but the impact he left behind on so very, very many young men and their families will be felt for many, many years to come.  What was Ralph Harrison?  He was a wonderful Dad, a devoted husband to lovely Teresa and to those of us who walked trails with him Ralph Harrison was Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent!. 

Have you ever thought that your spare time might be valuable to someone else?  Well the good folks at the UP Volunteer Center absolutely believe that and they’ve got many choices for you as to how you might opt to best apply your time, energies, experience… call Julie Kerrigan (253-223-0039).

If you haven’t been keeping track, budget cuts in the city are going to require quite a lot more volunteer help and leadership to keep our youth sports programs alive and well.  And why not?  I remember that’s how we used to do it when I was a little guy back in the ’50’s and ’60’s playing ball down at old Colgate Park.  If it wasn’t for parents, we would not have had any sports programs.  Coaches, officials, administrators, organizers, grounds help…you name it.  Everyone’s talents and experience will be put to work.  So, keep your ears open for a call from the city for assistance.  Why?  Because our kids want to play ball.  Our kids deserve to play ball. We want to keep our kids off the street.  The kids…  Oh, I could give you 50 reasons but I think you got it. 

Oh by the way…where did the money go from the city’s general fund which is there, in part, to pay the salaries of city employees to run these programs and others?  Town center  Nope?  Reconfiguration of Bridgeport?  Nope.  The next time you think Tim Eyeman has another one of his “good ideas” remember the impact of his other measures dating back into the ’90s.  That’s the fund his authored initiatives have been raiding, time and time again, the general funds of municipalities across the state.  If you think government should be smaller.  That’s ok but then you better be willing to get off your duff and go volunteer to do what the former government employees were doing for us…Which ones, the 20-plus who are about to lose their jobs right here in U.P.   Real Estate Excise Taxes are down simply because darned few homes are selling.  (Just ask me)  But it’s the initiatives which have gutted the city’s general fund that puts us into such a squeeze at a tight economic time like this.  And the effect?  Two-fold.  We put more people into the jobless category and we either shut down youth athletics and other parks & rec programs or volunteers step up to run them.  So, you do have a choice.  You want smaller government?  Then do it yourself!  It really blew me away the other day, a guy was telling me how we shouldn’t have this crisis because we have more employees than any city needs and we’re just a little place.  He thought it was good that we were “thinning”.  In fact at one point I remember him using the phrase, “Survival of the fittest.”  He also went on to insist that this city should have the best sports, parks and rec programs in the state because our taxes pay for them and we pay a lot, here.  (Oh, if he only knew how good we do have it, in terms of taxes here.)  Furthermore, he insisted that there never has been any reason why parents need to coach or volunteer to support kids activities here.  If the city didn’t squander all of the tons of  money he pays them, there would be paying jobs for a lot of people here.  He went on.  I did not.  After awhile I remembered that you shouldn’t try to teach a pig to sing.  It’s just a waste of your time and it annoys the pig! I did however suggest in parting that he NOT volunteer to work with the kids.  Gee, I wonder why.

Be well…

PAT MADDOCK   Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS              3560 Bridgeport Way West,  University Place, WA 98466                (253)682-1182

 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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Friday 7/10

NOTE TO READERS:  The online software we use to create and post this blog was having problems Friday morning when this went up and it’s just now, Saturday morning, working as it should.  Let’s try this again.

2LN0CAGH7YMFCAB7BROHCA35WCUMCASH4E4BCAFAYZ1BCA9QIYOLCA7ERQHJCACXB41JCAKDIWVWCACLPT1ZCAZCQN17CA2NBUKKCA2PL0S5CAVWCQ43CAE856TFCAME95X7CA0UI5NRCA5OLRBPCA3N7CV2Fires in U.P.  How tragic!  The recent apartment fire and then the home fire this week are catching everyone’s attention. About two dozen residents were left homeless from the apartment fire and it appears as if they’ve located at least two victims in the remains of this week’s home fire.

The Portland Beavers visit to Cheney stadium this week has been a 50/50 affair, so far. Wednesday night the RAINIERS lost the opener 1-7 but bounced back Thursday with a 5-3 win. Two more tests against Portland are scheduled for 7pm tonight and again Saturday night. The final home game before the all-star break will be a 1:30 Sunday afternoon game, again, against the Beavers.

What’s this I heard about Yuniesky Betencourtshowing up in a Rainiers uniform this week? Yup, there he was at second base, of all places, Wednesday night. He did not play Thursday and we’ll see where he shows up tonight…second? short? bench? Seattle? Pittsburg? Huh? Coming off the rehab roster following a hammie pull last month, Betencourt’s real issue is a possible trade which might be immanent. Could Yuni be a Pirate within the next week or so? Keep your ears open.

I can handle 80 degrees today, about 83 tomorrow and a little precip on Sunday with temperatures back down to the mid-low 70s then as well as Monday and Tuesday. The WEATHERMAN warns of some more possible rain mid-week.

CAMP U-PLAYwraps up another successful week today and begins anew on Monday. To register your 5-12 year olds for part of the 10-week long day camp program, call the rec office at 460-2530.

For the seniors, there’s a BBQ planned for Wednesday (7/15) from 5 – 8pm at the Senior Center and it’s free.

The next First Aid and CPR Class is scheduled for Saturday August 15th from 9am to 5pm but you should consider registering now by calling 564-1623.

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I know there are a few addicts in our readership. (What?) Garage Sale addicts, that is. August 8th should have a big circle around it on your calendar. From 9am to 4pm at Cirque Park, that day, is the big City-Wide Garage Sale. (Oh, I can hear the nervous twitching already.) It’s an event to benefit the Volunteer Center and that’s who you need to contact to secure your own booth. Last year, there were more than 50 vendors at the event. a 10 X 10 booth runs $35 if you register by July 17th or $50 after that.  223-0039 will get you Julie Kerrigan from the Volunteer Center and she’ll get you in.

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information. SOLD: 4713 82nd Ave Ct W. They brought it on at a reasonable price for the market, $249K but the market didn’t move. So, they dropped it to29034773$237K  and got an offer. They settled at $233K for this 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,326 sq ft home built in 1990. Only 72 days from start to finish for this Westwood Gardens home. In a market where so many homes first appear for sale at a price far above what they eventually sell for. Why was this one pretty well priced and then adjusted to catch a sale in a timely manner? Two words explain it all: Bank Owned. Banks don’t want to own homes. After they foreclosed on this one, they got accurate assessments of it’s true market value, put it on the market and adjusted that price quickly so as to get it sold fast. Every day a bank owns a foreclosed home it’s losing money. They normally sell for exactly what the market will bear. They are not a steal and they are not overpriced. Again, they are in line with the CURRENT fair market value. Period.

Here’s hoping you have a great weekend. I’ll catch you again first of the week and if you have ideas, topics or issues for the blog, most anything effecting University Place, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. You won’t be ignored.

Be well!

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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late showersHe was finally correct, the WEATHERMAN, that is.  Nobody’s out back building a boat but it is nice to have  a little rain to freshen things up.  OK,  so we tied the record.  29 days without measurable precipitation. Actually, for around here that’s not a record. It’s a miracle. In fact, it’s kind of a St. Jude style of miracle, come to think of it. BUT… he’s calling for…the Weatherman, not St Jude…  he’s calling for PM Showers both Friday and Saturday.  That’s a pretty safe bet wouldn’t you say?  I mean, “PM Showers” means it’s gonna rain somewhere between noon and midnight.  Really stickin’ his neck out on that one, huh? 30-40% chance of those late showers each day with temps in the mid ’60’s.  But then on Father’s Day…  We should have expected this.   A month of no rain and then Dad’s Day,  it’s Showers!  65 degrees is the call for Sunday.  Next week, however, it’s to be partly cloudy all the way into the following weekend with temps climbing through the ’70’s as the week progresses and we should hit about 80 NEXT Sunday.  ( Shhhhh, I’m not talking about weather and July 4th in the same sentence. I don’t want to jinx it! )  Now, having said all of that, there is a difference of opinion between weather forecasting agencies. Some think this Sunday’s rain will taper off through Wednesday while others think Sunday will wrap it.  We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

Didja know… Taste of Tacoma is right around the corner?  June 26, 27 & 28 at Pt. Defiance Park featuring dozens of local restaurants, artisans, crafts, kids activities, live music and fun.  Admission is free.

Yes. It’s still FLAG WEEK.  Wear it, fly it, show it…respectably and proudly and you’ve got the spirit of the week.  If someone happens to ask “When is Flag Week over? So, I can take it down.”  I probably won’t even answer.

 If your tastes run a bit more Celtic, the Tacoma Highland Games are set for June 27th at Frontier Park in Graham from 8am to 4:30pm.  I have friends who won’t miss it but I do. Something about hairy guys in kilts.

Since we’re looking out and around at what’s over the horizon…

If  you’re into Dixieland Jazz, the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Festival is happening 6/25 through 6/28. Check out the details at http://www.olyjazz.com/

Here’s a few other semi-local events you might consider putting on the calendar now. So, you can plan accordingly:

June 25 – U.P. Concerts in the Park:  The Dead Edsels, live ’50’s & ’60’s music at the Curran Apple Orchard Park from 6:30 – 8pm.

July 18/19  – 25th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival

July 23 – U.P. Concerts in the Park:  The Lance Buller Show with Stephanie Poter – Jazz  at the Curran Apple Orchard Park from 6:30 – 8pm.

July 24 – Ft Nisqually Family Fun Nite

 Aug 1 – UPFEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  BIG Annual festival in Cirque Park with something for everybody, entertainment, car show, food, kids stuff, you name it!

Aug 1 – Pt Defiance Salmon Derby

Aug 6 – U.P. Concerts in the Park:  Gerry Andal and the Roughriders, country music at the Curran Apple Orchard Park from  6:30-8pm.

                                                                                                                                                        Aug 6-9 – Morton, 67th Annual Logger’s  Jubilee  No kidding. They still have those.  Haul the kids up there. They’ll be amazed.

Aug 14 – Emerald Downs Wiener Dog Races (You can’t make this stuff up!)

Aug 20 – U.P. Concerts in the Park:  Maia Santell and Houseblend, blues & jazz  music at the Curran Apple Orchard Park from 6:30 – 8pm.

Didja know that right here in U.P. the WINE BANK at 7017 27th St is hosting complimentary wine tastings Saturday afternoons from 2-4:30pm?    www.winebankup.com   This Saturday, they are tasting five wines just perfect to accompany your summer BBQ. (I’m personally looking forward to the Sobon Old Vine Zin from Amador County! )

Of course the RAINIERS have been at it this week. They are barely hanging on to a winning record after two consecutive losses (34 -33) this week. Wednesday night, the final game down in Portland was a 3-5 loss then Thursday night they opened at Cheney Stadium against the Reno Aces with a 5-9 defeat. They’ve got Reno again tonight at 7pm (FIREWORKS!) and at 7pm Saturday. Then Sunday it’s an afternoon 1:30 start if the weather holds out, as they finish their series against Reno.

Next week the day camps and sports programs kick off in U.P. and rather than list them all here, which we have already done, check out the details and registration information at the UP City website (There it is down there in the lower right hand corner of the page).

 SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information. SOLD: 7902 65th Ave Ct W….I LOVE IT!  A perfectly priced home!  They entered the market at $340K and left the market only 15 days later, at $340K.  Perfect! Very clean home, 2,300 sq ft 2-story with 4-beds andhouse3-baths built in 1986 in University Ridge off of Chambers Road.  There were some extras here. It’s at the end of a dead end road or cul-de-sac or whatever you want to call it but it IS a desirable feature and it looks down over the Chambers Creek gulch, also desirable.  Now, for those of you that might conclude that it sold because it was UNDER priced???   Nope.  Quite frankly, in the U.P. School District, if the home is in good shape and it’s family sized and it’s under priced…it will go immediately.  This one took just over two weeks which tells me it was the perfect price.  Had they tried for a higher price, it would have done exactly what other U.P. homes are doing right now, it would languish on the market until it was seen as “damaged” goods and then it would eventually end up selling for less than it should have in the first place, had it been appropriately priced.  This home sale is the other side of that coin. Perfect,  just perfect!

I was doing some other real estate work today. That makes it just like every other day in my life but today I was reviewing the current pricing on million dollar, new construction homes in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood and I reminded myself of the 9,800 square foot home for sale there right now (And likely for some time to come).  That’s right. It’s no typo.  9,800 square feet.   My issue is this: WHO in the world requires that?!?  I live in a crazy-big house (Over 4,000 sq ft) but it’s less than half of that monster.  If I told my wife we were moving to an almost 10,000 square foot home she would throw something at me and yell, “Fine! You clean it!”  I don’t even know what you DO with that big of a home.  And you know what?  I’m not going to go see it because I don’t want to know!  I’m afraid I might walk through it and it might make sense to me. Then I would be really concerned…for my mental health!  But if anyone is serious about that size of a home, I would be more than happy to show it to them. I believe it’s listed at a mere $1.7M.  (If I didn’t type that paragraph very well it’s because I can’t stop laughing! 9,800 square feet…you’ve gotta be kidding!)  But frankly, I should note that there are real “Mansions” out there that do boggle the mind….gates

 

 

 

 

                                                        Bill Gates’  – 66,000 Square Feet in Medina

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 These guys won’t even drive a Prius…too big of a carbon footprint!

And finally, my favorite…   The Redneck Mansionredneck mansion

And back in the real world, if you can’t find something to do around here over this next week or so, as the old First Sergeant used to say, “Yain’t tryin'”.   Have a great weekend and HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all of you Dads. See you again on Monday.  Be Well.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

 

bainWho is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – FircrestDivision of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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I’m afraid it’s time to pay for all of those warm sunny days we’ve been enjoying but what the heck. In Eastern Washington they’ll probably just keep having the sunny days and high temps. Yet, on this side of the hill, we’ll put up with a little rain and the “terrible task” of enjoying what it’s REALLY like to live in the EVERGREEN STATE!  The WEATHERMAN says, a bit above or very near 70 degrees through Sunday but wet several days.  He’s not predicting a bunch of downpours but enough for the kids to claim it’s video game time.  Then next week, it’s a bit better.  Still some showers in the forecast, depending upon who you listen to, but it does still look a bit damp on a couple of days next week.   So, we cut down on our water bill a little in terms of the lawn and gardens, this week,  as we let Mom handle the watering duties.  “Mom”?  Yep. Mother Nature. She does it more efficiently than we do anyway.

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Yes. It certainly is Flag Week.  Are you proudly displaying your colors?  Maybe it’s a flag pole at or on your home?  Maybe a nice t-shirt with a flag appropriately displayed on it. Maybe it’s a lapel pin on your suit.  Perhaps it’s good looking flag bumper sticker. I don’t care. Do it how you want to. Do it appropriately and with respect but just do it!

REMEMBER:  The U.P. Fire Department is the place for this Saturday’s FIRST AID and CPR Class.   It’s only offered six times annually. So, now is the time to get registered.  Again, it’s this Saturday 6/20 from 9am to 5pm. The cost is only $30 and to register I would contact them TODAY at 564-1623.

Wasn’t that a kick to sit back and enjoy watching the RAINIERS taking on the Portland Beavers live on FSN TV Monday night?  And an 11-2 win?!?  Holy smokes!  Then, Tuesday another win in the river city for the boys from T-town, 7-5 and tonight it’s “Ryan the Aussie”on the mound for the Rainiers. We’ll see if he’s really rehabbing and maybe they can sweep the Beavs.  I wasn’t complaining about returning to Mariners game broadcasts last night, though.  Felix proved he is about the best in MLB at least against the Padres. By they way, the M’s  are edging back toward 500 ball and might just leave California with an even record. (Sorry for diverting there…I get carried away during baseball season!)

Another Reminder:  A lot gets started in U.P. Monday 6/22 with school ending this Friday.  (Ahh, the familiar sound of shrieking Mothers in the background.)   Many of the Parks & Rec programs begin next week and you can check them all out at the city website (lower right corner of this page).  CAMP UPLAY kicks off  Monday for the 5-12 year olds. It’s a series of week long summer day camps and each week they offer something different.  Mom, Dad…if it were me, I wouldn’t wait any longer to get “You know who” registered for any of the weeks.  Call Parks & Rec at 460-2530.

Friday is the last day of school in U.P.  Several other schools around us are already out. So, now is the time to remind you to DRIVE SAFELY.  Kids out playing, riding their bikes or scooters or skateboards or wheelies or whatever…well, they do stupid stuff.  They’re supposed to. They’re kids.  We, on the other hand are supposed to do the smart stuff AND look out for the kids, at the same time.  I cannot fathom a worse recipe than to run into a youngster who is out doing stupid stuff but really just playing his summer vacation away, when you hit him with your car.  There’s a GREAT excuse NOT to text or pay attention to ANYTHING other than what’s OUTSIDE of the car.  This is University Place and we have a LOT of youngsters running around, here.  PLEASE  watch out for our little ones. 

Perhaps you can help me on a personal matter.  I have a Father’s Day dilemma.  You see, a few summers back I was rebuilding my deck rails and I had borrowed my son-in-law’s nail gun and compressor. Ooooh baby was I ever ready to knock that project out. Well, I had a bit of a delayed start as the first nail I fired didn’t quit make it to the target.  I did, however, enjoy the company of some very nice medical professionals in the emergency room that afternoon as they determined the least damaging way to remove the nail which was buried deep into and through two fingers on my left hand.  So, I figured out what the problem was and with a bandaged left hand I proceeded to power nail the deck rails together.  As the old Dire Straits song says, “That ain’t workin’. That’s the way ya do it!”  And I became hooked. Nail gun for me, baby!  Except, you see, ever since, my family has been firm about “Dad not getting a nail gun as he’s a danger to himself and probably others”.  OK now, this is where the dilemma comes in.  I just stumbled onto the ULTIMATE  “Tool Toy”.  That is to say, I’ve found a tool that’s so much fun it should be called a toy.  You’ll recognize the framework of an M-16, I assume.  Now you understand how it’s the ultimate nail gun.  We’re talking semi or fully automatic!  This puppy will drive a 16-D nail through a 2X4 at 200 yards!  I mean you can sit in your lawn chair sippin’ a cold one and build a fence!  Just have your wife hold the fence boards in place and POW!  After all, isn’t she the one who’s always pleading, “Let’s do more things TOGETHER.”  Yeah baby, this is it!  And there’s an added benefit, too.  I figure that with a 100 round magazine, after a day of fence building, your wife will never give you another “Honey Do” project as long as you live!   But here’s the problem.    My family has been after me, “C’mon Dad. What do you want for Father’s Day?”  Well, now I KNOW what I want but I can’t figure out how to ask for it. You see my wife still has photos of my two fingers nailed together.  I need help. There’s got to be a way!Nail Gun

 

 

 

                                                                     HAPPY FATHER’S DAY?

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD:  5609 96th Avenue Court West  A nice, 1984 3-bed, 2.5-bath home in Grandview Park, certainly within an easy stroll of the 96thproperties at Chambers Bay and all they offer.  This was just a perfectly priced home for it’s location, age, condition, etc.  They listed it at $333,500 and 15 days later they had it sold for $325K.  In this market, that’s perfect!  What might surprise is that it’s only 1,835 square feet.  It has some wear and tear on it. It needs new carpeting but they accounted for all of that with the dollar sign. Again, it was very appropriately priced and so it defied the slow market and earned a good, rapid sale.  We often have a tendency to want to “just try” for that higher price and while I don’t blame anyone for trying, if we leave it at a higher, unproductive price for long at all it becomes viewed by buyers and REALTORS alike as “damaged goods”.  So, pricing it right to begin with can make all the difference!  It certainly did with this one.

Speaking of homes, it’s time for me to get back to it.  Be well and I’ll catch you again as we prepare for the weekend.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

 

bainWho is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – FircrestDivision of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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As of the Presidential declaration on Thursday this now becomes FLAG WEEK  2009. In doing so, the President asked us all to appropriately display our colors with respect and honor. Can you think of a way to do your part this week and by the way, if you can this week, well, then maybe you can keep ’em flying beyond just Flag Week. Whatcha think? And speaking of doing so appropriately, do you remember what’s right and what’s wrong in terms of the display of our national symbol?  How about a little test to check your knowledge? A bit of  “RIGHT vs WRONG”…

wrong1RIGHT1  RIGHT                                                                               WRONG

                                                     

                        

   Now, that’s just stupidwrong2

 

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Actually, that’s just finewrong3

 

               NEVER!!!

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  You Bet

 

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                                                                                                                       There’s a way to wear it on your head and a  way NOT to wear it on your head. 

 

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 RIGHT ON!

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                                           Not even if it’s raining!

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Well, maybe just this one time!

 

So, did you pass the test?  Have you thought of a good way YOU can display your colors this week?  And if you have, why just THIS week?  Happy Flag Week !

If the weather is going to change it looks like it will be this week and what’s this about a record?  If I got it right, it was back in 1982 when we had 29 consecutive days of no measurable rain….HERE?!?  But we are apparently rapidly approaching that number again.  Our recent hero, the WEATHERMAN, says we’ll come up just a couple of days short as he expects the rain to return by Thursday with partly cloudy days at or just above 70 degrees between here and there.  Then it’s off to a wet weekend. We remember those.  Hey. No room to complain.  It’s been a great run and those of us whose bottles are still half FULL are sure the good weather is returning soon!

They opened with a win then followed with three straight losses. That was the fate of the RAINIERS versus Sacramento this weekend but CHEER UP!  Your Tacoma Rainiers are on TV tonight at 7pm from Portland!  Yep, the Mariners have a night off (They need it!).  So, we’ve got Tacoma taking on the Beavers down south, live on FSN as they begin a three game stand in Portland  before welcoming Reno here this  Thursday night.

The U.P. Fire Department is the place for this Saturday’s FIRST AID and CPR Class.   It’s only offered six times annually. So, now is the time to get registered.  Again, it’s this Saturday 6/20 from 9am to 5pm. The cost is only $30 and to register I would contact them TODAY at 564-1623.

A lot gets started in U.P. next Monday 6/22 with school ending this Friday.  Many of the Parks & Rec programs begin next week and you can check them all out at the city website (lower right corner of this page).  CAMP UPLAY kicks off  Monday for the 5-12 year olds. It’s a series of week long summer day camps and each week they offer something different.  Mom, Dad…if it were me, I wouldn’t wait any longer to get “You know who” registered for any of the weeks.  Call Parks & Rec at 460-2530.

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD: 6408 86th Ave W, a brand new Zetterberg home in Chambers Plateau.  The 543 days on the market is a somewhat misleading statistic in that I’m pretty sure this was actively listed during it’s construction, if not before.  But the tale is told inzettterms of what price they started at and what they ended with.  It was actually back in 2007 that they brought it on the market at $555K and then what happened?  Well, the market promptly went to hell in a handbag and there they were with quality homes being built in a soft market, to put it lightly.  I really do think it was the quality of Zetterberg homes that got the job done. They have a solid reputation and if you had a chance to walk through this home, it showed like a model.  At 2,724 square feet, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home shines!  The extras are literally too numerous to list. Just suffice it to say that they’re all in there.  So, at a time when a lot of builders are giving them back to the bank or selling for a loss AND really struggling to get any new home inventory sold,  this Zetterberg ended up closing at $496K and that ain’t bad…not in this market.

Well, the days of dry 70 degree days may be coming to an end just as school  is, too and Yes, the timing of those two couldn’t be worse but the clouds will make their deposits and we’ll hopefully get right back to what was shaping up to be a great summer in University Place.  bird You’ve heard me drone on before about getting the kids outside, away from the TV and getting them as active as we can.  Yesterday, our two grandsons were over and while their Mom and Dad were busy helping get some things done at the house, the two little guys got a bit bored.  Solution #1, build a birdhouse. No, in fact build a bird hotel!  Evan called it the Bird Inn.  That accomplished several things and then they still had energy. So, while Evan was off investigating something “interesting” we found his twin brother Ethan up a tree. Yep, just sitting up there, thinking and watching the summer afternoon going by.  You could say a lot of things about an eight year old boy up a tree on a Sunday afternoon but I would just say…PERFECT!

Have a great week. Catch you again Wednesday.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

bain

Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – FircrestDivision of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.  But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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WHEW! What a week!

What a week for the RAINIERS, as well. It started off dismally with back to back losses to Las Vegas (0-4 and 8-10 following their opening win (9-2) on Saturday. So, to even up the series, the Rainierspulled out the final game in a Tuesday win 6-3. On the road Wednesday brought them to their next four-game series in Sacramento. They took the opener against the River Cats Thursday 6-4 then Friday night Sacramento turned the tide witha 3-2 victory against Ryan Rowland Smith and the Rainiers. Two more games are scheduled in Sacto. Then Monday night, you can catch the boys in a televised game at the Portland Beavers. That’s Monday at 7pm on the Fox Sports Net instead of the Mariners who’ll have Monday night off. And in case you are interested, the current weekend series against Sacramento is available on On Demand TV.

Our friend, buddy, love-interest the WEATHERMAN is staying in our good graces with a forecast calling for partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid ’70’s…darned near perfection! I don’t even see any showers in his forecast until next Friday. Could this be the same guy who called for such an elongated season of crud, this last winter? Well, of course it was his fault! But he gets the credit now and we’re lovin’ the guy!

Hey! The sale is Saturday (6/13) at the U.P. Library. Books and stuff, 10am to 4pm. The Library uses the proceeds for their special activity programs and I understand some good deals are to be found!

What an amazing group of kids we have here in U.P. I mean to say that we were so very impressed with the hundreds of Kindergarten-through- fourth graders who participated in the Design Day for the new Playground By The Sound (PBTS)on Thursday. Designers went to all of our Elementary schools that morning to host back-to-back sessions of students, many of whom came armed with their prepared artistic renderings representing their input, their ideas for the new playground and before the day was over, our professional designer from Ithaca, New York had combined the oft-repeated highlights into an amazing design for the new playground. My personal experience was at Chambers Elementary where they students were not only interested but well behaved, attentive, enthusiastic and communicative (By the way, why do little kids whisper? I swear they’re afraid to speak up.)…they represented their imaginative ideas clearly. They had been given more than a fair degree of thought. Kudos to the teachers, parents, principals and everyone involved in making sure our youngsters had their say in this future project in their community. The steering committee behind the PBTSwas in a bit of a dawn-to-dust mode that day and many found out how exhausting the effort was going to be. OK, I’ll admit, I was whipped after two hours of intense sessions withthe kids. But the final design was well worth it. So, what’s next? Well over $100,000 still needs to be raised to make this all happen next Spring. Personalized fence pickets are being sold, donations being rustled up and much more planing and execution is underway. Additional volunteers are needed in support of a wide variety of preparatory activities as well as the multi-day build. Interested? Well, the easiest way to get involved is to respond to this blog. That’s right. Just reply withyour comment telling us who you are and how we can reach you and we’ll follow up. It’s a huge undertaking but the payoff will be well worthit. And by the way, it’s a rather green project, as well, using recycled materials throughout the structure. We’ll continue to keep you posted as this wonderful community building project unfolds but now IS the time for you to get involved in what is actually amounting to a lot of fun with some very, very good people!

Something is eating the garden!  No, it’s not slugs. My wife is a notorious slug murderer. She’s got that well covered. It’s something bigger. Yes, we have a population of squirrels in our yard roughly equal to the population of India but I’m pretty sure it’s not those bushy tailed critters unless they can use a chain saw. Whatever it is, it’s much bigger.  It just took down two corn stalks!  See what I mean about bigger.  I suspect rabbits.  I don’t see dogs or cats interested in chewing up the dahlias and gnawing at corn stalks until they surrender.  So, it was off to my local wharehouse store to wander through their aisle of repellants.  And repellants is a polite word.  They have concoctions of destruction and fear suitable for everything from cockroaches to deer!  They’ve got powders that promise to eradicate aphids. They’ve got stuff that will strike terror into the heart of any skunk. They’ve got… They’ve gotrabbiteverything. Everything, that is, except what I went looking for.  I was lectured the other night that what I really needed was (Oh, you’re gonna love this!) concentrated, dried coyote urine.  ( You just can’t make stuff like that up. )   And the guy who told me about it, swears by it. (Who gathers this stuff?  I thought I’ve had bad jobs!)  He promises me that it not only drove out all of the neighborhood pets but it also made his yard totally free of mice, squirrels, rabbits, racoons, possums and apparently it even drove off his first wife!  “Wow!”, I thought, “That IS good stuff!”  So, I went looking for it only to be told that the only place they knew that carried it was the good old Duffle Bag, which, of course, closed it’s doors forever, last year. 

So, I left the mega-box store with a bag of fertilizer. I know, I know… I went looking for repellant.  Well, apparently, it is.  I had a bag of something called blood meal. What is blood meal? I can’t really tell you other than to say that it’s made from animal blood and other animals apparently hate the stuff and they stay away. The package states, multiple times, that mine is not from cows but does it ever tell you what it’s from? Nope. ( Unless, well, does “porcine” mean pig? ) Meanwhile it supposedly replenishes the necessary supply of nitrogen in the soil.  Then, if you stop by, what I call, the “Big Cheap Store” and you buy a container of Cayenne Pepper… we’re talking more Cayenne than you would ever use in one kitchen in your entire lifetime, but what they heck, it only cost a buck!  You get home, mix the Cayenne into the Blood Meal and then go sprinkle it around your garden, supposedly, the critters are gone for at least a month!  They damned sure better be gone because the guy who told me about it was right. My wife is also gone.  Apparently, no matter how much hot water and soap you use, the rather offensive stench of blood meal does not come out of your hands no matter what.  The last I saw my wife, she was muttering something about the guest room or the RV. So, I would advise anyone wanting to apply the above concoction to try a disposable plastic glove.  Unless of course you actually want….  Oh, never mind.  I’ll let you know if the offending critter returns.  No, I don’t mean my wife!

Speaking of good people, the candidate statementsare rolling in. You’ll recall that after the close of election filing, I invited the candidates for City Council, to submit up to a 250 word campaign statement and photo by next Wednesday (6/17) and we’ll run them for you to examine, soon after. Several of our candidates have done so and I look forward to getting those in front of you in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Have you seen the concentration of work going on at the new town center, lately? While construction continues on several facets of the project, the contractor has been scrambling to complete the area which will be called MARKET SQUAREin front of the New City Hall and Library. A state grant is funding the near $1M project and it’s designed to serve as a public plaza, outdoor multi-use area for events throughout the year. Now, while it won’t be open for daily use this summer as it’s still in the heart of a major construction area, a dedication event is fast approaching. When the project is about complete the city will announce it’s plans. The center really is set aside as the heart of the overall project and it contains not only the site and setting for the city Christmas tree but it’s got a children’s spray fountain for summer fun, as well. Trees, lawn, fire pit…the design is quite varied and if similar “central park spaces” in other recent city developments across the country should tell us anything, it’s bound to be a well used area. One of my favorites is the one in the Denver area surrounded by retail, restaurants and second story offices. It features a lawn and stage for open-air performances and I watched it in use last August while we dined in an open-front restaurant while a live band entertained from not a half-block away and hundreds of “picnickers” feasted on their casual meals on the grass while enjoying the show. What a sense of connected community! What a cool idea and, in reality, how very, very practical. Our Market Square will be unique in itself and we’ll learn how best to make it come to life all in good time. But the word is, it will soon be finished and dedicated. We’ll let you know.

americanflagAs the last week of school is upon us, so to is FLAG DAY, this Sunday 6/14. Remember all of the campaign “bull” about Barack Obama not pledging allegiance? Well, here’s a good way to put that all to bed. On Thursday, President Obama officially declared Sunday to be Flag Day and the week following to be Flag Week during which he directed the displaying of the flag on all federal government buildings and he urged all of us to observe the day and week by flying our colors at home and other suitable places and by publicly reciting the pledge of allegiance. Do you have your colors up? Do your children understand what it’s all about? Should we leave that lesson to the schools? No! Where should our youngsters learn what it means to be an American? With their teacher or with Mom and Dad? Here’s a good opportunity to explain another facet of what it all means. A good Flag Day and Flag Week to you and yours!

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD:  5421 89th Ct West.  After 389 days on the market, this nice tri-29021005level home featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,168 square feet on almost a half acre lot is now sold.  Three different REALTORS handled the home for over a year and finally, the asking price got reasonable and low and behold, there was the buyer!  It wasn’t that the first two agents weren’t any good. Nor was it that they weren’t doing what it took to sell the home.  The price was too high!  It was really that simple.  They started at $375K and finally, when they price got to $339K, they accepted an offer of $324K and it was done.  But when it sells at $324k you’ve got to know that $375K was a waste of everyone’s time.

Well, let’s get out there and enjoy. Yeah, I know, it might be “enjoying” the yard work or it might be “enjoying” painting the house or it might …  whatever… it’s outside, it’s great out there and we’re not depressed and complaining ’cause it’s wet and gloomy. Plus I just noticed last night that I’ve got red strawberries in the garden!  I love summer!  See you Monday.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – FircrestDivision of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.  But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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I have NO idea where the year is going.  If somebody sees it whiz by, please let me know, would you?  Sheesh!  Hey, TWO WEEKS….that’s all. School is out in just TWO WEEKS!   (Right now the hairs are standing up on the back of the necks of perfectly wonderful parents who are looking bug-eyed, quite dazed out the window, wondering, “What in the world am I gonna do with them?”  And just praying for good weather.)  Go to the city website (Look lower right corner, here) and check out the PARKS and REC summer program….there’s TONS of options.  (Otherwise, I do have some painting that needs to be done.)

Well, the festival to mark the end of the rainy season and the unofficial start of summer in University Place looked like a real success Saturday even though the rain gods decided they wanted to flex their muscles one more time and show us that our parade and party-in-the-park couldn’t force their hand. Awww, it really wasn’t bad, at all!
Way too many cute kids!  I’ve never seen that much yellopolice patchfire-truckw in one place before. I finally figured out how to get too many people in one place at one time. Offer “Free Hot Dogs!”. That’s exactly what they did over at the Public Safety Building. I have no doubt that an open house at the fire and police station has the power to attract visitors but WOW! When I buzzed through there at about 11:15, it wasn’t even standing room only.
And our Pierce County Fire and Police officers certainly put on a good show. Did you get out behind the building? Every kind of specialized police vehicle (and boat) around was staffed and on display and of course every kind of kid was crawling in and out of them. The cops out back and the firefighters out front. And they WANTED those kids to be interested. That’s why they were there. If we can make our kids comfortable with our police officers and firefighters now, much the better for both of them in years to come! Don’t cha think?
Hats off to both agencies for a first class show. (And of course for what they do for us every day!)

Meanwhile, in the park, the head duck of the day, Councilman Ken Grassi, had his teams of sellers and flower mongers and train drivers and slot car racers and antique dealers and political candidates and live musicians and you name it…scattered near and throughout Homestead Park which certainly can do a nice job of providing a good locale for an event of that nature. The day looked like a success to me and most folks seemed to be pretty much just ignoring the light sprinkles, anyway but after all, we DO live in U.P. and nothing about some light precipitation should put us off…right?

I had the chance to visit with a few of the candidates for our city council. I hope you did too. Actually, the ones I chatted with were those who reached out and grabbed my hand. That was Eric Choiniere (Who’s got one heck of a handshake grip!  Be careful.) running for position 3, Denise McClusky running for position 5, Mayor Linda Bird, the incumbent candidate for position 1, as well as her last minute challenger Dan Carnrite. I didn’t see Lorna Smith or Javier Figueroa but I did see his signs. I missed Carl Mollnow and Rose Ehart, too but I imagine they were there. I just mentioned those who reached out and grabbed me…literally. After all, I suppose that’s what you ought to be doing if you just declared for office. We’ll give Councilman Ken Grassi a “BY” for the day. He was too busy selling tickets and managing the event there in the park to be campaigning!

I got a note this weekend from one of our blog readers who wanted to draw my attention to what he sees as a problem in U.P. and it’s something I’m going to research further so as to present it in an informed and balanced manner and perhaps you might like to weigh in, as well. I suppose we are all aware that we have a rather unique city park, here. The one I’m referring curranto is the Curran Apple Orchard on Grandview. It’s been there as long as I can remember and that goes back to 1953 when I first moved to University Place. (OK If you’re doing the math, don’t jump to any conclusions that I’m older than the Pine Cone Café!  I was only one year old when my folks bought a brand new, little house on Glendale Drive.) But the current park issue revolves around some folks who want the Curran house preserved due to it’s architectural and historic significance and some folks who apparently can’t seem to see that it would be affordable or cost effective to do so, given the cost of work needed to preserve or reuse the structure. So, I’ve begun researching the issue and we’ll get to the details for you here shortly. I know, it’s not a new issue but it’s a current issue and it’s unsolved. My understanding is that it may well even be a topic of discussion on tonight’s city council agenda.

Again, if you would like to weigh in on that issue or for that matter, most any issue effecting University Place, please do. You can comment here directly to the blog or email me at the address below.

Thursday saw a successful, if not well attended, Chamber of Commerce function here, too. The annual Business Showcase brings together a lot of local businesses that you may or may not be confronted with in your day-to-day as many of them don’t use storefronts and yet, some do. But it’s a good way to get one-on-one with a number of local business people and get an up-close look at what they do. The food is always good thanks to Gay Landry from Affairs and the good folks at Jonz Catering. You don’t go dry, thanks to Bob Kammerer from the Wine Bank and there’s plenty of giveaways and prizes. So, it actually is an enjoyable event every year at the Environmental Services Building. However, for some reason, this year, we didn’t see you. Let’s just leave it at…poor attendance. Too bad, too. A number of people put a fair amount of work into that event every year.

Well the WEATHERMAN seems to be in a good mood. He’s calling for a week of light clouds and temps in the mid ’70’s.  Did I ever tell you how much I love the Weatherman?

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And our RAINIERS, well, they’ve had better weekends. Friday they came up short at home against Reno….well, OK, how about REAL short against Reno 5-21 was the final and the losing pitcher was none other than the Mariner’s Ryan Rowland Smith. (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!)  Whew!  Rough rehab.  So, they split the series with the Aces, two games each and it was on to Las Vegas over the weekend. One and one, a 9-2 win Saturday followed by an 0-4 loss Sunday. They’ve got Vegas in Vegas for two more games both at 7pm tonight and Tuesday then they rest up for a day while they travel to Sacramento then Portland then home again on the 18th.

 The U.P. “Mystery of the Week” is this… Why were there so many garage sale shoppers roaming the streets of Woodlake and Vintage and so few in Westhampton? All-in-all, it didn’t seem as if there were more sales in Woodlake than in Westhampton but there were certainly far fewer shoppers. In fact, one Westhampton host declared it “A waste!” with the level of enthusiasm of someone who has cleaned the garage, gone through all of the closets, the kids clothes, toys, kitchen, the works AND two other family members brought their “stuff” over, at least doubling the amount of “stuff” available and then… next to no shoppers. More than one Westhampton household is collectively scratching their heads. Was it the weather? No. The really serious shoppers are there early and the weather was lovely that morning. Was it the competition from Vintage and Woodlake? Doubtful. That would seem to just bring more to the dance.
Was it the conflict with Duck Daze? Not sure. It would seem that again the serious shoppers are rummaging through “stuff” long before the 10am parade start time. It was advertised. There were signs out. Hmmm? If you’ve got the answer let us know. I mean, it’s not the puzzle of the year but there are a bunch of folks trying to figure it out with their eyes toward next year.

That’s kind of what we do here. We talk about U.P. What’s being talking about around U.P.?  What’s coming up in or near U.P.?  What are the University Place issues?  There’s room to discuss them and why not? We talk about the frivolous along with the important.  By the way, I’ve contacted the declared city council candidates, asked them for photos and up to a 250 word campaign statement by June 17th and after that, you’ll seem ’em here. And Yes, I do encourage you to weigh in about the upcoming election. Please feel free. I’ll only tell you, as I told the candidates. Say what you want this side of slander and libelous statements. If submitted comments move into that arena, whether from candidates or others, the author will be given the chance to self-edit. If they do not or in doing so they do not solve the concern, they will forfeit the right to speak, herein. It’s only fair. Do I anticipate such a problem? Nope. Do I still think it’s prudent to address it beforehand? Yep. Nuff said.

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD: 4223 Robin Road W  2,248 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, on 1/3 of an acre in kind of “okee dokee” condition. (Is that an official term?) I mean there were some new finishings but, well a bit of TLC, as they say, couldn’t hurt.  The BIG problem, as usual, was the price.  When you start at $369,900 and 272 days later you accept a sale at $299,000.  The tale is told.

   If you have youngsters between Kindergarten and Fourth Grade in any of the U.P. schools or in Manitou Park, this Thursday is DESIGN DAY for the new PLAYGROUND BY THE SOUND and by the way, if you want to know more about this Kid Designed, Community Built project, check out the website at playgroundbythesound.org or click on the link in the lower right corner. (Yeah, right over there!)  Do your youngsters have their ideas ready?  We design THIS THURSDAY!!!

   As I mentioned above, it looks like a nice week in front of us. I think I’ll go take a walk….hmmmmmm, maybe I’ll check out that new Playground site.  You all have a wonderful week.  See you in just a couple of days!  My very best to you all.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – FircrestDivision of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.  But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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Four University Place City Council races are coming up this year. This was the week for candidates to file. As of 10:47 this morning, here’s what the contests look like (If there are any additions before the close-of-business deadline, I’ll edit and add, then):

old UP logoPosition #1: Incumbent – Mayor Linda Bird Challenger: Javier Figueroa     AND HERE’S A LAST MINUTE ADDITION:  CHALLENGER Daniel Carnrite.

Position #3: Incumbent – Councilmember Lorna Smith Challenger: Eric Choiniere

Position #4: Incumbent – Councilmember Ken Grassi Challenger: Carl Mollnow

Position #5: Incumbent – Councilmember Stan Fleming (Has not  filed) Challenger: Rose Ehart   Challanger: Denise McCluskey

I also see that in the U.P. School Board races, we have two uncontested candidates, Ray Tennison and Michael Ehart.

Next, we’ll pursue the candidates for their campaign statements and if you have thoughts on this year’s election we would certainly like to hear them.  The PRIMARY ELECTION is set for August 18th with the GENERAL ELECTION being held November 3rd.

GARAGE SALES: I’m sure I’m missing some neighborhoods but the bigger sales set for this weekend are today and tomorrow in Woodlake off Chambers Creek Rd. Then Saturday it’s sales galore in Vintage on Bridgeport and in Westhampton off 54th west of Bridgeport. DRIVE CAREFULLY!!!  Watch out for the “little shoppers” crossing the streets.  They live here!

And what does the WEATHERMAN say about this weekend?  The call today was for Partly Cloudy with a high of 73 while tomorrow they expect cloudy skies and a high of 70 and a 20% change of something wet. Sunday they think it will stay mostly cloudy but warm back up to about 75 and then into the new week it looks like up to a 30% chance of rain by Wednesday with temps in the upper 60s.

The RAINIERS are trying NOT to split the four game series with Reno tonight following a Tuesday 5-1 win, a 4-10 loss on Wednesday and their 8-5 victory last night.  At 29 and 25, they are only 3.5 games out which is still ahead of the Mariners who are at 26 and 28 at 5.5 games back…not that they would want me to compare the two but, it’s baseball…it’s all about stats!    The RAINIERS have a 7pm home game tonight, of course, with FIREWORKS!   And you can take the kids for CHEAP!

Well, this Saturday is a big day here in University Place as we officially, if not prematurely, kick off the Summer season with DUCK DAZE beginning with the PARADE Saturday morning at 10am marching south from 27th and Bridgeport to City Hall and Homestead Park, the site of TREASURES IN THE PARK, the city’s yard sale, antiques sale and much, much more including the FIRE DEPARTMENT AND U.P. POLICE OPEN HOUSE which will run all day long.  Come out, line the parade route on Bridgeport, catch all of the costumes and you just never know what else. Then head for the park and make a day of it.  I was at the city this morning for a meeting and they were already setting up canopies and blowing up the Bouncy House (or whatever you call that big inflatable thing that kids get into and bounce all over each other and HOWL with laughter!).  Why so early?  Well, City Manager Bob Jean is a big guy but even HE can’t get that thing blown up quickly!

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in 65th St Ct WUniversity Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD:7812 65th St Ct W across from Charles Wright Academy.  This 4,000 sq ft, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home languishedon the market for over a year!   Why?  Well, in April of ’08 they started at $599K.  When it ends up selling for $549K, that pretty much explains it.  They house was really chocked full of fine appointments and it overlooked the “ultimate greenbelt” Chambers Creek but the right price works. The wrong price doesn’t. End of story!  We often have a tendency to try to make this all out to be more complicated than it is.  You do your homework and with appropriate experience of doing this every day, every week for years and years, you put the right price on it and get is sold in a reasonable timeframe.  That’s that.

Hey. It’s a good looking Friday. School’s getting close to wrapping up for the year. Lots going on around us. So, I’ll cut this short and just say…”Get out there and get into life. Don’t let it pass you by!”  

Until Monday, be well.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.  But most importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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Well at this writing, (4:30 pm) it’s 86 degrees outside and I have completely forgotten how miserable last winter was!  But HEY, Thursday looks potentially crazy!  How about 88 degrees, 20% chance of precip AND a chance of Thunderstorms!  Ah, the summer storm. It reminds me of being on a beach, walking in the summer chancetstormsrain while the temps were near 90…what a sensation. Well, let’s see what Thursday brings. Beyond that, the WEATHERMAN says a bit of cooling and increased cloudiness is approaching with forecast highs looking like 70 Friday and in the upper 60’s for the weekend parade and garage sales. Not bad.

Speaking of bad…no, no, no… not really the case. Our RAINIERSdid finish the visit to Colorado Springs with yet another loss on Monday but it was a real slugfest witha 13-12 final. (I heard the pitchers were both visiting T-Ballersbut I can’t verify that.) Hey, they came home and came back against Reno on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory and they look to repeat tonight at 7pm. The Aces are here through the Friday night FIREWORKS and then it’s back on the road for our boys to Las Vegas. Actually, they’re on the road for almost two weeks. We’ll keep you posted. They’re currently 3.5 games back from division leading Colorado Springs and the RAINIERS current record is 28 and 24 which is better than the Mariners, of course, who are currently 6 games back with a 25 and 28 record. Yes, the FIRST number is the wins!

OK So, what’s happening around here this weekend?  Tons but lets hit the highlights.

Saturday is DUCK DAZE and all that entails.  Yep, duck tails, costumes…the parade which starts at 10am at 27th and Bridgeport and heads south to 37th and Homestead Park where the Treasures in the Park will also be underway.  Don’t forget the day-long Open House just next door at the Public Safety building where you can stop in and see our Firefighters, their equipment and you can stop and thank our Police officers for their nice work as part of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department which made arrests this morning, less than 24 hours after the Walmart shooting!  It’s nice to have that level of expertise protecting you and yours, don’t you think?  Saturday will be a good day to stop by and thank them for what they do and it’s always the right time to thank a firefighter! 

While you’re in the park Saturday, look for the PLAYGROUND BY THE SOUND boothwhere you can sign up to be a part of the team that will actually build the 1200 square foot playground that our kids are actually designing.  There’s lots of ways to get involved in this project which will come to fruition next summer but NOW is the time for your youngsters to submit their design ideas and they can do that with a visit to the booth this Saturday. Yes, they can sit down and draw the idea they want incorporated into what will become THEIR playground.  The project itself will be surrounded by waist high fencing and each fence picket can be dedicated PBTS_Logoto, oh say that youngster of yours or your family or your company or you or whomever you want memorialized at the playground for all to see.  It’s a good straightforward way of raising funds for this huge undertaking.  What I’m saying is you can stop by the booth and “Buy a Picket” and have it inscribed as you want.   No kidding.  It’s just one more outside of the box idea being incorporated into this community project. Stop by, see what’s going on, ask your questions and have your little guy or gal get their ideas on paper so they can be considered by the professional designer who will be here next Thursday 6/11 in the primary schools doing just that, soliciting their design ideas.  Will your youngster be included in that?  Make sure they have their voice heard. Stop by the booth in the park on Saturday and, of course, don’t miss all of the entertainment, food and “treasures” there. 

Remember me telling you about the performance this Saturday scheduled for MERIDITH CONNIE?  She is the very talented (And very educated) classical guitarist who teaches our kids through UP Parks and Rec.  Well, she’ll be performing Saturday at 2pm at the Pierce County Library at 13718 Pacific Avenue in Spanaway.  She is not only a gifted musician but a very warm and nice young lady who instills the roots of a true love of music in our boys and girls, right here.  I’m sure they would enjoy catching the “other side” of their music teacher, in action and you have to know Meridith would get a real kick out of seeing them, as well.  (Psssst….and the thing is, she’s really, really good!)

Well the filing is well underway for the University Place City Council races coming up. As of this afternoon, here’s what the contests look like:    

Position #1:  Incumbent – Mayor Linda Bird     Challenger:  Javier Figuroa

Position #3: Incumbent – Councilmember Lorna Smith     Challenger:  Eric Choiniere

Position #4:  Incumbent – Councilmember Ken Grassi     Challenger:  Carl Mollnow

Position #5:  Incumbent – Councilmember Stan Fleming (Not yet filed)   Challenger:  Rose Ehart

Candidates have through this Friday 6/5 to file for the election.  We’ll give you a wrap up in our weekend edition and we’ll pursue all of the candidates for their statements.   If you have thoughts on this year’s election we would certainly like to hear them.

And the business event this week is the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Showcase Thursday 6/4 in the Environmental Services Building at the south end of Grandview from4:30 to 7pm.  It’s an opportunity for area businesses to show their stuff whether they have a storefront operation, a home business or whatever!. Food, drinks, entertainment…yes, there is an admission fee but just the giveaways alone should be worth that. 

GARAGE SALES:  I’m sure I’m missing some neighborhoods but the bigger ones set for this weekend will be found Fri and Sat in Woodlake off Chambers Creek Rd.  Then Saturday it’s sales galore in Woodlake, Vintage on Bridgeport and in Westhampton off 54th west of Bridgeport.  DRIVE CAREFULLY!!!  Watch out for the little ones. They live here!

SALE OF THE DAY:  In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place  here’s another recently sold UP home with details from public information.    Instead of a recent sale, let’s look at an actively available home in the heart of University Place and how it came to be where it is, today because this speaks volumes about our current marketplace.  gulish Kitch

Just barely three years ago an exceptionally nice family bought this large (2,751 sq ft) 5-Bedroom, 2.75 Bath home on  almost a quarter acre in the low traffic U.P. neighborhood known as Twin Hills.  Built in 1979 it’s been well maintained and updated in the right places.  The back yard is fenced and very usable with a big toy ready to go and an entertainment sized deck wide open.  Two particular spaces are just huge in this roomy home. The Living Rm-Dining Rm combo is really big with a nice fireplace at one end and large windows bringing in plenty of light. Then downstairs there is an equally huge Rec Room with another nice fireplace and more big, bright windows.  Big furniture?  Need a large family environment?  Want space for a big home theater…you name the need and I’ll bet there’s room for it here.  Evergreen Primary and Drum Intermediate are the wonderful neighborhood schools.  The owners have been relocated to the east coast and this is a must sell property.  Well, they bought it for $390K just 3 years ago and in a real statement of what’s happening in this market, the current list price was just dropped this week to $340K!!!  Can you believe that!?!   Somebody is going to STEAL this house.  And actually there is nothing wrong with that. I mean, the market is what it is. Homes are offered at prices where they will sell.  A seller may loose, a buyer may win but in the long run the markets come full circle and life goes on.  If you know someone who would like to walk through this wonderful home, give me a call at 682-1182. It’s open this Sunday from 1-4pm at 6913 Twin Hills Drive West between Bridgeport and 67th.  Watch for the signs.

Well, it’s time for me to get back to the office.  Between Open Houses to plan for, the Business Showcase to prep for, Saturday in the Park to be available for and I thought I was gonna take a night off to play music with friends…Ha!   Hey, the kids are almost out of school!  Are you ready for ’em?  They’ll be excited and aching for something fun and new.  Check out the city website and see what Parks and Rec has planned. Registration is underway for a LOT of cool activities, they’re bound to find one they like.  The website?  It’s one of those over on the right side of the page.  There really are some interesting ones there. 

Have a great week. See you again as we climb into the weekend!

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182         patmaddock@cbbain.com

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                                 Who is this guy?                                                         

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).  He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of     University Place on the Economic Development Commission.  But most   importantly, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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