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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 29, 1971

By William A. Ziegner

Joe’s old Maple Valley General Store being moved (top) to make way for Serve-U’s expansion in 1959. And below, of course, the area as it looks today.

Joe’s old Maple Valley General Store being moved (top) to make way for Serve-U’s expansion in 1959. And below, of course, the area as it looks today.

Once in a while, the Voice gets around to what is called a personality sketch. It’s high time we came up with another one and past high time that we bang out a few words about the now 75-year-old civic leader, who has often been called (and still is) “the Mayor of Maple Valley.”

He’s Joe Mezzavilla, of course, who still makes his own wine, still keeps on the go every day, all day, and still has the same friendly smile and charm he had with this writer first met him in about 1952.

Joe at that time was proprietor of the old Sure-Fine Cash Store, occupying a frame building next to where the present Serve-U is located, at first about half today’s size. Joe waited on his customers himself most of the time. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 29, 1976

Rob Blacker, artist, is shown beside a 1,400-pound bronze sculpture as it was being put into place at the King County Lake Wilderness Park earlier this month. The work was commissioned by the King County Art Commission. (Photo by Bob Gerbing.)

Rob Blacker, artist, is shown beside a 1,400-pound bronze sculpture as it was being put into place at the King County Lake Wilderness Park earlier this month. The work was commissioned by the King County Art Commission. (Photo by Bob Gerbing.)

A 1,400-pound bronze sculpture, commissioned last spring by the King County Arts Commission, was installed at the King County Lake Wilderness Park on Saturday, December 11 by the artist, Rob Blacker, 25, with the help of his partner, Jerry Allen, and other friends. (more…)

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