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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 30, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Getting ready to celebrate her 100th birthday is Ruby Favro Androsko Keeney (left). Also pictured with Keeney is son, Joe Androsko (center), and husband, Lee (right).

Looking forward to celebrating her first century of life, former Black Diamond resident Ruby Favro Androsko Keeney has plenty of tales to share about growing up in Black Diamond.

Born on February 4, 1907, to father, Joe Favro (a Black Diamond coal miner), and mother, Mary (a stay-at-home mom), Keeney grew up to become one of thirteen Black Diamond High School graduates in the class of 1926. Soon after graduation, she went to work at the Black Diamond Bakery. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 25, 1989

The First National Bank of Enumclaw is considering selling its Black Diamond branch building to the Black Diamond Community Center Board for a community center.

Dorothy Botts, secretary and treasurer for the 11-member community center board formed in 1979 by the city council, announced the proposition at the Black Diamond City Council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

“We’re really excited,” Botts said. “I talked to some of the seniors and they’re excited too.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 8, 1992

Black Diamond businessman Andy Williamson will replace Gary Raykovich on the city’s planning commission.

Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts appointed Williamson, 28, to a four-year term at the city council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

In the city’s end-of-the-year housekeeping, Botts said, it was discovered Raykovich was over his term limit. Botts said he decided not to reappoint Raykovich to allow him to spend more time with his family, and to give someone else the opportunity. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 22, 1991

The gym was moved to 25511 Lawson Street on February 12, 1992, at a cost of $100,000.

The gym was moved to 25511 Lawson Street on February 12, 1992, at a cost of $100,000.

The Black Diamond Community Center Board has the building, the property, and the moving company. The only thing it’s missing to move the old Enumclaw School District gymnasium down Highway 169 to its new home off Lawson Street is $35,000.

The board purchased the historical building from Enumclaw School District for a nominal fee earlier this year and has been working hard to line up a moving company and funds to move it to the three acres of city-owned property off Lawson Street across from City Hall.

The Black Diamond City Council granted the board a special use permit for the property at its regular meeting Thursday night. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 25, 1963

A meeting was held on April 15, at the Eagles Hall, for the purpose of furthering the plans for a Black Diamond community hall. Plans were made to reactivate the Black Diamond Civic Club, which is still registered as an incorporated organization. The proposed building would be available for all town activities. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 11, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

When we initially talked with outgoing mayor Gomer Evans about this article, we asked that he give thought to three basic questions: “When you took office, what problems did you face?”; “What do you feel you accomplished during your term of office?”; and now, “Where do you go from here?” His description of the accomplishments clearly defines the problems faced. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 3, 1979

By George and Dianne Wilson

The year 1978 saw the City of Black Diamond with a new mayor, a new librarian and assistant, and the establishment of an independent Community Services Center with a new coordinator.

The city, facing severe financial problems, raised levy rates on the telephone and power companies as well as assessing a B and O tax on all firms doing business here.

February brought a new postmaster, and A.R. Botts celebrated his 90th birthday in March. (more…)

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