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Originally published in the South County Journal, July 31, 2002

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — The Black Diamond Neighborhood Market is closing today, marking the end of another attempt to keep a grocery store in the small community.

“We just can’t make it anymore,” market owner Ron Pannell said yesterday. “We are a dinosaur; 10,000 square feet of floor space isn’t big enough for a full service market but it’s too big for a convenience store.”

The store is located along State Route 169 in North Black Diamond next to the Black Diamond Community Center. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, July 12, 1997

Group that took coal company to task disbands, donates remaining money

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Black Diamond Community Center program director Helen Bittner (left), Black Diamond citizen activist Tim Buckley, and community center executive director Judith Black discuss plans for the Lisa Malavotte Memorial Gym. (Gary Kissel/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Money that was collected to keep the heat on the operators of the John Henry Mine now will be used to bring heat—and bathrooms—to the Black Diamond gymnasium.

Tim Buckley of Citizens Concerned About Strip Mining yesterday delivered a check for $20,065.36 to the Black Diamond Community Center. It was the last of the organization’s war chest gathered over the years from community fund-raisers, dues, and contributions. After 15 years of environmental concern and community involvement, the CCSM is going out of business. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Ivan Gingrich, left, shares a laugh with Bill VanRuff, Bob Schuler, Bill Woodcock, and Jeff Snelling in celebration of the completion of refurbishment of the Black Diamond gymnasium. Gingrich and Schuler, who work for Tahoma School District’s maintenance department, volunteered to refinish the gym floor on their own time. VanRuff, Woodcock, and Snelling are members of Maple Valley Rotary, which donated labor and money to refurbish the gym.

Kids in the City of Black Diamond were so excited about their gym’s reopening, which had been a work in progress since being moved from the Black Diamond Elementary School in 1992, that they hopped on their bikes and made their way to the gym long before the celebration was set to begin on Saturday, June 23. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 14, 1989

Black Diamond’s Community Center Board voted unanimously Thursday to accept the First National Bank of Enumclaw’s offer of $285,000 for its abandoned bank building in Black Diamond. The center board plans to remodel the building for use as a senior and youth center.

The bank is selling the building for $40,000 less than the appraisal and will not rent space for a banking facility within the structure. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 10, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Councilman Mario Sorci suggested to fellow council members that the council move forward with the proposal to expand from a body of five councilors to seven during the June 4 meeting.

“As we look to the summer months … there will be times when we won’t be able to get things done. We really need to go to seven members, said Sorci.

Mayor Howard Botts was in concurrence and asked the city attorney to begin drafting an ordinance concerning the council adding two addition members. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 25, 2015

By Kathleen Kear

Towards the end of 2014 concerns ran high as to whether the Black Diamond Gym would stay opened or close, however, continued negotiations between the city and Black Diamond Community Center led to a resolution that has put a smile on everyone’s face once again. (more…)

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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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