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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 10, 2002

By Barbara Nilson

Rainbow Sparkles Campfire group of Glacier Park Elementary pause before planting flowers along the driveway at the new Ravensdale post office, April 2. Back row: Lindsay Hanson, Annie Harris, Jenny Harris, Amanda Stam, Brittany Ferguson, and Desiree MacKinnon, assistant; front row: Emily Gillmore, Kaylie Holcomb of Shadow Lake, Samantha MacKinnon, and Elizabeth Burianek. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

Streams of visitors surveyed the spacious new Ravensdale post office, April 2, some bearing gifts to the open house. Maple Woods Polygon donated two 6-foot cedar trees, Maple Valley Campfire troop planted bulbs, and guests contributed plants.

Guests were treated to cake decorated with a picture of the post office by CJs Bakery in Black Diamond. Jim Storer, owner of CJs, donated doughnuts for the occasion. The cake noted that the post office was celebrating 100 years of existence.

Postmaster Jennie Lee Noonan mused that the community has certainly changed from the first of the of 18 postmasters to today. The number of boxes in the new post office has doubled from the 547 when Noonan started in 1995 to 1,098 now.

At the turn of the century, the company town of Ravensdale was the third largest in King County and the nearby community of Georgetown supported 11 saloons and three dance halls, catering to the miners before the disaster of 1915 killed 31 miners. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 16, 1992

By Barbara Nilson

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

“In order to receive enabling legislation for Cedar County,” said David Fields, spokesman, “we had to name an incorporated city as the county seat so we selected Black Diamond.”

The Black Diamond City Council met Sept. 3 to discuss the proposal and voted unanimously that they would be glad to consider the proposition. “Of course,” said Mayor Howard Botts, “it all hinges on whether Cedar County becomes a reality.”

The official view, according to Mayor Botts, is that the city is neutral on the new county, neither opposing it nor promoting it.

“We’re certainly looking at it with interest,” he said. “It would mean a big change in Black Diamond.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 24, 1974

With Mount Rainier in the background Frank Sayers of Maple Valley approaches the sixth green of what will be known far and wide next spring as the Wilderness Ridge Country Club Golf Course. Big things are anticipated in the way of improvements for this Maple Valley landmark. (Picture by Lowell Lorenz.)

With Mount Rainier in the background Frank Sayers of Maple Valley approaches the sixth green of what will be known far and wide next spring as the Wilderness Ridge Country Club Golf Course. Big things are anticipated in the way of improvements for this Maple Valley landmark. (Picture by Lowell Lorenz.)

Lake Wilderness Golf Course and Country Club will move fully to new quarters by the end of July. The newly completed pro shop is already operating in the unfinished Wilderness Ridge Country Club, serving the many users of the nine hole fairways that were opened a few weeks ago.

Owner Ron Coleman anticipates that by spring golfers will have a choice between the then completed 18 hole regulation championship course or the older shorter executive course of the lower level offering nine holes of play.

The new scenic course is going over big. In 18 days it collected a club membership of 450 men and over 100 women. The old club had a membership of only 137.

Coleman has owned the Lake Wilderness Club since 1946, first in partnership, then in 1950 as sole owner. Wife Gwen has worked with him as well as son Ron, a recognized. pro.

Building golf courses is nothing new for Coleman. This is his thirteenth, having built such courses as Alderbrook in South Hood Canal, Golf Land in Tacoma, and Tam O’ Shanter, and having completed the Fairwood course. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, June 20, 1979

By Cathy Reiner

The air shaft which stopped construction in Fairwood Park. (Staff photo by Larry Dion.)

The air shaft which stopped construction in Fairwood Park. (Staff photo by Larry Dion.)

FAIRWOOD PARK – King County issued stop-work orders for six partly completed homes here Friday and put a hold on four building permits after construction workers happened on an air shaft that may lead to an abandoned coal mine. (more…)

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