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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 10, 1967

By Nick Dimartino

Mrs. Muriel Wing on the telephone

Mrs. Muriel Wing on the telephone

“Every year they choose someone who’s done something nice for the community and the kids, and this year the darn nuts figured it was me.”

So said Mrs. Muriel Wing, Black Diamond’s Woman of the Year and the second woman so honored. Usually Black Diamond names a Man of the Year.

Mrs. Wing, named on Labor Day as recipient of the plaque, said yesterday the award was a complete surprise.

“I wasn’t even listening to the speech,” she said. “I don’t even know what they said about me.”

Mrs. Wing is the mother-adviser of the Black Diamond Rainbow girls, who have sent nearly 2,500 books to the hospital ship Repose in Vietnam waters.

She has played piano and organ for both churches in Black Diamond for local christenings, marriages, funerals, and other ceremonies. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 31, 1977

by Dianne Wilson

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

Amid a flurry of last-minute activity, Black Diamond’s Labor Day Committee declared they will be ready to offer fun-filled days (or is it daze?) of activities over the holiday. In anticipation of large numbers of visitors, the group has been hard at work for many weeks to ensure that everyone has a good time and things go smoothly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 16, 1987

By Eulalia Tollefson

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Clowns, cute kiddies, and a carnival atmosphere—all ingredients for a great community celebration—greeted crowds who arrived for one of the best ever Black Diamond Labor Day festivals.

Enjoyment was enhanced by games, good food, and a “hi, neighbor” element, along with balmy, sunny weather.

Highlights of the celebration were the 56-entry parade directed by Charlene Birklid and the presentation of Labor Day dignitaries, with Diane Olson serving as emcee. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1997

By Barbara Nilson

Labor Day Chairperson Lorianne Taff hurls balls at her target, Black Diamond policeman Kevin Esping, in the dunk tank. — By Barbara Nilson.

Labor Day Chairperson Lorianne Taff hurls balls at her target, Black Diamond policeman Kevin Esping, in the dunk tank. — By Barbara Nilson.

Plaques for the winners, ribbon cutting to officially open the new school playground, and community fun topped Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration, under the direction of Lorianne Taff.

The three-day event honored Black Diamond Fire Chief Rick Mercer as Person of the Year for the numerous hours he devotes to his community including the Labor Day Festival. He was games chairman. Also recognized was Christina McCorkendale who was crowned Queen of the button sales. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 27, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern (photo by Bob Dobson).

At the city council meeting last week, it was announced by Mayor Gomer Evans that the council had made the decision to support Police Chief Jack Berge regarding the issuance of a liquor license to Rick King, owner of Morganville Tavern.

In a tersely worded statement, Evans declined to entertain any further discussion in the matter.

Desiring to more fully understand the process involved in obtaining a license, we called Mr. Doug Alexander, public relations officer for the Liquor Control Board in Olympia. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 21, 1971

In what could well be the biggest Labor Day celebration yet for Black Diamond and vicinity, members of the organizing group are off to what they hope is a good, early start.

Involvement of Maple Valley in the Queen contest is one matter of immediate concern.

So far three girls have entered the contest, all from Black Diamond. They are Marilyn Richmond, Julie Botts, and Ann Barnhart.

Queen candidates are expected to do more than “look beautiful,” committee spokesmen said. They agree to sell 150 Labor Day promotional buttons. The girl selling the highest number after 150 will be named Queen and the two runner-ups will be tabbed as princesses. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 1974

No sooner is the 4th of July over than Black Diamondites and their neighbors begin thinking seriously of that community’s annual Labor Day festivities and this year is no exception.

Needed immediately are candidates for Queen. Any girl, 14 to 18 years of age, who wishes to contend for this honor is asked to call Sandra Bartley at 886-2358.

Candidates who sell the most Labor Day buttons will be named as Queen and members of the Royal Court and each buyer of a button will receive a chance on a drawing. (more…)

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