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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 17, 2011

By Barbara Nilson

Front of the Carbonado Saloon built in 1889 and now offering a special Senior Menu on Thursdays.

Every Thursday is Senior Citizen Day at the Carbonado Tavern built in 1889.

The saloon is an inviting place with a favorite niche to the right of the door with a gas stove, round table carved with years of names of thirsty patrons, and the walls covered with reminders of when Carbonado was a mining and logging community starting in 1870. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 28, 1976

In the pioneer, bicentennial spirit is this log house going up on the Lower Dorre Don Way. It’s on the river, and how do the owners feel about that? ‘We love it, they say.’ (Voice photo by Bob Gerbing.)

In the pioneer, bicentennial spirit is this log house going up on the Lower Dorre Don Way. It’s on the river, and how do the owners feel about that? ‘We love it,’ they say. (Voice photo by Bob Gerbing.)

A log house is something Ronald and Bonnie Keller have always wanted.

Day by day their dream is slowly unfolding as the pioneer-style log house is gradually rising on a riverside site at 29225 Lower Dorre Don Way S.E.

“The only way we could get a permit to build here on the river was to flood-proof our house,” Keller said last week.

“We had to put a 48-foot concrete foundation on an 8-foot-footing in order to have the house above the 100-year flood plain,” he explained.

The Kellers are doing most of the work themselves with the help of relatives and friends. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 14, 1976

By D’Ann Pedee

Bicentennial quilt: Thirty Maple Valley women are now putting the finishing touches on a handcrafted quilt as part of their Bicentennial year activities. The thirty patches, some of which are shown above, will depict this area historically, spotlighting some of its past and present. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

How do you place a value on a handcrafted quilt?

Perhaps by the amount of money it can be sold for or by averaging the time and services spent in completing it.

When finished, the Maple Valley Arts Committee could possibly have a three-thousand-dollar product on its hands. That’s the amount of money it is hoped will raised by raffling be of the Bicentennial quilt that thirty local women are in the process of completing. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 2, 1977

In part through the efforts of Black Diamond City Councilwoman Freddie Shaw and concerned citizen Frank Zumek, Black Diamond will currently have Metro bus service to Seattle and Southcenter every Tuesday.

Freddie and Frank recently appeared on KOMO television to discuss the problems of Metro service for our city. The Tuesday bus will pick up at both the bakery and the café at approximately 9:30 and 4:35 and will depart Seattle at 3:15.

Further information is available at the city hall, 886-2560. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 25, 1978

By R. Dianne Wilson

Part of the IGA crew at Black Diamond’s Hi-Lo Market. From left, Daryl Taylor, Frank Zumek, Charlie Ash, Lois Zumek, Jeff Plant, and Joe Zumek. Voice photos by Bob Gerbing.

Part of the IGA crew at Black Diamond’s Hi-Lo Market. From left, Daryl Taylor, Frank Zumek, Charlie Ash, Lois Zumek, Jeff Plant, and Joe Zumek. Voice photos by Bob Gerbing.

A recent poll disclosed that the words “market” and “shopping” mean a variety of things to many people. Obviously a market is a place where they go to buy food and other items available. Often, however, it is more than that.

Sometimes people make a “trip to the store” because they are tired of staying indoors because of bad weather, and some may go because they are lonely and want to see a smiling face and have someone to talk to (as most checkers will agree).

In gathering material for this article, we walked slowly through the Black Diamond store with open eyes, as opposed to many rush-hour trips, and noted the many things now available, including fishing and sporting gear, home repair items, and small kitchen appliances. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 18, 2014

By Bill Kombol

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) were first organized on January 25, 1890. At one time this union was the most powerful in America.

From 1920 through 1960 the UMWA coal miners were led by John L. Lewis, a persuasive labor leader who founded, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, better known as the second half of the acronym AFL-CIO. Coal mine union membership peaked in 1946 at 500,000 but has since dipped to under to under 75,000, only 20,000 of whom are active coal miners. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 29, 2015

By Bill Kombol

This photo of the 1926–27 Black Diamond soccer team comes courtesy of Jerry and Lynda English.

This photo of the 1926–27 Black Diamond soccer team comes courtesy of Jerry and Lynda English.

The Black Diamond Miners, as they were called, were in the first division of Northwest Soccer League playing teams such as Todd Shipbuilders and others sponsored by local companies and communities. (more…)

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