‘Cache’ a few nuggets of Newcastle history

June 4, 2015

Newcastle’s trails are among the city’s most desirable amenities and now residents are invited to explore them like never before.

In honor of National Trails Day, Newcastle Trails and a slew of local organizations are hosting a unique geocaching event across the city’s trail network June 6.

Part scavenger hunt, part exploration, geocaching sends participants on a quest to different waypoints, where they will usually find a small prize or object.

In this case, the “prize” waiting at each waypoint is education. Read more

Celebrate Earth Day on April 18

April 2, 2015

By Greg Farrar A Patagonian cavy named Superman sits on a lawn under the Animal Encounters tent during the 2014 Newcastle Earth Day celebration at Lake Boren Park. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

By Greg Farrar
A Patagonian cavy named Superman sits on a lawn under the Animal Encounters tent during the 2014 Newcastle Earth Day celebration at Lake Boren Park. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Earth Day is officially April 22, but Newcastle will celebrate the green holiday April 18 with its eighth annual community festival. Read more

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2015

A ‘shout out’ to local volunteers

The city of Newcastle honored a group Feb. 26 that far too often goes unnoticed — volunteers.

Each year, volunteers devote countless hours to city events. It is volunteers that help plan summer activities, care and advocate for the city’s vast trail network and protect Newcastle’s history.

About 50 volunteers and summer event sponsor representatives gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle Feb. 26, where they were treated to snacks, an orchestra and a personal thank you from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and City Manager Rob Wyman.

Volunteerism is a big part of what makes Newcastle one of the best small cities in the country. So, here’s a special shout out to some of the groups and people that willingly offer their time to better the city: Read more

Newcastle celebrates Earth Day, Easter this weekend

April 17, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. April 17, 2014

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.  By Greg Farrar

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.
By Greg Farrar

Earth Day is officially April 22, but Newcastle will celebrate the green holiday April 19 with its sixth annual community festival. Read more

Newcastle celebrates Earth Day April 19

April 3, 2014

If you happen to catch a knight in shining armor meandering across the Lake Boren Park lawn April 19, don’t be alarmed, it’s just one of the newest attractions at the city’s sixth annual Earth Day celebration.

The medieval flare comes courtesy of the Knights of Veritas, a group of performers that call upon the code of chivalry and the values of knighthood to educate audiences.

“In our case, they’ll be teaching the importance of environmental chivalry,” event Chairwoman Grace Stiller said.

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event.  By Greg Farrar

Josephine Yen, 12, of Bellevue, looks and listens as a male Pacific tree frog fills its vocalizing sack at the 2013 Newcastle Earth Day event. By Greg Farrar

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Troop 499 will collect Christmas trees for fundraiser

January 2, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 2, 2013

Recycle your Christmas Tree on Jan. 5 and help support Newcastle Boy Scout Troop 499.

The troop distributed flyers with self-addressed envelopes throughout the Newcastle and Kennydale neighborhoods Dec. 15.  Place your bare, unflocked tree out at the curb by 9 a.m. Jan. 5.  A truck with Scouts will come by and collect your tree. The trees will be mulched and recycled for parks and trails.

A donation for the service is appreciated. Place your donation (checks payable to Troop 499) in the envelope, then place it inside the bag provided and attach to your tree. Mail donations to Troop 499, 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056. Read more

Newcastle Boy Scouts to collect Christmas trees for fundraiser

December 19, 2011

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2011

Newcastle’s Boy Scout Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal.

The group will go through the neighborhoods several times until 2 p.m. for its annual fundraiser.

Homeowners may place their tree at the curb of their home for pickup. Donations for the scouts are accepted by placing a Ziplock bag and envelope addressed to Troop 499 at 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056 on the tree. Donations can also be mailed to that address.

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Clean streets, remove invasive plants Saturday

April 7, 2011

NEW — Noon April 7, 2011

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Troop 499 and Cub Scout Troop 497 for the semiannual Newcastle Street Cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 9. Volunteers will meet at Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave. S.E.

Organizers will bring equipment, but they encouraged volunteers to bring gloves and reflective vests.

The cleanup typically yields between 20 and 30 bags of garbage, organizers said.

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Scout builds benches for Newcastle Trails

April 1, 2011

Boy Scout Boyd Cottom, from Hazelwood-based Troop 499, led work crews to build and install two rustic benches along the Terrace Trail in Newcastle for his Eagle Scout project in late February.

The crew installed one bench near Boulder Grove and the other at the trail’s junction with the East Cross Town Trail.

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Scout clears brush, builds stairs at church for Eagle project

February 4, 2011

Five members of Boy Scout Troop 499 completed their Eagle Scout projects between August and December.

“That’s as many as we’ve had in that amount of time, probably ever,” Scoutmaster Bill Burris said.

John Osmond

Among them was Newcastle resident and Liberty High School senior John Osmond, who cleared brush, built stairs and layered bark in August to create a nature path behind Newport Presbyterian Church, 4010 120th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

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