Happy National Pet Day – April 11th

Carpet Cleaning 101 for Pet Owners

Keep the Carpets and the Pets…
It’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your fitness level, lower stress, help improve your health and generally make you happier. And, although not specifically mentioned by the CDC, any pet owner can add a few more contributions, like urine stains on the carpet, fur clinging to every surface and the occasional hairball (unless your pet is a fish, then all bets are off).
For owners of terrestrial animals, cleaning the carpet is going to be a necessity sooner rather than later. And doing it right means not having to do it over and over again (hopefully). Because animals tend to do their business where they’ve done it in the past, getting that particular smell out of the rug is an important art to learn if you intend to share your life with a cat or a dog.
First, About Carpets and Liquids
There’s a lot of very bad advice online about how to clean up your pet’s urine spots. You know the ones. You walk through the bedroom at night and — bam — there it is. Some random bloggers would have you put down a paper towel and then basically try to absorb the liquid by stomping it out. Unfortunately, that’s about the worst thing you can do.
Carpets are really absorbent, but much of that absorbency is down below, in the pad, which is covered up by the rug. So when you stomp on a liquid mess, what you’re really doing is spreading it further through the pad, creating an even wider puddle in a place where your flimsy paper towels can never go.
Unless you’re prepared to rip up the carpets and deal with the puddle, consider purchasing a tool that can extract fluid from rugs, like a handheld extractor, a floor cleaner with an extract-only mode or, in a pinch, a wet/dry vac (this one is harder to get smelling fresh and clean again). Any of these tools is far more effective than a paper towel — or even a whole roll.
When it comes to cleaning urine out of carpet, always follow the same procedure:
Use an extractor to pull as much fluid as possible out of the carpet and pad. Remember that the small spot on top of the carpet may be hiding a lake of urine that’s locked in the pad. Keep extracting in a wide arc until nothing else comes out.
Treat your carpet with a bio-enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer. Don’t use a carpet cleaner first or you may lock any stains in to the carpet permanently.
If a spot remains, use a stain remover to help break it up. You’ll want to be sure the enzymes have finished doing their thing, though.
Of course, liquids aren’t the only gifts your pets will leave behind. When it’s a bit more solid, you’ll want to follow similar guidelines, except when you clean the solids, use a putty knife to avoid pushing the solids deeper into the carpet. If it’s any serious kind of solid, you’ll want to swap the bio-enzymatic cleaner for one that’s also oxygenated.
So Much Hair, Everywhere
You love your pet. You do. But he has so much hair and he’s just carelessly leaving it wherever it happens to fall. This is why it comes to you to clean up behind what may be the worst roommate there has ever been. Pet hair in carpets can require a lot of effort to keep cleaned up, but if you can’t choose between the pet or the carpet, give these tips a try:
Wrap masking tape around an old paint roller attached to a broom handle. You’ve literally just built a giant lint roller, now go forth and roll all the hair off the surface of the carpet. You’ll still need to vacuum afterward, but you might not have to empty the bin as often.
There’s a device called a carpet rake that is basically what you might imagine.Choose one with rubber bristles, like this one, then run it over the carpet collecting hair until you regret having purchased a carpet rake.
Choosing a high powered, pet-focused vacuum with a HEPA filter is probably the best general purpose tool you can get for dealing with hair in carpet. You’ll need to vacuum frequently, as much as three times a week, to keep ahead of your favorite hairball.
Ultimately, many pet owners decide that they spend way too much time cleaning up after their pets instead of interacting with them and install hard flooring. Sure, the dog hair may start piling up in the corners and behind the doors, but those ten hours a week you could be spending with him rather than cleaning up after him are a pretty important part of his short life.



Saturday, April 6th from 12pm-3pm

📍 18818 135th St Ct E, Bonney Lake 
💰 $410,000
🚪 2,032 sq ft
🛏 3 bedrooms
🛁 2.5 bathrooms
🚙 2 car garage
📝 Fully fenced backyard
🌲 3,955 sf lot
MLS #1431309
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🏠Open House in Tehaleh🏠
📝Saturday, April 6th 1pm-4pm📝 

📍 18717 135th St E, Bonney Lake, WA
💰 $534,950
🚪 2,709 sq ft
🛏 5 bedrooms
🛁 2.5 bathrooms
🚙 2 car garage
📝 Fully Fenced Backyard
🌲 6,107 sf lot
MLS # 1431490

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Bonney Lake April Events

Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Allan Yorke Park, 7302 West Tapps Hwy, Bonney Lake

This event is FREE!
Bring your baskets to The City of Bonney Lake community Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt begins promptly at 11:00am at Allan Yorke Park, rain or shine.

Children ages 1-11 are welcome. Bring your camera for free pictures with the Easter Bunny!
Don’t be late – once the gun goes off, it’s over in a matter of minutes!

Haulin’ Eggs 5k Fun Run

April 20, 2019 –
Allan Yorke Park, 19501 Bonney Lake Blvd. E., Bonney Lake, WA 98391

The Haulin’ Eggs 5k Fun Run is a hilly course where you literally haul eggs as you run!  During this unofficially timed 5k event, participants will collect one egg at each kilometer; each egg corresponds to a goodie at the end of the race. The 5th, and final egg will be an egg shaped finisher prize.

Awards will be given to the overall first place male and female finisher. After the race, join us for the family Easter Egg hunt through Allan Yorke Park!

For more information visit the City Facebook event page or register online at https://www.raceentry.com/races/hauling-eggs/2019/register

Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt*

Sumner/Bonney Lake Recreation

Date: April 20 2019
Location: Bonney Lake High School
Line up starts at 8:00 p.m.
$5.00 per person – 18 and older only (children not allowed) 

The annual Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt event is sponsored by the Sumner/Bonney Lake Recreation Program. For more information visit www.sumnersd.org > For Families > Recreation, or call (253) 891-6500.

Spring Clean Up Week – DM Disposal

Week of April 29, 2019 – Free Pickup
April 27, 2019 – Shredding & Recycling Event

During Spring Clean Up Week the City’s solid waste company, DM Disposal, will pick up extra garbage, recycling and/or yard waste and one appliance at no additional charge for customers inside the Bonney Lake city limits. For more information call DM Disposal directly at (253) 414-0347.

In addition, a FREE SHREDDING and RECYCLING EVENT will be available on Saturday, April 27th as part of Spring Clean Up Week, in conjunction with Parks Appreciation Day events. See details below.

Clean Up Week Details & Requirements

  • Extra Garbage/Yard Waste
    • For DM customers inside the city limits of Bonney Lake only. Does not include Murrey’s Disposal customers in unincorporated Pierce County.
    • Curbside pick-up only (no alley access).
    • Up to 3 extra cans/bags of garbage and/or yard waste.
    • Additional cans/bags must weigh no more than 45 lbs when full.
    • Extra cans or bags of garbage or yard waste should be placed for curb-side pick up by 7:00 am on your regular garbage pick up day.  
  • Applicance Disposal
    • For DM customers inside the city limits of Bonney Lake only. Does not include Murrey’s Disposal customers in unincorporated Pierce County.
    • One (1) appliance per household.
    • Acceptable appliances include: Refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, freezers, hot water heaters, washers or dryers.
    • Appliances must be placed for pickup by MONDAY morning.
  • Free Shredding & Recycling Event – April 27, 2019
    10am to Noon at Midtown Park (WSU Forest, behind Fred Meyer – 20901 SR 410) during Parks Appreciation Day
    • Shredding: Individuals are permitted to bring up to 1 file box or 2 grocery bags of documents. Do not bring stiff metal, plastic bags, DVDs or other items that will jam the shredder. For more information and tips on what to shred, visit the WA Attorney General’s website www.atg.wa.gov
    • Fluorescent Bulbs: Limit of 10 bulbs per person. All mercury-containing lights are accepted, including fluorescent, compact fluorescents (CFLs) and high intensity discharge bulbs.
    • Other Recycling Services: UpTekk Recycling will accept recycling items free of charge during this event, including electronics, computers, monitors, printers, scrap metal, household goods, batteries, etc. For more info call 206-497-9979 or visit www.uptekk.com

      A special thank you to Bonney Lake Fred Meyer for supporting this event!
Parks Appreciation logo

Parks Appreciation / Arbor Day 
& Free Shredding & Recycling Event

April 27, 2019
Location: Midtown Park (WSU Forest)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Come join residents from all over Pierce County as we clean up our local parks! Events are scheduled all around Pierce County for Parks Appreciation Day, including in Bonney Lake! For more information see the Metro Parks website: www.metroparkstacoma.org/.

Bonney Lake volunteers meet at the Midtown Park (WSU Forest) entrance behind Fred Meyer & Regal Cinemas on the South side of SR 410 between South Prairie Rd and 214th Ave E. For more information contact Facilities & Special Projects Manager Gary Leaf or Special Events Coordinator David Wells.Free Recycling & Shredding Event
Free shredding and recycling services will be provided during Parks Appreciation Day, to cap off Spring Clean-Up Week in Bonney Lake! For more information see the Spring Clean-Up Week event, above.


Rides, Food, Animals, and
at the Washington
Spring Fair!

Spring is upon us! Come celebrate the beauty of spring at the Washington State Spring Fair April 11-14. You and your family can enjoy exciting rides, farm animal exhibits, a variety tasty fair foods, comedy, live music, and more.
Purchase tickets online by April 10 to save up to 31% on admission and rides! Get tickets on your phone. Save time and avoid the lines, purchase mobile tickets. Rides, Food & Animals. Get Tickets On Your Phone. Print Tickets At Home.
110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA‎ – ‎Open today · 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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 Military Appreciation Day:
Friday, April 12

Gate admission is FREE to all active, 
retired and reserve military and their dependents, 
plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID 
at any Fair gate all day on April 12th.

GRAND OPENING – NEW MODELS AT Trilogy® at Tehaleh®

Get ready for the big reveal TOMORROW
at the 55+ community, Trilogy® at Tehaleh® 
Saturday, March 16th from 12-4pm

Trilogy® will celebrating with a fun day of food, music, dancing, photo booth, root beer tastings, AND tours of the two gorgeous new models – the Evia and the Valletta.


Are Your 2018 Taxes Done?

Tax Information
Free In-Person Tax Help

AARP Tax-Aide and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide one-on-one tax consultations in locations throughout Pierce County from February through mid-April. Post-season tax help is also available.
IRS-certified volunteers help prepare and e-file personal tax returns
VITA sites serve households with incomes up to $54,000 /year; no income limits at other locations.
Most sites offer help on a first-come, first served basis. Arrive early and allow plenty of time.
Bring all necessary paperwork
Tax prep dates: 
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sumner Pierce County Library1116 Fryar Ave.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 1-4 p.mat Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library13718 Pacific Ave. S.
Saturday, March 911 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23-6 p.m. at Eatonville Pierce County Library205 Center St W.
Additional tax help
You can request a tax assistance appointment at the local Tacoma-area IRS Office:
1201 Pacific Ave. (fountain level of the Wells Fargo Building), Tacoma, WA 98402
Monday-Friday,  8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. by appointment
Call 1-844-545-5640 to schedule an appointment.

2019 VITA Post-Season Tax Preparation: Tax Years 2016-2018

Sound Outreach 
1321 MLK Jr Way
Tacoma WA 98405               
2nd & 4th Tuesdays
from May – September
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
By Appointment only:https://www.soundoutreach.org/vita/ or 253-719-3700.
Tax help from Associated Ministries available in Pierce County

Free Online Filing

Prepare and file your federal income tax return online for free.
MyFreeTaxes: For households with incomes up to $66,000
IRS Free File: Brand-name tax software or online fillable forms plus electronic file

Income Tax Forms and Instructions

Available at Pierce County Library locations
Select free forms and instructions are available from late January/early February through April 15, while supplies last.
Print additional forms and instructions at the IRS website from library computers for 10 cents per page.
Ask at the Help Desk for tax forms and instructions you can copy at the library for 10 cents per page.
Forms by mail
To have tax forms delivered by mail, contact the IRS:
IRS.gov: Order Forms & Publications
Other forms
W-2, 1099 or other multi-part or machine-readable employer forms are available at office supply stores or from the IRS at 800-829-3676.
Out-of-state income tax forms
Many states provide state tax forms online for printing. See Federation of Tax Administrators – State Tax Forms for links to all the states.

General Tax Information

Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer: Property tax information and parcel search. (Pierce County)
WA Business Taxes: Online filing and information on business taxes in Washington state, includes area sales tax rates. (State of WA)
IRS Small Business/Self-employed Tax Center: Resources for small business, self-employed or contract employees. 

New Tehaleh Listing on Greenbelt!

This gorgeous 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,603 sq ft house on large, level green belt lot in Tehaleh is ready for you to call home! Great location on quiet cul de sac just a few doors down from the park and walking trails. Main floor features hardwood floors throughout, open concept kitchen (all appliances stay!), fireplace with built ins, and den/office could be used as a 5th bedroom. Upstairs boasts huge media room, enormous laundry room, master suite and more! House is located near the Sticks ‘n’ Stones Park which has a beautiful view of Mount Rainier. Tehaleh features 11 parks and 15+ miles of trails.


7 Things to Know About Whole-Home Generators

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There’s little more frightening than losing your electricity in the middle of a big winter storm or even a spring tornado. Whatever natural disaster is common in your area, you have probably experienced at least one major disaster in your life. Because of that, you may tend to linger around the generators at your favorite home improvement store when bad weather season starts.

Is this the year you’ll finally install a whole-home generator? Before you swipe that card, take a look at these must-know things about choosing a whole home generator.

A Generator Can Be An Investment In Your Home

You probably know that in some areas you can get tax credits for installing efficient whole-home generators, but what you may not realize is that a permanently installed generator can also increase your home’s value. According to Consumer Reports, a three to five percent increase in appraised value after a generator is installed isn’t uncommon.

But, you can’t just stick any old generator in the yard and call it a home improvement. The generator you choose will be part of your home’s electrical system for the foreseeable future, so it has to be able to do the job you need it to do. Here are seven things to keep in mind while you’re shopping:

  1. Generators are far from universal in size. You should make a list of the items you intend to keep turned on while you’re running on generator power before you start to shop. Appliances, HVAC systems, hot water heaters and even light bulbs add up when you’re talking about an entire home. Although your appliances may differ in their power consumption, in general, refrigerators use about 600 watts of electricity, your lights can soak up to 600 watts, even your computer may need 300 watts to stay running.
  2. Portable generators can be an inexpensive alternative. If you’re only hoping to keep a few lights on and maybe a small refrigerator running during a power outage, you might be able to limp along with a portable generator. These smaller units can be loud and require lots of manual intervention, including refilling their fuel tanks multiple times during prolonged use, but can push out 3,000 to 8,500 watts reliably for under $1,000.
  3. Generators run on different types of fuel. Those portable generators almost exclusively run on either gasoline or kerosine, though some can be converted to run on propane or natural gas with a special kit. A whole house generator connects to a gas line by default, be that propane or natural gas. Depending on where you live and what your utility supplies, you’ll want to choose one that matches your fuel supply. If you live in a rural area, you may have to rely on your propane tank to run your generator, keep it full through the toughest weather of the year.
  4. Regular maintenance on generators includes running them frequently throughout the year to ensure that there isn’t an unplanned problem when an emergency does crop up. Some whole home generators have an automatic maintenance cycle, allowing you to ignore them most of the time. However, these auto-run cycles can be very noisy, so you’ll want to consider the decibel level of the generator you choose.
  5. You’ll need a transfer switch, but there are several options. Transfer switches are electrical devices that allow you to change the power source that runs your home from the utility grid to your home generator. There are many different types, rated both by amps and switching type. Manual switches are less expensive, but require you to make the connection in all kinds of weather, automatic switches will flip on the generator when they detect a lack of power from the grid.
  6. Older homes may need electrical panel upgrades. Even homes that aren’t considered antiques can have very limited electrical systems that aren’t compatible with a large transfer switch. If you want to use, say, a 200 amp transfer switch and your house will only support 100 amps, either your system needs to be upgraded or your generator transfer switch will need to be downgraded.
  7. It needs to be installed by a professional. There are people who have installed their own whole home generators, but because of local building codes and the general difficulty of the project, this is not something that’s generally encouraged. You’ll be tapping into gas lines, electrical systems and you’ll need to place the unit a very specific distance from combustible materials and above areas that may flood.

Don’t Spend One More Season Without Power

Storms can blow in fast and ice will bring powerlines to the ground, but you don’t have to worry with a whole home generator that’s properly sized for your house and carefully installed. You never know who might come out when you have the guy working for the home improvement store do the job, but when you ask for a referral from your HomeKeepr community, you can be assured that you’re getting the best.

Look What’s Happening in Trilogy® at Tehaleh®

Get a SNEAK PEEK at the new 55+ Resort Collection before
the Model Home Grand Opening March 16, 2019.

Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm

Stop by the Tour Center where a Community Rep will escort you through the models affording you the opportunity to check out the current progress.
Please wear closed-toe-shoes!
Hard hats are provided.

 Take advantage of the pre-grand opening pricing starting at $344,900.

The Resort Collection Models Grand Opening
March 16th from 1-4pm