Saturday, November 30, 2019

Spotlight on Rossi Boots - Bruce & Trisha Palmer!!!


Bruce and Trisha Palmer moved to Yelm, Washington in 1989.  They fell in love with Rainier, so they moved here in 1991.  In 1993 they started their business "Simply Australian". Their main product line is called "Rossi Boots".  Their boots are durable, well made and they last a long time.  You'll find them on Monday Wednesdays and Fridays at Rossi Boots, located in the rear of 705 Binghampton from 9 AM - 5 PM.  If you have any questions, feel free to call them at:  (360) 446-1066 or email them at:

When they're not working they're volunteering here in Rainier, beautifying main street!  You'll see the results of their handiwork and green thumb up and down Hwy 507.  They helped put in the flower beds in Brogan's, Rainier Grocery and Rainier Pizza.  

They started working at the Rainier Community Garden in 2011.  Bruce helped build the shed where their members meet before they start on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  Bruce also helped put water spigets on every raised bed.  Since he was the only man volunteering for the last couple of years, he mowed between the raised beds.  He talked to Angie Karnes, and asked her if they could get rid of the grass and put hog fuel between the rows.  This has helped tremendously.  It's easy to maintain.

Anyone who would like to volunteer at the Rainier Community Garden, located beside Rainier High School, can contact Bruce and Trisha or Angie Karnes.  Volunteers can harvest produce for themselves and their families.  Extra produce is donated to the Rainier Emergency Food Center.  In 2019 they donated over 3,000 pounds of organic produce to the food bank.

Bruce and Trisha are much more that "Simply Australian".  When I asked them if they missed Australia, their knee jerk reaction was "NO!!!".  We simpy love living in Rainier!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Black Friday Weekend

Support our Rainier businesses this black Friday weekend when you go out shopping. Purchase some gas on your way back in town to be ready to go shopping again tomorrow. Rainier has great hot food that you can pick up on your way home ( who feels like cooking after shopping all day?), Rainier has Christmas trees, hometown bakery, auto repair, judo classes, exercise and fitness, massage, archery, chiropractic, hair stylists, barber shop, taxidermy and don't on't forget that these businesses all have gift certificates available ( bet you didn't know that ) even at our Senior Center. What a great way to support our local businesses this Christmas season by purchasing gift certificates that you don't have to go to Olympia to use. Don't forget about floral center pieces from our FFA class at school to brighten anyone's table .We have lots right here in Rainier but most of all our community is filled with great people.

Your We Love Rainier WA. team

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Spotlight on Joe @ JK Autoworks!

This week's business Spotlight is on JK Autoworks, owned and operated by Joe Keeslar.
Joe has been serving customers in the greater Rainier area since 1994!  Joe is known for
his fair prices, honesty and integrity.  In short, he does good work!  "Way to go Joe!!!"

RHS Holiday Bazaar 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Community Spotlight: Rainier Lions Club

The Rainier Lions Club was established here in Rainier over 30 years ago. In that time they have been proud sponsors of the annual Bluegrass Festival, that was started by Art and Charlotte Runyon of Rainier.

The Lions have been a strong supporter of our Rainier Schools over those years with dictionaries to third graders and hearing & sight tests for our grade school students, as well as donations to our school band. They have a "Becky Waldron Scholarship" for high school seniors, as well as dinner for the top five graduating students each year.

They earned money to help our community through the sales of apples, peaches, pears, nectarines and grapefruit.  They also earned money with their annual corn feed and Lion burgers at Bluegrass.  

The Lions also started "Halloween in the Park", "Caroling for Cans" (supporting our food bank) and "Family Fun Day. They have built many wheel chair ramps and paid for cataract surgeries. They made donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind, Camp Leo (for children with diabetes), Thurston Hooved Animal Rescue, Hand of Hope, as well as many other important non-profit organizations. They have supplied eye glasses to people in our community and recycled glasses around the world.

Their members have cleaned trash from 507 here in town. They have made donations to our foodbank and Senior Center. They have been everywhere in Rainier over the years supporting Rainier in quiet but very important ways. They also were and still are the charter organization for Rainier Scouting. 

Very sadly the Rainier Lions Club will be holding its last meeting this month, here in Rainier. The club has been unable to recruit  sufficient membership to remain in good standing with the Lions International and will end its tenure here in Rainier. It is a tragic loss for Rainier but is a reminder how important volunteerism is to our community. Without volunteers many of the good things that go on in communities will not continue. 

The Rainier Lions Club epitomizes how important volunteerism is and what a handful of dedicated people can accomplish. 

Tuesday, November 19 | 7pm

Rainier City Council Meeting @ City Hall

Wednesday, November 20 | 1:30pm

We Love Rainier WA Meeting @ Rainier Senior Center

Thursday, November 21 | 6pm

We Love Rainier WA Meeting @ Rainier Senior Center

Saturday, November 23 | 9am - 12pm

Breakfast @ Valley Heart Church

All are welcome!

Individual Spotlight: Terri Rendahl

This weeks spotlight is on Terri Rendahl. Talk about a person hiding out behind the scenes and doing great things!

Terri and her family have supported Rainier in every way possible since they moved here.  And Terri always avoids the spotlight. If you need help Terri is there.

She has been active in the Rainier Lions, Booster Club and "We Love Rainier WA".  From flipping pancakes at Bluegrass to cheering on our school athletes, she is always helping individuals in need.

Wherever she's needed, you'll find her helping; with scouts, picking up rubbish on Hwy 507, she is always there with a smile on her face.  All our grade school children know her as the "popcorn lady". The last few years she sold popcorn to the kids at recess for 25 cents a bag often, starting early in the day to be ready.

A huge thank you to her for making our community a better place to live.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Business Spotlight: Design N Signs

Design N Signs have 25 years of experience in the sign industry with the owners originally working for a commercial sign company in town.

They noticed that local businesses were being turned down because of minimum costs and high pricing. Therefore, the owners decided to start Design N Signs to help local businesses get access to affordable signs.

They are a full custom sign shop located in Rainier and offer quality service with competitive pricing.

Design N Signs would love an opportunity to bid on your next sign project!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Individual Spotlight: Tami Justice

Tami Justice has been a huge part of the Rainier community for years.

From driving a school bus for the Rainier School District, to playing a large role in organizing multiple community events, Tami  has selflessly done it all. We could write an eight page essay on why she deserves a spotlight!

Tami  was the one who wrote the successful grant submissions that bought the playground toys in Wilkowski park and she has been on the hunt for grants ever since.

She is also one of the key people who tirelessly help plan and organize Rainier Round Up Days and she's the first smiling face you see when you walk into Rainier City Hall. She has a genuine smile for everyone who enters.

She is the first one who jumps to find the answer. It's safe to say that she is one of the most beloved people in this community. You can't live in Rainier and not know who Tami Justice is.

Tami has earned her CMC Certification to be a Municipal Clerk and has completed many other trainings trying to be able to do the best job possible for all of us in Rainier.

Her smile and laughter make all who meet her have a brighter day. Thank You Tami!

Monday, November 11 | 8am - 11am

Veterans Day Breakfast @ Rainier Chapel

Join us to support our veterans and their families

Tuesday, November 12 | 7pm

Rainier City Council Meeting @ City Hall

Monday, November 4, 2019

That Hose Guy Rainier WA

Business Spotlight - That Hose Guy

That Hose Guy is small business that is of great service to our beautiful community.

Jay has worked in this field for 20 years and has owned That Hose Guy in Rainier for the last 7 years. He works on hydraulic repairs of all types as well as valve and pump repairs.

He also sells parts, chemicals and oils needed to keep your equipment working at peak performance.

That Hose Guy makes custom hose assemblies and can fabricate any hose. From the garden hose at your home to the power steering line on your car. From your tractor hoses to your kitchen sink...

...That Hose Guy can make it!

That Hose Guy is located at 208 Olympia Street in Rainier, WA and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.