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Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad

I've lived in Rainier for over 27 years and worked at the Rainier Market for almost 14 years.  During that time, I've seen it all. There was a night, at midnight, that one of our city police officers came in and said I would have to close the store.  He said that the street was being closed because he discovered a BOMB in the laundromat across the street.  The Olympia bomb squad  was on the way to "disarm it." I decided to not close the store.  I  just watched from the store window, not believing that anyone would bomb the laundromat in Rainier. Well, the bomb squad showed up with the disposal unit and carefully entered the building. After a few minutes they all came out laughing.  It turned out that it was not a BOMB, but rather it was a BONG.  We nicknamed the naive Rainier police officer "The ...
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Sonjas Restaurant

Sonja’s Restaurant Sells Groceries

"I Remember Rainier When..." by George Johnson Sonja's Restaurant Sonja's Restaurant opened in 1994.  When it first opened, it was just a small burger stand. Sonja and her husband, Gene Cram, rebuilt the restaurant into what it is today.  Gene did most of the work himself.  He said "I made everything in the restaurant.  I enjoy everything I do, so it's not work.  If you don't enjoy doing something, you probably won't do a good job." When I asked Gene what he thinks about all the changes they've made in the restaurant, he smiled and said, "It's SUPER!" Sonja's fridge with food for sale to the public. Sonja's Restaurant started selling groceries in Rainier after the Rainier Market closed.  When you first walk into Sonja's Restaurant, you'll pass a commercial refrigerator filled with produce, eggs and dairy products.  As you move into the seating area, the walls behind you are again ...
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