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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Week 12 — The Voice of Mason County since 1886 — Published for Mason County and Bob Veach of Skokomish Valley — $1

Toddler drowns Father presumed dead in Lake Limerick tragedy By KEVAN MOORE

A 2-year-old Shelton boy drowned in Lake Limerick Saturday night and his father is still missing. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said that Jace S. Olsen, 2, and his father, Sheldon W. Olsen, 31, went on a canoe outing in the lake. They were seen in the boat offshore from the Lake Limerick Clubhouse as late as 6:13 p.m., but the alarm was sounded a short time later when the canoe was spotted on the lake with nobody aboard. The first 911 call came in at 6:48 p.m.

Deputies immediately organized a search utilizing one of the department’s three boats and divers. Deputies found Jace’s body at about 9:20 p.m. and suspended any further searching for Sheldon Olsen at about midnight. “Deputies have not discovered any signs of foul play and characterize the incident as a father and son outing that turned tragic,” said Chief Deputy Dean Byrd. “When the canoe was recovered two life jackets were discovered in the canoe leading investigators to conclude life jackets were not used by either victim.” Additional searches were conducted Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on

Monday, from 9 a.m. until about 5:30 p.m. The searches utilized three boats, with three divers per boat, and as many as 20 people total in various supporting roles. Divers included local deputies and additional deputies from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Squaxin Island Police Department. On Tuesday, Byrd said that the searches had been suspended. “We’ve used all the assets we can at this point to try and recover Mr. Olsen,” Byrd said. Olsen, his wife and their adopted son recently moved to Shelton from Oregon. Sheldon Olsen worked as an optometrist at Walmart.

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Julie Olsen, left, lost her 2-year-old son, Jace, in a drowning on Saturday evening in Lake Limerick and her husband, Sheldon, has still not been found.

Students shine at showcase Hood Canal School hosts annual event By ARLA SHEPHARD

ty commissions voted to pass moratoriums on the gardens soon after the Legislature passed the bill. “In part that was a result of ambiguity in state and federal law and confusion that existed and still exists now,” Goins said. “There are several issues that we need a little more time to address.” While state law allows collective gardens, federal law classifies

Ever since Lea Townsend was little, she’s wondered why flames can make different colors. Townsend, a Hood Canal School seventh-grade student, got the chance to explore her curiosity for the school’s student achievement showcase last week. Students from the school’s classes contributed to the event, creating science, history, writing and art projects to display for family members and the community. “It’s an opportunity for kids to bring their parents to school and for their parents to see not only their child’s work, but see how their child’s work compares to their peers,” Hood Canal School District Superintendent Tom Churchill said. “It’s a subtle message for parents and a tangible way for them to do that. A lot of times parents only see their kid’s homework.” Townsend, 13, created a science fair project about the colors in flames. “I’ve been to a lot of beach fires, so I wondered what changes the colors of fire,” she said. “Now I know it’s the chemical in the salt and the water that gets into the driftwood.” Younger students created class art projects. Ruthie Peterson-Bluebird, 9, created a shape poem — a poem in the shape of its subject matter — in the form of a flower with her third-grade class. “I liked it because it’s really artistic and stuff,” she said. “I like that I can show this to people.” Fifth-grade student Bryan Daggett created a science project exploring how to make rubber eggs. “I was hungry that’s how I thought of this project,” he said. “I looked it up and apparently you can make rubber eggs.” Daggett soaked eggs in jars full of vinegar, which reacted to the calcium carbonate in the egg shells, dissolving the shells. The eggs become translucent and are held together by a rubber-like

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Air Force Technical Sergeant Kevin McAbee, left, helps U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Jones out of his Tyvek suit Tuesday afternoon in downtown Shelton. The men are part of the 10th Civil Support Team out of Camp Murray, a unit that specializes in identifying and dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced explosive agents and devices.

Meth delivered to DOC Military experts called in to identify powdery substance By KEVAN MOORE

A suspicious package led to the evacuation of the downtown Shelton office of the Department of Corrections, located at 507 N. 4th St., on Tuesday afternoon. A Weapons of Mass Destruction team from Camp Murray was eventually called in and determined that the unknown substance in the package was crystal methamphetamine. A call to police alerting them to the suspicious package was made shortly after 2 p.m.

Tuesday. The responding officer then called in fire department personnel. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Sobotka said that, per department procedure, he immediately called the Washington State Department of Ecology. No state patrol units were available, so the 10th Civil Support Team from Camp Murray was dispatched. That military unit specializes in dealing with and identifying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced explosives — also known as CBRNe. Two soldiers in Tyvek suits entered the DOC office and emerged a little over a half

hour later with evidence bags. Chief Sobotka said the soldiers made a preliminary determination inside the DOC office that the unknown substance was meth. Further analysis done inside one of the unit’s mobile labs confirmed that initial finding. Evidence that was gathered was turned over to the Shelton police. SPD Lieutenant Les Watson said that the meth was found inside a plastic baggie inside a paper envelope. Lt. Watson said that the envelope was addressed to the Shelton DOC office and contained a name and return address. “Whether or not that is a fictitious name or not is something we don’t know at this time,” Lt. Watson said. “That, of course, is something we are following up on and determining.”

Medical marijuana debate rages on at commission meeting By NATALIE JOHNSON

Both the City of Shelton and Mason County officials resumed public discussion on their respective moratoriums on medical marijuana collective gardens on Monday.

The City of Shelton The city commission Commission voted unanifirst enacted the moratorium on September 19, mously after a public hearing Monday night to 2011, after the Washcontinue its moratorium ington State Legislature for another six months, to passed Engrossed Second give city staff more time Senate Substitute Bill to consider potential zon(ESSB) 5073, which leing regulations and regalized collective medical quirements for the collecmarijuana gardens. Steve tive gardens. According to the bill, Goins “In this case, it’s a step up to 10 patients could get share space to grow back to take a look at what we need to do,” city Commissioner up to 45 cannabis plants. Dawn Pannell said. Both the city and Mason Coun-

Sex offender could be in Shelton By KEVAN MOORE

they have reason to believe Inman is hiding somewhere in the Shelton area. Inman is 5’9” and 136 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is a Level 3 sex offender considered a high risk to re-offend. Those that know of Inman’s whereabouts should not approach him, but instead call 911 immediately.


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An Alaskan sex offender, who has absconded from his registration requirements in that state, is thought to be hiding out in Shelton. Adam Lee Inman, 31, was convicted in 2005 for third-de-

gree sexual abuse of a minor in Ketchikan Superior Court. He was also convicted in 2007 for failing to register as a sex offender. The U.S. Marshal Service contacted the Mason County Sheriff’s Office March 16 to let them know that Inman had once again absconded from his registration requirements and that

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Neighborhood residents gathered to watch as Central Mason Fire & EMS worked to extinguish a house fire in the 300 block of Fir Street in Shelton’s Capital Hill neighborhood on Friday.

Central Mason battles 3 fires By NATALIE JOHNSON

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Central Mason Fire & EMS responded to three fires in 24 hours last weekend. “It certainly put the effort on all of our firefighters, but they did an excellent job,” Central Mason Chief Tim McKern said. At 4:14 p.m on Friday, crews responded to a structure fire on the 300 block of Fir Street in Shelton’s Capital Hill neighborhood. Three residents of the mobile home — two adults and a five year-old boy — were home but not injured. According to a press release from Central Mason Fire & EMS, a child playing with matches started the fire. The structure, a 1,500

Our Community Credit Union has set up a donation account for the residents of the house destroyed on Capital Hill. They had no rental insurance and lost all of their belongings. Interested donors can give at the credit union for the “Donation for Murphy House” account. square-foot mobile home, had smoke pouring out from three corners of the residence, Central Mason Fire and EMS officials said. The structure was completely destroyed, McKern said. “It was well done,” he said. “Nobody got hurt.” Fire Districts 4, 6 and 11 provided mutual aid on the fire and Mason County PUD 3, Mason County Medic One and Shelton Police also re-

sponded to assist with the incident. At 4:01 a.m. on Saturday Central Mason responded to a garage fire in the 800 block of Wyandotte Street in Shelton. Fire District 11 provided mutual aid, and Mason County PUD 3 and Shelton Police also responded. McKern said the structure was a 500 to 600 square-foot storage unit. Two adults escaped with no injuries. According to a

press release from Central Mason, the fire is under investigation but was likely an accidental fire. Central Mason responded to another fire on Saturday at the Birch Street Apartments at 123 W. Birch St. in Shelton. The fire began in the bathroom of one apartment, and according to a press release from Central Mason, was started accidentally due to a “pyrophoric process caused when wood structural components are subjected to heat over a long period.” McKern said it could have been an electrical fire. “We are certainly going to be taking a look at that,” he said. PUD 3 and Shelton Police also responded to the fire.

City approves sign for fire hall By NATALIE JOHNSON


Fire crews from Central Mason Fire and EMS moved into the renovated Shelton fire department building more than a year ago. However, the building hasn’t received permanent signage yet. The City of Shelton Commission agreed Monday to accept a recommendation from the Shelton Historic Preservation Commission that future signage on the building should say “Shelton Fire Hall.” “We saved a building of historical significance that’s our fire station, which used to be our city hall,” city Administrator Dave O’Leary said. “It arguably should have some signage.” Originally, the historic preservation commission recommended that the sign read, “Shelton City Hall,” since the building was once the city hall. However, city and fire district staff members were concerned that the sign would be confusing. O’Leary said city staff met with the historic preservation commission and came up with a compromise. Historic commission chairman Tracy Moore asked that the city commission to consider a historic marker labeling Page A-2 - Shelton-Mason County Journal -Thursday, March 22, 2012

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This artist’s rendering shows what the signage approved by the Shelton City Commission on Monday would look like on the city’s fire hall. the building as Shelton’s historic city hall, and the restoration of a lamppost that once stood near the building. The city commission once considered demolishing the building, which needed extensive renovations after flood and

mold damage made it uninhabitable. “We were pretty adamant from the beginning that this building needed to be saved,” city Commissioner Dawn Pannell said. “I’m glad to see the signage didn’t become a divisive issue.”


As the largest river flowing into Hood Canal, the Skokomish garners the attention of many. County, state, tribal and federal agencies are eager to restore the river and its estuary, as well as do what they can to curtail the river’s frequent flooding, which affects hundreds of residents in the floodplain. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting Thursday in Shelton to give county officials and property owners an update on the Corps’ general investigation study to evaluate ecosystem degradation in the river basin. In the past year, the Corps has completed analyses on the existing conditions and future of the river if the Corps and others did not undertake any projects. The Corps also identified and screened preliminary project measures and restoration sites. “We wanted to provide an update on the specific results of our hydraulic analysis as well as some modeling for dredging scenarios,” said Jessie Winkler, project manager for the Corps. “In the past, dredging has been proposed as a sort of solution to flooding.” If the Corps were to dredge, or remove the built-up sediment from areas of the river, it would need to remove 2.6 million cubic yards of material to provide any sort of flood relief, Mason Conservation District Engineer Rich Geiger said. “We’d have to tear up the whole river, all nine miles of it,” he said. By the end of 2012, the Corps plans to identify four or five projects to undertake on the Skokomish, while groups such as Mason County, the Mason Conservation District and the Skokomish Tribe have plans to partner for other, smaller projects. “What we’re trying to do is, since the Corps takes a long time to get approval, we want to identify Corps-scale projects,” Geiger said. “The rest of these projects are ac-

tually much smaller in scale (and) we want to do them now, as soon as we can.” Alternatives include enlarging tidal channels near State Route 106, engineering log jams, stabilizing existing channels, constructing setback dikes to keep fish in the river and removing other dikes. The Skokomish Tribe has already removed dikes from Nalley Island at the head of the river, which has helped with the flooding downstream, Geiger said. About half of the Skokomish Tribe’s members live on the reservation and are therefore affected directly by the river’s flooding or indirectly when they travel for work, said the Skokomish Tribe’s habitat manager Alex Gouley. While the focus of the Corps’ investigation is on estuary restoration, not flood-risk management, each of the alternatives proposed by the Corps and its partner groups will alleviate flooding, Gouley said. “We’re interested in developing a whole suite of projects,” he said. “Our primary goal is habitat restoration, but only if it doesn’t harm anyone’s land … All of these projects will help reduce flooding.” Geiger said the conservation district applied for grants for five projects last week near Vance Creek, Hunter Farms and the North Fork of the Skokomish River. The projects will help restore the river and consequently help diminish flooding because “fish don’t walk upstream,” he said. “Most of these projects are not Corpsscale,” Geiger said. “We’re not going to wait until 2014 to do projects. We want to do projects now.” By December, the Corps plans to identify its recommended plan for the projects it will undertake. In 2013, feasibility designs will be created, and at the end of 2014, the Corps plans to submit a draft feasibility report and environmental impact statement. The Corps’ projects are subject to Congressional approval. Federal funds expended on the Skokomish General Investigation Study total $1.9 million to date.

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County fair draws large turnout The Mason County Science and Engineering Fair, organized and sponsored by Skookum Rotary, drew its largest turnout ever this year, with 180 entrants, said Mike Barnard, chairman of the event. “Some of them were really good,” Barnard said. “We always have a few excellent ones.” Barnard said the event has gone on for more than 20 years. Skookum Rotary organizes the science fair each March and invites all Mason County Students from Kindergarten to eighth-grade. Skookum Rotary funds the event with money from OysterFest. “It is all volunteer work done by the rotary club and we have volunteer judges,” Barnard said. Projects were judged in two categories — biological or physcal science. Students whose projects did well could go on to compete for the Best in Category prize.

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First- and second-grade students completed group science projects for the fair. Fourth-grade student John Mancuso did a project to see whether a sugar cube dissolved better in tap water or seltzer water. “This is my first one I’ve competed in — it’s more fun than I thought,” he said. This isn’t the end for some of the students’ projects. Most fifth-grade students also took their projects to the Mason County Science and Engineering Fair last Saturday sponsored by Skookum Rotary. Warner said grants from local community organizations fund materials for the school’s science fair. “We try not to do anything that costs our kids and families money,” he said.





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like the fact that they were able to explain the different variables and be able to talk about the variables,” said Carol Lake, a judge at the fair, and a teacher at Mountain View Elementary. “These are all experiments that they can do.” Fourth-grade student Beau Harvey displayed his project, which showed the differences between batteries powered by lemons versus those powered by potatoes. Harvey said he had fun at the fair and wanted to compete next year. Students submitted a total of 132 projects to the science fair. All children in fourth and fifth grades submitted a project; some students in third grade volunteered to do a project as well.



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Sex offenders need somewhere to live, too E

arlier this week, the SheltonMason County Journal was informed that Adam Lee Inman, a level 3 sex offender, is believed to be hiding somewhere in Mason County near Shelton. For a description and picture refer to the story on page 2. Sadly this is only one of a few level 3 sex offenders taking up residence in Shelton over the last few weeks, although most others are doing so legally. According to information gathered by City-Data from the Wash-

ington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, one in about every 200 people in Shelton is a registered sex offender. That’s compared to one in 394 in Olympia or one in 1,001 in Lacey. The statewide average is one in 1,655. The prison could be a large part of that, but the Mason County Sheriff’s Department only lists 29 of Shelton’s 77 registered sex offenders as inmates, so even excluding the locked up offenders, that’s one in 250 or so. Not comforting figures especially considering that our closest

city, Olympia, while about five times our size, has less than three times the sexual assaults and barely twice as many registered sex offenders. It’s not comfortable living in a community where high-level sex offenders have images of themselves linked to their crimes in our doorways and this newspaper on a weekly basis, but it is something residents of Mason County have grown accustomed to. Still, by remaining registered with local law enforcement, most offenders have shown they are taking

steps toward rejoining society. The same cannot be said for Inman. There is a lot to love about Shelton, our resources, views, neighbors and community, but somehow over the years we have become a destination for sex offenders. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed and although we don’t have the solution, we hope the city and county governments and area landlords make it a priority. Water safety on all our minds The tragedy of a toddler, and possibly his father, drowning on

Lake Limerick this weekend should be a reminder to all of us of the importance of safety while enjoying Mason County’s great outdoors. Personal flotation devices, like seat belts, don’t do much good when not used, particularly for inexperienced swimmers. Take the time to learn to be safe on the water. The American Red Cross offers classes for aquatic safety and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department just finished a boater safety course. The sheriff’s department is available at 427-9679 ext. 313.


MC Board disregards citizen input Editor, the Journal Here we go again. The Mason County Board of Commissioners once again show us their complete and total disregard for citizen input and transparent communication without games. At the March 13 BOCC meeting they approved a token effort by implementing the Advisory Committee for the Belfair Urban Growth Area. Against every testimony offered that morning, they chose to “gerrymander” the makeup of the committee, thereby strategically (and I believe) purposefully eliminating the individuals and businesses owners from Belfair that have been most engaged, worked the hardest, and yes, been the most critical of the problems created by the mismanaged Belfair Sewer Project. Does this feel retaliatory? To those of us who have attempted to engage with them and seek solutions over the past year, absolutely. It seems that in order to sidestep the actual problem the commission created a committee that has no teeth just to satisfy (read shut up) those of us actually trying to come up with real solutions. This seems to be the typical “MO” for this BOCC as evidenced by the many commission meetings where every person who testified said essentially the same thing just to have our “representatives” ignore their constituents and vote the way they had already decided prior to the meeting. This sort of “representation” cannot continue, therefore come November we need to effect real change in hopes of having true, honest dialogue with elected officials that will actually listen and respect democracy.

Last week with a 3-0 vote and after more than two years of sincere and meaningful public testimony, Mason County created a token Belfair Urban Growth Area (UGA) Advisory Committee purposely limiting membership only to property owners who live on their UGA property. They knowingly eliminated about 90 percent of the real UGA stakeholders in Phase One of the Belfair Sewer project simply because we question a project nearly 100 percent over budget, behind schedule, deep in debt, laden with misrepresented loans and grants, troubled with obvious property takings, illegal sewer hookups and thus destined to imminent financial failure. Tim Sheldon and Linda Ring Erickson have repeatedly stated Belfair businesses should pay for the Belfair Sewer. These property owners are the real stakeholders entitled to membership yet denied a voice in their own destiny. Denying committee membership to most property owners, all community associations, all trade associations, 99 percent of all businesses, all churches, Belfair Fire District 2, the port district, our school district and all utility districts while at the same time limiting committee review to UGA boundaries and incorporation purposely ignored the immediate need to examine the mismanaged Belfair Sewer project. Tim Sheldon states, “The real stakeholders live there.” In reality, none of our misguided commissioners “live there” yet we have mistakenly empowered them to decide our future. November will hopefully bring three long awaited changes where democracy no longer takes a backseat to dictatorship. Let’s create transparency in Mason County government by ridding ourselves of censorship and three pompous monarchs. Bob Harris Belfair

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In the U.S. Senate, both Washington Senators are female Democrats: Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In Mason County, all three county judges are females: Superior Court Judge Toni Sheldon, Superior Court Judge Amber Findlay and District Court Judge Victoria Meadows. In elected positions in Mason County Democrats are represented by women: Treasurer Lisa Frasier, Auditor Karen Herr and Assessor Melody Peterson. One of the three current county commissioners is a female Democrat, Lynda Ring Erickson. Women also hold significant management positions in Mason County, Washington state, the U.S. Congress and the Democrat President’s cabinet. The letter has many complaints about the treatment of women around the world. Please go fix those countries if you can, but don’t forget to pack your burqa, khimar and niqab, and travel with a male relative to escort you outside your home or to drive you to your appointments. (Fewer civil liberties than the oppressive USA?) You dislike the Catholic Church, which is your right as an American citizen. The letter also demands free choice for women in their own reproductive health. I don’t see anyone stopping you from getting birth control pills, condoms or an abortion in Washington state. Access to family planning for the uninsured is available in the US. According to the Guttmacher Institute www. “Nationally, the annual per-client cost for contraceptive care in 2008 was an estimated $257… In total, $1.9 billion is estimated to have been spent on publicly funded family planning care in 2008…” The only civil liberties at risk in the U.S. are to the free speech and freedom of religion of those women and men who have the courage to publicly disagree with you.

spousal and survivor benefits are specifically excluded for domestic partners. Most of the many hundreds of rights that come automatically with marriage only accrue to domestic partners with prior formalization. In most states, for example, a domestic partner would not be allowed to a hospital bedside without having previously made their wishes known, in writing, to the hospital – with marriage it’s automatic. Et ridiculous cetera. In actuality, this is all moot. According to the Supreme Court, (Loving vs. Virginia, 1967) “Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man …” Since “separate but equal” has been ruled unconstitutional more times than I can count, gay marriage is already constitutional. As proof, think about why the push is for a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage, as opposed to a Supreme Court challenge. Because gay marriage would be ruled a constitutionally guaranteed right, no matter what state law says. Larry Taylor

What kind of choices will there be? Editor, the Journal Victoria Pavel observes (March 15) that women should be entitled to make their own life choices. Catholics will agree with her, and want to extend the same freedom to men as well. Our capacity to choose is rooted in the way God made us. Catholics will note that good choices are virtuous and meritorious. Bad decisions are sins. When decisions that infringe on my neighbors’ rights, when they are hurtful and vicious, when they rob a child of life, then they come under this second category. May Christ’s gentleness and accepting love be yours this Easter, Ms. Pavel.

Mary Jean Hrbacek (Rev.) Ronald H. Belisle Shelton Transparent Really? Shelton Women’s government Marriage is What are 99 civil liberties needed days worth are at risk? one of the Editor, the Journal In my opinion, Mason basic civil to you? Editor, the Journal County Commissioner meetRegarding Ms. Pavel’s letings have become mostly “dog Editor, the Journal rights ter, which was vitriolic, to say and pony shows.” Most deciFor most of us, 99 days the least: Women make up sions are seemingly already decided upon and they take public input only because law requires it. Public participation is unappreciated and unwanted. Do they prefer the “knock knock” enter office approach to running Mason County government?

50.2 percent of the Washington state population. In Washington state, we have a second term female Democrat governor, Christine Gregoire, who was the state’s Attorney General prior to holding her current office.

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Editor, the Journal In her March 15 letter to the Journal, Marilyn Gregory incorrectly claimed that domestic partners had all the same rights as married couples. She knew this because: “It is easy to look up on the Internet.” Perhaps so, but she failed to look in the appropriate place. It took me about 30 seconds to verify my recollection the Social Security

represents seven paychecks or three mortgage payments. To a high school student, 99 school days represents over half of a school year. For the Navy Junior ROTC program, 99 unproductive days could mean disestablishment. In November the Shelton School District was put on notice that they needed to increase enrollment in their NJROTC program or the

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Navy would disestablish their program and pull the source of this federal funding from this district. In November, the NJROTC Booster Club (not the Shelton School District) held a community meeting to gather ideas for ways to save the NJROTC program and this funding. Since that date support for this program has grown. It has come from parents, students, community members and the three veteran’s groups representing thousands of veterans in our community. Two parents have led the march to save this program and have spent hundreds of hours gathering support and pursuing suggestions made by supporters. One suggestion was given top priority. It was to get graduation credits for this program. Over the 35 years that this program has been in Shelton, various credits were assigned to match the curriculum being taught. Over time, and for unknown reasons, these credits were removed and the students were required to use electives to stay in NJROTC for the full four years. Program supporters requested that the school district review the curriculum to determine if credits could be assigned to meet graduation requirements and allow students to use their electives to satisfy college admission requirements or to explore other interests while in high school. Supporters believe that by recognizing the value of the curriculum and by helping students to stay in the program, enrollment numbers would increase. After 99 days of waiting and continually being told by the superintendent that this was being worked on, a meeting was finally held by school district administrators and teachers to discuss the curriculum and whether credits could be assigned. This meeting was held two days before the scheduled registration night for incoming freshmen. Shelton School District, why has it taken 99 days to start this process and what have you been doing while you let this federal funding flow through your fingers? The Shelton School Board supports this program and also asked for this review. District administrators have told them that this review will be done by the end of this school year. We will raise the question, why don’t the administrator (the former administrator) and the curriculum director know what the curriculum covers and why weren’t the proper credits already assigned? Isn’t this an expectation of their job? Why do we feel that once again, parents are not being listened to? We have had our requests ignored, and we have been treated like children. We believe that this is a stalling tactic by Shelton School District staff. If they wait long enough, either we will go away out of frustration or the

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program and funding will be lost and then they won’t need to do anything. Why is that? Some supporters believe that there are school district employees that don’t want a program in their school that has military connections. Others believe that we have administrators that have forgotten who they work for. It’s time for a refresher course in how this works. This leadership program comes with only one budgetary requirement. The school district picks up half of the salary of the two instructors. All other funding comes through the Navy with the requirement that you enroll a minimum of 100 students. You can’t get more cost effective than that. This program is growing leaders; something we can certainly use more of. As citizens, we create our schools. Through taxation and involvement we support them. As citizens we elect school board representatives and give them authority to represent us. The school board retains final authority within the district. The board delegates executive responsibility to the superintendent to manage the district. It’s time for parents and community members to take responsibility for their schools. Let your school board representatives know what is important to you for education in your community. Expect paid employees that are in positions of authority to do their jobs or call for their replacement when they fail. Don’t allow parents to be treated as inferior. Recognize the importance of cross crediting high school courses to allow students the option to pursue graduation requirements in courses that interest them. Some discretionary authority regarding course content and credits assigned is given to the local school districts to use and Shelton needs to start using it. What Shelton School District needs is leadership and yet we are driving out one of the best leadership programs offered to high school students. We call on the Shelton School Board to take the authority and responsibility that we have given each of you, chart the course this ship will take and demand excellence from your district leadership. So, what about the next 99 days? Will the NJROTC program reach their enrollment minimum? Will the school district address our request with positive results? This is all unknown. The only thing that is certain is that these two parents are not giving up. We will continue to fight for our students and the future of the Navy Junior ROTC in Shelton. We welcome your support. njrotcboosterclub@ Helen Thomson, Shelloy Johnson

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Drivers heading through Shelton on State Route 3 can expect ongoing delays as the Washington State Department of Transportation works to stabilize an eroding slope adjacent to Oakland Bay near the Shelton Yacht Club. The slope began to give way Friday afternoon before the roadway was closed to one lane. A 75-foot-long section of the shoulder has sloughed approximately 6 feet at the site, and there is no estimate on how long repairs will take to complete.

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Dick Taylor, Port of Shelton commission chair, asked for clarification in some parts of the port’s draft Forest Management Plan update.

Port sets public hearing to amend forest plan The Port of Shelton commission further discussed a plan to sell 100 acres of port-owned timber Tuesday. The commission also set a public hearing for Tuesday, April 3, to hear public comment on proposed changes to its Forest Management Plan. “On the 21st of February we had a conversation about doing a timber harvest on Johns Prairie,” port Executive Director John Dobson said. At that meeting, the port commission heard a presentation from Joe Staley of North Wind Timber Consultants on the feasibility of harvesting 100 acres of timber at the port’s Johns Prairie Industrial Site. Dobson said the port needed to take several steps before it could receive bids and approve the sale of the timber. First, the port needs to update its Forest Management Plan, Dobson said. Engineering technician Brandon Palmer provided the port commission with an updated version of the plan during its meeting on Tuesday. He said many of the changes to the plan, which hadn’t been updated since 2002, were to clean up difficult-to-understand language. Palmer’s draft of the plan also includes updated information about laminated root rot on the property, tree thinning and the size of trees on the property.

While the port has determined that the commission legally does not need to hold a public hearing, Commissioner Jay Hupp said he would feel better if the commission received comments on the plan from the public. “It’s in my mind a fairly significant change,” he said. “I would like to see this go to a public hearing. I feel like I need public input.” Dobson said the updated draft plan would be available on the port’s website. Commission Chair Dick Taylor also asked for some clarification in the document, particularly in in-

stances of timber vernacular, which he said might be confusing for members of the public. After approving the forest plan update, the port commission will need to approve a resolution to surplus the timber, and go into executive session to discuss the minimum bid amount that the port will accept. The commission plans to discuss those issues at a later date. After it passes the resolution and agrees on a minimum bid, the port will have the option to ask for bids on the timber, Dobson said.





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JOURNALOFRECORD Calls reported to Shelton Police, Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Tribal agencies included:

At 11:27 a.m. on March 17, a break-in was reported to a storage unit in the 600 block of Southeast Craig Road.

Burglaries At 5:38 a.m. on March 13, a break-in was reported in the 1000 block of East McReavy Road, Union.

At 3:21 p.m. on March 17, a burglary was reported to a shed in the 1800 block of West Deegan Road East. At 12:22 p.m. on March 18, a break-in to a storage shed was reported in the 9100 block of West Highland Road.

At 4:56 p.m. on March 14, a shed was burglarized in the 3600 block of East Harstine Island Road.

Robberies At 11:25 p.m. on March 13, a robbery was reported in an undisclosed address on Southeast Cole Road.

At 9:18 p.m. on March 14, a break-in was reported in the 1300 block of East Shelton Springs Road. At 4:16 p.m. on March 15, a burglary was reported to a vacant residence in the 100 block of East Park Loop.

Assaults At 7:35 a.m. on March 14, an assault was reported in the 100 block of South Second Street.

At 8:33 p.m. on March 15, a burglary was reported in the 100 block of East North Cove Road.

At 3:24 p.m. on March 14, an assault was reported in the 1200 block of Southeast Crescent Drive.

At 11:21 a.m. on March 16, a burglary was reported in the 100 block of East Swindlers Cove Road. The burglary took place sometime within the past month. Two TVS, a Jet Ski and a stereo were among the listed missing items.

At 5 p.m. on March 14, an assault was reported on a school bus in an undisclosed address in Shelton. At 7:42 a.m. on March 16, an assault was reported in the 200 block of South Seventh Street.

At 5:24 p.m. on March 16, a burglary was reported in the 1700 block of Southeast Jones Road. Journal photo by Natalie Johnson

Justin Rada, a member of Shelton High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and the SHS SmallBore Rifle Team, practices at the Mason County Sportsman’s Association Range on March 16.

Sex crimes At 2:10 p.m. on March 15, a sex offense was reported in the 600 block of East Agate Road. A 12-year-old girl was allegedly touched outside of her clothing by another student.

At 10:43 p.m. on March 16, a burglary was reported in the 100 block of East Ferry Loop. At 10:43 a.m. on March 17, a burglary was reported in the 400 block of East Agate Road.

Thank you for all you do! Artist’s rendering of Mason General Hospital’s new Main Entrance when construction is completed. The Hospital has more than 100 physicians in 18 specialties.

Anesthesiology  Robert Anderson, CRNA  Daniel K. DeVelde, CRNA  Deborah A. Hartley, CRNA  Greg Snyder, CRNA Cardiology Philip W. Berger, D.O.  William P. Brennan, M.D. James F. Clifton, M.D. William A. Gavin, M.D. J. Gregg Julin, M.D. Richard P. Kennedy, M.D. Qiang Li, M.D. Harton S. Smith, M.D. John W. Waggoner, M.D. Robert S. Wark, M.D.  Craig J. Wehrli, M.D. Christopher L. Wolfe, M.D. Emergency Medicine  Roy G. Belville, M.D.  Carola E. Bonfante, M.D.  Dean E. Gushee, M.D. John W. Hautala, M.D.  Joseph R. Hoffman, M.D.  Mark T. Larson, M.D.  Andrea Plaskiewicz, M.D.  John P. Short, M.D. Family Practice  John V. Butler, M.D.  Resa Delany, PA-C  Lisa Dell, PA-C  Kimberly Elliott, D.O.  Katie Privette Hackney PA-C  Rebecca Hendryx, M.D.

General Surgery  John Clayton, D.O.  Eldie L. Cruz, M.D. David M. Deitz, M.D. William D. Neal, M.D. David F. Tollefson, M.D. Todd Woltman, M.D.

Ophthalmology  Monica Vuong, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery  Frederick J. Davis, M.D.  Stephen Ou, D.O. Pathology Francois Cady, M.D. Dominique Coco, M.D. Nisreen Fidda, M.D. Jeffrey Freed, M.D. Kevin B. Long, M.D. Jay M. Odell, M.D. Richard Whitten, M.D.

Hospitalists Jeffery Chen, M.D. Yong Ki Shin, M.D. Robert Gipe, M.D. Internal Medicine  Douglas F. Lindahl, D.O.  Mark L. Schlauderaff, M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology  Edith Kroha, ARNP  Nkemdilim Nwosa, M.D.  Lystra B. Wilson-Celestine, M.D.  Alford N. Vassall, Jr., M.D.

Pediatrics  Marilyn Berko, M.D.  Therese Pizanti, ARNP  Maria Rowena Ramirez, M.D.

At 11:06 a.m. on March 16, a domestic disturbance was reported in the 200 block of West Pine Acres Way. At 10:50 p.m. on March 17, an individual reported that their husband just threw the computer outside in the 2000 block of West Eells Hill Road. The reporting person wants him removed from the residence. At 3:29 p.m. on March 18, a domestic dispute was reported in the 300 block of South 11th Street. Thefts At 3:18 a.m. on March 13, a blue 1990 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 600 block of East E Street.

At 2:28 p.m. on March 13, a wallet was reported stolen from the 400 block of North State Route 106.

At 4:51 p.m. on March 14, a mailbox theft was reported in the 100 block of East Lakeway Drive.

Pulmonology J. Waylon Black, M.D.  Robert L. Huck, M.D. Austin C. Lampert, M.D.  Richard Redman, M.D.

At 6:09 p.m. on March 14, a purse was reported stolen from the 1700 block of East Phillips Lake Loop.

Radiology  Lawrence N. Bennett, M.D.  James G. Bonifield, M.D. Alireza Bozorgmanesh, M.D.  Gordon G. S. Dhanda, M.D. Mihai F. lancu, M.D.  Kelly Krizan, M.D. Steven J. Lengle, M.D.  Thomas J. Luetkehans, M.D.  Rodney S. Matsubara, M.D. David B. Mitchell, M.D.  Tremont V. Parrino, M.D.  Kevin J. Reed, M.D.  Kevin Roscoe, M.D.  Charles Hao Shen, M.D.  Jai Shriki, M.D.  Navneet K. Singha, M.D.  David Stagnone, M.D.  Andrew R. Taylor, M.D.  Ian D. Timms, M.D.  Evert-Jan Verschuyl, M.D.

At 11:45 a.m. on March 15, a white 2000 Honda CR-V was reported stolen from the 400 block of Park Street. At 12:19 p.m. on March 15, tree logs were reported stolen from the 8300 block of East State Route 3. At 6:35 p.m. on March 15, an individual reported that her methadone had been stolen in the 100 block of West Birch Street. At 12:43 p.m. on March 16, a black 2001 Ford Edge was reported stolen from the 2500 block of Lacrosse Court. At 1:54 p.m. on March 16, a theft of items within a fenced

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At 4:21 p.m. on March 17, a chain saw was reported stolen from the 200 block of North Potlatch Road. At 12:16 p.m. on March 18, a bicycle was reported stolen from the 600 block of Ellinor Avenue. At 5:52 p.m. on March 18, a purple 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara was reported stolen in the 1600 block of Northeast Mission Creek Road. Fires At 4:19 p.m. on March 16, a structure fire was reported in the 300 block of Fir Street. At 4:51 p.m. on March 16, a structure fire was reported in an undisclosed address on Project Five Road, Matlock.

ARRESTS 3/13 Lawrence William Minor, 47, of the 6700 block of State Route 106 was booked at 2:22 p.m. for attempted burglary second.

Podiatric Medicine Terrence E. Hess, D.P.M.  John V. Rice, D.P.M.  James A. Wright, D.P.M.

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At 9:33 a.m. on March 17, a blue 1995 Chevrolet Blazer was reported stolen from the 600 block of Firwood Court.

At 11:01 a.m. on March 13, a white and blue paddleboat was reported stolen from the 200 block of East Orchard Lane.

At 8:57 a.m. on March 14, a gasoline theft was reported in the 1700 block of Stevens Street.

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At 4:17 p.m. on March 16, a shoplifter was reported in the 100 block of East Wallace Kneeland Boulevard.

At 10:27 a.m. on March 17, a structure fire was reported in the 100 block of West Birch Street.

At 8:28 a.m. on March 14, a white 1991 motorhome was reported stolen from the 3600 block of East Harstine Island Road.

Plastic Surgery Arthur L. Foley, III, M.D.

yard was reported in the 400 block of Southeast Craig Road. Tires and wheels were among stolen items. Estimated value was $1,000.

At 7:15 a.m. on March 13, a silver Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 900 block of Fairmount Avenue.

At 8:55 p.m. on March 13, a medication theft was reported in the 200 block of Southeast Craig Road.

March 30 we’d like to publicly thank the following:

Gastroenterology  Harpreet S. Brar, M.D.  Kathryne A. Wagner, M.D.  Meimin Xie, M.D.  Kristine Zhang, M.D.

At 12:15 a.m. on March 15, a verbal domestic dispute was reported in the 400 block of Cookson Street.

At 6:18 p.m. on March 13, a boat was reported stolen in the 200 block of East Stavis Road.

Doctor’s Day Oncology Maury Blitman, M.D. Ronald S. Goldberg, M.D. Steven J. Gorton, M.D. Harry S. Griffith, III, M.D. Michael Harris, M.D. James J. Lechner, M.D. Dustan C. Osborn, M.D. Paul A. Robertson, M.D. Xiang Sui, M.D. Hui Wang, M.D.  Linli Xuan, M.D.  Joseph Ye, M.D.

Domestic violence At 5:13 p.m. on March 13, a woman reported that her 13-year-old daughter was hitting and scratching the reporting person in the 2600 block of St. Andrews Drive North.

At 6:06 p.m. on March 13, an individual reported that her ex-friend was stealing needles from her in the 100 block of Southeast Cole Road.

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 Michael Keep, M.D.  Catherine McHugh, APNP  Allen L. Millard, III, M.D.  Christopher W. Penoyar, D.O. Payal K. Shah, M.D.  Timothy J. Weber, M.D.  Doris H. Wilson, M.D.

At 2:03 a.m. on March 16, a rape was reported in the 100 block of West State Route 108.

CLEANING OUT the shop. Compressor, drill press, car parts, misc. tools. 1940 Ford project car, quad. Sleigh bed set, horse tack, household and much more. 680 W. Golden Pheasant Rd, Shelton. Saturday, March 24, 9am2pm. G3/22

3/15 Jonathan Wade Brooks, 50, of the 200 block of Kissin Tree Lane was booked at 11:26 a.m. for violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana. 3/16 Tanya Dawn Jones, 36, of the 1500 block of Olympic Highway South was booked at 12:59 a.m. for assault third. Steven Mitchell Peters, 36, of the 100 block of Rodius Court was booked at 1:18 a.m. for obstructing law enforcement. 3/17 Jorge Albert Zambrano Morales, 25, of the 1800 block of Adams Street was booked at at 9:09 a.m. for DWLS third. Bobbie Joe Johnson, 37, of the 100 block of Remy Lane in Chehalis was booked at 2 p.m. for a forgery investigation. 3/18 Levi J. Wilson, 20, of the 100 block of Deegan Road West was booked at 1:08 a.m. for minor in possession/consuming liquor. Evelyn Angel Hall, 32, of the 100 block of SE Qua Ta Sat Circle was booked at 4:08 a.m. for two counts of assault third, interfering with a healthcare facility, criminal trespass first, obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest. Calvin D. Yarbrough, 23, of the 1300 block of Summit Drive was booked at 2:27 p.m. for hit-and-run accident with injury and reckless driving. Brandt Edward Latham, 34, of the 300 block of 11th Street was booked at 5:18 p.m. for malicious mischief third DV. 3/19 David Escalante Pablo, 20, of the 1700 block of Washington Street was booked at 12:51 a.m. for NVOL without ID and negligent driving first. Michael Lee Davis, 46, of the 100 block of Alderney Street was booked at 7:52 p.m. for DWI. 3/20 Debra Evon Kitts-Raigner, 51, of the 500 block of Rivendell Road was booked at 12:22 a.m. for DWLS third.

Journal photo by Natalie Johnson

Lori Kent of Mari Meds spoke out against the city’s moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens.

Marijuana Continued from page A-1 marijuana as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act. Some members of the public who signed up to speak out against the moratorium at the city’s public hearing referred in their comments to a proposal being discussed in another public hearing held Monday night by the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission. The planning commission is a seven-member board appointed to advise the Mason County commission on planning and zoning issues. On Monday, the planning commission discussed proposed amendments to county zoning laws related to collective gardens. Lori Kent of Mari Meds, which now has locations in Belfair and State Route 3 near Bayshore Golf Course, commented on aspects of the planning commission’s proposal at the city meeting, and spoke out against the moratorium. “I wanted to come forward as a Washington state patient,” she said. “I think it’s overkill. I think that what we’re proposing here is a prison, not only for a plant but for a person.” Kent referred specifically to a part of the county’s proposed zoning regulations stating, “The garden building shall be surrounded by a fence of at least ten feet in height and topped with razor-type wire.” The proposal considered by the planning commission also included requirements for video surveillance at the site of a collective garden, security systems at all windows and doors of the building, and on-site security guards. Under the proposed zoning regulations, no other business, whether for- or non-profit, could be housed in the same building as the collective garden. The garden buildings also are required to be at least 100 feet away from a county or state road. The planning commission agreed to extend its public hearing until April 16. The county’s moratorium on collective gardens will expire on May 16. Meanwhile, the city commission and city staff hope state and federal law on the collective gardens will become clearer. “I have read the county’s proposal,” city Commissioner Mike Olsen said. “I agree it is going to be inevitable that the state and the feds figure this out. I’d rather have this in place.”

Showcase Continued from page A-1

Above, Hood Canal School third-grade student Ruthie Peterson-Bluebird, 9, created a poem in the shape of a flower with her class for the school’s student achievement showcase last Thursday. Science fair, art and history projects were among the different types of work on display.

protein membrane, Daggett learned. “Once he started, he bounced around with ideas,” said Daggett’s mother, Amanda Whiton of Union. “It’s cool to see what the kids come up with.” Many students came away with new understanding and learned valuable lessons. “I learned that something may not look as hot as it is,” Townsend said. “Some people think blue flames might be cooler, but it’s the hottest.” This is the fourth year the school has held the showcase, Churchill said. “It’s a way for parents to come on down and take a look at our school,” he said.

Hood Canal School fifth-grade student Bryan Daggett, 10, completed a science project about how to make rubber eggs. Journal photo by Arla Shephard

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Shelton grads spread health across the globe By NATALIE JOHNSON

to teach Cambodian EMTs about lifesaving techniques. “Their ways are not our ways,” Howe said. Graham, who is traveling to Cambodia for the fifth time this year, said his background in wilderness medicine and survival skills helped him administer medical aid to residents of remote villages. “They’re way off the grid,” he said. Graham spoke of one instance in particular when he had to administer medical care to a child in a remote village. The child burned her arm, and the villagers smothered it in toothpaste, thinking the only medicine they had would help her. Graham and the other medic cleaned up the girl’s arm and paid for her to be taken to a hospital in a neighboring city. “It still gives me the chills to think about that. I and one of the other medics on the trip — we weren’t prepared to do that much medicine,” he said. “It puts things in perspective.” OESP has also installed 188 wells in remote villages. Organizations like the North Mason Rotary have donated money to make this possible, Graham and Howe said. OESP operates mainly from donations and from the volunteer’s own pockets, Howe said. “We used to get matching funds from Microsoft – all those dollars are gone,” he said. “We pay for ourselves. We work overtime shifts.” For more information, visit

Shelton High School graduates Greg Howe and Andy Graham left today, March 22, for a two-week trip to Cambodia, to teach lifesaving skills to law enforcement and firefighters. Howe, who graduated from SHS in 1982, and Graham, who graduated two years earlier, both worked at Mason County Ambulance and later Mason County Medic One as paramedics and EMTs. Now, Graham works as an EMT in Gig Harbor, and Howe lives in Ireland, but the two men get together every year to travel with the Outreach Emergency Service Program (OESP), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, to Cambodia each year. “I was involved from the very beginning,” Howe said. The program was founded in 2001 by Puget Sound residents Sos Ouch, a Cambodian immigrant, and his nephew Vu Rouen. Howe went with them on OESP’s first trip in 2001. That year, the group went to observe what work needed to be done to improve responses to fire and medical emergencies in the country. “We had a grandiose idea of starting a 911 system,” Howe said. “We got there and realized none of that was going to happen as soon as we wanted.” In 2001 Cambodia did not have a standardized emergency phone number. Instead, a person could call the fire department’s number to report a fire. That department

Journal photo by Natalie Johnson

Greg Howe, left, and Andy Graham, both Shelton High School graduates, left for Cambodia today with a group of paramedics and firefighters in the Outreach Emergency Service Program. would then have to coordinate with other emergency service groups. This caused long response times, Howe said. Fires are a huge problem in Cambodia, Howe said, not only because of response times, but also because as many as 500 buildings can fill a city block there. In 2002, the group began work-

ing to train law enforcement and emergency services in Cambodia. Now Cambodia has three standardized emergency phone numbers – 117 for police, 118 for an ambulance and 119 for fire. Over time, OESP expanded its training services. “We train their ambulance workers to be more along the

lines of our EMT level,” Howe said. “We brought them two fire engines and in a few years nine ambulances.” This year, OESP plans to give firefighting lessons to crews at two major airports in the country. OESP volunteers have worked to bring western and eastern philosophies on medicine together

New Mason County PUD 3 building goes for gold in green Solar panels, geothermal heat among features

the district. “We figure going with the conservation district saved us about half a million bucks,” Myer said. The new operations center also includes the largest solar array in Western Washington, on top of its Building D. The array can produce up to 225 kilowatts of electricity on a sunny day. That electricity is fed back into the grid, and helps power the buildings in the complex. When the PUD 3 operations center opens, customers in the lobby will be able to see a real-time digital read out of the electricity produced by the array. Also, the complex’s main administration building has a cistern on its roof designed to catch rainwater. This water will be used to flush toilets and irrigate plants at the complex. As part of the LEED certification, the PUD complex also has parking spaces designated for fuelefficient cars. Overall, Myer said the $34.5 million dollar project has provided the utility with a set of buildings big enough and efficient enough to allow the PUD to grow into the future. “This facility was built with the idea that it will take us out 50 years in growth,” he said. Myer expects public tours of the new operations center to begin in May.


The brand new Mason County PUD 3 operations center on Johns Prairie is scheduled to open on April 2, and when it does, it will be green. Along with more space and up-to-date offices, garages and warehouses for the utility’s staff, it will also achieve new heights in green building technology, said Joel Myer, PUD 3 public information and government relations manager. For example, the new buildings are heated with radiant floor heat powered by geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps provide a more stable source of heat than traditional pumps, which pull warmth out of air, because ground temperatures are more stable, he said. “It’s much more efficient,” Myer said. The geothermal heat pumps send water through

Journal photo by Natalie Johnson

Joel Myer, public information and government relations manager for Mason County PUD 3, said the new PUD operations center should be open for business on April 2 pipes deep in the ground, then circulate the heated water in radiant floor heating in the complex’s buildings.

The PUD built the new buildings to be certified under the Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED)

program, he said. The utility hopes to get a Gold rating from the organization for its efforts. The highest ranking is Platinum, but because the PUD is a public entity, Myer said the utility felt it couldn’t justify the added expense. The most visible examples of the operations center’s green design are the rain gardens that spot its

landscape. The rain gardens help deal with stormwater that falls on the property. “We have about 8 acres of impervious surface,” Myer said. The utility partnered with the Mason Conservation District to put in the rain gardens. All of the complex’s landscaping is done with native plants provided with help from

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Owls making music again Mary M. Knight music program revived after 14 years By NATALIE JOHNSON

It’s not quite “High School Musical,” but Mary M. Knight students are feeling like singing. For the first time in 14 years, Mary M. Knight has a music program, headed by teacher Maria Joyner. “They love it. When the school year

first started kids were coming in and saying how excited they were,” she said. In only a few months, Joyner said the high school band, made up of students from sixth- through twelfthgrade, all first year players, has made great strides. “It’s really amazing. They got their instruments at the end of September,” she said. “They rehearse every day.”

Joyner said having a music program in a rural community is important so Matlock students can have the same opportunities as those in a bigger school. “The big thing is to give them the same opportunity,” she said. “If they want to take private lessons they would have to travel 30 minutes to go to a teacher.” Joyner said the Mary M. Knight School board managed to scrape up See Music on page B-6

Journal photos by Natalie Johnson

Maria Joyner, music teacher at Mary M. Knight School in Matlock, leads the high school band in a practice last Friday.



Youth rep on board

Wild Cat Boutique scheduled

Mason Transit names newest member of advisory group



Christina McClatchey works hard to advocate for her peers whenever she can. On March 13 during a joint meeting between the Mason Transit Authority (MTA) board and the Mason County Transit Advisory Board (MCTAB), McClatchey, 22, became the newest, and youngest, member of the board. McClatchey started spending time with her friends in the MTA’s Transit Community Center, formerly the Shelton Armory, a year and a half ago. “I’m really glad I’m on the board. A lot of the youth that come in here feel they aren’t heard. I want to keep a safe place for them,” she said. “Now I know who I need to go talk to.” McClatchey volunteers regularly at the community center, where she spends time with local youth who play basketball, use the computer lab or play music at the center. Some of those teens and young adults live in abusive or dangerous situations, she said. “This is the safest place they know,” she said. “I like to help people.” McClatchey is also involved in Youth N’ Action, a statewide youth advocacy organization that serves people age 14-24. “I started out to help save the skate park,” she said. “I was with some friends hanging out in town – some of my friends liked to go to the skate park and they heard they (Mason County) wanted to shut it down.” In summer 2010, McClatchey was part of an effort by Youth N’ Action to keep the Mason County Skate Park open. Today, volunteers from the youth group regularly inspect and maintain the facility, which is operated by Mason County with help from a $4,000 grant from the Squaxin Island Tribe. McClatchey also has undergone training from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which allows her to do peer counseling. “I’ve had kids come up and ask me for anything to do. They’re trying to stay off drugs,” she said. “I’m running

Journal photos by Natalie Johnson

Christina McClatchey, 22, was voted in as a member of the Mason County Transit Advisory Board (MCTAB) on Tuesday, March 13. She said she hopes to represent the youth population of Shelton, especially those who use the Mason Transit Authority’s Transit Community Center.

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“If I can help people, that’s what I want to do.” out of ideas. Now that I’m on the (MCTAB) board I have more people I can ask.” McClatchey hopes to earn a psychology degree from Olympic College, but those dreams are on hold while she deals with medical is-

sues. “We don’t know exactly what I have. The nearest I’ve been told is Albright Syndrome,” she said. McClatchey said she lives with a chromosomal abnormality.

Her disability has affected her hearing, eyesight, bones, and at 4’4”, her size. A car accident in December has also left her with a neck injury that doctors fear could paralyze her if not properly treated. However, her disability does not affect her drive and motivation to speak for others. “If I can help people, that’s what I want to do,” she said.

hhh, I’m beginning to believe spring is getting close. We had sunspots this past weekend and that was nice. I have to confess that I just spent some time down in Arizona where we had 80 degree sun everyday. I used to live there and get back every so often. People will ask why I moved up here and there are a number of reasons, but one is the blue sky. Here, people complain about the gray, gray that turns dark gray and to light gray and to light, light gray. As you can see, there is variation. In the desert, the sky is the same blue day in and day out and that gets as old if not older than the various shades of dirtywhite. Tonight, March 22, there is going to be a CERT meeting at the community hall. With all the natural catastrophes going on around the country it never hurts to be prepared. You can call Diane Edgin at 427-0422 to check and see what they will be talking about. This Saturday is going to be a busy day. First, The Wild Cat Boutique — a benefit for Washington state’s only sanctuary for wild cats — will be going on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harstine Island Community Club. The Boutique By MIKE features many new CALLAGHAN handcrafted items, antiques, kitchen delicacies, gently used items, gift and holiday items. They will have something for the whole family and their pets too. So, get wild and support the wild cats. For more information call Shelleen Mathews, director of Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington at 427-4466. Now, after the boutique workout, when you are really hungry, you can go over to Pioneer School to eat. The Pioneer Kiwanis Club’s annual Crab, Clam and Spaghetti Dinner is from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, it’s not too late, as they will be sold at the door. This event takes place in the cafeteria/ gym at Pioneer Elementary School. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children. What do you get? You get fresh crab from Nelson Seafood down in Tokeland, steamer clams that melt in your mouth, great spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert and soft drinks. Also you will find tables upon tables of great silent auction items and another bunch of great things will be auctioned off live. This is the biggest fundraiser Kiwanis does and the proceeds go right into the school by supporting scholarships, field trips, cub scouts and much more. In today’s economy the school needs all the help it can get — so this is your chance to have fun, get good eats, and support the next generation. Sandra Herndon and Judy Callaghan gave the Women’s Club some up-to-date information about Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services. After their presentation a motion was made and passed to help the shelter

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Horses for Heroes program benefit scheduled auctions, desserts, live entertainment and more. This event is sponsored by Before You Say “I Do,� Flowers by Joseph, Walmart and the Little Picture Pho-

tography. The Horses for Heroes program is for the country’s veterans and serves every military branch. For more information call 426-3119.


A benefit for Horses for Heroes veteran therapy program will be held at 6 p.m., on Saturday, March 24 at the Mason Area Fairgrounds in Shelton. Tickets are $10. There will be dress

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tically received by the community for more than 10 years, and take great pride in being able to contribute to the overall community. New members are always welcome and membership information will be available at this event. Membership benefits include hearing from community leaders through weekly speaker programs, providing an opportunity for members to broaden their understanding of community activities and needs, and political and business issues affecting Mason County. Organizers also have “a good time together,� said Dam Beaudoin, the club’s current President. Pioneer Kiwanis meetings are held weekly, from 7 to 8 a.m., on Wednesdays at Spencer Lake Resort. Come prepared for great food, lots of interesting silent and live auction products and services, and an opportunity to see old friends while helping our community youth.

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and the live auction begins at 6 p.m. This event is the club’s primary annual fundraiser. One hundred percent of the net proceeds are devoted to the club’s charitable activities. These activities support the children of Pioneer School District and include field trips and special reading and other educational programs, Mason County Literacy, family Christmas baskets and more. Additionally, Pioneer Kiwanis provides four scholarships annually to selected students of Pioneer Middle School, who upon completion of high school, enter college or trade schools. A board at Pioneer School District selects the students. Also they provide a scholarship to a local Law Enforcement Camp and support a youth program at Shelton’s Turning Point. Pioneer Kiwanis members donate their time and efforts in presenting this event, which has been enthusias-

The Pioneer Kiwanis Club is having its annual crab and clam dinner and auction from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Pioneer Elementary School Cafeteria, north of Shelton, 1 mile east off Highway 3, on Agate Road. A dinner consisting of fresh, ocean caught Dungeness crab, local clams, spaghetti, bread, beverages, and dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $12 for children (10 and under). Live and silent auctions feature more than 100 premium products and services donated by local businesses and residents. Items to be auctioned include sporting goods, marine equipment, tools, landscaping plants and materials, home furnishings, cooking accessories, dining and other gift certificates, gourmet meals and wines, resort lodging, even a pair of alpacas and some professional services. The silent auction will be at 4:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to 11 a.m on Saturday. Either meal also includes 3 complex. enjoy a hearty home cooked The breakfast features juice, fruit and coffee. Organizers said they breakfast and support the sausage gravy over biscuits All proceeds from the would appreciate advance Mason County Senior Activ- and scrambled eggs or stra- fundraiser support the cen- ticket purchases, but you 7756 ities Center. The Center is ta (egg casserole) and hash ter’s General Operations can also pay at the door. For holding a Breakfast Bonan- browns for only $5 per per- Fund and the Building more information call the attend the services local churches za Fundraiser from 8 a.m.of to your son. choice at these Fund to area purchase the PUD Center at 426-7374.


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Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington (the state’s only sanctuary for wild cats) will be hosting the Wild Cat Boutique at the Harstine Community Club (3371 E. Harstine Island Road N., Harstine Island). The Boutique offers something for everyone — adults, kids and pets. New and very gently used items, antiques, handcrafted goods, kitchen delicacies, gift and holiday items. Join us for a day of fun, take your photo with our costumed lion and help us support wild cats in need. For information: 427-

Sunday 10 a.m.–noon, Kidztown at Olympic Middle School for kids K–6th grades crafts, games, breakfast, music, bible lessons, skits and small groups to help your kids get the most out of every weekend. For more information contact Melody at 427-9092 (every Sunday) 4–6 p.m., If Ye Love Me Acapella Program by Anna’s Bay at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 601 C St., Shel-

Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m., Shelton Timberland Library presents @ Home: Soap Making, for adults and teens. Join local soap maker Deb Peterson from Shepherd Soaps as she leads participants through the process of making homemade soap. To register or for more information call the library at 426-1362.

“@ Home” is a yearlong series of programs featuring local people sharing things to make at home. 11:30 a.m., The Shelton Kiwanis Club meets Tuesdays at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program runs from noon until 1 p.m. Programs cover a variety of topics from non-profits, governmental entities, and community members. Wednesday 3-5 p.m., Shelton Timberland Library presents Teen Gaming Lounge. Play Xbox Kinect, Wii and other games, watch movies and have refreshments with friends. Snacks and supplies provided by the Friends of the Shelton Timberland Library. For more information call 426-1362. 7:30 p.m., non-denominational, no collections, all welcome, teaching of Jesus at Evergreen Elementary Library, N. Ninth St., Shelton. Thursday 10–11 a.m., TOPS meets at the Shelton Christian Church every Thursday. For more information call Ruth at 432-0870. 4:30–5:15 p.m., Joonbug Yoga - Ribbon Cutting Open House at 221 Railroad Ave. Suite 12, Shelton, WA 98584 7–10 p.m. John Lucas and Randy Linder will perform at Taylor Station, Restaurant and Lounge on Thursdays

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ton. Works of Thomas Tallis and the English Madrigal School. In this program we feature many of his most enduring motets, as well as works from the next generation of composers he inspired by his great success — those of the English Madrigal School.   Monday 9 a.m., TOPS #1402 meets every Monday at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E Harstine Island Road N. If you are looking for a support group to Take Off Pounds Sensibly, come and join us. More information please contact Marlene at 427-3873. 6 p.m., Mason County Optimist Club meets second and fourth Monday at Taylor Town Station Restaurant, 62 S.E. Lynch Road. 6–8 p.m., MGHF & Sherwood Guild Cooking with Xinh at Xinh’s Oyster & Clam House, 221 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, the cost is $50 price includes cooking demonstration by Xinh Dwelley, dinner, dessert and wine or beer.

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4466 or 5–11 p.m., Sound Learning’s Community Fiesta at Shelton United Methodist Church, 1900 King St. Shelton. Kermés-style celebration with home-cooked Latin American food, live music featuring local group “Realidad de la Sierra,” children’s activities, and raffle all go to help sustain Sound Learning’s English Language Program. 6 p.m., Benefit for Horses for Heroes veteran therapy program at the Mason Area Fairgrounds in Shelton. Tickets are $10. There will be dress auctions, desserts, live entertainment and more. This event is sponsored by Before You Say “I Do” and Flowers by Joseph, Wal-Mart and the Little Picture Photography. Therapy through Horsemanship for our country’s veterans, serving every military branch. The name of this benefit is Fierce Fashions. For more information call 426-3119.

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Friday 6:30–9 p.m., Catalyst Food Bank Silent Movie Fundraiser at CHOICE High School auditorium, 700 S. First St., Shelton. Buster Keaton’s silent movie, “The General” will be shown accompanied by live piano music. This is a funny film and great for families or a date night. 7:30–9p.m., If Ye Love Me Acapella Program by Anna’s Bay at Nordstrom’s Great Hall, Harmony Hill Retreat Center 7362 E. State Route 106, Union. The works of Thomas Tallis and the English Madrigal School. In this program we feature many of his most enduring motets, as well as works from the next generation of composers he inspired by his great success — those of the English Madrigal School.

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Monday 8 and 8:30 a.m., tai chi 9 a.m., beginning line dancing 10 a.m., intermediate/advanced line dancing Noon, lunch: fish cakes 12:30 p.m., game day 1 p.m., pinochle, mahjong; cribbage; chess Tuesday Foot care by appointment 8:05 a.m., gentle, restorative yoga. 9–10:30 a.m., intermediate/advanced line dancing

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Thursdays Noon and 5:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, 125 W. Cota St. 5 p.m., AA, New Commu-

Wednesday 8 and 8:30 a.m., tai chi 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., AARP tax aide 9 a.m., beginning line dancing 10 a.m., intermediate/advanced line dancing 11:30 a.m., music by Evelyn Trenckmann Noon, lunch: curried chicken with veggies 12:30 p.m., game day 1 p.m., pinochle


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Saturday 8–11 a.m., breakfast bonanza fundraiser 10 a.m., intermediate water color class 10:45 a.m., Zumba

The public is invited to the dinner. On the menu is pan fried oysters, ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls & butter, coffee, tea, or milk, and dessert. Other refreshments are also available for an additional charge. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Yacht Club member. So come


Thursday Foot care by appointment 8:05 a.m., gentle, restorative yoga 9–10:30 a.m., intermediate/advanced line dancing 9 am.–noon, EZ Crafters 10:30–11:30 a.m., blood pressure checks 10:45 a.m., Zumba class Noon, lunch: broccoli

cheese casserole 12:30 p.m., bridge – sign up the day before 1 p.m., bingo 2 p.m., treats from Lean on Me


Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Mason County Senior Activities Center at 826 W. Railroad Ave. The Shelton senior center hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The center’s telephone desk (426-7374) is closed for lunch from noon until 12:30 p.m.



Shelton Yacht Club members gather Oysters for this year’s Annual Oyster and Ham Dinner at the Shelton Yacht Club House at the Shelton Marina.

on down, bring your friends, visit, and have a great dinner overlooking Oakland Bay. This is the Yacht Club’s 55th annual Oyster and Ham dinner. The proceeds go to maintain the Yacht Club grounds, and building. They also host a Special Peoples party in December with Santa Claus and gifts for the children.

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al Fisheries Enhancement Groups in the state striving to protect and restore salmon populations through collaborative research, monitoring and education efforts. The HCSEG has served as a comanager with the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab on the research science associated with understanding hypoxia (low oxygen) in Hood Canal. The partnership with Salish Sea Expeditions is a great means for relating the science results within the education realm. The HCSEG educational programming, which is supported through the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center, includes public workshops, information dissemination, and project engagement, as well as working directly with teachers and classrooms throughout our local school districts. The HCSEG has been planning with the Salish Sea Expeditions for over a year to bring their research expeditions to Hood Canal. The HCSEG works closely with the Olympic Educational Service District 114 and other local partners to support teachers and classrooms in their local outdoor science investigation. Salish has been a great supplement to the recently developed West Sound Green STEM programming, which engages students in outdoor science investigation and exploration linked to state education standards. Olympic Educational Service District (ESD) is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. ESDs function primarily as support agencies and deliver educational services that can be more efficiently or economically performed regionally. OESD is a leading partner in the development of the West Sound GreenSTEM network, which supports teachers to provide their students with meaningful environmental education experiences.

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Local airman graduates from basic military training Air Force Airman Colby A. Kingery graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included train-

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Shelton School District offers program for highly capable students The Shelton School District will be offering a fulltime, blended-age program for highly capable fourthand fifth- grade students during the 2012-2013 school year. The program will be housed at Evergreen Elementary. Students in the program will receive challenging instruction at or above grade level in reading/writing, mathematics, science and social studies. They will also receive instruction in music, art, library, and physical education from qualified specialists. Students currently

identified for the fourth grade hi-cap program will be eligible to attend as fifth graders next year. Students in third or fourth grade may be nominated for participation next year. Nominations for the 2012-2013 Shelton School District Program for Highly Capable Students will be accepted until March 30. Students who often exhibit some or all of the following characteristics are being sought: Work at academic levels substantially above those of his or her peers; can do

highly complex tasks; show originality by using new and unusual approaches to problem-solving; show interest and curiosity about many topics; can anticipate outcomes/results of experiments or stories; learn new things quickly and easily; remember facts and knowledge and apply them to new situations and have use of unusually advanced vocabulary. To nominate a child, please call to request a nomination form from the child’s school: Bordeaux 426-3253; Evergreen 426-

8281 or Mountain View 426-8564. Nominated students will be tested in April. Students will be notified by the end of school if they meet the following criteria for selection to the program: n Score in the top 5 percent in Reading and/or Math n Score in the top 10 percent of a cognitive ability test n Show exceptional creativity For additional information contact the Hi Cap Program Teacher: Deb Fausti at 426-8281.

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6:30 p.m., Celebrate Recovery, 419 Railroad Ave. Childcare provided. Call 426-8461 7:30 p.m., AA, Hoodsport Library 8 p.m., NA, Ellinor Room, Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive

Recovery, New Horizons Church, 307 E. F St. 4–6 p.m., Gateway to recovery at Gateway Christian Fellowship, 405 S. Seventh St. 4:30 p.m., AA, Hoodsport Library for women only 6:30 p.m., Crystal Meth Anonymous, Spinners Gone Straight, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 324 W. Cedar St.

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m., AA open meeting, Hoodsport Library 10 a.m., Al-Anon Step study AFG at St. David’s Episcopal Church 324 W. Cedar St. 7:15 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Mountain View Alliance Church, 314 E. J St. 7 p.m., Depressed Anonymous, the at Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive

Continued from page B-3 Anonymous, Mason General Hospital, Washington Room 6:30 p.m., Crystal Meth Anonymous, The Right Path, North 80 Tribal Center Road. 7 p.m., AA, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Third and Cedar streets 7 p.m., Friends of Bill W. Chapter at Hood Canal Community Church, 81 Finch Creek Road, Hoodsport 8 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Mountain View Alliance Church, 314 E. J St. Fridays 11 a.m., NA, United Methodist Church 1900 King St. Noon, Al-Anon group, Saint David’s Episcopal Church Call 427-6831 Noon, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., AA, 125 W. Cota St.

Saturdays 10 a.m., Overeaters Anonymous, Saint David’s Church Noon and 5:30 p.m., AA, 125 W. Cota St. 7 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Ellinor Room at Mason General Hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive 10 p.m., The Point Is, Easy Does It, 125 W. Cota St. Sundays 8 a.m., noon, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., AA, 125 W. Cota St. 9:30 a.m., NA, PUD Hall, Third and Cota streets 3-5 p.m., Freedom in

Mondays Noon and 5:30 p.m., AA, 125 W. Cota St. 6:30 p.m., Crystal Meth Anonymous, Belfair’s New Hope, Belfair Community Baptist Church 7 p.m., AA, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Third and Cedar streets 7 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous, Mountain View Alliance Church, 314 E. J St. 7 p.m. AA, Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2430 N. 13th St.



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Pacific Northwest Salmon Center on May 31 and the Salish Sea Student Science Symposium in Seattle on June 1. They will also embark on a watershed research expedition near their school, using the results of their first research, in which they will study the ecology of a local watershed and its connection to the ecology of Hood Canal, working with both Salish Sea Expeditions and the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. While Salish has led student research expeditions to Hood Canal in the past, this marks the first student research expedition to the south end of Hood Canal, where the water is prone to hypoxia (low oxygen). This region is of particular interest to researchers due to the hypoxia and increasing frequency of fish kills in recent years. Salish Sea Expeditions, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1996 to develop curiosity and confidence through student-led scientific research and adventure on the waters of the Salish Sea. Since then, over 8,000 students (grades 5-12) and 1000 teachers have participated in our innovative 3-5 day programs. 75 percent of our students attend public schools and over 25 percent are from schools serving low-income populations. Teachers report that Salish programs support their efforts in the classroom to meet state learning requirements. The Salish Sea Student Science Symposium, hosted by Salish in June of each year, provides a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to share their original scientific research to peers and professional scientists in a conference setting. To learn more about programs and how to support this growth, please visit, call 206-780-7848 or email info@salish. org. The HCSEG is one of nine Region-

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Eighteen sixth- through eighthgrade students from Hood Canal School embarked this morning on a three-day science research expedition made possible by a partnership between Salish Sea Expeditions, Olympic Educational Service District 114, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and the Pacific Education Institute. The students will be studying the ecology of Hood Canal by conducting scientific research of their own design. “The three-day expedition gives students the opportunity to develop a scientific hypothesis and then test it by collecting and analyzing data,” said Seth Muir, Salish’s Executive Director. “By planning and conducting their own research, they will learn about the health and ecology of Hood Canal first-hand.” The research expedition began in their classroom last week, when Salish educators facilitated students in developing a hypothesis to study; the students formed a prediction focusing on the relationship between zooplankton and dissolved oxygen levels. The students, along with their teachers and chaperones, will spend three days and two nights gathering samples and analyzing data in the south end of Hood Canal. The students will alternate sleeping aboard the research vessel Carlyn and camping on shore. “In my science class, I try to teach the kids in a hands-on, experiential, relevant way that incorporates standards in real-life ways,” said Laurie Byrd, seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Hood Canal School. “I bring in the cultures and history of the community and get as much involvement as I can. This trip (fits) in perfectly.” After their research expedition, the students will return to their classroom to synthesize their data and prepare a presentation for public audiences, including the GreenSTEM conference in Belfair at the


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BIRTHS Ramona Jackson-Mullen Jesse Mullen and Lindsey Jackson welcome the birth of their daughter, Ramona Jackson-Mullen, born at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. She was 19 inches long and 6 pounds, 4 ounces at birth.

Her paternal grandparents are Tom and Annie Mullen, maternal grandparents are Suzanne Stockwell and step-grandfather Steve Stockwell of Shelton, and Jeff Jackson and step-grandmother Beth Jackson of Bend, Ore. Surviving paternal great-grand-

City of Shelton Animal Shelter to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed Saturday and Sunday. Current listings: Rottweiler, female, 1 and 1/2 years old Labrador, mix, male, 2 years old Shepherd, mix, female, 2 years old poodle/chihuahua, female, 4 years old

KITTENRESCUE Amber and her older kitten friends are ready to find their forever homes. They hope you come visit and meet them. These loving older kittens are looking for special families that will share love, warmth and provide the safety these playful kittens need and deserve. Amber or one of her friends will bring purrrrfect enjoyment and companionship to the right home. For information on Amber and her other indooronly friends call 584-0594 or leave a message at 426-2455.

For the past few years a group of volunteers and Mason County Conservation have met at the Kennedy Creek trail to view the emerging fry that were hatched from eggs laid last fall by the salmon. The trail in


would indeed be a special one, large enough for the two of them to run and play and they will give twice the love in return. If you would like to meet these magnificent dogs please contact us at 4323091 or send an email to

Harstine Continued from page B-1 financially. When Judy came home from that meeting she was very excited. As has been reported in the column before, Turning Pointe needs all the financial help it can get as the state support has been cut drastically. I know the shelter greatly thanks the Women’s Club. The last lecture of the year for Inquiring Minds will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the community hall. The guest speaker will be Joan Hockaday. She is the author

Alivia Rylin Wagner Cameron and Makayla Wagner of Murrieta, Calif. welcome the birth of their daughter Alivia Rylin Wagner, born Feb. 18, 2012, at Loma

Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, Calif. She was 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Her grandparents are Chris Wagner of Stayton, Ore and Guillermo and Danielle Gomez of Murrieta, Calif. Her great-grandparents are Larry and Linda King of Shelton.

spring is an interesting juxtaposition of last year’s salmon bones and the life that has sprung from the nutrients they brought to the forest. This year the public is invited to join them anytime between 10

a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Kennedy Creek trail. For additional information contact Stephanie Bishop, education and outreach coordinator of Mason Conservation District 427-9436, ext. 22.

Shelton Community Cinema schedules ‘Final Friday’ movie Shelton Community Cinema will screen its monthly “Final Friday” movie at 7 p.m., Friday, March 30 at the PUD No. 3 auditorium, 307 W. Cota St., Shelton. This Friday

we’re showing “The World According to Monsanto,” a documentary about one of the world’s largest corporations and the impact its products have had on our planet and its people.

There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcome with proceeds going to pay the license fee for the films shown, and to SOCK’s (Save Our County’s Kids) youth programs

in Shelton. For more information, call 432-3229 or email Shelton Community Cinema is not associated with any political or religious group.

Southside School to hold kindergarten registration Southside School officials for will have kindergarten registration March 19 through March 30. Parents may come to the school office anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

during this time to register. Parents need to bring a copy of the birth certificate and immunization records with them in order to register.

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These beautiful white German shepherds are mother and son. Shasta is eight years old and stays young and fit by playing with her four year-old son Bliz. They are obviously bonded and we would love it if they could go to the same home. This home

Lindsey Jackson is a 1998 graduate of Shelton High School

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Adoptions cost $75, which includes vaccine, wormer, spay/neuter plus $10 city license. New dogs are brought in all the time. Call 427-7503 or visit the shelter at 902 W. Pine St. Dogs may be viewed at The hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.

parents are Daryl Wells and Laverna Mullen of Sioux City, Iowa. Surviving maternal great-grandparents are Shirley Truman of Shelton, and Garnet Schlievert of Des Moines, Iowa. She has three sisters, Emily, Charlie-anne and Breezy Mullen.

funds in the district’s budget for the full time teaching position needed to bring music back to the school. “I don’t know how they came up with the funding,” she said. Since then, she has worked hard to secure several grants to keep the program afloat, including funds from the Green Diamond Resource Company, Twin Star Credit Union, Shelton Rotary, and a $1,000 grant from the Encore Arts Foundation. Last month the school received notice that it would be awarded a grant from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Mary M. Knight is the only school on the West Coast to receive the grant. “They chose little old Matlock — it’s exciting,” Joyner said. The award comes in several different packages, Joyner said. Mary

of “Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest,” published by Washington State University Press in 2009. Hockaday has explored and written on landscape history elsewhere on the West Coast with her first book “The Gardens of San Francisco,” an exploration of the natural history, including histories of its parks and gardens of San Francisco. She has given numerous lectures on topics related to her books at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, the Seattle Public Library and the Rainier Club. Now she will be speaking here on the island at the community hall.

Mary Nichols and Barbara LaJune are heading up our annual Harstine Island Garage Sale on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held at the community hall. If you want a table give Mary or Barbara a call to see if there are still openings. Judy and I have attended in the past and this year we will have a table of our own. It gives islanders a chance to get rid of treasures they no longer need and shoppers can find treasures they just can’t live without. Usually the hall is packed and filled with excitement. So mark your calendar and bring some spare change.

In order to be eligible for kindergarten in the fall students must be 5 years old prior to August 31, 2012. This registration information will be used to do

M. Knight will have the choice between a keyboard lab package, which includes 18 keyboards, and a package, which would provide the school with every instrument they need for the band. “They also do advocacy —they can help us find more money,” Joyner said. “That will come into play next year.” Representatives from VH1 plan to visit the school in June, Joyner said. “We definitely have a need,” she said. “When I first came here in the summer literally there was a piano and three music stands.” Joyner, who lives in Olympia, started at Mary M. Knight in fall 2011. In addition to the high school band class, she also teaches general music to elementary students, an elementary band, high school choir, high school music exploration and one period of eighth-grade Washington state history.

Sewing will be at Brenda Stainbrook’s house March 27. Okay Harstine Island students, now is the time to be working on those scholarship applications. The Harstine Island Women’s Club has for years offered a couple of real good ones. The deadline for getting applications in is May 4. So, if you are a Harstine Island resident and if you are graduating from high school, or you are attending a college, university or vocational school, you can apply for the Women’s Club $1,000 scholarships. The club will pay the money directly to the students’ school of choice

the kindergarten screening during the first week of May. If you have any questions please call the Southside School office at 426-8437.

Joyner said even those students not enrolled in her classes show interest in music. Eighth-grade student Isaiah Thompson started spending time in the music room before football practice last fall and liked to sit at the piano. “I started showing him scales,” Joyner said. “He decided he wanted to play in the band.” Now Thompson can play full songs on the keyboard in the high school band class. “These kids are progressing so rapidly,” Joyner said. “I really, really stress the fundamentals.” Mary M. Knight Elementary students performed for the first time on Wednesday, and the high school band has its first performance at 7 p.m. tonight at the school. “I would like to basically continue to grow the program,” Joyner said. “There’s kids that weren’t sure what the band was going to be, but now they’re looking in the wings.”

with proof of attendance. Applications are available from school counselors at Olympic Community College (Shelton) and South Puget Sound Community college; North Mason, Shelton and CHOICE high schools. Also they can be found at Sound Learning (Mason Co. Literacy). Additional applications may be obtained from Harstine Island Women’s club Scholarship Committee; Attn: Scholarship Committee c/o Sandra Herndon, 449 Pointes Drive E., Shelton WA, 98584. And as I noted, these applications need to be turned in by May 4, so that means you have to start working on them now.

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Tamara Lynn Barrington Tamara Lynn (Gibson) Barrington, 57, died Monday, March 5, in Pahoa, Hawaii. She was a lifetime resident of Shelton. She was born Nov. 11, 1954, in Shelton to Tom Gibson and LuAnn (Adams) Gibson, Smith. She married Larry Barrington on Aug. 28, Tamara 1981, in Barrington Olympia. She was previously married and that marriage ended in divorce. She was the owner of Ta-

Jace and Sheldon Olsen Services for Jace and Sheldon Olsen will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 916 N 12th Street, Shelton, WA on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Viewing for Jace will start at 9:00 a.m. and the service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of McComb Funeral Home.

Death Notice Bobbie Lynn Bash

Bobbie Lynn Bash, 54, died Wednesday, March 14, at home in Shelton. Forest Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements.

alton R. Bowers

Alton R. Bowers, 73, died Sunday, March 11, at home in Shelton. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater is handling the arrangements.

Faylee James

Faylee James, 77, died Sunday, March 18, at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. James was a resident of Shelton. Forest Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements.

Marc anthony McGehee

Marc Anthony McGehee, 36, died Saturday, March 17, at home in Port Orchard. Forest Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements.

James henry thomas, Jr.

James Henry Thomas Jr., 67, died Saturday, March 17, at home in Shelton. Forest Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements. mara’s Takeout in the mid 1980s in Shelton. She was also a housekeeper and caregiver. She enjoyed gardening, camping, painting, dance, baking pies and cakes for family members, baking cookies for the neighborhood children, helping those in need and preparing food for those who were hungry. The family said she had a compassionate and loving heart. She is survived by her husband Larry Barrington of Shelton; son Mario Fantozzi (Lori) of San Bernardino, Calif.; daughter Leslee Van (Joe) of SeaTac; sisters Joni Brewer (Todd) of Shelton, Suzi Struger of Union, Jane Longan (Leon) of Shelton and Patricia Day (David) of Shelton; brother Tom Gibson of Shelton; daughter-in-law Akiko of Tokyo; sister-inlaw Rosemary (Ron) of Fort Bragg, Calif.; grandchildren August and Dominic Fantozzi of Tokyo, Carter, Kyra and Ethan Van of SeaTac and Andrew of San Bernardino and numerous nieces and nephews. A day of celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at 505 S. Eighth St. in Shelton. Memorial donations can be made to L. Barrington at 407 E. D Street, Shelton. Loretta May La Berge Loretta May La Berge, 79, died Monday, March 12, at Mason General Hospital. She was a resident of Grapeview. She was born May 17, 1932 in Pasco to Dominic and Adeline (Crivellone) Rogers. She attended Milwaukee High School in Milwaukee, Ore. She married Jean La Berge in Longview. She was a full time homemaker, raising eight children. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and reading. She owned a rabbit named Bunny, finches and a couple of canaries. She is survived by her sons John La Berge of Allyn, Ronald La Berge of Shelton, Thomas La Berge of Grapeview and Gerald La Berge (Abita) of Grapeview; daughters Paula La Berge of Shelton, Theresa Criss (Jon) of Belfair, J’Anna Frisby (Mitt) of Belfair and Janell Chandler (Eddie) of Battleground; sister Mary Webb; brother Frank Rogers; 16 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death

by per parents, husband Jean, son Donald and sister Margaret. At her request, no services will be held. Memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice. McComb Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements. For your convenience online condolences may be sent to the family at www. Rebecca Sue Napoleon Rebecca Sue Napoleon, 55, died Tuesday, March 6, at her home in Kamilche. Her tribal name was Da-shoots, meaning strong person. She was born May 22, 1956, in Crescent City, Calif. to Lewis R. and Elsie I. (Natt) Napoleon. She attended school in Crescent City, Calif. She married Leroy Black December of 1973 in Taholah. As well as being a fulltime homemaker, she had worked in lily fields, in a fishery for the Quinault tribe, as a custodian for the Squaxin Rebecca Napoleon tribe and digging clams in Alaska. She attended the Shaker Church and the Women’s circle of Kamilche. Her hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, swimming, reading, home video filming and collecting eagle feathers. She is survived by her daughter Lolita Black of Taholah; sons Daniel Napoleon of Kamilche and Stanley Napoleon of Taholah; sister Deborah Napoleon-Obi of Kamilche; brother Lewis “Robert” Napoleon of Kamilche; ex-husband and friend Leroy Black of Hoquiam; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Connie, brother Melvin and son Gabino. Services were held on March 12. Memorial donations can be made to the family (contact Gloria at 229-6324) or to an animal charity of the donor’s choice. McComb Funeral Home of Shelton handled the arrangements. For your convenience online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

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Edna E. Buck Edna E. Buck, 84, died Friday, March 16, at the Washington Veteran’s Home in Retsil. She was born to Arthur W. and Pearl Breed on Sept. 28, 1927, in Wauwatosa, Wis. Edna graduated from Nathan Hale High School, Wisconsin in 1943. She married Floyd H. Buck in Seattle on Sept. 12, 1947. She was employed by the Veteran’s Administration in Seattle. She worked 17 plus years for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in clerical positions prior to her medical retirement in 1962. After that she worked as a cook for Crazy Eric’s Drive-Ins. Edna During Buck her life, she enjoyed many careers, entrepreneurial endeavors and social organizations. Her most recent endeavor was applying for a position on the Resident Council at the veteran’s home. Prior to that she was President of the Resident Council at the Kitsap Health and Rehabilitation Center Nursing Home, Bremerton. She was a member of several auxiliaries for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She volunteered and worked for the March of Dimes; American Heart Association; United Good Neighbors, and American Red Cross. She also was in Rainbow for Girls’ Mothers Club; a Campfire Girls leader for the first known group for mentally and physically handicapped in Washington State; drove buses for mentally and physically handicapped in Kitsap County and volunteered at Holly Ridge Center. Through her involvement with the Parent-Teacher Association Edna received the Golden Acorn Award. She enjoyed music, bird watching, collecting music boxes, bells, dolls and old jewelry. She is survived by her daughter Rosanne E. (Buck) Lee of Tumwater; granddaughter Patty R. Lee; greatgranddaughters, Megan R. Lee Hutchinson and Jaclyn Dawn Lee Krier and one great-great-granddaughter Grace Filipe all of Tacoma; sister, Patricia A. Sanders and brother, Ralph Breed (Linda) both of Port Orchard; her sister-in-law, Mary Breed of Carlton and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband of 60-years Floyd H. Buck, parents, brothers Art and Raymond Breed preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at a later date. For your connivance there is an online memorial at

William H. Slyke Dean LeRoy Perry Dean LeRoy Perry, 87, died Tuesday, March 13, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He was a long time resident of Shelton. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Salina, Kansas to Walter R. Perry and Elsie M. (Spalding) Perry. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1942 to 1946 during WWII in the South Pacific and Marshal Islands. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Technical Sergeant. He married Jessica Catherine Pettit on April 21, 1945, in San Bernardino, Calif. He worked for Dean Kosmos Perry Timber Co. and Shafer Brothers as a logger. The family shared that he was known for his brick masonry work, his work is visible today at Evergreen Square, Bordeaux and Mountain View Schools and many fireplaces on the Olympic Peninsula. He volunteered for the sheriff’s office, underwater search and rescue. He enjoyed scuba diving and was an instructor for the Hood Canal Seals. He was a member of the Shelton Yacht Club, Olympia Horse Shoes, Tacoma Lawn Bowling, Lions Club and the Elks Lodge. His daughters Catherine Bloomfield and Patty Perry both of Shelton, son Steve Perry of Port Townsend and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren survive him. His parents, wife Jessica and two brothers Wayne and Vern preceded him in death. A memorial service will be published at a later date. Forest Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements.

William H. Slyke, 83, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2012 in Sammamish, WA. He was born on March 13, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta to Anne and John Slyke. Bill moved his family to Bellingham, WA. in late 1960 and lived there until moving to his retirement home in Hoodsport, WA. (Lake Cushman) in 1999. 99. Bill worked in the commercial laundry y business for over 50 years for Bellingham Laundry and Western Supply Corporation. He was an avid fisherman, gardener extraordinaire and an accomplished woodcrafter. He also loved spending time with his family at his home in Hoodsport, WA. In addition, Bill loved traveling to Mexico so much that be bought a timeshare in Puerto Vallarta and traveled there with family and friends whenever he got the chance. He is survived by his three children, Gayle Mulloy (Stu) of Duvall, WA, Gwen McBride (Les) of Renton, WA and Gary Slyke (Stacey) of Issaquah, WA; four granddaughters Angie Drummond (Brad), Megan Isaacks (John), Sydney and Erin Slyke; four great-granddaughters Madison and MaKenna Drummond, Jordyn and Brooklyn Isaacks and brother Ken Slyke. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Donna, sisters Helen and Doris and brother Paul Slyke. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on March 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral home at 409 W. Main St. Monroe, WA. The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Foundation. Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at — Paid Obituary Notice —

Brian William Worthington-White June 2, 1959 – March 2, 2012

I honor of Brian’s life we will be holding a In ““Celebration of Life Gathering” at the Tacoma O Outboard Association (646 S Wilton Rd, Tacoma, W WA 98465) on March 25, 2012 from 1PM-5PM. T This will be a potluck with coffee, tea, and water pprovided. Brian was born in Vancouver, BC and m made his home in Grapeview, WA with his wife Jun June. He had a love for hunting, camping, and cooking. Brian w worked for Sound Propeller for over 25 years and loved his job. He had many lifelong friends that he shared his life with. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He had many Aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces that will all miss him dearly. Brian is survived by his wife June Cooper, son Michael Worthington-White, Mother Shirley (Charlie) Brown of Grapeview, WA., Father Ivan (Eleanor) Worthington-White of White Rock, BC, brothers Ivan and Brad (Cindy) Worthington-White. We will all miss you Brian, you were a special person to everyone that you shared your life with. Rest in Peace. — Paid Obituary Notice —

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Isaac Eugene Metz Isaac Eugene Metz, 76, died March 7, 2012 as a result of an ATV accident in Mesa, Ariz. He was a resident of Shelton. He was born on June 6, 1935 in Hardisty, Alberta to Aaron and Jill Metz. He attended Orville High School in Oroville. He earned an accounting degree from Eastern Washington University in 1961. He served two years in the military. He married Jeannine Hylton of Omak; they were married over 50 years. He was senior examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) based out of Seattle for over 35 years. Upon retirement he relocated to Shelton along the eighth fairway of the Lake Limerick Golf Course and spent the winter months as a snowbird in Mesa, Ariz. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cribbage, golfing, hunting, fishing and 4 p.m. cocktail parties. He was a lifelong member of the Elks and American Legion. He is survived by his wife Jeannine; sons Wayne (Sandy) and Doug; sister Linda; two grandchildren Ryan and Sara and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins residing in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Idaho and Washington. A memorial will be held the on at 1 p.m. on April 26 at the Lake Limerick Country Club, 790 East Saint Andrews Drive, Shelton, WA 98584. A graveside service will be held for family and close friends at 11 a.m. on April 28 in the Oroville Cemetery. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. — Paid Obituary Notice —

Wallace G. Oliver of Benson Lake Veteran

Wally passed away at his beloved home on Benson Lake on February 22, 2012. He was born on May 25, 1921 in Seattle, Washington. He was nearly 91 years old. He graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1939 and attended the University of Washington. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941. He married his high school sweetheart Anita Mae Warner in 1943. They loved being together for nearly 69 years. He worked in the Tele Communications field until his retirement from the Boeing Company in 1983. His retirement years were filled with joy when he moved from his home in Edmonds to his summer home on Benson Lake in 1983. This was the same year he discovered the joy of traveling in his motor home. He and Anita with wonderful friends toured the U.S. twice. They spent 25 wonderful years discovering special places in their motor home with friends and family. He and Anita traveled to Europe and discovered her beloved family in Sweden. So many Swedish family members visited Benson Lake throughout the years, to the Oliver’s delight. They continued to travel to Europe many times visiting their favorite countries. Life was filled with love and laughter, but Wally was always so thankful to return to his “little piece of Heaven on Earth,” Benson Lake. The loving care and support of the most wonderful neighbors in the world always continued to warm his heart until the end, he always felt so very blessed. The greatest joy in his life was his family, his life revolved around them. He was so proud of them all. Wally was preceded in death by his son Kerry in 2001. Survivors include his wife Anita in the family home; daughter Konny Carlson of Lake Forest Park and grandson Erik Stoddard; daughter Stephanie Duncan of Marysville; granddaughter Michelle Wilson (Jereme) with great-grandchildren Meadow and Mason of Oceanside Calif., Tasha Beckman (Kenn) with great-grandson twins Reilly and Ragenn of Everett; grandson Billy Ewing of Seattle; niece Beverly Hooper and family of Seattle and nephew Jerry Oliver and family of Kent. Those who loved him will dearly miss Wally. At Wally’s request, there will be no services. He will be interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Remembrances may be made to the Seattle Children’s Home. — Paid Obituary Notice — Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Page B-7


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Verna Jean Rugger Verna Jean (Shamley) Rugger, 93, died Saturday, March 17, at home in Shelton. She was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Willapa, Wash., to Clyde and Nina B. (Sowers) Shamley Wolfenberger. She married Jack C. Rugger on Aug. 3, 1940, in Elma. She worked as a cashier for various retail outlets in the Aberdeen area. She enjoyed knitting, watching the Seahawks, cooking, baking, Dixieland jazz and spending time with the family and friends. She was a member of the Shelton Elks. She is survived by her daughters Gloria Brown (Jerry) and Bonnie Capko of Shelton; sons Jack Rugger Jr. of Ocean Park; brother David Wolfenberger of Raymond; 11 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack, daughter Mary Beth Jones, brothers Donald and Harold Shamley; sisters Josephine Mosney and Anita Adams and grandson Stephen Aldrich. Forest Funeral Home of

Shelton is handling the arrangements. Joyce Winifred Snyder Joyce Winifred Snyder, 83, died Wednesday, March 14, at Steven’s Adult Respite and Daycare in Shelton. She was a long time resident of Shelton. She was born on April 5, 1928, in London to Alfred and Emily (Edwards) Wynn. She attended school in London until the school was bombed during WWII. She married George Snyder in London on Sept. 29, 1945. She started work at age 16 taking in Joyce linen. After Snyder she married George and moved to the United States, she worked for Olympia Oyster Co. and also for Cook’s Plant Farm in Shelton. When the plant farm closed she went to work for Mason General Hospital in the linen department. She enjoyed flowers and gardening. Her family shared that she was a wonderful cook and baker, baking wild blackberry pies and tasty cinnamon rolls for the neighborhood. She was active in cub scouts and 4H clubs when her boys were growing up. She is survived by her husband George Snyder of Shelton; granddaughter Paula Blandin of Shelton; great-granddaughter Deray Blandin of Shelton and greatgreat-granddaughter Sarai Sayasane of Shelton. She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Bryan and Leslie. A service was held on March 20. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, 12721 30th Ave. N.E., Ste. 101, Seattle, WA 98125 McComb Funeral Home of Shelton handled the arrangements. For your convenience online condolences may be sent to the family at Gary “David” Strom Gary “David” Strom, 65, died Tuesday, March 13, at home in Shelton. He was a resident for 45 years. He was born May 16, 1946, in San Jose, Calif., to Paul and Eleanor Strom. He graduated from Las Animas High School in Gilroy, Calif. in 1964. He was self-employed. He was in the ministry of

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Merle Alice Vander Wal Merle Alice Vander Wal, 93, died Friday, March 16, at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation. She was a resident of Shelton for 74 years. She was born June 8, 1918 in Pollock, S.D. to George and Abbie (Parrott) Jadin. She attended the Dale grade school and for a period of time attended the Gale school. She married Peter Vander Wal on Sept. 14, 1936. She became a den mother in the Scouts, teaching crafts. She was active in her church, teaching Bible school, Sunday school and leading the ladies’ group of the church. She spearheaded many craft sessions and bazaars to raise funds for various projects. She was a member of the local VFW and held several positions of office there, including president. She worked for a short time at Selden’s in Olympia and learned to make drapes. She later used that knowledge to make drapes for her church and her own home. She sold Tri-Chem liquid paints for many years and held fabric painting classes in her home around the living room table and in her spare time created lovely scenic pictures in oil paints. She enjoyed traveling and camping in her motor home, crocheting and sewing, donating many items to her church, to sell at bazaars and benefit the church and their needs. She belonged to a local homemaking group and was active in it up to nine months prior to her death. She is survived by her sons Ken Vander Wal (Jeanette), Keith Vander Wal (Cheryl), Chuck Vander Wal (Tina) and Don Vander Wal (Sue); daughter-in-law Vicki Vander Wal and 23 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers; Ken and Herbert; sister Vivian; husband Peter Vander Wal; and sons Karl and David. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Shelton Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Shelton Presbyterian Church. McComb Funeral Home of Shelton is handling the arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Shelton Presbyterian Church 1430 E. Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, WA 98584. For your convenience online condolences may be sent to the family at www.


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Jehovah’s Witnesses, enjoyed friends, sports and finding a bargain. He is survived by his brother Barry Strom of Arizona City, Ariz.; nieces Kimberly Thein of Aberdeen, Gary Amanda Strom Taitano of Oak Harbor, Jennifer Wulf of Cle Elum, Kristin Buren of Chehalis and Nicole Szarka of Rodeo, Calif.; and nephews James Strom and Benjamin Strom of Gilroy, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Gene Strom.

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Interim manager adjusts to BWD role Commissioners approve vouchers at regular meeting By ARLA SHEPHARD

Belfair Water District Interim Manager Thomas Peadon is settling into his role at the district, engaging with staff and researching past board resolutions. “It seems like a long time, but it’s only been a few days,” Peadon said during his time at the district at the March 13 regular meeting of the district’s board of commissioners. Peadon said he spent several hours with officials from the Mason County Treasurer’s Office last week to go over what funds and accounts the district uses for what purposes. Peadon said he has spent most of his time getting to know staff and learning the inner-workings of the district. “We’ve made sure everything is operational,” he said. “I’ve been helping them get direction.” At a special meeting on March 8, the district board hired Peadon as interim manager and placed former district manager Dave Tipton on paid administrative leave. The board also voted to file a complaint for declaratory judgment in Mason County Superior Court to declare Tipton’s employee contract invalid, but that session was postponed. The district’s attorney filed the complaint on Monday, March 12. The board had scheduled to meet with Tipton on Monday, March 19, to discuss the terms of his administrative leave and employee contract. Peadon worked as general manager of the Coal Creek Utility District in King County from 19862011 and has served two terms on the board of directors of the Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts. Peadon said he is researching the board’s past resolutions, specifically those relating to payroll, rates and the billing system. At the March 13 meeting, the board approved vouchers and said they would look more closely into bills relating to a fill dirt project that took place behind district headquarters in Belfair. The district will pay approximately $6,000 for work See Manager on page BH-5

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Leslie Swanson counts bingo tickets for the Sarah Eckert Guild’s upcoming bingo event. The guild, which is based in Allyn, raises money for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

Eckert Guild gives back Local group raises funds for children’s hospital By ARLA SHEPHARD

At 50 members strong, the Sarah Eckert Guild is committed to giving back to those in need. Each month, members from the North Mason area gather at the North Bay Lutheran Church in Allyn to brainstorm ways to raise money for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. The guild is one of more than 45 guilds that give back to the Tacoma Orthopedic Association, a nonprofit that donates money and raises funds for the children’s hospital. “Our motivation is to help the kids. Helping the kids is what it’s all about,” guild President Judy Fronzuto-Olliges said. “We still have one of the largest memberships of all the guilds and are one of the biggest donors to the hospital.” Fronzuto-Olliges joined the guild in 1993, after a neighbor encouraged her to

join. “Usually someone joins because they’ve been brought in as a guest,” she said. “It’s open to anyone. When I joined, I jumped right in. It was May, and things were in full swing.” The Sarah Eckert Guild formed officially in 1959 to support the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, which serves patients in Pierce, Mason, Kitsap, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties. Founding members of the guild named the group after Sarah Eckert, a woman who settled on Stretch Island in the late 1880s. In 1930, Eckert’s daughter formed a sewing guild so her mother’s friends could visit her each week. Over the next decade, the guild turned into a garden and book club, until members decided to form a guild in support of Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1947. In 1959, the group switched support to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. See Guild on page BH-5

Fire district looks for community support EMS levy to be put to voters next month By ARLA SHEPHARD

Firefighters, volunteers and officials with Fire District 2 in Belfair have been canvassing neigh-

borhoods and going door-to-door this past month to spread the word about the district’s upcoming EMS levy. Teams of about two dozen people have visited neighborhoods on the North and South shores, and plan to canvas Belfair proper later this month. “The feedback and support we saw for the levy was phenomenal,” said Fire District 2 Chief Beau Bakken of the canvassing efforts ear-

lier this month. “The biggest effort we’re in the process of undertaking is going door to door.” The district’s current six-year EMS levy expires at the end of 2012. On April 17 voters will be asked to renew the levy for another six years at the same rate as this year. The levy will not exceed 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation on a home, Bakken said. The goal is to capture the same amount of funding that the district uses each year for its emergency See Levy on page BH-5

Marilyn Holt counts bingo tickets for the Sarah Eckert Guild’s upcoming bingo event. The Guild is one of more than 45 guilds that give back to the Tacoma Orthopedic Association, a nonprofit that donates money and raises funds for the Mary Bridge children’s hospital.

Burglars break into Belfair church By ARLA SHEPHARD

At about 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that two suspects had gained entry and burglarized the Belfair Assembly of God Church. The two suspects, who were caught on the church’s video surveillance, stole two 42-inch flat panel televisions that the church uses

for youth groups, said Tyson DeVries, associate pastor at the Belfair Assembly of God Church. “It was actually earlier in the day right around noon when the theft occurred,” DeVries said. “They came in through the back of the building and were in an occupied part of the building for probably about 15 minutes or so.” According to the video surveillance, one suspect See Church on page BH-5

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North Mason High School senior Katrina Martin has applied to attend Discipleship Training School with the international Youth With a Mission program in Davao City, Philippines. Martin, who will graduate with her associate’s degree from Olympic College this spring, said she wants to devote her life to helping others. but it’s my cup of tea,” said Martin, who has also traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico, twice on mission trips with Silverdale’s New Life Church. “I want to grow my relationship with God.” Martin grew up in Port Orchard with her mom, a younger sister and two younger brothers. Her parents divorced while she was in elementary school, and when she was in seventh grade she moved with her mom and siblings to Texas.

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When North Mason High School senior Katrina Martin visited her father’s side of the family for the first time in the Philippines this past December, the experience changed her life. For much of her teenage years, Martin had been preparing to become a dental hygienist. Traveling to the Philippines taught her that there’s more in the world that she’s interested in. “I realized that being a dental hygienist wasn’t what I wanted from my life, it’s what my mom wanted me to do,” Martin said. “It’s a good job. I just realized that there are so many people working so hard and fighting to get into these schools. But I want to fight to help people who are starving or who are going into extreme poverty.” Last week, Martin sent in her application to attend a Discipleship Training School with the international Youth With a Mission (YWAM) program in Davao City, Philippines. If accepted, Martin will spend six months in an intense program where the students’ goals are to form Christian character and establish relationships with the Bible, according to the YWAM Davao website. “The DTS is designed to encourage students to develop in personal character, to cultivate a living relationship with God and to identify their unique individual gifts and callings in God,” states the YWAM Davao website. Members of the program spend three months in an intensive Christian training course in the classroom and then three months in an outreach phase, traveling the country. “It’s not for everyone,

moved to LakeLand Village in time for Martin to start her freshman year at NMHS, where she had to make friends all over again. “I had to start new; I didn’t have any friends,” she said. “It was hard for the first half of the year.” At the start of her junior year, Martin began taking college courses through Olympic College with the Running Start program. Most of her classes have been science-related because she thought she would become a dental hygienist. “School stresses me out really bad,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to do Running Start, to get it over with.” Martin is in her fourth year playing tennis, which she said she loves, and also played volleyball during her sophomore and junior years. She said her favorite subject is art. She wants to take a course in sculpting at Olympic and take lessons from a friend in oil painting. “I love art,” she said. “I’ve taken art classes pretty much my whole life.” Martin also participates in the LEO Club and National Honor Society at the high school. She will receive her associate’s degree by the time she graduates high school this spring and before the YWAM Davao program starts in January 2013, Martin plans to work and save money for the $5,000 admission cost. Martin also plans to do an apprenticeship with a youth pastor from New Life Church, when New Life starts a branch in Belfair this Easter. “I keep thinking I’ll be able to do more things in high school next year, but then I remember this is my last year,” she said. “It’s weird and exciting.”

Sand Hill students taken on Destination ImagiNation By ARLA SHEPHARD

For many students, the global Destination ImagiNation competition is a chance to build confidence and break out of their comfort zones. More than 60 students from North Mason elementary and middle schools competed in the regional Destination ImagiNation contest last month at Klahowya Secondary School, and one Sand Hill Elementary team will compete at the state tournament later this month. Destination ImagiNation challenges students to think creatively by completing a project based on a variety of categories such as fine arts, scientific, technical, structural and more, said Richard Robbers, a Sand Hill Elementary teacher and Destination ImagiNation adviser for North Mason schools. “I just see where there’s opportunities for athletically inclined kids and Journal Telephone 426-4412 opportunities for artistically inclined Herald Telephone 275-6680 kids, and this combines both,” he said. “It also teaches interpersonal-skill dePOSTMASTER: Send address changes to Shelton-Mason velopment. It’s a good way to learn how Journal, P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published to work with people and teach critical weekly by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. at 227 thinking.” West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington. Contact by One team, the Doritos of Awesomemail: P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Telephone us ness, represented Hawkins Middle at 360-426-4412 . School and placed second at the regional We’re on the web at Email us competition, while three teams came at Periodicals postage paid from Belfair Elementary and six teams at Shelton, Washington. We’re a member of Washington competed from Sand Hill. Newspaper Publishers’ Association and North Mason The Hurricanes from Sand Hill ElCounty Chamber of Commerce. ementary won the regional competition and will advance to state. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: The teams pick a challenge to com$37.00 per year in-county address, plete in one of seven categories. Every $51.00 per year in state of Washington team from North Mason chose the fine $61.00 per year out of state arts category, Robbers said. Kari Sleight ... Publisher The fine arts project, called “Coming Arla Shephard ... Reporter Attractions” this year, challenges teams Kevan Moore ... Editor to create a movie trailer with characters Jesse Mullen ... General Manager from at least two countries. Legals … The trailer must also have a cinePress releases … matic special effect and have an original Deadline is 5pm Friday soundtrack. Each team must be supervised by at Page BH-2 - Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012

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From left, Sand Hill Elementary School third-grader Piper Bauer, 8, fifth-grader Justin Hamilton, 11, third-grader Holland Kantner, 9, and thirdgrader Skie Delgado Weaver, 9, act out a skit they performed at a regional Destination ImagiNation competition last month. The contest challenged them to create a movie trailer that incorporated people from two nations. Their team, the Hurricanes, will compete in a state tournament this month.

least one parent who acts as team manager. “On my team, I’ve had … one kid who has always had speech delay issues,” said Anais Bersie, a Sand Hill paraeducator who has managed Destination ImagiNation teams for the past four years. “That child has always chosen to be the narrator and he pulls it off. That shows such courage.” Last year, Bersie worked with a girl who was introverted, but Destination ImagiNation helped her. “She was so quiet and shy and wouldn’t even speak,” Bersie said. “Last year, she came through and sang her own song that she wrote on stage.” North Mason, which had 62 teams

this year, competes in the Olympic region, with schools from the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Students worked on their projects for five months before they competed at the regional contest at the end of February at Klahowya Secondary School in Bremerton. Winners from the state contest in Wenatchee at the end of March will go on to compete at the global competition in Tennessee at the end of May. Schools from more than a dozen countries take part in the global competition. Getting students interested in Destination ImagiNation is easy, Robbers said. The more difficult part is finding parents to get involved “Really to be honest, I couldn’t get all the kids on teams because I couldn’t get enough parents,” Robbers said. “It’s a big commitment.” Seven Sand Hill Elementary thirdand fifth-graders from the Hurricanes, placed first at the regional contest and will go on to state. “Of all my teams this year, they did a really good job of mixing two cultures,” Robbers said. In The Hurricanes’ movie trailer, a group of Norwegians on a boat are shipwrecked and saved by a group of Mexicans. The Mexicans share their food with the Norwegians and the Norwegians perform a traditional dance from their culture. “It’s funner than school,” Holland Kantner, 9, said. “It’s fun and when things are fun, they get done fast.” His brother, Justin Katner, 11, said that his favorite part of the contest is working together. “This is my third year, but the first time I’m going to state,” Justin Kantner said. “I’ve been to Wenatchee before and it’s really cool there and I really wanted to go to state bad.” Justin Kantner said that his team was in shock when they found out they won the regional contest. “It was amazing,” he said.


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Another fine warm day and lots of cars out. Sam went to town after vegetables. We were sold out of some kinds. Quite busy in the morning and Kenneth was gone until Shorty came in with the mail. Yesterday was his day off. Tony tried to bite the little Foster girl so I had to tie him up. It’s a shame to have to tie him up as he sits there and grieves. Don hauled the Caterpillar tractor up here, as it’s broke down again. My, it surely is a haywire affair. Knute Dahl’s funeral is tomorrow. We may go over although we didn’t know him as well as we did Henry Dahl, his son from Victor. Washed all the windows in the living room today. My, they look nice. Received a letter from my mother. She is working in Bremerton. We have to handle all the eggs we sell now. My, that makes a lot of extra work. We went to Colby to the dance. Sundstrom’s, Irene and Sam and I, Don and Alice Giles and Oscar and Alice Mickelson’s, Slaubaughs and Lee and his wife and a friend of hers in a white long dress, very tight and showing. No man looked at her above the waist so we could all see where their attention was. Had a fairly good time. The floor was good but the crowd was very small. Home early.

Sunday, March 25, 1934

Slept until late. Drove

Wednesday, March 28, 1934

Didn’t get up until late this morning. I wrote out all the envelopes for the special sheets before noon, sorted mail, got lunch and then Wanda and I finished the sheets. We checked over post of-

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Mary Theler went to a Business Women’s Club Dinner on March 26, 1934. The club’s program (front shown above, inside shown below) shows the club’s motto reads “Better Business Women for a Better Business World.”

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Tuesday, March 27, 1934

Rained all day. Rudy was in and washed the breakfast dishes for me and we discussed this and that. Wanda came over and she wrote down all my money orders and added them all up. I cleaned all the shelves in the post office and cupboards and sent for post office supplies and stamps. Sam came home from Seattle and took the cat down to Henry’s. Then Kenneth and Gordon went down the Canal so Kenneth could get the route down pat. Mrs. Alexander was down today and brought me some samples of rayon from Bremerton. They are sure nice samples. We had quite a nice visit. Mrs. White and Benny were over and were inquiring about the road in school business. Mrs. White looks so nice. The Liquor Board man was in and told Don he couldn’t sell beer and have slot machines too. So now he’s out of luck. Never said anything about us taking our machines out, thank goodness. Irene Larson and I going to die some Easter eggs for Friday. I’m going to get my hair waived by Mrs. Barter so it will look nice for the card party. Mrs. Eaton was out today and I made a card party sign for her. The card parties at the school aren’t very well attended any more. No one gets a chance to go these fine days. Too much outside work.

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Put up curtains and pictures in the restrooms. Now it is quite nice. All I have to do is paint the floor. Rudy and Irene came up and took me for a ride down as far as Alderbrook Inn. My, it was lovely out. I certainly enjoyed it all. Picked some rock lilies on the Point. The view of the mountains was marvelous. In the evening Rices were up and visited until 10:30. Grace and Laurice were in and we all had a nice visit. To bed late. Some lady left a letter here for Bill Goodpaster and he got real excited about it. It was left here after the mail had left for camp. Elphandahl ran over one of Beard’s cows and killed it down near his place. I wonder how they will settle that. Sam and I were up to my dad’s with the mail. I saw my calf. My, she has grown. Looks very nice. We decided to raise her. To bed late.

Well today it tried to rained and rained all afternoon and hard all night. I cleaned up my post office work and painted the ladies restroom floor green and washed the woodwork in the men’s room. Mrs. Alexander came down at 3:30 and asked me to go to a Business Women’s Club Dinner. So we went in together at six and ate a lovely turkey dinner. My, I enjoyed it all. Listened to Miss McGee speak. She is a minister from Silverdale and very, very good. Home very late. Milwaukee was in today and wanted me to be sure to remember him when it came time for new help this summer. He is a funny fellow and very nice to me. I suppose he feels I’ll try to persuade Sam to put him on the summer.

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“The Liquor Board man was in and told Don he couldn’t sell beer and have slot machines too. So now he’s out of luck.” fice work. Also I walked over to Orr’s and fixed my white collar and fixed all the rubber type for the canceller in the post office. Erma waived my hair. It looks very nice. Came home late, got supper and put away the washing. Grace and Louie came in after work tonight. Cleared off today so now it is very clear out. Hope it’s nice tomorrow. Mrs. Wilder’s father died so she went up to Blaine to attend the funeral. Sam delivered feed to my dad’s. Gordon fixed up an egg handler in the basement. It’s a dandy. Sent a postcard to my mother. I’ll most likely see her Easter Sunday. — Back in the 1970s after graduating from high school and living in Chicago for six months, I returned and moved to Seattle. One of my favorite things to do was to go to Volunteer Park and visit the Conservatory Botanical Garden. As I am reading Mary’s diary I can’t help but think wow. Our footsteps had touched on the same ground. I had to laugh when she tells the

story about almost getting locked inside the Museum. That almost happened to me. One gets so enthralled with looking at all of the beautiful Asian art that it is easy to lose track of time. Thank you for reading this week’s diary. Clydene Hostetler is an instructor at Olympic College, longtime Belfair resident, local historian, media archivist and documentary filmmaker of “Hidden in Plain Sight.” She has been researching Mary Theler’s life for the past eight years. She may be emailed at clydeneh@ She encourages you to share your comments and stories.

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Sam went to Seattle with the truck and we did odd jobs most of the day. I painted the woodwork on the outside of the restrooms and it looks very good. Dyed the curtains so I can iron and put them up tomorrow. We’ll soon have the restrooms ready for summer use. I wish I could paint the floor some way. It would look much better. But in the winter the paint all peels off. It’s quite a problem. Sun shone all day but was cold in the shade. I ordered a crêpe paper pillow for grandma for an Easter present. I hope she likes it.


Thursday, March 22, 1934

down to Sundstrom’s and took them for a ride. We drove around the Canal. Gave Wanda and Erma Orr a lift as far as the State Park. We went through Olympia and Tacoma and Sundstroms stopped off to see some cousins but they weren’t home. Bought some daffodils and popcorn. Visited Boeing Field and saw a big airplane come in from the south. My, it was a beauty. Then we went to Volunteer Park and saw the flowers in the greenhouse. They were gorgeous. Visited the Museum and nearly got locked in. We were the last ones out. We were downstairs too long. Ate a fine dinner at the Marina Restaurant and saw George Raft and Carole Lombard in “Bolero.” It was splendid. Saw Sally Rand do her fan dance and it was lovely. Home very late but a very enjoyable time we had. I’m sure Sundstroms enjoyed themselves.



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This week 78 years ago Elphandahl ran over one of Beard’s cows and killed it. Mary goes to see the newly released movie “Bolero” and comments on seeing Sally Rand’s fan dance. If you want to read some interesting information on Sally Rand go to Wikipedia. Here’s your homework. Do you know what the WAMPAS Baby Stars were? Enjoy. —

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Mark, from left, and Gail McCoy are the new owners of Lennard K’s Boat House in Allyn. The McCoys moved to the area from Montana looking for a business with potential that they could grow.


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ometimes an old favorite needs a new lease on life. That’s the attitude Mark and Gail McCoy had when they first scouted Lennard K’s Boat House Restaurant and Bar in Allyn last summer. The Montana husband and wife wanted to return to their roots in the Pacific Northwest, and they saw potential in the waterfront restaurant, which was up for sale. The couple assumed ownership in November of last year and since then has transformed Lennard K’s. “We want this to always retain the flavor of a neighborhood gathering place,” Mark McCoy said. “We’re working hard on making it better.” Looking for a new home In May 2011, the McCoys arrived in Allyn and did what they call “the sneak around.” “We stayed at the Allyn House Inn and we rented a house on Treasure Island,” Mark McCoy said. “We just kind of looked at the community … No one knew we were here, but our presence wasn’t a secret for very long.” The couple had been in the market for a new business opportunity — for the past six years, the McCoys owned Spotted Bear Ranch, a fly-fishing and hunting lodge in Montana, but they wanted to move closer to Gail’s family in the Seattle area. Gail McCoy grew up just north of Seattle, in the Snohomish-Monroe area, and has a background in event marketing. The couple worked in Seattle for 15

years as executives for GTE, which was once the largest independent telephone company in the United States. In 1999, one year before GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to become Verizon Communications, the McCoys moved to Dallas. In Dallas, they owned several businesses, including consulting firms. When the couple moved to Montana to run the lodge, Mark McCoy also worked in international sales for a start-up technology company. In 2010, the McCoys sold the Spotted Bear and began looking around for their next venture. “We looked at a lot of places in the Olympic Peninsula,” Mark McCoy said. “Then Gail said, ‘What about this place called Allyn?’ I had never even heard of it.” Small-town comfort After the McCoys visited Allyn, it didn’t take them long to decide that they wanted to be a part of the community, Mark McCoy said. “We really liked the people; they were very friendly,” he said. “Allyn reminds me a lot of the small towns we’re used to, the ones you move to for a reason … it’s so much different than a city.” The small-town atmosphere and the proximity to Gail’s family attracted the couple to Allyn. The possibility of owning Lennard K’s excited them. “You can’t beat this location,” Mark McCoy said. “We’re the only place on the water within 30 miles. Just having that experience of being on the water, we’re the place to go.” The couple had experience working in fine dining at their Montana lodge, but

they didn’t necessarily think they would run a restaurant, McCoy said. “Gail and I were pretty wide open for just about anything,” he said. “We have the mentality where you can do just about anything if you have sound business principles and the right atmosphere … to understand your clientele. You have to be willing to change if you’re wrong.” Mark McCoy said he thought the restaurant could flourish with a few improvements. “Most of the things we wanted to do, (the former owners) had already wanted to do,” he said. “It’s the cyclical nature of business. Someone comes in with the capital to make things happen.” A wave of changes Once the couple officially took over Lennard K’s on Nov. 1, 2011, they hired their former chef from the Spotted Bear, Tom Sawyer, as their first act of business. “Sawyer has experience on virtually every aspect of fine dining and casual dining,” Mark McCoy said. “He’s done it all.” The couple also changed the menu, keeping some local favorites and adding new items. Their goals were to increase the quality of the food by using fresh ingredients as much as possible, provide a larger variety of dining entrees priced appropriately for the North Mason market (“We’re never going to be a fine dining restaurant,” Mark McCoy said) and increase the number of staff. “That was highly critical,” McCoy said of the staffing. “We staffed up during the lowest time of the year. We wanted people here to see the difference.” The couple knew they wanted to remodel as well — they stripped the carpet from the bar area, expanded the kitchen

by 12 feet to move back the refrigerator, added booths and tables to the dining room and decorated the entire restaurant to reflect Allyn’s nautical and timber industry roots. “All buildings need a face-lift,” Mark McCoy said. “We wanted the whole place to reflect Allyn’s history.” The McCoys engaged the community in the process. They purchased old life rafts and buoys from Country Relics Antiques shop and chain saw carvings from George Kenny’s School of Chainsaw Carving in Allyn. Case Inlet is painted on one wall of the restaurant. The couple wants to procure photos of loggers to put up on the walls as well. They would also like to add an awning to the entrance of the restaurant, Mark McCoy said. “This community is so supportive,” he said. “We’ve gotten nothing but favorable comments so far.” The McCoys said they hope to re-open the remodeled patio this summer, once construction workers have four consecutive days of sunshine to pour the tinted concrete, McCoy said. In the meantime, the pair has become involved in the community — they’ve joined the Allyn Community Association, of which Mark McCoy is now a board member. “We firmly believe that if you move to a community, you take ownership and pride of it,” he said. Festivals such as Allyn Days — a community association event — are good not just for the businesses in town but the community as a whole, Mark McCoy said. He feels that Allyn and Lennard K’s are very similar because they are both positioned to grow. “When this recession ends, and it will, more emphasis will be placed on these smaller communities [when] people choose where to live,” he said. “I have no doubt that Allyn is going to grow.”

CALENDAR Thursday 7 a.m., regular meeting of the Hood Canal Kiwanis, at the Hoodsport Timberland Library, 40 Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport. Hood Canal Kiwanis meets every Thursday at 7 a.m., except for an evening social meeting the fourth Thursday of every month. Noon, North Mason Rotary Club at LakeLand Village Community Center, 470 E. Country Club Drive, Allyn. The North Mason Rotary, a business and professional service club, meets every Thursday.

6 p.m., North Mason Eagles spaghetti feed fundraiser for North Mason Relay For Life at the North Mason Eagles hall, N.E. 80 Alder Creek Road, Belfair. Adult tickets cost $7 and tickets for children under 12 cost $4. For more information, contact LeighAnn Gasper at

program. Sunday 3 p.m., free outreach supper hosted by the North Mason Coalition of Churches and Communities at the Theler Community Center, 22871 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Come as you are and enjoy a home-cooked meal with friends on the last Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Monna Haugen at 275-6217.

Saturday 10 a.m., spring craft and vendor fair at the Mary E. Theler Community Center, 22871 N.E. State Route 3, Monday Belfair. The fair lasts until 4 7 p.m., regular meeting p.m. of the North Mason Commu5 p.m., crab feed fundrais- nity Voice, 23341 N.E. State Friday er sponsored by the North Route 3, Belfair. Meetings 11 a.m., Port of Allyn Mason Coalition of Churches are held every fourth MonBoard of Commissioners spe- and Community at the Farm day of the month. The guest cial meeting at the port build- at Water’s Edge, 600 Roessel speaker will be Fire District ing, 18560 E. State Route 3, Road, Belfair. The crab feed 2 Chief Beau Bakken, disAllyn. The purpose of the will feature a crab dinner cussing issues facing the meeting is to continue work- with homemade macaroni district and current safety ing on updating the port’s and cheese, as well as silent programs. In addition, Mark comprehensive plan and look auction items. The program Costa, president and CEO of at district boundaries and benefits the coalition’s meals the North Mason Chamber population. and Food for Kids backpack of Commerce, will make a Page BH-4 - Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012

brief presentation. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit www. Tuesday Noon, regular meeting of the North Mason Kiwanis at the Belfair Community Baptist Church, 23300 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. The North Mason Kiwanis meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and at noon on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, with no meal. On the fifth Tuesday, a family potluck and game night will take place at 6:15 p.m. 6 p.m. workshop meeting of the Belfair Water District, 22451 E. State Route 3, Belfair. The commissioners of the Belfair Water District meet every fourth Tuesday of the month for a workshop meeting focused on one or two special topics. 7 p.m., Grapeview School Board meeting at the Grape-

view School Library, 822 E. Mason Benson Road, Grapeview. The regular meeting of the Grapeview school board is held every fourth Tuesday of the month. 7 p.m., regular meeting of the Mason County Public Hospital District No. 2, at the Harrison Belfair Clinic, 21 N.E. Romance Hill, Belfair. The regular meeting of public hospital District 2 is every fourth Tuesday of the month. Wednesday 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story Time at North Mason Timberland Library, 23081 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend with their children, ages 3-6. This event takes place every Wednesday. 11:30 a.m., monthly North Mason Chamber luncheon at the Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Avenue,

Bremerton. Every fourth Wednesday of the month the North Mason Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly luncheon and meeting for chamber members. Cost for lunch is $15 ahead of time, $20 at the door. Noon, free lunch hosted by the North Mason Coalition of Churches and Communities at the Belfair Community Baptist Church, 23300 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair. Every Wednesday the Coalition provides a no-cost meal. For more information, contact Pat Proulx at 275-6629. 6:15 p.m., “Land of the Giants” presentation by Thomas Hoyle at the North Mason Bible Church, 82 E. Campus Drive, Belfair. The event is free to the public. Hoyle will use numerous live and colorful digital slides to explore the origin and fate of many giant plants and animals — as well as lessons on creation verses evolution. The whole family is invited.

Harassment charges come from Waterfront Park incident Allyn resident allegedly brandished a weapon last week By ARLA SHEPHARD

The Mason County Prosecutor’s Office will consider charging Allyn resident Derrek Arthur Ashe with felony harassment after Ashe allegedly brandished a weapon and made threats to another man at the Allyn Waterfront Park last week. At about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, Mason County Sherriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Trout responded to a 911 call from Belfair

resident John North alleging that three individuals had just threatened him with a firearm at the Allyn Waterfront Park, according to Trout’s incident report. No one was arrested and no charges have been filed. The sheriff’s office referred the case to the prosecutor’s office, and County Prosecutor Mike Dorcy has received the file and is reviewing it, said officials at the prosecutor’s office. According to the sheriff’s incident report, North said that one of the individuals, a female minor, had loaned him $85 recently and had been “bugging” North for the money to be re-paid. North said he was at the Allyn Waterfront Park with another friend when he saw a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo drive up and

North decided to leave because he had a “gut feeling that something bad was going to happen,” according to the report. North entered his car, but the Monte Carlo blocked North’s car from exiting, he said. Ashe and Allyn resident Randall Dean Drosten jumped out of the Monte Carlo, punched the windows of North’s car, yelled obscenities and told North he needed to pay today “or else,” according to the report. The other individual in the Monte Carlo was the female minor who had lent North the money. North said that Ashe pointed the barrel of a gun at him and “he thought for sure he was going to be shot,” according to the report. The three individuals left the

park, and Trout, along with Deputy Douglas Smith, who had been called for back-up, and Washington State Patrol Sgt. Zachary Elmore, who happened to be in the area, conducted a felony stop at the Shell gas station on the 18400 block of State Route 3, across from the Allyn Waterfront Park. A fourth individual, also a minor, was in the car, but not involved in the incident, Trout wrote in his report. “I asked Ashe what had happened at the park and he doesn’t deny that there was a verbal altercation about North owing money … When asked about the gun, Ashe adamantly denied that there was any gun involved,” Trout wrote in his report. Trout searched Ashe’s car and

found a 13-inch butcher’s knife with a black handle, as well as a small collapsible knife in Ashe’s coat pocket. Trout released the three individuals in the Monte Carlo and advised Ashe that he would investigate the matter and forward charges to the county prosecutor. Trout then showed North the butcher’s knife, pointing the handle out as if it were the handle of a gun, according to the report. “North immediately looked ‘spooked’ and started to shake,” Trout wrote. “He was … visibly upset.” The sheriff’s office forwarded the incident report to the prosecutor’s office for review and consideration of charges for felony harassment.

Manager Continued from page BH-1 done to fill a low spot behind the building near wetlands owned by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, but the commissioners said they were unsure as to why the project had been undertaken. “We weren’t allowed to negotiate that as a commission,” Commission Chair Mike Pope said at the meeting. “It was unilateralThomas ly just takPeadon en upon (Tipton) to have that filled.” In the days prior to the March 8 special meeting, Tipton also undertook a remodel project to remove one of the doors from the commissioners’ meeting room, which leads to the district office. “None of us knew anything about that,” said Commissioner Jill Satran-Loudin after the public meeting.

Guild Continued from page BH-1 Each year, the guild holds three or four fundraisers to benefit the hospital. Throughout the years this has included bazaars, Bunco parties, fashion shows, wine tastings and more. Since 2001, however, the amount the group has raised for the children’s hospital has decreased by more than 50 percent. The guild donated $25,101.75 to the hospital in 2001 and about $11,172 in 2010. “The economy has certainly crept into the picture,” said Arlene Burton, publicity chair for the guild. “For our auctions, businesses can’t support us the same way they used to, but not because they don’t want to.” This year, the guild will try not to hold as many fundraisers, so as not to stretch the guild members too thin, Fronzuto-Olliges said. “We’ve been trying to do different things, but I think what we’ll be doing is focusing on a few and enhancing them,” she said. “There is a burnout period and I think we’re trying to have only a few events and make them better.” The guild has already sold out a Bingo fundraiser scheduled for March 23, but new members are welcome to the monthly meetings to help out with future events, Burton said. The Sarah Eckert Guild meets at the North Bay Lutheran Church, 221 East Lakeland Drive, Allyn, at 10:30 a.m. every third Thursday of the month for a business meeting and luncheon. For more information, call Fronzuto-Olliges at 275-6965.

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Burglars gained access to the Belfair Assembly of God Church and took two 42-inch flat panel televisions on March 14.

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later another one drove up with a van, DeVries said. Church officials discovered the theft about an hour later, and after watching the foot-

Levy Continued from page BH-1 medical services — $600,000, he said. The district does not plan to increase services and will maintain its status quo, despite a 25 percent increase in call volume since 2006, Bakken said. The reason is because voters have generously supported the district in the past, he said. In 2008, voters supported an increase to the district’s fire levy, from $1.17 per $1,000 of assessed valuation on a home to $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed valuation of a home. The levy increase added five firefighters to the Collins Lake substation, which helped relieve the pressure that came with the increased call volume, Bakken said. “If the economy was different, would we ask for an (EMS) increase?” he asked. “I don’t think we would.”

age, called the police, DeVries said. “Over the past 13 years, we’ve probably had four breakins where our stuff was stolen,

and we’ve had other stuff, like vandalism,” he said. “The TVs were worth about $1,000 combined.”

The 2012 EMS levy rate is 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation of a home, while the current fire levy rate is $1.31 per $1,000 of assessed valuation of a home. The figures go up and down with property assessments, which is why the language on the upcoming levy ballot says that the rate captured will not exceed 50 cents, Bakken said. “What’s difficult is we’re asking voters in 2012 to make a funding decision not just for next year but for six years from now,” he said. “Just as much as we’re asking for money in Photo courtesy of Fire District 2 2013, we’re asking for what the funding would Fire District 2 firefighters and EMTs look like in 2018.” The district needs a 60 percent super major- help a patient during a call. The district is asking for a levy renewal on ity to pass the levy. In the past 24 years, the district has never the April 17 ballot. failed an EMS levy, Bakken said. “I think the community support has always on your doorstep, Bakken said. “I like the one-on-one better than the group been good,” he said. In the meantime, don’t be surprised to get a forum contact,” he said. “People are more likely visit from a volunteer with the levy campaign to ask questions.” Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Page BH-5

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Sports North Mason boys’ soccer splits contests By EMILY HANSON

The North Mason boys’ soccer team won one of two preseason games last week. On Tuesday, March 13, the Bulldogs defeated Yelm 4-3. “We played pretty well,” head coach Matt Friesen said. “I found out on Tuesday that our normal keeper wasn’t cleared to play so we had a midfielder play keeper.” Senior Joel Ferguson wasn’t cleared to play due to an injury so senior Steven Newton played in the net for the Bulldogs. At halftime, North Mason was down 3-1 after giving up three

goals early in the game. “We came back in the second and scored three for the win,” Friesen said. “That MARCH 15: good North Kitsap ......5 showed North Mason. 1 character for the team to come TODAY: North back to win.” Freshman Mason at Daniel Wiseman Bremerton, scored two goals 6:45 p.m. for the Bulldogs, including the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. Junior Noah Wilson scored the second Bulldogs goal and junior

Colin Ralston scored the third as well as assisting on the other three. On Thursday, March 15, North Kitsap defeated the Bulldogs 5-1. “We did OK,” Friesen said. “North Kitsap is a difficult team for us to match up with because they have a ton of seniors and everybody plays year-round up there.” Ralston scored the lone Bulldogs goal on a penalty kick in the second half. “We were definitely better in the second half,” Friesen said. “It took us a while to get used to the speed of the ball.” He said the team is still learning how to play together but added

that he’s happy with where the team’s skills are at right now. “It’s a process in the preseason to get where we want to be for the regular season,” Friesen said. “We don’t play a league game for at least another week.” As of press time, the results of the Bulldogs’ home game against Olympic on Tuesday, March 20, were not yet available. The team is set to play next at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at home against Bremerton and at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Port Townsend. “I think we’ll do fine,” Friesen said. “Bremerton is a 3A school but we should compete well against Olympic and Port Townsend.”

Bulldogs place 2nd NM track and field team to host Port Townsend By EMILY HANSON

The North Mason track team took second place at the Mason County Jamboree last week. On Friday, March 16, the Bulldogs competed against Shelton and Mary M. Knight at Shelton High School in the first ever Mason County Jamboree, a nonleague match-up between the three schools. The Bulldogs took second place with 49 points on the boys’ side and 26 points on the girls’ side. “I thought we did a pretty good job,” head coach Jeff Bevers said. “All the kids competed well and it was a good place to start off the season.” Bevers said that after seeing the Bulldogs practice for three weeks, there were no surprises in their performances. “They were right about where we thought we’d see them,” he said. This week the Bulldogs are hosting their only home meet of the season. At 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, the Bulldogs are hosting Olympic and Port Townsend in a three-way meet. “It’s hard to say how we’ll do,” Bevers said. “We don’t ever try to beat another team, we just try to improve each week and let the points take care of themselves.”

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North Mason junior Ben Cook throws the ball back into play on March 15.

Mason County Jamboree Friday, March 16 Boys’ track and field results: 100 meters — 1, Joshua Hosier, 11.84. 4, Matt Johnson, 12.66. 7, Patrick Duke, 12.92. 8, Nick Jensen, 12.98. 9, Brody Stromberg, 13.02. 13, Jacob Engh, 13.21. 14, Corey Allen, 13.27. 15, Jarrael Davenport, 13.47. 16, DeAndre Dixon, 13.60. 17, Paul Bruemmer, 13.70. 18, Zachery Carnahan, 15.20 200 meters — 4, Jacob Engh, 26.63. 5, Patrick Duke, 26.70. 7, Corey Allen, 27.29. 10, Paul Bruemmer, 28.76. 11, DeAndre Dixon, 28.94. 12, Zachery Carnahan, 31.55 400 meters — 1, Joshua Hosier, 55.45. 2, Matt Johnson, 57.93 800 meters — 6, Ricky Buckner, 2:25.87. 7, Josh Becker, 2:25.90 1600 meters — 4, Jonathen Day, 5:13.33. 5, Ricky Buckner, 5:39.74. 6, Jackson Oddette, 6:08.20 110 meter hurdles — 1, C.J. Allen, 15.57 300 meter hurdles — 1, C.J. Allen, 40.05. 2, Rene Gaspar, 45.40 Shot put — 2, Joe Buxton, 34-00.00. 3, Tommy Marsh, 33-10.00. 5, Franz Schonberg, 32-04.00. 6, Anthony Raymond, 30-09.00. 7, Kristian Myrick, 21-04.00. 8, Kyle Collins, 20-09.50 Discus — 2, Anthony Raymond, 99-10. 3, Franz Schonberg, 98-01. 4, Tommy Marsh, 91-06. 5, Malachi Felder, 91-03. 10, Kristian Myrick, 60-07. 11, Joe Buxton, 56-01. 12, Kyle Collins, 47-09 Javelin — 1, Brody Stromberg, 136-11. 3, Brandon Dunham, 115-02. 4, Jacob Roush, 112-08. 6, Malachi Felder, 93-00 High jump — 1, Brandon Dunham, 5-04.00 Pole vault — 2, Nick Jensen, 11-00.00. 4, Rene Gaspar, 8-00.00 Long jump — 9, Jonathan Day, 14-10.00. 10, Jarrael Davenport, 14-02.25 Triple jump — 3, Jacob Roush, 32-10.00 Girls’ track and field results 100 meters — 1, Alivia Sandquist, 13.85. 3, Evelyn Williams, 13.94. 5, Emma Berg, 14.14. 6, Tabitha Schwerzler, 14.41. 7, Alexa Maxwell, 14.57. 12, Alena Gonzales, 16.65. 13, Ciara Cutler, 17.93 200 meters — 1, Evelyn Williams, 28.66. 6, Ciara Cutler, 40.40 400 meters — 4, Kylie Mead, 1:23.20. 5, Gabrielle Meyer, 1:38.87 800 meters — 2, Danielle Walterick, 2:48.66. 4, Emily Walsh, 2:57.95. 5, Holly Grogan, 3:18.91. 6, Jaclyn Vinecourt, 3:24.50 1600 meters — 1, Caitlyn Mead, 6:32.44. 4, Holly Grogan, 7:06.41. 5, Jaclyn Vinecourt, 7:34.01. 6, Amy McConoughey, 9:22.90 Shot put — 3, Ruby Nelson, 28-11.00. 6, Diane Kennicott, 21-00.50. 7, Kelli Binder, 17-03.00 Discus — 4, Ruby Nelson, 75-06 Javelin — 2, Alexa Maxwell, 70-08. 7, Tabitha Schwerzler, 52-02. 9, Kelli Binder, 45-11 High jump — 4, Emily Walsh, 3-10.00 Long jump — 1, Emma Berg, 15-00.00

North Mason’s Brody Stromberg prepares to release his javelin at the Mason County Jamboree on Friday, March 16. Stromberg won first place with a throw of 136’ 11”. Herald photo by Emily Hanson

Lady Bulldogs’ fastpitch team holds successful fundraiser By EMILY HANSON

us to spend the second half of the day on the field. With The North Mason fastpitch North only a short team got a full day’s worth of Mason break for game practice in last week. junior Lizzy On Saturday, March 17, the TODAY: North lunch, the Zigler girls played Lady Bulldogs played an in- Mason vs. pitches continuously tersquad scrimmage fundraiser Peninsula, during the from 8 a.m. game from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 4 p.m. Lady “Despite our battle with the until 5 p.m. Bulldogs’ and comweather, Saturday’s marathon fastpitch game was a success,” head pleted 20 innings.” marathon The fundraiser, as of Monday coach Molleigh Fusare said. fundraiser “With mixed rain and snow in morning, brought in more than the morning, we were forced $550 for the fastpitch program. game on “Funds will be used to meet to begin the marathon game Saturday. inside but a break mid-day ongoing program needs, such Herald photo by Emily and some field work allowed as uniforms and equipment for Hanson Page BH-6 - Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012

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both the varsity and junior varsity teams and field improvement projects,” Fusare said. Although many teams last week had multiple games canceled due to poor weather, the fastpitch team had one game canceled, which was a nonleague contest with Peninsula on Thursday, March 15. “The inclimate weather has prevented us from practicing on our field many days but we have been doing what we can inside, a lot of hitting stations and running through defensive situations,” Fusare said. “Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to work with the outfield inside and working with ‘softies’

approved for indoor practice is not ideal for pitchers trying to perfect their pitches or realistic ground balls for infielders. The bottom line is, everyone has been faced with the same challenges in regards to the weather, so while we may not be perfect on defense, we need to be better than our opponents.” Fusare said she is looking forward to opening play in the 2A Olympic League this week. As of press time, the results of the team’s game at home against Olympic on Monday, March 19, were not yet available and the Lady Bulldogs had not yet played at Kingston on Wednesday, March 21.

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Shelton fastpitch wins first game on the road By EMILY HANSON

Lynae Brown practices throwing to the bases during Shelton’s fastpitch practice in the Mini Dome on Monday. Journal photo by Emily Hanson

In what was supposed to be its third game of the season but was actually the first game due to weather, the Shelton fastpitch team won on the road last week. On Friday the Lady Highclimbers defeated Timberline 8-5. “We literally did not know we were playing until noon or 12:30 that afternoon,” head coach Kim Goldsby said. “At first, I thought we wouldn’t be ready, but it kind of relaxed us.” Goldsby said the fact that the team ended up being late to Timberline actually helped because the pitcher, Morgan Mitchell, had never pitched a varsity game before and did not have time to deal with nerves before the game. “In Morgan’s first varsity game and first complete game, she pitched five

strikeouts and four walks,” Goldsby said. Despite poor weather canceling the team’s first two preseason games and confining the MONDAY: Lady Highclimbers Shelton .......... 8 to the Shelton Mini Timberline .... 5 Dome, Goldsby said the team played well TOMOrrOw: against Timberline. Shelton vs. “ J o r d a n n e Olympia at Krumpols scored MCRA, 7 p.m. three runs and walked twice, Kennedy O’Connor scored two runs and Mitchell, Kelsey Albaugh and Brynnen Beierle scored one run each,” Goldsby said. “All of them did a good job.” She said Krumpols played well as catcher and that Lynae Brown played amazingly at first base.

“None of our outfielders had played varsity before and two of them had never played in the outfield before,” Goldsby said. She said that after so many game cancellations and reschedules last week, she is not going to count on any of this week’s games being played. “We’ve had one outdoor practice at Mason County Recreation Area (MCRA) and the rest have been indoor,” she said. “The weather messes with us because you don’t get to do what you need to do.” As of press time, the results of the Lady Highclimbers’ home game against Bremerton on Tuesday, were not yet available. The team had not yet played Bellarmine by press time on Wednesday. The Lady Highclimbers are set to play next at 4 p.m. on Friday at MCRA against Olympia.


SHS senior set to run in college By EMILY HANSON

When Kandcye Bragg received her college acceptance letter, it held two surprises for her. The first was that Bragg, a senior at Shelton High School, had received a partial academic scholarship to Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., for $28,000 to be split among her four years with the university. The second was an offer to run track for the V-Hawks on a $2,000 per year athletic scholarship. Including this season, Bragg has been running track for nine years and competes in the 400 meters, Kandyce 400-meBragg ter relay, 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay. “I like that track is an individual and team sport,” Bragg said. “We all have the same amount of dedication to it.” Bragg first participated in track when she was a third-grade student at Hood Canal School and her physical education teacher took her class out to the track. “That’s when I discovered I’m fast,” Bragg said. “I’m really competitive and figured I could use it to go somewhere.” Bragg said she knows now that she figured right, since she’ll be competing on Viterbo’s track and field team next year. Next spring, when Bragg said she hopes she will begin running for the V-Hawks, will be the second year the university has had a track and field team. “I’m hoping to set some records for them,” she said. While at Viterbo, Bragg plans to work toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “I was thinking about going into the army to be a psychologist,” she said. “I have family in the army and I’ve seen how PostTraumatic Stress Disorder can affect families. I want to give back to them.” See Athlete on page C-4

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Shelton senior Lolly Jones spins for the discus toss during the Mason County Jamboree on Friday. Jones took first place in the girls’ discus with a 104’10” toss, a personal record.

Climbers win jamboree By EMILY HANSON

Shelton senior Bryton rodgers clears the bar in the pole vault. rodgers took first in the pole vault, clearing 11’6”.

“Either way it turned out, I wanted this meet to be a learning experience,” Sells said. “Shelton did very well against our Mason County neighbors. Team-wise, we outscored our competitiors and won on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. I think it was a great morale booster for the Shelton kids.” Sells said that he thinks the jamboree — a matchup between the 4A Highclimbers, the 2A North Mason Bulldogs and the 1B Mary M. Knight Owls — was beneficial for all three schools. “Despite the size difference in teams, everyone got to compete and run their event,” he said. “The other teams came in with the same no-pressure attitude about the meet.” He said he spoke to head coaches Jeff Bevers of NMHS and Kitty Brehmeyer of MMK after the meet and they were thrilled and optimistic about holding this jamobree every year. “This was the first, I hope to be able to see the 30th annual Mason County Jambore,” Sells said. Sells said he was surprised by many of the Highclimbers’ performances at the jamboree. “There were a few lifetime personal records (PRs) from some of our athletes

The Shelton boys’ and girls’ track and field teams won the first Mason County Jamboree last week. On Friday the boys’ and girls’ teams took first place with 73 points each. “I think that the jamboree went very well for Shelton,” head coach Doug Sells said. “First of all, the rain stopped right before the meet and we didn’t see a single drop all night. I think everyone was very happy about that because we have been getting soaked all year at practices.” He said the meet worked perfectly for the Highclimbers because it was small and there was no pressure on the athletes. “For some, this was the first time putting on a Shelton uniform and hearing the starting pistol fire,” Sells said. “For others, who have been with the program for a few years, it was a chance to shake out the legs and establish a benchmark to work off of for the rest of the season.” He said that before the meet began, he told the Highclimbers that it was the day to figure out what they liked and what they didn’t like. See SHS Track on page C-4 Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Page C-1

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Shelton girls’ tennis loses first match Team to play at Yelm if weather’s not poor By EMILY HANSON

The Shelton girls’ tennis team lost its first match of the season earlier this week. On Monday the Lady Highclimbers lost 5-0 at Bellarmine. “This was one of the coldest games I’ve been to in 18 years,” assistant coach Dann Gagnon said. “We had a little hail, a little rain and a little snow intermittently. It would clear up and we’d play and then get bad again.” No. 1 singles player Willow Walker lost 0-6, 0-6 while No. 2 singles player Rebecca Dickson lost 0-6, 0-6. No. 1 doubles team Allison Hunter and

Desirae Klokkevold lost 1-6, 0-6, No. 2 doubles team Clara Robbins and Yemas Ly lost 0-6, 0-6 and No. 3 doubles team sisters Serena Ranney and Meghan Ranney lost MONDAY: 1-6, 4-6. Bellarmine .... 5 “Even though we Shelton .......... 0 had a lot of 0-6 sets, the scores were closer,” GaTOMORROw: gnon said. “There were a Shelton at lot of game ties.” Yelm, 3:30 p.m. Gagnon said the Ranney sisters had the best match for the day, winning five of their games. “We have so many young girls, a lot of

them were intimidated by playing Bellarmine,” Gagnon said. Poor weather over the last few weeks has confined the tennis team to the Shelton Mini Dome. The weather also canceled the team’s Tuesday, March 20 home match Serena against Capital. Ranney “Our morale is high, though,” Gagnon said. “These girls don’t complain. They would play in a hurricane if we’d let them.” The Capital match was originally rescheduled to Wednesday, March 21 but will be rescheduled at a later date due to conferences happening on that day. “I’m hoping we’ll get to play on Thurs-

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Shelton girls’ rugby loses at home Sunday’s game at Kent may be moved or rescheduled By EMILY HANSON

The Shelton girls’ rugby 15s team lost at home earlier this week. On Sunday, Shelton lost 10-5 to Mudd Bay at Oakland Bay Junior High (OBJH). “We shouldn’t have lost that game because of our girls’ overall talent,” head coach Chris Nesmith said. “The girls did not play to their abilities or with the skills of their last two matches.” Nesmith said that while the loss is disappointing, it has a big benefit to the team.

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“This game was a humbling experience for the team and Monday’s practice was the best we’ve had in a while,” he said. Hailey Cougher scored the lone Shelton goal. “This is Hailey’s third year with us and the first time she’s scored,” Nesmith said. “Her position is more for setting up goals, not scoring.” As of press time, the team was set to play at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Kent, however Nesmith said all of the Kent fields have been closed due to the rain. “We might play at a neutral middle ground or reschedule the match,” he said. “When we do play

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Shelton soccer drops three games in one week By EMILY HANSON

The Shelton boys’ soccer team remains winless after three more losses in the last week. On March 14, the Highclimbers lost 2-0 at Bellarmine. “I’ve been told this was the lowest score Shelton has ever held Bellarmine to,” head coach Isaiah Herrera said. “The guys played great. They played their hearts out and the goals were the two big mistakes we made.” Herrera said the Highclimbers moved the ball well and passed well throughout the Bellarmine game. “It was the best game so far,” he said. On Friday the Highclimbers lost 6-1 at Stadium. “In the first half, we held Stadium to 2-1 but in the second half, the energy just wasn’t there,” Herrera said. He said that after the team put forth so much energy against Bellarmine, they were tired and sore for the Stadium game. “Having two top teams back-to-back would be hard on any team,” Herrera said. Senior forward Jesus Lopez scored the lone Shelton goal on a free kick with an assist from senior midfielder Mike Bowman. Finally, on Monday the Highclimbers lost 4-0 at home against Gig Harbor. “The game was the best learning experience we’ve had,” Herrera said. “Being a young squad, this team learned that chances don’t come often at the varsity level and when they do, they’ve got to put them away.” He said the team has a bunch of great guys on it who always want to improve.

One difficulty facing the team this season is an inexperienced keeper. Senior Blaine McGuire has been playing keeper for the Highclimbers and the backup, freshman Raul MONDAY: Apaez is injuried and will Gig Harbor .... 4 be out for at least one Shelton .......... 0 more week. “Blaine is a field player TOMOrrOw: who is willing to take on Shelton at the responsibility of beOlympia, 7 p.m. ing goalie, which is awesome,” Herrera said. He said the condition of the field at Highclimber Stadium, which was muddy after the persistent rain the area has experienced over the past few weeks, affected the game against Gig Harbor. “Both teams were sliding around and having trouble adjusting,” Herrera said. “The difference is that Gig Harbor has an older squad that’s used to taking time on any field and our guys were too hyped up.” As of press time, the Highclimbers had not yet played at home against Central Kitsap on Wednesday. The team is set to play next at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia. “Mike Bowman and (I) know the whole Olympia team so we’ll be well-prepared,” Herrera said. “We’ll also be playing on turf, which my guys love.” Finally, Herrera said that having such a young team he knew the first half of the season would be tough. “We’re making changes and working hard, though,” he said.

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Despite a strong first inning, the Shelton baseball team couldn’t defeat Bellarmine earlier this week. On Monday the Highclimbers lost their second game of the season 11-1 at Bellarmine. “We had a moment of brilliance in the first inning,” head coach Erik Engstrom said. In the top of the first, the Highclimbers had seven plate appearances, Engstrom said. “We had two solid hits, one by senior Joe Strand and one by senior Curtis Wuestner,” he said. “We were also able to score our only run.” Strand scored when a passed ball sailed by the Bellarmine catcher to the short stop. In the bottom of the first, senior Patrick Fabrizio started at pitcher and faced three batters. The first was ground out, the second struck out and

the third hit a fly ball to the right field which was caught. After MONDAY: the first Bellarmine .. 11 i n n i n g , Shelton .......... 1 B e l l a r m ine came TOMOrrOw: to life, Shelton vs. Engstrom Bellarmine, said. 4 p.m. “They had 14 hits while we had three the whole game,” he said. “Bellarmine put the ball in play and moved it. It was a tough game.” The final Shelton hit came from senior Jared Haynes up center field in the top of the sixth inning. Fabrizio said he was disappointed by the loss but that the team is moving forward and improving. “It’s been really cold out which is hard on our arms,” Fabrizio said. “We’ve been trying to take care of ourselves.” He said he hopes the team improves more and learns from its mistakes

while adjusting to field conditions. P o o r weather last week r e a r ranged the ShelPatrick ton schedFabrizio ule quite a bit. The t e a m ’ s March 12 game at Yelm was canceled and the game at Bellarmine was originally scheduled for March 14. The Highclimbers’ home game versus Bellarmine — originally set for March 16 — has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. today. Another cancellation was the team’s game at Capital, originally scheduled for Monday. As of press time, the Highclimbers’ game at Olympia on Wednesday had not yet been played or canceled. “We’re pumped for the season and looking forward to every game,” Fabrizio said.


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Tacoma tackles Shelton boys’ rugby By EMILY HANSON

Tacoma defeated the Shelton boys’ rugby 15s team last Saturday 17-5 in Tacoma. “The boys played well,” head coach Chris Nesmith

SHS Track Continued from page C-1 that have been with the program for a few years now,” he said. “Lolly Jones set PRs in both the shot put and discus throw, Hanna Mackiewicz also set a lifetime best in the 100 meter hurdles and Kandyce Bragg set a lifetime PR in the 200 meter dash.” He said that seeing the athletes do so well so early in the season is a great sign for the rest of the season.

said. “We were in scoring position for 70 percent of the game. The boys were presented with eight opportunities to score but just could not put the points on the board.” Cody Tarver scored Shelton’s goal. “In the end, we walked

away knowing we are a strong, capable program,” Nesmith said. He said this week will be spent showing the team the fire that he knows they have inside themselves. “The team is captained by Cyrus Larsen and he does an outstanding job on the field,”

“One event that really caught my eye was the girls’ 300 meter hurdle race,” Sells said. “Alexis Carlstrom finished first and Terra Burke finished second. This was great to see because this was the first hurdle race these girls had ever run. We practiced over a few hurdles the week before and both girls seemed very timid about running this race. When the gun went off, they went for it and completed the whole 300 meters. It was exciting to see.”

The Highclimbers are set to compete next at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at home against Gig Harbor. “Gig Harbor will be a tough meet team-wise,” Sells said. “They are the largest team in our league, usually averaging about 130-140 kids. Shelton has 70 kids on the roster. This doesn’t mean that our individual performances will be down; we should do well in many of our events. We just need to not feel intimidated when Gig Harbor pulls up in three busses.”

Nesmith said. “Rugby is a player-controlled game with the players making decisions on plans for attack and finding space.” Nesmith said he has a large team of boys that have never played rugby before this season. “I am astounded with

how fast the boys have learned the game but mainly with how much passion for the game they show on the field,” he said. “These boys from Shelton love contact and love playing physical. I could not be any happier with the progress they have made this season.”

The team is set to play next at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gig Harbor. “In preparing for our match against Gig Harbor, the boys have to learn to play to space,” Nesmith said. “For this week our boys need to defend against a lot of speed and tricky ball movement.”

Mason County Jamboree Friday, March 16 Boys’ track and field results 100 meters — 2, Kyle Bonita, 12.07. 3, Hunter Core, 12.52. 5, Jacob Rowton, 12.82. 6, Robert Wood, 12.83. 10, Javier Navarrete, 13.03. 12, Brent Willis, 13.16 200 meters — 1, Kyle Bonita, 24.55. 2, Robert Wood, 25.76. 3, Hunter Core, 26.30. 6, Javier Navarrete, 27.15. 8, Dylan Piper, 28.09. 9, Gage Taunt, 28.62 400 meters — 3, Darius Burke, 58.48. 4, Cameron Miller, 58.60. 5, Michael Striplin, 58.74. 6, Daniel Bouchie, 1:00.07. 7, Bernardo Olivas, 1:00.91. 8, Kevin Givens, 1:02.88. 9, Chris Frost, 1:07.04. 10, Zachary Wheaton, 1:08.56 800 meters — 1, Nathan Morgan, 2:06.61. 2, Cody Williamson, 2:11.55. 3, Darius Burke, 2:17.46. 4, Bernardo Olivas, 2:20.82. 5, Zachary Taylor, 2:23.66. 8, Kevin Givens, 2:27.85. 9, Chris Frost, 2:40.56. 10, Zachary Wheaton, 2:44.31 1600 meters — 1, Cody Williamson, 4:40.78. 2, Nathan Morgan, 4:43.52. 3, Zachary Taylor, 5:02.99 110 meter hurdles — 2, Bryton Rodgers, 16.84. 3, Brent Willis, 20.33. 4, Gage Taunt, 23.31 300 meter hurdles — 4, John Pentony, 47.26. 5, Dylan Piper, 53.57. 6, Landon McGlothlin, 55.94 Shot put — 1, Roger Villesca, 38-08.00. 4, Michael Paulson, 33-08.50 Discus — 1, Indi Endicott, 102-03. 6, Michael Paulson, 78-04. 7, Roger Villesca, 76-10. 8, Alex Bidwell, 73-00. 9, Daniel Overson, 68-06 Javelin — 2, Indi Endicott, 134-02. 7, Joshua Kennedy, 88-11. 8, Alex Bidwell, 80-03. 9, Daniel Overson, 69-07 High jump — 2, John Pentony, 5-00.00. 3, Joshua Kennedy, 5-00.00 Pole vault — 1, Bryton Rodgers, 11-06.00.

3, Jantzen Rodgers, 10-06.00 Long jump — 1, Roman Hurst, 17-09.75. 3, Cameron Miller, 16-05.75. 4, Jacob Rowton, 16-02.00. 5, Jacob Sims, 16-01.75. 7, Derrick Larsen, 15-06.75. 11, Landon McGlothlin, 12-07.00 Triple jump — 1, Roman Hurst, 40-11.50. 2, Jacob Sims, 33-04.50. 4, Derrick Larsen, 31-11.75 Girls’ track and field results 100 meters — 1, Natalie Andrewski, 13.85. 4, Madisen Striplin, 14.13. 8, Bayla Budge, 15.14. 9, Elizabeth Larsen, 15.57. 10, Paige Hurst, 15.61. 11, Yasmin Prevost, 16.02 200 meters — 2, Kandyce Bragg, 28.71. 3, Natalie Andrewski, 28.74. 4, Niko Zorn, 30.15 400 meters — 1, Niko Zorn, 1:05.35. 2, Kandyce Bragg, 1:06.19 800 meters — 2, Carley Kunkle, 2:48.66 1600 meters — 2, Carley Kunkle, 6:36.53 100 meter hurdles — 1, Hannah Mackiewicz, 17.30. 2, Nicole Bennington, 18.30. 3, Alexis Carlstrom, 18.50. 4, Sara Minighin, 20.50 300 meter hurdles — 1, Alexis Carlstrom, 1:02.31. 2, Terra Burk, 1:05.13 Shot put — 1, Alaura Jones, 32-07.00. 4, Elizabeth Brandenburg, 27-08.00 Discus — 1, Alaura Jones, 104-10. 6, Elizabeth Brandenburg, 54-03. 7, Sarah Myers, 30-07 Javelin — 1, Courtney Hansen, 95-00. 6, Rachel Wood, 54-08. 8, Sara Minighin, 5103. 10, Sarah Myers, 42-05 High jump — 1, Hannah Womer, 4-06.00. 2, Carisa Kunkle, 4-06.00. 3, Nicole Bennington, 3-10.00 Long jump — 2, Yasmin Prevost, 12-04.75. 5, Hannah Womer, 10-09.25 Triple jump — 1, Carisa Kunkle, 27-05.75. 2, Paige Hurst, 26-01.50

Journal photo by Emily Hanson

Shelton freshman Cameron Miller flies toward the sand in the long jump during the Mason County Jamboree on Friday. Miller took third place with a 16’5.75” jump.


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Shelton High School senior Kandyce Bragg runs down the track during practice on Wednesday.

Athlete Continued from page C-1 Bragg has already started her goal to give back to the army by adopting a soldier overseas. “You go online and create an account,” she said. “Then you’re matched with a soldier who doesn’t have a family. You send care packages to them and write them letters. It’s to give the soldiers someone to talk to.” Though Bragg said she is most experienced in track, she also played basketball for SHS and participated in summer and fall ball last year.

Bragg, also the school’s yearbook editor, maintains a 3.75-3.8 GPA and said aerobics is her favorite class this semester. When Bragg isn’t competing for the Highclimbers, working on the yearbook or in class, she said she likes to read. Though the last book she finished was Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay,” Bragg said she doesn’t stick to any one genre of fiction. She said most of her life revolves around sports. “As yearbook editor, I do a lot of sports photography and I spend a lot of my time working with sports,” she said. “It all ties back to running.”

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ast week, I was getting ready to go to a Shelton boys’ soccer game and as I bundled up in a sweatshirt, raincoat, hat and gloves, my sister asked me a question. “Are you really sure this is what you want to do with your life?” she asked. When I asked her to explain what she meant, she asked if I really wanted to base my life and career on high school students and who wins or loses what game while I stand in poor weather, freezing to the bone. Four days later I’m still thinking about that question. At my previous paper, my job included writing about sports but it also included public affairs reporting, arts and entertainment writing and crime reporting. The public affairs assignments basically required me to sit in mindnumbing meetings for hours on end and to write about what the local government entities were doing. The arts and entertainment stories had me attending events and concerts that I didn’t find entertaining. As for crime reporting, there’s not much sadder in this business than having to write about the murder of a pregnant woman and attending the trials of the people

trying to get away with the crime. This is why I turned to the sports world. Generally speaking, sports is a relatively controversyfree area of news and as long as By EMILY games are writHANSON ten about in a fair manner, people generally like sports reporters. So in that regard, yes, I do want to base my career on which teams win or lose in which sports. But it goes beyond that. I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy sports and though I’m sure I’ve sounded like a fair-weather fan in the past, when I watch the Highclimbers, Bulldogs and Owls play, I care about more than just who wins or loses. As I watch those games, I don’t just see teams out on the field trying to win a game, I see young adults learning how to work together toward a common goal. This is a skill that not all full-grown adults possess and I admire the effort. When the teams lose, I don’t see defeated children complaining about how they should have won that game because they deserved to or because it was on their home

turf. I see teenagers who walk off the field with their heads held high, talking about how they’ll work harder to win next time. These teenagers talk about what they need to do to improve and how they believe in their teams’ abilities to come back with a win before the season is out. When the teams win, I don’t see boisterous, sore-winners who rub the victory in the faces of their opponents. I see mature athletes who shake the hands of their opponents and compliment the other team’s efforts. Counting my time working at my high school’s news magazine and my time at Washington State University in journalism classes and working for the daily paper there, I’ve been in this business for nearly 10 years and I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I ever left it. On that same note, now that I’ve become a full-time sports reporter, I don’t think I could go back to the days of meetings, crime and lessthan-entertaining events. I enjoy attending games and matches, talking to the players, interviewing the coaches and writing about the triumphs and heartbreaks these teams see. So I think my answer to my sister’s question is: “Why wouldn’t I want to do this with my life?”

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Knight Owls take 19 top 5 placings at jamboree By EMILY HANSON

The Mary M. Knight track and field team took 19 top five placings at the first Mason County Jamboree last week. On Friday the Knight Owls finished in third place with four points for the boys’ team and 17 points for the girls’ team. “I thought our athletes did well at the first meet of the season,” head coach Kitty Brehmeyer said. “It was good for the athletes to get a chance at competition instead of only practice. It gave them a good idea of where they are starting the season.” Brehmeyer said that from this point, the Knight Owls will be able to set personal goals for mid and late season. “I was really pleased with how many Owls finished in the top five in their events,” she said. “We may be small in numbers of athletes compared to North Mason and Shelton but our kids really work hard and their efforts showed in their performances.” For the boys’ team, junior Nick Dierkop took third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.47, junior Mason Cloud took fifth in the javelin with a distance of 102’4” and Dierkop took second in the long jump with a distance of 16’9”. For the girls’ running events, junior Kiah Lofgren took fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 34.26, freshman Ashlin Fries took third in the 400 meters with a time of 1:21.02, sophomore Hannah Frost took first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:46.62, freshman Lauren Dierkop took third in the 1600 meters with a time of 6:46.34 and junior Kelsey Beebe took third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.57. For the girls’ field events, senior Linda Cook took second in the shot put with a distance of 31’2” and in the discus with a distance of 88’9”, Lauren Dierkop took fifth in the shot put with a distance of 25’1”, Frost took third in the discus with a distance of 83’7”, freshman Melodie Snyder took fifth in the discus with a distance of 66’6” and third in the javelin with a distance of 61’7”, sophomore Carlie Adsero took fifth in the javelin with a distance of 55’ and fifth in the high jump with a height of 3’10”, Lofgren took third in the long jump with a distance of 11’8.75” and Fries took fourth

Journal photos by Emily Hanson

Above, Mary M. Knight freshman Lauren Dierkop runs ahead of the pack during the second lap of the girls’ 1600 meters at the Mason County Jamboree at Shelton High School on Friday. Dierkop led for two laps but eventually finished in third place with a time of 6:46.34. Below, Mary M. Knight junior Nick Dierkop flies over the sand in the long jump. Dierkop took second in the long jump with a distance of 16’9”.

Mason County Jamboree Friday, March 16 Boys’ track and field results 100 meters — 11, Michael Snyder, 13.11. 300 meter hurdles — 3, Nick Dierkop, 45.47 Javelin — 5, Mason Cloud, 102-04 Long jump — 2, Nick Dierkop, 16-09.00. 6, Michael Snyder, 1507.25. 8, Mason Cloud, 15-03.25

in the long jump with a distance of 11’7.75”. “I really liked the idea of a county-wide jamboree to kick off the season and would like to thank Shelton for hosting us,” Brehmeyer said. The team is set to compete next

at 3:30 p.m. today at Raymond High School in Raymond, Wash. against North River, Naselle, Northwest Christian, Raymond and South Bend. “We are looking at continuing our season with a great meet,” Brehmeyer said.

Girls’ track and field results 200 meters — 5, Kiah Lofgren, 34.26 400 meters — 3, Ashlin Fries, 1:21.02 800 meters — 1, Hannah Frost, 2:46.62 1600 meters — 3, Lauren Dierkop, 6:46.34 300 meter hurdles — 3, Kelsey Beebe, 1:10.57 Shot put — 2, Linda Cook, 31-02.00. 5, Lauren Dierkop, 2501.00 Discus — 2, Linda Cook, 88-09. 3, Hannah Frost, 83-07. 5, Melodie Snyder, 66-06 Javelin — 3, Melodie Snyder, 62-01. 4, Kelsey Beebe, 61-07. 5, Carlie Adsero, 55-00 High jump — 5, Carlie Adsero, 3-10.00 Long jump — 3, Kiah Lofgren, 11-08.75. 4, Ashlin Fries, 1107.75

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