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Lions, Tigers, and Bats, Oh My!
Helpful high-flying, mosquito munching, flower-pollinating micro-mammals. By Sarah Polyakov. Photos courtesy of the Australian Bat Clinic.
WITH HALLOWEEN around the corner, many homes and classrooms are decorated with Halloween icons that include bats. But, far from being terror-inducing symbols of darkness, bats are essential to our way of life. These often-misunderstood mammals have a bad reputation since they have been associated with vampires, aggression, and biting. Because these myths could not be further from the truth, I wanted to take the opportunity to shed some light on these night-flying mammals.
On the other hand, there are fruit bats whose diets consist solely of fruit. Fruit bats go from tree to tree, pollinating in the process. But, they are also responsible for spreading large amounts of seeds and often reforest large swaths of deforested land.
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Last year when a couple of brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) took up residence in the eaves of our home, we all wanted to learn more. These two tiny bats, which measured no more than two inches each, peacefully â€œhung outâ€? and soundlessly slept their days away. With a telephoto lens, I started taking photos of their cute little faces and large, mouse-like ears. Between the photos and the darling names our sons gave them, we all became hooked on bats.
The mythological vampire bat is a very small sub-species of bat that can be found in South America. While it is true that they feed on insignificant quantities blood from livestock, they are rarely a danger to humans.
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But, the most surprising part about vampire bats is that their saliva has powerful medicinal qualities. In 2003, the Journal of the American Heart Association documented that the saliva of vampire bats increases blood flow in stroke patients and saves lives. Biochemists have created a synthesized medication, desmoteplase, which takes advantage of these life-saving properties.
Though most bats make homes in the hollows of trees, our bats had higher aspirations. But eventually, their residence became an issue since they left occasional droppings on the porch. We didnâ€™t want to displace them, but we did not want to sweep droppings either. We found a terrific compromise for all of us by purchasing a bat house and mounting it on a nearby tree in our yard. With a little coaxing, they happily took up residence in their custom designed home, which was much cozier than the eaves. Eco-Superheroes One of the most compelling facts about bats is the role that they take in preserving and sustaining both forests and bug populations. Most bats fall into two categories: fruit eaters or bug eaters. Bug eaters work hard to keep pest populations down. After the sparrow stops hunting for the day, bats take over.
Give Bats A Chance So the next time you notice bats in your area, I invite you to mount a few bat houses on trees. If you make a home for them, they
will reciprocate by keeping mosquitos and other pests away. After all, it is mosquitos, not bats, who are the real blood-feasting culprits in Washington State. Bat Myths Versus Facts Myth 1: Bats hunt at night so that they can feast on the blood of sleeping mammals. Fact: Almost all bats do not eat blood! On a good night, micro-bats can eat their entire weight in mosquitoes and moths. Fruit bats reforest desolate land, make existing forests flourish, and pollinate trees. Myth 2: If a bat flies near your head, it will get tangled in your hair. Fact: Wild bats are extremely leery and will avoid humans. However, bats use echolocation to hunt at night and can often be seen flying erratically in order to catch mosquitoes. The erratic flying is due to hunting techniques and is no threat to nearby humans or animals. Myth 3: All bats have rabies. Fact: Less than 1% of the bat population in WA State has rabies. Of the bats who do, their bodies become quickly paralyzed, leaving them grounded and immobile. Bats can be found flying in the vicinity of humans when hunting or looking for fresh water to drink.
Myth 4: Bats are not like other mammals and they have no ability to bond or form connections. Fact: One of the most surprising characteristics about bats is their overall sociability. One volunteer at a bat rescue organization commented that the baby bats they care for are much like human infants. Baby bats require both round-theclock physical contact and milk. They can also pass away from ‘failure to thrive’ if they are not provided with consistent and loving touch. Bats will bond very strongly to their human caretakers and are very gentle and loving creatures that literally want to be ‘carried’ by their caretaker 24/7. Myth 5: Bats are more like birds than mammals. Fact: Bats are warm-blooded mammals that are anatomically somewhat like humans. They possess a human-like torso, shoulders, arms, and hands with fingers. The wing of a bat is actually a very delicate membrane made of skin and this membrane is stretched around the shoulders, arms, and fingers of the bat.
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A building material from the past that is the wave of the future. By Sarah Polyakov. Photos courtesy Cadmon Whitty, Paja Construction, Inc. WHEN I FIRST HEARD of straw bale homes several years ago, I will admit that I balked. Now, straw bale homes, which date back to the late 1800’s in Nebraska, are on the radar again. Though these homes were touted as the ultimate upcycled abode with a carbon neutral footprint, I was skeptical. Still, many enthusiastic and eco-conscious people are again discussing the possibilities of straw bale as a viable building material. Three Little Pigs Before investigating straw bale homes more thoroughly, I was unconvinced. After all, doesn’t straw get damp and generate mold? Wasn’t the straw house the first house that got blown down in a wolf-generated windstorm? That does not sound like a home that could be habitable. Then, when I found out a straw bale home could be built for as low as $70/square foot, I very cautiously wanted to learn more. Fireproof One of the most compelling facts about straw bale structures is that if they are built correctly, they are almost fireproof. This becomes possible because of the way the straw bales that form the inside of walls of the home are packed. If done correctly, the bales are packed so tightly that there is little room for oxygen and subsequent flames. Reducing Carbon Footprint In addition to being almost fireproof, these homes have the potential to greatly reduce the need for heating and cooling. This is possible because the walls of these homes are often three feet thick. Straw bale homes are easy to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter since straw is a wonderful insulator.
Ultimate Upcycling According to Dwell magazine, “About 200 million tons of straw goes to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by passenger cars” (1/1/09). Repurposing discarded straw for homes would be the ultimate way to upcycle while providing carbon-reducing structures for families. Pest-Free Because straw has no nutritional value for common household pests and insects, walls generally remain untouched by unwanted critters. This alone saves homeowners from being exposed to toxic chemicals and the bills that come with ongoing pest-control services. Architectural Masterpieces The final unique characteristic about straw bale homes is that they are generally very easy-on-the-eyes. Because the walls are so wide, a common feature found in straw bale homes are window seats and bayed windows. The walls are also generally covered with smooth stucco and the stucco is combined with natural wood and stone accents. Home Sweet Home After researching straw bale homes and finding many photos of them online, my husband and I have begun to consider the possibility of a straw bale home in our future. Because they are eco-friendly, affordable, and nearly fireproof, I believe they might just be the home sweet homes of the future.
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Outsource your way to peace and productivity. By Sarah Friesen, owner of Gig Harbor Home Management. LIKE MANY OF GIG HARBOR’S local residents, Annie and Sam work busy fulltime jobs, leaving the house early in the morning to drop off young kids at daycare before heading to work. Struggling to solidify their career paths while also trying to fully enjoy parenthood, they often feel guilty, overwhelmed and simply tired. “I feel like time is literally slipping through my fingers; like I’m trying to hold a cup of sand in my hands,” confesses Annie. This year they vowed to take a few simple steps in order to gain some sanity around the house. By doing so, their lives become more manageable. Some of these steps include: • Wake up earlier than the kids in order to have a peaceful, smooth start to your day. • Make your bed every morning so that your room feels manageable and presentable. • Plan ahead for meals using simple, quick ingredients and plan for only one shopping trip. • Do a 10-minute tidy every night so you can keep ahead of the clutter.
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But Annie and Sam knew they had to take it even further. Sam’s career was at a critical turning point, and working extra hours could result in a rewarding promotion down the road. Annie wasn’t sure she could handle her own job responsibilities and still care for the kids in the evenings, on top of keeping up with household tasks. Something had to give. Susan Athey, an economist at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, says “You have to start from a point where you say: What is necessary for me to be happy with my decision to be a working mother?” Athey believes, “A lot of working mothers end up throwing up their hands in
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exasperation saying, ‘I can’t live this way!’ and quit their jobs.” Enter the home management outsourcing solution that is sweeping the nation. “If parents who want to work abandon their careers before trying outsourcing, quitting may be shortsighted,” writes NY Times author Catherine Kampell. Even if you’re faster and more effective than everyone else at a given task, you still might be better off paying someone else to do it for you. Why? Experts agree that there is a huge opportunity cost for every hour spent on tedious household tasks, and in most cases, there is a higher-value activity waiting for you instead. For some, outsourcing their house cleaning at a rate of $30/hour makes financial sense when they could use that time to earn $100/hour by going to work. In other situations, the cleaning service might be more of a financial sacrifice, however in the long term it allows them to get the job promotion that increases their income potential for a lifetime. For household outsourcing to make sense, it must provide value that is higher than the cost of the service. For some families, the added value is simply time with their kids. Those items are the intangibles, and often what a family needs most in the middle of chaotic schedules. Home management solutions that offer full-scale services like house cleaning, professional organization and coordination are growing in popularity. And with increasing financial responsibilities, workloads and leisure activities, you might find it’s the perfect solution for your family too!
BUILDING YOUR DREAM
Aesthetically pleasing does not always mean functional. By Patty Hutchens. WE HAVE ALL done it. We pick up a magazine, see a photo of a beautiful kitchen or bathroom and think, “I would love to do this to my home!” We clip out the photo and tuck it away for when we finally have enough money saved to transform our home into our dream. Whether it’s a remodel or new construction, we all have a vision of how we would like our home to be. But what happens when what you see in a magazine or online turns out to be aesthetically pleasing but not conducive to your lifestyle? Ask any builder and they will tell you this happens all too often. But the best part is, it does not have to. And that’s where your contractor can be of assistance. According to Gig Harbor contractor Doug Clark, it’s a matter of blending one’s needs with one’s dreams. “It’s easy to throw money away building or remodeling,” said Clark. “But why not do it for less and have it meet your needs.” When searching for a contractor, choose one who not only answers your questions but asks you a lot of questions as well. By interviewing you, they can help you design a new home or help you remodel your own home specific to your needs. Clark said there are many things to consider. Does the client have children? If so, what are their ages? Does the client like to entertain? Do they want to incorporate the indoor entertainment area with an outdoor entertainment area? What type of food do
you like to prepare? All these things can make a significant impact on the clients’ decisions. “We don’t have to do things today like we did them 50 years ago,” said Clark who cites an example of the importance of stovetop cooking as it relates to clients. Today there are zoneless induction cooktops where the heat is only activated when the pan touches the cooking surface. It helps protect not only children from serious injuries but also the elderly population. Trusting your contractor and being able to fully communicate your issues as they relate to your lifestyle is vital to a successful building or remodeling project.
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Going forward there are things to consider when evaluating your next remodel or new construction. Among them are whether the design you choose is one you will be happy with in years to come. Is it a trend? Will it be functional as your family grows? Also do not minimize the importance of lighting. It can make a vast difference in the feel of your home. Good lighting will maximize your surroundings. So as you pick up those magazines, clip out photos, and surf the internet, take the time to find a contractor who will not just work for you but will work with you. We have them right here in Gig Harbor and they are anxious to help you make the most of your living space.
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PROTECT YOUR RETIREMENT AGAINST MARKET VOLATILITY Article for use by Edward Jones financial advisor Erin Abrigo of Gig Harbor.
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AS AN INVESTOR, you’re well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you’d be basing these feelings on actual evidence: the longer the investment period, the greater the tendency of the markets to “smooth out” their performance. But what happens when you retire? Won’t you be more susceptible to market movements? You may not be as vulnerable as you might think. In the first place, given our growing awareness of healthier lifestyles, you could easily spend two, or even three, decades in retirement — so your investment time frame isn’t necessarily going to be that compressed. Nonetheless, it’s still true that time may well be a more important consideration to you during your retirement years, so you may want to be particularly vigilant about taking steps to help smooth out the effects of market volatility. Toward that end, here are a few suggestions: • Allocate your investments among a variety of asset classes. Of course, proper asset allocation is a good investment move at any age, but when you’re retired, you want to be especially careful that you don’t “over-concentrate” your investment dollars among just a few assets. Spreading your money among a range of vehicles — stocks, bonds,
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certificates of deposit, government securities and so on —can help you avoid taking the full brunt of a downturn that may primarily hit just one type of investment. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can help reduce the effects of volatility, it can’t assure a profit or protect against loss.) • Choose investments that have demonstrated solid performance across many market cycles. As you’ve probably heard, “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” and this is true. Nonetheless, you can help improve your outlook by owning quality investments. So when investing in stocks, choose those that have actual earnings and a track record of earnings growth. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, pick those that are considered “investment grade.” • Don’t make emotional decisions. At various times during your retirement, you will, in all likelihood, witness some sharp drops in the market. Try to avoid overreacting to these downturns, which will probably just be normal market “corrections.” If you can keep
your emotions out of investing, you will be less likely to make moves such as selling quality investments merely because their price is temporarily down. • Don’t try to “time” the market. You may be tempted to “take advantage” of volatility by looking for opportunities to “buy low and sell high.” In theory, this is a fine idea — but, unfortunately, no one can really predict market highs or lows. You’ll probably be better off by consistently investing the same amount of money into the same investments. Over time, this method of investing may result in lower per-share costs. However, as is the case with diversification, this type of “systematic” investing won’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss, and you’ll need to be willing to keep investing when share prices are declining. It’s probably natural to get somewhat more apprehensive about market volatility during your retirement years. But taking the steps described above can help you navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of the financial world.
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DEMYSTIFYING LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Enlisting the services of a skilled attorney does not have to be frightening. By Richard P. Patrick, J.D.
THIS MONTH I AM WRITING an article that hopefully contains practical information for our readers. Nobody wants to hire an attorney, but sometimes life throws us a curveball and enlisting the assistance of an attorney becomes necessary. However, armed with information, there is no need to be apprehensive about finding the right attorney for a case.
A higher hourly rate does not necessarily mean a higher final bill. Usually our greatest concern in terms of hiring an attorney is the cost. Many of us have heard of individuals who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees. But, these situations are preventable and in many cases they are an anomaly. For example, since many people assume that all attorneys charge by the hour, they quickly and rightfully imagine astronomical legal bills. Some attorneys charge hourly fees, billed monthly, while others receive a flat fee or percentage after a settlement is paid. Still others do pro-bono work for worthy causes. But, since many attorneys charge hourly fees, it is important to know how to utilize
an attorney’s services without putting stress on your finances. When attorneys charge a very high hourly rate, many people expect to get better results. But this may or may not be true depending on the attorney’s experience and their track record in terms of successfully settling their cases in their client’s favor. Generally speaking, people should be willing to pay a higher hourly rate. But, this is also only true if the chosen attorney possesses years of experience in their field of expertise as well as a good track record and solid reputation. Still, a higher hourly rate does not necessarily mean a higher final bill. It is also a good idea for potential clients to consult at least three attorneys about fees and then through comparison, make an informed decision. If an attorney cannot give you enough information to make an informed decision, then a client might be dealing with an attorney that does not have the experience to provide a fair estimate. On the other hand, some attorneys may not want to tell potential clients the truth. Good attorneys can usually provide potential clients with a high and low range in terms of final costs to settle their case. Oftentimes attorneys also require a deposit in order for clients to enlist their services. The deposit is used to pay for the attorney’s time as it is earned. Be careful of giving an attorney a deposit when you have not had a frank discussion of the estimated range of cost of the final bill. Still, even well-
intentioned attorneys may not have an idea of what the final bill will be, especially if a particular case is volatile. Recently, there has been an upswing in attorneys that are willing to accept “Flat Fees.” Flat Fees mean the client and attorney agree to a flat fee that covers a specific scope of work or period of time. This type of financial relationship is great for clients because they can sleep more easily at night and not worry about the specter of runaway legal fees. And remember, all flat fee agreements between a client and an attorney MUST be in writing. An important caveat to flat fee agreements is that the fee must be fair and reasonable for the work provided. If it isn’t reasonable, the attorney should discuss the situation with his client and return a portion of the flat fee to the client if appropriate. Disclaimer of Liability: This information is only provided to increase awareness of issues surrounding fees for attorneys. While the information provided is about legal issues, it is not legal advice or legal representation. Richard P. Patrick is a local Gig Harbor Attorney. His office is located at 5358 33rd Ave NW Suite 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. 253.858.6800 or online at www.richardpatricklaw.com.
Guernsey A mayor with a mission. By Patty Hutchens. Photos courtesy of the City of Gig Harbor.
SINCE GIG HARBOR Mayor Jill Guernsey took office in January of this year, her experience has been a delight. “I love Gig Harbor and the people of Gig Harbor,” said Mayor Guernsey. “It’s a pleasure to work with the people (on her staff ) and with those who live in the city.” While her position as Mayor may be new to her, politics is not. Prior to being elected to her current position, Mayor Guernsey served on the Gig Harbor City Council for two years, the City Planning Commission for six years, and was a member of the Peninsula School District Board for ten years. “It’s about giving back to the community and doing positive things for the community,” said Mayor Guernsey of her involvement at all levels of local government. Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, Mayor Guernsey traveled to Washington State several times as a child. Her uncle worked on Whidbey Island and her friend attended school in the Seattle area. Anxious to call Washington State her home, Mayor Guernsey decided to make the transition just prior to her third and final year of law school. She attended Loyola for her first two years and then transferred to what was then University of Puget Sound. Because she attended Loyola for two of the three years, her law degree came from Loyola. “But I had them mail me my diploma. I did not go back for graduation,” said Mayor Guernsey. “I did not want to leave Washington!” Being mayor means being on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. But don’t expect to see Mayor Guernsey waiting around for the phone to ring. When she is not out meeting
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with the public and seeing what she can do for the citizens she serves, she can be found in her office in Pierce County. For over 30 years she has worked as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pierce County’s Civil Division and continues to do so. But with modern technology, it makes it easier for her to stay connected to the community that she serves. “Email is a wonderful tool to be able to hear from the people (of Gig Harbor),” said Mayor Guernsey, who adds that there are advantages to being a small town where people know and recognize one another. She praises her staff at the City of Gig Harbor and said their commitment to Gig Harbor is what helps make the community what it is today. But Mayor Guernsey also said there are challenges she faces as she moves forward in her role as Mayor. “Gig Harbor is like a three-legged stool,” said Mayor Guernsey, referring to the three very distinct geographical areas of the city. She said the north side of the city is flourishing with its larger stores and planned communities, as is the area of Uptown with its unique stores and nice residential areas. But it is the downtown area that continues to be challenged. “We need to help the downtown area thrive,” said Mayor Guernsey. She said that merchants and the entire community have stepped up to the plate, but there is more to do. “We have a lot of unique businesses and a lot of great things downtown.” The beauty of the Harbor is one thing she hopes will help boost the downtown area, and she has made it one of her goals to help bring it back to the premier destination for recreational boaters like it has been in years prior. One step Mayor Guernsey has taken towards that goal is to have power and
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water added to the city dock to entice more boaters to dock and explore the downtown area. “We want it to be easy for boaters to come and visit our downtown area,” said Mayor Guernsey. Another step the City of Gig Harbor will take towards that goal is to provide more space for dinghies to park. “A lot of people like to anchor so we need to provide adequate dinghy space.”
COMMUNITY “It’s about giving back to the community and doing positive things for the community,”
She is grateful to the community for the pride they take in the City of Gig Harbor and the fact that people are so willing to contribute their time and talent. “One of the great things about Gig Harbor is our public does not hesitate to be involved,” the Mayor said with appreciation. “We also have a very dedicated, qualified and topnotch city council.” When asked what one thing she would like people to know about the place she calls home, Mayor Guernsey replied that it not only has a beautiful harbor, but it is rich with Maritime history as well. “Being able to represent Gig Harbor is an honor. We are a very unique town. The people who live here have wonderful ideas, and those who do not always tell me about the great things they hear about Gig Harbor,” said the Mayor. “It is a pleasure to be able to serve in this environment.”
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Towey Productions Video production and transfer of 8mm films, still images, and audiotapes for keepsakes. By Sarah Polyakov. Photo by John Towey.
MEMORIES. We spend a lot of time trying to preserve them. But as technology evolves exponentially, it becomes more difficult. In the past there were many choices when it came to finding a service to transfer your films and videos to DVD, but many of those places have closed. Fortunately, Gig Harbor’s Towey Productions, owned by Dan Towey, remains in business and can help you hold onto those precious memories. Dan’s background is in broadcasting and broadcast engineering. After deregulation in the broadcasting industry some 25 years ago, Dan began transferring photos, slides, videos, and old films onto DVD for families, making them easy to view. Dan also produces CD and DVD keepsake products with personalized text or even a photo on the disc. “I meet a lot of great people,” said Dan of his work both past and present. He was a communications major at Washington State University and went on to work at Channel 7 as the executive producer for Wayne Cody and Steve Rable. Dan also helped launch KZOK onto the air in Seattle where he performed demographic research. Before starting his own business, Dan worked for ten years with Seattle radio legend Pat O’Day, as a DJ and music director. Dan says people have brought him boxes of memories, but he gives them instructions not to sort through them first. Dan has a special system to sort and manage the process to get all your archives into ascending order. He says your memories would simply never get done otherwise. Leave it to Dan! Admittedly, it can be a bit scary turning over your memories to someone. But Dan is not a large warehouse where the possibilities of loss or damage are great. He works with his customers
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WHEN YOUR DREAM INCLUDES A BUSINESS, WE CAN PROTECT IT. YOUR MEMORIES Dan uses the most advanced technology to transfer your decades full of memories. one on one. Dan uses the most advanced technology to transfer your decades full of memories. He values the importance of family images, and he takes photo and slide restoration and digitization very seriously. When it comes to 35-millimeter slides, Dan uses a top-of-the-line Nikon scanner, a glass free product that provides distortion-free images. He uses a multi-step process to restore images. This results in the highestgrade image that includes color correction and is free of pixelation issues. For all still images, Dan scans his materials between two and six megabytes and this results in the highest quality image that is technologically possible. Dan can digitize and preserve all of your family photos, slides, videos, and even music of all formats. In addition to preserving memories of your past, Dan is also ready to videotape and produce a professionally finished film that documents those magical moments that occur once or twice in a lifetime. His video production services include weddings, receptions, special presentations, short commercials, graduations, celebrations of life, and so much more. Dan can bring your still photos to life by creating a multi-media DVD product. After photos are scanned, an audio track containing voice and music can be added, and finally, Dan can visually pan or zoom over the images so that it comes to life. Dan takes customer service seriously and makes every effort to earn his client’s trust. Whenever he begins a project, he works in his studio, right across the desk from customers. At that point he gathers all of the details and provides examples of his prior work. Dan also prides himself on being able to get projects back to clients in a very short time. Many times he is able to turn around a project in only two to three days, or less depending on circumstance. Dan welcomes you to visit his website and learn more about the services he has to offer you and your family. Dan welcomes your phone call at: 253.906.8395.
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PROJECT ROUND UP. Keeping our community warm. By Mike Trittin.
WARM SUMMER DAYS are quickly giving way to the crisp autumn air. Although I am a summer fanatic, the idea of fall and winter approaching doesnâ€™t give me the same angst as it once did. I have learned to appreciate the changing seasons while watching the autumn leaves turn our community into picturesque work of art. But, fall leaves soon give way to the cold spells that winter brings. The lower temperatures will have most of us giving our furnaces their yearly winter workouts. Unfortunately, doing so also puts a burden on our checkbooks and many local families may be struggling to keep their families warm. Thankfully, we live in a town that rallies together to help out other members of our community. Round Up This year Peninsula Light Company has launched a new project to help with the burden of heating bills. In a partnership with Key Peninsula
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Community Services, Project Round Up is designed to offer assistance to families who are struggling with heating bills. This new effort, which is part of Project Help, provides an easy way to assist others in our community. Project Round Up allows customers to round up their bill to the nearest dollar amount each month. Since August 1st PenLight has signed up about 1,100 members. In fact, rounding up a monthly electric bill to the nearest whole dollar adds only $6/year to your bill. But what’s even better is that every dollar donated is matched by PenLight. Donations can be made on a one-time basis or on a recurring basis. Members name the amount they wish to contribute. Penlight requires about $110,000.00 each year in order to meet the needs of area families and donations help 600 families a year.
BRING YOUR CHILDREN and friends and safely trick or treat while enjoying the sights of Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront District. “Trick-or-Treat in the Harbor,” which is now in its 18th year, continues to be an exciting event on Halloween for children and adults alike. Join all the little ghosts and goblins on Thursday, October 31st, between 3-6pm, where local businesses will greet you with sweets and treats! Be sure to visit Harbor Wild Watch’s “spooky” touch tanks to view some eerie creatures that lurk in the shadows under Jerisich dock. Visit Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One’s fire engine that will be parked on Harborview Drive for kids of all ages to enjoy! Of course, this event wouldn’t be complete without a live performance, so be sure to watch a very special presentation by Harbor Dance. See you on Halloween!
Every Leaf Counts Every time someone donates to Project Help, PenLight puts a new leaf on a tree. PenLight has already filled one tree with six hundred leaves and a second tree with five hundred leaves. With such a wonderful response to the program, PenLight is ready to start a third tree. As each new tree is added, photos of trees will be posted on PenLight’s facebook page. Get Involved This is an opportunity for those more fortunate to rally together and directly impact the lives of others in our community. Project Round Up donations are tax-deductible and the entirety of donations go directly into the fund. Getting involved in Project Round Up is easy and it provides a great opportunity to serve our community. To find out more about Project Round Up and Peninsula Light Company, sign up to donate, or to notify them of your family’s need, visit www.penlight.org/ project-help. More with Mike: www.Realtyin253.com | 253.229.3721 | MikeTrittin@KW.com
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Judy’s Upholstery Fabric makeovers for furniture, boat and recreational vehicles. By Sarah Polyakov. THERE ARE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES for customizing living spaces to reflect each person’s unique sense of style. Sometimes, some of the most fashionable furniture pieces can be found in our own homes. For those who know where to look, a large home makeover can be done on a small budget. Many years ago, my mom discovered a large discarded, carved mahogany chair with old, torn upholstery. The owner of the chair, who did not see its hidden potential, begged my mom to get it off his hands. A week later, my mom had the springs repaired and the chair covered with beautiful slate-blue velvet. This has been my mom’s favorite chair for years, and it rivals the beauty of new, high-end custom furniture. Visitors to her home often compliment her on the chair and ask where she found it. My mom’s story demonstrates the many pieces that are like diamonds-in-the-rough frequently found in our own homes or even at garage sales. Those with a little bit of creativity can score very high-end pieces for their homes by seeing the potential that others miss. Many people realize that there is no reason to spend money on new furniture when they can update their existing furniture or up-cycled finds at little cost. Fortunately, Judy Nilsen of Judy’s Upholstery is passionate about upholstery and has been helping customers give their favorite pieces a makeover for the past 30 years. Professionally trained in upholstery and furniture repair, most recently, she has done large custom projects for both Tacoma Community College and South Sound Community College. At her location on Burnham Drive, customers will find a wide variety of famous designer indoor and outdoor fabrics to choose from to match any style or to coordinate with any pre-existing
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With the holidays arriving, now is the time to freshen up living rooms and entertainment areas. furniture. To give your home a truly unique look, choose from microfiber, leather, vinyl and even canvas for those indoor-outdoor projects like patio covers or boat cushions. But, Judy does not stop there since she also provides the same level of TLC and unique customization for boats and recreational vehicles. She assists customers with giving their motorhomes a makeover by replacing cushions and chairs with the latest in leather looks or luxurious fabrics. Judy also helps restore the beauty of boats both above deck and below deck by reupholstering seats, cushions, and even V-berths with a colorful, custom look. Judy’s Upholstery provides an endless amount of fabric and services that can help dramatically change and update any room in a home; or add pizzazz to smaller spaces like those found in boats and recreational vehicles. Judy has a solution to almost any upholstery problem and she prides herself in offering the following customized services: • • • • • • • • •
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Don’t fret over outdated upholstery. Before discarding dated office furniture or spending thousands on a new living room set, please give Judy a call. She has a solution to fit every style and budget. Judy welcomes questions and ideas and is happy to provide all of her customers and prospective customers with free estimates. With the holidays arriving, now is the time to freshen up living rooms and entertainment areas. Please call today to find out how Judy can help you give your home the ultimate makeover. Judy’s upholstery conveniently accepts all kinds of payment options: credit cards, personal checks, and cash.
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A collaborative Washington and Idaho mission to Oaxaca, Mexico takes shape. By Julianna Verboort. MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER Megan Olson is on a mission to bring hope and healing to those thousands of miles away. On October 10th, she and six volunteers from Living Water Lutheran Church in Clark Fork, Idaho, as well as team members from Gig Harbor, will fly over 2500 miles to Oaxaca, Mexico, bringing helping hands to the ministry Trigo Y Miel. Gig Harbor resident Karen Bush and former Gig Harborite Amy Larsen are also on the team and hope to make a positive impact through this very special collaboration. Forward Edge International of Vancouver, Washington, matched Megan’s group with Trigo Y Miel. Forward Edge recruits ordinary citizens for onthe-ground volunteer experiences in humanitarian organizations. Oaxaca’s population is among the poorest in Latin America and 75 percent of those who live in the community lack adequate food, water, shelter, health care and education. Oaxaca’s people are diverse; many adults speak a tribal language first, Spanish second. Children are significantly malnourished and fewer than 14 percent complete 8th grade, typically leaving school to help support their families.
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The Living Water volunteers will help with Trigo Y Miel’s water system, teach English and math, and provide basic dental care since one of them is a dental hygienist. “We’re asking for donations of chewable multivitamins, the kids really need them – not the gummy kind because those won’t go through customs,” Megan said. “Lice kits, dental floss, toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste would all be really helpful.” Translating to “Wheat and Honey,” Trigo y Miel is a “holistic ministry working in four areas: physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual,” equipping children for a brighter future by providing them with enough food to eat, love and acceptance, education, and health care. The ministry supports mothers too, working to break the generational cycle of poverty. Trigo Y Miel started a bakery as a means for women to generate income; it has grown into a fully functioning business where women learn baking, sales, and business skills. Megan’s group also wants to bring joy and has packed uncommon treats like nail polish for Oaxacan women and even fun surprises for the kids. Megan was delighted when her cousin in Gig
Trigo Y Miel volunteers include (left to right) Jamie Jones, Amy Larsen, Megan Olson, Jay White, and Pam White; and not pictured, Karen Bush of Gig Harbor, WA, and Andrea Schumaker of Electric City, WA. Photo courtesy of Megan Olson.
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Harbor, WA, said “Oh, do we have supplies for you!” and promptly delivered dozens of new soccer jerseys and shorts, socks, and 30 pairs of new cleats. Her cousin, who wishes to remain anonymous, had been given the equipment to donate on her next Mexico vacation. “But Oaxaca has a lot more kids, and soccer is huge,” Megan beamed. Soccer balls will round out the donations going to Oaxaca and Living Water Lutheran Church enthusiastically accepts donations toward the cause. Since all supplies are funded through donations, volunteers pay for their own airfare and expenses. This will be the first mission trip for Living Water, but, “We hope it might become an annual tradition,” offered the motivated Megan. To donate: Living Water Lutheran Church P.O. Box 406 or 317 E. 2nd Avenue (for package delivery) Clark Fork, ID 83811 Phone: 208.266.1282
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LOCAL MUSIC The Gig Spot Open Mic and Trivia Every Monday 10/24 - Stephanie Anne Johnson, 8pm 10/25 - Modern Tribes, 8pm 11/1 - Jody Quine, 8pm
Forza Coffee Company Trivia Every Wednesday | Ladies Night Every Thrusday **Ladies Night BUNCO: Thursday, August 21st Cost: $10 each, please pre-pay at Gig Harbor FORZA Live Events 7-9pm 10/3 - Marc & Joey 10/4 - Rick G. & Ike Sutton 10/10 - Dark Horses 10/11 - Sounds Like Delores 10/17 - Kim Archer 10/18 - Zac Shaffer 10/23 - LADIES NIGHT BUNCO! 6-8pm 1025/10/25 - SHY BOYS!
The Hub at Gig Harbor Open Mic with Mike Every Thursday at 7pm Hub’s Outdoor Patio season is here! There is an extra flight deck and runway seating for the gorgeous sunsets!
The Wine Studio of Gig Harbor Wednesday nights are Open Mic Night. Thursday nights are Ladies Night $2 off glasses for the ladies. Friday nights are Meet the Wine Maker and Distributor Tastings, Saturday nights are Live Music 7:30-10pm.
Now-October 11 - The Addams Family. Paradise Theatre presents this original story based on the characters from the popular 1964-66 television show, Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch are back as the eccentric, wealthy Addams clan who delight in the macabre while being unaware that people find them bizarre or frightening. Come meet the Addams family. We’ll leave the lights off for you. Special dinner theater will take place October 4. Visit www.paradisetheatre.org for more information. October 9 - Art Walk. The second Thursday of every month, from 5-8pm, the Art Walk will be held in the beautiful historic maritime community of Gig Harbor. Participating galleries and businesses will have artists on-site with artists’ demonstrations. For more information visit: www.gigharborgalleries.org. October 9 - The Muse at Morso presents Michael Magee. Morso presents The Muse at Morso, a monthly program featuring premier authors and poets. On the second Thursday of each month, Morso presents poets and authors to Gig Harbor then share work from the community. This month’s featured poet is Michael Magee at 7pm. Please call 253.530.3463 for more information.
October 4 - Scarecrow Festival. Come join in on the fun at the Scarecrow Festival! This autumn celebration with live entertainment and music, farm animals, hay and pony rides, hay maze, carnival games, food and fair treat vendors. Scarecrow competition entries are created by local business, communities groups and families. For more information visit www.penmetparks.org.
October 16 - Tea & Tour. The Harbor History Museum presents a Tea & Tour every third Thursday of each month and will feature an in-depth tour of a current special exhibit. Following the exhibit, tea and cookies will be available to participants. For more information visit: www.harborhistorymuseum.org. .
October 4 - Farm Tour. If this event doesn’t get you in the mood for autumn nothing will. Visit different farms/venues on the Key Peninsula and see them in action for free! Since 2006, local farmers on the beautiful Key Peninsula have put this event together the first weekend of October. It’s a great time to enjoy parts of the Key Peninsula you may not normally see and pick up some flowers, pumpkins and produce, meet and talk to the producers themselves and commune with your neighbors. Learn more at www.kpfarmtour.com.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Now-October 5 - Celebrate Oktoberfest at Morso. We will begin celebrating Oktoberfest at Morso through October 5 with Oktoberfest beer on tap. Morso has a keg of Ayinger Oktoberfest beer direct from Germany on tap as they celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest with a German Beer tasting starting at Noon. There is a $5 charge for the tasting of 7 different German beers, and it is put toward any growler filled that day. Additionally they will be serving Brats & German Potato Salad and Sauerbraten, Red Cabbage and Spatzle during Oktoberfest. October 4, 11, 18, 25 - Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market. Gig Harbor Farmers’ Market is open 9-3pm, every Saturday from April - December, come rain or shine. Located at 5503 Wollochet Drive NW. www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com.
October 4 - Pier into the Night. Have you ever wondered how many creatures inhabit our harbors? Come find out by visiting Harbor WildWatch naturalists as they “Pier Into the Night.” Join them as they investigate the marine life in Puget Sound from a night-time perspective by placing underwater lights into the darkness drawing marine species into view that are seldom seen during the day. This is an event for all ages. For more information visit HarborWildWatch.org.
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October 7, 14, 21, 28 - Free Longboat and Sail. Every Tuesday evening through October, join the crew as the “Friends of the Porpoise” take a magnificent replica of the 1841 longboat gig that first discovered Gig Harbor out for a three hour row and sail, including an always enjoyable stop for refreshments and a bite at the Tides Tavern. The Porpoise pushes off right at 4:00pm from the Gig Harbor BoatShop community dock, 3805 Harborview Dr., and gets you back by 7:30pm. No experience necessary, only a desire to experience an on-the-water adventure and to be a part of history! To reserve your spots, contact Skipper Doug McDonnell 253.265.2657. October 9 - Thursday Night Out. Over forty downtown waterfront businesses will be open featuring special offers, activities, demonstrations, refreshments and fun. Live music and entertainment is being planned at various locations throughout the waterfront. Event will be the second Thursday of every month from 5-8pm. October 11 - Flavors of Fall Auction. Join us for the Key Peninsula Civic Center’s 25th Anniversary Flavors of Fall auction fundraiser event, for “An Evening in Paris.” This premier event
is the KPCCA’s largest fundraiser, helping to fund special projects and support the ongoing needs of our beloved 100+ year old facility. Tickets for the auction event are $50 and available for purchase at Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral, the Key Peninsula Civic Center, and online at http://2014fof-eveninginparis.bpt.me/. To learn more please visit www.kpciviccenter.org.
Skansie Brother’s Park at Jerisich dock. Visit their booth to get up close with the creepy critters that inhabit the depths of Gig Harbor. Learn about the bizarre habits and behaviors these critters use to defend themselves from the creatures that lurk in the dark! Stop by before and after your trick-or-treating for a Harbor WildWatch treat. For more information go to www.harborwildwatch.org.
October 12 - Harvest Party. Come to Volunteer Park from 6-8pm to enjoy a haunted hayride, flashlight hunts for ghoulish goodies, a Nancy Stewart performance, along with costume and jack-o-lantern contests. Visit www.keypenparks.com for more information.
October 31 - Uptown Trick or Treating. Come on down to Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center for Trick or Treating with the local merchants. For more information visit www.uptowngigharbor.com.
October 15 - Bunco at Morso. We have a great way to enjoy a little “you time” with your friends…Bunco at Morso. Every third Wednesday of the month Bunco is on in the Morso Gallery. Our social hour starts at 6pm with dice rolling at 7pm. We will have a special Bunco Bites menu and prizes for the winner and biggest loser! Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation by calling 253.530.3463.
October 16-19 - Gig Harbor Film Festival. The Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the Northwest. Accepted films for the 2014 Gig Harbor Film Festival will be presented in the award winning, ten screen digital projection Galaxy Theatre. Selected Filmmakers and Directors who attend will be featured guests at multiple festival events guaranteeing a memorable experience. Please visit www.gigharborfilmfestival.org for additional information or call 253.851.3456. October 17 - Ladies Night Out at Java & Clay Cafe. Join us for Ladies Night Out, an evening of painting pottery, sipping wine and laughing with friends! Pick your favorite pottery piece off of the shelf, and we’ll supply you with all of the supplies that you need to paint your piece. To Register visit www.javaclay.com, or call at 253.851.3277. October 18 - “Wine & Whinny” Benefit Dinner. Pony Up Rescue for Equines will hold its annual benefit dinner and auction to support the rescue, care and adoption of unwanted or neglected horses. The annual event’s theme is “Wine and Whinny,” and features a wide range of auction items and sitdown dinner at Canterwood Golf and Country Club. Tickets can be ordered in advance through PayPal at rosemary@ ponyuprescue.com or through the mail to Pony Up Rescue, P. O. Box 1023, Olalla, WA 98359. October 25 - Social Mixer and Fundraiser. Hosted in the Key Peninsula Civic Center gym and organized by KGHPFM Station Manager, Spencer Abersold, come join us for an evening out with friends, or a romantic getaway close to home. Dance, meet and fall in love on the dance floor as they entertain you with with music of your youth. Must be 21 or older to attend and tickets are available at the door. To learn more please visit www.kpciviccenter.org. October 31 - Pier Halloween. Join Harbor WildWatch as they celebrate Halloween with the City of Gig Harbor in
October 31 - Halloween Carnival. Bring your ghosts, ghouls and goblins to the Civic Center for their annual safe and fun Halloween Carnival. Join in costume contests, carnival games, bounce house, and other free activities for children of all ages await you and your family. This year there will be a carved pumpkin contest! Bring in your carved pumpkin for a chance to win a prize. Separate categories for kids, teens, and adults. Entries must be on-site by 6:30pm. To donate candy or contest prizes, call 253.884.3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING EVENTS November 8 - Winter Warm-Up Artisan Fair and Chili Competition. The Key Peninsula Civic Center will jump-start the holiday shopping season with the 7th Annual Winter Warm-Up Artisan Fair and Chili Competition from 10am - 3pm. The event will feature handmade and one-ofa-kind local crafts and creations, local entertainment, and the chili competition. The kitchen will also be serving chili, nachos, hot dogs, chili dogs and cornbread, and hot and cold beverages. Come support local artisans, crafters, and photographers and give gifts this season that strengthen our community! If you’re a local artisan and want to sell your handmade items at this event, register for the Crafts Fair online at www.kpciviccenter.org. The deadline to apply for the Crafts Fair is November 1st, however, booths are likely to sell out in advance of the deadline.
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PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL. BY MERIDITH HATCH. ON AND OFF THE SOCCER FIELD, Peninsula High School senior Josie Self has the drive and vision to achieve any goal. With years of experience playing soccer for the Harbor Premier G96 team, Josie wears jersey #4 as left center defender with Peninsula High School’s (PHS) varsity girls soccer team. Josie’s skills have been recognized when she was named 1st team all-league SPSL 3A Defender year after year, and has also lettered in track. “I love the physicality of soccer, getting out there and fighting for the ball and protecting my team. Knowing I have a whole team who has my back on and off the field is amazing,” Josie says. About soccer, Josie says “You need to have a thick skin. People are going to try and get in your head any way possible, but you can’t let it get to you. The only thing you can control is you.” Her favorite memory in PHS soccer was making it to state in her sophomore year. Peninsula had not made it to the state championships for about 17 years, and Josie helped it happen.
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“The biggest challenge I have had in sports is finding a way to balance soccer, school (homework), social life and family,” Josie admits. “I would say organization and time management have helped me balance it all.” This ability to balance and drive to win has served Josie well in her involvement with PHS’ DECA club, a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and
Josie will play soccer for Eastern Washington University (EWU) with a partial athletic scholarship. There she will study psychology, counseling or other brain science studies. “I enjoy figuring out how people think and why we do the things we do,” Josie explains. A National Honor Society member, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
SOCCER “I love the physicality of soccer, getting out there and fighting for the ball and protecting my team.”
distinguished scholar, recognized as a scholar athlete on the honor roll with a 3.95 GPA, Josie is applying for academic scholarships. Favorite food: Fettuccine Alfredo Favorite teacher: “Asking me to pick a favorite teacher is like asking a parent who their favorite child is. I really have had many great teachers; it would be hard to pick just one.”
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GIG HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL. BY MERIDITH HATCH. THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT for track and cross-country runner senior Brenna Peloquin. As a junior last year, Brenna placed 4th at the 4A cross-country state championships. At the 4A track state championships Brenna placed 6th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:56.67 and won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:43.12. Her personal best time for the 3200 is 10:32.28. “I love running because whenever I step out and train I know my hard work will pay off; nothing can replace the feeling of giving my absolute best,” Brenna explains. “Being a runner made me realize that it’s important to have balance in my life. I know that I may not always be a competitive runner, so it’s important to make sure that running is not the only thing in my life.” Finding this balance wasn’t easy. Following her freshman year, Brenna experienced a hip injury that prevented her from running for almost a year, though she turned to biking and swimming to continue her training. Brenna found herself disheartened by her lengthy recovery, but she credits her parents for reminding her that she always
had the option to stop training/running because running is just a small part of who she is. “I focused on my academics, choir, and church instead of running. Most of all, I put my running future in God’s hands. I would pray to God that I would be healed, but always with the acknowledgement that His will be done.” Brenna continues, “Going through this injury made me realize how much I truly love running, and it also made me appreciate the fact that God has given me a gift.” Brenna enjoys her English classes because she loves writing and reading. With a GPA of 3.975, Brenna is the president of National Honor Society at GHHS. Brenna sings with the Meistersingers choir and is an active member of Saint Nicholas Parish. Brenna helps teach Sunday school and assists in other church-related volunteer work. Brenna plans on running at the collegiate level and is being courted to run both cross-country and track for colleges at the Division 1 level. She has been offered several athletic and academic scholarships and plans to study medicine.
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Be the Change Create both local and global impact on Make A Difference Day 2014. By Sarah Polyakov & Mike Trittin. Photos by Julie Gustanski.
SOMETIMES WE FORGET that the little things we do can make such a large difference in the lives of others. Now more than ever, it’s important to have time set aside to join others in making a positive impact on our community and on those living in it. Are you the kind of person who lives your life knowing that you are here because you have a larger purpose that includes making your community a better place? We all have budding potential and an individual purpose. Whether we realize it, everything that we do can conceivably make an unlimited and positive impact on others. If we take the time to tap into this aspect of ourselves, we can change the world. You may have heard the phrase: “think globally and act locally.” Such is the spirit and intent behind Make A Difference Day (MDD) the largest national day of community service held on the fourth Saturday of October for the past 24 years. On October 25th, 2014, you will have the opportunity to join others in making our community a better place. MDD provides an occasion to get involved, to pay it forward, and to give back to the area we call home. But, the best news is Make A Difference Day is not just any local event. In fact, our greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community will be joining forces with people from all walks of life, as volunteers worldwide, unite on this very special day. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.”
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On this one day, millions will rally together with the collective mission to improve their communities and the lives of others. With this singular task, Make a Difference Day could become a world-changing event. In this spirit, the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community will join forces on the Second Annual GHKP Make A Difference Day, with a special celebration of its own. This year promises to be very exciting, as participants in GHKP Make A Difference Day take a shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records. The goal is to make history by assembling the largest maze of donated canned food. The Foundation’s MDD organizers are encouraging all schools, community businesses, organizations, and families to arrive with canned non-perishable food contributions to construct what they hope will be the world’s largest food maze in Sehmel Homestead Park.
Beyond aiming to set a Guinness World Record, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is working to raise funds to acquire ADA modular surfacing for use at diverse community events. This surface will insure that all area organizations that host events, festivals, and performances can better accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. Such events are often held in locations, including outdoor venues, which present challenges related to facilities and terrain.
Following the event, all food will go to organizations that help feed area families in need. And, our community will be in the running for one of fourteen $10,000 grants from Newman’s Own to help make an even bigger impact.
As the Foundation works to meet community-wide needs, they are also changing the broader social dynamic. Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, past President of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, noted, “Events are critical to supporting a sense of community and it is important that we take into consideration how we include everyone. People with disabilities often face many barriers to full inclusion and participation. The Foundation led the way in funding the Northwest’s first certified Boundless™ Playground at Sehmel Park. This is a continuation of our work to find solutions to remove barriers and truly include everyone in our community.”
This year there will also be a drop off site at the Food Market in Key Center for nonperishable food, school supplies, eyeglasses, winter clothing, and new toys and clothes for children’s holiday gifts. A number of area businesses have already committed to helping our MDD event’s success through fiscal sponsorship and food contributions for volunteers.
Through much planning and preparation, they are addressing the needs of those with disabilities so that all may participate in meaningful ways. The Foundation is currently raising money for a portable ADA compliant surfacing project. Individual donations or the ADA surface will be greatly appreciated so that this surface can be acquired in a timely manner.
Don’t forget to bring canned goods so that together we can make history by joining the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest food maze. Once acquired, the ADA surface will be available, free of charge, to all community organizations wishing to use it. Join your community at the local MDD campaign headquarters, at Sehmel Homestead Park. Once there, you can make a financial donation, deliver food, school supplies, and new toys, clothing, and winter coats that will become holiday gift donations. There will also be opportunities to sign-up to volunteer your time and services in your area of expertise: pro bono legal services, transportation, housing, youth projects and services, and much more. If you’re experiencing a season of need, be sure to check out the event offerings to
learn about assistance and services being generously provided by local organizations. The GHKP Make A Difference Day event is in partnership with PenMet Parks, the City of Gig Harbor, and volunteers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Foundation’s MDD organizing team is comprised of leaders from organizations such as the Key Peninsula Family Resource Center/Children’s Home Society, Gig Harbor FISH, Thanksgiving Basket Brigade, KP Community Council, and Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Club. The collaboration of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, area businesses, organizations, and volunteers is yet another heart-warming example of what makes Gig Harbor such a great community. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by a social climate that makes Gig Harbor a truly unique place to call home. Don’t forget to bring canned goods so that together we can make history by joining the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest food maze. To learn more about GHKP A Difference Day please www.gigharborfoundation.org/mdd.
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ShopinStyle Reaping the Fall Harvest GRAB A LITTLE EXTRA FOR A FRIEND YOU HAVEN’T MET. BY JOCELYN STOTT. IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR when people start thinking about chili and cornbread, homemade apple pie, turkey and all the trimmings, caramel apples, popcorn balls, and of course pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING. As you stock your cupboards and even your freezer this fall, consider getting extra food for those less fortunate. When every day food acquisition and consumption is a challenge – both in quantity and quality – it’s hard to even consider preparing the seasonal treats that so many of us take for granted this time of year. It is often the case that those who need food really need something nourishing, which can also be more expensive. When considering what to donate to your local food bank, consider things that are filling, healthy, and easy to prepare. One thing that some folks overlook is the donation of deer, elk, or moose venison from local hunters. Another type of donation to consider is the surplus of produce from your own garden or fruit trees, such as tomatoes, zucchini, apples, and plums. In addition to donating food that is nutritious, consider some of the other challenges faced by low- income residents in our community. Packaged meals can be nice, but is there water, a pan, and the proper utensils with which to cook? While canned food comes already prepared, surprisingly, many food banks give out a lot of can openers since some do not own them. The next time you are at the store, consider adding a few inexpensive manual can openers and pans to supplement your holiday food bank donation. Though reliance on welfare subsidies has dropped in Washington State, the need for food stamps is on the rise (Seattle Times, 12/4/13). The group that is most affected by food insecurity is children. Though many children in this situation are eligible for reduced fee or no fee breakfasts and lunches at school, many of them return home to an empty dinner table. This is a disheartening situation for anyone to face. But for children, food insecurity can lead to both health and growth issues. Sometimes it can be hard to imagine what life would look like if you didn’t know where your next meal would come from. It can be easy to take little things like can openers and a saucepan for granted. Now is the time, more than ever, to live your life according to the Golden Rule. So, when you consider your local food bank this fall, don’t just clean the cupboards of your leftover canned beets - count your blessings and be a blessing to others this fall and beyond.
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Join us for 2nd Thursday Art Walk on October 9th, 5-8pm. An art cooperative of local artists creating beautiful art and gifts. Discover a wide selection of art, photography, jewelry, pottery, fused glass, art tiles, beaded art, and decorative painting in our beautiful gallery. The image is from featured Artist Dori Wheeler. She is a tole and decorative painter and also does “Iris fold” paper art. The image is an example of Iris fold art and is called “Geisha.”
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Live Your Best Life! Living a fuller life with fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. By Terri Rossi.
SHE COULDN’T RUN. She couldn’t keep her balance. Even walking became an arduous task requiring orthotics in her shoes and frequent rest stops. For the last 20 years, ‘Kathy’ has suffered from two central nervous system disorders which caused abnormal pain perception, extreme fatigue and uncoordinated movement. “At first I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but later my doctors decided I also had multiple sclerosis,” says 42-year-old Kathy. “I once enjoyed walking, but began to dread it as my problems got worse. I became less and less active and more and more anxious,” Kathy explains. Frustrated with her extreme fatigue and pain and not
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Fibromyalgia (FM) causes chronic widespread body pain. Most people with FM also experience moderate to extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to touch, light and sound, and memory problems. FM often occurs following an emotional or physical trauma, such as an injury or acute illness. Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes numbness, blurred vision, poor coordination, slurred speech, extreme fatigue, memory problems, and bladder dysfunction. MS occurs because the body’s autoimmune system goes haywire and attacks the nerves. This nerve damage interferes with communication between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Inflammation and Your Body The domino effect that you can stop. By Sarah Polyakov. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY DAY either we or loved ones are dealing with devastating health conditions such as chronic pain, obesity, ADHD, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, strokes, migraines, thyroid issues, diabetes, dental issues, and even cancer. Many of us are advised by our physicians to keep these issues in check with one prescription medication after another. Unfortunately, even though many are suffering from at least one of these disorders, we have no idea about how to stop the domino effect of cascading health concerns. We are rarely asked to consider the root cause of such conditions, which is surprisingly within our control. These conditions all begin with chronic inflammation in our bodies. Still, many physicians are prescribing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause of these conditions. But the fact of the matter is, allopathically trained medical doctors are not taught how to reduce chronic inflammation in the first place. Yet, they are not to blame since most of their training has traditionally been centered on treating disease, not preventing disease. But the bottom line is, preventative care is where we must begin so that we can stop disease before it stops us. While getting chronic inflammation under control cannot stop not all ailments, most of them can be prevented or symptoms greatly improved by combating inflammation. They used to say “you are what you eat” and that adage is true when it comes to preventing inflammation. Combating inflammation, to a large extent, requires changing our diets. For example, one of the dietary changes we must make is to switch to organic and non-genetically modified
food sources. In a large-scale study performed on pigs, researchers found that there was a significant inflammatory response when pigs were fed genetically modified food (GMO). If these responses were seen in the bodies of pigs, we can be sure they will affect us too. The second part of dietary changes involves incorporating delicious and natural herbs and spices into your meals. For example, the curcumin in turmeric and the ursolic acid found in holy basil are powerful natural substances that reduce both chronic inflammation and help prevent cancer. In addition to those, other inflammation fighters are: the resveratrol found in grape skins, proathocyanidins in grape seeds, and the catechins present in green tea. Supplements such as rosemary, borage oil, and evening primrose, are also available at local health food stores. Then, there are substances in our daily vitamins, such as vitamin K, that are potent anti-inflammatories. A type of vitamin K, identified as MK-7 was found to be greatly beneficial. Dr. James Mercola, a naturopath, recently noted that, “A study from the Czech Republic evaluated the role of MK-7 in inflammation and found that it prevents inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory markers produced by white blood cells called monocytes”. The good news is it is never too late to make a change in your health and lifestyle. But, the better news is that combating chronic inflammation does not require any kind of newfangled expensive treatment or extremely pricey supplement. Please incorporate these dietary changes bit by bit, and I can guarantee that your body will thank you for it.
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Oh, My Aching Back!
Surgery doesn’t have to be the solution. By Susan Hoffman. “OH, MY ACHING BACK!” How often do we hear this complaint from people of all ages? This familiar comment can be due to some minor and even temporary situations like lifting heavy boxes during a move or from bending over while weeding the garden. On the other hand, some back complaints might be due to more serious conditions. There are many causes of common back pain and fortunately some are temporary. For example, injuries could include sprains of soft tissues such as ligaments and muscles, fractures, or compression fractures of bones. This can occur while playing a contact sport or because of an injury sustained during a fall. In most cases, healing can occur with rest and restricted movement. Still, conditions such as osteoarthritis often occur as people age. This is a condition where the cushions between the discs become less flexible and the joints in the spine become stiff and sore. This can happen to other joints like the hips, which can in turn affect someone’s gait and cause back pain. Maintaining a healthy weight is important in avoiding osteoarthritis because extra weight can cause more pressure on the spine. Bad posture can also lead to back pain because the muscles and ligaments must work harder to maintain a balanced body. Even stress and anxiety can result in backaches since the body automatically responds to the tension in the back. Then there are more serious causes of back pain such as herniated or slipped discs. These conditions cause pain because of pinched nerves in the spinal cord.
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Flexion-Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention. Herniated discs are conditions usually diagnosed via an x-ray. Fortunately, the pain is usually relieved through an exercise regime or through anti-inflammatory medication. As most of us can attest, back pain can be debilitating and it prevents us from enjoying the daily activities that give us pleasure. It can be even more troublesome when it interrupts our sleep. Back pain may appear suddenly or can occur more slowly due to some of the reasons above. The important thing is to do something about it by seeking proper treatment. One of the most exciting forms of nonsurgical treatment for back pain is called flexion-distraction. “Flexion-Distraction, (F/D) is a gentle, chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for back and neck pain. Flexion-Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention” (Source drwrightdc.com).
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Flexion-distraction is used primarily for disc related issues by placing the spinal joints into a normal and painless movement that restores spinal motion. This type of therapy also reduces stress on discs and helps spinal nerves function optimally. Of course, for anyone suffering back pain, it is important to be under the care of a physician. But if back surgery is prescribed, it might be best to consider flexiondistraction therapy as an alternative to surgery. The ultimate goal is to maintain well being by living a healthy and pain-free life. So, the next time your back is getting you down, be sure to ask your chiropractor about all the options available to you.
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Home of the world’s best burgers and shakes, Lunchbox Laboratory has 3 locations in Western Washington! High quality ingredients sourced locally. Buns are fresh baked daily, locally made and organic. Stop by for weekly rotating handcrafted burger, cocktail and shake experiments! lunchboxlaboratory.com/gigharbor 4901 Point Fosdick Dr. NW | 253.432.4061
Under New Ownership! Whether it’s on the patio, in the bar for happy hour, or by the cozy fireplace in the dining room, you’re invited to try our delicious new additions and nightly chalkboard specials with Chef Scott & Gail Fuller. Offering lunch, Twilight, dinner & Happy Hour. Open M-Thrs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-8pm. The patio heaters are on and the gas fireplace is ready to go! www.greenhousegigharbor.com 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 400 | 253.514.6482
Enjoy lunch, Happy Hour, a comfortable dinner overlooking the water. Wine list offers a worldwide scope, craft beers on tap, fun food & wine events. Our Morso Gallery provides private dining & a unique experience seeing local & national artists. Live music events features amazing artists from around the country. Hours: Tue-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2pm-9pm. www.morsowinebar.com | 253.530.3463 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr.
The Hub at Gig Harbor
Come enjoy great local foods, wine and craft brews, and patio with live music and flat screen TVs. Watch from your table as airplanes take off and land. Monday Trivia Night, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursday’s Open Mic Night with Mike. Come enjoy happy hour on our patio! Now delivering lunch! Experience Fly N Dine for an unforgettable flight over scenic Gig Harbor and combine it with Dinner package. www.thehubrestaurants.com 1208 26th Avenue NW | 253.853.1585
Taste of Peru
Taste of Peru offers traditional Peruvian dishes as well as quinoa, vegetarian, and gluten free options. We prepare our meals from scratch and use fresh ingredients offering a lighter and healthier option without compromising flavor. Now serving beer & wine!
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Forza Coffee Company
Much more than specialty coffee! Gig Harbor FORZA offers hot breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quiche & pastries, lunch, including sandwiches & salads, dinner, including Italian flatbreads, antipasto & caesar salad and everything in between! Come in and try our amazing selection of wine and craft beer while listening to live music or enjoying trivia! Happy hour daily from 4-6pm.
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Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant
Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine for 2014! Since 1978, Moctezumas Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar has been the favorite of those seeking authentic Mexican food and award winning Margaritas. Come visit our Gig Harbor location for an exceptional Mexican atmosphere and enjoy our Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious appetizers. www.moctezumas.com 4628 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW 253.851.8464
American cuisine with a Caribbean flair, best Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder in Gig Harbor! We are located next to Anthony’s Restaurant and offer an expansive view of the harbor. Family owned and operated. If you haven’t tried us, you are missing out! Serving beer and wine, Take Out Menu available. Hours M-Thursday, 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm, Sunday, 11am-8pm. www.themarketplacegrille.com 8825 North Harborview Drive, Unit C 253.858.3487
Locally owned featuring 26 chef inspired burger options, salad creations & more. Fresh, locally sourced produce & natural meats, chicken, buffalo, turkey, & vegetarian options. Visit our sports lounge & enjoy local craft beer. Hours: SunThurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm. Sports Lounge: Sun: 11am-10pm, MonThurs: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-12am. www.blazingonion.com 4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW 253.514.6703
Seal your salmon with foil in a dome formation, be careful as to not squish the salmon. The goal is to create some steam inside the dome to lock in moisture. Heat in oven low at 200 degrees for an hour and a half to 2 hours depending on thickness of the salmon. Bake with Turbo Sauce, sliced onions and lemon.
Garnish with Turbo sauce. Add cilantro, lemons and peppers if desired. Stop into Rib Ticklers for your sides of cornbread, beans and coleslaw. The heat of the Turbo spice dissipates but the flavor remains.
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Occasions Coffee &Crepes Delicious food and savory creations. By Patty Hutchens. THEIR NAME IS JUST A GLIMPSE into the amazing culinary delights one will find when they visit Occasions Coffee & Crepes. While one may envision a wonderful breakfast of crepes filled with your favorite fruit, and there are plenty of those, there is much more to this quaint restaurant located at 4700 Point Fosdick Dr. NW in Gig Harbor. Located inside the Olympic Medical Plaza, Occasions Coffee & Crepes also offers a variety of panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and coffee.
Their paninis and wraps include a wide variety including meat loaf, grilled eggplant, turkey and prosciutto, tuna melt, grilled chicken, and hummus and roasted red pepper just to name a few.
Owned by Ran and Jan Wainright, Occasions Coffee & Crepes has been satisfying the cravings of Gig Harbor residents for 14 years. Their crepes are made from scratch and are both sweet and savory. And it’s not just dessert crepes they serve; they also offer wonderful entrée crepes as well. The most popular? Their chicken bacon avocado crepe.
Prior to opening Occasions Coffee & Crepes, Ray and Jan owned a catering company. Today they still do small caterings for family gatherings and smaller get togethers.
Ray said he and Jan visited France several years ago when they discovered that crepe vendors were as popular as coffee vendors are in the United States. “It’s fast and you can be very creative,” said Ray of the variety of fillings they use and his decision to feature them at their restaurant. Occasions also offers seasonal specials. As fall fills the air, the Wainrights are planning a delicious end of October special - a pumpkin cheesecake crepe with candied pecans and crystallized ginger. And if your mouth is not watering yet, check out their entire menu which includes sweet crepes such as French brie cheese and apples, lemon and powdered sugar, fresh strawberry, butter, cinnamon and sugar and delicious entrée crepes as well.
For those that are in a hurry, whether it’s the made to order sandwiches or a fresh salad they are craving, they can call ahead and their order will be ready when they come by. There are also premade sandwiches for those who want to grab and go.
Open Monday through Friday 7am to 5pm. 4700 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Suite 109 Sandwiches start at $4.99; Paninis start at $5.99 and Fresh crepes from $3.
When you stop into Occasions, you will not only find delicious food, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase creations from several local artists. Some of what you will discover is pottery, cards, and jewelry. There are also Jan’s handmade aprons and dresses. “All of the items are made locally,” said Ray. The couple prides itself on not only the exceptional food and customer service they provide, but also on the fact they are environmentally conscious, using silverware that is completely biodegradable and made with potato starch and utilizing packaging that is compostable, recycled material. They encourage anyone who has not been to their place to stop by and give them a try. And I am sure your first visit will not be your last.
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The Resort at Port Ludlow
Discover the hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest at Port Ludlow Resort. Article and photos by Julie Reed. UPON ENTERING THE RESORT at Port Ludlow, you will immediately notice the welcoming atmosphere that invites you to unplug and beckons you to partake of the local cuisine that the resort offers. The resort offers something for both families and couples with luxury amenities suited to your individual lifestyle. But it is the quiet picturesque setting that will instantly pull you in since the Inn is situated on high-bank waterfront that provides sweeping views of Puget Sound and the marina. Port Ludlow is located on the shores of Ludlow Bay and it is just north of Gig Harbor, by about an hour. The resort is located a mere ten minutes from the Hood Canal Bridge after you cross it. The beautiful drive provides breathtaking scenery that makes you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The warm and hospitable staff at the Port Ludlow Resort has a way of making you feel at home, and the luxurious rooms provide a peaceful sanctuary for guests. Each of the 37 guest rooms is furnished with a cozy fireplace and jetted tub. But, the serenity and luxury of the resort is second only to the spectacular water and mountain views right outside your window. One of the best things about staying at Port Ludlow is the casual elegant dining at The Fireside Restaurant where you can take in the sunsets of Ludlow Bay and the majestic Olympic Mountain views. You can enjoy a leisurely morning breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch or dinner at the award-winning Fireside Restaurant. Chef Dan Ratigan and his culinary team masterfully create exquisite meals using delectable and locally sourced organic meats, cheeses, and fresh, local produce. Chef Dan has skillfully created a menu of the highest quality ingredients that indulge the senses. The dinner menu changes daily to capture the seasonal bounty of local farmland and waters which is a unique resort feature. In addition, Port Ludlow offers unique seasonal opportunities to experience including their Farm Dinner Series from local farms. These dinners always include the participation of local
One of the best things about staying at Port Ludlow is the casual elegant dining at The Fireside Restaurant where you can enjoy the sunsets of Ludlow Bay and the majestic Olympic Mountain views. farmers who happily discuss with guests the production of the locally sourced and seasonal dinners that are being served. The culinary creations at the Farm Dinner Series are sure to delight your palate with the magical pairings of wine and food that are offered during this impressive seven-course dinner. The Resort at Port Ludlow has opportunities for outdoor adventure that can accommodate almost any interest. There are several picturesque hikes that guests can enjoy.
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For those of who want to tee-off, there is a championship golf course designed by Golf Course Architect Robert Muir Graves. It is located a very short distance from the resort. This 18-hole course is challenging, yet very rewarding and offers additional views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
There are also opportunities to take to the water. Explore the bay with your choice of rented watercraft including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and small boats. A kayak trip around the bay and small islands is a unique experience since it affords kayakers the opportunity to get closer to marine life that live in the pristine waters of the bay. Guests of the resort are also welcome to arrive in their own vessels since the resort has 300 slips available for boats up to 200 feet in length. Escaping to Port Ludlow Resort by land or by sea is worth the effort. Once there, you may not want to leave–and one thing is for sure; you will want to return! Finally, the resort offers comfortable group meeting spaces for team building events, corporate retreats, and meetings. These spaces are also wonderful for family events as well as intimate weddings. The Resort at Port Ludlow One Heron Road, Port Ludlow, WA 98365 www.portludlowresort.com 360.437.7412
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