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SEPTEMBER 11-27 WASHINGTON STATE FAIR Seventeen days of exhibitions, rides, music, animals and fun for the whole family in Puyallup. Rodeo, parade, talent show. Competitions for photography, beer & wine making, agriculture, and high school juniors & seniors art show. Concert series includes Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Heart and others. Schedule of events and exhibitions, visit thefair.com.

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The arrival of fall means cooler days, vibrant landscapes and, of course, the beloved kickoff to the NFL season. In this feature story written by Chris Strickley, he gives us a glimpse of what to expect this upcoming season. From the turmoil of the 49er’s off-season to the much publicized New England Patriots’ “deflategate” to what we can expect from the Seattle Seahawks, Strickley has us all anticipating the September 10 kickoff to what promises to be an exciting season, no matter who you are cheering for.

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School teacher Megan Olson shares how the brother of a Columbine victim inspired her to comprise a list of the top 100 things she wanted to experience in life. Shortly thereafter, when one  of her young students with terminal brain cancer passed away it left her with her with an empty  space in her heart. Then she faced her own personal losses as well. All this led her on a journey  to do all she could to live her best life. It is this heartwarming and inspirational story she shares with our readers this month. 

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SEPTEMBER 19 DONKEY CREEK CHUM FESTIVAL Meet at Donkey Creek near the Harbor History Museum and Austin Estuary Park for     this annual event. Canoes, paddle boards, Chum burgers, touch-tanks and storytelling     are just some of the activities. Celebrate the  return of the salmon to our waters. Kayak,  walk, bike  or drive to join the fun. 10 a.m.  cityofgigharbor.net.

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16 Home & Essentials 38 Athletes of The latest tips and trends. the Month

70 Shop in Style

24 Life & Community

76 Health & Lifestyle

The empty nest.

The best local shopping.

This year’s athletes.

46 Hometown Experts Your chosen local experts.

28 Business Spotlight 48 Feature Story See...ing the difference.

That familiar feeling.

30 Good News

56 Arts & Entertainment

Chum Festival sustains Donkey Creek salmon.

34 Gig Harbor in Focus Everyone’s best friend.

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy, active lifestyle. Discover Gig Harbor’s tastiest destinations.

Monthly calendar of great local events, music and shows.

88 Destination Northwest Tailgaiting the Northwest.

62 Feature Story

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Staying Connected THE EBBS AND FLOWS IN RELATIONSHIPS. (PART ONE)

BY JOY PETERSON.

“Every lasting marriage goes through a series of ‘divorces’ in its lifetime.” The above quotation is the best advice on marriage I ever received. Over the years, the words echoed to keep me “hanging in there” through the inevitable deep valleys that occur in every relationship. The “divorces” are times of plodding through the bottom of the valley, when what used to work no longer does. Couples repaint walls, replace worn furniture and renovate bathrooms, but don’t consider updating relationship strategies and behaviors. Over time, demands of real life intrude on a couple’s time and resources. The fire dims and begins the long descent into dissatisfaction, discouragement, and despair. The marriage imperceptibly becomes increasingly less intimate and satisfying. Rough seas and flat days in a relationship are inescapable. Commitment binds you to your vows and keeps you on course. The ship at sea has no option but to ride out storms and endless days with no wind, no movement, no progress, no end in sight. You don’t stop growing the day you marry. Priorities are reordered, perceptions shift, your individual and marital worlds contract and expand. As you change, the relationship must adjust. Failure to acknowledge and embrace growth places relationships in jeopardy.

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Inevitable mini-divorces are wake-up calls. A time to acknowledge and celebrate the good in each other and the relationship. A time to build on the parts you do well, and face openly the elements that no longer serve and let them go. Replace outdated relationship ideals with conscious choices. When you fell in love, your relationship was top priority. Lovers invest time and energy in courtship behaviors to secure a beloved’s affections. Instead of fighting to hang on to a model of marriage and family that no longer satisfies, direct your energy and resources into creating the relationship you want. Your individual task is to become the partner you want to have. Blissful romantic encounters occur spontaneously and cannot be contrived. In a long-term relationship, such moments won’t happen unless affection and appreciation is intentionally nurtured and practiced daily. Making romantic liaisons a relationship tradition ensures incandescent moments will surprise you. Expand the definition of foreplay in your marriage. It isn’t something you engage in when you want to have sex; it is the affectionate manner in which you relate to your beloved in everyday interactions that lead to magic moments and intimate, loving encounters.

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Imagination: Gateway to Your Inner Genius REMOVE OBSTACLES — DISCOVER YOUR PASSION. BY DEBORAH OLIVE.

When you were a kid, it was probably easy to step into your imagination to try on possible futures. Adults asked questions like, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Anything was possible. You could be a fireman, a meteorologist, a ballerina, an astronaut – the list was endless. Your imagination was a vivid and exciting place to go. You tapped it often. Did you imagine yourself as the characters in a book, photographs or movies? Perhaps you “became” one of the characters in a computer game. Did you play with toys that represented the tools of a particular trade or dress up at Halloween and actually “become” that character? Our training tends to mute this active and creative part of ourselves – often as early as first grade. Were you told to stop daydreaming, get real or grow up? Clearly, we must learn to focus on the here and now, but constantly placing our attention on what’s “real” often means our imagination begins to atrophy.

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A Harvard study that defines genius by the ability to use multiple modalities to assimilate information in new ways, determined that 98 percent of all babies function at a genius level. By 5 years of age, that number drops to 20 percent, and by the time we’re 20 years old, only 2 percent of the population meets the genius criteria. This is a stunning drop!

Success is venerated at such a high level that we stop taking risks.

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What creates this drop in capacity? The short answer is our inner critic. Success is venerated at such a high level that we stop taking risks. A child will fall and get up countless times before learning to walk. Adults typically try something less than six times before quitting. Rather than draw from the vast reservoir of what’s possible, we consider fewer and fewer possibilities. The pressure of deadlines, expectations, taking care of daily tasks, our desire to guarantee future success means our quest for the possible erodes to what’s tried and true. Every new thing arises from the imagination. The chair you’re sitting on; the little brush for mascara; your cell phone; the pool noodle; the car you drive — all began as an idea. One of the reasons we exonerate inventors is that they’ve stepped outside the box of ordinary thinking. No doubt, you’ve had many novel ideas. It’s recognizing them and taking committed action that’s in short supply. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” It’s my passion to help people unleash their potential. Most of my clients are entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals. Whether it’s regarding their business or

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OUT OF YOUR BOX AND INTO YOUR GENIUS “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein their personal lives, my first question is, “What would you love?” Most people find it more difficult to answer that question than they expected. I use a proven system to help people remove the blocks to their imagination and begin to think in new ways. One of my clients said, “I’m so excited by my new ideas, and this is only week one!” I find it even more exciting to see my clients achieve vistas they never thought possible. By helping them remove the obstacles, apply consistent focused attention and take committed actions, they’re able to turn their “old ceiling into their new floor.”

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Snowbirds Prepare to Safeguard Their Homes HOME WATCH SERVICES GAINING IN POPULARITY. BY SARAH FRIESEN, GIG HARBOR HOME MANAGEMENT. “During a season that brought ants into our kitchen and rainwater into our basement, we are so glad we hired our Home Manager to check on our home and oversee calls from service providers in our absence.” — Sandy, happy Gig Harbor homeowner Every fall, snowbirds prepare to pack up and head south for the winter. Many of them discover just how much can go wrong inside their home where no one can see what is happening. “I’ll just turn off the water heater…” Did you know that turning off your water heater has the potential to void its warranty? “I’ll just turn the temp down…” Did you know that a cold water heater can interfere with water softener systems, and lead to speedy corrosion and spring a leak overnight?

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manager to check the inside of their home for a variety of hidden risks UTILITIES - water heaters, thermostat settings, leaks under sinks. CLEANLINESS - food management, clean surfaces and visiting pests. APPLIANCES - Refrigerator settings, washing machine odors, car battery chargers. OUTSIDE - Patio furniture during windstorms, outdoor faucets and freezing temperatures, flooding at foundations. DISCOURAGING BURGLARIES - light timers, changing curtains and blinds, watering plants on the front porch, snow removal, packages left on porch. Gain peace of mind for the safekeeping of your home by hiring a professional, licensed and bonded home management company that will check potential problem areas. A home watch manager will meet with you personally, create a customized checklist and inspection plan, and schedule regular visits that accommodate your concerns and wishes. The cost of hiring someone to look after your home is far less than the cost of a major emergency going undiscovered for weeks or months. Don’t count on the friendly neighbor who keeps an eye on your home from down the street; the worst disasters are not seen from the outside! A trustworthy and dependable home watch manager will give you an added layer of protection, and bring you peace of mind while you are away.

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Retirement, Succession Plans: “Must Haves” for Business Owners

Make Your Financial Future a Priority.

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY EDWARD JONES FOR USE BY YOUR LOCAL EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL ADVISOR, ERIN ABRIGO.

If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy — which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow — which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans.

Many succession planning techniques are available, including an outright sale to a third party, a sale to your employees or management (at once or over time), or the transfer of your business within your family through sales or gifts during your life, at your death or any combination thereof.

Fortunately, you’ve got some attractive options in these areas. For example, you could choose a retirement plan that offers at least two key advantages: potential tax-deferred earnings and a wide array of investment options. Plus, some retirement plans allow you to make tax-deductible contributions.

Many succession plans include a buysell agreement. Upon your death, such an agreement could allow a business partner or a key employee to buy the business from your surviving spouse or whoever inherits your business interests. To provide the funds needed for the partner or employee (or even one of your children) to purchase the business, an insurance policy could be purchased.

In selecting a retirement plan, you’ll need to consider several factors, including the size of your business and the number of employees. If your business has no full-time employees other than yourself and your spouse, you may consider a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan or an owner-only 401(k), sometimes known as an individual or solo 401(k). Or, if your goal is to contribute as much as possible, you may want to consider an owner-only defined benefit plan. If you have employees, you might want to investigate a SIMPLE IRA or even a 401(k) plan. Your financial advisor, working with plan design professionals and your tax advisor, can help you analyze the options and choose the plan that fits with your combined personal and business goals. Now, let’s turn to business succession plans. Ultimately, your choice of a succession plan strategy will depend on many factors, such as the value of your business, your need for the proceeds from the sale of the business for your retirement, your successor, and how well your business can continue without you. If your goal is to keep the business within the family, you’ll need to consider how much control you wish to retain (and for how long), whether you wish to gift or sell, how you balance your estate among your heirs, and who can reasonably succeed you in running the business.

Your estate plan — including your will and any living trust — should address what happens with the business, in case you still own part or all of it at your death. The bestlaid succession plans may go awry if the unexpected occurs. All these business succession options can be complex, so before choosing any of them, you will need to consult with your legal and financial advisors.

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Whether it’s selecting a retirement plan or a succession strategy, you’ll want to take your time and make the choices that are appropriate for your individual situation. You work extremely hard to run your business — so do whatever it takes to help maximize your benefits from it.

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Live Outside Often YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AWAITS — NO TRAVEL REQUIRED.

BY BRETT MARLO DESANTIS. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRETT MARLO DESIGNS.

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest encompasses us. Our temperate climate allows us the opportunity to enjoy mild year-round temperatures and spend more time outdoors. Do not cry over a departing summer, because you can enjoy the great outdoors even in the rainy season! Did you know that homeowners who have outdoor spaces tend to spend more time at home? According to Zillow, homes with outdoor living features boost resale values. In fact, when buyers are shopping for a new home, most want to know about the outdoor spaces. Imagine yourself … wrapped in a blanket, sipping your favorite drink, smelling dewy plants and fresh air, listening to soft raindrops while reading a book or engaged in thoughtful conversation with family or friends. If you haven’t considered outdoor living you are literally missing out. Whether you are dreaming of an outside kitchen, a sleeping area or simply a spot to cozy up with a book, outdoor living spaces allow us to feel connected to nature, year-round. These outdoor spaces may be direct extensions of your home, or detached. They may be large or petite. Some may be covered, heated, lighted, contain fireplaces, kitchens, designed with built-in cabinets or benches, appliances or furnishings; others simple, minimal and utilitarian.

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Are these spaces a must? Not really. And yet we choose to live in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beauty. When we describe where and why we live here, do we speak of the indoors? No. We are nature lovers; we connect to and interact with Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. Let’s look at how to design for outside living in your backyard. Would you like your outdoor space to be located near your current kitchen or would you prefer a gap from your house that is connected by steps, a path or a water feature? Would you like to wash your veggies? Cook in the sunshine? Are you looking for a romantic spot for two, a family gathering space or a party zone? Start with choosing the proper location. Evaluate your site by considering your orientation to views, sun, shade and prevailing winds. Nestling to existing walls may provide protection from the elements. Or are you looking for wide open vistas, or a private secluded area? Check out accessibility by foot, wheelchair, bike or even car. Will you require any deliveries, such as wood or party supplies? If the

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space is convenient and accessible you will use it often. Do you desire utilities? Will you be able to design for use of existing power, gas lines or water? Will you need to trench for new utility lines? Are you considering infrared heat? Typically, the fewer the utility connections, the lower the cost to build and the closer you will want to be to your indoor kitchen space. Select durable materials as they are a must. Resilient selections will put up with fallen leaves, rain, snow, pollen and freezing conditions. Exterior fixtures, such as appliances, lighting and speakers should be rated for outdoor use.

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LIFE & COMMUNITY Local Events and Stories

The Empty Nest THE KIDS HAVE MOVED OUT. NOW WHAT?

BY CHERYL FEENEY.

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It’s happened. The time met with dread by some parents; others rejoice in its arrival. All the kids have moved out. No more ball games, recitals, late night studying. The only beds not empty in the house are yours and the dog’s. So, now what do you do with all the spare time? Want to turn a hobby into a business? Ready to branch out on your own? Or maybe now’s the time to expand your small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration is an excellent resource to guide you. Learn how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, understanding rules and regulations, and business law. How do you market your business? How do hire and keep employees? Where will you locate? Information on their website can help answer those questions.

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Join one of the morning coffee sessions in the harbor and connect with other business owners. Watch for seminars offered at the library. And attend the Alliance of Women Owned Business (AWOB) conference, PowerUP for Impact, September 26, and discover ways to reenergize you and your business with leadership skills and personal insights designed to take you to your next level of success. Visit allianceofwomenownedbusinesses.com for information. A hidden gem for adult learners in our community is the Gig Harbor Campus of Tacoma Community College (TCC). A host of non-credit classes are offered at TCC-Gig Harbor, from Painting with Alcohol Inks to The Axial Age and Modern Civilizations. Attend a workshop and explore ways to

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boost your business. Learn meditation techniques to calm the chaos in your life. One grandmother took a drawing class to develop a hobby she could share with her granddaughter, a budding artist. Whatever the reason, take a look at what the college has to offer, and you’ll find something to spark your creativity, exercise your body...and your brain. Perhaps now is the time to return to college and earn that degree you put on hold while

encouraged her to return to college. Melissa pursued a degree in criminal justice, but discovered her math skills were too weak. She saw an ad at the library for the Tacoma Community College Adult Basic Education / GED program on the Key Peninsula, and enrolled. For nine months, she attended classes with students much younger than her daughter, all from different walks of life and different situations. Tentative at first, within a few weeks

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Learn and discuss facts about current events — and ancient ones — in a Harbor Institute class. Introduced last year, the program is designed with the community’s interests in mind. “It is a multifaceted program for engaged, non-degree seeking adults. Courses are dynamic and topics are inspired,” said TCC-Gig Harbor Campus Executive Director Janine Mott. Study cultural heritage, presidential power, humanitarian disasters, or local geology. Attend the kick-off party at the Gig Harbor Campus September 19, meet the instructors, and see what’s coming up for fall.

raising and supporting your family. A woman by the name of Melissa is doing just that. She became divorced with a young daughter 20 years ago and has worked in the Department of Corrections since. She worked her way up as far as she could, but the lack of a degree held her back. Her daughter, now an archaeologist,

they all realized they were there for the same reason: to learn. Melissa said, “TCC opened the door for me and others.The instructors encouraged us to succeed, every step of the way. Their outreach program benefits the entire community.”

Is your first novel bubbling to the surface? Where do you begin? Start writing now, join a critique group, and attend Write in the Harbor, a regional conference for writers of all levels and genres. The event takes place November 6-7, at...you guessed it...TCC-Gig Harbor Campus. Learn how to grab a reader’s attention and keep it. Identify steps to take you from first draft to publishing your first bestseller. Keynote speaker: Garth Stein. You have options. Travel. Join a hiking group. Take a class. Now you have the time...until the kids come home for holidays.

“Being an ‘empty-nester’ doesn’t mean you have nothing to do, but rather, you can do anything!” —Beth Bonds

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

SEE...ING THE DIFFERENCE An optical boutique with a focus on quality. By Gloria Gilbére. Photos courtesy of Uptown Eyes. Since opening three years ago, a business in Uptown has made a marked difference in our community and in helping people see life through better lens. Uptown Eyes, owned by Donna Jones, is more than an optical store for an eye exam and ordering new glasses or contacts. It is where customer service, quality and extraordinary eye care are not negotiable — it’s what they do.

safety hazard, especially for night vision or while performing intricate work or tasks on the computer and under florescent lighting.

people think about this; they want their glasses to disappear, but in actuality they don’t, so wearing them with style is important.

“Additionally, when someone looks at you with our lens, they see you, not a lens reflection. We use only the highest-end non-glare products available on the market with a hard coat, UV protection, and a two-year scratch warranty.”

“Our frames do not have a name or logo glued to the side. In our store, you’ll find sought-after quality eyewear. See us as your local boutique that adds that finishing touch to express your individual best, visually.”

Studies show that 70 percent of everything we learn is through our eyes. When asked what sets Uptown Eyes apart from other optical providers, Jones’ answer was surprising. “Many people struggle with clear, sharp vision even after being examined and fitted for a prescription. Most people see only the price, not understanding differences in quality, because no one has taken the time to educate them. Standard lenses manufacturing generally edges and surfaces through a manual process, creating a larger margin of error.

Jones has been in the optic business for 18 years, and one of her favorite aspects of the business is getting to know people who walk through the door. While selecting frames that match a person’s personality is important, Jones emphasizes that high-quality lens comes first; frames, second.

Now that her children are on their own and help in the business, Jones has turned her focus towards a longtime dream: to establish a foundation to provide quality eyeglasses to disadvantaged people, especially children.

“Our lenses are digitally laser-surfaced, which is mostly achieved by a computer using diamond lathe technology. This laser technology produces a noticeably clearer or crisper visual acuity with no discoloration or distortion. We also use gas-infused non-glare lenses because it increases clarity of vision and reduces annoying glare that can actually be a

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Treating clients like family is only natural at Uptown Eyes. One by one, Jones’ three children have joined the business. Her daughter and one son launched their own line of designer frames, Pull Optics, found in the optical boutique alongside other designer frames. “People just don’t think about their vision and eyewear the way they think about a handbag, boots, jewelry, jeans — you get the idea. We wear the same pair of frames for 2+ years, day in and day out. We want to change the focus to understand how our glasses represent style and personality. We want to change the way

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Stop by and meet Annie, their licensed optician, celebrating 20 years in the industry. Uptown Eyes is dedicated to providing exceptional service and getting to know you, to help select eyewear that fits your lifestyle and budget. Call for an appointment. Come in and see what we have to offer — eyewear that emphasizes that undistorted sparkle in your eyes, and allows you to see the world with clear vision.

Uptown Eyes 4735 Pt. Fosdick NW, Suite 300 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253.851.4144 www.uptown-eyes.com

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At Route 16 Running and Walking we pride ourselves in helping you to achieve a better you by providing complimentary fit and gait analysis from running professionals.

Train Smarter, Run Faster! Orthotics • Footwear • Training • Run Groups Foot or Leg Aches Local Run Events Such as Galloping Gertie Half and Race For A Soldier Half

Fall sports are here! We have insoles and over-the-counter orthotics for all sports!

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Chum Festival Sustains Donkey Creek Salmon Celebrate the return of the salmon. By Jani Gonzalez. Photos by Harbor WildWatch.

The 9th annual Donkey Creek Festival brings environmental awareness in the form of water races, kids’ activities, and educational and volunteer opportunities. The return of salmon to Donkey Creek has been celebrated for nearly 150 years and plays a significant role in the region’s cultural heritage and environmental and economic importance. Harbor Wildwatch, the City of Gig Harbor and Harbor History Museum host the event to introduce the community to the rich resources found in Donkey Creek. Their mission revolves around the idea of “it takes a fish to raise a village.” “Our goal is to bring people together to promote sustainability, sound environmental stewardship, preservation of our maritime history and culture, responsible recreation, habitat preservation, and shoreline restoration — one salmon at a time,” said Harbor WildWatch Executive Director Lindsey Johnson. The preservation of salmon is vital to Puget Sound’s environment and economy. The Chum Festival focuses on the preservation of Donkey

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Creek which is part of that ecological system. The creek is a tributary of the Austin Estuary and is home to the Chum salmon and a vast array of marine animals in addition to eagles, great blue herons and harbor seals. The land bordering the creek is called Donkey Creek Park and Austin Estuary Park which together make up 13 acres of uplands and tidelands. Donkey Creek had been partially filled to make way for a roadway. In 2013, a major preservation project restored the creek to have an uninterrupted waterway. A bridge was built in place of the roadway to preserve the creek’s ecological stature and structure. However, preservation efforts at the creek have been ongoing for decades. Each year since 1970, the Gig Harbor Fisherman’s Club (GHFC) has been restocking the creek annually with salmon eggs. Approximately one million eggs from the Mintercreek Salmon Hatchery, managed by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, are incubated and restocked to the creek. The festival provides the opportunity to educate the community in the value of the project in increasing the survival rate of the Chum eggs and the return of the salmon to

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Donkey Creek. The beauty is watching the Chum salmon swim freely in the creek. Preservation efforts to create awareness are year-round. Harbor WildWatch hosts a number of activities in area schools, plus waterfront tours and beach walks. Partnered with GHFC, the Puyallup Tribe and City of Gig Harbor, they foster outreach programs such as student and public tours to help individuals learn about the species of salmon and the recognition of their importance both culturally and environmentally. “The support of the Key Peninsula- Gig Harbor and Islands Watershed Council will help us continue to inspire local citizens and students to take action to directly protect the riparian habitat, improve water quality, and conserve salmon resources,” said Johnson. In addition to observing Chum salmon restocking, the festival goers can compete in environmentally friendly kayak and paddle board races, or take home a “Paint Your Own Salmon” t-shirt. And the touch tanks allow kids, young and old, to explore the wonders of the wildlife that inhabit

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the harbor. There will be educational materials and volunteer opportunities for people to get involved with and help sustain the region. Volunteer projects include monitoring of the creek’s biodiversity and measuring the salmon and water quality. Volunteers not only become well-versed in the necessities of a viable ecological system, they become first-hand experts in relaying that information to others.

It takes a fish to raise a village.

All this festival fun is in the name of preserving the beauty and viability of Donkey Creek and its resources, a huge part of the rich heritage of Gig Harbor. The event takes place Saturday, September 19 at Donkey Creek at the Harbor History Museum and Austin Estuary Park. Listen to the stories and tales of the past, follow a Salmon Maze, and enjoy a Chum burger while watching the kayak races go by. It’s a full day of fun, while welcoming home the salmon. For more information, visit www.cityofgigharbor.net.

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS EVERYONE’S BEST FRIEND

Prison Pet Partnership gives second chances to both dogs and people. By Sarah Polyakov.

Cesar Millan once remarked, “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human, but the inside of a human.” Dogs don’t care what we look like, or what we feel like. They don’t care whether we have been away for two hours or two years, they greet us with the same infectious enthusiasm. Dogs welcome the opportunity to lick our tears away when we are sad and snuggle to comfort us. But the very best quality that dogs possess is their ability to love unconditionally, to forgive freely, and to offer second chances. Sometimes, there are instances when dogs also require second chances. Prison Pet Partnership, located on the grounds of the Washington Corrections Center for Women, is a program that leverages the power of second chances and often changes the lives of both canines and offenders for the better. The program, which rescues and trains homeless dogs, is a non-profit organization in Gig Harbor that works in partnership with the WCCW. Prison Pet Partnership provides therapy, companion, and service dogs for persons with disabilities, operates a boarding and grooming facility, and provides vocational education for female inmates. Prison Pet Partnership benefits everyone involved, since participants in the program, whether human or canine, are given second chances. The dogs are transformed into lives of service; the inmates involved learn valuable vocational skills, which often lead to gainful employment; and persons with disabilities benefit from the well-trained service dogs, which gives these individuals the chance to live more independently. Dogs selected for the Prison Pet Partnership come from kill and no-kill shelters. Some come from the Gig Harbor area and others from around our state, as well as from across the country. Employees of the Prison Pet Partnership are always on the lookout for dogs who may become qualified candidates for the program, and can be found searching internet bulletin boards that participate in re-homing of pets. The goal in acquiring each dog is to ultimately train it to serve and become a companion for a person with disabilities. After receiving dogs and selecting candidates into the training program for service, the process of matching a dog to the right offender, and the process of training begins. Offenders who train the dogs must first have a record of cooperation within the prison and with other inmates. They go through a rigorous 12-week class where they learn basic pet care and customer relations skills. The class must be passed with an 85 percent or above in order to continue with the program. After successful completion of the required courses, they usually start work in the kennel for a minimum of six months. After six months, offenders may then elect to continue further training in grooming or formal dog training, and begin the next portion of the program.

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ABOVE An inquisitive Briscoe checks out the camera. Photo courtesy Sarah Polyakov.

TOP RIGHT Porsche and Briscoe form a close bond while taking a short break from training. Photo courtesy Sarah Polyakov.

BOTTOM Trainer Melissa and her “Paroled Pet”, Hampton sharing a cuddle session. Photo courtesy Beth Rivard.

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Gig Harbor by the Numbers 700 Dogs placed by PPP in the PacNW as service, seizure, therapy dogs, and in families as Paroled Pets.

1981

The year Sister Pauline Quinn established a training program for inmates and dogs at WCCW.

Persons with disabilities benefit from the well-trained service dogs.

$20,000

Average annual proceeds raised by Harbor Hounds.

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Betsy Pratt, a service dog-training instructor with the program, explained the process. “The general public may not be aware of how much effort goes into the care and training of these dogs. Many see the effects of the care, but they may not see the small details, like how the women who work with grooming and boarding the dogs often know their names and their personality quirks, just as much as the owners.” Service dogs that graduate from the training program are given primarily to individuals with mobility issues or seizure disorders. The dogs are trained to turn lights on and off, to pick up small items, to pull a wheelchair, to respond to seizures, open doors, and sometimes act as a brace if an individual were to fall. Dogs are matched and moved into their new homes, allowing individuals with disabilities to live independently. Only 10 percent of dogs selected can pass the rigorous training, often due to distractibility issues. Ninety percent become “Paroled Pets” and are obedience trained and adopted into our community. Beth Rivard, the director of the program, noted the gratification she gets from her position. “My favorite part is watching the offenders grow personally and professionally. Some of the women in our program have never had jobs, so watching them learn to communicate with one another, problem solve and become skilled in their jobs is extremely rewarding.” To continue such far-reaching success, funding is always needed. Beth reported how the

program is able to operate — a community effort. “It’s through boarding and grooming service fees, dog adoption fees, individual and business contributions, special events, and a contract for the VocEd program from the Department of Corrections.” The community’s support of the program is integral and organizations like Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday is one of our community’s wellknown supporters via donations received from their Harbor Hounds event. Beth continued, “Private donations make up over 30 percent of our budget. Without the community support, we would not be able to train and place the service and therapy dogs in the community.” In May each year, the program has a fundraising auction, “Bark and Bid,” advertised via in-kind media sponsors, their newsletter, Facebook, and their website.

incredible impact on the recidivism rate of offenders. “Of the women who have worked in our program and released, less than five percent of them have returned to prison,” noted Beth.

Amid all the details, the overarching theme of the Prison Pet Partnership is to set the offenders who work with the dogs on a different lifepath. Beth and her colleagues have had a frontrow seat to many a transformation. Often, the offenders who come through the program also come with traumatic backgrounds. Many of them have not experienced the deep and enduring friendship that a canine can provide. Through working with the dogs, they become the recipients of unconditional forgiveness and love. Through the dog’s reactions to them, they learn to temper responses and problem solve. The final result is the offender gains a new behavioral toolkit so that they may eventually live a successful life outside of the correctional facility. The Prison Pet Partnership makes an

Note: Harbor Hounds dog walk for charity happens September 12 in downtown Gig Harbor, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds directly support Prison Pet Partnership and other local charities supported by Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday. To register you and your hound, visit harborhounds.dojiggy.com.

Prison Pet Partnership could not succeed without the support of Gig Harbor. They are always in need of volunteers to help socialize their dogs, to assist with office work, to serve on their board of directors, and to assist with special event planning. In conclusion, Beth asked us to deliver a message. “We want to thank the Gig Harbor community for being so supportive of our program through using our boarding and grooming services, making financial contributions, volunteering, and spreading the word about the good things we are doing.” To learn more or to volunteer, visit: prisonpetpartnership.org.

“My favorite part is watching the offenders grow personally and professionally.”

RIGHT Trainer Alyssa doing wheelchair work with Truman. Truman is being prepared to assist mobilityimpaired individuals. Photo courtesy Beth Rivard.

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Make Mealtime Simple

If you’re like me, summertime is a time to play and be outside. In turn, my house gets neglected and we forget our usual school-time routines. We get home, dump the wet towels and laundry on the tile, fix dinner and get ready for the next day. If I’m up to it, I’ll throw a load of laundry in the washer and hope to remember to turn it on after we’ve showered and before we crawl into bed. Then, when the alarm goes off in the morning, we’re up and out the door again.

PLANNING AHEAD GIVE YOU MORE TIME FOR FUN.

I don’t want us to live in a pigsty, but I also don’t want to miss out on something because we stayed home to clean and do yard work. If we have guests coming, I make sure the beds have clean sheets, the bathrooms are clean, and that we have drinks in the fridge.

BY ANNIE NYE.

I have written in the past about how to maintain your house with a busy family life by doing small things each day. These are things like doing the dishes while you cook, doing a daily load of laundry, and cleaning a little bit each day to prevent too much build-up. It all boils down to time management.

Given this system, we’ve got our grocery shopping and labeling for the entire month down to less than two hours.

I’m the first to admit that I am a total nerd. In an effort to save time, I have created a spreadsheet with a list of my family’s favorite recipes. There are columns associated with each recipe that list the cooking times and the necessary grocery store and Costco ingredients. Each month, we pick out a total of 20 to 25 recipes. Then, we take the spreadsheet, which already has the grocery list, and we conquer it. My husband gets the grocery store items, and I get the Costco items.

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When we get home, each recipe has a number associated with it, so we put all the ingredients for recipe #3 together in the pantry, label all the refrigerated ingredients for #3 so they don’t get eaten before we have a chance to make it and so on. Given this system, we’ve got our grocery shopping and labeling for the entire month down to less than two hours. Then, whomever gets home from work first, looks at the list of recipes, picks what they want, and gets dinner started. (Having a garden with consistently fresh vegetables helps during the summertime so produce doesn’t go bad. Also freezing some for the winter months helps with the budget). Our monthly grocery budget is $500. At the beginning of the month, we get $500 cash and that’s our grocery money. I know, I already told you I am a total nerd! But this helps save my sanity. I hate the “what sounds good for dinner” dilemma, so we just eliminated it. If the kids complain about a recipe, they get to pick the menu for the following month. When I am done with work for the day, I can do pretty much anything but swing by the grocery store to pick up dinner. This should give me more time to weed my garden or work on my house right? Maybe when school starts again, but right now, the water is calling…

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STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

What high schoolers need to do now for college entry. By Julianna Verboort.

Is your high school student considering college? As with many aspects of life, college planning is more complex than it used to be. Thinking ahead is the name of the game. Read on for tips to get started! Think your student is not college-bound? Reconsider. Some students may not show an interest in college, and certainly there are vocations that do not require a college degree. If college isn’t on your child’s mind, find out why and if you determine college is not his path, support him in developing an alternate career plan. Data gathered by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington indicate, “Americans with fouryear college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree.” (The New York Times, “Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say.” David Leonhardt, May 27, 2014.) Peninsula High School student Ian Collins advises, “Learn from the past, seize the present day, and fabricate the future you want.” Tip: Consider taking college-prep steps to keep your student’s options open. Where to begin? The best way to learn about pre-college requirements is face-time with those in the know. Connect early with counselors, teachers, other parents and students on the collegebound track. Students and their families have a lot to do to prepare. Key steps include: • Meet with counselors early and often

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Financial planning Explore careers Community service and internships Advanced Placement or Running Start? Research colleges and programs; visit campuses Apply for scholarships Take the ACT and SAT, and plan for retakes (don’t forget pre-tests) Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2 to 4 letters of recommendation for applications College applications, essays

programs. Tacoma Community College gave credit for his AP English score; he later learned that Western Washington University requires a higher score. He’ll need to take English after all. Because of the physics requirements, his undergraduate degree will take five years; had he known specifics earlier, it might have been

A spreadsheet can keep track of resources, colleges of interest, scholarship opportunities, test scores, volunteer time, community service, extracurricular activities, awards and honors. Keep a digital photo and physical file of awards, athletic letters, certificates, recommendations, and accolades to include in the scholarship notebook. When the time comes to submit applications, the information will be at the student’s fingertips.

Connect early with counselors, teachers, other parents and students on the college-bound track.

In the past, taking the SAT once was standard. Today, the trend is to take both the SAT and ACT. “Some kids do much better on one or the other,” says Kathy Weymiller, Director of Community Outreach at Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor. “I tell kids to take the tests as often as they can tolerate, because typically kids’ scores improve each time they take the test. The service is really good about letting you mix and match, taking their best scores for each section.” Attention to deadlines is key. College applications are due sooner than you would expect, so stay in the loop. Prompt your student to find out about pre-tests and test dates, and double-check. Gig Harbor High graduate Jonathan Sorenson suggests students take responsibility: “Make sure you contact colleges in your junior year to find out what the requirements and prerequisites are. Don’t just go by what your high school counselors tell you.” Sorenson’s goal is a PhD in physics, so research extends through graduate

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Tip: Students should schedule weekly appointments on a timeline to meet with contacts and explore resources, as well as schedule time to work on scholarship applications.

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“How can I plan for college if I don’t know what I want to be?”

Entrance requirements vary by school and by program, and can change year-toyear. Encourage your student to review the requirements and deadlines early on, and recheck the deadlines before applying to make sure important changes are not missed.

Indeed! Students are pressured early on to determine what they “want to be.” If your student does not know her life goal, don’t fret. Many steps in preparing for college are the same, regardless of area of study.

Tip: For an overview of what to do when, see www.petersons.com.

Tip: TED Talks are a terrific, no-cost way to hear from interesting people in a wide range of careers. Visit www.ted.com.

Start a Spreadsheet and Timeline Some high schools offer workshops for students to build scholarship notebooks, which are then made available for review by community members who have scholarships to offer. It is a valuable tool. On the homefront, students and parents can craft a timeline to track tasks, milestones, and important deadlines. This is an opportunity for your student to practice organization and research skills. Review deadlines bi-weekly.

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Getting ahead with AP or Running Start Advanced Placement (AP) courses allow students to earn college credits while in high school. The type and number of AP courses varies by school. These rigorous courses culminate in an exam, and students who achieve satisfactory scores can be granted college credit. Running Start is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to attend community colleges, technical

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schools, and state universities, earning both high school and college credits. The program is tuition-free, but includes some fees, the cost of textbooks, and students must provide their own transportation. Students have the opportunity to achieve an associate’s degree alongside their high school diploma. Registration takes place in spring of the preceding school year. Tacoma and Edmonds Community Colleges offer Running Start programs, as do another 30+ Washington schools. Students attend classes at the college, so consider maturity level when evaluating the program. Tip: Running Start requires placement testing and advance application/registration. Paying for it all. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is “the” tool used by colleges and universities in evaluating financial aid. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to learn more. This form can be completed as early as spring of junior year, though will need to be updated with tax data the following spring. Pay attention to deadlines. There is a seemingly endless array of scholarships for those who are willing to spend time seeking. A not-to-miss resource is www. thewashboard.org, a free online service that matches Washington students with a wide range of scholarships. Weymiller says, “There are so many uniquely focused scholarships. My son put himself on a diet of one scholarship application per week during senior year. I recommend “How to Go to College Almost for Free” by Ben Kaplan, to start.” Weymiller’s motivated sons are recent high school grads; both won substantial scholarships, grants, and acceptances from top-tier institutions. They chose Westpoint and the University of Washington. “Don’t be afraid to call the school’s financial aid office and ask, ‘is this the best you can do? Is there anything more you can add?’ to make sure you’re getting the maximum aid they can offer.”

PG. 40 Local high school grads head to college: Top L-R: Christian Lewis, Montana State; Chance Blalock, Central Washington University; Brett Shelley, Montana State; Ben Weymiller, University of Washington; Kera Zegar, University of California. Bottom, L-R: Megan Ross, Washington State University; Sophie Alvastad, Pacific Lutheran University; Tori Denton, University of Oregon; Piper Wysaske, University of Washington. Photo courtesy of Kathy Weymiller.

PG. 42 Griffin and Sophia Bird, freshman at Gig Harbor High, toured Stanford University while on vacation. Both were inspired by the school’s academic stature as well as impressed with its beauty. Photo courtesy of Julianna Verboort.

ABOVE Peninsula High School junior Ian Collins, seizing the day in football practice and working toward his goal to play football or track in college while studying nuclear engineering. Photo courtesy of Louanne Collins.

Finally, dream big. Private and top-rated schools often have sizeable endowments that can make it affordable for those who have what it takes to get accepted, so don’t cross Stanford and Dartmouth off your list based on costs. Final tip: Be present, take breaks together, and enjoy these exciting years with your growing student!

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BELOW Will Foley is off to Gonzaga University, a private liberal arts college in Spokane, WA. Private colleges can have large endowment and scholarship funds; research to find out if they are a good fit for your student. Photo courtesy of Kathy Weymiller.


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That Familiar Feeling The NFL season is upon us. By Chris Strickley.

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FUN FACTS FOR 2015 NFL SEASON SCHEDULE The Cowboys are the only team in the NFL who play both teams from last year’s Super Bowl. Seven games will feature rematches from last year’s playoffs. The Falcons don’t have to leave the South Region for their final seven games of the season. Although never being in the same division since 2001, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have met every year since 2003. The Steelers finally travel to Seattle. This has been a long-awaited visit after the Seahawks lost to the Steelers 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. No AFC teams play on Thanksgiving Day. Top two draft picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota face off in week one. The first time in NFL history that the top two draft picks open the season against one another. The Titans have the luxury of four straight home games.

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s we near the end of another wonderful summer in the Pacific Northwest, it’s about that time of year when many of us begin to feel dejected. The locals know all too well that the warm weather season around here is often brief. The reality of the impending winter isn’t necessarily something that creates excitement. Thankfully, this inevitable reality can be offset by one that offers a little more fun and intrigue through the winter months. The reality is that we are but a short breath away from the first game of the 2015 NFL season between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots on September 10. The return of football seems to be a breath of fresh air to many. Every new season seems to reinforce the fact that football has supplanted all other major professional sports in the U.S. as the favorite among the populace. It provides everyone an excuse to get together

and divert away from their daily obligations and responsibilities. It’s no secret that many around the Pacific Northwest are eager for their Seahawks to take the field again. All the 12’s are anxious to know if a third straight Super Bowl will happen, if they will rebound from the heartbreaking Super Bowl loss, plus much more. We’ll look more into the state of the Seahawks. For now, let’s look at what else to watch for. What to Watch For Outside of Seattle It’s hard to perfectly summarize within the confines of these pages everything to keep an eye on this season. This past off-season saw more drama and headlines than any in recent history. Just as an appetizer and for the sake of brevity, let’s highlight three key offseason developments that will garner plenty of attention once the season kicks off.

The Seahawks play 10 games against teams that made the playoffs one year ago. The Cowboys haven’t beaten the Packers since 2008.

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1. The 49er Meltdown The 49ers experienced one of the most tumultuous and distressing off-seasons any one team has had to endure in the history of the NFL. Just to summarize, the 49ers lost Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, ILB Chris Borland, OT Anthony Davis, DE Justin Smith, ILB Patrick Willis, RB Frank Gore, WR Stevie Johnson, CB Perrish Cox, CB Chris Culliver, WR Michael Crabtree, OG Mike Iupati, OLB Dan Skuta, and OLB Aldon Smith. This is a staggering amount of production that will need to be replaced immediately. Not even three years ago, the 49ers were only one touchdown away from a Super Bowl victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Since that day, the 49ers began a gradual fall from prominence. They lost to the Seahawks in the 2013 NFC Championship game and missed out on the playoffs entirely in 2014. Even with the massive roster overhaul, 49ers fans should make every attempt to remain optimistic. QB Colin Kaepernick may have issues with consistency, but he is still the same man who led the 49ers to a near Super Bowl victory a short while ago. He will have talented wide receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin returning. The youngsters of the team will also be given an opportunity to step up. The major questions will exist with the offensive line, running back, and defense (especially the linebacker corps). The good news is it’s

unlikely that the 49ers will fall all the way to the bottom. However, patience among the fans and team will need to be exercised as a new identity is formed. 2. A Deflated Issue in New England Look, we’re all tired of hearing about it. However, it is a major issue that has plagued the NFL from the very beginning. Just for reiteration, the saga of the so-called “Deflategate” scandal arose after the AFC Championship game earlier this year between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots allegedly under-inflated their game balls under the instruction of QB Tom Brady. The Patriots wound up routing the Colts 45-7. The Patriots were given a $1 million fine, loss of first and fourth round draft picks in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and Brady has been suspended the first four games of 2015. Brady appealed his suspension to Commissioner Roger Goodell, but it was denied. According to multiple sources, Brady and the National Football League Players Association are taking the case before a federal judge in hopes that they can reduce or eliminate Brady’s suspension. Assuming the status quo remains the same, the Patriots will be without Brady against Pittsburgh and Jacksonville at home and Buffalo and Dallas on the road. Head Coach Bill Belichick’s system is genius enough to allow nearly any NFL quarterback to step in and be successful (see Matt Cassel 2008). It

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wouldn’t be surprising to see them go 2-2 or even 3-1 without Brady. What will be interesting to see is how the team handles the distractions. Being the returning Super Bowl champions as well as the focal point of the Deflategate issue, this team will be bombarded by a media microscope all season. Considering the Patriots were able to win the Super Bowl while the scandal was barely two weeks old, they will likely be just fine. 3. #1 vs. #2 It’s been awhile since the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been given positive attention in the media. The teams were a combined 4-28 last season and received the top two picks in the NFL draft the following May. Tampa Bay wound up selecting quarterback Jameis Winston (Florida State) with the number one overall pick,

Being the returning Super Bowl champions as well as the focal point of the Deflategate issue, this team will be bombarded by a media microscope all season.

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The Seahawks face the fourth toughest schedule in 2015. They have nine games against teams that made the playoffs in 2014.

while Tennessee selected quarterback Marcus Mariota (University of Oregon) at number two overall. As fate would have it, these two quarterbacks match up against each other in week one of the regular season in Tampa Bay. This may be a single game, but considering the rarity of the occurrence and the promise that both these quarterbacks possess, it is very intriguing. If both quarterbacks pan out, this game could be remembered as a classic. What You’ve Been Waiting For The Seahawks and their fans have been waiting for this moment for what seems like an eternity: turning the page on last season and starting anew. It would be no surprise to discover many hearts that are still lamenting how last season ended. They were three feet away from a repeat Super Bowl victory, only to have the rug violently ripped out from beneath their

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feet. This is of course in reference to the now infamous play call of a short slant pass on second and goal from the Patriot’s oneyard line that resulted in an interception by CB Malcolm Butler, which sealed the Super Bowl victory for the Patriots. A flurry of disappointment, confusion and anger ran rampant across the world of the Seattle Seahawks. Ever since that day, Head Coach Pete Carroll has assumed full responsibility of the play call. However, he fully believes his call was the right one. While some people said “(it was the) worst possible decision,” Carroll said “(it was the) worst possible outcome.”

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Seahawks begin their quest for a third straight Super Bowl trip? 1. Offense QB Russell Wilson is now signed long-term (four years at $87.6 million), and RB Marshawn Lynch is back on a contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2017 season. Add in a blockbuster trade for TE Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints, and all of a sudden the Seahawk’s offense is one of the biggest threats in the NFL. Lynch is the oil that keeps the offensive machine running smoothly by opening up the passing game for Wilson. With the addition of Graham, the Seahawks will have arguably the best red zone offense in the NFL. Any defense having to account for both Lynch and Graham in a short yardage situation is something that should only happen in a nightmare. Because game plans from the opposition will revolve heavily around these three, this will open a wide door for other role players like wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Super Bowl breakout star Chris Matthews. The offensive line will need resolve as C Max Unger was shipped to New Orleans in the Graham trade and LG James Carpenter left for the Jets in free agency. However, the pros outweigh the cons and this offense will do well.

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Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn is now the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Last year’s Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard will assume his position. Richard is lucky enough to inherit a defense that will be vying for a third consecutive year as the best in the league.

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Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Cary Williams (the secondary known as “The Legion of Boom”) are all back. A linebacker group consisting of Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin and K.J. Wright are back as well. Then the defensive line will carry Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane. The return of these core players will allow Richard to keep last year’s scheme largely intact. With Pro Bowl caliber talents ranging across every facet of the defense, it’s hard for anyone to deny the potential of being the best in the league for a third straight year. 3. The Schedule The Seahawks face the fourth toughest schedule in 2015. They have nine games against teams that made the playoffs in 2014. Five of their road games will be against ten-game winners from a year ago. The NFC West should be stronger as the Arizona Cardinals will have QB Carson Palmer returning and the St. Louis Rams were busy improving their roster in the off-season. Knowing that many will attempt to thrust the Seahawks off of their throne of recent success, they will need to display a healthy reverence to

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The 12’s have every reason to be optimistic heading into 2015. The same success the Seahawks exhibited on the field the last few years should continue. Despite a schedule that seeks to hinder, this team has the chemistry and skill to overcome. Since the salary cap era began in 1994, no team has ever made three straight Super Bowl appearances. Although they are on the wrong side of history, an improved offense and a formidable defense afford them an opportunity to say otherwise. Even playing the role of a skeptic, one would be hard pressed to find any glaring holes on this team. If forced to find something, what would be the biggest roadblock for the Seahawks in 2015? After all, the talent is there, the coaching is there, the support from the fans is there. Seven months ago the Seahawks were three feet away from winning their second straight Super Bowl. In the moments immediately following that heartbreaking interception, it was evident that the Seahawks had only beaten themselves. Considering this occurred on the grandest of all sports stages, it’s hard to see them making that same mistake twice. So as a season of redemption begins in 2015, the only thing standing in the way of the Seahawks, is the Seahawks.

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18 The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour JOIN OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR THIS 23-YEAR TRADITION. BY SARAH POLYAKOV. Many years ago, Georgia O’Keefe quipped, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.” Art is a visual expression and a method through which to communicate the inner world that eludes language. While it is delightful to see a finished canvas or sculpture, it is also wonderfully interesting to see the process of artistic creation.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Joan Teed and Brad Stave about the tour. Joan, who is an exceptional portrait and landscape painter, has participated in the Open Studio Tour in different aspects for the past five years. “It’s a great opportunity for people to see where an artist actually creates her work, to see the different art supplies that are used — the palette, the easels — and also how art is created,” notes Joan.

September 18-20, artists involved in The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour invite you to participate in the creative process by opening their studios to you. This free event continues an established tradition which affords community members a rare peek into the lives of artists at work. Artists who participate are dedicated to providing an interactive experience, offering demonstrations and explanations to visitors.

Apart from their working studios, artists Teed and Stave also have had interesting careers. Teed worked at NASA Space Center in Houston as a technical artist, working on the tail end of the Apollo program as well as on the space shuttle for many years. She was assigned to drawings of payloads, and parts of capsules. Stave has a degree in manufacturing engineering and built the engines for the space shuttle, working out of the Rocketdyne office in Canoga Park,

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SEPTEMBER 4 “LADAKH: IMAGES OF AN EVOLVING CULTURE” William Thompson will share images of Ladakh and discuss the evolving culture presently experienced by these northern inhabitants of the Himalaya. Thompson is fresh from his third trek to the region. Thompson’s work includes eleven years as a National Geographic photographer and is an award-winning filmmaker. At Bainbridge Island Library at 6 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 19 MUSEUM OF FLIGHT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Museum celebrates with the original  admission price of 50 cents all day.  Experience a flight simulator, more than  150 rare aircraft and space vehicles, tour  the Personal Courage Wing. Museum holds one of the largest and most  comprehensive air and space collections in the United States. Boeing Field. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. museumofflight.org.    58 

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SEPTEMBER 10 ART WALK Art walk and extended shopping in downtown Gig Harbor. Second Thursday each month. Special offers, activities, demonstrations, music, and refreshments. Have your passport stamped at participating galleries for drawing of a $50 gift certificate. Support community artists, shop and eat at Downtown Waterfront businesses! For up to the minute details, follow Thursday Night Out on Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 16-20 LAKE UNION BOATS AFLOAT SHOW

37th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show brings you all the best of boating in one place. Tour new and used boats in every size and price, as well as boating equipment of all kinds. Kids activities include sailing lessons; exhibitors offer info from yacht linens to maintenance. South Lake Union. boatsafloatshow.com.

SEPTEMBER 13 “THE PEARL FISHERS”

Seattle Opera production. An alluring priestess with a mysterious past is pursued by a pair of fishermen. Honor, jealousy   and communal duty complicate the love   triangle; but a long-buried secret saves the  day. 2 p.m. piercecountylibrary.org.  

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SEPTEMBER 17 EVEREST PEACE CLIMB EVENT: WHITTAKERS The Mountaineers host special guest Jim Whittaker and members of the 1990 Everest International Peace Climb for a 25th anniversary reunion. Enjoy a talk, video and meet and greet with these special guests in advance of their day long celebration on Mt. Rainier September 21 – International Peace Day. Seattle Program Center. mountaineers.org.

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SEPTEMBER 25 HARBOR INSTITUTE FALL KICK-OFF

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burgers, touch-tanks and storytelling are just some of the activities. Celebrate the    return of the salmon to our waters. Kayak,    walk, bike or drive to join the fun. 10 a.m. cityofgigharbor.net.    

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SEPTEMBER 11-13 39TH ANNUAL WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

Three days, 300 boats, 120 presentations, a museum, and live music awaits you at this popular event in Port Townsend. Kids design and build their own small wooden boat in Kids Cove. Sail a Thunderbird, row a longboat, go on a pirate treasure hunt. It’s fun for the entire family. nwmaritime.org.

SEPTEMBER 17 THE FAB3 At the Harbor History Museum Beatlemania is alive and well. Based out of Seattle, Paul and Marcie Forrest and Russ Salton pooled their talents to perform the timeless songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo. The music that changed the world is as popular now as it was when The Beatles first hit the airwaves. harborhistorymuseum.org.

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SEPTEMBER 26 CIDER SWIG FESTIVAL

Local cidermakers, bands, food and competitions come together at Sehmel Homestead Park to raise eco-awareness while raising money to support the Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental grants program. Noon - 5 p.m. gigharborfoundation.org.

SEPTEMBER 11-27 WASHINGTON STATE FAIR Seventeen days of exhibitions, rides, music, animals and fun for the whole family in Puyallup. Rodeo, parade, talent show. Competitions for photography, beer & wine making, agriculture, and high school juniors & seniors art show. Concert series includes Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Heart and others. Schedule of events and exhibitions, visit thefair.com.

SEPTEMBER 18 “INTO THE WOODS” Paradise Theatre opens the 2015-2016 with the enchanting, yet touching take on the Brothers Grimm’s characters set in an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. This Tony Awardwinning show is a timeless, relevant piece and a rare modern classic. Book by James Lapine. Music, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. paradisetheatre.org.

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SEPTEMBER 27 RACE FOR A SOLDIER Gig Harbor half-marathon. Whether you run, walk, volunteer, donate, or simply watch, make a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families. Raises money and awareness to support programs offering essential healing needed by our soldiers. Show your support. The race is on and we

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SEPTEMBER 12 HARBOR HOUNDS DOG WALK Dog walk for charity at Skansie Park. Contests for your dog and the fun musical Sit-and-Stay contest. All proceeds from sponsors, registration and pledges go directly to Prison Pet Partnership, and local charities supported through the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration and info: harborhounds. dojiggy.com.

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SEPTEMBER 19 RIDE AROUND THE SOUND

Bike race from Seattle to Bremerton, with starting points in between. Choose your Start, fundraise, ride, and meet at the Finish in Bremerton for catered celebration just a few steps from the ferry. Start: Seattle, 92 miles; Normandy Park, 73 miles; or Tacoma, 38 miles. Fight for Air. Make a difference. American Lung Association. action.lung.org.

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SEPTEMBER 29 “THE STORY OF EDDIE BAUER” “Northwest-Born, Adventure-Raised: The Story of Eddie Bauer” with Colin Berg. Washington State Historical Society. Learn how one man’s passion for the outdoors became an international brand’s identity and how the first down jacket patented in America set the stage for polar exploration, mountaineering expeditions, and archaeological discoveries. Artifacts and photos from the company’s collection. Noon. washingtonhistory.org.

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VASHON SHEEPDOG CLASSIC SHOWCASES WORKING DOG TALENT by Jani Gozalez

The Vashon Sheepdog Classic offers a unique opportunity to watch working dogs compete. Misty Isle Farms holds the event on Vashon, September 10-13.

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Sheepdog trials in Vashon initially started 14 years ago, then waned. They were brought back six years ago, thanks to Maggi McClure and other dedicated individuals.The dogs herd sheep and are judged in several phases, called the Outrun, Lift, Fetch, Drive, and Shed. “As a competition, the Vashon Sheepdog Classic is one of the highest regarded trials nationally due to the challenging course, consistent healthy and ‘undogged’ sheep. The event is important to our community because it is a fundraiser for island youth organizations,” McClure said. McClure and local fiber artists partnered to add Fiber Arts Village to the event, where local artists give demonstrations and showcase their work. “We have a wonderful and active fiber community from growers, spinners, weavers and felting … sheep being the common theme and fiber people love sheep.” Dress warmly and bring blankets and chairs to picnic. The event is cash only. It is recommended to leave your cars and walk onto the ferry and take the shuttle. Visit vashonsheepdogclassic.com.

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WHATEVER IT TAKES Do whatever it takes to know that you lived – write the novel, jump into the lake wearing the fancy dress, learn to dance, experience the exotic places of the world, and don’t be afraid to love deeply. My plea to you is that when it is your unavoidable time, your heart will be full because it turned every stone. You can rest knowing that you lived and not existed. Make your list and brace yourself for how your life is about to change. • A recent study by Dr. Gail Matthews suggests that the act of writing your goals makes you 42 percent more likely to achieve them. • The top 3 most popular items on a bucket list include: 1) Offer support to a humanitarian cause 2) Write a book 3) Pursue a passion. • According to a recent report, only four out of 10 have a goal list for their retirement years.

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nd so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves. It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.” – Donald Miller If you knew your number of days, would you live differently? We abundantly hear the topic of establishing goals, but most of us never bring our ideas to fruition. It is easy to fall into the chasm of life where we are caught in the web of complacency and daily routine. We become immersed in an abysmal sea of

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distraction that washes us away from the shore of our unfulfilled dreams. The notion of generating and writing goals may appear trivial at first glance, but it can be what sets living apart from existing. You only have one life, and I challenge you to go after it. Several years ago, I listened to a young man give a discussion at an educational benefit. He is the brother of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the horrendous Columbine High School shooting. The speaker delved into the importance of composing and writing goals and its correlation to achieving success and accomplishing dreams. That night, I went home and I established a list that was comprised of the top 100 things that I want to experience in my life. I gave no regard to how outlandish or unattainable they may have seemed at the time. I wrote from the perspective of envisioning the final moments of life. What would it take for me to feel as though I had fully lived? In 1961 John F. Kennedy spoke before Congress of his goals in search of space

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program funding. He asserted that the United States was in need of committing itself to the goal of having a man land on the moon by the end of the decade. In July of 1969, with less than six months to spare, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins fulfilled the president’s bold aspiration. There is power in the articulation of our words and how they relate to the fulfillment of our ambitions. It was only four years ago that the sweet, funny kid who graced my classroom passed away from brain cancer at the age of 13. He left a huge empty space in my heart. What probably hurt the most was to watch the torturous misfortune that his mother would be forced to endure. Before his passing, the class held a discussion from the book “Tuck Everlasting”. The characters inadvertently drink from a mystical fountain of youth and are forced into immortality. The conversation with this boy was forever imprinted into my mind after I posed the question to the class – would you choose immortality over death? He shrugged without hesitation to suggest that it was really no contest at all. He asserted that he would unequivocally choose death. It was a valiant statement from a terminally ill child to offer mortality as the better alternative. His justification was that we need to make do with the time we are given. There is an excerpt from the book that says “Do not be afraid of death, but the unlived life.” I have feared death, but more importantly, I have been far too content

with the complacency of my own existence. The great tragedy rests in the latter, as it is the avoidable path. It was shortly thereafter that I faced my own catastrophic hardships of life. A failed marriage left me feeling devastated and afraid as I stood at the doorstep of homelessness and financial insecurity. Loneliness festers in the quietness of the night. I have wept into the darkness, only for my cries to be left unanswered. I have lost much but have gained more through the process of grief. It brought me an opportunity to rebuild myself better than I was before. I thought back to the list of my 100 things. I retrieved it from my drawer and I began my journey - not of life, but of living. I started with guitar lessons and a marathon. The guitar lessons made my fingers hurt, but I learned a few things along the way. I mostly discovered that I am horrible at playing the guitar. The marathon was probably one of the most physically grueling but rewarding achievements of my life. The hours I spent running on the road offered me time to heal and sort out my business. On October 6, 2013, I ran my heart out and concluded my 26.2 mile endeavor. I will never forget that moment of crossing the finish line and hearing the crowd cheer. My body was battered, but my soul was completely ignited like a phoenix reborn and rising up from the ashes.

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“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then, I ask myself the same question.” - Harun Yahya More recently, travel has moved to the forefront of my agenda. I grew up in the awe-inspiring wilderness of Montana; however, the seclusion has fueled my need to see and experience the world. I began with taking a trip through the desert so that I could meander my way to Texas. I don’t know that I would recommend this for everyone, but I slept in my car at truck stops just for the sake of making the trip all the more interesting. I drove each day into the wee hours to watch the sun fade into dawn like a masterpiece into the distance of where the sky kisses the face of a brazen mountain. I

I went home and I established a list that was comprised of the top 100 things that I want to experience in my life. I gave no regard to how outlandish or unattainable they may have seemed at the time.

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It was in Puerto Vallarta where I captured some of the most delightful moments of my life story. Time stood still as my “highly unlikely” items took shape like a comprehensive inception of hopeful dreams. experienced (not saw) the wonderment of what the author Donald Miller describes as a painted desert. My eyes were open and my heart was full as I awoke each morning to unveil Emily Dickinson’s words: “I’ll tell you how the sun rose, -- a ribbon at a time”. I was witness to nature’s portraits that were so beautiful that it was an impossibility to hold back the raw emotion of the moment. Tears streamed down my face as I stood at the threshold between night and day. When I wrote my list, I made sure to include items that were just at the cusp of outlandish but remained plausible. I stumbled many years ago upon a brochure for swimming with dolphins. I thought “why not?” and placed this adventure on my list, but it remained in the “highly unlikely” category in the back of my mind. I hung that brochure on my refrigerator where it served as a reminder for seven years. I had decided that there would be no harm

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for the addition of outlandish dreams, only from missed opportunity. Missions work in Mexico left me eager to return so that I could experience its leisurely splendor. There is something so fundamentally delightful about sipping coffee while enveloped in the morning sun on a Mexican rooftop. World travelers proclaim that Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entirety of the world. The experience draws you in like a strong embrace that offers reprieve to a weary soul. It was in Puerto Vallarta where I captured some of the most delightful moments of my life story. Time stood still as my “highly unlikely” items

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dream, never could I fully envision swimming with dolphins and under no circumstance did I think I would ever find love. There I was, caught in the elegant rapture of the beauty of life. My father used to tell me to do my best with what I’ve got. I know that I haven’t fully hit the mark on all of my goals. At 6 feet tall, I didn’t make a very good wakeboarder, but I kept trying until I was able to make it out of the water. When you catch the toe-side edge of a wakeboard, the lake’s surface at 20 mph feels less like water and more like concrete. The experience was sufficient enough for me to cross it off of my list. I have accepted that the idea is not that of mastery but of effort. I’ve had to make peace with the past. I have struggled with forgiveness and letting things go, but I continue to be a work in progress. The most valuable component to my happiness has been learning to surrender and knowing when to let go. I deplore the process of grieving, but there is no path to circumvent the condition and true healing does not allow for us to skip steps. There is no guarantee of happiness in

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life, only sorrow as we move through the lines of our own Shakespearean tragedy. Suffering is the thread that intertwines the fibers of all humanity. I am in bewilderment of how my life has unfolded before my eyes. I have felt the searing pain of loss like wind removed from a sail, but there is opportunity for growth and beauty in every moment. We have this vision and anticipation of how we think our life will go and then we experience the callous reality. I’m learning the importance of being present and rejoicing in the moment. All we have is today; the here and now. It is important to accept that tomorrow is out of our control while maintaining a sense of hope. It’s exciting to think about the potential that arises from the breath of dawn on a new day. I think about what is yet to come. I want to finish my novel, eat weird food, dance, skydive, and hold the hand of my love under the brilliance of an aurora borealis as it pirouettes across the night sky. If I finish all of my items, then I will write one hundred more.

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It’s September and back-toschool shopping or freshening up fall wardrobes is on everyone’s mind. The good news is that many colors traditionally associated with fall look good year-round, but the coming months provide you with the opportunity to rock them. So, be a stunner from September through Thanksgiving with shades of yellow, brown, cream, and orange. All About the Cut The key to really rocking fall hues has to do with the cut of the piece. While some might be thinking a standard, orange turtleneck, the threads featured for fall 2015 provide so much more imagination than that. Donna Karan is doing chunky, medium brown, militarystyle trench coats with large front pockets. Giambattista Valli is offering cream-colored mini dresses with long, puffy sleeves, PeterPan collars, finished with gold embellishments. Marni is mixing it up with colors and textures — the collection offers a geometrically cut, sleeveless tunic made of half orange faux fur and half black velvet. Mix It Up Another trend I am seeing is mixing traditional fall colors with summer colors or styles. Alexander McQueen has fashioned an enchanting off-the-shoulder black mini dress with long, embellished, puffy sleeves, orange and red accents, black beads, and black leather. The style of the dress says summer staple, but

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the color scheme says Belle of the Halloween Ball. Plaids Plaids are always in style for fall, but there is a lot of mixing of printed plaids and color schemes. Chanel, Stella Jean, and Vivienne Westwood are unashamedly pairing clashing plaids using both non-matching colors and patterns. One of the examples of such a pairing features a square plaid shirt in red, paired with diamond shaped plaid pants in gray and white. This is an up-tothe-moment way to wear plaids. Old School Miu Miu is building on previous trends and old-school fall clothing and colors. In one runway outfit, they paired a printed, orange trench coat with a bright yellow mini skirt, and a dark chocolate shirt with sheer overlay. On a Budget Of course, anything trends shown on the runway can easily be emulated by purchasing new pieces of clothing from local stores. Once you know the trends, you can easily shop for pieces that are inspired by the trend and pair pieces and color schemes the same way they are paired on the runway. So, whether you are doing back-to-school shopping or simply looking for new pieces to freshen your wardrobe, be sure to hit local stores for the perfect fall look.

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Looking to spruce up your home but finding it’s not within your budget? Look no further! We have been serving the Gig Harbor area for 11 years. We have all you need to make your home feel like a brand new place. Get that designer look without the designer price. Brands of furniture include Hancock & Moore, Century, Baker, Thomasville, Henredon, Sherrill, Hooker and more. Stop in today and let us help you find the perfect furniture and home decor for your style and budget. 11 Years

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Sea Hags Fine Art, Gifts and Coastal Decor is a unique experience in art & home décor. With a passion for the unusual, our store is filled with artisans’ creations complemented with unique coastal and cottage décor. We focus on Fair Trade, American Made and Local Art. Stop by and see what’s new! Want to add some coastal accents? You’ll find it all at Sea Hags! 8805 N. Harborview, Ste. 201 | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.691.7731 f/seahagsllc | www.seahagsllc.com

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We offer 14 and 18 karat gold and sterling silver jewelry at affordable prices as well as custom beaded designs. Our in house master jeweler provides custom work and repairs. Come see our newly added fine art, sea life bronzes and small antiques. Located at the corner of Pioneer and Harborview, we buy, sell, trade and consign! Open Tuesday through Saturday. • • •

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SUGAR NOT WAX...All Organic product, never hot, Gentler than WAX. 10 days hair growth. Sugar all areas of the body. Enjoy Natural & Organic Skin Care. Choose from Facials, Body Treatments, Peels, Lash Tinting, Sugar Hair Removal (the new WAX), Reiki and more. Our Boutique offers all the labels you love at below retail. Enjoy shopping for casual to formal items or become a consignor and earn CASH. September Special…exfoliate & brighten with a LEMON ZEST FACIAL, includes complimentary brow shaping. 7620 Pioneer Way | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.851.3550 f/SharonsSpaBoutique | www.spagigharbor.com

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The Beach Basket invites you to come explore our shop filled with gifts, Gig Harbor t-shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenirs. We also carry beautiful women’s sportswear and beach themed home décor. You will be pleasantly surprised by the unique, affordable merchandise in both our gift and year-round Christmas Shop. Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion from The Naked Bee is a 70% Certified Organic lotion that offers “All of the good stuff, none of the bad stuff.” 4102 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.858.3008 f The Beach Basket Gift Shops / Beach Basket Christmas Shop

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Join us at Ebb Tide for 2nd Thursday Artwalk on September 10th, 5-8pm: Meet Mark Ritchey, September’s featured artist and amazing local photographer. Appetizers, beverages and good cheer abound! Photograph title: “Returning at Dawn.” Mark’s photography captures the dramatic beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the Maritime mood of our beautiful little harbor. 7809 Pioneer Way | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.851.5293 f/TheEbbTideArtGallery | www.ebbtidegalleryofgifts.com

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dolly mama boutique

dolly mama boutique is located in downtown Gig Harbor - at the intersection of Pioneer & Judson. Just in – our ladies 12 collection! Get your Seahawks on! Choose from Tees, Hoodies, Hats & more! Fabulous Fall Apparel & Accessories! New Fall Hours: Mon 11-5; Tues - Sat 10-5:30. 7700 Pioneer Way Ste. 103 | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.851.5113

SOPHIE’S TOUCH

Our store is located downtown Gig Harbor. We work hard to provide quality, stylish and functional merchandise and complete, balanced, natural food and treats. We are proud to showcase many local vendors and craftsmen. Bring your pet in for free goodies! Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 10-6pm and Sundays,10-5pm. 3302 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor, WA | 253.853.3294 f Sophie’s Touch, Pet Comforts | www.sophiestouch.com

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Uptown Eyes

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Our qualified eye professionals take pride in providing excellent optical service and getting to know the individual in you.

Our Lenses Digitally laser surfaced using a diamond lathe for clarity of lenses, with a gas-infused non-glare hard coating and UV protection.

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips to Keep You Healthy

The Push-Up Predicament HOW, WHY — AND SETTING LEVELS THAT WORK FOR YOU.

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Are push-ups a part of your fitness repertoire? Why do you do them? Should you do them? Better yet, do you do them correctly? All of these questions should really be part of anything you do for your health. You should know why you are doing any particular exercise or health related regime. You should also know if that exercise or routine is appropriate for you, is it increasing your fitness or causing pain, and you should know HOW to do whatever it is you are attempting. To drive these points home, I am going to focus on the predicament of the push-up. I am always amazed how glaringly obvious it is when someone has learned to do push-ups on their knees. In my humble opinion, no one at any time should ever do push ups on their knees.

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A push-up is a moving plank where you pull your body towards the floor and then push yourself back into the top position fully extending your elbows while never losing the full active plank from head to toe. Your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, and ears should remain in a nice straight line through the entire range of motion. There should be weight in both the hands AND the feet. When someone has started push-ups from the knees, it is always difficult to transition to full push-ups because they are accustomed to having all the weight in their shoulders. No one puts their weight in the knees, nor should they. This leads to the shoulders rising, dropping of the head, abdominal collapse, lack of lat engagement and lower back pressure.

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Please do not assume that if you cannot do a full push-up that you should abandon the exercise all together. If full on push-ups are beyond your current level of strength, all hope is not lost. As with all exercises, you should set a standard with something you can currently accomplish, build on that standard with movement and then begin to add levels of difficulty to challenge yourself. Start with incline push-ups. You could start as high up as your kitchen counter or even a wall. Gradually lower your level of incline until on the ground you go. Too easy. You are acquiring the skills to set the standard of the plank while letting your body and central nervous system find success in the movement. What if you can do push-ups, but not very many because you can’t seem to keep your plank? There are quite a few options. You could do several sets of just a few push-ups with ample rest in between and at each session decrease your rest time, and you could lift a leg while doing push-ups. Chances are you have the required strength for this fundamental movement but your neural pathways have taken a detour. Lifting a leg forces you into a movement that is more plank like, meaning total body tension due to your body having to resist rotation, which forces a better distribution of weight from head to toe.

shoulders from injury by not only working the larger upper body muscles, but also the smaller stabilizer muscles as well. They require full body activation and therefore work your entire body. Push-ups don’t require any additional equipment and are also great for posture, bone density, and cardiovascular health. Let’s face it — our bodies do not take verbal directions unless we can visualize the outcome. No matter how many times you are told how to do something, you must know what right feels like, to truly recognize wrong. Practice makes perfect as long as you practice the correct movement. It is always a great idea to video yourself to make sure what you think you are doing and what you are actually doing are the same. Often times they can be vastly different. If you are unsure that you are setting the standard correctly, being coached is an excellent option. You can do this!

Standards As with all exercises, you should set a standard with something you can currently accomplish.

So why should you even bother to learn how to do a push-up in the first place? They are an excellent exercise for several reasons. When performed correctly they can help protect the

Push-ups don’t require any additional equipment and are also great for posture, bone density, and cardiovascular health.

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The Ins and Outs of Weight DISCOVER THE ELEMENTS TO THE WEIGHT LOSS EQUATION. BY DARCI BARMAN, REGISTERED DIETICIAN NUTRITIONIST. Forever we’ve heard doctors, nurses, dietitians and personal trainers tell us to eat less, move more and weight loss will ensue. But how come for some, it doesn’t? All too often I find myself across the desk from a patient who claims to eat the right foods, in the right portions, at the right time of day and exercises daily, to boot! If this is all true, shouldn’t weight just be melting off? Energy balance, the delicate relationship between calories consumed versus energy expended, is not as simple as “calories in, calories out.” Many factors contribute to how much energy (calories) our body uses at rest and during activity. Depending on those factors and what is coming in, we can either be conservative or quite liberal with our energy stores. Listed below are seven major elements to the weight-loss equation to help gain a better understanding of energy balance. • BMR, or basal metabolic rate, is the energy required to maintain the body’s basic metabolic functioning such as respiration, body temperature regulation and digestion. This number is based on your height, weight, sex and age. Knowing this number gives you a baseline to work from. • Activity Factor – Based on how active you are in your daily life and your exercise regimen, multiplying your BMR times an activity factor gives you a resting metabolic rate — the amount of calories you need to sustain your lifestyle. The best way to figure out how active you are is to go to the website of www.morekale.com and enter in all of your information.

top priority to get at least seven hours of sound sleep per night. • Hormones – Speaking of hormones … Whether it’s sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone or testosterone, the stress hormone cortisol or hunger and satiety hormones like leptin and ghrelin, if any are out of balance, weight is likely an issue. This is commonly overlooked but can be the biggest game changer. • Stress – Stress contributes to imbalances in hormones, poor quality of sleep, cravings for sugar, fat and salt, and clouds our judgment to make healthy lifestyle decisions. Eliminating stress from your life is nearly impossible, so be armed with at least two (healthy) stresscoping strategies. • History of Dieting – If you have been on every diet since the invention of spandex, your metabolism is likely smoldering. Your body believes there is only feast or famine and treats every morsel of food like the last (ie: storing it for later use as fat). This is a more complicated hurdle to leap – it involves analyzing your liver function, detoxification pathways and micronutrient capacity. Seeking a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner is highly recommended.

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Strong Today — Falls-free Tomorrow SEPTEMBER IS FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH. BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING.

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Did you know that one in three older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65 and over. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall: Balance and gait. As we age, most of us lose some coordination, flexibility, and balance— primarily through inactivity, making it easier to fall. Vision. In the aging eye, less light reaches the retina—making contrasting edges, trippinghazards, and obstacles harder to see. Medications. Some prescriptions and overthe-counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration, or interactions with each other that can lead to a fall. Environment. Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and have never thought about simple modifications that might keep it safer as they age. Chronic conditions. More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke, or arthritis. Often, these increase the risk of falling because they result in lost function, inactivity, depression, pain, or multiple medications.

believe it won’t happen to them. 2. Discuss their current health conditions. Find out if your older loved one is experiencing any problems with managing their own health. Make sure they’re taking advantage of the preventive benefits offered under Medicare, such as the Annual Wellness visit. 3. Ask about their last eye checkup. If your older loved one wears glasses, make sure they have a current prescription and they’re using the glasses as advised by their eye doctor. 4. Notice if they’re holding onto walls, furniture, or someone else when walking or if they appear to have difficulty walking or arising from a chair. A trained physical therapist can help your older loved one improve their balance, strength, and gait through exercise. 5. Talk about their medications. If your older loved one is having a hard time keeping track of medicines or is experiencing side effects, encourage them to discuss their concerns with their doctor and pharmacist. 6. Do a walk-through safety assessment of their home. There are many simple and inexpensive ways to make a home safer such as installing proper lighting, stair rails, shower seats, hand-held shower heads, and tub/shower bars. If we partner together, we can prevent falls. To learn more about falls prevention, please visit www.ncoa.org.

Here are six easy steps you can take to help your older loved one reduce their risk of a fall: 1. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Ask your older loved ones if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they

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A Visionary Black Hole KNOW THE DIFFERENCES OF OCULAR MIGRAINES. BY GLORIA GILBÉRE, CDP, DA HOM, PHD, DSC, ECOERGONOMIST, WHOLISTIC REJUVENIST, HTMA PRACTITIONER. Ophthalmic (eye) migraines are quite common and often painless, although “migraine” brings to mind pain, particularly if you’ve been a victim. Ocular migraine is completely different, including visual disturbances, with or without pain, believed to be related to changes in brain blood flow. Typical migraines can be triggered by neurological responses attributed to hormonal changes, flashing lights, or chemicals in foods or medications, lasting hours or days. Symptoms of Ocular Migraine With ocular migraines, typically you see a small, enlarging blind spot (scotoma) in your central vision with bright, flickering lights (scintillations) or a shimmering zigzag line (metamorphopsia) inside the blind spot. The blind spot usually enlarges and may move across your field of vision — the entire ocular migraine phenomenon may end in a few minutes, but can last 30 minutes or more; the headache can last for days, even with dull, non-debilitating pain. Generally, ocular migraines are considered harmless, usually painless, cause no permanent visual or brain damage, and do not require treatment. That said, always consult your eye doctor when you have unusual vision symptoms to rule out another condition requiring treatment, such as detached retina, which should be checked immediately to avoid permanent damage. Causes of Ocular Migraines Overtiredness — i.e., too much computer work and/or reading, not enough rest

to begin with brain arteries that spasm, precipitated by stress, hormonal fluctuations, certain medications, foods containing tyramine or phenylalanine (e.g., cheese, chocolate), fatigue, post cataract surgery and alcohol. The result is reduction in arterial blood flow, followed by blood vessel dilation over-filling vessels, causing throbbing or “pounding” headache. I Have an Ocular Migraine, Now What? A visit to an eye doctor may produce few answers because of the variety of causes and vision symptoms accompanying painless ocular migraines, not related directly to the eyes. These visual symptoms occur as a result of migraine activity in the visual cortex of the brain located in the back of the skull. If sharp vision is essential for your safety, you should STOP what you’re doing immediately. If driving, PULL OVER until the ocular event passes and vision has cleared. Stay still until ocular event resolves. If unusual or lingering vision symptoms persist, visit your eye doctor or physician. If you can trace the symptoms to a food event, consult a nutritionally-aware natural health practitioner. Dr. Gilbére is Founder/CEO of the Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation – after 22 years of owning/operating two health clinics in Sandpoint, ID she relocated 5 yrs. ago to Gig Harbor – consulting worldwide via Telephone/ Skype, and Gig Harbor. She’s an acclaimed author (18 books), syndicated talk-show host, creator of 8 post-graduate courses and 1,700+ health articles. Her post-graduate Wholistic Rejuvenation courses for health professionals are accredited by international medical schools and teaching hospitals. Visit her webpage at: www.gloriagilbere.com.

It’s not the good life, it’s the best life!

Welcome home to Harbor Place! From morning to night, you’ve got friends to meet up with, activities to share and a beautiful environment around you. From fine dining, to sunny courtyard lunches, our chef prepares meals meant to be savored. Choose from a range of active living options that complement your personal requirements and lifestyle.

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Morso Serves Up Reprieve THE SOUTH SOUND RESTAURANT OFFERS AN ECLECTIC MENU, AN ARRAY OF WINES AND BEERS AND A TASTE OF THE ARTS! BY JANI GONZALEZ.

Morso, situated at the head of the bay in Gig Harbor, gives patrons a special place to have a glass of wine, sip a beer, or sample their menu and kick back to enjoy a relaxing end to the day. “Our customers work so hard, we want to help them enjoy those few moments they have to themselves or with their friends,” said owner Steve Lynn. Morso is known for their international cuisine, but they don’t leave out traditional Northwest fares. Some of their current menu items include shrimp stuffed chili rellenos, vegetarian polenta lasagna, chicken sofrito and tender steaks. Seafood dishes, such as halibut with cilantro vinaigrette, are cooked fresh daily. “Of course we can always recommend wines and beers to pair with your dinner.You can enjoy wines from around the world and from right here in Washington, too,” Lynn said. Morso has been rated as an Open Table Top 100 Wine List in the U.S. and hosts year-round wine tastings, many with a seasonal flair like tastings that complement tailgate parties and BBQs. For the beer lovers, Morso has events such as Tap Takeovers and Beer 101 to introduce you to their vast selection of craft beers on tap. Whether you meet for a girl’s night out,

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that special occasion or just to enjoy the moment, Morso has a vetted venue of talented performers playing live music that have included Grammy-winning artists. Upcoming events include Cheryl Wheeler with Peter Mulvey on September 18, and Stephanie Porter Jazz Quartet on October 10. And Morso doesn’t forget the fine and literary arts. The Gallery features artists’ work to an audience that may not have been planning to purchase art when they headed out the door that evening. They also host “The Muse at Morso” to spotlight well-known authors and poets from near and far to read their published works, as well as opening the mic to local writers to showcase their talent. “Morso has gained notoriety in the industry as a venue that provides a true listening room that is welcomed by both the artists and our customers,” said Stephanie Huddleston, the other Morso owner. “Morso is the place to be for many reasons. Customers love the big center table and meeting for great wine and food.” Events at Morso include wine tastings on most Fridays, live music, art exhibitions and The Muse. Their Oktoberfest begins September 19, OysterFest is October 16-17, and a champagne dinner is on November 19. For more information, visit www.morsowinebar.com.

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Satisfy your palate with our amazing gourmet lunch and dinner overlooking spectacular views of the water. Gig Harbor’s best kept secret! 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 feature amazing artists from around the country. Hours: Tue-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2pm-9pm. 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr. morsowinebar.com | 253.530.3463

Whether you are looking for a small plate to a full meal, Gig Harbor has plenty of tasty options to choose from and great locations for beautiful views of the harbor.

Marketplace Grille

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s Restaurant and offers an expansive view of the harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and Wine, Take Out Menu available. Hours Mon-Thurs, 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm, Sun, 11am-8pm. 8825 North Harborview Drive, Unit C 253.858.3487 themarketplacegrille.com

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine for 2015! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of those seeking authentic Mexican food and award winning Margaritas. Come visit our Gig Harbor location and enjoy our Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious appetizers. We have WiFi! 4628 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW 253.851.8464 moctezumas.com

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Green.House Restaurant

Come and try our delicious new additions and nightly specials! Offering lunch, Twilight, dinner & Happy Hour. The patio is ready for sunny days! Also serving a 3 course Twilight Dinner for $18 all night. Our Small and Bigger Bites Menu offers fun, deliciously sharable plates Open M-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-8pm. 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 400 253.514.6482 | greenhousegigharbor.com

Forza Coffee Company

Gig Harbor FORZA offers hot breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quiche & pastries, lunch, including sandwiches & salads, dinner, including Italian flatbreads, antipasto & caesar salad and more! Try our great selection of wine and craft beer while listening to live music or enjoying trivia! Happy hour daily from 4-6pm. 5275 Olympic Drive NW 253.858.8033 forzacoffeecompany.com

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Green Turtle Restaruant

Fine dining with endless views of Mt. Rainier and the Gig Harbor lighthouse. Outdoor deck dining on the water at its finest! Cocktails, premium beers and extended wine list. Lunch MonSat, 11am to 2pm. Dinner Mon-Sun, 4:30pm to Close. 2905 Harborview Drive NW 253.851.3167 www.thegreenturtle.com

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Interesting and True • Ounce by ounce, Nutritious food costs up to 10 times more than junk food. • Chicken contains 266% more fat than it did 40 years ago. • There is a food substitute intended to supply all daily nutritional needs, known as “Soylent”. • Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.

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Yo! G’s Frozen Yogurt

Gig Harbor’s family owned and operated selfserve frozen yogurt store offers ten varieties of yogurt that rotate on a regular basis and over 60 toppings! Included are dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free options. Try one of their delicious flavors today. You’ll be sure to come back for more! 4784 Borgen Blvd. NW, Suite E 253.858.9647

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Coffee and Crepes Est. 2000

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CREPES Now Offering Fresh Strawberry Crepes

GRILLED CHICKEN KEBOBS AND PEACHES Brought to you by Litehouse Foods. Serves 4. Finished in 60 minutes.

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Ray Wainright Owner

Gather Ingredients • 3 - 6 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts • 1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Thyme • 1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Garlic • Juice of 1 Lemon • ¼ cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons • Salt & Pepper • 4 Peaches • ¼ cup Litehouse Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Put it Together 1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes and place in a shallow dish. Coat the chicken with ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, thyme and garlic. Toss the chicken to thoroughly coat and marinate for 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, halve each of the peaches and brush the tops with the remaining olive oil. 3. After the chicken has marinated for 30 minutes, thread the chicken evenly on 4-5 skewers. Place the chicken on a hot grill and grill 4-5 minutes on each side. 4. Place the peaches oiled side down onto the grill and grill for 2-3 minutes. Brush the tops with the balsamic vinaigrette and return to the grill for an additional 2-3 minutes. 5. Divide the chicken and peaches evenly between 4 plates. Serve with additional sides if desired.

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Lunch & Dinner Cocktails ~ Premium Beers ~ Extended Wine List

Experience waterfront views and fine dining with us! OPEN Lunch Mon~Sat 11am to 2pm Dinner Mon~Sun 4pm to Close

Fine Dining with Endless Views of Mt. Rainier and the Gig Harbor Lighthouse.

Surf & Turf 6oz filet mignon grilled and topped with sauteed onions, button mushrooms and a creamy gorgonzola sauce along with seared scampi in a lemon beurre blanc.

Jazzy Chop Porterhouse pork chop marinated in extra virgin olive oil, rosemary and garlic, oven baked and finished with our creamy goat cheese, spinach, mushroom, Thai chili sauce.

Muscovy Duck Oven baked and topped with our plum and toasted almond sauce.

Ahi Tuna Lightly coated with black peppercorns, seared rare and topped with our roasted garlic / ginger glaze.

2905 Harborview Drive NW Gig Harbor www.thegreenturtle.com

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Experience college football up close. By Colin Anderson Fall means football, and there’s no shortage of great action in the Northwest. We have many beautiful campuses, unique stadiums with red and blue turf, tailgating by boat, former national champions, and a whole lot more. There’s nothing like the buzz around a college campus on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon. And even if your alma mater might be across country, there’s no shame in rooting for another regional team, rivalries withstanding! Just taking in the sites of game day is a blast, and we are fortunate to have some of the most interesting stadiums in the country close by. University of Montana Location: Missoula, Montana

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Stadium: Washington Grizzly Stadium Capacity: 25,203 Home Schedule: 8/29 vs. North Dakota State, 9/5 vs. Cal Poly, 9/26 vs. Northern Arizona, 10/10 vs. Weber State, 10/24 vs. North Dakota, 11/14 vs. Eastern Washington About the Team: The Montana Grizzlies consistently draw one of the top crowds in the FCS level averaging more than 24,000 fans per game since the last stadium expansion. Montana plays host to three-time defending Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National champion North Dakota State in the very first college football game this season.

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New head coach Bob Stitt brings an up-tempo style of offense to the Griz hoping to wear down opponents with short passes and plenty of no-huddle. Did you know? Washington Grizzly Stadium played host to the Rolling Stones in 2006 in their only ever concert in the state of Montana. Eastern Washington University Location: Cheney, Washington Stadium: Roos Field Capacity: 8,600 Home Schedule: 9/19 vs. Montana State, 10/10 vs. Cal Poly, 10/31 vs. Weber State, 11/7 vs.

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Cider Swig 2nd Annual Great Peninsula Cider Festival

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Northern Arizona, 11/21 vs. Portland State About the Team: The question for all Eastern Eagle fans is whether or not their high power aerial attack will continue without quarterback Vernon Adams. “Big Play” VA transferred to Pac 12 power Oregon for his senior season, however star receivers Cooper Kupp and Shaq Hill are back. Head coach Beau Baldwin has turned Eastern into a power at the FCS level with a National Championship in 2010 and Big Sky Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Did you Know? Eastern Washington installed its now famous red turf nicknamed ‘The Inferno’ in 2010 thanks in a large part to a $500,00 donation from Eastern Alum and NFL offensive lineman Michael Roos.

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Washington State University Location: Pullman, Washington Stadium: Martin Stadium Capacity: 35,117 Home Schedule: 9/5 vs. Portland State, 9/19 vs. Wyoming, 10/17 vs. Oregon State, 10/31 vs. Stanford, 11/7 vs. Arizona State, 11/21 vs. Colorado About the Team: The Cougars are looking to put it all together this year under Coach Mike Leach and his air-raid offense. It’s been a struggle for the Cougs in recent history and with most pundits calling the Pac-12 a top three conference in the nation this year, it’s not getting any easier for them. Look for WR Gabe Marks to step up big in the passing game.

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Did you know? A fire at Martin Stadium on April 4, 1970 destroyed nearly 6,000 seats and the press box, forcing the Cougars to play their next two seasons an hour and a half away at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium. University of Washington Location: Seattle, Washington Stadium: Husky Stadium Capacity: 70,138 Home Schedule: 9/12 vs. Sacramento State, 9/19 vs. Utah State, 9/26 vs. California, 10/17 vs. Oregon, 10/31 vs. Arizona, 11/7 vs. Utah, 11/27 vs. Washington State About the Team: The Huskies are a real wild card team this year after losing big contributors on defense to the draft as well as replacing their

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There’s nothing like the buzz around a college campus on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon.

quarterback. After winning eight games a season ago, Vegas odds makers are only giving the Huskies four wins this season. Head Coach Chris Peterson opens the season at Boise State, the school in which he helped propel into the national spotlight. Did you know? With a capacity of more than 70,000 and metallic roofs, Husky stadium is one of the loudest stadiums in the country crossing over the 100 decibel level multiple times each game. Boise State University Location: Boise, Idaho Stadium: Albertson’s Stadium Capacity: 36,387 Home Schedule: 9/4 vs. University of Washington, 9/18 vs. Idaho State, 10/3 vs. Hawaii, 10/24 vs. Wyoming, 11/14 vs. New Mexico, 11/20 vs. Air Force About the Team: While no longer the darlings that defeated Oklahoma in one of the greatest bowl games of all time, Boise State is still a consistent power in the west. The Broncos are predicted to win the conference this season and have 6 players on the pre-season allconference team. Head Coach Bryan Harsin hopes he’s found the next great Bronco QB in Brett Rypien, nephew of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien. Brett smashed his uncle’s greater Spokane League records and was the player of the year for the state of Washington.

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Did you know? Boise State became the only team with blue astro turf in the world and was the first school to install a field with a specific color in 1986. University of Idaho Location: Moscow, Idaho Stadium: Kibbie Dome Capacity: 16,000 Home Schedule: 9/3 vs. Ohio, 9/19 vs. Wofford, 9/26 vs. Georgia Southern, 10/24 vs. LouisianaMonroe, 11/14 vs. Appalachian State, 11/28 vs. Texas Southern About the Team: Third year Coach Paul Petrino says this is the best his team has looked since taking over the job. The Vandals will definitely be tested this year facing off against perennial powers Auburn and USC. They will also rack up plenty of frequent flier miles with trips to southern states Alabama, Arkansas and New Mexico. Junior Austin Rehkow might be the best punter in the nation, and becoming bowl game eligible is the goal for this program. Did you know? The Kibbie Dome is also home to one of the premiere jazz festivals in the U.S. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival began in 1967 and has seen the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and Wynton Marsalis. Students from all over the country attend for concerts, clinics, judged performances and workshops.

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The Big Catch Unveiling

In August 2014, Citizens For The Big Catch started a fundraising campaign for a sculpture to commemorate Gig Harbor’s fishing heritage with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture. One year later, it became a reality. The Big Catch sculpture found its permanent home in front of the Harbor History Museum for the community and visitors to enjoy for years to come! Douglas Granum sculpted the magnificent piece, and Citizens For The Big Catch (CFBC) gifted this sculpture, just as enthusiasts for fishing villages and ports around the world have commissioned works of art to celebrate their heritage. CFBC’s enthusiastic spokeswoman, Seana Wohlfeil, hoped The Big Catch would be to Gig Harbor what The Little Mermaid is to Copenhagen, referring to the enchanting bronze sylph viewed by tens of thousands each year. However, The Big Catch is most aligned

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in character with the well-recognized Man at the Wheel in Glouster, Massachusetts, who welcomes both tourists and community members alike. Gig Harbor is rightfully proud of its fishing legacy. After all, what would the town be without the fleet, the industry, and the families who established this fishing village? Speaking of this image as an emblem for the town, Granum said, “Through this sculpture, we want to capture and invite the unyielding curiosity of the public about this place we call Gig Harbor — the harbor of the gig, a small rowing craft.” Dave Senner’s love for regional history played a part in the evolution of The Big Catch back in 2011 when he invited

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artist Doug Granum to lunch in Tacoma. Of the image the sculpture was based on, Senner pointed out, “This is one of the purest photographs — he already looked like bronze in that rubber suit.” Senner enthusiastically continued, “All you see is the guy and the fish. It captures a moment of history that will never happen again here. Boats are bigger, technology is different — the essence of that era captured in bronze ties people to the way it used to be 100 years ago.” The detail, emotion, and unique physical characteristics of the gentleman and the iconic salmon comprise a compelling historical identity that resonates with Gig Harbor and honors those same fishing families who live here today.

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