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SEPTEMBER 2016

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Call Of The Wild Have you heard it? Felt it? It is that desire to be outdoors and one with nature. And it does not have to be an adventurous hike or skiing down a steep mountain. In this article by Colin Anderson, you will learn that it can be as simple as packing up the car and taking the family out for a weekend of camping. Or grabbing a fishing pole and heading to the lake. Take advantage of the beautiful places we have here in our own area. And when you are sitting still, be sure to listen…you may just hear the call of the wild.

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Historically, it was a subject that was avoided – suicide. But thanks to the efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, people are talking more freely about the reality of suicide. In this article by Jani Gonzalez, you will learn about one of the ways in which the foundation is bringing this once taboo subject into the forefront. Through their “Out of the Darkness” Walks that take place each year in late summer and early fall, people are being brought out of the darkness into the light.

Living Local 360 Road Trip Some of the best memories are created on family road trips. In this article by Jon Johansen you will travel with him, his wife and children and the family dog through some of the cities where Living Local magazines share the good news of the communities. From Gig Harbor to North Idaho, Jon shares with our readers just some of the hidden gems along the way. You may soon find yourself packing up the family car and heading out for your own road trip!

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PUBLISHER Be the Best You Can Be OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS we have been inundated with politics each time we turn on our television or open the newspaper. I don’t know about you, but I found it refreshing to have a break from it all over the last few weeks while watching the summer Olympics. Young athletes who have worked their entire lives had their dreams finally realized. Yes, there were disappointments for and by many, both in and out of the Olympic setting, but the joy on the faces of those who achieved their goals was uplifting to say the least. We also witnessed sportsmanship at its best. People reaching across cultural barriers to lend their support to an opponent. Although the final ceremonies have taken place and the Olympic athletes have returned home, let our prayer be that each one of us can continue the Olympic spirit we have witnessed. Let’s display good sportsmanship, compassion for others and a desire to be the best we can be. And I’m not referring only to sports...I’m referring to being the best we can be in life. Creating. Connecting. Living Local.

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WELCOME FROM GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL

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GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL WELCOMES JAMIE TAYLOR! BY PATTY HUTCHENS

JAMIE TAYLOR JOINED Gig Harbor Living Local in late August, and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team. Many of you may be familiar with Jamie from her work at the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce where she has served as their marketing manager for the last three-and-a-half years. Jamie was born and raised in Tacoma. She has always had a passion for decorating, painting and creating. It is a passion that she pursued when she attended Highline Community College where she earned her associates degree in interior design. Jamie put her talent to work when she worked at various furniture stores, both locally and in Oklahoma where her husband, Scott, was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. With a desire to be closer to family, the couple moved back to Washington. Jamie took a year off of work after she gave birth to their first child. She then worked at Bassett Home Furnishings and Moe’s Home Collection before taking the position at the Gig Harbor Chamber

getting to know all of our Gig Harbor Living Local clients, many of whom she already has a relationship with through her work at the Gig Harbor Chamber.

of Commerce. It was also during this time when Jamie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing – a skill that will certainly benefit her clients at Gig Harbor Living Local. Jamie enjoys being active and especially enjoys participating in hot yoga, hiking and playing softball. She and Scott, who has been serving in the military for the past 12 years, have one son, Kannon, who is also active in sports. As the youngest of three girls, Jamie considers herself blessed to be part of a close family. “We also have a very close group of friends who I

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Jamie looks forward to getting to know all of our Gig Harbor Living Local clients, many of whom she already has a relationship with through her work at the Gig Harbor Chamber. Continuing to help local businesses build their brand and increase their exposure is one of Jamie’s primary goals. And she is happy to be doing it in the town of Gig Harbor.

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“I love that Gig Harbor has managed to keep its small town charm while also being progressive in offering community activities all year long, many of them free,” said Jamie. “It has also been fun watching Gig Harbor grow in terms of population, but also with new businesses which tells how desirable of a community it really is.”

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18 Essentials

The latest tips and trends.

27 Life & Community Great local events and stories.

28 Business Spotlight Family First Adult Homes.

34 Gig Harbor in Focus

Young mothers benefit from the kindness of Gig Harbor Soroptimists.

38 Business Spotlight Harbor Place Cottesmore.

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42 Living Local

Executive Director hired to coordinate innovative art education that puts volunteers in every elementary classroom.

48 Hometown Experts The best local businesses.

50 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy, active lifestyle.

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AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walk for awareness and research are erasing the stereotypes behind suicide.

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80 Travel & Leisure Living Local 360 roadtrip.

86 Food & Drink

Discover Gig Harbor’s tastiest destinations.

92 Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of great local events, music and shows.

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Practical Living

ESSENTIALS by Brett Marlo DeSantis

SPURRING SOLAR POWER THROUGH OFF-GRID INCENTIVES

HOW STRONG IS SOLAR in the Puget Sound region? You may be surprised to hear that we receive more sunlight here in western Washington, than the world leader in installed solar capacity. That’s right; Germany only receives 60 percent of our sun hours. And similarly, Washington gets 30 percent less sun than Southern California. Solar works here, and it works very well.

PHOTO COURTESY PENINSULA LIGHT COMPANY

Solar irradiance is the number one way to measure solar performance. NASA defines irradiance as “the amount of light energy from one thing hitting a square meter of another each second.” Solar energy professionals employ irradiance meters when doing a site evaluation and energy production estimate. Meters will assess the optimal location to place your panels using a combination of an electric compass, inclinometer and a fisheye lens taking into account the height of buildings, tree lines and other elements in the immediate built environment. But you don’t have to invest in a meter to know whether solar is right for you! To do a

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THE CALL

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quick check on whether your property would be a good candidate for solar, check out the national renewable energy laboratory at pvwatts.nrel. gov/ and type in the address of your site, and the website will estimate your potential system output.

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Another easy option is to make a call. Local solar expert Matt Molzan of Synergy Electric + Technology can assess your location over the phone using Google Maps. Thankfully, his company is not a proponent of taking down too many trees for solar. Keeping it local, Molzan prefers to source solar components within the Pacific Northwest from solar cells to framework! His average cost for solar on a house runs $30,000 and takes approximately three days to install. Dr. Elaine Ulrich of the HeatSpring blog reports that in 2010, the cost of one solar watt was $3.80. Their Sunshot Initiative project is attempting to bring solar costs to only $1 per watt or $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. That will be a 75 percent decrease in the 2010 cost. By 2015, the cost of solar was already reduced by 70 percent!


In addition, solar power now is an even smarter, more affordable investment thanks to federal and state tax credits and incentive programs. On your next tax filing, you’ll be entitled to claim a 30 percent tax credit from the total cost of your solar system, or spread the credit over two years.

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Through June 30, 2018, systems smaller than 10kW in Washington State, solar is tax-free! On systems that are larger than 10 kW, there will be a 75 percent tax rebate on Washington sales tax.

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Meters will assess the optimal location to place your panels using a combination of an electric compass, inclinometer and a fish-eye lens taking into account the height of buildings, tree lines and other elements in the immediate built environment.

You name it. tiny house, granny suite, backyard cottage, sidekick-in-law, attached or detached, basement apartment, compact design, small footprint housing, love shack, on-grid-off-grid

In addition, the State of Washington Production Incentive Program promotes renewable electricity generation by purchasing solar generation at $.15/kWh until July 2020. If the inverter is manufactured in Washington State, the $.15 is boosted to $.18/kWh. Solar modules made in WA earn $.36/kWh, and if both model and inverter are made in WA you earn $.54/ kWh.

We build it.

Other benefits of solar panels include: lengthening the life of your roof, adding to the resale value of your home, having a personal power system that cuts your electric bill, independence from the grid (including emergencies resulting from natural disasters) and last but certainly not least, knowing that you are taking part in creating a future of clean energy.

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When it comes to your retirement — lifestyle, security and location should be key.

ESSENTIALS

NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES MISSION-DRIVEN AND WORKING FOR YOU BY SARAH FRIESEN, HERON’S KEY GIG HARBOR

QUALITY AND COMMITMENT BE WISE

Opening Spring 2017 Reserve your keys now to the area’s only lifestyle with the financial security and peace of mind of true Life Care – Heron’s Key at Gig Harbor. Located in the walkable Harbor Hill neighborhood, future residents are getting to know each other and looking forward to being neighbors. Make plans now to join them. Call 1.866.642.0556 or go to HeronsKey.org to learn more about our informational workshops and see construction updates.

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YOU’VE BEEN A CAREFUL planner your entire life. When you purchased a new car or house or designed your investment portfolio, you understood your top priorities and carefully weighed the advantages or disadvantages. Why should selecting your future retirement home be any different? In the last few months, I’ve explained the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and the significant financial differences among Type A, B and C communities. But there’s one more important factor to consider as you determine your priorities: a not-for-profit organization versus a privately owned, forprofit corporation. Here are just a few differences, courtesy of www.LeadingAge.org, an association of over 6,000 communities nationwide. Governance: No one owns a not-for-profit organization in the way that shareholders own a for-profit corporation. Not-for-profits are overseen by a volunteer board of directors. With no expectation of financial gain, board members are committed to making sure the organization remains true to the mission, responds to local needs, plans effectively for the future and manages financial resources effectively. While for-profit leadership teams are restrained by shareholder profit expectations, not-for-profit leadership may have more autonomy to make decisions that are in the best interest of residents. Quality: Not-for-profit providers offer a

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commitment to quality that stems from a mission of service and a history of compassion. A 2009 study of tens of thousands of nursing homes in the U.S. and Canada found that not-for-profits consistently delivered better outcomes in four key areas relating to quality, including higher quality of staffing and fewer government citations for deficiencies. Profits: A for-profit’s objective is to create financial returns for shareholders, but a notfor-profit must reinvest money in ways that support the mission. Revenues exceeding expenditures may be used to improve the physical environment, serve more people with better services, and recruit and retain staff. Their true bottom line is not an annual profit/loss statement. It’s resident satisfaction. Benevolent Care: Many not-for-profits offer residents the assurance of knowing they can have lifelong access to living arrangements and services should they outlive their financial resources through no fault of their own. Make sure you’re asking the right questions when evaluating communities, because a community’s not-for-profit status might provide you with higher living standards, greater satisfaction and longevity. Some True Life Plan Communities (CCRC’s) will provide future residents with the personalized services of a residency counselor to provide guidance and resources to understand the array of local options and advantages. Start as early as possible, so you have time to consider what’s best for you.


FINANCIAL FOCUS

DON’T FORGET

MAKE THE MOST OF GIFTS TO GRANDCHILDREN

Make Your Financial Future a Priority.

ARTICLE PROVIDED BY EDWARD JONES FOR USE BY FINANCIAL ADVISOR ERIN ABRIGO OF GIG HARBOR

DID YOU KNOW THAT National Grandparents Day is less than a week away? While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play. If you are a grandparent yourself, you might expect some cards or phone calls or emails from your own grandchildren – but you will probably experience even greater enjoyment in the gifts you can give them. If you’re thinking of making a financial gift, consider your options carefully. To begin with, don’t forget about your own needs. As much as you love your grandchildren, you can’t afford to provide significant financial gifts to them at the expense of your own retirement savings or the resources you might need for health care or long-term care. So, review your budget to determine what you can afford to give. This amount may change year by year, depending on your circumstances, so you may want to review your potential gifts annually. However, assuming you can afford to give regularly to your grandchildren, how should you go about it? Here are a few possibilities: • Establish a 529 plan. A college degree is a very good investment in your grandchildren’s future – but higher education comes with high costs. If you want to help your grandkids go to college, you could establish a 529 plan. Earnings in a 529 plan can grow federal tax-free and will not be taxed when the money is taken out to pay for college. Plus, you may receive state tax incentives if you invest in your home state’s 529 plan. (However, if withdrawals are not used for higher education expenses, the earnings portion is fully taxable and will incur a 10% penalty.)

• Keep in mind, though, that a 529 plan could affect your grandchild’s financial aid. While a 529 plan owned by a grandparents generally won’t be reported as an asset under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), withdrawals used for school will be treated as student income on the next year’s FAFSA, and so could lower your grandchild’s financial aid package. So you could wait for your grandchild’s final year of college, when he or she won’t be applying for future financial aid, before you allow withdrawals from the 529 plan. (You may want to discuss a 529 plan’s potential financial aid impact with a financial aid professional.) • Contribute to a custodial account. You can give money to your grandchildren through a custodial account, known as UGMA or UTMA. These are irrevocable gifts that minors gain control of at the age of majority. Be aware, then, that once they get the money, they can do with it as they choose, and their choices may be far different from what you had intended. • Pay college bills directly. You can simply write a check to the college to help pay for your grandchild’s expenses. By making any of these gifts, you can help your grandchildren move forward through life — and their journey can provide you with the gifts of pride and joy. Tax issues for 529 plans can be complex. Please consult your tax advisor about your situation. Edward Jones, its financial advisors and employees cannot provide tax or legal advice.

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ESSENTIALS

FOCUS. REFLECT. ALIGN. A FEW KEYS TO UNLEASHING YOUR POTENTIAL BY DEBORAH OLIVE

IN SYNC

THE GIG HARBOR PENMET DRAGON Boat team of paddlers, coaches and steerspersons arrived at Lake Union on a cloudy Saturday morning to compete in the Seattle Dragon Boat Festival. Tents, vendors, paddles and paddlers from over 40 teams filled the lake side of the park. We were one of 11 teams competing in the novice division.

business and in life. Focus is a key component. The vision of racing in a 250-meter race brought focus to our practices. We learned techniques to increase our “power” and “lift” even as we learned to recognize and eliminate the habits that create drag. We practiced alignment individually and as a team. “One Boat. One Beat.” Each paddler identified their correct paddle length, discovered the type of paddler they are and what it feels like to paddle optimally – for their body. We learned to keep our attention and focus in the boat. We learned to trust our practice, the coach, the cadence and our ability to work together as a team. Our confidence grew. Each paddler discovered and learned to embrace their inner paddler and bring their best self to the boat.

To prepare for the race, our team visualized a 250-meter course and practiced starts, pace changes and surging across the finish. We built endurance by paddling 2,500 to 3,000 meter distances. Our coaches drilled specific techniques until we built muscle memory. We felt what it’s like to paddle together, and we felt the loss of power when even one person stops paddling or paddles out of sync. We were ready for race day.

Race day delivered plenty of distractions: neighboring paddlers counting strokes, coaches shouting directions, the sound of ceremonial drums, seaplanes overhead and cheering fans. There are internal distractions as well that include nerves, doubts and stamina. It’s essential to “keep your head in the boat,” stay confident and align with our strokers, the paddlers in the very front of the boat who set the cadence.

The day of the festival we marshaled up in lane number three for our first heat. The teams we’d compete against filled lanes one, two and four. As we waited for the signal to advance to the dock and board the dragon boats, our paddlers looked to the left and the right, noticing the other teams looked younger, stronger. Doubts arose and people started to chatter. A reminder to “keep your head in the boat” rang out.

In our first and second heats, Gig Harbor PenMet took first, qualifying for the race to medal in the novice division. In the third race, we got off to

Keys to victory in dragon boat racing are similar to keys to success in

KEYS TO SUCCESS

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a good start but fell behind. We needed to surge at the end. Our steersman gave the command from the rear of the boat; however, the strokers in the front didn’t hear the signal, and the paddlers who were taking their cues from the strokers stayed on pace with the strokers. The paddlers were out of alignment and quickly lost speed, resulting in a third place finish.

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RACE FOR A SOLDIER Gig Harbor Half-marathon benefits local warriors. By Colin Anderson.

THE CHALLENGES OF SERVING OVERSEAS, engaging in battle, and being away from family, friends and everything familiar is a reality that many soldiers face. While we are more open today to discussing the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries, each year many of our warriors are not given proper treatment for these conditions – sometimes with tragic consequences. The goal of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is to provide veterans and active military members access to professional services as well as to provide a positive community impact. You can help out this organization by participating in the upcoming Run for a Soldier race.

Runners can choose from a half-marathon distance or 5k, and young children can get in on the kids’ dash which kicks off the event. The run takes place on Sunday, September 25 at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA. Those who are unable to be present can also participate in the virtual race, just sign up on the website and complete your run at wherever you might be in the world. If you aren’t a runner, you can donate directly to the organization through its website www.raceforasoldier.org. You can also volunteer a few hours of your time and help with packet pick up or assist at water stations along the course. Online registration wraps up on Tuesday, September 20, but while you can still sign up the day of the race, don’t delay. All participants receive a race day T-shirt and the thrill of knowing that by participating, they are directly helping the men and women who sacrifice so much for the freedom we have.

Run for a Soldier is the major fundraiser for the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation and, since its inception in 2011, the event has continued to grow in the Gig Harbor community.

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FAMILY FIRST ADULT FAMILY HOMES is extremely proud to announce that the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County recently named Cindy Harper, house manager at Family First’s Goodman Home, the 2016 Caregiver of the Year.

their custom built home, Harper accepted the house manager position there. She has passed up several promotions in order to retain her position in primary care – a testament to her dedication to her chosen career!

The prestigious award recognizes excellence in care and is specifically given to caregivers who serve clients in a frontline capacity. Harper was chosen from a field of over 100 applicants in Pierce County. The family of a former resident of Family First Rosedale Home nominated her.

Families often compliment her ability to remain calm in any situation, her infectious laugh, and her in-depth knowledge of each resident she serves. In addition to her role as house manager, Harper also mentors the new house managers, and she is instrumental in offering suggestions to maintain quality care company wide.

In their nomination, the daughter wrote, “Mama was nervous about the move to Family First. As we came through the door, Cindy was there – all smiles – and she bent down to mama’s level and gave her a big hug. She stayed that way for another 15 minutes, making sure mama’s fears were addressed. From that time on, Cindy became key to my mama. She was her caregiver, but more importantly, her friend. As mama’s needs changed, Cindy adapted – but always treated her with respect, never spoke down to her, and spent untold hours reassuring her.”

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She went on to write, “Her care for mama was also inclusive of me. Cindy never failed to communicate with me, was very patient, and she always displayed a high level of professionalism and knowledge…this gal has ‘heart’ from the top of her head to her toes!”

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GRANDPARENTS CHERISHING LITTLE ONES Pearl Harbor survivor and others relocate for descendants

By Jon Johansen Photos courtesy Heron’s Key Gig Harbor and the Egge family. JUST BEFORE 8AM ON DECEMBER 7, 1941, a cacophony erupted below young Maryann Ward’s home in the hills of Oahu. Bombs blasted, and kamikaze planes dove at ships.

Best of all, most of these folks live within driving distance of Gig Harbor. Nearest in proximity will be Maryann’s sister’s family – Jane Thompson’s brood in Longbranch.

A first wave of Japanese fighter planes began the two-hour process of decimating America’s Pacific Fleet. Thankfully, Maryann’s father’s vessel was out on maneuvers.

It won’t be the first time that the Wards come “home” to the area. Years ago, before the government took over McNeil, Hal’s grandparents homesteaded on the island.

After a long, blessed life, Maryann’s thoughts rarely flicker back to the day when part of paradise burned.

Ultimately, Harold grew up north of Seattle’s Lake Union, but often spent time in the South Sound tagging along on his father’s tugboat.

Soon the woman whose youth was witness to battle-thrown waves will settle—along with her beloved husband, Harold—near our community’s still waters.

Ward’s baritone chuckle recently intoned, “We went between Seattle and Steilacoom and spent summer days at our cabin on Chambers Bay. There, we dug for gooey ducks and clams. I really do have ‘saltwater in my veins.’”

Their destination? A phenomenal dwelling in a new neighborhood, Heron’s Key.

While Hal was a local boy, Maryann’s father’s service kept her family in motion.

When “Hal” and Maryann say goodbye to their current property in Kamuela, Hawaii, it will be for the best of reasons… reuniting with precious kin.

“I went to 12 schools,” she giggled, “so my goal for college was to attend one place for four years straight!”

Married for 26 years, the Wards cherish a combination of eight children, fifteen grandkids, four great-grandchildren, and a smattering of other relatives.

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As an adult, Mrs. Ward became acquainted with Puget Sound. In fact, while sailing to see the clan at Longbranch, her family once anchored in the middle of picturesque Gig Harbor.

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GOOD NEWS These visits, while surely fun, serve another purpose; with the Egge’s teaching backgrounds, grandkids are sure to find that applicable moments are also educational.

Alas, a slight misunderstanding of the tide table left their vessel increasingly “high and dry” during a progressing ebb.

(way to go!!), their joy is not limited to occasional soirees. Rather, they’ve lived out a series of smaller, family-centered fêtes for a number of years.

Mrs. Ward sounded relieved as she gushed, “Thankfully, we yelled over to a powerboat and they pulled us off of the mini-sandbar.”

Their specialty? Unique, exciting vacations, with each and every grandchild… seven in all.

This past year, niece Margaret (Thompson) Heidel, who works at Close to Home Espresso, in Key Center, encouraged Hal and Maryann to come back for good and shared information about Heron’s Key.

After learning where individual grandsons or granddaughters would most like to visit, the Egges prepared all arrangements – airfare, accommodations, meals, and excursions are provided while Grandma and Grandpa serve as doting tour guides.

In that domicile, folks ages 55 and up can choose between “leading an active, independent lifestyle in a cottage-style home,” dwelling in an assisted-living suite or graduating to a private, skilled nursing room. Moreover, all residents have access to on-site healthcare at a private clinic, and folks with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s may receive treatment at a comforting memory care center. Along with those amenities, the location itself is an added bonus.

Each snack or feast is an intimate moment of fellowship, never to be forgotten. Every main, daily activity is usually documented via Don’s photos and video recordings, easily enjoyed in perpetuity. And no interruptions from the child’s siblings (or parents) occur, as only one boy or girl is allowed on their very own trip.

The property lies amidst a triangle of community attractions: First, charming, old-town Gig Harbor; second, Uptown’s newer boutiques and movie complex; and third, the larger stores on Burnham Drive.

These visits, while surely fun, serve another purpose; with the Egge’s teaching backgrounds, grandkids are sure to find that applicable moments are also educational.

By this time next year, Hal and Maryann may be walking on the property’s wooded trails, or better yet, watching their kin swim in Heron’s Key’s refreshing pool.

When one considers both the Egge and Ward families’ love for relatives and adventure, Heron’s Key offers one more advantage… freedom from property upkeep.

Perhaps the scent of inlet saltwater will waft up the hill, bringing back memories of tugboats, sailing trips and not-too-distant days in Kamuela. Perchance they’ll even get an opportunity to entertain new neighbors – locals like Don and Claire Egge.

After leasing into the company (a sum which will largely be returned to their heirs), Hal and Maryann, and Don and Claire will enjoy the benefits of others doing the upkeep on their investment. With no time needed for yard work, a greater number of precious minutes will be spent with grinning descendants with more daytrips around Pierce and King counties to see their clans, and more far away vacations.

These longtime, downtown Gig Harbor residents are also heading to Heron’s Key. From what I hear, every little one should be as blessed as the Egge’s grandchildren. Though the retired educators, who once spent a few seasons teaching English in China, recently celebrated a wonderful 60th anniversary party

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J

ust because the Gig Harbor chapter of Soroptimist International is one of the newest clubs in the organization—and one of the smallest—does not mean the members cannot think big when it comes to service projects to empower women in their own community. Past President Nita Sutich said she was driving through town in deep discussion with Diana Chapman several years ago trying to think of how the small band of determined women could make an impact on the women and children in Gig Harbor. That’s when she noticed the entrance to the Cottesmore Child Development Center at Henderson Bay. “What could make a bigger impact than to help the mothers of young children?” she said with conviction. “We knew that the chapter was too small to tackle some large undertaking, but we could make a difference in our community by dedicating our time and our limited resources to help single mothers at a time they need our help the most.”

vegetables,” said Loe. “The work they have done with us touched the children as well as the families. Even many of the grandparents.” In addition to the physical labor that members of the chapter dedicated to the school, the Gig Harbor Soroptimists provided the young mothers contacts to employers at the Career Pathways Expo. “We know that helping these young mothers get ahead will make a difference, not just in their lives, but improve the health of our community,” said Sutich. The generosity of the women has not gone unnoticed. Loe and some of the mothers of children in the daycare program have baked cakes that were auctioned as part of the Dessert Dash at the club’s annual fundraiser. In turn, Loe was also named the recipient of the Gig Harbor chapter’s Ruby Award as one of the outstanding women in the community.

Sutich turned her car into the driveway and walked into the busy childcare facility. She asked to meet the director and was immediately escorted into an office where she met Peg Loe.

“In addition to all of the wonderful work she does with the children” said Sutich, “Peg serves as a role model every day to these young mothers who are doing their very best to raise their children in a complex world.”

“There was an immediate connection,” she remembered. “We wanted to jump right in to provide whatever Peg needed. This was a project we could sink our teeth into and really make a difference in the lives of these young mothers and their babies.”

The daycare center administrator understands the delicate position that young mothers are placed in today’s society, said Sutich.

Sutich explained that the Henderson Bay center serves the needs of teen parents who need to know their children are in a secure environment while they are in school or job training in an effort to improve life for their family. The president knew her chapter could provide more than moral support to fulfill their mission. The Soroptimists took Loe’s wish list and went to work. The women dedicated proceeds from an annual fundraiser to help defray the cost of daycare for the mothers in the critical financial situations. They volunteered time with the children, pitched in to paint the classroom and staged a Christmas dinner for the children and their parents. Dream garden “When I mentioned my dream of an organic garden, the women jumped in to work with the kiddos to build the garden that first year and actually helped plant some of the

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“Social media and dozens of other factors make being a mother a much more difficult job than when we were raining our own children,” Sutich explained. “Peg does an amazing job of understanding how hard they are working and providing support in ways that allow the young mothers to embrace each other to know they are making a real difference.” Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor (SIGH) was chartered in 2007 and is one of the youngest Soroptimist clubs in the Puget Sound area. The Gig Harbor chapter is part of a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Growing numbers The past president was excited to proclaim that two women had applied to become members in July, bringing the chapter’s membership total to 13. The new members were initially attracted to the group through the club


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website (ghsoroptimist.org) by the opportunity to network with other professional women, but are eager to be part of the group’s commitment to serve both women and families in the area. Soroptimist International has more than 1,300 clubs in 20 countries and territories that work to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the organization. In addition to the work they do with the mothers and children at the child development center, the Gig Harbor Soroptimists are involved in other local endeavors as well as some of the worldwide efforts of the global organization. The daycare lent itself to the chapter’s Brussels Sprouts Project at Henderson Bay High School established in 2012, a collaborative effort among Cottesmore Center for Life, Peninsula School District and

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the SIGH that provides funding and hands-on assistance to improve the lives of teen moms and their children enrolled in the child development program. The goal of this project is to ensure that teen moms can complete their high school education, knowing that their children are well taken care of. The Live Your Dream Awards given out annually by the chapter provide financial assistance to women who are the primary source of financial support for their families. Recipients of the Live Your Dream Awards may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. The New Girl program was designed to help and encourage girls to set and pursue goals, overcome setbacks and educate girls of the career opportunities available to women. New Girl is run in cooperation with the international organization and allows local clubs to design and conduct community events that

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“Century Park was founded on the tradition of caring for seniors, and the services and care we provide integrate entirely with those of Life Care Centers of America, our sister company,” said Sue Wilhelm, the campus sales and marketing director for Harbor Place at Cottesmore.

“Our management team longevity is very unique; our newest manager has worked at Harbor Place for eight years,” said Wilhelm of the dedicated staff. Century Park Associates recently awarded the Assisted Living Community of the Year to Harbor Place at Cottesmore. It is an honor that Wilhelm said they are grateful for and credits Harbor Place Associates, Harbor Place Residents and the Gig Harbor community with helping them achieve.

Making the transition from living in one’s own home to either an independent retirement or assisted living community can be difficult for some. But at Harbor Place at Cottesmore residents are thrilled about the truly unique lifestyle it offers. With elegant amenities integrated with the comforts of home, residents can enjoy a carefree retirement and enjoy doing those things they enjoy.

In appreciation of the support they have received over the last decade from the Gig Harbor community, many who work at Harbor Place Cottesmore give back to the place they call home in countless ways. Some of their volunteer activities include Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North, Galloping Gertie Half Marathon, Courage Classic, Turkey Trot, Pierce County Friends and Athletes, Relay for Life, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Aging Smart Network, Gig Harbor Senior Center, Health Care Providers of Pierce County, Gig Harbor Fire Health and Safety Expos, Fall Prevention Expos, Cascade Regional Blood Drive Host, Community Car Shows, Community Outdoor Concerts, Operation Christmas Child, and FISH and Key Peninsula Food Banks.

“We cater to our residents with delicious chef-prepared, restaurant style meals with an extensive all day fine dining menu, housekeeping services and scheduled transportation,” said Wilhelm. The staff at Harbor Place encourages their residents to remain active, so they maintain a full calendar of social and recreational activities to choose from. The activities planned also allow the residents to explore new experiences. Some of the things in which residents can engage in include shopping excursions, cultural events, educational seminars and local outings. With no buy-in fees and convenient monthly leases for their residents, Wilhelm said the staff is committed to providing exceptional service and so much more.

Wilhelm summed up the feeling of all who work at Harbor Place best when she expressed her joy at helping others live their life to the fullest. “It’s an honor to serve our seniors and give them many opportunities to thoroughly enjoy their retirement years,” she said.

“We are a family,” said Wilhelm. “Our warm, caring associates are dedicated to creating a community you will be proud to call home, and we are available to provide personal assistance if and when you need a helping hand.”

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AT THE START OF HER SENIOR YEAR, 17-year-old Shawna Hettick has already accomplished a great deal. She has earned 10 varsity letters, three in swim, three in track and field, three in community service and one in the equestrian team. With all of her extracurricular activities, she is still able to maintain a GPA of 3.918 and takes several businesses classes at Tacoma Community College through the running start program. Shawna has been showing horses competitively since the third grade through 4-H and began competing in the medals program in middle school. “My first horse, Boopee, taught me what riding in showing is all about,” said Shawna. “With my new show horse, Joey, I am starting over at medals and doing very well.” She said her dream job is do marketing for the American Quarter Horse Association. “I have always loved the quarter horse breed and am continuously fascinated by the beauty and versatility of the breed,” said Shawna who last year took home four state championship titles and has attended nationals in Kentucky on two occasions.

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Shawna said her favorite part about being an equestrian is that her horse becomes her best friend. “People you compete against also will become lifelong friends, even if they are stiff competition in the show ring,” she added. Showing horses has taught Shawna a lot over the past nine years. But above all, she has learned to be patient. “Patience is a trait that takes years to develop,” said Shawna. “In the long haul, if you are patient, all the good will outweigh the bad.”


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STUDENTS AT ALL EIGHT PRIMARY SCHOOLS in the Peninsula School District are getting steamed. The school board has partnered with the Peninsula Hands on Art to enhance the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by bringing instruction in art back to classroom. The addition of art in every elementary school is something totally unique for the Peninsula District. It is unofficially being called STEAM. The art portion of the acronym was developed through an arrangement among the district, local artisans and hundreds of dedicated volunteers from the community.

ranging from the use of pastel paints to illustrate the lifecycle of Northwest salmon to threedimensional towers decorated with recycled objects and held together with wire donated by Century Link.

shapes made famous by American artist Alexander Calder. The young students in Gig Harbor, said Kuhn, were especially fascinated by the pen and ink lesson that taught them to draw images of fishing boats that sailed

position to run the volunteerbased art instruction. After a lengthy search, the district offered the job to Marla Morgan, the executive director of Peninsula Hands on Art. “She was really the only person

“Our goal is to create a community of young artists that embraces the creative talent inside of each child,” said Gig Harbor jeweler Kit Kuhn, president of Peninsula Hands on Art (PHOA), the non-profit organization that has educated volunteers to provide classroom instruction for the past 13 years. Kuhn said every student will now have the opportunity to engage in art history, mixed media to encourage the talent within each child. “Those of us who grew up with an understanding of the importance of art did not want our children to grow up without exposure to at least a basic knowledge of the historical significance of art and how much it can add to every element of our lives,” said Kuhn. The Peninsula Hands on Art program that began at Harbor Heights Elementary a dozen years ago has grown to include every school and each elementary classroom in the district. Last year, 250 trained volunteers provided instruction to more than 3,500 young students. Since its inception in 2003, the Peninsula Hands-on Art program has helped create more than 100,000 individual art projects,

LEARNING THE FLAG ART LESSON PLAN. PHOTO COURTESY ZOE KUHN

Each art project, said Kuhn, comes with a lesson in history and technique as well as insights into the economics of art. For example, towers program was based on the Watts Towers, the work of Simon Rodia. The Watts Towers in southeast Los Angeles were built from discarded tiles and discarded items, but withstood attempts to demolish it with a wrecking ball.

the waters of Gig Harbor and Commencement Bay. The ultimate goal of the program, according to Kuhn, is to create the next generation of individuals who appreciate art, either as participants or as patrons. “We started small because we did not want to overreach our abilities,” said Kuhn. “Art in elementary school allows children to use both sides of their brain at a time they are still open to new concepts and different ideas.”

During the 2013-14 school year, elementary students in the Peninsula District used plastic to explore the art of glassblowing while studying creations from Northwest artist Dale Chihuly. The young students created copper necklaces when they explored the delicate sculptures and suspended

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day in every classroom. Without exposure to art at an early age, students will may not make the choice to take art as an elective in middle school or high school.”

Elementary. Zoe recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in pre-law. She explained that a background in art provided her the tangible tools that can be used in subjects ranging from engineering to geology to advanced mathematics.

Peninsula Hands On Art has come full circle, said Kuhn. Some of the first students to go through the program have returned to volunteer time as docents in the classroom. One of those volunteers was his own 22-yearold daughter, Zoe.

“It’s more than just thinking outside the box. It is about utilizing creativity as a problem solving technique,” she explained. Zoe is planning to take a year off before beginning graduate school, but is confident that her knowledge of art will help her in whatever field she enters.

Kuhn admitted that he was motivated to develop the hands on art program when Zoe was a fifth grader at Harbor Heights

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ZOE KUHN WAS ONE OF THE FIRST STUDENTS TO GO THROUGH THE HANDS ON ART PROGRAM 13 YEARS AGO.

TOP LEFT: BROOKLYN MCNALLY ENJOYS HER ART PROJECT AT VAUGHN ELEMENTARY. TOP MIDDLE: ZEBEDEE SMOLKO DOING A WATTS TOWER AT VAUGHN ELEMENTARY. TOP RIGHT: ZOE KUHN TEACHING THE FLAG ART LESSON PLAN. COURTSEY PHOTO

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your fitness odyssey at your pace and start from the ground up. I’m going to say something now that is the opposite of what is currently the most popular train of thought – stay in your comfort zone. I’m not saying stay smack dab in the middle of your comfort zone, but definitely stay on the outskirts of said zone. Your central nervous system doesn’t like the way you’ve trained in the past and has asked me to tell you to fix it. If you keep your body happy and without fear of injury, you are less likely to get derailed and more likely to find some sort of success. Let’s be honest, it takes dedication and hard work to make significant changes, but you have to start somewhere. It starts with a base.

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If you keep your body happy and without fear of injury, you are less likely to get derailed and more likely to find some sort of success.

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strength around the core that we should start with. Once you are confident with the plank, pick another movement to master. Start with the squat maybe. Keep that tight plank from your hips up, and start to purposefully will your rear end between your knees and then stand up again. Be deliberate in your movements. Then start some pushing movements. Again begin in a tight plank and push yourself away from something. Keep your plank through the movements, and make sure you don’t collapse anywhere in your body. Start against the wall, move to a counter and continue until you can do a pushup from the ground. Remember to start with that base of support in the plank and strength and stability will follow.

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All that aside, he was quite slim. I didn’t ask him about his possible snacking habits. Hey... did you know that snacking can lead to more cavities? Let’s talk about why would a dentist be concerned about sleep. Did you know that if you snore, you can be more prone to gum disease? Sleeping well is rejuvenating. It’s when your body heals and repairs itself. If you have periodontal disease (disease of the gum and bone around your teeth), you can’t heal well from the inflammation. You’re also at more risk for cavities. Dry mouth, stickier plaque...more cavities! Do you ever wake up at night with a dry mouth? But let’s get back to the topic of better sleep. As mammals, we live and die based on Circadian rhythms. Our body is set to sleep and wake, on a 24hour cycle. The timing is controlled by the brain. You can fight it, but we need sleep to survive. Sadly, there have been many articles in the news regarding abnormal behavior due

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they have allowed people to become more and more sedentary. The Obesity Society’s Dr. Anthony Comuzzie explains, “When was the last time you got out of the car and opened your own garage, or got off the couch to change the TV channel?... People have more money to spend on easily available fast food, and they are less likely to engage in physical activity. It’s a double-edged sword.” Diet: Eat Healthy to Stay Mobile as You Age. Healthy eating may help reduce the risk of physical disability among women as they grow older. In July, the Journal of Nutrition reported that an analysis of data from almost 55,000 women who had their physical function assessed every four years from 1992 to 2008 revealed that those who ate healthier diets were less likely to develop mobility problems than those with less healthy diets. Furthermore, researchers linked the high consumption of fruits and vegetables and the low consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fats and salt with a decreased risk of physical impairment. Exercise: Just Walk. Walking is an inexpensive and simple exercise that has been shown to offer numerous health benefits for bones, muscles and joints. Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports in June of 2016, “Sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started… Walking requires minimal preparation but yields significant benefits. Establish a routine by incorporating at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week.” This information should not be substituted for medical advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions should be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional. Dr. William Mihin is a chiropractic physician. His practice is the North Idaho Spine & Wellness Clinic in Sandpoint, Idaho. He can be reached for questions at: 208.265.2225.


ANKLE SPRAINS AND INSTABILITY EVIDENCED BASED REPORT BY CHRISTINA RUST, DPT

ACCORDING TO A RECENT ARTICLE published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science, ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries caused by physical activity during sports or activities of daily living. They usually occur during dynamic movement, and over 50 percent of all ankle injuries involve ligament damage. Chronic ankle instability is defined as a subjective feeling of the ankle giving way, which can result in repeated ankle sprains and frequent loss of balance. Improved ankle stability involves not only strengthening the 20 muscles surrounding the ankle directly, but also the 33 muscles of the foot and arch.

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Can effective rehabilitation for acute or chronic ankle sprains improve functional recovery? To answer this question, we performed a comprehensive search for the PubMed database of randomized, controlled trials within the past three years that addressed this specific question. There exists in the literature dozens of clinical trials on the efficacy of both balance and strength training for prevention and management of acute ankle sprains as well as rehabilitation for both chronic ankle sprains and ankle instability resulting in loss of balance. Several studies looked at the incidence of ankle sprains with or without preventative strength and coordination exercises. All trials exhibited statistically significant positive outcomes, which means that fewer athletes suffered acute ankle sprains after performing stretching, strengthening, balance, coordination and agility activities for four weeks prior to sports participation. Balance training on an unstable surface, such

• Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age. • Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students. • Although 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice, one-third of parents do not have their children take the same safety precautions at practice that they would during a game. Current medical research supports the concept of comprehensive preventative programs and rehabilitation for acute ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability. Interventions should focus on balance, coordination and motor response, in addition to strengthening and stretching. For further questions or guidance consult a local specialist such as a certified personal trainer, certified athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist or sports medicine physician.

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What’s most important – with anyone you think is at risk for suicide – is to keep the lines of communication open.

Out Of The Darkness AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walk for awareness and research are erasing the stereotypes behind suicide BY JANI GONZALEZ

THE SUBJECT OF SUICIDE has long carried many stereotypes along with it. Frequent terms we might hear about are the selfishness of the act or that it was what the person wanted. There are many reasons individuals have died by suicide, but the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is changing the way people view suicide by creating a conversation about it to include the general public, first responders, medical and research communities. Every late summer and fall, the AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks begin across the nation. They create community support for those who have lost someone to suicide and for those who have attempted suicide. The walks are a memorial for those lost, but it’s also a celebration and a chance to support each other in the void of grief.

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People from all sorts of backgrounds come to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

For Dorie Morris, the organizer of the seventh Out of the Darkness Walk in Spokane, the walks are a way to create awareness, eliminate the stigma and offer hope to survivors, both of loss and of prior suicide attempts. “It’s really to remember those we’ve lost,” she said. Morris lost a brother and a close friend to suicide. “We try to reach out to lots of different people. Last year, we lost lots of young people.” People from all sorts of backgrounds come to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Many walkers wear shirts with their loved ones’ photos and names. Colored “honor” beads are distributed with each color symbolizing why the walker is participating. Morris wears orange, purple and blue beads: orange to symbolize the loss of a sibling, her brother; purple to honor a friend and blue to show support for the cause. This year, she said the Honor Guard from the Fairchild Air Force Base will perform the opening ceremony. Several suicide survivors will speak about their experiences as a way to reach out to those who can relate. The event will also have booths with representatives to reach out to adolescents,

the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and veterans. “The LGBT community is very prevalent in our walks (as well as) veterans’ organizations and mental health resource organizations,” Morris said. “We just try to reach out to the community. It’s all about making sure that attempt survivors and those who struggle with mental health conditions know that there is hope for them. (The walk is) a way to help get rid of the stigma of suicide. If people learn to talk about it – they’re less likely to go do it because they’ve got the support,” she said. The Darkness Suicide is all too prevalent in Idaho and Washington, and the numbers are startling. In Washington, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it as the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 years and that more people die by suicide than by homicide in the state. Similarly in Idaho, suicide is also the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 44 years but is ranked as the sixth highest state in the

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nation for suicide. In 2015, one out of five youth in Idaho reported having seriously considered suicide. There’s no single reason that people take their own lives. The underlying cause could be depression or anxiety, according to Grace Finch, the Washington Area Director for the AFSP. “Nine out of 10 people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition (not diagnosed). That’s why we push for mental health needs to be equal as physical health … it’s our best first line of defense,” she said. What’s most important – with anyone you think is at risk for suicide – is to keep the lines of communication open. Mental illness and suicide have been such a source of taboo in many cultures, but AFSP aims to erase this taboo. Some warning signs that should raise a red flag include: talking about suicide, increased risky behavior such as with drugs or alcohol and a change in mood to depression, anger or


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anxiety. Also, having a history of mental health conditions or family history of suicide can make someone at an increased risk for suicide. Again, however, some people don’t display any of these signs which is why talking about what’s troubling someone is the best way to help them. Out of the Darkness To help combat the stigma of mental health, AFSP organizes walks throughout the nation. These Out of the Darkness walks are a great way to find other people who have experienced a suicide loss or who may be struggling. In Washington, the Spokane Walk is September 17 at Riverfront Park and the Tacoma Walk is October 8 at Wright Park in addition to six

other walks in the state. “(AFSP) was founded by survivors of suicide loss and a long time were the voices around the table, but in recent years, more people with experience – who struggle or are attempt survivors are participating as well,” Finch said. She said although AFSP still supports survivors, its scope has expanded more toward prevention and education. The AFSP’s website has a number of resources for parents, teachers and concerned individuals to learn from and tailor to their needs. AFSP’s main message is that suicide is preventable. “Some people think that a person will

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die by suicide no matter what. There’s a misunderstanding that if you talk about it, it will encourage it, but what we’ve found is if you talk, it helps. Let the person know you’re concerned but also provide (resources) to mental health services,” Finch said. Individuals struggling with the idea of suicide may not show any outward signs of it. It is difficult to ask for help. AFSP is changing and also adapting to the ways people communicate via social media. On Facebook, for example, if you are concerned about a post, go to the site’s help menu and search for “suicide.” You will get a number of options from which to choose, including where to get help if an individual is considering suicide. There are also apps where


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On July 30, 2016 The Gig Harbor Dragons Dragon Boat Racing Team took Bronze in the Novice Division and Gold in the Novice Community Division at the 13th Annual Seattle Dragon Boat Festival held on South Lake Union. More than 10,000 spectators lined the shores of South Lake Union to cheer on approximately 1000 local and visiting athletes.

individuals can text or chat online and get help that way as well, like the Crisis Text Line. “The way people seek help according to demography and age require a broad approach and different technology for that. From everything we do, if we can get that person through that low point when they’re seriously contemplating suicide – whether it’s restricting means or talking – they can recover,” Finch said. Into the Light A huge beneficial byproduct of the walks is the fundraising aspect. AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks raise thousands of dollars to fund research and state suicide prevention efforts. At the local level, a portion of the money raised go to designated education programs. The other portion is donated to the

national AFSP office for research grants. AFSP has become a supporter of potentially promising research that they believe will produce viable evidence to prevent suicide. “We fund researchers who are doing a lot of up-and-coming research that is not ready for the National Institutes of Health,” Finch explained. Also funded by the AFSP is Project 2025 with a goal of reducing the suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025. As a start to its comprehensive effort, it has conducted a burden analysis study to analyze the numbers and statistics behind suicide losses at a very high level and see what areas society can focus on to reduce the suicide rate. In Washington, there are a number

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Each 40 ft. boat is large enough to seat 20 people with a sweep to steer and a drummer pounding loudly above the thrashing paddles and cheering spectators. “The conditions were windy with a strong headwind, but our Team managed to power through it,” Head Coach & Steersman, Al Abbott said. The practice and preparation the Gig Harbor Dragons put in has really paid off. They recorded their best times ever at this event. Race Day Coach & Caller, Miss Ellie Tieman said, “The Team really rose to the occasion finishing first in 3 out of four race heats.”   The Gig Harbor Dragons have been paddling since April 2016. They are one of PenMet Parks Recreation programs.  The team’s dragon boat is owned, moored, & serviced by Ron Roark, owner of the Gig Harbor Boatyard & Marina. The team has 45+ members. They conduct to five practices a week and launch out of Skansie Park in Downtown Gig Harbor, WA. To find out more about the team and registration, visit penmetparks.org.  Everyone is welcome.


On Facebook, for example, if you are concerned about a post, go to the site’s help menu and search for “suicide.” You will get a number of options from which to choose, including where to get help if an individual is considering suicide.

of preventative efforts underway such as safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) programs (livingworks.net), which hosts free or low cost training for anyone older than 15 years of age to become a suicide-alert helper. Another area of prevention is training to screen for suicide risk during emergency room intake procedures.

Association, suicide attempt survivors, the Department of Health and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Their work would involve gun shops in an effort to prevent suicide by firearms. “A lot of (what the bill contains) is education about the risk factors and warning signs, carrying information to encourage safe storage, and emergency plans,” Finch explained.

“We know the statistics from the burden study and see that as a point of opportunity,” Finch said.

In Idaho, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, located in Boise, is a separate organization working to reduce suicide. Although not affiliated with AFSP they have a team that participates in the Out of the Darkness walk in Boise. The organization closed in 2006 because of lack of funding but was able to reopen in 2012. The most recent state legislation passed nearly $1 million for suicide prevention efforts. The state funds 60 percent of the hotline’s budget. The call center is operated by 60 volunteers and is available 24 hours every day of the week. Volunteers are trained and monitored by a professional in suicide prevention. The organization aims to grow with an ambassador program to have statewide outreach,

Another area of concern AFSP focuses on is reducing the number of suicides by firearm. Anecdotally, the numbers show that most deaths by firearms aren’t accidental. For that reason, it’s important to have suicide prevention literature available in gun shops for vulnerable individuals contemplating suicide who have access to a firearm. AFSP does not advocate for gun control but rather gun safety. Washington’s Safe Homes House Bill 2793 addresses gun safety and education. Part of the bill’s focus is to create a task force consisting of members of suicide prevention organizations, the firearms industry, law enforcement, the National Rifle

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explained John Reusser, director of the hotline. “We always need people to spread information about the hotline and are trying to have an ambassador program to find events have (where we can have) representation,” he said. It is prevention efforts such as these in the two states that are eliminating the stigma of suicide and bringing mental health to the forefront. Getting recognition and support from state legislatures is important for raising awareness and getting people trained in how to handle individuals at risk for suicide. The message we all need to share is that no one is alone and help is available. Be that person who lends an

ear to someone’s problems and assist them in the direction of professional help. It’s not a simple, quick answer, but it’s a start in the conversation. “We are getting more people trained in suicide assessment and prevention. People are beginning to come together with hope and solutions to save lives,” Finch said. For more information about AFSP and Out of the Darkness walks, visit, afsp.org. For the Idaho Prevention Hotline, visit idahosuicideprevention. org or search for them on Facebook. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

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By Colin Anderson We live in a beautiful spot. We can choose the noise of traffic at night from our city dwelling, or we can strike out and find a quiet, peaceful place where we can stargaze. We can pick a soft bed with a down comforter or a down sleeping bag, ultralight to make packing it into that secluded spot easier. Whatever your preference, sometimes a few little tips on how to master the outdoors will have us reaching for the wild, even if we don’t know we’re doing it! Enjoy the following, and we’ll see you in the woods!

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You’ve made a wrong turn, and your water bottle is empty. Water is essential to survival, but drinking the wrong kind can make things worse. Generally speaking, the faster the water is moving the safer it is to drink, and the same goes for clarity. Green ponds or stagnant streams can breed bacteria. Water should always be boiled no matter what the source. Can’t find any above ground sources? Look for signs of water below by searching for where mosquitoes swarm, or follow a game trail which likely leads to water. At night, hang plastic around your tent for a rain catcher. Even if it doesn’t rain, condensation can build. Make sure the water will drop into a container.

Identifying Edible Plants Food is low in supply, and you’re striking out hunting and fishing. Finding edible plants for nourishment can save your life, but it can also end it. Wild fruits and vegetables are available throughout the west, but misidentifying these can sometimes lead to poisoning or make you gravely ill. There are several guides to finding edible plants, and it’s highly recommended that you carry one in your pack. Your local forest service office will also be able to provide information to the specific area you are hiking or camping in. Only consume wild plants if the situation is dire and you can positively identify what you are eating.

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Starting a Battery Fire You’ve lost all your matches and it’s getting cold. If you have anything battery operated, it might save your life. Get your AA batteries out and either a gum wrapper or strips of tinfoil. Make sure the strips are cut thin, less than half an inch. Fold the wrapper into a “V” shape and attach both the positive and negative ends of the battery to the wrapper or foil. The flame will only burn for a short while so have your tinder ready. If you happen to have steel wool with you, place it in a bind of dry grass, remove your cell phone battery and rub it against the steel wool, and presto, you have made fire!

Your tent burns up; you suddenly have to spend a night outside before getting out of the woods. You will need to build a shelter. Start by gathering a supply of six to eight-foot strong branches. Set two branches vertical in the ground about the height of your body with a third running horizontally between the two. Stack the branches you’ve gathered at a 45-degree angle to build a makeshift tent. Once your structure is in place, cover the outside with whatever insulation is available – moss, pine branches or thick heavy brush. If you find 10 to 12-foot branches, you can also set up as a teepee securing the branches at the top and insulating the same.

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You’re lost and the trail you came in on is nowhere to be found. You should have a map and compass, but if both are gone, there are a few tricks to help get you back on track. Start at a high point to get your bearing straight. If it’s a cloudy day and you can’t find which way is north, look at the trees. Moss typically grows the best facing north on trees and rocks in heavily shaded areas. Hillsides facing south will generally have less vegetation and shorter trees. To get out, follow water. Mountain streams lead to rivers which usually lead to roads or people.

Moving at night in the woods can be extremely dangerous and should only be attempted if the situation is grave. If you are in dense woods and cannot see the stars, you should stay put for the night. If you’re able to find the North Star and are sure of the direction you want to go, proceed slowly and deliberately. As with daytime moving, following a mountain stream to a river and following the riverbank will almost certainly lead you to civilization or roadway. If at any point you are feeling unsure of the direction you are heading, stop for the night and don’t make things worse.

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You’re out of food but see fish jumping in the lake or stream you’re camped along. Creating a split-tip gig can help you land a meal. Find a dry and sturdy straight branch to fit as your spear. Take your knife and drive it into the base in half about one foot. Do this twice so you create four spear points. Sharpen the edges of each split so you have four sharp spears. Your best odds are finding fish in shallow water, less than two feet deep. Stand still in the water until the fish come into range, constantly moving around will drive fish away. Strike fast and toss the fish on the shore ASAP so it doesn’t slip back into the water.

You’re lost and have decided to stay put in hope of rescue. Move yourself into an open area easily visible from the air. Build a large signal fire and cover it with anything around that might be wet or molding as this will create more visible smoke. If you see a plane or far off boat, use anything that’s reflective to attempt to get their attention. If you know you are near some civilization, climb to the highest point and turn on your phone. Even if you don’t get service, search and rescue can “ping” your phone which helps them determine the area you are in.

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f O l l a C e h T d l i W e Th WHAT DRIVES US INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS? By Colin Anderson

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As a child growing up in suburban Minneapolis, I loved Fridays. Not just because it was the end of the school week, but it meant Saturday morning was coming up and that was fishing day with my dad. I would wake up without an alarm (much tougher as a teen), help hook the boat to the trailer, make sure everything was secured and head out to be on the water by 6am. My father always tried to be on the water before 7am, and not because the fishing was always the best, but because of the peace and tranquility. In a huge suburban area it’s hard to escape noise and commotion, but even on the dozens of house-lined lakes we fished, the sense of quiet in the early morning offered a taste of nature in the middle of the concrete jungle. Like many others, I learned my love of the outdoors from my parents. We went car camping when my brother and I were four and two, went on countless bike rides in the river valleys, and cross-country skied at night with no headlamps and only the moon and stars to light up the trail. I thought this was all amazing until I turned 10 and we took a road trip west visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I was immediately in awe of the peaks around me and what lay on the other side. The curiosity carried me to Missoula, Montana for college and now to Spokane, Washington where I make my home. Once you get a taste of the west, there’s just no going back. I feel badly for those who are scared of a little dirt, bugs, and would rather binge watch a TV show on their weekends than spend a night in the woods. While I enjoy the comforts of home as much as anyone else, to ignore all the outdoor opportunities around us is to miss out on feeling alive. I guess those of us that love the outdoors

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seek out a small sense of danger. I could slip on a rock crossing that stream, bump into a bear on a backcountry hike, or pop a tire on my bike far away from the nearest repair shop. We don’t want any of these problems to happen, but the fact that they could gives us a determination to conquer our outdoor adventure unscathed. Most avid outdoorsmen and women admit to being risk takers; it’s a character trait where the brain forces the body to do something it’s not comfortable with. The safe bet is to stay home, the risky play is to go explore. Peace, quiet and tranquility are hard to find in our modern world. Think of the last time you were truly free of distraction; no cell phone, tablet, television, work, pick-up, drop-off, party planning, school shopping or appointment. When you enter the woods, all these things disappear and it is actually a very strange feeling being alone with your thoughts. Your brain is constantly trying to keep you entertained with thoughts during your day-to-day life, and


when the distractions disappear, your body and mind tend to soak up the here and now of the present instead of the concern of the future. Images of nature from mountain peaks, rivers, streams, the colors of the trees, leaves, bushes and berries around you give you a sense of happiness in a world that revolves around negativity. Senses are heightened in the woods as your eyes take in the stunning scenery around you. You pick up new smells in the clean air, and even a small breeze feels much more prominent. At night these senses can go overboard. I confess I never get much sleep when I’m camped deep in the woods as I’m always wondering what’s around me. Scattering noises in the bushes from your campsite might just be a squirrel, something you would pay no attention to back at home. But at night in the woods, every sound is amplified and your imagination can start to run wild. It goes back to that small sense of danger. Instead of reinforced and locked doors at home, we have nothing but a thin tent fabric between us and whatever is out there. The call of the wild; some of us have it and some of us just haven’t heard it yet. You don’t have to go deep off the beaten path to experience the benefits of the great outdoors. For most of us, outdoor recreation is less than 30 minutes away and often right in our backyard. Millions of Americans save up a week’s vacation so one time in their life they can see the awe of Mount Rainier, the natural wonders of Glacier, and the bears of Yellowstone – all experiences that we can do in a weekend. The woods are a place for self-reflection and quiet, a place to explore and seek adventure, and a playground for the mind to unwind and an opportunity to focus on you and the company around you instead of social media channels and the politics of the day. Take some time and experience the outdoors and perhaps you’ll hear the call. Be careful it might change your life forever.

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Rough & Ready Top your off-the-grid meal with fresh local, wild greens. A quick search online will show you an alphabet soup of wild, edible greens from agoseris to yellowcress. Make sure you can match your greens from online samples to what grows in your area. Clean your greens and drizzle lemon juice. Combine it with lobster mushrooms, which look like orange trumpets and are often found under hemlock trees during September and October. The mushrooms have brown spots to be trimmed off and should be white inside and blush lobster-red when sautĂŠed. Make a basic creamy sauce by melting 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour. Add a cup of milk, salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil. When ready, pour the sauce over the mushrooms and enjoy!

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The Forest Grouse (Blue, Ruffed and Spruce) is commonly hunted in the Northwest region. When depluming, there are two standard ways to do it. The first is to place the bird on the ground, belly up, and stand on its outstretched wings. Pull on the legs and the bird will slide out of its skin, leaving the feathers behind for a perfectly field dressed specimen. The second way is to submerge the bird in boiling water for 60 to 90 seconds, and then butcher the bird into small segments. For the stew, dice two onions and slice two celery stalks and two carrots. SautĂŠ in the Dutch oven with olive oil with 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour and dried sprigs of thyme until cooked. Remove the herbs and add the grouse and broth (either made from the grouse or from chicken bouillon). Cook over medium heat for one and onehalf hours.

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Charred Trout After a day of fishing, clean and scale your trout fillets and rub with olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon slices and juice, garlic and fresh rosemary. Tear off square sheets of foil and place the trout on top. Fold the edges of the foil and drizzle olive oil over the fish. Fold the top of the foil over and seal the side edges, but leave enough room inside the pocket you’ve made. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes according to the size of the fish. Once cooked, the fish should flake easily to eat and avoid bones.

Asparagus & Morels Wild asparagus and morel mushrooms may be found in parts of the Pacific Northwest. Wild asparagus is a thinner version of its garden-grown cousin and is often found near areas where water collects such as the side of the road hence its nickname “ditch weed.” When searching for morels, make sure you can identify them from poisonous counterparts. Black morels are dark brown with a swirl-like top and a white hollow stalk. Watch out for the poisonous false morel which is shaped like a brain but is dark brown as well. When you’re ready to cook, clean your asparagus, cutting the woodsy end of the stalk. With the morels, rinse them in a strainer until they’re clean of dirt and pat dry. Place them in a bowl and drizzle melted butter and sea salt and toss. The morels may take up to 8 minutes to cook on each side over medium heat. Grilled asparagus will likely take less time.

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FAMILY TRIP THROUGH GOD’S COUNTRY BY JON JOHANSEN

Our passengers? Two adults, four children, 16 stuffed animals and one silky Labradoodle—whose breath, among other… er… memorable smells—filled our ancient Suburban. We pulled an early 90s, pop-up trailer with half a dozen differently sized bikes strapped to the top. Our goal? To leave behind, for just a little while, my cherished responsibilities as a counselor at

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their hearts, the Carpmails unexpectedly offered us free access to their charming abode. Sitting amidst their clean, country décor soon gave way to long naps on unworldly comfortable beds. While little Sarah slumbered on the loft just outside mom and dad’s door, brothers Michael and Jonathan borrowed the Carpmail boys’ bunks. Abby enjoyed her very own guest room – all the better to slip away from her younger siblings.

More hopes? To relax under wide skies, experience family bonding and begin sleeping again – something that I hadn’t done well since my dad passed away a few months ago. Oh – and to get along… At least most of the time (smile). And so it was that we crested Snoqualmie Pass, chugging beyond its snowless ski lifts and headed east.

All of us began pushing past tech addictions; we devoured books, swam from hidden, lakeside beaches and hiked with our pooch, Bella, through nine miles of pristine wilderness.

Eventually, we pulled off of I-90 and turned left to our first stop: Gig Harbor residents’ Steve and Rachel Carpmail’s cabin. Out

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On a lighter note, the family rode bikes like never before. In fact, I got a little too fond of my new, offroad 21-speed. Without training, I took it way up into the hills where I briefly felt much younger than my 45 years. Until I crashed. Over my handlebars. Three times. But I lived to tell about it! The days blurred into each other, and soon I was back steering the now bug-splattered Suburban into Athol, Idaho’s Country Boy Cafe.

SIX PEOPLE, A PANTING DOG AND CONFINED QUARTERS

WHILE MY beautiful, kind bride and normal (i.e., wonderful-butimperfect) children, and I call Western Washington’s Gig Harbor hamlet home, we recently headed east, toward Northern Idaho.

surviving son, Michael—for the first moment in his 13 years—walk a distance over uneven ground without falling hard enough to make himself cry.

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Our admittedly old-school family felt right at home when we witnessed the large group next to us hold hands and say grace before their meal. It turns out that those kind folks were the welcoming owners! Our Johansen clan said our own prayer and proceeded to devour down-home treats like tender, chicken-fried steak the size of a toddler’s head and (must… not… drool…) biscuits and gravy! As we chewed our grub, a middleaged man with glasses stopped by our table to say, “Excuse me, sir, I just need to tell you, your children are very well-behaved.” It turns out that folks from Idaho are super nice! Honestly, he likely would not have uttered those words if he had seen us an hour later. Before that comfort food in our bellies, off-loading our bikes and setting up the trailer had nearly left me maniacally cackling as prepping our camping site left each of us feeling crabby and our overtired youngest child weeping.


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LADY LIBERTY AT SANDPOINT CITY BEACH. PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER.

SOMETIME AFTER CROSSING THE FLOATING DOCK ON THE LAKE’S SHORES, AS A WARM BREEZE TICKLED OUR CHEEKS, ABBY AND I DECIDED ON A NEW NICKNAME FOR THIS PART OF THE LAND—“HAWAII-DAHO.”

In Sarah’s defense, someone (cough, cough… me) may have spilled her raspberry soda onto her American Girl, Truly Me doll’s surprisingly waterproof bed—all the better to dye the glassy-eyed toy’s once pale body pink. Not my best moment. Thankfully, our spot at the State Park near serene Lake Pend Oreille’s green-blue waters proved a great jumping off point for Northern Idaho adventures. Our heads turned from side to side to take in the whispering grasses and forested hills boasting peek-a-boo rock formations, an eagle’s nest, cows and 7-yearold Sarah’s favorite animal. Now recovered from the doll fiasco, the wee girl gleefully exclaimed, “Look, Daddy! A white, baby horsie!”

In Bonners Ferry, a gal at the Rusty Moose Tavern and Grill helped soothe our hungry family with heaping waffle cones chockfull of sweet ice cream.

gathering around our campfire. I read aloud the fictional account of the Apache Kid from True West magazine—carefully making it G-rated. Sarah asked repeated questions about one character’s brave mule. Our eyelids grew leaden, and we—despite Bella’s protective barking at each and every sound—eventually slumbered under bright-starry skies.

With newly washed hands, we tracked down the street toward the museum with somewhat skeptical children in tow. Thankfully, the treasury’s fascinating displays brought forth joy in each offspring.

On day two, we backtracked north and pulled off in Sandpoint. I think it was the first time I truly considered moving there one day.

Jonathan loved the wooden clocks, Sarah gaped at a mini-wooden carousel, Abby’s eyes scanned antique beauty supplies, Jill admired former fashions, 13-yearold Michael whispered, “fire truck,” and I gawked at historical guns and logging equipment. That evening, we drove back to camp and dipped in Lake Pend Oreille’s Beaver Bay, before

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Market, the petite, brunette owner of Carousel Emporium bonded with Jill over both of our families’ shared love of the WSU Cougars. At the Cedar St. Bistro, grinning workers prepped warm, cheesy pizzas for my kids, and—when they made a bit too much of the green smoothie I ordered— offered me the rest of it in a separate cup. I went back and gladly doubled my tip. That night even Bella slept well.

I parked next to Vanderford’s Book and Office Supply Products store, where Michelle’s huge smile vibrantly welcomed me inside. She was the first of several locals there to make us feel at ease.

Our final, full day in the Gem State found us in Coeur d’Alene. Sometime after crossing the floating dock on the lake’s shores, as a warm breeze tickled our cheeks, Abby and I decided on a new nickname for this part of the land—“Hawaii-daho.”

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At Michael’s request, he

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Washington: Jill and I in the front, the girls in the middle, and the boys tucked into the third row. Bella picked her favorite spot–right in between all of us. That evening, we crested the Cascade Mountains and descended under a soft, gray sky alongside rows of bushy green trees. Traversing Puget

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THE JOHANSENS FIND MILLIE THE MOOSE IN COEUR D'ALENE, ID

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crystalline waters. Surely we enjoyed shopping in charming boutiques. And we absolutely were impressed—as we were in each Panhandle town—at the delightful, older homes hidden on well-manicured side streets. But my most special moment was unexpected.

Sound via the Fox Island Bridge, we pulled into our driveway and greeted our purring kitties before heading to bed. It felt good to be home, ready to renew normal life in our lovely community, and our hearts newly filled with precious memories of the state next door.

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Satisfy your palate with their 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. Their 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 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2-9pm. 9014 Peacock Hill Ave at N. Harborview Dr. morsowinebar.com | 253.530.3463

Taste Green.House Restaurant

Come and try their delicious new additions and nightly specials! Offering lunch, twilight, dinner & happy hour. Also serving a 3 course twilight dinner for $20 all night on Sunday. Their small and bigger bites menu offers fun, deliciously sharable plates. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 11am-8pm. 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 400 253.514.6482 | greenhousegigharbor.com

Harbor General Store

The Harbor General Store is a gourmet market, cafe and gift boutique, where the community comes to get supplies & gifts and feel connected. They sell goods that are quality and made in America and are passionate about the environment, creating jobs and supporting artisans. Open Mon 7am-3pm, Tues-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 8am-4pm. Drive thru opens 6am Mon-Fri. Free WiFi! 7804 Pioneer Way 253.358.3241 www.theharborgeneralstore.com

Yo! G’s Frozen Yogurt

Gig Harbor’s family owned and operated self-serve 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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Taste of Peru offers traditional Peruvian dishes as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Two-year running Bite of Seattle winner for their quinoa salads. They prepare their meals from scratch and use fresh ingredients in order to offer a lighter and healthier option without compromising flavor. Hours are Tue-Fri 11:30am-3pm and 4:308pm. Sat 11:30am-9pm. Sun 12-8pm. 5500 Olympic Drive NW, Ste D -101 253.313.5198 tasteofperuonline.com

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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. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious appetizers. They have WiFi! 4628 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW 253.851.8464 moctezumas.com

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LEAPING UPSTREAM! The salmon return to Donkey Creek. By Melody Vanhorn

EVERY YEAR, HUNDREDS OF SALMON make a long and tiring migration from the salty waters of the ocean to the fresh water stream and creek beds of our area. The purpose behind this trek? To lay their eggs in the waters of their birth so that more salmon can populate the area and the species can survive. This amazing event takes place all over the Northwest and is a sight to behold for all ages as it represents the ever present cycle of life. To celebrate the return of the salmon to our area, the Gig Harbor community comes together each year at Donkey Creek Park, 8714 N. Harborview, for the annual Chum Festival. Everyone from infants to elderly are invited to come celebrate the salmon and enjoy numerous events on and off the water. For those interested in cooling off in the water, there will be kayak, canoe and paddle board races taking place throughout the day. But if you’re more interested in staying dry, you might want to jump into the fun activities up in the park. Community members will have multiple booths set up along with touch tanks from Harbor WildWatch, a “Salmon Maze,” “Paint Your Own Salmon” T-shirts and storytelling opportunities for everyone to enjoy. Chum burgers and refreshments will be available also so don’t worry about packing a lunch! The Chum Festival isn’t just about the fun and games though, it’s about something more serious. In recent years the salmon population has decreased and the festival is there to help remind us that the quality of our water and the habitat it supports connects us all. It’s up to us to keep it going strong. So join in as we recognize new ways to improve and protect our waterways by bringing the community together in an effort to promote sustainability, sound environmental stewardship and preservation of our maritime history and culture one salmon at a time.

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FAMILY FEATURE: DONKEY CREEK CHUM FESTIVAL Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to our local waters. The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of our water and the habitat it supports connects us all. Join us as we recognize new ways to improve and protect our waterways. 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.

First Saturday Art Walk

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Come enjoy the First Saturday Art Walk! Gallery Row, Maritime Jewelers, Ebb Tide Gallery, Blackwater Trading Co, Morso, Waters Edge Gallery and Sea Hags are all participating. Pick up your passport at the first gallery you visit, receive a stamp from all galleries, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate! Open 10am to 5pm. Art Demos 1 to 4pm. Photo by Diane Fetzner.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society FREE Gardening Talks Be the first to join the Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Library as they explore the rich world of literature. All are welcome to join the inaugural meeting at 6pm at the Harbor History Museum where you will focus on the critically acclaimed World War II novel, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Event is free!

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The lecture for this month is container gardening. Come and listen as Penny McCormick discusses vegetables and ornamentals! This event is open and free to the public. Meet at the Demonstration Garden in Homestead Sehmel Park from 11am to noon.

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Open Studio Tour September 16-18. The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour offers members of the community an inspirational opportunity to visit 16 local, established, professional, working artists’ private home galleries that are normally closed to the public. From 10-5pm. www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org

Upcoming Events - October 01

KEY PEN FARM TOUR

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CIDER SWIG Ciders from around the region will be arriving in Gig Harbor at Sehmel Homestead Park at the annual CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. The event will run from 12 to 5pm and is presented by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Parks and Environment Core Area Board (CAB). Proceeds from the Cider Swig will support environmental conservation and education as well as other initiatives of the Foundation’s Parks & Environment CAB, which include maintaining and expanding parks, trails and natural areas of the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas. For more information please visit http://gigharborfoundation.org/ cider-swig.

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Little Shop of Horrors “Little Shop of Horrors” is a horror comedy rock musical that will be showing at Paradise Theatre. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows.

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Cider Makers Dinner

Glass Pumpkin Patch

These days, casual fans know him best for his Top Ten hit “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” or Jackson Browne’s version of “The Road” from the classic Running On Empty album. But the story didn’t end in the 70s. He continued to release the occasional album and recently released his new CD, Light Leaves the West, his first release of new material in seven years, to critical acclaim. Concert starts at 8pm!

The Cider Makers Dinner will kick-off the weekend with an exclusive, limited seating dinner at Sehmel Homestead Park’s Volunteer Vern Pavilion. Locally-grown and sourced foods will be proudly paired with select local ciders. The evening will include multi-textural classical and jazz guitar by Rob Rigoni. Call 253.514.6338 for more information. Tickets: cidermakersdinner.eventbrite.com.

Glass Pumpkin Patch invades Uptown on Saturday, September 26 from 9am to 3pm. On sale are an array of beautiful and colorful glass pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Entry is free, pumpkins vary upon price. Visit www.UptownGigHarbor.com for more information.

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Fall Prevention Expo

Our Town: Germany (Adult)

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Gather at Harbor Place at Cottesmore 11am to 2pm, for an expo to learn ways to reduce your risk and protect yourself and loved ones from a serious fall! Free to the public. 253.853.3354

Celebrate the autumn season with Oktoberfest at the Museum. On September 24 from 12 to 4pm, delight in the tastes, sounds and exuberance of this treasured German tradition. To purchase your tickets for this event contact the front desk at 253.858.6722.

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When you support this race you are making a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families. The race is on and we can win it together! For more information visit www.raceforasoldier.org.

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