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Page 4.................................................................... Forward Page 6............................................ The best view in town Page 8.................................................................. Rising up Page 11................................... A different kind of suburb

Published weekly by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 • www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington

Page 16...............................Medical business finds niche

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Page 18........................................... Taste of the Olympics

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Page 22......................................... Logging jigsaw puzzle Page 30.......................... Still connecting the community Page 34................. Exploring the depths of Hood Canal Page 36..............................................................Profile lists Page 59................................................... Advertiser index

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Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc Kari Sleight, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Gordon Weeks, reporter Natalie Johnson, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Maggie Burdick, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Reneé Chaplin, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Pressroom: Kelly Riordan, production manager

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he Mason County business community is as diverse as its residents. Sure, we have timber companies with deep roots, but we also have experts designing flying sailboats and delectable ice creamers. Our county businesses give thrill-seekers a place to fly high. It also offers residents a local way to connect to the Internet and keep us in contact with one another. One business lets divers explore the depths of Hood Canal. But businesses can’t support themselves without a strong and economically viable community. In Profile, you’ll not only read about businesses that make Mason County unique — you’ll be able to see the statistics for yourself. You can see how many homes

were sold in the county last year. You can thumb through county tax numbers. You’ll even be able to check out school test results to get a better idea of how tomorrow’s generation are doing today. Experts seem to agree — the economy is slowly righting itself. We hope that businesses will continue to expand and diversify in Mason County, and we will continue to bring you their stories in our pages. On behalf of our staff, we’re pleased to bring you our annual Profile edition and hope you’ll learn something about Mason County’s business community. Adam Rudnick Editor, Mason County Journal

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Skydive Kapowsin, situated just north of Shelton, offers year-round skydiving for novices and experienced divers. Courtesy photo

The Best A View in Town

Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton caters to the adventurous

Story by Natalie Johnson

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dventure-seekers in Western Washington don’t have to look far for their next thrill. Skydive Kapowsin is at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field Airport. Skydive Kapowsin sees an average of 3,000 first-timers each year, along with about 60 experienced jumpers.

“We have a pretty solid group of experienced people who come out who don’t really need our help except a plane ride,” said instructor Keri Bell, whose parents own the company.

Bell said a lot of first-time jumpers come out for birthdays and anniversaries. “We’ve had a few proposals, anniversaries — a little bit of everything,” she said. One day, four generations of the same family came out to jump together. Skydive Kapowsin has three planes and about 20 instructors, most of whom are contractors who do not work full time. “It’s really hard to make a living doing this in Washington – we don’t have enough sunny days,” Bell said. While Shelton offers a growing airport and scenic views, its weather is not always ideal for the sport. “We’re really busy for three or four months and it kind of trickles during the wintertime,” Bell said. Geoff and Jessie Farrington have owned the skydiving company for more than 30 years, and six years ago moved the company to its site just north of Shelton. “I think the biggest thing is we outgrew (the old locations),” Geoff Farrington said. “Here the neighbors have actually been really good, friendly, helpful. They like to come out and watch.” Farrington, 65, has been skydiving for 42 years. He said skydiving was always in the back of his mind, but came to the forefront when he met his future wife, Jessie, who was already an avid skydiver. Forty-two years later, Farrington is still skydiving, and estimates he might have as


“We’ve had a few proposals, anniversaries — a little bit of everything.”

many as 10,000 jumps in his career. He made several of those jumps while working as a stunt double for movies such as “Operation Dumbo Drop,” “Tears of the Sun” and “Air Force One.” Last summer, Jessie Farrington, her son Andy Farrington and nephew Luke Aikins also worked as stunt divers on the set of “Iron Man 3.” Andy Farrington worked on the set of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2011. “It’s cool to still have stunt coordinators and producers who would prefer to have real jumps … instead of just (using) CGI and (faking) the whole thing,” Andy Farrington said. Aikins was also a member of the Red Bull Stratos team. On Oct. 14, 2012, millions of people worldwide turned on their televisions or watched on the Internet when Felix Baumgartner made history by jumping 128,000 feet over New Mexico and breaking the speed of sound before parachuting to the ground. “All the stuff when I thought I was screwing around as a kid, all helped me work on this program,” Aikins said. “That was three and a half years of my life.” Aikins, who has a contract with Red Bull to do skydiving demonstrations, was originally brought into the project to help with photography. Not long after joining the project, he began to redesign all of the jump equipment for the project. For more information, go to Skydivekapowsin.com, or call 1-800-SKYDIVE, or 432-8000. Tandem jump training costs $215 on weekends and $185 on weekdays. Accelerated free fall training costs $285, with continued training costing $175.

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Windcrafter consultant Rob Banner, left, and founder Therin Laney, who died in 2011, work on a Carangi Airship at the Windcrafter research and development facility at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field business park. Founder Steve Swearengine works inside the airship.

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Windcrafter helps flying sailboats take to the sky wo decades ago, nature inspired two Mason County men in their invention of an airship. “About 20 years ago, Steve Swearengine and Therin Laney were working on airships,” Windcrafter CEO Micah Warren said. “There was a salmon creek behind their shop and one day, they saw a salmon in the creek. Another salmon swam up to the first and stopped with his head next to the tail, like a race car drafting up to another. Together, the two salmon went upriver in that formation without using any tail motion.” Warren said Swearengine and Laney decided to take the shape of the two salmon swimming together and stretch it vertically for airflow. This was the inspiration for Windcrafter’s patented carangifoil (pronounced ca-ran-gee-foil) shape. “It’s built on biomimetics, which is the art of mimicking nature using millions of years of evolution instead of trying to fight it or Page 8 - Profile

overpower it,” Warren said. What Windcrafter is trying to produce are flying sailboats, he explained. “If you build a boat, it’ll float forever on the water. Build an airship and it’ll float in the air, it’s just a matter of steering it,” Warren said. “We’re trying to make a boat that floats in the sky and uses wind to get from point A to point B.” Windcrafter has six models built for demonstrations ranging from 2- to 20-feet tall. “Each different size demonstrates a concept for a different scale,” Warren said. “We’re using vertical cylinders because they provide us the ability to have less structure. We can have motors and controls underslung and compact into very small spaces for transportation.” Warren foresees tremendous growth for the company and for the airships. “I see these things being heavy cargo ships for areas where there are no roads, being tourist craft or personal flying yachts,” he said. “That’s the big

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Emily Hanson picture.” Once Windcrafter can manufacture an airship that is 200-feet tall, Warren said it will have a usable payload of 40,000 pounds or 20 tons. These large airships would be used for cargo. “People want to get somewhere fast, cargo wants to get there cheap,” he said. Warren said he could see the military finding a use for such a large airship as well. “They could use it as an aircraft carrier in the sky,” he said. “Instead of 100 fighter jets, they could have thousands of drones.” He said Swearengine and Laney, “garage engineers,” patented the design, but initially had trouble finding backers for their carangifoil project. “Inventors are not marketers,” Warren said. “When they ran out of money, they stuffed it in a


closet until I came along. I said ‘Sign me up to the team and I’ll introduce you to the world.’ ” Warren has been with Windcrafter for roughly 4 1/2 years and said his interest was sparked in the company through the work he was doing at the time. “I was selling aerial photography and video done with remote control helicopters,” he said. The helicopters he was using were the size of picnic tables and he was shooting footage of outdoor sports such as snowboarding competitions. “I had a photographer come to me and say he didn’t feel comfortable flying (the helicopters) over crowds,” Warren said. “He told me about Steve and Therin, the inventors of Windcrafter.” Warren, 33, said when he met Swearengine, 57, and Laney, 55 when he died in 2011, he could tell they were cut from a different cloth. “When they shake your hand, you know their word is gold,” Warren said. “That’s what got me on board. I wanted nothing more than to do business with them and help their cause.” He said Swearengine and Laney were “blackballed by the system” after patenting their design, because large corporations wouldn’t back them so they couldn’t get funding to build the carangi airship. He compared the experience to that of the Wright Brothers. “They were dorky guys who made it work and had big companies try to squash them,” Warren said. “That’s what we are. We are a small aviation company posing a threat to roughly 60 percent of the jobs that fixed wing and rotar craft currently do, but in a greener fashion.” Because fix wing planes and helicopters require power to spin the shaft or propeller in order to lift off, Warren said the Carangi airship is more environmentally friendly. “Airships use the buoyant gases — helium,

hot air, superheated steam and the very volatile hydrogen — to lift vertically from the ground,” Warren said. The Windcrafter research and development facility has always been located in Mason County because that is where Swearengine and Laney grew up. The facility, located at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field business park, employs just Swearengine. “The space of the airport is a former World War II blimp space, rent is cheap and the Federal Aviation Administration is close by, so they allow us to do some testing,” Warren said. In the next three to six months, Warren said the company has the potential to expand to 10 employees. “In one year, we could be up to 50 people,” he said. “In five years, there’s the possibility of employing thousands of people.” With that much growth as a possibility, Warren said the company would most likely have to relocate. “Mason County is a good area, but we’ll need to be closer to more business,” he said. “We’ll probably need places in Arizona or California for testing. We may also open a place in southern Oregon.” The Carangi airships have been marketed as an advertising alternative to the blimp and as aeronautical cinematography platforms. The Portland Winterhawks ice hockey team and Papa Murphy’s Pizza have already entered into contracts to use the airships during next year’s hockey season, Warren said, but Windcrafter is after a different market. “We’re in negotiations with multiple branches of the military as well as private sector companies,” he said. “This is the heart and soul of a few people. We’re taking the stance of trying to get it funded privately and then to capture the world’s attention.”

“In one year, we could be up to 50 people,” he said. “In five years, there’s the possibility of employing thousands of people.”

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ali and Alann Krivor have converted property into airport strips, golf courses and condominium developments. When the Idaho couple first examined the lush land where the northern and southern forks of the Skokomish River meet, they considered building 81 new homes on 2-acre lots. “We didn’t want that many people out here,” said Alann. Profile - Page 11


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Instead, the longtime developers are creating a sustainable agricultural village at Skokomish Farms, where they’ve drawn up 18 40-acre lots. All eight parcels in phase one have been sold, and six of the 10 parcels on the west side of the North Fork River are sales waiting to close. The Krivors have applied for a permit to build an agricultural bridge to reach that land. The Krivors plan to take their place in the community, and raise free-range lambs and chickens to sell wholesale. Even before they’ve built their home, they’ve introduced a herd of 13 British white park cows to the farm. Tenants will not be allowed to fence off their properties. At least 35 of their 40 acres must be placed into an agricultural easement. “This is an experiment of a different kind of suburb,” Mali said. Alann said the couple was inspired to create Skokomish Farms after learning about farmland being swallowed up by rural governments. “This is producing housing while still preserving the farmland,” he

said. Village plots have been purchased by three information technology specialists, two attorneys, a chef, a mortgage banker, a former Navy SEAL member, an Air Force squadron leader, a school dean, a trauma doctor and a corrections officer. Only three are from the Puget Sound region; others hail from Italy, the Philippines, the Netherlands and South Africa. “The village is blossoming, with all ages and backgrounds,” Mali said. “What they have in common is they’re all passionate about the dream of the farm, and have a good sense of humor, which helps.” She adds, “This is a long-term commitment to the people who will live here.” The Krivors spent four decades in land development and residential construction in Idaho, Montana and Washington. They became enthused with organic products while living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho. “We decided it was the better way to go,” Alann said. A former employee told the couple about the Skokomish River land, which had been farmed by the

I thought (the Skokomish River) was beautiful, but we’d heard such tales ... Then we came again, and it began to work its magic on me”


The pipes in this pen can be filled with water, weighing it down so predators can’t kill fowl being raised at Skokomish Farms. Richert family beginning in 1906. The property was primarily a wheat field from about 1940 to 2008; at one point, the land was also home to more than 300 cows. The couple was repeatedly warned that no river in the state floods more frequently than the Skokomish. “I thought it was beautiful, but we’d heard such tales … Then we came again, and it began to work its magic on me,” Mali said. “The more we looked at it, the more we liked it,” Alann said. After buying the land, the couple continued to learn about sustainable agriculture. “We’ve seen so many people go into farming without knowledge, thinking they know exactly what to do,” Alann said. The couple went on farm tours, and commuted to a night class on biogenetics in Carnation. In England, they met with London planners, who pointed out villages where farmland was permanently established around towns. The Krivors say their village concept is partially based on the farm of Virginia author Joel Salatin

(“You Can Farm,” “Salad Bar Beef”). Mali calls him “a mover and shaker in the farm world.” “He’s great,” Mali said. “He says, ‘When I need a job done, I look for an animal that wants to do that job.’” She added, “We’re striving for that.” Allan said they are also inspired by their friend and land planner Randall Arendt, author of “Rural by Design.” “He’s termed the father of conservation design,” he said. The couple has two trailers on the property, one for the office, the second for farm workers. “Our first winter was a doozy,” Mali said. “We had snow out here for two weeks, breaking water in the stock tank.” Acreage has been dedicated to a vineyard, livestock, orchards, greenhouses, crops, hay, livestock and wetlands. Skokomish Valley Farms LLC receives input from educational institutions that include the University of Washington and Washington State University; the Mason County Conservation District; and the home owners.

Mali Krivor, co-creator of a sustainable agricultural village at Skokomish Farms

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Medical business finds niche

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ames Thomas found his niche in the medical world more than 20 years ago and he’s stuck with it. Thomas, the president and owner of MasQs Corp., Thermedia Corp., and Flow Care Inc., discovered more than two decades ago that a steady business could be found manufacturing medical equipment pieces that are shipped to larger corporations and not directly to hospitals. “While I was in the medical business, I found a way to position myself in the niche,” Thomas said. “(Pieces of medical equipment) are too small for the big corporations to concern themselves with.” He operates the three companies in one building at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field business park. There, parts of an anesthesia mask are manufactured for MasQs, reticulated polyurethane foam is produced for Thermedia and products are shipped for Flow Care. “The companies are all operated here,” Thomas said. “Some of the products are made overseas, but others are manufactured here.” He said 100 percent of Thermedia’s work is completed in Mason County, while 40 percent of MasQs’ work is. The manufacturing for Flow Care is mostly completed in Arizona and Page 16 - Profile

Mexico. “We have a pretty highly automated system that was designed and built here,” Thomas said. That system is used to build the cushion part of the anesthesia mask that MasQs manufactures. “We’re going to put in an injection molding machine in the factory so the mask can be made in its entirety in the U.S.,” Thomas said. “That’ll happen before the end of the year.” Thomas relocated the companies to Mason County from New Orleans seven or eight years ago. “I was always headed this way, it just took me a long, long time to get here,” he said. “I’ve always loved the Pacific Northwest and was considering moving the companies to Spokane.” Thomas said he couldn’t remember how it happened, but Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon contacted him and persuaded him to look at Mason County. “One thing I liked was that I could have fiber optic right up to the front door,” Thomas said. “One of our engineers works out of New Hampshire and I am in contact with people in China a lot. With this fiber optic network available, they are able to log into our system and it’s like the server is in the room right next

This mold, held by MasQs Corporation President James Thomas, is used to make the cushion part of an anesthesia mask. to them.” Thomas employees five people who are all part of manufacturing and quality control in the roughly 5,000-square-foot

Sanderson Field factory. “We are obsessive about quality control,” Thomas said. “We have never had a product recall and have never been involved in litigation. We make it a point that everything made here, whatever anyone touches, could end up in a hospital where their family member’s life depends on it.” He said everyone at the Sanderson Field factory, from the bottom to the top, is encouraged to reject any product they think doesn’t meet standards. Thomas said his companies provide one thing to Mason County. “They provide jobs,” he said. “We hire exclusively through the WorkSource program and Jeannie House there is a dynamo. When she sends us applicants, they are prepared to work with the skills needed to do the job.” Mason County, however, provides much to Thomas and his companies. “The Port of Shelton Commission and Administrator John Dobson provide an attractive lease rate and this is the most beautiful business park I’ve been in,” Thomas said. “The business community here is a too well-kept secret. For anybody who wants balance in their lives between work and play, Mason County is a wonderful place to be.”


Thomas said the companies have a few changes upcoming up. “We do a number of things that are sort-of aligned businesses,” he said. “We manufacture products for other companies, such as a piece of equipment for a tracheotomy that allows people to speak without covering the trach.” He said the companies will be doing some interesting manufacturing for a company out of California soon. “I also have a couple of product ideas I am bringing along,” Thomas said. “We also do engineering work for other companies, including one in Spain.” Thomas said he sees the companies growing to the point where, eventually, up to 10 employees will work at the Sanderson Field factory. “But more than that, probably not because it’s just too expensive,” Thomas said. Although MasQs, Thermedia and Flow Care are not involved with Mason County beyond operating at Sanderson Field, Thomas recently joined the board

We manufacture products for other companies, such as a piece of equipment for a tracheotomy that allows people to speak without covering the trach.” of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. “The council is a 501(c)(3) funded

primarily through the Department of Labor,” Thomas said. “We have $7.5 million to spend on many different projects.” He said the money in the past has been spent on operations at a local community college, to help at-risk programs, to provide funding for local school programs and to help new veterans leaving the service. “The reason it’s important is we can’t get companies to move here unless we have a work force that meets their needs,” Thomas said. He stated he’s concerned about the future of Mason County because high school students are being trained for the future, but then taking their skills elsewhere because they don’t have opportunities here. “That’s not a sustainable situation for us to be in,” Thomas said. “I’m passionate about this in Mason County because I want to live here. To live here, I need a community and to have a community, there needs to be a tax base and services.”

At a glance: What: MasQs Corp., Thermedia Corp., and Flow Care Inc. Who: Owned by James Thomas Where: Located at the Port of Shelton’s Sanderson Field business park

MasQs Corp. President James Thomas holds up a mold the company uses to produce part of an anesthesia mask. Profile - Page 17


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Olympic Mountain Ice Cream owners and employees pride themselves on using fresh ingredients instead of artificial flavors. This chocolate hazelnut ice cream contains whole, crunchy hazelnuts.

Story and photos by Natalie Johnson

Ice cream is a way of life for Skokomish Valley’s Olympic Mountain Ice Cream

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ream, milk and sugar are the main ingredients of ice cream, but when you add in fresh fruit, crunchy nuts, handmade fudge, caramel ribbons and a healthy dose of passion, it becomes

something special. Those ingredients blend into Mason County’s own Olympic Mountain Ice Cream. “We make a living, but it’s a platform for expressing ourselves,” Karl Black said. Bev and Karl Black, owners of Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, have a serious passion for creating the best, most flavorful, and

freshest ice cream they can. Today, after almost 30 years in business, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream’s dense, flavor-packed, gelato-style ice cream comes in more than 200 flavors, and is available at more than 15 locations in Mason County, and dozens more in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bellingham, Portland and other cities around Puget Sound. A trip to the dentist in the early 1980s introduced the Blacks to gelato, an Italian dessert similar to ice cream, and inspired their love for the sweet treat. “We’ve had a dentist in Seattle for as long as we’ve been married. His office was right around the corner from a gelato shop,” Bev Black said.


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“We want to push the flavor to the max.” Karl Black, co-owner of Olympic Mountain Ice Cream One day, they stopped at the shop and tried a scoop of cantaloupe sorbet, which turned out to be a defining moment in their lives. By 1984, the Blacks opened up their first gelato shop. They still go to their dentist, and barter ice cream for dental services. They debuted their first shop at a mall in Lacey, after learning that a water slide park was planned for the area, but that idea didn’t turn out how they hoped. “We were there two years and they put in a Dairy Queen,” Bev Black said. They packed up their machines and restarted at their current location deep in the Skokomish Valley, a 15-minute drive north of Shelton, taking many of their restaurant clients, and a great reputation, with them. “Once we get an account we never lose one because we’re all there for them, Karl Black said.

“You want people to be talking about the product when they’re not having it.” While big name ice cream companies often add extra air, bulking agents and color enhancers to their products, Karl Black said Olympic Mountain Ice Cream shies away from such ingredients. “Really big ice cream companies, all they do is add the flavoring. We’re just the opposite – we’re working with all these fresh fruits. It’s meant to be eaten in the next few days,” he said. “We really want to bring the flavor out, the actually flavor, the real flavor.” And their ice cream is fresh and flavorful. Their chocolate hazelnut ice cream has real, whole, crunchy nuts. The blackberry cheesecake ice cream has big chunks of crust, and is chock-full of tart blackberry sauce. Olympic Mountain Ice Cream

makes all its flavors in gelato machines, giving them a dense, flavorful consistency. “We want to push the flavor to the max,” Karl Black said. The company produces about 700 gallons of its most popular flavor, vanilla, each week. Their second most popular flavor, toasted coconut, came as a surprise, Bev Black said. “It’s kind of surprising for that to be the second best seller,” she said. As its popularity took off, they had to invest in a large convection oven specifically to toast the coconut for the ice cream, she said. Salted caramel ice cream is quickly rising in popularity too, she added. Through the years, the Blacks said they have worked with chefs and used their own culinary knowledge to push the boundaries of ice cream as the world knows it. “We’ve made asparagus ice cream, garlic ice cream, you name

it, whatever they want,” Karl Black said. Among other unusual ice cream flavors produced by the company are crab and bacon ice cream, geoduck ice cream, and blackberry cabernet and blackberry black pepper ice creams. With all these unconventional flavors around them, the Blacks said their own tastes are fairly simple. “I really love the espresso flake,” Bev Black said. The flavors are the most noticeable part of their product, but Karl Black said the best part of their ice cream is how it makes people feel. “The most fun is when we have the school tours. The really young and the really old are the sweetest — they’re just so much alike,” he said. “Love what you do, love the people around you. I’d rather relieve the stress in people’s lives than add more.”

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Logging jigsaw puzzle Green Diamond Resources sees the forests for the trees Story by Gordon Weeks

Courtesy photo Mark Reed, far right, at Camp 5. Reed rose from a failed logging company owner to become general manager of Simpson Logging, the company founder’s son-in-law, mayor of Shelton, and a seven-term state legislator.

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lanning and executing the planting, growing, thinning and harvesting of 330,000 acres of Washington trees is like tackling “a complex jigsaw puzzle,” says Patti Case, public affairs manager for the Green Diamond Resource Co. in Shelton.

Logging in Shelton was simpler in 1895, when Quebec native Solomon Grout Simpson incorporated the Simpson Logging Co. Back then, Simpson was considered revolutionary simply for using horses rather then oxen to pull wagons. These days, Simpson’s great-great-grandson Colin

Moseley manages about 100 employees at Green Diamond’s Northwest Timberlands Division in Shelton. The Seattle-based company also owns more than 400,000 acres in California, and produces Douglas firs, Western hemlocks, pines and other varieties to be shipped around the world.

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LOGGING Continued from page 22 Reforestation became the law in Washington in 1945, two years after Green Diamond — then the Simpson Resource Co. — started the practice. The company plants about 2.2 million trees each year, said Randall Greggs, Green Diamond’s forestry operations manager. One misconception is that “some people still don’t know we replant after we harvest,” said John Ison, the company’s logging manager. “I think that one is going away.” Another misconception is “that we’re able to do anything we want on our land, and that we just wake up and log,” Case said. TWO MEN AND 12 HORSES Born in 1843 in Quebec, Sol Simpson worked as a timber raftsman as a teen, shepherding fir and spruce logs down the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers. When he was 22, Simpson arrived in Carson City, Nev., where he hoped to find silver and gold; instead, he graded roads and logged, and married a local woman. In 1878, the Simpsons and their young daughter moved to Seattle,

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where Simpson graded railroad beds and hauled timber for the Seattle & Eastern Railroad and the Port Blakely Mill Co. Two years later, he formed the S.G. Simpson Co. in Mason County; it was incorporated in 1895 as the Simpson Logging Co. In those days, most loggers used oxen to pull logs on skids, but Simpson determined that horses were more agile for the job, Case said. “He was an innovator, the first horse logger in the Pacific Northwest … We say he started the company with two men and 12 horses,” she said. By 1898, the company was producing a half million board feet of logs per day from eight logging camps and through 80 miles of tracks used by two railroads. In 1897, Simpson hired a 31-year-old failed logging company owner named Mark Reed as a foreman. Reed worked his way up to general manager, married one of Simpson’s daughters and took over when Simpson died in 1903. Reed was the first to build a hemlock mill. Prior to that, it was considered “a weed tree,” Case said. “He brought manufacturing to Shelton,” she said.

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“(Simpson) was an innovator ... we say he started the company with two men and 12 horses,�

n Patti Case, Green Diamond

The Green Diamond Resource Co. owns more than 400,000 acres in California, and 330,000 acres in Washington, including this land on state Route 3 outside Shelton. Lower left, branches are stripped from downed trees in the Decker Creek Forest near Deckerville. Above, Randall Greggs, forestry operations manager for Green Diamond, displays a tree about to be planted in the White Star Forest. At left, Shelton native Patty Case worked for Green Diamond as a teen, and now serves as the public affairs manager. Photos by Gordon Weeks

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LOGGING Continued from page 24 Reed served as mayor of Shelton and was elected to seven terms as a legislator in the state House of Representatives, where he served as House speaker in 1923. He helped get U.S. Highway 101 built, and “he made sure it was going to come through Shelton,” Case said. Reed died in 1933. Moseley, Sol Simpson’s greatgreat-grandson, took over as chairman in 1996. In 2004, Simpson Resource Co. changed its name to the Green Diamond Resource Co. THE LOGGING PROCESS

Photo by Gordon Weeks Wearing cork-rubber boots with spikes, a contracted crew plants trees in Green Diamond Resources’ White Star Forest. The trees will be harvested in 40 or 45 years.

Green Diamond harvests less than 2 percent of its land annually, and ensures habitat is never more than 800 feet from a standing tree, Case said. That’s why you see the occasional solo tree in the middle of a cleared area. All the logs are sold before the trees are felled. “It’s become a complex planning exercise,” Case said. The duties of the harvest planning department include deciding where to erect buffers on slopes and streams. Green Diamond crews and contractors cut down the trees, and load the logs on trucks. The logging isn’t as dangerous or dramatic as depicted on such TV shows as “Axmen,” said Ison, a native of Belfair. Safety is a major concern, and the company has gone six years

without a reported accident, he said. “Basically, my job is to make sure the logs go to the right place at the right time,” Ison said. Contractors haul away the logs. Some downed trees and branches are left behind for animal habitat, others are stacked into piles to be hauled near roads and burned during rainy periods. “Once it’s logged, our department takes over,” said forestry operations manager Greggs, a geneticist who has worked for the company since 1999. Green Diamond plants trees between January and April, from seeds grown at a company orchard on Lynch Road, Greggs said. Green Diamond uses the services of two contract companies to plant trees. In six-hour shifts, the employees hand plant trees 10 feet apart. The trees can be harvested in about 45 years. “The height of the tree is indicative of the soil quality,” Greggs said. Gravelly soil will produce trees about 60 to 70 feet high at age 50, while more fertile soil creates trees up to 140 feet tall, he said. STRICT REGULATIONS This work takes place in Washington and California under what Case calls the strictest forest management regulations in the world.

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In 1999, a forest and fish law was signed that requires forest land owners to inventory all of their forest roads and ensure fish can pass during all seasons, and sediments don’t clog the streams. “It’s a monumental undertaking, and it’s not cheap … We’re concentrating on fixing the worst first,” Case said. A scientific advisory team that includes a biologist and representatives from three tribes ensures the company meets or exceeds environmental requirements on wetlands and protecting animals, Case said. A 50-year Habitat Conservation Plan approved in 2000 protects 51 fish and wildlife species and “provides regulatory stability,” she said. For Green Diamond, public presence on its property “is the bane of our existence,” Case said. The company’s lands are blocked to motorists by more than 400 gates, but motorcyclists and quad riders drive around the gates and through streams, Case said. Other trespassers steal pine trees and cedar starts for boughs, or cut down an 80-foot tree to remove one chunk to make a guitar, she said. Along with the planting, Greggs is also in charge of the security. Green Diamond land has been violated by theft, vandalism, arson, dumping, trespassing and the creation of meth labs, he said. The company helps pay a Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputy to patrol their properties, and agents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife also watch for intruders, Greggs said.


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Still connecting the community Hood Canal Communications continues to bring Mason County residents together

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fter about 80 years in the community, Hood Canal Communications has grown from a small telephone exchange in Union, into a much larger service provider with a local perspective. “We really focus on our local community, that’s where our roots are,” said Mike Oblizalo, vice president and operations manager. The company traces its origins to 1934, when Morisen Pixely formed the Hood Canal Telephone Co. By 1956, the company had 123 customers and party lines for up to 10 customers. In 1971, the company formed Hood Canal Cablevision. In 1979, the

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rural areas of the county, customers have no option but antiquated dialup connections. With that in mind, the company has been working in the past 10 years to bring high-speed Internet to those rural areas. In 2004, the company joined with the Squaxin Island Tribe to connect 150 homes to broadband Internet. HCC staff applied for and won a $3.6 million grant/loan package from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year to expand broadband Internet through fiber optics to rural communities with only dial-up access to the Internet. “It’s a huge undertaking,” said Darren Eisele director of marketing and public relations at HCC. “Those are homes that have no option but dial-up. There are still areas in Mason County where we’re just too heavily forested for satellite.” With the $2.7 million grant and $900,000 loan, HCC plans to hook up 800 homes to fiber-optic broadband Internet. The individual homeowners will not have to pay connection fees, only their monthly bills for the service.

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“We have a lot of longevity.” “I think we’re pretty fortunate to receive that funding as small as we are,” Eisele said. The company began construction on the fiber-optic lines both underground and overhead in August 2012, and plans to begin hooking up houses soon. The company plans to connect homes in areas including Dayton Trails, Little Egypt Road, Thunder Ridge, Catfish Lake, and the Pioneer and Agate communities, Oblizalo said. “If we hadn’t received the grant, there’s no way we would have built to these areas,” Oblizalo said. “It really helps out our local community.” A single fiber-optic line can deliver phone, Internet and television, and is more reliable that standard transmission lines. HCC also plans to add increased speeds to their plans, boosting their current top speed of 15 mbps to 35 and 50 mpbs. “The gamers can get the next step if they want for a little fee,” Eisele said. In addition to its standard services

such as Internet, television and home phone, HCC also has a secure location in Shelton where business owners can store their servers, then access them remotely. While nationwide and regional Internet and television providers also have strong foot holds in the community, staff at Hood Canal Communications said there’s no substitute for a local company that has employees who know many of their customers by name. Many of HCC’s employees have long track records in the company, too. Eisele has been with the company 11 years, Oblizalo for more than 25 years, and his wife, Kathy Oblizalo, HCC’s customer service supervisor, for 22 years. “We have a lot of longevity,” Kathy Oblizalo said. The company also takes pride in giving back to the community, in donations and in participation in community events. We feel the same way about the community the customers do,” Eisele said. “We’re out there, we’re trying to give back to the community as much as possible.”

Kathy Oblizalo, Hood Canal Communication’s customer service supervisor

Courtesy photo The Hood Canal Telephone Co., now Hood Canal Communications, was founded by Morisen Pixely in 1934 to serve the growing town of Union. The company has grown to provide broadband Internet, television and phone service throughout the county.

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ason County is known for its views of mountains in the distance and winding waterways along the roads, but there is more beauty to be found for those willing to seek it. For the past 20 years, Ron Ault has introduced people to the beauty and wonder of Mason County found below the surface of the water through his dive shop Hood Sport ’n Dive in Hoodsport. “I started down in Potlatch,” Ault, 69, said. “It was there for two to three years. Then we moved to what is now the Rest Awhile RV Park location and we were there for 12 to 13 years. We’ve been in Hoodsport for six years now.” The dive shop functions as a jack of all trades for divers. Diving equipment is sold and rented there, repairs are done, dive training is available and oxygen tanks are filled. Ault said whatever divers need can be taken care of at Hood Sport ’n Dive. The shop is also the only location in Mason County were diving lessons are available. Ten years ago, the dive shop combined with Edmonds Technical Training Services LLC, owned by Don Kinney, a Technical Diving International/Scuba Diving International instructor trainer and public safety instructor trainer.

Beyond the shop and the diving lessons, Ault also provides boarding for divers. Down the road from Hood Sport ’n Dive is The Divers Inn, better known as the yellow house. There are at least 10 rooms available for rent. Two are traditional rooms, while the rest are partitioned off with curtains. Boarders share a kitchen, living space and bathrooms. Outside is a hot tub and grill, which Ault said are popular locations after a day of diving in the cold waters of Hood Canal. Hood Sport ’n Dive leases Sund Rock from the Sund family as the base location for diving. From Sund Rock, divers traveling into the depths can find an old ship wreck, a sunken tree stump, what’s known as the fish bowl at a depth of 35 feet and more species of underwater life than can be listed. “Sund Rock is the most popular place to dive in Hood Canal,” Ault said. “It’s a marine preservation area. The biggest attraction is the giant Pacific Octopus. There also are all kinds of fish. The wolf eel is also a large attraction — they have a face only a mother could love.” Although Ault said the wolf eel is a fairly friendly creature, he cautioned that they can “do some damage” if aggravated, like most species in the world can.


Ron Ault, 69, stands with the oxygen tanks in Hood Sport ’n Dive, the diving shop he has owned for 20 years. Ault recently sold his shares to partner Don Kinney, but plans to continue working at the dive shop in his semi retirement. From this buoy, below, in Hood Canal off of Sund Rock in Hoodsport, divers will find a 75-foot drop over the north wall. Photos by Emily Hanson

“It’s very safe to dive here,” Ault said. “We have minimal currents along the shore, especially on the west shore, so divers can go right in. It’s one of the deepest areas in the South Sound.” He said most of the diving is done around 70 feet deep because that’s where most of the sea life can be found. “You can get a nice dive in without having to worry about decompression,” Ault added. Decompression is the process by which divers return to the surface slowly to allow inert gases in their bloodstream enough time to dissolve. Ault said nearly all divers use computer-system monitors to tell them when to pause in their ascents to allow for decompression. He said the Sund Rock area provides a rare photography experience and that one of the classes Edmonds Technical Training Services provides is underwater photography. “We have LED lights that are fantastic because they bring out colors in the fish,” Ault said. “After about 30 feet, the colors start to fade and by about 60 feet, it’s mostly just green everywhere.” As a diving instructor, Ault provides a lifetime of experience. “I started in 1956 when I was 13 and diving wasn’t very popular,” he said. “I grew up in Texas and worked in commercial diving. Then, I was in the Navy from 1964 to 1974, doing experimental diving.” During his time in the Navy’s experimental diving unit, Ault said he learned saturation diving, which is when he experienced his most memorable dive. “I was one of the first guys to dive 1,000

feet in 1972,” he said. “There hadn’t been people diving that deep back then.” Overall, Ault said he prefers shallow diving because it’s fun and is the most scenic. “It’s a beautiful place to be,” he said. “Pretty much every time you do a dive, you will see one creature you’ve never seen before.” Although Hood Canal seems like a cold place to dive, Ault said most use dry suits, which prevent the water from reaching their bodies and keep them warm. There is also a steady stream of divers. “We have anywhere from 100 or more divers a week come through,” Ault said. “Our biggest percentage, about 65 percent, comes out of Oregon.” He said the Oregon Coast is hard on divers, so most from Portland come to Hood Canal. “A lot of county rescue workers do diving training here, too,” Ault said. “We support the Mason County dive team. We give them free air and collect funds for them.” Ault said Hood Sport ’n Dive also fills oxygen bottles for the local fire districts, including Mason County Fire District 7. “We supply to many other dive shops, too,” he said. “I call us their dive shop away from home.” Although Ault no longer owns Hood Sport ’n Dive — he recently sold his shares to Kinney — he said he plans to continue working at the shop while he is semiretired. “I’ve always been a diver,” he said. “I actually like the dive shop business because of the other divers coming in. The new divers are the most enthusiastic; it rubs off on you. We have a clubhouse-type feeling for the divers.”

“It’s a beautiful place to be,” he said. “Pretty much every time you do a dive, you will see one creature you’ve never seen before.” Ron Ault, employee and former owner of Hood Sport ’n Dive

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PROFILE: Population Mason County

City of Shelton

POPULATION 1900.........................3,810 1910.........................5,156 1920.........................4,919 1930.......................10,060 1940.......................11,603 1950.......................15,022 1960.......................16,251 1970.......................20,918 1980.......................31,184 1990.......................38,341 1991.......................39,719 1992.......................40,852 1993.......................42,443 1994.......................43,541 1995.......................44,902 1996.......................46,491 1997.......................47,277 1998.......................47,912

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1999.......................48,513 2000.......................49,405 2001.......................49,600 2002.......................49,800 2003.......................50,200 2004.......................50,800 2005.......................51,900 2006.......................53,100 2007.......................54,600 2008.......................56,300 2009.......................57,846 2010.......................60,699 2011........................61,000 2012.......................61,450 In 2012, the county’s population grew by 450.

1900............................833 1910.........................1,163 1920............................984 1930.........................3,091 1940.........................3,707 1950.........................5,045 1960.........................5,651 1970.........................6,515 1980.........................7,629 1990.........................7,241 1991.........................7,330 1992.........................7,475 1993.........................7,633 1994.........................7,739 1995.........................7,863 1996.........................7,996 1997.........................8,123 1998.........................8,272

1999.........................8,343 2000.........................8,442 2001.........................8,470 2002.........................8,495 2003.........................8,545 2004.........................8,695 2005.........................8,735 2006.........................8,805 2007.........................8,895 2008.........................8,980 2009.........................9,222 2010.........................9,834 2011..........................9,855 2012.........................9,870 In 2012, Shelton grew by 15 in population.

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Mason State 1990....................................$27,833................ $33,426 2000....................................$41,272................ $48,300 2006....................................$48,349................ $56,808 2007....................................$46,874................ $55,771 2008....................................$44,511................ $54,086 2009....................................$43,989................ $52,413 2010....................................$45,371................ $55,379 2011.....................................$47,724................ $55,500 2012.................................. $48,804*...............$56,444* * projected

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PROFILE: Libraries LIBRARY USE n Circulation at libraries in Mason County (Shelton, Belfair, Hoodsport) 1999............................................ 469,173 2000............................................ 456,508 2001............................................ 410,453 2002............................................ 481,248 2003............................................ 494,138 2004........................................... 491,390 2005............................................ 512,446 2006............................................ 489,421 2007............................................ 532,104 2008............................................ 526,808 2009............................................ 520,011 2010............................................ 505,713 2011............................................. 451,451 2012............................................ 451,196 All data collected does not include audio or e-books, the numbers of these have been on the rise according to Dee Depoe, adult service librarian at the Shelton Library.

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Circulation

2002............................................ 310,036 2003............................................ 319,543 2004............................................ 312,946 2005............................................ 323,269 2006............................................ 298,127 2007............................................ 336,855 2008............................................ 329,227 2009............................................ 328,327 2010............................................ 326,060 2011............................................. 288,515 2012............................................ 305,387

HOODSPORT TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

Librarian: Nancy Triplett Size: 3,600 square feet

2012 circulation: N/A Staff: 1.8 full-time equivalent Hours per week: 24 Location: 40 N. Schoolhouse Hill Road Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m. Phone: 8779339. For information from reference librarians: 1-800-562-6022 toll-free INFO: A small Hoodsport library opened in a building on Lake Cushman Road near U.S. Highway 101 in September 1989. It was a leased storefront. Because of the need for a larger facility, Timberland Regional Library purchased 1.7 acres on Schoolhouse Hill for a library site. An idea that began as a grassroots effort by library supporters and community members grew into a media event when the old North Mason library in Belfair was moved by barge up Hood Canal to the new site on a foggy morning in October 1996. The old library was destined to be demolished in Belfair until the recycling idea was hatched, and the building came down

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PROFILE: Libraries the canal to Hoodsport in three pieces. The remodeled building on the hill above Highway 101 opened in March 1997. The view from the library’s deck and east windows is a panorama of downtown, Hood Canal and the Tahuya Peninsula on the other side of the water. Wi-Fi is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Circulation

in Hoodsport for past decade 2002.............................................. 33,000 2003.............................................. 35,541 2004.............................................. 32,779 2005.............................................. 36,566 2006.............................................. 32,030 2007.............................................. 35,222 2008.............................................. 37,113 2009.............................................. 37,088 2010.............................................. 36,538 2011............................................... 34,157 2012.............................................. 32,172

NORTH MASON TIMBERLAND LIBRARY Belfair

Librarian: Victoria Rexford Size: 14,800 square feet 2012 circulation: 113,637 Staff: 5.75 full-time equivalent Location: 23081 N.E. State Route 3 Hours per week: 41 Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 275-3232. For information from reference librarians: 1-800-5626022 toll-free INFO: The North Mason library began in 1950 in Dorothy Newkirk Harper’s Belfair drug store. When the drug store was sold in 1966, the library was moved to leased space in the back of a TV shop. In July 1976, it was moved to a slightly larger leased space across from Belfair Elementary School on state Route 3 until September 1979. A new library nestled in the trees beside state Route 3 was opened in November 1979. The Friends of the

North Mason Library purchased the land for the library building and deeded it to Timberland. Timberland purchased additional land at the current site on which a new 14,400-square-foot library was built at 23081 N.E. State Route 3. The new $2.8 million building, featuring much more height and light, was opened in March 1998, and circulation immediately jumped. It had about four times as much space as the old library. The old Belfair library building was recycled and moved by barge up Hood Canal, where it reopened as the Hoodsport library in March 1997.

Circulation

in Belfair for past decade

2002............................................ 138,212 2003............................................ 139,054 2004............................................ 145,665 2005............................................ 152,611 2006............................................ 159,264 2007............................................ 160,027 2008............................................ 160,468 2009............................................ 154,596 2010............................................ 143,115 2011............................................. 128,779 2012............................................ 113,637

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PROFILE: Employment TOP 50 Mason County Employers Rank Employer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Employees 2012

Little Creek Casino Hotel Washington Corrections Center Shelton School District Mason General Hospital Taylor Shellfish, Inc. Mason County Walmart Squaxin Indian Tribe Olympic Panel Products North Mason School District Simpson Lumber Co. Island Enterprises Fir Lane Health & Rehab. Skokomish Indian Tribe

788 647 594 547 350 338 297 287 283 276 260 175 135 126

62 0 -6 7 25 18 -46 22 33 -75 0 -10 -18 1

Rank Employer 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28.

Employees 2012

Alderbrook Inn * Welco - Skookum Lumber Co. Fred Meyer Marketplace Mason County PUD 3 Alpine Way Retirement Green Diamond Resource Co. * Shelton Health & Rehabilitation Pioneer School District City of Shelton Safeway Exceptional Foresters, Inc. Our Community Credit Union Mason Transit * Catholic Community Services

125 125 124 116 115 106 103 102 96 94 90 87 79 76

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PROFILE: Employment TOP 50 Mason County Employers Rank Employer 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42.

Employees 2012

Peninsula Credit Union * Lucky Dog Casino Stretch Island Fruit * Manke Lumber Company QFC Washington DSHS * Sims Vibration Labratory Belco Forest Products Techwood Gillis Auto Center Hood Canal School District Shelton Post Office * Brady Trucking Mary M. Knight School *

75 73 72 70 70 59 57 50 47 44 41 39 36 34

0 17 0 0 -13 0 12 10 -7 -2 -14 0 1 0

Rank Employer 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.

Employees 2012

Timberland Regional Library 34 0 Continental Floral * 32 0 Hood Canal Communications 32 0 Maple Glen Assisted Living 32 0 Hiawatha * 31 0 Lumbermen’s 30 -2 Prov. Sound Homecare / Hospice * 30 0 Grapeview School District 29 -1

Editor’s note: 2011 shows the difference in the number of employees compared to 2012. Information provided by the Economic Development Council of Mason County. * 2012 number

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PROFILE: Organizations Animal Concerns

Adopt-a-Pet.........................................................................432-3091 Feline Friends.....................................................................866-0599 Humane Society.................................................................275-9310 Kitten Rescue......................................................................426-2455 Mason County Animal Control........................................275-4467 City of Shelton Animal Shelter.........................................427-7503

Arts and Shared Interests

 

Amateur Radio Club........................................ 426-7486, 426-3018 American Truck Historical Society..................................866-7716 Anna’s Bay Center for Music...........................................898-5000 Christmastown Quilters....................................................877-6601 christmastownquilters@gmail.com Genealogical Society..........................................................426-9023 Harstine Island Theatre Club...........................................426-8823 Historical Society and Museum.......................................426-1020 Hoodsport...........................................................................877-9509 Jolly Jesters.......................................................................... 426-6411 Library, Timberland Friends of the library Hoodsport 877-9339 North Mason 275-3232 Shelton 426-1362 Mason County Concert Association................................426-1842

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4-H Katy Fuller....................................................427-9670 ext. 681 or Dan Tuteberg 427-9670 ext. 686 Boys & Girls Club...............................................................362-1855 Boy Scouts...........................................................................357-3331 Girl Scouts................................................................. (800) 541-9852 Cooperative Preschool.......................................................432-5410 Head Start.......................................................... 275-5203, 426-2898 North Mason Little League...............................................710-9883 Mason County Youth Baseball.........................................426-4582 North Mason Pee Wee Association..................................275-6109 North Mason Youth Soccer...............................................801-4542 Save Our County’s Kids (SOCK).....................................432-0815 South Mason Youth Soccer...............................................426-9791 Soccer Park..........................................................................432-0560

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McReavy House.................................................................898-1717 Peninsula Art Association.................................................426-1842 Square Dance Salty Sashayers..........................................877-5907 Sweet Adelines barbershop.............................................. 426-1175 Towne Cruisers Car Club..................................................426-9940 Yesteryear Car Club...........................................................426-1925

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PROFILE: ORGANIZATIONS Community Organizations

Allyn Community Association......................................... 275-9744 Grapeview Community Association............................... 275-5024 Harstine Island Community Club................................... 427-9516 Harstine Island Women’s Club........................................ 426-8112 Hood Canal Improvement Club...................................... 898-1282 Lilliwaup Community Club............................................. 877-0001 Little Skookum Community Club................................... 427-3926 Mason-Benson Community Club.................................... 427-7212 Tahuya Community Club................................................. 275-9865 Timberlakes Community Club......................................... 427-8928 Trails End Community Club............................................ 275-6995 Union Tourism Association................................... visitunion.com Victor Improvement Club................................................. 275-4139 

Environmental Groups   Allyn Salmon Enhancement Group.................................. 275-798 Great Peninsula Conservancy.......................................... 275-3920 373-3500 Hood Canal Environmental Council............................... 275-5459 H.C. Salmon Enhancement Group.................................. 275-3575

Angle Agency Quality Insurance Products since 1890

Local Government   Mason County...................................................427-9670, 275-4467 City of Shelton.................................................................... 426-4491 Skokomish Tribe................................................................. 426-4232 Squaxin Island Tribe.......................................................... 426-9781 Political Involvement   Concerned Citizens of MC................................................ 868-2251 Green Party......................................................................... 432-0272 League of Women Voters.................................................. 427-1956 MC Democratic Central Committee................................ 427-8047 MC Republican Party.........................................................432-1111 Regional Promotion/ Information  

Hood Canal Visitor Center............................................... 877-2021 North Mason Chamber of Commerce............................. 275-4267 North Mason Visitors Information.................................. 275-5548 Shelton-Mason County Chamber.................................... 426-2021 Economic Development Council..................................... 426-2276

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ORGANIZATIONS Senior and Health-related Groups  

Alcoholics Anonymous.....................................................352-7344 American Red Cross..........................................................352-8575 Crisis Clinic 24-hour line...................................................486-2800 Crisis Clinic from North Mason............................. (800) 627-2211 Faith in Action/Clearing House......................................275-5403 Harmony Hill......................................................................898-2363 Health-related support groups........................................ 426-1611 Mason County Relay for Life/ American Cancer Society........................................ (253) 820-4198 Mason General Hospital Foundation..............................427-3623 275-8614 Mason County Senior Activities Center.........................426-7374 Narcotics Anonymous.......................................................754-4433 Orthopedic Guilds.............................................................275-1245 426-6010 TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)................................427-0803  275-2179 Senior Services for South Sound......................................526-3405 Behavioral Health Resources............................................552-2303

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Sports and Leisure

 

Back Country Horsemen...................................................426-3771 Equestrienne of Mason County.......................................426-3001 Good Sam RV Club............................................................426-6028  877-5721 Nimrod Club.......................................................................426-8178 Shelton Drag Strip Association........................................229-9309 Shelton Rifle & Pistol Club............................................... 427-1102 Shelton Rock and Mineral Society...................................427-5255 Shelton Yacht Club.............................................................426-1012

Veterans Organizations

  40 et 8...................................................................................426-5060 American Legion................................................................426-4546 American Legion Post 200................................................552-2303 Veterans of Foreign Wars..................................................426-1805 Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22........................552-2303

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Service and Public Entities

  Economic Development Council–MC.............................426-2276 Evergreen Rural Water of Washington............................426-9287 Friends of the William G. Reed Library..........................426-1362 Habitat for Humanity–Mason County............................426-8134 LOVE Inc.............................................................................426-5684 426-5683 Mary Theler Community Center.....................................275-4898 Mason County Literacy.....................................................426-9733 Mason County Ministerial Association..........................426-2776 Mason County Senior Center...........................................426-7374 Mason County Shelter.......................................................427-6919 Mason Transit Authority...................................................427-5033 Olympic College Shelton..................................................432-5400


PROFILE: ORGANIZATIONS Retired Senior & Volunteer Program..............................426-3405 ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia.......................................427-2875 Care Net Pregnancy Center of Mason County..............427-9171 The Saints Pantry Food Bank...........................................427-8847 United Way of Mason County..........................................426-4999 Washington Information Network 211................. (425) 264-0300 North Mason Resources....................................................552-2303 North Mason Homeless Advocate...................................552-2303 Community Food Pantry..................................................552-2303 WorkSource.........................................................................552-2303

Fraternal and Service Organizations

Daughters of the Pioneers of WA.....................................426-3588 Eagles Club    Shelton..............................................................................426-0507     North Mason....................................................................275-6885 Elks.......................................................................................426-2322 The Granges    Agate.................................................................................426-9369    Matlock.............................................................................426-8909    Skokomish........................................................................426-2426

   Harstine:...........................................................................426-5665    Twanoh:............................................................................275-9646 Belfair Kiwanis...................................................................229-9556 Hood Canal Kiwanis.........................................................877-5381  Kristmas Town Kiwanis....................................................426-5637 Pioneer Kiwanis.................................................................432-0136 Shelton Kiwanis..................................................................426-0512 Mason County Optimist Club ...................................... masoncountyoptimistclub.blogspot.com Union City Masonic Lodge #27.......................................427-1999 Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge #11.......................................877-5964  Hood Canal Masonic Lodge #288................................... 275-4711 Moose Lodge.......................................................................426-6917 Hood Canal Lions Club.....................................................898-4444 Morning Star Lions Club..................................................432-5208 North Mason Lions Club..................................................275-8421 PEO Sisterhood...................................................................426-4700 North Mason Rotary................................................ (877) 278-8900 Shelton Rotary....................................................................427-3478 Shelton Skookum Rotary..................................................426-8597 Knights of Columbus.........................................................275-3350

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PROFILE: ORGANIZATIONS Churches

Calvary Chapel...................................................................866-0996 Faith Lutheran Church...................................................... 426-8611 Gateway Christian Fellowship.........................................426-2758 Grace Baptist....................................................................... 462-1611 Hood Canal Community Church....................................877-9688 Mt. Olive Lutheran Church..............................................426-6353 New Community Church of Union.................................898-7855 North Mason Bible Church...............................................275-4555 St. David’s Episcopal Church...........................................426-8472 St. Edwards Catholic Church...........................................426-6134 St. Germains Church . .......................................................877-9879 Seventh-Day Adventist Church.......................................426-2776 Shelton Bible Church.........................................................877-6176 Shelton Christian Church..................................................426-4697 Shelton First Baptist...........................................................426-8461 Shelton Presbyterian Church............................................432-8696 Shelton Rivers of Grace.....................................................438-8531  Skokomish Community Church......................................426-4079 Timberland Chapel............................................................275-3750 United Methodist Church.................................................426-4174

Home of the Famous McKay Qwik Pot®! OCTAGON $ SHRIMP POT 30”x 30”x 12”

Thank you to our “family” of customers for over 61 years of some of Shelton’s best home cooking. You are the reason we stay here!

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Give us a call to speak with one of our reps - they’ll know what you need for all your shrimp & crab pot needs

Jim* and Nita Bariekman, Owners

Come in and taste the difference at Nita’s • Home Cooking • Warm Atmosphere

NITA’S

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RESTAURANT and GALLERY Since 1952

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Located on Hood Canal on the Olympic Peninsula 306362 US Hwy 101 • P.O. Box 370 • Brinnon, WA 98320 360-796-4555 • FAX 360-796-3491 www.mckayshrimpandcrabgear.com

325 Railroad Avenue, Shelton *In loving memory of Jim

426-6143

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We welcome eye emergencies anytime during regular business hours – just stop by or call for foreign body removal, treatment of eye infections and inflammations, broken frame repair.

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Serving Mason County since 1975 Shelton Clinic: 426-5578 Shelton Optical: 426-1665 Open Monday though Friday 422 West Birch

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PROFILE: TAXES Mason County

Mason County

TAXABLE RETAIL SALES 2005-2012

TAXABLE RETAIL SALES 2005-2012

2005.......................................................................... $267,533,201 2006.......................................................................... $325,023,780 2007.......................................................................... $342,094,223 2008.......................................................................... $331,035,137 2009.......................................................................... $271,089,521 2010.......................................................................... $280,077,818 2011............................................................................$294,874,113 2012.........................................................................$271,089,521* *These are first, second and third quarters only; the fourth quarter was not available at time of publication

Change 2005 to 2006..........................................................21.4% Change 2006 to 2007..........................................................5.25% Change 2007 to 2008........................................................ -3.23% Change 2008 to 2009........................................................ -17.2% Change 2009 to 2010..........................................................3.31% Change 2010 to 2011..........................................................5.12 % Change 2011 to 2012............................................................ N/A

City of Shelton

2005..........................................................................$196,029,267 2006..........................................................................$203,326,133 2007..........................................................................$220,137,193 2008..........................................................................$215,992,014 2009..........................................................................$217,194,301 2010..........................................................................$212,466,061 2011...........................................................................$205,904,324 2012........................................................................ $162,604,105* *These are first, second and third quarters only; the fourth quarter was not available at time of publication

TAXABLE RETAIL SALES 2005-2012 Change 2005 to 2006.......................................................... 3.7% Change 2006 to 2007..........................................................8.27% Change 2007 to 2008........................................................ -1.88% Change 2008 to 2009..........................................................0.66% Change 2009 to 2010........................................................ -2.22% Change 2010 to 2011......................................................... -3.12% Change 2011 to 2012............................................................ N/A

City of Shelton

TAXABLE RETAIL SALES 2005-2012

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Department Hours Sales: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 7:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm Parts / Service: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:30pm Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays Detail: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:30pm

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PROFILE: TAXES Mason County Share of

Mason County

REAL ESTATE EXCISE TAXES 2001........................... $469,415 2002........................... $503,613 2003........................... $631,527 2004........................... $809,406 2005........................ $1,118,289 2006........................$1,041,546 2007........................... $935,755 2008........................... $566,850 2009........................... $385,455 2010........................... $382,975

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOMES SOLD

2011............................$308,617 2012........................... $377,273 One “REET” of 0.25 percent on the sale price of real estate was collected until 2002, when a second REET of another 0.25 percent was instituted.

Mason County

ASSESSED VALUATION 1960....................$20,019,870 1970....................$52,220,278 1980..................$646,662,612 1990...............$1,446,244,703

2000...............$3,399,726,827 2010...............$7,692,217,101 2011................$8,064,269,054 2012...............$7,820,427,730

2005.................................1,382 2006.................................1,251 2007....................................903 2008................................. N/A

2009.................................1,101 2010....................................705 2011.....................................761 2012.................................1,082

Mason County

TAXABLE PARCELS 2003...............................52,524 2004...............................52,524 2005...............................52,536 2006...............................52,715 2007...............................52,820

2008...............................53,089 2009...............................51,206 2010...............................53,089 2011................................58,232 2012:..............................62,550

Mason County

GAMBLING TAX COLLECTIONS 2005.......................... $103,450 2006.......................... $136,165 2007............................ $96,483 2008............................ $90,030

2009............................ $60,433 2010............................ $71,396 2011........................ $54,062.95 2012....................... $66,225.23

The Shopper’s Weekly has acquired D&H Printing greatly expanding our services to better suit your needs!

• Extensive Flannel and Batik Collections • Cheerful and Friendly Customer Service • Top Grade Quilting Supplies and Notions

Full Color Printing • Copy Services Art & Design Services • Bindery & Finishing Bulk Mailing • Custom Orders Banners (Vinyl) • Binding • Booklets • Bookmarks • Brochures Business Cards • Business Forms • Calendars • Car Magnets Carbonless Forms • Continuous Forms • Door Hangers • Envelopes Flyers • Greeting Cards • Laminating • Letterhead • Magnets • Menus • Newsletters • Notepads • Numbering • Perforating • Plastic Cards Postcards • Products Labels • Rip Cards • Rolled Canvas • Rolodex Cards • Sell Sheets • Silk Cards • Stickers • Table Tent Cards Tear Off Cards • Trading Cards • Window Clings AND SO MUCH MORE!!

Mon - Thur & Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

We take great pride in our extensive lines of unique fabrics from all over the world and our ‘best in class’ customer service. Come see us!

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Annie Gajadhar A Owner

Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

25055 Olympic Hwy N. Suite 220• Shelton, WA 98584

Visit Our On-Line Store: www.AnniesQuiltShoppe.com • Annie@AnniesQuiltShoppe.com

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(360) 427-6164

2505 Olympic Hwy N - Ste 220 B (360) 426-4677

(Next to Les Schwab in the former Quality Appliance building)

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PROFILE: School Statistics 2011-2012 MSP/EOC Results: Math

4th Grade 7th Grade 10th Grade State average................................... 59,4% 59.2% 64.3% Grapeview....................................... 44.4% 44% Hood Canal..................................... 51.9% 33.3% Mary M. Knight................................N/A 15.4% North Mason................................... 44.3% 41.5% N/A Pioneer............................................. 29.1% 59.7% Shelton............................................. 57.8% 64.5% N/A Southside......................................... 48.5% 61.5%

2011-2012 MSP/HSPE Results: Reading 4th Grade 7th Grade 10th Grade State average................................... 71.5% 71.3% 81.3% Grapeview....................................... 81.5% 80% Hood Canal..................................... 66.7% 36.1% Mary M. Knight................................N/A 53.8% North Mason................................... 67.1% 62.3% 72.8% Pioneer............................................. 51.9% 65.7% Shelton............................................. 65.9% 76.3% 79% Southside......................................... 69.7% 72%

2011-2012 MSP/HSPE Results: Science

5th Grade 8th Grade 10th Grade State average................................... 66.3% 66.4% N/A Grapeview....................................... 70.8% 66.7% Hood Canal..................................... 35.7% 31.8% Mary M. Knight.............................. 61.5% 40% N/A North Mason................................... 52.1% 63.3% N/A Pioneer............................................. 64.2% 60% Shelton............................................ 54.4% 57.3% N/A Southside......................................... 52.4% N/A

2011-2012 MSP/HSPE Results: Writing

4th Grade 7th Grade 10th Grade State average................................... 61.4% 71.0% 85.4% Grapeview.......................................... 63% 56% Hood Canal.................................... 48.1% 30.6% Mary M. Knight................................N/A 23.1% 92.9% North Mason................................... 55.7% 61% 73.6% Pioneer............................................. 29.1% 52.2% Shelton............................................. 65.9% 78.1% 82.5% Southside......................................... 48.5% 80.8% Percentages show the number of students who passed each test.

Proud to be part of your community

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We Buy Good Used Appliances

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Gas, Wood & Pellet Stove Repairs

Ken Oakes Owner

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(360) 426-4562 • Toll Free 1-800-421-4791


PROFILE: POLICE Statistics SHELTON POLICE MAJOR CRIME REPORTS

2011 2012 % Increase Arson........................ 1 6 +83.4 Assault................... 52 32 - 38.5 Burglary............... 167 184 + 10.3 Homicide................. 0 2 + 200 Rape........................ 14 12 -15.3 Robbery................... 8 11 +27.3 Thefts................... 519 627 +17.3 Vehicle thefts......... 82 70 -14.7

ESTIMATED LOSSES FROM CRIME IN SHELTON

2011 Theft............................$139,405 Vehicle theft................$234,112 Robbery.............................$938 Burglary......................$156,382 Total stolen ................$530,847 Total recovered..........$187,443

2012 $201,866 $159,700 $3,766 $157,039 $537, 373 $103,175

CRIME REPORTS TO MASON COUNTY SHERIFF

Below are 2011/2012 crime statistics for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2011, law enforcement agencies reported crime through the Summary Uniform Crime Reporting System. In 2012, agencies converted to the National Incident Based Reporting System. In the second method, agencies record all crimes occurring during an incident, rather than reporting only the most serious crime in an incident, as with the earlier method. 2011 2012 % Change Arson............................ 4 6 + 50 Agg. assault............... 79 77 -2.6 Simple assault.......N/A 192 N/A Burglary................... 664 725 8.5 Homicide..................... 0 4 + 400 Forcible Rape............ 17 10 - 41.2 Robbery....................... 5 11 + 54.5 Thefts....................... 898 804 - 10.5 Vehicle thefts........... 169 191 +11.6

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24 Hr. Emergency Service • Interest Free Financing* (*O.A.C.) Sales & Service • Heating & Cooling • Roofing Generators • Indoor Air Quality Energy Audits • Equipment Repair

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(360) 275-8727

Belfair, WA 98528 • Next to QFC www.petersenchiro.com

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“Dedicated To Your Comfort”

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No Hidden Charges Group Discounts

Travel Trailer Pump Prompt Delivery

Grease Traps

Mason County Senior Activities Association

PORTABLE TOILET RENTAL Construction 18089

RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL Competitive Rates

Mission Statement: To enhance the quality of life of the senior adults in our community through recreation, information, education and nutritional services, including health and wellness programs.

Mason County Senior Activities Center “The Friendly Center for 50 and Better” Open: Mon.–Thurs. 8 am-4 pm, Fri. 8 am-3 pm, Sat. events Fitness: Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga, Line Dancing, Zumba, Senior walks to area parks and trails Activities: Bingo, Book club, Blood Pressure Checks, Bridge, Casino Trips, Chess, Crafts, Cribbage, Majong, Sewing & Trips, Pinochle, Puzzles, Sewing, and Day Trips Workshops: Important topics for seniors Street: 826 W. Railroad Ave., Mail: PO Box 1066 Shelton, WA 98584 360-426-7374 info@mcsac.net, www.mcsac.net

• Prompt & Dependable • Licensed & Insured • Free Phone Quotes

Nifty Thrifty Store Your Hometown Thrift Store

The Center’s major funding source

Local Family Business Serving Mason County For Over 20 Years

located behind McDonalds at Mt. View and 2505 Olympic Hwy N., Shelton 98584 Your quality donations are appreciated Free pick-ups by appointment Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm Sat 10 am to 5 pm 360-427-0858

Please Call Dana & Debbie Lovely

360-427-6110

Outside Shelton Toll Free 1-877-978-6700

DEBIT

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We Take Pride In Our Work and Servicing Our Customers

All USDA Center Cut Choice Meat

The reviews are in and The Strip is the best place for great steaks and other fine entrees.

• Shocks & Struts

• A/C Service & Repair

• Custom Exhaust

• Engine repair & Replacement

• 30/60/90 K Services

• Belts

• Transmissions

• Radiators

• Hoses

• Tires Sales & Service

• Alternators

• Batteries

• Clutches

• Mufflers

• Oil Changes

• Differentials

• Catalytic Converters

• Tune Ups

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360-432-5844

405 W. Railroad Ave • Shelton, WA

OPEN FOR LUNCH

(Even on Mondays)

Full Service Bar

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AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES • Brakes


Beautiful Flowers & Gifts For All Occasions Serving Mason County Since 1924

Please Join Us

Lynch Creek Floral

meets Wednesday 7 am at the Pine Tree contact Patti Tupper 426-2499

Shelton Kiwanis meets Tuesday noon at Xinh’s Clam and Oyster House contact Bill LeBlanc 427-1265

Paid for by local Kiwanis members.

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Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Photo by Cooper Studios

4th & Railroad

Downtown Shelton (360) 426-8615

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Kristmas Town Kiwanis

Senior Services Need Help?

Since 2001

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FREE NON-MEDICAL SERVICES

Faith in Action® offers free, home based services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Call Today:

(360) 275-0535

faithinaction@wavecable.com • Site Prep • Road Building • Trenching

Faith in Action is a non-profit, interfaith and community organization whose mission is to support independent living for our senior and disabled neighbors.

• Clearing • Hauling • Crushed Rock • Septic Design & Installation

Rob Goodwin

Visit our Major Funder - Faith in Action Thrift Store 40 NE Old Belfair Hwy • Belfair, WA 98528

Lic. #ROBSEL*986P2

1871 E John’s Prairie Road • Shelton, WA 98584

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PORTABLE RESTROOMS

(360) 275-9115 • Open Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm Donation Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 4:30pm — Please call ahead Profile - Page 55


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WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE / HIMLIE, INC. 18138

Tasting Room Open

920 Railroad Avenue • (360) 426-2646 Vince Himlie, Designated Broker

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❦ Locally Craf ted Culinary Fare ❦ Private Tastings by Appointment

RETREATS, VACATIONS & REUNIONS

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253 E. Great Bend Drive • Union, WA 98592 Contact Bonnie at 360.490.5545 www.thebend.us • info@thebend.us

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Gather at The Bend for a luxurious get away. You will enjoy a spectacular 270 degree unobstructed view of the mystical Hood Canal, where the Orcas frolic and the eagles soar. Take in the majestic Olympic Mountain range as you watch the western sky consume the brilliant sun creating a sunset that only the best romance writer could describe. The Bend on Hood Canal is one of the most magnificent gathering houses around with style, grace, and many stunning features. From the radiant granite floors to the expansive cathedral and tray ceilings you will enjoy comfort while taking in the spectacular views. We have the perfect size accommodations for just the two of you or bring the whole family for a reunion.

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ADVERTISER INDEX A-1 Roofing ........27 AAA Septic ...........4 Advanced Automotive .......42 Alderbrook Club-House .....40 Allstate ................42 Angle Insurance ..45 Annie’s Quilt Shoppe.............51 Appliance Repair Plus..................52 ASI ......................38 Ayers Automotive .......41 Boulders ..............19 Bowers DDS .........5 Busacca DDS ......56 Cameo Boutique..47 Caring Touch Massage...........14 Shelton Mason Co. Chamber ..........23

Chehalis Sheet Metal ...............53 Cut Rate Auto......59 D&L Automotive .......38 D.R. Gardner, CPA ..................45 Denny’s Auto Service..............33 Dogwood Construction...32 Economic Develop. Council...........41 Faith in Action...55 Gateway Rental Center.............39 Gianni’s Cucina..47 Gillis Auto Sales...............50 Green Diamond..23 Grimes Optical...49 Hackney Dental..26

Harrison Hospital..........10 Heritage Bank....50 Hiawatha Corp...52 Hood Canal Marina.............33 Hoodsport Winery.............44 Jarrell’s Cove.....29 Jim’s Auto & Towing..............44 Kiwanis ...............55 Lean on Me At .... Home Care .......14 Les Schwab .........41 Little Creek Casino ................2 LMTA Agency On Aging ................15 Lynch Creek Floral ................55 Manke Lumber ....29

Maple Glen Senior Living ...............33 Mariano’s ............43 Mason General Hospital ............60 McComb Funeral Home ................23 McKays Shrimp Gear .....48 Michael’s Meats & Seafood ............29 New Community Church Union ....14 Nita’s Restaurant .48 Our Community Credit Union.....32 Olsen Furniture ...40 Oysterfest ..............9 Peninsula Credit Union................37 Petersen Chiropractic......53

PUD #3................31 PUD#1.................13 Richard Beckman Realty ...............47 Rob’s Excavating ........55 Roof Doctor ........47 Sage’s Book Store .................39 Sew Now Studio..43 Shelton Cinemas & Skyline Drive-In ............49 Shelton Dental Center ...............36 Shopper, the ........51 Skipworth’s .........32 Senior Center & Nifty Thrifty .....54 Taylor Shellfish ...20 The Bend at Hood Canal ................57

The Strip Steakhouse .......54 Threads................57 Tranquil Healing .............30 Transmissions Plus..................54 Treasures Book Store ................40 Tupper’s Floor Covering ..........40 VanderWal’s Garage .............12 Walter Dacon Winery ..............57 Windemere Realty ...............57 Xinh’s Restaurant ........21 18174

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