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MAY 2012

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Message from Chamber President SHELTONMASONCOUNTY

Board of Trustees President Drew MacEwen Falcon Financial, Inc. Past President Patti Case Green Diamond Resource Company Vice President of Marketing Kathryn Kamin Hood Canal Communications Vice President of Member Services Melanie Bakala State Farm Insurance Treasurer Rick Verbarendse Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club Steve Andrewski Herb Baze Black Star, The Strip Steakhouse Kevin Cronquist Prudential NW Real Estate Mike Gango Bob Houle Houle & Goodell Attorneys, LLC Kelly Crabtree Maple Glen Senior Living Produced by Image In Action Design and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce as a benefit to Members and the community. All rights reserved. For contribution guidelines and advertising call (360) 427-5599. Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce Box 2389 |215 W Railroad Avenue Shelton, WA 98584 426-2021 • (800) 576-2021• FAX 426-8678

With summer shortly upon us it is time to take a look at our next major upcoming event. The 2nd Annual Chamber Golf Tournament will be held at Alderbrook Golf Course on Friday September 14th. Last year’s inaugural event was a very fun time with most participants winning prizes. This year’s event will be bigger, better, and not to be missed! If you have a team get signed up now by calling the Chamber office as preliminary indications are the field is already half full! If you would like to play but don’t have a foursome let us know and we will get you on a team. Kevin Cronquist is chairing this year’s event and is very enthusiastic on building upon last year’s success. The golf tournament funds will be used to sponsor and support our Shop Local Campaign and LOCAL BUCK$ So get signed up today and mark your calendar for September 14th!

As to business your Chamber continues to actively promote our member businesses and is working to make our community better for business growth. Heidi and I have begun conducting meetings with various elected officials to have dialogue to improve the business environment, keep abreast of what is happening, and ensure we have open dialogue with our elected officials on behalf of the Chamber. Strong partnerships are vital to a strong business climate and we will continue to foster that for everyone’s benefit. The SAVER committee is continuing its work with the City of Shelton on implementing business friendly changes within the city.

Here is to a productive and profitable summer and hoping that each of you has time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the season with family and friends. See you at the next Chamber Event… Drew MacEwen President

Spring Shop Local Cash Mob The general idea of a Cash Mob is to encourage people to go into our small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. Our hope is that we help businesses grow, we make people happy, we get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we celebrate afterward with an appetizer or cocktail.

Mission Statement

The first gathering called a Cash Mob was held in Buffalo, NY, on August 5, 2011, and was organized by blogger, Christopher Smith. Since then, Cash Mobs have been sprouting up all across the U.S., Canada, and around the world.  While organized by many different groups of people, all appear to have the same goal in mind: to support local businesses that they love!

To encourage and maintain a vibrant business community, promote tourism and facilitate economic development.

With the Chamber’s Spring Shop Local campaign, we are hosting five Cash Mobs, each Friday throughout the month of May and the

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Change doesn’t always happen fast, but rest assured we are diligently working for positive change.

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first Friday in June, in addition to our regular coupons with specials and discounts at various member businesses. If you would like to participate in one of these mobs, please contact the Chamber office to find where we’ll be meeting for that particular week, though the exact location will not be revealed until moments before we “mob” the store.


Message from Chamber Executive Director May is a month filled with celebrations and special events! We have Small Business Week, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Traveler Days, Bluegrass from the Forest, Matlock Old Timer’s Fair, Sound Learning’s Spell-e-bration, the beginning of Forest Festival and more. The State of the Community was a fantastic event, hearing from local elected officials. Thank you to Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson, Port of Shelton Commissioner Dick Taylor, and City of Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce for sharing your perspective with us. I am hopeful that the optimism and pride evident at that meeting, coupled with a continued diligence by business owners and citizens will promote opportunities for partnerships and progress in our community. You may have noticed the lovely window displays in our office and at Lynch Creek Floral honoring those donating to this year’s beautification fundraising campaign. The Beautification Committee is working hard to reach out to businesses and community members – no gift is too small! The monies raised will go toward not only the 75 flower baskets but also the 65 Christmas decoration sites.

We will also be holding a fundraising movie event at Shelton Cinemas on May 19 and 20, a special 9:30 AM showing of the movie The Avengers based on the Marvel comic book heroes. Tickets can be purchased by anyone (call our office to reserve yours!) and all proceeds will go to Beautification. And I mentioned, Small Business Week which is May 14-18. May 17 – the day of Business Expo & Bite of Shelton – is being named Small Business Day. Thank you to Jim Davenport of Top Hand LLC for his effort in making this proclamation take place. The list of businesses and restaurants participating in this annual event is exciting and promises an incredible experience for attendees. Be sure to join us to vote for Best Booth and the Golden Fork awards (after trying several savory bites for yourself )! With summer closely coming upon us, we’ve also begun planning for this year’s golf tournament.

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Newest Members! HomeStreet Bank 720 Lilly Rd SE, Ste 101 Olympia, WA 98512 The event will be held at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club again, on Friday, September 14. The committee is working hard to make this a fun, interactive event. Based on the planning I’ve seen, it’s sure to be a hit! Lastly, you likely saw our survey go out in the past few weeks asking for your feedback on the Chamber’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. We will use the data collected from this survey to charter the direction of our organization. Our business plan is coming together and will implement the goals outlined through your participation. As always, if you have any ideas, thoughts or plans you’d like to share with me on how to make Mason County a better place to live, work and play – I hope you’ll share them with me. I’m all ears.

www.homestreet.com Mortgage Banking Auto Interior Renew 271 E Spencer Gl Dr Shelton, WA 98584

autointeriorrenew@gmail.com www.autointeriorrenew.com Automotive & Boat Detailing Lake Cushman Golf Course 210 N Fairway Dr W Shelton, WA 98584

lakecushmangolf@yahoo.com www.lakecushmangolfcourse.com Golf Course Nancy’s & J.B.’s Clean & Neat Consultant Shelton, WA 98584

njellyson@gmail.com www.nancy-jb-clean-neat-consultant.com Janitorial Services Know someone else who should join the Chamber? Please call (360) 426-2021 or email heidi@sheltonchamber.org.

Heidi McCutcheon Executive Director

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Families delighted at the music and entertainment as well as Fair and Rodeo demonstations offered at the 2012 DragonFest event in April. This event celebrated the launch of the 2012 Fair season and the Year of the Dragon as well as Earth Day! For details of upcoming fairgrounds events including Fair and Rodeo, visit www.masoncountyfair.org

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Photo L-R: Mark Stevens;, Shelton Life Marketing; Drew MacEwen, Falcon Financial, Inc. and Chamber President; City of Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce; Port of Shelton Commissioner Dick Taylor; Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson; and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heidi McCutcheon.

State of the Community Each year, the Chamber provides a State of the Community address to hear about relevant, community issues from local elected officials. The Shelton Life (voted the 2011 Business of the Year by Chamber Members) hosted the April 19 event. This year’s speakers were Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson, Port of Shelton Commissioner Dick Taylor, and City of Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce. Following a welcome by Chamber President Drew MacEwen, each speaker spoke to their area of responsibility,

highlighting budget plans, programs of interest, and civic services. In addition to their presentation, each elected official was asked to answer questions prepared by the Governmental Affairs Committee and then from the event’s attendees.

Higher Wholesale Energy Costs & Renewable Energy Purchases Prompt Consideration of PUD 3 Electricity Rate Increase

  Mason County PUD No. 3 commissioners conducted a public hearing on proposed electricity rate increases. The financial impacts of looming renewable energy purchases and an increase in price for wholesale electricity supplies purchased from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) are among the main reasons PUD 3 is considering increases this year. The adoption of the 2012 budget in December anticipated a retail electricity rate increase, which includes a three percent change in the cost for energy consumption and a ten cent per day increase in the daily customer charge. The last increase in electrical rates was in 2009. Commissioners will consider adoption of new rates at their April 10 regular business meeting. The rate increase is driven by several issues: An average ten percent increase in the cost of wholesale purchases of electricity from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and a possible further boost in rates in coming years.

A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity would expect a billing of approximately $81.24 per month, an increase of $4.84 per month (not including applicable Washington State or city of Shelton utility taxes). The PUD is using $500,000 from reserves this year to reduce the impact on rates.

The loss of rate credits from the BPA due to past overcharges by the federal agency. The possible loss of a $1 million annual discount from the BPA for certain utilities with a large proportion of rural customers. This is due to an increase in PUD customers. A Washington State requirement to buy a certain percentage of its electricity supply from qualifying renewable energy sources. The condition under state law will have a three percent impact on the cost of wholesale electricity purchased by the PUD for its customers.

PUD 3 rates are generally in the middle of those utilities surveyed. The schedule and amount of rate increases being considered by the PUD include: 3% increase for energy consumption and a ten cent per day increase in the daily customer charge beginning with the May 1, 2012 meter readings.

Overall increased operating costs for the PUD.

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3% increase for energy consumption and a ten cent per day increase in the daily customer charge in 2013. 3% increase for energy consumption in 2014. For more information about these programs, contact the PUD’s customer service office. PUD 3 also has a wide range of rebates and incentives to help reduce electricity consumption. Services include a free energy audit to identify ways to save energy. The rate increases are a part of PUD 3’s five year financial plan to ensure safe and reliable energy for PUD customers at the lowest possible rates.


PENINSULA CREDIT UNION NAMES JIM MORRELL AS NEW PRESIDENT / CEO The Board of Directors of Peninsula Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of Jim Morrell as their new President / CEO. Mr. Morrell brings over 20 years of financial experience to Peninsula CU, including 17 years working in the credit union industry. His most recent position was that of Senior Vice-President, Support Services at iQ Credit Union in Vancouver, Washington where he has worked for the last 14 years. He will be replacing outgoing CEO, Steve Gorseth, who will be retiring in June of this year. Jim Morrell brings a strong background in finance. He holds a Master of Management Degree from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He has been recognized as “2010 Distinguished Credit Union Professional of the Year” by the Washington Credit Union League, and the “2008 Information Technology Executive

of the Year” by Credit Union Times. Jim has served on the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Future Leaders Task Force and the Washington Model CU Act Sub-Committee. Jim is a former participant of the Filene Research Institute’s i3 Group, a team that focuses on innovations for the credit union industry. He is past-Chairman and a member of the Credit Union National Association Technology Council, a leading voice of technology for the credit union indus-

with assets of $150 million and approximately 20,000 members in the West Puget Sound area. When asked about what the future holds for the Jim Morrell joins Peninsula CU credit union, Mr. Morrell said, “Along with the tremendous at an exciting time. In the past six years, Peninsula CU has seen staff at Peninsula CU, I look forward to the opportunities substantial growth, has opened two new branches and will soon to serve our members and the be broadening the access of their communities across the Olympic Peninsula as the financial membership with the addition advisors people look for in a of shared branching. Peninsula CU has been listening, serving, trusted financial institution.” and educating their members since 1935 and has five branches try. Other involvement includes the Client Advisory Council for Online Resources and Symitar’s Operations Council.

Hospital Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2012 American Business Women’s Award

Mason General Hospital Foundation is preparing a tribute to our community’s most outstanding business women, and is seeking nominations for its 15th annual American Business Women’s Award. The awards will be presented at a Luncheon held in their honor on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to the Campus renewal Project, the location will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Every year, MGH Foundation honors local business women who are or were successful in their occupations, work or have worked in Mason County, and are active and volunteer in their community.

and Lisa Woodard 2010 – Janene Pettyjohn Bandes, Pamela Hunter Schlauderaff, and Cheryl Stewart 2011 – Barbara Dunbar, Deb Nielson, and Gretchen Schodde.

Past honorees include:

If there is a special business woman you’d like to nominate for this year’s

1998 – Miriam Hall, Janet Thornbrue, and Patti Tupper 1999 – Nita Bariekman, Jean Lee, and Norma Taylor 2000 – Kay Gott, Colleen Hunter, and Doris Wilson, M.D. 2001 – Mary Helen Anderson, Beth Johnston, R.N., and Betty Wolfe 2002 – Carol Hunter, Rose Nye, and Cherrie Reitsch 2003 – Janis Byrd, Carolyn Olsen, and Gayle Weston 2004 – Patti Case, Betty Wing, and Catherine Ann Wolf 2005 – Angela Wake Olsen, Michelle Schnitzer Corral, and Renee Youngs 2006 – Xinh Dwelley, Irene Locke, and Virginia J. McCarty 2007 – Lynn Busacca,Vicki Gonzalez, and Lynn Harvey 2008 – Laurie Buhl, Pam Hanson,  and Billie Howard 2009 – Kristy Buck, Sharon Tibbits,

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award, print out an entry form at http://www. masongeneral.com/foundation.htm, or obtain one from the MGH & FC Development Office at Gateway Center, 2505 Olympic Highway North, Suite 460. Nomination forms must be completed and returned postmarked or received by Thursday, May 31. For information call (360) 427-3623 or (360) 275-8614.

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President’s Circle Platinum Members

Little Creek Casino Resort Selects Michael Starr as Chief Executive Officer Squaxin Island Tribe has named Michael Starr the new CEO of Little Creek Casino Resort, the tribe’s award-winning entertainment property in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle and Olympia.

With 30-plus years of experience in the gaming industry, Starr comes to Little Creek Casino Resort from Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Nevada, where he managed three hotel-casinos as executive vice president and general manager. “Michael’s experience, knowledge and successful performance guiding casino resorts to elite stature and quantifiable results appealed to tribal leadership and aligns well with our resort vision and objectives,” said Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman Dave Lopeman.

Gold Members

Community Financial Center Generation D Computers & Technology Heritage Bank KMAS 1030 AM Richard C. Downing, DDS West Coast Bank

Silver Members

Harmony Hill Retreat Center American Family Insurance, Berti S. Brodsky A Lighthouse on Hammersley Bed & Breakfast

Starr joins Little Creek Casino Resort during a dynamic time of significant growth. The tribally owned and operated resort – located 20 minutes from Olympia and 75 from Seattle – recently began construction on a fullservice spa and unveiled the Skookum Spirit Cigar Lounge last month. It also opened the new Salish Cliffs Golf Club in September, 2011, to bestnew-course acclaim from national golf magazines. “The Squaxin Island Tribe is committed to honoring Mother Earth and the respect and protection of all people,” said Starr. “Tribal members do this exceptionally well, which is evident

Don’t miss a bight of the Bite The annual Business Expo and Bite of Shelton will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 12 noon to 7 pm at The Pavilion at Sentry Park in Shelton. The Expo is a showcase of the fabulous, unique businesses in Mason County. In its twelfth year, this event will again include the traditional “Best Booth” and “Golden Fork” awards. Last year more than 65 businesses showcased their products and services. This fun-filled event also offers local restaurant specialties – available for a small fee – as well as prizes, drawings, and entertainment.

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in their commitment to excellence. Little Creek Casino guests find this dedication throughout the resort with our superb amenities, attention to detail, customer service and commitment to supreme hospitality. It’s an extreme honor to lead Little Creek during its journey as a premier resort destination.” Starr was previously Senior Vice President and COO of Fontainebleau Resorts-Las Vegas and Miami Beach, Florida. Before joining Fontainebleau, Michael was with the Mandalay Resort Group for 15 years, where he opened Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the 1980 graduate of University of Las Vegas Nevada played an instrumental role in the expansion and renovation of Circus Circus Las Vegas and Luxor Las Vegas. For more information on Little Creek Casino Resort please visit www.little-creek.com or call 1-800667-7711.


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MAY Events

Traveler Days 2012 Events:

May 4 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Business Builder Workshop Perfecting Your Elevator Speech

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 2 Margaritas Family Mexican Restaurant Sunday, May 5, all day

Grove Street Brewhouse 233 S First St, Shelton

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Hama Hama Oyster Rama At Hama Hama Seafood Saturday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Business After Hours

Our Community Credit Union Mt.View Branch 2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

Traveler Days - Artist Showcase Alderbrook Resort Saturday, May 12, 12:00-4:00 PM Lady Alderbrook Narrated Tour Alderbrook Dock, $20, 2:30-5:00 PM Local author and historian Mike Fredson leads this narrated cruise on Hood Canal. Photography Exhibition & Union Farmer’s Market McReavy House Community Center Saturday, May 12, 2:00-6:00 PM Photography Exhibition by Ed Binder. Union City Jazz Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub with Anna’s Bay Center for Music Saturday, May 12, 7:00-10:00 PM.

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Mother’s Day Activities Sunday, May 13

12:00 - 7:00 PM

Business Expo & Bite of Shelton

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at Lucky Dog Casino $5 Lucky Bucks for women 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brunch at Alderbrook Resort Restaurant 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brunch at Robin Hood Restaurant 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brunch at Lucky Dog Casino 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brunch at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club

Promotional Booth for Joe Deer Oyster Beds Jan Parker, museum staff

The Pavilion at Sentry Park 190 W Sentry Dr, Shelton

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An early “Bite of Shelton!” The date and location of this promotional booth for Joe Deer’s oysters is unknown. (Since the photographer was from Seattle, the booth might have been at the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition.) Joseph Deer came to Mason County around 1893, bought oyster lands in Oakland Bay, and began raising and cultivating the native Olympia Oyster. Joe built the first cement oyster dykes in Oakland Bay, had an oyster opening house at Shelton Point, and owned a tugboat, the “Whitecap,” to haul his oysters to the markets, most likely Olympia, and perhaps as far as Tacoma and Seattle. To see this picture and thousands more in the Mason County Historical Museum’s collection please visit us on the corner of Fifth and Railroad Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, or Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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Live, Work AND PLAY Traveler Days (www.visitunion.com) is underway! Fun activities show off the local flair associated with this spring figure. Want to help make Mason County a more beautiful place to live? The annual fundraising campaign for the 75 summer flower baskets and 65 Christmas decoration sites, has started. For more information about beautification efforts visit our website or call the office. Mother’s Day, a celebration of motherhood, maternal bonds, and women’s influence on the way we live each day, is May 13.

Remember all those who served in the United States Armed Forces, protecting the way we live. Memorial Day is May 28. May 14-18 is Small Business Week! Check out all of the fabulous businesses who work in Mason County at the 12th Annual Business Expo & Bite of Shelton – on Small Business Day, May 17. And, while you’re there, vote for the Best Booth and Golden Fork awards. See people work their vocabulary skills to raise money for Sound Learning (formerly Mason County Literacy). Spell-ebration is coming up on May 11.

The Pomegranate Center Visits Mason County

Shelton High School Senior Awards Night, on May 17, is a chance to honor the class of 2012 for their hard work and dedication. Congrats! May is national Physical Fitness & Sports month! Find ways to play that promote a healthier, more productive lifestyle. Listen to folks play at Bluegrass from the Forest, hosted by Kristmas Town Kiwanis as a fundraiser for community projects. Concerts will be held May 18, 19 & 20. Shrimping season opens May 5. If you like to play in the deep, clear Hood Canal waters, visit www.wdfw.wa.gov/shrimp for season details.

On April 24 the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host a community meeting lead by the Pomegranate Center. Pomegranate Center is a non profit from Issaquah that has been working in community development for the last 20 years. Two speakers from the Pomegranate Center, Milenko Matanovic and Bree Dillion, came at the invitation of Kathryn Kamin and the Chamber to help begin a dialog developing fresh ideas for bring our community together. The process begins with everyone sharing Following Pomegranate Center’s preMatanovic presented a PowerPoint showtheir concerns and dreams and suggesting sentation, about twenty people stayed to casing some of their recent projects. One begin sharing their visions for Mason example is the Walla Walla “Commitment possible projects or goals. As people are County. to Community” which replaced three meth narrowing down opportunities to choose a project, the question Matanovic sugtrailers with a community-designed open gests to ask is, “If you cannot vote your This process will continue at the next air pavilion park. Planning and fundraisown idea, which idea would you choose?” meeting at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 15 at ing took approximately six months. The Typically, a consensus will emerge to help the Mason County Fairgrounds Grange Pavilion was built in one intensive week the group set a goal for the first project. Hall, Building #13. utilizing 1500 volunteer hours. Matanovic encouraged the community to choose a project that has “multiple winWe are hoping for a large turnout and an The Pomegranate Center asks pointed ners” bringing toward a number of target evening of vision sharing. Refreshments questions that lead to a strong outcome. groups and goals. will be served and there is plenty of room What are the long term goals we want to for children to play. make for our community? What can we Matanovic closed by saying that the do to make a start? Matanovic says, “we results and rewards for a successful project We encourage everyone to attend and to bring the community together to build a include a new gathering place, increased invite others to continue this community project. If we are lucky, good things will sense of ownership, new traditions, dialog. We hope to see you there! happen,” as the project sparks other ideas, increased trust and civility among groups excitement and a stronger sense of comworking together, and joy. Attendees at munity. the meeting were very encouraged by the positive conversations and opportunities presented. May 2012 Shelton Mason County Chamber

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Congratulations! On March 29, 2012 the Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate new business and Member Joonbug Yoga. The tidily appointed studio is a relaxing space located on the second floor in the 1912 building. New owner Michelle Pugh offers yoga classes (for various skill and fitness levels), wellness products, and private lessons. For more information, visit www.joonbugyoga. com or see their page on Facebook.

Weaving a strong business foundation for the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Future

IMAGE: L-R: Heidi McCutcheon, Chamber Executive Director; Allison Wagner, Falcon Financial, Inc.; Doras Cronce and Mayor Gary Cronce; staff; Michelle Pugh, Owner Joonbug Yoga; Susanna Samuelson, Our Community Credit Union)

Recreational spot shrimp fishery opens May 5 in Puget Sound Sport fishing for spot shrimp opens May 5 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Shrimp fishing opportunities in various areas of Puget Sound will be similar to last year, although there is one change this season that was made to avoid an extreme minus tide, said Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW. Spot shrimp seasons for Puget Sound area: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5, 11, 12,16. Discovery Bay (Marine Area 6): Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5, 11, 12 and 16. Marine areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 and 13 (excluding shrimp districts): Open daily beginning May 5 at 7 a.m. The spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31. Marine Area 7: May 5, 7 a.m. and May 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Marine areas 8, 9, 10 and 11: Open May 5 and May 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unlike previous years, the shrimp fishery will not reopen on the following Wednesday after the May 5 opener. Instead, the fishery will reopen in most areas on Friday, May 11. “With such an extreme low tide on that Wednesday (May 9) it only made sense to shift the second day of fishing to Friday,” O’Toole said. “We don’t want to leave shrimpers stranded 100 feet from the boat ramp on a low afternoon tide.” In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2012-13 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

Additional dates and times will be announced for these areas if sufficient quota remains. For a description of the marine areas and fishing rules, including regulations for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing seasons, see WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

O’Toole said he expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers, especially on opening day. “Because this is such a popular fishery, boat ramps can get pretty crowded,” he said. “As always, we ask that people be patient at the ramps and wait their turn.”

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MAY Chamber and County Events May 1 Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting 7:30 AM Roosters Restaurant 3001 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton Chamber Ambassadors Committee Meeting 12:00 - 1:00 PM Roosters Restaurant 3001 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton Turf Infields Opening & Dedication 5:00 PM MCRA Park E 2100 Johns Prairie Rd, Shelton May 2 Union Tourism Association Meeting 12:00 – 1:00 PM Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club 330 E Country Club Dr, Union May 4 Business Builder Workshop 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Grove Street Brewhouse 233 S First St, Shelton May 5 Matlock Old Timer’s Fair 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mary M. Knight School 2987 W Matlock-Brady Rd, Elma

May 11 Spell-e-bration 6:00 PM Shelton Civic Center 525 W Cota St, Shelton

SHS Senior Awards Night 7:00 - 9:00 PM SHS Auditorium 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton

May 11-12 Master Gardeners Plant Sale & Garden Show 9:00-4:00, each day Kneeland Park 100 Turner Ave, Shelton

May 18-20 Bluegrass from the Forest SHS Performing Arts Center 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton

Hama Hama Oyster Rama 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Hama Hama Farm 35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup Chris Jacome Flamenco Ensemble in Concert 7:00 - 9:00 PM SHS Performing Arts Center 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton May 6 Matlock Old Timer’s Fair 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mary M. Knight School 2987 W Matlock-Brady Rd, Elma May 9 Chamber Marketing Committee Meeting 8:00 AM Chamber Office 215 W Railroad Avenue, Shelton Lunch Leads Group 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Steven’s On Railroad 203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton Business After Hours 5:30 - 7:30 PM Our Community Credit Union 2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

May 13 Mother’s Day May 14 Chamber Member Services Committee Meeting 12:00 - 1:00 PM State Farm Insurance 821 W Railroad Ave, Shelton May 15 Building our Community – Open Forum 6:00 PM Grange Hall, Mason County Fairgrounds 751 W Fairgrounds Rd, Shelton May 17 SAVER Committee Meeting 7:00 AM Roosters Restaurant 3001 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

May 10 Chamber Finance Committee Business Expo & Bite of Shelton Meeting 12:00 - 7:00 PM 7:30 AM The Pavilion at Sentry Park Chamber Office 190 W Sentry Dr, Shelton 215 W Railroad Avenue, Shelton

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May 19 Southside School Community Festival and Auction 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Southside School 161 Collier Rd, Shelton May 23 Lunch Leads Group 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Steven’s On Railroad 203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton May 25 Chamber Board Meeting 7:30 AM Chamber Office 215 W Railroad Ave, Shelton May 28 Memorial Day May 31-June 3 Forest Festival Shelton, Washington


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