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  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    John Steinbeck's ties to Hood Canal topic of historian's talk Historian/author Michael Kenneth Hemp will talk about "Western Flyer's Departure and Connections to the Hood Canal" at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, 330 E. Country Club East, Union. Hemp is investigating the Hood Canal connections to ecologist Ed Ricketts, author John Steinbeck ("Grapes of Wrath," "East of Eden") and the ship The Western Flyer. The Gig Harbor resident is a member of the Mason County...

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    Meeting Oct. 18 on Theler wetlands trail projects A public information meeting on the planned restoration and improvements to the Mary E. Theler Wetlands trail in Belfair will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Belfair branch of the Timberland Library, 23081 NE state Route 3. Email www.pnwsalmoncenter.org to RSVP. On Sept. 26, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group Project Manager Andy Hokit and state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees talked about the goals and benefits of the...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 28, 2023

    Quixote Village fundraiser event The second annual Quixote Communities’ Tiny Homes Big Future Celebration fundraiser is hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. Quixote Communities has three villages for homeless people, including one devoted to local veterans that recently opened in Shelton. At the event, the nonprofit will thank its 2023 Partners of the Year: Mason County VFW Post 1694, Mason County VFW Post 1694 Auxiliary and the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center. April Pooler and Garrett Ratfield...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 14, 2023

    Quixote Village fundraiser event in Shelton Sept. 30 The second annual Quixote Communities’ Tiny Homes Big Future Celebration fundraiser is hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. Quixote Communities has three villages for homeless people, including one devoted to local veterans that recently opened in Shelton. At the event, the nonprofit will thank its 2023 Partners of the Year: Mason County VFW Post 1694, Mason County VFW Post 1694 Auxiliary and the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center. April Pooler...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 7, 2023

    Sept. 25 is the deadline to challenge property values The Mason County Assessor's Office states notices of values for property owners were mailed on Aug. 23, and the last day to file an appeal if an owner disagrees with the new value is Sept. 25. The new values are based on sales of similar properties prior to Jan. 1, 2023. All sales occurring in 2023 will not be used to set assessed values until next year. Sales and statistical data are available at www.masoncountywa.gov/assessor/sales-data.php...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 31, 2023

    Free writing workshop on 'Illness and Expression' Sarah Roth, the current writer-in-residence with the local Hypatia-in-the-Woods, presents a free workshop on life writing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Shelton Timberland Library. Roth is a writer and doctoral candidate in anthropology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. She recently completed training as a genetic counselor and is working on an ethnographic project exploring women's narratives of cancer care. Her writing workshop is...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 24, 2023

    Free writing workshop on 'Illness and Expression' Sarah Roth, the current writer-in-residence with the local Hypatia-in-the-Woods, presents a free workshop on life writing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Shelton Timberland Regional Library. Roth is a writer and doctoral candidate in anthropology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. She recently completed training as a genetic counselor and is working on an ethnographic project exploring women's narratives of cancer care. Her writing works...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 24, 2023

    Kids at Hope speaker Thursday at Shelton High Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope and a professor at Arizona State University, talks about the power of Hope as a youth and community development strategy from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road. Everyone is welcome. According to Southside Superintendent Paul Wieneke, the seven local school districts wrote and received a competitive grant from the state to install Hope Frameworks. According to the organization, “Hope Square...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    Maryland lauds Kimball Tyler Kimball of Belfair earned a spot on the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maryland Global Campus. To be eligible, a student must complete at least six credits during the term and earn a GPA of 3.5 for the term while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 of better at the school. Mehelich exceling at Austin Peay State Brittany Mehelich of Belfair earned a spot on the dean’s list for the summer semester at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. To qualify, a student must earn...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    Low Vision Support Group starting at Pavilion The Mason County Senior Activities Association and the Lions Knights of the Blind Committee is starting a Low Vision Support Group at 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday each month at the Pavilion at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The inaugural meeting is on Tuesday. Learn how to deal with vision loss through technology and practical experience by peers. You don't have to be a member of the MCSAA to participate. For more information, call 360-520-6802....

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 10, 2023

    Peace Valley Barefoot Festival this weekend Live performances by more than 20 bands and solo musicians, laser and pyro shows, a circus tent and an 80-foot illuminated sphere are among the happenings at the Peace Valley Barefoot Festival, hosted Friday through Sunday at Peace Valley Farmgrounds between Shelton and Matlock. The festival at 2620 W. Little Egypt Road is staged by the nonprofit Sweitzer Strong Foundation, which support and educate people who are affected by traumatic brain injury. The organization’s major goal is to build The...

  • NORTH MASON BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 10, 2023

    Hood Canal Summerfest Saturday at Belfair State Park The North Mason Rotary Club hosts Hood Canal Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Belfair State Park. The event includes a car show, firefighters’ breakfast, live music, food and art vendors, and a beer and wine garden. Pride and Diversity event Sunday in Belfair The Mason County Democratic Party presents the Belfair Pride and Diversity Celebration with a walking and driving parade through Belfair from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Participants are invited to gather at 11:30 a.m. at two l...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 3, 2023

    Overdose awareness events scheduled The seventh annual Mason County Overdose Awareness Walk and Resource Fair is hosted Aug. 31 at the Timberland Regional Library in Belfair, and Sept. 1 at Kneeland Park in Shelton. Everyone is welcome. The events honor the lives lost to overdoses and provide hope to those still struggling. At the Belfair event at 23081 NE state Route 3, the Resource Fair begins at 3 p.m., the gathering for the walk begins at 5:45 p.m., and the walk begins at 6:05 p.m. The same...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 3, 2023

    Four scholarships awarded to Mason County women Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter B of Shelton awarded four $1,000 Mary M. Knight Achievement Award scholarships to Mason County women. Breeana Ross and Linda Bonney will pursue their certification in medical assisting at Olympic College. Kenzie Smith will pursue her X-ray certification at Pima Medical Institute. Tamra Ingwaldson will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business at Western Governors University. The scholarship awards honor Mary M. Knight, a Mason County pioneer educator...

  • NORTH MASON BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 3, 2023

    March or drive at Pride and Diversity Celebration The Mason County Democratic Party presents the Belfair Pride and Diversity Celebration with a walking and driving parade through Belfair from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 13. Participants are invited to gather at 11:30 a.m. at two locations. The drivers will meet at the Belfair Post Office and drive to the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center barn. The walkers will gather at Key Bank to march to the barn. Attendees can vote on the best decorated vehicle, the best drag outfit, and the best drag performance,...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 27, 2023

    Pancakes in the Park Sunday at Kneeland supports youths The Shelton Kiwanis Club hosts its 72nd annual Pancakes in the Park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Kneeland Park in Shelton. For $7, you'll get pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Proceeds support local youth programs. The event includes free books and live music. Create botanical print at library workshop Textile artist April Sproule offers a talk and a hands-on botanical printing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Shelton...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 20, 2023

    Register for Love INC fundraising golf tournament Golf team registration forms are available for the 12th annual Love INC Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop, which is hosted Monday at the Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union. Tickets are also available for the cash-winning golf ball drop staged in conjunction with the golf tournament. The charity event is the primary source of financial support for Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) Mason County and its 25 partner churches. The...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 13, 2023

    Harstine speaker on 'Roaring '20s' Sunday William Woodward, a professor of U.S. and Pacific Northwest history at Seattle Pacific University, will talk about "Will the 2020's Roar Like the 1920s?" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Hall. The free presentation is part of the Harstine Island Community Club's partnership with the Humanities Washington's Speaker's Bureau for the Inquiring Minds series. The annual series has been presented in the winter. This is the first program...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 6, 2023

    Kneeland park music series starts tonight The local band The Varmints kick off the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club's annual Music in the Park series with a performance from 7 to 8:30 tonight in Kneeland Park in Shelton. The free, family-friendly concerts continue at the same time Tuesday evenings with Big Love Band on July 13, The Lady Drinks Whiskey on July 20, Hurts Like Hell on July 27, Hilary Scott on Aug. 3 and Pop Up Choir on Aug. 10. Bluegrass from the Forest this weekend The Kristmas Town...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 6, 2023

    Learn video game creation at Olympic College Shelton Olympic College Shelton is offering two Continuing Education classes on computer skills. A crash course in video game development is from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 and 13. The course gives students an introduction to Unity3d, a powerful and popular video game creation engine. No programming experience is needed. Intro to data science is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22. Learn the basics in the fields of data science, data analytics and data engineering to better understand how machine learning is...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 29, 2023

    The Savannah Sipping Society Sharing drinks are, from left, are Marlafaye (Shelley Starrett), Dot (Sheryl Fellman), Jinx (Liz Brunner) and Randa (Amy Byykkonen) in the Harstine Island Theatre Club's presentation of the comedy "The Savannah Sipping Society" staged at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine island Road N. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door, and at Olympic Bakery, Jarrell's Cove Marina and Williams Flowers. Bake...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 29, 2023

    Shelton High grad is teacher of the year Holly Johnson, a 1998 graduate of Shelton High School, was named by Capital Region Educational Service District 113 as the 2024 Regional Teacher of the Year. Johnson is a special education teacher in the Tenino School District. She is now a finalist for the Washington State Teacher of the Year. The state's Office of Public Instruction will announce that winner in the fall. In a news release, EDS 113 wrote "As an educator of children with disabilities, Joh...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Scholarships for women returning to college Shelton's Chapter B of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) is offering three $1,000 scholarships to women who have returned to college to continue or finish their education. The Mary M. Knight Achievement Award honors the Mason County pioneer educator who was a member of Chapter B. The award has supported women's education in Mason County since 1936. To qualify, a student must have graduated from high school or earned a GED; be a Mason...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Shelton team seeking donations for Relay for Life Shelton is not hosting an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser this year, but a group of people from Shelton will participate Saturday at the North Thurston High School track at the Thurston County Relay for Life. Debbie Hill is the captain of the team Shelton Buddy Battalion. At the event, the team will host a silent auction with gift certificates and items donated by Builders FirstSource, Cut Rate Auto, Shelton Veterinarian Hospital, Les Schwab, Shelton Athletic Club, Annie’s...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    Shelton grad excels at eastern university Emmett Anderson of Shelton earned a spot on the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lasell University in Newton, Massachussets. To be eligible, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better while completing at least 12 credits as a full-time student that semester. Harstine students get scholarships The Harstine Island Women’s Club and the Judy and Charles Chase Scholarship Fund Management Committee awarded five scholarships to full-time Harstine Island residents who are starting their post...

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