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  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 15, 2024

    Mutoli awarded scholarship from PLU Shelton High School student Kaylin Mutoli received a President’s Scholar scholarship of $34,000 per year to attend Pacific Lutheran University. The university announced Mutoli was part of a pool of more than 500 students, of which 133 President’s Scholars were selected. The university states the students awarded the scholarship “displayed exemplary qualities in leadership, service and academics, while also displaying a potential to enrich our campus community in the classroom and beyond.” This...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 15, 2024

    Northwest rock talk at Harstine lecture The Harstine Island Community Club and Humanities Washington's Inquiring Minds series continues with Peter Blecha and "Stomp and Shout: The Untold Story of Northwest Rock & Roll" at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N. Blecha, the director of the Northwest Music Archives and an author, talks about the musicians who laid the foundation of the regional music scene before grunge, including Ray Charles,...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 8, 2024

    ‘Shelton Stories’ Saturday at library Shelton Timberland Library hosts “Shelton Stories,” billed as “a day of events celebrating community,” on Saturday at the library at 710 West Alder St. The “Women Leaders of Mason County” exhibit is open all day on the main floor. Also on the main floor, coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9:30 a.m., the “Faces of Shelton: A Living Gallery” opens at 10:15 a.m., and readings from “Mason County Remembers” will be presented at 11 a.m. Downstairs, arts and crafts tables are set up...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 8, 2024

    Apply for Shelton Police Citizens Academy The Shelton Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizens Academy, an eight-week program highlighting the department’s community-oriented policing mission, partnerships with local agencies and a judicial overview. Starting Feb. 15, classes will be hosted in person from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the Shelton Civic Center. The Citizens Academy will have a maximum of 30 people. City of Shelton residents and business owners will be given priority, followed by Mason County residents. The goal...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 1, 2024

    Soup & Song benefit helps families in need The Shelton-based nonprofit Love INC hosts its annual Soup & Song benefit concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 E. Shelton Springs Road, Shelton. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Love INC office at 109 Second St., downtown Shelton, or by calling the office at 360-462-5683. Gabe Sartori and his family will perform worship music. Local harpists Emily Hageman and her daughter Ellen will also perform. The event includes seven homemade soups, a live auction of dozens of...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 25, 2024

    Flagging, computer courses at OC Shelton Olympic College Shelton is offering a course on understanding your personal technology from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 6-29, and a course on flagging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8. For information, call 360-432-5400 or go to www.olympic.edu/academics/continuing-education. Dental exams offered at Shelton schools The Shelton School District has joined with Big Smiles to offer dental care at schools. Dental exams can be scheduled by filling out and returning paper forms sent home by...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 18, 2024

    Portillo is Shelton's Officer of the Year Gary Portillo, who Tuesday night evening was sworn in as a corporal for the Shelton Police Department, is the department's Officer of the Year. Portillo received the award at the Shelton City Council meeting. Portillo is an 11-year law enforcement veteran who was hired by the Shelton Police Department in 2021. Before coming to Shelton, he was a law enforcement officer for the Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Clark County School District. With...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 11, 2024

    10-year anniversary event scheduled for Quixote Village Quixote Village, which recently opened its Shelton Veterans Village, hosts a 10th anniversary celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at its Thurston County village at 3350 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. The event includes light refreshments and a tour of the community. To attend, RSVP [email protected] by Jan. 15. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Quixote Village is a tiny home village that provides supportive services...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 4, 2024

    More money for Safe Routes to School The Shelton City Council on Tuesday evening gave preliminary approval to adding almost $20,000 to a design contract for sign improvements on the streets outside Evergreen Elementary School and Shelton High School. The council can make the move official with a second vote at its Jan. 16 meeting. The council is working to help students at Shelton High School and Evergreen Elementary School with three projects through a state program called Safe Routes to...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 4, 2024

    Treats at Civic Center to honor police Members of the Shelton Centennial Lions Club will hand out treats, homemade and from a local bakery, at 9 a.m. Friday at the front door of the Shelton Civic Center to say thank you to the Shelton Police Department. Actors wanted for mystery dinner Connection Street Theatre hosts auditions for “A Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner” at 5 p.m. today in the fellowship hall at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St., Shelton. Performers ages 16 and older can audition for 10 to 12 roles: three male,...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    City's K9 will receive protective vest Valor, the Shelton Police Department's K9, will receive a bullet-and stab-protective vest courtesy of a donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s. In a news release, the city states the protective vest will be delivered in eight to 10 weeks. It will be embroidered with the words "In memory of K9 Hobbs, Des Moines, IA - EOW 12/12/23." Established in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s provides the protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    Comic holiday show this weekend Connection Street Theatre stages the popular holiday play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shelton. Tickets are $5 at the door. The doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Holiday events hosted countywide The HUB Center for Seniors hosts Pancakes with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Hoodsport Holiday Festival is from noon to 2:10 p.m. Saturday at 24341 U.S. Highway 101 in...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 7, 2023

    City’s Parks and Recreation Citizen Board opening The City of Shelton seeks a new member for its Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board. The group provides the Shelton City Council with feedback on parks and recreation planning. The committee meets monthly to assist the city in delivering parks and recreation programs to residents and visitors. Applicants must live in Mason County. The committee has one vacancy. To apply, submit a letter of interest to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jordanne Krumpols at [email protected]...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 7, 2023

    Holiday events hosted countywide Burger Claim and More hosts photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5 to 8 p.m. today at 24171 NE state Route 3 in Belfair. Candy canes and hot chocolate will be served. Local artists will also offer their goods for sale, including Sheds and Slabs Handcrafted Woodworks, Heather Reese Photography, Knotty Pine Apothecary, and Twilight Minerals Crystals & More. The second annual Christmas Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Oakland Bay Junior...

  • NORTH MASON BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    All State Honor Band includes four Bulldogs Four North Mason High School band students have been accepted into the 2024 Washington Music Educators All State Honor Band program in February. The students are Jack Buckingham, percussion; Raymond Felton, bass clarinet; Carl Lewis Jr., trombone; and Haleigh Scott, bass. The students sent in their audition recordings in October, along with hundreds of other high school students throughout the state. The four students will travel to Yakima in February to work with college professors and fellow band st...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    August car show in downtown Shelton drew 151 entrants Despite being rescheduled and staged on short notice, the Cruisin' Through Time car show Aug. 27 in downtown Shelton drew 151 entrants. That's the word from Mason County Historical Museum Executive Director Liz Arbaugh, who gave a report on the event Nov. 7 at the Shelton City Council's regular meeting. Her organization and the Shelton Downtown Merchants Association co-sponsored the event on West Railroad Avenue. "Amy Cooper really...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    Ex-Evergreen Elementary teacher reads from her novel Jenn Chapman, a teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton from 1999 to 2017, reads from her newly released novel, "Dying for a Second Chance" at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder St. Chapman grew up in Blaine and earned a degree in education at Western Washington University. Her teaching career included several years with Indigenous populations in Washington, North Dakota and Guatemala. In a news...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 9, 2023

    Mason General Foundation fundraiser set for Nov. 17 The Mason General Hospital Foundation hosts its Business Luncheon and Confections Auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Ridge Motorsports Park at 1060 West Eels Hill Road, Shelton. Tickets are $60, or $525 for a table of 10. The doors open at 11 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. by local chefs Tom Beben and Monica Carvajal-Beben, followed by an auction of desserts from noon to 1 p.m. The money raised will fund a...

  • NORTH MASON BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 9, 2023

    Free Thanksgiving dinners at The HUB The HUB Center for Seniors in Belfair will serve free Thanksgiving dinners at noon Nov. 22 at the center at 111 N.E. Old Belfair Highway. The event begins at 10 a.m. with live music and other entertainment. Donations will be accepted. The center is also seeking donations of turkeys to cook for the event. Fundraiser for HUB at Casey's Monday Casey's Bar & Grille in Belfair hosts a fundraiser for the HUB Center for Seniors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 2, 2023

    Shelton School Board honored by state For the sixth consecutive year, the Shelton School Board received the award as a Board of Distinction from the Washington State School Directors’ Association. The recognition celebrates school boards across the state that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to student success. In this year’s program, 34 school boards, including several first-time applicants, received the honor. The 34 school boards range from districts with a couple hundred students to more than 30,000. “Each...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 2, 2023

    Poets read works about salmon Poets whose work is included in the anthology “I Sing the Salmon Home,” edited by former Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest, will read at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shelton Timberland Library. Indianola resident Holly Hughes, co-owner of Empty Bowls Press and publisher of “I Sing the Salmon Home,” will emcee the reading. Hughes also writes poems about fish. The readers will also include Katy E. Ellis of Vashon Island, Cynthia Pratt of Lacey, Shelly Kirk-Rudeen of Olympia and Jeanette Barreca, reading the work...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 26, 2023

    Tourism grants get preliminary approval The Shelton City Council on Oct. 17 gave preliminary approval to granting $97,247 in tourism fund grants to seven organizations that draw visitors to the area. The council can make the grants official with a final vote at its Nov. 7 meeting. The money comes from the collection of lodging taxes from the hotels and motels in the City of Shelton. The grants were recommended by the city's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. If approved, Kristmas Town Kiwanis will...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 26, 2023

    Sound Learning’s annual community meeting tonight Sound Learning hosts its annual community meeting from 6 to 8 tonight at a meeting room at Mason PUD 3’s headquarters on Johns Prairie Road. Everyone is invited. Light refreshments will be served. The event includes information about the group’s programs, student stories, meeting volunteers and the presentation of awards. Poets read works about salmon at library Poets whose works are included in the anthology “I Sing the Salmon Home,” edited by Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest,...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 12, 2023

    Shelton School District seeks Instructional Materials Committee members The Shelton School District is looking for parents and guardians, staff and residents to be on its new Instructional Materials Committee. The IMC monitors the evaluation and recommendation of instructional materials for adoption by the Shelton School Board. The IMC’s role is to review the recommendations of adoption committees and educational staff and ensure that recommended materials conform to applicable state and federal laws; goals and/or learning standards of the...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 12, 2023

    Holiday bazaar Nov. 4 in Allyn St. Hugh Episcopal Church hosts its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at 280 E. Wheelwright in Allyn. The offerings include colorful driftwood, seashell art, seasonal arrangements, soup mixes, handmade items and baked goods. The silent auction items include a Trader Joe’s Italian dinner basket, a Seattle Seahawks basket and a karaoke machine. Coffee, cider and freshly baked scones are available. Last year’s proceeds from the sale, and the church’s July patio and bake sale, generated more...

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