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Port of Hoodsport approves 2023 budget

The Port of Hoodsport’s budget hearing last week saw its port commissioners unanimously approve all three budget-related measures, which included a $40,000 transfer of money to the port’s parks and a $5,000-per-year increase in the annual...

 

'Wakanda Forever' honors Boseman

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a film tasked with multiple missions. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expect it not only to pay tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in...

 

Port of Allyn preps 2023 budget for hearing

Port of Allyn commissioners’ discussion of its 2023 draft budget on Nov. 7 concluded with commissioners scheduling a public hearing later this month to finalize and approve the budget.Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said the budget’s only...

 

New 'Quantum Leap' honors predecessor

The original "Quantum Leap," which ran for five seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993 on NBC, is one of the most well-built shows in the history of television. It used its sci-fi premise of Dr....

 

Photographer's work returns to Belfair Self-Storage

Four months after photographer Teresa "Tree" Smith's work first appeared on Barbara Treick's art wall at Belfair Self-Storage, Smith has returned. Smith said the months between her two showings have...

 

'Cabinet of Curiosities,' 'Devil's Hour' perfect Halloween

We're closing out this year's spooky season with two engagingly suspenseful streaming series that premiered during the final full week of October 2022. "Cabinet of Curiosities" on Netflix Part of what...

 

Commissioner appointed to Clean Water Committee

Art Whitson, District 1 commissioner for the Port of Grapeview, was appointed Oct. 25 by Mason County commissioners to fill an open slot on the Mason County Clean Water Advisory Committee. The committee’s purpose is to implement laws designed to...

 

Port of Allyn raises electricity rates to keep pace with PUD

The Port of Allyn Commission had a public hearing during its special meeting Oct. 24 about its proposed plans to not significantly revise its district boundaries this year. “I’m good with not moving things around, because water is going to find...

 

Hoodsport mulls grand reopening of parks in spring

Port of Hoodsport commissioners devoted much of their Oct. 12 meeting to an update on the progress of tree and debris clearing at the port’s park spaces. Port Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt reported revenue of more than $10,000 from the more...

 

'Black Adam,' 'Midnight Club' hit their targets

"Black Adam" is a dark and explicitly political film with unlikely origins, since the ancient Teth-Adam began as an antagonist to magically empowered child hero Billy Batson in the relatively sunny...

 

North Mason schools plan for growth

North Mason Superintendent Dana Rosenbach presented a draft of the capital facilities plan that she and Facilities Director Joan Moore have been working on at the school board's Oct. 20. Rosenbach...

 

Port of Grapeview reviews proposed budget cuts

Before scheduling a public hearing for their next regular meeting Nov. 15, Port of Grapeview commissioners and the port manager last week reviewed proposed budget cuts they’d addressed at an earlier meeting. Port Manager Amanda Montgomery said the...

 

Four movies, ranging from horror to fantasy

Two Halloween-appropriate horror films, and two first-season finales of streaming shows: Halloween Ends Watching "Halloween Ends" made me feel like the 2005 viral meme of Tyra Banks (herself a victim...

 

Port of Allyn stages groundbreaking for well

Port of Allyn’s Board of commissioners will have a special public meeting at their administrative office Oct. 24 to discuss commissioner district boundaries and a couple of other items that Port of Allyn Operations Manager LeAnn Dennis added to...

 

Four spooky films to get you into a Halloween spirit

This past week on streaming offered a quartet of spooky and suspenseful films to get folks into the Halloween spirit. Mr. Harrigan's Phone "Mr. Harrigan's Phone," released Oct. 5 on Netflix, has the...

 

HUB needs fashion designs by Halloween

The HUB (Hospitality, Unity, Belonging) Center for Seniors is reviving its runway show next year. Beth Gizzi, executive director of the HUB, said the center has had a fashion show “on and off” since 2007, but COVID prompted an extended break....

 

Port of Grapeview considers levy to buoy finances

While commissioners for the Port of Grapeview repeatedly noted they’ve made no final decisions regarding next year’s budgets for the port, the three commissioners acknowledged several areas of overall agreement at their Oct. 6 budget workshop....

 

Port of Allyn plans public hearings for budget

The Port of Allyn has a busy month ahead. Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola warned at the port’s Oct. 3 meeting that while revenues are performing as expected “for this time of year, and in this economy,” the port’s expenses have...

 

'Blonde' misuses acting; 'Hocus 2' recaptures original

Bewitching ladies in blasts from the past dominated this past week's streaming releases, targeted toward different ages of audiences, and to wildly varying degrees of success. Blonde Christopher Lee...

 

Sharon Taylor's paintings evoke joy, memories

Belfair Self-Storage's artist of the month for October is visual artist Sharon Taylor, for whom business manager Barbara Treick will display a sampling of her pieces this coming month on the...

 

North Mason schools approve counseling plan

During the North Mason School Board’s Sept. 15 meeting, high school counselor Rebecca Roberts spoke about the work being done for the Comprehensive School Counseling Plan before Board Director Laura Boad moved to approve the plan as presented. Acco...

 

Binge-viewing the Port Townsend Film Festival

I attended the Port Townsend Film Festival from 2016 to 2019, and wrote reviews of its films that were published in The Port Townsend Leader from 2017-19. After 2 years of COVID-prompted...

 

Hoodsport continues to clear woody debris from parks

The Port of Hoodsport has readjusted its timeline to remove debris and dead and decaying trees from its parks. During the port’s Sept. 7 meeting, port commissioner Terry Brazil said Forest McCullough of Northwest Land & Tree had “really been...

 

'Woman King' showcases impressive historic figures

From the first impeccably staged fight scene of "The Woman King," it's impossible not to hear its implicit sales pitch in your head: Hey, kids, do you like the Dora Milaje of Wakanda, from the Marvel...

 

Port of Allyn updates its marina rules

Port of Allyn’s commissioners adopted long-overdue updates to the port’s marina rules, but deferred any action on redistricting until they could consult with Mason County officials. Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola reminded port...

 

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