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 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 30, 2022 

Dog park approved near Lake Cushman

After three years of searching for a suitable location for a dog park, members of the nonprofit organization “Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park” have found a home. Bill Long, secretary of the organization, pursued options that included a proposed...

 

'Stranger Things' season 4 still has plenty to say

After four seasons on Netflix, and six years at the forefront of pop culture consciousness, I'm suddenly hearing a lot of people ask what "Stranger Things" is all about, even though its focus has...

 

Skyline Drive-In screens Evergreen student films

Anyone who swings by the Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelton tonight (June 9) can catch a two-hour-long screening of 22 short student films from The Evergreen State College Mediaworks department, all for free. Gates to the theater open for “Stars...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 9, 2022

North Mason commemorates passings, service

North Mason School Board members marked the deaths of two people before recognizing the civil service of two others during their May 19 meeting. District 4 Director John Campbell moved to amend the meeting’s agenda to discuss sending the board’s...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 9, 2022

Youngberg named North Mason schools' WIAA representative

Erik Youngberg, the new director of District 1 on the North Mason School District Board of Directors, assumed another role during the board’s May 19 when District 3 Director Laura Boad nominated him to be the board’s Washington Interscholastic...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

Dog park proposal near Lake Cushman tabled

A resident’s proposal to work with the Port of Hoodsport on creating a public dog park was tabled after port commissioners voted 2-1 on May 11 not to proceed with investigating the proposal. While Port Commissioner Terry Brazil said he intended to...

 

'Maverick' delivers crowd-pleasing adrenaline rush

My review of "Stranger Things" Season 4, Part 1, will be forthcoming next week. I wasn't about to binge seven episodes in a single weekend. Instead, we'll be looking at another recently released tribu...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

School Board moves into next phase of redistricting

The North Mason School Board reviewed the redistricting reports and maps produced by Sammamish Data Systems so it could approve moving to the next phase of the school district’s redistricting. North Mason School District Superintendent Dana...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

North Mason schools upgrade bus fleet

North Mason School District Transportation Director Maurine Simons shared with the school board May 19 details about the return of the “Fill the Bus” event, scheduled to take place Aug. 20 at the QFC parking lot in Belfair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

Port of Dewatto watches funds as camping season begins

The Port of Dewatto has been ensuring it maintains enough money in the bank to address expenses. During the port’s April 13 meeting, campground coordinator Joe Newman reported the campground’s initial turnout numbered “just a few” campers,...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

'Tree' Smith photos showcased in Belfair

Two months after Barbara Treick's art wall at Belfair Self-Storage showcased multimedia artist Alice Durrie, that same space is devoted in June to Durrie's wife, professional photographer Teresa...

 

'Essex Serpent' creates atmospheric gothic mystery

So, after reprioritizing my entertainment expenses, I'm subscribed to Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+ and Peacock. Remember when streaming was supposed to be simpler than cable?...

 

Rest-A-While art & music fairs open Sunday

The summer and fall series of art and music fairs at the Rest-A-While RV Park in Hoodsport kicks off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It will include a memorial to recently deceased Journal columnist and writer Mark Woytowich at 2 p.m. “Mark was...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 26, 2022

Hawkins eighth-graders seek to stop school shootings

Hawkins Middle School eighth-graders Bradley Williams, Dylan Prideaux, Sophia Mairs, Owen Oblizalo and Yariel Barajas presented their "Project Citizen" to the North Mason School Board on May 19....

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 19, 2022

North Mason Fire moves to new home

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority spoke with the Shelton-Mason County Journal on Monday about its new headquarters building at 490 NE Old Belfair Highway. "It's been a crazy morning," North Maso...

 

'Moon Knight' and 'Picard' wrap up well

I'm trying something different for this week's reviews. Please let me know if it works for you. I often review the start of new shows (or the start of new seasons of returning shows), but unless the...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 19, 2022

North Mason School Board selects Youngberg

The North Mason School District selected Erik Youngberg on May 10 to fill the District 1 School Board position left vacant by Art Wightman, whose resignation was accepted at the board's March 24...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Community dog park proposed for Port of Hoodsport

A proposed community dog park was put before the Port of Hoodsport for consideration on April 13. Resident Bill Long, who moved to the area several years ago from University Place in Pierce County, is the founding member and president of SUN (Safe,...

 

'Multiverse of Madness' requires work, still satisfies

As I'd anticipated, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" was well exceeded by "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as a free-for-all romp across multiple universes, but what I suspect...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

'Kustom Laser Art by Oz' featured in May

The Belfair Self-Storage art wall is devoting May to showcasing Allyn resident Michael Osborn's "Kustom Laser Art by Oz" lasear-cut wood artwork, complete with an artist reception featuring Osborn at...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Port, Salmon Center make park progress

When the Port of Allyn followed up on Sweetwater Park during the port commissioners' May 2 meeting, Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said Kathleen Barrantes, the grant writer the Salmon Center hir...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Port of Allyn reviews technical matters

The Port of Allyn reviewed several technical matters during the port commissioners’ May 2 meeting. Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said he sent a letter to Mason County commissioners to say the port was reducing its Comprehensive Economic Deve...

 

'Unbearable Weight' showcases Cage's career

What's perhaps most notable about "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent," a charmingly affectionate sendup of the iconically bizarre public persona of Nicolas Cage, is that its most compelling...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 5, 2022

North Mason seeks makeup days, new board member

As of April 21, the North Mason School District needs makeup days and a new board director. Superintendent Dana Rosenbach submitted a waiver to make up for the days the district missed due to weather and emergencies. Rosenbach said state law...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 5, 2022

Hawkins Middle School comes together 'in concert'

A performance by the Hawkins Middle School Orchestra for the North Mason School Board on April 21 led middle school Principal Robert Kalahan to catch the school board up on the school’s progress through COVID. After the orchestra played the songs...

 

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