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  • Grapeview June 13 workshop on comp scheme, goals

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 1, 2023

    The Port of Grapeview has decided a review and update of the port’s comprehensive scheme is warranted. During the port’s May 16 meeting, Commissioner Mike Blaisdell included his draft of an update to the port’s goals and objectives for the commissioners’ review. Commissioner Jean Farmer, attending the May 16 meeting via Zoom, suggested board commissioners schedule a special workshop to review the draft update, “all three of us, in person, reading page by page together.” Farmer had...

  • Sam and Mary are busy bodies around the house

    Clydene Hostetler|Jun 1, 2023

    The rhodies are in full bloom here in Longview. They are beautiful. The weather is very similar compared with 1949. When I am in Seattle and catching a ferry, it is not unusual that I eat at Acres of Clams too. I love eating outside. Looks like Mary and Sam have put in new flooring in the house. I can remember my mom scrubbing the floors on her hands and knees. Once a year she would refinish the hardwood floors and as kids we loved sliding around in our stocking feet. Hope everyone had a great...

  • Barbara Wheatley McDowell

    Jun 1, 2023

    Our beloved mom, Barbara Wheatley McDowell, 98, of Shelton, Washington passed away peacefully on Mother's Day, May 14, 2023. Barbara Withington Wheatley was born in Artesia, New Mexico on November 18, 1924, to Rex and Florence Wheatley, the fourth of four children. After graduating from Artesia High School, Barbara studied at Knox School for Girls (NY) Occidental College (CA) and graduated from Columbia University, Barnard College (NY) with a degree in education. On a blind date after her... Full story

  • Louise Hays Cothary

    Jun 1, 2023

    Louise Hays Cothary of Belfair, WA, passed away Sunday morning, April 30, 2023, in Bremerton. She was born November 6, 1929, to Roy Roderic Hays and Hilda Kathleen (Heryford) Hays. Louise was one of two children, her younger sister Vera Jean was born three years later. Her childhood was spent in Shasta County, California mostly at the family farm near Big Bend and the Pit River. Louise attended Indian Springs School, then later her family moved to Redding where she attended Shasta Union High Sch... Full story

  • Marjorie Darlene Howlett

    Jun 1, 2023

    Our precious, beloved mother, Marjorie Darlene Howlett, passed away at the age of 84 years old May 2, 2023, in Shelton Washington. Marjorie was born in Morton, Washington on February 28, 1939. Marjorie was comfortable in knowing she was loved throughout her last days with many family members, friends and four of her children by her side. She is going to be missed and lovingly remembered by her four children, Jim Chambers, Jackie Chambers, Carl Morton (Becky), and Tonya Demmon (Harold), her... Full story

  • Barbara "Babs" Strickland

    Jun 1, 2023

    Barbara "Babs" Stickland passed away May 20, 2023, at home surrounded by love. She was born in Arpin, Wisconsin on March 24, 1936, to Vic and Marion Bisser. The family moved to Shelton when she was nine. She was Forest Festival Princess and graduated from Irene S. Reed in 1954. Barbara married Ron Strickland on July 3, 1954, had four children and were married just shy of 50 years when he passed in February, 2004. She worked in the grocery business her entire career. She enjoyed being outdoors,... Full story

  • Andrew Christian Eken

    Jun 1, 2023

    Andrew "Drew" Christian Eken was born on March 12, 1954 in Bellingham, WA. He spent his young childhood years in Moses Lake, WA and moved to Shelton, WA as a young teen. Drew enjoyed and excelled in many sports, but his greatest passion was the rodeo. After graduating from Shelton High School in 1973, Drew worked in the logging industry and earned an 'all round' logger trophy one year at the Mason County Forest Festival Log Show. Drew also attended Centralia Community College where he played... Full story

  • Jane F. Schroeder

    Jun 1, 2023

    Jane F. Schroeder passed away on May 23, 2023, in Marysville, WA. She previously lived in Allyn, Anacortes and Federal Way. She was 94 years old. Jane was born in 1929, during the Depression to Alton and Frances Haskell. She grew up in Watervliet, NY, summers were spent in New Brunswick Canada, where her mother grew up. Jane had 15 first cousins, so summers were active with family and spending time at Granny's and Grandpa's. Her Father Alton grew up in Boston. Jane's Grandfather was a Sea... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Jun 1, 2023

    Andrew Eken, 69, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 19, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Stanley Pate, 72, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 22, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Robert Lee Jones, 90, a resident of Hoodsport, passed away May 23, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Barbara Kealy, 82, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 24, 2023, at Providence St. Peters Hospital in Olympia. Ar... Full story