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    Sep 15, 2022

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  • Crash victims identified

    Matt Baide|Sep 15, 2022

    The person believed to have caused the three-car accident that claimed the lives of Rita L. Lyman of Shelton and Duane M. Wharton of Olympia last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton said he recalls drifting toward the centerline and hearing his wife scream, according to incident reports. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Wharton, 58, was driving the dump truck and Lyman, 66, was driving the Toyota 4Runner that the truck crushed. The Mazda driver, Mitchell Larsen, 66,...

  • Ground broken for homeless veterans village

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 15, 2022

    Workers broke ground last week for the Shelton Veterans Village, designed to house 30 homeless Mason County veterans on North 13th Street near Olympic College Shelton. The village, which will be operated by the nonprofit organization Quixote Communities, is expected to open next summer. Quixote Communities also has tiny home villages in Olympia and Orting. All three communities will benefit from the Tiny Homes Big Future fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hands On Children's Museu...

  • Chamber boss 'bittersweet' about departure

    Matt Baide|Sep 15, 2022

    Home is where the heart is, and for Heidi McCutcheon, it's where her job has been the past 14 years. That will all change the evening of Sept. 23, when she will leave her job as the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO and turn out the lights for the last time. "Bittersweet," McCutcheon told the Journal when asked about her feelings on leaving. "It really sums it up. I began volunteering with the chamber in 2009 and so when I was appointed as CEO, I estimated, one of my fri...

  • City sets downtown homeless forum

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 15, 2022

    Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten said some residents are misinformed about the city's new rules on homeless encampments as well as believing the problems caused by some downtown street people are not being addressed. "There is a concern the city is doing nothing," Niten said at the Shelton City Council's meeting on Sept. 6. On the contrary, the city manager said, the changes passed by the council on Aug. 2 are amendments to a 1995 ordinance that "strengthens the criteria" for allowing a homeless...

  • Senior center sports new activities coordinator

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 15, 2022

    Teresa Sanders is no stranger to The Pavilion in Shelton. During the 2000s, her three children attended high school prom in the building down the road from Gillis Auto. For four years, Sanders dropped customers off at the building when she was driving for the Patty Wagon. Both parents were members of the center operated by the Mason County Senior Activities Association until her stepmother died. At the nonprofit's annual membership meeting two weeks ago, Sanders was introduced as the new activit...

  • Where and when inspiration strikes

    Kirk Ericson|Sep 15, 2022

    The Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes discovered that the volume of displaced water is equal to the volume of the object that’s submerged in the water. He realized that upon easing into his big, fat, Greek tub. It sounds obvious now, but it wasn’t obvious until it was. Archimedes then, according to a Roman author and engineer writing more than 100 years later, ran naked into the streets of Syracuse. If newspapers had existed then, I imagine the headline: “Local famous scientist seen...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 15, 2022

    Inflation's roots Editor, the Journal, Bill Pfender wrote in last week's Journal that inflation is caused by capitalism. Huh? How does he explain Venezuela? All socialist economies experience inflation, Mr. Pfender. See "The Problem of Inflation in Socialist Countries," Kazimierz Laski and Michael Vale, Eastern European Economics, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Summer 1979), pp. 3-84 (82 pages), published by Taylor & Francis. See also, The New York Times article, "A New Soviet Candor: Inflation Under...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Sep 15, 2022

    Visitor information money set to be allocated Mason County commissioners approved the allocation of money to three organizations from 2023 visitor information services funding at Tuesday’s meeting. According to the information packet, the amount allocated was $173,972 by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, who met July 20 and recommended how the money should be allocated. The North Mason Chamber of Commerce received $48,712 for 2023, the Mason County Historical Society received $19,137 and the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce r...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 15, 2022

    Reception for photographer Friday The Mason County Historical Society Museum hosts an artist’s reception for photographer John Tylczak from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum at 427 West Railroad Ave., downtown Shelton. The photographer’s show is called “Loggers Laments and Other Tales from the Dark Woods.” Shelton YMCA hosts Welcome Week The Shelton YMCA welcomes visitors during Welcome Week activities Friday through Sept. 18. The free events include a resource fair and donation drive to collect school supplies for Oakland Bay Junior High Sc...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Sep 15, 2022

    Youth ride free on Mason Transit Mason Transit riders under 18 now can ride for free on all routes, including routes that leave Mason County. According to a news release, everyone rides fare-free within Mason County, but the new policy provides youths with free transit to Bremerton, Olympia and other destinations outside of Mason County. Youths used to pay $1.50 one-way for out of county trips. “The fare change encourages young people to use transit and improves their access to schools, jobs and other resources,” Mason Transit Authority Gen...

  • Early Grapeview schools

    Jan Parker|Sep 15, 2022

    When Fred Curl gave up on transporting children to the Detroit school, the school board bought a secondhand Model T Ford and one of the teachers took on the additional job of driving. There was a steep hill about a half mile from the school and often the car with its load couldn't make it. The teacher would send the girls ahead on foot and direct the boys to push. Sometimes she would tell all the children to walk to school while she waited for the engine to cool a bit. A few years later,...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 15, 2022

    Shelton student making the grade in North Dakota Christinia Roberton of Shelton earned a spot on the president’s honor roll for the summer semester at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. To be eligible, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes. Quintet of county students excelling in New Hampshire Five students from Mason County achieved honors for the summer term at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. Desolee Bang and Mark Risko of S...

  • Potlatch Brewing creates special run for Hoodstock

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 15, 2022

    Hoodstock 2022 offered folks on the waters of Hood Canal its signature venue to take in an eclectic mix of music from regional performers while giving Cody Morris, brewmaster and founder of Hoodsport-based Potlatch Brewing Co., an unusual business opportunity. Potlatch Brewing teamed with Hoodstock because his company's scale allows it to produce small runs of what he deemed "special" beers, Morris said. He said he hopes Hoodstock might set a precedent for Potlatch Brewing to team up with other...

  • Concert series returns to Shelton

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 15, 2022

    After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Mason County Concert Association kicks off its 2022-2023 season with The Everly Set performing a tribute to the Everly Brothers at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. The series continues with Seraph Brass at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, the four-piece rock band Vinyl Radio at 7 p.m. Jan. 25, and the Sultans of String International String Trio at 7 p.m. March 17. All the shows are in the PAC at 3737 N. Shelton Springs...

  • 'Cobra Kai' offers uplifting, redemptive resolution

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 15, 2022

    As fond as I remain of the original "Karate Kid" films, Parts I through III never quite hung together well as a trilogy, even before they attempted to resurrect the franchise on the big screen - twice, with Hilary Swank and Jackie Chan (and we won't even get into the cartoon). Which makes it all the more impressive that the "Cobra Kai" streaming series, whose fifth season debuted on Netflix on Sept. 9, has not only managed to retroactively recast those disparate films as chapters of a...

  • Harlequin prepares for annual gala, season reveal

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 15, 2022

    Harlequin Productions in Olympia marks the changing of its seasons with its September stagings of the play “This Flat Earth,” followed by its annual gala and the season announcement for 2023. “This Flat Earth,” a 2018 play by Lindsey Ferrentino, depicts students and parents navigating the aftermath of a fictional middle school shooting in a seaside town. Admission to the play, which runs today through Saturday and starts at 7:30 p.m., is $35 for general audiences, $32 for seniors and militar...

  • Feeling it

    Justin Johnson|Sep 15, 2022

    Madison Gill was feeling it. Was she ever. Gill, a senior forward for the Shelton High School girls soccer team, scored two goals in each half as the Highclimbers topped Mason County Cup rival North Mason 6-0 on Sept. 8 at Phil Pugh Stadium in Belfair. "It feels really good to come in," Gill said. "It's my last year playing soccer. I won't be here in college, so it feels really good to be coming out and playing with the ladies I grew up with." As a sophomore during the COVID-altered spring 2021...

  • Highclimber football wallops White River

    Matt Baide|Sep 15, 2022

    Shelton scored 27 points in the second quarter to cruise to a 34-7 win against White River on Sept. 8 in Buckley. The Highclimbers started the scoring with eight seconds left in the first quarter, with Roy Perez catching a 7-yard touchdown pass from Mason Goos for a 7-0 lead. Bishop Manning caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Goos to begin the second quarter scoring, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from Goos to Gabe Menefee for a 20-0 lead. Bradley Eleton returned an interception for a...

  • Hoodstock's fifth year was its biggest yet

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 15, 2022

    Hoodstock cofounders Kelli Kohout and Shannon Crabb-Stanton are thrilled to take stock of the fifth year of the program they kicked off, which returned to Hood Canal in Union on Aug. 20. They agreed this year’s event exceeded their expectations. Kohout and Crabb-Stanton said support from concert-goers and event sponsors helped make 2022 the “biggest year yet” for Hoodstock. Among this summer’s crop of community partners, the Alderbrook Resort and Spa distinguished themselves, Kohout said, b...

  • Mary unpacks from Columbia trip; a sudden death

    Clydene Hostetler|Sep 15, 2022

    What is considered “tame” blackberries? They go crazy! I just learned this week the person who does Mary’s hair is a man. Unusual for that time. Remember when cleaning your shoes and mending your clothes were a common thing? I used to use white shoe polish to put on my tennis shoes to keep them looking good. I did not iron my hair though. Friday, Sept. 10, 1948 Slept until late and then cleaned house. Put away my bag that has been unpacked since Tuesday. A wonderful day and lovely out. To the s...

  • William "Bill" Lawrence Freitas

    Sep 15, 2022

    Bill passed away on August 18th, 2022, at the age of 87 s wafter a courageous battle with a heart condition, surrounded by his children, Patty, Cathie, Neil, and his companion Dee, who will strive to honor his memory by living their lives to the fullest, as he did. Bill was an avid golfer longtime West Seattle resident, graduated from Gonzaga University, retired as a Civil Engineer at Seattle City Light where he achieved many awards and was a father and friend to many. Bill will be remembered... Full story

  • Lloyd Allan Brumbaugh

    Sep 15, 2022

    Lloyd Allan Brumbaugh of Lynden, WA passed away on September 5, 2022, at the age of 93. He was born on November 15, 1928, in Shelton to Royal and Florence Brumbaugh. He had one sister, Eleanor Lindsay. His Grandparents were original homesteaders on Cole Road in Shelton, WA and his father worked for Simpson Lumber Mill. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1947. He continued his education receiving an agronomy degree at WSU. He served in the Korean War conflict and received... Full story

  • Lawrence C. Little, Jr. aka "Larry Buck"

    Sep 15, 2022

    Loved and admired by all who knew him, Lawrence "Larry" C. Little, Jr., passed away on August 9, 2022, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, WA. "Larry Buck" Little was born in Little Mason City, WA, on June 27, 1936, and grew up in Grainger, WA. His former boxing dad taught him how to box at an early age in a makeshift ring in the barn behind the family's farmhouse. His beloved sister Hope, five years his senior, was his able sparring partner and had a mean jab. Larry made his boxing debut as... Full story

  • Frances Evelyn Frint

    Sep 15, 2022

    Frances Evelyn Frint, 96, of Shelton WA, passed away on September 2, 2022, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. She was born on June 12, 1926, to Joseph Benjamin and Agnes Alberta Malecki in Stettler, Alberta, Canada. Frances has been a resident of Mason County since 1959. She emigrated with her family from Canada to Woodstock, Illinois, at the age of 15. During her senior year at Harvard High School, Frances worked at the Alamite War Plant in Woodstock, IL; she worked from 4:00... Full story

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