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Articles from the October 28, 2021 edition


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  • Picking pumpkins

    Lloyd Mullen|Oct 28, 2021

  • Bill Timm

    Oct 28, 2021

    William George Timm was born December 22, 1926, to William Gottleib Timm and Margaret Jeffers Timm on his maternal grandfather, George Jeffers' farm outside of Amherst, Wisconsin. His first teacher was his 13 year old cousin, Marjorie Pipe at the Pipe School that his grandpa drove him to in a horse drawn wagon or that he walked to or skied to. He recalled snow so deep they had to go out an upstairs window to get out of the house. In high school he worked at a shipyard on Lake Michigan for .85... Full story

  • Lon S. Pettit

    Oct 28, 2021

    It's been a year now since Lon Pettitt passed away. Lon was a husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Lon served in the Marines, earned his master's degree at the University of Washington, began his career at Boeing and finished his career at the shipyards in Bremerton. His longtime family residence was as Mason Lake, which he and his family built. Lon really enjoyed sailing and traveling around North America. He is missed by all and will always have a place in our... Full story

  • Muriel June Mullen

    Oct 28, 2021

    Muriel June (Rediske) Mullen, 100, who resided at Maple Glen Senior Living, Shelton, WA, since 2014, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. She was born June 30, 1921, at Billings, Montana, to Arthur and Belle Rediske. From 1953 -1967, she resided in Bonners Ferry, where she worked as a bookkeeper for Cook's Electric, along with maintaining a household and raising her two sons. She helped her husband start the Boundary Bowmen Archery Club, and wa... Full story

  • John W. Gilmore

    Oct 28, 2021

    John W. Gilmore, of Shelton, WA, passed away on October 7, 2021. John and his family moved to Edmonds, WA, in 1966, when he was hired to head up the newly launched marketing arm of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), then known as Central Association. He was best known for his achievements as President and CEO of the DSA, to which he was appointed on January 1, 1970, serving in that position until his retirement in January 1995. During his leadership role at DSA, downtown experienced a... Full story

  • Dean Matthew Johnson

    Oct 28, 2021

    Dean Matthew Johnson passed away on Friday October 15th, 2021. He was born in Long Beach, California on September 8th, 1956, to Lee Roy and Laura Johnson. Dean was the youngest of three children. He served in the US Army before moving to Shelton over 40 years ago. He shared his love and passion of sports within the community by coaching and playing on numerous teams/leagues during his lifetime. He coached family and friends in little league football, baseball, basketball, and soccer; as well as... Full story

  • Lee F. Chapman

    Oct 28, 2021

    Lee F. Chapman passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Maple Glen Nursing Home in Shelton, WA, at the age of 89. Born to Ivyl and Wilma Chapman on October 31, 1931 in Arlington, SD and moved to Washington State in 1939. Lee is survived by his wife Lucille of 56 years, six step-children, Charles Dodge, Dick (RaeAnn) Dodge, Linda (Matt) Warner, Margaret (Kim McCarthy), Vicky Chapman and Larry (Tracey) Chapman; sixteen great granddaughters, eight granddaughters, nine great... Full story

  • Roy Albert Pearsall

    Oct 28, 2021

    Roy Albert Pearsall passed away peacefully in his Montesano, Washington home. Born July 21, 1956 until October 20, 2021. GONE FISHING I'm on a boat headed out to sea Where every day is a day to fish If anyone wonders why I'm missing Just tell them I've gone fishing... Full story

  • No mandate firings in six districts

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    Despite fears about mass layoffs, six of the seven school districts in Mason County did not fire any employees for not meeting the state mandate to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. In the Shelton School District, six teachers and 25 classified employees were dismissed effective Oct. 19. The Shelton School Board made that move official with a 3-2 vote at its meeting Tuesday evening following impassioned words from parents, district administrators, and former and current board members. According to Katie Diamond, the district’s communications s...

  • Western Gateway design funded

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    The City of Shelton will pay consultant an additional $100,000 to finish the design for the city's Western Gateway Project on Railroad Avenue from Eighth Street west to the city limits. The Shelton City Council on Oct. 19 voted unanimously to make its third supplemental change in its agreement with Gray & Osborne to complete the design. That brings the total to $306,500, and extends the contract to April 20, 2022. "Western Gateway is our big street project for 2022," Public Works Director Jay...

  • Homeless advocates oppose law

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    Two women intimate with the lives of homeless people in Shelton oppose a proposed city law to criminalize camping on city right of ways. Barb Weza, executive director of Community Lifeline in downtown Shelton, and Wendy Petty, the executive director of Crazy Love Ministries in downtown Shelton, both wrote letters to the Shelton City Council saying struggling homeless people will only suffer more from the proposed ordinance, which received preliminary approval with a 5-2 vote at the council's...

  • Evergreen champs

    Matt Baide|Oct 28, 2021

    The Shelton High School girls cross country teams wins back-to-back conference titles....

  • City surpluses seven properties

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    The Shelton City Council on Oct. 19 declared seven city properties surplus and make them available for purchase. The council gave preliminary approval at its Oct. 5 meeting. The council is required to hold a public hearing on the surplus of any property originally acquired for pubic utility purposes. No one spoke during the public hearing in the proposal. The properties include four adjoining 0.21-acre lots of West Harvard Avenue, with estimated values between $32,380 and $33,035. Two other...

  • City hosts hearing on 2022 budget

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    No one spoke during a public hearing Oct. 19 on the City of Shelton’s proposed $41.1 million budget for 2022. The Shelton City Council will host a second public hearing on the proposed budget at its meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. The budget must be adopted before the end of the year. The $41,146,160 in proposed expenditures includes $15,097,780 for the general fund, $1,872,280 for the street fund, $2,986,620 for the capital resources fund, $62.900 for the tourism fund, $177,300 for the bond fund, $2,883,800 for the capital improvement fund, $... Full story

  • Get out and vote

    Justin Johnson|Oct 28, 2021

    In a short email conversation with Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire, I learned that as of Monday afternoon the turnout of the 2021 General Election is just 13.5 percent. McGuire wrote that was “pretty typical” and puts the county on track for a turnout of about 45 percent. We can do better than that. Last year’s General Election, which included a presidential and gubernatorial ballot, Mason County’s turnout was 84.94% I get it. Everyone gets excited by the major leagues, but let’s face it,...

  • Stop! Thief! Oh? Nevermind.

    Kirk Ericson|Oct 28, 2021

    Do you suppose it’s against the law for someone to penetrate the neural network of your credit union or bank and then lift the numbers linked to your financial accounts? The answer appears to be no, according to the state of Washington. Here’s the Revised Code of Washington that covers the crime of identity theft: RCW 9.35.020 No person may knowingly obtain, possess, use or transfer a means of identification or financial information of another person, living or dead, with the intent to commit, o...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 28, 2021

    A slippery slope Editor, the Journal, I for one support Sandy Tarzwell and am thankful for her warnings and that she spoke out. I sense that the outrage expressed is really an attempt to change the subject or get someone different for the school board. I thought this was the age of tolerance and being non-judgmental. Causing shame is to be avoided, is it not? The Holocaust did not happen in a vacuum. There were many things leading up to it including a new law (the Malicious Practices Act) passed in 1933 that made it a crime to speak out...

  • Big-leaf lupine: Our native invasive

    Alex Fethiere|Oct 28, 2021

    Two words are bandied about in horticulture to describe such a range of plants that one wonders whether they still have meaning. "Native" and "invasive" are both so widely used when speaking of big-leaf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) that it's easy to be confused about appropriate sitings and other plants in the genus. I was introduced to this West Coast native by Kirsten Rohde at Sahale during the 2021 Northwest Permaculture Convergence. She showed me a pollinator garden she had planted with a...

  • Superintendent talks about state of Shelton schools

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 28, 2021

    A rising graduation rate is amongst the strengths of the Shelton School District, while the disproportionate discipline of Native American students is a weakness. Keeping the schools open during the pandemic, and approaching a month without a classroom closure, is an ongoing accomplishment. Those are among the findings in a report Superintendent Wyatt Jessee presented Tuesday to the Shelton School Board. The report was designed to look at the last five years in the district, and set goals. The district increased the graduation rate from 75.1%...

  • L.D. Hack, Shelton booster

    Jan Parker|Oct 28, 2021

    In a feature titled "Interesting People of the Peninsula," the September 1935 issue of a publication called Olympic Peninsula Magazine announced that "Native sons of the great Olympic Peninsula had better look to their laurels, for a comparative "Chechako" (Chinook word meaning newcomer) threatens to become the No. 1 booster for this nature's paradise. He is L. D. Hack, a native Iowan who just "happened" into Shelton in 1926, and stayed. It didn't take Mr. Hack long to get into the swing of...

  • Reported gas leak downtown

    Oct 28, 2021

  • Pumpkins and Gourds: From Garden to Decor

    Mary Dessel|Oct 28, 2021

    You can join Mason County Master Gardeners for a free, one-hour Zoom class that provides the basics about growing gourds and pumpkins. People can learn to create a table decoration using pumpkins and succulents to highlight a Thanksgiving table. The "Through the Garden Gate" workshop, titled "Pumpkins and Gourds: From Garden to Décor," starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. Gourds are one of the earliest plants domesticated by humans, dating back 13,000 years. They have been used as water containers,...

  • Commission briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 28, 2021

    Sheriff’s Office gets approval for interview room video recording system The Mason County commissioners approved the purchase of a new interview room video recording system for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at Tuesday’s meeting. According to the information packet, House Bill 1223 was passed during the 2021 legislative session and takes effect. Jan. 1, which requires recordings to be made for most interviews. The current equipment at the Sheriff’s Office was purchased in 2013 and needed to be replaced. The office recently purchased body an...

  • Niten, Dorcy discuss state of city at Chamber event

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 28, 2021

    Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten opened the State of the City address for the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 21 by reviewing how the pandemic continues to affect the city. Shelton is receiving what Niten deemed “significant amounts” of state and federal money in 2021, which he pledged would be used for projects such as Western Gateway, Safe Routes to School, a new reclaimed water tank, and replacing pipes from Well 1 to the high school water tank. The money includes $2.9 mil...

  • Joyce Marie Ann Rivers

    Oct 28, 2021

    Joyce Marie Ann Rivers of Allyn, Washington, died Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Gig Harbor with her three daughters by her side. She was 84. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 15, 1937, she was the second daughter of Pauline and Dr. Daniel C. Rivers. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, devoted to her family. She spent her life dedicated to nursing and caring for others. She was giving, selfless and unequivocally amazing. She was preceded in death by her infant son Pete and is survived by her four children Chris Gutman...

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