Origins of a creative project


November 18, 2021

Matt Baide

Shelton-Mason County Journal office administrator Dave Pierik stands next to his Crafty Time village in the Journal's newsroom. Crafty Time recently won a Washington Newspaper Publishers Association award for youth-oriented content.


Flashback: I'm a child playing with my brother. We have a collection of Hot Wheels mom gives us for practicing piano, cello and violin. There's a fold-up farm and city, and some track. We buzz the cars around. The cat bats at a few. We're very happy.

Flash forward to mid-April of 2020. As COVID-19 shows up in Mason County and spreads, a natural cascade of reactions happens. Because we're human beings, we're compassionate. Because we're compassionate, we want our family, friends and neighbors to be safe. Because we want them to be safe, public places, schools and other gathering plac...

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