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January 2, 2014

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A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair iiL Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor North Mason Chamber of Commerce Hews Serving up communication opportunities received a phone call last week from a citizen who was having diffi- culty with her landlord and wasn't sure how to proceed. The week prior, a man came into our office looking for work and was wor- ried about feeding his family - that day. Two weeks ago, a new busi- ness owner stopped in to introduce himself and require about mem-' bership to the chamber and find out how he could get con- By SrEPtIANIE RO nected and contribute to the community. Such is a day in the life at the North Mason Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center. All across Amer- ica, people look to chambers of com- merce for informa- tion. Even with the Internet, we receive phone calls and vis- its every day from people who have questions about our area, our businesses, tourism and more. Some of the information could be found online, that's true, but some people simply want to talk to someone. It's that personal connection that we at the North Mason Chamber recognize as yet another im- portant resource in our com- munity -- our people. Whether a one-time conver- sation or a chat that leads to a membership in our chamber, I consider communication to be a vital role in our daily efforts. In fact, when asked what the benefits of membership are after I ask "how much time do you have?" -- I find out more about the person's business or organization, their goals and what they are looking for in a chamber. Talking about the benefits of membership is kind of like reviewing a menu at your fa- vorite restaurant. Depending upon the situation, you might be looking for a good breakfast or just a simple cup of good coffee, but the decision is up to you. For example, joining a chamber is a good way for new businesses to introduce them- selves to a community through ribbon cuttings and grand openings, which we are happy to organize for our members. For those who have already made a home in the commu- nity, a grand re-opening might be a good option to introduce a new offering, celebrate a remodel or perhaps a move. Another way for members to showcase their business is to host an after-hours event, which we organize for our members monthly. See CHAMBER on page A-18 Herald photo by Natalie Johnson Mason County Sheriff's Deputy James Morini works at the Sheriff's Office's new precinct in North Mason. The precinct will officially open in January and be fully staffed by March. Putting on finishing touches Sher[ CC: s Office will soon have North Mason precinct By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com After years of planning, preparation and requests from the community, the Mason County Sheriffs Office will have a fully op- erational North Mason precinct in 2014. The Sheriffs Office plans to schedule a grand opening event for the facility in Janu- ary. The building will be dedicated to former Mason County Sheriff Steve Wybark. "Providing better service is what this is about," said Sheriff Casey Salisbury. "It's been a goal for 30 years." Creating a full North Mason precinct is part of a larger plan to improve public safety in the Belfair and North Mason area, Salis- bury said. "The mere presence (of law enforcement) is always the best deterrent," he said. Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling will head the North Mason precinct, while Chief Deputy Russ Osterhout will be in charge of opera- tions at the Shelton precinct. The Sheriff's Office has had a substa- tion in Belfair since the 1960s and moved to 23293 NE state Route 3 in September 2011. "It's been all over," said Undersheriff Jim Barrett. "That's why it was always consid- ered a substation (rather than a precinct)." The substation gave deputies a place to do paperwork, but they still had to drive to Shelton to drop off evidence, respond to their email and talk to their supervisors. At the new North Mason precinct, depu- ties will be able to conduct those duties. The office includes an evidence facility, a secure, soundproofed room for interviews, a Breathalyzer machine, computers and meet- ing space. One of the Sheriffs Office's boats will also be stationed at the precinct. See PRECINCT on page A-18 Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page A-17 -T  !