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February 25, 1971

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Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jay Pope Miss Wilkowski, Gary Wed In January Ceremony Susan Beth Wilkowski of Seattle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Wilkowski of Shelton, was wedded on January 23 to Gary Jay Pope of Cheney, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pope of Seattle. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mason Youngland at 8 p.m. in the Assembly of God Church with prayer offered by the Rev. Shattuck. grandfather of the groom. From the center of the archway of a vine-covered trellis in the church hung bells, and two baskets held pink carnations, white snowflake chrysanthemums and white stock, with like arrangements ornamenting the narthex. Candles held in two candelabra were lighted by the Misses Mergene Lyons and Bonnie Youngland, gowned in empire-waisted floor length pink satin with sweetheart necklines. Michael Perry, cousin of the groom, and Robert Perry, step-brother of the groom, seated White ribbons streamed trom her round bouquet of pink rose buds, centered with a white orchid corsage. Cousin of the bride Marlene Gulbranson of Olympia as Matron of Honor was attired in floor length burgundy velvet with a sweetheart neckline and full sleeves. Silver braid accented the empire waistline, and she wore silver slippers and a silver and rhinestone necklace, a gift from the bride. In gowns identical to hers were bridesmaids Nancy Brenn and Sheila Hickson, also wearing silver and rhinestone necklaces. Floral headpieces were worn by all, and each carried long-stemmed pink carnations tied with silver and fuschia ribbons. Flower girl Saindi Black, in floor length pink satin trimmed with pink daisies, also carried pink carnations. Wallace Perry Jr. served as ring bearer. Robert Wilkowski, brother of the bride, was best man. Miss f iras ream Unwieldy, uncomfortablt, unhappy two-hundred-and - twenty-three and-a-quarter -pound Mirja Bridges was watching TV a year ago when suddenly she realized that the speaker was talking about HER! The founder of the organization known as Weight Watchers International told of the despair of the hopelessly overweight, and explained the symptoms responsible for compulsive eating. "It was as though he were speaking directly to me," says Mirja. "He described to a "T" my feelings, my habits, my inability to help myself to attain a more healthful and attractive figure." She clung to every word. When the program ended she made a mad dash for the phone. She called Olympia; no Weight Watchers were listed. She phoned Tacoma with the same result. Her call to Seattle connected her with the main office, where an understanding and sympathetic worker took her name and address and promised help. "In immediate reaction to the conversation," Mirja stated, "I felt that I had found, at last, some one who truly knew and cared about my problem." She promptly received information by mail and on the following Tuesday evening - how well she remembers this most important date - she attended her first meeting in a new and as yet unlisted branch office in Olympia She stepped through the door into an atmosphere of concerned friendliness, All personnel of Weight Watchers International are persons who were at one time obese. They have been through the mill. They have waged the OO In enjoys horses and they belong to the McCleary Riders Saddle Club. Mirja's mount is a pinto named 'Diamond'; 'Chick', an Appaloosa, was acquired as a family horse; a Welch, 'Tinkerbelle', joined the group for the children; Chuck's horse, 'Tonka', is well-trained for competitive games; Johanna owns 'Tammie', daughter of 'Tinkerbel!e', and 'Snip', a registered quarterhorse mare was a birthday gift for young Chuckle. 'Mr. Silk' a thoroughbred race horse whose career ended with a pulled tendon, was given to them by a friend who sought a good home for an animal too fine to be destroyed. He has undergone re-training and is now an excellent trail-horse for Mirja's husband. Mirja's special pleasure is the many trail rides in which she participates, and when Chuck and the kids compete in Playday games she is an enthusiastic spectator. Mr. and Mrs. Bridges were recently graduated from the square dancing class taught by Ed and Shirley Mathews, and are now full-fledged members of the Salty Sashayers, Shelton's Square Dance Club. All three children are enrolled in the second class of the season, now in progress. Mirja is a member of the Harstine Island Ladies Club, and enjoys the social get-togethers of the group. "I love to sew," says Mirja. "I sew like mad." She finds it relaxing, and her family reaps the rewards of her hobby. She makes all of her husband's western shirts, and is presently working on a square dance wardrobe for herself and Chuck, who was so pleased with his first fancy shirts that he promptly ordered five more. She'll soon be making square dance apparel for the kids Open House To Mark Anniversary The Golden Wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Walter of Union will be observed at an Open House to be held in the Union Fire Hall from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, with their six children as hosts and hostesses. The Waiters were married on Feb. 28, 1921 in Gays Mills, Wis. and in 1947 came to the Union area with a shrimp boat. For two years shrimp were sold both wholesale and retail at the old Marina in Union, after which the Waiters turned to the harvesting of evergreens. In 1959 Mrs. Walter opened a sewing shop in the old post office building in Union, and for five years sold materials and sewing supplies as well as taking custom orders. She still makes doll clothes as a hobby, and her husband, now retired, picks brush on a part-time basis. They have a son, Roland Walter of Union, and five daughters, Jean Kimball of Shelton; Ruth Alien, Union, and, residing in Bremerton, Jo Ann Crawford, Patricia Wright and Marie Stanfill, who will bake a large decorated cake to be served at the party. Eighteen grandchildren were joined by a great-grand-daughter born last October. TODAY'S uxiliary losing battles of crash diets and as well. the 175 guests. Kristine Samuelson served asfad foods and gimmicks and . District officers of the VFW and Sh:c:r:th~ted :ndrSh:iknm'tn~' auxiliary will meet in Hoquiam on ]he bride was given in organist and Miss Ma, rilyn gadgets. sw ...... P" - - ) g Sunday for officers' practice. The marriage by her father. Her skirt Johnson sang "Together and Mirja Bridges listened to a ........... Sh:atl~kel: m:t~as::dt;~u:tYl~a~" next meeting of District No. 5 of cascading ruffles of silk "The Lord's Prayer'. lecture. She realized that she was W OULID YOU believe that . . P. 7 . , sen ' will be held in Hoquiam on March organza and scalloped lace sweptThe powder blue organza not alone. She was encouraged by ..... creatures mctuae two dogs, tour . . to a cathedral train below a fitted chiffon frock of the bride'sthe knowledge that these people slim, trtm Mtrja Bridges went ............ 6, with a no-host droner starting cats, ann cnlcKens m aaOltlOn to from size 24 to size 12 in at 6'30 p m and the meeting to bodice of Chantilly lace with long mother was styled with long and many like them had faced " t 7 their horses ." " " tapered sl~,~_~ ~. ~ed sleeves and a pleated ~t, while fa~ - in a, plgme,k mattea [ h mon hs. , " , begin at 8 p.m. ....... "~g: ~o ~ snr eXptarned, anti One is manx Dinner of Mason Count- ~VFW of nylon fiiusion was held by a pink sheath with a short sleeved great for the desperately fatremains within two pounds ofand Siamese, with the typical Po ......... Y " headpiece of chantilly lace petals coat of white linen. Each wore a person to manage sin#e-handed, their individual goals, no charge is Manx lack of tail. My kids were st No. to~,~ and auxiliary neia trimmed with crystal and pearls "In the past," declared Mrs. made. Otherwise an assessment of intrigued and amazed when they Friday in the Memorial hall, Silver Set Sun Trail Ride The Silver Stars Saddle Club has scheduled a ride for Sunday, to begin at the Stickley ranch, which is the old Wivell Dairy ranch. Signs will be posted. A pancake breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. at the ranch, with the ride starting at 10 a.m. Each person should bring a plate, cup and silverware. Riders will share a potluck dinner upon their return to the ranch. The Leo Bishop Competitive Ride is set for June 27 and will start at the fairgrounds. A special Leo Bishop trophy will be presented in addition to the awards normally given The club will hold a Camp-out from July 31 through August 8 at Salmon La Sac, the site of last year's event. The Silver Stars were well represented at the Prairie Zone Trail Ride held Sunday at the AI Steele ranch near Yelm. white orchid corsage. A large floral arrangement flanked by tall candles in crystal holders decorated the lower auditorium of the church for the reception following the ceremony. The bottom layer of the four-tiered cake was fashioned in the form of a Christian cross. Topped by bride and groom figures, the cake was ornamented with pink roses and sugar bells. The cake and all floral pieces were made by Mrs. Ralph Bennett, aunt of the bride. Serving were Mesdames Ernest Wilkowski, aunt of the bride, Harvey Larsen, aunt of the groom, Ed Crawford and Ralph Bennett. Miss Pat Perry, step-sister of the groom presided at the guest book with the Misses .. Beverly Brenn and Melody Lyons attending the gift table. The bride, a Shelton High School graduate, is employed by the State of Washington and is currently working in Seattle but will be transferred to an office in Spokane, the city in which the couple will reside. The groom is a senior in Eastern Washington State College, majoring there in music after two years attendance at Shoreline Community College in Seattle. JOSEPHINE CUSH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Cush of Shelton, on February 13 became the bride of John Kaiser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kaiser of Olympia. The 2 p.m. ceremony was performed in the Free Methodist Church in Tacoma. The bride, a Shelton High School graduate, is attending a nursing school in Tacoma, where the couple will reside. The groom was graduated from Olympia High School and is currently enrolled in Edison Tech. Bridges, "I had lost and regained 1000 pounds, more or less, on crash diets. For every pound I starved away, two returned to replace it. I ate constantly - I couldn't stand myself, but I didn't have the strength to change my habits." After the lecture, Mirja stayed on for an hour to learn about a new way of eating. "I don't think of it as a diet," Mirja explained. "There is no counting of calories, and throughout those months of losing pounds I ate a lot - more, 'in fact, than I usually did." Food was made interesting by the use of special registered recipes. All eatables are weighed, with the exception of certain ones which are "free", and of which the weightwatcher may partake in amounts unlimited. Mrs. Bridges found the Weight Watchers to be kind and considerate as well as dedicated. Records were kept on each member, who weighed in at weekly meetings. "Those who failed to lose were never named and were not in any way embarrassed or penalized," said Mirja. "But the names of those who lost weight were announced and everyone applauded them." Mirja lost an almost unbelievable five-and-a-quarter pounds the first week. "I learned," continued Mirja, who had always been heavy, "to quit passing the buck. I at last accepted the fact that for my fatness I had no one to blame but myself." At the end of 16 weeks, Mirja's weight reduction entitled her to the pin presented at this point in the program to those who have lost ten pounds or more. Her weight loss was 40 pounds. "I never cheated," announced Mrs. Bridges. "The plan won't work for cheaters. I was known as the 'pure one', because I adhered so wholeheartedly to the rules." On family outings and to neighborhood gatherings she carried her basket of weighed and approved foods and she ate nothing else. By the following October, Mirja Bridges had lost more than 80 pounds to reach her goal. She received a larger pin to commemorate her accomplishment, and became automatically a life member of the organization. Life members weigh in monthly and if weight $2 per session is paid. A maintenance program has been developed by which Weight Watchers gradually take back into their diets various foods that were deleted during their periods of weight reduction. It is learned exactly what and how much of each may be assimilated without the accumulation of unwanted weight. It is possible for those who have attained their ideal figures to have an occasional sweet treat and to once in a while enjoy a feast "I am not tempted, ever," declares Mrs. Bridges, "to resume my old eating habits. I make sure that my refrigerator is always well-stocked with "free" foods in which I may safely indulge. I once ate a whole quart of cauliflower without a single pang of guilt." When Mirja goes shopping, she often heads automatically toward the racks of larger size dresses. "I still find it hard to believe that I'm a size 12 instead of a size 24," she laughed. Mirja Bridges was born in Seattle and came to Shelton as a fourth grader, attending the old Lincoln School. After her graduation from Shelton High School she attended St. Peter's School of Nursing on a scholarship, becoming a licensed practical nurse. As a high school senior, she met Chuck Bridges of Aberdeen. Friends had arranged a blind date. "They all thought we were just right for each other," Mirja laughed, "and apparently they were correct. We were married 14 years ago in April, in the Southside Grange hall." Chuck and Mirja lived first in Aberdeen and later in Hoquiam, coming to their present home on Harstine Island almost seven years ago. Their children are Chuckle, 12; Pam, 11; and Johanna, 8; all attend Pioneer School. The entire Bridges family TROPICAL FISH Large Variety! Including: Fancy Guppies, Clown Barbs, Tetras, Etc. MARION'S AQUARIUS 1221 W. Birch 426-6148 saw a long-tailed cat for the first time". Mrs. Bridges is now a once-a-week clerk in the Olympia branch of Weight Watchers International "If I can help just one person to do what I have done, it will be well worth my efforts," she declares. A registered Weight Watcher recipe is given by Mirja. "It's 'free' food," she states. "Eat all you want of it." Weight Watchers Green Bean Salad 1 medium can French style green beans 3 to 4 stalks celery, diced tsp. instant minced onion, dry 1 small can pimientos, drained 1 small green pepper, chopped 1 medium cucumber, sliced C. tarragon vinegar C. white vinegar 1 tsp. salt Sugar substitute to taste. Mix well and refrigerate over night. Cosmetics for YOU CLEANSING NORMAL SKIN Q. I have normal skin. Should. I remove my makeup wJrn oeansing cream, cleansing lotion, or a rinse-away product? A. If you have normal skin, you are one of those fortunate women who can remove their makeup with any type of cleansing product. r-ven someone with your probably beskin' wisehwever'to wuld ause g entl(e:l cleansing cream in col weather, when the sk n is I kely to De drier. In the summertime, on the other hand, you will probably ~reter a more refreshing rinsezaway product 5ome rmse.awa'y products combine soap and cream to g.we YOu the best features of these proaucts pro~uyOuu c should choose a containin~ soap, however, su le . PP ment ,t with a cleanslna oil in t- _ :e ne eye area, e.wn-e-r vtPe 5kin is much more Neil's Pharmacy Emergency Ph. 426-2165 Fifth & Franklin St.--426-3327 Open Daily 9:30 to 7:30 Saturdays -- 9:30 to 6:00 ' I~l Mrs. Leighton Will Visit Local DPW Mrs. Harry Lee Leighton of Seattle, state president of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, will be the guest of the local Chapter No. 14 at its regular meeting next Thursday which will begin with a noon luncheon at the Taylor Towne Restaurant. The Chapter would welcome as guests any female descendant of a pioneer who came to Oregon by 1853 or Washington by 1870. The object of the organization is to preserve the history and historical sites of the State of Washington. BONE with Taupe WHITE Mr. and Mrs. Howard Walter Hunt Club To Ride In The decision to ride in the Forest Festival Parade was made at the February 17 meeting of the Mason County Hunt Club, held at 7 p.m. in the Roy York residence in the Skokomish Valley. With funds earned by last year's Pony surcingle purchased. A retiring Shawver. Club and a flag will Jan Danford, Society Editor Icers II continuous membership bars were presented. Receiving awards for five year; wereLaurie Allen, Ruth Bollinger,Shirley Karshner, Margarite Madden, Corrine Menoza and Pearl Simpson; for ten years, Jenny Bergstrom, Alice Bleeker, Carol Evans, Judy Hicks, Dorothy Miller, Ida Smith and Beulah Stewart; for 15 years, Edna Bearden, Lenora Borg, Amy Frank, Barbara Okonek, Doris Simpson and Josephine Sparks; for 25 years, Florence Hamilton, Pauline Patterson and Augusta Twohy; for 35 years, Clarice Flick. The potluck was attended by approximately 70 members and guests. The program included boys from Foresters director, John showed slides Am Colleen Ge Schreiber and sets. Also Augusta celebrating her A No. 5 Jenkins husband. Gol Set To vocal selections by a group of Mrs. Harry Lee Leighton meeting to Memorial hall, ClubNvill serve The su but those bring pie or one-pound for the furnished by An evening and card donations are meeting was members and ? SHOE DEPT. Ribbed Sole the Walk All the fineSt-style appeal with the comfort qualities in a wedge heel. Full cushion insole Bouncy ribbed sole Soft crushed leather uppers Oxford and slip on styling Page 6 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 25, 1971