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Auth0rshares advicewith 9 Mason County Thursda3 April 10, 2014 - Week 15 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 Petition: VAN J U M P S C U R B Remove planters in city By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun corn At a Shelton City Com- mission retreat in January, Public Works Director Greg Clark told the commissioners that overgrown city trees are cracking sidewalks and block- ing the vision of drivers at stop signs and lights. Clark proposed that the city remove the overgrown trees, and replace them with young trees placed in large containers. see PLANTERS, page A-13 1 i- Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-16 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page AL22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-1 Classifieds Page B-8 Legals Page B-10 Crossword Page B-11 Sudoku Page B-11 ili i Ilililli ti iiltjiJII II 81111t32o3, oo Journal photo by Natalie Johnson No one was injured when this van jumped a curb at the cornof Seventh and Alder streets in Shelton on Tuesday. The driver turned right from Alder Street to Seventh Street and to the turn too wide, clipping another car, said Sgt. Virgil Pentz of the Shelton Police Department. The driver then overCorrected, driving over a sidewalk and through a fence, landing on a tree in this front yard. Drug court graduate overcomes odds Sheton man, 34, one ofjust 53 to complete county program natalie@masoncoun com Benjamin Betsch has been c]ean and sober for more than 400 days, or about 13 months. This is the first time he can say that in 20 years. On March 31, Betsch, 34, graduated from Mason County Drug Court. "I was really desperate for change," the Shelton resident said. "I value the quality of life you can live sober." Betsch was joined by family, friends, his fianc6e and members of the drug court team,' including attorneys, judges and counselors, at his graduation last week. "We have watched you grow in this program, watched you struggle, watched you overcome," Mason County Court Commissioner Robert Sauerlender said. "I've seen you grow in this program to be an encouragement to these participants and to this team ... it's been a pleasure to have you in our program." Since 2003, 53 people have successful- ly completed Mason County's drug court and graduated from the program.. Drug court is .an alternative sentenc- ing program. People recently convicted of drug-related crimes can apply for drug court. "The program is built on accountabil- ity, discipline and respect," program ad- ministrator Harris Haertel said. Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Benjamin Betsch graduated from Mason County's drug court March 31. He said the program taught him to be accountable and take responsibility for his actions. If accepted, a participant must take part in regular addiction counseling, join a 12-step program with a sponsor, com- plete Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), get a driver's license and either get a job or take college or GED classes. Par- ticipants must attend weekly or twice- monthly court hearings to check on their progress. "This is a multi-faceted program de- signed to change an addict's thinking," said drug court volunteer Dean Byrd, a retired chief deputy with the Mason County Sheriffs Office. Betsch entered drug court on Feb. 15, 2013, after being convicted for possession of methamphetamine. He had been in and out of the court system and jail in Mason County since he was 13 years old. "I feel like I'm kind of growing up," he said, the day after his graduation. "I just grew up never having goals, never having a direction in my life." see GRADUATE, page A-28