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April 10, 2014

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Local man inducted into R.A. Long hall of fame STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Mason County resident Bill Kendrick was recognized this week by his high school alma mater for "outstanding life- long accomplishments." Kendrick, a 1953 graduate of R.A. Long High School in Longview, was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame under the Life- time Achievement category on March 21. According to a letter from the R,. Long High School Hall of Fame Com- mittee, Kendrick was chosen for the Hall of Fame because of his "commitment to success throughout his high school, col- lege and professional career as an educa- tor and an administrator in the field of education for twenty-five plus year ex- emplify what the Lifetiem Achievement Category stands for." As a student at R.A. Long, Kendrick was president of Quill and Scroll, was a journalist, was in the scholastic club, was the sports editor for the school's annual his senior year and was the assistant edi- tor of the Lumberjack Log newspaper. He participated in football and track, and was a member of the 1952 champi- onship football team. He went to college at Western Wash- ington University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1957. He also earned a mastes degree from California State Uni- versity at Los Angeles in 1959 and has a doctorate from Portland State University. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Thirty-three downtown Shelton business owners, building owners and employees signed a petition opposing four concrete planters with trees being placed by the city on Railroad Avenue. The signatures were gathered last week by Cooper Studios owner Forrest Cooper, who presented the petition to the Shelton City Commission on Monday. Planters: Petition signatures collected downtown last week continued from page A- 1 The decision was made to start with four new trees -- conifers -- to see how they look, and find hear how the pub- lic accepts them, according to meeting minutes. The Shelton City Commission re- ceived a public review at its meeting on Monday: a petition signed by 33 resi- dents -- most of them business own, ers, building owners and downtown employees -- who oppose the concrete planters and noble firs being placed on Railroad Avenue by the city's Public Works department. The petition was presented by For- rest Cooper, who, with wife Amy, owns Cooper Studios at 409 Railroad Ave. Cooper also spoke about his concerns about the planter boxes during the public comment period at the commis- sion's March 31 meeting. Cooper pointed out the girth of the concrete tree boxes: 5-foot by 5-foot by 3-foot, 1-inch, and 4-feet deep. He said he and his wife measured the sight lines with the tree box in place at Fifth and Railroad, and they: conclude a car traveling westbound on Railroad now has to travel about 38 feet further before seeing a pedestrian in the crosswalk on Fifth Street. And for a driver on Fifth Street waiting to pull onto Railroad Avenue, a driver traveling westbound on Railroad must travel an additional 26 feet to be seen by that driver, he said. The petition signatures were col- lected last week in downtown Shelton. 'Throughout the short process of collecting signatures, I was shocked by the overwhelming opposition to the tree boxes for reasons from -- and you'll see listed -- public safety, visual aesthetics, budget impacts and impacts to businesses,' Cooper said. "There was. not one person I spoke to who support- ed the tree boxes and the city's decision to take On a project such as this." He added, "As one of many con- cerned building and business owners on Railroad Avenue, I am requesting the concrete boxes with trees be re- moved from Railroad Avenue and re- located somewhere else where the im- pacts are reduced and the surrounding community supports their placement." During the second public comment period at Monday's meeting, Sally Kes- selman, who owns a building at Sev- enth Street and Railroad Avenue, said she opposes the large planter boxes. She told the commission she's seen near :collisions in front of her building because of poor visibility. Kesselman said she likes the hang- ing baskets the city places in the spring, but wants to see the new tree boxes removed. In an interview with the Journal, Clark said the city is trying to add  color on:itS main street, an d deal with tree robtd that are "blowing" up curbs and sidewalksi Cooper "is the only one to raise a flag of concern," he said. The city's Public Works department will continue to follow the recommen- dations of the commission, which will talk about trees at its work session at 2 p.m. Monday, Clark said. The city staff made the containers, and the four trees were purchased from local tree farms, Clark said. "We're trying to have the Christ- mastown theme, having the nobles," he said. The planter container at Fifth and Railroad is the only one at an intersec- tion without a traffic light, Clark said. The city could place a half-size con- tainer at that site, and plant an aza- lea or a shrub in it instead of a tree, he 00aJd'. ...................... Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-13 Spring Car Care L They'll shop 'til they drop when you advertise in the Journal. Call 426-4412 today. Mason to detail. to your vehicle. to you. 0 DaL AUTOMOTIVE 2033 OlympicHighwayNorth oShelton 426-1467 Professional Family-Owned Automotive Repair Located in downtown Allyn We'll Help You Keep Your Vehicle Running & Driving The Way It OIL CHANGES while you wait Should! Mark Dnitra Todd 18271 Hwy3 Allyn ' ;(360) 275-0405 I Stop by and visit Country Relics Antiques & Collectib!e: k in the NEW LOCATION across from Big Bubba s '06 Colorado 4x4 107KmL Ready to go! 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