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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Journal file photo Last year's SpelI-E-Bration winning team was The Good Neighbors -- from left, Nancy Evans, Pearl Ostroff- Deloach and Susan Carlson-- sponsored by Melanie Bakala State Farm Insurance, Spelling sensation .5pelI-E-Bration on Friday benefits Sound Learning By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Sound Learning presents its 21st annual Spring Spell- E-Bration fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday in the Shelton Civic Center. The event raises money for Sound Learning's educational programs in Mason and Thur- ston counties. The programs provide edu- cation for adults in GED prepa- ration, math, reading and writ- ing improvement, and English for . speakers of other languag- es. In 2011-2013, with the support of professional staff, 200 Sound Learning volun- teers provided 300 students with 10,000 hours of instruc- tion. see SPELL, page A-24 HOODSPORT NEWS Fire district slated to get new truck n April 19, a contingent of fire department personnel arrived early in the morning to hide Easter eggs and get chili and hot dogs going on the grill. Right on their heels the auxiliary showed up and quickly filled two huge tables with baked goods. A big thank you to all who helped with the baking l/ By LOIS JERDEN and selling - your efforts are much appreciated. The rain arrived just about the same time as the Easter egg hunters, but it didn't dampen the spirits too much. While waiting for their age group to be called, the chil= dren got to put out a pretend fire while wearing their red fire helmets. In other fire department news, Mason County Fire District 18 will be getting a newer used fire truck from Alabama toward the end of May. As soon as it gets here, they will begin the process of getting everyone trained on it. The Lake Cushman community can benefit from some training from the fire department also, just not on the truck. They'll be offering CPR classes, so if you're interested, watch for more information fliers, also mark your cal- endars for Oct. 11 when Fire District 18 will have an open house that will include rides on the equipment. see HOODSPORT, page A-24 HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS Harstine Island's recent real estate numbers are a mixed lot he annual battle has started -- that war between the red flam- ing huckleberries burning the roadsides is losing its fight against the screaming yellow Scotch broom with its outreach- ing arms. Scotch broom has taken the ground between the highway and tree line, while huckleberries are being pushed back into the shadows. Thought I would give you a real es- tate update for the island -- looks like things have picked up just a little bit. Ten homes have sold since my last report in January, with prices ranging from $115,000 for a home on 5 acres to a waterfront home selling for $305,000. Eigh- By MIKE CALLAGHAN teen homes are for sale on the island, starting with a manufactured home on one- third of an acre for $87,500 to seven waterfront homes rang- ing in price from $281,000 to $895,000. Hartstene Pointe sales haven't been as hot. Five homes have sold there, with 27 on the market. A Harstene Pointe is- land home starts the active list at $96,750 and a waterfront home tops the list at $419,000. The five homes that have sold ranged from $84,900 to $220,000. No lots have been sold at Harstene, despite 17 being on the market. Vacant lot prices range from $29,000 . to $164,900 .... Sales are a little better on the island in general. There have been eight sales -- two lots on Appaloosas Drive sold for $15,000 each and one 30-plus acre lot sold for $895,000. Thirty-four proper- ties are for sale ranging from $11,000 for a lot on Fox Lane to a nice 56-acre chunk for $1,195,000. One of the island's bigger fundraisers is coming up. Harstine Island Community Club, along with the garden club, grange, theater club and women's club, will be put- ting on the annual spaghetti feed. It will take place May 24 at the hall. You need to be there so you can say "Oh yeah, I had spaghetti in the hall when it turned 100 years old." What a price deal for a dinner -- tickets are only $6 for adults and $3 for chil- dren. The meal times are 5 to 8 p.m. They will have meat sauce and vegetable sauce available along with a green salad, garlic bread, beverages and desserts. We have two senior lunches on the calendar this month. On May 14, they will serve crab strata, green salad, pickled beets and cook- ies. On May 28, they will serve baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and custard cake. The doors always open a little before noon and that serv- ing triangle rings right at noon. All age 508 and older, and their guests are wel- come. Remember, all they ask is a $3 donation. Our Harstine Island Community Choir will be celebrating its first decade of music-making in Mason County with a blockbuster program that benefits its 10th anniversary. Take a walk down memory lane as they present some of the most compelling and inspir- ing music from Broadway, Hollywood and pop from the 1920s to the 1950s. You'll enjoy "Embraceable You," "Skylark," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Tuxedo Junction" and other inspiring American classics. Perfor- mances will be at 7 p.m. on May 16 at Northside Baptist in Shelton; 3 p.m. on May 17 at St. Hugh Episcopal in A1- lyn; and 3 p.m. on May 18 at the Harstine Island Commu- nity Hall. They need money to keep up this work, so they would appreciate a dona- tion when you attend. see HARSTINE, page A-24