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Thur .sday, May 8, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 ] id ........    ..... Breathe 00t00'.eply. Exhale. Ahhhh 000 I I Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Donna Jean Raines (from left), Susan Turner, Kathy Jacobson, Heidi Adams, Janice Bankson and Diane Seagroves reach for the ceiling during a yoga class led by Michelle Pugh, not pictured, at her studio, Joonbug Yoga on Tuesday. BUSINESS BRIEFS EDC partners with businesses to award student scholarships . .... The Mason County Economic Development Council (EDC) has teamed up with the Shelton  School District to encourage new business develop- ment, starting with students, according to a news release from the EDC. The intention is for Mason County residents to foster new business development. The Shelton School District provided students with a variety of courses that helped them create a business plan, The event April 23 provided a forum to showcase the results to an group of judges. Of the 50 business plans submitted, 12 moved forward to the judging panel consisting of Andrew Bertrand, Jay Hupp, Lynn Longan, Kristin Masted lar and James Thomas. Students Paige Goldsby, Kuree Goodpastor, Kayleen Jackson, Robert Mougous and Ariela San- chez won the top five and were awarded a schol- arship to Washington Business Week, where they will be part of a company in a college-level business simulation. The goal is to develop new products while managing the business operations, according to the EDC. For more information, Contact Lynn Longan, executive director of the Economic Development Council ofVIason County, at 426'2276. Shelton Chamber schedules business bu i I de r Works hop The Shelton Chamber of Commerce will hosts its monthly Elevator Pitch & Bhsiness Expo Work- shop at noon Monday at the headquarters of Mason County Fire District 4, at 2970 SE Arcadia Road. The workshop will teach attendees how to in- troduce themselves and explain what they do in a memorable and complete way, according to the release. "One of the most important things a business person can do (especially an owner or someone who is involved in sales) is learn how to speak about their business to others," according to the release. For more information on Business Builder Work- shops, go to sheltonchamber.org. Melting snow starts Union Traveler Days From time immemorial or at least the past six years, melting snow on Mount Washington has sig- nified the start of Traveler Days in Union by reveal- ing "The Traveler," according to James Bell, a mem- ber of the Union Tourism Association. When Bell and the other members of the tourism committee decided to start the association, he said, they wanted to have signature events that were dis- tinctive to Union's history and the history of Hood Canal. "I found something from the museum and re- searched the area," he said. "That's where I came upon the phenomena which happens in the spring on the mountain." The Traveler is the local term for a grouping of rocks on Mount Washington that, when snow melts, creates the illusion of a man standing on the side of the mountain. Traveler Days goes through Mother's Day, May 11. The goal the tourism association had when start- ing this celebration, Bell said, was to start events on the shoulder of the normal tourist season. "If you're a tourist, you don't necessarily plan to come out here in October or April or May," he said. You come out here Memorial to Labor Day." The creation of Traveler Days has, according to Bell, increased the number of tourists Union sees during the "shoulder seasons." For more information on Traveler Days and event times, go to visitunion.com. Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen