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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 5, 2014 KOMEN COMMENT Here's to Queen Anna er neighbors on Mason Lake have known her since she was a baby. She was long on cute and short of hair on her little head. They watched her grow into youth. Watched that wondrous transition into the tall, slim, personable and talented young woman she has become. She is Anna Cath- erine Liljas, 18, and she is the toast of Ma- son Lake -- actually the Queen of Mason Lake. It's her real title because she wears the By JOHN crown of Queen of the KOMEN Mason County Forest Festival. Mason Lake has its first Forest Festival queen, and the folks are quite proud of that fact. But they are also sad because soon they will lose her. Queen Anna will be leaving Mason Lake. She is graduating from high school and is moving to a university far away. The lake has been her play- ground since she was a toddler. The only child of Sheila and Alan Liljas (pronounced LILL- juss), Anna has had all the childhood benefits her respon- sible and attentive parents can provide. Start with the lakeside home her father designed and built. Modest by the standards of expensive new houses on Mason Lake, the Liljas' home neverthe- less is a center of activity. Anna and friends enjoy all the perqui- sites of a home on a lake. Boat- ing is a favorite, of course. Anna's skill on the wave- board became a favorite spec- tator sport for the neighbors. She'd be on the lake in all kinds of weather. During weekdays, Sheila would be at the boat's controls. Alan (who works nights at Alaska Airlines at Sea-Tac Airport) sleeps during weekday daylight hours, but he runs the ski boat for Anna and her buddies on weekends. It's an idyllic existence, and it will soon take a four-year break. Anna will be attending Cali- fornia Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She has a full four-year scholarship that will be buttressed by other scholar- ships she has been awarded. Anna, you see, is an out- standing student. She graduates this year from Shelton High School, where she has excelled in the classroom and on the stage as an actor, singer, pianist and stage manager. Last month she was part of an ll-member cast that sparkled in "Little Women -- The Musical" at the high school's Perform- ing Arts Center. She played the part of Beth, complete with a singing death scene. To somewhat allevi- ate the ribbing she will be subjected to because of this column, let us hasten to add Anna didn't have the star- ring role. She did dou- ble duty -- Beth on the stage and behind the scenes as the production's stage manager. The lead went to Anna's good frierd Carly Stauffer, and she was delightful. Carly is hugely talented. One sees her on stage, singing and dancing and emoting, and one swells with the idea that he is seeing a future star on Broadway. She's that good, akin to the great Broadway musical icon Tammy Grimes. (We are somewhat dis- appointed to learn Carly will study nursing -- not the stage -- at Pacific Lutheran Univer- sity in Parkland.) All members of the cast of "Little Women -- The Musical" were outstanding, each of them deserving of recognition. So in addition to Carly and Anna, let's name them: Kara Bark- man, Hannah Mikesell, Jessica Murdock, Jacob Mortenson, Cole Gloor, Sam DeSpain, Ran- dall Graham, Wanda Tweed and Lincoln Martin, the sole sophomore among this group of seniors. If that sample of 11 teenagers is any sort of test, then Shel- ton and the rest of the United States of America are in good hands. Mason Lake will miss Anna Catherine when she leaves for college. They'll be looking for her behind the Liljas' boat when she comes home on vacations. John Komen, who lives on Mason Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchor- man, national TV network cor- respondent, producer, columnist, editorial writer and commenta- tor. His column, Komen Com- ment, appears each week in the Mason County Journal. Mason County LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you Journal staff for compassion Editor, the Journal My wife, Deborah Koeppen, and I recently visited staff persons at the Journal office to submit an obituary article for her deceased brother, David Dean Pierson. We were treated with respect and efficiency by the staffwe en- countered. That is the Shelton community spirit we remember from our past. For icing on the Memorial cake, the printing of the obituary was free of charge. We surely appreciated the total experience at the Journal. Thank you all! In a following incident, Deborah, visited another local newspaper for printing of the same obituary. Her wait on less than caring persons she encountered was lengthy, ex- ceeding an hour. Then came the bill. An as- tounding $170 for the same article as printed in your paper free of charge. Deborah choked back emotions and paid the bill out of respect for her deceased brother and those who cared about David's life. As a result of our experi- ences I'm inclined to never be a patron/cus- tomer of'another local newspaper." Period? Thank you again, Mason County Journal, for being compassionate and caring about community spirit and service. You are a win- ner in my book. Thanks for printing a flaw- less obituary and caring enough to double check the spelling of family name(s) before going to press. That is the spirit! Dennis D. Koeppen Tumwater Property safe despite letter writer's claims Editor, the Journal In the May 22 issue of the Journal was an opinion by Gary of Kelso ("Beware of Lake Cushman property"). As for me and my neighbors -- that is a horrible thing to say. We have lived in the Lake Cushman area for more than 12 years and this area is truly Journal Letter Policy The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters ............. and include the writer's name, address and daytime phone number, which w It be used for verification purposes only. All letters are subject to editing for length, grammar and clarity. ........ or mail it to a wonderful place to live. I talk to security quite often and find them very pleasant and concerned about properties, most are property owners themselves. Security is our first line of defense and they do have a big job to do, and are on a problem as soon as they see it or are called to check it out, not knowing what they will encounter. Security is working seven days a week with a lot of area to cover. Mason Coun- ty Sheriffs deputies are also present, very nice and are active in the Community Block Watch. They give us updates on possible bad guys and even cars or trucks that are suspicious. I have never lived in a safer place. Gary, I am sure, is angry and in his letter blowing off some steam, and that is OK. But everyone needs to get to know their neigh- bors, who can watch out for your property when you are not around. Let security know you don't live here. Most importantly, secure your property and the items on your property. Clear away any brush that might hide a thief. Install a camera system. Don't leave items out on dis- play -- a canoe could be stored inside while away. Security of property does take some effort on the part of the owner. As for the thieves that think they can get away with anything? It is only a matter of time until they will be caught. Ginger Hussey Lake Cushman see LETTERS, page A-5 USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Meson County Journal at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 .www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington Mason County Journal is a member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in state of Washington but outside Mason County, $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Elson, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email adam@masoncounty.com.