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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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~ql yti~m ~,uomdOlOAOp o~e3,so ieai leUOi.le~jooj i ~ii =ii!~!~!!~i:;I SCUBA DIVERS head for the waters of Hood Canal for fish spearing, a popular sport near Hoodsport. Q THE FIRST VINEYARD in Washington State was established by Lambert B. Evans on Stretch Island in 1872. The vines are still bearing-on land now owned bv the Somers family. Page 5-84 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 1 7, 1971 With Hood ~ in its front yard ~d the peaks of the Olympics towering in the background, Hoodsport is ideally situated to serve as the gateway to both of these natural attractions of Mason County. At Hoodsport Highway 101 meets the road to Lake Cushman, the county's largest and most popular body of fresh water where boating, water skiing, fishing, camp- ing, and picnicking draw thousands of vacationists. Here, too, new summer homes are going up in a rapidly expand- ing development on lakeshore and scenic highlands. This pleasant community retains the neighborly small town atmosphere which has characterized it since pioneer days when it was an important port of call for Puget Sound's famous steamboat fleet. Today it is the focal point for unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. A thriving business center serves as supply base for shoreside summer home owners and for sportsmen and va- cationists headed for adventure on the canal or in the back country. The Hoodsport Ranger Station of Olympic National Forest is located in the town. This is the place to go for information about forest service roads and recreation fa- cilities on the Hamma Hamma, Duckabush, and Dosewal- lips rivers. Outstanding points of interest are the state salmon hatchery on Finch Creek and the ITT Rayonier Biological Investigation Center. Both of these are making important contributions to knowledge necessary to preserve marine wildlife and habitat. Year-round residents participate in many activities in common with those of neighboring communities of Pot- latch, Union, and Lilliwaup through the Hood Canal Lions Club, Hood Canal Woman's Club, and the Community Charch. A wide range of organized youth activities include Little League Baseball and Scouting for boys and girls. The Island Belle grape, a justly famous native of Ma- son County, explains the name of Grapeview, a community situated on Case Inlet, opposite fertile Stretch Island. The Island Belle was originated on Stretch Island more than 60 years ago and since then has been the es- sential ingredient in the manufacture of a wide variety of wines and other juicy products. This county has the largest acreage of commercial vineyards in Western Washington. Principal centers of cultivation besides Stretch Island are ttarstine Island and mainland acreage on the shores of Case Inlet and Picker- ing Passage, south to Agate. Three wineries and one juice plant once utilized the Island Belle crop. Now only one winery remains. But grapes are still raised. Somers Vineyards operated by the family which once owned St. Charles Winery sells its crop on a "you pick" basis in October. The Island Belle is desireable for table use, juicing, jam, or jelly-making. It is an extremely versatile grape from which several outstanding wines can be made by dif- ferent fermentation methods. Its originator was Adam Eckert, who moved to a 40- acre farm on Stretch Island from New York State in 1889. He propagated the Island Belle from a sport of Concord grape which ripened earlier and gave heavier yields than its parent. The Grapeview community is proud of its volunteer fire department and its fire hall, built in 1965 with a $17,600 bond issue. A second fire engine was also purchased then: Equipped with kitchen and rest rooms, the hall is used as a social center by the Sara Eckert Orthopedic Guild, the Fair Harbor Grange, the Grapenuts 4-H Club, Grapeview Mothers Club, and the Fire Department Auxiliary. Grapeview has an independent school district, with grades 1-7. Junior and Senior High School students go either to North Mason or Shelton. CAMPFIRES ! remember... ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES! Clearcutting is one of several proven means of harvesting in sustained yield forest management. When clearcutting is determined to be the method of harvesting, a selected area, usually quite small in relationship to the forest is chosen. Clearcutting and the subsequent replanting is a valuable management technique of harvesting while protecting the life cycle of a forest. It is a vital aspect of forest ecology. A forest disturbed by clearcutting requires about five years to regain its pleasing appearance. Although there are immediate ecological benefits to the animal and plant life, clear cutting is the object of public criticism because it looks bad. But remember when you see clearcutting you are looking at management that assures forests that will go on forever. Founded 1890 81st Anniversary 1971 Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 5-9