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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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THAR SHE BLOWS! h | GOING ALL OUT. MAN vs CLAM. Page S-32 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 V "gooe',jduck") is a iavorite qua~j o~ clamm~rs on southern Puget Sound beaches and the western shores of Hood Canal in Mason County. Geoduck digging pressure is so great that they are readily found on public beaches only at the extreme low tide line, so that most digging is restricted to less than 20 tides a year. The season is open all year. They may be taken with hand operated instrument only. The gear includes a cylindrical can or tube which acts as a caisson to keep mud and water out of the hole and thus prevent loss or mutilation of the clam. The geoduck can (a large stovepipe or open-ended l O-gallon can) is forced down around the hole where the geoduck is seen when he extends his neck to the surface and squirts. Once the can is in position, it is forced down as deeply as possible by the weight of the digger. Beach material within the can is scooped out with a shovel as the can is pushed down until the geoduck ppears and its neck and upper part of the shell may be firmly grasped. The digger sometimes gets his head and shoulder into the can with his arm at full stretch. By carefully wiggling and pumping the animal about it may be gradually drawn up and finally pulled out. Care must be taken to avoid breaking the shell or pulling off the neck. Contrary to popular, belief, the geoduck itself does not dig down to escape capture because in the adult size the foot is too small to permit active digging. The retraction of the long neck, however, frequently gives the impression that the clam is seeking to escape. Virtually the entire animal is edible. The neck and breast meat are favorite portions. These may be skinned after a quick blanch in hot water, then washed, and cut into strips or ground for frying. ~~~~~~~~~~~u~u~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~uu~~~~uu~I~~~I~uu~u~I~~~~I~!~~~u~uIu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~ cal er Shelton's weather is mainly mild and moist. Annual rainfall averages 63.95 inches. January is the wettest month with 10.27 mean inches. July is the driest with .87 mean inches. Average annual snowfall is 8.5 inches. Mean maximum temperatures are above 90 degrees seven days a year and below 32 only one. Mean minimum is below 32 for 71 days and is never below zero. ~u~~~u~u~~~~u~~u~~~~~~~~~~fill~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SUCCESS! The services of two excellent nursing care facilities have been made available in Mason County by the 80 bed Fir Lane Terrace, a skilled nursing home certified by Medicare, and 44 bed Shelton Manor, a skilled nursing home for ambulatory patierit care. Both are operated by Les and Betty Krueger, who invite your inspection. 24 hour reg. nurse care Recreation- TV Rooms Ambulatory & Bed Patients Excellent, Well- Balanced Meals Physical Therapy Spacious Grounds Occupational Therapy State Licensed Private or Semi-Private Rooms FIR LANE TERRACE CONVALESCENT CENTER 2430 North 13th St. Lic. No. 552 Phone 426-1651 SHELTON MANOR NURSING HOME Route 1, Box 196 Lic. No. 385 Phone 426-4552 BACK IN WARDROBE DRY CLEANING Our expert dry cleaning method restores a new again look and feeling to all of your clothes, so you start off each day with a smile. You can depend on us for prompt, reliable service at a modest cost. and Tailors 215 So. 2nd. St. Phone 426-3371 J BRAKES ALIGNING TRUCK TIRE SERVICE FRONT AND GROVE SHELTON 5TH AND EAST MAIN PUYALLUP KETCHIKAN ALASKA 828 SURWELL SREMERTON 19TH AND PACIFIC AVE. TACOMA Serving Northwest Motorists for 50 Years Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-61