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June 17, 1971

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GATEWAY GIFT SHOP is the retail outlet, where products of the wood and ceramics shops are on sale to the public. il MANY USEFUL and beautiful utensils and decorations are produced by student craftsmen in Exceptional Foresters' new ceramics shop. CEDAR PRODUCTS are fabricated by resident trainees at Exceptional Foresters, Inc., in Shelton. Page 5-48- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 Two handicraft shops and a retail outlet for their production of cedar woodwork and ceramic wares are in operation by Exceptional Foresters, Inc. at Sanderson Field, Shelton. These are additions to the forestry training program of this pr/vately organized, non-profit enterprise which provides a sheltered workshop where retarded boys and young men may acquire and practice manual skills which help them to live healthy, satisfying, useful lives. In the woodshop the foresters are assembling and finishing 17 cedarwood items, including planter boxes, picnic tables, garden trellises, and fencing units. The ceramic craft is taught by a professional instructor. Through the generosity of a Hoquiam ceramic shop proprietor about $1,000 worth of molds were obtained for $80. The Shelton Jaycees and their wives also gave the project a boost by turning out one Saturday to paint the retail outlet, known as the Gatehouse Gift Shop, located at the entrance to Sanderson Field on Pacific Highway North. The molds obtained at Hoquiam enable the ceramic shop to turn out 130 different, useful and decorative items such as figurines, ash trays, tea tiles, and planters. One of the most interesting is an old-fashioned washstand pitcher and bowl set. At the Gatehouse, woodwork is displayed in an outdoor area fronting on the highway. Inside is a finishing room, adjoining a large display area for the ceramics, which are molded and fired in another building. Mason County visitors and residents alike are invited to inspect the wares at Gatehouse Gift Shop. Their purchases will help to make this worthwhile enterprise self-sustaining. When Exceptional Foresters was organized by a group of Mason County citizens it was the first effort in the United States to provide community-sponsored and financed rather than institutional care and training for the retarded. The enterprise is now located in Sanderson Field buildings formerly occupied by the Washington State Patrol Academy. Exceptional Foresters is licensed by the ;tate Department of Public Health as an mtelmediate care facility, directed by John A. Sci reiber. At present 40 residents are participating in the program. Of these 27 are from the state institutions of Rainier School and Lakeland Village, They are being taught Christmas tree farming on 1,020 acres three miles north of Shelton. The land is provided at the airport by the Port of Shelton on a share-crop basis. Three buildings are in use, providing dormitory and dining facilities, classroom, and recreation facilities. The residents live two in a room, with central heat and excellent bathroom facilities. Two day rooms and a craft hobby shop are available for leisure time use. Director Schreiber and his staff exercise around the clock supervision seven days a week. The staff consists of three day supervisors, two housemothers, a night fire warden, three cooks, one housekeeper, a recreation leader, secretary-bookKeeper, and a teacher of academic subjects. Tree farming operations include clearing old growth, which is converted into fire wood, soil preparation, planting, pruning, and fertilizing Douglas Fir seedlings. A plantation of 20,000 fir seedlings is expected to yield its first harvest in the fall of 1972. Christmas trees marketed thus far have been from natural stands. Besides learning skills which can make it possible for them to get self-sustaining employment, the Exceptional Foresters gain feelings of security, friendship, and recognition which few of them have ever known before. This is a most important factor in the project's success and amply justifies the belief of the founders that potentially productive retarded boys should be living a more enjoyable and useful life instead of just twiddling their thumbs and watching television. | BUSINESS OFFICE Boat1, Laura Diemert, Irma Fisher, Sylvia derrells, Pat Johnson, Rule Lanman, Iva Lee, Jean Lehman, Evelyn McKasson, Jean Webber, Marge Richards, Adele LABORATORY Auseth, Linda Blair, Dolores Fox, Arnold Hurlbert, Joy Kenyon, Marilyn Slinkard, Edna Tolan, Ann MEDICAL RECORDS Dunnington, Nancy Kilcup, Shirley Loebner, Shasta Yerly, Marge MAINTENANCE Hickson, Jim Pierce, Ernie Shawver, Pete PURCHASING Jackstadt, Randy Jacobson, Inez PHARMACY Kemp, Mi ke PHYSICAL THERAPY Floberg, Jill HOUSEKEEPING Atwood, Ina Bollinger, Kay Bolllnger, Ruth Botzheim, Anna Botzheim, Matt Churas, Harriet Dickinson, Joyce Gross, Mattie Hale, Grace Knipschield, David Liles, Grace Nagel, Carolyn Rollevson, Shirley Shawver, Celia Whitley, Alex Whitley, Irene Williams, Bonnie FOOD SERVICE Barrington, Virginia Bolduc, Dorothy Burbank, Laura Cole, Ann Hannaford, Fern Hunter, Jackie Kinnan, Florence Kneeland, Monica Lambert, Connie Lane, Ernestine Robertson, Gertrude Sandridge, Evelyn Schmidt, Mary Schmidt, Maxine Schouvillier, Lila Townsend, Betty Twidwell, Leora Whetham, Elsie Wolcott, Glenna IN-SERVICE Sheller, Phyllis NURSING SERVICE Abel, Marie Adams, Thelma Anderson, Avon Biggs, Mabel Case, Frances Cataldo, Maddie Childs, Viola Cooper, Deanna Crowley, Jean Duckham, Connie Everett, Jean Fox, Fran Franklin, Charlotte Hadden, Joan Heckman, Marge Holt, Dorothy Hood, Pat Johansson, Leslie Kick, Mary Kuhr, Idadell Martinmaas, Patricia Murata, Helen Nelson, Carol O'Keefe, Nina Radcliffe, Kay Robinson, Sandy Sanford, Helen Rogers, Bonnie Teberg, Helen VanOverbeke, Dorothy Wilbur, Idaleah Wynne, Charlene Yates, Nancy Zehrung, Frankie SURGICAL SERVICE Forman, Margaret Miltenberger, Juanita Simmons, Helen Swift, Betty Tiffany, Norma I Portable x-ray in intensive care Laundry NURSE AIDE Anderson, Jeanette Barrett, Dodle Boring, Eva Brewer, Ma~y Campagna, Martha Clayton, JoAnn Coffey, Nita Coleman, Shirley Conklin, Ruth Cush, Zetha Ellingson, Donna Gensen, Sharon Hedgers, Genevieve Hitchings, Claire Jones, Wilma Kangas, Agnes Lovgren, Theo Newell, Eleanor Simpson, Eva Thompson, Ruth Updike, Bertha Hertz, Lois ORDERLIES Baker, Ralph Johnson, Guy Sayler, Bennie WARD CLERKS Bina, Mary Holtorf, Shirley Franklin, Connie Malloy, Sue Redman, Helene Schimschat, Betty Twiddy, Kathleen ANESTHESIA SERVICE Doebler, Roy Frank, Anne Physical Therapy Inhalation Therapy ~ ...... RADIOLOGY Brotherton, Barbara Kast, Llnda Oling, Carol Welch, Joan CENTRAL SERVICE AND EMERGENCY ROOM Bain, Glaciys Burnett, Hazel Campeau, L. Harriet Chappell, Bettie Coots, Ruth Ann Demmon, Margaret Look, Hazel Munro, Gina J. Weston, Laurel Weston, Rebecca STAFF L.P.N. Blanchard, Mary Carrington, Harriet Cheney, LaDonna Coleman, Norene Durkin, EsteHe Gouley, Diane Head, Darlene Kytta, Malike Luar k, Bessie Norris, Joanne Parker, Georgia Schmitt, Yina Smith, Eleanor Walter, Virginia Weckhorst, June Weeks, Sandra Wilkerson, Sally Williamson, Lydia Blood Bank ~,::::~.!:~ ~:~ Laboratory Volunteers Deck the Halls. Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 5-45