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Page A-28- Mason County Journal- Thursday, July 3, 2014 Kitchen: Organization feeds about 500 people each month continued from page A-1 Due to miscommunication with- in the agency, Community Kitchen failed to apply for money from United Way of Mason County that is collected through workplace giving campaigns, Benjamin said. For the first time this year, non- profit groups that received money from United Way of Mason County got them for two years instead of one, which means Community Kitchen will have to wait two years to apply again. Community Kitchen feeds about 500 individuals each month, some of them up to four times a day, Benja- min said. "It's in everyone's best interest that we stay open," he said. Assistant manager Krista Kirton has volunteered at Community Kitch- en for six years. "I would hate to see it close ... There are people who come in who have nothing to eat," she said. Tax-deductible donations can be made by dropping by the Community Kitchen. Benjamin, a native of Southern California, moved to Shelton in the 1980s and opened the Community Kitchen 16 years ago. 'Volunteers began feeding hungry people under a canopy in Brewer Park a few days a week. "Nobody was feeding anybody back them at all ... You had to go to Olym- pia to get a free meal," Benjamin re- called. If Community Kitchen closes, "It would put a burden on Community Lifeline ... which would cause all kinds of problems," he said. Community Lifeline, another Shel- ton organization that provides food for the needy, serves free meals to all from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2318 N. Third St. But unlike Community Kitchen, it does not serve breakfast or lunch. Community Kitchen volunteers pick up trash, and point clients with mental health issues toward services, "so we're doing more than just feeding people," Benjamin said. Joseph Lisk, who has cooked, cleaned and served for 11 years, agrees. Without the Community Kitchen, former clients will be loitering on the streets in front of downtown busi- nesses and harassing people, he said. "We're trying to keep that under control," Lisk said. "If people are bored, they'll do something stupid." Lisk said he serves "vets, home- less, low-income families, people who need food, anyone who needs a hot meal." Pot: Moratorium won't affect retail stores, some producers continued from page A  1 State law requires the com- mission to schedule a public hearing within 60 days of its vote to begin the moratorium. The public hearing has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 22. The moratorium can be re- newed every six months with a commission vote. The commis- sion can chose to lift the mora- torium at any time. Neatherlin said he was concerned about approving a moratorium 24 hours after the commission first discussed it during a briefing Monday morning. "These people may have al- ready spent their life savings to purchase a piece of land," he said. "They have a right to recoup the money invested be- cause they followed us. We al- lowed it and we have to take responsibility for it." Neatherlin said the county is equally responsible for pro- tecting the rights of residents of Sells Drive and legal com- mercial marijuana growers. Other speakers asked the commission Tuesday why they allowed commercial marijuana operations in rural residential areas. "I think in our hearts we feel you have let us down," said James McElroy, who said he lives near a proposed Can- nabis producer. The moratorium will not affect retail stores or the 11 marijuana producers and pro- cessors who have already filed valid permits with the county, either for new construction or change of use permits. The companies grand- fathered into the previous zoning regulations include Hazy Daze on Old Belfair Highway; Seattle Inceptive Group on Old Belfair High- way; Jankowski Construction, also known as Stone Supply, on Northeast Elfendahl Pass completed permit as of Tues- Road; DM Belfair. Invest-day, when the moratorium ments, also known as Forbid- den Farms, on Southeast Sells Drive; ABI Management, also known as Greenleaf Grow- ers, at the Port of Shelton Industrial Park; Mac Garden on Southeast Banjo Lane in Shelton; Canopy Park LLC on West Westfield Court in Shelton; M&R Distributing at the Port of Shelton's Sander- son Field; Raft Hollingsworth, also known as the Holling- sworth Cannabis Company, on Honeysuckle Lane in Shel- ton; and Highwater Farms on West Skokomish Valley Road. Eight additional compa- nies have had pre-permit conferences with the Mason County Planning Depart- ment, said Barbara Adkins, director of planning and com- munity development. None of these are grandfathered into the county zoning because they had not submitted a was approved. Five of these businesses will be affected by the moratorium, Adkins said. Mason County Chief Depu- ty prosecutor Tim Whitehead told the commission Monday that state law grandfathered those applicants into the com- mission's current zoning ordi- nance, regardless of any mora- torium. "These folks have a right to rely upon our legislation when they apply for permits," he said. The commission does not have the authority to approve state licenses for marijuana growers. The county can only set zoning regulations and ap- prove building permits for the operations. "We voted on what zoning would be allowed - we just had to tell these people where they could locate," Jeffreys said. In November, the commis- sion voted 2-0 to approve zon- ing ordinances for commercial marijuana operations. Sheldon was absent at that meeting. Along with rural com- mercial, industrial and other non-residential areas, the or- dinance allowed marijuana growers and processors to lo- cate their businesses in rural residential areas with lot sizes of 5 acres or larger. The Mason County Plan- ning Commission will now review the county's zoning ordinance as it relates to com- mercial Cannabis growers and processors. City of Shelton regulations limit retail marijuana busi- nesses to general commercial zones and limits producers and processors to industrial zones. This means such busi- nesses are allowed in a few blocks near where Olympic Highway North meets Wallace Kneeland Boulevard. Artist: All levels welcome to three-day art workshops continued from page A-19 terest in finding what real beauty is." To register, go to hoodscanalart.org/ The Hudson River School painting His Hood's Canal Artist Haven is register, with Erik Koeppel Sept. 3-5. Students Kamin said he believes that tech- designed to promote fine art training in For more information, go to will discuss and apply this traditional nique has largely been abandoned in Mason County. hoodscanalart@gmail.com, approach to landscapes. The topics in- favor of works by artists "making a All levels of artists are welcome to The classes are: clude composition, drawing, light and statement." take the three-day art workshops. Foundation drawing with Juliette atmosphere. "Existentialism reared its ugly head, The cost is $645, which includes Aristides Aug. 27 to Aug. 29. The seE- Traditional landscape painting and people lost their sense of beauty," lunch and breakfast. Scholarships are sions will include lecture demonstra- with Lauren Sansaricq. Develop a he said. 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