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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Crapeview, TahUya, Mason : ake, gouth Shore and Victor e 2 candidates vie for vacated position By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com The North Mason School District Board of Directors to- night might select a new mem- ber to fill a vacated position. North Mason residents James Horton and Leanna Krotzer have applied to re- place Mike Sammons, who rep- resents District 2. Sammons moved out of the state because of his job. His four-year term ends in the winter of 2018. The two candidates will be interviewed by the school board members at its regular meeting at 6:30 tonight. The board is scheduled to then recess into executive session for an estimated 30 minutes. After reconvening the regular meeting, the board might se- lect a new board member, who would then be sworn in by the district's new superintendent, Dana Rosenbach. Members of the board usu- "ally are elected by voters in the school district boundaries. When a vacancy occurs, the board makes an appointment to fill the unexpired term. To qualify, candidates must be registered to vote in the North Mason School District and live in the school board's District 2, which is in the Sand Hill/North Shore Road area. Krotzer, 37, grew up in Grapeview and graduated from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. She started working at Puget Sound Na- val Shipyard in Bremerton as a welding apprentice in 2005, and last year started work- ing as an administrator in the Nuclear Quality Assurance Di- vision. Krotzer and her husband bought a home on Mission Creek in 2008. She has vol- unteered time at the Faith in Action thrift store, and estab- lished a fruit and vegetable co- op in Belfair to help people in need. "I would love to have the opportunity to help make good decisions about our local schools," she wrote in her ap- plication letter to the district. "It would be an opportunity to shape the future of Belfair and education (at the same time). It takes a creative and de- tailed eye to be able to be part of making a difference in our schools and community, and I am definitely that person.,' Krotzer has a 4-year-old son who will attend Sand Hill El- ementary. 'SNhat better way to be part of his education than to mold it before he gets there?" she said in an interview with the Journal. Horton, 44, has lived in the district for more than 20 years. see SCHOOL, page A-26 Allyn Days, 6eoduck FesUval this weekend By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com A talent show. children's activities, fish dishes and an eclectic lineup of bands are among the offerings at the combined 32nd annual Allyn Days and the fourth annual Geoduck Festival this week- end in Allyn. Both events are hosted by the Allyn Community Associa- tion. Money from the events is used for association programs, including subsidizing the pub- lishing of the North Bay Re- view. see ALLYN, page A-26 Herald file photo Snappy the Clown, also known as Ginny Beech of Shelton, creates a balloon animal for 4-year-old Wyatte Leinneweber of Belfair last year at Allyn Days. e By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com Residents of North Shore Road, Canyon View Estates, the Shorebrook neighborhood and Shorehill Estates may see lower homeowners insurance rates this month. The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently upgraded the areas' fire protection rating, which often results in decreased in- surance rates, according to the North Mason Regional Fire Authority. Some homeowners could see their insurance rates de- crease by half, said North Ma- son Regional Fire Authority Chief Beau Bakken. The new ratings went into effect July 1. The fire insurance rating in the Tahuya area could im- prove more in the future, Bak- ken said. "With the Fire Authority coming on board, getting our volunteer numbers up, in- creasing the amount of train- ing, increase fire inspections ... it won't be immediate but in the very short future we'll ask for another re-rate," he said. When working to create the fire authority in 2013, sup- porters predicted that creat- ing the organization would re- sult in better ratings with the WSRB. The WSRB rates areas on a scale from one to 10, which indicates the level of fire protection available to each area. The higher the number, the less fire services avail- able. Some areas of the Tahuya peninsula had ratings as high as eight or nir/e before the WSRB recently resurveyed the area. The Shorebrook and Shore- hill neighborhoods' ratings dropped from 8 to 7 and the Canyon View and North Shore areas dropped from a 9 to an 8, Bakken said. "That's probably where we're going to see the biggest impact," he said. "When you're at a nine it's almost as though you don't have any fire protec- tion whatsoever." In comparison, downtown Belfair has a fire protection rating of 5. Bakken said residents of these areas should contact their insurance agencies to make them aware of the rat- ing change.