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August 5, 1971

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;+ / Thursday, August 5, 1971 An early morning start on June 12 set the pattern for the vacation plans of Bill and Mary Moyer with their family of Linda, John, Joe, and the family dog. The first leg of the journey was through Fairfield and Glascow in Montana then on to Minot, North Dakota, for a visit with Bill's aunts and uncles. After meeting and getting acquainted with members of the family, they traveled on to Salem Grove in Pennsylvania. Here they looked up the heritage of Bill's ancestry. A Lutheran church was visited that had been built seven generations back by family members. They took a picture of son John in front of a stainedglass window in the church that was in memory of the earlier John who had helped build the church. They were able to find the home of Bill's great grandfather and while taking pictures were invited to see the inside of the home by the people living there. The house had been built five generations back and had been built in the same manner as the church with the rafters of beautiful wood, hewed out by hand, and put together with pegs. After a visit with relatives, the Moyers drove on to New York City. As a tourist views the city and the famous Broadway, they were disappointed in finding everything so dirty. Greenwich Village had become a Hippy colony. They visited the Statue of Liberty with Bill and the boys climbing up into the statue head for the view of the city. They shortened their stay in the city, then h~d one week to v~sit with Mary's mother at Moss Point, Miss. This was enjoyed with several successful trips going~ crabbing and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Fun for the men were the two days spent on an uncle's houseboat for river fishing. Mary's brother, Leonard White, with his family, came from Houston, Texas for a talking-family- get-together on the July 4 holiday. The family tour then included a visit to Mary's father in Alabama. One week was spent l/v/rig on the farm with the most enjoyable part being the fresh vegetables of corn right from the field, "vine-tipened tomatoes, and peas off the vine. On returning home, they saw the tall corn in Iowa and Kansas that was above their heads. Stop was made in Montana to pick up a few of the family things, then arrival home with special appreciation of the cool nights after those of a constant 97 degrees• The trip was a success with no car trouble. The little dog enjoyed it all with the exceptions of the elevator tides to the top floors of the tall buildings. The dinner last Thursday night at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club was an opportunity to wish the very best in retirement to Mrs. Frances Lockwood as manager of the Kitsap-North Mason Red Cross Chapter• Frances had been a personal friend along the old Belfair Highway and will be missed as she and her husband take to the travel trail with a trailer• Best wishes are extended for many happy journeys and may they always find easy pickings of wild blackberries. I hope you will enjoy reading about the Panama trip of the Mountlake Terrace High School singing group "Dynamics" with Francis DeMiero, their musical director. An invitation was given by parents Mr. and Mrs. Bill DeMiero to drop by their home to meet Francis and wife Yvonne visiting Republic of Panama. Do you know what - this is just one of the many things that make this article-writing such a pleasure. A home in the country can be full of fun as well as surprises from week to week. Our latest event was a nightly visit from a huge mountain lion. All I know is that "he went thataway" as courage and even curiosity aren't great enough to learn more. Don't underestimate the good qualities of the raccoon. A mother raccoon has become a pet in regular visits and has been named "Minnie the Moocher" for her enormous appetite that includes potato chips, gooey chocolates, and slices of bread. Minnie's good points are her constant efforts to eat all those big moths that are such a nuisance around outdoor lights. Trying to figure the statistics of moth erradication with her appetite goes into numbers beyond belief. If you have a moth problem, get a raccoon• Very simple. CAR PARTS STOLEN A transmission off a '56 Pontiac stock car at Belfair Auto Wrecking was stolen according to a report received by the local Sheriff's office July 26. Also taken was a carburetor from a '57 Pontiac being turned into a stock car. On July 30 a report of another breaking and entering of the same business was forthcoming. This time a I~A ton hydraulic jack, assorted auto parts off a car and tools were taken. in Beliair. Time seemed to stand +~DOG RESCUED still for the several hours I spent • An +old dog belonging~to the there looking as the newspaper clippings, pictures, and hearing of the tour itself. A huge beautifully inscribed scrapbook is filled with pictures of performances, dinners, receptions, the tour of the presidential palace in Panama, and letters that express the friendship established by these youthful ambassadors. My only regret is in not seeing the color films they brought back of this tour of the Dille~rg family was r~ued from+a spot near the Belfair mudflats where it had been bogged down in the mud for several days. A nearby resident had heard the dog barking, each day the barks had sounded weaker, but had been unable to locate the dog. A call to the Sheriff's office on July 31 brought a' deputy to the area and he located the animal and notified the Dillenburgs who rescued it. BUILDER-BRUCE WHITMAN NEW CONSTRUCTION--REMODELING--ROOFING DECKS--CONCRETE WORK FO.RM ICA--CERAMIC T ILE Free Estimates Call CR 5-2196 Collect Quality Landscaping By Bob WATER SKI FOUND A single water ski was found about one mile past Belfair State Park on July 27. Owner may contact the Belfair Sheriff's office. THEFTS REPORTED The oil truck belonging to Bob's Arco in Belfair was reported stolen July 6 according to a report received by the Belfair Sheriff's office. It was later recovered in Kitsap County with minor damage to the front end. BOYS APPREHENDED Two Mission Creek Youth Camp boys, escapees, were apprehended in a stolen car on Highway 3 north of Belfair July , 27. The car, a 1962 Ford, had 0~ been reported stolen from the Gorst area and was sighted as it Nh Shore Road Belfai__._~r CR 5-2558 travelled south towards Belfair. 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Page 8 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - August 5, 1971 'MINNIE, THE MOOCHER,' so named because of her enormous appetite which she tries to appease by nightly visits to the Fedenk home on Mission Lake, is seen eating one of the food morsels offered by Jean r:edenk See Old Belfair Highway column im an Librarians and trustees from Timberland Regional Library are signing up now to join other members of the Pacific Northwest Library Association at the 61st annual conference which will be held in Tacoma, August 18-20. Some 500 members from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are expected to attend. Conference theme this year is "Make History Live!" and the site will be the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Park~nd• At t endin~+t'tom Mason County will be Mrs. Rita McArthur, regional board chairman, Picketing Pass. Mrs. Rut~ Hamilton, a member of the Washington State Library staff and general chairman of the conference- planning group, explained the theme of the event this way: "We will be trying to stimulate in library-minded people an awareness that libraries can be something more than a collection of books, papers, records and art prints - that they can be a 'hot spot' in town... We want them to kno,v and feel that history is really a living tiling, that it is as current as today, and that each of us has a part in making it." Opening day speakers who will draw attention to the theme, will be Dr. Giovanni Costigan, Professor of History at the University of Washington and Russell Shank, Librarian of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. During the next two days, conference-goers will participate in five different workshops and attend four lectures. The lecture programs will include talks on rare books; the contribution of photography to history; local documents; and citizen responsibility for historic preservation. Workshop subjects will be: economics of history; libraries, museums and historical societies; libraries and the communications media; folk tales and ballads; and the underground press as "now" history. Supporting the program will be exhibits showing the "tools" libraries will find useful in collecting, preserving and using the history of their communities. Famous Name Brands - SHORTS, TEES, SLACKS, BLOUSES, DRESSES, PANT SUITS, SWIMSUITS, SLEEPWEAR "PAIR $ IIN MEN'S TEES WALKING SHORTS SWIM SUITS SPECIAL PATIO DRESSES ............ $S°° # e6 toe MARY WRIGHT PHONE CR 5-2033 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By LOU DONNELL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The majority won. I figure there are probably more of the over-5.000 Journal subscribers who never heard of the Huckleberry Herald until this past month than there are subscribers of the Herald awaiting comments on problems run into during the recent change of ownership• So today 1 will give a little history of our little paper. When 1 first moved to Mason Lake four years ago everyone in the north end of the County was receiving a free shopper containing ads by businesses in the Belfair area which was compiled by a retired man living on South Shore. Pappy Holm. When paper costs rose and printing costs doubled and then doubled again, Pappy found that he was taking money out of his own pocket each week to get the shopper out. He approached Ace Comstock of the Port Orchard Independent to see if the Independent Publishing Co.. of which Ace was part owner. would take it over. By having it printed on their presses in Poulsbo, costs could be cut down and the shopper, containing a very brief news report incorporated in the ad inserted by the Clothes Line. continued• By the time Ace took over. people in the North Mason area were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the mail each Wednesday to follow the amusing and very cleverly written episodes of Maureen Smith, recorded in her weekly column "Babe in the Woods." One fact which many Herald readers may not know, is that Maureen, who had come to the area from California, had never finished high school. She went on to become editor of the Port Orchard Independent until her recent resignation and I defy anyone to find very many college graduates who can write as well as she. Early in March, 1969, an announcement appeared in the shopper stating that if 600 readers in the area would send in a check for one year's subscription by April 1, the shopper would become a weekly newspaper. Each subscriber was invited to suggest a name, the winner to receive $100. It was also asked that persons in the different areas surrounding Belfair volunteer to write news of their areas in weekly columns. By then 1 had been living at the Lake for two years and some of the women in the Women's Fire Auxiliary, of which 1 was a member, knew that a hundred years ago (give or take a couple) I had received my B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Washington. So they asked me to offer my services, which I did, and the Mason Lake Meanderings column appeared in the following "You Name It" newspapers which came out during the month of March. In April we all held our breaths to see if the newspaper, with a real name, would be delivered or if they had failed to get 600 subscribers. The first week in April the first issue of the Huckleberry Herald came out, the $100 having been won by Leo Livingston whose one claim to fame still haunts him. I was among those who loved the name from the beginning; it fit the whole area so well since brushpicking of huck and salal is one of our few local industries. But there were those who couldn't believe it and didn't want to believe it, but I think most have come to accept it by now. When Mr. Gay came into my office that first day and said he was going to continue our paper as a supplement to the Journal he had ;.lanned to drop the name and head the section "North Mason News" or some such name. "How will I explain 'Huckleberry Herald' to my readers?" he asked• But by the time he had met with the local citizens who had been trying to keep the paper going separately, he had given up any idea of giving up the name; it was obvious that was an important part of the paper. After six months as editor, Maureen resigned, and with no time to search for an experienced journalist Ace was forced to take what he could get and, because of my journalism degree, I was asked to take over as editor. It would have been nice to work my way up from copy girl, to reporter, to editor and learn the business as I went along since I had never done any newspaper work after graduation, nor had any job since starting to raise a family. But at the Herald I had to learn fast since I was copy girl, reporter, photographer, editor, complaint department, janitor, etc. all rolled into one. Pappy still took care of the advertising end and I frantically hired additional correspondents from areas which hadn't been covered, to help me fill the pages while I got acquainted with Belfair. I asked where the mayor's office was, thinking that should be a good place to locate news, only to find out that Belfair had no mayor. Since my children attended schools in Grapeview and Shelton, I didn't even know anything about the school district. But the Herald survived. I mentioned last week that North Mason residents think of the Herald as "our" paper. Part of this is due to the fact that many of them have been called upon by a too-busy editor to help out by taking notes (Please Turn to Page 2) BELFAIR'S AID CAR is always ready to go when a call for help comes in But it takes money to buy the gas and oil for long runs to the hospital in Bremerton, for new tires or new equipment to give the best first aid treatment which might be required before reaching the hospital Money to keep the Aid Car in operation is being asked for from residents of the Belfair Fire district in a yearly fund drive by the volunteer Fire department Shown removing the stretcher from the emergency vehicle are Larry Drake (left) and Fire Chief Bill DeMiero During the month of August Bill DeMiero, Fire Chief of the Belfair Fire department and the man most often behind the wheel on emergency runs of the Belfair Aid Car will have an extra job added to his many duties. He hopes it will keep him busy all month, for the job is that of collecting donations for continued operation and maintenance of the Aid Car. No charges are made for local residents who require the services of the Aid Car; the money raised in the yearly fund drive pays for almost all of the gas and oil needed for the long drives to Harrison Hospital, for maintenance of the vehicle and for new first aid equipment needed to give better service. Unless specifically requested by local residents, the only bills sent out by the Belfair volunteer Fire Department, which owns the Aid Car, go to persons living outside this area who have requested its services. Such as an auto accident in which the injured person is from Seattle or an emergency arising at one of the State parks involving a person from out-of-state. Judging from the records kept by DeMiero, the Aid Car has proved to be a handy thing to have nearby for many people finding themselves in an emergency situation in the Belfair area. One hundred and twenty-four calls have been answered by the Aid Car since Jan. 1 of this year, 17 of them in July. Mileage covered on these emergency runs totals 3,673 miles since the first of the year. "For nine months of the year the majority of our calls are for heart cases," said DeMiero. But during the summer months, when traffic is heavy in the area, auto accident victims account for a good share of the runs to Harrison Hospital. Beside~ furniching money to keep the local Aid Car in operation, donations to the yearly fund drive have helped pay for hospital beds, wheelchairs and crutches which are lent, free of charge, to persons within the Fire district who have need of them. Time was when profits from the weekly Bingo games at the Belfair firehall helped keep the Aid Car in business. But the games had to be discontinued early in the year so this yearly fund drive will be the major source of income for continued service of a local Aid Car. That's why DeMiero hopes DEER CAUSES ACCIDENT Lubertha Newsome, 52, of Allyn, was injured at 4:50 p.m. July 30 when a deer came out on the left side of Highway 3 north of Belfalr and forced her to hit the brakes of her car, which then swerved to the left, hit the deer, and ran off the roadway flipping onto its top. The driver suffered bruises and lacerations and was taken to Harrison Hospital by the Belfair Aid Car. The '69 Chrysler sedan was damaged to the extent of $1600. he'll be unusually busy this month, opening letters containing checks and totalling up the donations to be deposited in the bank. A handy-to-use coupon appeared in last week's issue of the Herald, but for those who can't find it, a check alone will be appreciated and put to good use. Cardiac massage course given here Thirty residents of the Belfair area turned out for a special meeting last week to view slides, watch a film and practice techniques of mouth to mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage on two ResusciAnnies furnished by the Red Cross. Attending the class were members of Belfair Fire Department, the Pack Rats, (Belfair's Search and Rescue group,) two deputies of the Mason County Sheriff's department and PUD personnel. Dr. Robert L. Davis of Bremerton and Mrs. Frances Lockwood, manager of Kitsap-North Mason chapter of Red Cross, conducted the class. GROCERIES TAKEN Groceries and an ice chest were taken from a camper at Belfair State Park on July 31 according to a report received in the local Sheriff's office. James Parson of Longview reported the theft.