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Thursday, Aug. 21,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-15 e e Descendant among volunteers building shelter BY GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com One hundred years ago, members of the logging Schafer family gathered for picnics on the banks of the Satsop River in the southwest corner of Mason County. In 1924, the Schafer Broth- ers Logging Co. donated that land to the state for a park to honor John and Anna Schafer. Today, a direct descendant of the family is continuing to put his stamp on the pristine ll9-acre camping park. Max Muller, who lives next door to the park near the Grays Harbor County border, and fellow volunteers Mike Sin- clair, Wayne Kingery and Rob Mills are constructing a 22-by-36-foot covered shelter for large groups on the site of a former volleyball court. They hope to complete the building next week. The builders, all retirees, have deep roots in the park. Sinclair's father was the park's ranger from 1962 to 1982. All four live nearby. The project was green-lighted by the state after the neighbors joined the state's Adopt-A-Park program. All the wood for the shelter -- mostly fir, some hemlock-- is from trees in the park. Muller is the great-great nephew of the Schafer brothers. About six years ago, he pitched in when fast-melting snow flooded the park and dumped 500 yards of gravel from the Satsop River into the parking lot. "It devastated the park," Muller said. Neighbors came in with their equipment to load and haul away de- bris. When the neighbors decided to adopt the park, Muller said he told them, "Why don't we build them a building? I have a sawmill." The volunteers poured the concrete for the shelter in July 2013, and started erecting the structure two months ago. The shelter will feature 40 feet of countertop, electric outlets, picnic tables and six fluorescent lights on to play cards, and utilize it," Muller the ceiling. Daylight also will stream said. through plastic windows. Muller said the state spent about "We want plenty of light for people $7,500 on the materials. Businesses ABOVE: Cutting wood for a 22-by- 36-foot shelter at Schafer State Park on Tuesday are Mike Sinclair, left, and Wayne Kingery. Sinclair's father was ranger at Schafer Park from 1962 to 1982. AT LEFT: Neighborhood volunteers are constructing the covered shelter for large groups on the site of a former volleyball court at the park, situated in southwest Mason County. It is scheduled to be completed next week. Journal photos by Gordon Weeks from Aberdeen to Olympia donated materials, or offered discounts, he said. see SCHAFER, page A-24 HAFISTINE ISLAND NEWS Alli~er traveling the is- and, I see that some ogging is going on. One gets accustomed to driving through the trees and when coming to a clearing, I'm star- tled to see so many acres open up to the sky. Many years ago, I had a friend drive up here from Yuma, Ari- zona. She was born and raised in Yuma and had By MIKE not trav- CALLAGHAN eled out of the des- ert. When she got into Oregon and the trees, she had to pull over as she felt the world was closing in on her. Instead of spending two weeks with us, she headed back to the flat sandy desert aider four days. As i look out my win- dow I'm noticing a dramat- ic change in one of my ma- ples. The leaves are turning the brightest red I've ever seen. If this is the case, I can just imagine how yellow the big leaf maples are going to be this fall. Pioneer School Superin- tendent Marty Brewer sent me this information: "We are fortunate to have overwhelm- ing community support from our citizens, business owners, parents and other community groups. Here are two recent examples: Northside Baptist Church donated $14,500 to the Pioneer School District for helping children and families in need of assistance. The Harstine Island Women's Club donated $2,000 to the Pioneer School District library to buy books for both the school and classroom librar- ies." Again, isn't it just great how this community comes together to support one an- other? This is the weekend if you want some entertainment. The Hartstene Pointe Travel Club is planning another great musical event for Sat- urday. If you enjoyed the last one, then you need to mark your calendar for this one. There will be a social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. If you live outside Hart: stene Pointe, organizers will make getting through the gate easy. You can bring your own beverage and there will be light snacks and des- serts provided. Tickets are $12. The two artists they have planned are Connie Lim -- "Music Connection" called her one of the hottest 100 live performers of the year -- and Katie Cole, who was named Best Country Artist and Art- ist of the Year at the 2013 Artists in Music awards. For more information, call Doug McGraw at 426-0883 or email him at mcgrawfandd@ gmail.com. I see the apples on my trees are just about ready to pick, which reminds me that on Sept. 20, the annual Harstine Island pie contest will be at the hall. They will be looking for the best fruit pie you can make. If you have any ques- tions, call Donna at 528-7150 or Jill at 426-0309. Fall is near. Here is the new senior lunch menu. On Sept. 3, they will be serv- ing up its famous barbecue country ribs, along with some baked beans, coleslaw and a cook's choice cake. Then, on Sept. 17, they will have one of my favorites -- meat loaf, baked potatoes and green salad, along with fruit crisp topped with whipped cream. As usual, serving starts at noon, but with an average of some 100 people showing up for lunch, plan on getting there a little ear- lier. A donation of $3 is re- quested as these dedicated volunteers work for hours to prepare their meals and they don't need to pay for the food out of their own pockets. All ages 50 and older and their friends are invited. I :l !1 I I1 IIII