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Page A-24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 MASTER GARDENER This week, we experi- enced a full "supermoon" on Monday evening. This full moon also marks the third in a trilogy of supermoons this sum- mer. July and August's full moons both fell during the moon's peri- gee -- when it was at the closest point in its orbit to Earth. While the August supermoon was the closest, this week's full moon also falls during perigee. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the harvest moon. This moon is not just the full moon that occurs at the time of the harvest. It is the full moon that actually helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other full moons do. Many By JEANNE REHWALDT think that the harvest moon remains in the night sky lon- ger than any of the other full moons we see during the year, but that is a myth. The harvest moon's claim to fame is that instead of ris- ing at its normal av- erage of 50 minutes later each day, it ris- es only a little later each night, providing farmers with extra moonlit evenings to reap their crops. Harvest time pro- vides home gardeners with a bounty of fresh, locally grown produce. Whether you grow it in your home garden, a com- munity garden, or purchase it from a local farmers market or farm stand, there are many advantages to consuming lo- cally produced food. Some top reasons for going local include: Freshness. Locally grown, organic fruits and veg- etables are usually harvested within 24 hours of being pur- chased by the consumer. Pro- duce from California can't be that fresh. Taste. Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness tastes better. Nutrition. Nutritional value declines, often dramati- cally, as time passes after har- vest. Because locally grown produce is freshest, it is more nutritionally complete. Purity. Eighty percent of American adults say they are concerned about the safety of the food they eat. They worry about residues of pesticides and fungicides. These materi- als are not permitted in an organic-production system el- ther before or after harvest. Regional economic health. Buying locally grown food keeps money within the community. This contributes to the health of all sectors of the local economy, increasing the local quality of life. Variety. Organic farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long-distance ship- ping, high yield, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful, unusual varieties you will never find on super- market shelves. Preserving the harvest from your garden can be done several ways. Freezing, canning, pick- ling, fermenting and drying are popular ways to extend the harvest well into the next year. The Master Gardener program is offering a fall garden workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Memo- rial Hall, 210 W. Franklin St. Participants will learn what can still be planted in the garden, including information on planting garlic and season extenders. Next, a presentation on home-food preservation using hot-water bath methods will also include information on how to safely pickle and ferment foods. Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. Call 427- 9670, ext. 680, to register. Jeanne Rehwaldt is the ex- tension coordinator supervisor for the Food $ents Nutrition and Master Gardener pro- grams at WSU Mason County Extension in Shelton. She can be reached at 427-9670, ext. 688. continued from page A-19 said. "I thought we needed a change." Moore said his epiphany came In 1996, the couple formed Hope when he turned 50. in Christ Ministries, a nonprofit cor- "My midlife crisis is I felt like I poration with the goal of "bringing hadn't done something for the Lord," the hope of Christ to the pain on the he said. streets." The next year, they bought Moore said he was inspired when The Coffee Oasis at 622 Warren Ave. he heard Dave Frederick talk about in Bremerton to provide a place to The Coffee Oasis at Peninsula Bible serve youth. In 1988, it moved to 822 Fellowship in Bremerton. Burwell St. Moore said he initially planned Ahlfors walked in the door when to open a smoothie stand, a tanning she was 13. salon and a circuit gym on his land "We just wandered the streets on Old Belfair Highway. Instead, pretty much," Ahlfors said. Her new he used some of the $300,000 he re- gathering venue "gave me a familyceived from a car-accident settlement that was caring," she said. to build and donate a home for The Ahlfors, now 29, became outreach Coffee Oasis. coordinator for North Kitsap County Ahlfors said the proposed layout for The Coffee Oasis. looks much like the Port Orchard Recently, she was introduced to site. Plans include a cafeteria in the Moore, the owner of Belfair-basedfront end of the building with a kitch- South Shore Construction. en behind it. A large room will host Moore, a Mason County resident concerts and other gatherings. A teen for 32 years, has three daughters who center in the back will offer pool ta- graduated from North Mason High bles, foosball, couches and restrooms School. with showers. "They started going to funerals for "That's often something our kids their friends for heroin addiction," he need," Ahlfors said. CARING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY Including allergies, asthma, colds & flu, COPD, depression, diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure, immunizations, preventive care, well child exams, weight management and more! Accepting most insurances, including Medicaid & Medicare Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mason announces employee of month for July STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, corn Melissa D. Strong, RN, BSN, MSN, direc- tor of medical/surgical/ pediatrics (MSP), and director of house su- pervisors and staffing at Mason Gen- eral Hospital, was selected by her peers to be Mason Gen- eral Hospital & Family of Clin- ics' Employee of the Month for July. "I have seen Melissa stand out everywhere in the hospital," said Strong's nominator. "Her hard work and INTRODUCING Q UOC PHAN, MD Specializing in Family Medicine Dr. QuocPhan is joining the Olympia Family & Internal Medicine team. He specializes in respiratory, cardiovascular and other chronic conditions, and offers wellness exams for children and adults. Dr. Phan is board certified in family medicine and has been in practice for six years. He completed his residency at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, affiliated with Duke University Medical Center, and earned his doctorate at Meharry Medical College. New patient & same day appointments available Olympia Family 8 Internal Medidne At Capital Medical Center 3920 Capital Mall Drive SW, Suite 200 Olympia, WA 98502 2014BC1 Strong dedication to all her departments shows in her achievement and the satisfaction it has gained throughout. She has gone to great lengths to improve her departments and help her fellow employees strive to be the best they can be. Melissa is always smil- ing, pleasant, professional and a joy to be around. Her kindness and courtesy makes this a positive workplace." Strong began work- ing at MGH right out of nursing school in 2001, when she earned her associate's degree and registered-nurse cre- dentials. She later went on to earn her bach- elor's and master's degrees of science in nursing. In 2008, she was promoted to director of house supervisors and staffing, and in 2012, she added MSP director to her list of duties. "I enjoy how we work as a team here at MGH," Strong said after receiving the award. "Our focus on patient safety makes us a first-class hospital in a small town. I have the best staff in Ma- son County. We work hard making sure our patients are taken care of in the best possible way." A native of Georgia, Strong moved to Turn- water when she was a sophomore in high school. She graduated from Tumwater High School. "I love living in this beautiful area," she said. When she isn't work- ing, Strong enjoys spending time with her husband, John. She has three grown sons and enjoys being a grandmother. When not working, her favorite activities are camping, weekend getaways and spending time with family. MGH is a licensed and accredited acute-care hospi- tal with a level-four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. For more information, go to masongeneral. com. -- Wellness Care [ ChiFo Fp ac~i~ Wellness Care Accepting Medicare Sarah Newman, DC and most Insurances OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 2211 Jefferson Street, Shelton WA 98584 newmanfamilychiro com 360) 426 3886