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September 30, 1971

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Kindergarten classes will be moved to the Allyn School, probably sometime this week, it was decided at last Thursday night's special meeting of the North Mason School Board. When a budget was worked out for the special levy election last spring it had been voted to hold kindergarten in the basement of the old Belfair elementary school to save on costs of reopening the Allyn School. It had been estimated that $5,000 could be saved by this move. But reports from the State Fire Marshall and the County Health Department forbade use of the basement area as a classroom without expensive remodeling to meet current fire and health standards. So when school opened this fall kindergarten was held in a room on the main floor of the building. This room is considered too small to accommodate the 65 pupils, 29 in the morning session and 36 in the afternoon, and some alternate solution had to be found. Recommended by Principal Ken Anderson, representing a staff committee formed at last month's Board meeting to study the problem, was hiring an accredited teacher for half a day, dividing the group into three classes instead of two, and moving one class with the new teacher to an empty room in the upper elementary building for an afternoon class. After lengthy discussion by persons present at the meeting the board voted to not hire another accredited teacher, would cost about $3300, but to use the present teacher and her teacher's aide to handle two classes in the Allyn School where an extra room will be available for rainy-weather play. The number of kindergarten students was more than anticipated from a survey taken last spring. No kindergarten was held in the district last year due to failure of the school levy the year before. In the 1969-1970 school-year kindergarten classes totalling over 70 pupils were handled at the Allyn School with only one teacher and an aide, it was noted. Several members of the audience feared that voters would lose faith in the School Board if the Allyn School were reopened since the levy last spring called for reduction of kindergarten costs by $5,000 by keeping classes in the old Belfair Elementary School. A member of the Board said they would have to hope the voters would take the time to find out why the move had to be made, that they had planned to use the basement but cannot due to the high costs of upgrading the facilities so were forced to make other arrangements. He said the room being used in the elementary building is too small for the number of students that turned up for kindergarten and he felt the Board wouldn't be doing their job if they didn't do something to alleviate the crowded condition. He felt the difference in cost of opening the Allyn School and providing room for a good kindergarten experience was more important than keeping the Allyn School closed to save an extra $1500 and giving three smaller classes inadequate facilities. He noted there would be no playground equipment available for the class at the upper elementary building. The small children would be using the same lavatory facilities as the junior high students which might create problems and none of the three classes would have any extra indoor space available other than the classroom for rainy day activities. "We didn't plan on opening the Allyn School and if there was a more satisfactory alternative we wouldn't do it, but our job is to give the best education we can for the money we have and since our original plan of using the basement is out of the question, we have to change plans," explained a spokesman of the Board. Dennis Keith, 11, injured in accident Eleven-year-old l)ennis Keith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kcith of the Old Belfair [tighway, was seriously injured while riding his bicycle along the Old Bclfair Highway last Saturday afternoon. According to the WSP report on the accident, which occurcd at 12:50 p.m. about 1.2 miles north of Belfair, the boy's bicycle struck a car driven by Donald P. Havens, 16, of Belfair, while apparently crossing the highway from west to east. According to the trooper, Havens was headed north on the highway but had veered into the southbound lane in an attempt to miss the bicycle. Dennis was taken to Harrison Hospital by the Belfair Aid Car, where he was still listed in serious condition on Monday. He suffered a concussion, a broken jaw and facial lacerations, and had not fully regained conciousness although his father said, Monday morning, that he was beginning to show some signs of improvement. This week 'I've attended two public meetings -- and the contrast in procedure and feeling was marked. The first in time was the meeting September 20 in Belfair called by the Planning Commission to obtain community reaction to the proposed zoning ordinance for Mason County. The second was a hearing September 22 in Shelton called by the Department of Ecology to hear testimony on a request from the Department of Fisheries for the establishment of minimum flows on the Dewatto River. Almost from the beginning, I felt that the Commission and it's secretary, Jim Connolly, who conducted the meeting, were on the defensive they seemed to be protecting the document they had written, and except on obvious errors in the text or on material they had not considered much at all they tended to argue points brought up by the audience - which brought counter argument from audience members. Also, the secretary read long passages from the test, despite its prior distribution, and this cut deeply into the time for public reaction. Total time about 4 hours. 1 left the meeting dissatisfied, l'd spoken a lot but 1 didn't feel I'd been heard. The Department of Ecology hearing, conducted by Werner H. llahne, was immediately structured as an input meeting and was conducted as such. Each person filled ina card as he arrived and they spoke in that order. Followinghis testimony, any who had additional points - or rebuttal points made them. Total time 2V_, hours - ahnost exclusively devoted to testimony. 1 didn't speak at all, yet 1 felt I'd been heard and that it 1 wrote a letter during the thirty days the record remains open, it would be considerately read. As he closed the meeting Wednesday, Mr. liahne emphasized the role of the I)epartment of Ecology in reconciling the many use plans that now impinge on the few 'undeveloped' areas of the state in this case the Dewatto River Basin. i see the commission as having a similiar role - of reconciling the many use plans that now impinge on the 'undeveloped" areas of Mason County. But I see them siding with traditional land uses for the most part. The ordinance devoted pages and pages to parking requirements for various structures in suburban, urban, and commercial zones. The big question in my mind is how do we spread out the centers; how do we limit their size so that the rural nature of the county - ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal serving as the voice of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and North Shore. Post Office Box 587, Belfair, Washington 98528 Telephone CR 5-6680 LOU DONNELL ............................. Editor BARBARA NELSON .......... Advertising Representative Published by Shelton Publishing, Inc., Post Office Box 430, Shelton, Washington 98584; telephone 426-4412. Subscription $5.00 per year in Mason County; $6.00 per 'year elsewhere. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 2 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - September 30, 1971 maintaineil'~. By allowing one acre tracts in forestry and agricultural zones? (The consultants, hired with money from a federal planning grant to Mason County, recommended five acre tracts, but the Commission substituted one acre - the better to 'develop' with?) By setting no limits to the size of sub-urban and urban areas? (At three 10,000 foot lots per acre, one square mile of suburban land could have 1920 single family dwellings; at four to a family this would result in a density of 7,680 persons per square mile. When I mentioned that I saw nothing in the ordinance that would prevent this sort of congestion - that would "control the density of, population" to quote from paragraph 1.02'0 of the ordinance, Legislative Intent, I was told that lots of places had a higher density than that. True. But that is not what 1 want for Mason County! I wonder how many residents want that - aside from those who make money that way and move on. Or arc people just resigned to 'growth'? It doesn't have to be that way. Populations can be dispersed throughout the area, a la the Redmond Plan or as envisioned in the valley area in Maryland which is described in lan McHarq's book, DESIGN WITH NATURE, now available in paper back. In the latter case, syndicates of landowners are being formed to pool the land - and those who keep their land open share in the sales of other land to developers who must spread out the development. Keeping the open land open is considered an amenity worth paying for -- and by pooling their land, the owners have actually made better deals with developers and have come out ahead over selling alone. 1 would like to be able to express these ideas to the commission. They can't legally form syndicates - but they can provide a platform for serious consideration of long term land use. Maybe as all sorts of ideas are expressed - and I'd love to hear a lot of them! - a new, a novel idea appropriate for this county would elnerge. Maybe it would take new laws to allow its implementation; certainly it would take information, communication - and courage to explore all avenues. The last of three announced meetings will be held at Matlock next Monday night. So far no meeting has been scheduled for Shelton. Don't you Sheltonians care what happens to your county's lovely acres? Janet A. Fisk Editor, HucMeberry Herald: 1 wish to express my gratitude and thanks for your extremely beneficial resume of my present and past businesses. This, also with picture turned up a very close friend of my fathers, now residing in Shelton. It has been fun enjoying other peoples' pleasures. Keep up the most important work your paper is doing. Don K. Schoner Editor, HucMeberry Herald: RE: the petition to the Port of Allyn: A petition signed by 120 Allyn-Belfair residents was presented at the final budget hearing for the Port of Allyn held September 24th. The heading was as follows: "We the undersigned do petition that the Port Tax Levy for 1972 be suspended. We understand the district has approximately $35,000.00 uncommitted funds plus other resources in unused property which should be ~[a~il~_t~_es ~or se-~eTal, "yea~s w~.t~o~t [urther taxing." Since we are required by law to pass a budget at this meeting, and having no opportunity to refute the erroneous information in the heading of the petition, we felt it to be in the interest of the people'to pass the one (1) mill levy for 1972. Incidentally, this is not an excess levy. As a Port Commissioner, I am sure the figure used in the heading was not taken from Port Commission records. The improvements planned for North Shore and Allyn will cost an estimated $34,000.00 which means we will need the S15,000.00 we expect the levy to produce. We will be publishing a list of the planned improvements and estimated costs in the very near future. As for the unused property, 1 am aware of that but we have been busy for several meetings getting permits cleared for repairing the North Shore dock. The contract was let June 15th and we hoped to have it done by this time. If selling this unused property is the best thing to do, and it may very well be, the Commission should be given time to get the best possible price. The few signers I had a chance to talk to, since this petition was dropped in our laps by surprise, seem to feel that the one mill levy isn't the big issue. Non-use of the Port funds is the issue. Please come to the regular meeting on October 6th, Wednesday. We would like to meet you and explain what we hope to do, or call me at CR5-2015. Unofficially, Harold Hillman Allyn P.S. If this petition had been presented to me (which it wasn't) I would have signed it in a minute if 1 didn't have the correct information. Editor, Huckleberry Herald: A tardy but very sincere thank you for the copies of the article you did on Bryce and me and the fire patrol. You are to be commended on your fine writing and it's obvious you did your "homework" well. From the comments I've received, the Huckleberry Herald certainly has a wide circulation - all over western Washington. Again many thanks. Helen Walsh Possibility of new building for library will be discussed How to arrange more library service for the Belfair area will be considered by the North Mason Friends of the Library at their first fall meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday October 5 at the North Mason High School Library. Mrs. Louise E. Morrison, Director of Timberland Library, will discuss with the group the possibility of moving in a temporary building which would allow longer hours. This, then, might allow re-allocation of bookmobile runs to other areas. Other items on the agenda are reports on the calendar project, the Flea Market, and the summer reading program; remarks on the Workshop for Friends of the Library to be held October 2 in Lacey; and the appointment of a nominating committee to prepare a slate for the election at the November meeting. KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT integrityis dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson Elections held for new members of local Red Cross chapter New Board members of the Kitsap-North Mason Chapter of the American Red Cross were elected at a meeting held September 21. New members include Mrs. Earl Lincoln, Harold Sunderlin, Mike Sutherland, Mrs. Lillian Bartley, Jay Roof, Robert Drew, Mrs. B. F. Morrow, Warren Tytler, Glenn Vorwerk, Ralph Berggren and Charles Kimble. Re-election of officers resulted in Chairman, Glenn Jarstad; Vice Chairman, Albert Colvin; 2nd Vice Chairman, Dr. Norman Richardson; Secretary, Mrs. Curtis Hazley; and Treasurer, Dorsey McDaniel being re-elected to head the board for the next year. The featured speaker of the evening was Chet Bruce, Red Cross Field Representative from the Pacific Northwest Division of the Red Cross in Seattle. Mr. Bruce talked about the new developments and cooperation between the government and Red Cross in disaster. The Red Cross will offer immediate assistance to disaster victims and refer them to the proper government agency for rehabilitation. CUSHION LOST A large back cushion from an antique chair was lost in transit from Seattle to Union on Sept 26. The finder is asked to notify the Belfair Sheriff's office. ~chool ~n Vur~] th~ com91ete schedule o[ c~a~es to be o[~ered this fall is: G~ Classes Beginning the evening of October 4, Monday; Macrame and Tole Painting, Basic Photography, Saltwater Fishing, Scuba, Hair Piece and Wig Clinic, Interior Design and Decoration, Pottery, Peninsula Playhouse, Swim and Trim for Women. Classes beginning the evening of October 5, Tuesday: Cake Decorating (10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Peninsula Lutheran Church, Art for Everyone, Hobby Shop, Karate, Recreational Basketball for Men, Folk Guitar, Dog Obedience I & II Harbor Heights Gym, Automotiv~ Engine Tuneup and Repair, Quick gifts for the Sewer, Driver training, Judo. Classes beginning the evening of October 6, Wednesday: Stitchery and Batik, Floral Design, Woodcarving, Advanced Knit Fabrics, Baton Twirling, Beginning Astrology, Beginning Sculpture, Candle Making, Holiday baking. Classes beginning the evening of October 7. Thursday: Knitting and Crocheting, Welding: Home & Farm Shop, Art: Advanced, Leathercraft, Broom Making. LAST SPR ING Mrs. Larry Carter planted some squash seeds, given to her by a friend in Wenatchee, which grew into the giantvegetable shown above. Not only the squash themselves grew bigger than expected, but the vines and large leaves threatened to take over the whole garden until they were cut way back. One rainy night, early in the summer, the vine actually grew three feet overnight. Carter said it gave him an eerie feeling when he noticed the plant the next morning; he wondered if the seeds were something out of a science fiction thriller. One squash which was growing on a vine above the ground fell off during a windstorm and the Carters cooked it even though it was still green and said "It melted in our mouths it was so delicious." They expect to pick these in about two more weeks and will weigh them before cutting them up. Carter estimates the one on the left weighs about 80 pounds, the other, which he can barely lift, over 100. He is trying to trace the origin of the seeds to see what kind of squash they are. local c/asses offered for beginning weavers Persons who own o~ intend to buy a 4-harness treadle loom will be interested in weaving classes which are being held at the home of Mrs. George Menard of Menard Road off the Old Belfair Highway. The classes were scheduled to start yesterday morning at 9 a.m. but latecomers would be welcome. The classes will be held each week for ten weeks. It is possible that the time could be changed or more classes formed if the demand is there. For beginning weavers, the classes are being sponsored by the Kitsap County Weaver's Guild and taught by Mrs. Menard, a weaver for 32 years. More information is available by calling CR5-2285. Menu For North Mason Schools October 4-8 MONDAY -- Chicken fried steak, whipped potatoes & gravy, buttered broccoli, hot biscuits, raspberry fruit jello and milk. TUESDAY -- Hot dog on a bun, macaroni salad w/cheese cubes, vegetable relishes, peaches w/whipped topping and milk. WEDNESDAY -- Sloppy Joes, cole slaw, fresh fruit salad and milk. THURSDAY -- Scalloped potatoes w/ham, peanut butter sandwich, buttered vegetables, fruit and milk. FRIDAY -- Hamburger pizza, vegetable jello salad, buttered corn, chocolate pudding and milk. National Bank The hometown bank. September 30. 1971 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 11