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Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 PUD 3 celebrates 75 years during Public Power Week By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty com In May 1939, Mason Coun- ty PUD 3 began providing elec- tricity to just eight customers. Seventy-five years later, the utility provides electrical ser- vice to about 33,000 customers in Mason County as well as portions of Kitsap, Grays Har- bor and Pierce counties. PUD 3 is celebrating its leg- acy of service this week during The American Public Power As- sociation's Public Power Week. "It's very exciting to be able to serve our ratepayers for 75 years," PUD 3 manager An- nette Creekpaum said. Beginning Monday, the utility hosted 400 fifth-graders from throughout Mason Coun- ty. This is the second year the PUD has invited students to learn about energy. "Last year was enthusias- tically accepted by the kids," said Joel Myer, PUD public information and government relations manager. While visiting the PUD, groups of 20 students visited six stations with demonstrations about conservation, hydroelectric Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Bordeaux Elementary fifth-grader Rachel Watkins re.acts as s he touches a machine generating sta c electricity Monday afternoon while Mason County PUD 3 employee Mike Dahman checks to see if her hair is standing up. About 400 fifth- grade students visited the PUD 3 facility on Johns Prairie Road this week during Public Power Week. power, safety, solar power and power, PUD 3 Customer Ser- "They're very engaged. It'salso had an art contest. other topics. Students also had vice Manager Diane Hennessyso exciting to see it," H'ennessy "It's just the beginning of the opportunity to learn about and Conservation Manager said. our exciting week," Creek- meter readers and linemen. Justin Holzgrove dressed asThe PUD also had an Open paum said. 'Tge're enjoying During a presentation on the characters Hydro Girl and House and Energy Expo all teaching our next generation topics including hydroelectric Professor Energy. day Wednesday. The utility about what we do at the PUD." get to know your firefighters at pancake breakfast So I'm driving north on Is- land Drive North just past the Harstine Island Corn- munity Club when I come around the corner and see these tall sunflowers smiling in the west comer of the cleared field. As I get closer, hundreds of orange, round pump- kins were laying on the ground around the sun- flowers. Then a sign ap- pears that reads "Pump- kin Patch," and I realize this little farm is selling pumpkins and other garden stuff. Seeing this business on the island just somehow made me feel happy. Speaking of happy, this weekend is the annual apple- squeeze. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Apples are brought in by the crateload, squeezed into juice and sold to the anxious buyers. This will also be the last Saturday for our farm- ers market until next summer. The apple squeeze is always a fun, family activity in which the kids can help squeeze the juice out of those delicious, round and red-wrapped bundles of healthy sugar-juice. Returning to the ap- ple squeeze this year is the Old Time Fiddlin' Bluegrass Band. By MIKE CALLAGHAN They are a group of old-time music aficionados led by John Rodius. John is a well-known lo- cal musician with a background in folk music. The band recently has been dipping back in the ar- chives of blue grass, and it plans to perform some of this unearthed music at the squeeze. Look for the band on the main hall stage at 11 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. Also in the main hall you will find tra- ditional art practitio- ners demonstrating vintage needle work, leather and fabric arts, weaving, knitting, spin- ning, quilting and rug-hooking -- all those crafts that, back in the day, were the necessary skills that kept families in clothing and household needs. Also back by request is a hands-on workshop fashion- ing cornhusk dolls and figures, a great activity for families and children to do together. A separate table of self-guided rag-scrap braiding will also be available. Long-braided scraps sewn together was one of the earliest methods of making rugs for pioneer homes. There is limited space to add addi- were first presented in 1987 31. Arlen Morris, chair of the tional crafters who might like during the presidency of Gerri Inquiring Minds committee, is to participate. For information, Lewis along with the first Okto- asking anyone out there who call Arlen Morris at 432-9712. berfest celebration. It was Da- is interested to go to the web- This year, Mason 5 Fire- mon LaJune who suggested the site humanities.org/programs/ fighters' Association will be presentation of the awards dur- speakers, look over the roster, having its first-ever pancake ing this annual meeting. The and call or email your choices to breakfast on the island. It will tradition will continue into the her. They will choose the best be Saturday at fire station 9 hall's 100th year and the fu- they can from the requests that next to the community club. It ture. So mark your calendars to come in. Contact Morris at 432- will run from 7 a.m. to 11 attend the meeting, and bring 9712 or arltim2@q.com. a.m. Organizers will be serving your favorite dish to accompany The Centennial Celebration is pancakes, French toast, sau- the brats and beer supplied by drawing to a close with the Time sage, eggs, coffee and juice, the community club. As always, Capsule Dedication at 3 p.m. They are asking for dona- all islanders are welcome to on Oct. 18. Everyone is invited tions only with the proceeds come and enjoy the festivi-to attend. The doors will open going to Mason 5 Firefighters' ties. Doors will open at 6 p.m., at 2 p.m., when articles will be Association. Also in conjunction the potluck dinner will start at placed into the 50-year time cap- with October being National 6:30 p.m. and the program will sule. The Harstine Island Choir Fire Prevention month, other follow about 7 p.m. after a brief will perform as well. It has been local fire stations will have open business meeting. They expect a year to remember. houses that same day. They a large turnout, so please bring Don't forget our wonderful sc- are also looking at the follow- a generous potluck dish to nior lunch. On Oct. 15, they will ing Saturday to have their share with all. have spaghetti, garlic bread, annual Give Burns the Boot Each winter, the Harstine green salad and Jell-O orange money collections at the bridge Island Community Club spon-cake for dessert. Baked chicken, triangle. Proceeds go to the sors a three-part series ofmashed potatoes with gravy, Northwest Burn Foundation. speakers popularly referred to green beans, rolls and brownies Coming up on Friday is the as Inquiring Minds. Normally, will be on the menu for Oct. 29. community club's Oktoberfest the attendees of the November Serving starts at noon, but come potluck dinner. This event is community club meeting voteearly and visit with friends. All the community club's opportu- using a ballot for speakers, people ages 50 and older and nity to recognize selected indi- which come to us from Human- their guests are welcome. viduals who have made signifi- ities Washington's Speaker Bu- cant contributions to the island, reau. Deadlines have changed Mike Callaghan lives on including citizen of the year and from last year, and they need to Harstine Island. He can be honored citizens. These awards get their booking done by Oct. emailed at sobadogCOnsn.com.