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L_C I (_, 005 217 W Cota St 28 140 15Zl Shelton WA 98584-'2263 lll,,,.i,.,,lll.,,,,ihllull,,dllllll,,ll,lll,, l,,.lll, ll, ,, Mason County Thursda3 OcL 16, 2014 - Week 42 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 $1 Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Dorothy Calleja laughs as the Rev. Joe Mikel of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church blesses her two puppies. This is the fourth year St. David's has hosted a pet blessing on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his love of animals. This year's event took place at Kneeland Park and included the Rev. Don Shipley of Shelton United Methodist Church and Senior Pastor Steven Olson of Faith Lutheran Church. Pantorium Cleaners to close its doors Saturday By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Pantorium Cleaners and Tai- lors in downtown Shelton survived the death of disco-era polyester leisure suits by three decades. On Saturday, Pat and Russ Denney will close the doors at their business at 215 S. Second St. The brick building had served as a clothes cleaner and alterer un- der the name Pantorium since the 1920s. A shift away from clothing that required dry cleaning started in the 1980s, after the proliferation of polyester duds such as the lei- sure suit, Russ said. "The fabric had changed to cot- tons and silks and rayons, and polyester has become a blend," he said. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Pat and Russ Denney have been the owners of Pantorium Cleaners and Tailors in downtown Shelton since 1976. The couple will close the business at 215 S. Second St. on Saturday. The building has operated as a Cleaners since the 1920s. Russ said the number of cus- tomers has stayed about the same, but they bring fewer items. "I attributo to you need gas for your car to go to work, and you need food to eat," he said. "Dry see CLEANERS, page A-24 General election candidates weigh in on topics at chamber event By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Job creation, gun regulations and rural values were among the topics tackled by general election candidates at a forum Tuesday evening at Olym- pic Middle School in Shelton. More than 100 people attended the forum, which was sponsored by the Shelton Mason Coun- ty Chamber of Commerce, the Mason County Jour- nal and MasonWeb.TV. Republican Joyce McDonald of Puyallup was the only one of the four candidates for U.S. Con- gress to attend the event. She is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-Olympia), who was a no-show along with the two candidates for the 6th District Congressional seat, incumbent state Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and Re- publican challenger Marty McClendon. McDonald, a native of Scotland and a Pierce County commissioner, said she is glad to be a "ful- ly participating American" after living under the rule of the queen of England. The United States is "a country that allows people to come across the ocean legally and be an American," she said. McDonald said she supports legal immigration, balancing the federal budget in the next decade and making federal taxes "simpler, fairer, flatter." Five candidates then took to the stage: state Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton) and her opponent in the 35th Legislative District Pos. 1 race, Repub- lican Dan Griffey; state Rep. Drew MacEwen (R- see FORUM, page A-11 Fairground artifacts require new home By NATAUE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty com The museum at the fairgrounds at the Port of Shelton's Sanderson Field has everything from an- tique saws used in logging operations to an organ dating to the early 1900s to a pile of bricks from Irene S. Reed High School. Mason County Historical Society members say they're unsure of how many artifacts are in the museum, which was built in 1976. "You can start counting, and you'd miss some- thing," said Billie Howard, secretary of the board for the Historical Society and longtime group member. o see FAIRGROUND, page A-24 sllll!!!lJ!ll!!!!!llJl2 PUD 3 aims to illuminate downtown city streets Page A-8 Author's new book details 'wild man' in book Page A- 15 Belfair schools see spike in ELP students Page A-21