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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-23 For his Eagle Scout project, 17-year-old Shelton resident Andrew Holston collected donations of wood mulch, cement and paint and then improved the city of Shelton's Art Johnson Park in the Capitol.Hills neighborhood. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Renovating a neighborhood park Teen tackles Johnson Park for Eagle Scout project By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com en Shelton Boy Scout drew Holston first vis- ed the city of Shelton's half-acre Art Johnson Park, he found bare compacted soil and un- anchored picnic tables with peel- ing paint. "I knew the park needed some- thing to be done," said Holston, 17, who takes classes as part of the Running Start program. For his Eagle Scout project for Troop 9110, Holston col- lected donations of wood mulch, cement and paint to improve the park in the Capitol Hills neigh- borhood. Holston moved 120 yards of wood mulch that will help provide more air and water to the roots of the trees. He also pored concrete to provide cement pads and anchor the picnic tables, which received new coats of paint. He also recruit- ed by 34 other volunteers. "It's nice to see the park looking better and people getting more use out of it," Holston said. The city of Shelton honored Holston for his efforts by award- ing him a certificate of apprecia- tion at the Shelton City Commis- sion's regular meeting Monday night. The certificate notes, "The improvements will serve to extend the life of the trees in the park and provide a better experience to park visitors." Holston said he was pleased when an audience member at the meeting told him day-care chil- dren have been enjoying the park. "He took the ball and really ran with it," said Mark Ziegler, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "He did a great job." Two years ago, an arborist studied the park at the intersec- tion of Poplar Street and Tobin Avenue and recommended putting down mulch to improve the health of the mature trees, Ziegler said. The city doesn't have money for parks improvements, so it appreci- ates the volunteer efforts of scouts who have also made improve- ments on the city's Huff'n' Puff Trail and in Callanan and Brewer parks, he said. "It's a great program ... They learn a lot and the community benefits," Ziegler said. H,4RSTINE ISLAND NEWS Honored citizen works with 'humor and diligence' 've slowed, searched and bumped for the roadwork to begin on Picketing Road. They keep teasing that it is going to happen and that it is coming soon, but still we see little progress. Speaking of roads, there seems to be more traffic on the island lately. Is it only me or are there more trucks, big trucks, trucks with lumber, trucks By MIKE with home appliances, CALLAGHAN trucks that bounce and trucks that belch while plying our narrow lanes? Last week we had the apple squeeze, and I'm just finishing the last drop of my delicious, golden juice. There were some 20 volunteers out there work- ing just for the sheer joy of helping. That continues to be one of the main themes of this island -- helping. That theme rang loud at Harstine Island Community Club's October meeting as four islanders were recognized for their untiring efforts. Kayce Benson introduced her sur- prised winner for one of the Honored Citizen awards with these words: "There are people on Harstine Island who are quiet work- ers, who work for the benefit of the (Harstine Island) Women's Club or for the Community Club, who rarely get a 'thank you' from all of us, but from whose actions we all benefit. Such an individual is one weql currently honor. "This is a person who I am proud to call a friend. When she is called upon to chair a committee she says es' and she does the work with hu- mor and diligence. Those who work with her find her a joy to follow and spend their time smiling and laughing while they work. "The reason she is rarely noticed by those in the main hall is that she is directing the work in the kitchen and had chaired the food commit- tees -- or as earlier members of Women's Club called it the Good Eats Committee. In ad- dition, (islanders) may have been blessed by receiving to- mato plants or beautiful fresh tomatoes from her garden. For the Women's Club, she has chaired the food committee for the Teddy Bears Picnic, the Paris in Springtime luncheon, the Mardi Gras luncheon, the Toyland Christmas luncheon, several other Christmas lun- cheonsand, most recently and most successfully, she co-chaired the committee for the Community Club Auction with Sandy Kramer and (has been a) major donor for the hors d'oeuvres and the kitchen committee. "If you haven't already guessed who she is, I am very proud to be chosen to present Sharon Zeeben with a Most Hon- ored Citizen award for 20147 Each winter, the Harstine Island Community Club spon- sors a three-part series of speakers popularly referred to as Inquiring Minds. Nor- really, the attendees of the November Community Club meeting vote from a ballot for speakers who come to us from Humanities Washing- ton's Speakers Bureau. How- ever, deadlines have changed from last year, and organizers need to get their booking done by Oct. 31. Arlen Morris, chair of the committee, is asking anyone out there who is inter- ested to go to the website hu- manities.org, look over the Speakers Bureau roster and call or email your choices to her. They will choose from the requests that come in. Con- tact Morris at 432-9712 or arltim2@q.com. Although the regular farm- ers market is over, market organizers are going to have a once-a-month market inside the hall. As I understand the dates, they will vary from month to month. The Pioneer School Dis- trict, along with Cindy Hoover, is going to put on a parenting program titled Parenting the Love and Logic Way. This class will begin Oct. 27 and will last six weeks. The class will be held in the evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each parenting session is designed to give practical skills that can be used imme- diately. Some of the suggested topics include avoiding unwin- nable power struggles and ar- guments, setting enforceable limits, and helping your kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them. For more information, call Cindy Hoover at 427-2737. Mike Callaghan lives on Harstine Island. He can be emailed at sobadog@msn.com.