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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-29 A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor Theler Center moved off district surplus list Herald photo by Gordon Weeks Rainwater drips off berries last week on the Theler wetlands near the Mary E. Theler Community Center in Belfair. The North Mason School Board on Oct. 16 voted to move the Theler center, which is operated by the school district, off its surplus list. School Board settles public records lawsuits By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com To comply with a settlement agree- ment for two public-records lawsuits, the North Mason School District Board of Directors voted Oct. 16 to remove the Mary E. Theler Community Center and Wetlands from the district's surplus property list. "We're delighted," Tahuya resident Brad Carey said after the meeting. Carey filed one of the lawsuits against the district in June. Carey's lawsuit included an offer to drop the suit if the board removed The- ler from its surplus list. "That was our 98 percent goal," he told the Journal on Oct. 16. The School Board did not reference the lawsuits or the settlement agree- ments when approving its motion or during board discussion. The North Mason School District owns and operates the Theler Center. Carey and Ken VanBuskirk of Bel- fair filed separate lawsuits in Mason County Superior Court in June and September, respectively, claiming the School District did not comply with public-records requests related to the surplus and the repair of a dike at the Theler Center. "When the public asks for public re- cords, those are the public's records," Carey said. "They are custodians of the public's records." Both lawsuits asked the district to comply with the requests and to nullify the board's June 17 vote to place the Theler Center on its surplus list. In the settlement, a copy of which was obtained by the Journal, the school district agreed to recommend that the see THELER, pageA-32 BRIEFS First Coffee Oasis forum tonight Two community forums have been scheduled to talk about establishing a Bel- fair site of The Coffee Oasis, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that caters to home- less and street-oriented youths in Bremer- ton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. The forums will be presented from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight and from 6 to 8 Nov. 6 at the donated site for the center, a new 3,800-square-foot building at the five- corners intersection in Belfair, across the street from the Faith in Action Thrift Shop on Old Belfair Highway. The nonprofit is seeking $624,000 to cover initial setup and equipment and the first two years of operations. Anyone interested in do- nating can contact Victoria Ahlfors at victoria.ahlfors@thecoffeeoasis.com. For infor- mation on the forums, call Ahlfors at 550-7534. The Coffee Oasis was established by Bremerton residents Dave and Cindy Frederick. Chefs wanted for chowder cook-off Chowder chefs are being sought to corn- pete in North Mason Resources' Chowder Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1171 Sand Hill Road. Chefs will pay a $50 entry fee and will need to bring 3 gallons of any type of chowder and a digital thermometer. The event also features a Clean Joke Contest. Patrons will pay $20 for each joke they tell. Public admission to the event is $10. Patrons will vote for their favorite chowder and joke. A prize for best chowder also will be awarded by judges. For more information, call 552-2303. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks North Mason High School's homecoming court poses at a school assembly Friday. The girls are Delilah Steck, left, Sophia Daley, Katie Bisser, Rachel Wilson, Madeline Cook, Alyssa Hodge and Kenni Clouse. The boys are Austin Williams, left, Kevin BurrelI-Briggs, H.D. Ralston, Mark Phillips, Dustin Pope, Beau Eddy and Matthew Hippie. Homecoming celebration Herald photos by Gordon Weeks North Mason High School students Tyler Grewell, left, Lauren Affonce, Samantha Leaptrot and Daniel Burggraaf race to create dresses using toilet paper and plastic garbage bags.