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xxxnxx~xxxx~-RT LOTX~C 005 1542 28 142 217 N Cota St Shelton 14R 4-2263 .t,,,.l,.,,i.ll,,,,IhlM#,,lilIM,,ti,.I,,",,,til,lti' Mason County , Nov. 20, 2014 - Week 47 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 League forum spotlights addiction 'nightmares" gordon@masoncoun cam Heroin addiction found its way into the home of Patty Ayala Ross, the manager of the Shelton Timberland Library. "It's a nightmare when your teenage daughter comes home and says, 'Morn, I have a drug problem,'" Ross told members of the League of Women Voters of Mason County on Tuesday. "And that's what hap- pened." Counseling, in-patient rehabilitation, jail and childbirth didn't stop Ross's daugh- ter, now 26, from returning to the drug, Ross said. "My daughter is a homeless junkie to- day," she said. ....... Ross was among the speakers talking about the devastating effects of heroin and other drugs in Mason County at the forum in the Johnson Library at Olympic College Shelton. In the past six months, 12 people have been arrested in Shelten for heroin posses- sion, said Shelton Police Lt. Les Watson. Watson said he's watched shifting trends in drug arrests during his 27 years on the Shelton Police Department. Cocaine seemed to be the drug of choice in Shelton see DRUGS, page A-28 By NATALIE JOHNSON Board's Nov. 12 meeting, and administrators from Shelton natalie@masoncoun com "You're at a very good place at High School and CHOICE Alterna- Shelton," Interim Superintendenttive School discussed their school The future looks bright at the Art Jarvis told the School Board. improvement plans at the meeting. Shelton School District, the district's Jarvis presented the district's an- ____ __- top administrator said at the School nual financial and personnel reports, see DISTRICT, page A-28 F,. D' E" i Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Bordeaux Elementary Principal Carey Murray kicks back on a "beach" and reads Nov. 14 as a part of the National Young Readers Week Principal Challenge, which encourages principals to read in wacky ways. Murray read from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants in the challenge were entered into a drawing to win 101 new copies of "The Long Haul," the ninth book in Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. .S In New coordinator takes over at Belfair food bank cent de Paul and Operation Blessing. She started volun- teering at the Community By GORDON WEEKS the food pantry. Hopfensperger Food Pantry last month. gordon@masoncounb/com was putting in 50-hour weeks "She's very motivated," Dix- and is renowned for her fund- on said. During its five hours of op- raising abilities, said Theron Fleek compares prices to eration last Wednesday, volun- Dixon, president of the non- find the best buys, which has teers at the Community Foodprofit's board of directors, allowed the pantry to offer Pantry in Belfair gave food to Hopfensperger "took a food higher quality offerings and 304 people in need. bank and a food pantry and more variety of foods to clients, "We have some homeless joined them together, with no Dixon said. veterans and homeless fami-money, and made it work," he Fleek said she's found some lies," said Angel Fleek, who re- said. great purchases at Grocery cently became the new pantry Fleek is a native of Pend- Outlet and WinCo Foods. coordinator. "A lot of seniors, leton, Oregon, who moved to"Safeway and QFC have But we mostly serve families, Belfair nine years ago. She and wonderful sales," she said. "I've the working poor." her family purchased a house always been a bargain hunter." Fleek replaced Melody Hop- in the Trails End Lake area. Most of the food is pur- fensperger, who served for Fleek has donated a lot of chased with grants through three years as the full-time, time to nonprofits, including unpaid executive director for the Salvation Army, St. Vin- see PANTRY, page A-28 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks From left, volunteers Bonnie Nance, new pantry coordinator Angel Fleck, Cheryl Nelson, Madi Cataldo, Dan Newcomer and Chuck Sawyer stand ready to serve people in need Monday at the Community Food Pantry. IIIIIJl! I!l!lJIIl!l![I[I[llliiii Fi re bu rns boat, City mig ht replace water Former reporter seeks injures man main during road work answers in logging accident 8 2 Page A-3 Page A-6 Page A-25