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December 30, 1971

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a i Mason Letter to (Continued from Page 1) well-attended meeting at Hood Canal Jr. High at which waterfront owners learned that it was alright to take their barbecue rack down to the tidelands and roast oysters in the shell there but not okay to take the oysters in the shell up to the patio to roast them. They also learned that when company was invited for an oyster feed that each guest had to gather their own oysters for the feed to be legal for if the homeowner or his wife took more than his own quota off the beach he would be breaking the law. It was in March that citizens from the large unprotected area between the Allyn Fire district and the Shelton Fire district first approached commissioners of Fire Protection District 5 to find out if they could join the district and, after much discussion, were told they would be accepted if they got the required number of signatures. Petitions were circulated by residents in the unprotected area and by October the area was formally annexed to Fire District 5. For a third year in a row the dilapidated North Shore pier was a concern of local citizens and by March the Allyn Port Commission was making plans for its repair, later changed to only partial renovation, then, after a petition by citizens to repair the entire dock, plans were changed again to repair all of it, to be done by the end of the year. The end of the year is fast approaching and 1 have a hunch that pier is going to make it four years in a row, hopefully one of the first events to be recalled from 1972 files. Port Commissioner Ed Berberet resigned in March and Roy Mitchell was later named to replace him. Laughter by those who attended the faculty play "Harvey" at North Mason High School got April off to a happy start and a free concert given by the Army Band gave pleasure to those who turned out to hear it. The local school levies passed and Grapeview School district joined the other non-high districts in the County by agreeing to participate in building a new high school for Shelton. Work by a survey crew on North Shore Road was stopped when a property owner refused them permission to go on his land and the delay was followed by an announcement by County Commissioners that an alternate route for the new road to the Tahuya River bridge, back along the hill, was preferable, anyway, to the higher cost of widening the present North Shore Road. Evidently too many people were putting in bulkheads or docks without the proper permission from the Army Corps of Engineers because in May they made the announcement that persons doing work without permits would face prosecution and would probably be ordered to undo the project. Two mailboxes in the Grapeview area were discovered to be part of a welfare fraud going on in this part of the State but everyone was glad to know that suspicions of mail carrier Talley Jones and Postmaster Julie Stock had prevented any checks from being put in the boxes. Two local Postmasters retired in May, Arvith Christiansen from the Belfair Post Office and Frances Huson from Tahuya. It wasn't until December that the new Postmasters got the official word; Pat Henningsen for Belfair and Phyllis Fixemer for Tahuya. In May the Grapeview School float again brought home the sweepstakes award from Shelton's Forest Festival. Janet Fisk's articles in the Herald in which she complained of the inability of persons attending County Planning Commission meetings to hear or understand what was going on were evidently read by Commission members because things had improved considerably by the next month's meeting. In May the community was outraged by the work of vandals who bent the newly erected flagpole in Belfair Cemetery and a group of citizens joined forces to straighten it out before Memorial Day services were held in the cemetery. June saw 57 seniors being graduated by North Mason High School, lots of school picnics by the younger classes and groundbreaking for the new Belfair Firehall. The month ended with the commotion caused by the brief announcement that the Independent Publishing Co. was ceasing publication of the Huckleberry Herald. Citizen's meetings with Ace Comstock, former owner, and Henry Gay, present owner, resulted, as you know, in a new lease on life for the paper, as a supplement to the Mason County Journal. July was spent in making the changeover and a vacation for the editor so three issues of the paper were skipped and news coverage is brief. Demolition of the old Chalet was undoubtedly the biggest news of the month and three local Scouts left by plane for Japan to attend the Scout's International Jamboree. In August the office at Beard's Cove was razed by fire. Another new business, SS&T was opened in Belfair and the County announced it had purchased the old Belfair Firehall. diane Robinson's "Beautify Belfair" idea was first heard that month, at the annual Chamber of Commerce picnic. Another mysterious fire struck the Beard's Cove development, this time burning down the bathing house. Arson was suspected. Plans for formation of a PeeWee organization in North Mason began in earnest and it was announced that basketball would be the first sport in which the new group would participate. September seemed to be the month of harvest for many news photos were run showing off oversize crops. The Bookmobile started a night run to Belfair and a community meeting was held to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A-section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal serving as the voice of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and North Shore. Post Office Box 587, Belfair, Washington 98528 Telephone CR 5-6680 LOU DONNELL . .. Editor and Advertising Representative Publ0shed by Shelton Publishing, Inc., Post Office Box 430. Shelton, Washington 98584; telephone 426-4412. Subscription: $5.00 per year in Mason County; $6.00 per year elsewhere. ~~~~~~~~HI~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~i~~~~H~~~HH~~i~~~~i~ii~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~u~~ discuss the proposed County Zoning Ordinance. By October the Belfair Fire Department had moved into its new quarters on the Old Belfair Highway and the substation of the Sheriff's Department had moved to the old Firehall. Candidates who had opposition in the upcoming elections were busy cam paigning. By the time the November 4 election was over the Tahuya Port Commission had been re-activated and some new faces appeared on local district Boards throughout the area. November 12 was the grand opening of the just-completed Youth Center in Belfair and Christmas tree-laden trucks passing through town heralded the advent of Christmas a few weeks away. It was learned in November that a shopping center is planned for the Y south of Belfair when announcement of an offer for a site for a library building was made. Notice of the plight of the needy as the first full year of the high unemployment in the area came to an end resulted in efforts to establish a community clothing center and students and several groups in the area cancelled the usual exchange of gifts in favor of buying an item of food to help the hungry. The new school bus arrived and was driven eight whole days before getting its first dent in an accident caused by black ice at the high school. (Sorry, Vi, I hope this is the last time I mention THAT.) Dedication of the new Youth Center was held in Belfair Community Baptist Church and as the year drew to a close everyone was busy attending the many Christmas parties and wrapping the gifts they'd bought at the many local Bazaars held by so many non-profit groups. Which winds up my review of another year... 1 didn't mention the names of those who died during the year, some young and some old, but all will be missed as a new year begins. WATCH STOLEN A silver Timex girl's wristwatch, flat and square, with a stretch band was stolen from backstage during the recent Senior play. A purse which was also taken from the prop room that night was later found floating in the water off a North Shore pier. Anyone knowing anything about the watch or the thefts is asked to contact the Belfair Sheriff's office. APPETITE: something you always bring to another's table. Jewish Proverb Editor's note: The following letter from the Ethiopian student who has been featured in several Herald articles and who, again, spent Christmas with our family, came in too late for last week's issue but in time for his wish for a Happy New Year to Huckleberry Herald readers. Editor, Huckleberry Herald: Last year this time I knew very little about the colorful Christmas that excited me. Although we celebrate Christmas back in Ethiopia, there is very little in common in the manner the same day is observed. In Ethiopia the Christmas day begins with a church ceremony, followed by a get-together of family members and friends at a lunch usually held at the Elderly's house, where special food known as "Dora Wat" (Chicken sauce), and drinks "Tela" or "Tej" are served. For people living out of the cities, no signs as "Drive Carefully" are required! For the horses and mules will remain sober anyway, no gifts are exchanged, no card or Christmas tree. Having observed Christmas in this manner for all of my life, last Christmas, 'unique' as it is, was more than an excitement for me. I received five Christmas cards from people that knew me earlier in the week, one of which carried a special note - an invitation to spend Christmas eve, and NM Library open 3 days a week Beginning January 5 the North Mason Library will be open on Thursdays in addition to the previous Friday and Saturday schedule. Increased usage of the local library, which is located in the rear of Belfair TV, called for an increase in the 1972 budget to allow for the extra day. Hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 1. Local librarian, Mrs. Elizabeth Gatlin, will be on duty all three days. The North Mason Library is a branch of the Timberland Regional Library District. NAMES OMITTED Names of three participants of the Standard First Aid Course recently completed at the Earl Lincoln home on North Shore were left out of the story announcing names of those who had earned their cards. All under 14, Anne Blakefield, Jeff Hannan and Jodi Stevenson completed the course and received Junior cards. Christmas day with the Isakson family. I was more than happy, and I went. Erik, the youngest son picked up a package from the big pile under the glittering white tree, pulled a slip from it that read - "From Nan and Bert to Seyoum," and handed it over to me. I didn't know what to do with it. While I was trying to pass it over to Kent, who sat next to me on the floor, Bert suggested that I open the package myself, I did. It was a Kodak Instamatic camera with a film and flash in it. Still I was wondering what to do next, when Nan noticed from my expression and explained to me that it was a gift to me, and all about Christmas as it is observed here in America. Everything that can be said from the origin of the Christmas tree, through the card exchange and the reasons behind gifts. By the end of the Christmas day I had so many gifts gram Nan and Bert's family and friends that I couldn't even distinguish who gave me what. I didn't feet the slightest homesickness that Christmas brings to many people away from home. Thanks to the lsakson family, their relatives and friends. Thanks to my Huckleberry friends and thanks to all American people, the nation that is kind and wonderful. And "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all." Your Huckleberry Friend Seyoum Kassa Opportunity offered citizens to help select items on school levy North Mason Citizen's Committee for Education will hold a levy-study meeting January 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School library. Set for four days before the North Mason School Board holds its meeting to set the amount for the upcoming levy ballot, the group will be furnished a proposed itemized full budget by the School Superintendent for the group's consideration. Ballots will be furnished those who attend the meeting and the results will be tallied to determine what recommendations the group will make to the School Board the following Monday. A special invitation is extended to anyone, whether they have children in school or not, to come to the meeting to express an opinion about what items should be included in the levy request. :'%/ , FOURTH AND FIFTH graders at Belfair Elementary brought food to school last week instead of the traditional presents to exchange with each other. They also brought $14 in money to buy more perishable items and all was packed into boxes to be given to needy families. Seen packing some of the boxes are one student from each room, left to right, Dana Petrick, Lisa Marsh, Steve Merrill, Paul Andrews, Kelly Staley and Sonya Stienke. Page 2 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - December 30, 1971 ........ 4t. 4t.lt 4t.lltat.lt 4t., ,, t.ltat 4t.tt4t t *~- O 0.qnm-. o 0 O By Leo & Margaret Livingston -- CR 5-6421 000"II~B~ 0~IP'I~I~000Q0,qBIIb0000 The sea is rising at the rate of one-twelfth of an inch a year, according to expert tide-watchers in Seattle. This confirms our belief that the tides are getting higher in Hood Canal. The higher tides are more noticeable around the first of the year when we have a combination of high tides and low barometric pressure. In the past few years many waterfront homes on the North Shore have been lapped by the big tides that surged over the bulkheads. If the water is rising at the rate of one inch every twelve years, and you are building a house along the shoreline, plan ahead. If you want to know the point of the highest recorded recent tide, check with the Livingstons. We know. Carl and Betty Mattus have flown off to visit daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Jerry Rettig in Springfield, Illinois, for the holidays. They will be returning after New Years. About the same time, Nancy's cousin, Sally Scott, will be arriving in Springfield for a month's field work for college. She will be observing classes in Speach and Hearing Therapy with Nancy who teaches there. The end of the year finds everybody too busy to be making news. We do wish you a happy and long New Year, 366 days. Michael ;hirk ned to train in New Mexico Airman Michael A. Shirk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan E. Shirk of Belfair, Wash., has received his first U. S. Air Force duty assignment after completing basic training at the Air Training Command's Lackland AFB, Tex. The airman has been assigned to a unit of the Air Force Systems Command at Kirtland AFB, N.M., for training and duty as a law enforcement specialist. Airman Shirk is a 1971 graduate of North KEEP carpet cleaning problems small -- use Blue Lustre wall to wall. Rent electric shampooer $1. BELFAIR HARDWARE, Belfair. Mason High School and attended Olympic Junior College, Bremerton. Michael Shirk TUNE-UP AND ENGINE STEAMED CLEANED Labor Plus Parts .., c,...., $99s Reg. Price $18.95 CR5-2991 SUNDAY, JANUARY 2nd. 9:45 a.m. Sunday school. There is a class for everyone. ll:00a.m. Morning Worship Service. Observance of the Lord's Supper. 6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship Meeting. Young people will meet at the church to proceed to their month Fellowship Activity Night. All young people in grades 7 through high school are welcome. Resolve to make the year of 1972 a better year. Worship together regularly as a family, starting with this week. YOUTH CENTER The Youth Center will be open New Years Eve from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. P.O. Box 407, Belfair Washington Wendell L. Harder, Pastor Parsonage Phone Church Phone CRestview 5-2162 CRestview 5-626; By LOUISE EWART 426-4925 "It's the day after Christmas and all through the house paper, toys, and bits of ribbon litter the house. The stockings sag by a roaring fire of boxes and bows, and plastic toys smashed by little toes. I just settled down for a long winters nap, when off in the distance I heard a jolly voice say "Just 364 days and I'll see you next year." This is a reprint from my 1966 column by request (mine). Our Grapeview grade school children contributed to establishing a holiday atmosphere last Tuesday evening with the presentation of their annual Christmas " program for the enjoyment of their parents and friends. The children, under the capable direction of Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Watson . and Mr. Zehe, enacted several plays and in songs portrayed the well-loved and time-honored story of the Nativity. At intervals throughout the program the audience joined together in singing the traditional carols. As the last song was being sung a jolly HO HO HO rang out from the rear of the room and who should come marching in but Santa Claus himself. The delighted children were soon called to come up to him by grade and one by one received a gift and a candy cane from this fine fellow. When all had received their presents: coffee, punch and Christmas cookies were served from a festively decorated lunchroom in the school basement. Mrs. Ted Hoffman was chairman and would like to thank all who made the party such a Success. I have attended every Christmas party at the school for the last eight years and last night there were many there who had gone to the parties each year for many years before I came. I asked Louise Okonek how many times she had attended and she laughed and said "a few". Mrs. Ann Westberg was busy greeting old friends and she told me Marcella was going to college and working at the Bremerton Sun part time. Mr. and Mrs. Orin Buckingham, Bud Welch and many other "regulars" were present. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis who celebrated their thirty-ninth wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve. The. Christmas party was also a coming out party for Phyllis Lutz for she had been confined to her home for the last month because of illness. Larry arrived home a short time ago, out of the service, and very proud of the German girl he plans to wed. The family drove to Sea-Tac to meet Miss Claudia Scheining when she arrived last week. Miss Sheining is from Tubinger, Germany and will be in Grapeview until January sixth. Larry and Claudia plan to announce their engagement over the holidays. Doug and family planned to drive up from Oregon so they all could enjoy Christmas together but Mellissa became ill and plans had to be changed. We do have a lot of pets but when the pets start having pets l think it is time to stop. Nancy has a new monkey, a marmosett and it is so tiny. In Nancy's monkey book it said a pet would keep it happy. So now we have a baby rabbit for "Boogy". 1 will take this opportunity to reassure my neighbors 1 have not added a dog and two cats to my zoo but am just baby-sitting them while my son Dan and family go to Idaho for Christmas. The Fair Harbor Grange will have its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday January 6th preceded bY a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Grapeview Firehall. 1972 officers will be installed. Because of the installation the program planned for the evening will be postponed until the February meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Merfield of Orchard beach had several anthropologists from the University of Washington as their guests for a day and they were able to find the site of a spot where the Indians had dried their fish but a new road had been cut through and the site was filled with huge boulders that made digging impossible. But they all had an interesting day. Jerry Gazaly's mother flew up from La Jolla, Calif. to spend Christmas with the family and Jerry, Jr. came up, from Southern California where he is attending college. lhmkk t. 1trot, 2-112 dies before operation Master Patrick C. Hart, 2 year old son of Marsha Hart, did not undergo open heart surgery as was scheduled on December 14 as he died December 8 at Children's Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Survivors include his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney G. Hart, grandmother, Robertie V. Hart, great-grandmothers, Frances F. Nay and Carle Day and an uncle, Nichole Hart. WINDOWS BROKEN Windows of the George Vance summer home on North Shore were broken by vandals last week according to a complaint received in the Belfair Sheriff's office. The Vance family is from Seattle. Robert $. McLean assigned to Colorado Airman Robert S. McLean, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal H. McLean of AUyn, Wash., has completed his U.S. Air Force basic training at the Air Training Command's Lackland AFB, Tex. He has been assigned to Lowry AFB, Colo., for training in the munitions and weapons maintenance field. Airman McLean is a 1972 graduate of North Mason High School. CALF LOST A calf was reported lost in the Belfair tide flat area Dec. 26 according to a complaint received by the local Sheriff's office. Lee Lopriore--BUILDER WE HAVE BUILDING LOTS WE HAVE FINANCING, VARIABLE INTEREST NEW CONSTRUCTION -- REMODELING LICENSED -- INSURED -- BONDED /! Party Favors Cards Expert Prescription Service 9 - 7 Weekdays -- 10 - 4 Sundays 9 - 8 Fridays Famous Brand Name Pant Suits and Dresses Men's/ill Weather Topper All Christmas Items 9 MARY WRIGHT PHONE CR 5-2033 December 30, 1971 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 7