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STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRETT MARLO DESANTIS
We were huddled up on the turquoise and
grey checkered linoleum floor leaning our
bodies toward the wood-burning stove in
an attempt to warm ourselves. I look up at
the exposed turquoise-washed wood ceiling and over at
the heavily troweled orange-sherbet tinted kitchen wall; it’s
strikingly adorable and also uninsulated.
The small mid-century cabin, three times the size of my tiny
house, felt larger than life at that moment. As we inched
closer and closer to our only heat source, my dear friend
turned her gaze away from the fire just long enough to ask
me what my most memorable moment was this year.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the sudden introspection,
however, I was unprepared. It’s mid-November, and we were
saying goodbye to her cabin for the year.
As I attempt to marinate on her thoughtful question, I am
stuck in that present moment. My girls are playing cards
from their sleeping bags on couches that still look as they
did half a century ago. I listen to the wood crackle, the girls’
giggles, and I realize it is these tiny moments in these small
spaces that I have grown to truly treasure.
This year we said goodbye to the typical American home, and
we opened ourselves to a new lifestyle, fully and completely.
We challenged ourselves to follow our hearts; giving up lots
and lots of stuff, learning an abundance about ourselves and
others, and gaining experiences and insights along the way.
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year has been.
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Tiny House Appendix Q creates codes for those wanting to live in tiny
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residential dwelling must provide permanent provisions for sleeping,
cooking, eating, living and sanitation. A dwelling by definition,
no matter the size, is a primary use and a permanent, habitable
To be clear, this appendix is for tiny houses on foundations, not tiny
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minimum square-footage requirements that would make living tiny
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For years, building officials have been receiving tiny house questions,
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home naturally turns to
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if we look to make any home improvements
this time of year, our first thought is that our
kitchens could use a little “sprucing up.”
So many people are redoing their countertops
these days. Granite and even quartz
countertops are growing more affordable,
and their durability can’t be beat. However,
I often caution people against adding new
countertops if their cabinetry is in sad shape,
as eventually the cabinets will have to be
replaced as well, and it just does not make
sense to spend the money on counters if their
cabinetry will not last for at least another 10
years. If this is the case with your kitchen,
then my advice is to wait, do it properly and
save for both new cabinets and countertops.
You will not regret spending the extra money
to have a whole new kitchen, even if it means
a year or two longer with the old one!
However, if the cabinetry is solid and still
functions properly (i.e. doors and drawers
open and close nicely and the overall layout
is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade
is merited. If the cabinets still function and
are solid but appear worn or dirty, then
sometimes it can be a good idea to have them
painted or refinished. However, if they are in
good shape and clean but just “dated,” often
just the addition of pretty hardware is all
that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our
Another upgrade option might include
cabinets and laminate countertops that are
still in relatively good shape but a worn,
water-stained wood backsplash that we find in
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case, an easy fix would be to remove the old
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My advice: Take stock of your kitchen, look
around honestly and ask yourself what needs
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a little tweak to make it just right for you and
your loved ones this holiday season. And
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lumberjack, a botanist and a monk walk into a forest. What
do they see? The botanist sees plants to study, the lumberjack
sees trees to chop down and the monk sees the miracle of
existence. Three people and three different perspectives on
reality. How you walk through the world is unique, and much of it is
based on how you perceive the world.
What’s your perspective on the holidays? What comes to mind? Are they
magical or overwhelming? Do you look forward to participating or are
they emotionally draining? Do your holidays feel like a never-ending todo
list? You may experience any or all of these perspectives—depending
on the day.
When I was a kid, the holiday season was magical. The adults in my
life intended to make them special—and they did. This season was
filled with meaning, rich stories, traditions, gifts, decorations, seasonal
gatherings and special meals. Today, it’s not up to someone else to create
the magic. Instead, I realize that my perspective shapes my experience of
the holidays. As an adult, and a business owner, I have an opportunity to
create a bit of magic for others. Of course, that’s my perspective and my
intention. What’s yours?
This is a season of giving.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, the businesses that give more
value than they receive are the businesses that thrive. For example, an
accountant who prepares taxes for $1,000 and saves their client $5,000
gives more than they receive. The client is pleased with the value delivered
by their accountant and tells others. Word of mouth, Facebook and Yelp
reviews are powerful tools in growing a thriving business.
How do you give more than you receive? It’s not always financial. In fact,
many times it’s not. It’s how your client feels after interacting with you.
Have you added a little magic in their day? Do your clients or customers
feel welcome? Have you eased their pain? Solved a problem? Are your
interactions personal? In a world that’s busier every year than the last,
a personal touch can be powerful—for both of you. What value do you
deliver? Do you provide more than expected?
When you set the intention to give and you see the world from the
perspective of a giver, you become one of the people who creates a bit of
magic, and you can offer even more during this giving season. Here are a
few ideas that you can work into your daily activities that won’t break the
budget—but they do create a little magic:
1. Smile. When you share a genuine smile and intentionally want
someone to feel welcome, you can make their day.
2. Intentionally create an experience. I recently attended an open house
filled with conversation, laughter, hot beverages, prizes and opportunities
to admire the wares of the business owner. It was a “win” for everyone.
3. Select your favorite charity and give back to the community.
When you set the
intention to give
and you see the
world from the
perspective of a
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one of the people
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4. Offer an unexpected compliment and start a
5. Give a gift personalized to your recipient.
For example, give a gift with “their” logo on it,
rather than yours.
6. Give a note of appreciation, sharing
specifically what you appreciate about that
7. Provide the gift of patience. In the hustle
and bustle of the season, giving someone the
time they need can be more welcome than you
8. Provide a drawing for a grab bag (the
drawing can build anticipation for the gift over
time) or a gift to a charity on someone’s behalf.
9. Extend an invitation to a special event or
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particular event that you won’t want
to miss! Join the Harbor History
Museum Friday, December 14, 5 to 6:30pm, for
the fifth annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia’s
“From the Swedish farmers of Crescent Valley
to the Norwegian fishermen and Finnish
grocers, Gig Harbor has a rich Scandinavian
heritage,” says Zachary Sokolik, marketing
and events coordinator for Harbor History
Museum. “Light Up the Night: Harbor History
Museum’s Annual St. Lucia Festival offers a
fun, family centered opportunity to connect
community, history and tradition; it is truly
unlike anything else in Gig Harbor.”
The evening will begin with the St. Lucia
Procession and will be followed by an
assortment of fun, Scandinavian-themed
activities, crafts and games taking place inside
the Museum. Guests will also enjoy traditional
Scandinavian treats, photo opportunities, story
time and caroling.
“Light Up the Night continues to grow every
year, and as more people learn about the event,
we have more and more families wanting to
participate,” says Zachary. “Last year we set a
record for attendance, and we are expecting
another great turnout this year.”
Children and adults alike will explore
Scandinavian traditions and discover the story
of St. Lucia while paying homage to a unique
part of Gig Harbor history. “Light Up the Night
is a festive and fun evening that offers both an
educational experience and an opportunity to
feel a part of our unique community. What
a great way to kick off the holidays!” adds
Join the community in celebrating Gig
Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage. This family
friendly event is just $3 for all ages and is free
for Harbor History Museum members and
their families. Tickets are available now and
can be purchased at the front desk or online at
“This event would not be possible without
some wonderful museum volunteers,” says
Zachary. "We want to thank them for all their
efforts and for helping make this event a reality
for Gig Harbor.”
Paddle Your Dragon
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GIG
HARBOR DRAGON BOAT
Sharon Byrne Shaffer wants to get you
excited about Dragon Boat Racing. The
current president of the Gig Harbor
Dragon Boat Club can’t say enough about
how much fun she had as she recalled her first
experience on the boat.
“I competed with a novice team from my Rotary
Club. Novice means that we knew nothing. I didn’t
even know how to hold the paddle,” she said. “I
was beat up by the end of that race and exhausted.
But, being in that boat with friends, I was instantly
in love with dragon boats and wanted it here for
Dragon boat racing dates back more than 2,500
years to an area in Southern China. A vessel
features paddlers working in unison, a steering
operator and a drummer, whose beat helps
synchronize the paddle strokes. Today, the U.S.
is one of 74 nations that are members of the
International Dragon Boat Federation.
Started just four years ago by the Canoe and
Kayak Club, the Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Club
now boasts more than 70 ‘Dragons,’ the majority
of which practice year round. With help from
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others, a 20-person boat was secured and the
group was off and running.
“We operate as a true team, building our power
together, supporting each other with common
goals, welcoming all newcomers, building
relationships, building muscle memory, sharing
responsibility. It’s kind of like the very best of
kindergarten all over again!” explained Sharon.
It quickly became popular, and last year two
smaller 10-person boats were added, allowing
the team to expand. The combination of fun,
camaraderie and competition is appealing to
“We have a ton of fun together. We work hard
in the boat; we tease each other and toss a bit of
smack talk around. Beyond our shared travel to
regional competitions, we gather for seasonal
parties that are actually epic,” Sharon said.
The Dragons dressed up for Halloween, and on
December 15 you’ll find them dressed in holiday
costumes paddling through the harbor singing
merriment and spreading holiday cheer.
Training is done five days a week in 90-minute
sessions. Members can choose how often they
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you try it you will be hooked. During the
winter months, the training is scheduled
around building up endurance. During the
spring and summer season, it’s on to race
readiness: race strategy, best form, race
transitions, synchronicity and power.
While much of the team is competitive, you
can also choose to be a recreational member.
A youth program is also in place for ages
12 through 17, where skills are honed and
teamwork is learned.
While some are just in it for recreation, a few
paddlers have joined up with Washington
Area Maters (WAM) to compete even more
vigorously. Last year two went to world
competitions in Hungary. Four more are
working to qualify for international WAM
“So, we are recreational, we are competitive
in regional, national, international, and we
are proud,” said Sharon.
In just four short years, the group has already
taken home nine medals at regional races.
Recent competitions include: Olympia,
Tacoma, Lake Meridian at Kent, Seattle
at Lake Union, False Creek in Vancouver
and Victoria, B.C., and Flathead Lake in
While the podium is always a welcomed
accomplishment of the hard work put it,
it’s the beautiful sunrise and sunset paddles
around their local harbor that many find to
be the very best part of being a Dragon.
“We have fun together on the water, we work
hard together, we take care of each other
and we challenge each other,” said Sharon.
“Amazing people and dang good workouts
in this gorgeous harbor of ours.”
Whether recreational or competitive, goals
are regularly set by all members. Goals
might be to nail the start, to smooth out a
transition or to be perfectly synchronized.
On personal levels, each has form and stroke
pieces that are worked on individually.
“Right now my personal goal is to nail the
catch in my stroke and use my legs and core
for most power,” said Sharon.
As the group grows, it continues to be actively
engaged in the community by partnering
with the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak team
for their Paddlers’ Cup. Members help them
on the Dragon Boat race day by training the
novice teams comprised of local businesses
for a friendly day of competition.
In March, the second annual Dragon Flea
Market will be held at the old Peninsula
Gardens site. Money raised goes to covering
boat and moorage expenses. All items are
donated by team members and friends,
and any items not sold are donated to local
“Honestly, I have never been involved with
a more wonderful bunch of folks,” said
For a free introductory paddle, you can
call Sharon at 253.208.4353. The Dragons
provide both the portable flotation device
and paddle. You’ll find the group gathering
at the Pavilion at Skansie Brothers Park and
boarding boats at Jerisich Dock.
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
BY COLIN ANDERSON
“The best learning is
that which engages
students, helps them grow
academically and creates
positive memories about
learning,” said Dawn.
Dawn Barnes knows firsthand
that not all students learn at the
same pace. December’s teacher
of the month is the Title I and
Learning Assistance Program (LAP) reading
specialist at Minter Creek Elementary. Title I
is federally funded while LAP is a state-funded
program established by the Washington
State Legislature in 1979. The object of both
programs is to accelerate the achievement
of students performing below grade level by
providing supplemental academic support.
Dawn’s students visit “the barn,” her name for
the special learning space, four days a week to
focus on reading skills. She brings a variety of
learning lessons and techniques to boost young
children’s confidence and is most happy when
she sees the enjoyment her lessons bring to her
“The best learning is that which engages
students, helps them grow academically and
creates positive memories about learning,” said
Dawn. “I know the next time they come to
work and learn with me and my team, they’ll
be excited because of the memories they have
Dawn has been teaching in the district for
14 years and has been influential in the lives
of hundreds of students. She adds that she
especially enjoys getting to know the families
behind her students.
“Knowing that, through the years, you can
build a bond with a family that leads to trust
is so valuable. To put it simply, I have become
a person that this family can rely on and count
on to put the best interest of their children
first,” she said.
As her lessons continue to get more challenging
for students, Dawn always tries to keep things
fun and positive. Kindergarteners especially
don’t want to stop and want to keep learning
through play. While the lessons vary, one
constant Dawn always preaches is for her
students to give it their all, and she will even
bring her own personal trials and triumphs
into the classroom.
“I love to bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes,
cookies and cake pops. I share some of my
successes and failures with my students but
always give the precedent that I tried my best,”
Getting struggling readers up to speed with
their classmates is never an easy task, but
Dawn takes the challenge head on by making
sure kids are having fun while learning, trying
their very best and keeping parents informed
and involved in the progress.
“It takes a team to support the magic that is
learning, and having the support of families is
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A RACE TO TOKYO
LOCAL SAILOR PURSUING OLYMPIC DREAM
BY COLIN ANDERSON
Imagine if the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or
World Series were only held once every
four years. Now imagine those household
names and sports icons weren’t paid to
play and instead went to work each day like
you and me, and spent their evenings and
down time training and competing for a
once-in-a-lifetime chance at a championship.
This is the reality that most of our Olympic
hopefuls face. No mega contracts, multimillion
dollar endorsements, private charters
or personal chefs, just a love of their sport
and determination to complete for a chance at
their own athletic glory.
The 2020 summer games are in Tokyo, Japan,
and Gig Harbor sailor Hanne Weaver’s lifelong
dream is to take on the world’s best and bring
home a medal for her country.
“I have always had the dream to go to the
Olympics,. To win and represent my country
will be an honor,” she said.
Hanne was just 8 years old when she learned to
sail on Wollochet Bay with the Tacoma Yacht
Club’s Learn to Sail program. Her grandfather
was the first to take her out on the water, and
from that first experience, her lifelong passion
“He took me sailing when I was little. I guess it
runs in my blood,” said Hanne.
Hanne picked up the sport quickly and started
competing in youth events and finding early
success. As her skills improved, she sought out
even more competitive events, taking home
wins regionally and nationally. Winning at the
highest level helped prove to Hanne that she
has a real shot of competing for her country
and also has helped shape the woman she is
“I have been so many different places and have
experienced so much with becoming a sailor.
Sailing has taught me so much about being
independent, reliable and a strong female,” she
As with any sport, team or individual, to be
the best you have to fully dedicate yourself to
your craft. For Hanne, this means long days
and nights in the gym, constantly being on
the water even in less than ideal conditions,
and not having as much time with friends as
your typical young adult would.
Hanne keeps her calendar close by and each
week it’s packed, even when there isn’t a
competition going on. She’s in the gym five
days each week, sometimes six. She trains on
the water three to four days each week as well.
She says she is very thankful for the support
of her sponsor, CHI Franciscan Health, which
helps her out with expenses. But like most
other Olympic hopefuls, Hanne works a job
as well. You’ll find her at the LOFT in Uptown
when she’s not in the gym or on the water.
Hanne’s friends know that sailing always
comes first, and they are behind her in her
quest for the Olympic Games.
“It’s hard to choose between all of it, but
when you love it as much as I do, you will do
anything to get out on the water.”
One of the many things that makes the
Olympics so unique is the world is introduced
to sports they might not be familiar with.
Though her style of racing is done in more
than 120 countries, 2020 is an opportunity for
Hanne to bring more awareness to the sport
she loves so dearly here in the states.
While there are various sailing events, Hanne
will be competing as an individual in the
Women’s Singlehanded event. Her boat is a
Laser Radial 14-foot dinghy. Hanne is only
about six inches off the water as she constantly
adjusts her sail and course. To the uninitiated
it might appear that she is just holding the sail
and letting the wind do the work, but there is
so much more at play.
“Laser sailing is a very physical sport. It looks
easy, but sailing has a lot going on. The wind
doesn’t always come from the same direction,
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not each wave is the same, then there is the current and obstacles in the
water, too,” she explained.
Being so close to the water, Hanne is being splashed and also needs to be
fully aware of the other boats around her. Similar to competitive golf, sailing
is a self-governed sport, which means that each competitor is responsible
for himself or herself. But sailors can protest each other if they break any
rules. With 80 or so boats out on the course at a time, there is a lot to be
As the calendar flips to 2019, there are more events on Hanne’s schedule
leading up to her big Olympic qualifiers. In January, she will be competing
in the Miami World Cup, a regatta she qualified for earlier. She will continue
to challenge herself with these races, and, in 2020, the two biggest races of
her life will take place.
“There will be one in Florida and one in Australia. Whoever places with the
lowest points at both competitions wins the spot for the Olympics,” she said.
There is only one spot available, so competition will be fierce as other sailors
around the country are also hoping to see their Olympic dreams realized.
Hanne continues to train and sail out of Shilshole Bay Marina. And despite
her incredibly busy schedule, she still finds time for fans and to help out in
one of the places that helped her become the sailor she is today.
“I still see my old coaches and young sailors that look up to me. I always love
giving back to my community, and when I grew up sailors did that for me, I
want to do the same for them,” she said.
Hanne has accomplished many of the goals she set for herself at a young age
and continues to strive for her ultimate goal of making the U.S. Olympic
team. She was third in line for the Rio games, and just missing out is a
motivator to come out on top as this opportunity only comes around every
You can follow Hanne’s journey on her website WeaverSailing.com. A
lifetime of training for a chance to compete in one race; something very few
are willing to put the work into but not Gig Harbor’s Hanne Weaver, your
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“I was previously a gymnast, which helped
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Interscholastic Activities Association),
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2018 was the first year Shaye took part in the
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strong, placing in the top 15 for the 14-to-15-
year age group in the platform event at the
Zone E Championship—a national qualifier
championship composed of 12 states from
the Northwest and Midwest regions.
With a lot of time to still decide on posthigh
school plans, Shaye is certain she would
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pursues her athletics, she says she is primarily
focused on academics. “My only plan for the
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There are a few areas of study that interest
her, including serving in the United States
Air Force or pursuing a career in the medical
field. “These potential careers interest me
because I love helping people and making a
difference in the world,” she says.
Shaye shares that one of the biggest
challenges she continues to face in diving
is overcoming the mental blocks. “They
are difficult to break,” she says. “But once
I realized that my coach won’t let me do
anything that could potentially harm me,
they have become much easier to overcome.”
When it comes to diving, Shaye says she
enjoys the relationships she builds with her
teammates and other divers. “My team is
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About a dozen brave souls recently braved the cold night and
frigid waters along shoreline of Gig Harbor to lie belly down
in the mud as part of the effort to salvage steel for a second set
of tracks to restore the marine railway that helped transport
commercial fishing boats for one of the last commercial shipyards on the
Volunteers from the nonprofit Gig Harbor Boatyard Foundation got
their hands, arms, legs and most of their bodies dirty to help preserve
the rich heritage of boatbuilding, repair and commercial fishing that has
become synonymous with the waterfront community.
“This is what we do. It’s what we’re all about,” explained Allison Bujacich,
the community development director for the 501c3 located in the Eddon
Boatyard on Harborview Drive, a few boat lengths away from the Austin
Estuary Park. “We (the foundation) are dedicated to preserving the
traditional uses of one of the most wonderful parts of our community
that make Gig Harbor truly unique.”
The nonprofit was created after residents realized the working waterfront
that has supported the community for more than a century was being
replaced by high-end residential developments.
Residents of the community voted to tax themselves to preserve
the waterfront as a self-sustaining workplace that could enrich the
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Other course offerings include Useful Knots 101 and Diesel Engine
One of the most popular, Bujacich said, is the weekend family
boatbuilding workshop that guides family members through the steps
needed to launch their own seaworthy skiff.
“Families complete the workshop with a boat they can enjoy together for
many years to come,” the director said with a wide smile. “It is a thrill
to watch three generations, and sometimes four, come together to build
something tangible they will be able to enjoy as a family in the same way
families in our community have come together for many years.”
Guy Hoppen, the founding director of the nonprofit board, remembered
being inspired to take action in 2003 when he saw an artist’s rendering
of the waterfront that illustrated high-end residential developments
squeezing out the boatyard.
“I was moved to take action when I read an article in the local newspaper
that described plans for our waterfront that would have eliminated the
Eddon Boatyard,” Hoppen told Living Local. “The boatyard is at the
heart of connecting people to the waterfront.”
For families that do not have an entire weekend to dedicate to building
their own boat, Bujacich said would-be sailors can set out at the helm of
their own craft after being fitted for lifejackets and only a few minutes
of instruction. The fleet of watercraft available to rent at the boatyard
includes two electric-powered boats, two row boats and a classic Willits
Brothers canoe. Many of the boats can be rented for as little as $10 per
The boatyard has expanded its offerings to the community to include
internships for high school credit and paid positions for students
enrolled at local colleges. The schedule includes classes on diesel repair
and the popular children’s story hour where young people gather to hear
stories read by fishermen based in the harbor.
“Technology and screen time are no substitute for stories from the people
who have lived the adventure,” said Bujacich. “We are surrounded in
this place by the history of the people who have lived and worked these
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Some offerings, including a seminar on nautical navigation for women,
have become so popular the foundation has stopped advertising some of
The mother of two small children emphasized the Eddon Boatyard is not a
museum. It is base for a fleet of commercial fishing boats and a living link
to the history of the waterfront. The boatyard is also home to the 63-foot
1926 Skanzie fishing boat Veteran as well as the temporary home to some
vintage Chris-Craft mahogany runabouts currently being restored as part
of a maritime mentor program.
Rides on the restored fishing boat provide one of the few sources of
revenue for the nonprofit organization. Bujacich said passengers have
shared their own experiences of fishing the waters of the Sound. Others
have recounted their own memories of being part of the crew on the
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The Eddon Boatyard is as much as much a part of the rich history of Gig
Harbor as the seals and sea gulls that thrive in the waters of the busy
But it took volunteers from the Gig Harbor Boatyard Foundation to
turn the memories and artifacts from almost 100 years ago into a living,
breathing part of the community to enrich the lives of the next generation
of residents who have made Gig Harbor their home.
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PHOTOS BY TOM COLLINS
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Since 2007, Gig Harbor Film Festival’s mission has been to cultivate a
community of filmmakers and film lovers who celebrate the power of the
cinematic arts to educate, entertain and inspire.
Through events such as the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival, 72 Hour
Filmmaking Competition, Annual Summer Fundraiser and Monthly Movie
Nights, the Gig Harbor Film Festival has continued to enrich local community
life—for more than a decade—by making unique film and social experiences
accessible for all. Looking to the future, “We’re excited about expanding further
with programs that engage local youth,” says Melanie Kerr, communications
coordinator. “It’s very rewarding to give young people new opportunities to
learn, grow and express themselves creatively.”
Gig Harbor Film Festival is currently working with local Peninsula School
District media arts teachers and other community partners to create a rewarding
and fun summer Youth Filmmaking Camp in hopes to empower students to tap
into their imaginations and express their creative voices. They currently have a
Crowfunding campaign, in which they hope to raise $20,000 for the summer
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Executive Director Jenny Wellman manages the operations of the
organization seamlessly, from the big-picture planning to the most
minute—and countless—details. “And she tackles it all with masterful
skill and professionalism,” adds Melanie. The organization would not be
possible without Jenny, in addition to the dedicated volunteer board of
directors (who contribute their time, skills and enthusiasm) and devoted
team of staff and volunteers who work endlessly to make GHFF the
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“As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on the support of our generous sponsors
and donors. We could not do what we do without them,” Melanie says.
The three-day Gig Harbor Film Festival is a premier event held each fall
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the opportunity to attend Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and special
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GHFF was recently awarded a Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals
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not gone unnoticed,” says Melanie.
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Know what your fitness or nutrition coach’s credentials really mean
By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS
YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE
IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness
and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry
is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?
Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online
certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call
yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your
personal training studio by this afternoon.
Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical
training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in
addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals,
trainers are just trainers.”
Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place
we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has
gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the
continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.
Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and
manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist
establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore
proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified
exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts,
allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.
Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the
starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people
to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best
vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of
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practice, like limited range of motion, strength
imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then
leading a person down the path toward their
best physical version of themselves.
Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation
within fitness and nutrition does not allow for
the professional coach to be differentiated from
the trainer. The online trained coach is seen on
the same plane as the pro who has been through
schooling and has legitimate credentials.
How are you as the consumer supposed to
navigate that landscape to ensure you don’t end
up in the wrong hands? You just need to do your
If you are interested in hiring a fitness or
nutrition coach, you should:
• Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get
• Do your research on their credentials. Just look
up the letters or credentials they have listed on
• Do your research on their experience. You
don’t want to be their crash-test dummy. Make
sure they’ve done this before.
• Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.
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AND THAT IT’S TIME
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seminars, etc. There are a ton of fantastic
weekend certifications out there. That’s
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require an objective eye. Understand that there
are two sides to that story. One side is that they
spent about 16 hours learning something that
they may or may not use as a tool. That’s good.
The other side is that it was really only 16 hours
and that one of those should really just be one
of their tools. I tend to be skeptical of the onetrick
ponies, where they’ve only got a series of
certifications from one body. It’s important to
be well rounded and know other approaches to
On a similar note, another way to look at this
industry is as a self-guided post-graduate
program. Someone who has taken a class on
Shakespeare does not mean they are qualified
to instruct you on how to be a playwright.
However, if someone took the initiative to say,
“Hey, there really isn’t an established way to do
that, so I’m going to do it on my own by taking
as many courses and reading as many books
as I can,” that’d be someone you might look to,
respect and value their opinion.
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that not all fitness and nutrition coaches are
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recent study conducted by Allergan,
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that is used to treat wrinkles. What many of the
women in that same group did not know, however,
is how the drug works, how much it costs, how
long it lasts and what to expect during a Botox
Many women, and men, are surprised to find how
simple, quick and easy a Botox treatment is. Below
we answer some of the most frequently asked
How exactly does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking the synapse that sends
the message from the nerve to the muscle to
contract. Because that communication circuit
has been broken, the injected muscle is not able to
contract, which in turn causes the wrinkles to relax
and soften. Over the next three to four months,
new nerve connections are naturally created
within the treatment area, and the muscle slowly
gets movement back.
Are Botox treatments painful?
No. A very small needle is used to inject Botox.
Many clients find the treatment to be very well
tolerated and do not experience any discomfort.
A typical treatment only takes a few minutes and
involves superficial injections of the Botox into the
desired treatment area. Numbing cream can be
applied prior to your treatment if discomfort is a
How long does Botox last?
Botox takes two to 14 days to become effective and
lasts three to four months on average. Many clients
find that with continued treatments they can go
longer between appointments.
Is there any social downtime after Botox
No. Most clients leave the office with small bumps
at the injection sites, and they go away in 10
to 15 minutes. It is possible that you could get a
small bruise, but unlikely. Many clients do their
treatment on their lunch break and return to work
immediately. You need to avoid vigorous exercise
the day of your treatment, and do not massage
your face for eight to 12 hours after your treatment
(use very gentle pressure while washing your face).
How much does Botox cost?
The price of Botox varies from practice to practice.
On average Botox is $11 per unit. The amount of
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person. Generally, the area between the eyebrows
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Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval in 2002
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scientific and medical journals, and it is the most
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STIGMA ABOUT HEARING
HELPFUL HINTS FROM HEAR FOR
Teach the people in your life
how to best communicate
with you so that you can
hear clearly. Your hearing
difficulties can be as
challenging for them as
they are for you.
Stigma exists in your external
environment, but it also manifests
from inside of you in the
messages that you tell yourself.
Consider making changes in your life to
reduce stigma by committing to at least one of
the following tools:
1. Take responsibility for your hearing loss.
Accept your hearing loss. Resist the urge to
deny it. In most cases, your hearing loss is not
the secret you think it is. Commit to wearing
your hearing aids every day to hear better.
Visit your audiologist for adjustments to
ensure that your devices work well.
2. Create and adopt new messages about
your hearing loss. Get a better understanding
of how internal and external stigma manifests
in your life. Which voices in your head belong
to you—and which ones belong to other
people? Focus on what you can control. If
you feel “less” because of your hearing loss,
try changing “I can’t” statements to “I can.”
Accept that a hearing loss is one part of you—
but not all of who you are.
with. Teach the people in your life how to
best communicate with you so that you can
hear clearly. Your hearing difficulties can be as
challenging for them as they are for you. For
example, remind them to face you when they
speak. Ask speakers to repeat their point in a
different way. Remember, humor goes a long
way to increase comfort for everyone.
7. Connect with others who also have
hearing loss. People who live with hearing
loss understand the challenges and how to
overcome them. Connect with other people
in your life who also have hearing loss. This
can help you be yourself and learn from
others who understand the impact of living
with hearing loss.
8. Set realistic goals. Living well with hearing
loss requires change and adaptability. Change
happens slowly and requires commitment.
Make a commitment to a meaningful and
Article summarized by permission from The
Hearing Journal, September 2018.
3. Make a list of difficult listening situations.
Reflect on each day of the week. Make a list
of challenging listening situations at home,
work and public places. Be specific. Note
what you feel—uncomfortable, vulnerable,
embarrassed or ashamed.
4. Talk about your hearing loss. Your family,
friends and co-workers might not know
about your challenges with hearing speech
clearly. It takes courage to accept your hearing
loss and no small amount of bravery to talk
about it. Plan what you want to say. Consider
practicing out loud with someone you trust.
Kay Frallic, M.A., Audiologist
5. Ask for accommodations. Technology
is ever changing. Educate yourself about
assistive listening devices and request what
you need. Other people may not know what
is appropriate for your condition. Become the
expert, then ask.
6. Communicate effectively. How you handle
your hearing loss will have a direct impact on
the people you closely and regularly interact
Calming and soothing the symptoms
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A Holistic approach
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For those who are receiving
chemotherapy, the side effects are not
only unpleasant, there are many and
vary from person to person.
Some of those effects are hair loss, nausea,
fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, chronic
pain, insomnia, peeling skin, skin rashes and
a weakened immune system. Your doctors
can prescribe certain medications to help
alleviate some of the symptoms.
There are other therapies that can help alleviate
some of your symptoms, and when combined
with medications and therapy prescribed
by your medical team, can have an even
greater impact on treating your symptoms.
It is important to note that complementary
therapies are different from alternative
therapies. Alternative therapies are used in
place of chemotherapy, while complementary
therapies offer comfort and support for
symptoms you may be experiencing during
Sound therapy with crystal and Tibetan bowls
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Our bodies are made up of approximately
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chemotherapy, specific points in your ears
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Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of
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placed on or just above the client’s body. Reiki
allows you to relax and clear your mind and
has been effective in helping virtually every
known illness and malady. Receiving Reiki
has been proven to help relieve side effects
and help promote recovery.
Meditation has also been proven to help
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All of these complementary therapies can help
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system and bring your body into balance or
homeostasis. Once the body is in this state
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as you go through chemotherapy and recover
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SKINCARE FOR NEWBORNS
BY JULIE YEH, MD, FAAP, PEDIATRICS NORTHWEST
Bringing a newborn home for the first
time is one of the happiest moments
for new parents. But it can also be
overwhelming, even frightening. There
are so many questions that can only be answered
through experience: How much should my baby
eat? How often should I change him? How long
will she sleep?
Bathing and taking care of your baby’s skin
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delicate, a newborn’s skin actually does not
require much maintenance. Rule of thumb: Less
is more. The following tips will help you keep
your baby comfortable and healthy.
First few weeks
You may notice peeling skin. This can be expected
since your little one has been soaking in your
belly for months. Before the belly button cord
falls off, simply use a towel or sponge to gently
cleanse your baby—that’s all that is needed. The
belly button cord usually falls off in the first one
to three weeks.
Leaving the belly button cord behind
Once the belly button cord falls off, bathe your
baby as needed, based on how much she sweats
and spits up. Generally, I recommend a bath
every few days. Babies do not need daily baths at
this time and may end up with dry skin if bathed
Baby skincare products
There is a dizzyingly large variety of skincare
products, just like the number of strollers
and cribs you’ve already had to navigate. It is
difficult to say whether your baby will have skin
sensitivities. Typically, products without added
scents or colors tend to be less irritating, so look
Other common skin concerns your newborn
may experience include:
• Baby acne is small red bumps or pimples that
can appear anywhere on the face. It is likely an
inflammatory response to maternal hormones
and should self-resolve after a few months.
Gently clean only as needed.
• Cradle cap appears as yellowish flakes on the
scalp but may spread down to the eyebrows and
ears. Washing baby’s hair with a mild shampoo
may help remove the flakes, but be careful to
avoid getting it in his eyes! If the flakes seem to
be more stubborn, using a natural oil (such as
olive oil) or a thick moisturizer (such as Vaseline)
along with brushing with a soft toothbrush can
help lift them.
• Milia appears as small white or off-white dots
on the nose or elsewhere on the face. It is the
result of natural secretions on the surface of
baby’s skin and will self-resolve in the first few
These tips should help you care for your
newborn’s skin so that you can focus on enjoying
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Mr. Charles M. Schulz, creator of “The
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said: “Christmas is doing a little
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extra something for someone also includes the
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It is odd to think that the care of your teeth has
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yet, it does. Poor dental health is nothing to ignore.
It can have an unfortunate and serious domino
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your life. Your mouth is the window to the rest of
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IT’S ALL IN THE APPROACH
BY JENNIFER WIGGLESWORTH
If fitness challenges create lifelong changes, why do we find
the same people joining these challenges time after time?
When thinking of a fitness challenge, most believe it to be
a competitive drive of will against other competitors. The
reality, however, is it’s a competition within themselves. When
joining a fitness challenge, one typically sacrifices certain food
cravings, favorite treats and possibly even social situations to
stay “on top.” Workouts tend to be “brutal,” maintaining the
mindset that whatever needs to be done can be done to get to
the ultimate goal. But then, what? With the challenge complete,
one may have gained achievements of strength, possibly weight
loss, but what has been given up in the process? And, more
importantly, are these changes sustainable over time?
Think of today’s “yo-yo” dieting—a most popular cliché that
is pertaining to a society of people continuing to entertain
one diet or fitness challenge after another, only to achieve
short-term results. Quick weight loss is great, at first. Building
muscle is great, if it’s sustainable. Eating better is great, if it
makes sense with your lifestyle. Of course, the error in all of
these lies in the fact that the body is ultimately not changing
long term. Instead of challenging our bodies to truly change,
one changes for a time to go back to where they started.
Every time one begins a new challenge, thoughts of that one
being the life changer occurs. More often than not, whether
it is two weeks, two months or two years, one usually diverts
back to right where they were. Whether weight loss, muscle
gain, mental awareness or a number of other goals are present,
lifelong change can only occur with a shift in approach.
How does one begin to shift their approach when society’s
pressure dictates quick fixes? In order to re-focus one’s
attention on long term, one must retrain the brain to think
long term. Although seemingly unnatural initially, developing
new skills and “listening” to the body will provide the future
gains one desires.
Rather than opting for a quick fitness and/or weight challenge
that promises quick results, focus on ways to change things
simply and slowly. For example, instead of working out two
times a day, seven days a week on a strict macro-based diet,
for eight weeks, take a look at your lifestyle. Does weighing
out everything one eats and working out multiple times a day
fit into your current life schedule? Is it practical to achieve
ultimate goals within an eight-week time frame? If not, rethink
it. Maybe work out once a day, three to five days a week, over
the course of a year, on a health-focused eating plan, instead.
There are a multitude of options. The point lies within shifting
the mindset to think long term and setting goals that make
sense with one’s personal lifestyle.
Fitness challenges can create lifelong changes. The operative is
within the approach. The good news is everyone gets to decide
that for themselves—quick fix now for short-term results or
re-focused approach for long-term gains. It’s like we say in
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Coping with multiple sclerosis
has reflected the rest of my life
BY DAN AZNOFF
My first impulse was to slug the doctor.
Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic
disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside
manner and an apparent lack of compassion.
My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that
my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we
purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.”
This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my
dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed
the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods.
I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding the
rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion. I needed
two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his bottle. But it
was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried me most. I
remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant son and his
bottle above the carpet.
After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way
back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were
standing outside naked in a snowstorm.
After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she
has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before the
Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered information
to cope with my unknown ailment.
By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she
had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs
and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party” by
urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of our
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system by
blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can cause
vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination, numbness
and lapses with memory.
However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of
individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend
their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the
upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up in
Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25. Our
son was born when I was 30.
Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which
meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get
back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost,
presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided after
my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my ability to
type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly.
My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger,
hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type
at 24 words per minute, per finger.
The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each person
differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and my slurred
speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too much alcohol.
Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my
beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four
times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive
tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets at a
garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one person
can be asked to sacrifice.)
At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations
from employers and colleagues. But I have
since learned to accept my situation as the new
normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not
be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I
can still enjoy a relaxed stroll.
We love to play games in our house, so I have
been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of
cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth
Over the first several years, my exacerbations
hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually
during times of high stress, like when I started
a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate
my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife
surprised me by flying in my buddies from
college to celebrate my 40th birthday.
Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the
cutting edge of medical research. I was selected
by lottery to receive the first medication
available. However, my insurance company was
hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication
that promised to reduce the frequency and
severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to
get on the phone with the insurance company
to explain they could choose between covering
the cost of the injections or be forced to pay
for repeated expensive trips to the emergency
I am still not sure how my lovely wife
maintained her demeanor a few years later
when a representative from the insurance
company made the decision to no longer cover
the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication
because I had not had an episode. Calmly and
logically, she explained to the paper-pusher
that the medication could be responsible for
the lack of relapses.
My coverage was renewed.
Over the years, my doctors have prescribed
three separate injectable medications for me.
I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major
exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite
the temporary disability, I refused to buy a
me. Not now. I
had just started
to live my
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sclerosis has been
on the cutting edge
of medical research.
I was selected by
lottery to receive
the first medication
cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help
me get around the house.
Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS
sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able
to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able
to maintain a major portion of my professional
duties and my domestic responsibilities. That
is probably because I work at my computer at
home and not in a factory or on a construction
site. When driving, I always carry a small card
in my wallet next to my driver’s license that
explains to law enforcement officers that my
erratic driving may have been caused by a
chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have
never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail
free” card because I cannot walk a straight line
even on my best days.
Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover
the major portion of our income and secure
health care through her employer, finances
have never been a major concern. Susan made
certain our health care was covered last year
when she created her own consulting firm. We
are not looking forward to dealing with the
bureaucracy when it comes time to transition
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide
who suffer with MS. Research has been unable
to determine any cause for the disease, and
there are no cures. Medical advancements in
the last few years have helped patients cope with
symptoms, but there has been little progress
toward reversing the loss of myelin around the
nerves that transmit messages from the brain.
Many people have symptoms that are not
identified as MS for many years. In fact, until
the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging,
the method for diagnosing the condition was
the elimination of other conditions through a
series of brutal tests.
For myself, I can think back to a time in
college when I was even clumsier than normal,
dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting
important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the
age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause
of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis
at that point was a pinched nerve. But those
warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few
weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium.
Many people are quick to dismiss some of the
early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and
needles in your feet similar to when your legs
are crossed too long or being tired all the time.
Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen
to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the
afternoon. But that is not by choice.
Issues with speech and swallowing are also
common symptoms that people do not suspect
as being a symptom for something more
serious. For me, damaged portions of my brain
have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my
degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have
been on disability 20 years ago if my career had
taken me into radio or television.
A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech
to help me enunciate. She also taught me to
speak louder to help me articulate. But that
did not work because people thought I was just
yelling all the time.
Pain is a common complaint of people with
MS. One lady I knew through a support group
actually thought of having her legs amputated
to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she
did not follow through with her plans.
I was never much of drinker, but one cocktail
is now more than enough for me to pass the
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car keys. I have also given up attempting to
calculate the proper amount needed for a tip.
Many of my fellow patients have utilized
prescriptions from their doctor to return to
the altered state of mind they enjoyed during
the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is
gone but high times remain the norm.
My wife has always accused me of not being
able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say
if that is a result of MS or just not being very
detail oriented. Lists have become an important
part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for
chores around the house to simple trips to the
There was a time that I would stand up
on tables to voice my opposition to social
injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on
the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory
is something else that can be blamed on either
age or MS. Or both.
There have been numerous times when my
daughter will blame my MS for my lack of
control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain
to her that I am just a mean old man.
Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed
has not been surprised when I have tried to
make light of the bleak prospects for my future.
For example, I take great pride in the fact that I
do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard
a boat filled with people turning green at the
In one way I am
thankful to MS. My
wife and I made the
decision to travel
while I am still able to
get around without a
wheelchair. That has
been a blessing.
gills, I simply welcome them to the world that
I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis,
I realized that I could reach into a boiling
pot of water to drain pasta without any pain.
However, I forgot to realize that my skin would
still turn red and form blisters.
When the director of the Washington Chapter
of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society
approached me and a friend about establishing
monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was
reluctant to participate until we agreed to
name our little group the No Whiners. We now
meet once a month at a local hospital to hear
speakers who help us enhance the quality of
In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I
made the decision to travel while I am still able
to get around without a wheelchair. That has
been a blessing.
When my doctor explained that a majority of
my sensory losses would occur in the first five
years after my diagnosis, I went out that day
and purchased a sports car with a five-speed
transmission. That was an expensive mistake.
When it came time to buy a new house when
the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited
our search to homes with a master bedroom on
the main floor. Since then we have moved to a
home filled with stairs and grandkids.
Modern medicine has limited the progression
of my disease and healthy habits have given
increased my chance to lead a long (and
somewhat normal) life.
More importantly, I have been surrounded
by an incredible support system, beginning
with the self-help group organized by the
National MS Society, understanding friends,
compassionate children and a loving wife who
never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy
Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in
Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for
a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic
waste crisis and has received acclamation for
his work in the areas of sustainable energy and
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books that document colorful periods of history
in Washington. He can be reached at da@
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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING MADE
BY TROY LOUIS CHANDLER
As I hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time, something came over me. A slight
chill that was not emitted from the “white noise” fan that I keep on at night to quiet life’s
random choir of neighborhood noises. I peered out of my bedroom window and noticed
that it was slightly open and that all of the trees outside are naked. It is winter. I shut the
window, grabbed my cozy robe, put on a pot of coffee, sat back and let the warmth of
holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This
is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time,
but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through
your holiday entertaining.
• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts
Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk
food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place
into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back
and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying
roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a
wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive.
• Mulled Wine
I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot
on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As
guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is
an easy recipe that will kick off all of your holiday soirées.
“This is the time for
Holiday entertaining can be a
chaotic and stressful
time, but it does not
have to be.
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle of red wine
1/4 cup honey
2 Mexican cinnamon sticks
The juice and zest of one orange
3 star anise
Place all into a stainless steel or non-reactive
pot and bring to just before a boil. Turn down
to warm and watch the magic begin.
• Holiday-Themed Movies
There is no shortage of great holiday movies out
there. I gathered my favorites and put them on an
external hard drive so that I can have them play on a
loop. You can stream them to your TV from a laptop.
My top picks are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf,
Christmas Vacation and … It’s a Wonderful Life.
• White Elephant Gift Exchange
Most of us have experienced this phenomenon at work.
But trying it at home is more fun than a bag full of
ferrets. Invite your friends and family to join you in
your freshly holiday-decorated abode for a new
comedy-packed tradition. A fun touch is to add
in a ridiculous gift that can be passed on year
after year. You can also give awards for best
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worst gift category so he gave a card that read, “Your gift is a classic car.” The
recipient was awarded with an old junker that they had to figure out what
to do with. Funny?
• Be Cheesy
A great way to impress holiday guests is with a cheese platter. This
is an easy way to “wow” your friends with little effort. Grab four to
five types of cheese. Cut some into cubes, slice some and crumble
some. Arrange them on a tray and place strands of grapes for
garnish. On a separate tray, arrange various crackers to pair with.
Don’t be afraid to throw that weird holiday red almond cheese ball
in the mix as a centerpiece.
Why slave away in the kitchen this year? Let your guests know
of the masterpiece that you are going to create and then allow
them to create everything that will go with it. So that you don’t
end up with 12 types of artichoke dip, make a list of items that you
would like your guests to bring. You can create a group email and
check items off as your guests accept each challenge. As an added
bonus to your genius, you will have a week’s worth
of awesome leftovers!
• Be Entertained
All right, all right, you have been the host of many
holiday get-togethers. It just might be time for you
to be holiday entertained. It’s time that you finally
accept that offer to go to the neighbor’s or a coworker’s
house or … a family member’s house for
the holidays. Make your favorite dish, show up and
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The Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and
joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a
great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for
the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed
to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead
of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season,
why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your
list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a
small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with
one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime,
unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken.
As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter
what time of year. We get tired of the clutter and seek to rid ourselves of
the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only
our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning
house” externally can help calm us internally.
So, the gift of spending time with someone or providing an experience
to them makes sense when it comes to gift giving to the adults in our
lives. But it is not just adults who benefit from time spent together;
shared experiences are important for children, too, as it helps contribute
to their psychological development. Those children who spend time
sharing experiences with others have been found to have a stronger
sense of identity, higher rates of academic success and a greater sense
of security. Grandparents and grandchildren who spend time together
also can learn a great deal from one another’s generation.
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Homemade gift certificates
can be a wonderful way
to tailor a gift for that special
person in your life, whether it is a child
or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take
that person to their favorite restaurant
for some special one-on-one time.
This way, the recipient can
choose the place and you get
the opportunity to share time
with that special person.
Spending time as a family is
something that is increasingly difficult
in this day and age. Both parents often work
outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed
with extra-curricular activities and homework.
So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help
facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child
this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set
aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time
interacting with one another and trying out the new games!
Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A
“craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore
their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to
inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your
For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over
the holidays. After all, often times they have the largest list of all with children and
grandchildren to buy for. Instead of purchasing gifts, why not offer your children the
gift of babysitting your grandchildren so your child can enjoy some time with their
spouse. And you get to spend that cherished time with your grandchildren as well!
Dads. They are frequently much more difficult to buy for, especially when it comes to
gifts of experience. Does your dad or husband enjoy a particular hobby? Home beer
brewing has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and more and
more men (and women) are creating their own concoctions at home. It’s something
people can do together, and both can learn a new hobby as well. Visit a local home
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Homemade gift certificates
can be a wonderful way
to tailor a gift for that
special person in your life,
whether it is a child or
advance) and let him know he’ll be enjoying the
outdoors again soon enough. Even better, his
Christmas gift will carry over into the new
year, and he’ll cherish the opportunity
to spend time with his family creating
Moms are typically much easier
to shop for when it comes to
giving the gift of an experience.
Pampering gifts are especially
popular, whether it is a
massage, pedicure or simply
time alone to soak in a hot
bath while Dad takes the
kids out for a movie or sweet
For a man seeking to give
the gift of an experience to
his wife, simply planning
a date night and making
all the arrangements,
including the babysitter,
will go a long way. Women
often are the ones who
schedule and plan all the
family’s activities, so this
will truly be one you want to
repeat for special occasions!
Whatever you choose to
purchase or create for those
on your “nice” list this year, it is
important to remember the true
meaning of Christmas and to carry
the spirit of Christmas in your heart
all year long!
Experience Little Norway
this Holiday Season!
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Jule Fest &
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Free photos with
Lighted Boat Parade
Bakery and Gifts
the Holiday Season
Gig Harbor Style
The holidays are a magical time of year, and Gig Harbor is bringing unique
opportunities for local families to get out and enjoy the Christmas season
with some wonderful community activities. Mark your calendars for these
events you won’t want to miss!
St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar
Join St. Anthony Hospital (11567 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest) as
they once again host the St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar Friday, December
7, on the hospital's ground floor. Avoid the busy shopping malls and shop
local, 9am to 4pm, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. It's the perfect
place to browse and buy unique holiday gifts for those you hold dear, as
the Holiday Bazaar provides local and surrounding city crafters, jewelry
makers and artists the opportunity to sell and display their hand-crafted
and creative merchandise to the public. And ... admission is free for all
who attend. Don't miss out and get some of those names crossed off your
Christmas shopping list.
Holiday Hayrides with Santa
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is putting on the Holiday Hayrides
once again December 7 and 8. Families, couples or whomever else who would like
a ride can meet at the Timberland Bank on Judson Street beginning at 4:30pm both
evenings. Rides are free for everyone and provided by Miracle Ranch. While you wait
your turn, you are invited inside the bank for cider and cookies! Once on the hayride,
children will be in awe as they take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront, as it has
been transformed into a Christmas wonderland! This is an event you’ll want to make a
tradition year after year.
It's a Wonderful Waterfront & Deck
Downtown Gig Harbor comes alive with Christmas spirit each December as busy
holiday shoppers look for those perfect one-of-a kind gifts and visit their favorite
restaurants and coffee shops with their out-of-town guests. Waterfront merchants
are ready to welcome you in with great holiday specials and treats, and some will
offer extended shopping hours Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9!
Shoppers are sure to enjoy all of the lights, decorations and displays adorning the
storefronts, as the annual Deck the Harbor decorating contest is in full swing. Shop
the harbor, enjoy the displays as you stroll the streets and be sure to cast your vote
for the People’s Choice award for your favorite window. Voting continues through
The Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show is a holiday extravaganza you
won’t want to pass up! Held at 5503 Wollochet Drive Northwest, the
event kicked off November 30 but continues December 1, 8, 9 and 15. The
community is invited to shop 9am to 3pm each day, where they will be
treated to a variety of handcrafted goods, festive décor, unique treasures
and more from dozens of incredible vendors. From authors and artists,
knitters, potters and bakers, to jewelry and toy makers, metal crafters
and fishermen, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. There’s
even greenery and plants! Attendees will enjoy live music on Saturdays.
Rachel Morgan Perry takes the stage December 1 and 15 with her unique
sweet country sound, and David Hannon will be performing a blend of
contemporary and soft rock with a creative twist December 8. Admission
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Lighted Boat Parade
Presented by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the annual Lighted Boat Parade
returns to Gig Harbor Saturday, December 8. This is an event you don’t
want to miss, as beautifully decorated and brightly lit boats—from fishing
vessels to pleasure boats to kayaks—make their way down the harbor
starting at 5pm. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and brighten your
night. If you’re looking to get out on the water and participate in the
parade, rather than watch from ashore, all area boaters are welcome to
participate, whether or not you are members of Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
Register online at GigHarborYC.com or by sending your name, boat name
and length, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hark the Harbor
Bundle up and gather with family and friends under the Pavilion at
Skansie Brothers Park (3207 Harborview Drive) starting at 5:30pm on
Sunday, December 9, where you can join the community in caroling while
waiting in anticipation of the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. Family
entertainer and accomplished musician Sharon Stearnes will lead carolers
with joyful holiday carols. Songbooks and candles will be provided to those
in attendance. The event concludes around 7pm. The event is a wonderful
way for both young and old to spend an evening with the Gig Harbor
community and share in the Christmas spirit.
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The Point Fosdick Antique Airplane Hangar is a culmination of research, experience, and
the hard work of many people. Master mechanics and restorers like Bob Johnson, with 40
years of experience, and William Hill, with over 50 years, have made this antique airplane
hangar possible. Their dedication and passion to quality workmanship and the pursuit of
aviation excellence allows these works of art to grace modern day skies with their presence.
This collection has been brought as close to the original appearance as possible allowing
the visitor to experience the majesty of each plane as it left the factory.
Bob and Bill Juranich opened the doors at KTIW to educate and inspire the public with their
collection of antique airplanes. They hope to ignite a passion in each visitor who comes to
experience the aircraft of a bygone era.
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Quiet Season on
The perfect antidote to all the holiday
STORY AND PHOTOS BY
You know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are
a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone
else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s
Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather
than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on
Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has
individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am
now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a
place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,”
he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly.
Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to
unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families
will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One
of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at
sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you
will get adults sitting around the fire until 1 or 2 in the morning.”
It may be the warmest gift you give.
It’s called Project HELP.
Project Help serves our members who need a hand to
pay their winter heating bills. It’s a partnership between Peninsula Light Co.
and Key Peninsula Community Services.
Your contributions go entirely to the fund—no administrative costs are
taken. Contributions are tax deductible and Peninsula Light Co. matches
every donation, dollar for dollar, so your gift goes twice as far.
We hope you will give generously to help warm the hearts—and homes—
of those in need.
For more information, contact the Member Services
Department at 253.857.5950 or toll-free at 888.809.8021.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT!
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON A
HIDDEN GEM WHEN THE GUESTS, FINDING
OUT YOU ARE A TRAVEL WRITER, ASK YOU
NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE LOCATION
BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE
TO DISCOVER THIS SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.
Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords
breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely
sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round.
Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water
and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie
of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super
friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage.
The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale
watching tours are available adjacent to the villas.
As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade
away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island
Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post
a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place
on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see
during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and
restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so.
This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear
Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread—
all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters
at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during
your stay on the island.
Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park
with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It is
much larger than you would expect and is actually the fourth largest
state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution,
which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and
hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At
the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian
Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best
view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in
the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a
clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way
After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an
appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location
to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year
lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic
Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade
Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the
historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and
a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became
Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.
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Quiet season is a special time in the
San Juan Islands.
If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the
unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the
audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical
interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ
with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is
the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring
Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock
on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place
at 4pm on Saturdays.
The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is
a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The
self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little
Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few
shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive
around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and
scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage
is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit.
For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands
website (See The Specifics).
Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and
unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild
with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less
rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day
during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the
Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with
your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter
with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing
charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up,
throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.
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Dining Guide 2018
Courtesy of Chef Troy Louis Chandler
Not too long ago, I stopped going out on New Year’s Eve,
although I have had as much fun as the next guy, I think. I came
to a point in my life where the thought of being in all of the
chaos, traffic, Ubers and, oh yeah, the overly intoxicated masses
just wasn’t as appealing as it once was. Now I enjoy ringing in the
New Year with my family and whatever ball-dropping special is
on the tube. Or to have a few friends over to have a nice evening
and talk about the events good and bad of the quickly fading
year that was that will now only be with us in memories. Here is a
fun appetizer for New Year’s Eve.
INGREDIENTS - prawns
• Prawns - about 3 per person (I like Mexican wild prawns,
but any will do. For the size, u-15s are my favorite. 16-
20s will work just as well. See note below about prawn
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs (dill, tarragon, parsley, etc.)
• Olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Coat your prawns in olive oil and season with
salt and pepper and set aside.
Prawns/shrimp are sized by the pound. So a u-15 means
there are about 15 prawns in a pound. 16-20s means
there are about 16 to 20 prawns per pound. The lower
the number, the larger the prawn. Salad shrimp are
anywhere from a 77 to 99 count. I feel that most prawns
that are larger than the u-15 can be tough or chewy, so
bigger isn’t always better and is always more expensive.
INGREDIENTS - sauce
• 1 medium shallot minced
• 1/2 cup dry champagne
• 2 tbsp. champagne vinegar
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1/2 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Combine shallot, champagne and vinegar in a
saucepan on medium heat.
• Stir and cook until it reduces by about half.
• Add the heavy cream, stir and cook until slightly
thickened, enough to coat the back of a spoon.
• Whisk in butter until butter is melted. Season and set
aside. (You can return the pan to a low burner to melt
any stubborn pieces of butter, but be careful. Too
much heat will break your sauce.) A good way to hold
this sauce is to place it in a bowl over hot water.
• In a sauté pan on medium high, add your prawns
and let them cook until they turn color on the pan
side. Stir them and sauté for another minute. Plate
the prawns and drizzle your sauce over them. Garnish
them with fresh chopped herbs.
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specials at the Green.House Restaurant, offering lunch,
twilight, dinner and happy hour. Try the three-course
twilight dinner for $24 all night on Sunday. Their small and
bigger bites menu offers fun, deliciously shareable plates.
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Located along the historic Downtown Gig Harbor
waterfront, Millville Pizza Co. serves artisanal wood-fired
pizza Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
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SPIRIT OF SEATTLE BRINGS
CHEER TO THE SOUND
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARGOSY CRUISES
For more than 70 years, Argosy Cruise’s
Spirit of Seattle has been bringing
Holiday cheer all throughout the
season, and you can be a part of
this time-honored tradition all month long.
Decorated in hundreds of twinkling lights, the
official Christmas Ship sets sail each evening
cruising by upwards of 65 Puget Sound
communities. Choirs on board entertain
guests, and there are several ways individuals
and families can partake in the festivities.
The Lead Boat cruise is onboard the Spirit of
Seattle, and guests are also joined by Santa
Claus. The boat slowly makes its way through
the Sound over the course of about three hours.
There is a special reading of “‘Twas the Night
before Christmas,” photos with Santa and kids
holiday arts and crafts.
The Follow Boat experience is in another
decorated vessel in the fleet and follows closely
behind the Spirit of Seattle. You also get a
photo with Santa, and children receive their
own holiday craft bag. Both cruises offer a full
bar and box meals for an additional charge as
well as contests to win great prizes.
Those who are unable to get on board can still
be very much involved. Viewing parties are
held each evening as the boats pass by, park and
the choir’s performance is broadcast to shore.
Each performance lasts about 20 minutes, and
there will be a community bonfire, lighting or
other special event each evening.
Don’t miss the chance to see the Argosy
Christmas Ship in person right here in Gig
Harbor, as it will make its way to Skansie
Brothers Park December 9 at 6:15pm.
Onlookers will also enjoy a live performance
by the Olympia Youth Chorus Cantabile.
For a list of pricing, availability and onshore
party schedules, you can visit ArgosyCruises.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar
The Holiday Bazaar is an opportunity for local and surrounding
city crafters, jewelry makers and artists to sell and display their
unique, hand-crafted and creative merchandise. Held on the
ground floor of St. Anthony's Hospital 9am to 4pm, admission
Holiday Hayrides with Santa
You can find Santa and his wagon in front of
Timberland Bank on Judson Street 4:30 to 7:30pm
on December 7 and 8 for Holiday Hayrides with
Santa. While you wait your turn, step inside the
bank, where there will be cider and cookies.
Hayrides are provided by Miracle Ranch.
Lighted Boat Parade
Presented by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the annual
Lighted Boat Parade is an event you won't want to
miss, as beautifully decorated and brightly lit boats
including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks
make their way down the harbor starting at 5pm. All
area boaters are welcome to participate, whether
or not you are members of Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
Register online at GigHarborYC.com or by sending
your name, boat name and length, and email
address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Wonderland Pancake
The annual Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast
is free for the entire family and benefits FISH Food
Bank (everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable
food item to donate). Held at Gig Harbor High School,
breakfast, a performance from Vaughn Elementary’s
Choir, holiday crafts and a visit from Santa and Mrs.
Claus are on the menu! There will also be a holiday
beverage table hosted by Saint Nicholas Catholic
Church youth group. All are welcome. Visit Facebook
for additional information.
Find handcrafted gifts, festive decor, unique
treasures, seasonal greenery and more! Live music,
more than 40 local vendors including authors,
artists, knitters, jewelry makers, potters, fishermen,
bakers, toy makers, metal crafters, concrete
sculptures, plants and more makes this an exciting
shopping destination. Admission is free. Peninsula-
Hark the Harbor
Gather with family and friends under the Pavilion
at Skansie Brothers Park starting at 5:30pm, where
you'll enjoy community caroling while waiting in
anticipation of the arrival of the Argosy Christmas
Ship. Family oriented entertainer and accomplished
musician Sharon Stearnes will lead carolers with
joyful holiday carols. Songbooks and candles will be
Upcoming Events - January
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Join the Harbor History Museum Friday, December 14, 5 to 6:30pm, for the fifth
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Come listen to the music as Morso hosts Sundae +
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The bells are ringing and the jazz singers are singing!
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Jewel Box Nutcracker
3rd Annual Noon Years Eve
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