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BY DEANN M. HAMMER, OWNER, BROADWAY INTERIOR DESIGN
Gig Harbor’s population is rapidly growing, and construction
demands are sky high.
Most local contractors are busy beyond their limits. How can
you protect yourself from havoc when you hire someone to
renovate your kitchen or build that addition you have been dreaming of?
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• Check the contractor’s current license and bond with Labor and
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click on verify a contractor.
• Ask for referrals. Take the time to directly speak to someone who has
recently hired your contractor. Ask for both the pros and cons of their
• Have a contract with a start and stop date. Time is money as they say.
Every day you are not fully using your home, but paying the mortgage,
is money lost. You can add a clause in your contract that back charges
your contractor $100 per day if he/she is over the time limit allowed
to complete the project. This will of course be excluding unforeseen
conditions or back-ordered materials. This clause will compensate you
for renting another home while construction is taking place. This is
typically used in contracts of larger contract amounts (i.e.: over $100K).
• Have all of your contracts signed by both parties, and keep a record in
a safe place that is easily accessible.
• Have the difficult “what if ” conversations up front before you pay your
contractor. It is easier to resolve a conflict if the topic has already been
previously discussed; it is difficult to go backward once you make that
first payment. Make a list of questions, think it through, and set yourself
up for success.
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future commitments to other clients lined up right behind your project.
• Do not overpay up front. Try to only pay for materials up front. Rarely
is labor paid for in advance.
• Beware of time and material contracts (unless the job is very small, and
then try to have a maximum cost cap noted in the contract). You have
little control in a time and material scenario. With a time and materials
contract, you are paying only for the labor time performed, plus the cost
of materials used on your project. It is always best to obtain a firm bid. If
you do hire a time and material contractor, ask for a record of receipts for
materials purchased for your job and an hourly log with project notes.
• Keep a communication log between you and your contractor in writing
(emails are best). Beware of texts unless you save them on the cloud or
print them. When there is a discrepancy, it is a powerful tool to have
records of conversations with your contractor. These records can also be
used in court if necessary.
• Be patient. Building materials are arriving at a much slower pace than
usual due to trade wars, tariffs, over-scheduled transport companies and
sometimes an occasional natural disaster. During fall and winter months,
trucks travel more slowly across the country in bad weather, often
delaying the arrival of your new front door, window package or trusses.
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plan on adding a few days, or even weeks.
• When things go wrong, don’t lose your cool. Refer clearly to the terms
in your contract. If they make a mistake, give them an opportunity to
remedy the improper work and a firm timeline in writing. By law, you
have to give your contractor the opportunity to fix their mistakes. If the
problem persists (be careful there is no money due to you from deposits
made to your contractor at this point), you can terminate the contract in
writing and find a replacement. If possible, try finding the replacement
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months without any job progress.
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Creating Holiday Memories in Two-Home Families
MERRY OR MISERABLE?
By Felicia Soleil, JD
Relationships with children. Everyone struggles with the
many layers of what it means to be a parent or a stepparent,
whether your kids are still at home or grown,
and perhaps with children of their own. Add in the
complexities of separated parents and the holidays, and you have
the ingredients for potential chaos. How can you put holiday
planning into perspective for your children when there are multiple
people who want to share them, including you?
As a divorce lawyer and mediator, I encourage clients to recall
their best memories of their own childhood holidays. If they were
children of divorce themselves, I often hear stories of being shuffled
between parents’ and grandparents’ homes with never enough
time, too much worry about where they have to be next, too
much food, and the inability to enjoy the holiday. The grownups
may have enjoyed themselves, but the children didn’t. Many adult
clients raised with divorced parents tell me, “I don’t want my kids
to have that kind of holiday!”
For newly separating clients raised with parents who remained
together during their childhood, and who report having had
“perfect family holidays,” it is not uncommon for them to explain the
value they placed on duplicating their own childhood experiences
for their kids during the marriage. After separation, a frequent
challenge in mediation is one or both parents emphasizing the
rigid continuation of their sacred traditions, often at the exclusion
of the other parent.
Of course, the ideal solution is to structure continued shared
Thanksgiving meals and Christmas or Hanukkah traditions,
including both parents being present for Santa wakeup, and
eventually extending invitations to new partners for holiday meals.
However, realizing this is the exception, rather than the norm, for
two-home families, what is realistic?
How about the idea of letting go of established routines and
creating new traditions that work for each of you independently,
while allowing your kids to relax into the holidays rather than
dread them? If one of you is the primary parent to have the
children for Thanksgiving Day, can the other parent have a special
dinner on an adjacent weekend? That sure beats two feasts in a
six-hour period if you insist on splitting the day between you, or
the kids feeling guilty that the other parent is missing out if you are
The same goes for Christmas and Hanukkah. How do your
children feel about attending religious services with only one
parent? Is Santa only invited to visit one home and only on the
morning of December 25? If Santa isn’t the issue, can you create
celebrations on nearby days that don’t require you both to cram in
gifts, food, movies and extended family member visits all in one
day and spread out the fun so everyone feels rested and festive?
As a mediator, I often find it comes down to competing priorities
between parents and the need for one or both of the adults to hang
on to traditions for themselves, giving little thought to the impact
on the children. These “traditions” are often not based on the
underlying meaning of the holiday but on an aversion to change.
Often, holiday traditions are the last foothold of consistency and
predictability in one’s life and are needed to anchor the disruption
that the ending of the intimate partnership has created.
While your children might also benefit from this “anchoring” in
the first year or two of the separation, help your kids to understand
there are many ways to celebrate throughout the season to avoid
overindulgence and tug-of-war. Share with your children what you
are grateful for and what is worth celebrating during the holidays,
and allow their other parent to do the same. As I often ask, “What
do you want your children to remember?”
Felicia Soleil is a family law attorney and mediator. She helps her
clients in achieving resolutions that foster both a compassionate
ending to their union and a healthy new beginning for them and their
families so they can focus on moving on, rather than simply moving
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GIG HARBOR’S GIRLS NIGHT OUT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
By Jillian Chandler | Photos Courtesy of Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Girls Night Out here in Gig
Harbor. Presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront
Alliance, this annual event encourages women to spend the day
shopping and dining, all while supporting local businesses along
the waterfront. One of the largest Girls Night Out events in Washington
state, more than 50 businesses along the Gig Harbor waterfront will be
participating in this year’s event.
Save the date and make plans to attend Girls Night Out, which is set
for Thursday, November 14, from 10am until 9pm, for a full day out
on the town. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season
while having fun with your girlfriends. Stores will be offering specials,
drawings for door prizes and a variety of fun activities.
“In addition to the 10th Anniversary of Girls Night Out, two participating
businesses are celebrating major anniversaries this year,” says Josh
Sherwin, special projects coordinator. “The Beach Basket Gift Shop's
50th Anniversary and McBeckland’s Boutique’s 40th Anniversary, and
they have lots of fun ‘in store.’ And, there are 10 businesses participating
in Girls Night Out for the first time!”
Be sure to purchase your Goodie Bag, which are on sale now at various
locations (which can be found online at GigHarborWaterfront.org),
which include small gifts, game pieces and more from the participating
businesses. The cost is just $25 each and include Coupon Book/Event
Program. Coupon Books are $10. Proceeds from Goodie Bag sales
help to support the activities of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront
“We couldn’t have a successful Girls Night Out each year without our
amazing—and generous—downtown businesses, shop owners and
sponsors. Their willingness to participate and do what it takes to make
an event like this happen is really unprecedented,” affirms Josh. “Girls
Night Out events take place all over the country, but nothing matches
Gig Harbor’s Girls Night Out with the sheer volume of participants,
merchants, shopping, dining and fun!”
From noon until 5pm there will be taxi service on "The Riviera" that will
take ladies from the Maritime Pier to Anthony's. There are also shuttle
buses to help shoppers and diners get from one side of downtown to
the other. These transportation options are complimentary thanks to
Olympic Property Group and Riviera Cruises.
For additional information and for up-to-date details, visit Girls Night
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HIS OWN AGING
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It's easy to feel at ease with Chris and Julie
Thomson. In their kindness they offer coffee,
take their time to hear about the little things,
and in just a few minutes you feel at home. You
feel heard. Like they really are listening, giving you
attention as if yours are the only words to hear in that
moment. Their care is the kind that they practice,
every day, with the people in their circle. Even
more warming is the heart behind their work in the
community; work that stems from love, empathy and
Most people know Chris as the chairman of the
board at the Chamber of Commerce, but long
before becoming involved in the chamber, Chris was
working as an assistant in geriatric physical therapy.
Before that, he worked as a medic in the Navy. Both
experiences would shape and provide training for
work in caretaking, before the thought of such an
opportunity was even considered.
When work in the medical field began to change
(as it seems to do regularly), Chris found himself
changing with it. Experience with his own aging
family members, combined with his unique training,
was forcing the Thomson family to recognize the
gaping need for quality care for the aging. Allowing
for transition and change, instead of resisting, Chris
went where the need was greatest. Having recognized
a hole, Chris’ response was simple: Fill it. And Family
First Adult Family Homes were founded.
The first eight years of Family First would result
in the founding of five adult care homes. With four
bedrooms, two shared and two private, each home
was structured in such a way as to provide specialized
personal care. These adult homes lived up to their
names in that they weren’t facilities disguised as
homes, they were just homes. The Thomsons actually
lived in the first two residences before converting
them. Such a setting allowed for a feeling of family,
with care founded in a network of communication
that guaranteed holistic attention. The idea was to
mirror the care that the Thomson family has shown,
and continues to show, to each other. By allowing for
the residences to grow naturally according to a rule of
love, instead of money, the Thomsons were successful
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in doing what they set out to do: to make the last few years as good as
they possibly could be.
By the end of fourth year, Julie also quit her job to join Chris in what
had become a duel effort. The shift was exactly what Family First needed.
Agilely taking over management of operations, Julie’s support allowed for
Chris to invest his time in what mattered most—the people. And so it
grew. Julie continued to aid in the adjustment of staff and communication,
as needed for each resident, making even stronger the cohesive network
of relationships between staff, management, doctors, the public and
residents. Chris would even go on to say that the support of the staff is the
lifeblood of First Family homes, whose everyday care allows for comfort
of both family and residents.
When there was a financial need, it was navigated. When there was a
medical need, it was attended to. From the everyday activities, such as
meals, to the more complex needs of the heart, Family First sought to
bring solidarity. At Family First Chris and Julie were, and are, learning
Most importantly, Chris and Julie were listening. Listening to the needs,
the worries, fears and the joys of the people in their care. When they
came across a need they couldn’t answer, they would reach out to their
community to find someone who could. Over the years strong relationships
had been formed, all to give the people who live in their homes additional
resources. The work Chris would do in Family First naturally spanned
beyond the homes to include other health-care professionals, businesses,
financial professionals and community members.
Now, on its 20th anniversary, there are six Family First Adult Family
Homes. Julie is present on the board of two different nonprofits, the
AWOB (Alliance of Woman Owned Business) and Aging Smart (a
nonprofit providing education and resources on aging wisely). The staff
at Family First has successfully mirrored Chris’ personal attention such
that their everyday work has become the foundation of everything that
Family First stands for—care.
And Chris, he’s still very involved in the everyday care of the people
in his homes. Relationships forged through there allowed for a natural
involvement in the Chamber of Commerce. Now the chairman of the
board, Chris contributes to the health of the community as a whole with
the same attention that he has always brought to his homes.
By joining the commerce Chris was able to further his connections with
the community, giving back to it what it had given to him and the people
of Family First. Ensuring that Gig Harbor would continue to grow and
thrive, caring for its own by the support of shared resources and genuine
relationship. People caring for people. Supporting each other from little
to plenty. Enriched through care and sharing in empathy, from the days
of childhood wrapped in the arms of our parents to old age where we
finally appreciate an attentive ear.
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Kopachuck Middle School
Middle school is a time
when kids start to narrow
down some of the physical
activities they might want
to focus in on as they get closer to high
school. It’s also a time when bodies and
minds are changing rapidly. For 20 years,
Carol Clingan Stoltenberg has been helping
guide students through
this very unique time
in their lives. Carol is
a physical education
and health teacher at
School. She handles
these duties for sixth,
seventh and eighth
graders. Even after two
decades, Carol says she
still loves coming to
school each morning to
witness the collective
energy of the kids. “It is fun to come to
school every day and be a part of the raw
excitement that is middle school!” she said.
“WE ARE REACHING
OUT TO OUR DIVERSE
IN THE PAST HAS
NOT HAD A PLACE TO
Having impacted so many students over
her tenure, Carol is particularly proud of
starting the Coyote Pride Diversity Club
at Kopachuck. The club aims to bring kids
from all walks of life and backgrounds
into a place of understanding and respect
for one another. “We are reaching out to
our diverse community that in the past
has not had a place to
celebrate. These include
such as LGBTQ, people
with disabilities or
people of color. We have
created a space where
everyone feels like they
belong,” said Carol.
Carol also wanted to
give a shout-out to her
teaching partner Dave
Miyake. “His experience,
sense of humor have made me a better
teacher and a better person,” she said.
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Between the health and fitness classes,
Carol is able to cross over many of her
lessons. Whether you are working together
as a team on a single goal or working on
a one-on-one relationship at home or with
friends, she is happy to help be a guide. “I
enjoy helping kids develop positive habits
and relationships with themselves and their
peers,” she explained.
No matter where her students come from,
their interests or their beliefs, Carol always
tries to instill pride and self-worth in each
of them. “Never apologize for who you are,
and always try your best and be yourself,”
she tells them.
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EYE CANDY OPTICAL
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Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
“WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY,
WHICH ISN’T ALWAYS A GOOD
THING,” JOKES KANDI. “WE HAVE
FUN! I WILL HUG YOU AND CRY
WITH YOU. SHARE YOUR PET
PHOTOS, AS WE ARE ANIMAL
LOVERS HERE (MAYBE BRING
2019 was set to be a year of excitement as Dr. Kandi Moller and husband
Robert Loehr relocated to Gig Harbor to open their new practice—Eye
Candy Optical. The couple arrived on June 14, with the office set to open
mid-June. But on June 17, the day Kandi went to the new office to get the
keys and meet with her landlord and employee, the unthinkable happened.
“My employee said I was complaining of arm pain, but I wouldn’t let her call 911,”
says Kandi. “We left to go shopping, then bam! I fell to the ground right outside the
She had suffered a heart attack, but thanks to the quick thinking of those around
her, 911 was called, and John Hogan, one of the Uptown partners, started CPR while
a bystander coached him. As fate had it, Maureen Pace, owner of CrossFit NXNW,
had been dining at GreenHouse Restaurant with a friend and saw the commotion.
With years of CPR training, she ran over and took over until the ambulance arrived.
Once Kandi was at Tacoma General, Robert was told to be prepared for the worst.
Kandi was unconscious in the cardiac ICU for seven days, then only four days later
she was released—ahead of what was expected. “I just had an echocardiogram last
week, and my EF (ejection fraction) is 65 with no signs of damage,” smiles Kandi.
“In the hospital my EF was 10; normal is 55. I had no blockages of any vessels;
they call it takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart
Though the opening of Eye Candy Optical was delayed as a result, after
much anticipation, Kandi and Robert proudly opened the doors to their
Gig Harbor office, located in Uptown at 4735 Pt. Fosdick Drive, on August
13, with the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting held on September
Only opened a few short months, Eye Candy Optical is already making
a name for itself in the community. “We treat you like family, which isn’t
always a good thing,” jokes Kandi. “We have fun! I will hug you and cry
with you. Share your pet photos, as we are animal lovers here (maybe
bring Fluffy in?).”
At Eye Candy Optical, they provide much more than eye exams. Their
variety of services include: contact lens evaluations and medical exams,
diabetes eye care and LASIK co-management (Dr. Kandi had LASIK
herself 20 years ago), scanning laser technology, optical coherence
tomography (OCT), corneal topography to assist in the management
of keratoconus and other corneal disease, and dry eye diagnosis and
management. In addition, they offer unique eyewear, and funky frames,
with superior quality lenses and coatings, sell contacts including scleral
contacts, and provide myopia control and orthokeratology. They use
advanced medical equipment like Optos.
Dr. Kandi has been an optometrist for 20 years and was first inspired
to pursue the profession at a young age. She was prescribed her first
pair of glasses at age 11, followed by contacts at age 16. “I became very
nearsighted, before we knew about myopia control and orthokeratology,”
When it comes to what Kandi finds most rewarding about the work
she does, she says, “I hate the stock answer of ‘helping people,’ but that’s
certainly what I end up doing. And I love helping kids see the board again
and see the leaves on the trees.”
Your eye care and eyewear needs should only be entrusted to the best. Dr.
Kandi is ready to provide you with exceptional care, a smile, and don’t be
surprised if there’s a bit of laughter.
“I look forward to providing the best in eye care to my patients in Gig
Harbor, and I couldn’t have asked for a better community in which to offer
my services. My unique sense of humor and personality are my gifts to
you," she says with a wink.
THE PASSION PROJECT
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS MAKE
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF KAREN KENNEDY FLOYD
Local teacher Karen Kennedy Floyd
is used to pushing her students. An
adjunct professor at the University of
Washington, Karen also teaches UW
in the High School English 131 where students
can earn five college credits if they complete
the rigorous academic course. About 60 to 70
seniors take the course each year. While Karen is
required to teach certain mandated curriculum
during the yearlong course, she also decided that
she wanted to show students that they can have
a direct impact on their communities as well.
Hence, The Passion Project was born.
Karen asked each of her students to identify a
topic, organization, cause or belief that they feel
passionately about. Her students then began
looking into ways they could make an impact
on their chosen topic. “From the beginning they
chose the passion project, did the research, set a
goal for change and how to get there,” explained
Karen soon found out that having students
choose the topic they are passionate about is an
excellent way to motivate them and really brings
out the best in their focus and determination
to see the project succeed. Her students took
on a wide range of topics such as deforestation,
human trafficking, poverty and PTSD. They
designed and developed posters that were
displayed around the school and the community,
created podcasts, commercials and explanation
videos, with all eventually leading to public
service announcements (PSAs).
While utilizing so many mediums, Karen was
able to give her students advanced placement
challenges while also showing them the impact
they can achieve if they set their mind to it. “I
assigned multiple writing tasks from Facebook
posts and PSA scripts to formal letters to local
nonprofits,” said Karen. Through their passion
projects, students made direct impacts on their
community. One project aligned with veterans’
organizations while another helped raise funds
and awareness for Night to Shine, a prom night
for special needs students held simultaneously
at 500-plus churches in 16 countries including
Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor. “I wish
the world could see the amazing things they are
doing,” said Karen.
One particular project has had an even greater
impact on Karen. One of her students chose
a passion project in an effort to stop people
from texting while driving. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Transportation
Administration, more than 3,100 people were
killed in distracted driving crashes in 2017. If
you are traveling at 55mph and it takes you five
seconds to send out a text, your eyes will have
been off the road while traveling the length of a
football field. Texting in the classroom is also a
problem for just about every teacher across the
country, including Karen. “In class one day I
asked someone to please put their phone away.
I had one of those bright red ‘No’ buttons and
pressed it, which got a bit of a laugh, and the
student put their phone away,” said Karen. A
short time later the student aiming to reduce
texting while driving told Karen, “There should
be one of those in every car,” and for both of them
the light bulb went off.
The student went to work designing a ‘Put your
phone away’ button that can be placed on a desk
or in a vehicle. When pressed, a voice comes on
asking you to please put your phone away. It does
this with more vigor each time it’s pressed until
it gets angry with the fifth press because you’ve
ignored the request so many times. They located a
company to manufacture the button and ordered
a thousand of them. So far they’ve sold about 100
of the buttons. Karen adds that they make a great
gift for teachers. “I just push the button now, get a
laugh, and the students instantly put their phones
away,” she said.
The ‘Put your phone away’ button is for sale on
Amazon and also at PutYourPhoneAwayButton.com. There is also a pledge
the student came up with that encourages peers to not just put down the
phone while driving but also while eating lunch and hanging out so friends
can be in the moment with each other:
I will not text when I walk; I will not text when I talk
I will not text when I drive, because I want to stay alive
At meal times I’ll put it down, at meal times I’ll look around
And talk to people and interact ‘cuz people matter, that’s a fact!
I will not use my phone in class, when it buzzes, I will pass
I will not check my Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or my cam
I will put my phone away, and away my phone will stay
In all, 58 seniors completed the initial Passion Project course, and the
impacts were felt all over. One student earned a $100,000 scholarship to
attend film school and another earned a major scholarship to attend
Arizona State University. Students who eventually were admitted to MIT
and Harvard used their passion project on entrance exam essays. Another
senior whose project was building tiny homes for the homeless is now
pursuing his degree in construction and wants to continue his passion and
make it his profession. “It’s planting seeds to look beyond themselves and
make a difference in the world,” said Karen.
Karen has traveled to regional and national teacher conferences and been
asked to present about the project. She isn’t sure how many other schools
across the country have adopted a similar course but says each time she
speaks, teachers approach her afterward about being inspired to start a
passion project in their classroom.
This school year Karen has 70 seniors all taking her advanced placement
course in hopes of getting a head start on their college courses and credits.
The Passion Project is again part of the curriculum, and students are
beginning to narrow in on the topics they are passionate about and see how
they might be able to have a real-world impact. It’s Karen’s hope that young
adults realize that if they have an idea then they should go for it, and she’s
learned this about herself as well. “I have books I wrote for my kids when
they were little but I never published them. Now, I had a student illustrate
them for me and my books are now out to enjoy. Great stuff can happen if
you just follow through on your ideas,” she said.
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Peninsula High School
November Athlete of the Month
Josie Hampton says one of
the things she enjoys most
about playing volleyball is
how mentally tough you have to be to play
the game. “Hardly anyone scores a point in
volleyball without someone else making a
mistake, and a lot of the time you’re the one
making the mistake,” she explained. “You
have to be able to shake off things you do
wrong in order to win.”
This was something that was a challenge
to Josie when she first picked up the sport
she has since grown to love. As an eighth
grader she wanted to quit halfway through
her first club season, but her parents stepped
in and encouraged her not to give up.
“They knew I’d be ashamed if I gave up on
something I could be good at, and that I’d be
proud having gotten through something so
challenging for me,” said Josie. She now plays
on the Peninsula High School team and also
competes for club teams in both the winter
When not competing, Josie works hard in
the classroom and has maintained a 4.0 GPA
since middle school. She enjoys baking and
cooking, writing and movies; hobbies and
interests that she hopes someday to turn
into a career. “Film is my favorite form of
art, and for as long as I can remember I have
wanted to be a part of it. My career goal is to
be involved with that storytelling process in
whichever way I can,” she said.
Josie plans on attending a yet-to-bedetermined
four-year college and is still
considering whether she wants to pursue
volleyball at the next level as well. No matter
where she goes and the career path she
chooses, Josie can reflect back on her time
in the gym where she was learning more
than just volleyball skills. “If at first you
don’t succeed, try again!” she said. “This
has always been something I’ve heard, but
volleyball was what taught me that it was
true. Things aren’t always going to work out
the way you want them to, but if you stick
with it, eventually you’ll work out the kinks.”
IN HER WORDS...
“You have to be able to shake off things you do wrong in order to win.”
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE KELLY
Gig Harbor High School
Megan Hanson has been a part
of many teams and has had
a lot of different teammates.
The Gig Harbor High School
senior has only lived in the area for two years,
and it’s the 10th time she’s moved before her
18th birthday. The daughter of a mother and
father both in the Army, Megan is familiar
with being thrust into new situations, and
in all her moves she says she hasn’t found a
group of teammates so committed to each
other than she the ones she currently has.
“These girls are such amazing human
beings; they make even the worst practices
enjoyable. They inspire me to always work
hard, and I like to believe I do the same to
them,” said Megan.
Megan is an accomplished swimmer and
was introduced to water polo when she
moved to Gig Harbor. She is currently the
captain of the girl’s swim team and a yearly
competitor at the state tournament. Many
of her swimming teammates are also on the
water polo team and see each other six days a
week almost year-round. “I have yet to come
across another team where their girls are as
close to each other as ours,” she said.
A 3.8 GPA student, Megan has hopes of
attending college in California and carrying
on her family’s dedication of military service
through an ROTC program. “My main
career interest is pediatric nursing and
becoming a military officer. I am interested
in nursing because I have a passion for
helping people,” she said. Megan is already
experiencing this firsthand as a volunteer in
the medical/surgical ward at Mary Bridge
Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
While she doesn’t plan on pursuing
swimming competitively in college, she is
confident it will remain a big part of her
life as she will take many of the lessons she
learned in the pool with her. “The hard
worker that swimming has encouraged me
to become has helped me with my academics
as well. It has kept me focused on doing well
in school because, as I’ve come to realize,
swimming isn’t everything. It has taught
me so many things and made me want to
succeed in everything I do, school being the
greatest example,” she said.
Hard work will serve Megan well as she
looks forward to both serving her country
and helping those in need.
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A WEDDING TO REMEMBER
DESERVING COUPLE WINS WEDDING GIVEAWAY
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
PHOTOS BY JEFF GARFIELD
It all began when local couple Bob and Michelle Humphreys,
owners of Bliss Manor Farm, had an idea. This past August, plans
and preparations were underway to transform their barn into an
incredible wedding venue, as they would be participating in the Key
Peninsula Farm Tour in October. They wanted all those on the tour to
be able to easily visualize the space as a beautiful location for a wedding
or any special occasion, and as Michelle says, “Since we were doing all
of this work, I thought it would be wasteful for no wedding to actually
happen!” She mentioned the idea of holding a wedding giveaway to her
husband, and it was settled.
To enter the giveaway was simple. Those interested were asked to “Like”
Bliss Manor Farm’s Facebook page; follow Gig Harbor Living Local and
253 Lifestyle Magazine on Facebook and Instagram; tag two friends in
the comments; and email a photo and a short story as to why they would
like to win this wedding. Of all the submissions, it was narrowed down
to a few entries, and in the end, Alexis Riley and her fiancé Jeremy Shaw
“I found out about the giveaway from my coworker Jesse Case,” says
Alexis. “We work at BMW Northwest where the owner Manfred
Scharmach and his family were featured on the cover of ‘253 Lifestyle
Magazine.’ Through the magazine, Jess found the giveaway and sent
it to me, knowing Jeremy and I were trying to plan something before
his deployment. I had been writing our entry for a few weeks before I
actually sent it in. I was really nervous; I had never entered a giveaway
like that before.”
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"It was pure bliss."
"WE WERE INSPIRED BY JEREMY BEING ON
ACTIVE DUTY IN THE NAVY AND SERVING
OUR COUNTRY FOR SO MANY YEARS AND
BY ALEXIS TAKING SUCH GREAT CARE OF
THEIR FAMILY WHILE HE IS AWAY."
As Michelle says, “Alexis and Jeremy were one of three couples voted to
win the wedding. We were inspired by Jeremy being on active duty in the
Navy and serving our country for so many years and by Alexis taking
such great care of their family while he is away. It was amazing to be able
to give something back to someone who serves our great country.”
Once the winners were chosen, Michelle contacted Alexis personally to
tell her she had won the giveaway. “I think she was speechless for several
seconds and then she said, ‘Really?’ several times,” recalls Michelle. “We
had a short conversation and I told her to contact me when she had
digested the information. She called me back a bit later and she kept
asking how much things would cost. I don’t think she really believed
that it was true!”
“I was in shock. I had no words,” Alexis explains. “You know when people
say it feels like a dream? It really did. I got light-headed from pacing in
circles as she kept telling me I won, and I started crying. … Once I got off
the phone, I ran upstairs and started jumping on the bed saying we won.
Jeremy, half asleep, asked, ‘Won what?’ I said, ‘The wedding giveaway!’
He instantly sat up and said, “No way. Are you serious?’”
Bliss Manor Farm took care of everything, and more, according to
Alexis. “I had no idea a hotel room, couple’s massage, all digital photos,
flowers, tablecloths, drinks (champagne, beer and wine) and glasses
would be included. The only thing Jeremy and I paid for out of pocket
were the wedding party’s clothes, hair, makeup and the food. That’s it!
As I type this, weeks later, I’m still in shock.
“Michelle let us choose everything! Colors, cake, flowers. She just kept
saying, ‘Anything you have dreamed of for your wedding, we will make
it happen,’” recalls Alexis. “Michelle really took care of everything. She
was my wedding planner! The moment we arrived, we were showered
with gifts, treats, snacks, and she offered us her entire downstairs to get
ready in. I was actually able to enjoy every second because I was not
stressed at all. With Michelle there, there was no way I could have been.
It was pure bliss.”
Alexis chose burgundy and sunflowers as her theme, so the tables were
outfitted with burgundy floor-length linens and crisp white napkins.
Bliss Manor Farm team member Amy Shaver created all of the flower
arrangements for the wedding, including the headbands for the flower
girls, and the corsages and boutonnieres for the bridal party and family
members. Michelle’s brother, Rio deJarnett, officiated.
The wedding was intimate, with 50 family members and friends in
“I wish there was more that we could say other than just ‘Thank you,’”
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smiles Alexis. “The week we got back from our honeymoon,
Jeremy found out he will be deploying a lot sooner than we
thought, so the timing of everything really was perfect.
Michelle and the entire staff made sure we had our dream
“It was such a great feeling to help two young people who
are working hard at their relationship, their family and their
careers and be able to bring a little joy to them and their
families,” shares Michelle.
The Bliss Manor Farm staff had the honor of being part of the
special day, not just in the preparations. “There are several
of us who had worked tirelessly to pull this together, and we
were all lucky to be there and see our dream come to fruition,”
smiles Michelle. “It couldn’t have been a more perfect event,
and we all enjoyed it.” She sends a special thank you to Mark
Plummer, Robert Walker, Amy Shaver, Jen Letellier, Tim and
Cathy Keolker, Matt Keolker, Dale and Claudia Loy, who she
says without their hard work, this would have never been
“If you are looking for a place to get married that is like a
fairytale, a dream come true, a place without stress, beautiful
nature, and an incredible family and team behind the venue,
choose Bliss Manor Farm,” Alexis says. “Michelle will take care
of you like family. You will fall in love with the venue. And they
have puppies. Who doesn’t want puppies at their wedding?!”
My name is Alexis Riley. I have lived in the 253 area for most of
my life. I grew up in Lakewood, Washington, and moved to Gig
Harbor when I was in third grade. I lived in Gig Harbor until last
year when my new little family moved 20 minutes away to Port
My fiancé Jeremy and I have been together for about 2.5 years.
We recently got engaged! Jeremy was born and raised in Southern
California. He has been active duty Navy for a little over 13 years
and will be going out to sea close to the end of this year. We have
three kids together; my daughter Ella is 5, his daughter Korra is
also 5, and our son Hunter just turned 1 last month. We would be
grateful to win this giveaway so Jeremy and I can have our dream
wedding before he deploys. Our honeymoon will be our first real
vacation alone together! We love our kids and pour all of our time
and energy into them. We can’t wait for our two flower girls and
our little ring bearer to be a part of our special day and bring our
blended family together as one.
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about our family.
We appreciate the chance to participate in your giveaway!
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Kyle Campisi delivers vast catering
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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
5268 Point Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
"Without Joel taking a significant
risk by hiring a 23-year-old kid to
lead and help grow a company, I
wouldn't be where I am now. I’m
excited to bring that experience
here to Table 47 and be a leader and
mentor for the team—just like Joel
was for me.”
Table 47 at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor has some exciting news that is sure to excite
your palate! The Table 47 team recently welcomed Chef Kyle Campisi as their
new executive chef as of October 1.
Chef Kyle, as many chefs do, began his restaurant career as a dishwasher
at The Tracy Castle, a wedding catering company in Wilkeson. While there, the
chef, Scott Jones, took Kyle under his wing, inspiring him to pursue a career in the
restaurant industry. “He taught me knife skills, organizational skills, the mother sauces
and cooking techniques,” says Kyle. “Without him I don’t know where I would be or
what I would be doing.”
Kyle also has immense gratitude for Joel Mertens from the X-Group, where he was
employed as the executive chef for the last seven years. “Joel really taught me the
importance of hitting profit, labor and food cost goals while also maintaining a
consistently great product in all of our restaurants and catering. Without Joel taking a
significant risk by hiring a 23-year-old kid to lead and help grow a company, I wouldn't
be where I am now. I’m excited to bring that experience here to Table 47 and be a leader
and mentor for the team—just like Joel was for me.”
“Chef Kyle’s recent role at X-Group Restaurants included both restaurant and catering
department management,” states Tomoko Senechal, director of sales and marketing
for Ocean5. “His experience fits very well with the services Table 47 provides, and he’s
already made a positive impact to our team.”
Kyle finds his work as an executive chef truly rewarding, as it allows him
to teach and train aspiring chefs how to manage and reach goals and hit
percentages, as well as help them achieve personal managerial skills.
Table 47, which has been open for about a year and a half now, is known
to provide its guests a casual farm-fresh dining experience, serving up
tasty dishes made with responsible ingredients and offering a menu of
familiar classics and globally inspired twists, with menu items often
changing seasonally. And that will continue with Chef Kyle at the helm.
The name Table 47 stems from the idea that many memorable connections
are made around a table, usually over a shared meal, according to
Tomoko, adding, “It’s also a celebration of our home on the 47th parallel.
We want to be known as a place where everyone is welcome to come in
and connect with each other through food and drink that nourishes them
while being kind to the planet.”
The staff is dedicated to responsible sourcing, always seeking vendors
close to home first while also seeking organic as often as possible. “We
buy from many local farms directly,” says Tomoko. “It’s important that
we support farms and growers who raise their food in a way that makes a
positive impact to the community and the environment.”
An all-day menu is available starting at lunch (which is also available
for order throughout the activity side of Ocean5), as well as a breakfast
menu served on weekends. The food is complemented by a full bar (open
until midnight on Friday and Saturday) and the Coffee Lounge open at
Harbor Hour, Table 47’s version of happy hour, is offered Monday
through Friday from 2 to 6pm and daily 8pm to close. In addition to
cocktails, drinks and food at reduced prices, a portion of sales is donated
to their friends at Harbor WildWatch.
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The Wellness Wheel
By Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP - BC, Owner, Rainier Family Medicine
You may remember from previous months' issues, the Wellness
Wheel is the idea that a person’s health is comprised of multiple
facets that each play a crucial role in overall wellness. Continuing
our exploration of the Wellness Wheel, we will be diving into
perhaps the most apparent type of wellness that we will cover in this series—
physical wellness. While physical wellness seems obvious, there is a bit more
to this aspect of health than is readily apparent on the surface.
When it comes to medicine and physical health, often people think of illness
and the treatment of said illness. In an ideal work of medical, the primary
focus should be on prevention of illness and the promotion of good overall
health, including physical health. When good health and prevention is
emphasized, treatment of illness becomes less necessary, which ultimately
results in healthier individuals and healthier communities. Preventive
measures such as maintaining physical health through exercise, attending
regular medical visits (annual physical exams for example), receiving
vaccinations on an appropriate schedule, maintaining a healthy diet and
achieving proper hydration are all ways to promote physical health before
illness is present.
We are fortunate to live in a time of modern advancements in medicine
and the treatment and prevention of disease. However, some of the most
important preventive measures are also the simplest. Safeguarding our
health is a year-round task, but as we move into cold and flu season it is
especially important to remember to protect ourselves against germs. A
simple flu shot can stave off a serious influenza infection and help to protect
those around you since certain individuals may not be able to receive some
vaccinations. These persons benefit from community members becoming
vaccinated. Another easy way to prevent the spreading of disease is through
proper handwashing techniques using soap and water. Alcohol-based hand
THE SUNSHINE PILL
As the days grow shorter and the sun shines less, meaning
we spend less time outdoors, be sure to include a vitamin D
supplement to your morning routine, which will help to boost
your immune system—and your mood!
sanitizers can be used but are less effective than
soap and water. These things seem pedestrian,
however, they offer immense benefits in the
protection against the spread of disease.
Physical activity is a cornerstone of a healthy
lifestyle and promotion of overall health.
For adults, The American Heart Association
recommends 150 minutes of moderately
intense physical activity weekly or 75 minutes of
vigorous activity weekly. It is recommended that
activity be spread throughout the week, rather
than taking place all at once. For children 6 to
17 years old, 60 minutes of moderate physical
activity is recommended daily. It is not advised
that a person who does not currently achieve
this amount of physical activity begin at the goal
levels. Rather, it is recommended that a person
gradually condition themselves through steadily
increasing the physical workload, aiming to
meet the recommended levels of activity in
the future. It is always recommended that you
consult with your health-care provider before
starting a new exercise regimen.
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be considered when evaluating your physical
health. You should work with your healthcare
provider or a registered dietitian if you
have questions about which diet is right for
you. A conversation with someone who has a
comprehensive understanding of your overall
health and the physiological implications of
certain foods and nutrients is crucial.
Like all areas of the Wellness Wheel, physical
health impacts all other aspects of your overall
wellness. Physical health has a close association
with mental health, even though in Western
medicine mental health and physical health are
often thought of as two distinctly separate areas.
It is important to remember that each are aspects
of the individual’s general health and should
be addressed in concert. Additionally, where
we live, our financial stability, how we interact
with our environment, neighbors, loved ones
and colleagues all affect our physical health. It
is important that we consider how each aspect
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Maintaining a healthy diet is another key
component of your physical health. With the
constant borage of diet trends, it can be very
confusing to tease out what is fact and what is
fiction. When it comes to diet, one size does not
fit all. So how do you decide what is right for
you? That is a tricky question. Each person has
unique health needs when it comes to nutrition
and, therefore, a blanket statement of “everyone
should eat this or that” is not accurate. Diet is
an essential part of your wellness and should
Often, we become overly focused on specific
issues that are concerning our physical health
and neglect to look at possible contributing
factors. This oversight can lead to delayed
healing of the bothersome condition and can
disturb other areas of our lives.
If you have concerns about your physical health,
or any other component of your overall health,
you should work with a medical professional to
develop a plan to get you on the path to wellness.
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Ways you can prevent a possible injury today
By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L, CAPS-CGA
As the days get shorter and the
ground gets covered in ice patches,
thousands of seniors end up in the
ER. According to the CDC, senior
falls are serious and costly:
• One in five falls causes a serious injury such as
broken bones or a head injury.
• Each year, 3 million older people are treated in
emergency departments for fall injuries.
• Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized
because of a fall injury, most often because of a
head injury or hip fracture.
2. Decrease your fall risk by improving your
strength and balance: Get a physical exam by your
physician; get blood test (including your D3, iron,
magnesium and Pro-Time for blood clotting);
get a referral to an occupational therapist (OT)
for home safety (awareness) and function; get
a referral to a physical therapist (PT) or OT for
strength and balance (specialists vary in each
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• Each year at least 300,000 older people are
hospitalized for hip fractures.
• More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused
by falling, usually by falling sideways.
• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic
brain injuries (TBI).
• In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled
more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid
shouldered 75 percent of these costs.
In addition to the hospital costs, seniors who
depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI
checks) must reassign it to the facility of care
if staying over 90 days or if not able to return
home after a severe injury. In these cases, they
may lose their home to Medicaid for the cost of
their medical services. Married couples are not
only separated, but with one of their SSI checks
diverted to the facility, they are left in financial
stress and eventual homelessness.
It is a fact that seniors are one fall away from not
having the option to “age in place” (to live out
their life in their own home).
Many seniors have not considered the cost of
retirement communities as compared to aging
safely in their home. The price tag for assisted
living facilities can exceed $100,000 per year,
and Long-Term Care insurance may not pay 100
percent and may have restrictions for length of
time covered. Your home equity may allow you to
stay as long as medically possible.
At Integrative Therapeutic Solutions, we offer
comprehensive Certified Aging in Place services,
home and community safety training, balance and
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Knowing the potential outcomes, here are
three essential precautions to take to prevent or
decrease the risk of a fatal or life-changing fall.
1. Eliminate fall hazards in your home and
external walkable areas (including driveway).
Declutter. Remove throw rugs, repair foundation
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The next step is to approve your projected
smile. If you decide to move forward, the
lab creates computer-generated templates as
guides for specific tooth reduction. There’s
no more guessing with reduction of tooth
surfaces. You don’t have to have a small ‘stub’
under the veneer.
You’ll wear a ‘trial’ smile, which are very
cosmetic temporaries that are a duplicate
match of the projected final results. You’ll be
able to approve your smile in advance, prior to
completion of your restorations.
Another option regarding dentures or
removable partial dentures: It’s important
to consider opening your bite if you’ve lost
vertical dimension of your face due to loss of
teeth. This loss of support of your face may
be corrected by opening your bite. It’s easy to
do, and it decreases the long wrinkles/creases
on the sides of your mouth. If you need teeth
removed, consider bone grafting and some
implants to maintain the bone. Your dentures
will be more stable, and you’ll not only look
good—you’ll be able to eat the foods you want
Replacing crown or bridgework: Ask for
a cosmetic consultation and a diagnostic
wax up to show you a future projection of
your new teeth. We measure the teeth and
talk about cosmetic improvements that are
possible. Also, consider Zoom Whitening
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THE BRUTAL, HONEST TRUTH
FUELING THE FIRE OF CHANGE
By Ryan Egan, Licensed Joint and Movement Specialist
A Holistic approach
to improved health
We need more honesty articles.
Genuine, unashamed, strong,
vocal; an unyielding blade of
truth aimed at the jugular of
cultural dogma. However, such writing can
be perceived as negative, opinionated, harsh
and cynical. In a world desperate for raw and
real, we struggle and war within ourselves to
speak, or write, to convey what burns inside
our heart and mind. We retreat from the
red hot words of what we honestly think,
only to share some tepid luke-warm words
constructed to offend less, obtain more likes
and shield us from the fire of critique—and
I personally find myself bending so much of
what I say, show and share that it becomes
some unrecognizable form of clutter that
it hardly communicates my point, all in the
hopes I don’t make someone sad, mad or
critically hostile. The result? I feel crazy,
anxious and overwhelmed; angry that what I
want to say will be misinterpreted, judged and
Now, I am not supporting self-funded
unfiltered freedom writings more dedicated
to personal perspective than to speaking
truth in a friendly format. Truth telling is an
art, not a science. But, we should all be adult
enough to allow discussion without getting so
offended that we need a “blankie” and a “safe
space.” I do believe there is a middle ground,
but it’s the middle ground we try to aim for,
ultimately losing our message in the process.
We don’t want to be a jerk, but it’s the sting of
truth that fuels the fire of change.
As a coach I am hired to help people literally
change themselves at the cellular level. To be
successful, results are based on real scientific
principles. Those principles require me to
be very honest about how to help your body
adapt to stressors in a way that helps you,
doesn’t hurt you and produces real results.
There’s no room for like and dislike, only
objective scientific principles aimed at sexier
abs, athletic ability and awesome physical
Here are some common ugly truths that I
must help people accept—and overcome—to
achieve long-lasting legitimate change.
Drop the weight. You have no business lifting
the weights you’re lifting. You don’t have the
mobility prerequisites, so you’re actually
accelerating arthritis. It’s also likely you don’t
know the reason behind why you’re lifting
what you’re lifting. On another note, being
sore is a signal your harming you body, not a
sign you’re getting healthy.
High intensity interval training isn’t doing
what you think it is. It takes time to get
healthy. So stop trying to force your body
into shape in half the time. The body control
and movement awareness you lack, which are
needed to be successful with HIIT training, is
only leading to an injury.
Lastly, yoga accounts for the growing bulk
of musculoskeletal injuries that continue to
rise. Oddly enough, yoga classes are home
to an intense unspoken competitive mindset.
Every yoga class I personally have been in
is full to the brim with people competing at
movements they have no control over, and no
I know this truth rant will create some raised
eyebrows and cynicism, but I’ll clear things
up in the coming months! So stay tuned!
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CAN BOOSTING YOUR BRAIN LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE?
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Your most useful tool, your brain,
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your muscles do to stay strong.
Especially as we age, it’s important
to keep the mind sharp and active—studies
have shown that an active brain can ward
against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here are
some fun ways to keep your noggin in shape.
Many teens are loath to hearing that playing
video games kills brain cells and are bad for
our health. But what if that wasn’t exactly
true? Recent studies show some video
games challenge the brain and promote
healthy aging. Playing an active video game
like Nintendo Wii not only offers physical
benefits, but it can increase attention span,
sharpen reflexes and improve your ability to
quickly process information.
Board games, puzzles and card games have
similar benefits for the brain. The National
Institute on Aging says that certain games
stimulate brain cells, keeping neural pathways
in shape. Find a game requiring plenty of
concentration, reasoning and memorization
such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pinochle and
Sudoku. Once you’ve mastered one, learn a
new one to keep your brain on the move.
Reading isn’t just a peaceful way to spend an
afternoon—studies show it can help delay the
onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact,
many people of all ages find that reading the
newspaper daily at a set time, over coffee or
breakfast for example, will keep you informed
and educated about the world and improve
your brain health. Another great way to keep
your nose in a book is to join a book club. The
scheduled reading will keep you on track, and
you’ll enjoy the added benefit of socializing
with fellow readers.
It’s never too late to learn something new.
Push your boundaries and try something
different. Whether it’s learning to Skype
to stay connected with far-away family
or learning a new recipe from a friend,
challenging yourself yields many benefits.
Studies show that learning as we age helps
reduce cognitive decline associated with
aging and promotes a healthy self-image.
Many colleges encourage older adults to sit in
on classes and “audit” them, giving you the
benefits of learning without the added stress
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f you are considering plastic
surgery, there are several things to
think about. This is a decision you
will live with for the rest of your life,
and it is important that you select a surgeon who
can deliver the results you are after in the safest
way possible. Things to consider:
How do I select a surgeon?
Your surgeon needs to be a cosmetic or plastic
surgeon who is board certified by the American
Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board
that is recognized by the American Board of
Medical Specialties and ensures that they are held
to the highest standards of education, training,
safety and ethics. A cosmetic surgeon may also
be certified by other specialty boards, but it is
important they also have American Board of
Plastic Surgery certification.
During your consultation your surgeon will show
you before and after pictures of their work (if
they don’t, that is a red flag). This will give you
an opportunity to see their work and what you
can expect for your own results. Look for before
pictures that are most like you and ask if you can
expect similar results. Knowing what to expect for
results can help you to determine if it is “worth
it.” Your surgeon should help you to set realistic
Another thing to consider when selecting
your surgeon is their bedside manner. Are you
comfortable asking questions, or do you feel
rushed or brushed off? Have they reviewed
other non-invasive options that could help you
achieve the result you are after, or is surgery the
only option? Are they upfront about the risks
and potential side effects? You need to be able to
have open and honest communication with your
It is wise to set up several consultations with
different surgeons so you can find the perfect fit.
Consultations are generally free, but some may
charge a small fee that would be applied to your
surgery should you select them.
Recovery and downtime?
You will want to ensure that you can set aside
enough time from your regular life to recover.
Time off work, or a break from household
responsibilities, will be crucial to a safe and full
recovery. Some surgeries require an overnight
hospital stay, but most allow you to go home after
surgery. Ensure you have assistance at home as
During your consult ask about follow-up care,
how complications are handled and what
your surgeon’s policies are should revisions be
Will my insurance cover my surgery?
Most plastic surgeries are considered elective and
cosmetic, so your insurance will not cover them,
and you will pay the entire cost out of pocket. In
fact, should a complication arise as a result of your
surgery, for instance an infection, your insurance
may not cover that as well. Be sure to investigate
your coverage prior to surgery and ask your
surgeon’s office if they offer any supplemental
policies that cover complications.
Some reconstructive surgeries for issues such as
congenital defects or post-mastectomy breast
reconstruction may be covered. Your surgeon’s
office can help you to verify coverage.
The decision to have plastic surgery can be life
altering, and being prepared will help to ensure
you have a positive experience and outcome.
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The image of Private First Class Ralph Johnson in fatigues
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Johnson is remembered with more than just the photo that
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knows the story of Ralph Johnson. We all do our best to live up to
that high standard.”
Johnson was killed in 1968 while on patrol as part of a 15-man
reconnaissance squad at an observation post deep behind enemy
lines in the Quan Duc Valley during the Tet Offensive.
The teenager saved the lives of two fellow Marines and helped warn
the rest of his platoon of an enemy attack by throwing himself on a
live hand grenade. The blast killed him instantly.
Johnson received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic
and selfless actions.
His commendation detailed how his prompt and heroic act not only
saved the lives of the other Marines in the observation point but
prevented the enemy from penetrating his sector of the perimeter
and killing the remaining members of his patrol.
Johnson was killed less than two months after he arrived for
his deployment in Vietnam. He had been assigned to serve as a
reconnaissance scout with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,
1st Marine Division.
Notes of the skirmish on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc Valley
detailed how the American platoon was attacked deep in enemycontrolled
territory by hostile forces employing automatic weapons,
satchel charges and hand grenades.
The decision to honor the memory of the brave Marine was made
in February of 2012 by the Secretary of the Navy Rear Admiral
Shoshana S. Chatfield. The citation cited his “conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
while serving as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, in action
against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces.”
“Suddenly, a hand grenade landed in the three-man fighting hole
occupied by PFC Johnson and two fellow Marines. Realizing the
inherent danger to his two comrades, he shouted a warning and
unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the
grenade exploded, PFC Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of
the blast and was killed instantly.
“His prompt and heroic act saved the life of one Marine at the cost of
his (own) life and undoubtedly prevented the enemy from penetrating
his sector of the patrol’s perimeter,” according to the report on file
with the Defense Department in Washington, D.C.
“PFC Johnson’s courage, the inspiring valor and selfless devotion to
duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps
and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”
The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived at its homeport of
Naval Station Everett on April 27 of this year, a month after it was
commissioned during special ceremonies attended by more than
7,000 people in Johnson’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
The ship has been classified as a “restart” ship by officials with the Navy.
It features upgraded electronics and weapons systems controlled by
highly trained sailors enhanced with advanced technology. The USS
Ralph Johnson was originally scheduled to be delivered in August
2016, but construction delays pushed the actual
delivery date to late in 2017 after completion of
her mandatory sea trials.
The warship arrived at the Port of Charleston’s
Columbus Street Terminal on March 19 and
commissioned on March 24.
The USS Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh
Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. fleet. The
contract to build her was awarded on September
26, 2011, to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula,
Mississippi. The $697.6 million contract was
the 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer contract
issued to Ingalls Shipbuilding.
The first ship built to the current design was the
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), commissioned
in July 1991.
The USS Ralph Johnson is capable of antiaircraft,
anti-submarine and anti-surface
warfare, as well as strike operations, according
to an overview issued by the Navy. The destroyer
features several improvements in terms of
ballistic missile defense, an embarked air wing
and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability
compared to earlier versions of the vessel,
according to NavyTechnology.com.
In an effort to build a relationship with the
civilian population, Mahon said the crew of
ships assigned to Homeport Everett have been
“adopted” by local cities. The Ralph Johnson was
adopted by the city of Mill Creek in Snohomish
County, while her sister ship, the USS Sampson,
has been embraced by the neighboring city of
The adoption offers benefits to the crew of
the ship as well as to the city, according to
Councilmember John Steckler of Mill Creek.
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over the summer in Mill Creek, which
included officers and crew members marching
down Main Street in the city’s annual parade
on the Fourth of July.
Fire Controlman Ross W. Woody served as
grand marshal of the parade as part of the
honor for being named Sailor of the Year on
the guided missile destroyer.
Steckler explained that he hopes residents
of his city will extend invitations to sailors
to join families for the upcoming holiday
season. The councilmember plans to have one
or more members of the crew join his family
Steckler was inspired to introduce the
adoption after taking a tour of the ship shortly
after it arrived in Everett.
“It is hard for me to imagine being a young
person, serving our nation, who is thousands
of miles away from friends and family during
the holidays,” Steckler told Living Local. “It
is literally the least we can do to thank these
young men and women for their dedication
“What sailor would not like being the center
of attention for one night?”
Councilmember Mark Bond could not help
thinking about his own son as he explored the
command center that controls the weapons of
war. His tour came less than a week after his
own son Jordan had been accepted to attend
the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Steckler and Bond were joined by Mill Creek
Police Chief Greg Elwin for the short trip to
Seattle in July when the ship sailed south to
take part in the annual SeaFair activities.
Members of the crew have responded
with smiles and tears with the connection
to civilians in neighboring communities,
according to their commanding officer.
“We really enjoy coming home to Mill Creek,”
said Crewmember Diana Martin from
Bradenton, Florida. “Being from the East
Coast, I had no idea what to expect coming
all the way across the country to Washington
state. The people here have been so warm and
Martin and several of her mates from the
Ralph Johnson have rented apartments in Mill
Creek to have “homes on dry land” when they
are off duty. She laughed at the reaction of one
neighbor last summer when she returned to
her apartment dressed in her Navy fatigues.
She said the neighbor greeted her with a huge
smile and an anxious series of questions.
“I felt like an honored guest in my own
On the bridge
Ensign Casey Rezac from Gaithersberg,
Maryland, spends much of her duty on the
bridge of the Ralph Johnson to prepare for the
day she hopes to take the wheel of the 513-
“This is life in the Navy, “she said with a broad
smile. “You train and train until your actions
become second nature. Then, if you qualify,
you’re given an opportunity to put all that
training into action.”
Rezac hopes to add her experience on the
bridge to enhance her application to the
“Becoming an officer was not even on my
radar when I enlisted. I was literally one of
those people who joined the Navy to see the
world,” she said. “But the more time I spend
on the bridge helping to control this ship that
defends the peace, the more I want to learn
about command and all the responsibilities
that go along with becoming an officer.”
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Both sailors said they grew up around the
water. Enlisting in the Navy was a natural
extension of their interests and their passion
That was not the case for their captain. Mahon
was raised in an Army family in Syracuse, New
York, far from any Navy base or the ocean. In
fact, the future commander was involved with
the Army ROTC on campus when he went to
college at Norwich University in Vermont.
“This is not where I envisioned myself while I
was growing up in a landlocked suburb,” said
Commander Mahon. “But this is obviously
where I belong.”
Navy regulations limit officers to three
commands during their active service. The
USS Ralph Johnson is his second opportunity
to serve at the helm of a multimillion-dollar
The ship, said Mahon, is filled with an array
of technology that is the best in the world. He
praised his young crew for the business-like
approach they display defending the freedoms
that this country was founded on.
Mahon said he has spent long hours in his
quarters studying the namesake of the vessel
under his command. Ralph Johnson, he
said, was a hometown hero in his tight-knit
community in Charleston, South Carolina,
noted that in
addition to the
sleek new destroyer
stationed in Everett,
there is also an
entire medical center
in Virginia operated
by the federal
government named in
memory of the brave
who was expected to do great things when he
returned from Southeast Asia. “There were
probably numerous soldiers and Marines who
made the ultimate sacrifice while on patrol or
in firefights with the enemy,” said Mahon. “But
there was obviously something very special
about this young Marine.”
The commander noted that in addition to the
sleek new destroyer stationed in Everett, there
is also an entire medical center in Virginia
operated by the federal government named in
memory of the brave Marine.
The ship is equipped with many of the Navy’s
newest weapon systems, including a Sea Wiz,
a close-in defensive weapon system capable
of detecting and destroying short-range
incoming missiles and enemy aircraft that have
penetrated outer defenses.
According to one Navy veteran, the projectiles
from the Sea Wiz can be fired at the waterline
of an approaching enemy ship, causing it to
sink within minutes.
With a smile, Mahon said he has given the Sea
Wiz the nickname “Lorelai” after the character
from the television show “Gilmore Girls.” It’s
no coincidence that the commander’s youngest
child is a girl with the same name.
“There are so many complex computer systems
on this ship that are all tied together so they
work in unison,” Mahon explained. “The Sea
Wiz is a totally separate system so that it can
“Like the television character and like my
daughter, the Sea Wiz has a mind of its own.”
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She described the chance meeting as kismet. That was when
Denise Rouleau of Kenmore struck up a conversation with
the woman she met waiting for her father to return from a
very special trip to Washington, D.C.
Both women had fathers coming back to the Northwest after
a memorable journey in 2012 to visit the veteran memorials
in the nation’s capital. The two-day excursion was part of the
Honor Flight program established to serve veterans in Eastern
“We realized that there was not an Honor Flight program to
honor veterans who live west of the Cascades,” said Rouleau.
“The program is a very small way for families and friends to
thank veterans who help defend the freedoms we all cherish.”
The proud daughter went to work to correct the oversight. The
first Honor Flight coordinated by Rouleau and her team of
volunteers departed from SeaTac in March of 2013. That flight
carried 32 veterans as well as 24 staff members, guardians and
“That number quickly doubled,” she said proudly.
The group created a partnership with Alaska Airlines to take
groups of veterans to Washington, D.C. twice every year.
“Alaska has truly taken the concept of the Honor Flight and
made it something that every veteran will remember for the
rest of their lives.”
According to Rouleau, Alaska has one “beautiful airplane”
dedicated to the program that is painted to honor “those who
served.” The flight crew wear special uniforms for the flight,
and the pilot makes special announcements throughout the
five-hour journey to pay tribute to his special passengers.
As of this fall, the Honor Flight program in Western Washington
has transported 1,357 vets to visit the memorials. There is a
waiting list of more than 300 veterans who are taken on a firstcome,
first-served basis. Rouleau said exceptions are made for
The two-day trip includes visits to the memorials that honor
fallen veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
This fall’s flight marked the 10th anniversary of the program
that began with a few free tickets from Southwest Airlines,
according to Spokane Police Detective Tony Lamanna. He
said the Inland Northwest Honor Flight program began in July
of 2009 with a series of fundraisers that led to two veterans
making the initial trip.
Lamanna said younger vets often serve as guardians for the
older soldiers. The passenger list for the anniversary flight
included six veterans from World War II, 20 from Korea and 70
soldiers who served in Vietnam.
In addition to a large contingent of family and friends, the
flights that return from Washington are often met by high
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After being part of 47 missions over enemy territory during
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again. That was until he received a last-minute invitation
to join an Honor Flight for a tour of the war memorials in
The 94-year-old Meier was one of a select group of veterans
who traveled back to the nation’s capital in July for a VIP
excursion to the National Mall as part of the Honor Flight
program based in Western Washington.
“Promised myself that I would never fly again after that
especially hard landing in Alaska back in ’49,” Meier
remembered. “Guess the pilot did a good job getting us down
in one piece after we lost an engine. But I broke my hand
when we hit the ground.”
The Army vet said he enjoyed the trip and the friends me
made on the Honor Flight. The relationship that began
with his guardian Dave on the flight has blossomed into a
“Like his sense of humor,” said Meier. “We both asked if the
plane we were on was a Boeing 737 Max.”
Meier’s wife Gussie convinced him to fly again by explaining
that a road trip to Washington, D.C. would take two full
days of driving. Meier is no stranger to road trips. He makes
frequent visits to Reno when he's not playing craps at the Red
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change his mind,” said Gussie. “Told him it would take 10
times as long as the drive from our home in Puyallup to Reno.
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The Honor Flight and meals as well as the stay
in the hotel cost is done completely free of
charge for the veteran. Guardians are asked to
pay their own way.
Generating funds to continue the program
is the ongoing challenge. Rouleau makes
presentations to civic groups and senior
communities on a regular basis, she said, to
raise awareness and generate donations.
Lamanna said the program in Eastern
Washington began with a $20,000 donation
followed by a gift of $70,000 in the form of a
personal check and $75,000 every year from
an anonymous source. He hopes to use the
$200,000 grant from the estate of a veteran to
maintain the program.
The police detective did not serve in the
military but works to continue the Honor
Flight program as his way to thank veterans for
their service and to apologize for the poor way
veterans were treated when they returned from
The visits to the war memorials can be an
emotional experience for the guardians as well
as the veteran, said Lamanna. He remembers
a foreign tourist who approached a group of
elderly veterans to thank them for saving her
father from a Nazi Concentration Camp. He
said Koreans often greet passengers from the
Honor Flight with flowers and a deep bow.
“Being part of the emotional display made
that day one of the most emotional days of my
life,” said Lamanna. “Second only to my own
wedding day and the birth of my children.”
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Much has been made about how
convenient online shopping has
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delivery, completely free shipping—
and all of it available with the click of a button from
your couch, office or car. The food industry is also
cashing in on consumers leading busy lives with
portioned boxes of food and easy-to-follow recipes
for a quick dinner. Major grocery chains will do the
shopping for you as you buy your food online and
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ever having to push the cart. All signs point to more
and more consumers making their purchases from
home instead of in-person. While convenience and
time saving are some of the most common reasons
for online shopping, often overlooked is the rather
large impact online purchasing can have not just on
local businesses but the entire community.
Small and mid-sized businesses are the backbone of
just about every community across the country. They
are owned and operated by friends and neighbors and
also employ friends and neighbors. Small businesses
are not beholden to shareholders whose interests
are mainly in profitability; rather they can choose to
reinvest their earnings into all sorts of areas of benefit
to the community.
By purchasing household items or gifts, or choosing
your lunch or dinner destination, at a locally owned
business, you are choosing to help job growth in your
community. As small business grows, they inevitably
need more help, thus more employees are hired.
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from within that include higher wages and benefits.
Employees who make more are able to spend more,
and often those funds can go right back into the
local business. While it’s never fun losing a reliable
employee, young entrepreneurs who cut their teeth at
a small business and learn how it’s run have a heads
up on starting their own business when compared to
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or restaurant, all of which generally come from additional local businesses. While corporations
and big box stores generously donate to large national organizations, local business owners tend
to focus on organizations and groups that directly impact their employees and the community
around them. Buying youth sports jerseys, holding a fundraiser for an employee’s family member
who has fallen ill, sponsoring annual fairs, community theaters, and donations of goods or
services to charitable events all come from generous small-business owners. When your dollar is
spent inside a small business, it is much more likely to stay in the local community rather than
make its way to corporate headquarters far away. Successful businesses pay local taxes which,
in turn, fund police, fire and education. A thriving downtown scene often brings in out-oftown
visitors, and well-regarded communities can see their property values increase when local
businesses are thriving.
Generally speaking, the closer to home you make a purchase the less of an impact that purchase
has on the environment. Foreign goods are shipped by boat, plane or train and often transported
several more times via truck until they reach a warehouse or storefront. That locally made
barbecue sauce, scarf, wall art or furniture didn’t make near the trek, often being created onsite
or within a short drive of the storefront. Restaurants that
utilize locally sourced grains, meats and produce also recognize
these products are not only fresher but also lessen their carbon
footprint as well.
In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday
on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The country was coming
out of one of the worst economic recessions in history, and the
effort was meant to encourage people to continue to support
struggling small businesses by doing their holiday shopping in
person instead of online. Coming into its 10th year, the ‘Shop
Small’ movement continues to see massive growth despite ultra
convenient online shopping. According to American Express,
in 2018, U.S. consumers reported spending a record high of an
estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants
on Small Business Saturday. Over
the years, Small Business Saturday
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began in 2010—that’s $103 billion over
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There are many ways to spend your
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A COMMUNITY OF
LOCAL BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK
BY JILLAN CHANDLER
We are fortunate to live in a community where generosity abounds. And though the holidays are fast approaching, which is a
time that we see many acts of giving throughout the area, there are local businesses and organizations who give of themselves
throughout the year to truly help make a difference right here in Gig Harbor. These are just a handful of the remarkable business
owners and community members we are fortunate enough to have right here in Gig Harbor.
OCEAN5 AND TABLE 47
A place for the community to gather and have fun, Ocean5 is an entertainment,
catering and event venue featuring its restaurant and bar, Table 47, and coffee
“From day one, people have helped us meet others in the community, build our
network and create valuable partnerships,” says Tomoko Senechal, director of
sales and marketing. “Everyone looks out for each other, and we all truly care
for each other and work toward a common goal—to make our community even
stronger and better.”
Days such as World Oceans Day, World Food Day and International Coffee Day
are meaningful to the Ocean5 and Table 47 team. “We also find ways to raise
donations for key organizations that are related to ocean preservation and youth
education, or those groups that directly support our Gig Harbor community,”
They’ve hosted food drives to benefit Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH food bank and
holiday donation drives; co-led beach cleanups to help clean the waterfront and
sponsored many community events. In addition, they’ve donated portions of
their sales on key days to community organizations such as Permission To Start
Dreaming (Veterans Day); Peninsula School Education Fund and Communities
in Schools Peninsula (back to school concert); and Harbor WildWatch on World
Oceans Day. “We also love the idea of helping people enjoy great deals while
doing good, so we donate a portion of our Harbor "Happy" Hour food and
beverage sales to Harbor WildWatch. We also have an annual donation budget to
provide auction baskets for local school and 501(c)3 organization fundraisers.”
Giving back to the community has always been part of the core values of Ocean5
and Table 47. As Tomoko says, ”Our founder Troy Alstead's goal was to create
something exciting, fun and meaningful in the South Sound; a business that
contributes to the community by being a great place to work and a great place to
visit, have fun and socialize. A flagship location that is successful as a business
and uses that platform to raise awareness of the environmental challenges that
threaten Gig Harbor, Puget Sound and the oceans. And, a business that engages
in the community through service.”
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owners Scott and Erica Teodoro along with Chad and
Emily Roy aim to provide the best quality meats, produce,
groceries, beer and wine coupled with the best customer
service in town.
“Owning and operating a business in the community I grew
up in is a special thing,” says Scott. “I went to school here,
played sports here, and a lot of who I am was grown in this
soil. Harbor Greens feels like a way that our family can
now pour back into the community by providing a quality
place to shop but also jobs and career education for the next
Through financial giving, product donations and service
hours, the Harbor Greens team continues to support
numerous worthy causes including Gig Harbor Schools,
YoungLife, YFC Tacoma, and Fircrest National Night Out.
“One of our favorite local events to participate in is Race
For A Soldier put on by the Permission To Start Dreaming
Foundation,” Scott adds.
The Teodoros and Roys feel it is their duty, and a privilege,
to give back to their community. “Gig Harbor shoppers
have been loyal to us for so many years and have seen us
through some tough competition. We have been so blessed
by their support and try to show our appreciation through
our community giving.”
Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB), which
was this year’s recipient and event benefactor for the South
Sound Small Business Summit, is an organization made up
of a unique group of women in business who gather twice a
month to mentor, learn and grow with one another.
“Gig Harbor is such a warm, inviting and supportive
community,” says Lisa Murtha, marketing chair for AWOB.
The mission of AWOB is “to empower women entrepreneurs
to achieve higher levels of business success.” As Lisa says, “We
provide our members with opportunities to hear excellent
speakers, discuss timely subjects, meet other business owners
while gaining insight and inspiration to grow their business.”
The organization finds that it is important to give back to
the community to help businesses grow and prosper while
supporting women entrepreneurs. “Gig Harbor is a very
tight-knit community, and there are many organizations
such as our own that are willing to help.”
The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses has participated
in the Gig Harbor Maritime Festival as well as this year’s
PenMet Parks Women’s Wellness Expo and the Tacoma
Pierce County Chambers South Sound Summit. “We have
donated to local charities that support veterans as well as
food banks for Thanksgiving.”
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The Rain Forests of the Olympic National Park
Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
In the late fall, visitors to the Olympic Peninsula dwindle and the rains pick up again. With annual
precipitation averaging over 100 inches a year, this is one of the rainiest areas in the country. This is the
best time of the year to visit the lush Quinault and Hoh rain forests. By the end of August, they can look
brown and parched, but once the fall rains return, the verdant foliage and ferns green up into a lovely
display. So, pack your rain gear suitable for cool, wet weather; just remember water resistant is not the same as
waterproof. Plan to spend a few days exploring the Quinault Valley, the Hoh Rain Forest and the beaches of the
Olympic National Park.
Where To Stay
The Lake Quinault Lodge was built in 1926 and is the grand dame of lodging in the Olympic National Park.
It sits in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest surrounded by Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Sitka spruce
trees. The public rooms are warm and cozy with plenty of comfy seating and a big roaring fire in the large brick
fireplace. It is a step back in time, and the staff is warm and friendly. Amenities include an indoor swimming
pool, sauna, game room, a restaurant and a gift shop. Plan your visit to take a break from technology. The lodge
has Wi-Fi, but it is spotty in the rooms. There are some pet-friendly rooms available, and the grounds just beg
to be explored with your favorite pooch in tow.
Another option for a place to stay is on the coast at the Kalaloch Lodge, which has some darling cabins set on
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a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as well as lodge rooms. There are
no TVs, Wi-Fi or phones in the rooms or cabins, so it truly is a getaway.
The Kalaloch Lodge is located a 30-minute drive from the Lake Quinault
Lodge and a 45-minute drive from the Hoh Rain Forest, making it a
good central location to explore the area. The views of the Pacific Ocean
and the sounds of waves crashing on the shore make this the perfect
destination for storm watching.
Where To Eat
There are limited services in the Quinault area, so you may want to bring
extra snacks and drinks with you on your trip. I usually pack a snack box
with a variety of individually wrapped treats and chips, and a cooler with
drinks, charcuterie and some fruit.
The Roosevelt Dining Room in the Lake Quinault Lodge is named
after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed the bill creating the
Olympic National Park. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, it
is one of the few places in the area to eat at. It is known for its panoramic
views of Lake Quinault. The restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving Day Buffet
from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, November 28. Make reservations as this
buffet is very popular with many locals who come to hike and then enjoy
The Salmon House Restaurant is just down the street from the lodge and
is known for its salmon prepared four different ways. Another popular
menu item is old-fashioned Chicken Cordon Bleu, which is cooked from
scratch. A large chicken breast is stuffed with prosciutto ham and swiss
cheese then hand breaded, deep fried and baked for a delicious, oozy
The Quinault Mercantile is across the street from the lodge and provides
an economical option for food. Snacks are available for sale and they
also have a food window in the rear of the store where you can order
breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are also tables to sit at. All the food is
cooked to order, so don’t expect a quick meal, but it is hot; mostly shortorder
items like burgers and food cooked on the grill.
What To Do
You come to the Quinault Valley area to enjoy the natural beauty of the
area. Stop in at the Pacific Ranger District-Quinault office, which is next
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
Lake Quinault Lodge
WHERE TO EAT
The Roosevelt Dining Room
The Salmon House Restaurant
WHAT TO DO
Quinault Rain Forest Auto Tour
Hiking at Lake Quinault
Hoh Rain Forest
Visiting Kalaloch and Ruby Beach
door to the lodge, to get information about
hiking in the area and taking the Quinault Rain
Forest Auto Tour. Unlike the National Park, the
Olympic National Forest is very pet friendly.
Ask a ranger for recommended hikes with pets.
When you start your auto tour, take a brief stop
before heading out just past the Rain Forest
Resort Village to visit the World’s Largest
Spruce Tree. This 1,000-year-old giant is one
of six record-breaking trees in the Quinault
Valley. The trail is just one-third of a mile. The
31-mile tour takes you outside of the congested
area to the Quinault Rain Forest, which is filled
with towering trees, ferns and lush green moss.
Keep an eye out for waterfalls and Roosevelt
Elk who call this area home. The loop will
end up back at the Lake Quinault Lodge once
Hiking is the best way to experience the diverse ecosystem of the
rainforest. Right across the street from the lodge are more than 8 miles
of interconnected hiking trails which enable you to take a short hike or a
much longer one. Check with the front desk for a trail map.
If there will be a storm during your visit, head to the coast for some storm
watching. The raging Pacific with its crashing waves during a storm is a
sight to behold. The are many viewpoints from your car, or stop at the
Creekside Restaurant at the Kalaloch Lodge to enjoy lunch. Stay toasty
warm while storm watching through the panoramic windows.
On calmer days, beach walks fit the bill. Bundle up as it will be windy,
but the Pacific Coast is worth the chill. You can access 3 miles of beach
at the Kalaloch Lodge or head further north to visit the stunning Ruby
Beach with its picturesque haystacks and rocky beach. There are a variety
of beach accesses, each with its own unique charm. While on the beach
make sure you pay attention to the tides and never turn your back to the
ocean. Sneaker waves or rogue waves are unexpectedly large waves that
come up higher than the current tide and can sweep people and even
large logs into the oceans.
It is worth the time to drive to the Hoh Rain Forest and hike the worldfamous
Hall of Mosses Trail. It is truly magnificent with areas so beautiful
people are stunned into silence while they observe the natural beauty of
the vibrant green mosses which adorn the trees. The area receives 12 to 14
feet of rain a year, so make sure your rain gear is handy.
A visit to the rain forests of Olympic National Park is a great way to
disconnect from traffic, social media, work emails and all the electronic
devices that can be so stressful. Thanksgiving is a great time to reconnect
with families and unwind before the holiday season begins in earnest.
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harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out
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Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.
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At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
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something for everyone with a range of vegetarian, glutenfree
and dairy-free options. In the bar you will find a great
selection from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.
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When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they
work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
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Give Gifts of Purpose This Holiday Season
Festival of Hope returns to Chapel Hill November 15 - 17
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHAPEL HILL CHURCH
YOU CAN MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY SHOPPING THE 18TH
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF HOPE, which takes place November 15 through 17 at Chapel
Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Avenue right here in Gig Harbor.
This year’s event offers a rich selection of handmade jewelry, fashionable handbags,
scarves, gloves, hats, organic coffee, children’s items, vibrant décor and more.
All items for sale are crafted in safe and ethical working conditions, whether the
product was produced in the United States, Haiti, Thailand and beyond. All profits
return to support workers, farmers and families from around the world.
Festival of Hope is an event designed for the whole community and focuses on
telling the stories of artisans from around the world—all while allowing the local
community to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping.
Chapel Hill hosts this annual community event to provide shoppers the opportunity
to purchase and give gifts more intentionally throughout the holiday season, and
every purchase made has the power to impact lives around the world.
Regular shopping hours will take place Saturday, November 16, 10am to 3pm and
5 to 6:30pm, and Sunday, November 17, 8am to 2pm. Admission is free both days.
In addition to regular shopping hours, Chapel Hill will host two special events.
Ladies Night takes place Friday, November 15, from 6 to 8:30pm. Saturday,
November 16, from 8 to 10am, you can enjoy Early Bird Shopping. Both events are
limited to 150 attendees. Registration, which is $10 for Ladies Night and $5 for the
Early Bird Shopping, can be done online at ChapelHillPC.org/FOH.
Fall Bake Sale
St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual Fall Bake Sale, which benefits
Anthony's Closet, Wednesday, November 13, 8am to 2pm. Held at St. Anthony
Hospital, Floor G near the cafeteria, find a wide array of homemade cookies, breads,
bars and assorted pastries, all which will be sold on a donation-only basis. This year,
be sure to purchase tickets for the Auxiliary's raffle, with items including an extra
large furry toy dog, basket of dog treats, fall wreaths and original leaf-imprinted
cement stones. For additional information, contact Auxiliary President Tina Dacus at
13th Annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival
Hosted by Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum, 2019 marks the 13th
year of this family friendly event. The Donkey Creek Chum Festival aims to bring the
local Gig Harbor community members together in celebration of the return of chum
salmon to Donkey Creek. The festival will have salmon tours, booths, food, boat races
and much more. The excitement takes place from noon to 4pm Saturday, November
16, at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor. Find out more at HarboWildWatch.org.
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GIG HARBOR CHAMBER SMALL
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COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: STATE OF
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