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NOVEMBER 2019

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 11

inside

Veterans Find Closure and Compassion

Honor Flight: National memorials and

comradery provide a cure to heal old wounds

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Local Supporting Local

Small Businesses Are Supporting

Local Economies

A Community of Giving

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

Give Thanks

IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR OF

REFLECTION, when we take a moment

to acknowledge the many blessings that

have been bestowed upon us—our family

and friends, our health, a stable job, a place

to call home, warm food on the kitchen

table. We are truly fortunate to have the

opportunity to live in a country where we

are free to pursue our dreams and live a life

of happiness.

While enjoying the comforts that many of us

take for granted, it is important to remember

those men and women who sacrificed so

much to keep our country a land of the

free. On November 11, we set aside a day to

honor those who have served their county

for the betterment of all of its citizens—

though we should all do our part to honor

them, and thank them, any opportunity we

get, no matter the time of year.

recipient Marine Corps Private First Class

Ralph Johnson.

November is also the month of Thanksgiving.

Households across the country will observe

the day with loved ones over a beautiful

meal prepared with love—and maybe a little

stress. Take these moments to appreciate

what you have rather than what you wish

you had. You will quickly realize how full

your life already is. And if you’re looking

for a little Thanksgiving getaway, our travel

article will take you to the rain forests of the

Olympic National Park.

And we can’t forget that following

Thanksgiving comes Small Business

Saturday. Remember that supporting local

businesses helps to support your fellow

neighbor, as well as your community as a

whole.

In this issue, you can read about Honor

Flight Puget Sound and Inland Northwest.

Its mission is to bring local war veterans to

Washington, D.C. to visit memorials that are

dedicated to their service and sacrifice—at

no cost to them. Our feature story focuses

on the USS Ralph Johnson, the Navy

ship named in honor of Medal of Honor

A heartfelt thank you to our veterans, and

blessings this Thanksgiving season.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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final, official days of fall and the last of the season's

harvest. In addition, the holiday season is upon us,

and now is the time of year we look forward to as

we gather with family and friends to celebrate all we

are thankful for.

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for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life.

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Shop And Dine from 10 to 9: Gig Harbor’s

Girls Night Out celebrates 10 years

GOOD NEWS

Finest Person of the Year: Sitting in with

Chris and Julie Thomson

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Eye Candy Optical: Your eye care and

eyewear needs

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The Passion Project: High School seniors

make lasting impact

LIVING LOCAL

A Wedding To Remember: Deserving

couple wins wedding giveaway

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Table 47: Restaurant welcomes new

executive chef!

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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USS Ralph Johnson: Navy ship named

after Marine Medal of Honor recipient

TRAVEL & LEISURE

The Perfect Thanksgiving Getaway:

The Rain Forests of the Olympic

National Park

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of great local events, music,

sports and shows!

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Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

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We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

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lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

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help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.


NAVIGATING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Who to hire and how to protect yourself ... and your investment

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?

What can you do if they don’t fulfill their commitments?

It's imperative to have a little knowledge of how to navigate the

construction industry better and avoid losing time and money during

a renovation, new construction or home repair project. And choosing

the right contractor for the job will help ensure that both time and

money won't be lost in the process. How can you find a good contractor?

Here are some tips to help you navigate who to hire and how to protect

yourself:

• Check the contractor’s current license and bond with Labor and

Industries online. You can do this by going online to LnI.WA.gov, then

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

experience.

• 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.

• Be very clear of the scope of work to be completed, and try your best

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It is always best to

obtain a firm bid.

not to change your mind or add additional work. Most contractors have

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,

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trucks travel more slowly across the country in bad weather, often

delaying the arrival of your new front door, window package or trusses.

Obtain clear delivery dates from your contractor or their supplier—and

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

company prior to severing your contract so you aren’t left in the lurch for

months without any job progress.

• Lastly, contracts work both ways. If you want a decent contractor at a

fair price, make sure you present yourself well (dress appropriately, have

a clean house, and be kind). Contractors work hard for their wage and

should be treated with respect. Control your pets and children while they

are at work and have a clean organized space for them to perform their

job. No one wants to reach an electrical panel through a garage stuffed to

the ceiling with junk. Respect is a two-way street.


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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

“alternating years.”

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

out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are

strictly confidential.

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• Parenting plans

• Child support

• Prenuptial

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FROM 10 TO 9

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

Alliance.

“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

Out Gig Harbor Waterfront on Facebook.

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Photos Courtesy of Chris &

Julie Thomson

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.

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

experience.

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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THE STAFF AT FAMILY FIRST HAS

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THAT THEIR EVERYDAY WORK HAS

BECOME THE FOUNDATION OF

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STANDS FOR—CARE.

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

every day.

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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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Carol

Clingan

Stoltenberg

P.E. & Health Teacher,

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

Kopachuck Middle

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

COMMUNITY THAT

IN THE PAST HAS

NOT HAD A PLACE TO

CELEBRATE."

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

marginalized groups

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,

professionalism and

sense of humor have made me a better

teacher and a better person,” she said.

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Your Eye Care and

Eyewear Needs

Local optometrist takes pride in caring for your

vision (and has a blast doing it!)

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Samantha Elise TIllman

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“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?).”

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.

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“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

door.”

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

syndrome.”

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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

10.

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,”

she says.

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.

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

THE PASSION PROJECT

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS MAKE

LASTING IMPACT

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.

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’

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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

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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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Josie Hampton says one of

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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

and spring.

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

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THE MONTH

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE KELLY

MEGAN HANSON

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

were chosen.

“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

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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

attendance.

“I wish there was more that we could say other than just ‘Thank you,’”

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It’s not the good life,

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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

wedding.”

“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

accomplished.

“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?!”

Hello,

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

Orchard. …

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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Table 47

Welcomes New

Executive Chef!

Kyle Campisi delivers vast catering

and restaurant expertise to the table

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

TABLE 47

5268 Point Fosdick Drive

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.857.4777

T47.com

"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.”

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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

7am daily.

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.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to announce that

not only does Table 47 provide catering for parties and banquet events

on-site at the Ocean5 venue, but they offer off-site catering and delivery

services!

Kyle, who has lived in Washington for most of his life and currently

resides in Tacoma, plans to make the move to Gig Harbor to be closer to

Table 47 and to immerse himself in the Gig Harbor community.

He invites you to take a seat at Table 47 and taste the difference.

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NEW LEAF HYPNOSIS

At New Leaf Hypnosis Center, they help people

reduce anxiety and stress, conquer fears and

phobias, heal past painful experiences, quit

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CUSTOM PRINTS NW

Gig Harbor’s premier shop for screen printing,

embroidery, signs and promotional items.

Call or email for a free design consultation

today, by appointment only. When you need

orders on time and looking great, contact

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Our approach is to discover a design that

reflects you and your way of living. We are a full

service design company that can satisfy your

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CRUISE PLANNERS

TRAVEL SERVICES

A customized itinerary your way, Cruise

Planners is a local Gig Harbor travel company

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a safari adventure! We are here for our clients

from the very first call until they return from

their trip. Let us do the research to save you

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HARBOR VIEW DENTISTRY

At Harbor View Dentistry, they are a

neighborhood dental office in the heart of

downtown Gig Harbor where they spend

the time and energy to get to know YOU as a

person while providing state-of-the-art dental

care. They do this simply because they care

and see you as a part of their family. If you are

looking for friendly quality dentistry at a fair

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Toni Gibbs is committed to creating the garden

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VALONA PAINTING COMPANY

They are your paint and specialty contractors

that provide not only interior and exterior

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GREAT CAR CARE CENTER

With four service centers, they provide a

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Tunnel car wash with hand prep and dry, oil

change and other maintenance services, detail

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PHYSICAL HEALTH

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

HEALTHY TIP

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!

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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.

THE PRIMARY FOCUS

SHOULD BE ON

PREVENTION OF ILLNESS

AND THE PROMOTION

OF GOOD OVERALL

HEALTH, INCLUDING

PHYSICAL HEALTH.

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

of the Wellness Wheel influences our general

health.

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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.

Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP-BC

Scot FNP-BC

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THE BEGINNING OF THE

FALL SEASON

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

community).

3. Get a home modification assessment by a

Certified Aging in Place specialized occupational

therapist to determine if your home will meet

your needs as you age in place.

Specialized Physical

Therapies designed for

Treating the

Whole Person

in Body, Home &

Community!

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Automobile Injuries

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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

strengthening therapies, and a 4th Quarter Aging

in Place Plan of Action. We can connect you

with experienced estate attorneys and financial

planners.

Don’t wait, INTEGRATE your life today!

Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

LSVT-Big, CAPS-CGA

Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Certified Irlen Screener

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

cracks and loose flooring; install grab bars and

stair rails.

253-514-6842

5775 Soundview Drive, Suite A-103

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN

COSMETIC DENTISTRY …

BUT WORRIED ABOUT THE RESULTS?

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It’s your front teeth! They’re very

important in how they’re treated. For

a predictable result that will create

excellent balance and aesthetics, here are

some options:

Computer-generated smiles: Lumineers are

state of the art, minimally invasive, very strong

and have great aesthetics. It’s an amazingly

organized systematic approach. First, we take

photos, determine the look you’re going for,

take impressions and send all the information

to the lab.

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

to eat!

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

prior to cosmetic treatment if you’re

interested in a color change. Some patients

want a “Hollywood smile,” while others prefer

a natural smile. With photographs, computer

imaging, an electronic bite analysis and great

diagnostic models, you can have a predictable,

satisfying cosmetic result.

Fearful of dentistry in addition to worrying

about your final results? Give us a call and we

can talk about your options. You can choose

the option that fits your time, your budget

and your family’s needs. Sedation dentistry

is helpful for patients who are concerned

or nervous, and there are different levels of

sedation available to help you relax during

treatment.

Call for a consultation, and we can explore all

of the possibilities for your beautiful smile!

Uptown Gig Harbor | 4711 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

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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

disagreement.

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

poorly perceived.

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

adaptations.

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

business performing.

I know this truth rant will create some raised

eyebrows and cynicism, but I’ll clear things

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Many teens are loath to hearing that playing

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games challenge the brain and promote

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Board games, puzzles and card games have

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in shape. Find a game requiring plenty of

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such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pinochle and

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Read!

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.

Learn!

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

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CONSIDERING

PLASTIC

SURGERY?

What you need to know

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

YOUR SURGEON

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COSMETIC OR

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I

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

expectations.

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

surgeon.

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

you heal.

During your consult ask about follow-up care,

how complications are handled and what

your surgeon’s policies are should revisions be

necessary.

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

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you have a positive experience and outcome.

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USS RALPH

JOHNSON

Navy ship named after marine

medal of honor recipient

BY DAN AZNOFF

U.S. NAVY OFFICIAL PHOTOS

The image of Private First Class Ralph Johnson in fatigues

looms over the mess hall below deck on the technical

masterpiece of modern warfare that bears his name.

Johnson is remembered with more than just the photo that

covers an entire wall. The black-and-white image captures the young

Marine in a light-hearted moment during his deployment in the

jungles of Vietnam.

“His spirit and his strength are something the men and women on

this ship reflect on each and every day,” explained Commander Casey

Mahon, captain of the USS Ralph Johnson. “Everybody on this ship

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

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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.”

Newest ship

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

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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.

Personal ties

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

Lynnwood.

The adoption offers benefits to the crew of

the ship as well as to the city, according to

Councilmember John Steckler of Mill Creek.

Sailors from the Ralph Johnson were invited to

Johnson was

killed in 1968

while on patrol

as part of a 15-man

reconnaissance

squad at an

observation post

deep behind enemy

lines.

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take part in a series of community activities

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

for Thanksgiving.

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

and sacrifice.

“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

welcoming.”

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

apartment complex.”

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-

foot vessel.

“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

Naval Academy.

“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

to serve.

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

vessel.

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,

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.

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

work independently.

“Like the television character and like my

daughter, the Sea Wiz has a mind of its own.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer who lives in

Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving

the stories of past generations. Aznoff was

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Veterans Find Closure &

Compassion

HONOR FLIGHT: NATIONAL MEMORIALS AND COMRADERY PROVIDE A

CURE TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS

BY DAN AZNOFF | PHOTOS COURTESY OF PUGET SOUND HONOR FLIGHT

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

Washington.

“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

medical personnel.

“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

medical priorities.

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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CHANCE TO VISIT MEMORIALS

GOT VETERAN BACK ON A PLANE

FOR FIRST TIME IN 70 YEARS

After being part of 47 missions over enemy territory during

World War II, Lawrence Meier had no reason to ever fly

again. That was until he received a last-minute invitation

to join an Honor Flight for a tour of the war memorials in

Washington, D.C

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

friendship.

“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

Wing Casino near Olympia.

“Good thing it was last-minute. Didn’t give him a chance to

change his mind,” said Gussie. “Told him it would take 10

times as long as the drive from our home in Puyallup to Reno.

“That changed his mind pretty quick.”

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atmosphere.

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

Vietnam.

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.”

For more information on the Honor Flight

programs, log onto INWHonorFlight.org or

PugetSoundHonorFlight.org.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington, with a passion for

capturing the stories of our lifetime. Aznoff was

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home instead of in-person. While convenience and

time saving are some of the most common reasons

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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

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By purchasing household items or gifts, or choosing

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community. As small business grows, they inevitably

need more help, thus more employees are hired.

Expansion and growth can also lead to promotions

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

someone working for a larger corporation or retailer.

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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.

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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

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in 2018, U.S. consumers reported spending a record high of an

estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants

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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

lounge.

“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,”

adds Tomoko.

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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A local family owned and operated specialty grocery market,

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

generation.”

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.”

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Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB), which

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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

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The Perfect

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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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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

Thanksgiving dinner.

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

cheese yumminess.

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

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Hiking at Lake Quinault

Hoh Rain Forest

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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

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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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YUM

Your local Dining Guide

RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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Traditional and Contemporary

Vietnamese Coffee, Milk Tea, and Boba

5160 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | Hours: Every Day, 11am - 9pm

253.649.0915 | mssaigongigharbor.com

Experience the Flavor

Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine

Serving Traditional Taste

Family Owned and Operated Since 2001

4747 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Hours: Every Day, 11am - 9pm | 253.514.6382 | lelegigharbor.com

lelerestaurantgigharbor | lelerestaurant

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CHAI APPLE CIDER

POPSICLES

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn

MarinaGunn.com | @marinagunn

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS:

8 cups apple cider

1-inch peeled ginger

3 cinnamon sticks

14-16 whole cloves

12 cardamom pods or 1 tsp. ground cardamom

8 peppercorns

1 tsp. vanilla extract

METHOD:

• Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to boil then

simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

• Remove from heat and once cooled (1 hour) add to a

popsicle mold of your choice! (I used this mold, but you

can get innovative and pour into paper cups and place in

bamboo popsicle sticks, too.)

• Share them, eat them and enjoy!

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 109

In the Olympic Medical Plaza

253-851-2576

• Paninis & Sandwiches

• Build Your Own Crepes

• Salads & Soups

• Forza Coffee

• All Recyclable Packaging

& Utensils

• Gift Cards Available

Check out

Clay & Cloth

Designs!

MUSHROOM

LEEK

& BRIE CREPE

www.occasionscoffeeandcrepes.com

Find

Great Gifts

& More!

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern comfort.

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Point Fosdick Drive NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the

harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out

menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm,

Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2015! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

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.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0921 | GertieAndTheGiantOctopus.com

PHO EVER WOK

Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you like

your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way you

like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as

well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's plenty

of parking. Also available for take-out. Open Monday

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW #109 | Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes.com

Authentic centrAl

texAs-style BArBecue

PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

KITCHEN & BAR

Porto Cucina serves up familiar classic Italian dishes like

Eggplant Parmesan, as well as newer ones like Salmon

and Sweet Potato Risotto. The restaurant offers a little

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.

Open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and

Saturday 11am to 10pm.

3108 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor

253.851.9200 | PortoCucina.com

LELE'S RESTAURANT

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

culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from

11am to 9pm.

4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

April, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to the Gig

Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.

5160 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

Open seven DAys A Week

11:00AM - 8:00pM

JOin us fOr A unique

Dining experience!

253.313.5656

4814 Point Fosdick Dr. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

TexasBBQ2U.com

BBQ2U

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gig harbor

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Gig Harbor this

month!

NOVEMBER 2019

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WWW.OLALLAWINES.COM

253.851.4949

h o m e s t y l e i t a l i a n k i t c h e n & b a r

• your ideal place for intimate gatherings

• private rooms available

• enticing catering menus

• gift cards available

Join Us

FOR LUNCH & DINNER

porto cucina harbor kitchen & bar

3108 harborview dr. | 253.851.9200 | portocucina.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

NOV

15-17

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.

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

NOV

13

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

253.273.6558.

NOV

16

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER ...

07

IGNITE LIVE AT THE

PENMET PARKS

06 FLOAT

BREAKFAST WITH

SANTA

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PENINSULA

MARKETPLACE HOLIDAY 07

MAKERS MARKET

ANNUAL TREE

07 LIGHTING


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

/ November

02

NOVEMBER

07

NOVEMBER

GIG HARBOR NIGHT MARKET:

NOVEMBER EDITION

02

4:00 to 9:00pm

Gig Harbor Night Market

Find out more at TacomaNightMarket.com

GIG HARBOR CHAMBER SMALL

BUSINESS AWARDS LUNCHEON

07

11:30am to 1pm

Canterwood Country Club

Purchase tickets at GigHarborChamber.net

16

NOVEMBER

20

NOVEMBER

HANDS OF HOPE INAUGURAL EVENT

16

6:00 to 9:00pm

Ocean5

HarborHopeCenter.org

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: STATE OF

THE SOUND REPORT

20

5:30 to 7:00pm

Gig Harbor Brewing Co. (Harbor Taproom)

HarborWildWatch.org

09

NOVEMBER

12TH ANNUAL WINTER WARM-UP

HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR

09

9:00am to 4:00pm

Key Peninsula Civic Center

KPCivicCenter.org

DON’T

MISS!

22, 23,

29 & 30

HOLIDAY MAKERS MARKET

November 22, 23, 29 & 30

10:00am to 3:00pm

The Peninsula Marketplace

Peninsula-Marketplace.com

09

NOVEMBER

14

NOVEMBER

IGNITE LIVE AT THE FLOAT

09

9:00pm to 1:00am

The Float

TheFloatationDevice.com

STORM WARNING: HISTORIC WEATHER

IN THE EVERGREEN STATE

14

6:00 to 7:30pm

Harbor History Museum

Humanities.org

26

26TH ANNUAL GIG HARBOR

BASKET BRIGADE

27

28

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 26 & 27

4:00 to 8:00pm / 11:00am to 6:00pm

Tacoma Narrows Airport

GigHarborFoundation.org or

basketbrigade@gigharborfoundation.org

GIG HARBOR TURKEY TROT

DON’T

MISS!

28

8:00 to 11:00am

Gig Harbor Post Office Parking Lot - Judson Street

Register online at GigHarborTurkeyTrot.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER ...

TIDEFEST FINE ARTS

07 & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

08

08

ARGOSY CRUISES

CHRISTMAS SHIP

FESTIVAL

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HARK THE HARBOR

14

GIG HARBOR LIGHTED

BOAT PARADE


Pier into

the night

with

live dive

Jerisich Dock

Saturdays in

2019 & 2020

Take a journey underwater

without getting wet!

Enjoy a live video stream

of SCUBA divers exploring

underneath Jerisich Dock

while staff biologists narrate

and identify animals. Free

and great for all ages!

Saturday, November 2

at 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 7

at 5p.m.

Saturday, January 4

at 5 p.m.

(253) 514-0187

HarborWildWatch.org

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YOUR BEACH

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WHAT YOU IMAGINE,

WE MAKE HAPPEN.

Joe Sanchez & Associates

Coldwell Banker Bain

“We Sell Homes.

We Build Relationships.”

253-853-2262

JSAssociates@CBBain.com

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2020 SUBARU OUTBACK

Come celebrate with us, it’s our 18th anniversary!

YOUR LOCALLY OWNED SUBARU DEALER.

JOHN DIONAS | President-Owner

Come meet Duke!

Peninsula Subaru in Bremerton, WA, treats the needs of each individual customer

with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car

dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each

and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

Located in Bremerton, only a 20-minute drive and lower sales tax!

800.458.5808 | PeninsulaSubaru.com

3888 W. St. Hwy. 16, Bremerton, WA (between Bremerton & Port Orchard)

CLOSED ON SUNDAY FOR FAMILY DAY

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