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IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR FOR 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.
In this issue, our feature story focuses on the USS Ralph Johnson,
the Navy ship named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Marine
Corps Private First Class Ralph Johnson. You will also want to read an
inspirational article focusing on the The Rosie Network—a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to promote military family owned
businesses to the public.
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.
A heartfelt thank you to our veterans, and blessings this Thanksgiving
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Modernizing Historic: Tips for balancing
the old with new
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TIPS FOR BALANCING THE OLD WITH NEW
STORY AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHERYL BUSHAW, MBA PIERCE
& SHIELA OFF, CMKBD, KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN STUDIO
Many historic homes have beautiful architecture and wonderful old features we want to embrace. Today’s
lifestyles have changed the way we use our living spaces, particularly the kitchen. How can you update
your historic kitchen to incorporate modern features and hold true to the beauty and details of old?
As a member of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBA Pierce), Certified Master
Kitchen and Bath Designer Shiela Off from Kitchen & Bath Design Studio shares some tips on how to strike the
balance between old and new while giving your historic home a modern kitchen update.
Alter your original floor plan. Just because a home is of a certain era doesn’t mean you are completely bound to
the original floor plan when making design decisions. Moving walls and opening spaces will change the way the
new kitchen integrates into other living areas and allow you to include current design concepts like larger or more
appliances, spacious countertop areas for prepping and cleanup, or incorporating a large island with seating. The
kitchen is the busiest area of the home where people tend to congregate. The modern kitchen embraces this by
adding seating either on the island, a cozy eating nook or a new window bench. Seating can make your kitchen have
a whole new appeal to your family and friends.
Embrace architectural beauty. If your home has architectural beauty built within, don’t neglect it! Update your
cabinetry to look and feel like it was part of the original home. It is a great way to revise the floor plan and incorporate
new features. Painted, recessed panel doors are used most commonly in historic homes. Think about incorporating
some glass doors or open shelving to the space rather than filling the walls with cabinetry. If possible, add a larger
window. This opens the space to the eye and makes the kitchen feel less crowded. Traditional glass pendant lights
can easily brighten and charm a kitchen against the new custom cabinetry. If you choose white cabinetry, consider
using deeper paint colors on the walls that enhance the beauty of the cabinets. For a unique and beautiful design
element, consider adding a special cabinet in a custom paint color. With such a wide variety of custom cabinetry and
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door styles to choose from, consult a professional designer to help
navigate your options.
Don’t be afraid to blend the new with the old. Incorporating
wainscot paneling, an apron front sink or a repurposed barn wood
island or pantry door offers a warm but interesting contrast to new
sleek stainless-steel appliances. Wood floors or beams can convey
a cozy, traditional ambiance in the new kitchen as well. Today,
designers are incorporating many different metals in the kitchen.
Matte aluminum, stainless steel, brushed gold, black and copper
are all showing up in the modern kitchen. Try using some of these
materials in your cabinet hardware, range hood or lighting for a
beautiful finishing touch.
These decisions can be very overwhelming for the average
consumer. Having someone to help focus your ideas and point
you in the right direction saves time and can make it fun instead
of stressful. Working with an MBA Pierce member and certified
kitchen and bath designer like Shiela Off, CMKBD or Leslie Jensen,
CMKBD of Kitchen & Bath Design Studio can make your project
run smoother and ensure your dream kitchen turns into reality.
From updating your cabinetry and materials to bringing in color
and warm wood textures, the options are unlimited for your new
historic kitchen. Let the architecture and time period inspire you!
If you are interested in remodeling or design services, MBA Pierce
is an association of over 650 members that include contractors,
designers, landscapers and other industry-related businesses. Builder
members are required to be registered, bonded and insured. Visit
MBAPierce.com for a free buyer’s guide and directory.
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Small businesses are
supporting local economies
By Colin Anderson
Much has been made about how
convenient online shopping has
become. Two-day delivery, sameday
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shipping—and all of it available with the click
of a button from your couch, office or car. The
food industry is also cashing in on consumers
leading busy lives with portioned boxes of food
and easy-to-follow recipes for a quick dinner.
Major grocery chains will do the shopping for
you as you buy your food online and pick up
your pre-bagged groceries curbside without
ever having to push the cart. All signs point
to more and more consumers making their
purchases from home instead of in-person.
While convenience and time saving are some of
the most common reasons for online shopping,
often overlooked is the rather large impact
online purchasing can have not just on local
businesses but the entire community.
Small and mid-sized businesses are the
backbone of just about every community across
the country. They are owned and operated
by friends and neighbors and also employ
friends and neighbors. Small businesses are not
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small business, it is much more likely to
stay in the local community rather than
make its way to corporate headquarters
mainly in profitability; rather they can choose to reinvest their
earnings into all sorts of areas of benefit to the community.
By purchasing household items or gifts, or choosing your
lunch or dinner destination, at a locally owned business, you
are choosing to help job growth in your community. As small
business grows, they inevitably need more help, thus more
employees are hired. 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. Employees
feel more invested in a small to mid-sized community business
and are more willing to bring solutions to their employers or
create new products and ideas.
Just opening the doors to a new business has a major impact
on communities. The storefront needs to be designed and
constructed, marketing and advertising experts are brought
in, items are delivered to the store 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-of-town visitors, and wellregarded
communities can see their property values increase
when local businesses are thriving.
Generally speaking, the closer to home you make a purchase
the less of an impact that purchase has on the environment.
Foreign goods are shipped by boat, plane or train and often
transported several more times via truck until they reach a
warehouse or storefront. That locally made barbecue sauce,
scarf, wall art or furniture didn’t make near the trek, often
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being created on-site or within a short drive of the storefront.
Restaurants that utilize locally sourced grains, meats and produce
also recognize these products are not only fresher but also lessen
their carbon footprint as well.
In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday
on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The country was coming
out of one of the worst economic recessions in history, and the
effort was meant to encourage people to continue to support
struggling small businesses by doing their holiday shopping in
person instead of online. Coming into its 10th year, the ‘Shop
Small’ movement continues to see massive growth despite ultra
convenient online shopping. According to American Express,
in 2018, U.S. consumers reported spending a record high of an
estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants
on Small Business Saturday. Over the years, Small Business
Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103
billion since the day began in 2010—that’s $103 billion over nine
days alone. The company also reported 96 percent of consumers
who reported shopping on Small Business Saturday said the day
makes them want to ‘Shop Small’ all year long, not just during the
There are many ways to spend your hard-earned dollars this
holiday season. Consider taking a day to visit some of the various
local storefronts in your community when searching for those
unique gifts. Your purchase helps create jobs, fund local services,
bring care to those in need, and improve the vitality and feel of
your community. Small Business Saturday is November 30, but
you can also choose to make it more than just one day each year.
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PROMOTING MILITARY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BY CASSIE RIENDEAU AND MORGAN SELENIUS
PHOTOS BY BY MEG MCGEE OF BACK COUNTRY IMAGERY
local nonprofit organization called the Rosie
Network is supporting American military
families by providing them with the tools
necessary to start their own businesses. They
offer training, office space and showcase events to military
members in transition, veterans and their families.
Founded by Stephanie Brown, their exciting mission is to
empower veteran and military family entrepreneurs.
In 2018, they were awarded the SBA Veteran Small Business
Champion of the Year Award. Their award-winning training
program, Service2CEO, features online learning and group
The Network’s name was inspired by the famous World War II
icon Rosie the Riveter. Rosie, with her fierce expression, blue
jumpsuit and polka dot headscarf, has served as an icon of
empowerment for decades.
The Rosie Network’s powerful drive creates an environment
that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit emphasizing the
power of networking with a complementary system featuring
mentorship, community events and peer-to-peer support. The
entrepreneurship program is led by successful local business
leaders, with online homework supplemented by bi-weekly
With the help of The Rosie Network, more than 5,000 veterans
and military spouses have generated $4.2 million in revenue,
with no out-of-pocket expenses for the members they serve.
Military spouses often face difficulties in building or starting
their careers. The constant uncertainty of where and when
the military will move them again can make it difficult to get
ahead in the workplace. The Rosie Network seeks to empower
military spouses, transitioning service members and their
families to build their own businesses and take back control
of their careers.
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Pamela Bolado is the chapter leader for the Seattle and
Lakewood’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Rosie
Network. Pamela (founder of Le Pamier Skincare Co.) was
a beneficiary of the program’s base of support and hopes
to return the favor by supporting other women in need of
entrepreneurial guidance. This October, she hosted the
second annual Women, Wellness & Wisdom Conference
at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to focus on the needs of local
military spouses, female service members and veterans.
The Women, Wellness & Wisdom event itself was held at the
American Lake Conference Center. The beautiful backdrop
of American Lake behind the conference center served as a
serene and inviting setting to bring people together. Although
brief, Pamela shared some of her story as a military spouse and
her experiences living abroad in a warzone with a newborn,
and also those times during her husband’s deployment when
she needed to stay home. It is during those times that she
spends focusing on her fitness and business goals. A big goal
she had for the
event was to
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When the time
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the speakers this
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included a panel
of speakers to BACK CONTROL OF
share how the
attendees can THEIR CAREERS.
in either local
can create their
own with the support of this community and The Rosie
Pamela expressed wanting to “give a day to these spouses,
members and veterans, where they could not only see what
they could do with their untapped potential but also provide
them with a day of fun and pampering.” The event itself
included a massage station, mimosa bar, food buffet and
childcare. Many local companies even jumped in to donate
raffle items, flower arrangements, and even provided all the
attendees with some swag bags. Pamela plans to duplicate the
event and expand it across the country, starting with a base
she is very familiar with—JBMD in Lakehurst, New Jersey,
which has been scheduled for April 8, 2020.
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The JBLM chapter brings the Rosie Network not only to our
backyard but also to an area that has been built by generations
of intrepid businessmen and women. The Network currently
has chapters all over the country, from Washington, D.C., to San
Antonio, Texas, Annapolis, Maryland, San Diego, California, and
now to Seattle. The Rosie Network is nothing short of incredible,
having helped countless entrepreneurs across the United States
in such a short amount of time since their founding. The drive
and ambition of the Network will serve them well as we head
into 2020, when they plan to open several new chapters around
The program helps service members during different stages of
their career, from members transitioning from active duty to
civilian life to retirement.
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Longtime Gig Harbor resident Scott Sabo is the CEO and founder of
LaborWorks. He is passionate about his company which pairs workers
with companies who need staffing. He and his wife Katie have four
children, and three dogs and a hedgehog for pets.
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“ONCE I HEARD
SHE STARTED HER
FOUNDATION, I HAD
TO HELP. FIRST IT
BUT THE LAST FOUR
YEARS I HAVE LED
A TRAP SHOOTING
PULL FOR A SOLDIER
TO HELP RAISE FUNDS
AND AWARENESS TO
Q. Your company helps pair workers with job
opportunities. With many temporary workers on
the low end economically, what does it mean to
them to have the opportunity to earn a paycheck
to help ends meet while trying to find permanent
A. I, along with my full-time staff, enjoy the social
good we do by placing those with economic
challenges to work. Many of our employees are
between positions and look to us to get a “on the
job” interview or to pay the bills coming in until
they find gainful employment. Others have issues
such as school schedules or childcare issues that
prevent them from having a normal full-time
position. At the same time, many companies
have fluctuating staffing needs, and we use these
workers to help the wheels of commerce keep
churning efficiently. Many of our customers hire
from this pool when they see the worker fits in
culturally and performs well. We feel we must
satisfy two sets of customers: the client side who
pays our bills and allows us to keep running,
and the worker side who we have to provide a
convenient place to find work.
Q. Your son Ryan works with you at LaborWorks.
What is the dynamic like working with a family
A. I grew up working in my father’s convenience
store business, so I am happy Ryan has decided to
work at LaborWorks with me. He has worked in
the field for a couple of years and now is working
in our headquarters as a business analyst as well as
being our fleet manager, where he is responsible
for the safety and maintenance of our vans used to
deliver workers to job sites. I plan to continue to
move him around in various departments within
the business so he gets a good overall education of
how we run the business. We try not to talk shop
too much away from the office.
Q. Your father struggled with post-traumatic
stress. How did that influence your charitable
A. My father did two tours in Vietnam and
unfortunately saw and did things he had trouble
resolving. He self-medicated with alcohol to ease
his pain, which brought a whole host of issues to
the family once he returned to life in the States. I
have seen firsthand the complications this brings
to family life. I knew Leslie Mayne, the founder
of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation,
prior to her losing her son to this condition. Once
I heard she started her foundation, I had to help.
First it was financially, but the last four years I have
led a trap shooting fundraiser called Pull for a
Soldier to help raise funds and awareness to Leslie’s
mission. It’s been rewarding and a lot of fun. The
foundation also raises funds through the Race for
a Soldier running event, the Swing for a Soldier
golf tournament, and a Prayer Breakfast. All these
events are becoming a core part of the Gig Harbor
Q. What is your favorite way to “Live Like the
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you go, and that is why I chose to live here. I am
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involve water or snow. I have a wake surfing boat
and I like to fish a lot. The past couple of years my
youngest son has been competitively skiing with
the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club, which gets me
on the mountain every weekend in the winter. At
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CONSIDERING PLASTIC SURGERY?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN
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
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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
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.
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Notes of the skirmish on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc
Valley detailed how the American platoon was attacked deep
in enemy-controlled territory by hostile forces employing
automatic weapons, satchel charges and hand grenades.
The decision to honor the memory of the brave Marine
was made in February of 2012 by the Secretary of the Navy
Rear Admiral Shoshana S. Chatfield. The citation cited his
“conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a
reconnaissance scout with Company A, in action against the
North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces.”
“Suddenly, a hand grenade landed in the three-man fighting
hole occupied by PFC Johnson and two fellow Marines.
Realizing the inherent danger to his two comrades, he
shouted a warning and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon
the explosive device. When the grenade exploded, PFC
Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of the blast and
was killed instantly.
“His prompt and heroic act saved the life of one Marine at
the cost of his (own) life and undoubtedly prevented the
enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol’s perimeter,”
according to the report on file with the Defense Department
in Washington, D.C.
“PFC Johnson’s courage, the inspiring valor and selfless
devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions
of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life for his country.”
The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived at its
homeport of Naval Station Everett on April 27 of this year, a
month after it was commissioned during special ceremonies
attended by more than 7,000 people in Johnson’s hometown
of Charleston, South Carolina.
The ship has been classified as a “restart” ship by officials
with the Navy. It features upgraded electronics and weapons
systems controlled by highly trained sailors enhanced with
advanced technology. The USS Ralph Johnson was originally
scheduled to be delivered in August 2016, but construction
delays pushed the actual delivery date to late in 2017 after
completion of her mandatory sea trials.
The warship arrived at the Port of Charleston’s Columbus
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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.
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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 anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike
operations, according to an overview issued by the Navy. The destroyer features several improvements in
terms of ballistic missile defense, an embarked air wing and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability compared
to earlier versions of the vessel, according to NavyTechnology.com.
In an effort to build a relationship with the civilian population, Mahon said the crew of ships assigned to
Homeport Everett have been “adopted” by local cities. The Ralph Johnson was adopted by the city of Mill
Creek in Snohomish County, while her sister ship, the USS Sampson, has been embraced by the neighboring
city of 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 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
“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
Members of the crew have responded with smiles and
tears with the connection to civilians in neighboring
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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-
“This is life in the Navy, “she said with a broad smile. “You
train and train until your actions become second nature.
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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.”
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.”
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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, 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
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
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preserving the stories of past generations. Aznoff was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for
his in-depth coverage of the toxic waste crisis in California. He can be contacted directly at
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THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, GIVE THE GIFT OF ART!
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Drawing Jam is our annual community event, a high-energy
gathering of artists and art lovers that takes place at our Gage
Capitol Hill campus. Throughout the day, you can engage with
costumed models, drag artists and performers—fun for artists of
every age. Art supplies, access to art instructors, drawing demonstrations,
DJs, live bands and solo performers are included! There will be plenty of
food, including Off the Rez food truck, breakfast bites and coffee. With the
holidays right around the corner, you’ll love the creative selection of gift ideas
at our Holiday Bazaar and Small Works Sale. The event takes place Saturday,
December 7, 9am to 6pm at Gage Capitol Hill, located at 1501 10th Avenue
East in Seattle.
Work on yourself this holiday season or buy a staycation for a friend!
Anthony (Tony) Ryder is an able and energetic instructor with over 30
years of experience teaching drawing and oil painting from life. Ryder
studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and
in France from 1983 to 1989. He is the author of “The Artist’s Complete
Guide to Figure Drawing” (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a
synthesis of observation and painting theory, and his unique instructional
style combines careful personal attention to each student with abundant class
demonstrations. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and fellow artist Celeste,
but we are lucky to have him in Seattle for not one but two workshops coming
up in December! Buy a gift for yourself with one then get 20 percent off his
Ryder’s first workshop, Figure
Drawing in Pencil: From Block-
In to Expressing the Fullness of Forms, will be held Monday, December 2
through Friday, December 6, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day at Gage Capitol Hill.
In this workshop you develop your patience, craft, observation and
understanding of drawing principles. Ryder introduces you to a refined,
articulate method of developing drawings through four linear and tonal
stages: the envelope (a foundational shape encompassing the entire figure);
the block-in (the abstract shapes of the figure); the contour (a specific linear
description of the figure’s silhouette); and “drawing on the inside” (a tonal
description of the body’s form within the contour). The cost is $750 and
includes a love model. All levels are welcome.
The second workshop, Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp,
will be held Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13, 9:30am to
4:30pm each day at Gage Capitol Hill.
Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-topoint
vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism
of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals, and more.
Students work on one-day poses with the focus on block-in rather than the
finished drawing. Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp is your
unique chance to learn from a modern master. Cost is $750 and includes a
live model. All levels are welcome.
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YOU CAN DONATE TODAY AND GIVE THE GIFT OF
LEARNING. OPTIONS TO DONATE INCLUDE:
• Establish a recurring gift ($20 per month provides $240 worth
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• Designate a stock transfer or IRA distribution by asking your
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206.323.4243 extension 32 to arrange.
• Define a bequest or other planned giving options by contacting
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• Check with your employer to double the value of your gift through
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Where were you 30 years ago?
Were you searching for a place for your creativity to call home?
Gage Academy of Art co-founders Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea
did. They were dreaming up a school that would touch, challenge,
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Thirty years ago, Gage was a two-person staff operated out of our
founders’ home. Today, we are a team of 20 dedicated faculty and
administrative staff and over 100 amazingly talented artist instructors
who, every day, bring the joy of painting, drawing, sculpting and
printmaking to the communities in and around Seattle, be it our
Capitol Hill headquarters, our satellite state-of-the-art studios in
Georgetown, and at any of our three Teen Art Studios locations in
Capitol Hill, Bellevue and South Park. There would be no Gage today
without that initial dream and without donors like you who, over the
years, have infused love and support through your generosity!
Tell us how Gage has impacted you when you donate. We want
to hear your story about a class or workshop you or your child or
grandchildren attended or the community of friends you met at one
of our events.
The traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is pearls. Be our pearl this
fall. Give to Gage today to help us dream up the next 30 years!
For other great gift ideas, visit GageAcademy.org/lectures.
For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit
GageAcademy.org, Facebook.com/GageAcademy, instagram
@gageacademy, email email@example.com or call 206.323.4243.
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Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary
art school, based in personal mentorship and
skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a
curious newcomer or a professional artist, a working
creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to
anyone interested in learning. Gage gives both adults
and kids hands-on art experience working with
talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We
provide scholarships and financial aid to families and
youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-profit
dedicated to building a vibrant creative community.
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Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as
well as five-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS
Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with
challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.
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PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL:
BLOCK IN BOOT CAMP
with Tony Ryder
COLOR AND TEXTURE WITH
ACRYLICS: THE FRUITS OF WINTER
with Terry Furchgott
FIGURE DRAWING IN PENCIL: FROM
BLOCK-IN TO EXPRESSING THE
FULLNESS OF FORMS
with Tony Ryder
PAINTING THE CLOTHED
FIGURE IN PASTEL
with Terry Furchgott
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Eat & Drink
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CHAI APPLE CIDER POPSICLES
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn
MarinaGunn.com | @marinagunn
8 cups apple cider
1-inch peeled ginger
3 cinnamon sticks
14-16 whole cloves
12 cardamom pods or 1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. vanilla extract
• Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to boil then simmer for 20 to
• 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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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
30 Washington Brews,
IT’S TIME TO GET TASTING AT THE SOUTH SOUND
WINTER BEER FESTIVAL
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
The Washington Beer Commission presents its first taste of winter seasonal
brews at the South Sound Winter Beer Festival. With 30 Washington
breweries all at one location, attendees will have the chance to sample
seasonal favorites, from dark imperial stouts and roasty porters, to Scottish
ales, spiced ales, piney IPAs and many more creative seasonal brews!
The taps will be flowing Saturday, November 9, from noon to 5pm, at the Mattress
Firm Show Plex at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup!
7 Seas Brewery and Taproom, Black Raven Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Ghostfish
Brewing, No-Li Brewing and Rainy Daze Brewing are just a sampling of the more
than two dozen that will be on-site at this year’s South Sound Winter Beer Festival.
In addition, there will be concession stands offering food and treats for purchase.
General admission to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes a
4-ounce commemorative tasting glass and eight tasting tokens. Additional tokens
will be available for purchase, and Washington Beer Lover members will receive
two bonus tasting tokens when they present their member passport! Military
discounts will be available at the door for $20 with valid Military ID. (Discount is
for active and retired members.) For designated drivers, admission is just $5 (only
available at the door), and they will receive soda and water.
You can purchase your tickets in advance online at EventBrite.com. Please note,
this event is for those 21 and older.
Tacoma Evening of Hope
An Evening of Hope, presented by The Coffee Oasis, is a fundraiser
to create opportunities for homeless youth in Tacoma. This year’s
event, which will take place Saturday, November 16, from 6 to
8:30pm at Bellarmine Student Center, will include an introduction
to The Coffee Oasis team and Serra House Shelter, both live and
silent auctions as well as a dessert auction, dinner, Coffee Oasis
coffee, raise the paddle, youth stories and more! There will be
a VIP Party for Hope and Transformation Sponsors from 4:30 to
5:30pm. Tickets, which are $50 each, can be purchased online at
See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more
than a half-million sparkling lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in
this magical world of dazzling 3D animal light displays at the Point
Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. PDZA will be celebrating their baby
tapir, tamandua, beaver and wolf pups by creating them in lights!
Favorites like the giant octopus, vintage carousel and shimmering
Mt. Rainier also await you at Zoolights 2019. Zoolights runs nightly
from November 29 through January 5, 2020 (closed December 24), 5
to 9pm. Admission is priced $11 to $13. PDZA.org
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LEAD THE WAY HOME BREAKFAST
7:30 to 8:30am
McGavick Conference Center
3:30 to 6:00pm
IGNITE THE LIGHT: A FUNDRAISING
GALA FOR HEARTS ON FIRE
6:00 to 8:00pm
THE TACOMA CITY TURKEY TROT
8:30am to 12:00pm
Fleet Feet Sports
SOUTH SOUND SUMMIT
10:30am to 6:00pm
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
ELF THE MUSICAL
29 - DECEMBER 22
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER WITH
MC KURTIS BLOW
7:30 to 10:30pm
74TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE
4:30 to 7:30pm
9th Street & Broadway
Find out more on Facebook
MEEKER HOLIDAY BAZAAR
10:00am to 4:00pm
Meeker Middle School
TACOMA NIGHT MARKET
5:00 to 10:00pm
Museum of Glass
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RAINFORESTS OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
STORY & PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
In the late fall, visitors to the Olympic Peninsula dwindle and the rains
pick up again. With annual precipitation averaging over 100 inches
a year, this is one of the rainiest areas in the country. This is the best
time of the year to visit the lush Quinault and Hoh rain forests. By
the end of August, they can look brown and parched, but once the fall
rains return, the verdant foliage and ferns green up into a lovely display.
So, pack your rain gear suitable for cool, wet weather; just remember water
resistant is not the same as waterproof. Plan to spend a few days exploring
the Quinault Valley, the Hoh Rain Forest and the beaches of the Olympic
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
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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.
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 a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as well as
lodge rooms. There are no TVs, Wi-Fi or phones in the rooms or cabins, so it
truly is a getaway. The Kalaloch Lodge is located a 30-minute drive from the
Lake Quinault Lodge and a 45-minute drive from the Hoh Rain Forest, making
it a good central location to explore the area. The views of the Pacific Ocean and
the sounds of waves crashing on the shore make this the perfect destination for
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 short-order 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 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
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
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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 world-famous
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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