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November 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

ISSUE NO. 11

NOVEMBER 2019

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

NAVY SHIP NAMED AFTER MARINE

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

Q&A WITH SCOTT SABO

CEO AND FOUNDER OF LABORWORKS

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PUBLISHER’S Picks

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GIVING THANKKS

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

season.

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THE PERFECT

THANKSGIVING GETAWAY

Q & A WITH SCOTT SABO,

CEO AND FOUNDER OF

LABORWORKS

MODERNIZING

HISTORIC

USS RALPH

JOHNSON

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Let’s go exploring

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INSIDE

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About the cover

OUR NOVEMBER COVER OF 253

LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE FEATURES

SCOTT SABO, the CEO and founder

of LaborWorks. With a passion for

the work he does not only through

LaborWorks but through his

involvement with the Permission To

Start Dreaming Foundation,Scott is

making a difference in the lives of

many right here in Tacoma.

Photo by Samantha Elise Tillman

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HOME

Modernizing Historic: Tips for balancing

the old with new

TRENDING

Supporting Local: Local businesses are

supporting local economies

TACOMA

The Rosie Network: Promoting military

entrepreneurship

Q&A

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Q & A with Scott Sabo, LaborWorks

HEALTH

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

FEATURED

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after marine medal of honor recipient

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Home

modernizing historic

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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Much has been made about how

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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

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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

far away.

mainly in profitability; rather they can choose to reinvest their

earnings into all sorts of areas of benefit to the community.

New Jobs

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.

Community Investment

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.

Environmental Impact

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

holiday season.

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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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

meetings.

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

in-person meetings.

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

second annual

event was to

THE ROSIE NETWORK

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Beard as the SEEKS TO EMPOWER

keynote speaker.

She joked that MILITARY SPOUSES,

she “all but

stalked her.” TRANSITIONING

When the time

came to finalize SERVICE MEMBERS

the speakers this

time around, she AND THEIR FAMILIES

said, “Amanda

agreed without TO BUILD THEIR OWN

hesitation.”

The day also BUSINESSES AND TAKE

included a panel

of speakers to BACK CONTROL OF

share how the

attendees can THEIR CAREERS.

get involved

in either local

organizations or

can create their

own with the support of this community and The Rosie

Network.

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 country.

The program helps service members during different stages of

their career, from members transitioning from active duty to

civilian life to retirement.

To find out more, or make a donation, visit them online at

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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

WAS FINANCIALLY,

BUT THE LAST FOUR

YEARS I HAVE LED

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FUNDRAISER CALLED

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AND AWARENESS TO

LESLIE’S MISSION.”

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

work?

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

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I

f you are considering plastic surgery, there are several

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How do I select a surgeon?

Your surgeon needs to be a cosmetic or plastic surgeon who is

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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

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Recovery and downtime?

You will want to ensure that you can set aside enough time

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Will my insurance cover my surgery?

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Feature

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.

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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.”

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 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

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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.

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 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

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“We really enjoy coming home to Mill Creek,” said

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“Being from the East Coast, I had no idea what to expect

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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.

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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

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.”

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Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer who lives in Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to

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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Gage Holiday Gift Guide!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, GIVE THE GIFT OF ART!

By Gage Academy of Art

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

second workshop!

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.

You can view Ryder’s work online at

TonyRyder.com.

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Arts &

Entertainment

YOU CAN DONATE TODAY AND GIVE THE GIFT OF

LEARNING. OPTIONS TO DONATE INCLUDE:

• Establish a recurring gift ($20 per month provides $240 worth

of support for the arts!) by contacting the Development Office at

206.323.4243 extension 16.

• Designate a stock transfer or IRA distribution by asking your

financial institution to contact Major Gifts Officer Gina Cavallo at

206.323.4243 extension 32 to arrange.

• Define a bequest or other planned giving options by contacting

Gina Cavallo at 206.323.4243 extension 32 to discuss.

• Check with your employer to double the value of your gift through

a corporate gift match.

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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,

transform and empower students.

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 info@gageacademy.org 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.

Sign up for one of Tony Ryder's

Fall Workshops and get the

2nd one 20% off

artwork by instructor Tony Ryder

REGISTER

Atelier Programs

Adult Classes

Studio Art Intensive

Register Now at:

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ADULT PROGRAMS

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.

Apply now at: gageacademy.org/adult-programs/

Apply now at: gageacademy.org/teens

EVENTS

Art Lecture

Series

Oct. 23rd, 2019

Drawing Jam

Dec. 7th, 2019

GALA

May 2nd, 2020

WORKSHOPS Enroll Now

Drink & Draw

Every 2nd Thursday

Greenroom Series

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PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL:

BLOCK IN BOOT CAMP

with Tony Ryder

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COLOR AND TEXTURE WITH

ACRYLICS: THE FRUITS OF WINTER

with Terry Furchgott

@gageacademy

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

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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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

November

09

30 Washington Brews,

One Festival

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.

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

November

16

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

TheCoffeeOasis.com/eveningofhope.

Nov-Jan

29-05

Zoolights

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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November

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NOVEMBER

LEAD THE WAY HOME BREAKFAST

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7:30 to 8:30am

McGavick Conference Center

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NOVEMBER

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

24

3:30 to 6:00pm

Tacoma Dome

TacomaDome.org

09

NOVEMBER

IGNITE THE LIGHT: A FUNDRAISING

GALA FOR HEARTS ON FIRE

09

6:00 to 8:00pm

Union Club

GirlsHeartsOnFire.org

28

NOVEMBER

THE TACOMA CITY TURKEY TROT

28

8:30am to 12:00pm

Fleet Feet Sports

TacomaCityTurkeyTrot.com

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MISS!

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SOUTH SOUND SUMMIT

13

10:30am to 6:00pm

Greater Tacoma Convention Center

SouthSoundSummit.com

NOV-DEC

29-

22

NOVEMBER

ELF THE MUSICAL

29 - DECEMBER 22

Showtimes Vary

Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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15

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER WITH

MC KURTIS BLOW

NOVEMBER 15

7:30 to 10:30pm

Pantages Theater

TacomaArtsLive.org

30

74TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE

LIGHTING

NOVEMBER 30

4:30 to 7:30pm

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Find out more on Facebook

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MISS!

16 NOVEMBER

MEEKER HOLIDAY BAZAAR

16

10:00am to 4:00pm

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30

NOVEMBER

TACOMA NIGHT MARKET

30

5:00 to 10:00pm

Museum of Glass

TacomaNightMarket.com

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The Perfect

Thanksgiving

Getaway

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

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

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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

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 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

once complete.

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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