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MAY 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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MAY 2020

Volume 7 Number 5

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Camper's Paradise in the Pacific Northwest

Top spots to pitch a tent

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Outdoor Basics: Beginner’s Guide to the Essentials

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

A TIME OF RENEWAL

I

t’s May, and this is usually

the time when everything

is starting to come back to

life, especially in our small

community. But this May we are all faced

with something much different; a reality

that is riddled with uncertainty. Most of

us either own or work for a small business,

and we have all witnessed firsthand how

challenging things have become. We are

only as good as our community and the

support we receive from each other. It is

the fabric of the community that binds us

together and keeps us all living in harmony

with one another. There are no substitutes.

It is "us" that makes Gig Harbor such an

amazing place to live. Which leads me to

the multi-billion-dollar corporations that

have flooded our airwaves and social media

channels with their mantra of "We are all in

this together,” which makes me think, "Are

we?" Are we really "in this together”?

Let us not be fooled and remember the

people who live, breathe and work here are

the ones who are "in this together." We are

the ones who have each other's backs, and

we are the ones who will figure out how

we create our new normal. And one thing

I am certain of is that we will figure it out

and make it happen! And while we are

all waiting for the "go" from our leaders,

embrace the time we get to have with loved

ones. These are precious moments, and we

should all make the most of them!

May will be a time of renewal once again,

and this year the renewal will be one of the

best.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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GET FEATURED

Join us on Instagram @GigHarborLiving

for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life.

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Support Local: How to help restaurants

and small businesses during these

uncertain times

GOOD NEWS

Auxiliary Helping the Frontlines: Volunteers

kick into high gear during COVID-19

16 BUSINESS IN THE 34 FEATURE STORY

SPOTLIGHT

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Pivot Local: The future is digital. The future

is now.

IN FOCUS

A Year of Innovation: Gig Harbor Senior

Center celebrates one year with GGHF

LIVING LOCAL

Pull for a Soldier: Permission to Start

Dreaming Foundation continues its mission

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

‘Home Away from Home,' Fisher

House: Social distancing did not

reduce the obligation to those who

sacrificed

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Road Trip: British Columbia’s Okanagan

and the International Selkirk Loop

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

GIG HARBOR

STRONG

Gig Harbor Strong: A community

coming together

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A Reflection of Self

CREATING YOUR HOME SANCTUARY

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly

is our sanctuary from the outside world. As I write this, I am cozied up

on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version

of “normal,” the center of which is our home. So, what can we do to

make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who we are?

Whenever I feel my home is in need of a bit of sprucing up, I try to

look at it with clear eyes. What would a stranger feel when they walk

into our space? Would they see clutter, old magazines, newspapers or

schoolwork? Would they smell the salmon that we cooked for dinner last

night? Would our home be welcoming or off-putting? Think of the sense

of calm you experience when you walk into a spa or luxurious hotel. At

this time in the world, we could all use a little more ‘calm’ in our lives

and our environments.

One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess

the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a welcoming, inviting

home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to

spare minimalism; it just means that everyday detritus is not on view for

all to see. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your home that you

do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So, if you believe

your china bunny collection to be beautiful, then by all means, keep it!

Stylists display collections all together so that it reads as a whole and not

as a lot of competing items.

Another key element is our sense of smell. I love walking into a spa and

breathing in that healing scent of essential oils and expensive candles.

Diffusers, candles, incense, all of these have the potential to help create

a lovely environment, but they can also overwhelm. I love pairing

fragrances together, but I always try to use good-quality candles and

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One of the most important elements

is self-expression.

stick with natural-smelling options like lemon, mint,

grapefruit or evergreen. Overly perfumed scents can

be difficult as they do not necessarily read as relaxing.

When choosing scented products for your home, ask

yourself if it’s something you might experience in a

high-end spa. If not, put it back!

In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the most

important elements is self-expression; having art on

the wall that you love, colors that speak to you, and

furnishings that are specific to your needs and wants.

All of these are important, but we can take it one step

further. If you love to cook, make sure that your kitchen

is stocked with beautiful dishes, good-quality pots and

pans, and most of all, is clear from clutter! If you love to

read, make sure you have adequate shelves and storage

space for your collection of books. If you love to paint,

set up a space in your home that allows you to indulge

in your passion. If you meditate regularly, set up a space

of calm specifically for this practice.

The most important thing to remember in creating our

own sanctuary is that our home is our own. Arrange

things how you like them. Don’t model your home after

the latest Better Homes and Gardens issue. Also, bear

in mind that sprucing up can be done on any budget.

It might take some persistence, but wonderful quality

things can be found at thrift stores, garage sales and

even church rummage sales. Build your home slowly; it

does not have to be done overnight.

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Heart Vs. Head

MAKING WISE DECISIONS IN YOUR DIVORCE

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

When facing a difficult decision, are you overcome

by your emotions or do you tend to be strictly fact

based? In my work as a mediator or lawyer for

clients facing separation and divorce, I see clients

who acknowledge their responses to settlement options may be

influenced by too much emotion. Likewise, I see clients who too

often use the phrase, “Let’s just treat this like a business” because

to delve into the emotional components of their situation would

be too painful.

When I become aware that a client seems either overly influenced

by their emotions or leaning too hard on the facts to the point of

self-sabotage, I suggest they consider the following perspective.

Imagine a spectrum for handling challenging decision-making,

with emotions on one end and facts on the other end. Wisdom

resides in the middle. In other words, wise decisions are made from

analyzing facts while paying attention to the emotional reactions

potentially triggered by those facts, and not relying on either factor

exclusively.

When mediation clients arrive for a scheduled meeting, I need to be

aware of their particular approach that day to be able to make sure

they are aware of how their mood may affect their decisions. Can

they sift through their emotional reactions to allow the weighing

of the facts? Just as important, can they break open their tough

fact-based shell to allow themselves to experience the emotional

impacts these decisions may be having on them? If the answer is

yes to either, chances are the issue they are contemplating will be

resolved in the best way to meet their long-term needs, because

they’ll be better able to sift through all the noise to make the wise

choice.

Two examples come to mind from my practice. The first one

involves decisions about the family home. The second one pertains

to decisions about children. With respect to the home, it is very

common for clients to come to their separation and divorce

emotionally attached to their home and unwilling to compromise

on relinquishing it at the expense of their financial security.

Obviously, holding on to a home provides a different kind of

security for them during a chaotic time in their lives. However,

this purely emotional perspective can lead to serious detrimental

financial issues in the long term.

A more fact-based approach to the issue of retaining a family home

might be presented as one or both parties believing there is no

alternative other than to immediately place the home up for sale,

without consideration of timing, effects on children, or associated

costs (whether financial or emotional) that otherwise might be

reduced if time and thought are applied to this decision.

A wise decision for the house would weigh both the practical,

financial and logistical issues along with the intangible, emotional

and other feelings-based issues so that an ultimate decision can be

made that make sense financially in both the short term and the

long term, as well as provides the comfort that a familiar home

base can provide during times of family transition.

The second example of emotional versus fact-based thinking is

when a residential schedule for the children is being decided. I

know parents want to see their children as much as possible, and

that sometimes leads to clients suggesting multiple exchanges

during a school week and/or long commutes just so a parent can

spend a few hours with their children. However, parents who

apply the wisdom approach can acknowledge everyone’s feelings,

including their children’s, while exploring the practicalities of

negatively impacting their children’s routines that keep them

healthy and successful in school, while maximizing interaction

during everyone’s time off from other responsibilities, and agreeing

to be flexible rather than adopting rigid schedules.

The bottom line is that professionals are here to help you sort

through these conflicting perspectives and find a path to wisdom.

Or as a recent phrase from my “thought a day” calendar suggests:

“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you!”

Felicia Soleil is a family law attorney and mediator located in Gig

Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that foster both

a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning

for them and their families so they can focus on moving on, rather

than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All

consultations are strictly confidential.

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Changing the Face

of Family Law

For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped

families in Gig Harbor and Pierce County transition

through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and

alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering

divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on helping

people move on, not simply move out.

Divorce

Mediation &

Collaborative

Law

Legal support,

education &

case management,

from simple

to complex:

• Legal

separation

and divorce

• Parenting plans

• Child support


Prenuptial

Prenuptial

agreements

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TELEMEDICINE COMES TO

THE HOME

Virtual veterinary care for your pets!

By Dr. Dawn Mehra

times they are a-changin’.”

The movement toward

telemedicine and virtual

“The

care is being thrust upon

us urgently due to the current COVID-19

pandemic. As pets continue to require various

types of care, pet parents are now faced with

this question: How essential is it to bring

my dog or cat to the office? Many times, the

answer is easy, especially in the event of an

emergency or advanced illness. But what

if it's not an emergency or you want to get

some medical advice now? Or a skin check?

A lameness? A behavior consultation? That's

when telemedicine comes to the home!

Virtual visits (VV) are no longer a thing of the

past in veterinary medicine; they happen all

over the world, with many hospitals and clinics

now incorporating this service into their daily

workflow. With just a few touches, veterinary

care can be a FaceTime or Zoom video away!

The benefits are plenty. The most timely is

that a VV minimizes COVID-19 exposure to

staff and clients and creates the ultimate social

distance. This also creates less stress and a

fear-free environment for pets and people, as

Fluffy gets to remain in his own comfortable

environment. Telemedicine use is not limited

to sick pet care. This platform can also

incorporate wellness advice, diet consultations,

behavior evaluations and much more!

Here's how it works: Call your local veterinary

clinic and request a “VV” appointment. Your

doctor will then perform a virtual physical

examination, discuss problems, diagnose, and

create a treatment plan. Keep in mind that

the technology is flexible—text, photo and

voice can provide similar value, depending on

the issue. These chats will help to determine

if your pet needs hands-on care or more

diagnostics. If applicable, your veterinarian

will triage Fluffy and determine the best time

to be admitted.

With today’s technology, pet parents are more

connected to the world around them than ever

before, and now your veterinarian is merely a

video away. Animal hospitals and care clinics

are working hard to keep your pet children

safe and offer relief with virtual visits during

this most unpredictable time of COVID-19

containment.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Angela

May

Peninsula School District

Just a generation ago books were

checked out with a rubber stamp,

you looked up information via card

catalog, and if your school was on

the forefront of technology you started

learning computer commands in MS-DOS.

In those times screen time was shunned

in education; today it is a necessity to

prepare kids of all ages for life outside of

school. Angela May is a key educator in the

Peninsula School District when it comes

to implementing emerging technology not

just for students but for teachers as well.

“I help train staff on how to

use our productivity tools,

our Learning Management

System called Schoology,

how to use their teaching

stations and equipment,

how to incorporate Digital

Citizenship in their

instruction, and much

more,” said Angela.

To put it simply, Angela’s

role is to help teachers

and staff better integrate

technology in ways that best

reach and meet the needs of

both students and staff. She does this at 15

schools throughout the district, everywhere

from elementary to high school. As a digital

learning coach, she makes sure teachers

understand the tools they are given and help

students utilize programs and technology

to further their understanding of subjects

and methods.

“I’m constantly challenged, whether I have

SHE MAKES

SURE TEACHERS

UNDERSTAND THE

TOOLS THEY ARE

GIVEN AND HELP

STUDENTS UTILIZE

PROGRAMS AND

TECHNOLOGY.

to learn that new great tool, or I grow in my

understanding of how to protect students’

data and identity online, or I build a new

relationship with a staff member that helps

them trust me, and in return, they take

chances, grow and learn. It’s all been an

amazing journey,” said Angela.

With the 2020 school year ending at home

for all students, Angela’s knowledge is

proving invaluable for teachers at all levels

who are coping with a virtual classroom.

“Due to the current health crisis, I’m

finding myself involved

with helping many of

my peers, particularly in

elementary schools, get

up to speed with these

tools and platforms for

the very first time.”

While she works with so

many different kids and

adults throughout the

district, Angela’s impact is

one similar to traditional

classroom teachers. She

says it still melts her heart

when she receives a letter

five, 10, or even 15 years

after a student graduates on how impactful

she was to them. Despite focusing on a

digital world, Angela also wants everyone

around her to focus on the people and

relationships that are right in front of you.

“Volunteer and offer your services to your

community for free. Your life will grow and

change in a million ways once you do,” she

said.

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to our local teachers!

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HOW TO HELP RESTAURANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES

By Abigail Thorpe

The last two months have proven that things can change

in an instant, and a helping hand can go a long way. The

COVID-19 pandemic has left many local businesses and

restaurants closed or with limited hours for an unforeseen

amount of time. Here are some ways you can help support them

through the tough times.

Carry Out - Many restaurants are still offering carry-out and curbside

pickup. It’s often how they’re keeping the lights on and doors open.

Choose a different restaurant to support each week (or night if you’re

not the cooking type).

Online Orders - Many places you can still order items online and have

them shipped. So if your local store has an online shop, opt for buying

from them rather than the big box store.

Gift Cards - Gift cards are a great way to support local restaurants and

businesses, plus they’re a fun little uplifting gift for the people in your

life and a reminder that yes, these days too will pass.

Drop a Line - Not all of us have spare cash to spend during this time,

but you can show your support to small businesses in other ways.

Write a good review on Google or one of their social media sites.

They’re going to need all of the business they can get when this is over.

Be Safe - If you’re doing carry out, be cognizant of the people still

working and those coming after you. Do your part to keep things

sanitary and keep your distance—no one finds it rude to not shake

hands during these times.

Don’t Forget to Tip - Most restaurant employees rely on tips to make

up most of their income. With in-store dining closed, there’s not much

coming in. Even if you’re just doing carry-out, be extra generous and

throw in a tip—it’ll make that person’s day.

One day soon, it will be business as usual. Until then, please show your

support in whatever way you can.

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AUXILIARY HELPING THE Frontlines

VOLUNTEERS KICK INTO HIGH GEAR DURING COVID-19

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AFTER THE CALL,

AUXILIARY MEMBERS

IMMEDIATELY

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For decades, the St. Anthony’s Hospital

Auxiliary (SAHA) has provided financial

support for hospital programming through

volunteer hours and a variety of fundraisers.

Like so many other nonprofits across the country, the

COVID-19 crisis wiped out many of those scheduled

fundraisers and the ability for volunteers to meet and

interact as they did before. While raising funds might

have temporarily slowed, the group’s commitment to

service would not be, and it has embarked on a project

that is perhaps one of its most widely felt over the

course of its 70-plus-year history.

“At the beginning of this pandemic, I was called by

Mary Ragsdale, COO of St. Anthony, to see if we

would be willing to take on a project of making masks

for St. Anthony,” explained SAHA President Tina

Dacus. “'Of course,' I said yes on behalf of our group,

and from that point on we have been running.”

After the call, Auxiliary members immediately

stepped up and started sewing the protective masks.

Tina, alongside member Jone Howard, have spent

weeks purchasing fabrics and delivering sewing kits to

those who want to help out anyway they can. Masks

are all made from scratch and include the fabric

covering, elastic for the ears, a twisty tie for the nose,

and thread. The design is not the easiest, but that isn’t

slowing down production. “We have to have three

layers of fabric, a little piece of twisty tie sewn in at the

top of the nose so that it could be pinched down on

the nose for a better fit,” said Tina.

Word quickly got out and auxiliary volunteers were

soon recruiting community members who are also

graciously donating their time in making masks.

By mid-April, 40,000 had gone out not just to St.

Anthony’s but across the entire Franciscan Network

of hospitals.

“It has been a monumental task with many wonderful

volunteers who have been sewing their hearts out. We

have recruited sewers, met in the hospital parking lot

twice a week for mask 'drop off,' and answered many,

many phone calls, emails, from not only our area

but from all over the U.S., from people wanting our

pattern,” said Tina.

This selfless act by so many has led to an amazing

impact on a local and national scale. Frontline doctors,

nurses and hospital staff are safer because of the masks

being produced by these sewers.

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currently, there are other ongoing responsibilities it cannot ignore—

including Anthony’s Closet. When patients are discharged, the hospital

wants every patient leaving to be able to leave in dignity and with clean

new clothing on. “One would be surprised how many times a patient

leaves a hospital without the clothing they came in with,” said Tina.

In January alone, 36 patients required 80 articles of clothing from

Anthony's Closet, and the SAHA pays for these clothes out of its budget.

The clothing is brand new sweatpants, T-shirts and underwear. “We have

also just added new shoes to our inventory because the hospital requested

that of us,” said Tina.

With fundraisers canceled, donations to the SAHA are now more

important than ever. Monetary donations help volunteers to not only

keep Anthony’s Closest stocked but to continue to purchase materials

for much-needed facial protection for frontline medical workers, who

put themselves most at risk while treating patients and saving lives.

Membership packets can be found at StAnthonysFoundation.org under

the Auxiliary tab. Here you can also get in contact with board members

to see what additional volunteer opportunities are available.

There are many ways to give. Financially you can make a one-time

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planned giving. There are also multiple opportunities to volunteer your

time in service to your community. Reach out to SAHA and they can help

find an opportunity that best fits your abilities and availability.

What shouldn’t surprise most in this tight-knit community is that when

the call went out for help, people stepped up to answer the call. Neighbors

helping neighbors—and even those they might never meet or see—is the

sign of a truly special community. For Tina, it’s a situation she could have

never imagined, but the response is something she will take with her long

after the virus has passed.

“It has been truly awe-inspiring for me to see. I am a hugger and have

wanted to hug these wonderful women as these masks have been dropped

off but, of course, we cannot hug during these times of social distancing.”

Life will eventually return to normal. Board meetings and fundraisers will

resume, and the Auxiliary will continue its mission to provide financial

support through fundraising and service to St. Anthony’s Hospital. Tina

and all of the SAHA members wish to extend their deepest gratitude to

everyone who has volunteered their time and says more than just a pat

on the back is waiting for them, once they are able to embrace again. “We

can't even throw a party to thank these wonderful people. But, we will.

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There are a lot of different kinds of

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There are romances that blossom

into lifelong marriages. There

are the relationships that we have with our

children; first we care for them and then

they care for us. There’s the ebb and flow of

acquaintances; we wave to our local grocer

and chat with our neighbors. There are the

trust-filled relationships that naturally develop

out of vulnerability: our therapists, dentists

and doctors. We have enemies. And we have

friends.

It would be impossible to say which relationship

is more vital. Depending on where we are, or

where we’re going, each relationship proves

itself essential somehow. Well, maybe our

enemies aren’t especially important. However,

our friendships certainly are! Our friendships

mark their importance by their sense of equal

footing, of fair play. It is in our friendships

that we get together solely to laugh, play and

remember. The Gig Harbor Senior Center is

just such a place, “where seniors can meet with

their peers,” says the Director of the Senior

Center Joyce Schultz. This is why the center is

so vital. It’s simply a place to hang, to make new

friends and to meet on common ground. From

that common ground it’s often that seniors start

their own breakfast or coffee groups outside

the center. The Gig Harbor Senior Center is

truly a place that seniors can call their own.

This May marks the one-year anniversary

of the adoption of the Senior Center by

the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Since

the foundation included the Senior Center

under its umbrella, the center has benefited

by its recognition as a viable community

organization. Under the umbrella of the

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the center

has begun fundraising, bought insurance and

signed a lease for a new location. Under the

GGHF it benefits from 501(c)3 status, which

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A YEAR OF INNOVATION

GIG HARBOR SENIOR CENTER CELEBRATES ONE

YEAR WITH GGHF

By Rachel Kelly

Photos Courtesy of Gig Harbor Senior Center

means it has access to fiscal funds and a board

of directors. With the additional resources they

were able to hire coordinator Heidi Henson,

re-build activities, grow their membership and

facilitate community interaction. That’s a lot in

one year!

Last year the Senior Center was held in the Boys

and Girls Club. When that location became

unavailable to them, the center met with GGHF

in the hopes that the center could be saved.

Since signing with the foundation, the center

has had the privilege of meeting in the Peninsula

Lutheran Church four days a week. It is en route

to finding a permanent location. Because of the

vital partnership with the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation, there is a framework in place for

forward movement. Where before the center

was restricted by a lack of resources, now they

are free to dream.

At least, they were dreaming. And they will

dream again. The recent pandemic, however,

has forced the Senior Center to think outside

the box. Seniors have suddenly become reliant

on technology to combat loneliness, order

groceries, receive medical advice, stay up to date

on current news and access general community

resources. There are plenty of apps available built

for communication and increased resources,

like FaceTime, WhatsApp and Zoom. But

seniors are not familiar with these. The Senior

Center has put together social media tutorials as

well as personally called each of their members

to connect them with greater resources.

The Senior Center website is being used as a

platform for activity, with videos on music,

read-along groups, educational speakers, and

exercise. As for more practical needs, the

Senior Center has teamed up with Catholic

Community Services to provide free lunches to

seniors twice a week. The Senior Center is also

facilitating a Silver Support Shoppers program.

This program connects volunteer personal

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shoppers with seniors unable to make it to the grocery store, due to the

current (as of press time) stay-home stay-safe mandates.

It is inspiring how the Gig Harbor community has come along the Senior

Center with everything from volunteers to providing food and resources

for seniors. The community has enabled the center to reach beyond its

members to impact all the seniors in the community. The Senior Center

is not an isolated program. This out-of-the-box thinking, and willingness

to partner with the community, shows just how attentive the center is to

the needs of Gig Harbor as a whole. It’s that spirit of innovation that will

continue to impact the greater community in the future.

The Senior Center defines success by its capacity for leadership, service,

engagement, innovation, remembrance and a greater quality of life.

Leadership is an expected trait in the Senior Center, and members are

encouraged to engage with their membership to bring about the center

that they want to see. Service is seen through the quality of the programs

offered to seniors through the center, from conversational French to Thai

Chi classes. Engagement is seen in the willingness of members to involve

themselves in civic service; seniors are recognized as an active and vital

part of a thriving community. The center's capacity for innovation has

already been outlined but is further seen in the variety of activities that

cater to a variety of interests. The Senior Center honors the vitality and

accomplishments of its members by listening. Each of these standards

brings about a greater quality of life for every member, which is the greatest

sign of success.

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asset for seniors using the guidelines for success listed above. Membership

provides for a sense of ownership, prompting a greater level of engagement

in the vitality of its community. Every member owns and contributes a piece

of the overall quality of every program. However, most seniors are on a fixed

income; the cost of membership is a very low yearly charge, and no senior is

turned away from lack of monetary resources. For that reason, membership

does not even begin to cover overhead. As such, the center is incumbent

on its community for success. With our support, the Senior Center will

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May is the time many Gig Harbor locals mark their calendars

and prepare for a day trap shooting at the Pull for a

Soldier event. This year, due to COVID-19, the event is

rescheduled for October 30, giving us all a little extra time

to sharpen our aim. This year marks the fourth year of the event, started

by the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation with community leader

and former board member Scott Sabo, owner of LaborWorks.

Sabo wanted to contribute to helping provide better outcomes and

alternative measures for vets returning from service. It was a cause that

particularly struck a chord with him, as his father was a Vietnam War vet.

He enjoyed trap shooting and thought it would make a good fundraising

and community event for the foundation, and so Pull for a Soldier was

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but also to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” says Mayne.

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of wanted to just shake up the consciousness of our community to

understand that we had far too many men and women that were serving

our country and we were not receiving them as we should,” recalls

Mayne. “When they were coming home, we were not managing their

mental health and wellness.”

Post 9/11 saw an extraordinary level of suicide and reckless behavior

from veterans returning home, and there were few programs to address

the underlying issues. Mayne felt there had to be an alternative way to

address the crisis, and she started Permission to Start Dreaming.

The organization soon realized that first responders suffered a similar

type of trauma, and expanded to include law enforcement, firefighters

and other first responders in their programs, with a mission to help

them realize they still had hope. “They can still live a life of passion and

purpose. It doesn’t have to be your life sentence,” says Mayne. “There can

be great growth from traumatic events if you find the right resources.”

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and 5k runs to help support veterans and first responders; and the annual

Prayer Breakfast featuring individual speakers. This year’s will be on

September 11 and open to the entire community. It will be an incredibly

moving morning, says Mayne. “Every soldier has a story. The more they

tell their stories, the more our community comes to understand what it

means to put on that uniform and go serve.”

Money raised from the events goes to help support Permission to Start

Dreaming and its many services. The organization offers monthly

huddles in Gig Harbor and Tacoma and plans to start one in Bremerton

as well. Huddles are opportunities for veterans and first responders to

find community and healing. “You come as you are, there’s no judgment,”

says Mayne.

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In addition to Mayne, Community Outreach Director

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the foundation. “They make this foundation and the

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local veterans, law enforcement and business men and

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Permission to Start Dreaming’s mission goes beyond

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TREND REPORT

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Trends are always changing, gaining popularity

and even going out of style. That is the beauty of

the fashion world—it is always moving forward

(sometimes at lightning speed). You’ve seen bell

bottoms and flare jeans return from the ‘60s and crop tops

paired with hair scrunchies return from the ‘90s. While

some of you may not be so fond of these recycled fashion

trends, here is a new one you should know about—and how

to style it.

Monochromatic (adj.) containing or using only one color.

Contrary to popular belief, monochromatic does not

mean black and white. Monochromatic outfits are styled

wearing one specific color, or even different shades of the

same color. So yes, the monochromatic trend can be black

or white, but not black and white. A good rule of thumb

for a monochromatic outfit is to have three-plus pieces of

the same color. I’m talking about a top, bottoms and shoes.

Black is an easy place to start on putting one together. You

likely have multiple black pieces in your wardrobe already.

Look for a top and a pair of bottoms that are both black. As

I mentioned before, they can be different shades of black,

so do not think because they aren’t perfectly matching that

it will not work. The third piece could be a jacket/blazer,

cardigan or sweater. You could also make the third piece an

accessory like a scarf, belt, hat or headband. Black shoes are

required to complete this outfit. Put them all on together,

and you now have yourself a monochromatic outfit. Also,

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Other trending

colors this spring

and summer include

pistachio green, scarlet

red, orange peel and

faded blue.

do not get the idea that a monochromatic outfit

has to be bottoms and a top. It could very well be

a dress paired with accessories or layering pieces

of the same color.

White is another easy place to start on putting

together a monochromatic outfit. If you feel

confident enough, try out a bold color. Personally,

I organize my closet by color. Organizing in this

way makes it easy for me to see what color I have

most of. I have a lot of pink in my wardrobe

since it is my favorite color. I was easily able to

put together a pink monochromatic look that is

fun and bright for summer. Other trending colors

this spring and summer include pistachio green,

scarlet red, orange peel and faded blue.

If you are wanting to go shopping for the

monochromatic trend, many stores sell pieces

that were made to go together. Two-piece sets

make easy monochromatic outfits, since you

already have two of the three items you’ll need.

Keep in mind that your shoes are important too in

this monochromatic trend. If you have a specific

pair of shoes you want to color coordinate with,

then bring them along shopping.

Need help putting together your monochromatic

outfit? Pinterest and Like to Know It are two good

sites to look at for inspiration! You can also find

me on Instagram @oliviamichelle.h, and I’d be

happy to help.

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ACIDS IN SKIN CARE

Sound scary? The truth about acids and the health benefits to your skin

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

Many people wrinkle their nose or cringe when I mention

acid treatments for treating certain skin conditions. They

imagine skin melting or psychedelic narcotics. The acids I’m

recommending are medical-grade products containing acid

solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various benefits. I am a big fan

of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens containing acids. They

keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the age of 40) keep those pesky

wrinkles to a minimum.

Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what the

benefits are to your skin.

Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is a waterbinding

carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and retains water,

keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is the main culprit for the

reduction of the body's natural production of HA, leaving the skin to appear

wrinkled and dehydrated. You can increase the HA in your skin by ingesting

it in supplement form, applying topically to the face, neck and decollete, or

via injection by your aesthetic provider. The results are hydrated, plump, firm

and glowing skin!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived from fruits,

which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of the epidermis, which is

mostly composed of dead skin cells. This process allows the skin to breath

and generate new, healthy skin cells. Skin conditions treated with alpha

hydroxy acids include age spots, melasma, texture, fine lines and enlarged

pore size. Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid.

The result: smoother, brighter and more even skin tone.

Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate deeper into

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the skin, dissolving dead skin cells and excess

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acne-prone skin. The most common BHA is

salicylic acid, a great ingredient for combating

acne. The result: a clearer, brighter and smoother

complexion.

Quite often, acids are used in combined

treatments to remedy multiple skin concerns.

For instance, maybe you have combination

skin and are experiencing hormonal breakouts

along the jawline, but the skin on your cheeks

and under-eye area are dry and sun damaged.

A combination of AHAs and BHAs could be

used during a chemical peel treatment with a

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post treatment and at-home regimen containing

hyaluronic acid for moisture retention.

There are many options for the use of acids in

your skin-care routine. Talk to your skin-care

provider about which combination or treatment

is right for you. Keep in mind, many acid

treatments make you sensitive to sun exposure,

so additional SPF and protection is a must.

Peels are not recommended while pregnant,

nursing or when using any oral or topical acne

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or dermatologist if you have questions.

Don’t be afraid to try new products, even if they

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

WHOLENESS IN THERAPY

PART III

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

In the previous installments, I have provided a brief history about

the occupational therapy profession, the philosophy of treating

the whole person by using meaningful activities that improve

function, and performance of self-care tasks from infancy to final

stages of life. This a wholistic approach, the opposite is reductionistic,

and unfortunately, the latter is the most typical practice model.

Reductionism does not promote lasting results because our bodies are

a part of a complex system that is interdependent. Additionally, we are

also interconnected with our environment and other people in our lives.

Ideally, what occupational therapy (OT) is designed to do is to address

all aspects of a person who has experienced an event that has fractured

the wholeness of interconnectedness within their body, environment,

and has affected the dynamics of relationships in their support system.

When a person does not feel well because of a headache after an accident,

they tend to isolate, they can be irritable, and may not be able to work

or go to school. When one considers all the ramifications of whiplash,

concussion or a childhood sensory integration dysfunction, it becomes

clear that the patient is not the only one suffering.

Occupational therapy views wellness as a choice one makes toward

living a healthy and productive life, free of dependency in self-care

due to illness or as a result of injuries. Wellness is proactivity in action,

directed by goals established by each person (client-centered therapy).

It is dynamic and evolves throughout the stages of recovery and growth

(in the case of children with disabilities). No other individual physical or

mental rehabilitation discipline addresses all aspects of human potential

involving the physical, mental and psycho-social well-being of a patient

in a self-directed plan of care for achieving a person’s full potential by

overcoming limited capacity for rehabilitation due to a pre-existing

condition.

Patients who have a limited capacity for wholeness are often people

with one or many pre-existing conditions (comorbidities) that inhibit

the success of therapy when only addressing one specific condition.

For example, when a person who has Parkinson’s is referred to physical

rehabilitation for movement correction has a rotator cuff injury,

peripheral neuropathy (numbness) in their feet or bunions. All these

dysfunctions will affect arm swing and impair walking. To only address

movement retraining without mitigating the other issues limits the

patient’s capacity for achieving their rehabilitation goals.

The assessment process must be inclusive of all conditions and the

support team, but the MVP is the patient. Ultimately, it is up to the

patient to be diligent to do the work between therapy sessions. Often,

patients need the support of their family or caregivers to help them get

started and to watch that the exercises are done safely and appropriately.

At Integrative Therapeutic Solutions, we are part of that support system

because we want to see our patients succeed. Therapy does not provide

cures, only opportunities for wholeness.

Don’t wait to integrate your life; we are here to help you achieve your

maximum rehab potential!

Visit IntegrativeBody.net/blog to read more on this topic and to find

additional articles.

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THE POSITIVES OF PETS

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FURRY FRIEND

BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

Many people consider pets to

be part of their family, so

when an individual makes the

choice to live in an assisted

living community, it’s only natural that they’ll

want to bring their pet along. Luckily, many

communities allow their residents to bring

their dog, cat, bird, fish or other animal with

them, which can in turn bring residents

mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Constant Companions

It’s easy to feel lonely in a new and unfamiliar

living situation. You may be surrounded by

an exciting host of activities and people, but

being able come home to the unconditional

love and camaraderie of your beloved pet can

still make a huge impact on your happiness

and comfort in a new environment. Pets

also create great opportunities to meet new

people—you’ll always have a walking buddy

and someone to greet you at the door.

A recent study monitored the behaviors of

long-term care residents who experienced

therapy-based pet interaction versus those

who did not. The results showed that people

exposed to animals were more likely to

participate in long conversations, while those

who did not were more likely to have brief

conversations.

Sense of Security

According to a study from the National

Health Call Center, the vast majority of those

living in assisted living communities said that

they feel an increased sense of security having

their pets near. Moving into a new community

is a big change for anyone, and you’ll feel more

secure with Fluffy or Fido around. Dogs in

particular can give owners a sense of security

while out and about in public. A study from

the Journal of Human-Animal Studies found

that more than 80 percent of pet owners feel

safer in public areas when their animals are

with them.

Nurturing Your Health

Research shows that caring for a pet has a

multitude of emotional and physical benefits.

Caring for a pet promotes overall well-being,

helping us live longer, happier and healthier

lives. All pets—not just certified therapy

animals—reduce stress, lower blood pressure

and decrease depression. One research project

found that pet owners older than 65 visited

the hospital 21 percent less often than those

without pets.

They also learned that the presence of a

therapy dog decreased agitation in people

with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially

during the late afternoon and early evening,

a time that can often lead to an increase in

confusion and agitation for people living with

memory issues.

Many senior living communities welcome

four-legged friends because they understand

the importance of pets and the benefits pets

bring residents. When choosing an assisted

living community that fits your lifestyle

and needs, don’t forget to take your pet into

account.

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CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

PLANTS AS HEALERS

BY JEFF PUFNOCK L.AC. PH.D. AND JESSICA YOUNGS L.AC.

Throughout history, people from

every culture appreciated that

plants growing around them were

not only a source of food but

also a source of healing. The knowledge of

which plants to use and how to use them was

often transmitted orally from generation to

generation by a respected medicine elder.

With the advent of Western medicine, this

knowledge informed the creation of the first

pharmaceutical medications, most of which

were originally purified plant substances.

Some original examples of these plantderived

pharmaceuticals include morphine

from opium poppies, quinine from the bark

of the cinchona tree and aspirin from willow

bark.

The advancement of the Chinese written

language enabled them to be the earliest

civilization to extensively document the

medicinal use of plants. As early as 200 BC,

the Chinese had created a detailed materia

medica that collected the oral traditional

uses of 365 agricultural and medicinal plants.

This materia medica now lists more than

10,000 plants and natural substances, and

Chinese herbal medicines are an important

complement to modern medical care in

China. This tradition of herbal medicine

has been used for thousands of years to

treat epidemics and most recently proved

to be effective to lessen the severity of the

COVID-19 outbreak (1) as well as the SARS

outbreak (2) when used alongside Western

medical interventions. Chinese herbal

medicine is beginning to gain traction in the

United States, and hospitals with integrative

medicine centers such as the Cleveland

Clinic and Johns Hopkins are now offering

Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture in

conjunction with Western treatments.

Chinese herbal medicine differs from

standardized herbal supplements due to

the method of their prescription. Rarely

prescribed individually, Chinese herbs are

instead combined together in formulas

usually composed of five to 12 herbs. Herbal

formula recipes from ancient medicinal texts

are still studied and replicated today due to

their time-tested effectiveness and masterful

understanding of herbal combinations.

The precise dosages of the specific herbs

composing the formula are essential to create

a synergistic treatment effect not possible

if the herbs are taken out of the context of

the formula. This allows Chinese herbal

formulas to have very precise effects in the

body.

Rather than focusing on the ‘antiviral’ or

‘antibacterial’ compounds present in herbs,

Chinese herbal medicines instead categorize

herbs based on their empirical effects on

the processes and energetics of the body.

A common example is cinnamon, which is

a warming herb that can be used to induce

sweating. These principles allow herbal

formulas to be tailored to each individual’s

constitution and the specific energetic

adjustments necessary to allow them to clear

their illness and reach a state of wellness. This

philosophy is part of the inherent strength of

Chinese herbal medicines and why herbal

prescriptions for the same illness often differ

from person to person.

In our time of modernization and

biotechnology, it is important to honor the

ancient wisdom of plant medicine and the

teachings of the medicine people who shared

their knowledge with us for the benefit of

future generations.

References: 1. (2020). Retrieved 20 March

2020, from Scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/xwbfbh/

wqfbh/42311/42560/index.htm. 2. Leung, P.

(2007). The Efficacy of Chinese Medicine for

SARS: A Review of Chinese Publications After

the Crisis. The American Journal Of Chinese

Medicine, 35(04), 575-581. doi: 10.1142/

s0192415x07005077

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owners of Embodied Virtue Acupuncture

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‘Home Away from Home’

Fisher House

SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE

OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED

BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM

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Like every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19 impacted the

mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while the soldier receives

treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland,

closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff, which

currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location.

The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding all items in

quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national program to contain

the virus through the federal government.

“We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of the

soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer.

Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The Friends

of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone calls.

“We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With a little

help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.”

The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during difficult

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Good Medicine

The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which opened its doors

in 2008, is managed by Carrie Booker. She oversees the operation of

the temporary home for veterans while they receive treatment in a

quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center.

In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher House receives

only a small percentage of its operating budget from the federal

government, the majority of its funding comes from individual

donations and organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget

Sound.

Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce the anxiety that

comes with having a loved one in the hospital have continued to

provide love and support for the families at Fisher House. Veterans

like Andy Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he knows.

Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now operates the Old

Soldier Distillery. He donates all of the tips he collects from the

tasting room on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher

House and adds them to donations from patrons and business

owners in Tacoma.

“There is so much more we can do to help such a great cause. It’s just

a matter of getting the word out, and people are eager to help,” said

Fairchok.

The distillery proprietor used by-products from his operation to

make hand sanitizer that was distributed throughout the community

early in the month. Later in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered

$1,500 worth of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher

House.

For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been a family affair.

His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a doctor at the Madigan Army

Medical Center, located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other

members of his family were employed to frame the newest addition

to the Fisher House.

He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House has impacted

any individual soldier over the years he has been associated with

the facility, but noted one veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so

inspired by the kindness she received that she returned to the facility

on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her own time to help others.

The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families.

Staff at the facility have served 168 coalition families from 27

countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the

individuals who have received care at the local facility have been

veterans of the fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at

Fisher House I and 10 families at Fisher House II. They average 10

families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.

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The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty,

reserve/guard and veterans and their families requires dedication

from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House

that serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000

volunteers who have donated almost 92,000 hours of time, according

to the Friend’s website.

The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in

order to provide a space for military families receiving treatment

at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on

JBLM opening its doors in 2015.

“We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said

commander of the Madigan Army Medical Center Col. Michael

Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential

structure.

The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory

of Gen. John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs

of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and served on the Fisher

House Board of Trustees.

Generous Roots

The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary

Fisher, a New York real estate investor and major philanthropic

benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed

Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and

his wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on

25 military installations and 37 VA medical centers, with many more

houses under construction or in design.

Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe place for families to

call home while their loved ones received care in the hospital.”

Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in

1998. One year later President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106-

161 that honored the philanthropist status as an honorary veteran in

the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian Wilson, who

managed the first Fisher House near the Navy base in Bethesda

Naval Hospital in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called

weekly to find out if there was anything that was needed and wanted

to know what the families thought about the house.”

Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could be done to make the

veterans more comfortable.

“People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially loved to

help those who protected his freedom.”

Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites that can

accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every location features a

common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining rooms and a

living room with library and toys for children. The newest houses

are handicap accessible that include elevators.

Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher houses

across the country have gained a reputation for developing a sense

of community among families during dark times. The bonds are

enhanced with common areas that provide space for families to care

for each other while they share common experiences.

According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses across the

country have saved military families an estimated $282 million in

out-of-pocket lodging and transportation expenses. When they are

at capacity, new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save

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during an emergency situation.

Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum

capacity of four persons. According to a

statement released by Fisher House, referrals

with more than four guests cannot be

accommodated. A separate program titled

“Hotel for Heroes” places eligible patients and

their families in local hotels and is available

when the number of patients and their families

exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House.

The residences have been designed to provide

temporary housing and are not a treatment

center. The residential units are available to

active and retired military personnel, active

duty reservists and members of the National

Guard as well as anybody receiving inpatient

treatment at the VA hospital.

Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their

families who live more than 40 miles from a

medical treatment facility. House managers at

each site have the authority to allow families

of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative

Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case

basis.

A Wishlist of Needs

The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of

items most needed by families in the facility.

The current list includes an extensive catalog

of food items that ranges from basics like

personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread

to single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes

items that cannot be accepted during this time,

such as used toys and games, stuffed animals

and clothing.

The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-

JBLM.org.

Despite assurances from Fairchok that their

identity would be protected, no current

residents would agree to be interviewed for

this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes

did agree to be quoted in a military publication

about the four times he and his family utilized

the Fisher House.

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Current Families served: More

than 32,000 in 2019

Daily capacity: 1,100 families

Total Families served: More

than 450,000 since inception

Total number of lodging days

offered: 9 million +

Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd

Military Police Brigade who took his teenage

son to the military hospital.

“The Fisher House really makes the nightmare

of special treatment easier for families,” he said.

Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed by the

treatment he and his family received at Fisher

House that he returned during the same year to

invite many of the families at Fisher House to

his own home for Thanksgiving dinner.

The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier

wounded in Iraq more than a dozen years ago

described Fisher House as “a beautiful bridge

that makes bringing together a family so much

easier even in heavy hearted moments of life.”

The obligation to care for veterans and active

duty and their families who have sacrificed

to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy

remains the top priority for the caregivers

at Fisher House and the scores of volunteers

committed to making veterans and their

families’ stay as pleasant as possible.

As a precaution, mail addressed to patients

currently receiving treatment is not being

delivered. “Mail will be processed once

restrictions are lifted and staff members

can safely report to work,” said a statement

released by the Fisher House.“Thank you for

your support as we navigate this challenge.”

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A CAMPER’S PARADISE IN THE

Pacific Northwest

TOP SPOTS TO PITCH A TENT

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Spring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready for some

outdoor adventure. The Northwest boasts some of the country's

most beautiful spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts to

peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures to be had

within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of the best the PNW has to offer.

Paradise Creek Campground

Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come together near

Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek sits in the Gifford Pinchot National

Forest. The old growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the

campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls trailhead is only 5

miles away, and the campground serves as a prime base for exploring

trails and viewpoints around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams.

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Priest Lake State Park

A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the Canadian border, Priest

Lake boasts pristine crystal waters and various campgrounds situated on

various parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one of North

Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. With

boating, fishing and hiking right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural

rock slides are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there are

plentiful trails and day trips around the area to choose from. Keep in

mind camp spots often sell out months in advance, so plan ahead.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/priest-lake

Moran State Park

Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of

Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland,

lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade

Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above

nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and

the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s

watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com

White River Falls

A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot

is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee

in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is

fairly small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable

water and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near

the falls is beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the

road a few miles offer alternative stays if the campground is full.

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Heyburn State Park

Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines

mark the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest.

There are three campgrounds in the park, located just

over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Hawleys

Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are

available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is

first come, first served. Many hiking and biking trails

are easily accessible from the park, including the “Trail

of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly through the

park. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn

Lake Chelan State Park

A family favorite destination in Central Washington,

this 139-acre campground offers lots of lake access,

sandy shoreline and activity. Amenities like showers,

restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy summer

camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and

kayak rentals are available if you don’t have your own—

or want to haul it. Set out to explore the North Cascades

or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Parks.State.wa.us/531/lake-chelan

Farragut State Park

This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.

Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene

Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for

camping, fishing, swimming and boating.

Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head out

for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers.

A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

Cape Disappointment State Park

A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape

Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of

the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John

Meares' first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and

Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old

lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents

its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing.

Parks.State.WA.us/486/cape-disappointment

Deception Pass State Park

Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this

a water lover's paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular

state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and

Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible

sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.

Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge

and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and

construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass

* Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are

temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning

your trip.

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Spring Treks

EXPLORING ALL THE NORTHWEST HAS TO OFFER

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

The long-awaited spring season has arrived, and the

ample opportunity to enjoy every season outdoors is

undoubtedly a highlight of life in the Pacific Northwest.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply craving

some fresh air, the region has a lot to offer for those looking to

explore this spring. The landscapes within the Northwest offer

destinations perfect for a day trip to a nearby peak, shorter trips to

accessible family friendly hikes, and enough in between to satisfy

adventurers of every level.

Hurricane Ridge

The most easily accessed mountain area within the Olympic

National Park, Hurricane Ridge boasts an assortment of trails

available to the public beginning in May. On a clear day, a hike to

Hurricane Hill provides breathtaking views of Mount Olympus,

Canada, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, while immersing

hikers in local plant life, such as the avalanche lilies and Indian

Paintbrush flowers. For more information on planning a trip

there, hikers can begin at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center,

open year-round, or access the Hurricane Ridge Hiking Guide on

OlympicNationalParks.com.

Mailbox Peak

For an impressive view of Mount Rainier and the chance to check

one of Washington’s most infamous hikes off your list, look to

Mailbox Peak. Its namesake has been established since about 1960,

when the director of a Lutheran camp near the base of the summit

brought a mailbox to the top. He challenged campers to make the

climb to the mailbox, signing the registry left inside for proof. The

trail has sinced evolved, and while the old path to the top has been

mostly described as “grueling” and "intense,” the new 8.3-mile trail

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has made the mailbox more accessible than ever before. Hikers can

cross over creeks and switchbacks to reach the iconic mailbox, and

with it, a 360-degree view of the Cascades, Downtown Seattle, and

of course, Mount Rainier. Spring is the perfect time to see the peak

covered in blooming wildflowers.

Granite Mountain Trail

Recommended for experienced hikers, the Granite Mountain Trail

is a challenging one totaling just over 8 miles in distance and 3,700

feet in elevation gain. Located near North Bend and Snoqualmie

Pass, this trail is safest to traverse in the late spring and summer,

when the snow has melted down. Hikers can follow a fairly steep

trail (poles are often recommended here), passing by meadows,

boulders and huckleberry bushes until reaching a destination that

culminates in views of Crystal Lake, Kaleetan Peak and Mount

Rainier.

Rattlesnake Ledge

Near Riverbend, Washington, the moderately challenging 2-mile

Rattlesnake Ledge trail culminates in a fantastic view of Rattlesnake

Lake, North Bend and their surrounding landscapes. Along the

way, hikers will traverse a path lined with moss-covered boulders

and lush forestry. Upon reaching their primary destination, hikers

have the option to see more by taking additional connecting paths

to spots including the large craggy rock portion of Rattlesnake

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Palouse Falls State Park

The designated state waterfall of

Washington, Palouse Falls was created by

the Ice Age thousands of years ago. The scenic gorge and waterfall, formed

just upstream of the convergence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers, are

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Located in Spokane and one of Eastern Washington’s best-known trails,

the Riverside State Park loop is an easy 3.7-mile trek through the woods.

The park itself is 9 miles from Spokane and has over 55 miles of trails to

choose from, with a variety to please every category of hiker, from casual

to hardcore.

Also within Riverside State Park is the path to Bowl & Pitcher, a famed 2.1-

mile loop that begins with a suspension bridge. Along the bridge and trail,

hikers can admire views of the valley and rock features along the banks of

the Spokane River. Choose from two trails (upstream or downstream) to

complete the loop, guided by views of the river lining the way.

Liberty Lake Loop

Near the Washington/Idaho state line, the 8-mile Liberty Lake loop can be a

challenging one, with its noticeable elevation change and dense landscape.

It does provide route options ranging from the shorter, flatter Split Creek

Loop, to the full route taking hikers through a forest to view the Liberty

Creek Falls; however, with the best view of the falls available in the spring,

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Tubbs Hill

This iconic hiking and running spot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. At 2.2 miles, the trail isn’t a long one, but can

easily be made into a day of enjoying what the popular tourist destination is known for, including its spectacular scenery and gorgeous lake. Next

to McEuen Park and the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the trail around Tubbs Hill offers incredible overlooks of the water throughout, with plenty of beach

spots for lakeside activity along the way. Runners often take their routine to the trail and cool off near the lake.

For additional information and local hike inspiration, look to the Washington Trail Association (WTA) at WTA.org and All Trails at AllTrails.com.

The WTA has provided safety recommendations on their website based on COVID-19 mandates. All Trails can be accessed online, or through their

mobile app, perfect for quick use when a spontaneous day hike calls your name.

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OUTDOOR BASICS:

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WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED ADVENTURING

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Outdoor adventures are just around the corner, and we’ve made it simple for you and laid out the

essentials you’ll need before partaking on your next adventure.

Clothing

This one’s a given, but it’s really important

when it comes to hiking and camping

that you bring the right clothing.

Temperatures can often fluctuate greatly

in a day, so layering is essential. Stay away

from cotton, particularly for your base

layer, as it can stay cold and damp. Opt

for water-wicking, fast-drying materials

like nylon or polyester. Bring a jacket and

waterproof layer in case the rain moves

in, and don’t forget extra socks, some

good sturdy shoes for hiking, and gloves

and a hat should you need them.

Lighting

Campsites get dark—really dark—at night, so

you’ll need to bring your own light source. A

flashlight works well for getting around camp,

but a head lamp can help free up your hands

for doing tasks like cooking and setting up, and

can also come in handy for midnight trips to

the bathroom or evening walks, hikes or bike

rides. If you have the space, a camp lantern

adds some extra ambiance and helps brighten

up the campsite. You can choose between

electric and fuel-burning models—electric has

a long battery life, is quiet and exhaust free,

and the only thing you’ll need to replace are the

batteries. Fuel-burning models offer more light,

but they require gas to burn, and can’t be used

in small, unventilated spaces.

Navigation

We’re all so reliant on our phone or

car GPS these days that we often forget

good old navigation techniques—and

tools. Many camping spots (particularly

if you’re backpacking) won’t have cell

reception or Wi-Fi, so you’ll need to do

the navigating yourself. All you really

need is a good map of the area and a

compass. Orient yourself with places

before you leave for your destination

and get used to using a map so you don’t

get stuck in the wilderness with no idea

which direction is back.

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Cookware

A camp stove is a must—a two-burner

propane camp stove is nice if you don’t have

to pack it in, that way you can make your

morning brew while you cook the eggs. You’ll

need pots, plates, cups and utensils—you

can bring camping specific ones or use ones

from your home kitchen. Just make sure to

bring items that won’t break and can handle

some wear and tear. A cooler is essential to

keep refrigerated items cold, and don’t forget

a scrub tub, biodegradable soap and a sponge

for doing those dishes. Think about the

cooking dishes you’ll need—plan and bring

food that is easy and simple to cook. A castiron

skillet is a great works-for-most option.

Sleeping Bag/Pad

Where and when you plan on camping will

determine what temperature rating you

need for your sleeping bag. Choose one

that is somewhat lower than the coldest

temperature you plan to camp in. Unless

you’re backpacking, choose a sleeping bag

with more room to move around in—it makes

for a better sleep. If you’re in a wetter climate,

often synthetic-filled will perform better than

down in the damp (though some offer a good

protective coating, down can still soak up

the cold and damp). For added comfort, get

a sleeping pad so you won’t feel every rock

beneath you.

Tent

Consider what size tent you will need: How

many people do you want to fit? If possible,

try to go bigger by one person to give you

and your guests more room (unless you’re

packing in and size and weight is an issue).

Seasonality determines what times of the year

and types of weather your tent is suitable for.

For most beginning campers, a three-season

tent is sufficient for any late spring, summer

and early fall adventures. Finally, decide what

features you want in your tent, like peak

height, ventilation, multiple openings, an

entrance to store muddy boots, etc.

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ROAD TRIP

Through British Columbia’s Okanagan and

the International Selkirk Loop, Part I

Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

There is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the Oroville-

Osoyoos Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of this two-part series. The second part of the trip

continues onto the International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the border at the Porthill-Rykerts

Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.

When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you want to drive each day and make reservations for where

you are going to stay each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the end of the article) and determine any

places or activities for the day. Have a plan but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem that is not well

known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw

in a few portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure

to pack a cooler and picnic basket.

Day 1: Osoyoos

Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s

only desert, has a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a natural history museum from the perspective

of the indigenous peoples. The Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than 400 members live and work

on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is housed in

an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert

while viewing an Osoyoos village.

For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The cellars are the first winery in North America owned

and operated by an indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage.

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HAVE A PLAN BUT BE OPEN

TO SPONTANEOUS STOPS.

This red blend is a perfect meld of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet

franc and malbec.

The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out

Wakepilot Wakeboarding for a 90-minute Sea-Doo experience or rent a

stand-up paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.

The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return

to year after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and

comfortably furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous

lake views. After a long day of travel and activities, consider picking up

takeout for dinner or check out one of the restaurants within walking

distance of the resort. The front desk can give you recommendations.

Day 2: Olivier

livestock. The tour ends with a wine tasting on the patio overlooking a

lawn with plenty of games and activities for children.

Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great

wineries it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see

with some of the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina

is a culinary delight, with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the

Mediterranean-style menu.

After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone

Adventure Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines

zigzag back and forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating

rides. There is a trail for those who prefer to observe with views of the

landing platforms. The staff is fun and energetic and works well with

children.

Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique

farm tour takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse

the vineyards and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this

scenic property. Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce

from the fields. Children and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other

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Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado

and Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides

exceptional sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the

antique cars greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms

with luxurious bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-


The Speci f ics

RESOURCES

Osoyoos - DestinationOsoyoos.com

Kelowna - TourismKelowna.com

WHERE TO STAY

Safari Beach Resort - SafariBeachResort.com

Eldorado Hotel and Resort

HotelEldoradoKelowna.com

Sunflower B & B - SunflowerInnBB.com

WHAT TO DO

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre - NkMipDesert.com

Wakepilot Wakeboarding - Wakepilot.com

Covert Farms Family Estate - CovertFarms.ca

ZipZone Adventure Park - ZipZone.ca

Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tours

MyraCanyonRental.com

WHERE TO EAT

Nk’Mip Cellars - NkMipCellars.com

Terrafina - HesterCreek.com

Lakeside Dining - HotelEldoradoKelowna.com

Home Block - CedarCreek.bc.ca/restaurant

fashioned feel. Enjoy an afternoon swim at

one of the pools or use the waterslide. The

on-site marina has a variety of watercraft

available for rent.

Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start

off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the

Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for

one of their famed martinis or a barrel-aged

whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the

hotel’s award-winning restaurant with sunset

views over the lake. The menu is sourced

with organic local ingredients as well as

AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal.

Day 3: Kelowna

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible

outdoor experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle.

Make a reservation with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which

rents bikes at the start of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If

you haven’t been on a bike in a while, this is the perfect trail with just a

slight elevation change. There are 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to

traverse while exploring Myra Canyon. Although the trail is narrow at

some points there are plenty of spots to pull over for photos.

After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar

Creek Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer

months, the restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard

and Okanagan Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a woodfired

grill which uses fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a

memorable meal.

It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina

Lake Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen

Smythe welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She

is friendly but allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake

toys. This is the place to get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a

few local places to eat. Take some time to just enjoy the atmosphere of

this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing,

located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified healing touch practitioner

in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care. She gives a great hot

stone massage.

Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the

Kootenay Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.

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SPRING COBB SALAD WITH

CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

4 hard-boiled eggs

4 slices cooked bacon

8 asparagus spears, blanched

8 cups butter lettuce

1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts

8 sugar snap peas

1 small carrot, sliced

2 medium red radishes, sliced

½ cup cucumber, sliced

½ cup crumbled blue cheese

METHOD:

• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water

by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has

reached a rumbling boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted

lid. Set timer for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to

a large bowl with cold ice water immediately and let them cool down

for a couple of minutes before peeling. Slice whole eggs in half and set

aside.

• Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until

crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a

paper towel to soak up the rendered grease. Set aside.

• Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a

boil. Add asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch)

for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice

water to stop the cooking process. Immediately transfer to a paper

towel. Set aside.

• Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a

large platter. Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding

each ingredient to the lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so

that it’s displayed beautifully over the lettuce.

• You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve

immediately or keep on the side for individuals to serve themselves.

AVOCADO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

1 large avocado

1 small clove garlic

1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

½ tsp. Himalayan salt

Dash of fresh cracked pepper

4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin

2 tsp. white wine vinegar

1 tsp. brown mustard

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METHOD:

• Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a

food processor or blender.

• Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds.

• Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may

add more lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.)

• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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

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right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

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American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

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

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

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

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MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

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

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

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GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

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

like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available as

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

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

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

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

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

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

to 3pm.

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OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

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PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

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Porto Cucina serves up familiar classic Italian dishes like

Eggplant Parmesan, as well as newer ones like Salmon

and Sweet Potato Risotto. The restaurant offers a little

something for everyone with a range of vegetarian, glutenfree

and dairy-free options. In the bar you will find a great

selection from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.

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

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When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will

be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of

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

11am to 9pm.

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MS. SAIGON

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Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to

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A COMMUNITY

COMING

TOGETHER

GIG HARBOR STRONG

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Life continues on here in Gig Harbor as we learn ways to manage

our new “normal.” Many of us find ourselves trying to work from

home while also realizing our new roles as teacher, tackling the

challenges of remote learning head on. We’re adjusting to living

somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves with only those whom

we live with, in order to do our part to keep ourselves, families, friends

and members of our community safe.

And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those

looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our

community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep Gig

Harbor strong—and healthy.

From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older folks

in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack lunches

being made and delivered, free of charge, to children and families

in need, to everyday people contributing their time and talents to

make masks for our health-care workers and those most vulnerable

in the community, it's a beautiful thing to witness. Even though the

community is encouraged to stay apart, men and women, teenagers

and children alike, continue to come together and unite, though not in

a way any of us would have ever expected.

This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on as

they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out enjoying

the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we can all agree

that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the wonderful lives

we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and how blessed we all

are.

Thank you, Gig Harbor, for making this a wonderful place to live, work

and play.

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PROJECT HELP

Peninsula Light Co.'s Project Help program is designed to help

income-qualifying families with up to $200 in assistance for their

electric bill during the peak seasons of November through April,

when electric bills are higher. As the economy is still hurting,

and the need continues to rise, Project Help is extending this

service through the end of May, increasing funding and adjusting

application criteria. They continue to offer assistance programs

including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts, and

encourage anyone facing hardship to contact them to find out

more about these programs. Visit PenLight.org for additional

information.

PENINSULA EMERGENCY COMMUNITY

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Hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the Peninsula

Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) has

been created to aid in getting more targeted resources into the

community, where the need is greatest, as quickly as possible.

On behalf of CERF’s partners, they continue working to provide

resources to agencies and organizations directly supporting

local families most affected by emerging health, economic and

social impacts. One-hundred percent of all donations will go

directly to relief efforts in our community. To find out more, or

if you are interested in donating, visit GigHarborFoundation.org/

foundation/support.

FISH FOOD BANK

FISH Food Bank and Community Services continues its mission

of “neighbor helping neighbor,” which is vital during this difficult

time as the community navigates through this time of pandemic.

As an essential service, GHP FISH Food Bank, located at 4425

Burnham Drive, is open its normal hours (9:30am to 3:30pm

Monday and Friday, 9:30am to 6pm Wednesday and Thursday)

with pre-packed bags of groceries. For those who are ill, they ask

that you call 253.858.6179 rather than visit so they can assist you.

For additional information, visit GHPFish.org.

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