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TO NEW BEGINNINGS
ife as we’ve known it
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have witnessed firsthand how truly strong
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PREPARING OUR HOMES FOR THE WARM WEATHER
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
Well, summer is officially here, and this year the warm weather
is especially welcome. Many of us have spent far more
time inside our homes recently than in months and even
years past due to COVID-19. These past few months have
taught me so much about my home and my family, and even myself.
For example, I make a great art teacher but a rotten third-grade math
teacher! This month I’d like to focus on preparing our homes for the
warm weather and helping to boost the local economy while we’re at it.
Something that can be overlooked in any home is the addition of fresh
air and sunshine. Your home could be picture-perfect, but without
fresh air and sunlight, it can feel stagnant. One way to add fresh air
without inviting in the mosquito family from next door is to update or
add screens to your home. Look into an “invisible” screen product that
retracts and can be added to virtually any door. While you’re at it, look
into replacing windowpanes that have cracked or fogged, which happens
when a window loses its seal, and can really detract from your view.
Adding window coverings can also be an asset in the warmer months.
There are so many to choose from, from solar shades to insulated
double-walled cellular shades that can keep heat out and cool air in.
Proper window coverings also protect your flooring and furniture from
harmful UV rays and keep your home finishes looking newer longer.
I’m a big fan of wood blinds for a classic look, and shutters are definitely
making a comeback in the home trends department. Any of these options
can update the look of your home but also add to your quality of life by
reducing glare, making air conditioning more efficient and blocking out
our early morning northern sun until we are good and ready to wake up!
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outdoor spaces can be utilized to store furniture and other
belongings while they have the old flooring going out and new
flooring going in. Also, you can keep your windows and doors
open for fresh air while they are doing the installation, which
helps get rid of any contaminants or volatile organic compounds
that might linger when doing flooring installs.
Painting the outside of your home is another popular summertime
home improvement project. Good weather is always a boon for
painters, who will fully utilize the upcoming sunny days to get
their projects finished on schedule. If you are considering having
your home painted this summer, it’s a good idea to speak to a
painter as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot on their list.
Outdoor living spaces are all the rage on sites like Houzz and
Pinterest—and for good reason! They can really add value to your
home and even give you more usable space. In general, we are
still spending more time in our homes, and adding an outdoor
living area can really help boost morale during this time. Pergolas
and patios are great, but think about adding some fun elements
as well. Fire pits, built-in grills and even pizza ovens are great
additions to any home, and many can be done safely, even on a
Outdoor lighting is also a fun way to spruce up your space.
Adding new exterior lighting can work wonders in updating your
exterior, and the addition of twinkle lights, path lighting or café
lights can add ambiance and character to an otherwise bland
space. Some of these can be easy DIY projects, but adding new
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Patience and Adaptation
GETTING DIVORCED WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE YOU CAN’T
By Felicia Soleil, Attorney and Mediator
is not passive. On the contrary, it is
This quote, attributed to martial arts great Bruce
Lee, could not be more timely in this age of work-from-home
and stay-at-home orders while trying to navigate our personal
relationships within our homes. As I write this column in mid-
April for June publication, it appears we may be in for continued
limitations requiring greater patience than we thought we were
When otherwise happy and healthy relationships are being tested
by such continued close proximity to our housemates, what can
you do if your intimate partnership was already fraying at the edges
before this pandemic began? Or more disconcerting, what if you
had already made the decision to separate and then your plans
were sidelined almost overnight by government mandates to work
from home (or lose work all together) and stay at home?
Here is the answer: Adapt to receiving needed professional services
through technology. If done right, it should still feel compassionate,
empathetic, informative and personal.
Just as I have been forced to learn to adapt, offering my divorce
mediation and legal services through “working from home,” you
can adapt to how you receive those services. It takes patience, and
internal strength, to learn something new and get outside of your
comfort zone, especially when marital discord and conflict exist.
But having the willingness to explore new options for receiving
crucial dispute resolution services and professional support can
allow your separation and divorce to be accomplished in a low
impact and less costly manner rather than allowing your situation
to escalate while doing nothing.
Through early and smart professional intervention, you can avoid
your situation erupting to the point of making huge financial
and parenting mistakes from which it may take much longer to
recover under our current circumstances. (Not to mention, would
you rather be problem-solving in a virtual mediation session from
the comfort of your own home or participating in a court hearing
within a virtual courtroom?)
What has this to do with patience? Well, everything! I must admit,
being a middle-aged, tech-averse divorce professional in a career
where in-person human interaction is vital (for me as much
as for the clients), the thought of only seeing clients through a
video conferencing portal was less than ideal. I had to dig deep
to overcome my own resistance to putting technology to use in a
field where relationships are key. I then had to learn how it worked
and do so competently so as not to negatively impact my clients’
Interestingly, existing clients who already had familiarity with
video conferencing saw it as a good alternative to not losing the
continuity or momentum of their case. (In other words, their
learning curve was much less steep than mine!) However, clients
who have either been unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with
using electronic alternatives, or who simply still prefer in-person
meetings, continued to reschedule their sessions until we can be
together in the same room.
My message is this: The new unfamiliarity of virtually every aspect
of our lives, from how we go to work (if we go to work), how we
meet our basic needs (face masks at grocery stores), creating our
own entertainment (and home-cooked meals) and maintaining
social connections (real phone calls) must also extend to how we
utilize professional services in a way that is “good enough” when
the ideal is not available. We are already getting used to this with
TeleHealth virtual medical appointments, “no contact” home
repair service providers, and curbside pickup from retail outlets
and restaurants. Ideal? No. Good enough? Definitely.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Patience and fortitude conquer all
things.” Indeed. However, when patience wears thin, I encourage
you to have the fortitude to explore ways to obtain professional
guidance with potential marital and family transitions when
meeting in person may not be an option.
Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney 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. Video
conferencing is welcome.
Changing the Face
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For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped
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through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and
alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering
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people move on, not simply move out.
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WHERE OUR FOCUS GOES,
OUR ENERGY FLOWS
Whatever the circumstances, what we think and who we
choose to be makes all the difference
By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team
Sometime in March, life as we know it
went off the rails. As the number of
coronavirus cases grew, businesses
closed, and others struggled to keep
their doors open. Parks, restaurants and
theaters closed. Weeks passed, and for many of
us, the walls felt like they were closing in.
Each day, I made it a point to check in with
family and friends who were, like me, looking
for ways to adjust to the “new normal.” One
of those friends confessed the transition had
been a challenge. Adam works mainly out of
his house. His wife is a schoolteacher, now also
working from home. They have two boys still
at home and one in the military. Safe-at-Home
orders meant pretty much everything around
them was closed, and they were immersed in
learning new technology, testing new routines
and adjusting expectations.
My friend said, even in all the struggle, they
were able to create moments of joy. I asked him
to share one:
“Our wedding anniversary was coming up, 22
years together, and I was sick. The week before,
I’d developed some congestion and a cough.
No fever, fortunately, but one of those deep,
nasty coughs that keeps you up at night.
“For 22 years, our anniversary always meant
an adventure. Hiking, sailing, enjoying a
beachside B&B, learning and exploring
together. … Not this year. Even if I wasn’t sick,
the world was wearing a big Out of Order sign.
“By Thursday, I was on my third day of very
little sleep. My bride took one look at me and
told me to stay in bed. I rolled over, closed my
eyes, and woke up Friday morning. All day, the
house was full of whispers. Mom and the boys
were planning something as I tried to knock
the rust off my brain and get caught up on
“Anniversary morning arrived. We sipped
coffee on the porch swing and watched the
river behind our house. It wasn’t a mountain
cabin or a tropical island, but we were together.
Looming deadlines meant I had to get back to
work. Lesson planning meant so did she.
“That evening, she knocked on my office door,
asked me to come with her down to the dock.
The boys were in their room, peeking around
the door, giggling. Something was definitely
up. Out on the dock, they had strung Christmas
lights from piling to piling. Candles flickered
on a table set for two. Platters held all our
favorite picnic foods. A wine bottle sweated in
the warm evening. Soft music played.
“I sat down across from her, soaking up the
moment. It felt like we were together at a
riverside Italian bistro, the only people in the
world. She poured the wine, and we toasted 22
years. We set our glasses down, both smiling,
maybe for the first time that week. I know it
was the happiest I’d been since the first time I
heard the words ‘COVID-19.’
“As the sun melted behind the horizon, we ate
and talked and laughed until it was too dark to
see. Coronavirus may have stolen our annual
adventure, but maybe creating moments of
joy when the world feels like it’s falling apart is
Hearing this, I was inspired by Adam’s
unwavering life stance, the way his family
honors traditions, embraces challenges and
loves each other through these uncertain
times. Where their focus goes, their energy
flows, and that is true for all of us.
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By Colin Anderson
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The 2019-2020 school year will go
down as one of the more unique
and challenging for everyone
involved. Our school teachers were
presented with obstacles not seen before,
but instead of wilting under uncertainty, we
heard hundreds of stories of our educators
stepping up for their students. They’ve held
classes through Zoom and touched base with
students after hours to help them with their
learning. They’ve left inspiring messages
on reader boards and the sides of schools,
showing kids who pass by just how much they
are missed. Elementary teachers have formed
fun car parades and driven past homes to give
little kids a smile, and high school educators
have left congratulations posters on the lawns
of seniors who may not get an in-person
At Gig Harbor Living Local, we make it a
point to highlight a local educator in each
issue throughout the school year to show our
appreciation to those who inspire our youth.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our
recent Teacher of the Month recipients and
say a big ‘Thank You’ to educators everywhere
who have stepped up to keep kids on track,
supported, loved and inspired over these past
Recognizing our 2019-2020 Teachers of the
Nathan Sears - Minter Creek Elementary
Katie Crowell - Purdy Elementary
Carol Clingan Stoltenberg - Kopachuck
Heather Whyte - Harbor Ridge Middle
Debra Kaiser - Goodman Middle School
Judy Walsh - Evergreen Elementary
Tina Jacobsen - Harbor Heights Elementary
Debbie Hughes - Gig Harbor High School
Angela May - Peninsula School District
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during the coronavirus pandemic, no one should
have to add the worry of being food insecure. To help
keep everyone safe and well fed, there’s a program
that is preparing meals and delivering them to seniors' doorsteps! And
... these meals and the delivery service are all free of charge.
“This program was truly inspired by the community,” says Ariel
Gustanski, director of marketing and business management for the
Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. “Lucy Rau, of BBQ2U, came to us
with the original idea, and we expanded upon it after a few weeks of
other community organizations coming to us wanting to help in one
way or another—this led to the named Shelter-in-Place Meals (SIP’M)
The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and Gig Harbor Senior Center,
together with BBQ2U and YMCA Camp Seymour and other
community supporters, have been coming together to help bring these
Shelter-in-Place Meals to Gig Harbor community seniors.
Delivery of the meals officially kicked off April 10, with fresh, delicious
meals distributed to nearly 100 seniors each Friday since. Thanks to
the help of the many volunteers, meals are delivered between the hours
of 1 and 3:30pm—completely free of charge to its recipients.
Each week BBQ2U provides chili and cornbread for their menu
offering, and YMCA Camp Seymour has a weekly menu item (past
weeks have included steak taco salad, chicken alfredo, baked ziti, club
sandwich and chef salad). Each week seniors place their order for
which meal they would like to receive.
“While this is an amazing program that provides nutritious meals
to our community seniors, which is extremely important especially
during a time like this, more importantly, it provides recipients a
moment of joy each week when they receive their meals from delivery
volunteers. The smiles and gratitude are the most rewarding aspect of
the program,” affirms Ariel.
If you are a senior, 55 or older, or know of a senior who could benefit
from this service, you can reach out to hhenson@gigharborfoundation.
org or call 253.514.6338 ext. 107 by 4pm each Wednesday to be included
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stroll through a local farmers’ market or
produce stand can drum up all kinds of
feelings. The smells of fresh herbs and the
vibrant colors of vegetables just recently
picked will make plenty of people smile. As our daily
habits continue to shift, the farmers’ market is a place
where one can gain a sense of normalcy. Like everything
else, they might look a little different, but you can still
get all the same farm fresh items and support your local
community by stopping by one of the many regional
markets. Small farmers are a vital part of a local
economy, and let’s face it; the produce just tastes better
when it’s fresh and grown right within your region. A
stroll amongst the stalls on a warm summer evening
is tough to beat. Take time to schedule a trip to one of
these local weekly markets, where you’ll find the freshest
foods for your table, and a stress-free evening out.
Waterfront Farmers’ Market, Skansie Brothers Park
Thursdays, June 18 through mid-September, 1 to
This always vibrant market is popular not just with the
walk-up crowd but with those who’ve spent the day on
the water. Conveniently located in Gig Harbor’s favorite
downtown park, boaters, kayakers and SUPers can pull
right up to the dock, do their shopping and paddle
away. The Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance organizes
this weekly market with a goal to deliver fresh, local,
sustainable food and food products in an atmosphere
that promotes community and economic vitality while
supporting our region’s farmers and producers. You’ll
find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, specialty
products, as well as resources for healthy eating habits,
and wellness education. Originally scheduled to open
June 4, the date has been pushed back to June 18. For
the latest information, visit WaterfrontFarmersMarket.
Peninsula Marketplace, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW
Saturdays, June 6 through TB D, 9am to 3pm
The Peninsula Marketplace is a vendor plaza which
hosts 40-plus local vendors and is an outlet for crafters,
artists, farmers and food processors to sell their wares
directly to the community. The market focuses on
offering a variety of options, not limited to: plants and
flowers, meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, metal
works, sculptures and handmade crafts. While initially
offering curbside pickup, the market is anticipated to
be open to the public in early June. Check the market’s
Facebook page or visit Peninsula-Marketplace.com for
the latest opening hours and regulations.
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Patterson’s Farm Market, 3817 55th Street Court NW
Seven days a week
A family run business since the late 1970s, the bright colors and fresh
options change throughout the season dependent upon what is fresh
and local. Decorate your home with the wide selection of annuals and
perennials, and treat yourself to the freshest berries, apples and locally
grown vegetables. All produce is pesticide free and comes from small
farmers. Come fall, locals love picking out the perfect pumpkin here,
and it’s also a wonderful place to grab a unique holiday wreath or fresh
garland. Patterson’s is open seven days a week throughout the summer.
Local Boys, Purdy Drive and Highway 302
Seven days a week
This father/son team has been operating since the early 2000s and has
created a one-stop shop for all your fresh, locally sourced ingredients,
snacks, meats and produce. Washington apples, homemade preserves
and syrups, and Northwest honey will hit your sweet tooth. Locally
made chips and salsa, kettlekorn and berries make for a great snack, and
regionally sourced seafood and steaks make for a fine dinner. Beer and
wine is also available. You can shop in person or place your order online
ahead of time and pick it up curbside.
Point Ruston Farmers’ Market, Grand Plaza
Sundays, June through September, 10am to 3pm
If you are looking for a leisurely Sunday morning, consider a trip over
the bridge and a stop by The Point Ruston Farmers’ Market. One of three
markets operated by Tacoma Farmers’ Market, the Point Ruston location
is the perfect stop after a morning wandering the miles of paved trails
alongside Commencement Bay. There are many vendors in the open-air
market, offering the freshest produce, crafts, premade foods and other
unique items. The market also offers an Apple-a-Day program where
each child 3 through 16 years old receives a $1 Apple-a-Day market token
to buy a fruit or veggie of their choice. The program helps create lifelong
Fresh foods make all the difference in your home-cooked meals. You’ll
not only taste the difference but also know you are helping out your local
businesses, which in turn keeps money flowing in your local economy.
Make a point to seek out freshness this summer, and bon appétit!
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SHARON’S RESALE BOUTIQUE
7620 Pioneer Way
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
Many people don't realize that Sharon’s
is a resale boutique because of the
quality of the items they sell, only
accepting items in like-new condition,
many of which still have tags on them!
You can’t help but notice the bright green house on Pioneer Way in
Downtown Gig Harbor. Built in 1928, and still displaying its original
interior, locals and visitors alike are drawn to its charm. The resident
cat Romeo greets shoppers and consignors as they enter Sharon’s Resale
Boutique, a Gig Harbor staple for more than two decades.
August 1 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the boutique, which has remained at
the same location, 7620 Pioneer Way, since first opening its doors.
Gig Harbor resident and owner of Sharon’s Resale Boutique, Sharon Kresse, had
been working as an engineer for a cable company for 17 years when the opportunity
presented itself to purchase the business in 1997. As Sharon says, when the store
became available, “it was the perfect time for a change.”
Since day one, Sharon has been providing women in the community a wonderful
place to not only shop but to also consign their gently used items. Sharon’s is a
resale boutique offering new and pre-loved clothing and accessories for women
and teens below retail value. You will find all sizes and something for any
occasion—from casual date night to prom or that black-tie event. Customers will
also find designer handbags including Dooney, Coach and Louis Vuitton, among
many other labels. And don’t forget the new Seahawks gear, home décor and gifts!
As Sharon adds, “Items from the best closets to yours.”
She adds that many people don't realize that Sharon’s is a resale boutique because
of the quality of the items they sell, only accepting items in like-new
condition, many of which still have tags on them!
“You have money in your closet,” Sharon says. “As a consignor, you receive
40 percent of the sale price, which you can use as store credit or receive
a check. We take items in season, cleaned, pressed and on hangers. We
realize everyone has a busy life, so no appointment is necessary unless
you've done a major closet cleaning.”
Sharon finds great joy in owning her business, and the rewards are
endless. “I have grown old with my customers and consignors,” she
smiles. “One of my first consignors came in with her little girl; that little
girl grew up and worked with me during high school and college. She is
now married and has a little boy. Many have grown to be great family
friends and stop in just to chat.”
At Sharon’s, they pride themselves in providing the very best in customer
service whether you are a consignor or enjoying retail therapy. “I'm
here because of my customers who enjoy shopping on a budget and the
consignors who want to recycle,” affirms Sharon. “I would not be here
Sharon was born and raised in North Dakota as a farmer's daughter, and
the military brought her to Washington state in the early ‘70s. She lived
in Lakewood until 2002, when she moved to Gig Harbor. “I'm blessed to
live in the heart of Downtown Gig Harbor,” says Sharon. “I enjoy all the
community events and that the businesses want to work together to make
you and them better.”
She adds that the Downtown Waterfront Alliance is always available to
help by hosting events such as Girls Night Out , Sip & Stroll, Halloween
in the Harbor and many more.
When not in the shop, Sharon has volunteered as one of the downtown
basket waterers and currently volunteers with Empty Bowls, sits on
the committee for Girls Night Out and also heads the Judson Street
Experience. In addition, Sharon gives back through clothing donations
to Purdy Prison. “Last year we dressed 648 women leaving the facility,”
she says. “I am happy to help wherever I can.”
Sharon’s Resale Boutique is also a Little Free Library stop: Take a book,
leave a book.
As summer makes its debut later this month, now’s the time to clear
out that closet and consign, and shop for something new—and Sharon’s
Resale Boutique is just the place to do both! Visit Sharon's Resale
Boutique on Facebook and Instagram.
After a spring at home, people are
ready to stretch their legs, enjoy
the warm summer rays and begin
to find a sense of normalcy after
day-to-day life was turned upside down.
Something as simple as sitting down in a
restaurant or shopping at your favorite local
retailer will bring great comfort to families
and individuals. While life changed and we
are unsure of just how different it will be for
certain, one thing that hasn’t changed is the
community spirit surrounding Gig Harbor
and especially its downtown core. “Small,
independent businesses are the foundation
of every community,” explained Gig Harbor
Waterfront Alliance Executive Director Mary
DesMarais. The mission of the Alliance is to
bring together community by encouraging
economic vitality while preserving the historic
character of Gig Harbor. Like every other
family, business or organization, Mary and
her staff had to pivot and find new ways in
which to continue to promote local businesses
despite the restrictions put into place. She
admits at first the shock, fear and worry came
pouring in, but as more information became
available, the Alliance was able to provide
more answers to the region’s small-business
“We have been learning together, and we
have tried to keep the businesses informed
as information and regulations come out of
the governor’s office. Answers are starting
to appear, albeit sometimes vague, leaving
businesses wondering what they can do and
when,” said Mary.
Well-run businesses are adaptable, and many
of the waterfront businesses in Gig Harbor
are doing just that. Restaurants that were
previously not doing takeout or delivery
changed their models. Local diners could still
get their favorite entrees and at least some
wait staff was able to maintain employment.
“Many businesses are walking boldly into
survival mode, creating new and clever
ways to run their business,” said Mary. Some
retailers are creating a very strong social
media presence and pivoting their business
model to adapt to noncontact retail. “We are
also seeing relationships among businesses
being strengthened—neighbors helping
This was especially true from the onset of
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restrictions. After the initial shock, many
residents contacted organizations like the
Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance to see
what they could do to help struggling local
businesses. With the combined effort of all
three Gig Harbor rotary clubs, restaurants
that are serving takeout were identified, and
members and their families were encouraged
to place an order. A different local restaurant is
highlighted each week—and the results speak
for themselves. “When Anthony’s was the
designated restaurant, they had 119 dinners
ordered!” Mary said.
There are also countless stories of individuals
stepping up. Larger tips to servers, stimulus
check donations to local community
organizations in need, sewing groups coming
together to make masks for essential workers,
and even children writing inspiring messages
on sidewalks. Gig Harbor local Wendy O’Neil
raised $15,000, which she distributed to small
locally owned businesses. Michelle Brenner has
been spending her days making her favorite
lasagna, freezing it, and leaving it outside her
front door for anyone to come and take away
at no charge.
Despite the outpouring of support from the
community, many businesses are struggling,
having been put in a very difficult financial
situation. Rules for the government’s forgivable
loan program are often changing and
confusing, and small businesses across the
country have reported trouble getting access
to the funds. This is just one of the areas that
the Downtown Waterfront Alliance is helping
its members. The Alliance has been in direct
communication with many businesses, giving
them updated resources on loans and grant
money, and also creating an online business
resource series in reopening strategies and
Social media can be a place of negativity, but
it is also a powerful tool for information. The
Alliance’s ‘Where on the Waterfront’ campaign
keeps businesses on the forefront of people’s
minds and also provides information on which
businesses are open for takeout or limitedseated
dining, and which retailers are offering
delivery, curbside or open-door shopping
“In this pandemic, we are seeing a
strengthening bond between our downtown
and the community. It is evident that our
esidents are supporting these businesses as best they can and recognize
the businesses are the backbone of the community,” said Mary.
According to Ed McMahon, chair of the National Main Street Center
Board of Directors: “Downtown is important because it’s the heart and
soul of any community. If you don’t have a healthy downtown, you simply
don’t have a healthy town.”
In communities like Gig Harbor, small locally owned businesses are the
lifeblood that give the town its character and make it a desirable place to
live. Shops and restaurants employ local residents who in turn spend their
paychecks at other local businesses. Taxes businesses pay go to funding
parks and services, historical preservation and green space. Local business
owners are much more likely to make donations of goods, services or
cash to local schools and organizations, which have a direct impact on the
youth of the community and the most vulnerable.
No one knows exactly what the country will look like weeks, months and
even years down the road. Many are anxious to resume life as they once
knew it while others including vulnerable populations might have their
day-to-day lives changed forever. No matter your situation, everyone can
find a way to help keep local Gig Harbor businesses going, which in turn
helps keep the community unique, vibrant and beautiful. If you can’t yet
visit your favorite store or restaurant, or don’t feel comfortable resuming
normal activities, there are many ways you can continue to show your
• Shop online with curbside pickup.
• Purchase gift certificates.
• Order takeout.
• Send them a note of encouragement.
• Tag them online; do an online review.
• Get ready to go shopping and eating at your favorite restaurant as we
move into the next phase.
Summer is an incredible time along Harborview Drive, the marinas and
Skansie Brothers Park. Businesses are ready to welcome you back and
provide a sense of normal in a time that’s anything but. Whether it’s a bite
to eat, growler of local beer, handmade gift or paddleboard rental, each
dollar spent in the community helps keep the community great. Buy local
and keep Gig Harbor wonderful tomorrow and each day forward.
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STRETCH YOUR LEGS
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BY COLIN ANDERSON
Golf is a great way to let off a little steam, challenge your mind and
socialize responsibly. Luckily for Gig Harbor residents, there are
several great courses just a short drive from home. Each has its
own unique style and setting, and a bad round on the links sure
beats a bad day at the office!
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Built in 1978, Madrona Links has long been a local favorite. Its tree-lined fairways
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all levels. With a membership of more than 750, many in the community make
this their golfing home. Madrona offers some of the most affordable rates in
the region, especially twilight golf, which is just $20 when you book a tee time
after 4pm. Food and drinks are available on-site at Hacker’s Bar and Grill.
Gig Harbor Golf Club
If you want to get in a quick 9 over lunch or on a Sunday morning, look no
further than the Gig Harbor Golf Club. Approaching 60 years in business, this
course is perfectly suited for the casual golfer and those looking to hone their
skills. Director of Golf Instruction Troy Kelly brings years of knowledge as a
10-year PGA competitor and especially loves working with kids to develop
the next generation of avid golfers. This is a membership-based course; however,
there are several levels of membership to fit each individual or family.
Canterwood Golf & Country Club
Another membership course that offers more than just golf is Canterwood
Golf & Country Club. Here you will find a championship-style 18-hole course
with five sets of tees. A full-service clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, exercise facilities
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HOW TO ENJOY THE SUN WHILE RESPECTING
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Warm weather is setting in, and many beaches and parks
are beginning to lift restrictions in the Gig Harbor area.
But just because the beach is open doesn’t mean you
should treat it as your own personal space. From social
distancing to packing out your trash, it’s key to consider other’s safety
and enjoyment as well as your own.
“We are all excited to enjoy the nice weather at our parks and beaches.
But this can also be a hard time to decide where to visit safely, what’s open
or closed, what to bring and how to recreate safely,” says Chuck Cuzzetto
from the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. “We recommend packing
hand-sanitizer, stepping off the trail to allow passing and, most of all,
following safe physical distancing practices when visiting a park.”
PenMet Parks wants to provide the community with healthy, fun
outdoors spaces to recreate, but they also want to help keep families
and individuals safe and healthy. To that end, they are working on a
phased approach to reopening facilities and amenities. Beach location
access opened on May 5, but the parks district encourages people to still
not gather in groups, not park on roadways, and to respect the space of
others in the area.
If you pack trash and belongings in, pack them back out—enjoying a
public beach goes along with keeping it clean. “Go before you go,” says
Cuzzotto. Use the restroom prior to your visit, as many public restrooms
may be closed. Also, “allow others to spend time by limiting your time,”
he adds. If a parking lot is full, it’s a good indication the park is full. Wait
your turn, and don’t just park on the roadway.
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It’s key to consider other’s safety and
enjoyment as well as your own.
COVID aside, there are some other basic etiquette rules you should
brush up on before hitting the beach. Don’t blare your music in public.
You may love your “Summer 2020” playlist, but others on the beach may
not agree. Pack your headphones if you must have the tunes, or turn it
down so the noise pollution doesn’t spread to your neighbors.
Sand in the eye is no one’s idea of a fun beach day, so take a look around
before you shake your towel, and pay attention to which way the wind is
blowing. On that note, should you decide to start up a frisbee, football
or volleyball game, don’t do it right next to the person enjoying a sunfilled
snooze. Look for a big open area where you won’t hurt people or
accidentally interrupt their picnic with a ball to the lemonade pitcher.
Many of us like to relax with a good cold one in hand, but most public
spaces prohibit alcohol. Leave the booze at home and opt for a hydrating
bottle of water instead. Your body will thank you later.
On a health note, consider leaving the cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
smoking devices at home. If you must take a smoke break, go to a private
area where you are allowed to smoke. Many people are significantly
affected by cigarette and other smoke, and smells carry easily on a beach,
even if you’re several feet away from the next blanket.
Everyone enjoys watching the birds that dot the sand and duck in and
out of the clear blue water. Seagulls are synonymous with the beach—
they’re also always on the hunt for food. It can be fun to toss them a chip,
but it’s best to avoid feeding the birds. Not only will you attract every
bird in sight, wild birds aren’t meant to eat our food, and it can have
harmful effects on their diet.
While we’re on the topic, consider before bringing your dog to the beach.
Is the beach or park dog friendly? Some are not, and it’s against the rules
to bring your dog. If the space is dog friendly, make sure to bring doggy
bags in case your furry friend did not go before going.
Keep it on a leash if off leash is not allowed, but regardless, make sure
your pup is well-behaved and under control at all times. Hank may be the
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bring water and provide shade for your dog just like
you would for yourself. Sun can be just as draining and
exhausting for pets as it is for humans.
While beaches have just recently opened up, many
trails and dog parks have remained open during the
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Playgrounds, sports
courts and ball fields remain closed, as these spaces
are naturally high touch. “PenMet Parks is asking the
public to honor closures as part of the community’s
collective response and individual responsibility to
keep everyone safe,” says Cuzzetto.
“Our friends at Harbor WildWatch have some great
online programs that include virtual tours of our beach
locations and some wetlands,” he adds. “We also have
great social media resources, so be sure to follow us
@penmetparks; we always love seeing our visitors’
So get outside and enjoy the sun, but be respectful
while you do! Gig Harbor offers so many wonderful
opportunities for everyone to enjoy its spectacular
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Have you heard of the Vampire Facial, also known as platelet-rich
plasma therapy (PRP)? It is all the rage amongst celebrities, and
that’s because it is a facial treatment that delivers astounding
results, stops aging in its tracks and is all natural.
Think of PRP as a treatment in self-healing. A small amount of your blood
is drawn from your arm and spun down in a centrifuge. This separates your
plasma from your whole blood, and this plasma is rich in platelets (the cells
that heal tissue and grow new cells). Hence the name, platelet-rich plasma
The PRP is then injected into specific areas of the face to regenerate collagen,
smooth and tighten skin, soften wrinkles, brighten your skin’s tone and
enhance elasticity. It can specifically soften dark hollows around the eyes,
plump drawn cheeks, soften lines and pores, and give your skin tone,
tightness and improved texture. After injecting the PRP into specific areas
of the face, the entire face is microneedled (a minimally invasive procedure
that creates thousands of microscopic needle pricks on the surface of the
face). The remaining PRP is then rubbed on the face, and it travels down the
channels that are created during microneedling to reach the dermis of the
skin and continue to rejuvenate.
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to slow the effects of aging on skin. Below are some most frequently asked
How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost? A platelet-rich plasma
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY’S ROLE IN SLEEP
for Optimal Function
By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L
As the days get longer, we are exposed to more light and are
more likely to wake up earlier and go to sleep later. For many
of us living in the gray Pacific Northwest, this is our happy
time! We have more daylight for gardening and outdoor
recreation after working a full day, and the extra vitamin D puts us in
a better mood. However, if we get less than five to seven hours of sleep
on a regular basis, we can age faster, increase our health risks for heart
disease, heart failure, hypertension and diabetes, to name the top few.
Sleep-deprived people complain of poor energy and brain fog, and
inability to perform well at school or work. Brain studies show that
lack of sleep can also increase our risk for dementia and increased
dependence on others for self-care.
Lack of sleep is also a major cause of automobile accidents, and a
December 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety
found that “drivers who usually sleep for less than five hours daily,
drivers who have slept for less than seven hours in the past 24 hours,
and drivers who have slept for one or more hours less than their usual
amount of sleep in the past 24 hours have significantly elevated crash
rates. The U.S. government estimates sleep deprivation is similar to
driving with a blood alcohol concentration equal to or slightly above the
legal limit for alcohol in the U.S.”
A comprehensive occupational therapy (OT) evaluation will optimally
consider the client’s sleep habit as an area of function because sleep
deprivation affects all aspects of life and can be a serious safety concern.
In some cases, symptoms can be attributed to Irlen Syndrome—a light
sensitivity disorder affecting 15 percent of the population. The OT’s
role is to identify the risk factors, address the secondary conditions that
diminish sleep quality, then develop a plan to mitigate each problem for
Patients can benefit from OT to help them learn sleep hygiene because
this is as important as gut health and exercises are for optimal cognitive
and neurologic rehabilitation. OT teaches pain and fatigue management;
establishing predictable routines, including regular times for waking
and sleeping; addressing performance deficits or barriers to activities of
daily living specific to their expected level of functioning, whether it be
as basic as toileting independently or being able to perform their job
without pain by body mechanics training and ergonomic assessments.
Prevention and intervention strategies to address individual, family
and population-based sleep needs lie within the scope of practice for
occupational therapy and represent another way in which the profession
approaches clients from a holistic perspective to help them live life to
its fullest. If you or someone you know is suffering the effects of sleep
deprivation such as brain fog, fatigue, poor memory and job or school
performance, a referral to an OT who has several assessment tools and
skills can be a lifesaver and a game changer!
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HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT
BY SCOTT PORTER
One factor that increases our risk
of getting sick or ending up in
the hospital from COVID-19 is
being overweight. Our body is
amazingly adept at storing energy; this can
lead to excess. It’s an important time for each
of us to consider how many extra calories we
Getting rid of excess weight is not easy, as
patterns are often hard to shift. Adjustments
require changes to our lifestyle and diet that
will likely cause us to feel uncomfortable. Our
body just feels different when it is reusing
Anything we eat over what our body needs to
operate, whether it be carrots or butter, will
get converted and stored as fat. This leads to
weight gain. Fat stored in muscles or fat cells
is a good source of energy, but it takes time to
convert back and only happens when we run
at a calorie deficit.
Reducing weight requires a sustained lower
intake of calories than our body requires to
give time for these fat stores to be accessed.
There is no one way to get rid of weight. The
common factor though is changing the habits
that put it on in the first place.
My favorite solution for quick adjustments
is intermittent fasting. Whether skipping a
meal or not eating for one full day, this has the
immediate effect of burning stored calories
and reducing weight.
Reduce foods that increase blood sugar levels.
This includes things made from flour and
sugar. Processed foods digest quickly and
are high sources of calories that your body
typically cannot fully use and will tend to
I’m a big fan of tracking. Writing down
what I eat helps me pay attention to where
my calories are coming from. This kind of
mindfulness can be applied to how fast I eat,
how many times I chew each bite and the
environment in which I’m eating. Being aware
leads to better choices.
I used to think getting the right start to the
day meant eating foods often thought of
as breakfast, like cereal, potatoes, milk and
breads. Not only do these raise blood sugar
and get stored faster, they also cause me to feel
hungry later. So I’ve switched to more protein
at breakfast and encourage the same.
Maintaining a good gut microbial balance
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beneficial bacteria, as well as taking an
effective probiotic. Out of all the supplements
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Quality sleeping habits and a positive attitude
can’t be over stressed. If you don’t sleep well
your body won’t metabolize foods as effectively.
And make sure to keep your cortisol levels
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These changes alone can lead to visible weight
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The effect a song will have on someone
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Depending on the type of music, music
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Idaho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman have changed their plans for this summer. The scenery will be equally spectacular, the weather a
bit warmer, but an entirely new challenge.
News that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the sponsors of the Yukon 1000 across the Canadian wilderness to cancel this year’s event, which
compelled the couple to seek out another challenge.
So, instead of making their way across the Great North this summer, Joshua and Julie will be paddling their way through some of the most picturesque
wilderness waterways of the Deep South as participants in the Great Alabama 650. The course is a world apart from the Canadian Yukon wilderness.
Over the past eight years the Idaho couple had been regular participants in the Yukon River Quest, a twisting challenge through virtually untouched
wilderness in the vast open terrain in Canada. They have placed as high as first place in their division.
Julie and Joshua had hoped to enhance the challenge this year by doubling their miles on the river when they applied to compete in the elite Yukon
1000, a course that follows the route of early pioneers in what has been billed as the longest boat race in the world.
The disappointing news of the COVID lockdown, however, did not deter them. Joshua quickly found another challenge they could answer. His
solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength, endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what sponsors describe as “an epic
adventure along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.”
“It may be less miles,” said Joshua, “but it is definitely more of a challenge. Both physically and emotionally.”
He was thrilled with the new challenge, proclaiming he did not want to “flush all those hours of training down the toilet.” He added the Alabama
course has the potential to be more challenging because the Yukon
River flows at a consistent 9 to 13 miles per hour. The river course
in Alabama has multiple stretches of still water that will require
Racers in Alabama will also be forced to exit the river for nine
portages to get around nine dams on this year’s course. Julie has
been designated as the coxswain for the race to allow Joshua to
concentrate on navigation.
“We were already seven months into our training for the Yukon
when they pulled the plug,” said Joshua. He admitted that Julie is a
“much better technical paddler,” but Julie said her partner’s training
for Ironman competitions will be beneficial during the more
grueling portions of the race.
According to Race Director Greg Wingo, the race in Alabama this
September presents a unique challenge for both competitors and
organizers. Greg is an ultra-runner who co-founded a trail running
group in his native Birmington.
“When it comes to a paddle race, and specifically with our race
where we have several different bodies of water, the logistics behind
that are quite a bit more complicated,” he explained. “On top of that,
there is a level of navigating and orienteering that’s involved for the
paddlers that’s not quite as common in most running races.”
Only three teams out of the 20 that began last year’s inaugural race
made it to the finish line, he said.
The change in venue has not changed Joshua and Julie’s year-round
zeal for their daily regimen of vigorous training. In addition to time
on the river every morning near their home north of Bonners Ferry
in North Idaho, Joshua continues to chop wood, work out at the
gym and hone the navigational skills he first learned during his
time as a SEAL in the Navy.
Meanwhile, Julie does aerobics to build up her stamina when she
is not behind the counter of Mountain Mike’s, a local health food
“We are both knocking on the door of 60, so our workouts now
include more yoga in addition to aerobics,” said Julie.
Joshua said they will begin to scale back from their twice-a-day
routine as they get closer to the actual start date of the race.
“We’re also taking more supplements to help boost our endurance
levels,” he said with a quiet laugh.
Julie is concerned that the drastic changes in temperature and
humidity in Alabama in the heat of summer may pose more of a
challenge than the actual river.
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and so we'll be doing a lot of training during the heat of the day
this summer (in Idaho),” Josh said when asked about the changes in
preparation for the new challenge.
“The only element we will really need to work on that is different is
They explained the actual workouts are “not really much different”
than their annual preparation for the Yukon. Julie said their time
in kayaks on the river is primarily focused on strengthening the
teamwork and the methods the couple has developed as tandem
paddlers over the years.
Racers can never take any situation on the river for granted,
said Joshua. He said participants have reported experiencing
hallucinations along either course. That can be especially dangerous
for teams hundreds of miles from civilization in Canada.
Based on his research from across the country, Josh anticipates even
more perils in the Alabama waterway. Instead of an occasional bear
foraging for salmon, the southern waters will have dangers with
large teeth lurking below the surface of the water and ominous
predators in the branches of trees along the bank.
As of now, the Great Alabama 650 is scheduled to start on September
16 on Weiss Lake in the northeast corner of the state and end at Fort
Morgan on the shores of Mobile Bay. Rules of the race dictate that
the race must be completed within 10 days.
A total of $22,500 in prize money will be divided among finishers
in three separate categories: male, female and two-person teams.
The river course stretches from the white water at the headwaters to
the ambling river delta. Greg cautions racers that “the race can pose
a challenge to even the most experienced paddler.”
Racers, he said, who sign up for the solo division must have at least
one “crewperson” to assist throughout the race to provide help
along the journey. The race director is also grateful for the “trail
angels,” people who live along the water who will be available to
assist racers, offering snacks or a place for a hot shower.
“All along the trail, there are people that live close by and love this
waterway and love to help out paddlers,” Greg said. “We’ve created
a network of these angels to help out paddlers with pretty much
anything on their route—acts of kindness that have been in place
for decades. Now we’ll be utilizing them for this race.”
The angels and a host of other volunteers will be a major force in
keeping the race running properly. Many of the volunteers will be
stationed at portages along the course. Racers will be met on the
shoreline, where they will be required to get out of their boat and
take a compulsory break.
Most of these stations are at sites of dams and other places that will
need to be bypassed on foot.
“Volunteers are absolutely critical for this race,” Greg said. “The
primary responsibility of the volunteers at the portages will be to
make sure racers get their mandatory time out of the water and to
check on them.”
He said as the race proceeds and competitors spread out, more
volunteers are needed to staff the stations, some hundreds of miles
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are still close together, but as the days go by the racers spread out,
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man multiple portages over a couple of hundred
miles, staffing them 24 hours a day,” Greg said.
Joshua and Julie will travel to Alabama with
their own set of “trail angels.”
“My son, Ian, has been with us for five years in
a row for the Yukon River Quest. He is planning
on going with us to the Great Alabama 650 this
year too,” said Julie. “He could not make it last
Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson were on hand
to support their friends at the first mandatory
layover last year. They helped pull Joshua and
Julie out of their boat, fed them both and put
them to beds to sleep before the start of the
“While we are sleeping, they clean out our
boat, restock it with food and water, dry
everything they can (pfds, spray skirts,
jackets). They helped inspect our gear and
boat with the race officials, and then they are
there at the end to help us out of the boat and
take care of us and our gear.”
Julie said her brother David and his wife
Amy and her sister Tammy and her husband
Scott helped pay the registration fee for the
postponed race in the Yukon.
Donations of waterproof hats, gloves and socks
from Sealskinz USA have helped Joshua and
Julie prepare for the river race in Alabama.
The change in venue
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Joshua and Julie's
for their daily
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“Nite Ize provided us with some waterproof
bags and Peak Refuel is giving us our freezedried
meals,” Julie added. “We are also especially
grateful to our customers at Mountain Mike's
for their loyalty to help us reach our goal.”
Julie and Joshua have one ultimate goal that
guides them on their outdoor adventures. That
is the challenge to finish the race and be able to
plan for next year’s test of endurance.
“We work well together, but this will not be a
walk in the park,” said Joshua with a straight
face. “This is an entirely new challenge. Its’ all
new to us.”
“We always try to find the silver lining,” Julie
concluded. “The cancelation of the Yukon
race may have been a blessing in disguise.”
Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in
Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving
the stories of past generations. He was a
finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and has received
acclamation for his work regarding sustainable
energy. Aznoff is the author of three books
that document colorful periods of history in
the state of Washington. He can be reached at
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by ABIGAIL THORPE
e strongly believe that choosing the right build location will make or
break your project,” shares Brandon Johnson at Affordable Custom
Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is because unforeseen
expenses and issues from site development can dramatically affect
budget and timeline.
“The unforeseen budgetary impact that site development can have ... will take a big bite out
of your construction budget, and if you don't have adequate reserves, it could sink you right
out of the gate,” says Johnson. “I advise that buyers meet both their builder and excavator
at different times to get their perspectives on the challenges and costs to develop their lot.”
Many builders will offer free site visits to help you prepare for the unexpected, so you know
exactly what you’re getting into from the start. It’s a good idea to have an excavator and
builder take a look at your site before you settle on it, but here are some key things to
consider as you search for the perfect build location.
First off, consider what type of property you’re looking for and how much you need (or
want). Do you have pets and require a large pasture space? Do you want to garden or farm?
Do you want access to water?
Consider how close you want to be to your neighbors, and who those neighbors might be.
Do you want lots of space to keep your home isolated, or do you want the interaction and
neighborhood camaraderie that comes with building on a small lot in a neighborhood?
It’s essential to know if you have access to your build location. “Not just the obvious questions
about ‘where am I gonna place my house’ or ‘doze my driveway;’ but what type of seasonal
access do I have to the lot, not just through the lot,” says Johnson.
Consider road restrictions on the nearest highways, weight and height limitations on
access roads, and difficult road conditions like switchbacks that make it difficult to get large
deliveries. Also, make sure you know what access is like in all seasons—will you need to do
additional maintenance in winter to have access to your home? Finally, says Johnson, it’s
vital to know you have deeded easement access to the lot. It’s legal to buy and sell landlocked
land in Idaho—which would require a helicopter to access.
Proximity to Attractions and Services
How close do you want to be to town or the city? It may seem nice to be out in the country,
but consider your daily habits and where you enjoy spending the most time. If you are a
person who enjoys going to town multiple times a day, living an hour outside of it might
prove more difficult than you think, particularly in winter. Do you want to be able to bike
to local shops? Or will the noise and lack of space living in a town or city bother you? Here’s
where you consider amenities. Do you want a gated or private community with amenities
and services, or will the rules and regulations that come with them be an issue?
THE SETTING OF
YOUR HOME MATTERS
ON AN AESTHETIC
LEVEL, BUT BEYOND
THE VISUAL SETTING
IT IS IMPORTANT
FACTORS MAY AFFECT
ROCK, CLAY OR SAND.
Consider what utilities are available and where they are coming from
before finalizing a build site. Septic/sewer should be your first concern,
says Johnson, then water. “Well drilling may require some additional
capital to re-drill if you don't produce adequate water from a well,” he
adds. “If there is a water or sewer system available, that's great, but be
aware there are usually connection fees assessed by the provider that
is a different fee than the actual connection made by the excavator.
Determine those costs up front.” Finally, determine where power or gas
is coming from, and the path it will need to take to reach your home site.
The setting of your home matters on an aesthetic level, but beyond the
visual setting it is important to consider how geographic factors may
affect your building costs—such as rock, clay or sand. “This is where an
experienced excavator can be most valuable to you,” says Johnson.
“Rock will crush your dreams faster than a Steamroller over a Coke can,
unless you've got seriously robust budgets,” he adds. Keep in mind it’s not
just removing rock for the house pad, but for the driveways and utilities
as well—a project that can easily add up to six figures, says Johnson.
Clay and sand present different challenges in terms of the septic system
and house drainage, and foundation and roads. “Clay can be overcome,
but again, you better be planning for it early,” cautions Johnson. “The cost
to import rock or the use of Heli Pile anchors can cure your sandy site
issues ... but at a substantial cost.”
Finally, consider stormwater control. Building authorities require home
builders to manage the storm water, and the process of planning for it
can delay your timeline, particularly if civil engineers need to inspect and
design management measures, adds Johnson.
The most commonly considered item, but what you should actually ask
yourself near the end, is what you want the placement of your home to
be. “Of course your home's views are easy for anyone to determine and
have the most long-term benefit of site development, but a few items
not considered by those moving here from southern states are winter
time sun and shady areas,” says Johnson. Make sure you have access
to the southern horizon to help with the grey that settles in winter,
and consider where snow piles may hang on into late spring
and potentially cause issues for gardening or
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TIPS & TRICKS
When you decide to have a home built, you commit to an investment in your future; an investment of
time, resources and energy. Reaching this point in life comes with its flood of emotions: excitement,
accomplishment, and often, overwhelm.
Building a home can place you into a completely new role: manager, designer, even contractor, depending on
the time and interest you have in taking these on.
Whether you have building experience or are starting from ground zero, one factor is for certain: You can’t
do it alone.
Choosing a team that you trust with your dream home can be a daunting task. How do you know who to
hire to turn your vision into reality? Start with the following key qualities to make the process a little easier.
First consider those you hire to be your new business partners; people you’ll work closely with, make
compromises with and communicate with regularly.
Know what to delegate and what to maintain a tight control over. Set your budget and know which
factors you’re willing to compromise, especially time. Some homeowners will have all the time and
ability to handle the build on their own; however, most will want to collaborate and delegate to the
expertise of well-chosen team members, especially the designer, general contractor
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If you choose to hire an architect, most will
guide the visionary aspect of the build
from concept to completion.
The vision begins with design. If you choose
to hire an architect, most will guide the
visionary aspect of the build from concept
to completion. Most architects also offer a
variety of services for home builders to select
from. Be sure to discuss clear expectations
with your prospective hire.
Another option is to hire a designer, who
will likely have different licensure but a
comparable level of basic structural design,
space planning, detail and proportion as it
relates to building a home.
Ask for a designer’s local licensure and
insurance policy coverage. Some designers
may work for local contractors in a “design/
build firm,” which pairs design capability
with a general contractor and could save
you a bit of work on compiling your home
You can learn more about an architect or
designer by reviewing their portfolio, reviews
and past work. Whoever you select should be
able to take on not only exterior design but
ensuring the best use of your existing space,
including accessibility and functionality.
Check references and prepare to ask the
right questions, including how they charge,
the specific services they offer, how they
implement clients’ input, what should
happen to the design if you choose to
terminate for any reason before completion
of the project, and if the plans they produce
will be sufficient to obtain a building permit.
For the build itself, consider hiring a general
contractor to oversee the process. They can
manage all aspects of the project, secure key
pieces like permits and code inspections,
supervise construction and secure the
subcontractors who specialize in specific
tasks related to the build.
A general contractor will usually
charge a flat fee or a percentage of
the cost in materials and labor to
complete the build—typically 10 to
You’ll also want to feel secure in the
contractor’s credibility. A general
contractor can build credibility for
themselves and their subcontractors
by working with some clients year
after year, so references and reviews
will speak volumes.
Just like your designer, you’ll want to
check the contractor’s local licensing
and insurance. When you find your
match, you’ll want to outline your
build in a contract that’s mutually
agreed upon, including waivers
that protect you from any potential
retribution from subcontractors.
It truly takes a team to build a home,
and the average home takes about 22 subcontractors to build, for
components like roofing, electricity, plumbing, carpeting and more.
Depending on the amount of your own time dedicated to invest in
the build, you have the option to reduce the need for subcontractors
by drawing on your own skill set and finding a few things on your
THE PROCESS BEGINS
WITH A BIT OF
WHAT OPTIONS ARE
AVAILABLE TO YOU
LOCALLY, AND WHO
YOU MIGHT FEEL SAFE
own, such as lighting, fixtures and
Should you choose to act as your
own general contractor and hire
subcontractors you need, you have
the potential to save thousands.
However, good contractors do
earn their fee. They’re licensed
and trained to estimate costs, and
their prior knowledge of local
subcontractors, permit offices and
suppliers can ensure the best use of
your resources. They’ll often have
crews who are already well-versed in
the construction process.
The amount of time and resources
you’ll dedicate to building a home
is entirely up to you. No matter how
much of the project you’ll want to
take on yourself, and how much
you plan to delegate, it’s important
to do your research when it comes
to selecting your teammates in terms of design, construction and
conception. Ask questions, check reviews, set expectations, build
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White kitchens have been the trend for many years now, but homeowners
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greys and natural wood have become popular alternatives to white in the
Taking their cue from the kitchen, other spaces in the home are starting to
see bolder, richer colors, or soft, natural hues. Gone is the grey on grey on
grey tones we saw so much of in past years. People want their home to feel
relaxing, warm, inviting and peaceful—with a touch of individual flare.
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Easy maintenance and natural finishes are today’s must haves. Quartz has
quickly become one of the most popular countertop choices because of its
durability and easy maintenance, unlike its popular predecessor granite.
A popular design choice continues the quartz as a backsplash in place of
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living spaces. You’ll find it used on range hoods, as accent cabinets in the
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Bathrooms are not just spots we shower and take care of business. Modern
baths incorporate more of a day spa, livability element—they’re spaces
we want to spend time and relax in. Bathroom seating—either built in or
portable—is becoming popular as a space to take off shoes, sit and relax,
or stack clothing and towels. To increase visual space and remove noise,
more and more people are opting for double floating vanities.
Small details and visual impact are more important than ever. Tiling over
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making the tub look like more of a built-in feature if a free-standing tub is
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The king of 2020 design? Multifunctionality. People want their spaces
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Last month our road trip ended in Christina Lake at the lovely Sunflower Inn B&B. The next destination is Rossland and continues
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drive in North America. Even doing just a portion of this 280-mile scenic drive is worth it. Gorgeous lakes and rivers with crystalclear
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free ferry crossing.
Day 4: Rossland, British Columbia
It is just a 60-mile drive from Christina Lake to Rossland, British Columbia, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflower before starting
your day. Once you arrive, grab a coffee or other beverage from one of the downtown coffee shops and explore the town. Historic photos
sized like a mural line the main street. You can stand by an historic monument and have the same view as one of the photos taken in 1913.
There are a variety of shops and galleries worth taking a peek at.
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menu is heavy on seasonal, hearty food. For an appetizer that should be called dessert, try the candied bacon. It lives up to the hype. Dine
inside with views of the mountain or out on the deck. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Enjoy the scenic drive into Nelson, which is your stop for the night. The Adventure Hotel is a fun place to stay and is geared to those who love
the outdoors. It has a bright, modern interior and is centrally located to all there is to see and do in Nelson. After checking in, take a walk
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Day 5: Nelson
Get an early start today so you have time for breakfast and kayaking
before checkout time at the hotel. Oso Negro is a great place to start your
day. This indoor art gallery and breakfast stop serves up more than 20
different blends of coffee to enjoy with seasonal breakfast options. Eat
among the works of talented local artists or outside in the garden.
The Prestige Lakeside Resort is located on the banks of the west arm of
Kootenay Lake and offers boat rentals from their dock, which is home to
Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak. Rent your watercraft of choice and head
out on the lake. Morning hours often have no wind, and the scenery has
mountains that come almost to the edge of the lake. Very tranquil.
After a quick stop at the Adventure Hotel to freshen up and check out,
head into town to visit Touchstones Nelson Museum of Arts and History
to learn about the town and surrounding areas. A popular hike in the
area is to Pulpit Rock for its spectacular views of Nelson Kootenay Lake.
Highly recommended by locals is the little town of Kaslo. It is just north
of Ainsworth Hot Springs, your stop for the night, so you will have to
double back—but so worth it. The scenic drive along Highway 31 is truly
impressive. It is hard to imagine how the road was even built when the
mountains run right to the lake. Kaslo is a quaint town that is like a step
back in time. Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, the historic town
is well worth the detour with breathtaking views everywhere you walk,
cute shops and many choices to grab a meal.
Head back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the night. The hot springs
get crowded, so plan to go in the morning when it is only open for hotel
guests. Located near the hotel is the JB Fletcher Store, a museum and
local artisan shop. Worth the trek down the hill. The Ktunaxa Grill, the
on-site restaurant, has great service, and the indigenous-inspired menu is
constructed of fresh, local ingredients. Reservations are a must.
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The Adventure Hotel - AdventureHotel.ca
Ainsworth Hot Springs - AinsworthHotSprings.com
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa
WHERE TO EAT
The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge - JosieHotel.com
Cantina del Centro - CantinadelCentro.com
WHAT TO DO
Rossland Museum - RosslandMuseum.ca
Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak
Kaslo - VisitKaslo.com
International Selkirk Loop - SelkirkLoop.org
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Day 6: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
First thing in the morning, visit the
Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is so nice without
all the crowds. The complex includes a pool
fed by the spring, a cold plunge pool fed by
Munn Creek and a dimly lit cave. It is not for
the faint of heart as it is like a dark tunnel.
Have breakfast at the hotel before checking
Head to Balfour to catch the Kootenay Lake
Ferry to Kootenay Bay. You are now on the
International Selkirk Loop. There are no
reservations, so check the times and arrive
early for the 35-minute ferry crossing. This is
the longest free ferry in the world—and one
of the most scenic. While you wait there are
plenty of shops, restaurants and a bakery at
the ferry landing.
Once you arrive in Kootenay Bay, follow Highway 3A south to Bonners
Ferry, Idaho. Along the way enjoy the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake.
Stop at Crawford Bay, a unique community of artisans’ studios. As you
continue south there are small towns, shops and beaches for photo ops.
Before crossing the border make a detour in Creston to visit two wineries,
Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and the Baillie-Grohman Winery,
that are thriving in the microclimate of the area.
Cross the border into Idaho and head to Bonners Ferry for the night. The
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is in a great location
next to the river and has a pedestrian tunnel to access the downtown area.
There are restaurants on-site, or head through the tunnel to access the
visitors’ center and local downtown eating establishments.
Day 7: Last Day
In the morning, head 6 miles east to the Kootenai National Wildlife
Refuge. There is a visitors’ center with a hike nearby to a waterfall.
Additional hikes are available as well as a 4.5-mile auto tour. There is
a good chance you will see moose, elk, deer, or rarer a bear. Birds are
abundant including bald eagles and migratory waterfowl. After spending
time in the refuge continue to explore the U.S. side of the International
Selkirk Loop or head home. You are about a six-hour drive to Seattle,
Washington, which is a major airline hub.
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By Jillian Chandler
As school campuses remained closed for the rest of the school
year, this year's senior class has seen its share of heartache during
their final weeks of high school, but there are high hopes that one
dream will not be shattered—the opportunity to walk and receive their
diplomas with their families and close friends watching.
“Graduation, as well as other spring milestones, is a well-earned rite
of passage that every student should experience to celebrate their
13 years of education,” says Deborah Krishnadasan, president of the
Peninsula School District School Board and chair of the graduation
committee. “Walking off the graduation stage with diploma in hand
marks their first step into the world of opportunities that await them.”
A Graduate Car Parade is set to take place June 13 at Tacoma Narrows
Airport and include students from both Peninsula High School (10am)
and Gig Harbor High School (1pm). The day marks the original date
graduation ceremonies were to take place. Parents and guests are
invited to line the parade route in their vehicles and cheer on the
graduates as they drive by in decorated vehicles. All participants and
onlookers must remain in their vehicles before, during and after the
parade. (Rides will be arranged for students if needed.)
“The District is especially thankful to Derek Young and Bruce
Dammeier for requesting the use of the airport and getting approval
from the FAA,” according to Krishnadasan.
Graduation ceremonies for both Peninsula and Gig Harbor high
schools have been scheduled for July 25 at Roy Anderson Field but
can only happen if Washington is in Phase 4 of the state’s “Safe Start”
plan. (Find details and safety guidelines for these ceremonies on the
When asked what she hopes the class of 2020 takes with them as
they say their official farewell to high school, Krishnadasan says
this: “The knowledge that they handled this situation with grace and
patience beyond their years and that they are most resilient. Born in
the aftermath of 9/11 and graduating during a global pandemic, these
young adults have the tenacity to reach all of their dreams and desires,
despite any barrier life may bring.”
TIME TO CELEBRATE
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Pennsylvania was the first state to establish Flag Day as a legal
holiday back in 1937. Today Flag Day is observed nationwide,
though not as a legal holiday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14
each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate
its adoption of stars and stripes as the official flag of the United
States. You can help celebrate by displaying your flag in front of
your home or business. June 14 is also the day that the United
States Army celebrates its birthday, with 2020 marking 245 years
since the U.S. Army as we know it today was founded.
Though your traditional Father's Day plans may have been
deterred because of current protocols, we are fortunate that Gig
Harbor is home to so many adventures! Now that businesses are
beginning to open back up, make reservations to treat Dad to a
meal at a local restaurant of his choice or purchase a gift certificate
to one of his favorite local stores or shops to pick out a gift of his
liking! And as the great outdoors abound, you can always opt to
get in a weekend fishing or camping trip. It's not so much how you
spend Father's Day, but who you spend it with. Help make this a
Father's Day Dad will remember for years to come.
SAVE THE DATE
It's the day they've been working toward for the past 13 years—high
school graduation. And on July 25, Gig Harbor and Peninsula high
school seniors will walk the stage to receive their diploma (8:30
and 11am respectively). The district is working to ensure safety is
at the forefront. Seniors will sit 6 feet apart on the turf field at the
Peninsula High School Roy Anderson Field, face the grandstand
and proceed in and out of the ceremony at safe distances. Given the
size of PHS and GHHS graduating classes, there will not be enough
room for students to have guests attend the ceremony. Instead, the
ceremony will be live streamed for all to watch safely from home.
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