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August 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

AUGUsT 2020

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

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his summer has been one to

remember, though possibly

one many would like to

forget. As our wonderful

community events continued to be canceled

left and right for the concern of our health

and safety, it almost felt as if we had been

stripped of what makes summertime here

truly memorable year after year. But, maybe

this could be a blessing in disguise for so

many of us. Summer is still here, and now

more than ever we have the opportunity to

spend more quality time with our families

than usual.

THE FINAL DAYS OF SUMMER

Despite the uncertainties, we continue to

work and play in this place we call home—

even if that means finding new ways to get

outdoors and take in the beauty and unique

opportunities our town has to offer. Don’t

let another day pass you by without seizing

those moments and creating memories with

those most dear to you by your side.

Before we know it, the long days of summer

will be behind us, and it will be back to

routine—whatever that may look like, as so

much is still unknown. The kids will be back

in school, whether that be in a structured

school setting or in the comfort of your

own home via remote learning. Sports will

once again be making their return, adding

some excitement and friendly competition

amongst the players—and their audience.

Life will continue, and we will continue to

adapt to the changes and challenges that

come with it.

Despite all that is going on around us, we

can take comfort in knowing that our

community remains strong, and together,

we will survive and once again thrive.

As you read through the August issue of Gig

Harbor Living Local, you will be reminded

of the wonderful place we live and the

incredible people who surround us daily.

We are truly fortunate, and it is a reminder

to be grateful for the gift we’ve been given

to live in, and be a part of, such a caring

community.

Memories are ready to be made, and Gig

Harbor is the perfect place to create them.

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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Samantha Elise Tillman, this little walkway

takes you under the restaurant and to the

docks, where you can rent kayaks and canoes

for a fun day out on the water.

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

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Come Out and Show Your Support: Hogs,

Dogs and Rods will once again raise funds

for the Northwest Kidney Center

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36 FEATURE STORY

GOOD NEWS

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Paddlers Completion: Excited New as plan Ancich saves Nears

large sum HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 52

BUSINESS IN THE 34

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

SPOTLIGHT

Family First Adult Family Homes: People

caring for people

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PEP-C Pioneers: Decades dedicated to

community safety

LIVING LOCAL

Island History: The Fox Island Museum

offers opportunities for learning and fun

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Caribou Creek Log & Timber:

Building your dream log home

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From Walla Walla to Hollywood: The life

and career of Adam West

TRAVEL & LEISURE

The Longest Beach in the United

States: Long Beach Peninsula

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

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A Warm Welcome and Comfortable Stay

SETTING UP YOUR SHORT-TERM RENTAL

By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer

So many people are falling in love with our area and purchasing

a second home here. If that is you, congratulations! If, instead,

you are from here and decided to take advantage of this boom we

are experiencing and rent out your home for short-term rentals

(STRs), congratulations! If you just live here and don’t have a second

home, still—congratulations! We live in a beautiful area that people love

to visit.

Setting up your property to rent, however, can be intimidating. I’ve

worked on many rental properties, and the competition is fierce for the

high-dollar rentals. Part of the issue is the pressure from social media.

Rental companies and, indeed, renters, would like their vacation homes

to be Instagram and Facebook worthy. They want a vacation home that

comes with bragging rights. But how does one accomplish this and

still account for the fact that items may be stolen, damaged, broken,

misplaced or misused?

When outfitting a short-term rental, the first thing I do is assess the

surfaces. Anything worn, damaged or unsightly needs to be repaired or

replaced ASAP. This goes for flooring, cabinetry, carpeting, countertops

and all bathrooms and plumbing fixtures. I also look at heat sources and

ventilation. It might be summertime swelter to us locals, but someone

visiting from Arizona or Georgia might find our chilly summer nights a

bit on the frigid side. Comfort is key. Ceiling fans and air conditioning

must also be in good working order. If none exist, a good-quality floor

or table fan is definitely a must—especially in bedrooms. All doors and

windows must also be in good working order, with locks on bathroom

doors, if possible.

A fresh coat of paint is always appreciated, as are clean carpets, maintained

fireplaces and appliances, a full kitchen—including cookware and basic

spices. Towels and linens are a must, as are clean sheets and ultra-clean

bedding. It should look a feel like a hotel but with a “homey” twist.

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Interior decor should be simple,

tasteful and area specific.

Curb appeal is important as well. That first glimpse of the home when

people pull up really begins their experience. If you do not live here full

time, make sure that you have a landscaper or someone maintaining

the lawn and front garden beds. Hot tubs are a plus, but of course, not

necessary, as are fire pits. However, it is a good idea to leave your renters

with instructions for both! Instructions for any unusual or high-end

appliances are also a good idea and may prevent unwanted mishaps.

For furnishings, the focus is usually on beds. “How many does it sleep?”

is a common question in the world of STRs. However, this question

should be addressed within reason. Bunk beds are a plus, but not always

necessary. Sometimes queen-sized beds in each bedroom work just as

well, as family members can double up if needed, including kids. Pullout

sofas are also recommended, but again, not always necessary. If you’d

like to focus on quality instead of quantity, that is certainly acceptable.

As well, I’ve worked on STRs where instead of a huge room of beds we’ve

placed good-quality sleeping bags on the floor of a bonus room, and the

kids have had a great time, treating it like a campout!

Interior decor should be simple, tasteful and area specific. Signs reading

“Welcome to the Beach” or “Relax, You’re at the Cabin” are welcome.

Family photos and other personal memorabilia are not. People love

their vacations to be beautiful and fun, but not stressful. Your STR is

not the place for your grandmother’s china or pristine antique dining

table. Items need to be somewhat affordable and replaceable, just in

case an accident occurs. A short-term vacation home is a place where

your guests don’t want to have to worry about their surroundings. The

best gift you can give them is a comfortable bed, a simple but cohesive

interior and a warm Gig Harbor welcome!

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A Drama-Free Zone

AN OPTION FOR A PEACEFUL PATH TOWARD DIVORCE

By Felicia A. Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

“I

am as close to changing my life as my current positive

thought.” -Louise Hay

After several months (and counting) of COVID-19

restrictions limiting our abilities to “normally” work, educate and

socialize, we have all had a lot to think about while staying so close

within our homes. Have we let our thoughts evolve into negative

and sometimes fear-based anxiety, or have we learned how to think

from a different perspective on how to handle these unfamiliar

challenges being thrown at us, particularly in our relationships?

with a professional to move forward in steps that you and your

spouse can handle emotionally, financially and methodically, with

support you can feel good about without dread or drama.

If you are facing separation or divorce from your significant other,

you can choose to allow the negative emotions, such as anger

and hostility, guide you. Or you can choose to recognize those

triggers for what they are, set them aside (notice I’m not suggesting

suppressing them or pretending they don’t exist) and commit to a

peaceful pathway through the difficult road ahead.

As a divorce mediator and non-adversarial family law attorney,

I have certainly heard from clients who have been stretched too

thin in their personal lives of late. However, one phenomenon has

come to the forefront. A common phrase I’m hearing is, “We need

to make a change, but we don’t want any drama. We’ve agreed we

don’t want our legal process of separating to add to this stress. Is

that possible?”

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” If you do your homework and

select the right professional and process to assist you, you can

move forward in a more positive and peaceful way.

During the early summer, as restrictions eased and potential clients

called me to explore mediation, I heard numerous comments

regarding these parties speaking with other professionals “who

were not the right fit.” Common complaints included those

professionals “wanting to tell us what to do,” “wanting to position

me against my spouse” and “asking me why I haven’t kicked my

spouse out of the house,” all contrary to the intentions of the couple.

Time and again, and I learned of clients continuing their search for

professional help during “Stay Home” restrictions, but not at the

expense of creating more hard feelings. “It’s just too much during

these challenging times” is a frequent refrain.

Divorce and family mediation has its roots in self-determination.

Your separation and divorce should go at your own pace, crafted

How do you do this? Aside from an empathetic attorney or

mediator, a good therapist can often be very helpful with sorting

through the emotional versus practical aspects of your transition.

Understanding there is a difference between compromising your

integrity and values and compromising your ability to “give

and take” to help move along an equitable asset distribution or

residential schedule for the kids may be key. If counseling isn’t

your thing, there are plenty of helpful books and articles to provide

information and education, and uplifting reminders to keep you

on your positive path.

You also benefit greatly from doing your research about legal

process options and interviewing professionals until you find the

process and professionals that best resonate with you. Remember,

your separation and divorce is a major life transition for you, your

spouse and your family. If you don’t want drama, don’t hire drama!

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 and can be

held either in-office or by video conferencing.

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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.

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WHY I VALUE THINKING

PARTNERS

Trusted people who encourage a higher level of awareness

increase our capacity to think clearly, to act intentionally,

and to lead effectively

By Trish Buzzone | Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team

As we all transition into a world

indelibly changed, much of the

conversation around us is about

“living in the new normal.” Should

we expect more of the confusion and chaotic

energy that has permeated much of the past

few months? Or will we have a foundation of

awareness and understanding to build on?

Whatever the answers to these questions are,

I want to thrive in that environment. I want

to think and act in a way that encourages me

to be the person who will do the things that

create the life I want to live, and I want people

I care about to have the tools to do the same.

This is why, over these past few months, I have

separated myself from things and people who

invite the chaos and confusion, and I have

chosen to focus on those guiding principles I

know to be true: fundamental, foundational

beliefs not subject to my circumstances. I

have also chosen to invest time with thinking

partners I trust, people who know me, who

understand and support my vision, who will

help me stay focused, and who will engage in

ongoing conversations that encourage a higher

level of awareness.

What is a Thinking Partner?

While the term “thinking partner” is often

used interchangeably with “mentor,” there

are important differences. In a mentor

relationship, one person is seeking a higher

level of understanding the other person has

achieved. There is a distinct master-student

dynamic, rather than a peer relationship.

especially in times of uncertainty and

confusion, we put ourselves in the position to

view our situation from a different perspective,

which often reveals opportunities or issues

we might not have seen. This kind of limited

vision is common even in less-stressful times,

because as we grow accustomed to “what’s

working,” we get stuck in the loop of our own

comfortable inner monologue, and we fail to

explore other, potentially better, ideas.

A trusted thinking partner brings a fresh

perspective that helps us build on what we

already have or helps us create a whole new

approach. Thinking partners challenge our

thinking in a way that draws us out of our

comfort zone; reveal faulty assumptions,

leading to shifts in how we think about ideas,

view challenges and approach solutions; and

instigate innovation, creativity and inspiration.

As we let go of preconceptions and assumptions

and allow the mutually beneficial listening and

sharing to work, these interactions lift the lid

on our limited thinking and reveal unexplored

ideas and opportunities we may otherwise

miss. In this way, my thinking partners

continue to help me maintain focus, be

positive and stay strong as we all move forward

together. Who are your thinking partners, and

how have they helped you?

You can connect with Trish Buzzone at

TrishBuzzone.com, Linkedin.com/in/

trishbuzzone or Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.

While both thinking partners and mentors are

trusted friends who challenge our thinking

and encourage a higher level of awareness,

thinking partner interaction is more of a twoway

street. Each person contributes wisdom

and perspective, actively listens for limited

thinking, and offers ideas that help us think

bigger and see more clearly. Because of this,

each person benefits from the counsel and

encouragement of the other.

The Value of a Thinking Partner

When we choose to engage honestly and

intentionally with a thinking partner,

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VIRTUAL SESSIONS CONTINUE

HARBOR WILDWATCH SHOWS ONLOOKERS WHAT’S

OUT THERE

By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Harbor WildWatch

Despite the continued closure of The

Skansie Visitor and Interpretive

Center, Harbor WildWatch has

put out a great amount of fun and

informative programs that you can take part in

from your computer, tablet or phone. Since the

closure, volunteers and staff have continued to

produce weekly STEM workshops, educating

kids and adults alike about the environment

around the harbor both above and below the

surface.

The sessions are broadcast on Facebook Live

and typically run for about 30 minutes to an

hour. In many cases, kids can do hands-on

learning using common items found around

the house. Lists of needed lesson materials are

available in the event calendar, and instructors

will help kids with their experiments via video.

If you miss the live interaction or would like

to go back to other lessons you might have

missed, all STEM programs are posted to the

Harbor WildWatch YouTube channel as well.

Back again this month is the Low Tide Beach

Walk. Organizers are keeping the specific

beaches a secret but say it will be a few new

locations that might include Port Townsend

and Seattle, and also some familiar favorites.

Moon snails, crabs and sea stars are just some

of the creatures you might encounter, and who

knows what else! You can tune into Facebook

Live at 10:30am Monday, August 17, through

Thursday, August 20, to follow along. For the

latest info and links, visit the events calendar

at HarborWildWatch.org.

Another fun virtual event is the monthly

Cocktails & Fishtales talk. This will be held on

Facebook Live Wednesday, August 19, from 6

to 7pm. Adam Obaza, marine biologist and

co-founder of Paua Marine Research Group,

will join the discussion on rockfish research.

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furthering biological knowledge of coastal

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consistent need for data and analysis. Their

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research questions and have a good time

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Volunteers and staff have continued to produce

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L I F E

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By Jillian Chandler

COURTESY OF JASON THOMAS

Cool rides and hot dogs will once again make their way to the

Gig Harbor Eagles Club Saturday, August 15, for the Hogs,

Dogs and Rods fundraising event to benefit the Northwest

Kidney Center.

From noon to 5pm, the community is invited to join in an afternoon

complete with beautiful rides (both cars and motorcycles), hot-off-thegrill

hot dogs and fresh, warm pretzels, live music and more, all for a

great cause.

Now in its third year, this fundraising event features a car and

motorcycle show complete with pinup girls, and be sure to vote for your

favorite—rod, hog and girl! Trophies, sponsored by Eagle Tire, will be

awarded in three categories for both cars and bikes: Best Custom Car/

Harley, Best Original Car/Harley and Best in Show. And don’t forget

the pinup/pageant girls, as one lucky and deserving participant will be

awarded a trophy. This is always a highlight of the afternoon.

Jim Hines is scheduled to MC the event, and it’s sure to be a fun time

as he announces the pinup girls, each with her own pageant name

and creative “made-up” story. Live music by the Big Bear Band will

also be included in the day’s festivities. The event, which is open to

both members and non-members alike, is free to attend, though all

donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the Northwest

Kidney Center.

One member of the Eagles Chapter 2809, Scott Wolinski, is a kidney

recipient himself, making the importance of funding for kidney

research touch that much closer to home for the Gig Harbor Eagles

Club members.

Northwest Kidney Center provides those with kidney disease excellent

care and vital support through their dedicated team, researching to

find better ways to treat and prevent kidney disease. Through your

support, you help make it possible for the team at Northwest Kidney

Centers to provide treatments for those with kidney disease, educate

those at risk and support kidney research.

Attendees can rest assured that when attending Hogs, Dogs and Rods

that event organizers will be following the current COVID-19 safety

guidelines. Last year’s event raised roughly $3,800 for the Kidney

Center, with proceeds going toward anything from research to dialysis

to kidney transplants. This year they hope to raise more than $5,000.

If you are unable to attend this year’s event, you can donate online

at JustGiving.com/fundraising/michelle-thomas58, or drop off a

donation in person at the Eagles (4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor,

WA 98332 ATTN: Donation to Hogs, Dogs and Rods). To find out

more about the Northwest Kidney Center, visit NWKidney.org.

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COURTESY OF THE CITY OF GIG HARBOR

PADDLERS EXCITED AS ANCICH

NEARS COMPLETION

NEW PLAN SAVES LARGE SUM

PHOTO BY FRANK OWEN SHAW

By Colin Anderson

THE DOCK WILL BE

OPEN AND AVAILABLE

TO KAYAKERS,

DRAGON BOATS,

STAND-UP PADDLE

BOARDERS AND ALL

OTHER FORMS OF

NON-MOTORIZED

WATER SPORTS.

With Ancich Waterfront Park nearly

complete, all that remains of the project

is water access for non-motorized craft.

“Anything you want to do (develop) on

the waterfront is hard, and it should be, but it’s a nice

feeling to be almost there,” explains Gig Harbor Canoe

and Kayak Race Team (GHCKRT) Founder and current

board member Alan Anderson.

Anderson and the organization have been with the

project since its conception in 2012. After the city

purchased the undeveloped waterfront property, it

began surveying the community about what it would

like to see included. High on the list was a place for

paddlers to have a dock with easier access to the

waterfront. “With fishing boats, yachts, rentals lined up

to launch at Jerisich Dock, the need is very evident,” says

Anderson.

A stroll down to the Ancich today and you will find

a beautifully landscaped park with picnic benches

to take in the view. At the water’s edge there is beach

access, and just above the beach is the brand new boat

storage facility. As part of an agreement with the city,

GHCKRT will lease about 60 percent of the storage

space, effectively making it a new home base for the

nationally recognized team. “We’ve been looking for a

waterfront home for the 18 years that I’ve been here, and

it’s great that it’s not just us, but this is about the whole

community having access to the water,” says Anderson.

The dock will be open and available to kayakers, dragon

boats, stand-up paddle boarders and all other forms

of non-motorized water sports. In fact, this will be the

only place on the harbor that is open to the public that is

solely for use of human-powered watercraft. While the

Canoe and Kayak Team boasts national-champion and

Olympic-caliber athletes, the area will also be used as a

training ground for those new to the sport, and is a safer

place for beginners to get out on the water. “Dodging

fishing boats and yachters if you are a rookie can make

you a little nervous,” Anderson says. Ancich Park will

provide a place for paddlers of all levels to launch safely,

and its location away from the busiest parts of the

harbor make it a prime place for beginners and visitors

to the area who might be unfamiliar with the layout of

the harbor.

While original plans for the Paddlers Dock called for

the building of a brand new large dock with the ability

to float up and down with the tide, new developments

have drastically changed the original design. The City of

Gig Harbor, which owns and maintains the park, is in

final negotiations with the Jerkovich family, who owns

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ANCICH PARK WILL PROVIDE A

PLACE FOR PADDLERS OF ALL

LEVELS TO LAUNCH SAFELY.

the dock adjacent to Ancich Park. Under the new plan, a new build of a

floating dock would be scrapped, and the Jerkovich family dock would

instead be renovated. Fishermen will still utilize the east side of the dock,

but non-motorized craft would launch to the west.

“The original plans called for two 80-foot piers and a lot of overwater

coverage,” explains Mayor Kit Kuhn. “This plan will make the harbor

look cleaner with less overwater coverage and a more attractive view.”

Kuhn also touts the savings in the new plan. The original floating

dock was budgeted at $1.2 million. The projected cost of renovations

and permitting for the Jerkovich family’s dock will come in closer to

$400,000. GHCKRT initially planned on fundraising more than half a

million dollars for the project but now will need only a small portion of

that—if any at all.

If the agreement goes through at the August 10th meeting, the city would

cover the cost of making the now public portion ADA compliant, as well

as replacing a few floats, moving a security gate and some older poles.

GHCKRT is behind the new plans and is confident it can accomplish its

goals while also seeing the benefit to other interested parties.

“It’s a win for everyone. Taxpayers save money, the Jerkovichs get their

dock rebuilt, and we still get safe water access,” affirms Anderson. “This

change is perfectly fine with us, and we can make it work.”

Mayor Kuhn also stressed the added safety with the user-friendly launch

area. “There is increased safety for the kayakers and paddle boarders

because there will be more distance between them and the fishermen.”

GHCKRT is excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully

soon be able to use the dock that’s been near a decade in the making. It

will probably be 2021 before the project is finished, but, once completed,

a fully functioning city-owned park with water access will be available to

all to use.

While the Canoe and Kayak Team will take up several of the storage

places, about 40 percent of the availability will be available for individuals

and day users to place their watercraft. Daily and monthly rates and

availability is still being worked out by the city but should be available

upon the completion of the project. There is ample public parking around

the park, a rinse station to wash off your craft, and the area is all ADA

compliant, which allows everyone to enjoy the park.

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People Caring

for People

Where family is always first

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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A small setting offering unmatched high-end care, at Family First Adult Family

Homes, owners Chris and Julie Thomson have an unwavering commitment to

all who come through their doors. Caring for people is behind every action,

and the work they do stems from a place of love, empathy and experience.

For the past 21 years, their purpose has been to enhance the quality of life for

their residents while striving to give family members the ability to spend quality

time with their loved one without the stress of caregiving. The Thomsons strive

to make the last few years, months, weeks and days for those in their care as

good as they can possibly be.

Family First consists of six adult family homes in the Gig Harbor area; each

home designed specifically with the intention to offer specialized personal 24-

hour care. Each home is state licensed to care for up to six people. Some of

the medical needs they specialize in are dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's,

stroke, diabetes, special diets and hospice care. Those who reside at Family

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including a visiting physician, RN, CNAs, activity director, resident care

manager, administrative staff and hands-on owners.

Chris’ experience as a medic in the Navy and working as an assistant

in geriatric physical therapy would shape and provide training for work

in caretaking—long before the idea ever crossed his mind. His unique

training, combined with personal experiences he encountered with his

own aging family members, led to the realization of the gaping need for

quality care for the aging. His response? To fill the gap. The result was

Family First Adult Family Homes.

Julie puts her effort in managing the operations, including staff and

communication as needed for each resident. This allows Chris to invest

his time where it matters most—the people. The staff is essential to Family

First homes, and Julie has worked tirelessly to create a unified network of

relationships between the staff, management, doctors, residents and the

public. “The support of our family, community and dedicated staff has

allowed us to continue to survive and thrive in this ever-changing and

challenging industry,” she says.

Family First is not a job for the Thomsons—it is their life. Each day they

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are listening to the needs and worries, fears and joys of those who’ve been

entrusted in their care.

During these past several months, Chris, Julie and their Family First

team continue to provide a small, safe setting for their residents. They

continuously stay up to date on all the current regulations, implementing

extensive precautions while still maintaining balance to keep their

residents engaged and connected with their loved ones. They are grateful

that their homes have remained COVID-free.

The Thomsons are passionate about those they care for in their homes as

well as their community as a whole. Chris is the chairman of the board at

the Chamber of Commerce, while Julie sits on the board of two different

nonprofits, the Alliance of Woman Owned Business and Aging Smart (a

nonprofit providing education and resources on aging wisely).

For those seeking a home away from home for their loved one, a place

in which their final time will be lived to the fullest, surrounded by

a compassionate team, Julie and Chris invite you to call and schedule

a tour. If you or someone you know is in need of their services, don’t

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From the beginning, the Peninsula

Emergency Preparedness Coalition, or

PEP-C, has been dedicated to making

schools safer, neighborhoods more

equipped for emergency, and the community

surrounding Gig Harbor more empowered

with education and resources.

Through the years, the PEP-C has teamed

with fire departments, educators, state patrol

officers and the like to provide effective

training for personal preparedness in a case of

emergency or disaster.

The coalition’s website describes its mission

as helping “neighbors, neighborhoods and

communities prepare to survive major

earthquakes like the Cascadia Subduction

Zone (CSZ) Earthquakes.”

Washington state has experienced a major

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earthquake every 300 years in recent

geological time. A clock counting down since

Washington’s last 9.0 earthquake looms on the

PEP-C website, reporting the count to be 320

years and five months. “We could experience a

major earthquake today!”

The coalition’s transparent dedication to their

cause has taken them through decades of

progress and success.

Three community members have stood out

as dedicated advocates for the mission behind

PEP-C. Dave Watson, Don Lee and Hugh

McMillan each have incredible stories from

their extensive involvement as local firefighters

who served in the coalition for nearly 20 years.

Watson was born in Seattle and spent most of

his life in Washington. For four years in the

Navy, he worked in the repair, maintenance,

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arming and handling of many different types

of nuclear weapons as part of the Nuclear

Weapons Program.

Following his time in the Navy, Watson became

a teacher and principal before joining his local

fire department as a volunteer. During his time

working for the school district, he found his

passion for ensuring emergency preparedness

in schools.

Watson went on to be an EMT and captain for

26 years, taking aid calls even during his school

days as a principal. When he moved to Gig

Harbor, he was in the first class of EMTs. He

was also part of the launch of the PEP-C, which

he says all started with earthquakes. With other

locals who were engineers, firefighters and exmilitary,

he worked to involve the community

in emergency preparedness initiatives and took


GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

PEP-C PIONEERS

DECADES DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY SAFETY

By Taylor Shillam

Photos Courtesy of Hugh McMillan and PEP-C

leadership within neighborhoods to encourage

involvement.

The first members of the PEP-C performed

assessments of local schools, spent weekends

preparing the schools for escape needs and

assembling emergency kits, ensuring each of

the 15 local schools were equipped with enough

food and water to take care of the kids for three

days.

Watson would later become president of the

PEP-C for almost 20 years, through ups and

downs, major successes in neighborhood

trainings, and more challenging times of seeing

volunteers and agencies disperse as life went on.

He worked closely with the other two key figures

in the history of PEP-C, Hugh McMillan and

Don Lee.

Lee grew up in California, where his father was

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a miner and taught him at an early age how to

handle dynamite. He was in the Navy in the

late 1950s and didn’t move to Gig Harbor until

after college in 1970, where he worked for the

county superintendent while volunteering as a

firefighter.

Lee has dedicated many of his years to helping

others, as he became a full-time firefighter,

then battalion chief, while maintaining his selfdescribed

status as a repairman for people in

need.

In the late 1990s, Lee became involved in the

PEP-C when his fire chief couldn’t make it to the

organization’s monthly meeting and sent Lee in

his place.

According to the PEP-C, Lee went on to serve

as president for two years beginning in 2016, at

a time when the coalition’s Preparedness Fairs

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took success each year, gathering hundreds to

thousands of people to educate themselves about

preparedness strategies and local resources.

Today, Lee is a shelter manager for the Chapel

Hill Church, the largest shelter on the Gig Harbor

Peninsula. He maintains his dedication to help

educate and prepare the community through

an extremely effective preparedness system at

the church. The church’s emergency power has

only been needed for minor emergencies, and of

course, the hope is to keep it that way.

Hugh McMillan, an ex-operations officer,

retired after 27 years with the CIA and

immediately immersed himself into the

community. He always believed in cohesion

within the community; working to encourage

community members to come together as one

to face whatever the planet has in store.


After retiring from the CIA, he joined the Key Peninsula Fire Department.

He went on to become a fire commissioner for 14 years, four of those

years as part of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association Board

of Directors.

“All of that exposed me to things that are emergencies,” McMillan told the

PEP-C of his experiences. Before living in Gig Harbor, he spent several

years living in Japan, where he experienced several minor earthquakes and

saw firsthand the impact earthquakes could have.

Through the years, McMillan has used his community involvement, media

influence and recruiting skills to build awareness for the PEP-C.

“I’ve tried to keep our name in front of the public as much as I could

because I think it’s so important,” he told the coalition.

From alerting local radio and television stations to holding intimate

preparedness briefings in his own home, McMillan has worked through

the years to impress on locals the importance of preparation and has stayed

dedicated to change the ingrained mindsets of those who think there’s

simply nothing they can do.

In March 2019, the community recognized McMillan with a Plaque of

Thanks, demonstrating a collective gratitude for his efforts in the community.

At the Lions Club Banquet, his award was commemorated with a bronze

plaque outlining his decades of service and many accomplishments. It was

noted that community members joined with local firefighters to make the

award possible.

Because of dedicated members like the three men, the coalition itself is an

incredible resource.

Their Emergency Preparedness Fair, most recently at Gig Harbor High

School, brings local educators, businesses and community members

together to share information in seminars and tabletop displays.

The PEP-C website alone is an abundant resource. A hub for discussion and

information related to emergency preparedness, you can learn everything

you need to know about earthquakes as they pertain to Washington state

and the Pacific Northwest from the PEP-C website’s “Prepare” tab.

The Resources page lists links to valuable information, with topics including

sheltering in place, prepping for pets, fire safety, first aid, regional hazards,

technological hazards, school violence and more. The page serves to provide

an accessible wealth of information about potential disasters. Articles listed

under each link outline proper responses to disaster, tips and strategies for

personal preparedness, even a 12-month e-prep plan for the home.

Community members can contribute to the PEP-C as a volunteer. The

PEP-C has several teams of volunteers including the Materials Team,

Membership Team and Training Team.

The coalition is currently recruiting volunteers to serve various roles: to

gather and inspire members, develop materials and events, create Saturday

meetings, contribute to fundraising initiatives and more.

Currently, the coalition meets virtually on the second Wednesday of

each month, with the exception of August. All are welcome to attend the

meetings and can contact the PEP-C chairman through its website to RSVP.

Visit PEP-C.org for full details regarding the coalition’s volunteer

opportunities, meeting information and the wealth of information the

coalition so readily provides.

In a time when safety and community have become more critical than ever,

it’s organizations and people like the PEP-C members who stand out. The

coalition and its impressive pioneers working together for the safer, more

protected community, is an inspiration and a reminder that we are far better

equipped to face hardship when we come together.

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UNDERWATER PLAYGROUND

Short drive pays off for incredible experience

BY COLIN ANDERSON

There are 10 underwater parks in the Washington parks system,

and Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds is the most popular with an

average of 25,000 visitors each year. Designated as a Marine Preserve

and Sanctuary in 1970, the underwater park includes multiple

man-made features that attract marine life to the area. Located just north

of the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Terminal, about half of the underwater park’s

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) works with the

City of Edmonds to ensure that no fish are harvested from the preserve and

that it remains a protected area for all to enjoy. The WDFW uses Brackett’s as a

study ground for monitoring fish spawning numbers, population and size, and

can compare to other similarly surveyed areas that are open to fishing and harvesting.

These studies allow for better conservation methods in all our waters.

As you arrive at the park, you will find interpretative maps that show you the

2.5 miles of designated trails, which will help keep you oriented underwater

and get you to the features you most want to see. A series of rope is anchored to

the bottom allowing visitors to easily find their way and stay on the trail. One

of the most popular features that divers seek out is the 325-foot-long sunken

dry dock. The De Lion Dry Dock was sunk back in 1935 to create a buffer zone

around the ferry terminal. After 80 years of submersion, the structure is now

brimming with life. Divers can get inside the structure, giving them a very

unique perspective.

Other popular structures include numerous sunken vessels. A 92-foot tug boat

named Alitak was sunk in 1972, and three additional large vessels have followed

over the years including the Fossil in 1982, the Molly Brown in 1996 and

the Triumph in 1999. It is interesting to take note of how each vessel looks as

they have all spent a varying amount of time submerged. Each year, volunteers

sink about two wooden boats, which eventually need replacing as the wood

tends to disintegrate in just a couple years.

Besides getting to explore old vessels and structures, what divers and snorkelers

really come here for is the abundance of marine life. With a maximum

depth of only about 40 feet at high tide, and the relatively protected water,

creatures big and small frequent Brackett’s Landing. According to the Washington

Fish and Wildlife, you can expect to see enormous lingcod, cabezons,

spotted ratfish, greenlings and rockfish, seaperch, gobies, sculpins, flounders,

sole, eelpouts, Dungeness, red rock, geoducks, scallops, heart cockles, moon

snail, giant Pacific and red octopus, sea stars, urchin and nudibranchs. Various

sea birds, seals and sea lions also frequent the area.

This is an excellent dive or snorkel for beginners thanks to the shallow and

calm water, and even the most seasoned divers find the site quite remarkable.

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ISLAND HISTORY

THE FOX ISLAND MUSEUM OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES

FOR LEARNING AND FUN

BY ABIGAIL THORPE | PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN &

COURTESY OF FOX ISLAND HISTORY MUSEUM

Just 5 miles off the shores of Gig Harbor in the middle of the Puget

Sound lies the small, picturesque slip of land called Fox Island. At

just under 6.5 square miles, it’s not a large place, but it has a unique

history in the Puget Sound and a proud and enthusiastic group of

locals dedicated to making sure that history is preserved.

Before the first white settlers arrived, the island was home to native

tribes like the Puyallup and Nisqually Indians. During the Puget Sound

War in the mid-1850s, the island had a darker history—it served as the

internment camp for Indians displaced from their homes by the U.S.

Government.

Years later in 1888, A.J. Miller purchased a large tract of land on Fox Island

and relocated his family from Grinnell, Iowa. Many of his neighbors

followed to occupy the area that was then known as Sylvan, and in 1896

the residents scheduled the first annual meeting of the Sylvan Historical

Society for the following year.

Following the Fox Island School’s closure in 1961, a collection of

artifacts detailing the history of the island were gathered by Cecil Fassett

for display in the school. In 1974, a building site was donated to the

Historical Society by George and Lois Miller, and three years later Dick

and Addie Chapman donated a log cabin from their property to be used

as a main exhibit. The cabin once belonged to the Acheson family, whose

daughter Lila Acheson Wallace would become a significant donor to the

Fox Island Historical Society and the museum that would follow from

the first collection of artifacts.

“The mission of the Fox Island Historical Society is to enrich the

greater community through the discovery, preservation and sharing

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Volunteers have been a crucial part

in the museum throughout its history.

of knowledge about the history of Fox Island,” write Gail Jones, Karen

Kretschmer and Virdie Golliher, board members of the Fox Island

Historical Society.

The current museum that houses Fox Island artifacts and serves to

preserve the area’s history wasn’t built until 1980, but it has since served

as a key social and educational hub for the island.

Together the Fox Island Museum, Acheson Log Cabin and the nearly

complete Barn make up the museum exhibits, in addition to a state-ofthe-art

collection facility. “We actively seek to acquire items that relate

directly to Fox Island history,” share the board members.

“Volunteers have been a crucial part in the museum throughout

its history,” they add. “It continues to be an all-volunteer nonprofit

organization.”

In addition to the exhibits in the main museum and the Acheson cabin,

which remains mostly original and is open for tours, there is a Museum

Store and Book Nook inside the main museum.

“The museum and all that it contains provides a cohesiveness to the

residents of Fox Island,” say Jones, Kretschmer and Golliher. “It is a place

where individuals can drop by to relax and chat with volunteers, browse

the books and enjoy the warmth of belonging to this community.”

The store focuses on items directly related to the history of Fox Island, and

the Book Nook sells used books, providing a popular local hangout for

residents and visitors. The Barn, which is currently under construction,

will primarily be used to display agricultural items and help educate the

public about Fox Island’s agrarian history.

“The Island residents look to the museum whenever they need

information regarding an historic property recently purchased or in the

process of selling,” explain the board members. “The museum retains

historical information that highlights many properties. It also functions

as a research center for those wishing to know about this area.”

The Fox Island Museum is more than just a local museum for visitors—

it is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike and hosts several

anticipated events throughout the year. One of the most memorable is

the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, which is followed by a ceremony

at the Fox Island Cemetery, which local Scout Troops participate in.

Throughout the year the museum also hosts an All-Island Garage Sale,

the Boat Cruise Around Fox Island, which charters an historic vessel and

offers a two-hour narrated tour of the island, and the beloved Santa Visit

on the first Saturday of December.

“With the population of Fox Island just under 4,000, we are able to

maintain a sense of the quintessential small-town feel for our major

events,” shares the board. “By far the majority of volunteers live on Fox

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Island so that we are all part of the community that we

serve.”

The museum shares a strong environmental

commitment with the community, and actively helps

promote events to highlight this—from Arbor Day

celebrations to beach clean-up on Shark Day, and

partnering with Harbor WildWatch for the annual boat

cruise.

The museum is typically open Wednesdays, Saturdays

and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, although current

COVID-19 restrictions have limited capacity of the

Book Nook and Museum Store, and temporarily closed

exhibits.

If you’ve never taken the opportunity to head over to

Fox Island for a day of learning about the area’s history,

take some time to explore and enjoy an educational

adventure. You’ll meet welcoming, friendly docents

and learn about a slice of Puget Sound history.

To find out more, and for updates and current closure

or hours, visit FoxIslandMuseum.org.

The Barn, which is currently under

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Building Your Dream

LOG HOMES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

— BY COLIN ANDERSON —

Living in the Northwest, a region surrounded by beautiful

mountain forests, many choose to bring the look of the outdoors

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accents look striking as exposed beams or fireplace mantels. Though

they specialize in beautiful custom log homes, Caribou Creek Log and

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vision come true, no matter the project big or small.

Those who are already in their dream homes but are looking at an

update or addition to their home can also utilize the beauty of wood in

many ways. Caribou Creek can create custom wood staircases, timber

siding, entries and gates, place wood beams, and create a detached

garage or outbuilding, just to name a few.

Creativity and customization is something that the builders and

design team at Caribou Creek Log and Timber are happy to include in

all their builds. In the 30 years since opening its doors, Caribou Creek

has created hundreds of unique structures—everything from estates,

multi-level log homes and cabins to timber-framed homes and eyecatching

business buildings.

“Quality and value is the reason 75 percent of our business comes

from customer referrals,” said David Byler, president and owner.

For those who have always dreamed of a Log Home, Caribou Creek

is ready for any challenge. David and his co-owners, son Darin

who serves as general manager and son-in-law Ken Shrock, project

manager, approach each job as if they were building their very own

home. The team will sit down and go through the process with you.

Clients can bring their own floor plans or ideas or can sample from

previous builds and projects Caribou Creek has completed. Whether

you’re starting from scratch or have your entire home thought out,

Caribou Creek can make it happen.

“Traditional craftsmanship and an old-fashioned work ethic turn

exceptional designs into works of unsurpassed warmth and quality,”

said David.

Timber from sustainably managed forests is always utilized, and

even the leftover cuts are used as firewood for local Bonners Ferry

residents. The home is assembled at the facility so they can maximize

quality control. Once complete, each piece is marked as the home is

disassembled and shipped to its final destination. Crews then put the

home back together like a giant puzzle and finish the final touches

on-site.

The build is fascinating to watch, and the staff at Caribou

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In the end they come away with exactly what they want.

The timeless beauty of a log structure is an iconic symbol of Western

living, and Caribou Creek is happy to continue to make those log

home dreams a reality.

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DISCOMFORT IN AESTHETICS

Why you feel pain more intensely at times, and the ideal time to book

your aesthetic treatments

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

Four weeks after my son was born, I planned my first post-baby treat

for myself: an appointment at the med-spa where I worked with

my fellow esthetician. Growing what would be a 9-pound baby boy

wreaked havoc on my skin with hormonal breakouts on my chin,

jawline, and even my neck. He was worth it, but I couldn't wait to get my skin

back in shape post-baby. It was a treatment I had had many times before, so

I knew what to expect. What I didn't expect was the amount of pain involved

in that treatment I'd had so many times before. My doctor later pointed out

that the fluctuation of hormones post-pregnancy was the probable culprit for

my sensitivity.

Here is some medical background on why we may be more sensitive during

certain times and the optimal time to schedule your aesthetic treatments.

Estrogen is responsible for collagen production, hydration, thickness and

overall health of the skin. Our estrogen levels fluctuate throughout our

menstrual cycle, during and after pregnancy, and with perimenopause and

menopause. Some studies have shown these changes correlate with how

intensely a woman feels pain. According to one Health.com article, estrogen

helps to plump, thicken and protect the skin. Because estrogen levels decrease

around your period, your skin might be predisposed to pain and sensitivity.

The same reasoning can apply to postpartum women. Estrogen levels also

drop dramatically after giving birth, possibly explaining my sensitivity to

my routine skin-care treatment after my son's birth. On the other hand,

when estrogen levels are higher, for instance, mid-menstrual cycle, and in

menopausal women, pain tolerance tends to be higher.

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So, what does this mean in regard to scheduling

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Schedule your more sensitive beauty treatments

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mid-menstrual cycle (in the weeks after your

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Although there is conflicting information on this

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STROKE AFTERMATH

Part I

INTRODUCTION TO POSSIBILITIES AND HOPE

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

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We all know someone who has

suffered a stroke. Strokes

are clinically called Cerebral

Vascular Accidents (CVAs)

and there are two major types: Ischemic

(most common at more than 80 percent of

all strokes), when a blood clot prevents blood

flow to an area of the brain affecting the center

of control for the body; and Hemorrhagic

(bleeding) strokes that happen when an artery

leaks or ruptures, usually due to high blood

pressure. A third type of lesser intensity is

called Transient Ischemic Attack (TIAs), also

considered precursors to a larger CVA (like

warning tremors before an earthquake).

The brain is compartmentalized by lobes, but

here we simplify the anatomy into two halves

called hemispheres that are connected by

a small structure (corpus callosum), which

is how both sides communicate for wholebody

functions. Each hemisphere specializes

in specific function control and mirroring

motor control of the opposite side of the body.

Commonly, people who survive a stroke have

one-sided weakness, usually the left side of the

body to some degree; mildly, where they can’t

manipulate small objects very well; or severely,

when they can no longer hold their arm up or

walk.

Some stroke survivors have difficulty speaking

and swallowing; loss of recognition of

themselves, loved ones; and disorientation to

time and place. Others may have eyes that no

longer work in unison or may have lost part

of their visual field (called hemianopsia). In

hemianopsia, there are several types of visual

field cuts where the affected person cannot see

part of their surroundings or even miss seeing

part of what is on a plate in front of them.

When eyes do not work in unison, there are

spatial and depth perception dysfunctions that

affect the person’s balance and ability to walk

safely. For a wheelchair user, this can mean

slamming into doorways, cabinets and walls,

sustaining injuries to lower legs, feet, arms and

hands.

Recovery from an ischemic stroke begins when

the origin of the illness is effectively addressed

medically. Once medically managed, in-patient

rehabilitation begins. OT or speech therapy

are often the first to assess depending on the

medical presentation. For a speech therapy

assessment, the first goal is to make sure the

patient will not aspirate fluids or foods. OT

and speech may address communication and

orientation (to self, place and time), but the

OT is the expert at addressing a patient’s ability

to manage bed-level self-care and beyond. PTs

assess the need for a mobility aid and get the

person out of bed to get them moving with the

goal to safely transition to a skilled-nursing

or out-patient rehab center, depending on the

severity of the stroke. Some people opt to go

home with home health services, but this is

rarely ideal, as they will not be getting daily

therapies, self-care retraining and medication

management. Outcomes are not optimal in

comparison to in-patient rehab.

After being discharged, some patients believe

they are as good as they can get—but that

may not be true! Stay tuned for the following

installments that will cover case studies on

people who were able to continue to make

major improvements—even three years after

being discharged from out-patient rehab! If

you or someone you know had a stroke and

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HELPING OUR CHILDREN THRIVE

HOW TO SUPPORT A STRONG AND BALANCED IMMUNE SYSTEM

BY SCOTT PORTER

Independent

Family Practice

Clinics in Gig Harbor

Michael Wingren

MD, MPH

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Physician Assistant-Certified

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As we head back into fall, there is a

lot of thought and discussion about

the well-being of our youth. Many

questions just do not seem to have

the answers that bring adequate clarity and

certainty. Yet, as we walk through challenging

decisions, I think we can all agree that the

health of our kids will always be deserving of

attention.

The younger ones in our community have

been affected strongly by many of the changes

this year as schools were closed and parents

stayed home a great deal of time. Interestingly,

our school-age children have also been the

group that was least affected by the viral

infections that have concerned many of us.

When asked for guidance on what support to

offer our young ones right now so that they

remain healthy, I find myself encouraging

many of the things we already know drive

wellness. From eating well to being active, I

reinforce that lifestyle and diet go a long way

toward optimizing well-being.

There is no substitute for a whole-food,

nutrient-dense meal that leans toward lots of

vegetables, quality sources of protein, clean

fats and some fruit. What this means though is

that two things get put lower on the list—stuff

made from flour and sweet snacks or drinks.

For some, eliminating gluten and dairy will

also be important.

Yes, it is the same old story—do not feed

kids anything more than small amounts of

sugar and processed foods. This is important

for a well-balanced and responsive immune

system. The trick is these are the foods that

taste good and are fun to eat. So, I completely

understand the challenge.

Sleep is at the top of my list as well. This means

more sleep than we as adults typically need. A

regular pattern and routine can be supportive

and give the immune system a chance to do its

work, repair what is needed and clean up the

bits and pieces our body does not like. A dark

room with regulated temperatures can help,

along with some ambient background noise

like a fan or sound machine.

It’s the same for us as adults.We need restful

sleep and high-quality food to function well.

It is best to get most of the nutrients and

compounds we need from what we eat. But

I do find there are some things we need to

supplement.

Probiotics, vitamin D and Omega 3s are three

nutrients that encourage a healthy immune

system and can protect school kids during

challenges. I do also like the idea of taking

a high-quality multivitamin that has some

active forms of B vitamins, antioxidants and

chelated trace minerals.

When one of our kids does get sick, there are

additional compounds worth considering—

like elderberry, vitamin C, mushrooms,

echinacea, propolis and curcumin. And even

more sleep.

Kids are very resilient. Still, I think it is

important that we support our children to

thrive in regard to well-being and prepare

their bodies to fight off infections when they

arrive.

Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist,

is the director of the Center for Functional

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EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA

RECOGNIZING COGNITIVE DECLINE

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

According to the World Health

Organization (WHO), around

50 million people are living with

dementia and nearly 10 million

new cases are diagnosed every year.

While dementia affects each person in a

different way depending upon the impact

of the disease, the signs and symptoms of

dementia can be understood in three phases:

early stage, middle stage and late stage. In

this article, we will be highlighting warning

signs associated with dementia in the early

stage.

Memory Changes

Memory trouble related to dementia in the

early stage tends to be subtle and involve

short-term memory. An individual might

be able to recall events that happened

years ago but have difficulty remembering

what they did that morning or even a few

moments earlier. Other changes include

forgetting where an item was left, struggling

to remember what they are doing in the

moment or forgetting daily tasks and

appointments.

Changes in Mood / Loss of Interest

A noticeable or sudden change in mood

could be an early sign of dementia. If your

loved one is typically very engaged and active

but is suddenly too depressed to participate

in regular activities, it may be time to seek

help. This early sign holds especially true for

individuals with no history or underlying

cause of depression.

Repetitiveness

Repeating daily tasks, such as watering the

plants, is common for those living with

dementia. Early symptoms of dementia also

include repetition in conversation, such

as asking or answering questions multiple

times.

Difficulty Communicating

Struggling to communicate thoughts or

feelings is another common early sign of

dementia. A person living with dementia may

have difficulty expressing their thoughts and

feelings as well as have difficulty carrying on

a conversation with others. Forgetting names

of people, places and things in conversation

is also common.

Poor Judgment

Poor judgment associated with dementia is

not just one poor decision but a pattern of

poor decisions and actions. Some examples

include poor judgement related to finances,

personal grooming, hygiene, social situations

and driving.

The early stages of dementia are often

overlooked because they are subtle and slow

to progress. If you notice signs of cognitive

decline in your loved one, it may be time to

escalate care and treatment. A good place

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FROM WALLA WALLA

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THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ADAM WEST

BY JOHN J. RASPANTI

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JONATHAN GRANT

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SOMETIMES A CAREER STARTS WITH A DREAM.

When he was a young boy growing up on a farm in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West, born William West Anderson, went to the movies

every Saturday afternoon. He loved it, spending all day caught up in the fantasy world of cowboys and Indians. He knew this mythical place called

"Hollywood," where the movies were made, was where he wanted to be someday.

West knew a little about the place from his mother, a pianist and opera singer, who had gone to Tinseltown on a scholarship. She gave up her career

when his brother was born. West never forgot how different she was when she came back to the farm after his brother's birth. Depression drove her to

drink. As a result, he vowed to make it in the world she couldn’t.

West’s father worked the farm with no illusions of grandeur. When the teenaged West, who was class president of his high school, and a star athlete,

told his father what he wanted to do with his life, his father disapproved. No matter. West had made up his mind. Needing a backup plan in case he

failed, he delayed his trip to Hollywood and enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, graduating with a degree in Literature in 1951. That same

year he married Billie Lou Yeager and picked up work as a disc jockey at a local radio station before moving to Northern California and enrolling at

Stanford University for a little over a month. An audition led to work for a newspaper chain where West did voice work and wrote shows.

Drafted into the military, West served his time producing U.S. Army television shows. When his two-year service ended, he went to New York and

worked days as a milkman and nights as a master of ceremonies. At this point in his career, his deep smooth voice was his biggest asset. The Gypsy

life continued when West moved to Hawaii, working in theater, television, commercials, and directing TV shows. After appearing in a production

of “Picnic,” a Hollywood agent contacted him. West’s dream had never been far from his thoughts. He had divorced and remarried and was the

father of two young children. He had a friend take a picture of him sitting on a ragged old horse, dressed as a cowboy. He sent the photo to Warner

Brothers who, after receiving it, called him to come to the studio. After finding a place for his family to live, West went to the Warner lot in Burbank,

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California, and did a reading. The studio immediately signed him

to a one-year contract. West, 31, was ecstatic. It had been a long

road to Hollywood, but now he was working at the same studio

that made the classic film “Casablanca.”

Growing up on a farm served as training for the actor now

known professionally as Adam West. Cast in numerous westerns,

very popular at the time, West was skillful on a horse and looked

good in fights and shootouts. He co-starred in such hit television

shows as “Lawman,” “Sugarfoot,” “Colt.45” and “Cheyenne.” He

had a recurring role (as a different character) in the two popular

series “77 Sunset Strip” and “Maverick.” All in all, West appeared

in 15 different television programs along with debuting in the

film “The Young Philadelphians.”

Things were going well, and then, they weren’t. Warner Brothers

declined the option for a second year on West’s contract. So he

freelanced, appearing on television in “Bonanza,” “The Rifleman”

and “Perry Mason” before landing a regular role on “The

Detectives.” West showed up in “Bewitched” and then played it

straight alongside The Three Stooges in the feature “The Outlaws

Is Coming” in 1965. West was now a working actor making good

money. But stardom seemed remote until a commercial changed

his life. West was Captain Q, selling Nestle Quik in a parody of the

James Bond films. He was amusing and nonchalant. Apparently,

executives at ABC saw the 30-second spot and thought West

would be perfect in a new television series they were set to make.

The name of the show was “Batman.”

West, who as a kid, loved reading about the character’s exploits

in comic books, was sent a script. He loved it but was concerned

that he could be typecast. His agents suggested he do it, so West

signed on the dotted line. Burt Ward was cast as Robin. West

decided he’d play the title character with his tongue firmly in his

cheek. His deadpan delivery was perfect.

At first, the producers weren’t thrilled with West's performance.

They wanted an edgier Batman but came around after viewing the

rushes. West still wasn’t sure what to expect. The show premiered

January 12, 1966. “Batman” took off like a rocket, an overnight

ratings smash and culture phenomenon. "Bat-mania" was

everywhere. A Batman movie soon followed with West and Ward

taking on an all-star cast of criminals led off by Frank Gorshin's

Riddler. West even recorded a song as his Batman alter-ego.

Hollywood veterans wanted to be part of the show. The lineup of

guest stars was impressive—including Vincent Price as Egghead,

Roddy McDowall as Bookworm, Julie Newmar as Catwoman,

Burgess Meredith as the iconic Penguin, George Sanders as icy

Mr. Freeze and Cesar Romero as The Joker. Rumor has it that

even Frank Sinatra wanted to play a villain on the show. Elizabeth

Taylor, Gregory Peck and Sinatra asked to be guests in scenes

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Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes in a comedic way when Batman

played detective. He was having a ball but still worried that the

role would damage his career.

By season two, the show was losing steam. West was frustrated.

The program was expensive, and West heard it was losing money.

He couldn’t convince the producers to accept his suggestions. He

considered quitting, tired of fighting for better scripts. But he still

loved playing "Bat." A new character, Batgirl, was added to try

and improve the ratings. It didn’t help. "Bat-mania" had morphed

into "Bat-fatigue." ABC canceled the show after 120 episodes.

A fourth season looked possible when NBC contacted the

producers, but the sets had already been dismantled. The cost to

rebuild them made the decision easy for NBC. No more Batman.

A few months after the show was axed, West played a soldier of

fortune in “The Girl Who Knew Too Much.” The film bombed

with critics and moviegoers. West’s worst fear was coming true.

He was being typecast because of Batman. He couldn’t escape it.

He’d be on the verge of landing a good part until someone would

mention the show. He was stuck, and he knew it.

George Reeves, who played Superman in the classic 1950’s

television show, faced the same problem. After Superman’s

cancelation in 1957, Reeves found it virtually impossible to get

hired for another role. Reeves had been working in Hollywood

for almost 20 years. His most notable role, though a small one,

was in “Gone with the Wind.” He’d worked with James Cagney,

Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster, but none of that seemed to

matter. He was Superman. Reeves was forced to don the red cape

and make public appearances at fairs to make a living. He died

in 1959.

West faced a similar dilemma. He was still working, but the roles

were small and barely paid the bills. Things might have been

different if West had accepted a chance to play James Bond in

1969, but he was wary of the role because the character is British.

The role eventually went to Australian George Lazenby. A year

later, West was taking almost every acting gig thrown his way,

and like Reeves, started making public appearances dressed as

Batman. He played the character again in a couple of animated

programs. His lowest point was likely when, dressed as The

Caped Crusader, he was shot out of a canon.

Racked by self-doubt, West found solace in alcohol. Perhaps he

remembered his late father telling him Hollywood was a dirty

place. By 1980, he accepted a role in a terrible film called “The

Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood.” Needing a fresh start, West

moved his family to a ranch in Ketchum, Idaho, in 1985. The

house was surrounded by mountains with a stream nearby. West

loved it there.

When Hollywood decided to make a new Batman movie in 1989,

West was excited. He wanted another crack at the character. He’d

even written a script. Michael Keaton landed the role instead.

Disappointed, West realized that this was a “new” version of

the character. New wasn’t him. Christopher Nolen created a

Batman animated series a few years later. West played an outof-work

actor who had once played a superhero. He resented

being typecast. West likely recognized how closely the character

resembled his own life—but not completely. West was working

pretty steadily. His work ethic, inherited by example from his

father, never failed him. The younger crowd in Hollywood was

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He even voiced author Ernest Hemingway.

And most importantly, he found peace with

the character who had, as he said, been a

two-edged sword. West had gained a new

generation of fans. Being seen as only Batman

had been tough, but overall, the role gave him

fame, money and recognition. He also loved

showing his versatility.

One of his biggest fans was writer and actor

Seth McFarland. They met while working on

an animated series. They clicked comically.

McFarland wrote a pilot for West that wasn’t

picked up, but when his series “Family Guy”

became a hit, McFarland created a role for

West. He would play a character called Adam

West—the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.

The part was offbeat, quirky and hilarious.

Many would describe West in the same

manner. In 2012, West, with his wife and four

children standing proudly alongside him,

was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard,

but as always, he didn’t take himself seriously,

commenting that, "Now people can walk all

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Shortly before he died in 2017, at the age of

88, West returned to his childhood home in

Walla Walla to sign the door to his room. A

few months later, a new street sign, Honorary

Adam West Way, was unveiled near his old

house. Hollywood showed its respect for

West by shining the Bat signal from City

Hall. His career had spanned 60 years, with

appearances in over 50 films and TV shows.

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in a darkened theater and dreamed of being

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2020 FALL

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by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Although it seems so far away at the height of summer, the fall season is

right around the corner. Autumn often brings with it a breath of crisp,

fresh air and a promise of new beginnings. The change of the season

holds ample opportunities to grow and evolve.

One of the easiest ways to embrace a new season and step into an opportunity for

change is by refreshing your look. This fall, new beauty trends offer the chance to

both play with boldness and speak volumes with simplicity.

From colorful makeup trends to subtle hair accessories, the fall of 2020 will

certainly bring its opportunities to refresh your routine when it comes to makeup,

hair and skin care.

Makeup Trends

According to Vogue, the makeup forecast for fall 2020 is largely bold, bright

and exuberant. This year’s runways saw glitter, sparkle and shine with attentiongrabbing

colors, as well as darker, moody nods to the era of grunge. Here are a few

of the most prominent upcoming trends:

Color pops - This year, as temperatures start to cool, it doesn’t have to mean cooling

off the intensity of your look; bright color is certainly on trend. Keep the heat up

with eye shadows in bright pink and orange, or a bold, red lip. Pick an area to

focus on, and embolden yourself to go for more: a flashier, fluorescent mascara or

a color-blocked eyelid are right on par with fall runway looks.

Shadow play - If you’re looking to draw attention up to your eyes, trendsetters are

all for bright shadows this season. From glamorous golden tones to bright orange

or blush, a statement shadow can be worn “like jewelry,” according to Harper’s

Bazaar.

Goth and punk-inspired - Color isn’t everything this fall; those who lean more

toward a darker look are in luck. Black eyeliner is very much on-trend and can be

made even edgier with a healthy smudge. Even better news: This type of look (a

thick swipe of eyeliner with full, dark mascara) takes hardly any time and is perfect

for moments when you’re pressed for time. Take this look up a notch at night with

a darker, bolder winged liner applied with brushed liquid eyeliner, paired with a

nude or matte lip.

Hair Trends

Textured updos - This fall wants to see your texturized pony and those playful,

pinned-up curls. Start with texturizing powders and beach wave sprays that add

a healthy, easy bounce. Pin your waves back in a tousled, romantic updo or a

youthful scrunchie. The more texture and character, the better.

Small, subtle details - Tiny, barely-there braids or subtle accent accessories woven

into your updo will bring a subtle accent to your everyday look this fall. Play

up your ponytail by weaving in tiny pins or ribbons—even a darker ribbon that

matches your hair color will add dimension while keeping your overall look more

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This fall, new beauty trends offer the

chance to both play with boldness and

speak volumes with simplicity.

A “less is more” approach to accessorizing - Headbands and hair

accessories are coming back for the fall of 2020. Trending styles

will be minimal, with accessories aimed at accentuating, not

overshadowing, the look. Trending headbands will be thinner,

wiry, and laced with small jewels or pearls. Don’t overthink it—a

small, simple hair clip or jeweled bobby pin is all you need to pull

this trend off.

Hair color - With the way this year has gone, many are still

awaiting their chance to sit in the hair colorist’s chair. When you

finally get that long-anticipated appointment, keep in mind fall’s

most predominant hair color trend: caramel highlights. Keeping

your roots darker while bringing softer caramel tones to the

lower lengths will prepare you to warmly welcome fall with just

the right amount of contrast.

Skin-Care Trends

Skin care is ever evolving, with many trends crossing over from

the realms of dietary wellness and nutritional science. A few new

ways to care for our body’s largest organ will surely interest both

the health-conscious and the environmentally aware consumers.

Going plant-based - We often hear about the power of plants

in terms of what we put in our body, but what about what goes

on our skin? As plant-based beauty has grown in popularity, a

few trends to watch for this fall include: vegan and cruelty-free

claims, “nature-identical” ingredients that, like they sound, have

their original form in nature as a plant or mineral, and Halal

beauty, indicating products that are cruelty-free, alcohol-free and

free of animal products.

Taking bacteria beyond the microbiome - The power of probiotics

to promote a balanced gut isn’t a new, trendy conversation; but

expect to see that conversation shift to include more beauty

and skin products this fall. Everything from pre- and probioticpacked

deodorants that feed the right odor-fighting bacteria, to

bacteria-based scalp serums, will be headed our way this fall.

Going environmentally conscious - Trendsetters are predicting a

step up from recycling this fall with upcycling, which encourages

the repurposing of items to extend the lifespan of their usability

and avoid adding more waste to overflowing landfills. Brands

are paying more attention to what their products’ containers are

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ranging from on-the-go storage to a home for succulents.

You can recreate your look and skin-care routine at any time,

whether it’s by starting small with a subtle accessory, or going

bold with a bright new eye shadow.

There may be no better time to take a small risk and approach

something new than in the fall, when everything seems to

be primed for change. This fall, don’t be afraid to be bold,

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oils that are free of aluminum and other harsh

chemicals—and that actually work! Their

deodorants inhibit the growth of odor-causing

bacteria to keep the stink at bay, and all products

are made using only organic, vegan, aluminumfree

and paraben-free ingredients. The cherry on

top? Each of their scents is absolutely amazing.

Finally, a natural deodorant that lasts the entire

day.

Herbivore Botanicals. Founded in a Seattle

kitchen in 2011, Herbivore Botanicals lives up to its

name. They ethically source raw, fine ingredients

from around the world to formulate treatments

that combine essential vitamins, minerals and

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otanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality.

They don’t use fillers of any kind, using only ingredients that

are safe and non-toxic—every ingredient is there for a purpose.

Choose from a variety of face and body masks, scrubs, oils and

elixirs.

Hippie Chic Cosmetics. This skin-care and beauty line started

out of Jess Bontrager’s home in Sandpoint, Idaho, with the goal

of making women feel beautiful. It offers a variety of natural

skin-care products including cleansers, moisturizers and toners,

but also produces an organic line of makeup products as well

that are good for your body—and look great on. They recently

introduced a Beach Bum shampoo and conditioner set, and

the versatile company also makes body sunscreen, natural

deodorant and even doggy deodorant!

Mad Hippie. Mad Hippie was born out of a couple’s desire for

simple, naturally based, effective products with clean ingredients

that could serve their fellow adventurers, explorers and

dreamers. They are champions of caring for the environment

and donate $1 of every web sale to conservation efforts—

the mark of a company that believes beauty, health and the

environment are stronger when they work together to achieve

results. In addition to skin care, the Portland-based company

offers naturally based makeup products as well, like their cheek

and lip tint, concealer and mascara, and you can find them at

nationally based stores like Whole Foods and Ulta.

French Girl. A collective of passionate individuals working

together to create natural, sustainable skin-care products that

feel good, this female-owned company operates its studio out of

Tukwila, Washington, utilizing plant-based, old-world formulas

to create their totally new-world products that will make you—

and the planet—look and feel good. They offer everything from

bath and body to face skin care, hair products and perfumes.

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SHOP SHOP

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Enjoy your Uptown Life!

Take a break from the ordinary, the expected.

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Blue Agave Mexican Grill • Brittain & Co. • Chico’s • J. Jill

Cutters Point Coffee • Eye Candy Optical • Bloom Denim

Galaxy Theatres & IMAX • Green.House Restaurant

Gertie and the Giant Octopus Bistro & Wine Bar • Loft

HomeGoods • Jasmine’s Spa & Nails • Jos. A Bank • Talbots

Kitsap Credit Union • Lele Thai Vietnamese Cuisine • Massage Envy

Marshalls • Panera Bread • Pearl Tea • Pizzeria Fondi

Silver Soleil Tan Studio • Soma • Sports Clips Haircuts

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Every ingredient is there for a purpose.

health and prosperity of their local waterways, actively participating in

events and giving a portion of sales to the organization.

Teadora. Co-founder Val grew up in Brazil, where she learned early

on to value the importance of natural remedies and the power of the

Amazon rainforest. Now living in Portland, she and her husband started

Teadora as a way to bring the power of the Amazon to their hometown.

Each product is natural and organic, made from unique and sustainable

ingredients sourced from the rainforest. The couple is passionate about

using their business for good—of both the people and the environment.

They are on a mission through Teadora to replant one million trees and

preserve 75 thousand acres in the Amazon rainforest in an effort to

preserve the Amazon and do their part to help halt climate change.

Veque. This Seattle-based nail care company was started by the daughter

of Vietnamese immigrants. The family of nail artists that make the Veque

brand has over 100 combined years of expertise, both as teachers and

students. Their colorful line of clean vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes

are formulated to mimic the lasting effects of gel nail polish. “Veque is a

celebration of our life's work and the heritage that came to be. It is our

humble privilege to be the keepers of this artisan legacy,” they write.

Island Thyme. This botanically based skin and body-care company

has been making small-batch products from its farm and apothecary

studio in the San Juan Islands of Washington since 1996. Founders Eliza

and Chris Morris are passionate about aromatherapy and the healing

properties of plants, and mix each formula in the studio they built by

hand overlooking the farm. They offer everything from body skin care to

natural deodorant, face care and hand sanitizer.

If you're on the hunt for a new serum, moisturizer or even healthy makeup

or deodorant, make these companies your first stop. Your skin (and

body) will thank you, and you'll help make the planet a better place along

the way. Whatever your beauty routine may be, there's always room to go

back to the all-natural, clean basic ingredients that make you look and

feel your best.

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BEAUTY

MUST-HAVES

for on the go

Everything you need to stay fresh and vibrant throughout the day

by ABIGAIL THORPE

Life doesn’t slow down in summer, and between work, family and appointments, it can be difficult

to keep feeling fresh and ready to make the transition from work to happy hour without the dreaded

stop home.

Here is everything you need to keep your beauty game on point from morning till night. And the best

part is you won’t need to haul your entire beauty routine with you. Each item easily fits in a purse or

bag, ready and at hand for whenever the moment calls, so if you don’t have time to put your face on

in the morning, don’t sweat it.

1 2

TINTED MOISTURIZER

OR SUNSCREEN

A good moisturizer is key, and being able to reapply later in

the day as your skin needs is essential. Add in a light tint, and

you don’t need to worry about foundation for the day—it does

double the work. If you want even fewer steps and a true allin-one

skin saver, find a tinted sunscreen that also moisturizes.

Choose one that is light and wears well throughout the day—

some sunscreens can make your skin extra oily, which can

make you feel more like you’re melting than glowing at the end

of the day.

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BRUSH

This seems like a no brainer to have in your bag, but the truth is

it’s easy to forget to throw one in. Do yourself a favor and pick

up a compact brush that takes up little to no room in your purse

or bag, and just leave it in there for those moments you need

to freshen up between meetings, or when the wind (or kiddo)

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3 4

COLOR STICK/

HIGHLIGHTER STICK

Nothing gets the job done like a blush stick or highlighter stick.

These powerful beauty must haves can transform your look in

minutes and add a healthy glow at the end of a long day. The

best part is you don’t need any brushes or makeup sponges.

And they’re not just for your cheeks. Brush a little blush over

your eyelids for a barely there shimmer, or use a highlighter on

the bridge of your nose to add a dewy glow.

DRY SHAMPOO

We’ve all been there—long week and no time or energy to mess

with washing, drying and styling our hair. Good thing we have

dry shampoo. Carry a mini version in your bag and you’re set

for that moment your hair decides to go from a stylish beachy,

natural look to the third-day flats. It adds instant volume and

cuts the shine, so you can even forgo the ponytail. Opt for a

more natural dry shampoo that won’t add too much buildup to

your hair or harm its natural shine and health.

5

HYDRATING TINTED

LIP BALM OR GLOSS

We all love a good lipstick, but they do a number on lip

hydration, and even the longest wearing one can start to fade,

smudge and drift from its original perfect outline by the end of

the day. Enter the tinted lip balm or hydrating gloss. Your lips

will stay healthy and hydrated, and you’ll still get that touch

of color and glam with half the work. Plus you won’t have to

worry about carrying lip liners, primers, color and gloss with

you when you go out.

6

CLEANSING WIPES/

BLOTTERS

These are the true heavy hitters of a long day. Make sure to pack

some cleansing wipes that can double as a blotter for those

times you need a face refresh but don’t have the time to go

home. Choose wipes that are small and compact, and that can

remove makeup when you’re in a pinch. Some skin types are

sensitive to certain products that can be used in wipes, so make

sure to find one that works well with your skin type and won’t

add to your skin irritation throughout the day.

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LONG BEACH PENINSULA

At 28-miles long, it is perfect for social distancing

Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on much longer than anyone expected, it can be challenging to find a safe place

for a getaway. The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington state, with its many wide-open spaces, is perfect for a less risky

vacation. The 28-mile-long beach is an ideal destination for social distancing. You can drive on the beach and remain

in your car or just stroll for miles. Shops and restaurants are open and following state rules regarding safe distancing

and wearing masks. The main drag has lines painted 6-feet apart on the sidewalk to aid keeping the recommended distance. During these

chaotic times you may not want to leave your pooch behind. The Long Beach Peninsula is super dog friendly, so bring him along.

Safe Distancing Activities

Go fly a kite. This is a perfect activity for social distancing. Head out to the beach for miles of accessible space to fly your kite. The wind is

always kicking, making it easy for your kite to find its way up into the sky. The World Kite Museum is worth a stop—if it is open. The gift

shop has a great selection of kites for sale in all shapes and sizes. Make sure to check out the Bald Eagle flag. It is very impressive.

Pack a picnic and head to either end of the peninsula to explore a Washington state park. Cape Disappointment State Park is at the southern

end and has a variety of activities as well as two lighthouses to hike to. It is also part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical

Parks and highlights the westernmost terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Make sure to check out Beards Hollow at both the

scenic overlook and down below on the trail. The area was once a cove and is now marshy land. At the northern tip of the peninsula is the

Leadbetter Point State Park, which has 7 miles of hiking trails. The park has beach frontage on both the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay. This

park is not well known, so chances are you will find a place all to yourself.

The paved 8.5-mile Discovery Trail is well maintained and perfect for bike riding or pushing a stroller. It starts in Downtown Ilwaco and

ends on Long Beach at an 18-foot bronze tree. There are displays and sculptures along the way, as well as great beach views. It is relatively

flat except for the portion going through Cape Disappointment State Park, which is hilly. The half-mile Long Beach Boardwalk is not what

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THERE ARE SIX LITTLE TOWNS THAT

COMPRISE THE PENINSULA, EACH

WITH ITS OWN CHARM.

you would expect for a beach boardwalk. There are no food stands or

rides but instead you have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a

bird’s-eye view above the sand dunes.

There are six little towns that comprise the peninsula, each with its own

charm. Visit Ilwaco, Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park and Seaview

to enjoy their shops and restaurants. Oysterville is an 80-acre National

Historic District and is a lovely place for a stroll. Purchase fresh oysters

and other local products at Oysterville Sea Farms. Profits from the

Willabay brand help to preserve Oysterville’s last oyster buildings. You

won’t find fresher Willabay oysters and clams; these are harvested the

same day.

Where To Stay

Boardwalk Cottages is Adrift Hospitality’s newest property. The 13 cute

cottages each have their own unique charm and size. The location in

Downtown Long Beach is perfect for a quick walk in the morning to

grab coffee and pastries at the Cottage Bakery & Delicatessen. You will

be blown away by the choices. There are lots of cute shops nearby as well.

You also have access to the amenities at the Adrift Hotel and Spa, which

include a heated pool, barrel sauna, and beach cruisers to rent. Also

located at the hotel is the Adrift Distillery, a fun place to tour and imbibe.

Pet-friendly rooms are available.

In the fishing village of Ilwaco, At The Helm is its newest lodging. Just

steps away from the marina, this lovely bank building has been lovingly

repurposed into an eco-friendly boutique hotel and restaurant by owner

Marcene Miller. You can see the love, care and hands-on work she put

into each choice during the renovation. Rooms are named after the

owners’ fishing vessels they had throughout the years. Staying here allows

you to bask in luxury not normally found in this area, and all the extra

amenities make you feel special. It begins with a complimentary glass of

beer or wine at check-in, breakfast delivered to your room, and a basket

of snacks to enjoy during your stay. So worth the splurge. Take time to

look at the interior décor, as there are so many interesting touches and

artwork to observe. Note: This hotel does not have pet-friendly rooms,

but they are welcome in the outdoor seating area of the restaurant.

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The Speci f ics

For information on visiting and updates on COVID-19

VisitLongBeachPeninsula.com

WHERE TO STAY

Boardwalk Beach Cottages

BoardwalkCottages.com

At The Helm

AtTheHelm.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Cove Restaurant

PeninsulaGoldCourse.com

Waterline Pub (in At The Helm)

AtTheHelm.com

WHAT TO DO

World Kite Museum - KiteFestival.com

Washington State Parks - Parks.State.WA.us

Oysterville Sea Farms - Willabay.com

What To Eat

A surprisingly good place to eat is at

the Peninsula Golf Course at the Cove

Restaurant. It is also one of the most petfriendly

places I have ever eaten at. Popular

with the locals, the Cove menu has many

country-club favorites such as a Prime Rib

dinner available Thursday through Saturday

and is heavy on the local seafood with great

burgers, sandwiches and salads as well.

Where it really shines is the nightly specials,

where the chef can flex his cooking chops.

A recent special was Halibut, Scallops and

Prawns served over rice with a curry sauce.

Very flavorful with just a hint of spice. The

cooking staff has competed and won local

food competitions. Make sure to try the

award-winning Tiramisu Cheesecake with a

caramel drizzle. Yummy.

The Peninsula Golf Course is one of five in Washington state that allows

dogs on the course. At the Cove Restaurant your pet is welcome at the

outdoor seating. They even offer a Patio Pup Menu with Haida’s Turkey

Bites, named after a pooch who frequented the patio. A big water bowl

is offered for the pups as well. The menu features a variety of fish, turkey

and beef that is sure to please even the most finicky dog.

The Waterline Pub in At the Helm has incredible food. You can choose to

dine indoors, which is adorned with reclaimed wood, or outside on the

patio overlooking the marina. The menu is heavy on the local seafood,

which comes right off the fishing boats in the marina. Everything is

delicious, but you must try the Seafood Nosh Board—not your typical

charcuterie. This is loaded with fresh crabmeat, prawns, oysters, grilled

Brie cheese, olives, house-made sauces and served with grilled bread. The

crab is served plain, and its sweet freshness with a squeeze of lemon is

delicious. With good, quality ingredients you don’t have to do much to

highlight it. The chef does a variety of chowders, stews and specials each

day. Well worth a stop—and pets are welcome on the patio.

Planning a trip during the pandemic can be done. Just take a few extra

steps to ensure your safety and that of the destination you are going

to. Call ahead to lodging, and ask about restrictions. Wear a mask and

practice social distancing. Make reservations to any restaurant that you

wish to eat in, as seating is limited. Enjoy more outside activities and get

exploring.

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HUCKSTACHIO ICE CREAM

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups huckleberries

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut milk

4 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 cup sea salted pistachios

METHOD:

• In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce huckleberries and

lemon juice until juice is thickened.

• Use the back of a fork to break down berries. Remove from heat

and set aside to cool.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping

cream, coconut milk, vanilla, salt and pistachios.

• Poor mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the

manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream is firm, place in a

freezer-safe container and chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

AUGUST CREPE SPECIAL

Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream

Be sure to check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109, Gig Harbor, WA

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BBQ2U

FIRST WORKOUT

FREE!

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

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

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Trainer Always Included

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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,

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

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

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2019! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

Located in Uptown

4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 100

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 514-6670

www.9Round.com/GigHarborWA

@ 9RoundGigHarbor

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600

Gig Harbor 253.649.0921

Facebook.com/GertieAndTheGiantOctopus

PHO EVER WOK

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

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you

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

you like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available

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

plenty of parking. Also available for takeout. Open Monday

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

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

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

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

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109 | Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

Facebook.com/OccasionsCoffeeAndCrepes

LELE'S RESTAURANT

Healthy

that tastes good!

Smoothies

Acai Bowls

Oatein

Herbal Tea

Tea Bombs

Meal Planning

Nutrition Coaching

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

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

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

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

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

11am to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

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

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

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

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

5160 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

EAT FRESH

EAT LOCAL

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5247 OLYMPIC DR, SUITE A

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

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ENTERTAINMENT

What's happening

in August!

AUGUST 2020

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OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

Sings

PRESTIGE

PRESTIGE

A VIRTUAL SINGING CONTEST!

Prestige Senior Living is proud to host

“Prestige Sings,” a virtual singing contest for

our amazing residents and team members!

We’re recognizing all the talent at Prestige,

but we need your help to make it happen!

Visit www.PrestigeCare.com/PrestigeSings

to view our video submissions and vote

on your favorite performances in all three

categories—resident, staff and group.

We will be narrowing down the contestants

each week, so be sure to check back to cast

your vote for the finalists.

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

3025 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 851-5306

www.PrestigeCare.com

Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

• A distinctive collection of Northwest art by over 70 Northwest artists

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

• Metal Sculpture • Bronzes • Pottery • Jewelry • Home Decor

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

• Over sixteen years of framing experience. No project too big or too small.

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341

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A CULTURAL

DESTINATION

ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO THE

ANNUAL POLYNESIAN LUAU – A VIRTUAL EVENT

By Jillian Chandler

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center has been serving the Tacoma

community and beyond since 1996. Though housed in

Tacoma, the cultural center serves statewide and is recognized

both nationally and internationally.

APCC prides itself in representing more than 47 countries and cultures

of the Asia Pacific Rim, where more than 100 languages and dialects

are spoken, with the arts and cultures of these people offering unique

diversity, history, traditions and spirit. The Tacoma-based center is

the one place where immigrant and non-immigrant communities can

come together in celebration, education and exchange.

August 29 will mark Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s 23rd Annual

Polynesian Luau. In years past, the luau has provided a fun-filled

afternoon event for the entire family, with cultural dances representing

various islands; a delicious Island menu of roasted pig, Hawaiian

macaroni, sapasui, banana poi, panipopo, steamed rice, teriyaki

chicken and fresh island fruits; cultural booths from the different

islands; Island desserts for tasting; and live music!

This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event has gone

virtual, but it will still offer a wonderful experience for all of those who

would like to join in the festivities via Facebook Live or YouTube from

the comfort of their own homes—and don’t forget to come prepared

with an island cocktail in hand. The event is free, but those who would

like to donate to support the APCC programs are encouraged to do so.

Text the code APCCLUAU to 44-321 to donate or donate online at Bit.

ly/APCCLuauDonate.

According to Faaluaina Pritchard, Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s

executive director, the live stream event will be held 6 to 7:30pm and

will include authentic entertainment, including cultural music and

dances from the islands of Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand,

Samoa and Guam; fire knife dances (win an Alaska Airline ticket

voucher) and raffles for great prizes!

To read more about Asia Pacific Cultural Center, visit

AsiaPacificCulturalCenter.org. For the Polynesian Luau live stream on

Facebook, log onto Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter or Bit.ly/

APCCYouTube on Saturday, August 29, at 6pm.

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SWING FOR A SOLDIER

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation will once again

hold its annual Swing for a Soldier golf tournament Monday,

August 10. The event kicks off at noon, as participants enjoy an

afternoon of golf at Gold Mountain Golf Club (7263 West Belfair

Valley Road) in Bremerton. Register your team of four or sponsor

a veteran or first responder to golf this year. In the unfortunate

circumstance the event is canceled, you have the option to donate

your entry fees, roll your entry fees over to next year or receive a

full refund. For up-to-date information, visit SwingForASoldier.

org. Swing for a Soldier is sure to be one of the best rounds of golf

you will ever play in a charity tournament.

HOGS, DOGS & RODS

Show your support for the Northwest Kidney Center by attending

the third annual Hogs, Dogs & Rods car and motorcycle show.

The fun takes place Saturday, August 15, from noon until 5pm

at the Gig Harbor Eagles Club, 4425 Burnham Drive. Attendees

will enjoy a car and motorcycle show, as well as pinup girls and

an awards ceremony. There will be hot dogs and pretzels for your

enjoyment as well. Event organizers will be following the current

COVID-19 safety guidelines. There is no cost to attend, though

donations are appreciated. For those unable to attend the event

and would still like to donate, you can do so online at JustGiving.

com/fundraising/michelle-thomas58.

TACOMA NARROWS HALF MARATHON

2020 marks the 13th annual Michelob Ultra Tacoma Narrows Half

Marathon and 5k. Participants have the opportunity to run one of

the most unique courses in the PAcific Northwest, taking runners

across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, through Cheney Stadium and

a downhill finish into the heart of Downtown Tacoma. In addition,

runners can choose the 5k, joining in at the last 3.1 miles of the half

marathon course. Registration for each race includes a race T-shirt,

finisher medal and free photos. For up-to-date information and to

register, visit TacomaNarrowsHalf.com.

PLEASE CHECK EVENT WEBSITES AS EVENTS DRAW

NEAR FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING

CANCELLATIONS.

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