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NOVEMBER 2020

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 11

You’ll feel right at home.

inside

Q&A with Ken Kieffer

A lifelong commitment to serving others 68

How to Simplify Thanksgiving So You Can

Focus on Giving Thanks

Tips to fill the holiday with less stress and more joy 72

It is Better to Give than to Receive

Bless those in need in your community 78

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HAPPY

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T

he season of thanks is upon

us. Though many of us have

suffered with confusion and

frustration, and sometimes

anger, over what’s currently happening in

our nation and in our own communities—

the political discord, the health crisis, job

insecurity and more—now is that time to

reflect inward and focus on all that we do

have to be thankful for. And with all that we

have been blessed with, know that others

have not been so fortunate. While we give

thanks for all we have, it is also important to

give to others in their time of need.

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away,

we begin to compile our guest lists and

plan our menu. While at the store picking

up your ingredients, why not pick up a

few additional items that you can then

donate back to a local food bank, church

or other organization that is accepting food

donations. Some grocery stores even give

you the option to purchase a Thanksgiving

meal at checkout to be given to a family in

need. Food fills the soul—why not do that

for someone in your community?

Here at Like Media, we are truly thankful to

our dedicated and loyal staff, our advertisers

and our readers. We could not bring you

Gig Harbor Living Local each month if it

were not for all of you. The generosity and

support that abounds within our small

community pours over and truly fills our

hearts.

In this issue of Gig Harbor Living Local, you

will once again find content that is engaging

and uplifting, highlighting topics and

people that help make this community truly

shine. We are excited to feature Gig Harbor

Living Local’s Finest Person of 2020, Brett

Marlo. Changing the way we live through

her innovations, her story truly inspires.

We also have a special Q&A with Ken

Keiffer, a longtime resident who has been

a loyal servant to those in the community

and beyond, doing his part in giving

back through his involvement in various

organizations, from the Special Olympics

and Make A Wish Foundation to Susan G.

Komen Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Be thankful, be giving, be kind. Happy

Thanksgiving!

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CONTENTS

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sneak peek into November ...

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68

Q&A WITH KEN KIEFFER

Gig Harbor resident's lifelong commitment to

serving others

20

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

40

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the bright youth in our community

58

72

SIMPLIFY THANKSGIVING

Focus on Giving Thanks: Tips to fill the holiday

with less stress and more joy

86

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

28

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Shop Local on November 28: Mark your

calendars for Small Business Saturday

34

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Rainier Family Medicine: An unwavering

commitment to excellent patient care

42

LIVING LOCAL

Homeless in the Harbor: Issue is present despite

lack of appearance

52

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

78

WAYS TO GIVE BACK

It is Better to Give than to Receive: Bless those

in need in your community

88

FEATURED RECIPE

A Fall Favorite: Butternut Squash Risotto with

Crispy Pork Belly

30

GOOD NEWS

Community Bands Together: Musicians help

raise funds for local businesses

36

IN FOCUS

Small-Business Owner Lives a Life of

Intention: Gig Harbor’s Finest Person of the

Year, Brett Marlo

48

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Invitation Bookshop: Husband-and-wife team

open independent bookshop in the harbor

58

FEATURE STORY

Fight Like a Girl: Female wrestling has broken

barriers, in the Northwest and beyond

82

TRAVEL & LEISURE

A Family Trip: The best way to have a

COVID-19 safe Thanksgiving dinner

92

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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A Home for the Holidays

A REFLECTION OF THE SEASON

By Nikki Luttmann, Interior Designer

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WINTER PROGRAMS

In these strange times, it may seem difficult to find things that we are

thankful for, but one thing I am always very grateful for is the roof

over our heads. Our house may not be picture-perfect, but it is ours,

a safe haven for our family.

We have moved seven times in the course of our 16-year marriage, which

now that I think about it, seems a bit extreme! Each home has had its set

of challenges, even the new home that we designed and built ourselves.

Each home requires a settling in period, a different set of furniture (we’ve

had eight different dining tables, my husband likes to remind me) and

general sprucing up. I guess you could call us serial remodelers.

We’ve painted and refinished trim work, installed flooring and tile and

new plumbing and light fixtures. We’ve revamped old heating systems

and added new ones. I’ve rearranged furniture more times than I can

count, and my husband has borne most of it with a smile—mainly

because he knows how important our home is to me. Beyond being just

my livelihood, interior design is a deep-seated passion that I know many

of you share.

Our home is a constantly evolving canvas, and quite literally, my life’s

work. A home should not be stagnant; it should change and evolve as

those who live within it change and evolve. I love the idea of decorating

for the seasons, particularly in fall and winter, when we spend so much

more time indoors. By bringing in seasonal decor, we are honoring the

passage of time and the particular quality of each time of year.

For Thanksgiving, I love to bring in natural elements—fall leaves and

branches, pumpkins and gourds. I also enjoy swapping out pillows and

throws for more autumnal hues like gold and rust. The jewel tones of

autumn are my favorites and really complement a neutral palette.

Come December, we all enjoy the traditions associated with that time

of year, from hunting for the perfect Christmas tree in the woods to

bringing out our collected holiday decorations. It is a special time when

we can remember loved ones and also look forward to the festivities to

come. Baking cookies, enjoying games with friends and family, preparing

special meals. What all of these activities have in common is the concept

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Dress it up for the holidays, keep it clean for company, and

set fresh flowers or greenery around to scent the air.

So, treat your home with the care it deserves this time of year. Dress it

up for the holidays, keep it clean for company, and set fresh flowers or

greenery around to scent the air. Invest in a new dining table for family

gatherings. Or add a new area rug to replace the old. Replace your

damaged flooring or spruce up your windows with new blinds. After all,

our homes are the backdrops for our lives. Investing in your home is truly

like investing in yourself.

Small Touches to Bring the Holidays to Life in Your Home

This time of year can be both exciting and stressful, but there is nothing

quite like decorating for the holidays and transforming your home into a

festive oasis.

Bringing the outdoors indoors is always a simple, yet beautiful way, to

enhance your home for the holidays. From branches and pinecones to

leaves, enhance your mantle, entry table or dining room table with these

natural staples; many of which you may find in your own backyard!

Flowers, seasonal plants, fruits and berries make the perfect centerpiece

any time of year. Whether you opt for deep reds, oranges and yellows or

keep it simple with whites and greens, adding fresh foliage to your home

is always a sure way to add a bright touch and warmth to your home for

the holidays.

You can pair pumpkins and candlesticks for a whimsical feel. Baby white

pumpkins with neutral-colored candles and candlesticks of varying

heights make for a beautiful, and classy, combination sure to impress your

guests.

Opt for a beautiful door wreath that welcomes your guests. Wreaths are

also acceptable throughout the home: above the mantle, at the top of the

staircase, on the inside of the front door.

There is no need to overwhelm yourself. Keep the decorations simple,

and if possible, ones that carry over from Thanksgiving to Christmas and

through the new year!

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Clients “Defying Gravity”

A DIVORCE LAWYER’S SOURCE OF GRATITUDE

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

It seems cliché to write about gratitude for November, but this

is a different kind of gratitude. By the time Thanksgiving rolls

around, I will have endured eight months of working primarily

from home as a family law attorney and mediator. This would

have simply been unthinkable at the start of 2020, particularly in

a profession that is so “present-based” in working with a range of

emotions, vulnerabilities, and the need for compassion and empathy.

Of course, I’m grateful for the technology that allowed me to move

my practice to Zoom and DocuSign. Yet, I’m most grateful for the

myriad clients who committed to a peaceful and non-adversarial

resolution of their marital conflict during this time in unprecedented

history, despite the technical challenges that doing so remotely

presents.

You may have heard that the rate of divorce during all this

quarantining and social distancing has increased significantly. While

I don’t have a verifiable source of statistical data to support that

theory, I can believe that things in certain relationships may have

worn thin given all the upheaval that the new decade brought with it.

Here’s where my gratitude comes in. Despite the politics, the virus,

the work furloughs, the “distance learning,” the protests and the

wildfire smoke (too much, just too much), potential clients have

regularly called me and expressed a deep commitment to navigating

a change in their marital status with kindness, respect, fairness

and even love. Respect for each other moving forward, honoring

the good parts of their past relationship, their deep love for their

children, and an intention to commit to peace in their hearts during

an extraordinarily difficult time.

These many stressful months of 2020 didn’t break them. These clients’

relationships may be changing, but their spirits are holding fast.

I think of the title of a song from the hit Broadway show “Wicked”

called “Defying Gravity.” (Google the YouTube Broadway rendition

for the context and full lyrics.) The underlying premise is: “I’m

defying gravity, and you can’t pull me down.”

In other words, despite the compounding and layering of life challenge

upon life challenge, of required adaptation upon adaptation, upon the

never-ending attack on one’s patience and tolerance and optimism,

and being tested around every corner of every month of 2020, these

clients still sought to move through their changing relationships and

family dynamics in a way that inspired me and fortified my faith in

the human heart.

I’m grateful they chose me to work with for their professional needs,

but my gratitude extends far beyond the attorney-mediator/client

relationship. I am most thankful that people in the darkest of times

can maintain their humanity, their civility, and their concern for one

another and, most importantly, their children.

We all know (lawyers especially) that the legal system is not the best

place to take your relationship woes, and all too often the system

itself, whether from well-intentioned lawyer training, docket

management procedures by the court and hard-to-interpret legal

paperwork, lends itself to escalating conflict. It’s often the easy way

out when the heart is in turmoil. But seeing through all that into

what really matters, soaring past all the things that want to bring you

down, and committing to your core values with a like-minded legal

professional, will certainly “defy gravity.”

For those of you who share that commitment with me, I am truly

grateful.

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

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Facing a divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on reducing and resolving

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Felicia Soleil began her law practice almost 30 years ago, serving families in

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DIVORCE AND ESTATE PLANNING

How does divorce affect estate planning?

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

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Wills for both spouses are often

drawn up sometime during

the marriage—particularly if

there are children involved.

When divorce is contemplated, the selection

of beneficiaries and executors will likely be

revised to reflect the absence of your former

spouse. Additionally, you will need to reexamine

the gift and estate tax aspects of your

estate plan. For these reasons, many divorcing

couples revise their estate planning documents

during the period of separation or soon after

the divorce has been finalized.

What should you be concerned about during

the separation period?

If divorce proceedings have begun, it's

important to draft a formal separation

agreement as soon as possible, establishing

the spouses' rights regarding property, debts,

temporary alimony, child support and child

custody. When drafting the provisions, you

will want to consider the possibility of your

spouse dying prior to entry of the final divorce

decree. You may wish to make the agreement

binding on heirs so that the obligations will

continue if one party dies.

If you expect to receive alimony and child

support from your spouse, you may want to

require (in the separation agreement) that

your spouse buy a life insurance policy (or

keep the existing one in force), naming you

as the beneficiary. The policy should be in

an amount sufficient to cover the sum of

support obligations and property distribution

payments contemplated. You could even be

named as the owner of the policy insuring

your spouse's life.

Similarly, your agreement might require your

spouse to maintain minimum will provisions

in favor of you (and/or your children). Often,

the parties to a separation agreement include

a provision that both waive the right to elect

a share of the estate of the other in the event

that one party dies before the divorce decree

is entered.

When revising your estate plan, which areas

require particular note?

First of all, you should make the necessary

changes in your will or other estate planning

documents to ensure that your former spouse

isn't named as your personal representative,

successor trustee, beneficiary or holder of the

power of attorney. A new will may be drafted

during the separation period. Note that in

some states, wills drawn up during a marriage

are considered void after a divorce unless

specifically ratified after the divorce. This

means that intestacy rules would apply, instead

of the will being controlling.

Next, consider gift tax implications if funding

your children's education is required by your

property settlement. Although your direct

tuition payments (even for adult children)

are exempt from gift tax when required by

a property settlement agreement, be aware

that your payments for related educational

expenses may be subject to gift tax.

Finally, consider the absence of the unlimited

marital deduction. A deduction is allowed for

qualifying transfers to one's spouse during

lifetime or at death. Because this gift and estate

tax deduction is one of the most important

estate planning tools for married couples, your

loss of this tool at divorce can affect your tax

situation adversely when you die.

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative

and Investment Adviser Representative of/and

securities and investment advisory services are

offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member

FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport Center Drive, Suite

270, Newport Beach CA 92660, 949-836-7809.

New Foundation Wealth Group is independent

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2020 is the first year teaching full time

for Eileen Schurer. The past couple

of years she’s taught multimedia and

was a para educator, but Eileen is

excited to now have a full-time role despite

the current challenges. “Working online

with students is not ideal, but we do adapt.

I am using new tools every

day and learning so much,”

she said.

Eileen is at Kopachuck

Middle School and

currently teaches art and

runs the yearbook class for

grades six through eight.

Being relatively new she

is thankful that her fellow

teachers are so eager to

share their experiences.

“I work with an amazing

group of teachers, and we

share ideas and successes.

This gives me new material

to try and adapt to my

classes,” she said.

Eileen loves to use her creativity and

immensely enjoys watching her students

work creatively on both group and

individual projects. New technologies are

“EVERY DAY I AM

PLEASED BY WORK

THAT STUDENTS

PRESENT; THEY ARE

THE REASON WE

TEACH.”

Eileen

Schurer

Kopachuck Middle School

Art and Yearbook

another tool that she uses to help students

exercise their creative minds. Recently she

led a group of students from three different

schools along with members of her own

family in making a film for the 72-Hour Gig

Harbor Film Festival. It’s one of her favorite

recent memories, but she also enjoys the

little things that seemingly

happen each day. “Every

day I am pleased by work

that students present; they

are the reason we teach.”

The challenge of remote

learning affects both

teacher and students.

Some will strive while

others might struggle in

the setting. One lesson

Eileen wants her students

to take from her classroom

is that despite the

challenges it is important

to take chances and not be

afraid to fail.

“Always choose the more challenging

option because learning and growing is

forever. You don't want to look back and

regret not having tried,” she said.

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Happy

Holidays

After the excitement—and stress—that Thanksgiving Day

brings, and your guests have returned home after enjoying

their fill of a warm delicious meal prepared with patience

and love complemented by wonderful company from near

and far, it’s time to start planning and shopping for the holidays ahead!

As many people forego the traditional Thanksgiving feast to stand in

long lines to beat their neighbor to that big-screen TV, or give up a

night’s sleep to weather the cold to be first at some big box store on

Black Friday, make plans to do something a bit different but with

greater reward and benefit to your local community.

Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving

(November 28 this year) and encourages community members to visit

their small locally owned businesses. By choosing to shop local, you are

showing your support to local business owners and their employees—

your friends and neighbors. You can rest assured by shopping local

that the money you spend will stay in your community.

Many local shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants will be offering

special deals during Small Business Saturday. So take advantage of all

the wonderful opportunities that abound to shop and dine local—you

may even discover some new favorites!

As the giving season is here, and small businesses have truly felt the

effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic, consider patronizing your

local Gig Harbor businesses, not only on Small Business Saturday, but

throughout the year. Shop small so that local, independently owned

businesses can grow. Let’s all do our part to help local business thrive.

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By Jillian Chandler

“IT WAS SUCH

A FUN RANGE

OF MUSIC,

WHICH IS WHAT

MADE IT FUN

EACH WEEK."

COMMUNITY BANDS TOGETHER

MUSICIANS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Over the last few months, the Gig Harbor

community was treated to a weekly Friday

night concert series, which kicked off

the beginning of summer on July 10 and

concluded this past month on October 9. An idea

originally spurred in March by Mayor Kit Kuhn, after

hearing of a similar concept in Hawaii, began garnering

support after conversations with the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation and a few concerned community leaders

who wanted to do something to bring the community

together to help support local businesses.

By May, the six-member committee comprised of

representatives from the City of Gig Harbor, Uptown

Gig Harbor and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

(which included Paula Zenobio, Rob Rigoni, Dr. Julie

Ann Gustanski, Laura Pettit, Robyn Denson and Ariel

Gustanski) had fleshed out a framework for a 13-week

concert series.

Together, the committee decided on a name for the

concert series—GHKP Band Together, identified area

bands, potential venues and community sponsors

interested in banding together through music to raise

critical funds to help support local businesses and

nonprofit organizations struggling through the impacts

of the pandemic.

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Many of the bands chosen to participate had previously

performed at popular community events like Cider

Swig, Summer Sounds at Skansie and Uptown Summer

Concert Series. Because these events could not take

place this year, and through partnership on the Band

Together Concert Series, committee members reached

out to these musicians, explaining the goal of the series

and asking if they would be interested in performing.

All the bands donated their time, and the venues were

provided at no charge as well.

The variety of acts during the Band Together Concert

Series was incredible—from old school rock to country,

to eclectic rock and soulful singer-songwriter originals.

Area favorites like Redemption, RoyaLux, Budapest

West and My Guilty Pleasure all took to the stage for

this great cause. “It was such a fun range of music, which

is what made it fun each week, because the community

could look forward to something new and different

each time,” says Ariel Gustanski, chief operating officer

of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

The weekly concert recorded an average of 1,000 concert

viewers—topping off with more than 4,000 concert

participant viewers! For those who missed the live

concerts and would love to enjoy them again, all concert

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“The feedback we received from the community could not have been

better. Not only were we able to raise money for small local businesses

and nonprofits, but we were able to stream from various local businesses

and event spaces, raising awareness for their location but also boosting up

our local musicians,” smiles Ariel. “It was such a rewarding experience,

and to be able to provide the community ‘live’ music and a bit of Friday

night fun during this difficult and uncertain time, while working to do

good, made all involved—from musicians, to venue hosts, to sponsors

and donors, and the committee—feel great.”

The final concert, streamed from 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, was held

on October 9 and featured The Beatniks. Though at this time there is no

plan for a similar event in the coming months, there has been some talk,

according to Ariel. “If our community wants more, by all means, we will

make it happen!”

Like Media's Julie Reed had the opportunity to emcee one of the concerts

and says, "It was a little different emceeing to an empty room and having

to talk to a camera live! No retakes! But an amazing experience being able

to attend the concert live. The music was incredible, and it was an honor

to help Band Together raise funds for small businesses in need. A true

Living Local experience!”

During the course of the series, thanks to the community and their

presenting sponsor, Puget Sound Energy, they were able to raise

approximately $18,000 for small local businesses and nonprofit

organizations across the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community.

“We were so thankful to have some extremely gracious community

donors over the course of the series,” Ariel says. “Two major donors

made matching gifts two weeks in a row, enabling us to raise more

than $5,000 over the course of two Fridays. But more than anything,

our community came together for this series, and there were so many

individuals that donated every single concert during the series, which

was absolutely amazing and proved the essence of what we were aiming

to provide—a Friday night concert that was free to attend, with a goal of

raising funds!”

Nineteen businesses applied for relief in July and had to meet the

following criteria: be a for-profit business or nonprofit; have a state

business license dated before January 1, 2020, and be locally owned (no

chains); be physically located in Gig Harbor or the Key Peninsula, have

brick-and-mortar (physical) location that was open to the public with

regular business hours pre-COVID; have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent

employees as of March 1, 2020; have suffered a financial loss due to

COVID-19 related mandates.

As of press time, the committee was still reviewing if all criteria was met

for each for-profit and nonprofit, and the beneficiaries of proceeds raised

had yet to be released.

“We could not have made the Band Together Small Business Relief Concert

Series happen without the Band Together Committee, Bumbershoot

Media, our sponsors (Puget Sound Energy, CHI Franciscan and Resource

Dimensions) or emcees, and all of the locations around our community

that offered their spaces free of charge over the course of the 13 weeks,”

shares Ariel. “Truly, our community made this possible, and we could not

be more thankful and proud of what they enabled us to do for our small

businesses and nonprofit organizations.

If you missed any of the Band Together concerts or would like to relive the

experience, you can still tune in and watch concerts by your favorite local

bands by visiting GHKPBandTogether.org and viewing via the Facebook

or YouTube links. You can also make a donation to the Community

Emergency Relief Fund at GigHarborFoundation.org.

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An Unwavering

Commitment to

Excellent Patient Care

Gig Harbor's premier primary

care provider

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

RAINIER FAMILY MEDICINE

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Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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“We love being able to empower

our patients with the tools and

resources they need to optimize

their health. We like to consider

ourselves a part of each patient’s

health-care team.”

Rainier Family Medicine opened its doors in Gig Harbor in 2016, and

for the past five years, owners Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP-BC and wife

Jessica Hopkins have been providing superior primary care to the Gig

Harbor community—with a holistic approach.

“Our clinic offers a truly patient-centric and holistic approach to health care,”

affirms Jessica. “We love being able to empower our patients with the tools and

resources they need to optimize their health. We like to consider ourselves a part

of each patient’s health-care team.”

Scot knew early on in his health-care career that he would eventually open his own

practice, as he noticed a drastic shift away from patient-centric care that he was

not willing to accept. “I witnessed decisions often made based on finances rather

than the quality of patient care being provided,” he shares. “I understand you must

consider the numbers when running a business, but how large of a bonus does a

CEO need to make if it comes at the cost of your patients? It is a problem when the

people making the decisions don’t have any patient care experience.”

Scot pursued a profession in medicine in order to be able to provide truly patientcentric

health care. He finds that most often just by working with a patient and

getting to the root of their medical issue, the need for pills and other invasive

interventions can be eliminated. “To do that, you must give your patients a good

amount of time during their appointment,” he affirms. “Fifteen minutes

just won’t cut it. I wanted to be able to make decisions that were centered

around the patient, not just based on the bottom line.”

When it comes to what Scot finds most rewarding about the work he

does through his practice, it is knowing that he has his patients’ best

interest in mind when treating them. “I get to put in as much time with

a patient as needed, and I can carve time out of each day to do things

that are crucial to a patient’s success,” he affirms. By provider and patient

working together as a team, they are able to develop a plan the patient can

follow to reach their health-care goals. “That is why I got into medicine,

and I will do whatever it takes to provide the most thorough patient care

experience possible.”

As a primary care provider (PCP), Scot is not limited in the services he

is able to offer for primary care. And as an independently owned clinic

with an extensive referral network, they have more freedom with their

referrals than if they were part of a major medical group. “We can refer to

the specialist who is going to be best for our patient’s needs, rather than

being mandated to ‘keep the referral in the family,’” says Scot.

Scot is a Gig Harbor native, while Jessica moved to Gig Harbor as a child.

Despite residing in various cities during young adulthood, they always

knew they would return home to Gig Harbor. “There is no community

like it anywhere else in the world,” smiles Jessica. “The sense of connection

and support is palpable and invigorating.”

As a practice, Rainier Family Medicine is involved in numerous

community fundraisers, drives and events throughout the year. “We are

strong supporters of schools and education and will support those efforts

in any way possible,” says Jessica. Scot sits on the board of the Peninsula

Schools Education Foundation and volunteers as a provider at the Key

Free Clinic on the Key Peninsula, while Jessica currently holds two board

positions; one with the Harbor Montessori and the other as the 2019 and

2020 board president for the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses.

Rainier Family Medicine is currently welcoming new patients and can

accept most major medical insurance. Scot and Jessica understand that

some patients may be nervous when making the decision to switch to a

new primary care provider, thus they offer a no cost “meet and greet” for

potential new patients to chat with Scot prior to making the decisions to

switch.

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

SMALL-BUSINESS OWNER LIVES A

LIFE OF INTENTION

GIG HARBOR’S FINEST PERSON OF THE YEAR: BRETT MARLO

BY RACHEL KELLY

Life rarely reveals itself all at once but

rather presents itself in a series of

stepping stones. One decision to the

next, we take hesitant steps toward the

end goal. Whatever that is, we’re not sure. But

we know what we want. It’s tempting to stop

outright, as the path develops a mind of its own.

Sometimes we’re not quite sure where the path is

anymore, so we strike out somewhere new. This

ability to move forward, to make a new path by

setting down one stone and then the next, takes

creativity and innovation. It takes bravery.

This is true of this year’s Gig Harbor Living

Local Finest winner: Brett Marlo. She’s been

called innovative before, but Brett doesn’t really

see herself that way. She’s just trying to do what

makes the most sense, not just for herself but for

others. Even if what makes sense doesn’t fit into

the “one size fits all” life model. Brett’s intention

is to inspire others to live a healthy sustainable

life by example (walking her talk) and by

creating opportunities for all through advocacy,

designing and building. This is why small

business owners like Brett are so important.

They do something new.

Ten years ago, Brett founded her design

company, Brett Marlo Design Build, with

the idea of bringing health and quality of life

together by designing and building homes. She

was learning that a big home and a big mortgage

did not fit all lifestyles or budgets. She began

thinking how to connect the dots, bringing

people, their communities, their health and

the health of the community together through

alternative housing choices. This was the

beginning of the path that Brett would forge as

she went along.

Brett then decided to hone her team’s skills by

building a tiny house on wheels. This home

would house all the functions of a typical home

with off-grid capability. You may remember her

building this home on wheels in front of her

downtown workshop. Or perhaps you had a

chance to tour it at its debut in the 2016 Maritime

Parade? From that day on, Brett’s tiny home was

featured in tours and magazines in Gig Harbor,

Tacoma and Seattle. A perfect showcase of what

an alternative home looks like; with its plethora

of natural light, ample kitchen, sleeping lofts,

storage and on/off-grid capabilities, people

would walk through and say, “I could live here.”

Like any good leader, Brett recognized that if

something was going to change it would have to

start with her. She began to take a good look at

her own home and the life she was living. She

recognized that her lifestyle didn’t quite mirror

her personal life and business goals. While it

was wonderful to see others open their eyes,

hearts and minds to an alternative lifestyle,

Brett wanted to start hers. She decided to retire

the home that she designed from touring so

that she could begin to live a life that she was

ready to explore: a life full of many intentional

experiences.

It takes a leap to get rid of most of your stuff and

live differently than mainstream. While scary,

moving into her tiny home did not disappoint.

It freed up space in her life for intentional living

both in her home and outdoors. Brett whittled

down her life to what was most important:

family, friends, community and connection

with the outdoors. Surprisingly, instead of her

world getting smaller, it expanded. With this

new knowledge, Brett began to take bigger steps

to make tiny and small housing more attainable

and feasible, the hope being that alternative

housing options would create better lives for our

community.

Her goal was obvious: Make housing attainable.

But how? Her first step came with her ability

to be resilient. After building a few tiny houses

on wheels, tiny housing codes changed, now

allowing them on foundations, and zoning

changes followed suit. This enhanced her

business model to support a diversity of small

housing types: small footprint and compact

designs, detached and attached accessory

dwelling units, cottages, mother-in-law houses,

tiny homes, basement apartments. All with offgrid/on-grid

capabilities. These homes focused

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on occupant comfort, aging-in-place, excellent indoor air quality, durable

low-maintenance materials, maximized storage and usable space with low

monthly utility costs. More recently, Brett and her team were honored to

renovate Gig Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce. Because it is one of the first

buildings that visitors see when coming into Gig Harbor, it was a project

that was especially close to Brett’s heart.

Brett began to adventure more in her personal life as well, from training for

triathlon races and learning new sports like sprint canoeing to even picking

up a new instrument. By far the best part, with less space to care for, she has

time for day trips with her family hiking, biking and enjoying paddlesports.

With her unique qualifications, her innovative spirit and her people first

mindset, it’s no surprise that Brett serves on a variety of community boards.

She is a Gig Harbor Rotarian and the Chair of the City of Gig Harbor’s

Design Review Board. She serves on the Codes Advisory Board, Harbor

WildWatch, the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Design Committee

and the South Sound Collaborative of the Cascadia Green Building

Council. She has spoken at the NW Green Building Slam, South Sound

Sustainability Expo, Envirohouse, as well as other PNW sustainable events.

She also happily contributes to local events such as the Gig Harbor Film

Festival and Paddler’s Cup. Brett readily admits that her intentions are not

entirely altruistic; she confesses that “the feeling of being connected to our

community is life-sustaining.”

And as for the future? Brett has plans of course! She is currently working

on a handful of custom stock small house models for different lot sizes

and shapes. She hopes that these new models will lower first costs as well

as operating costs to make healthy housing accessible while keeping high

quality design. The largest priority being healthy and sustainable regional

materials. Eventually, Brett would love to build toward communal “pocket

neighborhoods.” The focus being affordable living, sharing of resources,

intergenerational community and a feeling of connectedness and wellbeing.

Brett builds with the person in mind; her future hopes rest on continuing

to meet needs wherever she finds them. Everything she does she does with

purpose of creating solutions for everyday living. It’s something that she

does now and will do in the future—no matter the project. If you’re curious

to see some of what Brett Marlo Design has dreamed up already, feel free to

visit the Welcome Plaza in Skansie Brothers Park.

Regardless of what’s next on Brett’s list of “things to do,” I think we can rely

on it being intentional and new. Brett is a person who learns as much as she

gives; listening and responding as she goes along. People like Brett remind

us that what works for one person may not work for another, and that is

perfectly alright. Variety is exactly what makes life so interesting! If the

result is beauty, happiness and an abundance of love, then perhaps we could

all use a little more intention in our lives.

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TYSON BRENT, SENIOR

Peninsula High School

Peninsula High School senior Tyson

Brent is much like his peers: He

enjoys being active, hanging out

with friends and watching movies.

While his final year of high school isn’t what

he imagined, Tyson is keeping a positive

attitude about what is still to come. “I have

just tried to stay positive through all of this,

and I like to be optimistic and look at the

brighter side. We will all be back at school at

some point; right now just isn't that time,” he

acknowledged.

Tyson focuses hard on academics, having

been named Student of the Quarter three

times already. He is also a natural leader

and current ASB president at Peninsula.

“Some of my favorite subjects in school have

been math and history. I have always been

interested in history because I find the events

that happened in the past interesting. But, I

recently started to enjoy math because of my

interest in marketing and business.”

Tyson notes that he’s had multiple teachers

“I have just tried to stay

positive through all of this,

and I like to be optimistic

and look at the brighter

side. We will all be back at

school at some point; right

now just isn't that time.”

who’ve had a lasting impact on his life,

specifically Mr. Miranda, Mr. Kendall and

Mr. Epstein. He’s also been inspired by a

local medical professional who has helped

him through something that few teens ever

experience. “I was born with a rare heart

condition called tetralogy of Fallot, which has

required me to have two open heart surgeries.

I am interested in becoming a pediatric

cardiologist as my cardiologist, Dr. John P.

McCloskey, has inspired an interest in me to

help kids just like me.”

Tyson also has a love of soccer and trains yearround,

competing for both his high school

and in Harbor Premier. Upon graduation

he plans on attending a four-year college to

pursue cardiology or perhaps business and

marketing. He’s hoping to return to in-person

classes and will keep up the positive attitude

until that day comes. “Nobody wants to be

learning online and at home, we all wish

we were in school, but I am really looking

forward to going back. That's what keeps me

going,” he said.

MCKALI BULLOCK, SENIOR

Gig Harbor High School

While our November Student

of the Month Mckali

Bullock enjoys classes

which involve music, art,

design and creativity, it’s on the other side of

the spectrum that she’s had one of the most

impactful teachers in her schooling. “My

math teacher, Mr. Cuzzetto, has always been

open to talking about anything with me and

making sure I’m understanding the work we

are doing,” she said. This is further proof that

even if the subject isn’t the student’s favorite,

great teachers can always make a lasting

impact on their students.

Now in her senior year at Gig Harbor High

School, Mckali continues to challenge herself

in the academic world while keeping her

creative side busy as well. She enjoys music

and singing and hopes someday soon to be

able to share her voice at local venues and

perform live for others’ listening enjoyment.

Mckali continues to

challenge herself in the

academic world while

keeping her creative side

busy as well. She enjoys

music and singing and

hopes someday soon to be

able to share her voice.

Mckali also loves being around young

children and can see herself helping out as a

nanny while she works to establish her career

upon graduation.

Art takes on many forms, and Mckali

believes that makeup artists can convey all

kinds of emotion and confidence, something

she hopes to do in the near future. “I want to

do trades school dealing with cosmetology.

I love doing makeup and bringing out the

imagination of makeup onto a person’s face,”

she said.

Whether it’s having an impact on young

children, sharing music or seeing inner

beauty emerge through makeup artistry,

Mckali’s creativity is something she hopes

will inspire others and have a positive impact

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While Gig Harbor is often looked upon as a beautiful

community with financially stable residents, there are

those who see people struggling that might not otherwise

be seen. “We sort of live in a bubble here, and we don’t

really see what is out there. A lot of our teens are struggling in silence,”

said Melissa Starmer.

Melissa is one of the founding members of the Harbor Hope Center and

currently serves as administration coordinator and board secretary. A

recent survey done by the Peninsula School District identified nearly

150 homeless students within the district. This number doesn’t take into

account students who are couch surfing or who have dropped out of

school, so the number is actually higher.

When the Harbor Hope Center is made aware of one of these students,

its process begins. “The number one thing we hear in the initial

interview is, ‘My parents are good people, and they are trying,’” said

Executive Director Daniel Johnson. “Our goal is to help these teens while

maintaining dignity and to treat each other humanely.”

Harbor Hope Center works directly with high school-aged homeless

students in Gig Harbor. Students begin at either the boys’ or girls’ fully

staffed care homes, which provides transitional housing and a safe

environment. There is a resident advisor in each home along with three

to four additional staff members in order to keep the homes staffed 24/7.

The goal is for each student to spend up to 90 days here, adjusting to

being away from their parents, before being transitioned into a home

hosted by a local family. During this time students meet with volunteer

mentors and are also provided counseling through various agencies,

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Evidence of its positive effect is already

beginning to show.

“People have this vision that homeless teens are just couch surfing and

staying with friends, but what we are really seeing the need for is crisis

management,” said Daniel. Teens found here are often subject to drug/

alcohol abuse, poor economic conditions and mental health issues

during their upbringing. Harbor Hope Center brings in emotional

well-being and substance abuse counselors and has partnered with

organizations that include New Hope Recovery, Peninsula Mental

Health and Communities in Schools, to name a few.

A challenge for the organization currently is recruiting host home

families. Taking on a teenager who could be with you for several years

is no simple decision, however, Harbor Hope Center believes it can be

an incredibly impactful and rewarding one. Initially both student and

family are vetted to make sure it’s a match that will work. Families go

through a questionnaire and list of requirements. The family and student

then meet several times before deciding if the fit is right for both parties.

Though the program has only been operating for a few years, evidence

of its positive effect is already beginning to show. “Two young ladies

recently graduated high school and are employed and attending college,”

said Melissa. “Although they’ve moved on they are still very close with

their host families.”

While being the host family is the biggest commitment, there are many

other volunteers whose seemingly simple tasks can have a great impact

on a local young person. There are currently 20 adult mentors in the

program who meet weekly with teens. Having a role model and an adult

who cares about them can greatly increase the self-worth of a homeless

teen. Transportation is also something homeless teens struggle with.

Local volunteers are set up to drive teens to appointments and therapy

sessions, after-school jobs or activities, or mentor sessions. Another

pillar of the program is making sure teens are well fed. A partnership

with the Fish Food Bank and other regional organizations makes sure

healthy foods are available to each student and also helps lessen the

expense for host families through donations.

One of the biggest confidence boosters might surprise people: new

clothing. Kids will recognize if their peers are wearing the same shoes

and clothes to school each week, and bullying can follow. Working with

the local Kiwanis, teens in the program are provided $250 each to help

spruce up their wardrobe. “It gives them great confidence, they are

excited, and I’ve even heard a student say, ‘Now when I go to school I

won’t be bullied,’” said Melissa.

Harbor Hope Center has already hired eight additional workers this year

as they realize more and more help is needed. The organization wants

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to expand and broaden its relationships with local

churches, businesses, elected officials and organizations

in order to create a model that addresses community

issues that lead to homelessness before another teen

comes to them in crisis. Another goal is to open an

additional home to house single parents.

As with other area nonprofits, the pandemic wiped

out the Harbor Hope Center’s in-person annual

fundraiser, but there are still ways you can help. At

the girls’ home, donors can purchase a brick with

their name or other personalized message that will be

placed on the walkway. There is also a Donate tab on

the homepage of Harbor Hope Center’s website. For

volunteer opportunities or additional information, you

are encouraged to visit HarborHopeCenter.org.

Happy Thanksgiving

While being the host family is

the biggest commitment, there

are many other volunteers whose

seemingly simple tasks can have a

great impact on a local

young person.

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Browse. Read.

Connect.

Husband-and-wife team open

independent bookshop in the harbor

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

INVITATION BOOKSHOP

5125 Olympic Drive, Suite 104

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.432.4566

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"To be able to be part of fostering

that same love for books in others,

and maybe even being the place

for their bookstore memories, is the

best reward.”

There’s a new bookstore in town, and owners Jason and Allyson Howard

invite you to explore the shelves inside Invitation Bookshop for the

worlds that abound within the pages of their books.

“Every time someone opens a book, there is a conversation that happens

between the author and the reader. It’s a bit of wonder and magic, but it’s also a

very tangible and real way to better our own lives and the lives of others,” shares

Allyson. “We want to be a positive presence in the community, and we hope we can

achieve that by creating a space where people can reach out to others or improve

their own lives through stories and ideas.”

The couple recognizes that there are countless options for purchasing books and

seek to provide the community with more than just a bookstore; they hope to be

a haven that people value for the benefit they bring to the community, whether

it be through their book recommendations, author talks, children’s story time

or supporting local schools and nonprofits. “One of the joys of independent

bookstores as a collective is that we all have our own unique personality,” smiles

Allyson. “When people think about their favorite bookstores, they don’t remember

what they purchased there, they remember the experience and feeling they had

while in the store.”

“Ultimately, our store is about community, and if we are successful, it is because of

the people in our community,” says Jason.

Opened on September 4, Allyson and Jason are already witnessing how

rewarding their new venture is, from the joy their customers have shared

with them when they come into the store, to the ease they see wash over

people as they browse, to the conversations they have about books every

day. “More than anything else, though, it’s when a child walks into our

children’s section and their eyes light up, or when they leave the store

without a bag so they can start reading in the car on the way home,” shares

Allyson. “I can still remember vividly the bookstores of my childhood,

and I’m certain those places played a part in making me the reader I

am today. To be able to be part of fostering that same love for books in

others, and maybe even being the place for their bookstore memories, is

the best reward.”

The Howards have called Gig Harbor home for the past three years,

though the decision to relocate was in the works more than a decade

ago. With a longtime love of the Pacific Northwest, combined with family

moving to the harbor, they both agree that there was no question they

would ultimately make Gig Harbor their home. With four children,

three still living at home, the Howard family keeps busy year-round

through their involvement in community sports and school activities,

contributing to these organizations however they can.

Living in Gig Harbor has been such a gift to us and our family, and

Invitation Bookshop is our love letter to this community,” says Allyson.

“We are so grateful for every person who walks through our door, for

the friendships we are making and the community that we are becoming

more and more a part of.”

With the holiday season fast approaching, Invitation Bookshop is the

perfect stop to shop for unique gifts while also supporting local. In

addition to their vast selection of books, you can find puzzles and games,

stationary, reading accessories and other bookish novelties.

Allyson and Jason invite you to browse the bookshop Tuesday through

Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. You can also

visit their webstore, which can be found online at InvitationBookshop.

com, for ordering and in-store pickup.

There’s no time like the present to get lost in a new book, and Invitation

Bookshop is ready to help you discover your new favorite!

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IMMUNE FUNCTION

4 immune-supporting habits that will “SEND” disease packing

By Conrad Esser, CEO and Nicholas Wyatt, CPO, Harbor Health and Apothecary

THE BASICS OF

IMMUNE SUPPORT

START WITH FOUR

"SEND" HABITS:

SLEEP, EXERCISING,

NUTRITION AND

DESTRESSING.

LIVE YOUR

HEALTHIEST LIFE

We are excited to

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WINTER OF 2020!

Thomas Fuller, a British scholar, once said, "Health is not valued

till sickness comes." All too many of us know the truth in

Thomas' statement. With the fall season now upon us, winter fast

approaching and COVID-19 still at the forefront, many of us are

wondering what habits we can practice helping promote a healthy immune

system.

The basics of immune support start with four "SEND" habits: Sleep,

Exercising, Nutrition and Destressing.

Sleep: Most of us underestimate the importance of sleep. As a matter of

fact, most of us pride ourselves on getting little sleep. The Center for Disease

Control and Prevention reported that one in three adults do not get enough

sleep, which increases their risk of developing chronic conditions and

prevents their immune system from functioning optimally. The American

Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults

get a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night to support a healthy

immune system.

Exercising: Exercise is one the most underutilized habits we can perform

for optimizing our immune systems. The Center for Disease Control and

Prevention recommends participating in 75 to 150 minutes of aerobic

exercise per week and total body strengthening activities at least two days

per week. Now, 150 minutes per week may sound like a lot, but when you

break it down to five days per week that is just 30 minutes per day. Exercise is

just one component to boosting immunity. Like the saying goes, “You cannot

exercise yourself out of a bad diet.”

Nutrition: If exercise is one of the most underutilized habits, then good

nutrition is one of the most difficult habits to perform for optimizing our

immune systems. No one food or supplement can prevent illness, and it

is increasingly difficult to consume the amount of nutrition to maintain a

HEALTHY TIP

EATING HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The holiday season is upon us, and we are already dreading

those extra pounds that come with it. With all of the dinners and

parties that you'll be enjoying from Thanksgiving to Christmas

and New Years, be mindful of what you put on your plate (or into

that glass). It's OK to savor the seasonal treats in moderation;

just be sure not to overindulge.

healthy immune system. A lot of the food we

consume likely does not contain enough of the

essential macronutrients (i.e. protein and fats)

and micronutrients (i.e. multivitamin, vitamin

D, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, copper, omega 3,

etc.) our bodies need to support our immune

function. A large portion of the American diet

is processed foods that are calorie dense but

nutrient deficient. Supplementing our diets

with high quality supplements, especially when

our immune systems are in an "active" mode, is

important.

Destressing: Everyone has different stress

triggers. Acute stress can be beneficial, but when

stress becomes chronic stress it can suppress the

immune system. This can lead to and increase

susceptibility to illnesses. Data shows that

greater than 40 percent of stress is work-related.

One technique to reduce stress is by invoking

the relaxation response. It is a state of profound

rest that can be obtained through meditation,

yoga and focused breathing. Other tips for

destressing include eating a balanced diet with

natural plant-based food, and good hygiene.

Although there is no sure-fire way to avoid

catching COVID-19, the flu or a cold, at a

minimum, practicing the four "SEND" habits

can help support your immune system and

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STROKE AFTERMATH PART IV

OVERCOMING THE PROGNOSIS

By Sara Patterson, OT Doctoral Candidate at Integrative Therapeutic Solutions

On February 23, 2017, Samone's

life changed forever at age 47. It

was supposed to be a day spent

celebrating her husband's birthday.

Instead, she suffered a massive brain stem

stroke.

The day had started like any other. Samone and

her husband were shopping when she began

feeling dizzy and fatigued. She brushed it off as

a reaction to a recent change in medication and

went home to take a nap. When she woke, she

was unable to lift her head from the pillow. She

had difficulty speaking and began vomiting.

Alan quickly called for help.

The months following this day were filled

with countless hours in the hospital and in

rehabilitation clinics. Samone spent six weeks

in the intensive care unit, three weeks on the

recovery floor, four weeks at inpatient rehab

and another six weeks at a skilled nursing

facility before finally going home with

continued out-patient therapy.

Due to the stroke, Samone had paralysis

of the left side of her face, slurred speech,

incoordination of muscle movements and poor

control of eye movements. An ophthalmologist

worked closely with Samone to address eye

nerve paralysis. Her left eye would only face

forward while her right eye would drift off to

the right side. The treatment recommended

was medication and prisms, but both failed.

In her recovery journey, Samone worked with

three occupational therapists (OTs). These

therapists worked with Samone on regaining

skills to complete self-care tasks that had been

effortless before her stroke. None of the OTs

addressed the paralysis of her face or lack of eye

control. None, until she met Mariel C. Kraus,

OTR/L. Ms. Kraus is a national board certified

and registered occupational therapist and

owner of Integrative Therapeutic Solutions.

It is a private practice with a philosophy to

treat the whole person in an environment

that is tranquil, personalized and private, and

a place where people feel well rather than ill.

With more than 20 years of experience with

neuro-physical rehabilitation, Ms. Kraus was

confident she could help Samone.

Samone receives therapy twice a week at

Integrative Therapeutic Solutions to work on

her visual tracking, scanning, eye convergence,

lip closure, tongue strength and cheek

strength, as well as fine motor control for selfcare

tasks. Samone can now move her left eye

in all directions and has greater control over

movement of her right eye. She is also working

to effectively decrease the paralysis in her face.

As an occupational therapy doctoral student,

I am learning from Ms. Kraus while working

with Samone and am in awe of the devotion

and determination of both women. Samone is

an extraordinary person who deserves the best

clinical care. She is a driven individual who

shows up to therapy eager to work and pushes

herself every time. She has made tremendous

gains and will continue to do so. Progress

has not plateaued but is rather on the incline

thanks to the advanced skills of Ms. Kraus. It is

truly a beautiful partnership and testament to

not giving up on rehabilitation.

Don’t wait to reintegrate your life, a

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release her three or four times. She was probably stronger than me, but not as fast.

“Second period I’m leading 8 to 3, my confidence is high. She's down and I'm just getting ready to get set, and the ref blows his whistle early before I’m

set. Her first move is a perfectly executed standup, which included an elbow shot to my nose sending blood everywhere ... the crowd went crazy. We

were both on our feet. I could hardly focus from the pain. The crowd is now cheering for this girl.”

It’s 1978, and Larry Steckman is a sophomore wrestler at Bonners Ferry High School in North Idaho, and he’s never fought a girl. Until now, that is.

It’s toward the end of the season, and the team is in Newport, Washington, fighting a small school on the border. Steckman’s opponent is moved down

a weight class, and he has no one to fight. Unless he’ll fight a girl. She has the advantage in weight—155 to Steckman’s 126 pounds. It’s not the weight

that phases him, there’s no way he’s fighting a girl.

"If you feel like the difference in weight is a disadvantage, she did cut 10 pounds and made weight for her match,” Steckman’s coach cuts in. She cut

weight? She made weight? What if he loses to a girl and everyone hears about it? What would his new girlfriend, cheerleader Shelly Barton, think about

it? But his female opponent is the only option, so Steckman takes the fight.

He wins the match, but not without a bloody nose and eyebrow for his efforts. “When the whistle blew you would have thought she just won a state

title ... what just happened?” recalls Steckman. “Something had changed in this girl. She had fire and fight and swagger. This match changed her, she

was an equal, respect was deserved, respect was given, and she earned it.”

The subject of women wrestling in high school was a controversial subject in schools at the time. Steckman remembers a few what he termed “Joan of

Arc'' women who wanted to wrestle and compete in high school-level sports; many were denied the opportunity, but Idaho had agreed to allow women

to wrestle in JV and Varsity weight classes—competing against male wrestlers.

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Steckman’s view at the time was simple: No way. “My biggest

objection was when I walk out on that mat I’m going for the kill

using state-of-the-art technique moves that inflict pain, and until

I win, period,” he says. “I was also taught that you never raise your

hand or hurt a woman period. Even at 126 pounds I was pretty

sure my record was not going to be blemished by a woman.” He

had seen six matches between a guy and girl, and no girls had

emerged victorious, further supporting his opinion that the issue

of female wrestlers was going to be short lived.

That day in Newport changed his mind. “This match changed my

life and my chauvinistic heart about women as a young man,”

remembers Steckman. His opponent had suffered multiple

defeats and she almost quit, but “it wasn't about the score, it was

about the fight inside her to keep going,” says Steckman.

Over the next year, Steckman watched his opponent take a bronze

medal in a tournament. He remembers asking her, “How many

guys bled for that medal?” And she responding with a laugh, “So

many I quit counting, but you bled the most.” Over the next two

years, he saw more and more women participating in wrestling.

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opportunities for women, opening up investment in competitive

women’s wrestling programs at colleges and universities, points

out Steckman.

But this isn’t the end of Idaho’s—and Steckman’s—journey with

female wrestling. Steckman would go on to marry that high school

cheerleader, Shelly, and the couple formed a deep and lasting

relationship with another Idaho wrestler, Dan Russell. Around

the same time Steckman was fighting his first female wrestler,

Russell was in Southern Idaho fighting for another state wrestling

championship.

He went on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, and, along

with his wife Joy, the founder of Wrestling for Peace, a nonprofit

organization with the U.S. Wrestling Foundation that provides

support to various communities throughout the world through

leadership development, sports diplomacy, medical aid,

emergency response, prefabricated buildings, outreach, and

wrestling gear and equipment donations.

“When I met Dan he was connected to the world of Olympic

Wrestling and wanted to expand women's wrestling to the Middle

East world,” recalls Steckman. “I laughed at first thinking of all the

issues, and then I was humbly reminded of my opponent’s path to

victory, and got behind a strategy to strengthen support.”

Wrestling for Peace is founded on the idea of wrestling as a

universal “language” for community. Each community, and

individual, is facing its own wrestling match, and the same

dedication, perseverance and commitment that wrestling teaches

is essential in life as well.

“Sport diplomacy is a simple and effective tool for building bridges

cross-culturally,” shares Russell. “Especially in underserved

populations, sports can play a big role in teaching character and

values. We have recently met with several organizations utilizing

sports as a vehicle to build community. We are excited to see how

Wrestling for Peace can partner globally in these efforts.”

Most recently, Wrestling for Peace and Russell have been working

to advance female wrestling in Jordan. They were asked by the

Jordanian Wrestling Federation to help the Jordanian Wrestling

Team in their acceleration toward the 2021 Olympics and also

tasked with finding a female head women’s coach for the future

Jordanian Women’s Wrestling Team.

“The greater gift is not to be the champion, but to raise them up,”

says Russell. “Part of maturing is recognizing the greatness in

others and finding joy in elevating them. The Olympic torch is

passed as a symbol of the fire burning within each person. We,

too, must allow the fire burning within us to be passed. And this

eternal flame must not be quenched.”

With its unique significance in the Middle East, wrestling

has continued to open new doors in the area, and beyond.

Wrestling has its roots in the ancient texts of Islam, Judaism and

Christianity, points out Russell, and as such it also has the ability

to open conversation, build understanding and forge cultural and

religious bridges.

“King Abdullah II and the royal family of Jordan descend

from a long line of wrestlers who are now working to create

more opportunities for Jordanians,” adds Russell. One of these

opportunities the Russells and Steckmans are passionate about is

the expansion of Jordanian women into the sport of wrestling.

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request of the national leadership, our vision

is to improve the status of women in Middle

Eastern society by reflecting these core values:

one, honoring the great tradition of wrestling,

and two, serving the community to help

others,” explains Russell.

Through opening up the pathways to

wrestling for women in both Idaho and

Jordan, Russell hopes to use story and

media to create a greater awareness and

appreciation for the struggle of women—

one that will create a spark that spreads

much farther than just Jordan.

“With the help of female wrestlers and

coaches from across the globe, we hope

to see both the Jordanian team rise to

prominence in international competition,

and greater honor and opportunity in roles

and leadership for women. We believe

Jordan can be a model for the region,” says

Russell.

And the first step in that process is already

in the works. Recently the Russells were

granted a one-year residency decision by

the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior, a

step forward in their goal to create a women’s

wrestling program.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic,

the quarantine has halted team practice, but

that hasn’t stopped Russell. He’s been hosting a

clinic, visiting local wrestling clubs throughout

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Jordan and building relationships with

Jordanian athletes. He even met the sparring

partner for Muhammad Ali.

Though COVID has slowed progress, it has not

halted it. Russell has continued humanitarian

efforts through Wrestling for Peace and is

actively working with leaders in Amman to

spread Wrestling for Peace efforts throughout

Jordan, Lebanon and beyond, hoping to bring

medical aid to those in need and strengthen

amateur sports in the region.

“Because of those warrior young girls

wrestling for their place of victory and love of

the sport for over 40 years and those young

women today wrestling and fighting in their

footsteps, FOI (Laboratories) and Wrestling

for Peace are serving the Women's Wrestling

community in Jordan and beyond,” says

Steckman.

From Idaho to Jordan, women’s strength,

perseverance and patience is creating a

new era in which women’s wrestling is a

recognized, valuable and supported sport.

But even more than that, it is a reflection of

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A lifelong

commitment to serving others

Growing up in Wisconsin,

Michigan and Massachusetts,

Ken Kieffer had never been

west of St. Louis until 1977—the

same year he first visited Gig

Harbor. He loved the Narrows Bridge, and as

he started down the hill toward Harborview

Drive, he knew that he had found his place

in the world and the perfect place to raise a

family. A graduate of Georgetown University

and Georgetown Law School in Washington,

D.C., he returned to Gig Harbor “for good and

forever” on St. Patrick’s Day of 1980.

He and his wife had two sons, Andy and Joey,

and a daughter, Meg, when they purchased

their first home in Gig Harbor that same year.

With roots that run deep and true, Ken admits

he has long had a gravesite at the Haven of Rest.

The gravesite is his solemn (but joyful) promise:

He is never leaving Gig Harbor.

Q. Do you recall the first time you volunteered

your time and what it was for? How did it make

you feel?

A. When I was very little, my mom put a note in

my lunch every day. On the second or third day,

Mom’s note was a quote from John Wesley: “Do

all the good you can, by all the means you can, in

all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at

all the times you can, to all the people you can, as

long as ever you can.”

That seed my mom planted took full flower in

1970, when I was a junior at Georgetown. I saw

a hand-lettered sign asking for volunteers at a

Special Olympics track meet over the weekend.

I volunteered, and I fell in love with Special

Olympics.

Q. Can you tell our readers some of the

organizations you are/have been involved with

over the years? And what motivated you to

become involved with these in particular?

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organizations out, but here are some of the causes

to which I am most devoted. I just passed my

50th year as a Special Olympics volunteer. I am

honored to help at local, district and state games

and events, and have served as a volunteer at

each Special Olympics National Games. I have

also volunteered at Special Olympics European

Summer Games in Belgium, and at Special

Olympics World Games in Ireland (as a soccer

volunteer), Los Angeles (with Team Ireland),

Austria (with Team USA) and Abu Dhabi/Dubai

(with Team Luxembourg, and, yes, my heritage

is some 75 percent Luxembourgish). I hope to

be with Team Luxembourg again for upcoming

Special Olympics World Games in Russia and in

Germany.

For several years, I have also served as a mentor

for a wonderful young man from the Bremerton

area. He and his mom are deeply involved in

Special Olympics, and being around them, or just

staying in touch with them, has made me a better

person.

Before each Special Olympics event, the venue

rings with these words: “Let me win, but if I

cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Why

do I volunteer with Special Olympics? That is

why.

I began volunteering with the Make A Wish

Foundation of Washington and Alaska in 1997.

Apart from being a dad and a gramps (of seven

magnificent and very kind grandkids) and my

involvement with Special Olympics, volunteering

with Wish young people and their families is

the most rewarding experience of my life. I ask

myself before each Wish, and then throughout

the Wish process: “What would I do, how would

I act, if this Wish recipient were my own kid, or

my own grandkid?”

I have been blessed to serve as a volunteer on

several hundred Wishes. Each Wish is uniquely

special and meaningful, and I treasure each Wish

opportunity. Many of those Wishes (including

one Wish which we started in October 2020)

have been for Gig Harbor young people. Many

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Wish kids and their families stay at Seattle Ronald

McDonald House. I am a volunteer van driver at

the House, taking families on shopping trips and

sports and entertainment events. And the van

driver gets to go to most of those destinations,

too, of course. Good deal.

I have volunteered for many years in Kissimmee,

Florida, at a wonderful place called Give Kids The

World (GKTW). GKTW is not formally related

to Make A Wish, but most Wish kids (and their

families) who go to Orlando stay at GKTW. Each

family gets a villa, free and wondrous food, and

five to seven days of love and admiration from

the GKTW staff and volunteers.

My ultimate Wish is that the day soon dawns

when we will never again have to grant another

Wish. Until that day arrives, however, I will

faithfully follow that advice from my mom and

Mr. Wesley.

My older sister is a valiant and two-time survivor

of breast cancer. In her honor, and in honor of

so many others, I volunteer in a number of

capacities for Susan G. Komen Puget Sound. We

need a cure, and one will be found, I am certain.

My older brother battled long and so very bravely

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example (and those of his immediate family), I devote a lot of love and a lot of time to

the Pacific Northwest Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The motto of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (now called Child Advocate)

program is “I stand for the child.” I have volunteered with our local program,

headquartered at Remann Hall in Tacoma, for well over two decades. As a happily

retired lawyer, I thoroughly appreciate the opportunity to volunteer my time to do my

best to help the judicial and administrative systems to function in a fair and timely

manner to help kids.

I have been able to take lessons learned in Gig Harbor far and wide. Just after I retired

on January 1, 2011, I spent a month in McLeod Ganj/Dharamsala in Northern India,

hard by the Himalayas. That is the home of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, and the

Tibetans In Exile. We renovated schools and taught English to Buddhist monks. I have

visited Romania several times, where we volunteer with orphans, abandoned kids, and

kids in perilous circumstances. Several young people whom I met in Romania had

hydrocephalus. Those kids stole my heart, and I am now a volunteer for, and strong

supporter of, the Hydrocephalus Association.

A young man I served as a Child Advocate at Remann Hall is an enrolled member of

the Blackfeet Tribe. Inspired by him, I have volunteered at the Blackfeet Reservation in

Browning, Montana. Spurred on by those experiences, I am now a regular volunteer at

Tribal Canoe Journeys throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Throughout all of these experiences, the constant in my life has been, and remains,

Gig Harbor.

Q. Why would you encourage others to take the time out of their lives to volunteer?

A. So, why volunteer? In addition to John Wesley, I reflect daily on lessons taught to

us by singer/songwriter/poet John Prine. We lost him to COVID-19 far, far too soon

early this year, but he teaches us why we should volunteer (and why we should always

be kind and compassionate) in It’s a Big Old Goofy World: “Make a baby laugh, give

the world a smile, and if you take an inch, give them back a mile.”

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Plan your menu early. It sounds simple enough, until the week of

Thanksgiving arrives and you’re rushing to the grocery store alongside

everyone else scrambling to gather essentials at the last minute. Aim to

plan your menu and grocery list the first week of November. Separate

your grocery list into perishables and non-perishables, so you can

prepare to stock up on a few items right away, such as canned items and

seasonings. You’ll breathe easier watching your grocery list shrink as the

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yourself a bit of creativity with one or two new recipes. It also wouldn’t

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big day to work out any kinks and ensure they’re worth a place at your

holiday table.

Take advantage of store-bought swaps. There are certainly instances

when it makes sense to allow someone else to do your prep work

for you, especially when it comes to appetizers and finger foods.

Take advantage of time-saving grocery store options like chopped

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conversation will continue to ease stress levels.

Delegate. Use the helpers available to you, whether it’s children staying

at home or the guests who arrive early, to take a few small tasks from

your plate. Simple tasks like finishing touches on place settings, filling

drinks, hanging coats and assembling appetizers can save you major

mental energy when it gets down to crunch time. The same can be done

with post-meal duties; don’t feel bad about taking guests up on their

offers to help with cleanup.

Preserve refrigerator real estate. Refrigerator space is sacred on this

holiday, so make sure you aren’t letting an inch go to waste. Fill a cooler

with ice packs and use it to hold your everyday refrigerator shelf-fillers:

dressings, sauces, lemon juice, pickles and so on; having those smaller

items out of the way for at least a day or two will ensure efficient use of

storage space.

Get creative with the tools and ingredients you have on hand. Your

slow cooker can keep potato dishes warm and moist. Thermoses can

be used to warm gravy and sauces. Common kitchen ingredients you

already have, like dried herbs and chicken broth, can be used to revive

dishes that need flavor and moisture in a pinch (including a dry bird)!

Be ready for leftovers. Leftovers are an essential component of Turkey

Day, so gather ample to-go containers to simplify the process of dishing

them up for guests. Guests will leave happy, and you’ll be left with more

refrigerator space, for a win on both sides.

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goods. Some towns have

public food drop-off locations, where

the community is asked to donate and

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As the colder months have now arrived, it

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to have adequate clothing. Instead of selling

your kids’ outgrown pants, coats, shoes and

boots, think about donating them to a local

organization that gives these items away

to those in need—at no charge. Sacrificing

a few dollars to benefit a child who might

otherwise endure a cold winter is rewarding

and so simple. And you can know that your

gift of clothing is making this season a bit

warmer for someone else.

Volunteer

There is no shortage of opportunities in

which to volunteer. Giving your time to

others is a reward in itself, as you can

directly see the positive affects you have

on others and their lives. Now more

than ever, many who have never had to

ask for help are doing so, whether it be

by partaking in a meal at a local soup

kitchen or picking up free groceries

from the food bank. Reach out to your

local food pantries and food banks, as

well as soup kitchens, and sign up to

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By Marguerite Cleveland

Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a big dinner and family members coming in from all over to gather for the holiday. Having

a group of 20 to 30 in a house for dinner is not the safest thing to do currently, especially for the more vulnerable population. A

safer option might be to travel to a full-service lodge or resort during off-season. Families can have separate rooms and eat meals

in small groups spread out across a restaurant. Blaine, Washington, and the Semiahmoo Resort are a great, safe destination.

November is a slow time of year for this busy summer town, and less crowds means more room for social distancing.

Blaine is one of the western most U.S. towns and is nestled near the border with Canada. This quaint town sits on Drayton Bay and has a

vibrant, historic downtown. Water activities die down in the winter, but there is still plenty to do in the area.

When planning for your trip consider the weather. November is the rainiest month of the year in Blaine, with an average of more than 6

inches of rain, and the average high temperature is 49 degrees. Outdoor activities can still be comfortable if you pack the proper gear.

Where to Stay

The Semiahmoo Resort is located at the end of the scenic Semiahmoo Spit. It is surrounded by water—Drayton Harbor to the right and

Semiahmoo Bay to the left. The spit was once home to the Semiahmoo indigenous people. History abounds at the resort, as it uses some of

the buildings from the Alaska Packers Association, which at the time was the largest salmon cannery in the world. Time slows down to a

peaceful crawl in the late fall and winter. Many rooms have water views, and the pet-friendly rooms on the first floor have a patio with easy

access to a grassy lawn. Throughout the resort are areas both indoors and outdoors with seating spread out for social distancing. Enjoy the

roaring fire in the lobby or head outside to enjoy your coffee.

Weather dependent each night, the resort lights two or three bonfires, depending on how many guests are staying so social distancing can

be practiced. You can also book your own bonfire with a separate firepit just for your family. The Discovery Movie Theater offers a family

rental package with popcorn and sodas. With 50 seats it is large enough to accommodate a big family group and keep 6 feet apart. Bikes are

available to check out at the front desk. The paved paths on Semiahmoo

Spit are nice and flat, perfect for a family ride.

Where to Eat

Due to COVID-19, the Semiahmoo Resort will not have their famed

Thanksgiving Day buffet, but they will be offering dinner in their

restaurant, Packers Kitchen, featuring Thanksgiving favorites. Meals in

the restaurant are available for dine-in or takeout. In addition to Packers,

the resort has the Seaview Café and General Store for grab-and-go

breakfast, lunch and coffee.

The Railway Café in Blaine is in an old caboose, and owner Vicka

Haywood has some serious baking skills. Her scones and muffins are so

chocked full of ingredients you must look to see the base. Her burekas

are a puffed pastry stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, spices and herbs

and make a great breakfast. Add one of her unique coffee drinks like

a cardamon- or lavender-infused latte. Haywood is beloved by locals

for her food and hospitality. There are a few seats but they mostly serve

takeout. Many people just park in the lot and enjoy their breakfast while

overlooking the marina.

In Blaine, the Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steakhouse has long been a

fixture in town and is known for its steaks and its German food. There is

a huge variety of schnitzels including an old-fashioned favorite Cordon

Bleu and Oskar, which is a breaded fried schnitzel topped with crabmeat,

asparagus and smothered in bearnaise sauce. A more recent addition to

the food scene is the family owned Vault Wine Bar and Bistro. Lots of

care goes into their menu to create food that pairs beautifully with the

wines they serve by the glass or bottle.

Things to Do

A must see when visiting this area is the Peace Arch Historical State Park,

which is located right on the border with Canada. The iconic Peace Arch

just went through a restoration and cleaning for her 100th birthday. It

was dedicated in 1921 to commemorate the centennial of the signing of

the treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. It is a state park on the

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Official travel and visitor info for Bellingham,

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WHERE TO STAY

The Semiahmoo Resort - Semiahmoo.com

WHERE TO EAT

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The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro - TheVaultWine.com

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U.S. side of the border and a provincial park on the

Canadian side. You can freely stroll through both

sides of the park without a passport, but you must

remain in the park. With the COVID-19 outbreak,

the park has become a meeting place for families

who have relatives on both sides of the border.

The Semiahmoo County Park is located a short walk

from the Semiahmoo Resort and is considered the

best place to go for a walk on the beach in Whatcom

County. A 1.6-mile beach walk at low tide will take

you on both sides of the spit. Boardwalks offer

beach overlooks and access to the beach. The Coast

Millennium Trail has a .8-mile loop on the spit

and has great views of Mount Baker and Drayton

Harbor. Keep an eye out for seals.

Buildings from the Alaska Packers Association

Cannery were moved to the area and restored. A

former bunkhouse is available for rent as an event

venue and is perfect for a family gathering. The

museum is closed for the season, but interpretive

signs are placed around the site.

Blaine has a nice walkable downtown area with shops and restaurants.

For more outside time head to the Blaine Marine Park for 2 miles of

trails. A public pier offers a scenic view of the Semiahmoo Resort across

the harbor. Children will love the playground with its year-round rubber

safety surface depicting sharks swimming around the play structure. It is

a work of art featuring a sailing ship, climbing boulders and a lighthouse.

Six image panels depict the maritime history of Blaine. The park also has

covered structures where you can bird watch without getting wet.

If you feel like venturing further afield, the cute towns of Lynden and

Ferndale are worth a visit. Lynden feels like a trip to the Netherlands with

its Dutch heritage and windmills. Ferndale has an historic downtown,

and the Hovander Homestead Park with its historic farm, wetlands, a

50-foot viewing tower and boardwalks through the marsh are well worth

a stop.

For more information about Whatcom County, stop at the visitors’

center in Bellingham on your way to the Semiahmoo Resort. During

the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is constantly evolving, so before

taking a trip, review current rules, call your lodging a week prior to your

trip to verify your reservation and get an update on local pandemic rules.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO

WITH CRISPY PORK BELLY

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. pork belly, cut into cubes

1 tbsp. butter

1 cup onion, diced

2 tbsp. fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped

2 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced

4 cups cauliflower, minced

1 tbsp. reserved pork belly grease

2 tsp. tapioca powder

1 cup canned butternut squash puree

1/3 cup coconut cream

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

METHOD:

• Preheat oven to 400˚F. On a baking sheet lined with parchment

paper, bake pork belly for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and

crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.

• In a large sauté pan, heat butter over medium heat. To the pan,

add onion and sage. Sauté until onion is soft and golden, about 10

minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are

soft. Add cauliflower and sauté another 10 minutes. Reduce heat

to low.

• In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add pork belly grease.

Add tapioca and whisk. Add butternut squash and coconut cream,

salt and pepper. Stirring occasionally, let cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat.

• Add sauce to the cauliflower and mix until fully incorporated.

Serve warm and top with pork belly and grated parmesan cheese.

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MARKETPLACE GRILLE

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

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

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OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

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

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

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premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

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LELE'S RESTAURANT

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

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GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

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

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

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

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 600

Gig Harbor 253.649.0921

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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

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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.

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CASINO

NIGHT!

VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT TO BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS

By Jillian Chandler

It’s not too late to get your tickets to a virtual event that is sure to

entertain and delight all who participate. On Saturday, November

7, Communities in Schools of Peninsula will host their seventh

annual Birthday Bash: Rat Pack Casino Night.

Join the community in this virtual event on Zoom from 7 to 8pm, as

they raise funds for Communities in Schools of Peninsula.

General admission is $50 per person and includes a box of fun and

goodies for the evening’s event: Party boxes include a casino fun

playlist to set the mood in your home; appetizers and a champagne

split from Morso; a "The High Roller" signature cocktail from

Heritage Distilling Co.; a "Stack Your Deck" casino cookie from

Bon Appetina; fun photo booth-style props; and a poker hand for a

chance to win a jackpot of your own!

You’ll want to bring your best poker face to this live Zoom event,

hosted by Jim Borgen. During the event, attendees will learn how

Communities in Schools of Peninsula are serving students in

schools and beyond, and go ALLINFORKIDS at the live auction and

paddle raise.

Tickets are $50 per person. When registering for the event, you can

select where you would like to pick up your party box (which must

be done between 3 and 6pm the day of the event) at either Morso

Wine Bar in Downtown Gig Harbor or the Communities In Schools of

Peninsula office at the Red Barn Youth Center in Lakebay.

Communities In Schools of Peninsula has a mission to surround

students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in

school and achieve in life. To find out more about the organization,

visit Peninsula.CISWA.org.

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FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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18TH ANNUAL GIG HARBOR TURKEY TROT

Registration for the 18th annual Gig Harbor Turkey Trot is now

open! Due to the continued health concerns over COVID-19, the

2020 Turkey Trot is going virtual this year! You can register online

at GigHarborTurkeyTrot.com. Participation is free for children 12

and younger and $15 for those 13 and older. Choose from either

the 5k or 10k course, which you are welcome to complete anytime

prior to the year's end. Participants are encouraged to post photos

or videos of your virtual experience on Facebook.com (search

Holmes Gig Harbor Turkey Trot). There will be no packet pickup

this year, and packets (and T-shirts if ordered) will be mailed. Food

donations can be dropped off at FISH Food Bank (4425 Burnham

Drive in Gig Harbor) or Food Backpack for Kids (9127 154th

Avenue Court NW in Lakebay).

3RD ANNUAL VETERANS’ DAY

CELEBRATION

The third annual Veterans’ Day Celebration is scheduled to take

place Wednesday, November 11, at the Uptown Shopping Center

in Gig Harbor. From 11am to 1:15pm, the event aims to honor

Gig Harbor area veterans and their friends and families in a 1940s

radio-style format and will include a Flag Ceremony, Color Guard

and music, interview and speakers, snack lunch and goodie bag,

which you can enjoy from the convenience and safety of your car.

Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP online at

Bit.ly/GigHarborVeteransDay2020. The event is free to everyone

who attends but you must RSVP, and space is limited to 140 cars

in the Uptown parking lot (in the back next to Home Goods).

For those who are unable to attend in person, the show will be

available live on KGHP 89.9FM and 105.7FM, and on Facebook

and YouTube.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving

(November 28 this year) and encourages community members to

visit their small locally owned businesses. By choosing to shop local,

you are showing your support to Gig Harbor business owners and

their employees—your friends and neighbors. Many local shops,

boutiques and restaurants will be offering special deals during

Small Business Saturday, so take advantage of all the wonderful

opportunities that abound to shop and dine local—you may even

discover some new favorites!

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take

place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility

that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure

to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

THANK YOU

TO OUR CLIENTS,

NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS

Our team extends our heartfelt thanks

for your business, support and friendship

during this past year. The relationships we

share with you have sustained and inspired

us during the many challenges of 2020.

Thanks to you, Joe Sanchez & Associates

was recently recognized by Gig Harbor

Living Local as Gig Harbor’s Finest Realtors

for 2020. We are humbled and honored by

the award.

We appreciate each of you and wish you

and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

May the coming months bless you with

gratitude, laughter and good health.

From all of us,

Joe Sanchez, Lynn MacGougan,

Dena Skodinski, Lisa Veitenhans

and Dennis Quinn

Joe Sanchez & Associates

Coldwell Banker Bain

REALTORS®

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“We Sell Homes. We Build Relationships.”

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