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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " By LOU DONNELL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~. With mixed emotions that I picked my daughter, Candy, up first home football game and headed toward the local youth serve as chaperone for the two-hour coke party scheduled to activities at the center. It could be fun selling cokes and Watching local teenagers enjoy themselves...or it could be if youths, maybe under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Intent on causing trouble. 1 know there have been a few at the center that created problems, sometimes requiring the of a deputy. earlier I had received a call from Harlan Olson asking run an item in the paper mentioning the need for adult when the youth center is open. One of my sons the Reverend Wendall Harder assemble the pool table the when the center first opened, but other than that our not contributed any help. On occasion one or more of my visited the center and I felt I should take a few turns too, in appreciation for having a supervised place for my go to get together with other young people. Since I have no accompany me, 1 offered to take a turn when a couple on duty and a bigger-than-usual crowd expected and a third raight come in handy. The first scheduled event of the the coke party, was coming up and he said that might be a have an extra chaperone, so I had promised to be there. and Lorretta Hedges were already on duty when I there were about a dozen young people playing pool, table the pinball machine, or just sitting around talking. the center closed, 48 teenagers had signed the book, t nlany came in and stayed only a short time before leaving and than about 20 there at any one time. people were called to the phone during the course of t answered the phone, so I don't know if the calls friends or from parents checking to be sure that the kids they said they would be, but I realized this would be a good arents to "know where their children are" like those on TV were advising a couple of years ago. The young people visiting the youth center the night I ~Vere just there to enjoy themselves, not to cause trouble. Went so smoothly I couldn't believe the two hours had The only "out of the ordinary" event was when the boy rne after I'd taken pictures to ask if the Huckleberry Herald pictures and ! asked him what he had in mind, and he Some of the fellows would like to pose for a crazy picture. ains the picture of the boy playing pool with a ping-pong upside-down position. adults have hesitated from volunteering as chaperones for be able to handle it, I hope my account of a pleasant encourage them to spend some time "where the action is." AWAITING THEIR TURN P I N BALL GOOFING OFF ~E: Unless you have a camera, don't expect to see too of activity at the youth center. PING PONG North Mason School District W.E.A. North Mason School District has been chosen for a pilot program aimed at helping small school districts evaluate their education system, it was announced by Ardis Shirk, president of North Mason Education Association at last week's meeting of the school board. The board and school administrators expressed enthusiasm at the decision of the Association of Classroom Teachers, a branch of the State Education Association, to use the local school district for its study. A meeting will be held October 30 from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. in the high school library to explain the goals and implementation of the program to the entire teaching staff, administrators, school board members and any interested parents or adults of the community. Speaker at the meeting will be Dr. AI Rasp of the State School Superintendent's office, who was described as a dynamic speaker. The purpose of the program, explains Principal Ken Anderson, is to try to help small school districts evaluate what they are doing, what improvements should be made and how these improvements can be achieved. The study is expected to take most of the school year and will Historian of names evaluate information received from teachers, administrators, students and residents of the community. Early dismissal of students was approved by the board for next Tuesday to allow all teachers to participate in the orientation meeting. It was felt by members of the board that the local district could benefit a great deal from the study. Curriculum at the high school will be the first to come under study, but the evaluation will be expanded to include other grade levels later in the year. Interested parents or adults are welcome to attend the explanatory meeting. In other board business they accepted the lone bid of $64,392.09 for two new 79-passenger school buses submitted by Frank Buchanan Sales Company of Tacoma, with delivery promised by March 1. It was announced by Superintendent Norm Sanders that the local district could come out about $14,000 ahead if HJR 37 is passed November 6 and its accompanying equalization procedure takes effect. He also told the board that the district's 11 school buses had passed inspection by the Washington State Patrol One of these buses will be traded in during purchase of the two new buses. to explain origin of local towns origin of any place names in the Northwest to give him the information which he can add to his files. Hitchman is well known throughout the northwest as an historian's historian, said Leo Livingston, society president. Hitchman has traveled widely to find little-known and obscure historical facts. Hitchman is also a successful businessman. He is retiring as head of one of the state's largest insurance companies October 31. So his first appearance as a free man will be in Belfair to make this outstanding presentation. Did you ever wonder how Union and DeWatto and Lilliwaup and Hoodsport and Allyn got their names? Robert Hitchman, Seattle, who has spent a lifetime searching the history of the Northwest, will be a featured speaker at the November 1 meeting of the Mason County Historical Society in Belfair. The group meets at 8 p.m. at the Belfair Community Baptist Church. One mystery that still is unresolved is the exact origin of the name Belfair. Hitchman has asked for anyone knowing the ..... C. :: IrNmHOnPESutph :s sgfmex nel gahnbrn i,l t epganpze th ecft?ur box in Thriftway's parking lot last Friday, Thriftway employees asked that the Herald run a picture of the small dogs. Homes had been found for two, but employees would like to find the person who left them so the others could be returned to him for proper care. Of the two not pictured, one was all brown, the other whitish. Three of the dogs held by Hazelruth Hope (left) and Jackie Kimball are all black. Thriftway employees would appreciate a call from anyone recognizing the pups. TWO-CAR ACCIDENT An accident occurred just south of Belfair on Highway 3 on the afternoon of October 16 when a 1969 Plymouth driven by Oscar Wall, 86, of Poulsbo, headed north, was struck from behind by a 1950 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Orval Lee, 63, of Bremerton. The Wall vehicle had been stopped on the roadway by a flagman. Lee suffered a bump on the back of the head when a load of lumber on the pick-up shifted during impact and came through the rear window and hit him. He refused treatment. Damage to the Plymouth was estimated at $600, to the pick-up at $150. Church anniversary Allyn Baptist Mission will celebrate its tenth anniversary October 28 with a special service at 2:30 p.m. following a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Guest speakers and special music will be presented on the program which will also cover the history of the mission, ending in a word about its future. Refreshments will be served. ' The public is invited to attend the a.nniversary celebration. Information may be had by calling Sally Piland, CR 5-2131, or NancyWhite, CR 5-2975. Regular church services will be held at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. CONVERSATION Questions about the $1,355,223 budget adopted by county commissioners last week were aimed at Commissioner Martin Auseth, guest speaker, by members of the local League of Women Voters last Thursday morning. Auseth mentioned that the 22,000 to 24,000 year-round population which jumps to 40,000 during the summer creates problems to county government, to the sheriff's department in particular. He noted that the greatest increase in budget for 1974 was to the sheriff's department. He said three cars were being purchased for that department so that each road deputy could have his own vehicle. He, said the commissioners felt the cars would receive better care that way and would last longer. He noted that the staff of the department had been increased and it is hoped that an increase in staff will allow 8-hour shifts for all personnel. Now, he said, deputies work eight hours or less but are on call the remainder of a 12-hour shift. Questions were directed to the commissioner about the method used to determine salaries or specific duties within the various county offices. Auseth stated that the heads of each department seemed to feel their office is most important and their personnel should receive higher salary increases. He said there were no job descriptions available, outlining duties to be performed or wages to be paid for any county employees, that salaries were set by the heads of the departments to fit within their budget and paid on what the head of the department felt that employee or position was worth. "But how do you measure a job's worth?" he asked. He said Grays Harbor County is running a salary survey through an independent company to try to set salaries for specific jobs and that he had asked to have a copy when it is completed to weigh its value. If it seems to be worthwhile, he said, Mason County may do the same, although individual county officials up to this time have objected to a job description program. A suggestion was made that the county consider hiring someone to work full-time investigating all the avenues of receiving funds from state or federal programs available to counties. He said the local county had received some funds from such sources for programs, but it was possible there were funds available for which Mason County would be eligible that had not been applied for because no one knows about them. He mentioned the need for a new courthouse, saying that they were completely out of space in the present one and every office was overcrowded. A preliminary design with estimated cost is being developed now, he said, through a state loan and the cost should be known within a couple of weeks. He said it would not have to be paid for completely from a bond issue since funds would be available from many sources because of the many departments which would be using it. PARENTS' NIGHT All parents of scouts and persons interested in scouting are invited to attend a parents' night at the regular meeting of Troop 513 at 7:30 p.m. October 30. The meeting will be held in the Belfair lower elementary school gym. This will give parents a look at the new scouting program and show how they can best help their son. Some subjects to be discussed will be summer camp, camp-outs, skill awards and merit badges. PAPERS STOLEN A phone call was received in the sheriff's local office last week from a Seattle resident, advising them that all papers including title and water rights for property owned in the DeWatto area had been stolen from their Seattle home. The assessor's office was notified of the theft to prevent someone with forged papers from claiming the land. DOG FOUND A dog of collie and shepherd mix was reported found on North Shore October 18. COON LAKE BREAK-IN A report of a break-in of the Coon Lake cabin of E. W. Mann of Tacoma was received October 19 in the sheriff's Belfair office. Missing items included a davenport, rug, rocking chair and deer's head. WHILE IN BELFAIR last Thursday to address the local League of Women Voters, County Commissioner Martin Auseth took time out to study the badly marked Belfair Street which most people think is just part of the adjacent parking lot. He will recommend the county engineer consider a yellow line down the center or some other means of making it more obvious to motorists that it is a street. POOL WHO IS THE LAST PERSON you would expect to see pictured in the Huckleberry Herald? Zsa Zsa Gabor. Right? That's why the staff of the Herald couldn't resist taking time out last Thursday to run into Bremerton for a quick trip to snap her picture. She was in town promoting her line of cosmetics. ;nts to vote on trict annexation " Residents of Victor and Coulter Creek areas will have an opportunity to vote for annexation of their area to the Port of Allyn during the November 6 election. About 113 voters are eligible to vote in this special election. The area includes sections 4, 9, 16, 21, 28, and portions of 33 lying in Mason County in Township 22, Range 1. This is an area of North Bay and Coulter Creek that was, by oversight, omitted from the Port of Allyn when the port was formed back in 1922, reports Leo Livingston, secretary of the port commission. In those days Victor had its own dock. The steamers from Tacoma stopped at Victor and at Allyn. A swift and convenient steamboat service was maintained in the days of no roads. Since then the dock at Victor fell into decay. The land reverted to private ownership and 'the Victor area lost any public access to the water. Meanwhile Victor residents and beach owners have acquired the largest fleet of boats in the North Bay area. This year the Port of Allyn has turned its attention to rebuilding the port dock at Allyn. The project, due to be completed in August, has been postponed Until a December 28 completion date. The cost of the project has grown to almost $60,000. As this is more than the port has on hand, port president Bill DeMiero announced at the October 12 meeting that interest-bearing warrants will be issued. He said that through the county treasurer 4 per cent warrants will be obtained on a short-term basis. If Victor voters approve the annexation plan, Del Griffey, Allyn, will represent the Victor area, which is also in the Allyn precinct. Grfffey, appointed last year, is running unopposed to fill an unexpired two-year term formerly held by the late Harold Hillman. Dick Rasmussen, Victor, is reported spearheading a local drive to support the annexation to the Port of Allyn. If Victor voters approve the enlargement of the port to include their area, Victor can be included in the forthcoming comprehensive plan of the Port of Allyn in the North Bay area, the port commissioners have pointed out. Otherwise Victor could be eventually included in a distant port district. They indicated that this is an ideal time for Victor to be included in the Port of Allyn due to the new taxation limitation law and to the fact that future new port facilities, launching ramps, and other marine facilities soon will be studied for the North Bay area. Adult recreation for meninf or mAdult recreatinheldal school-sponsowednesdaysfr men'redan !I::tI activity, started this wednesday i evening at the high school gym and will continue through March 20. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Activities available include volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, weight-lifting, calisthenics, jogging, gymnastics and general conditioning. A similar program for women of the area will begin sometime next month, with exact date to be announced later. A token charge, $5 for season, $1 for month or 25 cents a night will cover shower and towd costs. Recreation director Mark Miller will inform participants of ! rules and collect registrations on Wednesday nights at the gym. SpJg~d~ K laou~e Belfair Youth Center will .be turned into a Spook House for Halloween. To be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on October 31, there will be a 25-cent admission charge. Members of Baptist Youth Fellowship are sponsoring the spooky event.