United Way recruits Reading Buddies for 2014-15

August 26, 2014 – Olympia, Wash. – Today, two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. And, disadvantaged children come to school at least two years behind their peers in pre-reading skills. It is hard to catch up – especially after second or third grade. Volunteers who work with students have the power to help boost academic achievement for a child and set the right track for a brighter future. United Way of Thurston County seeks passionate, dedicated and kind volunteers in Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties to join the Reading Buddy program for the 2014-15 school year.According to Impact Forms conducted by United Way, reading level improvement results indicated a high percentage of reading advances made by students as adult buddies sparked a new excitement for reading.

“Although the success rate is evident, there is still a great need for more Reading Buddies in elementary schools throughout Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties,” said Jeannie Roe Gruber, Retired and Senior Volunteer Director.

Consider serving as a United Way Reading Buddy to children ages five to 10 years old, in a one-on-one or group setting by dedicating one hour a week from October 2014 to May 2015.


Salmon Fishing Will Close At Hoodsport Hatchery Zone

Action: Closes salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone, excluding the ADA-accessible fishing platform.  Effective Date:  Aug. 30, 2014, until further notice.Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Hoodsport Hatchery Zone waters within a 2,000-foot arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek.

Reason for action:  Chinook broodstock collection efforts at the Hoodsport Hatchery are well behind the goal (~2,000). As of Aug. 26, only 36 adult chinook broodstock have been trapped at the hatchery.  The closure of the salmon fishery contained within the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone will work in conjunction with a tribal fishery closure to fulfill broodstock collection requirements.  The salmon fishery may re-open if broodstock collection efforts indicate the goal will be met.

Other information:  The Hoodsport ADA-accessible fishing platform remains open to anglers with disabilities following the same regulations for the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone regulations found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.  Other waters in Marine Area 12 remain unaffected by this rule change. 

Mason Transit Authority Hearings

 Mason Transit Authority (MTA) will be conducting two public hearings on our six-year (2014-2019) Transit Development Plan and 2013 Annual Report.

The schedule for the hearings is:
•    7:00pm September 9, 2014 at the MTA Business Office located at 790 E Johns Prairie Road in Shelton, Washington
•    4:00pm September 16, 2014, at the North Mason School District Board Room located at 71 E Campus Drive in Belfair, Washington
Final comments and adoption of the document will occur at the regular meeting of the MTA Authority Board immediately following the September 16th hearing.

The Final Draft Document will be available via link through the MTA Website masontransit.org and hard copy at the MTA business offices on or before September 8, 2014. We welcome your questions and comments on the TDP.

Mason Transit Authority Public Notice- Aug 28 2014


Special School Board Meeting Aug. 27

NOTICE OF SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING DATE: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 TIME: 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Board Room CHOICE High School 807 W. Pine Street Shelton, WA PURPOSE: 1) Approval of the 2014-2015 district budget. 2) Executive Session to discuss professional negotiations.