An Apple Affair Returns to Steamboat Island Peninsula

After a one-year hiatus, An Apple Affair is back!  "We couldn't help but respond to popular demand, " laughs Jeannine Anderson who has coordinated the event for over a decade with her partner, Michael Manos.  "We simply needed a break last year but we missed it as much as everyone else did!" she replies to questions about what happened to last year's Affair.

An Apple Affair is a once-a-year opportunity to sample and purchase some of the finest apple varieties in Washington State.  Inspired by Feil Orchard in Wenatchee, An Apple Affair brings together varieties that have been grown for over a century by the Feil family, as well as some varieties grafted by the ever-curious Jack Feil, who as an octogenarian continues to experiment with grafting unique varieties onto old orchard standards.  Many of the apples featured come from this farm, but there are several farms' hard work represented at the Affair, and each apple variety and farm get full credit on the table-talkers found next to each sample plate.

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Shared Work Helps Employers Prevent Layoffs

OLYMPIA – Speakers from the Employment Security Department’s Shared Work program will join members of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce to present information about how the program can prevent layoffs and how employers can take advantage of a special enrollment period to save money over the next year.

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Adopt-A-Pet: Looking For Volunteers

There is a small organization in Mason County that has been quietly helping dogs in need for 35 years.  In just 2013, Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter saved the lives of 208 unwanted dogs and placed them in caring homes.  They also offer a spay/neuter program for low income and elderly Mason County residents, as well as provide dog food for the pets of families facing hard times.
These good deeds are accomplished by a small band of dedicated volunteers, with no paid positions.   But in order to help the community, they need help from the community. According to Rachel Sedlacek, Vice President of Adopt-A-Pet, that is the struggle for any small non-profit.  You don’t have the people or money to go out and get the people or money you need to keep going. The group holds several fundraisers per year, such as plant and yard sales, a golf tournament, and pet pictures with Santa.  

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Short-term I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled In Tumwater And DuPont

 Beginning Monday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m., construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install guide posts on Interstate 5 on- and off- ramps that were recently paved as part of the I-5 Vicinity Tumwater Blvd. to Gravelly Lake Dr. Paving project. The work is scheduled from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on both Monday, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 30. Depending on the width of the ramps, motorists will encounter either shoulder closures or short-duration lane closures.

The work will take place on the northbound I-5 on-ramp and southbound I-5 on- and off- ramps at the I-5/Tumwater Boulevard interchange in Thurston County. In Pierce County, crews will work on the southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at Center Drive.

Learn of other traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts and construction update webpages. TUMWATER – September 29, 2014