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Two Social Security Programs At North Mason Timberland Library

Have your questions answered and get personal assistance, in two friendly programs.

The North Mason Timberland Library will offer two programs on Social Security, the first on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; the second is on Tuesday, September 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

In the first program, Social Security 101, Deborah Aubry, a representative of the Social Security Administration, will talk about essential benefit programs including Medicare, disability and survivor and spouse benefits. She will also discuss early retirement - how it affects benefits, how to maximize benefits, eligibility requirements and online services. A “question-and-answer” session will follow the talk.

The September 29 session is a drop-in opportunity during which Aubry will help people register for “my Social Security” accounts. It’s a quick and easy process, giving people secure, “anytime” access to their Social Security information. Participants may use library computers or bring their own devices.

This program takes place before regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

There is more information about Social Security available online on the TRL website at

Other services available at job and career building resources, information on finding healthcare, registering for the Affordable Care Act, applying for food support, medical and cash assistance, and a Hard Times Resource Guide (compiled by the Washington State Library) to help navigate and succeed in a tough economy.

All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public.

The North Mason Timberland Library is located in Belfair at 23081 NE State Route 3. For information, contact the library at 360-275-3232 or visit

September 8, 2015

State Loans, Grants Available For Freight Rail Improvement Projects

Applications due to WSDOT Oct. 9

OLYMPIA – Applications are now being accepted for state-funded grants and loans for freight rail improvement projects in Washington. Funds will be available in July 2016.

Railroads, port districts, rail districts, private companies and local governments are eligible to apply for part of nearly $2 million in grants and loans available through two programs.  Both programs are administered through the Washington State Department of Transportation to help freight rail projects that create family-wage jobs as well as improve overall freight mobility.

The Freight Rail Investment Bank provides loans to small public projects. The investment bank has $876,000 available in loans. The Freight Rail Assistance Program provides grants to both public and private projects, specifically projects strategically important to the local community and state. This program has $970,000 available for grants from the Connecting Washington revenue package passed by the state Legislature.

Projects selected will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ease congestion on busy highways, reduce wear and tear on state roads and strengthen the state’s economy through domestic and international trade.

Applications and additional information are available at the grant and loan program website. Applications are due Oct.9.

September 8, 2015

Sept 8 - MACECOM Governance Board & Legislative Board Meetings

 Agendas; Minutes and Emergency Communications Tax Table:

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Washington Service Corps Needs People Now

 OLYMPIA –Tutoring and mentoring children, helping youths and adults live healthier lifestyles, connecting veterans and their families to community resources, helping the unemployed get jobs: these are the kinds of meaningful work available to those who join the Washington Service Corps to help make Washington a better place to live and work.

Those 18 years and older interested in helping to meet pressing educational, health and economic needs in communities around the state still can apply for several open AmeriCorps positions with the Washington Service Corps.

Applicants do not have to live in Washington to apply for the chance to join more than 500 community minded adults for the Washington Service Corps’ 2015-16 program year.

Positions are open in Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila, Federal Way, Everett, Bellevue, Edgewood, Randle, Wenatchee, Yakima, Whidbey Island, Seattle and Redmond. Positions start on Oct. 1.

The deadline is approaching quickly! Those interested must apply by Sept. 17. Learn how at

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps members commit to 10-and-a-half-month terms of community service. In return, they receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, training and an educational scholarship. Eligible members with children also can receive help with childcare.

Employment Security Department News Release - Sept. 8, 2015