June 2021 issue


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In this issue

  • $100,000 Grant for Vaughn Library Hall Restoration

    Friday, May 28, 2021

    The Key Peninsula Historical Society received a substantial boost for the restoration of the 1893 Vaughn Library Hall with the award of a $100,000 grant included in the state’s 2022-23 budget.

  • Father’s Day Dinner — The Ultimate Chili Dog

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Whenever we ask Dad what he wants for dinner on literally any occasion, the question is usually posed tongue-in-cheek because we know the answer. It’s never steak, salmon, or burgers, …

  • Battalion Chief Chuck West Retires

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    After nearly 40 years with the Key Peninsula Fire Department, Battalion Chief Chuck West is retiring.

  • Evergreen School Nears Completion

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    This fall, thanks to the passage of the 2019 capital bond, a state-of-the-art Evergreen will open its doors to students.

  • Naturally Local

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    It’s daylight and the towhees are here again. For the last six weeks the pair has shown up every morning outside our bedroom window to perch on the deck railing and sing for breakfast. Mr. and Mrs. make a most handsome couple, but are terrible singers.

  • Peninsula Hawk Scholarship Fund Rewards 44 Key Peninsula Seniors

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    One hundred and fifty-two graduating seniors received over $320,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $11,000 at the virtual Peninsula Hawk Scholarship Fund award ceremony May 19. Forty-four …

  • Legislature Concludes a Session of Reform, Recovery

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    The Washington State Legislature’s 2021 regular session concluded on April 25 after passing 340 bills, 257 of which had been signed in whole or in part by Gov Jay Inslee by press time.

  • District Appoints New Fire Commissioner

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Longtime Wauna resident Randy Takehara was officially sworn in as a Key Peninsula Fire District 16 commissioner by the board of commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting May 11 via Zoom.

  • Cooperative Preschool to Relocate as District Program Expands

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    The Peninsula School District plans to expand its half-day Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Pre-K classes to a full-day schedule for the 2021-22 school year.

  • On Reading

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    “We read to know that we are not alone” is a quote by C. S. Lewis, the author of many books including the Narnia series. He’s right. I grew up, like many in my generation, …

  • A Pandemic Silver Lining: RNA Drugs

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    As vaccination rates against COVID-19 plateau in the U.S. or fall short of the number needed for herd immunity, it’s worth reminding ourselves how significant a breakthrough these vaccines are …

  • De Gustibus for the Rest of Us

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    “There’s no accounting for taste” the saying goes. You could annoy someone with the Latin version, “de gustibus non disputandum est” (“In matters of taste, there …

  • Vice vs. Age

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    It seems eons ago that the pool closed, but we were finally back in the water and relearning the water aerobics routine. I was huffing and puffing through the moves when Chris, the lifeguard, …

  • And the Band Plays On... Or Threatens To.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    The notorious Down Home Band directed by Dr. William Roes will throw off the shackles of the pandemic to (safely) begin rehearsals for its 2021 “Back from Behind” season June 24, 7 p.m. …

  • Gail Ann Bonn

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Gail Ann Bonn passed away in her sleep May 4 at Cottesmore of Life in Gig Harbor following a stroke and complications from cancer. She was 79. Gail grew up and graduated from high school in …

  • Lakebay Post Office Burglary Suspect Arrested, Again

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    An arrest was made April 28 in connection with the burglary of the Lakebay Post Office April 3 and the break-in at the Belfair Post Office in Mason County April 17. The two cases were earlier …

  • Anatomy of a Feeding Frenzy

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    A commotion has been building outside. It has been building for days now. Some sort of forage fish is massing along the shoreline, and it has drawn a feeding frenzy of gulls, mergansers, cormorants, seals and eagles from miles around.

  • Vaughn Girl’s Pet is an Alligator Lizard

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    By now, Grace Bennett is an old hand at lizard keeping. She is 5 years old, and her pet for the last year has been a northern alligator lizard named Baraka. Grace lives on a 5-acre farm near …

  • Vaughn Postmaster to Retire

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    After 34 years in the postal service, including eight as Vaughn postmaster, DeeDee Emmett will retire June 30 at “a very young 59-and-a-half” years old, she said.

  • From Seattle to Olympia via Vaughn: E. G. Edrington’s Dream

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    The summer of 1895 was a busy and exciting time for Edmund G. Edrington of Vaughn. All the parts of an idea he had been working on for a couple of years seemed to be coming together; it was time to form a company, raise the capital and make it happen.

  • American History: ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    His name still evokes fear, anger and admiration five decades after his murder. Alex Haley interviewed Malcolm X more than 50 times from 1962 to ’65, and the result was a book alive with the same intensity as their all-night talks about racism, protest and brutality that seem little changed since then.

  • Berries on the KP

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    It’s summertime and berry season is upon us. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.

  • Lakebay Marina Funding Secured

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Funding needed to complete the Recreational Boaters Association of Washington Marine Park Conservancy purchase of Lakebay Marina from owner Mark Scott is guaranteed.