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Apple Squeeze, farmers market is Saturday at the hall

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Every time we turn around here lately there seems to be a change on the island. The latest is happening right when we come on. Keith and Danielle Lindseyz, owners of Lindseyz Landscaping, have taken on a big project. They are creating a nautical setting by building a light house surrounded by a rocky coastal effect.

The Harstine Grange has been in charge of the reception stop at the T (coming off the bridge) maintaining the triangular green intersection area and the beautiful island directional map.

As I understand, the Lindseyzs contacted the Grange asking for permission to recreate the opening vision for visitors coming to our paradise.

Coming back from OysterFest on Sunday I see that someone has already redesigned their work by plowing though a corner of it. I did see a blue car in the bushes, so I'm thinking that was the cause.

Tomorrow night, Friday, is our island's annual Octoberfest. It is a time for all Harstine Island Community Club members and their guests to gather and celebrate our choices for Citizen of the Year and Honored Citizens awards. These are the people who throughout the past year have gone above and beyond to help keep the island the jewel that it is.

As usual it's a potluck, but HICC will provide the sausage (brats), sauerkraut and beverages.

And then Saturday the garden club will start pressing the presses and squeezing that most wonderful juice of apple nectar.

Apple Squeeze is set to start around 10 a.m. and run through the afternoon to around 2 p.m.

There will be great eating treats available and music and craft demonstrations.

This will also be the last Saturday Farmer's Market of the year. This family event is always fun, so plan to spend an hour or so, meet with friends and enjoy the fresh squeezed apple juice.

Dan Winter, superintendent of Pioneer School District, announced recently that Harstine Island resident Dale McDaniel has been selected as a school board member. His appointment will expire in November, 2011 when he will have to run for a regular four-year term.

McDaniel has served in public education as a teacher, director and principal in Eastern Washington for 30 years before earning his doctorate and working as a superintendent in the Onalaska School District in Lewis County from 2004-2009.

He and his wife Sue moved to Harstine full-time in 2009. He currently works with homeless youth in Mason County helping them find jobs and shelter while finishing their education.

I guess this will be my "Wine Spector" section of the column. It's not so much about the fine taste of wine but the abundance of it in and around the island.

Much of it had to do with the Hartstene Pointe Travel Club having a busy weekend. They (we, Judy and I are in the club) had a Wacky Tacky Tourist party at the Pointe clubhouse last Friday night. People dressed in the tackiest cloths they had and enjoyed tacky food.

Then on Saturday we all traveled by bus to Westport Winery for an afternoon of wine, food and song. This is a new winery build on 23 acres just outside Westport.

Then we made it to Oyster Fest on Sunday and sampled the seafood and, of course, the wine. What a great event and the proceeds go back into the community.

This coming weekend there will be a fun event at Shelton's own Walter Dacon Winery over on Lynch Road.

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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2010

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