Last weekend, April 24, 25 & 26, the Harstine Island Theater Club presented “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon. The play was directed by Barbara Hubbard, who is a Mason County Sheriff Clerk. Of the many wonderful local resident performers, the cast also included Cindy Brewer, who is the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer, and Danielle Rickards, who is a Mason County Sheriff’s Detective. Cindy and Danielle played the parts as the “Pigeon Sisters”.
Thirty-fifth District state Reps. Dan Griffey and Drew MacEwen say they are working with Mason County community leaders to coordinate a job fair following Simpson Lumber’s announcement Tuesday that it would be closing its mills in Shelton. The mills are being sold to California-based Sierra Pacific Industries, which says it will not continue to operate them, but instead build a new mill in Shelton that’s expected to be operational sometime in 2017.
Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, pre-filed House Bill 2249 which would consider an elected office vacant if the officeholder takes a declared leave of absence for reasons other than health or military duty. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, and will be officially introduced on the first day of the special session scheduled to begin April 29.
The Mason County Commissioners spent a little time discussing Simpson’s announced sale of its Shelton mills to Sierra Pacific. Commissioner Tim Sheldon started the conversation during Tuesday night Commission meeting. Commissioners Terri Jeffreys and Randy Neatherlin also weighed in on the impact to the community and Lynn Longan, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Mason County, explained how her office is planning on helping those affected by the sale. Here is the whole conversation: