Saturday is the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers and Campbell Soup Company are joining forces to collect non-perishable food items. This is the 20th year for this food drive. To participate, residents are asked to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Your letter carrier will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail.
The sunshine in recent days is causing algae blooms to form in Western Washington waters. The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and many other jurisdictions are currently monitoring algae concentrations in both fresh and marine waters. According to a news release from Ecology, blooms are occurring in lakes in Jefferson, Mason and Thurston counties with Jefferson County’s Anderson Lake is currently closed to use because of a toxic algae bloom. Marine water algae blooms have been reported in Puget Sound’s Budd Inlet, in Sinclair Inlet and in the central Sound north of Vashon Island.
Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics will be dedicating its new walking trail around the hospital campus Friday morning at 9 AM. The trail is part of the hospital’s remodel and meanders around the hospital grounds from the Wellness Garden on the west side of the facility, south along Sherwood Lane, east at G Street, north on N 13th Street to Mountain View Drive and back to the Wellness Garden along Mountain View Drive – about a half mile.
Filing for this fall’s election begins next week and Mason County Election officials will be mailing out redistricting cards beginning Wednesday, May 9th. Mason County Auditor Karen Herr explained Tuesday morning that candidate filing is two weeks earlier than in the past due to a new federal law that caused the State to move up the Primary Election which resulted in changing filing week.