Friday was the last day of candidate filing for this fall’s election and two more jumped into the races for Mason County Commissioners bringing the total number of candidates for the three seats to 13. Frank Benavente filed for Mason County Commissioner District 2 as an Independent bringing the number of candidates for that race to 5. And Doug Ellingson filed as an Independent for Mason County Commissioner District 1, bringing the number of candidates for that race to 4.
The North Mason fastpitch softball team lost their opening game in the Class 2A West Central District Tournament Friday, falling to Sumner 3 to 1. McKenzie Peak drove in the Bulldogs’ only run in the fourth inning. The girls from Belfair play in the consolation bracket Saturday at 10 AM against Sequim at Sprinker Recreation Center in Tacoma.
Harstine Island Community Choir presents their eighth annual spring concert, Touch of Fire, leading you from the flickering first lights of Bobrowitz and Porter’s The Creation (A Rock Cantata), to bask in the splendor, warmth and glory of Joseph Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, and finally to the hope of renewal in a set of American spirituals that triumph over the ashes of despair. Their first performance is 7 PM tonight (May 18th) at United Methodist Church in Shelton. The Choir is also performing at 3 PM tomorrow (May 19th) at St Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Allyn and at 3 PM Sunday (May 20th) at the Choir’s home venue, Harstine Island Community Hall. All performances: Donate as able.
The Washington State Patrol will be holding additional cadet testing next month. A news release says the Patrol’s recent round of cadet testing caught many people unprepared to take the required cadet fitness and written tests. Officials say the biggest stumbling block continues to be the fitness test, specifically sit ups.
Four of the five people involved in a home invasion robbery west of Belfair last November have been sentenced. The robbery occurred November 11, 2011 in the 300 block of Olympic View Drive, which is about two miles west of Belfair. The suspects forced their way into the victims’ home, tied up them up, and stole money, jewelry, medications and cash.
A Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled a woman from a burning mobile home near Collins Lake Wednesday morning. Mason County Fire District 2 Chief Beau Bakken reports that the Sheriff’s Office was called to the 200 block of NE Collins Lake Drive about 5 AM to check on the welfare of a person there while the Fire Department responded to a suicide attempt at the same address.