Ask Ben Winkelman what he does, and he’ll tell you, “I do a little bit of everything.”
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MONTESANO — One day, Montesano’s wastewater treatment plant manager Kevin Hegel was sitting on the couch. On television, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, was on.
The wire figure, a purple heart held above her head, wobbles slightly in the breeze. Her curvy figure is made of miles of intertwined chicken and electric fence wire. Bright purple clay lavender stems set upon bright green wire stems dance to the same beat as the rest of the body. They never bend too far due to the heavy cement heart that weighs them to the rich earth below.
For many traveling along State Route 105 in Westport the big, bright-red barn-shaped warehouse that is home to the Cranberry Road Winery is an alluring place to stop and rest.
Ed McGowan is a kid person. Given half a chance, he’ll beam with pride in his own four sons and two grandchildren, or his time coaching Little League or helping out as a Montesano High School Football Booster.
Aberdeen City Attorney Eric Nelson appreciates the past while living firmly in the present. Today he is a civil servant who lives the life of a country gentleman living on parkland, which suits the Montesano native just fine.
Listen to Robin Leraas talk about the challenges of dredging, the vagaries of boat drafts or the benefits of a boat haul-out facility, and you might not guess she didn’t grow up on the ocean.
Some 20 years after she excelled as a distance runner at Hoquiam High School, Tracy Stoken hasn’t lost her competitive fire.
Fifty people crowd onto a grand stairway sprawled over the Bishop Center stage at Grays Harbor College, masquerade masks adorning many of their faces. Their movements are jerky, like robots with rusty joints. However, every centimeter they move expresses messages from the song “Masquerade” in “Phantom of the Opera.”
Eleven years ago a new priest came to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, his enthusiasm permeating the community — inspiring, through his example, a new energy and call to action.
For yet another year, Grays Harbor County had the highest unemployment numbers in the state.
Wes Cormier discovered a passion for politics at an early age watching the news with his father and felt called to public service himself when he began studying history. “Politics is my sport,” said the freshman Grays Harbor County Commissioner.
Don Tapio has dirt in his veins.
Cutting through the light rain and wind at Stewart Field, the sound of soccer balls struck by a foot echoes with the chatter of Elma High School’s girls soccer team members beginning practice.
Hoquiamites may recognize Traci Sandstrom as the friendly-faced principal of Central Elementary School, especially after Educational Service District 113 recently designated her as the Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Harbor Region for the year 2013.