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Teacher of the Month: Alexa Shanafelt

By Colin Anderson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Alexa Shanafelt has experienced it all, from kindergarteners learning their very first lessons to high school seniors finishing up their very last test. Alexa just wrapped up her 19th year in teaching and has tackled each and every grade, k through 12. She was most recently at Kopachuck Middle School teaching sixth, seventh and eighth graders Spanish, multimedia productions and yearbook and never tires of watching the lights go off inside her students’ heads. “The most rewarding moment in teaching is when a student has an ‘a-ha’ moment. A Spanish...
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Gather. Connect. Socialize. Have Fun.

Ocean5 and Table 47; bringing the community together By Jillian Chandler | Photo By Dane Gregory Architect Design | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local A vision that was a decade in the making finally came to fruition this June, opening its doors to the Gig Harbor community as a place for family, friends and colleagues to gather, connect and share experiences. The brainchild of Troy Alstead, former COO of Starbucks, Ocean5 and accompanying restaurant Table 47 both were inspired by the idea of community. “Community is the starting point behind the other part of our purpose, inspiring connections,” says Alstead....
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10-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Local Boy Receives Washington Main Street Award By Colin Anderson | Photo courtesy of Gig Harbor Kids Farmers Booth – Justin Dennis | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Most 10-year-olds’ focus is on school and friends or perhaps their favorite sports or other activities, but for one local boy his focus is already on building a business. Justin Dennis, a student in Gig Harbor, was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Port Townsend. Ten-year-old Justin approached the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance (GHDWA) in spring 2017...
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My Sister’s Pantry

Story and Photo By Marguerite Cleveland | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local “The food here is excellent, it’s real good,” said Mark Voyer, a client at My Sister’s Pantry. He was one of the many people lined up on a brisk Saturday morning waiting for the pantry to open. Also waiting was Maria Mondragon, who loves being able to socialize with other people in need. Up and down the line clients shared how nice and caring they are at My Sister’s Pantry. As people begin to gather you can sense the comradery as they greet each other. When handicap visitors...
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