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Puppy Pilots, a Port Angeles- and Sequim-based puppy-raiser club for Guide Dogs for the Blind, recently visited Kenmore Air’s operations at Port Angeles’ William R. Fairchild International Airport. The puppies assessed the plane’s ramp, aircraft smells and noises before boarding the aircraft. Puppy pilot members are, from left, Kim Rosales with Pippa, Miranda Robertson with Bronte, and Desi Marble and Kelli Walker with Paka.

VA gives ‘Heart’ award to Home Health staffer

PORT ANGELES — Emily Marcus, a medical social worker at Olympic Medical Home Health, has received the “Heart of a Social Worker” award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Social Work Services.

The award recognizes community members and agencies that work in partnership with the VA to provide top quality care to veterans.

Social workers throughout the VA nominate community partners who have shown extraordinary care in serving veterans.

Marcus has demonstrated “her commitment to returning combat soldiers and veterans by following a set core of values embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, including service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence,” according to the VA.

“We are very proud of Emily and her commitment to veterans,” said Fran Sisson, administrator of Olympic Medical Home Health, a division of Olympic Medical Center.

“She is a prime example of the wonderful and caring home health caregivers we have in our community.”


Market seeks sponsors
PORT ANGELES — Sponsors are sought for the Port Angeles Farmers Market’s 2013 market season.

“Sponsorship enables other local businesses to expand their customer base through smart, cost-effective advertising while showing their support for this year-round event in downtown,” according to the farmers market.

Several levels of sponsorship are available.

The farmers market is open Saturdays year-round from 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer.

It is located at The Gateway pavilion, corner of Front and Lincoln streets, in the downtown business district.

For more information, phone market manager Cynthia Warne at 360-460-0361.


Free workshop set
PORT ANGELES — KIC Coaching’s Kristin Halberg will present a free workshop, “There’s an App for That: Upgrade to a More Vital You,” on Wednesday.

The talk is presented through Clallam Worksource and will be held at the Worksource’s Port Angeles office, 228 W. First St., from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
skills to lead a joy-filled life despite the stresses and strains of daily life, according to Halberg.

Halberg, a life coach, draws on neuroscience, psychology, expressive arts and the wisdom traditions and is a licensed HeartMath provider.

For more information, email, phone 425-343-2374 or visit


Employee’s 20th
SEQUIM — Kathy Greenwald recently celebrated her 20th anniversary with Handprint-Pondicherri.

Greenwald was presented with a gift certificate by owners Pami Singh, Kabir Aishwarya and Amba Singh.

Handprint-Pondicherri specializes in hand-crafted designer textiles for the home.

For more information, visit or www.pondicherri, or phone 360-681-0954.


Gardener trains
SEQUIM — Neil Burk-hardt, owner of McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, attended a Pacific Northwest International Society of Arboriculture training class, “Structural Pruning.”

It included courses on young trees, strong tree structure, risk factors and multiyear pruning programs.

In the afternoon, the course participants traveled to a group of older nursery trees for reconstructive pruning.

For more information, phone Burkhardt at 360-681-2827.


New bank officer
PORT ANGELES — Morgan Fox has been appointed as First Federal’s Community Reinvestment Act officer.

Fox is responsible for promoting and overseeing community development investments and lending, outreach programs and development services for the bank.

“I look forward to helping First Federal carry out its mission of supporting our customers, encouraging economic development, improving quality of life in our communities and
promoting continued growth and success,” Fox said.

Fox joined First Federal as a management trainee in November 2011.

Prior to joining the First Federal team, she practiced law in Omaha, Neb.

She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and policy from Western Washington University and her juris doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Arts exec at panel
PORT ANGELES — Karen Hanan, executive director of Port Angeles-based Arts Northwest, recently assisted with the review on findings of an arts participation leadership initiative.

In 2008, the Wallace Foundation selected ArtsWA (formerly known as the Washington State Arts Commission) to serve as its local partner for a four-year national program of learning activities (ending this month).

Arts WA received 
$1.3 million to provide a series of free forums, workshops and webinars.

The events focused on increasing participation in the arts, especially among youths, young adults and diverse populations, and on expanding access to the arts through new technologies.

Hanan applauded the grant-funded initiative and then presented a perspective of changing arts participation with statistics and anecdotes drawn from the regional performing arts field.

A particular emphasis was given to ways in which arts organizations are working to increase and diversify their audiences.

For more information on Arts Northwest, visit or phone Hanan at 360-457-9290.


Energy medicine
PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles energy medicine practitioners Kelmie Blake Spires and Christine Rose, M.D, will present “What Is Energy Medicine, and How Can It Benefit My Health & Well Being?” on Saturday, April 13.

The free class will be held at the Angeles Holistic Health Center, 525 W. Eighth St., at 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine, Spires said.

To register or for more information, phone 360-809-0401 or email


Tenure granted
PORT ANGELES — Janet Lucas, associate professor of English and rhetoric at Peninsula College, has been granted tenure by the college’s Board of Trustees.

“I would not have been able to do all this without the people along the way who have encouraged me, especially my Peninsula College professors,” said Lucas.

“They not only instilled confidence in my academic ability but showed me how to accomplish my dream.”

Lucas holds an Associate of Arts from Peninsula College, Bachelor of Arts in English with departmental and university honors and a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Although her parents and grandparents were college professors — her father taught English at Peninsula College — she did not choose a college career right away, she said.

Instead, she married and worked as a waitress in Port Angeles.


Annual meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — Forester Patrick Raymond will discuss “Tree Ecology of Western Washington” at the annual meeting of Friends of Fort Townsend on Saturday.

The meeting will be held in the Friends Barn at Fort Townsend State Park at 10 a.m.

Raymond has 30 years of commercial timber experience with Pope Resources and is currently manager of Pope’s Hood Canal Tree Farm.

His presentation will bring together his forestry expertise and his industry experience as he focuses on the trees that comprise Fort Townsend State Park.

Following the meeting, Raymond will lead a trail walk in the park’s natural forest area.

All are invited to attend the meeting and accompany Raymond on the park walk.

A Discover Pass is required to park at the barn for this event.

Fort Townsend State Park is located off state Highway 20 about 4 miles south of Port Townsend.

For more information, phone 360-385-2998.

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