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Toga’s awards Traeger grill From left are Joel Berson, general manager of Air Flo Heating Co.; Jacob Oppelt, winner of the Traeger Grill Giveaway; and Toga Hertzog, owner of Toga’s Soup House Deli & Gourmet, during the Oktoberfest event held recently at Toga’s Soup House, 122 W. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. The eatery featured a drawing in which customers who bought a bratwurst were entered in a Traeger grill giveaway.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

THIS WEEK'S NORTH Olympic Peninsula business meetings (all are open to the public):

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

This Monday’s speakers will be Port Angeles City Council candidates in the all-mail Nov. 5 general election.

Scheduled to attend are Peter Ripley and Lee Whetham for the only contested council seat, Position No. 2; plus the unopposed Brad Collins, Position No. 1; Pat Downie, Position No. 3; and Dan Gase, Position No. 4.

Their appearance continues a three-Monday series of candidate forums by the chamber.

Luncheon tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the meeting room cashier.

For those not having lunch, there is a $3 participation fee that includes a beverage.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

However, there is no meeting this Monday.

The weekly meetings resume Oct. 21 with pro and con presentations on Jefferson County Proposition 1, which would set up a home-rule charter form of county government, on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Forks Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT’s Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

This Wednesday’s featured speaker will be the director of the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, E. David Ford.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree is barbecued chicken.

Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.

This Tuesday’s speaker will be John Calhoun, president of the three-member Port of Port Angeles board of commissioners.

There is a $3 minimum charge by Joshua’s for those who do not order breakfast.


Cake shop creation in Seattle vote
SEQUIM — That Takes the Cake in downtown Sequim has again been nominated for Best Cake in “Evening Magazine’s” Best of Western Washington for 2013 on KING-TV (channel 5) in Seattle.

Sue and Paul Boucher of That Takes the Cake were voted third out of 91 bakeries in 2012’s poll.

Voting at is open until this coming Thursday, Oct.

There are 95 bakeries nominated this year.


Care Act seminars
Phil Castell of Castell Insurance is presenting two free seminars on the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Castell will speak at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 15, and at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The seminars are designed to help attendees make informed decisions about health care options now offered by the ACA.

A licensed insurance agent for more than 25 years, Castell specializes in the ACA and Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for Medicare recipients, in addition to auto, home and health policies and investments.

He is a member of the state Agents and Brokers Advisory Committee.

For questions about the Port Angeles seminar, contact Lorrie Kovell at 360-417-8500, ext. 7750, or

For questions about the Sequim seminar, contact Lauren Dahlgren at 360-683-1161 or


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PORT TOWNSEND — NoaNet Chief Security Officer Mike Henson will speak at the Jefferson County Energy Lunch program Tuesday, Oct. 15..

The brown-bag lunch talk is free and open to the public and will be held at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This summer, NoaNet installed a fiber-optic and wireless broadband communication network in East Jefferson County.

The network is owned by the Jefferson County Public Utility District, which recently acquired the county’s electric grid as well.

Henson will explore ways that the high-speed links between key county sites can be used to support energy distribution and use.


Revenue seminar
PORT ANGELES — A free workshop for new and small-business owners will be hosted by the Port Angeles office of the state Department of Revenue on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The workshop will be at the Clallam Transit System Conference Room, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements.

The workshop will be held in an informal setting, and participants can ask questions specific to their businesses.

All attendees receive a workbook and reference guide to department rules and regulations.

To register, visit or phone 360-417-9900.


Salon open house
PORT ANGELES — Shear Elegance Salon, 210 E. Fourth St., will host a Scope event open house from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Attendees can receive healthy scalp analysis from high-magnification scalp scopes.

Stylists will be on hand as well as a Nioxin hair-care products representative.


Nash Huber gets Pioneer Award
SEQUIM — Sequim organic farmer Nash Huber is the 2013 recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Natural Products Association Northwest for his work in organic agriculture and his efforts to bring local organic food to the community.

He will receive the award at a reception held in conjunction with the NPA NW trade show at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 19.

NPA NW is a nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to natural, organic foods and products that support health and wellness.

Founded in 1972, NPA NW is a chartered region of the NPA national organization and represents Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Previous winners include Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill, Marlene Beadle of Marlene’s Market & Deli and Goldie Caughlin of PCC Natural Markets.

Huber has been owner/operator of Nash’s Organic Produce since 1979.

He and his crew of young farmers actively farm about 450 acres in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, producing certified organic vegetables, berries, grain and seed, as well as antibiotic- and hormone-free hogs and chickens on pasture.

Products from the farm are sold at local farmers markets, wholesale to the Puget Sound region and at Nash’s Farm Store in Dungeness.

Huber received the Steward of the Land Award from American Farmland Trust in 2008 and the Ecological Farm Conference’s Sustainable Agriculture Award in 2010.

He is the first working farmer to receive the Pioneer Award.


First Federal executive
PORT ANGELES — John Murock has been appointed to the position of assistant vice president, commercial relationship manager, for First Federal.

Murock will be responsible for building quality commercial lending relationships with business owners in the Jefferson County area while providing lending support in other First Federal markets.

He served in the Marine Corps and earned a Bachelor of Arts in business finance and economics from Eastern Washington University.

He has more than 22 years of banking experience as a branch manager and loan officer.

Murock resides in Port Townsend and is active in the community.

He has been the treasurer for Real Estate Professionals for Affordable Housing for 16 years and is a board member for the Port Townsend Main Street HUD Loan Committee.


‘An incredible feat’
SEQUIM — Sequim Health and Rehabilitation recently completed its annual survey and was found to be below the state industry average for number of deficiencies.

Nursing homes are inspected annually for compliance with state and federal regulations.

Located at 650 W. Hemlock St., Sequim Health and Rehabilitation is a skilled-nursing facility specializing in short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care.

“An annual survey with deficiencies below the state industry average is an incredible feat,” said SHR’s administrator, Edward Ebling.

“Our staff has worked very hard to maintain our high standards and provide quality care to our residents.

“Not only were they able to achieve this goal and provide exceptional care, they have gone above and beyond to correct any issues or concerns that may have occurred during the survey process.”


New winter hours
PORT ANGELES — Oven Spoonful, 110 E. First St., will switch to winter hours beginning Tuesday.

The business will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Oven Spoonful also is open today at 8 a.m. for the 2013 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival.

Owners Dave and Karen Long are offering their dining room for after-hour rentals for Christmas parties and more during the holidays.

All rentals must use Oven Spoonful’s catering services.

For more information, phone Karen Long at 360-460-1849.


Builders hire quality specialist
SEQUIM — Ryan Oase recently joined Estes Builders as a construction quality specialist.

Oase brings 14 years of customer relations and 10 years of residential building experience to the position.

In addition to performing quality assurance inspections during the construction of Estes Builders homes, he also will be responsible for any completed home services.

“I am excited to begin working with a custom home builder that has an excellent reputation in the community and close to 25 years of residential home construction,” Oase said.

Oase, his wife and two children moved to Sequim in 2006.

Founded in 1989, Estes Builders designs and constructs custom homes throughout the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Port Ludlow.

For more information, visit or phone 360-683-8756.


New wines ready
SEQUIM — Wind Rose Cellars recently announced the release of two wine vintages.

They are a 2012 Dolcetto, an unoaked medium-body red wine made from 100 percent dolcetto grapes.

Wind Rose also released its 2011 Biking, a medium-body red wine made of 100 percent cabernet sauvignon grapes from the Walla Walla Valley.

The label was designed from the painting “Biking on an Autumn Day” by Lee Oskar.

The public can stop in and taste these wines produced and bottled in Sequim at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St.


Nursery switches to winter hours
SEQUIM — McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, will switch to winter hours beginning Tuesday.

Winter hours are 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

Phone McComb Gardens at 360-681-2827 if unable to visit during those hours.


Homebuyer class
PORT TOWNSEND — A homebuyers-education seminar will be held at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The free class will cover all aspects of the homebuying process.

Approved training materials and handouts include a “Guide to Home Loans” workbook.

Cobalt Mortgage branch manager Aimee Dennis will instruct the class, which is sponsored by the Washington
State Housing Finance Commission.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Reservations are required.

Phone 360-406-5281 or email


PORT ANGELES — Dr. Kirk Thompson of Angeles Vision Clinic has been board-certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Thompson passed the ABO’s board certification examination administered in July.

Thompson completed an accredited series of rigorous postgraduate activities.

He then passed a computer-based examination on issues spanning the scope of the practice of optometry.

This achievement earned Thompson the title of diplomate with the American Board of Optometry.

Thompson has enrolled in the ABO’s Maintenance of Certification Program. The 10-year process is designed to allow the doctor of optometry to demonstrate that he or she is dedicated to keeping current in the field and delivering quality patient care.

For more information, phone 360-452-7661.


Pet food demo set
SEQUIM — Best Friend Nutrition, 680 W. Washington St., Suite B-102, will host a demonstration from canned food provider Wild Calling! from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Wild Calling! regional manager Austin Smith will bring free products and coupons to share along with information about his products for humans and their pets.

For more on Wild Calling! visit www.wild

For more information on the demo party, phone Best Friend Nutrition at 360-681-8458.

Last modified: October 13. 2013 9:48PM
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