BUSINESS — This week's business meetings . . . and business news briefs
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Barbara and Jim Cammack, founders of Jim's Pharmacy in Port Angeles, along with pharmacy operations manager Lisa Jorgensen, right, dished out soup and chowder while greeting customers on Friday in celebration of the pharmacy's 30th anniversary. Besides free soup, the pharmacy was offering discounts on gift merchandise and issuing money-saving coupons for gift item purchases.
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Members of the Port Angeles Association of Realtors recently delivered 50 traditional thank-you goodie baskets to first responder groups such as the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Port Angeles police and fire departments, Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard detachments, the Border Patrol and national park rangers. The “thank-you elves” responsible for this year's delivery were, from left, Kelly Raymond, Valerie Lape, Trina Cook, Jennifer Felton, Dawn Shideler, Kelly Johnson, Lori Taylor, Loni Gores, Maureen Pfaff, Joylena Owen and Magan Waldron.
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Breeanna Klahn, right, of Jim's Pharmacy in Port Angeles, presents an $805 donation to Becca Korby, executive director of Healthy Families of Clallam County. Healthy Families was the pharmacy's “Shop Locally” charity of the month for October. Jim's charity for November is Voices for Veterans. Local charities interested in becoming part of the “Shop Locally” program can send a letter of interest to Jim's with a short explanation of the work the charity is involved in.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA business meetings this week (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.

Monday's meeting will be special one, according to Executive Director Russ Veenema.

There will be a panel discussion on the question: “Are we satisfied with the current economic development state of affairs on the Olympic Peninsula, or are there opportunities for better collaboration of efforts?”

Panelists will be First Federal President and CEO Larry Hueth, Peninsula College President Luke Robins, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Chairman Ron Allen and Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce President Brian Kuh.

(For more information, click on Sunday's PDN story, "Economic development agencies ponder merger possibilities in Clallam," )

Tickets for the luncheon, which might last longer than the normal hourlong meeting time, 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.

This Monday's program will feature Erin Fristad, Goddard College director of West Coast strategic relations and partnerships and Port Townsend campus director, and Marc Gordon, Goddard's integrated enrollment specialist for Goddard's Port Townsend residency site.

Plainfield, Vt.-based Goddard College, an accredited private liberal arts college, has offered degree programs at the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center since 2005.

Lunch at $8 will be catered by Subway. The meeting sponsor will be Wave Broadband.

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

The chamber program this Wednesday — as it always is for the first meeting of the month — will be a discussion of issues important to merchants and other business owners.

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

■ North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce — Representing the “Emerald Towns” of the Hood Canal, Quilcene and Brinnon, the chamber meets monthly on the third Monday of the month.

This month's meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101 in Brinnon.

Featured speaker will be Elaine Jones, small-business adviser, on free services offered by the Washington State Small Business Development Center.

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 program was not announced.

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


Curry joins Fred Hutchinson cancer center

PORT ANGELES — Rhonda Curry, a former administrator at Olympic Medical Center, is the new director of communications at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Curry is responsible for corporate communications functions, including media relations, public relations, community outreach and governmental relations.

Curry, 51, previously worked at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, where she was regional director of marketing and communications.

She was responsible for developing and implementing communications plans and strategy throughout PeaceHealth's Northwest Network in Alaska and Washington.

She left OMC for PeaceHealth in October 2012. She was OMC's assistant administrator of strategic development and the executive lead for the hospital's affiliate relationship with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the cancer treatment arm of Fred Hutchinson, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.

“Rhonda not only already understands our organization's complexities, but she left behind many fans at the SCCA,” said her supervisor, Jennifer Sizemore, vice president of communications and marketing at Fred Hutchinson.

Curry and her husband, Tom, have homes in Seattle and Port Angeles plus a Port Angeles business interest: Barhop Brewing and the Barhop Taproom.

Curry was president of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and is a former board member of the Peninsula College Foundation.

Crestwood giving tree

PORT ANGELES — A giving tree for the residents of Crestwood Convalescent Center is being hosted by the Port Angeles branch of KeyBank, 1633 E.
First St.

Many Crestwood residents have little or no family or friends that visit or bring gifts over the Christmas holiday, organizers said.

The public can visit the bank to select tags from the tree, purchase a gift and return the wrapped gift back to the bank by Friday, Dec. 20.

New board members

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society recently added two board members at its annual meeting.

Laurie Szczepczynski, branch manager/vice president of First Federal, and Tom Backe, a real estate appraiser, both were unanimously approved for board positions.

Szczepczynski is a longtime resident of Port Angeles and has worked in banking in the area for 30 years.

The board said her background will be especially beneficial to the Humane Society in the current environment of change and growth.

Backe has a background in accounting, finance and real estate appraisal.

The board said his business skills will be invaluable in the upcoming capital campaign.

For more information or to volunteer, phone the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.

E-bike dealership

SEQUIM — Ben's Bikes Sequim has acquired the Polaris e-bike dealership for the North Olympic Peninsula and will have two models available for sale before the Christmas holidays, including the Meridian EV407.

Sam Chandler, owner of Ben's Bikes, said Polaris e-bikes can travel up to 20 mph with a 30-mile range.

For more information, phone 360-683-2666 or email

Expanded location

PORT ANGELES — Mindy Amita Aisling of Amita Life Coaching and Kristin Halberg of KIC Coaching have moved their offices to an expanded location at 116 N. Laurel St. in downtown Port Angeles.

Aisling is celebrating three years of business as a life coach in Port Angeles, providing services to individuals, couples, teens and businesses.

Halberg, a native of the area who moved back a few years ago, “KIC'd off” KIC Coaching on the Peninsula in May 2012.

KIC Coaching blends science, art, wilderness and wisdom to “create powerful change in clients' lives,” Halberg said.

Aisling and Halberg have been collaborating on projects for the past year, bringing Port Angeles such events as The Love Letter Project, The Compassion Games and One Billion Raising.

For more information visit www.amitacoaching or

Gift bag drive now underway

PORT ANGELES — Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy's fifth annual Holiday Gift Bag Drive is underway.

The business is accepting donations of hygiene products to fill gift bags for the Port Angeles Food Bank.

Community members will pick up the bags when they visit the food bank to receive their Christmas meal.

These bags are gender-specific for adults, teens and children.

Items can be dropped off at the business, 708 S. Race St., Suite C, before Dec. 19.

Other needed items include holiday gift bags and small gift items like hair accessories, lotions and more.

Food donations will also be accepted.

A bag-stuffing event is planned Dec. 19. The public can join to help stuff bags anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, phone 360-417-0703.

Farewell party

PORT ANGELES — A farewell party for outgoing Peninsula Housing Authority Executive Director Pam Tietz is set for Tuesday (Dec. 3)

The public can say goodbye and wish Tietz well at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tietz has served 19 years in her position with Peninsula Housing Authority.

The public is invited to thank her and wish her well as she moves to a new position as executive director of the Spokane Housing Authority.

New manager is named for area day cares

PORT ANGELES — Suzanna “Anna” Reardon has been hired as the new manager of BoBaggins Daycare Inc., which includes BoBaggins Daycare and Learning Center, Banbury Corner Daycare and Preschool, and Bibity Bobity — A Kid's Place in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Each is licensed by the state and is participating in the Early Achievers program.

Reardon has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL.

She has several years of experience teaching in elementary schools in North Carolina, Arizona, New York and Washington.

In addition to elementary schools, she has worked in other childcare facilities, YMCAs and other programs and agencies working with children.

Bank food drive

PORT ANGELES — Nonperishable food items for the Port Angeles Food Bank will be collected by the Port Angeles branch of U.S. Bank, 134 E. Seventh St., beginning Monday and running through Dec. 31.

The bank is planning a big “parking lot drop-off celebration” to collect donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The food bank truck will be there to load donations.

For more information, phone U.S. Bank at 360-457-1183.

Business is silver winner

SEATTLE — Village Concepts, a third-generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted-living communities throughout the state — including Park View Villas in Port Angeles — is a “Silver Winner” in the 2013 Seattle Business magazine Family Business Awards.

Village Concepts is one of 13 family-owned businesses recognized in seven categories for their sense of responsibility, legacy, dedication and contribution to the local economy, the magazine said.

Selected as a “Silver Winner” for large firms with more than 250 employees, Village Concepts was awarded at an awards gala recently at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in

Village Concepts operates 14 senior living communities throughout Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and Central Washington.

Alaska icebreakers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — U.S. senators from Alaska and Washington are renewing their call for additional heavy icebreakers.

Alaska Democrat Mark Begich and Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell last week introduced language in a defense spending bill to authorize construction of four polar icebreakers.

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and Washington Democrat Patty Murray sponsored the item.

It directs the Navy to build up to four heavy icebreakers and transfer them to the Coast Guard for polar missions.

Each would cost about $860 million.

The ships can open shipping channels in ice.

Murkowski said in a statement that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement last week that the military will be heavily involved in the Arctic means more icebreakers are needed.

Resale picks
LOS ANGELES — Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize vehicles that best hold their value over the first five years of new-vehicle ownership.

Here are the top 10 (2014 model year), and the percentage of resale value they're estimated to retain at 60 months:

1. Toyota FJ Cruiser (70)

2. Toyota Tacoma (61.9)

3. Jeep Wrangler (59.1)

4. Toyota 4Runner (56.2)

5. Chevrolet Corvette (53.5)

6. Toyota Tundra (52.3)

7. Chevrolet Camaro (51.9)

8. Honda CR-V (50.7)

9. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (50.6)

10. Dodge Challenger (50.5)

Last modified: December 01. 2013 11:05PM
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