News briefs from across North Olympic Peninsula

By Peninsula Daily News staff

Veterans saluted at Joyce school

JOYCE — Crescent School students in preschool through fifth grade recently held an assembly to honor local veterans.

Fourth-grader Randy Lee opened the assembly by leading the audience in a flag salute.

Then Crescent paraeducator Sarah Borte presented a slideshow in which she talked about her experiences in the Army and her time serving in the Iraq War.

After her slideshow, each veteran stood and introduced him or herself and told a brief story or simply the branch of military they served in and how many years they served.

Veterans were both family and community members.

Elementary students presented veterans with gifts they had made, such as letters, flags and poppies.

The assembly concluded with fourth- and fifth-graders singing “A Grateful Nation.”

Soroptimist scholarship on tap now

PORT TOWNSEND — Applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 academic year Elmira K. Beyer scholarship offered by the Port Townsend branch of the American Association of University Women.

Each year, the branch, through its philanthropic organization, the University Women's Foundation of East Jefferson County (UWF), offers a tuition scholarship to a woman who wishes to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree.

This year, the UWF was able to increase the amount to $9,000.

Any woman can apply who has completed at least one full year of college, has resided in East Jefferson County for at least the past two years and is planning to seek a degree from a four-year college or university.

The selection criteria include educational and professional goals, financial need and past academic performance.

For an application and more detailed information, visit or email Carolyn Wasteneys at

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 8.

This endowed scholarship is given in memory of local writer, musician and exceptional leader Elmira K. Beyer, a founding member of the UWF and recipient of the AAUW Woman of the Year and Named Gift Honoree awards.

Nature's gifts talk

PORT ANGELES — Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardeners Rita Dinger and Tanya Unruh will present ideas for holiday decorating and gift-giving from the garden and nature Thursday.

The talk will be held at noon in the county commissioners' meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Dinger will share tips and recipes for herb blends, herb liqueur and vinegars, and rose-hip jelly along with decorating ideas from items gleaned from the garden.

Unruh will provide models for using dried hydrangea blossoms, fir boughs, pinecones, berry twigs and other plants to embellish and decorate a home for the holidays.

This presentation is a part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips” brown-bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

There will be no presentation Dec. 26.

The series will resume Thursday, Jan. 23, with a presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of gardening in the maritime northwest.

Attendees may bring a lunch.

The presentations are free and open to the public; however, donations to help offset copying costs for handouts are accepted.

For more information, phone 360-417-2279.

Historical meet up

FORKS — The West End Historical Society will discuss “Look-Touch Christmas Memories” during a meeting at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave., at noon Tuesday.

Adria Fuhrman will have a display of vintage hats from her personal collection, and memorabilia from the Munson family will be featured.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their own vintage hat to display or model.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, phone 360-327-3306.

Guide dog training

SEQUIM — A guide dog puppy training meeting hosted by the Puppy Pilots guide dog training organization is planned Thursday.

The event will be held at 252 Kitchen-Dick Road from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend and learn about raising a guide dog puppy for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.

For more information, email Deb Cox at, phone 360-929-4802 or visit

Challenge for pets

PORT HADLOCK — A group of Jefferson County residents has stepped forward to double the impact of programs aimed at ensuring safe and loving homes for all Jefferson County animals.

All donations made by Dec. 31 to local nonprofit Olympic Mountain Pet Pals will be matched up to $10,000, the group's biggest challenge grant ever.

The challenge grant is made possible by Pet Pals members Robin Hake, Marsha Wiener, Phyllis and Paul Becker, Kathleen Mitchell and Scott Landis, Bob Podrat, Pam and Keith Kolacy plus one member who wishes to remain anonymous

Pet Pals works with local veterinarians to spay and neuter dogs and cats living in low-income homes, as well as unadoptable community cats.

The all-volunteer nonprofit group has paid for spay/neuter of more than 3,700 animals in Jefferson County since 2001.

The group has also provided nearly $50,000 during this time to local vets through Ginger's Fund to help defray the costs of emergency medical care for pets when their families can't afford it.

According to Kolacy, the group's programs are particularly efficient because Pet Pals has extremely low overhead. The group rents no office space and is run by a group of volunteers.

Pet Pals also provides outreach through Read to Rover for youths and Pets to People for seniors.

Donations can be mailed to Olympic Mountain Pet Pals at P.O. Box 1466, Port Hadlock, WA 98339, or made through PayPal at

Citizen of the Year

NORDLAND — Nominations are sought by Dec. 31 for the 2013 Marrowstone Citizen of the Year.

The ballet box with nomination forms has been placed at the Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road, and also can be found at Forms can be mailed to Citizen of the Year Committee, c/o Mary TennBrink and Ray Harker at 155 E. Beach Road, Nordland, WA 98358.

Each nominee must be an island resident and must have been involved in the performance of a service that has a long-lasting and beneficial effect on the island community and/or Jefferson County.

Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31, and the announcement of the 2013 award will be made at the Jan. 20 Marrowstone Island Community Association meeting.

Copsey scholarship

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College has a $1,000 scholarship available for a single mother who is attending the college during the 2014 academic year.

Applications for the Bright Haygood Copsey Scholarship are available from the college's financial aid office.

The application deadline is Jan. 17.

For more information, phone the Peninsula College Financial Aid Office at 360-417-6390.

Last modified: December 08. 2013 9:44PM
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