'Toxic Free Kids' town hall . . . ferry meeting set . . . and other news briefs

By Peninsula Daily News staff

'Toxic Free Kids' meeting set for Monday

PORT TOWNSEND — A town hall meeting to discuss the Toxic Free Kids and Family Act will be hosted by state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, and Laurie Valeriano, executive director of the Washington Toxics Coalition.

The meeting will be held at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (Dec. 16).

Van De Wege will discuss the act, solicit feedback from constituents and answer questions.

Ferry meeting set for Wednesday

PORT TOWNSEND — At a community meeting this week, state ferry system officials will discuss route-specific issues, the legislative session, liquefied natural gas as a fuel for ferries, new vessel construction and long-range planning.

The meeting will be held at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., in downtown Port Townsend from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 18).

“I look forward to hearing from our customers at our community meetings,” said David Moseley, who heads the ferries division of the state Department of Transportation.

“I always find this feedback valuable, and it helps us when we consider making changes to the system.”

At least twice annually, ferry officials host community meetings in Port Townsend and in other cities served by state ferries.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/PDN-FerryMeeting.

Bag-of-books sale

PORT ANGELES —The Port Angeles Friends of the Library will hold a bag-of-books sale from 10 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 19).

Attendees can fill a bag with as many books as possible for $2.

The Port Angeles Library is located at 2210 S. Peabody St.

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will discuss “How Big Business Can Save the Climate” during a meeting at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Friday (Dec. 20).

Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are normally taken from the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Visitors and prospective new members are welcome.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/SequimGreatDecisionsDiscussion.

Senior legal clinic

FORKS — A free legal-advice clinic for people ages 60 and older will be held by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging at the Information & Assistance office, 481 Fifth Ave., on Monday, Jan. 6.

Attendees can receive advice on filing a will or power of attorney, or with other legal matters.

To make an appointment, phone 360-374-9496.

United Way funding

PORT ANGELES — The United Way of Clallam County is accepting applications for $46,350 in city funding for 2014.

Priority is given to programs serving health and human service needs with a focus on the following: meeting basic needs for the most vulnerable Port Angeles residents, prevention programs, programs serving youths and programs serving senior citizens.

Local nonprofit agencies that are interested in applying for a grant should contact United Way for an application by phoning 360-457-3011 or emailing info@unitedwayclallam.org.

They are due by Friday, Jan. 10.

New Elwha video

PORT ANGELES — “Wonders Unveiled,” the fifth “webisode” in the Elwha River video series produced by Wings Over Watersheds, has been released, Olympic National Park announced.

The film takes viewers on a journey behind the scenes with scientists, project managers and key figures in Elwha River restoration as they explore and study the rapidly evolving landscapes and habitats unveiled as the reservoirs drain, the river returns and dam removal continues.

“We have received global interest in Elwha River restoration and are pleased to provide the public with a glimpse behind the scenes of this unprecedented project through our series of Web videos,” said park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

“We are thankful for our many partners, especially nonprofit producers Wings Over Watersheds, for their contributions that have made this series possible.”

Wings Over Watersheds is a nonprofit organization focused on watershed education.

Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, Wings Over Watersheds will produce additional Web videos, a longer visitor-center orientation film and a 60-minute documentary.

The entire series can be viewed on the Olympic National Park website at tinyurl.com/PDN-ElwhaVideo.

Removal of the two Elwha River dams is the largest project of its kind in U.S. history and is part of the Elwha River restoration project.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/PDN-ElwhaProject.

Democrats donate

QUILCENE — South Jefferson County youths will benefit from a $500 donation from Jefferson County Democrats to the Jefferson County YMCA.

The contribution will fund one month of Wednesday afternoon activities in Quilcene.

The Y's “After the Bell” program includes nutrition, physical activity, academic support and an enrichment activity.

YMCA officials hope to serve 20-30 youths per session, some of whom will be bused from Brinnon.

Further donations are sought by the YMCA.

To donate or for more information, phone the YMCA at 360-385-5811.

Last modified: December 15. 2013 10:28PM
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