North Olympic Peninsula business news briefs (no business meetings this week)

By Peninsula Daily News staff

EDITOR'S NOTE — Because of the New Year's holiday, there are no chamber or business group meetings this week.

Public health official finishes 12-month course

PORT TOWNSEND — Jared Keefer, Jefferson County Environmental Health and Water Quality director, recently graduated from the National Association of County and City Health Officials' Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation, the program is designed to enhance the skills of top executives at local health departments.

Participants in the 12-month program gained tools and experiences to help them work with elected officials and community partners, manage strategic planning and health department resources, and discover approaches for addressing challenges unique to local health department leaders.

“My participation in Survive and Thrive was extremely rewarding,” said Keefer.

“I feel empowered and better equipped to lead within Jefferson County Public Health, as well as partnering with vital community stakeholders to help those we serve.”

Rose joins PA salon

PORT ANGELES — Hairstylist Traci Rose has joined the team at Shear Elegance Salon, 210 E. Fourth St.

Rose has 25 years of experience and is a board-certified haircolorist.

A Port Angeles native, Rose is “pleased to settle back in her hometown.”

“I'm passionate about my craft and creating that new look for you,” Rose said.

For more information, phone her at 360-457-7993.

'Wholehearted life'

PORT ANGELES — Leadership and wellness coach Kristin Halberg will present a four-week series on wholehearted living beginning Jan. 7.

The series will be offered at the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, 302 S. Francis St., 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays in January

The course will cover what it means to live a wholehearted life, and teach tools that help create a unique path to a life of joy, meaning and passion.

“Awakening your spirit and living with your whole heart may seem daunting, but as you boost your ability to live wholeheartedly, you free up more time and energy to do more of what you love with those you love,” Halberg said.

Drawing on the expressive arts and principles from the research of Brene Brown, HeartMath, Kelly McGonigal and others, the class blends the arts with science, wilderness and wisdom.

The course is designed to allow each class to work as a standalone workshop.

The course is free to all YMCA members, and “pay what you will” to all other community members.

All proceeds go to the Olympic Peninsula YMCA.

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

Farewell reception

PORT ANGELES — A farewell reception is planned for Hartnagel Building Supply's long-time contractor salesperson Kevin Wiegel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this coming Friday (Jan. 3).

The public is invited to the open house reception at Hartnagel Building Supply at 3111 E. Highway 101 in Port Angeles.

Wiegel is leaving the company after 17 years.

To contact Wiegel, phone Hartnagel at 360-452-8933.

PA banker honored by Realtors

PORT ANGELES — First Federal announced that Kathi Larsen has received the 2013 Affiliate of the Year Award by the Sequim Association of Realtors.

This is Larsen's second time receiving this award. She was also honored in 2011.

Larsen has more than 25 years' experience in banking and lending. She has been a mortgage loan officer with First Federal for more than five years.

“I am honored to be selected for this award. I feel privileged to work alongside the great people within the Sequim Association of Realtors who do so much for our community,” Larsen said.

Affiliate of Year

PORT TOWNSEND — Nell Clausen, custom home sales advisor for Estes Builders, received the 2013 Affiliate of the Year award from the Jefferson County Association of Realtors at a recent banquet.

Clausen was recognized for her work on the community and government affairs committee.

She was also honored for her efforts with the Jefferson County First Responders Day in November where 25 baskets of home-baked goods were delivered to police and fire stations around the county.

Wine classes set

SEQUIM — Wind Rose Cellars will offer wine classes for those age 21 and older beginning with “Wine Appreciation” with winemaker David Volmut on Monday, Jan. 6.

The classes will be held at Wind Rose Cellars Tasting Room, 143 W. Washington St., at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Classes are limited to 20 attendees. Advanced registration is required.

For more information, phone 360-681-0690.

Parks ad policy

OLYMPIA — A repeal of the existing state Parks and Recreation advertising policy and approval of a new policy will be discussed at a meeting of the state Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23.

A draft advertising policy would allow commercial advertising on digital and printed material and set criteria for such advertising.

Advertising on agency websites and select printed materials are all that would be allowed.

It does not include commercial advertising in parks.

The draft advertising policy can be found online at

Written public comment sent to by Jan. 7 will be provided to the commission for consideration.

The commission's regular meeting will be held at the Governor Hotel, 621 Capitol Way S. in Olympia at 9 a.m. Jan. 23.

Through the 2009-11 and 2011-13 state parks operating budgets, the state Legislature directed the agency to work toward self-sufficiency. The agency's transformation plan identifies digital media and printed collateral as agency assets with significant potential to raise advertising revenue to support operations.

Last modified: December 29. 2013 10:29PM
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