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SEQUIM — Sequim High School sophomore Emma Eekhoff was named the Sequim Elks Lodge
No. 2642 Student of the Month at the club's December social night dinner.
Emma was selected for her academic achievements as well as involvement in school activities.
She holds a 3.0 grade-point average and is taking honor courses.
Emma is active in music, runs cross-country and is a member of the Be the Change club, a community and global service club.
Emma's future plans are in music production or management.
She is the daughter of Jon and Cheryl Eekhoff of Sequim.
PORT ANGELES — Drennan-Ford Funeral Home & Crematory has started its fourth annual “Operation Valentine” collection program.
“Operation Valentine” is a project that allows children, students, Scout troops, teachers, parents and community members to create a handmade valentine card to be delivered to Marines who have been injured or become ill while serving in combat zones.
Drennan-Ford said it has the support of Roosevelt, Dry Creek, Hamilton, Jefferson and Franklin elementary schools, Olympic Christian School and Queen of Angels School in Port Angeles; as well as Greywolf Elementary School in Sequim; the Boys & Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula; and the Crescent Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten of Joyce.
Organizers said this program has been a “huge success” the past three years, and more than 2,000 cards from local students were collected last year.
Valentines can include words of encouragement, get-well sentiments, “thank you for serving our country,” etc.
The valentines can be in the form of cutout hearts, folded paper with a note, drawings and the like.
Envelopes aren't required.
Because these service people are confined to hospitals and care facilities, it is requested that glitter not be used in the decorating of the cards.
It is also requested that a return response from the veteran not be requested, as the nature of his or her injury or illness may preclude him or her from responding.
Drennan-Ford owners Steve and Leah Ford will collect the valentines at the schools Jan. 31.
Valentines also can be brought to the Drennan-Ford office, 260 S. Monroe Road, between 9 a.m. and
4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Jan. 31.
Drennan-Ford will package the valentines for distribution to the injured Marines.
For more information, phone 360-457-1210, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.drennanford.com or www.facebook.com/drennanfordfuneralhome.
Film series starts
SEQUIM — A film, “Take Back Your Power,” sponsored by Nash's Farm Store, will show at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
This event is free and open to the public.
The screening will be in the Community Barn behind Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way.
“Take Back Your Power” questions the benefits and risks of “smart” power meters and grid technology.
It is the first in a series of films presented every other Wednesday throughout the winter.
The film schedule is posted on www.nashsorganicproduce.com.