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By Peninsula Daily News staff

Cadets vie for honors at competition

PORT ANGELES — Cadets from Port Angeles High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Roughrider Company recently traveled to Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham for their first competition of the new school year.

The competition was among 11 Western Washington and Northern Oregon schools that have Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units.

“Overall, the Port Angeles Roughriders had an exceptional team competition,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Picker, adviser and instructor for the group.

“The physical strength team placed first, color guard team A placed third, color guard team B placed second, armed drill team placed third, precision air rifle team placed first, and the sporter air rifle team placed fourth.”

For individual honors, Ashlee Reid placed first for armed drill commander and individual armed expedition.

Jordan Johnson placed first for individual physical training, while Cade Levine placed second on the individual sporter team.

Natalie McNary placed third on theindividual precision team, and Cade Levine and Josh Hendry placed first for dual armed expedition.

Dog park meeting

PORT ANGELES — A meeting of the Friends of the Port Angeles Dog Park is set for the breakout room at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

Canine cookies will be available for the group's four-legged friends.

For more information, visit

Singles brunch

PORT GAMBLE — Senior Singles will gather for a Sunday brunch in the Port Gamble Tea Room, 32279 Rainier St., at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Reservations are required by Feb. 2 for the brunch, which includes offerings from the menu ranging from $14 to $18, with gratuity included.

Typical choices are baked praline french toast, chicken crepes, sausage and mushroom strata, frittatas and eggs Benedict, and seasonal fruit plates.

Seniors from Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, Port Townsend and Sequim are regular attendees, according to the hostess, Peggy, who will take reservations at 360-437-9935 mornings only.

Nominate teens

PORT TOWNSEND —The Port Townsend Kiwanis Club is seeking nominations for the 11th year of the Thomas J. Majhan Teen Leaders Awards program.

The program was started in 2003 to honor local teens for community service excellence and outstanding leadership.

Over the past 10 years, 114 teens have been recognized for their volunteer service with a large variety of programs, as well as for exhibiting superior leadership in their schools. Teens from all areas of East Jefferson County are qualified for the awards.

Nominees must be residents of East Jefferson County between the ages
of 14 and 18.

The period of community service must have occurred during 2013.

Suggested activities might include a project benefiting the community, an individual or a nonprofit group; performing an act of heroism; outstanding leadership in school, church or service organizations; or activities that demonstrate the teen has gone above and beyond for his or her community.

Pictures or news articles of the nominees involved in their community service are encouraged and will be used at the awards ceremony.

A nomination letter must be submitted by Feb. 7.

It must include a complete description of the services performed, along with:

■ Name, address, telephone number, email address and age of the nominee.

■ School attended and grade.

■ Parent/guardian name(s).

■ Name, address, telephone number and email address of the person making the nomination.

Letters should be marked “2013 Teen Leaders Awards” and may be mailed to program chair Melanie Bozak, 1307 25th St., Port Townsend, WA 98368; or emailed to crafts

The nominees, their families and the nominators will be the guests of the Port Townsend Kiwanis Club at a special ceremony and reception to honor them in early March, with selected community leaders to present the awards.

For more information, phone Bozak at 360-531-1329.

Red Cross classes

The American Red Cross will offer CPR/first-aid courses in Clallam and Jefferson counties during February.

The Clallam County class will be held at the Red Cross office, 151 Ruth's Place in Carlsborg, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Jefferson County class will be held at Mountain View Commons, Suite 106, 1925 Blaine St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

The cost of each class is $90.

Course materials are available in digital format free of charge or may be purchased in print form.

Those completing the course will receive a two-year certification, and digital refreshers are available.

Pre-registration for the classes is required.

To register for either class, phone 800-733-2767 or register at

Information about the Red Cross and its activities is available locally from the Carlsborg office (360-457-7933) or the Port Townsend office (360-385-2737).

Book grants ready

SEQUIM — First Book-Clallam County is accepting book grant applications from local nonprofit organizations that serve children in need.

Applications, due Feb. 15, are available by emailing Marsha Omdal at

Teachers and directors of local preschools, day care, after-school and tutoring programs can apply on behalf of their programs.

To be eligible to receive a First Book grant, Clallam County organizations are required to incorporate reading as part of their program activities, serve children and families from low-income households, provide multiple distributions to each child and support the child's ongoing education outside of the school classroom setting.

Book grants are made possible by the Retired Clallam County School Employees, Wednesday Reading Club of Port Angeles, the Albert Haller Foundation, Women of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, the Target Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Sequim, as well as individual donors.

Since 1997, First Book-Clallam County has distributed more than 35,000 books to children throughout Clallam County.

To contribute, phone Omdal at 360-681-2254 or visit

Last modified: January 19. 2014 11:19PM
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