NEWS BRIEFS — New Peninsula veterans clinic updates phone number . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Those who are trying to reach the new North Olympic Peninsula Clinic by the old clinic's number aren't getting through.

An expanded outpatient clinic for veterans in Clallam and Jefferson counties opened at 1114 Georgiana St. on Feb. 18.

It replaced the former Veteran Affairs clinic one block away at 1005 Georgiana St.

Veterans who call the phone number for the now-closed clinic — 360-565-9330 — won't reach the new one, said Chad Hutson, spokesman for the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.

“It simply doesn't work,” he said.

Instead, those who want appointments or information must phone 360-565-7420.

Many veterans who get services at the clinic were used to calling the old clinic's number, Hutson said.

Health care system officials contacted the phone company to have the older number forward people to the new number but have found that the request must come from Olympic Medical Center, Hutson said.

The old clinic was rented from OMC for $1 annually.

Hutson expects to have the forwarding message on the old number soon but said that in the meantime, veterans should call the new one.

Fire agency sends b-day wishes to kid

PORT TOWNSEND — East Jefferson Fire-Rescue firefighters gathered recently to send birthday wishes to a Rhode Island boy who is battling leukemia.

Six-year-old Tyler Seddon is about to turn 7 and has asked for birthday cards from first responders, who he says are his favorite people.

The firefighters are sending Tyler a photograph, a birthday card and an autographed helmet.

Tyler has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time and is undergoing chemotherapy while doctors search for a bone marrow donor.

A Facebook page and GoFundMe account have been set up to keep his community updated on his progress and to help with donations while he awaits his March 6 birthday.

Birthday cards for Seddon can be sent to 96 S. Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859.

Spaying, neutering

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is offering free and low-cost spaying and neutering for cats Sunday, March 9.

Feral and free-roaming cats and kittens will be fixed for free.

Owned cats and kittens will be fixed for $10.

Cats must be brought to the future site of the Humane Society, 1743 Old Olympic Highway, in the morning and get picked up in the afternoon.

There is no limit to the number of cats brought in.

All cats must be registered for the clinic prior to Saturday, March 8.

Registration is at the current shelter site at 2105 W. U.S. Highway 101.

For more information, phone 360-457-8206 or email

Relationships tips

PORT ANGELES — A successful-relationships workshop will take place at KIC Coaching, 116 N. Laurel St., Suite 202, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

Health, wealth and leadership coach Kristin Halberg and certified nonviolent communication trainer Marcia Christen will lead “Habits of the Heart: Secrets to Successful Relationships.”

The course is “pay what you will” and is open to all community members.

The course covers simple tools to calm oneself quickly in conflict, tips to help understand personal needs in conversation and relationship, and ways to develop methods to speak and listen that increase understanding and connection.

For more information or to register, visit, phone Halberg at 425-343-2374 or email

Book discussion

SEQUIM — Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

When Marion Stone's past catches up with him, he must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the twin brother who betrayed him.

Copies of the book are available at the Sequim Library in various formats, including large print, audiobook on CD and downloadable audio and e-book.

They can be requested online through the library catalog at

Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, phone 360-683-1161 or email

'Tech Petting Zoo'

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will present an electronic device workshop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday when Washington State Library brings its “Tech Petting Zoo.”

Kindles, Nooks, Galaxy tablets, iPads, Microsoft Surface devices or Chromebooks will be available for participants to learn how these devices differ and what they have in common.

This event is limited to 35, and attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests are welcome to arrive early, request an event ticket at the front desk and relax in the library prior to the event's start.

Jefferson County Library is located at 620 Cedar Ave.

For more information, phone 360-385-6544 or visit

Health, Home Career Fair slated Friday

GARDINER — A Health and Home Care Career Fair will be held at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Caregivers, CNAs, HCAs, RNs, LPNs and other health care professionals seeking full-time or part-time employment will have the opportunity to talk with local employers.

For more information, email Mary Perry at or Sandy Boughner at

Free movie series

CHIMACUM — “Symphony of the Soil” will screen at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 7 p.m. Friday.

The film is part of the Fresh & Free Moveable Feast Film Series, a collaboration between the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Local 20/20 and Citizens for Local Food.

Donations are accepted.

For more information, email or visit

Beekeeper class

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers' Association will conduct a free “Introduction to Beekeeping” class at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The two-hour class at the Sunny Farms Country Store, 261461 U.S. Highway 101, will cover such topics as equipment, honey, bee biology and diseases.

For more information, phone Mark Urnes at 360-477-7934.

Poster art revealed

PORT TOWNSEND — The poster art for the 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival will be revealed at the Port Townsend Gallery Walk on Saturday.

The Wooden Boat Chandlery, 431 Water St., will host an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to display the poster art, reveal the artist and sell signed prints of the poster.

Refreshments will be served.

“We're very excited to unveil this year's beautiful artwork and have posters available so early in the year,” said Carrie Andrews, festival and events coordinator.

For more information, phone Andrews at 360-385-3628, ext. 106; email; or visit or

Contra dance set

PORT TOWNSEND — Tim Jenkins of Wisconsin will call a contra dance at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 18 and free for children younger than 3.

Airstream Traveler will perform.

For more information, visit

Wooden boat talk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., will present information about the lighthouse on Dungeness Spit from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event is free, but reservations are required to or 360-385-3628, ext. 104.

Last modified: February 26. 2014 6:01PM
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