NEWS BRIEFS — Sequim volunteer honored with award . . . and other items
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Sequim Mayor Candace Pratt, left, congratulates Emily Westcott, who received an award for her volunteer services in Sequim.

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The city recently presented the first Westcott Award to Emily Westcott for her volunteer service to the city and the community.

The award was presented at the city’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner, held at the Guy Cole Convention Center.

Westcott often refers to herself as the “queen of the weed patrol,” recruiting volunteers to make sure the city looks its best, even taking care of weeds on private property, according to a news release.

She works with the Sequim High School horticulture program to produce the flower baskets that adorn the city throughout the summer and obtains sponsorships for the baskets to cover the cost.

In addition, Westcott has served on the boards of Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, Olympic Theatre Arts, the Red Cross and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“Emily works so hard and commits a great deal of her time to making Sequim beautiful,” said City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese. “We wanted to recognize her in a special way by creating this award in her honor and making her the first recipient.”

The Westcott Award will be presented annually to a city volunteer in recognition of exemplary service.

Food canning, preservation talk

PORT TOWNSEND — Master Gardener and food preservation specialist Dianna Wiklund will answer food preservation questions during a consultation at the Washington State University Extension office, 380 Jefferson St.

The free talk is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Whether participants are just getting started or would like to update knowledge of home food preservation, all are welcome.

Pressure gauge testing also will be available for $5.

For more information, email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at

Students of Month

SEQUIM — Sequim High School senior Carlo Juntilla, son of Juila Juntilla, has been chosen as the Rotary Club of Sequim’s Student of the Month for February.

Juntilla is Sequim High School 2014 Associated Student Body President. He has been involved in the Associated Student Body, Select Choir, varsity boys tennis, Interact and Honor Society.

He plans on attending a four-year university.

Sequim High School senior Megan McAndie, daughter of John and Carolyn McAndie, has been chosen as the Student of the Month for March.

McAndie has a 3.879 GPA. Her extracurriculars include Interact, Honor Society and band, plus president of Be the Change, band and Troop 1492 Venture Crew.

She is the captain of the girls bowling team and has been on the team all four years.

Upon graduation, McAndie plans on attending Pacific Lutheran University and working toward a doctorate in chemical engineering.

1940s celebration

PORT ANGELES — St. Andrew’s Place, an assisted living community, will throw a 1940s-themed open house as part of its anniversary celebration Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The party commemorates 16 years of service at 520 E. Park Ave.

All ages are welcome to attend the free event.

For more information, phone 360-479-2883.

Talk on plants

SEQUIM — Christie Johnston of Johnston Farms will present “Grow What You Like to Eat” at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The cost is free.

Johnston will talk about finding the right seeds, preparing soil and creating the right environment for plants to thrive.

Registration is not required.

For more information, phone Lindy MacLaine at 360-683-1161, email or visit

Copper artist talk

SEQUIM — Copper metal artist Walter Massey will present during a Sequim Arts meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hall, 525 N. Fifth Ave., on Thursday.

Refreshments are at 9:30 a.m., a business meeting is at 10 a.m., and Massey’s presentation follows at 10:45 a.m.

Everyone, including non-artists, is welcome to attend the free meeting.

Massey’s work has been shown in various centers, galleries and shops on both the east and west coasts.

For more information, visit

Earth Day celebration scheduled

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to an Earth Day celebration at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Wednesday morning.

There are several parts to the program, all of which are free: First a worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a special concert, “Songs of Wisdom II,” led by choir director Jim Couture, and then lunch of mostly local foods, in the fellowship hall.

During the worship service, Liam Antrim, a resource protection specialist for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, will speak.

Antrim will stay to answer questions during lunch.

Attendees can come to any or all parts of Wednesday’s celebration.

For more information, phone St. Andrew’s at 360-457-4862 or visit

Artwork accepted

SEQUIM — Priscilla Messner-Patterson of Sequim, a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, has been honored with the acceptance of her work in the ASAA 2014 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the San Diego Air & Space Museum gallery.

Messner-Patterson was one of 45 artists from around the world whose work was selected from more than 140 entries.

The display opens April 28 and runs through July 28.

Her oil painting “Rendezvous” depicts two Navy A4’s refueling in midair.

The American Society of Aviation Artists was formed in 1986 to bring together, in one professional body, artists who are acknowledged leaders in the field for the purpose of recognizing and promoting interest in aviation art as a fine art form.

Messner-Patterson has been an ASAA member since 1994 and has served as the education chair since 2003.

See more of Messner-Patterson’s work at

For more information on ASAA, visit

Bicycle rodeo set

FORKS — The Forks Police Department will conduct a bicycle rodeo during the fourth annual Forks Family Fair at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

All riders must demonstrate the ability to negotiate a road course involving stop and go, intersection and traffic safety and agility in order to get a free DOT-approved bicycle helmet while supplies last.

Rock club to host ‘gemboree’

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Rock Club will host its annual Rock Club Gemboree at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landis St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

The club plans demonstrations and hands-on workshops in lapidary, silverwork, faceting, scrimshaw, wire-wrapping, heavy wire work and cabochon beading.

The event is free and open to the public.

There may be a nominal charge for materials used in hands-on workshops.

For more information, phone Nancy Rhodes at 360-437-8105.

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