NEWS BRIEFS — Representative Kilmer to lead forum in Port Angeles on Friday . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, will lead a forum at the Port Angeles Senior Center on Friday.

The forum at the center at 328 E. Seventh St. will be at 1 p.m. A senior resource information fair will follow from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both are open to the public.

Among issues expected to be covered are the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Joining Kilmer — who represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula — will be a state Attorney General's Office representative talking about scams, a member of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging discussing agency services and a Social Security Administration representative answering questions.

Training exercise at Coho dock

PORT ANGELES — At least 120 law enforcement and emergency personnel took part in a training exercise at the MV Coho ferry dock in downtown Port Angeles on Tuesday night, the city's deputy police chief said.

Deputy Chief Brian Smith said the exercise involved several agencies, including Port Angeles Fire District and Clallam County Fire District No. 2, Port Angeles and Sequim police, Clallam County sheriff's deputies, State Patrol, Coast Guard and Coho crew members.

The goal of the training, which ran from 6 p.m. to midnight, was to prepare agencies for a mass casualty situation, Smith explained.

“It was a multi-layered exercise to test different capabilities and expose different people to different situations,” Smith said.

Diver's condition

SEATTLE — A 24-year-old commercial geoduck diver from Bremerton remained in critical condition Wednesday after an accident in the waters off Green Point in Clallam County on Tuesday.

Sam Silverstein was transferred Tuesday from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, where he was in the critical care unit, according to the hospitals.

Silverstein had been airlifted to Harborview from Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles after his diving partner recovered him unconscious from about 50 feet of water.

A state Department of Natural Resources boat took the divers to Ediz Hook, where an ambulance took Silverstein to OMC.

Operetta begins

SEQUIM — “The Sound of Music,” Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic, is Sequim High School's spring operetta, opening at the school auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave., tonight.

Curtain times are 6 p.m. tonight and May 8 and 15; 7 p.m. Friday and May 9, 10, 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Tickets are $12 for premium seats, $10 for adults and students without an ASB card, and $8 for seniors 65 and older, students with an ASB card and children.

Veteran director Robin Robinson Hall leads some 45 performers, including Sabrina Marunde as Maria, Ciara Westhoven as the Mother Abbess, Zachary Campbell as Capt. Georg von Trapp, Christie Honore as the Baroness Elsa Schraeder and Brianna Dalton as Liesl “I Am 16 Going on 17” von Trapp.

For more information, visit

PT history talk to touch on start of arts foundation

PORT TOWNSEND — Author Bill Ransom will speak about the cultural climate of Port Townsend in the 1970s that eventually led to the creation of Centrum during the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture this Friday.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

Admission is by donation, which supports historical society programs.

Ransom wrote that he will “reveal the synchronicity of events and the collaborations of unusual suspects that brought a state park and an upstart startup arts foundation to Port Townsend in the summer of 1973.”

Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles.

For more information, phone Bill Tennent at 360-385-1003.

Car wash on tap

PORT ANGELES — The Impact Japan fast-pitch team will hold a car wash fundraiser at Domino's Pizza, 1210 E. Front St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 at Swain's General Store, 602 E. First St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

For more information, phone 360-912-1558.

Sounds of spring

SEQUIM — The seventh session of the Dungeness River Audubon Society's Backyard Birding program, “Enjoying Spring Sounds,” is set for Saturday.

Participants will meet at the center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society members Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema will present locally recorded photos, videos and sounds provided by the birds in area neighborhoods.

The program will feature recent recordings as well as those introduced in last year's program.

The final class in the 2013-14 series, “Birds Out of the Nest,” is June 7.

Wiersema will discuss the vulnerabilities, feeding, needs and lifestyles of backyard birds as they leave their nests.

The public is invited to attend the series.

There is a $5 fee for those older than 18.

Mount Rainier talk

PORT TOWNSEND — A geology lecture will be held at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.

Pat Pringle, associate professor of earth science at Centralia College, will describe geological studies at Mount Rainier and potential impacts of future eruptions.

Pringle studies volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and debris flows using radiocarbon and tree-ring analysis.

He is the author of professional papers and roadside geology guides for St. Helens and Rainier.

For more information, phone Lys Burden at 360-385-4881, email or visit

135th anniversary

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Historical Society invites the community to celebrate its 135th anniversary with a day of activities at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend's historic City Hall on Saturday.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.

The museum also will be open for Gallery Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The party will include free admission to the museum, birthday cake and refreshments, door prizes, opening of the new Museum Shop, unveiling of the society's new logo and the premiere of the society's new documentary video, “Saving Stories.”

“We are indebted to those individuals who created the society 135 years ago with the hope of preserving the county's history for future generations,” Executive Director Bill Tennent said.

“And to all of our members and volunteers who continue to carry out that vision today.”

Canning workshop

FORKS — A food preservation and canning workshop will be held at First Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave., from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The class is free; pressure cooker testing is $5.

Betsy Wharton, a food safety and preservation adviser with Washington State University's Clallam County Extension, will talk about safe and effective methods for preserving garden harvests and answer questions.

She also will be available to test pressure cookers for accuracy.

For more information, phone the WSU Clallam County Extension office at 360-417-2279.

Cleanup at center

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to participate in a work party hosted by the Friends of Olympic National Park at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event will focus on cleaning the area around the visitor center and adjoining Discover Your Northwest office. Projects include pruning, exotic plant removal, weeding, raking and local trail maintenance.

Participants are asked to meet in the visitor center parking lot at 9 a.m.

The Friends will provide coffee and light refreshments.

Some tools will be available, but participants are urged to bring their favorite hand tools and gloves.

For more information, email David Morris at

'Frozen' at library

SEQUIM — The final showing for this season of the Family Flicks movie series at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will be “Frozen” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

This family movie series presents children's movies, trivia, popcorn and refreshments.

“Frozen” tells the story of a brave princess who sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer and a hapless snowman to find her sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Admission is free.

For information on this and other programs for families, phone the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161, email or visit

Sale at fairgrounds

PORT ANGELES — The Kiwanis clubs of the North Olympic Peninsula are joining forces for a two-day fundraising garage/estate sale at the Clallam County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Home Arts Building, the cat barn and the Merchant Building.

This year, shoppers will be allowed early entry at 8 a.m. Saturday only for a $10 admission fee.

Parking will be available in the lot across from the fairgrounds entrance.

The three Port Angeles Kiwanis clubs, along with the Port Townsend Kiwanis, sponsor the annual sale to raise money for Camp Beausite Northwest. The camp, located on Lake Beausite in Jefferson County, offers weeklong summer camping experiences for special-needs youths and adults.

Last year's event netted more than $12,000 for the camp.

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