NEWS BRIEFS — Flight landing practices set in Coupeville from Monday through Wednesday . . . and other items

By Peninsula Daily News staff

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled at the outlying field in Coupeville from Monday through Wednesday.

On Monday and Tuesday, training is scheduled late at night.

It is also scheduled late morning into early afternoon Wednesday.

Flight training operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island's comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email to

All other questions can be directed to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.

Family orchestra

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Family Orchestra will present a concert at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., at 6 p.m. Monday.

This multi-age orchestra provides an opportunity for playing with others, regardless of skill level or age.

Fred Nussbaum and Gary Frederick share conducting duties.

The concert will last about an hour and feature arrangements of both classical and popular music.

All ages are welcome.

For more information, phone Fred Nussbaum at 503-936-6792, email or visit

Senior nutrition

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those who are 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Green salad, beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots and berry crisp.

■ Wednesday: Tossed salad, turkey chow mein, steamed rice, stir-fry veggies and fresh pineapple.

■ Thursday: Broccoli salad, hot dog on a bun, cowboy beans, grapes and apple pie a la mode.

■ Friday: Closed for Independence Day.

Eye health forum

SEQUIM — Dr. Davina Kuhnline will present a free WOW! Working on Wellness Forum, “Eye Health,” at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.

Kuhnline joined Northwest Eye Surgeons in January 2013. She provides medical eye care and pre- and post-operative care at the Sequim office.

Her presentation will focus on eye health and common myths about eye care and health.

WOW! Working on Wellness is a health education program of the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, Sequim's free clinic.

The clinic provides basic urgent care and chronic health care services to uninsured community members.

The Basic Urgent Care Clinic is open to patients Monday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m.

Individuals interested in supporting the clinic can phone 360-582-0218.

Sequim Pre-3

SEQUIM — Summer classes for Sequim Pre-3 Co-op start at 9:30 a.m. July 9 at the Sequim Worship Center, 640 N. Sequim Ave., and run for six weeks.

Sequim Pre-3 Co-op is a nonprofit early learning program for parents and children ages 10 months to 6 years.

Parents come weekly with their children for a variety of activities, including music, art, social interactions, dramatic and outdoor play.

For more information, phone Sonja Ralph at 360-504-1011 or visit

Coast Guard celebrates its 75th year

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Guard Auxiliary recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

In honor of the occasion, active-duty and auxiliary personnel celebrated with birthday cakes and time to remember their longstanding cooperation in the service of the country.

Capt. Keith McTigue, commanding officer at Port Angeles Coast Guard base, listed the accomplishments of the auxiliary and thanked local auxiliarists for serving in positions on the base over the years, making time for other active-duty assignments.

McTigue noted that nationally, auxiliarists have performed more than 4.2 million hours of operational and administrative manpower to Coast Guard missions.

He also said auxiliary instructors volunteered more than 96,000 hours to teach boating safety classes. One such class is scheduled for July 12 in Port Angeles, with more information available by phoning 360-452-1135.

Mayor Dan Di Guilio recounted seven major accomplishments of local Flotilla 42 as he read the proclamation on behalf of the City Council at the celebration.

Local accomplishments included aerial photo missions and assisting in safety, search-and-rescue and pollution patrols.

The mayor also highlighted the “First in the Nation” Citizens Action Network, which involves the direct support of citizens to report any dangerous events developing along our coastline.

In recognition of the devotion, sacrifice and achievement, recently named Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, awarded each member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary the U.S. Coast Guard Unit Commendation.

Library science

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is bringing its Altered States program to the North Olympic Library System's Port Angeles and Sequim libraries.

Presentations will be held Tuesday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 10:30 a.m. and at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 2 p.m.

Altered States explores the unique properties of solids, liquids, gases and plasmas, and how things change from one state of matter to another.

OMSI's Altered States program is presented in conjunction with Fizz Boom Read, the library system's annual summer reading program for young people, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 2, at all four libraries: Port Angeles, Sequim, Clallam Bay and Forks.

For more information about Fizz Boom Read, visit and click on the “Summer Reading Program” link.

Mountain bike camp

CHIMACUM — The ReCyclery is offering a Mountain Bike Skills and Adventure Camp at H.J. Carroll Park, 9884 state Highway 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-24.

The camp is open to children going into fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade.

The ReCyclery's trained staff offer a program that serves all riders and abilities.

In addition to spending time on the trail and learning to ride better, campers also will learn about bicycle maintenance, first aid, team-building, nutrition and why it's important to bike and be an environmental steward.

The camp cost is on a sliding scale of $150 to $250. Scholarships are available.

To register, visit

For more information, phone 360-643-0734, email or visit

Film earns award

SEQUIM — Sequim Middle School sixth-grader Nicholas D'Amico recently won a $500 cash prize for his entry in the Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival.

His first film, titled “Mrs. Morrison's 1st Period Science Class,” was entered into the competition's new School Spirit Award category.

The Sequim Alumni Association funded the new award this year.

Nicholas won the award for the Sequim Middle School Science Fair Club to help students with their science fair projects.

Named Woman of Distinction

PORT ANGELES — Patty Gray was named Woman of Distinction at a recent meeting of the Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club.

The award recognizes members who have made outstanding achievements through their professional, business or voluntary activities.

Gray, a member of the club since 1988, has made significant contributions in the specific Soroptimist program area of “Human Rights/Status of Women.”

She was recognized for her character, integrity and leadership skills, including being a supporter of Pink Up and Elegant Gourmet.

In the community, Gray is an Operation Uplift board secretary and serves as the secretary to the board of directors for the Port Angeles Senior Center.

The award was presented by club President Sally Pearson.

Driftwood scholar

SEQUIM — Sequim High School graduate Katie Kendall Oliver is one of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors' 2014 scholarship recipients.

She received $875 from the club.

Oliver plans to attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Laie. She will major in art and minor in music.

Olympic Driftwood Sculptors awards scholarships each year to Olympic Peninsula graduating seniors who will pursue a career in art.

For more information, visit

PA students honored for month of May

PORT ANGELES — Thirty-eight Stevens Middle School students were recognized by their teachers as May Students of the Month at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center.

The seventh- and eighth-grade students were chosen by their teachers for their positive qualities and contributions to the school.

Skills center culinary arts students provided lunch to Ennisa Albin, Bayley Aranda, Zach Baier, Mia Bailey, Angel Beadle, Christine Beirne, Hanna Brown, Cameron Butler, Chloey Carney, Ethan Crow, Madelyn Dougherty, Jaden Dugger, Erin Edwards, Gillian Elofson, Brandon Foth, Riley Gale, Louise Hagen, Chris Hamilton, Hannah Heustis, Cyrus Johnson, Bradley Kussin, Raynan Mani, Savannah Mason, Cassandra Middlestead, Aspen Milley, Owen Nevaril, Summer Olsen, Melissa Olson, Emilyann Peterson, Aeverie Politika, Stephen Raynes, Hailey Robinson, Sierra Robinson, Madison Saiz, Mercedes Shimko, Starla Temres, Anika Volkmann and Savanah Wise.

Project Linus

GARDINER — Project Linus' local chapter recently held its annual appreciation tea for volunteers, referred to as “blanketeers,” at the Gardiner Community Center.

Pat Gracz, coordinator of the chapter, awarded certificates of appreciation to those making quilts.

Awardees were Sharon Brant, Sharon Torgeson, Canal Quilters and Marilyn Williams.

Special recognition certificates were presented to Joann West for 768 quilts and Julie King for 1,514 quilts.

A pinwheel design quilt made by Williams was raffled during the tea.

Won by Sharon Brant, she donated it back to the chapter to be delivered to an ill child.

Three hundred and eight blankets were donated at the tea and will be delivered to Seattle Children's Hospital.

For more information about Project Linus, contact Gracz at 360-797-7311 or

Port Townsend resident on dean's

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Lily Hans of Port Townsend, who is in the environmental sustainability, health and safety program in the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Applied Science and Technology, made the dean's list for the spring 2013-14 semester.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the dean's list if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.40; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” “D” or “F”; and they have registered for and completed at least 12 credit hours.

Chain gang busy cleaning roadways

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office Chain Gang has been busy cleaning up and performing maintenance on roadways.

Between May 5-9, the group cleaned 24.9 miles of road and removed 1,310 pounds of trash.

They found one illegal dumpsite on the Vern Samuelson trail that included a freezer and garbage.

Three sections of the trail were replaced or upgraded.

The gang worked with the guide association to clean boat ramps and parking areas along rivers in the West End of the county, totaling 780 pounds.

Between May 12-16, the chain gang cleared 320 pounds of litter from the roadways and recycled 20 pounds of aluminium,

They sprayed and pulled weeds at the Port Angeles Police Department's parking lot and outside the storage area.

They also spray and pulled approximately 1,680 noxious weeds at Kirner Pit. Weeds also were sprayed at the Sequim Shop and Lower Yard and the Port Angeles County Shop.

Trees were planted and mulch was spread between May 19-23 at the Mount Pleasant Rain Garden.

The group did weed-eating along several roadways, including Hoko-Ozette Road, Woods Road and Fish Hatchery Road.

Guardrail maintenance was performed between May 26-30 in Clallam Bay, Joyce and several surrounding area roadways.

The chain gang area of the county shop was searched, and a camera was placed on the fence to watch for possible contraband.

So far this year, 80.1 miles of roadway have been cleared, 6,250 pounds of litter have been picked up, and 19,685 pounds of dumpsite litter have been removed, plus 23,340 scotch broom plants have been removed or sprayed.

Grant awarded

PORT ANGELES — First Step Family Support Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The grant is to add the Child Passenger Safety Program to its menu of services.

Because of the funding, approximately 70 car seats will be distributed to pregnant women on Medicaid and families whose children are on Apple Health.

Those who receive car seats will be trained on how to properly install, maintain and use them.

Port Angeles families in need of new and safe car seats for their children are eligible for this program.

“We at First Step believe that parents are their child's first and most important teacher, protector and advocate,” said Nita Lynn, First Step's executive director.

“Therefore, when we help parents get the tools they need to protect their children and help their children thrive, we are investing in our community's future.”

Participating low-income families will receive a convertible car seat to be used as a rear-facing seat for infants until the child faces the front and is 65 pounds.

First Step's program is open to qualified Clallam County families.

“We are currently seeking community partners, including interested residents, business owners and other agencies in order to expand Child Passenger Safety as a regular, self-sustaining program,” Lynn said.

“This grant is a terrific starting point, and we hope that the community will embrace it and help it grow so even more Clallam County children will become safe passengers on our streets.”

For more information, phone Amber Hosken at First Step at 360-457-8355.

PA woman graduates

TACOMA — Evangeline Grier, a 2010 graduate of Port Angeles High School, recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound.

Grier majored in Japanese language and culture and minored in mathematics and computer science.

She is the daughter of Kris and Nola Grier of Port Angeles.

While a student at Puget Sound, Grier participated in varsity golf and the symphony orchestra.

Fling to remember

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Rotary Club featured a Scottish theme at its 2014 charitable dinner and auction — complete with kilts, bagpipes and a flash mob — for 200 guests at the Northwest Maritime Center.

The live and silent auctions raised $40,000 to provide humanitarian aid through Port Townsend Rotary's local, regional and international programs.

The event's “Fund-a-Cause” raised $23,000 to feed the hungry in Jefferson County.

Funds will be used to purchase a walk-in outdoor refrigerator for the Port Townsend Food Bank.

Three other programs that address food security will be supported: the weekend soup program for people of all ages at the Boiler Room, Olympic Community Action Programs' Senior Meals on Wheels for shut-in seniors and the Back Pack program for Port Townsend schools, serving K-6 children.

For more information, contact Karen Gose Clemens at 360-701-7130 or

Medical student

BOSTON — Kelsey I. Shideler of Port Angeles received a Master of Science in medical science from Boston University in May.

Shideler was among 6,321 students to graduate from the university.

Peninsula graduates

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Two students from the North Olympic Peninsula — Kyle James Happe Jenkins of Port Angeles and Zane Andrew Carey of Sequim — recently graduated from Linfield College.

Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history.

Carey earned a Bachelor of Science, majoring in exercise science.

Seven earn letters for their service

PORT ANGELES — Seven Port Angeles High School students — Ashley Adamire, Zachary Brandon, Andrew Horbochuk, Natalie McNary, Brianna Miller, Sydney Roberts and Nicole Rusnak — received a varsity letter in service at a recent School Board meeting at the school.

Students lettering logged a minimum of 145 hours of volunteer work with organizations throughout Clallam County.

“We recognize students' capacity to create solutions to challenges we face as a society,” said United Way of Clallam County Executive Director Jody Moss.

The United Way has partnered with the Port Angeles School District and Port Angeles High School Key Club to orchestrate the high school's varsity letter in community service program during the 2013-14 school year.

As students volunteer, they maintain a record of all of their work, complete with supervisor contact information.

“Summer is the perfect time to log volunteer hours,” Moss said. “Service hours are eligible between April 1 and March 30 of each school year and will count as long as volunteer hours can be verified. We encourage students to volunteer throughout the summer.”

Current eighth-grade students can count hours earned since April 1, 2014, toward a 2014-15 varsity letter.

View volunteer opportunities at

For more information, visit the Youth United website at

'Aloha' moment

PORT ANGELES — Anna Arndt, a fourth-grade student in Gunnar Thomason's class at Dry Creek Elementary School, was the winner in the Reading-DeMolay Bike Contest drawing at the school recently.

To enter the contest, students had to reach their accelerated-reader individual reading goal to enter their name in the drawing for a new bicycle.

When Anna's name was drawn at the annual Aloha Assembly, she came forward, said thank you, then said she already had a bike.

She said she wanted to give the bike to a fifth-grade student, Jonathan Daracunas, who had won a helmet, reflector and LED lights in the recent Washington Bikes poster contest.

Jonathan's fifth-grade teacher, Patricia Schromen, said, “It was a true Aloha moment.”

Jefferson employees bike to work

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County employees recently accepted the Bike Commute Challenge, a competition to see who could get the most people biking to work during the month, led by Jerry Mingo of Jefferson County Public Works.

Twenty-three commuted to work in May, including nine new bike commuters.

A total of 273 round trips were completed, equaling 1,477 miles commuted by bicycle.

This resulted in a reduction of 1,447 pounds of carbon dioxide and an increase of 73,840 calories burned — 545 Hostess Twinkie equivalents.

The nationwide total for the May Bike Challenge was 1,766,515 miles commuted by bicycle.

For more information about the commuter challenge, email or phone Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400.

Dean's list honors

SEATTLE — Several students from the Peninsula have been named to the University of Washington 2014 winter quarter dean's list.

To qualify for the dean's list, a student must complete at least 12 graded credits and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50.

The following students have earned honors:

■ Port Townsend: Seniors Emelina Rose Berkshire, Jacob Zachary Deberry, Khloe Chao Frank, Graham Mckenzie Hadden, Tara Madrone, Annie Wheeler McHugh, Aegir Egholt Olsen, Benjamin Warren Reinhart, Kristen Elizabeth Skeel, Seiji Umeda Thielk, Kellyn Loftus Traenkenschuh and Anne Elisabeth Young; juniors Bentley Scott Breithaupt, Taylor Nathanial Brewer and Todd Daniel Maegerle; sophomores Kate Darby Flanagan, Eleanor Glynis Forbes, Emma Charlotte Kelety and Xuan Liao.

■ Port Ludlow: Junior Hannah Davia Spitzbart and freshman Seth Michael Ham.

■ Port Hadlock: Seniors Tara Grace Peters, Devon Kathleen Fountain and Kevin Christopher Buretta.

■ Port Angeles: Seniors Lisa Anne Neisinger, Renee Rachelle Lishka, Rebekkah Lyn Curtin, Sinead Abhoca Cowan-Kuist, Cassidy Butler, Jennifer Boesenberg and Isaiah Lee Anderson; and freshman Carly Lynn La.

■ Neah Bay: Senior Anthony Ernesto Skyler Rascon and sophomore Kylie Maria Kimble.

■ Forks: Senior Erin Courtney Whitaker and junior Caleb Daniel Larson.

■ Sequim: Seniors Katlyn Marie Edwards, Courtney Leigh Flynn, Laura Anne Moser, Chase Madeline O'Neil and Parker Christian Steichen; juniors Idris Vladimir Ostrovsky and Jason Daniel Trammell; sophomore Anna Elizabeth Mittmann; and freshmen Austin George Law and Brendon Jordan Hudson.

Scout fruit sale

SEQUIM — Boy Scout Troop & Venture Crew 1492, sponsored by Sequim Community Church, is having an ongoing fruit fundraiser through November.

The groups are selling local organic fruit from a family farm in Eastern Washington.

Peaches, pears and nectarines will be delivered in August. Apples and cider will be delivered in November. All can be picked up at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave.

For more information or to order, email or visit

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