NEWS BRIEFS — Attempt to cross Strait of Juan de Fuca on paddleboard pushed back to July 15 . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Victoria man planning to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles has said he is now aiming for July 15.

Darren Bachiu, 36, had said he would possibly make his attempt last Sunday depending on tides and weather conditions.

He said last Sunday that tides were not as favorable as he had hoped but conditions looked good for July 15.

Bachiu thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.

He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard.

Bachiu will begin the six-hour, 26.7-mile trip at Cheanuh Marina, 20 miles west of Victoria, and cross southeast, toward Port Angeles.

He aims to land in Port Angeles near the Railroad Avenue pier of the Black Ball Ferry Line Terminal, which operates the MV Coho ferry.

Army servicemen

FOX LAKE, Ill. — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

For information about the association and the 93rd annual reunion — to be held in Omaha, Neb., from Sept. 16-20 — contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at or 224-225-1202.

Port Townsend remembrance

PORT TOWNSEND — A restaurant that was the regular haunt of a former Port Townsend City Council member is holding a remembrance in his honor Wednesday.

Sydney Lipton, who died June 21 at the age of 87, had visited The Cup at 600 Sims Way every day since it opened four years ago, according to restaurant owner Russell Harding.

Harding is hosting the remembrance from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and hopes that people who knew Lipton will come in and share their recollections.

“He came in here every day for tea and a scone and walked around like he owned the place,” Harding said.

“I don't know a lot of his friends, so I am hoping to get the word out so they will come down.”

Lipton, a veteran and a retired chemical engineer, served one term on the Port Townsend City Council from 1998 to 2002.

For more information, phone 360-379-0959.

Ex-Olympic National Park official dies

PORT ANGELES — Terrence Douglas Hofstra, a former acting assistant superintendent at Olympic National Park, died June 3, according to a statement the National Park Service posted on its website Monday.

Hofstra, who was 66, was battling cancer, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

He retired in 2010 after 39 years with the National Park Service, including 30 years at Redwood National Park in California.

Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said Monday that Hofstra worked at Olympic for a “relatively short amount of time.

“He was assigned here for a couple months when we had a vacancy for the assistant superintendent's position,” Maynes said.

An obituary published by the Times-Standard in Eureka, Calif., said Hofstra worked at Olympic National Park in 1988.

In 2008, Hofstra was awarded the Department of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his long career with the Park Service, the Tacoma paper reported.

Hofstra is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughters Krystyna and Amanda, his mother, Mary Ann, and his brother Gordon.

A celebration of Hofstra is scheduled for July 20 in Arcata, Calif.

Troupe sets auditions for production

SEQUIM — Olympic Theatre Arts will hold auditions for Neil Simon's “The Good Doctor,” its first production of the 2014-15 season, at 414 N. Sequim Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The production still needs three men and one woman.

The shows will be performed Sept. 5-21.

The play is Simon's homage to Anton Chekov. It comprises 11 one-act comedic and satirical sketches. Nine are based on stories Chekov wrote to pay his way through medical school. Two are originals written in the style of Chekov by Simon.

For more information, phone Karen Hogan at 360-683-4670.

Air Force graduate

SAN ANTONIO — Brandon Notar, a 2013 graduate of Port Angeles High School, recently graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training as an airman first class at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio on May 9.

Notar will graduate from Air Force Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Wednesday as a munitions specialist.

Notar completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, physical fitness, basic warfare principals and skills and Air Force core values.

By completing basic military training, airmen earn four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Notar is the son of John and Corrine Notar of Port Angeles.

Mac group meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — PTSLUG, a Macintosh computer users group, will meet at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A basic Mac “how-to” starts off the meeting, with the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The event free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

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