NEWS BRIEFS — Two escape harm in trailer fire in Port Hadlock . . . and other items

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PORT HADLOCK — No one was hurt in a trailer fire near the 200 block of Old Hadlock Road on Thursday, an East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesman said.

Firefighters, who were alerted to the fire at 1:28 p.m., found a single-wide trailer full of smoke, said Bill Beezley, department spokesman.

They found a black trash bag on fire in a back room and quickly extinguished it, he said.

Two occupants of the trailer had already evacuated with the assistance of Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies.

Damage in the trailer was limited to loose items in the back room where the fire began.

Fire department officials and sheriff's deputies were investigating the cause of the fire on Thursday.

Firefighters from Naval Magazine Indian Island and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue assisted.

Co-housing presentation set Saturday

PORT TOWNSEND — Information about plans for Quimper Village, a 55-and-older co-housing condominium community, will be presented Saturday.

The presentation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

“Co-housing is a lifestyle choice reminiscent of an old-fashioned neighborhood where residents are committed to an active, healthy lifestyle, living lightly on the Earth as they age in place with grace and humor,” said David Hundhausen, co-housing advocate.

For more information, email

Candidate forum

SEQUIM — The Clallam County League of Women Voters will sponsor its first candidate forum for the Nov. 4 general election from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Shipley Center, 921 Hammond St., will host a debate between incumbent Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, and Thomas Greisamer, R-Moclips, who are vying to represent the 24th Legislative District, which covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and a portion of Grays Harbor County.

Also, all Charter Review Commission candidates from District 1 have been invited to introduce themselves.

Fliers will be distributed explaining what the Charter Review Commission does, and attendees will have the opportunity to speak individually with candidates present.

Charter Review Commission candidates for Districts 2 and 3 will be invited to attend events in September and October that have not been scheduled yet.

Tharinger, 65, and Greisamer, 73, were the front-runners in the 24th District Position 2 race in last week's primary election, which narrowed the field to the two candidates who receive the most votes.

Tharinger is seeking a third two-year term.

Greisamer, a retired general and forensic psychiatrist who last worked for the state Department of Corrections, has never before held nor sought elective office.

The 24th District Position 1 incumbent, Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, is unopposed.

'Letting Go' speaker hosts talk Sunday

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., will hold a 10:30 a.m. service Sunday with guest speaker the Rev. Arlene Meyer.

Her lesson will be “Letting Go as We Swing Through Life.”

Meyer retired as senior minister at Unity of Savannah, Ga., in 2013 and is fulfilling her dream of traveling in an RV and speaking at churches, according to a news release.

She believes that spirituality should include practicality, and her work is about finding the balance so people can live full and joyous lives.

Free child care is available during the service.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

50th anniversary

SEQUIM — Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St., will have a 50th anniversary celebration worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Paul Linnemann, president of the Northwest District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

All are welcome to attend.

Music workshop set

PORT ANGELES — A workshop for stringed-instrument students will be held at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 18-29, Mondays through Fridays only.

This workshop is for students in grades 1-12 who have played for at least one year and can read music.

Attendees will be sorted into ensembles appropriate for their abilities.

Students can attend either week or both.

The fee is $40 per week or $70 for both. Scholarships are available.

To preregister, visit

For more information, phone Deborah Morgan-Ellis at 360-477-8827 or email

Support for women

SEQUIM — Calvary Chapel of Sequim, 91 Boyce Road, will host a special guest who will share her testimony and discuss her ministry, Unfettered Girl, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The ministry provides employment to women rescued from sexual exploitation in Nepali.

The guest also will host “The Purse Party,” which will offer for sale items crafted by a former victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, or women most at risk to trafficking.

24 hours of worship

PORT ANGELES — New Life Open Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St., will host a free Dwell 2014 event from 5 p.m. Aug. 22 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23.

This 24-hour worship service unites “the body of Christ to honor him in worship [and] praise,” according to a news release.

There will be different bands and activities for the whole 24 hours.

For more information, phone 360-457-8888.

Taize service

SEQUIM — All are welcome to the ecumenical Taize service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

There will be a meditative, candlelit atmosphere that includes singing simple, repetitive songs during the hourlong service.

Taize will continue to be held the fourth Monday of each month.

Vows taken

Former Port Angeles resident Jennifer Schaaf professed first vows at a recent Mass as a sister of St. Dominic of Blauvelt at the sisters' motherhouse in Rockland County, N.Y., 17 miles north of New York City.

Daughter of Norm and Helen Schaaf of Port Angeles, Schaaf is a graduate of Port Angeles High School.

She holds biomedical engineering degree and Master of Arts in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland (Ore.).

Prior to relocating to New York, she taught music in Portland and later served on the campus ministry team at Ohio Dominican University.

At the time of her entrance into the congregation in 2011, she was communications director for the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt.

Schaaf has served on the advisory board of the Dominican College Preaching Conference and is a founding member of Dominican Young Adults USA.

Presently, she is assistant chaplain at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

New pastor

PORT ANGELES — First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., welcomes the Rev. Thomas G. Steffen as its new pastor.

All members of the community are invited to a special “Fifth Sunday” worship service and potluck gathering Sunday, Aug. 31, to celebrate the first six weeks of his Port Angeles ministry.

Worship begins at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary and is followed by a potluck lunch.

Steffen began his service in Port Angeles on July 1 and is joined by his wife of 36 years, Jules “Juli” Steffen, who is a licensed mental health counselor.

Steffen is an ordained United Methodist minister who most recently served as pastor of St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Bellevue.

'Already feel at home'

“Jules and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Olympic Peninsula,” Steffen said.

“We already feel at home here and are struck by both the peace and the vibrancy of this community.”

Steffen fills the post recently vacated by Pastor JoAnn “Joey” Olson, who retired from active ministry June 30.

For more information, phone 360-452-8971 or visit

$1,000 scholarship

PORT ANGELES — A $1,000 scholarship is available to a single mother attending Peninsula College during the 2014-15 academic year.

Applications for the Bright Haygood Copsey Scholarship and other community scholarships are posted online at, plus the scholarship boards in the Student Services Building on campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The application deadline is Monday, Sept. 22.

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