NEWS BRIEFS — Port Angeles utility rates topic of meeting Tuesday . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The City Council will conduct Tuesday a public hearing on and first reading of a proposed utility-rate ordinance that would increase costs to some users.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

The hearing will be continued to the council's regular Sept. 16 meeting, when it could take action on the ordinance.

The public hearing will focus on electric, water and wastewater rates that would be increased over five years for some ratepayers, especially “irrigation” ratepayers who use large quantities of water, to reflect the true cost of operations, city officials say.

On Aug. 12, council members voted 5-2, with Mayor Dan Di Guilio and Councilwoman Cherie Kidd opposed, to put forward an ordinance for consideration that spread the increases out over five years.

Di Guilio said he wanted to spread out the increases over a longer period to lessen the yearly impact on irrigation ratepayers.

Kidd said she was reluctant to vote on the proposal until she had heard more input from those affected by the ordinance.

Back to school

PORT ANGELES — The 2014-15 school year starts Tuesday for all students except kindergartners.

Full-day kindergarten starts Friday after kindergarten orientations Tuesday through Thursday.

Early dismissal Tuesdays and late-start Wednesdays begin the second week of school.

To view the 2014-15 school calendar, visit

Other questions can be directed to 360-457-8575.

Gymnastics classes

PORT ANGELES — Registration is open at Klahhane Gymnastics for school-year classes.

Preschool and recreational gymnastics classes for ages 2-14 are offered weekdays and Saturdays starting Sept. 8.

Office hours for registration are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Classes operate on a continuous enrollment basis throughout the school year, with tuition paid monthly.

Students can enroll at any time.

Class schedules, tuition rates and registration forms are available at

Pre-registration and payment in person is required to reserve class space. Early registration is suggested for best choice of class times.

Klahhane Gymnastics is a nonprofit USA Gymnastics member club located at 3318 E. Acorn Lane.

For more information, phone 360-457-5187.

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: Broccoli salad, chicken fried steak, whipped potatoes, cut corn and chocolate pudding.

■ Wednesday: Green salad, baked chicken, baked potato, stir-fry veggies and fruit medley.

■ Thursday: Clam chowder, chicken Caesar salad, dinner roll and cantaloupe.

■ Friday: Ambrosia salad, cheeseburger with fixings, potato wedges and ice-cream sundae.

Doll Club to meet

PORT ANGELES — The Just Dolls of Washington Doll Club will meet in the Raymond Carver Room South at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., on Tuesday.

A business meeting at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by the PowerPoint presentation “A Doll's Tour of Europe” at 7 p.m.

Doll club member Barbara Lott will speak. She toured Switzerland and Germany with her doll and was given a special tour of the famous Kathe Kruse doll factory in Donauwörth, Germany, in 2003.

The public is welcome to both the business meeting and the presentation.

European-themed dolls owned by doll club members will be on display throughout the evening.

For more information, phone Lott at 360-417-1613.

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field in Coupeville from Tuesday through Thursday.

Training will take place in the late afternoon into the early evening.

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

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Free yoga classes

SEQUIM — September is National Yoga Month, and the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center is celebrating with free yoga classes.

On Wednesday, the public is welcome to intermediate yoga from 9:10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. or gentle yoga from noon to 1 p.m.

SARC is located at 610 N. Fifth Ave.

Mac user meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Strait Macintosh User Group will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Jerry Freilich, Craig Gottschalk, David Hannon and Chris Clem will give presentations on “Troubleshooting Your Apple Devices.”

These local Apple experts will answer questions about Apple devices, including Mac-related hardware and software questions, as well as iPhone, iPad and iPod questions.

Bring personal devices.

The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone Craig Gottschalk at 360-775-1250 or visit

Rhody meeting set

CHIMACUM — The Olympic Peninsula chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will meet at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Longtime member Billie Fitch will give a PowerPoint presentation on “Rhododendron and Pieris Culture.”

Fitch is a National Garden Clubs-accredited horticulture instructor for Flower Show Schools, which teaches members how to judge horticulture exhibits at garden club shows.

If time allows, a second PowerPoint will be presented on daffodils, as now is the time of year to purchase bulbs for fall planting.

All interested people are invited, and refreshments will be provided.

'God's Not Dead'

PORT ANGELES — Hillcrest Baptist Church, 205 Black Diamond Road, will show the movie “God's Not Dead” at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

There will also be a “Veggie Tales” movie for children.

The event is free and open to all.

For more information, phone 360-477-9747 or email

'Porsches on Pier' slated next month

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula region of the Porsche Club of America will be donating all proceeds from its “Porsches on the Pier” event to the Captain Joseph House Foundation in Port Angeles.

The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the City Pier.

“Porsches on the Pier” takes place during the Arts in Action Festival.

More than 30 vintage and modern Porsches are expected to be on display.

This is the second year in a row the club has voted to donate all funds from the event to the Captain Joseph House.

Last year, $1,190 was donated. The money was earned from event participation fees and additional private donations during the event.

All donations made to the Captain Joseph House are tax-deductible.

Nonmembers of the club are invited to bring their Porsches down to the pier. A $25 tax-deductible event registration fee is requested.

For more information about this event, phone Maryann Elwell at 253-853-4003.

2nd Tuesday group

PORT ANGELES — The 2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The meeting is free and open to the public

2nd Tuesday is a book discussion group that examines themes and characters in literary fiction, readable nonfiction and works by Northwest authors.

Discussions take place the second Tuesday of each month.

This month, 2nd Tuesday will be discussing Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer.

Hempapalooza set

BRINNON — Hempapalooza, a medical marijuana farmers market focusing on education, awareness and responsibility, will be held at Brinnon Herbal Collective, 91 Corey Lane, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

The public is welcome, and there are no admission fees. Donations are accepted but not required.

Attendees must have valid medical authorization and identification for all medical cannabis transactions.

Children younger than 18 are not permitted without a parent or legal guardian.

Local vendors with nonmarijuana products are welcome and encouraged.

For more information, visit, phone Nicole Black at 360-301-0844 or email

Contra dance set

PORT ANGELES — There will be a special contra dance at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

A workshop starts at 7 p.m., with the dance proper from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Colin Hume of England will call while the Rosewind Country Dance Band plays.

There is a suggested donation of $9 for adults and $4 for youths.

This dance is open to the public.

For more information, email

Driver safety in PT

PORT TOWNSEND — Driver safety classes will be offered at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19.

Participants can qualify for an insurance discount if they are 50 or older.

The class is designed to help refresh driving skills and inform attendees of revised laws.

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.

The class is limited to 25 participants.

Phone volunteer instructor Barry Birch at 360-379-0122 to register.

Rotarians at fair

PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend Rotary Club members turned out in force recently to help staff one of the Jefferson County Fair's busy entrance gates.

More than 30 Rotarians stood two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. until closing each day, selling and taking tickets from fairgoers at the fair's west (blue) gate.

Volunteer duty at the Jefferson County Fair fulfills Rotarians' motto, “Service Above Self,” and earns the club a donation for its charitable fund.

2014 Potato Dig

SEKIU — The annual Potato Dig is slated for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Cowan Heritage Garden, located in the Cowan Ranch Heritage Site at 515 Hoko Ozette Road (south on Hoko-Ozette Road, just west of Sekiu).

The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a meeting of the Friends of the Hoko River State Park Board of Directors.

All are welcome.

This annual fall celebration marks the coming of fall by harvesting potatoes and welcoming community elders to share memories of life in the Hoko River Valley.

Board members and others will summarize the events of the year and plan for the upcoming year.

This year's event is dedicated in memory of Bob Bowlby and Sharon Ryan, former members of the board of directors, both of whom enjoyed many hours at Cowan Ranch and in the Hoko River valley.

For more information, phone Friends of the Hoko River State Park at 360-963-2442.

Senior meals sign

SEQUIM — Sequim Senior Meals and Olympic Community Actions Programs recently received a new informational sign as a charitable contribution from Robb Campbell of Miller Signs.

When contacted for an estimated price to produce a sign for the committee, Campbell offered to donate a sign to assist low-income Sequim seniors to more easily access a hot meal.

The sign will be added to the monument sign at South Fifth Avenue and West Maple Street to make the Senior Nutrition Site more identifiable.

Sequim Senior Meals and OlyCAP's Sequim Senior Nutrition Site dinners are served at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave., at 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

People 60 and older can RSVP 24 hours in advance at 360-683-8491 to participate.

A voluntary donation per meal is suggested; no one will be turned away.

To contact or donate to Sequim Senior Meals, send contributions to Sequim Senior Meals, P.O. Box 3697, Sequim, WA 98382.

WWU lists graduates for school year

BELLINGHAM — The following 2014 Western Washington University graduates earned their bachelor's or master's degrees and were awarded diplomas:

Port Angeles

■ Ruth Ellen Ganzhorn, Bachelor of Fine Arts in design

■ Bradley Wayne Garrett, Bachelor of Science in computer science

■ Jeremy William Gilchrist, Bachelor of Arts in business administration

■ Joseph Steven Gish, BA in biochemistry

■ Kassandra Elizabeth Grimm, BS in environmental science

■ Torrey Matthew Jakubcin, BFA in design

■ Scott Allan Kilzer, BS in manufacturing engineering technology

■ Emily Elisabeth Little, BS in kinesiology

■ Cara Rachelle McGuire, Master of Education in educational administration

■ Heather Rene Mowe, BA in communication sciences and disorders


■ Isaac McKinnon Boekelheide, BS in mathematics

■ Nicholas Joseph Grinnell, BS in kinesiology

■ Jaron Abel Kropp, BS in physics

■ Jessica Paige Wagner, BS in environmental science

Port Townsend

■ Daniel Mathew DeMay, BA in journalism

■ Emily Elizabeth Kunz, BS in kinesiology

■ Alex Thomas Lockwood, BS in plastics engineering technology

■ Morgan Fairbanks Maupin, BS in environmental science

Port Ludlow

■ Autumn Rose Cook-Biggert, BA in communication sciences and disorders


■ Ashley Marie Lynes, BS in biology/anthropolog

WWU honor roll

BELLINGHAM — The following students were named to Western Washington University's 2014 spring quarter honor roll.

To qualify for the honor roll, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during a quarter and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

■ Caitlin Kilm Dean of Port Angeles

■ Julie Ann Buerner of Sequim

■ Alastair Ross Duncan of Sequim

■ Isaac Charles Powell of Sequim

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