By Peninsula Daily News staff
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PORT TOWNSEND — Friends, admirers and business associates are invited to a reception today in which 10 community heroes will be honored with the Jefferson County Heart of Service award for 2013.
The award honors the “dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments” of community leaders and volunteers “who have made a difference in Jefferson County, who have made our communities a better place by doing extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.”
This is the eighth year for the Heart of Service award, sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News, the Rotary Club of Port Townsend (noon club), the Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary Club and the East Jefferson Rotary Club.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. in downtown Port Townsend, at noon today (Tuesday, May 21).
The luncheon is open to the public, and admission is free.
Lunch costs $12 for soup, salad and a sandwich, and about $10 for soup and a salad.
Attendees are asked to arrive by 11:45 a.m.
The honorees are:
■ “The Three Amigos”: Don Bolen, Ernie Jaap and Fred Spann. A telecommunications business executive, an airline pilot and a rocket scientist, all retired, they have quietly and unassumingly made themselves indispensable at Dove House Advocacy Services in Port Townsend through hundreds of hours of volunteer work and by forming positive relationships with Dove House's clients.
■ Cass and Tom Brotherton, a couple with their hands elbow-deep in everything Quilcene who, since moving to the close-knit community eight years ago, have worked unflinchingly to improve their adopted home.
■ Jim “Kiwi” Ferris and the late Charlie Moore, Port Townsend business owners with boat-building in their blood and community service in their hearts who spent years donating their time and energy to fundraising and nonprofit efforts.
■ Linda Kostenbader, a longtime member of the East Jefferson Rotary Club who shares her talents, energy and passion for community service with the student members of Chimacum High School's Rotary Interact Club.
■ Christopher Pieper, a dedicated and motivated Chimacum High School student who has devoted much of himself to community service.
■ Seth Rolland, a local food advocate whose organizational skills have helped secure sustainable sources of fresh fruit for both Port Townsend students and the city's food bank.
A judging committee selected the 10 Heart of Service recipients from more than two dozen nominations made by individuals, clubs, churches, businesses and other organizations.
“These are truly local heroes, working to make community life stronger, tighter, happier, richer — busy people who unselfishly give their time and energy to help others, who always seem to be able to make time to offer a hand or a shoulder,” said John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor.