BUSINESS BRIEFS: Main Street Program in PT wins Sustainable Future award … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program (PTMSP) was awarded the Sustainable Future Award at the state Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony was held April 24 during the state Trust for Historic Preservation and Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation’s eighth annual RevitalizeWA Historic Preservation and Main Street Conference.

The award recognizes projects that focus on innovative building practices, land use, energy efficiency, transportation, reuse and recycling, and the increased quality of life of residents and users of downtown, according to a news release.

PTMSP’s board replaced single-use cups with steel and pottery cups in an effort to “go green” at its Concerts on the Dock summer music series.

Pottery cups were provided by area pottery studio LaughinGnome.

Attendees can rent a cup for a $5 deposit, which is refunded at the end of the night when they return the cup.

PTMSP plans to continue the program in its coming seasons of the concerts.

The concerts, which PTMSP has been hosting for eight years, draw more than 400 people to Pope Marine Dock for free live music on Thursdays in July and August.

New meter readers hired in Jefferson

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Public Utilities District announced that it has hired two new meter readers.

The new employees are Tom Brooke and Matt Rivera.

Chimacum resident Brooke was hired as a water meter reader in March.

Brooke brings 13 years of experience in utilities maintenance and repair and worked at Ron Hemley Septic Installations before joining the PUD.

Rivera comes to Jefferson County most recently from Corpus Christi, Texas, where he worked as an apprentice lineman at Nueces Electric Cooperative.

He is a Quilcene High School graduate.

Farm taking cards

PORT ANGELES — Johnston Farms at 1046 Heuhslein Road, has announced that it now accepts credit and debit cards.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Currently offered at the store are fruits and vegetables, as well nursery plants and garden starts.

For more information, call the store at 360-452-1936.

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