NEWS BRIEFS: Election meetings set for Peninsula … and other items

The Clallam County Elections Office is conducting a logic and accuracy test on its ballot tabulation equipment at 1 p.m. Tuesday, while the Jefferson County Canvassing Board will meet at 9 a.m. that day to review a change relating to auditing duplicated ballots.

The Clallam County elections test will be in the elections center in Room 072 in the basement of the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The purpose of the test is to ensure every vote is counted accurately prior to the Nov. 6 general election, elections officials said.

The public, candidates and members of the news media are invited to observe the test.

For more information, contact the Clallam County Elections office at 360-417-2222 or [email protected]

The Jefferson County Canvassing Board will meet in the first-floor conference room at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

The board — which is made up of Auditor Rose Ann Carroll, County Commissioner David Sullivan and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas — will be called to order by Betty Johnson, elections coordinator, to consider adopting changes in the current canvassing board manual to conform to legislative changes concerning auditing ballots.

Jefferson County already has a procedure to deal with random precinct or batch auditing of the tabulation system, so the change refers only to duplicated ballots, the elections office said.

Sekiu traffic open 2 ways

SEKIU — Two-way traffic has returned to state Highway 112 near Olsen Creek, the state Department of Transportation reported Thursday.

Months of work has officially wrapped up on the $3.5 million project west of Sekiu, Transportation said, adding that contractor crews working for the state have removed the temporary traffic signal that alternated vehicles through the work zone.

Work involved replacing two small culverts near Olsen Creek with a 55-foot pre-stressed concrete girder bridge intended to improve fish habitat.

Advance planning

Representatives of Olympic Medical Center will discuss future and end-of-life health care choices at library programs at all four branches of the North Olympic Library System.

The first session is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Additional sessions are set for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Clallam

Bay Library, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Port Angeles Library and 4 p.m. that day at the Forks Library.

The Advance Care Planning programs are the beginning of a process to help residents understand future health care choices.

Information is provided about advance care planning documents including Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Health Care Directives and Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment.

A question-and-answer period will follow each of the 60-minute presentations.

Find more resources about advance care planning at the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest website at

For information about Olympic Medical Center, visit

New city websites

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim announced that updated versions of its websites are now online.

The city website, and the tourism website,, will now adapt to the type of device that they are accessed from.

This means that regardless of whether you are looking at the site from

a desktop computer, a tablet or a smartphone visitors to the city’s websites will be able to easily find the information they are looking for.

According to a press release, 38 percent of visitors to the city website and 54 percent of visitors to the tourism website use mobile devices.

The upgrades, which were done by CivicPlus of Manhattan, Kan., cost the city $16,700.

Grief Group

SEQUIM — Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) is offering a grief support group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 22.

The group will meet for five consecutive weeks through Nov. 19 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Debby Smith will facilitate the free group.

Smith has 35 years of experience as a registered nurse and has been a hospice volunteer for 25 years.

Although there is no charge, space is limited and participants must pre-register with the VHOCC office by calling 360-452-1511.

VHOCC is celebrating its 40 years of providing no-charge hospice services to patients and their families.

For more information, visit

Author gives presentations at college

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College will host two presentations by author Ellen Galinsky on Tuesday.

Galinsky will lead a free interactive workshop for educators and volunteers who work with children in schools, early childhood educators and caregivers and pediatric health care personnel from 3:30 p.m. to

5 p.m. at the Student Union, 1502 Laursiden Blvd.

There also will be a free community presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Little Theater, 1502 Laurisden Blvd.

Galinsky will discuss her book, “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.”

Tea and auction

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Jet Set will hold a scholarship fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

The High Tea and Silent Auction will be held in the ballroom of the Naval Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St.

Costumes are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Soroptimist scholarship fund.

Tickets are available from any Soroptimist Jet Set member or online at for $35.

New team member joins in Sequim

SEQUIM — Pondicherri and HandPrint recently announced new team member Ariel Ferree.

Ferree joins the team after two-year stint as a freelance writer and blogger, according to a press release.

Ferree brings social media and digital marketing skills to Pondicherri’s retail and online operations.

Unity speaker slated for PA this weekend

PORT ANGELES — Guest speaker the Rev. Eva McGinnis will teach at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave.

McGinnis’ topic is “The Divine Guidance System.”

Sunday service begins at 10 a.m.

Child care is available.

For more information, call 360-457-3981 or visit

Christian Motorcycle

SEQUIM — The Christian Motorcycle Association will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mariner Cafe, 609 W. Washington St.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Dan Anderson at 360-437-9843 or Doug Taylor at 360-681-4960.

Taize Service

PORT ANGELES — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth St., will host an ecumenical Taize service at 7 p.m. Monday.

In a meditative candlelit atmosphere which includes singing simple repetitive songs one may simply sit peacefully during the hour-long service or join the chorus while experiencing the calming effect of being in God’s presence.

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