NEWS BRIEFS: Interim port director eye for Port of Port Townsend … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider the appointment of an interim director when it meets today.

Commissioners will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the port commission building, 333 Benedict St., to recess into executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

They are scheduled to reconvene the public session to consider the appointment of an interim executive director.

On Wednesday, commissioners accepted the resignation of Sam Gibboney as executive director, effective immediately. Eric Toews, who has served as planing director and in-house counsel, was named acting executive director.

Controlled blasting

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The Royal Canadian Navy has announced that it will commence controlled blasting today at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

Blasting will occur until Oct. 1 at an unspecified day once a week from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a news release.

Work must be conducted during high tide to support environmental mitigation efforts at the base, according to the release.

Pre-blast signals (12 short whistles) followed by the All-Clear (five-second whistle) will likely be the only audible noise for residents as blasting activities are small in scale, very limited in scope and conducted by experts with extensive experience, according to the release.

Clerk of year announced by association

SEATAC — The Washington State Association of County Clerks (WSACC) Executive Board named Clallam County clerk Barbara Christensen the Clerk of the Year.

Christensen was awarded during a July board meeting.

The award is presented to an individual member by WSACC for their representation, service, training and willingness to assist “beyond the call of duty,” having made significant contributions to improving the service of the association, according to a news release.

Christensen was nominated for her willingness to serve as the WSACC president for two consecutive years 2016-18.

She also donated her time to ensure that all WSACC concerns, issues and official correspondence were professionally drafted, edited and sent in a timely manner, according to the release.

Unity speaker scheduled for weekend

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday service speaker will be the Rev. Donna Little.

Her lesson at the church at 2917 E. Myrtle St. is titled “Celebrating our Volunteers.”

Little is a resident of Sequim and is a licensed and ordained Unity minister.

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

Child care is available during the service.

Spiritual camp

PORT TOWNSEND — An Adult Spiritual Summer Camp is offered by the Unity Center of Port Townsend.

Registration is required and ongoing.

To register, call Unity’s office at 360-385-6519.

Camp sessions are $15 and will occur Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until Aug. 23 at Unity, 3918 San Juan Ave.

The Rev. Pam Douglas-Smith will guide attendees using Colette Baron-Reid’s “The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards” and “The Map” to cover topics such as “Who is Guiding You?,” “Allies & Companions,” and “Treasures & Talismans.”

A new topic is featured each week.

For more information, call Unity’s office.

Guest speaker

PORT ANGELES — Carl Gay will present “Thoughts on Remembering Your Baptism” during First Christian Church’s Sunday service.

The service at the church, 2606 S. Race St., will begin at 10 a.m.

Pastor Dave Moffit is currently on vacation, and Gay is standing in for him during this service, according to a news release.

Concert series

PORT TOWNSEND — Trinity United Methodist Church will have Lissa Staples return for its Candlelight Concert Series Thursday.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 609 Taylor St., and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation and children are admitted free.

Staples’ concert theme is “La Regatta,” which will feature a tribute to the upcoming Wooden Boat Festival with a set of songs by Rossini titled “La Regatta Veneziana.”

She will also sing selections from composers including Mozart’s “Alleluia;” Debussy’s “Mandoline;” Strauss’ “Allerselen;” and Verdi’s “Mercè dilettet amiche” from I Vespro Siciliani.

The evening’s program will also include songs by composers Faure and Ricky Ian Gordon.

Pianist Carol Rich will perform with Staples on Trinity’s Petrof grand piano.

Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Donations will benefit Jumping Mouse Children’s Center.

For more information, call 360-774-1644 or email [email protected]

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