NEWS BRIEFS: Park staff will have a reception … and other items

AMANDA PARK —Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park superintendent, and National Park Service staff will host an informal community reception at the Amanda Park Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 6.

“We are looking forward to visiting with our Quinault area neighbors,” Creachbaum said.

“This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Quinault community, answer questions and provide updates on park projects.”

Light refreshments will be provided.

The Amanda Park Library, a branch of the Timberland Regional Library, is at 6188 U.S. Highway 101.

This event was originally scheduled for Dec. 5 but was postponed in observance of the National Day of Mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Smoking age

OLYMPIA — A proposed law to raise the minimum age of vapor and tobacco sales from 18 to 21 has been passed by the state House of Representatives.

The vote was 66-30 Wednesday. District 24 representatives, Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend and fellow Democrat Mike Chapman of Port Angeles, both voted in favor of the bill.

House Bill 1074 was introduced by House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, and requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health. The legislation was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 29 representatives.

The law would prohibit the selling or purchasing of tobacco or vapor products by any person younger than 21. Raising the age aims to decrease the number of eligible buyers in high school and limit access of students to tobacco products, the bill said.

According to the legislation, six states and more than 350 cities and counties in 21 states have raised the minimum age to 21.

The companion bill, Senate Bill 5057, in currently under consideration in the Senate.

Workshop slated

PORT ANGELES — Michael Bucierka will present “Living Alone Now” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will be held in the Clallam County PUD offices, 104 Hooker Road.

The workshop is designed for people who have suffered the loss of a life partner and are facing unfamiliar issues with home or automotive maintenance.

Bucierka was a licensed general contractor, home inspector and residential maintenance professional.

The workshop is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required by calling 360-452-1511 or emailing [email protected]

Future workshops will address shopping and cooking for one, fraud protection and consumer protection, self-care and a question and answer session with Mark Harvey.

VHOCC does not charge for its services and does not bill any government agency, depending instead on private donations and bequests.

For more information, call 360-452-1511 or visit

Sequim to host civil conversation

SEQUIM ­— David E. Smith will present “Civil Conversation in an Angry Age” at the Sequim branch of the North Olympic Library System.

The Humanities Washington speaker will lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Smith’s lecture explores the moments when civility breaks down.

Smith has a doctorate in religious studies from Temple University and currently teaches at the University of Washington’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

For more information, call 360-417-8500, email [email protected] or visit

Student distinction

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College has recently announce that Port Angeles resident Grace Sanwald achieved academic distinction.

To meet the requirements for academic distinction, students must pass at least 12 credits and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on no less than nine graded credits.

According to a press release, Sanwald also was involved in the college’s theater production of “Because You Are Here” which ran from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 in the Harper Joy Theatre.

Marquette list

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University recently announced that Port Angeles native Audra Perrizo was named on the fall 2018 dean’s list.

Perrizo is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Unity speaker is scheduled

PORT ANGELES — The Rev. Donna Little’s lesson will be “Living in the Presence” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Little will be teaching at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave.

Sunday service begins at 10 a.m.

Child care is available.

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

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