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Stromberg in concert for homeless

SEQUIM — Wesley Stromberg, former Emblem 3 member, returns to his hometown of Sequim on Monday, making his hometown a stop on his national tour, “The Way Up” with a concert to raise awareness of homelessness in Clallam County.

Stromberg is coming to Sequim between his Chicago and Los Angeles shows to perform a pop-up concert at 6:30 p.m. at Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave., with local talent Tomi Jo Wilson opening the show.

Tickets are $15 online at Wesley_TheWayUp.event or at the door.

Concert organizers hope to raise awareness for Serenity House’s “Just Say Yes” campaign that is asking area residents to donate $10 or more to raise $10,000 by November to support Serenity House of Clallam County’s ongoing programs.

Donations to Serenity House can be made online at

For more information, contact Laraine Claire at [email protected]

Museum burgled

JOYCE — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a burglary that occurred at the Joyce Museum, Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said.

The burglary was reported at the Joyce Museum, 51001 state Highway 112, at 10:06 a.m. Friday.

About $100 worth of items and an estimated $25 from a tip jar were taken.

The suspect or suspects gained entry by breaking a window to open the front door, King said.

“It was a pretty quick entry,” King said.

“There were a few items taken, items of small (monetary) value.”

There were no suspects and no security footage to aid in the investigation, King said.

Westall scholarships received

PORT TOWNSEND — First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend announced six area students as recipients of its Sarah “Dusty” Westall Scholarship.

The scholarships were presented by Mary Brunner and Westall’s daughter, Heather Westall-Burke.

The students are Chimacum High School student Tiburico Brennan; and graduates Deidra Morris, Melanie Pieper and Nicola Pieper; and Port Townsend High School graduates Ryan Clarke and Berkley Hill.

Hill and the Piepers attend George Fox University.

Morris attends Brigham Young University-Idaho, and Clarke plans to attend University of Portland.

Brennan plans to attend Loyola Marymount University.

The scholarship was in memory of Westall and “her desire to assist in the educational pursuits of Christian students in East Jefferson County,” according to a news release.

Funds given

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education & Training (B-WET) program awarded $93,594 in grants to three Clallam and Jefferson county organizations.

The organizations are Feiro Marine Life Center, Dungeness River Audubon Center and Port Townsend School District (PTSD).

Program grants support standards-based, hands-on education activities that promote greater understanding about watersheds, the ocean and protected areas such as national marine sanctuaries, according to a news release.

Feiro and the audubon center received $46,298 to improve understanding of the North Olympic Watershed through experiential learning targeting fourth and fifth grade students

in four school districts on the North Olympic Peninsula, according to the release.

PTSD was awarded $47,296 to design and deliver professional development to cohort teachers and meaningful watershed educational experiences

for students, with an emphasis on ocean acidification, according to the release.

In total, NOAA’s program dispersed $439,579 amongst nine Washington and Oregon organizations.

NOAA’s B-WET program was established in 2002 to improve the understanding of environmental stewardship of students, teachers and communities across the U.S. through education and is managed by NOAA’s Office of Education and NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, according to the release.

For more information about the program, visit

Baylor U grad

WACO, Texas — Port Angeles native Wilson Brannon Eiland graduated magna cum laude during Baylor University’s spring commencement ceremony in May.

He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

During the university’s summer commencement ceremony in August, Port Angeles native Matthew Alton Calvert received two degrees.

They are a Master of Business Administration, business administration; and Master of Health Administration, health care administration.

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