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Graceful as a sea lioness, Laura Rogers of Port Hadlock takes the plunge off the dock on New Year’s Day 2021. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Graceful as a sea lioness, Laura Rogers of Port Hadlock takes the plunge off the dock on New Year’s Day 2021. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Andy Pernsteiner, left, and Daltry Lammers, 12, of Chimacum greeted droves of people outside the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum on Saturday afternoon, where volunteers dished up 498 Christmas meals to go. Many people made reservations, organizer Rita Hubbard said, but quite a few called on Christmas Day asking if they could have a takeout dinner. "Come right now and we'll get you fed," Hubbard told the last-minute callers.  Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Chimacum Christmas meals

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Andy Pernsteiner, left, and Daltry Lammers, 12, of Chimacum greeted droves of people outside the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum… Continue reading

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Andy Pernsteiner, left, and Daltry Lammers, 12, of Chimacum greeted droves of people outside the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum on Saturday afternoon, where volunteers dished up 498 Christmas meals to go. Many people made reservations, organizer Rita Hubbard said, but quite a few called on Christmas Day asking if they could have a takeout dinner. "Come right now and we'll get you fed," Hubbard told the last-minute callers.  Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Judith Alexander, center, pictured at Port Townsend’s Community Build Project site last summer, is the AAUW’s 2022 Woman of Excellence award honoree. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Community Build Project volunteer honored with award

People want to do the right thing, she says

Judith Alexander, center, pictured at Port Townsend’s Community Build Project site last summer, is the AAUW’s 2022 Woman of Excellence award honoree. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Retired Port Angeles High School orchestra director Ron Jones was among the coaches at last summer’s YEA Music! camps at Fort Worden State Park. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

YEA Music! seeks donations to match $10,000 gift

Program aims to make camps affordable

Retired Port Angeles High School orchestra director Ron Jones was among the coaches at last summer’s YEA Music! camps at Fort Worden State Park. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Winter Welcoming Center staffer Lisa Anderson greets Half-Pint, the terrier who spends mornings at the center in Port Townsend's Pope Marine Building. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Bitter cold blowing into Peninsula

Warming centers prepared

Winter Welcoming Center staffer Lisa Anderson greets Half-Pint, the terrier who spends mornings at the center in Port Townsend's Pope Marine Building. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Mark Senffner of Portland, Ore., helps daughter Fionn, 3 ½, with her mittens during a Christmas Eve visit to Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. The pleasant but chilly weather on Friday turned colder on Saturday with overnight snow forecast. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Christmas Eve fun at Chetzemoka Park

Mark Senffner of Portland, Ore., helps daughter Fionn, 3½, with her mittens during a Christmas Eve visit to Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. The pleasant… Continue reading

Mark Senffner of Portland, Ore., helps daughter Fionn, 3 ½, with her mittens during a Christmas Eve visit to Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. The pleasant but chilly weather on Friday turned colder on Saturday with overnight snow forecast. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Fireworks detonate as the anchor is raised during one of Port Townsend’s First Night celebrations in this file photo.(Peninsula Daily News)

First Night returns to downtown Port Townsend

Hundreds of samples of soup, four kinds of live music and a whole lot of light: This is First Night, returning this… Continue reading

Fireworks detonate as the anchor is raised during one of Port Townsend’s First Night celebrations in this file photo.(Peninsula Daily News)

First Night schedule for Port Townsend

First Night, the New Year’s Eve festival on and around Pope Marine Park at Water and Madison streets, is free to the… Continue reading

Sid Anna Sherwood, owner of Annie’s Flower Farm in Sequim, created “Flora,” goddess of blooming flowers, for the Fleurs de Villes show at Pacific Place in Seattle. The 18-piece display stays up through Monday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Annie’s Flower Farm blooms in Seattle show

‘Flora’ designed by Peninsula florist

Sid Anna Sherwood, owner of Annie’s Flower Farm in Sequim, created “Flora,” goddess of blooming flowers, for the Fleurs de Villes show at Pacific Place in Seattle. The 18-piece display stays up through Monday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Erin Reading is cofounder of the Port Townsend Psychedelic Society, which seeks the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms and psychoactive plants. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Erin Reading is cofounder of the Port Townsend Psychedelic Society, which seeks the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms and psychoactive plants. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Santa Claus, flanked by elf-firefighters Tammy Ridgway and Michael Archuleta, is traveling around Port Townsend and Port Hadlock this week, handing out candy canes and stuffed toys from East Jefferson Fire & Rescue battalion chief Justin Clouse’s heavily decorated truck. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Santa makes his rounds

Firefighters turn into elves in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock

Santa Claus, flanked by elf-firefighters Tammy Ridgway and Michael Archuleta, is traveling around Port Townsend and Port Hadlock this week, handing out candy canes and stuffed toys from East Jefferson Fire & Rescue battalion chief Justin Clouse’s heavily decorated truck. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
A crane and a crew guide the Pat’s Place kitchen building — divided in half — onto a truck headed for the new transitional housing village in Port Townsend on Tuesday morning. Bayside Housing & Services hopes to open the self-governed and -contained village next month. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Kitchen commons added to Pat’s Place

Bayside aims for January move-in date

A crane and a crew guide the Pat’s Place kitchen building — divided in half — onto a truck headed for the new transitional housing village in Port Townsend on Tuesday morning. Bayside Housing & Services hopes to open the self-governed and -contained village next month. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Allen Fitzpatrick.
Allen Fitzpatrick.
Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval.

Port Townsend City Council OKs buy for new housing

Public comments in enthusiastic support

Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval.
The Lombardy poplars, power lines and boat masts along the Sims Way entrance to Port Townsend don’t mix, city officials said in a town-hall meeting this past week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Officials preparing for trees to come down

Town hall highlights safety issues at port

The Lombardy poplars, power lines and boat masts along the Sims Way entrance to Port Townsend don’t mix, city officials said in a town-hall meeting this past week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Enjoy holidays, with precautions, says health officer

Berry addresses more about myocarditis after vaccination

Volunteer Chris McCalla of Port Angeles, a senior chief at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, pulls ice skates from a rack at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Volunteer Chris McCalla of Port Angeles, a senior chief at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, pulls ice skates from a rack at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
The tiny homes built in the field beside the Evangelical Bible Church in Port Townsend were transported Thursday morning to Pat’s Place, the new transitional housing village a mile and a half away. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
The tiny homes built in the field beside the Evangelical Bible Church in Port Townsend were transported Thursday morning to Pat’s Place, the new transitional housing village a mile and a half away. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Kathleen McCowan of Seattle browses the goods at the Wintertide Makers' Market, which wraps this Sunday at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Seasonal activities planned on Peninsula

Final weekend for Wintertide Makers’ Market

Kathleen McCowan of Seattle browses the goods at the Wintertide Makers' Market, which wraps this Sunday at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News