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Akeyla Behrenfeld rowed the Seventy48 solo this June. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Racing toward an adventure

Fourteen-year-old Akeyla Behrenfeld of Port Townsend wanted an adventure. It would be especially fun, she figured, to do it solo, relying on her own resources.… Continue reading

Akeyla Behrenfeld rowed the Seventy48 solo this June. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Lynn Cohen and James Urbaniak play an unlikely pair in “Hello Lonesome,” the Port Townsend Film Festival Pic streaming this week. (Mark Rosenberg/Hello Lonesome)

‘Hello Lonesome’ explores human connection

Port Townsend Film Festival Pic online through July 11

Lynn Cohen and James Urbaniak play an unlikely pair in “Hello Lonesome,” the Port Townsend Film Festival Pic streaming this week. (Mark Rosenberg/Hello Lonesome)
YEA Music Camp instructor Mike McLeron leads the Band I ensemble in the end-of-camp concert at Fort Worden State Park on Friday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Young musicians delight listeners

Donation program to have two more summer sessions

YEA Music Camp instructor Mike McLeron leads the Band I ensemble in the end-of-camp concert at Fort Worden State Park on Friday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend City Council hopefuls debate

Housing, budget and deer addressed

The sign at the Courtyard Cafe in downtown Port Townsend tells the tale of restaurants in summer 2021. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Staffing shortages cramp businesses

Capacity restored, but service constrained

The sign at the Courtyard Cafe in downtown Port Townsend tells the tale of restaurants in summer 2021. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Uncle Funk and the Dope Six will play their first gig in nearly two years — a free, all-ages concert — this Saturday in the courtyard at Port Townsend’s Manresa Castle. The band includes, from left, singer Megan Hudson, guitarist Tim Halpin, percussionist Jesse Watson, bassist Kyle Dannert and drummer Tomoki Sage. Keyboardist Pete Lack was out of town but will soon return. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Free, all-ages concert Saturday at Manresa Castle

First performance set after two-year hiatus from public

Uncle Funk and the Dope Six will play their first gig in nearly two years — a free, all-ages concert — this Saturday in the courtyard at Port Townsend’s Manresa Castle. The band includes, from left, singer Megan Hudson, guitarist Tim Halpin, percussionist Jesse Watson, bassist Kyle Dannert and drummer Tomoki Sage. Keyboardist Pete Lack was out of town but will soon return. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Multi-instrumentalist John Maxwell, left, and blues violinist Jon Parry will mix their music into the Red, White & the Blues event Sunday at the Old Alcohol Plant. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Fundraiser for Bayside Housing set for Sunday

Live American blues and ragtime, bossa nova, vintage standards and gypsy jazz will mix together in Red, White & the Blues, a… Continue reading

Multi-instrumentalist John Maxwell, left, and blues violinist Jon Parry will mix their music into the Red, White & the Blues event Sunday at the Old Alcohol Plant. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Carol Swarbrick Dries portrays Lillian Carter in a new docudrama. photo courtesy CJR Films

Swarbrick Dries presents Lillian Carter in film this weekend

Carol Swarbrick Dries, the movie and stage actor who makes her home in Sequim, is appearing in “Lillian Carter: More than a President’s… Continue reading

Carol Swarbrick Dries portrays Lillian Carter in a new docudrama. photo courtesy CJR Films
Finn O’Donnell and Sorina Johnston, pictured as they graduate from Port Townsend High School last month, speak their minds about mental health during the pandemic in a video on The Benji Project website. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Teens tell of how they survived the isolation

The Benji Project conducts survey

Finn O’Donnell and Sorina Johnston, pictured as they graduate from Port Townsend High School last month, speak their minds about mental health during the pandemic in a video on The Benji Project website. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
A section of a spruce tree in front of the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., crashed to the ground in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting Regimental Tree Care to remove the entire tree Wednesday. The multiple trunks of the tree had formed a basket, which collected water and debris and caused the tree to rot; the extreme heat earlier this week may have been a factor too, said Regimental’s Rachael Cecil. “We’re sad that we lost a tree,” said Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Manager Matt Tyler, “but it had to be removed for the safety of the public and the building.” (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Fallen tree removed

A section of a spruce tree in front of the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., crashed to the ground in the early hours… Continue reading

A section of a spruce tree in front of the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., crashed to the ground in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting Regimental Tree Care to remove the entire tree Wednesday. The multiple trunks of the tree had formed a basket, which collected water and debris and caused the tree to rot; the extreme heat earlier this week may have been a factor too, said Regimental’s Rachael Cecil. “We’re sad that we lost a tree,” said Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Manager Matt Tyler, “but it had to be removed for the safety of the public and the building.” (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Woodworking, art topic of Friday talk

The fine arts side of woodworking is the topic of this Friday’s Jefferson County Historical Society presentation featuring artist and educator Kimberly… Continue reading

The Owl Cigars mural is one of many stops on the Jefferson County Historical Society’s “Vanishing Murals” walking tours starting in July. Owl’s message was among the company’s numerous advertisements on walls across the country. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Historical walks set to explore Port Townsend murals

Advertisements on buildings featured on new 1-mile walk

The Owl Cigars mural is one of many stops on the Jefferson County Historical Society’s “Vanishing Murals” walking tours starting in July. Owl’s message was among the company’s numerous advertisements on walls across the country. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Jeffco Vamonos founder Amy Bartlett, pictured at Chetzemoka Park in late May, has established a nonprofit organization to provide mentorship and experiential learning for local teens. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Jeffco Vamonos plans youth trips to Seattle and beyond

Organization aims to work with youth who enter ‘loop’

Jeffco Vamonos founder Amy Bartlett, pictured at Chetzemoka Park in late May, has established a nonprofit organization to provide mentorship and experiential learning for local teens. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Cooling centers open on North Olympic Peninsula

As the area continues to swelter, at least four areas are serving as cooling centers in Clallam and Jefferson counties on Monday. They are: •… Continue reading

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Three candidates set to debate for Port Townsend City Council position

Forum on Thursday on Zoom; questions due this Tuesday

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Roy Walker of Port Townsend stays close to shore as he launches his kayak from North Beach County Park on Wednesday morning. Hugging the shore and staying mindful of wind and weather changes are crucial, emergency responders say. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Roy Walker of Port Townsend stays close to shore as he launches his kayak from North Beach County Park on Wednesday morning. Hugging the shore and staying mindful of wind and weather changes are crucial, emergency responders say. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Freezers stocked with COVID-19 vaccine

Peninsula health officials eye reopening on Wednesday

Folksinger John McCutcheon will give a live concert Sunday on the streaming platform Mandolin to benefit community radio stations including KPTZ-FM 91.9. (Photo by Irene Young)
Folksinger John McCutcheon will give a live concert Sunday on the streaming platform Mandolin to benefit community radio stations including KPTZ-FM 91.9. (Photo by Irene Young)
Douglas Francisco brings his band, the Shaky Barbers, to Marrowstone Vineyards' outdoor stage Saturday evening. photo courtesy of Douglas Francisco

Outdoor music returns to Marrowstone Island

Saturday evening shows include jazz, blues

Douglas Francisco brings his band, the Shaky Barbers, to Marrowstone Vineyards' outdoor stage Saturday evening. photo courtesy of Douglas Francisco