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Peaks of the Olympic Foothills poke out from a layer of clouds and fog as a gull flies over Port Angeles Harbor on Wednesday. Unsettled weather is expected to give way to mostly cloudy skies before rain returns to the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

Foggy foothills in Port Angeles

Peaks of the Olympic Foothills poke out from a layer of clouds and fog as a gull flies over Port Angeles Harbor on Wednesday. Unsettled… Continue reading

 

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A pair of icicles hang from rooftop in Port Angeles as the temperature rose to just above freezing under the winter sun. Temperatures are expected to moderate in the coming week, signaling a return to seasonal conditions.

Icy hangout in Port Angeles

A pair of icicles hang from rooftop in Port Angeles as the temperature rose to just above freezing under the winter sun. Temperatures are expected… Continue reading

 

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Polar bear dippers wade in and out of the chilly water at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles during Saturday's annual New Year's Day plunge.  Dozens of people braved sub-freezing air temperatures to ltake part in the ritual that also was undertaken by others on the North Olympic Peninsula at Lake Pleasant and Nordland.

Taking the plunge in Port Angeles

Polar bear dippers wade in and out of the chilly water at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles during Saturday’s annual New Year’s Day plunge. Dozens… Continue reading

 

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Ingrid Carmean of Port Angeles, a member of Food Not Bombs, an international group dedicated to assisting and feeding homeless individuals, sets up a table filled with Christmas presents on Saturday at Jesse Webster Park in Port Angeles.  The presents, along with a hot lunch, were distributed to needy individuals on Christmas Day, one of the group's every-other-weekend community meals.

Food not bombs

Ingrid Carmean of Port Angeles, a member of Food Not Bombs, an international group dedicated to assisting and feeding homeless individuals, sets up a table… Continue reading

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Ingrid Carmean of Port Angeles, a member of Food Not Bombs, an international group dedicated to assisting and feeding homeless individuals, sets up a table filled with Christmas presents on Saturday at Jesse Webster Park in Port Angeles.  The presents, along with a hot lunch, were distributed to needy individuals on Christmas Day, one of the group's every-other-weekend community meals.
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Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of East First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The piano, placed on the sidewalk as a public music installation by the owner of the nearby First Street Haven restaurabnt, has been available seasonally to passers-by since 2017.

Outdoor piano offers downtown sounds

Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of… Continue reading

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Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of East First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The piano, placed on the sidewalk as a public music installation by the owner of the nearby First Street Haven restaurabnt, has been available seasonally to passers-by since 2017.
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Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Anageles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas Eve lunch. The organization served dozens of lunches with an outdoor dining twist in its annual holiday tradition.

Salvation Army serves holiday lunch to go

Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Angeles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas… Continue reading

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Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Anageles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas Eve lunch. The organization served dozens of lunches with an outdoor dining twist in its annual holiday tradition.
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Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street in Port Angeles on Christmas Eve Day. The pair said the were out to bring good cheer to people for the holidays.

Santas spread cheer in Port Angeles

Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street… Continue reading

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Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street in Port Angeles on Christmas Eve Day. The pair said the were out to bring good cheer to people for the holidays.
Two literary gingerbread houses, one inspired by Sophie Blackall's book "Hello Lighthouse" and one titled "The Sasquatch Who Stole Christmas," are among the 18 edible edifices on display at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St. For details about the Uptown Gingerbread Contest, which will accept its last entries on Tuesday, see ptpubliclibrary.org. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Gingerbread houses at Port Townsend Library

Two literary gingerbread houses, one inspired by Sophie Blackall’s book “Hello Lighthouse” and one titled “The Sasquatch Who Stole Christmas,” are among the 18 edible… Continue reading

Two literary gingerbread houses, one inspired by Sophie Blackall's book "Hello Lighthouse" and one titled "The Sasquatch Who Stole Christmas," are among the 18 edible edifices on display at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St. For details about the Uptown Gingerbread Contest, which will accept its last entries on Tuesday, see ptpubliclibrary.org. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. Club members put on a four-routine performance of songs featured in their recent holiday show in Bremerton. The Port Angeles skating rink is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Skating demonstration

Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in… Continue reading

Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. Club members put on a four-routine performance of songs featured in their recent holiday show in Bremerton. The Port Angeles skating rink is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program on Tuesday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Port Angeles. Major Barbara Wehnau said 201 families representing more than 500 children would be given packages of presents for the 2021 holiday season. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Christmas angels

Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program… Continue reading

Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program on Tuesday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Port Angeles. Major Barbara Wehnau said 201 families representing more than 500 children would be given packages of presents for the 2021 holiday season. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Noah Smith, director of music ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with hat at left, directs a collection of carolers from the church during a performance of holiday songs at the Port Angeles Public Library on Saturday. The church plans to hold virtual and in-person candlelight services on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit www.go2trinity.org.

Going caroling

Noah Smith, director of music ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with hat at left, directs a collection of carolers from the church during a… Continue reading

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Noah Smith, director of music ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with hat at left, directs a collection of carolers from the church during a performance of holiday songs at the Port Angeles Public Library on Saturday. The church plans to hold virtual and in-person candlelight services on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit www.go2trinity.org.
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The three entrants in the non-motorized class of the holiday boat parade pass by the waterfront at Adams Street in downtown Port Townsend on Friday.

Boat parade in Port Townsend

The three entrants in the non-motorized class of the holiday boat parade pass by the waterfront at Adams Street in downtown Port Townsend on Friday.… Continue reading

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The three entrants in the non-motorized class of the holiday boat parade pass by the waterfront at Adams Street in downtown Port Townsend on Friday.
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Emergency workers investigate after a westbound pickup truck lost control, struck a parked trailer on East Front Street and veered into a railing during Saturday's farmers market at The Gateway transit center pavillion in downtown Port Angeles. Cpl. Erik Smith of Port Angeles police said the male driver apparently had a medical issue at the time of the wreck, but he and a juvenile passenger were uninjured. No market vendors were set up at the site of the site of the incudebt and no one at the market was injured. A parked car, a street sign and a light pole were also damaged.

Medical event leads to crash at PA Farmer’s Market

Emergency workers investigate after a westbound pickup truck lost control, struck a parked trailer on East Front Street and veered into a railing during Saturday’s… Continue reading

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Emergency workers investigate after a westbound pickup truck lost control, struck a parked trailer on East Front Street and veered into a railing during Saturday's farmers market at The Gateway transit center pavillion in downtown Port Angeles. Cpl. Erik Smith of Port Angeles police said the male driver apparently had a medical issue at the time of the wreck, but he and a juvenile passenger were uninjured. No market vendors were set up at the site of the site of the incudebt and no one at the market was injured. A parked car, a street sign and a light pole were also damaged.
Madison Estus, 10, of Lacey takes a break from ice skating among a collection of skating aids at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village over the weekend. The village offers daily ice skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe / Peninsula Daily News)

Quick skating break

Madison Estus, 10, of Lacey takes a break from ice skating among a collection of skating aids at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village over… Continue reading

Madison Estus, 10, of Lacey takes a break from ice skating among a collection of skating aids at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village over the weekend. The village offers daily ice skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe / Peninsula Daily News)
Yvette Two Rabbits of Port Angeles, a volunteer with The Answer for Youth (TAFY), creates a holiday wreath in the organization’s Port Angeles greenhouse. TAFY is selling wreaths with proceeds going to support its homeless youth programs. In addition, the group is conducting a silent auction of Christmas trees and other gift items through Dec. 17 as a fundraiser in the Sprouting Hope Greenhouse, 826 E. First St. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Wreath fundraiser

Yvette Two Rabbits of Port Angeles, a volunteer with The Answer for Youth (TAFY), creates a holiday wreath in the organization’s Port Angeles greenhouse. TAFY… Continue reading

Yvette Two Rabbits of Port Angeles, a volunteer with The Answer for Youth (TAFY), creates a holiday wreath in the organization’s Port Angeles greenhouse. TAFY is selling wreaths with proceeds going to support its homeless youth programs. In addition, the group is conducting a silent auction of Christmas trees and other gift items through Dec. 17 as a fundraiser in the Sprouting Hope Greenhouse, 826 E. First St. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Members of the Marvin Shields Ship 1212 of the Sea Scouts watch as the sailboat Aurora is carried to the Platypus Marine Inc. shipyard for bottomside maintenance and inspection on Wednesday in Port Angeles. The boat, which was donated to the Seas Scouts by Arvo and Christiane Johnson, was hauled out by Platypus, which is donating much of the work, a total of about $5,000, the company said. Sea Scouts is a co-educational branch of the Boy Scouts of America that promotes boating skills and water safety for youths ages 14 to 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Sea Scouts sailboat maintenance

Aurora is carried to the Platypus Marine Inc. shipyard

Members of the Marvin Shields Ship 1212 of the Sea Scouts watch as the sailboat Aurora is carried to the Platypus Marine Inc. shipyard for bottomside maintenance and inspection on Wednesday in Port Angeles. The boat, which was donated to the Seas Scouts by Arvo and Christiane Johnson, was hauled out by Platypus, which is donating much of the work, a total of about $5,000, the company said. Sea Scouts is a co-educational branch of the Boy Scouts of America that promotes boating skills and water safety for youths ages 14 to 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
An ornament hangs from the Christmas tree in downtown Port Angeles on Tuesday as a pedestrian walks past the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza. The tree, adorned with about 10,000 miniature lights, will remain at the plaza into early January. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Holidays fast approaching

An ornament hangs from the Christmas tree in downtown Port Angeles on Tuesday as a pedestrian walks past the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza. The… Continue reading

An ornament hangs from the Christmas tree in downtown Port Angeles on Tuesday as a pedestrian walks past the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza. The tree, adorned with about 10,000 miniature lights, will remain at the plaza into early January. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Julyan Hardeman and Sebrena Merly, both of Longview, take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The tree, adorned with about 10,000 miniature lights and several dozen ornaments added later, will oversee the downtown area through the holidays. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Holiday selfie

Julyan Hardeman and Sebrena Merly, both of Longview, take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown… Continue reading

Julyan Hardeman and Sebrena Merly, both of Longview, take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The tree, adorned with about 10,000 miniature lights and several dozen ornaments added later, will oversee the downtown area through the holidays. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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About 50 early and eager shoppers were at the Port Angeles Swain’s General Store’s door at 8 a.m. sharp Friday morning to get Black Friday holiday deals. Retailers throughout the North Olympic Peninsula offered special sales on Friday and Saturday during the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday shopping on Peninsula

About 50 early and eager shoppers were at the Port Angeles Swain’s General Store’s door at 8 a.m. sharp Friday morning to get Black Friday… Continue reading

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About 50 early and eager shoppers were at the Port Angeles Swain’s General Store’s door at 8 a.m. sharp Friday morning to get Black Friday holiday deals. Retailers throughout the North Olympic Peninsula offered special sales on Friday and Saturday during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Cameron Masters and Michael Archer of Seattle descend the Taylor Street stairs into downtown Port Townsend on Saturday, where holiday shopping was well underway. Retailers offered specials all across the North Olympic Peninsula for Small Business Saturday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Tis the season

Cameron Masters and Michael Archer of Seattle descend the Taylor Street stairs into downtown Port Townsend on Saturday, where holiday shopping was well underway. Retailers… Continue reading

Cameron Masters and Michael Archer of Seattle descend the Taylor Street stairs into downtown Port Townsend on Saturday, where holiday shopping was well underway. Retailers offered specials all across the North Olympic Peninsula for Small Business Saturday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News