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Bob Edgington of 2 Grade LLC excavating, which donated its resources, pulls dirt from around the base of an orca sculpture at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield on Thursday during site preparation to rebuild the Port Angeles play facility, which was partially destroyed by an arson fire on Dec. 20. A community build for the replacement playground is scheduled for May 15-19 with numerous volunteer slots available. Signups are available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DA4AC23A5F85-47934048-dream#/. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Site preparation at Dream Playground

Bob Edgington of 2 Grade LLC excavating, which donated its resources, pulls dirt from around the base of an orca sculpture at the Dream Playground… Continue reading

 

Amy DeQuay of Port Angeles, right, signs up for information at a table staffed by Christopher Allen and Mary Sue French of the Port Angeles Arts Council during a Volunteer Fair on Wednesday at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The event, organized by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, brought together numerous North Olympic Peninsula agencies that offer people a chance to get involved in their communities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteer fair in Port Angeles

Amy DeQuay of Port Angeles, right, signs up for information at a table staffed by Christopher Allen and Mary Sue French of the Port Angeles… Continue reading

 

Mary Kelsoe of the Port Angeles Garden Club thins a cluster of azaleas as a tulip sprouts nearby in one of the decorative planters on Wednesday along the esplanade in the 100 block of West Railroad Avenue on the Port Angeles waterfront. Garden club members have traditionally maintained a pair of planters along the Esplanade as Billie Loos’s Garden, named for a longtime club member. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

In full bloom

Mary Kelsoe of the Port Angeles Garden Club thins a cluster of azaleas as a tulip sprouts nearby in one of the decorative planters on… Continue reading

 

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during Saturday’s Olympic Birdfest. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Bird spotting

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during… Continue reading

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during Saturday’s Olympic Birdfest. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Ashlynn Emiliani of Port Angeles, center, tosses woody debris into a pile for collection as volunteers work to clean up a section of hillside above the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles on Saturday. More than a dozen members of Elevate PA spent the morning clearing up overgrown areas on the hillside from Haynes Viewpoint to the hotel’s Front Street driveway as part of a city beautification effort. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Hillside cleanup in Port Angeles

Ashlynn Emiliani of Port Angeles, center, tosses woody debris into a pile for collection as volunteers work to clean up a section of hillside above… Continue reading

Ashlynn Emiliani of Port Angeles, center, tosses woody debris into a pile for collection as volunteers work to clean up a section of hillside above the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles on Saturday. More than a dozen members of Elevate PA spent the morning clearing up overgrown areas on the hillside from Haynes Viewpoint to the hotel’s Front Street driveway as part of a city beautification effort. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Bettylou Doern of Sequim and her dog, Gypsy, take a walk at the Japanese Garden at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park on Wednesday. Fruit trees at the park are in full blossom while the nearby botanical garden is beginning to come into bloom as spring gets into full swing across the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Bloom with a view in Carrie Blake Park

Bettylou Doern of Sequim and her dog, Gypsy, take a walk at the Japanese Garden at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park on Wednesday. Fruit trees at… Continue reading

Bettylou Doern of Sequim and her dog, Gypsy, take a walk at the Japanese Garden at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park on Wednesday. Fruit trees at the park are in full blossom while the nearby botanical garden is beginning to come into bloom as spring gets into full swing across the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Thursday. Surface removal paves the way for rebuilding the playground, currently scheduled as a volunteer community effort on May 15-19. A large portion of the playground was destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Playground progress in Port Angeles

Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in… Continue reading

Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Thursday. Surface removal paves the way for rebuilding the playground, currently scheduled as a volunteer community effort on May 15-19. A large portion of the playground was destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
A cluster of daffodils show their colorful blooms beneath a tree at Port Angeles City Pier on Thursday. With spring moving into full swing, flowers are beginning to blossom and trees are starting to reveal their leaves across the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Spring blooms

A cluster of daffodils show their colorful blooms beneath a tree at Port Angeles City Pier on Thursday. With spring moving into full swing, flowers… Continue reading

A cluster of daffodils show their colorful blooms beneath a tree at Port Angeles City Pier on Thursday. With spring moving into full swing, flowers are beginning to blossom and trees are starting to reveal their leaves across the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as a line of cars wait to drop off unwanted electronic equipment during the club’s electronics recycling event on Saturday in the parking lot of Port Angeles Civic Field. The club, in partnership with SBK Recycling, collected hundreds of pounds of old computers, televisions, printers and other equipment as vehicles lined up for blocks along nearby Race Street to dispose of castoff electronics. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Kiwanis service programs. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Recycling electronics at Port Angeles Civic Field

Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as… Continue reading

Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as a line of cars wait to drop off unwanted electronic equipment during the club’s electronics recycling event on Saturday in the parking lot of Port Angeles Civic Field. The club, in partnership with SBK Recycling, collected hundreds of pounds of old computers, televisions, printers and other equipment as vehicles lined up for blocks along nearby Race Street to dispose of castoff electronics. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Kiwanis service programs. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Convention attendees, from left, Kiera Woodward, Madison Peterson and Juliette Burnette, all of Port Angeles, examine displays of jewelry, earrings and crystals at a display table operated by Dragon Den Studios of Sequim at Squatchcon on Friday at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The four-day festival, dedicated to gaming, culture and cosplay, continues today at Vern Burton with a vendor market, workshops and meetups. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Squatchcon this weekend

Convention attendees, from left, Kiera Woodward, Madison Peterson and Juliette Burnette, all of Port Angeles, examine displays of jewelry, earrings and crystals at a display… Continue reading

Convention attendees, from left, Kiera Woodward, Madison Peterson and Juliette Burnette, all of Port Angeles, examine displays of jewelry, earrings and crystals at a display table operated by Dragon Den Studios of Sequim at Squatchcon on Friday at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The four-day festival, dedicated to gaming, culture and cosplay, continues today at Vern Burton with a vendor market, workshops and meetups. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for eventual transport to a temporary library building. The current library on North Sequim Avenue is slated for renovation and expansion with library services slated to resume on April 1 at 609 W. Washington St., next to Fifth Avenue Furniture, in the storefront that was previously Brian’s Sporting Goods. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Book transfer

North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for… Continue reading

North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for eventual transport to a temporary library building. The current library on North Sequim Avenue is slated for renovation and expansion with library services slated to resume on April 1 at 609 W. Washington St., next to Fifth Avenue Furniture, in the storefront that was previously Brian’s Sporting Goods. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
M.E. Bartholomew, left, and Jenny Schaper, both of Port Angeles, look at interesting specimens at a display table set up by Shelton-based Elemental Endeavors on Saturday at the annual Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. Hosted by the Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association, the two-day exposition featured two dozen vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, beads, faceted gemstones, jewelry and lapidary tools, as well as live demonstrations and children’s activities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Rock and gem show

M.E. Bartholomew, left, and Jenny Schaper, both of Port Angeles, look at interesting specimens at a display table set up by Shelton-based Elemental Endeavors on… Continue reading

M.E. Bartholomew, left, and Jenny Schaper, both of Port Angeles, look at interesting specimens at a display table set up by Shelton-based Elemental Endeavors on Saturday at the annual Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. Hosted by the Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association, the two-day exposition featured two dozen vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, beads, faceted gemstones, jewelry and lapidary tools, as well as live demonstrations and children’s activities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle & Pub Crawl in downtown Port Angeles. The event, a benefit for the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, allowed crawlers to receive six tasting tokens for libations at participating bars and restaurants in the downtown area with a drawing for additional prizes. Numerous downtown businesses also offered sale discounts for purchases during the crawl. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Winter sports benefit in Port Angeles

Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle… Continue reading

Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle & Pub Crawl in downtown Port Angeles. The event, a benefit for the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, allowed crawlers to receive six tasting tokens for libations at participating bars and restaurants in the downtown area with a drawing for additional prizes. Numerous downtown businesses also offered sale discounts for purchases during the crawl. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
John Troberg of Sequim, left, examines a display of plants at a booth belonging to Camas-based One Earth Botanicals at the 25th annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show on Saturday at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. The two-day event, hosted by Soroptimist International of Sequim, featured dozens of displays devoted to plants, gardening and garden lifestyles, as well as educational speakers and workshops. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Soroptimist Gala Garden Show in Sequim

John Troberg of Sequim, left, examines a display of plants at a booth belonging to Camas-based One Earth Botanicals at the 25th annual Soroptimist Gala… Continue reading

John Troberg of Sequim, left, examines a display of plants at a booth belonging to Camas-based One Earth Botanicals at the 25th annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show on Saturday at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. The two-day event, hosted by Soroptimist International of Sequim, featured dozens of displays devoted to plants, gardening and garden lifestyles, as well as educational speakers and workshops. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Brenda Close of Port Angeles, left, talks with Cutco Cutlery representative Allison Gilman, right, as Matt Makowicz of Cutco uses his calculator at the company’s booth at the 39th annual Clallam County Home and Lifestyle Show on Saturday at Port Angeles High School. The two-day event, hosted by KONP Radio, featured 120 exhibitor booths showcasing a wide variety of goods and services with primary sponsorship by Clallam County Public Utilities District, Lumber Traders and Leitz Farm Supply. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Home show exhibit

Brenda Close of Port Angeles, left, talks with Cutco Cutlery representative Allison Gilman, right, as Matt Makowicz of Cutco uses his calculator at the company’s… Continue reading

Brenda Close of Port Angeles, left, talks with Cutco Cutlery representative Allison Gilman, right, as Matt Makowicz of Cutco uses his calculator at the company’s booth at the 39th annual Clallam County Home and Lifestyle Show on Saturday at Port Angeles High School. The two-day event, hosted by KONP Radio, featured 120 exhibitor booths showcasing a wide variety of goods and services with primary sponsorship by Clallam County Public Utilities District, Lumber Traders and Leitz Farm Supply. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Lisa Luebben of Port Angeles digs up a dahlia root from her plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles on Thursday. With spring just around the corner, many people are getting a head start on gardening and other outdoor landscaping endeavors.

Preparing for spring on Peninsula

Lisa Luebben of Port Angeles digs up a dahlia root from her plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles on Thursday. With… Continue reading

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Lisa Luebben of Port Angeles digs up a dahlia root from her plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles on Thursday. With spring just around the corner, many people are getting a head start on gardening and other outdoor landscaping endeavors.
Skylar Sutherland, 5, of Port Angeles uses a toy stethoscope during a pretend examination of a doll at an information table set up by Olympic Medical Center’s New Family Services and Pediatrics departments during Saturday’s 35th annual Kids Fest at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by Port Angeles Kiwanis, featured a variety of displays and information tables showcasing family and children’s services. Kids Fest also included numerous outdoor public safety displays organized by Clallam County Emergency Services. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Health check at Kids Fest

Skylar Sutherland, 5, of Port Angeles uses a toy stethoscope during a pretend examination of a doll at an information table set up by Olympic… Continue reading

Skylar Sutherland, 5, of Port Angeles uses a toy stethoscope during a pretend examination of a doll at an information table set up by Olympic Medical Center’s New Family Services and Pediatrics departments during Saturday’s 35th annual Kids Fest at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by Port Angeles Kiwanis, featured a variety of displays and information tables showcasing family and children’s services. Kids Fest also included numerous outdoor public safety displays organized by Clallam County Emergency Services. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Participants in the Sequim Sunshine Festival 5K Sun Fun Color Run navigate through a gauntlet of tempera paint on Saturday at the Albert Haller Play Fields at Carrie Blake Park. The two-day festival, hosted by the City of Sequim, also featured food, music, youth activities, a craft fair and a drone show. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Sunshine festival

Participants in the Sequim Sunshine Festival 5K Sun Fun Color Run navigate through a gauntlet of tempera paint on Saturday at the Albert Haller Play… Continue reading

Participants in the Sequim Sunshine Festival 5K Sun Fun Color Run navigate through a gauntlet of tempera paint on Saturday at the Albert Haller Play Fields at Carrie Blake Park. The two-day festival, hosted by the City of Sequim, also featured food, music, youth activities, a craft fair and a drone show. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Work progresses on the road deck of the main over-water spans at the site of a new U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River southwest of Port Angeles on Thursday. The bridge will replace an older nearby span that was determined to have structurally-deficient pier footings. The $36 million project is expected to be completed in December.

Elwha River bridge construction

Work progresses on the road deck of the main over-water spans at the site of a new U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River… Continue reading

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Work progresses on the road deck of the main over-water spans at the site of a new U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River southwest of Port Angeles on Thursday. The bridge will replace an older nearby span that was determined to have structurally-deficient pier footings. The $36 million project is expected to be completed in December.
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Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer as coworker Robert Bufford prepares to secure the load as the pair prepares to open the parking lot at Port Angeles City Pier to automobiles on Friday. The work was part of a project to improve storm drainage, replace damaged sidewalks and ADA ramps and mitigate shoreline erosion around the lot, which had been closed since early January. Tree replacement and other project detail work is expected to follow over the next few weeks.

City Pier parking open

Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer as coworker Robert Bufford prepares to secure the load as the pair prepares… Continue reading

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Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer as coworker Robert Bufford prepares to secure the load as the pair prepares to open the parking lot at Port Angeles City Pier to automobiles on Friday. The work was part of a project to improve storm drainage, replace damaged sidewalks and ADA ramps and mitigate shoreline erosion around the lot, which had been closed since early January. Tree replacement and other project detail work is expected to follow over the next few weeks.