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Glen Wade of Port Angeles encourages his son, Yuli Schutz-Wade, 2 1/2, to go down a tall slide on Thursday on the playground at Dungeness Recreation Area north of Sequim. The area is a popular spot to camp and hike, and provides access to Dungeness Spit and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Day at the park

Glen Wade of Port Angeles encourages his son, Yuli Schutz-Wade, 2 1/2, to go down a tall slide on Thursday on the playground at Dungeness… Continue reading

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Glen Wade of Port Angeles encourages his son, Yuli Schutz-Wade, 2 1/2, to go down a tall slide on Thursday on the playground at Dungeness Recreation Area north of Sequim. The area is a popular spot to camp and hike, and provides access to Dungeness Spit and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
A dog walker crosses a foot bridge on Wednesday at the Japanese garden at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The park, a tribute to Sequim’s sister city, Yamasaki, Hyōgo, Japan, now part of Shisō City, is a popular place of tranquility in the bustle of the city. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Japanese garden

A dog walker crosses a foot bridge on Wednesday at the Japanese garden at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The park, a tribute to Sequim’s… Continue reading

A dog walker crosses a foot bridge on Wednesday at the Japanese garden at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The park, a tribute to Sequim’s sister city, Yamasaki, Hyōgo, Japan, now part of Shisō City, is a popular place of tranquility in the bustle of the city. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Emily Roberts of Seattle stops to take a photograph of fall colors along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. As autumn foliage reaches its peak on the North Olympic Peninsula, many trees are a riotous mix of reds, yellows and golds. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Peninsula beauty

Emily Roberts of Seattle stops to take a photograph of fall colors along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. As autumn foliage reaches its… Continue reading

Emily Roberts of Seattle stops to take a photograph of fall colors along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. As autumn foliage reaches its peak on the North Olympic Peninsula, many trees are a riotous mix of reds, yellows and golds. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Stairclimbers, from left, Tim Davis, Margie Brueckner, Matt Aston and Esther McKellar of the Port Angeles Fire Department, practice ascending the Laurel Street Stairs above downtown Port Angeles on Saturday in preparation for next spring’s 31st annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb on March 13 at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. The climb, a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, requires firefighters and emergency personnel to make a timed ascent of the 788-foot skyscraper’s 69 flights of stairs to help fund cancer research. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Taking the stairs for a good cause

Stairclimbers, from left, Tim Davis, Margie Brueckner, Matt Aston and Esther McKellar of the Port Angeles Fire Department, practice ascending the Laurel Street Stairs above… Continue reading

Stairclimbers, from left, Tim Davis, Margie Brueckner, Matt Aston and Esther McKellar of the Port Angeles Fire Department, practice ascending the Laurel Street Stairs above downtown Port Angeles on Saturday in preparation for next spring’s 31st annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb on March 13 at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. The climb, a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, requires firefighters and emergency personnel to make a timed ascent of the 788-foot skyscraper’s 69 flights of stairs to help fund cancer research. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Members of the Pease family of Sequim, from left, father, Craig, children Addison, 12, Alayna, 10 and Alivia, 3, and mother, Bambi, examine an information kiosk at Salt Creek Recreation Area north of Joyce last week. The group was exploring places on the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Outdoor exploration

Members of the Pease family of Sequim, from left, father, Craig, children Addison, 12, Alayna, 10 and Alivia, 3, and mother, Bambi, examine an information… Continue reading

Members of the Pease family of Sequim, from left, father, Craig, children Addison, 12, Alayna, 10 and Alivia, 3, and mother, Bambi, examine an information kiosk at Salt Creek Recreation Area north of Joyce last week. The group was exploring places on the North Olympic Peninsula. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Quinton Chastain of Olympia carries an insulated barrel on Thursday while setting up an outdoor kitchen for this weekend's Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival near the Port Angeles waterfront. The three-day festival begins today

Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival begins near Port Angeles waterfront

Quinton Chastain of Olympia carries an insulated barrel on Thursday while setting up an outdoor kitchen for this weekend’s Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival near… Continue reading

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Quinton Chastain of Olympia carries an insulated barrel on Thursday while setting up an outdoor kitchen for this weekend's Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival near the Port Angeles waterfront. The three-day festival begins today
Floyd Liljedahl, left, and Kathy Moses, both of Port Angeles, remove weeds from a garden plot planted for the benefit of the Port Angeles Food Bank on Wednesday at the Fifth Street Community Garden. They have been harvesting fresh vegetables for distribution from the food bank. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Vegetable harvest

Floyd Liljedahl, left, and Kathy Moses, both of Port Angeles, remove weeds from a garden plot planted for the benefit of the Port Angeles Food… Continue reading

Floyd Liljedahl, left, and Kathy Moses, both of Port Angeles, remove weeds from a garden plot planted for the benefit of the Port Angeles Food Bank on Wednesday at the Fifth Street Community Garden. They have been harvesting fresh vegetables for distribution from the food bank. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
A bicyclist makes his way across a bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail at Sequim Bay State Park on Saturday. The 210-foot-long bridge, which spans a small stream that passes through the park, was constructed in 2017. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Over the river and through the woods

A bicyclist makes his way across a bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail at Sequim Bay State Park on Saturday. The 210-foot-long bridge, which spans… Continue reading

A bicyclist makes his way across a bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail at Sequim Bay State Park on Saturday. The 210-foot-long bridge, which spans a small stream that passes through the park, was constructed in 2017. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles High School’s Samantha Robbins and Lance Menes stand together as homecoming senior queen and king before the school’s homecoming parade on Friday. The pair presided over festivities at the Roughriders’ football game on Friday night against the Kennedy Catholic Lancers. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Homecoming royalty named in Port Angeles

Port Angeles High School’s Samantha Robbins and Lance Menes stand together as homecoming senior queen and king before the school’s homecoming parade on Friday. The… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School’s Samantha Robbins and Lance Menes stand together as homecoming senior queen and king before the school’s homecoming parade on Friday. The pair presided over festivities at the Roughriders’ football game on Friday night against the Kennedy Catholic Lancers. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles High School sophomore Madeline Irwin, center, plays flute through a hole in her mask with other members of the school’s marching band at the start of Friday’s homecoming parade from the Clallam County Courthouse to Port Angeles Civic Field. The Port Angeles Roughriders were defeated by the Kennedy Catholic Lancers 40-7 in Friday night’s football game. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

PAHS Homecoming parade

Port Angeles High School sophomore Madeline Irwin, center, plays flute through a hole in her mask with other members of the school’s marching band at… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School sophomore Madeline Irwin, center, plays flute through a hole in her mask with other members of the school’s marching band at the start of Friday’s homecoming parade from the Clallam County Courthouse to Port Angeles Civic Field. The Port Angeles Roughriders were defeated by the Kennedy Catholic Lancers 40-7 in Friday night’s football game. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department employee Jessica Adams pressure washes the Laurel Street stairs behind the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Sprucing up stairs

Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department employee Jessica Adams pressure washes the Laurel Street stairs behind the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles… Continue reading

Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department employee Jessica Adams pressure washes the Laurel Street stairs behind the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Signs mark the closure of the Waterfront Trail portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail at the Morse Creek trailhead east of Port Angeles on Tuesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Trail repairs for Olympic Discovery Trail

Waterfront Trail portion

Signs mark the closure of the Waterfront Trail portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail at the Morse Creek trailhead east of Port Angeles on Tuesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Tucker Weatherly, 3, and Mary Wakefield, 2 1/2, collect leaves and berries from bushes and trees at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim. They were both on a nature outing last week from Carlsborg-based Bibity Bobity Child Care. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A berry fun nature walk

Tucker Weatherly, 3, and Mary Wakefield, 2 1/2, collect leaves and berries from bushes and trees at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim. They were both… Continue reading

Tucker Weatherly, 3, and Mary Wakefield, 2 1/2, collect leaves and berries from bushes and trees at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim. They were both on a nature outing last week from Carlsborg-based Bibity Bobity Child Care. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Normajane Goodfellow, 4, left, and Minue Garling, 5, both of Port Angeles, cavort in the waters of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park over the weekend. The youth were on a family outing to East Beach Road. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Last splash of summer

Normajane Goodfellow, 4, left, and Minue Garling, 5, both of Port Angeles, cavort in the waters of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park over the… Continue reading

Normajane Goodfellow, 4, left, and Minue Garling, 5, both of Port Angeles, cavort in the waters of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park over the weekend. The youth were on a family outing to East Beach Road. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Salmon rest in a side channel of the Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim on Thursday. Thousands of the fish were making their way upriver to their spawning grounds. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Salmon returning

Salmon rest in a side channel of the Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim on Thursday. Thousands of the fish were making their… Continue reading

Salmon rest in a side channel of the Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim on Thursday. Thousands of the fish were making their way upriver to their spawning grounds. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Children and parents roam through the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Piort Angeles.

Updated playground celebrated

Community build sparks renewed interest in park

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Children and parents roam through the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Piort Angeles.
Sisters Jenny Edwards, left, and Julia Ahrndt, both of Port Angeles, assemble flower bouquets that will be distributed to teachers and staff members of the Port Angeles School District at an assembly session with volunteers on Thursday at Hamilton School. The pair collected more than 4,000 flowers from their own flower farms, along with donations from other farms and area gardeners, that will be arranged in tin can vases and given out in the days to come to about 450 school district employees as a token of thanks for their hard work in tending to the needs of children. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A bouquet of gratitude in Port Angeles

Sisters Jenny Edwards, left, and Julia Ahrndt, both of Port Angeles, assemble flower bouquets that will be distributed to teachers and staff members of the… Continue reading

Sisters Jenny Edwards, left, and Julia Ahrndt, both of Port Angeles, assemble flower bouquets that will be distributed to teachers and staff members of the Port Angeles School District at an assembly session with volunteers on Thursday at Hamilton School. The pair collected more than 4,000 flowers from their own flower farms, along with donations from other farms and area gardeners, that will be arranged in tin can vases and given out in the days to come to about 450 school district employees as a token of thanks for their hard work in tending to the needs of children. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Jamie Haney helps her fourth-grader Elise prepare for the first day of school Tuesday morning at Salish Coast Elementary in Port Townsend. The school has 408 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade; 21 were absent Tuesday, principal Lisa Condran noted. "We are very successfully running outdoor breakfast and lunch to keep our students safe, so we are excited about that," she added. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

School starts at Salish Coast Elementary

Jamie Haney, above, helps her fourth-grader, Elise, prepare for the first day of school Tuesday morning at Salish Coast Elementary in Port Townsend. The school… Continue reading

Jamie Haney helps her fourth-grader Elise prepare for the first day of school Tuesday morning at Salish Coast Elementary in Port Townsend. The school has 408 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade; 21 were absent Tuesday, principal Lisa Condran noted. "We are very successfully running outdoor breakfast and lunch to keep our students safe, so we are excited about that," she added. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
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Loretta Bilow of Sequim, left, and Angel Ortiz of Port Angeles dance to the music of the Buck Ellard Band during Saturday's Jammin' in the Park at Pebble Beach Park in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by Nor’Wester Rotary and Koenig Suburu, featured music, food, children's activities and a car show.

Dancing Days at Jammin’ in the Park

Loretta Bilow of Sequim, left, and Angel Ortiz of Port Angeles dance to the music of the Buck Ellard Band during Saturday’s Jammin’ in the… Continue reading

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Loretta Bilow of Sequim, left, and Angel Ortiz of Port Angeles dance to the music of the Buck Ellard Band during Saturday's Jammin' in the Park at Pebble Beach Park in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by Nor’Wester Rotary and Koenig Suburu, featured music, food, children's activities and a car show.
Kathleen Krecklow sits under an umbrella as she converses with Jo Ehly on the shore of Dungeness Bay at Dungeness Landing County Park on Wednesday. The women, both of Sequim, were sharing the morning with other friends in a weekly gathering. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A sunny disposition at Dungeness Bay

Kathleen Krecklow sits under an umbrella as she converses with Jo Ehly on the shore of Dungeness Bay at Dungeness Landing County Park on Wednesday.… Continue reading

Kathleen Krecklow sits under an umbrella as she converses with Jo Ehly on the shore of Dungeness Bay at Dungeness Landing County Park on Wednesday. The women, both of Sequim, were sharing the morning with other friends in a weekly gathering. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)