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The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree is surrounded by people during a lighting ceremony on Saturday at First and Lincoln streets. The 30-foot tree will stand at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza through the holidays. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Lit up for the holidays

The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree is surrounded by people during a lighting ceremony on Saturday at First and Lincoln streets. The 30-foot tree will… Continue reading

The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree is surrounded by people during a lighting ceremony on Saturday at First and Lincoln streets. The 30-foot tree will stand at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza through the holidays. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Craig Mallow, left, and Quinten Calquhoun of Olympia-based Sargent Engineers, Inc., use a lift to inspect the outside structure of the observation tower at the end of Port Angeles City Pier on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Tower inspection

Craig Mallow, left, and Quinten Calquhoun of Olympia-based Sargent Engineers, Inc., use a lift to inspect the outside structure of the observation tower at the… Continue reading

Craig Mallow, left, and Quinten Calquhoun of Olympia-based Sargent Engineers, Inc., use a lift to inspect the outside structure of the observation tower at the end of Port Angeles City Pier on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Sharmaine Wright of Port Angeles expresses delight while being pushed by her daughter, Kaylee Konopaski, 10, on the ice at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village on Saturday. The village, which features a temporary ice skating rink, opened Friday and will operate daily from noon to 9 p.m. through Jan. 2. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Outdoor adventure

Sharmaine Wright of Port Angeles expresses delight while being pushed by her daughter, Kaylee Konopaski, 10, on the ice at the Port Angeles Winter Ice… Continue reading

Sharmaine Wright of Port Angeles expresses delight while being pushed by her daughter, Kaylee Konopaski, 10, on the ice at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village on Saturday. The village, which features a temporary ice skating rink, opened Friday and will operate daily from noon to 9 p.m. through Jan. 2. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Glynda Ball of Sequim puts the finishing touches on a self-made wreath at a wreath-making station at Saturday’s Nature Mart at the Dungeness River Nature Center in Sequim. The event, a fundraiser for the nature center’s education programs, also featured a gift mart of hand-crafted, nature-related gifts, a bake sale and photo opportunities with the center’s taxidermic animals. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Holiday wreaths

Glynda Ball of Sequim puts the finishing touches on a self-made wreath at a wreath-making station at Saturday’s Nature Mart at the Dungeness River Nature… Continue reading

Glynda Ball of Sequim puts the finishing touches on a self-made wreath at a wreath-making station at Saturday’s Nature Mart at the Dungeness River Nature Center in Sequim. The event, a fundraiser for the nature center’s education programs, also featured a gift mart of hand-crafted, nature-related gifts, a bake sale and photo opportunities with the center’s taxidermic animals. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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The Dungeness River Nature Center stands illuminated by Christmas lights as visitors roam the outdoor patio after a lighting ceremony for the center and nearby Railroad Bridge on Thursday night in Sequim. Hundreds of people took part in the event, which featured holiday songs by the Sequim High School Choir on the historic bridge over the Dungeness River.

Railroad Bridge lights the night in Sequim

The Dungeness River Nature Center stands illuminated by Christmas lights as visitors roam the outdoor patio after a lighting ceremony for the center and nearby… Continue reading

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The Dungeness River Nature Center stands illuminated by Christmas lights as visitors roam the outdoor patio after a lighting ceremony for the center and nearby Railroad Bridge on Thursday night in Sequim. Hundreds of people took part in the event, which featured holiday songs by the Sequim High School Choir on the historic bridge over the Dungeness River.
Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department worker Easton Joslin clears leaves from the parking lot in front of Port Angeles City Hall. As autumn foliage passes its peak of color across the North Olympic Peninsula, so follows the inevitable falling of leaves across the landscape. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Falling foliage

Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department worker Easton Joslin clears leaves from the parking lot in front of Port Angeles City Hall. As autumn foliage… Continue reading

Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department worker Easton Joslin clears leaves from the parking lot in front of Port Angeles City Hall. As autumn foliage passes its peak of color across the North Olympic Peninsula, so follows the inevitable falling of leaves across the landscape. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles Parks and Recreation and Public Works crews lift a 30-foot Douglas fir tree into position at the plaza of the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday before decorating it with lights for the holiday season. The tree, donated by the Port of Port Angeles, is scheduled to be lit during a ceremony on Nov. 25. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Holidays are arriving

Port Angeles Parks and Recreation and Public Works crews lift a 30-foot Douglas fir tree into position at the plaza of the Conrad Dyar Memorial… Continue reading

Port Angeles Parks and Recreation and Public Works crews lift a 30-foot Douglas fir tree into position at the plaza of the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday before decorating it with lights for the holiday season. The tree, donated by the Port of Port Angeles, is scheduled to be lit during a ceremony on Nov. 25. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Tommy Robertson of Port Angeles, center, sprays water onto chiller coils that will eventually create the ice skating surface at the Port Angeles Ice Village on Tuesday in downtown Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Tommy Robertson of Port Angeles, center, sprays water onto chiller coils that will eventually create the ice skating surface at the Port Angeles Ice Village on Tuesday in downtown Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Peninsula College men’s soccer coach Jake Hughes, right, holds a gag “swear jar” poking fun of player Nil Grau, who used a number of swear words during an exuberant live-streamed postgame interview on Sunday after the team defeated Highline in the NWAC championship match on Sunday in Tukwila. The team was honored by the school at the Pirate Union Building on Tuesday. Next to the podium are players, from left, Manny Garcia, Konrad Muller, Pip van der Ende and Alfie Tucker. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

MEN’S SOCCER: Peninsula College honors NWAC champion men’s soccer team

Peninsula College men’s soccer coach Jake Hughes, right, holds a gag “swear jar” poking fun of player Nil Grau, who used a number of swear… Continue reading

Peninsula College men’s soccer coach Jake Hughes, right, holds a gag “swear jar” poking fun of player Nil Grau, who used a number of swear words during an exuberant live-streamed postgame interview on Sunday after the team defeated Highline in the NWAC championship match on Sunday in Tukwila. The team was honored by the school at the Pirate Union Building on Tuesday. Next to the podium are players, from left, Manny Garcia, Konrad Muller, Pip van der Ende and Alfie Tucker. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Brayden Shillington, 5, of Port Angeles carries a bag of donated food to a waiting van during Saturday’s Food Drive conducted by employees of Lakeside Industries in the parking lot of Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles. By mid-afternoon, the participants had collected about 1,200 pounds of food and about $3,400 in monetary and matching donations to benefit area food banks. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Food drive in Port Angeles

Brayden Shillington, 5, of Port Angeles carries a bag of donated food to a waiting van during Saturday’s Food Drive conducted by employees of Lakeside… Continue reading

Brayden Shillington, 5, of Port Angeles carries a bag of donated food to a waiting van during Saturday’s Food Drive conducted by employees of Lakeside Industries in the parking lot of Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles. By mid-afternoon, the participants had collected about 1,200 pounds of food and about $3,400 in monetary and matching donations to benefit area food banks. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Friends, family and Roughrider fans line Race Street in front of Port Angeles Civic Field as a bus carrying the Port Angeles High School football team heads for Tumwater for Friday's state playoff opener. The Roughriders were on their first trip to state in more than a decade to play No. 1-seeded Tumwater High School. Dozens of people took part in the team sead-off.

Roughriders sendoff

Friends, family and Roughrider fans line Race Street in front of Port Angeles Civic Field as a bus carrying the Port Angeles High School football… Continue reading

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Friends, family and Roughrider fans line Race Street in front of Port Angeles Civic Field as a bus carrying the Port Angeles High School football team heads for Tumwater for Friday's state playoff opener. The Roughriders were on their first trip to state in more than a decade to play No. 1-seeded Tumwater High School. Dozens of people took part in the team sead-off.
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Six-year-old Baylee Spence of Port Angeles looks over holiday confections at the Original Christmas Cottage craft and gift fair on Friday at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., in Port Angeles. The annual three-day fair features thousands of holiday gifts and decorations created by North Olympic Peninsula artisans. It continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday fair in Port Angeles

Six-year-old Baylee Spence of Port Angeles looks over holiday confections at the Original Christmas Cottage craft and gift fair on Friday at Vern Burton Community… Continue reading

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Six-year-old Baylee Spence of Port Angeles looks over holiday confections at the Original Christmas Cottage craft and gift fair on Friday at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., in Port Angeles. The annual three-day fair features thousands of holiday gifts and decorations created by North Olympic Peninsula artisans. It continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Port of Port Angeles incumbent Connie Beauvais, left, and incumbent Port Angeles City Council member Navarra Carr examine early election returns on Tuesday at the Clallam County Courthouse. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Ballot returns

Port of Port Angeles incumbent Connie Beauvais, left, and incumbent Port Angeles City Council member Navarra Carr examine early election returns on Tuesday at the… Continue reading

Port of Port Angeles incumbent Connie Beauvais, left, and incumbent Port Angeles City Council member Navarra Carr examine early election returns on Tuesday at the Clallam County Courthouse. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Beau Rossi, 2, of Sequim gets assistance from Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighter/paramedic Hayden Pyle with extinguishing an intentional propane fire during Saturday’s Public Safety and Information Fair at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The event, organized by Fire District 3 and the Community Emergency Response Team, featured a variety of exhibits and displays from numerous public safety and community service agencies, as well as workshops and children’s activities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Public safety fair

Beau Rossi, 2, of Sequim gets assistance from Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighter/paramedic Hayden Pyle with extinguishing an intentional propane fire during Saturday’s Public… Continue reading

Beau Rossi, 2, of Sequim gets assistance from Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighter/paramedic Hayden Pyle with extinguishing an intentional propane fire during Saturday’s Public Safety and Information Fair at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The event, organized by Fire District 3 and the Community Emergency Response Team, featured a variety of exhibits and displays from numerous public safety and community service agencies, as well as workshops and children’s activities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Tim Crowley, left, and Frank Bruni, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a street-side tree on Friday in downtown Port Angeles. Members of the club take on the annual task of adorning trees and poles in the downtown area with lights with reimbursement from the Port Angeles Downtown Association.

Holiday lights in Port Angeles

Tim Crowley, left, and Frank Bruni, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a street-side tree on Friday in downtown Port Angeles.… Continue reading

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Tim Crowley, left, and Frank Bruni, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a street-side tree on Friday in downtown Port Angeles. Members of the club take on the annual task of adorning trees and poles in the downtown area with lights with reimbursement from the Port Angeles Downtown Association.
A crew from Olympic Electric Co. works to upgrade a traffic signal at Race Street and Lauridsen Boulevard in Port Angeles on Thursday as part of Phase One of the Race Street Corridor upgrade project. The first part of the project includes a pedestrian trail, improved crosswalks, stormwater infrastructure replacement and landscaping between Eighth Street and Olympus Avenue. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Race Street project

A crew from Olympic Electric Co. works to upgrade a traffic signal at Race Street and Lauridsen Boulevard in Port Angeles on Thursday as part… Continue reading

A crew from Olympic Electric Co. works to upgrade a traffic signal at Race Street and Lauridsen Boulevard in Port Angeles on Thursday as part of Phase One of the Race Street Corridor upgrade project. The first part of the project includes a pedestrian trail, improved crosswalks, stormwater infrastructure replacement and landscaping between Eighth Street and Olympus Avenue. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Jessica Jackson of Joyce and her son Blakely Baker, 5 months, pose for a selfie with a herd of inflatable dinosaurs ridden by employees of Port Angeles-based Eleven Eleven Dental during Tuesday’s Halloween trick-or-treating event in downtown Port Angeles. Riders were, from left, Dr. Erin Ostteen, Taylor Peabody, Krystal Feris, Emma Lindberg, Kelly Wheeleer and Alexis Perry. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Trick or treat

Jessica Jackson of Joyce and her son Blakely Baker, 5 months, pose for a selfie with a herd of inflatable dinosaurs ridden by employees of… Continue reading

Jessica Jackson of Joyce and her son Blakely Baker, 5 months, pose for a selfie with a herd of inflatable dinosaurs ridden by employees of Port Angeles-based Eleven Eleven Dental during Tuesday’s Halloween trick-or-treating event in downtown Port Angeles. Riders were, from left, Dr. Erin Ostteen, Taylor Peabody, Krystal Feris, Emma Lindberg, Kelly Wheeleer and Alexis Perry. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Helen Kenoyer of the Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic and Inspector Josh Ley of the Clallam County Sheriffs Office unload unwanted pharmaceuticals and medications from the agency at a drop-off point at the Clallam County Courthouse during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At the event, people were allowed to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs for disposal in a safe and responsible manner. Additional drop-off points on Saturday were at Sequim City Hall and the QFC grocery store in Port Hadlock. Year-round drug disposal sites are kiosks at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in Port Angeles, at the Sequim Police Department and through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Port Hadlock. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Drug takeback day

Helen Kenoyer of the Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic and Inspector Josh Ley of the Clallam County Sheriffs Office unload unwanted pharmaceuticals and medications from the… Continue reading

Helen Kenoyer of the Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic and Inspector Josh Ley of the Clallam County Sheriffs Office unload unwanted pharmaceuticals and medications from the agency at a drop-off point at the Clallam County Courthouse during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At the event, people were allowed to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs for disposal in a safe and responsible manner. Additional drop-off points on Saturday were at Sequim City Hall and the QFC grocery store in Port Hadlock. Year-round drug disposal sites are kiosks at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in Port Angeles, at the Sequim Police Department and through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Port Hadlock. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Sonnie Fountain, 8, of Sequim plays an oversized version of the Operation game under the direction of Sequim High School freshman Lillian Anderson during Saturday’s Haunted Hallways holiday event at the school. Haunted Hallways featured a portion of the school set aside for a variety of Halloween games and attractions hosted by students as a benefit for the Sequim Food Bank. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Haunted Hallways

Sonnie Fountain, 8, of Sequim plays an oversized version of the Operation game under the direction of Sequim High School freshman Lillian Anderson during Saturday’s… Continue reading

Sonnie Fountain, 8, of Sequim plays an oversized version of the Operation game under the direction of Sequim High School freshman Lillian Anderson during Saturday’s Haunted Hallways holiday event at the school. Haunted Hallways featured a portion of the school set aside for a variety of Halloween games and attractions hosted by students as a benefit for the Sequim Food Bank. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Janaye Birkland of Sequim takes on the persona of Barbie as she passes out treats to Sophie Van Proyen, 5, right, and Shelbie Van Proyen, both of Sequim, during Saturday’s Sequim Prairie Grange Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat at the grange hall near Carlsborg. The festival featured pumpkin carving, children’s games and treats handed out to costumed youngsters. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Trunk or Treat

Daria O’Neill, 9, of Sequim empties the innards of a pumpkin at Sequim Prairie Grange Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat on Saturday at the… Continue reading

Janaye Birkland of Sequim takes on the persona of Barbie as she passes out treats to Sophie Van Proyen, 5, right, and Shelbie Van Proyen, both of Sequim, during Saturday’s Sequim Prairie Grange Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat at the grange hall near Carlsborg. The festival featured pumpkin carving, children’s games and treats handed out to costumed youngsters. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)