Clallam: County workers get locks shorn for United Way

PORT ANGELES — The buzz of an electric razor echoed throughout the Clallam County Courthouse lobby Wednesday as two elected officials and two county employees got their hair cut off in support of the United Way of Clallam County.

The extreme haircuts also showed support for Clallam County Commissioner Steve Tharinger, who is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma and had his head shaved earlier this fall.

“It is definitely cooler — this will take some getting used to,” Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman said as he pulled his United Way stocking cap down over his ears.

“But it is for a great cause . . . and this is a great way to support Steve.”

Chapman, Rob Robertsen, elected community development director, Joe Ciarlo, emergency services director, and Bruce Emery, a county planner, agreed to buzz their heads if county employees reached $12,000 in their campaign for United Way.

The goal was met late Tuesday afternoon, so off came the locks on Wednesday.

100 watch hair-cutting

About 100 county staff and community members cheered as barbers Corinne Winters of Corinne’s Clipper and Style of Port Angeles and Joe Fazio of Sequim Beauty Salon shaved the men’s heads.

The barbers waived their fees to support the United Way and Tharinger.

“My own son is afraid of me,” Chapman said halfway through his haircut, when Winters fashioned a blond Mohawk.

Anders Chapman, 5, said he was not scared of his dad’s new look, but said it was definitely different.

For Robertsen, the haircut will also take a little getting used to.

“When I stepped outside I could feel the difference, especially on the sides of my head where my hair used to be,” he said.

“The top, which was mostly bare to start with, has acclimated over the years.”

More in News

Ellie Olson, 7, a member of the East Clallam Livestock 4H Club, shows off her knowledge of poultry using a stuffed chicken, a concession to preventing the spread of avian flu by keeping live chickens away from the Clallam County Fair barns on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Young exhibitors strut stuff on first day of Clallam County Fair

No feathers, but stuffed chickens stand in to demonstrate real thing

A couple watches as the stars twinkle above the colorful greens and purples from the Aurora Borealis as it shines above the light pollution over Whidbey Island on Wednesday night as seen from North Beach in Port Townsend. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Northern lights

A couple watches as the stars twinkle above the colorful greens and… Continue reading

Easement to allow extension of Olympic Discovery Trail

Link would be made between Forks, La Push

Erin Fox.
Sequim High graduate Fox named SHS principal

Fox selected as lead administrator

Greg Brotherton, left, and Marcia Kelbon.
Jefferson County incumbent accused of conflict

Brotherton says dual role a legal requirement

Grow a Row plant sale Saturday aimed to encourage winter plots

Food bank growers urging residents to harvest food for themselves, others

Neill, Hull to perform Friday at Palindrome

Portland singer-songwriter Casey Neill will perform with Whidbey Island… Continue reading

Tyler McCarthey, 10, of Sequim, a member of the East Clallam County Livestock 4H Club, scrubs the hind legs of Glory, a Jersey cow, as his mother, Sarah McCarthey, owner of Dungeness Valley Creamery, holds a tail during preparation for the Clallam County Fair on Wednesday in Port Angeles. The four-day exhibition opens today at the county fairgrounds. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Preparing for the fair

Tyler McCarthey, 10, of Sequim, a member of the East Clallam County… Continue reading

E-scooters gets Port Angeles approval

Both Port Angeles, Sequim awaiting company action

Most Read