NEWS BRIEFS: AAUW Port Townsend seeks nominations for 2017 Woman of Excellence Award … and other items

News events across the North Olympic Peninsula.

PORT TOWNSEND — The American Association of University Women-Port Townsend is seeking nominations for the 2017 Woman of Excellence Award.

Nominations are due Nov. 1.

The organization annually honors a woman who has contributed significantly to Jefferson County through paid and/or volunteer work.

To be eligible, nominees must have lived or worked in Jefferson County for three years and meet the criteria for consideration, including accomplishments as a role model, change agent, teacher/mentor and community activist.

The award will given at the AAUW PT holiday event Dec. 10.

The Woman of Excellence nomination form and criteria are available on the “Honoring Women” link at

Nomination submissions are limited to the nomination form and up to three letters of support.

Submissions can be emailed to or mailed to Carol Andreasen, 115 Kruse St., Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Free septics class

SEQUIM — Registration is being accepted for a class in septic maintenance.

The free 2 1/2-hour Septics 101 class will provide homeowners with an overview of the what, why and how of septic system maintenance, according to Carol Creasey of county Environmental Health Services.

The Septics 101 class will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim.

Class space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Septics 101 is a prerequisite for Septics 201, the class that teaches how to become certified to inspect one’s own septic system.

To register, go to or call 360-417-2506.

As an alternate to the class, there is an online Septics 101 version available.

Flight landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field Tuesday through Thursday

Operations at Ault Field are scheduled for afternoon to late evening.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Mac users

PORT ANGELES — The Strait Mac Users Group will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Rich Alderson, senior systems engineer and curator emeritus at Living Computer Museum, will be the presenter.

His topic is “The Evolution of Computers.”

Alderson will focus on the development of the museum from its earliest online presence to the expansion opening in November.

He will demonstrate some of the different ways the museum shows how computers have developed since the early 1960s.

Refreshments will be served.

All are welcome.

For more information, contact Craig Gottschalk at 360-775-1250 or


PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Friends of Animals (PFOA) is kicking off the fall sports season with a Most Valuable Pets (MVP) adoption campaign this month.

Through Sept. 30, those interested in adopting a mature cat can count on a $25 adoption fee, adoption counseling, a complete health checkup of the adopted cat, vaccinations and FELV/FIV test, spay/neuter and a microchip.

With this event, PFOA is celebrating its new partnership with the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

For more information about the “MVP/Kick Off” pet adoption specil, visit

Marvin Bell night

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will present “An Evening with Marvin Bell” in the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bell has been called “an insider who thinks like an outsider,” and his writing has been called “ambitious without pretension,” according to a news release.

His 24 books include “Nightworks”; “Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems”; “Whiteout,” a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons; and “After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts,” a work of poetic nonfiction in collaboration with Christopher Merrill.

Bell was for many years Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate.

He edited poetry five years apiece for The North American Review and The Iowa Review. He created and edited the New Poets / Short Books series in which Lost Horse Press published the first books of 15 poets.

He designed and led for five years a summer workshop for teachers from the urban after-school program America SCORES.

There is a suggested donation for the reading of $3 to $5.

All proceeds will support the Northwind Arts Center.

For more information contact, Bill Mawhinney at 360-302-1159 or visit

Pet Day

SEQUIM — Pet Day with KSQM 91.5 will take place at Carrie Blake Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

Local businesses that specialize in pet boarding, grooming services, pet treats and other services will be there to offer information and more.

For more information, contact Ellen Massey at or 360-681-0000.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

All are welcome to join.

“It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler,” a news release read.

“The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.

“Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.”

Print copies of “The Boys in the Boat” are available in various formats, including regular print, large print and audiobook on CD. They can be requested online by visiting the library catalog at

For more information about this and other programs for readers and book lovers, visit and select “Events” and “Sequim” or contact the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161 or

Commission applicants

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Council is seeking applicants for two vacancies on the planning commission.

They are four-year terms, with one expiring in January 2017 and the other in January 2019.

Applicants must be residents of Sequim.

The planning commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

This voluntary commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on land use and zoning issues.

Submit applications to city clerk’s office at Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St.

The positions are open until filled.

For more information or to obtain an application, contact Sequim City Hall, phone 360-683-4139 or visit

PT Kiwanis rack up wins

PORT TOWNSEND — The Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International recently held its 99th annual convention in Portland​, Ore.

The governor’s banquet featured an evening of “K Awards.” The Kiwanis Club of Port Townsend brought home the top award in two categories and four additional Top 5 nomination certificates in a variety of categories.

​Melanie Bozak was honored as the Most Outstanding Lieutenant Governor in the PNW District, which has 35 lieutenant governors.

Bozak is the lieutenant governor of Division 33, which includes 13 clubs in Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties, serving as the liaison between the clubs and the district.

Her nomination, which came from several of her clubs, listed her outstanding work with the clubs, her many club officer positions and committee work, as well as her involvement and volunteer work in other local nonprofit organizations.

Ken Brink received the award for Most Outstanding Active But ​Past Club or District​ Officer.

Brink’s nomination outlined the many offices he has held, including club president and lieutenant governor twice, plus the years of work he has performed for the local club and the PNW District.

The other four Top 5 finishes for the local club include ​Liz Quayle in the category of Most Outstanding Club President; Dave and Mary Crozier for the Club Spirit Award; the club’s Marketing & Public Relations; and for Club Membership Achievement.

The PNW Kiwanis District stretches from Alaska through Yukon Territory, British Columbia​, ​Washington​, Oregon​, ​the panhandle of Idaho and a sliver of Northern California.

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