NEWS BRIEFS: Conductor replacement to take place in Port Angeles alley starting Monday … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Replacement of overhead conductors in the Front Street-First Street alley between Washington and Alder streets will begin Monday and continue through the end of the year, city officials said.

Brief localized outages are expected to customers in the area.

The contractor, Christenson Electric Inc., will contact area businesses in advance to schedule and minimize the impacts of these outages, the city said.

The work is intended to improve the capacity and reliability of the Port Angeles electric utility.

Tax-Aide in Quilcene

QUILCENE — Appointments can be made in late January with AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who will prepare and e-file tax returns at the Quilcene Community Center on three dates this season, beginning in February.

The Tax-Aide volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; Thursday, March 16; and Saturday, April 8.

Appointments can be made with staff at the Quilcene Community Center at 360-765-3321.

The service is free and open to anyone. It is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation.

Tax-Aide volunteers are required to see photo identification and Social Security cards for the filer, the filer’s spouse and dependents.

Because the IRS has provided new software for Tax-Aide this season, volunteers have no record of prior returns. So filers must bring their returns from last year, as well as W-2s, 1099s and any other documents necessary to complete the 2016 return.

Those who want refunds directly deposited into their bank account must bring a checkbook or bank document showing the bank account numbers.

Those who need to obtain replacement Social Security cards can contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213, or

Arts to Elders to perform ‘Carol’ Dec. 13

PORT TOWNSEND — Arts to Elders plans a performance of “A Christmas Carol” from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Raven, aka “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” will present an abridged version of the Charles Dickens tale at Discovery View Retirement, 1051 Hancock St.

Raven will initially greet the audience with a holiday song accompanied by his partner, Pami-Sue. During intermission, he will serve refreshments.

The free performance, held in conjunction with the Northwind Arts Center and sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, is open to the public.

Port Angeles fire captain promoted

PORT ANGELES — Fire Capt. Keith Bogues,

a 25-year veteran of the Port Angeles Fire Department, has been promoted to assistant chief/operations.

The position is responsible for a number of departmental administrative duties, as well as management and direction of all training-related activities and oversight of the department’s volunteer program.

Bogues has been with the fire department since December 1991.

He was promoted from firefighter/paramedic to captain in 1998 and will celebrate his 25th year today.

In addition to thousands of hours of fire service training, Bogues has a bachelor’s degree in management and an associate degree in fire command administration.

Power squadron

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron will meet at Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, on Monday, Dec. 12.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by a business meeting, dinner and a performance by

the Sequim High School Select Choir and Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of John Lorentzen, at about 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dinner can be purchased for $22 each.

For more information, visit or phone Mike Witkin at 360-457-1082.

Candelighting service

SEQUIM — The Compassionate Friends will host a candlelighting service at Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane off Carlsborg Road, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

The remembrance service is for families who have experienced the death of a child.

The North Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit organization providing support for families who have experienced the death of a child, meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday except December at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

Advent taize

PORT ANGELES — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., will offer a Taize worship service tonight at 7.

“We will be deep in darkness in the midst of Advent, so this evening of beautiful music, prayer, quiet and candlelight is a perfect offering as we continue to prepare our hearts for the coming Christ Child,” according to a news release.

This is a nondenominational service. All are invited.

For more information, call the church at 360-457-4862 or go to

Unity service

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., will host guest speaker the Rev. Patricia Mawson at its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Her lesson is titled “Weebles Wobble, But They Don’t Stay Down.”

Mawson is a Course in Miracles minister and an ordained Unity prayer chaplain.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

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