NEWS BRIEFS: Olympic Hot Springs Road repair starts Monday … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley will be inaccessible to public travel above the Glines Canyon Overlook beginning Monday.

The road will be closed through Thursday for road repairs and culvert replacement, said Penny Wagner, public information officer for Olympic National Park.

The Boulder Creek Trailhead will be accessible through the weekend. However, all vehicles must be below the Glines Canyon Overlook area by 6 a.m. Monday prior to the four-day closure.

Permits are required for overnight camping in the Boulder Creek Camp area.

Campfires are prohibited at the camp area and the hot springs due to extensive damage by visitors and subsequent revegetation efforts, Wagner said.

Pets and bicycles are not permitted beyond the trailhead.

Collision with deer

AMANDA PARK — A Forks woman has been discharged from a Grays Harbor hospital where she was taken after the car she was driving collided with a deer on U.S. Highway 101, the State Patrol said.

Brittany Louise Thomas, 19, was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital after the 2016 Honda Civic she was driving crashed into the deer about 35 miles north of Hoquiam on Tuesday, troopers said in a memo.

Thomas had been discharged from the Aberdeen hospital by Thursday morning, a nursing supervisor said.

Thomas was traveling northbound when she hit the deer at about 11:05 p.m. at milepost 127 near Amanda Park.

There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

“The vehicle and the deer were both blocking the roadway for approximately one hour,” troopers said.

Thomas was wearing a seat belt, and drugs or alcohol were not involved, the State Patrol said.

Closure extended

PORT ANGELES — The closure of the First-Front street alley between Oak and Cherry streets has been extended to Tuesday.

Project delays necessitated the extended closure, according to city officials.

Crumbling asphalt has been removed, officials said in an announcement.

The alley is in the process of being re-graded and re-paved.

“Keep in mind that dates may change, and work may be extended depending on weather, progress and conditions,” the city said.

Downtown display

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking a donation of a 25- to 30-foot Christmas tree for its downtown display.

Chamber officials would prefer a Douglas fir or noble fir donated by Nov. 15.

The tree can be dropped off or volunteers will pick it up.

For more information, call Emily Wescott at 360-670-6294 or the chamber at 360-683-6197.

WAVE food drive

The “What a Valuable Experience,” or “WAVE,” Food Drive is gearing up for its annual drive event Saturday.

Donations can be made all day at Quality Food Center stores at 515 Sheridan St. in Port Townsend and 1980 Irondale Road in Port Hadlock.

Donations will also be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:

In Port Townsend, Church of Christ, 230 A St.; First Baptist Church of Port Townsend, 1202 Lawrence St.; First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend, 1111 Franklin St.; Grace Lutheran Church, 1120 Walker St.; and Port Townsend Friends Meeting House, 1841 Sheridan St.

Also, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.; San Juan Baptist Church, 1704 Discovery Road; St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1335 Blaine St.; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St.

In Port Hadlock will be Community United Methodist Church, 130 Church Lane.

Nonperishable foods that are no more than three years past their expiration dates are permissible. Canned meats, such as chicken or tuna fish, “are highly desirable,” according to a news release.

Shampoos, hand lotions, dish soaps and pet foods that have been opened are also accepted.

Home-canned foods are not accepted.

Donations are equally distributed among the Port Townsend, Tri-Area, Quilcene and Brinnon food banks.

Financial donations are also accepted. They can be postmarked to the Jefferson County Food Bank Association, P.O. Box 124, Port Hadlock, WA 98339. Checks can be made payable to the Jefferson County Food Bank Association.

Last year, the drive raised $14,182 and 1,589 pounds of food, according to the release.

For more information, visit or

Unity speaker

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday service speaker will be the Rev. Donna Little.

Her lesson at the church at 2917 E. Myrtle St. is titled “Inquiring Minds Want to KNOW.”

Little, a resident of Sequim, is a licensed and ordained Unity minister.

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

Child care is available during the service.

Reformation Sunday

PORT ANGELES — Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will host the Rev. Dr. Moses Paul Peter Penumaka for a sermon and other events Sunday.

All events are free and open to the public at the church, 301 E. Lopez Ave.

The morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. with his lesson, titled “You Shall Be Holy,” and will be followed by an 11 a.m. adult education program, “Luther and Dalits.”

Following the program, a global church lunch will be held. Free-will offerings are appreciated, event organizers said.

Penumaka is the director of Theological Education for Emerging Ministries at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University in Berkeley, Calif.

For more information, call 360-452-2323 or email

‘Celebrate Recovery’

PORT LUDLOW — Port Ludlow Community Church’s “Celebrate Recovery” will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Trained leaders at the church, 9534 Oak Bay Road, will provide safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups every Wednesday until further notice.

This program is designed to help people who are hurting and are seeking recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hangups, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-437-0145.

Kirkin’ o’ tartan

PORT TOWNSEND — A special Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is scheduled for the 10 a.m. worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend on Sunday.

The church is located at 1111 Franklin St.

Bagpiper Art Brown will play music and Chieftain Le Hornbeck will call out names of the clans to recognize those present and their Scottish and Irish clans of origin.

The service honors the church’s reformed heritage from the 1500s, as well as Presbyterianism begun by John Knox in Scotland.

A blessing — or kirkin’ o’ the tartan — symbolizes the dedication of one’s life to God’s service and recalls the period in Scottish history when wearing a tartan was prohibited, according to a news release.

Worshippers are encouraged to wear their clan’s tartan.

Scottish scones and shortbread will served in the fellowship hall following the service.

For more information, call 360-385-2525 or

Film screening

PORT TOWNSEND — St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church will host a screening of the film “Purgatory — The Forgotten Church” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The church is located at 1335 Blaine St.

“This inspiring and uplifting 85-minute film helps confirm that ‘relationships do not simply vaporize after death … they continue,’ ” according to a news release.

“Learn the universality of near-death experiences and listen as survivors share their amazing personal stories.”

The film is written and directed by Franciscan Friar John Clote.

For more information, call 360-375-3700 or

500th anniversary

SEQUIM — Dr. Roland Blaich, Ph.D., will present the first of three free lectures today at 7 p.m. at Sequim Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.

The public is invited to the lectures.

Tonight’s program is titled “The Protestant Reformation: Historical Background” and will cover topics such as church corruption in the Middle Ages, church-state controversy, “heretical” movements, papal schism, mysticism and popular piety, humanism and Christian humanism.

On Saturday at 10:50 a.m., Blaich will present “The Prophet Luther,” which will center on the Reformation Manifestos of Luther, his theses and early tracts that laid the foundation for the reformation.

At 3 p.m., Blaich will conclude with “The Protestant Reformation in Perspective” to provide a summary of essential Reformation principles, an examination of some problems (including Luther’s personal flaws) and where the Reformation fell short, the problem of unity and reformation as a continuing process.

Blaich is a professor emeritus of Walla Walla University, where he served as chair of the Department of History and Philosophy.

For more information, call 360-683-7373.

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