NEWS BRIEFS: Peninsula Trails Coalition seeks input at tonight’s meeting … and other items

SEQUIM — The Peninsula Trails Coalition seeks input on the Olympic Discovery Trail at a meeting today.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dungeness River Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim.

Ideas for and concerns about the trail are both welcome at the annual meeting of the group.

Drink and Draw

PORT ANGELES — Drink and Draw will offer a free model at the Loom in Studio Bob on Thursday.

The doors will open upstairs at 118½ E. Front St., Port Angeles, with drawing beginning at 7:30 p.m.

During the all-ages drawing event, a model will pose for three 20-minute sessions.

Drawing supplies are available or guests can bring their own. Drinks are no-host.

Drink and Draw meets monthly on the Thursday just before art walk, which is on the second weekend of the month.

Spaghetti feed

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Academy’s Parent-Teacher Organization will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Featured at the event will be spaghetti, garlic bread and salad in the Sequim High School cafeteria, located at 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-16 and free for children younger than 5.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Proceeds from the event will benefit activities for students of the academy.

For more information, contact Paul M. Rynearson at 360-461-4015 or

Free plant workshop

PORT HADLOCK — The public is invited to Hadlock Building Supply’s “Free Plant for Mom” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Mothers who bring children with them to the store, located at 901 Ness’ Corner Road, will receive a free plant and 4-inch terra cotta clay pot.

Free plants and pots are limited to one per mom.

The store will feature a planting area for those interested in creating a customized present.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, phone 360-385-1771 or email

Scholarship available

The annual Anne Murphy Ocean Stewardship scholarship is now available for a graduating East Jefferson County senior.

Applicants should be graduating from a public or private school, or be a home-schooled student who expects to complete high school by June 2017.

The $500 scholarship can be used for tuition, books or living expenses for college or vocational school.

The scholarship recipient will be selected on the basis of demonstrated interest in science and the environment.

Having volunteered on behalf of education about or conservation of the Salish Sea is desirable.

Applications for the scholarship are due Monday, May 15.

Those interested are asked to download the scholarship form, answer the questions and submit the application by email to

The scholarship can be downloaded by visiting

Applications can also be mailed or dropped off to Liesl Slabaugh, development and marketing director, at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, 582 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

The winner will be selected and notified by Tuesday, May 30.

For more information, phone 360-385-5582, ext. 101.

Scholarships awarded

PORT ANGELES — Kiahlee Brown-Bondy and Emiliano Maldonado, Stevens Middle School eighth-grade students, were each awarded a Pollanz Promise Scholarship by the family of Gladys Christopher Pollanz.

If both maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and graduate from Port Angeles or Lincoln High School on time, the $32,000 scholarship will be granted upon graduation.

Students were nominated by their teachers, and nominees were invited to submit an application for the scholarship, after which each went through an interview.

The other finalists were Jaden Gadbaw, Ben Hollingsworth, Jason Kibe, Brianna Tiemersma, Treyton Walde and Sol Wasankari — all students from Stevens.

“It was a tough decision to choose just two, all were so deserving,” said Tina Smith-O’Hara, Port Angeles School District communications and community relations coordinator and local coordinator for the scholarship.

The Pollanz family members were impressed enough to promise each finalist a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded by the same parameters, the district said.

According to a news release, each finalist will have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship when they graduate high school.

This scholarship program was made possible by Pollanz, a 1923 Roosevelt High School alumna, who — after her death in 2003 — left $1 million to establish a fund for students wanting to attend a four-year college.

Youth animal show

PORT ANGELES — Youths ages 5-18 are invited to participate in Washington State University Extension’s 4-H Port Angeles Summer Classic Youth Animal Show, held Saturday, June 10.

The event will be held at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, located at 1608 W. 16th St.

Youth can enter poultry, cats, rabbits, cattle, swine, sheep, goats and cavies.

Four-H membership is not required for participation.

Ribbons and prizes will be awarded.

The show’s entry form is available on the Clallam County Extension website at

Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities and special needs who contact the extension’s office by phoning Jenny Schmidt at 360-417-2398 by Saturday, May 27.

Those interested are encouraged to submit entries by Friday, May 12.

For more information, contact Schmidt, 4-H program coordinator, at 360-417-2398 or

Student of Month

SEQUIM — Maggie Van Dyken, a Sequim High School sophomore, was named the Sequim Elks Student of the Month at a recent social meeting.

She was selected for her high academic achievements, student involvement at the high school and her 3.9 grade-point average, according to a news release.

She is involved in the school’s leadership class, honors society and international club.

Her hobbies include sports, reading, watching movies and spending time with friends.

Future plans are to attend college and major in criminal justice.

She is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Van Dyken of Sequim.

Essay awards

PORT ANGELES — The Sons of the American Revolution John Paul Jones Chapter honored Erin Edwards and Cassandra Middlestead at a recent chapter meeting.

Edwards and Middlestead both participated in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Enhanced Essay contest.

Edwards, a cadet lieutenant junior grade of Roughrider Company, Port Angeles High School, received a silver medallion on a neck ribbon as well as a bronze medallion for being the chapter and state winner.

Additionally, she received a $300 check from the chapter.

Edwards will advance to the national competition.

Port Angeles High School Cadet Lt. j.g. Middlestead placed second in the chapter competition.

Because of her outstanding performance and superior writing skill, and on the recommendation of the Washington Society sons’ president, Middlestead received the bronze Good Citizenship medal in token of her excellence, according to a news release.

For more information, visit

Air force grad

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Air Force Airman and former Sequim resident Brandon S. Stamper recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Stamper is the son of Scott F. Stamper of Issaquah and Gina M. Stamper of Boise, Idaho.

He is a 2016 graduate of Sequim High School.

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