NEWS BRIEFS: Port Angeles Korean War group founder to be honored at Seahawks game today … and other items

News events on the North Olympic Peninsula.

SEATTLE — The founder of the Olympic Peninsula’s Korean War Veterans Association, Gerald “Jerry” Rettela of Port Angeles, said in an email last week that he will be honored at today’s Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

“It appears that they want to honor me for all the veterans work that I do,” Rettela said in the email that was sent to the Peninsula Daily News. “Quite an honor.”

Rettela, who serves as president of the Olympic Peninsula’s Korean War Veterans Association, reportedly expects to be honored during the third quarter of the game with the 49ers. He could not be reached for comment.

He and about 14 other members of the veterans association received Sept. 9 a plaque from NaHye Kwon, a researcher with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. The plaque is engraved with the words “In Honor and Memory of Korean War Veterans.”

Among Rettela’s accomplishments is his effort to have Clallam County highways named for veterans.

They include state Highway 112 between U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 113, Vietnam War Veterans’ Memorial Highway; state Highway 113, Korean War Veterans’ Blue Star Memorial Highway; state Highway 110, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial Highway; and state Highway 117, designated in memory of POWs and MIAs.

Blood sugar class

PORT TOWNSEND A class covering the basics of how to diagnose, treat and prevent diabetes will be held at 2333 San Juan Ave. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

The class is free.

For more information, email Elizabeth Walker at or visit

PUD blood drive

CARLSBORG — In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the Clallam County Public Utility District will host a public blood donation drive at the Carlsborg main office, 104 Hooker Road, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Scheduling an appointment in advance is highly encouraged.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone 800-398-7888, ext. 2.

To learn more about the donation process, go to

Library closed

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Library will be closed all day Wednesday for staff training. It will resume regular hours Thursday.

The library is located at 1220 Lawrence St.

For more information, visit

Rummage sale

PORT ANGELES — The Queen of Angels Parents’ Club will have a rummage sale at the Queen of Angels gym, 213 W. 11th St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Donations will be accepted at the Queen of Angels gym between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday.

Second-hand store

FORKS — The North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network will open a second-hand store, Sarge’s Attic, located within Camp Sol Duc’s garage at 260 Sol Duc Way, on Monday, Oct. 3.

Store hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store will predominately sell furniture, household items, antiques and collectibles.

The network is a nonprofit serving homeless veterans within Clallam and Jefferson counties. The agency runs Sarge’s Place and Camp Sol Duc.

All proceeds will help pay for operating and employment development for Sarge’s Place.

For more information or to make a donation, phone 360-374-5772.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

• Monday: Master Gardeners Judy English, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Bill Wrobel take calls from listeners.

Tuesday: Olympic Medical Center’s Cynthia Burke, BSN, ACM, supervisor of case management, and Bev Hughes, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Intervention specialist, discuss substance abuse screening and intervention.

Second segment: Ed Bowlby, chair of the Clallam County Marine Resources Committee, member of Olympic Climate Action, marine biologist and retired research coordinator for NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, discusses an upcoming event, “Our Marine Resources Facing Climate Change.”

Wednesday: Pre-empted by Seattle Mariners game.

Thursday: Karen Goschen, executive director of the Port of Port Angeles.

Second segment: Ken and Mary Lofstrom, owners of Peninsula Heat, discuss their upcoming 20th anniversary celebration.

Advisory committee

SEQUIM — The city is seeking applicants to serve on its Arts Commission for the remainder of a four-year term expiring in December 2018.

This voluntary commission advises the city on matters related to art and culture.

Applicants must reside in the city limit.

Members will be appointed based on demonstrated interest in, knowledge and support of the arts.

Responsibilities include making recommendations to the staff and City Council in connection with cultural and artistic endeavors and projects in which the City becomes involved and carry out Council approved plans.

For a list of the authority and duties, visit the city website at

This position is open until filled.

For more information, to obtain an application or to submit an application, contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.; phone 360-683-4139; email; or visit the city website at

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