NEWS BRIEFS: Town hall meeting rescheduled … and other items

FORKS — A town hall meeting scheduled for Forks on Tuesday will be rescheduled due to a critical meeting on water rights.

The meeting — hosted by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, and Rep. Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles — will be rescheduled for a future date.

The canceled meeting will be publicized in a newsletter that was printed and prepared for mailing before a work session on water rights was scheduled for the same date. Constituents should ignore the notice of the Forks meeting.

The mailer also lists town hall meetings for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Peninsula College Little Theatre on 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Elks Lodge at 555 Otto St. in Port Townsend.

Those meetings will proceed as scheduled, the lawmakers said.

“It’s unfortunate but unavoidable that this extremely important work session was scheduled after the newsletter was printed,” said Tharinger, the lead House negotiator for the capital budget which was stalled last session by a stalemate over unrelated water rights legislation. “It was just one of those one-in-a-million things.”

Agents of Month picked for Coldwell

PORT ANGELES — Home Team Powell — Brent and Amy Powell of Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty — has earned the Agent of the Month Spot for November.

The Agent of the Month is accomplished by producing the highest amount of business transactions in one month’s time.

Home Team Powell can be reached at and 360-417-9871.

Doctors hired

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare announced that it recently hired David and Crystal Schwartz.

David Schwartz joined the hospital’s surgical associates, specializing in general surgery and endoscopy and Crystal Schwartz joined healthcare’s primary care, specializing in family medicine and obstetrics. Both work at the Port Townsend office.

The Schwartzes both recently completed five years of residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Ore., after completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences.

Crystal Schwartz is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as American Osteopathic Association.

David Schwartz’s clinical interests in laparoscopy and endoscopy allow him to use his problem-solving and critical thinking skills to work collaboratively with his patient panel, according to a news release.

The Schwartzes live in Port Townsend with their infant son.

Unity speaker slated for Sunday in PA

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday service speaker will be Kimberly Perkins.

Her lesson at the church at 2917 E. Myrtle St. is titled “Peace, Be Still.”

Perkins a business consultant, author and national speaker who recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest.

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

Child care is available during the service.

Candle service

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will hold a candle-lighting service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those who wish to honor and remember children that left too soon are invited to the service at New Life Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St.

The service will include poems, stories and readings, as well as a music-video presentation.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of their child, grandchild or sibling to place on the table.

Pictures can also be received by text or email for the slide show prior to the Sunday service.

According to a news release: “The Worldwide Candle Lighting is an event that creates a ring of light around the world for a 24-hour period to show that our children will always be loved and never forgotten.”

For more information, contact Trish Winkleman at 360-797-3205 or

Buffet luncheon

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Christian Women’s Connection will host a buffet luncheon at the Port Angeles CrabHouse Restaurant on Tuesday.

The CrabHouse, at 221 N. Lincoln St., will also feature music and a speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event costs $18.

Jolene Gailey will direct music featuring the Port Angeles High School Ensemble.

Gloria Law, of Canada, will present a speech, “Best Kept Secret.”

Spots are limited for this event, so staff members advise those interested to make reservations.

For more information or to make reservations, call Lois at 360-452-3466.

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