Sequim to toast 100th with painted milk cans
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Artists, from left, Saundra Cutsinger, Sydney Dupree, Pam Kauffman, Cathy Clark, Maryann Proctor, Sunny Benham, Adrienne Periere and Sky Heatherton, pose with the milk cans they painted.

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM –– To mark the important role dairy farming had in the first 100 years of Sequim, a group of local artists put brush to milk can to add the collection of painted history to the city's Centennial Celebration.

The cans, presented to the Sequim City Council last month, will be displayed in businesses around the city throughout the centennial celebration.

Once dubbed the “Dairy Center of the Northwest,” Sequim's dairy industry had 9,000 cows within 5 miles of Sequim, according to information from the Centennial Committee.

Citizens will be able to bid on their favorite cans through a silent auction, winners of which will be announced at the Centennial Finale at 7 Cedars Casino on Nov. 2.

Painting cans were Sunny Benham, Cathy Clark, Nancy Hofmann, Kali Bradford, Lo Cole, Monika Livingstone, Linda Stadtmiller, Ellen Swears, Saundra Cutsinger, Adrienne Periere, Maryann Proctor, Kathy Corriell, Sky Heatherton, Sydney Dupree, Pam Kauffman and Mary Franchini.

The cans were donated by Sue Hagener and Pepper Fisher, Flo Lackinole, Sue Deshazer, Kevin Hergert, Marilyn Siebens, John and Carmen Jarvis, Karen Smith, Judith Ketchum and the Henrikkson Family.

Cans are pictured in the photo gallery on the city of Sequim's website at

Pictures receiving the most “thumbs up” will be featured on the city's website.

The city of Sequim was incorporated Oct. 31, 1913.

The city's yearlong centennial celebration began Oct. 27 with a kickoff dinner amd continues with events each month.

For more information on this weekend's festivities and for a full calendar of all centennial events, visit the city of Sequim's centennial website at

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: February 04. 2013 6:20PM
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