This week's North Olympic Peninsula business meetings . . . and other business news
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Port Angeles Farmers Market Manager Cynthia Warne and Board President Hank Gibson, center, receive a $3,000 market sponsorship from First Federal Regional Manager Laurie Szczepczynski, left, and President/CEO Larry Hueth, right. First Federal will serve as market sponsor for the summer and fall.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

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ALL OF THESE business meetings are open to the public:

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

Today's (Monday, June 24) program will feature William Shore Memorial Pool Executive Director Steve Burke on the Port Angeles public pool's recent upgrades and improvements.

Luncheon tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the meeting room cashier. There is a $3 fee for those not eating that includes a beverage.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

Today's (Monday, June 24) speaker will be Karen Anderson, Port Townsend Visitor Center manager.

Lunch will be catered by Jordini's, and today's meeting sponsor will be Coldwell Banker Best Homes Realty.

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at noon at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim.

This Tuesday's (June 25) speakers will be Kevin Dayton, state Department of Transportation Olympic Region administrator, and Jerry Moore, U.S. Highway 101 widening project engineer.

Meeting sponsor is The UPS Store.

Luncheon reservations closed Friday, but seats are available for those who are not having lunch.

Coffee or tea is $3. Phone 360-683-6197 or email for information.

Forks Chamber of Commerce — The chamber's Wednesday (June 26) luncheon meetings start at noon at J.T.'s Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

The speaker will be Rick Bart, city police administrator.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree will be turkey.

After this Wednesday, there will be no more weekly Forks chamber luncheon meetings until September.

Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.

This Tuesday's meeting (June 25) will be a Port Angeles School District board candidates forum with incumbent Sarah Methner and challenger Debby Fuson.

A third candidate, David Tietz, had agreed to participate, then withdrew citing a “personal scheduling conflict.”

The three are in the Aug. 6 primary for board Position 1. The two top vote-getters will face off in the November general election.

There is a $2.16 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.

New chief credit officer named at First Federal
PORT ANGELES — Christopher Donohue has been appointed as First Federal's executive vice president and chief credit officer.

Donohue has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in commercial loan origination and credit administration.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Chris' professional experience and background join our management team,” said First Federal President and CEO Larry Hueth.

“Chris possesses the technical background and collaborative managerial style that will help us achieve our strategic initiatives, including the proposed stock conversion, which was postponed December 2012,” Hueth said.

Donohue began his banking career in rural Northern California.

He has held various positions in relationship management including consumer, construction and commercial lending.

In addition, Donohue has extensive credit administration experience with small and medium-sized community banks.

Most recently he was the special assets officer for a $3.3 billion commercial bank in Nevada.

Donohue has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University, Fresno, and received a bank financial management diploma from the American Institute of Banking in Las Vegas, Nev.

Chris and his wife, Dana, reside in Port Angeles.

New manager to oversee PA airport, area marinas
PORT ANGELES — Jerry Ludke, a graduate of both Sequim High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy, is back on familiar turf as the Port of Port Angeles' new airport and marina manager.

Ludke, the port's former finance manager, succeeds Doug Sandau, who retired after filling the position for 3 years. The change became effective June 1.

Ludke, 57, who was born in Port Angeles and grew up in Agnew, was introduced as Sandau's successor at the port's board of commissioners June 10.

“The position became available. It seemed good for the port, it felt good to me, and I'm happy with the opportunity,” said Ludke, who now lives in Port Angeles.

His responsibilities will include oversight of John Wayne Marina east of Sequim, the Port Angeles Boat
Haven and William R. Fairchild International Airport, where he began working for the port in 2001 as assistant to then-airport manager Jeff Robb, now the port's executive director.

Ludke will earn $78,220 a year compared with the $72,678 he made as finance manager and the $81,131 Sandau earned, Human Resources Manager Holly Hairell said.

The port is advertising for a new finance director at a salary range of $65,000-$80,000 depending on experience.

Ludke, a member of the Sequim High School Class of 1974, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1978 before serving in the Air Force for 24 years.

He has accumulated 2,000 hours as an Air Force instructor-pilot and taught economics for 10 years at the

He returned to the North Olympic Peninsula in 1998, teaching economics part time at Peninsula College and substitute-teaching at North Olympic Peninsula high schools before applying for the airport job in 2001.

Ludke's wife, Diloy, is a retired unit secretary in the short-stay unit at Olympic Medical Center.

They have three grown children.

MV Coho ups sailings to 8 for summer
PORT ANGELES — Effective June 20, Black Ball Ferry Line has begun its expanded summer schedule with eight sailings a day on the MV Coho's 90-minute crossing between Port Angeles and Victoria.

The Coho departs Port Angeles daily at 
8:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 5:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and returns from Victoria at 6:10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

Brake shop marking its 8th year in PA
PORT ANGELES — Steve's Westside Muffler and Brake Shop is celebrating its eighth anniversary this month.

Owner Steve Shillington said the business provides brake service, tune-ups, auto repair, custom exhaust systems, catalytic converter servicing and welding.

The business has been at 931 W. Eighth St. since it opened.

For more information, phone 360-457-7467.

New vendors join Farmers Market in PA
PORT ANGELES — New vendors Rainshadow Connections and Love Birds Bakery and Humflower Farm have joined the lineup of local, small businesses at the Port Angeles Farmers Market.

Rainshadow Connections owner Ron Humphrey offers a variety of small, handmade wooden items such as cedar garden baskets, serving trays, frames, domino holders and a wide assortment of cedar boxes

Local materials, harvesters and millers are used as much as possible.

Love Birds Bakery and Humflower Farm will offer gluten-free and vegan baked goods along with fresh produce.

Owners Brandi and Jeremy Yeo's Humflower Farm offers Certified Naturally Grown produce; an alternative to the Certified Organic certification.

Baked goods will include items such as breads, cookies, muffins and chocolate macaroons

For more information, phone Market Manager Cynthia Warne at 360-460-0361.

Grand opening set
PORT ANGELES — A grand opening event for the Port Angeles branch of Cobalt Mortgage, 601 S. Race St., Suite B, was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday (June 21)

A ribbon-cutting was held at 5 p.m. Appetizers, desserts and beverages were served.

PA mortgage agency hires loan assistant
PORT ANGELES — Shauna Poovey has joined Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. Inc. in Port Angeles as a mortgage loan originator assistant.

Poovey comes to Cherry Creek with many years of experience in the banking and finance industry, including more than five years of experience with a credit union in Sacramento, 

She is a recent graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Most of Poovey's maternal family was born and raised in Port Angeles and the surrounding area.

She lives in Port Angeles with her husband, Travis, and young son, Jonah.

Cherry Creek Mortgage is located at 711 E. Front St., Suite B.

For more information, phone Poovey at 360-452-1200.

SEQUIM — Ute Dedmore of Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties has achieved certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

Dedmore serves as a case manager for Assured Hospice.

The national board is the only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of hospice and palliative nursing care, administrators and perinatal loss care professionals.

Dedmore is also a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
Hospice professionals provide emotional, spiritual and medical support when patients are facing the final stages of life.

Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties, 24 Lee Chatfield Ave. in Sequim, 360-582-3796, is part of LHC Group, a Lafayette, La.-based national provider of post-acute care services.

Food safety lauded
PORT TOWNSEND — Eighteen Jefferson County food establishments were recognized recently with 2012 Outstanding Achievement awards from the Jefferson County Board of Health.

They were recognized for demonstrating the highest standards for safe food handling and dedication to preventing food-borne illness over the past year.

Award recipients were Chimacum Elementary School kitchen, Chimacum High School cafeteria, Cuisine Med Catering, Discovery View Retirement, Food Co-op grocery, El Cottage, In Season Catering, Jefferson County jail, Port Townsend High School warming kitchen, La Isla Mexican Restaurant, Port Townsend QFC deli, Port Hadlock QFC deli, Quilcene School District, Port Townsend Safeway, The Plaid Pepper's mobile food cart, Queets Clearwater Elementary School and the Tri-Area Community Center.

Criteria for the award were developed by Jefferson County Public Health's food safety roundtable and Jefferson County food safety staff.

The criteria were based on food safety inspections conducted in the areas of personal hygiene, food temperature safety and prevention of contamination.

The public can look up health inspection information for Jefferson County food service providers at

Peninsula College trustees elect new leaders
PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Board of Trustees has elected Dwayne Johnson of Port Angeles as its chairman for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Johnson is the Port Angeles High School athletic director.

Dr. Michael Maxwell of Port Angeles is the new vice chairman. The election occurred at the board's June 11 meeting.

Other board members include outgoing chairman Mike Glenn of Sequim, CEO of Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend; Julie McCulloch, owner of the Elevated Ice Cream Company in Port Townsend; and Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer of Port Angeles.

The board also approved its 2013-2014 meeting calendar. Dates and locations:

Port Angeles campus: Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 13., Feb. 11, March 11 and June 10.

Forks extension site: April 8.

Port Townsend extension site: May 13.

There are no scheduled meetings in July, August, September or January.

New Port Angeles Symphony board
PORT ANGELES — The board of directors of the Port Angeles Symphony recently held an election of officers at its annual meeting.

Elected were Bonnie Christianson, president; Ron Stecker, vice president; Paul Crawford, secretary; Marie Meyers, assistant secretary; John Melcher, treasurer; Chuck Whitney, assistant treasurer; and Robbin Eaves and Lisa Harvey-Boyd in at-large positions.

The symphony is a volunteer orchestra of 80 members who donate more than 20,000 hours annually to the community.

A governing board of directors meets regularly throughout the year to oversee the business and financial needs.

Volunteers contribute labor to sell tickets, raise funds and support the productions.

The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra is a member of the League of American Orchestras.

Safeway in Canada
VICTORIA — Safeway supermarkets in Victoria and the rest of British Columbia are getting a new owner.

Nova Scotia-based supermarket firm Sobeys, owned by Empire Co., is buying the chain's 213 Canadian stores from California-based Safeway Inc. for $5.8 billion ($5.71 billion U.S.), the Victoria News reported.

A Sobeys spokesperson said the company hasn't decided if it will keep the Safeway name or rebrand the stores under one of its existing names, which in B.C. include IGA and Thrifty Foods.

Adding Safeway's 75 B.C. stores will give Sobeys 107 outlets there.

Safeway Inc. operates four Safeway stores on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Park could be named for Dune author (and former Port Townsend resident)
TACOMA — A new park taking shape on a former slag heap on the Tacoma waterfront could be named for science fiction author Frank Herbert, known for the Dune novels.

Herbert was a Tacoma native who died in 1986.

For many years he lived in Port Townsend.

His son and biographer, Brian Herbert, said the environmental theme in Dune emerged from his father living in Tacoma in the 1950s when the city was polluted by the Asarco smelter.

Workers now are covering smelter slag with clean dirt at what Metro Parks Tacoma informally calls Peninsula Park.

Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and city Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name the park for Herbert.

Metro Parks will make the final decision.

Top yachting cities
SEATTLE — Petersburg, Alaska, or Seattle could be voted America's best yachting community.

The two Pacific Northwest cities, ranked in the top 10 in the country, are now vying with others in the top 50 in an online contest on Yachting magazine's Facebook page to be ranked the best.

Others are New Orleans; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Jamestown, R.I.; Mackinac Island, Mich.; Montauk, N.Y.; and Ocracoke, N.C.

Voting goes through Aug. 30, and the winner will be announced in a fall issue of the magazine.

Oxford, Md., and Beaufort, N.C., won the previous two contests.

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