This week's North Olympic Peninsula business meetings . . . and other business news briefs
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THIS WEEK'S BUSINESS meetings in Clallam, Jefferson counties (all 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.

This Monday's speakers will be Port of Port Angeles District 1 commissioner candidates Colleen McAleer and Del DelaBarre, whose names will be before voters throughout Clallam County in the all-mail Nov. 5 general election.

Their appearance begins a three-Monday series of candidate forums by the chamber.

Luncheon tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the meeting room cashier.

For those not having lunch, there is a $3 participation fee 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.

This Monday's program will feature candidates for Port Townsend City Council.

Vying citywide in the Nov. 5 election are Michelle Sandoval and Bob Jautz for Position 1, Patrick Moore and Catharine Robinson for Position 2, and Pamela Adams and Harold J. Sherwood for Position 5.

Lunch at $8 will be catered by Subway. The meeting sponsor will be the Port Townsend Library.

Forks Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

This Wednesday's featured speakers will be Forks mayoral candidates Bryon Monohon and Janet Hughes, on the ballot for the all-mail Nov. 5 election.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree is taco salad.

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 program will be a forum between Jean C. Hordyk and Heather Jeffers, candidates for the
Olympic Medical Center hospital board District 2, Position 2 seat. Their names will be before voters throughout Clallam County Hospital District 2.

There is a $3 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.


Farmers market to move for Crab Festival revelry
PORT ANGELES — On Saturday, the Port Angeles Farmers Market will relocate to the Vern Burton Community Center parking lot, 308 E. Fourth St., for one day only to allow the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival to include The Gateway pavilion in its festivities.

“This is the fourth year we have vacated The Gateway for the Crab Festival organizers,” 
said Cynthia Warne, market manager.

“Crab Fest is an event that brings a lot of visitors to town, and they need all the space they can get to accommodate all those visitors. We're happy to clear out this one day a year to accommodate them.”

The hours of the market remain from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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


Care Act seminars
Phil Castell of Castell Insurance will present two free seminars on the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, in Port Angeles and Sequim this month.

Castell will speak at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, and at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The seminars are designed to help attendees make informed decisions about health care options now offered by the ACA.

A licensed insurance agent for more than 25 years, Castell specializes in the ACA and Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for Medicare recipients, in addition to auto, home and health policies and investments.

He is a member of the state Agents and Brokers Advisory Committee.

For questions about the Port Angeles seminar, contact Lorrie Kovell at 360-417-8500, ext. 7750, or

For questions about the Sequim seminar, contact Lauren Dahlgren at 360-683-1161 or


New agent on staff
PORT ANGELES — Erika Kerschner recently joined Callis & Associates Insurance as its newest personal lines agent.

Kerschner obtained her life and disability insurance license from the state and is studying for her property and casualty license.

She also is certified to service and sell health insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange.

Kerschner will focus on personal insurance options, including the new health insurance exchange, and home and auto insurance coverage.

“Erika brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of financial services and has a background in insurance underwriting that is unique to other offerings by agents on the Olympic Peninsula,” said Callis & Associates Insurance President Andy Callis.

To contact Kerschner, email or phone 360-452-2314.


Custom holsters
SEQUIM — RKBarton Leather-Works is now making molded leather holsters, custom-fit for firearms.

The business, formerly known as Bartons Tack & Boot Repair, uses tanned cowhides from U.S. cows.

The business is located at 63 Valley Center Place.

Hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment at 360-683-7000.


Contractor on team
PORT ANGELES — A longtime builder and general contractor since 1983, Wayne Billmark has joined the contractor sales team at Hartnagel Building Supply, 3111 E. U.S. Highway 101.

“I've spent a lot of years reading blueprints and building custom homes,” Billmark said.

For more information, phone him at 360-452-8933.


Employee returns
PORT ANGELES — Paul Stumbaugh has returned to his desk in the contractor sales department at Angeles Millwork.

“I'm glad to be back, and it's good to see of lot of the same contractors,” said Stumbaugh, who worked for the company from 2006 to 2009.

He can be reached at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co., 1601 S. C St. in Port Angeles, or by phone at 360-457-8581.


HUD loans for Port Townsend
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program's HUD Low Interest Revolving Loan Fund is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Funding is available for the rehabilitation of commercial properties in the uptown and downtown historic districts.

Individual loan amounts may be between $1,000 and $40,000 with a 10-year term.

Interest charges are set at 5 percent.

With these funds, owners have repaired roofs, fixed staircases, re-pointed brick facades, installed windows and improved the safety of their buildings.

New this year: Installation of exterior ground-fault circuit interrupter electrical outlets for potential additional light fixtures to improve winter lighting also will be considered.

To apply, fill out a brief application and include a photo of the building, the total budget and timeline for work, and the funding amount requested.

Applications can be downloaded from or picked up at Main Street's office at 211 Taylor St., Suite 3.

Funding is distributed upon completion of the project, submission of invoices and verification to the city's satisfaction of the amount expended. Retroactive proposals are not allowed.

Email director@ptmain or phone 360-385-7911 for more informati


Peninsula pair pass
bar exam
SEATTLE — Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin of Port Angeles and Jacob Hinton of Sequim were among the 727 candidates that passed the Washington State Bar Association bar exam administered in July.

Of the 857 candidates who took the exam, 84.8 percent passed.
Administered over a two-day period, the bar exam is a substantive law exam that includes multiple-choice, essay and performance questions.

A separate exam on professional responsibility, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, and a separate educational component and exam addressing specific areas of Washington law, the Washington Law Component, also are required to qualify for admission.


Pete Peterson president-elect of state group
PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Juvenile and Family Services Director Pete Peterson has been elected to the position of president–elect for the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators.

This is a three-year commitment, with Peterson becoming president of the group in the second year and past-president in the third year.

Peterson has been Clallam's director of juvenile and family services since 1989.

Since then, he has been on the state association's executive board and has been recognized for his contributions to the executive board, his legislative involvement and the initial development of statewide funding formulas used to distribute state funds to the local juvenile courts.


Co-op team makes trip to trade show
PORT TOWNSEND — The buying team from Quimper Mercantile Co., a community-owned general merchandise store, recently returned from the Worldwide Distributors trade show in Reno, Nev., where it placed merchandise orders for fall and spring delivery.

Quimper's buying team consists of retail manager Sheldon Spencer, assistant manager Holly Mayshark and sales lead and buyer Ron McElroy.

Quimper's membership in Worldwide Distributors, a member-owned independent retailers' buying group, enables it to stock its store with a variety of products in the categories of apparel and footwear, sporting goods and fishing, garden and housewares, and toys and gifts.

For more information, contact Spencer at 360-385-9595 or sheldons

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