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SEQUIM –– Today is likely to be the last day of bowling at Sequim Olympic Lanes.

The bowling alley at 710 E. Washington St. will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A group of sixth-graders will close down the bowling alley for a scheduled roll Monday morning, said Mike Elkhart, who operates the lanes for his father, Vern.

Elkhart said the business was not going to be able to sustain another summer of operating losses.

“When the sun comes out, people don't want to be in a building,” Elkhart said.

“We keep getting in a hole when bowling dies off in the summer, and we can't do that any longer.”

Soon, he said, the Elkharts will have to sell off the equipment and furniture from the lanes.

“And that's the sad part,” he said. “Once this goes, it will never come back.”

The bowling lanes date back to 1950, a date Elkhart said is etched into the building's foundation.

No landing practice set on Whidbey

WHIDBEY ISLAND — No field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled at the outlying field in Coupeville today (Sunday) through Saturday.

Flight training operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

For more information, phone NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.

Senior nutrition

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Fruit cup, taco salad casserole and fruit cobbler.

■ Wednesday: Tossed greens, cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, spinach, garlic bread and cantaloupe.

■ Thursday: Green salad, stuffed squash, dill carrots, corn bread and banana pudding.

■ Friday: Bed of greens with garbanzo bean salad, chicken and veggie pizza, and fruited Jell-O.

Volunteer training

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is launching a volunteer training series beginning with a general overview Wednesday.

All of the free sessions, for both new and returning volunteers, will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The overview will be at the center's Natural History Exhibit on the beach at Fort Worden State Park.

Additional sessions will be held Tuesday, June 17, to learn about the Marine Exhibit and the Foss Discovery Lab; on Wednesday, June 18, to explore the Natural History Exhibit and to wrap up the sessions; and on Thursday, June 19, to attend a workshop on climate change interpretation.

“We welcome anyone with an interest in marine life and helping to improve the health of the Salish Sea to attend,” said Amy Johnson, the center's volunteer coordinator.

“No experience is necessary and people are not required to attend all sessions.

Reservations are requested.

For more information or to reserve a place at the first session, contact Johnson at or 360-385-5582, ext. 204.

Paddlers to meet

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Paddlers will meet at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The guest speaker is Graham Henry of Ocean River Kayaks in Victoria.

He will give a presentation on the 2013 kayak expedition he and his brother paddled. They started in Brazil at the mouth of the Amazon River and ended eight months later in Florida.

The public is invited to attend. A $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Seating is limited.

For more information, visit

Republicans meet

PORT LUDLOW — The Republican Women of Jefferson County will meet at the Inn at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The guest speaker will be former Jefferson County Commissioner Glen Huntingford.

The event is open to the public.

For information, phone Peggy Reep at 360-385-4953.

'Native Pollinators'

CHIMACUM — “Native Pollinators” is the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation's June educational lecture series subject.

This free lecture will take place at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public.

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are vital to earth's ecosystems. Without pollinators, many plants are unable to reproduce. Because of habitat loss and degradation, the survival of many native pollinators are threatened.

Master Gardener Ali Dyche will discuss the different pollinators in the area, their importance to local ecology and what can be done to help save them.

Questions and sharing experiences are encouraged throughout the lecture.

For more information, email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at

Father's Day brunch

PORT ANGELES — St. Andrew's Place will sponsor a Father's Day brunch buffet at the Freemason's Hall, 622 S. Lincoln St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

“There will be everything from scrambled eggs to scones and, of course, pancakes,” Administrator Laura Dodd said.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and $20 for a family (either three adults or two adults with up to three children).

All proceeds benefit Port Angeles' nonprofit assisted-living community.

Advanced tickets can be purchased by phoning 360-417-3418.

Food program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will offer meals at no charge through the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children starting June 16 in Port Angeles and June 23 in Sequim.

Meals are available for children 18 and younger.

The following are places to enroll and where meals will be served Mondays through Fridays:

Port Angeles

■ Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club, 2620 S. Francis St. — Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ Evergreen Court Apartments, 2202 W. 16th St. — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ Jefferson Elementary School, 218 E. 12th St. — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ Shane Park, 613 S. G St. — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ YMCA, 302 S. Francis St. — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.


■ Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. — Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ Carrie Blake Park (covered area), 202 N. Blake Ave. — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

■ Elk Creek Apartments, 90 S. Rhodefer Road — Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, phone Melly Green at 360-683-8095.

Digging for Dinner

PORT HADLOCK — Washington State University Jefferson County Beach Watchers and state Fish and Wildlife Department biologists Camille Speck and Doug Rogers will host sessions June 17 and July 26 to teach about harvesting clams on local beaches.

The Tuesday, June 17, event is at Oak Bay County Park at noon.

The Saturday, July 26, event is at Indian Island County Park (North Lagoon Beach unit) at 10 a.m.

The public event is free, but a $5 donation per family goes to support future marine education programs.

Find out more about different types of clams, where to find them, how to harvest safely and sustainably, and the basic rules and regulations that ensure clams in the future.

“People like the idea of going out on the beach and harvesting clams for their dinner,” said Cheryl Lowe, Jefferson County Beach Watcher coordinator.

“We want people to learn how to do it the right way, to understand the direct connection between clean water and shellfish safety and how small actions like filling in your holes afterwards creates the right conditions for more clams to harvest later.”

To RSVP, phone 360-379-5610, ext. 200, or email

Once registered, participants will be asked to bring a shellfish license, bucket, boots and digging tools (rake/trowel or shovel) to the event.

State shellfish licenses can be purchased online at or at a retail outlet.

Children 14 and younger do not need a license.

For more information, visit

Potluck, bird talk

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society will meet at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, for the annual potluck dinner and a program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bob Boekelheide, director emeritus of the Dungeness River Audubon Center and the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society's chair of birds counts, will present “Birds in Kilts.”

In 2012, Boekelheide and his wife, Barb, visited Scotland to search for ancestors and birds.

Scotland's coastline hides spots for birding, particularly in nature reserves managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

The highlands and islands contain birds unique to the North Atlantic plus others widespread across Eurasia.

Boekelheide will share tidbits of Scottish history and culture.

The program will include the presentation of Harlequin and Conservation awards.

Bring a dish to share, along with a place setting.

Teacher honored

PORT ANGELES — KONP's Todd Ortloff and Cari Stricker of Umpqua Bank (formerly Sterling Bank) in Port Angeles surprised Sequim Middle School teacher Shannon Paselk with the news that she is Educator of the Month for May in the KONP Radio-Sterling Bank recognition program.

Paselk joins Sequim High School teacher Larry Hill in receiving this honor during May.

The Educator of the Month program is planned and organized with the help of local students, staff and community members.

Eight earn scholarships

SEQUIM — Eight Sequim High School seniors recently were awarded scholarships by the Sequim Elks Lodge No. 2642 in the amount of $8,000 at their regular meeting.

All eight students were given a grant in the amount of $1,000 each, to be used at the college or university of their choice for the 2014-15 school year.

Devyn Turner will be attending the University of Idaho and majoring in chemical engineering.

Katherine Harker will attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She will major in physical therapy.

Melissa Lewis is attending Peninsula College to pursue a major in dental hygiene.

Joseph Landoni will attend Willamette University in Oregon, majoring in politics.

Vanessa Martinez is attending Boise State University with a major in either biology or dentistry.

Allison Masangkay will attend the University of Washington with a major in business administration.

Carlo Juntilla is attending Gonzaga University, majoring in pre-med.

Teresa Lopez Cisneros will attend Peninsula College to major in nursing.

Blankets for the ill

PORT ANGELES — A team of Stevens Middle School students have worked all year after school and in between their other commitments to make blankets for the Project Linus Washington Peninsula chapter.

Paraeducator Evelyn Ellsworth oversees the project, which began eight years ago at the middle school.

Ellsworth meets with students Kiara Amundson, Haley Becker, Kailey Droz, Eloise Giordano, Sky Harrison, Kendra Sullivan and Skyler Sullivan to make colorful and warm blankets that are distributed to seriously ill children.

Kendra Sullivan is a Port Angeles High School student who was active with the project while at Stevens and now returns weekly to continue her participation in the program.

Project Linus Peninsula chapter volunteers have delivered more than 10,000 blankets to area hospitals since 1997, when the first delivery was made by Pat Gracz, Project Linus coordinator for the chapter.

Gracz visited club members recently and picked up the blankets made by Ellsworth, volunteer Carol Hughes and students.

Blankets will be delivered to Seattle Children's Hospital.

Rotary names May Student of Month

SEQUIM — Joshua Henderson Jr., a senior at Sequim High School, was recognized as Sequim Sunrise Rotary's May Vocational Student of the Month.

He was nominated by his teacher Kevin Phillips for his “great attitude in class” and aptitude with automotive mechanics and welding.

Henderson was the film coordinator for the high school football team and is involved in track.

Outside of school, he works and rides his quad.

Henderson plans to attend Peninsula College and become a certified welder.

Promise scholarships

PORT ANGELES — Hannah Black and Zion Davis, both Stevens Middle School eighth-grade students, were awarded the promise of a $32,000 college scholarship — $8,000 per year for four years — by the family of Gladys Christopher Pollanz, providing they meet scholarship criteria and graduate from Port Angeles or Lincoln high schools on time.

The Promise Scholarship was started in 2005 by the family of Pollanz and is awarded annually by the family and the Port Angeles Education Foundation.

“Students are nominated by their teachers and staff, submit an application with references and then go through an interview process with foundation and Pollanz family members,” said Tina Smith-O'Hara, Port Angeles School District communications and community relations coordinator.

“The interview committee was very impressed by all seven of this year's applicants. It was difficult to choose just two students.”

Finalists for 2014, all from Stevens Middle, were Kimberly Brunken, Marley Cochran, Nathaniel Harrelson, Sharon Jacobson and Aspen Millet.

Pollanz graduated from Port Angeles' Roosevelt High School in 1923 as salutatorian of her class.

The death of her father necessitated that she work as a legal secretary to help support the family rather than attend college.

She worked hard through the years, investing in the stock market.

When she died in March 2003, Pollanz left $1 million to establish a scholarship fund for high school graduates from Port Angeles to attend college.

Chain Gang cleans up West End

Three Sheriff's Office Chain Gang crews worked in cooperation with the Olympic Peninsula Guide Association on May 8 to clean the many public parking areas and boat launches on the West End of Clallam County.

Litter and debris was cleaned from 16 boat launches, parking areas and roads along rivers frequently used by the fishing and outdoor community.

There were 9.7 miles of road cleaned, and approximately 780 pounds of miscellaneous garbage were removed from all locations and taken to the Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station.

Notable items included choker cable, tires, box springs, mattresses and Styrofoam bait containers.

Student makes list

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Laura Gentry of Port Angeles has been named to the dean's list at Eastern Oregon University for the 2014 winter term.

Qualifying students achieve and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

Equine therapy grant

Camp Beausite Northwest and the Jefferson Equestrian Association, or JEA, recently received a $6,000 grant from the Jefferson County Community Foundation, or JCCF, for an expansion of their “Horse Partners” therapy program.

The grant, awarded during JCCF's annual Grantmakers' Forum on May 15, will allow children with disabilities and their families in Jefferson County to access therapy options.

The Horse Partners program's concept is based on the previous work and research of professionals in the field of equine therapy.

“Therapy riding is more than just sitting on a horse,” said Claudia Edmondson, executive director of Camp Beausite.

“It has been demonstrated to have various physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and behavioral benefits for children and adults with physical, emotional and mental disabilities,” she said.

The JCCF grant will allow Horse Partners to further explore the possibilities of equine therapy through a fully implemented program this summer with 12 children with disabilities.

Additional data will be gathered to measure the effectiveness of the program.

“Our goal is to someday expand this program across populations to many more people with disabilities and to develop a program for wounded veterans,” said Mary Craft Nepute, JEA board member.

The program is currently held at a facility donated by Heron Pond Farm and is available only six weeks out of the year on a one-day-per-week, three-hours-per-day basis.

JEA has an operating agreement with Jefferson County to use 80 acres for equestrian activity such as Horse Partners. With funding to build an arena on this property, Horse Partners could serve more children and adults year-round, according to organizers.

The JCCF Community Endowment Fund is the source of the annual grant. Donations to the fund can be made online at

For additional information about JCCF, email or phone 360-385-1729.

Last modified: June 07. 2014 3:37PM
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