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August 17, 2017

Summer is the time to brush up on our Hot Weather Safety practices.

Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

Car interiors heat up quickly in the sunshine. Even if the windows are cracked open, the temperature can reach 125 degrees in minutes.  Even when outside temperatures are as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature within a car can climb to 110, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Children are particularly susceptible to heat because their central nervous systems are not fully developed, and this makes their bodies less able to cope with temperature changes, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Children have difficulty remaining hydrated for this same reason, and their core body temperature can rise five times more quickly than that of an adult.  Because the elderly also have more difficulty regulating their body temperature it is important to be attentive, assure they do not stay in a parked, unattended car.  Also, during hot weather, it is recommended that neighbors check on their elderly neighbors to make sure they are okay and staying hydrated.

Hot Weather Safety Tips posted at the Jefferson County Public Health Website include:

  • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 9-1-1.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
  • Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.

Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. Or place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.


August 9,2017

The Wave of the Future: Marine Renewable Energy

Washington Sea Grant Marine Renewable Energy Seminar Series 

The crash of breaking waves and the relentless motion of the tides speak to powerful forces at work in the ocean—forces that could be used to produce electricity. What is the outlook for technologies that seek to generate power from, or on the sea? Learn more about the future of this potential energy source at a Washington Sea Grant Marine Renewable Energy Seminar.

What: Washington Sea Grant Marine Renewable Energy Seminar Series


  • Tues., Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at UW Olympic Natural Resource Center – 1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks
  • Mon., Aug 21, 6:00 pm 8:00 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center – 431 Water Street, Port Townsend

A panel of experts from the University of Washington Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will discuss the ocean’s potential contribution to future energy needs at two evening public seminars this month. Speakers will cover current marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies, and forces that are likely to shape MRE development in the United States, particularly off the Washington coast and in Puget Sound. The panel will present environmental, social and engineering challenges and opportunities, including ongoing research to understand and proactively address these issues.

This unique seminar series offers Washington residents the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of MRE experts. The public is encouraged to submit questions ahead of time via the seminar series webpage: By highlighting existing UW expertise and research, the seminar goal is to inform public engagement in possible future decisions about MRE.

These seminars will provide an overview of the many ways energy can be harvested from wind, waves and currents; examine types of MRE technologies that are suited for Washington’s outer coast and inland waters; discuss the potential environmental impacts of MRE development and how to minimize them; and assess the economic benefits of MRE for Washington residents.

The seminar series is organized by Washington Sea Grant (WSG), based at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment and is presented by WSG in partnership with the UW Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, the Northwest Straits Initiative, the Skagit, Jefferson, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committees, and the Northwest Maritime Center.

For information about the seminar series, contact Meg Chadsey, Washington Sea Grant,, 206-616-1538. The event flyer and an agenda are available on the WSG website:


August 8, 2017

A Decree of  (Temporary) Divorce: My Life Without 

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is offering to the community a day-long Seminar on Saturday, September 16, featuring professional genealogist, Mary Roddy, who will give two presentations at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, in Chimacum, WA. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins 10:00 – 11:40 followed by the afternoon session 12:30 – 2:00. Suggested donation is  $10.00 for the Seminar. Bring your own lunch, and snacks to share. Coffee and tea provided. Genealogy books from Heritage Quest will be for sale on site.  <>

Mary Roddy says of her morning presentation A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce: My Life Without  “Learn how I found free substitute records for many of the records I used to pay for at, and how I discovered some new sites as well.  My temporary ‘divorce’ forced me to examine my genealogy from a different viewpoint with a fresh perspective.  You, too, can recharge your genealogy, and save a few pennies as well.”

Mary says her afternoon presentation FamilyBrowse: has millions of images on its website, many of which are un-indexed and not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, will, estate inventories and more. And FamilySearch is adding more and more images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty its important to know how to find these types of records.”


August 2, 2017

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Caregiver Support Group

Are you, or is someone you know, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia?

There is help available. Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Tri Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, in Chimacum. For information call Patricia Smith at 360-379-4186.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit


July 30, 2017

Fall ‘Advanced Growing Groceries’ Course offered by WSU Extension Master Gardeners

Are you interested in learning more about growing your own vegetables?

WSU Master Gardeners are presenting “Advanced Growing Groceries” classes this Fall. Class participants will dig deeper into vegetable gardening by exploring topics such as seed saving, building healthy soil, permaculture, winter and early spring gardening, pest management, and much more!  You will also have many opportunities to practice hands-on skills and have your specific questions answered by enthusiastic local gardeners.

This seven week class will take place on Tuesday afternoons (1-4 pm) in the WSU Port Hadlock classroom.  In addition, there will be a movie night and three Saturday afternoons (1-4 pm) field trips.  Classes begin September 26th and run through November 7th.  Class size is limited so participants need to sign up early. Cost is $88 and scholarships are available. Download registration HERE or sign-up through brown paper tickets at

Questions? Please contact at Bridget Gregg, or 360-379-5610 x 210.


July 29, 2017

ART TURNAROUND: Find Art. Sell Art. Share Art.

A Fine Art Sale and Art Flea Market hosted by Port Townsend School of the Arts.

On Saturday October 7th, Port Townsend School of the Arts (PTSA) will host a Fine Art Sale in Building 306 and an Art Flea Market in the USO Building – both located on the Fort Worden Campus in Port Townsend.


To be held at PTSA, the Fine Art Sale is an opportunity for Collectors to add new, interesting and rarely seen pieces to their existing collections. There will be a VIP / PTSA Members-only preview on the evening of Friday October 6th, followed by the sale on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Information on each piece (the provenance) will also be available.

For the Seller, the Fine Art Sale is an opportunity to sell pieces that no longer fit or to make room for new work. (This is not an auction or an appraisal. The seller will set the price and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the School.)

“From the responses so far, we are expecting quite a variety of original art, limited edition prints and sculptures, all priced to sell. The art has been hanging on the walls in private homes or packed away in storage lockers due to downsizing or redecoration. Much of the art was purchased before the owners moved into Port Townsend, consequently very little is from local artists,” said Diane Wheatley, PTSA Board Member.


The Art Flea Market will be held on the same day as the Fine Art Sale in the USO building. Twenty (20) vendor spots are available at $40 per table. Vendors can sell a variety of art-related excess and let it filter through the community to a new owner.

Anyone interested in more information on the Fine Art Sale or the Flea Market, can email

PTSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of bringing out the artist in all of us. Founded in 2015 by local artists, the school offers people of all ages and skill levels opportunities to learn collaboratively with artists of exceptional talent through classes, workshops, and other programs.

For additional information contact:

Debbie Steele 805.312.6547

Counsel Langley 360.344.4479 or email



July 24, 2017

ABYC Marine Systems Certification to be Offered Fall 2017

September 18-21, 2017

Get certified in marine systems in ABYC’s nationally-accredited program 

Port Hadlock, WA –The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is hosting a four-day certification program that will provide a comprehensive and focused look at the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards on September 18-21, with support from Washington Sea Grant. This nationally accredited course is designed to improve the quality of boat maintenance and repair and the professionalism of technicians through providing a standards-based technical education.

The program is designed for the marine professional who has some familiarity with ABYC standards and at least 3-5 years’ worth experience working with marine systems design, installation or repair. Topics covered include potable water systems, marine sanitation systems, tanking, hull piping, electrical installations and more. Certification is contingent upon score of at least 84 percent of the three-hour timed exam at the end of the course. Candidates may reference all study materials including the supplied study guide, class notes and additional ABYC standards during the certification exam.

Online registration for the course is available until September 4, 2017. Course materials will be handed out during the first day of class. Students with special needs should notify ABYC in writing at the time of registration so that special accommodations can be made.

When:  Monday, September 18 to Thursday September 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Where:  Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Port Hadlock Heritage Campus

42 N. Water Street

Port Hadlock, Washington  98339

Fee:      $985.00 ABYC Members, $1,250.00  Non-member. Fee includes study guide, exam, and daily lunch.

To register or for more information go to


July 8, 2017

Jefferson Healthcare to Host Open House for New
Port Ludlow Clinic at 89 Breaker Lane, Port Ludlow

Jefferson Healthcare will host an open house celebration at the new Port Ludlow Clinic located at 89 Breaker Lane on Friday, August 18, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The Port Ludlow community is invited to tour the new clinic, which features an expanded waiting and resource room, six exam rooms, a procedure room for visiting specialists, and a consult room for providers and nurses. The clinic team of primary and specialty care providers will be available to answer questions, and Chef Arran Stark will be grilling dinner for the first 200 guests.

Jefferson Healthcare, which has a five-year lease on the clinic space, has been waiting for construction to conclude to move in furniture and furnishings, set up and configure computers, and prepare for the opening.  Port Ludlow Associates is responsible for the construction of the building.  Jefferson Healthcare providers Dr. Shannan Kirchner and C. Wesley Schott, ARNP now expect to welcome patients at the new location on Monday, August 14.

The much-anticipated facility will be on display Friday, August 18, starting at 4:00 pm.  Jefferson Healthcare will take that opportunity to thank the Port Ludlow community for their incredible support of the project.  “We are thrilled about all the excitement and support,” says Practice Manager Colleen Rodrigues.

Jefferson Healthcare (Jefferson County Public Hospital District No. 2) is the primary healthcare provider for the more than 29,000 residents of eastern Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula.  Jefferson Healthcare ensures that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.  For more information, visit


Dermatology Team joins Jefferson Healthcare

Dr. Claire Haycox and Leah Layman, ARNP join Jefferson Healthcare and bring high quality dermatological services to the community.  The dermatology team will see patients in the Jefferson Healthcare Dermatology Clinic at 834 Sheridan Street, as well as at the Port Ludlow Clinic at 89 Breaker Lane.

Dr. Haycox is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and completed her medical degree at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.  Leah Layman, ARNP attended the University of Florida for her postgraduate studies.  Dr. Haycox and Nurse Practitioner Layman have a proven track record of strong teamwork, having worked together for the past two years in Florida.  When Dr. Haycox was recruited to Jefferson Healthcare, she asked Nurse Practitioner Layman to join her.  “We are more than colleagues, we’re friends.  We work well together and know that our patients benefit from that closeness,” Nurse Practitioner Layman says.  “We are a full-service practice for the whole family.  Every generation has its own set of skin needs that we can tend to,” adds Dr. Haycox.

Call 360.379.2249 to learn more about Jefferson Healthcare dermatology.  Or, talk to your Primary Care Provider and ask about a referral for your unique skincare needs.


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January 31, 2017
WIC helps Jefferson County Families Make Ends Meet

As food costs and economic challenges mount, many young families turn to the Jefferson County Public Health. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplementary food program helps them close the gaps in a family food budget. It helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children to the age of five to eat well and stay healthy by providing healthy foods and personalized support.

The program provides organic fruits/vegetables, whole grain bread, breakfast cereals, milk, cheese, eggs, juice, baby foods and infant formula. The WIC food package can add $50-$100, per eligible family member, to your monthly budget. WIC highly encourages breastfeeding, with additional food for breastfeeding mothers.

Since 2000, the Jefferson County median household income of $46,651 has been at least $10,000 below the median for Washington State households, according to the 2014 Community Health Assessment. Lower incomes and higher cost of living here make it challenging for young families to make ends meet. A family of four with an income of $44,955 or less would qualify for WIC. Women, Infants and children that participate in Apple Health are income eligible for WIC.

Whether you are a parent staying home with a newborn, or someone working to meet the needs of your young family, WIC is here for you during this brief time when your kids are young. WIC also serves families with eligible foster kids and grandparents caring for their young grandchildren.

For more information or to enroll for WIC, call 360-385-9400 to schedule an appointment at the Port Townsend, Chimacum, or Quilcene clinic. For more information on programs or services provided by Jefferson County Public visit the website at For questions contact Karen Obermeyer,, 360-385-9400.


February 13, 2016

Announcing the Port Ludlow Hiking Club Website

The Port Ludlow Hiking Club has a new website,, to promote our club and showcase the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.  Developed by club member John Fillers, the website includes information and pictures of past hikes, a link to popular hikes, the Hiking Club schedules and other useful information for hikers.

The HIKES tab displays the last twelve hikes photographed by the club with captions describing the photos. The photos allow hikers to share their experience with family and friends and let members who did not participate in the hike see what they missed.

The TRAILS tab displays frequently used trails and can help prospective hikers know what to expect on a given hike.

Information about upcoming hikes can be found on the SCHEDULE page.  The ABOUT page gives the history of the hiking club and information on how to participate.  If you have any questions, please fill out the form on the CONTACT page.



February 10, 2016

Guidelines for Catastrophic Event Preparation

This is part a series of Disaster Preparedness articles prepared by Rob Stern, recently appointed PLVC Disaster Preparedness Director. This guideline and copies of disaster preparedness articles will also be available on the PLVC website,

Are you prepared?

In the event of a catastrophic event it may take days for emergency help to arrive. Be a leader; know how to protect yourself, your family, and our community. In preparation for such an event, it is wise to follow these instructions.

Have a battery powered radio or television in order to monitor news broadcasts and civil defense information. But keep in mind that there may be conflicting reports during and immediately following a mass casualty event.

Do not rely on having electricity.

Purchase a 12v power converter. This will allow you to keep both your laptop and cell phone charged from your car’s 12-volt plug-in.

Use Text Messaging for necessary communications.  Text Messaging may work when other means of communications do not.

To have access to critical information from this Guide, print copies of whatever information you feel is relevant. Print and distribute your family contact plan — and keep it in a binder for immediate reference.

Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Service stations will not have electricity to pump gas.

Have some cash on hand with your emergency supplies — ATM and credit card transactions will not be working.

At a minimum keep a 72-hour supply of water and food on hand for each member of your family and for your pets, along with any prescription medications you may require.

The Emergency First Aid section in this guide is intended to help you keep someone alive until trained first responders arrive. Not providing immediate first aid, during the critical first hour, may result in the death of the victim.

If you are in the immediate area of a disaster — rely on the Disaster Preparedness Block Captains, police, fire, and other officials for instructions. If you are not in the immediate area — STAY OUT!

To prevent the spread of disease, wash your hands as often as possible. Consider using a hand disinfectant to save water.

For additional information:


Recycling in Jefferson County Has Changed! 

Jefferson County now accepts: 

Rigid plastic plant pots (12 inch maximum), buckets (limit of 3), tubs (dairy, margarine, salsa containers. Rinse containers. Do not put containers in plastic or paper bags.

Clear, brown, and green glass bottles and jars with or without labels. NO blue glass.

Mixed paper including mail catalogs, newspapers, toilet paper rolls, paper bags, phone books, magazines, paper boxes from cereal, shoes, eggs, etc., unwaxed cardboard. Please breakdown and flatten all cardboard boxes. 

Metal cans with no lids, clean aluminum cans, pans and foil

Plastic bottles and jugs without lids.

Jefferson County does not accept: 

Plastic lids and caps                            Juice cartons

Used paper coffee cups                      Food contaminated paper

Clam shells                                          Pet food bags

Plastic bags                                         Milk cartons

Crinkly plastic containers                    Waxed cardboard

Deli containers                                    Plastic silverware

Food storage bags                               Plastic wrap

Do not place in with recycled glass: 

Ceramics         Light bulbs      Pyrex glass      Window and mirror glass

Recycle these Special Cases at: 

All compact fluorescent bulbs and tubes – HHW facility in the PT Boat Haven

Plastic bags – local QFC or Safeway

Hazardous waste, such as paint, electronics, batteries, motor oil, herbicides, etc – call 360-385-9160 or go to 

Other Information:, 360-385-7678.

Port Ludlow recycling is located at the Village Center, 40 Village Way. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.


Board of County Commissioners Meetings

Monday mornings, except fifth Mondays

BoCC Chambers, County Courthouse, Port Townsend.

Get an abbreviated agenda on Sunday in the Peninsula Daily News and a full agenda on the County website at

Meetings are open to the public. Briefings by the Commissioners are followed by hearings, discussions and other business