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December 6, 2017

Jefferson Healthcare hires New General Surgeon & Primary Care Physician

David Schwartz, DO has joined the team at Jefferson Healthcare Surgical Associates, Port Townsend, WA specializing in General Surgery and Endoscopy.  Dr. Schwartz recently completed five years of residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR after completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  His clinical interests in laparoscopy and endoscopy allow him to use his problem solving and critical thinking skills to work collaboratively with his patient panel.  He has created a practice style in which he greets every patient with a smile and without judgment, he is very open to listening to his patients and is thoughtful in his surgical planning.  Dr. Schwartz and his wife (Dr. Crystal Schwartz, Primary Care) joined the JHC team because of the positive work environment they witnessed while visiting, the appealing community size and location of Port Townsend.  Dr. Schwartz’ philosophy in life and medicine is “every day to act in a manner that strives to leave the world and its inhabitants a little better off by sunset than it was at sunrise”.

Chrystal Schwartz, DO has joined the team at Jefferson Healthcare Primary Care, Port Townsend, WA specializing in Family Medicine and Obstetrics.  Dr. Schwartz recently completed five years of residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR after completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  She is Board Certified Family Medicine and in addition to her Primary Care interests, Dr. Schwartz is passionate about Women’s Health, Maternal and Infant Care.   Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.  She and her husband (Dr. David Schwartz, Surgical Associates) live in Port Townsend with their infant son.



November 1, 2017

Northwest Santas With a Clause – uh – Cause: Campaign will help children devastated by hurricanes Irma and Harvey

SEATTLE, Wash. – Santas and toys – they’re an inseparable combination, and no more so than now, with the holidays fast approaching.

This year, Washington-based North Pacific Santas (NORPAC SANTAS), an organization of some 50 Santas, Mrs. Santas, elves and grinches, is merrier than usual about the holidays. NORPAC is about to launch “NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause,” a GoFundMe campaign that will help bring toys to children whose families were hard-hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“In thinking over the many recent disasters and how to help, Santa realized he had a special role to fill this year, and we are thrilled about this opportunity to give him a hand,” said Santa Trever Waltos, co-chair of NORPAC. “Because Santa understands the hearts and dreams of children, he knows the importance of toys in their lives. It makes him sad that so many children have lost toys that were special to them and that their parents are unable to replace.”

The NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause Campaign formally begins Nov. 3-4 at the organization’s 8th annual Northwest Santa Workshop at Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. The workshop is from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 3, and beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 4. It concludes at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 with the Grand Santa Parade, featuring Santas, Mrs. Santas, elves and the grinch, all dressed in their finest holiday regalia and singing Christmas favorites as they proceed through the lodge’s main lobby.

The NORPAC fundraising campaign will continue through November, longer if donations are still arriving. NORPAC is digging deep into its stocking to donate the first $1,000 toward the $25,000 campaign goal. But everyone knows it takes a village – or in this case, a whole lot of elves – to pull off something this big, so NORPAC is counting on Santa’s helpers everywhere to dig into their own stockings.

Because Santa’s December to-do list is even longer than his beard, he’ll be scrapping his traditional sleigh-delivery system, Waltos said. Instead, the Santas of NORPAC are teaming with the Lone Star Santas (  and Palm Tree Santas (, who will purchase toys with the GoFundMe proceeds, then get them to children hardest hit by the disasters in their area. The three groups are all chapters of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS — visit them at

“I think this may be the first time chapters have teamed up on a large project like this,” Waltos said. “We hope it will lead to further joint efforts in support of children. We all realize that no one person or organization can do all he or she would like to help others in times like this, but as Santas, we hope we’ll be able to brighten the lives of at least some of these children – that’s the cause dearest to our hearts.”

To help NORPAC SANTAS reach its goal, go to  For more information on NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause Campaign, contact Waltos on his sleigh phone, (253) 732-1482, or by email at Or contact NORPAC Treasurer Dennis Gorley – sleigh phone (425) 471-4076;


October 20, 2017

Resources Available for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers
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 2nd Monday of the month, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325. 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


October 18, 2017

Toastmasters Guest Speaker Series

Toastmasters International (TI) is a non-profit organization that, as Wikipedia says, “operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.” If you’ve wanted to become more confident speaking in front a group here is your chance.

Jefferson County Toastmasters is presenting the following Guest Speaker Series:

  • Wednesday, October 25 – Bill Cohill’s “Story Telling for Effect” and Bill Thomas’ “Techniques in Story Telling”;
  • Wednesday, November 8 – Michael Niall “Public Speaking Tips” and Claudia Edmondson “Using Stories in Public Speaking”;
  • Wednesday, December 13 – Lindy MacLaine “Conflict Resolution” and Randi Briggs “Compassionate Communication”; and
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Jean MacDonald “Conquering Fear in Public Speaking” and Sharon Lebreck “Speaking with Confidence”.

Toastmasters is great for those wishing to become more comfortable communicating, as well as those preparing for interviews and speaking on behalf of their organizations. Guests are always welcome. This fun and supportive group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Seaport Landing’s upstairs activity room, 1201 Hancock Street, Port Townsend. For more information go to TI’s website or call Barbara Hansen at 206-395-4494.


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.


June 13, 2017



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