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February 19, 2017
If You’re Dreaming about Dirt…
by Kateen Fitzgerald, Director of Dirt
Receive your Permaculture Design Certificate with emphasis on Modern Homesteading from The Dirt Rich School. Located outside of Port Townsend in DiscoveryBay, The Dirt Rich School offers year round opportunities in the art of small scale farming, food production, fiber processing, animal wifery, and traditional homesteading skills.
For over a decade we’ve cultivated a 40 acre site and agricultural classroom providing a vibrant and diverse demonstration of mixed animal and vegetable systems, including a food forest, integrated free range poultry systems, a tri-purpose primitive sheep breed for fiber, meat, and milk production, and innovative building and homesteading techniques.
Registration is now open for our annual Permaculture Design Course Weekly Lecture Series! The Fall program is still open. We will accept applications until March 24. Information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permaculture studies and applies holistic home and land solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale, using a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting, energy, natural building, waste management, animal systems, appropriate technology, economics, and community development.
Join other community members in the classroom and on the land to apply these beneficial techniques to design flourishing home, garden, and landscape systems. Kateen’s philosophy is to over-deliver with content so students are given all the tools they need to accomplish the task of restoration on any scale. This 12 lecture series, running Thursdays from April 13 to June 29, was deliberately rolled out on a week by week basis, so people unable to do a conventional PDC can do so at a moderate weekly pace over the course of three months.
Beginning in April, our annual internship, The Farm Craft Internship, offers a three month, on site learning opportunity to get your hands dirty and dive into farm and homestead scale land management. This program runs twice per year, Spring Term April 3 – June 30 and Fall Term July 31 – October 27, and includes five full days of hands on homesteading and agricultural experience per week, as well as the 12 week Permaculture Design Course Lecture Series. Upon graduation you will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.
For more information about the Internship or to sign up for the Permaculture Design Course lecture series or the Permaculture Design course and internship, go to The Dirt Rich School.org. The courses are offered at Dirt Rich School, 1463 W Uncas Rd, Port Townsend, Washington 98368. See the website for a price list, https://thedirtrichschool.org/ or call 360-379-1443.
February 18, 2017
Academy Award Breakfast
Port Ludlow Resort invites all to an Academy Award themed breakfast on Sunday, February 26 at Niblicks Café. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am to noon.
La La Land Omelet Avocado, Jalapeno, Onions, Tomato, Basil Pesto, & Fresh Mozzarella with a side of toast or hash browns and coffee OR –
Moana Loco Moco Burger Patty, Onions, Egg covered with brown gravy served over a bed of rice with coffee for $9.99 OR –
Full Niblicks Café Menu is available.
Drink Specials Cranberry or Orange Mimosas $6.00
Enjoy music, movies, and prizes! Fill out your Oscar Ballot to win up to $50 at the Port Ludlow Golf Course! Present your breakfast ticket to the Pro Shop to enjoy a $20 round including GPS Cart (offer valid only on 2/26/17).
For more information about the breakfast, please call the Pro Shop at 360-437-0272, www.PortLudlowResort.com.
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 www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org. For questions contact Karen Obermeyer, email@example.com, 360-385-9400.
December 15, 2016
Court Decision Affects Building in County
A state Supreme Court decision affecting water rights has caused frustration among builders throughout the state. Counties now must now ensure that water is legally available before granting new building permits. The new rules affect hydrology restrictions such that new buildings will not be able to depend on wells for their water source as they have in the past.
The new rules are a response to the complaints of some residents and a group called Futurewise. It is aimed at protecting water quality, flow, and wildlife. Some counties have instituted rules requiring a hydraulic study to show that a new well will not affect streams or existing water rights.
Proponents maintain that the new rules make sense because they ensure that new buildings have legal and physically available water. Many consumers say that fulfilling the requirements is too expensive and nearly impossible to accomplish. Some complain that intensions to build on their properties have been scuttled by the ruling and has resulted in loss of money and dreams.
Across the state about 300,000 permit-exempt wells serving one million people exist. Between 2,000 and 8,000 new wells are added yearly.
December 15, 2016
Resources Available for Alzheimer Caregivers
For those caring for someone with memory loss who need information and support, Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn and share. Gain emotional support from others who are also a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, from 1:00-2:30 pm, at Sequim Bible Church, 847 N Sequim Ave, Room 401, Sequim, WA 98382. For information call Carolyn Lindley at (360) 683-5294.
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 www.alz.org.
November 11, 2016
Art Gallery and Classes Open at the Old Alcohol Plant
The Old Alcohol Plant is currently booking 2017 art classes and gallery exhibitions.
Art Classes Currently Scheduled in 2017 (more coming):
- Beaded Ring Class – Friday, January 13
- Paper Flowers – Friday, February 3
- Macramé Bracelet – Friday, February 10
- Wirework Earrings – Friday, February 17
- Stone Sculpting – Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6
First Saturday Art Walk Openings, Six Week Displays: Art Walk Openings and displays in the coming year are scheduled for January 7, March 4, May 6, July 1, September 2, and November 4. All dates are still available for exhibitors.
Display and Sell Art at the Alcohol Plant: The Alcohol Plant is seeking art by local artists with a Pacific Northwest/Puget Sound focus for display at bi-monthly openings in 2017. Work with OAP staff to choose an opening date that works for you (you must be present). OAP can sell pieces for you at 25 percent commission – set prices accordingly. Staff will promote your opening and have open gallery hours when guests and the public can view the work. Gift shop space is available. You are responsible for framing; we will help with hanging and signage.
To Teach a Class at the Alcohol Plant: The instructor sets the price per student; classroom space costs $200 and includes tables and chairs and set-up. We will promote the class and can run registration for the cost of processing fees, or you may run your own registration. Classroom fee is negotiable for students who book overnight stays while taking the class.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a classroom or gallery tour and to discuss dates and other details.
Alzheimer’s Association Offers Caregiver Support Group
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 am – 12:00 pm, at Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325. For information call Linda Whiteside at (206) 529-3875.
About the Alzheimer’s Association: 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 www.alz.org.
February 13, 2016
Announcing the Port Ludlow Hiking Club Website
The Port Ludlow Hiking Club has a new website, http://www.portludlowhikingclub.com, 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, www.plvc.org.
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: http://www.911EMG.com.
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 https://solidwaste.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/mrw-collection-facility.pdf.
Other Information: Skookum.org, 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 www.co.jefferson.wa.us/.
Meetings are open to the public. Briefings by the Commissioners are followed by hearings, discussions and other business