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March 29, 2017

CEA Sponsors a new Lecture Series

Community Enrichment Alliance (CEA) brings you “Memory and the Human Lifespan” a nine-week Great Course Lecture Series at the Bay Club starting on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. The first Wednesday in both May and June will start at 3:00 p.m., but all other weeks will start at 2:30 p.m. All nine sessions end at 5:00 p.m.

Fee for the series, which runs through June 7, is $10 ($15 for couples).
Registration/Information:  Call June at 360-302-1037 or email lajudemers@cablespeed.com

 

March 22, 2017

Chimacum Prevention Coalition , Jefferson County Library and Port Townsend Film Festival to Host Film Drawing the Tiger 

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The public is invited Monday, April 10, 5:30 – 8:00, at the Jefferson CountyLibrary, to a screening and discussion, led by film director Amy Benson, of the film Drawing the Tiger, which is a featured film in the PTFF Women and Film weekend. This presentation is sponsored by the Chimacum Prevention Coalition (CPD), the Jefferson County Library, the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF), and the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

According to Denise Banker, Chimacum Prevention Coalition Coordinator, “[W]hen young people feel unsupported and alienated, or when they feel they’re the family’s only hope, it creates a lot of stress and pressure that can easily manifest a variety of behaviors – poor school performance, alcohol and other drug use, depression, suicide ideation. It’s important for whole communities to know young people need our support and acceptance. We need to know how to support youth, to keep them from engaging in behaviors that will negatively impact their future success and happiness. This film asks us to think about that. The conversation it generates will move us toward solutions.”

Throughout the autumn and winter, community groups and agencies have sponsored various events focused on this conversation. In September, Juvenile Court Services/Guardian ad Litem sponsored a Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience (NEAR) event at which community leaders discussed ways to recognize Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promote resilience among our community’s youth. In January, the Chimacum Elementary and Middle Schools hosted an Adverse Childhood Experiences training given by Alyson Rotter of Educational Service District 114. In February CPC and the ChimacumHigh School, along with PTFF, hosted a public screening of the film UnSlut. In March, The Benji Project hosted an evidence-based Mindfulness Self-Compassion retreat that introduced “Making Friends with Yourself” teen program. “The Benson film continues these conversations,” Banker said.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, which are common across socio-economic boundaries, are extremely stressful events that happen to children as they grow up. The research reflects the progressive nature of adversity and its deleterious effects on physiology. Our sense of safety, community and familial connectedness, trust and happiness are all impacted negatively by our adverse childhood experiences. Adverse or traumatic experiences in childhood can cause our stress chemicals to stay at high alert, leading to long periods of engaged “fight or flight” chemicals in our bodies. This heightened chemical response in the sympathetic system is linked to multiple chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and addiction disorders.

The Chimacum Prevention Coalition’s (CPC) aim and mission is to unite youth, families, and agencies in support of healthy youth in Chimacum and throughout EastJeffersonCounty by improving community connectedness, strengthening families, and preventing early initiation to alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. Its work is focused on improving school performance and mental / behavioral health, on helping youth avoid delinquency, and on assisting youth in laying a foundation for healthy choices. All of its activities are designed to be free, accessible, and widely promoted in the community.

For information about the Chimacum Prevention Coalition, visit the Jefferson County Public Health website at http://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/index.php?c-p-c

 

March 20, 2017

Online Community Produce Market Opens

On March 21, 2017 an online community marketplace for local, homegrown produce launched in Port Townsend. To access the market go to www.veggievinder.com. Users can list and discover delicious produce being grown in their own communities on this site.

The startup is bootstrapped by the founder and CEO, Sam Lillie, a group fitness instructor at the Port Townsend Athletic club. The idea was begun on foot and bicycle operation in July of 2016 for $18.56. Within the first three months, over 300 pounds of produce was exchanged between community members.

The vender aims to strengthen communities across the nation, both economically and nutritionally by promoting a transparent, sustainable agricultural system and making it accessible to people everywhere.

 

January 31, 2017

Two County Nonprofits Merge to Deliver Greater Impact

Jefferson County Community Foundation (JCCF) and United Good Neighbors (UGN) have merged to provide greater impact on philanthropy and volunteer engagement.  The two organizations have worked collaboratively since 2012 through shared staff and facilities. In 2017 the two will become one 501(c)3 nonprofit organization named Jefferson Community Foundation. The aim is to better serve the people throughout all communities of Jefferson County, its donors and its nonprofits.

UGN was founded in 1957 and the organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017. It mobilizes the caring power of donors, volunteers, organizations and the community to improve the lives of people in need through its annual fundraising campaign.  The 2016 campaign brought in more than $300,000 according to Ken Dane, Interim Executive Director.  During the last decade, UGN has raised and distributed about $2.5 million dollars within Jefferson County.

Dale Wilson, Executive Director of Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) said, “we have valued our past partnerships with both UGN and JCCF. Looking forward, we are confident this consolidation will bring new energy, capacity and potential to Jefferson County’s non-profit community. The new Jefferson Community Foundation builds upon a rich history of success, while creating the capacity to strengthen our community today and tomorrow.”

Jefferson County Community Foundation was established in 2005 around a shared set of values and purpose to make Jefferson County a better place to live and work. The organization brings together individuals, families and businesses to support nonprofits through endowments, field of interest funds such as the Fund for Women and Girls, donor-advised funds, giving circles and scholarship funds.

“Our goal,” says Board Chair Rose Lincoln who previously served as the CEO of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, “is to strengthen our community both now and for future generations through engaged philanthropy.”

Lincoln says that changes in society and technology have created new philosophies, approaches and tools for donors and the nonprofits they support. “Our community is creative and progressive; we can be a leader in community giving, family philanthropy and volunteerism,” she notes. “Through the merger, we will embrace emerging trends and technologies to reach more donors, make giving easier, and achieve greater results with more visible accountability. As stewards of our donors’ contributions, it is our obligation to be more efficient and to strengthen our impact.”

Nationwide, community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems in fields that included the arts and education, health and human services, the environment, and disaster relief. In the past 11 years, JCCF has distributed over $ 600,000 in grants supporting a diversity of programs in education, environmental stewardship, youth athletics, and the arts throughout Jefferson County.

Carol McGough, a founding member of JCCF said, “We want to build on the community progress Jefferson County has been experiencing during the last decade — from the dynamic changes at Fort Worden in lifelong learning, to expanded health care services, to the growing focus on locally sourced food and environmentalism.” McGough added, “This is a great place to live: we have new education projects and facilities, our vibrant arts and culture scene is growing, and passionate people are protecting our land, air and water.  It’s an exciting time for our organizations as we become the Jefferson Community Foundation.”

The newly combined organization is creating a shared budget, and will develop a new Strategic Plan as they merge systems and processes for greater efficiency. They are recruiting a new Executive Director to lead the combined organization, and will be assembling a dynamic UGN Campaign Committee that can lead an ambitious, record-setting campaign in this 60th anniversary year. For more information, contact Interim Executive Director Ken Dane at director@jccfgives.org.

 

December 19, 2016

Timber Settlement Agreement Announced

by Beverly Browne, Managing Editor/Reporter

The Jefferson County Commissioners, at their regular meeting on December 19, 2016, announced the outcome of mediation between the County and Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) of a year and a half long dispute involving timber harvesting in Port Ludlow. The County contended that the timber harvesting was in violation of the Port Ludlow Development Agreement; PLA disagreed. The disagreement was subject to mediation.

In brief, the agreement states that, on property owned by PLA located within the MPR and zoned Open Space Reserve, PLA “shall not cut trees or otherwise harvest timber except if: (a) cutting is specifically authorized by the County at its sole discretion upon finding it consistent with aesthetic and open space purposes, (b) it is reasonably incident to golf course operation, management, and operation, and is within 50 feet of the golf course, and (c) it is incident to providing access to or management of a roadway, utility, or storm water drainage facility, or (d) involves access to and removal of a hazardous tree or trees. If more than 50 trees, nine inches or more in diameter at breast height are to be cut in any twelve month period, PLA shall provide the County with written notice at least 30 days before commencing cutting.

In forestry areas not zoned MPR-OSR but within platted or developed land PLA may harvest timber as long as the primary benefit is to improve, maintain, operate, or use the property for purposes other than commercial forestry. The following restrictions apply: (a) a permit must be obtained, (b) PLA shall comply with any limitations, restrictions, or other requirements imposed by the County or DNR, and (c) provide the County with written notice if the harvest involves more than 200 trees in a 12 month period.

In unplatted and undeveloped land where a final plat has not been approved by the County, PLA shall not cut trees except:

(a)    when the harvest is incident to conversion to a non-forestry use,

(b)   reasonably incident to golf course expansion,

(c)    reasonably incident to golf course operation, management, or renovation and within 50 feet of the golf course,

(d)   reasonable incident to providing access to construction of, or maintenance of a roadway, utility, or storm water drainage facility,

(e)    cutting hazard trees, or

(f)    otherwise permitted or required by the County at its discretion.

In all instances PLA is subject to the limitations of governmental regulations and shall comply with the Forest Practices Act, Forest Practices Rules, and other applicable laws, ordinances, orders, regulations, and other regulations imposed by the County and the DNR.

PLA further agrees to cooperate with the County in revising the Development Agreement and the MPR Code. The County may issue “stop work” orders for violations but will not assert claims against PLA, issue press releases, or make public announcements without giving PLA ten business days to provide legal justification for its actions, providing PLA has stopped work. If the County and PLA cannot agree, dispute resolution as described in the the Development Agreement shall take place.

PLA and the County agreed not to sue each other based on specific conditions related to the Timber Harvests.

The above statements are abstracted from the written agreement provided by the County. It is not a complete reprint of the agreement, which contains additional specifications. Fact checkers should refer to County documents.