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Peninsula Daily News for Sunday, November 7, 2010




Politics and Environment

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PORT ANGELES — The Airport Cafe at Fairchild International Airport will switch to winter hours beginning Monday, Nov. 15. The cafe will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Holiday baking is also available. The cafe’s managers also have a request: Will the recent “Halloween trickster” who made off with the cafe’s sandwich A-board sign please return it? No questions asked. For more information, phone the cafe at 360-4571190. David Sellars (2)

Sequim chamber SEQUIM — A special “Salute to Veterans” will be the focus of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon meeting on Tuesday. On the program: n Color guard — Michael Klein and Daniel Harker, Boy Scout Troop 1491. n Special music — Amanda Bacon. n Speakers — Mike McEvoy, local veterans employment representative with WorkSource, and Carl Bradshaw, commanding officer of American Legion Post 62 in Sequim. Tuesday’s Sequim chamber luncheon — open to the public — will be held at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 140 Hilltop Drive, and begins at noon. The luncheon costs $15 per person, and beverage-only is $3; reservations closed Friday. Audience members can attend without eating lunch. For further information, phone the chamber at 360-683-6197.

the public, starts with nohost lunch at noon at JT’s Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave. Fleck Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. Phone Marcia Bingham, chamber director, at 360-374-2531 for more information.

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PORT TOWNSEND — Lisa Falcone from Skookum and Janie NelsonClark from Concerned Citizens will speak to this week’s luncheon meeting of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Monday. They will discuss how they work with local businesses to help them recruit, train and retain employees with disabilities. Also on the program: presentation of the slate of candidates for the PA chamber chamber’s officers and board of directors for port angeles — 2011. Peninsula College PresiThe meeting sponsor is dent Tom Keegan is scheduled to speak to this WorkSource Jefferson County. week’s Port Angeles Open to the public, Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon meet- Monday’s chamber luncheon begins at noon at ing on Monday. the Port Townsend Elks He will Lodge, 555 Otto St. discuss Lunch costs $12 for a projects at full meal, $9 for soup/ the college salad or $5 for dessert/ and assisbeverage. tance the Prices include tax, bevcollege erage and dessert. offers to The chamber’s Novemthe busiKeegan ber after-hours business ness commixer is Tuesday. munity. It will run from Open to the public, Monday’s chamber lunch­ 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the eon begins at noon in the Port Townsend School of Massage, 1071 Landes second-floor meeting room of the Port Angeles Court (behind the Port CrabHouse Restaurant at Townsend Safeway). Open to chamber memthe Red Lion Hotel, 221 bers and their guests, N. Lincoln St. there will be food, drinks Luncheon tickets are and free chair massages. $13 and can be purchased from the meeting room cashier. PA business group PORT ANGELES — Forks chamber Harold Norlund, mill FORKS — Rod Fleck, manager at Nippon Paper Forks city attorney and Industries USA, is schedplanner, will talk about uled to speak at this wildlife conservancy at week’s Port Angeles Busithis week’s Forks Chamness Association breakfast ber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Tuesday. meeting on Wednesday. The meeting, open to Turn to Briefly/D7

The Garth Foss approaches the Overseas Los Angeles stern first.

Garth Foss helps guard Strait of Juan de Fuca Escort, assist services are primary responsibilities Garth Foss, the green and white tug that is as common a sight in the Strait of Juan de Fuca as the pilot boats, oil tankers and cargo ships, is one of the most powerful tugs in the world. Known within the industry as an enhanced tractor tug, she was designed and built to be primarily responsible for providing escort and vessel assist services to oil tankers as they transit Puget Sound. She is 155 feet long and has a 46-foot beam. Power is derived from twin EMD diesel engines generating a combined 8,000 horsepower that drives a dual propulsion system known as a Voith Schneider propeller. Unlike the typical configuration where the props are at the rear of a vessel, on the Garth Foss, the propulsion system is located about 50 feet aft of the bow. Two sets of five vertically oriented hydrofoiltype blades arrayed on a circular plate hang beneath the boat and rotate around a vertical axis.

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The captain of the vessel is able to control the velocity of the rotating plate as well as the angle of attack of the

paddles. This enables him to dictate the speed and direction of the vessel.

A trip on Garth Foss At 8 a.m. Oct. 22, Bruce Biddle, captain of the Garth Foss, eased the tug up against Terminal 4 at the Port of Port Angeles. After donning a life jacket and hard hat, I climbed aboard. I was met by the engineer, Jon Judd. Foss Maritime, which operates nearly 100 tugs and a like number of barges worldwide, takes safety very seriously. Judd immediately put

It’s one of only 31 back from last top 100 Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Home Health has been recognized again as a HomeCare Elite Top 100 home health agency by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth. Part of Olympic Medical Center, Home Health is one of only 11 agencies to be named in the top 500 every

year since the inception of the HomeCare Elite designation in 2006. It has been in the top 100 for four of those years. Olympic Medical Home Health is one of only 31 agencies returning from last year’s top 100. “We continue to be successful because of our highly skilled and dedicated clinical staff and our continued quality efforts,” said Fran Sisson, the agency’s administrator. “With these key elements, Olympic Medical Home Health will continue to be

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an award-winning agency.” OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth considered more than 9,375 home health agencies nationwide in their annual review, which ranked agencies by an analysis of performance measures in quality out-

hour watches. Each crewman on the tug has his own substantial berthing compartment, which includes a head and a shower. There are three additional berthing compartments, two of which have four bunk-type beds for guests and a third space that was once used by a cook, a luxury that fell by the wayside a dozen years ago or more. Turn



comes, quality improvements and financial performance. It gathered publicly available information from the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Home Health Compare and cost reports.

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me through a short but thorough orientation program on personal safety protocol. He also acquainted me with the boat’s survival equipment as well as making certain I understood my role in the event of an emergency. The crew aboard the Garth Foss work 15 days on and 15 days off. Each 15-day shift has two captains and two able-bodied seaman, and each shift stands six-

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