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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Peninsula Daily News

Observances to thank, honor veterans Peninsula Daily News

North Olympic Peninsula residents will gather Thursday to honor and thank those who have served in the military. The largest Peninsula Veterans Day observance will be at Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles on Ediz Hook. Veterans of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield will receive special recognition during this year’s program, held in the helicopter hangar at the base. Operation Desert Storm veteran Colleen McAleer, now a Sequim real estate agent, will present the keynote address. McAleer was an electronic warfare platoon commander of a unit deployed to the front lines of Operation Desert Storm in 1990, the first woman to serve in such a position in combat. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kevin Gavin will welcome the public to the ceremonies. Some 150 people will perform during the program, including the Port Angeles High School Band, directed by Doug Gailey, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Because of limited parking at the base, ride-sharing is encouraged. After the ceremonies, a barbecue is planned at the Clallam County Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St., in Port Angeles. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked

beans will be served, with VFW Post 1024 and the Ladies of Auxiliary 1024 cooking the food. Admission is free, but donations for the Veterans Center will be accepted. For more information, phone 360-452-1135. Observances also are planned throughout the Peninsula.

Remembrance set The Navy Seabee Veterans of America will hold the 44th Anniversary Honor Ceremony and Veterans Day Remembrance program at Gardiner Community Cemetery. The event honors Port Townsend native and Medal of Honor recipient Navy Seabee CM3 Marvin Shields. Shields was killed in action in Vietnam on June 10, 1965. The event is open to the public. Because to limited parking on Cemetery Road, a shuttle bus will provide transportation to the cemetery from the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, phone 360-681-2786.

Port Townsend Port Townsend Police Chief Conner Daily will be the guest speaker for the American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26

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Bullet casings fly through the air as, from left, Mark Schildknecht, Don Gregory and Richard Welch with the Mount Olympus chapter of the Marine Corps League fire a 21-gun salute during the Veterans Day Ceremony last year at the Coast Guard station in Port Angeles. observance of Veterans Day beginning at 11 a.m. The service will be at the American Legion Post’s building on the corner of Water and Monroe Streets in Port Townsend Special recognitions for service will be given to longtime member Legion member Bob Yarr.

The 36-member Port Townsend Summer Band will present a half-hour concert at 10:30 a.m. A potluck lunch will be served following the ceremony. The event is open to the public. For more information, phone Post Commander, Joe

Carey at 360-379-1839 ber or veteran from 10 a.m. or 360-385-3454. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. Donations also will be Forks observance accepted for a list compiled FORKS — This End Up by Pat Doyle of West End @ Laundry 101, 781 S. Forks service members serving Ave., will honor veterans by abroad. The list is called “In Our by giving away red, white and blue custom-embroi- Thoughts and Prayers.” For more information, dered hats and visors to any current U.S. service mem- phone 360-374-2540.

Fugitive in custody dispute from PA found The Associated Press

ARTIC, Grays Harbor County — A 49-year-old woman accused of disappearing with her twin daughters amid a custody fight — most recently from Port Angeles — was arrested after the three spent years as fugitives. Sharie R. Ramsey, 49, was charged with two counts of first-degree custodial interference for disap-

pearing with her daughters, now 14, in violation of a court order. Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott told The Daily World newspaper that she had twice taken the twins, most recently from Port Angeles in 2009. Court records say Ramsey originally took her daughters from their Midwest home and disappeared about 11 years ago. Their father spent 10

years searching for them, finally tracking them to Port Angeles last year when the mother sued for child support, the newspaper said.

Fled again A Clallam County Superior Court judge granted custody to the father, but court records say Ramsey allegedly fled again with the children in violation of a

parenting plan. Court documents show a deputy, acting on a tip, found Ramsey on Thursday at a house in the small town of Artic, south of Aberdeen. Ramsey contested the county’s court order but agreed to turn over the girls. “Sharie advised that this was an ongoing issue with Clallam County and that they were being tortured by them,” court

documents said. “Sharie continued that the girls would not be taken care of and how terrible kids were treated in foster care.” As the deputy waited for her to turn over the girls, they apparently escaped out an upstairs window. She told the deputy that the girls were no longer home. “Sharie said she did not see anything or know they

were leaving,” the court documents said. The girls were found the next day after trying to hitch a ride along U.S. Highway 101 south of Artic and were taken into protective custody. The family was living under different names and the girls were being homeschooled, Scott said. Ramsey was being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail.

Elwha River Restoration logo to be unveiled Nov. 16 Peninsula Daily News

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — A new logo and tagline for the Elwha River Restoration project will be unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The logo will be presented during ceremonies between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles.

The Elwha River Restoration project will include the largest dam removal to date in the nation. It begins in 2011. The 105-foot Elwha Dam that creates Lake Aldwell


“We invite the entire community to join us in celebrating and in using this new logo as we count down the months to the largest dam removal in U.S. history.”

Karen Gustin Olympic National Park superintendent

and the 201-foot Glines Canyon Dam that forms Lake Mills — were constructed without fish ladders, preventing salmon from migrating upstream to spawn. Their removal, a project estimated to cost about

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$350 million, will restore the river to its natural freeflowing state. The Elwha River Restoration logo will be available to organizations and businesses for licensed and approved use for promotional product development and websites.

New logo “We invite the entire community to join us in celebrating and in using this new logo as we count down the months to the largest dam removal in U.S. history,” said Olympic

National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. An overview of the project’s “approval and use” process will be presented at 5:30 p.m.

Logo by PA designer The new logo was designed by Port Angelesbased Laurel Black Design. The tagline was developed by New Path Marketing in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish. Discover Your Northwest and Friends of Olympic National Park will co-host the celebration.

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