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Don McIntyre of Sequim, above, has his own naughty or nice list. Don Talmadge of Kingston, right, greets Teresa Verraes, left, and Heather Bailey at Port Townsend’s recent Yuletide Salon.
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Standing in for St. Nick Santa’s surrogates say they ‘feel called’ to don the suit BY JOE SMILLIE FOR PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Filling the most famous pair of black boots in the world could be a weighty occupation, but those who portray Santa Claus on the North Olympic Peninsula agree that it’s one of the easiest jobs they have ever had. “As soon as I walk in and look in the eyes of kids delighted to see me, every other worry I could have is erased,” said Don Talmadge of Kingston, who has 32 years of experience in the red suit — and his own white beard — and who served as Father Christmas at Port Townsend’s Gilded Age Yuletide Salon
last weekend. Larry Klinefelter of Sequim, who has 11 years of experience under the big, black belt, said the Christmas spirit comes to life for him when he experiences the generosity of children. “It’s when a kid looks at you and says, ‘Santa, I don’t want anything, I just want my Grandma to live forever,” Klinefelter said. “That really cuts you to the heart.” Klinefelter and John Hubbard of Port Angeles donned the suit for a visit to Necessities and Temptations gift shop in Port Angeles for a benefit for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
Peninsula St. Nicks said even cynics melt at the sight of their white beards. “People who will not open the door to anybody, anywhere, anytime will let Santa in,” said Don McIntyre of Sequim, who has played Kris Kringle for 33 years — wearing his own beard. “Security goes out the window when Santa comes by.”
Naughty or nice? One of Santa’s most laborious chores is his legendary job of tracking the behavior of 7 billion people. They all have systems. “All children are good. That part’s
easy,” said Hubbard, who’s been standing in for Santa in Port Angeles since 1977. Adults, though, are another story. “I learned that you always tell women they’re on the nice list,” said McIntyre, known for cracking candy canes in pieces before handing them to men, while giving whole ones to women. Why? “Most men have been bad.” McIntyre rates 60 percent of the adult population on the nice list, 30 percent on the naughty roster and 10 percent “really, really naughty.” But, said Talmadge, it’s not carved in stone. “As long as you know you’re bad, admit you were bad and try to make up for it, there’s always room to move your name to the nice list.” One way to make the nice list, said McIntyre, is to leave out a plate of oatmeal cookies with raisins, cranberries and ‘lots of nuts” on Christmas Eve. TURN
Mental-health Sequim lawmaker fights court is ready for horse riding at refuge to get started BY PAUL GOTTLIEB
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PORT TOWNSEND — A new court program designed to divert the mentally ill from the courts to treatment should be up and running early next year, Jefferson County officials say. County Prosecuting “Someone with mental Attorney Scott illness can’t wait for a Rosekrans said the mental health court will work couple of years.” similar to the county’s SCOTT ROSEKRANS Drug Court, focusing on Jefferson County prosecutor providing treatment to offenders who have mental health issues instead of putting them into prison. “The criminal justice system just isn’t suited to deal with a lot of those issues,” Rosekrans said. “This is kind of keeping them on a tight leash.” Sam Markow, Jefferson’s mental health director, said county officials will meet early next month to discuss when such cases would be heard. He estimated that the new court program could be running by February. TURN TO COURT/A6
SEQUIM — State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege is taking on the federal Fish and Wildlife Service over its proposed ban on jogging and horseback riding at D u n g e n e s s National Wildlife Van De Wege Refuge, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula’s prized Dungeness Spit.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to ban jogging and horseback riding at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
If the proposal goes through, the 24th District lawmaker has threatened to look into legislation that would revoke a wildlife-protecting easement the state granted to the federal government for part of the Dungeness Spit, the protected area’s main attraction.
“If Fish and Wildlife moves forward with their proposed limit on recreation, I am interested in seeing if we can revoke the easement so the state can dictate what recreation can be done on that land,” Van De Wege said. The Sequim Democrat and House
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majority whip — the fourth-ranking Democrat in the chamber — represents Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County. “I don’t want to move forward on this,” he said. TURN
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Ronnie Wood ties the knot with fiancee TWO BRITISH NEWSPAPERS say Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has married his fiancee Sally Humphreys at a ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel. The Sun and the Daily Mirror carried photographs of the 65-yearold rocker with a pale Wood boutonniere and a dark blue suit, and his 34-year-old bride in a traditional white gown and a clutch of matching Humphreys white flowers.
The Sun quoted Wood as saying, “I’m feeling great,” as he and his bride kissed and posed for pictures outside the exclusive hotel in London’s upscale Mayfair district. The newspapers said the guests included singer Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster as well as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell. A call and an email to Wood’s U.S.-based agent weren’t returned.
Serpico on Pacino New York City police whistle-blower Frank Serpico said Al Pacino played him better than he did himself. Pacino played the detective who exposed widespread police corruption in the 1973 movie “Serpico.” The Daily News interviewed the real-life Serpico in Ghent, in New York’s Hudson Valley, for a story published Sunday. The 76-year-old retiree
spoke weeks after the death of fellow whistle-blowing ex-detective David Durk. Serpico Serpico smiled as an interviewer noted he is ranked No. 41, just behind Lassie, on Pacino the Amerias Serpico can Film Institute’s list of movie heroes. He said that’s “good company.” The newspaper said Serpico keeps busy trying to finish a book and taking solitary walks. Serpico and Durk’s efforts resulted in frontpage newspaper stories and a city panel that recommended reforms to prevent police corruption.
Passings By The Associated Press
JACK KLUGMAN, 90, who made an art of gruffness in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.,” has died at the age of 90. The actor’s son Adam said his father died Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. In the Mr. Klugman 1970s sitcirca 1979 com “The Odd Couple,” Klugman played sloppy sports writer Oscar to co-star Tony Randall’s Felix, a fussy photographer. In “Quincy, M.E.,” which aired from 1976 to 1983, Klugman played an idealistic, tough-minded medical examiner. Klugman lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s but trained himself to speak again. He returned to acting in a 1993 Broadway revival of “Three Men on a Horse.” Klugman split his time between TV, movies and the New York stage. In his later years he gueststarred on TV series including “Third Watch.”
________ MIKE SCACCIA, 47, the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Rigor Mortis died shortly after collapsing on stage from a heart attack during a performance early Sunday morning. Mr. Scaccia suffered an apparent seizure on stage during a performance at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Blabbermouth.net reported. Rigor Mortis’ Saturday
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night gig at the Rail Club had been a birthday bash for frontman Bruce CorMr. Scaccia bitt. The Tar- circa 2011 rant County medical examiner’s office, however, listed a sudden heart attack caused by heart disease as the cause of death, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Guard unit sent to the Philippines in 1941. A Guard history said only half the 1,800 men survived the 1942 battle against the invading Japanese, the Death March after the American surrender and 40 months of captivity.
RICHARD ADAMS, 65, who used both the altar and the courtroom to help begin the push for gay marriage four decades before it reached the center ________ of the national consciousPABLO GUTIERREZ, ness, has died, his attorney 93, a lifelong Grant County, said Sunday. After a N.M., resident who surbrief illness, vived the Bataan Death Mr. Adams March during World War II died Dec. 17 and was among the last in the Holsurviving members of his lywood, New Mexico National Calif., home Guard unit who made it he shared through the war, has died. with Tony Mr. Guti- Mr. Adams Sullivan, his errez died in 1984 partner of at the Gila 43 years, attorney Lavi Regional Soloway told The AssociMedical ated Press. Center in Mr. Adams and Sullivan Silver City, were granted a marriage N.M., on license in 1975 but for Mr. Gutierrez Dec. 17 after years fought in vain to see developing in 1940s it recognized by governrespiratory complications and pneumo- ments and a population for whom the idea of two marnia, daughter Rosemary ried men was still strange Gutierrez said Sunday. and foreign. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement calling Mr. Gutierrez a true AmerSeen Around ican hero and real family Peninsula snapshots man. QUIET STREETS ON Mr. Gutierrez was in a Christmas morning across New Mexico National the North Olympic Peninsula . . .
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
1937 (75 years ago) It’s a white Christmas across the North Olympic Peninsula. Port Angeles received 4 inches to 8 inches, depending on the elevation. Sequim had about an inch, and Port Townsend had about 2 inches. The snow was heavy west of Port Angeles, with a foot recorded at Joyce and 8 inches in the Dry Creek area. The snow won’t halt Christmas night dances at Clyde’s Hall in Port Angeles, sponsored by the Altruistic Club, and at Dry Creek and Fairview granges.
1962 (50 years ago)
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was reported as clear and cold with the sun shining brightly. Up until the sunny spell, there was more rain and icy conditions than snow at the Ridge, 17 miles south of Port Angeles.
1987 (25 years ago) “Bring out another box of turkeys!” Port Townsend Food Bank volunteers continued to do brisk business late Christmas Eve, operating later than other North Olympic Peninsula food banks. The Jefferson County Food Bank Association also was busy. The Brinnon Food Bank gave out 50 Christmas baskets, while 153 families were fed at the Tri-Area Community Center in Quilcene. In Quilcene, volunteers handed out 70 baskets in fewer than four hours. Usually, the Quilcene operation serves 30 to 45 families a week.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS TUESDAY, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2012. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Dec. 25, A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome. On this date: ■ In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. ■ In 1776, Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J. ■ In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that
resulted in the Civil War. ■ In 1887, Conrad Hilton, founder of the hotel chain bearing his name, was born in San Antonio, Territory of New Mexico. ■ In 1926, Hirohito became emperor of Japan, succeeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito. ■ In 1931, New York’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire live opera over radio for the first time: “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck. ■ In 1941, during World War II, Japan announced the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong. ■ In 1962, the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the Harper Lee novel and
starring Gregory Peck, opened in Los Angeles. ■ In 1989, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising. ■ In 2009, passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 foiled an attempt to blow up the plane as it was landing in Detroit by seizing a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear. ■ Ten years ago: Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I-A football game when she attempted an extra point following a New Mexico touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl. Hnida, a walk-on junior, had her kick blocked, but by then she had
already made history in the 27-13 loss to UCLA. ■ Five years ago: A tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escaped her enclosure and killed a park visitor; two brothers also were mauled, but survived. The tiger was killed by police. ■ One year ago: Five members of a family, including three children and their grandparents, died in a Christmas morning blaze in Stamford, Conn., that was blamed on burning embers in a trash can. A 56-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus shot and killed his estranged wife, their two teenage children and three other relatives at an apartment in Grapevine, Texas, before taking his own life.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Idaho senator, a Mormon, is ‘sorry for’ DUI ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving. A threeterm Republican with a reputation as a social and fiscal conservative, Sen. Michael Crapo registered a blood alcohol content of 0.11 Crapo percent after getting pulled over in a Washington, D.C., suburb, for running a red light, officials said. The 61-year-old lawmaker, who faces a Jan. 4 court date, apologized hours after his arrest early Sunday. “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said. “I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me.” He also said he would take measures to ensure “this circumstance is never repeated.”
police dispatcher tried unsuccessfully to reach her, and police said they were investigating the case as a homicide. A dispatcher tried to reach Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, about 3 a.m. Monday, but she didn’t respond, Wauwatosa Lt. Gerald Witkowski said. Officers began looking for her and found her dead with several gunshot wounds about 5 a.m., he said. He didn’t know if she was found inside or outside her squad car. Witkowski urged witnesses to come forward. “Great person. Great officer,” he said. “This is just an unbelievable act that has touched everybody at the department.”
Sanford may run again
COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Mark Sanford left the governor’s mansion in 2011, he’d been censured by the Legislature over travel expenses he used for an affair with an Argentine woman and paid the largest ethics fine ever in South Carolina. His conservative credentials were still intact though, and now the 52-year-old Republican is weighing a bid for the congressional seat he once held. The opening comes because 1st District Rep. Tim Scott was appointed to fill the last two years of Sen. Jim DeMint’s seat. John Dietz, a retiree from Daniel Island, said the affair Officer slain in Wis. wouldn’t affect his vote. MILWAUKEE — A suburban “He said he found his soul Milwaukee police officer was mate, and at one point in my life, found shot and killed Christmas that’s exactly how I felt.” Eve a couple of hours after a The Associated Press
Briefly: World Policewoman kills American in Afghanistan
Bolivian leader in Cuba
HAVANA — Bolivian President Evo Morales has made a lightning trip to Havana, where key ally Hugo Chavez is convalescing after cancer surgery. He said he KABUL, Afghanistan — An came “to Afghan policewoman walked express his into a high-security compound support” for in Kabul on Monday and killed the Venezuea U.S. contractor with a single bullet to the chest, the first such lan president. The Cuban shooting by a woman in a spate government of insider attacks by Afghans had invited against their foreign allies. media to cover Officials identified the Morales attacker as police Sgt. Nargas, a Morales’ arrival Saturmother of four with a clean day and departure Sunday but record. The shooting was in a withdrew the invitation with no compound housing the goverexplanation. nor’s office, courts and a prison. But photos released by A police official said she was Cuban media showed President able to enter the compound armed because she was licensed Raul Castro greeting Morales at the airport in Havana. to carry a weapon as an officer. The American, whose idenChristmas in Bethlehem tity was not released, was a civilian adviser who worked BETHLEHEM, West Bank with the NATO command. — Christians from the world He was shot as he came out over packed Manger Square in of a small shop, Kabul Gov. Bethlehem on Monday to celeAbdul Jabar Taqwa told The brate the birth of Jesus in the Associated Press. town where he was born. The woman refused to For their Palestinian hosts, explain her motive, he said. this holiday season was espeThe fact that a woman was cially joyous, with the hardships behind the assault shocked of the Israeli occupation that so some Afghans. often clouded previous celebraAccording to NATO, some tions eased by the United 1,400 women were serving in Nations’ recent recognition of an the Afghan police force midyear, independent state of Palestine. with 350 in the army -— still a Hundreds of people assemvery small proportion of the bled outside the Church of 350,000 in both services. Such Nativity. The mood was festive professions still are generally under sunny skies, with chilfrowned upon in this conservadren dressed in holiday finery. tive society. The Associated Press
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A house burns Monday in Webster, N.Y., where a former convict set a house and car ablaze, then opened fire on firefighters, killing two and engaging police in a shootout.
Ex-convict sets trap for firefighters in N.Y. Suicidal gunman ignites blaze, then kills two first-responders THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WEBSTER, N.Y. — An ex-con set a car and a house ablaze in his neighborhood to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two, engaging in a shootout with police and committing suicide. The gunman fired on the four firefighters when they arrived shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the blaze in Webster, a Rochester suburb on Lake Ontario, town Police Chief Gerald Pickering said. Police said the gunman lay in wait outside for the firefighters, then shot at them with a rifle from atop an earthen berm. “It does appear it was a trap,” Pickering said. The gunman, William Spengler, had served more than 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980 at the house next to where Monday’s attack happened, Pickering said.
Spengler was paroled in 1998 and had led a quiet life since, authorities said. Convicted felons are not allowed to own weapons. Two firefighters, one of whom was also a town police lieutenant, died at the scene. Two others were hospitalized. A fifth man who was passing by also was injured.
Officer ‘saved many lives’ An officer who exchanged gunfire with Spengler “in all likelihood saved many lives,” Pickering said. Seven houses were destroyed, Pickering said, and police have not been able to determine whether there are more victims. Spengler lived in the house with his sister and mother, Arline, who died in October. The sister, 67-year-old Cheryl Spengler, remained unaccounted for. The West Webster Fire District learned of the fire early Monday after a report of a car and house
on fire on Lake Road, on a narrow peninsula, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said. Two of the firefighters arrived on a fire engine and two in their own vehicles, Pickering said. After Spengler fired, one of the wounded men managed to flee, but the other three couldn’t because of flying gunfire. A police armored vehicle recovered two of the men and eventually evacuated 33 people from nearby homes, the chief said. “These people get up in the middle of the night to go put out fires; they don’t expect to be shot and killed,” Pickering said. The dead men were Police Lt. Michael Chiapperini, 43, the Webster Police Department’s public information officer; and Tomasz Kaczowka, also a 9-1-1 dispatcher, whose age was not released. Pickering described Chiapperini as a “lifetime firefighter” with nearly 20 years with the department, and called Kaczowka a “tremendous young man.” The two wounded firefighters, Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino, were in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Obama faces long to-do list as he approaches 2nd term THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — It’s hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He approaches his second term confronting tough challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his eventual place in history. Some of the big issues awaiting the president’s decisions are long-simmering problems. They include immigration and the need for a tenable balance between taxes, spending and borrowing. Another issue, gun control, jumped to the national agenda’s top tier this month following the massacre at a Connecticut school. Lawmakers and interest groups are watching for signs of
how hard Obama might push to restrict firearms and expand illegal immigrants’ rights. Obama said last Wednesday that gun control will be a central issue in his second term. “I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,” he said of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass killings.
Immigration reform With Democrats and Republicans increasingly aware of Hispanics’ growing political clout,said Chris Dolan, a political scientist at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, Obama may be “incredibly ambitious on comprehensive immigration reform.” The effort, Dolan said, could
“build a lasting Democratic support group. You can’t do that with gun control.” The political climate for sweeping immigration changes “is significantly better,” said Doris Meissner, a former commissioner at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, “but that does not mean it will happen.” The White House has declined to detail the president’s plans for his second term. Once the deficit-spending problems known as the “fiscal cliff” are addressed, said White House spokeswoman Jamie Smith, “President Obama looks forward to working on a number of issues that are critical to our future, from immigration to energy, to education and national security direction.”
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West: California school has identical co-principals
Nation: Ex-President Bush spends holiday in hospital
Nation: Six children hurt when gas can explodes
World: U.S. envoy worried after talking to Syria leader
STUDENTS AT A school in Oakland, Calif., are looking at double the trouble if they misbehave. Two 36-year-old educators who are identical twins are sharing the job of principal at Claremont Middle School this year. Parents and staff said the novel arrangement involving Ronald and Reginald Richardson has been good for the public school and its 410 students. The Richardson brothers have followed the same academic and career paths all their lives. They were principals at neighboring elementary schools in Richmond before they were hired to work in Oakland last summer.
FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. Bush is spending Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough. A hospital spokesman had said the 88-year-old ex-president would be released in time to spend the holiday at home, but that changed after Bush developed a fever. A spokesman said the cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23 is now evident only about once a day, and the fever appears to be under control, although doctors are still working to get the right balance in Bush’s medications. No discharge date has been set.
SIX TEXAS CHILDREN were injured by an explosion after gas was poured from a can onto an open fire pit. Four children have been airlifted to an area hospital after the Monday afternoon explosion in McKinney, north of Dallas. McKinney Fire Department spokeswoman Stacie Durham said the children are believed to have been left unsupervised in the backyard. Adults were inside the home. Durham said at least one of the children sprinkled gasoline from a can onto the fire and left the can near the pit. She said fumes from the can ignited. All six children, from age 4 to 11, were near the can when it exploded.
THE INTERNATIONAL ENVOY to Syria said after talks with President Bashar Assad on Monday that the situation was “worrying” and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war. Lakhdar Brahimi’s mission came as activists reported intense fighting in the central province of Hama Assad’s regime is dominated by members of his minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, while most of the rebels are Sunni Muslims. Brahimi said he and Assad exchanged views on the crisis and discussed possible steps forward, which he did not disclose.
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Donations sought for PA holiday lights PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
incandescent lights that had to be changed each year. In 2011, they were replaced with LED lights in a partnership with the city. The LED lights wonâ€™t need to be changed for five years and use considerably less electricity. â€œWe got to talking about the time it took and the huge amount of electricity that the lights were drawing, and the idea of replacing them with LEDs made a huge amount of sense in terms of amount of electricity drawn and saving time,â€? Lumens said.
PORT ANGELES â€” Jars on downtown counters are available now for collecting donations to the annual holiday light show. Stringing more than 100,000 lights in trees downtown is no easy feat, requiring coordination and funding from the Port Angeles Downtown Association and the strong backs and arms of Olympic Kiwanis club members, according to Barb Frederick, PADA executive director. PADA spends nearly $5,000 on the project each year, with money budgeted for the project and contributions from downtown businesses, Frederick said in a statement.
Pays for lights That money pays for the 12,000 multicolored lights on the city Christmas tree at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain at Front and Laurel streets and for the white street-tree lights installed by the Kiwanis Club members, said Bob Lumens, PADA board member and design committee chair. Kiwanis members spend nearly a month installing the lights, ensuring they are in place by Thanksgiving, Frederick said. They use tools they have made specifically for the job after several years of experience. PADA began the contract with Kiwanis in the early 1990s after a service club found results were spotty after soliciting help from individual businesses.
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The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree stands illuminated at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain at First and Laurel streets. To ensure that all the trees had lights and the club was paid, the partnership began. â€œWe contract with Kiwanis to install the lights in all the trees, and it gives them money for scholarships, so itâ€™s a great deal for
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the community,â€? Lumens said. The lights â€œhave to be replaced each year because they get frayedâ€? by wind and vandalism, â€œand they would be a safety hazard,â€? Lumens said. â€œThatâ€™s why we havenâ€™t gone with LEDs on those.â€? LED lights are used on the wreaths and trees that decorate the light poles. At one time, they were decorated with hundreds of
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The LED lights were purchased with city conservation money, he said. PADA seeks contributions for the incandescent lights used each year. â€œSo many people tell us how much they enjoy the lights and would like to contribute to them, so weâ€™ve put containers in businesses for anyone who wants to put in a dollar or two,â€? Lumens said. Jars can be found at the shop Lumens owns with Lindi Lumens, Northwest Fudge & Confections, 108 W. First St., as well as on the counters of Olympic Stationers, 122 E. Front St.; Necessities and Temptations gift shop, 217 N. Laurel St.; Cottage Queen, 119 W. First St.; Port Book and News, 104 E. First St.; Bay Variety, 135 W. First St.; Brownâ€™s Outdoor, 112 W. Front St.; Smugglers Landing, 115 E. Railroad Ave.; and Sound Bikes & Kayaks 120 E. Front St. Contributions to the lights also can be sent to PADA at P.O. Box 582, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
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Humane Society to keep running Jefferson shelter BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Becker said the county couldnâ€™t afford to continue PORT ANGELES â€” The to operate the shelter Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s PORT ANGELES â€” DurOfficeâ€™s Chain Gang recently because animal control is a ing its six-day run, the 28th removed 1,140 pounds of lit- non-mandated service. annual Operation Candy â€œTheyâ€™re giving up parks ter and 20 pounds of alumiCane collected $2,455 in cash num recycle from 25.8 miles and everything else, and and 11,210 pounds of food. of Clallam County roadways the Humane Society is Paid and volunteer fire- from Nov. 26-30. going to be on the list,â€? fighters with the Port AngeBecker said. Crews removed 1,100 les Fire Department trav- pounds of waste from an County Commissioner eled with Santa Claus on a illegal dump at Liljedahl David Sullivan said the county has been moving vintage 1956 Seagrave fire- and Grauel Ramapo roads toward a long-term licenstruck to collect donations from Dec. 3-7. Peninsula Daily News ing agreement with the from neighborhoods. Humane Society. He said the organization has been â€œgradually taking on the whole function in the last couple years.â€? â€œItâ€™s kind of a progresINC. sion,â€? Sullivan said. â€œWeâ€™re !LL "RANDS 3ERVICE s !LL "RANDS 0ARTS just kind of moving in that direction.â€? 3 %UNICE 3T 0! s
Sullivan said the volunteers at the Humane Society are providing an important service that the county can no longer afford. â€œWe want them to be successful,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ve got a really good Humane Society over here.â€? People from other counties occasionally come to Jefferson County to adopt a pet because the dogs and cats are treated so well at the shelter, Sullivan said.
Excise tax In addition to utilities, the Humane Society of Jefferson County will pay a $4,131 leasehold excise tax. The agreement allows for extensions into 2014 and beyond. â€œIf the license agreement is extended into future years, it is envisioned that the Humane Society would also pay for the countyâ€™s annual maintenance cost and depreciation of the facility to pay for its capital maintenance,â€? the agreement states. Moving the shelter outside of the auspice of government is an idea that has been in the works since 2005. The Sheriffâ€™s Office still answers calls at all hours about animals that have injured people or have escaped. Deputies also intervene in cases where animals need protection, such as being in a car when the driver has been arrested. The shelter near the county transfer station has space for 10 dogs and 18 cats. The Humane Society of Jefferson County relies on licensing and service fees and donations to stay open. It lists the dogs and cats it puts up for on adoption on Petfinder.com.
________ Reporter Charlie Bermant contributed to this report. Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.
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