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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 won’t need to be changed for five years and use considerably less electricity. “We 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,� Lumens said.

PORT ANGELES — 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.

Conservation money

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.


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. “We contract with Kiwanis to install the lights in all the trees, and it gives them money for scholarships, so it’s a great deal for

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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. “So many people tell us how much they enjoy the lights and would like to contribute to them, so we’ve put containers in businesses for anyone who wants to put in a dollar or two,� 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.; Brown’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 couldn’t afford to continue PORT ANGELES — The to operate the shelter Clallam County Sheriff’s PORT ANGELES — DurOffice’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 “They’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,� 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 “gradually taking on the whole function in the last couple years.� “It’s kind of a progresINC. sion,� Sullivan said. “We’re !LL"RANDS3ERVICEs!LL"RANDS0ARTS just kind of moving in that direction.� 3%UNICE3T 0!s





Sullivan said the volunteers at the Humane Society are providing an important service that the county can no longer afford. “We want them to be successful,� he said. “We’ve got a really good Humane Society over here.� 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. “If the license agreement is extended into future years, it is envisioned that the Humane Society would also pay for the county’s annual maintenance cost and depreciation of the facility to pay for its capital maintenance,� the agreement states. Moving the shelter outside of the auspice of government is an idea that has been in the works since 2005. The Sheriff’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

________ Reporter Charlie Bermant contributed to this report. Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula


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PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County commissioners Monday renewed a license agreement with the Humane Society of Jefferson County to operate the county-owned animal shelter at 112 Critter Lane near Port Townsend. The nonprofit organization ran the shelter under a similar agreement in 2012. Next year, the Humane Society will cover all of its utility costs. Paul Becker, president of the Humane Society of Jefferson County, estimated the annual utility costs to be $10,000 to $12,000. The county footed the electric and water bills this year. Jefferson County stopped running the animal shelter last Jan. 1 as sheriff’s deputies shifted their focus to animal control. In the past, the county paid about $220,000 a year to manage the shelter and provide animal control. “It’s worked fine,� Becker said of the new arrangement. “We were pretty much involved with the shelter beforehand. The Proceeds will be given to Humane Society was paythe Salvation Army and the ing for the clerical help.� Port Angeles Food Bank.

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