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Large ships stay away, NOAA asks Agency seeks to protect sanctuary from oil spills ships that pass through the region annually have complied with the boundPORT ANGELES — aries, said George Galasso, The National Oceanic and assistant sanctuary superAtmospheric Administra- intendent. tion is asking ships of 400 gross tons or greater to Spill response plans stay farther away volunShips greater than 400 tarily from part of the Olympic Coast National gross tons are required to Marine Sanctuary when prepare oil spill response traveling along the coast plans because of the large to protect the area from amounts of fuel they carry, Galasso said. possible oil spills. Most of that oil is for The “area to be avoided,� known as an their own use, such as fuel ATBA, extends as far as 25 oil for propulsion, but is nautical miles (28.7 miles) enough to damage the west of the coast from sanctuary in the event of a Tatoosh Island at the wreck. According to the new north to Pacific Beach rules, the voluntary avoidState Park to the south. It was developed by ance area does not apply NOAA and the Coast to fishing vessels, research Guard when the sanctu- vessels and naval ships ary — which includes that are taking part in 2,408 square nautical activities allowed in the miles (2,771 square miles) area. The International Marof marine waters off the Organization Olympic Peninsula Pacific itime Coast — was established adopted the revised ATBA in 1994 to reduce the risk for charts used by the of a shipwreck and result- international shipping ing pollution to the sanctu- industry, while the Coast Guard is working with ary. The ATBA has been NOAA to have these marked on nautical charts changes added to nautical since then, and vessels charts and included in the greater than 1,600 gross U.S. Coast Pilot. Compliance with the tons were asked to avoid ATBA will be monitored the area. by the sanctuary and the U.S. and Canadian coast Smaller ships guards, which work Since Dec. 1, smaller together to manage the ships also have been asked shipping lanes in the to find another route to Strait of Juan de Fuca, travel south in the Pacific which is dissected by the Ocean from the mouth of international border. The sanctuary, in coopthe Strait of Juan de Fuca. “The consequences of eration with the U.S. Coast an oil spill can be devas- Guard, will continue an tating to the environment education and outreach and regional economy, and campaign to the maritime distributing the maritime industry rec- industry, ognizes that supporting informational charts and such precautions is good informing ship owners for their business as well when their vessels enter as the environment,� said the area, Galasso said. For more information, Carol Bernthal, superintendent of NOAA’s Olym- visit pic Coast National Marine bqhh9ro. Sanctuary, which is based ________ in Port Angeles. Reporter Arwyn Rice can be In the years since the reached at 360-452-2345, ext. ATBA was adopted, 99 5070, or at arwyn.rice@ percent of the nearly 9,000 BY ARWYN RICE


PT’s Quimper Grange to hold benefit dance PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., is hosting a third annual New Year’s Eve event featuring square and contra dancing as a fundraiser to support ongoing hall maintenance and improvements Monday. The dance will begin at 8 p.m., and suggested donation is $12. The traditional dance venue hosting square, zydeco, contra and tango dancing on any given night.

Grange improvements All that dancing takes a toll on the old floor, and the surfaces have had to be refinished twice in the past four years. Other recent improvements include a new roof, a new projection screen, energy efficient window covers and heating system upgrade as well as a curtain drain installation and the graveling of the drive. This year’s fundraising event will be split between traditional Southern square dancing and contra dancing. All proceeds will be used

for hall maintenance and improvements. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dave Thielk will call squares, circles and mixers. From 10 p.m. until midnight, Nan Evans will call contras. Local bands, Susannah Gals and Rose Street Ramblers will provide the music. This is will be a family friendly event. Some holiday treats and refreshments will be provided, and dancers are encouraged to bring additional snacks and refreshments. For more information, phone Thielk at 360-3853308.


Larry Klinefelter of Sequim waits for children to relay the Christmas wishes as he sits in as Santa at Necessities & Temptations in downtown Port Angeles.

Santa: Merry disposition needed CONTINUED FROM A1 Another job requirement: Santa needs to be merry and laugh with that patented bowl-full-of-jelly belly. “It’s scary enough for the kid, just looking at some big dude with a big beard,� said Hubbard, who admits that even Father Christmas has some bad days. “You get the kid that walks up with a 3-inch diameter sucker, and he pulls away, and the sucker’s stuck in your beard. “But you just get up, go to the bathroom and slowly pull it out, hair by hair.� And then there are coworkers. Elves are no sweat, said Talmadge, who studied this year at the St. Nicholas Institute, a training school for would-be Santas in Livonia, Mich. Guest stars are another story: “Clowns and Santa Claus don’t mix,� McIntyre said. “I was Santa once at this party where there was this obnoxious clown. Every time I opened my mouth to talk to the kid, the clown would honk his stupid horn.�

‘You put that suit on . . .’ And Santas can’t get creative with their dress. The costume is always red and white and fur-trimmed — from head to black boots. “Santa Claus isn’t something we put on. It’s a bit like being a minister or a nun,� Talmadge said. “We feel called to do it. “But when you put that suit on, something does kind of sweep over you.� John Hubbard inherited most of his suit in 1977, when his father, Dick, handed over his Port Angeles Kringle duties. In 1952, the elder Hubbard ordered a Santa suit, complete with a yak-hair beard from New York for $350. Eventually, after years of kneeling to hear the whispered wishes of young fans, John Hubbard wore out the knees. He has a new suit now — sewn by his wife, Judy — but the rest of the items are the same ones his father ordered in 1952. The father of five daughters, Hubbard, 76, is groom-

ing one of his sons-in-law and a Kringle-framed grandson to take the suit from him. The old yak-hair beard has served him well, save the one year he sent it out for a cleaning. “It’s supposed to have a little yellow tint, but when I got it back, it was bright white,� he recalled of the blond beard. “We had to take in a picture of me wearing it so she could get it died back to the right color.� Now, it’s kept clean at home, with Judy giving the mustache and ends a curling iron touch-up before Santa calls.

Pipe bequeathed Along with the jinglebell wristband and the red bag of toys, McIntyre also sports a Dickensian pipe. “A lot of people speak out and have problems with me carrying around the pipe,� he admitted. “But, I tell you what, when I walk into a retirement home with this thing, those old ladies — they just light up.� McIntyre recalled being summoned to a lawyer’s office in the Seafirst Building in Seattle one day. It turned outa fan of his Santa work had left McIntyre a classic pipe with a dark black-arched mouthpiece and a rich wooden

kids these days,� Klinefelter said. For local transport, Klinefelter trades in tinyreindeer power for good oldfashioned Detroit horsepower. Tooling down U.S. Highway 101 in his GMC pickup truck and camper, Klinefelter often turns heads as he heads from Sequim to gigs in Port Angeles. “You gotta freelance it DON TALMADGE Father Christmas portrayer sometimes,� he said.

“Santa Claus isn’t something we put on. It’s a bit like being a minister or a nun. We feel called to do it. But when you put that suit on, something does kind of sweep over you.�

Another year to go

bowl — a piece that became After Christmas, comes what McIntyre considers the cherry atop his Santa the downtime. When demand for cheery, sundae. white-bearded men goes away, so do the red suits Prancer and Dancer? and black belts. How do Santas travel? “You’ve got to take extra Opinions are mixed on the care of that suit. That’s traditional reindeer-drawn where all the magic lies,� sled. Hubbard said. “Reindeer only fly in the For the Peninsula Sansnow,� McIntyre said. tas, it means a return to “They have to have snow everyday life without candy in order to get traction canes or cranberry cookies under their hooves.� — most of the time. Talmadge, though, disBut, said Talmadge, puted that notion: “Rein- sometimes “it’ll happen in deer don’t need snow. I go to July. California, to the desert. “I’ll walk into the hardThere’s no snow there.� ware store and hear, For Klinefelter, the ‘Mommy it’s him.’� transportation solution is And even Santa Claus simple. has his own wishes. With more than 7 billion “I’d love to be a mall people on the planet, Santa’s Santa,� Klinefelter said. got to get around, he said. “To be in the center of a “Santa’s got a Learjet big mall with all those peonow. I’ve got to get around a ple waiting to see you. . . . lot quicker. There’s more That’s the big time.�


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John Hubbard sits beside the Christmas tree at the Boys & Girls Club in Port Angeles. As St. Nick, he passed out gifts to the children as part of the Soroptimist Club’s annual holiday bash.

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