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This fall, Jefferson Healthcare is offering two, one-day bereavement support workshops. All programs will be hosted at the CoLab, 237 Taylor St, in Port Townsend and facilitated by Cristina Manzoni. Each class has a $10 materials fee, and registration is required by calling Manzoni at 360-379-3661. COLLAGE, JOURNALING & GRIEF Set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join Manzoni or this experiential one-day workshop that integrates collage-making and journaling as healing tools for grieving death-related losses. No artistic talents are needed. The registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 6. Space is limited to 10 participants. A COMPASSIONATE APPROACH TO GRIEF Set for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manzoni focuses on learning a compassionate-based approach to understanding and coping with grief reactions. These tools offer conscious relaxation and increased personal growth and resilience in attending to grief and loss. No meditation experience is required. The registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 10.
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It’s Big Hurt time once again. Big Hurt — a four-leg test of endurance — is set for Saturday, Sept. 24 in Port Angeles. The event promises to push participants to their physical limits while connecting the community and showcasing the outdoor diversity of the North Olympic Peninsula. Registration closes Sept. 23 and can be completed online at www.bighurtpa.com. Both individuals in the Iron Division and relay teams gather from far and wide to explore Port Angeles and its scenic surroundings via bike, kayak and foot. Participants will begin on mountain bikes and ride 16.5 miles on logging roads, single-track trails and pavement before reaching the shores of the new West End Park, located at West Railroad Avenue and North Oak Street along the waterfront in downtown Port Angeles. From the beach, participants will kayak 3 miles, embark on a 30-mile road bike journey and endure a 10-kilometer (6.21-mile) run along the Olympic Discovery Trail. Although this year marks the second annual Big Hurt, the event is building from the original event that ran from 1997 to 2004. The race quickly grew in that time from 65 to nearly 600 participants and was widely embraced by the communities of the North Olympic Peninsula, as well as visitors. “Big Hurt was an iconic local event when I first moved to Port Angeles in 2002, but before I got a chance to participate, the event ended,” said Lorrie Mittmann, Big Hurt co-organizer. “Over the years many local athletes have described how great it was, and they mentioned to me that they would like to see it return; thus, when I got the opportunity to work with Tim [Tucker] and Scott [Tucker], I was energized because I knew we could do it and the community would support us,” Mittmann said. Mittmann said 104 people participated in the 2015 event and early registration
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THE HUB — A GREAT PLACE TO WATCH THE RACE A portion of the proceeds from this Big Hurt event central, or the Hub, is year’s Big Hurt will be donated to Peninsula Trails Coalition — the nonprofit orga- located at West End Park. nization devoted to the construction, maintenance and promotion of the Olympic Discovery and Olympic Adventure trails. BIG HURT continued on Page 6 >> << BIG HURT continued from Page 4
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Red Lion Hotel will host a beer garden at the Hub, which is open to the public and for race participants. Community members are encouraged to hang out near the Hub to cheer on race participants. The best time to view the final finish for both the individuals and teams is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Transitions between legs will take place between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each race participant will be treated to one free beer compliments of Big Hurt and Olympic Distributing. Peninsula Bottling is providing other snacks and drinks for the racers. LEGS OF THE RACE Each leg of the race offers a different challenge for participants and highlights recreational opportunities available on the Olympic Peninsula. LEG 1 — The 16.5-mile mountain bike portion takes place in the foothills above Port Angeles on a combination of dirt logging, single-track and paved roads. LEG 2 — A 3-mile kayaking portion follows a triangle-shaped course in Port Angeles Harbor that begins and ends at West End Park. LEG 3 — The 30-mile road bike travels west out of Port Angeles and crosses
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‘Beer bellies’ may brew trouble for men STORY BY MONICA DIXON, PH.D, R.D.
It’s no secret that obesity is widespread — nearly three out of every four men are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but that “beer belly” may cause men more problems beyond just buying a larger pair of jeans. A waist size larger than 40 inches indicates a man is at high risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Most women who gain weight will find it goes to the hips and thighs, but in men extra weight finds its way to the belly. This fat, called visceral fat — unlike the subcutaneous fat that resides just under the skin on the abdomen, hips, thighs and arms — secretes hormones and compounds that raise inflammation, which contributes to chronicdisease risk. This can spell bad news when, according to the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease. Aging doesn’t help. After age 40, the natural reduction in testosterone means excess calories are stored as visceral fat. Add to that the gradual loss in muscle mass as we age — about 1 pound per year after age 30 — and our metabolism continues to decline, making it easier to gain weight in general, but going straight to the belly in men. BELLY continued on Page 9 >>
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The good news is that visceral fat is particularly responsive to classic diet and exercise changes. Here’s some simple ideas to begin to whittle down that belly: • Ditch the sugar-sweetened beverages. While eating too many calories of any food will contribute to weight gain, some in particular lead to more belly gain than others, and sugar is one of them. Sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda, fruit juice and punch, energy drinks and many of the concoctions made at your favorite coffee stop can be loaded with sugar and empty calories that find their way right to your waistline. Substitute water, unsweetened iced tea or sparkling waters instead. And if you’re a dad, this is a great move to adopt for the whole family, as sugar-sweetened beverages are harmful to children, too. • Pay attention to your dietary fat. Saturated fat — the kind found in fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy products — also has been found to increase belly fat. Choose more polyunsaturated fats, such as nuts, salmon and seeds and opt for leaner cuts of meat at mealtime, such as flank steak, chicken and fish. • Eat more whole grains. In a 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that increased intake of refined grains correlated with a greater amount of belly fat, while increasing whole grains did not. Eat brown rice, quinoa, whole grain breads and pastas instead of white rice, white breads and pasta.
• Reduce screen time. Screens have become a large part of our lives, and many believe so much time spent sedentary in front of screens has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Make it a goal to spend no more than two hours a day in recreational screen time activities (time at the office working is a different matter). Get up out of the chair at half time or the seventhinning stretch and go for a brisk walk or do a few pushups to increase body strength. Plug in a headset and take calls while you walk around the block. Set a timer on your game station to
remind you when its time to quit and go do something more active. • Up your produce intake. Regardless of the abundance of ads on the internet offering instant weight-loss potions, none have yet been found to be more powerful than increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables. Because they are packed with water and nutrients, foods like leafy greens, celery, tomatoes, watermelon, pineapple and citrus fruits fill you up while keeping your energy levels high. For men who are moderately active, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends two cups of fruits daily and three-and-a-half cups of vegetables for optimum health. • Skip the treadmill. If you want to lose a belt size, performing intervals during your workout can help you lose more belly fat than steady-state cardio, according to researchers. These workouts, much shorter in duration, alternate between moderate and speedy bursts of exercise. Rather than heading out for an hour-long run, run, walk or bike at a moderate pace for a few minutes and then look ahead and sprint to the best of your ability to the next mailbox or light pole. Once you reach your goal, reduce back to your moderate speed, catch your breath and begin looking for your next goal. • Beware of booze. Though there’s often nothing better at the end of a long day of work than a drink or two, alcohol can cause havoc with your weight and belly fat. BELLY continued on Page 10 >>
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Alcohol temporarily keeps your body from burning fat, essentially hitting the “pause” button on burning those calories you had from the last meal in order to immediately burn the alcohol calories instead. When trying to decrease your belly fat, it’s important to limit your intake of alcohol to two or fewer drinks a day, choose lighter calorie beverages, or avoid it all together.
but we all can do more to lower our blood sugar by making sure we stress our muscles on a regular basis. I like intensity training because you can do it anyWhen we think about weight loss, we generally think in where, any time, and it takes a short amount of time to terms of diet and exercise, and we often think of failure. get a lot of results. Of course, eating the right foods (whatever that Intensity training takes about 10 minutes at a time. If means!) and getting the right exercise (there’s a wrong you want faster results, do more 10-minute sessions in a kind?) are important. But the mind game that goes along with weight loss or day. Here’s how it works: For two minutes (time this) do the rebound from weight loss is critical. If you don’t deal whatever it takes to make you pant hard by the end of with the mind game, the weight will come right back, the two minutes. because it’s there for a reason. When you deal with the You should not be able to talk easily; however, you are reason, the weight does not have to come back. only doing this for two minutes. For one person it will be running full-tilt for two minEATING RIGHT utes. For another, it will be walking half a block. There are only a few tricks to eating the right foods. What matters it that at the end of two minutes you are Eat real food, not processed. Eat as little sugar and other “white stuff” (white potatoes, rice, bread, pasta) as possible. panting hard. Then you put your fingers on your neck to feel the With the exception of stevia and xylitol, don’t use artificial carotid artery, and you wait, doing nothing, until your sweeteners. They are chemical permutations of the real heartbeat comes back to normal. stuff, and our bodies do not know how to handle them. Your breathing will come back to normal first, but you If the ingredients are hard to pronounce, don’t eat it. Eat good fats (avocado, nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, butter), want the heartbeat to come back down. When you start, this usually takes around 3 minutes. and don’t eat bad fats (margarine, oils that last forever Repeat doing what you are doing to make yourself on the supermarket shelf). pant for a second 2 minutes, then resting for about 3 For exercise, I recommend a combination of strength minutes. training and intensity training. That’s it! No special clothes, no special shoes, no speResearch shows that strength training (lifting weights) cial equipment. You can do this. is actually more important in controlling diabetes and weight than diet is. Obviously diabetics still need to pay attention to diet, WEIGHT LOSS continued on Page 11 >>
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A QUICK REMINDER An easy way to remember these ideas is the phrase “Ready, Set, Go! 5-2-1-0,” a program you’ll hear more about in your community over the coming months as it is launched across the Olympic Peninsula. It represents remembering to have 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity every day and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages — evidencebased recommendations that hold true for the entire family, not just men. Though there is no magic bullet to melt away that spare tire, slow and steady wins the race against belly fat in men. Making small changes over time, substituting a salad a few days a week for your normal pizza lunch, getting up and moving during commercials, filling a large bottle of ice water in the morning before leaving home for the day, or grabbing some friends for a hike in the Olympics on the weekend will lead to gradual weight loss and improved health over the long term. Monica Dixon, Ph.D., R.D. is a health psychologist and registered dietitian with 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Dr. Dixon is the president of the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition, a nonprofit group of community stakeholders working to make our communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
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THE MIND GAME Then there is the mind game. There is a reason you are overweight. So the first question is simply why? Perhaps the simple answer is: “I don’t exercise enough, or I eat too much.” That is probably true, but underneath that answer is another question: So why don’t you exercise enough, or why do you eat too much? Most people don’t go looking too hard at these questions because they cover pain. Perhaps you don’t exercise because you were picked on as a kid, and the last place you want to go is a gym. Perhaps you eat too much to self-soothe when life is too much to deal with, a normal reaction. So what to do? Hypnotherapy is one good tool to help open up and release these old patterns of pain, and so is meridian tapping. Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. Because hypnotherapy works at the subconscious level, there is an openness for heightened suggestibility and responsiveness. Meridian tapping is an “umbrella” term that can be applied to several energy-based tapping therapies. The best known are EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Meridian tapping repairs blockages or disturbances in the body’s energy system created by negative emotions. A person chooses a specific emotion such as feeling anger, frustration, embarrassment, insult or belittlement. During the tapping sequence, the person focuses on the emotion. The tapping of fingertips on various points on the body releases energies, like acupuncture, but without the needles. It is a powerful body-mind process. The combination of physical stimulation and mental challenge is what makes it different and frequently more effective than traditional psychotherapy. Both hypnotherapy and meridian tapping gently help you identify and then retrain the mind to move into different pathways. For example, you find that movement sounds like a good idea rather than torture, and food becomes an enjoyable experience rather than an addiction to deal with pain. In 2014, Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., a psychology professor
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There are two major issues raised in this definition. One is that we know that emotions frequently trump thought processes, and the other is acknowledging that willpower is a limited resource. EFT does not use will power. It goes after the issues that cause weight gain and retention and gets them out of both body and mind. It is amazing to see, but at the end of tapping sessions, people can be offered food that they have craved just minutes before, and the cravings are gone. Not only that, when done thoroughly, the cravings do not come back, because the emotional needs that the cravings were trying to satisfy have been dealt with. There is no willpower involved, nor does a person need to “believe” anything. It is a physical response to an emotional stimulus.
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The Lower Elwha Health Department (LEHD) is expanding its services for patients and the greater Port Angeles community. LEHD has always been committed to providing the highest standard of care and services for the community and achieved national accreditation by AAAHC in August 2015. LEHD has a new health services director, Dylan Dressler, MPA. She is an enrolled member of the A’aninin Nation. The new medical director is Dr. Matthew Whitacre, who is a board certified family physician specializing in integrative medicine. LEHD is expanding the care toward an integrated, patient-centered medical home model specifically designed to help empower patients with simple steps towards wellness. LEHD has set community health, wellness and prevention as top priorities, and
through this special integrated approach the clinic is able to offer a number of new services in order to address all aspects of wellness, including physical, emotional, mental, social and environmental aspects. Research shows that each of these areas are often interconnected and can have profound effects on our physiology. New services include integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, massage, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and mental health services all integrated in one convenient location. These services are in addition to existing services. The LEHD includes family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, dental and mental health programs as well as community health, a WIC program, public health, chemical dependency and TeleMedicine services. LEHD provide a six-week diabetes treatment and prevention program called Wisdom Warriors and is expanding services with a new Preventative Services department. The clinic has a particular interest
toward a “whole person” approach, which in addition to considering the individual, also considers the importance of family, community and environmental aspects as well. The Lower Elwha Health Clinic serves 3,000 patients, both native and nonnative. They are welcoming new patients at this time. With the new 2016 Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, the clinic has a number of non-narcotic options available to help support those with chronic pain. NEW FACES Dr. Matthew Whitacre Dr. Matthew Whitacre is a board certified family physician specializing in integrative medicine. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine.
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As a Canadian First Nations woman, she is dedicated to improving the health of native people everywhere. When she is not treating patients, Kasten enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and the world. She enjoys gardening and cooking, and believes that learning to prepare healthy, nourishing food that tastes wonderful can be an empowering way for everyone to improve their health.
relationship with her patients, striving to create a comfortable environment for them to address their medical concerns. She hopes to empower patients to take an active role in their health care by providing knowledge and tools to optimally continue their care outside the office.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines traditional healing methods with evidence-based medicine. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and Sherry Churchill chronic conditions, while addressing disSherry Churchill, FNP-BC, ARNP, grad- ease and dysfunction at the level of body, uated from the Unimind and spirit. versity of St. Francis Naturopathic physicians attend accredin 2016 with a Master ited four-year naturopathic medical of Science in nursing. schools, which includes clinical training in She is a board certiall aspects of family health, from pediatric fied family nurse practo geriatric care. titioner through the They concentrate on whole patient wellAmerican Nurses Creness through health promotion and disdentialing Center. ease prevention, attempting to find the Originally from underlying cause of the patient’s condiSpringfield, Ill., she tion. has relocated to the Pacific Northwest They provide individualized evidencewith her husband and is excited to explore informed therapies that balance the least the area in her spare time. harmful and most effective approaches to Churchill believes in building a strong help facilitate the body’s inherent ability
to restore and maintain optimal health. Naturopathic medicine includes mindbody medicine and lifestyle counseling; clinical nutrition and dietary counseling; homeopathy; physical medicine, including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and naturopathic manipulative therapy; and botanical medicine, as well as conventional therapies including pharmaceuticals, IV therapy and minor surgery. The Lower Elwha Health Department is located at 243511 W. U.S. Highway, Port Angeles. For more information, phone 360-452-
6252 or 360-912-1868, fax 360-452-6274, or visit www.elwha.org. Dylan Dressler is an enrolled tribal member of the A’aninin Nation from the Fort Belknap Indian Community. She grew up in Spokane and was raised with the Qalispel tribe. While working full time, Dressler received a dual Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and political science from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in tribal governance from the Evergreen State College.
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A GREEN ALTERNATIVE? The amount of water, electricity and trees to produce toilet paper is a hotly debated topic. (OK, not that hotly debated, but maybe it should be.) Paper production is a highly water-intensive process, and reducing toilet paper consumption in the home will reduce our need for water, electricity and wood pulp. A commonly cited measurement of the amount of toilet paper used by Americans each day is 57 sheets on average. For a family of four, that works out to about six Costco sized packages of TP a year. When our family of four did the math, we were buying six to eight Costco packages a year. After installing our bidets, we’ve dropped that to three packages per year, saving us money, storage space and some natural resources. With production costs rising, toilet paper manufacturers are raising prices, lowering sheet count or even reducing sheet size to hide the increase in cost. So reducing our consumption makes sense (and cents) to us — and our septic system doesn’t have to work as hard either. COMMON FAQS There are a lot of misconceptions about bidets, how to use them and who they’re for. Here are some of the more common ones we hear: Aren’t bidets just for women? This is simply because the person does not understand how the modern bidet toilet seat works. To quote a famous book title, “Everyone Poops,” using a
bidet to clean up “fore and aft” makes sense for women and men, not to mention potty training children. How do you not get soiled water all over the place? The answer is anatomy, geometry and years of research. The “target” area is concave, thereby containing and directing the stream of water downwards. The angle of the washing spray is 42 degrees with the nozzle staying well out of harm’s way. The volume of water, the pressure, the amount of air introduced to the water stream and the duration of the washing has been refined over decades to be incredibly efficient today. It just seems weird shooting water up my butt. We will admit, it does sound strange when you put it that way. But the reality is water does not go “up into your butt.” The stream of warm water is directed at the target area and merely washes away any “debris” left after toileting. Or in the case of the separate bidet nozzle for feminine washing, it provides an even gentler, diffused spray of warm water to cleanse the entire vulva. How do you get dry afterwards? Aren’t you dripping wet? Due to the efficiency of the spray nozzles, very little water is used (about 8 ounces per wash) and the wash area is pretty well confined. Users have multiple options to dry off: a few sheets of toilet paper, a towel, the built-in blow dryer or just air dry. I don’t have an outlet near my toilet. What do I do? This is very commonly heard, but we always say,
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Most toilet rooms have electricity running through the walls or ceiling close to the toilet. It’s generally not difficult to have an outlet installed or to use a heavy gauge extension cord from a CFCI outlet nearby. I don’t have room or money to install a separate bidet. The modern bidet toilet seats replace the existing toilet seat. No plumping is needed, no additional space is needed and with some models, no electricity is needed either. And due to their growing popularity, prices have dropped considerably in the past 5 years on bidet seats as well. Who are bidet toilet seats good for? Well, basically everyone. But more specifically, there are groups of individuals that can benefit the most from using a bidet toilet seat. Any condition you can think of that compromises your ability to wipe would be cause to consider a bidet seat. The list is long, but here is a summary of conditions and situations where a bidet toilet seat is very helpful: • Surgeries: arm, hand, shoulder, back, colon, prostate, hysterectomy, etc. • Arthritis, bursitis, scleroderma • ALS/MS/Parkinson’s • Back issues (trouble twisting or bending) • Dementia, Alzheimer’s (memory issues of any type) • Stroke • Amputees (accidents, veterans, differently abled) • Broken bones (hard to wipe with your arm in a cast) • UTIs, hemorrhoids, IBD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, anal fissures BIDET continued on Page 16 >>
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SO HOW DO THEY WORK? The electronic bidet toilet seat is the most popular bidet option. The bidet toilet seat replaces your old toilet seat. They draw fresh, clean water from the incoming supply line before the toilet
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“Flushable” wipes are costing municipal water treatment systems millions of dollars in damaged machinery, clogged pipes and plugged up pumps. Sewer systems all over the country, from Hawaii to New York, are experiencing an unprecedented increase in wipe related costs. These costs are going to be passed on to us, the utility customers. Wipes average $0.04 each while toilet paper is $0.0017 to $0.006 per sheet with an average of $0.0034 per sheet. At these prices, one wipe is 1,200 percent more costly than one sheet of TP. If you used six sheets of TP for every one wipe, the difference comes down to 200 percent. With an average usage of two wet wipes per toilet visit and six visits a day (ladies use wipes and TP more than men, so the men reading this may be a little bewildered by the numbers), that works out to $.48 cents a day or $175.20 per year in wet wipes per person. For toilet paper, the numbers are understandably less, $0.12 cents per day or $44.67 per person per year. For a family of four using wipes the cost is staggering, $700.80 and for toilet paper, a conservative $178.70 per year.
Younger children often have difficulty An electronic cleaning properly and often use too much bidet toilet seat toilet paper, clogging toilets and causing costly plumbing bills. Kids pick up on bidet seat usage quickly, become toilet trained sooner and wash more effectively. Another cost savings comes from few laundry loads for soiled underwear. You’ll save money on your septic system as well. Less paper down the drain means longer life for your system and greater time between pumping bills. Saving money isn’t all bidets are about. In fact, the ancillary benefits can far outweigh the cost savings. Washing with clean, warm water not only does a better job than dry paper or chemically treated wet wipes, but it feels much more comfortable. You will feel “shower fresh” each time you use your bidet seat. Being cleaner means less itching, less bacteria, less odor and less work for everyone. for repair. The convenience of pushing a button is Give yourself a few days to get used to incomparable to the “old-fashioned way” of your new seat. If you’re replacing an old wiping. seat, be warned the new one is going to feel and act differently. ADVICE FOR AFTER We get intimately familiar with our YOU GET YOUR FIRST SEAT bidet seats, and you’ll notice every little Keep your old toilet seat, just in case detail that is different with a new one. you ever need to send your bidet seat
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The program is interactive and participants will learn methods to function at their best regardless of difficulties the illness or condition presents. Participants set weekly goals related to positive selfmanagement of their condition, build skills, and be supported by others in a sharing atmosphere.
Learn How to Resolve Your Conflicts Through Mediation • Neutral 3rd party mediators will guide you through the communication and negotiation process. • Restore and strengthen your relationships. • Gain knowledge of the other parties’ needs and interests. • Together create your own agreements.
Class size is limited and registration is required by calling 360.385.2200 x 4952.
Join us and live a healthier life!
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Mediations: Family, Parenting Plans, Neighborhood, Workplace, Business, Small Claims, Landlord/Tenant and Foreclosure
Fall session starts September 29, 2016 through November 3, 2016 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Seaport Landing, Port Townsend
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