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The band that Sequim built Emblem 3 gives props to family and friends by MATTHEW NASH Sequim Gazette

Through their rising fame on the television show “X-Factor,” the members of Emblem3 — Drew Chadwick and Keaton and Wesley Stromberg — give Sequim its due. “We want to inspire other kids, especially in Sequim, to find their passion and go for it 100 percent,” Wesley Stromberg writes via e-mail. “We left our home up there, and it was hard, but now the hard work is paying off. One of my favorite quotes is: ‘If you find a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’” Their hard work is coming to fruiVote for tion on the show as Emblem3 they perform at 8 Fans of Sequimp.m. today, Dec. 12, on Q13 FOX for a based Emblem3 chance to go to the can help the group finals on Dec. 19 and qualify for the “X20, competing for a Factor” finals by $5 million first prize. texting or voting Viewers can vote on online at their cell phones by thexfactorusa.com calling or texting and online as well. If the band makes it into the top three, “X-Factor” may broadcast live to Sequim from the finals. Already the talk of the town, their notoriety is carrying over to family in Sequim. The Strombergs’ grandparents, Bob and Deonne Hanson, said people talk to them daily about their grandsons. Recently, a family friend recognized Deonne in a

Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 12, viewers can help vote Sequim-based band Emblem3 into the finals of the “X Factor.” The band features brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick. Submitted photo

store, and when she began asking about Emblem3, other people’s interest was piqued and they began to gather. “You’re the grandma of Emblem3!” Deonne said one woman told her. Deonne enjoys people’s excitement and she and other family members are just as eager to watch the singing competition every Wednesday and Thursday night. They don’t vote, but their granddaughter Brooke, the Strombergs’ sister, votes on her phone next to them. “Most people here watch but they don’t vote,” she said of Sequim. “Older people just aren’t going to do that.”

The Hansons are diehard jazz fans and find themselves drawn to Emblem3 on “X-Factor.” “The amazing thing is that their music is young, energetic and their music is appealing even for me,” Bob Hanson said. “I try to watch them objectively and they just seem to be happier than the others.” Deonne said the band is “gnashing their teeth to play their own songs on stage.”

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Opponents seeking support by MARK ST.J. COUHIG Sequim Gazette

The Department of Ecology may have a fight on its hands as it seeks to implement the new Dungeness Water Management Rule. Several members of the North Peninsula Building Association have teamed up with others on the peninsula to fund a lawsuit that will be filed against the rule. The rule, which is set to become effective on Jan. 2, will put into place a new regulatory regime covering much of rural eastern Clallam County, “closing” much of the Dungeness Basin to new water uses. It would largely do away with the permit exemption laws that now allow those who drill a well within the region to enjoy the resulting water at no cost. Greg McCarry, owner of Westerra Homes and a member of the association, said the rule was discussed during a recent board meeting, which led to a call for further action. “Our concern is jobs and property rights,” McCarry said. “I brought it to the board to consider funding a start-up fund (for a lawsuit). The board approved that.” A recent NPBA newsletter goes into further detail on several of what are called “serious problems with the rule.” “Arguably, it exceeds Ecology’s statutory authority by being triggered by required

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Sequim’s first — signed and official Locals among first same-sex couples to receive license and marry by MATTHEW NASH Sequim Gazette

As the digital clock blinked midnight, Judy “JP” Persall and Diana Wickman took an oath 10 years in the making. On Dec. 6 they became the first same-sex Sequim couple to receive their mar-

riage license and they married Dec. 9. Late Wednesday night, they joined a special ceremony at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia where Auditor Kim Wyman swore in 16 couples and issued their licenses. “It’s an affirmation for us,”

Wickman said. “To be among this camaraderie here, we didn’t feel we could wait at home.” “It’s symbolic that we got to do this in the state capital,” Persall said. The couple learned of the event on Facebook and sent in an e-mail for a chance to participate. Originally, 10 couples were to receive their licenses that night, but Wyman, the

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Sequim couple Diana Wickman and Judy “JP” Persall stand with 15 other same-sex couples waiting for midnight so that they can legally receive a marriage license on Dec. 6, in the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

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Jose’s Famous Salsa House, 126 E. Washington St., Sequim, hosts a Taco and Tamale Takeover to benefit Sequim Middle School students from 3-7 p.m. today, Dec. 12. Meat and vegetarian tacos and tamales are available.

Scouts to collect blankets, throws

Sequim Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts collect blankets and throws from 8:30 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Grocery Outlet, QFC and Safeway, for Toys for Sequim Kids. The annual event on Dec. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., helps underprivileged children during Christmas. Toys, blankets and throws can be dropped off at any real estate office through Dec. 17.

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The Good Book, 108 W. Washington St., Sequim, hosts a book signing from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, for books one and two of western writer Buc Keene’s series, “The Kind of Western I’d Like to Read.”

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The Sequim Bay Yacht Club invites the community to its annual “Change of Watch” ceremony at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, at John Wayne

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Blood drive set at St. Joseph’s

The Knights of Columbus and Puget Sound Blood Center sponsor a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim. The drive closes from 3:45-4:30 p.m. for a break. Donors must be in good health and age 18 and over.

Hospital Guild’s thrift ends year with a sale

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, 204 W. Bell St., has its final business day for 2012 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Choices for ornaments and gifts are offered, and whitetagged items are marked half off. The shop reopens at its regular hours on Jan. 2, 2013.

NAMI potluck marks holidays

The National Alliance for Mental Illness holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner party, with live music, from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 138 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles. The NAMI party welcomes all family members of people living with mental

illness as well as individuals living with mental illness themselves.

Pony rides, sale aid local groups

Del’s Feed and Farm Supply, 990 E. Washington St., Sequim, hosts a 4-H Bake Sale and Santa pony rides to benefit the Native Horsemanship Riding Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. $5 donation, cameras welcome. Call 683-7833 for more information.

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Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation is $5 ($8 guest) and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change. Thursday, Dec. 13: Carrot salad, beef Stroganoff, buttered noodles, Brussels sprouts, pears Friday, Dec. 14: Chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, dessert Monday, Dec. 17: Salad, loaded baked potato soup, ham sandwich, dessert Tuesday, Dec. 18: Green salad, Italian sausage w/peppers and onions, steamed rice, sherbet Wednesday, Dec. 19: Hot turkey sandwich, whipped potatoes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, fruit cup.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • A-3

KSQM dedicates new tower site

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Four dignitaries handle the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new KSQM-FM tower Friday, Dec. 7. From left, Levon Matthews, CEO and president of First Federal; Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd; Sequim Community Broadcasting Board President Lynda Perry and Sequim City Councilor Laura Dubois. The ceremony included a moment of silence for those lost in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.Sequim Gazette photo by Mark Couhig

KSQM-FM celebrated its fourth anniversary with a big announcement: The station’s broadcasts will soon be booming across the peninsula and into British Columbia when its current 40-foot broadcast tower is replaced with a new 155-foot tower. The power also will be amped up, from 700 watts to 2,400 watts. On Friday, Dec. 7, the station crew held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new tower, a 210-foot by 210-foot patch of land just off Blue Mountain Road. The land is owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. “Our First Federal Tower” will cost $300,000. First Federal pitched in $50,000 to help pay for the tower and to purchase the naming rights for five years. Phase I will include the installation of a

155-foot steel self-supporting tower and the installation of all utilities. A small concrete building also will be built on-site to hold the broadcast equipment. An underground diesel tank will be available to fuel a backup generator. Phase II will include installing a network of translator sites that will allow the station to reach Neah Bay, La Push, Lower Elwha and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal lands. Bob Schilling, the station’s general manager, said his team is planning to have the new tower online by Dec. 13, 2013. Schilling said, “We’re excited to celebrate this anniversary milestone. Not many community stations have the kind of longevity that we have enjoyed and we attribute the success of the station to the support of our listeners and underwriters.” Following the groundbreaking ceremony the station hosted an open house at the station, which is at 577 W. Washington St., Sequim, in Kite Girl Plaza.

United Way Fund Drive nears halfway mark of goal The United Way campaign has reached $440,511, less than half of the $1,060,000 goal the group set for 2012. “We are heartened to see the continued support from the

community even in these trying times,” Jody Moss, United Way of Clallam County executive director, said in a press release last week. Different campaign to-

Moss elected state United Way chairman

Jody Moss, executive director of United Way of Clallam County, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the United Ways of Washington. The state association for the 23 local United Ways in Washington assists member organizations on matters of regional and statewide significance and helps them accomplish their mission of MOSS advancing education, income and health in their respective communities.

tals so far are: Sequim — $106,263; Port Angeles – $112,852; Forks — $7,672; Crescent Schools — $2,845; Clallam Bay/Sekiu — $1,700; Employee groups — $36,914; Olympic Medical Center Combined Fund Drive — $112,033; County Employees — $20,286; and Corporate Gifts — $23,307. The campaign has received donations from 1,402 individuals or families, compared to last year’s total of 2,462 donors, Moss noted. Funding for agencies and Community Solutions Initiatives are provided year-round to agencies, Moss said.

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Mary Ann Unger, the 2012 campaign chairman, encourages community giving by everyone. “Since we are nearing end-of-year giving, families might want to talk about giving a gift to the community this holiday season through

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SEQUIM GAZETTE

A-4 • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Trustees take first step for new library Feasibility study funds set aside for Sequim

for 2014 as part of the NOLS 2012 plan, a financing plan for the four branches, including the Sequim Library. Paula Barnes, NOLS executive director, said she plans to work with library staff and trustees through next year to find a consultant for up to $26,000 to create a cost assessment and feasibility study of building a bigger Sequim Library on the existing BARNES site or determine whether the trustees must look for another site. She said a new library would need to accommodate the community for 20-30 years. If building a new facility were deemed feasible, NOLS would ask voters to approve a Library Capital Facilities Area, tentatively set within the Sequim School District boundaries, and ask that new area of voters to support a bond for the building. Voters approved a tax levy increase to

by MATTHEW NASH Sequim Gazette

Hannah Kathleen Smith, pictured with her mom Jamie Scott, turns 12 today — 12/12/12. Sequim Gazette photo by Mark Couhig

Books, music, e-books and more materials remain on the uptick as part of the North Olympic Library System’s 2013 budget. The library’s board of trustees unanimously approved its 2013 $3.9 million budget at a public hearing on Nov. 29 in the Port Angeles Library. Despite declining revenues of about $190,000 from property taxes, from which the libraries draw 92 percent of their revenues, NOLS plans to increase its purchased materials for circulation, maintain its hours and take the initial steps to expand the Sequim Library. Materials are going up next year to just over $408,000 with another increase set

50 cents per $1,000 assessed property valuation in 2010 that puts NOLS at its taxable cap. This prevents the libraries from collecting a 1-percent property tax increase this year. To balance 2013’s budget, NOLS plans not to fill some positions in the Port Angeles Library valued at more than $150,000 and it won’t put money in reserves. Union employees remain in contract negotiations for next year with no cuts or furloughs planned. Next year’s personnel costs are budgeted for $2.5 million, which is 11 percent less than this year. Despite the cuts, the Sequim Library maintains its hours from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Barnes said the board and staff plan to reevaluate NOLS’ four branches’ hours at the end of next year to see if the extended hours are fiscally feasible. For more on NOLS, visit www.nols.org or call 417-8500 or 683-1161.

Birthday of 12s Clallam 4-H honors its achievers Sequim Gazette staff

Hannah Kathleen Smith is having a big day today. It’s 12/12/12 and this is her 12th birthday. It’s a day she’s long anticipated. “My teacher in the first grade said I’d do this,” she said. Long before that, on the day she was born, an uncle pointed out the same to her mom, Jamie Scott. The birth didn’t go exactly as planned: Hannah was 2½ weeks late, delivered by emergency C section. The uncle, too, was born on Dec. 12. To celebrate the big day, the family is having a big birthday party today. Unfortunately, it’s a school night for the Jefferson Elementary student from Port Angeles, so it will have to end fairly early. Not to worry. This Friday Hannah will have a “Club 12” birthday party: a neon-lighted, “12-themed” dance with all of her friends. Saturday she’ll be in Seattle for a further celebration. “She’s a very expensive child,” her mom, Jamie Scott, said with a laugh. Fortunately, her siblings aren’t jealous. “They think it’s weird and cool,” Hannah said.

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Clallam County 4-H held its annual achievement day, Sunday, Nov. 4, to honor all the 4-H members and leaders for completing the 2011-2012 year. Masters of ceremonies were Bailee Palmer of Neon Riders 4-H Club and Brady Anderson of Pure Country 4-H Club. Members are divided into age groups. Kindergarten to second grade are primary, third grade through fifth are juniors, sixth through eighth grade are intermediates, and ninth through 12th are seniors. Officers for the 4-H Leaders’ Council are Judy Richmond, president; LaDona Wilson, vice president; Gayle Taylor, treasurer; and Manon Heistand, secretary. Awards presented were as follows: Judi Arnold Community Service Club award — Pony Express 4-H Club; Junior Leader of the year — Amy Tucker of 4-H Rascals; Teen Leader of the year — Marissa Wilson of Silver Spurs 4-H Club; F.D. Yeager Award — Tenille Tosland of Rascals 4-H Club; Elm Trophy Home Economics — Bayleigh Carpenter; Livestock

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County medals of achievement for different projects were awarded: Achievement — Amber Robb, Sidekicks 4-H Club; Marissa Wilson, Silver Spurs; Rifle — Kevin Craft; Archery — Kyle Tupper; Goat — Tenille Tosland, Jaymie McIntyre; Sheep — Emma Shogren; Swine — Madison Murphy, Austin Wagner; Poultry — Keri Tucker; Rabbit — Amber Robb; Cavy — Tenille Tosland; Small Animal Self Determined — Sydney Henderson; Dairy — Brady Anderson; Beef — Hayden Williams, Bayleigh Carpenter, Torrie McIntyre, Alison Powell; Dog — Alexa Asselin, Daniel Fink; Cat — Lacey Baker; Horse — Holly Cozollino, Suzanne Hei-

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leadership activity. Information and application materials are at http:// cfqc.org. Completed applications are due no later Feb. 15, 2013. Submit completed materials to: City of Sequim, Attn.: Karen Kuznek-Reese, 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim, WA 98382, or e-mail them to kkuznek@sequimwa.gov.

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SEQUIM GAZETTE

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • A-5

County delays agreement with Ecology Chapman calls for consensus regarding Dungeness Water Rule by MARK ST.J. COUHIG Sequim Gazette

Clallam County’s commissioners have added another surprising twist to the 20-year effort to implement the new Dungeness Water Management Rule. The rule, which goes into effect Jan. 2, will require Clallam County and the Department of Ecology to work together. The roles and responsibilities of each are found in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the commissioners first approved during their Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting, then later shelved. Commissioner Jim McEntire, who has served as the

Dungeness From page A-1

minimum instream flows that far exceed average historical stream flows rather than just protecting existing stream flows as state law contemplates.” The newsletter also notes that the early draft of the rule’s cost-benefit analysis was heavily criticized during the comment period. Changes have been made in response, but whether they adequately address the concerns remains to be seen.

Seeking support

The board of the NPBA authorized the establishment of a committee to further investigate the possibility of a suit. The committee currently includes Port Angeles businessman Kaj Ahlburg, attorney Christina NelsonGross, Rick Gross, McCarry

to work out the details.” During the first discussion of the MOU, both McEntire and Commissioner Mike commission’s point man on Chapman voted to approve it. the controversial rule, said Commissioner Mike Doherty he believes the county and voted no, pointing to a recent Ecology must first iron out addition to the MOU that the details regarding the rule’s would provide a $100,000 grant from Ecology to purrollout. The MOU was scheduled chase domestic water rights for new hometo be signed this morn- “Long-term sustainable owners and others who ing, Dec. 12, water is at risk.” will be reat a meeting Mike Doherty of the Local Clallam County Commissioner qu i re d to purchase Leaders Wa“mitigation ter Group. The commission’s decision water” under the new rule. “I’m concerned about that,” to delay the signing of the MOU may result in a delay Doherty said. “I think this in the rule’s implementation. sets the wrong priority for the McEntire said he hoped to state.” Chapman expressed his “prevail on” Ecology to delay the rule until “at least one surprise at Doherty’s rejection public session has been held of the grant, noting that the and NPBA Executive Director FaLeana Wech. They are awaiting a decision from the Washington Supreme Court on a case involving the Swinomish Tribe and the Washington Department of Ecology. It’s anticipated the ruling will have a significant impact on the Dungeness Rule. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is arguing that Ecology wrongly extended water rights when it made water available for residential construction in certain portions of Skagit County. They say Ecology acted illegally when it invoked a portion of the law that allows the agency to make water decisions based on an “overriding consideration of public interest.” The tribes say in so doing Ecology has reduced the amount of water available for salmon populations. In the Dungeness basin Ecology has invoked the same

$100,000 is state money. Doherty said the state has many other priorities for funding. In an interview following the meeting, Doherty said, “I went along with $100,000 because it was for the transition.” Now, he said, he’s concerned about a second agreement between the county and the state. Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant has told the commissioners he will seek $2.05 million in legislative funding for water mitigation projects STURDEVANT in the Dungeness Basin. In recent weeks McEntire said he hoped those projects might provide mitigation water for domestic use for the next two decades.

“You’re talking about 20 years of development,” Doherty said. “It got to be much more money and a longer horizon. Over the last several days I thought about it and decided against it.” Doherty said he’s concerned about the availability of water DOHERTY in future years. “Over the years I’ve seen a depletion of the water resources — the snow pack, the glaciers — in the Olympics. A dramatic impact.” “Long-term sustainable water is at risk.” Doherty said, “I’m trying to be more responsible. We need to get a better handle on what the water supply will be before

we seek subsidies to continue development.” Doherty added that he’s also concerned about climate change. He said he was pleased the county recently held a discussion on ocean acidification. “At least we’re starting to look at the science about climate change. Water is part of that,” he said. McEntire said the new water exchange will start up on Jan. 2, ensuring mitigation water is available to those who need it. A “dry run” of the process of obtaining water rights originally was scheduled to take place Dec. 13, but also was delayed. Reach Mark Couhig at mcouhig@sequimgazette. com.

legal authority to create “reserves” of water that will be in place to ensure development doesn’t come to an immediate halt. McCarry said that while proponents of the Dungeness suit are prepared to take action, they currently are collecting pledges rather than cash. “We’re testing the waters to see if there’s interest from the public.” “Right now the interest is strong,” he said. “I’m feeling pretty good about moving forward.” So far the committee has raised $20,000 toward the effort to file a lawsuit. They say they need $100,000. McCarry said a new, separate organization will be formed and will operate as a self-sufficient 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information, call McCarry at 360-697-3087 or see www.olympicresourcepc. org.

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SEQUIM GAZETTE

A-6 • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 2012 City Web site: www.sequimwa.gov

SEQUIM NEWS Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Utility Rates to Increase in 2013

Happy Holidays!

As part of the 2013 budget approved by the Sequim City Council on November 26, 2012, there will be a 3% rate increase for the Sewer Utility and a 4% increase for the Water Utility. The sewer increase represents $1.61 (low tier user) or $1.87 (high tier user) per month for single-family residential ratepayers. The water increase represents approximately $1.09 per month for average single family usage.

Regional Utility Rate Comparison

City Offices will be closed on

Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday, and

Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day

Meeting dates & locations City Council Regular Meeting

Transit Center 2nd & 4th Monday • 6:00 p.m.

City Council Study Session Transit Center (when required) 2nd & 4th Monday • 5:00 p.m.

Telephone: 360-683-4139

At the Movies program resumes The City of Sequim and Olympic Theatre Arts are once again partnering to present the “At the Movies” program. All movies will be shown at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 North Sequim Avenue. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie and close 5 minutes after the start. Admission is $5.00 per person. Individuals 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The new schedule is: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. – “Snow White & the Huntsman” Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. – “Mama Mia” Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. – “Ted” Please contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at (360) 681-3428 or kkuznek@sequimwa.gov with questions.

Road clearance for winter storms

Parks & Recreation Board PW 615 North Fifth Ave. 2nd Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting Transit Center Tuesday, January 8 6:00 p.m.

Utility discounts available for low income residents

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Transit Center Conference Room Quarterly - Next meeting Dec. 14, 2012 • 10:00 a.m.

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Transit Center Conference Room 3rd Wednesday • 1:00 p.m.

The City of Sequim is accepting donations for the Sequim Food Bank The Sequim Police Department, located at 609 W. Washington Street, and Sequim City Hall, located at 152 W. Cedar Street, are accepting donations of non-perishable food items now through Friday, December 21 for the Sequim Food Bank. Business hours for the Police Department are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) will be monitoring the container and delivering the donations to the Sequim Food Bank. Business hours for Sequim City Hall are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There is an additional non-perishable food donation container for the Sequim Food Bank at the Sequim Transit Center, located at 190 W. Cedar Street, throughout the year. Sequim residents are reminded to bring a donation whenever they attend meetings at the Sequim Transit Center.

The City of Sequim recognizes these are tough economic times. To financially assist those struggling to meet their basic needs, utility rate reductions will be available for qualifying low-income residents effective for January 2013 usage. If your income does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines or

$25,000/year, you may be eligible. There is an additional net asset-based test to determine qualification. The exact amount of your discount will be administratively determined upon receipt of all applications. Qualifying applicants will see the discounted rates on their January usage bill.

City is accepting skateboard helmet donations The City is looking for donations to support the helmet program at the Skate Board Park in Carrie Blake Park. All users of the Skate Board Park are encouraged to wear helmets and the City maintains a cupboard that allows skaters to borrow a helmet if they don’t have

their own. The City welcomes donations of used helmets or money for the purchase of helmets. Please contact Jeff Edwards, Public Works Administrative Manager at 681-3443 or jedwards@ sequimwa.gov with questions or to make a donation.

Sequim Centennial

“Get Into the Sequim of Things”

The Sequim Centennial Celebration has begun! Upcoming Activities Include:

Centennial Cookbook – The Centennial Committee is producing a historical, anecdotal cookbook to celebrate the rich history and agricultural heritage of the City of Sequim and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Whether you’ve lived in Sequim for two years or 50, share your story along with a family photo and favorite recipe. Deadline for entries is December 31, 2012. Contact Communications and Marketing Director Barbara Hanna at 681-3422 or bhanna@sequimwa.gov Utility Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project – The Centennial Committee is seeking to commission up to four artists to produce art to be displayed on traffic utility boxes in the city. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2013. See all the details at www.sequimwa.gov. Centennial Merchandise is available for purchase at City Hall, 152 W. Cedar Street, and at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center at 192 E. Washington Street. Information about all of the Centennial activities and events can be found at www.sequimwa.gov or contact City Clerk Karen KuznekReese at 681-3428 or kkuznek@sequimwa.gov

With the snow season approaching, citizens are reminded that during heavy snows, the City crew concentrates on clearing the main arterials first. Washington Street, Sequim Avenue, 5th Avenue, 3rd Avenue, overpasses and school routes (when schools are in session) are the top priorities. In the event of a snow storm, the City asks the community to help by clearing snow from the sidewalks that adjoin their homes and businesses.

Help the City prevent flooding

Winter storms can also bring heavy rains, the City requests that all citizens that are able, assist in keeping drains and catch basins free of debris and leaves. During the stormy winter months, City crews can get spread thin, your assistance in keeping the street clean is vital to the City’s ability to respond to extreme precipitation and the prevention of flooding. We appreciate your help!

The City is seeking applications for Boards and Commissions The Planning Commission is seeking applications from City residents to fill one vacant position. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking two City residents to fill vacancies on the Board. Applications are at City Hall or www.sequimwa.gov.

This page is a public service on behalf of the City of Sequim and does not reflect the views or opinions of the editorial staff of the Sequim Gazette or Sound Publishing.


SEQUIM GAZETTE

Wednesday, December 12, 20122012 • A-7 Wednesday, December 12,

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Kangen water moves into Sequim Technology from Japan offers numerous benefits

Tickets on sale for annual Seattle garden show

The 25th annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show runs Feb. 20-24, 2013, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. “There’s a Little Garden in All of Us” includes display gardens, seminars, entertainment and children’s activities. Early tickets ($16 adult, $5 youth) are available at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim. Call 681-2827 or visit www.mccombgardens.com.

BUSINESS BRIEFS ‘FUNCH’ fills bags for food bank

Filling gift bags of personal care products for the Port Angeles Food Bank is the project for Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy’s “FUNCH: Fun at Lunch” from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at 708-C S. Race St., Port Angeles. Lunch is provided. Bring personal care items, grooming tools or hair accessories for the bags. RSVP to 417-0703.

Drop off ‘Toys for Tots’ at Edward Jones offices

Peninsula area Edward Jones financial advisors have volunteered their offices as drop-off locations for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. To participate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to any Sequim or Port Angeles office during business hours. Sequim advisors include Cheryl A. Gray, 213 E. Washington St., Suite 2; Cherie A. DuBois, 540 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 1; Toni L. Gore, 990 E. Washington St., Suite 2B; Kristopher Henrikson, 755-C W. Washington St.; and James Patton, 154 E. Bell St.

Wind Rose hosts paired tastings

Wind Rose Cellars, 155-B W. Cedar St., Sequim, hosts two Saturday pairing events in December. On Dec. 15, from 2-5 p.m., Wind Rose wines will be paired with Coco d’Amici chocolates. From 2-5 p.m. Dec. 22 wines will be paired with Mt. Townsend Creamery cheeses. There is a fee for each tasting. Call 360-358-5469.

Nash’s hosts holiday open house

Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way in Dungeness, hosts a free holiday open house from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. The event includes live holiday music with a singalong, holiday card making and gifts for children, hot apple cider and other refreshments, and local product samples.

Local telecommunications representative in business

Noelle Levesque has become an independent representative for Triniti Communications International, offering new services for cell phone, phone and HDTV. Reach her at 360-912-2379.

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Todd Rosbach and his old friend Jack Gorlie have established a new business in Sequim, selling and servicing Enagic machines that produce “Kangen water.” Starting with regular tap water, the machines produce seven kinds of modified water, each with a different pH level. These various end-products have different uses, from housecleaning to enhancing personal health. Kangen water is known already on the peninsula: There are several homeowners in Sequim who now have the machines, Rosbach said. But before the two opened the new Sequim location, Sequimites were required to go to Seattle to purchase one of the units or to have an existing unit serviced. That’s important because the machines have a lifetime warranty. Gorlie, a Port Townsend resident, said he got into the business because Kangen water “has done so much for me.” While he’s normally a snowbird, he’s hanging in on the peninsula this winter to help start the business in Sequim. Fortunately, he said, due to the healthful properties of the water, “my arthritis isn’t hurting at all.”

A little history

Rosbach said Kangen water has been around for more than 40 years. It all began in the 1950s when a group of Russian scientists started a research project on four of the world’s “miracle waters,” including

From left, Todd Rosbach, Jack Gorlie and Lily Lawson are now selling Enagic machines, which produce “Kangen water.” The water has numerous uses, from housecleaning to skin care. The Sequim office, which opened this month, also services the machines, which come with a lifetime guarantee. Sequim Gazette photo by Mark Couhig

those at Lourdes, a pilgrimage site in France. When the Russians ran out of funding, Japanese scientists picked up the research. They discovered that the water at the four sites is chemically different, with much higher levels of active hydrogen than what is ordinarily found in water. After discovering the secret, the Japanese began building the first machines that could mechanically create water with similar properties. Those first machines, which would fill an entire room, were sold to hospitals. Those living near the hospitals would bring gallon jugs to fill with the water, creating long lines in towns across Japan. Even today Kangen water is a staple in Japanese hospitals.

Getting small

In 1974, Hironari Oshiro,

a Sony executive, decided to take up the challenge of building a machine for households. That’s how Enagic began. “The first order of business was to get it small enough,” Rosbach said. Rosbach and Gorlie are now in the business of selling the resulting Kangen water machines, which range in price from $1,300 to $5,000. The company doesn’t sell the produced water because it’s only effective for two hours after being generated. The most highly acidic water is used for household cleaning, sanitizing and other uses. Though it’s deadly to microorganisms, including MRSA, “It’s just water,” Rosbach said. “It has no added chemicals.” A less acidic version of the Kangen water is used for skin care.

The alkaline water is for drinking, with many reporting it has beneficial properties. “We ma ke no hea lth claims,” Rosbach was quick to note, but added that most of those who drink it feel better and more energetic. The most important aspect of the water, he said, is that it is more easily absorbed by the body’s cells. Most H2O contains clusters of 15-20 molecules. Kangen water has 5-6 molecules, allowing it to move more easily into cells. That allows better absorption of nutrients by the cells and more efficient removal of wastes. To try it out, sign up for a 30-day free trial. Kangen Water is at 720 E. Washington St., Suite 102. It’s open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 681-2788.

Chef offers services in Sequim

Les Bon Vivants personal chef and catering service has relocated to Sequim from Port Townsend. Owner and chef Karen Lauzon offers customized menus, complete grocery shopping and preparation in the home with her own equipment. Phone 360-681-DINE (3463).

New shoe repair open in Carlsborg

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A-8 • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Comment period extended for City considers height Dungeness Wildlife Refuge plan restriction exemption by MARK ST.J. COUHIG Sequim Gazette

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period on its new plan for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge until Jan. 28, 2013. The service originally had established Dec. 27 as the cutoff date. Kevin Ryan, project leader of the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex said, “We extended it because a number of people asked if it could be extended through the holiday period. We thought that was a reasonable request.” Once it’s approved, the plan will guide management of the refuge for the next 15 years. The most controversial items in the plan would ban horseback riding and jogging on the site, which includes the famous Dungeness Spit and the adjacent shoreline. A statement issued by the service said, “The draft analysis has found

Marriage From page A-1

soon-to-be secretary of state, allowed all 16 to participate. The Sequim couple said they wanted to make a big deal out of the day so they stayed the night in Olympia and toured the capital. “It was the perfect way to celebrate the day,” Wickman said. At the ceremony, the couple met Mary Langely and Sharon Chirichillo, who live in Olympia and Port Angeles. They too received a license after being together for more than 27 years. “It’s been a good engagement,” Chirichillo said. All licensed couples have 63 days to be married after receiving their license and not sooner than three days, but Persall and Wickman married in a private ceremony on Sunday in their Happy Valley home with more than 20 friends and family; Chaplain Clare Manis

that jogging is not appropriate due to wildlife disturbance and therefore would no longer be allowed.” “The service has also preliminarily determined that horseback riding should no longer be allowed due to safety concerns and user conflicts.” The service says there will be a new focus on enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the refuge’s natural and cultural resources through both on- and offrefuge interpretation and education programs. “Feedback from the public is important to us,” Ryan said. “The planning process is a way for the service and the public to evaluate management goals and strategies that will provide opportunities for the public to safely enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation at the refuge while ensuring that wildlife and habitat conservation comes first.”

Environmental issues

The service also is calling for more active habitat management projects,

including invasive species removal. The plan calls for removing unneeded roads, increasing species diversity and enhancement of freshwater impoundment on the Dawley unit. The full draft plan and the latest planning update can be found at www.fws.gov/pacific/planning. Printed copies are available for review at the Sequim Library. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the Refuge Office at 457-8451. Comments on the draft plan should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed by Jan. 28, 2013, to: Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 715 Holgerson Road, Sequim, WA 98382; fax number 457-9778; or e-mail FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include Dungeness in the e-mail subject line. Public comments will be addressed in the final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, scheduled to be completed in winter 2013.

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Cit y councilors are weighing a decision to exempt certain three-story buildings that exceed the city municipal code’s height restrictions because of the basic infrastructure on their roofs. Director of Community Development Chris Hugo said the city’s code doesn’t include provisions for additions to buildings in commercial zones to exceed the 35 feet height limit. An amendment would allow elevator towers, heating and cooling equipment and other building functions’ additions to be exempt. Hugo said many of the buildings at this height now barely meet requirements. If councilors approve the amendment to the ordinance, it would exempt these items so long as the structures don’t “significantly impact access to light, air and views by neighboring properties as an inducement to the efficient and

Hatler of the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship led the ceremony. Manis Hatler said being a part of Sequim’s first same-sex marriage was exciting. “They are a great couple and it was a nice ceremony,” she said.

Accidental advocates

Becoming locally known for same-sex marriage fell into the couple’s laps, they said. “We’re very private people, but there comes a time when you have to stand up,” Persall said. “We’re sort of accidental advocates.” The couple retired to Sequim about three years ago: Persall is active in gardening and with the New Dungeness Light Station and Wickman is working to remodel the home they bought nine years ago. Since moving here, they haven’t experienced negative feedback due to their sexuality. “Everyone has been sup-

Inside the Thurston County Courthouse, Judy “JP” Persall, left, shakes hands with Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman after she signed her marriage certificate with her spouse Diana Wickman, second from left. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

portive,” Persall said. “People recognize us and congratulate us. I’m surprised by how much support we’ve gotten.” Despite Washington voters’ November approval of R-74, which allows same-sex marriage, Clallam County voters were against same-sex marriage with 52.4 percent opposed (19,814), and 47.5

percent in favor (17,933). Five of 32 precincts in Sequim School District boundaries voted in favor of same-sex marriages — Cline, Dungeness West, Jamestown, Miller Peninsula and Port Williams. “Clallam County has a

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The two women are retired Lieutenant Commanders from the U.S. Coast Guard and met while serving in San Francisco almost 11 years ago. Persall said the military’s

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuality inhibited her in a lot of ways. “I didn’t realize how much I had sectioned myself off,” she said. Wickman found it hard to balance her personal life and work life after Persall retired. She had more time to serve before she could retire, yet both women retired early. “That’s the paranoia that you lose what you work for,” Wickman said. “It shouldn’t be a shameful thing.” The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed Sept. 20, 2011. “I feel in our lifetime, equal marriage will be recognized on the federal level,” she said. Two other couples applied for licenses with Clallam County on Dec. 6, and as of Tuesday, Dec. 11, four more have requested licenses — three of those from Sequim.

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Jesse Lee Spencer of Sequim was convicted by a Clallam County jury on Dec. 4 of possession of a machine gun and bail jump, according to Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office sources. According to court records and testimony, law enforcement received a citizen tip that Spencer, 56, was attempting to sell an AR-15 rifle which had been converted to fire automatically. Spencer told the citizen that the rifle was “full auto” and the citizen should be careful only to fire in a secluded loca-

tion because people would call police if they heard “full auto” fire, according to the prosecutor’s office. Spencer was asking $2,500, according to court testimony. The citizen and Spencer arranged a meeting in a gas station parking lot. When Spencer arrived, he was met by law enforcement who located the gun in his vehicle, prosecutor’s office sources said. A test firing of the weapon revealed that the trigger mechanism of the Panther Arms AR-15 had been altered to convert the rifle to fire in a “burst mode” of several rounds with only one pull of

the trigger. The conversion was inexpertly done, creating a risk of jamming during firing with a possible bursting of the gun, injuring or blinding the shooter, according to testimony of firearms expert Port Angeles Police Detective Kevin Spencer (no relation). Jesse Lee Spencer also was convicted of jumping bail. Testimony was that he failed to appear for a scheduled trial date and was arrested six weeks later in a casino parking lot. He faces three to eight months jail time at sentencing on Jan. 10, the prosecutor’s office said.

Open government coalition honors Clallam County Quality Care Coalition For their efforts to demand proper open government practices, the Clallam County Quality Care Coalition recently was awarded the Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG). Bill Kildall and Pat Slaten, organizers of Clallam County Quality Care Coalition, were nominated for the award by Patience Rogge of Port Townsend, a WCOG board member, for their work to monitor the actions of Olympic Medical Center (Public Hospital District No. 2), for recognizing that the board and administration of the hospital district had strayed from strict observance of the Washington state Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, and for taking positive steps to rectify the situation. “It’s like an ‘atta-boy’ award,” Rogge said. “(Kildall and Slaten) helped citizens have a voice in the workings of their hospital district,” Rogge said. “The hospital district really did respond for what they were asking for.” CCQCC is comprised of community leaders and concerned citizens who seek to work collaboratively with the hospital district to encourage it to maintain a healthy work environment for its employees and provide quality health care for its constituents, in an open and transparent way consistent with its mandate as a public institution. CCQCC also encourages citizen participation in maintaining local, affordable health care in Clallam County. CCQCC has expressed concern and advocated solu-

Frank Garred of the Washington Coalition for Open Government presents the coalition’s Key Award to Bill Kildall and Pat Slaten, organizers of Clallam County Quality Care Coalition, on Oct. 17 at a ceremony in Port Angeles. Submitted photo

tions in several areas, including resolution of a long-running labor dispute and public access to complete packets for

meetings of the hospital board of commissioners. See the full story online at www.sequimgazette.com.

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Dec. 4 5:40 a.m. — Auto theft, 500 block of Old Blyn Highway 8:23 a.m. — Drug violation, 600 block of North Sequim Avenue 10:27 a.m. — Theft, 400 block of West Bell Street 3:07 p.m. — Vehicle accident, 800 block of North Fifth Avenue 3:46 p.m. — Vehicle prowl, 800 block of East Willow Street 4:22 p.m. — Theft, 500 block of West Washington Street Dec. 6 9:58 a.m. — Warrant arrest, 100 block of Many Feathers Way 10:00 a.m. — Vehicle prowl, 1200 block of West Washington Street 10:08 a.m. — Vehicle prowl, 1000 block of Brackett Road 10:22 a.m. — Vehicle accident, 900 block of Kendall Road 11:59 a.m. — Burglary, 4000 block of SequimDungeness Way 12:41 p.m. — Vehicle accident, 900 block of East Washington Street 4:33 p.m. — Vehicle prowl, 1000 block of West Washington Street 11:10 p.m. — Warrant arrest, near 100 block of South Rhodefer Road Dec. 7 3:37 a.m. — Theft, 800 block of East Blair Avenue Dec. 8 1:23 p.m. — Burglary, 1300 block of South Third Avenue Dec. 9 8:33 a.m. — Criminal traffic, 200 block of West Cedar Street 10:03 a.m. — Theft, 100 block of North Third Avenue 5:02 p.m. — Theft, 1200 block of West Washington Street 9:36 p.m. — Burglary, 800 block of Marine Drive 10:25 p.m. — Theft, 500 block of West Washington Street 11:14 p.m. — Vehicle accident, near McDonald and North Solmar drives Dec. 10 12:05 a.m. — Warrant arrest, 600 block of West Washington Street 9:03 a.m. — Vehicle accident, 1100 block of West Washington Street 4:47 p.m. — Vehicle accident, 600 block of West Washington Street

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In recent weeks I’ve written several articles describing the state of the criminal justice system in Clallam County, with an emphasis on its current financial difficulties. Last week I had the opportunity to witness the system in action, this time as a criminal. The story behind the story is long and convoluted, but it can be accurately summed up this way: Soon after my wife and I moved to Sequim 2½ years ago I was nailed with a speeding ticket. I failed to pay it. (Free advice: “I forgot” is an insufficient legal defense.) So it happened that Thursday last I found myself in Clallam County District Court, the Hon. Rick L. Porter presiding. I was able to see some of the issues that I’ve written about take form. For example, one fellow was being held on a drug paraphernalia charge beREPORTER’S cause the county prosecuNOTEBOOK tor’s office had decided the amount of meth that Mark St.J. Couhig was seized during his arrest was too small to pursue as a felony. It wasn’t worth the money.

Different perspective

A good friend who recently found himself in a circumstance similar to mine describes the scene as “reality TV, but in your face.” What is most striking is the clear incapacity of the majority of defendants to understand the various aspects of harmonious human interaction. Yes, drugs almost always play a large role in their downfall. And yes, some are just lazy and shiftless to begin with. But the broad view is something different. Many of these people are simply incapable of living in a society that requires a certain small amount of competence and a bit of perspective on what is acceptable and what isn’t. The public defenders are clearly overwhelmed. Defendants appear before the judge tattooed, grotesquely pierced and draped in torn Megadeth T-shirts. The only thing they know is that they should be repentant and seek counseling, a lesson likely learned from reality TV and from People magazine. It would all be quite comical if it weren’t for one fact: These folks — our townsmen, our fellow citizens — are completely unaware of the joke. They operate in a parallel dimension where complete incompetence is the standard and familial dysfunction is the norm. Here’s something to ruminate on: The Heart of America Foundation says on average children in economically depressed communities have zero to two age-appropriate books in their homes. Children in high-income communities have an average of 199.1 age-appropriate books in their homes.

On and on

The system is strained to breaking by a combination of circumstances, not least that these cases are seemingly never completed, in the sense of a decision being handed down, the fine paid and sentence served. In my limited observation, that’s true because many of the defendants are busily working toward their next encounter with the law. Perhaps more importantly, it’s true because the defendants are almost universally broke. Judge Porter asked each if he or she could afford an attorney. The answer from each was no. He asked how much they earned. The answer from each was zero. Jail time would be one way to earn forgiveness. But that costs the cities and counties lots of money — money we don’t have. Community service is “in a state of flux,” says Sequim City Attorney Craig Ritchie. How do you pay your fine and move on when you have no money? Furthermore: How do you get a job when you’re wholly incompetent in a commercial world that requires considerable competence and when you have outstanding warrants and a lengthy criminal record?

Raising hope

If there is any hope, it derives from folks like Judge Porter, whose work was impressive. While I would be simply despairing, Porter brought an energy to the task that was inspiring. Virtually all of the defendants asked for professional counseling. Porter had none to offer.

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am Walker grew up in Sequim and graduated from Sequim High in ’78. She moved away in 1979 and lived for decades in Arizona and southwestern Washington. In 2003, she moved back to Sequim. She’s now a full-time artist, showing her photography and pastels at the Blue Whole Gallery. Though she’s been an artist for a decade or more, she recently had a life- and careerchanging experience. ❝It must have been about a year ago. One day National Geographic sent me an e-mail. One of my photos was chosen for their ‘Daily Dozen.’ They put a dozen photos a day on their website. They chose a mama bear with a baby grizzly on her back. Then they sent me an e-mail asking if they could sell it through their stock photography. About a month later they sent me another e-mail and asked if they could have another grizzly bear and baby photo. I took them at the McNeil River in Alaska.

That was the one thing I wanted — I wanted to get in National Geographic. It was the goal that I had from the beginning. I sent probably 50 pictures. It took maybe 10 years. That led me to re-think what I was doing. I gave myself permission to put straight photography aside and get into more artistic uses of the medium and into pastels. I experiment.❞ Among the pieces Walker now has hanging at the Blue Whole Gallery are examples of her new work, with photo pigments printed on handmade paper, printed canvas and silver leaf. Everyone has a story and now they have a place to tell it. Verbatim is a first-person column that introduces you to your neighbors as they relate in their own words some of the difficult, humorous, moving or just plain fun moments in their lives. It’s all part of the Gazette’s commitment as your community newspaper. If you have a story for Verbatim, contact Mark Couhig at mcouhig@sequimgazette.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Planet X or NIBIRU

All on this planet soon will be aware of the 12th planet in our solar system as it returns nearby from its 3,600-year orbit around our sun. The people on this 12th planet have been here before! They have been entwined into our lives since 445,000 years ago, according to historian Zecharia Sitchin (deceased). His many books are in our library system, mostly at Forks, but you can request them at the Sequim Library. Yes, I have read a total of three now. This is ancient history, not fiction, as Forks is noted for lately. So, you have time to study up on this happening. I understand this planet will be visible in the sky over the South Island of New Zealand and the south of South America in the month of May. Also, be aware these people look as we look, and they have been coming and going from our planet with rocket ships all along. The clay tablets being found at ancient sites tell the history of these people and us

have been entwined, have been gathered worldwide by museums. Just now another ancient pyramid has been found in Bosnia. Recently a city was found in South America and is being excavated. This happening upcoming should be told to everyone on every corner of Earth … Get ready. Note: Recent TV and Internet programming are saying there will be things happening the third week in December this year! Richard Dobbs Sequim

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What do pizza and presidents have in common? They both come in different sizes and toppings, but we can only have one president at a time; while of pizzas we can have many. Both are products obtained with something of value; presidents with votes, pizzas with money.

Both could be ordered with the same process, using a credit card for the one and a voting-card for the other. Otherwise there would be no difference as valid cards represent equally both votes and/or money. Every purchase always carries a unique reference number; with no equal and only as many reference numbers as registered voters, so there can never be a mistake or misuse. That is the beauty of the card services, protection from fraud. Many products are ordered through an automatic voice which may be in any language. Once an order is given the reference number is attached to the candidate and supplied to the voter who is responsible to save it and then the voter-card would be cancelled. After the election, the reference numbers would be posted by ZIP code, and voters would find their numbers to verify the correct vote as only they will know it. Clint Jones Sequim

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Modern Maya welcome end of the world we know

STICKY NOTES FROM THE WEB “No more running, riding near spit?” Nov. 28 I ride my horse at the spit because it is one of the few beach accesses left in the area to do so at. It’s a tragedy that a pedestrian was harmed by a horse. However, given that that is the first such incident in decades (so I’m told), it seems a bit rash to say that the ONLY solution is not to allow horses at all. Is the person who was harmed demanding that I wonder? (I doubt it.) Given that a huge number of the trails locally that hikers, bikers and horsemen enjoy were built and are largely maintained by thousands of volunteer hours from Back Country Horsemen volunteers because of lack of Parks funding, I’m pretty sure a separate horse-only trail could be created with minimal impact to the wildlife in the area. The last portion of the current trail is definitely not horse friendly turf (which may have contributed to the accident?). Everyone I know gets off their horses and leads them down that section for the sake of safety. — Caroline Gillespie What’s next? Closing the spit to humans except for special fee (infrequent) docent walks to protect the seabirds? Ironically, seabirds often choose to nest in trees adjacent human habitats such as seaside restaurants because the humans scare the predators away. Birds aren’t stupid! — Lorraine Black I can see the concerns of people versus wildlife in a wildlife refuge. I would like to see, however, the scientific

study showing the impact of people on the Spit on wildlife as the justification to restrict the kind of use on the Spit rather than pointing to this and that incident. If a scientific study study said, “Yes, the wildlife is impacted,” then I favor limiting human use of the Spit. — Larry Jeffers Oh please! … runners are predators??? … sheeesh! … How about the hunt club just across the bay? Think they have any impact on wildlife on our spit? … runners are predators … hmmmm … I think this just validates why I quit my ranger job to be a farmer. — Mike Reichner Phooey — Mr. Falzetti, refuge officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ought to get out of his truck and try running in the vicinity of wildlife. They are a lot more aware than he apparently is — I run all of the time, including at the refuge, and the wildlife ignores me. They know a predator when they see one. — Michael Cobb This is bull, my friends family have ridden that spit many many years. Now you use the reason some horse accident, well they happen, and can happen anywhere. THAT IS A REAL BULL REASON TO STOP HORSES ON SPIT. Wake up horse people (or any one who wants to enjoy the spit); this is only the beginning … WHAT’s NEXT! — Carol Simons Hmmm … all I know is that I moved here in May, there were hikers, bikers,

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From page A-10 But he took the time with many to do what must be done, inquiring into their drug history, family history, work history. Regarding his choice to partake of heroin, an addict received this question: “How’s that decision working out?” One alcoholic, noting the lack of available counseling, received some

runners and yes — horseback riders and I saw all manner of wildlife! Now, in the heart of hunting season, the place has been cleaned out! All the wildlife has gone into their little hiding places in order to avoid the folks with the shotguns! So now you’re telling me that Mr. Ryan’s answer is to prohibit RUNNERS? I’ve got news for you Ryan — it ain’t the jogging crowd that’s scaring away the wildlife! — Sheila Broumley Should have kept it a county park the way it was when I moved to Sequim in the early ’90s. Local control would have been soooooo much better and responsive. And by the way, how exactly are they planning to enforce the “no running” rule? Are the volunteer, badgewearing, green-jacketed folks going to tackle runners and “book them”? Trip wires? Speed cameras like they use on remote highways? — Craig Stevenson Stop trying to legislate our lives. This is just plain Stupid, who do they think this land belongs to — the elk? — Mar yann Gilmore Proctor I grew up riding and playing on the spit. I can’t believe it’s come to this. Too commercialized! All the people move in and want to change it for their good. Who has the biggest mouth wins. — Lori Livingston Russell I suppose that if someone fell while walking, they will prohibit walking on the Spit, too. — Roger Clark

valuable free advice. “What about AA?” Porter asked. “More people have been helped with that program than in all of the other counseling programs put together,” he said. To another who also asked for assistance with a drug problem, he said, “Here’s an idea. Why don’t you just stop doing it?” On the printed page I suppose that sounds cold, but in the courtroom it rang true. It was, moreover, respectful.

I’m sorry but I don’t agree with this. Runners and horse riders should be allowed to run and enjoy nature. — Mandie Milton Hawkins Comments on the draft plan should be e-mailed by Dec. 27 to: Kevin Ryan, Project Leader, e-mail FW1PlanningComments@fws.gov. Include Dungeness in the e-mail subject line. Please write, e-mail and fax in your opinion. If you want to be able to enjoy the land, take action. — Kristina Roe Niclas Clallam burglaries are on the rise (Dec. 5) Oh yes, such progress. Sequim used to be such a lovely safe town. In the ’60s and up we never locked our doors, now I have to keep reminding myself this isn’t our little town anymore! — Patricia Wry Erickson Yeah I remember never having a house key as a kid … The door was always unlocked … Same with our cars! Too bad! — Sandy Gilbert-Metro When we moved here in 2003, we never worried about locking our doors either. Sometimes we’d go off for the day and forget and not worry a bit. Now? Probably best to keep the doors locked even in the daytime when we’re home. — Christine-Marie Durling Orlando King There are a few in my neighborhood that I didn’t even know about. This is why I keep my crazy dog! — Shawna Ervin

Porter’s point was, you know your errors. You have the capacity to stop making them. That’s a simple notion, sure. For you and me. For others — for too many others — it represents an extraordinary challenge, one that tests to the breaking point their stunted intellectual and spiritual capacities. Reach Mark Couhig at mcouhig@ sequimgazette.com.

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The power of creating a new story for humanity is supported by modern science. We now know that “survival of the fittest” means the survival the most resilient and adaptable. In our heart of hearts, as well as in our DNA, we need to share and cooperate with each other, not compete. We are nurtured by love and flourish with acceptance. We learn best in positive settings, not punitive ones. And we thrive when we experience nature directly. Seeing the moon and the stars, walking on Earth, touching trees and awakening all our senses are essential to our physical and spiritual well-being. Dec. 21 could see the end of an anthropocentric civilization and the beginning of another civilization, one that implies a spiritual transition toward a new cosmic, biocentric conscience. On the Olympic Peninsula, we’ve already taken a huge step toward restoring natural balance to an entire ecosystem by removing the Elwha dams, launching a pilot project to lead the way for others. Our organic farms are striving to keep GMOs out of our food supply and chemical toxins out of our fields. Expanding our partnership with Mother Nature will mean buildings that create energy rather consume it and protecting cities by restoring wetlands, rather than constructing seawalls or resorting to rip rap. New stories for the future invite everyone to side with our capacity to change for the good of all. Imagine a world where the war against Mother Earth is over. Where carbon emissions are steadily dropping, stabilizing the climate, and successful industries take nothing and do no harm. Let’s welcome the end of hatred and the beginning of love and imagine the power of all of us together making it so. Diana Somerville writes about creating more sustainable communities and our personal connection with the environment. A Clallam County resident, she’s a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and North Coast Writers. Reach her at www.DianaSomerville.com or email columnist@ sequimgazette.com.

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Despite reassurances from astronomers and NASA announcements, Russians are in a panic. Worldwide, some 10 percent of people are genuinely frightened that the Mayan calendar predicts, come Dec. 21, life on Earth will come to a crashing, apocalyptic end. The Maya, however, know their ancient calendar doesn’t predict an end to the world, any more than reaching the end of our calendar year does. Turning a western calendar page begins a new year; the Mayan “long counting” calendar simply means we’re entering a new era, another extended cycle. As the solstice draws closer, what’s disturbing many traditional Maya are government prohibitions against holding ceremonies at pyramids and sacred sites that are also tourist magnets. It’s easy to dismiss world-ending scenarios as a sort of shared hysteria, fueled by fears that somehow we have earned a cosmic comeuppance. Yet, another way to GREENING THE see our collective future COMMONS makes saying sayonara to Diana Somerville the world as we know it an excellent idea. Bolivian President Evo Morales, in a recent United Nations address, explained that while Dec. 21 marks the end of Macha and the beginning of the Pacha in the Mayan calendar, “It is the end of selfishness and the beginning of brotherhood. It is the end of individualism and the beginning of collectivism,” a new cosmic era of community spirit. Sounds like the right direction for an era warming Earth’s climate so rapidly that droughts, floods and superstorms like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha, repeatedly battering the Philippines after claiming more than 600 lives, herald the new normal. We’re entering a new era, said Morales, one that marks “the end of hatred and the beginning of love. The end of lies and the beginning of truth. It is the end of sadness and the beginning of joy. It is the end of division and the beginning of unity.” This will mean the end of capitalism, egoism and divisiveness, and usher in an era of community, spirit and love, Bolivia’s Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca explained. I’m all for a world where we can change corporatecontrolled capitalism so unbalancing our resources that one family, the Walmart-owning Waltons, controls as much as 40 percent of the U.S. population, fueling an income disparity increasingly reflected in the rest of the world. Seems like time to redirect our priorities, with steps like ending the $18 billion annual subsidies for oil companies’ assault on Mother Earth and abandoning expensive weapons of war to take dramatic strides toward peace.

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OBITUARIES John P. Thrush

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 12, at Drennan and Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, Port Angeles, for Port Angeles resident John “Jack” P. Thrush, who died Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 60. He was born Jan. 18, 1952. A full obituary follows in a later edition.

Richard J. Camporini

A graveside ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 43 Monroe Road, Port Angeles, for Port Angeles resident Richard J. Camporini, who died Dec. 1, 2012, at the age of 81. He was born March 29, 1931. A full obituary will follow. Arrangements were by Drennan and Ford Funeral Home.

Audrey N. Buck

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim, for Sequim resident Audrey N. Buck, who died Dec. 3, 2012, at the age of 96. She was born May 18, 1916, in Waltham, Mass., to

William P. and Minnie Ethel Cole Evans. She married Robert H. Buck on Nov. 8, 1938. A homemaker, she lived in Massachusetts for many years, then in Florida. She moved to Sequim in 1989. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Casey Dennis, of Sequim; son and daughter-inlaw Wayne and Carol Buck, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Claire Borhaven

A rosary was recited, a Mass celebrated and a reception held Dec. 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for Sequim resident Claire Borhaven, who died Dec. 1, 2012, at the age of 93. One of nine BORHAVEN children, she was born June 28, 1919, in Polo, S.D., to George and Dora Schlechter Lechtenberg. She married Jack Borhaven on Aug. 28, 1953. She worked at the Agriculture Office in Miller and Rapid City, S.D., and later as a medical secretary at Fort Worden and Camp Hanford. The couple moved to

Gladys Lillian Buck Morrison At the age of 96, Gladys Morrison died at home early in the morning of November 27, 2012, with her family by her side. She had been ill only a few days. Gladys was a Registered Nurse for 40 years and an avid hiker and mountain climber for 70 years. She was a lifetime member of the local Klahanie Club. Gladys is survived by her children, Paul, Marilyn and Wayne, Jeanne and Rick. Also, her grandchildren Amy and Scott, Wayne and Melanie, Maya and Damian, Mattias and Anne. She is also survived by her great grandchildren; Justin, Mitchell, Kyrsten, Myca, Shelby, Alan, Eden, Beckett, Amelia, Oliver. A memorial service is planned for January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship, 73 Howe Rd., Port Angeles.

Joseph H. Ferguson May 26, 1918 - October 23, 2012

A small family gathering will be held in the spring to celebrate the life of Joe Ferguson, who died at home surrounded by his children, after a long illness. He is survived by his two sons, Don, of Ashland, Oregon, John of Bellingham, and his daughter, Glenna Campbell, of Blyn, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His daughter Theresa Selby and his wife Bonnie preceded him in death. Born in Seattle, Joe came to Blyn with his parents Art and Glenna Ferguson as a six year old. He attended a one room school in Blyn and graduated from Sequim High School in 1936. That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. His experiences in the Coast Guard were the basis of many wonderful and historic experiences: serving aboard the Haida, an early steam powered cutter in thenprimitive Alaska, searching for Amelia Earhart, flying in the North Atlantic during World War II to provide air support for convoys, and exploring islands in the South Pacific at the end of the war. He met Bonnie Paggeot, a shipmate’s niece, in Seattle and they married in 1943. They lived in Hawaii and Alaska, and came back to Port Angeles in 1953. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1959 and subsequently worked for the Postal Department and the City of Port Angeles Water Department. Joe loved Sequim Bay, and he and Bonnie returned there in 1970 to build a house and live only a short distance from his childhood home. A sailor all his life, he could often be found in a boat or mucking about on the beach. He was well known for his love and appreciation of his wife Bonnie and their 65 year marriage, a succession of overweight Labradors, and a good bottle of scotch. He enjoyed 94 years of living his life his way. His family wishes to express it’s appreciation for the help and guidance of the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County during the passing of both parents.

Sequim in 1962 to run a fishing charter service. She worked at Olympic National Park until 1970. Her husband preceded her in death in 1995. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the donor’s choice of charity.

Harold James Jacoby

Beaver resident Harold James Jacoby died Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 68. He was born Oct. 1, 1944. A full obituary with service times follows in a later edition. Arrangements were by Drennan and Ford Funeral Home.

John Duke Lillywhite

A family memorial will be held at a later time for Port Angeles resident John Duke Lillywhite, who died Nov. 14, 2012, at the age of 101. He was born Aug. 3, 1911, in Brigham City, Utah, to John P. and Pearl Duke Lillywhite. He was a missionary in the Mormon Church in Germany and head of Employee Relations in Utah during World War II. He took his master’s degree from the University of Utah and was one of the first to receive a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University, where he taught for 30 years. He also taught courses at Walla Walla Penitentiary and served on the state Board of Prisons and Parole. His wife of 68 years, Ann Iva Lillywhite, preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2009. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Ann Bowen, of Utah; daughter and son-inlaw Diane and Erwin Jones, of Sequim; daughter Sharon K. Walker, of Edmonds; son and daughter-in-law Jack and Dee Lillywhite, of Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Many thanks to all of you! Many thanks to all of you who are dropping off toys and money for Toys for Tots. We want all the children of Clallam County to have a Merry Christmas. There are drop-off barrels in many businesses in Sequim. We appreciate their support of this program. Many thanks to all who come to the bell-ringing ceremony at the end of the month to honor those veterans who have died. It is a fitting tribute and recognition for their service and sacrifice. Many thanks to all who made stockings, stuffed stockings, gave stocking stuffers or gave postage money so Operation Holiday Stockings could send a small token of Christmas to our deployed troops. There were 256 boxes sent with 4,114 stockings to 45 units overseas. They need to know we care about them and want them to return home safely. Many thanks to all of you who attended the Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances. We must not forget and the younger generations need to learn about the sacrifices these men and women and their families have made so we can be the “Land of the Free.” Many thanks to all of you who gave money, gifts or time to make the Christmas

VETERANS CORNER Lorri Gilchrist

store at the Washington State Veterans Home at Retsil possible. I was there Monday through Thursday (Nov. 26-29) and we helped many residents shop, we shopped for those who could not and then we wrapped and mailed all the packages to their families and friends — and even a beloved dog! Many thanks to all of you who gave clothes, camping gear, money and time to help at the Veterans Stand Downs in Port Townsend, Forks and Port Angeles so we could get the homeless veterans of Clallam County information and support. I have so many things to be thankful for because of your help and encouragement!

Think ahead

Now I would like to ask you to think of all these efforts as we get to New Year’s and make our resolutions. Please consider resolving to thank a vet, go to a program,

give a toy, make a stocking, etc. There are many more efforts for veterans, troops and their families going on in our county and they also need you. If you are a vet, please consider joining one of the National Veterans Organizations so your voice can be heard. Last, but not least, please consider buying a ticket to the Washington State Veterans Raffle. It costs $10 and there are only 200,000 tickets. First prize is $1 million! What a way to start 2013! The drawing is on Jan. 2, 2013. Proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Veterans Innovations Program which provides support to Washington veterans facing financial hardships due to deployments. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! Contributors: DAR, Regent,JoyceStroeher,n7jpw@ juno.com; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail. com; VFW Commander Roger Padie, commander@ vfwpost4760.com; Marine Corps League, Terry Roth, mroth@olypen.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; Fleet Reserve Association, Tom Flanik, gunny@sos. net.

Local Planned Parenthood offers free HIV testing through Friday The nonprofit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest offers free HIV testing at its Port Angeles and Sequim health centers through Friday, Dec. 14. The Sequim Health Center is at 675 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 2B; The Port Angeles Health Center is at 426 E. Eighth

St. To make an appointment, call 1-800-230 PLAN (7526). Walk-ins also are welcome. Visit www.ppgnw. org for more information. There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and every 10 minutes someone is diagnosed with HIV. Wom-

en and young people remain particularly vulnerable. Earlier this month, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that all Americans ages 15-65 receive routine HIV testing, not just those most at risk. The successful integration of HIV screening and reproductive health care increases access to care and improves health outcomes. “With the vast majority of our clients being in their 20s, Planned Parenthood is often the first stop in keeping young people wellinformed and healthy,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of PPGNW. “At Planned Parenthood, we are working to create the healthiest generation ever.”


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • A-13

MILESTONES Give a little

Katie Nichols, office manager for Sequim Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic, showed off the new AnPhoto by Mark Couhig gel Tree at the clinic. “The tree has cards for kids in need from the Boys & Girls Club,” she said. To lend a hand at Christmastime, just drop by the clinic and pick up a card and purchase the requested gifts. The clinic, at 415 N. Sequim Ave., is open from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. While the cards don’t have a name, they each have the age, sex and clothing size of a child in need. Nichols said her boss, Dr. Tim Card, heard about the trees “and wanted to help.” Sound Community Bank and Chase Bank also host Angel Trees for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs, while Columbia Bank hosts a Giving Tree for art supplies and other needs that will help the club deliver programs to the children. Photo by Mark Couhig

Spread it around Photo by Mark Couhig

Fostering a loving home

More than 200 foster parents, foster children and other supporters showed up for a gettogether Friday night, Nov. 7. The North Olympic Foster Parent Association sponsored the event, which was held at Sequim Community Church. The Soroptimists of Sequim and the Jet Set of Port Angeles were on hand to dish out the goodies, as was Santa Claus. Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club made hundreds of handmade stockings for the children; volunteers from Sequim Community Church stuffed them full. Sherry Schubert of A Catered Affair prepared the dinner. Lori Brothers, a spokesman for the all-volunteer Foster Parents Association, said the event was paid for with local donations. Martha Hastings, an official with Washington’s Division of Licensed Resources, said there are “always about 120 kids in foster care on the peninsula.” “We need volunteers,” she said. For more information, call Brothers at 360-460-3496.

berths three times and taking second place in 1988. He’s still the all-time leading career and season rebounder at Sequim. Derrin was signed by the University of Washington to play baseball and played for the California Angels 1993-1996.

ermere Sequim-East; Firefighter/Paramedic Troy Tenneson; Association President Heidi Hansen; Cindy Smith, Clallam Title; Capt. Chris Turner; and volunteer Firefighter John Brygider. Deliveries also were made to Olympic Ambulance, Sequim Police Department, Sheriff ’s Substation and the State Patrol Office.

Sullivan a world leader

Doty and daughter

Former Sequim High prep standout Derrin Doty stands near a plaque of former great SHS basketball coach Rick Kaps. Joining him is his daughter, Deserée Doty, as her Crosspoint Academy basketball squad prepares to take on Sequim on Dec. 7. Deserée, a point guard, came into the game averaging 10 steals per game and led her team with 20 points Friday night. Dad’s alma mater, however, had the last laugh, as the Wolves edged Crosspoint 38-34 in overtime. Derrin played for Kaps from 1986-1989, helping the Wolves earn state tournament

Submitted photo

A response for responders

On Friday, Nov. 30 — “National First Responders Appreciation Day” — the Sequim Association of Realtors delivered thank-you baskets of goodies to Sequim’s first responders. At the Sequim Fire Department the Realtors and affiliate members gathered with firefighters for a photo op. From left, Kathi Larsen, First Federal; Sheryl Payseno-Burley, Wind-

FFA students spread compost at the Sequim Low Impact Development Demonstration Site on Saturday morning, Dec. 8. The site, which will be the new home of a rain garden and other Photo by Mark Couhig plantings, is located adjacent to the new Albert Haller Playfields parking lot. A b out 2 0 0 yards of compost was donated by Hermann Brothers. Ben Smith, the Clallam Conservation District vice chairman and operator of Maple View Dairy, volunteered his front-end loader for Saturday’s work party. Westside Pizza donated pizza to the cause. Conservation District Manager Joe Holtrop called the volunteers “great kids.”

Sequim’s Elizabeth Sullivan has been named by Diplomatic Courier magazine and the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Association as one of the top 99 leaders under the age of 33 working in international affairs. The magazine created the award to “capture the extraordinary impact of the millennial generation on international affairs.” Sullivan works with DAI’s Trans-Sahara Security Sympo- SULLIVAN sium with a focus on “evaluating efforts to increase North and West African civil-military capacity to counter irregular threats.” Among its goals, DAI, incorporated in 1970 as Development Alternatives, Inc., seeks to aid developing nations through support of entrepreneurial efforts. Sullivan is a 2001 graduate of Sequim High School. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Mark Couhig

More than a century

Four generations of artists are represented at the gallery at Prairie Springs Assisted Living in Sequim. The youngest, Evan Howard, is 14 and a student at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. His grandmother, Mary Leone Howard, of Sequim, works in oils and acrylics. She has a number of paintings in the show, including some of the composites she created as a forensic artist. Mary’s 88-year-old mother, Dorothy Secondi, also lives in Sequim. She has several of her oil landscapes hanging at the gallery. The men who started it all are Mary’s greatuncles, G.J.W. Mathout and A. Mathout. The two lived in Holland and painted around the turn of the 20th century. In the photo, their paintings hang behind Evan.


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A-14 • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bob and Deonne Hanson stand outside the Carlsborg home where they helped raise their two grandsons, Wesley and Keaton Stromberg of the band Emblem3. Their house was full of life as the boys grew up and Bob said his grandsons are staying grounded through their young music career. “It hasn’t gone to their heads at all,” he said. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Emblem

From page A-1 retiring from Southern California; their daughter Laraine Larson and her children moved shortly after them. At the time Wesley was 3 and Keaton celebrated his first birthday soon after moving. They lived at their grandparents’ home for six years. Bob said they took their grandchildren on trips all over the area and their house was full of activity and lively racket. On drives to school, they’d play jazz music, which Deonne and Bob believe helped the boys learn harmony. They were in choir in Sequim High School and performed in Sequim Community Church programs. What Deonne is most proud of is that Wesley and Chadwick’s former band, American Scholars, played a benefit in an effort to create a Washington license plate that benefits local schools. “Five years later I have it on my car,” she said. The happy grandparents find it humorous that the boys say they want to buy their house at some point to keep it as a retreat and recording studio. “When (Keaton) stops dreaming

he’ll realize he won’t want to come back to Sequim,” Bob said. Both the Strombergs are appreciative of their grandparents’ efforts for them. “They mean everything to me and have been the biggest supporters for our music,” Keaton said. “We miss you and look forward to seeing you at Christmas.” “I love Grandma and Grandpa,” Wesley said. “We lived with them when we were little and they were the best, always coming to our concerts and sitting out in the cold for our soccer and football games. They taught me how to be generous.” Bob said his grandsons are staying grounded through their young music career. “It hasn’t gone to their heads at all,” he said.

Mom’s perspectives

The Strombergs’ mom, Laraine Larson, said she speaks with them often about keeping their heads right. “Since they were young, I told them they have a gift that’s beyond them,” Larson said. “God gave them this gift and to share it with the world.” She said they receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of fan mail postings a day from people from all

walks of life, such as children in the hospital and couples going through a divorce. “(Their) music has been given to other people to heal broken hearts,” Larson said. “It’s not about being pop stars.” Chadwick’s mom Kristy Sallee believes her son always has been down-to-earth. He was born in Port Angeles and moved to Sequim when he was 2 after living in a cabin in the Joyce area. Sallee and Mike Chadwick divorced when their son was 2½. She made ends meet working a $6-an-hour job, washing cloth diapers in the bathtub and driving a car she had to push to start. “He’s grown to enjoy the simple things out of life,” Sallee said. “That comes through in his music. It’s not about money but who you are.” Chadwick learned guitar from his mom, who bought him a guitar at age 10. Sallee said he carried it everywhere until an emotional moment when he smashed it during an American Scholars’ set in Seattle. Music is in his blood and consumed most of his high school time, she said. Chadwick and Wesley Stromberg bonded over skateboarding and music early on and eventually started a

In November, Emblem3 band members Drew Chadwick, left, and Wesley Stromberg, right, went to dinner following a performance on “The X Factor” with their moms, Kristy Sallee, second from left, and Laraine Larson, third from left. Sallee said she flew from Sequim and says her son being on TV is a lot to take in. Photo courtesy of Kristy Sallee

Before Emblem3, there was Deferred Prosecution, which featured from left, Drew Chadwick, Wesley Stromberg, Forrest Wilson and Jack McColl. The band performed around the peninsula and took inspiration from pop punk bands like Blink 182. Photo courtesy of Kristy Sallee

band together. “When he wasn’t with me, he was hanging out with Wes and Keaton or they came over here,” Sallee said. Sallee eventually went back to school to become A radiology technologist and during that time Chadwick lived with his dad. When she completed her education, Sallee moved back from Wenatchee and Chadwick had a choice between going to Arizona with his dad, staying in Sequim or going to California to pursue music. After the Strombergs moved to California, Chadwick followed suit. Thus Emblem3 was born. Sallee says on Wednesdays and

Thursdays she is constantly thinking about the band going on “X-Factor” but still believes the whole idea of her son on television is a lot to take in. “I’m still not really believing it,” she said. But she does know her son will be able to stand tall. “He’s really into a clean mind, clean spirit. He sees depth in people,” Sallee said. “I don’t believe he would be a snobby Hollywood person.” Along with Emblem3, Chadwick is working on Twitter to trend a movement called #TeamInspire. “We’re going to change the world one mind at a time,” he writes.


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New columnist Taylor Ackley checks out up-andcoming act Witherow. See page B-2. •••••••••••••••

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Miracle

from Haiti Church family helps 2-year old escape cholera by MATTHEW NASH Sequim Gazette

Several churches present Christmas programs before the holiday. See page B-3.

Sequim teachers earn key certification

Sports • Arts & Entertainment • Schools • Calendar

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Folk in Review

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • B-1

‘National’ treasures

With a space heater in her bedroom and the support of a new family, little Loujina Ann VanProyen should feel warm this Christmas. The 2-year-old Haitian moved to the much cooler climate in Carlsborg on her birthday Nov. 5, following her adoption by the Rev. Mike VanProyen, pastor of King’s Way

Foursquare, and his wife Marilyn. “To have Loujina home is pretty miraculous,” Mike said. Loujina was born in Mirebalais, Haiti, outside Port Au Prince, where devastation of the January 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake remains to impact the people in the whole country. Mike said he and his daughter Christine, 15, were on a mission trip in Malaysia when the earthquake hit. In April 2010, he visited Haiti to learn how h i s church

’Tis the Season for an existential play as the Port Angeles Community Players present “No Exit” this weekend. See page B-4. •••••••••••••••

Life in the fast lane

could help. He visited neighboring Dominican The climate change for Loujina Ann VanProyen has been quite R e p u b l i c drastic moving from Haiti to Sequim. Marilyn VanProyen said since 2004 she keeps a heater in the girl’s bedroom to keep her warmer. on missions Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash and since the pers through New Life Link, only 36 children were adopted earthquake helped organize an adoption agency, to Haiti, out of the country because the seven missionary teams to where they learned of Lou- earthquake destroyed much Haiti for construction and jina. of the country’s government humanitarian projects. Mike infrastructure. visited the country nine times With Loujina, her mother, “(Loujina) wasn’t Marie in nearly three years. Rose Augustin, had Marilyn said the idea of unwanted. We to pay the costs to go the adopting was something she embassy and tell them firstand Mike discussed before didn’t save Loujina. hand why she was putting marrying. Her mom did.” her daughter up for adoption. “After the earthquake there They also needed Haiti PresiMike VanProyen, pastor was such a deep need,” she dent Michel Martelly to sign King’s Way Foursquare said. off because the VanProyens “It brought (adoption have more than two children in Haiti) to our attenThey visited her in Sep- in their household. tion.” tember 2011 for five days and Mike said Augustin, who The couple began received her adoption decree raised other children, didn’t searching infor- in July, almost a year later. receive any money from the mation about Mike said it was hard for he adoption and told him she internationa l and Mairlyn to leave Loujina had no choice but to have adoption and behind for such a period of Loujina adopted. about a year time while they waited for the “A cholera outbreak hit later sent pa- appropriate paperwork. the area following the earthIn September of this year, quake,” Mike said. “(Loujina) Mike and the VanProyens received wasn’t unwanted. Marilyn Loujina’s passport, and the We didn’t save Loujina. Van P r o y en recently couple visited Oct. 24-Nov. Her mom did.” added to 3 to bring her home as a their famTransition for citizen. ily of 7 with the holidays Mike said the state departlittle LouLoujina’s been the life of ment said it was the fastest jina, whom the party in the VanProyen adoption since the earththey adopted from quake happened. Haiti. See Adoption, B-3 The couple said last year

El Cazador: the cure for winter weather Sequim High swimmers, divers seek Olympic League meet victories. See page B-5. •••••••••••••••

Storming to a win

Storm King’s girls U18 squad opens the winter season with a 2-1 victory. See page B-6. •••••••••••••••

Deadlines Deadline for items appearing in B-section is 5 p.m. Wednesday one week before publication at editor@sequimgazette.com, or delivered to the Sequim Gazette office at 147 W. Washington St.

Feelin’ sad and blue? The sun in Sunny Sequim letcha down? Well, step right into the sunniest place in town! El Cazador will lift your spirits on a gray day — and quell your hunger pangs to boot. Because you can’t possibly stay in a bad mood when you’re surrounded by bright colors and sunny suns all over the place. The peach stucco building has shared a space with Sequim’s iconic grain elevator for the past 20-some years. Once inside, the music wafting through the air will have you dancing and shaking your maracas. Bright cheery scenes of all things south of the border line the walls, beginning with a bouquet of calla lilies that would’ve made Mexican muralist Diego Rivera feel right at home. The restaurant is spacious with an abundance of comfy booths in the main dining room. And there’s an overflow room that’s just right for an office or holiday party. Greg and I had planned on dinner several times but ended up going on a recent Sunday for lunch — only to be most pleasantly surprised.

THE DISH ON DISH Shelley Taylor

Their Sunday Brunch Buffet is fairly new and understandably gaining in popularity. And reasonable too (only $12.99 for adults, $6.99 for kids 12 and under). What a great array of choices. Although, with a buffet, you don’t have to make a choice. Have one of everything … or two … or more!

To the menu!

On the menu are the usual suspects. Some notables are new menu “Starter” item Carne Asada Fries topped with mild green chile and grilled onion, carne asada steak, melted cheese, drizzle of crema, pico de gallo and guacamole for $9.25. For the wheat-challenged, they offer gluten-free fare such as the White Queso Dip Starter made with a smooth and mildly spicy white cheese

Many people make lunch and dinner a weekly ritual to meet with friends and family inside El Cazador. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

sauce (small $2.99 or large $5.99) (Add crumbled chorizo for a dollar). The Nayarit has all your favorite El Cazador Starters together on one platter: taquitos, quesadillas, flautas nachos, and bean dip ($10.99). Chicken Tinga Tacos have simmered chipotle shredded chicken, onion and tomato topped with white onion, cilantro, queso fresco and salsa roja ($13.25). Tacos de Pescado are filled with golden

crisp talapia fillet, fresh pico de gallo, chipotle mayo and cabbage stuffed into three soft corn tortillas — grilled or fried ($13.25). The Burrito Colorado is stuffed with cube steak in a fire-roasted tomato salsa and comes with rice and beans topped with sauce, melted cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and sour cream ($12.99). If you’d rather, they serve

See El Cazador, B-2

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Witherow: Pushing the edge of a familiar sound

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hamburgers with guacamole and bacon, or cheese, or try the Hawaiianas Chicken Burger with adobo marinated chicken breast fillet topped with grilled pineapple, onion and cilantro with Monterey jack cheese. But we scored at the buffet. And it was all delicious! There’s their made-to-order Omelet Bar and Waffle or Crepe Bar. The Carving Station features Chef’s Choice meats which probably includes sausage, bacon and ham. To go with, try hash browns, Cazador house potatoes (with peppers and onions), or Mexican rice and refried beans, assorted enchiladas, authentic chile relleno, Nopales en Chorizo (cactus with chorizo), Pollo Pibil (Yucatan-style barbecued chicken), yummy chipotle honey back ribs, Camarones a la Diabla (prawns in a deviled red sauce). The Chef’s Choice Cazador Taqueria taco bar features beef, chicken, carne asada, carnitas and Al Pastor. And Mexican Street Faire corn on the cob — absolutely mahvelous! And Chef’s Choice soups of the day might be pasole or black bean or albondigas. Dessert at the buffet offers fresh fruit and the more decadent, like the Mango Leche cake — yum! After reading the description, I just had to try the Horchata, an authentic Mexican beverage of rice milk and powdered almonds served over ice with a sweet cinnamon finish. A light and refreshing alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. For football fanatics, there are Monday night specials in the cantina. For the ladies, $5 for margaritas (usually $8). Or $5 All-U-Can-Eat tacos — and all you have to do is buy a beer (or other beverage). Happy Hours are 3-6 p.m.

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GUEST COLUMN Taylor Ackley With the popularity of the “new folk” genre steadily rising, the next generation of acoustic instrumentalists and singer-songwriters is emerging with a fresh look at traditional music. An exciting example is the North Olympic Peninsula duo Witherow, comprised of Abby Mae Latson and Dillan Witherow. These two young musicians are no strangers to the bluegrass and folk music scenes, but have joined forces, bringing together their eclectic backgrounds to create some genuinely original music. I picked up their debut album “Standing on Shoulders,” expecting some impressive guitar and violin playing and nice vocal duets on a handful of cleverly written songs. Instead, I experienced a wonderfully cohesive album, containing a huge variety of musical sounds across 10 excellently composed acoustic and vocal compositions. Their instrumental work is bold and engaging without ever being overbearing. Dillan’s guitar work is particu-

Kaitlyn Johnson celebrates with a strawberry margarita at lunch in El Cazador the day before she married Sean Saffold. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

and 9 p.m.-to-close, daily. Manager Joshua made our lunch experience topnotch and when he said they’re always interested in suggestions for the menu, I told him of a flan I had in Los Angeles topped with shredded coconut in extra sweet and thick syrup. Hopefully, they’ll give it a try. El Cazador is especially business friendly. Stopping in wearing your business logo (or a business card will do) will get you a 10-percent discount on your meal. And the more often you dine, the bigger the discount. And, they deliver from Carlsborg all the way to the John Wayne Marina daily from 4-9 p.m. Suffice it to say, if you can’t find something on the menu to please your taste buds, you just aren’t hungry! So the next time the sun refuses to shine, you’ll find plenty to brighten your day at El Cazador Mexican Grill and Cantina. Reach Shelley Taylor at columnists@sequimgazette. com.

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larly noteworthy. Throughout the album his playing borders on virtuosic, but the tasteful utilization of his skill to support and enhance the music is remarkable. It is evident that great care was taken to keep the focus on the duo’s outstanding singing and songwriting. This is a mark of real musical maturity and vision rarely seen in young artists. “Standing on Shoulders” begins with rousing intensity that proceeds into better and better music as the album processes and develops themes of life, death and love. I enjoyed the first tracks of the album, but was really drawn in by the two-song suite of Tracks 3 and 4, “The Reckoning” and “Grass Will Grow on Your Grave.” These songs confront the listener with an honest warning about the fleeting nature of life without being overly dark. To my ear the two strongest tracks on the album are “Confounded” and “Iniquity.” “Confounded” is very tightly composed with intelligent use of dynamics and instrumentation, which powerfully enhance lovely harmonies. “Iniquity” is even more potent. Compelling lyrics merge with driving instruments, including a fine banjo part, to push the listener right into the storm the music portrays. The final two tracks are musical gems. “For Abbygail” is a beautiful instrumental, with an intricacy that

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seems more akin to a baroque air than a folk tune, but the harmonies are fresh and delicate, reminding me of the minimalist sounds of Philip Glass or Steve Reich. The album ends with the touching song “When Breath Is No More,” the peak of vocal chemistry between Dillan and Abby on the entire album. Whether you are a fan of traditional folk or new acoustic music, Witherow is a must-hear duo. Particularly effective tracks like “Iniquity” and “Suspended” have me convinced that as they gain more experience and confidence in their singing and songwriting they will continue to push boundaries with their innovative music. The quality of their writing shows potential for even more creative vocal duets, maybe some a cappella sections, and an even wider variety of musical textures. “Standing on Shoulders” is a truly impressive first album and I’m looking forward to their music to come.

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FAITH NEWS

Adoption From page B-1

household since arriving. She’s now the sixth sibling along with Rachel, 16, Christine, Gerrit, 13, Aleea, 9 (with whom she shares a room), and Timothy, 6. Rachel said the transition was easier than they had thought. “Mom and Dad talked to us about it,” she said. “Adding a new kid is good news. It’s normal in a big family.” Christine said she’s asked about her parents adopting since Gerrit was born. Gerrit said his new sister definitely has the cute factor. Thanksgiving went without a hitch, Marilyn said, and Loujina enjoyed being around extended family. With Christmas coming up, Mike said they plan to keep it simple. “We don’t want to overwhelm her with stuff,” he said. “Simplicity is what we’re aiming for here with promoting relationships and gratefulness.” So far, she’s been learning about a word a day and enjoying staples of oatmeal, rice, beans, corn meal and quinone. Loujina sticks close to Marilyn and tends not to be more than a room away. “Marilyn is her security blanket,” Mike said. “She’s supermom.” The family occasionally runs into language barriers with Loujina, but are teaching her sign language for basic

Community Church hosts Christmas show

Sequ i m C om mu n it y Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., presents its annual Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets $5.

Marilyn VanProyen gets in some giggle time with her newly adopted daughter Loujina while visiting Haiti to adopt the little girl and bring her to Sequim. Photo courtesy of Mike VanProyen

needs. “To help accustom her to our family’s culture has been a blessing,” Mike said. “I’m really grateful to the Lord for the chance to adopt Loujina,” Mike said. “I feel we were given something great. The more I look in her little eyes the more I fall in love with her.”

Need not gone

“Adoption is only one small answer to the problems for children in Haiti,” Mike said. He suggests investing in schools, water and wells and education. “If a child gets one meal a day, there that’s perceived as good,” Mike said. Rachel and Christine have both gone on multiple trips to the area and realized the importance of adoption and supporting the country. Rachel said on her first trip

to an orphanage she met a sick boy. She took his photo and learned he died later in the night due to the facility not having the right medicines. Christine went on a separate trip where they didn’t have power or water for a week and learned how harsh of conditions some children must live in. King’s Way supports three orphanages, helping about 400 children. For those wanting to help, send a check to: “King’s Way Foursquare, 1023 KitchenDick Road, Sequim, 98382,” with a note of “Haiti,” so all funds can go to helping those children with food, medication and education. For more information, call 683-8020. Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette. com.

A capella concert set

‘Simon Birch’ is free movie at Trinity

“Simon Birch,” a PG-rated film about a 12-year-old boy who believes God made him for a heroic purpose, screens for free at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave.

Calvary Christmas Concert

The First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles, hosts a cappella music at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Three groups, “Aspire!”, “Mix ‘N’ Match” and “No Batteries Required,” will perform. Admission is free and the church will be collecting nonperishable food for the Port Angeles Food Bank.

Calvary Chapel Sequim, 91 S. Boyce Road, hosts its annual Christmas Concert, featuring The Three Wisemen, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Musicians and vocalists Timothy Meaney, Brett Williams and Brian Fennel perform traditional and original songs and com-

edy. The concert is free. Visit www.calvarychapelsequim. com or call 683-5995 for more information.

Christmas Musical presented

Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, Carlsborg, presents its annual Christmas Musical at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The performance is free and open to the community.

Church sells Christmas trees

Christmas trees are on sale now through Christmas at The Vineyard Community Church, 111 River Road, Sequim, to benefit the church’s local youth outreach. Call 477-5747.

A&E BRIEFS 2Far blends art, music

Port Angeles’ 2nd Friday Art Rock features art by Brandon Davis and music from Twisted Roots at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Bar N9NE, 229 W. First St. There is a $3 cover charge.

Celtic Christmas comes to P.A.

The Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts presents Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas Celebration at 4 p.m. Sun-

day, Dec. 16, at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave. Tickets are $20 general, $15 youth. Call 457-5411 or visit www.jffa.org.

One day benefit

24-Hour-Theatre takes the stage at the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. A group of actors and writers will gather exactly 24 hours earlier to write, rehearse and

produce a play. A $5-$10 donation to benefit the Peninsula College Drama Department. For more information, call 360-670-2067.

Elks host New Year’s Eve dance

The Old Sidekicks play for and sponsor a New Year’s Eve Dance from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Tickets are $10 single, $15 couple.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

Enter the world of ‘No Exit’

Monday Dec. 17 • Grand Olympics Chorus. 5 p.m. Prairie Springs Assisted Living, 680 W. Prairie St., Sequim. Wednesday Dec. 19 • Denny Secord Trio. 5:30 p.m. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143.

Lola Hassan-Adams looks in disgust at Sean Peck-Collier and Julie Belling in Port Angeles Community Player’s version of “No Exit.” Photo by Kate Carter

There’s no escaping the pithy material in the Port Angeles Community Playhouse’s interpretation of Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit.” Director John Manno leads Sean PeckCollier, playing Joseph Garcin, Julie Belling (Estelle Rigault) and Lola Hassan-Adams (Inés Serrano) into hell as the trio is trapped together for eternity in a small room. Here they must confront their past lives’ sins and each others’. The play also features Stephanie Gooch and music by Neil Paynter. Performances run Dec. 14-16, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the playhouse, 1203 S. Laurel St. The one-act play is free, with donations accepted. Manno said Sartre uses the characters’ struggles and turmoil as a metaphor for his own philosophies and how everyone must be authentic in order to truly live. “An intense and powerful drama, its message is a fitting one for the Christmas season, urging us all to be honest and true to who we are,” he said. For more information, call 452-6651.

Music/Dance

Wednesday Dec. 12 • Final Approach. 5:308:30 p.m. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143. Friday Dec. 14 • Dukes of Dabob. 5:30 p.m. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143. • Scott Bradley. 6-9 p.m. Stymie’s, 1965 Woodcock Road, Sequim. 683-6344. • Julie Duke Band. 9 p.m.1 a.m. 7 Cedars Casino,

270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 683-7777. Saturday Dec. 15 • Grand Olympics Chorus. 10:30 a.m. Sherwood Assisted Living, 550 W. Hendrickson Road; noon, corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street; 2 p.m., The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Way, Sequim. • Washington Old Time Fiddlers. All Players Jam, noon; performance, 2:30 p.m. Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. Free. Donations support youth

fiddle scholarships. • Olympic Express Big Band. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143. • Chris Ward. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 6837777. • Lee Tyler Post. 8-11 p.m. Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, 123 E. Washington St., Sequim. 681-2778. Sunday Dec. 16 • Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers Christmas. 2:30 p.m. Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Donations accepted. • Haywire. 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 683-7777.

Wednesdays • Open mic. 6:30 p.m. Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St. • Open mic. 9:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 683-7777. Tuesdays • Olympic Mountain Cloggers. 6 p.m. Howard Wood Memorial Theater, 132½ W. Washington St., Sequim. 681-3987. • Square dance workshop. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call for location. 683-0155. • Dance lessons: line dance, 681-2987; Western line dancing, 681-2826; beginning tap dancing, 452-8905; social dance classes, 582-0738 or keendancer@q.com; group tango lessons, www.patango. net or 457-1375; beginning (9 a.m.) and intermediate (10 a.m.) tap, Tuesdays, Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Theater/Events

Wednesday Dec. 12 • David Crowe. 8-9 p.m. Club Seven, 7 Cedars Casino. 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 638-7777. Free. Through Wednesday Dec. 19 • Sequim Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in 609 W. Washington St.; honor system night sales. Saturday Dec. 15 • Breakfast with Santa. 8 a.m.-noon. Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave. $7 adults, $5 children.

Meeting of the Week

The Port Angeles Garden Club invites guests and potential members to its general membership meeting and holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles. Call 457-8964 for information. Find a full list of this week’s meetings at www.sequimgazette.com. Click “Entertainment,” then “Calendar.”

• “The Gospel According To Scrooge.” Christian Readers Theater. 6:30 p.m. New Life Open Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St., Port Angeles.

681-6033. • North Olympic Watercolorists Show. Prairie Springs Assisted Living, 680 W. Prairie St., Sequim.

Monday Dec. 17 • S e qu i m-Du ngene s s Christmas Bird Count. Call 681-4076 for information and sign-up.

Classes/Demos

Wednesday Dec. 19 • Mike Wally Walters. Comedy. 8-9 p.m. Club Seven, 7 Cedars Casino. 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 638-7777. Free.

Ongoing Events

• Sequim Senior Activity Center classes, activities. 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim. www.olypen.com/sequimsr/ or 683-6806. Sundays, Thursdays • Bingo. 1 p.m. Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Minimum $10 buy-in. 683-2763. Wednesdays • Bird walks at Railroad Bridge Park, 681-4076; blood pressure checks, 417-7486. Thursdays • Pingpong, advanced, 681-4675. Sundays • Full Contact Trivia 6 p.m. Wii Bowling 8 p.m. 582-3143. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143. Mondays • Pingpong, advanced, 6814675; bingo, 683-9546.

Art exhibits/ Openings

• Sequim Arts Small Works Show & Sale. Museum & Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St. 681-2257. • Holiday Gift Gallery. Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., Sequim.

Through Friday Dec. 21 • Wreath-making. Thursdays-Saturdays. 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Reservations, fee. McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim. 681-2827. Ongoing Classes • Cardiac care classes, 4177486. • Hula, 360-809-3390 or zardo@olypen.com; jewelry making, 681-5087; tai chi, 683-8783; yoga, 461-0998 or www.sequimyoga.com; Nia, 808-4947 or petuzie@msn. com; Whole Person Drumming classes, 681-5407; meditation, 681-5407; managing pain group, 360-529-4709; Energy Healers, Intuitive Development. 582-0083; meditation group, 360-808-2656; Flash fiction, thomaspitre@ gmail.com; American mahjongg, 683-6806; free classes in Italian, French, Spanish, German, 681-0226. • Red Cross first aid, CPR/ AED (adult/pediatric), disaster services, babysitting, pet first aid. 457-7933, 800-7332767 or www.redcross.org.

Auditions/Submissions

• Sequim City Band open rehearsals. 7-9 p.m. Mondays, December. James Center for the Performing Arts. 360207-4722 or www.sequim cityband.org. • Sequim Centennial Cookbook submissions by Dec. 31. City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St., or www.sequimwa.gov. or 681-3422.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 SEQUIM GAZETTE

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P.C. hoops: Pirate women go 1-2 at tourney while P.C. men fall to national power Girls hoops: Sequim gets first win Boys hoops: Wolves fall to Trojans

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Burning fat and keeping it off

B-5

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: BOYS SWIM/DIVE

by MICHAEL DASHIELL

Jay andHeidi Bryan

Expert answers to your health and wellness questions

Question: I am told that I should keep my heart rate under 125 in order to burn the most fat because of the “fat burning zone.” I feel like I am barely working at that heart rate. Is this true? Jay’s answer: NO! The myth of the fat burning zone sounds correct and is derived from partly good science. However, when applied in real life, it doesn’t work. The “zone” usually is described as working out at 60-75 percent of your max heart rate, keeping the intensity low to moderate in order to make sure that you are primarily drawing from your stored fat for energy instead of from carbohydrates. Sounds good! However, even though the ratio of fat to carbs expended is higher with low-intensity work, the total calories burned, and often the total amount of fat calories burned with higher intensity exercise, is actually HIGHER! So it’s just a math problem and the math is in favor of working out harder to burn more fat and more calories in the end. In addition, when you work harder, you not only burn more calories during your workout but you also burn more FAT calories during the hours that follow your workout as your body recovers. So, am I saying everyone should just go out and work so hard that they drop? Not at all. You must start out at lower intensities in order to allow your body to adapt to exercise if you are a beginner. Just be sure to gradually increase your time and intensity (heart rate) as you progress, especially if weight loss is important to you. If it seems complicated, hire a fitness professional for an hour to help you determine the right mode, intensity and duration of exercise for your body, your specific goals, and your current fitness level. Exercise is not a “one-sizefits-all” proposition and it’s your health you are dealing with here, so it may be wise to invest the time and money to get it right. Question: I want to lose 30 pounds. How long will it take? Heidi’s answer: Assuming you have no chronic injuries or limitations and can exercise normally, it should take you between 1530 weeks if you do it right and do it the healthy way. Where did I come up with

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FITNESS MATTERS

Note from Jay and Heidi: Always see your physician prior to beginning a new exercise routine.

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: BOWLING

Matthew Cays competes in the 100 free as his Sequim Wolves battle Klahowya on Dec. 6. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Ready to make a splash in ’12-’13 State divers lead 21member Sequim crew by MICHAEL DASHIELL Sequim Gazette

While most teams in the Olympic League don’t even have a diving program, Sequim is loaded with the acrobatic athletes this season. They have some talent in the lanes, too. Coach Linda Moats says she’s expecting good things from a 21-member Sequim boys swimming and diving squad that looks to improve from last year’s 0-6 squad. While the Wolves dropped each league meet, they were within striking distance of several teams, and returning state divers Austin Clement and Cameron Harrison bolster a strong diving contingent that helps Sequim even the odds a bit. Clement placed 12th at the state meet while Harrison took 15th. Sequim boasts 16 swimmers. “Some of the veterans who have come back worked hard over the offseason,” Moats said, particularly sophomore

Sequim High School Boys swimming/diving

Head coach: Linda Moats (12th year) 2011-2012 record: 0-6 in Olympic League; three divers to state tourney Returning athletes: Matthew Cays, Austin Clement, Steve Dewey, Doug Dunbar, Cameron Harrison, Markus Petersen, Eric Prosser, Kiano Stoppani, David Vollenweider, Aaron Witherell Newcomers: Yago DePazos, Jon Donahue, Brandon Grow, Jerod Hollen, Christopher Jeff ko, Mitch Koonz, Samuel Lidstrom, Wendell Lorenzen, Zander Mittman, Brady Vig Key dates: Dec. 20 vs. Olympic, Jan. 17 at Port Angeles, Jan. 29 at Olympic League meet Outlook: Strong numbers and two returning state divers have the Wolves looking for several postseason berths.

Eric Prosser and senior Steve Dewey. Last winter, Prosser qualified for the district meet in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle while Dewey was a district qualifier in the 100 backstroke. The pair also swam on Sequim’s district-qualifying 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. About a third of the team, Moats said, are newcomer seniors. Newbies Jerod Hollen, Zander Mitt-

man and Jon Donahue show promise in preseason practices, Moats said. “(Mittmann) is a natural — I think he’s going to excel,” she said.

SHS slips in opener

Despite the home cooking, Sequim’s Wolves dropper their first league meet of the season, a 106-72 decision against Klahowya on Dec. 6. See the full story and results online at www.sequimgazette.com.

It’s a bit of deja vu for the Olympic League. While Bremerton’s Knights, Klahowya’s Eagles and Olympic’s Trojans look to vie for the league crown in 2012-2013, Sequim and North Mason trail the lead pack. But Sequim coach Randy Perry sees potential with his Wolves this winter. “They have potential — that’s the biggest thing,” Perry says. “We do have five returning starters (but we’re) still inconsistent from lack of bowling.” The state 2A academic champion Wolves placed fourth in the five-team Olympic League tourney and see starters Mikayla Ahlin, Karli Furguson, Megan McAndie, Danyelle Wilson and Kelsey Van Dyken hit the lanes this winter. The quintet wound up bowling their best games at districts last year. Sequim has just one senior among the 16-member crew. “Almost all the girls are new,” Perry says. “It’s like (putting) training wheels on a bike; they’ve got to start somewhere.”

Sequim High School Girls Bowling Head coach: Randy Perry (fifth year) Returnees: Mikayla Ahlin, Karli Furguson, Megan McAndie, Danyelle Wilson, Kelsey Van Dyken Newcomers: Olivia Barrell, Dani Barrow, Amanda Campbell, MaryLu Clift, Kaitlyn Jackson, Jayme McIntyre, Meghan Matthews, Torrie McIntyre, Laurie Miller, Tenille Tosland, Katlyn Walsh Key dates: Jan. 8 vs. North Mason, Jan. 10 vs. Bremerton, Jan. 18 at league tournament

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: WRESTLING

Building and rebuilding Promising Wolves squad has mix of veterans, newcomers by MICHAEL DASHIELL Sequim Gazette

Not long after freshman Kaylee Ditlefsen’s two bouts at the state tournament, she affirmed Sequim would see even more female wrestlers. “We’ll definitely do some more recruiting,” she said. No kidding. Five new girls join the fray this year to help boost Sequim’s wrestling crew to about about 30 athletes as they look to improve upon last season’s successes and struggles.

That Sequim team saw eight wrestlers earn regional berths and four move on to state. That same team, however, dropped five of six league matches and finished 10th out of 15 teams at regionals. Several of the Wolves’ top athletes are back, including Luke Mooney, who at 138 pounds is Sequim’s lone retuning male state wrestler. Mooney finished 29-14 on the campaign and looks

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Storm King thunders past Tracyton in opener

SPORTS CALENDAR School sports schedule Dec. 12 7 p.m. — Sequim High School girls basketball vs. North Mason. At high school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. JV starts at 5:15 p.m. 7 p.m. — Sequim High School boys basketball at North Mason (Belfair). JV starts at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 13 3:30 p.m. — Sequim High School boys swimming/diving vs. North Kitsap. At Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center, 610 N. Fifth Ave. 3:30 p.m. — Sequim Middle School boys basketball vs. Chimacum. At school gym, 301 W. Hendrickson Road. 7 p.m. Sequim High School wrestling vs. Kingston. At high school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Dec. 14 7 p.m. — Sequim High School boys basketball vs. Klahowya. At high school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. JV starts at 5:15 p.m. 7 p.m. — Sequim High School girls basketball at Klahowya (Silverdale). JV starts at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 15 TBA — Sequim High School wrestling at Hammerhead Tournament, Silverdale. Dec. 17 3:30 p.m. — Sequim Middle School boys basketball at Blue Heron (Port Townsend). Dec. 18 7 p.m. — Sequim High School girls basketball vs. North Kitsap. At high school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. JV starts at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 19 3:30 p.m. — Sequim Middle School boys basketball at Forks.

Area sports/rec schedule Dec. 12 9:30 a.m. — Dungeness Men’s Club: Two-man best ball. At The Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road. 5 p.m. — Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center board meeting. At The Fifth Avenue, 500 W. Hendrickson Road. 7-9 p.m. — Greywolf Flyfishing Club. At Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

The Storm King girls U18 team celebrates a season-opening win Sunday. Submitted photo

Wrestling From page B-5

primed for a return to state, says first-year coach Jake Reichner. As a junior, Mooney went 3-1 at regionals and earned one win in three state matches. “I expect (Mooney) to place at state,” Reichner said. Also back is Royhon Agostine, who grappled his way to regionals and had 23 wins in 40 matches in 2011-2012. Other key veterans include Nick Moroles, Brett Wright and Jody Allen on the boys’ side and Amariah Clift, Sophia Cornell and Emily Halverson on the girls’. In her first season, Ditlefsen was a subdistrict tourney champion

off an assist by Maeve Harris. The defense, anchored by Vianey Cadenas, Mattie Clark, Cami Raber, Lisa Radford and Justice Moore, allowed just three shots on goal in the second half. Heidi Vereide played in goal and notched seven saves in the game, including key one-onone save late in the game. The Storm King team is a select team made up of high school age girls from Port Angeles and Sequim. Their season continues through the middle of March.

and took third at regionals before dropping a pair of decisions at the state tourney. Reichner said the total number of returning athletes is decent but, all in all, “It’s a building year.” While the Wolves may not place at state, Reichner said he expects Sequim to be competitive in the Olympic League. “We’ve got a lot of hardworking kids,” he said. “It goes in waves,” he said. “Our freshman batch is great.” Key tournaments include Sequim’s own Rainshadow tourney in early January, along with the “Battle for the Axe” in Port Angeles on Dec. 22. Reichner replaced Len Borchers, who coached the Wolves from Sequim High teammates take part in a preseason workout at the Sequim Community School gymnasium. Sequim Gazette photo by Mi2007-2012.

Fitness

From page B-5 this answer? If you eat 250 fewer calories each day, and you expend 250 extra calories beyond your norm with exercise, you will create a 500 calorie

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per day deficit (you expend 500 more than you consume), and 500 calories multiplied by seven days in a week equals 3,500 calories per week. It just so happens that there are 3,500 calories in one pound of FAT! So, if you lose a pound of fat each week, your 30 pounds takes 30 weeks.

You can accelerate your weight loss by either exercising more or eating less, or both. For example, bump those numbers to eating 500 fewer calories and expending 500 calories more with exercise and you are done in 15 weeks with your 30 pounds! Not bad. But I would not try to do

it any faster than that. Hope that helps! Jay Bryan is an exercise physiologist and Heidi Bryan is a certified personal trainer. To ask Jay or Heidi a question, e-mail them at sequim@ anytimefitness.com.

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SCHOOLS CALENDAR Dec. 12 10 a.m. — Story time at Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Toddlers (18 mos.-3 years) at 10 a.m., preschool (3-5 years) at 11 a.m. Call 683-1161. 6:30 p.m. — Sequim Middle School band concert. At school gym, 301 W. Hendrickson Road. Dec. 13 6 p.m. — Greywolf Elementary School ParentTeacher Association meeting. At school campus, 171 Carlsborg Road. Call 582-3300. 7 p.m. — Sequim High School choir boosters meeting. At choir room/ S e qu i m C om mu n it y School gym, 220 W. Alder St. Dec. 14 9-11 a.m. — First Teacher activity: Play and Learn time with Jenna West. At Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. Call 681-2250. 7 p.m. — Olympic Christian School Christmas program. At school ca mpus, 43 O’Brien Road. Dec. 15 8 a.m.-noon — Santa’s Breakfast fundraiser. At Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Call 582-3260. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Sequim High School band car wash. At Tarcisio Italian Place, 609 W. Washington St. Dec. 17 10 a.m. — First Teacher reading time: Linda Benson. At Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. Call 681-2250. 10:30-11:35 a.m. — Sequim High School Winter Wishes assembly. At school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Noon — Olympic Peninsula Academy Winter Festival. At Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St. Call 582-3403. 7 p.m. — Sequim school board meeting. At district boardroom in Performing Arts Building, 533 N. Sequim Ave. Dec. 19 10 a.m. — Sequim High School Winter Wishes assembly. At school gym, 601 N. Sequim Ave. 10 a.m. — Story time at Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Toddlers (18 mos.-3 years) at 10 a.m., preschool (3-5 years) at 11 a.m. Call 683-1161.

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PARENTING MATTERS Cynthia Martin

Local teachers earn National Board Certification Sequim School District sources

Four teachers from the Sequim School District recently received National Board Certification. They are Brad Moore, Sequim High School wood shop, welding and robotics teacher; Joy Karsgaard, Sequim High School math teacher; Jim Heintz, Sequim High School photography and yearbook teacher; and Sheri Burke, third-grade teacher at Greywolf Elementary School. “Congratulations to Joy, Brad and Jim for working so hard and joining the ranks of the rest of the National Board Certified instructors at Sequim High School,” Sequim High School Principal Shawn Langston said. “Sequim High School is now proud to have 11 teachers who have

worked through the extremely rigorous National Board program. Their efforts should be commended and the students at Sequim High School will definitely benefit from their hard work.” Greywolf Elementary School Principal Donna Hudson said of Burke, “Sheri is a ridiculously good teacher. Her perseverance and hard work to reach this goal is a model for any professional educator. It’s a hard thing to achieve.” National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by other teachers. Candidates must create four portfolio entries that feature teaching practices, including video recordings and

From left, Sequim High School teachers Brad Moore, Joy Karsgaard and Jim Heintz recently earned National Board Certification.

Greywolf Elementary teacher Sheri Burke works with students (from left) Kristian Hudson and Lily Paden in Burke’s thirdgrade class. Photo by Patsene Dashiell/Sequim School District

samples of student work. Applicants also must complete six constructed response exercises that demonstrate content knowledge in each candidate’s chosen certificate area. The portfolios are submitted by the end of March. The next phase — the constructed response exercises — are taken in mid-April. Candidates then wait until October to hear results from the National Board. To date, Sequim School District has 19 National Board Certified teachers. “It takes incredible commitment and dedication to earn National Board Certification and we are extremely proud of each one of them for accepting the challenge of such a rigorous process,” Sequim schools Superintendent Kelly Shea said. “They have set a great example for their colleagues and their students as to what it means to be a continuous lifelong learner.” Since 1987, more than 100,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification nationwide. For more information about the National Board, visit its website at www.nbpts.org.

Story of survival concludes book club’s 2012 selections Sequim Gazette staff

Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” is the final selection for the North Olympic Library System’s Kids Book Club 2012 series. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Youths between the ages

of 8-11 years and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend. Youths and adults attending should read the book before the club meets. In “Hatchet,” Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane f lying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot

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has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously, Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

The novel chronicles in gritty detail Brian’s mistakes, setbacks and small triumphs as, with the help of the hatchet, he manages to survive 54 days alone in the wilderness. Mu lt iple c opie s of “Hatchet” are available at the Sequim Library and can be requested online through the library’s catalog at www.nols.org. Preregistration for this program is not required. For more information, call the library at 683-1161 or see www.nols.org.

As your baby becomes a bit older, the value of music remains. Researchers have found that young children who participate in music lessons show different brain development and improved memory compared to children who do not take music lessons. They even have found that after just four months of lessons, children (ages 4-6) show improved memory skills. Music education benefits young students by developing the brain centers that control reasoning and language skills. When children are exposed to music, it improves creativity and problem-solving skills and develops spatial intelligence. While kindergarten students may not have access to a dedicated music teacher, a kindergarten teacher can incorporate music into classroom activities and parents can make sure it is part of the child’s life at home. Some other researchers at the University of Ohio are studying the impact of music on the brain. They have found that between the ages of 10-13 the brain is in a particularly sensitive period for music and speech acquisition. Others have connected this period as a particularly important period of brain development in general. Keep music in your child’s life long after infancy. The calming effect of music still shows in the same way it did when your child was a baby. We also know how important music is to help a child academically, too. Even when they did an autopsy on the brain of Albert Einstein they found that his brain showed the impact of music from the many hours he spent playing the violin. Where does this put the music that today’s children listen to? Does it help or hinder them? I don’t know for sure. But it does seem that if a child enjoys listening to any kind of music and if it doesn’t seem to be impacting his hearing ability, we may need to just wait and see. Cynthia Martin is the founder of the First Teacher program and director of Parenting Matters Foundation, which publishes newsletters for parents, caregivers and grandparents. Reach Martin at pmf@olypen.com or at 681-2250.

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During a Dec. 7 assembly, physical education “All-Star” Awards were presented to fifth-grader Kristina Mingoy (Sue Gellor’s class), first-grader Garrett Little (Leigh Ann Koenig’s class), second-grader Kendall Hastings (Rene Mullikin’s class) and fifth-grader Aaron Tolberd (Gellor’s class), who were recognized for these special efforts: demonstrating cooperation, playing by the rules, being safe, being a good listener, being a good sport and being responsible. — Doug Hastings, teacher

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Helen Haller Elementary As a school-wide effort to build a stronger sense of community, our school recently started Friendship Fridays. At these meetings, leadership opportunities are emphasized and students learn about ways to show compassion. My students wrote about their experiences of working with children from all grade levels. Here are more samples of their comments after the first meeting: I love it and last time we had it we all had to trace our hands. I helped a first-grader. She is really nice and we learned how to make school a better place. After we finished we got to meet people in that class, then we had to go back to our classroom. — Allie Gale It was fun. We got to go to different classes and make hands and cut them out. — Thomas Karpak We got to go to a different classroom. I had to go to Mrs. Marcy’s room. We had to talk about how to keep the school safe. Also, we MOONEY traced our hands. — Tyler Mooney I helped a lot of people and we made ideas to make our school safe. It was awesome. — Dominic Riccobene All kids got together and they all went to different classes. In our class we had fifth-graders and second-

bucket that is filled with happiness. — Keegan Fergusson It was so cool. I liked it and it was very cool when we did the hands. — Alex Monear — Claire Hallinan, teacher

A toy drive at the middle school brought in more than 85 items to help local families in need during the holidays. From left are middle school students Kaila Sundquist, Jayden Dale and Hailee Smith. Photo by Patsene Dashiell/Sequim School District

graders and some first-graders. It was really, really fun! — Samantha Gonzalez I went to Mrs. Marcy’s classroom. She was my first-grade teacher. When we came in, we learned everyone’s names. There were first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Next, we chose the school rule that we thought would keep us the most safe. I chose to be responsible and safe. I told my group that I chose responsible and safe, because if you are not safe, you cannot be responsible. After that, we cut out our hands. On my hand I wrote responsible and safe. Then we went back to our classrooms. — Mayhsa Deol I went to my sister Ellie’s class. Her teacher is Mrs. Osborne and the rest of the kids did a project

where you trace your hand and cut it out, then write something to keep our school safe. I helped a first-grader named Jacob. — Beckett Bentley W h e n it w a s Friendship Friday, the whole school went to different classes, but I liked my teacher and my friends a lot. I went PIERSON and drew a hand. I met people. — Danica Pierson In our classroom we found out everyone has a bucket on their head. When you are good, you’re called a “bucket filler.” If you are a bully, you’re called a “bucket dipper.” When you’re a dipper, you have a spoon and you’re dipping out of the

Volunteer mentors have been reading with first- through fourth-grade students in the mornings to help improve reading skills. Elementary science class just finished a unit on planets and each student made a model of his or her favorite planet. Spirit Week was celebrated Dec. 3-6. Themes for each day were: Monday, “Super Hero Day”; Tuesday, “Western Day”; Wednesday, “Pajama Day”; and Thursday, “Favorite Book” or “Movie Character Day.” John Cambalik, father of Andrew Cambalik, brought a 17-foot handmade Aleut baidarka (a type of kayak) he built to sixth- and seventhgrade Language Arts/Social Studies class. The class is learning about Native American cultures. The baidarka will remain in the classroom for a while for the students to study. The craft, made of nylon cloth over a framework of red and yellow cedar, is based on ancient skin boats of the Aleut people. Eric Taylor, father of Emily Taylor, brought in materials and custom patterns for flight class to use in making sails: cloth, tape, mast materials, etc. With his expert assistance, E. TAYLOR students are building 48-inch tall sails to learn about airfoils and the principle of lift. When the sails are completed, students will strap them onto skateboards and put them in the wind outside. The speed at which they travel will show how well each team has constructed their sail and how much lift it produces. — Tim Wilkinson, instructional coach

Sequim Middle School Twinkling lights, paper snowflakes, presents under the tree and

The Student Scene: Students were asked to write home to their families as a soldier in the Revolutionary War at the battle of Yorktown or Valley Forge Dear family, I just fought under General Washington at war! We beat the British because the French had supplies, the French sent warships and plenty of troops to help us win, also we were told to hold on LAWRENCE to our beliefs. General Washington was a good leader because he was more experienced than his troops. Not only that August 27th, 1776, Washington did not want to give up! Valley Forge was miserable but we had Baron Friedrich to train us so that we got better every day. Also Marquis de Lafayette helped raise our troops. Lafayette had brought our troops warm clothes but since Washington found out about British abandoning Philadelphia, we needed to get out there and be prepared! — Kaitlynn Lawrence

Dear family, We were able to defeat the British! This was capable because we took the British by surprise and attacked! Also, George Washington as our leader really helped us to keep going. Also, because of the weather it was too cold and moist so our guns were not able to fire so we used our bayonets to attack the British. General Washington as a leader JONES pushed us mentally and physically. He kept reminding us what we are fighting for and he always told us wise sayings to keep us motivated! At Valley Forge we survived by selling food to the British and receiving gold. Also, Lafayette helped and bought us clothing. — Shaun Jones Dear family, I just fought in the battle at Yorktown and it was great. We won!

The reasons would be our leader, General George Washington, was great. The French sent in almost 8,000 troops and some warships to help us. Our victory at Trenton really helped too, it got all the patriots’ spirits up to help us win the war. George Washington was amazing, he changed our MCMENAMIN war plan to small attacks and defensive play and he pretended he had extra gun powder so the British would not attack. Valley Forge was awful. We lacked all resources, hope and it was very cold. I got through because a Frenchman named Lafayette bought us clothes and a Prussian man trained us to fight. My attitude about the war is happy for the win and our independence, yet sad that so many had to lose our lives. — Alex McMenamin

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the smell of hot chocolate make the holiday season all the more special around SMS! ASB officers served hot cocoa to the student body and staff one morning in early December. A holiday tree in the town center was decorated by students with ornaments that included a hope or wish they expressed for the upcoming year. More than 85 tags were taken from the giving tree located in student services, and through the generosity of students and their families, a pile of toys is growing under the tree. The Salvation Army will pick up the gifts to distribute to needy families in the area in time for Christmas. During lunch period, snowflakemaking lessons are offered. We are making six-fold snowflakes and six-section deluxe snowflakes. These creations are blanketing the inside of the building. Through Dec. 14, students and staff can purchase holiday grams during all lunches for $1 each to be delivered Dec. 21 during fifth period to anyone in the middle school. All profits collected in this popular fundraiser are used to pay for ASB activities. From Dec. 17-20, first-period classes will decorate their classroom doors in the holiday theme and representing the subject taught in the classroom. A team of judges will chose the best doors from the sixthgrade, seventh-grade and eighthgrade halls. The following morning, cinnamon rolls and milk will be delivered to those classes. Happy holidays! — Caity Karapostoles, ASB secretary/activity coordinator

Sequim High School From 11:35 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, a panel of Sequim High School graduates are scheduled to speak to juniors and seniors about their post-high school experiences. Alumni include Hailey Estes, Mackenzie Grinnell, Evan Hill and Amanda Tjemsland. SHS yearbooks go on sale for $55 from Dec. 17-21. The next sale period for yearbooks is April 22-May 3, with prices rising to $60.

From Steve Boots’ eighthgrade U.S. history class Wikipedia photo

Dear family, We were able to defeat the British by George Washington’s leadership. As well as the alliance with France giving us more men and weapons. Our commander George Washington was behind our success and he has experienced military leadership. Also he was a man who inspired courage and confidence when it was dark days. It was Thanksgiving and we were at Valley Forge. We had nothing to eat for two or three days. We UY were cold from the winter and made camp for the night with less blankets, and warm uniforms. The war is over and I’m happy we have independence. — Glenn Uy Dear my loving family, I have just finished fighting in a long, cold and magnificent war.

With all our teamwork and might, we have won the war. I would think a great leader, George Washington inspired us all today. Also, we won because of the encouragement itself. GROW I can also devote our winning to you for letting me fight for my freedom and for my neighbors’ freedom, and your freedom. General Washington was a strong man. He reminded us why we were fighting, we fought for life, liberty and justice for all. He told us he would rather die free, than live under the laws and justice of the King. I agree, I would never disagree from what he said. I think the war was not fun, of course, but hey, now I have something to look forward to. My family, friends, and freedom. — Stephanie Grow


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