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Wanted: One Christmas tree

The city of Port Angeles is looking for just the right tree for holiday display at the Conrad Dyer Memorial Fountain on Laurel Street in downtown Port Angeles. The lighting of this special tree during the Thanksgiving weekend traditionally signals the beginning of the holiday season in Port Angeles.

The ideal tree should be between 35 to 40 feet high. A thicker or fuller tree is preferred for easier decorating. The city will pick up the tree between Joyce and Sequim as long as its location is easily accessible by boom truck.

The owner of the selected tree will be recognized by special proclamation from the mayor and also will be featured on the city's Web site. Last year's tree was donated by Port Angeles residents Phillip and Irene Rains.

If you think you have just the perfect tree, please contact Corey Delikat, Streets & Parks superintendent, at 417-4566.

Board positions open

Several advisory board and committee positions in Clallam County are open. To obtain a list of openings or more information, contact the Clallam County commissioners' office at 417-2233, visit the office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Room 150, Port Angeles, or obtain the application online at Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 14.

ONP coast closed to

harvest of shellfish

The Olympic National Park Pacific coast is closed to the harvest of all shellfish effective Nov. 1, due to the presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins in shellfish tissues.

The park's 73-mile coastline had been scheduled to open for shellfish harvest beginning Nov. 1, but this opening now is delayed until further notice.

Shellfish species affected by this closure include hard-shell clams (butter, cockles, horse, littleneck, manila), mussels, gooseneck barnacles, Dungeness crab and red rock crab. Razor clam harvest at Kalaloch already is closed until spring 2009 to allow the small clams there an opportunity to grow to a harvestable size.

Irrigation Festival royalty

applications available

Applications for 2009 Irrigation Festival royalty are now available and high school juniors and seniors living in the Sequim School District are eligible to participate in the pageant and be selected to the 2009 royal court. The court represents the Irrigation Festival, travels with the float around Western Washington to other community parades and performs community service. Members of the royal court each receive a scholarship, one for $1,000 and three for $750, travel and float wardrobes, parade travel expenses, speech and poise training and an opportunity to make lifelong friends around the state and within the community.

Applications are available at Sequim High School and on the Web site. Applicants should bring their completed packets and parents to a meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Sequim High School cafeteria. The pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Sequim High School auditorium. For more information, contact Cindy Bacon at 683-4581 or via e-mail at

Veterans Day ceremonies remember local medal of honor winner

U.S. Navy Seabees from the Northwest will honor Navy Seabee Medal of Honor recipient Marvin G. Shields during Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Gardiner Community Cemetery. The public is invited to the annual Veterans Day services at the Gardiner Cemetery located on Cemetery Road just off U.S. Highway 101 in Gardiner. Because of limited parking, the public is encouraged to park at the Gardiner Community Center at 980 Old Gardiner Road, where a bus will transport attendees to the cemetery. Shields was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson for gallantry during combat in Vietnam. He was a graduate of Port Townsend High School and lived in Discovery Bay. He is buried at the Gardiner Cemetery.

Road closure announced

for Olympic National Forest

Due to safety concerns for Olympic National Forest visitors, Forest Service Road 24 is closed to all motorized vehicle access. The road is the main access point for the Staircase area of Olympic National Park. Due to the steep topography, this section of road sometimes experiences debris and rock slides during the winter months, requiring routine cleanup and maintenance. For updated road conditions throughout the forest, visit the Olympic National Forest Web site at

Local author fair this Saturday

Ever thought about becoming a published author?

Then head down to the Sequim Library on Nov. 8 and hear from those who have learned the ins and outs of getting their written work published either by themselves or a commercial publisher.

The 28 local authors have works ranging from adult subjects, such as a Tuscany hiking guide or several murder mysteries, to children's literature. The separate titles will be available for purchase at the library.The event will run from noon-3 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim. Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Community forum helps

plan for OMC's future

Olympic Medical Center invites all members of the community to participate in the development of the medical center's 2009-2011 strategic plan at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Linkletter Hall at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

Forum for open

government laws offered

The Washington Coalition for Open Government and the League of Women Voters of Clallam County will sponsor a public records and open meetings law forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The educational program will focus on Washington's public records and open meetings laws.

It's time for celebrity bagging

United Way of Clallam County is having its annual celebrity bagging event Saturday, Nov. 8. Local celebrities will volunteer their time bagging groceries at QFC, Safeway and Sunny Farms Country Store from 2-6 p.m. They will be wearing United Way aprons or Live United T-shirts and distributing flyers about the annual United Way fund drive, which is under way. This year's campaign theme is Live United, with a goal of $1 million. The annual campaign now has reached $200,000.

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