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We want your stuff

The Sequim Gazette would like to hear from our readers regarding best Christmas stories. Give us a call if you have a story to share, be it a fond memory or something you are planning for this year. We will print the stories in the Dec. 24 issue. We are also looking for the best dressed (decorated) houses. Again, give us a call and we will take a photo. Call 683-3311 and ask for Mary Powell.

Have a therapy dog lurking at home?

Olympic Gentle Paws will host an open house beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim. There will be a potluck dinner and demonstrations with therapy dogs. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Chris Cornell at 681-4440.

Remember to get a flu shot

There's still lots of flu vaccine available for children and teens in Washington. Flu season usually peaks in Washington state between January and March, so getting vaccinated now provides protection from the flu when the season hits full swing.

Starting this year, annual flu shots are recommended for all children 6 months through 18 years, not just for younger children.

Young children and adults 65 years and older are at higher risk of hospitalization and even death from the flu. It's especially important for families with babies less than 6 months old to get vaccinated so they don't spread the flu to these babies who are too young to get a flu shot.

People are urged to use their regular health care providers for immunizations. For help finding an immunization clinic, call the Family Health Hotline at 800-322-2588, or your local health agency ( Adults also can check the American Lung Association Flu Shot Locator (

Rep. Van De Wege to

hold town hall meeting

With six weeks to go until the opening gavel of the 2009 legislative session, Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, wants to hear which issues are most important to his constituents right now. He has scheduled a town hall meeting beginning at

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Sequim Library. "This will be a 'listening tour' of the district," Van De Wege said. "We're facing some tough times in our state right now and legislators are going to have to make some difficult decisions in order to balance the budget. I want to make sure I go to Olympia this January knowing what's really important to the people of my district."

Santa's coming to Del's

Santa will make an appearance at Del's Feed and Farm Supply, 990 E. Washington St., Sequim, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Photos are available, with proceeds going to the food bank. Canned goods and cash donations are welcome.

Workers' compensation insurance premiums increasing by 3 percent

Premiums for workers' compensation insurance will go up an average 3 percent in 2009, according to the Department of Labor and Industries. Individual employers could see their rates go up or down, depending on their recent claims history and any changes in the frequency and cost of claims in their industry. As part of the governor's economic stimulus package, L&I will be working with business and labor and the governor to evaluate whether more can be done in 2009 to help businesses survive and workers stay employed.

Genealogical Society

hosts annual meeting, dinner

The Clallam County Genealogical Society will host its annual Christmas potluck dinner party and meeting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim. Members and guests are asked to bring old photos, letters or other genealogical artifacts. Everyone is welcome. For more information and to RSVP, call 417-5000.

Gardiner man was

Dungeness crabber

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Nov. 28 for a Gardiner man who was one of two men presumed dead from a crab boat that capsized and broke up that morning near Tillamook Bay, Ore.

George B. Shaw, 55, of Gardiner and Timothy Leake, 44, of Tillamook, Ore. were part of a crew from the 42-foot crab boat Network from Garibaldi, Ore., that capsized and broke up at 7:42 a.m.

Nov. 28.

They were attempting to cross the Tillamook bar, which is a narrow opening to the Pacific Ocean between two jetties.

Coast Guard crews, including two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., and three HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria, Ore., searched 15 square miles for seven hours in an attempt to locate the men.

The capsizing initially was reported by the crew of a Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Tillamook Bay that witnessed it.

The vessel's captain, Darrin Mobley, 43, of Bay City, Ore., was able to swim to shore where he was taken to the Tillamook hospital by fire crews from Rockaway Beach, Ore., and Garibaldi.

None of the men were wearing lifejackets.

Casualty and pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Portland were dispatched to Tillamook to investigate the capsizing and a sheen of diesel fuel that appeared in the water. An estimated 400 gallons of fuel were on board the vessel.

The Coast Guard advises all boaters to wear lifejackets whenever aboard a vessel. Lifejackets greatly improve the survival chances of somebody stranded in the water.

Habitat for Humanity opens

home improvement warehouse

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County will open its ReStore home improvement warehouse for business at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The Habitat ReStore will resell new and used home building materials, appliances and furniture donated from manufacturers, retailers, contractors and individuals. Proceeds from ReStore will help support Habitat for Humanity's home construction in the area, providing affordable housing for families in need. The store is located at 728 E. Front St. in Port Angeles. To volunteer or contribute to ReStore, contact Bob Eichhorn, ReStore manager, at 417-7543.

Christmas shoppe opens

The Christmas Shoppe at Sequim Bay Merchants, 140 W. Washington St., opens Thursday, Dec. 4, with a wine and cheese reception from 6:30-8 p.m. All proceeds from the Christmas Shoppe will benefit programs of SNAP and the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic. For more information, call 681-8642.

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