Community News Briefs

Standoff suspect arraigned

Joshua Michael Lemaster faces charges of assault in the first degree, felon in possession of a firearm and making false statements to police.

He was arrested Monday, April 19, after a three-hour standoff with police at 260 House Road in Sequim.

Neighbors reported Lemaster said he was going to shoot them before the standoff occurred.

Lemaster faces charges next week from the Clallam County prosecutor's office.

His bail has been set at $50,000.

Driftwood sculptors meet

The Olympic Driftwood Sculptors will meet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

Visitors are welcome.

There will be a short meeting to take care of club business. The balance of the meeting time will be spent on members working on their wood projects as the club prepares for its show in July during the Lavender Festival.

For information on upcoming driftwood sculpture classes taught by certified LuRon instructor Tuttie Peetz, call-683-6860.

Prior to an available class, prospective members are invited to attend a meeting the first Wednesday of each month to pick up some instruction from experienced club members.

For more information, call 681-2535.

Grinnell speaks at Grange

In celebration of Grange Month, Sequim Prairie Grange hosts an open house on Wednesday, April 28, at 290 Macleay Road. The evening starts with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Elaine Grinnell speaks after the dinner.

An elder of the Jamestown S'Klal-lam Tribe, Grinnell is known for her storytelling.

Haiti first-hand

Matt Newell, a paramedic and firefighter for Clallam County Fire District 3, presents a free slide show on the Haiti earthquake disaster at 2:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 28, in the Parish Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.

Newell and other local volunteers contributed weeks in Haiti tending to the sick and wounded.

He intends to characterize his photos and provide a context not found on the national news.

For more information, call the church at 683-4862.

Mowing 'em down

Mowing crews will work along U.S. Highway 101 between the eastern Port Angeles city limit and Discovery Bay from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. through Thursday, April 30.

No lane closures are scheduled, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Children's pencil drawings

Pencil drawings by Sequim Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-11 will be shown at The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, beginning Saturday, May 1.

Some of the children will be at The Buzz during the First Friday Art Walk on May 7 to talk about their work.

Volunteer Sam L. Sutherland has worked with them for several months.

The children work on drawings from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Call 683-8095.

Peninsula Driftwood Artists

Peninsula Driftwood Artists meets 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim.

Members are encouraged to bring a lunch and current project, as a work session follows the business meeting. Prospective members are welcome.

Updates on the 41st annual PDA Driftwood Show June 11-13 will be discussed.

The group is planning its Lavender Festival participation, with demonstrations at Jardin du Soleil.

Sign-ups are being taken for classes starting later in the spring.

Contact 457-1380, www.peninsuladrift or

Peninsula Trails Coalition

Peninsula Trails Coalition holds its next Olympic Discovery Trail work party from

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

The organization will be doing spring maintenance: lopping, mowing and weed whacking, on the trail in Blyn.

Meet in the east parking lot of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal center in Blyn.

Bring work gloves and a hand pruner or folding saw.

RSVP for lunch by noon Thursday, May 6.

Contact 683-4549 or

Rally for workers

A May Day rally begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in Port Angeles, to promote immigration reform based on human needs and workers' rights.

This event to celebrate International

Workers Day is sponsored by Stop the Checkpoints Committee for those unable to travel to larger rallies in Seattle and Mount Vernon.

It begins at the Federal Building at West First and Oak streets in Port Angeles. Signs and noisemakers are welcome, organizers say.

Transition fair

Clallam County Health and Human Services' Department of Developmental Disabilities offers its 11th annual Transition Fair for Students with Disabilities from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 4, at Vern Burton Community Center, 321 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.

Several agencies and businesses from the Olympic Peninsula will be on hand to discuss opportunities for high school graduates obtaining adult employment.

An iPod and a digital camera will be among the prizes for a drawing.

Call 417-2407.


Jerry Peterson is the person pictured in a photo on Page A-4 on April 21 about God's Widow Helpers. He was misidentified due to erroneous information given to the Sequim Gazette.

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