Week to week, reporters cover dozens of stories from the heartbreaking to heartwarming. Here, we take a moment to revisit previous stories to update the community on their latest developments.
Club, third-grader complete second computer class
Members of the Sequim PC Users Group once again partnered with third-grader Aiden Johnson to help fellow students at Roosevelt Elementary in Port Angeles learn the ropes, or wires of computers in a second session of Computer Club.
Students went five weeks for one hour on Thursdays from Feb. 21-March 21 to learn about operating systems, how to take computers apart and put them back together, install hardware, and more.
Club volunteers Bill Ledbetter and Sherri Smith led sessions.
“It was a very interesting experience,” Ledbetter said. “Generally when you have the machine apart, they get really interested in it.”
He said Aiden’s teacher Lambert Grimes chose the students from second-fifth grades for the afterschool program from a pool of 30 applicants.
Last summer, Aiden connected with the PC Users Group following the loss of his dad Brandon Carter and began repairing and building computers with the club for community donations.
Tom LaMure, PC Users president, suggested a club at Aiden’s school, which led to the first Computer Club session last fall.
Ledbetter said Aiden worked as an assistant and “he’s very knowledgeable for his age.”
Both Ledbetter and Smith told LaMure they’d like to lead the school’s fall session and they already have an idea how to strengthen it.
LaMure said the PC Users continue to garner interest from other schools and they’re looking to partner in some capacity with Sequim High School.
For more information on the Sequim PC Users Group, visit spcug.net.
Memorial held for Diamond Point man
Friends and family of Diamond Point man Dan Murphy held a memorial service for him on April 13 at the American Legion Hall in Sequim.
Murphy, 63, recently retired to Diamond Point after living in Ocean Shores with his wife Joyce. He fell from a ladder and hit his head on concrete on March 30 and died the next day in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Family said they intend to hold a Catholic service in Nebraska for him on June 28. Murphy is survived by his sons Kory, 39, from Forks and Jesse, 37, of McCleary.
Last year, the Murphys, who had been business owners in Ocean Shores since 1996, sold The Lighthouse restaurant at 850 Point Brown Ave. NE and their home near the airport.
They told the North Coast News that they wanted to retire from retail and pursue their love of flying. They owned a 1953 Piper Super Cub and an experimental plane they built in 2004. Their plans were to build a new home in an airpark setting, where private homes and aircraft hangars are located adjacent to a small airport.
The couple moved from Nebraska to Westport in 1994 due to Dan’s severe allergies causing him to give up farming. About two years later, they bought a candy store, Murphy’s Candy and Ice Cream, and built a house in 1998. They sold the store in 2005, and built The Lighthouse. It opened in June 2006.
After Murphy’s fall in Diamond Point, he was airlifted to Seattle from Diamond Point Airport 2WA1’s new helipad. Members of the Diamond Point Airport Association (DPAA) plan to paint the helipad and upgrade it with lights.
This “Follow-up” includes new information not included in the April 3 story “New Diamond Point helipad provides first airlift support.”
Angelo Bruscas of the North Coast News in Ocean Shores contributed to this report.
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