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From left to right, Stephany Shackelford, James Castell, Malachi Williams, Phil Castell, Saul Williams, Kelsey Sands, Andrea Wellman and Christy Francis stand in the Castell Insurance office on Aug. 24 after their annual shred event concluded as the Williams brothers hold the money raised. The fundraiser that supports the Boys & Girls Club and their efforts to provide school supplies to students and families in need raised over $9,000 this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Shred Event raises big money for school supplies

More than $9,000 raised to help Boys Girls Club purchase school supplies

From left to right, Stephany Shackelford, James Castell, Malachi Williams, Phil Castell, Saul Williams, Kelsey Sands, Andrea Wellman and Christy Francis stand in the Castell Insurance office on Aug. 24 after their annual shred event concluded as the Williams brothers hold the money raised. The fundraiser that supports the Boys & Girls Club and their efforts to provide school supplies to students and families in need raised over $9,000 this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a purge like this,” said current director Ashley Kramer. “We used to have four times this space, but we never got rid of anything.” Kramer was helped by Rutherford and Sequim Middle School teacher David McInnes on Aug. 19 after a work party including theater students on Aug. 12 “didn’t get everything out.” “We still have a lot of work to do, but you can actually move around in here now, and see up and down the aisles,” Rutherford said. Kramer said that the majority of the clothes taken out of the closet were donated to Goodwill, with some going to Sequim Serenity House. “They were happy to take it all with Halloween coming up,” Kramer said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

A Costume Clean-Out

Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a… Continue reading

Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a purge like this,” said current director Ashley Kramer. “We used to have four times this space, but we never got rid of anything.” Kramer was helped by Rutherford and Sequim Middle School teacher David McInnes on Aug. 19 after a work party including theater students on Aug. 12 “didn’t get everything out.” “We still have a lot of work to do, but you can actually move around in here now, and see up and down the aisles,” Rutherford said. Kramer said that the majority of the clothes taken out of the closet were donated to Goodwill, with some going to Sequim Serenity House. “They were happy to take it all with Halloween coming up,” Kramer said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Several people from Sequim and Port Angeles work together to learn a new game at Opttacon 2019 at the Guy Cole Event Center on Aug. 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Opttacon 2019 brings new games, gamers to Sequim

Smaller-than-expected crowd still had high spirits

Several people from Sequim and Port Angeles work together to learn a new game at Opttacon 2019 at the Guy Cole Event Center on Aug. 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Eagle Scout candidate Ian Thill, back, and Dylan Washburn, front, lift up the first section of the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed roof as part of Thill’s Eagle Scout project. “This roof was in worse shape than we thought,” Thill said.

Pioneer Memorial Park shed getting Scout-fueled facelift

Local Eagle Scout candidate working to improve park structure

Eagle Scout candidate Ian Thill, back, and Dylan Washburn, front, lift up the first section of the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed roof as part of Thill’s Eagle Scout project. “This roof was in worse shape than we thought,” Thill said.

School district planning for “awfully bumpy” Fir St. to start year

School district still creating plan to work around the continuing construction

Opttacon gaming convention returns this weekend

Opttacon gaming convention returns this weekend

Tickets are still available online or at the door

Opttacon gaming convention returns this weekend

‘Big Dill’ bash at Carrie Blake

Janie Dicus, Ron Halpen, Sue Zennan and Carmi Standish play a doubles pickleball match during the Sequim Picklers’ “Big Dill” novice tournament at Carrie Blake… Continue reading

Left: The reenactors portraying the British Army fire on the Colonial Minutemen at the Battle of Concord Bridge while the crowd watches on during the Northwest Colonial Festival’s portrayal.                                 Below: David Rieve, right, discusses Revolutionary War-era gunsmithing with several families in his tent at the Northwest Colonial Festival. Rieve, who is a trained gunsmith and has made numerous muskets and firearms that would be found in that era, has been coming to the Colonial Festival for several years and said that he enjoys the experience. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley

Colonial festival brings history to life

The Revolutionary War-era event was drizzly, but entertaining

Left: The reenactors portraying the British Army fire on the Colonial Minutemen at the Battle of Concord Bridge while the crowd watches on during the Northwest Colonial Festival’s portrayal.                                 Below: David Rieve, right, discusses Revolutionary War-era gunsmithing with several families in his tent at the Northwest Colonial Festival. Rieve, who is a trained gunsmith and has made numerous muskets and firearms that would be found in that era, has been coming to the Colonial Festival for several years and said that he enjoys the experience. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley
The Pet Posse veterinary transport vehicle parked in front of the Barks & Brews fundraiser event put on at the Peninsula Taproom on Aug. 10 to support the organization. Barks & Brews attracted more than 70 attendees and raised more than $5,000. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Pet Posse gets boost from Barks Brews

Fundraising event raises $5,100 for volunteer-run organization

The Pet Posse veterinary transport vehicle parked in front of the Barks & Brews fundraiser event put on at the Peninsula Taproom on Aug. 10 to support the organization. Barks & Brews attracted more than 70 attendees and raised more than $5,000. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Henrikson, Sequim school board director, resigns position

Henrikson, Sequim school board director, resigns position

Robin Henrickson resigns from the Sequim school board, admin changes announced

Henrikson, Sequim school board director, resigns position
As part of a special Sequim Wheelers ride event at the Tour de Lavender, Vern Frykholm, left, is piloted by Lanie Cates as they ride away from the George Washington Inn. The Sequim Wheelers are an organization that provides bicycle rides to the elderly and disabled who otherwise couldn’t ride. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley.

Tour de Lavender has biggest turnout yet

Nearly 850 riders joined the Tour de Lavender, which also featured rides for the elderly

As part of a special Sequim Wheelers ride event at the Tour de Lavender, Vern Frykholm, left, is piloted by Lanie Cates as they ride away from the George Washington Inn. The Sequim Wheelers are an organization that provides bicycle rides to the elderly and disabled who otherwise couldn’t ride. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley.
One of the gift baskets available as a door prize at the Barks & Brews fundraiser on Aug. 10, from Teri’s Paws and Effect dog training of Sequim.

Barks Brews fundraiser to boost Pet Posse

The Peninsula Taproom hosts fundraising event

One of the gift baskets available as a door prize at the Barks & Brews fundraiser on Aug. 10, from Teri’s Paws and Effect dog training of Sequim.
Vern Frykholm, right, walks across the 2018 Colonial Festival portraying George Washington alongside Jane Ritchey, left, portraying Martha Washington. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Fifth Northwest Colonial Festival brings more history

More reenactors joining to add more knowledge to event.

Vern Frykholm, right, walks across the 2018 Colonial Festival portraying George Washington alongside Jane Ritchey, left, portraying Martha Washington. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
Shelli Robb-Kahler, center, takes a picture of one of her classmates from the Sequim High School class of 1979 sitting in her family’s 1956 Corvette at the 40 year reunion of the class.

Food, friends highlight SHS Class of 1979 reunion

The 40 year reuinion of the SHS class of 1979 was highlighted by good food and better friends.

Shelli Robb-Kahler, center, takes a picture of one of her classmates from the Sequim High School class of 1979 sitting in her family’s 1956 Corvette at the 40 year reunion of the class.
Members of the Storm King Cyclones U13-U14 team celebrate a late goal scored against the TCRT Alliance. They went on to win that match 4-3 in a close game that featured four late goals, then faced TCRT again in the division final, winning the championship in a 5-2 match. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley.

Storm King dominates Dungeness Cup

50 teams turn out for biggest Dungeness Cup yet

Members of the Storm King Cyclones U13-U14 team celebrate a late goal scored against the TCRT Alliance. They went on to win that match 4-3 in a close game that featured four late goals, then faced TCRT again in the division final, winning the championship in a 5-2 match. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley.
Fire District 3 personnel put out “hot spots” at a brush fire in Carlsborg on July 26. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Brush fire scorches Carlsborg property but no one hurt

A brush fire started on a property off Mill Road in Carlsborg on Friday afternoon, July 26, rapidly burning before firefighters arrived on scene and… Continue reading

Fire District 3 personnel put out “hot spots” at a brush fire in Carlsborg on July 26. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Clare Manis Hatler, center, discusses the Manis Mastodon in the new Sequim Museum & Arts building. She was being interviewed by KBTC associate producer Chris Anderson, left, for a segment of the “Northwest Now” web program. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Manis Mastodon, Sequim’s major archeological find, in focus with PBS affiliate

Sequim’s major archeological history got a focus from local PBS affiliate

Clare Manis Hatler, center, discusses the Manis Mastodon in the new Sequim Museum & Arts building. She was being interviewed by KBTC associate producer Chris Anderson, left, for a segment of the “Northwest Now” web program. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Sequim School District sees more administrator changes

Sequim School District sees more administrator changes

Interim Superintendent Clark speaks on district personnel issues

Sequim School District sees more administrator changes
The most recent USGS drought monitoring map released July 18, showing Sequim and eastern Clallam County as being considered under moderate drought conditions, with the rest of the county considered under severe drought. The most current chart can be found at droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?WA. Map/graph courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

USGS rep: Dungeness, Sequim area experiencing ‘moderate’ drought

A USGS representative spoke to the DRMT about the area’s drought

The most recent USGS drought monitoring map released July 18, showing Sequim and eastern Clallam County as being considered under moderate drought conditions, with the rest of the county considered under severe drought. The most current chart can be found at droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?WA. Map/graph courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Participants of the 2017 Valley of the Trolls race past Troll Haven in Gardiner. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell.

Valley of the Trolls race welcomes pirates

The fifth annual race will have a pirate theme on August 17

Participants of the 2017 Valley of the Trolls race past Troll Haven in Gardiner. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell.