Community news briefs — Feb. 7, 2024

Pioneers picked for Sequim festival

The Sequim Pioneer Association announced the selection of their 2024 Honored Pioneers.

Shirley Tjemsland, Gary and Janice Smith, and Al Easterly have been selected, and organizers of the Sequim Irrigation Festival look to recognize and celebrate them at several festival events, including the Grand Parade on May 11.

Started in 1896, the Sequim Irrigation Festival is the longest continuous running festival in Washington state and is a 501(c)4 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.

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Sequim grange sets spaghetti dinner

The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Get a plate full of pasta, green salad, garlic bread and dessert for $12 (adults) or $6 (children under 11 years).

Registration opens for Stream Stewards

The Stream Stewards Program, hosted by WSU Extension and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, provides Clallam and Jefferson County residents with the opportunity to take part in a five-week course to learn about connections between the region’s lands and waters.

Through classroom sessions, field trips, and hands-on activities, this training connects participants with experts and opportunities to get involved in local efforts.

Topics include: stream ecology and restoration; salmon life cycle and habitats; upland influence on streams, and water supply and stormwater management.

Upon course completion, volunteers are asked to commit to 20 volunteer hours to an environmental organization of their choice. Volunteer hours can be applied to a wide range of opportunities that work toward the larger goal of improving local ecosystem health.

Throughout the training, organizations provide participants with information about local projects and opportunities to make a difference on the Olympic Peninsula.

Registration is open and can be found at The five-week course fee is $100 and classes are scheduled for 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 6-April 3. For more information, call 360-504-5611 or

Remembrance ceremony is Feb. 10

Community members who has lost a loved one, whether recently or further in the past, are welcome to join Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County at the organization’s annual Remembrance Ceremony, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The event will include the reading of lost loved ones’ names, a candle-lighting ceremony and a group address. After, attendees may gather in the church’s Fellowship Hall for refreshments and to visit.

Registration is not required, and candles will be provided.

Those who would like to add a loved one’s name to the list to be read aloud or would like more information, are asked to email to or call 360-452-1511. Names may also be added upon arrival at the church. The Remembrance Ceremony is a part of VHOCC’s Soul Care program.

County schedules temporary closures

Through Thursday, Feb. 8, offices of the Clallam County’s Department of Community Development, Road Department and the Environmental Health Division will be closed to in-person counter service.

County staff are implementing new permit software and training. On-site inspections and the Permit Inspection hotline (360-417-2518) will remain open during this period.

The offices will open again at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9

Speaker to offer ‘Hub of the Wheel’

Genealogist and speaker Mary Roddy presents “The Hub of the Wheel: How Tracing a Brother with No Children Connected Ten Siblings” to the Clallam County Genealogical Society (CCGS) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Society’s Research Center, 403 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, or on Zoom.

To watch by Zoom, contact the Society at 360-417-5000 or Though the meeting will begin at 10 a.m., attendees are asked to join about 15 minutes earlier. There is no charge for watching the program.

A family from Ireland emigrated in a chain migration scheme to western Pennsylvania between1925 and 1845. Using research techniques, Roddy was able to discover this family’s story, their connections and who their descendants were. Ultimately her research led them to their origins in County Tyrone, Ireland.

“Mary’s presentations are always interesting and informative,” CCGS representatives said. “She has spoken at several societies and national conventions.”

Women’s Fellowship weekend set for March at DCC

Registration is now open for the seventh-annual Olympic Peninsula Women’s Fellowship’s Inspirational Weekend, set for Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim.

Author and speaker Amy Carroll will lead sessions under the theme “Tender Hearts, Strong Voices.”

She’ll speak about the lives of Abigail, Esther, and Huldah to encourage participants to discern how and where God wants us to speak up for him, organizers write.

“Amy’s gift is teaching scripture in all its unvarnished glory, while sharing God’s big truths in small, understandable bites,” organizers write.

They said Carroll has shared on stages, podcasts, television shows and radio programs in her career.

Early bird registration is available through Feb. 20. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 15% discount with the code GROUP2024. For more ticket and event information, go to or email to

For more about Carroll, visit