Community news briefs — June 24, 2020

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:30am
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Grange sets drive-in pie/dessert social, auction

Sequim Prairie Grange is hosting their Drive In Pie and Dessert Social Auction from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 290 Macleay Road. On arrival, attendees receive a flag to bid with from their vehicle and a list of pie and desserts available.

All desserts are made and baked by grange members. Proceeds will go to pay the grange utilities.

Attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 health guidelines by using 6-foot distances and mask when outside one’s vehicle.

For more information, call Ted Lund at 360-477-4742.

County seeks help with broadband test

Clallam County and its Community Broadband Team partners are performing a Broadband Feasibility Study focusing on ways to enhance and expand broadband access to the internet throughout the county.

The team is seeking residents and business owners to tak part in the State Broadband Speed Test; it’s available online at

Results, team members said, will be a vital component of the planning and feasibility study.

“The more residents and businesses that take the test, the clearer understanding we will have about the broadband needs in Clallam County,” county officials said last week.

Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County Commissioners’ Office by calling 360-417-2330 or emailing to

Peninsula College names new VP for instruction

Dr. Steven L. Thomas has been named Peninsula College’s new Vice President for Instruction, the college announced last week.

The position was previously held by Dr. Sharon Buck, who retired in April of this year.

Thomas is an educator with over 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in both K-12 and post-secondary education. His professional career includes successful experiences as a K-12 teacher, researcher, policy analyst, college faculty member and higher education executive. Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Harford Community College.

Thomas begins work at PC on July 1.

State adds free days park days

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission this week announced two additional free days in 2020, which replace the two free days lost to COVID-19 related closures in April. On free days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.

The first makeup free day is Sunday, Sept. 13, to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, a national movement to get every Girl Scout into a state park. The second, Saturday, Oct. 10, recognizes World Mental Health Day, which supports State Parks’ participation in the nation-wide ParkRx movement to help people access nature’s health benefits.

These days replace the Spring free day, April 11, and Earth Day, April 22.

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