Community news briefs — Sept. 29, 2021

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:30am
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Sequim Bay closed to shellfish harvesting

Sequim Bay, along with areas along the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery east to the Jefferson County line — including Dungeness Bay — are closed to all species for recreational shellfish harvesting, the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division said last week.

Ocean beaches are similarly closed (seasonal).

For more information about the closure, call the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800-562-5632, or visit the Washington state Department of Health’s shellfish safety website at doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.

Thrift shop sets sale

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., is open Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, with a special sale. The shop features a large inventory of Christmas and holiday items, large Lladro figurines and an oak table, chairs and matching hutch.

All proceeds donated to local health needs at the Sequim Free Clinic, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, Clallam County Fire District 3 (Sequim), Olympic Medical Center and Peninsula College’s nursing scholarships.

Donations are appreciated and accepted between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and when the shop is open.

‘Bash’ and auction set in October

“Olympic Discovery Trail Blaze Bash: Twice the Fun in 2021,” the Peninsula Trails Coalition’s annual fundraising event, is slated for 6:45-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, with an online auction set the week prior, Oct. 10-16.

Purchased tickets get participants access to the “Bash” — an event to be live-streamed from the 7 Cedars Hotel — and to the online auction.

Contributors are invited to book a room at the 7 Cedars Hotel the weekend of the virtual event and to ride/run on the nearby Olympic Discovery Trail; the event is live-streamed to each hotel room or to one’s device.

For more information or to register, go to trellis.org/olympicdiscoverytrailblazebashtwicethefunin2021.

For more about the trail or coalition, call Linda Hanlon of the Peninsula Trails Coalition at 206-579-4218, or see olympicdiscoverytrail.org.

Christmas tree sought for downtown Sequim

Organizers of Sequim’s annual Christmas lights decorations in downtown Sequim seek a Christmas tree about 30 feet high. The tree is set up on the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street at Centennial Plaza.

To donate, call Emily Westcott at 360-670-6294.

ONF to offer free firewood use program

The firewood program on the Olympic National Forest is transitioning to a free personal use firewood program to the public beginning Oct. 1.

Those who receive free use firewood permits may gather up to six cords and can use firewood for cutting, manufacturing, handling or other processing, but not for resale.

Commercial firewood permits are available for individuals who wish to resell firewood or collect up to 10 cords. The rate for commercial firewood permits remains unchanged at $5 per cord. The free use areas for collection remain unchanged as well.

Those wishing to gather firewood will still be required to get a free permit through a Forest Service office.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forest Service offices continue to offer limited and virtual services; prior to visiting an office for a permit, call an office to ensure staff can safely process one’s permit.

For more information, call Kevin Senderak at 360-956-2272 or Brian Jaenicke at 360-956-2402.

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