Heartfelt message of THANKS to those who contributed to the FIFTH ANNUAL LAST-DAY-OF-SCHOOL Beach Party

Thank you!!!

What a day! The “Last Day of School” swim-float event (on Friday, June 12) was awesome with more students and family members attending than ever before (over 85). Count Me In for Quilcene (CMIQ) and Olympic Peninsula YMCA, Jefferson County Branch, co-sponsored this event. On behalf of all Quilcene students and families who attended this outdoor event, a big “Thank you” and “Congratulations” to those who made it possible:

The Roger Evans Family (provided base funding . . . very generous)

Quilcene Fire Department (personnel with awesome skills, fire truck, beach fire and fun with students)

Chief Larry Karp (with safety message)

Bob Rosen (event photographer)

Josh Mahan “King Neptune” (greeted swimmers reaching float)

Jim and Bruce Munn (who provided gifts for finalists)

Stan Nealey (safety boat skipper)

Gear Head Deli (Debbie and Larry Williams providing meat and cheese for croissant sandwiches)

Jim Speer and Penn Cove personnel (who repaired, towed and secured the swim float)

Greg Brotherton (providing tables and tents from Quilcene Fair)

Veda Wilson and Food Prep Class at QHS (preparing over 72 croissant sandwiches)

Brian and Carol Barker (organizing event and donating prizes)

Linda Herzog, CMIQ President (who started this event five years ago and helped at this event)

CMIQ Board Members David Neuenschwander, John Helsper and Tom Brotherton (helped at event and supervised)

Dr. G, QHS Principal (for congratulating his students and staying dry


With the already dry conditions and lack of measurable precipitation Jefferson County has initiated an early burn ban.


Reminder tonight 7:30 -Strong Sun Moon at Community Center

Tonight: June 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM Strong Sun Moon
> www.strongsunmoon.org
> Camelian Jade and Mike Antone create arrangements of South American instruments such as the charango, ronroco and bombo legüero interwoven with rich vocals, artful songwriting on guitar and harmonica, and etheric use of the lapsteel.
> Song Samples: www.strongsunmoon.org/music/strong-sun-moon
> Live Recordings: www.reverbnation.com/cameliajademikeantone
> Videos: www.strongsunmoon.org/videos
> Laurel B. Johnson Community Center
> 923 Hazel Point Road
> Coyle, WA 98376
> Admission: by donation
> Genre: folk, world-music
> Age: all-ages
> Complimentary cookies, coffee and conversation at intermission
> Your hosts,
> Norm & Sol Johnson
> 83 Hazel Point Court
> (360) 765-3449

Save the date: Old-Fashioned 4th of July Community Picnic and Free Concert!

The Quilcene Museum Old-Fashioned 4th of July Community Picnic has returned!

Who: For everyone – All ages show!

The Village Idiots are: Greg Brotherton, John Sanders, and Franco Bertucci. Photo: PT Leader

The Village Idiots are: Greg Brotherton, John Sanders, and Franco Bertucci. Photo: PT Leader

What: Free Concert and community picnic. No vendors at the site. Free live music concert featuring Brett Townsend, the Village Idiots and other musical special guests.

When: 1 to 5 PM on Saturday the 4th.

How: Bring your own picnic and beverages and a blanket or camp chairs. Pick your favorite spot on the sunny meadow at the stage or along the shady trees by the new river trail. No pets or smoking please.

Why: WHY? Rockin’ out to hours of great free music, relaxing with friends, feasting on goodies from home.


We are wishing all of you
> GREAT DADS out there
> Thanks for bringing up the next generation
> and helping to make
> Quilcene the wonderful place it is.
> Have a wonderful day!

Just so you don’t think WE’RE being singled out by Mother Nature . . .

Press Release from the Jeff Co. Dept of Public Health —


June 17, 2015

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Squamish Harbor have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed part of Hood Canal for recreational shellfish harvest. The closed area is on the Jefferson County shore from the Hood Canal Bridge to Brown’s Point on the Toandos Peninsula. Danger signs are being posted at high-use beaches, warning people not to consume shellfish from this area.

Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxins prior to distribution and should be safe to eat. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species of molluscan shellfish. This closure does not apply to shrimp. Crabmeat is not known to contain the biotoxin but the guts can contain unsafe levels. To be safe, clean crab thoroughly and discard the guts (also known as the “butter”).

Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing. People can become ill from eating shellfish contaminated with the naturally occurring marine algae containing toxins harmful to humans. Symptoms of PSP can appear within minutes or hours and usually begins with tingling lips and tongue, moving to the hands and feet, followed by difficulty breathing, and potentially death. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider immediately. For extreme reactions call 911.

In most cases the algae that contain the toxins cannot be seen, and must be detected using laboratory testing. Therefore, recreational shellfish harvesters should check the DOH Shellfish Safety Map at doh.wa.gov/ShellfishSafety.htm or call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State. Recreational harvesters should also check Fish and Wildlife regulations and seasons at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish or call the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline 1-866-880-5431.

Free Fun for Kids on Tuesdays, starts in 2 weeks!

2015 Jefferson County Library Summer Reading Program
Events at Quilcene Community Center

Tuesday, June 30, 2pm – Game Time (All ages)
Kick off the Jefferson County Library Summer Reading Program!  Bring your friends and play board games, card games and more!
Tuesday, July 7, 2pm – Superhero Armbands (All ages)
Every superhero needs a super power armband! Will yours ding, fling, or light up? Use duct tape and other secret superhero science to create an armband of power.

Tuesday, July 14, 2pm – Superhero Capes (All ages)
Every superhero needs a super power cape!  Explore painting on fabric with brushes, sponges and stencils.  Create a super cape good for all superhero activities.

Tuesday, July 21, 3pm – Hands On Children’s Museum (All ages)
Voted “Best Family Entertainment!”  Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum visits Quilcene. Strengthen your science inquiry skills by building, testing, assessing and redesigning toys. Build cars that travel farther, cone fliers that fly higher and a catapult that uses the power of a lever to launch balls.

Tuesday, July 28, 2pm – Raptor Rescue (All ages)
Observe owls and other raptors up close!  Cynthia Daily, Director of the Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue, will bring several species, share her expertise and answer questions about these incredible birds.

Tuesday, August 4, 2pm Superhero Academy (All ages)
Do you ever dream of becoming a hero or superhero? What would you wear, eat or do?  What are your super powers and how would you save the world? Join Jeanne Simmons for an afternoon of creation and discovery.

360-385-6544 jclibrary.info

Quilcene Summer Reading Program

FREE for kids at the Quilcene Community Center!

For more info, please contact
Martha Ashenfelter
Youth Services Librarian
Jefferson County Library
620 Cedar Avenue
Port Hadlock, WA  98339

Presentations & discussions this week about community resilience

Here are four countywide discussion opportunities about transitioning from the NOW to the FUTURE. Open to everyone, hosted by Local 2020 and Collective Impact.

Local 20/20, Jefferson County’s Transition Town, is hosting trainer Tina Clarke for workshops June 16th – 20th. Please consider joining us for these remarkable conversations! The Transition Town movement is an international community movement to transition beyond fossil fuels to a more sustainable way of life.

Tina Clarke, an internationally known community resilience consultant and Transition Trainer from Boston, will lead a special series of public events June 16-20 that are hosted by Local 20/20 and Collective Impact, and co-sponsored by the City of Port Townsend, Firefly Academy Preschool and Thunderbull Productions. Tina has traveled to more than 120 communities in North America and Europe to facilitate conversations about how neighbors can come together to create a stronger community, improve economic well-being, reduce oil dependency, and increase local food production, local energy, local jobs, mutual support, and security—which are all elements of the Transition Towns model. Tina facilitates all the events. Anyone wanting to help transition our community to greater resilience and gain mutual support is encouraged to attend; all events are open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted at the door to cover costs. Childcare inquiries should be emailed in advance to: fireflyacademypreschool

Overall event schedule follows, see specific event below for event descriptions, distinctions, and other details:
> Tues., June 16, 5:30 p.m., “INTERGENERATIONAL SUMMIT: Envisioning our Future Together.” PTCC.
> Wed., June 17, 6:30 p.m., “How Can Religious and Education Institutions participate in Community Resilience?” Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
> Thur., June 18, 7:00 p.m., “The Interface between Public Policy and Grassroots Participation.” PTCC.
> Sat., June 20, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., “COMMUNITY SUMMIT: Strengthening Well-Being, Increasing Resilience, and Supporting Quality of Life in Jefferson County.” PTCC (during the farmer’s market)
> Intergenerational Summit: Envisioning our Future Together – Tues June 16th
> Join us as we bring together people of all ages who want to connect deeply around creating the community well-being and resilience we want for our future, and address the likely environmental and economic stressors ahead of us. We will have the opportunity to speak and listen to each other about our concerns, our hopes, and our plans to realize the future community we desire to create together. Starts at 5:30 p.m., Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St. Donations gratefully accepted at the door to cover costs. Childcare inquiries should be emailed in advance to fireflyacademypreschool. For more information, contact Judy Alexander at lightenup
> “How Can Religious and Education Institutions Participate in Community Resilience?” – Wed June 17th
> All religious traditions and educational groups are welcome, as well as the general public. Co-sponsored by QUUF.6:30 pm, at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave. Donation gratefully accepted at the door to cover costs. Childcare inquiries should be emailed in advance to Jeanette Richoux at jrichoux63 For more information, contact Kevin Clark at kevincrestline
> “The Interface between Public Policy and Grassroots Participation” – Thur June 18th
> Join in a conversation to explore ways that citizens, grassroots organizations and local elected officials can work together in a spirit of true democracy to create a community vision and strategies for a more self-reliant and resilient future. 7:00 pm, Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St. Donation gratefully accepted at the door to cover costs. Childcare inquiries should be emailed in advance to fireflyacademypreschool. For more information, contact Larry Dennison at ldennison021
> Community Summit: Strengthening Well-Being, Increasing Resilience, and Supporting Quality of Life in Jefferson County – Sat June 20
> Together we will identify ways to increase community well-being and resilience in Jefferson County, and to expand community conversation and action using an Open Space model. Note: Local organizations will have information tables set up from 1-2 p.m. and the workshop will start promptly at 2 pm, and run until 5 pm and takes place at the PT Community Center, 620 Tyler St. For more information, or if you would like to table at this event, please contact Cindy Jayne at cindy.
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RIBS FOR KIDS – Thurs dinner at the Masonic Hall

This is such a great annual event. Proceeds from the dinner go to scholarships and lots of projects at the school.

PLUS you get a really good Dinner Out with Friends.

What’s for dinner? Ribs, Baked Potato, Mixed Vegetables, Coleslaw and Dessert

Who’s cooking? NOT YOU! The Lions Club will do the cooking.

What do the tickets cost? Only $12 for adults and $6 for students

How far do I have to go? Just to the Masonic Hall at the end of Herbert Street

What time? Dinner is served from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

And what day is that again? Thursday June 18 . . . 3 days from now

Big thanks to Tidy Friday crew!

Thank you to the folks who take time on the first and third Friday mornings in Quilcene to help keep our town landscaping looking it’s best.

Last Tidy Friday the weeders received personal thanks from Quilcene School Principal "Doctor G" (AKA Dr Gary Stebbins) for his appreciation of the care given to the school fence landscaping, just in time for graduation!

If you love Quilcene, we need your help. Please join us first and third Fridays, 9am. We will start next Tidy Friday this coming Friday, at the Gateway bed by Mount Walker Inn. Please bring your favorite tools for weeding and a bucket.

Great activity for grads and teens with free time!

The great news is that the more people can come pitch in, the faster the work goes! Please join us, thanks!