North Hood Canal Chamber News for April 2015

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North Hood Canal Chamber News, April 2015
Next General Meeting: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 5:30PM


Indian Island Commanding Officer to speak at our Quilcene Meeting

Commander Michael Yesunas, Commanding Officer of Naval Magazine Indian Island, will discuss Ammunition Depot operations and certain economic and ecological impacts on the local area.

Member Announcements
Kayak Brinnon at New Location
Kayak Brinnon is open year round from 10AM-6PM; all rentals, tours, and deliveries can be arranged by phone or e-mail. However, starting in May 2015 they will ‘open’ for the season at their new location! They will be located next to the Brinnon General Store (mile marker 305) on Highway 101 in Brinnon. Stop by in May and visit them at their new spot!

New Website for Shrimpfest
Shrimpfest 2015 is just around the corner! Prepare yourself for this fun, annual event by getting the latest information from their new website!

Quilcene Historical Museum’s "Raise the Roof" Campaign
The Quilcene Historical Museum has embarked on a campaign titled "Raise the Roof." The goal is to raise $200,000 to restore the Mansard Roof on the Worthington House. They are 35% of the way there thanks to donations from the community and the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, however they need help to reach their goal so that work can begin in June 2015. Please help them reach their goal and make this a reality!

Click here to view their annual report.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 6:30PM
Ninth Night Movie & Potluck
Check out a different movie each month and enjoy a themed potluck with your friends and neighbors!

Friday, April 10th, 2015, 7:30PM
Concerts in the Woods- "Claude Bourbon"
Fusion of classical, jazz, Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements, and Western folk. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 5:30PM
Hats Off to the Y
Enjoy a wonderful evening of dinner, music, a live auction and exploration of the YMCA’s educational gallery in your favorite hat! Fort Worden’s USO building in Port Townsend. For more information and to purchase tickets:; 360-385-5811.

Saturday & Sunday, April 11th & 12th, 2015, 1PM-3PM
Quilcene Historical Museum Volunteer Docent Training
Train to be a Volunteer Docent at the Quilcene Historical Museum! The same training will take place both days.
Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 9:30AM
Jefferson County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting
The public is invited to attend at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum! Listening to the Story: Pam McCollum Clise. Providing an interview guide, Pam will give pointers on doing an oral history and discuss how to write up your work once the interview is finished.
Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 10:30AM-1PM
Hama Hama Open Farm Day
Come forage on the orders. Questions? Call: 888-877-5844.
Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 1PM
Quilcene Historical Museum Re-opens
Join the Quilcene Historical Museum at 151 Columbia Street to celebrate the start of the 2015 Season and Lura Mae Schaffer’s 95th birthday!

Friday, April 24th, 2015, 1PM
Brinnon Loyalty Day Parade & Ceremony
Join the Veterans Of Foreign Wars of Post 10706 for the Annual Loyalty Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown Brinnon!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 10AM
28th Annual Brinnon PTO Spring Auction
Head to the Brinnon School, 46 Schoolhouse Road, for the Brinnon School Parent Teacher Organization‘s 28th Annual Silent Auction! If you have any goods to donate, please contact Nicole Norris at: 360-531-4178.

Friday, May 1st, 2015, 1PM-3PM
Porcelain Painting
Learn about Porcelain Painting with Jacque Booth at the Quilcene Historical Museum, 151 Columbia Street!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 7:30PM
Concerts in the Woods- "The Winterlings"
Multi-instrumentalist Alternative Folk music. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, Dinner-5PM; Movie-6PM
BSO Pizza & Movie Night
Hosted by the Brinnon Senior Organization (BSO) at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 Highway 101. Reservations required by 1pm the previous day, by calling: 360-796-4350. Questions? Contact Bob Hart, Pres. BSO: 360-796-0391.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at: .


Olympic National Forest Campground Host Position Available
The Hood Canal Ranger District is outreaching to fill one Volunteer Campground Host position at Seal Rock Campground in Brinnon. Hosts are expected to be on site 5 days a week during the season (Late April-Labor Day) and a host site will be provided. Hosts will perform daily cleaning and minor maintenance of this busy campground. If you are interested in meeting new people and helping visitors enjoy the National Forest, please contact Nicole LaGioia, Recreation Specialist: 360-765-2213.

Brinnon School PTO Seeks Donations
The Brinnon School PTO is accepting donations of new and used goods for their annual Spring Auction. To schedule a drop off time, please contact Nicole Norris at: 360-531-4178. The Auction date is April 25th, 2015. Doors open at 10AM.

Vote for Brinnon’s 2015 Honorary Mayor
The Brinnon Parks and Recreation District is accepting nominations for Brinnon’s Honorary Mayor for 2015. George Sickel was last year’s honorary mayor. The District is using this contest as a fund raiser in support of their operating budget. Those who are 10 years of age and over can cast their ballot for just $1. Animals and the Commissioners can not be nominated.

Ballots are available at local businesses and at the Brinnon Community Center.
Ballots can be turned in at the Brinnon Community Center or mailed to :PO Box 643, Brinnon, WA 98320. For more information, contact Commissioner Nichole Black at 360-301-0844.

Represent South County on a Citizen Advisory Comittee
Kathleen Kler, our new County Commissioner representing District 3 (Brinnon / Quilcene / Coyle / Pt Ludlow) is encouraging stronger representation from District 3 citizens on the County’s Boards and Commissioners. Please consider volunteering some of your time to one of the following advisory positions:

1) Solid Waste Advisory Board
2) Parks and Recreation
3) Marine Resources Committee
Volunteers Sought for Various Projects in Quilcene
Quilcene Resource Guide: a compendium of Quilcene businesses, non-profits, public agencies, churches, and membership organizations. The completed Quilcene Resource Guide will be very useful to everyone who lives here, and those who want to know more about our community – especially about its businesses. A draft of the Guide can be viewed here.

If you can help with this project, please contact:
Carol Christiansen at jeccbc
Linda Herzog at linda.herzog2

Habitat for Humanity is involved in home restoration, clean-up and repair in the Quilcene area. Volunteers are needed and may contact Jaime Maciejewski, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Port Townsend, at: 360-379-2827.

Community Workshop: A place where people with skills but no workshop area could come to build or repair their possessions. Envisioned as a weatherproof enclosed space with donated tools and a membership fee, supplied with instructors and safety monitors. Contact Joe Vierra at 360-271-4382 or Adina Vierra at 360-333-2228 if you can help make this vision a reality.

Local Products Factory: An experienced small factory owner and artist proposed we establish a factory to manufacture objects from local wood for retail sale. He will organize the factory operations and train local workers to operate the equipment. Contact David Haakenson at 360-765-0935 if you would like to be involved.

Develop a Maker Space: A workshop/exploration/development space where local entrepreneurs can develop their ideas and start production. A temporary home for ideas to mature into salable products. Contact Tom Brotherton at 360-765-0901 to be a part of this project.

2015 WTA Tourism Summit Speaker Videos Now Available
For those who missed the speakers at the 2015 WTA Tourism Summit or want to revisit the presentations, videos of each speaker are now available on the WTA’s website. You can also watch interviews discussing the importance of tourism in Washington:

WDFW: Upcoming Opening Days
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced some upcoming Opening Days. For most, a valid 2015-16 fishing or hunting license will be required to participate. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free. Licenses and permits are available online: , by phone: 1-866-246-9453, and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state. A list of license vendors.

April 15th – The general spring turkey hunt opens for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31.

April 16th – Lingcod fishing season opens in the Neah Bay area (Marine Area 4).

April 17th-24th – An eight-day morning razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled on various ocean beaches.

April 25th – Hundreds of lakes open to trout fishing for the biggest "opening day" of the year.

May 2nd – Shrimp Season opens in Marine Area 12. Open May 2, 9, 11 & 13, 2015, from 9AM to 1PM.

Jefferson County Planning ManagerJob Opening:
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development has an opening for one full-time (40 hrs/wk) Planning Manager. This position supports the Director of Community Development by supervising the professional land use planning and permitting staff. Serves as a key member of the Community Development Department’s Management Team and works to continually improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department.

For more detailed information, please visit their website:

Position open until filled

Brinnon School District Job Openings:
Paraeducator Substitute

Substitute Teachers

Quilcene School District Job Openings:
Click on position for job description, when available.
Application for Certificated and Classified Positions.
WSP Background Check Form

Teachers (Certificated):
Special Education Teacher
Crossroads High School Teacher (ALE)

Kitchen Subs
Substitute Bus Drivers

Middle School Cheer Coach
(this position is a volunteer position through Jefferson Co. Parks & Rec #385-2221)

Ongoing Classes and Events
Mondays, 2015, 7:40AM
Beginners Yoga in Brinnon
An energizing yoga class at the Brinnon Community Center (306144 Highway 101). Progressive classes are also available on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:40AM & Thursdays at 8AM. For more information: 360-796-4350.

Mondays, 2015, 9AM & 10:30AM
Yoga in Quilcene
Two Yoga classes offered at the om. Website.

Mondays, 2015, 12PM
Gardening Classes in Quilcene
Join Juanita and Anita for free gardening classes at Q Gardens, by Quilcene Espresso, 71 Old Church Road. Help plant the strawbale gardens which will provide fresh produce to the Quilcene food bank while increasing your gardening skills.

Tuesdays, 2015, 3PM-6PM
Tech Tuesdays
The Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave. in Port Hadlock offers a Tech Discussion Class on a specific topic from 3PM-4PM, followed by a drop-in technology assistance period from 4PM-6PM. For more information, click here.

Tuesdays, 2015, 5PM
Dance Aerobics & Strength Training Class
Leslie Bunton (certified through the American Council on Exercise), leads this class focused on dance aerobics and strength training at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 Highway 101. $35/ 8 classes, $25/ 4 classes, $7.50/ single class. Newcomers please contact Leslie in advance. For more information, contact Leslie at: 360-765-0164.

Thursdays, 2015, 10AM-10:45AM
World Dance & Creative Movement
For children 5 years & younger at the skirkeya.

Thursdays, 2015, 5PM
Core Strength Training Class
Leslie Bunton (certified through the American Council on Exercise), teaches this class focused on core strength at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 Highway 101. $35/ 8 classes, $25/ 4 classes, $7.50/ single class. Newcomers please contact Leslie in advance. For more information, contact Leslie at: 360-765-0164.

Saturdays, 2015, 6:45PM
Brinnon Booster Club Bingo
The Early Bird Game starts at 6:45 at the Brinnon Booster Club, 51 Corey Lane. Snack bar items available. Proceeds support the Brinnon Booster Club!

For more information on ongoing classes and events, please visit our website at: .

Chamber Newsletter Reminder
Spread the word about your business! If your business has reached a milestone, has an event scheduled, or you have brought on new staff, please let us know and we will include it in future Chamber Newsletters. Deadline for copy is the first Monday of the month. The Chamber reserves all editing rights.

Chamber Events Calendar Reminder
If you know of or are sponsoring a local event this year, please e-mail the details to: visitorscenter and we will post it for all to see! Thank you!

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Great photo spotted on Instagram of Quilcene Bay

Using a #Quilcene hashtag search, this nice pic by Josh Drake was spotted on Instagram.



Luxury home on 20 acres with huge shop! Just on the market!

click on listing for pictures
Beautiful home on the Hood Canal in WA state with the Olympic Mountains for hiking and several close lakes and the canal to fish. Quilcene is protected by mountains and has less rainfall that the surrounding areas and most years almost no snow.
> 942 Big Leaf Lane has 2754 sq foot super insulated custom home (plus 2 car attached garage with bonus work and storage areas), built in 09 is an ICF and SIP home with gourmet kitchen with walk in pantry, custom metal work and features throughout on 20 acres (4 landscaped with several mounds with very unusual and beautiful plantings, boulders, metal art, and trees.
> Also a 40x60x14’ metal shop with large doors and concrete floor (wired for 220)
> and 24 x 16 greenhouse, chicken barn, arbor and powder coated fence around lawn area, and fenced in orchard and garden area.
> Own septic and well with 2-3,000 gallon storage tanks in pump house. Also has 48 foot aluminum storage
> container. Two steel lean-tos on either side of the container are 36×40’ each for RV, boat, and storage.
> .
> The house has an open floor plan with the living room, dining and kitchen measuring 46’x33’, with 2 suite bedrooms, office/sewing room and 2 1/2 baths all on one level with separate entrance for 2nd bedroom (for guests or caretaker).Featuring hardwood and slate floors, slab granite counter tops and sun tubes throughout.
> The 2 large covered porches ceilings are tongue and groove knotty pine.
> The house is on top of a hill, end of the road, with a fantastic view of mountains, trees, and meadow without any houses in view from 2 large covered tongue and groove vaulted knotty pine porches. Fire pit with metal salmon swimming around the outside of pit in back yard surrounded by Japanese maple trees.
> The walls of our home are a foot thick with the concrete and ( Insulated Concrete Forms) and the floor
> And roof with foot thick SIP’s (Structurally insulated panels) with 50 year roof. The house also has
> prairie style Milgard Windows, 8’arched front door and Anderson French door. Interior doors are knotty alder. Great room has knotty pine vaulted ceiling with maple trusses, and
> Lopi wood stove on raised slate tile hearth adorned with natural edged maple slab mantel with hand forged branch brackets.
> Kitchen cabinets are solid maple that has been hand milled with matching doors. Custom pullouts throughout including, spice, flour/sugar, oils, mixer, appliance garage, etc. Also a hand forged branch and leaf pot rack, branch hand forged cabinet handles. Wall oven/microwave and also range with oven and warming drawer (both ovens are convection/regular). All appliances are brushed stainless.
> The double car garage with shop/storage area is 1730 square feet.
> Greenhouse has underground system and fan to keep it closer to a constant temperature.
> Chicken barn has huge outside protected area for chickens and inside is divided for another set of girls.
> Google shows our home before most of our landscaping, etc but the address is 942 Big Leaf Lane, Quilcene, WA 98376.
> Price: $750,000
> Jefferson County parcel number 702113012
> Home insurance about $800 a year because of the cement, steel trusses and studs.
> We do custom metal art and 90 percent of our work is in Gig Harbor and we are moving closer to that area.
> Call 360-531-2015 or 360-301-9896.

Running a Farm-to-Fork business, or dreaming of one? Check out this workshop.

Culinary Chaos – Unspeakable but Necessary Risk Management
Topics to consider when your business is quality Farm to Fork offerings

Risk Management is one business area most of us would simply prefer to bury our head in the sand than face.
Join us for a safe and supportive discussion of these business nightmares and offer proactive tips for assessing and managing the realities of risk.

Join Olympic Culinary Loop for
“Lunch & Learn” at:
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101 Provence View Lane
Sequim, WA 98382

Come to learn and enjoy a delicious no-host Garden to Table luncheon featuring local organic fare, 100% gluten free!

Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand! Join Us!

Visit this Facebook page for much more info!


How do you know it’s Spring in Quilcene? The MUSEUM REOPENS!

The Quilcene Historical Museum will open for the 2015 season on April 18 at 1pm.

April 18 is also Lura Mae Schaffer’s 95th birthday! She is one of Quilcene’s VERY SPECIAL people, and a great supporter of the Museum. (Her Mom was the cook and maid for the FIRST Mrs. Worthington!) The WHOLE COMMUNITY needs to come by on Saturday the 18th to offer Lura Mae their best wishes, sign her big card, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake in her honor. She will only be there about an hour. Come at 1:00 to say Happy Birthday.

The Museum will also be doing a summer series of events including

· Claire French demonstrating her greeting card designs,

· Jacque Booth’s porcelain painting,

· John Helsper’s tree grafting,

· sun purpled glass display,

· Vintage Fisher Price Toy display

· And more!

Come enjoy a FUN AFTERNOON at the MUSEUM!

Saturday April 18 beginning at 1:00


April fishing & hunting days – news release from WDFW

> Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
> 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
> April 2015
> Contact: (Fish) 360-902-2700
> (Wildlife) 360-902-2515
> Start of lowland lakes trout season
> one of many ‘opening days’ in April
> For many anglers, “opening day” is synonymous with the start of the lowland lakes trout-fishing season, which gets under way April 25 this year. Hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians typically descend on trout-stocked lakes to kick off the state’s biggest outdoor event.
> To prepare for the upcoming season, hatchery crews from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been working since last year to stock millions of fish in hundreds of lakes throughout the state. Anglers can find how many went where at .
> But anglers – and hunters, too – are also looking forward to a variety of other "opening days" this month for outdoor adventures ranging from razor clam digs on ocean beaches to turkey hunting in fields throughout the state.
> "April really marks the start of the new year for fishing, hunting, and a wide range of outdoor activities," said Joe Stohr, WDFW deputy director. "The annual cycle is beginning again and a lot of us are glad to see it arrive."
> For most people, a valid 2015-16 fishing or hunting license will be required to participate in those activities after March 31, when all 2014-15 licenses expire. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free.
> Licenses and permits are available online ( ), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state. A list of license vendors ( ) is available online and from local WDFW offices around the state.
> Key dates to keep in mind in April include:
> April 1 – Dozens lakes in the Columbia Basin open to fishing.
> April 4-5 – A two-day spring turkey hunt for hunters age 15 and younger is scheduled statewide.
> April 4-10 – A seven-day morning razor clam dig has been approved on various ocean beaches. For details, see WDFW’s razor clam webpage at .
> April 15 – The general spring turkey hunt opens for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31. See WDFW’s Washington Wild Turkey Spring Season pamphlet at for more information.
> April 16 – Lingcod fishing season opens in the Neah Bay area (Marine Area 4).
> April 17-24 – An eight-day morning razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled on various ocean beaches.
> April 25 – Hundreds of lakes open to trout fishing across the state for the biggest "opening day" of the year.
> For more information about these and other outdoor activities coming up in the weeks ahead, see the region-by-region Weekender Reports on WDFW’s website at . These reports are updated for changes in fishing rules and other developments throughout the state.

Shrimp Season 2015 opens May 2 in Hood Canal (WDFW Area 12)

2015 Season/Open Days and Times:
> Open May 2, 9, 11 & 13, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
> Shrimp Daily Limits and Rules
> Spot
> (Pandalus platyceros)
> Coonstripe
> (P. danae and P. hypsinotus)
> Pink
> (P. eous and P. jordani)
> Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore.
> The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1" mesh

Represent South County on one of these citizen advisory committees

Kathleen Kler, our new County Commissioner representing District 3 (Brinnon / Quilcene / Coyle / Pt Ludlow) is encouraging stronger representation from District 3 citizens on the County’s Boards and Commissioners, so our voices are clearly heard when the Administration and the Elected Officials are considering policy questions that affect us all. Please consider volunteering some of your time to one of these advisory positions. Here’s Kathleen’s message:
> Dear South County Citizens,
> There are vacancies on several boards of Jefferson County – District 3 is under-represented and needs citizens to serve on:
> 1) Solid Waste Advisory Board
> 2) Parks and Recreation
> 3) Marine Resources Committee (detailed information below)
> Kathleen Kler
> Commissioner, District 3
> Jefferson County
> (360) 385-9100
> KKler
> Jefferson MRC Seeks District 3 Representative
> The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is seeking applicants for a District 3 position on this volunteer committee. The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of East Jefferson County. They also implement projects that reflect local priorities with funding support from the Northwest Straits Initiative and other grant sources. Members suggest projects and help implement them. Applicants should have experience, demonstrated interest and/or affiliation with marine and shoreline-related activities, organizations or businesses. Volunteers serve four-year terms.
> For more information about the MRC and this vacancy, go to their website, cheryl.lowe). Review of applications will begin April 10, 2015.
> Thanks!
> Cheryl Lowe
> Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and Beach Watchers Coordinator
> cheryl.lowe
> (360) 379-5610 ext. 230

Have your own septic system? Learn how to inspect & maintain it!

Recruiting for Seal Rock Campground Host

Dean Yoshina, our Hood Canal Ranger (Olympic Nat’l Forest) is asking for help to find a Campground Host for the beautiful and popular Seal Rock Campground. Here’s his message:

Hi folks, can you spread the word about this critical host position for the Seal Rock Campground located in Brinnon, WA. The hosts are scheduled to start in early May, prior to the start of shrimping season, and finish in October.

Interested candidates can contact Nicole LaGioia at nllagioia or 360-765-2213. Thanks for your help

Dean Yoshina
District Ranger and Staff Officer – RHLM
Forest Service

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

p: 360-765-2201
c: 360-981-9101
295142 Highway 101 S.
Quilcene, WA 98376
Caring for the land and serving people