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After hours
More than 40 people representing 30-plus businesses enjoyed the hospitality of Eagle Repair & Towing during Business After Hours on May 22. The attendees enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, prize drawings and socializing. Technicians Shane Jennings and Tom Bolling were on hand to give tours of the shop and equipment.
Chamber Executive Director Lissy Andros noted Frank and Anna Rose Geyer recently purchased the business, saying they “were excited to play host.”
Business After Hours is sponsored by Forks Chamber of Commerce and West End Business & Professional Association. The next event is in June at JT’s Baked Stuffs.

Halibut season closes on north coast
The recreational halibut fishery off the north coast of Washington is now closed after reaching the seasonal harvest quota, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
Anglers reeled in 107,856 pounds of halibut in marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) through May 18, leaving just 174 pounds remaining, said Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator.
While the state fishing rules left open the possibility of additional days of halibut fishing, there is not sufficient poundage left to reopen for another day in  June, Reed said.
Meanwhile, south coast recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) is open three days a week (Friday-Sunday) until further notice.

Relay team raising funds
“Fireball Walkers” Relay for Life Team kicks off its fundraising efforts with marathon bingo and a silent auction 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday,
June 9, at the Forks Elks Lodge. There will be food, fun and prizes. Everyone is welcome.
The next Relay For Life planning meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at St. Anne’s. It’s not too late to join or form a team. Interested in learning more about Relay?  Contact Cindy Mesenbrink at 360-640-2239 or for more information.

Food Bank delivering commodities
Commodities — federal surplus food items — will be given out at the Forks Food Bank from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6. The bank is at 181 Bogachiel Way.
Please remember — this is just for people from the greater Forks area.

Bluegrass & BBQ
The 4th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ was a huge success. The event, held Saturday, May 25, at the Elks Club, raised money to benefit the Forks Abuse Program.
Lori Crippen called it an evening of “wonderful food and great music by local talent.”
“The crowd loved everything about the night, with many content to just sit and mingle among the huge crowd.”
She added, “The diehards of at least 50 toward the end of the evening did not look ready to pack it in, but when Crescent Blue broke out with a great version of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison’ many found one more dance in them.”
Among those who donated their talents were Loose Gravel, Crescent Blue, Laura & Isaiah and Boot Leg Hill.


Master Gardeners host clinic and lecture series

Again this summer, the Master Gardeners of Clallam County will be offering a series of plant clinics; for the first time the clinics will be preceded by a gardening lecture by the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County. The lectures begin at noon with the plant clinic immediately following from 1-3 p.m. The plant clinics and lectures will be held on four Saturdays: June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. They will be held outside Forks Outfitters/Ace Hardware.
This Saturday’s lecture and clinic (June 8) will focus on garden preparation and soil.
The lecture and clinic are free and open to all non-commercial gardeners who need assistance in garden preparation, plant identification, advice on sick plants and treatment options and other general plant questions. If you have a plant that is diseased or you need identification, bring a large sample of the plant.
Call the Clallam County Extension office for more information 360-417-2279.


Carrying the torch

On Wednesday, May 29, law enforcement and corrections officers from throughout the peninsula participated in the annual torch to support Special Olympics of Washington. Almost every agency in Clallam and Jefferson counties was represented in the run, including Olympic National Park, area tribal police, Clallam Bay Corrections Center and the U.S. Border Patrol. Local agencies include sheriff’s offices from Clallam and Jefferson counties, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and the State Patrol.

Special Olympics athletes from Clallam County belong to a team called the Orcas while the Jefferson

County team is known as the

Warriors. On Friday, May 31, the athletes from both teams joined numerous others from throughout the state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the opening ceremonies of this year’s games.

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