Community News Sept. 19, 2013

Obamacare topic of
Town hall meeting

Information on the Affordable Health Care Act will be presented at a town hall meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road.
Sponsored by Information & Assistance and Forks Community Hospital, the meeting is intended to teach those between the ages of 19-65 about what the ACA means to them and to make an appointment to look at options for healthcare coverage when it is mandated, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

DSHS mobile office
coming to Clallam

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Clallam Bay on Oct. 2.
DSHS staff will review applications for food, cash and medical assistance, as well as drug and alcohol treatment services and will answer questions on active cases or about any of the state’s services.
The mobile van will be at Sunset West Co-Op from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Harvest Dinner Oct. 18

The Congregational Church will be holding its 79th Annual Harvest Dinner Oct. 18. Due to the early date of the Homecoming game on Sept. 27 it was not possible to hold the dinner in conjunction with the game, the Rev. Warren Johnson said. The Forks High Class of 1963 with hold its 50th class reunion that weekend. Johnson said the congregation thought it would be a good weekend for the harvest dinner in conjunction with the reunion. Proceeds from the dinner go to the nonprofit groups that meet at the church.

High school book
club starts at Clallam bay

The Reading Rants! High School Book Club begins meeting at the Clallam Bay Library Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.
Reading Rants! is a book discussion club for students in grades 9-12.
Club meetings will continue on alternate Tuesdays.
Discussions will be led by West End Youth Services librarian Pam Force.
The first reading selection will be “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman.
For more information about this and other activities for young people, go to and click on “Events,” or contact Pam Force at or 360-963-2414.

Humane Society
pays off property

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society announced last week it paid off the land it purchased for $325,000 last year on Old Olympic Highway.
The land is located at 1743 Old Olympic Highway and includes 9.5 acres plus several buildings that can be used for administrative space and to shelter animals. A dog kennel building must be built before the humane society can move its operations to the new location.
The board of directors is in the planning stages for the new facility with a goal of moving to the property in late 2014 or early 2015, according to Mary Beth Wegener, executive director.
The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947.
The society shelters and cares for animals of all types. A private, nonprofit corporation, the society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. Annually approximately 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.
breakfasts continue
Forks Congregational Church continues its Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
The non-denominational group of men from several West End churches has been meeting for breakfast, Bible study and to prepare community projects since April.
Breakfast is by donation. For more, contact the Rev. Warren Johnson at 374-9382 or 640-8239.

Coast cleanup Saturday

Washington Coast Savers is urging people to clean up their favorite beach as part of the International Coastal Cleanup day this Saturday, Sept. 21.
People around the world will be coordinating efforts under the Coast Savers program to clean up beaches on the last day of summer.
To be a part, locals can form a team and register their efforts at

Tickets on sale for PC
Forest Storytelling Festival

The Nineteenth Annual Forest Storytelling Festival will be Oct. 18-20 in the Peninsula College Little Theater in Port Angeles.
It is a rare opportunity to experience professional storytelling at its best in the largest storytelling festival in the Pacific Northwest.
Over the three days, internationally known tellers will spin tales for local residents as well as storytellers and story listeners as they share stories from many cultures and traditions.
Cost for the full weekend pass before Oct. 1 are $70 for the general public and $60 for Story People members and seniors over 65. After Oct. 1, passes will be $80 for everyone. Community members may also opt to attend individual events for prices ranging from $13-$20.
A complete schedule is available on The Story People website:
For additional information, contact Cherie at 360-417-5031.
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