Community News - Oct. 17, 2013

‘Riggins and Riesling’
tickets on sale

Tickets for “Riggins and Riesling,” this year’s edition of the Forks Chamber of Commerce wine and cheese fundraiser are now available. The event, which the chamber has put on for the past 19 years, will be at the Roundhouse, 110 La Push Road, on Nov. 9. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance because of state liquor laws, are $10 each.
This year’s event will feature a special tasting of wines handmade by John Glover.
The chamber is seeking donations for a silent auction.
For more, or to donate, contact Lissy Andros, chamber director, at 374-2531 or
Also, nominations are being accepted for “Best of” Business, Volunteer and Citizen. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the chamber’s website, picked up at the Chamber office or at a Wednesday meeting. Return it by e-mail, fax, mail or call us and we will pick it up. The deadline is noon, Wednesday, Oct. 30.

fund mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SIORF (Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest ) is reminding women of the importance of mammograms. In conjunction with Forks Community Hospital SIORF will pay for mammograms for uninsured or under-insured women.
Applications for this service can be had at the all local medical clinics and Forks Hospital. One needs only reference SIORF Mammogram Fund.  
Frequently, SIORF will assist with additional tests if they are needed.
SIORF, through its SOS (Soroptimist Oncology Support) fund, assists with travel expenses related to cancer treatment. It encourages women to take advantage of these lifesaving resources.

Men’s Fellowship
breakfast Saturday

On Oct. 19 the Forks Non-Denominational Christian Men’s Fellowship group will have its monthly breakfast at the Congregational Church. Breakfast will be served with short devotional and discussion to follow, then off to community service project. This men’s group has been meeting since last April and has been changing the lives of the people they come in contact with.
For more information, call pastor Warren Johnson at 374-9382 or 640-8239.

Rainy reunion Saturday

Forks High School Class of 1963 will have its class reunion this weekend.
Events begin with a special seating at the Oct. 18 Harvest Dinner at the Forks Congregational Church.
Saturday events include an 11 a.m. tour of the new high school, followed by a social hour at Jane’s Pool House at 3 p.m., followed by a catered buffet dinner at 4:30 p.m.
Class member Margaret Voyles said she has been unable to locate classmates Byllie DeFrang, Jim Meisner and George Robinson.
Anyone with information of their whereabouts is urged to contact Janet at 374-6777.

PTO book fair ends Friday

Forks Elementary PTO’s annual Scholastic Fall Book Fair runs through Friday Oct. 18. The book fair is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Researcher to speak about woodpeckers at ONRC

Most of us think of the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) as a mature or even old-growth forest species. That’s why we use them as indicators of forest health. However, wildlife observers now see them migrating into the suburban areas in the greater Seattle region. Why is this? How are they doing? Are they successful or it is just the remains of a past population, using what is left of the forest that is been taken over by housing developments?
University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences doctoral candidate Jorge Tomasevic will share his experiences with this species in this most unusual setting.
Tomasevic is a part of the Wildlife Science Group at UW. He came to the United States as a Fulbright Fellow from Chile. From the cold forests of Patagonia to the arid desert of Atacama, from the native forests struggling exotic pine plantations to the heights of an island in the Pacific Ocean or up high in the Andes, he has participated in several research projects dealing with the ecology and conservation of forest birds and endangered species in Chile and now in the Pacific Northwest.
Tomasevic will speak Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hemlock Forest Conference Room at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Ave.
Everyone is welcome; no RSVP needed for this program and no admission is charged. Funding for this presentation is provided by the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund.

County lists citizen
board opportunities

Clallam County has an immediate opening on the Civil Service Commission due to a resignation and openings on the following Boards and Committees. 
To apply, Contact the Commissioners’ Office at 417-2233, visit their office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, Room 150, or obtain the application online at 
Application deadline is November 1.
The county also has seats open on the following citizen boards:
AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION, Opening for a farmer in Commissioner District I, a farmer in Commissioner District II, an at-large farmer, and two non-farmers at-large
ANIMAL ISSUES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, Openings for a representative of Tribal government, Friends of Forks Animals, Olympic Animal Sanctuary, and an at-large position
BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD, Operates under the authority of RCW 36.93.  Openings are for a County appointee, City appointee, and Special District appointee
BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS, Opening for an alternate who must be either: a general contractor, civil or structural engineer, or architect licensed in Washington with at least 10 years experience; an ICC-certified building official, building inspector, or plans examiner, or ICC-certified fire marshal, fire inspector, or fire plan examiner with at least 5-years of experience
CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY/MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM FUND ADVISORY BOARD, Openings for a consumer/past consumer of chemical dependency/mental health services and for a private provider of mental health services not contracting for funding
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, Per RCW 41.14.030, at the time of appointment, not more than two commissioners shall be adherents of the same political party. There is an opening for a Republication, Democrat, or Democrat/Independent. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in Clallam County for two or more years who does not hold any salaried public office or work for the County
HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD, Opening for a citizen from Commissioner District II (roughly Port Angeles)
HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE, Opening for a representative of Tribal government, healthcare providers, and service providers on the West End.
MARINE RESOURCE COMMITTEE, Openings for a representative of the Clallam Bay/Sekiu community and commercial fishers.
NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD, Representative of Geographic Area 4 (the entire coastal area from Angeles Point, west to Cape Flattery, and south to the southern end of Lake Ozette plus all territory west of Port Angeles including the communities and areas of Joyce, Physt, Clallam Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay, and Ozette).
PERMIT ADVISORY BOARD (Advisory), Opening for a representative of the building trades.

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