August Men’s Christian Breakfast
The August Men’s Nondenominational Fellowship Breakfast at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave., is this Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. This month’s topic is “Things that cause Divisiveness among Christians.” Pastor Warren Johnson, with assistance from others, will be providing the breakfast of blueberry pancakes with scrambled eggs coffee/ juice. Breakfast is by donation. The Reading and Prayer for Breakfast starts at 8 o’clock sharp.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and have a morning of fellowship, renewal, and prayer with men of the Christian faith. For more information call Pastor Warren Johnson at 360-640-8239.
The next meeting of the West End Historical Society will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20 at noon at the Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. The program this month will feature Adria Fuhrman sharing a local diary written in the 1930s- 1940s. Members are also encouraged to bring items to share especially things of unknown origin or uses. Lunch is avaialble for purchase for $7, new members and the public welcome.
Mark your calendars for the Fly-In
The Sekiu Airport Fly-In is Saturday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with luncheon proceeds going towards the local Scholarship Fund.
There will be a Husky vs. Cougar challenge this year, so wear your UW or WSU gear and put your lunch money in your team’s jar!
We’ll see which school’s fans care the most about our local scholars!
There will be a Life Flight demonstration, too. Come support the Scholarship Fund!
Veteran Photos Wanted
In November the Forks Forum will once again do its Salute To Veterans. If you submitted a photo before there is no need to do it again. Photos may be brought to the Forks Forum office, 490 S. Forks Ave., for scanning, also provide a sentence or two about the veteran; or email photo and information to [email protected] To be eligible to appear in the Salute the veteran and/or veterans family must now reside or have once resided in the West End.
Big Bang Bowling
Bowl with the North Olympic Library System! Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with free family bowling at Sunset Lanes in Forks!
Show your library card for free lane and shoe rentals on Friday, August 16 from 3-5pm.
Don’t have a library card? – you will be able to sign up for one at the door! All ages are welcome; youth under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.
Sunset Lanes is located at 261 East E Street in Forks.
Forks Open Aire
The FOAM is open every Saturday.
With local crafts, flowers and produce as available, and more; the market is set up next to Umpqua Bank, 1020 S Forks Ave. and is open every Saturday through the first weekend of October from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come enjoy the 95th annual Makah Days in Neah Bay!
The event runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23-25.
This is a celebration of family, both individual and cultural.
The Makah tribe — “The People of the Cape” — invite you to enjoy a parade, fireworks, canoe races, traditional dancing and games and a salmon bake.
On Friday, there will be youth canoe races, a talent show, the Bone Hog Tournament and modern dancing.
On Saturday, check out the street fair, plus a softball tournament, canoe races, traditional dancing, field games, Slahal tournament and modern dancing.
On Sunday, the street fair is in full-swing, and there will be canoe races, the Bahokus Peak Challenge, traditional salmon bake, field games and tug-o-war.
Free Entrance to Olympic National Park
The National Park Service announced today that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, including Olympic National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2019.
The remaining 2019 entrance fee-free days are:
Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11: Veterans Day
Hot Thunder Nite
Cruise into downtown Forks on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 4 – 8 p.m., for the Hot Thunder Nite Cruise-In.
Main Street will be blocked off to make way for live music by Fat Chance, vendors, a beer garden and vehicle show with prizes plus Peoples Choice Awards. Registration for cars, trucks and big rigs is $10; motorcycles are $5.
To register a vehicle, visit www.westendthunder.com and download the registration form.
Bear Creek Chili
Cook-off Sept. 7
The 18th annual Bear Creek Chili Cook-off will be held at the Hungry Bear Cafe, located at milepost 206 in Beaver, on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Enjoy games for the kids, free hot dogs and hamburgers, live music and chili.
For more information, phone 360-327-3225.
West End Co-ed
Invitational Softball Tournament
The annual West End Co-ed Invitational Softball Tournament is back for its 32nd year. Enjoy great softball action at the Tillicum Park ball fields Sept. 7-8. Questions? Phone Charlotte at 360-477-9898.
West End Thunder
Last weekend’s racing was rained out … one more race to go!
West End Thunder concludes its summer drag racing schedule at the Forks Municipal Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Races are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for spectators is $10 each day; children 12 and younger are free.
Registration for the car and motorcycle show is $15 each day; drag race registration is $40 daily. You now can race your diesel rig or family car for just $20! For more information, phone 360-640-4444 or email [email protected]
Washington Trust Announces State Funding for Historic Barn s and Cemeteries
In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust is pleased to announce that funding is available for two statewide grant programs: Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants. This will be the seventh round of grant funding available for owners of historic barns and the second round of grant funding for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries.
The Heritage Barn Initiative established the Heritage Barn Register in 2007, a statewide list of historically significant barns, and owners of designated Heritage Barns are once again eligible to apply for matching grants available to assist with barn stabilization and rehabilitation projects. The Historic Cemetery Preservation Program is intended to honor veterans and support the ongoing preservation of historic cemeteries through funding for capital projects. Approximately $900,000 is available to be granted through both programs; $450,000 for each. Both initiatives are programs of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
The deadline to submit applications for both grant programs is Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Applications and more information for each program can be accessed through the DAHP website -Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation administers both grant programs for DAHP and will be hosting free workshops for anyone wishing to learn more about both the Heritage Barn Initiative and the Historic Cemetery Preservation Program. The Washington Trust will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the process for completing application documents.
Thursday, Sept. 5
6 – 7 p.m.: Historic Cemetery Grants
7 – 8 p.m.: Heritage Barn Grants
Port Angeles Main Library – Carver Room (South)
2210 S Peabody Street, Port Angeles
See the full list of statewide workshops on the Washington Trust website. Anyone unable to attend a workshop in their area is encouraged to contact the Washington Trust for more information about these programs:
Barns: Jennifer Mortensen, 206-462-2999 or [email protected]
Cemeteries: Julianne Patterson, 206-535-1044 or [email protected]
Scheduled for Graves Creek Road in Quinault Valley Beginning Sept. 3
The Olympic National Park road crew is scheduled to begin repairs to three washouts on the Quinault Valley’s Graves Creek Road on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Graves Creek Road sustained damage during the last two years of winter storms. While the Graves Creek Road is closed, there will be no vehicle access to the Graves Creek Trailhead and Graves Creek Campground.
To provide for public safety during the first repair, the road will be completely closed to all entry, including foot, bicycle, and stock access, at the intersection of the Quinault North and Shore roads. The first repair is anticipated to last one week. During this time, access to Enchanted Valley will be available from trailheads on the park’s east side.
After the first of three repairs is complete the road will be accessible by foot, bicycle and stock access for the remainder of the work. Parking is limited.
For visitor and employee safety, visitors must ensure they have the attention and permission of the road crew prior to passing through the work zone.
For the final washout repair, the road closure is expected to move from the intersection of the North and South Shore roads to approximately milepost 4. This move of the closure is anticipated for the last week of work. Parking is limited.
The entire repair project and closure to vehicles is anticipated to last four weeks, with the road scheduled to reopen to all access in early October.
Graves Creek Road is a six-mile-long gravel road that runs from the intersection of the North and South Shore roads to the Graves Creek Trailhead and these repairs are critical to maintaining vehicle access to the area.
The road repairs involve the placement of large logs along the length of the embankments, with the logs’ rootwads facing into the stream to encourage the development of fish habitat. Rock ballast will be placed to secure the logs and prevent buoyancy, and the gravel road will then be rebuilt overtop the logs. The logs for this project were salvaged from previous projects in the park.
The cost for the road repair project is $140,000 and is funded through the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) of the Federal Highway Administration. The FLTP funds projects that improve access within Federal lands (national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, national recreation areas, and other Federal public lands) on transportation facilities in the national Federal Lands transportation inventory, and owned and maintained by the Federal government.
For information about visiting Olympic National Park, visitors should consult the park website at www.nps.gov/olym.