Community Announcements


The community is invited to the American Legion Hall, 651 East Division and Maple on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7 -11 a.m. for breakfast.

DINE IN or TAKE OUT on the menu will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and sausage gravy, coffee, and water.

Suggested donation is $6 additional donations gladly accepted, everyone is welcome to come. Join us in supporting all veterans.

NOLS Grab Bags

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is now offering DVDs and Music CDs in the popular Grab Bag service. “We know that patrons miss the experience of browsing the Library’s shelves,” commented Library Director Noah Glaude. “Grab Bags have provided a discover service that many users appreciate, so we are happy to add these formats.”

NOLS card holders can request a Grab Bag through the library’s website at Each bag will contain up to 10 items from the library’s collection that can be picked up during curbside hours. Available items include books, audiobooks on CD, Playaways, music CDs, and DVDs. Patrons should allow up to two business days for their request to be processed; automatic holds notifications will be sent when items are ready for pickup.

Curbside service is available at all NOLS branches from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Clallam Bay Branch remains closed on Saturdays. For more information about this and other services at your library, visit or contact the library at 360-417-8500 or

Accelerated AA Track Offers Completion of Associate’s Degree in One Year

Same degree, in half the time. For people who are juggling a career, family, multiple commitments, or are at home with a lot of time on their hands, spending two or more years earning a degree may not be a realistic option.

Now students can earn a degree in a faster, more convenient way, through Peninsula College’s affordable, accelerated, fully online associate in arts degree pathway.

“The response we got to our community survey indicated that people wanted more and different scheduling options for earning their AA degree,” said Vice President for Instruction, Dr. Steven Thomas. “The Accelerated AA was created from the feedback that we received.”

This one-year degree allows students to earn an associate’s degree in just one year, save money by completing the associate program at a lower cost than a university, and receive personalized attention with low student-to-faculty ratios and regular academic advising.

Students will be able to earn a degree in as little as one year by taking six courses per quarter: each quarter they will take three 5 ½ week-long courses, followed immediately by another three 5 ½ week-long courses. Students already enrolled in the traditional AA program have the option of switching to the accelerated track.

When competed, students can transfer to bachelor of arts degrees at Washington public four-year institutions. This option is appropriate for students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


The Peninsula College Foundation will cover the $50 Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BAS) Program application fee through the spring quarter of 2021.

“The Foundation has donors who support the BAS Program at the College, and this is an example of how that support benefits students,” said Foundation ED, Getta Workman.

Students may apply to the BAS Program for the winter quarter at any time. To avoid delays, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at

For more information, contact BAS Program Director Amy Williamson at

Advance Care Planning: Making Future Health Care Choices

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will present Advance Care Planning discussions through Zoom in November. Olympic Medical Center staff will discuss future and end-of-life health care choices and help you to start making a plan. Programs will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. Registration is required to receive Zoom meeting info; register through the NOLS website, or by calling your NOLS branch.

A health crisis can happen unexpectedly at any age. What type of medical interventions would you want, if you were unable to speak for yourself? Whether you are just starting a family, are a single adult, or are a retiree, having a plan in place is important for you and your loved ones.

A question and answer period will follow each presentation. Advance care planning documents may be downloaded at, and are also available for pickup during curbside hours at all NOLS branches. Documents include Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and Health Care Directive. Additional resources about advance care planning can be found through Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest at

For more information about this or other library programs, visit, call 360-417-8500, or email


research center


The Clallam County Genealogical Society recently announced the opening of its new research center.

The society has completed renovation of the facility at 403 E. Eighth St.

The center provides free access to genealogy research websites as well as thousands of books including a special section on Clallam County. The center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays -Fridays and from noon -4 p.m. Saturdays.

The center is complying with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines for libraries; all visitors must wear a face covering, occupancy is limited to ensure adequate distancing and keyboards and desks are sanitized between each use.

According to a press release, visitors are encouraged to call ahead to ensure that space is available.

For more information, call the center at 360-417-5000 or visit

Beautify Your Farm with Native Plants

Looking for ways to beautify your farm and create habitat? Join Clallam Conservation District on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 4 – 5 p.m., for a free webinar. Topics will include the creation of hedgerows, windbreaks, and privacy screens, and protection of both new and existing plantings from horses and livestock. They will also cover the use of native plants to enhance habitat for pollinators, birds, bats, and wildlife.

Register through Clallam Conservation District’s website at If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a copy of the recorded webinar can be requested upon registration.



Clallam County Juvenile and Family Service’s Child Advocate Program (formerly known as Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA) has a new name! We continue to have the same passion to give a voice to every abused and neglected child in our community, and we still need YOU to make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering.

Being a Child Advocate, also known as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), is truly the heart of who we are and what we do. We are still the same people, doing the same great work in our community. We just simply have a new name!

Please join our mission and commitment to appoint a volunteer Child Advocate to every abused and neglected child in Clallam County.

Be a hero in the life of a child and volunteer today!

To become a Child Advocate/GAL call now to get information and register for an upcoming training: 360-417-2282 or email

WDFW to hold virtual open house for coastal Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind and WDFW Coastal Regional Director Larry Phillips will host a virtual open house from 7 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, to discuss local topics, including razor clam seasons.

Susewind will be joined by Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andi Day and Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips to discuss how razor clams play a role in regional tourism, outdoor recreation, and community culture. The event will include a short, live presentation and take written questions from the public about razor clams and other topics.

“We always have a lot going on with razor clams and it’s important to us that community members are able to engage with us on the topics that matter to them,” said Director Susewind. “We know that people in this region care about our work and we’re looking forward to having a chance to find out what’s on their minds – clams or otherwise.”

Director Susewind and Coastal Regional Director Phillips will also share updates on a number of other local and statewide issues.

Members of the public can watch and ask questions at the following link: The event will be recorded and posted to the department’s website afterward for those unable to attend.

This is the last in a series of regional virtual open houses this year from Director Susewind, who first began holding regional outreach events in 2018 as a way to increase two-way public engagement and provide updates on the department’s local activities.