Senior Luncheon Oct. 4
The Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., will host a senior luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, starting at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, there will be information from the Senior Task Force on Aging in Place. This event is sponsored by the Emblem Club.
Public Lands Day
On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites people to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a free visit to Washington’s state parks. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
Rent a table NOW
The Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., will host a Flea Market Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are a vendor or just a person with stuff to sell rent your table now. Tables are $20 and can be reserved by calling Ilene at 360-640-8155. Proceeds from the table rent will go to support the Elks National Foundation.
The 84th annual Harvest Dinner will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Congregational Church, from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu will include roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mash potatoes; sweet potatoes, baked salmon, a variety of salads, apple and pumpkin pie, plus a variety of drinks.
The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors over 62 and children under 12.
Penny Linterman on violin, Marlene Moore on cello and Gary McRoberts on piano make up the Deka Piano Trio. They will be performing at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., on Saturday, Sept. 30, starting at 7 p.m. The concert is free and donations will gladly be accepted.
Forks High School
FAFSA Parent Night
Attention FHS Senior Parents: Is your high school senior about to graduate? Do they need funding for their post-secondary plans? If they do, they should complete the FAFSA, which opens on Oct. 1. If you need help learning about the FAFSA and completing it, a representative from Peninsula College will be at the Forks High School Library on Oct. 3 from 6-7 p.m. to give a presentation and help complete your FAFSA. Contact the FHS Counseling Center for more information at 360-374-6263 x263, or at [email protected] All are welcome to attend.
BECOME AN IRS-CERTIFIED TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEER!
TAX-AIDE is looking for new volunteers in the Forks area to prepare federal income tax returns for the upcoming tax season. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! In Forks, we especially need bilingual volunteers.
If you have basic computer skills, enjoy preparing income tax returns, and (mostly) enjoy helping others, this could be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
To volunteer, complete an online application at www.aarp.org/taxaide. Once your application is processed, the Forks Local Coordinator Hearst Coen will be in touch with you. If you have questions, contact Hearst at 360-452-6541, or [email protected] New volunteers must be signed up by the end of November in order to accommodate the TAX-AIDE training schedule.
On Oct. 11, 12, 13 and 14, a National Child Passenger Safety Certification Course will be offered at the Forks Fire Hall, 11 N. Spartan Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $85 SAFE KIDS Registration Fee (online) and $25 Local Fee, Payable on the first day of class to CCHHS Injury Prevention. Snacks will be provided. Lunch is not provided.
For registration information contact Ruby Nelson, 360-374-3121 [email protected]
Space is limited. Spots will be confirmed once payment is made. Participants are required to be present for the entire course.
Forks Community Hospital will once again offer Childbirth Education Classes held each Tuesday, for six weeks beginning Oct. 17, and ending Nov. 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Caring Place, 481 West E St.
To Register visit forkshospital.org or call 360-374-6271 ext. 169 or Email [email protected] or drop by Forks Community Hospital Admitting Desk.
‘FDR’ is coming to the Peninsula Again
Scott Larsen will be guest speaker as ‘FDR’ for his ‘FDR Visits the City of Angeles’ talk at ‘History Tales,’ the monthly Clallam County Historical Society program. It will be on Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. 7th Street, Port Angeles.
A gale force wind almost made FDR not come to Port Angeles, Larsen found out, heading for Tacoma for his waiting presidential train. But Democratic politicians called the president in Victoria saying he must come “because the people on the peninsula are waiting to see you.” So come he did, says Larsen, in a prepared press release.
FDR traveled up Lincoln Street in USFS vehicles – the Forest Service was his host on the peninsula – only to stop in front of the Clallam County Courthouse to say a few remarks. Then on to Lake Crescent for the night’s stay. A torrential downpour that night didn’t bother FDR – Larsen will reveal why in his talk – while it was downright uncomfortable for the members of the traveling press.
Then-called Singer’s Lake Crescent Tavern (now lodge) and nearby Marymere Inn (where the press was put up away from FDR and his party) were actually open only in the summer. Many of the cottages and cabins were cold and leaked with rain that night.
Larsen will portray FDR while Margaret Bauer of Seattle will portray Eleanor Roosevelt Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, giving two talks in Port Angeles, one at Lake Crescent Lodge and one at Lake Quinault Lodge.
Little did Scott Larsen know after he began his first history project around the 250 or so Scandinavians aboard the RMS Titanic for the ship’s 100th anniversary in 2012, it would launch a new direction for his passion around history.
The peninsula visits to Port Angeles, Lake Crescent and Lake Quinault were just three of dozens and dozens of visits FDR made on his 8,100-plus mile, two-week trip in 1937, Larsen discovered. The trip involved an untold number of Secret Service agents and local law enforcement, eight different railroad lines, two U.S. Navy destroyers, and dozens of automobiles.
“We will have to forgo use of a train and destroyer in re-tracing this historic tour,” says Larsen. “After visiting Victoria, we will travel to the Olympic Peninsula where we will make four appearances and talks.”
“History is too important to leave in the dusty, old history books,” says Larsen. “That is why bringing it alive through talks and writings hopefully will instill curiosity around local history.” He hopes to publish a book about this 1937 presidential trip.
Public comments wanted on the draft Washington
WSDOT seeking input on 20-year plan by Nov. 6
Washingtonians have an opportunity to provide input into the future of the state’s transportation system through the Washington Transportation Plan, Phase 2 – Implementation. The plan establishes how the state can prepare itself for an uncertain future in the face of climate change and advances in technology.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on the plan from now through Nov. 6, 2017.
The plan builds on WTP Phase 1, which established a 20-year vision for the statewide multimodal transportation system. Phase 1 highlighted emerging trends and challenges facing the state’s transportation system and developed recommendations for meeting those challenges.
WTP Phase 2 implements recommendations from Phase 1 through four focus areas and 11 action items to achieve the 20-year vision established in Phase 1.
It also establishes how the state can prepare itself for four plausible, but uncertain futures regarding climate change and technology and their potential impacts on the statewide transportation system. Through its proposed recommendations, Phase 2 will guide decision makers on major issues facing the statewide transportation system.
How to comment on the plan
The comment period closes on Nov. 6, 2017. Copies of the plan and a comment form for submitting feedback are available:
· Online: https://washtransplan.com/
· By telephone request: 206-464-1261
· By written request: Washington State Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning Division, 401 Second Ave., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104.