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Community Announcements

Financial assistance for those raising relatives

Relatives as Parents is a program offering financial assistance to grandparents raising grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins raising related children, brothers, and sister raising siblings. There is money available for food, clothes, shoes, shelter, utility bills and other critical needs. Call Susie at 360-374-9496 ext.2 to apply.

First Federal Proudly PNW Photo Contest

First Federal is encouraging you to submit your landscape photos of Western Washington into their Proudly PNW Photo Contest.

Photos can be submitted and voted on until September 23. Winners will be featured in the First Federal community desk calendar and there is a chance to win some cash prizes.

One grand prize of $250, 12 secondary prizes of $50, and one “Fan Choice” will receive a PNW themed gift basket valued at $100.

Visit for how to enter and official rules.

Salal Permit Sales to Begin in September

Permit sales for salal on the Olympic National Forest will begin in September.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an understory shrub commonly used in the floral industry. It grows in dense thickets throughout western Washington and Oregon.

Permits will be issued from the Forks, Quinault, and Quilcene offices starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9.

A maximum of one-hundred permits will be issued across the Forest. Fifty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Twenty-five permits will be offered from Forks for the west-side of Clallam County. Twenty-five permits will be offered from Quinault for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply. Each permit will cost $150 and can be used for up to two months. A valid U.S. Federal or State picture identification will be required at the time of purchase, and those buying the permits must be at least 18 years of age. Cash or checks will be accepted, but there will be no credit card or debit card transactions.

Please note: To ensure the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that individuals will maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others who are not from the same household. Please have a mask available to wear when it is difficult to maintain social distance. A mask will be required to enter any Forest Service office. Future salal dates for this season are pending and dependent on the safe practices of all.

For additional information about salal permit sales, please contact Mark LaGioia at 360-765-2215. For general information about Olympic National Forest, visit

Broads & Broadsides: The Dead Feminists Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host “Broads & Broadsides: The Dead Feminists Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” through Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, was first introduced to Congress in 1878 but not passed until 1919, and was finally ratified into law Aug. 18, 1920. Although other reforms were — and are — needed to guarantee access to voting for all citizens, the 19th Amendment prohibits the government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. Registration is required to receive Zoom information (participants can listen online or by phone). Register at or by calling your local NOLS branch.

In honor of our collective civic duties and celebration of this freedom, artists Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring will discuss some of the women featured in their award-winning book “Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color.” The presentation will also include a virtual tour of their print-making studio.

The artists use classic print-making techniques to create broadsides in the Dead Feminist series. Each poster features quotes by historical feminists, tied to current political and social issues, and each limited-edition broadside is letterpress printed from hand-drawn lettering and illustrations. The ordinary and extraordinary women who made a difference throughout history are collected into the graphic work. “Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color” may be placed on hold through the NOLS catalog and checked out curbside.

Curbside library service, including returns and holds pick-up, is available 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at all NOLS locations, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks. For more information on this or other library programs, visit, call 360-417-8500, or email [email protected]

“Honey Bee Keeping” by Megan DePew

Megan DePew, co-owner of the Sequim Bee Farm, will give a presentation on beekeeping during her hour long Zoom presentation on Thursday, August 27, which begins at noon. She will cover the history of beekeeping, modern beekeeping practices, the struggles, and challenges of beekeeping, and will share many lovely pictures of the little insects. This lecture will be interesting to local gardeners since bees and beekeeping are intimately intertwined with gardening through pollination. Megan will allow for plenty of Q&A time so that attendees can pick her brain.

Join Megan DePew online by accessing a link to her talk from the WSU Clallam County Extension website or directly through

DePew started beekeeping as a hobby about 12 years ago and became active with the North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association, earning her journeyman beekeeping certificate through the state of Washington and serving as VP and President of the club. The DePews’ hobby grew into a sustainable cottage business that provides local honey and beeswax sundries to the Port Angeles and Sequim Farmers Market, as well as several local stores.

Their honey has won 9 national and international awards over the years. Buddy and Megan DePew operate a small farm stand every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at their barn, 68 Short Road, Port Angeles, where people are welcome to stop by and chat.

WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners sponsor the “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. One presentation is offered in November, December, and January. For questions, call 360-565-2679.