Keith Thorpe

Elora Wilson, 10, and her mother, Eria Wilson of Sequim, create solstice crowns to wear on their heads at a craft table in Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center during Saturday’s Summertide Solstice Art Festival. The event featured music entertainment, poetry reading, crafts, food and games as a celebration of the upcoming beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Summertide festival

Elora Wilson, 10, and her mother, Eria Wilson of Sequim, create solstice crowns to wear on their heads at a craft table in Webster’s Woods… Continue reading

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Three-year-old Archie Hanson takes a spin on a merry-go-round pushed by his mother, Justine Hanson of Port Angeles, with sister Arlene Hanson 7 months, during Sunday's grand reopening of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground was rebuilt earlier this month by volunteers after an arson fire destroyed much of the playground equipment in December. Although there are still details to attend to and minor adjustments to be made, the facility will be open daily from dawn until dusk.

Grand reopening at Dream Playground

Three-year-old Archie Hanson takes a spin on a merry-go-round pushed by his mother, Justine Hanson of Port Angeles, with sister Arlene Hanson 7 months, during… Continue reading

Jason Minnoch, left, and Jim deBord move a set of musical chimes as Al Oman and Jo Johnston look on during preparations on Wednesday for Sunday’s playground opening of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground, rebuilt by volunteers in May after much of it was destroyed by arson in December, will host an official reopening and dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Reopening ceremony Sunday

Jason Minnoch, left, and Jim deBord move a set of musical chimes as Al Oman and Jo Johnston look on during preparations on Wednesday for… Continue reading

Spectators watch a U.S. Coast Guard rescue drill in Port Angeles Harbor during Saturday’s Maritime Festival along the Port Angeles waterfront. The two-day event, hosted by the Port of Port Angeles, served as a showcase for boating and the maritime trades. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Rescue drill at Maritime Festival

Spectators watch a U.S. Coast Guard rescue drill in Port Angeles Harbor during Saturday’s Maritime Festival along the Port Angeles waterfront. The two-day event, hosted… Continue reading

Spectators watch a U.S. Coast Guard rescue drill in Port Angeles Harbor during Saturday’s Maritime Festival along the Port Angeles waterfront. The two-day event, hosted by the Port of Port Angeles, served as a showcase for boating and the maritime trades. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Artist Christopher Keywood of San Diego creates a mermaid mural on the north side of HarborTowne Mall in downtown Port Angeles on Thursday. Keywood, along with the mall's owner, decided that the blank wall deserved a decoration visible from The Gateway transit center and nearby North Lincoln Street. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

A mermaid's touch

Artist Christopher Keywood of San Diego creates a mermaid mural on the north side of HarborTowne Mall in downtown Port Angeles on Thursday. Keywood, along… Continue reading

Artist Christopher Keywood of San Diego creates a mermaid mural on the north side of HarborTowne Mall in downtown Port Angeles on Thursday. Keywood, along with the mall's owner, decided that the blank wall deserved a decoration visible from The Gateway transit center and nearby North Lincoln Street. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
A work crew from the Texas-based ForeverLawn rolls up a piece of cut playground surface in the parking lot of Erickson Playfield in preparation for installation at the nearby Dream Playground in Port Angeles. The crew was contracted to install the padded play area after a five-day community build last week to replace portions of the playground that were destroyed by arson in December. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

New play surface

A work crew from the Texas-based ForeverLawn rolls up a piece of cut playground surface in the parking lot of Erickson Playfield in preparation for… Continue reading

A work crew from the Texas-based ForeverLawn rolls up a piece of cut playground surface in the parking lot of Erickson Playfield in preparation for installation at the nearby Dream Playground in Port Angeles. The crew was contracted to install the padded play area after a five-day community build last week to replace portions of the playground that were destroyed by arson in December. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based Renegade Orchestra take the stage at Field Arts & Events Hall, a Saturday venue of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Hitting the right notes

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based Renegade Orchestra take the stage at Field Arts & Events Hall, a Saturday… Continue reading

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based Renegade Orchestra take the stage at Field Arts & Events Hall, a Saturday venue of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Volunteers work to construct the main play structure of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Sunday, the last day of a five-day community build to replace play equipment destroyed by arson in December. The playground, built entirely with donated labor, will be substantially complete with primarily detail work and play surface installation still to come. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Finishing touches

Volunteers work to construct the main play structure of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Sunday, the last day of a… Continue reading

Volunteers work to construct the main play structure of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Sunday, the last day of a five-day community build to replace play equipment destroyed by arson in December. The playground, built entirely with donated labor, will be substantially complete with primarily detail work and play surface installation still to come. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Port Angeles Fire Department community paramedic Brian Gerdes flips pancakes during Saturday’s annual breakfast on Saturday at the fire hall. The event, hosted by the fire department and auxiliary, was a fundraiser for department scholarships and relief baskets. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Pancake fundraiser in Port Angeles

Port Angeles Fire Department community paramedic Brian Gerdes flips pancakes during Saturday’s annual breakfast on Saturday at the fire hall. The event, hosted by the… Continue reading

Port Angeles Fire Department community paramedic Brian Gerdes flips pancakes during Saturday’s annual breakfast on Saturday at the fire hall. The event, hosted by the fire department and auxiliary, was a fundraiser for department scholarships and relief baskets. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during Saturday’s annual plant sale and raffle at the floral barn at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. The sale, hosted by the Port Angeles Garden Club, was a fundraiser for club projects and scholarships, and it featured a wide variety of plants for the upcoming growing season and beyond. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Plant sale at Clallam County Fairgrounds

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during Saturday’s annual plant sale and raffle at the floral barn at the Clallam… Continue reading

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during Saturday’s annual plant sale and raffle at the floral barn at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. The sale, hosted by the Port Angeles Garden Club, was a fundraiser for club projects and scholarships, and it featured a wide variety of plants for the upcoming growing season and beyond. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Roxanne Pfiefer-Fisher, a volunteer with a team from Walmart, sorts through sections of what will become a slide during Wednesday’s opening day of a community rebuild of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Volunteers flock to Dream Playground to start build

Group effort reminds organizers of efforts in 2021, 2002

Roxanne Pfiefer-Fisher, a volunteer with a team from Walmart, sorts through sections of what will become a slide during Wednesday’s opening day of a community rebuild of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Michael Anderson of Gibsons, British Columbia tries his hand at flying a kite in the gusty winds of Point Hudson on Monday afternoon. Anderson was on the last leg of an RV vacation around the Olympic Peninsula with his wife and dog and planned on spending the next two nights at the Point Hudson Marina RV Park before they head home. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Let's go fly a kite

Michael Anderson of Gibsons, British Columbia tries his hand at flying a kite in the gusty winds of Point Hudson on Monday afternoon. Anderson was… Continue reading

Michael Anderson of Gibsons, British Columbia tries his hand at flying a kite in the gusty winds of Point Hudson on Monday afternoon. Anderson was on the last leg of an RV vacation around the Olympic Peninsula with his wife and dog and planned on spending the next two nights at the Point Hudson Marina RV Park before they head home. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, illuminate the sky on Friday night into Saturday morning at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles. A G5 magnetic storm created conditions for the aurora to be visible to large portions of North America, including hundreds of people who ventured to the ridge to watch the geomagnetic spectacle. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Lighting up the sky

The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, illuminate the sky on Friday night into Saturday morning at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park… Continue reading

The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, illuminate the sky on Friday night into Saturday morning at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles. A G5 magnetic storm created conditions for the aurora to be visible to large portions of North America, including hundreds of people who ventured to the ridge to watch the geomagnetic spectacle. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Volunteer Al Oman, right, guides an auger operated by Steve Fink during site preparation for rebuilding the Dream Playground on Wednesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. A community rebuild is scheduled for May 15-19 to replace portions of the popular playground that were destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. Volunteer signups are available at https://www.padreamplayground.org. The nonprofit Dream Playground Foundation, which organized and orchestrated previous versions of the playground, is also seeking loaner tools with more information available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DA4AC23A5F85-48241857-dream#/. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Site preparation for playground

Volunteer Al Oman, right, guides an auger operated by Steve Fink during site preparation for rebuilding the Dream Playground on Wednesday at Erickson Playfield in… Continue reading

Volunteer Al Oman, right, guides an auger operated by Steve Fink during site preparation for rebuilding the Dream Playground on Wednesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. A community rebuild is scheduled for May 15-19 to replace portions of the popular playground that were destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. Volunteer signups are available at https://www.padreamplayground.org. The nonprofit Dream Playground Foundation, which organized and orchestrated previous versions of the playground, is also seeking loaner tools with more information available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DA4AC23A5F85-48241857-dream#/. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Midge Vogan of Port Angeles sprays cleaner on a pair of sculptures in the 100 block of North Laurel Street in downtown Port Angeles on Saturday as part of the fourth annual Big Spring Spruce Up, sponsored by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of volunteers spread out over the downtown area to help beautify the city. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Spring Spruce Up in Port Angeles

Midge Vogan of Port Angeles sprays cleaner on a pair of sculptures in the 100 block of North Laurel Street in downtown Port Angeles on… Continue reading

Midge Vogan of Port Angeles sprays cleaner on a pair of sculptures in the 100 block of North Laurel Street in downtown Port Angeles on Saturday as part of the fourth annual Big Spring Spruce Up, sponsored by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of volunteers spread out over the downtown area to help beautify the city. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Kyle Zimmerman, co-owner of The Hub at Front and Lincoln streets in downtown Port Angeles, adds a new coat of paint on Wednesday to an advertising sign on the back of his building that was uncovered during the demolition of a derelict building that once hid the sign from view. Zimmerman said The Hub, formerly Mathews Glass and Howe's Garage before that, is being converted to an artist's workspace and entertainment venue with an opening set for late May or early June. Although The Hub will have no control over any new construction that might later hide the automotive signs, Zimmerman said restoring the paint is an interesting addition to the downtown area for as long as it lasts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Paint restoration in Port Angeles

Kyle Zimmerman, co-owner of The Hub at Front and Lincoln streets in downtown Port Angeles, adds a new coat of paint on Wednesday to an… Continue reading

Kyle Zimmerman, co-owner of The Hub at Front and Lincoln streets in downtown Port Angeles, adds a new coat of paint on Wednesday to an advertising sign on the back of his building that was uncovered during the demolition of a derelict building that once hid the sign from view. Zimmerman said The Hub, formerly Mathews Glass and Howe's Garage before that, is being converted to an artist's workspace and entertainment venue with an opening set for late May or early June. Although The Hub will have no control over any new construction that might later hide the automotive signs, Zimmerman said restoring the paint is an interesting addition to the downtown area for as long as it lasts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
August Gala, 2, of Port Angeles spins an idle wheel of a truck belonging to Bruch & Bruch Construction during Saturday’s Touch a Truck event at Queen of Angeles School in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by the school’s parent-teacher organization, allowed youngsters and adults to visit and climb aboard a variety of construction, public safety and utility vehicles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Touch a Truck

August Gala, 2, of Port Angeles spins an idle wheel of a truck belonging to Bruch & Bruch Construction during Saturday’s Touch a Truck event… Continue reading

August Gala, 2, of Port Angeles spins an idle wheel of a truck belonging to Bruch & Bruch Construction during Saturday’s Touch a Truck event at Queen of Angeles School in Port Angeles. The event, hosted by the school’s parent-teacher organization, allowed youngsters and adults to visit and climb aboard a variety of construction, public safety and utility vehicles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Lily Galloway, 9, of Port Angeles looks down from a climbing wall set up at the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles during Junior Ranger Day, a celebration of the park and of the outdoors. The event featured a variety of activities and exhibits focused on getting youths interested in the environment and the wonders of the national park system. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Junior Ranger Day

Lily Galloway, 9, of Port Angeles looks down from a climbing wall set up at the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles during… Continue reading

Lily Galloway, 9, of Port Angeles looks down from a climbing wall set up at the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles during Junior Ranger Day, a celebration of the park and of the outdoors. The event featured a variety of activities and exhibits focused on getting youths interested in the environment and the wonders of the national park system. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Clayton Hergert, 2, along with is mother, Mandy Hergert of Port Angeles, sit at the bow of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat on display during Saturday’s Healthy Kids Day at the Port Angeles YMCA. The event, hosted by all three Olympic Peninsula YMCA branches, featured children’s activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a love for physical activity. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Captain on deck

Clayton Hergert, 2, along with is mother, Mandy Hergert of Port Angeles, sit at the bow of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat on display… Continue reading

Clayton Hergert, 2, along with is mother, Mandy Hergert of Port Angeles, sit at the bow of a U.S. Coast Guard response boat on display during Saturday’s Healthy Kids Day at the Port Angeles YMCA. The event, hosted by all three Olympic Peninsula YMCA branches, featured children’s activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a love for physical activity. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Isaac Wendel, 11, left, and his mother Jennie Wendel of Port Angeles, comb the beach on the inside of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Saturday as part of a cleanup effort hosted by Washington CoastSavers in honor of Earth Day. Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across numerous beaches on Washington’s Pacific Coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca to collect trash and other unwanted debris. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Earth Day cleanup

Isaac Wendel, 11, left, and his mother Jennie Wendel of Port Angeles, comb the beach on the inside of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on… Continue reading

Isaac Wendel, 11, left, and his mother Jennie Wendel of Port Angeles, comb the beach on the inside of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Saturday as part of a cleanup effort hosted by Washington CoastSavers in honor of Earth Day. Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across numerous beaches on Washington’s Pacific Coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca to collect trash and other unwanted debris. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)