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Mary Kelsoe of the Port Angeles Garden Club thins a cluster of azaleas as a tulip sprouts nearby in one of the decorative planters on Wednesday along the esplanade in the 100 block of West Railroad Avenue on the Port Angeles waterfront. Garden club members have traditionally maintained a pair of planters along the Esplanade as Billie Loos’s Garden, named for a longtime club member. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

In full bloom

Mary Kelsoe of the Port Angeles Garden Club thins a cluster of azaleas as a tulip sprouts nearby in one of the decorative planters on… Continue reading

Becca Paul, a paraeducator at Jefferson Elementary in Port Angeles, helps introduce a new book for third-graders, from left, Margret Trowbridge, Taezia Hanan and Skylyn King, to practice reading in the Literacy Lab. The book is entitled “The Girl With A Vision.” (Dave Logan/for Peninsula News)

After two-year deal, PA paraeducators back to work

Union, school district agree to mediated contract with baseline increases

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during Saturday’s Olympic Birdfest. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Bird spotting

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during… Continue reading

Fernando Cruz of Auburn, an employee of Specialized Pavement Marking in Pacific, cleans off a sign he used to paint a bicycle lane on Sims Way and Kearney Street, the site of the new roundabout. The workers needed at least two days of 47 degrees or above in order to paint the pedestrian crosswalks and other necessary markings. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

New bike lane in Port Townsend

Fernando Cruz of Auburn, an employee of Specialized Pavement Marking in Pacific, cleans off a sign he used to paint a bicycle lane on Sims… Continue reading

Fernando Cruz of Auburn, an employee of Specialized Pavement Marking in Pacific, cleans off a sign he used to paint a bicycle lane on Sims Way and Kearney Street, the site of the new roundabout. The workers needed at least two days of 47 degrees or above in order to paint the pedestrian crosswalks and other necessary markings. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
Pickets in support of paraeducators in the Port Angeles School District march along West Eighth Street in front of the district offices at Lincoln Center on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Strike enters Day 4

Paraeducators, district continue to bargain

Pickets in support of paraeducators in the Port Angeles School District march along West Eighth Street in front of the district offices at Lincoln Center on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
The Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103-foot sailing ship, was returned to the water Tuesday after it spent several years being restored at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven. The ship, purchased from the Grays Harbor Historical Society by Aubrey and Matt Wilson, will now return to Hawaii, where it will be available for tours and  (Peter Segall/Peninsula News)

Hawaiian Chieftain back in the water

The Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103-foot sailing ship, was returned to the water Tuesday after it spent several years being restored at the Port of Port… Continue reading

The Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103-foot sailing ship, was returned to the water Tuesday after it spent several years being restored at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven. The ship, purchased from the Grays Harbor Historical Society by Aubrey and Matt Wilson, will now return to Hawaii, where it will be available for tours and  (Peter Segall/Peninsula News)
Karyn Williams, owner of Red Dog Farm in Chimacum, bags fresh lettuce in anticipation of the opening of the 32nd Port Townsend Farmers Market on Saturday. This will be Williams’ 17th year of participation in the market. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Fresh from the farm

Karyn Williams, owner of Red Dog Farm in Chimacum, bags fresh lettuce in anticipation of the opening of the 32nd Port Townsend Farmers Market on… Continue reading

Karyn Williams, owner of Red Dog Farm in Chimacum, bags fresh lettuce in anticipation of the opening of the 32nd Port Townsend Farmers Market on Saturday. This will be Williams’ 17th year of participation in the market. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Thursday. Surface removal paves the way for rebuilding the playground, currently scheduled as a volunteer community effort on May 15-19. A large portion of the playground was destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Playground progress in Port Angeles

Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in… Continue reading

Kelly Couthlin of Port Angeles-based RJ Services Inc. uses an excavator to remove damaged surface padding tiles at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Thursday. Surface removal paves the way for rebuilding the playground, currently scheduled as a volunteer community effort on May 15-19. A large portion of the playground was destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 20. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
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Dane Schoonover of Port Townsend helps his daughter Lyra, 8, learn how to skateboard at the Port Townsend Skateboard Park on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Training wheels

Dane Schoonover of Port Townsend helps his daughter Lyra, 8, learn how to skateboard at the Port Townsend Skateboard Park on Monday.… Continue reading

Dane Schoonover of Port Townsend helps his daughter Lyra, 8, learn how to skateboard at the Port Townsend Skateboard Park on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
Children take off from the starting ropes in search of prize-filled eggs at the 46th annual KONP Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. Hundreds of youngsters took part in the event. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

And they're off ...

Youngsters around the Peninsula went in search of the Easter Bunny’s bounty at area egg hunts this weekend.… Continue reading

Children take off from the starting ropes in search of prize-filled eggs at the 46th annual KONP Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. Hundreds of youngsters took part in the event. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty, from left, Princess Ashlynn Northaven, Princess Kailah Blake, Princess Sophia Treece and Queen Ariya Goettling stand with their new float that they’ll ride on for 14 parades this year. It was shown to them for the first time on Saturday at 7 Cedars Casino. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty, from left, Princess Ashlynn Northaven, Princess Kailah Blake, Princess Sophia Treece and Queen Ariya Goettling stand with their new float that they’ll ride on for 14 parades this year. It was shown to them for the first time on Saturday at 7 Cedars Casino. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Hanna Paoluccu of Alexander, N.Y., and Rosie Berg of Nevada City, Calif., members of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and working with the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Board, remove poisonous hemlock weed from along the Larry Scott Trail in Port Townsend on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Poison hemlock removal in Port Townsend

Hanna Paoluccu of Alexander, N.Y., and Rosie Berg of Nevada City, Calif., members of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and working with the Jefferson… Continue reading

Hanna Paoluccu of Alexander, N.Y., and Rosie Berg of Nevada City, Calif., members of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and working with the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Board, remove poisonous hemlock weed from along the Larry Scott Trail in Port Townsend on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as a line of cars wait to drop off unwanted electronic equipment during the club’s electronics recycling event on Saturday in the parking lot of Port Angeles Civic Field. The club, in partnership with SBK Recycling, collected hundreds of pounds of old computers, televisions, printers and other equipment as vehicles lined up for blocks along nearby Race Street to dispose of castoff electronics. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Kiwanis service programs. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Recycling electronics at Port Angeles Civic Field

Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as… Continue reading

Bobby Doisher, a prospective member of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, carries a discarded printer to a waiting truck to be taken away for recycling as a line of cars wait to drop off unwanted electronic equipment during the club’s electronics recycling event on Saturday in the parking lot of Port Angeles Civic Field. The club, in partnership with SBK Recycling, collected hundreds of pounds of old computers, televisions, printers and other equipment as vehicles lined up for blocks along nearby Race Street to dispose of castoff electronics. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Kiwanis service programs. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Matt Klontz with the Port of Port Townsend, in a yellow jacket, looks over the nearly completed south breakwater jetty at the entrance to Point Hudson Marina with Jacob Bates, an Orion employee, during a punch-list review on Wednesday. The jetty is expected to be finished next week. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Jetty nearly complete

Matt Klontz with the Port of Port Townsend, in a yellow jacket, looks over the nearly completed south breakwater jetty at the entrance to Point… Continue reading

Matt Klontz with the Port of Port Townsend, in a yellow jacket, looks over the nearly completed south breakwater jetty at the entrance to Point Hudson Marina with Jacob Bates, an Orion employee, during a punch-list review on Wednesday. The jetty is expected to be finished next week. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
Joel Arrington, boat shop manager for the Northwest Maritime Center, looks at the bow of a boat he cut in half that will be an exhibit piece in the new Welcome Center being constructed in what was formerly the retail shop. The new space will have a smaller retail space with the rest of the floorplan devoted to exhibits. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

Northwest Maritime Center welcome center in the works

Renovated space will serve as information hub for activities

Joel Arrington, boat shop manager for the Northwest Maritime Center, looks at the bow of a boat he cut in half that will be an exhibit piece in the new Welcome Center being constructed in what was formerly the retail shop. The new space will have a smaller retail space with the rest of the floorplan devoted to exhibits. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)
As is tradition at the end of the Walk for Water, Interact Club members douse the president — this year Krista Charters — in Sequim’s original irrigation ditch by Sequim Middle School. Charters said carrying two large buckets of water 2 miles was harder than she thought it’d be. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Interact Club continues to ‘Walk for Water'

Fundraiser looks to build well for school in Ghana

As is tradition at the end of the Walk for Water, Interact Club members douse the president — this year Krista Charters — in Sequim’s original irrigation ditch by Sequim Middle School. Charters said carrying two large buckets of water 2 miles was harder than she thought it’d be. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for eventual transport to a temporary library building. The current library on North Sequim Avenue is slated for renovation and expansion with library services slated to resume on April 1 at 609 W. Washington St., next to Fifth Avenue Furniture, in the storefront that was previously Brian’s Sporting Goods. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Book transfer

North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for… Continue reading

North Olympic Library System public service specialist Jessica Raivo transfers books from the stacks to a cart on Saturday at the Sequim Public Library for eventual transport to a temporary library building. The current library on North Sequim Avenue is slated for renovation and expansion with library services slated to resume on April 1 at 609 W. Washington St., next to Fifth Avenue Furniture, in the storefront that was previously Brian’s Sporting Goods. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle & Pub Crawl in downtown Port Angeles. The event, a benefit for the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, allowed crawlers to receive six tasting tokens for libations at participating bars and restaurants in the downtown area with a drawing for additional prizes. Numerous downtown businesses also offered sale discounts for purchases during the crawl. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)

Winter sports benefit in Port Angeles

Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle… Continue reading

Casey and Karen Proud, both of Sequim, look at a selection of St. Patrick’s Day hats and other souvenirs for participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle & Pub Crawl in downtown Port Angeles. The event, a benefit for the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, allowed crawlers to receive six tasting tokens for libations at participating bars and restaurants in the downtown area with a drawing for additional prizes. Numerous downtown businesses also offered sale discounts for purchases during the crawl. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula News)
Mary Kniskern, Sonny’s Spaw and Self Wash owner, shares a moment with Casey, a Great Dane who was rescued after suffering a gunshot wound and the effects of severe hunger in February. (Welfare for Animals Guild)
Mary Kniskern, Sonny’s Spaw and Self Wash owner, shares a moment with Casey, a Great Dane who was rescued after suffering a gunshot wound and the effects of severe hunger in February. (Welfare for Animals Guild)