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This past Monday, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed the new code regarding “Legal Lots of Record” for Jefferson County that will affect more than 1,900 landowners.  The … more
There are many leaders dedicated to improving the lives of people here. Two of them are Scott Mauk and Bret Black.  Scott is the superintendent of the Chimacum School District, and leads the … more
On a recent trip outside our idyllic community bubble, I saw our dystopian future: An asphalt ocean surrounding a sprawl of chain stores and homes, all connected by five-lane, stoplight-studded roads … more
“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” – Carl Linnaeus Plants have a predictable life span. Virtually all of a plant’s cells, tissues, and organs age and eventually … more
This past weekend was the reunion celebration of a sensitively unnamed number of years since BJ graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  She flew to Indianapolis to join … more
Port Townsend is a special place. Its residents celebrate their differences. Neighbors support one another. So I was heartbroken to see its streets overrun by members of the Washington State Three … more
If this office holder were actually running, nobody in this town would catch him. I ran into trim-looking city manager John Mauro (OK, I was sitting) the other day near City Hall as he was walking … more
The last holiday weekend of the summer was pretty nice. The flags were flying, it was the first college football weekend, the Mariners were playing and the Storm was, too. The really good news is the … more
During an inspiring evening at the “Under the Tent” event, a city official asked us all to “not let perfect be the enemy of good” when offering solutions to our housing … more
Today is the last day of August. Frankly, by a lot of measures, things may be getting better.  On the health front, I graduated from the physical therapy regimen provided by Michael’s … more
Best thing about having kids? Having grandkids.  Our two youngest grandchildren recently visited us here for the first time in three years. With the pandemic now somewhat in abeyance, the … more
Each morning at dawn, the gulls of Uptown Port Townsend unleash their raucous alarm, heralding the start of another glorious summer day. I often follow their lead, and start my own day — albeit … more
Wow, I saw a news item last week about 99-year-old Marguerite Koller of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania who met her recently born 100th great-grandchild!  If it were you, I suspect you might not look … more
I had a gigantic bag of chia seeds in my fridge because they were an ingredient in my gluten-free pancake mix. My husband regularly ate pancakes for breakfast, with butter and maple syrup, and never … more
The Port Townsend Main Street Program staff and volunteers have been running fast this summer. The flower baskets are blooming beautifully downtown and Uptown. There is pent up demand for things to … more
I am lucky. In addition, the weather was nice for the past week.  For last Thursday’s program at Rotary we heard presentations from Ava Gardner-Mifsud and Akira Anderson. They are two … more
In the August 2022 City of Port Townsend newsletter, City Manager John Mauro pointed out the importance of explaining acronyms. In that spirit, I would like to bring up a problematic acronym that … more
The Apiaceae, or carrot family, features root crops like carrots and parsnips, culinary herbs like dill, fennel, and parsley, and beneficial natives like biscuitroot and yarrow. But it also includes … more
Friends, the options for participating are exceeding any reasonable ability to participate. Last week was full of those options for us.  The so called “Opportunity Fair” was a … more
Military memories of an Army brat: That short Leader news item and photo recently about plans to restore the tiny gas station at Fort Worden grabbed me.  That’s because it looks like an … more
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