*Small Kid Time New Year’s Celebration

by Milt Lum, Staff Writer

Small kid time is a pidgin English phrase used by aging residents and expats from Hawaii to describe their childhood experiences. Island culture at the time before statehood, internet, and cell phones, reflected a care-free period of running about with slippas (flip-flops), eating with your fingers, having shaved-ice drool on your t-shirt, and burning firecrackers on New Year’s Eve.

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by Carol Riley, Staff Writer

January. The first month of a new year filled with the promise of new beginnings. I always feel a little thrill of excitement and anticipation of what the year will bring, and because this is a column about food, I get excited about what is available in the markets for January.

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Jefferson Land Trust Eyes Green Burial Options

The popularity of green burial, as discussed in the Going Gentle, Going Green article on this page is spreading fast. In recent news, the Olympic Wildland Burial Grounds LLC, Jefferson Land Trust’s new conservation burialfocused subsidiary, has announced plans to eventually offer two natural burial options—a wildland cemetery and a memorial forest.

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Going Gentle, Going Green

by Evie Maxwell, Staff Writer

When it comes to caring for Mother Earth, the funeral industry, like virtually all others, has a lot to answer for. From the massive pyramids built by ancient kings to the endless acres of gravestones and mausoleums dotted throughout U.S. cities, to the potential carcinogens lurking in embalming fluids and the onslaught of man-made materials hiding beneath artificially green fields, the business of caring for the dead has not been ecologically kind.

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Meet Your Firefighters

By Ron Dawson, Guest Writer

Naaman McGuffey

Meet Naaman McGuffey, Resident Firefighter/EMT in-training at Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue. He began his career in September and has been in the position for three months. He is from Port Angeles, where he has lived his whole life. He decided to become a firefighter after several ride-alongs responding to emergency calls. He has a desire to serve the community and to “do work worth doing.” After seeing a traffic accident at Highway 104 and Paradise Bay Road, where the department responded, he knew that the job provided the opportunity for him to serve the public. He had previously been considering joining the Marines as a military option.

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