Port Townsend, WA Recent shellfish samples taken from Discovery Bay were found to contain elevated levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health has closed Discovery Bay beaches for shellfish harvest for all shellfish species. Danger signs have been posted at public access points warning people not to consume shellfish from this area.
We live in a watery part of the world. You might have noticed that. But what you might not know is that our local waters (collectively known as the Salish Sea) offer some world-class kayaking opportunities.
Many sea kayakers, upon moving to Port Ludlow, aren’t sure about the best places to launch for a day paddle. That was my experience when I moved here almost four years ago, so I wanted to share some salt-water knowledge I’ve learned along the way.
At the time this information is being prepared, we do not know the status of the Healthy Washington guidelines for Covid-19 as they relate to organized hiking groups, car-pooling, etc. Note that those who have chosen to join a hiking event have followed CDC guidelines for outdoor recreation.
Those on the hiking email roster receive an update the week of a scheduled outing. If you would like to be added to the email roster, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An old margarine ad had the tag line “It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature!”, and woe be to those try to do so. Trails would not dream of trying to go against Good ‘Ol Ma Nature, but we do try on occasion to mitigate some of her activities. Yes, trail hiking community, we are aware that some/many/most/all of the trails are muddy. We also know that this has been an exceptionally wet and prolonged winter so some of the trails will be muddier than others. Because of Mama Nature this year, the number of multiple locations needing some mitigation is a bit overwhelming. However, on March 9, an intrepid group made an effort to, not fool Her Nibs, but to address what she has been doing this year.
Please join our fun and energetic group and learn the sport of pickleball. Meet at the Beach Club courts to play. Come down and try pickleball a few times and see if you would like to join our group. Current hours for new players are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons from1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Our association dues are $35 for the year. For questions or any further information, please email Deanne at PLPBA@yahoo.com.
by Kathy Traci, PLWGA and Lady Niners Publicity Chairperson
The Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Association (PLWGA) is an 18-hole Women’s League led by Captain Meryl Friedman. The PLWGA Opening Day is on Tuesday, April 6. A Golf Genius invitation will be emailed to all active members.
The PLMGA completed its first Winter Golf Series on Wednesday, March 10. The series was originally scheduled as six weekly events that began on February 3. Only one of the events had to be cancelled due to weather, which was viewed as a big success for this time of the year.
As the result of the pandemic, Shirley has found more time to focus on her artwork and explore new media. While her last art exhibit featured her colored pencil work, lately Shirley has been working with watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media—always leavened with a little bit of whimsy. Whether it’s the subject matter, such as old toys, pets, and wildlife; or Shirley’s perspective, viewers will see her quirky sense of humor shining through.
As many of our readers are aware, the issue of homelessness in Jefferson County remains an ongoing challenge. Our cover photo this month calls attention to one of the many efforts by social service organizations, churches, and individuals to address this issue. Thanks to the combined efforts of Community United Methodist Church (CUMC), Olympic Community Action Program (OlyCAP), Bayside Housing, Boeing Bluebills, the Port Townsend School of Wooden Boat Building, and others we may have missed, twelve new housing units for low-income residents are now available in Port Hadlock.